Talk of the Tube

If you want to see how cyberspace is shifting Australian politics, look no further than Don Dornan's lounge room. That's where earlier this year 16 strangers gathered after meeting on the Internet — not lonely hearts but would-be activists. Dornan lives in the New South Wales town of Narooma, a seaside holiday spot in one of Australia's bellwether marginal seats, Eden-Monaro. He's never been a party member; he just got sick of "complaining about politicians but not knowing how to do anything about it." So when a friend emailed him about online activist group GetUp, the 65-year-old joined and...

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