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






[clear] 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 […]






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






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






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






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, […]






#QldPol and the birth of Newmanism






By David [email protected] No Fibs Queensland Reporter 31 July 2013 Out of all the Australian states and territories, it is Queensland’s Newman Government that is the most indicative of what an Abbott led Australia might look like. Welcome to hashtag #Qldpol. May 17, 2012: New Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman rises and delivers his maiden […]






@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements






Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.   And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry: Read More: My people’s petition […]






Is the media reporting facts or opinion, and how does one tell the difference?






By Paul Davis May 29, 2013 The second Tuesday in May saw the Federal Government hand down the 2013-14 Federal Budget, with the Federal Opposition budget reply the following Thursday. While some people may be avid budget followers and analyse the speeches and budget papers, chances are the majority of Australian’s rely on the media […]






A baby boomer fires back at ‘a certain age bracket’






By Denis Wright February 26, 2013 Source: deniswright.blogspot.com.au I don’t get cross at much, but one thing that really sticks in my craw is the constant harping by a certain section of a certain age bracket – that somehow the baby-boomers are the source of all evil in the world. Not you, of course – you’re […]






Come on, wealthy baby boomers, take a cut in super tax concessions for the rest of us






By Noely Neate February 25, 2013 I had one of those bizarre mornings where a lot of similar themes unexpectedly came together and smacked me in the face about how self-obsessed we Australians have become. I had a conversation with a friend about Sunrise on 7 (which I am not allowed to watch anymore as […]