#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 I grew enormously from the opportunity and came away from it surer than ever that despite the general lack of enthusiasm for politicians and politics in the electorate, it was indeed the path I wished to follow. After letting the dust settle, in November last year I made the decision to join the ALP. Having […]

Reporting #MarchInMarch, by @jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 5th March 2014 One month into the Abbott Government, a user on Twitter floated the idea of banding together to voice concern about the direction the new Prime Minister was taking Australia. From this seed a movement was formed – MarchInMarch. Fast forward to early March, 2014, and it’s grown into a truly national grassroots movement that will be taking to the streets between March 15 and 17 in around 30 locations across Australia. I covered the seat of Indi for @NoFibs and have been tracking MarchInMarch’s growth. It seems to have a similar momentum to Cathy McGowan’s campaign, drawing people from all walks of life and political allegiances. Without a […]

Cory Bernardi’s ideology: @stewarthase book review

By Stewart Hase  @stewarthase 15 January 2014 The Conservative Revolution was worth reading for two main reasons. The first is that it gives a very clear view into the mind of the extreme Christian conservative. The reader gets to see the thinking, the ideology that drives the political agenda of people like Cory Bernardi. Thus, it is not difficult to extrapolate the type of policies that that politicians of this mind-set will pursue. The second thing I got out of this book is probably based more on my background as an academic and scientist than anything else. It was interesting to read something that purports to provide an argument, that has […]

Progress 2013 Conference to plot political futures, by @Kevin_Rennie

By Kevin Rennie, 23 October, 2013 Tony Abbott wants us to repent. Well here’s my confession. I have sinned by: • chipping in for the Climate Council • signing GetUp! and Change.org petitions about asylum seekers, the Great Barrier Reef and Burger Off’s campaign against McDonald’s in Tecoma. • voting for @Albo and agitating for Labor party reform • joining Blog Action Day with a human rights post about Tony’s confessor Cardinal Pell • posting questions on Our Say Australia’s forums • commenting on stories at Guardian Australia and the Conversation • retweeting whether it is insensitive, nay unpatriotic to use ‘bushfires’ and ‘climate’ in the same tweet • sharing […]