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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, October 31, 2014 - 20:09 Source

There’s no denying that many supporters of The Greens were taken offside by Nick Kenny’s article yesterday. One comment was made that Nick should have been more concerned with attacking the ‘real enemy’ – the Liberal Party. Today Nick does just that as he breaks down another myth about Gough Whitlam.

Myth # 2: “Gough stuffed the economy, blew the budget, and made a mess of the joint” (The Liberals).

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John Quiggin Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:56 Source

That’s the title of a piece of mine the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a little while ago. It’s paywalled but they have graciously given me permission to republish it here.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:30 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Japan has been the main point of focus in Asian trade today, with the Nikkei significantly outperforming the region. While the BoJ meeting and raft of data out of Japan have been pinned as the highlights of today’s session, the Government Pension Investment Fund […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Yesterday, Malcom Turnbull introduced new legislation for his metadata retention scheme. Among other lies, we are told that the metadata will not contain the website addresses that you may happen to visit. Out of interest I looked at the metadata of the article in the Sydney Morning Herald that carried the story: Malcolm Turnbull introduces legislation for metadata retention scheme.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:48 Source

I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that Abbott has crossed, this week, a shadow-line, and nobody believes a thing he says any more, and nobody wants to hear his voice any more.

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Prosper Australia Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:35 Source

by David Collyer Policy Director Land in Australia should be dirt cheap.  All levels of government must explicitly recognise outstanding access to land for all is a key national advantage that simply cannot be imitated by other countries.  For state governments, close scrutiny of planning and a review of exemptions from State Land Tax are […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen In what could easily be some kind of Halloween joke, the Illawarra Mercury this week spruiked a new home deposit scheme that would provide low-to-middle income first home buyers (FHBs) with assistance to get “into the housing game”: The West Dapto Home Deposit Assistance Program is the first of its kind […]

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Croakey Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:52 Source

It’s rare for the Australian Medical Association, the Public Health Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to be singing from the same hymn sheet.  But their collective criticisms of the Government’s response to the Ebola...

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:31 Source

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New Matilda Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:27 Source

Yesterday in parliament Senator Nova Peris pointed to three emails to support a claim she had been blackmailed. New Matilda has obtained those emails.

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Club Troppo Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:18 Source

We can be confident that Tony isn't demonstrating the size of Scott's heart, or his brain for that matter ...

We can be confident that Tony isn’t demonstrating the size of Scott’s heart, or his brain for that matter …

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Drag0nista's Blog Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:09 Source

Nova Peris and our witch-hunt mentality. For The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Barry Spurr, Frances Abbott, invasion of privacy, New Matilda, new media, News Corp, Nova Peris, The Hoopla, Tony Abbott, traditional media, whistleblower

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Ambit Gambit Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:02 Source

I’m struck by the urgency with which some suggest Australia must send doctors to deal with the Ebola threat in West Africa. What is it about Australian doctors that makes them indispensable? Can’t doctors from other countries handle the threat as competently (or even more so) than those from Australia? Perhaps those countries not sending their airmen […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:24 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:01 Source

Brandis assured the nation that though he had the powers to put in gaol for ten years any journalist he didn’t like, he would never use them. ‘Trust me,’ said. ‘Trust me. Though this new law says I can do it, I never would.’ His knuckles whitened, and he beamed, sweatily.

Ian Watt, the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, sick of Abbott, resigned in weary disgust. A Howard groveller, Michael xxxx, replaced him.

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