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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 11:45 am

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I see Tony Abbott formally launched his election campaign today. His slogan? "Choose Change". Am I the only one who sees the irony in this, since every politician promises change?
Yes. Pick up a dictionary and look up the word "irony."

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Abbott also fails to recognise that change forthe sake of change is not nnecessarily a good thing. He's also declared the Rudd-Gillard government to be the worst in our history, but gives no evidence to demonstrate why the coalition won't be even worse. Given their stance on education and the way they ate willing to jeopardises the futures of thousands of children for the sake of their own political ambitions, I'd say they've already manage to surpass whatever disaster we got from the current government.
Ruh-roh, looks like someone's worried teacher standards are going to be lifted.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 12:06 pm

CJB continues his heroic stand against the Monkey machine.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 12:21 pm

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Ruh-roh, looks like someone's worried teacher standards are going to be lifted.
No, it's the stupid auto-correct on my phone. First, the keyboard covers up the text window, so I have no idea what I'm typing ad I type it. And secondly, if I type anything longer than about four sentences and make a spelling mistake or need to insert a special character like an apostrophe, then my phone inserts the corrected word into the middle of a sentence, usually at a point where I had previously used a special character or had a word corrected.

Abbott's education policy doesn't lift teacher standards. Abbott's policy doesn't do anything but commit the minimal amount of funds to satisfy public demand for an actual education policy.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 1:08 pm

Tell me this and I'll leave an apple on your desk: Why is it that no matter how much education spending goes up kids are getting dumber and fouler?
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 1:48 pm

Because education funding is spent on classroom resources and school development programmes. Attitude and aptitude are learned at home. Which is no reason to cut education spending.

Having said that, my younger students are really rather bright and very pleasant.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 2:02 pm

Good thing no one is actually proposing cutting education spending.

But you'd basically agree that shinier desks and laptops actually don't transform little shits to big non-shits and simply increasing the education budget actually does squat for making kids less stupid?
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Aug 25, 2013 2:31 pm

It's all in how you use the money. A lot of teachers complain that when you give kids computers, all they do is play games. But my school has actually developed their resources to give kids actual things to do with their computers. I can have online lessons where the students actually work.

See, my problem with the coalition's policy is that it is wholly representative of your attitude: that there's no point giving out additional funding because the kids can't be helped. So you just commit the bare minimum, and expect us to be thankful for it.

But at the end of the day, if we succeed, it won't be because of a policy. We can succeed with Tony Abbott, or we can succeed despite him.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptyMon Aug 26, 2013 1:57 am

You go, girl.

A good disciplinary cane doesn't require billions of dollars. That's the only new equipment classrooms need as far as I'm concerned. Look at the curriculum kids were taught in the first half of the twentieth century. Fuck, The Hobbit was aimed at five to nine year olds. Now your average adult can barely fart out a legible Tweet.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptyMon Aug 26, 2013 7:22 am

When it comes to discipline, one if the options I have is to send a letter home. However, I was advised on my first day that this is not something that is taken lightly, as in many cases the child will get a belting when they get home. Now, I don't know if there is any difference between a belting and a caning other than the instrument used, but what I do know is that it doesn't have much of an effect beyond the student resenting you for "getting them in trouble". I've had far more success with getting students to recognise their own patterns of behaviour and why it might be a problem. It's probably why I get along with my classes.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptyThu Sep 05, 2013 3:42 am

For a brief reprieve from party politics in the lead up to Saturday, let me just once again reiterate that this country's "justice" system is fucking disgusting.

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One of the notorious Skaf gang rapists has been released on parole after 13 years in jail, with the parole authority ordering him to have no contact with the criminal gang Brothers for Life, which police believe is connected to his family.

Mohamed Sanoussi, 29, has served 13 years of a maximum 16-year jail sentence for his role in a series of brutal sexual assaults on young women by the gang in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympics.

He was one of 14 men, including gang leader Bilal Skaf, who raped a young woman multiple times at isolated locations across western Sydney in August that year, and two other women in a park in Greenacre.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/skaf-gang-rapist-granted-parole-20130905-2t6m7.html#ixzz2dyw4qtOe
Yes, let's allow rapists to roam free and then when there's another Jill Meagher middle-class white arsewipes can go have a man-hating kumbaya march through the streets that will totally drill guilt into violent rapists.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptyThu Sep 05, 2013 8:42 am

I was more interested to read that Aussies don't know the difference between suppositories and depositories.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 4:39 am

Who got your vote, Monkeys?
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 10:14 am

In breaking news, Tony Abbott wins.

In related news, Australia is fucked.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 10:16 am

To answer your question, CJB, it wasn't the coalition. Largely because the guy running for the coalition in my electorate is an idiot. Clive Palmer would get himself elected before thus guy.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 10:25 am

Prisoner Monkeys wrote:
In breaking news, Tony Abbott wins.
Don't get ahead of yourself, the polls have only been closed for an hour. Such hubris, you damned Tory.

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In related news, Monkeys is fucked.
Glad it's finally happened for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 10:56 am

No, I'm fine. I'm starting my own independent nation.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySat Sep 07, 2013 11:16 am

As much as I wanted to see Gillard get beaten like a red-headed stepchild, I think it'll be all the more satisfying to see that psychotic dud from Queensland hobble up to the stage and give the concession speech. Thank you, Labor.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 3:53 am

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Current projections:
Coalition - 90 seats
Labor - 57 seats

"Australia is under new management and open for business." - Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott. Nice ring to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 3:59 am

Good lord!! Those noses!
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 9:30 am

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Good lord!! Those noses!
Adolf Hitler made a similar observation on more than one occasion.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 9:49 am

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retrokitty wrote:
Good lord!! Those noses!
Adolf Hitler made a similar observation on more than one occasion.
Looks like they all inherited mom's schnoz.
Still a nice looking little family.
I know nothing about the man's politics, though the Flemish foreign correspondent in Oz was quick to label him a macho sexist...
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 10:12 am

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the Flemish foreign correspondent in Oz was quick to label him a macho sexist...
P. Monkeys moonlights as a Flemish-speaking reporter?

My admiration for the man does not cease.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 10:17 am

Objective reportage is a thing of the past, Commander. You know that.  

Frankly, I'm more disturbed to read that Monkey has lost his virginity.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 10:30 am

Just as Abbott was once deemed unelectable, Monkeys was deemed unfuckable.

How times change.
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PostSubject: Re: Australian Politics thread    Australian Politics thread  - Page 13 EmptySun Sep 08, 2013 8:37 pm

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Erica Ambler wrote:
retrokitty wrote:
Good lord!! Those noses!
Adolf Hitler made a similar observation on more than one occasion.
Looks like they all inherited mom's schnoz.
Still a nice looking little family.
Yes, indeed. The photojournalist didn't choose the most flattering angle either.
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