Climate, Environment Boards, Foreign Aid slashed by Joe Hockey in #MYEFO says @Takvera

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The Abbott Government slashing of climate change infrastructure continues in the latest Midyear Economic Forecast by the Treasurer Joe Hockey, where it was announced the Commonwealth deficit has blown out to more than $40 billion and forecast not to return to surplus until 2019-20 at the earliest. Hockey attributed this budget blowout to reduced commodity […]

Greens #springst MP @ellensandell a scientist sick of anti-fact politics: @jansant interview

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Note: Since this interview, The Greens have also claimed the lower house seat of Prahran, the second Greens lower house seat in Victoria. Ellen Sandell MLA (@ellensandell), the new State Member for Melbourne agreed to be interviewed by No Fibs after her historic win for The Greens. We met at a cafe in North Melbourne […]

Greens elated with Melbourne win: Labor wins Government. @Takvera on #vicvotes from #GreeningBrunswick

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The dust is settling on the Victorian election with Labor winning Government. It is the first time since 1955 of a single term Government being kicked out in Victoria. The Greens also celebrated Ellen Sandell winning the seat of Melbourne from Labor’s Jennifer Kanis. While elation in the Greens camp was high with this win, […]

Labor, heal your hate: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on @AustralianLabor

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 Imagine what you’ll do when Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd eventually bury the hatchet. I WAS reminded recently about the depth of hatred that courses through the Australian Labor Party, by a friend who admitted she is a ‘hater’ in the Paul Keating tradition. Her special kind of venom is reserved for Kevin Rudd. She’s […]

The sleeping issue of climate change in the #vicvotes battle for Northcote reports @takvera

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Both the Liberal and Labor parties have avoided talking about climate change in this election and Northcote is a good example of this bipartisan silencing of debate on climate policy. Candidates from both major parties refused to attend a Climate Q and A forum in the electorate on November 12. The group that organised this […]

Northern #VicVotes at war as Libs payback Nats for McGowan #IndiVotes support: @Jansant reports

Liberal Party alter how-to-vote cards

Yesterday The Border Mail reported altered how-to-vote cards had been handed out during pre-polling in Wangaratta, Northern Victoria, with Coalition partners saying a “rogue Wangaratta volunteer” was responsible. How-to-vote cards for Tony Schneider, the Liberal candidate for Euroa, had been altered by hand, advising a below the line vote, placing National Party Legislative Council candidate […]

Melbourne #OurABC rally in pictures by @takvera and @Jansant

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Anger in #Melbourne at @TurnbullMalcolm’s #OurABC cuts: @Jansant reports

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Federation Square Sunday, 2000 to 4000 people turn up to protest against the Abbott Government #OurABC cuts. People of all ages and backgrounds stood in the Melbourne sunshine to send a clear message to the Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm): No ifs, no buts, no ABC cuts. Pre-rally, the crowd was entertained by […]

Victorian Labor looks to Government as hung Legislative Council likely: @takvera on #vicvotes

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As we enter the final days of the Victorian election campaign the polls show Labor headed for Government with a possible majority of 8 seats. But like all elections there will be expected wins and losses and some surprises. The result is never guaranteed. There is even a possibility of a hung parliament with the […]

Brunswick battle of progressive values between ALP and Greens – @Takvera #vicvotes

Candidates at Brunswick Forum L to R: Ward Young (Animal Justice Party), Peter Allan (Community Independent for Northern Metro Region), Jane Garrett MP (ALP), Tim Read (the Greens), Dean O'Callaghan (Save the Planet), Giuseppe Vellotti (Liberal Party)

The next government of Victoria is not likely to be decided in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs where I reside, but in marginal electorates in Melbourne’s east and bayside suburbs, and regional electorates around Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. But the innercity and inner north may see a sea-change in representation, if the results of the 2013 […]