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How Greg Combet's extraordinary answer made me question the future of Australian democracy

Greg Combet comes across as a thoroughly decent chap, but it seems he still hasn't learnt the lessons of the Rudd/Gillard roller-coaster ride.
Greg Combet comes across as a thoroughly decent chap, but it seems he still hasn't learnt the lessons of the Rudd/Gillard roller-coaster ride.
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ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy. ONE couple's ambitions to get a foothold in the northern beef industry has been helped by investor Brett Blundy.
IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years. IT'S “business as usual” for the farm machinery market with sales across most product sectors showing only a slight decline after three strong years.
RECENT figures from the NT Livestock Exporters Association have painted a surprisingly positive picture of live export from the Top End. RECENT figures from the NT Livestock Exporters Association have painted a surprisingly positive picture of live export from the Top End.
ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman. ANIMAL activists are harming the hard-earned reputation of the RSPCA by clouding community perception, says NSW CEO Steve Coleman.
10:37 AM As our television screens fill with vision of Australian and Dutch planes ferrying the remains of bodies brought down in a distant field, the hearts of the world wishing for a return to...
Here's a look at some of the strangest additives and ingredients found in everyday foods.
9:09 AM Here's a look at some of the strangest additives and ingredients found in everyday foods.
A five-nation
9:04 AM A five-nation "coalition of the grieving" is expected to supply the forces to secure the 50-square-kilometre crash site of Malaysian Airlines' downed MH17.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating the discharge of about 3.1 million litres of partially treated effluent from the Cronulla Waste Water Treatment Plant.
8:50 AM The NSW Environment Protection Authority is investigating the discharge of about 3.1 million litres of partially treated effluent from the Cronulla Waste Water Treatment Plant.
An embattled Julia Gillard secretly offered to stand down as Prime Minister in June 2013 and secure the leadership for then Climate Change and Industry minister Greg Combet in order to fend off  Kevin Rudd,  Mr Combet has revealed.
7:03 AM An embattled Julia Gillard secretly offered to stand down as Prime Minister in June 2013 and secure the leadership for then Climate Change and Industry minister Greg Combet in order to...
6:57 AM A man has been shot dead inside a car in Gosford.
6:53 AM Vincent Ochieng Onyango had never completed a triathlon before when he decided to make the Commonwealth Games his first.
The velodrome in Glasgow's east end might be the house of Chris Hoy but it was Anna Meares' day.
5:47 AM The velodrome in Glasgow's east end might be the house of Chris Hoy but it was Anna Meares' day.
We judge which deaths to mourn, which to ignore, and which to rationalise on the basis of the story we want them to tell.
5:24 AM We judge which deaths to mourn, which to ignore, and which to rationalise on the basis of the story we want them to tell.
Tony Abbott acknowledges that 50 Australian police officers sent to London may face 'difficulty' securing MH17 crash site as armed pro-Russian militiamen maintain their grip on the war-torn area.
3:00 AM Tony Abbott acknowledges that 50 Australian police officers sent to London may face 'difficulty' securing MH17 crash site as armed pro-Russian militiamen maintain their grip on the...
More than 135,000 Australian children, or about 26 in every 1000 children, received child protection services in 2012–13, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
2:35 AM More than 135,000 Australian children, or about 26 in every 1000 children, received child protection services in 2012–13, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute...
SABMiller, the world's second-biggest brewer that paid $12.3 billion for Foster's in 2011, has blamed the consumer fall out from Treasurer Joe Hockey’s severe federal budget and heavy discounting on international premium brands for a sharp dive in beer revenue and volumes at its Australian arm.
1:15 AM SABMiller, the world's second-biggest brewer that paid $12.3 billion for Foster's in 2011, has blamed the consumer fall out from Treasurer Joe Hockey’s severe federal budget and heavy...
The Hockeyroos sent a stern warning in their Commonwealth Games opener on Thursday, toppling Malaysia 4-0.
1:08 AM The Hockeyroos sent a stern warning in their Commonwealth Games opener on Thursday, toppling Malaysia 4-0.
The Tax Office has hit the family of corrupt former Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid with a $9 million bill after it audited his tax affairs and family trusts spanning half a decade.
12:59 AM The Tax Office has hit the family of corrupt former Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid with a $9 million bill after it audited his tax affairs and family trusts spanning half a decade.
Long-awaited report into discrimination against pregnant women to be handed down by the Human Rights Commission
12:15 AM Long-awaited report into discrimination against pregnant women to be handed down by the Human Rights Commission
12:00 AM Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill. Granta, hb, pp 181, $24.99.
12:00 AM A Woman of Influence   Ann Moyal
Slang, it's more the just swearing you know. By Stephen Saunders.
12:00 AM Slang, it's more the just swearing you know. By Stephen Saunders.
24 Jul 14 He may have been fasting on Thursday “out of respect for his Muslim friends”, but Premier Mike Baird would not withdraw support for embattled Community Relations Commission chairman Vic...
Losses at Virgin Australia's budget airline Tigerair Australia have risen to “alarming levels” of more than $2 million a week amid heated competition in the domestic aviation market.
24 Jul 14 Losses at Virgin Australia's budget airline Tigerair Australia have risen to “alarming levels” of more than $2 million a week amid heated competition in the domestic aviation market.
We’ve all done it: Stayed on the couch watching Girls instead of getting up and doing the dishes, ultimately putting off our bedtime.
24 Jul 14 We’ve all done it: Stayed on the couch watching Girls instead of getting up and doing the dishes, ultimately putting off our bedtime.
Fifty Australian federal police have been pre-deployed to London ahead of a potential mission to Ukraine to help secure the crash site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
24 Jul 14 Fifty Australian federal police have been pre-deployed to London ahead of a potential mission to Ukraine to help secure the crash site of the downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
New Zealand has officially raised concern over “anomalies” for disabled children of Kiwis living under Australia’s social service system with Treasurer Joe Hockey.
24 Jul 14 New Zealand has officially raised concern over “anomalies” for disabled children of Kiwis living under Australia’s social service system with Treasurer Joe Hockey.
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Taxpayer, so why wouldn't that logic equally apply to unreasonably charging everyone via a
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"Taxpayer", don't talk to farmers about hand outs. Look in your own back yard first. The
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Geronimo, diversity is a business survival technique, the problem that faces victims of
SINCE its inception in 1990, Emerald’s Ag Grow Field-Days has gone from strength to strength.
Over time, it has survived droughts, floods, industry downturn and whatever the world economy had to throw at it.
18 Jul 14 SINCE its inception in 1990, Emerald’s Ag Grow Field-Days has gone from strength to strength. Over time, it has...
MARKETS and economics as a driver of northern agricultural development is a key focus of Northern Australia Food Futures conference being held at Darwin from November 3-5.03 Jul 14  1 MARKETS and economics as a driver of northern agricultural development is a key focus of Northern Australia Food...