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December 26, 2014 - 07:01 -- Admin

Author’s note: This is the first of a series of short stories by John Lord for the holiday period. Some will be re posts that new subscribers will not have read. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

‘The red rose whispers of passion

And the white rose breaths of love

O, the red rose is a falcon
And the white rose is a dove’.

John Boyle O’Reilly

Regaining goodwill

December 25, 2014 - 21:46 -- Admin

Joe Hockey said “We are going to give economic reform a red hot go in 2015.”

He went on to say “The taxation discussion with the Australian people next year will not be about increasing the revenue take for the Commonwealth, it needs to be how we can have a taxation system that makes us a more efficient and productive nation, and is fairer for all Australians.”

It seems easy to me . . .

December 24, 2014 - 20:00 -- Admin

Poverty and unemployment can make Christmas a very bleak time for some folk.  While thinking about their struggle I was overwhelmed by how we have demonised and abandoned so many who need our help, so I did what I so often do, escaping to my world of numbers, knowing there has to be a better way.

The Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz said:

Merry Christmas

December 24, 2014 - 09:53 -- Admin

Last year Carol and I spent Christmas in the United States where we were showered with season’s greetings – the Americans are a friendly people – but it wasn’t the customary “Merry Christmas” we are familiar with in Australia, instead, it was “Happy holidays”. “Merry Christmas” is no longer considered politically correct. “Happy holidays” is now proper.

I’ve noticed that here in Australia “Happy holidays” is also starting to gain momentum.

A Short Christmas Story With No Reference To Abbott, Terrorism or Politics!

December 24, 2014 - 08:37 -- Admin



“And the woman and kid are with you?”


“Reason for crossing the border into Egypt?”

“King Herod is killing all the recently born children in the land.”

“So there’s no actual direct threat to you or your wife?”

“No, but the child…”

“We’ll get to the child. I’m just establishing that there’s no reason for you two to come.”

OK, Mr Abbott, now tell us the truth

December 23, 2014 - 22:13 -- Admin

Is Tony Abbott concerned about some of the real problems in our society, asks Ray Borradale.

Mr Abbott, how much would it cost to provide effectively adequate numbers of police resources, jails, mental health institutions and necessary support services to deal with Australia’s escalating violent crimes, including but not limited to child abuse and domestic violence? What would it cost without diminishing any other government responsibility?

Scott’s new targets

December 23, 2014 - 12:16 -- Admin

In October, Labor voted to pass nearly $3 billion in budget savings with revised welfare legislation which will see Family payments cut and young people on a disability support pension will have their cases reviewed.

The laws will:

The Tumbril of State rattles on . . .

December 23, 2014 - 11:20 -- Admin

If you’re a regular reader of, or contributor to The AIMN, right now you’re probably warming your tootsies by the Yuletide log of Schardenfreude as the Coalition reels in disarray.

The polls are plummeting, the back-bench is in foment while the front bench are preening and fighting amongst themselves like Kilkenny cats.