Life after pokies: A musical solution

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) March 5, 2013 In New South Wales RSL clubs are synonymous with poker machines. They’ve been part of the furniture for decades, and many NSW RSLs have become sprawling entertainment meccas by riding on the back of gaming machine revenue. Unlike their northern cousins, however, Victorian RSLs have always had an uneasy […]

Jack McCaw’s NBN story

By Jack McCaw (@JacketMcCaw) March 3, 2013 Where am I?    I live and work in regional Australia. My background is ex-military, now IT based in Armidale, NSW. The city is famous for cathedrals, the University of New England and, now, for being ‘ground zero’ for the mainland NBN. I was involved as a Technical Lead during a […]

The new terrorists

By Margo Kingston November 22, 2001 Source: Webdiary EDITORS NOTE: I was going to write a piece about Morrison’s play this week to trap Gillard in Western Sydney with his asylum seeker ambush when I realised I already had, more than a decade ago. Looks like Abbott is copying his political father’s playbook to win […]

Is the ‘liberal’ in the Liberal Party a case of false advertising?

By Noely Neate March 2nd, 2013 When I was young I would see something I thought was unfair, have a rant about it  (obviously have not changed over the years)  and my dad would mutter under his breathe ‘bloody bleeding heart liberal’.  As a youngster I never really knew what that meant, though I did […]

Manifesto for @NoFibs

By Margo Kingston March 1, 2013 It’s a funny feeling to be writing an introduction to the ebook of Still Not Happy, John!’, because after so many years in retirement I’m now back doing what I love – writing for and editing a citizen journalism website. Back then it was with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Webdiary, […]

The round-up: For whom the poll ticks

By Sarah Capper, Sheilas Editor VOTER support for Labor has jumped to its strongest levels since the last election to put the federal government within striking distance of the Coalition … This story appeared not two years ago, not six months ago, but less than six weeks ago, on 15 January, 2013 (in The Australian […]

Happy to face #Faine ‘Star Chamber’: @Colvinius

By Peter Clarke February 27th, 2013 EXCLUSIVE Last night, I was watching 730 on ABC Television. As we can now, I also had my iPad fired up to follow the #abc730 hashtag as the program went to air. With the cryptic words of the recent Jon Faine negative finding from the ABC’s Audience and Consumer […]

Why Murdoch’s media is gunning for your NBN

By Kieran Cummings (@sortius) February 27th, 2013 It seems a day doesn’t go by where articles are being posted to News Limited (Murdoch) websites with nothing but negative spin for the NBN. Most, if not all, are founded on poorly constructed arguments that ignore technology & the reality. They all seem to point to one […]

Life after pokies: A grassroots fightback

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) February 25, 2013 There are an awful  lot of pubs and clubs in Australia. I should know; I’ve visited a lot of them. Country clubs, city pubs and everything in between; from Mooloolabah to Blacktown to Bright, and more besides. I’ve spent plenty of time in watering holes up and down […]

Come on, wealthy baby boomers, take a cut in super tax concessions for the rest of us

By Noely Neate February 25, 2013 I had one of those bizarre mornings where a lot of similar themes unexpectedly came together and smacked me in the face about how self-obsessed we Australians have become. I had a conversation with a friend about Sunrise on 7 (which I am not allowed to watch anymore as […]