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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 09:31 Source

You have to hand to him. Joe Hockey would have to be the eternal optimist. He says that we are on the threshold of Australia’s greatest era. Really? He says his plan is to fix the budget and pay down the debt left by Labor. The debt he is referring to, is the ongoing sale of government treasury bonds issued since 2008 (approximately); these are the ones that protected Australia during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC).

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 09:16 Source

By Leith van Onselen Rob Burgess has written an interesting post today at Business Spectator, which contends that a falling Australian dollar would curb immigration into Australia by reducing the pay-off from earning Australian dollars and raising living costs: Australia has been a very attractive destination for skilled workers from around the world, including developed […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:32 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 07:35 Source

By Leith van Onselen If I was to pick a skilled occupation to avoid right now, it would be engineering. My Father and brother-in laws are both engineers working in mining-related areas. And through them, I also know a bunch of other engineers. For the past decade I have watched with amazement as their work […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 07:15 Source

Tetaitonga1-boothsTe Tai Tonga is a Māori electorate covering all of the South Island and most of the Wellington region.

The electorate was won by the Māori Party’s Rahui Katene in 2008, and won back by Labour’s Rino Tirikatene in 2011.

Tirikatene holds the seat by an 8.8% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:26 Source

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Poll Bludger Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:00 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:42 Source

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Poll Bludger Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 04:38 Source

With the fortnightly cycles of Newspoll and Morgan coinciding, and other pollsters having gone a bit quiet lately, the polling calendar has fallen into a pattern of on weeks and off weeks. This one was an “off”, with only the regular Essential Research to relieve the monotony. The poll may have recorded a move to Labor on two-party preferred, but there wasn’t much behind it so far as the primary vote numbers were concerned. This makes for the dullest week ever on BludgerTrack, on which the biggest change is an increase in the Greens vote by all of 0.2%.

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you said it... Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:50 Source

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Your Democracy Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 02:14 Source

The vote for Scottish Independance has reminded me to write a little of how my Mother's Ross family came to Austraila.  Basically we were booted out by the English so our crofts could become sheep stations.  We were told by the Church that we were being punished by eviction for the sins of our ancestors (Last time I went to the Church in Bonar Bridge, where the refugees camped before the international diaspora, you could still see the words "the wicked generation" scrawled in a window) and so we went... but not quite..

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Duck Pond Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 01:16 Source

There is now 15 hours to the opening of the polls in the Scottish Independence Referendum. Polls are suggesting 48% of the voters will choose Yes. Close is not good enough if NO achieves 50% (probably plus one to make it an absolute majority).

People are voting who have never voted before, which includes 16 and 17 year olds. The level of involvement and engagement may lead to disillusionment but equally for a positive democratic development in Scotland – and not simply for the usual suspects, such as Catalonia.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:38 Source

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North Coast Voices Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Apparently NSW Police has been spending part of its annual budgets on surveillance malware programs which will remotely infect the computers/mobile devices of its preferred target individuals.In today’s money that is well over $2 million for the five licenses which are currently active.Wikileaks

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North Coast Voices Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Ever the media whore, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ignores the young boy's hand outstretched to shake his hand and patronizingly pats him on the head as he leers towards a camera about to give him one more image for publication in mainstream newspapers.Abbott at Yirrkala NT on 14 September 2014Picture AAP Source AAP via 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:11 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. SOCAM SLASHES CHENGDU PRICES BY 30% IN SCRAMBLE FOR CASH Socam Development, an affiliate of Shui On Land cut prices by 30 percent at a housing project in central Chengdu last week as the troubled real estate company struggles against slumping sales and falling prices. YUEXIU PROPERTY PLANS $495M […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why the media loves calls for a market crash – Above the Market The buyback boom is slowing – Pragmatic Capitalism How is the Global Market Index doing? – Capital Spectator Peter Thiel on diversification - Reading the Markets North America: Key measures show low inflation – Calculated Risk […]

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Political Owl Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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Political Owl Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 22:51 Source

Take notice of the opinion polls and you would think that the Abbott government is going backwards in public support.

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En Passant Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 22:20 Source

With Scotland’s referendum on independence coming up this week, the threats from England’s rulers are becoming more frantic, writes Independent columnist Mark Steel.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 21:19 Source

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Political Owl Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:52 Source

On the eve of the vote in Scotland, a “No” vote has shortened again as the favoured outcome.2014-09-17_scotlandindicator

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:44 Source

Some of the more refined souls around these parts mourned the passing of Macworld magazine last week. The masthead survives in online form, if survival you can call it, but the print issue is a dead parrot. It's a shame. Some great journo's worked at that mag, and a suprising amount of podcast talent came out of it, not always to talk about Apple.

Jason Snell, who runs my favorite fun-media* podcast The Incomparable, wrote for Macword for a couple of decades. He's become something of a podcast mogul on the side, and now has a shiny new blog as well.

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En Passant Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 19:28 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:51 Source

MaddAddam (2013) is the third book in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy about a world in which the human race has been all but destroyed by a pandemic. The first two are Oryx and Crake (2003), which I reviewed here, and The Year of the Flood (2009), reviewed here.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:08 Source

Earlier in the year, then Assistant Treasurer. Arfur Sinodinos told ICAC that he didn’t know about individual donations and wasn’t really all that sure what he did for being paid vast amounts of money to sit on a board that had something to do with water. As ICAC isn’t allowed to water board in the hope of getting more information, it was pretty much left at that.

But Arfur is a decent sort of chap and it was decided – by him or someone – that it would be best for everyone if he stood down till this messy business was sorted out or until the public’s memory was as faulty as a Liberal Premier’s recollection for bottles of Grange.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:11 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has been fairly subdued, which is expected given the magnitude of the overnight risk event, although the same can’t be said for the ASX 200 which has been sold off fairly aggressively . The reaction in US trade to the speculation that the People’s Bank of […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:01 Source

From ANZ: A general restriction which applies to all coal limits ash content to 40% and sulphur to 3%, with more rigorous conditions according to energy content and coals which travel beyond 600km from either port or mine. Lignite consumed within the 600km threshold will need to have ash below 30% and sulphur below 1.5%. The document also spells out limits […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:51 Source

From CBA today: SLF is a short‑term liquidity tool The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) launched Short‑term Liquidity Operations (SLO) and Standing Lending Facility (SLF) in early 2013.  SLOs, similar to regular Open Market Operations (OMO), are repurchase operations with a maturity of less than seven days.  SLFs, by contrast, are collateralized lending with a maturity […]

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