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Poll Bludger Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 03:03 Source

The Liberal-held seat of Gilmore covers a stretch of southern coastal New South Wales, starting in the north from Kiama at the southern edge of the Illawarra region and extending through Nowra to Ulladulla to the Batemans Bay region. The redistribution has shifted the electorate southwards by transferring 16,000 voters around Shellharbour at the Illawarra end to the electorate of Whitlam, as Throsby has been renamed, and adding the 22,000 voters of the Batemans Bay region from Eden-Monaro.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Live in a small coastal village or larger town on the NSW Far North Coast or on a Northern Rivers farm 100 km inland from the sea?Then you have been living this situation for years.The Northern Star, online editorial, 30 April 2016:We live in two of the most marginal seats in Australia in the upcoming federal election and that puts us in the box seat as voters.Our vote is crucial, what ever way you look at it.If the Coalition wants to hang on to power it wouldn't want to lose Page, while Richmond is held by Labor's Justine Elliot b

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Guardian, Open letter to Senator Arthur Sinodinos, from Kristina Keneally, 29 April 2016:Woody Allen said 80% of life is showing up. Every single day of my ministerial career I showed up. I did my job. I answered the hard questions. I faced the opposition, the media and the public.Ask any NSW press gallery journalist. As premier I ended every media conference by asking, “Are there any more questions?”, and the journalists answering no.Ask your fellow Coalition colleagues in NSW.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:23 Source

This is the unfortunate logical consequence of abandoning a model which had provided well-defined certainty and benefits for all concerned.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:17 Source

The Government has established a joint taskforce to remediate its troubled myGov digital identity and verification platform, bringing in experts from a number of government departments and throwing $50.5 million at the project.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:11 Source

The Federal Government has approved several hundred million dollars' worth of funding to reform key IT platforms in the Department of Human Services and Veterans' Affairs, in moves that will unlock substantial IT transformation packages of work.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 23:09 Source

The Government today revealed it had decided to abandon its approach of dismantling the Office of the Information Commissioner and would provide total funding of $37 million over four years to retain its Freedom of Information and privacy functions, although it will pull a sizable chunk of funding from the Australian Human Rights Commission to do so.

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Heathen Scripture Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:25 Source

Self-immolation draws a response. The image of a monk robed in flame remains a symbol of the Vietnam War. Mohamed Bouazizi burned in an Tunisian street and lit up half the Middle East. Two people in a matter of days have set themselves on fire in Australian custody, in the abject corners of distant islands where we punish those so gauche as to arrive seeking asylum by the wrong mode of transport.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:14 Source

The Government has continued its ongoing focus on boosting Australia's growing financial technology (FinTech) sector in this year's Federal Budget, announcing a range of initiatives to bolster the area.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:06 Source

Commonwealth law enforcement agencies such as the Australian Federal Police and Crimtrac have won big in this year's Federal Budget in terms of their IT infrastructure programs, with the Government greenlighting a series of major initiatives.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:01 Source

Companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft who have been transferring billions of dollars of Australian revenue offshore are set to come under renewed attack from the Federal Government, with a raft of anti-avoidance measures announced in this year's Federal Budget.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 19:56 Source

The Federal Government has revealed that it has put together a special taskforce to determine how to fund its modified rollout of the National Broadband Network, with the project's costs ballooning and the public purse running dry of funds to support it.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 19:32 Source

As I type, Treasurer Scott Morrison is lifting the lid on the 2016/17 budget. Discuss and argue the toss here (or indeed, discuss anything else related to national affairs).

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 18:12 Source

Butler confirms $1 billion ARENA funding to be cut after advocacy groups failed to defend agency when Coalition announced changes to clean energy finance. Because of that, Labor will no longer put its "body on the line" to defend the agency it created.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 18:12 Source

Butler confirms $1 billion ARENA funding to be cut after advocacy groups failed to defend agency when Coalition announced changes to clean energy finance. Because of that, Labor will no longer put its "body on the line" to defend the agency it created.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 17:59 Source

messages of freedom ...

When Vice President Joseph Biden travelled to Iraq a few days ago, he did it, as always, under a shroud of secrecy. The mainstream press was asked in advance to keep the trip secret and dutifully complied. Biden declined to spend the night in Iraq, staying only 10 hours before whisking away to Italy, where presumably he slept safe and sound.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 17:41 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 17:04 Source

One of the little suggestions in the recent announcement by the Turnbull Government that they were going to replace a billion dollars of the billions that they ripped out of Education, was the idea of performance pay for teachers. And by, suggestion, I mean that they were going to make it a condition of states…

The post Why Performance Pay For Teachers Is A Good Idea! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 16:04 Source

Australia’s premier TV current affairs program 4 Corners has a reputation for game-changing. Thoughtful analysis and a giant audience will do that. When it thunders, the time has arrived for a full reset. Last night’s episode ‘Home Truths’ lanced The Great Australian Land Bubble, assisted by some of our favorite people. Prof Steve Keen, from […]

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Club Troppo Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 16:01 Source

Building social value

Following innovations in the UK and New Zealand, some of Australia’s more forward looking State governments are looking at two related innovations. The first is ‘social investment’ with social impact bonds leading the vanguard.

Social impact bonds

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 14:09 Source

This week’s reading of the Essential Research rolling fortnightly aggregate finds Labor maintaining the 52-48 lead it opened up last week, from primary votes of Coalition 40% (steady), Labor 38% (down one) and Greens 10% (steady).

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 14:02 Source

AGL says electricity customers will be able to fully offset emissions from their electricity supply for $1/week from July 1.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:57 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:55 Source

Climate change deniers are getting angrier and angrier because there is less and less ground that they can even moderately stand upon.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:27 Source

Dear Mr Dutton, Words cannot express just how disgusted I am in you and your Department. It is clear that your abhorrent asylum seeker policies have nothing to do with ‘saving lives’ and everything to do with securing votes from bigots, racists and xenophobes. I know it is too much to ask that you show…

The post “They come for help and you torture them.” appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:24 Source

Climate change deniers are being forced off of multiple positions and the world is ignoring their opinions en masse.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:19 Source

I'll be the first to admit if -- and I'll be happy about it -- I am proven wrong. But all the evidence from the past shows that this appointment will ultimately amount to little.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:36 Source

Low tariffs, and an absence of market signals rewarding the benefits of local generation, will encourage homes, businesses and small communities to quit the network, a new study has found. Will the incumbents ever learn?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:36 Source

Low tariffs, and an absence of market signals rewarding the benefits of local generation, will encourage homes, businesses and small communities to quit the network, a new study has found. Will the incumbents ever learn?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:31 Source

ACT passes law to bring forward target for net zero carbon emissions to 2050, to complement its recently fast-tracked 100% renewables by 2020 target.

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