Archives for June 2013

Ethical lapses by journalists contributed to Gillard’s demise






By Denis Muller, University of Melbourne Originally published at The Conversation June 28 2013 An integral power of the media is that of portrayal: the act of determining how people, events, ideas and organisations are described to the public, and therefore how they are perceived by the public. In this way, the media constructs for us our understanding of the world beyond our personal knowledge and experience. For those of us who have never met Julia Gillard, our perceptions of her are based almost entirely on what we see, hear and read of her in the media. These perceptions are then reflected in public opinion polling, and the publication of these […]






@nancycato1 tribute to our shy first female PM






Video [email protected] insert by @krONik  by Nancy Cato 30 June 2013 My darling Granddaughters Olivia and Hannah, You are now 4 and 2 years old respectively and as my Nanna (your Great Great Grandmother) and I started to discuss matters of great importance when I reached the age of 5, I’m  making sure I pass on this family tradition in plenty of time! And today I want to tell you about Julia. You’ve heard me talk about her lots, and up until Wednesday 26 June 2013 she was our Prime Minister. Yes – our first female Prime Minister. But first let me give you a little bit of background so […]






FOI delivers your not so up-to-date Press Gallery membership list






  by Margo Kingston On May 1 I sought the list of Press Gally members from the Parliamentary Liaison office after the Press Gallery Committee advised that it was private My FOI was successful. Here is the letter granting access to the information, free of charge, and the list. I’d like to thank the PLO for their timely, straightforward approach to my FOI. Press Gallery president David Speers recently advised me by tweet that the gallery will launch a website next month.   List of Press Gallery Passholders @margokingston1 @nofibs it's a bit out of date! Quite a few missing (eg me) and both Coorey and Alan Ramsay still writing for SMH. — Jonathan […]






A punter’s request to add class to political reporting






By Noely Neate 28 June 2013 Apart from excitement of Origin I have been pretty quiet on Twitter this week.  The blood sport that has been our politics has been particularly unedifying and to be perfectly frank, has depressed the hell out of me.  I don’t mean the fanbois type cheering of Rudd vs Gillard camps, or the glee of LNP supporters, I mean the fact that what has occurred is the culmination of 3 years of reality TV style politics that as a student of History, I am pretty sure is going to be looked back on as a shameful period in Australian Political AND Social History. When I […]






An in-the-moment comment on the fall of our first female PM






by Margo Kingston 27 June 2013   [View the story “An in-the-moment comment on the fall of our first female PM” on Storify]






A permanent Labor-Greens alliance: A radical idea to save Labor






By Scott Williams 26 June 2013 Review of Why Labor should savour its Greens (Scribe, 2013) I have never been a student of politics or economics. My interest in politics has usually revolved around shouting at Q&A and making attempts at humorous troll baiting on the Twitter #auspol hashtag. Most of my reading is of the sci-fi and fantasy fiction type. I’m just a voter trying to make sense of the mess that politics seems to be today. So imagine my surprise when I found myself volunteering to do a book review on a politically oriented piece of non-fiction. The preface starts by summarising the author’s personal experiences and general […]






@flipzwidling has 45 important questions for politicians that are not being asked






by Stephen Hughes (@flipzwidling) 25 June 2013 As the September 2013 Australian Government election approaches I am perturbed by the lack of detail that the main alternative to an ALP led government, the LNP coalition, is providing to the electorate. I am cautious of any group who seeks the power and responsibility of government through a campaign of negativity that focuses on key slogans to influence public opinion, and unsubstantiated attacks on the credibility of the government of the day. I am also cautious of the politics of personality that is drowning out any substantive debate on what it means to govern and what is really in the best interests of all […]






Costello country: Higgins by @gemoo4






View Larger Map This @NoFibs Electoral Map is kindly provided by Paul Davis Higgins Seat Profile by Georgie Moore 24th June 2013 One of the Liberal Party’s safest Victorian seats, Higgins (formed in 1948—49) has hosted a string of high-profile representatives: including Harold Holt (1949—1967), John Gorton (1968—1975) and Peter Costello (1990—2009). With incumbent MP Kelly O’Dwyer set to retain a 5.4% margin (post the 2010 election and pre-redistribution the margin was 6.8%). Higgins is largely neglected by the media and political cycle. But I’m interested in exploring what a blue-ribbon seat looks like during an election campaign. Is the seat so safe there isn’t any substantial debate? Are the local Leader […]






Politicians, media and feminists beware: Our youth are paying attention











@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements






Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.   And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry: Read More: My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott