Greg Mirabella heats CFA issue to boiling point in #Indivotes as #ausvotes nears: @Jansant reports

The husband of #Indivotes Liberal Party candidate Sophie Mirabella has been involved in an incident at Wangaratta pre-polling with a local Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteer from the local integrated fire station. No Fibs has been told a third person stepped inbetween the pair to stop Mr Mirabella advancing towards the volunteer. Both people involved in the incident allege Mr Mirabella said as he left: “You’re a fucking idiot” Mr Mirabella is the President of the local Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF). The incident involved the vice president of the local VFF and ALP member George Dimopoulos, and local volunteer firefighter and ALP member Lauren McCully. McCully told No Fibs: He’s […]

Greens #springst MP @ellensandell a scientist sick of anti-fact politics: @jansant interview

Note: Since this interview, The Greens have also claimed the lower house seat of Prahran, the second Greens lower house seat in Victoria. Ellen Sandell MLA (@ellensandell), the new State Member for Melbourne agreed to be interviewed by No Fibs after her historic win for The Greens. We met at a cafe in North Melbourne last Friday. No Fibs: How does it feel for The Greens to own Melbourne. Ellen Sandell: It feels good. We’ve got federal, state, local. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. No Fibs: On election night I noticed quite a bit of chatter on Twitter, some very contradictory comments such as “another career politician” and […]

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. . ReachTel LNP Queensland Labor has edged ahead with 51 percent of the two-party preferred vote for the first time since the 2012 election. The latest ReachTEL poll conducted jointly for 7 News Brisbane and The Courier Mail, showed the Liberal National Party holding a narrow primary vote lead of 39.2 percent over Labor’s 37.3 […]

The sleeping issue of climate change in the #vicvotes battle for Northcote reports @takvera

Both the Liberal and Labor parties have avoided talking about climate change in this election and Northcote is a good example of this bipartisan silencing of debate on climate policy. Candidates from both major parties refused to attend a Climate Q and A forum in the electorate on November 12. The group that organised this forum, Darebin Climate Action Now is an active group that has been quietly talking about the issue and impacts of climate change in this community for a number of years educating voters bit by bit. Rivalry is not unknown between the Council areas of Darebin and Moreland with the valley of the Merri Creek that […]

Northern #VicVotes at war as Libs payback Nats for McGowan #IndiVotes support: @Jansant reports

Yesterday The Border Mail reported altered how-to-vote cards had been handed out during pre-polling in Wangaratta, Northern Victoria, with Coalition partners saying a “rogue Wangaratta volunteer” was responsible. How-to-vote cards for Tony Schneider, the Liberal candidate for Euroa, had been altered by hand, advising a below the line vote, placing National Party Legislative Council candidate for Northern Victoria Damian Drum, at number four, below Liberal Party candidates. Coalition partners say rogue volunteer behind altered how-to-vote card. http://t.co/1KA95pwK0q pic.twitter.com/HMUeuStRwa — bordermail (@bordermail) November 25, 2014 As per the Coalition agreement, an above the line vote as recommended on Scheider’s how-to-vote card would distribute preferences: Wendy Lovell (Lib) Damian Drum (Nat) Amanda […]

Victorian Labor looks to Government as hung Legislative Council likely: @takvera on #vicvotes

As we enter the final days of the Victorian election campaign the polls show Labor headed for Government with a possible majority of 8 seats. But like all elections there will be expected wins and losses and some surprises. The result is never guaranteed. There is even a possibility of a hung parliament with the Greens having the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly. Labor needs to win seats in south-eastern Melbourne and bayside suburbs such as Carrum, Frankston, Bentleigh and Mordialloc where transport and education are important. Also in play are marginal Liberal seats on the north-eastern fringe of Melbourne like Yan Yean and Monbulk where the Great […]

East Gippsland #Greens seek policy debate for rural #VicVotes: Candidate @greengipps comments

A family member suggested I read Jan Bowman’s story about Geoff Ebbs, the Green Candidate for Griffith in the 2013 Federal election. I think maybe it was supposed to make me feel better about not winning the seat of Gippsland in the 2013 Federal election. Truth be told, however, I felt fine about losing because I never expected to win and I barely recognised Ebb’s sentiments. I think there may be some value in reporting my own experience because it’s borne of an extremely different but not uncommon context and I’ve come to some quite different conclusions. I live in a tiny town called Cabbage Tree Creek, East Gippsland, Victoria.  […]

Brunswick battle of progressive values between ALP and Greens – @Takvera #vicvotes

The next government of Victoria is not likely to be decided in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs where I reside, but in marginal electorates in Melbourne’s east and bayside suburbs, and regional electorates around Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo. But the innercity and inner north may see a sea-change in representation, if the results of the 2013 Federal election with the re-election of Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt and recent polling are anything to go by. The Greens may win the seats of Melbourne and Richmond, a Lonergan research poll reveals in a report in The Age, and are in with a fighting chance in Brunswick, and have longshot hopes in Northcote […]

Fawkner gives a grilling to #Broadmeadows MP Frank Maguire in safe #vicvotes Labor seat – @Takvera

Broadmeadows is one of the ALP’s safest seats in Victoria with over 20 per cent two party preferred margin to the Liberals. Because it is safe it gets largely ignored by the Liberals when in office, and to a lesser extent, also ignored by the Labor party who direct more funding for projects in their marginal seats. The electorate is located in northern Melbourne stretching from the northern suburbs of Glenroy, Hadfield and Fawkner in the City of Moreland up to Dallas, Broadmeadows, Westmeadows, and Meadow Heights in the City of Hume. It is located across the Federal seats of Wills and Calwell. Fawkner is a socially disadvantaged suburb in […]

Participation antidote to cynicism: the #indivotes democratic revolution, by @adropex

“What do rowers and politicians have in common?” asked Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre. “They both look one way and go another.” This resonated with the 265 attendees at the  “Indi talks Democracy” event who came to listen to Simon Longstaff and, “the warhorse from the inside”, former Federal Independent Member for New England Tony Windsor, discuss the ethics of politics. As the two men delivered their words, listened and answered questions, it was clear that it wasn’t so much what they said as the conversations that were being had that were paramount. The attendees were reminded of what they already knew but […]