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History yes, culture no

History yes, culture no | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
IN 2010, Ernest Munda of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia killed his common law wife of 16 years, with whom he had four children.
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Disability no justification for inequality - On Line Opinion - 28/8/2013

Disability no justification for inequality - On Line Opinion - 28/8/2013 | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
I see the Australian approach as being overly cautious. It seems to be concerned with the very small number of situations.
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd questions whether Rupert Murdoch's criticism is financially motivated - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd questions whether Rupert Murdoch's criticism is financially motivated - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has questioned whether commercial interests are behind Rupert Murdoch's opposition to Labor's NBN policy.
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Battlelines: Top 20 seats where voters are most at odds on key election issues - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Battlelines: Top 20 seats where voters are most at odds on key election issues - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Vote Compass identifies the top 20 seats where voters are most at odds on the big issues of the 2013 federal election.
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Tony Abbott deflects questions over asking if Kevin Rudd would 'ever shut up' during leaders' forum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott deflects questions over asking if Kevin Rudd would 'ever shut up' during leaders' forum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott has deflected questions about his heated comment in last night's campaign debate, when he asked if the Prime Minister would ever shut up.
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This election is rich in trivia but not much else - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This election is rich in trivia but not much else - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
The fact that American satirical program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has already devoted 10 minutes to Australia's election campaign, with the promise of more to come, is testament to our quality trivia.
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Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison unveil plan to strip asylum seekers of right of appeal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison unveil plan to strip asylum seekers of right of appeal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
The Federal Opposition unveils a new policy designed to reduce the numbers of asylum seekers being processed in Australia.
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Gay marriage advocates welcome Kevin Rudd's debate pledge, call for Coalition to back conscience vote - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gay marriage advocates welcome Kevin Rudd's debate pledge, call for Coalition to back conscience vote - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Gay marriage advocates have welcomed the Prime Minister's important move towards legalising same-sex marriage, but warn it is not a reform Labor can achieve alone.
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High Court rules against Fortescue and states on Minerals Resource Rent Tax - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

High Court rules against Fortescue and states on Minerals Resource Rent Tax - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest says he is disappointed the High Court has dismissed Fortescue Metal's challenge against the mining tax.
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A grim and blurry economic forecast - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A grim and blurry economic forecast - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Normally before an election, the Federal Government attempts to be optimistic about the near future. This year it is deeply pessimistic.
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Parties climb over asylum seekers for victory - On Line Opinion - 19/7/2013

Parties climb over asylum seekers for victory - On Line Opinion - 19/7/2013 | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
So how can the Coalition or Labor, if they have even a modicum of conscience, just wash their hands of these developments?
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Asylum seekers 

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Quick fix solutions make poor asylum seeker policy - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Quick fix solutions make poor asylum seeker policy - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
It's easy to read the Coalition's Operation Sovereign Borders announcement as catch-up politics by an Opposition Leader left flat-footed by the sheer audacity of the PNG solution.
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United Nations refugee agency warns Australia its asylum policy may breach international law - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

United Nations refugee agency warns Australia its asylum policy may breach international law - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
The United Nations refugee agency has warned Australia that its decision to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea could breach international law and its human rights obligations.
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Playing games of politics

Playing games of politics | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
WHEN parliament next meets and a new joint standing committee on electoral matters is formed, all eyes will be on its members when they conduct their standard inquiry into the last election.
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Interesting article on electoral reform

 

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Want more of the same? Vote Abbott - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Want more of the same? Vote Abbott - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Tony Abbott wants to thrust us back into the heat of arguments we've already had. Only a re-elected Labor government would allow us to finally move on.
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Election campaign

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Former PM Bob Hawke slams 'terrible bias' of News Corp election coverage - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Former PM Bob Hawke slams 'terrible bias' of News Corp election coverage - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Former prime minister Bob Hawke has joined the growing number of Labor figures labelling coverage of the election campaign by News Corp newspapers as biased.
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Antony Green explains preferential voting - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Antony Green explains preferential voting - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
ABC election analyst Antony Green explains how Australia's preferential voting system works, and how to use it.
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Vote Compass: Kevin Rudd's asylum seekers policy divides Labor faithful - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Vote Compass: Kevin Rudd's asylum seekers policy divides Labor faithful - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's promise that asylum seekers who arrive by boat will never settle in Australia has sharply divided Labor voters, according to data from the ABC's Vote Compass.
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Opposition asylum review plan 'illegal': experts

Opposition asylum review plan 'illegal': experts | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Law experts say a federal opposition plan to deny asylum seekers access to courts for claim reviews is plainly illegal.
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HC oppose Coalition policy on Asylum Seekers 

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Antony Green: Election a state-by-state battle - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Antony Green: Election a state-by-state battle - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
ABC election analyst Antony Green explains why the election is a state-by-state battle, and why Labor faces trouble in the southern states.
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Rudd's 'greatest moral challenge' - On Line Opinion - 9/8/2013

Rudd's 'greatest moral challenge' - On Line Opinion - 9/8/2013 | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Kevin Rudd has begun his second term as Prime Minister in much the same way he ended his first, with back-flips and dog-whistles on immigration.
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Abbott's in Opposition, but two can play at that game - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Kevin Rudd's passionate case for how much better things would be if he were Prime Minister is only very slightly dented by the fact that he already is. Tony Abbott is the Opposition Leader.
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Australia Votes | Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia Votes | Federal Election 2013 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
ABC's election site featuring Antony Green's guide, in-depth policy explainers, latest election news, candidates, electorate information and more. #AusVotes
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Mark Dreyfus says PNG deal meets human rights obligations - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mark Dreyfus says PNG deal meets human rights obligations - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
Mark Dreyfus says the asylum seeker resettlement deal with PNG meets Australia's human rights obligations.
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Guarding our borders from the invading hordes - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Guarding our borders from the invading hordes - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | 3AB PL | Scoop.it
It was John Howard who cultivated Australia's cruelty towards asylum seekers, and it is he our current leaders are shamelessly trying to emulate.
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