NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016

Polling Day Imagery, Alice Springs. Credit AEC

Polling Day Imagery, Alice Springs. Credit AEC

Rolling coverage of the Australian Federal Election Campaign 2016 including weekly podcasts by Margo Kingston, Paula Matthewson and host Wes Mountain.


 

Turnbull Government knew of Qld land grab before election

Turnbull Government knew of Qld land grab before election – @qldaah #qldpol #auspol

The Singapore deal to acquire land around the existing defence bases at Shoalwater Bay & Townsville may have been kept from Queensland voters at the 2016 federal election.

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#Climate sceptic and conspiracy theorist Malcolm Roberts elected to #Auspol Senate reports @takvera

Welcome to the new Australian senate where Malcolm Roberts, from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party was elected the 12th Senator for Queensland with just 77 Primary votes, according to the AEC. As the second candidate on the party group ticket he received ticket votes after Pauline Hanson was elected, and preferences from other parties and candidates. Roberts is a confirmed climate change denialist and conspiracy theorist, active in the Galileo Movement here in Australia and aligned with the US based Heartland Institute. I wonder if most people who voted for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party realized who they elected on the ticket with Pauline Hanson. Image courtesy ABC News journalist […]

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The Mundingburra Gambit

The Mundingburra gambit: The plan to recapture Herbert – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

Inconsistencies alleged by the Liberal National Party in the polling for the Queensland federal seat of Herbert echo the 1995 legal challenge to Labor’s victory in the Queensland state electorate of Mundingburra.

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Divorced from reality: @burgewords comments on the Coalition’s #MarriageEquality problem

The Coalition will just have to take care of itself, because the political wedge has finally hit its target. AFTER the Coalition’s narrow win, the plebiscite on Marriage Equality should be getting ready to kick off, yet the same election promise has been blamed for the major swing against Malcolm Turnbull. And the paradox has all the hallmarks of failure. In one of his delayed post-victory interviews, Malcolm Turnbull conceded the plebiscite would have to be pushed ahead to 2017. His reason: “My commitment to have it dealt with as soon as practicable is there, but we… have to obtain the support of the Senate,” Mr Turnbull told Leigh Sales […]

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Burnt bridges: A reflection on the demise of Sophie Mirabella by @adropex

    The result in the seat of Indi is final. Only in the last few weeks, as her 2016 campaign collapsed, has the topic of Sophie Mirabella not rekindled in me the upset and anxiety of the last decade. Rather the emotion was one of grudging compassion. With hindsight, the similarity in the unrelenting energy Sophie spent achieving pre-selection for a safe seat where she had no connection and the manner in which she ‘parachuted’ into the family circle of Colin Howard is evident. Her preparedness to do whatever it took to obtain and maintain power was extraordinarily brazen. It is fair to say that to engineer the progress […]

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Part 13 of Australian election coverage 2016.

Part 13 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

The final act in the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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We need to talk about Pauline: @burgewords comments on #PaulineHanson

Like all political parties, One Nation sends mixed messages, and its followers are able to live with policy blind spots, just like other Australians. WITH no result on election night, it wasn’t too surprising when people came up to our market stall at Cleveland in South East Queensland on Sunday morning asking who’d won. We weren’t selling anything, but petitioning voters in the federal electorate of Bowman about marriage equality. Recognising the rainbow flag and the symbol of national lobby group Australian Marriage Equality, many assumed we were a good bet to talk politics. I did an eye roll after I mentioned to a punter that one thing was sure: Pauline Hanson had been elected to a Queensland Senate […]

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Beyond the Like Button: @burgewords comments on #NoBrexit #NoTrump #NoPlebiscite

Perhaps it’s the weight of all our first-world problems, but Westerners have lost touch with one of our strongest power bases. PROGRESSIVES internationally are being hit with some hard facts, from the reality of the United Kingdom’s vote to end its politico-economic links with the European Union (EU); through the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican United States presidential candidate; to Australia’s problem catching up with both nations on the human rights inherent in Marriage Equality. It’s become impossible to participate on social media without also being hit with online petitions. “But is it realistic?” I saw one concerned Remain voter ask her Facebook friends, of yet another public […]

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Part 12 of Australian election coverage 2016.

Part 12 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

The final act in the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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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, […]

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Burning down the house with the mother of all #ausvotes wedges: @Jansant comments

The Liberal Party in Victoria has run a divisive election campaign designed to wedge the vital volunteer emergency service the Country Fire Authority (CFA), creating deep divisions within communities and families. After the Liberal Party and their flying squad of media goons unsuccessfully went after the #Indivotes kids who dared oppose and beat them – I’m not surprised they would also attack one of the oldest organisations in Victoria that brings people together from all political backgrounds for the common good. The CFA has a deep and rich history rooted in the 1850s when communities began creating their own local volunteer firefighting brigades. In the early part of the 1900s, […]

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The @NoFibs #ausvotes editorial: @margokingston1

Gonski decided it for me. Such a hard-won consensus to end the state-private war and embed a funding system based on need instead. Giving every child the best chance we can to succeed is an economic investment, proof of Australia’s commitment to egalitarianism and insurance against the ‘two nations’ phenomenon threatening revolution in the United Kingdom and the United States. This election is Australia’s last chance for Gonski. It is Labor’s ambitious attempt to make fair education funding as central to our identity as Medicare, and the struggle to do so over Liberal Party opposition is just as gruelling. If nothing else, Labor’s commitment to Gonski deserves the support of the […]

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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 […]

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Part 11 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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2016 Election Scorecards for #Ausvotes to help you decide: Curated by @takvera

Still undecided after several weeks of the election campaign? Are you confused on policies? Do you have a pet issue that may influence your vote? I might have just the election issue scorecard to help you decide. I have always been more interested in party policies than voting for the personality of a candidate or leader. Ultimately policies are what really count, although there is evidence that many electors are more influenced by appearance than policies, according to psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson in New Matilda. Election scorecards are produced by a wide range of community, union and social policy organisations. These organisations often have a high level of policy expertise. […]

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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 […]

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Eminent Australians #ClimateEmergency call met with political silence in #Ausvotes: @takvera reports

On thursday 23rd June a host of eminent Australians called on the next Australian Government to declare a climate emergency. The call was made in an open letter published as a half page advertisement in The Age Newspaper. Yet the open letter produced just two news stories at the ABC (here and here) There was no other coverage. No comment by political leaders. Just a political silence. In the middle of an election campaign. The issue being raised is a fundamental one which affects us all and future generations, yet political silence reigned. The letter comes near the end of the second last week in the Federal election campaign. Climate […]

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Voters grill @IndigoCathy and @MartyCorboyNats #Indivotes Libs cry forum foul: @Jansant reports

The ABC Goulburn Murray (@ABCGM), The Border Mail (@bordermail) #Indivotes forum was held on Monday night at The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Only candidate not to attend was Rise Up Australia candidate, Vincent Ferrando. Jon Faine: “Wonderful to see democracy in action.” Not ruling out appearance of Mr Ferrando. #IndiVotes — David Johnston (@david_johnston5) June 20, 2016 Is the @RiseUpAustrali1 party gaging their Indi candidate “…since your new, you shouldn’t speak much anyway”? #indivotes — Geoffrey Butt (@GeoffreyAlbury) June 20, 2016 Our Indi forum is underway with a full house at Wangaratta PAC #indivotes pic.twitter.com/kMVxNtra4O — ABCGoulburnMurray (@ABCGM) June 20, 2016 Each candidate has two minutes to make pitch […]

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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

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Part 10 of Australian election coverage 2016.

Part 10 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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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 […]

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Deputy PM @Barnaby_Joyce parachutes Latham into #IndiVotes: @jansant reports

As expected, #Indivotes got a whole lot more interesting with pre-polling, the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce (@Barnaby_Joyce) even parachuted Mark Latham into the marginal seat. On the Sunday before pre-polling, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), Marty Corboy (@martycorboynats) and former Nationals member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper, put on a very public display of (and I select my word carefully) unity. That’s unity in stopping Indi from falling back into the hands of Sophie Mirabella and the Liberals. Plenty of happy snaps. Corboy on his fluoro shoes: Orange isn’t exclusive On Wednesday The Border Mail (TBM) ran a story that led with: NATIONALS’ candidate Marty Corboy has distanced himself from […]

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Part 9 of Australian election coverage 2016.

Part 9 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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#ReefElection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe reports @takvera #ausvotes

An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil is in the detail’. [View the story “#reefelection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe” on Storify]

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Jasper coaches @martycorboynats to stomping #Indivotes victory over @IndigoCathy: @jansant reports

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Part 8 of Australian election coverage 2016.

Part 8 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Storms, floods and avoiding the dots on #climate in #ausvotes – @takvera

During a tour of flood affected areas in Tasmania on Thursday 9 June, the Prime Minister was asked a question (See SMH report) relating to extreme weather events and climate change: Journalist: “Prime Minister, it is widely accepted in the scientific community and among insurers and infrastructure companies that climate change will affect the predictability, frequency and severety of natural disasters like this. Do you think Australians should prepare for more events like this happening more, or are you concerned that they will happen more with climate change?” Turnbull: “Well certainly larger and more frequent storms are one of the consequences that the climate models and climate scientists predict from […]

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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 […]

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Part 7 of Australian election coverage 2016

Part 7 of NoFibs Australian election coverage 2016: @Qldaah #ausvotes #auspol #qldpol

Ongoing coverage of the Australian election campaign for 2016.

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Support for #carbonpricing at 63 percent: @takvera reports on #Votecompass #ausvotes

The latest Vote Compass data on carbon pricing and climate change shows that Australians want more action on climate change and back carbon pricing. Some 63 per cent of Australians want carbon pricing back and 74 per cent support more government action on climate change. But Coalition voters remain split on carbon pricing. Support for carbon pricing has increased from 50 percent at the Vote Compass survey in 2013 to 63 percent in 2016. For the question on more action on climate change the results also incresed by 13 percent from 61 percent in 2013 to 74 percent in 2016. It was clear back in 2013 that climate change was […]

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