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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 15:01 Source

It’s something we take for granted isn’t it? That each of us has a country – a place to put our feet – on a planet where 71% of the surface is covered by ocean.

Like having air to breathe, we assume that having somewhere to stand, to walk – is a basic right of existence. Our bodies aren’t exactly ocean-friendly – not for anything longer than a shortish swim in any event. And without a place on this planet to safely put your feet so that you can find shelter, get food, water and continue to breathe air – you die. It’s as simple as that.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 13:55 Source

The Political Weekly: Voters are more likely to believe a politician if they say something negative about their opponent than if they say something positive about themselves.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 12:29 Source

While the Liberals gloat over stopping the boats, and Labor wrings its hands pretending concern about drownings, other more enlightened people are offering practical advice, if only our politicians would listen.

Julian Burnside, who knows more than most about the plight of refugees, makes the following eminently sensible suggestions.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 11:06 Source

on the road to perdition ....

from Crikey

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 11:02 Source

The nine million dollars Dyson Heydon is to be paid for persecuting the Labor Party would support sixty-four Syrian families for two years in Australia.

The 120 million spent thus far on looking for MH 370 would support eight hundred and fifty-seven Syrian families for two years in Australia.

The billion paid to Transfield for tormenting women and children on Nauru and covering up their rapes and waterboardings would support seven thousand one hundred and forty-two such families for two years in Australia, as we once did Kosovans, and East Timorese.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 10:57 Source

Our socially dominating right-wing authoritarian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is talking more even more drivel than usual. ISIS, his pet death cult, are worse than the Nazis he claims, because unlike the Nazis, they have no shame.

I’ve searched far and wide. I can find no suggestion anywhere that the Nazis were ashamed of themselves. Never mind.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 09:33 Source

I have been glancing through the 3-part report by Infrastructure Australia (a summary here) on Australia’s infrastructure needs over coming decades. I was mainly interested in the transport sector and proposals that looked – on casual reading of the press – like yet another case for user charges (congestion charging and heavy vehicle charging for road damage costs).

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New Matilda Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 09:31 Source

GVK Hancock remains upbeat about the chances of its Alpha coal project, the second largest proposed for the Galilee, as Adani's prospects look increasingly remote.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 09:12 Source

The reforms on eligibility for the pension that Labor has opposed seem sensible to me, The current eligibility for a part pension (for a couple) is $1.15m in assets whereas under the proposed Coalition-cum-Green reform this is reduced to $823,000.

Suppose couples want to leave no bequests and that they own a house worth $650,000. Suppose also they retiree at age 65 and know they will live for 25 years to age 90.

The big factor determining their sustainable income is the rate of return on their assets and whether they can engineer a reverse mortgage on their house that yields this rate of return.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 08:32 Source

Lenore Taylor in The Guardian today.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 07:22 Source

This “stop the boats” rubbish must stop.

Both major parties, and the people who condone this rhetoric, should be ashamed of themselves.

In 1959, during the opening of World Refugee Year, Prime Minister Robert Menzies said

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 07:02 Source

The world was made in seven days in 4004 BC, and a few years later dinosaurs sauntered between the pyramids. A man who believes this, and refuses to talk about it, is regarded as the dream candidate for Canning, though his company killed two shepherd boys and cut off the hands of some Taliban, and he believes that homosexuals, and Muslims, and Catholics will burn in Hell.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 20:41 Source

Bills, bills, bills. One is born, one runs up bills, one dies. What have I got to show for it? Nothing. A butler’s uniform and a slightly effeminate hairdo. Sometimes I feel like a pelican – whichever way I turn I still have an enormous bill in front of me. – Black adder Asia Awe

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Political Owl Friday, September 4, 2015 - 20:40 Source

Radio and television interviewers just can't help themselves. The temptation to try a basically meaningless question to catch a politician out is just too great. How much does a litre of milk cost? What would the GST be on that cake? What's the name of the leaders of Islamic State, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and its Nusra Front wing in Syria?That last one was what US right wing talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt wanted Donald Trump to tell him this week. And the Donald made a pretty good fist of replying when he didn't have a clue about the answers.As Reuters reported the exchange:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 20:07 Source

By Sir Scotch Misery

Perhaps the Sydney Morning Herald has not seen just how ironic today’s story of the little Syrian boy lying dead on the beach really is.

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Political Owl Friday, September 4, 2015 - 19:35 Source

In the days not long gone when the Abbott government considered the rising budget deficit to be the nation's principal economic problem, it was the continuing rise in health spending that got much of the blame.

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En Passant Friday, September 4, 2015 - 18:35 Source

Take my hand

I cannot take your hand
Boy in the sand and surf
I cannot take your hand
And bring you to my earth

Power had the chance,
And did nothing but its dance
To the song of race
Know your place they yelled

Their helled shouts rise below
The waves that hold humanity
We all flee
The bombed city

Where the civilised
Rain freedom
Dressed in death
Nothing is left

But the dead
Upon our shores
Where walk the whores of power
Now is the hour

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Political Owl Friday, September 4, 2015 - 18:11 Source

The Refugee Crisis That Isn't - This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The European Union's population is roughly 500 million. The latest estimate of the numbers of people using irregular means to enter Europe this year via the Mediterranean or the Balkans is approximately 340,000. In other words, the influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population.

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Club Troppo Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:37 Source

The furore of the last few days over the Trade Union Royal Commission and revelations about serious and illegal underpayment of workers (especially foreign students) by 7-Eleven, Australia Post and others have brought into sharp focus a wider political question.  This article deals with the first of them, and I’m aiming to write a post about the second over the weekend.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:28 Source

Saturday 29 August

1 I have reluctantly taken the decision to no longer refer to Tony Abbott as “Prime Minister” in my writing. I say reluctant because I generally believe in respect for the position itself. However the performance of this excuse for a national leader is so appallingly bad that I refuse to acknowledge his prime minister ship. I shall in future refer to him as Abbott.

2 Friday’s Reachtel poll has Labor on 53 and the Coalition on 47. Shorten 10 points ahead as preferred PM.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:18 Source

The listless body of the now dead boy
Lies on sand-a pillow for his head
Gentle waves caress his past
Its beginning and its end

He knew not play or fun and of
Suffering he knew not why
Only a picture tells his story
A life not yet begun

A man gathers his past and his future
Gently in his arms
He is dead and seen the last of it
This thing that men call war

Is there anyone for whom a child’s life is not precious
Said the father of the boy
My two are gone the mother too
My world is also empty

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:07 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets There has been no clear rhythm or reason behind moves in Asia today, with traders massaging portfolios ahead of today’s US payrolls report. EUR/USD has stabilised into the $1.1100 area today and has seen modest short covering after Mario Draghi laid the foundation for additional asset purchases.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:27 Source

Andrew Hastie has refused to say if he agrees with his father, the Creationist, on whether the world was made in 4004 BC, or what his own beliefs are, but he is, he says, against gay marriage, unlike sixty-two percent of his electorate, and he is for the Free Trade Agreement with China, which will take away some Australian jobs but supply many, many others.

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New Matilda Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:24 Source

But Labor and Coalition MPs have not recommended a conviction be needed before citizenship can be stripped.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:20 Source

by Chris Becker Time to double down and buy casinos and pokie operators (Woolworths is the biggest if you didn’t know already), as news from The Economist paints an ugly picture of Australian society: Thankfully the stats don’t include punting on house prices, otherwise what an embarrassment. But in all seriousness, pokie machines – which make

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:55 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Like most people with even a passing interest in the part played by News Corporation in British politics, I remember exactly what I was doing when scandal broke in 2011 and the sense of a seemingly indestructible media behemoth crumbling into chaos and ruin before our eyes. Now, Rebekah Brooks is

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:28 Source

Perth company launches first real-world trial of its WA-made, low-cost wave energy technology, ahead of plans to develop a commercial-scale prototype.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:25 Source

Study shows how solar PV and energy efficiency drove down demand, leaving consumers with an over-sized, expensive grid that has driven up bills.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:23 Source

Report finds solar will be cheaper than wholesale electricity prices across Europe by 2030, without any technology breakthroughs. The implications for fossil fuels are obvious – and mean high renewable targets might reduce the energy costs, rather than increase them.

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Jack the Insider Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:21 Source

Yesterday, the media went into something of a hissy fit, reporting on the Prime Minister’s comments offered in interview with broadcaster Alan Jones. …

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