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Your Democracy Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 07:37 Source

border farce ....

A brilliant demonstration of hundreds of protesters in Melbourne, organised in a hour or so against the launch of Operation Fortitude, the Australian Border Force and Victoria Police drive to check people’s visas, has stopped both the launch and, for now, the campaign.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 07:30 Source

Rupert Murdoch was once asked: “of all the things in your business empire, what gives you the most pleasure?” Murdoch instantly replied: “being involved with the editor of a paper in a day-to-day campaign…trying to influence people”.

I don’t think many on the Left side of politics would argue with that.

His attacks on the Labor Government in Australia during the 2013 election campaign and the Labour Opposition in Great Britain demonstrate this.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 06:42 Source

Saturday August 22

1 The process is more important than the individual. That is why Dyson Heydon must step down. When arguing that it puts the future of the commission in doubt people forget that the findings to date could have always been pursued through existing law enforcement bodies. That’s what made it a political witch hunt in the first place. Abbott wanted a show trial and wasn’t concerned with the cost.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 28, 2015 - 21:43 Source

Asia China’s economy may be in worse shape than people think – Market Watch How Do You Short China? WSJ Friday Thoughts on Crazy Nonsense Baldings World. Things to watch… China’s Stock Market Tumble and the Outlook for the Global Economy New Economic Perspectives PBoC uses complex tool to tame yuan China Spectator China’s Meltdown

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Poll Bludger Friday, August 28, 2015 - 20:30 Source

Friday, August 28

With today’s declaration of nominations, it emerged that there will be 12 candidates standing at the by-election, with the ballot paper order as follows:

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Poll Bludger Friday, August 28, 2015 - 18:51 Source

GhostWhoVotes tweets that a ReachTEL poll on the Seven Network records Labor with a two-party lead of 53-47, which is unchanged on ReachTEL polls conducted on both July 30 and August 6. Seven also reported that Bill Shorten was favoured over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister by 55-45 among men, compared with 56.0-44.0 in the previous ReachTEL poll, and 61-39 among women, effectively unchanged on the last poll’s result of 60.8-39.2. That appears to be all the information Seven provided, but hopefully the ReachTEL site will have full results soon.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 28, 2015 - 18:11 Source

By Julie Farthing

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En Passant Friday, August 28, 2015 - 18:08 Source

 

A brilliant demonstration of hundreds of protesters in Melbourne, organised in a hour or so against the launch of Operation Fortitude, the Australian Border Force and Victoria Police drive to check people’s visas, has stopped both the launch and, for now, the campaign.

This was a campaign of division – Team Australia and the rest – and uniting us in fear, fear of the undocumented, the’illegals,’ the foreign.

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Harrangue Man Friday, August 28, 2015 - 17:55 Source

My fibromyalgia from neg-grappling (1) has flared from my shoulder to across my back. I keep trying to stretch it out, as if it was a purely muscular instead of neuro-psychological and that an on-tippie-toes-fingers-to-the-sky would simply sort it all out. I call it back flare. I think of it as being like the burn-off of gas from an Nigerian oil-rig at night. That blue-black patch came on quick. In spite of the pain I had a meaningful day. I'm insanely lucky to do something I'm good at and that I enjoy.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 28, 2015 - 16:45 Source

By Vanessa Kairies

Watching the Abbott publicity machine in action this week has been sickening.

Visiting cows in his freshly pressed suit was just the beginning. Clueless!

Off he jetted to his annual ‘community visit”. “While I’m here” he thought, “I’ll visit Eddie Mabo’s grave site on Murray Island”.

It was abhorrent.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 28, 2015 - 16:38 Source

Angus Nicholson for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets The Asian session took news from US equities and commodity markets well today, although the pace of the gains look to have slowed later in the session. There still does not seem to be the macro foundations for indices to fully recover from their

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New Matilda Friday, August 28, 2015 - 16:18 Source

The workers who would have had to do random, publicly announced, checks in Melbourne's CBD this weekend would have been put in unnecessary danger to boost the government's flagging fortunes, says the Commonwealth Public Service Union.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 28, 2015 - 16:03 Source

If our politicians aren’t embarrassed they should be.

They are doing such a woeful job that the Australian public has said pullover, I’m taking the wheel.

The Reform summit overwhelmingly agreed that our politicians are trapped in legislative lethargy, consumed by poll driven populism, too afraid to do what must be done, too absorbed by political posturing.

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New Matilda Friday, August 28, 2015 - 15:35 Source

Just when you think you've got that anti-queer genie back in his bottle, a film comes along that frightens the shit out of everyone. Well, not quite everyone. Chris Graham reviews Gayby Baby.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 28, 2015 - 15:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Melbourne’s biggest housing BANANA (“Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything”), RMIT planning “expert” Michael Buxton, has spent much of the past decade opposing moves to expand Melbourne’s urban growth boundary (UGB). Curiously, Buxton has also regularly rallied against high rise development across the CBD and inner areas, claiming that it is

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