#EnoughIsEnough, going to Canberra from Sydney for #March4Justice: @pedanticlamb comments

I will go to Canberra for this march on Monday organised by Women for Justice. My FB friend and esteemed author Robert Macklin today drew attention to this brilliant intro to an op-ed in the New York Times about Oprah’s sitdown with the Sussexes: ‘A recent interview you may have heard about revealed that the […]

The reckoning of Indi: What took so long?

by Tom Anderson September 18, 2013 “The ballot being a means of protecting the franchise, must not be made an instrument to defeat it.” “Where the intention is clear, doubtful questions of form should be resolved in favour of the franchise.” “The language of the Act read as a whole and in favour of the […]

Will the discontent of 2013 give way to new hope in Dunkley?

by Angus Barnes September 6, 2013 The only candidates’ forum held in Dunkley revealed a shared sense of dismay in the community on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay. I asked the six candidates attending the forum what would be foremost in voters’ minds on election day. The two independents said they were running […]

Our man in Bennelong scores the campaign and finds a crowd of winners

[clear] By Jack Sumner September 6, 2013 Eastwood’s Rowe Street Plaza is always busy, lively and a pleasant place to shop or just sit and chill. As a band played, the Bennelong candidates’ support teams were out in force last weekend to win votes with a leaflet, a smile and a balloon. Regardless of who […]

The mood of Indi’s grassroots politics might reflect a nation, documentary makers say

by Tom Anderson September 5, 2013 I became aware of a film crew in Indi earlier this week when they visited the pre-polling booth in Wodonga to interview and film the loyal band of volunteers (including myself) manning the booth and handing out How to Vote cards on behalf of candidates. Members of the independent […]

Jennifer Podesta inside the Indi contest: slurs, setbacks and why she came up smiling

By Jennifer Podesta September 5, 2013 The past few months since announcing my nomination as a candidate in the seat of Indi have been the most rewarding and challenging of my life.  I would like to share with you some of the highlights of that journey, reflect on how the campaign has evolved from my […]

Tactics get tough as McGowan’s orange horde surprises Mirabella in Indi

By Wayne Jansson September 4, 2013 Reports started emerging on Saturday that sitting Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella, fighting to retain the seat of Indi, had shipped in over 20 Young Liberals from her alma mater, the University of Melbourne. [email protected] says Sophie bussing in Melbourne young Libs for final #Indivotes fling Media Alert: McGowan (cont) […]

How safe Gellibrand got its first candidates’ forum, thanks to a citizen journo

  By Grant Philpots September 3, 2013 Gellibrand being the safest ALP seat in Australia, all we voters usually get is some articles in the local paper like this. It’s standard stuff: make a phone call and knock the photos off candidates’ websites. But I had seen a report on nofibs.com.au about a forum in Wentworth, […]

Undecided voters – who are they and what are they waiting for?

By Michelle Primmer August 22, 2013 There was a debate last night between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in front of 100 supposedly undecided voters. Abbott was declared the winner, based on the votes of these people. The count was 37 in favour of Abbott, 35 for Rudd, and 33 undecided. […]

Democracy in Gellibrand gets a nudge from No Fibs’ citizen journo @Dusty_1

by Grant Philpots August 20, 2013 After seeing a No Fibs report about last week’s candidates’ forum in Wentworth, I decided to see about organising one here in Gellibrand. So far, events have been held on specific issues such as public transport, but as far as I’m aware there has been no occasion where the […]