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Peter G-W Monday, March 30, 2015 - 00:44 Source

This poem was written in April, 2014. It is in protest of civilian casualties that occur in any armed conflict. Irrespective of whether that conflict is otherwise entered into with the highest of objectives. Sadly. most modern conflicts do not often hold that moral high ground.   Peace Asleep, at last at peace, I dream of peace A lease Of life, not death. No pangs of hunger dull my children’s eyes; No silent drones scream […]

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 30, 2015 - 00:16 Source

With Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announcing that his 2015-16 Budget would be a dull and boring one, it is reasonable to conclude that the over-the-top tax concessions for super funds and rich superannuates will remain unchanged.However, Abbott is endorsing the raising of fees paid by older low-income retirees and pensioners who want to stay at home for as long as possible in their later years.The Australian 25 March 2015: Older Australi

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 30, 2015 - 00:15 Source

On top of government-owned Essential Energy’s fight with local governments over proposed increases in public lighting costs to councils across New South Wales which could see public lighting bills rise in the Northern Rivers by up to 73 per cent in 2015-16 and, unease over the company’s plans with regard to its Nym

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Duck Pond Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 22:16 Source

A taxi driver told me that forgetting is God’s blessing. I wondered how that works, particularly when at the time I had forgotten something I should have remembered.

Obviously we would quickly arrive at information overload if we remembered every detail. Photos are good for detail, often requiring time and context to be inferred. The driver suggested a deeper meaning in which enmities between people were possible to be put aside.

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En Passant Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 21:43 Source

Mainstream media is abuzz with suggestions Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey will introduce a 0.5% tax on deposits into bank accounts with up to $250000 in them. This latter figure is the level up to which government underwrites and guarantees payment in the event of a run on the banks.

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Croakey Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 20:04 Source

Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue, writes: beyondblue recently released findings of an independent evaluation of the Stop. Think. Respect. ‘Invisible Discriminator’ campaign, which showed increased awareness of racial discrimination in people who...

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 19:51 Source

Just when you thought too much Fanfest was barely enough, this arrives in the royal mail from Nowhere. (The post is notoriously unreliable from Nowhere).

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Antony Green's Election Blog Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 19:14 Source

Explanations on how post-election results are updated to the ABC election website.

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John Quiggin Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 18:46 Source

The first real Budget leak of the season has sprung, with indications that the government will introduce a tax on bank deposits, aimed at financing a deposit insurance fund. This was proposed by Labor in 2013, and attacked by Tony Abbott at the time. Judging by Andrew Leigh’s comments that “I don’t think we’re going to take any lessons on bipartisanship from Joe Hockey”, they haven’t forgotten.

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The Political Sword Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 18:30 Source

There have now been four Intergenerational Reports (IGR) from 2002  to 2015, issued by three treasurers: Costello (2),  Swan  and Hockey.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 17:53 Source

Havana Liedown, George Theo and Double Dissolution are banned for life. Havana Liedown spoke of my rectal polyps, unfeelingly. I need no medical advice from him.

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Politically homeless Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 17:41 Source

I went the polling booth with my young son, who has seen documentaries about the Great Barrier Reef and had the basics of the electoral system explained to him. He is convinced that voting Green will save the Reef, and having taken the how-to-vote from the Green person at the polling booth he waved it at me and said "this one. This one, Dad". It was the first time I had been actively lobbied for my vote since I left the Liberal Party 15 years ago.The last Liberal preselection I voted in was the one for the state seat of Manly in 1999.

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The Tally Room Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 16:22 Source

The figures in this spreadsheet are based on figures at midday on Sunday. Numbers may slightly change on late counting.

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New Matilda Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 15:16 Source

Unlike other opposition leaders, Luke Foley kept his pants on during the NSW election campaign. And it seems to have re-invigorated the left… from another party. 

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Ambit Gambit Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 14:40 Source

With her back against a wall, faced with a decision she should have made two weeks ago, and after having tried to shovel that decision off onto the party secretary, Annastacia Palaszczuk has belatedly sacked “Billy” Gordon from her party and bizarrely claimed the decision is driven by “integrity”. Even if you believe that somehow […]

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