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 […]






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











#FFSF What the hell is wrong with you people






        by Noely Neate June 14, 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au Enough is enough. This grubby Howard Sattler business is the last straw!   I may not be an academic like the everywhere ‘Feminist for Hire’ Eva Cox, or a so-called ‘Woman’s Authority’ like Mia Feedman. I am just a punter. A punter who is a mother, […]






What’s it all about, the Coalition no show for disability, no to MP to care for sick baby?






By Noely Neate May 16, 2013 If you missed it, see last night’s awe inspiring rant by Mr Richard Chirgwin about the Coalition not bothering to turn up for the introduction of the DisabilityCare Bill. I had hoped that our media would report this lack of respect this morning, but no. Did you know that Mr […]






Is the world ready for PM Tony ‘what he meant to say’ Abbott?






By Noely Neate May 8, 2013 I was not going to go here, because all manner of Feminists, accredited and self-proclaimed, have had a say.  Some I agree with, some I think are getting hung up on exactly what many of us on Twitter are always complaining about, that is, focussing on a ‘gotcha’ instead of […]






Punter @YaThinkN’s contrarian take on Clive Palmer’s latest gig






by Noely Neat April 26, 2013 Editor’s note: Noely lives on the Sunshine Coast, safe Liberal country, where Peter Slipper and Mal Bough may fight for Fisher, and Clive Palmer may take on the successor to Alex Somylay in Fairfax. Us Queenslanders know how shake up federal politics big time, and I’d love blow-by-blow accounts […]






#Fraudband is an #NBN fail, even for punters






By Stephen Neate April 10, 2013 Source: yathink.com.au Before Steve Dalby (director at iiNet in IT) was attacked by Malcom Turnbull (investment banker turned politician NOT in IT) the argument over which NBN plan works best seemed obvious.  Oh my god I am so stupid, and Steve highlighted it by saying: ‘It is disappointing that […]






Time to end the class war on education






By Noely Neate Mach 31st, 2013 Yesterday on Sky News Australian Agenda @vanOnselenP raised the question of tertiary education. What should have been a good segment discussing policy for a change ended up with Craig Emerson getting cranky while defending the right of kids less privileged than others to attend Uni as the so-called team of experts […]






I want to vote Labor – give me a reason!






By Noely Neate March 25, 2013 Every  man and his dog has given up Labor as a dead loss for the election in September.  I am not so sure. John Howard was pretty much in that position at one stage. and it was only the intervention of  Tampa and Twin Towers Towers that saved his […]






Dear elected representatives, give the public a seat at the media reform table






By Noely Neate March 19, 2013 Open Letter to OUR Elected Federal Government Representatives from punter Noely Neate Hi.Have you seen this excellent & thorough explanation of exactly what the reforms are and how they will affect the media? Explainer: Conroy’s proposed new media laws is by Martin Hirst, Associate Professor Journalism and Media at Deakin UniversityDear […]