Julie Bishop promotes jewellery for Liberal Party donor: @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol

The jeweller, the retailer and the foreign minister. How a blue opal necklace linked Julie Bishop to Liberal Party donors and sparked the war over the abolition of Sunday penalty rates. Foreign minister Julie Bishop has modelled an opal collier for one of the Liberal Party’s donors at the launch of the taxpayer funded program, “G’Day USA”. The […]

From #Watergate to #Ashbygate: A review of “Ashbygate” the book, by Joan Evatt @Boeufblogginon

A few weeks ago Ross Jones and Dave Donovan, of Independent Australia, sent me messages asking me to review Ross’s book on the Ashbygate saga. Despite being as crook as Rookwood I was more than happy to agree, and in due course a copy appeared in my letterbox. I was in the middle of reading […]

The collected rage of Chris Kenny post-Abyan interview – @Qldaah #auspol

Analysis The Australian’s associate editor and former chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, Chris Kenny was the first and only journalist to be granted a visa to visit and report on the Australian asylum seeker detention centres located on the island nation of Nauru. Neither the paper or Kenny would confirm if the $8,000 application fee was paid. A […]

Press Gallery’s ‘Cult of Malcolm’ makes Apple fanbois look like amateurs: @YaThinkN calls BS

  If I have to see one more Press Gallery piece along the lines of ‘poor PM Turnbull besmirched by grubby Labor just because he is rich’ I swear I will scream. The phrases “Politics of envy” and “Class Warfare” have been so over-used in recent days and for the life of me I can’t […]

War, greed and the future of #Syria: @MargaretOConno5 reports

This article is dedicated to ordinary Syrians, whose capacity for hospitality is legendary, including those who went right out of their way for an injured Australian as he lay in pain on the cobblestones of ancient Damascus, and who are now experiencing such desperately hard times. I haven’t forgotten you. Somewhat unexpectedly, I visited Syria […]

Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) […]

Get your house in order – The media trial of Billy Gordon: #qldpol #MediaWatch @Qldaah

Live blog of events surrounding the Gordon case. Table of contents Introduction. Get your house in order. Domestic violence is not a political tool – Ross Bowler. Cairns Now and Gavin King. The updates section (January 21, 2016) – Extortion complaint against Christine Gibson dropped. (December 23, 2015) – Billy Gordon vows comeback. (December 09, 2015) – Matter […]

A citizen journalist on finding her voice…@JanB_QLD reflects PART 2 ABC 612

In a sense, the ABC Community Correspondent experience started for me as a result of the No Fibs election project. Over the course of the Griffith by-election campaign in early 2014, I became a shameless self-promoter, and when attending launches and other campaign events I would send out live tweets. After participating in and live […]

The Newman Abbott factor – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah

ReachTel – TPP Labor 51pc. The Newman Abbott factor. Cash for probity. Cash for gravel – update. Final 730 Qld airs. Springborg looking forward to coronial inquest into teenagers’ deaths. North Stradbroke Island miner Sibelco to close Yarraman quarry. Electricity sell-off, the Victorian experience. Tweet of the week – Journos being flown to remote places. […]

Public and Politicians gather in #Canberra to rally against #OurABC cuts: @jeevens reports

“No if’s. No buts. No ABC cuts,” chanted the crowd gathered outside Parliament House yesterday in response to the recently announced ABC and SBS funding cuts. It was the final rally in a series supporting the Our stories Our future Our ABC campaign, a joint initiative involving the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the […]