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politicalowl Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 14:05 Source

There's always a risk in voting a man out of his job when your government only has a majority of one. Would the National Party party room on Monday week take the risk of Barnaby Joyce singing this song if the numbers went against him?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 12:21 Source

Our politicians and, to a large degree, our media, do not seem to understand the real implications of the Joyce Affair. As Dr Simon Longstaff AO, the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, wrote: In helping Mr Joyce evade responsibility, our government has put yet another nail in the coffin of Ministerial (and personal) responsibility.…

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politicalowl Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:47 Source

An update on the Owl's coverage of the way the Sydney Tele has been leading the way on the Barnaby Joyce story.It's still on page on

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:35 Source

I have to use a Clearwipe on the laptop screen because splatter from expectorant and other assorted disgust has sullied it to the point where I can't tell if that's punctuation or a bit of yuck.It's near nine-years-old, this machine, bought when still working and on a discount. It's served me well—and still does 'cos all I use it for now is writing and research.But it does need a good clean to get the lung-ejected remnants and bodies of insects past from me making mistakes such as missing a period because of spotting.

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:03 Source
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The Piping Shrike Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 11:02 Source

David Rowe AFR

I am not here to moralise.

Turnbull, 15 February 2018

This creeping notion that women need protection from men, that we are weak creatures against men’s rampant desire for sex, is not good for women. It’s regressive.

Gay Alcorn, Guardian

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 08:08 Source

In what must be the first time in a number of days, Tony Abbott was openly critcical of the Prime Minister in an interview last week. Mr Abbott thought that Malcolm Turnbull’s public admonishing of Barnaby Joyce was a poor way to handle things, telling us: ‘I am just not going to get into any…

The post Tony Mansplains Why Malcolm Shouldn’t Malsplain In Public! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 06:59 Source

Regional seat polling, an eleventh hour withdrawal by Labor's lead upper house candidate, signs of improving Labor morale, and more besides.

The post South Australian election minus four weeks appeared first on The Poll Bludger.

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 00:57 Source
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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 00:15 Source

Journalist Nikki Savva writing in The Australian, 15 February 2018:

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politicalowl Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 20:45 Source

This email from a reader has just been received.

The Owl’s description of our Tones as the “winged warrior” [see The joke about a Tony Abbott comeback] is out of order,NOT HAPPY,Andrew of Adelaide

Look at this introductory episode of he white winged warrior - The most fantastic crimefighter the world has ever known- and judge for yourself.

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politicalowl Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 20:27 Source
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George Monbiot Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 18:48 Source

A US-UK trade deal threatens to export the horrors of US corporate livestock production

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 14th February 2018


It looks like a proper zombie apocalypse. Bacteria we thought we had conquered are on the march again, defeating almost all attempts to slaughter them. Having broken through the outer walls, they have reached our last lines of defence. Antibiotic resistance is among the greatest threats to human health.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 18:43 Source

I just saw in the chicken pen there is a foam or plastic number nine or the letter g.I do not know how this alpha-numeracy came to be. It's the second weirdest thing found in the pen since that rubber Darth Vader head.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 18:30 Source

After reading this piece by Jacqueline Maley titled “The Barnaby Joyce affair: when men make abysmal choices women pay the price,” I’m more than a little exercised. Yes, it is true that Joyce’s lover, Vikki Campion, may well find herself unemployable whilst Joyce seems (at this moment, who knows about the next) relatively secure in…

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 17:57 Source

With thanks to The Beach BoysBecause I have PTSD, if I am also physically vulnerable then my anxiety level is up and my wounded brain interprets some sounds as threats.Being half-naked and facing away from the door in a metal shed makes me feel  vulnerable. A bunch of metal on metal noises happened outside and I asked for who it was to go away because my brain treated then as scary noises. They did, but then they came back for more activity. Freshly scared I asked again but then they came back one more time.After the ride and after the shower I explained why but was met with fatigue.

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politicalowl Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 15:33 Source
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We are all dead. Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:22 Source

This blog is defunct.

I’m now blogging on policy, politics, and data viz at and on Australian football at

Thanks for reading.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:19 Source

There is mass outrage today at the news that Turnbull has pressured the ABC to take down and censor parts of an article by Emma Alberici which analysed how little tax some of Australia’s largest companies pay. This story wreaks of a scandalous government intervention in a publicly owned free press. But this isn’t the…

The post The truth bomb that terrifies Turnbull appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 12:12 Source

I was grappling with my past when a karmic moment dropped—their hate made me beautiful.I spent a childhood smothered in negativity from my diversion to the norm—that my mother caused—which caused on-set of depression at ten.It never left; it will never go. My brain is a brain riddled to the core with depression—countered with medication, counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy.  And occasional moments like this; their hate made me beautiful.I don't mean in the literal sense; I'm ugly as fuck and would find no ability to work as an extra because my oddity draws focus.

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Matt Cowgill Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:50 Source

This post is part of a series in which I try to improve graphs I find around the web.

The Financial Times is home to some of the best data visualisation in the world today. They have a team of super talented graph wonks churning out all sorts of interesting charts in the kind of minimalist style I like. But occasionally I see FT graphs that could be improved with a few tweaks, like this one on Brexit from Martin Sandbu’s excellent daily newsletter:

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Matt Cowgill Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 11:00 Source


I’m starting this new blog as an outlet for graphs and little bits of analysis I do in my spare time. The posts will usually (though not always) relate to economics, public policy, and/or politics, but it won’t be political in the sense of advancing or defending a particular agenda.

I’m going to use this blog in part as graph practice, which will include re-making graphs I find elsewhere that I think can be improved.


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Inside Story Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 10:05 Source

On Friday, Barnaby Joyce put the gloves back on. After long days of morose self-flagellation, the deputy prime minister sprang up and about, doing what he does best: lashing opponents with those considerable verbal skills. Only this time the attack was directed at his senior partner and prime minister. Still, it must have felt good to be back on the front foot, seizing the day, marshalling the troops.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 08:35 Source

The implosion of Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s political career, amid the growing scandal over his adulterous relationship with a female staffer comes at a fortuitous time. The Religious Freedom Review, an inquiry set up to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion, has just closed…

The post Barnaby Joyce, religious freedom and moral outrage appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:48 Source

idiot nationidiot nation

The millionaire paying Barnaby Joyce's rent runs a business that is benefiting financially from one of the Deputy Prime Minister's most contentious projects, the relocation of the Australian Pests and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:42 Source

looney tunes

US investigators have long signalled their belief that Prigozhin, a 56-year-old billionaire businessman, is behind Russia’s internet troll factories.

Nicknamed the “Kremlin’s chef”, Prigozhin once ran Putin’s favourite restaurant in St Petersburg, after which he was awarded multi-billion pound state catering contracts.

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:32 Source
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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:28 Source

Here’s my weekly column for The New Daily. You can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to become one of my Patreon supporters for as little as $1 a month!

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 06:00 Source

Saturday 17 February 2018 What a week it was in Australian politics. And to finish it off the Prime Minister gave the Deputy Prime Minister and the Parliament a lecture in private and public sexual morality. Something for which no one has an ownership of other than the standard society itself sets. Sexual morality is…

The post Day to Day Politics: When two egos butt heads. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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