By hook or by crook – The #CashForTurnbacks scandal: @Qldaah #auspol

Live blog of the media reports on the “cash for turnbacks” crisis. Check back regularly for updates.   (Jump to comments section) Introduction. (February 5, 2016) – Senate inquiry, Canberra. (December 2, 2015) – Court proceedings, Indonesia. (November 8, 2015) – Government operates within the law. (November 5, 2015) – People smugglers go on trial. (October 30, 2015) – Amnesty’s ‘ideological attack’. (October 29, 2015) – Amnesty concludes transnational crime. (August 6, 2015) – Saving lives. (July 20, 2015)  – AFP essential priority. (June 24, 2015)  – Senate inquiry to launch. (June 20, 2015)  – Counter allegations. (June 19, 2015)  – Justifying paying people smugglers. (June 18, 2015)  – International waters intercept. (June […]

@Jansant interviews respected refugee advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM @Kon__K from the @ASRC1

[clear] By Wayne Jansson  @jansant February 8, 2014 Ever since John Howard’s Tampa affair back in 2001, refugees arriving by boat have been at the centre of political debate in Australia. A campaign to demonise and dehumanise refugees has been in full swing ever since. Its been so successful the Abbott government has even seen the value in using refugees to launch a fresh round of attacks on the ABC for perceived bias. Criticism is growing both in Australia and around the world to our treatment of refugees. This criticisms is aimed at both the policies and the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of the Australian government. #UNHCR is concerned about reports of […]

Wake up. Roll over. Realise this could be the last morning before Tony Abbott becomes PM

By Sarah Capper 6 September 2013 Savour the moment, but only fleetingly – the incumbent PM is not exactly shaking the sauce bottle. Momentarily think about sex appeal. Come properly awake with a flurry of gag reflexes. Turn on the remnants of ABC Rage, but suddenly have painful flashback to last week and Julie Bishop’s music choices.  Realise Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Madonna’s Like a Virgin will now forever be associated with the deputy Liberal leader in my brain. Try not think about Julian Assange’s foray into John Farnham karaoke– you don’t want to let that image or song or mullet get stuck in your head. The Voice from the Ecuadorian Embassy. The Senate […]

Independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore  @gemoo4 5 September 2013 Candidate Q&A I talk politics with independent candidate for Higgins Graeme Weber. Georgie: You are running as an independent pro-nuclear conservative. When people think of a conservative political candidate, the first thing that crosses their mind usually isn’t a push for nuclear power. Do you think your candidacy has surprised people? Weber: I’m sure my candidacy has surprised a lot of people, but it is what I’ve been reading and discussing and working on for at least a decade. Georgie: How did you get involved in politics? Weber: I got into politics when I was very young, my wife and I met through young […]

The Greens face in Corangamite: @PrimMich reports

By Michelle Primmer, 7 August, 2013 Politics is a pretty brutal place, at least from where I view it.  There seems to be so much anger and vitriol it’s hard to imagine wanting to get involved.  Everyone has an opinion and they’re not afraid to call you a d***head as you walk by or to ask questions of a personal nature. These are events you wouldn’t find in most places of employment. When I met Corangamite Greens candidate Lloyd Davies at the local Belmont library for my first interview as a citizen journalist, my first question was based on that. Why do you want to be a politician? An absolutely […]

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 […]

Alexander talks up 24-hour spy cameras in low-crime Bennelong

By Jack Sumner 5 August 2013 The July 10 edition of the local Weekly Times featured Cameras to zoom in on racism, in which federal MP John Alexander proposed that the federal government pay for CCTV cameras on shop awnings in Rowe Street, Eastwood, in the heart of his Bennelong electorate in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Why? “A few months ago a Sydney man, Mr Kim and his Korean aunt were racially abused on a bus” and “—while the crime rate in Eastwood is one of Sydney’s lowest, some crimes involving Korean speakers are not always reported”. On July 31 Mr Alexander’s regular Weekly Times contribution was Tackling local crime. He confirmed […]

Higgins MP Kelly O’Dwyer: @gemoo4 interview

By Georgie Moore 4 August 2013 I talk personal and party politics with the Liberal MP for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer. Georgie: How did you get into politics? O’Dwyer: Well, look, I was always interested in politics. I do not come from a political family. My family were interested in the issues affecting their local community. I grew up in Emerald [in Dandenong] which is quite some way away… grew up there on five acres with the goats, the veggie patch, the whole lot. It was a great, great upbringing. And really, I suppose, for me, a political awakening came when I was in about year 10, during the Keating recession […]

Morrison’s brick wall on how he’ll stop the boats

By Peter Clarke March 26, 2013 Yesterday, we published a detailed de-construction of an interview between the ABC 730’s Leigh Sales and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. It was a critique of Sales for what we opined were her inadequate interview techniques in that specific context and of Julia Gillard for her blatant refusal to answer questions and her use of media training 101 avoidance techniques to manipulate media interviews. Neither came out of that encounter with much credit, least of all the PM. Here in the comments section and on Twitter the responses have been vigorous and varied. A very worthwhile discussion is still flowing online. As always, partisan passions appear […]