Trust, it’s not just about ‘them’: Forde wrap by @StephanieDale22

[clear] By Stephanie Dale 5 September 2013 The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, none of the small parties have grabbed my attention, underwhelmed by reporting of the campaign.” Here in Forde, the Inane Question of the Campaign Award goes to one of the young TV reporters down from Brisbane to interview the Federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek. “Kevin Rudd said he has […]

Former MSM journo @stephaniedale22 on the barren pollie-journo election dance

By Stephanie Dale 27 August 2013 OMG it’s a media alert! Quick! Jump! A media alert from the ALP! In my inbox! Logan GP Super Clinic, now! I stare at it, wondering for the umpteenth time why the major parties give local media no more than an hour’s notice on these events – even though I know full well it’s to avoid a hijacking by local activists and/or lunatics and/or mavericks from the opposing team. And I know full well why they don’t trust the media with the information. Because sideswiping the event by alerting any or all of the above is much more entertaining for readers/viewers/listeners and than a standard […]

21 reasons candidates ignore media requests, by Forde reporter @StephanieDale22

  By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 20 August 2013 More than a week ago, No Fibs sent a list of standardised questions to the seven candidates vying for the seat of Forde, sandwiched between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Four responded – all three women and Peter Beattie. Was that a coincidence? As the reporter who compiled and distributed those questions, and posted the answers, as I stared at the No Fibs Q & A post I became somewhat enthralled by the common thread. Prior to posting, I was puzzled by why the three absentees would not respond to free, standardised, level playing field, no risk of media interpretation, in their own words […]

Forde hosts Beattie: @StephanieDale22 reports

View Larger Map Forde Seat Profile By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 12 August 2013 For most south-east Queenslanders, the Division of Forde can be summed up in two white words on a green signpost: Beenleigh and Logan, exits off the MI between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. To a zillion daily commuters and travelers heading north and south along the Pacific Highway, these signposts mark the motorway at its widest Queensland point, 10 lanes wide. Only residents and freight deliveries exit at Beenleigh and Logan, suburban heartland pockmarked with loose strings of franchise and corporate retail monoculture. For the rest of the nation, the Division of Forde is an extraneous somewhere you […]