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Didn't blame anyone for anything.

North Korea don't teach that man has walked on the moon in schools, because the Americans did it. Maybe the pact with Trump will fix their education system.

While Armstrong was outwardly apolitical, he was a patriot. He flew bombing missions in Korea and would've been disgusted at Obama's dismantling of the NASA space program.

Ah Ron, you're a peach....But you might want to eradicate that 'Bear' aspect from your name....People might think you're conflicted.
 

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This is really sad. What goes on in the mind of a 24 year old?

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cr...f-his-children-and-partner-mara-ng-b88956109z

THE man accused of killing three children, his partner and her mother in an horrific family massacre in Perth has been remanded in custody.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, made a brief appearance before a magistrate in Perth via a videolink from Karratha this afternoon, charged with five counts of murder.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo read each charge carefully to Mr Harvey, who was dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans, and who calmly answered “I understand” to every one.

Mr Harvey is charged with murdering Mara Lee Harvey, 41, twins Beatrix Mae Harvey and Alice Esther Harvey, two, and three and a half-year-old Charlotte Kate Harvey last Monday, September 3.

He is also accused of murdering Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, on September 4.
 

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This is really sad. What goes on in the mind of a 24 year old?

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/cr...f-his-children-and-partner-mara-ng-b88956109z

THE man accused of killing three children, his partner and her mother in an horrific family massacre in Perth has been remanded in custody.

Anthony Robert Harvey, 24, made a brief appearance before a magistrate in Perth via a videolink from Karratha this afternoon, charged with five counts of murder.

Magistrate Joe Randazzo read each charge carefully to Mr Harvey, who was dressed in a black t-shirt and jeans, and who calmly answered “I understand” to every one.

Mr Harvey is charged with murdering Mara Lee Harvey, 41, twins Beatrix Mae Harvey and Alice Esther Harvey, two, and three and a half-year-old Charlotte Kate Harvey last Monday, September 3.

He is also accused of murdering Beverley Ann Quinn, 73, on September 4.
an all too often occurrence

Biologically and for social reasons men are supposed to protect women, children, their clan and the vulnerable. I just can't fathom the breach of trust to turn on your own.

I feel despair when I read stories like this
 

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Sucked in!

You either hire casuals or you hire full timers. You don't hire full timers on casual wages.............otherwise you have to pay leave and other entitlements.

https://www.theage.com.au/business/...-double-dipping-decision-20180913-p503jr.html

if businesses want to get clever and not hire full timers, then engage them as contractors and pay GST and a contractors margin. Businesses can't have their cake and eat it to.

So pay the $8b, go insolvent and let the new owners buy their businesses cheap and run the business properly and fairly.
 

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The problem with business' under thew= Liberal Party is that they're so used to having their cake and eating any form of restriction or regulation is met with howls of protest and cries of socialism. The sooner they're booted and Bill Shorten is PM the better it will be for this country.
 
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The problem with business' under thew= Liberal Party is that they're so used to having their cake and eating any form of restriction or regulation is met with howls of protest and cries of socialism. The sooner they're booted and Bill Shorten is PM the better it will be for this country.
Unless of course the regulation favours their interests.

They have no core values or philosophy apart from holding the average citizen upside down and emptying their pockets of every last cent.
 

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Unless of course the regulation favours their interests.

They have no core values or philosophy apart from holding the average citizen upside down and emptying their pockets of every last cent.
Easiest way in the world to a spot a Liberal Party voter today is to find the person claiming that both sides of politics are "as bad as each other".
 

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The problem with business' under thew= Liberal Party is that they're so used to having their cake and eating any form of restriction or regulation is met with howls of protest and cries of socialism. The sooner they're booted and Bill Shorten is PM the better it will be for this country.
no doubt the libs represent the individual and small business and Labor the centralisation of labour under big business
 

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Given the mining tax was very different to what you thought it was, it is very difficult to have a sensible discussion.

Mark 1 would have bankrupted Australia as The government was underwriting mining losses.

Mark 2 was designed by big foreign owned companies and favoured big foreign owned companies who could avoid the tax.

Appreciate that and perhaps you’d understand why Australian miners wanted it fixed or repealed
 

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As psychopathic as the strawberry sabotage is. The bright side is the damage to farmers it's caused. I was absolutely disgusted when I read farmers were still urging the public to buy strawberries but to "cut them up". Shamelessly putting their industry before peoples lives.

The more people see what they are the more will keep turning against them. Usually they just whack the consumer with the bill. But I don't see anybody paying double for a punnet of strawberries anytime soon.
 

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The problem with business' under thew= Liberal Party is that they're so used to having their cake and eating any form of restriction or regulation is met with howls of protest and cries of socialism. The sooner they're booted and Bill Shorten is PM the better it will be for this country.
On what basis? Which policies? Certainly not his idiotic climate change nonsense. What else? Higher corp taxes? Well not that either.

Which policies?
 
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Easiest way in the world to a spot a Liberal Party voter today is to find the person claiming that both sides of politics are "as bad as each other".
They are. Our political parties have descended into juvenile play school governments.
We're being inexorably drawn into the US Barnum & Bailey road of politics.
Pretty stupid to be aping a dying world power.
But......brain-dead pizazz has a hypnotic effect.
 

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https://www.theguardian.com/austral...ties-slip-in-world-rankings-amid-funding-cuts
Australian universities are “stagnating” under the weight of budget cuts to the sector, a major education ratings body has warned.

Six Australian universities have again been ranked in the top 100 in the world and nine in the top 200 on the 2019 Times Higher Education world university rankings, but the rankings agency warned the country’s universities were either treading water or going backwards because of cuts to the sector.

The University of Melbourne remained highest, staying at 32, followed by the Australian National University (49, down one), the University of Sydney (59, up two), the University of Queensland (69, down four), Monash (84, down four) and the University of New South Wales (96, down 11).

However, Ellie Bothwell, the global rankings editor at THE, said the picture in Australia was “a cause for concern”, as several universities recorded double-digit declines in their rankings.

“While there are some examples of progress from Australia this year, the national picture is a cause for concern, with many universities declining or remaining stagnant,” she said.

“The country boasts some world-class institutions – and immense potential for greater success on the global stage.

“But you can’t sustain world-class universities and research facilities with funding cuts. To excel, universities need strong investment and they need to be able to attract and retain the very best global talent and research collaborations.

“As funding cuts take hold and pressure mounts to cap international student numbers – combined with intensifying competition from Asia – Australia’s universities could well face an uphill struggle in the coming years.”

The warning comes in the context of a period of enforced belt-tightening within the sector.

In December the federal government announced it would cut $2.2bn from universities predominantly through a two-year freeze in commonwealth grants funding.

While it did not directly cap student places, the decision effectively ended the previously bipartisan agreement on demand-driven funding because universities would no longer receive additional direct commonwealth grants funding if enrolments increased.

Universities have warned the cuts will unfairly affect regional universities and will mean that 9,500 fewer Australians can attend university in 2018, rising to 19,500 in 2019 and 23,000 in 2020.


The government plans to introduce a performance-based funding mechanism in an attempt to address attrition rates and improve graduate outcomes.

The former education minister Simon Birmingham also argued the funding increase to universities since the introduction of demand-driven funding meant the sector has enjoyed “huge growth in university revenues and finances”.

However, the chief executive of Universities Australia, Catriona Jackson, said those comments “should prompt a government rethink and reversal of the funding cuts”.

“These ranking results confirm our world-class standing – but also show this is at risk unless those cuts are reversed,” she said. “We’ve been warning for some time about the damage of funding cuts on Australia’s rankings.”

Jackson said a decline in the quality of Australia’s universities would have a detrimental effect on the broader economy.

“Funding cuts are bad for local and international students. They threaten quality, [and] international education is built on quality,” she said.

“International students inject almost $32bn into Australia’s economy each year and support 130,000 Australian jobs. They also bring Australia and the world closer together, and build important diplomatic and personal ties.”

The ranking of New Zealand’s top university, the University of Auckland, also declined, falling out of the top 200.

Oxford University claimed first position for a third consecutive year, with Cambridge in second. Stanford in the US remained in third.
Why is it that after twenty years of continuous growth and the PM stranding up there congratulating himself for the state of the economy this sort of shit is happening?
 
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The problem with business' under thew= Liberal Party is that they're so used to having their cake and eating any form of restriction or regulation is met with howls of protest and cries of socialism. The sooner they're booted and Bill Shorten is PM the better it will be for this country.
To be honest I didn't know what the current PM looked liked like until today when watching the GF. I heard his name when the footy commentators spoke about him and showed his face in the crowd.

Just like Bill Shorten he looks uninspiring, this guy is the same as the current leader.

Dull.
 

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Not politics but .... massive tsunami in Indonesia. Looks terrifying.

The lack of interest in this in the mainstream and general media is a study in itself. If this happened in the US or the UK there would be rolling and continuous coverage on every channel. Yet it's happening to our nearest neighbour and there's barely any interest whatsoever.
 
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