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Mad as hell

Brexit, Trump, local, state and federal election results over the past 18 months and the resurgence of One Nation make a compelling case: the marginalised have found their voice, they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take this anymore.

Surviving in a mad political world

Local government – all government, really – is not for the faint-hearted. It takes resilient people to stay the course.

PRESIDENT AND PM IN BIRDSVILLE POWWOW

Our new President, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, has literally made a flying start to his new role.

LGAQ gets top Mark

Under New President Mark Jamieson’s leadership, I look forward to what I think will be one of the most exciting and transformative periods in the LGAQ’s long and proud history.

Injustice and incongruity

Between the Auditor-General's report and the industrial relations public hearing, it has been a big news week for local government. I wish I could say it was a good one. 

Head-in-sand attitude

Under the extreme changes the State Government proposes, councils face the prospect of further job losses and a decline in their capacity for further job creation.

Tailored service to suit

The LGAQ’s membership is a broad church in the truest sense of the word. We get that Brisbane City and Boulia Shire ain't the same and we treat them respectfully and differently.

TALL ORDER TO FILL

Finding someone to step into the enormous shoes of our General Manager, Advocacy Greg Hoffman PSM was always going to be a tall order.

HISTORY AND RENEWAL COMBINED

LGAQ's Annual Conference is our window to the world and well-constructed, well-supported and well-argued motions are critical to our collective reputations.

PRODUCTIVITY CHANGES (ALMOST) EVERYTHING

Standing still on improving productivity is actually going backwards. Forwards and onwards is the only way to a better future.

STATE SHOWS POOR FORM

The State Government’s antics over its industrial relations legislation are frustrating to say the least, but I can assure you, we will continue our fight.

ROADS, RATES ... REVOLUTION?

Let’s hear it for the big picture digitally connected knitters. That’s what councils need to be to remain successful.

IR CASE ENTERS CRITICAL STAGE

The LGAQ’s challenge to the lawfulness of Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace’s direction to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission regarding the future of the single Local Government Award has entered a critical stage.

THE TEAM THEME

This week as we marvel at Olympians in Rio, let’s spare a thought for what it takes to get there, let alone win a medal - teamwork.

No whitewash: review must heed council concerns

Finally, the State Government has confirmed arrangements for a review of the 2016 council elections. This review cannot be whitewashed like previous ones.

SHARING OUR WISDOM FAR AND WIDE

The LGAQ has travelled the length of the country in support of its members and local government peers.

Politics, strategy and a departure

Budget Estimates hearings are really all about strategy and I congratulate the Palaszczuk Government on how it seems to have gotten the message. The Government has used this week’s hearings to announce a host of measures aimed at heading off debate on other matters.

Learning to be a leader

More than 120 mayors deputy mayors and CEOs attended the biennial closed door leadership forum. It’s a unique event in Australia and this year it has won a lot of praise from those attending as well as speakers at the event like Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.

New Economy. New (old) Politics

Last Saturday's federal election has shone a bright light on a number of fundamental truths in the Australian body politic.

NEW APPOINTMENTS, LOOMING ELECTIONS

It was a week of renewal at the LGAQ as the Association’s new Policy Executive convened its first formal meeting for the term.
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