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So we have a hung parliament, now what?

August 28, 2010 by


So what about this whole hung parliament thing. Good? Bad? A much needed shakeup of our democracy? A tedious and drawn out finale to what was already a tiresome campaign? Is it right that the shape and makeup of the next government should fall into the hands of so few men? These questions and more circulate the airwaves, […]

It’s all happening at Greens HQ in Melbourne

August 21, 2010 by


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 […]

Greens take Melbourne!

August 21, 2010 by


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 […]

Dylan Bird in and around Dunkley

August 21, 2010 by


Dunkley spans approximately 138 square kilometres from Seaford to the Mornington Peninsula, encompassing Langwarrin, Frankston and Skye in Melbourne’s outer southeast. The current MP, Liberal Bruce Billson, has held the seat since 1996, coming to power after boundaries were changed to include the traditionally conservative Mt Eliza in the electorate. The seat is currently listed as ‘marginal Liberal’ by the ABC’s Antony Green, requiring a swing of 4% against Billson to hand power to Labor’s Helen Constas. In the 2007 election, the Greens and Family First respectively attracted 7.8% and 2.6% of the primary vote.

Authoring our future

August 20, 2010 by


In this past week the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) released a scathing media release about the lack of substantial policy announcements from Labor or the Coalition on supporting Australian artists and authors. Although welcoming Labor’s commitment to allocate an additional $10M over five years to performance, visual and other artists, the document points out […]

Vexnews: ‘what journalism should be’

August 19, 2010 by


In fellow electioneerer Fraser Allison’s recent blog a range of ‘tools’ were proposed to assist the less ‘policy-inclined’ voter to decide who will earn their support in the upcoming federal election. I am writing to add one more source to that list, indeed the only source worth consulting in order to objectively weigh up your […]

The silent politics of Aboriginal Australia

August 11, 2010 by


At the tail end of the special ‘Prime Minister’ edition of the ABC’s Q&A program last Monday night, an audience member asked why there has been a great silence around ‘giving the first peoples of Australia a fair go’ in this election campaign. Unsurprisingly, Julia Gillard flatly denied the claim, voicing her commitment to further […]