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Old 19th March 2016, 11:11 AM
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Turbull is a dishonest coward, who trashes principle in the pursuit of personal power.
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Old 20th March 2016, 07:40 PM
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Remember how we used to be worried about religious influence under Howard and nod along to the thoughts of Marion Maddox?

Good times.

There was once this guy who wanted to stick with what was right - at that time, climate change being a thing needing action - above power. What was his name? What happened to him?
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The political environment at the moment is abhorrent
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Old 20th March 2016, 10:01 PM
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The political environment at the moment is abhorrent
In his book The Rise and Fall of Australia, Nick Bryant says we are suffering a "Political Recession".
My new phrase of the year.
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In his book The Rise and Fall of Australia, Nick Bryant says we are suffering a "Political Recession".
My new phrase of the year.
TBH and don't get me wrong I don't want it, but it may require an economic recession to clean out the accumulated trash in Parliament that has always been there in the recesses, but lately has bubbled to the top quite strongly as the "broad church" LNP becomes the "leaning tower of right whingers" (despite the good efforts of Warren Entsch and a few others).
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Old 21st March 2016, 01:09 AM
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How to spot a bully: Parliament's helpful guide
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It's the day that we're meant to be taking a stand against bullying, and right on cue, our MPs have given us a handy guide to the ugly behaviour we should be looking out for, writes Annabel Crabb.

Happy National Day Of Action Against Bullying And Violence!
Across Australia, schools and workplaces are celebrating this important diary landmark in whichever way they feel appropriate.
The Australian Senate, for example, opted to kick things off with a dusk-till-dawn pyjama party of contumely and invective, in which big kids picked on little kids, the kid with glasses got teased repeatedly about his skivvy, everyone shouted at everyone to shut up, and the phrase "I fart in your general direction" was actually used.
The Coalition party room, meanwhile, is marking the occasion with an internal whispering and chain-letter campaign to bully the Prime Minister and the Education Minister out of supporting a schools programme to stamp out bullying.
Let's start with the Safe Schools programme, to which a swathe of federal Coalition MPs has developed a sudden and violent objection. (Perhaps this is a response driven by shock and surprise. The Safe Schools programme is only six years old, after all, and only four education ministers have ticked it off - two Labor and two Coalition. It's all happened so fast.)
Conscientious objectors to the idea of gay or transgender teenagers being given information that makes them feel less isolated or abnormal have been scuttling around all week compiling a petition to hand to the Principal. (This was a cue for their opponents to respond with a classic move straight from the Grade 5 playbook: nick and hide the petition.)
For this is the beating heart of the dispute about the Safe Schools programme, some of whose materials (on cross-dressing, for instance, or safe sex) some MPs have found confronting. Opponents are all fine with the idea of being nice to gay or transgender kids; they're genuinely keen for them not to be bullied, so long as the kids still understand that they're freaks.
Gang leader George Christensen, a Liberal National Party MP from Queensland, has been letterboxing material to his colleagues including an incriminating 1982 article in the journal Gay Information penned by an academic whose practical connection to the Safe Schools programme seems clear to Mr Christensen, but less so to others.
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It's worth noting Mr Christensen's colleague Warren Entsch's acerbic remark that some of his colleagues could use a little remedial education in these delicate matters themselves before making any further demands.
In this callow sea of taunt and counter-taunt, who could possibly have predicted that it would be Christopher Pyne - one-time youngest MP in the House of Representatives, notorious playground pugilist and a man so perennially boyish that one suspects a raddled portrait somewhere in his attic - who would author the wisest contribution of the day?
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I hate to interrupt this little echo chamber you guys have got going here...
Sorted. Smarf's diversion can now be found at the Anti-Equality thread Smarf's Safe Schools *Echo-Chamber*.

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And Lyle's astroturfing again.

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But why does this supposedly parent-driven website have the same server and registrar as the Australian Christian Lobby? Why has there been a sudden resurgence in campaigning activity against Safe Schools in recent months: from travelling roadshows and viral posts, to angry letters to principals and politicians?

And should Rancie have disclosed on the video that she's a Liberal Party member, part of growing network of so-called "mumma warriors" who are waging what critics claim is essentially a right-wing political war dressed up as a "grassroots" movement?

In the corridors of power at Spring Street, in the suburban branches of Liberal heartland, and in the meeting rooms of the party's Exhibition Street headquarters, a stoush over the party's internal culture has been brewing for months.
All this and more at linky.
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Well this is both terrifying and enraging, sacks of shit like this need to stay out of our fucking business and let us be who we really are. I really would've benefited from this if it had been around when i was in school.
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