A Eureka Stockade moment? Your #BentleyBlockade brief before NSW Police ‘Operation Stapler’






[clear] [clear]Northern Rivers communities unite against government-endorsed gas mining frenzy In protest against the mining frenzy that is gripping the country, the community-led non-violent blockade at Bentley in the Northern Rivers of NSW is emerging as one of the largest social uprisings the country has witnessed. The blockade of the drill site, which began almost […]






Reading the #WAvotes tea leaves: @sarah_capper






[clear]   Following an Australian Electoral Commission bungle after the federal Senate count last September, West Australians were forced back to the polls earlier this month, in what was supposed to represent either an endorsement for Tony Abbott’s Government and policies – or it would instead show an improvement in Labor’s poor vote in the state last […]






Counting and counting again, and again: @GuinevereHall on the #WAvotes






As I write this, a new election is to be held for the Western Australian Senate, the first time this has happened since 1907, when there was a re-vote for a single Senate position in South Australia. How did it come to this? The 2013 WA Senate election saw Labor’s Louise Pratt and the Palmer […]






The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?






by Tom Anderson September 18, 2013 “The ballot being a means of protecting the franchise, must not be made an instrument to defeat it.” “Where the intention is clear, doubtful questions of form should be resolved in favour of the franchise.” “The language of the Act read as a whole and in favour of the […]






Democracy in Gellibrand gets a nudge from No Fibs’ citizen journo @Dusty_1






by Grant Philpots August 20, 2013 After seeing a No Fibs report about last week’s candidates’ forum in Wentworth, I decided to see about organising one here in Gellibrand. So far, events have been held on specific issues such as public transport, but as far as I’m aware there has been no occasion where the […]






Social media campaigning in Wills: @takvera reports






By John Englart 24 July 2013 Social media is impacting on how local election campaigns are being run, and even the Australian Electoral Commission has moved registering-to-vote and updating voter details online, specifically developing a Facebook app to motivate enrollment of new voters. Traditionally, local election campaigns rely on letterboxing, door knocking, and local newspaper advertisements […]






Why Tony Abbott should never be PM.






By Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia January 3rd , 2013 AFTER THE PUBLICATION of my book Not Happy, John! in 2004, former Liberal Party staffer Christian Kerr, then political correspondent for Crikey, told me the ʻAustralians for Honest Politicsʼ chapter was dynamite, ʻthe most importantʼ in the book. “But it wonʼt get followed up,” I asked him, “will it?” “No,” […]