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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 13:06 Source

While everyone reels from Turnbull’s captain’s pick to neuter the Dutton threat by handing him unprecedented power, this is one of many actions by Turnbull to shore up his own job. In August 2015, just before Turnbull staged his leadership coup, he offered Queensland conservative powerbroker and LNP President Bruce McIver a new job as…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 12:38 Source

This is an older post of mine that I have updated and still consider very pertinent and relevant in the light of what has happened with our nation and social conditions since the election of the Abbott/Turnbull governments. Read on … Part One In the closing days of the Second World war, the name “Lord…

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you said it... Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 11:22 Source

Ashleigh Gleeson, The Daily Telegraph
June 4, 2017 4:31pm

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The Political Sword Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 10:05 Source

No, I don’t mean ‘hopping mad’. We know that he is hopping mad with the media and its ‘fake news’, with CNN particularly, and with some of its commentators whom he has chosen to label as intellectually deficient, and unpleasant to the eyes (bleeding from a face lift!).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 09:15 Source

By Kathryn Byrne This malignant despot is the most dangerous non-Australian in the country – an evil, self-serving tyrant whose toxic influence over the LNP is so undemocratic and so malevolent that it negatively impacts on so many facets of our lives. The horrendous and totally fascist LNP/Murdoch/IPA ‘Alliance’ is destroying freedom of speech, freedom…

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Your Democracy Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 07:39 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Sunday 23 July 2017 Part one Listening to the Prime Minister addressing the Liberal Party’s NSW State Conference on Saturday he constantly referred to conservative ideology that it was a party that supported individuals. He is of course correct. Liberals have always supported individuals who have rather than those who have not. Labor does that.…

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Poll Bludger Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 05:00 Source

BludgerTrack moves half a point and three seats in favour of Labor this week, which mostly reflects the fact that it’s been a while now since the Coalition had one of the relatively good data points that are discernible in late May and early June on the two-party trend chart below. This week’s movement may have been ameliorated if the ReachTEL result had been included, but it hasn’t been because I haven’t yet seen the primary vote numbers inclusive of the forced response for the undecided. In other words, the only new result is a strong one for Labor from Essential Research.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Photograph from The AustralianLower house speaker, Michael Sutherland at the Yokine Primary School polling booth in WA.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 00:15 Source

“The Australian story began long before the arrival of the First Fleet on 26 January 1788. We Australians all know this. We have always known this.”Final Report of the Referendum Council, 30 June 2017:RecommendationsThe Council recommends:

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Political Owl Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 23:59 Source

Some evidence this week, if you needed it, that Nick Xenophon's Team is more in touch with your "average" Australian than any of the other parties in the federal parliament. Research firm JWS Research set out to find what Australians regard as the sensible centre.

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Political Owl Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 22:03 Source

The Senate ranks of what we can call career politicians is now nearly two thirds. The choice tonight of Slade Brockman, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann's former chief of staff, to represent Western Australia takes the ranks of former political staffers in the Senate to 30. Toss is another 10 Senators who worked as trade union officials and that's 40 out of the total of 74.To those ranks of the career politicians probably we should add the eight Senators who were state or territory MPs before sitting on the red Senate benches. That takes the careerists to a 65 per cent share.

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Political Owl Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 19:01 Source

It took the paper a couple of days but The Canberra Times has finally given the local trade union movement a clip around the ears for the extraordinary attempt by Unions ACT Secretary Alex White to control Labor members of the Legislative Assembly.

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Club Troppo Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 13:46 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 13:30 Source

By Dr Binoy Kampmark What will entertainers do in his absence? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was more than grist to the mill of celluloid delights, becoming, by the admission of the US President, a “tv hit” smoking the ratings. When a press secretary’s conduct is valued, not for the substance of his material,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred ‘Henry’ Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich – two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as “a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming…

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Political Owl Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:11 Source

A couple of doubts in this morning's media about Peter Dutton's new mega department

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:06 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politicians, Politics Tagged: leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, Peta Credlin, Tony Abbott

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Your Democracy Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 09:57 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 09:25 Source

Reality check: “ … and she said, we’re all like pigs slapped down some lane, our grassbrains singing toward the blade … ”  (Charles Bukowski). So now that we’ve got a new secretary of the ACTU, elected to the accolades of the many … I heard her first speech to the National Press Club, refreshing…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Saturday 22 July 2017 1 What a mystery it is. In the last budget $30 million is given to the Murdoch owned Foxtel. There is no explanation as to what it’s for, who authorised it, or why. Even the Telecommunications Minister Mitch Fifield has not the slightest idea as to how it got into the…

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oecomuse Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 01:14 Source

Oooh he’s a little blondie like I was, says my niece, who has a little blondie of her own now. He’s not the little blondie running around anymore says his great-great auntie, who recently saw my boy, her 15-year-old nephew, for the first time since he was a toddler.

Like my youngest son, Elijah Doughty is a blondie and unmistakably Aboriginal. His beaming smile is heartbreaking today. I do not know Elijah or his family and I offer love and condolences to everyone who does. I only mention his looks because that picture of Elijah reminds me of my boy every time.

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George Monbiot Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 00:59 Source

How a secretive network built around a Nobel prizewinner set out to curtail our freedoms

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 19th July 2017

It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean’s new book Democracy in Chains: the deep history of the radical right’s stealth plan for America is to see what was previously invisible.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 00:16 Source

“Abdel-Magied's savaging has been so grotesque in its meanness, ugly in its intolerance and alarming in its violence, that it's obvious something else is going on, too – something has been legitimised and unleashed. And it seems to be hostility to Islam, as well as women.” [Julia Baird writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 2017]“A few years ago I talked to [Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull] for two hours about climate change, and he had a great grasp of it.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 00:16 Source
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MacroBusiness Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The New “Supply-Side Economics” Fueling Asset Bubbles – Macro Mom What the Decline of the Dollar Means – NY Times IMF Falls Short of Transparency Rules as Key Discussions Remain Secret – WSJ The power of populists – The Economist Americas: Trump’s Threat to Jail Clinton Also Targets Democracy’s

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Political Owl Friday, July 21, 2017 - 20:05 Source

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oecomuse Friday, July 21, 2017 - 18:29 Source

I got the bit about the Prime Minister feeling under siege, from the weird array of weaponry at his Monday press conference. I understood he was projecting his worst fear – losing face – by posing with gas-masked muppets. It was clear this ludicrous pantomime would crowd the Referendum Council Final Report out of the top headlines.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 21, 2017 - 17:11 Source

by Chris Becker The RBA’s inability to jawbone markets was the only big news in the Asian Friday session to finish the week as the USD remained relatively steady after selling off overnight on the expanded investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia. Meanwhile the Aussie dollar and yields on Aussie bonds fell on the back

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