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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:01 Source

What was $inodino$ to be paid twenty million for, if not the bribing of O’Farrell?

How many years should he get for this?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:55 Source

NSW Liberals In Chaos! Eight Leaders In Twenty-Two Years!

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:55 Source

By Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia is mixed heading into the Easter break in a relatively quiet session. There has been some activity out of Japan with BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on the wires along with weekly fund flows data. Kuroda remained optimistic about the recovery and reinforced [...]

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Prosper Australia Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:22 Source

An interview on Lateline Business with Harley Dale (HIA) and Saul Eslake makes for interesting viewing on whether Negative Gearing will be grandfathered and quarantined to new housing only in the upcoming May budget. At about the 10 minute mark Harley Dale makes an extraordinary statement that if this was to occur, there would be […]

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Red Bluff Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:07 Source
Brad Adams, Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch on case of trial of two Phuketwan journalists in Phuket TODAY:
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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 14:49 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Spectator’s Callum Pickering has written another good article today on a particularly important issue: Australia’s growing youth unemployment: Australian society is failing its youth and setting itself up for economic disaster. The persistent rise in youth unemployment will reverberate across the economy for decades to come, potentially reducing productivity and [...]

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Andrew Leigh Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 13:51 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 13:49 Source

Please find below an interesting debate between economist, Matt Cowgill, and Godfrey Moase. Assistant Secretary of the National Union of Workers General Branch, on housing policy. The debate was in response to an article that Matt wrote in The Guardian late last year in which he challenged the notion that affordable housing can be achieved [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 13:19 Source

If you get a spare half an hour today, check-out the above documentary from CNBC entitled The Bitcoin uprising. In the video, CNBC’s Mary Thompson takes a detailed look at Bitcoin by speaking to the currency’s faithful, who believe the open source currency will upend the global financial system. Thompson also speaks to those who [...]

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New Matilda Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:47 Source

Only a political partisan would accuse ICAC of bias for bringing down NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell. Elected to clean up Labor's corruption, O'Farrell has himself to blame, writes Ben Eltham

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Delimiter Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:41 Source

A key lobbyist for the anti-piracy group originally known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft enjoys a congenial email relationship with the secretary of the Attorney-General's Department and other senior officials, a Freedom of Information request has revealed, with the lobbyist regularly using the channel to pass on anti-piracy propaganda.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released new motor vehicle sales for the month of March 2014, which registered a 0.3% seasonally adjusted fall over the month and a 2.8% decrease over the year (see next table). It was the third consecutive monthly decline in sales. Sales in March [...]

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New Matilda Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:28 Source

As another premier departs, it's time for all parties to acknowledge that NSW has a lobbying problem. The opportunity for real reform is now, argues Greens MP John Kaye

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New Matilda Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:05 Source

Independent NSW MP Alex Greenwich has raised concerns over transparency in parliament, with little interest from the Government. Barry O'Farrell's replacement must do better

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen In case you missed it, attached is an interesting debate aired last night on ABC’s The Business  on the merits of negative gearing. In the one corner is Saul Eslake, chief economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, arguing (as I have done) that negative gearing is a wasteful policy that [...]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:25 Source

By Leith van Onselen Around six months ago, I attended a friend’s bucks party in Melbourne’s CBD. As bucks nights usually go, we ended up at some seedy bars along King Street, where the night ended around 2 am. As is so often the case in Melbourne, we were unable to find a taxi. Luckily [...]

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Delimiter Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:23 Source

The computers for schools program, which involved federal funding for the supply of laptops to high school students, is set to end in June. The program was a central piece of the former government’s “digital revolution” but is being discontinued by the current government. The end of the program is already having consequences for schools and for families.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:14 Source

ted mackTed Mack is credited by Wikipedia as “the only person ever to have been elected and re-elected as an independent to local, state and federal government in Australia”. While Mayor of North Sydney (1980-88) Mack sold the mayoral car and set out to improve accountability. In 1981 he was elected to the seat of North Sydney in the NSW Legislative Assembly.

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Inside Story Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:10 Source

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THE Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition honours the work and memory of the late Professor Gavin Mooney (above), a health economist who was a tireless advocate for social justice in local, national and international arenas.

Each year the competition will call for entries related to a theme around equity and social justice.

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Delimiter Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:01 Source

Malcolm Turnbull yesterday made several statements on the ABC's Triple J radio station regarding financial projections for Labor's National Broadband Network project which the Communications Minister is aware are false, with the former investment banker inaccurately conflating investment capital and government expenses for the project as well as exaggerating financial figures.

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Inside Story Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:40 Source

Outstripping the CPI: Joe Hockey, pictured here with Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens at an IMF/ World Bank meeting in Washington last Friday.
International Monetary Fund

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:39 Source

Wasn't sure if this metaphor would hold up for 500 words. But it did. Cos I got metaphor muscles.

Wasn't sure I could even get 500 words out of the state gubbermint's stupid Strong Choices website. Until I realised just how stupid it was.

At Blunty.

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John Quiggin Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:31 Source

All through the Bligh government’s three year campaign to sell public assets, I challenged Treasurer Andrew Fraser to a public debate on the issue, or at least to a response to the criticisms I and other economists made of the government’s case. Fraser never responded: even when we spoke at the same event (to a friendly business-oriented crowd) he gave his speech and left before anyone else was allowed on the platform.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:27 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the week ended 17 April 2014, the RP Data-Rismark 5-city daily dwelling price index, which covers the five major capital city markets, rose by 0.37%. It was the seventh consecutive weekly rise in values (see next chart). Values rose in four major capitals and fell in one (see next chart). [...]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:22 Source

I suspect, but I am not certain, that Pru Goward will be Premier this afternoon.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen While driving home from the swimming pool on Tuesday night, I listened to an ABC radio interview  featuring former leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer, alongside Beyond Zero Emissions’ Gerard Drewe, lamenting how the proposed second Sydney airport would lessen the prospect of building a high speed rail line linking [...]

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Delimiter Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:28 Source

Australia-based software as a service email marketing platform Campaign Monitor announced overnight that it had taken a $250 million investment from US-based venture capital firm Insight Venture Partners, in one of the largest ever VC investments in an Australian technology startup.

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Skepticlawyer Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:21 Source

When the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer, part of his call is “come to success” (Hayya ʿala ‘l-falāḥ, literally “hasten to success”). The idea is that Islam leads to success in this world and the next. For the key problem in Islam is ignorance, and the answer to ignorance is guidance; specifically, the instructions given to Allah’s guide (Muhammad) by Allah.

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New Matilda Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:13 Source

The home auction, once a pure contest of competing offers, must now take into account questions of need, desire and ethnicity. Liam Hogan explains why

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New Matilda Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:13 Source

The home auction, once a pure contest of competing offers, must now take into account questions of need, desire and ethnicity. Liam Hogan explains why

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