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North Coast Voices Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:44 Source

The United Nations reacts.International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott concerning his government's treatment of the President of the Australian Human Right Commission, Prof.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:28 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:10 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Chinese currency traders viewed the first day of trading in the Year of the Goat as ominous, as the renminbi barely moved on Thursday, effectively a dead market. The lack of activity comes as the yuan is sitting on the edge of the daily trading band. Unable to trade […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 27, 2015 - 01:01 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 27, 2015 - 00:37 Source

“It is simply not good enough to run a government based overwhelmingly on the pursuit and hoarding of money”, reports Rob Marsh.

“Unless there is major structural change that is made to our welfare system over the next decade and beyond, over a generation, our social services expenditure will swallow the budget.”

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North Coast Voices Friday, February 27, 2015 - 00:16 Source

Almost four months after losing his application to appeal twelve sexual assault convictions, Rolf Harris loses his Australian hounours:

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North Coast Voices Friday, February 27, 2015 - 00:15 Source

The Daily Telegraph 22 February 2015:A SECRET plan to kick millionaires off the aged pension was shelved by the Abbott Government’s budget razor gang in favour of slashing the indexation of payments for every pensioner in Australia.The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that cabinet’s budget razor gang was asked to consider reforms to slash pension payments to wealthy seniors last year by changing the taper rate.In another stunning leak from the nation’s most powerful cabinet committee, senior mini

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Croakey Friday, February 27, 2015 - 00:11 Source

 Dr Tom Calma AO, National Coordinator, Tackling Indigenous Smoking, responds to new smoking research with an update on the promising progress being made to tackle Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco use and a reminder that more needs to...

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Club Troppo Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 23:01 Source

Some readers of this blog with know my preoccupation with the shortcomings of Vox Pop Democracy. Here are some aphorisms from David Van Reybrouck who’s book Against elections does not appear to have been translated out of Dutch at this stage.

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Political Owl Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 22:28 Source

The political speculator's diary: Backing Malcolm Turnbull: For Tony Abbott it's just going from bad to worse. I cannot see how he will keep his Liberal Party leadership. I'm suggesting what ...

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TPS Extra Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 22:00 Source

When a doyen of political journalism, not given to extravagant language, described Tony Abbott as ‘programmed for aggression’, we knew that at last mainstream journalists have tagged him for what he is – a political pugilist.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 21:09 Source

in the moonlight

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En Passant Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 21:07 Source

Alex McAuley in Red Flag discusses the attempts of the government and the bosses to further cut, or even abolish, penalty rates. This drive won’t go away despite the ongoing crises in the Abbott government seeing the Employment Minister, Senator Eric Abetz, divorce the government from the Productivity Committee inquiry and from implementing any recommendations about either penalty rates or the minimum wage before or after the 2016 election. They know as well as anyone that embracing cuts to the minimum wage and penalty rates would destroy completely their very slim chances of re-election.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 20:09 Source

question and no answer...

 

The popular ABC program is considering implementing what is effectively a Twitter-based "truth-o-meter". 

Or as executive producer Peter McEvoy puts it: "Tony asks someone about the budget. We could then ask [viewers via Twitter]: 'Is this politician answering the question or dodging the question?"'

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Peter Garcia-Webb Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:56 Source

Calls for resignations are a day to day occurrence in Australian Federal politics at present. The vast majority are about PM Tony Abbott. However in my view Attorney General George Brandis is a far better candidate for instant resignation, if not actually expulsion. Here I list the numerous ways some might feel he has brought the position of Attorney General into absolute disrepute.

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Peter Martin Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:47 Source

The Greens are offering the government a $13 billion budget saving.

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Peter Martin Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:39 Source

Don't even think about asking for that big pay rise.The latest figures from the Bureau of Statistics show wage growth has never been lower - not since the bureau began collecting accurate figures in the 1990s.In the 12 months to December wages grew by an average of just 2.5 per cent, around the same as the Reserve Bank's long run inflation target.

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Peter Martin Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:31 Source

The new head of Australia's Treasury is a fan of the Ronald Reagan tax cuts in the US, believes austerity has had a bad press and is wary about using government spending to stimulate the economy.Meet John Fraser, until a few weeks ago the head of UBS Global Asset Management in London.

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Your Democracy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:19 Source
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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:44 Source

Like The Onion. But with Vegemite.

A new satire site. I don't work for them, but they look pretty good.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 16:28 Source

Gaybies is ‘documentary theatre’, I suppose, with some added songs, six young actors and one middle-aged one speaking to the audience, and sometimes each other, about their varied experience of being raised by ‘two moms’ or ‘two dads’, sometimes after failed conventional marriages in which they were engendered, sometimes after long years on IVF, sometimes after a friend became a sperm donor, or a womb donor, sometimes happily, sometimes confusedly…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:56 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Rate cut calls as Australia capex data disappoints Consolidation remains the key theme in global markets with investors just struggling to find any fresh catalysts to drive equities higher. Locally, the focus has been in the latest capital expenditure numbers, which have seen the […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:51 Source

AGL Energy becomes first major retailer to launch zero-down solar PPA plan, with a "limited volume" offering in NSW and South Australia. Battery storage to be offered later this year.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:22 Source

New oil market tracking tool – devised to warn against high risk, high carbon investment – finds big oil capex down by $32.7bn, or 10%, since 2013.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:08 Source

The world is about to experience a fascinating experiment, when a solar eclipse hits Europe on March 20, taking up to 30GW of solar off line.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:07 Source

The editorial in the Age today suggests that “the Abbott government is cynically moving to de-legitimise certain institutions that perform vital roles in the democratic life of this nation.”

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:07 Source

The editorial in the Age today suggests that “the Abbott government is cynically moving to de-legitimise certain institutions that perform vital roles in the democratic life of this nation.”

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Renewables are becoming increasingly cost competitive. Governments need to start planning how they will phase out subsidies when they are no longer required.

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Renew Economy Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 15:05 Source

The European Commission's positioning on emissions reductions targets will put pressure on Australia and other countries in lead up to Paris.

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