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En Passant Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 14:18 Source

If you are a public servant or anyone else who believes in the right to bag out Abbott and co, or their neoliberal twins the ALP, Free Speech Sunday is the blog spot for you. Hit the comments link under the heading to have your say.

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Inside Story Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 14:11 Source

Who’s in the driver’s seat? NSW premier Barry O’Farrell last July, when his leadership seemed unassailable.
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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 14:01 Source

I chanced upon a fine Australian film last night. It was the best film about cricket since the Rattigan-Asquith fifties classic (co-starring Miller, Lindwall, Hutton, Compton, Robert Morley, Jack Warner), The Final Test, and the best film about cricket, maybe, ever.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 13:42 Source

Robotization.

It means giving thework that young people used to do to machines, and multiplying thereby the unearned millions of ‘shareholders’. The Harbour Bridge tolls machines collect now. The parking station fees. The parts of cars machines build now. The ATMs that each do the work that once kept fifteen breadwinners employed for a lifetime.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 13:36 Source

Sado-narcissist.

Self-explanatory. Think Pyne, Costello, Palin, Putin, Rudd, Blair.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 13:33 Source

Sado-Thatcherist.

Self-explanatory. Think Abetz, Corman, Campbell Newman, Bronwyn Bishop, Jeff Kennett.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:42 Source

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Every time I pick up the paper, there’s some letter or opinion writer criticising the Liberal Party and accusing Abbott of lying to the electorate. Why do people feel compelled to be so negative and ignore the wonderful achievements of this government?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:03 Source

smokingThe following is an excerpt from a 2007 paper called The Cigarette Controversy.

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John Quiggin Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 09:28 Source

Ross Gittins has a piece, drawing on research by Jeff Borland of the University of Melbourne, in which he presents a “glass half-full” view of the Australian manufacturing sector. He makes some good points, but the overall picture is misleading.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 08:33 Source

There will be a few more film and theatre reviews, and a Classic Ellis or so, before Ellis Gold kicks in — on May Day, I am informed by my sons — and those who wish to imbibe and savour these lavish offerings — long essays on Shakespeare, Australian theatre, Russian cinema, Churchill, the Kennedys, Disney, Bergman, Luhrmann, Polanski, Woody, The Simpsons, old age, death, the age of the Pill, the decline of the swallowed blow-job after 1962, the monthly Primates poem, the occasional work of long fiction or personal verse — must pay a dollar a week, or fifty dollars a year, or half that if th

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 08:02 Source

What male film star most resembled, physically, Geoff Gallop? Jim Cairns? Gough Whitlam? Bob Hawke? Paul Keating? John Howard? Kim Beazley? Peter Garrett? Campbell Newman? Bob Carr? Peter Debnam? Steve Bracks?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 07:38 Source

Abbott has met me twelve times and dined with me thrice but he has never met Nick Di Girolamo, his principal fundraiser. Discuss.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 04:57 Source

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Blue and red numbers respectively indicate booths with two-party majorities for Liberal and Labor. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 00:16 Source
Photograph of Japanese whale hunt found at Sky News
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