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Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy: Managing Director gives evidence

October 21, 2014 - 00:18 -- Admin

Metgasco Managing Director Peter Henderson gave evidence in Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy (Case # 201400165970) before the NSW Supreme Court on 20 October 2014.ABC News reported on the same day:Managing Director Peter Henderson told the Supreme Court drilling at the Rosella well was not in order to find coal seam gas but rather "conventional" gas.But he

"I hope you are not going to say I am a sexist misogynist" - Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann

October 21, 2014 - 00:15 -- Admin

The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man. [Australian Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann, Sky News Agenda, 18 October 2014]On 18 October 2014 another Liberal Party politician was caught dragging his knuckles along the ground, when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten an economic girlie man.He obviously wasn't expecting the reaction to this comment and sought to douse the flames in a somewhat unusual manne

Welcome to the Institute of Public Affairs universe

October 20, 2014 - 00:15 -- Admin

In the modern Australia, where poverty is increasingly defined as the lack of a plasma television in an otherwise opulent home….[Institute of Public Affairs, October 2014 occasional paper, Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run]This self-described think tank created in 1943, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), has been keenly supported by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other

Australia's intelligence agencies already fail to comply with safeguards in national security legislation. Why are they now being given more powers than ever before?

October 19, 2014 - 00:16 -- Admin

As the Abbott Government prepares to enact sweeping changes to Australia’s national security laws, with the co-operation of the Labor Opposition and only weak recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to amend the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill, it is worth remembering that this nation’s intelligence agencies already often fail to comply with safeguards built into existing legislation.It is also worth noting that compl

A message for Yamba's funky hair studio Paul

October 18, 2014 - 22:40 -- Admin

Although it's  been quite a while between drinks at the table of knowledge at the local watering hole a quorum of members was in attendance today and, boy-oh-boy, it was a not-to-be-missed occasion.Just one item was raised in general business and, golly gee, it was white-hot.Long-time Yamba resident Cliff, who's been in town since the year dot, told the gathering he and his missus were absolutely blown away when they heard a local hair dresser was seeking to employ a backpacker at a local cut