Burnt bridges: A reflection on the demise of Sophie Mirabella by @adropex

    The result in the seat of Indi is final. Only in the last few weeks, as her 2016 campaign collapsed, has the topic of Sophie Mirabella not rekindled in me the upset and anxiety of the last decade. Rather the emotion was one of grudging compassion. With hindsight, the similarity in the unrelenting energy Sophie spent achieving pre-selection for a safe seat where she had no connection and the manner in which she ‘parachuted’ into the family circle of Colin Howard is evident. Her preparedness to do whatever it took to obtain and maintain power was extraordinarily brazen. It is fair to say that to engineer the progress […]

Voters grill @IndigoCathy and @MartyCorboyNats #Indivotes Libs cry forum foul: @Jansant reports

The ABC Goulburn Murray (@ABCGM), The Border Mail (@bordermail) #Indivotes forum was held on Monday night at The Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre. The Only candidate not to attend was Rise Up Australia candidate, Vincent Ferrando. Jon Faine: “Wonderful to see democracy in action.” Not ruling out appearance of Mr Ferrando. #IndiVotes — David Johnston (@david_johnston5) June 20, 2016 Is the @RiseUpAustrali1 party gaging their Indi candidate “…since your new, you shouldn’t speak much anyway”? #indivotes — Geoffrey Butt (@GeoffreyAlbury) June 20, 2016 Our Indi forum is underway with a full house at Wangaratta PAC #indivotes pic.twitter.com/kMVxNtra4O — ABCGoulburnMurray (@ABCGM) June 20, 2016 Each candidate has two minutes to make pitch […]

Queen of Mean takes on Miss Congeniality and #Indivotes braces for the onslaught: @Jansant reports

Last June when Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal Party preselection for the Federal seat of Indi, the much anticipated McGowan V’s Mirabella rematch was on and the unofficial campaign was off and running. Mirabella went out hard and early, barely a day went by she wasn’t doing media: I’m back and you will see me, at least that’s what it felt like at times. In September, local Indi media slammed Mirabella’s “playground politics” at the opening of the Spirit of Anzac exhibition in Wodonga. Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy), was snubbed during official proceedings and Mirabella followed former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) around for every available photo opportunity. The former […]

Oh @MirabellaSophie you have not changed, by @camklose #Indivotes

Disclosure: Campbell Klose was Cathy McGowan’s media advisor at the 2013 election. Cast your mind back, if you will, to the 2007 federal election. A rogue Tony Abbott, let off his leash, went through the Coalition’s slim chances of re-election like a wrecking ball; abusing Labor members on live TV, giving erratic interviews and generally living up to Paul Keating’s observation of him as the ‘resident nutter’ of Parliament House. In a similar fashion, Liberal candidate for the seat of Indi Sophie Mirabella tore through the electorate and then the nation this week, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake and frantic ministers to pick up the pieces. She’s […]

So @martycorboynats v @mirabellasophie at #indivotes, how will @Barnaby_Joyce play? @adropex reports

The Coalition ‘Cupid Shuffle? What was Warren Truss thinking when at a recent media doorstop he singlehandedly emasculated the National Party in Victoria? For that matter, what was Sophie Mirabella thinking when, during this same media event, she deposited six years of her career in the ”can’t actually deliver” bin? Warren Truss, in the final weeks of his National Party leadership, visited the rural Victorian seat of Indi held by Independent MP, Cathy McGowan. Once considered a safe Liberal seat the Nationals are fielding a candidate for the first time since 2001. Truss was there to support the Nationals candidate Marty Corboy and was accompanied by Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget […]

Local #IndiTalks media slams @MirabellaSophie’s “playground politics”: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) and Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) have been accused of “playground politics” during the Spirit Of Anzac launch in Wodonga on Friday, by snubbing “people’s choice” independent, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) and using the event to promote their party for the next federal election. The Border Mail (@bordermail) editorial said: respect for the people’s decision got a bit of a whack in Wodonga on Friday………as the people’s choice, the current member for Indi deserved a bit more respect during the official proceedings. McGowan, who the people of Indi elected as their representative at the 2013 federal election, was left out of the official party: forced to sit […]

Joint Standing Committee to consider @mirabellasophie’s #Indivotes tactics: @TammyLeeAtkins comments

Let’s change the rules to ensure polling day’s a more positive experience Polling day’s an opportunity to celebrate democracy and reconnect the public with politics, so voting should be a positive experience that encourages us to reflect on our ability to vote and have a say about how we’re represented. Based on feedback from supporters, Voices for Indi has made some suggestions to the Federal Parliament. We’re hopeful changes can be made to the rules so that polling day becomes a more positive experience for voters and voting’s something we all look forward to. When it comes to election campaigns, we think there should be a limit on the amount […]

Commonwealth Ombudsman investigating @AFPmedia’s handling of #Choppergate affair: @Jansant reports

The Commonwealth Ombudsman is investigating the Australian Federal Police (AFP) (@AFPmedia) over their handling of the Bronwyn Bishop MP, #Choppergate affair, after a complaint was lodged by No Fibs co-publisher, Tony Yegles (@geeksrulz). The Ombudsman probe will include: “the AFP’s use of discretion in relation to its application of the Minchin Protocol” “the AFP’s explanation to you of the reasons why your complaint has not been accepted as a complaint”. In November last year, the former Federal Parliamentary Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop MP, chartered a helicopter to fly from Melbourne to Geelong to attend a Liberal Party fund-raiser, claiming the $5000 trip as official parliamentary business. The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP, […]

Rematch as #Inditalks about @MirabellaSophie and @IndigoCathy new #IndiVotes duel: @Jansant reports

Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) won Liberal party preselection today at Benalla, setting up a rematch in what will likely be the most watched seat at the next federal election, Indi. Humbled by support of #Indi Liberal members today. We will continue to listen and work with fellow locals #inditalks pic.twitter.com/540LBLaplC — Sophie Mirabella (@MirabellaSophie) June 28, 2015 Earlier in June, Cathy McGowan MP (@IndigoCathy) announced she will contest the next election.   Team Cathy is up and running, it’s going to be an exciting ride! Get on board at http://t.co/DM5AQu7uHb #indivotes — Cathy McGowan (@Indigocathy) June 28, 2015 Mirabella beat Melbourne-based anaesthetist, Andrew Walpole and Wodonga businessman, Kevin Ekendahl to run […]

The #indivotes movie: @adropex review and musings on how Indi is changing politics

INDI: The Road to Canberra — CROWDFUNDING TRAILER from David Estcourt on Vimeo. INDI: The Road to Canberra  “More than a year has passed since the campaign, so it was interesting seeing our emotions on the big screen…Obviously there are a lot of nuances that can’t be conveyed in a 90 minute film, but [the film makers] did a great job of showing the big picture of the campaign.” Cam Klose – “Indi Expat”  Indi: The Road to Canberra is a documentary about the grassroots campaign that saw the unexpected election of an independent, Cathy McGowan, in the 2013 federal election. After collecting extensive footage, David Estcourt (Director) and Bethany […]