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MacroBusiness Monday, May 27, 2019 - 00:15 Source

It’s kind of pathetic to watch the agony of the left as it fights its own failure still wearing a self-imposed straight jacket. Leftie media writhed through every excuse under the Sun: it was Murdoch’s fault says Rudd, wrote Bianca Hall working classes love their tax lurks, wrote David Crowe inner city globalisation winners lost

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 27, 2019 - 00:12 Source

Both fiscal and monetary authorities are in a building panic about Aussie growth. They should be. We’ve been in per capita recession for nine months and it’s getting worse not better. So, as the mad scramble for tax, monetary and prudential stimulus intensifies, why is the Government overlooking energy prices? Treasurer Frydenberg told business where

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 27, 2019 - 00:10 Source

CoreLogic has released its preliminary auction report, which reported a big lift in the auction clearance rate after the Coalition’s unexpected election victory and announced macro-prudential easing by APRA. The preliminary national auction clearance rate was 62.2%, well above last week’s preliminary clearance rate of 57.0% and also above the 56.2% final clearance rate recorded

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 27, 2019 - 00:08 Source

This month’s Four Corners expose on Australia’s burgeoning international student trade revealed a system in crisis. Australia’s universities were shown to have slashed education standards in a bid to lure international students, with many lacking the basic English skills necessary to succeed. The end result was increased cases of plagiarism, academic misconduct, and rising failure rates

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 27, 2019 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Government Has Rigged Stock Market In Stranglehold – Bprising Global commercial property price growth continues to slow in Q1 – CRE Herald Global real estate assets under management reaches €2.8tn in 2018 – CRE Herald blockchain and cryptocurrencies to empower financial freedom – Medium It’s Never Been Easier to

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 17:36 Source

As a smirking Scott Morrison prances about the country being hailed by the media and his party as the Messiah who performs miracles, claiming a mandate for anything he chooses to do, Labor seems not to have learned anything from their failure to sell themselves at the last election. One after another, they front the…

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AustralianPolitics.com Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 16:50 Source

Video, audio and text of Prime Minister Scott Morrison's press conference announcing his new ministry, following the government's re-election on May 18.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 16:46 Source

This is not some sour grapes whinge from a rusted on Labor or Greens supporter. I’m trying to look dispassionately at some of the problems that have emerged since the election. I’m not even trying to argue that Scott Morrison doesn’t now have a mandate for whatever torture he wants to inflict on the remaining…

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Renew Economy Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 15:55 Source

ENERGY MINISTERS PRESSERAngus Taylor to combine energy and emissions reductions, while Melissa Price dumped from environment and replaced by Sussan Ley.

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En Passant Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 12:13 Source

As readers would know, I have no love for Julian Assange. I want him sent to Sweden to face inquiries and possible prosecution over allegations of sexual misconduct (e.g. rape.)

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Club Troppo Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:56 Source

Top B2B Technology Companies for AI in Sales ForecastingValues are observed in actions and choices, and rather less so in words. Competition policy has been applied with great relish to the labour market – at least at the bottom end. (Subject to our relatively generous basic and award wage arrangements). So restrictive practices of warfies and workers in manufacturing plants have been ended, and where they haven’t compromised worker safety or other valuable things, I expect this is a very good thing.

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Drag0nista's Blog Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 11:37 Source

I’ve seen a few tweets circulating on Twitter implying that Labor won more votes than the Liberals. Before this fake news becomes embedded as fact, it should be called out as untrue. In every state but Queensland, the Liberals are known as the Liberal Party. But in Queensland, they are known as the Liberal National […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:56 Source

If you were an aspiring political leader with ambitions to lead the nation and you had a suite of well developed progressive policies which you hope will capture the imagination of the electorate, would you tell them in advance ? If you answer Yes : you are a loser ! You might as well join…

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Drag0nista's Blog Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:52 Source

This week’s column for TND – because I believe it’s important to understand that factions within both major parties influence leadership AND policies.

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The Tally Room Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 09:18 Source

The Senate count has been progressing for a week now and I thought it was about time to give an update (my previous post on the Senate is here). What is remarkable is how clear the count is. There appears to only be one state where seats are in serious doubt: the last three seats in Queensland are being contested by four parties. Every other state is reasonably clear, so I thought I would run through these contests, touching on the below-the-line campaigns for Lisa Singh and Jim Molan.

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THE BLOT REPORT Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 09:04 Source

Australia was one of
the first nation states to give (white) women the vote (in 1902), nearly a decade
after New Zealand did so, in 18931, and we often pride ourselves on
it. We also pride ourselves on our compulsory voting, especially when we
compare it with the shambolic US system where, in the 2018 midterm election, 49.3%
voted, the highest turnout since 19142. There have been numerous calls
over the years for Australia’s compulsory voting to be scrapped. One was by former
Howard minister, Nick Minchin, who in an interview with the late great Mark

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 06:00 Source

Sunday 26 May 2019 I said this last Monday. 1) The first thing I would point out is that this isn’t a runaway win by the conservatives. There is no doubt in my mind that had Labor had another leader they would have won. Only 181,000 votes separate the two major parties with over 600,000…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 16:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini   The wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle is another example of stage-managed event, from the announcement of their engagement to their union. It may be worth considering it not so much because of the un-usualness of the bride, but above all for the extravagant display which seems inconsistent with…

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John Quiggin Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 15:54 Source

Last time I looked at the Brexit trainwreck, I predicted that May would seek an extension from the EU (which she did) but assumed they would want a concrete commitment to finality, through a referendum (which they didn’t). I ended with the observation

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 13:30 Source

It seemed flimsy from the start, but the US Department of Justice is keen to get their man. What has certainly transpired of late is that Mike Pompeo was being unusually faithful to the truth with the director of the CIA: every means would be found to prosecute the case against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.…

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:03 Source

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In 1913, Duchamp withdrew from painting circles and began working as a librarian in the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève to be able to earn a living wage while concentrating on scholarly realms and working on his Large Glass.

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 11:00 Source

By 1PETERMCC   When Hilary Clinton was aiming to win the US Presidency, the world watched in fascination to see if Americans were able to vote for someone who wasn’t a rich white bloke twice in a row. After all, they had already voted for Barack Obama, so one challenge had been met, and we…

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The Tally Room Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 10:00 Source

It’s now a week since the election and there are only a handful of seats that are still in play. In this post I’ll run through the counts in each of them.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 09:30 Source

By Ad astra   It’s not just Labor supporters who are asking these questions. Everyone is. The polls are unable to provide an answer. They proved to have no predictive value. Psephologists explain that since pollsters have changed their sampling techniques in the face of changes to communications technology, they no longer harvest the representative sample…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 06:16 Source

Via Bill Evans at Westpac: Earlier this week Westpac moved forward its forecast for RBA cash rate cuts from the original forecast on February 21 of cuts in August and November to June and August. The June cut remains almost certain; a second in August is our expectation and the November cut should also proceed.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 00:10 Source

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 23rd May) reviewed the escalation between global powerhouses USA and China. Is this the Cold War 2.0? What is the US trying to achieve? How might it play out and some potential scenarios How are these events likely to impact investment in the near future? So join MB

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The Wealth Detective Who Finds the Hidden Money of the Super Rich – Bloomberg Rich Need To Tackle Climate Change As Research Shows It Will Eventually Make Them Poorer – Forbes Central Banks’ Forecasts Are Basically Garbage – Mises Global Recession Imminent, Warns Morgan Stanley as US China Trade

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Under The Milky Way Friday, May 24, 2019 - 23:24 Source

This is Part 3 of my “Uninformed Speculation” series on the 2019 Federal Election. The other two parts being Why Rob Oakshott Will Be Speaker In The 46th Parliament Of Australia” and Why Tanya Plibersek Will Be Dumped For Nikki Savvas As Deputy Labor Leader”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 24, 2019 - 22:10 Source

Let’s be clear here. I don’t expect that I’ll win Wimbledon next year. It would take a miracle. Given that he’s retired, I don’t expect that Lleyton will either. That would be a major shock… But it surely falls short of the miracle criteria for sainthood. However, if I get an extension of my current…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 24, 2019 - 20:06 Source

By Callen Sorensen Karklis Several years ago I resigned from the ALP. I was heavily involved in the party running local branches in Bowman and also working briefly in the labour movement in call centres as well as working on the shop-floor in retail before I ended up working in the media. I quit the…

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