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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 00:43 Source

For the last two weeks I have worked on the pre-poll booth for the Labor party.  It has been very, very hot here in Rockhampton and some days we have had huge storms where we battled with HTV cards, signage and just plain finding some shelter.  As someone who never tans, I have tan lines on my feet where my shoes go and my face is a few shades lighter than Ronald McDonald’s hair.  Rain, hail, shine, it all has been worth every single second of it.

A few days ago, I stood in the pouring rain holding a sign that warned about the sale of our Electricity Assets.  I remember standing there thinking:

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North Coast Voices Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 00:15 Source

In fact, the speeds promised by Malcolm Turnbull’s current NBN plans of 25 megabits per second will soon be defined by the US FCC as the bare minimum requirement of a broadband connection.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 00:13 Source

Global Macro/Markets/Commodities I Do Not Think That Number Means What You Think It Means – Krugman Worst-Case Scenario: Everything Can Go Wrong This Year – Bloomie Fanatics, Charlatans, and Economists – Project Syndicate Oil-Price Slide Hits LNG Markets – WSJ Asia/China China Further Tightens Grip on the Internet – NYT Chinese universities ordered to ban […]

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George Monbiot Friday, January 30, 2015 - 23:54 Source

How to eradicate grey squirrels without firing a shot – an astonishing tale of ecological restoration.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website 20th January 2015

Is there anything more stupid than the government’s plan to kill grey squirrels?

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Hoyden About Town Friday, January 30, 2015 - 21:47 Source

Summary post for #AWW2015, including how I complied with the various criteria.
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En Passant Friday, January 30, 2015 - 20:41 Source

 

I wrote an article about Abbott back in August 2012. Recent events seem to confirm my analysis. Here is a snippet.

The bosses will welcome an Abbott victory. Buffoons can make good leaders for them, as Ronald Reagan and George W Bush showed in the US context.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 30, 2015 - 20:23 Source

For the past few years, Tony Abbott and I have had a little competition. Which of us is better at creating satiric content on the political right. Every time I write something, he ususally manages to outdo it. You only have to go back through my blogs to see this in action.

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Poll Bludger Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:02 Source

Seven reports a ReachTEL survey conducted last night has the LNP with a lead of 52-48, from primary votes of 41.5% for the LNP, 37.2% for Labor, 7.5% for the Greens and 4.4% for Palmer United. We are also told that 55% thought Annastacia Palaszczuk campaigned better than Campbell Newman. More to follow.

UPDATE: Full results.

UPDATE 2 (Newspoll): The ever-reliable James J relates the following results from Newspoll in comments:

52-48 2PP to LNP

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:28 Source

The Liberal Party has no-one else to blame but themselves for their current woes.  When they allowed the climate change deniers to stage a coup and install their puppet as leader they set themselves up for this fall.

Tony is a populist ideologue which is a contradiction within itself.  He is a self-described weathervane, changing his views with the prevailing wind of the polls, intermingled with bizarre captain’s calls, a confused allegiance to a Church he lambasted when one of its own, an anachronistic devotion to the monarchy, and a sycophantic need to please.

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Red Bluff Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:10 Source

Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa. Photo used with permission.Six of the detained bloggers in Addis Ababa.

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Croakey Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:56 Source

This statement is issued on behalf of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the online publication Inside Story, and Croakey. A freelance writer from NSW, El Gibbs (pictured right), has won the second Gavin Mooney Memorial...

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New Matilda Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:41 Source

Tony Abbott's hunt for 'moderate Muslims' has led him to embrace mass murderers and a King whose partial to a beheading or 87, writes Michael Brull.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:36 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It’s a good day to be an equity bull. European and US markets look set for a renewed tilt at recent or all-time highs, while the Nikkei has found good buying and looks set to test the top of its recent range at 18,000. Even the Greek […]

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The Tally Room Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Mansfield1-2PPMansfield is an LNP seat in south-eastern Brisbane, covering Mansfield, Wishart, Upper Mount Gravatt and Mackenzie, and parts of Mount Gravatt and Eight Mile Plains.

The LNP’s Ian Walker won Mansfield in 2012 with a 15.5% swing, and now holds the seat by a 11.1% margin.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:06 Source

Kakistocracy (n) 1. Government under the control of a nation’s worst or least-qualified citizens.

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Club Troppo Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:04 Source

Yes folks it’s on again.

The Annual Crikey Group Subscription. It’s from this modest beginning that we funded Troppo’s now world renowned garage of vehicles from the famed “Dave Sorenson” Mercedes Benz Sports which seems to spend more time at the panel beaters than on the road but which Troppodillians have always flown first class to join, to Rooter, the Troppo FJ hot rod which seems to have been making an appearance Campbell Newman’s electorate in Brisbane this week. Where will it be seen next week when further details of the subscription will emerge?

Don’t email me yet, I just thought you’d want to know.

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Duck Pond Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:56 Source

I don’t claim any special insights into Australian federal politics. I am just wondering.

Although Tony Abbott seems to have lived a charmed life since the election, such is the defining power of mass media, his credibility is now shot. He has spent his political capital, and his capacity as the leader of the party and prime minister to frame the party in terms of his political agenda and priorities is critically diminished to insignificance.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:46 Source

Fresh from Westpac’s Bill Evans: The Reserve Bank Board meets next week on February 3. Since we changed our view on December 4 last year we have consistently argued that the board will decide to cut the cash rate by 25bps at this February meeting. In the discussion below we set out the reasons why […]

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Croakey Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:10 Source

Whatever the outcome of the Queensland election, the predicted large swing to Labor – and away from the austerity politics of the Liberal National Party – will have national ramifications. That’s the asessement of sociologist and...

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 15:00 Source

Cross-posted from MARQ Services Morgij Analytics has this morning released a survey of institutional investors and other financial market participants taken in the latter part of 2014 to gauge respondent’s views of the drivers for Australian housing and mortgage markets for 2015 and beyond. Survey participants were asked to rate 20 drivers of Australian housing […]

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The Tally Room Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Mirani1-2PPMirani is an LNP seat in north Queensland, covering coastal areas between Mackay and Rockhampton, including Mount Morgan, Dysart and Middlemount.

The LNP’s Ted Malone has held Mirani since 1994. Malone holds Mirani by an 11.2% margin, but is retiring in 2015.

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John Quiggin Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:21 Source

There’s been a lot of discussion about the fact that the Queensland LNP needs a Plan B, in case they are returned to government, but Campbell Newman loses his seat of Ashgrove.

No one seems to have noticed that they really need a Plan C, for the case when neither party wins an absolute majority, which would almost certainly imply a loss for Newman. A couple of points arise here

* Both Newman and Labor leader Anna Palaszczuk have ruled out a minority government. But with Newman gone, some other LNP leader might say his position was inoperative

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:54 Source

From Crikey: Barring a last-minute turnaround, it looks likely that Campbell Newman will lose his inner-city Brisbane seat of Ashgrove. However, as our very own William Bowe has predicted, his party looks set to win the election. And theoretically, that means he could remain premier of Queensland. A column in The Conversation by constitutional lawyer […]

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North Coast Voices Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:47 Source

The stress of this country’s top political position appears to be seriously affecting Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s health.An inability to cope under sustained pressure is the only reason I can conceive for this badly-timed and impolitic statement made earlier in the day and quoted in the Brisbane Times on 30 January 2015:Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will "absolutely" lead the government to the next election and has described the strong performances

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:40 Source

From the happy warrior: Australia’s rebalancing act is underway; low interest rates are already working and the lower AUD should lift growth At the same time, inflation is low, which leaves the RBA with scope to consider rate cuts, although the trade-off is the risk of over-inflating an already booming housing market We still see […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:34 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen There’s a lot of commentary today suggesting that lower petrol prices are providing a benefit to households equivalent to up to two rate cuts. From The AFR: Deutsche Bank says households are receiving a $7 billion boost from lower petrol prices. “That’s equivalent to more than 50 basis points of interest […]

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Renew Economy Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:02 Source

Infigen Energy says lower wind speeds meant a 23 per cent fall in production in first six months.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:00 Source

From Reuters: Ships in the Valemax fleet of 400,000dwt fleet of ore carriers have been allowed to dock at five ports in China as a ban that had been in place since 2012 is relaxed. Vale investor relations chief Rogerio Nogueira said the Brazilian miner was working to increase the number of ports open to […]

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