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The Angle Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 08:46 Source

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 08:23 Source
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Your Democracy Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 07:32 Source

nothing like a dame...

1. Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch media mogul and prolific tweeter, has made no secret that he preferred Tony Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party. Murdoch's tabloids made no secret of it either. "Malcolm Turncoat," said the Herald Sun, "Smiling Assassin," said the Daily Telegraph after the party room spill.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 07:24 Source

With less than a year to the next election (probably), it is hard to see what Malcolm Turnbull can do to turn the Titanic around.

Certainly voters disliked Abbott, but that wasn’t just because he was him (though I must admit that played its part). Malcolm will need to come up with some policy changes.

The positive rhetoric is a pleasant change and it gives a sense of hope which is good, but it’s like “stop the boats” – ok, good, and then what. Stopping the boats does nothing to help the refugee crisis any more than being optimistic addresses our economic challenges.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 07:06 Source

The swing to Labor was 9.3 percent on the raw figures in Canning and then, after the distribution of preferences, 6.9 percent, two party preferred.

After subtracting from this the beloved-local-member-the-dead-Don-Randall-swing-factor one gets a movement to Labor of 4.7 percent, two party preferred. Duplicated across Australia, it would lose the Coalition twenty-nine seats, and government.

So ‘the Turnbull factor’ gained for the Liberals only 2.5 or 3 percent; this at the height of his honeymoon. It would have been 1.5 or 2 percent tomorrow, after his inevitably contentious reshuffle.

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Peter Martin Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 06:50 Source

Of all of the factoids bequeathed to us by departing treasurer Joe Hockey, the most dangerous is that the Australian population can be divided into two:"lifters" and "leaners".

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Digitopoly Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:55 Source

peace1Discussions about ad-blockers are all the rage. This is because Apple’s new iOS 9 allows you to put content blockers on the Safari web browser. Thus, this technology is brought to the mobile web; something one can guess Google will be reluctant to do on Android.

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Duck Pond Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 23:59 Source

Since it is now Spring, the park was open on Saturday and we diverted up towards the dam. The steepest options were chosen and it proved more demanding than I was prepared for. Dexter and Hannah took it good stride and probably thought nothing of it, other than there was more of interest on the ground.

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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 22:46 Source

Once Australians see this, mainstream television news in Australia, as we know it, is dead. You heard it here first. Chris Graham explains.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 20:02 Source

Two-party: full preference estimate




Primary vote





Palmer United

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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 20:01 Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Let's all hope that turns out to be the most inaccurate cliche in recent Australian history. Chris Graham explains.

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The Tally Room Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 20:00 Source

Primary vote results as of 9:33pm – 45/45 booths reporting


Vimal Kumar Sharma
Palmer United

Connor Whittle
Liberal Democratic Party

Michelle Allen
Pirate Party

Greg Smith
Ausralian Defence Veterans Party

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 17:52 Source

Below is a short list of Ministers Who Should Keep Their Positions After The Reshuffle.

Minister for Women. OK, let’s start with Mr Abbott himself. As Minister for Women he’s responsible for a number of achievements:

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The Mugwump Post Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 15:01 Source
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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 13:29 Source

Michael Brull analyses four specific areas that help define the 29th Prime Minister of Australia.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 12:50 Source

It’s a little hard to predict what will happen.

But I’ve known Malcolm for forty-two years. And in my view it’s likely, not certain, that he won’t get through the next, conciliatory stage of his glorious Restoration without stuffing up.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:39 Source

I bought a copy of Marco Arment's ad blocking app/extension yesterday, partly out of curiosity, partly to support Arment, who is a developer worth supporting. It worked brilliantly, stripping the banners right out of the Cheeseburger and, more importantly, massively speeding up the news sites I read.

Of course, the Burger doesn't rely on ad revenue. Those banners are more of a design element than a commercial feature, but a lot of the sites I like to visit, and some I work for, do live and die by their ads.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:11 Source

Andrew Hastie will win Canning with 53.1 percent of the vote, two party preferred.

This will be a swing to Labor of 8.7 percent.

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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:03 Source

Attacks by the Northern Territory government on a local community group trying to protect the environment damage everyones, writes Anna Boustead.

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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:03 Source

Attacks by the Northern Territory government on a local community group trying to protect the environment damage everyones, writes Anna Boustead.

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New Matilda Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:03 Source

Attacks by the Northern Territory government on a local community group trying to protect the environment damage everyones, writes Anna Boustead.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:57 Source

Just to reinforce that we have not had any change of thinking with a new leader, Christopher Pyne rolled out his “new curriculum”, endorsed by state education ministers yesterday.

There is to be a greater focus on Western civilisation and our Christian heritage.

Indigenous issues have been cut from parts of the curriculum, and students will no longer be taught about Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, or NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) week.

It’s worth noting that, on the IPA’s 75 point wish list, number 73 is “Defund Harmony Day”.

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Skepticlawyer Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:50 Source

Human history has largely been driven by the creation and use of surplus production — that is, production beyond subsistence. (Subsistence meaning sufficient to sustain life and reproduction.) The change from prehistory to history is very much a matter of the generation and use of surplus production.

There are essentially only three ways for such surplus to be created.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 09:44 Source

The Political Weekly: this former darling of the Liberal conservatives may have fallen out of favour.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 07:18 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

I predicted last Sunday night that Abbott would fall on Monday morning or Monday night. I was right, as I was when I said in 2009 that Abbott, not Hockey, would be made leader by ‘two votes, one of them disputed’.

I’m not that sure of what will occur in Canning, a faraway country of which I know little.

What I am now sure of, however, is Morrison’s hectic, fraudulent mediocrity.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 07:08 Source


Malcolm Turnbull projects himself as urbane, cultured, intellectual, intelligent and a devoted family man who can play the prime minister role. He has also paraded values of respecting science, man of the future and a concerned citizen. He may live at Point Piper but he is a good and decent man. Despite being filthy rich, he is here to serve. These are face-book snapshots that we are invited to like.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 01:51 Source

Morrison’s behaviour yesterday may have halted the surge to Turnbull, and reduced the majority, if any, of Andrew Hastie in Canning.

A man who hopes to be Treasurer was seen to be a sort of pious angry fool, with a glint of wild mendacity in his aura.

Why would he not swear on the Bible? Witnesses in every court case do. As Treasurer on Tuesday, he will be sworn in on the Bible. What he did on Friday can only mean that he was caught out in a lie, and he was a kind of oath-bound religious maniac, and an ill-tempered bully.

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Peter Martin Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 01:30 Source

CHRIS BOWEN Melbourne University Press, $34.99

In office for only two years, Joe Hockey might like to claim he never had the chance to become one of Australia's truly great treasurers. But shortness of tenure isn't by itself an impediment to greatness. 

When I joined the treasury in the early 1980s I was given a rundown of the best and worst of Australia's treasurers, as remembered by those in the department.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 18, 2015 - 21:59 Source

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Hoyden About Town Friday, September 18, 2015 - 21:29 Source

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