Oz Blog News Commentary
North Coast Voices Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Daily Star Lebanon 22 July 2014:Agence France PresseCAIRO: An Egyptian court that jailed three Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists said on Tuesday that "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news that portrayed Egypt as being in a state of

Read more Views: 15
North Coast Voices Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Gasfield  Free Northern Rivers Media Release, 22 July 2014 :Senior Australian expert in community engagement tells Metgasco CEO “he’s dreaming”Senior Australian expert in community engagement tells Metgasco CEO “he’s dreaming”A senior expert in community engagement, Dr Wendy Sarkissian PhD, has analysed Metgsco’s community engagement policy and come to the conclusion that it is severely flawed and insufficient for Metgasco gaining a social licence to operate in the Northern Rivers.“As a senior expert expe

Read more Views: 14
Croakey Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:04 Source

Marie McInerney reports: A Canadian Aboriginal project looking to map the resiliency of Aboriginal men who have lived with HIV and AIDS for ten years or more posed just one research question: “How are you living well with HIV?” Art Zoccole, CEO of...

Read more on the blog...

Read more Views: 12
Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 22:22 Source

Hamlet, Brutus, Willie Loman, Hedda Gabler, Gig Young, Van Gogh, Socrates, George Sanders, Antony, Cleopatra, Stephen Fry, Mohamed Atta and the swaggie from ‘Waltzing Matilda’ contemplated or committed suicide and none of their doctors was delicensed. Hemingway, Hart Crane, Mishima, Sylvia Plath, Brian Epstein, William Inge and Hunter S Thompson topped themselves while possessed of no fatal illness and none of their GPs was punished in any way.

I myself have failed to prevent seven friends from killing themselves and no inspector of police has come after me.

Read more Views: 15
En Passant Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 21:24 Source

It is the worst nightmare and best of wet dreams for Australian racists – jailed Aboriginal men converting to radical jihadist Islam.

Australia’s indigenous peoples have for years been the lowest of the low in the eyes of the colonial settler state and those who benefit from the dispossession of Aborigines. About 226 years in fact.

If there has been one constant theme running through the ruling class Australian nation narrative it has been racism against Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, a racism born as justification for the genocide unleashed on indigenous Australians to win their land.

Read more Views: 19
Political Owl Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:46 Source

Giving advice to Peter Costello is clearly a soul destroying task. His words and actions this week are those of a man acting on a whim of the moment rather than being part of a considered strategy. As his Irish ancestors might say, if I wanted to get to the Prime Ministership I would not be starting from here. Yet describing John Howard as a welshing liar is where the Treasurer is at and he now must make the best of it.On his way into this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Costello invoked the childhood advice of his parents that if you have done nothing wrong there is no harm in telling the truth.

Read more Views: 21
John Quiggin Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:36 Source

I’ve been working for quite a while now on a book which will respond to Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson an adaptation of Bastiat for a modern US audience that was issued just after 1945 and has remained in print ever since. The planned title is Economics in Two Lessons. In my interpretation, Hazlitt’s One Lesson is that prices are opportunity costs[1]. My Second Lesson is that, in the absence of appropriate government policy, private opportunity costs (market prices) won’t reflect social opportunity costs.

Read more Views: 17
The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:26 Source

Is the Abbott Government playing a major part in inflaming and destabilising the security of the Asia-Pacific Region? Dr Strobe Driver reports.

Read more Views: 18
George Monbiot Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:20 Source

The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 24th July 2014

Read more Views: 19
Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 20:07 Source

‘I advised Prince Hamlet that it was his choice,’ Phillip Nitschke said. ‘If it be not now, yet it will come, I said. I told him he was a thirty-year-old adult, and if he had good reason not to have a sword-fight with the brother of a dead girl he had impregnated and caused to drown herself after stabbing his old father through an arras, he should not accept the challenge. “The readiness is all,” he said. And I said it was his decision. And the rest is history.’

Read more Views: 20
Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 19:17 Source

In what may become known as his ‘Archduke Ferdinand moment’, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, swore to protect the remains of thirty eight Australians by putting fifty Australians in mortal danger. ‘The silliest strategic move since Lone Pine,’ said the Adelaide military historian, Trevor Wilson. Antony Beevor, author of The Second World War, compared it, unfavourably, to Anzio. ‘We did not send in eight thousand policemen to retrieve six thousand dead soldiers from Anzac Cove,’ said Rob McLachlan, the famed Bathurst-based Gallipoli scholar. ‘We Scots-Canadians call that throwing good money after bad.’

Read more Views: 19
Your Democracy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 17:19 Source

thieves in the night .....

Tony Abbott leads the world's first Tea Party Government — something that simply does not fit into Australia's usual political spectrum, writes Cathy McQueen.

read more

Read more Views: 23
Your Democracy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 17:12 Source

moses bush on fire

Read more Views: 22
En Passant Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:58 Source

There was an interesting report in Thursday’s Canberra times about asbestos in the ACT and the union fight against it.

Recently released cabinet documents under the 30 year rule show that the Hawke Labor government only moved to address concerns about asbestos in homes in the ACT when unions in the Territory began industrial action. The Labor government wasn’t concerned about the real health threat the material posed to ordinary citizens.

The issue is still relevant today in Canberra.

About 100 homes in Canberra have been found recently to contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Read more Views: 23
New Matilda Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:47 Source

More than 25 NSW feminist women’s refuges have lost their funding, with their buildings being handed over to religious or other charities. Wendy Bacon reports.

Read more Views: 20
MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 16:04 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Understanding sentiment towards markets can be a huge asset when trading with a short-term focus, so it’s been interesting to see the turnaround in sentiment towards China of late. The mainland equity markets are looking more bullish, although they are being held back by local players recycling […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 17
En Passant Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 15:25 Source

Bravo to the New South Wales Greens. Here is part of a press release Senator Lee Rhiannon and other Greens NSW parliamentarians have released, arguing that there can only be a ceasefire with the end of the blockade of Gaza and the Occupation of the Palestinian Territories.

Three weeks since the attack on Gaza began, and one week since the ground invasion began the Greens NSW say that any ceasefire deal between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza must include an end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and to the blockade of Gaza.

Further on Greens NSW Upper House MP David Shoebridge says:

Read more Views: 21
Prosper Australia Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:38 Source

In Sydney where the ABS says established houses are a median $670,000, at least $64,000 of that is due to ‘gearer competition displacing homebuyers via price. Given Sydney is ground zero of ‘gearer displacement, this is likely a gross underestimate of the price consequences.

Read more Views: 27
Renew Economy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:37 Source

Students from UNSW's Sunswift team break the electric car world record for speed over a distance of 500km/h.

Read more Views: 24
Renew Economy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:34 Source

Lord Howe Island aims to displace 70% of diesel generation with 1MW hybrid renewables system combining solar, wind and storage, and introduces solar leasing plan.

Read more Views: 26
Renew Economy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:17 Source

Greens leader says conservative forces behind Abbott determined to kill renewable industry, and “appeasement” will not save the sector, but ambition might.

Read more Views: 28
MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:12 Source

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 25
The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:00 Source

In spite of the unprecedented budget backlash the Abbott government remains determined to ape America’s hard right neo-con policy agenda. But when the US government finds that it is unable, (or unwilling), to protect its citizens from the ravages of high unemployment, sub-living wages, homelessness, toxic food, unaffordable healthcare, crippling education costs, rampant crime and wholesale environmental destruction, one has to seriously question whether it is a model worth replicating.

Read more Views: 22
Popular Science Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:59 Source

Putting his original bi-copter hoverbike design on hold for now, Chris Malloy has a new innovative overlapping quadcopter design nearing completion. Of course flight testing a hoverbike costs real money, so the team is raising funds by selling 1/3 scale models directly, as well as running a Kickstarter campaign. Well on the way to meeting their goals, we are already envisioning beating the traffic to work on our own hoverbike.

Read more Views: 19
MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:49 Source

By Leith van Onselen From The AFR comes some interesting analysis from Moody’s estimating that allowing property investors to deduct rental property losses against unrelated wage and salary income – known as “negative gearing” in Australia – has added some 9% or $44,000 to the typical Australian home value: The report said that negative gearing […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 22
MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:48 Source

Via the SMH blog: …from Credit Suisse’s Damien Boey and Hasan Tevfik: “It would only take 100bps” – [1 percentage point] – “of rate hikes to bring the debt-servicing ratio back to GFC highs, which we view as unsustainable.” That’s their take on the Reserve Bank of Australia and the interest rate outlook and part of […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 16
Renew Economy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:30 Source

If Tony Abbott wants to cripple Australia's renewable energy industry, as many suspect, he can do so without doing anything at all. That's because the removal of the carbon price could make long-term financing unfeasible, even if the renewables target is unchanged.

One of the tragedies of Australia's large scale renewable energy industry is that it has an excellent policy in place. But such is the level of uncertainty about the future of that policy, the industry cannot move forward.

Read more Views: 16
Renew Economy Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:20 Source

US developer Recurrent Energy has Australian pipeline of 1,500MW of utility scale solar PV. An 80MW plant in Queensland could be first.

Read more Views: 8
New Matilda Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:16 Source

An important Productivity Commission report on child care warrants much more attention, writes Ben Eltham.

Read more Views: 21
Club Troppo Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 13:09 Source

A question for Troppodillians: does anyone have a record of the Australian Government’s response to 1988′s accidental US shootdown of Iran Air Flight 655?

I ask because the parallels with the MH17 shootdown are so clear.

At a political level the government’s response has so far been well-judged. There are few negatives in getting upset about the deaths of Australians overseas, particularly at the hands of a group aligned with a nation whose policies we rightly dislike, whose statements we quite sensibly distrust, and with whom we have few important links.

Read more Views: 22