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+Australian Labor​ are out of line. They face an existential threat from the +The Australian Greens​ and they are scared stupid of these reforms as a result. At least that is the only explanation I can come up with.

The idea that these reforms will entrench a conservative senate sound ridiculous to me. I'd be interested if anyone has links to any credible, impartial statistics.

Although legislation isn't out yet if the reports of removing the group voting ticket and allowing optional preferential are correct then I'm strongly encouraged. They are Bad Things and removing them is a Good Thing. The support of the Greens also gives me faith. Xenophon's draft allowing for six boxes or twelve below the line sounds about right.

I'll write a longer Explainer soon.

#auspol #voting #reform 
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That's a reasonable theory. Let's be clear, though, the Liberal have had very little to do with undermining the ALP's credibility in my eyes. They've done that all by themselves.

I dispute your claim that the 'overwhelming' majority of people vote for the major parties. It's shrinking year upon year and has been for quite a while. Personally I think this is where the majors are getting the maths wrong. They think if they make it easier, it'll make it easier for us to vote for them. If true I believe that will backfire spectacularly.

But I like the idea that they're simply hoping to exploit it in the next election, while the ALP are so fucked. As a long term reform it's a terrific thing. But looked at short term, like they do everything else, the picture looks very different. Very interesting thought.

Not sure the practicalities of educating voters to fill in enough boxes is a problem. If it is, say, six above or twelve below, that's pretty straight forward. It's already illegal to advocate for what would amount to an informal ballot so they won't be able to say 'just put 1 in box C' anymore.

I'd like to see Hare Clark rotation and the abolition of how to vote cards, too, but I'll take GVTs if it's what's on offer. 
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Gorgeous. Somewhere we have a bunch of Star Wars - Winnie The Pooh mashups. Equally adorable, will try to find the link.
 
Awesome. 
Artist Brian Kesinger from Walt Disney animation studios drew "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in the style of Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson and it was just
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"There seems to be a general view that perhaps he's gone too far in his quest for diversity and respect amongst ADF members who perhaps hold different views on lifestyles and religion and those sorts of issues," DFWA president David Jamison said.

Holy shit, I can't believe he actually said it outright! Hey Jamison, I'm pretty sure folks like you were the ones he told to "get out"! Catch up, mate. It's 2016.

Anger grows in the veterans' community over the appointment of David Morrison as Australian of the Year.
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Crikey, this bloke can orate.

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Legit.

Ht +Melisa Beliwicz​. She's a Canadian from Canadia.
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+Dean Reimer on balance, though, the point stands. Lack of regulation certainly tends toward this kind of outcome. 
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Seriously?
 
LOL. The man who INCREASED Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3% has been named the world's best minister for his efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In the same week that the man who set up offshore detention and perpetuated the 'children overboard' lie was named Australia's Special Envoy for Human Rights. You couldn't make this shit up.

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/10/greg-hunt-wins-best-minister-in-the-world-for-efforts-to-reduce-carbon-emissions?CMP=soc_567

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-09/barns-philip-ruddocks-human-rights-credentials/7151982
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Fuck this mob of born to rule clowns. Fuck the compliant journalists who have lost the ability to investigate and fact check for themselves. Fuck their mogul owners who have encouraged the short attention span of the population for profit. Fuck the somnambulant population for enabling them. And fuck our pathetic opposition for completely failing to provide a viable alternative.

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For some reason this is ridiculously mesmerising. 
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Very, very legit
 
OMG.  This is at least 75% of conversations with Peo, except it's usually not that I'm on the phone, but I'm driving or counting or measuring or talking to someone else.  How the hell can you have Peo's insane memory but not be able to hold a thought for thirty fucking seconds?  O.o

http://www.fowllanguagecomics.com/comic/on-the-phone/

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