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Pigsfly Newspaper launched Jan 2016
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"This commission seems to be kept very tight, and we're getting very suspicious that maybe the Government and maybe our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull does not really want this commission to open a portal into the bad behaviour of the banks," Mr Kearney said

Each royal commission is different, with its own timeline and terms of reference.

But Jan Saddler, a class actions expert at Shine Lawyers, said it was usual practice for a commission to call for public submissions.

"It seems to me that if you're going to undertake an inquiry as to banking practices, financial services practices in Australia, then those people who use those services must be heard," she said.

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Angry and disgusted at the continual lies distortions and spin doctoring from our so called leaders. In fact the continued lies and forceful misrepresentations simply confirm and prove that donors and vested interests through their lobbyists shape and control the political agenda.

The audacity and gall of the mantra of lies is appalling. How Acting Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer insists on disparaging the paper as "preliminary and incomplete", prepared by university academics. And to further insult our common intelligence with such outright drivel "She said Labor should not boast about a finding that house prices would go down and rents go up. It should "be of concern to every Australian, whether they're a prospective first home buyer who rents or they own their own home".

Rather the research papers finds that in fact " Thirty per cent of rental properties would be freed up and bought by Australians who would have otherwise rented. Almost every income group and every age group would increase its home ownership rate.

Is it any wonder that mining companies pay little or no tax and that as a result of the enormous exports of our natural gas Australia has a so called gas shortage. I can only imagine the salaries and bonuses accrued by the lobbyists

The Five Rules of Buying Political Influence http://pigsfly.info/2017/12/20/five-rules-buying-political-influence/

The revolving door: why politicians become lobbyists, and lobbyists become politicians
http://pigsfly.info/2017/12/05/revolving-door-politicians-become-lobbyists-lobbyists-become-politicians/

Glencore moves $Billions offshore
http://pigsfly.info/2017/11/06/glencore-moves-billions-offshore/

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Now, it seems, demand for that has placed serious constraints on battery availability. An internal document seen by MacRumors suggests that iPhone 6 Plus batteries are in such short supply that replacements in the US wouldn’t be possible until late March or early April, along with select other regions. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus batteries currently have a waitlist of around two weeks, it’s suggested.

Other batteries – such as for the iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus – are more readily available. Stocks will, naturally, vary depending on which Apple Store you visit.

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Earlier this week it was revealed that Malcolm Turnbull went to the 2016 election arguing that Labor's policy of ending future negative gearing tax breaks would "smash" home values only after the federal treasury department had told the federal Treasurer's office they would have only a modest impact on values.

But a leaked cabinet-in-confidence then-Treasurer Berejiklian's department said studies showed that negative gearing and capital gains tax breaks, independently estimated to cost up to $12 billion a year, were causing "substantial distortions" in the property market and pushing up prices and should be reviewed.

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Treasury public servants fought for almost two years to stop the release of information that showed the predicted impact of Labor's negative gearing policies.

They argued that disclosure of the information would prejudice Treasury's "ability to provide candid and confidential advice to ministers in the future".

Public servants often argue that if their full and frank advice to politicians about policies is released, this will damage the relationship with ministers, and releasing documents is therefore against the public interest.

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This monthly fee, which had not been changed since 1996, apart from GST, will be removed from February 18.

There was also a 375,000 increase in numbers listed on the Do Not Call Register, a 3.5 per cent increase, to a total of 11.02 million registered numbers.

It’s likely many more will now try to make their numbers private after telecommunications giant Telstra said on Monday it would allow customers to keep their numbers, names and addresses out of online directories for free.

Customers had been required to pay a monthly fee of $2.93 to request a silent line that ensured their number was kept unlisted, Telstra group executive consumer Vicki Brady said.

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A 32-metre inflatable sculpture of colourful tunnels and brightly-lit domes has been installed in Federation Square.

The Arboria installation is a walk-in sculpture by the world-renowned Architects of Air.

Inspired by a forest, the installation includes tree-like pillars and soaring ceilings, with a soundscape of forest sounds.

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So what is the public interest? When deciding whether information is in the public interest to release, a government agency or minister can take into account factors including whether release would prejudice the protection of an individual's right to privacy or any other right under the Human Rights Act; security, law enforcement or public safety; the collective responsibility of cabinet; trade secrets, business affairs or research of an agency or person; the economy of the ACT; or impede the protection of the environment.

They cannot take into account whether a release could result in embarrassment to the government or cause a loss of confidence in the government; result in confusion or unnecessary debate; or affect the frankness of public service advice. Overall, the test is designed to achieve a balance between protecting private rights and certain government processes, and the public's right to government information.

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Spielberg said he hadn't set out to make a political statement, and instead believed his film to be a patriotic one.

"This isn't a partisan movie, despite our political leanings; this is an American film about American values," he said.

"And the values of a free press are core values because freedom of speech is what our Founding Fathers first gave us, first offered to us, and I see that slipping away more and more."

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"Contrary to statements made by the NSW Government, the meetings of the Poultry Management Group referred to by the ABC, which took place on 19 January 2016 and 23 February 2016, were not known to, nor attended by, animal welfare groups." Ms Neil said.

"The discussions which took place at these meetings... were directed towards managing the standards development process to entrench cruel and outdated industry practices like the continued use of barren battery cages.

"This went beyond what could be considered appropriate consultation. It was a form of collusion with the very industry that will be regulated by the standards

Animals Australia has confirmed to the ABC they have lodged an official complaint with NSW anti-corruption body ICAC following concerns raised through the 7.30 program's coverage.
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