Council fails to provide enough sports fields

Redlands doesn’t have enough sports fields to meet community needs with a shortfall of 100 hectares likely to get worse due to population growth over the next decade. Land recently purchased by the Council in Mount Cotton for $7 million may not help in the short term. Only horse riding facilities are catered for in […]

Quandamooka Festival 2017 activities underway

Quandamooka Festival 2017 is well under way with a range of events and activities from the beginning of July through to the end of September. The festival is an opportunity to learn more about the Quandamooka people’s history and culture. Events are taking place right across the Redlands enabling people to learn more about lands […]

Democracy and the Redland City Council


This week we publish readers’ letters about Redland City Council’s cuts to funding for the Donald Simpson Community Centre, some questions about democracy for the new CEO and caring for our coastal areas. But first, we publish the original version of our own letter to the Bulletin, about Toondah Harbour. Toondah problems Minister Frydenberg’s decision […]

Donald Simpson Centre funding petition

Redland City Council has been asked by more than 1,500 residents to restore operational funding support to the Donald Simpson Community Centre. At the Council’s general meeting on Wednesday 21 June local resident Debra Swain presented a petition and addressed councillors about the valuable contribution of the Donald Simpson Community Centre to Redland City. Here’s […]

Cr Elliott fired up over Council’s “dog act”

Councillors’ reaction to the Ombudsman’s report, overseas travel approvals, the Alex Hills pub upgrade and Donald Simpson Centre funding cuts are discussed in this report on Council activities. Cr Elliott fired up about Ombudsman’s report At its general meeting on 7 June 2017 Redland City Council adopted a policy on funding of legal action on […]

game of mates

Game of Mates is a  new book that explains how politically well connected mates get richer and the public loses out.

Those in the Game are named. The costs of hundreds of billions of dollars a year are laid out. Real solutions are proposed and fake solutions are called out as such”.

Cameron Murray, one of the book’s authors, will speak at a book launch in Redland City hosted by Redlands2030.

Date: Thurs 22 June 2017

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Redlands Multi-sport Club (NOTE: Thurs 5.30 – 8pm is $10 Steak/salad/chip special)

Venue location: Corner of Randall and Bailey Roads, Birkdale (MAP)

RSVP to  (and donation on entry) would be appreciated.


Watch the video of the event on Vimeo

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About Game of Mates

Game of Mates tells a tale of economic theft across major sectors of Australia’s economy, showing how ‘James’ and his group of well-connected Mates siphon off billions from the economy to line their own pockets. In property, mining, transport, banking, superannuation, and many more sectors, James and his Mates cooperate to steal huge chunks of the economic pie for themselves.

If you want to know how much this costs the nation, how it is done, and what we can do about it, Game of Mates is the book for you.

“This book will open your eyes to how Australia really works. It’s not good news, but you need to know it.”

Ross Gittins, The Sydney Morning Herald Economics Editor, see book preview.


While we are distracted by mythical battles in the Game of Thrones, we are being robbed in the real world “Game of Mates” where the well-connected clip the wages and profits of the hard working. Murray and Frijters provide an entertaining and well researched expose of how privilege and rent-seeking dominates the Australian economy, enriching the Mates in the Game while robbing the rest. And they propose how to end the Game. And they name real names too. This is an explosive and essential book for all Australians. Except the Mates.

Professor Steve Keen, Kingston University

About the authors

Dr Cameron Murray.  

Cameron is an economist and consultant who specialises in property markets, environmental economics, and corruption. He teaches at the University of Queensland, blogs at and tweets as DrCameronMurray.

Professor Paul Frijters.

Paul is a prominent research economist and has published over 70 papers in fields including unemployment policy, discrimination and economic development. He regularly commentates on economic issues in newspapers and on television, including articles in the New York Times and on the BBC. He specialises in applied micro-econometrics, including labor, happiness, and health economics, though he has also worked on pure theoretical topics in macro and micro fields. Currently, Paul is a Project Director and Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Economic Performance Wellbeing Programme at the London School of Economics.

Redlands2030 – 10 June 2017

Date: June 22, 2017
Time: 06:00 p.m.
Event: Redlands book launch: Game of Mates
Topic: Redlands Book Launch
Public: Public

Does your town have a good vibe?

Whilst travelling through the Mallee country in western Victoria we experienced two opposing feelings from two different towns. One was positive and the other was depressing. To put this into context, these feelings and judgements were only made after spending 30 minutes and stopping for a coffee but this is my point. What outward displays […]

RQYS abandons plans for Deanbilla Bay

Traditional owners dubbed an attempted takeover by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) of waterfront land at Deanbilla Bay in Dunwich as the second coming of the First Fleet. Just as back in 1788 it certainly came as a complete surprise to the locals when Mayor Karen Williams hove to, metaphorically speaking, with an announcement on […]

Why I visited the Yarrowyck Rock Art

Yarrowyck Nature Reserve is 30km west of Armidale and it has some Aboriginal Rock Art. The elderly volunteer at the Armidale Tourist Information Centre told me, “it is not very spectacular but I have been told it is significant”, she did not recommend it. Her preference was for the bus tour around town taking in […]

Sporting fields on Council’s agenda

Buying land for sporting fields is on the agenda for Redland City Council’s next general meeting on Wednesday 24 May 2017. Many items for discussion at this meeting are scheduled for discussion in closed session, without media or the public present. Closed session items are: Funding options for Redland Investment Corporation Oakland Street Development Southern […]

Federal budget ignores young people

Is this the future for many yYoung people?

The Turnbull Government’s latest budget seems reasonable for many Australians, but one group that seems to have been forgotten is our youth. Young people are increasingly being squeezed out of Australian society due to increasing education and housing costs and diminishing employment opportunities. Housing prices No fundamental reform on negative gearing sets the housing prospects […]

Improving Redland City Council governance

People regularly express concern about the way they are governed but in Australia there is a noticable decline in trust of government and other institutions. It seems that many vested interests have become very successful at influencing governments to make decisions which yield private benefits rather than being in the public interest. But ordinary citizens […]

Councillor Gleeson’s inappropriate conduct

Redland City Councillor Paul Gleeson (Division 9) has again been reprimanded for his inappropriate social media usage. A Redlands resident submitted a complaint to Redland City Council in response to Cr Gleeson’s comments on the Redlands2030 Facebook page earlier this year. The complainant was recently advised that the Mayor determined Cr Gleeson’s comments to have […]

Objections to Springwood electorate boundaries

Proposed new electorate boundaries for the state seat of Springwood have proved unpopular with Redlands and Logan residents who say that their community connections have been ignored by the Queensland Redistribution Commission. Redlands residents living in Mt Cotton and Sheldon want to be included in a seat based on part of the Redland City local […]

What’s happening with the Weinam Creek PDA?

In this week’s letters, what’s happening with plans for development in the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area, should the koala be removed from Council’s logo and plenty of questions about the proposed Mt Cotton chicken poo power project. Toondah’s stalled but Weinam Creek is ominously quiet So the Mayor gets a little excited in speaking […]