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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 11:51 Source

In the recipe of what a democracy is there are many ingredients but simply explained it is a political system where like minded people come together to form ideas that become a philosophy. They then become the foundation of political parties. These ideologies pull in different directions in a quest for majority approval by the people. It is a far from perfect system that has variations all around the world. It is elastically flexible, (we even have democratic dictatorships), unpredictable and at its worst, violent and extremely combative.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 11:24 Source

This is Morrison’s hostage crisis, or his Armistad, perhaps. As best as I can work it out, he’s kidnapped some Indians, and tried to sell them to some Sri Lankans, who don’t really want them any more, and would torture them to death if they did, and he’s surprised to find that this is against the law, the law against both sea crimes and war crimes, and is currently sailing in circles and wondering what to do.

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Left Focus Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 10:04 Source

In this submission from former Communist Party of Australia leader, Eric Aarons, the financial sector is put under scrutiny for its amoral pursuit of profit - but at the cost of society at large.  As the author explains, some of the world's largest banks' actions sometimes verge on the criminal.Eric Aarons It is the new form being taken by capitalism,

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:24 Source

What they have lately called ‘turning back the boats’ are sea crimes and war crimes by a Minister who, progressively, in the past four weeks, has gone mad and is growing madder.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:22 Source

Will it be a terrorist act for Kurds living here to vote for independence? Will they do twenty-five years for that?

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Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 07:43 Source

Much outrage has erupted recently in the regional Victorian city of Bendigo over a proposal to build a mosque, with a local councillor defending her decision to vote against it: “My comment that I wouldn’t want to live next door to a...

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Digitopoly Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 01:25 Source

Over the past two weeks, I have been outlining broad strategic options for entrepreneurs of which a disruption strategy is just one choice. The concept is that a given entrepreneurial idea can be commercialised in many different ways. The key to entrepreneurial strategy is to identify the feasible set of choices available to start-ups and to write a business plan for each. After all, you can’t have a strategic choice without actually having a choice and I maintain that entrepreneurs often have many more choices than they think at the outside.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 00:16 Source

In a year when I thought that evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had comprehensively blackened the reputation of Australian Christianity and that its standing could sink no lower, along came the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.This was the very Christian Scott Morrison, Liberal MP for Cook, as recorded by Hansard on 14 February 2008:Growing up in a Christian home, I made a commitment to my faith at an early age and have been greatly assisted

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 00:14 Source

Letter to the Editor in The Daily Examiner on 5 July 2014:Scrutinising rate riseWe expect a lot from our elected councillors, but right at the top of the list is honesty, transparency and competence.I nearly fell out of my car when I heard Mayor Williamson interviewed on ABC radio about general rates levied by his council in Iluka and Maclean and he spoke about council expenditure on new sewerage systems.The costs of all sewer systems in every town in this Va

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 23:01 Source

Though Clint Eastwood’s new film Jersey Boys breaks a fair number of the rules of cinema — characters talk to the camera, in the middle of the action, of things that are still to come; they do not age; they sing four songs in full one after the other; we never know what year it is; and there are scenes twelve minutes long — it prevails, like Sunshine On Leith, in a joyful, street-dancing, Bollywood way.

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 21:44 Source

As that quintessential Aussie Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee himself might say, 'That's not Blackface... thiiiisssss is Blackface!'

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 20:42 Source

  Entries are invited for the 2nd annual Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition. The topic is: The social and cultural determinants of mental health: collective responsibilities; individualism; austerity; entitlements. The Gavin Mooney Memorial...

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 20:17 Source

My name is Kelly Briggs. I tweet and blog under the moniker of The Koori Woman. My blog  recently won The Australian Writers Centres Commentary Blog of the Year. I have been named one of the top 20 women shaking things up on Twitter, by the online...

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you said it... Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 18:23 Source

@timsout @nswpolice #auspol #ausnews

Dear Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission,

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you said it... Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 18:23 Source

@timsout @nswpolice #auspol #ausnews

Dear Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission,

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 16:25 Source

What would you tell the lying Tony Abbott if you had the chance? AIMN reader Colin Price has a few choice words that – I would like to think – speak on behalf of the army of Australians who are fed up with both his lies and contempt. Here is what Colin says:

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 14:14 Source

Ensuring access to both physical and digital methods of building block construction where children can move freely from one to another is crucial for their development in the early years.

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 14:14 Source

Ensuring access to both physical and digital methods of building block construction where children can move freely from one to another is crucial for their development in the early years.

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 13:53 Source

If you have even a skin deep awareness of the structure of Australia’s superannuation industry, you’ll be aware that much of the underlying infrastructure used by many of the nation’s major funds is provided by a centralised group, Superpartners. One of the group’s main projects in recent years has been to dramatically update and modernise its IT platform — its version of a core banking platform overhaul. Unfortunately, the $250 million project has not precisely been going well.

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 13:53 Source

If you have even a skin deep awareness of the structure of Australia’s superannuation industry, you’ll be aware that much of the underlying infrastructure used by many of the nation’s major funds is provided by a centralised group, Superpartners. One of the group’s main projects in recent years has been to dramatically update and modernise its IT platform — its version of a core banking platform overhaul. Unfortunately, the $250 million project has not precisely been going well.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 12:54 Source

Israel aspire to peace?The future of Israel is in disequilibrium. Above lies the possibility of peaceful coexistance; below is descent into the hell of ethnic cleansing, apartheid and international rejection. Unite, Britain's largest trade union, has committed to the BDS campaign.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 12:25 Source

There could be no starker signal of this government’s intentions than the appointment of Tim Wilson as the Human Rights Commissioner for ‘Freedom’ at the expense of disability commissioner Graeme Innes.

In opposition, Senator Brandis was prepared to publicly criticise Mr Innes for advocating on behalf of Australians with a disability, blaming the ‘ideological culture’ within the Human Rights Commission.

The following biographies come from the Australian Human Rights Commission website.  I will leave it to you to judge who you feel is better qualified and able to make an important contribution to our society.

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 12:12 Source

Those of you who have been in the industry for some time may recall that the national competition regulator played a substantial role in the previous Labor Government deciding to restructure the telecommunications sector through implementing an all-fibre model for its National Broadband Network project. This week, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a few somewhat controversial comments about the ACCC's historical role in the situation.

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Delimiter Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 12:12 Source

Those of you who have been in the industry for some time may recall that the national competition regulator played a substantial role in the previous Labor Government deciding to restructure the telecommunications sector through implementing an all-fibre model for its National Broadband Network project. This week, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a few somewhat controversial comments about the ACCC's historical role in the situation.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10:19 Source

For some time now, I’ve been having this ridiculous dialogue play in my head:

Interviewer – Congratulations on your Walkley Award, Mr Brisbane.

Rossleigh – Thanks, and please call me, Sir. I want to get used to it.

Interviewer – We understand that with the election of the Labor Government, you’re giving up doing investigative journalism. Why is this?

Rossleigh – Well, I guess it’s time for a little confession. You know how I rose to prominence with all those fabulous scoops?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 08:06 Source

Someone gave me some good advice when I was a single woman: when you’re out on a date with a man, take note of how he treats the waitress. Because one day that’s how he’ll treat you. I couldn’t help but think of this advice, strangely enough, when I tried to digest the disturbing news that Abbott’s government has almost certainly handed Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers back to the government they were fleeing from.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 08:06 Source

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news, designed to capture the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

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Popular Science Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 08:06 Source

Gosh is it Saturday again? Time for another week's worth of numbers!

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Popular Science Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 08:06 Source

Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is among the American Geophysical Union's 2014 award-winners for science communication, announced on July 3. "She's someone who has been tireless in having the public understand climate change and climate change science. She excels at connecting with people in ways they can understand about why climate change science is important to them and their everyday lives," says AGU executive director Christine McEntee. "She's great at creating a two-way dialogue."

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 05:00 Source

Rolf Harris will do five years and nine months for having wrecked, over twenty years, the young lives of four children. Scott Morrison has wrecked, in one week, the young lives of thirty-seven children. It is logical he should do …

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