Memoir reveals the heart of @RobOakeshott1: review by @SandraC81413369

Rob Oakeshott in Queens Terrace Cafe, Parliament House, Canberra (Wikimedia Commons).

ROB Oakeshott’s recently published memoir is an entertaining and insightful recollection of his vital role in giving supply and confidence to the minority Labor Government, and his part in the progress of major legislation between 2010 and 2013. His push for parliamentary and education reform and a price on carbon during this period will be familiar to many readers, but […]

Voyage to the new news world: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on online media

The sinking of the Titanic, a metaphor for the mainstream media?

Margo Kingston asked me to kick-off a new series on No Fibs about the experiences of citizen journalists working with professional journalists in online media. Here is my response. A WEEK after the 2013 federal election I was driving to my casual sub-editing job on a Fairfax weekly newspaper when I let a brilliant photo opportunity go. […]

Job seekers are victims of our prosperity: @e2mq173 comments #auspol

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This week Employment Minister Eric Abetz boldly advanced, then meekly retreated from, a controversial plan compelling job seekers to apply for 40 jobs a month in return for their unemployment benefits. The public backlash against the plan highlighted a government more concerned about punishment than ‘solving’ unemployment. Common sense says that quality, not quantity, of […]

A crash course in CSG’s courtship of farmers: @Thom_Mitchell reports from #Pilliga #leardblockade

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“IF the people of Narrabri think they’re going on a date with the handsome new stranger in town, they’re going to go home and find they’ve been raped,” president of People for the Plains, Hugh Barrett, said as we strained to hear. Hugh was giving an interview to ABC radio Tamworth. He was referring to […]

Call an end to HIV/AIDS weasel words: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #AIDS2014

Chinese students show a handmade red ribbon one day ahead of the the World AIDS Day, at a school in Hanshan, east China’s Anhui province on November 30, 2009. (Source: World AIDS Day)

THE world has been watching Melbourne this week as the city hosts the 20th International AIDS Conference. Despite initial reports from the event focusing understandably on the delegates killed by the missile attack on their flight over eastern Ukraine, the conference agenda hit the airwaves visibly on this week’s episode of QandA. As a result […]

Labor must not let polls distract from party reform: @e2mq173 comments

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Labor has every reason to be pleased with the opinion polls. The Abbott government is now the worst-performing first-term federal government in history, and would face an embarrassing defeat if it were foolish enough to use a double dissolution to force its draconian budget through the Senate. Similarly, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine leads a deeply […]

Thorpie did not have a Sweet Sixteen: @burgewords #CreatingWaves for @IanThorpe

FALES START: Ian Thorpe falls from the blocks.

  I WASN’T going to write about Ian Thorpe’s coming out. What more can there be to say about this moment in his life, which has huge ramifications for him but should have none for us? But then I read one article which got me angry, the kind of piece I’d hoped to avoid but which I knew […]

A Murdoch-free household is a galaxy too far: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #NewsCorp

Team Murdoch includes Darth Vader (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

  NEWS sites are getting harder to access for free of late. Paywalls are up and apparently profitable for News Corp and Fairfax. Crikey had one for years and recently Wendy Harmer’s flagship site The Hoopla shut the gate on free reads with its 34 cent per day subscription. Media-hungry online consumers are faced with a choice about […]

Australia’s obsession with boats proves its racist core: @e2mq173 comments

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After days of media speculation, it is has been revealed that the asylum seeker boat towed to the Australian mainland was given special clearance by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison refused to comment on the vessel, or the reasons why the vessel was not diverted to Christmas Island in line with government policy. “It […]

Seaspray Victoria campaigners #lockthegate: @CounterActOz reports

Seaspray farmers, Photo: Stephen Issell

The little room was overflowing so we moved. Packed up chairs and shuffled them into the basketball auditorium. It was a pretty good turnout for a tiny town like Seaspray, Victoria – population 300. As we sat there - the basketball court festooned with Australian flags – I wondered how many of these kinds of meetings have […]