Cigar wielding wealthy motorist entitlements: the @sarah_capper column

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Sitting on the train, surrounded by other poor people, sans cars, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Abbott Government is becoming increasingly out of touch with its constituents. Sure, there are a lot of discrepancies on public transport – for example, on the not-so-rough Sandringham line, taking in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, I’m guessing some […]

Double and triple flipskis: Abbott’s first 100 days @e2mq173 comments

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By Errol Brandt When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a massive financial crisis.  His first actions as US president aimed to restore confidence and stability in financial markets.  After his first 100 days, Obama still enjoyed 65% approval.  His support was as broad as it was deep:  high-income, low-income, black, white, religious and non-religions […]

“Under the LNP there’ll be no restraint” on coal trade expansion, says Chris Pyne’s Green challenger in Sturt

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By Shane Willsmore August 10, 2013 The Australian Greens are a party of increasing strength and influence in Australian politics. The left is no longer purely about the battle for the rights of the worker, but also about the environment, battling global warming and protecting pristine habitats and rare species. More recently, offering a more […]

Bennelong MP falters on Abbott’s switcheroo as teachers demand more on education policy

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By Jack Sumner August 4, 2013 Tony Abbott’s change of heart on Labor’s Gonski reforms for school funding came a tad late for John Alexander, the Liberal MP for John Howard’s old seat of Bennelong in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The former tennis great fronted a “meet-the-candidates” forum organised by the Ryde-Macquarie branch of the NSW […]

@willsmore298 report on Rick Sarre ALP candidate for Sturt

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By Shane Willsmore 7 July 2013 Shane Willsmore first report: Reporting democracy in the seat where I live: @willsmore298 in Sturt Rick Sarre is the ALP Candidate for the federal seat of Sturt, in the east/north east of the glorious city of Adelaide. The current sitting member is the ever smiling Mr Christopher Pyne, and has been […]

Trying for Pyne and Entsch accountability on @MRowlandMP baby leave

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By Margo Kingston May 21, 2013 @margokingston1 I'm still waiting for the public reprimand of Pyne & Entsch for their lies to Australian public & inappropriate behaviour? — Hi I'm Noely of Qld (@YaThinkN) May 20, 2013 I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about the Coalition’s May 16 response to the revelation of its decision […]

What’s it all about, the Coalition no show for disability, no to MP to care for sick baby?

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By Noely Neate May 16, 2013 If you missed it, see last night’s awe inspiring rant by Mr Richard Chirgwin about the Coalition not bothering to turn up for the introduction of the DisabilityCare Bill. I had hoped that our media would report this lack of respect this morning, but no. Did you know that Mr […]

Did Mr Pyne stay or leave the room?

Mr Pyne doorstop Adelaide February 3, 2013 Today the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer about how she intends to govern for the next seven months with what is clearly an unravelling government. The Prime Minister needs to confirm whether by elections will be held in the normal course of events, say within two […]

Liberals Ashby wall of silence cracks….

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First Labor – Liberal media debate on the Ashby Affair: Lateline transcript February 2, David Bradbury-v-Christopher Pyne http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3681711.htm Margo Kingston comments in red DAVID BRADBURY: … Can I make the point, there is one word I would like to remind Chris of and that’s Ashby and his involvement in the Ashby affair, but more particularly […]

Updated: Questions for Mr Abbott at the National Press Club

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January 31 Press Club review: There are many reasons why the Canberra Press Gallery is failing to fulfil its democratic role. A collapse in media revenues, 24 hour filing, no time to stay with a story and investigate it, an atmosphere which sees journos run from one ephemeral topic to another in waves, an exodus […]