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Red Bluff Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:32 Source

My post for Global Voices: Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera JournalistsUpdate from @no_filter_Yamba:

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Things Bogans Like Monday, June 23, 2014 - 20:26 Source

It was a simpler time. Back in the good old days, it was enough for the bogan to scuttle onto a cheap flight to Bali or Thailand, get its hair braided, drink Bintang or Chang, and become exceptionally sunburnt. Which is not to say that the bogan can’t still enjoy those things. Instagram now groans under the weight of filtered photos of new tattoos and scooter accidents.

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Things Bogans Like Monday, June 23, 2014 - 20:26 Source

It was a simpler time. Back in the good old days, it was enough for the bogan to scuttle onto a cheap flight to Bali or Thailand, get its hair braided, drink Bintang or Chang, and become exceptionally sunburnt. Which is not to say that the bogan can’t still enjoy those things. Instagram now groans under the weight of filtered photos of new tattoos and scooter accidents.

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 15:28 Source

The Boardwalk #1In 2012 political donations to parties in Queensland were capped at $5000. Donations from related corporations were treated as one from a single entity. Anonymous donations of $200 or more were banned.However, there was a get-out-of-jail-free card. Gifts to political parties were uncapped so long as they were not for campaign purposes.

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Red Bluff Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:32 Source

From my latest post for Global Voices:

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 17:45 Source

Money to burnIt is easy to guess why cigarette company Phillip Morris gave the Liberal and National parties more than $100,000 before the 2013 Federal election. But why do other companies and business people make political donations of thousands of dollars?

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Damian Smith Monday, June 9, 2014 - 21:27 Source

To The Hon. Bill Shorten,

Mr Shorten, I’m concerned.

My concerns regard yourself and the party that you lead and represent. Recent reports speculate that you are considering not blocking supply to this farcical attempt at fascism masquerading as a budget, that you would consider doing so “undemocratic”.

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The New Social Democrat Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 14:31 Source

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Damian Smith Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 15:55 Source

A few months ago I wrote a post which went a little viral. It was a detailed precis about how the Abbott government is descending rapidly into fascism. The fascist traits in this case were defined in 2003 by Dr Lawrence Britt in his very pertinent work “The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism" which can be found here.

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Labor View From Bayside Friday, May 23, 2014 - 15:07 Source

More on the murky world of New South Wales Liberal Party fundraising and donations:In yesterday’s homework for Dare We Call it Whitehousegate, the challenge was to identify the 2009 managing director of Tenko Management Pty Ltd.

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 14:33 Source

The strange case of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's daughter and her scholarship to the Whitehouse Institute has all sorts of connections. [Disclaimer: No inference of wrongdoing should be drawn from any of this information.]Some background from the Guardian Australia:

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Red Bluff Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:03 Source

Some initial reactions on twitter to Australia's deal to resettle successful asylum seekers in Cambodia:!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.c

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Damian Smith Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 14:51 Source

There’s a routine I do in my show where I compare the front page stories of the major newspapers of whatever city I happen to find myself in at the time. Since this is Australia it is usually a comparison of the local Fairfax offering and some News Limited pabulum. 

I tend to write out a full script of all my shows, word for word. I can deviate from that structure, but I need to have the structure there to feel comfortable. It’s an aspie thing. Here is, word for word, the script for the routine:“Compare the front page stories for that day”

That’s it.

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The New Social Democrat Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:32 Source

4689010-3x4-700x933Clive Palmer’s negotiations with Christopher Py

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The New Social Democrat Monday, May 19, 2014 - 14:12 Source

Tony Abbott has been caught out claiming that the Howard government “took a big hit in the polls” after its first budget in 1996.

This is not true.

But you have to wonder what the “sales strategy” on the Budget is now all about?

Maybe the Prime Minister is trying to convince himself.

More likely, he’s talking to his own troops, who are probably in a state of considerable disarray and panic.

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The New Social Democrat Monday, May 19, 2014 - 12:20 Source

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The Stump Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 Source

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

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