My bleeding heart is why I’m marching: @sacarlin48 on #MarchInMarch

By Anne Carlin  @sacarlin48 10th March 2014 In October 2013 I had the wonderful experience of attending the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) in Bali. I had been once before but this time I got a full ticket and went to as many of the forums, talks, debates, book and poetry readings as I could. […]

Reza’s death demands a judicial inquiry, but where is the pressure? @GregDyett reports

[clear] By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 27th February 2014 Here is the transcript and audio of  this evening’s SBS World Radio item by Greg Dyett @GregDyett on the Manus Island detention centre review and whether it will do the job. I’m thrilled there are a few journalists who understand how important this matter is for the […]

Margo’s Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia’s Heart of Darkness

[clear] Videos by David Marler @Qldaah By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 23 February 2014 [View the story “Margo’s Twitter report on death and injury at Manus Island, Australia’s Heart of Darkness” on Storify]

Operation Sovereign Borders: an @adropex fact check

By Lesley Howard @adropex 21st February 2014 No matter what you think of the ALP or the LNP policy on asylum seekers, regardless of whether you voted for this government or not, the riots, the violence and social unrest, the fear, the death and the injuries happened on our watch. Ours. Us. Australia. Australia is a signatory […]

Wills Forum ends with call for compassion and decency to be reclaimed in politics reports @takvera

By John Englart 1 September 2013 The 3rd and final meet the candidates forum for Wills was hosted by the Brunswick Uniting Church on Friday night. Five candidates attended to present their policies and to take questions from a moderator and from the audience. But it was the very last response to the very last […]

Let’s excise western Sydney so the rest of us have a say: @sarah_capper column

  By Sarah Capper 23 August 2013 During a candidates’ debate (a loose term) in the seat of Melbourne recently, an impassioned local resident rose during question time (again, loose term) and implored other local voters to send a message to Canberra – that voters in Australia’s “most progressive seat” should reject the major party policies […]

The Greens face in Wills: @takvera interview

By  John Englart 17 August 2013 The Greens achieved 20 per cent of the vote in Wills in 2010, four percent less than the Liberal Party. They are hoping to improve on this result this time, although it may be a tough ask given the national mood and the polarisation of the electorate. Dr Tim […]

Tangney seniors say no to boats, wary of NBN, not convinced about Abbott’s appeal

By Guinevere Hall August 16, 2013 On Wednesday morning I joined more than 40 constituents for a morning tea hosted by Dennis Jensen, the sitting Liberal member for Tangney. Over cups of tea and coffee and scones and muffins, the  group  of mostly senior citizens and supporters listened to Dr Jensen speak and questioned him […]

Why do we believe what we do about boat people: @GrattonWilson reflects

By Gratton Wilson I have been following the debate about asylum refugees attempting to come to Australia by boats organised by ‘people smugglers’ on Twitter and associated documents. I was particularly attracted to a comment about the embedded cultural attitude we appear to still have towards people who we judge to be different. This made me […]

Tomorrow when the war began: Australia’s ‘national emergency’

By Noely Neate 25 July 2013 Source: Yathink.com.au It’s not the movie, the wonderful Tomorrow series written by John Marsden where Australia was invaded but we never knew or were told who invaded us.  Today’s coalition press conference was a bit like that – we are being invaded by a group of faceless people who we need […]