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April 2014

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30 April 2014

Video emerges of PNG police dog attack

Police in Papua New Guinea say they'll investigate an incident caught on video and posted online. It shows a suspect being taunted by police officers while they appear to encourage their dogs to bite him. The man seen in the video has approached the ABC, saying he was doing nothing wrong when a group of intoxicated police officers detained him on the street. Watch Video

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30 April 2014

Asylum seekers bound for Australia to be resettled in Cambodia under new agreement.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison.

Asylum seekers bound for Australia will be sent to one of Asia's poorest nations after an 'in principal' agreement between Australia and Cambodia, an official says. Read More...

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30 April 2014

ICAC, Watson and the Coalition slush funds

The NSW ICAC has sent a shiver through the Federal Liberal Party as Geoffrey Watson SC starts to hone in on its network of slush funds, writes Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones.

A shiver has just run through the Coalition.
It took a little over two hours for counsel assisting the NSW ICAC, Geoffrey Watson SC, to lay bare the modus operandi of the Liberal Party's fundraising laundromats.
Experience says Watson does not make allegations he can't substantiate with proof to spare.
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29 April 2014

Clive Palmer envoy offered incentive to join party, says Queensland MP

LNP member says he has lodged complaint with police in deepening stoush between ruling party and Palmer United party

A Newman government MP has told police an envoy for Clive Palmer offered him an inducement to join his political party. Read More...

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29 April 2014

How Abbott lied, trashed protocol and offended everyone, including the Queen

Prime Minister Tony Abbott trashed vice-regal protocol in the last moments of the term of Quentin Bryce as Governor General, at the same time as causing grave offence to the monarch.

After revealing earlier this month that PM Abbott misled the public over his decision to reinstate imperial honours, we can now reveal that the now Dame Quentin Bryce heard of her elevation from ABC radio news. Read More...

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29 April 2014

Corruption and Elections

We in Australia know that our electoral candidates are not the sweetest lollies in the jar, they crave power and what it brings to them in material gains.
Most of them have made plenty before their attempt at politics. Lawyers, Accountants, Businessmen of all types are in the mix for power, it is their greatest aphrodisiac. During their time before politics, they learn the ropes on how the greasy pole works. Read More...

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28 April 2014

What does Clive want?

The first Joe Hockey budget is about to be presented to parliament and to the people. There has been plenty of speculation about cuts to pensions and introducing Medicare co-payments, but it would still take a brave journalist to try and pre-empt what it will really contain. However, if any of the language being used both by Hockey and other ministers is close to the mark, it seems this government will dodge what is really needed. The one unknown they will have to contend with is Clive Palmer and his senate team. Will Clive roll over and wave the bills through the senate or will he make Abbott and Hockey sweat? Labor would do well to take a much closer look at this interesting development in the Australian political setting. Is it possible that the Palmer United Party isn't all that concerned about the carbon tax and the mining tax and will not support its repeal? It's possible. Read More...

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28 April 2014

Clive Palmer threatens to sue the Queensland premier

Campbell Newman's claim Palmer tried to buy the government is 'defamatory and made for political purposes, says Palmer
Clive Palmer:

'At no time have I ever offered the Newman government or any member of parliament any money or inducements.'

Clive Palmer says he will sue Campbell Newman over his claims the mining magnate tried to buy the Queensland government. Read More...

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28 April 2014

Bill of rights a 'foreign concept'?

The Australian Government believes there is a conflict between protecting our freedoms and protecting us against discrimination.

Australia stands lone in the Western world as a nation without a general bill of rights that is constitutionally entrenched or statute-based. Read More...

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28 April 2014

The Cruellest Month

It will be a while before we know what the Liberal backroomers did in March and April, to the nation and each other.

There was the plot, successful, against O'Farrell, the last of the North Shore Wets, and his replacement by a privatising, climate-change-denying, abortion-despising, surf-jogging, goofily smiling trainee priest. Read More...

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28 April 2014

Three Northern Territory MPs join Palmer United party

Indigenous Country Liberal party members' defections give PUP a foothold in the NT assembly

The Palmer United party has gained a foothold in the Northern Territory's legislative assembly after three former Country Liberal party MPs joined Clive Palmer's party.
Alison Anderson, Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu and Larisa Lee will represent the PUP in the assembly after quitting the governing CLP last month. Read More...

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27 April 2014

Moving Closer To War

The Obama regime, wallowing in hubris and arrogance, has recklessly escalated the Ukrainian crisis into a crisis with Russia. Whether intentionally or stupidly, Washington's propagandistic lies are driving the crisis to war. Unwilling to listen to any more of Washington's senseless threats, Moscow no longer accepts telephone calls from Obama and US top officials. Read More...

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27 April 2014

Ukraine cuts water supply to Russia's Crimea

This photo tweeted on Thursday shows Crimea's key canal dry

Ukraine have closed the sluices of the North Crimean Canal, halting water supply from the Dnieper River to the peninsula, Ukraine's Unian news agency reported. Read More...

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27 April 2014

Malcolm Fraser warns Australia risks war with China unless US military ties cut back

'It's time for Australia to grow up'

says former Prime Minister Malocolm Fraser
America has taken our sovereignty from us,
Australia risks being pulled into a disastrous war against China because successive Australian governments have surrendered the nation's strategic independence to Washington. Read More...

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27 April 2014

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24 April 2014

Can Alex Leapai become Australia's Rocky Balboa?

Alex Leapai faces Ukrainian juggernaut Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night in Germany for the world heavyweight title. Like Rocky, he's a snow-white underdog hungry to lift boxing's ultimate prize.

Gene Tunney defeating Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling beating Joe Louis, Cassius Clay befuddling Sonny Liston, James 'Buster' Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson - heavyweight boxing has a rich history of astounding upsets. Read More...

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24 April 2014

The Joint Strike Fighter purchase: Someone must have been smoking one

Anyone who goes near the Joint Strike Fighter has rocks in their heads.

It's the Liberals, I rest my case.

These things aren't going to keep us safe from anybody. The word Joint in the JSF of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II means just that. Not single strike fighter, a joint strike fighter. It needs another aircraft to protect its lumbering airframe, packed to the gunwhales with 8 million code lines of stuff, too slow to turn and too slow to run. Read More...

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24 April 2014

The Leard Forest Maules Creek coal mine ecological disaster

The land set aside to offset the rare forest being bulldozed for the Maules Creek coal mine in NSW has been shown to be totally wrong, but Whitehaven Coal couldn't care less.

North-West of Tamworth, in the rural belt of NSW, a David and Goliath battle is on.

Big Coal, represented by Whitehaven and Idimetsu Kosan, with the backing of The Minister for Making a Lot of Money out of Coal, Greg Hunt, are desperate to destroy a unique piece of ecology in the quest for coal profit. Read More...

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24 April 2014

Coalition's renewable energy review an 'unprecedented scam', industry says

Review assumes fossil fuel investors won't need to factor in any risk due to climate policies for decades

The renewable energy industry has labelled a controversial Abbott government review an unprecedented scam and a stitch-up after learning that it was conducting electricity industry modelling on the assumption there would be no risk or cost to investments in coal-fired power stations in the next few decades. Read More...

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24 April 2014

Household incomes not keeping up with consumer price increases

There are more indications that wages in Australia are failing to keep up with the increasing costs of living.

Despite the acceleration in inflation in recent months, data collated by the Bureau of Statistics shows household incomes are growing at the slowest rate on record. Read more or listen

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24 April 2014

Lily Allen - Our Time


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Lily Allen performs a live version of Our Time, the third single from her soon-to-be-released third album, Sheezus.



24 April 2014

Joe Hockey warns aged pension is in the sights of budget razor gang

Treasurer Joe Hockey says the aged pension is in the sights of budget cutters

Bill Shorten accuses the government of 'cynically trying to soften the ground for massive cuts to pensions'

Joe Hockey is warning Australians to brace themselves for a new era in which government services they have taken for granted will require a co-payment or be means-tested or provided by the private sector. Read More...

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23 April 2014

The UN as a Propaganda Nest for the NATO Information Vulture

Ivan Simonovic, Croatian diplomat, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights since 2010.

Portions of the UN's forthcoming human rights report on Crimea, to be released today, have been leaked to Foreign Policy magazine, and its findings are far from objective. Indicating yet another instance of institutional bias against the Russian Federation and its interests, Ivan Simonovic, the UN's Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, has filled the so-called report with bias, misleading reporting, important omissions, one-sided analysis, and in some cases, outright false statements. Considering his history of biased, prejudiced and nonobjective assessment, this should not come as a surprise, but it is surprising that such opinions are institutionalized into a nominally neutral organization's reporting. A brief overview of the leaked document will prove that certain UN representatives are more emblematic of NATO's information objectives than they are of objectivity. Read More...

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23 April 2014

Queensland Police Crack Enormous Bikie Gang

A group of Queenslander Bikies, calling themselves the Posties, have been arrested. Queensland Police raided their Headquarters at Australia Post.

A spokesman for the police said that this was the centre of an enormous distribution network. We got a tip-off and we've been watching them for a while now, we simply had to wait until there was enough of them there. Read More...

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23 April 2014

Another Coalition Gaffe

Diplomatic row over Tony Abbott's 'best wishes' to fascist celebration

Liberal MP Craig Kelly says he is 'mortified' at what has been reported in the Australian-Croatian press

Australia's ambassador to Croatia summoned after Liberal MP Craig Kelly's comments 'taken out of context'

The Australian ambassador to Croatia has been summoned after a Coalition MP was reported as passing on the best wishes of the prime minister, Tony Abbott, to a group celebrating a fascist period in the country's history. Read More...

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22 April 2014

Kevin bloody Andrews

A closer look at our Social Services Minister, Kevin Andrews.

As a backbencher, Andrews authored the Euthanasia Laws Bill 1996 to overrule Northern Territory legislation that legalised euthanasia (the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995).
Andrews also called for an end to trials of the RU-486 drug and voted against a bill that took away the Health Minister's power to veto applications to allow the drug to be used. Read More...

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22 April 2014

The message was delivered: no confidence whatsoever

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Let it be known, and entered into the public record, that on this day, Monday 17 March 2014, the People of Australia delivered this document to the Parliament of Australia.

A Statement of No Confidence in the Abbott Government has been delivered to the Australian Parliament as a message from the 100,000 people who took part in the March in March. And, writes MiM organiser Loz Lawrey, As the intensity of the public's dissatisfaction with this toxic government continues to grow, the message will be delivered again and again, over and over. Read More...

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22 April 2014

Budget pain to hit pensioners, warns Labor

Labor is demanding the Abbott government ditch its $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme before making any changes to pension support in the budget.

Labor is confident the Abbott government is gearing up for its 150th broken election promise, and is fanning speculation that pensioners could lose out in the May budget. Read More...

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22 April 2014

The Coalition whinging about Icac is nothing new

Barry O'Farrell at the Independent Commission Against Corruption

Icac has taken out another senior Tory, just as it has properly destroyed the career of quite a few Labor politicians. Can anyone argue NSW would be better without it?

It had to happen. After last week's controversy which led to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell, we started hearing complaints and calls from the Coalition for the corruption watchdog's powers to be reduced. This is not new: it happened very early in Icac's life. Read More...

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22 April 2014

The Strangelove effect: Being hoodwinked into accepting a new world war

The United States is pursuing its 'manifest destiny' to dominate the Eurasian landmass, stretching from China to Europe.
In February, the United States mounted one of its proxy "colour" coups against the elected government of Ukraine; the shock troops were fascists. For the first time since 1945, a pro-Nazi, openly anti-Semitic party controls key areas of state power in a European capital. No Western European leader has condemned this revival of fascism on the border of Russia. Some 30 million Russians died in the invasion of their country by Hitler's Nazis, who were supported by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the UPA, responsible for numerous Jewish and Polish massacres. The UPA was the military wing, inspiring today's Svoboda party. Read More...

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20 April 2014

by Mike.B

Easter Eggs; Computer Eggs and Abbott's Eggs

It's Easter sunday, and as the Christians of Australia celebrate their faith, and their children innocently search in the garden for hidden chocolate eggs, intellectually devoid of the meaning of Easter. There is no meaning to them other than to secure a feast of chocolate that in many cases will make their stomachs' churn and destroy their appetite for the rest of the day. Read More...

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19 April 2014

True Colours - The upcoming budget will show us the real Liberal Party

We have seen some pretty nasty sides of the Liberal Party since the Coalition came to power last year.

There has been a 'just add brutality' style approach to asylum seeker policy. There has been a 'let's promote racism' style approach towards the Racial Discrimination Act. There has been a 'dob in your mates' style campaign within the public service asking employees to dob in a mate who dares criticise the government on social media. Read More...

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19 April 2014

Labor and Liberals both struck down with NSW disease

Structural impediments in both parties mean the medicine prescribed - democratisation - is a bitter pill to swallow

Veteran senator and reform supporter John Faulkner: 'Our present system rewards intrigue, trading favours and doing deals.'

Barry O'Farrell's fall, Joe Bullock's victory, Arthur Sinodinos's woes, John Faulkner's call for reform, so many of the dramas dominating the political debate have a common thread: the power structures of the major parties. Read More...

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18 April 2014

ABC cracks massive Chinese market

The ABC has won landmark rights to broadcast content from its Australia Network to the entire Chinese population.
The Chinese government has given the broadcaster access more extensive than any other Western broadcaster. Read More...

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17 April 2014

Government of the people, by the powerbrokers, for their mates


Ted Mack is credited by Wikipedia as "the only person ever to have been elected and re-elected as an independent to local, state and federal government in Australia". While Mayor of North Sydney (1980-88) Mack sold the mayoral car and set out to improve accountability. In 1981 he was elected to the seat of North Sydney in the NSW Legislative Assembly. He served until 1988 retiring days before he would have qualified for a parliamentary pension, as a statement against the excesses of public political office. In 1990 he won the federal seat of North Sydney defeating the Liberal party incumbent. As an independent he opposed the Gulf war, the sale of Qantas and the nuclear industry. Read More...

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17 April 2014

The asylum-seeker plan that keeps disappearing over the horizon

The collateral damage is too great for policy-by-slogan to be sustainable. The alternative can bring benefits for asylum seekers and for Australia. Read More...

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17 April 2014

Why not tax the rich?

OK, so a 1% wealth tax on the top ten percent would yield by my back of the envelope calculations $30 billion, an inheritance tax on estates worth more than $2 m a couple of hundred million if not more, taxing trusts as companies (Joe Hockey suggested it a few years ago but has been silent ever since) billions, taxing the top one percent of income earners (those earning over $250000 a year) at 100% with a 75% rate for incomes between $150000 to $250000 would also yield billions. Read More...

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16 April 2014

Barry and Tony's Bizarro home on the Grange

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has resigned after being found to have brazenly misled ICAC about a $3,000 gift, yet according to PM Tony Abbott it's all a sign of his great "honour and integrity".

Older readers might recall a sub-theme of DC's Superman comics involved a planet called Bizzaro World, also known as Htrae, where everything was the opposite to Earth. Read More...

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16 April 2014

He Wouldn't Dare

No matter what Joe Hockey says, he wouldn't dare upset today's aged pensioners - would he? As much as he would like to, the consequences of such an act would terminate his tenure as treasurer very quickly. Read More...

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16 April 2014

by Craig Murray [UK]

UK Moves to Block US Senate Report to Protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove

From a British diplomatic source I learn that Britain has lobbied the United States against the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and extraordinary rendition. The lobbying has been carried out 'at all levels', White House, State Department and CIA. The British have argued that at the very least the report must be emasculated before publication. Read More...

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15 April 2014

I Touch Myself - Breast Cancer Anthem

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A remake of the Divinyls - I touch myself, using a collaboration of wonderful female vocalists.
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15 April 2014

Nielsen Shows Abbott Has No Way Back

The figures in the Nielsen Poll today suggest the Abbott government is in more trouble than it can get out of, like the Gillard government in its last five months.

Abbott is preferred as Prime Minister by 45 percent, Shorten by 44 percent, with 11 percent uncommitted. In Victoria Shorten leads Abbott by 49 to 41, in Queensland 43 to 41, and in SA/NT trails him by only 46 to 43. Read More...

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15 April 2014

The Superannuation saga

Crocodile tears

While a pained Joe Hockey tells us his 'truth' about the mess Labor has supposedly left, and that the old age pension is no longer affordable so we must work till we drop, it is worth remembering the Coalition's history on superannuation. Had they listened to Whitlam, had Keating won, had Howard kept his election promise, had Abbott and Hockey stuck to their word, the future may not look so bleak for those who have worked for a lifetime yet still face a retirement dependent on the pittance the government chooses to give them. Read More...

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15 April 2014

Medibank sale clouded by 1977 documents

Documents about the construction of a new building for Medibank Private in the late 1970s, paid for by policyholders, cast further doubts over the proposed sale of the insurer by the federal government.

Declassified cabinet documents from 1977 reveal that Fraser government ministers saw the Commonwealth's role in the health fund akin to a creditor and supplier, rather than as an owner, and further cloud the Abbott government's plans to sell the insurer. Read More...

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14 April 2014

Not enough money for welfare?

Then why the amnesty for the richest tax avoiders, Australia?

The Abbott government says that our welfare system is 'unsustainable' while the treasurer is simultaneously backing forgiveness for rich tax cheats. The hypocrisy is staggering

An interesting story appeared in the pages of the Australian Financial Review yesterday that perhaps deserves greater public scrutiny that it has so far received. In light of the Coalition's massive welfare review announced today, it's a piece that illustrates the growing chasm between Australia's richest and poorest, and how far the Abbott government is prepared to protect one at the expense of the other. Read More...

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14 April 2014

University places: report says scrap enrolment targets for poorer students

The education minister, Christopher Pyne.

Review of Labor's policies recommends abolishing cap on fees and introducing a pay-as-you-go system

The government should remove enrolment targets for university students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and remove the cap on student fees, a report says. Read More...

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14 April 2014

The Liberal Party's grog and gambling habit

The clubs and hotels associations conducted a very personal campaign against the Gillard Government. The financial and people links between the Liberal Party and their corporate sponsors is deep and profound, but nowhere more so than in the liquor and gaming industries.

If there are two industries in need are need of a drastic overhaul, they are the liquor and gaming industries. Read More...

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13 April 2014

General Alert

Despite diplomatic convention dictating otherwise, in a press conference in Seoul, Tony Abbott continued his bad habit of publicly criticising the previous government for several issues, including their decision to cancel a gun order from South Korea. He has apparently promised, in his obscene haste to sign a free trade agreement, that we will buy armaments from them in the future.

Now I don't know about you, but I would prefer to spend our money on education, health, action on climate change, the NBN, the NDIS, job creation, those sorts of things, than on buying weapons to help Korea's economy. Read More...

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13 April 2014

Abbott's tyrannical silencing of 1,892,100 possibly critical political opinions

The recent directive from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on the lack of freedom of speech public servants have as private citizens, includes the expectation that government employees will dob in colleagues they believe are criticising the government.
A report in the Guardian, begins with a declaration by Tony Abbott before he became PM:

There is no case, none, to limit debate about the performance of national leaders. The more powerful people are, the more important the presumption must be that less powerful people should be able to say exactly what they think of them.

I'm baffled as to why this noble sentiment isn't applied to public servants. Engaging anonymously on social media is no protection for them, as is evidenced by the sacking of Immigration Department employee Michaela Banerji who tweeted critically of the department using a pseudonym, and lost her job. Read More...

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13 April 2014

To be rich is indeed glorious

And there we have it - a snapshot of our Prime Minister from his own lips.

Tony Abbott has described his visit to China as the most important ever undertaken by an Australian leader and has congratulated the Communist country for its pursuit of wealth. Read More...

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13 April 2014

One rule for our navy, another for Indonesian fishermen

Indonesian fishermen unload various catch of fish in Aceh

Indonesian fishermen who inadvertently breach Australian waters suffer punitive circumstances, but Australian warships receive differential treatment

Last year, during a visit to Kupang, in West Timor, I met a fisherman with a 12 year old daughter and a seven year old son. His two boats were burned by the Australian government as they were said at the time to have breached Australian waters. He was unsuccessfully trying to gain work as crew on another boat. His children no longer attended school, as the family simply could not afford it. His daughter, once the top of her class, struggled to teach herself and her younger brother at home. Read More...

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13 April 2014


Apology

Apologies to all readers for the technical outage that prevented articles being posted for the last few days. Hopefully all is fixed now, but these things happen from time to time. We know you will understand.


09 April 2014

Federal Government begins charging for bankruptcy applications

From April 1st, it will cost $120 to file for bankruptcy, and another $150 to travel overseas while you're bankrupt.

The Federal Government estimates the new fees will deliver it an extra $25 million over the next four years. Read More...

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09 April 2014

FUCK YOU: Australian Coal Mining Policy Update 2014

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09 April 2014

The dirty secret of Diego Garcia

Massive US military base

It is pure speculation that MH370 was heading for the highly secretive US base at Diego Garcia, and if so, we may never know the reason why.
What is NOT speculation though, is that the US employs 24/7 coverage of the Indian Ocean with all technological means. No radar, satellite, or other information has been released from the US. Read More...

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09 April 2014

Governments attack public housing tenants

A new report has found that the equivalent of the population of Bendigo is under housing stress in Victoria. Making Social Housing Work, published by a group of seven community organisations, estimates that one in seven families is unable to meet housing costs.

A separate report, The impact of Rent Assistance on housing affordability for low income renters, published by the National Welfare Rights Network, has found that more than half a million Australians, and 40 percent of those on rental assistance, are experiencing housing stress, defined as a low-income earner spending more than 30 percent of their income on rental costs. Read More...

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09 April 2014

Tasmanian forests set for logging as Liberals push ahead with repeal

The Hobart government says logging will revive 'jobs and communities'

State government unveils plan to tear up historic deal between industry and greens protecting 400,000 hectares of forest.
The state government has unveiled its plans for undoing the Tasmanian Forestry Agreement - a deal reached in 2011 by industry groups and conservationists. Read More...

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08 April 2014

FOOD-FREE FRIDAYS?

Once again, the high priests of the UN/IPCC have forecast world starvation unless we mend our wicked ways. According to them, unless we curb our use of oil, gas, coal and meat, the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will soar, the globe will heat up, and food production will plummet. Read More...

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08 April 2014

What WA Means

Gallop and Bishop have called the ALP's numbers 'disastrous' in Western Australia. This is because their primary vote was down by five percent.
But all of those lost numbers went to the Greens, and will come back, in preferences, to Labor. This will ensure they keep the Pratt seat they lost in September, and regained on the recount. Read More...

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08 April 2014

Hewitt junket keeps delivering for gas lobby

Jennfier Hewitt's gas junket, paid for by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) delivers again today with another headline story bashing those in the way of gas development: Read More...

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08 April 2014

It's the Department of Immigration and 'Border Protection' which is offensive

According to SBS News, the Department of Immigration and 'Border Protection' - note the lie in its title and at its heart - has told Vanessa Powell, a refugee activist, to 'remove an offensive remark' on one of her facebook posts or they 'will consider their options further'. Read More...

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07 April 2014

Arise, Sir Clive! The new power of Palmer in WA

Palmer United Party will have a likely voting bloc of four.

Love him or loathe him, billionaire miner Clive Palmer has emerged as a potential kingmaker following Western Australia's Senate election re-run.

Big swings against Labor and the Coalition mean the fledgling Palmer United Party will have a likely voting bloc of four (including Victorian Ricky Muir) in the new Senate. Read More...

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07 April 2014

Abbott leaves door open on aged pension changes

I am confident that pensioners will get a good deal from this government.

PM declines to rule out changes such as raising pension age, instead telling pensioners he will get rid of the carbon tax. Read More...

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07 April 2014

After The Libslide

The Abbott government lost its credibility last night. They campaigned on what's become their only policy, their panacea for everything, the cure-all, repealing the carbon tax (a loathesome impost on each suffering, sorrowing voter of twenty-two cents a week, as much as that), in the state that most fears it, Western Australia. And the PRO-carbon tax party, the Greens, got seven more percent than they did in September. Read More...

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06 April 2014

The truth about the 'carbon tax'

Firstly, let's remember that from June 2007 to December 2012, before the introduction of carbon pricing, average electricity prices rose by 70 per cent, so the big hike we all endured had nothing to do with action on climate change. A 2012 report by the Productivity Commission found network services, or poles and wires, to be the single most costly component of electricity supply accounting for around 45 per cent of total electricity prices from 2007-2012. Read More...

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06 April 2014

Arthur Sinodinos goes down the gurgler

Arthur Sinodinos' political career disintegrated at the ICAC hearings this week, but the ramifications may be far more severe for him than that.

On Thursday, 3 April 2014, the golden dreams of Senator Arthur Sinodinos were strewn to the four winds in a mist of green fairy dust - the colour of greed, jealousy and money. Read More...

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06 April 2014

Budget spin enters Fantasyland

The Budget spin of Australian federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has entered the world of fantasy.
It's a world where fantastic imagination, lies, obfuscation, bull-dust, half-truth and distortion gets mixed in a muddle, all designed to blind-side the voters. Read More...

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06 April 2014

Fascist Australia? Let's See!

Is fascism creeping into Australia?

There are clearly no Fascist regimes in Australia, or any regime with even the slightest of Fascist agendas. We're a luckier country than that.
Broadly speaking, Fascism is:
A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
This clearly does not exist in Australia.
But as this guest post disturbingly points out, the 'rhetoric and behaviour' of the current federal government (and state governments) could easily have us believe otherwise. Read More...

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05 April 2014

Budget bothers: Joe Hockey is no Paul Keating

Developments this week should make many Australians apprehensive about their economic future.

It looks highly likely that lower middle and low income groups will take a pretty awful hit in next month's Federal budget.
Incomes will almost certainly be driven down. And taxes will rise substantially. Probably including the regressive goods and services tax (GST). Read More...

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04 April 2014

Meet 'Robo-roo'

The bizarre bionic kangaroo that can hop forever thanks to its self-recharging legs

Dubbed BionicKangaroo, the robot is controlled by hand gestures.
It can efficiently recover energy from one jump to help it make the next.
This is similar to kangaroos who use their tendons like elastic springs.
The robot could help improve industrial automation systems that manufacture products such as cars and computers. Read More...

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04 April 2014

The truth about the mining tax


It has become increasingly apparent that the onus is on citizen bloggers to inform the Australian public of the truth. We certainly can't rely on our politicians who are too busy misrepresenting the facts to make the other guy look bad. And we can't rely on our mainstream media who, in many cases, are under editorial instruction to present a certain view. Read More...

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04 April 2014

End of the age of entitlements: but...

Wherever I lay my hat that's my home


In 1996 John Howard became the first Prime Minister to make Kirribilli House in Sydney his prime residence. Over the next 12 years, this decision cost the taxpayers $18.4 million in flights between Canberra and Sydney.
According to the Department of Defence's Schedule of Special Purpose Flights for the second half of 2002, Howard ordered 43 flights between Sydney and Canberra. Ten of those flights flew empty between Canberra and Sydney. Each flight cost $7500. Read More...

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04 April 2014

On matters constitutional

by Barry Evringham

Tony Abbott's right royal disaster

Brisbane's Courier-Mail mocked Abbott's unilateral decision to restore knighthoods and damehoods, but did Abbott also lie?


Has Prime Minister Abbott and his office been misleading the public about his decision to restore imperial honours, compromising, and also offending, the Queen. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Alas! He's Nuts, or Mad or Both

Abbott will soon have spent what it would have taken to save Holden and fifty thousand jobs on a vain search for scrap metal in the south-west Indian Ocean.

Finding what happened to two hundred and fifty corpses is more important than saving his nation from recession, and a quarter of a million kids' lifestyles from attrition, distortion or destruction. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Abbott's only claim to fame: persecuting the utterly helpless.

You may not particularly care about asylum seekers and their fate. But every one of us should care a great deal about the characters of the men who govern us when their greatest satisfaction comes from persecuting and ultimately defeating, even to the death, a human group who are amongst the most vulnerable on earth. Such men are dangerous. Such men do not deserve to govern us. Such men will not stop at one group of human beings. When this group ceases to serve their purpose, they will seek out another, equally helpless, equally unable to fight back, because bullies can only feel good when they make others feel terribly bad. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Lights go out over the Moonlight State

The Queensland Government is about the use its numbers to nobble the State's corruption watchdog and slowly but surely rekindle the days of Joh.

The lights will not go out the day after the Queensland Government passes legislation to nobble the Crime and Misconduct Commission. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Alexander Downer: from fishnet stockings to foreign envoy

Alexander Downer: following in his father's footsteps

Australia's new high commissioner to London is a staunch conservative who gave unstinting support for US invasion of Iraq

During his time as Australia's longest-serving foreign minister, Alexander Downer was frequently portrayed by cartoonists as wearing fishnet stockings.
The caricature dates back to an incident that Australia's incoming high commissioner to the UK would probably prefer to forget. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Third gender must be recognised by NSW after Norrie wins legal battle

Norrie applied for non-recognition of gender in 2010 after surgery in 1989

The Australian high court has ruled that New South Wales must recognise a third gender after handing down its decision in the long-running case of 'Norrie'

The Australian high court has ruled that New South Wales must recognise a third gender after handing down its decision in the long-running case of Norrie, who has been fighting since 2010 to have a sex change recognised as non-specific. Read More...

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03 April 2014

Lawyer of alleged Silk Road founder: No currency = no money laundering

Alleged Silk Road founder, Ross Ulbricht

The attorney for alleged Silk Road founder is asking that the money laundering charge against Ross Ulbricht be dismissed, arguing the black-market website operated in bitcoin, ruled a 'non-currency' in a recent decision by a US government agency. Read More...

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02 April 2014

Something diferent: A little political satire...

Abbles Flies Undone!

Chapter 1

One fine late March day, in the desolate land of Australia, a young Liberal officer in the distinctive Speedo uniform of all men whose chests are worthy of sticking out, wandered out of the surf. He waved to young Pynie, who quickly brought his towel across. Read More...

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02 April 2014

Just a quick question; has the line been crossed?

From http://www.pm.gov.au - an Australian Government web site - today comes A message from the Prime Minister - WA Senate election. Without wishing to further promote what Mr Abbott had to say, here is the message: Read More...

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02 April 2014

Buswell charged over string of car crashes

Troy Buswell has been charged with 11 traffic offences

Former West Australian treasurer Troy Buswell has been charged with 11 traffic offences in connection with an early morning rampage in Perth's western suburbs in February.

WA Police confirmed on Tuesday that a 48-year-old man had been charged by summons in connection with a series of crashes in Subiaco in the early hours of February 23. Read More...

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02 April 2014

Tony Abbott accuses Clive Palmer of trying to buy Senate seats in WA

PM says voters 'too smart and savvy' to be influenced by ad blitz

Tony Abbott has accused Clive Palmer of trying to buy seats in the parliament of Australia and appealed to Western Australian voters not to allow themselves to be 'bought'. Read More...

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02 April 2014

When everyone is laughing at the Government - it's serious

The Abbott Government is becoming more and more widely ridiculed

Deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek described the final sitting week of the Federal Parliament before the May budget sitting, as a bad week for the Abbott government, but it was going to get a lot worse before the week was over. Read More...

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01 April 2014

Why have a royal tour in the middle of a 'budget emergency'?

We're broke, says nominal Australian republican Joe Hockey - in a "budget emergency" - so why did we decide to have an expensive royal tour

There is no doubt that the upcoming Federal Budget will contain some surprises and we are being warned for the worst. Joe Hockey wants us to tighten our belts - all of us.
So, dare we ask where the millions of dollars will be coming from our ardently anglophile Prime Minister will be spending when Wills and Kate, and baby boy George, and their enormous retinue, arrive here in about a weeks' time. Read More...

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01 April 2014

Aussies end Japanese whaling - for now

Japan's whaling program has been banned by the Hague

The ruling against Japan's whale hunt does not stop the country from developing another scientific program, but it will have to prove research cannot be done without killing whales.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) yesterday demanded Japan cease its whaling program 'with immediate effect' as it didn't comply with the country's obligations under the international whaling convention. Read More...

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01 April 2014

MH 370: The Most Plausible Scenario Yet

I received this email from a friend of mine today. You may have seen it, if not, I'm sure it will interest you. It is from an ex-RAAF Tech expert, retired for quite some years. Being an ex RAAF flyer, could he be onto something?
A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN, almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event. Read More...

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01 April 2014

by Bob Ellis

Murdoch's Tactic of Partial Assassination


My friend Nathan Rees resigned yesterday.

He is the sixth gifted politician brought down by 'sexual scandal' in the past five years. They were John Della Bosca, Mike Rann, David Campbell, Craig Thomson, Peter Slipper, and, up to a point, Julia Gillard (thuggish one-eyed former lover, dull-witted present one). Kevin Rudd survived a story involving him and a pole-dancer; several have been tried out on Bill Shorten. Rob Oakeshott's marriage to an indigenous woman injured his voter base, and sped, perhaps, his decision to not stand again. Read More...

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