Freedom and Prosperity Party’s @NoDirectAction campaigns from east coast: @GuinevereHall reports #WAvotes

[clear] A handful of the 77 candidates vying to represent Western Australia in the rerun Senate election live in other states. I contacted Bill Koutalianos, president of the Freedom and Prosperity Party and its number one senate candidate, via Twitter and email. At first he said he wasn’t intending to come to Perth in the lead-up to the election. However, after some pressure, he made it over last week to speak to me and will be back next week to be involved in a candidates’ forum. I asked him how well he felt he could represent a state that he doesn’t live in. He agreed it was a fair question […]

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 of several fresh faces in the who’s new in the Upper House zoo. Anyone who managed to successfully complete their below-the-line Senate ticket form in last month’s federal election deserves a round of applause [pats back]. Voting below the line is always preferable (pun intended) no matter how painstaking, as even the most “ethical” (ahem, […]

Greens Indi candidate @JennyJenocon on #Indivotes

By Jenny O’Connor, Greens Candidate for Indi September 1, 2013 This is my tenth year of campaigning for the Greens in Indi – and by far the most interesting. Usually there is no contest: Labor runs a well-meaning but no-chance candidate; I try to increase the Green vote – it’s risen from less than three percent in 2003 to almost 10% at the last election; Sophie Mirabella is a shoe-in. I have always run with the line that we should make Indi marginal but it seemed a mere pipe dream. I first became aware of Voices for Indi – V4I – when some Green supporters started wearing the badges and talking about supporting Cathy […]

Bob Katter’s bigger ambitions draw criticism in his electorate of Kennedy in Queensland

By Emma Kennedy August 18, 2013 Bob Katter hasn’t been home much in the past few weeks as he campaigns around the country in support  of his more than 60 candidates and doing preference deals with the major parties. His absence is drawing criticism from Kennedy locals but he has kept himself consistently in the media spotlight. Since he created Katter’s Australian Party (KAP),  Mr Katter’s goal is to become the “third force” in the country’s politics and provide another legitimate option for the people of Australia. The past week has seen many chops and changes, with KAP making preference deals with Clive Palmer, the ALP and the LNP in […]

Mirabella in front, but McGowan claims support from all camps: @jansant #Indivotes update

By Wayne Jansson, !8 August, 2013 The contest for Indi hit the national media this week with a hint of friction in Liberal-National coalition ranks, as reports emerged of National Party members being involved in independent Cathy McGowan’s push to unseat the Liberals’ Sophie Mirabella. “I’m getting support right across the political spectrum in Indi,” McGowan told No Fibs on Thursday, on the question of Nats members getting behind her. The Border Mail reported on Saturday “even some Liberals are backing her to oust Sophie Mirabella”. Jenny O’Connor of The Greens announced her preferences on Saturday – McGowan 2 and independent Jennifer Podesta 3. Local ALP officials have sent their […]

Corangamite campaign tactics: @scott_c_b reports

By Scott Barnes 18 August 2013 A JWS Research automated poll out yesterday shows Corangamite is a likely Labor loss, with the ALP on 46.7% of the two-party vote, a 3.6% swing against it. Grassroots campaigning in Geelong’s struggling outer suburbs is likely to decide the outcome of the seat of Corangamite. Colac Herald  journalist Scott Barnes provides an insight into campaign tactics in Australia’s most marginal seat. Corangamite is the Liberal Party’s to lose with less than three weeks until the federal election. A ReachTEL poll shows that Liberal challenger Sarah Henderson leads incumbent Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman 56 to 44. Mr Cheeseman, a Labor backbencher, has held the seat for two […]

Save the Planet Party preferences may be crucial in Melbourne and Corangamite, reports @takvera

By John Englart 9 August 2013 A new party is emerging in Victoria at this election…well, nearly. The Save the Planet Party was proposed in March and formed in a matter of a few months this year to proclaim that there is a climate emergency and to advocate for rapid economic and social transition to ensure a safe future. It is a single-issue party focused on what we need to do to avoid the extreme consequences of climate change already in the pipeline and to avert even greater catastrophic consequences that may unfold over coming decades and centuries. Even though the party has found over 500 registered electors and submitted their […]