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

August 22, 2010 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Elections: bring out the worst in us?

August 21, 2010 by

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Walking down the streets of Newtown, Marrickville and through the city on my way to Tony Abbott’s event this evening, I’m surprised by how visible people are being with their anger, frustration and intolerance. It seems like our politicians have set a poor example. In the space of less than an hour, I have seen […]