Prime Minister Tony Abbott was in campaigning mode as he faced the National Press Club today, campaigning not to win an election but to keep his position as Leader. With promises that he has listened and learned when it comes to his “Captain’s Calls” on parental leave and Knighthoods, Abbott was hoping his return to core messages on stopping the boats and scrapping the carbon tax would be enough to shore up public support. But the media aren’t so confident. The media were confident though, that the LNP would win in Queensland regardless of whether Campbell Newman lost his seat – so how did they get it so wrong?
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National Affairs Correspondent for New Matilda, Ben Eltham
Margo Kingston, Executive Editor, No Fibs
A long-running stoush between protesters and a resources company in NSW has come to an end, at least for now. Metgasco’s licence to drill gas at its Bentley site has been suspended after the state government found the company had failed to consult the community. Protesters are overjoyed by the decision, hoping it will end coal seam gas exploration in the area once and for all. But this is not just a David and Goliath story. NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has referred Metgasco to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) after receiving information about its shareholdings and interests.
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Lock the gate campaigner, Roslyn Irwin
Editor of Citizen Journalism site, No Fibs, Margo Kingston