ABC Piers silence is consent: @CatherineDeveny on why she’s no Akerman

by Catherine Deveny June 17, 2013 Piers Ackerman commenting on PM’s misogyny speech I only know three things about Piers Akerman. He’s a right wing hack for one of Murdoch’s mouthpieces. Yesterday he went on Insiders and surprised no one by repeating rumors questioning the sexuality of Prime Minister Gillard’s partner, covering it clumsily with a dog whistle along the lines of ‘Who cares in this day and age if people are gay… but a lot of people have been saying he is’. The third thing I know is that Piers moderates his own blog and happily lets comments like the following past the keeper, “Deveny is one of Australia’s […]

@MsGraceCollier Cleavage fact check

[clear] by David Marler June 17, 2013 Yesterday on the ABC Radio National Outsiders program, debate turned to cleavage. On the panel to discuss the ‘Pandora’s box of political sexism’, National Affairs Editor for Crikey, Bernard Keane; writer, feminist, sociologist and social commentator, Eva Cox and Grace Collier, columnist and industrial relations consultant. For the first half of the interview it was a reasonable enough discussion on the events of the past few weeks. The Prime Minister’s ‘blue tie’ speech featured prominently. Also taking centre stage was ‘Menugate’ (where references to body parts of the PM were printed on a menu that was never distributed to tables at a Liberal party fundraiser). As the […]

Blogjam: the weeks blog action by @CastIronBalcony

by Helen Smart Thanks, Margo, for inviting me to post a Blogjam on No Fibs. I was a reader of Margo’s Webdiary back in the early Noughties, which featured a regular post of links to good reads for the week from the Ozblogosphere. The landscape has changed – many of the bloggers from that time have moved on, written books, or are now entertaining and educating us via Facebook and Twitter. But blogs are still with us. Here is a selection of posts from the Ozblogosphere for the week 9 June – 16 June. Inevitably, I’ll have made terrible, head-slapping omissions – so if there’s a fantastic blog post from […]

Sexism: I’ve had a gutful

by Fiona Armstrong June 17, 2013 Growing up in rural Queensland during the 70’s, I have been exposed to more than my fair share of sexism. This was the era of Joh Bjelke Peterson after all, and women were largely invisible in public and political life. Insulting women on the basis of gender was a national sport, and attitudes to women in that state at that time was in part responsible for my decision not to return to live there following my first overseas trip at age 20. Sexism was an ever present issue for the period of my professional life spent working as a registered nurse and – during that period […]

Don’t walk past, @abcmarkscott and @dailytelegraph

  Update: Barrie Cassidy on Jon Faine just said News Management are reviewing Piers Akerman position as we speak. #abc774 — No Fibs Geek (@geeksrulz) June 20, 2013     @abcmarkscott + K Williams ( News Ltd CEO), 'THE STANDARD YOU WALK PAST IS THE STANDARD YOU ACCEPT' Follow Fairfax example. @jointdestroyer — margo kingston (@margokingston1) June 16, 2013 Apology from ABC yet? Statement? Reporting? Apology from News Ltd yet? Statement? Reporting? Go #Fairfax. Set benchmark, reported stories — margo kingston (@margokingston1) June 16, 2013 Attempted to contact both, no response. RT @margokingston1: Apology from ABC yet? Statement? Reporting? Apology from News Ltd yet? — Karen Middleton (@KarenMMiddleton) June 16, 2013 […]

Reporting democracy in the seat where I live: @willsmore298 in Sturt

View Larger Map This @NoFibs Electoral Map is kindly provided by Paul Davis Sturt seat profile  by Shane Willsmore June 15, 2013 Paul Kelly grew up in the seat of Sturt. His song Adelaide – Kensington Road runs straight for a while before turning. We lived on a bend, it was here we were raised and fed – paints a melancholy picture of wide quiet streets and hedges all in a row. Eight years after Paul Kelly recorded Adelaide, in 1993, Christopher Pyne was elected as a 25 year old Member for Sturt. I’m Shane Willsmore, citizen journalist and teacher at a large government school just south of the River Torrens. […]

Immersion journalism for democracy

June 15, 2013 For more than a decade I argued inside and outside election planning meetings at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that we must do immersion journalism in key seats. Rushing in and out of seats on the circus bus and making a few calls to profile marginals was crap, I argued. My last experience on the bus, during the 1996 election, convinced me never to do it again. I wrote of the experience in my book on Pauline Hanson’s free-form, authentic encounters with Australians during the 1998 election campaign: ‘Any honest look at the disillusion in the Australian political landscape has to face up to the […]

Mal Brough style politics is back

A record breaking news and information about #menugate collated from Twitter

#FFSF What the hell is wrong with you people

        by Noely Neate June 14, 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au Enough is enough. This grubby Howard Sattler business is the last straw!   I may not be an academic like the everywhere ‘Feminist for Hire’ Eva Cox, or a so-called ‘Woman’s Authority’ like Mia Feedman. I am just a punter. A punter who is a mother, a daughter, a wife, a niece and a sister, and I am seriously pissed off. To be perfectly frank, I am not sure I even really like Prime Minister Julia Gillard (note my use of her title, Australian media).  I was totally feral with the changes to single parents – again media, it is ‘parents’ not just […]

The Mal Brough 48 Hour Special: At first the menu is real, then it’s not

Look, yesterday the matter was very confusing. I had been presented with a fait accompli that there had been a menu which I said at the time I have not seen was in no position to clarify whether something was there that I hadn’t witnessed. The last thing I wanted to do was make categoric statements which were found to be to be incorrect and as the day unfolded what became very clear was that a former staff member who my understanding has not been on the premises for several months prior to the 28th of March made an allegation to the Labor Party and to others that this document […]