May 152013
 

This video explains the benefits of the 2013 Budget brought down by Treasurer Wayne Swan last night. What sort of nation do you want to live in? One that realises that you have to invest today to generate revenue in the future? Or do you want an alternative where services are cut to the bone, or even abandoned totally, in pursuit of a short term profit (surplus)? Do you want the same sort of austerity imposed on this country that has failed in other nations? The choices we face this year have never been more stark. Vote wisely. Vote for the future. Your future. My Future. Our future.

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May 122013
 

If you don’t want to wait for 4 Corners to show Raising Adam Lanza on Monday 13th of May, you can watch it here: Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. Watch Raising Adam Lanza on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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May 102013
 

In a joint press conference yesterday, Tony Abbott and Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Eric Abetz outlined their long awaited plan to turn Australia into a workers paradise. But is it as worker friendly as they would have you believe? Sally McManus of the ASU has done an analysis of the proposed changes, and is less than happy with them. You can read her analysis here: What Tony Abbott Proposes To Take Away One of the most salient points is: Weaken the Award safety-net (loosen the “better off overall test” so agreements can go below even the Award minimum). Wages apparently, cannot go low enough for the Tories. Cheap labour is their holy grail. Cheap-labor conservatives don’t like social spending or our “safety net”. Why.

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May 082013
 

2013 saw the return to Australian shores of the most influential heavy metal band of all time, the mighty Black Sabbath. Your humble(?) scribe was there to witness their return. Earth To Black Sabbath Back in 1968, four young men from the industrial wasteland that was the city of Birmingham, England, got together and formed a band. Originally called Polka Tulk, they started playing blues based rock as a way to avoid becoming droids working their lives away in factories. Eventually they changed their name to Earth and rehearsed their sets during the day in a cinema, which by night showed horror films. One day whilst leaving the cinema, they noticed the large crowds gathering outside to watch the film that was showing at the

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