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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 19, 2016 - 06:07 Source

Monday 19 September 2016 1 Those with long memories will recall that Sir Robert Menzies said that he had received, in the form of a letter, an official invitation from the South Vietnam government to participate in the war against the communist North. When the cabinet papers were released thirty years later it was disclosed…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 19, 2016 - 03:16 Source

On Saturday at 5pm local time US Central Command launched airstrikes on a Syrian army garrison in Deir al-Zour in the Thardeh Mountain region, killing 62 Syrian Aran Army soldiers and leaving over 100 injured. The air strike enabled Islamic State militants to advance, leading to accusations by the Russian foreign ministry that the White…

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 19, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Australian Psychological Society, Media Statement, Thursday 15th September 2016:Today, the Australian Psychological Society will issue a formal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, acknowledging psychology’s role in contributing to the erosion of culture and to their mistreatment.APS President Professor Michael Kyrios said the apology was an important move in redressing past wrongs and ensuring the psychology profession collaborates and appropriately serves Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.“The apology is only one of many initiat

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 19, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Interactive Graph, 12 September 2016: Essential Research, 13 September 2016:

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 18:50 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 18:05 Source

A little back story may be appropriate. In February 2015 I looked at Medicare. It was noticeable that pathology services constituted a large percentage of the total services. I doubt the proportion has dropped since. I contribute to that proportion: I have auto-immune conditions. I spend considerable time and money ensuring they are kept under control.…

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Club Troppo Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 17:04 Source

Pilate said unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and said unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

The Gospel according to John 18:38

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Harrangue Man Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 15:44 Source

It's rare to have a double-attack day but the first one primed the second and I cooked off. The second time I was crying under a crossroads sign as the rain fell, huddled, pulled into myself like I could retract deep into my being as pain, anger, sadness and loss collapsed into a single miserable singularity. Then I snapped out of it, fixed things, then had another attack but this time in a safe place where afterwards I'd feel better.That's what it is to live with psychological injury.

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Harrangue Man Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 14:11 Source

SoTPC the exercise bike has been consigned to the discard pile and a new steed, Daughter of Son of The Purgatory Cart, or DoSoTPC, is in its place with thanks to thewife who assembled it from the box (1).But, in the interests of ease-of-use and in tribute to man meets machine in a perfect resolution, I shall call it "Betsy". For you should always thank the machine that keeps you aloft and helps save you in the event of a crash. Betsy was a delight.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:09 Source

Every now and then I can’t help but wonder about the attention span of politicians. It’s like they forget what they were saying just a year ago. Or even a week ago sometimes. You know the sort of thing. When the Liberals attacked Sam Dastyari for having his travel paid, did none of them think…

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The Political Sword Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 09:05 Source

At the risk of earning a Godwin Award in the first sentence, according to those who staffed his office, Hitler was a kind and paternal man. Apparently Goebbels was kind to his family as are no doubt most of the world’s leaders today.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 07:00 Source

For those who see themselves as a class above the unemployed, specialised welfare bashing is the new team sport.…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 06:00 Source

Sunday 18 September 2016 Former tennis champion and Member for John Howard’s old seat of Bennelong has decided to serve up a few aces to One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson. Off topic, but people are apt to forget just what a fine tennis player he was. To this day I think he holds the best…

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Why is the Turnbull Government toadying to the religious right when it comes to marriage equality?It is a bit of a puzzle when religion appears to mean so little to couples deciding to marry.For instance, there were 121,197 marriages registered in Australia in 2014 and only 31,336 (or 25.8%) of the marriage services were conducted by a minister of religion, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.At least 79.4 per cent of all these couples co-habitated before marriage.In 2014 a total of 299,697

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North Coast Voices Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 13 September 2016:PUBLIC HEARING INTO THE RESPONSE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH AUTHORITIESTO ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY JOHN JOSEPH FARRELLCASE STUDY 44The Hon Justice Peter McClellan AMChair, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseOPENING REMARKSIt is now almost three years since the Commission held it first public hearing.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 16:55 Source

A courageous society takes responsibility for its own problems. A cowardly society finds some ‘others’ to blame and scapegoat.…

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you said it... Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 15:34 Source

Helen Razer is a well-known writer and newspaper columnist.

Like so many of us she has Muslim friends, mostly women, who were targeted and harassed by hateful bigots. So she wrote a response.

We loved her powerful response to the tide of Islamophobia that is both encouraged by and threatens to overwhelm social media.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 12:21 Source

Today’s Weekend West has a ReachTEL of state voting intention in Western Australia which has Labor with a 51-49 lead, from primary votes of Liberal 38.2%, Nationals 5.4%, Labor 36.5% and Greens 7.7%. This is a substantial improvement for the Liberals on the last such poll in March, which had Labor leading 56-44.

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The Idiot Tax Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:53 Source

It’s tough to find old people online. They’re usually too busy writing a four page reply to an automated email they received from Telstra. And let’s be realistic, while the rest of...

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Harrangue Man Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 09:50 Source

We were waiting as a family at the optometrists when a baby just inside the room started screaming. I was sitting down when it happened. theboy stepped forward and immediately clasped his hands over my ears to dampen the noise in case it triggered an anxiety attack. I was using my phone at the time. He's less than 10. That he thinks to do that is amazing; that he feels he has to is a black lump of crud at the back of the microwave. I have an amazing, caring, empathetic child.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 09:40 Source

I had a series of space outs whilst trying to sleep, space outs that robbed me of sleep because I just got mad during them and that drove away the falling asleep part.I was up past three.A anger-can't-sleep series of space outs hasn't happened in a while. I blame the stir up from recent success and success-spawned brooding.Sometimes I just have to discharge it during the day with spitting oratory at an imagined audience.But it's part and parcel of the heal and weal. I know this; it's happened before and each time I go through it I get better at going through it. It's the hottest fires that makes the hardest Mikey.WFTW.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 08:00 Source

By Freethinker Yesterday we hear news of the merger between Monsanto and Bayer. German drug and crop chemical maker Bayer offered more than $66 billion to buy up US seeds company Monsanto, and the offer was accepted. This bring a multinational corporation near the monopoly of chemicals and other essential products in agriculture and food…

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Peter Martin Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 07:41 Source

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

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Peter Martin Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 07:41 Source

On Friday nights in the late 1980s around 11 a long-haired Treasury official used to slip into the chair at what was possibly the grottiest collection of radio studios ever attached to a university campus.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 06:04 Source

Saturday 17 September “Never in the history of this nation have the rich and privileged been so emboldened”. 1 Not having attended his own Press Conference to announce his backflip on Superannuation, it must have personally outraged the Prime Minister when larger than life MP George Christensen called his own press conference to announce that…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 04:07 Source

Now the final votes have been counted the new face of local government in the Northern Rivers region is revealed (with the exception of Tweed Shire LGA).The political parties listed against councillor names are those included in final results published by the NSW Electoral Commission and do not necessarily represent the full range of political persuasions on any given council, as many councillors belong to political parties but chose not to stand for election with an official endorsement.Ballina Shire Council:Phil Meehan, Stephen McCarthy, Nathan Willis, Jeff Johnson, Sharon Cadwallader, Keith Williams, Ben Smith, Eoin Johnston and Sharon

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 00:27 Source

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The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation, just like Libya and Iraq were regime change operations.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 00:18 Source

This is certainly one of the nastiest election campaign I have been involved in, and I have worked in quite a few since 1973.[Ian Saunders, Independent candidate, 2016 Clarence Valley local government elections, writing on Clarence Valley Rate Payers, Residents & Business Owners Facebook page on 6 September 2016]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition, 11 September 2016:EARTH MATTERS - Butterflies in the Clarence Valley

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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Guardian, 3 September 2016Yuendumu is a Warlpiri community of around 800 people located about 300 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs.

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