Labor probes @TurnbullMalcolm in #QT over “bullied” @ABCAustralia #NBN coverage: @Jansant comments






Last Thursday during Question Time, Jason Clare (@JasonClareMP), Shadow Minister for Communications, asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), about his role in influencing editorial decisions the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) made in relation to its National Broadband Network (NBN) coverage. On January 21, 2016 New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross (@NickRossTech), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. Hansard Question 1 Hansard Question 2 Brendan O’Connor (@BOConnorMP), Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations was ejected from Parliament under 94 (a) for interjecting […]






Aunty through @TurnbullMalcolm’s independent looking glass of #auspol’s realpolitik: @Jansant comments






Last week, New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. The recording made by Ross (@NickRossTech), reveals political pressure being exerted over editorial decisions regarding his coverage of the National Broadband Network (NBN), specifically his pieces critical of the Coalition alternative. The recorded meeting took place On May 28, 2013 and reveals Belsham (@BBelsham) was fearful of pressure from Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), the then Shadow Communications Minister and current Prime Minister, and/or someone from his office, as well […]






Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol






Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present were local Federal Liberal National Party member for Maranoa Bruce Scott and LNP Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss. Now, in that part of Queensland a handshake is considered as good as a signature on a contract. Both mayors had been campaigning for an upgrade to the region’s ailing telecommunications network for ten years. According to Queensland Country […]






Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest






By Jenny Bates [email protected], 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, a young teen was overheard asking, “Where are all these people going? I catch this train through the week to go to school, and it’s never this busy.” I was tempted to ask her if she worked in a coffee shop and relied on penalty rates; if so I’d  tell her we were all going to a […]






Population, family and more new faces join the #GriffithVotes party @GriffithElects reports






By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 1st February 2014 In something of a surprise for the upcoming Griffith by-election, Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) is standing a candidate new to Griffith, but not new to the KAP. Ray Sawyer stood for the KAP in the division of Fairfax in 2013, a seat that was won by Clive Palmer, with Sawyer managing just 1.92 per cent of the vote. While he does not live in the region, Mr Sawyer described himself as someone who has “strong connections with the Griffith electorate.” His campaign literature revealed that he has operated a dance school for a number of years, which has given him “the opportunity to […]






Abbott’s transport rear vision takes us nowhere @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt [email protected] 13 December 2013 It’s clear that the Abbott government lacks vision. Its attack on the Climate Commission, dismantling of Gonski, ‘cheap and nasty’ NBN and its unwillingness to cooperate with Holden all bear testament to a government with a profound lack of concern for the future. The Abbott government’s next target is Infrastructure Australia. This is the independent body designed to ensure rigour and process in Australia’s major infrastructure projects. Proposed changes to Infrastructure Australia are before the parliament. These will weaken the body and allow the Minister for Infrastructure to push through the government’s favourite projects, such as Melbourne’s East West Link and Sydney’s WestConnex. Debating […]






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






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 all held Obama in high regard. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott. Despite inheriting a AAA rated economy, Abbott talked it down during the campaign and insisted that there was a “budget emergency”.  After his first 100 days in office, the “budget emergency” is still waiting to be revealed, […]






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 […]






Jennifer Podesta inside the Indi contest: slurs, setbacks and why she came up smiling






By Jennifer Podesta September 5, 2013 The past few months since announcing my nomination as a candidate in the seat of Indi have been the most rewarding and challenging of my life.  I would like to share with you some of the highlights of that journey, reflect on how the campaign has evolved from my perspective, and look forward a little into the future. I made the decision to stand as an independent over a year ago – well before I had heard of “Voice for Indi” or Cathy McGowan.   I had a longstanding interest in politics and community service, and more recently my studies in sociology and social policy […]






Wills Forum ends with call for compassion and decency to be reclaimed in politics reports @takvera






By John Englart 1 September 2013 The 3rd and final meet the candidates forum for Wills was hosted by the Brunswick Uniting Church on Friday night. Five candidates attended to present their policies and to take questions from a moderator and from the audience. But it was the very last response to the very last audience question that struck a responsive chord from all present. The question was “What can we look forward to under a Tony Abbott Government for Wills?” Candidates on the panel included Adrian Trajstman (Sex Party), Tim Read (Greens), Kelvin Thomson MP (ALP), Margarita Windisch (Socialist Alliance). Philip Sutton (Save the Planet party) was a late […]