Bennelong candidates forum: @preciouspress reports

By Jack Sumner 31 August 2013 Seven of the eight candidates were on stage for a public forum organised by the Northern District Times this week. Missing was DLP candidate Lachlan McCaffrey, who plays rugby for Eastwood and was training in preparation for Shute Shield finals this weekend. His father Simon, the DLP Senate candidate, came of the bench to replace him. Each spoke for four minutes followed by 80 minutes of questions from the floor. The impressions and opinions given below are based on listening twice to each candidate’s introductory presentation and their responses to questions. Lindsay Peters (Greens) strongly advocated his party’s policies on refugees, action on climate change, […]

The Greens’ face in Bennelong: @preciouspress interview

By Jack Sumner 15 August 2013 On August 13, Greens candidate Lindsay Peters handed out leaflets at Epping Station before putting in a full day’s work at the software company he co-founded in 1996. In his lounge room that evening, he spoke to me about his commitment to the Greens and the Bennelong campaign. Lindsay said his upbringing and Catholic education had given him a keen sense of social justice and a love of nature. But it was the “shocking behaviour” of John Howard, then prime minister and the member for Bennelong, and the spineless acquiescence of Kim Beazley over the Tampa affair, that tipped him from being a default Labor voter […]

Dennis Jensen explains how carbon abatement will send us broke and why he’d resist a consensus on gay marriage

By Guinevere Hall 29 July2013 I must confess to some apprehension about interviewing Dennis Jensen. Having done some research on him and followed his Twitter account, I was a little concerned he would be as aggressive in person as he seems online. Dr Jensen is a big user of social media, openly dismissive of those he counts as ”lefties”, and is belligerent and fairly controversial in his beliefs on climate change, the Stolen Generation and nuclear energy. I was determined not to be confrontational about these well-known stances. I was reassured, in making the appointment for our interview, when his very personable policy adviser Sean Conway noted that Dr Jensen had […]

Tomorrow when the war began: Australia’s ‘national emergency’

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au It’s not the movie, the wonderful Tomorrow series written by John Marsden where Australia was invaded but we never knew or were told who invaded us.  Today’s coalition press conference was a bit like that – we are being invaded by a group of faceless people who we need to take military action against. After Julie Bishop’s, Scott Morrison’s and Mr Abbott’s form in recent times regarding international relations with our neighbours we can only hope that much of this advice is invisible too and this plan never gets off the ground.  Basically the scare-mongering and fear hyperbole has hit critical mass in this […]