Sarah Henderson, Corangamite’s incoming Liberal MP? @PrimMich interview

By Michelle Primmer September 1, 2013 I played a game of phone tag with the Liberal Party’s Sarah Henderson and her office trying to tee up a time to meet. I was keen to get an in person interview, but her schedule had been chock-a-block. Now with the election just a week away, I was beginning to think I wouldn’t get an interview. Then I received an email from her saying she would call me. Ten minutes later she rang. I knew it would be unsuccessful if I had to do a phone interview with no recording. Out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband’s phone on […]

So who is that Corangamite bloke who reckons ‘Tony is a tool’? @PrimMich investigates

By Michelle Primmer August 27, 2013 Last weekend I saw an online photograph of a man standing at the Belmont office of Corangamite Liberal Party candidate Sarah Henderson. He was holding a sign that said ‘Tony Abbott is a tool’. It gave me a laugh, as did seeing the image on Twitter, so when a friend posted the image on Facebook, I asked if the guy was at Henderson’s office right then. Sure enough, he was, so I headed down to have a chat. Here’s what I discovered about the man behind the sign. His name is Anthony, he commutes 3 days a week to Melbourne where he works as […]

Corangamite’s @DCheesemanMP on the brink: @PrimMich interview

By Michelle Primmer August 27, 2013 On Thursday August 22 Kevin Rudd came to town for a very early morning pre-breakfast meeting cum rally with Geelong MPs Richard Marles (Corio) and Darren Cheeseman (Corangamite). He spent a large chunk of the day campaigning with Darren around his electorate. Later that afternoon Darren headed out to the South Barwon Civic Centre in Belmont for a 5.30pm debate with his Liberal counterpart Sarah Henderson organized by the local newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser. You can read the Addy’s report on that here and also my live tweets from the debate here. I had contacted Darren’s media advisor requesting an interview with him after […]

Undecided voters – who are they and what are they waiting for?

By Michelle Primmer August 22, 2013 There was a debate last night between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in front of 100 supposedly undecided voters. Abbott was declared the winner, based on the votes of these people. The count was 37 in favour of Abbott, 35 for Rudd, and 33 undecided. The fact this adds up to more than 100 is an anomaly in itself. Outside the room, people online declared “their” candidate the winner. If you were already an Abbott fan, you thought he won, and if you were already a Rudd fan you thought he won. Some supposed neutral commentators called it for Rudd. […]

Offering an election-night party with hot models seemed a good strategy for Corangamite, says PUP candidate

By Michelle Primmer August 15, 2013 Buddy Rojek arrived in Corangamite with quite a splash. The novice politician, running for the Palmer United Party, made front-page news in the Geelong Advertiser on August 13 after he put out a flyer seeking volunteers to hand out how-to-vote cards and promising a “rocking” election-night party featuring hot models. I had already contacted Buddy for an interview for @nofibs and had tried to tee up a time before the Australian Youth Climate Coalition Corangamite candidates’ forum in Torquay on the evening after the story appeared. As it turned out, he was quite reluctant to chat to me after having been pursued all day by […]

The Australian Sex Party’s face in Corangamite – Jayden Millard

By Michelle Primmer August 12, 2013   Politics seems like a mug’s game, but as I meet the candidates I’m realising there are some very passionate people who want to stand up for what they believe is best for Australia.  Jayden Millard, Corangamite candidate from the Australian Sex Party, says he’s one of them. Why do you want to be a politician? Because I love my country too much. I don’t want it to go to rack and ruin with the current illogical, nonsensical policies of the major political parties. The way I see it, the government is there to provide a fair playing field for its citizens and currently […]

The Greens face in Corangamite: @PrimMich reports

By Michelle Primmer, 7 August, 2013 Politics is a pretty brutal place, at least from where I view it.  There seems to be so much anger and vitriol it’s hard to imagine wanting to get involved.  Everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to call you a d***head as you walk by or to ask questions of a personal nature. These are events you wouldn’t find in most places of employment. When I met Corangamite Greens candidate Lloyd Davies at the local Belmont library for my first interview as a citizen journalist, my first question was based on that. Why do you want to be a politician? An absolutely […]

In Corangamite 386 voters could have elected PM Abbott: @PrimMich reports

View Larger Map Seat Profile By Michelle Primmer 27 July, 2013 I am in my mid 40s and work part time as an accountant, but will shortly be leaving my employment and hope to commence a Graduate Diploma of Teaching at Deakin University. By this time next year I hope to be a teacher. I have been married for almost 16 years and have three children aged 14, 12 and 9 – two in the local primary school and one in the local high school. We live in the suburbs of Geelong. My workplace is a 10-minute drive from home and my husband commutes on the train to Melbourne. The […]