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Australian Opposition Leader Kicked Out Of Parliament

ABC ONLINE, HERALD SUN, THE AGE (Australia)

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CANBERRA -Tony Abbott has become the first opposition leader in nearly 26 years to be thrown out of federal parliament, during a heated question time on school funding, reports ABC News.

Tony Abbott today was the first opposition leader to be ejected from parliament in 26 years. bit.ly/NVOcqc

— SBS News (@SBSNews) August 20, 2012

Mr Abbott, addressing the prime minister had called earlier government statements "lies, lies, lies." The word "lie" is considered unparliamentary language explains the Herald Sun. He was asked by Acting Speaker Anna Burke to unconditionally withdraw his comments.

""I withdraw but it's still an untrue statement,"" Abbott replied, according to The Age.

Burke then told Mr Abbott to leave the chamber.

""I asked you to do it without qualification - you could not help yourself,"" she said.

Tony Abbott kicked out of parliament: who knew politicians were so badly behaved? Oh, that's right - everyone.news.com.au/national/abbot…

— GQ Australia (@GQAustralia) August 20, 2012

In the 111 years of parliament says the Herald Sun, only six opposition leaders have been thrown out. Today's showdown was a continuation of a personal battle between Tony Abbott and Anna Burke, who has warned the opposition leader against repeated interjections.

Abbott isn’t one to sit quietly during question time, according to the Herald Sun: he frequently sledges Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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