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Articles by Richard Farmer

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Australia is in the top 20% of performers among OECD countries in terms of well-being, but the GFC has had a profound effect. Plus other political snippets of the day.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Stock markets might be booming in the USA but the great recession lingers on when measured by unemployment.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Remember when MPs actually asked meaningful questions during question time? Alas, those days are over, but in the UK at least one retiring Lib-Dem has stuck his neck out. Plus other political snippets along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The union bosses are back in charge of the Labor Party, to no one’s surprise. And why is jam and the traditional British breakfast under threat?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

British naval officers have a new weapon in their fight against piracy. Somali pirates, it seems, are frightened off by the sound of Britney Spears.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don’t hate him.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The police and the mainstream media are dealing softly, softly with Friday’s assault on members of Sydney’s Jewish community as they walked at Bondi after a Jewish Sabbath dinner.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Climate Action Tracker [has] concluded that against a background of stalled climate talks, current analyses of climate policies show that governments are less likely than ever to deliver on the Copenhagen pledges, let alone keep global warming below 2°C.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is showing some political nous in largely avoiding the debate about the role of global warming in the New South Wales bushfires.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Coalition is getting a taste of its own medicine as Labor MPs consider Joe Hockey’s attempt to raise the borrowing limit. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Uruguay has a novel approach to drugs, and no one wants to do anything about climate change. Plus other political snippets noted along the way.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

In a country with a long history of bushfires it takes more that a statement by a politician to convince most people that a weather event is definitely part of a climate one.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Just a little reminder of the nonsense Joe Hockey spouted about Australia’s government debt when he was in opposition.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

What a spineless lot of Labor ministers Nicola Roxon exposed us to. Fancy a group of adults, tough enough to become politicians, being cowered into silent inaction by one man.

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There is no respite from the bad news for NSW Labor. The stench from the party’s trade union connections continues …

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The reality behind the rhetoric to get rid of the mining tax is now becoming apparent — state governments still get the money.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

As the Australian government plans the retreat from pricing carbon, a new OECD report argues credible and consistent carbon pricing must be the cornerstone of government actions to tackle climate change.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Friday

Should climate change deniers be given equal space in opinion pages for their views? Not in the Los Angeles Times, it would seem.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits for Thursday

Are auditors obliged to be honest? New research shows they’re unlikely to bite the hand that feeds.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

China’s million “internet behaviour monitors” top the country’s entire active military force … Solar power nearly as cheap as fossil fuels … rising concerns of US debt default

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The Washington Post says “something’s not quite right” with the US’s financial situation. Understatement of the year?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The government’s plan to stay (mostly) out of the media has backfired, with journos forced to look into the archives for stories.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

And you thought the United States government was going through some kind of shutdown. Well get a grip on yourself and start watching Murdoch’s Fox News.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Good to see Lynton Crosby prepared to take a winning strategy from his old opponents back home into his new job as the electoral tactician for the Conservatives.

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