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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:12 Source

The Department of Employment (DEEWR) job vacancies report for June is out and firmed 1.5%: The trend remains weakly up:       Composition was unexciting (economically) with carers taking the gong: Skilled looks more encouraging: No change, really. Insipid labour market. Full report here. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:39 Source

From Bloomie: Chinese banks will probably offer discounted mortgage rates to their clients in the second half of 2014 as demand in the country’s housing market weakens, according to a Bloomberg News survey. Banks will resume preferential mortgage rates, according to 74 percent of analysts and economists in a survey conducted from July 14 to July 17. […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:31 Source

Woho! BHP is chucking out dirt like a transformer on steriods. From its Q2 production report: Strong operating performance delivered a 9% increase in Group production with annual records achieved across 12 operations and four commodities. Western Australia Iron Ore achieved a fourteenth consecutive annual production record as volumes increased to 225 Mt (100% basis), significantly exceeding […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:09 Source

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:52 Source

The enduring international silence around Israel's assault on Gaza has prompted a passionate plea from four prominent human rights activists.

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:43 Source

A stunning landscape in Australian Gulf Country is being decimated by a decades old mine deal, and political dithering. Dr Seán Kerins explains.

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:39 Source

The power of imagery forces us, half a world away, to stop and take notice, writes Liz Conor. 

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John Quiggin Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:36 Source

The ABC has yet another story about economists warning on the need for more productivity. It’s a mixed bag. First up, this from Professor James Giesecke from Victoria University’s Centre for Policy Studies

“We’re going to need a growth rate in multi-factor productivity more like the rates that we saw back in the ’70s and ’80s, about 0.7 per cent per annum, in order to begin increasing per capita living standards going forward

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:22 Source

Tony Abbott said, ‘After the crime, the cover-up,’ not stating what the crime was. He committed Australian troops to armed participation in a civil war in Europe, then changed his mind. He seemed uncertain whether Putin had ordered a mass murder or merely supplied lethal weapons, like Martin Bryant’s gunsmith, to irresponsible people. He seemed surprised when the refrigerated corpses went to Holland, not Angus Houston, who therefore had little to do but potter about a cornfield looking for burnt bits of cloth and fingerprints. He promised a long agonising wait before the dead would all come back, then found a hundred of them were missing.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:16 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:03 Source

Yesterday I heard Joe Hockey interviewed.  When asked about Tony’s pet Paid Parental Leave Scheme he had the unmitigated gall to say that Labor hates paid parental leave.  Does he forget that it was Labor that brought in our first PPL on January 1 2011?  Does he forget Abbott’s history on this issue?

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:00 Source

Legislation in the Tasmanian Parliament aimed at banning protests just about everywhere won't endear Tasmania to anyone with strong opinions, or free will. 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:45 Source

From Westpac comes the following Q2 CPI preview (released today): Our Q2 headline CPI forecast is 0.6%qtr/3.2%yr. Core  inflation, as measured by the average of the trimmed mean and weighted median, is forecast to rise by 0.7%qtr/2.8%yr. We estimate that the 6 month annualised pace of core inflation eased back to 2.5%yr in Q2 from […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia’s independent infrastructure umpire, Infrastructure Australia, has launched a scathing attack on road-based infrastructure investment undertaken by Australia’s governments, arguing that it has been “hideously inefficient” in a new leaked report. From The Canberra Times: More than $20 billion a year of national road funding is being spent in a “hideously […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:59 Source

I've been writing this third book in the Hooper series to a plan. Something like the story board technique used by film makers. When you're trying to keep three interlinked narrative arcs and all their various sub plots in sync, you don't really get a choice in that. Or I don't anyway. Maybe Stephen King and George RR Martin do.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:49 Source

The moment may be soon approaching when John Kerry says it’s wrong for Israel to be bombing hospitals and killing hundreds of children.

So far he’s blamed only Hamas. They won’t agree to a truce, he says. They want their imprisoned soldiers released, their houses rebuilt, their borders opened and food and bandages let in. They want their democratically elected MPs not murdered in their beds. And, oh yes, freedom, liberty, self-government, a nation once again, unharried by helicopter-gunships at midnight depopulating kindergartens. And…you know…the pursuit of happiness.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:46 Source

Joe Hockey has released an authorised biography, presumably to further his own leadership ambitions and it’s got some interesting stuff in it. From the AFR: “In reality, the budget was much softer than Joe would have liked,’’ says the book by Madonna King, Hockey: Not Your Average Joe. “He wanted changes to pensions made earlier and the […]

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

Desert woodrats are picky, but not in the way you might expect: several woodrat populations in the U.S. Southwest specifically eat a type of highly toxic creosote bush. Another group eats juniper, which is also toxic to many animals. This gives the woodrats (Neotoma lepida) a nice niche, allowing them to dine on a plant that others avoid. But how do they do it?

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

One U.K. grocery store plans to power itself using biogas harvested from its own unsold, rotting produce. Yum.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

On Thursday, July 18th, Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was struck by a missile. The United States believes the missile was a Soviet-designed Buk, and American infrared satellites pinpoint the location of that missile's launch to territory in Eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

What is this fuzzy creature? Sadly, it's not pettable. This is a microscope image of a fruit fly embryo, showing the individual cells within it. That's 2,458 cells, to be exact. The bottom image shows each cell in a different color, with lines to show how those cells moved around.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

Research strongly suggests that camels carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral illness that has sickened nearly 700 and killed at least 209 people as of early June, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

Do you wonder what doing climate science in remote locations might be like? Read the Greenland Thaw blog, which is being updated regularly from the fjords of northwest Greenland, where the giant island's glaciers meet the ocean. With Greenland's ice sheets melting faster than ever, the study's scientists want to document and understand why the Alison Glacier, on Greenland’s northwestern coast, is flowing to the sea faster than other glaciers in the area.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:34 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:32 Source

The evidence considered in the next few days will spell the end, politically, of Scott Morrison and may see him put in gaol for piracy, kidnapping or child abuse, of all of which he is guilty, and also, possibly, complicity in murder, the latter if he has already sent back to Sri Lanka children who have been killed or ‘disappeared’.

It is my opinion, and I may be wrong, that the Court has no option but to let the imprisoned Tamils come to Australia, at least in order to testify, and almost certainly to live here.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:51 Source

Get ready for a radical rightwing insurgency that could be stirring within the Conservative Party.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 23rd July 2014

Beware the self-pity of the governing classes. Ministers of the Crown might look powerful and oppressive to us; often they see themselves as lonely heroes confronting a sea of troubles. That has been Tony Blair’s schtick from the month he took office. We now see him dripping with other people’s blood; he appears to perceive only the scars on his own back.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:44 Source

From the AFR: In May, amid concerns lending standards were slipping, APRA published landmark guidelines on how it expected banks to manage and monitor their mortgage risks. But a new submission on behalf of the banking industry has hit back at the plan, saying it will add costs and invites a “tick the box” mentality […]

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Digitopoly Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:37 Source

Possibly and since I want to make the case be warned this post is a tad self-serving.

Back in March I wrote the following:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:27 Source

From the World Steel Association today: World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 137 million tonnes (Mt) in June 2014, an increase of 3.1% compared to June 2013. World crude steel production in the first six months of 2014 was 821.3 Mt, an increase of 2.5% […]

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Peter Martin Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:00 Source

Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia’s present system of support for childcare and she can’t. “It's impossible to explain,” she told ABC radio on Tuesday. “The current payments are so complicated.”Sussan Ley isn’t alone.

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