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 […]

March of the open-hearted: @Sally_Owl tells the inside story of #MarchInMarch

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By Sally Farrell  @Sally_Owl I started writing this on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, on a flight home after attending March in March (MiM) Melbourne last Sunday, and MiM Canberra on Monday, March 17. I am still giving thanks, six days later, for the miracle that ensured MiM 2014 was a great success, that the vision I had […]

Melbourne’s Massive #MarchinMarch: @kevin_rennie reports

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By Kevin Rennie  @kevin_rennie 17th March 2014 Someone asked me what purpose protesting on the streets would serve just six months after an election, especially about a very wide range of issues. A quick look at video of Melbourne’s March in March may help to clarify its importance at a time of growing government secrecy and […]

Then they came for the farmers… #SPC #leardblockade

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By Alison Parkes  6th February 2014 Two recent issues have been in the news lately concerning rural and regional communities – the impending closure of SPC and the Leardblockade. People in capital cities, on social media and old media talk about thinks like SPC or live export or another mine as if they are unaffected […]

Maverick Narrabri Councillor Bevan O’Regan ‘a certain style of country bloke’: @nocsg profile, Margo interview #leardblockade

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  UPDATE 12.55pm: Margo’s Q&A with dissident Narrabri Councillor Bevan O’Regan Bevan, 81, is a retired wheat and cattle farmer and the deputy Mayor of Narrabri Council with three sons and three grandchildren. “My hobbies are studying world and domestic politics, and my interests are my family and the farming world.”. I spoke with him […]

Doing politics differently: @indigocathy maiden speech

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Madam Speaker, Colleagues, special guests, friends and family. Madam Speaker, warm congratulations on your election. I thank you and my colleagues for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners and custodians of this land, both past and present. Today I am going to share a story – about myself, about my electorate […]

Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston

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By Margo Kingston, 1 December 2013 I take the Gold Coast train to Brisbane airport, the plane to Melbourne, the sky bus to Southern Cross Station, the train to Seymour, and the bus to Wangaratta train station. Wayne Jansson leads me to his battered old car and drives me to the hamlet of St James. A […]

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 […]

Progress 2013 Conference to plot political futures, by @Kevin_Rennie

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By Kevin Rennie, 23 October, 2013 Tony Abbott wants us to repent. Well here’s my confession. I have sinned by: • chipping in for the Climate Council • signing GetUp! and Change.org petitions about asylum seekers, the Great Barrier Reef and Burger Off’s campaign against McDonald’s in Tecoma. • voting for @Albo and agitating for […]