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 by @ParisandDarmin 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 the foggy vista. The morning sky has golden beams of sun filtering through clouds. It doesn’t surprise me that images of dawn make up half of the photos posted online from Bentley. Hundreds of ‘protectors’ are camped at the #BentleyBlockade to help stop this beautiful rural landscape from becoming an industrial gasfield. I became aware […]

Will Libs bite bullet, withdraw Howard’s over-the-top entitlements to self-funded retirees?

By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 9th March, 2014 When Samantha Maiden reported today that the Audit Commission wanted super-generous seniors health card benefits to self-funded retirees reversed, I dug up my 2002 SMH budget comment on the matter. The Libs are to blame for this totally unsustainable entitlement culture they knew would help cripple the budget over time due to our aging population. If they don’t act in the budget and instead just cut benefits for the less well-off they will be credibility-naked. * Don’t hold your breath for action Source SMH: http://www.smh.com.au/specials/budget2002/730/730_6.html What a shocking dilemma! The Liberals overwhelmingly won the over-55 vote at the 2001 election, while Labor outpolled them […]

Loggers ‘the ultimate conservationists’: Abbott’s environment vandalism policy

Speech delivered by Tony Abbott to the Forestworks Dinner in Canberra Tuesday, 4 March 2014 Julie, I want to thank you very much indeed for that kind introduction. It’s nice to have a list of things recounted to an appreciative audience – it really is nice. But the most important fact, at least insofar I suspect as this audience is concerned, is omitted from the official resume, because I had the great good fortune of having as my maternal grandfather a shipwright and as many of you would know a shipwright is a marine carpenter. That’s what a shipwright is. A shipwright is a marine carpenter, at least that’s what a […]

Family First Face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman reports

By Jacqueline Dettman  2 September 2013 Interview with Robert Randall, Family First candidate for Hindmarsh. Would you like to introduce yourself to readers? In 1979 I was elected state MP for Henley Beach, by a margin of 110 votes in a traditional Labor area. Prior to that I had volunteered in local council as a councillor (Henley and Grange Council) and this was as a result of my philosophy of not standing outside criticizing but being inside the decision-making body and influencing outcomes. From there in 1982, because it was a marginal seat and the government changed, I lost my seat.  I continued to work in the Liberal Party in […]

What Abbott’s #PPL is really about: @stephaniedale22 comment

By Stephanie Dale @stephaniedale22 21 August 2013 The Coalition’s controversial Paid Parental Leave policy – what’s it really about? Actually, first of all I’m confused about why it’s called ‘parental’ leave, when according to the Liberal Party’s website it applies only to mothers? Oh yes, a second aside, I’ve called it the ‘Coalition’s’ policy, even though technically it’s a Liberal Party policy, because of all that blather that came from them about the ‘illegitimacy’ of the 43rd parliament on the basis of its negotiated power sharing status between legitimately elected parties and independent representatives – the Liberal/National party coalition is, as far as I can ascertain, the longest standing, most powerful negotiated […]

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, […]

Is the world ready for PM Tony ‘what he meant to say’ Abbott?

By Noely Neate May 8, 2013 I was not going to go here, because all manner of Feminists, accredited and self-proclaimed, have had a say.  Some I agree with, some I think are getting hung up on exactly what many of us on Twitter are always complaining about, that is, focussing on a ‘gotcha’ instead of the actual merits of a policy. I would love to be like some who try to be ‘above it all’, like the so-called ‘Legendary feminist Eva Cox’ (Mia Freedman’s words), though unfortunately, Ms Cox’s defence of Mr Abbott with “what Tony Abbott was trying to say in a somewhat clumsy way…” does not hold a hell […]