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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 21:28 Source

The tight polls indicate that a number of Australians are afraid of what a change of Government will bring. However, the thought of remaining with the Liberal Government makes me very afraid.…

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Peter G-W Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 20:02 Source

The tragedy of Alzheimer's disease - a poem

The post Forgetmenot: A Poem About Alzheimer’s Disease appeared first on Peter G-W.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 19:38 Source

When Leigh Sales put it to Malcolm Turnbull that Labor had successfully shepherded Australia through the GFC he guffawed. “I don’t think anyone could put that with a straight face….. I think what shepherded Australia through the GFC successfully was the Chinese stimulus and the large amount of cash that John Howard left in the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 15:58 Source

In 2013, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz visited Australia.  In an article in the SMH titled Australia, you don’t know how good you’ve got it , he warned that the tone of the economic debate in Australia was “both far too pessimistic about the current economy and far too complacent about the risks in…

The post In times of uncertainty we can’t afford ideologues appeared first on The AIM Network.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 15:41 Source

One of the most talked about seats in the Federal Election is the inner city seat of Higgins in Melbourne.

The seat is said to be a tight three-way contest between the Liberal, Labor and Green Parties. Currently however Kelly O’Dwyer holds the seat with a comfortable margin of 9.9%

The campaigns run by Kelly and her two challengers have been quite stark in their differences.

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Ambit Gambit Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 14:09 Source

Brittania has voted to divorce Europa, and whatever you think of the result, there are lessons for our political class. One is the strength of the coalition between the liberal middle class and the conservative working class. If you put the Tory party back together again, yet retain the themes of the Brexit campaign under […]

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Harrangue Man Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 14:09 Source

I was furtling down the parkway, dark bats swooping low around me (1), when I went past a series of political corflutes, the most prolific of which were the Sex Party's which promise to bring back the fireworks (2).  Then there was the "Vote 1 Jesus Christ" sign.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 13:58 Source

I bought two tubs of A2 vanilla ice-cream; a glorious dessert I can eat and which does not cause upset. Shop person—"So, got any plans this weekend?"Me—"Well I'm not eating four litres of ice-cream if that's what you're thinking."Technically, that is true, because they're 1.8 litre tubs.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 13:22 Source

By James Moylan I am standing in the current election as a candidate for the Senate in Queensland, but do not panic – I am not about to launch into a ‘vote for me’ pitch. Rather I thought I’d talk a little about the email traffic that every candidate receives. Having been a candidate a…

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The Tally Room Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 12:00 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00 Source

By James Moylan There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of ‘privatising’ Medicare recently. Unfortunately very few commentators have bothered to drill down into how the word ‘privatisation’ is being used by the various protagonists. Just what the term means when used by a conservative politician, as opposed to a progressive politician,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 09:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini* Testing the thesis . . . Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause (continued) In a Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, prepared by Juan E. Méndez, formerly Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights…

The post The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 24) appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 06:00 Source

Contributed by Clarence Valley residentThe Daily Examiner, 25 June 2016, page 5:A "POP UP" protest at tomorrow's Yamba Markets could be the start of early and concerted opposition to a proposed mega port for the Clarence River estuary.The Greens candida

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:18 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:16 Source

All the major economic sectors in the lower Clarence Valley are dependent to a considerable extent on understanding and protecting the estuary’s and floodplain’s natural processes and values. [DLWC, Umwelt (Australia Pty Ltd, 2003, Clarence Estuary Management Plan: The Clarence Estuary - A Valued Asset]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Clarence Valley Independent, letter to the Editor:The author of this letter asked me to note that to be factually correct line fourteen should actually have read “28 of the 50 accompanying species that make up the end

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Skepticlawyer Friday, June 24, 2016 - 22:46 Source

The 52%-48% win for Brexit in the June 2016 referendum has already been framed many ways, but what should be an obvious one (though for many it will not be) is how much of a failure for the EU this represents.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 20:48 Source

In 2008, when the full impact of the GFC became apparent to the then Secretary to the Department of the Treasury, Ken Henry, his advice to prime minister, Kevin Rudd was, “Go early, Go hard, Go households.” Rudd didn’t equivocate. A $40 billion stimulus package that put money into the bank accounts of all taxpayers was…

The post Why the Brexit result should favour Labor appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Rational Radical Friday, June 24, 2016 - 20:38 Source

It is a sad and ironic indictment on the state of the global Left and the progressive agenda, that the very compelling reasons to support a Brexit have been lost amongst the rightful consternation with the racist views and actions of far Right political forces in the UK and Europe, and their conflation with the demagogue Donald Trump. Anyone with a genuine understanding of the political and economic machinations of the EU, knows that the institution operates as a bureaucratic/technocratic dictatorship, working against democratic justice, social justice and economic justice.…

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Poll Bludger Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:13 Source

The latest weekly ReachTEL campaign poll for the Seven Network has two-party preferred unchanged at 51-49 in favour of the Coalition. However, the Coalition is down 1.1% on the primary vote to 42.4% on forced response primary votes, with Labor up 0.2% to the Greens up 1.3% to 10.5%, translating into a 1% shift to Labor if preference flows from the previous election are applied.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:05 Source

Who exactly are all these jokers? And how am I supposed to figure out who they are among all the acronyms?  The Weasel provides a quick run-down of the players in multiple electorates… The Senate There are 76 senators; 12 from each state and two each from the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.…

The post The Weasel’s incomplete guide to the 2016 Senate appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:59 Source

Good evening, we’re very lucky to have someone from the Liberal Party to interview. They’ve agreed to be interviewed on the condition that I don’t ask any questions on what exactly their Strong Economic Plan is and that I don’t reveal their name. Good evening, Lee Kerr (not his real name but a homonym… which…

The post Plebiscite Is The Best Course Of Action Because It Gives People A Say appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:39 Source

  In the ocean of Brexit analysis, here is my drop. I am going to oversimplify and stereotype and generalise all at once by saying the very obvious thing: Britain doing what Nigel Farage and Rupert Murdoch and Boris Johnson wanted isn’t just about an anti-immigration xenophobia agenda, although it is related to that. No,…

The post The Disenchanted Brexit appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Delimiter Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:17 Source

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Queensland Health CIO Colin McCririck has reportedly resigned for a job with IBM in the US.

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Delimiter Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:35 Source

On Wednesday night, one man stood up for the truth. My hope is that eventually that number will swell to many.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:04 Source

Dear ABC I would like to make a complaint about numerous journalists over the past two days using the phrase ‘Mediscare campaign’. As a supporter of Australia’s universal healthcare system, who has watched the Liberal government first under Abbott and now under Turnbull chip away and chip away at Medicare in their ideological quest to…

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Club Troppo Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

I fantasise about the day when the people who fancy themselves the champions of liberal capitalist democracy – you know the Business Class set – will realise that they are munching through the landscape and, as Schumpeter argued – following Marx – that they were undermining the very foundations of their good fortune.

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Jack the Insider Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

Back in 1975 the UK formally endorsed the move in to the European Union by referendum with an overwhelming majority. More than two-thirds of the…

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John Quiggin Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:50 Source

A big win for tribalism. Have your say, bearing in mind the comments policy.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Solar Impulse crosses the Atlantic in 71-hour non-stop flight from New York to Seville, powered only by the sun.

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