#KingstonReports

The latest from Margo Kingston on the #IndependentsDay campaign. Margo will also be reporting from #CowperVotes where Rob Oakeshott (@RobOakeshott1) is running. Use this page for Margo Kingston’s full archive of reports.

Zali Steggall takes on Tony: @margokingston1 #WarringahVotes #podcast

Former Olympian Zali Steggall talks to Margo Kingston about her campaign to bring honesty back into politics and take on Tony Abbott for the safe Liberal seat of Warringah

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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 […]

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On the road with Rob Oakeshott: @margokingston1 #CowperVotes #podcast

Rob Oakeshott Independent for Cowper chats with Margo Kingston live on the election trail, as noted by Rob, Margo is the first journalist in twenty years to embed themselves in his campaign.

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Helen Haines keeping the Indi dream alive: @margokingston1 #IndiVotes #podcast

Helen Haines (@HelenHaines1) was chosen by supporters of Voices 4 Indi  as the successor to Independent MP Cathy McGowan to contest the federal seat of Indi in north-east Victoria. Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) caught up with Helen Haines for the No Fibs podcast and spoke about Helen’s passion for Indi and her involvement in the Voices […]

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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.

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Rebekha Sharkie on centrism, certainty and climate: @margokingston1 #MayoVotes #podcast

Rebekha Sharkie (@MakeMayoMatter) was so committed to the opportunity to represent the electorate of Mayo that she took the bold move to take out a second mortgage on her house and quit her job. Thankfully, the story ended well and her dedication to the community was rewarded with a large swing that secured her the […]

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Alice Thompson ready to drive change: @margokingston1 #MackellarVotes #podcast

Alice Thompson (@Indy_Ally) is running as an Independent for the safe Liberal seat of Mackellar. Alice spoke with No Fibs Founder, Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) on the latest episode of the No Fibs podcast about why she is running and how she’ll be different.

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Strap in for #IndependentsDay ride: @margokingston1 progress report #KingstonReports

The starter’s gun is about to go off, so I thought I’d let you know who we are, where we’re at and how you can help. The mission No Fibs is back to support and report the campaigns of quality independents standing in safe Coalition seats who are committed to strong action on climate change […]

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Oliver Yates on taking on Frydenberg: @margokingston1 #KooyongVotes #podcast

Oliver Yates is a former Macquarie banker, and head of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, who spoke with Margo Kingston about his campaign to run for the seat of Kooyong as an Independent

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Kerryn Phelps stepping up again: @margokingston1 #WentworthVotes #podcast

Margo Kingston interviews Dr Kerryn Phelps, member for Wentworth to discuss why authenticity and delivering on promises is key to her campaign.

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Jeremy Miller on his bid to represent Lyne: @margokingston1 #LyneVotes #podcast

Margo Kingston interviews Independent candidate Jeremy Miller to discuss the safe seat of Lyne and his approach to replacing Dr David Gillespie, who this week announced his support for a government-backed coal-fired power plant.

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The @NoFibs #IndependentsDay Twitter mission at #ausvotes: @margokingston1 comments

The way I see it, every safe Coalition seat must be in play in the sense that quality indies ask tough questions incumbents are forced to answer. That requires courageous indies & committed, creative citizens because a weakened local media can’t do it. Ready to play? #ausvotes — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 22, 2019 Hi. […]

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The #auspol preference trap at #WentworthVotes: @margokingston1 comments

Here’s my attempt to explain the preferencing imbroglio in Wentworth and how to vote strategically to defeat the Lib. Preferences are causing trouble in Wentworth, and if we’re not careful the left will elect the Liberal – a terrible blow for climate change, Nauru refugees, gay rights and lots more. Here’s how they work. Say […]

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How @margokingston1 saw Hansonism in 2004

  Intro: Extract of Still Not Happy, John: Defending our Democracy (Penguin 2007) Democracy v. the Beast Her appeal was simply that she represented something authentic  in a culture of artefact. She was transparent in an era during  which the political class have become expert at concealment. She was a still point in a culture […]

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The @NoFibs #ausvotes editorial: @margokingston1

Gonski decided it for me. Such a hard-won consensus to end the state-private war and embed a funding system based on need instead. Giving every child the best chance we can to succeed is an economic investment, proof of Australia’s commitment to egalitarianism and insurance against the ‘two nations’ phenomenon threatening revolution in the United […]

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An outsider’s tax idea, by @margokingston1

  The Turnbull government is reportedly considering Treasury options for a GST rise. https://t.co/KRs2BhQalt pic.twitter.com/RMgM9cjpkA — The Australian (@australian) October 31, 2015 I write this as a progressive who, like so  many other Australians, fought hard on social media to rid us of of a man who, we believed, did not represent Australian values. I write […]

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#QuestionableDeeds in action: @burgewords in conversation with @margokingston1

WHEN I asked Margo to help me launch my non-fiction debut Questionable Deeds: Making a stand for equal love and my first collection of short stories Closet His, Closet Hers, Tony Abbott was still Prime Minister and marriage equality remained on the never never. When we met this week at Avid Reader bookshop in West End, Brisbane, […]

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Please @turnbullmalcolm don’t soil new era with #Ashbygate liar @MalBrough_MP: @margokingston1 comments

What? Mal Brough is our Special Minister of State? Excuse me? Like so many Australians, I was filled with an unbearable lightness of being on the removal of Tony Abbott and with hope that a new era of honest, policy-based politics had begun. Yes, there was a little niggle when I saw Brough alongside Turnbull […]

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#choppergate ‘investigation’ Fact Check by @margokingston1

The AFP and the Department of Finance are playing pass-the-parcel on investigating the legality of Bronwyn Bishop’s helicopter trip to Geelong for a Liberal Party fundraiser. It’s a complicated game of obfuscation that counts on confusing voters. So here are the facts. 1. Applicability of the Minchin Protocol to the AFP When Labor and several members […]

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Grassroots spark catches winds of change: @jansant reviews #NoFibs 2014 coverage of #auspol

No Fibs editor Margo Kingston comments on her 2014 highlights So, the second year of No Fibs is nearly over. Personal highlights? It’s hard to go past getting back on the ground after so long to report civil disobedience at the #leardblockade (my first Twitter report, No Fibs tribute). As a print journo it was […]

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There is an i in Team No Fibs: co-publisher @geeksrulz tells his #NoFibs story #MediaMargo

This is the second in a new No Fibs series edited by Margo under her collaborative thesis. The first piece was by Michael Burge … and the next one will be by Tim Dunlop. The Fifth Estate might be new kid on the block, but it already packs a mighty punch above its weight. Everyone on social media […]

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The @smh #Webdiary story: Interview with @margokingston1 by @timdunlop in his book ‘The New Front Page’ #MediaMargo

My return to journalism via Twitter was enabled by several readers and contributors to Webdiary, which I’m told by online media academic Axel Bruns was the world’s first Mainstream media interactive blog. I’m now committed to telling my story in journalism in a professional memoir, which will comprise part of a PhD. In A collaborative […]

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A collaborative thesis by @margokingston1: Stories of citizen journalism with Webdiary and @NoFibs #MediaMargo

IT’S official, folks. I have a scholarship to do a Doctorate in Creative Practice at Macquarie University on the topic: ‘Experiments in collaboration between professional and citizen journalists: from practice to theory’. The thesis comprises a book for publication and an exegesis. I’m told the first year of the PhD adventure entails reading and thinking […]

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Murdoch-Zionist lobby power: @antloewenstein and @margokingston1 on 2003 Ashwari Peace Prize scandal #MikeCarlton

In the wake of Mike Carlton’s removal as a Sydney Morning Herald columnist, it’s worth recalling another instance of Zionist lobby power. Here’s the chapter by Antony Loewenstein in Not Happy, John! featuring an interview with Bob Carr. First, my scene-setting introduction to the story. I'm hearing there's considerable pressure at #Fairfax board level for action […]

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Time for @mediaalliance to take charge of secret tapes ethics debate: @margokingston1 #MediaMargo #MediaWatch

I sent this email to the Media Alliance today. Dear Media Alliance, Last night’s Media Watch discussed the ethical dispute among journalists over the ethics of recording interviewees without their permission. The dispute shows serious disagreement on the matter. The Age believes it is always ethical. Some others, including me, believe it it permissible only […]

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Sheilas’ @sarah_capper: Feminist #Frightbats Unite!

[clear] [clear]We’re proud supporters of ‘Feminist Frightbats’ at Sheilas, having published more than a few of the contributors listed in Tim Blair’s “hysterical” blog post on News Limited’s Daily Telegraph website a couple of days ago. Under the post titled ‘Crown Our Crazy Queen’, Blair launched a predictable ideologically driven sexist spray against what he labeled “this […]

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#leardblockade women

[clear] @NoFibs tribute to those who fought at #leardblockade, photos by @margokingston1 Full #LeardBlockade archive of posts Tweets about “#leardblockade” Citizen Journo MARGO KINGSTON preview of Tuesday’s action at the #leardblockadeon Citizen journalist Margo Kingston talks to Paul Bevan about #leardblockade and the hash tag as space for comment from all sides of the debate […]

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It’s not quite over yet: @margokingston #leardblockade Twitter report June 3

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A love letter to all who fight at #leardblockade from Maules Creek farmer eco-warrior Ros Druce

[clear] Maules Ck Local Ros Druce – why I got arrested for first time in my life at #leardblockade. http://t.co/eKFpsssmaW pic.twitter.com/cJ4JJhw9vW — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) May 6, 2014 Dedicated to all Earth Warriors, past and present, protecting the Leard State Forest As the Leard Campaign strives to save the tiny creatures with no defence against […]

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Winter has come for Leard State Forest and her wildlife: my #leardblockade Twitter report

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The futility and the joy of the #leardblockade last stand: @margokingston1 Twitter report

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A nation where Miners are Government: #Pilliga farmer @nocsg predicts a Liverpool Plains revolution

Margo: Rosemary Nankivell is a farmer, and one of many women of the NSW Liverpool Plains who have fought long and hard for years to stop the food bowl she loves being turned into industrial gas fields and coal mines. She debuted on No Fibs with a profile of the Councillor who tried to stop […]

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Off the rails with @margokingston1 at #BentleyBlockade: @mickdaley1 interview

Dean Sewell and Margo Kingston at #BentleyBlockade (At the time of the interview on April 30 the #BentleyBlockade was the subject of shouting matches in NSW Parliament as the Labor Opposition Party belatedly tackled new Premier Mike Baird over his plans to unleash riot police on thousands of peaceful farmers and townies. Senior police had […]

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No right to report civil disobedience? Why @margokingson1 pleads guilty at #leardblockade

When I was charged with trespass at the #leardblockade on March 31 (see Getting #leardblockade arrested, WTF is journalism and who’s the extremist: @margokingston1 interview with @dailytelegraph), I sought legal advice on whether I could plead not guilty because of the implied right to freedom of political communication under the Constitution. There is no legal basis for press […]

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Reporting grassroots greenshoots when faith in establishment politics dies: @margokingston1

Margo: A version of this column appeared in the Byron Shire Echo – @Echonetdaily – on 29 April as a substitute for Mungo McCallum’s weekly column while he recovered from surgery.    Mungo and I last discussed politics just after the federal election on Late Night Live. We both knew what Abbott would do – seek to close down free […]

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Visit to #BentleyBlockade on the eve of police [email protected] Twitter report

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#leardblockade news: @GreenpeaceAustP complains to ASX on $WHC failure to inform market on enviro offsets

MARGO: Here is the Greenpeace statement on the release of the independent review of Whitehaven’s environmental offsets and the Government’s decision to close its criminal investigation into whether then companies proposed offsets were fraudulent. Whitehaven’s ASX statement on its offsets clearance is here. Lock the Gate told me this morning it is reviewing the material […]

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‘The Protectors’: Lani Bruce on why she joined #leardblockade

[clear] I am the mother of two sons and am qualified to teach science in secondary schools. My level of education and understanding of current local issues has developed since the year 2000 – when I voted for John Howard (a very hard thing to admit to) – till today, when I feel that the […]

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Getting #leardblockade arrested, WTF is journalism and who’s the extremist: @margokingston1 interview with @dailytelegraph

[clear]   My third trip to #leardblockade last week helped me clarify my vision for No Fibs (see Mass arrests at #leardblockade: @margokingston1 Twitter report and Picnic at boundary of Whitehaven State Forest: @margokingston1 April Fools Day Twitter report). I’m happy to answer your question in comments. I’ve never been an ‘embedded journalist’ before, and it’s testing. I was allowed […]

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#Pilliga country lock on and chill out: @margokingston1 Twitter Report

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West from #leardblockade to #Pilliga, the next Liverpool Plains war zone: @margokingston1 Twitter Report

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Did @margokingston1 intimidate police at #leardblockade? @2squig interview

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Picnic at boundary of Whitehaven State Forest: @margokingston1 April Fools’ Day Twitter report

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Mass arrests at #leardblockade: @margokingston1 Twitter report

Post by Darren Harrison. Video by @NoFibs citizen journo @dazzaloveslife. Dazza interview with Bill Ryan after arrest. [View the story “#leardblockade day of action, by @margokingston1” on Storify]

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Return to #leardblockade: @margokingston1 Twitter report

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Meeting of minds at Port Macquarie #MarchInMarch attracts a drone @deanhepburn reports

By Dean Hepburn  @deanhepburn March 17th 2014 The drone flying over the March in March protest at Port Macquarie was an ominous portent of the direction the Abbott Government is fast taking Australia. Everyone marching was observed to look at it and smile, as though they felt Big Brother was watching over their shoulder. Despite it, […]

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Audio: The inside story of the fight to save SPC by its boss @MD_SPC

[clear] By Margo Kingston, 14 March, 2014 I spoke to SPC Ardmona managing director Peter Kelly for the first time this morning. He was on speaker phone with his marketing and communication director Bronwyn Powell. I had all your Twitter questions written down to ask, but Peter had read them all last night in preparation for […]

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Understanding Twitter addiction: A day of withdrawal by Margo Kingston

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Will Libs bite bullet, withdraw Howard’s over-the-top entitlements to self-funded retirees?

By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 9th March, 2014 When Samantha Maiden reported today that the Audit Commission wanted super-generous seniors health card benefits to self-funded retirees reversed, I dug up my 2002 SMH budget comment on the matter. The Libs are to blame for this totally unsustainable entitlement culture they knew would help cripple the budget […]

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Press Council upholds @margokingston1 complaint against @dailytelegraph on #Ashby

By Margo Kingston  @margokingston1 27 February 2014 Soon after I took to Twitter in late 2012 I was horrified by the decision of the Daily Telegraph to bury its report of the December 12 Rares judgement dismissing James Ashby’s sexual harassment action against Peter Slipper as an abuse of Court process. The paper screamed headlines when […]

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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]

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Gomeroi elders plead for cultural respect from Whitehaven at #leardblockade

[clear] The Battle for Maules Creek on Dipity. Gomeroi people call for urgent action from Environment Minister Greg Hunt on mining near burial sites #leardblockade http://t.co/qo4LvWn3us — The Wire (@thewireradio) February 5, 2014 UPDATE: 17 February 2014 Gomeroi Communities, Locals and Environmentalists succeed where Whitehaven Maules Creek fail  Last week, the sixth anniversary of the […]

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Margo interviews @macavitykat, monopole sitter at #leardblockade

By Margo Kingston @margokingston1 31st January 2014 I met Kat Moore briefly the evening before she was arrested on Tuesday at #Leardblockade up a monopole on the Whitehaven construction site after stopping 13 Trucks from working all day. I interviewed her yesterday by phone shortly after her return to Melbourne. Margo How does it feel […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 14

Storify by The Geek Wed, Jan 29 2014 04:01:07 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 14 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email War veteran fights for the future  http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2052094/war-veteran-fights-for-the-future/ … via @The_NDL #leardblockade pic with @kodivine 21 pic.twitter.com/rk1wZguO4e […]

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#leardblocksde stops #Whitehaven work – Margo’s Day 13 live Twitter report

Citizen Journo MARGO KINGSTON preview of Tuesday’s action at the #leardblockadeon Citizen journalist Margo Kingston talks to Paul Bevan about #leardblockade and the hash tag as space for comment from all sides of the debate on the Maules Creek mine in Western NSW. He also speaks to 91 year old Bill Ryan on why he […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12

Storify by The Geek Mon, Jan 27 2014 04:17:31 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 12 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Ishbel Cullen, 20, Canberra – “I’m here to take direct action on climate change – […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 11 – Australia Day

Storify by The Geek Sun, Jan 26 2014 18:49:10 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 11 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email margo [email protected] Song by @deborahlevoy via @Hankatfrogs – The time has come for serious action on climate change […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 10

Storify by The Geek Sat, Jan 25 2014 21:31:17 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 10 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Maules Creek farm-gate welcome for #leardblockade visitors this Australia Day weekend – new camp on […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 8 and 9

Storify by The Geek Fri, Jan 24 2014 02:53:20 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 8 and 9 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email No [email protected] Get tough on environmental extremists: miners’ case against #leardblockade: Like to respond?  https://nofibs.com.au/2014/01/22/miners-case-leardblockade-anyone-like-respond/#sthash.BtM9BBnj.dpuf … #auspol […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 7

Storify by The Geek Wed, Jan 22 2014 04:45:37 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 7 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email margo [email protected] [email protected] Great news report by Courier of Narrabri Council meeting – feel I know what happened […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Days 5 and 6

Storify by The Geek Tue, Jan 21 2014 01:01:12 Headline? Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 4 to 6 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Gomeroi people to ask minister Hunt for stop work after miners deface […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 4

Storify by The Geek Sun, Jan 19 2014 02:22:11 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 3 Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email River Red Gum killed today at #leardblockade geeksrulz · Sun, Jan 19 2014 02:17:58 Add to story or […]

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Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 2 – I see action

Storify by The Geek Thu, Jan 16 2014 20:45:39 Margo’s live twitter report from #leardblockade Day 2 – I see action Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Moonset #leardblockade pic.twitter.com/c3tJi2pC1l margo [email protected] · Thu, Jan 16 2014 11:42:27 […]

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Live tweet report by Margo Kingston from the #leardblockade

Storify by The Geek Thu, Jan 16 2014 02:58:57 Live tweet report by Margo Kingston from the #leardblockade Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email [email protected] Coal-fired farce: @MaulesCreek protesters ordered to leave state forest  http://www.northerndailyleader.com.au/story/2023536/coal-fired-farce-maules-creek-protesters-ordered-to-leave-state-forest/ … via @The_NDL #leardblockade @margokingston1 · Tue, […]

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Reporting Indi: A reflection by Margo Kingston

[clear] By Margo Kingston, 1 December 2013 I take the Gold Coast train to Brisbane airport, the plane to Melbourne, the sky bus to Southern Cross Station, the train to Seymour, and the bus to Wangaratta train station. Wayne Jansson leads me to his battered old car and drives me to the hamlet of St James. […]

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Women In Media Launch

Storify by Tony Yegles 23 October, 2013 Storify by The Geek Wed, Oct 23 2013 04:26:55 Women In Media Launch With a panel of inspirational women in @spicertracey @CJaustory, Vicki Laurie and Philippa McDonald @WIM_Aus Add to story or collection Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin […]

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It’s time, Finance and AFP: Randall’s Cairns claim must be investigated

[clear] By Margo Kingston 20 October, 2013 OK, we’re starting to get to the pointy end of the political travel rorts scandal. My understanding of the Don Randall matter is this. In November 2012 the Perth MP and a family member flew to Cairns for an overnight stay. . He claimed the $5259 trip was “electorate […]

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How will Media, Finance and AFP handle the evidence that the PM is a cheat?

By Margo Kingston, 8 October, 2013 It looks like the Prime Minister is a serial cheat. It’s hard to imagine a bigger test of the integrity and fairness of our democratic institutions than that. Will the press gallery get forensic and press for answers from the PM and action from the authorities? Will the AFP investigate? […]

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Margo’s Twitter reports from Indi – 7 and 8 September, 2013

Storify by The Geek Sun, Sep 08 2013 23:30:53 Margo’s twitter reports from Indi – 7 and 8 September, 2013 One of the most interesting seats in this election is without question Indi with sitting shadow frontbencher Sophie Mirabella. Margo joined the election buzz and reports on how grassroots politics is making a difference. Share […]

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Murdoch bookends democracy diasaster for Oz nature: Margo’s pre-election comment

This is Margo’s pre-election comment, courtesy of 2bobradio and The Vine.   In this week’s final, pre-poll interview, Margo Kingston, editor of citizen journalism website nofibs, talks of the threat to free speech posed by big  media, the loss of hope to Australia’s democracy, and people power in the seat of Indi. The interview will air on Thursday Breakfast at 8.10 a.m. and […]

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#Battlerort: Your guide to how Abbott charged taxpayers for his book tour

By Chris Smith, Citizen Journalist 12 July 2013 The Parliamentary Entitlements rules governing Abbott’s expenses claims There are several types of parliamentary entitlements involved in the #Battlerort story. The initial letter to Tony Abbott outlined three of these entitlements. The first, travel at Government expense, was at the time authorised under clause 2.1 of Remuneration Tribunal […]

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Twitter’s #Battlerort questions for @TonyAbbottMHR

Please add any additional questions into the comments sections. ABC Newcastle interviews Margo Kingston on Citizen Journalism   [View the story “#BattleRort The unanswered questions” on Storify] Read More: Fairfax: ‘Ashbygate’ saga pursued by internet-funded activists EXCLUSIVE: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book Abbott’s #Battlerort lines collapse under @bkjabour questioning – […]

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Abbott’s #Battlerort lines collapse under @bkjabour questioning

By Margo Kingston 9 July, 2013 Today’s original Abbott #BATTLERORT transcript was kindly transcribed by Dr Lachlan Hinds – @Doclach, and Brock Turner – @Turlow1. There are errors and lies throughout – have a go at finding them by reading the letters in EXCLUSIVE: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book. […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Abbott forced to repay $9,400 he charged taxpayers to promote his book

By Margo Kingston 6 July, 2013 The Opposition leader, Mr Abbott, was forced to repay taxpayers nearly $9,400 after receiving travel expenses to promote his book Battlelines in 2009. The repayment occurred after Mr Abbott publicly denied the allegation through a spokesman, who stated: “All travel undertaken by Mr Abbott has been within the entitlement. This […]

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FOI delivers your not so up-to-date Press Gallery membership list

  by Margo Kingston On May 1 I sought the list of Press Gally members from the Parliamentary Liaison office after the Press Gallery Committee advised that it was private My FOI was successful. Here is the letter granting access to the information, free of charge, and the list. I’d like to thank the PLO for their […]

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ABC loses plot on ethics and news, citizen journos shine

by Margo Kingston 21 June 2013    Update 22 September 2013 Dear ABC Insiders, I note that you had Piers Akerman back on the Insiders program this morning after a three month hiatus following his heinous comments about Prime Minister Gillard’s sexuality on June 16th this year which resulted in many members of the public […]

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#Mediawatch honest broker for silent, censored Piers’ ABC

The art of deflecting blame David Koch: And is Tim Gay? Howard Sattler: He must be gay, he’s a hair dresser… David Koch: Julia Gillard quizzed about her partner’s sexuality… — Channel Seven, Sunrise, 14th June, 2013 That’s how Kochie promo’d it on Seven’s Sunrise: “Is Tim Gay?” Not, “Shock jock madness.” Welcome to Media […]

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ABC Piers silence is consent: @CatherineDeveny on why she’s no Akerman

by Catherine Deveny June 17, 2013 Piers Ackerman commenting on PM’s misogyny speech I only know three things about Piers Akerman. He’s a right wing hack for one of Murdoch’s mouthpieces. Yesterday he went on Insiders and surprised no one by repeating rumors questioning the sexuality of Prime Minister Gillard’s partner, covering it clumsily with […]

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Don’t walk past, @abcmarkscott and @dailytelegraph

  Update: Barrie Cassidy on Jon Faine just said News Management are reviewing Piers Akerman position as we speak. #abc774 — No Fibs Geek (@geeksrulz) June 20, 2013     @abcmarkscott + K Williams ( News Ltd CEO), 'THE STANDARD YOU WALK PAST IS THE STANDARD YOU ACCEPT' Follow Fairfax example. @jointdestroyer — margo kingston […]

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@NoFibs new directions, by Margo Kingston

by Margo Kingston June 08, 2013 Looking back on my first six months on Twitter, two Tweeps gave me excellent insights. George Megalogenis said ‘Twitter is what you want it to be’ and Asher Wolf said that ‘any activity, repeated frequently enough, is habit-forming’. I got addicted. So many rabbit warrens to run down, a […]

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Bishop v Indonesian Ambassador Kesoema. Who said what and who is lying?

What the Indonesian Ambassador said about Coalition’s turn-back-boats policy: Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said Indonesia would welcome Tony Abbott or whoever leads Australia after the September election. But he said asylum seeker boats should be turned back to other countries, not to Indonesia. “Indonesia is a transit country and also the victim of this situation. […]

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LibLab public funding deal a ‘financial gerrymander’: Tony Fitzgerald.

By Tony Fitzgerald, 2 June, 2013 The recent proposal to pay extra public money to political parties was widely seen as another misuse of public money for private benefit. However, the scheme was even more objectionable because of the impact that it would have had on future elections. Australian democracy is more than a contest […]

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Federal Press Gallery list revealed

  MARGO: Everyone know journos can’t keep a secret, but they’ve somehow managed to keep the list of Federal Press Gallery members secret from the general public. Until now. We’ve published two pieces on the PG triggered by its refusal to allow @callumdav to join as a reporter for @independentaus; Your guide to the Press […]

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Government blueprint for TV self regulation of sports gambling ads

Margo, UPDATED: Here’s the latest Government attempt to make this issue go away, thanks to Fairfax Media Press Gallery journalist Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan). It is a minimalist position the gambling and TV industry will love to support to get them out of jail without pain. Note there is no ad ban, even in childrens’ viewing […]

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Australia invaded Iraq by deceiving Australian people: 43 Australian elders

‘We must return stable, predictable, AND honest government to Australia.‘  Joe Hockey, May 23, National Press Club By Margo Kingston May 23, 2013 When I saw Paul Barratt’s tweets today on some momentous big Howard government lies, I remembered this letter, which Barratt signed in 2004. The government’s trashing of the elders who signed it triggered the […]

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Trying for Pyne and Entsch accountability on @MRowlandMP baby leave

By Margo Kingston May 21, 2013 @margokingston1 I'm still waiting for the public reprimand of Pyne & Entsch for their lies to Australian public & inappropriate behaviour? — Hi I'm Noely of Qld (@YaThinkN) May 20, 2013 I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about the Coalition’s May 16 response to the revelation of its decision […]

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Ethics overboard: How to promote integrity in the moment of choice

By Margo Kingston January 14, 2003 MARGO: With all the talk about stronger shield laws for journos, I think we are edging ever closer to needing an answer to the question: What is a journalist? We cannot argue for special protections and exemptions from privacy laws unless we can distinguish ourselves from non-journalists. To me the […]

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The Liberal Party’s war on freedoms: My reply to Brandis

By Margo Kingston May 10, 2013 ‘But at least the debates about freedom of speech and freedom of the press, which we have seen in the past couple of years, have been a sharp reminder to the Liberal Party of its historic mission. For in the freedom wars, there has been only one party which has […]

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The Skull Beneath the Skin

By Margo Kingston 10 May 2013 In his Cry, Freedom speech this week, Shadow Attorney General George Brandis said this: ‘But at least the debates about freedom of speech and freedom of the press, which we have seen in the past couple of years, have been a sharp reminder to the Liberal Party of its historic […]

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Freedom Wars: The George Brandis speech

ABC Lateline Interview May 7, 2013 Margo: Well here it is, the Brandis speech on free speech he calls the Freedom Wars. It is not online, so Barry Tucker rang the Brandis office and obtained a copy. Thank you @btckr. I have a feeling I’ll want to write a response soon – my boiling anger at his @Lateline […]

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The Forgotten People

By Margo Kingston May 9, 2013 The day after Howard, Abbott and Brandis, among other Liberals, pulverised our freedoms for George Bush, they did it again for Chinese President Hu. This chapter of my book is Part 5 in our series of memory joggers for shadow Attorney General George Brandis, in the hope that he revises his recent […]

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A day in the life of Our House under siege

By Margo Kingston May 8, 2013 Margo: In this chapter from my book, I detail the unprecedented mauling of press, parliamentary and citizen’s freedom in Parliament by Howard when George Bush came to Canberra in 2003. Brandis was in the thick of it, and made no protest. My contemporaneous report of the events is Parliament meets Bush: A […]

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Brandis: Enemy of free speech, friend of false speech, on children overboard

By Margo Kingston Wednesday, 1 September, 2004 Source: Webdiary The intense strain on the two people in Senate Committee room 2S1 today was palpable. The two had by very difficult choice propped up the credibility of a cowardly and bullying Prime Minister for nearly three years. Yet Howard’s point man on children overboard – George Brandis, whose […]

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George Brandis, free speech charlatan

MARGO: I am so disgusted with the Brandis free speech interview on @Lateline I don’t trust myself to write about it. It brought back memories of the Howard Government’s relentless assaults on free speech, egregiously denied by Brandis last night, and of his nasty record. So @NoFibs will try to drag truth back on the public […]

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Nazi Greens an enemy of democracy, government decrees

By Margo Kingston October 29, 2003 Source: Webdiary “I intend to continue to call to the attention of the Australian people the extremely alarming, frightening similarities between the methods employed by contemporary green politics and the methods and the values of the Nazis.” Liberal Senator George Brandis launches a government campaign to destroy the Greens as […]

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The MSM’s NDIS: Make the frame, change the frame, WTFs the frame?

By Tony ‘The Geek’ Yegles May 4 2013 I was fascinated by the media’s framing of the NDIS debate this week. Within 48 hours it moved from reporting a naked tax grab by the Prime Minister, to a worthy initiative when Mr Abbott put the national interest ahead of his political interest. Update below May 15 […]

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The Press Gallery contemplates reform: Join the conversation

By Margo Kingston May 2nd, 2013 The Canberra Press Gallery is in a reforming state of mind, and to my surprise I’m making a contribution, thanks to Twitter. And thanks to the Press Gallery Committee President @David_Speers, Tweeps can have an input too. The PGC decides who joins the club. In the old days we […]

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Your guide to the Press Gallery and its gatekeeper

Margo Kingston note: I was a member of the press gallery for many years. When I left Fairfax to take Webdiary independent my Parliament House ID lapsed. I applied to the then Press Gallery Committee president Karen Middleton for a new PG ID and she signed off without a hassle. Yet I couldn’t answer some questions […]

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How Sales dropped the ball on Abbott

Interview with @leighsales about to air on @abc730. Good to chat about our Real Solutions plan for Australia #abc730 pic.twitter.com/nnHOYu2FGF — Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) April 24, 2013 By Peter Clarke, April 25, 2013 Late last year, Leigh Sales interviewed Tony Abbott live on the 730 Report. Sales was sharp and persistent, Abbott poorly prepared and […]

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Abbott’s fear and loathing advertising for his ‘trust me’ election campaign

Is this the road Tony Abbott has chosen to travel to get voters to trust him? Blast from past: Lindsay leaflet scandal in 2007 And now… Bendigo and Eden Monaro pamphlet Western Sydney letter-box drop Luke Mansillo deconstruction Liberal Party misinformation targets low educated anti-migrant Labor Party identifiers in Western Sydney Western Australia billboard https://twitter.com/TonyAbbottMHR/status/326168786598248448 Please […]

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Paddy Manning pays the whistleblower’s price

By Margo Kingston, April 9,  2013 I know from experience that sometimes when the death of something you believe in stares you in the face you lose your judgement. It seems that this happened to business journalist Paddy Manning  yesterday morning. By 6pm last night he’d been sacked. by editorial chief Garry Linnell. Like many journos, I […]

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Mark Latham’s Webdiary interview

September 29, 2005 Source: Webdiary Margo: Mark, I thought I’d start with a few questions from Webdiarists. Mark: Yep. Margo:The first is from Craig Warton and he’s asked, if you could turn back time would you have pursued the path of politics to try and achieve your goals for Australia, or would you, perhaps, chosen another path? […]

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Kerry Stokes, free speech defender? Spare me

By Margo Kingston March 18, 2013 I reckon it’s time for journos to start spilling the beans on the ‘free speech’ nonsense being spouted by big media. The big boys’ self-righteous, self-interested hypocrisy in the media reform debate is surely too much for any of us who care about the survival of our profession to stomach. […]

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Pollies citizens need to pass media reforms

By Margo Kingston March 17, 2013 Public support will be crucial to the success of the media reforms. Please contact the following key politicians whose decisions will determine the outcome. You CAN make a difference. This list was kindly compiled by Barry Tucker @btckr Adam Bandt Twitter @adambandt Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Adam.Bandt.MP email [email protected] Canberra (02) 6277 4775 FAX ACT (02) 6277 8583 […]

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@Barnaby_Joyce states the case for Labor’s media merger ‘public interest test’: How will the Nats vote?

By Margo Kingston March 17, 2013 The National Party has long opposed further media domination by Rupert Murdoch, as detailed in the two media policy chapters in my book. It fought against John Howard’s weakening of media concentration laws to facilitate Murdoch expansion, and Barnaby Joyce actually crossed the floor in 2006 to vote for his […]

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My conversation with a Murdoch press release

By Margo Kingston March 16, 2013 Has anyone seen a piece discussing the REAL effects of media reforms on Murdoch's Australian empire? The freedom of press thing is crap. — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 15, 2013 [email protected], what would the effect of Conroy's media proposals be on Murdoch's capacity to expand his Australian media empire? — […]

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Citizen journos unite!

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 Source: Sheilas Sarah Capper, Sheilas editor: Veteran political journalist and author Margo Kingston is back! And just in the nick of time with an election year upon us. After some time off, Margo returned to writing at the end of last year, spurred into action when she heard Opposition leader […]

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Sane analysis and comment on media reform

By Margo Kingston March 15, 2013 In this post we’ve linked to sane analysis and commentary on media reform. We’ve also asked you to nominate a fair, accurate and balanced MSM news story  – the criteria print media groups tell their self-regulation body the Press Council they strive for. If you can bear it, here is Crikey’s wrap […]

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@ABCthedrum rat-a-tat talk forgets substance

By Jim Parker March 14, 2013 Source: The Failed Estate @margokingston1 My advice: Don't watch it in the first place — Mr Denmore (@MrDenmore) March 13, 2013 @paulwiggins @mrdenmore First time I've ever watched http://t.co/8G88a38zgu Freaked out by it. So awful. So jokey, who gives a shit. — margo kingston (@margokingston1) March 13, 2013 @margokingston1 […]

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The MSM won’t report this, so here’s Gillard and Conroy on media reform

Question Time House of Representatives March 13, 2013 Mr TURNBULL (Wentworth) (14:29): My question is to the Prime Minister. Can she provide the House examples of published content in breach of the standards her government wishes to enforce through the Public Interest Media Advocate? Is the front page of today’s Telegraph such an example? If she […]

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Murdoch’s war: 175 generals on song

By Margo Kingston February 19, 2003 Rupert Murdoch is pro-war, and thinks a lower price for oil after Iraq is conquered will be better than a tax cut. After those comments (see Murdoch: Cheap oil the prize), a reader sent me Their master’s voice by Roy Greenslade in The Guardian, which reports that all 175 Murdoch editors around the […]

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Howard’s blueprint for Abbott to stifle dissent

By Margo Kingston March 12, 2013 This chapter from Still Not Happy, John! (Pengiun, 2007) is required reading for activists and people in non-government organisations which advocate for change. John Howard’s government systematically sought to stifle democratic dissent with the help of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). Believe it or not, the Howard government […]

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Are journos about truth or reporting what they say?

By Peter Clarke March 11, 2013 Margo: My first journalism job was at The Courier Mail. One day I wrote a story about a disagreement in the Queensland National Liberal Coalition Cabinet about condom vending machines. My first paragraph quoted the then health minister  Mike Ahern. My second said that his statement contradicted another minister, Lyne […]

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@ShellyHorton1 on her Trending Tony Tweet

By Margo Kingston March 11, 2013 Shelley Horton (@ShellyHorton1) writes for the party pages of the Sun Herald. ‘I normally tweet about reality TV shows and new clubs,’ she told me today. Last night, she tweeted her personal response to Tony Abbott’s interview on 60 minutes, and to the love story, on a man’s care […]

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Conroy demands ABC transparency after second pro-Coalition slap down of strong journalism

By Peter Clarke March 7, 2013 The Federal Communications Minister, Victorian Senator, Stephen Conroy, has accused the ABC of  a ‘lack of transparency and fairness’ over its reported disciplining of its online technology writer Nick Ross, who has written extensively about the NBN. The minister’s allegations, made to Jon Faine on Melbourne ABC radio this […]

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MSM to blogger: ‘Stunt – so what did she say?’

By Kim Berry March 5, 2013 EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday night dummy spit: https://twitter.com/margokingston1/status/308477882257272832 Next morning I see this: With blog royalty after their dinner with @juliagillard – @edenland @woogsworld @babymacbeth and @allconsuming twitter.com/hughriminton/s… — hughriminton (@hughriminton) March 4, 2013 I check out the dinner guests and find that I follow @allconsuming and she follows me so […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Looking to past to prepare for future: Lessons of a Webdiary story

by Margo Kingston March 15 2006 Source: webdiary.com.au 18.02.2013: It seems I’m diving in again, so I’ve read about what happened last time. I decided to publish the past for anyone interested in the future of Australians for Honest Politics, as my beliefs about professionals partnering with citizens to do citizen journalism haven’t changed. This is […]

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Grattan’s abrupt exit ends idealist’s dream

By Margo Kingston April 1, 1995 WHEN the managing director of The Canberra Times, Ian Meikle, told Michelle Grattan on Wednesday afternoon that she was sacked as editor of The Canberra Times and should leave the premises, he suggested a monetary settlement. Grattan refused. “I don’t want to salve their consciences,” she said privately later. […]

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Independent media must take Fairfax’s place

By Margo Kingston Source: ABC The Drum June 25th 2012 So, it’s finally over. Although it has been coming for a long time, really. What happened last week was just the full stop. Decades of mismanagement and executive asset stripping now sees Fairfax on its knees, bending to Gina. And there is the real prospect […]

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WANTED: Mal Brough for Questioning

A long, day for Mal Brough, from ‘up yours’ fluff to, well…. The Courier Mail had a soft  story on Mal Brough where they forgot to do journalism and ask the hard questions. Margo Kingston‘s incredulous reaction to the Courier Mail fluff piece came via Twitter” Brough delighted to take @couriermail call, No hard #Ashby ? […]

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ABC double standards for political interviews and a sudden collapse in transparency

by Margo Kingston February 5th, 2013 An ABC deep throat has provided AFHP with the following statement: In December 2011 the ABC was found by the ACMA to have breached the impartiality codes of the ABC Code of Practice. The broadcast session involved was an interview with former SA Deputy Premier, Kevin Foley (Labor), on the breakfast […]

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Who is wearing the Kafka mask at the ABC?

Publishers’ Note: The citizens journalism project Australians for Honest Politics is proud to announce that thanks to member donations we have commissioned Peter Clarke (@MediaActive), an elder of Australian journalism, to oversee reporting of the Jon Faine story. As a pioneer ABC radio interviewer, he is well placed to take us behind the story and […]

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Open letter to Mark Scott about Jon Faine from Margo Kingston

February 4, 2013 Mr Mark Scott, Managing Director ABC Dear Mark, Re: ABC apology to anonymous complainant and reprimand to Jon Faine over his interview with former shock-jock Michael Smith  I write to seek information on this matter and express my concerns at its process. I first learned of it through a strongly worded protest by […]

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Questions for Mr Pyne

PYNE #ASHBY TWISTER: Can anyone draft a @QandA question Pyne can't find a way not to answer? http://t.co/4F1B9Shv — Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 2, 2013 Mr Pyne, do you condone the theft of diaries from MPs? If not what action should be taken against people who request & receive stolen goods? What is your attitude to stealing the […]

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Did Mr Pyne stay or leave the room?

Mr Pyne doorstop Adelaide February 3, 2013 Today the Prime Minister has serious questions to answer about how she intends to govern for the next seven months with what is clearly an unravelling government. The Prime Minister needs to confirm whether by elections will be held in the normal course of events, say within two […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Steve Lewis on why the Ashby judgement killed the story

By Margo Kingston February 3, 2013 Last night and this morning I had an interesting twitter conversation with my former press gallery colleague Steve Lewis @lewiss50, who broke the story of Ashby’s court action. Twitter conversations can be higgildy piggildy because others jump in and it’s hard to keep track of the order of remarks. […]

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Pyne’s barking at Gillard, fawning for Brough

Transcript Hon Christopher Pyne MP Doorstop 2 February 2013 SUBJECTS: Labor Government resignations; South Australian State Leadership E&OE………………………….. Pyne: Well thank you all for coming out to Kmart Firle in my electorate for my first campaigning day since the Prime Minister announced the election date on September 14. Of course despite the Prime Minister’s assurances […]

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I can see clearly now: PM

By Margo Kingston February 2, 2013 The Prime Minister has made a bold, perhaps revolutionary decision that has already flummoxed the MSM and will be fascinating to watch play out this election year. She’s detached herself from the 24 hour news cycle. That’s why she looks grounded. Settled. Real. Her stridency has gone. She can […]

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Liberals Ashby wall of silence cracks….

First Labor – Liberal media debate on the Ashby Affair: Lateline transcript February 2, David Bradbury-v-Christopher Pyne http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3681711.htm Margo Kingston comments in red DAVID BRADBURY: … Can I make the point, there is one word I would like to remind Chris of and that’s Ashby and his involvement in the Ashby affair, but more particularly […]

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Cinderella, Sunshine Coast Style

View as slideshow This is a story about the struggle to become one of the elite by doing their dirty deeds, collecting damaging information to hold power and getting rich along the way.  The moral of the story is : there are none, no morals that is. The lesson is: If you are not one, […]

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“Faining Outrage” from ABC Management

Audio of the 2 Jon Faine interviews in question: Jon Faine Interview with Mike Smith and Mark Baker 23 November 2013 http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/hectic-half-hour-23-11-12.mp3 Update: ABC Mediawatch had a segment on the Jon Faine Story. You can find it here. Since our ABC story went live on Tuesday, a new case of how ABC Management responds to […]

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Updated: Questions for Mr Abbott at the National Press Club

January 31 Press Club review: There are many reasons why the Canberra Press Gallery is failing to fulfil its democratic role. A collapse in media revenues, 24 hour filing, no time to stay with a story and investigate it, an atmosphere which sees journos run from one ephemeral topic to another in waves, an exodus […]

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Ashby Inquiry Proposal for Discussion

By Margo Kingston 22 January 2013 Two days ago Paula Matthewson, who tweets and blogs as @Dragonista, posted an open letter to the #AshbyInquiryNow campaign people challenging them on their strategy and aims. A stimulating discussion ensued in comments to her piece which showed that engaged citizens on the right, centre and left agreed that it was […]

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The Ashbygate conspiracy — of silence

By Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia 18th January 2013 The media spent eight months vilifying Peter Slipper over the James Ashby accusations, but when the Federal Court ruled it was a political set-up — suddenly they weren’t interested. Margo Kingston comments on the scandal behind the conspiracy. Click on the image to see @geeksrulz‘s Storify: ‘The Daily Telegraph coverage […]

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The Daily Telegraph coverage of the Slipper Scandal

View as slideshow 00Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google Share on Linkedin Share by email Imgur · Tue, Jan 01 2013 17:19:11 · Original link 12th December Justice Rares hands down his ruling Ashby v Commonwealth of Australia (No 4) [2012] FCA 1411 Ms Doane asked Mr Ashby […]

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The Great Telecard Coverup

By Margo Kingston November 24, 2000 Source: Webdiary SMH It had to be dragged out of them, but officials from the Department of Finance today made some big admissions on the Reith Telecard affair under pressure from the Senate estimates committee. Try as they might to dodge, waffle and prevaricate, the masters of cross-examination, Labor […]

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What is the “Minchin Protocol” that was denied to Mr Peter Slipper?

Matty Horan explained on Twitter: @margokingston1 It’s called the Minchin protocol because he came up with it after repaying thousands in wrongly claimed travel exes in 1996. — Matt Horan (@mattyhoran) January 10, 2013 and @margokingston1 p2 Daily Tele 15 March 97. Minchin repaid $3150 for travel allowance wrongly claimed during 96 election. Avail on […]

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A Bugg in the farce of the Reith Telecard affair

By Margo Kingston Source: Webdiary SMH November 22, 2000 Every year Senators get to quiz bureaucrats and statutory officers on their performance and the success or otherwise of government policies. It’s called “Senate Estimates”, is designed to ensure that public money is well spent and is one of many reasons why the Senate is the […]

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The small matter of prosecution on the Telecard Affair.

By Margo Kingston Source: Webdiary SMH October 16, 2000 To fill you in on DPP Damian Bugg to date. His brief statement of last week made no mention of whether he would charge anyone apart from Reith and son but the Prime Minister’s office advised us today that Mr Bugg had decided not to prosecute […]

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More on the Reith Telecard affair

By Margo Kingston Source: Webdiary SMH Date: October 30, 2000 On Friday, October 20, the pollies perks minister Senator Chris Ellison awoke to the Herald’s publication of an explosive document which raised yet more questions about his administration during the Reith Telecard blowout. We obtained the document on Thursday, and on the same day, I […]

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Tracing the Telecard affair

By Margo Kingston and Mike Seccombe Source: Webdiary SMH Date: October 22nd, 2000 DAY ONE Tuesday, October 10 The Canberra Times reveals a Federal Police investigation into Peter Reith’s $50,000 phone bill after he gave his number and PIN to son Paul for private calls. Howard says Reith revealed the fraud to him in May, […]

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Why Tony Abbott should never be PM.

By Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia January 3rd , 2013 AFTER THE PUBLICATION of my book Not Happy, John! in 2004, former Liberal Party staffer Christian Kerr, then political correspondent for Crikey, told me the ʻAustralians for Honest Politicsʼ chapter was dynamite, ʻthe most importantʼ in the book. “But it wonʼt get followed up,” I asked him, “will it?” “No,” […]

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Margo Kingston: My welcome to Twitter.

By Margo Kingston Source: New Matilda December 11, 2012 I blame the ABC for my initiation to Twitter. Or rather, I thank them, because the experience has been refreshing for this disillusioned ex-journo and long-time internet refugee. I happened to be watching ABC News 24 when Tony Abbott again confronted Julia Gillard about her role in the AWU affair on the […]

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The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard labels Mr Abbott a misogynist.

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard made the most important speech of 2012. The speech has now been seen and praised all over the world by men and women alike. It was included in the Google Zeitgeist video and received 2,193,819 views just on this ABC video alone. No other video the ABC has ever […]

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Tony Abbott’s Slush Fund

By Margo Kingston Source: NewMatilda 11 December 2012 This week New Matilda is republishing journalist Margo Kingston’s investigation into Tony Abbott’s own slush fund. Here she explains why the story needs to be pursued as strongly as the AWU case against Julia Gillard I blame the ABC for my initiation to Twitter. Or rather, I thank them, […]

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Abbott faces questions over Hanson slush fund

Source: The 730 Report ABC TV 26 August 2003 KERRY O’BRIEN: Welcome to the program. A political furore has erupted over revelations that one of the Howard Government’s most senior ministers, Tony Abbott, set up a slush fund to pay for legal challenges to Pauline Hanson and her party, One Nation. Despite repeated denials back […]

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A question of character?

by Margo Kingston Source: Independent Australia.net 30th November, 2012 My mouth fell open when I heard Abbott’s final flourish in Thursday’s speech denouncing Gillard as unfit for office. I remembered, suddenly, vividly, Tony Abbott’s very own slush fund. Could he too have forgotten? It’s ancient history now, Abbott’s slush fund ― but less ancient than the slush […]

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Honest Politics archive

Source: Margo Kingston Webdiary Australian Financial Review 27th of April 2004, Page 8 Advice, but no action on Abbott Mark Davis, Political correspondent The Australian Electoral Commission received legal advice last year that it was possible Health Minister Tony Abbott breached electoral laws by failing to disclose his backing of court action against Pauline Hanson […]

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