Creating communities with a common voice: @burgewords interviews @TheArtsParty

Digital producer PJ Collins of The Australian Arts Party.

  Motorists, shooters and fishers have all got one, so have sex enthusiasts and christians. Why not creatives? Micro political parties have leapt into the Australian voters’ consciousness like never before, and right at the launch of this column, one of our readers tipped us off about the imminent formation of a new party named […]

Climate change civil disobedience and the law: @GriffithElects reports

Production still from Bidder 70 (Source:

  Anyone planning an act of civil disobedience should make themselves aware of all the possible legal risks they are taking. On Thursday evening, April 10, legal experts from the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University and from the Institute of Ethics, Governments and Law at Griffith University, presented a documentary about […]

The Australian Easter parable of the Good Samaritan: @e2mq173 comments

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The parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) is one of the New Testament’s best-known and most powerful stories. It’s an old story in need of updating for a modern audience. In 21st century Australia, the tale might go like this: A man was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers. […]

Maintain silence for the sheep: @Sally_Owl comments


So much of what the Abbott Government is about is intertwined in ensuring that the big end of town, the ‘one percenters’ as they are referred to, are able to regain the significant losses they suffered during the global financial crisis – with the 99 percenters footing the bill. Australia, with the election of this […]

The killing of fair play: @Jansant comments on what the ALP has lost

Blood on our hands

  I used to be proud of being born and raised in Balmain, the spiritual home of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). The area has produced and attracted some of the greatest names in Australian history, people of politics like Sir Henry Parkes, Tom Uren, Neville Wran and Herbert Vere ‘H.V.’ Evatt (aka Doc Evatt), […]

After the CSG boom, Narrabri farmers concerned about the bust: @CarlyWladkowski reports #Pilliga


  Residents of Narrabri, in the northwestern plains of New South Wales, met last week to protest exploratory mining on local farms, and the Santos proposal for the region. Campaign groups, such as Lock the Gate and Greenpeace, have been working with local farmers to co-ordinate efforts against a proposed Coal Seam Gas (CSG) field. […]

Silencing the bird: @burgewords timeline of Immigration Department tweet fallout


Thanks to No Fibs readers and citizen journalists monitoring the mainstream and social media for the past 48 hours, we’ve been able to put together the limited facts about the people behind the tweets sent to refugee supporter Vanessa Powell last Friday by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Two of the most […]

Labor walking the barbed wire fence: @e2mq173 comments


By Errol Brandt @e2mq173 From Left Field Neither of Australia’s two major political parties can take comfort from the results of Western Australia’s Senate rerun. Conservative voters abandoned Abbott’s simplistic messages in favour of the nonsensical ones offered by Clive Palmer. Progressive voters turned their back on Labor in favour of The Greens. Can the story get […]

You cannot burn a mummy blog: @burgewords comments


Over the weekend a ripple of panic went through the social media in Australia. I was alerted to it by one of my Twitter friends. Word was that Vanessa Powell, described on her Twitter profile as a “refugee supporter”, had been sent two anonymous tweets by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. They could […]

Leard Forest protestor @colinbroadfoot tells his #leardblockade story

Colin Broadfoot on the #leardblockade

Soon after the long drive home to Bellingen from the Leard blockade, I rang my 98-year-old dad and Kokoda veteran, Mick. I told him about my arrest, really not knowing what he would think. We have a pretty good relationship and are able to chat about most things, so not surprisingly he didn’t flinch when […]