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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 21:21 Source

This post compiles some reaction to the Federal Government’s recent announcement of the successful tenders for 28 of the 31 Primary Health Networks (more details here; map of boundaries here - or see the list at the bottom of this post). The PHNs...

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 18:30 Source

To be in public life you need to have a sense of self-belief. How else would you cope with those that feel they can criticise your actions, private life, as well as decisions you have made in the past? ‘Stars’ such as elite sports professionals, actors, performers and so on can demonstrate that they excel in their field of endeavour. While you personally may not like how people like Michael Clarke or David Bowie perform their job, there are plenty of people that do — and they are entitled to their opinion. ‘Stars’ also usually keep their public pronouncements to areas where they have demonstrated expertise and considerable knowledge.

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 18:30 Source

To be in public life you need to have a sense of self-belief. How else would you cope with those that feel they can criticise your actions, private life, as well as decisions you have made in the past? ‘Stars’ such as elite sports professionals, actors, performers and so on can demonstrate that they excel in their field of endeavour. While you personally may not like how people like Michael Clarke or David Bowie perform their job, there are plenty of people that do — and they are entitled to their opinion. ‘Stars’ also usually keep their public pronouncements to areas where they have demonstrated expertise and considerable knowledge.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 18:15 Source

Science broadcaster Karl Kruszelnicki has expressed “deep regret” over his role in promoting the Federal Government’s Intergenerational Report, citing its inadequate attention to climate change. However, this photo taken just a few days ago in...

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 18:01 Source

And you thought Woolworths’ exploitation of Anzac Day was bad. Wait till you see what News Corporation did over the weekend. Chris Graham explains.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 17:42 Source

The recent NSW election has put the spotlight on the State Government’s prioritising of vested interests ahead of public health, according to Jude Page, NSW branch president of the PHAA. The health impacts of polluting motorways, coal mine...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 16:29 Source

While their philosophy remains to cut spending and lower taxes, the Abbott government are unlikely to produce an equitable budget.

As John Daley of the Grattan Institute put it,

“If you try to fix on the spending side, you only hit the bottom half. If you fix on the tax side you more or less hit the top half.”

Abbott and Hockey recently attracted the ire of the business community for scrapping the planned cut to company tax.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 11:35 Source

Whether it's asylum seeker issues or the closure of remote Aboriginal communities, people of conscience must keep protesting, writes Minto Felix.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 11:17 Source

Why did I choose Robert Mapplethorpe as the subject for this essay? On my library shelves sits a book titled “ Image of the Body “( Michael Gill ) and its cover is adorned with a photograph by Mapplethorpe entitled. “ Ken and Lydia and Tyler 1985 “The work is of a group of three people. A white female one black and one white male. I have always been absorbed by this photograph.( above left.)

Note. Quotations in italics are by the artist.

Robert Mapplethorpe was born in November 1949 of English and Irish parentage in Floral Park, New York a suburb of Long Island and grew up a Roman Catholic.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 11:10 Source

Standing up to racism is important, but the message also needs to be thought through carefully, writes Sanmati Verma. 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 09:39 Source

My wife deserves the Nobel Prize for this. Thirty years ago, she worked out how to do it.

You point a hair-dryer at your throat, and blow hot air at it, your larynx, your tonsils, for four minutes. Hold it close, so the heat in play is on the borderline of pain.

This fries all the cold germs. They rage, curse, they struggle, and then they die.

You do this again four hours later, and four hours after that, and four hours after that.

Supplement, if you are inclined to, with ecchinacea, which helps.

By the following morning, the cold will be gone.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 00:15 Source

On 25 February 2015 the Abbott Government presented a bill to the House of Representatives titled Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015.This bill seeks to amend the Migration Act 1958 to allow a private company under contract and its immigration detention centre management team to use reasonable force against any person or thing an authorised employee reasonably believes is necessary to protect the life, health or safety of any person or to maintain the good order, peace or security of an immigration detention facility.The Ab

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Digitopoly Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 23:32 Source

Mutual fundsThe traditional textbook model of competition in an oligopoly goes likes this.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 17:56 Source

Orators

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 14:19 Source

A fun summary of the key things that happened in politics this week.  For The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Dr Karl, IGR, Joe Hockey, Malcolm Turnbull, peter costello, The New Daily

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:42 Source

Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars — including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser — and even a refrigerator full of food. 0

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:40 Source

An endangered bird, a government-owned logging corporation and a desperate plan to get better green bragging rights. Thom Mitchell reports.

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Rational Radical Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:47 Source

Cross-posted from Prosper.org.au, by Karl Fitzgerald, April 17 2015

Cycling into work yesterday I bumped into the good Senator Nick Xenophon. I had to yell out “No super access for First Home Owners”! He responded so I hit the brakes and we had a short chat. In good news, Nick said that he had changed his position: ‘I’ve been listening to the people’.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:17 Source

From time to time, people in the comments section disagree with me. Sometimes, they even tell me that I shouldn’t be writing on a particular subject because it’s not worth talking about, which always bemuses me. It’s not worth writing about, but it’s worth commenting on the fact that it’s not worth writing about. Other times, the comments will lead to a healthy debate between people, even on a topic that wasn’t the subject of the post.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:58 Source

After four years of supplying the MB daily email to readers that choose (and often pay) to receive it, the monopoly popularly known as Google has mysteriously recategorised your daily MB email into the “promotional” tab within your gmail account. To reverse this inconvenience please follow the steps below. Step one: Click on the “promotions tab” at the top

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 03:23 Source

Barnett after COAG said he was ‘angry’ and hinted again that Western Australia might leave the Federation. Abbott hinted he might show mercy, and fine his old friend only half his income, not two thirds. Barnett quietly threatened to murder him.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 01:00 Source

Americans are seeing this corruption before their eyes and speculating about its causes. Journalists owe it to their audiences to begin exposing why Congress is so responsive to a foreign power. Published in Mondoweiss

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 00:16 Source

Destroy The JointSince 1 January 2015 thirty-one women have died in violent incidents.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 00:15 Source

North Coast Voices received this email from the Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales on 14 March 2015.__________________________Greetings from London, where we Greens are in the final weeks of our biggest-ever national election campaign.Did you know that all Australian adults currently in the UK are eligible to vote in British elections? It’s true. So are most British citizens living in Australia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 23:12 Source

In August 2013, a journalist asked Joe Hockey “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?”

Hockey responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not. I’m not afraid to accept responsibility and I’m not afraid to be accountable. We will own it from day one. We will be responsible for the Australian economy.”

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 22:51 Source

Now with added Gunnamatta … Global Macro / Markets / Investing: How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor  – Huffington Post Oil slips below $64 as ample supplies weigh – Reuters Big-Bank Profit Engines Accelerate  – WSJ Why we need to rethink capitalism – TED Bonds beware as money catches fire

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The Tally Room Friday, April 17, 2015 - 21:11 Source

Earlier today the NSW Electoral Commission “pushed the button” for the Legislative Council election, and approximately half an hour we had a result in the Legislative Council.

As expected, the Coalition won nine seats, Labor won seven, the Greens won two and the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters and Fishers each won one seat. But the last seat was not clear before the button was pushed, and ultimately the Animal Justice Party’s Mark Pearson, ahead of No Land Tax’s Peter Jones and Liberal Hollie Hughes.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 21:04 Source

 

 

Ever wondered where the long road to achieving the rights of the common man began?

Guest blogger Graham Parton, explains.

If 2014 was the year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, 2015 will be the year we commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 19:00 Source

Over the last couple of days, the Twittersphere has been full of congratulations for Waleed Aly’s The Project segment on the Renewable Energy Target (RET). If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is. Apart from the fact that it’s fairly amusing that journalists like Aly get congratulated for talking about the details of a policy, and showing that they actually care about policy outcomes, (because shouldn’t they all be doing this all the time?), the segment was, on the whole a good one. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 16:44 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Markets in Asia have closed the week on a mixed note, with China continuing to march on and Australia and Japan under pressure amid. Behind the scenes the VIX (or volatility index) index is trading at 12.6% and testing low levels thematic of complacency, so it’s worth

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