Rural Victoria rising up against #csg for #VicVotes, by #Indivotes campaigner @camklose

[clear]About a year ago the rural electorate of Indi had just about turfed out their local member, Sophie Mirabella in the shock result of the 2013 election. It was a result that not even the most optimistic political punter could have predicted. A huge community surge that wiped out a senior Liberal frontbencher in a ‘safe seat’. But that’s what happened. A community, fed up with a lack of representation from their local member, took on the responsibility themselves and achieved what many thought was the ‘impossible’. I worked on Cathy’s campaign from its inception. Throughout the campaign I witnessed rural communities across Indi harness an incredible amount of human […]

Time to be Alert … And a little bit Alarmed? – the @sarah_capper column

Yes, that’s right, last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Government was raising Australia’s ‘terror alert’ status to ‘high’.  While technically this means a terrorist attack on Australian soil is now regarded as “likely”, the PM was quick to clarify that “this does not mean that a terror attack is imminent. We have no specific intelligence of particular plots.” Fast forward one week as Australians woke to the news of police raids on houses in Sydney and Brisbane. Almost 900 police were involved with 15 people detained and at this stage, one charged with conspiracy to prepare an attack, another charged with weapons offenses. Based on media reports, the […]

Restoring integrity in politics: @Sally_Owl on what citizens can do

Integrity, Decency, Transparency and Accountability Four words that mean the difference between goodies and baddies, to put it into terms our Prime Minister will understand. So what do these four words that motivated 100,000 people to March in March really mean? Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles.  It is demonstrating a sound moral character.  It is being honest. Decency is about being worthy of respect.  It is a reflection of adequateness and fairness.  Decency is kind, obliging, generous – suitable and appropriate. Transparency is showing how everything really is – see through, nothing hidden – everything there for all to see. No secrets or lies. Accountability is […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called ‘Influence for sale’ business to inform us punters that all is good. If you don’t believe me, see below: Frydenberg on fairfax Hockey story: this is an absolutely outrageous story, there's nothing unusual or untoward in it — Kieran Gilbert (@Kieran_Gilbert) May 4, 2014 There is nothing wrong, let me repeat, nothing wrong with business […]

Repair and hope for the #Pilliga Forest, by long-time campaigner Iris Ray Nunn

  By Iris Ray Nunn 18th March 2014 Margo: Iris covered the battle to save the Pilliga State Forest from Santos CSG for the No Fibs CSG Citizen Journalism project late last year. It seemed hopeless, then… I know big business has not pulled their CSG operations out of the Pilliga, Yet, but, also, as well – I have to share how encouraged and inspired I feel right now at how far this campaign has come in such a short time. It seems like only yesterday that I was in Narrabri reading the front page of The Courier heralding ‘Big rig arrives to begin work’ in the Pilliga, and felt sick […]

Reporting #MarchInMarch, by @jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 5th March 2014 One month into the Abbott Government, a user on Twitter floated the idea of banding together to voice concern about the direction the new Prime Minister was taking Australia. From this seed a movement was formed – MarchInMarch. Fast forward to early March, 2014, and it’s grown into a truly national grassroots movement that will be taking to the streets between March 15 and 17 in around 30 locations across Australia. I covered the seat of Indi for @NoFibs and have been tracking MarchInMarch’s growth. It seems to have a similar momentum to Cathy McGowan’s campaign, drawing people from all walks of life and political allegiances. Without a […]

Occupy East Coast Gas Conference – Melinda Wilson reports

NEWS COMMENT By Melinda Wilson Over a hundred people from a wide range of community groups across Sydney and NSW voiced their concerns about the coal seam gas industry outside the East Coast Gas Outlook Conference  in Sydney last week. Government and industry were at the 22 October conference to discuss ways for agriculture and CSG to co-exist, and to outline the progress in NSW of coal seam gas licensing and regulation. The Marriot Hotel street-front was crowded with people who had travelled from all over NSW, including Lismore, Gosford, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Byron Bay and Western Sydney to demonstrate their concerns about the expanding coal seam gas industry. The event […]

PUP’s Tangney candidate Wayne Driver: @GuinevereHall interview

By Guinevere Hall 7 August 2013 I met with the genial Wayne Driver on a wet and windy day at a cafe in Canning Vale. He was excited to be interviewed; as a minor party candidate in a safe seat he doesn’t get attention from mainstream media. He came across as a genuine, down-to earth family man concerned with grassroots issues that affect people he comes across in as SNF Australia Accounts Manager. He said he had notified his party about the interview, but if the answer had been no he would have done it anyway. Who is Wayne Driver? I am a sales rep by trade working for the […]

My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) April 15, 2013 The Australian Labor Party is often accused of being at the beck and call of the unions. Of course there is a decent element of truth in this, in so far as they both tend to focus on workers rather than corporations, and the historical links between Australia’s unions and the ALP are many. However, in recent years those links have weakened (although never broken) and the dynamic of today is different than it was 20 or 30 years ago. But what about the Liberal Party? What of their affiliations, their preferences? They have always come across as friends of industry and big business rather […]