Meeting of minds at Port Macquarie #MarchInMarch attracts a drone @deanhepburn reports






By Dean Hepburn [email protected] March 17th 2014 The drone flying over the March in March protest at Port Macquarie was an ominous portent of the direction the Abbott Government is fast taking Australia. Everyone marching was observed to look at it and smile, as though they felt Big Brother was watching over their shoulder. Despite it, […]






Moving Blue Mountains for #MarchInMarch: @bluntshovels reports






By El Gibbs [email protected] 13th March 2014 Asylum seekers, the environment and funding for community services were all reasons given by people planning to attend the Blue Mountains March in March this Sunday. Rachel Higgins, from Springwood, is 17 and wants: “The best for the country and for me when I grow up”. She is worried […]






Blasting the #MarchInMarch partisan myths: @jansant reports






By Wayne [email protected] 13th March 2014 March in March (MiM) has now grown to 31 events across the country, the main Facebook page has more than 42,000 likes, and growing. Last week The Border Mail ran a story about an MiM event for Wodonga, Victoria, claiming it was being organised by North-East Border Trades Hall. MiM organisers have been extremely […]






All your #MarchInMarch questions answered by @sacarlin48






By Anne [email protected] 11th March 2014 The time is drawing nigh. March in March 2014 is happening this weekend in 29 locations across the nation, and then on Monday morning, the big one takes place in Canberra. You can check out the details of all the marches here. Many of you might be wondering what are these […]






My bleeding heart is why I’m marching: @sacarlin48 on #MarchInMarch






By Anne Carlin [email protected] 10th March 2014 In October 2013 I had the wonderful experience of attending the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali. I had been once before but this time I got a full ticket and went to as many of the forums, talks, debates, book and poetry readings as I could. […]






Reza’s death demands a judicial inquiry, but where is the pressure? @GregDyett reports






[clear] By Margo Kingston [email protected] 27th February 2014 Here is the transcript and audio of  this evening’s SBS World Radio item by Greg Dyett @GregDyett on the Manus Island detention centre review and whether it will do the job. I’m thrilled there are a few journalists who understand how important this matter is for the […]






We need to talk about: corporate and political entitlements






By Anon 25th February 2014 Our new government says the age of entitlement is over, so lets look at why that’s a good idea. If you export a product Austrade gives you grants for ‘promotional activities’ up to $150,000 a year, for eight years. The Export Grant Scheme is worth $150 million per year and […]






Eight hours up on the rig and @Rosiemay_28 is still fighting #EWLink






By Rosie [email protected]_28 19th November 2014 The Victorian Coalition Premier Denis Napthine wants an 18 kilometre tolled freeway and tunnel linking Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs, and his tunnel vision has changed my life already! Since last October, around 30 to 40 picketers have held daily protests in the inner city streets of Collingwood, Fitzroy […]






.@CarolDuncan whips-up a storm: Peach Meringue Pie for #SPCsunday






By Carol Duncan @carolduncan 14th February 2014 Living in Newcastle for the last 20 years has softened me up to the fight of the underdogs. My beautiful city (oh yes, it is!) has battled earthquake, the end of the steelworks, and the general malaise and apathy of a few locals who can’t see the forest […]






Behind the pink: @Anniepalooza on how #BethWhaanga wears her breast cancer






By Annette Healey 14th February 2014 We’ve all seen them: those photos of Beth Whaanga, posted on Facebook, the ones that prompted 100 people to unfriend her, branding the pictures ‘disgusting’. In the first photo, Beth looks a knockout: bright red dress, immaculate hair and makeup, a very attractive woman with a lovely figure. In […]