From #Watergate to #Ashbygate: A review of “Ashbygate” the book, by Joan Evatt @Boeufblogginon






A few weeks ago Ross Jones and Dave Donovan, of Independent Australia, sent me messages asking me to review Ross’s book on the Ashbygate saga. Despite being as crook as Rookwood I was more than happy to agree, and in due course a copy appeared in my letterbox. I was in the middle of reading […]






Targeting women with Michaelia Cash – @Qldaah #auspol






The Minister Assisting the Minister for Women wants to set targets to encourage more female parliamentarians in the Liberal Party but does she have the right marketing formula?  No feminist This week, Nick Evershed and Shalailah Medhora reported that in terms of women in Australian politics, the gender gap has widened; “From a high point of 30.8 percent in 2009, the proportion […]






There is an i in Team No Fibs: co-publisher @geeksrulz tells his #NoFibs story #MediaMargo






This is the second in a new No Fibs series edited by Margo under her collaborative thesis. The first piece was by Michael Burge … and the next one will be by Tim Dunlop. The Fifth Estate might be new kid on the block, but it already packs a mighty punch above its weight. Everyone on social media […]






Crimes that matter – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah






Crimes that matter. Unemployment at eleven year high. The great Queensland fluoride debate rages. Third suicide after Newman closure of Barrett Centre. New doctor in the house. New livery for Queensland police. Tweet of the week – The media lounge in parliament house gets ‘Newmaned’. . Crimes that matter. The crime statistics came a little […]






The insidious culture of ‘cash for’, the #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah






Cash for gravel. Cash for sand. Claims of interference in CMC investigation. Qld Auditor-General casts doubt on Newman Government claims it’s improving front line services. Newman Government saves Dutton Park train station from the Newman Government. Vale Bosun, Qld’s finest police dog. Tweet of the week – Premier gets advice. . Cash for gravel This […]






Into the black, the #qldpol weekly: @Qldaah






Deutsche Bank pulls out of Abbot Pt coal terminal. Eight cent solar feed in tariff cut. Into the black – electoral changes. Cash for contracts. More Fitzgerald elders speak out. The fight for Qld, (offer expires 2015 election day). Future Qld job prospects, work at Coles. Curfew on the vision impaired. Bogans who live in […]






#Indivotes independent candidate @jenpodesta explains why she’s joined the ALP






Last year I stood as an independent candidate in the federal Seat of Indi – now famous for the outstanding win by another independent, Cathy McGowan, over the three-term incumbent Sophie Mirabella. Much has already been said and written about that. The experience of standing as a candidate was at once exhilarating and heartbreaking, but […]






A pollie lied and actually got pinged for it! Barry O’Farrell gives punters Easter cheer: @YaThinkN comments






[clear]   Okay we all know that Sydney is the centre of the Universe; just ask every major paper and the TV stations. This week has been particularly bad for those that are not fortunate enough to live in the most important city in the country – yes, note use of sarcasm font there – […]






The #MarchinMarch Canberra in pictures, by @Jansant






By Wayne [email protected] 23rd March 2014 Roll over photos to read captions or click for slideshow. Read More from the March In March Archive 






Sssshhhh, don’t tell the media, but politics is changing from the ground-up, by @ariadne_syd






Ariadne Vromen,[email protected]_syd Source: The Conversation University of Sydney 21st March 2014 Political participation in Australia will soon be about hope – and the transformation of citizenship engagement in this country. Here is why. Traditionally, Australian political participation was centred on, and supported by, the electoral system, political parties and major political organisations. Most media commentators tend […]