Oz Blog News Commentary Monday, April 6, 2015 - 10:00 Source

One of the survivors, poking around in the ruins with the point of a spear, uncovers a singed photo of Richard Stallman. They stare in silence. "This," one of them finally says, "This is a man who BELIEVED in something."

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 07:51 Source

Leviathan is among the world’s great films and it is not easy to describe. Ostensibly about the efforts of Kolya, a dim, drunken, angry, violent yet well regarded mechanic, to save his family home from a drunken, crooked, murderous mayor, Vadim, who seeks to acquire it by the application of a dodgy municipal regulation, demolish it and build on the site a luxury tourist hotel and an Orthodox cathedral, and the efforts as well of Kolya’s old army friend Dimitri, now a lawyer, to win a court case or negotiate a better settlement, it is about many other things as well, not least the moral abyss of Putin’s Russia.

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Monday, April 6, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Although News Corp tried to spin the outcome of this defamation case reported in The Age on 2 March 2015, the first judgment (set out below) delivered in this matter clearly shows why it had to settle. Human rights lawyer George Newhouse has won his defamation case against controversial News Corp blogger Andrew Bolt. In the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Lucy McCallum ordered a verdict for Mr Newhouse and said News Corp was to pay his legal costs. The terms of the order - agreed to by both parties - requires the article to be taken down from News Corp's various online sites.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 23:57 Source

With Tony Abbott repeating ad nauseum that it will be anybody else’s fault other than his if the GST rises, you can be sure it will come up soon so, since it is impossible to get any truth out of the Coalition, it’s worth having a look at a few GST facts.

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 18:30 Source

Next time a conservative politician or acquaintance tells you that tax cuts for the better off will help the state or nation’s economy, you might want to have ‘the discussion’. Tax cuts for the better off is part of a theory of economics known as ‘trickle-down’ that seeks to prove that if the tax cuts are given to the better off, they will spend more, increasing the demand for goods and services to the direct benefit of the economy as well as the government’s tax revenue. So we’re all on the same page — here is a ‘trickle-down theory’ definition:

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 16:50 Source

They sang 'Only 19' to open the hate-proceedings on the Gold Coast. And the man who wrote the song is far from happy.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 16:03 Source

(From Dali)

Writer-director Olivier Assayas and actress Juliette Binoche first worked together in the 1985 film “Rendez-vous”, which he co-wrote and which made her a star. Then in 2008, Binoche appeared in Assayas’ “Summer Hours”, after which she asked him to write something for her to star in. “Clouds of Sils Maria” is what he came up with, and it is intelligent and brilliant.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 09:34 Source

It’s time we reclaimed Australia. Because I love this country and I hate to see it being sullied by bigotry and racism. I’ve got a simple message for those people who think it’s acceptable to rally in capital cities on Easter Saturday in order to send a message about their hatred and intolerance of people who are different from them. You are not the type of Australians I want in our country. Of course I would never tell you that you must leave, and of course I wouldn’t imply that you should be forcibly removed.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 09:21 Source

An Easter reflection from Sir Scotch Mistery.

We are a weird mob, us Australian blokes. Here in the Australian Independent Media Network we are at pains to discuss the issues which are part of the political process which we rail against, but for most of us at the end of the day, we are deathly afraid of the elements that make up the nature of us as men.

Simply put, we are afraid of anything that comes out of our mouths which may indicate weakness.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 09:09 Source

Violence erupted between rival groups at the ‘Reclaim Australia’ yesterday.

Guest blogger Melissa Frost gives her views.


Are you happy, Abbott?

Australia is in the middle of a civil war it doesnt need to have.

An ideological civil war and today 4th April 2015 a near riot nationwide between those wanting multiculturalism and those opposing multiculturalism. And yet globally Australia is seen as one of the most successful multi cultural societies.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 08:00 Source



To help celebrate Chocolate Day….

Cake Recipe

1 1/2 cups of Self-Raising flour

1/4 cup of cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup light oil (oil of your choice, eg sunflower, macadamia)

1 cup of water

1. Preheat oven to 160°C / 320°F.

Line a cake tin with baking paper.

2. Sift together flour and cocoa, add sugar mix well.

3. Add vanilla extract and oil.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 02:20 Source

April already

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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 00:16 Source
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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 00:15 Source

In early 2014 the Abbott Government extended the Transfield Services* contract to cover both Nauru and Manus Island centres and this contract was reportedly worth $1.2 billion.In February 2014 an asylum seeker was murdered in the Manus detention centre.In May 2014 the Cornall report into the incident leading to his death and serious injury to other asylum seekers was handed to the government.By November

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 18:58 Source

In an astonishing admission, Julie Bishop told the Sunday Telegraph in February 2013 that she only agreed to pursue Gillard for her involvement with the AWU after the Prime Minister accused Abbott of misogyny.

“Tony had always given Gillard the benefit of the doubt, he’d always thought there was a line she would never cross,” the now Foreign Minister said.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 16:48 Source



Getting children to bed can often be an exercise in frustration and a test of patience.

Guest blogger Matt Rae offers some suggestions.

A question for the ages. How do you get your toddler to go to sleep?

To be honest, if I had THE answer, I’d be a millionaire by now. As most, if not all parents out there will know, getting your little one to bed can be quite a task. They can be a manipulative bunch, and will try anything to stall, or avoid going to bed at any cost. At least ours does.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 14:36 Source

Author’s Note.

I have a Facebook friend with whom I converse about many things from poetry to politics. Friday night he asked me if THE AIMN would publish some information about a group he was involved with. I said I would consider it after I looked at the Facebook page. I went to the Reclaim Australia and was horrified at the blatant racism of it. It is supported by the likes of Cory Bernardie, Janet Albrechtsen and Pastor Danny Nalliah.

I noted that they were having rallies this weekend all over Australia.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:37 Source

One of the national organisers of today’s ‘Reclaim Australia’ rallies has been caught out in a racist online rant against Aboriginal people. Max Chalmers reports.

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The Tally Room Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:00 Source

Earlier this week, while most of us were distracted by the New South Wales election results, the ACT Electoral Commission released draft boundaries for the next election.

Electoral boundaries are reviewed after every election, but most changes have been minor since the ACT’s electorates were still used at the 1995 election.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 08:46 Source

The arguments over the economy tempt me to intervene. So much that is being proposed is dunderheaded, and I note, without surprise, the articulation of massive untruths.

One of these is that average Australians are more ‘prosperous’ than they were in, say, 1973.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 04:02 Source

       Destroy The JointSince 1 January 2015 twenty-eight women have died in violent incidents.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Australian Council Of Social Services, 1 April 2015:Drop unfair plan to lower pension indexation, reform super and pension assets test insteadThe Australian Council of Social Service today issued a call to the Federal Parliament to reject the plan to lower the Indexation of pensions that would severely impact all pensioners, and instead focus on eligibility for the part-pension and reforming the unfair retirement incomes system, including superannuation tax concessions.The decision to reduce the Indexation of pens

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The Tally Room Friday, April 3, 2015 - 22:54 Source

This will be the last ‘late counting’ post. At this point, it seems possible to call the results in Lismore, Gosford and The Entrance, in addition to East Hills which has seemed clear for a couple of days.

Labor has narrowly gained Gosford and The Entrance, while the Liberal Party has held on in East Hills as predicted in recent days.

The Nationals have also maintained their lead in Lismore, with the Greens failing to see a shift in how preferences flowed on Thursday and Friday’s counting.

East Hills

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 18:27 Source

My computer is working again. It was only the charger, it seems, that was at fault. I will do a review of the next season of House of Cards, and of the fine film Cyberbully, in the next twelve hours …

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:57 Source

Bit of a slow start to the Easter break.. I’ll be adding more links over the break. From the team at MB to you and yours , Happy Easter ! We hope the short break treats you well. It would appear now that the rest of Australia is finally waking up to what MB has

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:15 Source

In Melbourne’s Richmond Council in the 1950s and 60s, it was said the dead voted on a regular basis to help keep a Labor clique…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 3, 2015 - 11:24 Source

Whether it was Joh Bjelke-Petersen saying “Don’t you worry about that” or Tony Abbott saying “The adults are back in charge”, the comfort of handing over the reins just isn’t there.

Don’t get me wrong.  I would love to sit back, knowing that clear heads and steady hands were steering the ship, that lookouts were warning us about icebergs and bad weather ahead, secure in the knowledge that, if something unforeseen should happen, a spot in the lifeboat awaits with a short period of discomfort before being rescued.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 3, 2015 - 11:01 Source

Every now and then we have some journalist telling us that the current generation is functionally illiterate because some young person mis-spelled “manoeuvre”, while ignoring the vast number of mistakes in the mainstream media. (One of my favourtes was when Channel 10 posted underneath a photo of Brad Haddin, alleging that he was Australia’s “wicked keeper”… Mm, perhaps they may be on to something!)

However, it’s people’s lack of a basic education in legal and economic principles that most concerns me.

For example, yesterday morning, I read this piece of nonsense in “The Age”:

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Shoot, it landed in the golf course. Gonna be hard to get it down the--oh, never mind, it rolled onto the ice hazard. Face-off!

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The Tally Room Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:18 Source

Over the next few days I will be posting about a number of the most interesting seats in the NSW election, including a breakdown of the seat’s results by sub-area, and maps of booth results. The first seat today is Lismore.

Lismore has been the most captivating seat so far in the election, with a large swing to the Greens and Labor putting the Greens in with a chance of winning a Nationals seat that was held with a margin of well over 20%.

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