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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 02:55 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. The Chinese media dub the lifting of buying restrictions as the first market rescue. The second rescue was the new mortgage policies. Now local officials are begging for a third bailout in Beijing. In the days before and after the national holiday, many local government officials traveled to Beijing […]

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Croakey Monday, October 20, 2014 - 01:42 Source

Each year, the National Rural Health Alliance holds a “CouncilFest”, an event of many parts, including an opportunity for engaging in some policy development and advocacy. During the recent CouncilFest, many Croakey readers may have noticed an...

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Croakey Monday, October 20, 2014 - 01:29 Source

I Heart My People is a three-part documentary series on NITV (Weds 9.30pm), following several Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and emergency professionals. Below are some of their stories (as provided by SBS). *** Stanley Ozies –...

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 01:13 Source

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North Coast Voices Monday, October 20, 2014 - 00:16 Source

This is an excerpt from Ballina Shire Council's Ordinary Monthly Meeting agenda paper for 24 April 2014:Note that the information is provided in open council so that it is available to the public, including local residents and ratepayers.Ballina Shir

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North Coast Voices Monday, October 20, 2014 - 00:15 Source

In the modern Australia, where poverty is increasingly defined as the lack of a plasma television in an otherwise opulent home….[Institute of Public Affairs, October 2014 occasional paper, Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run]This self-described think tank created in 1943, the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), has been keenly supported by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other right-wing politicians for many years.Perhaps its rather strange understanding of comparative poverty in Australia, explains the Abbott Government’s 2

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New Matilda Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 21:33 Source

New Matilda has been accused of quoting Professor Barry Spurr out of context. Here's a partial transcript of his exchanges. You can decide for yourself.

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En Passant Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 21:18 Source

Cartoon: Carlos Latuff

Free education was won through consistent protest in the 1970s and can be won back now through consistent protest writes John Rainford in Green Left Weekly.

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Political Owl Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 20:40 Source

The primatologist Jane Goodall writes that “farm animals feel pleasure and sadness, excitement and resentment, depression, fear and pain. They are far more aware and intelligent than we ever imagined ... they are individuals in their own right.” But when abnormally enclosed, their muscles and bones waste away, and they go insane from boredom.</body></html>

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Political Owl Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 20:37 Source

The Los Angeles Times reports this morning on how  a compost experiment that began seven years ago on a Marin County ranch has uncovered a disarmingly simple and benign way to remove carbon dioxide from the air, holding the potential to turn the vast rangeland of California and the world into a weapon against climate change.

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John Quiggin Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 20:19 Source

The flap about Mathias Cormann’s Schwarzeneggerian description of Bill Shorten as a “girlie man” isn’t too significant in itself. But in the context of other developments, it suggests a couple of patterns that represent big problems for the Abbott government.

First, Cormann has joined Joe Hockey and Arthur Sinodinos in making an idiot of himself. There’s now no-one among the key economic ministers who has any real credibility left. Add to that the hopelessness of the key spending ministers (Andrews, Dutton and Pyne) and it becomes clear that the Budget fiasco was, as they say, no accident.

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New Matilda Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 19:42 Source

Turns out, Professor Barry Spurr does not support constitutional recognition of Australia's First Peoples. And he doesn't much like Adam Goodes either.

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The Political Sword Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Where have all the services gone? Gone to corporates every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

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New Matilda Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 16:39 Source

Statement from New Matilda editor and owner Chris Graham regarding allegations of hacking leveled by Professor Spurr in The Australian newspaper.

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The Tally Room Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Last night’s Vasse state by-election in Western Australia was narrowly won by the Liberal Party, after a large surge in support for the Nationals. In 2013, the ALP came second and the Liberal Party easily won with 71.2% of the two-party-preferred vote.

Labor did not run in yesterday’s by-election, and most of Labor’s vote flowed to the Greens, who came close to doubling their vote.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:20 Source

Flanagan’s achievement in this book is greater than most writers, surpassing or equalling Koestler, Hemingway, Orwell, Steinbeck, Hersey, Graves, McEwan, Pat Barker and Alice Munro on ‘our’ side, and some Japanese writers as varied as Basho and Ishiguro on ‘theirs’. There has been no better evocation of male suffering — in filth, disease, random death, and the daily struggle with starvation, mud, and physical effort — in anything I have read; nor no greater insight into what young women, ill-wed, oft-raped and putting up with it nightly, went through in my country in my lifetime.

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The Tally Room Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Lara1-2PPLara is a safe Labor seat covering the northern suburbs of Geelong, and rural parts of the City of Greater Geelong to the north of the city.

Lara has been held since 2006 by Labor MP John Eren, who had previously held an upper house seat in the Geelong area from 2002 to 2006.

John Eren holds the seat by a 13.8% margin.

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En Passant Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:26 Source

Mr Passant believes the university will  rein in pay rises, opt not to renew contracts and employ fewer casuals to meet the target.

[And that is before redundancies.]

To read the whole story click Jobs at risk as UOW eyes spending cuts.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:52 Source

Julie Bishop flew to Baghdad to announce no ‘boots on the ground’ would follow her. No invitation had come from the government there, she said, though Abbott swore he’d received one. This meant he had, in fact, deceived the House, and, were proper procedure now followed, he would have to resign, or the Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, his new enemy, might now remove him permanently ‘from the service of the House’.

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 10:37 Source

The terms we use for units of currency–when they are not named after historical figures, terms for money or items once used as money–often come from one of three origins: quantity (number or, more commonly, weight); physicality (shape or content); or source.

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Your Democracy Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 09:42 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 09:38 Source

Honestly, what’s happening to free speech in this country! It’s got to the stage when a politician can’t even use the phrase “girlie man” without being considered sexist. He didn’t mean it in a sexist way, Cormann was only suggesting that Shorten was “girlie” as opposed to Mr Abbott who’s rather “boyie”. 

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Your Democracy Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 08:55 Source

the fascinator .....

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 06:26 Source

I'm having a brew on the deck of the apartment Jane and I stayed in for the weekend, looking out over the eastern suburbs, across the harbor to the north. It's beautiful of course. It always is here. I can see the Manly ferry cutting its way past on of the uninhabited Islands of the harbor, and the sun turning a train on the bridge into a long silver streak.

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MacroBusiness Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:30 Source

Sunday Macro   China Mainland investment abroad surges 90pc (SCMP) China’s land price gains slow in third-quarter – land ministry (Reuters) Zero Bailout Policy for Local Gov’t Debt Leaves Doubts (Caixin) China tightens rules for bond sales by local governments (SCMP) Decline in foreign reserves fuels talk of outflows in China (SCMP) Demand for land […]

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North Coast Voices Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 00:16 Source

As the Abbott Government prepares to enact sweeping changes to Australia’s national security laws, with the co-operation of the Labor Opposition and only weak recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security to amend the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill, it is worth remembering that this nation’s intelligence agencies already often fail to comply with safeguards built into existing legislation.It is also worth noting that compliance oversight of these agencies does not involve inspecting all agency activities/warrants and relies heavily on voluntary self-reporting by these s

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North Coast Voices Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 00:15 Source

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Croakey Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 23:38 Source

By Frances Gilham Primary Health Network boundaries announced The boundaries for the new Primary Health Networks have been announced – slimmed-down networks proposed by the Coalition in this year’s Budget to replace Medicare Locals. Medical Observer...

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Croakey Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 23:28 Source

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Melbourne:  Far from assuming that people on dialysis are too sick to do physical exercise, Associate Professor Paul Bennett, from Monash Health and Deakin University, says Zumba and laughter...

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The Tally Room Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 23:21 Source

Apologies for my absence tonight, I was busy and unable to cover the results in the two by-elections held today: Casuarina in the Northern Territory, and Vasse in Western Australia.

Polls closed just over two hours ago in Vasse, and it appears that the Liberal Party has narrowly held on against the Nationals after significant swings away from the Liberal Party.

We have all primary and two-candidate-preferred votes in, except for those cast early in person.

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