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Things Bogans Like Monday, March 30, 2015 - 22:46 Source

The bogan is a leading authority in many fields. If this is difficult to believe, please refer to the bogan’s job title of Executive Consultant Account Coordination Manager. See, authority. In fact by the time this article is published, the bogan will likely have floated listlessly on the currents of job title inflation to have been meaninglessly ordained Lead Executive Consultant Account Coordination Manager. More-thority!

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Damian Smith Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:55 Source

It doesn’t happen often, but an article in a mainstream newspaper caught my eye. Specifically Patrick Batchelor’s “Why ABC’s Vote Compass doesn’t work for me”.

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Damian Smith Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 14:43 Source

I have watched with great interest, and even greater despair, the tragedy of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It tells us a great deal about the society that we live in and the people we have become. 

It has been, if nothing else, an opportunity, to paraphrase one of my Facebook journalist acquaintances, “to prune my feed of cretins”. 

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:03 Source

On 4 March 2015 tens of thousands of worker and their supporters marched in Melbourne, Australia in defence of working conditions and government services. The rally against Tony Abbott's Coalition government was organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council .

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Red Bluff Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 19:57 Source

What is your first language? Do you use it on social media or in other communications? From my latest post for Global Voices:

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Red Bluff Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 15:43 Source

The Australian Federal Government proposes to crackdown on the use of welfare payments at fast food outlets. This would be part of a new welfare card designed to stop people from spending the majority of their government benefits on alcohol, gambling and poor diet.A trial is to take place involving fast food giants McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Red Bluff Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Really enjoyed writing this post for Global Voices: Cricket World Cup: 'St Valentine’s Day Massacre' at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Red Bluff Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:13 Source

The vigils continue for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. My roundup for Global Voices of online reactions to the latest developments:Tony Abbott says he has done everything he can but will not engage in “megaphone diplomacy”, according to the Jakarta Post. Many are not convinced:

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Labor View From Bayside Monday, February 2, 2015 - 13:54 Source

Live tweeting @TonyAbbotMHR at the National Press Club - haven’t had this much fun since watching Asian Cup final and Queensland elections on Saturday night!

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Red Bluff Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:10 Source

Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa. Photo used with permission.Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa.

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Damian Smith Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 14:13 Source

A colleague of mine, Theo, has the one of the most delicious turns of phrase (usually delivered just prior to doing something…risqué) - “fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke”. Which, as far as distilled bon mots go, is just about perfect.

Fuck 'em if they can’t take a joke.

Something that most people don’t realise is that you don’t get to go through life without being offended. You have no sacred right to sail along without ever being presented with something that might upset you. That’s just…well life.

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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:11
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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 00:40 Source

rustic furnitureWhat is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the word furniture?

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Red Bluff Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:02 Source

The Asian Cup 2015 kicks off on Friday 9 January in Melbourne. Global Voices is covering the unfolding stories.The first post: Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Hots Up in Australia

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The Sniper Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 18:05 Source

He admits, on global warming or climate change: “… I’ve been a bit of a weather vane”.

He flip-flops on policies, like a weather vane.

His hand-writing looks like this:

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 01:28 Source

types of mattressesOne of the most crucial things in living beings is sleep. And since the kind of mattress that you use affects sleep, it is necessary to make correct decisions through the mattress purchasing process that will ensure you pick the right one. Memory foam is one type of mattress that is covered with a layer of temperature-sensitive viscoelastic substance.

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Red Bluff Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:33 Source

My latest roundup for Global Voices Online: Australian Prime Minister's About-Face on Sexism, Two Years LateAustralian PM Julia Gillard at Antipodes Greek Festival - Melbourne  2012A tense moment between Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader T

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 17:29 Source

On the night of the Victorian State election 2014 local campaigners from the seats of Mordialloc and Sandringham gather in Mentone to celebrate Labor's victory. Candidates Tim Richardson and Christina Zigouras thank their supporters.

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:42 Source

A couple of Letters to the Editor in Melbourne's Bayside Leader local 'free' weekly newspaper.

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Labor View From Bayside Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:41 Source

The people of Sandringham have been enjoying an unusual election season with a highly visible and focused Labor campaign and a strong independent candidate. ALP candidate Christina Zigouras’ energetic and responsive approach has been in stark contrast to Murray Thompson.

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Labor View From Bayside Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:56 Source

There is already speculation about who will replace Denis Napthine as leader of the Victorian Liberals after the 29 November election.Our local Liberal member is rumoured to have had only one supporter for leader when Napthine was elected, himself. It is a pity that he did not choose to join Ted Baillieu by retiring this time. After 22 years of cruising in a so-called safe seat, he has become an invisible, unaccountable representative.

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 15:53 Source

It's always good to be published in a Murdoch paper, especially during a State election. So here's my letter to the Bayside Leader published 18 Nov 2014:Here's the digital version:

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The Sniper Monday, November 17, 2014 - 14:04 Source

Politicians lie to avoid telling the truth.

There seems to be a consensus that politicians lie in order to get elected. Those who tell the truth tend to lose elections.

The consensus theory says the electorate wants to be lied to because it does not want to hear the truth.

I challenge this theory. I can’t imagine anyone thinking ‘I want you to lie to me. Tell me there will be no income tax increase because I’ll vote for you and if you win and then increase my income tax that will be just fine. Thank you very much.’

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Red Bluff Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:49 Source

My latest Global Voices post: What World Leaders Should Discuss at Brisbane's G20 Summit

The G20 summit on 15- 6 November 2014 has done what terrorism has never managed to do – shutdown the centre of an Australian city, namely Brisbane. Just the arrival of Barack Obama has been a showstopper.

Watch this space.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:36
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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:36 Source

According to the Herald Sun yesterday:

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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:37 Source

deck maintenance serviceEveryone desires the deck to look like an attractive out-of-doors addition to their home that would last for a very long period of time. However, it might also turn out to be a dangerous and an ugly thing with no proper maintenance and treatment. The timber should be ensured to be proficiently taken care of by decking oil.

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Red Bluff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:03 Source

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has launched a new video series - Have You Got That Right?:

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:50 Source

Adrift in an endless galactic sea, the bogan can sometimes feel so small. Not even bicep curls and a gigantic house can lend the bogan a sufficient sense of scale. Then there’s the minor problem of eternity. 24 months interest free is baaasically forever, but what about after that?

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:50 Source

Adrift in an endless galactic sea, the bogan can sometimes feel so small. Not even bicep curls and a gigantic house can lend the bogan a sufficient sense of scale. Then there’s the minor problem of eternity. 24 months interest free is baaasically forever, but what about after that?

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