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Wolfgang Karsch
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I appreciate the needs of farmers but am at a  loss on how the NSW Government is managing agriculture in this state. The debate about land clearing goes on while nearby where I live I watch the land that was formerly used as dairy farms (that collapsed under the Howard Government Dairy deregulation)  being converted into housing estates. Why are we doing this to prime agricultural land? Why are we not preserving this land and promoting new agricultural uses?
Hundreds of high-profile scientists issue a warning to state governments to tighten land-clearing laws or risk losing precious native species.
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This has to be the most BS example provided of cutting the public sector in NSW. Trusts are set up to preserve these facilities. The old pumping station that the treasure refers to in Maitland is the Walka Water Works. This facility provided the first water to the people in the Lower Hunter it. Is a perfectly preserved building of historical importance reflecting the architecture of the period and the grounds are a major community and tourist attraction in the region. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walka_Water_Works) How a combination of interests as diverse as Tennis courts in Newcastle combined with the Walka Water works would protect and preserve the functions of either facility is a huge stretch of the imagination. I imagine that the funding required to manage these trusts would be far less the economic waste incurred by our politicians fleeting around the countryside with their sense of self-importance and entitlement.
The fact that she refers to these as being in the Lake Macquarie region displays her ignorance of the Hunter where Newcastle and Maitland are not even considered as part of Lake Macquarie , the three cities are different in characteristic  each have their own different needs. Newcastle a major port, Lake Macquarie City a city that is sprawled around the shores of Lake Macquarie and Maitland a major regional city centred on the Hunter River.
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What an absolute dick. They will say anything to protect the status quo regarding gun control in the USA. Nice of the Washington Post to clear up the facts regarding Ted's lie.
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Have been trialling a Microsoft Surface Pro and Windows 10 at work in conjunction with a Toshiba docking station that plugs into the Surface's USB port. What an awesome experience. It perfectly replaces my current desktop. Using it as laptop I was initially a little worried that the cover/keyboard maybe a little flimsy but it performs solidly and even has backlit keys. Bonus it can be used as a tablet. As I am only able to have one device this is a bonus 3 in one. Unlike the iPad it works with existing infrastructure and software just like any other PC. I have a Samsung Ativ Smart PC 2 in 1 and have to admit that I prefer the Surface over the Samsung due to the ease which the components on the Surface magnetically click in place, no fumbling to make the keyboard attach, or find where the power plug hole is. The power supply plugs into the Surface regardless of which way you put it in it snaps into place magnetically.
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She is actually right on a few issues. If you going to ask the voting populace the question why not let them decide at the next election instead of spending a small fortune having an extra vote later. Or is the Liberal National Party Coalition's effort to delay a decision in this area by another 4 or more years.
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My wife asked a great question after voting yesterday, especially after being bamboozled by the senate ballot paper. Why aren't  a version of the ballot papers made available to the public as soon as the Australian Electoral Commission has them finalised.  It is compulsory to vote for either 6 parties or 12 prospective senators. How can you make an informed vote if you are unaware of who is on the ballot paper until you vote?
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This is why I think it should be electronic, with links to policies. 
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Well written article. Not very long.
 
#Nuclear power may be clean, but people still question whether it is, or ever will be, safe enough.. For all that fear, nuclear power still has the safest track record of any power source
#nuclearpower  
In a few months, the first nuclear plant in 20 years is set to open in the US. But safety had nothing to do with the delay.
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Have any of my fellow Australians who have moved to the NBN and lucky to have fibre to the house (FTTP) like me noticed that despite heavy use their data usage is lower than when they were with Telstra? I am guessing that there must be less lost data packets due to not being on an old copper network????
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The American gun lobby and their supporters will say anything to denigrate our fine Australian gun laws because they would take a huge drop in business or have to argue for a few more armed conflicts around the world. Guns in Australia are still legal for those responsible people who desire them. Don't believe the crap the gun lobby espouse. Gun laws save lives.
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Connected to the National Broadband Network today. Our suburb was cabled under the original contracts so Fibre to the home (FTTH). Yoo hoo.
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All I can say is don't be so doom and gloom and pessimistic about Microsoft collecting the usage statistics and crash reports. I upgraded 3 machines on the weekend with varying initial success. Machine (a PC) updated successfully without issues. Machine 2 (a PC) had a few hardware crashes but updates were issued the same day which rectified the problems. Machine 3 ( A Samsung Tablet Hybrid) had issues the first day with the touchpad not working. The next day it too received an update, this time  from Samsung with the updated drivers for the touchpad. Maybe this is why the data collection is turned on by default. So that unlike previous upgrades were you had to hunt around for the fixes known ones are fixed soon after they are reported. Maybe someone from Microsoft could advise if this is the case or just a conclusion drawn from random events.
Microsoft has expanded its diagnostic data collection with Windows 10, making what had been a voluntary telemetry program now mandatory.
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  • Department of Human Services
    Business Analyst / Programmer, 2011 - present
  • Private Music Tutor
    Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Musicianship, 1985 - 1991
  • Department of Social Security
    Customer Service Advisor, 1991 - 1996
  • Centrelink
    Business Analyst / Programmer - Compliance, 1996 - 2011
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  • Maitland Boys High School
    Higher School Certificate, 1979 - 1984
  • Newcastle Conservatorium of Music
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