Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission blunders: @madwixxy comments on #TURC

As we enter the final days of the public hearings of the Trade Union Royal Commission I find myself in the peculiar position of agreeing with John Howard. John Howard told Janet Albrechtsen in an interview of his unease with the way Tony Abbott and George Brandis used the Royal Commission process as a means to achieve a political end. Howard explained: “I’m uneasy about the idea of having royal commissions or inquiries into essentially a political decision…” “I don’t think you should ever begin to go down the American path of using the law for narrow targeted political purposes.” I believe there is no doubt Abbott is using the law to achieve a […]

Greens Griffith candidate on what’s gone wrong @GriffithElects reports

By Jan Bowman  @GriffithElects 3 December 2013 Less than a month after the September Federal election, Geoff Ebbs, former Greens Candidate for Griffith, posted a Facebook message which said: “I’m about to go into financial recovery mode, post-election, and take a job selling photocopiers unless anyone has a better way to earn some decent dollars for twelve months.” This was a prompt for me to approach Ebbs and other candidates in Griffith for their ‘life after the election’ stories. Ebbs was the only candidate who agreed to an interview. Apart from admitting to degrees of exhaustion, most of the other candidates I approached did not want to talk in detail […]

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 […]

The federation seat of Adelaide: @naichevalier reports

View Larger Map Adelaide Seat profile  By Anais Chevalier, 11 August, 2013 The seat of Adelaide is one of the original South Australian electorates. Created in 1903, its first MP was a former Premier of SA and one of the driving forces behind federation, Charles Kingston. While often seen as a Labor seat, it has been held by non-Labor candidates, notably Liberal Trish Worth from 1993 to 2004. The seat was named after the city, which in turn was named after Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV who was on the throne when the site for the capital of the new colony was chosen in 1836. The seat […]

@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements

Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.   And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry: Read More: My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott