Senate Bingo! The @sarah_capper column

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A whole new class of players joined the Upper House this month, and with a record number of cross-benchers – 18, including the Greens – there will be deals-a-plenty and the “spin cycle” on overdrive. Cards will be kept close to chests; cards will be put out on the table; and, as the last week has shown, […]

Abbott’s confession: I never left the Oz in spirit

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Margo: Thought Abbott couldn’t grovel to Murdoch more than in his ‘Freedom’s discerning friend‘ speech to the IPA last year? Read this. Address to the Australian’s 50th Birthday Gala Dinner Sydney – Check Against Delivery-under Embargo by Political Alert

Australia’s obsession with boats proves its racist core: @e2mq173 comments

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After days of media speculation, it is has been revealed that the asylum seeker boat towed to the Australian mainland was given special clearance by Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Mr Morrison refused to comment on the vessel, or the reasons why the vessel was not diverted to Christmas Island in line with government policy. “It […]

France, a country driven by différence: @burgewords #CreatingWaves

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  It’s safe to assume our Treasurer Joe Hockey would not have enjoyed a trip to France with Prime Minister Tony Abbott earlier this month. There’s just too many wind turbines across the French landscape. Hockey would have been offended every few kilometres. I should know, I spent hours admiring the French commitment to clean wind-generated […]

Mystery over ‘Blue-tie Man’ deepens, France baffled: @Qldaah #auspol

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Satire. French authorities have detained a man found speaking gibberish to school children and are anxious to return him to his country of origin. Wearing a neat suit with a pale blue tie, the man appeared at a school fete and began speaking in broken French to children, teachers and parents. Officials also believe the […]

Terri Butler three months after #GriffithVotes: interview by @GriffithElects

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Following a hard fought by-election campaign, dominated by claims and counter claims about a Medicare Co-payment, Terri Butler was elected Member for Griffith on February 8, 2014. While her Liberal National Party opponent Dr Bill Glasson (thereafter nicknamed, ‘$6Bill’) seemed to initially support the co-payment, he backed away from that position during the course of […]

Looking across the border, the #qldpol weekly wrap: @Qldaah

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Sex offences almost double over the last year in Brisbane’s inner-western suburbs. Cash for LNP access. Funding cut: Campbell Newman’s Mother’s Day gift to dying women from breast cancer. Assistant Health Minister Dr Chris Davis sacked. Newman Govt ignored environmental concerns for Galilee Basin coal mine. Kids and coal: We are in the coal business. […]

People power set to collide with #FairGoJoe over #Budget2014 @jansant reports

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  During #MarchInMarch homeless man Bobby with his trusty mate Buster the dog approached me and asked if I wanted a story. He told me they’ve been living on the streets of Melbourne for 10 years waiting for public housing. Bobby invited Prime Minister Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) to sleep rough with him for one night […]

No Mother’s Day for Abbott’s cabinet: @e2mq173 comments

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I would extend a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in Tony Abbott’s cabinet, but there are none. Fancy that – around the cabinet table in the nation’s highest office there is not a single mother. This is not a reflection on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. Rather, it is a reflection on the unrepresentative […]

Look! You Punters just don’t understand ‘time honoured’ traditions ok? @YaThinkN

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I saw some awful reports in regard to poor Joe Hockey, our esteemed Treasurer, ‘being for sale‘ in the paper this morning. Scurrilous journalism at it’s best. Sky News was right onto this outrageous slur against our Treasurer’s integrity, with a bit of hardworking investigative journalism, they got right to the heart of this so-called […]