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Meanwhile in Melbourne

On Friday I posted a picture of a man who appeared to have been beaten by police at a rally in Melbourne against the treatment of detainees on Manus Island.

At the time my understanding was that the man had intervened when a group of men attacked a speaker at the rally, and was subsequently beaten and arrested by police.

Actually he was beaten and arrested for trying to stop the police taking away another man who intervened when the speaker was attacked.

I didn't know that then.

Match Report: Australia V Prime Minister’s XI

The international cricket season kicked off last Sunday with the annual charity match between the Prime Minister's XI and the Australian XI at Manuka Oval.

This year's match will be used to raise funds for Julie Bishop's application for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Bishop has already been given a seat on the council but insists it needs more cushioning.

Farewell Antivaxxer Page

Goodbye […Page Name…],

Thanks everyone, it’s been fun (no sarcasm intended). I am leaving this page due to the appearance of anti-vaxxer posts. While I am generally disposed to entertain the opinions of just about anybody (if for no other reason than intellectual curiosity), I adhere to a strict regime of not engaging with anti-vaxxers under any circumstances.

What's good about being an Aussie?

What's good about being an Aussie is that at the last election four One Nation candidates were elected to parliament - as opposed to 9 Indigenous candidates, 3 practising Muslims (including our first female one), 9 LGB candidates (with the first transgender Aussie candidate gaining a 1.2% swing for their party) and 18 candidates from a non-English speaking background.

On Josh Frydenberg's Mum

Mr Turnbull - I want to talk to you about Josh Frydenberg.

Your speech about Frydenberg's mother and the suffering of stateless Jewish refugees during the Nazi era would have been inspiring and statesmanlike, had it been in any fucking way genuine and heartfelt. Instead it was another of your pathetic attempts to save your pathetic government.

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.

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