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North Coast Voices Monday, September 26, 2016 - 00:16 Source

On 23 September 2016 ABC News reported:Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says he is not expecting to broker a final deal on the highly-charged school funding debate as he meets state and territory counterparts in Adelaide today.Senator Birmingham yesterday attacked the Gonski funding model, which expires at the end of the next school year, saying it had been "corrupted" by a patchwork of individual deals with state governments."The Turnbull Government is determined to right this corruption," Senator Birmingham 

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 26, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently  investigating the proposed acquisition of APN News & Media Limited (APN)'s Australian Regional Media division (ARM) by News Corporation (News) – with the aim of establishing what if any the impact of the proposed acquisition will have on on competition, and whether it will: lower the quality of content, especially local news content; reduce the choices available to readers for local news content; increase newspaper prices and/or increase the price of advertising, especially in newspapers in Queensland and northern New South Wales.As to lowering the quality of conte

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 19:15 Source

As I like to point out from time to time, I’m not a left-winger. Of course, when I’m compared to that famous left-winger, Malcolm Turnbull, I must say that I come across a bit more of a radical than he does. Granted, we both own real estate and shares, and therefore neither of us are…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 19:00 Source

By Ad astra When you reflect on the dilapidated state of federal politics; when you question how on earth we have become encumbered with so many appalling policies, do you ever ask: ‘Why is it so?’ I do often. And when I do, one culprit emerges over and again. Who is it? Who in the…

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 17:46 Source

fractured fairy tales ...

The Turnbull government would have us believe that they have been successful in job creation – it’s their mantra – but a closer look at the figures suggests otherwise.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 15:01 Source

When Greg Hunt moved on from the Environment portfolio, he smugly told us his job was done.  He had successfully destroyed carbon pricing and replaced it with his Direct Action Plan which he assured us has achieved greater emission reductions for a fraction of the price. What a load of bullshit. In May, the government…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:00 Source

I was up until just before five am, awash with gas pain and unable to sleep. I woke before ten still bloated and pain wracked. I had pain meds then spent the morning drifting about in a haze of fuddled mind and bloated distention. Then I saw I hadn't take my head pill last night—the one my brain now chemically needs in order to fall asleep. I'd been in that kitchen more than a dozen times during the failed mission to sleep and I can't believe I didn't notice it.

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The Political Sword Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 09:40 Source

When you reflect on the dilapidated state of federal politics; when you question how on earth we have become encumbered with so many appalling policies, do you ever ask: 'Why is it so?'

I do often. And when I do, one culprit emerges over and again. Who is it?

Who in this motley collection is the culprit? Who is responsible for these policy calamities?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 06:09 Source

Sunday 25 September 2016 “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcom X. Facebook makes you dive into humanity, hear things you do not want to hear, and…

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 00:16 Source

This is what happens when an editor opens his mouth about a subject about which he knows very little……The Daily Examiner, letter to the editor, p.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 00:15 Source

On 21 September 2016 the Australian Chief Statistician, David Kalisch, made a submission on behalf of the Australian Bureau of Statistics to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the 2016 Census.This document was listed as submission number 38 and briefly published on the relevant parliamentary webpage.It has since disappeared, but one enterprising soul with an IT background had already downloaded a copy and posted all 123 pages online

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 14:51 Source

Ever since Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic Party nomination, I’ve been waiting for her political narrative to emerge. Just like when you’re waiting for a bus and it’s taking an age to appear, I was starting to feel a bit anxious about whether this narrative would turn up at all. In the meantime, the Trump…

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 12:02 Source

The sorry reality is that lies are one variation of the myriad ways in which politicians bend the truth to scare voters away from the competition.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00 Source

By Dave Chadwick Do I really want to tackle this? I am going to have to go. I find it quite a difficult subject to fully get my head around, with a lot of emotional responses. More than normal, I would ask that readers keep the words from this article in context and read the…

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En Passant Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 09:55 Source

You can buy my book of poems, ‘Songs for the band unformed’, via the Ginninderra Press site. I should have hard copies soon for those who want a signed copy purchased from me. I will put details up of that option when available. There is also a print on demand option I understand. And you can also purchase through Amazon, Kindle etc.

Click on the link to buy my book of poetry from Ginninderra Press today. Songs for the band unformed

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 09:00 Source

With debates on the Constitution, Recognition and a possible Treaty ramping up in the mainstream media it’s time to expose the lies that have conveniently masked Australia’s history. Indigenous people farmed, managed and governed the continent for millennia. In this three-part series JD Anthony reflects on Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 05:56 Source

Saturday 25 September 2016 Thinking things were a little quiet politically, I thought I would take some time off to write a series about the ‘Demise of Australian Democracy’. But as they say, “a week is a long time in politics” and all manner of things crept up on me. I will return to that…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 00:20 Source

Cartoon by Matt Golding

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Fifty-one pages of February-March 2016 incidents reports from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre created and funded by the Australian Government with the implied consent of the Australian people.Nauru incident reports by paulfarrell on Scribd

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 00:15 Source

For my part, I’ve never met a national politician as ill informed, as deceptive, as evasive and as vacuous as Trump. He’s not normal. [Journalist Nicholas Kristof writing in The New York Times, 15 September 2016]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 23, 2016 - 21:28 Source

The Turnbull government would have us believe that they have been successful in job creation – it’s their mantra – but a closer look at the figures suggests otherwise. Comparing August 2013 and August 2016, there are 8,600 more people unemployed now.  That’s thousands more struggling families. Certainly the number of employed people has also…

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Your Democracy Friday, September 23, 2016 - 18:08 Source

glad-handing God ....

US President Barack Obama made his eighth – and final – address to the United Nations General Assembly this week. What a relief, not to be subjected to any more florid speeches filled with vacuous, psychopathic lies.

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John Quiggin Friday, September 23, 2016 - 15:54 Source

My article on the failure of for-profit competition in human services included a hook to the recently published Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same. I haven’t had time to go through the report in detail, but I was struck by reports that the PC mentioned the FEE-HELP fiasco in the VET sector as an example of the way not to go about things.

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Jack the Insider Friday, September 23, 2016 - 15:52 Source

Journalist Steve Cannane has just released a book called Fair Game: The Untold Story of Scientology in Australia. Steve’s a mate of mine.…

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Renew Economy Friday, September 23, 2016 - 14:02 Source

Consumer advocates stunned by energy rule-maker that vetoes a proposal that could encourage local generation and storage, and save more than a billion dollar. They accuse the rule-maker of being stubborn and out of touch, and not for the first time.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:42 Source

A report in the Financial Times claims that Apple is negotiating a possible purchase of McLaren Technology Group.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:14 Source

The failure of a gas generator in Western Australia affected more people for a longer period than an outage in South Australia last year. So where were the Murdoch headlines?

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John Quiggin Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:04 Source

I have a couple of pieces in The Guardian. The first, which came out a few days ago, points out the consistent failure of market competition and for-profit firms to deliver human services effectively and equitably.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:48 Source

Sitting in the cafe, I get a text message. My interview subject is running five minutes late. I’m tempted to suggest that this is because he was raised by two women, but then I remember that in these politically correct times such a thing may be considered sexist, so I’ll take a leaf out of…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:00 Source

By Brian Morris The dust has not settled on this year’s disastrous Census yet, already, there are calls to amend the question on Religious Affiliation. While the latest change brought Australia into line with most Western countries — by placing ‘No Religion’ as first option — elements of the “not-quite-religious” community feel bitterly aggrieved. “Spiritual…

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