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North Coast Voices Monday, February 20, 2017 - 00:16 Source

ABC News, 9 February 2017As the effects of climate change begin to bite in Australia, the Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 20, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Since 2013 the Abbott & Turnbull Federal Governments have announced up to $1b in savings measures that are cutting community services for the people in greatest need in Australia:*$500 million over five years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under The Hon Tony Abbott and Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion)*$270 million over four years from social services and a freeze on indexation of sector funding (Department of Social Services under The Hon Scott Morrison)*$15 million from the community legal sector, which remains in place for sector support and capacity, including le

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 20:17 Source

“Don’t be a Malcolm”, warned The Toronto Star, as it urged Canadian PM, Justin Trudeau, not to ruffle Mr. Trump’s feathers as Malcolm Turnbull had done by trying to hold him to account over a refugee deal recently. The US President seemed ready to pull the pin on the US-Australia alliance when PM Turnbull foolishly expected him to commit…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 19:45 Source

Showbags are an Ozzer institution—I still remember my fucking awesome Batman(TM) showbag from the Royal Easter Show circa '80; and that's the Adam West version of BM and like Roger Moore as Bond the best actor to have done that gig.theboy wants to get an Assassins Creed(TM) showbag ... then use the weapons from that to assassinate characters from other showbags.I have to admit, that was pretty funny.

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 19:22 Source

I am older than Homer and my son is younger than Bart. But I spent the day being portly and bald and he spent the day in a light red shirt and blue shorts.The similarities were freakish.

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 13:35 Source

"Get your chew fish if you're going to masticate."

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oecomuse Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 13:20 Source

The story this week is climate change.

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 12:06 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 11:28 Source

By Bob Rafto Imagine that you have consulted 100 doctors, 97 of them have diagnosed you with cancer and the other 3 said there’s nothing wrong with you. You decide to side with the 3 doctors who told you nothing is wrong and refuse treatment although 97 of the doctors diagnosed the cancer as malignant…

The post What is Plan B, Malcolm? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Political Sword Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 10:15 Source

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The spectre of trickle down economics continues to haunt the political landscape, emerging again and again like a ghostly zombie from a dark, damp cave where it quietly moulders, refusing to die, always ready to be summoned by a believer.

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 06:58 Source
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Poll Bludger Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 06:33 Source

Slight movement back to the Coalition on the BludgerTrack poll aggregate this week after a soft result for Labor from Essential Research, which together with a Queensland-only result from Galaxy was the only new federal poll this week. This causes a 0.3% cut in the Labor primary vote and two losses on the seat projection – one in New South Wales and one in Queensland. Essential also had leadership ratings this week, and while the weak result for Bill Shorten hasn’t made too much difference to the poll aggregate reading, the difference is sufficient to put Malcolm Turnbull back in the lead on net approval.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 06:21 Source

Sunday 19 February 2017 At the foot of this piece are some words I wrote on the corresponding day last year. It has now become a habit for me to include them if appropriate. So much so that It has become both a source of amusement and serious concern. I’m amused because invariably they indicate…

The post Day to Day Politics: The year ahead. Oh shit no. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 00:18 Source

First Turnbull became Trumble, then Prime Minister morphed into President and now ‘unimportant’ Australia appears to have become Argentina………U.S.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 00:16 Source

@JohnJohnsonson obviously had a lot of fun with his red pen on 4 February 2017 J

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 00:15 Source

‘54% of regional renters are +6% more likely to face discrimination than metro renters if they have kids or pets’Choice, Unsettled: Life in Australia’s private rental market, February 2017:Australia has traditionally been a nation of homeowners. However, as the dream of the quarter-acre block dwindles, more and more of us are renting. Between 1994-5 and 2013-14 the number of Australian households that rent increased from 25.7% to 31%.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 19:59 Source

Over the years, I’ve had some very frustrating arguments with people. I don’t always find arguments frustrating; sometimes I feel that the exchange of differing viewpoints helps everyone to grow. Sometimes I feel that I’ve learned something about the way that people with different value systems perceive the world. Sometimes, I even change my mind.…

The post Why Malcolm Roberts Is Right And How He Can Never Be Wrong! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 15:17 Source

One Nation has endorsed a candidate in Western Australia who is from an Asian Australian background for the state’s upcoming election next month. You would think that after the Shan Ju Lin debacle, that would be the end of any candidates of an Asian heritage publicly running and supporting this political party, so please do not shoot the…

The post Why Are There Asian Australians Running As One Nation Candidates? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 14:34 Source

By Robert Wood At present, the Australian Defence Force has 58,000 personnel. Presently, the Defence Force budget is projected to spend $32bn in 2016/17. By comparison, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has an operating budget of $1.6bn and there are approximately one million Australians who no longer call Australia home. When taken together,…

The post The Case for a National Service Peace Corps appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 13:55 Source

Trump just called the media "the enemy of the American People!"This is deeply and monstrously worrying.What the fuck are the GOP going to do about it? This is on them if they do not intervene and something actually horrifying happens from this violence-implied call to action.This is third world despotic shit.UPDATE: Thank probs for John McCain.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 12:36 Source

The black cat was on my lap when a bolt of lightning struck close by. I had a moment to register the flash before the thunder peal shocked through us.The cat was startled and fled and in the process dug in its claws for her thunder-stricken panic leap.

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Club Troppo Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:57 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:05 Source

  Demands that we be kept “safe” by governments play into the hands of conservatives who simultaneously, and with an alarming degree of cognitive dissonance, express their distaste for a nanny state while instigating extreme measures they claim will fulfil both our expectations of safety, and their responsibility to fulfil those expectations. All too often…

The post Fake threats, and democracy appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 08:53 Source

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As Centrelink continues its campaign of flawed and inscrutable debt collection, a young man commits suicide.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 06:04 Source

Saturday 18 February 2017  Authors note. Although at first blush you may think that this piece has little to do with politics, indirectly it does. That is if decency, civility, compassion and good manners are to form any part of future politics. There are many members of Parliament who profess to be Christians. How do…

The post Day to Day Politics: Have you ever read The Ten Commandments? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 01:02 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, carbon tax, electricity, fact-lite, lies, Malcolm Turnbull, Peta Credlin, tax, Tony Abbott

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 00:18 Source

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 00:16 Source
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Poll Bludger Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Tomorrow’s West Australian has a ReachTEL poll showing the two parties at level pegging on two-party preferred, after the pollster’s two previous results both had Labor leading 52-48. All we have to go on at this stage is the front page image, which says Labor and Liberal are up slightly on the primary vote, but the bigger mover is the Nationals, who are up 2.4%. The implication seems to be that some air has gone out from One Nation, who were on 10.8% in the previous poll. More to follow.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Soldier’s Cave Crystals Sequoia & Kings Canyon National ParksSouthern Sierra NevadaCalifornia USA

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