Preferential voting explained: @margokingston1 and @CharliCaruso #AusVotes #podcast

In 15 days, Australians will head to their local polling station and vote in the 46th federal Parliament of Australia. Preferential voting is fairly rare globally and it reflects the number and diversity of smaller parties that participate in our elections, yet few Australian voters truly understand how the system works. In today’s podcast, Charlie […]

An #AusVotes first timer talks #YouthForFuture and #ActiveDemocracy: @adropex reports

Tom is 19 and a first-time federal election voter. After completing school in 2017 he worked for a year doing whatever came his way. He is now at university, studying media and communications in the politics stream, and working nights on weekends at a pub. He will vote in the inner metropolitan seat of Macnamara, […]

A successful #IndependentsDay is like winning Eurovision: @adropex reviews #GetElected #ActiveDemocracy

Pale, male and stale The political class ‘is on the nose’ and trust in our politicians is going into a deep dive. Parliament is seen as being dominated by “personalities, parties and pecuniary interests”. People are tired of the scandals, the factional power struggles and the revolving door of leadership and prime ministers. With each […]

Huw Kingston’s Independent adventure: @margokingston1 #HumeVotes #podcast

Huw Kingston (@Huw4Hume) describes himself as a small businessman, an adventurer, an environmentalist and a writer. But everything changed for him the day Malcolm Turnbull was rolled as prime minister, and, further influenced by his responsibility as a grandfather, Huw decided to run as an Independent in the NSW electorate of Hume. Huw spoke with […]

We’re at war, Assange is on the front line: @CharliCaruso #AusVotes #podcast

This podcast has no interviews, it just comes straight from the heart. A heart that is a little bruised and battered from what feels like a persistent and blatant attack on our freedom and our rights. Fellow Australian Julian Assange was arrested yesterday by British officers and now faces a very real threat of extradition […]

I felt she was speaking directly to me: @digitdave reflects on @indigocathy and #ActiveDemocracy with @adropex

Like the waters of the Murray-Darling Basin, communities run deep in regional and rural Australia. From the Hawkesbury River and the central coast of New South Wales to the Murray River and the valleys and ranges of north east Victoria, people gathered at Parliament House overlooking Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to listen to Cathy McGowan’s […]

Anthony Pesec stands up for ACT Senate: @margokingston1 #ACTvotes #podcast

Anthony Pesec was born and raised in Canberra and spoke with Margo Kingston about his mission to represent the best interests of Canberrians in the Senate as an Independent.

Ray Kingston running an Independent race: @margokingston1 #MalleeVotes #podcast

Ray Kingston is one of three Independent candidates running for the rural seat of Mallee. Ray chats with Margo Kingston about why he’s running and what matters will be important when #Malleevotes

Shouting at the television and planting gardens: #ActiveDemocracy stories by @adropex

What do shouting at the television and gardening have in common? From little things big things have grown. Gather ’round people, let me tell you a story… or two. Whilst a television was not one of the perks of an Aboriginal stockman’s life in the Northern Territory in 1966, the story of Vincent Lingiari and […]

Political donation loopholes: @CharliCaruso #AusVotes #podcast

How are political parties using loopholes to hide political donations? How are political donations influencing policy outcomes in Australia? Would 100% publicly funded political campaigns even be viable? Charlie Caruso chats with Kate Griffiths of the Grattan Institute and together explore some inconvenient truth about political donations in Australia