Then they came for the farmers… #SPC #leardblockade

[clear] By Alison Parkes  6th February 2014 Two recent issues have been in the news lately concerning rural and regional communities – the impending closure of SPC and the Leardblockade. People in capital cities, on social media and old media talk about thinks like SPC or live export or another mine as if they are unaffected by the impact of these things. As a farmer in a rural and regional area the impact of mining, climate change and job loses affect me now, but in the long run, these things affect all of us. More of us than ever are living on the coastal fringes, but the way some people […]

Hills alive with sounds of Libs planning government: @AlisonParkes Mitchell report

View Larger Map This @NoFibs Electoral Map is kindly provided by Paul Davis Mitchell Seat profile  by Alison Parkes Mitchell hills alive with sounds of Liberal music: seat report by @AlisonParkes Mitchell is in Sydney’s outer metropolitan North West. Once rural and semi rural, it is experiencing the rapid development of subdivisions, dormitory suburbs and business parks as it undergoes a population boom which has probably rendered every known statistic about demographics obsolete. Mitchell was proclaimed in 1949, and contains some of the newest suburbs in the country within its boundaries. It also contains some of oldest towns in the country, and was home to The Battle of Vinegar Hill […]

MSM outrage-shaming: What’s it all about?

By Alison Parkes May 8, 2013 This piece is written in response to these three articles which have appeared within the past couple of weeks 1)  Hooked on outrage in the Twitter wars  by Jacqueline Maley, 20 April Fairfax 2)  The left takes a turn for the ugly as power slips through Labor’s grasp by Chris Johnson, 28 April Fairfax 3)  Feminist backs Abbott on ‘calibre’ comment  by  Heath Aston and Jonathan Swan, 7 May Fairfax What these three articles share in common is a criticism of how people, particularly those on the Left, use Twitter to express outrage at comments made by Tony Abbott, Alan Jones, and the politician Dennis Jensen. […]