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North Coast Voices Monday, March 2, 2015 - 00:15 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 20:05 Source

Paul Dellit has written some excellent political articles for The AIMN, so it came as some surprise that he is better known for his screenplay writing. Thomas Keneally, in a recent review of one of Paul’s screenplays I wrote: “I liked your screenplay and plot very much” and went on to describe it as “a very interesting and well-wrought script”. This particular screenplay – a spy thriller set in 1992 involving a MI5 mission directed at uncovering the source of stolen Russian radioactive material – has been turned into a novella (with input from Mr Keneally) and prior to publishing in hard copy has been offered to The AIMN.

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The Political Sword Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 19:30 Source

Last week we briefly looked at some of the problems with the current tax system. It seems that a number of those who should have a high level of understanding of the fundamental flaws in the current taxation system agree that the system needs reform. Price Waterhouse Coopers suggest:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 18:47 Source

 

cyclone-marcia-2The town I live in and surrounding areas have just endured a cyclone. The damage is heartbreaking. The stories from people and the hardship they are enduring are even more heartbreaking.   Through this experience, I no longer believe we live in a lucky country.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 18:42 Source

Can Robots Die? is a short story written in a modern experimental style. As with much of my poetry, and my other short story If You Dare, it is also a comment on today's society. Originally it was published on my Author Website but I have decided to move all publications there to this site.

I have also changed the title to Can a Robot Cry?

My short stories and poems are free to read, but not to copy.

Enjoy.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 17:17 Source

An online activist group have devised a plan to help save taxpayers up to $400 million.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Is Bill the ALP’s squishy version of Tony, and if so, what is Malcolm? Paul G. Dellit offers a candid answer.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 15:32 Source

It's the Muslims. It's refugees. It's Labor. Or maybe, it's just Tony Abbott. Michael Brull explores the demise of a Prime Minister.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 15:32 Source

It's the Muslims. It's refugees. It's Labor. Or maybe, it's just Tony Abbott. Michael Brull explores the demise of a Prime Minister.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 14:57 Source

A government strategy to 'leak' its own reports to media is alienating people in the social welfare industry. Max Chalmers reports.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 12:28 Source

In a scene straight out of childhood, I was sitting at the breakfast table with my father the Big Baxter, both of us with noses buried in the morning newspaper.

It was one of the last times we performed this ritual and Hong Kong where it began, further back than I can remember, was far away in both space and time. But, just as he always had, Bax looked up from the paper as I arrived, poured me a cup of tea and peeled off the front and back pages, depositing them on my plate as I sat down.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:21 Source

Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate fully referenced list at the end.

Sally McManus is the Secretary of the Australian Services Union in NSW and the ACT.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:20 Source

Book giveaway!! The Grattan Institute’s City Limits

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Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 08:56 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

It’s happening, thus far, very slowly, and for once the dull phrase ‘slow motion train wreck’ seems to apply.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 07:00 Source

Author’s note. Every day on Facebook I post general interest political comments pertaining to the 24hour news cycle. Here they are in diarised form:

Sunday Feb 1: Queensland Election. Have the Australian people finally woken from the political malaise that has affected the nation for so many years?

Monday Feb 2: What sort of a leader whose leadership has been so abysmal – so condemned in the court of public approval, would then suggest that the good performance of colleagues is as a result of his splendid captaincy? That’s arrogance of the highest order.

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Digitopoly Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 02:17 Source

IMG_4214Nokia, Motorola, Sony-Ericsson and BlackBerry were all victims of disruption. During the 1990s and 2000s, they led the cell phone during its period of take-off into ubiquity. Then in the last five years, they have lost their leadership and are on the verge of irrelevance. The common culprit was the 2007 launch of Apple’s iPhone.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 00:16 Source

It causes enough unease to know that a Conservative Party peer of the realm sitting in the U.K.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Metgasco Limited's largest shareholder appears to be losing interest in the fate of this coal seam/tight gas explorer and wannabe production company.Unfortunately with the ordinary share price being firmly in the 2 cents range, ERM Power will have to wait before any move to sell off its interest in this company.Argus MediaERM Power mulls future of NSW gas assets22 Feb 2015, 11.48 pm GMTSydney, 22 February (Argus) — Australian power and gas group ERM Power is still considering the future of its gas interests in New South Wales (NSW), which include an interest in independent coal

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 21:25 Source

Tony Abbott has been sneeringly yelling at anyone who will listen, if there are any of those left, that the government has no confidence in Gillian Triggs because the timing of her report shows it is a “stitch up” designed to make him look bad, like he isn’t capable of doing that on his own.

I would like to point out that Ms Triggs told Senate estimates hearings in early 2013 of the HRC’s concern about children in detention and their ongoing investigation.  She was slapped down by George Brandis who wasn’t interested.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 20:04 Source

Ok, it’s been on the tip of my tongue. Or the back of my mind. And anyway is there a difference?

I suddenly worked out what was so troubling to me about Abbott’s response to Gillian Triggs’ report. And yeah, well, even that is not entirely correct because it is NOT Gillian Triggs’ report. It’s from The Human Rights Commission and as such, she doesn’t own the report, if one is going to attack the integrity of the report, one should be attacking such things as the way the information was gathered, not the person themselves.

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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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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 19:14 Source

Another lovely piece of story telling, this time by Sparty. There really is some good work in this little festival.

The huge orcy things armour just shook off the blow and Ben"s War Hammer shattered in two.

The next hit will end this he thought. He did a quick mental inventory. No useful weapons left, he was bleeding everywhere and the rest of his team were all down. They were on their own and no rescue was coming. Oh well, he thought, sometimes you just have to hunker down and roll the hard six.

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TPS Extra Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 15:40 Source

First, let’s work from the same page and establish what ‘denialism’ means.

Rational Wiki says: “Denialism is the refusal to accept well-established theory, law, fact or evidence.”

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 13:57 Source

Workchoices may be making a sly return under a secret Abbott government plan to abolish minimum wage and penalty rates in Victoria, according to Premier Daniel Andrews.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 13:52 Source

While the spill motion two weeks ago was a point of interest across all demographics of Australian life, it has now morphed into something far more critical. Far from a handful of backbenchers calling for a vote on the leadership of the Liberal party, now practically everyone from anonymous cabinet ministers, shock jocks, business leaders, the man in the street, to some of Tony Abbott’s staunchest media allies, have joined the chorus.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:42 Source

When in the past I’ve written about why the prevailing ‘debt and deficit’ narrative is neo-liberal rubbish, people responding to my blog have asked why it is so difficult to get commentators, progressive politicians and the pubic to accept this. Obviously getting the neo-liberals and their media cheer leaders to question that narrative is impossible; it’s in their DNA and their political lives have come to depend on it. But you’ll still find relatively objective commentators, to say nothing of Labor front-benchers, not buying into it. Why?

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Newspoll, the inaccurate one, showed Labor on 46 in New South Wales. Redistributing Green preferences and Independents and Christian Democrats as they were in 2011 and not as they are now, leaning more Labor’s way, and ringing only landlines though no-one under thirty has one, and cravenly obeying Murdoch’s fumed commands on Skype, Newspoll reduced an election-winning 49 to 46, and did so before the Debate, in which Baird said there was ‘no Plan B’ for finding the money the Upper House won’t give him, and their permission to sell the poles and wires.

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Global Guerrillas Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 09:35 Source

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, controls about $4.3 trillion in assets (and has influence on how $10 trillion more is allocated).  As a point of reference, that is about the size of the entire US economy.  

Larry sees the world as a tightly interconnected "financial grid." Larry believes that a big part of his job is to know which parts of this global grid represent opportunities and which parts are dangerous.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 08:02 Source

Very sad and even a little teary this morning to learn that Leonard Nimoy has passed away. May choirs of angels speed him to his rest at warp factor 9.

"I don't think he's coming back."

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 03:14 Source

WAtoday 27 February 2015

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