Ethical lapses by journalists contributed to Gillard’s demise

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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 […]

@nancycato1 tribute to our shy first female PM

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Video by @mytwocentsandme Musical 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 […]

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

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  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 […]

A punter’s request to add class to political reporting

2010 to 2013 MSM Jumped the Whale Shark

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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Costello country: Higgins by @gemoo4

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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 […]

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

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

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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 […]