Anglesea community want Alcoa coal mine shut down: @takvera reports






Anglesea residents want to see the Alcoa owned power station and coal mine they have suffered with for the last 50 years closed down. Since Alcoa has closed the Port Henry Aluminium Smelter the last justification for the mine and power station has ended. The coal mine and power station no longer has a social […]






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






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 […]






History always repeats: @FrBower comments on conflict in #Gaza






Image sourced via social media When David the Bethlehemite went out to meet Goliath of Gath, neither of them could have possibly imagined that 3000 years later the same scenario would still be playing out on the very ground where they fought their famous battle. It is not my intention to take sides in this human […]






Selling out ethical journalism: @journlaw on @theage secret recordings #springst






[clear] It is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents, as we have been told happened at this year’s Victorian Labor conference. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their […]






The shadowy underbelly of Australia’s fair go: @FrBower comments on #racism






“I am not a racist! But…” We have all heard it and many of us have said it, but what does it mean? Australians are, for the most part, a pretty decent lot. We love the larrikin, the underdog and the idea of a fair go. However, just as there is always another side to […]






Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column






A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, […]






Seaspray Victoria campaigners #lockthegate: @CounterActOz reports






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 […]






A son’s endless political conversation with activist elder @GrattonWilson, AO MSc 1929-2014: @BenGrant58






  “A couple of weeks back one of my sons dropped by for a few days and introduced me to Twitter,” wrote Gratton Wilson in his debut article for No Fibs. “Turned out it was like taking on a new job,” he observed. In the three years since, this scientist and activist, who died on June […]






A week’s public debate on women: Sarah Capper review






by Sarah Capper 20 June 2013 A week in the life of an Australian woman, courtesy of public discourse, the news and media commentary. Tuesday 11 June Catch the late news. The first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard has given a speech to a fundraising group in Sydney called ‘Women for Gillard’ in which she warns of […]