“Under the LNP there’ll be no restraint” on coal trade expansion, says Chris Pyne’s Green challenger in Sturt

By Shane Willsmore August 10, 2013 The Australian Greens are a party of increasing strength and influence in Australian politics. The left is no longer purely about the battle for the rights of the worker, but also about the environment, battling global warming and protecting pristine habitats and rare species. More recently, offering a more compassionate approach to asylum seekers has also become a key point of difference. The Greens dare to differentiate themselves strongly and face attacks from both major parties for it. As I pulled up in my 4WD to meet Anne Walker, Greens candidate for Liberal Christopher Pyne’s seat of Sturt, she was waiting in her sensible […]

@willsmore298 report on Rick Sarre ALP candidate for Sturt

By Shane Willsmore 7 July 2013 Shane Willsmore first report: Reporting democracy in the seat where I live: @willsmore298 in Sturt Rick Sarre is the ALP Candidate for the federal seat of Sturt, in the east/north east of the glorious city of Adelaide. The current sitting member is the ever smiling Mr Christopher Pyne, and has been for the last 20 years. Sturt needs slightly less than a 4% swing towards Labor to welcome in its first ALP politician in 40 years. Rick is the first ALP candidate to come back for a second go since 1972. Labor recognition polling has shown that around 10% of people recognise him as the federal ALP […]

Reporting democracy in the seat where I live: @willsmore298 in Sturt

View Larger Map This @NoFibs Electoral Map is kindly provided by Paul Davis Sturt seat profile  by Shane Willsmore June 15, 2013 Paul Kelly grew up in the seat of Sturt. His song Adelaide – Kensington Road runs straight for a while before turning. We lived on a bend, it was here we were raised and fed – paints a melancholy picture of wide quiet streets and hedges all in a row. Eight years after Paul Kelly recorded Adelaide, in 1993, Christopher Pyne was elected as a 25 year old Member for Sturt. I’m Shane Willsmore, citizen journalist and teacher at a large government school just south of the River Torrens. […]