PHONy deals: The Qld LNP’s path to appeasement of One Nation – @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol

While Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls dithers on the question of preferencing One Nation, others appear to be making the decision for him.

In absentia, Wyatt Roy clears himself of ‘war tourism’ – @Qldaah #auspol #qldpol

Wyatt Roy’s trip into the Daesh conflict zone raises senate committee questions.

Greens elated with Melbourne win: Labor wins Government. @Takvera on #vicvotes from #GreeningBrunswick

The dust is settling on the Victorian election with Labor winning Government. It is the first time since 1955 of a single term Government being kicked out in Victoria. The Greens also celebrated Ellen Sandell winning the seat of Melbourne from Labor’s Jennifer Kanis. While elation in the Greens camp was high with this win, other races are too close to call or the Greens may just fall short. I reported election night from the Brunswick Greens election night party. Brunswick has been a real contest between Labor and the Greens with Tim Read requiring a 3.6% swing from Labor’s Jane Garrett. At the end of the night Jane Garrett […]

Dear @mikebairdMP, respect the people and tell police not to smash #BentleyBlockade, by @janbarham

Margo: Jan Barham was the Mayor of Byron Shire, the first directly elected Green mayor in Australia. She is a Greens member of the NSW Legislative Council, and the Party’s spokesperson on Northern NSW. Here is her speech to Parliament on May 6 imploring the Government to reverse its order for riot police to smash the #BentleyBlockade, most likely on May 19 or 20. She will join several other local, State and Federal politicians at the blockade in the days preceding the expected police attack.  By Ms Jan BARHAM, MLC 12 May 2014 Democracy is alive and well in regional New South Wales, where communities are showing up and speaking up […]

One #leardblockade rule for Whitehaven, another for Jono Moylan: @larissawaters decries double standards

[clear] Apparently ‘false and misleading’ depends on who you are. Based on the Government’s most recent actions it seems information is only ‘false and misleading’ if it’s provided by someone acting in the public interest to protect the climate – not if it’s provided by a coal mining company with a vested interest in getting an approval. Yesterday I received documents about the Maules Creek coal mine offsets, after the Order for Production of Documents I moved in the Senate last month passed. This package included the long awaited ‘independent’ review of Whitehaven Coal’s proposed offset, albeit commissioned and paid for by Whitehaven Coal. The documents reveal that in fact […]

#leardblockade: Whitehaven Coal under criminal investigation for allegedly false statements on environmental offsets for Maules Creek mine

Evidence by Environment Department to Senate Estimates Environment and Communications Legislation Committee about Whitehaven Coal’s plan to fell the critically endangered Leard State Forest for a coal mine Senator WATERS (Greens, Queensland): Can I move now to the Maules Creek coalmine approval. Can the department table a copy of the independent review into the offsets issue? Mr Tregurtha : Under condition 10 of the Maules Creek approval, the proponent is required to provide the minister with verification, through independent review, of the quantity and condition class of the box gum woodland and ecological communities before 30 December 2013. Senator WATERS: Yes, and that was provided on the 27th. Can that be made public? Mr Tregurtha : That report […]

#leardblocksde stops #Whitehaven work – Margo’s Day 13 live Twitter report

Citizen Journo MARGO KINGSTON preview of Tuesday’s action at the #leardblockadeon Citizen journalist Margo Kingston talks to Paul Bevan about #leardblockade and the hash tag as space for comment from all sides of the debate on the Maules Creek mine in Western NSW. He also speaks to 91 year old Bill Ryan on why he has taken part. Citizen Journo MARGO KINGSTON live interview in the blockade with Paul Bevan. Newcastle ABC radio on the #LeardBlockade Citizen journalist Margo Kingston dropped by the 1233 ABC Newcastle offices, while being embedded with protestors at the Leard State Forest.She spoke to 1233’s Paul Bevan about why she’s set up with protests to […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 10

Storify by The Geek Sat, Jan 25 2014 21:31:17 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 10 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Maules Creek farm-gate welcome for #leardblockade visitors this Australia Day weekend – new camp on property pic.twitter.com/eogl6iHmwY margo [email protected] · Fri, Jan 24 2014 17:13:44 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Justin [email protected]_JG A little late on this but #leardblockade is inspiring  http://bit.ly/1d0ye9z  cc @georgefwoods @margokingston1 · Fri, Jan 24 2014 04:21:19 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to […]

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) […]

Dr Glasson’s New Year’s Medicare resolutions: @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 4 January 2014 When, just after Christmas, the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR) announced it had made a submission to the Government’s Commission of Audit proposing the introduction of a mandatory Medicare co-payment, there were calls on Twitter for the media to ask Dr Bill Glasson whether he would support such a proposal. That seemed like a big ask: the first day back at work after the Christmas break, Dr Glasson’s answering service issued the message that his office would be closed until Monday, January 6. Yet an enterprising ABC reporter managed to get hold of him, and the resulting report sparked a storm of interest, […]