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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 09:01 Source

Peter Greste began to fly home, and Julie Bishop, in Martin Place, announced this. She would wait on Abbott’s Press Club tapdance, she hinted, and then say when she would bring on a spill.

D-DAY, said the Daily Telegraph headline. ABBOTT ON THE ROPES, the smh howled. ABBOTT REELS FROM QLD DEBACLE, said the afr. Even The Australian, with PM FIGHTS FOR HIS POLITICAL LIFE, appeared a little gloomy.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, February 2, 2015 - 08:56 Source

Is it time to cap “the era of the skyscraper”?

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, February 2, 2015 - 08:21 Source

Tony Abbott’s long-awaited address to the National Press Club today has become much more about his own survival than a rebalancing of his Government’s wobbly electoral prospects. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, election, leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, Queensland, Tony Abbott

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 08:19 Source

Last week’s High Court decision on a Tamil asylum seeker's detention at sea is not as black and white as some might think.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 07:40 Source

Dead Duck Tony is about to depart the Australian prime ministership. The QLD election result makes any excuses, reboots, turns left or right, untenable. The only question now is what lesson will the Federal party take from the VIC and QLD polls, which will determine the replacement. If they think it is a messaging problem […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 07:33 Source

By Leith van Onselen With the Victorian and Queensland Coalition Governments obliterated, and Tony Abbott facing an imminent leadership challenge, the odds that the Federal Government will become one terms wonders are increasing by the day. As argued by The Guardian’s Lenore Taylor over the weekend: [Tony Abbott]…has squandered the electorate’s trust, with broken promises […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:43 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:42 Source

The post Markets drawing breath for taper tantrum 3.0? appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:41 Source

In December APRA drew a line in the sand for property investment loan lending in which it declared it would consider raising capital charges for any bank growing its investor mortgage book above 10%. Well, time to act, APRA, from the AFR: NAB’s growth was led by loans to investors, which grew 2 per cent […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:40 Source

From Peter Martin whose sources are good and whose style tells you when he’s using them: Concern about deteriorating economic growth lies behind the Reserve Bank’s determination to cut interest rates, a move most likely at its first board meeting for the year on Tuesday. …The bank’s previous forecast of rising economic growth published in […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:39 Source

The post RP Data: Home prices up 1.3% in January appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:37 Source

Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate fully referenced list at the end.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:08 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 06:07 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 05:34 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 05:32 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. 44 cities up, 56 cities down in the January 2015 CREIS report. The overall increase in January was 0.21% mom. New home prices in the top ten cities saw an increase of 0.59%. However, the top ten cities also saw existing home prices fall 0.53% in January. Beijing was […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 05:25 Source

More power to Greek FinMin Yanis Varoufakis who refuses to be railroaded or pigeonholed by the Troika or its journalist apologists. There’s more reason in this interview than in five years of European crises (and probably since 1999 when the busted euro project was born). Meanwhile, the ECB is saber-rattling, from Reuters: A deal on extending Greece’s […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 2, 2015 - 05:24 Source

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The Failed Estate Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 21:18 Source

“Graffiti crimes shall be written upon your walls.Well I shall spray them so bold and so tall.Just you wait ’til you read this one.” – Misex, 1979 What distinguishes “electronic graffiti”, as a besieged prime minister characterised social media, from … Continue reading →

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 21:13 Source

Tony Abbott once told Tony Windsor he would consider 'selling his arse' to be Prime Minister. Turns out it's Abbott's 'selling' that has come to back to bite him on the arse.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 20:12 Source

The rise and fall of Campbell Newman has been punctuated by the ambition of Mal Brough. Quelle surprise. Chris Graham explains.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 19:37 Source

We must always acknowledge the atrocities of our collective past, regardless of the perpetrators of our current abuses.

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The Political Sword Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 19:30 Source

As human beings we each have a responsibility to care for humanity. Expressing concern for others brings inner strength and deep satisfaction. As social animals, human beings need friendship, but friendship doesn’t come from wealth and power, but from showing compassion and concern for others. [Dalai Lama]

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Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 19:07 Source

For the second year in a row, Australia has made the international human rights shame list. Max Chalmers explains why.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 19:02 Source

Having just watched Insiders, I’m even more convinced that we have to change the conversation about the economy. Bill Shorten did a good job of making the case that it doesn’t matter who leads the Liberal Party – they all support the same austerity policies. But he had a bit more difficulty dealing with Barry Cassidy’s (stupid) question about how would Labor deal with the deficit. Bill got round it well enough – by not mentioning the D word. But this is precisely why we have to change the conversation. The deficit versus surplus debate doesn’t reflect some underlying economic truth.

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Renew Economy Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 14:31 Source

The commercial viability of Adani’s Carmichael proposal is likely to be the first casualty of the dumping of the LNP state government.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 11:50 Source

It was a bleak day for Democracy in Queensland on Saturday. As voters went to the polls, something important was missing. Those who truly know their onions will be aware that in Australia the sausage looms large in the electoral process.

Here in the Lucky Country we don’t have to catch buses to remote civic halls and queue for hours if we can get there at all to exercise our democratic right and duty.

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TPS Extra Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:40 Source


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The Tally Room Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:25 Source

This is the first in a series of wrap-up posts. I will also devote a post to going in-depth in the undecided seats, as well as a regional breakdown of the vote, and a look at how preferences flowed, over the course of today and tomorrow. I will also be tracking the results in the close seats across the course of this week to determine if Labor will be winning a majority in the Parliament.

At the moment the Liberal National Party is sitting on 40.8% of the vote across Queensland, which is a swing of 8.9%. Labor is sitting on 38.1%, a swing of 11.5%.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 09:36 Source

It was sweet revenge for Queensland shadow minister for the Environment Kate Jones, as she easily wrested her seat back from Premier Campbell Newman.

Jones who lost her seat to Newman in 2012, fought back to reclaim the seat in a stunning 10% swing for Jones and an overall 11.4% swing to Labor.

Newman now joins Victoria’s Denis Napthine in the dubious honour of becoming a one-term government – something that would have been almost inconceivable a few years ago.

Newman congratulated Jones on her victory and in a masterful statement of the bleeding obvious declared; “My political career is over”.

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