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I’m alright Jack

May 26, 2015 - 15:06 -- Admin

One of the things that has defined Australia in the past, given us a sense of pride, and made this country such a wonderful place to live, is our sense of community be it local, regional, or global.

When hard times strike, be it a death in the family, a town destroyed by bushfires or floods, a Pacific island devastated by a cyclone, a world torn apart by war, Australians have traditionally rallied around, sharing what they have and pitching in to help.

The Bear Pit called ‘Question Time’

May 26, 2015 - 06:36 -- Admin

Question Time in the Australian Parliament is an insult to the intelligence of reasoned people. Although it is only watched by those with a professional interest and political tragics like me, it is nonetheless the prism through which the Australian public form a perception of their politicians.

Now and then news services showcase Question Time and voters are left wondering if it’s for real or just a group of bad actors auditioning for play school.

Why the budget will fail

May 25, 2015 - 09:27 -- Admin

Joe Hockey is sitting on a knife edge, just like our economy. His 2015-16 fiscal statement (the budget) is predicated on the expectation that the Australian business community will awaken from their slumber. He thinks they will kick-start our economy back to a growth rate that will absorb a sizeable chunk of the unemployed.

The Black Hole and Big Bang Theory

May 24, 2015 - 16:17 -- Admin

A illustrated short story about life and death and beyond by, AIMN reader Bob Rafto.

It was like a eureka moment as the picture below came to its conclusion with a number of titles to choose from. From the cradle to the grave was the first title to spring to mind, followed by the Twilight Zone and a Couple of Lost Souls and From Black Hole to Black Hole and I chose the latter and the 2nd pic following is titled the Big Bang.

Misbehaving, My Ex-wife and Money.

May 24, 2015 - 10:42 -- Admin

When I first started reading Richard H. Thaler’s “Misbehaving – The Making of Behavioual Economics”, I couldn’t help but think of my ex-wife.

Now, I realise tales of one’s ex are always problematic. As Christine Keeler so eloquently said all those years ago, “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” However, I’m going to step right in and risk it.

Nudge to humans from planet Earth: How many warnings do you lot need?

May 23, 2015 - 22:04 -- Admin

By Keith Davis.

“Hi Humans. Lately you may have noticed that I have accelerated the melt rate of my Antarctic Glaciers. Lately you may have noticed that I have been experimenting in my lab with the creation of even bigger and better super storms. Lately you may have noticed that I have been expanding my deserts at an ever increasing rate.

My thoughts on the Week That Was

May 23, 2015 - 06:39 -- Admin

Saturday 16 May

1. Every time, when talking about superannuation, Joe Hockey says “it’s their money” I am infuriated. The 15% tax discount given to high income earners is funded by the taxpayer.

2. “Those who benefit most from taxpayer-funded education are companies who demand the highest standards. Why are they not made to pay an education levy?”