The concept for this blog is simple – to provide the observations, analysis and opinion that are missing in the traditional media’s coverage of the election.
In short, to provide the perspectives we wish we could read in the MSM.
Many of our writers have their own blogs and are on Twitter, so if you like their work here be sure to sign up to their blogs and check out their tweetstream.
Ed Butler is a recovering economist and novelty blogger, of the never-lamented Things Bogans Like. On about step seven of the requisite 12, he now works in communications and environmental advocacy. He blogs on the odd occasion at Shouting at the Void, and tweets from @fakeedbutler.
El Gibbs writes things on the internetz and IRL about policy, politics and well, whatever she feels like.
She’s a grumpy policy wonk, trying to be optimistic. You can find her blogging at bluntshovels and on Twitter as @bluntshovels.
Lyn Calcutt doesn’t have a blog and didn’t quite finish her PhD. Politically, she knee jerks to the left but usually ends up in the centre once she calms down. She can usually been found dithering or on Twitter at @hobjobblesmum.
Kathryn is a political and communication strategist, survivor of 14 months running the Australian Democrats and a further 4 years consulting to numerous candidates and organisations on the left, right and centre of politics as well as commercial clients. Currently on extended sabbatical she can be found on Twitter (@kathoc) or her own blog.
Paul lives in the ACT and dreams of one-day writing awesome research articles and perhaps a novel. Paul’s interested in the interconnected nature of things and can be found on Twitter (@davispg) or his own blog.
Drag0nista has opinions and she’s not afraid to share them. She’s been a Liberal staffer and a lobbyist, and now works as a communications adviser. She blogs at Drag0nista’s Blog, and if you can’t find her on Twitter at @Drag0nista then she’s either asleep or watching trashy police procedural dramas on television.
Sam was a member of the Liberal Party but let his membership lapse because he left the renewal form in a pile of other stuff. In any case, he only went to the meetings when they offered free drinks. He can be found on twitter at @SamuelMullins or at his blog.
M Nash is a Canberra-based analyst with an avid interest in politics, halfway to his goal of having more letters after his name than are in it. He’s been an activist for gender and sexual minorities, and for women’s rights. While not a member of, a volunteer for, or affiliated with, any political party these days, he was a member of the ALP many years ago for about five minutes (for social reasons). Nash blogs at TechnicallyIimpartial, and tweets at @citation_needed.
Nick Osbaldiston is a lecturer in sociology in the school of Applied Media and Social Science at Monash University. As a cultural sociologist, Nick has a keen interest in the interaction between society, media and politics.You can find him on Twitter at @nickosbaldiston.
pseudomorph is a Melbourne based student, thinker, geek and wannabe educator, writer and all round smarty pants. He is a PhD candidate in sociology at La Trobe University and a lecturer in Australian culture and society at ACU Melbourne. He blogs here and tweets at @pseudomorph
Andrew may be a criminal defense lawyer from Sydney, but he’s actually a pretty cool guy who you’d love to hang out with. He writes regularly on his blog A State of Mind and for the Kings’ Tribune, and he tweets as @mrtiedt.
Preston Towers is the nickname given to an apartment building on Preston St, South Penrith. It’s also the pseudonym of a teacher who used to live in that apartment building. He tweets under the name @prestontowers, has a blog called The Preston Institute, which is a tribute to the King of Institutes, Gerard Henderson.
When he’s not here helping fill the gaps left by Australia’s Olde Worlde media, Damien Walker writes about that which amuses and bemuses him at The Underwhelming Blog. Following him on Twitter makes you sexy: @DamienCWalker.
If you have any question about this group blog, drop me an email at drag0nista at hotmail dot com.