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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 16:33 Source

Redcuchulain takes a look at the growing number of voters attracted to Pauline Hanson and puts forth suggestions for progressive leaders to combat this. To quote an old Arabic saying , “If people are thirsty enough they will drink the sand”. I do not believe that 23% of Queenslanders are turning to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation…

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The Political Sword Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 10:40 Source


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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 09:24 Source

The answer, of course, is that one is a prop and shouldn’t have been taken into the Parliament, while the other can be burned to provide heat – apart from that it’s useless… Still confused? Well, so am I! We have a Treasurer who took a lump of coal into Parliament. Just so you know,…

The post What’s The Difference Between Barnaby Joyce And A Lump Of Coal? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 08:25 Source

You know you have really crossed the line when that champion of free speech, Andrew Bolt, says you should have been “booed off the stage.” Yet this is exactly what he said of Larry Pickering’s performance at Kirralie Smith’s fundraiser to pay for the defamation case ensuing from her false assertion that halal certification funds…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 07:36 Source

Tim Jones analyses the Trump Administration through the lens of the ‘id’. Will the super-ego keep them in check? Will Americans accept rule by kleptocrats and oligarchs? HBO’s Bill Maher once described Donald Trump as ‘id’. That is, Latin for ‘it’. In Freudian terms, the unfiltered, raw and animalistic side to the human being. This is usually…

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 07:12 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 06:30 Source

Sunday 12 February 2017 On this day in 2016 I wrote the following. Seriously, how do you think it’s turned out? 1 The day has finally arrived. Barnaby Joyce has become Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Now we have a Prime Minister who firmly believes in a Republic, equality in marriage and the science of…

The post Day to Day Politics: No I’m not rejoycing at all. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 00:18 Source

According to the Australian Dept. Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the United States ranks as Number 1 in the Top 20 countries with direct investment in Australia [ABS catalogue 5352.0, May 2016 & UNCTADstat database, October 2016].In 2015 Australia direct investment in the U.S. was led by manufacturing, and the finance/insurance sectors and U.S. direct investment in Australia is led by the nonbank holding, mining, finance/ insurance companies, and manufacturing sectors.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 00:16 Source

In the beginning…February 2016 statement:We are a group of Noongar people from the South West region of Western Australia seeking funding to support our legal costs to oppose the 6 Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) settlements with the South West Land & Sea Council (SWALSC) and the State Government. Our group was founded in December 2014 to oppose the 6 ILUA settlements and to campaign against the authorization meetings held from 31 January 2015 to 28 March 2015.  With an estimated 35,000 Noongar people in the south west region. We believe that the ILUA settlements discriminate against our people.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 00:15 Source

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Harrangue Man Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 21:25 Source

I yelled at my son after he splashed me in the face with water. Fight flight triggered for a moment and I yell-asked if he wanted me crying on the floor of the shed because that's what can happen when fight flight triggers. I kept yelling if that was what he wanted.He cried and I hated that I made him cry. He got over it but I didn't---I loathed that I had lost my cool and monstrously guilted him.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 19:20 Source

Schools have always been under-rated! Politicians and some media outlets like to concentrate on the problems while ignoring the fact that they’ve educated vast numbers of people. Yes, there is room for improvement, and no, the occasional spelling mistake does not make that person (and an entire generation) “functionally illiterate” ! So, in a profession…

The post We Talk About 21st Century Learning While Looking In The Rearview Mirror! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Tally Room Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 19:04 Source

Nominations closed yesterday for the Western Australian state election, to be held four weeks from today.

415 candidates have nominated for the lower house. Labor, Liberal and the Greens have each nominated a full team of 59 candidates. The Micro Business Party (no I hadn’t heard of them either) have nominated candidates in 46 seats, with the Australian Christians running in 45. One Nation have 35 candidates nominated.

There are 31 independents, and Julie Matheson’s party is running twenty candidates.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 16:43 Source

By Robert Wood There is space for diversity in the university context in Australia. I do not say this in the way Christopher Pyne has, or even of people all the way back to John Dawkins. When I say diversity I do not mean it as a sneak attack argument for de-regulation. We need far…

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Your Democracy Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 15:08 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:51 Source

Is Turnbull just a Mean Girl, or is he a Heisenberg or possibly a Trumbleberg? What has he become?  The once suave leather jacket wearing moderate has transformed into the incarnation of Abbott with his sycophant speech.  A man full of angry personally abusive ranting and zero policy. The media seem to really get their rocks…

The post The Corruption of the Cutie: Is Turnbull Now a Mean Girl? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Club Troppo Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:20 Source

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Politically homeless Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 12:14 Source

Smiling as the shit comes downYou can tell a man from what he has to sayEverything gets turned aroundAnd I will risk my neck again, again- Crowded House Four seasons in one day

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 11:56 Source

A sumary and candidates and parties contesting the 2017 Western Australian Election

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 11:12 Source

The Guardian, 11 February 2017:The founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, were arrested in Panama City on Thursday as the country’s attorney general launched a probe into their alleged connections with Brazil’s sprawling Lava Jato corruption scandal.Juergen Mossack and his colleague Ramon Fonseca, a former adviser to Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela, were taken into custody and transferred to p

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Global Guerrillas Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:13 Source

Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now.  A simple proof:  Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it.

But where is political networking taking us?  That's the BIG question. I've been doing lots of thinking about this (it's going into my book). Here's my shorthand for where our political system is headed. We have three political networks to choose from:

  1. Insurgency
  2. Orthodoxy
  3. Participatory

Insurgency

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 10:00 Source

By Bob Rafto The US Defense Department’s $680 billion budget pays for over 3.1 million employees, both military and civilian. Another 3 million people are employed by the defense industry both directly, making things like weapons, and indirectly, such as working in local businesses supported by a contractor’s location in a town, according to various…

The post Things are a little scary right now appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 08:33 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Shorten, class war, leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, Peter Dutton, politics of envy, Scott Morrison

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 08:22 Source

In 2012, Malcolm Turnbull delivered the George Winterton Lecture at the University of Western Australia, in which, coincidentally enough, he discussed the importance of truth, particularly in the climate change debate, and how the demise of journalism and the deplorable behaviour in question time are instrumental in damaging both the public’s trust and their ability…

The post The death of Malcolm’s idealism, if any such thing ever truly existed appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 07:14 Source

By Christian Marx Australia and indeed the world is under threat from the dangerous eugenics of the far right. Their sick Neoliberal policies of extreme attacks on the poor, pensioners, social services and their theft of public services, via privatization will bring our society to its knees. The only way they are able to get…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 05:49 Source

Saturday 11 February 2017 The Australian public have delivered their verdict on what they think of our political system, the way it operates and the people who run it. The verdict is emphatic. It is not new. They think our politicians are morons, more intent on self-interest than our interests. We simply don’t trust them.…

The post Day to Day Politics: Have the right won? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 00:16 Source
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Poll Bludger Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 00:13 Source

Today’s Courier-Mail carries a Galaxy poll of state voting intention of Queensland, the most eye-catching result of which is that One Nation is at 23% of the primary vote, up seven points on the last such poll in early November. Both major parties are down four points, Labor to 31% and the Liberal National Party to 33%, with the Greens on 8% and Katter’s Australian Party on 3%.

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Harrangue Man Friday, February 10, 2017 - 22:46 Source

The evil duck went to a nice family who needed a duck. theboy nearly aborted the deal when he casually mentioned it was a psychopath but I don't think they heard him. Phew!My nurse friend corrected me though when I'd called it that---the duck was actually a sociopath because that was its usual behaviour.

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