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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 07:04 Source

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New Matilda Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Debate in Australia around terrorist groups like ISIS allows us all to avoid the real issues associated with religious and international conflict.

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New Matilda Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 05:35 Source

Participation not punishment should be the area of focus for any fair dinkum welfare reform.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:55 Source

Yesterday we saw worsening Chinese house price data. The Chinese media tends to focus on the year-on-year price changes. Currently, only three cities have year on year new home price declines, but at the current rate of acceleration, by October nearly every city will be down year on year. March: 4 cities saw declines in […]

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Peter G-W Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:47 Source

A short poem of hope after the recent death of a partner. Memories Memories. They cloud my mind. Dark and light Silver golden rays of sun. Take not fright Here is joy, there regret, what was is gone. If only? foolish to reflect upon. A tear. Sweet salt down my cheek it ran Like a soft touch, my not forgotten man. Anger now be brushed aside the future calls What does it hold? Keep those […]

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:20 Source

The old dog, Arnie the bull and I have been having some in depth discussions. Arnie is still upset that most of his cow friends left the property at the beginning of autumn. He does not appreciate that the lack of rain and the approach of winter was a problem. He has had feed grass all winter, something he would have been lacking if all his friends had stayed.There is still an accusation in his eye when he looks at me. I am very lucky, I don’t have a mortgage or bank loans hanging over my head.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Tim Winton on the C word that matters in The Monthly in December 2013:I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that citizens in contemporary Australia are now implicitly divided into those who bother and those who don’t. It seems poverty and wealth can no longer be attributed – even in part – to social origins; they are apparently manifestations of character. In the space of two decades, with the gap between rich and poor growing wider, Australians have been trained to remain uncharacteristically silent about the origins of social disparity.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:15 Source

This interesting snippet found in NSW court records for July 2014 alerted me to a puzzling situation:The puzzle is of course how 18.32 ha of mortgaged RU1-Primary agricultural land (or a little over 45 acres) in the Clarence Valley with only o

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Peter Garcia-Webb Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:10 Source

In February this year I asked the rhetorical question: What does Australia's Foreign Minster Julie Bishop see in Cambodia that would make it a suitable place to send innocent refugees? In April, I noted that Scott Morrison, never one to let facts stand in the way of a good yarn, said that Cambodia's infrastructure was perfectly capable of taking on extra refugees from Nauru.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:04 Source

Via FTAlphaville, Credit Suisse lists Janet Yellen’s labour market statements going into the Fed’s annual pow wow at Jackson Hole: Conditions under which the Fed would tighten sooner and faster “If the labor market continues to improve more quickly than anticipated by the Committee, resulting in faster convergence toward our dual objectives, then increases in […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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Poll Bludger Monday, August 18, 2014 - 23:56 Source

Tomorrow’s Courier-Mail carries results of a Galaxy poll of federal voting intention in Queensland, going off the same sample as yesterday’s state poll, and it’s the first of four such polls since the election to show Labor in front. Labor’s 51-49 lead on two-party preferred represents an 8% swing from last year’s federal election, and a three-point shift to Labor from the previous result in February. It also sits well with the current reading from BludgerTrack, suggesting serious problems for the government in what may be the most important state in the country in terms of marginal seats. Primary votes and such to follow shortly.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, August 18, 2014 - 22:28 Source

‘Don’t migrate to Australia unless you want to join “Team Australia”’, declared our chest-beating Prime Minister. “Everyone has got to be on team Australia” he carried on.

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En Passant Monday, August 18, 2014 - 20:51 Source

Angry protests and police violence have continued night after night in Ferguson, Mo., since the murder of an unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown, on August 9. Despite claims by local and state authorities that they want to respect the rights of protesters, police provocations have grown more intense over the past two nights–with reports on Monday that the cops began their nightly barrage of tear gas hours before a midnight curfew.

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John Quiggin Monday, August 18, 2014 - 19:33 Source

Thanks to Joe Hockey’s masterful salesmanship, the idea of restoring indexation of fuel exercise, let alone imposing a carbon price, is dead for the foreseeable future. This is one case where, despite my economistic prejudice in favor of price-based measures, I think regulation is the way to go. Australia is one of the few developed countries that does not impose fuel efficiency standards on motor vehicles. Now that the Obama Administration has greatly tightened US standards, we are set to have the most petrol-guzzling car fleet in the entire world.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 18, 2014 - 18:51 Source

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I will put up on Ellis Gold my account in The Year It All Fell Down of the situation in 2011 of Julian Assange.

An interview still happening suggests he will be out of the Ecuadorean Embassy soon, but not, he says, because of his heart-and-lung problems and high blood pressure, as the Murdoch press is now baying. He is healthier than that.

8.20 am

It may be a year yet before he is out. A new law saying no person not charged with a crime can be extradited for it is now in force in the UK but does not, bizarrely, apply to him.

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you said it... Monday, August 18, 2014 - 18:03 Source

This morning’s Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail (Murdoch’s flaccid Sydney and Brisbane organs) featured the following beat-up from one of Rupert’s resident right wing ratbags, Tim Blair.

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you said it... Monday, August 18, 2014 - 18:03 Source

This morning’s Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail (Murdoch’s flaccid Sydney and Brisbane organs) featured the following beat-up from one of Rupert’s resident right wing ratbags, Tim Blair.

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En Passant Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:38 Source

Here is the last sentence of an article in the Electronic Intifada containing a Palestinian statement in support of the people of Ferguson.

It says:

With a Black Power fist in the air, we salute the people of Ferguson and join in your demands for justice.

Here is a link to the article.

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Croakey Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:35 Source

Australian psychiatrist and researcher Professor Louise Newman, director of the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology at Monash University, has long led the way on the devastating impact of detention on asylum seekers, particularly...

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:21 Source

Scotland will win its independence on September 18 by a margin of 52.2 to 47.8.

A poll now showing the stick-with-England numbers down to 52 means, must mean, the momentum is going Salmond’s way.

I had the impression after Sunshine On Leith and the Commonwealth Games Opening Night that this could happen.

After Abbott’s dumb-ass intervention, I am sure.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:41 Source

Slate is hosting a very un-Slate-like barney over this important question. Who'd win in a fight between a knight and a modern soldier. The author, Jon Davis, a former marine sergeant, wrote the entry at Quora. Somewhat surprisingly, Davis doesn;t opt for the Corps.

Given all these-training from an earlier age, focus on melee combat, more practical weapons, better armor for the fight-I see no realistic reason to see why a modern warrior would win this one.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:18 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It has been an interesting start to the week for global markets, with equities somewhat bouncing back after an interesting Friday in which geopolitical risk was a dominant theme. On Friday, traders focused on developments in Ukraine where a small Russian military convoy that […]

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Inside Story Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:09 Source

In Australia, the steady stream of defections includes former Liberal leader John Hewson, pictured here at a “We Say Yes” to a carbon price event in 2011.
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Your Democracy Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:33 Source

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The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:22 Source

Slowly but sure the smart money is figuring it out. From PIMCO today: There has been ample analysis of the macroeconomic consequences of the terms-of-trade shock that Australia has undergone as the resources investment boom has tapered. Australia now must contend with a multi-year decline in the terms of trade and the required rebalancing towards […]

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Prosper Australia Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:07 Source

Evolving Economics is our fortnightly enews on upcoming events, current news and commentary. Join here. Having trouble reading this newsletter? View it online. The enews of Prosper & Earthsharing Australia august 2014 Prof. John Freebairn will present on state taxation Wednesday September 3rd Royal Society of Victoria, 8 Latrobe St, Melbourne From 6pm RSVP & […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 18, 2014 - 15:04 Source

From the AFR: If Asia’s richest man is any guide, the smart money started leaving China’s property market a year ago. Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing has sold about $3.5 billion worth of property on the mainland and in Hong Kong since August last year, according to the South China Morning Post. Analysts say the sales, via […]

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Inside Story Monday, August 18, 2014 - 14:30 Source

On merit alone?
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What qualities make for a good judge? Are certain knowledge and skills enough to justify an individual’s appointment to the bench, or is something more required? What might that be – seniority, reputation, personal characteristics that diversify the judiciary? And who needs to be satisfied that the candidate is the right one – the government, whose decision it is, or the judiciary, who must accept the individual into its ranks?

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