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En Passant Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:42 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:04 Source

Tuesday 10 January 2017 1  Further to my piece ‘Come on, Malcolm, confront the bastards‘ comes the further revelation that Sussan Ley had secured finance ”several months” before she bought the $795,000 unit suggesting that it wasn’t, the spur of the moment decision she said it was. Her statement that she had ”not planned nor…

The post Day to Day Politics: Ley an amateur compared to Abbott. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Club Troppo Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 04:23 Source

Research Design Meets Market Design: Using Centralized Assignment for Impact Evaluation
Date: 2016-12
By: Abdulkadiroğlu, Atila (Duke University) ; Angrist, Joshua (MIT) ; Narita, Yusuke (Yale University) ; Pathak, Parag A. (MIT)

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 00:16 Source

oecomuse: Musings from home and hearth, 8 January 2016:According to Appendix E – Data matching of the 2015-16 Annual Report, the Department of Human Services spent $19.5 million in 2013-14, $25.5 million in 2014-15 and $8.3 million last financial year on its data matching program.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 00:15 Source

An estimated 10–15% of older Australians who live in the community experience anxiety or depression (Haralambous et al. 2009). However, research has shown that certain sub-groups of the older population are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health. For example, just over half (52% or 86,736) of all permanent aged care residents at 30 June 2012 had mild, moderate or major symptoms of depression when they were last appraised (AIHW 2013).

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Digitopoly Monday, January 9, 2017 - 23:38 Source

It is 10 years ago today that the most significant consumer technological innovation, possibly of the last 50 years, was introduced. Here is Steve Jobs introducing it:

If you have never seen it, you should watch.

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En Passant Monday, January 9, 2017 - 21:05 Source

 

Bronwyn Bishop: “”But I do know that there are socialists out there who want to attack free enterprise and anyone who sticks up for it.”

“And I know that socialists, like alcoholics, will blame anyone but themselves, and, whereas alcoholics can damage their own families, socialists can destroy the whole country.”

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Your Democracy Monday, January 9, 2017 - 19:05 Source

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Such is politics in these interesting times that it’s impossible when alerted to one scandal, to refrain from speculating if it has been confected to distract your attention from another.

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Your Democracy Monday, January 9, 2017 - 18:11 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 9, 2017 - 16:23 Source

In a classic operation, most commonly perpetrated by telephone conmen and door-knocking scammers, the Turnbull Government has hit the jackpot. Boasting of returns of over $300 million after hitting up only 169,000 Australians, someone deep in the murky depths of Government has clearly been taking lessons from the lowest of predatory scumbags. The operation, fondly…

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Prosper Australia Monday, January 9, 2017 - 16:05 Source

A great way to bury an unwelcome government report is to release it into the alcoholic haze of a hot Australian Christmas. Infrastructure Australia’s Capturing Value paper is too important to suffer this fate: who pays for the infrastructure we need is a matter of first importance. Australia’s excessive reliance on labour taxes means wage-earners […]

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AustralianPolitics.com Monday, January 9, 2017 - 16:00 Source

Video and audio of Meryl Streep's speech at the 2017 Golden Globes awards.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 9, 2017 - 14:15 Source

Such is politics in these interesting times that it’s impossible when alerted to one scandal, to refrain from speculating if it has been confected to distract your attention from another. So it is with Health Minister Sussan Ley’s current imbroglio which seems, at first blush, a nice little “look over here not there” moment arriving right…

The post Compare and contrast: Sussan Ley and Centrelink punters appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:24 Source

If you’ve been one of the lucky people who have been contacted by Centrelink and you don’t actually owe them any money you might want to check this out: http://notmydebt.com.au If you just want to check out some useful information. I suspect that the Youtube link is satire, but you never can tell with the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:55 Source

In order to avoid “errors of judgement” and “flights inadvertently booked for official travel rather than private”, and to help with budget repair and reducing carbon footprint, here are a few tips for politicians. Stop flying to places outside your electorate to make announcements. The Federal government is located in Canberra.  That is where announcements…

The post A simplified guide to work entitlements and cutting costs appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:37 Source

By Mel Mac I surfed the ABC news website this afternoon and clicked onto this headline: “China fights pollution: New environmental police squad to battle heavy smog”. The article seemed a little threadbare. When this occurs I search further and ideally for an article in the country relevant to the article, I like to get more details…

The post Climate Change and China: an example of media disunity appeared first on The AIM Network.

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AustralianPolitics.com Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:19 Source

Audio of Health Minister Sussan Ley's press conference announcing she will stand aside pending an investigation into her Gold Coast travel expenses. Includes statement from Prime Minister Turnbull.

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xkcd.com Monday, January 9, 2017 - 11:00 Source

Hey Rob, sorry it took me a while to get back to you! Sure, I'd love to see WALL-E opening weekend! Are you still doing that, or...?

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Poll Bludger Monday, January 9, 2017 - 03:24 Source

No sign of those Newspoll state polls that I hoped might enliven the silly season, and it’s still another week until Essential Research returns. So for your edification, I offer the following state-by-state accounting of where the federal polling picture stands at state level (except Tasmania, for which there has been literally no data at all since the election). This is based on 35 polls in all: 25 from Essential, with unpublished state breakdowns; eight from Newspoll, including the quarterly breakdowns); one from Ipsos; and a Queensland-only result from Galaxy. Note that “Q3” below refers to the third quarter result for 2016, i.e.

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North Coast Voices Monday, January 9, 2017 - 01:23 Source

Sussan Ley admitted the error of her ways once she was found out, but then tries to restrict any investigation of her ministerial use of car and air travel allowances to only those trips to and from the Gold Coast area in Queensland.

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North Coast Voices Monday, January 9, 2017 - 00:15 Source

When a government declares war on its citizens…….

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 21:31 Source

As we watch the debacle that calls itself government around the world scratching its collective head at why the people are angry, it would be timely to point out a few home truths. The economy is supposed to serve the people.  It is supposed to have a point. Economics started as a branch of moral…

The post It is time for us all to start caring about something more than money appeared first on The AIM Network.

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En Passant Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 21:12 Source

I have spent the past 48 hours examining my bank robbery records.

I travelled to Brisbane recently to participate in a University law reform discussion and to meet students there and on the Gold Coast. As I had to be in Canberra on the Sunday I decided to stay the Saturday night on the Gold Coast rather than incur considerable extra expense by flying back to Wollongong and then travelling to Canberra the following day. This is within the rules provided.

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John Quiggin Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 13:53 Source

One of the striking features of technological progress over the past fifty years or so has been that of incredibly rapid progress in information and communications technology, combined with near-stasis in most other sectors. Here’s what I wrote on the topic in 2003, and could have reposted, essentially unchanged, a decade later

On most of the obvious measures, technological progress in transport stopped sometime in the late 1960s and, at the frontiers, we are now seeing retrogression.

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John Quiggin Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:50 Source

Another excerpt from my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons (partial draft here). As usual, praise is welcome, useful criticism even more so.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:30 Source

By R D Wood In 2011-12 alone, governments around Australia earned $5.5bn from gambling losses whereas $15bn ended up in ‘not-for-profit’ sports clubs and the private sector. A lot of that money came in some relationship to sport, be that at local sports clubs in NSW or through gambling on professional codes. In that same…

The post There’s national pride in national precincts appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:20 Source
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Harry Clarke Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:14 Source

My blog operated for 10 years and, at one stage, had more than 1000 hits per day. It has remained unloved and almost unused for two years now.  The delete button is presenting itself as an option.  There are problems in posting photographs that I cannot resolve and cross-postings to Facebook, where I tend to reside these days, only work on occasion.  Giving the matter thought.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 10:00 Source

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

The post Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 41) appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 07:11 Source

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