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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:58 Source

The appalling treatment of Human Rights Commission (HRC) president Gillian Triggs at the hands of Prime Minster Tony Abbott and Attorney General George Brandis has been well-documented over the last 24 hours.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:17 Source
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North Coast Voices Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:16 Source

The top 20 per cent of people have five times more income than the bottom 20 per cent, and hold 71 times more wealth. Perhaps the gap between those with the most and those with the least is most starkly highlighted by the fact that the richest seven individuals in Australia hold more wealth than 1.73 million households in the bottom 20 per cent. [The Australia Institute, Income and wealth inequality in Australia, Policy Brief No.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Weighed under by budget cuts and loss of an international platform the Australian Broadcasting Commission, everybody's Aunty, must wonder when Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's flying monkeys will cease their attacks on its integrity.Fortunately some of those who become collateral damage in the war on public broadcasting bite back publicly, as did Simon Fenton Chapman AO BA(Hons) (UNSW), PhD (USyd), FASSA, HonFFPH (UK).Professor Chapman in

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Croakey Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 23:02 Source

Health Minister Sussan Ley has re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to the GP co-payment, arguing that it is necessary so that people ‘value’ the health care they receive.  In the following piece, the Consumers Health Forum CEO, Adam...

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En Passant Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 21:37 Source

 

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister in waiting, has distanced himself from Tony Abbott, the current Prime Minister, and Abbott’s trashing of Gillian Triggs, the Human Rights Commissioner. In doing so Turnbull has repeated the lies of the Prime Minister about stopping the boats being the best way to keep asylum seeker children out of detention.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 21:25 Source

A somewhat darker piece, and shorter, with a twist at the end I rather enjoyed. I made one or two quick sub edits for consistency.

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The small boy made no sound. His face was contorted in pain. His sweat had soaked his face and the Indians Baseball t-shirt he wore was so wet as to become see through. The sneakers he had pleaded to have for his seventh birthday were now putrid with a mix of his sweat and the urine he could no longer contain. He was aware of none of these things. His was simply a world of pain.

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Political Owl Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 20:30 Source

the twee tribe

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New Matilda Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 19:26 Source

Sometimes, angry rants are best slept on overnight, then deleted. Or you could do what Senator Ian Macdonald just did.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 18:51 Source

“JUST as Tony Abbott gains a significant shift in the polls that sees him showing a heartbeat after his “near-death experience” earlier this month, the Prime Minister has once again come under attack from his own party.

Voters could be forgiven for thinking the leaks against the Prime Minister are being co-ordinated.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 18:40 Source

Is the killing of trees the link between this great rail disaster and 2014’s floods?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 25th February

Teetering above one of the busiest railway lines in England are 350,000 tonnes of soil and rubble. Three weeks ago, the landslip at Harbury in Warwickshire shut the main link between Manchester, Birmingham and the south(1), and the route between Birmingham and London Marylebone. It’s unlikely to reopen before Easter. An act of God? Perhaps. But before you decide, take a look at the images on Google Earth.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 17:44 Source

Judging by the tone of media coverage, Tony Abbott’s Prime Ministership has now entered its terminal phase. Everything he does and says is being judged on that basis, with every slipup a potential disaster.

But having just beaten a spill motion, and with at least moderately good news from the polls, he can scarcely be removed immediately. On the other hand, as long as he stays in office, the government is effectively in lame duck mode, with its every decision open to reversal by his successor. To take the most recent example, if Abbott were replaced by Turnbull, the attacks on Gillian Triggs would cease instantly.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 17:06 Source

The Abbott government has become a comedy of errors and Captains Calls and it would seem that the light at the end of Abbott’s tunnel is in fact a train, one called the Turnbull Express.

Much of the Coalition’s issues is blamed on the hostile Senate where legislation passing is dependent upon the support of independents and minor parties. A talent that Julia Gillard and her Senate team excelled at, and that Tony Abbott and “Team Australia” have utterly failed at.

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New Matilda Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 17:03 Source

Australia's only national Aboriginal television news service is facing the axe under sweeping changes within SBS. Amy McQuire reports.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:54 Source

Morrison, a Liberal voter, said he would for six months deny the dole to young people under thirty who did not seek work as whores in other towns, or accept that work if it was offered. Asked if this was fair, he said don’t worry about it, it won’t get through the Senate anyway.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:43 Source

The inevitable is almost upon us. The unseating of the Prime Minister is imminent. The phrase “it’s only a matter of time” reflects the state of his prime ministership. Good Government he said would begin again after 17 months of mediocrity and find its way out of the dark hole it had been hiding in. The adults would grow up and all would be right with the political world.

The Captain of Team Australia was fully in command of his game plan and he would present a more collegiate, consultative leadership.

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En Passant Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:42 Source

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Unionists for Refugees Launch

6:30pm Tuesday 3 March 2015

Belconnen Labor Club, Chandler St, Belconnen

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:36 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asian-based traders have been net sellers of USDs today, although perversely there has been good selling of US treasuries, with the US two-year is up 4 basis points. This may indicate fixed income traders this side of the world don’t believe Janet Yellen is as dovish as […]

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Popular Science Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:27 Source

In a move that surprised no one, President Obama vetoed legislation that would have permitted construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:17 Source

 

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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison says wholesale changes to the welfare system are "necessary", but he has signalled they will be introduced slowly and in stages.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:16 Source

Regular contributor and sometime guest columnist Sir ScotchMistery is organising a get-together for Brisbane based AIMN authors and readers.

Over to Scotchie . . .

During the life of this government Australia has seen so many people become engaged in the political process, that it has begun to remind me of 1975 and the sacking of the Whitlam government. The actions by Kerr in his unilateral decision to sack that government, is now being repeated, but rather than by the governor general, the action is being taken across the board by voters.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:45 Source

Mr President, I move that in view of the fact that the Prime Minister plainly lied to the House of Representatives, and when asked to amend his utterance lied again, that this House asks him to resign.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:25 Source
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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Report says 60% integration of renewable energy in European distribution grids feasible by 2030 given infrastructure and regulatory support.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:03 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:02 Source

One of the things that bothers me about the current Australian government is lack of vision, lack of the ability to think outside the square or to challenge the status quo.

I’m going to illustrate with an example built around our health system (on which I have written voluminously lately), the horrific domestic violence record in this country, auto-immune conditions and food.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 14:50 Source

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 14:40 Source

NZ renewables giant launches online electricity retail product in NSW, and will target other states soon.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 14:36 Source

From The Australian: The Communications Minister today refused to “buy into” outrage at the Human Rights Commission president, who has lost the government’s confidence amid alleged political bias. …“Obviously this has become a very controversial issue and there are all sorts of allegations flying around. I don’t want to get involved in that,” he said […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 14:35 Source

Infigen calls bluff on utility threats to “boycott” renewable energy, but suggests corporate Australia may fill the gap if retailers don't contract new wind and solar farms. Meanwhile, the market turns positive on renewables, even if the government is still stalling on the RET, while Infigen turns focus to the US solar market.

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