Trust, it’s not just about ‘them’: Forde wrap by @StephanieDale22

[clear] By Stephanie Dale 5 September 2013 The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, none of the small parties have grabbed my attention, underwhelmed by reporting of the campaign.” Here in Forde, the Inane Question of the Campaign Award goes to one of the young TV reporters down from Brisbane to interview the Federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek. “Kevin Rudd said he has […]

The Greens candidate in Forde, Sally Spain: @stephaniedale22 reports

By Stephanie Dale 30 August 2013 Saturday September 7 is World Endangered Species Day – beautifully timed for an election in which ‘the environment’ (euphemism for the world that is our home) has barely rated a mention. “Where,” I ask Greens candidate for the seat of Forde, Sally Spain, “is the environment in the 2013 election?” We are sitting on an aluminium school bench in a primary school playground where Spain has been teaching for the day, shaded from the afternoon Queensland sun by a mash up garden of gums and palms. Spain is a litany of statistics and understated passion, delivered in her quiet, rhythmic way. “Good point,” she answers […]

Former MSM journo @stephaniedale22 on the barren pollie-journo election dance

By Stephanie Dale 27 August 2013 OMG it’s a media alert! Quick! Jump! A media alert from the ALP! In my inbox! Logan GP Super Clinic, now! I stare at it, wondering for the umpteenth time why the major parties give local media no more than an hour’s notice on these events – even though I know full well it’s to avoid a hijacking by local activists and/or lunatics and/or mavericks from the opposing team. And I know full well why they don’t trust the media with the information. Because sideswiping the event by alerting any or all of the above is much more entertaining for readers/viewers/listeners and than a standard […]

Red-tie day: @stephaniedale22 reports belatedly on the shadow treasurer’s visit to Forde

By Stephanie Dale 23 August 2013 Oh look, page 6 of the Albert & Logan News – it’s Bert! Bert van Manen with the biggest watermelon smile of the campaign, arms over shoulders with the would-be treasurer, Joe Hockey, who must have coincidentally been in the neighbourhood. Unlike the rest of the candidates in Forde, I simply cannot get Bert’s campaign to take me seriously. Clearly, Bert is a man who likes to work only with those with whom he is familiar, those he already knows he can trust. Consequently, in the interests of fair play, I have to rely on local reports by those who have already won his affections […]

Watermelon smiles: @stephaniedale22 reports on Forde candidates’ forum

By Stephanie Dale 22 August 2013 Well, that’s embarrassing. I’m sitting in the canteen-like barn that is the Logan Rec Club, filling time while waiting for the candidates’ forum to start. Early diners queue to order, half a dozen silent TVs flash Keno, the cricket and the news. It’s a very clean and shiny room, the kind you could hose down without causing much damage – so long as you hosed low to avoid the TVs. I’m reading a Courier-Mail left on the table, scanning the election coverage. And there find a story about ‘Katter’s man in Forde’ (who is furious about his party’s decision to allocate preferences to Labor in […]

21 reasons candidates ignore media requests, by Forde reporter @StephanieDale22

  By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 20 August 2013 More than a week ago, No Fibs sent a list of standardised questions to the seven candidates vying for the seat of Forde, sandwiched between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Four responded – all three women and Peter Beattie. Was that a coincidence? As the reporter who compiled and distributed those questions, and posted the answers, as I stared at the No Fibs Q & A post I became somewhat enthralled by the common thread. Prior to posting, I was puzzled by why the three absentees would not respond to free, standardised, level playing field, no risk of media interpretation, in their own words […]

Forde candidates Q & A: @stephaniedale22 reports

By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 20 August 2013 A week ago today, No Fibs put a series of questions to Forde candidates via email. In the interests of fair play, we put the same questions to each one of the contenders for your vote. We did this in order to line up our candidates at the starting line, giving them equal footing and opportunity to speak directly to their constituency, regardless of their financial backing, public profile or campaign resources. By close of business today, Monday 19 August, four candidates had responded to our questions. In order of response, they were: Jan Pukallus (Citizens Electoral Council), Peter Beattie (Australian Labor Party), Amanda Best […]

Forde hosts Beattie: @StephanieDale22 reports

View Larger Map Forde Seat Profile By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 12 August 2013 For most south-east Queenslanders, the Division of Forde can be summed up in two white words on a green signpost: Beenleigh and Logan, exits off the MI between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. To a zillion daily commuters and travelers heading north and south along the Pacific Highway, these signposts mark the motorway at its widest Queensland point, 10 lanes wide. Only residents and freight deliveries exit at Beenleigh and Logan, suburban heartland pockmarked with loose strings of franchise and corporate retail monoculture. For the rest of the nation, the Division of Forde is an extraneous somewhere you […]