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Friday, 22 September

12:57

Is Tony Abbott Lying About Getting Head-butted For Marriage Equality? "GroovUs Feed Anews"

UPDATE: ABC is reporting a man has been charged in relation to the alleged assault. His motivation remains unknown.

Tony Abbott is many things to many people. Leader, man-spunk, hunka-hunka-speedo-love inveterate liar.

And the latter one is on everyones lips today, after Abbott got his own lips nailed he claims yesterday by a mystery marriage equality supporter who went to shake his hand in the street, and delivered a Liverpool Kiss instead.

Abbott has been clamouring for media attention ever since and using it to boost the No vote against marriage equality.

So did it happen? Is Tony a victim? Police are investigating, but we may never know, because theres no footage of the incident.

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What we do know is that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, and on that front there are so many videos on Youtube of Tony Abbott lying, that, well this one is our favourite.

This one is pretty good as well.

But without question, this one is the best, because Abbott actually gets caught out lying while hes talking. Over to Tony Jones

We may never know the truth about whether Abbott was head-butted by a Yes voter but what is certain is that the alleged offender almost certainly didnt jail men, women and children seeking asylum; he didnt send troops to foreign countries to carp...

08:13

Abbott allegedly head-butted by same sex marriage campaigner "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A mural depicting former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a wedding ceremony where he is both the groom and bride is displayed on a cafe wall in Sydney, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Liberal backbencher Tony Abbott was head-butted by a man he claims was a same-sex marriage supporter in Hobart on Thursday. But his tough old nut survived.

He himself admitted he only received a very, very slightly swollen lip but the incident has made great fodder for the Murdoch media.

Mr Abbott said he was walking toward his waterfront hotel when he was approached by a man.

A fellow sung out at me Hey Tony. I turned around. There was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge, Mr Abbott told Macquarie radio.

He says I want to shake your hand. I went over to shake his hand then he head-butted me, the former pugilist told the radio station.

He wasnt very good at it, Ive got to say, but he did make contact.

The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.

A staffer from Mr Abbotts office tussled with the man before he ran off swearing his head off.

Its just a reminder of how ugly this debate is getting, Mr Abbott said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull phoned Mr Abbott when he heard about the attack and also discussed the matter with AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin.

An Australian Federal Police spokesman said the agency doesnt comment on protection arrangements for individuals.

Mr Abbott is in Tasmania campaigning for the no vote in the national same-sex marriage survey along with Liberal party colleague Senator Eric Abetz.

Senator Abetz said it was disappointing a yes campaigner would try to assault a former prime minister.

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said no one should be attacked for having a different view on marriage.

It is an un-Australian thing to do and I hope that Tony is okay, he told the Nine Network.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the attack as unacceptable.

Violence like this is never acceptable. Im gl...

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Thursday, 21 September

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

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10:35

Call to Frydenberg to keep Tarkine tracks closed Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation

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The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.


When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Kooyong.

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

Wednesday, 20 September

19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Tech"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

15:30

Vacancies falter "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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