The party’s no fun anymore: @hiroyasugita study tour on Australian independents

Just one week in late March 2014 exposed how farcical Tony Abbott’s ‘government of adults’ is. Supposedly consummate professional political operator, Arthur Sinodinos, proved to be naïve at best, greedy at worst, for not realising the dodgy company structure which had shadowy figure of Eddie Obeid lurking behind it. Then a supposedly moderate Attorney-General proposed flawed amendments to one of the most important legislations of the land for no other reason but to appease certain right-wing columnists and shock jocks. And on the same day, outrage turned to ridicule when Prime Minister Abbott reintroduced knighthoods, something even John Howard reckons is anachronistic. These episodes clearly show why people are prepared […]

Walking the Independent path with Janet Mays: @burgewords reports

The first political piece I ever wrote was also the first scoop I ever got. I was a resident of the Blue Mountains for thirty years, give or take my years at university and a six-year stint in the United Kingdom. By the time Blue Mountains City Councillor Janet Mays stood for the NSW State elections in 2011, I was on the bandwagon of change for an area I loved deeply. It was time for us to cease being a political football, an electorate that churned-out state and federal backbenchers who shored-up the numbers in parliament but stood for very little locally. Janet burst onto the region’s political scene with […]