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A slowing growth in China, the myth of the American dream and other news and views for Monday 8 December 2014

December 8, 2014 - 22:18 -- Admin
  • China trade data well below expectations - “Trade data from the world’s second largest economy, China, came in well below expectations on Monday, heightening fears of a sharper slowdown. China’s exports rose 4.7% in November from a year ago, compared to market forecasts of a 8.2% jump. Imports fell 6.7% in the same period against predictions of a 3.9% rise.”

Force me to bet on the Australian election and I’d back the Coalition

December 8, 2014 - 11:09 -- Admin

The opinion polls showing Labor with a comfortable lead over the Coalition keep coming. At the weekend there was Galaxy putting the twp party shares at 45% for the Coalition and 55% for Labor. This morning Fairfax-Ipsos had it 48% Coalition 52% Labor.It is an uncommon thing to have a government so consistently behind the opposition for such a lengthy period in its first year or so in office but would you really like to put your own hard earned on Labor winning?

A big story with little coverage – Nick Xenophon and his NXT

December 8, 2014 - 09:12 -- Admin

The stultifying impact of the group think that dominates the federal press gallery was never more obvious than at the weekend when the announcement of a new political party went virtually unreported. In my opinion, Nick Xenophon’s announcement that he is taking his independent  ideas national is the most significant political event of 2014.

The future looks incredibly bleak for social democrats

December 7, 2014 - 09:55 -- Admin
  • Surfers Without Waves – Is Social Democracy Dead In The Water? - “No social democratic party anywhere in the world is on the front foot. Sure, parties may find themselves in government – as they do in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France, in their own right or as part of a coalition – but this happens by accident and tends to be down to the failures of the right.