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

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  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 – with […]

It’s time, Finance and AFP: Randall’s Cairns claim must be investigated

Federal MP Don Randall and Tony Abbott. Picture: Ray  Strange Source: The Australian

By Margo Kingston 20 October, 2013 OK, we’re starting to get to the pointy end of the political travel rorts scandal. My understanding of the Don Randall matter is this. In November 2012 the Perth MP and a family member flew to Cairns for an overnight stay. . He claimed the $5259 trip was “electorate business”. […]

How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?

Peter Slipper and Tony Abbott in Parliament in 2009. - News.com.au

By Margo Kingston, 8 October, 2013 It looks like the Prime Minister is a serial cheat. It’s hard to imagine a bigger test of the integrity and fairness of our democratic institutions than that. Will the press gallery get forensic and press for answers from the PM and action from the authorities? Will the AFP investigate? […]

Time for policy meat from the incoming Abbott government, but how can we get it?

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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 […]

Ethical lapses by journalists contributed to Gillard’s demise

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By Denis Muller, University of Melbourne Originally published at The Conversation June 28 2013 An integral power of the media is that of portrayal: the act of determining how people, events, ideas and organisations are described to the public, and therefore how they are perceived by the public. In this way, the media constructs for us […]

Federal Press Gallery list revealed

The press gallery in the Senate chamber.
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  MARGO: Everyone know journos can’t keep a secret, but they’ve somehow managed to keep the list of Federal Press Gallery members secret from the general public. Until now. We’ve published two pieces on the PG triggered by its refusal to allow @callumdav to join as a reporter for @independentaus; Your guide to the Press […]

The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation

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By Margo Kingston May 2nd, 2013 The Canberra Press Gallery is in a reforming state of mind, and to my surprise I’m making a contribution, thanks to Twitter. And thanks to the Press Gallery Committee President @David_Speers, Tweeps can have an input too. The PGC decides who joins the club. In the old days we […]

Your guide to the Press Gallery and its gatekeeper

Margo Kingston note: I was a member of the press gallery for many years. When I left Fairfax to take Webdiary independent my Parliament House ID lapsed. I applied to the then Press Gallery Committee president Karen Middleton for a new PG ID and she signed off without a hassle. Yet I couldn’t answer some questions […]

Journalist @MargaretSimons stands up to Oz intimidation, speaks out on media reform

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By Margo Kingston, March 19, 2013 I’ve known Meg Simons for more than 25 years. We met in the Fairfax Brisbane bureau in the late 1980s – she was The Age correspondent,  me a new recruit for the Times on Sunday. We covered the Fitzgerald Inquiry, and I learnt courage and persistence – and tried to learn […]

I can see clearly now: PM

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By Margo Kingston February 2, 2013 The Prime Minister has made a bold, perhaps revolutionary decision that has already flummoxed the MSM and will be fascinating to watch play out this election year. She’s detached herself from the 24 hour news cycle. That’s why she looks grounded. Settled. Real. Her stridency has gone. She can […]