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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 15:20 Source

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Inside Story Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 15:19 Source

At first sight, the 11.6 per cent swing to the Greens at last month’s by-election in the Victorian seat of Northcote looked like a disaster for Labor. But it could have been worse — and last time Northcote voted, it was worse.

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Renew Economy Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 15:08 Source

AGL confirms plans to invest in 1.6GW of wind and solar, plus storage and other technologies, to replace the ageing coal clunker, Liddell, which it will close in 2022, much to the annoyance of the federal Coalition.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 12:12 Source

By Terence Mills The Prime Minister has called for a review of religious protections mainly, the cynical may say, to get the marriage equality legislation through without turning the Marriage Act into a version of War and Peace or more appropriately perhaps, the Ten Commandments. He outlined his reasons as being: “Any reforms to protect…

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Inside Story Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 11:13 Source

Given that Tony Abbott was scarcely a hard act to follow, Malcolm Turnbull should have enjoyed a protracted honeymoon in the top job. Of all Australia’s twenty-nine prime ministers, the stumbling, bumbling, inarticulate Abbott — long to be remembered for his “suppository” and shirtfront gaffes — is arguably the most inept of all, William McMahon notwithstanding.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 09:56 Source

People need to start thinking before they speak. For example, I heard someone say that the proposed company tax cuts were just to benefit Riupert Murdoch. That’s nearly as silly as Donald Trump’s suggestion that because Obama was such a bad president, it’ll be generations before we have another black president. Even if you accept…

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politicalowl Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 09:56 Source

While Malcom warns off the Chinese in pidgin mandarin, we in the suburbs continue to singalong while still offering a lychee branch of friendship.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 09:30 Source

By Loz Lawrey I’ve been hearing terms such as “postmodernism”, “neo-marxism” and “the left” bandied about by right-wing commentators ever more frequently lately, so, in order to clarify my own understanding of the meaning of these verbal brickbats, I’ve been doing some googling. I’ve always thought of myself as a leftie, and proud of it. A…

The post Playing Chess With Pigeons appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 06:58 Source

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Or is there another game afoot? Brian Wieser, senior research analyst at Pivotal Research Group, was as surprised as anyone by the Murdochs decision. “There are economies of scale in media,” he said, and the deal is easy to justify on that basis. But the Murdochs had always seemed more interested in legacy and influence than straight financial rationales for deals. “The rationale is less interesting than the catalyst,” he said.

 

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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 00:16 Source

The Saturday Paper, 6 December 2017:Attorney-General George Brandis has confirmed immigration minister Peter Dutton will take up the new home affairs “super ministry” on December 17.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 00:15 Source

After allegedly giving a number of large political donations to the Liberal, National and Labor parties, wealthy Chinese national and former chairman of the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China, Mr.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 20:27 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politicians, Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, by election, citizenship, conservative, Malcolm Turnbull, marriage equality, moderate, same sex marriage, slide, Tony Abbott

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 19:26 Source

It is appropriate that David Leyonhjelm got into parliament on the donkey vote because he has certainly turned out to be a total ass. In completing the recent obligation for members of Parliament to fill out their citizenship details, Leyonhjelm was his usual juvenile self.  He thought himself so clever, he scanned his answers to…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 19:02 Source

It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberra’s…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 17:59 Source

I am a Baby-Boomer. I served my apprenticeship in the building trade. In my work life/experience, I have had to hold a very pragmatic view on matters structural and while one could concede a variety of methods of construction, it always came back in the basics to fighting against the law of gravity and that…

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 11:32 Source

Yes it is weird to be asking friends and supporters for money, but I do hope that you will consider pitching in a couple of dollars each month to support me in this endeavour.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:58 Source

By Community Action Alliance for NSW At Community Action Alliance for NSW (CAAN) we long ago joined the dots on how the Housing Affordability Crisis was contrived, and why where we live is being destroyed for high-rise precincts along with higher density across our low-rise suburbs for as many as 10 terraces on the lot…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 09:33 Source

One of our core investment themes is that international stocks are the best asset class for Australian investors at this point in the cycle. To date, this has been the right call, with our international portfolio increasing over 13% over the last 4 months on the back of a weak Australian dollar, favourable stock selection

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Your Democracy Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 08:26 Source

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The majority of Mab Treeby’s known Bulletin cartoons, were drawn in the 1920s-early 1930s after she had moved to Sydney. They continued to feature smart society women making vapid wisecracks, eg ‘Kitty: “I’d hate it to ...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Saturday 9 December 1 The battle has been won … against the conservative mindset of a dislike of change that has been, for so many years, locked into the fear of difference and inequality. The voice of public opinion has spoken. The scenes in the House of Representatives when the Marriage Equality Bill was finally…

The post Day to Day Politics: Marriage equality. Time to move on, or is it? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Digitopoly Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 02:24 Source

When asked about the current Bitcoin price increase, pretty much all economists agreed it is a bubble. This is not to say that we wouldn’t have minded being given some bitcoin back in 2011 and have forgotten about it until now. But the massive volatility along with the exponential price movements over the past day, week, month, year or what have you, is something we have seen all too often before. Every decade or so, there is a bubble in something. For 2017, it is bitcoin.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:18 Source

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:16 Source

"We truly hadn't ever considered that people could just be really evil." [Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince in Gizmodo on 1 December 2017, on why this service provider company protects virulent neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer] "Some families, some communities, some cultures breed strife. Governments cannot always fix it.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:15 Source

* The size of this dead elephant indicates that it is likely it was a very young adult when it was shot.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Josh Brown: Here’s how to buy bitcoin, but realize it could be one giant bubble – CNBC Goldman Sachs to clear bitcoin futures – Reuters Bitcoin to start futures trading, stoking Wild West worries – Reuters There’s an argument brewing over the launch of bitcoin futures – Business Insider

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Harrangue Man Friday, December 8, 2017 - 23:44 Source

It's official, people of the same sex can marry in Oz. We're the 28th country to do so and the last of the eyes to do it. But it came at a cost---I read reports of harassment and abuse doubled for LGBTIQ people during the plebiscite, the last gasp of the bigoted who cannot comprehend that such people exist.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 8, 2017 - 20:54 Source

Do the Terms of Reference in the LNP’s Banking Royal Commission challenge the growth of market ideology in federal LNP politics? Denis Bright reports. The Turnbull Government has delivered some tame terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. Expect some tidying up of malpractices within…

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Club Troppo Friday, December 8, 2017 - 20:53 Source

The EU and the UK government have just agreed to muddle on in their negotiations. Nothing is truly decided until everything is decided, but they have adopted a position document (see here) that details what they want the next steps to look like and what they will do in case of disagreement.

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Your Democracy Friday, December 8, 2017 - 20:38 Source

 

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Theresa May arrived in Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier for a final round of negotiations within the first phase of Brexit talks.

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Your Democracy Friday, December 8, 2017 - 19:33 Source

 

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Geoffrey Rush has filed defamation proceedings against The Daily Telegraph, which published allegations the actor behaved inappropriately towards a female cast member in a Sydney Theatre Company (STC) play.

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