Democrats & Greens

A week or so ago, some of the media ran with suggestions the Democrats were thinking of trying to merge with the Greens. This was a distortion of comments made by Lyn Allison, but it become a story anyway which then gave others the chance to comment on it (even though what they were commenting…

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Becoming Deputy

Tuesday was my first full day of ‘not being leader’ and I spent a few therapeutic hours in my office in the Valley in Brisbane clearing out large amounts of documents and paperwork which have accumulated over the past 7 years. I managed to fill a full sized wheelie bin without really trying and there’s…

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Death of Janine Haines

Although I only met Janine Haines twice, she was a key reason why I decided to join the Democrats back in 1989. The Democrats’ ethos of participatory democracy and attempt to move beyond the old ideological divisions had already drawn my attention. Janine Haines seemed to embody the reality that moving away from a two…

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West Australian Democrats

Met with a large number of West Australian Democrat members in Perth. The huge surge in members in the West is very encouraging.The news that the Democrats were in danger of being deregistered as a political party in the West has brought a huge number of people out of the woodwork, with our membership nearly…

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