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Political SPIN at SPIN Fest

By 16 October 2013

[ 20 October 2013 at 3:00 pm; ] SPIN Fest is about things that spin, and there’s no spin quite like political spin.

This Sunday Political SPIN will take place from 3 till 4 and may just include more political spin than this writer can actually stomach. If you think you can handle it, the event is “free” although you still have to pay [...]

ACT Senate Count explained

By 2 October 2013

With the AEC releasing the full distribution of preferences for the ACT Senate count, Antony Green has an article explaining how the count unfolded. In the end, Zed was elected to the second seat at Count 39 when the Palmer United Party was excluded, Antony explaining:
The Liberal Party had achieved the quota entirely on [...]

Simon Sheikh concedes to Zed the Silent

By 26 September 2013

Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Greens’ Simon Sheikh is conceding he’s been beaten for the second Senate seat on the back of Animal Justice Party preferences to the Liberals.
We hope that Senator Seselja will make efforts to broaden his base over the next three years.

UPDATE: The ABC has a report:
While the [...]

Vast swathes of below the line votes remain to be counted

By 11 September 2013

The Canberra Times reports that before you think it’s all over in the Senate Race there have been a record number of below the line votes, something like 20%.
One imagines few who went to that trouble put Zed first. In fact, anecdotally, below the line we hear he’s often dead last.
With that 20% still not [...]

Think very hard about your Senate vote

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’re not in the business of telling our readers how to vote.
But we do share information which may colour that decision.
Canberra voters can usually be taken for granted to deliver one Liberal Senator and two Labor MP’s and one Labor Senator.
But with Tony Abbott so far ahead in this race that he’s putting policy lead [...]

Just in case you thought we didn’t have racists around here

By 3 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Joe has sent in this disappointing effort.
For the headbangers who still think getting work up about Islam is still a good idea The Economist has an excellent article on why you’re a bloody idiot:
ISLAMIC fundamentalism is more destructive than most people in the West can possibly imagine, but so is Western Islamophobia.
Not that Simon [...]

Simon Sheikh, Greens for the Senate, Candidate Questionnaire, Election ’13

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Greens’ Senate Candidate Simon Sheikh has sent us these answers to your questions.
Candidates, the readers of RiotACT are your voters and they have questions for you! If you’d like to answer those questions and prove you care what your voters think then email us at
You can find the questions here.

1. What are your views [...]

Politicians still arguing over GetUp! non-story


The world keeps turning, summer continues to follow spring, and politicians keep calling for each to resign over trivial issues instead of actually doing or saying anything useful.
I think the poor dears are just over excited.
Nothing to see here folks, just a continuation on Friday’s top non-story.
Senator Abetz said GetUp! must further explain why – [...]

Zed Seselja is upset again


Simon Sheikh used to be the national director of GetUp!
He no longer is. When he become a candidate he said he no longer had any ties to that company.
GetUp! director Sam McLean however claims that Sheikh is still technically the director of a subsidiary company, however this is only because they forgot to take his [...]

Sheikh calls out Seselja

By 3 June 2013

Seeing as how Zed Seselja now obviously has more time on his hands, Simon Sheikh thought it would be a lovely idea if they met up for a bit of a debate over Tony Abbott’s planned job cuts.
Following Zed Seselja’s announcement of his resignation from the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning, ACT Greens Senate candidate [...]

Eric Abetz says that Sam Dastyari says that Simon Sheikh says…

By 8 May 2013

Every single day I am floored by the mudane useless nonsense that our public servants waste their time writing and sending out, but this release from Eric Abetz has raised the bar in terms of useless dribble.
I put the link to the release in the last sentence, but I don’t recommend you click it. Your [...]

Simon Sheikh at Manning Clark House

By 8 May 2013

Simon tells stories of his wins while he was at GetUp and what compelled him to leave the non-profit world and enter politics.

Cranky Liberal is cranky at Sheikh


The Coalition Shadow Minister for Universities and Research, Senator Brett Mason has kicked up a bit of a stink over the fact that Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh brought some pamphlets with him during a guest lecture at the Australian National University.
Rioter c_c™ actually wrote up an article on this, so I’ve included it here:
Word [...]

Zed grills Simon Sheikh on Labor membership

By 17 April 2013

Liberal Senate candidate Zed Seselja is stamping his tiny feet at Green candidate Simon Sheikh over exactly how long Simon was in the Labor party before transitioning through “progressive activist” to Green:
Today’s edition of The Australian shows that there are serious conflicts between Mr Sheikh’s account of his previous Labor Party membership and Labor’s membership [...]

Eric Abetz still like a dog with a bone over Simon Sheikh

By 12 April 2013

The Liberals’ Erica Betz is still getting over wrought by the idea of a progressive front organisation fund raising in much the same way as the numerous conservative front groups.
Particularly he wants to know about the Labor Party history of the Greens ACT Senate Candidate Simon Sheikh:
“Revelations in today’s Australian that Simon Sheikh was an [...]

Simon Sheikh has Gina Rinehart as his mentor?

By 9 April 2013

Various press reports yesterday have it that the ACT Greens were advertising overseas for a fulltime worker for Simon Sheikh’s Senate campaign and planning to pay them less than Gina Rinehart’s infamous “$2 an hour” – in fact, they were going to be paid a bit of board and lodging, and the airfare. Visa, 457 [...]

Should GetUp! stop associating with Simon Sheikh

By 13 March 2013

Simon Sheikh was the only senate candidate I saw out and about the lake on Canberra Day (not saying that’s a scientific survey, just saying).
But Liberal head kicker the Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz is kicking up a fuss over the former GetUp! founder being involved in GetUp! events while running for the Greens in the [...]

Leaky Greens put blow-in Sheikh up against Gazza

By 6 December 2012

The Canberra Times has inside word that former GetUp! extractor of funds from the trusting Simon Sheikh is going to be the Greens’ Senate candidate at the next Federal election.
The Australian Greens have pre-selected former GetUp! director Simon Sheikh as their ACT Senate candidate.
Greens leader Christine Milne was about to officially announce Mr Sheikh’s candidacy, [...]

Voting closes in Greens senate pre-selection battle

By 3 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Times has a story about the efforts of former GetUp! frontman Simon Sheik to transplant to Canberra and make a doomed tilt at Gary Humphries’ Senate seat for the Greens.
Opposing him is Kate Hamilton who has only recently moved back to Canberra after two decades in Sydney but can say she grew up [...]

Simon Sheikh planning a doomed run at Gazza

By 23 October 2012

The ABC has the risible news that the former GetUp! frontman Simon Sheikh wants to run Green for an ACT Senate Seat.
He thinks Liberal Senator Gary Humphries’ seat is vulnerable.
I really don’t see Gary’s core constituency flocking to Simon Sheikh.
UPDATE 23/10/12 09:32: The Liberals’ Eric Abetz is taking this as a gotcha moment:
“Simon Sheik’s [...]

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