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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:52 Source

The enduring international silence around Israel's assault on Gaza has prompted a passionate plea from four prominent human rights activists.

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:39 Source

The power of imagery forces us, half a world away, to stop and take notice, writes Liz Conor. 

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:00 Source

Legislation in the Tasmanian Parliament aimed at banning protests just about everywhere won't endear Tasmania to anyone with strong opinions, or free will. 

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you said it... Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:29 Source

You do of course remember Victoria Police groupie and podium bigot Debbie Stavro.

This week in Victoria the focus is on the International AIDS Conference which brings together scientists and activists from all over the world who are on the front line of fighting this devastating disease.

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Politically homeless Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 22:56 Source

In 2007, Labor MP Kelly Hoare propositioned a Comcar driver. Apart from this sleazy effort to smear the then rising ALP with that episode, it was largely reported in the sympathetic context of what a lonely place Canberra can be.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:52 Source

The enduring international silence around Israel's assault on Gaza has prompted a passionate plea from four prominent human rights activists.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:39 Source

Jacqui Lambie talks like a character out of West Wing and so she shouldn’t be a Senator?

Wow.

So should everyone who doesn’t say grace and curtsy to the Queen.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:30 Source

Peter Robinson is a very competent writer of police procedurals.  There are sixteen stories featuring DI Alan Banks before this one (2007), and three more after it. You can read my review of one of the newer Banks stories, Watching the Dark (2012), here. I enjoyed Friend of the Devil, but not as much as I usually do police procedurals. I don’t think this is Robinson’s fault; it’s rather that I’ve perhaps overdosed on the sort of story that seems a natural fit for the police procedural, and this one is a perfect example of it.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 20:39 Source

The power of imagery forces us, half a world away, to stop and take notice, writes Liz Conor. 

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laberal Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 20:22 Source

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En Passant Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 19:58 Source

The comment on commercial radio by Jacqui Lambie, the Palmer United Party Senator for Tasmania, that any prospective partner ‘ must have heaps of cash and they’ve got to have a package between their legs,’ has seen a few middle class male political gossip mongers go into meltdown and Destroy the Joint condemn her for her ‘sexism’.

Calling her comments ‘sexist’, in response to a sexist question, misunderstands the nature of women’s oppression.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 18:19 Source

boogeymann

The boogeyman as promoted by the merdia press...

Have you ever been in a classroom where the same pupils seem to always get the blame for misdeeds?... Whether it's the class bully or the poor simpleton, it's rare the real culprit for a misdeed is punished. I've seen some angelic clever kids doing their worst to see how someone would react for being blamed for something they did not do...

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:39 Source

Mr Prime Minister, are you as good as your word?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:05 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets The positive momentum witnessed post Barack Obama’s speech in US trade has extended into the Asian session, and seen most of the major Asian bourses edge higher. While US equities finished the session in negative territory, this is actually quite deceiving as markets managed to […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:59 Source

I know Abbott quite well and it occurs to me what a conversational coward he is. He hasn’t yet rung even one of the bereaved, and there are about a thousand of them. He hasn’t been, and he’ll never go, to the crash site. He hasn’t been to the United Nations. He didn’t ring Putin for three days, it didn’t occur to him that he ought to. And when he got through to him, he had I suspect a grovelling conversation with him, as he used to with me, ‘Australia’s finest writer,’ he told me often enough. ‘After the crime, the cover-up,’ he said a few minutes ago.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:59 Source

I was very pleased with my post on this topic, making the point that standard microeconomic analysis only works properly on the assumption that the economy is at a full employment equilibrium.

But, it turns out, exactly the same point, using the same title, was made by David Colander 20 years ago

Colander (1993), The Macrofoundations of Micro, Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Fall, 1993), pp. 447-457

And he wasn’t the first. The term and the idea have a long history, including a contribution by my UQ colleague Bruce Littleboy

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:52 Source

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan secret? 

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John Quiggin Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:48 Source

It’s time for another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:19 Source

“A citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine,” wrote G.K. Chesterton, “except that the fine is generally much lighter.” In Victoria, for example, the stamp duty payable on the purchase of a $600,000 house-land package (below the median price for Melbourne) is more than $30,000 — or about 150 times the fine for […]

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:49 Source

This week’s Essential Research result ticks back a point to the Coalition on two-party preferred, who now trail by 52-48, from primary votes of 39% for both the Coalition and Labor (respectively up one and down one), with the Greens and Palmer United steady on 9% and 6%. Other findings:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:24 Source

This guest post has been contributed by Matthew Mitchell:

In 1938 in a surprise election result the ruling Social Democrat Government of Switzerland lost power as a result of internal disharmony and political scandal. A new conservative Government came to power on the slogan “Stop the Hikers”. The New President indicated that his Government would determine who was free to climb every mountain in their country.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:16 Source

Abbott government vows to persist with policy to scrap CEFC and ARENA, even though it may not reach emissions reduction targets without them.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:59 Source

irony ....

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:57 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Spectator’s Alan Kohler has written a stinging critique of Australia’s superannuation system, slamming the high level of fees due in part to compulsory contributions and the lack of price regulation: A chart in the Financial System Inquiry’s interim report shows that since 2009 the average super fund has increased in […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:41 Source

NSW says to encourage government buildings to use solar leases to install rooftop PV and source around 30% of electricity needs from solar.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:41 Source

NSW says to encourage government buildings to use solar leases to install rooftop PV and source around 30% of electricity needs from solar.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:39 Source

NSW govt flags changes to industrial noise standards to cover all sectors, removing a major weapon used by anti wind energy campaigners.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:30 Source

Below find Captain Glenn’s much anticipated speech this afternoon at the Anika Foundation. He’s sorely let down markets which were primed for some more dollar jawboning and the currency popped 30 pips during the speech. It is good to see the Captain not using the egregious “North Atlantic” framing of the crisis any longer, as […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:24 Source

CEC open letter signed by 17 leading renewables companies calls for RET certainty, warns of sovereign risk, rising electricity prices if RET changed.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 13:23 Source

From Westpac’s Phat Dragon: House prices remain under downward pressure across the board, with the negative impulse gaining further strength through June. The net balance of 70 cities seeing month-onmonth price appreciation in new dwellings has declined sharply to -67.1% (9 rising, 56 declining), not far from the previous cycle trough of –75.7%. The secondary market ‘cracked’ earlier but it now […]

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