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Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 21:47
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Grog's Gamut Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 21:47 Source

Today was an odd one of the election. There were a couple new policies released, but it wasn’t much of a big deal.

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Grog's Gamut Monday, August 19, 2013 - 21:48 Source

So the big splash for the Libs in the friendly SDT 1Sunday papers was all about babies. Well no, but that was the way it was spun. It was actually about Abbott’s 3 year old paid parental leave scheme. You have to love that a policy first announced in early 2010 is still able to badged up as an exclusive that deserves a front page massage.

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Friday, August 16, 2013 - 21:57
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Friday, August 16, 2013 - 21:57
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Grog's Gamut Friday, August 16, 2013 - 21:57 Source

Today was not a good day to be an Australian voter. We were treated today as though we are a bunch of racists.

People like to say that voters are to blame for the asylum seeker policies. I don’t think that’s true, anymore than the reason we don’t have same sex marriage in this country is because voters are a bunch of homophobes.

But there are some days when our politicians treat us like it is true. Because they offer up policies that suggest that we want nothing more than to dump as much filth onto refugees as we possibly can, purely because of who they are.

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Heathen Scripture Friday, August 16, 2013 - 04:13 Source

There is a strange magic to aeroplanes.

I’m not just talking about the mechanics of flight, explained in the same terms of bilateral air pressure variance that apply to a cricket ball’s swing. Of course the physics are remarkable enough; that confluence of lift, drag, weight and thrust that allows three hundred tons of metal to glide across air like a skimmed stone. Every take-off, I watch the ground drop away, the world recompose itself into aerial maps, with a reverence akin to the religious.

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The Angle Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:22 Source

Issues With PlumbingPlumbing can be very intimidating to someone that has never done it before. It can easily lead to a bit of information overload because of all of the resources available to new plumbers.

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The Angle Monday, August 5, 2013 - 02:13 Source

Kneeling chair     Do you need some new furniture for your home? Did you just buy a new home? Are you moving into a bigger house? Is some of your current furniture on its last legs?

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Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 11:27

Bob Brown put it best. “I get asked on this immigration question, as with others, well, why aren’t we bringing this government down? Because you get Tony Abbott.”

Politics is the art of the possible. We end up with what is do-able rather than what is desirable. In Australian politics at present, whoever owns the Bogan vote gains Federal office.

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The Angle Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:34 Source

Kitchen renovation tipsThe following kitchen renovation tips will help you transform the room without it resulting in you spending a fortune whilst doing so.

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The Angle Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:34 Source

Kitchen renovation tipsThe following kitchen renovation tips will help you transform the room without it resulting in you spending a fortune whilst doing so.

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:25 Source

“The future is a foreign country,” says the bogan wisely as it looks up from The Daily Telegraph, comfortable that it pulled that quote that it heard on A Current Affair that one time. Quotes always make you sound wise.

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 12:25 Source

“The future is a foreign country,” says the bogan wisely as it looks up from The Daily Telegraph, comfortable that it pulled that quote that it heard on A Current Affair that one time. Quotes always make you sound wise.

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Things Bogans Like Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:29 Source

The bogan is perpetually curious. As the world rockets from dial-up porn to broadband porn to live-streaming HD NBN porn, from Carlisle to Gaga to Skrillex, from real politicians to ‘female’ politicians, it can all get a bit much, and the bogan periodically needs to take stock and assess the state of the universe.

So it Asks Questions.

Powered by an overwhelming desire to know The Truth, the bogan will diligently Ask Questions about the things that are troubling it in this crazy ol’ world.

“Oh, so you’re coming back from maternity leave?”

“What even are male hairdressers?”

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Things Bogans Like Friday, June 14, 2013 - 12:29 Source

The bogan is perpetually curious. As the world rockets from dial-up porn to broadband porn to live-streaming HD NBN porn, from Carlisle to Gaga to Skrillex, from real politicians to ‘female’ politicians, it can all get a bit much, and the bogan periodically needs to take stock and assess the state of the universe.

So it Asks Questions.

Powered by an overwhelming desire to know The Truth, the bogan will diligently Ask Questions about the things that are troubling it in this crazy ol’ world.

“Oh, so you’re coming back from maternity leave?”

“What even are male hairdressers?”

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A Senex View Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 14:02 Source

Paul Krugman recently posted on predictions of the crisis before it happened, in a piece entitled “Non-prophet Economics”. It had a set of propositions about how one should evaluate such claims with which I completely and utterly agree. I’ll quote it in its entirety, because it’s an eminently suitable starting point for evaluating whether a prediction was in fact made:

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A Senex View Friday, May 31, 2013 - 08:30 Source

New Modern Money and Public Purpose Seminar at Sydney University this Friday afternoon (Australian Eastern time), with Bill Mitchell, Sean Carmody, and Peter Kriesler, on

“Macroeconomic Policy Making in Small, Open Economies: An Australian Perspective”.

More details here:

http://www.modernmoneyandpublicpurpose.com/macro-policymaking-in-australia.html

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:27 Source

It is just plain wrong to categorise the bogan as a straightforward, simple creature. There is nothing simple about naming a child “Mhadeziyn”, attempting to perch atop a revolving system of four different interest-free finance facilities, and clutching seventeen different mutually exclusive conspiracy theories about foreigners, allergies, and corporate fat cats.

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Things Bogans Like Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:27 Source

It is just plain wrong to categorise the bogan as a straightforward, simple creature. There is nothing simple about naming a child “Mhadeziyn”, attempting to perch atop a revolving system of four different interest-free finance facilities, and clutching seventeen different mutually exclusive conspiracy theories about foreigners, allergies, and corporate fat cats.

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Things Bogans Like Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 17:51 Source

The bogan understands the universe. From the big bang that started everything approximately 13.75 billion years ago, to The Big Bang Theory that started on Channel 9 on March 12, 2008, the bogan soars over space and time, like a golden, winged Jet Ski with the ability to transcend all of existence.

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Things Bogans Like Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 17:51 Source

The bogan understands the universe. From the big bang that started everything approximately 13.75 billion years ago, to The Big Bang Theory that started on Channel 9 on March 12, 2008, the bogan soars over space and time, like a golden, winged Jet Ski with the ability to transcend all of existence.

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Friday, November 23, 2012 - 08:17
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Things Bogans Like Friday, September 21, 2012 - 15:46 Source

The picture of the bogan that we here have painted for all y’all over the past three years could be described in various ways. The bogan is a multi-faceted beast, hard to easily pigeonhole, which is why such a task requires an exhaustive categorisation of over 250 different things that it likes. But if one were challenged to boil it all down to a single adjective, surely one that would sit near the top of any list is ‘angry’.

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Things Bogans Like Friday, September 21, 2012 - 15:46 Source

The picture of the bogan that we here have painted for all y’all over the past three years could be described in various ways. The bogan is a multi-faceted beast, hard to easily pigeonhole, which is why such a task requires an exhaustive categorisation of over 250 different things that it likes. But if one were challenged to boil it all down to a single adjective, surely one that would sit near the top of any list is ‘angry’.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:50
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Heathen Scripture Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:50 Source

I was cleaning out my phone last night and found this in its dim recesses, from a UK number to Australia last year. Still amazing. Still no idea what the fuck was going on.

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Monday, September 17, 2012 - 14:11

A salute to the captain of the good ship Queensland. On visiting Campbell Newman’s sunny state last week, I was asked to be part of an event called The Sincerest Form of Flattery, in which writers mimic the style of a favourite author. I decided to go with A.B. Paterson. When I’ve got a minute I might rework this, keeping to the Banjo’s original metre. But I rather had to knock this piece together on the day, so this is it, as performed at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Campbell of the Overflow

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Heathen Scripture Monday, September 17, 2012 - 14:11 Source

A salute to the captain of the good ship Queensland. On visiting Campbell Newman’s sunny state last week, I was asked to be part of an event called The Sincerest Form of Flattery, in which writers mimic the style of a favourite author. I decided to go with A.B. Paterson. When I’ve got a minute I might rework this, keeping to the Banjo’s original metre. But I rather had to knock this piece together on the day, so this is it, as performed at the Brisbane Writers Festival.

Campbell of the Overflow

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Heathen Scripture Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 20:29 Source

Here’s one of the more exciting things I’ve been working on while I’ve been away. The record label Elefant Traks is a great Australian institution, founded by The Herd over a decade ago and supporting top-class Australian music and writing ever since.

A few months ago I joined forces with Ozi Batla on a new project. He assembled a supergroup under the ET aegis, with members of The Herd and Metabass joined by ace rapper The Tongue, soul singer Candice Monique, and spoken word legend Adam Gibson. The whole crew is heading to Newcastle in a couple of weeks to offer an intensive workshop combining writing with music. And it’s free.

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