Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dyson Heydon to stay on at helm of trade union royal commission – live | Australia news | The Guardian

Former high court judge dismisses union applications that he disqualify himself from the inquiry after row over plan to speak at Liberal party fundraiser. Follow the developments with Daniel Hurst Source: Dyson Heydon to stay on at helm of trade … Continue reading

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A Newspoll survey predicts a 10 per cent swing against the Abbott Government and the Sydney Morning Herald quoted a senior MP who says Abbott will go if Canning is lost.

The Sleepy Rural Electorate That Could Topple The PM Latest Newspoll puts Coalition’s margin in the formerly safe seat held by Don Randall at just 51%-49% in two-party-preferred terms Liberal MP Don Randall, who died of a heart attack in … Continue reading

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Gayby Baby: Out Of The Mouth of Piers Akerman who never bothered to see it.

Whatever the Daily Telegraph pays Piers Akerman to spread his unique brand of ‘commentary’, it’s not enough. So if you’re reading this Rupert Murdoch, double the man’s salary.Akerman’s column this week attacking the independent Australian documentary, Gayby Baby – and … Continue reading

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WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Source: WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

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‘ELLO, ‘ELLO, ‘ELLO fellow Australians, you ‘orrible scruffy excuses for human low life.

Border Farce! Austasi police gangs rumble into Melbourne

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Words matter – but don’t shoot the press officer – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The path from shrinking newsrooms to the bulging corridors of corporate communications and government media units is a well-trodden one. Many journalists, your own Girl Reporter included, have sought a crust by writing press releases. Some of them may even … Continue reading

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Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota – Forbes

(Ferenstein Wire) – Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. … Continue reading

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North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones : The Two-Way : NPR

Law enforcement agencies in North Dakota are now allowed to operate drones armed with “less than lethal” weapons. Source: North Dakota Legalizes Armed Police Drones : The Two-Way : NPR

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My Thoughts on the Week That Was – John Lord

Saturday August 22 1 The process is more important than the individual. That is why Dyson Heydon must step down. When arguing that it puts the future of the commission in doubt people forget that the findings to date could … Continue reading

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Move Along – Nothing To See But The Hyperventilating Left –

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote Brilliant Abbott Strategy – The Best Way to Stop People Talking About Your Last Mistake Is To Make Your Next. As with much of what I write, people mistook it for satire, not realising … Continue reading

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Enviroment

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Truth in Pictures,

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Every picture tells a story

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Qld Palaszczuk Labor Government Delivers A Budget Surplus In Its First 5 Months | Real News One – RN1 -For Progressive People

Source: Qld Palaszczuk Labor Government Delivers A Budget Surplus In Its First 5 Months | Real News One – RN1 -For Progressive People

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Data retention and the end of Australians’ digital privacy

  Your privacy ends on October 13

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UNHCR Asylum Trends 2014

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Australian Border Force: Operation Fortitude part of agenda to spark fear into public, Tony Windsor says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Yesterday’s Border Force announcement was an attempt by the Government to engender fear in the community for political advantage, a former independent says. Source: Australian Border Force: Operation Fortitude part of agenda to spark fear into public, Tony Windsor says … Continue reading

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W.A. says solar is the future as it prepares to dump coal : Renew Economy

      West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA! Source: W.A. says … Continue reading

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British Catholics, Muslims and the Social Conscience of Churches

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Bolt complains that the ABF isn’t given the respect due to them. Straight from Fox

Fox Host Complains That NYPD Officers Have To Justify Their Stop-And-Frisks

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Hilary’s Emails

Wash. Post‘s David Ignatius Explains The “Scandal” Missing From Clinton’s Email Use Washington Post opinion writer David Ignatius checked the “overstated” uproar over Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state, citing national security legal experts who roundly dismiss the idea that any … Continue reading

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Citizens of Melbourne, Border Force is concerned for your safety Border Force can assure you, fear is a great motivator. Ask anyone on a 46% rating in the polls. Wait, did we say that out loud?

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Border Force Concedes ‘Operation Fortitude’ Press Release Accidentally Sent From 1938

By The Shovel on August 28, 2015 Australian Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg has conceded that the initial press release announcing Operation Fortitude was a “clumsily translated” statement accidentally sent from the 1930s.  “It did come across as a little abrupt. It’s always … Continue reading

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Another near death experience for Tony Abbott, or worse? • Inside Story

  Source: Another near death experience for Tony Abbott, or worse? • Inside Story

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Stopped on the street by border force? Six things you need to know | Australia news | The Guardian

Following Australian border force’s announcement about conducting visa checks in Melbourne, here are six crucial facts about police and immigration officer powers Source: Stopped on the street by border force? Six things you need to know | Australia news | … Continue reading

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WA Government Deregisters World’s Oldest Rock Art Collection As Sacred Site | newmatilda.com

The world’s oldest and largest collection of rock art – the Burrup Peninsula, or Murujuga, on the Dampier Archipelago – has been deregistered as a sacred site under new guidelines to the Western Australia’s weak Aboriginal heritage laws, which state … Continue reading

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Controversial Australian Border Force visa checks, Operation Fortitude cancelled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Operation Fortitude will not go ahead in Melbourne’s CBD this weekend, Victoria Police confirms. Source: Controversial Australian Border Force visa checks, Operation Fortitude cancelled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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It is safe to say that the Federal Government has taken Australia one step closer to complete authoritarian rule and dictatorship.

“We want you to be scared and compliant”. Australians have never been so watched.

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Breitbart News Slammed For Race-Baiting Article On Shooting Of Two VA Journalists | Blog | Media Matters for America

Source: Breitbart News Slammed For Race-Baiting Article On Shooting Of Two VA Journalists | Blog | Media Matters for America

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Daleiden Loses Virginity Four Years Ahead Of Schedule

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA – (CT&P) – During an appearance on the Sean Hannity Show last night, 26-year-old propaganda filmmaker and insecure dweeb David Daleiden announced that he had lost his virginity a full four years ahead of his intended target date. … Continue reading

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Abbott Threatens To Turn Off ABC’s Twitter Machine

By The Shovel on August 25, 2015 A furious Tony Abbott has told the ABC he will personally turn off its Twitter at the wall if the national broadcaster doesn’t bring its flagship show Q&A into line. The demand comes … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey’s budget emergency, brought to you by playdough and an old shoe box Joe Hockey spoke some words today. Some people appeared to be listening, others not so much

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Plebiscite To Be Held To Determine Whether Dyson Heydon Is Biased Or Not

By The Shovel on August 27, 2015 Australians will be asked to go to the polls to determine whether Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon is biased or not, after the man himself was unable to make a decision. After more than … Continue reading

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The oligarchy wants its politics back

The empire strikes back: The media-political elite’s campaign to destroy Bernie (and Trump) and restore order

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Drugs USA and Portugal

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After Shooting, Alleged Gunman Details Grievances in ‘Suicide Notes’ – ABC News

Source: After Shooting, Alleged Gunman Details Grievances in ‘Suicide Notes’ – ABC News

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Real violence isn’t necessarily spectacular.

The Roanoke gunman won’t be the last ‘human powder keg’

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Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia’s super-rich

Research reveals a huge proportion of Australia’s richest people amass their wealth via political connections rather than via innovative businesses – which is helping them at the expense of everyone else. Source: Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia’s … Continue reading

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Electoral roll shows extent of ageing population in Canning by-election – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Almost half of those enrolled to vote in the Canning by-election are aged 50 and over, reflecting the high number of retirees in the WA electorate. Source: Electoral roll shows extent of ageing population in Canning by-election – ABC News … Continue reading

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If you want to keep your citizenship you might need to think again

13 Simple But Exciting Ways To Lose Your Citizenship In Tony Abbott’s Team Australia

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Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia’s super-rich – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Research reveals a huge proportion of Australia’s richest people amass their wealth via political connections rather than via innovative businesses – which is helping them at the expense of everyone else. Source: Battlers and plutocrats: How political connections reward Australia’s … Continue reading

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Successive governments have allowed bracket creep in order to increase the income tax take and help get the budget into surplus.

Tax cuts are a sham if bracket creep is rife

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A tax-cut election? Income tax cuts look likely to emerge as a key election issue. Gareth Hutchens explains the difficulties and the implications.

The $25b question Joe Hockey won’t answer

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Refusal to examine whether she broke any laws by chartering helicopter to party fundraiser is under investigation.

AFP decision on Bishop comes under scrutiny But the AFP refused to investigate – citing the so-called ‘Minchin Protocol’ – and referred the complaints to the Department of Finance. A letter from the Ombudsman’s office to a member of the public unhappy … Continue reading

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Asylum Seekers, Charlie Pickerings Analysis

To Our Leaders The Biggest Threat Isn’t Boats, It’s Us: Charlie Pickering Takes On Australia’s Refugee Policy

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We face the equivalent of a recession in the next decade as incomes grow at only a fraction of forecast pace, ex-Treasury boss warns.

Australia ‘sleepwalking’ into a recession

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Canning pre-selection; strategic or the best person for the job? – Remember what the Libs did to Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wilkie when he spoke out against invading Iraq

  Canning pre-selection; strategic or the best person for the job? – » The Australian Independent Media Network.

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Abuse of privacy rights as worse than anything George Orwell imagined in his dystopian novel “1984.”

U.K. Surveillance ‘Worse Than Orwell,’ Says U.N. Privacy Chief

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Ailes vows Fox News won’t be bullied by The Donald

The Fox News-Donald Trump truce is over: Roger Ailes demands apology for Trump’s latest Megyn Kelly insults

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The former pitcher took to Twitter to further tarnish the roaring garbage fire that is now his legacy

ESPN suspends analyst Curt Schilling from Little League World Series coverage for Islamophobic tweet

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