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En Passant Monday, April 22, 2019 - 19:44 Source

At first I thought all the hallelujahs were for the risen Christ. Not so. I mistook the relief people felt for the election campaigns going quiet for the joy of Christians celebrating the resurrection of their Lord and Saviour.

In the secular but not really secular society that is Australia it is an easy mistake to make. A few days without Scommo and Shorten has been blessed relief.

For too short a time there were no three word slogans, no accusing the other side of being liars, and no promulgating ‘policies’ that will have little impact on people’s well being and no impact on addressing climate change.

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John Quiggin Monday, April 22, 2019 - 17:07 Source

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New Politics Monday, April 22, 2019 - 16:28 Source

It’s the end of the first week of the federal election campaign
and, already, we have the mainstream media telling everyone within earshot that
this is a ‘boring’ campaign, and the electorate is ‘disillusioned’ and ‘jaded’
with the two main political parties.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 22, 2019 - 16:10 Source

In the Herald-Sun (14/1/19) Prime Minister, Scott Morrison claims to stand for “A fair go for all Aussies”. But how does it relate to Liberal policy in practice? We should build a society where everyone has a roof over their head, access to transport, and a nutritious diet for themselves and their children. Where no-one…

The post What’s at stake in the election? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Piping Shrike Monday, April 22, 2019 - 15:55 Source
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THE BLOT REPORT Monday, April 22, 2019 - 15:43 Source

There is a regulatory
agency called the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC)1, which is an administrative tribunal that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest. In the
first decade of this century, this organisation had been considering revoking
or relaxing the rule on ‘prohibited programming content’ that includes ‘broadcasting
false or misleading news’. The CRTC withdrew the plan when a legislative
committee determined that the rule does not run counter to the Canadian Charter

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Renew Economy Monday, April 22, 2019 - 13:54 Source

florida solar panelsWestpac becomes 4th Australian company – 3rd major bank – to sign up to global RE100 movement, starting with major solar offtake deal with 120MW Bomen Solar Farm.

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En Passant Monday, April 22, 2019 - 13:51 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, April 22, 2019 - 11:34 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 22, 2019 - 10:21 Source

A stalemate of sorts has developed in Venezuela. The pretender, Juan Guaidó, as head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, continues as faux interim president, noisier than ever, but no more effectual than the time he declared his intentions to overthrow the incumbent. President Nicolás Maduro, despite winning in 2018, is still cited as the illegitimate…

The post Irresponsible Protections: Venezuela and Foreign Intervention appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Tally Room Monday, April 22, 2019 - 09:11 Source

Nominations for the federal election will close tomorrow, with those nominations being announced on Wednesday, when the ballot draws will be conducted. We should have the final list of candidates in ballot order by the end of Wednesday. I’ll do a blog post on Thursday morning with the final nominations information.

I have been regularly updating a list of federal candidates with the help of Nick Casmirri and a bunch of commenters (thanks to you all).

I thought I’d drop back onto the blog and give you an update on where we are up to in terms of candidate numbers.

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Your Democracy Monday, April 22, 2019 - 06:07 Source


If ever there was a case for fake news being fake, it was the post-Mueller report hot takes that emerged on Thursday. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more embarrassing for the purveyors of the Russiagate hoax, the Fourth Estate outdid itself by doubling down on the Russian collusion narrative with the tenacity of Jack from The Titanic clinging to the wooden door.

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Poll Bludger Monday, April 22, 2019 - 06:06 Source

The betting markets record movement to the Coalition on the question of party to form government, but seat markets offer ample opportunities to those not anticipating a Labor landslide.

The post Odds and sods: week two appeared first on The Poll Bludger.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 22, 2019 - 06:00 Source

Easter with interruptions for religious observation has certainly dampened the campaigning of both sides. However, Saturday certainly saw a revitalised Bill Shorten but it seemed that just as he was getting on top it was Sunday. So in the absence of a lot to write about I thought I would write a piece on scare…

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THE BLOT REPORT Monday, April 22, 2019 - 00:37 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 22, 2019 - 00:32 Source

“In climate change, there will never be enough figures to satisfy the climate sceptics. If you don’t believe in the science of climate change, no amount of evidence will ever convince you because, fundamentally, it’s a stupid position not to take action,” Labor’s leader squelches a popular press narrative in Darwin Tuesday. The News Corp…

The post It’s not the economy, stupid, it’s climate change that matters to the nation. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Digitopoly Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 22:54 Source

That is the question that Dina Srinivasan answers in the affirmative in her paper “The Antitrust Case Against Facebook.” This is an interesting set of issues because, frankly, my observation is that Facebook, while having a dominant position in social media (which is not an antitrust violation) had not violated antitrust law getting to that position and did not appear to be violating antitrust law when it got there.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 17:37 Source

The richly disastrous mess that is Libya has been moving into another phase of inspired aggression at the hands of General Khalifa Haftar. As he does, UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj is anxious. For some three weeks, the General’s eastern forces, known as the Libyan National Army (LNA) have been edging towards the capital of…

The post Failed States and Militias: General Khalifa Haftar moves on Tripoli appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 16:25 Source

US analysis suggests total cost of ownership of Tesla Model 3 over three years less than that of the very popular (and cheaper upfront) Toyota Camry.

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Renew Economy Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 16:25 Source

Clean Energy Council reveals which Australian suburbs are embracing rooftop solar the most enthusiastically, while a separate report reminds us that apartment dwellers are still missing the party.

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Renew Economy Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 16:24 Source

Aston Martin unveils the fully electric Rapide E sports car at the Shanghai Motor Show, ready to start its production.

The post Aston Martin electric sportscar now ready for production appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 15:44 Source

By RosemaryJ36   I have just read online what I regard as a brilliant and honest article about our public holiday system. I was brought up in the UK in a Christian household – one verging on puritanism – and we did not confess and get absolution. Life was far less comfortable, because we had to…

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 15:42 Source

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MacroBusiness Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 15:07 Source

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Poll Bludger Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 06:01 Source

Another seat poll emerges crediting the Liberals with a surprise lead – in a seat neither side expects them to win, according to media reports.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 06:00 Source

I noticed an interesting headline in an ABC story: “Climate change costings a cause for concern as Coalition ups its attack on Labor’s commitments” Now, I don’t know if you’ll think that I’m just being obsessed about semantics, but I do think that it’s a fair point to make. Labor’s policy aren’t ‘climate change costings”;…

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George Monbiot Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 22:34 Source

No one is
coming to save us. Only rebellion will prevent an environmental apocalypse

By George
Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th April 2019

Had we put
as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making
excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see
people engaged in furious attempts to fend off the moral challenge it presents.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 18:18 Source

The Australian population is both aging and
increasing in size.  Even with zero net
immigration the total population will not fall until after 2035. It would then revert
to around current levels by 2060. 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 16:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini   The restoration of malpractice Fraser, Lord Malcolm of Nareen supplied the mantra, bringing Australians back to their convict colony origin: “Life – he prophesised with haruspical solemnity is not meant to be easy.” He conveniently forgot the rest of G.B.S.’s quote: “… but take courage: it can be delightful.” What of…

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John Quiggin Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 13:53 Source

After eight years, Economics in Two Lessons will be officially published in a few days. According to Amazon, it’s now #1 in Hot New Sellers in microeconomics.

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