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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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The Tally Room Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Hawthorn1-2PPHawthorn is a safe Liberal seat in eastern Melbourne, covering Hartwell and Hawthorn and parts of Burwood, Camberwell, Canterbury and Glen Iris.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen ANZ Chief, Mike Smith, has once again warned that Australia’s Big Four banks risk becoming globally uncompetitive if they are required to raise capital levels to withstand external shocks. From The Canberra Times: In a market briefing on Friday, Mr Smith argued Australian banks were already well capitalised compared with peers. […]

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:50 Source

The Coalition's Direct Action - lambasted by its own party as a policy of "fiscal recklessness" - is now officially Australia's climate policy. No one believes it will meet its own modest targets, but it will allow native forests to be burned for carbon credits.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:50 Source

The Coalition's Direct Action - lambasted by its own party as a policy of "fiscal recklessness" - is now officially Australia's climate policy. No one believes it will meet its own modest targets, but it will allow native forests to be burned for carbon credits.

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Jack the Insider Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:50 Source

The Government’s direct action framework was passed in the Senate in the wee hours of this morning. As it passed a pattern…

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:49 Source

By Wendell Cox, reproduced with permission from New Geography: The political leadership and others in New Zealand are talking about the consequences of its land use policies. Under the “urban containment” land use policy (also called by terms like “smart growth,” “growth management,” and “livability”) in effect in every urban area, house prices have doubled […]

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:37 Source

Infigen Energy hit by a large fall in output from its wind farms in Australia, compounding price impact on the market.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:33 Source

A plan to try and get as many as 2.4 Million charging stations mapped in Australia for the owners of Zero Electric motorcycles.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:32 Source

A small township in north-east Victoria is also looking to become 100% renewable within a decade.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:16 Source

Tesla Motors – the transformative electric vehicle manufacturer that is about to launch its product in Australia – is looking to use solar for its supercharging network.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:16 Source

Tesla Motors – the transformative electric vehicle manufacturer about to launch in Australia – is looking to use solar for its supercharging network.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:08 Source

Liberal Party MPs hail "power of renewable energy as they announced increased funding for community-owned renewable energy projects.

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The Idiot Tax Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:07 Source

The novel wasn't great, but the film was even worse. Back in about 1999/2000/2001 I wrote a novel and followed up with a film. No one read or watched either of them. Except friends who made...

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:05 Source

Winds of change are blowing over already gale-swept South Pole, threatening to hasten Antarctic melting and worsen flooding around the globe.

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Renew Economy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:04 Source

Renewables continue to increase in efficiency while adoption and job growth around renewable energy are steadily growing around the world.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 11:59 Source

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