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Submitted by Guest Contributor on June 4, 2007 - 11:09am.
Hillary eyes her voters
The Adelaide Advertiser's Senior Features Writer, Samela Harris, is currently in the US, from where she's putting up a blog called Primary Number. Here is her account of watching Hillary go about her business.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 27, 2007 - 7:43am.
Downer & Rice & Missiles & stuff
Joint press conference by Condoleezza Rice and Alexander Downer earlier this week.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 9, 2007 - 8:10am.
The Budget
Peter Costello's speech and Q&A with journos in the pre-Budget lock-up
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 4, 2007 - 11:23am.
Australians - What Are We?
"My remarks today will reflect on relationships with the US and domestic issues which influence the fundamentals of Australia.  There has in recent times been a major attack on traditionally accepted Australian values.  This also impacts on our reputation in our region and in the wider world.  This is particularly damaging because the Bush government is on the way out and, within the United States, those who have supported it strongly will, in the next Administration, be regarded as pariahs." Malcolm Fraser
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on April 11, 2007 - 2:17pm.
A Surreal Moment: Dam Lao
A meeting with the World Bank International Advisory Group on the Nam Theun 2 Dam in Laos
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on March 23, 2007 - 7:57am.
NSW elections: how to vote
These notes were prepared by Ed Haber for the Third Voice Alliance ...
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on March 14, 2007 - 4:03pm.
Time to Repair Our Reputation
"Upon coming to power in March 1996 the Coalition removed reference to Australia being a “good international citizen” as an objective of Australian foreign policy. Examination of the Coalition’s 11 years in office confirms that omission was deliberate." Robert McClelland MP.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on March 13, 2007 - 11:45am.
An Agenda For Shared Prosperity
Paul Krugman recently delivered the keynote speech at the Economic Policy Institute's second Agenda for Shared Prosperity event. Webdiarist Peter Hindrup recommends we read this interesting speech and open a conversation about it as "apart from anything else it might just shake some of regulars from their entrenched positions and create a real debate."
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on February 5, 2007 - 2:59am.
The War You Never Heard Of
Lao has had a low level insurgency since 1975 when the Pathet Lao took government. But that might be about to wind down.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 24, 2007 - 3:04pm.
Bush's State of the Union Address
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on December 6, 2006 - 2:48pm.
Rudd's first speech as leader

"Compassion is not a dirty word. Compassion is not a sign of weakness. In my view, compassion in politics and in public policy is in fact a hallmark of great strength. It is a hallmark of a society which has about it a decency which speaks for itself.": Kevin Rudd

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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 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 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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Submitted by Guest Contributor on October 31, 2006 - 2:23pm.
The Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change

“The stark prospects of climate change and its mounting economic and human costs are clearly brought out in this searching investigation. What is particularly striking is the identification of ways and means of sharply minimizing these penalties through acting right now, rather than waiting for our lives to be overrun by rapidly advancing adversities. The world would be foolish to neglect this strong but strictly time-bound practical message. ” Amartya Sen

[Figures now added]

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on October 14, 2006 - 10:17am.
ACCC backstop to media laws?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would be looking beyond mere changes in media delivery technology to deeper issues in order to ensure competition was preserved, ACCC Chairman, Mr Graeme Samuel, said today.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on October 13, 2006 - 2:27pm.
Johns Hopkins' Updated Iraq Mortality

An excess mortality of nearly 100 000 deaths was reported in Iraq for the period March, 2003–September, 2004, attributed to the invasion of Iraq. Our aim was to update this estimate. We estimate that as of July, 2006, there have been 654 965 (392 979–942 636) excess Iraqi deaths as a consequence of the war, which corresponds to 2·5% of the population in the study area. Of post-invasion deaths, 601 027 (426 369–793 663) were due to violence, the most common cause being gunfire. The number of people dying in Iraq has continued to escalate. The proportion of deaths ascribed to coalition forces has diminished in 2006, although the actual numbers have increased every year. Gunfire remains the most common cause of death, although deaths from car bombing have increased.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on September 11, 2006 - 9:32pm.
Democrats Senate Team Report for sitting week beginning Monday 11 September 2006

Senate Team Report for the sitting week beginning Monday 11 September 2006. Thanks to the Australian Democrat Senators.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on September 7, 2006 - 2:12pm.
President Discusses Creation of Military Commissions to Try Suspected Terrorists

"We're engaged in a global struggle -- and the entire civilized world has a stake in its outcome. America is a nation of law. And as I work with Congress to strengthen and clarify our laws here at home, I will continue to work with members of the international community who have been our partners in this struggle. I've spoken with leaders of foreign governments, and worked with them to address their concerns about Guantanamo and our detention policies. I'll continue to work with the international community to construct a common foundation to defend our nations and protect our freedoms." George Bush, President of the United States

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 23, 2006 - 9:55am.
The Jonestown Saga - a measure of the ABC’s demise

"Was the ABC’s reason for pulling Jonestown, the unauthorised biography on the influential radio presenter Alan Jones, political or commercial? Was it the result of an ABC Board stacked with appointees who share the political interests of the incumbent government, or a board dominated by people with a narrow business outlook?" Glenys Stradijot

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 23, 2006 - 12:09am.
Sexuality, Discrimination & A Few Home Truths

"The journey to enlightenment in Australia is by no means complete. But on the issue of sexuality, it has certainly commenced. As the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told the recent conference in Montreal it is a matter of fundamental human rights and basic human dignity. In the end, it is not only about gays. It is about all people and the quality of freedom and mutual respect in the society that we want to live in. The momentum is unstoppable." Michael Kirby

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 14, 2006 - 12:08am.
The Rules for Reconstruction after War

"Lebanon’s reconstruction, so painstakingly carried out in the 1990’s, is now at risk of being undone. But Lebanon is not alone in that respect: according to the UN and several independent studies, countries in transition from war to peace face roughly a 50% chance of sliding back into warfare. ... Any transition to peace may well prove ephemeral unless policymakers make political reconciliation and integration – not optimal economic policies – the bedrock priority. Despite its failures, the UN is probably still the best-placed organization to oversee such efforts.": Graciana del Castillo

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 9, 2006 - 7:24pm.
Georgiou and Moylan on offshore processing

"The Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill is the most profoundly disturbing piece of legislation I have encountered since becoming a member of parliament.": Petro Georgiou
"Mr Speaker this legislation ... is not a matter between conscience and patriotism. For surely each one is worthless without the other and ethical principles should inform them both.": Judy Moylan

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 3, 2006 - 10:50am.
Students begin National Prayer Chain for Peace – united across faiths and cultures

"Students across the nation – Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Baha’i – have announced a united national prayer chain for peace in response to the growing and increasingly serious nature of the middle-east conflicts. The student groups call on all Australians to pray together in unity for peace in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon and Israel, that we may encounter one another in harmony, having deep concern for the victims of violence, and for all those who suffer. We hope that all may be inspired by the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship." Media Release from The Australasian Union of Jewish Students, The Muslim Students Association of Australia, The Australian Catholic Students Association and the National Baha’i Youth Committee.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on August 2, 2006 - 11:31am.
If these were silent the Stones would shout out

A Statement on the Middle East by Canberra’s Church leaders

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on July 11, 2006 - 1:28pm.
Should Australia Think Big or Small in Foreign Policy?

This is Alexander Downer's speech last night to the Centre for Independent Studies. Worth a debate?

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on June 23, 2006 - 12:30pm.
National ID card debate

The MetaCapitalism Research Programme within the University of Wollongong is hosting Professor Ian Angell from the LSE to speak on his experience in the UK National ID Cards debate at a lecture, titled "Can Technology Manage Identity?", on the 17th of July in Wollongong, at 7pm, repeated in Sydney on the 18th at 12 noon.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on June 5, 2006 - 1:54pm.
McGuiness rules "Pre-emptive Strike" illegal

"Magistrate Kerry McGuiness finally handed down her decision regarding my charges of obstructing police today after two months deliberation." Jim Dowling

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 29, 2006 - 11:34am.
The Euston Manifesto

There is much debate in the UK around the declaration by a group of bloggers and journos that calls for (yet another?) re-alignment of progressive forces under the heading of The Euston Manifesto. Life being what it is, the debate has been more around the "Elaborations" than around the "Statement of principles" - but are even the principles the right ones? To help you consider that question, here is the full text.

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Submitted by Guest Contributor on May 24, 2006 - 5:14pm.
Amy Goodman interviews Arundhati Roy

AMY GOODMAN: Today, we spend the hour with acclaimed author and activist Arundhati Roy. Her first novel, The God of Small Things, was awarded the Booker Prize in 1997. It’s sold over six million copies, has been translated in over 20 languages around the world. Since then, Roy has devoted herself to political writing and activism.

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