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February 2014


28 February 2014

A waste of time

Watching question time has become a total waste of time. The questions are so banal, the repetition mind-numbing, the rudeness unbecoming, the procedure unwieldy, and the partisanship of the Speaker a joke.

So I thought we should give the Opposition a few ideas of questions we would like asked. Here are a few that come to mind. Feel free to add to them. Read More...

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28 February 2014

Unpaid school fees lead to 700 arrest warrants in South Australia

Education department says warrants are issued to parents who fail to attend hearings or obey court orders

Almost 2,000 families were prosecuted last financial year by South Australia's education department over unpaid fees.

Almost 700 arrest warrants were issued for South Australian parents last year for failing to pay their children's public school fees, state education department figures show.

Schools were also turning to education department debt collectors to recover increasing sums of money from parents: $1.2m for the financial year ending July 2013, more than triple the amount recovered in 2008-09. Read More...

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28 February 2014

Australia holds up changes to royal succession laws

The 16 Commonwealth realms must all pass an identical law to end the practice of sons taking precedence over daughters

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at his christening in October 2013.

Australia is holding up changes to the royal succession laws that would end the practice where sons take precedence over daughters, a British government minister said on Wednesday. Read More...

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28 February 2014

Julie Bishop faced unprecedented rudeness from China, says diplomat

Foreign minister's comments criticising China over islands dispute sparked surprising rebuke, says foreign affairs figure

Foreign minister Julia Bishop shakes hands with China's foreign minister Wang Yi.

Australia's top diplomat for north Asia has described China's public rebuke of the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, as the rudest display he has seen in his career.

It was a candid moment during a heated debate about the status of Australia's relationship with China, in which Labor suggested the Abbott government was mishandling ties with its biggest trading partner. Read More...

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27 February 2014

The pungent Pyne-scented apology

Receiving an apology from Parliament: former HSU officials Marco Bolano, Michael Williamson and Kathy Jackson.

This week in Federal Parliament something unprecedented occurred.

The Coalition passed a parliamentary motion for an apology.


Now, it may seem odd that the same mob who grimly refused to apologise to the Stolen Generation when they held Government for over a decade during the Howard years, now want to rush out an apologise in their first few frantic months in power. Read More...

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27 February 2014

Independant Australia - Wound Up 11

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27 February 2014

Of course it is a political cover up

Senator Conroy in Estimates

Senator Stephen Conroy's comments yesterday in a Senate Estimates committee trying to unearth some information about Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) were spot on. Thank heaven occasionally a Labor Party parliamentarian breaks out from the usual 'let's not offend the brave Aussie soldiers' line. Read More...

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27 February 2014

A STAR IN A BOTTLE

An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out.

MORECommercial reactors modelled on ITER could generate power with no carbon, virtually no pollution, and scant radioactive waste. Illustration by Jacob Escobedo.

BY RAFFI KHATCHADOURIAN

MARCH 3, 2014

Years from now, maybe in a decade, maybe sooner, if all goes according to plan, the most complex machine ever built will be switched on in an Alpine forest in the South of France. The machine, called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or iter, will stand a hundred feet tall, and it will weigh twenty-three thousand tons, more than twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower. At its core, densely packed high-precision equipment will encase a cavernous vacuum chamber, in which a super-hot cloud of heavy hydrogen will rotate faster than the speed of sound, twisting like a strand of DNA as it circulates. The cloud will be scorched by electric current (a surge so forceful that it will make lightning seem like a tiny arc of static electricity), and bombarded by concentrated waves of radiation. Beams of uncharged particles, the energy in them so great it could vaporize a car in seconds, will pour into the chamber, adding tremendous heat. In this way, the circulating hydrogen will become ionized, and achieve temperatures exceeding two hundred million degrees Celsius, more than ten times as hot as the sun at its blazing core. Read More...

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26 February 2014

The Socceroos' next generation is ready and waiting

With a critical game against Ecuador set for next week, the Socceroos could be about to debut a very different-looking line up.

Which youngsters could be set to join Tom Rogic in Australian colours? Photo: Getty

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is poised to reveal some, but by no means all, of his hand regarding his World Cup selection plans. Read More...

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26 February 2014

Class in Australia

Denial to celebration: political responses to class in Australia

Federal health minister Peter Dutton's recent comments on health care symbolise an emerging shift in Australian politics. Dutton told the ABC's 7:30 program that:

we do have to have a national discussion about who pays for what and how the government pays going forward and how consumers pay for those health services.

Issues around 'who gets what' may soon become much more central to political debate than they were under the prime ministership of John Howard. Read More...

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26 February 2014

Health and schools spending growth must eventually be slowed: Abbott

Tony Abbott has warned that the rate of increase in spending on health and schools must be reduced 'in the longer term'.

He has also pledged that all new spending in the May budget will be fully funded from savings. Read More...

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26 February 2014

Coalition spent $2.5m on lifeboats to turn back asylum seekers

Undisclosed number of disposable lifeboats purchased by piggybacking on existing government contracts, senators told

Orange lifeboats purchased by the Australian government have been found washed ashore in Indonesia.

The Abbott government has spent $2.5m on an unknown number of disposable lifeboats to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia. Read More...

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26 February 2014

Dumping dredge spoil near reef was decided without independent analysis

Environment Department says it gave approval after ports corporation said dumping spoil on land was too expensive

Activists protest under water on the Great Barrier Reef

The Environment Department did not conduct independent analysis of how much it would cost to dump dredge spoil on land before permission was granted to dump it in Great Barrier Reef waters.

North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation undertook its own assessment of expanding the port at Abbot Point and found dumping 3m cubic metres of dredge spoil on land would be prohibitively expensive. Read More...

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20 February 2014

by: Mike.B

Please Note:

There will be no posts here for a few days, as we are taking our mid-summer break. See you again around the 26th Feb.



20 February 2014

by: Bob Ellis

Post-democratic times

If we still had an unmanacled press and lived in democratic times, the Abbott Government would be on its way out, writes Bob Ellis.

The headlines of the last few days ('Chaos', 'Turmoil', 'Recession') are like those that preceded the Whitlam sacking and it may be that the Redcliffe by-election will trigger events that bring Abbott down - or not - like the Bass by-election of 1975.

In such an onrush of dramatic probability, Abbott would sack Morrison, Brough and Pyne be accused of conspiracy, Truss withdraw from the Coalition, the Senate announce an Inquiry into Morrison's breaches of international law, the UN demand that Morrison stand trial for crimes against humanity and the Governor General order a Federal election to coincide with the Senate election in Western Australia. Read More...

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20 February 2014

Forget the Internet - soon there will be the OUTERNET: Company plans to beam free Wi-fi to every person on Earth from space. An ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to launch hundreds of miniature satellites into low Earth orbit by June 2015. Each satellite will broadcast the Internet to phones and computers giving billions of people across the globe free online access.

You might think you have to pay through the nose at the moment to access the Internet.

But one ambitious organisation called the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is planning to turn the age of online computing on its head by giving free web access to every person on Earth.

And they say the project could provide unrestricted Internet access to countries where their web access is censored, including China and North Korea. Read More...

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19 February 2014

Globalists Unveil Socialist-backed New World Tax Regime

As various tax-funded international institutions explicitly outline plans to plunder humanity's wealth to prop up governments drowning in odious debts, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) last week officially unveiled a new socialist-backed plot to create a global tax information-sharing regime to ensure that nobody except the establishment escapes the upcoming fleecing. Under the proposed scheme, admittedly inspired by FATCA, the Obama administration's latest addition to the sprawling U.S. tax regime, governments and dictatorships worldwide will automatically share all private financial data on citizens with each other to extract as much wealth as possible from the public. Read More...

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19 February 2014

March in March

March in March - Official Website

March In March - Official Facebook Page

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19 February 2014

Abba admit outrageous outfits were worn to avoid tax

A new book reveals band's style was influenced by Swedish laws that allowed cost of outfits to be deducted against tax.

Swedish law meant costumes could be deducted against tax so long as they were so outrageous they could not possibly be worn on the street. Read More...

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18 February 2014

Democrats die as small parties shut out

What once was... Australian Democrats senators Natasha Stott-Despoja, Andrew Bartlett, Lyn Allison and Andrew Murray outside the Senate chamber in Canberra, 2008.

ADELAIDE | Party registration changes approved by the major parties in State Parliament have run a scythe through the ranks of the micro parties, with many groups that contested the last election unable to stand this time.

The Australian Democrats, who had representatives in South Australia's parliament from 1977 to 2009, won't field a single candidate. Read More...

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18 February 2014

Coalition Blues

A brilliant song from WinedUpMedia, this video should go viral (I hope).

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18 February 2014

Dolly Downer goes to London

The decision of the Abbott Government to appoint former foreign minister Alexander 'Dolly' Downer to the plum diplomatic post of High Commissioner in London is as absurd as it outrageous (though not unexpected, where we signalled the Abbott Government's intentions back in December). Read More...

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18 February 2014

Rupert plays Hockey (for $882 million)

The single largest factor in the underlying deterioration of the federal budget announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey in December was a cash payout of almost $900 million to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

The massive windfall, revealed in the US group's accounts a week ago in New York, was at a time when News Corp newspapers were highly critical of the budget and called for deep cuts. Read More...

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17 February 2014

by: A Blogger

CREATION OF THE BIG PICTURE

In the beginning there was a plan

And the plan was based on assumptions

And the assumptions were without form

And the plan was completely without substance and was void

And darkness fell upon the face of the workers. Read More...

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17 February 2014

The Public Good is good for everyone

While the Abbott government continues to swing their wrecking ball, it would appear many people are waking up to just how extreme-right this government is. Although I am usually keen to contribute to the growing chorus decrying the daily onslaught of right-wing ideological mayhem being imposed by this secretive, chaotic and incompetent government, I'm trying to look past this current disaster, by thinking about how this situation happened and how we can stop it ever happening again. #OneTermTony. Read More...

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17 February 2014

Australia must be destroyed

There are legitimate questions any country must ask itself about the sort of place it wants to be, and the political arena is the proper place for that discussion to take place. But a few months into the existence of the Abbott Government and it is becoming coming clear that we are being taken in a direction that the government itself has never fully articulated. It is reasonable to suggest that certain elites see the election of the Abbott Government as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to kill dead the idea that a government of the people can be a force for good in the lives of the majority of its citizens. Their plan to end the age of entitlement is nothing more than an attempt to gut the middle class and destroy those programs and institutions that underpin the idea of Australia as an egalitarian nation. Read More...

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17 February 2014

Money for nothing and the clicks are free

Tony Abbott has spent $4.3 million so far to find out what we think. Apparently future policy decisions will be made dependent on facebook likes or the number of comments for or against an idea on social media. I would willingly have told him what I think for free so the money could be put to better use. Read More...

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17 February 2014

The Australian Electoral Commission is Corrupt

Love him or hate him, Clive Palmer never fails to state his case. In a recent address to the National Press Club, recorded by the ABC, Palmer exposes the AEC and their tactics.

From losing (or stealing) ballot boxes in WA, allowing people multiple votes (whether they knew it or not), to blatently allowing dead people to vote, Palmer exposes what happened to the Palmer United Party at the last Federal election. Read More...

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16 February 2014

Liberal's latest week of woe

A week which started out as the one in which the Liberals hoped to begin to fight back has delivered them even more bad news

A LONG TIME IN POLITICS.

A week ago, it was thought Labor might lose Griffith or do so poorly there that the crisis-feeling presently paining the Liberals might abate. Read More...

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15 February 2014

Internet Explorer Hack Is Just Another Reason Not to Use Internet Explorer

Believe it or not, hackers have found some new vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, and are using them to exploit former military personnel. Read More...

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15 February 2014

Qantas: Tony Abbott backs changing law to allow foreign ownership

Tony Abbott says he supports changing the law to allow Qantas to be majority overseas-owned, but won't be offering the airline a 'free ride on the taxpayer'.

The national carrier says it is hamstrung by the Qantas Sale Act - introduced when Labor sold the airline in the 1990s - which caps foreign ownership of the company at 49%, thereby limiting its access to capital. Read More...

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14 February 2014

Fiona Nash accused of misleading Senate again over food rating scheme

Fiona Nash has been accused of delaying the food labelling scheme until after the Tasmanian and South Australian elections

Assistant health minister's claim of 'unanimous decision' to perform cost-benefit analysis before launch is disputed.

The assistant health minister, Fiona Nash, stands accused of misleading the Senate for a second time over her controversial intervention to remove a website for the new 'healthy star' food labelling system, a move that has embroiled the minister and her chief of staff in allegations of conflict of interest. Read More...

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13 February 2014

Is Australia's welfare system unsustainable?

Relentless? Social security minister Kevin Andrews singled out Newstart and the disability support pension.

Figures from the past two decades challenge the view that the welfare budget is out of control

According to social services minister Kevin Andrews, the latest figures from his department show that one-in-five Australians received some form of government income support in 2012, at a cost of over $70 billion. The minister described the level of welfare as 'unsustainable and relentless' and said that more must be done to reduce the burden on the federal budget. He highlighted two areas for attention, the disability support pension, or DSP, and Newstart, the payment for the unemployed, and announced that the review of the welfare system will now report at the end of February. Read More...

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13 February 2014

Independent schools: an idea whose time has passed

Christopher Pyne's plan for "independent public schools bears a family resemblance to the academies and free schools that have undermined British education

When Australia's federal education minister Christopher Pyne claimed that independent public schools are always better than those run by public authorities, he was only repeating what successive education secretaries in Britain have been saying for years. Read More...

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13 February 2014

ABC: Its size threatens democracy according to Bolt, who frequently argues that size doesn't matter!

Tony Abbott has cast doubt on whether an independent inquiry could finish the debate over bias at the ABC, predicting the broadcaster's 'political correctness' would always make him want to occasionally throw something at the television set.

Amid debate about the ABC's reporting of abuse allegations against the navy, the Prime Minister yesterday declined to support Defence Minister David Johnston's call for an inquiry into editorial standards.

ABC apologists will say good, no inquiry. Read More...

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13 February 2014

Abbott's culture wars and ideology risk Australia's future

Through their blind ideology, their words and their actions the Abbott Government has overseen the death of the auto industry in Australia and they are just getting started.

It is crystal clear the Abbott Government has no clue what they are doing.

The announcement by Toyota of their closure in Australia is the latest casualty of the ideology that has taken control of the country. Read More...

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13 February 2014

More Lies: Decision on Medibank sale set for March

Letters released under freedom of information between the Finance Minister and the board of Medibank Private show the government is expecting to reveal its decision on the sale of Medibank Private next month.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann flagged last year in a private letter to the chair of Medibank Private that a decision on the privatisation of the giant health insurer would be taken by March 20. Read More...

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12 February 2014

Plans for South Australia to be world's nuclear waste dump

As the public outrage over the Fukushima nuclear meltdown dies down, nuclear industry proponents are reviving their plan for South Australia to be the world's nuclear waste dump.

On 9th February, with exquisite timing, Terry Krieg of the Australian Nuclear Forum, delivered his fourth nuclear industry advertorial, on ABC Radio National's Ockham's Razor. Read More...

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12 February 2014

NAB Challenge: The AFL's bastard child gets uglier

Happy days: The Saints celebrate their 1996 Ansett Cup win.

Are you ready for the festival of footy that is the NAB Challenge? Eighteen games in 18 days, a cavalcade of pre-season football chock full of low-intensity games, nine-pointers and a re-worked interchange cap. Where did it all go wrong? Read More...

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12 February 2014

Spinners back into parliamentary attack

On the first day of parliamentary Question Time in two months, both sides of politics produced the sort of spin of which would have made Shane Warne proud.

If you have a good line, spin it, relentlessly.

That was the operating principle of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten as they squared off in parliament for the first time in two months on Tuesday. Read More...

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11 February 2014

'World's first' farmer trial over GM crop contamination begins in Australia

A landmark legal battle between two farmers over alleged GM contamination has started in the Western Australian Supreme Court. The case is expected to determine GM farmers' liability if their crops affect neighboring territories. Read More...

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11 February 2014

Tunisia Establishes Groundbreaking Democratic Constitution

In a victory for human rights, Tunisia has successfully become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years with the recent passage of their historic Constitution, which is being hailed as progressive and monumental. The document guarantees equality between men and women, establishes health care as a human right with preventative care and treatment available for every citizen, protects religious freedom, as well as establishing a more transparent law system with protection from torture. Read More...

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11 February 2014

NATO 3 ACQUITTED OF TERRORISM CHARGES AS POLICE INFORMANTS LOSE AT THEIR OWN GAME

After the jury reached its verdict Friday on the NATO 3 trial in Chicago a visibly disappointed State Attorney Anita Alvarez told reporters she would do it all again if given the chance. Read More...

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11 February 2014

The Real Thing: Derryn Hinch serving time again

There are a few people in the main stream media who I admire and right up at the top of that list would have to be Derryn Hinch.

I am well aware that opinions vary on Hinch, he tends to be one of those guys you either love or hate. Read More...

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11 February 2014

Parnell: 20 Years Before Corby

More than 20 years before Corby's case, Chris Parnell was sentenced to 20 years prison in Bali for drug trafficking after marijuana was found in his friend's hotel room. From 1985 he served 11 years before he was exonerated after Prime Minister John Howard intervened. Read More...

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10 February 2014

Australian Food Security - Listen to This

In regards to our food labelling, the shit they are getting away with is shocking.

Please listen to Leon Byner interviewing Senator Bill Heffernan, it will open your eyes (or ears lol!)

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10 February 2014

LOCAL FIGHTS AGAINST AUSTERITY ARE GROWING ACROSS THE U.S.

Between sequestration, with its damaging impact on workers and the economy, and the billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other necessary social programs that President Obama is pushing, it is evident that the economic policies of both major parties are not intended to promote a recovery for working people. Read More...

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10 February 2014

Stone Cold Justice

Stone Cold Justice

The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But now the country's military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West Bank, occupied territory.

A joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing. Read More...

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10 February 2014

Penalty rates at my local pub

It's all so very predictable. In his usual sloppy and insipid way, Tony Abbott is trying to bring on an industrial relations war with unions by blaming SPC Ardmona's request for government assistance on over-generous wage and employee entitlements in the company's Shepparton factory. Read More...

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10 February 2014

O'Farrell dismisses coal pollution claims

An opposition frontbencher's claims of a cover-up about coal dust pollution have been dismissed by the NSW premier

The NSW premier has brushed off opposition claims that the public has been misled by an environmental body on coal dust air pollution in the Hunter Valley. Read More...

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10 February 2014

Abbott tells Labor to wake up on carbon

The carbon tax and industrial relations are major priorities for the Abbott government as parliament resumes for 2014.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called on Labor to wake up to itself and back laws to scrap the mining and carbon taxes.

With parliament resuming on Tuesday, Mr Abbott has talked up his government's plans for the new year, including the abolition of both taxes. Read More...

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09 February 2014

Griffith by-election: The morning after

The big news of yesterday was not how fifty-five thousand Brisbane people voted, but why fifteen thousand abstained.

15,000 people did not vote in the Griffith by-election yesterday and will cop a fine for it. Read More

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09 February 2014

Abbott's new world record: 25 broken promises in 150 days

Milestones in the life of a new government must be celebrated - or, in the case of the Abbott Government, lamented.

The Abbott regime has reached a remarkable landmark, its 25th blatant broken promise. That's one every six days since the September election. Read More...

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07 February 2014

Blind Freddie can see what's coming

In the 1950s, Trade Union leaders were a highly militant collection of poorly paid, poorly educated men who had risen up through the ranks, some with criminal connections, some members of the communist party and others just a bunch of bloody minded individuals who would delight in taking employers they detested down a long, tortuous road of strikes, intimidation and bullying, without even blinking. Read More...

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07 February 2014

Science Debate on Evolution vs. Creation Draws Huge Audience

A science debate on the origins of life between Bill Nye 'The Science Guy' (shown) defending the theory of evolution and Biblical creationist leader Ken Ham, who supports the literal Genesis account in the Bible, drew a massive online audience estimated between 800,000 to as high as three million. All of the 800 or so tickets for the live event were gone within minutes of going on sale. The huge viewership highlighted the deep and ongoing interest in the subject among Americans, who according to polls still remain sharply divided on the origins of life. Read More...

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05 February 2014

The five gadgets making your home smarter

These gizmos will change your home forever

In the world of home-technology, the future has arrived. Home automation systems now allow people to control everything from a light switch to an electric blind, televisions and DVD players.

There's also a swing towards automation systems from an environmental point of view, says Jon Clements from the Australian Institute of Architects.

And while current gadgets are impressive, the pace of change will bring even more amazing items into people's homes during the next five to 10 years.

Check out these cool gizmos arriving to a home near you. Read More...

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05 February 2014

Hockey wants informed debate on budget

Joe Hockey wants informed debate around the federal budget

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has a flagged a possible public release of the findings of the commission of audit ahead of the budget.

The federal government is continuing to set the scene for a likely tough budget in May, with Treasurer Joe Hockey saying the community needs to understand the magnitude of the task facing the coalition. Read More...

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05 February 2014

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05 February 2014

Party on: The site for a great night

Looking for the right place to party? This site can help

Ever found yourself heading home from an unsuccessful night out, frustrated and exhausted after failing to find the perfect Korean karaoke beer garden? You're not alone.

Self-described 'avid nightlife seekers' Keir McHarg and Ryan Chartres were left wondering the same thing after a particularly fruitless night out left them standing in the cold without a warm bar in sight. Read More...

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05 February 2014

RBA leaves rates on hold at record low

The Reserve Bank of Australia has left interest rates at 2.5 per cent - for now

The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the cash rate at 2.5 per cent, highlighting an improved outlook for the local and overseas economies.

The decision was expected, with all 13 economists surveyed by AAP last week forecasting no change at the first RBA board meeting of the year. Read More...

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04 February 2014

Green Energy Not Fit for Purpose

Germany's wind and solar power generation came to a standstill late last year. More than 23,000 wind turbines ran out of wind and most of the one million photovoltaic systems ran out of sunlight. For a whole week, coal nuclear and gas-powered plants generated an estimated 95 percent of Germany's electricity. Read More...

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04 February 2014

Adelaide's New Tourism Ad

Incoherent; Boring; Unintelligent

Following the successful ads for Kangaroo Island and the Barossa, this latest offering from KWP lacks forethought.

The video, although beautifully recorded, is incoherent. Read more...

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04 February 2014

YouTube suspends Prime Minister Tony Abbott's YouTube account

Tony Abbott may claim he's "delivered on his promise", but over the weekend a glitch on video site YouTube meant his message was taken down for 'deceptive content'. [ Read More... ]

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04 February 2014

Help This Aussie Farmer Stop Monsanto!!!

I Am Steve Marsh: Global organic protection campaign faces trial

Steve Marsh's organic canola fields in Western Australia suffered 70% genetic contamination from a neighboring biotech farm that sowed Monsanto seeds. As a result, he lost organic certification after 11 years, and his livelihood was destroyed. [ Read More... ]

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03 February 2014

Documentary: "RED INK"

A FILM ABOUT MONEY, POLITICS AND MEDIA IN AMERICA

Directed by Kusha Sefat, and featuring Manuel Castells and Robert McChesney, "Red Ink" takes the Occupy Wall Street movement as an entry point to look at the American state apparatus, specifically how politics, money and media are interwoven in the U.S. [ Watch... ]

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02 February 2014

Israel Bans Fluoride

On July 29, 2013, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Israel must stop adding fluoride into public water supplies in one year, following a a decision on fluoride's potential toxicity to humans by the Israeli health minister. [ Read More... ]

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02 February 2014

Abbott's worst week

It will be seen by historians, probably, that this last week sealed Abbott's doom.

His appointment of the needlessly divisive Goodes instead of, say, Noel Pearson or Cate Blanchett or Baz Luhrmann or Brad Haddin as Australian of the Year; the story of the blinding and the burnt hands of a crimeless Somalian and the hiding of available film of this event; the destruction of the Shepparton district for want of the price, per taxpayers, of a cappuccino in the coming decade; the warning to Toyota that Australia is closed for business; and his attack on the ABC and Turnbull's defence of it, show a government tottering, and a leadership addled, like none since the final days of Billy McMahon. [ Read More... ]

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01 February 2014

Experience Felix Baumgartner's Jump From Space Like Never Before

Go Pro Cameras and Red Bull have released Felix Baumgartner's free fall from space in its entirety. Unashamedly promoting their products at the beginning and end of the 'flight', they show the video in a whole new perspective.

Now do yourself a favour, and watch it...and make sure you make it fullscreen... [ Watch it... ]

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01 February 2014

Coalition moves to strip Tasmanian forests of world heritage listing

Environmentalists believe the Coalition's push to remove part of the world heritage listing is a 'smokescreen' to reopen the state's old-growth forests to logging

The Coalition has followed through on one of its election commitments to seek a reversal of world heritage listing on part of the Tasmanian world heritage wilderness area, despite opposition from environmental advocates, logging groups and the state government. [ Read More... ]

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01 February 2014

Asylum-seeker inquiry: customs 'don't give a damn' about media coverage

Immigration minister Scott Morrison: 'My officials leave worrying about Q&A and AM and all of those things to me.'

Australia's customs chief has told a Senate hearing that authorities 'don't give a damn' about media coverage, as the Abbott government came under renewed pressure over its refusal to release details about asylum-seeker boat turnback operations. [ Read More... ]

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01 February 2014

Great Barrier Reef authority approves dredging and dumping to expand port

The reef: the spoil will be dumped about 24km from Abbot Point, the gateway to the world heritage-listed reef.

Three million cubic metres of sediment from dredging to expand a coal port will be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, after the park authority approved the move on Friday. [ Read More... ]

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01 February 2014

Tony Abbott's Royal Commission into unions:

It's all about WorkChoices

PM Abbott knows he must significantly weaken the union movement before he can bring back WorkChoices, which is why he needs a union witch hunt

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his new Coalition government have long planned a Royal Commission into the union movement.

This was not, of course, a policy that the Coalition took to the 2013 election.

Such a naked attack would have 'scared the horses', exposing what the Coalition has been desperate to hide, its plan to reinstate WorkChoices. [ Read More... ]

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01 February 2014

The ABC of ending embarrassing questions

PM Abbott's assault on the ABC is all about stopping it from reporting news that is inconvenient or embarrassing for the democratically elected Government

The recent attack on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation by the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is an excellent example of the lingering influence of antiquated anti-left politics. It is also an indication of the continued desire for the government broadcaster to undertake what some believe is its proper role, to be the compliant broadcast wing of the government, spruiking its propaganda. [ Read More... ]

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