Should Heydon stand down? A #turc legal view by @bowlerbarrister

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There is often tension in the law as to whether a conservative or more robust approach should be taken in respect of an issue. Opinions may differ according to how an issue is viewed. It might be said that a controversy arising out of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption has produced […]

Targeting women with Michaelia Cash – @Qldaah #auspol

Targeting women with Michaelia Cash.

The Minister Assisting the Minister for Women wants to set targets to encourage more female parliamentarians in the Liberal Party but does she have the right marketing formula?  No feminist This week, Nick Evershed and Shalailah Medhora reported that in terms of women in Australian politics, the gender gap has widened; “From a high point of 30.8 percent in 2009, the proportion […]

A #Budget2015 for the true believers: @DrCraigEmerson comments

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This Budget is for the true believers, the Liberal Party base that has stuck with Tony Abbott through thick and thin but was threatening to desert him for Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison or, if they could stomach his belief in global warming, Malcolm Turnbull. Among these true believers are good, hard-working people who have taken […]

Money has swamped Qld politics, and that endangers democracy: @Graeme_Orr #qldvotes comment

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Money makes the world go round.  That’s a truism in a market economy.   The promise of democracy – one vote, one person, one value – ought to balance that.   But what if money makes the political world go round? Nothing less than the fate of electoral democracy is at stake if we let money swamp […]

Northern #VicVotes at war as Libs payback Nats for McGowan #IndiVotes support: @Jansant reports

Liberal Party alter how-to-vote cards

Yesterday The Border Mail reported altered how-to-vote cards had been handed out during pre-polling in Wangaratta, Northern Victoria, with Coalition partners saying a “rogue Wangaratta volunteer” was responsible. How-to-vote cards for Tony Schneider, the Liberal candidate for Euroa, had been altered by hand, advising a below the line vote, placing National Party Legislative Council candidate […]

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 […]