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Submitted by David Roffey on November 8, 2006 - 6:34pm.
Democrats win House, Senate, as Allen concedes Virginia

Democrats have passed the 218 seats for firm (not just projected) control of the House. In the Senate, Allen has now conceded Virginia, so Democrats control both houses. See Tony Phillips' discussion of what this means below ... (Even though he didn't predict Rummy falling on his sword).

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Submitted by Tony Phillips on November 8, 2006 - 5:21pm.
Swinging America, but who should look out?

"The emerging result is not something to get overly excited about, since it does not of itself end the war in Iraq, change US policy on climate change, or even reverse the growing inequality of the country. However, it does raise a number of possibilities and scenarios for both the US and John Howard’s all the way with George W foreign policy.": Tony Phillips

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Submitted by admin on November 8, 2006 - 10:24am.
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Submitted by Democratic Audit on November 8, 2006 - 10:17am.
New media laws and their impact on the bush
"The original cross-media ownership laws might not have guaranteed local content, especially in radio, but they did guarantee separate control of broadcast and print in each market, and that is the basic foundation on which a government should build localism requirements.": Peter Andren MP
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Submitted by justin tutty on November 8, 2006 - 1:00am.
Australia can't walk away from climate action

"Last weekend, thousands of people indulged in one of our Prime Minister's favourite pastimes – walking – in response to an issue that still has our glorious leader ducking and weaving – global climate meltdown. ... Whereas 'the mob', as Howard would undoubtedly call us, clearly have an appetite for immediate action, the pollies have made it clear that, when it comes to the tough calls, they don't plan to budge for the next few decades.": Justin Tutty

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Submitted by Kenneth Rogoff on November 8, 2006 - 12:46am.
America’s Anti-Environmentalists

"As an American, I am appalled, ashamed, and embarrassed by my country’s lack of leadership in dealing with global warming. Scientific evidence on the risks mounts by the day, as most recently documented in England’s magisterial Stern Report. Yet, despite the fact that the United States accounts for roughly 25% of all man-made global carbon emissions, Americans show little will or inclination to temper their manic consumption. ... America’s unwillingness to take the lead on environmental issues may some day be regarded as one of the country’s most profound political failures. One hopes that it changes course soon, before we all are forced to wear swimsuits to work.": Kenneth Rogoff

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on November 7, 2006 - 10:12pm.
Work Choices - The Debate

Introduced by Hon. Bob Hawke, Mediated by Jana Wendt: What has been the impact of Work Choices - and what should be the future direction of workplace relations reform in Australia?: Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 6pm, City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney

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Submitted by Gus Leonisky on November 7, 2006 - 8:49pm.
Something Heroic ...(FP)
Something Heroic ...(FP)
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Submitted by Gus Leonisky on November 7, 2006 - 8:44pm.
Something Heroic ...


"There is something heroic in my mind for a country that is suffering all that Iraq is suffering, yet it still strove to conduct the trial, to have an embrace of the rule of law which is so fundamental to the establishment of a democracy." - John Howard

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Submitted by Gus Leonisky on November 7, 2006 - 8:41pm.
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Submitted by drmarkhayes on November 7, 2006 - 1:51pm.
What's Really going on in Fiji, Redux
Specialist in Pacific media and journalism and their contexts, Dr Mark Hayes, is a very close Region and Fiji watcher, as well as often a traveller Out There. Back in January, 2006, Mark peered into his tanoa (kava bowl) to help predicted the outcome of the 2006 Fiji election. Dr Hayes does a weekly Pacific News Wrap - 'Mo oe mai i le Pasifika (For you, from the Pacific)' - on Mondays for the subscriber-only alert and digest service, The Daily Briefing. Here's the Fiji section of the Wrap from Monday, November 6, 2006, slightly edited and updated to early Tuesday, November 7, and compiled while fighting off a raging attack of deja vu.
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Submitted by admin on November 7, 2006 - 6:49am.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on November 7, 2006 - 6:35am.
The Ballad of Scott Parkin

"To mark this moment of triumph over tyranny, I've set the Story of Scott Parkin's Federal Court win to verse.  Click along on the links as you sing.  I picked this particular tune as it's the Australian song that the Texans know best.": Richard Tonkin

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Submitted by Ian MacDougall on November 6, 2006 - 9:23am.
November 29 and the Birth of Australian Democracy

"The Southern Cross was the emblem raised in the boldest and most effective democratic initiative ever taken in Australian history. That to my mind is a good enough reason to fly it perpetually in Ballarat, and to raise it on November 29th every year all over the land.": Ian MacDougal

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Submitted by admin on November 6, 2006 - 9:18am.
Eureka06
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Submitted by Project Syndicate on November 6, 2006 - 9:11am.
Killer Fish Farms

"Antarctic krill must not be fished to feed the fish farms of the world while starving the penguins, seals, whales, and other species whose survival depends on these tiny, but vitally important, creatures.": Virginia Gascón González and Rodolfo Werner Kinkelin, Antarctic Krill Conservation Project.

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Submitted by Kevin Maguire on November 5, 2006 - 3:26pm.
Hospital Waiting Lists

"The other evening I lay awake listening to blood regurgitating in my weakened heart. I began to ponder the lot of others whose quality of life was also impaired. How many people were in a similar or a worse condition?": Kevin Maguire

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Submitted by Project Syndicate on November 5, 2006 - 7:02am.
The Secret Policeman’s Fall

"It has not always been comfortable for those in government, and there is still a tug-of-war over sensitive documents. But, in the former communist bloc, the benefits brought by transparency have been undeniable. At the same time, Romania’s experience demonstrates that official secrecy remains a threat to the core values of democratic governance, and that only constant vigilance, in both established and young democracies, can prevent its encroachment.": Monica Macovei

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Submitted by admin on November 5, 2006 - 7:01am.
Monica Macovei
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Submitted by David Roffey on November 4, 2006 - 10:05am.
Management Update 13

October statistics, financials, and technicals.

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Submitted by Project Syndicate on November 4, 2006 - 9:56am.
The New Baby Boomers

"Alienated and unemployed youth are a concern everywhere. They pose a particular challenge in the developing world, where a demographic bulge equal to the great "baby boom" that occurred in the West at the end of World War II is growing. But the post-war era in the world’s most developed countries was one of unprecedented prosperity for the baby boom generation, which is now nearing retirement. Will the future be as promising for the developing world’s billion-plus young people between the ages of 12 and 24?": François Bourguignon, Chief Economist, World Bank

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Submitted by admin on November 3, 2006 - 3:09pm.
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Submitted by admin on November 3, 2006 - 3:07pm.
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Submitted by admin on November 3, 2006 - 3:07pm.
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Submitted by Melody Kemp on November 3, 2006 - 3:03pm.
Tumbling That

"It's probably older than European settlement in Australia, but a new Australian settlement next door threatens to destroy it. One of Vientiane's oldest relics, an ancient That (stupa) which reputedly contains the remains of a wayward prince, is being threatened by earthworks on the site for the new Australian embassy in Lao.": Melody Kemp

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on November 3, 2006 - 6:14am.
Corrupting Donations to Politicians?

"Financial donations to political parties and candidates are potentially one of the most corrupting forces in our political system. The Local Government and Shires Association calls upon the Federal Government to convene a National Summit to develop a national strategy to fundamentally reform, in a coordinated manner, all the financial donations legislation for all 3 levels of Australian government; ie: federal, all state governments and all local councils."

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Submitted by Stephen Smith on November 2, 2006 - 7:42am.
From Abu Ghraib to Werribee (it's not that far)

"‘The DVD that disgusted a city’ was one of the news headlines in the shocking case of a DVD produced and sold in Melbourne’s outer west by the self-styled "teenage kings of Werribee". What at first looked like a Jackass-style prank posted on YouTube, police are now investigating as sexual assault involving up to 12 youths. Sadly, amid the media storm, the trauma goes beyond that of the victim. Students from one of the district schools named by the media have had passers-by spit at them in the street. This degree of public hate contains an irony we shall examine. ": Stephen Smith

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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on November 2, 2006 - 7:36am.
Halliburton Adelaide Update

"As Halliburton-KBR is accused of massive construction overcharges in Iraq I wonder how much the Adelaide office has been involved. For around five years Adelaide was the Halliburton/KBR's Global Headquarters for Infrastructure. As this was in the period before and after the Coalition's occupation of Iraq, you'd have to assume that a lot of the contentious paperwork would have passed through this building on its way from Iraq to Houston.": Richard Tonkin

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Submitted by admin on November 1, 2006 - 10:38pm.
Writing for Webdiary

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on November 1, 2006 - 3:11pm.
Who Matters? How Many?

"Our reputation as a successful multicultural society is now threatened. ... The new security laws diminish the rights of all Australians. I do not know of any other democracy that has legislated for the secret detention of people the authorities know to be innocent.": Malcolm Fraser
Text updated to transcript of speech as delivered

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