Until the violence stops, every day is #WhiteRibbonDay by @mary_sayed

Tuesday 25 November was White Ribbon Day , the (annual) International Day for the Elimination of all Violence against Women, including domestic violence. It marked the start of 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, ending on International Human Rights Day (10 December). Why does White Ribbon Day matter? Domestic violence is at epidemic proportions in Australia: one in three women will experience it in her lifetime and one woman dies every week at the hands of a current or former partner. That woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home. It is absolutely unacceptable that any person, let alone this many, […]

Citizen journo @Wendy_Bacon on Joe’s ‘Widen the Gap’ budget

[clear]Last night I headed over to FBi, a successful not for profit radio station in inner Sydney to meet up with the Budget_Aus team to listen to Treasurer Joe Hockey deliver his first budget speech. We were hosted by Heidi Pett and the rest of the FBi Backchat team who were working on their show about the budget for next Saturday morning. We were all there to support the idea of open access to information and data journalism and in particular, Rosie Williams who is the founder of Info_Aus and No Fibs’ data journalist. Info_Aus has created Budget_Aus which has allowed us to search a database for information about the budget […]

Lobbyists and public commentary: Reith in the spotlight – Mark Anning @1EarthMedia reports

By Mark Anning It was interesting to see the opinion piece written by Peter Reith for The Drum – Fracking scare campaigns threaten our prosperity – especially considering Reith is a paid political lobbyist and chairman of the Victorian Government’s task force on the eastern gas market. “The public debate is soon mired in myriad false claims, partly because government has not ensured the public is fairly informed and because some activists have other political agendas,” writes Reith. To ensure that the public is fairly informed, and agendas and vested interests are properly tabled, it should be noted that Peter Reith is a lobbyist for First State Advisors and Consultants Pty Ltd. Who […]

McGowan to apologise to Indi Aborigines: Transcript of her victory press conference

Margo: So it’s the end of the beginning for the member for Indi Cathy McGowan. Wayne Jansson has kindly transcribed her answers to reporters’ questions at yesterday’s victory press conference. McGowan announced that she would end the hurt created by Ms Mirabella’s boycott of the Stolen Generations apology by making a formal apology on behalf of Indi next Sorry Day. Wayne discovered the journalist within while covering the Indi campaign for No Fibs and I reckon he’ll keep reporting for us. Fingers crossed. By Wayne Jansson September 19, 2013 Q Why do you think you’ve taken the seat from Sophie Mirabella now, after people have been saying they’ve been disgruntled for many years? A – Three things happened, there was disillusionment and […]

Missing an IPA transparency moment

Jon Faine’s Friday Wrap. with John Roskam from the IPA and Sally Warhaft from the Wheeler Centre. Broadcast Friday 26 April 2013. FAINE: I’d like a pet plebiscite on disclosing the funding sources of the IPA says Belinda in McLeod. ROSKAM: We’ll do a deal Belinda, we’ll disclose our sources one we know how much Jon Faine is paid. FAINE: Sixteen minutes to eleven on 7… WARHAFT: I wouldn’t have put that, oh Faine. FAINE: Sixteen minutes to eleven on 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Victoria. WARHAFT: Fess up now. WARHAFT: Now is your big opportunity. It’s finally come… ROSKAM: Now is your chance Jon to find the IPA’s funding sources. WARHAFT: …after […]