A pollie lied and actually got pinged for it! Barry O’Farrell gives punters Easter cheer: @YaThinkN comments

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  Okay we all know that Sydney is the centre of the Universe; just ask every major paper and the TV stations. This week has been particularly bad for those that are not fortunate enough to live in the most important city in the country – yes, note use of sarcasm font there – with […]

Cash for Campbell, Newman named in ICAC inquiry: @Qldaah analysis #qldpol

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Much to Queensland’s surprise, Premier Campbell Newman was named in New South Wales this week as political worlds collided over former NSW Labor MP, Eddie Obeid. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) heard that Newman had received a $5,000 donation when he was Lord Mayor of Brisbane toward his re-election fund in exchange for a […]

Newman Government’s second anniversary: doctors, lawyers and another MP pay rise: @Qldaah analysis

It should have been a time of celebration but Campbell Newman's second anniversary in office was marred by more controversy.

Campbell Newman’s Liberal National Party (LNP) has completed its second year in office. However, the March 26 anniversary was marred by more controversy. Newman began the week by announcing a proposal for new alcohol related violence laws: Life for one-punch killers, user-pays drunk tanks among new booze plans for Queensland. This would see tougher penalties […]

Corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald QC names Queensland power abuses: @Qldaah analysis

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On Friday, March 28, 2014, Tony Fitzgerald condemned Campbell Newman’s Liberal National Party (LNP) government for proposed changes to Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC). In a written submission to the parliamentary committee reviewing the bill, Mr Fitzgerald described the move as: “the final step needed to remove the Commission’s independence entirely and bring it completely […]

Twitterchat today on next moves for CARE (Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements)

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By Rosie Williams Source: infoaus.net 11 November 2013 It is going to be a big week leading into the return to parliament. On Tuesday night 12th from 8pm DST (7pm QLD) I will be running the second #BudgetAus Twitter chat focusing again on the rorts. This is the day our new parliament sits for the first time so […]

Citizens Against Rorting of Entitlements (CARE) Policy Response Survey, by @budget_aus

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By Rosie Williams 1 November 2013 Source: InfoAus What do you, I and US Secretary of State John Kerry have in common? We are all protagonists of grassroots activism. You can’t have democracy without the demos and I heard John Kerry tell of the grassroots activism leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency this […]

How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?

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By Margo Kingston, 8 October, 2013 It looks like the Prime Minister is a serial cheat. It’s hard to imagine a bigger test of the integrity and fairness of our democratic institutions than that. Will the press gallery get forensic and press for answers from the PM and action from the authorities? Will the AFP investigate? […]

GetUp! update Murdoch ad ban

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Howard’s Bush barbecue memories to prepare for Abbott government

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By Margo Kingston, 24 August, 2013 Wondering who will be in the Abbott Government’s club? It took a while, but back in 2003 Webdiarists and I worked out who Howard invited to his barbecue with George Bush. Believe it or not the guest list was a secret, and there’ll be many more of those, folks. Paul Ramsey of […]

Is @TonyAbbottMHR really ‘volunteering’?

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By Margo Kingston 15 July 2013 For as long as I’ve been on Twitter tweeps have questioned the correctness of Mr Abbott’s claiming travel allowance from taxpayers for his ‘volunteer’ activities. Just yesterday @phonytonyabbott posted a piece detailing his expenses for surfing, fun runs and cycling. I am advised that Mr Abbott can claim these activities […]