Independents, pirates, and a bullet train: new faces in #GriffithVotes @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman @GriffithElects 31st January 2014 Independent candidate in the Griffith by-election, Karel Boele, comes across as accomplished, considered and energetic. He has studied mechatronics, physics, and strategic affairs. He has managed large financial projects in South East Asia, and he currently runs a business which provides advice on participatory democracy and on complementary currencies such as Time banking. Among his clients is the NSW Government Department of Education and Communities, to which his company provides software and support for a time banking project in the Central Coast and Hunter Valley regions. He told No Fibs that he is in politics for the long haul. While he is standing […]

Favoured Liberal in marginal La Trobe avoids public forum, as first shots fired in campaign for Julia Gillard’s old seat of Lalor

By Jenny Bates in Lalor and Michelle Slater in La Trobe August 13 Liberal candidate for  the marginal outer-Melbourne seat of La Trobe Jason Wood has declined to attend a public meet-the-candidates forum about education, saying he does not want to attend a single-issue forum. The forum, to be held on Thursday at Emerald Secondary College, will focus on education issues in the marginal seat. Labor MP Laura Smythe’s office organised the event. In an email obtained by No Fibs, Mr Wood told Ms Smythe’s office: “I will not be attending the forum. When the election is called, we will have a debate on all issues.” Mr Wood told No Fibs, […]