The quest to elect modern liberal independents in blue ribbon seats, by @margokingston1 for #IndependentsDay

First published on The Echo May 25, 2021 Anyone remember ‘Modern Liberals’? They’re the ones who stood at the last election in safe Liberal seats like Goldstein in Melbourne (Tim Wilson), North Sydney (Trent Zimmerman) and the formerly safe liberal seat of Wentworth (Dave Sharma).  The idea was to differentiate from un-modern liberals, you know, […]

Morrison wedges himself: @margokingston1 on why there’s a chance for transformative political change after the #march4justice called his bluff

A photo told the story. Scott Morrison went to the footie on Saturday March 27. His team lost, so he entered the winner’s dressing room to a raucous, ‘Skull one, Scotty’ welcome. The only woman present, scientist Tahleya Eggers, stood tall, arms folded, and death-stared his back. After the photo went viral, she tweeted the next […]

Voters of Wentworth can present the nation with a gift: @margokingston1 comments #wentworthvotes (archive)

First published SMH September 26, 2018. I celebrated Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to Australia’s leadership by publishing a photo on Twitter of my mother and I toasting him with champagne. “Small l liberalism” – socially progressive, economically dry, environmentally green – was on the rise again in the Liberal Party. Of course, the right wing clipped […]

Parliamentary Standards Bill can make politics safer for women says @helenhainesindi: @jansant reports #March4Justice

Independent Member for Indi Helen Haines (@helenhainesindi) discusses the Parliamentary Standards bill she introduced into the Parliament during 2020 and how it could help make Parliament a safer workplace for women. Commonwealth Parliamentary Standards Bill 2020 Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020 [email protected]: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) *Apologies: during the interview with Helen […]

#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 […]

Women are fleeing Liberal Party culture, now a new door is opening to enter our federal Parliament, by @margokingston1

“This place attracts and rewards narcissists, and many narcissists are sociopaths,” a ‘Coalition figure with a long history working in Parliament’ told ABC reporter Andrew Probyn last week. Hard truth last month on who and what our political parties pick for us when we follow the brand not the person. Brittany Higgins’ steel-eyed testimony saw […]

Seven months that changed Australian politics: @drkerrynphelps #GettingElected speech at #indivotes @indigocathy’s #IndependentsDay conference

Also read: How the pop-up @DrKerrynPhelps campaign for Wentworth came together: a @margokingston1 dinner party debrief The role of people, preferences, policies, politics and power in Wentworth from October 2018- May 2019 AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION 1999-2003 The Wentworth by-election was not my first foray into the Federal political arena. In 2000 I was elected as […]

Centrelink #JobActive disability contractors breaching #SpringSt #COVID19aus pandemic orders: @jansant reports

Commonwealth JobActive disability contractors (job providers) are playing dice with the health of unemployed workers most at risk of serious illness from COVID-19 infection, by ignoring Victorian Government health directives to wear masks inside. JobActive contractors run Centrelink’s “mutual obligation” scheme. I went to 3 job providers in Benalla and Wangaratta and staff at all […]

How the pop-up @DrKerrynPhelps campaign for Wentworth came together: a @margokingston1 dinner party debrief

Also: Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston My interest in community independents began when I covered the successful Cathy McGowan race for Indi in 2013, on Twitter and through my website No Fibs. In 2018, I became Kerryn Phelps’ unofficial Twitter campaign manager for the Wentworth by-election and focused on independents at the 2019 election, […]

Environmental activism 2021: An act of love by @margokingston1

First published on Echo NETDAILY February 11, 2021. A long time ago, maybe 20 years, I mentioned climate change in conversation with Professor David Flint, a man who proclaims his deep conservatism and convened Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy. He laughed, saying a stray meteorite would blow up the planet someday, so we may as well do […]