Last week Mamamia announced our mission to introduce fresh, new voices to Australia’s political landscape.
We’re sick of the same tired old reporting from Canberra; reporting which all too often focuses on political game playing over actual policies. And that assumes way more detailed knowledge of the reader than most of us have.
Since calling for entries to our inaugural Political Blogger Idol competition, Mamamia has been inundated with outstanding submissions from readers, bloggers and aspiring journalists.
We have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of entries and also the excellent standard we received. Mia, Jamila and the team would like to thank everyone who took the time to send us their writing.
The Mamamia Editorial Team had a very difficult job of whittling the entries down to only five finalists. So without further ado, we’re thrilled to introduce them to you. Each finalist’s submission is linked underneath their bio below. You can read their excellent political musings and vote for your favourite using the online form.
Please note that this is a one vote per device competition. Even if the form allows you to vote a second time, we will only count one vote per unique IP address. The finalist with the highest number of votes will be offered a retainer contract with Mamamia for the period of the election campaign and will be announced on the website next Monday.
Bonnie Campbell: A Bridget Jones’ Diary reference and we’re in. Bonnie uses clever pop culture references to pull some serious policy punches when it comes to the Government’s new asylum seeker policy. The judges liked that she pulled together strong opinion, backed up with solid research – while keeping the post interesting and engaging to a less politically interested reader. We all remember Kevin on Sunrise, right?
Click HERE to read Bonnie Campbell’s post Come on Kevin, where is the love?‘
Amy Stockwell: The judges loved the easy-to-understand manner in which Amy explained an incredibly complex set of policy issues. She avoids Canberra ‘in-speak’ and uses humour to convey her message to great effect. If you’re confused about the difference between a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme and want to understand which party is promising what when it comes to environmental action – then this post is for you.