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 […]

Will the discontent of 2013 give way to new hope in Dunkley?

by Angus Barnes September 6, 2013 The only candidates’ forum held in Dunkley revealed a shared sense of dismay in the community on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay. I asked the six candidates attending the forum what would be foremost in voters’ minds on election day. The two independents said they were running because of personal disillusionment, while our sitting member Bruce Billson said he was disillusioned with the current government. Rise Up Australia Party candidate Yvonne Gentle suggested there would be more protest votes this year.  Sex Party candidate Eloise Palmi said a greater voice was needed for small parties’ views, and Family First’s Cameron Eastman said […]

Trust, it’s not just about ‘them’: Forde wrap by @StephanieDale22

[clear] By Stephanie Dale 5 September 2013 The other day a smart, savvy, engaged woman I know told me she plans to vote informal on September 7 – her decision has as much to do with media coverage as it does with politics. In short: ” Can’t bring myself to vote for Tony Abbott, can’t forgive Kevin Rudd his asylum seeker policy, none of the small parties have grabbed my attention, underwhelmed by reporting of the campaign.” Here in Forde, the Inane Question of the Campaign Award goes to one of the young TV reporters down from Brisbane to interview the Federal Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek. “Kevin Rudd said he has […]

Griffith’s bit players: @janbowqld reports

By No Fibs Griffith reporter Jan Bowman, 31 August, 2013 There are eleven candidates standing for election to the House of Representatives in the Queensland division of Griffith, and the polls are getting tight. Many will be watching Griffith because Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is, of course, the sitting member, with the LNP’s Dr Bill Glasson his main contender. Mr Rudd’s office has politely declined my request for an interview, but Dr Glasson’s office has not responded to several requests. But the minor parties have had no problem talking to me. Karin Hunter of the Palmer United Party is a local teacher and businesswoman. ‘I have found Clive Palmer to […]