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The Shambling Mound's First Week

It's hard to keep up with the chaos that's happening in the United States' government at the moment, which has led me to start tracking, on a weekly basis, the shambolic chaos that is the Trump presidency. To be honest, I am not surprised by the policies being proposed by the Trump administration, they're exactly what was expected. Likewise as expected is the utter incompetence and toadying to the billionaire class as it is being carried out.

The Path to Marriage Equality

The Equal Love, Inc., campaign group has been operating since 2004. It, and other organisations, have been very succesful in keeping the message in the media, lobbying politicians, and organising rallies. In 2004, Newspoll indicated that support for marriage equality was at 38% with 44% opposed and 18% undecided. Since then, the number of people opposed has declined, and the undecideds has shrunk even more dramatically, and the number of supporters has increased.

When "Total Responsibility" means "No Responsibility"

In 2004 Prime Minister, John Howard, has said that he takes total responsibility for Australia's decision to join the war. However as the the Chilcot Inquiry has shown the decision to invade Iraq was most certainly a breach of international criminal law and and specifically a crime against peace.

The Day Before The Election

The Coalition will win tomorrow. The swing and the number of seats that Labor needs to win is too big and whilst they'll put a good fight, it'll be just out of reach.

With the Coalition returned, the price of housing will become increasingly out of reach, because the Coalition is the party that is wedded to the insane policy of taxpayer-funded subsidies to the landlord class, despite the fact that it is a miserable failure in providing new housing stock.

The Dutton Ternary Paradox

It is understandable that, when a governing party is faced with downward opinion polls, that they may attempt to throw a dead cat. Immigration is always a good target these days, even for a country built on immigrant labour (how quickly we forget).

Understanding Supply and Demand

In a recent interview with Leigh Sales of ABC1, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, claimed that he didn't need any evidence for his claims that a third of "investors" will leave the property market if Labor's proposals on negative gearing are introduced and that Labor's negative gearing reforms would "take a sledgehammer" to property prices.

Porco Rosso: The Red Pig

Last Sunday I visited the beautiful deco-era Astor Cinema to see a Studio Ghibli double, My Neighbor Totoro and Porco Rosso. For those of a political mind, the latter is a very interesting historical fantasy. Set during the Great Depression it follows the adventures of a former WWI Italian fighter pilot who now makes his money as a bounty-hunter against "air pirates" on the Adriatic coastline. As a fantasy film the pilot has been struck by a curse and has been turned into an anthropomorphic pig.

Letter to Andrew Broad, Federal Member for Mallee

To: mallee@aph.gov.au
CC: ctesta@sunraysiadaily.com.au

RE: Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Andrew Broad,
Federal Member for Mallee

Dear Mr. Broad,

I read with interest the recent attention concerning your comments on marriage equality have generated. I hope you will be able to elaborate on some matters that logically arise.

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