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, […]

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 […]

Independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore  @gemoo4 5 September 2013 Candidate Q&A I talk politics with independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber. Georgie: You are running as an independent pro-nuclear conservative. When people think of a conservative political candidate, the first thing that crosses their mind usually isn’t a push for nuclear power. Do you think your candidacy has surprised people? Weber: I’m sure my candidacy has surprised a lot of people, but it is what I’ve been reading and discussing and working on for at least a decade. Georgie: How did you get involved in politics? Weber: I got into politics when I was very young, my wife and I met through young […]

PUP face in Higgins: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore  @gemoo4 26 August 2013 I talk personal and party politics with the Palmer United Party candidate for Higgins Phillip Dall. How did you get into politics? Well I have seen the ad that Clive Palmer was running [early June] about the Palmer Party saying that you do not need to have political experience. You just need to be a concerned Australia. I’ve often said, and I’ve often heard people say that “I wish I could do something about it; I wish I could have an influence.” Well it turns out now, for the first time in my life, I think I can. So that’s why I’m going for […]

Higgins MP Kelly O’Dwyer: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore 4 August 2013 I talk personal and party politics with the Liberal MP for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer. Georgie: How did you get into politics? O’Dwyer: Well, look, I was always interested in politics. I do not come from a political family. My family were interested in the issues affecting their local community. I grew up in Emerald [in Dandenong] which is quite some way away… grew up there on five acres with the goats, the veggie patch, the whole lot. It was a great, great upbringing. And really, I suppose, for me, a political awakening came when I was in about year 10, during the Keating recession […]

The Greens face in Higgins: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore 22 July 2013 In Conversation with The Greens’ candidate for Higgins James Harrison This is the second of a series of Q&As, where I talk personal and party politics with the candidates for the Higgins electorate. Next, I will speak with Liberal incumbent Kelly O’Dwyer. Georgie: James, how long have you been involved in politics? James: Well I’m relatively new to the world of politics. So, last October was the first time I ran in an election, which was the [City of Stonnington] council elections. Georgie: By how much did you lose in last year’s council elections? James: I missed out by 28 votes of being elected. Georgie: […]

@gemoo4 in conversation with Labor’s Higgins candidate Wesa Chau

By Georgie Moore 11 July 2013 The first piece on Higgins: Costello country: Higgins by @gemoo4 This is the first of a series of Q&As, where I talk personal and party politics with the candidates for the Higgins electorate. Next, I will speak with Greens candidate James Harrison. Georgie: So Wesa, how did you get into politics? Chau: I’ve actually joined the party since 2004. So it’s been a while and I’ve been doing a lot of activities around community work. I’ve been doing a little bit of community work and through that, I get you know, an understanding of how the political system works. Georgie: In what kind of community work […]

Costello country: Higgins by @gemoo4

View Larger Map This @NoFibs Electoral Map is kindly provided by Paul Davis Higgins Seat Profile by Georgie Moore 24th June 2013 One of the Liberal Party’s safest Victorian seats, Higgins (formed in 1948—49) has hosted a string of high-profile representatives: including Harold Holt (1949—1967), John Gorton (1968—1975) and Peter Costello (1990—2009). With incumbent MP Kelly O’Dwyer set to retain a 5.4% margin (post the 2010 election and pre-redistribution the margin was 6.8%). Higgins is largely neglected by the media and political cycle. But I’m interested in exploring what a blue-ribbon seat looks like during an election campaign. Is the seat so safe there isn’t any substantial debate? Are the local Leader […]