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Excerpt: "For those of us who oppose the torture of children (did I just write that? Yes, yes I did) these are dark times. Our public debate has become so debauched that it now seems possible that the government of our nation will deport babies born in this country – who should be Australian citizens – to a foreign hell-hole where sexual abuse is rife, and where we know that indefinite detention is akin to torture."
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"The “drownings” argument has been an effective weapon for politicians seeking to exploit community fear and prejudice for political gain. It has been so effective that it has banished any semblance of sensitivity, nuance or even sanity in the immigration debate."
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And so today, when we read Premier Andrews letter to the PM offering sanctuary which Premier Baird has supported, we see the outcome of this vilification in action. "Bleeding heart leftists" "cheap stunt" "empty  grandstanding" and so on.

Some people will have taken on board the manipulative fear mongering and be genuinely concerned about asylum seekers. Others will be overwhelmed by the proliferation of negative comments from LNP trolls who'll be out in force trying to drown out any rational conversation or support for Andrews. 

The trolls are there to discredit, undermine and spread confusion by mocking and questioning Andrews' motives. They'll belittle with seemingly rational short, punchy, memorable slogans. On closer reflection however, the slogans aren't worth the time they've taken to copy and paste. 

As +Dave Bath noted on another post:
"Calling Dan Andrews' letter a pointless gesture shows ignorance of the power of gestures and disobedience. The open letter is an act of political or civil disobedience. It is not in the league of nailing theses objecting to papist practice to a cathedral door, not in the league of walking many miles to the sea to make salt, not in the league of sitting in the whites only area of a bus, but it is still an act of defiance and moral conviction against the powers that be.

Grandstanding? How else to create the buzz that can make a turning point? It is a rallying cry from someone who cannot be easily dismissed.

Mike Baird, the LNP premier of NSW is now standing with Andrews. Turnbull will never be gifted a better opportunity to stand up to the evil in his party."

and from +Michael Tucker " My guess is that by writing the letter to the PM, Andrews is foxing out his own party to take an empathic stance.
Either someone knows something about these refugees that we don't and won't own up, or bring them into Oz and support them."
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Andrews has, in effect, thrown down the gauntlet to the Turnbull Government, and Labor at the Federal level. Of equal importance, he's made an opportunity for others to follow his lead. He's chosen to show an ethical stance, taking into account our legal and moral obligations for asylum seekers, which too many others have shunned as of no consequence, and irrelevant.  Hopefully he's opened the door for a more rational, nuanced discussion about asylum seekers and indefinite detention, which is well overdue.
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http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/premier-mike-baird-and-victorian-premier-daniel-andrews-tell-malcolm-turnbull-they-will-take-asylum-seekers-20160206-gmnhxt.html

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Ben Eltham weighs in on the latest Australian outrage being perpetrated against some of the world’s most vulnerable people. What can you say about the mess that is asylum seeker policy in Australia? After years of covering the issue for New Matilda, I find myself in a similar position to the Guardian’s cartoonist First DogMore
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Front Page today. Unfortunately the photo didn't capture ANY of my rock stacks! Just the arch and the dodgey tower. All the background was just rock piled by kids. I was surrounded by about 15 super technical counter balances but the photographer chopped tgem all out!😲
#lithomorphic #StickyStones #Cairns #FNQ #ロックバランス
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No words man .... this is amazing !!!!
Good luck for your "Cairns in Cairns", thank you so much🙏

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TESS’s Bill Laurance& Jeff Sayer play prominent roles @ Paris climate conference http://ow.ly/VBb2I #jcu #COP21
William Laurance is the Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. He also founded and directs ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers. Mr. Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor ...
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Finally. An Australian politician with morals.
 
Gosh! It's true!
Vic Premier Daniel Andrews has in effect thrown down the gauntlet re the asylum seeker children. Not only has Victoria not fallen apart under a Labor government, our premier has shown courage, humanity and integrity. This isn't nearly over yet, it's a complex issue, but it's a sign of hope that there are some decent politicians out there. Now, where's Bill? 
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has written to the Prime Minister offering to "accept full responsibility" for the families and children brought to Australia from Nauru.
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Our independent broadcaster is anything but!
 
WOW! All caught on tape! We can't have an objective national broadcaster when they're too scared to reveal the truth -> "In the tape, obtained by New Matilda, Belsham repeatedly states that he’s under “internal and external” political pressure over Ross’ coverage of the NBN, and explains that despite “having no problems” with the specific story, he (Belsham) can’t publish it because “the Turnbull camp and my superiors will come down on me like a tonne of bricks”."
This is the first in a series of articles from New Matilda about Tech journo Nick Ross and the ABC’s NBN coverage. In the lead up to the 2013 federal election, amid a fierce political debate between the major parties over the roll out of the National Broadband Network, an ABC editor-journalist was directed by hisMore
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Following eco-disaster in Brazil, TESS’s Dave Edwards & Bill Laurance highlight need for safer tropical mining http://ow.ly/X1dZG #jcu
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*I am OFFICIALLY Mysterious !!*
When I am not in Stoney Creek, my other favorite place to balance rocks is on a little rocky spit just down the road a bit.

I go there and balance some stones and leave them. Free, Public, Spontaneous and Anonymous Art.
I go back a few days later and inevitably a heap of little stacks have popped up. It has now reached a critical mass and the stacks are breeding! I'm proud to say that I inspired and initiated this.
#Lithomorphic   #Cairns   #Rockandstonebalancing   #HooDoo   #maẓẓebot   #Astarte #βαιτύλιον   #Bethel #Lithicfaith #novolithic 

http://www.cairnsnow.com.au/Cairns-in-Cairns.145.0.html
ROCKS piled precariously high at a stretch of beach north of Cairns continue to delight motorists and are finding fame online.
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I can now add to my resume proven ability to start 'a thing' 😂 

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Food security is achieved when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
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Food Security...when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.
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A wonderful idea.  Where will the energy and raw materials come from?
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