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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Funny how the whole law is relevant hey, Yukle?
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    Craster is a Stark

    [MOD] No more personal attacks please. Feel free to criticise each others' arguments, but stay away from the personal remarks. [/MOD]
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    Feminism - Post-apocalypse version

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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Your title is still working.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Caved in to the bigoted religious right that still dictates policy to the Liberals, for a start.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    I see Brandis withdrew his directive about legal advice today, before the Senate could vote on it and force him to do it. And now the govt doesn't have one of the best legal minds in the country advising them any more.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    The Senate inquiry even called him Humpty Dumpty in its official report.
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    What do the Others want?

    [MOD] A number of posts have been deleted. Those posts were discussing the show, which is against the rules in the book threads. [/MOD]
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    I hope the Greens are not "quashed". That would imply judicial action that would likely involve undue interference in our electoral system.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    It's a very good argument. What happens when you don't have a house of review is you get Queensland under the Newman regime.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Yes it is sh_wulff. On both points!
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Heh just saw my typo. Not going to edit it - I think it works. And nice song choice wullfie. Chrissie rocked.
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    Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    I won't be voting for the cunservatives this time round either. Labor in the house, greens in the senate.
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    What's it like where you live?

    Milk in tea or coffee is all well and good I suppose. The better question is to ponder why heathens would spoil their bourbon or scotch with Cola.
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    What's it like where you live?

    You have misunderstood. The government has passed a law that gives a private citizen a cause of action. That private citizen has the onus of proving that the cause of action is established. The state does not fund or prosecute a claim under s 18C. The Courts determine if the cause of action is proved - which is a difficult evidentiary onus to discharge. The Courts may enforce the judgement, but that phase of the proceedings is a whole different kettle of fish. Censorship on the other hand is the mandatory governmental interference in free expression, like only allowing certain things to be said in public. But this has drifted a little of topic now. It's an interesting point and might be better off in a separate thread.
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    What's it like where you live?

    18C 1a is an objective test: Clarke v Nationwide News Pty Ltd trading as The Sunday Times [2012] FCA 307. What that means is that it doesn't matter what the people involved thought. It has to be assessed taking into account what a reasonable person in the position of the people involved. That test has been modified, to mean the "reasonable victim": Clarke, at [50 - 51]. The use of the expression “because of” in s 18C(1)(b) raises questions concerning: how an applicant should go about proving the causal relationship between, for example, the act done and a person’s race; whether the motive or intention of the respondent is relevant to that issue; and, if it is, whether it matters that motive or intention for the doing of the act is not directly proved: Clarke, at [79]. It is clear from the authorities that the applicant must prove. This is accepted as not being easy. The applicant in such cases is another private citizen - not the govt. The govt law just supplies a mechanism through which private citizens can bring actions against each other. What that means is that it is not really censorship as such.
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    What's it like where you live?

    I love Melbourne. The pro is that Jeebus lives there. The con is that Cam also lives there.
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    What's it like where you live?

    Pros An enormous mass of sparsely populated land Glorious weather for most of the year Vegemite The best beaches in the world Relatively low crime rate Fresh food is always available Cute Australian wildlife A (generally) irreverent culture Free Health Care - by US standards We are not New Zealand You can sit in the front seat of a taxi A similar legal system to the USA Cons An enormous mass of sparsely populated land Deadly Australian wildlife Ridiculously stinking awful hot weather for a few months of a year It's a long fucking way to go if you want to go anywhere - even within Australia A current crop of politicians that strongly resemble the Tea Party Day to day expenses are high A (somewhat vocal) racist minority A similar legal system to the USA
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    Cats

    Once, Guinness brought in this tiny little apologetic excuse for a mouse, dropped into his food bowl, started eating his biscuits, and watched as the mouse ran off and hid behind the laundry cupboard.  Then he went back to eating his biscuits.   He was a bit of a failcat.
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    Cats

      Yeah they seem to have an inactive thermostat when it comes to that. ;)
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    Cats

      A pomelo actually.   We had a cat up until a about 18 months ago.  He was cute and silly and smelly and noisy and prone to jumping on us when we least expected it but we loved that little animal.   Maybe we'll get another one in due course.
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

      And the caddie.  Never forget that poor bastard. :)
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    Golf: The Majors and the minors too

    Man that was a crazy final round.   [spoiler] Disappointed for the countrymen that fell by the wayside, but that has to be one of the closest finishes in majors history.  At one stage last night there were about a dozen blokes that had a legitimate chance of winning it. [/spoiler]
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    I must be the odd one out on this. I re-read the Bonehunters storyline every year or so and it never fails to disappoint me. It helps that Fiddler is my favourite character.
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