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North Coast Voices Monday, August 22, 2016 - 00:00 Source

Maitland Police Station.

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Delimiter Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 20:58 Source

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said it has decided not to grant four of Australia's biggest banks interim authorisation to "collectively bargain" with Apple over the terms of any partnership involving the tech giant's Apple Pay product.

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Delimiter Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 20:56 Source

New Zealand pay television provider Sky TV has deployed a Citrix networking solution to manage "unpredictable" network connectivity and high bandwidth demands during Rio 2016 Olympics broadcasts.

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Delimiter Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 20:55 Source

Telstra has activated its 60th mobile base station under the Mobile Black Spot Programme, 60 weeks since the first round of locations were announced – a milestone that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce called a "significant achievement".

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Delimiter Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 20:53 Source

Following Telstra's announcement of a record profit for the 2015-16 financial year, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on the telco to use some of those funds to invest in its Australian workforce, rather than continue with its outsourcing and offshoring initiatives.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 13:49 Source

By Ken Wolff We now know that the Senate elected at the July election comprises 30 Coalition members, 26 from the ALP, 9 Greens, 4 from One Nation, 3 from the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) and one each from Family First, the Liberal Democrats, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party and the Jacqui Lambie Network. Thirty-nine votes…

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The Political Sword Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 10:50 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 07:39 Source

The 60s and 70s were times of great change in Australia.  Women were throwing off the shackles of domestic servitude, Aborigines were demanding civil rights, and the end of the White Australia policy saw us embracing a new era of multiculturalism where discrimination on the basis of race or gender was no longer acceptable. But…

The post How conservatives use racism and why appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 07:12 Source

The recent election highlighted to me something as a nation we are not talking about. It is also something that our leaders on the left are not talking about, yet they should be. This election, the right wing of politics supported by the media were successful in creating a divide.  This divide is not just…

The post Will you Lean on me or are you an indi-bloody-vidual? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 06:13 Source

Sunday 21 August 2016 1 One of the first acts of the Federal Government when parliament resumes will be to actually cut unemployment benefits. By removing the ‘clean energy supplement’ to all new welfare beneficiaries – resulting in an $8.80 reduction per fortnight for singles and $7.90 for couples – it will in effect drag their…

The post Day to Day Politics: That’s a super idea. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 00:16 Source

This is what Sydney Morning Herald journalist Mark Kenny had to say about Liberal Democratic Party Senator for NSW David Leyonhjelm on 8 August 2016:David Leyonhjelm is a boorish, supercilious know-all with the empathy of a besser block. And that new Hansonite conspiracy theorist from Queensland? He's an absurdist fringe-dweller and fellow hate-speech apologist.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 00:15 Source

On 21 April 2016 the Energy Resource Information Centre wrote a letter to the editor of the Border Watch newspaper.Doctors for the Environment Australia took exception in a letter to the editor of Border Watch in May 2016:It is disappointing to again find myself misrepresented in letters to the Editor of your good paper as an ‘activist presenter’ and to witness the Doctors for the

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Club Troppo Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 15:31 Source

I’m pleased to see Jason Potts tweeting “Blogs are still a thing. This one I just came across is the thingest. It’s like @slatestarcodex, but for econ & tech artir.wordpress.com”. As a result of tweeting back my 2009 post on Blogging the crisis, I re-read it. Sometimes I’m surprised at how badly I’ve written, sometimes how well. This time I was pleased. So I though it’d re-post it – below the fold.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 11:59 Source

Yesterday I had a Twitter conversation about Kathryn Bigelow’s movie, Zero Dark Thirty, which was shown on SBS last night. Many angry critics have described the film as CIA propaganda advocating torture, and accused Bigelow of making an immoral argument that torture works. That wasn’t my reading as I argue here. This revisiting of the film…

The post Dutton’s message: torture works appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 11:55 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:34 Source

Some of you will remember me talking about confirmation bias in the past. Basically, it’s where you notice the evidence that backs up your previously held position and fail to see anything that contradicts it. For example, when Australia performed badly at the Montreal Olympics where they failed to win a single gold medal, politicians…

The post At Least Turnbull Has Beaten “Confirmation Bias” and “The Halo Effect”! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 08:10 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 07:22 Source

I read John Lord’s article, ‘What your own say about you’ (17th August) the other day while suffering a slight case of jetlag, and replete with matters European still swirling in my head. It struck me that the quoted comments John listed from various members of the Coalition were all about themselves, nothing about government, nothing…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 06:01 Source

Saturday 20 August 2016 There are no two better politicians at feigning indignation than Peter Dutton and “the mouth that roared” Christopher Pyne. Though it has to be conceded with Christopher that he rather enjoys his notoriety. Even being called the most hated politician in Australia seems to give him some sordid sense of self-satisfaction. Unfortunately…

The post Day to Day Politics: The problem with Policeman Peter. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Letter to the Editor, The Daily Examiner, 17 August 2016:THE dismantling of the Grafton Regional Gallery is an outrage and every effort to reverse the decision of the executive council must be made.Should it be a surprise?

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 00:15 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 19, 2016 - 21:21 Source

Richard Ackland’s brilliant article today (‘The defence of free speech is limited for the anti-18C brigade‘ in The Guardian) reminds us of one of Pauline Hanson’s more puerile assertions: that “Aboriginal women ate their babies”. Ackland wrote: A book published in her name, Pauline Hanson – The Truth, made a number of ludicrous claims, including…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 19, 2016 - 20:23 Source

Joint media release: Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK & UNSW Australia Business School, Sydney, Australia In understanding war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a person’s cultural and professional context is just as important as how they cope with witnessing wartime events, says a new study in the Academy of Management Journal. It’s long been assumed…

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Your Democracy Friday, August 19, 2016 - 18:40 Source
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Club Troppo Friday, August 19, 2016 - 18:32 Source

Below is an essay by me and Chris Vanstone (Chief Innovation Officer of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) published in two parts by The Mandarin.

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Harrangue Man Friday, August 19, 2016 - 17:02 Source

I decided to wear my fancy new dress shoes for my sixth ping chat but it proved a dodgy choice—we ended up trekking up a hill, including along a well-worn "made by people" path through bare earth and foliage, to reach the café for the meet. Plus, being narrow and new, the shoes compressed the sides of my broad feet and they ached like a m'fo.Hilariously the cat I was meeting with appeared to be wearing the exact brand of black with pink piping sneakers I normally wear.Gold; I dressed up for a dressed down chat.Still, better have fancy shoes and not need them than need them and not have them.

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Jack the Insider Friday, August 19, 2016 - 14:27 Source

In 2016 an estimated 130,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. Last Friday I became one of them when I was told I had cancer…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 19, 2016 - 14:13 Source

The Coalition’s inability to address taxation reform is as exasperating as Dutton’s refusal to address the plight of those incarcerated on Manus and Nauru.  The answers are there but blind ideology and political cowardice are stopping the government from adopting them. Malcolm Turnbull has stated that taxation should be used to encourage desired outcomes and,…

The post Blind ideology and political cowardice hamstring the government appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, August 19, 2016 - 14:13 Source

I did manage to catch this one for my birthday. Took the fam. We all liked it. I'd post a review but, you know, writing books.

I'm not sure why it hasn't done as well as the others. I though it was better than the Wrath of Khan remake.

Now, back to writing books.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 19, 2016 - 13:38 Source

AEMO, in presentation to energy ministers, says there was no system security or supply reliability issues in South Australia during July.

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