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What Went Right - 31 JAN 2017

Another set of three things from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

WA Government grant to kick start irrigation project on Roebuck Plains cattle station by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Nyamba Buru Yawuru organisation (an Indigenous group) has won a $250,000 grant through the WA Government's "Royalties for Regions" program to irrigate land on Roebuck Plains station, near Broome. The irrigated land will be used to grow fodder for cattle, rather than shipping up fodder from Narrogin in the south-west of the state.

Meet the kids who spend their summer holidays learning Latin by Belinda Sommer (Saturday Extra on ABC RN)

The annual Sydney Latin Summer School attracted 230 people this year. The school is open to people aged 13 and over, giving an opportunity to learn and practice the language. While not actually a preparation course for the HSC or VCE, it can give students for either of those courses a bit of a boost.

Toddler reunited with family after being found alone in Melbourne's west by ABC Victoria (uncredited)

"A three-year-old boy found alone in the front yard of a home at Melton, west of Melbourne, late last night has been reunited with his family."

So there's my three for today. If you've found stories in your news feeds which are about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong", why not share a link to them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 30 JAN 2017

Another three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

WA film industry: Australian outback adventure and Tim Winton adaptation set for state by Tim Wildie (ABC Western Australia)

The Western Australian film industry is getting a bit of a boost this year, with two films (one by a Hollywood producer) and a television series to be filmed in the state.

Back Roads in Harrow: How Johnny Mullagh led Australia's first international and Indigenous team by Brigid Donovan (Back Roads, ABC)

(Warning: The video and the pictures in this article contain images of deceased people). A brief profile of the town of Harrow in Western Victoria, which is home to a museum commemorating the first ever Australian cricket team to tour internationally. An all-Aboriginal team toured England in 1868, more than a decade before the match which gave birth to the Ashes cricketing rivalry.

Miracle milestone: premature triplets start first day of school by Margaret Burin (ABC Queensland)

A group of triplets who were born after 26 weeks of pregnancy (3 and a half months early) are having their first day of school this year.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found some stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 29 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

WA leads nation with free meningococcal vaccination for teenagers by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

Following an increase in the number of meningococcal disease infections in WA over the past year, the decision has been taken to provide a vaccination against the disease to teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 free of charge. Year 10, 11 and 12 students will receive the single dose vaccination at school, while 18 and 19 year olds can visit community health clinics to receive their dose of the vaccine.

Card gamers turn passion into round-the-world ticket to play by Alkira Reinfrank (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

This article is a profile of Jim Frank, who plays the collectable card game "Magic: The Gathering" at a professional level; and Andrew Haidon, who plays the wargames "Warmachine" and "Hordes" at the professional level as well. Sometimes you can make a living out of your hobby!

MND inspires Tasmanian to complete epic kayak circumnavigation of island state by Rhiannon Shine (ABC Tasmania)

Craig Machen has raised more than $43,000 for Motor Neurone Disease Tasmania through sponsorship for completing a circumnavigation of Tasmania in a kayak.

So there's today's stories. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?.

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What Went Right - 28 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Blue Mountains rescue: Woman freed six hours after becoming trapped in canyon by ABC New South Wales (uncredited)

"Emergency services have rescued a woman who spent six hours trapped in a canyon in the New South Wales Blue Mountains."

Maritime museum push for Lady Barron to showcase Furneaux Islands' shipwreck 'graveyard' by Rosemary Grant (ABC Tasmania)

The Furneaux Maritime History Association is trying to pull together funding and facilities for a maritime museum focussed on the shipwrecks in the Furneaux islands.

Australia leads international push to protect far eastern curlew from extinction by Felicity James (PM, ABC Radio)

Australian researchers are leading an international research effort (including countries such as Japan, China, Russia and South Korea) to discover more about the life cycle of the Far Eastern Curlew, a threatened shore bird. At present, it's hard to tell where to direct efforts at preservation, because not enough is known about the bird.

And there's the three for today. If you've found stories about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 27 JAN 2017

Another three articles about "what went right" from the mainstream media, rather than "what went wrong".

Australia Day Fremantle: Mayor claims victory despite citizenship ceremony backdown by Rebecca Turner (ABC Western Australia)

The City of Fremantle controversially decided not to celebrate Australia Day this year with the "traditional" fireworks and public celebrations on the 26th of Australia, out of sympathy with the Indigenous peoples of the area. Instead, their big celebration is going to be on the 28th - an alternative "One Day" event.

Western Australia's first mechanical cabbage harvester put to work by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The first mechanical cabbage harvester in use in WA has been put to work harvesting cabbages on a farm in Manjimup.

Lunar New Year: Five cultures, five different dishes cooked to celebrate the year of the rooster by Amanda Hoh (ABC Radio Sydney)

A look at the sorts of food served to celebrate the Lunar New Year by people of a number of different Asian cultures living in Australia.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any articles about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 26 JAN 2017

What Went Right - 26 JAN 2017

Once again, three things from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Australia Day honours: West Australians hailing from diverse backgrounds recognised by Charlotte Hamlyn (ABC Western Australia)

With the Australia Day honours coming out, it's a recognition of people who have been doing things right, or doing the right thing for a while now. This article is a brief profile of a few of them.

Lake Argyle set to overflow as monsoonal rains soak the north by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Lake Argyle dam on the Ord River is set to overflow if current rainfall levels keep up, for the first time since the 2013 - 2014 wet season.

Apex predators flock to WA biodiversity hotspot for annual feeding frenzy by Lisa Morrison (ABC Great Southern)

Every year around late January, marine species, such as orcas, sperm whales, giant squid, sharks, dolphins, sunfish and many others congregate to the Bremer Canyon for about six weeks. Lately, this has been attracting scientists wanting to understand the phenomenon.

So, there's the three for the day. However, I've found lots more in my trawl through the headlines, so I'll be putting them into the comments for people who are interested. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right" in the world, why not share a link in the comments yourself?

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What Went Right - 25 JAN 2017

Three stories about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

From flowers to law: how a career in floristry prepared the 2017 National Indigenous Law Student of the Year by Carla Mascarenhas (ABC Coffs Coast)

A profile of Johanna Byrne, winner of the National Indigenous Law Student of the Year award from the Attorney-General's Department.

Perth Zoo stalwart Tricia turns 60, 'doing well' despite slowing down by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

Tricia, the elephant matriarch of the Perth zoo herd, has turned sixty, making her one of the oldest elephants under care in an Australian zoo.

Australian of the Year awards 2017: Who are the nominees? by ABC Australia (uncredited)

Brief profiles of each state's nominee for Australian of the Year for 2017.

So, there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 24 JAN 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" (plus one from yesterday I bobbled).

First up, the one I made the mistake on was the second story on yesterday's batch, about the Women's March, where I forgot to put the URL into the link. Here's the link today:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-22/what-drove-women-to-join-marches-around-the-world-this-weekend/8201372.

Sorry about that one, folks. Must've been a braino.

Now here's today's three:

Golden pearls: An elusive gem of the sea for Australia's pearl industry by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, ABC Western Australia)

Every now and then (about 1% of the time) the pearl farms of northern Australia produce a golden pearl in amongst the white ones. These rare golden pearls are on trend lately.

Feline good: Record number of cat adoptions for WA shelter by Courtney Bembridge (ABC Western Australia)

The WA Cat Haven has managed to re-house a record number of cats in the last year - over 6,500 came into the shelter during the course of the year, and about 80 percent of that number were re-homed. (Article comes with cat picture, of course!).

West Australian manta rays thriving as worldwide numbers dwindle, research finds by Tangiora Hinaki (ABC North West WA)

The population of manta rays in Western Australia's North-West (around Exmouth and Coral Bay) is increasing, against an international decline due to over-fishing.

So there's our three for the day. If you've found anything about "what went right" in your daily news feed, why not drop a link in the comments.

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What Went Right - 23 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Indigenous suicide: Struggling communities get $10 million funding boost by Neda Vanovac (ABC Australia)

"A community-based support service to prevent Indigenous suicides is getting a $10 million boost as the Government begins to roll it out across Australia."

Women's March: What drove people to join protests around the world this weekend? (uncredited, ABC Australia)

This article is largely quotes from various women at various marches around the world, citing the reasons they marched.

Coorong weir proposal aims to improve wetlands, as Murray-Darling plan not enough: ecologist by Nicola Gage (ABC South Australia)

"A prominent ecologist has suggested building a weir in South Australia's Coorong to ensure flows do not drop below critical levels."

So, there's your three for the day. (It was a tricky day today. But there were still three stories about "what went right", none the less). If you've found stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 22 JAN 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

WA university students pay tribute to WWII heroines in Fringe Festival jazz cabaret by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

Students from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Curtin University performance studies program are collaborating on a cabaret performance about a group of fictional female assassins who pose as show girls to kill Nazis during World War 2. The show will run during the WA Fringe Festival.

Natural solution restores critical wetlands in Queensland's cane country by Ben Millington (ABC Queensland)

"Critical wetlands on farms in north Queensland's Burdekin region are being revived by drying them out and allowing nature to once again take its course."

Beehives airlifted to Tasmania's leatherwood trees to bypass flood-damaged bridge by Sallese Gibson (ABC Tasmania)

Beehives have been airlifted by helicopter into an inaccessible stand of leatherwood trees in order to gain access to the leatherwood nectar needed to create leatherwood honey. It's hoped this method may be useful in being able to expand the leatherwood nectar collection into other stands of leatherwood which are inaccessible by road, and thus increase the bee population of Tasmania, which will benefit a number of other industries.

There's today's three. If you've found anything in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 21 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Kimberley cattle country soaked by January rains in great start to season by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Monsoon rains, but no cyclones so far, have spelled a great beginning to the year for cattle farmers in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, with above average rainfall recorded in several locations.

WA's South West a 'canary in the coalmine' for climate change by Bill Bunbury for the Science Show (Radio National, ABC Western Australia)

The south-west corner of Western Australia has been undergoing significant climate change since approximately the early 1970s, and can act as a microcosm of what might occur in other Australian regions as a result of ongoing climate change.

'Hope, wishes, dreams': The elusive search for treasure inside old locked safes by Emilia Terzon (ABC Radio Darwin)

A profile of Darwin locksmith Ben Simmons, who specialises in opening discarded safes brought in by scavengers and treasure hunters.

So there's the three for today. If you've found something in your mainstream media feeds about something that's "gone right" rather than "going wrong", why not share it in the comments?

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What Went Right - 20 JAN 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Northern WA rains a good sign for 2017 prawn season by Eliza Wood (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia)

Good wet season rains are hoped to boost the 2017 catch in northern Western Australian prawn fisheries, after a poor year last year.

Charities, restaurants team up to offer dishes that make a difference by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

With a continuing economic downturn biting into both restaurant and charity revenue streams, there have been efforts made to address the problems through some food providers offering charitable donations if certain items are purchased.

Australian-first cycling studio puts riders to the test through virtual reality software by Rebecca Opie (ABC South Australia)

David Parsons has set up a unique training centre in Adelaide, where bikes linked to virtual reality software are able to be used as an indoor training facility for professional cyclists.

There's my three for the day. If you've found any items in your mainstream media feeds about things "going right" rather than "going wrong", why not share a link in the comments? (Incidentally, I checked back yesterday, and discovered I've been doing this for over a month now. So there's one milestone gone without my noticing it *grin*).

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Administrivia/Meta: What Went Right

I've been asked how long I'm planning to keep up the "What Went Right" series of posts. My answer to this is "as long as is humanly possible".

I started this series in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, as a variation on a personal anti-depression tactic. The tactic, which I'll include here so other people can use it if they wish, was to write down, every day, three things which had "gone right" (in the sense of "not going wrong") in a notebook. Didn't matter how big, didn't matter how small. At least three things, every day.

In the wake of the Trump election, I noticed a lot of people were despairing and upset, and there was a lot of negative focus - people were looking at how terrible things were now (not that much had actually changed at that point) and getting anxious about how terrible things were going to be in the future. I was being affected by this myself - and as someone with depression, I knew I couldn't really afford to let myself be dragged down by it.

So I decided (following a bit of inspiration from a friend, and a link to an article about things which had gone right in 2016), to revive my old "three things" habit - with a twist.

I've found this has helped me in a lot of ways - I'm reading the news more than I used to, and I'm getting more informed. I'm also learning there's a lot more positive news out there than you'd think - it's just that we, as readers, need to build the habit of looking for it. So my plan here is to keep posting these posts, keep up the series of "what went right" articles every day, and keep boosting the signal on the positive stuff in this world.

It is not all doom and gloom, no matter how much you may feel it is, and no matter how much other people want to convince you this is the case. There are small things going right every day - you just have to look for them.

Now, on to the administrivia side of things: at present, I try to get the "What Went Right" post up as early as possible each morning (I wake up at 6am most days, I do about 10 minutes journal writing - I'm building up on this - and the "what went right" post is the next thing I start working on each day). However, come February, I'm going to be starting university study again (part-time), and also I may be required to perform Work for the Dole again. This means I may wind up posting later in the day on some days. If I have to change my posting time, I'll try and let you all know ahead of time.

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What Went Right - 19 JAN 2017

Another three articles about "what went right" (rather than "what went wrong") from the mainstream media.

New snail species discovered on Kimberley islands showcase 'amazing diversity', scientist says by Matthew Bamford (ABC Western Australia)

A group of scientists have been performing a survey of some remote islands off the Kimberley coast, and have found a number of new and unique snail species. The article includes some pictures of three of them.

Genetically modified fruit flies show promise in eradicating expensive Medfly by Michelle Stanley and Joanna Prendergast (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

A group of researchers in the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia have been experimenting with a genetically modified fruit fly imported from the United Kingdom, to determine whether it would be effective in reducing pest numbers of the Mediterranean fruit fly here in Western Australia.

Construction of powerful ASKAP telescope on 'home stretch' by Sebastian Neuweiler (ABC Western Australia)

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope is nearly finished construction, with one third of the antennas already functioning and the other two-thirds coming online over the next twelve months.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found any stories in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 18 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

WA grandparents caring for children full-time get boost as research hopes to identify gaps in support by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

A statewide research project aimed at providing more support to grandparents who care for their grandchildren full-time has been launched in Western Australia.

Processor uses high pressure to extend crab meat shelf life by Eliza Wood (WA Country Hour, ABC Radio)

A crab processor in Carnarvon is using a high-pressure processing machine to improve the shelf life of blue swimmer crab products from a few days to over a month, opening the door to possible "cook in bag" products in the future.

Chelsea Manning has prison term slashed after Barack Obama commutes sentence by ABC/wires (uncredited)

Chelsea Manning will be allowed to walk free from prison on May 17, 2017.

So, there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories in your mainstream media feeds about things going right, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 17 JAN 2017

Another three stories about "what went right" from the mainstream media (as opposed to all those stories about "what went wrong").

Ningles and Myrtle top names for Ningaloo turtles, competition finds by Laura Gartry (ABC Western Australia)

CSIRO researchers who are tracking the movements of sea turtles in the Ningaloo region have been holding a competition to name the turtles (for tracking purposes).

Support group helps hoarders, one item at a time by Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth)

A story about Black Swan Health, which has a program called "Buried In Treasure" which helps people deal with hoarding. (As someone with borderline hoarding tendencies myself, this is a very interesting article for me). It has a few tips near the end for people who are concerned about a friend or family member with hoarding tendencies.

Istanbul nightclub attack: Gunman caught by police, local media reports by ABC/Wires (ABC Australia)

It's reported that the gunman responsible for an attack on an Istanbul night club has been captured by Turkish police.

So there's the three for today. If you've seen anything in your media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 16 JAN 2017

Another three stories about "what went right" from the mainstream media.

Funding boost, organ donor generosity saving a record number of lives, Federal Government says by Dom Vukovic and Chloe Hart (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

The rate of organ donation in Australia is up, thanks to a combination of a federal government funding boost for the program and an increase in the number of people who are registering to be donors.

Elderly women in Kenya learning karate to fight back against sexual assault in slums by Martin Cuddihy (ABC Africa correspondent)

This is a bitter-sweet one, because on the one hand, it's a story primarily about sexual assault, and about women learning to fight back against it. On the other hand, it's a story about women working to deter a menace in their community, and gaining power by doing so. Since the program is starting to have a preventative effect, I'm saying it's something "going right".

Bobbie the Bear drives home road safety message to Chinese tourists in Tasmania by Carla Howarth and Damian McIntyre (ABC Tasmania)

As the amount of visitors to Tasmania from China increases, measures are being taken to provide a more welcoming environment, such as hiring multi-lingual rangers in national parks, adding Chinese text to signs for road safety, and using a mascot who is popular with Chinese visitors.

So there's my three for the day. If you've spotted any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share a link to them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 15 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories about "what went right" from the mainstream media, as opposed to all the stories about "what went wrong".

Great Barrier Reef: Ancient coral samples show icon could recover, but scientists warn of new threats by Kathy McLeish (ABC Queensland)

Core samples taken from the Great Barrier Reef show it has survived periods of higher sea levels, although whether it could survive the coming one depends on a lot of human factors, which weren't present the last time around.

'Detached from society': Long-term program at Don Dale helping to give kids a new start by Eleni Roussos (ABC Northern Territory)

Something going right at the Don Dale Detention Centre in Darwin - this story is a profile of a program which ties together fitness, team building and psychology, and which works to help get the kids there thinking positively about what they want out of life, and how they're going to achieve it. The article does raise the important point (as pointed out by one of the detainees) that while there's a lot of support for these young people while they're in detention, what they're missing is the next step - support when they get out of detention, in order to keep them moving in a positive direction and achieving their goals.

Small-scale farming boom putting more sustainable produce on tables in Canberra region by Georgia Hitch (ABC New South Wales)

A brief profile of the growing move toward small-hold vegetable farming and farmers markets in the south coast region of New South Wales. An unexpected side effect of purchasing food at farmers markets appears to be that buyers waste less of what they buy.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream news feed, why not leave a link in the comments.

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What Went Right - 14 JAN 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

New species of seadragon discovered in wild for first time off Western Australia's south coast by Jacqueline Lynch (ABC Western Australia)

The Ruby Seadragon was previously identified from preserved specimens, but researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Western Australian Museum have captured footage of the species in the wild.

Living to 100: Centenarians surprisingly healthy 'thanks to resilience and toughness' by Norman Hermant (Social Affairs correspondent, ABC Victoria)

A brief profile of a couple of centenarians who are seen by the Royal District Nursing Service in Victoria. It's noted that centenarians tend to need less home care than "near centenarians" - people in their late nineties.

Aussie dog whisperer uses stand-up paddle boarding to train and teach animal owners by Jess Lodge (ABC Wide Bay, ABC Radio)

A profile of Chris De Aboitiz, who runs a stand-up paddle school, and specialises in teaching dogs and their owners how to use paddle boards.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share them in the comments?

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On the whole "Ministerial Expenses" thing

People 'expect' politicians to claim expenses for sporting events, says Steven Ciobo

Ciobo said businesses and other organisations who invited politicians were “taking the opportunity to showcase themselves there, to take the time to have a conversation in relation to important matters”.

If the businesses in question are so keen to see the various ministers and so on at these events, why aren't they offering to pay their transport costs? Why are the taxpayers of Australia being asked to shoulder these costs?

Come to think on it, what kind of business is actually "showcased" by an event like the AFL grand final?

Ciobo was gifted a ticket and hospitality at the 2013 grand final by the National Australia Bank.

I'm sorry, possibly it's a complete failure of imagination on my part, but I fail to see what aspect of the bank's business is being "showcased" in a sporting event like the AFL grand final (did they loan the AFL the money to put the event on, or what?). Why was a meeting at a major sporting event considered more suitable to showcase aspects of this company's business than a meeting in the minister's office?

On the questions of "it was work related", I have to ask, was the meeting at the AFL grand final minuted? Were any decisions reached, and what were they? As an Australian voter, I feel I have a right to know. After all, if Mr Ciobo is accepting corporate hospitality at these events in his capacity as Minister for Trade, is there not a question of corruption and bribery involved - these companies are presumably offering Mr Ciobo tickets to a major sporting event as a way of obtaining his influence and attention at the expense of their competitors.

As a member of the Australian voting public, Mr Ciobo, I'd argue there's a lot of questions to be asked here. As a fellow recipient of Taxpayers Money (and one who faces far more punitive conditions on their receipt of same than you do, quite frankly, for a much lower amount) I'm saying bluntly that I'm fed up to the back teeth with this bloody attitude of "one rule for thee and another for me" which seems so common to our parliamentarians. You're welcome to try your luck with Newstart if you think you're hard done by in this regard.

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