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John Quiggin Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 15:55 Source

Forbes just released its annual list of the ten richest Australians. Of the top eight, four inherited their wealth. The other four range in age from 75 to 85, suggesting that new heirs are likely to be joining the rich list before too long.

This pattern isn’t yet representative of the Australian wealth distribution as a whole, but it is becoming more so. Piketty’s patrimonial society is not far away.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton On 16 January 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report titled ‘Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics’ discussing their analysis of the link between renewable energy and world economies. The report is based on a study investigating and measuring the macroeconomic impacts of renewable energy deployment on a…

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Club Troppo Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 12:42 Source

People may know of Ray Kurtzweil. I first saw him at a conference in Melbourne where he was introduced as the greatest thing since sliced bread (an introduction he’d clearly had a hand in writing or authorising) and kept talking about how great he was. Anyway, he has some very impressive achievements to his name so good on him.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 11:15 Source

By Dr George Venturini What do Australians believe? There may be no pretension in much simplicity, but there is a lot of lack of knowledge and more so of self-satisfied Philistinism. For one would be entitled to ask in 2016: what happened to ‘a fair go’ in Australia? Above all else, Australians value ‘a fair…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:30 Source

This morning I had free range eggs—from our yard destroying chickens—and lashings of bacon and toast, including one piece with honey as the dessert portion of breakfast.Now I'm going to try and ride the exercise bike for an hour.I imagined my breakfast was the sort of meal a late-19th century dilettante explorer would have had before setting out for the day, feasting greedily on protein for his exertion whose exploration was totally borne on the backs of the underpaid local labourers making that exploration—and breakfast—possible.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 09:17 Source

Can Turnbull survive the Hanson-Young challenge if Andrews, Foley and Baird join it? Can he send back little children to their persecutors for ninety years on Nauru when his electorate, specifically, believes he is a different sort of man?

We’ll see how it plays out. One would have thought the amiable, quirky, comforting presence on Q&A was not the man to do this sort of thing.

He has to keep the Abetz-Abbott-Morrison-Dutton mob sweet. But does he?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 09:07 Source

What does the Year of the Monkey have in store for 2016? Since it’s an election year I thought it would be fun to check out the Chinese horoscopes for our political leaders. Our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was born in the Year of the Horse; the leader of Her Majesty’s (for now) loyal Opposition…

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The Political Sword Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 08:55 Source

[The Turnbull residence at Point Piper, Sydney]

After Turnbull toppled Abbott in September the polls turned in favour of the Coalition; Turnbull’s ‘satisfaction’ rating was high; and he had a commanding lead over Shorten as preferred prime minister. The big question for Turnbull, the Coalition, and indeed Labor, is whether he can maintain those poll numbers all the way to an election.

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 07:04 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 06:30 Source

Sunday February 7 2016 I have a confession to make. Writing a daily post is time-consuming. It takes a lot of research and you have to be on top of things, constantly thinking a day ahead. And of course one is reliant on the day-to-day political gossip for source material. Occasionally though one just feels…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 02:05 Source

Any leader who undermines the very essence of our shared Australian value of - "The Fair Go" is reckless. It is reckless toward us as individuals and it is reckless toward us as a collective. Turnbull's rejection of Gonski funding is not just reckless, it is irresponsible and regressive.…

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Julian Assange has reportedly been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 12 June 2012, a total of 1,328 days since he sought asylum there.The legal matter which triggered his request for asylum remains unresolved to date.On 5 February 2016 the Office of High Commissioner, Human Rights, United Nations, issued this statement:The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Deems the deprivation of liberty of Mr.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Photograph of Daryush Valizadeh, date unknown*This is the world according to very infantile Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh creator of Return of Kings: “1.

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Club Troppo Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 21:56 Source

 John Spooner.Regulation has a special place in the heart of this blog and superannuation is a particular fave. I’ve offered some connoisseurship of Self Managed Super Fund regulation in the past. I could say that this takes the cake, but really it’s just pretty par for the course.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 20:13 Source

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The Catholic Church is an institution steeped in tradition.

It is an institution that has traditionally served a select few old fuddy-duddy men extremely well.

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