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‘A WOMAN IS like a tea bag – you don’t know how strong she is until she gets in hot water’ – Eleanor Roosevelt 

WE CAN vaccinate against many illnesses. Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine for elective ignorance. Conspiracy theories, like viruses, mutate with alacrity to survive. Unfortunately, unlike flat-Earthers and moon-landing “truthers”, anti-vaxxers do actual harm – to themselves, their children and potentially everyone else on the planet.

‘CHILD PSYCHOLIGISTS generally do a good job, but I tend to find they’re a bit more helpful once they’re older’ – Matt Lucas

THE UNITED STATES has the world’s largest military budget followed by Russia and then China. India comes in at fourth then France, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom Turkey then Germany at tenth. New Zealand comes in at 88th – just ahead of Slovenia. 

‘YOU CRAM IT ALL in and do what you can because otherwise you’ll regret it when you’re ninety and drooling’ –Joanna Lumley

OVER TWO GIGAWATTS of consented wind and thermal generation are available for generation. However there have been no new renewable plants constructed since 2014. “ The government needs to focus less on 2050 and more on actually making a start” – Retiring NZ Chief executive Mike Fuge

 ‘TRUMP ALSO contributes to the health of other nations because laughter is the best medicine’ Joe Wong

A NEW DANISH study has found that the MMR vaccination does not trigger or increase the risk of autism in children. The survey looked at more than half a million children born between 1999 and 2010 and is the single largest study on this topic to date.

“NEVER DOUBT that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead  

THE LATEST  statistics from the Australian Taxation Office  list show that sixty nine of Australia’s millionaires paid no income tax in the 2017-18 tax year – and the number continues growing year on year . For rich Australians negative gearing remains a popular tax break.

THE FOUR most beautiful words in our common language “I told you so’ –Gore Vidal

THE RECENTLY held Indonesian election was the biggest one day election in the world with 810,000 polling booths in which 245,000 candidates vied for the votes of 193 Million voters

Deadline for the June issue is 4pm Wednesday May 29th. However is very helpful to us if copy can be in a bit before the deadline.

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