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 […]

Security storm surrounds convicted Egyptian asylum seeker

by Kevin Rennie Source: Global Voices Online June 11, 2013 Accusations of ‘jihadist terrorism’ against an Egyptian asylum seeker have fuelled political brawling in the lead up to Australia’s election on 14 September 2013. Sayed Abdellatif was kept in low security detention for nearly a year despite an Interpol red alert for convictions during the Mubarak regime in 1999. The Opposition parties’ election promises include turning back refugee boats and increasing funding to the intelligence and security agencies. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded by setting up an internal inquiryinto the apparent security failure. Stories abound about alleged terrorist Sayed Ahmed Maksoud Abdellatif. Some involve accusations of involvement with al-Qaida funding. Others present […]

Chasing involved democracy in Indi: @Indigocathy v @SMirabellaMP

  Margo: Cambell Klose has volunteered to do media for Cathy Mcgowan, a community candidate challenging Sophie Mirabella in the safe Liberal seat of Indi at the federal election. His piece is the 4th in our series on new political activists. Those of you who read Not Happy, John! know that grassroots democracy is very close to my heart, and if a resident of Indi would like to report Indi democracy in action from now till election day I’d be delighted to hear from you.   By Cambell Klose 10 June, 2013 For as long as I can remember my electorate of Indi has been a safe Liberal seat. Before […]