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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 19:33 Source


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I was going to pick on Tony for his St Patrick’s Day message, but I see that the Irish have already done that. However, I can’t let the occasion pass without at least a passing raised eyebrow at his comment that St Patrick’s Day is “the one day of the year when it’s good to be green”! So it’s not good to be green any other time? Well, of course not, it slows down that friend to humanity, COAL. Thankfully Coleslaw doesn’t contain any green veggies.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 18:02 Source

Tensions have once again boiled over on the island of Nauru, amid growing protests and clashes between islanders and refugees. WARNING: story contains disturbing images.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:48 Source

Abbott was called a ‘focking eedjut’ by the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, in what Tom Keneally called ‘the least friendly message from Ireland on St Patrick’s Day in world history.’ Abbott, said Enda, had wrongly alleged the Irish got on the piss, wore green, and sang ribald songs in mid-March, ‘an unspeakable calumny’ for which he should be, Enda added, tottering a little, ‘thumped’. It was a measure, some said, of how closely Abbott was observed these days, and vigilantly excoriated whatever the fock he did.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:37 Source

She brought down a right-wing columnist. She was even partly responsible for bringing down a Prime Minister. Chris Graham reports on the passing of Pat Eatock.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 16:33 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Momentum building for global equities Equities across the globe seem to be gathering momentum yet again with expectations of policymakers supporting global growth remaining the key theme. The biggest source of uncertainty at the moment is what will happen with the US and rates […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 16:19 Source

From Dad’s Army: Norges Bank, manager of the $US850 billion Norwegian Government Pension Fund, has outlined the divestment of its interests in 14 coal miners around the world in 2014. Five Australian companies among them included Whitehaven Coal, owner of the Maules Creek project, which has been under constant scrutiny from green groups. See ya […]

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The Tally Room Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Oatley1-2PPOatley is a marginal Liberal seat in southern Sydney, covering Connells Point, Lugarno, Mortdale, Peakhurst, Penshurst, Riverwood and Oatley.

Liberal MP Mark Coure has held Oatley since 2011, and now holds the seat by a 3.8% margin.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:22 Source

US solar giant to combine solar, storage, and software to offer micro-grids as new energy service. It has already built a microgrid “at an undisclosed island location.”

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 15:19 Source

NSW Labor wants mandatory tariffs for solar exports, opportunity for households to trade electricity, and a focus on decentralized generation.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 14:18 Source

Former top UK climate envoy delivers scathing assessment of fossil fuel industry's global warming strategy as "narcissistic, paranoid, and psychopathic".

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:39 Source

NSW overtakes Queensland as biggest solar market, as the overhang in small scale solar certificates looks about to disappear, meaning installer may finally get $40 for their STCs.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:26 Source

Tony Abbott's exact position on climate change has been the source of some conjecture ever since his infamous "climate science is crap" comments.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 13:15 Source

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) carbon budget could provide the scientific basis for a global cap on emissions.

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Damian Smith Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 14:43 Source

I have watched with great interest, and even greater despair, the tragedy of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. It tells us a great deal about the society that we live in and the people we have become. 

It has been, if nothing else, an opportunity, to paraphrase one of my Facebook journalist acquaintances, “to prune my feed of cretins”. 

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:03 Source

On 4 March 2015 tens of thousands of worker and their supporters marched in Melbourne, Australia in defence of working conditions and government services. The rally against Tony Abbott's Coalition government was organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council .

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Red Bluff Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 19:57 Source

What is your first language? Do you use it on social media or in other communications? From my latest post for Global Voices:

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Red Bluff Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 15:43 Source

The Australian Federal Government proposes to crackdown on the use of welfare payments at fast food outlets. This would be part of a new welfare card designed to stop people from spending the majority of their government benefits on alcohol, gambling and poor diet.A trial is to take place involving fast food giants McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Red Bluff Monday, February 16, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Really enjoyed writing this post for Global Voices: Cricket World Cup: 'St Valentine’s Day Massacre' at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Red Bluff Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:13 Source

The vigils continue for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. My roundup for Global Voices of online reactions to the latest developments:Tony Abbott says he has done everything he can but will not engage in “megaphone diplomacy”, according to the Jakarta Post. Many are not convinced:

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The New Social Democrat Monday, February 2, 2015 - 18:08 Source

It wasn’t too long into the ABC coverage of the Queensland election on Saturday night that it became clear the Premier, Campbell Newman, had lost his seat of Ashgrove. It wasn’t too much later that it became clear that he had been on to something with his mantra that Ashgrove would go with government – though this was a coming to pass of his nightmare, ejected from his seat and Labor inching ever closer to forming government, a stunning reversal of the ALP disaster of 2012.

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Labor View From Bayside Monday, February 2, 2015 - 13:54 Source

Live tweeting @TonyAbbotMHR at the National Press Club - haven’t had this much fun since watching Asian Cup final and Queensland elections on Saturday night!

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Red Bluff Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:10 Source

Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa. Photo used with permission.Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa.

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The New Social Democrat Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 19:50 Source

The LNP posted the ad above on Youtube 6 days ago. Strictly speaking it doesn’t make sense, since a “just vote one” for the government will have no impact on the exhaustion of preferences. But, as William Bowe observed in Crikey, obviously they’re trying to reach beyond their base and plant the idea in non-LNP voters’ minds. Good luck with that.

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The New Social Democrat Monday, January 26, 2015 - 20:43 Source

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The New Social Democrat Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 15:39 Source

1781c071c6After a week spent railing against Labor for Alan Jones’ allegations about Stage 3 of the Acland Mine (before i

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Damian Smith Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 14:13 Source

A colleague of mine, Theo, has the one of the most delicious turns of phrase (usually delivered just prior to doing something…risqué) - “fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke”. Which, as far as distilled bon mots go, is just about perfect.

Fuck 'em if they can’t take a joke.

Something that most people don’t realise is that you don’t get to go through life without being offended. You have no sacred right to sail along without ever being presented with something that might upset you. That’s just…well life.

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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:11
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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 00:40 Source

rustic furnitureWhat is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the word furniture?

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Red Bluff Monday, January 5, 2015 - 10:02 Source

The Asian Cup 2015 kicks off on Friday 9 January in Melbourne. Global Voices is covering the unfolding stories.The first post: Countdown to Asian Cup 2015 Hots Up in Australia

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The Sniper Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 18:05 Source

He admits, on global warming or climate change: “… I’ve been a bit of a weather vane”.

He flip-flops on policies, like a weather vane.

His hand-writing looks like this:

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