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Damian Smith Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 15:55 Source

A few months ago I wrote a post which went a little viral. It was a detailed precis about how the Abbott government is descending rapidly into fascism. The fascist traits in this case were defined in 2003 by Dr Lawrence Britt in his very pertinent work “The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism" which can be found here.

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Labor View From Bayside Friday, May 23, 2014 - 15:07 Source

More on the murky world of New South Wales Liberal Party fundraising and donations:In yesterday’s homework for Dare We Call it Whitehousegate, the challenge was to identify the 2009 managing director of Tenko Management Pty Ltd.

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 14:33 Source

The strange case of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughter and her scholarship to the Whitehouse Institute has all sorts of connections. [Disclaimer: No inference of wrongdoing should be drawn from any of this information.]Some background from the Guardian Australia:

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Red Bluff Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:03 Source

Some initial reactions on twitter to Australia's deal to resettle successful asylum seekers in Cambodia:!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.c

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Damian Smith Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 14:51 Source

There’s a routine I do in my show where I compare the front page stories of the major newspapers of whatever city I happen to find myself in at the time. Since this is Australia it is usually a comparison of the local Fairfax offering and some News Limited pabulum. 

I tend to write out a full script of all my shows, word for word. I can deviate from that structure, but I need to have the structure there to feel comfortable. It’s an aspie thing. Here is, word for word, the script for the routine:“Compare the front page stories for that day”

That’s it.

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The Stump Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 Source

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

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The Stump Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 Source

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

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