Profiles

Sydney opinion polling startup Metapoll aims to be the most accurate predictor of the federal election

- February 25, 2016 4 MIN READ

Over the course of the 18 months I worked at Newspoll, the market research organisation behind The Australian newspaper’s fortnightly political opinion poll, I saw three different Prime Ministers in office, with those very opinion polls I was helping to conduct leading to the demise of two of them. But while opinion polls have developed an extraordinary power in Australian politics, their accuracy is questionable.

Profiles

LobbyCrowd set to hold Australian politicians accountable

- August 15, 2014 5 MIN READ

Like many other Australians, Tony Simpson, a NSW Southern Highlands-based entrepreneur, is frustrated that our government pay such little attention to what we articulate online, let alone act upon our suggestions. This is why he created LobbyCrowd – an online platform that combines traditional political lobbying with modern crowdsourcing.

Other

Australian Govt censor Twitter for Australian Users

- March 29, 2013 2 MIN READ

In what can only be called convenient timing [is there an election on or something?] it has come out that the Australian Govt is in fact censoring tweets from being seen within our country that may be seen as Anti Labor – Green. Twitter confirmed that this feature is now happening on their site with the following now being part of their terms and conditions since January.

Brains Trust

Before we go throwing around the word “Bigot”

- January 24, 2013 2 MIN READ

The word bigot has become like the word migraine, it is overused and has been given it’s own meaning in an urban context. Just like someone in the workplace is “going home because they have a migraine” [if you really had one, you would not be driving home, you would be crawling into the darkness of a storage cupboard at work to sleep] the word “bigot” is thrown around on and offline these days like confetti at a wedding.