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Café Whispers Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 03:44 Source

The sacking yesterday of three public department heads signals that the Abbott Government fully intends to politicise the Public Service. In that regards they follow in John Howard’s dreaded footsteps.

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you said it... Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 01:49 Source

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When he’s not thinking about killing Muslim babies Paul Chambers can be found on Facebook. Sometimes.

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Popular Science Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 01:30 Source

Seriously just look at it:

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 01:16 Source

And who would be Albo’s deputy? Who is his team?

Shorten/Plibersek makes sense. Who would Albo’s deputy be?

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 22:51 Source

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 21:04 Source

Recently unemployed (but collecting a nice superannuation package) Craig Emerson has established Craig Emerson Economics, a one-stop-shop for

economic advice for Australian and Asian Businesses and Governments

perhaps hoping that the Abbott Government will throw him a contract.

Sadly the site doesn’t mention Maestro Emerson’s fantastic singing skills nor his former girlfriend, arguably Australia’s worst prime minister.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 20:57 Source

Earlier this semester I set the following assignment question to my Honours/Masters students:

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 20:05 Source

Andrew Bolt has this welcome piece of news about the Dutch which he titles, Dutch to Cure Welfare Disease. A society cannot be built one part industrious and the other part mendicant:

DUTCH king Willem-Alexander has delivered a message to his people from the government: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.

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Drag0nista's Blog Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 18:46 Source

Like so many of Kevin Rudd’s other hare-brained initiatives, this one must have been a good idea at the time. The thinking may well have been that by changing the rules for electing the parliamentary leader to incorporate the popular vote from party members, Rudd could capitalise on his broader public support in the face of […]

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 18:26 Source

The contests for the final seats in Tasmania and Western Australia continue to be close. This post will track the on-going count.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 18:07 Source

Martin Ferguson was always a fish out of water in the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government.  He had a genuine appreciation for business and risk-taking and he had a firm grip on policy issues, in many cases very complex one.

Here is more sense from the man, as he spoke at a conference this week:

Former energy minister Martin Ferguson has backed an industry campaign to reduce the renewable energy target, an intervention which will strengthen the hand of critics of the scheme within the Coalition.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 17:49 Source

Scott Ryan, the Parliamentary Secretary for Education, was sworn today using a bible from the 1880s.

Scott Ryan sworn in

Scott entered the Senate in July 2008 and will be someone to watch in future years. I’m hoping we’ll see some sensible education policy in the near future.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 14:50 Source

hegelI was very heartened to read a comment piece in The Guardian by Paul Redding, Professor of Philosophy at Sydney University.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 13:09 Source

ELECTION2013 CATHY MCGOWEN VICTORIASophie Mirabella has conceded defeat to Cathy McGowan in the Victorian seat of Indi.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:20 Source

The Abbott government has gotten off to a poor start by only sacking three Canberra mandarins.

Andrew Metcalfe, a long-serving head of the Immigration Department, but most recently head of the Agriculture Department, is to be replaced, as is Blair Comley, most recently head of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and formerly head of the Department of Climate Change.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:00 Source
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:41 Source

Violence in the Middle East and the Arab Spring are major challenges to the established order of nation-states in the region. Is the entire region being 'Syrianised', asks Marika Sosnowski 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 11:01 Source

Australia's public assets are being neglected and privatised, risking our high standard of living. But what's the fix? Pushing Our Luck, a new book edited by Miriam Lyons, tackles this question

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 10:56 Source

'The community was very welcoming, and I think that's why I’m still here.' Dylan Bird speaks to African-Australians who have made new lives in Shepparton in regional Victoria

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 10:00 Source

I don’t claim to be the next Nostradamus, nor do I read palms or tea leaves for a few spare bucks at the markets on the weekends. I don’t believe every rumour I hear, and I don’t put a lot of faith in idle gossip.

However there is one thing that I do believe that is the talk currently doing the rounds. That is the Coalition will declare war on the Union movement.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 09:15 Source

After an election where the vast majority of candidates running were men, the male-dominated Coalition won seats, and today a new cabinet will be sworn in with only one woman, it may be surprising to know that the number of women in the new Parliament will be increased.

In the House of Representatives, the number of women has increased from 37 in 2010 to 39 in 2013, out of a total of 150.

In the Senate, the number of female Senators will fall from thirty to 28 when the new Senate takes office on 1 July 2014.

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Café Whispers Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 09:10 Source

Mr. Abbott says he is going to be methodical, steadfast, careful mature adult and all the similar words one can think of.

Maybe one could say that is admirable.  Why an adult, that is taking on the role of PM keeps telling us he is going to be adult and mature puzzles me. One would think that would be taken as a given. Has he been acting in an immature manner up to now?

Now, Mr. Abbott, what is more important, that one carries out each talk in the correct order? I feel, from what you have told us, you intend to put the cart before the horse.

Yes, doing things arsehole about.  Yes, doing things back the front.

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Café Whispers Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 09:10 Source

Mr. Abbott says he is going to be methodical, steadfast, careful mature adult and all the similar words one can think of.

Maybe one could say that is admirable.  Why an adult, that is taking on the role of PM keeps telling us he is going to be adult and mature puzzles me. One would think that would be taken as a given. Has he been acting in an immature manner up to now?

Now, Mr. Abbott, what is more important, that one carries out each talk in the correct order? I feel, from what you have told us, you intend to put the cart before the horse.

Yes, doing things arsehole about.  Yes, doing things back the front.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 08:11 Source

Screen-Shot-2013-09-17-at-2.07.35-PMSusan Athey, Emilio Calvano and myself finally released our NBER working paper this week on the impact of the Internet on the news media.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 08:08 Source

Today’s Age reports that, according to research by the Inter-Parliamentary Union:

Women’s representation in parliaments is most likely to increase where there is some sort of system of quotas, an analysis of international elections held last year shows.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 02:00 Source

Virgin Mobile has introduced a feature to its YouTube page that switches to a new ad at the blink of an eye. It's called "BlinkWashing," which sounds straight out of a dystopian future/like something the NSA would introduce, but it's actually pretty fun to play with.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 01:32 Source

The escalator was patented in 1892, and the design hasn't changed much since then. The landing platforms make entry and exit dicey endeavors-particularly when the moving stairs disappear beneath them, and all manner of clothing and body parts can get stuck. In recent years, escalators have torn the big toe from a Croc-wearing child in Singapore, bucked dozens of riders in Washington, D.C., and strangled a tipsy sushi chef when the hood of his sweatshirt got caught in the gap between the stairs and the landing platform.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 01:32 Source

The escalator was patented in 1892, and the design hasn't changed much since then. The landing platforms make entry and exit dicey endeavors-particularly when the moving stairs disappear beneath them, and all manner of clothing and body parts can get stuck. In recent years, escalators have torn the big toe from a Croc-wearing child in Singapore, bucked dozens of riders in Washington, D.C., and strangled a tipsy sushi chef when the hood of his sweatshirt got caught in the gap between the stairs and the landing platform.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 01:26 Source

When I look at economics papers and reports, the graphical presentations have hardly changed. This is despite a sizeable change in the tools available to us to provide clearer graphs.

To illustrate what I mean take a look at this animated gif presentation. It is very compelling.

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Popular Science Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 01:00 Source

Details are starting to emerge in the aftermath of yesterday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in D.C., a military administrative headquarters. Though at first, authorities were on the lookout for two other men suspected of being part of the attack, which killed at least 12 (possibly 13) and injured eight, now they have reported that the shooting was the work of only one man.

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