Press Council upholds @margokingston1 complaint against @dailytelegraph on #Ashby

By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 27 February 2014 Soon after I took to Twitter in late 2012 I was horrified by the decision of the Daily Telegraph to bury its report of the December 12 Rares judgement dismissing James Ashby’s sexual harassment action against Peter Slipper as an abuse of Court process. The paper screamed headlines when it broke the lodgement of Ashby’s claim and pursued the case very, very hard (see The Daily Telegraph coverage of the Slipper scandal). I therefore made a complaint to the Press Council against that newspaper on December 22 and began a fascinating journey. On June 12 last year I flew to Sydney at my own expense for […]

We need to talk about: corporate and political entitlements

By Anon 25th February 2014 Our new government says the age of entitlement is over, so lets look at why that’s a good idea. If you export a product Austrade gives you grants for ‘promotional activities’ up to $150,000 a year, for eight years. The Export Grant Scheme is worth $150 million per year and runs until 2016. The Australian Institute of Export says it allows business to commit to: “Extra advertising, create new marketing materials, engage marketing consultants, undertake more trips to prospective markets, and set up promotional offices overseas”. On a “marketing visit” you get $300 a day for accommodation, entertainment and living expenses, oh, and a 65 […]

Operation Sovereign Borders: an @adropex fact check

By Lesley Howard @adropex 21st February 2014 No matter what you think of the ALP or the LNP policy on asylum seekers, regardless of whether you voted for this government or not, the riots, the violence and social unrest, the fear, the death and the injuries happened on our watch. Ours. Us. Australia. Australia is a signatory to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, a United Nations multilateral treaty that defines the rights of individuals seeking asylum and the responsibilities of nations that provide asylum. No matter our individual view as to whether the ‘transferees’, ‘asylum seekers’ or ‘refugees’ should be settled in Australia, no matter our personal politics, once […]

Sweetening the deal: #SPCsunday helps preserve Aussie icon @LindaDrummond reports

By Linda Drummond @LindaDrummond 15th February 2014 It’s easy to look at an issue and think: Someone should do something about that, but it seems our governments are becoming less inclined to be the ones to do something. So where does that leave us? We can either complain. Or we can act. Last week I acted, almost by accident, by creating the #SPCsunday campaign. As this article explains, a simple conversation on Twitter spread throughout the social media and into supermarkets and homes across Australia. Like anyone with a social conscience, when I act I hope to make a difference, but don’t really expect to. So I was pretty blown away […]

Crystal ball predictions for politics 2014 by @sarah_capper

[clear] By Sarah Capper  @sarah_capper 14th February 2014 Our federal representatives, who we ushered in with gusto last September, returned to Canberra this week – the land of what Wikipedia (hey, if it’s good enough for the Environment Minister) describes as being home to “politics, public service, pornography,pyrotechnics, pot and prostitution – the “Six P’s” as they are known.” Let’s make it seven: PRIDE. It may seem like an eternity, but the Abbott Government has been in power for just over 100 days (approaching the 150-day-mark). Typically, modern Australian political parties get at least two terms to flex their governing muscles. The first term is often reserved for doing the “tricky” business – running with agendas that are […]

The face behind the hashtag: @LindaDrummond and #SPCsunday success

@Anniepalooza @taupe_cat Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr… whatever it takes. Spread the word and make #SPCsunday a thing. — Linda Drummond (@LindaDrummond) February 6, 2014 By Linda Drummond @LindaDrummond 10th February 2014 I never thought that a conversation on Twitter would spread so far. Like many people in Australia, I watched the news unfold about SPC Ardmona (SPCA) with increasing dismay. The thought of seeing farmers lose their livelihoods, the factory closing and the negative impact on the community gave me chills. Buying local comes naturally to me, but I had to admit that when it came to SPC or Ardmona, my pantry didn’t feature any of the products. So when I […]

@Jansant interviews respected refugee advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM @Kon__K from the @ASRC1

[clear] By Wayne Jansson  @jansant February 8, 2014 Ever since John Howard’s Tampa affair back in 2001, refugees arriving by boat have been at the centre of political debate in Australia. A campaign to demonise and dehumanise refugees has been in full swing ever since. Its been so successful the Abbott government has even seen the value in using refugees to launch a fresh round of attacks on the ABC for perceived bias. Criticism is growing both in Australia and around the world to our treatment of refugees. This criticisms is aimed at both the policies and the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of the Australian government. #UNHCR is concerned about reports of […]

#SPC Ardmona isn’t just a factory – @AmyFeldtmann memories

[clear] By  Amy Feldtmann  @AmyFeldtmann 2nd February 2014 Originally published at amyfeldtmann.com I am a graduate of Dookie Primary School No. 1527, where there was a grand total of five students in my grade. All up, our school roll-call peaked at about 60 in my later years. The primary school was on a block so large that a city property developer would probably stack no less than 200 apartments on it. Other than Pine Lodge Primary School, a few kilometers down the road, which actually had real bush as part of its playground, we must have had the highest square-metre-of-playground-per-child ratio in the state. Our little town, population 260, was (is) surrounded […]

The publish button killed the media: @burgewords comments

This week’s cancellation of the funding behind Australia’s flagship online news source The Global Mail sent shock waves through the local media, because many journalists were watching to see if the rise of the independent online media hub was a viable career lifeboat. It’s not all bad news for the staff at The Global Mail. They’ve got about three weeks to find other sources of funding. If that fails, another flock of querulous journos will descend on the already job-starved media landscape. What’s clear to me now is that the social media is the only media. The demeanour of journalist Mike Seccombe said it all, when he fronted-up for an […]