Federal #ICAC genie is out of the bottle: @e2mq173 comments

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Even the most naïve among us would recognise Prime Minister Abbott’s motivation for establishing the royal commissions into Trade Unions and the Home Insulation Program. He wanted to inflict lasting damage on the legacy of his political opponents – Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd were to be trophies for his political mantelpiece. Unfortunately for Mr […]

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

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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 […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

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I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called […]

Abbott, Australia’s first regressive Liberal PM: @e2mq173 comments

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Tony Abbott’s decision to reintroduce anachronistic titles reveals an underlying truth about his government. Not content to be merely a conservative Liberal government, Abbott is leading the nation’s first regressive Liberal government. Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has been openly critical of Mr Abbott, calling him “dangerous” and “unpredictable”. This is not surprising, considering […]

New Politics, New Media: On-the-ground #MarchinMarch reporting by citizen journalist @jansant

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By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 20th March 2014 It’s normal to start a story at the beginning. I’m going to start smack bang in the middle with this one, as it sums up one of the many factors which forced 100,000 plus people to MarchInMarch (MiM) around Australia. I say forced intentionally. People don’t take to the streets in […]

Margo’s Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia’s Heart of Darkness

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Videos by David Marler @Qldaah By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 23 February 2014 [View the story "Margo's Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia's Heart of Darkness" on Storify]

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

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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 […]

Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston

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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. A […]

‘But’, not ‘and': Palmer set to prove the Nats are a spent force @e2mq173 reports

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By Errol Brandt Undoubtedly the biggest shock from the last federal election was the emergence of Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party (PUP). Politicians and journalists alike dismissed Palmer as a buffoon. Fanciful stories of CIA plots and a dubious understanding of macroeconomics appears to have distracted them from seeing Palmer as a shrewd political tactician. […]

Roo Poo and Who’s Who in the Senate Zoo

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By Sarah Capper 18 October 2013 It was perhaps the moment in which I found myself googling “Ricky Muir” + “poo” that served as the final straw in realising the need for Senate reform. Not that I needed much convincing – the new Senator-elect from Victoria from the Palmer United Palmer Motoring Enthusiasts Party is just one of […]