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Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 15:48
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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…

Source: Drop the Dead Cat!

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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…

The post The Daily...

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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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Left Focus Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:58 Source

above:  Scott Morrison will likely bring down an Austerity Federal Budget in May ; But he is taking a harder line on Superannuation Concessions than Labor.  Labor needs to 'up the Ante' on Superannuation Concessions to maintain as much credibility as it can on Distributive Justice.Dear readers

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Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 17:25 Source

I’m an atheist. A hard core non-believer.
Religion grew out of Mankind’s increasing self-awareness and a feeling that somehow we were just too significant for our life to end with our death. Hard to say when it began, but Neanderthals showed reverence for their dead and ancient Egyptians (and not only the Pharaohs) went to extraordinary lengths to provide for their afterlife.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 19:16 Source
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Monday, January 18, 2016 - 09:59 Source

My favourite men’s tennis bit of trivia is that Bernard Tomic is closer in age to Novak Djokovic than Djokovic is to Roger Federer. Tomic is 23, was born in October 1992; Djokovic is 28, was born in May 1987 and is 5 years and 5 months older than Tomic; Federer is 34, was born in August 1981 is 5 years and 9 months older than Djokovic.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:07
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Monday, October 12, 2015 - 09:24
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 20:05 Source

No one knows what to do when the lights go out. In the first moment time doesn’t apply, a couple of seconds that could be any duration. We’re left immobile by a room abruptly dark. The next moment we’re passive but thinking, stranded in the absence of explanation, expecting the anomaly to correct itself. Only once a third chunk of time arrives do we accept that this might be longer lasting, and start to think about next moves. But what do you do when illumination can’t ever come back?

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Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 15:01 Source
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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 19:49 Source

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) is a farce. It is not hard to prove this.

Proof hangs on a single item: A Royal Commission has been established to do the job existing law enforcement agencies should be doing. It is as simple as that.

For reasons not known to me, the trade unions do not argue my case. They have appeared before the Royal Commission for months, only objecting recently when it was learnt that Commissioner Dyson Heydon had accepted and deferred an invitation to be a guest speaker at a Liberal party event.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 10:00 Source
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - 00:17
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Friday, August 21, 2015 - 14:34 Source
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Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 11:56 Source

A small heading in today’s Sydney Morning Herald said Tony Abbott is not a bad leader. But how do you judge?
If you judge him by his party’s 2PP polling he would fail the test. If you judged him by his personal popularity polling he would fail the test.
If you judged him on party loyalty, based on continuing Cabinet leaks, he would fail the test.
If you judged him by his ability to deliver balance in government and policies for all citizens he would fail the test.
Is there any test that Tony Abbott would pass as a national leader?

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