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New Matilda Monday, July 6, 2015 - 21:31 Source

Details on how to support New Matilda, and some struggling organisations that need the help too.

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Club Troppo Monday, July 6, 2015 - 20:37 Source

From time to time you hear the argument that Australia would be a much better place if only we could actively “decentralise” population. The argument is we should encourage people out of our big cities – notably Sydney and Melbourne – and into smaller cities, like Wollongong and Ballarat. In pursuit of this, various governments over the years have tried to move departments out to regional cities. The Victorian government under John Brumby even ran an advertising campaign in Melbourne encouraging people to move out and resettle in regional Victoria.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, July 6, 2015 - 20:31 Source

David Malouf is one of Australia’s most accomplished writers. This is his 2009 rendering of sections of Homer’s Iliad– roughly, a much abbreviated version of books 16 to 23. But it explores details not in the original, and exhibits a grace and imagination that befits both the story and the writer.

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En Passant Monday, July 6, 2015 - 19:23 Source

“Hegemony” comes from a classical Greek word meaning to lead. Hegemony is another word for leadership. It doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with you on everything or has joined your political force or movement in society.

It means that the majority is prepared to follow your lead on the vital questions, or some of them, of the day. The No camp, anchored on the radical left and in the working class of Greece, is hegemonic across the country.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, July 6, 2015 - 18:26 Source

A metaphor occurred to me today about the Abbott government and I felt it was good enough to share. There’s nothing like a good metaphor to clarify how you feel about something; in this case to remind us how destructive and dangerous the Abbott government is for our country.

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En Passant Monday, July 6, 2015 - 17:50 Source

Longer piece a bit later.

The resignation by Yanis Varoufakis. Lots of people not liking it. Forget the Paris Match stuff and the ridiculous European media focus on his shirts and motorbike. He was and is popular. Especially his defiant tone last week.

In laiko, popular Greece he was seen as gutsy and standing up for the country against Troika. All the headlines about him facing hostility at meetings helped that image. People have just registered a defiant NO in every part of Greece.

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The Sniper Monday, July 6, 2015 - 17:41 Source

The failure of white Australia to recognise Indigenous inhabitants in the Constitution from the very beginning has been an on-going disaster.
Reports to the English government and instructions to Governor Phillip make it clear the land was occupied and the original inhabitants were to be treated with respect.
Pretty weird when you think about it. We’re going to invade them and steal their land for settlement, but be nice about it.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, July 6, 2015 - 17:25 Source

“When Abbott was voted in, various jokes circulated about Australia returning to the 1950s.  It seems that these weren’t too far from the truth” writes Kate M.

In the 1950s

When communism reached Vietnam in the 1950s, paranoia struck the country! Anyone you knew could be a ‘red’. And there was a fairly good chance there were ‘reds under the bed’.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, July 6, 2015 - 17:09 Source
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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 16:18 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets I am going to be the first to put my hand up and say I expected a much more aggressive reaction to a ‘no’ vote. It has to be said that despite markets adopting a definitive risk-aversion feel, the mood has felt quite calm and there is

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John Quiggin Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:46 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, idees fixes and so on. Unless directly responding to the OP, all discussions of nuclear power, MMT and conspiracy theories should be directed to sandpits (or, if none is open, message boards).

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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:46 Source

Fresh from the blog of Yanis Varoufakis: The referendum of 5th July will stay in history as a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt-bondage. Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached. It is, therefore,

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John Quiggin Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:45 Source

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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John Quiggin Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:40 Source

I wrote this for The Guardian and Crooked Timber in response to the Greek referendum result.

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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:35 Source

Sorry, last one for the day. After launching nearly 8% this morning, Shanghai has now completely rolled over and is in the red: Chinext has been flogged 6%: On previous days this set up has tended to end with SSE capitalution…(by the way, I promise to kick this bust-watching habit).

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New Matilda Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:31 Source

The best kind of debate is the one you have with yourself. Alone. At night. When you're Andrew Bolt. Michael Brull explains.

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The Tally Room Monday, July 6, 2015 - 15:19 Source

On Saturday, Fairfax newspapers published an op-ed from Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute, arguing against the proposed reforms to abolish group voting tickets (GVT) and introduce optional preferential voting (OPV) for Senate elections.

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:49 Source

Cedex report shows how downward trajectory in electricity emissions has been reversed under Abbott, with both brown and black coal generation rising.

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:32 Source

ARENA plans new round of funding for large-scale solar plants, in bid to bridge cost gap between Australia and rest of world.

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New Matilda Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:31 Source

A new poll reveals the majority of Australians see domestic violence as an equal or greater threat than terrorism, though the latter continues to receive greater increases in government funding.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:29 Source

Word spread that Abbott had gone mad. By forbidding any minister to go on Q&A forever he stopped, first, Barnaby touting his beloved agricultural policy and Joe touting his corpse of a Budget. His office quickly said it wasn’t forever, and it was only until the ABC had completed its inquiry into itself, in twelve weeks’ time, that all of his ministers would boycott that channel. Barnaby immediately appeared in the Press Club on that channel. Turnbull said he was ‘undecided’ as to whether he would go on Q&A next week, before the inquiry was completed.

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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Guardian’s Greg Jericho has posted an interesting article today highlighting the worrying end to the mining investment boom, which relies heavily on housing investment to replace it: One graph can often convey what is going on with amazing clarity. This is the one that demonstrates why the end of the

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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 14:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Guardian’s Greg Jericho has posted an interesting article today highlighting the worrying end to the mining investment boom, which relies heavily on housing investment to replace it: One graph can often convey what is going on with amazing clarity. This is the one that demonstrates why the end of the

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Your Democracy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:50 Source

kicking the ABC for no reason

fact finding of the inquiry as ordered by Turdy:

A) from now on, The ABC shall never interview anyone with a contrary view to that of the Turdy Government.

 

B) The ABC is Turdy's ABC

 

C) All journalists at the ABC shall be replaced with PR personnel from the Prime Minister's office.

 

Here concludes the inquiry.

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:49 Source

So, have you heard the story of the boy who cried “fuel cell vehicle feasibility”?

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:48 Source

WRI has released new information about the present — an infographic and huge databaseof the world’s current greenhouse gas emissions.

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:48 Source

The solar panels of tomorrow will be transparent, lightweight, flexible, and ultra-efficient. Why don’t we have perovskite solar panels right now?

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MacroBusiness Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:36 Source

It’s not exactly high level blogging but China bust watching is fun! Shanghai is barely positive for the day now: As Chinext goes splat, down -4% and below Friday’s lows: How do you say ‘lost credibility’ in Mandarin for Chinese authorities?

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Renew Economy Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:34 Source

UNSW scientist who became world’s first solar billionaire says regulators need to catch up with the technology and facilitate its rollout, not impede it.

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Croakey Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:15 Source

Today, Croakey team members are gathered in Canberra for our first-ever team meet, thanks to a grant from the Walkley Grants for Innovation in Journalism. We are brainstorming ideas for how to improve the services Croakey offers readers,...

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