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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 30, 2015 - 09:04 Source

Is Peta Credlin really to blame for all the government’s woes? And should the buck stop with her? Jennifer Wilson reports.

I don’t get all this Murdoch-inspired hoo haa about Peta Credlin, the Prime Minister’s embattled Chief of Staff.

Ms Credlin has been in the spotlight ever since her boss was Opposition Leader.

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WixxyLeaks Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:43 Source

The Head Office of NSW Labor finds itself facing a test that I am sure they wish would just go away.

The Independent Review Tribunal, which is the highest body the Labor Party has to settle matters will soon be passing judgement on Hicham Zraika.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:35 Source

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The Piping Shrike Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:30 Source

David Rowe, AFR

David Rowe, AFR

Conviction politicians hard to find anywhere. Australia’s Tony Abbott a rare exception. Opponent Rudd all over the place convincing nobody.

R Murdoch scribbling on a wall, 19 August 2013

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:26 Source

The post Will house prices fall on rising supply? appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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Hoyden About Town Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:41 Source

I know what I'll be rereading for the next few weeks.
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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:29 Source

Essential Polling, ‘exclusive to The Australian’, shows Labor, unexpectedly, on 51 in Queensland this week.

The headline figure, 50-50, is an average of the last three weeks.

Labor’s vote has been improving since Newman, on the weekend, accused Palaszczuk of receiving bikies’ money and proved to be getting bikies’ money himself. And its latest figure is 51 percent; see page 4 of The Australian, under the smallest headline.

51 percent will get Palaszczuk government. She needs a 12.4 percent swing and this is a 13.2 percent swing.

Can the poll, online with 566 respondents, be trusted?

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Poll Bludger Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:25 Source

Just a few things to run by you, pending a more complete review of the situation tomorrow, together with late polling of which there will presumably be a good deal.

Essential Research released a poll compiled from its regular weekly surveying over the past three weekends. The sample is a very modest 566, and the result not terribly timely, but let it be noted nonetheless that the poll has it at 50-50, with primary votes of 39% for the Liberal National Party, 38% for Labor, 7% for the Greens and 5% for Palmer United.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:15 Source

The post RP Data weekly Australian house price update appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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Poll Bludger Friday, January 30, 2015 - 07:11 Source

A South Australian state by-election will be held tomorrow in the electorate of Davenport, to be vacated by Liberal veteran Iain Evans. I would love to be able to tell you more about it, but you know how it is. My review of the electorate from before last year’s election can be read here. Here is a thread for those wishing to discuss the matter.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, January 30, 2015 - 06:34 Source

Barnaby Joyce told Leigh Sales, ‘If Tony Abbott was your dentist, with his implements in your mouth, would you trust him to drill your teeth without anaesthetic? I would.’ Leigh blenched, repressing flashbacks of past oral discomfort, and gulped while he added, feverishly, that the Sir Philip controversy would be ‘long forgotten next year and wrapping fish; like Edward’s abdication speech’.

Essential showed Labor on 51 in Queensland on Tuesday night. It assumed Clive Palmer would give his preferences to Nooman, who is suing him. This meant the score was, probably, 54-46 and Palaszczuk would win comfortably.

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Poll Bludger Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:42 Source

The New Year polling drought has come to an end with three new results this week, and the promise at least of Ipsos returning in the next weekly cycle. This of course comes at a particularly interesting time, in view of the Prince Philip idiocy and subsequent ramping up of leadership speculation. However, this week’s batch of polls when taken together offer only a partial account of the impact of an announcement that was made on Monday. To deal with them in chronological order:

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 05:16 Source

The post Australian dollar enters free fall appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 04:55 Source

From the AFR: Tony Abbott has until the second half of this year to turn around the government’s fortunes or risk losing his job, his colleagues say. Under a contingency plan being actively discussed within senior ranks of the Coalition, ministers and ­backbenchers are willing Mr Abbott to succeed. If not he faces being replaced, possibly […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 04:36 Source

Cross-posted from Forexlive’s Adam Button: McCrann is the RBA watcher at the Australian Herald-Sun and he dropped a bomb earlier saying it’s “almost certain” the RBA will cut rates on Feb 3. That report is largely responsible for the plunge in the Australian dollar today. It’s been a see-saw in AUD/USD since the Bank of Canada […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 04:35 Source

From our old friend the Kouk, who MB served up a shellacking for much of the last two years for his uber-aggressive bullishness, hawkish interest rate forecasting and surplus-drive budget ruminations: Kouk officially forecast four rate rises for last year. Here is another sample of his musing from only 10 months ago: The question now being […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 01:30 Source

The post Fortescue blusters and baffles appeared first on MacroBusiness.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 01:25 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 01:20 Source

From Soc Gen’s Wei Yao via FTAlphaville: …a look at the composition of borrowers and lenders reveals the secret behind this exceptional stability. Government bonds, local and central taken together, are barely more than 20% of GDP and households, with 80% of GDP deposits, account for another 20% of GDP debt. Corporates are the biggest borrowers, […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 30, 2015 - 01:01 Source

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Political Owl Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:39 Source

The Prime Minister’s chief of staff will open proceedings with an inspirational version of :

The Prime Minister will conclude the morale boosting with a few verses of:

 

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Political Owl Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:38 Source

A victory for the LNP but defeat for Campbell Newman are being pointed to by The Owl’s election indicators.2015-01-29_ashgrove2015-01-29_qld

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New Matilda Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:29 Source

And you thought Workchoices was bad. Be grateful you’re not a foreign worker doing construction for a company run by a BRW 200 Rich Lister.

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North Coast Voices Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:18 Source

The Australian 29 January 2015:NORMALLY, opposition parties are forced to cope with life in the wilderness. Not now.

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North Coast Voices Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:18 Source

This is the most revealing political response to media questioning since Tony Abbott's silent head bobbing incident.Here is Queensland LNP MP Ray Stevens in the Brisbane Times on 22 January 2015:Seemingly unaware he was being filmed, Mermaid Ray flapped, waved and bopped his way through a reporter's question about his investment and consulting involvement in a $100 million Gold Coast cable car project.Video by Ind

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North Coast Voices Friday, January 30, 2015 - 00:15 Source

CSIRO Climate Change Projections 2015EAST COAST SOUTH PROJECTION SUMMARIESRAINFALLDecreases in winter rainfall are projected with medium confidence.

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Hoyden About Town Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 22:48 Source

My review of Peony by Eileen Chong
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En Passant Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 20:49 Source

Ben Hillier has written an excellent and informative article on West Papua in the latest Red Flag. He says for example:

The number of dead has mounted during Indonesia’s 50-year occupation. Sydney University researchers John Wing and Peter King estimate that at least 100,000 have been killed. Exiled independence leader Benny Wenda claims that the number is half a million. They are victims of what has been called slow-burn genocide.

To read the whole article click here.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 20:38 Source

It’s been a quiet campaign in my Brisbane electorate of Stafford, writes Sally Baxter. Not a single piece of election mail has crossed my threshold and no hopeful candidate full of promises has knocked upon my door.

I can see why.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 20:03 Source

Do architects care what the users of their designs want?

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