Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried

It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of disagreement came from Marriage Alliance, a grassroots anti-marriage equality movement with a presence in Australia, in the form of a tweet defining the Bulmer-Rizzi disenfranchisement as “unusual” and criticising Australian Marriage Equality for politicising the issue. Why do @AMEQUALITY & @BuzzFeed have to exploit the unusual & sad circumstances of a death for political motives? […]

Murdoch-Zionist lobby power: @antloewenstein and @margokingston1 on 2003 Ashwari Peace Prize scandal #MikeCarlton

In the wake of Mike Carlton’s removal as a Sydney Morning Herald columnist, it’s worth recalling another instance of Zionist lobby power. Here’s the chapter by Antony Loewenstein in Not Happy, John! featuring an interview with Bob Carr. First, my scene-setting introduction to the story. I'm hearing there's considerable pressure at #Fairfax board level for action against @MikeCarlton01 over his #Israel comments. Passing it on — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) August 5, 2014 After a fortnight of being called Nazi,Jew-hating slime, I told a few people to fuck off. We do that in this country occasionally. — Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) August 6, 2014 Updated with Carlton: “The immense pressure from News Limited […]

Our man in Bennelong scores the campaign and finds a crowd of winners

[clear] By Jack Sumner September 6, 2013 Eastwood’s Rowe Street Plaza is always busy, lively and a pleasant place to shop or just sit and chill. As a band played, the Bennelong candidates’ support teams were out in force last weekend to win votes with a leaflet, a smile and a balloon. Regardless of who prevails in tomorrow’s election, I am ready to declare my choice of winners and losers in the campaign for John Howard’s old seat in Sydney’s northern suburbs. For me the only loser is John Booth, owner and publisher of local newspaper The Weekly Times, for his partisan support of the Liberal Party and disparagement of […]

The foreign minister and the Beenleigh chocolate shop: @StephanieDale22 reports Forde

By Stephanie Dale 22 August 2013 Now what on earth is the Australian foreign minister doing in a chocolate shop in Beenleigh? Not even his adviser could tell me, fresh off the bus for the convergence of two former state premiers on her third flying electorate visit in one day. Foreign Minister Bob Carr spent morning teatime in the seat of Moreton, lunchtime in Rankin and afternoon teatime in a shop called Poppy’s Chocolates in Forde. The adviser said the visit to Beenleigh had something to do with the Commonwealth Games. I pushed harder, not enjoying her discomfort as she rifled through her notes for a reason. “Perhaps it’s about how […]