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Oakeshott, Rudd & Hunt unite in ‘Dome of Conscience’

September 2, 2010

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Whilst the ‘Dome of Conscience’ may sound like a tardis type contraption, it was only a few years back that many thought it was the magic bullet in the quest towards parliamentary honesty and transparent debate. The now deal breaker MP Robert Oakeshott was on board, as was current Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage Greg Hunt. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was also involved and voted on the site, before winning Government in 2007. With such a list of names supporting the project, it’s a wonder what happened.

Over and out, it’s ‘too close to call’

August 22, 2010

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The Tally Room tonight was a hive of activity tonight. Pollies here, journos there. Eyes were glued to screens as people tweeted and followed the action online. Ironically it was easier to keep up to date by staying online than wandering the Tally Room tonight.

It’s all happening at Greens HQ in Melbourne

August 21, 2010

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The feeling is electric at the Greens election night headquarters in Melbourne, with crowds erupting into applause at any further sign that the party has finally landed on Australia’s political mainstream. I’m writing fresh from watching Richard Di Natale’s media conference with channel Nine, his comments on the Greens’ strong showing almost as impassioned as […]

Quietly making history

August 21, 2010

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Kensington Primary School, 2pm. Adults wander in through the front gate. Many Adam Bandts and Julia Gillards gaze down upon them benevolently from green and blue posters. Tucked away in a corner is a lone glamour shot of Tony Abbott, his eyes smouldering like an ageing pop star. A loose circle of colour-coded volunteers loiters outside the school. “Liberal?” […]

First time vote in Wentworth

August 21, 2010

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No cake or caramel slice. No free sausage sizzle. Not even a brawl between the volunteers, competing with voters to take their pamphlets. While my first election vote was free of all the fripperies that I’m sure we were promised at some stage, lining up with other Wentworth voters was still exciting. At 9am, voters […]

Wyatt Roy to become youngest MP

August 21, 2010

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Wyatt Roy is set to become the youngest ever Australian to be elected to parliament.

Greens take Melbourne!

August 21, 2010

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Greens candidate for Melbourne has just made a stirring speech in which he declared victory in the high profile seat of Melbourne. In the speech Bandt paid homage to his opponent, Labor’s Cath Bowtell, as well as her predecessor Lindsay Tanner, whose dedication to public life he said respected deeply. Affirming that Greens values are […]