#ReefElection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe reports @takvera #ausvotes

An election promise by the Prime Minister to divert $1 billion in Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) funding to improve reef catchment water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been soundly criticised as legally problematic, inefficient and far below the funding scientists say is required to Save the Reef. As they say, the ‘devil is in the detail’. [View the story “#reefelection: Bandaids for an unmitigated reef catastrophe” on Storify]

#ausvotes #kidsdebate on climate, internships, invasion and treaty, gender pay gap – @takvera

Some probing questions asked by youth reporters live with Barnaby Joyce Nationals Member for New England, Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Labor’s Amanda Rishworth MP at a debate organised by Crinkling News, a new weekly newspaper for youth in Australia Our youth are the next generation of voters and their concerns need to be listened to and and answered. The questions were entertaining, probing and refreshing and the debate far more edgy than the leaders debate between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten or the National Press Club Environment Debate between Greg Hunt and Mark Butler. Maybe we need to have more kids debates and ensure their voices are heard? The […]

#BentleyBlockade a trigger to taking our country back? @mickdaley1 on the democratic possibilities

[clear] Must SHARE! Awesome edit! @parisanddarmin #Pilliga #leardblockade The Emperor Wears No Clothes – #BentleyBlockade: http://t.co/IR9cWn2ort — Meredith Stanton (@CloudsCreek) May 25, 2014 As tents and tripods came down and people figured out how to extract extract several tonnes of vehicles and associated implements embedded in concrete at Gates A, B and C to the farm slated for CSG extraction, the Bentley Blockade is being analysed and dissected by journalists, academics, police, politicians, conspiracy theorists, the Mining Council and think tanks across the nation. A great photo from sunrise at the #BentleyBlockade for the final time this morning #csg #nswpol pic.twitter.com/HwR3RugLEg — Max Phillips (@maxphillips) May 20, 2014 The three-month blockade […]

Women’s Minister Tony helps myth-bust views on feminism, by @sarah_capper

By Sarah Capper  @sarah_capper 14th February 2014 International Women’s Day, on 8 March every year, is that time of year when we are able to celebrate, pause and reflect. And sometimes gasp. In the political sphere, we had our Minister for Women, our Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, declaring at an International Women’s Day event that having three daughters has turned this “unreconstructed bloke into a feminist”. The PM mused that “this is a nation which has smashed just about every glass ceiling, but we need to do more – we need to do more.” Granted, if you were to put money on any federal pollie “smashing” anything, you’d back Abbott and his […]

Candidates fronting-up again: @GriffithElects meets two familiar faces

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 28th January 2014 Inevitably in a two-party system, the media focus will be on the ALP and LNP candidates, and to a lesser extent The Greens. This is a pity, because voters can miss some very interesting issues that are often only prompted by the minor parties. Of the nine ‘other’ candidates, just two will be familiar from 2013: Geoff Ebbs (The Greens) and Anne Reid (the Secular Party). It is hard to know exactly where to position The Greens. It is certainly not a minor party, with nine senators (including Larissa Waters from Queensland) and one member of the House of Representatives, but in Griffith […]

Xenophon dumps Greens to be kingmaker: Milne

By No Fibs Griffith reporter Jan Bowman, 19 August, 2013  “This election really, really matters. The Greens will make the difference” Christine Milne After firing up a rally for marriage equality in Brisbane’s Queens Park on Saturday, Greens leader Christine Milne rallied the faithful at the campaign launch for Griffith candidate Geoff Ebbs at the Fox Hotel last night. This was the first time I have attended a campaign launch, and it was a more intimate and candid affair than I had anticipated. There was no mainstream media present and the speeches, most unscripted, seemed to be heart-felt and genuine. The aim was to portray the Greens’ as an inclusive […]

#QldPol and the birth of Newmanism

By David Marler  @Qldaah No Fibs Queensland Reporter 31 July 2013 Out of all the Australian states and territories, it is Queensland’s Newman Government that is the most indicative of what an Abbott led Australia might look like. Welcome to hashtag #Qldpol. May 17, 2012: New Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman rises and delivers his maiden speech to parliament.Newman is the first Queensland Premier to be elected from outside of the parliament. Astonishingly, he evokes former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.”His government built this state into an economic powerhouse that led the way for our country for so long,” he tells parliament. Given this statement and the Fitzgerald Inquiry borne of the […]