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Political Owl Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 13:44 Source

A slight movement in favour of Labor on the Ow’s Queensland election indicator but the Liberal National Party government is still the firm favourite.qld indicator (3)But perhaps the approach of the Murdoch press suggests there are fears that things really are getting closer.

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The Tally Room Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Cairns1-2PPCairns is an LNP seat in north Queensland, covering the Cairns CBD and the neighbouring suburbs of Bungalow, Westcourt, Manoora, Kanimbla, Edge Hill, Mooroobool, Earlville, Bayview Heights and Woree, and parts of White Rock.

The LNP’s Gavin King won Cairns in 2012, with a 13% swing. He now holds the seat with an 8.9% margin.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:53 Source

Paul Dellit has written some excellent political articles for The AIMN, so it came as some surprise that he is better known for his screenplay writing. Thomas Keneally, in a recent review of one of Paul’s screenplays I wrote: “I liked your screenplay and plot very much” and went on to describe it as “a very interesting and well-wrought script”.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 12:52 Source

Campbell Newman called Annastacia Palaszczuk ‘a bikie’s moll’ and she in a gentle response said, ‘He needs help.’ He claimed it was ‘for the Queensland people to judge’ if he was right, he had no obligation to supply any evidence. ‘You are either with me or you are with the bikies!’ He shouted unwinningly as his minders hustled him out of the room. David Stratton remarked on his resemblance to Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now saying, ‘I love the smell of napalm in the morning’ and not flinching when a bomb fell hearby.

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Global Guerrillas Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:59 Source

If #ISIS can recruit people from nearly every country in the world, how well do you think it could do in Saudi Arabia if given an unfettered opportunity to do so….  If it can recruit French military personnel (including men from elite units), how would Saudi units fare?  

The answer is that ISIS would do very, very well in the Kingdom.  Here is why the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is vulnerable to a ragtag network like ISIS:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:47 Source

Interviewer – Good morning, today marks a fresh start for Mr Rabbit, and after his in interview with us before his election, we thought it was time for a follow-up. Good morning, Mr Rabbit.

Mr. Rabbit – Good morning.

Interviewer – It’s been a rough time for you just lately, hasn’t it?

Mr Rabbit – Look, ah … I … never said that it would be easy, but overall, I think we’ve been pretty successful. We’ve removed the tax on animal droppings and we’ve stopped the goats.

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The Tally Room Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Burnett5Burnett is a LNP seat in central Queensland, covering coastal areas surrounding the city of Bundaberg, although not including the urban centre of Bundaberg. It covers Childers, Booyal, Elliott Heads, Bargara, Rosedale, Lowmead and Miriam Vale.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:07 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

Only Sarah Palin has run a campaign as crazy as Campbell Newman’s. It may well be that Murdoch will save him. Certainly the ‘undecided’ People’s Forum voters were a help. But, after yesterday, when he told Toowoombans vote for me or else, the democracy is up for sale, his task is harder now. Is there a Queenslander left who admires him? I doubt it.

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Global Guerrillas Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 09:25 Source

The jihadi entrepreneurs of ISIS don't just accumulate wealth and territory.  

They are also accumulating violence capital.  

What is violence capital?   

In traditional businesses, money is the primary form of capital.  In on-line businesses, network capital (the size of the network it controls or influences) is often more valuable than the financial capital it has.  In the fluid world of jihadi entrepreneurship, violence capital is often most important form of capital.  

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Peter Martin Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 07:20 Source

There's nothing more Australian than the minimum wage.

Now on the eve of Australia Day it's up for grabs.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 05:31 Source

There is no film like Into The Woods, and only one play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it resembles. What Rob Marshall and Dion Beebe, the Australian cameraman, and Dennis Gassner the designer have done with it compare, I suppose, with some smouldering fragments of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, and Jean Cocteau’s Beauty And The Beast, and Plautus, and Aesop, and Chaucer, and Boccaccio. But, as far as any confection of other materials can be said to be original, it stands alone.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 00:16 Source

This letter was reportedly sent to The Australian which appears to have declined to publish.The Conversation January 2015:We, the undersigned, are concerned about recent public criticism of one of Australia’s most respected independent public office-holders, Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) President Gillian Triggs.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 00:15 Source

In what may be his one and only letter in recent years, retired local businessman Cecil Denis White regurgitates the Liberal-Nationals party line with gusto in The Daily Examiner on 16 January 2014.The other side of the political coin was represented by another No

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Poll Bludger Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 22:10 Source

As the Abbott government stalls on introducing the Senate electoral reform advocated by last year’s bipartisan finding of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, The Australian today offers an opinion piece concerning the matter from Ross Fitzgerald.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 19:26 Source

By Cameron Woodhead, no less. Who normally likes his books impenetrably thinky.

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