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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 22:11 Source

It is hereinafter forbidden that any autobiographer make mention of any detail of his private life. This is not what autobiographies are for. My name is Chris Uhlmann, I am the nation’s foremost thought leader, and this is my decree.

I say, could I have just a little of that excellent brandy?

It is just a little headache. It will go away.

I bleed from my nose and ears at the same time quite often. All the time, in fact.

Why are you LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 21:55 Source

Anyone who writes a review of Bob Carr’s book (after reading it right through) I will buy, if it is good, lunch at Macchiavelli’s and print it in these columns.

If is really good I will take, at a convenient time, the writer to Bob Carr’s office for a cup of hot water with a slice of lemon and twenty minutes of chat with the Elder Statesman.

The first two pieces offered will be printed. They should be over eight hundred words. If the winner is a Melbourne or Brisbane resident, he/she may have to wait until I am in their vicinity, and can take them to an equivalent restaurant in that city.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 20:02 Source

What significant anniversary in Bob Carr’s life occurs this year?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:58 Source

What passage did Bob Carr ask Bob Ellis to read at Carr’s father’s funeral? What was the reason for this?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:57 Source

Is Julie Bishop a better Foreign Minister than Bob Carr? What does the panel think?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:38 Source
Image courtesy of tomohalloran.com

Image courtesy of tomohalloran.com

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 19:17 Source
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The Tally Room Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 18:37 Source

8:09 – And that’s it for tonight. Short and sweet election night.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 18:32 Source

7.35pm. Now, all in one hit, we’ve got both primary and pre-poll results from all three ordinary polling booths, together with results from the Darwin pre-poll booth. The raw two-party result shows the CLP leading by 3.2%, and my projection is hardly different at 3.7%, a swing to Labor of 9.5%. I have the CLP primary vote down 15.8% on a booth-matched basis, or 45.5% in raw terms, but Labor is up only 3.2% to 37.5% thanks to the 8.3% vote for independent Matthew Cranitch. The Greens and Citizens Electoral Council, who did not field candidates in 2012, are respectively on 7.3% and 1.4%.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 18:29 Source

Result site for Blain by-election now live.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 17:37 Source

Agent99, Saturday, April 12

Why have so many of our media mob reduced a life of scholarship and leadership to a collective snigger behind the hand?

Bob’s a food snob for eating steel cut oats. Bob’s up himself for liking first class air travel. Bob bloody watches opera. Bob’s a girly man for not driving and he probably uses moisturiser and plucks his nostril hairs. (It’s not only the Americans that Kathy Lette could accuse of having an ‘irony deficiency’).

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 16:59 Source

It is forbidden that a retired Foreign Minister say to anyone that a pro-Israeli lobby exists, and makes phone-calls to anyone. If he publishes this heinous falsehood anywhere, he should be consigned to the dustbin of history. Vote Liberal. Vote …

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 16:39 Source

It is above all essential that a retired Foreign Minister should conceal what he feels about airline food. If he but once, in a work of a thousand pages, says what he thinks about airline food, he should be consigned …

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 15:37 Source

An email from Bob Carr:

‘Shops selling out.’

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you said it... Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 15:01 Source

The ADL staggers from failure to failure, shooting itself in the foot as it goes.

First, a footnote from the failed anti-mosque demo in Bendigo from our friends at Aussies Against the Australian Defence League V.

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you said it... Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 15:01 Source

The ADL staggers from failure to failure, shooting itself in the foot as it goes.

First, a footnote from the failed anti-mosque demo in Bendigo from our friends at Aussies Against the Australian Defence League V.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 12:50 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

Though strongly advised by his father Jor-El that he must not intervene in human history Bob Carr, the mild-mannered reporter, has flown backwards against the spin of the Earth and thus time-travelling restored the past and plumped us down in March, 2012, his finest hour, and shown us how things happened in that faraway time, and by doing this earned a lot of money for Interplast, his favourite charity, which adjusts the hare-lips of disabled children.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 12:15 Source

My book Goodbye Jerusalem cost Random House a million dollars (some of which bought our Prime Minister his Forestville bungalow) because of thirty-three words which wrongly alleged that a woman, a mere woman, changed the political views of two amusingly named undergraduates, Abbott and Costello. It was then thought libellous to say a woman, a mere woman, might have a political impact on a man, and for this my life as an earning, breadwinning journalist was ruined.

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 11:49 Source

step by step, inch by inch .....

When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing conflicts and prisoners of war.

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John Quiggin Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:55 Source

Among the most unkillable of zombie ideas is the belief that governments can solve their fiscal problems by selling assets. What’s particularly surprising about this belief is that it is most strongly held by the kind of politician who likes to talk as if government and household budgets are exactly the same. But would anyone suggest to a household struggling to make ends meet that it would be a good idea to cash in the super, or sell the house and rent it back from the new owners, in order to pay off the credit card? The advice of course, would be to get your expenditure and income in line before addressing the debt problem.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 08:03 Source

Bob Carr is a Labor hero now, and his rather ordinary life, I suppose, will take on, like Chifley’s, legendary force.

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 07:37 Source
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En Passant Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 06:05 Source

Let me get this right. The revenue forgone on tax concessions for superannuation at $45 bn will soon be more than the cost of the pension (over $40 bn). Of that $45 bn in tax concessions $10 to $15 bn will go to the top 10% of income earners. Yet Australia’s greatest Treasurer, Joe Hockey, wants to rein in expenditure on the pension by for example extending the access age to 70 (after Labor increased it to 67 over time by 2023), reducing the yearly adjustment to CPI rather than Average Weekly Male Full-Time Earnings increase (although the two are now roughly equivalent) and tightening up the asset test to perhaps include the family home.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you'd like to...

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Duck Pond Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:45 Source

The rain does not seem to be going away. Of course, it is wise to be careful when wishing the rain away. However, Dexter and Hannah are not getting out as much as they would.

Yesterday, I went out regardless. I think Hannah thought this strange and I wondered about the wisdom, especially when there were flashes of lightning in the sky. We walked up the track and then turned around and came back.

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Duck Pond Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 02:45 Source

The rain does not seem to be going away. Of course, it is wise to be careful when wishing the rain away. However, Dexter and Hannah are not getting out as much as they would.

Yesterday, I went out regardless. I think Hannah thought this strange and I wondered about the wisdom, especially when there were flashes of lightning in the sky. We walked up the track and then turned around and came back.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 00:54 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Bitcoin Is Getting Smashed Right Now Business Insider JPMorgan Profit Falls 19% on Trading, Mortgage Declines – Bloomberg Why is Goldman shutting down Sigma X: SEC eyes test that may lead to shift away from ‘dark pools’ – Reuters Gross Says El-Erian Should Explain Reason for Exit - Bloomberg The best [...]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 00:15 Source
Two Byron Shire temporary fencing suppliers have made a stand against gas mining by knocking back a large contract offered by Metgasco….."Even though the contract was worth over $5000, some things are more important than money," [Northern Rivers Echo, 10 April 2014, Safety Fence Australia & Byron Hire go public with their objections to coal seam gas and tight sands mining]
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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 00:10 Source
Image courtesy of the australian.com.au

Image courtesy of the australian.com.au

Jim Morrison famously and prophetically said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the minds”. 

This is certainly the case in Australia.

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