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WixxyLeaks Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:17 Source

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While Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch tell the world that we need to have a discussion on the threat posed by Islam, here in Australia it is discussion we have been having for a while now.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 07:33 Source

Interesting how things change.

In twenty-four hours Turnbull lost his most respected Minister, Andrew Robb; his Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss; any chance of retaining his favourite sinister-minister, Stuart Robert; any chance of a GST and any respect for his Treasurer, Scott Morrison, friend and ally of Robert.

If he was comforted by the news that the dog-killer Barnaby Joyce would soon be running the country in his stead, he was daunted by the likelihood that Tony Windsor would displace him at the election by a margin of ten or twenty percent.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 06:23 Source

Thursday 11 February 2016 1 The news that Greg Hunt has received an award as ‘Best Minister in the World’ will be received with much scepticism by many Australians. Even hilarity. Mr Hunt told Fairfax Media he was “genuinely humbled” by the prize, but noted “this is really an award for Australia”. The criteria for…

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En Passant Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 05:36 Source

It was of course going to be the magic pudding for big business and the States and Territories – an extra $33 billion a year flowing into Commonwealth coffers as a result of increasing the GST from 10% to 15%. There was only one real problem – we punters were opposed to it. So opposed in fact that the popular Turnbull government might if it went to an election with the proposal lose what appears so far to be the unlosable election later this year.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 04:48 Source

A fairly pronounced narrowing in the Coalition’s lead may now be observed on the BludgerTrack poll aggregate charts, thanks mostly to an unusually soft result for the Turnbull government in this week’s Morgan result. This shows up as a 0.6% move to Labor on two-party preferred since last week, but it’s only made a slight difference on the seat projection, which credits the Coalition with a net gain of one seat since the 2013 election despite a 0.4% lower two-party vote. The aggregate also records a lift in support for the Greens, who had had some of the wind taken out of their sails when Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister.

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Peter G-W Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:39 Source

Weep: to express any overpowering emotion by shedding tears
Weep: a poem

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Andrew Bartlett Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:33 Source

Last year I did some high school teaching, which I found to be the most difficult paid work I’ve ever done. Definitely way harder than being a Senator – apart from anything else, Senators have staff to help them do what they need to do (& get paid 3 times the money of course). And there is of course also ready access to other resources – apart from anything else, when I was a Senator I didn’t need to go to Officeworks to make sure I had enough pens to do my job the next day, and I didn’t have to be worried if I was blowing the printing budget each time I clicked OK on extra copy of an exam sheet for my class.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:16 Source

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North Coast Voices Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Media Release, 4 Feb 2016:JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: ACOSS, Australian Council for International Development, Anglicare Australia,Catholic Social Services, Mission Australia, Oxfam Australia, St Vincent de Paul Society, Save the Children, and World Vision.Australian international aid and community sector agencies today united behind churches across the country who are opening their doors to asylum seekers facing removal backto offshore detention centres.The groups, including ACOSS, Australian C

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George Monbiot Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 21:15 Source

I am starting to hate the European Union. But I will vote to stay in.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 10th February 2016

By instinct, like many on the left, I am a European. I recognise that many issues – perhaps most – can no longer be resolved only within our borders. Among them are grave threats to our welfare and our lives: climate change and the collapse of the living world; the spread of epidemics whose vectors are corporations (obesity, diabetes and diseases associated with smoking, alcohol and air pollution); the global wealth-grab by the very rich; antibiotic resistance; terrorism and conflict.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 21:14 Source

The sudden collapse of four for-profit vocational education enterprises including Aspire college is the latest in a string of scandals, failures and license revocations in the sector.

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En Passant Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 21:11 Source

The Clinton campaign has a new line of attack against voters who won’t get in line behind their candidate: They’re caving to sexism. Elizabeth Schulte in Socialist Worker US begs to differ.

To read the whole article click here.  Clinton’s corporate feminism falls flat

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TPS Extra Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 19:26 Source

Photo from Philip Ruddock's Twitter FeedPhilip Ruddock has been a Member of Parliament since he was 30.  He entered Federal Parliament in September 1973 representing the seat of Parramatta.  He retires from Parliament representing the seat of Berowra at the next Federal election; which according to the current prime minister, will happen towards the end of 2016.  At the time of writing, he is 72

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 18:10 Source

The Election is Coming, The Election is coming! Thus the cry dimly is heard atop galloping hooves. The primly minister Turnbull is faced with dropping polls and a realisation among the populace that refugees are people too. The dilettante decisions by the front bench on privatising Medicare and alleged tax reform have cast a further…

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:42 Source


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Robert is fighting to save his ministerial career after revelations of a “personal” trip to Beijing in August 2014 to celebrate a deal involving Nimrod Resources, an Australian mining company headed by major Liberal party donor Paul Marks.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 17:34 Source

By now you would have all recovered from the astonishing news that our alleged Environment Minister, Greg Hunt has won the inaugural Best Minister in the World award at World Government Summit in Dubai. We are told that: Mr Hunt was in Dubai to receive his award overnight, with the conference leaders saying he had…

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 16:58 Source

There's not been a day since I returned to work that I have not cried—before, during or after. It's part of the journey of return after psychological injury. I had one outside cry after an anxiety spike, having escaped the building before the tears came. It was a nice day for it and eventually thewife talked me down to nearly normal and I returned to battle.One day there will be a day where I do not cry—that's also part of the journey—and that day will come soon.thewife made me up stamp-sized notes of positivity for my last job. I ringed my monitor with them, affixed with bluetack.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 16:38 Source
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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:20 Source

Who will be the Father of the House of Representatives when Philip Ruddock Retires?

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:13 Source

There's a skylight above me and it affects the laptop monitor allowing me to see what is reflected in the screen. So if it's on the black desktop then it's a dim mirrored version of me staring back. Only depending on the angle I can be staring at my balding head, with headband, or at where my pecs and gut meet as that's where my typing hands hover at. It'd be okay if there was something decent being reflected back but there's not—just various parts of a bearded, balding, heavyset half-naked man wearing a head band.Oh well, as P— a co-worker once said, it'd be a boring old world if we all looked alike.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:55 Source

Renewables eclipsed fossil fuels as largest source of new power capacity added to US electrical grids in 2015, for second year in a row.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:46 Source

Tesla says Model 3 could cost as little as $US25,000 once US tax credits factored in – a mass market price that could "upend US auto market."

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:43 Source

Australian superannuation funds have collectively lost over $5.6 billion on their fossil fuel investments in last two years.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:16 Source

Australian battery company Redflow says plug and play residential model of zinc bromine technology to be launched on Australian market in just over a month.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:16 Source

President Obama's landmark regulation to cut emissions from stationary polluters -- the Clean Power Plan -- was just issued a stay by US Supreme Court.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:14 Source

AGL creates new investment fund for large-scale renewables, with aim of attracting third party funds. But there will be no new projects committed in 2016.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton With the Christmas and New Year holidays now well behind us, many people are probably thinking about resolutions for the year ahead. If you are still stuck for ideas, recently published figures from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) may help. They estimate that globally, food worth…

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Delimiter Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:57 Source

The NBN company's obsession with hiding key details of its operation from the public finally came unstuck last night, with both major sides of politics sharply warning the company it must put an end to what many believe has been an arrogantly inappropriate approach to transparency from Australia's largest infrastructure project.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:25 Source

Australia’s first household to add a Tesla Powerwall can this week begin buying and selling electricity on the market, after the addition of a world-leading software program by Reposit Power.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:08 Source

Solar power in Australia has grown to 5 gigawatts and was the largest source of new power in the country in 2015. It now represents 9% of Australia's total electricity generation capacity.

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