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Political Owl Friday, September 4, 2015 - 19:35 Source

In the days not long gone when the Abbott government considered the rising budget deficit to be the nation's principal economic problem, it was the continuing rise in health spending that got much of the blame.

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En Passant Friday, September 4, 2015 - 18:35 Source

Take my hand

I cannot take your hand
Boy in the sand and surf
I cannot take your hand
And bring you to my earth

Power had the chance,
And did nothing but its dance
To the song of race
Know your place they yelled

Their helled shouts rise below
The waves that hold humanity
We all flee
The bombed city

Where the civilised
Rain freedom
Dressed in death
Nothing is left

But the dead
Upon our shores
Where walk the whores of power
Now is the hour

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Political Owl Friday, September 4, 2015 - 18:11 Source

The Refugee Crisis That Isn't - This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The European Union's population is roughly 500 million. The latest estimate of the numbers of people using irregular means to enter Europe this year via the Mediterranean or the Balkans is approximately 340,000. In other words, the influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population.

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Club Troppo Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:37 Source

The furore of the last few days over the Trade Union Royal Commission and revelations about serious and illegal underpayment of workers (especially foreign students) by 7-Eleven, Australia Post and others have brought into sharp focus a wider political question.  This article deals with the first of them, and I’m aiming to write a post about the second over the weekend.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:28 Source

Saturday 29 August

1 I have reluctantly taken the decision to no longer refer to Tony Abbott as “Prime Minister” in my writing. I say reluctant because I generally believe in respect for the position itself. However the performance of this excuse for a national leader is so appallingly bad that I refuse to acknowledge his prime minister ship. I shall in future refer to him as Abbott.

2 Friday’s Reachtel poll has Labor on 53 and the Coalition on 47. Shorten 10 points ahead as preferred PM.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:18 Source

The listless body of the now dead boy
Lies on sand-a pillow for his head
Gentle waves caress his past
Its beginning and its end

He knew not play or fun and of
Suffering he knew not why
Only a picture tells his story
A life not yet begun

A man gathers his past and his future
Gently in his arms
He is dead and seen the last of it
This thing that men call war

Is there anyone for whom a child’s life is not precious
Said the father of the boy
My two are gone the mother too
My world is also empty

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 16:07 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets There has been no clear rhythm or reason behind moves in Asia today, with traders massaging portfolios ahead of today’s US payrolls report. EUR/USD has stabilised into the $1.1100 area today and has seen modest short covering after Mario Draghi laid the foundation for additional asset purchases.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:27 Source

Andrew Hastie has refused to say if he agrees with his father, the Creationist, on whether the world was made in 4004 BC, or what his own beliefs are, but he is, he says, against gay marriage, unlike sixty-two percent of his electorate, and he is for the Free Trade Agreement with China, which will take away some Australian jobs but supply many, many others.

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New Matilda Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:24 Source

But Labor and Coalition MPs have not recommended a conviction be needed before citizenship can be stripped.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 15:20 Source

by Chris Becker Time to double down and buy casinos and pokie operators (Woolworths is the biggest if you didn’t know already), as news from The Economist paints an ugly picture of Australian society: Thankfully the stats don’t include punting on house prices, otherwise what an embarrassment. But in all seriousness, pokie machines – which make

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:55 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Like most people with even a passing interest in the part played by News Corporation in British politics, I remember exactly what I was doing when scandal broke in 2011 and the sense of a seemingly indestructible media behemoth crumbling into chaos and ruin before our eyes. Now, Rebekah Brooks is

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:28 Source

Perth company launches first real-world trial of its WA-made, low-cost wave energy technology, ahead of plans to develop a commercial-scale prototype.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:25 Source

Study shows how solar PV and energy efficiency drove down demand, leaving consumers with an over-sized, expensive grid that has driven up bills.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:23 Source

Report finds solar will be cheaper than wholesale electricity prices across Europe by 2030, without any technology breakthroughs. The implications for fossil fuels are obvious – and mean high renewable targets might reduce the energy costs, rather than increase them.

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Jack the Insider Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:21 Source

Yesterday, the media went into something of a hissy fit, reporting on the Prime Minister’s comments offered in interview with broadcaster Alan Jones. …

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Delimiter Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:16 Source

Queensland’s Department of Health has kicked off one of the largest IT modernisation projects in the state’s history, outlining a solid $1.26 billion in planned investment to bring its IT systems into the modern age and advertising for a chief information officer to lead the ’20-year’ strategy.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, September 4, 2015 - 14:00 Source

Victorian election statistics reveals problems created by the rise of early voting, and demonstrate again the scourge of informal voting in Australia.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:52 Source

Sunny skies and favorable conditions throughout the summer has boosted the total share of solar in the country's overall energy mix.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:51 Source

The great failure of Tony Abbott’s leadership is that he had not been able to transcend his innate instinct for conflict.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:50 Source

by Chris Becker Europe’s burgeoning refugee crisis is putting the spotlight on David Cameron’s conservative UK government approach, which has been mentioned as “Australia-lite”. Or in other words, constrained brutality with a pinch of indifference. This has changed in recent days as the spectre of seeing dead children wash up on Turkish beaches and scenes

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:25 Source

By Nathan Lynch, Head Regulatory Analyst for Australia & New Zealand, Thomson Reuters The federal government is considering “double charging” companies for A$260 million worth of annual regulatory fees under its proposed user-pays model for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), sources have revealed. The proposed cost recovery model is designed to replace the

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 4, 2015 - 13:03 Source

Dyson Heydon and Tony Abbott want union officials to be held as accountable as company directors. Personally I would like company directors also held to a higher standard and I would like to see our politicians held to the same transparency and accountability.

After all, what is the difference between a politician claiming entitlements for dubious expenses and a union official, or a party executive, using a credit card for same?  What is the difference between a company director lying to shareholders, or a union official lying to members, and a politician lying to the electorate?

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 12:51 Source

by Chris Becker In the wake of the almost finalised Iranian/US nuclear deal – opposed only by some wingnut Republican senators – there have been two recent developments in the Middle East that could shake up the LNG global pricing and supply complex, and in particular US shale gas. This does not bode well as

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New Matilda Friday, September 4, 2015 - 12:39 Source

The images of a tiny boy's body washed up on a beach in Europe are heartbreaking. Which begs the question, what has Australia been doing for the last decade? Lydia Shelly explains.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 12:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen The AFR’s Chris Joye has slammed the Abbott Government’s decision to drop the bank deposits tax, claiming that it is at odds with moves internationally and embeds moral hazard into Australia’s banking system: So let me get this straight. After the four peak government agencies that oversee Australia’s financial system recommended

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Renew Economy Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:54 Source

Carnegie Wave Energy targets remote islands, in new MoU with Seychelles to assess potential for its grid-connected CETO technology.

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:52 Source

by Chris Becker Ruh roh. The only sector holding up the shambles that is the ASX200 are the financials, who are under pressure from a series of diluting capital raisings and market volatility. The financials ex-property sector, or XXJ, has dropped over 22% from its March high: I’ve opined before that the bloated sector –

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Delimiter Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:44 Source

news TPG has told iiNet staff that it will maintain the iiNet and Internode brands as well as the pair’s call centre operations, as the national broadband provider increasingly takes steps to digest and transform the acquisition that will make it Australia’s second largest broadband provider. iiNet is one of Australia’s best-loved broadband providers. Famously

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MacroBusiness Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released visitor arrivals and departures data for the month of July, which registered further falls in net long-term and permanent migration into Australia. In the year to July 2015, there were 684,060 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia – down from the record 792,500

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Prosper Australia Friday, September 4, 2015 - 11:33 Source

The 124th Annual Henry George Commemorative dinner saw the EJ Craigie award for best Georgist writing given to Matt Ellis for his arresting piece on The housing crash we had to have: A Gen Y perspective on the bubble. Matt Ellis has been an outstanding writer over the year with a number of eye catching […]

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