Do we have a politics thread to discuss things political?

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  1. Isee

    Isee Lurker... who occasionally speaks Awesome site donor

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    Tony Abbott view -

    The push for changes to the Marriage Act is a “war on our way of life that politically-correct activists have been prosecuting for years now. If you’re worried about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote ‘No’, and if you don’t like political correctness, vote ‘No’ because voting ‘No’ will help to stop political correctness in its tracks.”

    What a twat.

    I would vote if this country recognized all tax payers should get to have a say even if they are not Australian Citizens. Not that this is something that should need a vote at all. Just make it happen already.
     
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  2. reepbot

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    He's an awful person. I agree, they should make it happen. Now. Though it should have happened years ago.
     
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    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-polit...ith-you--dont-boycott-it-20170810-gxtfa8.html

    I have to agree, the worst thing that could happen - and exactly what opponents want to happen - is for supporters to boycott the vote. I don't agree with this going to a plebiscite, but if it is, I want it to win and by a healthy margin too. Boycotting won't help.
     
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  4. Isee

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    Want a plebiscite? Here are 15 things we should be voting on

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/re...n/news-story/8ec8e335e883fedcd46c32d573994f19

    OPINION

    THE government is about to spend $122 million on a non-binding, voluntary plebiscite, and I, for one, am excited. I love being asked for my opinion!

    Having said that, I don’t at all like the topic of the plebiscite. Why should I have to vote on whether the LGBTQ community is entitled to basic human rights? Isn’t it obvious that they do? We don’t need a plebiscite on Marriage Equality. We need a leader with a backbone who’ll pass the bloody legislation.

    But hey, if they want a plebiscite — if they want to spend $122 million asking stupid questions — I have some much better suggestions for them.

    Here, my friends, are some really contentious Plebiscite questions:

    1. Is white chocolate real chocolate or just confectionery?

    1. Does Coke No Sugar taste exactly the same as Coke Zero or completely different?

    2. Who is the best Hemsworth, Chris, Liam or that other one?

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    3. Should Sam Frost be allowed to appear on Home and Away given her lack of acting training?


    4. Is Donald Trump an actual human being, a sentient cartoon character, or a Lizard Person?

    5. Should toilet paper be hung with the roll facing over or under?

    6. Is the Thermomix the greatest kitchen tool ever created, a useful but overly hyped mixer, or a sinister cult that will steal your soul and blend it into a sauce?

    7. Can you really wear Ugg boots “ironically”?

    8. Coriander: Fragrant herb or Satan’s weed?

    9. Should I cut myself a fringe?

    10. Is activewear acceptable outside the gym?

    11. Should shop assistants inquire about our day or just leave us alone to browse?

    12. How many times can you wear a pair of jeans without washing them?

    13. Are all the good men taken?

    14. If Vegemite wasn’t called Vegemite what would it be called?

    15. Why are our politicians so piss-weak they can’t do the right thing without wasting $122 million?
     
  5. reepbot

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    1. Real.

    2. Same.

    3. Chris.

    4. I don't know her, but she pops up far too often for her being on just a reality show.

    5. Human.

    6. I don't know.

    7.. Over.

    8. Wear whatever.

    9. It's ok.

    10. I'm not your boss.

    11. Yes.

    12. Leave me alone.

    13. Twice.

    14. No, I'm not taken.

    15. That stuff you shouldn't over use.

    16. Because they are cowards.
     
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  7. Consuela

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    So section 44 is certainly getting a workout lately. The court's decision will be one to remember as no one seems safe from s44. Not even Barnaby Choice.
     
  8. Isee

    Isee Lurker... who occasionally speaks Awesome site donor

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    It would be good if all these uncover kiwi citizens involved in Australian government did something about some of the crappy policies put in place around kiwis living in Australia.

    Australia's NZ uni fee change ruled 'discriminatory'
    7:41 am on 14 August 2017


    Australian lawmakers have ruled a proposal to remove university subsidies for New Zealanders living in Australia is discriminatory.

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    The new law could triple university fees for Kiwis studying in Australia. Photo: 123rf.com

    The law change - signalled in the federal Budget in May - affects expatriates and permanent residents who were previously eligible for subsidised higher education places.

    The new rules could see fees for those students triple.

    The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights voted unanimously last week that the change is discriminatory.

    In a report tabled in Parliament, the committee said the removal of the Commonwealth subsidy "directly discriminates against permanent residents and New Zealand citizens".

    "This group will have to pay fees (either upfront, or repaid over time) that are substantially higher than Australian citizens."

    However, the committee's deputy chair, Queensland federal Labor MP Graham Perrett, acknowledged its ruling was toothless.

    Regardless, the committee's report would now go to government executives.

    When the committee questioned why the government was discriminating, it could not justify it, said Mr Perrett.

    "The minister didn't actually justify why he has got rid of this, but he did say: We now let New Zealanders access this scheme where they can get a loan to pay off the higher education fees," he said.

    It may fall foul of an agreement between the two nations, but that was not enough to deter the Australian government.

    "Nation states sign treaties, it wouldn't be the first time an executive might not have complied with all aspects of a treaty they'd signed and ratified."

    There were many New Zealanders living in Mr Perrett's electorate, with socio-economic challenges, and he expected more New Zealanders to raise their concerns with the government, he said.
     
  9. reepbot

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    This whole Joyce thing feels like a distraction.
     
  10. Isee

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    what dastardly deed do you think they are distracting us from?
     
  11. reepbot

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    - detention centre

    - marriage survey

    - prime minister being a jellyfish.
     
  12. Isee

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    I read that jellyfish are thriving because of global warming.
     
  14. Isee

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    maybe the Jellyfish will be the superior beings on Earth one day - the aliens will need to ask them take me to your leader. And that leader will still have more spine than Malcolm Turnbull.
     
  15. reepbot

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    Well one species of jellyfish is immortal

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turritopsis_dohrnii
     
  16. kxk

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    AUSTRALIA DAY..............who cares when it is as long as we get a holiday?

    And as it is offensive to Indigenous people change it.

    As a kid I don't even recall celebrating Aus Day....and it isn't even that much of a tradition

    History...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

    Let us please become a Republic, and celebrate.....until then give us a new date,maybe Federation date, then make Republic on that day when it comes:)
     
  17. reepbot

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    I wonder if more councils will follow suit.
     
  18. Meglos

    Meglos HAVE A NECTARINE, GONK * TEAM LOCKY SURVIVOR

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    What a revolting person!
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  19. Isee

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    What context was that?
     

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