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Left Focus Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 11:56 Source

   above:  In the Herald-Sun (4/6/16) Joe Hildebrand laments the decline of  'Third Way Centrism' and the rise of the 'margins' in European (and to his mind probably Australian) politics.  But democracy must mean pluralism

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Left Focus Monday, May 30, 2016 - 14:36 Source

above: Arguably Bill Shorten won the recent Leaders' Debate for Labor ; But the leader needs to make clearer the connection between education and infrastructure, and a strong and fair economy.  Labor could also do with more policy ambition ; and needs to 'do the right thing' for th

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 01:29 Source

A second video episode of Democracy Talk to add to the audio series hosted here (https://soundcloud.com/patrickchalmers/sets/democracy-talk) – this one featuring Yoram Gat as the questioner and me, Patrick Chalmers, as the interview subject.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 18:38 Source

Week Two of the election we had to have. For those who came in late, last week the story that wouldn’t go away was Duncan Storrer’s question to the Q&A panel. As this weeks follies draw to a cl…

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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 18:36 Source

Week Two of the election we had to have.

For those who came in late, last week the story that wouldn’t go away was Duncan Storrer’s question to the Q&A panel.

As this weeks follies draw to a close, the buzz-word on everybody’s lips is “Dead Cat”, a response to Peter Dutton’s painfully stupid comments on border protection earlier in the week.

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Left Focus Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 16:50 Source

above:  An Iranian refugee, Herald-Sun columnist Rita Panahi has little tolerance for Conservative Islam when it comes to the role of women ; But since being a Labor Party activist in the 1990s Panahi has now 'swung Right' , and seems to have little patience for the li

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 22:36 Source

Following on from Samantha Maiden’s drink driving escapade Court happened, Sam received a slap on the wrist. Still not reported by Murdoch media. You asked for it…

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Left Focus Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 11:05 Source

above:  Treasurer, Scott Morrison's pitch on 'Jobs and Growth' is more of a Slogan than a 'Plan' or a realitySome are interpreting the Morrison Federal Budget as 'modest' and 'non-controversial' ; A closer look reveals that much of the Hockey austerity agenda

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 20:25 Source

Self-immolation draws a response. The image of a monk robed in flame remains a symbol of the Vietnam War. Mohamed Bouazizi burned in an Tunisian street and lit up half the Middle East. Two people in a matter of days have set themselves on fire in Australian custody, in the abject corners of distant islands where we punish those so gauche as to arrive seeking asylum by the wrong mode of transport.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 13:52 Source

If one of your state’s major political parties is run with an iron first by Erich Abetz there’s a pretty good chance state representatives of that party will be arch-conservatives. On a...

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