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The Political Sword Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 07:40 Source


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Peter Martin Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 07:04 Source

Open your purse or wallet. If it's empty, apart from cards, you're part of something big.

For the first time, cards account for more of our purchases than cash. Whether its payWave or myki or Opal or MyWay for the small things, or Visa, MasterCard and debit cards for the big ones, we are using cards more often than ever before and taking less cash out of ATMs than at any time in the past 15 years.

Often I have not a single piece of cash on me (much to my children's annoyance).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Sunday March 19 2017 In the political section of my library I have a book written by Jim Cairns, published in 1972, titled The quiet Revolution. On one of its pages Cairns (I couldn’t find it) makes the same statement that ACTU leader Sally McManus, made on Wednesday’s 7.30 when she said that she believed in…

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 00:18 Source

Snowy Hydro Ltd states on its website that: The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority was corporatised on 28 June 2002 under the Snowy Hydro Corporatisation Act 1997 to establish Snowy Hydro Limited. The Snowy Hydro Limited Constitution (Constitution) prescribes the responsibilities of the Board and Snowy Hydro’s reporting obligations, subject to the Corporations Act (Cth) 2001.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 00:16 Source

I’ve grown old waiting for Liberal and Nationals members of parliament to turn and squarely face the reality of global warming and climate change.I suspect that I will be long dead before they actually do.Once more the call went out to government………The Guardian, 7 March 2017:The National Farmers’ Federation has called for a market-based mechanism to secure clean and affordable energy, such as an emissions intensity scheme, joining a long list of organisations urging an end to Australia’

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North Coast Voices Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Minnesota and Maryland joined with the State of Washington in seeking to restrain U.S. President Donald J.

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Duck Pond Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 00:10 Source

Let’s talk about the weather. There have been just three days so far this month without rain.And if this pattern continues, as expected, a record will be broken.

The question arises as to the relationship, if any, to overall global climate change. So what has caused the rain:

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En Passant Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 22:30 Source

Are we able?

All praise our myths
For they are ours
Grown old, stiffed

Lying rivers rage
White lies our lie
Raging torrents the truth

Brave founders arrive
Genocide the befores
The joy of fatal shores

Brave ANZACS protect
Fake freedoms
In foreign deaths

Fair go, mate
It did, and went
Victory, their class hate

Let us rejoice
Young and fleeced
Their wealth, our toil

Silence is the noise
Celebrations, their toys
We play, today

One day
We shall vomit
Their fables

Are we able?

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En Passant Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 22:30 Source

A mythical land

All praise our myths
For they are ours
Grown old, stiffed

Lying rivers rage
White lies our lie
Raging torrents the truth

Brave founders arrive
Genocide befores
The joy of fatal shores

Brave ANZACs protect
Fake freedoms
In foreign deaths

Fair go, mate
It did, and went
Victory, their class hate

Let us rejoice
Young and fleeced
Their wealth, our toil

Silence is the noise
Celebrations, their toys
We play, today

One day
We shall vomit
Their fables

Are we able?

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Club Troppo Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 18:36 Source

We need leaders who get up and out, are close to global megatrends and consumer behaviour, and understand leading indicators for changes to how people will work and live.

A self described “leadership consultant”

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John Quiggin Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 18:29 Source

I read this headline and my immediate thought was that Putin, antivax and the disastrous WA election had finally galvanised our hapless PM into breaking with Pauline Hanson. Alas, it turns out the “her” in question was the newly elected ACTU Secretary Sally McManus, who had dared to espouse the doctrine that it is sometimes appropriate to break unjust laws. McManus joins the company of such monsters as Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

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Your Democracy Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 17:11 Source

Bill Leak RIP...

Jesus has died... 

I mean Bill Leak has died.  

“Not a bad bone in his body” says one of his friends... 

The eulogies, the tears and the glorification will soon turn into beatification. I am surprised the Murdoch outfit has not asked the pope for a comment. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 17:11 Source

Sally McManus is the hero of workers. Turnbull is welcome to try to villainise her, but in doing so, he’s only making himself the enemy. In her first television interview as head representative of people who work, McManus was involved in what media-insiders call a ‘gotcha moment’. Courtesy of the get-me-a-gotcha-moment-in-place-of-any-useful-political-analysis-queen, Leigh Sales. In their…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 16:56 Source

2010 Sydney Launch: Zero Carbon Australia: Stationary Energy Plan  Malcolm Turnbull: (eight days before the 2010 federal election) Transcript You know, it’s an interesting thing, Quentin made the point that this issue, this issue of clean energy and climate change has not been at the forefront of this election. And Bob Carr just said to…

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Harrangue Man Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 16:16 Source

Chicken noiseThe chickens are noisy cluckers. I was trying to watch TV on a laptop whilst riding and their cluckery impeded comprehension. I yelled "SHUT UP, CHICKENS!"To my surprise, they did.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 16:04 Source

It's Skyfire here in the nation's capital, the annual firework extravaganza that cracks off over Lake Burley Griffin. I'm not sure if I have ever been—I have a vague memory of going  once—but as for 2017 that's an industrial strength Neddy No. I have PTSD and for me noise and crowds are a problem; add fireworks to that and I'd be like a scared toy dog unsecured in a porous backyard—I'd bolt to anywhere not near that and be found later across the border at the RSPCA compound in Queanbeyan.Toy dogs have much sense; evolution has made them for beauty and fight avoidance. That's not to say all people with PTSD are like me.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 10:10 Source

It takes a pretty screwed up world for there to even be rumours of Peter Dutton being touted as a future leader. We could talk about his dismal failure as a Health Minister, rated by the industry as the worst ever, or his failure as Immigration Minister to find any solution for the poor souls…

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 09:58 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: electricity prices, Malcolm Turnbull, penalty rates, Sally McManus, unions

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Poll Bludger Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 07:08 Source

Formal distribution of preferences starts today, which presumably means we’re pretty much at the end of the primary vote count, so I haven’t bothered with another update of the results. The picture is clear, with all the close seats (Pilbara, Jandakot, Joondalup, Murray-Wellington and Kingsley) having broken to Labor. Still very much of interest though is the upper house, where we have the rather peculiar situation of what is presumably an all-but-complete count of above-the-line votes, but no information whatsoever on below-the-line votes.

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John Quiggin Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 06:15 Source

I was planning a post, looking at the Brexit negotiations in terms of game theory (more precisely, bargaining theory), but Frances Coppola has saved me the trouble. One reason for my hesitation was concerns similar to those expressed by Ariel Rubinstein, in a 2013 piece that seems to be having a bit of a revival lately. Still, whether or not game theory helps, I think Coppola has it about right.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Saturday March 18 2017 “Just because we are governed by clowns it doesn’t mean we have to laugh.” The unedifying, undiluted, unplugged Jay and Josh press conference, or more appropriately called circus SA, between two monkeys on steroids showed Australians just why our politics has degenerated into a three-ring circus. In this instance, however, my…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:18 Source

"The general manager was an employee until late this afternoon. I believe his decision is in the best interest for the council and the Clarence Valley. It would not be appropriate for me to make further comments on his resignation."  [Clarence Valley local government councillor Karen Toms quoted in The Daily Examiner, 10 March 2017]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:16 Source

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:15 Source

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Poll Bludger Friday, March 17, 2017 - 23:36 Source

The weekend edition of The West Australian has results of a ReachTEL poll of federal voting intention in Western Australia, presumably conducted on Thursday night. It shows Labor with a lead of 53-47, which if borne out would amount to a 7.6% swing compared with last year’s election. I’m not sure about a federal poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of a state election, but there it is. More detail to follow.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, March 17, 2017 - 21:53 Source

The ABC website will be manually updated with lower house results over the next week. It also needs to be remembered that current Leg Council results do not include below the line votes.

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AustralianPolitics.com Friday, March 17, 2017 - 21:22 Source

Full list of Mark McGowan Labor government Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretaries.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, March 17, 2017 - 20:32 Source

New NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces her first electoral test on 8 April with by-elections in Gosford, Manly and North Shore.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 17, 2017 - 18:13 Source

Media release The Federal Court in Sydney today (17 March 2017) has ruled that asylum seekers have the right to continue their legal fight to keep their mobile phones while in onshore immigration detention, following a class action brought by human rights lawyers the National Justice Project to prevent Serco and Border Force from seizing…

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Club Troppo Friday, March 17, 2017 - 17:42 Source

Black to play

Stefansson vs Carlsen

21. …?
See game for solution.
Difficulty Scale

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