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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen SQM Research has released rental vacancies data for March, which revealed a 0.1% monthly fall in the national vacancy rate to 2.0%. Year on year, vacancies are also down 0.1%, bucking the trend for the first time in several months where we have witnessed a loosening of vacancies when compared to [...]

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Croakey Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:03 Source

(A Federal Health Department response to this post was added on 18 April). “Most experts would agree that the modest benefits of Tamiflu and Relenza, as reported by the review, do not justify the increased adverse risks, let alone the money spent on...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:02 Source

Westpac has released its March quarter consumer price index (CPI) forecasts, with the bank seeing inflation edging-up to a headline 0.9% QoQ/3.2% YoY (from 0.8% QoQ/ 2.7% YoY) and an underlying 0.7% QoQ/ 2.8% YoY (from 0.9% QoQ/ 2.6% YoY): Our Q1 headline CPI forecast is 0.9%qtr/3.2%yr. Core inflation, as measured by the average of [...]

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Ambit Gambit Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:01 Source

These are some thoughts from Valerie Yule, a regular OLO author. Hockey could cut * middle class welfare e.g. parental payments at the rate of usual income, even if high. All payments at the lowest rate. *negative gearing *payments for buyers of first housing as that only makes housing prices higher, and rewards the owners […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:00 Source

Originally posted on polyfeministix:

If anyone has ever been critically ill, had an accident, bringing a new life to your family or had to take a loved one to a public hospital, you understand the dire need for a solid and responsive public health system.
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Hoyden About Town Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:40 Source

So farewell to Barry O'Farrell, and hello to a new premier for NSW sometime later today (probably).

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?
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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:16 Source
 
Blogger Victoria Rollison in The Australian  Independent Media Network, 16 April 2014:
 
Today the media have presented their preferred frame for the resignation of Barry O’Farrell as: he mistakenly lied to an ICAC enquiry because he forgot that he received a $3,000 bottle of wine from the CEO of Australian Water Holdings
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Peter Garcia-Webb Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 06:10 Source

Now that Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his right ring mates have dropped one of their many nuclear bombs on the John Kerry peace initiative, it’s time for Israel to return to business as usual. Unless you are as bigoted as Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, you will already know what this means. Still, to remind you it involves stealing land, denying water, destroying crops, and of course expanding illegal settlements. Stealing land Israel defense […]

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Your Democracy Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 03:34 Source

For a long time I've thought that blogging is recording History for the Future. I've acted online that way for a decade now.  Even from my little corner of cyberspace you can watch the  changes easlily.  The people who love words (who also tend to put more thinking time into stuff) are finallly getting a chance to show the Merely Verbal Folk that their minds are on an equal level.  I see it daily in the bar, and love it.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:40 Source

UPDATE: The offer closes in a few days, so get in fast. We have reached the 60 subscriptions target, so any further takers will receive the rate of $85.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:36 Source

Nielsen has this week thrown a spanner into the BludgerTrack works, producing a dramatic shift on the basis of a result that’s yet to be corroborated by anybody else. The big mover is of course the Greens, who have shot up five points to the giddy heights of 15.4%, a result I wouldn’t attach much credit to until it’s backed by more than one data point. Only a small share of the gain comes at the expense of Labor, who have accordingly made a strong gain on two-party preferred and are in majority government territory on the seat projection.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:46 Source

The Age has an article from Michael Bachelard titled Turnbacks abandoned, says Jakarta. Military Commander General Moeldoko said on Wednesday that his Australian military counterpart had told him that no more boats would be returned to Indonesia. The General’s spokesman confirmed it, saying: When the commanders talked to each other, the Australian military commander said that if another asylum seeker boat arrived in Australia, then Australia would deal with the problem internally Scott Morrison it […]

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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:16 Source
Mitchell & Partners, with experience in government media management, is about to become the Abbott Government’s new master media agency with a contract worth approximately $137 million.
Mitchell & Partners was formerly part of the Aegis Media Group. 
The Japanese Dentsu Group acquired the Aegis Media Group in 2013 and formed Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd in London.
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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:15 Source
When a citizen becomes desperate for quality political representation the oddest things can happen.
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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:14 Source

Here are the iron ore charts for April 16, 2014: And so the paper market weakness rolls on. None of these charts look especially comforting and may all be forming head and shoulders top patterns. Rebar futures fell sharply too. In physical it’s increasingly as bad with the rebar recovering stalling and the Baltic Dry [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:12 Source

From Sovereign Man: Here’s a guy you want to bet on– Li Ka-Shing. Li is reportedly the richest person in Asia with a net worth well in excess of $30 billion, much of which he made being a shrewd property investor. Li Ka-Shing was investing in mainland China back in the early 90s, way back [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:09 Source

Cross-posted from Tom Conley at the Big P Political Economy Asia’s rise has been Australia’s economic gain. The rise of Japan, followed by South Korea and Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and other non-communist countries of Southeast Asia had provided significant export markets for Australian commodities, though not a sustained structural increase in their value. Then [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:09 Source

Last night the US saw some mediocre data but it was overshadowed by Janet Yellen and the return of uber-dovishess. It’s no wonder stocks, and high-beta in particular, roared back above 1%. On the data front, it was a night of hits and misses. There was a firm Fed beige book and industrial production sprang [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:02 Source

Global Macro / Markets: What Drives the Complexity and Speed of our Markets? – SEC Watch new documentary: “Bitcoin Uprising” – CNBC Bitcoin Creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ Unmasked–Again? – Wall Street Journal The problems of HFT – Reuters North America: Obama, Michigan in talks to free up $100M to aid Detroit pension deal – Freep.com Housing [...]

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Duck Pond Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 23:22 Source

Barry O’Farrell resigned suddenly this morning. He should have declared the $3,000 bottle of wine – or possibly returned it. And now the political game has been changed in NSW.

The focus of attention should now be on the role of the network of influence peddlers.

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Duck Pond Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 23:22 Source

Barry O’Farrell resigned suddenly this morning. He should have declared the $3,000 bottle of wine – or possibly returned it. And now the political game has been changed in NSW.

The focus of attention should now be on the role of the network of influence peddlers.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 22:17 Source

BarryOFarrellWords matter. When things happens in politics, the tone of how events are reported, the words that are used, and the way situations are framed are not organised by random. The mainstream media chooses the words they use very carefully.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:33 Source

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The Eroding Power of Central Banks

By Michael Sauga and Anne Seith

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:24 Source

Guide to the elections in Huon and Rosevears at the 2014 Tasmanian Legislative Council elections.

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The Mugwump Post Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:07 Source
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En Passant Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 20:57 Source

Barry O’Farrell, an apparatchik of capital in  New South Wales, has resigned over receiving a ‘gift’ of a 1959 Grange Hermitage, a $3000 bottle of wine. In common it seems with much of the Liberal Party O’Farrell pleaded lack of memory. He had no recollection of receiving the ‘gift’. His loving thank you note to the Australian Water Holdings’ donor gives the lie to not receiving it.

Perhaps Barry put the red under the bed?

His resignation is not some great victory for the left or the working class.

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laberal Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 20:22 Source
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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 19:55 Source

The age of entitlement is over. The corkage stops here.

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Things Bogans Like Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 19:20 Source

We have been harsh on the bogan, in the sincere belief that we were also being fair. We told you that the bogan is an empty vessel, a gaping maw just begging to have celebrity-of-the-month gossip regurgitated into it. We dared to suggest that the bogan stands for nothing, falls for everything, and possesses no enduring convictions beyond the urge to demonstrate its own loathsomeness.

Lies. All of these were lies. The bogan is actually a classicist; a person of timeless taste. The bogan is a… candle in the wind. Because the bogan likes Marilyn Monroe.

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