Six #Greens16 contests to watch on #ausvotes election night reports @takvera

As we watch who might form a majority government, or whether we might have a hung parliament, here are the six seats to watch for the Greens on Saturday night: Melbourne, Batman, Wills, Higgins, Melbourne Ports, and Richmond. Another 6 seats of interest where the Greens vote is substantial but may fall short includes: Gellibrand (Vic), Sydney (NSW), Grayndler (NSW), Fraser (ACT), Fremantle (WA), and Brisbane (Qld). Of course Greens preferences will be crucial in these contests for Labor. Watching the Greens step up to the major league competing with the Coalition Parties and Labor has been interesting. But media coverage and inclusion in debates has only been begrudgingly conceded, […]

Some snowy vox pops before the final #Indivotes week of #ausvotes heat: @Jansant reports

Vox pop questions Have you taken an interest in the election campaign? What is the most important election issue to you? Will the CFA dispute impact how you vote? Are you satisfied with how Cathy McGowan has represented Indi? Tolmie Wade Jackson Not really. Look at re-doing roads. Yes, the CFA saves all the towns and they don’t even get paid for it. Yes in one way, she’s doing alright. I’m a deer hunter, there’s so much vermin up here in the National Park, they want to bait it but they could easily get people to hunt. Damian Lowry I have a bit of a look in the afternoon on […]

Barnaby Joyce no show at Energy Futures Forum Armidale reports @takvera #NewEnglandVotes #ausvotes

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals candidate for New England, Barnaby Joyce, attended a lunchtime candidates forum in Tamworth, but was a no show for the Energy Futures Forum at Armidale in the evening of Tuesday 21 June. The New England electorate is a tight contest with former Independent MP Tony Windsor standing for election. Nofibs has curated social media tweets reporting from the Energy Future Forum. [View the story “Joyce a no show at #NewEnglandvotes Energy Futures Forum in Armidale #ausvotes” on Storify] Photo courtesy @AustralisTerry /twitter

The Liberals have a #MissingClimatePolicy, but don’t want you to know reports @takvera #Ausvotes

The High Court has found there is an implied right of political speech in the Australian Constitution, but that doesn’t stop the Liberal Party putting pressure for an inconvenient election billboard to be taken down. Environment Victoria paid for a Billboard opposite and a bit down the road from the Liberal Party campaign headquarters in the marginal seat of Deakin in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The billboard was up for about 72 hours on the busiest intersection in Deakin. Environment Victoria say the local branch of the Liberal Party made a complaint to the owner of the site, who then had the billboard taken down. Our billboard was taken down after […]

Taking the 100pc #renewables message to @TurnbullMalcolm in Wentworth for #ausvotes – @takvera

The Prime Minister’s electorate of Wentworth in Sydney played host to a Solar Citizens forum at Paddington Town Hall: the Wentworth 100 percent renewables forum. Former MP for Wentworth John Hewson turned up and gave the keynote address. Wentworth is one of the wealthiest electorates in Australia, but it also has the second lowest uptake of solar PV in Australia. The Paddington Town Hall was used for the forum and had a packed audience. Though Malcolm Turnbull, the member for Wentworth, couldn’t make it, the organisers kept a chair vacant on stage with his name on it. The Prime Minister was invited to a peoples forum up in Brisbane with […]

Queen of Mean takes on Miss Congeniality and #Indivotes braces for the onslaught: @Jansant reports

Last June when Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Indi, the much anticipated McGowan V’s Mirabella rematch was on and the unofficial campaign was off and running. Mirabella went out hard and early, barely a day went by she wasn’t doing media: I’m back and you will see me, at least that’s what it felt like at times. In September, local Indi media slammed Mirabella’s “playground politics” at the opening of the Spirit of Anzac exhibition in Wodonga. Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), was snubbed during official proceedings and Mirabella followed former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) around for every available photo opportunity. The former […]

Oh @MirabellaSophie you have not changed, by @camklose #Indivotes

Disclosure: Campbell Klose was Cathy McGowan’s media advisor at the 2013 election. Cast your mind back, if you will, to the 2007 federal election. A rogue Tony Abbott, let off his leash, went through the Coalition’s slim chances of re-election like a wrecking ball; abusing Labor members on live TV, giving erratic interviews and generally living up to Paul Keating’s observation of him as the ‘resident nutter’ of Parliament House. In a similar fashion, Liberal candidate for the seat of Indi Sophie Mirabella tore through the electorate and then the nation this week, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake and frantic ministers to pick up the pieces. She’s […]

Greens launch bid for #Wills2016 reports @takvera #Ausvotes

Last weekend I attended the Greens campaign launch in Wills. This electorate is one of a very few around Australia where the battle is now between Labor and the Greens. The Greens have pre-selected a high profile local candidate: Samantha Ratnam is a local Greens Councillor and current Mayor of the City of Moreland. A social worker by training, she is highly articulate and compassionate. Her campaign launch was conducted at the Brunswick Foodstore opposite the rear entrance to Barkly Square shopping centre. It is one of those new food, boutique beer and entertainment cafes that have become much more common in this suburb over the last decade. Proud to […]

So @martycorboynats v @mirabellasophie at #indivotes, how will @Barnaby_Joyce play? @adropex reports

The Coalition ‘Cupid Shuffle? What was Warren Truss thinking when at a recent media doorstop he singlehandedly emasculated the National Party in Victoria? For that matter, what was Sophie Mirabella thinking when, during this same media event, she deposited six years of her career in the ”can’t actually deliver” bin? Warren Truss, in the final weeks of his National Party leadership, visited the rural Victorian seat of Indi held by Independent MP, Cathy McGowan. Once considered a safe Liberal seat the Nationals are fielding a candidate for the first time since 2001. Truss was there to support the Nationals candidate Marty Corboy and was accompanied by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget […]

Greens and ALP preselect candidates for #Wills2016 #Ausvotes reports @takvera

The 2016 Federal election is warming up in the seat of Wills, in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. Preselection and nomination of candidates for the ALP and Greens has taken place. For some background of the seat see the Wills seat Profile I wrote in 2013. [View the story “Greens and ALP preselect candidates for #Wills2016 #Ausvotes” on Storify] Disclosure: John Englart while expressing progressive politics, is not a member of any political party. He is an active local observer of politics in the seat of Wills and pursues issue based politics through local environmental and community groups such as Climate Action Moreland and Sustainable Fawkner.