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Delimiter Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 16:09 Source

So you've seen the reports about Federal Attorney-General George Brandis resuscitating the failed talks between ISPs and content owners about the pesky problem of Internet piracy? Have you ever wondered what measures the rights-holders feel should be taken to address such issues? Fear not, industry publication Mumbrella has published an extensive article detailing their demands. And it appears they want rather a lot.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 15:49 Source

The Department of Employment has today released its Monthly Leading Indicator of Employment, which registered a 0.064pt fall in April – the sixth consecutive monthly fall (see next chart). The Indicator is supposed to anticipate movements in the growth cycle of employment via a composite index of four weighted series (ANZ Newspaper Job Advertisements, Dun [...]

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 15:25 Source

Software group Atlassian, which was founded in Australia but has since formally shifted its headquarters to the UK, has sold $150 million worth of stock to United States investment firms T. Rowe Price and Dragoneer Investment Group, in what the company has stated is a move designed to reward the company's employees through buying their shares.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen The New Zealand Treasury has released a new research paper questioning the merits of high immigration, and recommending a reduced immigration intake in the event that the economy is unable to adequately cope with population pressures: Reviewing the literature, the balance of evidence suggests that while past immigration has, at times, [...]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:51 Source

Here’s the Kouk yesterday: The favourable news on the economy is unrelenting. After the flood of extremely positive news last week, there has been further reinforcement of the clear upswing in a couple of series released in the last day and a bit. Yesterday saw the number of job advertisements, as measured by the ANZ, [...]

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:43 Source

Follow the link to read the latest article by The Urbanist, Are apartment towers ruining our city centres? http://blogs.crikey.com.au/theurbanist/2014/04/09/are-apartment-towers-r...

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Jack the Insider Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:29 Source

The WA Senate election was a bit like the city of New York. It was so good they had to do it twice. …

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered the National Broadband Network Company to go ahead with the controversial 'Multi-Technology Mix' option for its broadband rollout, despite the fact that the cost/benefit analysis being conducted into the project will not be completed until the middle of 2014.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:20 Source

Tediously, I must report that O’Shannessy is cheating again. He has Labor on 49, the Coalition on 51 ‘based on the preference flow at September 2013 election’. But Morgan shows the 2013 election flow is wrong now. People asked what their second preference was now, seven months later, gave Labor 1 percent more. So that’s 50-50 not 49-51. Morgan had it 51.5 Labor’s way, 3 percent down from a fortnight ago.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:06 Source

government‘It is tyrannical to forcibly silence critical political opinion with the threat of loss of livelihood’ writes Jennifer Wilson in her response the government’s threat to dismiss public servants who express dissenting opinions on social media.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:04 Source

So say the South China Morning Post: At least 40 central banks have invested in the yuan and several others are preparing to do so, putting the mainland currency on the path to reserve status even before full convertibility, Standard Chartered said. Twenty-three countries have publicly declared their holdings in yuan, in either the onshore [...]

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:53 Source

Will those of this readership who would like to, come to the launch next Monday, April 14, of Bob Carr’s Memoir Of  Foreign Minister at 11 am at Dymock’s, George Street, Sydney, by Gareth Evans.

I’ve read a third of it and it’s like an intellectual thriller. Astonishing piece of narrative and meditative writing, in the manner of Gore Vidal.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:31 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation Every year I ask my class on “Wealth and Poverty” to play a simple game. I have them split up into pairs, and imagine I’m giving one of them $1,000. They can keep some of the money only on condition they reach a deal with their partner on how it’s to [...]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:02 Source

By Leith van Onselen Today’s housing finance data for February contained a sting in the tail for home builders, with mortgage demand for new housing retracing by 1.0% in February, giving back some of last month’s big rise (see below charts). However, the news is much better when measured on a rolling annual basis, with [...]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:01 Source

School holidays are upon us (by which I mean Orin and I), but while Orin tries to juggle parenting with writing his guide to Office on the iPad, I've left the gamekeeper in charge at the Manor and retreated to the coast.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:48 Source

Tony Abbott's North Asian tour today takes him to China. He should expect a frosty reception after broadcasting that the US-Japanese alliance is more important, writes Tim Robertson from Beijing

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:13 Source

Just so you’re in no doubt about the absurdity of Australia current macro economic settings, here is what happens when you privilege housing speculation over a competitive economy. As housing finance was released this morning and housing speculators partied hard: Our tradable sector took it just as hard in the team: A zero sum game [...]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:55 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released housing finance data for the month of February, which registered a 2.3% seasonally-adjusted jump in the number of owner-occupied finance commitments over the month: The number of owner-occupied housing finance commitments excluding refinancings registered a smaller 0.6% seasonally-adjusted increase over the month [...]

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Inside Story Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:49 Source

The Sarwati family, who applied for resettlement in Australia through the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia, were granted visas as part of a shortlived increased in Australia’s intake.
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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:39 Source

If there are two industries that need are need of a drastic overhaul it is the liquor and gaming industries.

These two industries are of course closely related it should come as no surprise.

In America, these are the industries that made the mafia rich through bootlegging and casino’s.

In Australia it would seem these industries make themselves rich, buy political candidates and fund election campaigns.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:33 Source

MH 370 and the Pistorius case both show the same flaw in our reasoning. As in the Lindy Chamberlain case, we look at the forensics (sound-deadening fluid an ‘expert’ said was foetal blood), and not, not ever, the human factor. We scour the southern seas for a wrecked plane that is not there. And we imagine a disabled, impelled careerist would deliberately shoot a beautiful woman in the head in his own home though it would cost him glory, millions and that thing he treasures most, his freedom to move about.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:29 Source

The hospitality lobby is calling for requirements to pay skilled migrants the same as local workers to be cut - a bold gambit to begin the coming 457 visa debate, writes Henry Sherrell

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:27 Source

The Rajapaksa regime has responded to a UN war crimes investigation by threatening citizens who participate and branding Tamil advocates as terrorists, writes Trevor Grant

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:27 Source

The Rajapaksa regime has responded to a UN war crimes investigation by threatening citizens who participate and branding Tamil advocates as terrorists, writes Trevor Grant

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:24 Source

Fresh from Westpac: The unemployment expectations index fell 3.2% in Apr following a 5.5% in rise Mar and a 2.3% gain in Feb. So far this year, the index has lifted 5.1% to be 12.4% higher over the year. Despite the Apr fall, the trend is still upward (1.2%mth in Apr) and Apr is the [...]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen The AFR’s Alan Mitchell has written a good piece today questioning the merits of bilateral “free trade agreements” (FTAs), which he claims miss the bigger picture that the biggest gains from trade reform comes from dropping one’s own barriers: Almost two-thirds of the potential lift in Australia’s national income would come [...]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:02 Source

Fresh from Westpac: • The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by 0.3% in April from 99.5 in March to 99.7 in April… This flat result is a mild surprise. Given that the Index has fallen by a total of 9.6% since November and that March’s reading appeared to have been impacted by [...]

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:37 Source

Professor Patrick McGorry, Executive Director, Orygen Youth Health Research Centre writes: Australia can be very proud of the substantial progress that has been made in recent years in bringing the subject of mental ill-health and mental illness...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:32 Source

Check out this new video from Shell (I think) looking at some of the dimensions of Prelude FLNG: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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xkcd.com Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00 Source

I looked at some of the data dumps from vulnerable sites, and it was ... bad. I saw emails, passwords, password hints. SSL keys and session cookies. Important servers brimming with visitor IPs.</body></html>

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