Maintain silence for the sheep: @Sally_Owl comments

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So much of what the Abbott Government is about is intertwined in ensuring that the big end of town, the ‘one percenters’ as they are referred to, are able to regain the significant losses they suffered during the global financial crisis – with the 99 percenters footing the bill. Australia, with the election of this […]

Will Libs bite bullet, withdraw Howard’s over-the-top entitlements to self-funded retirees?

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By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 9th March, 2014 When Samantha Maiden reported today that the Audit Commission wanted super-generous seniors health card benefits to self-funded retirees reversed, I dug up my 2002 SMH budget comment on the matter. The Libs are to blame for this totally unsustainable entitlement culture they knew would help cripple the budget […]

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 […]

#SPC Ardmona isn’t just a factory – @AmyFeldtmann memories

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By  Amy Feldtmann  @AmyFeldtmann 2nd February 2014 Originally published at amyfeldtmann.com I am a graduate of Dookie Primary School No. 1527, where there was a grand total of five students in my grade. All up, our school roll-call peaked at about 60 in my later years. The primary school was on a block so large that […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 2 – I see action

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Storify by The Geek Thu, Jan 16 2014 20:45:39 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 2 – I see action Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Moonset #leardblockade pic.twitter.com/c3tJi2pC1l margo kingston@margokingston1 · Thu, Jan 16 2014 11:42:27 […]

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 […]

Time for citizen action on MP travel scams: @budget_aus has a go

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By Rosie Williams 20 October 2013 I have been working to improve Australia’s budget transparency for a year now. I built the first ever implementation of the entire federal budget as an online searchable database at BudgetAus. The database allows you to search across every agency and portfolio, providing a total of spending (with all forward years where […]

A Labor man on Labor’s Father’s Day campaign launch

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By Barry Rutherford  2 September, 2013 Beautiful Brisbane. Perfect this time of year. Why would you want to be anywhere else but Queensland?  I keep asking myself the same question everyday about Australian Politics.  Why do the polls indicate the people of Australia want a change of Government? We have low inflation, low unemployment, AAA […]

How the media stuffed up twice on $10 billion black hole yarn

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Supreme confusion reigns among our esteemed media on the story, the players, their roles and the status of information released by the Government today. The Government claims that earlier performed departmental costings and modelling of the Coalition’s policies showed that they are likely to produce a $10 Billion black hole. Below is a quick summary […]

Economy, education and climate are key issues, says Wills Labor MP Kelvin Thomson

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14 August 2013 Wills Labor MP Kelvin Thomson identifies economic stability, education and climate change as key issues and outlines his background as a defender of the local environment, in an interview with Wills citizen journalist John Englart. Kelvin has been the member for Wills (See Seat profile) in Melbourne’s north since 1996. He has a legal background, […]