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Duck Pond Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 04:15 Source

While it not correct to say the creek is not running. It has not been running for weeks where Dexter, Hannah and I cross. My sense is that it has been dry. If this were to continue there would be implications.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirms this suspicion. They note:

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North Coast Voices Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 00:15 Source

On 27 June 2014 The Daily Examinerreported that; The NSW Department of Police and Justice has awarded Clarence Valley Council $49,000 for a campaign to reduce alcohol-related violence in and around licenced premises.Most Clarence Valley residents do not experience alcohol-related violence.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 00:01 Source

  Global Macro / Markets: Austrian Economists, 9/11 Truthers and Brain Worms – Bloomberg Using happiness scales to inform policy: Strong words of caution – VoxEU Can mining companies survive US$90/t iron ore prices? – MineWeb Argentina bond investors challenge long arm of US law – FT Americas: The Government Once Built Silicon Valley – […]

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Political Owl Friday, July 4, 2014 - 22:36 Source

4-07-2014 mpneybags

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, July 4, 2014 - 21:26 Source

Hope y'all enjoy a fine Independence Day. Have another beer. I'll keep a look out for mad King George.

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George Monbiot Friday, July 4, 2014 - 21:21 Source

The government’s decision to capture England’s only free-living population is unjustified and irrational.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 4th July 2014

British people love wildlife, but the government, yet again, seems determined to show that it hates it.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 4, 2014 - 19:05 Source

We read that Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson ‘has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the federal opposition for using “vague notions of fairness” to block key budget measures.’ It was an odd speech, having two bob each way; perhaps it’s in the nature of senior public servants to equivocate.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, July 4, 2014 - 17:17 Source

Now that it seems that the Minister has kidnapped some people bound for New Zealand and sent them back to their torturers in Columbo it may not go well for him. In the Hague he is bound to be asked (a) what became of them, (b) why he kidnapped them, exactly, and (c) why he didn’t ask them where they were going. Language difficulties, perhaps, befogged and misdirected him in the first few hours but if his captives are presently howling in straitjackets whilst dentist’s drills probe their noses it may be thought by some of his lawyers that he should have waited a bit.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, July 4, 2014 - 16:25 Source

Is the Abbott government yet in a position to call a double dissolution? No, and nor is it likely to be interested in doing so in the near future.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 16:17 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets After the overnight news flow and subsequent bullish price action in markets, traders find themselves with even fewer reasons to short developed market indices. The fundamental picture has become more positive for the bulls, with the mix of a strong payrolls print, lower unemployment rate, while the […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 15:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen Earlier this year, The Economist and The Atlantic published reports arguing that increasing automation, computerisation and artificial intelligence could place at risk half of current jobs in the United States within a decade or two. Both publications argued that routine-based jobs or jobs that can be solved by smart algorithms are […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:54 Source

By Leith van Onselen As H&H mentioned earlier today, Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an address to the 2014 Economic and Social Outlook Conference Dinner last night. He outlined why Australia needs to invest heavily in infrastructure and why he wants to be known as the “infrastructure Prime Minister”: An essential part of our Economic […]

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Public Opinion Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:54 Source

SA Labor, after its return to government, has adopted a management tone of measured, controlled, rational adminstration. This managerial confidence and competence has been thrown out of kilter with the toxic groundwater beneath Clovelly Park adjacent to the Monroe shock absorbers plant and the old Mitsubishi site; and the need to relocate the housing trust tenants from contaminated homes in order to protect their health, which is at risk due potential airborne carcinogen from the toxic groundwater pollution.

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Duck Pond Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:46 Source

The Federal Government is an unfolding revelation of neoliberalism. The budget, was preceded by ongoing and intensifying cruelty to those fleeing persecution, and then Senator Brandis framed the position on Israel-Palestine.

David Wroe reported for The Sydney Morning Herald (5 June):

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New Matilda Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:40 Source

Australia's disability discrimination commissioner finishes his term this afternoon. Max Chalmers meets a man still on a mission.

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Political Owl Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:33 Source

3-07-2014 austThe Owl’s federal election indicator is lagging well behind the opinion polls when it comes to assessing the future prospects of the Abbott government (although it is moving in Labor’s direction) but then the indicator is trying to measure something quite different to the pollsters.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:30 Source

From the Kouk: The recent run of data continues to point to a stalling of economic growth after the stellar start to 2014 which saw annual GDP growth hit 3.5 per cent. Indeed, the odds are rapidly building that June quarter GDP will be negative, driven by falling retail sales, a stalling in housing construction, […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:14 Source

You may recall that recently the Federal Government’s own modelling (from ACIL Tasman)  showed that dumping the Renewable Energy Target would cost consumers a lot more in the long run. More modelling along those lines arrives today via Paddy Manning at Crikey:   There are tens of billions of dollars and perhaps hundreds of millions of tonnes of […]

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Prosper Australia Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:11 Source

If the RBA and our economic mandarins observe a national strategic advantage they have an obligation to foster it and deploy it to the advantage of all. One of ours is space. We have chosen to welcome migration, dig up minerals, grow crops and animals – but also to strictly ration by price the access to land for young adults.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:00 Source

From Stephen Walters at JP Morgan today comes a reasonable summary of the competitiveness challenge facing Australia. I obviously disagree on the dollar defeatism but aside from that it’s pretty right. Australia has slipped in the rankings for global trade competitiveness. World Economic Forum (WEF) data show export-oriented Australia now ranking 21st on this scale, down […]

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Your Democracy Friday, July 4, 2014 - 13:31 Source

 

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The US military says it has grounded its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet following a fire on board one of the multi-million-dollar jets.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 13:30 Source

A couple more charts here from Fitch’s delinquencies by postcode report courtesy of the SMH blog: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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Political Owl Friday, July 4, 2014 - 13:22 Source

Figures from the National Sea and Ice Data Center show June 2014 is the 6th lowest Arctic sea ice extent in the satellite record, 490,000 square kilometers (189,000 square miles) above the previous record low in June 2010.

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Jack the Insider Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:59 Source

Rolf Harris will be back in court later tonight (AEST) to face sentence after being convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault on girls aged…

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The Tally Room Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:30 Source

Nominations were announced yesterday for the by-election in the Queensland state seat of Stafford.

Only four candidates nominated, representing Labor, Liberal National, Greens and Family First:

  • Bob Anderson (Liberal National)
  • Sally-Anne Vincent (Family First)
  • Anne Boccabella (Greens)
  • Anthony Lynham (Labor)

This is in contrast to the Redcliffe by-election in February, when nine candidates stood – five independents, and representatives of the same four parties.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:24 Source

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New Matilda Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Phone hacking, criminal convictions and the death of a newspaper. They're the latest in a long line of troubles at News, writes Paul Begley.

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Prosper Australia Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:10 Source

By Clare Tindall. This is an excerpt of a piece that was originally presented almost 50 years ago, at a Georgist Youth Night in 1967. It was published in the October 1967 edition of Progress Magazine. It is at such a time as this, when we are filling out our taxation forms, and when sales […]

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Inside Story Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:07 Source

A working class party?
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MacroBusiness Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:01 Source

By Leith van Onselen There’s nothing like watching a rent-seeking industry fall on its own sword. Last month, taxi drivers from London to Berlin staged mass protests against ridesharing company Uber, with some 30,000 drivers parking their cars, shutting off their meters, and blockading streets. The protestors claimed that car-sharing services like Uber avoid regulation, […]

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