Author: JanBowQld

Who’s who on the Socialist Left?

Ever wondered what all those socialist groups stand for? If you have had similar experiences to me, you have probably been offered pamphlets and newspapers by a range of socialist organisations at rallies and during election campaigns. Names such as Socialist Alliance (Green Left Weekly), Socialist Alternative (Red Flag; Marxist Left Review) and the Communist Party of Australia (formally the Socialist Party of Australia), may be familiar to some. The shifting alliances between these parties and differences in policy and approach can be difficult to fathom, and a quick scan of the internet may only add to the confusion....

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RuddWatch: setting the scene in Griffith

Griffith is an electorate to watch. Reprinted with permission from No Fibs. From the well-to-do apartment blocks of Kangaroo Point and the entertainment and culture hub of South Brisbane to the tin and timber Queenslanders of East Brisbane, Coorparoo and Greenslopes, Griffith is a diverse inner city electorate with a sitting member who may have the highest profile of any election candidate. When I settled in the West End two years ago I fell in love with the vibrant culture – its street art, the wonderful Avid Reader bookshop and its great coffee and cafes. For an inner city suburb...

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Katter runs a bush labour line

“Murray says people are looking for a viable alternative to the major parties.”Republished with permission from No Fibs Recently endorsed Katter Australia Party (KAP) candidate for Griffith Luke Murray, says he doesn’t lay any claim to being a politician. Clearly, he is still in the early stages of preparing for the coming campaign. He assures me it’s coming, but at this stage he has no profile on the KAP website (a photo has now been provided), nor does he have a Facebook site (that too is on the way) and he does not use Twitter. He says he is...

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Greens ready to rule

“Greens are in the electoral process for the long haul” Republished with permission from No Fibs Like other minor party candidates, Geoff Ebbs admits it can be very hard for the Greens to get any mainstream media focus, particularly at the local level. This is compounded when standing against a high-profile candidate like Kevin Rudd. Ebbs says he has met Rudd on the hustings and considers him to be a consummate media performer.  Rudd, he says, has his own media team, regularly uploading new Kevin videos on YouTube, “… and, as a small party, it’s hard to compete against that.” Geoff...

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Citizen journalism in Griffith

My first attempt at citizen journalism was my June profile of the Griffith electorate. Reprinted with permission from No Fibs. Since then I have spoken with staff in both Kevin Rudd’s and Bill Glasson’s local electorate offices and sent emails with my details seeking interviews or response to questions.  Electorate staff have been polite and helpful and have promised to pass my details on to their candidates. I have learned that follow-up calls are important and I will keep trying. As the PM, Mr Rudd has constant national and local coverage, and is supported by his own media team.  Dr Glasson likewise is...

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