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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 13:40 Source

The Abbott Govt celebrates the removal of carbon pricing and the mining tax and stopping the asylum seeker boats from reaching Australian shores. That represents a roll back of Labor's policies and the rhetoric is that ridding the country of a minerals tax will boost income and create jobs even though the investment boom is over, the price of minerals is falling, and the mining tax raised very little money.

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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:29
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:29 Source

It's mission creep under the guise of humanitarian help--to prevent genocide against beleaguered minorities in northern Iraq. It follows the RAAF humanitarian supply airdrops to thousands of people still stranded on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. Australia's’s response to Islamic State (Isis) should be on humanitarian aid.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Contrary to the rhetoric from the Abbott Government Australia doesn't have an imminent debt crisis or a budget emergency. Australia has a long-term structural budget problem caused by an ageing population, which the Coalition is not seriously addressing.

An ageing population means the government needs to spend more (on pensions and health care) it will also receive lower income tax. If the government does nothing it will experience a rise in the structural budget deficit.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:06 Source

The Coalition has changed its budget rhetoric.

It has dumped the budget crisis/ rhetoric and sovereign risk in favour of there is no need to worry as most of the appropriations bills have passed the Senate and that there is no problem if the Senate doesn't hurry up with the rest of the budget. The rest --Medicare co-payment, deregulation of universities, tough new arrangements for the unemployed etc--- amount to $25 billion.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 19:14 Source

Here's the picture of the child clutching the severed head of the Syrian soldier. According to the mainstream media the young boy (seven years old?) pictured with the severed head is the son of convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who escaped Australia on his brother’s passport late last year, three months into the Coalition's watch. It's all Labor's fault says the Coalition.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 09:24 Source

It is now pretty clear that the Abbott Government, in turning away from the public service, has contracted out its public policy to the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) and the Business Council of Australia (BCA) turned away from the public service and that the task of the Abbott Government is to implement the recommended policies.

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 09:31 Source

The Abbott Government continues to think of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS ) as a terrorist organization along the lines of Al Qaeda, thereby implying that it will conduct terrorist operations in the west and in Australia.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:47 Source

The widespread surveillance of activity on the phone and online advocated by the spooks and government allies in the name of security paints us all as potential criminals. Just in case we do the wrong thing, or are up to something, it would be best to keep an eye out.

When we haven't consented to that, the surveillance becomes invasive. WikiLeaks, the phone-hacking scandal, the Snowden files indicate he extent to which our communications are being monitored by the e triumvirate of state, press and data-harvesting corporations.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:01 Source

Write that you’re ashamed of your country and the same bullshit argument descends like a dead snapper. Within three minutes Internet time, someone who doesn’t share your disenchantment will say “Why don’t you just fuck off to North Korea then?”

This is either a subtle recruitment strategy by agents of the Kim dynasty, or a series of Aussies woofing at the wrong foliage. Disappointment in your own country doesn’t mean you hate it and want it boxed up. It means you care enough that you want it to be better. Patriotism that denies all fault can dine out on a juicy choad.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 11:32 Source

My post for Global Voices: Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera JournalistsUpdate from @no_filter_Yamba:

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 20:26 Source

It was a simpler time. Back in the good old days, it was enough for the bogan to scuttle onto a cheap flight to Bali or Thailand, get its hair braided, drink Bintang or Chang, and become exceptionally sunburnt. Which is not to say that the bogan can’t still enjoy those things. Instagram now groans under the weight of filtered photos of new tattoos and scooter accidents.

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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:32 Source

From my latest post for Global Voices:

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 16:41
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:03 Source

Some initial reactions on twitter to Australia's deal to resettle successful asylum seekers in Cambodia:!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.c

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 Source

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 10:12 Source

A string of hackneyed phrases passed through my mind at “India’s Verdict”, the Australia-India Institute’s lunchtime election watch event in Melbourne last Friday. The food was excellent, the company (most of them, at least) was jubilant, and as I struggled for an articulate way to express my fears, all that came to mind were cliches.

“Elephant in the room” was one. “Farted in church” was another. Not to mention “caught between the devil and the deep blue sea”.

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