Community campaign wins permanent #fracking ban in Victoria reports @takvera






To ensure it’s clean green reputation of it’s agricultural sector, and to guarantee the health of rural farming communities Victoria became the first Australian state officially banning fracking. It was motivated by a strong community lead campaign for a ban on gas exploration from 2011. Legislation was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council, the upper […]






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 […]






The Newman Abbott factor – The Qld Weekly #qldpol: @Qldaah






ReachTel – TPP Labor 51pc. The Newman Abbott factor. Cash for probity. Cash for gravel – update. Final 730 Qld airs. Springborg looking forward to coronial inquest into teenagers’ deaths. North Stradbroke Island miner Sibelco to close Yarraman quarry. Electricity sell-off, the Victorian experience. Tweet of the week – Journos being flown to remote places. […]






Are we mitigating the #health risk of worsening #heatwaves due to climate change? asks @takvera






Much of inland Australia including large parts of NSW, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria are experiencing the first heatwave of summer in October, a month before the official start of the season. Temperature records tumbled, including the warmest October day on record with the national average maximum of 36.39 degrees Celsius on 25 […]






Rural Victoria rising up against #csg for #VicVotes, by #Indivotes campaigner @camklose






[clear]About a year ago the rural electorate of Indi had just about turfed out their local member, Sophie Mirabella in the shock result of the 2013 election. It was a result that not even the most optimistic political punter could have predicted. A huge community surge that wiped out a senior Liberal frontbencher in a […]






Selling out ethical journalism: @journlaw on @theage secret recordings #springst






[clear] It is a sad day when senior political figures steal a journalist’s recording device and destroy its contents, as we have been told happened at this year’s Victorian Labor conference. But it is an even sadder day when we hear a major newspaper – The Age – justifying a senior reporter secretly recording their […]






Victoria’s light on the hill burns brighter: @e2mq173 reports






There is a growing feeling of hope in the Victorian Labor Party. As traditional Labor values emerged at the weekend’s state conference – from the floor and the stage – members traded cynicism and despair for optimism and even anticipation that Labor can indeed win government in November’s state election. The longstanding view that it’s […]






What colour would you like your fume stacks? @KellyaAndrew #EWLink submission






The following is a submission made at the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) hearings for the East West Link, Melbourne’s controversial new toll road. This $8 billion project would connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink severely impacting Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek. The project is highly controversial; a situation not helped by a government […]






East West Link a collision course for Victorian state election: @tackvera reports






In the lead-up to the Victorian state election in November 2014, the East West Link tunnel toll road continues to be a divisive and unpopular issue for the Premier Denis Napthine and his Liberal Government. The toll road is projected to cost $8 billion to connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink as […]






Training it to Melbourne’s #MarchinMarch, by @jenoutwest






[clear] By Jenny Bates [email protected], 17 March, 2014 Our journey to March in March began Sunday morning on a standing room only train to Melbourne – amazing, considering not an AFL colour could be seen. It was obvious this march was going to be big, and it was.  As more people squeezed in at each stop, […]