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Left Focus Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 16:25 Source

Above: Where to for Labor in July?Wasted Opportunity on Superannuation Concessions needs to be 'Put Right' at ALP National Conference in July!    Australia Institute data shows a stronger line on reform is needed.Tristan EwinsRecently Bill Shorten

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 16:09 Source

Adani wants to open up one of the biggest coal mines in the world. But the financial benefits are not what they seem.

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 15:31 Source

There is much talk about the ‘chaos’ of the Abbott government but take a close look at what has been done, what it is talking about, and the reports it is gathering together. We need to look beyond the political catch-cries of the ‘debt and deficit disaster’ and ‘Labor’s mess’ and examine what is driving this government. A simple starting point that helps explain Hockey’s 2014-15 budget is his mantra regarding the ‘end of the age of entitlement’.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:45 Source

After slashing half a billion dollars from the annual budget, the government is now trying to link what’s left to support for its constitutional push.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 11:16 Source

Abbott went to Gallipoli and in a fine speech praised the Turks for ‘stopping the boats’ at the Dardanelles and urged the EU to do likewise in the Mediterranean. ‘Those ingrates fleeing DAISH-style mass murderers in Africa,’ he said, licking his lips, ‘should be sent back there, to take their medicine; in Libya, Somalia, and Eritrea.’ Julie Bishop, in Paris, called these comments ‘moronic’ and promised ‘better speeches under my administration.’ Adoring survivors of the Charlie Hebdo slaughter hailed her as the ‘chained duck’ of South Pacific policy and looked frankly down her dress.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 10:56 Source

Despite suffering a serious brain injury last year, Paul McMahon says a tragedy can still direct you to bliss and prosperity.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 08:14 Source

By Ross Sharp

Somebody’s left the gate open at the idiot farm again …

terrifying troupe of terrorist teen tots and twenty-somethings had been planning to launch an extreme assault upon the Australian public on our nation’s finest and most revered of days, Holy of Holies, Oh Woe are We for We are Besieged by Evil!

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North Coast Voices Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 03:28 Source

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North Coast Voices Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Within hours of the NSW Supreme Court handing down its judgment in Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy, Metgasco Limited publicly stated that it could be back drilling at Bentley in the Northern Rivers region within three months.I’m sure the Northern Rivers community will be there to greet the return of this c

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 17:30 Source

Anzac Day is one of the most commemorated days in Australia and this year marks the centennial.  It is supposed to be a day to remember all those who fought and died not just for our freedom but to safeguard the freedom of others.  It is a day where we show respect for the sacrifice that so many made and to appreciate the legacy they fought to give us.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 12:16 Source

Designing memorials: is simple and subtle best?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:17 Source

“The reason why I am cautious is because it’s their money. I’m always cautious about taking people’s money off them”

Joe Hockey

Serendipity.

This morning I stumbled upon a quote which helped explain the thing that troubled me about the Liberal Party’s position going into the 2013 election. They were arguing that they were going to cut that “massive tax on everything”, not introduce any new taxes and still return the Budget to surplus. The obvious question was how?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini

Born in the grandfather’s home which was frequently honoured with the presence of Giacomo Matteotti, one of the most famous victims of Fascist brutality, son of Natale and Alda; reared by the father, a young Republican anti-Fascist fighter, in the wake of Giustizia e Libertà, he was privileged to be reading classics – there being no scarcity or limit in the home by way of books.

Clearly, the shameful war of 1940 early appeared to be lost, or so the forbidden radio sources confirmed, encouraging an atmosphere of optimism and restless expectation.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 08:50 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

There are some questions we might ask of Dutton regarding the asylum seekers sent back to Vietnam.

How many were children? How many were pregnant women? How many were girls below the age of consent? Where will these new babies and young people be educated? What jobs may they look forward to when they are grown? What income levels?

Will their parents be arrested? Will they be ‘temporarily detained’? What does this mean?

Is it a crime to leave Vietnam in a boat? What is the punishment of that crime?

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 08:48 Source

More than a decade in, Australia still doesn’t have a credible carbon abatement policy. Thom Mitchell explains.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 08:48 Source

More than a decade in, Australia still doesn’t have a credible carbon abatement policy. Thom Mitchell explains.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 08:38 Source

 

 
I agree with Tim Dunlop when he says we’re currently living through a phase of ‘the normalisation of bad politics’. There are hundreds of examples of the way in which the low expectations of the Abbott government due to their blatantly, and now universally acknowledged ineptitude is giving them a free pass to keep being inept without the usual outrage that follows.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:58 Source

The Austraian pilgrimage to Gallipoli is misunderstood, both historically and more recently, writes Associate Professor Brad West.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 07:53 Source

Is truth and honesty creeping into politics?

Ross Sharp swears that he caught glimpse.

Mid-morning Sunday last, I am watching ABCNews24, as is my wont, and, as also is my wont, my finger is hovering over the “mute” button on the remote just in case any Australian politician or “leading business figure” pops up talking slogans about bullshit billions here and bullshit billions there and gnarling and gnashing their squirrelly pebble gray teeth over what troublesome little bunnies we all are and how much easier it would be to run a country if it weren’t for all the stinking people in it.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 03:55 Source

There’s been no ‘death cult’ like this Anzac nonsense in our national history.

We are told our young men ‘came of age’ on that fatal shore (no; they died; they died; they simply died); we are told they ‘made a sacrifice’ (no; Hamilton sacrificed them, as Abraham nearly did Isaac, to salve his crazed, embittered pride); we are told they ‘did not die in vain’ (they did; they did; no good came of it, no good at all).

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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Australian Prime Minister Anthony John 'Tony' Abbott So far in Abbott's Australia thirteen of the fourteen signs of fascism have become obvious elements in the national government's interaction with citizens and/or in the formation of gove

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Digitopoly Friday, April 24, 2015 - 22:46 Source
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MacroBusiness Friday, April 24, 2015 - 21:40 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Need for better commodity regulation deepens – FT Opec Oil Supply/Demand balance charted – @MauroIppolito Africa and commodity prices – no longer the kiss of death – The Economist Trader Tied to Flash Crash Says He Simply Changed His Mind a Lot – Bloomie Google Caps Costs as Growth

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 24, 2015 - 19:40 Source

‘In an interview with Fairfax Media in Boston, Dr Lomborg confirmed he had met the Prime Minister and Mr Pyne, Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb, but he dismissed as “internet conspiracies” questions on his attendance at international forums at which he might have crossed paths with the ministers.

“It’s part of my job to raise funds, so I make proposals to whoever I meet,” he said. “But there’s no way I can have conversations with these people and then reveal what was said.

“There’s nothing unbecoming, but it’s a part of my job not to talk about this.” ‘

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 18:18 Source

Concern about an investigation into an on-campus protest is growing, with a major civil liberties organisation speaking out against the university.

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North Coast Voices Friday, April 24, 2015 - 18:16 Source

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 17:59 Source

A member of the Stolen Generations and a passionate advocate, friends of Jackson said his passing would leave a space hard to fill, writes Amy McQuire.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 24, 2015 - 17:39 Source

 

December 18 is the day that Australia should commemorate Gallipolli and not April 25 argues guest blogger Peter Martin.

The 25th April is the wrong ANZAC day.

Most of the participating counties of WW1 commemorate their dead on Armistice Day. The 11th November 1918 brought about the end of WW1.   Armistice day was a good day.  At least it was after 11o’clock when an end to the bloody carnage of the Western Front was finally called.

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 24, 2015 - 16:12 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Commodities drive Asia Commodities have been the driving force behind gains in Asia today with commodity stocks and related currencies enjoying a day in the sun. The ASX 200 has managed to dig itself out of the hole it’s been in all week and

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 24, 2015 - 14:15 Source

Given Mr Eslake recently described the RBA as “insane” for cutting rates, and his central position on the scurrilously hawkish Shadow RBA, this followingis perhaps singificant from SAul today: The minutes earlier in the week stressed that the RBA was wanting to assess the data flow further before making any decision whether to ease policy

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