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, […]






Cory’s book: Part 2 of a blow-by-blow fact check series by @adropex






[clear] [clear] By Lesley [email protected] 19 January 2014 In Chapter 2 “The First Pillar: Faith” Bernardi presents a strong and considered study of the historical contribution Christianity has made to Australia’s national development and how this heritage is represented in the laws and moral codes of Australian society today. Bernardi proposes that faith is fundamental to […]






Corangamite’s @DCheesemanMP on the brink: @PrimMich interview






By Michelle Primmer August 27, 2013 On Thursday August 22 Kevin Rudd came to town for a very early morning pre-breakfast meeting cum rally with Geelong MPs Richard Marles (Corio) and Darren Cheeseman (Corangamite). He spent a large chunk of the day campaigning with Darren around his electorate. Later that afternoon Darren headed out to […]






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






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 […]






The Greens’ Indi voice: @jansant interview






Margo: Wayne has interviewed and photographed three of the four main rivals to Sophie Mirabella for the seat of Indi, Cathy McGowan, Jennifer Podesta and Robyn Walsh. This interview with Greens candidate Jenny O’Connor completes his task, except for Sophie herself. She has declined to be interviewed.     By Wayne Jansson August 14, 2013 Q- […]






Labor’s Robyn Walsh believes voters in Indi will be ignored until Mirabella’s seat turns marginal






By Wayne Jansson 6 August 2013 Wayne Jansson interviews Robyn Walsh – farmer, businesswoman and ALP candidate for Sophie Mirabella’s seat of Indi.  Q- What were you doing before becoming involved in politics? A- I’m a farmer. I’ve been living at Yarck for 15 years and I run a beef business. We’ve got 60 Angus breeders […]






@nancycato1 tribute to our shy first female PM






[clear] Video [email protected] insert by @krONik  by Nancy Cato 30 June 2013 My darling Granddaughters Olivia and Hannah, You are now 4 and 2 years old respectively and as my Nanna (your Great Great Grandmother) and I started to discuss matters of great importance when I reached the age of 5, I’m  making sure I […]






What’s it all about, the Coalition no show for disability, no to MP to care for sick baby?






By Noely Neate May 16, 2013 If you missed it, see last night’s awe inspiring rant by Mr Richard Chirgwin about the Coalition not bothering to turn up for the introduction of the DisabilityCare Bill. I had hoped that our media would report this lack of respect this morning, but no. Did you know that Mr […]






The MSM’s NDIS: Make the frame, change the frame, WTFs the frame?






By Tony ‘The Geek’ Yegles May 4 2013 I was fascinated by the media’s framing of the NDIS debate this week. Within 48 hours it moved from reporting a naked tax grab by the Prime Minister, to a worthy initiative when Mr Abbott put the national interest ahead of his political interest. Update below May 15 […]