Public and Politicians gather in #Canberra to rally against #OurABC cuts: @jeevens reports

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“No if’s. No buts. No ABC cuts,” chanted the crowd gathered outside Parliament House yesterday in response to the recently announced ABC and SBS funding cuts. It was the final rally in a series supporting the Our stories Our future Our ABC campaign, a joint initiative involving the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the […]

Perth supporters stand up against #OurABC funding cuts: Rick Hoyle – Mills @RickHM reports

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Joe Hockey is not an asshole, he’s just ambitious: @e2mq173 comments #auspol

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  Treasurer Joe Hockey was once one of Australia’s most popular politicians. With a net positive score of 22 per cent, he was politically left of the NSW Liberal Party and aligned more with true liberals, such as Malcolm Turnbull, than with true conservatives such as Tony Abbott or John Howard. Hockey’s public persona was that […]

Abbott’s attack on ABC proves politicians are free press chameleons – @journlaw reports

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By Mark Pearson  @journlaw 5th February 2014 Politicians are free expression chameleons. Regardless of their political colours, they are inevitably staunch advocates of a free media and the free flow of information while in opposition. When they win government they tend to shut down criticism and negative press by implementing policies and passing laws to limit scrutiny. […]

Best Polly Ticks Quotes and Moments of 2013

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by Sarah Capper 23 December 2013 A week is a long time in politics. A year is an excruciating amount of time, and as we near the end of 2013, our third prime minister for the year has just reached his first 100 days in office. Awww. In many senses, it’s been Tony Abbott’s year. So […]

Double and triple flipskis: Abbott’s first 100 days @e2mq173 comments

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By Errol Brandt When Barack Obama took office, he inherited a massive financial crisis.  His first actions as US president aimed to restore confidence and stability in financial markets.  After his first 100 days, Obama still enjoyed 65% approval.  His support was as broad as it was deep:  high-income, low-income, black, white, religious and non-religions […]

To Zip or Not to Zip … And Other Tragedies

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By Sarah Capper 23 November 2013 In announcing his resignation from parliament last week, it seemed quite fitting that former Prime Minister and Member for Griffith Kevin Rudd quoted Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a tragedy about treachery and madness. Rudd referred to the “slings and arrows” suffered during his political career (and by his family in recent […]

Time for policy meat from the incoming Abbott government, but how can we get it?

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by Margo Kingston 19 August 2013 It’s over for Labor. I knew it intellectually when I saw Rudd steal from the Coalition the Northern Australia policy Labor had already destroyed, then hold up a bottle of vegemite to scare voters about a GST Abbott had convincingly ruled out in his first term. I felt it when […]

Turnbull bats away leadership question and talks up coalition team at Wentworth candidates forum

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    By David Davis  August 15, 2013 With three minutes to go, all candidates except one were seated on the stage in the Paddington RSL in Sydney’s east. With one minute remaining, Malcolm Turnbull arrived and took his seat. A kind of hush fell over the room. The line-up at the Wentworth Federal Election […]

Labor’s campaign without an office in action at Kings Cross markets

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By David Davis August 11 At 22 degrees and sunny, it was a beautiful day at the Kings Cross Organic Market in Sydney, more like spring than winter. The Saturday market is a weekly institution and a favourite meeting place for residents of Potts Point, Elizabeth Bay and Kings Cross. Locals such as Paul Keating […]