How @margokingston1 saw Hansonism in 2004

  Intro: Extract of Still Not Happy, John: Defending our Democracy (Penguin 2007) Democracy v. the Beast Her appeal was simply that she represented something authentic  in a culture of artefact. She was transparent in an era during  which the political class have become expert at concealment. She was a still point in a culture of spin. She advanced our politics even if it was only to the extent of showing us what we might be up against if we chose to get involved as she did. Maybe others will learn  from her mistakes Webdiarist Dr Tim Dunlop, an opponent of Pauline Hanson’s policies I do not believe that the […]

Rematch as #Inditalks about @MirabellaSophie and @IndigoCathy new #IndiVotes duel: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal party preselection today at Benalla, setting up a rematch in what will likely be the most watched seat at the next federal election, Indi. Humbled by support of #Indi Liberal members today. We will continue to listen and work with fellow locals #inditalks pic.twitter.com/540LBLaplC — Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) June 28, 2015 Earlier in June, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) announced she will contest the next election.   Team Cathy is up and running, it’s going to be an exciting ride! Get on board at http://t.co/DM5AQu7uHb #indivotes — Cathy McGowan (@Indigocathy) June 28, 2015 Mirabella beat Melbourne-based anaesthetist, Andrew Walpole and Wodonga businessman, Kevin Ekendahl to run […]

The #indivotes movie: @adropex review and musings on how Indi is changing politics

INDI: The Road to Canberra — CROWDFUNDING TRAILER from David Estcourt on Vimeo. INDI: The Road to Canberra  “More than a year has passed since the campaign, so it was interesting seeing our emotions on the big screen…Obviously there are a lot of nuances that can’t be conveyed in a 90 minute film, but [the film makers] did a great job of showing the big picture of the campaign.” Cam Klose – “Indi Expat”  Indi: The Road to Canberra is a documentary about the grassroots campaign that saw the unexpected election of an independent, Cathy McGowan, in the 2013 federal election. After collecting extensive footage, David Estcourt (Director) and Bethany […]

There is an i in Team No Fibs: co-publisher @geeksrulz tells his #NoFibs story #MediaMargo

This is the second in a new No Fibs series edited by Margo under her collaborative thesis. The first piece was by Michael Burge … and the next one will be by Tim Dunlop. The Fifth Estate might be new kid on the block, but it already packs a mighty punch above its weight. Everyone on social media is a publisher. There are many communities online that you can join such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and various blogs. They all communicate via their preferred format, whatever is relevant to them and the people they want to engage with. The mainstream media (MSM) is just one of these many tribes who produce content. Some good, […]

Reporting grassroots greenshoots when faith in establishment politics dies: @margokingston1

Margo: A version of this column appeared in the Byron Shire Echo – @Echonetdaily – on 29 April as a substitute for Mungo McCallum’s weekly column while he recovered from surgery.    Mungo and I last discussed politics just after the federal election on Late Night Live. We both knew what Abbott would do – seek to close down free speech and climate change science information and further corporate interests at the expense of community. The bottom line was that a disenchanted public had voted in a climate change denying Government at a time when climate change amelioration and adaptation was crucial to the survival of our species. I felt lucky to have co-ordinated the […]

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 Tony Abbott’s government. On one side of the ring we have LNP candidate Dr Glasson, who is well liked in the electorate, and his personal appeal may be his greatest asset. He projected as much himself, when he was reported in the Fairfax press as saying that: “If we try to sell it (the election) […]

Ordinary people speaking with an extraordinary voice @MargaretOConno5 reports

By Margaret O’Connor @MargaretOConno5 13 December 2013 It’s Monday December 2 and thirty degrees. The nation’s capital is sliding into a languorous warm late afternoon. I trundle into the Parliament House car park and try, with difficulty, to find a park, because northeast Victoria has come to town. Inside the House of Representatives Chamber, the public seating area opposite is a sea of orange t-shirts worn by enthusiastic Indi citizens, the ones who showed us a thing or two about ordinary people claiming back influence and control over Australian politics at the September federal election. Down below, newly-elected Clive Palmer MP arrives and sits next to Cathy McGowan MP, the […]

Greens Griffith candidate on what’s gone wrong @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 3 December 2013 Less than a month after the September Federal election, Geoff Ebbs, former Greens Candidate for Griffith, posted a Facebook message which said: “I’m about to go into financial recovery mode, post-election, and take a job selling photocopiers unless anyone has a better way to earn some decent dollars for twelve months.” This was a prompt for me to approach Ebbs and other candidates in Griffith for their ‘life after the election’ stories. Ebbs was the only candidate who agreed to an interview. Apart from admitting to degrees of exhaustion, most of the other candidates I approached did not want to talk in detail […]

Doing politics differently: @indigocathy maiden speech

Madam Speaker, Colleagues, special guests, friends and family. Madam Speaker, warm congratulations on your election. I thank you and my colleagues for your warm welcome. I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners and custodians of this land, both past and present. Today I am going to share a story – about myself, about my electorate of Indi, the power of community to reinvent itself, and I will tell you about Voice for Indi, the rural community movement that brought me to this place. I am honoured to be the representative of the people of Indi. I am grateful to my family, and some of the 700+ supporters and volunteers, almost […]

Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston

[clear] By Margo Kingston, 1 December 2013 I take the Gold Coast train to Brisbane airport, the plane to Melbourne, the sky bus to Southern Cross Station, the train to Seymour, and the bus to Wangaratta train station. Wayne Jansson leads me to his battered old car and drives me to the hamlet of St James. A late frost has killed the canola oil crop, and the farmers who couldn’t afford to let the crop rot as fertilizer for next year have rolled it up into hay. The cherry trees look good. Wayne says his Mum Glenys and step father Mark will host my stay because he lives in a ramshackle […]