@ Psuedo Guru: It may beyond your comprehension, but …

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@ Psuedo Guru: It may beyond your comprehension, but Alice was here before Pine Gap, and will no doubt be here after it goes.
As for Mr Rosenberg, he isn’t in Guantanamo, or some similar gruesome place, so he obviously didn’t say anything to upset his former masters.
So, as to the benign nature of Pine Gap, MRD [Mandy Rice-Davies (pictured) , of Profumo Affair fame: “Well, they wouldn’t say that, wouldn’t they.”] applies in bucketfuls.

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Aboriginal participation needed to Close the Gap: Mundine
What a litany of neo-liberal motherhood statements.
Not a single positive concrete idea in the whole piece.
Of course Mundine was Tony Abbott’s hand picked Aboriginal “representative” and is now married into the CIS, which is a right-wing neo-liberal propaganda outfit.
Decent housing, affordable food, and high quality experienced teachers would be a start, none of which is likely to be provided by “private sector investment and commercial businesses”.


The Territory is too big for them to grasp
Bob: More to the point is the guaranteed number of Reps seats that the States have. NOT based on population! As I have said in another post: Tassie is guaranteed five seats by the Constitution regardless of population.
And the cute bit, called the double entrenchment, is that to change it, a referendum would have to be won by not only the usual “majority of votes in the majority of states” but the majority has to include Tassie!
The relevant bits of the Constitution are:
S. 24 (ii) the number of members to be chosen in each State shall be determined by dividing the number of the people of the State, as shown by the latest statistics of the Commonwealth, by the quota; and if on such division there is a remainder greater than one-half of the quota, one more member shall be chosen in the State.
But notwithstanding anything in this section, five members at least shall be chosen in each Original State.
S.128 Altering the Constitution.
No alteration diminishing the proportionate representation of any State in either House of the Parliament, or the minimum number of representatives of a State in the House of Representatives, or increasing, diminishing, or otherwise altering the limits of the State, or in any manner affecting the provisions of the Constitution in relation thereto, shall become law unless the majority of the electors voting in that State approve the proposed law.


NT to become just one Federal seat of Parliament
Yes Maya and Frank.
Particularly when one takes in the Tasmania situation.
Tassie has about double the NT population.
Tassie is guaranteed five seats by the Constitution regardless of population.
Not to mention the 12 senators.
All part of the horse trading for Federation.
And the cute bit, called the double entrenchment, is that to change it, a referendum would have to be won by not only the usual “majority of votes in the majority of states” but the majority has to include Tassie!
See the pigs overhead doing their pork-barrel roll.


Rosenberg’s rose coloured view of Pine Gap
Well said, and thanks Kieran.
I look forward to the book.


$20bn Sun Cable has national security risks, expert warns
“Dr Saunders is concerned that private customer data may be insecure. Most importantly from the point of national security, the high-tension electricity cable will have parallel telemetry data communications capable of sending and receiving performance and customer data.”
I’m not sure what “parallel telemetry data” means, but I can’t imagine that electricity from the NT would go to private customers.
Surely the sale and transmission from the producer to a major power supplier in Singapore would be public knowledge.
Seems like a beat up to me.


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