In this special state election issue:

We compare the 2012 Queensland election policies of the ALP and LNP in four key areas Brisbane Institute subscribers have nominated as important to them:  education, health, transport and infrastructure, and environment; while Institute CEO Karyn Brinkley laments the lack of deep policy debate and the dearth of big ideas.

Can voters make good decisions in a policy vacuum?

Fate of the state:  what futures might Queensland face in the next three years?

Education: Grand rhetoric translates to incrementalism

Health: Feeble preventative health policies need treatment

Transport and Infrastructure: Pedestrian policies expose lack of options

Environment: Where’s the energy?