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En Passant Monday, February 23, 2015 - 20:25 Source

Ben Hillier in Red Flag asks a few pertinent questions (and answers them.)

Who is the threat to workers?

Who is the threat to the 800,000 unemployed, and the 1 million “underemployed” who can’t get enough work?

Who is the threat to the more than 100,000 homeless people around the country?

Who is the threat to pensioners?

Who is the threat to working class kids?

Who is the threat to Aboriginal people?

Who is the threat to democracy?

Who is the threat to privacy?

Not surprisingly, the answer isn’t terrorists.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:58 Source

Despite promising to be more consultative after the non-coup two weeks ago, Tony Abbott is still making poor unilateral decisions and statements that are chipping away at his authority, writes Paula Matthewson. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, Tony Abbott

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:16 Source

Orin got his copy of Resistance before the rest of you because I like to set my favorites against each other. If I could somehow host this blog in an Octogon I would.

He has read Dave II in its entirety. It made him question his manhood. Or something. Below are his thoughts:

In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr Gonzo go to Las Vegas to chase the American Dream. In Resistance, Dave and his attorney Professor X Boylan travel to Nebraska to fight monsters. No really. There is a character called “Professor X Boylan”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:09 Source

“We are a free and fair nation. But that doesn’t mean we should let bad people play us for mugs, and all too often they have. Well, that’s going to stop!”

Tony Abbott’s Speech on Youtube 22/02/15

 

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Political Owl Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:03 Source

A kind reader – it was nice to find I had one – sent me an interesting paper that gives a bit of context to that “kind of love” reference in my piece earlier this week Jim and Junie’s kind of love and a lasting relevance for Tom Uren’s words? The paper ‘A KIND OF LOVE’: Supergirls, Scapegoatsand Sexual Liberation, written in 2011 by Kate Laing, referred to an interview Jim

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New Matilda Monday, February 23, 2015 - 18:55 Source

Sometimes, thinking on your feet is a really good thing. And sometimes not.

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New Matilda Monday, February 23, 2015 - 18:55 Source

Sometimes, thinking on your feet is a really good thing. And sometimes not.

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Club Troppo Monday, February 23, 2015 - 17:55 Source
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Your Democracy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 17:29 Source

je suis Tonee …..

from PoliticOz …..

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 23, 2015 - 16:51 Source

This is the first in a series on policy by respected blogger Ad astra; policy that might improve this nation’s situation, policy that Bill Shorten and Labor ought to consider. This first article looks at healthcare policy.

While it’s easy for Bill Shorten to sit back and watch Tony Abbott and his government self-destruct, he could accelerate that process by presenting the electorate with alternative policies, visionary policies, policies that had more appeal than the Coalition’s, more inherent merit, more chance of solving our nation’s problems.

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New Matilda Monday, February 23, 2015 - 16:34 Source

Sarah Hanson-Young and the Department of Immigration squared off as more details emerged of a curious taxpayer funded junket. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 16:10 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Greece is solved, so get involved as some say; but this is far from the truth. My personal belief is that those previously calling for Greece to leave the European Monetary Union would not have changed their call; in fact they would even argue their case has […]

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Left Focus Monday, February 23, 2015 - 15:53 Source


 
In the following reflections, former Australian communist leader Eric Aarons considers the moral and practical shortcomings of capitalist political economy and its attendant Ideology; including the Ideology underpinning 'Austrian Economics' and the thought of Friedrich Hayek.

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John Quiggin Monday, February 23, 2015 - 15:34 Source

Among the handful of apparently reputable scientists who deny mainstream climate science, Willie Wei-Hock Soon, regularly described as a Harvard astrophysicist (he’s actually an aerospace engineer working for the Smithsonian, which has a joint centre with Harvard), has been among the most prominent and durable. His biggest hit was his 2003 paper with Sallie Baliunas* which brought about the resignation of half of the editorial board of the journal concerned.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, February 23, 2015 - 15:33 Source

In Question Time Abbott said, or rather shouted, ‘You just can’t trust Labor with Australia’s defences!’ He had repressed, it seemed, or in boxing-induced brain damage omitted to remember, that Labor had won World War 1, and World War 2, and the Gulf War, while the Liberals had lost the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the twin debacles Iraq and Afghanistan where the killing continues today at a rate that outscores, even now, those wars’ beginnings and had never won a war in their history.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 14:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen Greens Senator, Scott Ludlam, believes that the Labor Party will soon roll-over on data retention, and will instead side with the Government in passing legislation requiring internet providers to store customers’ metadata for two years: Speaking to the IT Leaders Forum, a weekend conference for technology media. Ludlam said the opposition […]

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TPS Extra Monday, February 23, 2015 - 14:45 Source

This is the first in a series on policy, policy that might improve this nation’s situation, policy that Bill Shorten and Labor ought to consider. This time it’s healthcare policy.

While it’s easy for Bill Shorten to sit back and watch Tony Abbott and his government self-destruct, he could accelerate that process by presenting the electorate with alternative policies, visionary policies, policies that had more appeal than the Coalition’s, more inherent merit, more chance of solving our nation’s problems.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:55 Source

A video that shows the mix of generation in Australia's main grid over one week.

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John Quiggin Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:52 Source

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:49 Source

Spot price for large scale renewable certificates rises about rooftop solar certificates as market bets on resolution of RET policy impasse.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:47 Source

From Saul today: Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Australian economist Saul Eslake says further cuts to the cash rate, after the Reserve Bank of Australia’s first reduction in 18 months early in February, “may be relatively ineffective in directly stimulating improved levels of activity in the economy over the short term”. He is also the […]

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New Matilda Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:34 Source

Redfern activists have until 5pm today to vacate the Tent Embassy, before the Aboriginal Housing Company calls in the police. Amy McQuire reports.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:25 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:25 Source

La Trobe Valley-based timber pallet maker Fisher's has installed 100kW solar to offset 80% of annual power usage, cut carbon footprint by 150t/a.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:19 Source

From The Australian, at some dinner party for the hoi poloi: While insisting that he was a firm Abbott supporter, Howard said he was mystified Abbott hadn’t managed the transition to government better and hadn’t successfully changed his mindset to adapt to the prime ministership. Again, while reiterating that he firmly supported Abbott, Howard accepted […]

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:10 Source

Greens 100% renewables plan for NSW would make households and small business 'critical players', trading solar energy across publicly-owned power network.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:08 Source

From Westpac: There are many business surveys out there and most have questions, in some shape or form, that are applicable to the labour market. To generate the broadest and deepest labour market indicator possible, Westpac compiles all the relevant indictors from these surveys into the proprietary Westpac Jobs Index. The Index continued to improve […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 23, 2015 - 13:03 Source

From the SMH: The sharemarket is the most expensive it has ever been outside of the worst excesses of the dot-com bubble, as global investors in recent weeks have joined Australian in a headlong chase for yield. After barely limping 1 per cent higher in 2014, the S&P/ASX 200 index has surged closer to 9 […]

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:59 Source

GM launches into wind with PPA for 34MW plant in Mexico that will save it $US2m/year; IKEA adds 3 new wind farms in Poland bringing total to 6.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 23, 2015 - 12:56 Source

There is a way to finally get off the outdated jobs-versus-environment seesaw – and many of the lessons for QLD are relevant for other parts of the country too.

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