Abbott can almost taste victory

By John Warhurst
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:07pm, first published June 14 2012 - 3:00am

The most powerful politician in Australia today in his own backyard is the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman. He has a huge parliamentary majority, a miniscule opposition and no upper house to worry about as it was abolished in Queensland years ago. There are no checks and balances. Queensland is majority government writ large. Not surprisingly, Newman is exhibiting loads of self-confidence in his dealings with the world. Some say he is over-confident but that remains to be seen.

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