Visiting concentration camps in Utopia: @burgewords interviews @GGeorgiadisRN on ‘that’ comment the DIBP didn’t like

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  The Australian twittersphere freaked out when refugee advocate @VanessaPowell25 was threatened with legal action by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) earlier this month. Unless she removed a post on her Facebook, which documented one moment at a protest outside the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, the DIBP would “consider […]

The #SunflowerProject @stephaniedale22 comments

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Australia’s political ‘solutions’ to the asylum seeker ‘problem’ are despicable. On this not enough of us agree, but we have mass enough that we ought to be able to make a difference. We march in the streets, we light candles, we share on Facebook, we sign petitions, we express our dismay when this or that […]

Tony Abbott’s final swipe at Neville Wran: @e2mq173 comments

Bob Hawke and Neville Wran. Source: http://www.atlas.nsw.gov.au/

The twist in a tumultuous week in NSW politics was the passing of former Premier Neville Wran on Sunday, April 20. Mr Wran entered the NSW parliament in 1970 and was Premier from 1976 until he retired from politics in 1986. As Premier, Mr Wran delivered a moderate and stable government which continued to be […]

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

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  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

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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

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  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

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  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

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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 […]