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August 2012
Why we think the education system is failing us
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:48 | Written by Graham Young

What I discovered reading the qual is that while we asked whether the education system met the state's needs, most of the responses actually talked about the quality of the education system and what people liked, or disliked, about it. It was mostly dislike.

Schooling in Queensland
Monday, 27 August 2012 22:11 | Written by Graham Young

I've polled on education a number of times over the years, and it seems that we're always dissatisfied with it. Education is more a Labor and Greens concern than an LNP one, and that is reflected in the composition of our respondents who are a bit more to the left than the general population.

Power to the people
Sunday, 19 August 2012 22:17 | Written by Graham Young

The latest Newspoll saw the federal government gain 5 percentage points on its first preference vote. It may have been due to the prime minister being on holidays, as some cynics suggest, but it also might be due to the fact that she won the argument with the premiers over the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Attitudes to police
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:43 | Written by Graham Young

Attitudes to police are similar to attitudes to dogs - some people love them, and other people are scared they will bite. Or at least that seems to be what our survey responses are telling us. In Queensland there are good reasons to be suspicious of the police, afterall, the most traumatic state election in our state's history was essentially fought over police corruption.

Qualitative responses law and order
Saturday, 11 August 2012 17:38 | Written by Graham Young

There are a multitude of "mores" in this research as in "Does the Queensland Government need to do more or less to deal with crime in Queensland?" While an overwhelming majority answered yes, the qual shows that many were advocating entirely different responses whilst agreeing. Then of course there was still a significant minority who disagreed.

Law and order issues in Queensland
Saturday, 11 August 2012 12:01 | Written by Graham Young

The Queensland Government seems to put a high priority on law and order with a major bill being introduced to parliament next week amending the Criminal Code to introduce stronger penalties for some offences, and to abolish the Sentencing Commission. Do voters approve? How important is law and order as an issue?

Queensland and funding the NDIS
Sunday, 05 August 2012 11:29 | Written by Graham Young

I don't think there were too many respondents who thought that life was easy for the disabled and shouldn't be better, but goodwill doesn't necessarily translate into strong support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.