Ashby v Slipper Appeal: the first round

By Joan Evatt Source: Boeufblogginon February 8th 2013 There were surprisingly few members of the general public present at today’s directions hearing before Emmett J in the matter of the Ashby v Slipper applications for leave to appeal to the Full Bench of the Federal Court. Is this issue dead in the water with the masses and is now only of interest to the mainstream media? I’ll let others decide. The applications for leave to appeal were not heard today but will be heard before the Full Bench of the Federal Court during their May sittings. At the conclusion of the matter before Emmett J representatives of all parties toddled off […]

WANTED: Mal Brough for Questioning

A long, day for Mal Brough, from ‘up yours’ fluff to, well…. The Courier Mail had a soft  story on Mal Brough where they forgot to do journalism and ask the hard questions. Margo Kingston‘s incredulous reaction to the Courier Mail fluff piece came via Twitter” Brough delighted to take @couriermail call, No hard #Ashby ? & breathtaking 'I got away with i' campaign pic. story. http://t.co/Dpi62Zpl — margo kingston (@margokingston1) February 6, 2013 [email protected], so sad to realise the paper where I began my journalism has joined Abbott's protection racket for Mal [email protected] #Ashby — margo kingston (@margokingston1) February 7, 2013 [email protected], that's why I'm so sad @couriermail has joined […]

Questions for Mr Pyne

PYNE #ASHBY TWISTER: Can anyone draft a @QandA question Pyne can't find a way not to answer? http://t.co/4F1B9Shv — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 2, 2013 Mr Pyne, do you condone the theft of diaries from MPs? If not what action should be taken against people who request & receive stolen goods? What is your attitude to stealing the diary of an MP & giving it to his rivals? What is your attitude to someone receiving stolen property? Particularly if they confess to so doing? Do you support abusing the process of the Court? Do you believe being named in Federal Court indicating abuse of process warrants full and open press appearance? Mr Pyne, […]

Did Mr Pyne stay or leave the room?

Mr Pyne doorstop Adelaide February 3, 2013 Today the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer about how she intends to govern for the next seven months with what is clearly an unravelling government. The Prime Minister needs to confirm whether by elections will be held in the normal course of events, say within two to three months of a resignation and not held off til September in order to keep the Prime Minister’s tenuous hold on power in place. We know that we’ve had the resignations of Nicola Roxon and Chris Evans. We know that Peter Slipper and Craig Thomson are under a legal cloud. Robert McClennand has announced […]

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Lewis on why the Ashby judgement killed the story

By Margo Kingston February 3, 2013 Last night and this morning I had an interesting twitter conversation with my former press gallery colleague Steve Lewis @lewiss50, who broke the story of Ashby’s court action. Twitter conversations can be higgildy piggildy because others jump in and it’s hard to keep track of the order of remarks. Still, our exchange raises questions about the role and obligations of the journalist which academic media people may wish to extrapolate for us. It was triggered by this tweet at the beginning of Tony Abbott’s press club speech on January 31, and if it continues, I’ll update. Margo: Steve Lewis is the National Press Club’s […]

Pyne’s barking at Gillard, fawning for Brough

Transcript Hon Christopher Pyne MP Doorstop 2 February 2013 SUBJECTS: Labor Government resignations; South Australian State Leadership E&OE………………………….. Pyne: Well thank you all for coming out to Kmart Firle in my electorate for my first campaigning day since the Prime Minister announced the election date on September 14. Of course despite the Prime Minister’s assurances that we’re not in a campaign, I’m sure I’m not the only candidate or Member who is at a supermarket today across Australia selling our message to the Australian people about the need for change. Today I’d like to comment on the Prime Minister’s press conference this morning. If the last three days have been […]

Liberals Ashby wall of silence cracks….

First Labor – Liberal media debate on the Ashby Affair: Lateline transcript February 2, David Bradbury-v-Christopher Pyne http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3681711.htm Margo Kingston comments in red DAVID BRADBURY: … Can I make the point, there is one word I would like to remind Chris of and that’s Ashby and his involvement in the Ashby affair, but more particularly the way in which Tony Abbott continues to stand by Mal Brough. Now, whatever people say about Craig Thomson, these are very serious matters and they will be progressed through the court system, but when it comes to Mr Brough, he is a man that has an adverse finding from a Federal Court case, he […]

Cinderella, Sunshine Coast Style

View as slideshow This is a story about the struggle to become one of the elite by doing their dirty deeds, collecting damaging information to hold power and getting rich along the way.  The moral of the story is : there are none, no morals that is. The lesson is: If you are not one, an elite, you will never be one. Better people have tried.The players: 1. Peter Slipper, long term initially National, then Lib federal MP in the seat of Fisher on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Chipp [email protected] @geeksrulz v strong hunger for money. See spending patterns. Taxpayers should not be happy with this MP. Wed, Dec 19 […]

Updated: Questions for Mr Abbott at the National Press Club

January 31 Press Club review: There are many reasons why the Canberra Press Gallery is failing to fulfil its democratic role. A collapse in media revenues, 24 hour filing, no time to stay with a story and investigate it, an atmosphere which sees journos run from one ephemeral topic to another in waves, an exodus of experienced practitioners with a corporate memory, the removal of quality newspapers as the bedrock of serious journalism… When an institution is in trouble, leadership is required. I was proud of the gallery I once belonged to today. It was on trial, and it delivered a solid performance. I was moved to tears, though, by […]

Citizen Journalists and Sunshine Coast Daily combine to corner Mal Brough

Here is the full record of Margo Kingston’s Open Letter to the Sunshine Coast Daily editor Darren Burnett, his response and the subsequent Kathy Sundstrom article asking Mal Brough the AFHP questions. In the interview Mal Brough claims that he is unable to comment in detail on the Ashby matter because as he says: “The matter is before appeal, I have nothing further to add,” However the Federal Court’s Justice Rares decision stands as good law unless & until the original decision is overturned, set aside or altered on appeal. There has been no leave to appeal granted at this point. Mal Brough, when asked why he has not responded to requests for interviews, suggests […]