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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:59 Source

euthanasia

We are told we have an aging population that we cannot afford to support so we must all get off welfare and work longer. We are told we can no longer afford universal healthcare and that we must all pitch in. We are told that we have a financial crisis (cough). We are also told that “all things are on the table”.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:33 Source

Clive Palmer is now a politician, which means he has as much right as any other politician to talk utter drivel for the sake of self-aggrandisement. Two days ago Clive Palmer told Fairfax press that Tony Abbott’s Direct Action Policy is dead. This was dutifully reported by the Age’s national political reporter, Lisa Cox, yesterday. But today, rival newspaper The Australian points out that the Direct Action funding will be part of the Budget. The […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Spectator’s Callam Pickering has written another good piece today, this time questioning the merits of Australia’s world-beating immigration program, which risks lowering the living standards of the pre-existing population: …high migration levels are not achieved without a cost. High population growth puts pressure on existing infrastructure and commonly leads to [...]

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Inside Story Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:18 Source

More heat than light: banners for the ruling Justice and Development Party.
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Croakey Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:17 Source

The Twitterverse is an endless source of news and conversations about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. In recognition of the vibrancy of the Indigenous health Twittersphere, Croakey is supporting an idea to declare May 1 as a day of...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:06 Source

Click to view RP Data’s latest weekly housing market update, which provides a useful snapshot of the housing market as at 23 March 2014. This week’s report includes: Latest weekly dwelling value results; Auction results & clearance rates; Latest median house & unit prices; Average time on market & vendor discounts; Mortgage market activity; and New [...]

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Croakey Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:06 Source

By Kellie Bisset What the evidence uncovered Evidence has turned the tables on two issues this past fortnight: whether our multimillion national investment in antiviral drugs is justified; and whether significant spending on alternative treatments...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen Former infrastructure and transport minister, Anthony Albanese, is the latest to jump on the high speed rail (HSR) bandwagon, writing a spirited article in The Guardian over the long weekend entitled No ifs, no buts: Australia needs high speed rail: High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel, and would also be an [...]

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Andrew Leigh Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:07 Source

In the Newcastle Herald, I have an op-ed on the importance of the charities commission

Charities commission is a vital public safeguard, Newcastle Herald, 22 April 2014

Australians are generous people. We donate millions of dollars to charities we trust each year. Many of us volunteer our time for charitable work with organisations at the heart of our communities. As World Vision CEO Tim Costello puts it: ‘‘The charity sector isn’t just a few amateurs with goodwill.’’

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:52 Source

The future is not playing a prominent role in Palmer United policy. When the annals of climate change are written by the super-evolved cockroaches that survive us, Clive Palmer is going to feature prominently as an insectian hero. From The Australian: CLIVE Palmer has warned he will scupper the government’s ­direct action climate change plan in [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen Think tank, the Australia Institute, will release a new report today arguing that it is superannuation that is the major burden on the Federal Budget and calling for superannuation concessions, which overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, to be scrapped in favour of a non-means tested Aged Pension. From WA Today: Four in [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 08:07 Source

From the AFR: Empirically, the Australian currency tends to weaken when commodity prices fall or when domestic interest rates fall relative to those in the United States. It is reasonable to expect the fall in commodity prices since 2011 would weaken the Australian dollar. Similarly the announcement of tapering or an end of quantitative easing [...]

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The Piping Shrike Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 07:48 Source

Cutting funding to ICAC would be a coward’s response to the most important accountability mechanism in the state.

John Kaye, Greens Upper House NSW MP

It’s perhaps understandable that an Upper House MP may be unaware, relying as they do on the benefice of party machines, that the “most important accountability mechanism” in NSW remains the electorate, which in the last election did a pretty good job of making a tawdry and corrupt Labor government accountable by removing not only the Premier, but the entire Ministry and over half of the government MPs from their jobs. Beat that ICAC!

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 07:32 Source

From the AFR: The Reserve Bank of Australia’s move to a “neutral bias” on monetary policy has angered the Abbott government, which believes any upward pressure on the dollar makes economic management in the next two to three years more difficult. The central bank has been informed directly of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s displeasure. The Reserve [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 07:07 Source

Above is a must watch video interview featuring Senator-elect, Bob Day, explaining to Business Spectator’s Alan Kohler why Australia’s housing policy is a complete failure and what can be done to fix it. The interview follows Day’s eye-opening submission to the current Senate standing committee on affordable housing, which fleshed-out the issues in greater details. [...]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 06:48 Source

It is likely O’Farrell was brought down by a plot, and the letter forged. Chikarovski said as much on Q&A last night: he would not have handwritten such a letter and then forgotten it, she said, nor forcefully sworn that he had not received, nor drunk, the wine.

Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, Watson, must be the truth. O’Farrell repeatedly offended Hockey and Abbott (over Gonski, NDIS, gay marriage and selling state assets) and so was brought down; discuss.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 06:25 Source

People have been asking what version of my new exciting spy thriller, Aeron, they should buy from the Australian Society of Authors. The book is available in one of three version, PDF, ePub and .mobi. Which you choose depends on what system you are going to read the book on. The PDF version is universal and can be read on most types of systems. It is a very large file and is the fall back […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 05:47 Source

It was lost on the night of bombardment before the first landing, lost in the first hour on the beach, lost on each of the two hundred and forty-five days that followed, lost in the planning at Whitehall, lost in the choice of the deranged Ian Hamilton, lost in the luck of getting the genius Ataturk as our principal foe.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:20 Source

From Reuters over the weekend: China’s home price inflation slowed to an eight-month low in March, extending to a third month a loss of momentum in a property market that has been a strong spot in the world’s second-largest economy. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 7.7 percent in March from a [...]

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:20 Source
The politics maelstrom of Indigenous issues can distract from what my preferred work is these days, having first spent thirty years in Indigenous affairs - I am a storyteller. I’d like to dedicate Part Two of my Easter long read guest spot to story telling, and also acknowledge the great loss to her family, community, friends and admirers of an Indigenous writer of international renown who passed recently.
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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:15 Source

From The Australian over the long weekend: SYDNEY entrepreneur Roland Frank Bleyer first came to ­national attention in 1985 when TV host Mike Willesee grilled him on air over a business that was using animal foetal cells to treat children with Down syndrome. It might have been just another TV interview, save for the fact [...]

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:15 Source
On 9 September 2008 the Newcastle Herald reported on the proposal for a NSW in situ coal gasification project which was finally rejected in 2010:
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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:10 Source

From Reuters over the weekend: China’s home price inflation slowed to an eight-month low in March, extending to a third month a loss of momentum in a property market that has been a strong spot in the world’s second-largest economy. Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 7.7 percent in March from a [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:08 Source

Here is the latest in our recent series of aerial shots of Australian major projects. Gorgon, the capital-eating monster: Courtesy of Chevron. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:05 Source

Here are the iron ore charts for April 21, 2014:   The top is in. Paper markets have rolled. Rebar futures are almost back to recent lows. Physical is closely following. The Baltic Dry capesize component fell another 5% over the long weekend and rebar average has peaked. Port stocks appear to have topped too [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 00:02 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Forget Passive vs. Active–Here’s How To Evaluate Any Investment Strategy – Millenial Invest North America: Wall Street deregulation pushed by Clinton advisers, documents reveal – The Guardian Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy – Talking Points Memo 5 Questions on the State of Mortgage Lending – Wall Street Journal [...]

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Politically homeless Monday, April 21, 2014 - 23:01 Source

I've blogged very little on NSW politics, but now this:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 21, 2014 - 21:33 Source

A Statement of No Confidence in the Abbott Government has been delivered to the Australian Parliament as a message from the 100,000 people who took part in the March in March. And, writes MiM organiser Loz Lawrey, “As the intensity of the public’s dissatisfaction with this toxic government continues to grow, the message will be delivered again and again, over and over”.

“Let it be known, and entered into the public record, that on this day, Monday 17 March 2014, the People of Australia delivered this document to the Parliament of Australia.”

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Andrew Leigh Monday, April 21, 2014 - 20:16 Source

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