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 […]

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

[clear] [clear] By Lesley Howard @adropex 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 a healthy and hopeful society and provides the “common thread through which our laws, our instinct and our social fabric are entwined.” Faith provides us with a set of values, moral guidelines in which we can trust and a framework for decision-making. Bernardi goes on to discuss how he believes individuals develop faith. Some people […]

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 the South Barwon Civic Centre in Belmont for a 5.30pm debate with his Liberal counterpart Sarah Henderson organized by the local newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser. You can read the Addy’s report on that here and also my live tweets from the debate here. I had contacted Darren’s media advisor requesting an interview with him after […]

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 I read Labor election campaign strategists telling Rudd via Peter Hartcher how he should change his tactics. So that’s that then. For those progressives who engage with and care about politics it’s time to drown sorrows, go on holidays or shred your humanity playing blame games or clawing members of the winning team. For the media, […]

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- What were you doing before becoming involved in politics? A- I’ve been involved in politics for a long time. I’m a nurse, but I’ve been an activist since I was a young woman. I’m 52 now. I’ve been running at every election in this seat for the last 10 years. I’m on local government. I’ve […]

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 and have a bed and breakfast cottage as well, and a berry patch. Prior to that I was a teacher. I taught adult migrants English as a second language. Q- Why are you running in the seat of Indi, and what do you think is the most important issue facing its residents? A- I’m running because […]

@nancycato1 tribute to our shy first female PM

[clear] Video by @mytwocentsandme Musical 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 pass on this family tradition in plenty of time! And today I want to tell you about Julia. You’ve heard me talk about her lots, and up until Wednesday 26 June 2013 she was our Prime Minister. Yes – our first female Prime Minister. But first let me give you a little bit of background […]

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 Abbott’s reply speech to the budget is more important than a mother taking time off work to care for her sick baby?  It is. The Coalition did not grant ALP MP Michelle Rowland ‘a pair’ so she could fly home to care for 14 month old baby: Opposition blocks bid to be with sick baby. […]

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 2014 November 29 2012 – NDIS Bill is introduced in Parliament with Coalition absent. December 6 2012 – NSW signs on to the NDIS In the lead up to the NDIS Medicare Levy announcement, Joe Hockey and News Limited were the fiercest critics. Falling revenue forecasts mean Gonski and NDIS reforms are unaffordable: Joe Hockey […]