Large Group Of Australians Entirely Dependent On Government Handouts, Morrison Warns

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Treasurer Scott Morrison used a speech today to warn of a growing culture of dependence on Government handouts in some pockets of the country.

Mr Morrison – who worked at Tourism Australia before becoming an MP – said many Australians had grown up not knowing what it was like to live without Government assistance.

“Their transport, their holidays, the sporting events they attend, even the charity events they participate in, are so often funded by the Government.

“It’s a vicious cycle, sometimes stretching back generations,” Mr Morrison said.

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For Israel’s military gov’t, PR trumps freedom of information | +972 Magazine

When Israel’s military government needs to provide Palestinians with crucial information about the rules that affect their lives, money and Arabic-speaking staff are apparently in short supply. When it comes to PR, resources are seemingly on tap. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman this week announced his new “carrot and stick” plan for Palestinians living in the West Bank, which roughly works out as: if you behave, we will give your towns and communities economic benefits; if you don’t, there will be more demolitions, more arrests, more raids, more canceled permits. Within Liberman’s plan is a proposal for an Arabic-language news website to…

Source: For Israel’s military gov’t, PR trumps freedom of information | +972 Magazine

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What we’re missing while we argue over individual acts of blatant racism

It seems not a week goes by without another incident hitting the headlines. But it’s easier to call out a racist individual the society we’ve built, writes Celeste Liddle.

Source: What we’re missing while we argue over individual acts of blatant racism

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Barnaby Joyce Volunteers To ‘Look After’ Pistol & Boo, Following Depp, Heard Divorce

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The Deputy Prime Minister has put his hand up to help out in whatever way he can, after celebrity couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard confirmed their divorce this week.

“They’ll have a lot on their minds, a lot of things to work through. All I’m saying is I can take care of the dogs,” Joyce said.

Asked if he was considering helping out on alternate weeks or just once in a while, Joyce said his solution was ‘permanent’.

He said history had shown that dependents often have a hard time when parents get divorced. “Johnny and Amber aren’t in the right state of mind to look after Pistol and Boo at the moment. I’m not looking to put Johnny or Amber down. Just the dogs”.

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Daily Telegraph: If you’re going to ridicule research do your homework

The playground bullies at Rupert Murdoch’s Sydney comic book have taken to ridiculing academic research without having the foggiest idea what it is about. UNSW Professor Rob Brooks reports.

Source: Daily Telegraph: If you’re going to ridicule research do your homework

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We love our gritty city laneways … until they’re a bit too gritty

The world’s most liveable city apparently – not for the growing number of those without shelter.

Source: We love our gritty city laneways … until they’re a bit too gritty

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Italy’s culture to be used to combat extremism

From next month, every 18-year-old will be entitled to claim the money and spend it on culturally-enriching pursuits.

Source: Italy’s culture to be used to combat extremism

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Aussie artist faced ‘Kafkaesque’ deportation from the UK

An Australian artist who was deported from the UK has been told that living with a friend in Yorkshire look after her dog, does not represent “the actions of a genuine visitor to the United Kingdom”.

Source: Aussie artist faced ‘Kafkaesque’ deportation from the UK

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The next phase of Australia’s diminishing tax base? Losing billions in revenue to China and India

Imagine a world where Australia produces little goods and services that may be taxed, and at the same time, loses out on billions of dollars of mining company revenue to China and India.

Source: The next phase of Australia’s diminishing tax base? Losing billions in revenue to China and India

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Climate change: Warning of extreme events and a move into uncharted territory

As the world endures a third straight year of record-breaking heat, a new study has given fresh insight into what global warming is likely to mean for Australians if it is not curbed.

Source: Climate change: Warning of extreme events and a move into uncharted territory

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A Damning Federal Report Just Confirmed Our Worst Fears About Private Prisons | Mother Jones

More assaults, weapons, and lockdowns than in their public counterparts.

Source: A Damning Federal Report Just Confirmed Our Worst Fears About Private Prisons | Mother Jones

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America’s hidden homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel – News from Al Jazeera

A motel in Massachusetts reveals the extent of the US’ hidden homelessness problem. Residents share their stories.

Source: America’s hidden homeless: Life in the Starlight Motel – News from Al Jazeera

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Are tiny homes a solution to homelessness in the US? – Al Jazeera English

In the backyard of one Nashville church, tiny pitched roof homes offer an alternative to homelessness.

Source: Are tiny homes a solution to homelessness in the US? – Al Jazeera English

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AP: Paid Trump Staffers’ Social Media Accounts Loaded With Racist Comments, Images | Crooks and Liars

AP: Paid Trump Staffers' Social Media Accounts Loaded With Racist Comments, Images

Not that this should come to a surprise to anyone.

Source: AP: Paid Trump Staffers’ Social Media Accounts Loaded With Racist Comments, Images | Crooks and Liars

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War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

On July 28, London’s Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, aka “the Old Bailey,” announced the conviction of Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on charges of “inviting …

Source: War: The Islamic State and Western Politicians Against the Rest of Us

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John Oliver Proposes an Idea to Save “Racist Voodoo Doll” Donald Trump from Further Humiliation | Mother Jones

“You would not be a loser—you would be a legend.”

Source: John Oliver Proposes an Idea to Save “Racist Voodoo Doll” Donald Trump from Further Humiliation | Mother Jones

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John Oliver Gives Trump Opportunity To Drop Out Of Race | Crooks and Liars

It’s an offer he might not want to refuse.

Source: John Oliver Gives Trump Opportunity To Drop Out Of Race | Crooks and Liars

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Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents | The Nation

In the early evening, as the sun starts to sink over the coffee farms and flower plantations, Robert Lawrence likes to stroll along the river that bisects the town of Boquete.

Source: Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents | The Nation

Has anyone noticed the increased advertsing in Australia? It asks if our income is shrinking we too can retire away from family and grandkids and  by doing so support them by  Retire in Belize – Everything You Need to Know

Imagine how much you won’t save on Health Insurance at 70

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The GOP Would Rather Fight Science Than Climate Change | Crooks and Liars

Why is the DCCC ignoring a golden opportunity to replace noted science denier– Science Committee chairman Lamar Smith in their quest to “Turn Texas Blue”?

Source: The GOP Would Rather Fight Science Than Climate Change | Crooks and Liars

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Saudis bomb Sanaa during “Million-Person march”

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Houthi Ansarullah Movement that controls most of north and west …

Source: Saudis bomb Sanaa during “Million-Person march”

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Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge | Americas | News | The Independent

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis have banned women from going to university, The Independent has learned. The strict Satmar sect issued the decree, seen by The Independent, warning that university education for women is “dangerous”. Written in Yiddish, the decree warns: “It has lately become the new trend that girls and married women are pursuing degrees in special education. Some attend classes and others online. And so we’d like to let their parents know that it is against the Torah.

Source: Ultra-Orthodox rabbis ban women from going to university in case they get ‘dangerous’ secular knowledge | Americas | News | The Independent

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Day to Day Politics: ‘Laughably incompetent’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Tuesday 23 august 2016 1 Over the weekend the subject of Marriage Equality once again reared its head. Surely enough is enough. If ever a government was laughably incompetent on legislating the will of the people it has to be Turnbull’s. Reports on the weekend suggested that a plebiscite would be held in February. This…

Source: Day to Day Politics: ‘Laughably incompetent’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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The Hypocrisies of Commemoration: Dispute at Long Tan

One of the stranger sights in international relations is that of a defeated State seeking to commemorate its fallen in a country whose affairs it sought to disrupt. Australia is particularly adept …

Source: The Hypocrisies of Commemoration: Dispute at Long Tan

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I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing

32 minutes | The lies that lead us to never ending war – and real solutions to change this fate

Source: I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing

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The Kremlin may be more involved in U.S. politics than you realize

Hackers released a treasure trove of unpleasant internecine emails on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. The Democratic Party chairwoman was out of a job and tensions between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters were reignited just as the Democrats were trying for a prime-time show of unity. Who were the hackers? Security experts inside and outside the government have pointed the finger at Russia. So, was this an act foreign aggression playing out on a strange new battlefield?

Source: The Kremlin may be more involved in U.S. politics than you realize

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Syria….A Syrian Perspective

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Black activists owe no apology for charging Israel with genocide | The Electronic Intifada

Fact trumps tact when fighting injustice.

Source: Black activists owe no apology for charging Israel with genocide | The Electronic Intifada

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Royal commission into Islam? Let’s have one into religious intolerance instead

 

A royal commission into religious extremism should not be restricted to Islam, says Peter Wicks, but should cover all organisations promoting religious intolerance.

Source: Royal commission into Islam? Let’s have one into religious intolerance instead

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The high-school dropout who turned ‘Murder Capital USA’ into a model of how to police a city | Voices | The Independent

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As a life trajectory it takes some beating – even in the US, that land of eternal reinvention. At the age of 14 Cathy Lanier dropped out of high school. She was pregnant at 14, an unmarried mother at 15. Then at 23 she joined the police, starting as a beat patrolwoman. By the time she was 39, she had a couple of Masters degrees. More to the point, she was appointed chief of police of America’s capital, a white woman in charge of maintaining law and order in a city where blacks account for half the population.

Source: The high-school dropout who turned ‘Murder Capital USA’ into a model of how to police a city | Voices | The Independent

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If Malcolm Turnbull can’t fix this mess, Tony Abbott is available | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

There’s only one way that Malcolm Turnbull can prevent a return of Tony Abbott to the Liberal party leadership – and that’s to go for broke

Source: If Malcolm Turnbull can’t fix this mess, Tony Abbott is available | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

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Angry white men talk tough but fight with hypocrisy

A tough-talking libertarian, born into the most advantaged cohort in western society, being a highly educated white middle-class male, and a member of the governing class no less, has scurried to the apron strings of the state because he has had his feelings hurt.

Source: Angry white men talk tough but fight with hypocrisy

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Rohan Connolly: Disgraceful banana-throwing episode shows why there are no excuses for racism in the game

Racists and their apologists can’t ignore the evidence right before their eyes, and Port Adelaide should be commended for moving swiftly in response.

Source: Rohan Connolly: Disgraceful banana-throwing episode shows why there are no excuses for racism in the game

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White supremacist stabs interracial couple after seeing them kiss at bar, police say | Americas | News | The Independent

Daniel Rowe was apparently enraged at the sight of a black man and a white woman kissing on the streets of Olympia, Wash., Tuesday night. But police say he hid his violent intent behind a stony face until he was close enough to strike. The attack happened about 8:30 p.m. in the state’s capital city on Fourth Avenue,  a classic downtown street busy with people going to a local movie theater or visiting bars and restaurants.

Source: White supremacist stabs interracial couple after seeing them kiss at bar, police say | Americas | News | The Independent

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Jailed Islamist terrorists to be isolated in UK prisons despite risk of comparisons with Guantanamo Bay | Crime | News | The Independent

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Extremists convicted of committing terrorist acts in the name of Islam are to be isolated in secure units away from other prisoners – despite the risk that the UK will be accused of creating its own Guantanamo Bay.

Source: Jailed Islamist terrorists to be isolated in UK prisons despite risk of comparisons with Guantanamo Bay | Crime | News | The Independent

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UK terror-law watchdog has given a green light to powers for spy agencies to collect bulk data | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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POWERS that allow spy agencies to harvest bulk data were today given the go-ahead by the UK’s terror-law watchdog. In David Anderson QC’s report, published this morning, he said there was a “proven operational case” for most of the controversial methods of data collection. Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the findings claiming it showed how the powers, which she is currently trying to cement in legislation, are of “crucial importance” to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

Source: UK terror-law watchdog has given a green light to powers for spy agencies to collect bulk data | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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Israel approves jailing ‘terrorists’ from age 12 – Your Middle East

“The ‘Youth Bill,’ which will allow the authorities to imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or

Source: Israel approves jailing ‘terrorists’ from age 12 – Your Middle East

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Here’s How Stephen Bannon and Roger Ailes Could Actually Launch Trump Media – TheStreet

Based on current staffing, it looks more like Donald Trump is trying to launch a media company rather than win a campaign. Here’s how it could happen.

Source: Here’s How Stephen Bannon and Roger Ailes Could Actually Launch Trump Media – TheStreet

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The Day Before 9-11 George Carlin Recorded a Comedy Special, It Never Aired — Until Now

Recorded the day before 9-11, Carlin decided to shelve the album. Now you can hear why he decided to hold off on his skit cheering on mass death.

Source: The Day Before 9-11 George Carlin Recorded a Comedy Special, It Never Aired — Until Now

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» PCHR Weekly Report: One civilian killed, 33 wounded, 73 abducted by Israeli forces this week– IMEMC News

Source: » PCHR Weekly Report: One civilian killed, 33 wounded, 73 abducted by Israeli forces this week– IMEMC News

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Rio Tinto’s billion-dollar mess: ‘unprincipled, shameful and evil’

Resources giant Rio Tinto has walked away from demands for a billion-dollar clean up in a decision that has stirred deadly tensions on Australia’s doorstep.

Source: Rio Tinto’s billion-dollar mess: ‘unprincipled, shameful and evil’

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How conservatives use racism and why – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The 60s and 70s were times of great change in Australia.  Women were throwing off the shackles of domestic servitude, Aborigines were demanding civil rights, and the end of the White Australia policy saw us embracing a new era of multiculturalism where discrimination on the basis of race or gender was no longer unacceptable. But…

Source: How conservatives use racism and why – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Australian bandwidth is the most expensive in the world thanks to Telstra and Optus | Daily Mail Online| Yes John Howard sold Telstra and promised efficiency for whom?

Data costs in Australia are 17 times those of Europe, making them worse than Africa and the same as South America, because the two providers have too much market power.

Source: Australian bandwidth is the most expensive in the world thanks to Telstra and Optus | Daily Mail Online

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‘Racists aren’t welcome here!’: how we kicked a racist passenger off the bus | Andrea Myles | Opinion | The Guardian

When the man who’d called fellow passengers ‘monkeys’ flipped us off and left the bus, there was nervous and awkward applause

Source: ‘Racists aren’t welcome here!’: how we kicked a racist passenger off the bus | Andrea Myles | Opinion | The Guardian

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Racism on the rise in UK after Brexit vote: Watchdog – News from Al Jazeera

EHRC says racial inequality is worsening in the United Kingdom for young blacks and people from ethnic minorities.

Source: Racism on the rise in UK after Brexit vote: Watchdog – News from Al Jazeera

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Five truths about the Hijab (Muslim Veil) that need to be told | Informed Comment

By Peter Hopkins | (The Conversation) | – – Rio 2016 is proving not just to be a platform for …

Source: Five truths about the Hijab (Muslim Veil) that need to be told | Informed Comment

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Merkel: Migrants did not bring Radical Terrorism to Germany | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a campaign event on Wednesday …

Source: Merkel: Migrants did not bring Radical Terrorism to Germany | Informed Comment

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READING BREITBART FOR 48 HOURS WILL CONVINCE YOU THE WORLD IS TERRIBLE | Media | The Guardian

I spent two days consuming news exclusively from the rightwing website and found its genius lies in the clever packaging of far-right narratives

Source: READING BREITBART FOR 48 HOURS WILL CONVINCE YOU THE WORLD IS TERRIBLE | Media | The Guardian

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186 Times Donald Trump Shared Breitbart News Articles On Social Media

Donald Trump has used his Twitter and Facebook accounts to promote Breitbart News articles at least 186 times — often sharing stories that fawned over him and his presidential campaign. Trump recently hired Stephen Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News, to be the CEO of his campaign.Prior to Bannon’s hiring by the campaign, Breitba

Source: 186 Times Donald Trump Shared Breitbart News Articles On Social Media

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History suggests the Islamic State could convince the US it deserves to exist | VICE News

History suggests there are certain criteria that allow insurgents and revolutionaries, even ones with histories of brutal behavior, to engage with the United States.

Source: History suggests the Islamic State could convince the US it deserves to exist | VICE News

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Waleed Aly on Aboriginal deaths in custody: ‘Do black deaths matter?’

Waleed Aly has expressed dismay over Australia’s willingness to accept black deaths in custody.

Source: Waleed Aly on Aboriginal deaths in custody: ‘Do black deaths matter?’

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