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Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst covers federal politics, focusing on education, employment and workplace relations.

Gonski: more public school students from low income families

Daniel Hurst Twice as many students at public schools come from low-income families as from high-income ones, a dramatic shift from 25 years ago when the make-up was more equal.

LNP defector considers Senate hop

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Daniel Hurst A Queensland Liberal National Party defector is considering a Senate tilt, just a month after joining Katter's Australian Party as its state leader.

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Poll shows support for LNP strong but waning

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Daniel Hurst Less than one third of Queenslanders think the Newman government is open and accountable, according to a new poll that shows support for the Liberal National Party remains strong but has reduced from...

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LNP defector says other MPs worried about Newman leadership

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Daniel Hurst Long-serving rural Queensland MP Ray Hopper says he defected from the Liberal National Party because his conscience would not allow him to serve under the Newman government's leadership.

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Palmer denies being pushed out of LNP

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NEWS- Clive Palmer at another press conference at his headquarters in Brisbane.

Daniel Hurst Clive Palmer says he has resigned from the Liberal National Party, despite receiving a letter that he said reinstated his membership to the Queensland party.

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Pay rise ballots sent to sacked public servants

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Daniel Hurst Some public servants who lost their jobs in the Newman government's cost-cutting drive have now been sent ballot papers to vote on a pay rise for employees who remain.

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LNP senate form guide: hopefuls jockey for election spots

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Daniel Hurst An ideological warrior who rails against a “morbid, Green, anti-Western” school curriculum. A business advocate who claims to have influenced Tony Abbott's anti-carbon-tax campaign.

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Premier's claim in doubt amid Flegg turmoil

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Daniel Hurst A government letter has cast doubt on Queensland Premier Campbell Newman's claim political staffers no longer made decisions on the release of documents under Right to Information laws.

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Uranium mining ban to be overturned

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Daniel Hurst Queensland's ban on uranium mining will be lifted, with the Newman government confirming the decades-long prohibition is to be axed.

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Amid health brawl, LNP tries to shift job cut spotlight

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Daniel Hurst Premier Campbell Newman has given a glowing endorsement of his health minister, as the Liberal National Party government sought to go on the attack over cuts to Queensland Health.

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New ending in tale of West End's 12 storeys

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Daniel Hurst The Newman government has cleared the way for 12-storey buildings in part of West End opposite Toowong by ticking off on changes to the local plan.

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Newman's poll slump as cuts polarise voters

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Daniel Hurst Nearly half of Queensland voters believe Premier Campbell Newman's cuts have gone too far, with support for the Liberal National Party plunging 12 percentage points since last month, a new opinion...

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Newman support slips in Ashgrove

Daniel Hurst Campbell Newman would lose the seat of Ashgrove if an election was held today, a new opinion poll suggests.

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Has Newman broken public sector promises?

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Daniel Hurst Analysis of union claims that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has broken election promises over his plans for the public service.

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Pollies to walk to a new Beat

Daniel Hurst Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie says he and Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney will visit a Brisbane nightclub popular with gay people as part of research into liquor licensing laws.

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Newman tells ministers what not to do

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Daniel Hurst Campbell Newman's ministers have been explicitly told they cannot allow political party officials to review government entities in the way permitted by cabinet member Bruce Flegg last month.

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Brough cleared of council interference

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Daniel Hurst Former Howard government minister Mal Brough will not face any charges over official misconduct allegations involving the Sunshine Coast Regional Council election.

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Number's up: state on its own on budget focus

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Daniel Hurst The Newman government has set itself a higher hurdle as it tries to get Queensland's finances back to surplus, focusing on a budget measure largely ignored by other state treasurers.

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Palmer's Lilley swansong, but the saga continues

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NEWS- Clive Palmer speaking at a CEDA lunch in Brisbane.
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Daniel Hurst Mining magnate Clive Palmer has backed away from plans to nominate for Liberal National Party preselection in the Queensland seat held by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

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Palmer's preselection non-announcement

Daniel Hurst Mining magnate Clive Palmer has refused to say whether he will put up his hand for Liberal National Party preselection to run against Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan, a day before the nomination...

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