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Labor View From Bayside Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 12:41 Source

The people of Sandringham have been enjoying an unusual election season with a highly visible and focused Labor campaign and a strong independent candidate. ALP candidate Christina Zigouras’ energetic and responsive approach has been in stark contrast to Murray Thompson.

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Labor View From Bayside Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:56 Source

There is already speculation about who will replace Denis Napthine as leader of the Victorian Liberals after the 29 November election.Our local Liberal member is rumoured to have had only one supporter for leader when Napthine was elected, himself. It is a pity that he did not choose to join Ted Baillieu by retiring this time. After 22 years of cruising in a so-called safe seat, he has become an invisible, unaccountable representative.

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 15:53 Source

It's always good to be published in a Murdoch paper, especially during a State election. So here's my letter to the Bayside Leader published 18 Nov 2014:Here's the digital version:

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The Sniper Monday, November 17, 2014 - 14:04 Source

Politicians lie to avoid telling the truth.

There seems to be a consensus that politicians lie in order to get elected. Those who tell the truth tend to lose elections.

The consensus theory says the electorate wants to be lied to because it does not want to hear the truth.

I challenge this theory. I can’t imagine anyone thinking ‘I want you to lie to me. Tell me there will be no income tax increase because I’ll vote for you and if you win and then increase my income tax that will be just fine. Thank you very much.’

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Red Bluff Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:49 Source

My latest Global Voices post: What World Leaders Should Discuss at Brisbane's G20 Summit

The G20 summit on 15- 6 November 2014 has done what terrorism has never managed to do – shutdown the centre of an Australian city, namely Brisbane. Just the arrival of Barack Obama has been a showstopper.

Watch this space.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:36
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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:36 Source

According to the Herald Sun yesterday:

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 19:38 Source

By Barry Tucker                  8 November, 2014

We have what seems to be the opening shot in the commercial news and entertainment media’s campaign for consolidation of outlets.

It came in a statement to the annual general meeting by Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett on Thursday, 6 November, 2014.

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The Sniper Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 14:45 Source

Tony Abbott’s so-called Liberal government seems determined to run Australia by fear.

For reasons it can’t adequately explain, it has begun introducing a raft of laws affecting the personal privacy of internet users and whistleblowers and raising the threat of jailing journalists who “disclose information” about special security operations.

There will soon be a new department of Homeland Security.

Why? Probably because the USA has one.

This “Liberal” government, with links to US Tea Party nutters, seems hell bent on making Australia look like the USA in every possible way.

Why? Because it can.

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The Angle Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:37 Source

deck maintenance serviceEveryone desires the deck to look like an attractive out-of-doors addition to their home that would last for a very long period of time. However, it might also turn out to be a dangerous and an ugly thing with no proper maintenance and treatment. The timber should be ensured to be proficiently taken care of by decking oil.

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Red Bluff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:03 Source

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has launched a new video series - Have You Got That Right?:

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 08:50 Source

Adrift in an endless galactic sea, the bogan can sometimes feel so small. Not even bicep curls and a gigantic house can lend the bogan a sufficient sense of scale. Then there’s the minor problem of eternity. 24 months interest free is baaasically forever, but what about after that?

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The Sniper Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 19:22 Source

The leader of the federal Liberal National party coalition government, Tony
Abbott, has made two statements about the Liberal party in the week that marks its 70th anniversary. The statements are similar. I am going to refer to remarks he has made about families and how the party’s policies affect them.

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The Sniper Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Liberal government leader Tony Abbott has lied in a personal letter to Australia’s 1.7 million pensioners. The mail-out cost $1.2 million.

His letter says claims that the government is cutting pensions are “… not true. There are no cuts to pensions”.

On the eve of the 2013 federal election Abbott said there would be “no changes to pensions”. But the federal budget of May 2014 revealed that future pension increases would be indexed to the consumer price index (CPI) instead of the Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI), or the male average weekly earnings.

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The Sniper Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 16:14 Source

Two new Progressive political parties offer hope for change in Australia’s political governance.

For too long the country has laboured under the influence of what can only be loosely described as Left and Right political philosophies. Those philosophies have never been rigidly fixed and — since the mid-’70s — have been shifting.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 13:58 Source

By Barry Tucker                    9 October, 2014

It is often said this or that journalist works for a police or spy agency. It is rare for one to come out and confirm it.

Udo Ulfkotte has done just that. Moreover, he claims the western news media, almost in its entirety, has come under the influence of the USA’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Ulfkotte went public because, he says, he fears the CIA is trying to start a war with Russia.

Ulfkotte, a former editor of Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, had been working in the USA, where he claims he was maintained by the CIA.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 19:39 Source

By Barry Tucker                    7 October, 2014

An article in last Friday’s The Daily Telegraph — describing Young as “the unofficial Muslim capital of the outback” — was contradictory, misleading and inaccurate, according to Young’s civic leaders.

Their rebuttal appeared in The Young Witness, a Fairfax Regional Media publication.

According to the mayor, John Walker, and the council’s general manager, Peter Vlatko, the story painted a very different picture of the town they know and what they see every day.

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Red Bluff Monday, October 6, 2014 - 17:23 Source

From my latest post for Global Voices Online: Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament

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Public Opinion Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:06 Source

The Abbott Government's rhetoric is that they are absolutely determined to stop the trajectory that Labor left, which is debt going to $667 billion in 10 years, which is $25,000 for every man, woman and child. They won't give up on doing what is right to address the legacy that Labor left. We are paying a billion dollars a month every single month just to pay the interest on Labor's debt. Without change, that is ratcheting up to $3 billion a month.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 10:22 Source


By Barry Tucker                    28 September, 2014

In a rare article — written at the end of a strange week — The Guardian’s Deputy Political Editor, Katharine Murphy, illustrated some failings of the news media.

Some might say it’s a timely article. Others might say it’s long overdue.

It was triggered by the news media’s handling of a national security alert that began a week earlier and culminated a few days later in the death of Abdul Numan Haider. Haider was shot by a policeman after Haider attacked him and a colleague with a knife outside a Melbourne suburban police station.

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Damian Smith Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 11:34 Source

Treebeard: Hroom, hmm, come, my friends. The Ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the Ents. 


I turn 30 at the end of the year. A significant milestone some would say. But next week, something far more momentous is happening. The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be playing in the grand final. Momentous because, in my nearly 30 years of life, this has NEVER happened.

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Public Opinion Friday, September 26, 2014 - 13:07 Source

The first tranche of the Abbott government's new anti-terror legislation---the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No 1) yesterday passed the Senate yesterday with bipartisan support. This amends the ASIO Act 1979 by adding a new section 35P (amongst others) to extend existing state and federal prohibitions on the disclosure of information regarding policing for anti-terrorist purposes.

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Public Opinion Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 09:58 Source

The Abbott Government continues to say that its intervention in the 3rd Iraq War is for humanitarian reasons. It is, the ministers say, a limited intervention to assist the Yazidi minority group in Iraq earlier this year after Isis attacked them. Now we have an estimated 100,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State (Isis) advances across north-east Syria. Recall that the US armed IS to fight the Assad Syrian regime.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 13:03 Source


By Barry Tucker                    22 September, 2014

When beheadings are on people’s minds, it might be assumed that is what is meant by a terror incident.

Apparently the news media made this assumption last week when intelligence and police briefings referred to an intercepted phone call related to creating an incident.

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Friday, September 19, 2014 - 17:57 Source

By Barry Tucker                    19 September, 2014

The Daily Telegraph’s gossip columnist Annette Sharp sought unflattering pictures of TV presenter Samantha Armytage.

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Public Opinion Friday, September 19, 2014 - 12:27 Source

So we have a counter terrorism raid with over 800 police bursting into homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Logan, hovering helicopters, 15 arrested and detained, four charged. Oh, and the media were duly recruited and the major mainstream TV outlets supplied with footage of the commando-style operations, filmed and supplied by the police themselves. The police also helpfully supplied still shots of the action to the newspapers.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 13:58 Source


By Barry Tucker                    18 September, 2014

I know of many women in leading roles in the MSM, so I find it strange that a researcher claims this is not the case.

In an article for, Why men still run newsrooms, defying the influx of women, academic Louise North says relatively few women reach key decision-making roles. This begs the question: How many seek such roles?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:06 Source


By Barry Tucker                   18 September, 2014

The role of the news media, the printed Press in particular, in reporting, interpreting and commenting on news events and in shaping public opinion are common themes in this blog.

The behaviour of the Press, the MSM generally and even the entertainment media during the six-year term of Australia’s federal Labor government was extraordinary for its anti-government bias.

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Public Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:04 Source

In his ANU Policy Outlook 2014 keynote, "Public policy resilience and the reform narrative", at the ANU Ken Henry, the former Treasury Secretary, argues that policy reform proposals are unlikely to be implemented, and even less likely to prove resilient, unless accompanied by a compelling narrative.

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The Angle Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 21:31 Source

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