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Malcolm Bligh Turnbull's agile & innovative NBN accused of screwing the poor. Why am I not surprised?

June 25, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

“Examining the rollout of NBN technologies as of December 2016, our preliminary analyses suggest areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage overlap with regions typically receiving NBN infrastructure of poorer quality.”  [The Conversation, 22 June 2017]c|net, 23 June 2017:

Quotes of the Week

June 24, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

If you want to build a new coal plant you have to think about what is going to happen to electricity prices over the next 20 or 30 years, because that is the time frame that you have to sell over to make back the cost of building the plant. The reality is that renewables and storage is going to be much cheaper than coal in far less than 20 years, so anyone building a coal plant today is never going to make back their money.

Members of Australian Parliament receive third pay rise in four years raising base salary to $203,020 per annum

June 23, 2017 - 00:18 -- Admin

The 226 members of the House of Representatives and Senate will receive a base salary which is almost six times higher than the June 2017 full-time minimum wage – commencing on 1 July 2017.Excerpts from Remuneration Tribunal 2017 Review of Remuneration for Holders of Public Office Statement, 22 June 2017: The Tribunal has decided to

About those rules for joining the Liberal-Nationals' cosy little citizenship club.......

June 23, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Currently the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 is before the Australian Parliament.This bill raises the bar on applications for citizenship and increases the power of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, over the citizenship process -

When Labor senators play petty politics and women literally pay the price

June 23, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

On 19 June 2017 The Greens Senator Larissa Waters moved an amendment to the Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017.This amendment sought to remove the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from sanitary products used by the vast majority of Australian women and girls during their reproductive years.The Australian Parliament

Airbrushing the ugly underbelly of special religious education classes in state public schools

June 22, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

Government reports that review policies which interface education, religion and political ideology can be slippery creatures......The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 September 2016:The findings and recommendations of a controversial $300,000 review of special religious education and ethics classes in schools has been kept under wraps by the NSW government for up to ni