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What the UK General Election result means

When Theresa May called a snap election in April, opinion polls had her Conservative Party 20 points ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. Media commentators predicted her government would be returned with a majority of around 90 seats.

For the entire campaign Corbyn and his fully costed policies – including more spending on government services, a more equitable tax system and re-nationalising former government owned enterprises - were dismissed as unaffordable and unworkable.

The Australian Citizen Dog Whistle

“There is no more important title in our democracy than ‘Australian Citizen’.

And we should make no apology for asking those who seek to join our Australian family to join us as Australian patriots - committed to the values that define us, committed to the values that unite us.

Our success as a multicultural society is built on strong foundations which include the confidence of the Australian people that their government, and it alone, determines who comes to Australia.”
- Malcom Turnbull calling for migrants to become 'Australian patriots'

Home Secretary Responsibility

“When it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism things have to change”
- Theresa May

The person responsible for taking on extremism and terrorism in the UK is the Home Secretary.

Theresa May was Home Secretary from 2010 to 2016.

During that time she attempted to cut 20% from the police budget.

Since May became home secretary in 2010 total police numbers in England and Wales have fallen by 46,700 or 19.5%.

News on the UK Election

In the UK three companies control of 71% of national newspaper circulation and six companies control 81% of regional newspapers. In the USA six companies control 90% of all media, that’s consolidated from 50 companies in 1983. In Australia four companies - News Australia, Fairfax Media, Seven West Media and APN News – are estimated to account for over 90% of media industry revenue in 2015/16.

Crazy Conspiracy Theorist

Batshit crazy, conspiracy-theorist, One Nation candidate Malcolm Roberts was elected to the Australian Senate with 77 first preference votes. He is paid a base salary of $241,130 per year plus expenses.

The CSIRO is the Federal Government body responsible for scientific research and development in Australia. The Federal Government has cut $115 million from their budget, axed 120 jobs (including 100 scientists), and appointed Christopher Pyne as the minister responsible for them.

Doctor Who and the Obnoxious MP

In a recent television interview government MP George Christensen claimed to be a lifelong Doctor Who fan. According to George his earliest memory of Doctor Who is watching 'The Brain of Morbius' on his grandparents' grainy black and white television.
Like George, I’m a YUGE Doctor Who fan. So much of a fan in fact that I can tell you that George would have watched that show in 1986.

Black and White Justice

On Thursday last week two men from the Northern Territory appeared in court.

In Darwin, a 58-year-old man who goes by the name of Joe pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Over the border in Mount Isa, 48-year-old Marshall pleaded guilty to a driving offence.

A New Political Party

Introducing Australia’s newest political party - the Laboral Hypocrats.

Are you sick of all the talk of political correctness, feminism, asylum seekers, safe schools and multiculturalism?

So are we!

In fact if we have to listen to one more rant from that right-wing, self-aggrandizing, dickhead Mark Latham banging on about any of those subjects one more time, we’re calling him a taxi.

Just because someone has the right to an opinion – regardless of how misguided, prejudiced or psychologically unstable – doesn’t mean they have the right to be heard.

Movie Review: A Fistful of Rubles

Belonging to the lesser known genre of Australian films known as the Fish n Chip Western, A Fistful of Rubles is a B-grade farce currently screening in Australian cinemas. It tells the story of Red Hanson and the One Nation Gang, a group of small time hustlers and con-artists who make a living by harassing ethnic and religious minorities, pedaling climate change denial and rustling voters at election time, for which the Australian Electoral Commission pays them $2.62 per first preference vote.

NASA Announces Exciting New Discovery

Breaking news: NASA has called a press conference to announce the discovery of a parallel universe. “We have long speculated about the existence of parallel universes”, a NASA spokesperson said, “now for the first time we have evidence”.

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