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Your Democracy Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 09:12 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:45 Source

by Chris Becker As I’ll explain in my market roundup later this morning, oil overnight collapsed as the majority of North Atlantic traders and market positioners returned from holidays and sent the commodity complex into chaos with WTI and Brent falling over 5%: West Texas Intermediate slid 5 percent in New York while Brent fell […]

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:36 Source

It’s past time for a new open thread, despite the want of new polling to hang one off. Do observe there are thread below for the New South Wales and Queensland state elections, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:33 Source

“Campbell Newman set to name election date as January 31”, announces today’s Courier-Mail. An election at that time of year is, to put it mildly, unorthodox, although I observe that the school holidays conclude the previous Tuesday. A bigger puzzlement is this from the report: “The minimum campaign period under Queensland law is 26 days. This means the earliest date an election could be held is on Saturday, January 31.”.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:24 Source

Luke Foley was yesterday elected unopposed as the new leader of the New South Wales Parliamentary Labor Party. This is slightly awkward in that he is a member of the Legislative Council, but bigger obstacles have of course been overcome before. One way or another, it appears he will be contested the lower house seat of Auburn, currently held by Barbara Perry, a colleague of Foley’s in the Left faction (UPDATE: Sorry, wrong about that) whose star is on the wane. Beyond that I have nothing to offer but this, an open thread for discussion of matters New South Wales.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:18 Source

There have been persistent rumours last night and this morning that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman will cut his holiday short today to come back and call the Queensland state election.

Most reports have suggested that the election will be called for the 31st of January, but it seems possible that Newman has left it too late to call an election for that date, and the earliest viable date is the 7th of February.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:10 Source

by Chris Becker There’s been one investment trend post-GFC that has been blindingly obvious for all (even including those who just buy and hold) its long US stocks. The broadest index, the S&P500 has tripled since March 2009 in an almost straight line, particularly in the last two years. At the same time, the US […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 08:09 Source

Cross posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks: The New Year has brought in the first bankruptcy for the Chinese real estate market, with a real estate firm in Ganzhou, Jiangxi province gone bust. The company owes nearly ¥2 billion in debt and the boss has been detained. He’s suspected of illegal fundraising among other illegal […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 07:00 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 05:13 Source

This was how The Australian commenced its 5 January 2015 article about Prime Minister Abbott’s latest public relations misstep:TONY Abbott’s office has triggered frustrations with the media by excluding a TV crew from the Prime Minister’s sudden visit to Baghdad, limiting access to his speech to Australian troops and joint statement with his Iraqi counterpart.A camera crew sent by the major TV networks was left in Dubai when Mr Abbott flew into Iraq with his personal staff, forcing the media to rely on footag

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you said it... Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 03:07 Source

The bullying of Australian business

A small but noisy group of anti-Muslim campaigners are targeting Aussie businesses in their obsessively stupid warfare against Australian Muslims.

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you said it... Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 03:07 Source

The bullying of Australian business

A small but noisy group of anti-Muslim campaigners are targeting Aussie businesses in their obsessively stupid warfare against Australian Muslims.

stooges

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 00:16 Source

On 24 June 2014, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) issued a summons to “A Co” requiring the production of certain documents, relating to email accounts and electronic calendars, in accordance with s 35(1)(a) of the Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 1988.“A Co” went to the NSW Supreme Court in August 2014 unsuccessfully seeking to quash the summons.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 00:15 Source

The new Australian Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison has begun to talk up the need to raise the retirement age to seventy years of age and make people under thirty wait six months for the dole, stating that he would be actively engaging with the Senate to get the additional bills through in the new year.Clearly he has not looked beyond his own rigid personal and political ideologies. This excerpt from a 29 December 2014 article in

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Andrew Bartlett Monday, January 5, 2015 - 23:56 Source

The presence and impact of proactive haters is multi-layered, but if left unchecked can cause immense harm both to those who are the targets of the hate and to what becomes a more divided, antagonistic society. (I thought I’d keep this manageable by restricting it to Australia, although there is of course plenty worse that happens in many other countries).

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Political Owl Monday, January 5, 2015 - 23:22 Source

It was as if they knew the campaigning whistle was about to start.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 5, 2015 - 21:57 Source

Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall at the LNP Headquarters at this moment?

As most of Australia swelters in the summer heat, quietly, oh so very quietly, in ‘the smoke filled back-rooms’ of the Liberal Party, tactics are being discussed while promises are made and gifts exchanged.

For the Coalition, the electoral barometer has plummeted from ‘change’ to ‘stormy’ and shows no sign of movement nor is it likely to.

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Hoyden About Town Monday, January 5, 2015 - 21:19 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, January 5, 2015 - 20:32 Source

I went down an alley, and I found a curry shopI went down an alley, and I found a curry shopAnd I heard somebody singingand the song just wouldn't stop

Chorus:Seeya later alley raita, after a wild crock of dahlSeeya later alley raita, after a wild crock of dahlCan't you see I'm constipated?Don't you know you cramp my bowel?

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Political Owl Monday, January 5, 2015 - 20:19 Source

Maybe our Prime Minister just gets bored when on holiday. More likely he spent a few days in the sun contemplating why he was doing so badly in every aspect of the opinion polls but foreign policy. Perhaps his thoughts turned to showing that Foreign Minister lady a thing or two. Whatever. Off to Iraq Tony Abbott flew in a totally unnecessary mission.Then just to make matters politically unproductive the network television cameras and journalists were left behind.

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En Passant Monday, January 5, 2015 - 19:48 Source

I read Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian every day. I want to know what the fruitcake faction of capital is up to. That includes not just Murdoch’s journalists and his major ‘serious’ newspaper outlet in Australia but the Abbott government they serve and influence and the Liberal base they feed and incite.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 5, 2015 - 17:25 Source

Comparing government debt to putting your groceries on the credit card, which your children will have to pay for after you die, is utterly ridiculous as John Kelly has pointed out.  It is also insulting, both for its duplicity and its inference that we are all ignorant fools.

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WixxyLeaks Monday, January 5, 2015 - 17:17 Source

If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of workers returning to work  from holidays today, here’s a couple of questions.

What price do you put on your weekend and holidays?

What price do you put on your kids future?

There are some within our community that put a very small price-tag on your time and your family. These people not only put such a low value on these things that are so important to us all they are intent on devaluing it even further.

The people I’m referring to are those that are pushing the Abbott government to scrap penalty rates.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 5, 2015 - 16:56 Source

. . . or Public Apathy and 75 Ideas to Make You Shudder.

The Institute of Public Affairs is a free market right-wing think tank that is funded by some of Australia’s major companies and is closely aligned to the Liberal Party.

In April 2013 it held its 70th Birthday Bash with Rupert Murdoch as its keynote speaker. Andrew Bolt was the Master of Ceremonies. Special guests included Gina Rinehart, Cardinal George Pell and many other conservative luminaries. A special address by then opposition leader Tony Abbott was a highlight.

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 5, 2015 - 16:01 Source

by Stan Shamu, IG Euro volatility triggers caution Activity is almost back to normal in Asia, with key markets returning to trade after New Year’s breaks throughout most of last week. This has resulted in some disjointed moves across the board as different markets were shut on different days. As a result, while some markets […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 5, 2015 - 16:00 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, January 5, 2015 - 15:53 Source

 

mitigation

The Federal Government says a review of Australia's natural disaster funding system is not being motivated by the need to find budget savings.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, January 5, 2015 - 15:51 Source

It’s too early to tell whether Abbott will make it through 2015 as Prime Minister but there are three – maybe four – upcoming tests of his survival. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Abbott, Abbott Government, ABC The Drum, election, state elections, Tony Abbott

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 5, 2015 - 15:02 Source

Cross posted from The Conversation: by David Tuffley, Lecturer in Applied Ethics and Socio-Technical Studies at Griffith University It is a sobering thought that in ten years, around 65% of the jobs that people will be doing have not even been thought of yet, according to the US Department of Labor. In Australia, there are reports that up […]

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Political Owl Monday, January 5, 2015 - 12:59 Source
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