Participation antidote to cynicism: the #indivotes democratic revolution, by @adropex






“What do rowers and politicians have in common?” asked Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre. “They both look one way and go another.” This resonated with the 265 attendees at the  “Indi talks Democracy” event who came to listen to Simon Longstaff and, “the warhorse from the inside”, former […]






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. […]






Where Sophie went wrong, by #Indivotes candidate @jenpodesta






By Jennifer Podesta, 13 September, 2013 As the dust begins to settle across the nation after the 2013 election, the significance of what has been achieved in the electorate of Indi will continue to be a talking point for some time to come. It will no doubt be analysed from multiple positions: by engaged and […]






Jennifer Podesta inside the Indi contest: slurs, setbacks and why she came up smiling






By Jennifer Podesta September 5, 2013 The past few months since announcing my nomination as a candidate in the seat of Indi have been the most rewarding and challenging of my life.  I would like to share with you some of the highlights of that journey, reflect on how the campaign has evolved from my […]






Indi locals protest Mirabella’s claims on health centres – and her preferences stir bad bushfire memories






STOP PRESS: Katter Party candidate backs Sophie Mirabella in Indi By Wayne Jansson August 23, 2013 Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) candidate in Indi, Phil Rourke, caused a storm on Friday when The Border Mail reported he urged voters concerned with local issues to make Liberal incumbent Sophie Mirabella their first choice, even before him. I rang KAP […]






‘The night I got politically engaged’: How @TomAnderson62 found himself live tweeting #Indivotes






By Tom [email protected] I have always been fascinated with politics, especially elections. I guess that started when I worked as a ‘Polling Clerk’ at 15 at a booth at Mont Park in Macleod back in about 1977. How did a 15 year old get a job that had a prerequisite of ‘must be enrolled on electoral […]






Coalition big guns and generic letters leave locals cold in Mirabella’s Indi






by Wayne Jansson August 12 In more signs Indi Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella is under pressure, campaign advertisements started appearing on local TV on Sunday featuring Joe Hockey. Is Sophie’s brand so damaged in Indi she can’t front her own advertisements? One of the criticisms of Mirabella heard most often is that she’s a Melbourne […]






Candidates rush for @SMirabellaMP Indi: @jansant reports






View Larger Map Indi seat profile By Wayne Jansson 31 July 2013 The seat of Indi has long been considered a safe conservative seat – apart from four occasions it’s been held by Coalition parties and their predecessors. Located in North East Victoria, its boundary runs along the Murray River and inland to include Wodonga, Wangaratta, […]