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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:16 Source

$80,281,391.78

This is how much we will spend every single day this year on defence.  And this figure is conservative.  It does not include funds appropriated to the Defence Housing Authority, those administered by Defence for military superannuation schemes and housing support services, nor the additional funds provided directly to the Defence Materiel Organisation to buy equipment.  Equipment investment will grow from around $3.5 billion last year to $6.1 billion this year.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:11 Source

Yesterday I made an application to depart my university of employment and to accept a redundancy.  It was an emotional moment for me as I had never contemplated exiting employment in this way. I always thought I would work until I dropped.   My decision partly reflects what I want to do with my life in the future (more leisure, greater freedom from obligation) but it mainly reflects my pessimistic assessment of where the Australian universities are going.  I enjoy teaching and doing my research but side issues, related to the way universities are being currently administered, provide an overwhelming rationale for my decision.

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Peter G-W Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:25 Source

There is a harshness in our modern world that presses in around us. A dark void, a black hole. Left unopposed it invades our souls and leaves no space for compassion and for love. Here is a simple poem that may bring some light, some colour, some softness. Take a moment, and dream. I Dream I see, I dream I float among the stars. An opening leaf, a budding rose The softness of the setting sun. […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:23 Source

It is undeniably apparent that the Abbott Government is jumping hoops to save their chaplaincy program, reports Adam Cass.

Subtly certainly hasn’t been an apparent characteristic of the Abbott Government. The government’s latest attempt to ram an ideologically motivated school chaplaincy funding model into Australia’s public education system further demonstrates its ineptitude and negligence with regard to developing responsible public policy for Australia.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:21 Source

from the world of phoney tony .....

The independent Parliamentary Budget Office has called into question claims health spending is spiralling out of control, noting government spending is projected to grow in line with the economy over the next decade and that health will account for only a small amount to that growth.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:07 Source

Today's column was supposed to be thematically arranged around development politics. But instead it seems to be all about helicopters.

© Glen Le Lievre

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The Sniper Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:57 Source

By Barry Tucker

The News media should be all over Tony Abbott’s latest expenses rort. The implications of this moral failure are more serious than sending warplanes to Iraq.

The affair was mentioned in newspapers, on TV and radio (I can confirm hearing it on the ABC RN Breakfast show). However, it was merely mentioned and then dropped as an issue.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:43 Source

I have completed The Three Worst Things The Liberals Did Yesterday (44) and will complete The Three  Worst Things The Liberals Did Yesterday (45) soon. It is possible I will be late with today’s. It has become a consuming task …

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:18 Source

Tony Abbott has obviously learnt nothing from last year's travel rort scandals. He and his Team Australia bombard us with brainwashing messages like the age of entitlement is over, budget emergency and that the country can't afford leaners. He then attends at private function in Melbourne and  arranges a quick "work" visit and press conference to conveniently justify claiming entitlements rather than paying his own way.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Letter to the editor in The Daily Examiner on 26 August 2014:Aussie IslamistsGiven the unhappy world situation at this time and the present exposure of the unholy and bestial practices that Australian Islamists, amongst others, are pursuing in Arabia, a whole rethink of where we stand in world affairs is overdue.At this stage the United States of Australasia, incorporating our Christian neighbours, is worthy of serious consideration.Thomas MacindoeYamba

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:15 Source

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Peter Garcia-Webb Friday, August 29, 2014 - 23:24 Source

Too little too late. This is what Gaza's fishermen thought of Israel's decision to re-extend the fishing zone to 6 nautical miles. A comment on the recent peace negotiations between Gaza and Israel? No. The comment was made in May 2013. The limit had been reduced from 6 nautical miles to 3 in March 2013. A direct Israeli violation of the Egyptian brokered cease fire agreement of November 2012.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 22:19 Source

Global Macro / Markets: The Greater Depression – Brad Delong The stall-speed syndrome – Stephen Roach The Cause of Secular Stagnation? - Econbrowser Lending Club is NOT a bank.  – Matt Levine Ultra-Liquidity  – Piera Classic warning sounds for investors – FT.com Americas: GDP Expanded at 4.2% Rate in Second Quarter – WSJ Most Americans […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 29, 2014 - 18:55 Source

Who is creating the fear in the minds of Australians? Popular blogger and author ‘Truth Seeker‘ comes up with a surprising (or not too surprising) answer.

With all the rhetoric going around about terrorism, and the extremist “War” language spewing gleefully from the mouth of the political thug and brawler we laughingly call a PM, I thought it might be worth looking at the issue of home grown terrorists.

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The Political Sword Friday, August 29, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Twelve months into the Abbott government, its misdeeds could fill an entire book. But here I’ll attempt to summarize them, as it’s important we remember them all to maintain the rage. If you think this article is too long, blame Tony Abbott. For 28 months, they promised to reveal all their policies and budget cuts ‘in good time before the next election’.

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TruthInNewsMedia Friday, August 29, 2014 - 18:02 Source

By Barry Tucker                    29 August, 2014

The News media should be all over Tony Abbott’s latest expenses rort. The implications of this moral failure are more serious than sending warplanes to Iraq.

The affair was mentioned in newspapers, on TV and radio (I can confirm hearing it on the ABC RN Breakfast show). However, it was merely mentioned and then dropped as an issue.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 16:46 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Sentiment has somewhat stabilised in Asia with the impact of rising geopolitical risk subsiding through trade. US futures have also ticked higher, with S&P futures back at that 2,000 level. While the primary driver of losses in global equities were developments on the Ukraine-Russia front, […]

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John Quiggin Friday, August 29, 2014 - 16:44 Source

The website of the Group of Eight long-established universities has a section devoted to “Leaders Statements” supporting the Abbott government’s university reform[1] program. It’s a pretty depressing read. Not only are our leaders going in a direction that almost no-one in the sector wants to follow, but the quality of their arguments is depressingly mediocre. It’s a sad reflection on the university sector if this group is the best we can come up with to lead us.

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Your Democracy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 16:01 Source

world congress of families .... (cancelled) *

 

* from politicoz ….

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 15:02 Source

From Forexlive: all 23 economists polled  by Reuters see RBA keeping rates on hold at 2.5% none see rate cuts in next 12 months half see first rate hike by mid-2015 All are wrong and half are very wrong. Next move is down. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, August 29, 2014 - 14:24 Source

Abbott’s bloody-mindedness on solar. For The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: climate action, climate change, renewable energy, renewables, RET, The Hoopla, Tony Abbott

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 14:22 Source

From Westpac’s Q2 National Accounts preview: The Australian National Accounts, to be released on Wednesday September 3, will provide an estimate ofeconomic activity in the June quarter. We expect the second quarter of 2014 to be a soft one for GDP, following a strong start to the year. Central to this profile is a lopsided performance by resource […]

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 14:09 Source

The Renewable Energy Target was transferring wealth away from the rich. The Abbott Government has come to the rescue once again.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 14:02 Source

The Deep T. critique of bank capital ratios has exploded today at the AFR via Chris Joye: One of the first charts APRA published this week was the amount of “common equity tier one capital” held by deposit-takers as a share of “risk-weighted” assets. This is similar to the first-loss equity home owners have invested […]

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Jack the Insider Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:35 Source

IT is often said that police corruption can be traced back to the Rum Rebellion but really that brouhaha was more of a military coup…

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:33 Source

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:26 Source

There's no room for nuclear power in Australia - or anywhere else - argues Australian Conservation Foundation's Dave Sweeney.

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:26 Source

There's no room for nuclear power in Australia - or anywhere else - argues Australian Conservation Foundation's Dave Sweeney.

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Croakey Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:22 Source

Jennifer Doggett writes: It’s a scenario familiar to anyone used to attending health conferences and workshops:  a presenter gets up and talks about a problem they are trying to solve in their city-based health service or program. Inevitably, after...

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:13 Source

Some have plenty. Others have none. And those with plenty need to stop telling us all about it, writes Joshua Dabelstein. 

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