An outsider’s tax idea, by @margokingston1






  The Turnbull government is reportedly considering Treasury options for a GST rise. https://t.co/KRs2BhQalt pic.twitter.com/RMgM9cjpkA — The Australian (@australian) October 31, 2015 I write this as a progressive who, like so  many other Australians, fought hard on social media to rid us of of a man who, we believed, did not represent Australian values. I write […]






The #protectgloucester camp: @coolmccool reports






  The Protect Gloucester camp is now open and ready for business. Situated among breath-taking scenery close to AGL’s fracking site, the camp is manned by a team of dedicated locals, who have put in many hours of hard work to get the camp ready. Built to meet very stringent regulations demanded by the local […]






Seeking a Fair Go in a ‘World of Pain’ by @sarah_capper






It’s hard to fully comprehend, but just eight months after being elected, the Coalition-friendly News Limited broadsheet ‘The Australian’ ran with the headline, ‘Coalition in World of Pain’ emblazoned across its front page early this week. Sure, it was selectively quoting Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had used the expression in justifying why the Government […]






Will Libs bite bullet, withdraw Howard’s over-the-top entitlements to self-funded retirees?






By Margo Kingston [email protected] 9th March, 2014 When Samantha Maiden reported today that the Audit Commission wanted super-generous seniors health card benefits to self-funded retirees reversed, I dug up my 2002 SMH budget comment on the matter. The Libs are to blame for this totally unsustainable entitlement culture they knew would help cripple the budget […]






Sarah Henderson, Corangamite’s incoming Liberal MP? @PrimMich interview






By Michelle Primmer September 1, 2013 I played a game of phone tag with the Liberal Party’s Sarah Henderson and her office trying to tee up a time to meet. I was keen to get an in person interview, but her schedule had been chock-a-block. Now with the election just a week away, I was […]






PUP face in Hindmarsh: @JackieDettman reports






by Jacqueline Dettman  August 30, 2013 Interview with George Melissourgos, Palmer United Party candidate for Hindmarsh.  I recently interviewed George Melissourgos in the same fashion as previous interviews. The interview was conducted on Thursday August 22 and lasted about one hour.  Would you like to introduce yourself to voters? I’m a thirty three year old […]






Wangaratta goes wild for democracy: @Jansant reports hot #Indivotes forum






By Wayne Jansson 30 August 2013 STOP PRESS: The Coalition is looking increasingly shaky from rural Australia as former National Party MP Ken Jasper publicly pledges his support for Independent candidate for Indi Cathy McGowan. Jasper was recently seen showing McGowan around at a local football match.McGowan placed an advertisement in the Border Mail today, […]






Come on, wealthy baby boomers, take a cut in super tax concessions for the rest of us






By Noely Neate February 25, 2013 I had one of those bizarre mornings where a lot of similar themes unexpectedly came together and smacked me in the face about how self-obsessed we Australians have become. I had a conversation with a friend about Sunrise on 7 (which I am not allowed to watch anymore as […]