The face behind the hashtag: @LindaDrummond and #SPCsunday success

@Anniepalooza @taupe_cat Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr… whatever it takes. Spread the word and make #SPCsunday a thing. — Linda Drummond (@LindaDrummond) February 6, 2014 By Linda Drummond @LindaDrummond 10th February 2014 I never thought that a conversation on Twitter would spread so far. Like many people in Australia, I watched the news unfold about SPC Ardmona (SPCA) with increasing dismay. The thought of seeing farmers lose their livelihoods, the factory closing and the negative impact on the community gave me chills. Buying local comes naturally to me, but I had to admit that when it came to SPC or Ardmona, my pantry didn’t feature any of the products. So when I […]

North east Arnhem Land – you’ve been amazing @ElliotG78 reports

By Elliot Giakalis  @ElliotG78 24th December 2013 Like all good things that must come to an end, today marks the final day of my six-week stint in north east Arnhem Land, an experience that has been one that I will never forget. Professionally, it has been rewarding, diverse and challenging. From assisting members of the local Yolngu community with various forms and processes, to drafting territory and federal government funding applications, to even helping a teacher during a phys-ed class during a visit to the homelands, and to drafting and preparing media releases out at Garma Festival … the list goes on. All though, in their own way, hugely satisfying. The real delight […]

Byron Shire quick off the NO GAS mark: Sarah Buchanan reports

By Sarah Buchanan Byron Shire’s white fella past has seen some biggish mistakes over its 130-year history – and last week Byron Shire Council took a vote for country, at last. Firstly in 1770 Captain Cook changed the Arakwal’s perfectly adequate name of Cavvanbah (meeting place) to Byron Bay, which Cook named after the ‘circumnavigator of the world’, Admiral John Byron. Then, in the early 1880s, Byron Bay’s first town planners named streets for an era of poetry inspired by the poet Lord George Gordon Noel Byron, believing that that’s who Cook had in mind. Then, during the years from the 1840s to 1880s, the timber getters all but destroyed […]

Security storm surrounds convicted Egyptian asylum seeker

by Kevin Rennie Source: Global Voices Online June 11, 2013 Accusations of ‘jihadist terrorism’ against an Egyptian asylum seeker have fuelled political brawling in the lead up to Australia’s election on 14 September 2013. Sayed Abdellatif was kept in low security detention for nearly a year despite an Interpol red alert for convictions during the Mubarak regime in 1999. The Opposition parties’ election promises include turning back refugee boats and increasing funding to the intelligence and security agencies. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded by setting up an internal inquiryinto the apparent security failure. Stories abound about alleged terrorist Sayed Ahmed Maksoud Abdellatif. Some involve accusations of involvement with al-Qaida funding. Others present […]

A letter on our future from activist elder @GrattonWilson

Margo: Recently someone with a wise face followed me and interacted in an interesting way. I asked him to write for me and this is his response. I’ve made it part 3 of our series on new political activists, although he has been active his whole life. This piece is a new manifestation, and I’m crossing fingers Mr Wilson will agree to be @NoFibs climate change election reporter. By Gratton Wilson June 09, 2013 A few years back my wife let me play with her computer after I spent some time at the local TAFE, learning how the thing worked. That made it a whole lot easier to write letters to the local paper, usually commenting on […]

‘Casual’ racism and dominant discourse: A review of the AFL media debate

By Sarah Capper June 07, 2013 In 1999, former St Kilda ruckman Peter “Spida” Everitt was cited for racial vilification against Melbourne player Scott Chisholm. Everitt reportedly called Chisholm a “black c**t” during Round 2 of the AFL season that year. Everitt copped a $20,000 fine, self-imposed a four week match ban, and undertook a racial awareness program. He apologised to the Aboriginal community, to Chisholm and spent time with Chisholm’s family. There was copious media comment on the AFL and racism, and player attitudes. The outrage, as demonstrated on talkback and in newspaper editorials, centred on the racist implications of Everitt’s phrase. The public narrative, by and large, didn’t […]

Tony welcomes back Pauline with return of her boat people policy

By Margo Kingston August 21, 2003 Source: Webdiary So, the self-proclaimed mother of the nation is in jail, and the man who took her policies and finessed her beliefs is Prime Minister of Australia. The rights and wrongs of Pauline Hanson’s conviction and sentence aside, her imprisonment is a graphic symbolic representation of the state of Australia and its politics. Australia’s political, police and legal establishment has put Pauline Hanson – fish and chip shop heroine to the poor, the ignorant and the disenfranchised, the woman who created a party out of nothing in an instant and mobilised Australians never before involved in politics – behind bars. Big money, big […]

Your current federal Press Gallery list

  Another member if the Press Gallery reckons a secret list is not on, so here is, drumroll, the latest version. We recently published the September 2012 list.  Anyone like to explore what the changes in 6 months say about how the PG is changing? Also refer to No Fibs stories on Your guide to the Press Gallery and its gatekeeper and The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation     THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY PRESS GALLERY: March 2013 [one-half-first] GALLERY COMMITTEE: PRESIDENT David Speers VICE PRESIDENT Andrew Meares SECRETARY James Massola [/one-half-first]   [one-half-first] AAP Morrissey, Kaaren (Bureau Chief) Blenkin, Max Brinsden, Colin Cape, Patrick Cardwell, Sam Catanzariti, Katelyn Coch, Lukas Cranston, Belinda Curtis, Katina […]

Twitter’s storm-water drain an adaptive moment for the MSM

By Catharine Lumby May 28, 2013 When a big news story breaks it is like a downpour. Twitter is like a storm water drain, lots of rubbish gets swept along with the deluge but there is always something worth distilling. There are plenty of iconic examples, from reports on the Arab Spring uprisings to the recent hunt for the suspects in the Boston bombing. As any professional journalist who spends time on Twitter knows, social media has radically altered the face of mainstream journalism. Twitter coverage of the Boston marathon bombings and the subsequent gun battle culminating in the capture of two suspects made this shift visible. As Washington Post […]