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Election 2013

CSG a ‘social licence’?

Election results from a CSG mandate perspective and the so called required 'social licence' to harvest CSG was very interesting. The 9 September APPEA media...

A better way to vote for the Senate

The Senate-voting was a bit of a shambles. Here are three ways to improve Senate-voting procedures: 1: Do not force voters to number every square...

Hogan to fight against CSG

New MP for Page Kevin Hogan says he will cross the floor if necessary to uphold his stand to keep the northern rivers coal-seam gas (CSG) free.

The preacher turned prime minister

Tony Abbott: boxer, former trainee Catholic priest, brutally effective Opposition Leader. But can he step up to be prime minister?

CSG campaigner’s charges dismissed

An anti coal seam gas campaigner whose actions in following a truck driver who had been dumping toxic drill mud from a Metgasco test...

Australia votes – live blog

[10.15] Tony Abbott has claimed victory: 'The government of Australia has changed for just the seventh time since 2001 and the Labor Party's vote is at its lowest level in more than 100 years.'

Elliot holds onto Richmond

Despite a certain change of government after today's federal election, sitting Richmond MP Justine Elliot has held onto her seat.

Coalition wins government

The federal coalition under Tony Abbott has won government with an average swing of just over three per cent. At 8.45pm, with just over half the votes counted, the Coalition had 52.8 per cent of the vote over Labor's 47.2 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis.

A spokesman for Richmond MP Justine Elliot says they have been encouraged by the results so far which are 'looking positive'. Mrs Elliot, who...

Coalition set to slash regional funding

Nationals leader Warren Truss has confirmed that, if elected, the coalition will abolish the $2.5 billion Regional Development Australia Fund, slashing the money available for regional development projects by almost two thirds.

Fraser accuses ALP of ‘media control’

Nationals Richmond MP Matthew Fraser falsely accused sitting member Justine Elliot of controlling local media at last night’s Richmond candidates forum, to the disgust of many in the audience.

Economy independent of government

Ian Macfarlane, governor of the Reserve Bank for most of the Howard years, has pointed out in his book, The Search for Stability, that...

Coalition to win, but a late surge to minors

Tony Abbott is set for a comfortable win in Saturday's election, but his lead has been clawed back by a late shift toward the minor parties, the final pre-election Essential Research poll shows.

Richmond candidates face off

Five of the six candidates for the seat of Richmond faced-off at the final meet-the-candidates forum at a combined Tweed business chamber breakfast at Kingscliff yesterday.

Fraser ‘conflicted on CSG’

Only three of the six candidates standing in the Richmond electorate bothered to respond to a survey of attitudes towards coal seam gas. Local anti-CSG...

Abbott supports illegal war

In 2003 the Liberal-National cabinet, not the parliament, made the decision to send Australian solders to the illegal war in Iraq.  Tony Abbott was...

The Phony Tony Blues

Might this be the theme song of this election? It’s sung to the tune of Summertime Blues. We got a dog called Phony Tony He’s not...

Abbott excesses unveiled

Right now we are facing the excesses of Tony Abbott and his Liberal party controlling both houses of Parliament.

Threatened frog in path of loggers

The vulnerable Marbled Frogmouth has been further endangered by recent logging in Koreelah State Forest, according to a local conservation group, and if the loggers continue on their path the endangered Fleay’s Barred Frog will be next.

How the Senate system is gamed

David Lovejoy has a final say on the Senate preferencing issue. My online article last week  met with some harsh criticism, some of it...

A win for the roughy

The battle for the 'roughy had been a tough road for conservationists and hopefully this win will be the last fight.

Maybe Canberra needs a bit of distraction biff

Mick breathed in but his Cronulla Sharks football jersey struggled to contain his well-insulated six-pack and he held up his hand as he approached Bazza in the front bar of the Top Pub.

Council crews working hard to repair potholes

Tweed Shire Council road maintenance crews are out across the Tweed's road network repairing potholes and other damage caused by the recent prolonged rainfall and previous flood events.

Poor Pauline

Bob Vinnicombe, Sefton A lot of hypocrisy from Labor and The Greens about respect for women. Look at the treatment they dished out to Pauline...