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North Coast Voices Friday, April 25, 2014 - 00:15 Source
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1st Battalion troops at Lone Pine, Gelibolu,8 August 1915
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Political Owl Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 23:29 Source
The seasonal Arctic sea ice melt is well and truly underway and the early indications are that 2014 will be another one with summer ice coverage well below the average for recent years.
The latest figure from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows the area of ocean with at least 15% sea ice is less (solid purple line) than in what turned out to be the record low year of 2012 (the dotted line).
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Skepticlawyer Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 23:11 Source

As some of you already know, due to the kind sponsorship of Thought Broker, I shall be travelling to Australia for the 2nd Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference (speaker schedule here) and shall also be sharing a platform with new Freedom Commissioner Tim Wilson at one of Thought Broker’s in-house events (

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Andrew Bartlett Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 22:17 Source

On war and remembrance

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 20:53 Source

Is the Prime Minister knighting anyone on the Queen’s Birthday? Who does have in mind?

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Political Owl Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 19:20 Source
24-04-2014 pikettyvideo
  • Video: Piketty, Krugman, Stiglitz, and Durlauf on ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ - “”The French economist Thomas Piketty discussed his new book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Graduate Center. In this landmark work, Piketty argues that the main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. He calls for political action and policy intervention. Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, and Steven Durlauf participated in a panel moderated by Branko Milanovic.”
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En Passant Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 17:21 Source

Here is the link to my 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 22 April. We discuss the forthcoming austerity Budget, fake crises and also refugees.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 16:48 Source

What was Mussolini’s funniest one-liner?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 16:17 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets The bulls will take a flat session in US stocks given the weakness seen in new home sales and further escalations in the Ukraine. Still, most equity traders would have been looking forward to trade in the post-market; given the cracking numbers from Facebook and Apple, our [...]

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Delimiter Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 16:05 Source

Opening a venture capital branch seems to be the new “thing” in the corporate world. While Telstra and Westpac are the new big national players, Google is clearly ahead of the curve, with two distinct venture capital firms: the newly launched Google Capital and the five-year-old Google Ventures. But why are so many companies, across a range of sectors, now running to open their own venture capital funds?

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Andrew Leigh Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:58 Source

I spoke on 2SM today with Leon Delaney about the fact that the Abbott Government may be strong at standing up to the weak, but it’s weak at standing up to the strong.

ANDREW LEIGH
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION
MEMBER FOR FRASER

E&OE TRANSCRIPT

RADIO INTERVIEW
2SM WITH LEON DELANEY

THURSDAY, 24 APRIL, 2014

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:32 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Day’s Michael Pascoe has written a cracking article today (worth reading in full) questioning whether the New South Wales Government will have the cojones to side with the “consumer, competition, innovation and improved productivity”, or will side with the rent-seeking taxi industry, and seek to shut-down Uber’s ride sharing operation: [...]

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Political Owl Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:32 Source

It has three Michelin stars, only 10 seats and Barack Obama was the guest there yesterday of Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe.And the presidential verdict on Sukiyabashi Jiro? "That's some good sushi right there," he said. "It was terrific. Thank you so much."

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:00 Source

By David Collyer, cross-posted from Prosper WA Treasurer Mike Nathan has heard the call from REIWA President David Airey to end Stamp Duty and fund this by removing exemptions from State Land Tax, according to today’s West Australian newspaper. I warmly welcomed Mr Airey’s comments yesterday because they rose above the traditional selfish tax-shifting nonsense [...]

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Inside Story Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:52 Source

Between bilaterals: Bob Carr settles in for a bite to eat at Steersons steakhouse in Sydney.
Tamara Voninski/ AFR

Diary of a Foreign Minister
By Bob Carr
NewSouth | $44.99

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:39 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the week ended 24 April 2014, the RP Data-Rismark 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, fell by 0.09%. It was the first weekly fall in values in eight weeks (see next chart). Values fell in two major capitals but rose in three (see [...]

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Prosper Australia Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:39 Source

WA Treasurer Mike Nathan has heard the call from REIWA President David Airey to end Stamp Duty and fund this by removing exemptions from State Land Tax

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Andrew Leigh Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:24 Source

I spoke today with Marius Benson about Joe Hockey’s one big manufacturing success – a manufactured budget crisis, created by doubling the deficit. Here’s a transcript.

ANDREW LEIGH
SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER
SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION
MEMBER FOR FRASER

E&OE TRANSCRIPT
INTERVIEW
ABC NEWSRADIO

THURSDAY, 24 APRIL, 2014

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Delimiter Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:16 Source

The latest review of Australia’s energy-saving appliance scheme has delivered a rare trifecta: a good news story for the economy, the community and the environment. According to my estimates from data in the Department of Industry review, the value of energy saved in Australia last year alone was around A$3.2 billion. Of this, some A$2.7 billion was saved by households.

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Delimiter Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 14:00 Source

Over-the-top plays have not always gone well for Australia's telcos and Internet service providers. While the sector's big players -- Telstra, Optus, TPG, iiNet and Vodafone -- have proved themselves able at selling telecommunications services, in most cases they have also found it hard to make money from content or services sold over the top of their telco packages. But this doesn't appear to daunt iiNet, which tells the Financial Review this week that it has a war chest for just this purpose.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:37 Source

From Giles Parkinson at Renew Economy: Maurice Newman — who heads a triumvirate of climate change sceptics heading key Abbott advisory bodies (Dick Warburton on the renewable energy review and David Murray on banking) — was interviewed on ABC TV’sLateline program on Tuesday night. He said, in part: “We’ve had, since 1996, 17.5 years where the temperature has [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:28 Source

The basic assumption in Australian monetary policy right now is that the US recovery will push up interest rates in the medium term and that will, in turn, close the yield spread between Australian assets and those in the US, dragging down the Australian dollar. This forecast relies largely upon the expectations of the US [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:17 Source

From Westpac’s Robert Rennie: Last week’s iron ore quarterly production data from Australia’s ‘big three’ miners proved to be something of a mixed affair. As the first chart below notes combined WA iron ore production from BHP, Rio and FMG came in at 127mt, down from 131mt in the previous quarter. This represents a 2.9% [...]

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New Matilda Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:13 Source

If you believe the generous tributes to Neville Wran, NSW under his government was a paradise. In reality, corruption and dirty deals were rife, writes NM contributing editor Wendy Bacon

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New Matilda Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:12 Source

Legal sources say a treatment program for problem drinkers in the NT, described as 'unprecedented' under Australian law, has only locked up Aboriginal people. Lucy Watson and Marni Cordell report

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen Larry Summers, former secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and the director of the National Economic Council for President Obama, has written a great article arguing for a substantial expansion of public infrastructure investment across the US in a bid to boost the economy: The American economy is not performing [...]

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New Matilda Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:10 Source

Aboriginal people in the NT have been left 'humiliated' by a policing tactic that many claim has unfairly targeted them on the basis of race. Max Chalmers and Frances Mao report

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New Matilda Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:52 Source

The Joint Strike Fighter is a precautionary purchase - we pay for the best, in case we need it. It's a pity that doesn't apply to other defence priorities, like climate change, writes Ben Eltham

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New Matilda Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:41 Source

Frances Mao and Max Chalmers explain the latest police measures to combat alcohol abuse in the Northern Territory - as well as the broader push towards punishing individual drinkers

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