Selling out ethical journalism: @journlaw on @theage secret recordings #springst






[clear] It is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents, as we have been told happened at this year’s Victorian Labor conference. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their […]






A Eureka Stockade moment? Your #BentleyBlockade brief before NSW Police ‘Operation Stapler’






[clear] [clear]Northern Rivers communities unite against government-endorsed gas mining frenzy In protest against the mining frenzy that is gripping the country, the community-led non-violent blockade at Bentley in the Northern Rivers of NSW is emerging as one of the largest social uprisings the country has witnessed. The blockade of the drill site, which began almost […]






Visit to #BentleyBlockade on the eve of police [email protected] Twitter report






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Frontline on #BentleyBlockade: @trisholaviolet reports






  Can You Hear Us – Bentley Blockade April 2014 [email protected] Dawn at Bentley is magic. It’s the time when we most deeply feel the preciousness of the earth we’re standing on, and reaffirm the imperative of protecting it for future generations. Soft mist shrouds the gentle landscape. Rolling green pastures, trees just peeping through […]






New Politics, New Media: On-the-ground #MarchinMarch reporting by citizen journalist @jansant






By Wayne [email protected] 20th March 2014 It’s normal to start a story at the beginning. I’m going to start smack bang in the middle with this one, as it sums up one of the many factors which forced 100,000 plus people to MarchInMarch (MiM) around Australia. I say forced intentionally. People don’t take to the streets in […]






#MarchinMarch Katoomba report by @bluntshovels






By El Gibbs [email protected] 17th March 2014 Over 700 people gathered in front of the historic Carrington Hotel in Katoomba on Sunday to protest against the Federal Government, spilling out onto the street. Many hand-made signs featured, with slogans such as “What happened to taking care? Of ourselves, each other, our country”, “It’s not money […]






Qantas CEO Alan Joyce makes grist for Hockey’s mill @e2mq173 comments






By Errol Brandt @e2mq173 The Abbott Government has finally found its cause célèbre, the platform from which to prosecute its case for industrial relations reform. The latest financial results from Qantas confirm that it is in serious trouble and that something must be done. The only question is what? The Abbott Government has refused to offer […]






Cory’s manifesto: Book review by Lola Montgomery @lolathevamp






By Lola [email protected] 24th January 2014 The Conservative Revolution hit the internet in a storm of outright criticism. Twitter was awash with Senator Cory Bernardi. The book became the Australian political punching bag of Amazon.com, with mock reviews serving as comedic outlet for many citizens’ frustration with the current Australian government. The reviewers mostly admitted […]






‘But’, not ‘and’: Palmer set to prove the Nats are a spent force @e2mq173 reports






By Errol Brandt Undoubtedly the biggest shock from the last federal election was the emergence of Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party (PUP). Politicians and journalists alike dismissed Palmer as a buffoon. Fanciful stories of CIA plots and a dubious understanding of macroeconomics appears to have distracted them from seeing Palmer as a shrewd political tactician. […]






Roo Poo and Who’s Who in the Senate Zoo






[clear] By Sarah Capper 18 October 2013 It was perhaps the moment in which I found myself googling “Ricky Muir” + “poo” that served as the final straw in realising the need for Senate reform. Not that I needed much convincing – the new Senator-elect from Victoria from the Palmer United Palmer Motoring Enthusiasts Party is just one […]