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

September 2, 2010 by

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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.

Polar Opposites and Hung Government

August 22, 2010 by

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The mood was grim at Tony Abbott’s event in Sydney last night. Food and booze but little of the celebratory mayhem I’d been anticipating well, dreading (might as well be honest!) The room was filled with low chatter, urgent phone conversations to various ‘informants’ and eyes glued to a screen rolling out the tally. We […]

The faithful face the unforeseen

August 22, 2010 by

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The crowd at ALP headquarters in Melbourne last night started out subdued and slowly turned tense. As the evening wore on and the hung parliament result became clearer, the mood settled into a kind of numb quiet, a limbo between the despondency of defeat and the rush of victory. Most of the crowd had a […]

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?” […]

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 […]

Who wants you to make an informed vote?

August 21, 2010 by

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So who wants you to make an informed decision? It seems Labor and Liberal don't want you to think about your vote. Their cards don't give you any more information than you need to vote exactly the way they want you to. And on closer inspection, one of the cards appears to be even more problematic.

Candidates work the booths in Gilmore

August 21, 2010 by

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Both the Liberal candidate Joanna Gash and ALP candidate Neil Reilly were out and about in Gilmore today, trying to persuade undecided voters to support them as they fought for the now notionally Labor seat. They were both saying it was going to be a close contest, despite polling yesterday saying it was going to […]