“Dear” Old Brisvegas: I’m On My Way…

I think it suitable to flag my movements: with an airfare booked, accommodation sorted, some (day job) work to do and the keen anticipation of a crushing conservative state election win to look forward to, I’m heading to Brisbane next month.

I’ll be on the ground in Brisbane for a few days around (and including) State Election day.

What this means to readers of The Red And The Blue is that there will be first-hand and up-to-the-minute postings on developments as the news of the ballot boxes unfolds.

As an ex-Queenslander I must reflect that the last time I saw an outright conservative win in Queensland was in 1986 — when I was 14, and Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Premier.

More than a quarter of a century ago.

Of course, Rob Borbidge eventually cobbled a government out of the 1995 election result, at which I was a Liberal candidate (in a completely unwinnable seat), but it didn’t last and consequently, the “23 years of Labor government” catchcry — roundly accurate but for a short intervention of good sense — is where we’re at.

I will have more to say over the Queensland election at the weekend, but in the meantime, I am very pleased to confirm that I will be in Brisbane and will provide coverage on the night to my readers.