Burning issues for @TonyAbbottMHR: @burgewords #CreatingWaves on #DirectAction






CLIMATE change efforts in Australia have become a matter of simple mathematics. With the Coalition’s Direct Action Bill in place just this week, after a deal struck with the Palmer United Party and Senate crossbenchers, Australia is now attempting to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent by 2020. It’s official: we’re trying, and […]






Cigar wielding wealthy motorist entitlements: the @sarah_capper column






Sitting on the train, surrounded by other poor people, sans cars, it’s hard not to wonder whether the Abbott Government is becoming increasingly out of touch with its constituents. Sure, there are a lot of discrepancies on public transport – for example, on the not-so-rough Sandringham line, taking in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs, I’m guessing some […]






Reading the #WAvotes tea leaves: @sarah_capper






[clear]   Following an Australian Electoral Commission bungle after the federal Senate count last September, West Australians were forced back to the polls earlier this month, in what was supposed to represent either an endorsement for Tony Abbott’s Government and policies – or it would instead show an improvement in Labor’s poor vote in the state last […]






Labor walking the barbed wire fence: @e2mq173 comments






By Errol [email protected] From Left Field Neither of Australia’s two major political parties can take comfort from the results of Western Australia’s Senate rerun. Conservative voters abandoned Abbott’s simplistic messages in favour of the nonsensical ones offered by Clive Palmer. Progressive voters turned their back on Labor in favour of The Greens. Can the story get […]






PUP puts its money into #WAvotes: @GuinevereHall talks to ex-candidate Gary Morris






The only election flyers I have received during this campaign have been from Palmer United Party (PUP). The first was a CD of speeches and a Titanic clip, mass produced in China and distributed to every home in Western Australia; then a written message from Clive Palmer telling me that only PUP can get rid of […]






‘It’s our responsibility to be the last sentry at the gate’: Clive Palmer’s maiden speech






[clear] Madam speaker, Australians know who I am and where I come from. They know I love my family and I love Australia. In 1918 my father, at the age of nine, went to see a silent movie. By the time he was 14 he was producing and starring in his first movie. He went […]






Getting to grips with Griffith by @GriffithElects






[clear] by Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 18 November 2013 Margo: Here is Jan Bowman’s reflection on being No Fibs’ citizen journo reporting the seat of Griffith at the 2013 election She’s ready to go again at the by election, and I hope you’ll help her out as Twitter’s journalist. Thank you Jan.   No more lies […]






‘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 […]






Gellibrand, I’ve had a blast: @Dusty_1 wrap






[clear] By Grant Philpots 7 September, 2013 So it’s come to this. My first foray into citizen journalism done. I’m not expecting any changes here in Gellibrand.  Labor’s Tim Watts will be elected as the new member. He’ll have the job for as long as he wants it. Tim is frontbench material and has the […]