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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:34 Source

Earn or learn. If not, you dole bludgers under 30 were to be without support for six months. This week we learn Employment Tsar, Erich Abetz of Stuttgart has softened his stance on that, amid the...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:32 Source

In the strict sense, I have a mobile phone. It's green - light green actually. It's a Nokia. And it was last working as an alarm clock. The piercing beeps usually interrupted my wining and dining of...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:31 Source

2014 was another great year for Rupert Murdoch's flagship loss maker, The Australian. It hunted its enemies to the ends of the earth, published pictures of their children, sent airheads to sit in on...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:29 Source

Every second Monday I used to hear a lawn mower fire up. I'd look out my apartment window and down below was Jim from Jim's Mowing. In what must have been one of the easiest jobs he ever had, he was...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:29 Source

It's December and I've put 12 months behind me without breaking. I can finally let go and write a list post. I'm going to embrace the lamest of lame, but chill out. It won't be full of big ideas...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:26 Source

Jacqui and Clive have broken up. I got it wrong. I said it wouldn't happen. And those who did have gone quiet. They got their wish. And now it's here, gone are the claims of puppeteering, undue...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:25 Source

To be honest, this probably isn't a great explainer on how to buy a used car. It's just me talking, but a headline of "some idiot talking about the time he bought a used car" isn't a great headline....

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:23 Source

Out in the boonies the media is a rough deal. The reporters have an average age of 12. The editors are crusty and conflicted. And the money is running out. They report what they want to happen....

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:22 Source

It's been a rough year for financial planners. Adele Ferguson has been shooting dead-on arrows. Some bloke from The Australian got a good headline after becoming accredited in four days (though dig...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:21 Source

It's time to weep for your fellow man. The survey is in and we're doing it tough with the cost of living. At least those of us who read news.com.au are. Yeah, don't weep. The victim complex can be...

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New Matilda Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:20 Source

Stephen Keim represented Mohamed Haneef, wrongly accused of terrorism. Here, he writes to the Indonesian President.

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:19 Source

The unrelenting smugness of horse-face Pascoe had burst out of the stables. Once again he was triumphantly crowing about market recoveries and disaster forecasters he'd cruelled into submission.
It's...

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Hoyden About Town Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:18 Source

Sometimes songs on high rotation are really, really annoying. Here are three of them. Add yours in the comments.
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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:17 Source

Here's one for those who buy and hold. Or for those who buy equities and suffer needling during every correction from the boomer in-laws - "why didn't you buy investment properties like we did?" Or...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:16 Source

The novel wasn't great, but the film was even worse. Back in about 1999/2000/2001 I wrote a novel and followed up with a film. No one read or watched either of them. Except friends who made...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:15 Source

Over the weekend, the journalists from Domain, the parasite that ate the Fairfax host, dared to dream. And it was a big dream. A million bucks. If they had it, what would they spend it on? The...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:12 Source

The supermarket BBQ roasted chicken ain't a favourite. $10 for a bantam rooster pumped up on stuffing and sweating in its own quad salted juices for a few hours before evaporation begins to dry the...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:11 Source

You never know who is behind a user name on an internet forum. But if you pay attention you can pick up clues. It was July last year, as the Essendon/ASADA scandal was raging, that an eagle-eyed...

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 14:10 Source

Braddon Liberal MP Brett Whiteley is a favourite of this blog. Who can't love a man who looks like lunch meat in a suit?

But don't be fooled by that sweet honey-glazed exterior, he's also an ideas...

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:36 Source

We all know that the RBA has been pushing a line for years that the missing link in the Australian recovery is business investment owing to poor “confidence”. I’ve railed against that any number of times noting that the actual problem is structural in that our competitiveness is shot owing largely to the consecutive booms […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:16 Source

The post Iron ore miners hemorrhage as futures teeter appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:12 Source

In new attempt to nobble CEFC, Abbott's economic ministers instruct it to almost treble targeted returns, without raising its risk profile. Meanwhile, RET talks stall.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:01 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation. The sorry saga that is funding for Australia’s most crucial national research infrastructure has dragged on for too many years. It is now at crisis point. We should never have found ourselves in the situation that has become very public this week: the imminent closure of much of the crucial machinery […]

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The Tally Room Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Baulkhamhills1-2PPBaulkham Hills is a safe Liberal seat in north-western Sydney, covering Bella Vista, Baulkham Hills and parts of Carlingford, Castle Hill, Kellyville, North Rocks and West Pennant Hills.

Liberal MP David Elliott has held the seat since 2011, and holds the seat by a 28.3% margin.

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The Idiot Tax Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:52 Source

Over the weekend someone took a serious kick in the ghoulies. There was no camera to film the impact. There were no uploads to youtube, but there were plenty of serious giggles when the news leaked...

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Renew Economy Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:49 Source

Just when everyone had pretty much written it off, the El Niño event finally emerged in February and could last through the spring and summer.

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Political Owl Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:49 Source

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Renew Economy Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:48 Source

SunEdison buys Solar Grid Storage, allowing biggest renewables developer to offer battery storage solutions with its solar and wind projects worldwide.

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Jack the Insider Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:36 Source

The Fourth Intergenerational Report makes compelling reading. The gloomy picture painted is of an ageing Australia where the bulk of the citizenry pull their pants…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:23 Source

On page vii of the Executive summary of the Intergenerational Report it states that the life expectancies for men and women are “91.5 and 93.6 years today.”

However, the ABS figures released on  06/11/2014 say

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