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North Coast Voices Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 00:16 Source

It would appear that the average Labor voter does have a different view of the world from his/her Liberal or Nationals counterpart.Labor voters have a higher than average trust in the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC). Liberal-Nationals supporters have more trust than the average in all news sources - except possibly the ABC.Labor voters have a higher than average trust in environment groups and trade unions.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 00:14 Source

Is Prime Minister Tony Abbott harbouring a fear of the Australian populace so deep that he now needs an armoured car in each state and territory, plus a spare, in order to feel safe?

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 22:51 Source

A report into how an asylum seeker died from a foot infection has been completed. But where is it?

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Political Owl Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 22:38 Source
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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 22:32 Source

The dismantling of a successful Aboriginal employment program by Labor and Liberal has proved to be disastrous. Professor Jon Altman explains.

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Fraudcast News Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 22:15 Source

Patrick Chalmers:

Wow – wonderful, powerful, insightful writing. Cutting to the quick. Hugely excited to discover Vanessa Spedding and her thinking. Thanks to a Twitter follow – would you believe?

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 22:09 Source

Routine testing on a coal seam gas well has lead AGL to suspend operations. Thom Mitchell reports.


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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:33 Source

Some fluffy white stuff is hitting the East Coast this week, creating the perfect opportunity to catch snowflakes on your tongue.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:33 Source

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a report on recreational marijuana use among kids under the age of 18. Like a good pediatrician, the report summarizes the latest research to answer kids' and parents' most pressing questions. Is pot bad for young brains? Will the newest wave of changes in American law about marijuana make things better or worse?

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:33 Source

While NASA's Dawn mission is hot on the tail of the biggest rock in the asteroid belt, researchers are still finding new things within the treasure trove of data the spacecraft collected in 2011 and 2012. Back then Dawn was visiting Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, which scientists thought would be bone-dry.

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oecomuse Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:01 Source

For the past few years, I have mixed it with the flag bearers on the 26 January long weekend. This is not because I think jingoistic and cringe-worthy flag fetishism, as rekindled by the terror-mongering wedge-master John Howard, is a worthy reflection of our national character.

No. My choice of company on the 26 January long weekend is rather because I am middle-aged, and can no longer attend gigs with the gusto and regularity I one did, and still love going to live music events. For over two decades the 26 January long weekend offered the opportunity to see a years’ worth of live music in one jam-packed day and night.

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oecomuse Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 20:36 Source

Well it feels like the year has started in earnest even though I’ve been back at work for three weeks already.

A quick housekeeping post:

Thank you to everyone who has commented and followed and found me on Twitter. I re-set the comments release default because I haven’t found the time or inclination to reply on here. Obviously I am delighted for readers to discuss anything, but two online discussion sites are enough for me, and Twitter is my public forum. So apologies for not engaging more here, and please feel free to take up any points on my TL @iMusing. If the 140 is not your thing, a link or screenshot is fine.

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 20:00 Source

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 19:42 Source

There's nothing like following up a government promise to 'engage' with a sector of the community that we all know they don't really care about. With emphasis on the 'nothing'.

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Politically homeless Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 19:37 Source

As I've said before, when Tony Abbott gets into trouble he will reach out to his base on the far right, and that's why he offered Prince Phillip the knighthood. Only right-wingers can even discern what Prince Phillip's service to Australia has been. When he married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 the State of Queensland presented 500 cans of pineapple to the happy couple. They must have assumed they were like other war-battered Poms, in need of food aid but reluctant to fork out £10 to come over and work for it.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 18:11 Source

In response to the Queensland Government’s crackdown on graffiti, where vandals will be given up to seven years jail, Tony Abbott has announced that his government will be introducing similar penalties for those caught doing electronic graffiti.

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:31 Source

As a Brisbane city councillor, Campbell Newman thought coal was a bad, bad thing. But as Premier, he can't get enough of it. Literally. Thom Mitchell explains.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:14 Source

Clarence Valley Council media release, 27 January 2015:Council votes against February pollPEOPLE eligible to vote in Clarence Valley Council elections will no longer be required to go to the polls on February 21.A by-election was to be held on that date to fill a position left vacant by the death of Cr Jeremy Challacombe, who died with his wife Sue in a motor vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway last year.A constitutional referendum was to be held at the same time to determine if the mayor was to be elected by popular vote or by a vote of his or her peers.But when Arthur

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John Quiggin Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:08 Source

In making my predictions for 2015, I was tempted to predict that Abbott would last out the year, mainly on the basis of inertia, but decided it was too risky (Commenter Fran B sensibly went the other way). I’m already glad of that: even before Sir Phil, it seemed as if he was on the skids.

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 17:07 Source

The for-profit tertiary sector is again under scrutiny after allegations of another funding scandal broke earlier today. Max Chalmers reports.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 16:55 Source

The Daily Telegraph has published the second Galaxy poll of state voting intention in New South Wales since Luke Foley’s leadership takeover, and it’s all but identical to the first in having the Coalition with a 54-46 lead on two-party preferred, from primary votes of 45% for the Coalition (up one), 36% for Labor (steady) and 11% for the Greens (steady). There are two further questions, finding voters to be largely indifferent to Foley’s drink driving record, and emphatically opposed to the government’s move to allow supermarkets to sell lottery tickets.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Mundingburra1-2PPMundingburra is an LNP seat in north Queensland, covering the southern Townsville suburbs of Heatley, Cranbrook, Aitkenvale, Mundingburra, Vincent, Gulliver, Douglas, Annandale and parts of Kirwan.

The LNP’s David Crisafulli won Mundingburra in 2012 with a 16.8% swing, and holds Mundingburra by a 10.2% margin.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 16:08 Source

Thursday February 26th, 6.30pm Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne Presenter: Karl Fitzgerald RSVP Last year was Australia’s 3rd hottest on record. The likelihood of a radical future grows with each day we do not take action. The need for greater economic flexibility is vital. How can the economic system support cyclists and seaweed cultivists for […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 16:01 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Equities rally despite Greece concerns The biggest surprise in global markets at the moment is perhaps the lack of panic around the results from the Greek elections. Focus has also been on extreme weather conditions in the northeast part of the US, some big earnings […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:11 Source

Australia's National Science and Technology Centre, Questacon, to have 10% of annual electricity needs provided by new rooftop PV installation.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:09 Source

If you need more evidence solar is destined to become the dominant electricity source in many parts of the world, including Australia, here it is...

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:08 Source

NSW's Marrickville Council has become Australia's second local government group to join the global fossil fuel divestment campaign.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:07 Source

Carnegie Wave Energy has installed its second CETO 5 generating unit near Perth, following completion of onshore power plant. And check out the video.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Tony Abbott’s decision to award an Australian knighthood to a 93 year-old British prince tells us all we need to know about this Coalition government: isolated, ignorant and locked in the past. Now we may find out if there are any moderates left in government, and if Australia's climate and clean energy policies can be retrieved.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 15:06 Source

The Modi-Obama energy agreement brings all three of the world’s biggest emitters – India, the US and China – into alignment on climate action and proves that the 'all of the above' credo that once dominated their thinking on energy is steadily morphing into 'anything but coal.'

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