Northern #VicVotes at war as Libs payback Nats for McGowan #IndiVotes support: @Jansant reports

Yesterday The Border Mail reported altered how-to-vote cards had been handed out during pre-polling in Wangaratta, Northern Victoria, with Coalition partners saying a “rogue Wangaratta volunteer” was responsible. How-to-vote cards for Tony Schneider, the Liberal candidate for Euroa, had been altered by hand, advising a below the line vote, placing National Party Legislative Council candidate […]

Public and Politicians gather in #Canberra to rally against #OurABC cuts: @jeevens reports

“No if’s. No buts. No ABC cuts,” chanted the crowd gathered outside Parliament House yesterday in response to the recently announced ABC and SBS funding cuts. It was the final rally in a series supporting the Our stories Our future Our ABC campaign, a joint initiative involving the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the […]

Melbourne #OurABC rally in pictures by @takvera and @Jansant

Anger in #Melbourne at @TurnbullMalcolm’s #OurABC cuts: @Jansant reports

Federation Square Sunday, 2000 to 4000 people turn up to protest against the Abbott Government #OurABC cuts. People of all ages and backgrounds stood in the Melbourne sunshine to send a clear message to the Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm): No ifs, no buts, no ABC cuts. Pre-rally, the crowd was entertained by […]

Former Prime Minister @MalcolmFraser12 call for new #auspol party of values and decency. @Jansant reports

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has called on young people to organise and create a new political party based on values and decency. He made the call during an Asylum Seeker Resource Centre event at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday night during a question and answer session. Earlier in a speech (below), Mr Fraser […]

Exclusive: New party of #auspol @AusProgressive hopes to fill Democrats vacuum. @jansant reports

A source inside a group called the Australian Progressives has told NoFibs they’re in the final stages of preparing to register as a political party with the Australian Electoral Commission. No Fibs has been provided with the names of some people involved in setting up Australia’s soon to be newest political party on the condition […]

Participation an antidote to #Auspol cynicism: the #IndiVotes democratic revolution, by @adropex

“What do rowers and politicians have in common?” asked Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre. “They both look one way and go another.” This resonated with the 265 attendees at the  “Indi talks Democracy” event who came to listen to Simon Longstaff and, “the warhorse from the inside”, former […]

ANZ Bank HQ in Melbourne occupied by #ClimateWarriors: @Takvera

The Pacific Climate Warriors travelled to Melbourne today and were part of an occupation of the lobby of the Headquarters of the ANZ Bank. Over eighty people participated standing in solidarity with Pacific Islanders whose homes and cultures are being destroyed by fossil fuel expansion. Last week the Climate Warriors visited Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek […]

Wilkie asks International Criminal Court to probe members of Cabinet over #Refugees: @Jansant reports

The independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie MP and human rights advocate and lawyer Greg Barns, have made a formal request to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, asking for an investigation into members of the Abbott Government for crimes against humanity. The request claims members of the Australian Government have contravened article […]

Living with coal, @Sikamikanico joins Pacific #ClimateWarriors to blockade Newcastle Port. #leardblockade

It’s pretty irritating living next to the coal train line in the shadow of the world’s largest coal port. The outside walls of our house are constantly covered in a layer of coal dust. I have to wash the dust out of the laundry baskets every time we use them (and yes, we do regularly […]