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

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By Jenny Bates  @jenoutwest, 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 […]

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

Ray Sawyer of the KAP.

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, […]

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

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By Errol Brandt  @e2mq173 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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

5 of 8 candidates attend Wills 3rd meet the candidate forum hosted by Brunswick Uniting Church

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 […]

Most candidates in NBN-connected Wills reckon Labor got it right: @takvera interviews

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By John Englart 27 August 2013 The Wills suburb of Brunswick was the first metropolitan pilot site for Labor’s NBN in 2011. The world is changing rapidly with large movements of digital information, requiring faster internet speeds to deliver content to meet our needs (see Steve Jenkins and Lachlan Hinds article on Why is fast, […]

MIA Labor candidate Luke Willis finally speaks up, but no funds and no chance in Tangney

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By Guinevere Hall August 18, 2013 I was ready to write my missing-in-action piece when the elusive Labor candidate for Tangney in Western Australia Luke Willis finally made contact. There had been numerous emails and weeks of silence but then he agreed to meet for an interview. We met at a local café in Riverton […]

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 […]