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Croakey Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:34 Source

The use of ‘locked wards’ in acute mental health services is not backed by evidence and is associated with greater risk of patient self-harm and increased violence and aggression, according to a new analysis by UTS researcher Jon Wardle....

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:28 Source

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Political Owl Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:25 Source

Well the stop writs have stopped nothing. Alan Jones was back on air this morning repeating his stories about Campbell Newman the liar and tossing in an intriguing new one about and mining on North Stradbroke Island for good measure.I particularly enjoyed the chat about sociopaths in politics but I won’t go into detail because I have neither the money more the courage of an Alan Jones when it comes to such defamatory things.What a pity that scandal takes such a long time to seep through into public consciousness.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:20 Source

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has asked the people of Queensland to judge his government on its performance. So let’s judge it on its approach to managing our most precious resource – water. Tom Crothers reports.

Since coming to office in March 2012 the Newman Government has removed the moratorium on water development on Cape York Peninsular before the Water Resource Plan had been developed. This allows landholders on the Cape to secure large quantities of water entitlement for minimal cost while the water plan is still being prepared.

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TPS Extra Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:13 Source


It was Australia Day last Monday. Australia Day has become more prominent in the past 20 years as more Australians show overt patriotism with such pearls of wisdom as the Lamb ads, Australia Day sales, cockroach races, the Triple J ‘Hottest 100’, and the waving or wearing of cheap (usually foreign made) Australian flags at every opportunity.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:01 Source

Abbott’s mad Prince Phillip caper caused concern among his colleagues. ‘No political radar,’ they said, ‘Politically naive.’ ‘Really, really out of touch.’ Xenophon said the Duke had gongs aplenty already, and it was like ‘giving Bill Gates an abacus’. Murdoch, a hater of monarchy, printed a list of the Prince’s gaffes (‘Do people trip over you?’ to a man in a wheelchair) and it was noted that a ninety-two-year-old Australian who actually deserved a knighthood, Tom Uren, died the same day. A survivor of the Burma Rail, and the Nagasaki A-bomb, he had paid his dues. Phil had merely married up.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Stretton1-2PPStretton is an LNP seat in southern Brisbane, covering Kuraby, Calamvale, Drewvale, Stretton and parts of Runcorn and Sunnybank Hills.

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Political Owl Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:02 Source

If the radio and television yesterday had not got the message across, the real extent of his bad judgment greeted Tony Abbott when he looked at his newspapers this morning. It was not just that Fairfax lot.

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Hoyden meetup at the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Cafe, Opera Quays, East Circular Quay on Sunday 8th March 2015 at 12:00 noon!
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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:53 Source

Is it time to wave goodbye to Melbourne Bike Share?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen In August last year, Treasurer Joe Hockey made headlines for twice claiming on national television that “higher-income households pay half their income in tax”.  Hockey was at it again last week when he told Fairfax radio that Australians paid nearly half their incomes in tax: “When Australians spend the first six […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:40 Source

From the AFR: As investors brace for a wild ride, bankers are making sure their clients are ready to test the market as soon as the initial public offering window opens…The latest is QBE Insurance Group, which is understood to be working with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley on its $1 billion lenders mortgage […]

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En Passant Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:36 Source

 

Mick Armstrong writing in Red Flag (before news of the coalition with the anti-austerity but racist ANEL party):

In and of itself, SYRIZA’s electoral victory won’t be sufficient to reverse the austerity measures. SYRIZA will face ongoing opposition and sabotage from every section of the Greek and European establishment: the bankers, the media moguls, the heads of the public service, the judges, the police chiefs and the army generals.

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Jack the Insider Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 09:16 Source

It is easy to see when a government is in trouble. It manages to get the little things wrong. It has been reported…

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:58 Source

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Your Democracy Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:41 Source

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:20 Source

The primary absurdity came with the Abbott government restoring the grades of Knight/Dame to the Order of Australia in the first place, such secondary absurdities as this particular captain's pick were inevitable from that point forward.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:16 Source

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama mentioned drones exactly once. Out of respect for human dignity, he said, our use of drones should be “properly constrained.” When he said “constrained,” Obama was referring to military drones, not toy drones, but now, he might have a personal interest in constraining smaller ones. Early this morning, while the president was away visiting India, the Secret Service found a crashed drone on the south lawn of the White House.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:16 Source

29 million people in the northeastern United States are currently under a blizzard warning. That means 29 million people are being warned off the roads, desperately crowding grocery stores to buy bread and milk, and preparing for the inevitable arguments that will arise when the entire family is trapped together in the house for days at a time.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:16 Source

A major storm is about to dump between one and three feet of snow on the Northeast region over the next few days. This image, captured by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite GOES 13, shows the beginning stages of the storm on Monday morning.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:16 Source

If you ask me, driving during a snowstorm is something to be avoided at all costs, but if you have no choice on the matter, or if you're just curious, high-tech tracking systems in some cities now let you remain well-informed about the state of the roads. Some locations have begun to implement tracking of their snow removal vehicles, potentially helping you figure out which roads have already been plowed, and which are better left avoided.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:15 Source

Winter is coming to the US Northeast. As the potentially 'crippling and historic' blizzard threatens to dump several feet of snow from Washington, D.C. to Maine, we turned to the Popular Science archives for advice.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:14 Source

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 07:31 Source

Having minority voices heard can be just as important as winning majorities in parliament. That’s why I’ll never join the Labor Party, writes Lucy Watson.

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New Matilda Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 07:31 Source

Having minority voices heard can be just as important as winning majorities in parliament. That’s why I’ll never join the Labor Party, writes Lucy Watson.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 06:12 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 06:04 Source

From the AFR: Asymmetric Return Capital is a dynamic volatility investor that is far from “traditional”. ARC’s partners have recruited Australian Steve Keen as their economist, best known here for a calling a crash in the local property market. …“Now what happens is when something’s very volatile there’s no-one there to take the other side. […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:59 Source

What a blessed state it is to be miner in Australia. When it’s all boom you get to dictate your own tax rates and when it goes bust you get handouts. From The Australian: Acting WA Mines Minister Ken Baston told The Australian that the royalty rebate was intended to provide temporary relief for junior miners while […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 05:59 Source

Below find some great charts from Goldies on why oil will be lower for longer:   This is a graphic illustration of the point I’ve been making about the entire commodity complex. Prices so high for so long have triggered an historic investment wave that will service the global economy for decades. Commodity investment will be […]

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