Vote on policy? Western Australian Election Scorecards for #WAVotes #WApol compiled by @takvera

Western Australian voters go to the polls this Saturday on March 11. There is the smell of change in the air, and in the polls. Liberal Party Premier Colin Barnett has had two terms in government since 2008 and is seeking a third term. Even so, the Labor Opposition lead by Mark McGowan needs a statewide swing of about 10 per cent to form government. The polling indicates that such a swing is in the air. The ABC election analyst Antony Green has an excellent blog on Vote Formality Rules in Western Australia. He also gives a Summary of Candidates and Parties Contesting the 2017 WA Election. Green also highlights […]

Fracking, Western Power privatisation issues as Western Australia goes to the polls #WAvotes – @takvera

Fracking is in it’s relative infancy in Western Australia, but is at the stage where it could be substantially expanded to encompass the Kimberley, the grain belt and south-west. Author Tim Winton has made an impassioned plea in the lead up to the Western Australian state election due to be held on 11 March, on the Frack Free Future website “The WA Government has granted gas fracking exploration leases over some of our most productive farmland, our most precious groundwater aquifers, and our favorite holiday areas – including the South West, the Kimberley, and Ningaloo. “Fracking is a risky industry with a terrible reputation globally. It’s like a cancer on […]

Climate activists stage protest outside #LNG18 in Perth reports @takvera

The Gas Industry and all the big fossil fuel companies have come to Perth to talk exploitation of fossil fuels regardless of the climate imperative agreed to in Paris in December 2015. They were greeted on the opening night by climate activists. The 18th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas has brought together the fossil fuel industry to discuss production efficiencies with the current low prices in LNG, and work out how they can continue to maximise drilling and exploitation into the future. There was a Welcome to Country and headline speeches by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett. Major companies at the conference […]

Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story on the Storify platform. [View the story “Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires” on Storify]

Export #solar not #coal, a 21st century Australian infrastructure project writes @takvera

If our Australian political leaders had any vision they might consider a 21st century renewables energy scheme similar in scope and vision to the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme, for northern Australia, and linking us with some of our northern neighbours. Instead we have seen political pandering to the greed of fossil fuel companies, like the Chinese state owned company Shenhua proposing to develop the Watermark open cut coal mine on the fertile Liverpool Plains of NSW, with the dangers to groundwater, wildlife and agricultural productivity and food security. Or the Indian conglomerate Adani that wants to develop the giant Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee basin of Queensland and hires […]

Reading the #WAvotes tea leaves: @sarah_capper

[clear]   Following an Australian Electoral Commission bungle after the federal Senate count last September, West Australians were forced back to the polls earlier this month, in what was supposed to represent either an endorsement for Tony Abbott’s Government and policies – or it would instead show an improvement in Labor’s poor vote in the state last September and suggest the opposition was on the right track. It did neither. Neither of the major parties truly succeeded in their campaigns, both losing around 5 per cent of their share from the September result. This desertion of voters from both major parties went to The Greens and the Palmer United minor parties – The Greens […]

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 […]

New Politics, New Media: On-the-ground #MarchinMarch reporting by citizen journalist @jansant

By Wayne Jansson  @jansant 20th March 2014 It’s normal to start a story at the beginning. I’m going to start smack bang in the middle with this one, as it sums up one of the many factors which forced 100,000 plus people to MarchInMarch (MiM) around Australia. I say forced intentionally. People don’t take to the streets in the numbers they did last weekend unless they feel their backs are against the wall. Driving up the Hume after covering the Melbourne MiM I listened to ABC News Radio (ABCNewsRadio). News updates reported that thousands of people had marched around the country over the weekend. This was about the sum total of the reports. After […]

Storify: #MarchInMarch Perth reported by @GuinevereHall and @Trixie_Boo

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Marching for the Lucky Country: @Trixie_Boo reports on #MarchInMarch Perth

KnitWit PM. Humour and creativity #MarchInMarch #NoFibsMiM Perth pic.twitter.com/eJF7XYZb4K — Reezy Miller (@Trixie_Boo) March 16, 2014 By Reezy Miller  @Trixie_Boo 17th March 2014 Depending on which way you lean politically, the idea of living in one of Australia’s safest political seats – state and federal – may alarm or delight you. I’m fortunate enough to live in the beautiful coastal Perth suburb of Cottesloe, with its famous beach, restaurants and bars, treelined streets, old and new money in equal measure. In the 2013 federal election, which delivered Tony Abbott as Australia’s 28th Prime Minister, local member Julie Bishop received a resounding 67.4 per cent of the vote, returning her with an increased majority […]