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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:00 pm

just to clear one thing up

the australian economy is not in crisis and did not require this extraordinary amount of retardation :dev:

cutting the fat is fine
raping almost to the bone is not
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:07 pm

Hey the people of the good ship Australia voted for him. What can you expect?
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:35 pm

Who voted liberal? Can we lynch these individuals?
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:37 pm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-06/h ... it/5423392
Treasurer Joe Hockey is the "Masterchef of cooking the books" according to his Opposition counterpart Chris Bowen, who has repeatedly accused the Coalition of using "voodoo economics" to create a sense of crisis to justify dramatic spending cuts in the May 13 budget.

The verdict: Since the election, the official forecast deficit has doubled. The economic assumptions are different from those used before the election, and spending decisions have been made that were not in the previous forecasts. Mr Bowen's claim checks out.
because idiots are more likely to vote for liberals if they think the economy is in crisis
ABC/SBS funding cut by $120m
gfg

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ ... 2shz4.html
old article, but very valid.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:39 pm

not funny

^ Gunna put this here
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 1:51 pm

"The worst deficit is not the budget deficit but the trust deficit. This election is about trust."
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 2:22 pm

Sarah Ferguson of the ABC bent Joe Hockey over and violated him last night - it was inspiring .

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4003968.htm

First question, best thing I've heard from a Journo all year.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 2:40 pm

i like her :lol:
he, however, is a piece of shit
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 3:02 pm

Who voted liberal? Can we lynch these individuals?
Most of QLD i believe.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 3:07 pm

God reading that list above - what a fucking disgrace.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 3:12 pm

Who voted liberal? Can we lynch these individuals?
Most of QLD i believe.
not brisbane, or any capital city in australia really.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/federal-election-2013/map/
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 3:23 pm

Interesting how most of the city regions are Labour where most other areas aren't.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 3:48 pm

God reading that list above - what a fucking disgrace.
Absolute disgrace.

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So, you pay for subjects as you go? Holy fuck. Oh wait, I rememeber hearing something about student loans. Great.. just like the US - you go into massive debt for an education.

Of course the rest of the broken promises are bad.

RE: Rougey ABC interview

How can he state that he (and the Liberals) - will deliver, in full, on their promises????????????????????????????? They have already broken almost every fucking promise that matters.
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 4:05 pm

the thing about education by silhouette guy
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 5:15 pm

Re: just to clear one thing up

the thing about education by silhouette guy
As an educator I feel I should say something about all this
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 5:34 pm

where is deadpixel he should be here any minute to suck the liberal cock
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 6:11 pm

HECS/HELP
Totally gone? WHAT???????? IS this real?

So, you pay for subjects as you go? Holy fuck. Oh wait, I rememeber hearing something about student loans. Great.. just like the US - you go into massive debt for an education.
A Sustainable Higher Education Loan Programme — HECS HELP benefit

The Government will continue to make available Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans so that eligible students do not have to pay their fees up front. However, the HECS HELP benefit, which was intended to provide an incentive for graduates of particular courses to take up related occupations or work in specified locations will end from 2015-16. This measure will achieve savings of $87.1 million over three years.
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres ... get-2014-5
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 7:24 pm

Isn't the maximum payable for the paid parental leave $50,000? Not $100,000?
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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 7:27 pm

hey man i just voted the other guy to get fibre i didnt want no trouble u hear

as a side note, all i want from the government is removing the baby bonus and giving it to adults with 0-1 children on the condition they get a vasectomy/hysterectomy without reversal.

some electric vehicle subsidies would also be hunky dory.. but considering the beamer i3 is all thats got an aus price, 65k~, and most aus m8s are 4wd loving, 'its just a cycle' spouting meatheads, its not gonna happen

it also has to happen globally, since its a global problem and both options are more or less political suicide

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Post » Wed May 14, 2014 9:11 pm

In fact, I suggest, representative democracy has not really been effective in countries such as the UK since the 1970s, when the era of post-war ‘consensus’ gave way to one in which successive governments have implemented a neoliberal programme in the interests of a tiny elite, while rarely if ever enjoying a legitimate popular mandate for doing so. This is not to say that there was ever much of a democratic ‘golden age’, but governments from the 30s to the 70s more-or-less required popular support for the general direction of policy and for major undertakings such as foreign wars, and during this period – almost uniquely since the industrial revolution – the gap between rich and poor shrank significantly. However, this was a very different age from our own or from the ones which preceded it. It was the epoch of mass industry, mass culture, social conformism and centralised state power, the latter being manifested both in the extremes of Soviet and fascist totalitarianism and in the more benign bureaucratic paternalism of the welfare state. But the repressive dimensions of such authoritarianism were always likely to provoke resistance, and the 1960s revolt against discipline and homogeneity in the factory, the university, and the wider culture was one of the major reasons why that social system broke down.

In its place has arisen a culture which tolerates a very wide diversity of individual lifestyles, but which conversely makes it extremely difficult to achieve the types of collective feat which typified the mid-twentieth century, and which was the basis for achievements such as the National Health Service. In contemporary consumer society, everyone is free to do their own thing as long as they can pay for it and doesn’t get in anyone’s face; but what we can’t do is the kinds of things that require us to co-ordinate our desires and capabilities with those of others. The inherited systems of party democracy were designed for that old epoch. Mass political parties were appropriate political vehicles for people who experienced very similar lifestyles and life-courses and who consequently shared outlooks and opinions across a whole range of topics with millions of other people, doing similar jobs, living similar lives. They have become increasingly ineffective as people’s lifestyles have diversified and society has become more complex, leaving the political class increasingly cut off from any substantial constituency whose opinions and interests they could be expected to represent.

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Why is this important to thinking about democracy and its future? On the one hand, it’s because existing forms of representative democracy are hampered both by the outdated assumptions which they have inherited from one strand of this individualist tradition. They assume the existence of a relatively homogenous public and a potentially unified national community, or one which can be divided into neat blocs along party lines. Without those things, they quickly break down. On the other hand, it’s because any form of collective or democratic endeavour is obstructed by the neoliberal effort to inhibit all potent collectivities, ultimately reducing us to a set of impotent, individualised consumers.

But there is a long tradition on the radical Left (and even within some strands of the ‘moderate’ Left) of arguing for the importance of democratic innovation with the aim of creating new, more devolved, participatory and effective forms of democratic engagement. From the best traditions of the co-operative and, syndicalist ‘guild socialist’ traditions, to the worker’s councils of revolutionary Russia and the utopian experiments in Paris (1870) and Spain (1936), through to the famous ‘participatory budgeting’ ’ pioneered in Porto Alegre and the communal councils of Venezuela, these methods of democratic governance are by their nature far less dependent upon a homogenous political public to be effective than are those which require huge constituencies to support a party’s entire programme for 4-5 years at a time. This is because they enable the ‘governed’ to engage more directly, deliberatively and continuously in the process of decision-making than do systems based solely on parliamentary-style representation. Without a culture and a politics which is willing to pursue such experiments, I argue, it seems unlikely that democracy has much future in the 21st century.

If we want to rediscover the creative power of collective action, then we must do it in ways which make the complex heterogeneity of our societies into a virtue and a source of democratic dynamism, in ways which do not reduce our culture to nothing more than a set of consumer choices. Conceptualising this process requires a high level of abstract theorisation. More importantly, making it into a political reality requires that the kind of courage and imagination typical of radical movements and cultural innovators be combined with the pragmatism and strategic seriousness of the mainstream social-democratic tradition
http://www.compassonline.org.uk/collect ... vidualism/
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