Current Issue The rise of Queensland's young attorney-general
Jarrod Bleijie takes on the bikies
One Friday evening last September, some 60 members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang descended on a busy restaurant in the Gold Coast suburb of Broadbeach to confront a man associated with the Finks, a rival gang. In the ensuing melee, four police officers were injured. Later, a smaller group of Bandidos assembled outside the nearby Southport police watch house in an apparent show of support fo
The Queensland Experiment
When you grow up in Queensland, it’s a given that your experience of politics is going to be a little different to the rest of the country. To my friends and I, politicians like Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Pauline Hanson and later, Bob Katter, were like eccentric aunts and uncles who our parents made fun of, but whose rules we had to follow nonetheless.
I left my hometown for Melbourne just