May 17, 2019 – Table of contents
Farrer Independent Kevin Mack believes Farrer deserves more than a ‘BYO Australia’
Margo Kingston interviews current Mayor of Albury and Independent candidate for Farrer Kevin Mack, who has travelled more than 16,500 kilometres in recent weeks just to cover the vast Farrer electorate in south-western NSW. Kevin Mack believes Farrer deserves more than a ‘BYO Australia’.
The scare campaign in Chisholm
Echo Hui and Clare Blumer reported, “Liberal Party candidate Gladys Liu’s supporters have been spreading scare campaigns on Labor’s policies to the Chinese-Australian community via closed social media groups.” Federal election sees supporters for Liberal Gladys Liu spread scare campaigns in hidden chatrooms.
Hume MP Angus Taylor’s name has popped up again
Hume incumbent, Angus Taylor, has surfaced in the news again. Anne Davies reported, “One of the main beneficiaries of an $80m sale of water to the federal government was a Hong Kong-based investment fund whose founder and chief investment officer attended New College, Oxford, alongside Angus Taylor.” Angus Taylor’s Oxford rowing mate’s company was a beneficiary of $80m water deal.
Also in Hume, Margo Kingston reported, “Huw Kingston, the independent candidate for the NSW electorate of Hume, spoke with No Fibs founder, Margo Kingston in a podcast that covered his campaign and touched briefly on a largely absent Angus Taylor, who since the Watergate scandal went public, has largely avoided all community forums, except for the Meet The Candidates Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in Goulburn.” The Huw Kingston v. Angus Taylor debate, that never was.
Pastoralist Kate McBride calls for change in river country
Wayne Jansson reported, “Kate McBride is a fifth-generation pastoralist and the daughter of Rob McBride, owner of Tolarno Station (@TolarnoStation) at Menindee in Western NSW.” Kate McBride calls for change in river country.
Tributes for Bob Hawke on the final day of the campaign
The death of Bob Hawke overnight has overwhelmed news outlets on the final day of the campaign. A big supporter of the Woodford Folk Festival, Queenslanders were alerted to Mr Hawke’s failing health in December of last year. In what may have been scooped as his last interview, Queensland ABC journalist Tara Cassidy brought us the sad news that it would be his final attendance at the event.
Mr Hawke had traditionally addressed the festival over a number of years. A fierce campaigner against racism, in 2010 he responded to the attacks on refugees and famously told the crowd, “We’re all bloody boat people. That’s how we found the place.” We’re all boat people, says Hawke.
Mr Hawke was also a frequent visitor to Queensland on other occasions. With Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in 2016, he led the Labour Day march in Barcaldine to mark the 125th anniversary of the Shearers’ Strike. It is the Queensland town associated with the the formation of the Australian Labor Party.
Today, Premier Palaszczuk reflected on that day and remembered Mr Hawke telling her it would be his last Labour Day at Barcaldine.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to Mr Hawke last night, remarking on his changes to the Australian national anthem.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also paid tribute to Mr Hawke and said he modernised the Australian economy.
Today, Woodford’s founder Bill Hauritz spoke about the passing of his friend.