How I reported Gellibrand for @NoFibs, by citizen journo @Dusty_1

By Grant Philpots 24 October, 2013 Margo: The highlight for me of my return to journalism so far has been @NoFibs Twitter-based citizen journo seat reports for the 2013 federal election, and a couple of our contributors want to keep keep reporting on the seat where they live. In this post Grant reflects on his journey in Labor’s safest seat, Gellibrand in preparation for the next phase of his reporting adventure. I had time on my hands when I saw a tweet re-tweeted by someone that said that Margo Kingston was looking for citizen journalists to cover their local electorates. I tweeted her that I’d do Gellibrand, and after no […]

How safe Gellibrand got its first candidates’ forum, thanks to a citizen journo

  By Grant Philpots September 3, 2013 Gellibrand being the safest ALP seat in Australia, all we voters usually get is some articles in the local paper like this. It’s standard stuff: make a phone call and knock the photos off candidates’ websites. But I had seen a report on nofibs.com.au about a forum in Wentworth, so I got to thinking, if they can have one in a safe Liberal seat, why not here? And why can’t I organise it? I’ve organised many events and know they all basically run to the same model: Get venue, Promote, Undertake. I contacted both our local councils about getting a room. One said they […]

My day on Gellibrand’s campaign trail, by @Dusty_1

  By Grant Philpots  @Dusty_1 25 August 2013 For some time I”ve wanted to get out on the trail with the Gellibrand candidates to experience some colour and movement on the election.  I’ve been a booth captain and have handed out campaign material at several elections, but never an observer. There is a $4b major railway project underway here (and in neighbouring electorates) called Regional Rail Link, which is a project to separate country trains from metropolitan trains.  Currently both travel on the same tracks, leading to delays and congestion.  Freeing up tracks will increase frequency and also mean more services. It was a policy of the previous Victorian ALP, and […]

Gellibrand, Labor’s safest ALP: @Dusty_1 reports

View Larger Map Gellibrand Seat Profile By Grant Philpots  @Dusty_1 12 August 2013 Gellibrand is the safest ALP seat in Australia, if another party wants to win it, they would need a swing of about 24 per cent to do so. Gellibrand covers mostly the inner west of Melbourne as well as some suburbs to the northwest.  The electorate is quite mixed with new homeowners attracted by price and the proximity to the CBD who have been priced out of other areas, first, second and third generation migrants and a mix of light and heavy industrial areas, such as the Toyota car manufacturing plant. The AEC indicates that those suburbs include:  […]

Roxon reflections

by Nicola Roxon 18 June 2013 Hansard source On indulgence—I intend to start this speech rather than finish it with my personal thanks, because I think they are the easy ones to miss at the end in a rush. All that we as politicians can achieve for the community fundamentally relies on a lot of other people. Families, friends and staff help us, support us, sooth us and share our triumphs. I have been incredibly blessed on all of those fronts: a wonderful mother and sisters, the best staff imaginable—a number of them are here today; you can see that getting this out early is a good idea—and, of course, […]