Stiglitz: Global #carbonpricing with cross-border tariffs needed to fight #climate change – @takvera






Nobel award winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has raised the prospect of a global carbon tax lead by a ‘coalition of the willing’, with cross border taxes on goods from non-participating countries, as one strong measure to transition the planet to low emissions and fight climate change. Speaking at the plenary of the Our Common Future […]






Clive Palmer, part-time plutocrat: @e2mq173 comments #auspol






  Critics at the time suggested Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer only entered politics to satisfy his personal agenda – a combination of Liberal National Party retribution, corporate greed and, most importantly, an inflated ego. If Palmer’s attendance in parliament is any indication, it seems the critics were right. As reported in The Guardian, since […]






Citizen journo @Wendy_Bacon on Joe’s ‘Widen the Gap’ budget






[clear]Last night I headed over to FBi, a successful not for profit radio station in inner Sydney to meet up with the Budget_Aus team to listen to Treasurer Joe Hockey deliver his first budget speech. We were hosted by Heidi Pett and the rest of the FBi Backchat team who were working on their show about […]






Freedom and Prosperity Party’s @NoDirectAction campaigns from east coast: @GuinevereHall reports #WAvotes






[clear] A handful of the 77 candidates vying to represent Western Australia in the rerun Senate election live in other states. I contacted Bill Koutalianos, president of the Freedom and Prosperity Party and its number one senate candidate, via Twitter and email. At first he said he wasn’t intending to come to Perth in the […]






Qantas CEO Alan Joyce makes grist for Hockey’s mill @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt @e2mq173 The Abbott Government has finally found its cause célèbre, the platform from which to prosecute its case for industrial relations reform. The latest financial results from Qantas confirm that it is in serious trouble and that something must be done. The only question is what? The Abbott Government has refused to offer […]






Loggers ‘the ultimate conservationists’: Abbott’s environment vandalism policy






Speech delivered by Tony Abbott to the Forestworks Dinner in Canberra Tuesday, 4 March 2014 Julie, I want to thank you very much indeed for that kind introduction. It’s nice to have a list of things recounted to an appreciative audience – it really is nice. But the most important fact, at least insofar I suspect […]






Crystal ball predictions for politics 2014 by @sarah_capper






[clear] By Sarah [email protected]_capper 14th February 2014 Our federal representatives, who we ushered in with gusto last September, returned to Canberra this week – the land of what Wikipedia (hey, if it’s good enough for the Environment Minister) describes as being home to “politics, public service, pornography,pyrotechnics, pot and prostitution – the “Six P’s” as they are known.” Let’s make it […]






The ‘climate chaos’ challenge and the courage of candidates’ convictions in #GriffithVotes: @GriffithElects reports






 [clear] According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia had its hottest year ever in 2013 and we have now experienced heatwaves and destructive fires in the first month of 2014. Twitter went viral this week with reports that Prince Charles has said of climate change sceptic that they are like “headless chickens” (of course, we […]






#Griffithvotes citizen journo @Griffithelects live twitter reports of Libs ‘group call’ and campaign launch






[clear] By Jan Bowman @GriffithElects Mass Teleconference in Griffith On Wednesday February 29 the LNP ran a mass virtual ‘town hall’ teleconference with voters in Griffith. Apparently Labor used this technology recently in Griffith to link party members with Opposition leader Bill Shorten and is planning something similar in the last week of the campaign. […]






Griffith grudge match: Glasson’s Gladiators vs Butler’s Battlers @GriffithElects reports






By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 25th January 2014 Having a Prime Minister as the sitting member drew significant attention to Griffith during the 2013 federal election, but there is a sense that this time around the eyes of the nation will be on Griffith with renewed interest, many seeing this by-election as the first test for […]