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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 02:20 Source

April already

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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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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Self praise is no recommendation, which suggests the Australian Government’s description of itself could lack some insight. Max Chalmers reports.


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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 08:04 Source

FV Dirk Dirk now known as the Geelong StarPhoto: www.maritimetraffic.comThe FV Dirk Dirk owned by Parlevliet & Van der Plas Beheer B.V.

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 00:15 Source

How it starts – with a knock at the door.Excerpt from 2011 submission, by northern NSW beef cattle and mixed broad acre farmers Brenden Smith and Angie Smith to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry Into Coal Seam Gas:Our farms are situated in PEL 470 and we were approached by a representative from Planet Gas to put an exploration well on one of our properties.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 20:15 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 Tally Room Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 20:02 Source

In Lismore, I’ve changed my estimated preference flows based on fresh information from scrutineers suggesting the Greens are not picking up quite enough Labor preferences to win. Having said that, this is still a projection and the Lismore result is still unclear.

In East Hills, the Liberal Party has solidified their lead, and look set to win the seat.

Labor extended their lead in The Entrance, and the projected Liberal victory has become smaller. In Gosford, Labor has regained the lead, and the projected Liberal victory there has also become smaller.


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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 18:37 Source

Clouds boiled. Not just blacks and greys, purple, crimson, all and every colour. Each cloud changed colour in the corner of her eye, so that when she looked again it was different. They hurtled across the sky swirling and were stationary. And yet, there was no wind. The land around her was flat; hills grew, towered, shrank and disappeared. There were rocks and there was flat sand. It was arid with dust twisting and shimmering […]

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 18:12 Source

It's a new look ministry for the Baird government in NSW, with a bit of payback thrown in for good measure. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:16 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets China key for Q2 It has been a choppy start to the quarter for global markets and I get a sense that this will be a dominant theme through the Q2. While equities mostly enjoyed a strong Q1, it’s clear that without the support

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:10 Source

Here’s a nice way to go to Easter from the AFR: “The tide is turning,” Pengana Capital strategist Ric Ronge said. “We can’t ring the bell and tell you when commodities are going to rally but common sense suggests there’s more upside than downside.” He estimated global resources were trading at more than a 20 per

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:00 Source

Preliminary figures from the NSW Legislative Council election reveal that iVote has an even larger 'donkey vote' than traditional paper ballot papers.

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TPS Extra Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 15:30 Source

It was as his daughter Angela read from Ecclesiastes 3 at the State Funeral of Malcolm Fraser that I was reminded of these memorable words:

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