Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, cards will just as quickly be taken away. While PUP leader Clive Palmer appeals to pensioners by saying he will block the Government’s $7 GP co-payment, so that “those ladies” can “have their chocolate and go to the cinema”, let’s crunch the critical numbers with a round of ‘Senate Bingo’. [Insert archaic rolling wheel of bingo […]

Bennelong candidates forum: @preciouspress reports

By Jack Sumner 31 August 2013 Seven of the eight candidates were on stage for a public forum organised by the Northern District Times this week. Missing was DLP candidate Lachlan McCaffrey, who plays rugby for Eastwood and was training in preparation for Shute Shield finals this weekend. His father Simon, the DLP Senate candidate, came of the bench to replace him. Each spoke for four minutes followed by 80 minutes of questions from the floor. The impressions and opinions given below are based on listening twice to each candidate’s introductory presentation and their responses to questions. Lindsay Peters (Greens) strongly advocated his party’s policies on refugees, action on climate change, […]

DLP face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman reports

Interview with David McCabe, Democratic Labour Party candidate for Hindmarsh By Jacqueline Dettman 22 August 2013  On a recent Sunday I met with David McCabe, Democratic Labour Party candidate for Hindmarsh at a cafe in Glenelg. After light discussion where we got to know each other a little while waiting for our coffees, we began the interview. Would you like to introduce yourself to readers? I’m David McCabe, married to Christine and we have four grown up children. My eldest daughter is a psychologist living in Melbourne, my two boys are plumbers and my youngest daughter is an office worker. I’ve lived in Hindmarsh all of my life; born and raised […]