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Anzac Day has become a marketing tool - and Woolies isn’t the only guilty party: 
The reality of Gallipoli is secondary to its function as a powerful but empty signifier. If we are going to hate Woolworths' co-option of the Diggers, why do we allow everyone else to do it?
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Would you have more faith in politics and democracy if you could help preselect pollies? 
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+Patrick Bowman: There is a movement in the US (because of the extensive jerrymandering of congressional districts) to get voters in those districts to register as members of the opposition party, so that a more moderate candidate can be chosen for that district.  In essence, moving the burden of choice from a useless one in the election to a useful one in the preselection.
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The carbon emissions from walking may well be the same as the carbon emissions from taking the bus: http://ow.ly/LjG5R
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Out from behind the paywall: can you get a fair trial if you're poor? How our judicial system is failing vulnerable people:
Criminal defence lawyer and writer Russell Marks explains how the judicial system is failing our most vulnerable.
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[FREE] Wikileaks has leaked a secret chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement .. and it's bad news for Australia:
WikiLeaks has published the secret investment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr Matthew Rimmer, associate professor at ANU College of Law, explains its insidious implications.
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Australia has all the resources it needs to be fairly self sustainable, a decent bout of isolationism is required to shrug of all the parasites that are draining us, and a stern disapproval of the Australian public against this agreement.
Alas, I don't that the majority will remain apathetic.
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Women now hold 25% of the seats in NSW parliament as a result of yesterday's election: 
NSW Premier Mike Baird put his cards on the table and it paid off at yesterday's state election -- but does the Coalition now have a mandate to privatise the state's poles and wires?
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EXCLUSIVE: A leaked govt report slams Australia's mental health system. Full docs here: http://ow.ly/LFzK6 [$]
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[FREE] Tony Abbott's three-step guide to gaffes and making them: 
With his Paddy's Day address, Abbott managed to insult a people who are quite happy to acknowledge that they're drunks.
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The Greens took seats from both major parties, and conservative columnists hate their hippy, gelato-eating guts: 
Labor and conservative columnists are apoplectic over the rise of the Greens. Good god, they like French films and even ice cream!
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your friend Bernard doesn't seem too happy either 
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"Jeremy Clarkson has nothing left to say beyond “Believe me, I’m very important”. [$]
Jeremy Clarkson once stood to mock the middle-class English culture he represented. But now has nothing left to say beyond “Believe me, I’m very important”.
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Cutting company tax might please Hockey’s business mates, but it won’t fix budget ills:
On multinational tax avoidance, the government white paper is a white flag, proposing a surrender to large corporations.
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[FREE] Abbott government backflips -- a nearly-complete list:
The Abbott government has decided it's going to give a handout to the car industry after all. Crikey takes a look back at some previous broken promises from a government with a very flexible spine.
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