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North Coast Voices Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:16 Source
According to the Australian Attorney-General Department’s website, there are currently more than 10,000 Commonwealth-registered marriage celebrants in this country.
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North Coast Voices Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:15 Source
Coal seam and tight gas exploration & mining company Metgasco Limited is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).An individual has lodged a 3-page complaint with ASX alleging that the company failed to meet its disclosure obligations and engaged in allegedly misleading and deceptive conduct (click on page images to enlarge):
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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:11 Source

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In a lengthy interview with Fortune published Thursday, media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave his thoughts on the 2016 presidential field.

Though he said he has “no settled thoughts at all” on the race, Murdoch admitted he’s “watching it with great interest.”

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:02 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Trillion-Dollar Firms Dominating Bonds Prompting Probes – Bloomberg North America: Social Security stops trying to collect on old taxpayer debts – Washington Post Working Women Help the Economy – New York Times Canada’s Climate Warms to Corn as Grain Belt Shifts North – Bloomberg In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out [...]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 21:18 Source

If, in World War 2, the US could build an airfield in two weeks, why is it now taking five hundred times as long?

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En Passant Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 20:43 Source


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Lex Wotton, the heroic Palm Islander who was jailed after leading protests against racist police violence, is set to break a long silence says Red Flag.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 20:01 Source

DogstarRisingDogstar Rising (2013) is the second in a series of crime stories set in Cairo featuring Makana, a former police inspector from Sudan who has fled to Egypt for political reasons, and now works as a private detective.

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Croakey Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 18:50 Source

Those responsible for implementing the NDIS should keep in mind the advice of a certain Roman emperor – “to make haste slowly”, says Frank Quinlan, the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia. *** The NDIS and Mental Health: Make change...

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Peter Garcia-Webb Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:56 Source

Two lawyers from Maurice Blackburn have recently visited Christmas Island. They intend to act for families of 26 infants, 24 on Christmas Island and two in Melbourne. Apparently the asylum seekers are concerned that they will be shifted to destinations that will make it harder for the lawyers to represent them, as happened in other cases at the order of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. How much do you want to bet that it will happen […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:36 Source

That has to be the silliest argument I have ever heard.

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:24 Source

According to a blog post published by Salesforce.com today, one of Ted Pretty’s first moves upon taking up managing director role at iconic Australian brand Hills in 2012 was to halt an expensive traditional business software project and call Salesforce.com instead.

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AusOpinion Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:22 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:04 Source

By Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Equities in Asia have not quite mirrored the solid recovery in US trade with China lagging the region. Investors are digesting a raft of releases out of China including new loans, money supply, foreign reserves and aggregate financing data. There was a sharp [...]

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Inside Story Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:57 Source

Deepening divisions: Iraqis at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood on 9 April 2014.
Karim Kadim/ AP Photo

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy
By Zaid Al-Ali
Yale University Press | $49.95

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:54 Source

Internode founder Simon Hackett has made another major investment in an Australian technology company, with the beneficiary this time around being cloud computing and managed hosting services group UltraServe, which has been in operation since the year 2000.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:26 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Australia faces a fall in living standards unless policy action is taken. This is due to de-industrialisation and loss of economic complexity. The higher the economic complexity, the stronger the economy’s value-creation prospects. Australia languishes at 79 in global rankings of economic complexity. Modern industry policy could help correct this but [...]

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:14 Source

Cloud computing storage player Dropbox has announced it is opening an office in Sydney, as competition in the local enterprise cloud storage market accelerates.

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Inside Story Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:11 Source

Gripping: Marta Dusseldorp as Janet King.

THE FINAL episode of the ABC’s legal drama Janet King airs this week, and looks set to do well in the ratings. Audience numbers for the show have held steady at a healthy 820,000 to 830,000 across the series, which suggests that the production team have been doing something right, after the debacle of their previous effort, Crownies (2011).

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:54 Source

Rio’s first quarter production report was out earlier today and was a fizzer: Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh said “Rio Tinto has started the year with a series of performance records as we continue to drive productivity gains across our operations. Our Pilbara iron ore business has again set new benchmarks for production, shipments [...]

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:51 Source

Wow. Are we still writing about One.Tel? Apparently so. One.Tel, of course, was a hugely hyped Australian telco which eventually went bust in spectacular fashion, and become the subject of many lawsuits. The final one is about to be concluded, according to The Australian newspaper.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen Prime Minister Tony Abbott has today announced that Badgerys Creek in Sydney’s west will be home to the city’s second airport, with work on the $2.5 billion project expected to commence in 2016 and reaching full operating capacity within a decade. From The AFR: The federal government will bear some costs [...]

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:34 Source

The Commonwealth Bank's IT division has suffered something of a nightmare 24 hours, with a catastrophic internal IT outage taking down multiple systems and resulting in physical branches being offline, and the bank separately suffering public opprobrium stemming from contradictory statements it made with respect to potential vulnerabilities stemming from the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:14 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following its dubious effort on first home buyers last week, the Housing Industry Association (HIA) has today released a decent research report assessing the role of housing as a leading indicator of the broader non-mining economy, as well as reforms that could be undertaken in order to help the economy transition [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:11 Source

Reuters has a piece today that’s stirring up some MSM fuss in implying iron ore could still crash owing to credit limits: Commodities such as copper and rubber have been commonly used for financing, where traders or investors borrow against the commodity with the aim of investing the money in high-return areas such as real estate. [...]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:11 Source

A suite of big picture forecasts for the iron ore price have come out in recent days and are worth a review.Reuters kicks us off with a warning that the iron ore financing scam remains an imminent threat: Commodities such as copper and rubber have been commonly used for financing, where traders or investors borrow against [...]

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Drag0nista's Blog Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:06 Source

Why Green is the new black. Weekly post at The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Greens, Scott Ludlam, Senate

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John Quiggin Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 13:53 Source

I’ve written a few times about the idea that betting markets provide a more accurate guide to political outcomes than do polls or ‘expert’ judgements or statistical models (which usually incorporate polls along with economic and other data). The problem is that, close to an election, they all tend to converge. So, the best time to do a comparison is early in the election cycle. Right now there’s quite a sharp contrast. The polls have had the (federal) ALP and LNP just about level for months, but the betting markets have the LNP as strong favorites.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 13:35 Source

This week’s Essential Research fortnightly average has the parties at level pegging after two weeks with Labor leading 51-49, with Labor’s primary vote down a point to 37% and the Coalition steady at 42%. The surge to the Greens in Nielsen is not replicated, their vote up only one point to 10%, with Palmer United likewise up a point to 4%. Other findings from the poll:

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Club Troppo Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 13:31 Source

Below is a before and after, ‘pie chart’ of the Artist Resale Royalty schemes distributions to Dec 2013 . The first picture is of the whole pie:

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There are 7,800 individual slices in this Royalty pie

 Bellow is a picture of the of the pie after the biggest individual slices (the top 7%) have been consumed:

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 13:23 Source

Ever received one of those giant telephone bills from Telstra with a massive amount of extra fees which you never expected? Spare a thought for the National Broadband Network Company. Industry newsletter Communications Day has gotten its hands on a report compiled by investment bank Goldman Sachs which, for the first time, fully projects the amount NBN Co could be paying Telstra over the next half-decade for access to infrastructure such as pits and pipes.

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