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Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network

Jet-setting, funding-cutting Tony

August 28, 2015 - 16:45 -- Admin

By Vanessa Kairies

Watching the Abbott publicity machine in action this week has been sickening.

Visiting cows in his freshly pressed suit was just the beginning. Clueless!

Off he jetted to his annual ‘community visit”. “While I’m here” he thought, “I’ll visit Eddie Mabo’s grave site on Murray Island”.

It was abhorrent.

If our politicians aren’t embarrassed they should be

August 28, 2015 - 16:03 -- Admin

If our politicians aren’t embarrassed they should be.

They are doing such a woeful job that the Australian public has said pullover, I’m taking the wheel.

The Reform summit overwhelmingly agreed that our politicians are trapped in legislative lethargy, consumed by poll driven populism, too afraid to do what must be done, too absorbed by political posturing.

Song Sung Blue

August 28, 2015 - 06:29 -- Admin

A short story written for a competition of 500 words.


“We judge art not by how or why it arrived on the canvas but rather how it speaks once there.”

Clever compassion builds national well-being

August 27, 2015 - 14:30 -- Admin

By Jane Salmon

Last week a rough sleeper died out in the open of sheer cold. She was younger than me. She died in a blue ribbon Liberal voting electorate on the North Shore of Sydney, an area containing some of the wealthiest Aussies in the country. The value of Parliamentarian expenses (rorts) on that particular day would probably have kept her warm and fed for half a year at least.