Burnt bridges: A reflection on the demise of Sophie Mirabella by @adropex

    The result in the seat of Indi is final. Only in the last few weeks, as her 2016 campaign collapsed, has the topic of Sophie Mirabella not rekindled in me the upset and anxiety of the last decade. Rather the emotion was one of grudging compassion. With hindsight, the similarity in the unrelenting energy Sophie spent achieving pre-selection for a safe seat where she had no connection and the manner in which she ‘parachuted’ into the family circle of Colin Howard is evident. Her preparedness to do whatever it took to obtain and maintain power was extraordinarily brazen. It is fair to say that to engineer the progress […]

Burning down the house with the mother of all #ausvotes wedges: @Jansant comments

The Liberal Party in Victoria has run a divisive election campaign designed to wedge the vital volunteer emergency service the Country Fire Authority (CFA), creating deep divisions within communities and families. After the Liberal Party and their flying squad of media goons unsuccessfully went after the #Indivotes kids who dared oppose and beat them – I’m not surprised they would also attack one of the oldest organisations in Victoria that brings people together from all political backgrounds for the common good. The CFA has a deep and rich history rooted in the 1850s when communities began creating their own local volunteer firefighting brigades. In the early part of the 1900s, […]

Greg Mirabella heats CFA issue to boiling point in #Indivotes as #ausvotes nears: @Jansant reports

The husband of #Indivotes Liberal Party candidate Sophie Mirabella has been involved in an incident at Wangaratta pre-polling with a local Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer from the local integrated fire station. No Fibs has been told a third person stepped inbetween the pair to stop Mr Mirabella advancing towards the volunteer. Both people involved in the incident allege Mr Mirabella said as he left: “You’re a fucking idiot” Mr Mirabella is the President of the local Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). The incident involved the vice president of the local VFF and ALP member George Dimopoulos, and local volunteer firefighter and ALP member Lauren McCully. McCully told No Fibs: He’s […]

Some snowy vox pops before the final #Indivotes week of #ausvotes heat: @Jansant reports

Vox pop questions Have you taken an interest in the election campaign? What is the most important election issue to you? Will the CFA dispute impact how you vote? Are you satisfied with how Cathy McGowan has represented Indi? Tolmie Wade Jackson Not really. Look at re-doing roads. Yes, the CFA saves all the towns and they don’t even get paid for it. Yes in one way, she’s doing alright. I’m a deer hunter, there’s so much vermin up here in the National Park, they want to bait it but they could easily get people to hunt. Damian Lowry I have a bit of a look in the afternoon on […]

Voters grill @IndigoCathy and @MartyCorboyNats #Indivotes Libs cry forum foul: @Jansant reports

The ABC Goulburn Murray (@ABCGM), The Border Mail (@bordermail) #Indivotes forum was held on Monday night at The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Only candidate not to attend was Rise Up Australia candidate, Vincent Ferrando. Jon Faine: “Wonderful to see democracy in action.” Not ruling out appearance of Mr Ferrando. #IndiVotes — David Johnston (@david_johnston5) June 20, 2016 Is the @RiseUpAustrali1 party gaging their Indi candidate “…since your new, you shouldn’t speak much anyway”? #indivotes — Geoffrey Butt (@GeoffreyAlbury) June 20, 2016 Our Indi forum is underway with a full house at Wangaratta PAC #indivotes pic.twitter.com/kMVxNtra4O — ABCGoulburnMurray (@ABCGM) June 20, 2016 Each candidate has two minutes to make pitch […]

Deputy PM @Barnaby_Joyce parachutes Latham into #IndiVotes: @jansant reports

As expected, #Indivotes got a whole lot more interesting with pre-polling, the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) even parachuted Mark Latham into the marginal seat. On the Sunday before pre-polling, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), Marty Corboy (@martycorboynats) and former Nationals member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper, put on a very public display of (and I select my word carefully) unity. That’s unity in stopping Indi from falling back into the hands of Sophie Mirabella and the Liberals. Plenty of happy snaps. Corboy on his fluoro shoes: Orange isn’t exclusive On Wednesday The Border Mail (TBM) ran a story that led with: NATIONALS’ candidate Marty Corboy has distanced himself from […]

Part 9 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

Jasper coaches @martycorboynats to stomping #Indivotes victory over @IndigoCathy: @jansant reports

Part 8 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

Part 7 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.