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

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 politics.   Swamps have formed again in Qld and NSW, as they do periodically elsewhere. Last week ‘50 prominent Australians’ published an open letter beseeching Queensland’s parties to agree to 4 governance and accountability principles.  It was motivated by concerns that Queensland’s Crime and Misconduct Commission, judicial independence and political finance laws have been weakened recently. […]

Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, cards will just as quickly be taken away. While PUP leader Clive Palmer appeals to pensioners by saying he will block the Government’s $7 GP co-payment, so that “those ladies” can “have their chocolate and go to the cinema”, let’s crunch the critical numbers with a round of ‘Senate Bingo’. [Insert archaic rolling wheel of bingo […]

Tinkler at #ICAC: The art of of good and bad cops by @boeufblogginon

  #icac Watson is on the point of corralling Tinkler in the questioning of Tinkler. Very clever. — Joan Evatt (@Boeufblogginon) May 16, 2014 Law students should have been at the ICAC hearing on Friday afternoon when Nathan Tinkler was being questioned. They would have seen a fine example of corralling a witness and one of the best ‘good cop, bad cop’ scenarios presented in real life rather than a scripted drama.  There are many reasons why these current investigations at ICAC are proving so successful. One that doesn’t seem to get much of an airing is the effective working relationship between the Commissioner, Justice Megan Latham and Geoffrey Watson […]

Then they came for the farmers… #SPC #leardblockade

[clear] By Alison Parkes  6th February 2014 Two recent issues have been in the news lately concerning rural and regional communities – the impending closure of SPC and the Leardblockade. People in capital cities, on social media and old media talk about thinks like SPC or live export or another mine as if they are unaffected by the impact of these things. As a farmer in a rural and regional area the impact of mining, climate change and job loses affect me now, but in the long run, these things affect all of us. More of us than ever are living on the coastal fringes, but the way some people […]

Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12

Storify by The Geek Mon, Jan 27 2014 04:17:31 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Ishbel Cullen, 20, Canberra – “I’m here to take direct action on climate change – no new coal mines!” #leardblockade pic.twitter.com/45zPJagffk margo [email protected] · Sun, Jan 26 2014 17:32:19 ReplyRetweetFavorite Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Georgina [email protected] Honour roll. Arrests at #leardblockade climb to ten via @abcnewengland  http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-26/arrests-at-mine-protest-climb-to-10/5219742 … @margokingston1 · Sun, Jan 26 2014 11:14:41 […]

#CSG showdown in Gloucester @1earthmedia reports

By Mark Anning reports from Gloucester, NSW The NSW Government is considering an application by giant gas company AGL to begin the controversial and risky process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at Forbesdale, just south of Gloucester in the Manning Valley NSW – less than 300 metres from the nearest family home and less than 600 metres from 35 homes in a zoned residential area. Premier O’Farrell is expected to announce his decision this month on AGL’s application to the NSW Office of Coal Seam Gas for their Review of Environmental Factors (REF)  for a fracking stimulation management plan – and local residents are digging in to fight the good fight. Federal […]

Reflections on a unique campaign: Greens candidate @JennyJenocon on #Indivotes

By Jenny O’Connor, 16 September, 2013 The campaign is over and we are waiting for the result in what has turned out to be the most interesting election in the nation. At the time of writing Cathy leads by 544 votes with 2000 to count. My result as the Greens candidate has been decimated – from almost 10% in 2010 to just over three percent. Greens and Labor voters came out in force to support Cathy Mcgowan win the battle to unseat Sophie Mirabella. Despite the low vote I did get to play a pivotal role in the campaign so the Greens message has been heard loud and clear in […]

Transcript of Jasper press conference for #Indivotes

By Tom Anderson 30 August 2013 Ken Jasper interview Cathy McGowan’s response and Al’s questions on robocalling See Tom’s calculations of how McGowan might win Indi. Margo: No Fibs citizen journo Tom Anderson attended yesterday’s press conference in Wangaratta where long-time National Party MP for Murray Valley Ken Jasper explained why he supported Cathy McGowan’s campaign to unseat Sophie Mirabella in Indi. It followed full page advertisements signed by 44 prominent Indi residents backing McGowan. Tom has also supplied audio of reporter’s filmed interviews after the press conference Question: Now what are we doing today, I see that you are rallying  behind one of the local candidates, what can you […]

McGowan a close friend of Tim Fischer, but denies she’s Indi’s National Party front

By Wayne Jansson, 16 August, 2013 The Voice4Indi candidate Cathy McGowan has hit back at claims by unnamed Liberal sources that she is a front for the National Party in Indi, saying she has support across the political spectrum. Ms McGowan acknowledged she was a close friend of Mr Tim Fischer, a former National Party leader and deputy Prime Minister. “That’s true, and I’ve got lots of close friends right across the political spectrum in Indi. Tim Fischer is a constituent, and he’s an active member of the communities I’m part of. It would be the most natural thing in the world to have relationships with him, and many Greens […]

The rich political history between Howard, the Nats and Tony Windsor

Tony Windsor’s riposte to John Howard’s allegation that he betrayed his voters by supporting a Labor government relates some of the rich political history of the country seat. There’s more, so today we republish two fascinating pieces by Webdiarist Craig Rowley, part one after the 2004 election and part two prior to 2007 election. At that time the Howard Government was fingered for regional grants rorts, and Tony Windsor told Parliament that National Party leader John Anderson and a NP Senator had offered him a bribe to leave politics. One irony in Tony Abbott’s ‘trust‘ mantra is that Gillard’s government has been clean and Howard’s government was sometimes dirty. I […]