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Bored with political party games?

Queensland elections are on Saturday 31st October 2020. Besides Representation and Policy, electioneering games of Development, Monopoly, Duopoly, Donation, Preference, Advertising, Controversy, Allegation, Personal Attack, Pork Barrelling and Corruption may be played. ‘Presumed Dead’ is a crime fiction novel by Martin Knox about political parties and city government. The story is about an inspirational woman councillor who transforms partisan politics.

Who will Brisbane elect?

Is democracy possible with political parties?

Will election of a new Brisbane City Council on March 28 result in good local government?

Is the party game over?

‘Presumed Dead’ is a novel political crime fiction thriller about a feisty woman politician.

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Could this book change how a person would vote for a political party? 

For more information, go to author Martin Knox’s website:

Is reasoning worth debating?


Parliamentary debates under the Westminster System have evolved into adversarial politics. An alternative is to adopt dialectical materialism, which was proposed by Hegel (1770-1831). According to Hegel, the fundamental principle of the understanding mind is the commitment to the falsehood of contradictions. When an idea is found to involve a contradiction, a new stage in the development of thought must occur.  Hegel called this process dialectic.Hegelian dialectic begins with a thesis, initially taken to be true. Reflection reveals that there is a contradictory point of view to the thesis, which Hegel calls the antithesis, which has an equal claim of legitimacy. A new and third position becomes apparent, which Hegel calls the synthesis. Another antithesis will sooner or later become apparent and another synthesis, and so the process continues.

This gradual, and in Hegel’s view, necessary unfolding of thought is a progression towards absolute truth, indeed towards an absolute universal mind, spirit or Geist.

The Hegelian system is a method of logical reasoning. The current adversarial method is based on tribal counting and other reasoning is seldom applied.

The novel Presumed Dead is crime fiction set in a context of parliamentary debating, warts and all.

How confident is the Government?


Motion of Confidence is a motion of support proposed by a government in a parliament or other assembly of elected representatives to give members of parliament (or other such assembly) a chance to register their confidence in a government.It demonstrates to the head of state that the elected parliament no longer has confidence in (one or more members of) the appointed government, because it is no longer deemed fit to hold that position, perhaps because they are inadequate in some respect, are failing to carry out obligations, or are making decisions that other members feel are detrimental.

A “Censure” MOTION is meant to show disapproval and does not result in the resignation of ministers. It is applied against an individual minister or a group of ministers, but the no-confidence motion is directed against the entire cabinet. Again, depending on the applicable rules, censure motions may need to state the reasons for the motion while no-confidence motions may not require reasons to be specified.

In the novel ‘Presumed Dead’ a motion of confidence is brought against a fictional government

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