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Rational Radical Friday, October 10, 2014 - 15:29 Source

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Senator Nick Xenophon about our petition against his plans to allow first home buyers to use superannuation funds for housing deposits.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:24 Source

How our governments now talk about human beings.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st October 2014

To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today, this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:08 Source

Today’s passing of Gough Whitlam has left me today with a heavy heart, along with so many other people in this country.  To simply reflect on how one man has progressed this country like no other, is overwhelming.   I believe as a collective, we don’t really stop and appreciate what we have.  We do take our wonderful country, our people and our existing social support systems for granted.  So many things we would not have without Gough Whitlam. Thank you, to a great man.

 

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Duck Pond Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 02:12 Source

The Abbott Government finds untrammelled enthusiasm, alacrity and “hang the cost” to join the coalition of the killing  in the sky over Iraq in stark contrast with a stubborn disinclination and outright refusal to assist with the humanitarian crisis caused by the ebola epidemic in West Africa. w3hat gives?

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Last week Andrew Stoner resigned as Leader of the NSW National Party and Deputy-Premier.He was replaced by Troy Grant who has been in parliament for less than four years.This is Mr.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 00:15 Source

If this  account is factual then it seems there is no good deed that Clarence Valley Council is not prepared to punish.....Clarence Valley Rate Payers, Residents & Business Owners 18 October 2014:

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Politically homeless Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 23:46 Source

I met a traveller from an antique landWho said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert. Near them on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frownAnd wrinkled lip and sneer of cold commandTell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these life less things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal these words appear:`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'Nothing beside remains.

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Core Econ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 23:03 Source

Gough Whitlam was the first prime minister I was aware of. Actually, I recalled yesterday that I had seen every Australian Prime Minister since (up until the current one) in the flesh. What other country is that possible?

I saw Whitlam for the first time, in the flesh as it were, when I was 5 year’s old. It is one of my earliest memories. We were at Coogie Beach. I thought we were there for the clown show but, in fact, we were there to hear Whitlam speak. I remember him shouting at the crowd — that is what one of his speeches sounded like. It is clear in my mind today as I thought about it ever since.

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Croakey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 21:26 Source

Many thanks to The Conversation for allowing us to repost this overview of the legacy of Gough Whitlam. By Richard Holden, UNSW Australia Business School; Anne-marie Boxall, University of Sydney; Diana Perche; Hannah Forsyth, Australian Catholic...

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laberal Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 21:21 Source

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Your Democracy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 20:18 Source

Gough ....

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 19:41 Source

Is Bill Shorten living up to the Labor tradition? AIMN reader Sir ScotchMistery certainly doesn’t think so.

This afternoon I sat down to finalise my email for the day, and in my inbox, signed by Bill Shorten, was the following missive, which as I read it just had me so angry, I felt I should make a reply.

Unfortunately, the emails from the Labor Party don’t actually allow you to reply to them, so rather than have my efforts go to waste, I thought to pop them together and send them through to The AIMN because I’m sure I’m not alone.

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En Passant Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 19:35 Source

 

Gough Whitlam has died at age 98 writes Tom Bramble in Red Flag.

I await the torrent of tributes from politicians who will praise his government’s social reform program in Australia but who themselves have spent their entire careers trying to bury it – free education, expansion of welfare programs, land rights, women’s rights, improvements to public service conditions and so forth.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 17:14 Source

So much has been said of the late Gough Whitlam since his passing this morning that I doubt there is anything new I could offer.

Carol wrote a brief article (We want Gough) a couple of years ago to celebrate his 96th birthday and to save me what might be a laborious task scratching around for those few extra elusive words, she has kindly let me reproduce it here. The words she found two years ago still fit nicely today.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:33 Source

W from Brisneyland sent me this video, which I found rather droll. It is not safe for work.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:07 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Earnings are having a greater role in market sentiment, with poor earnings from SAP, Phillips and IBM putting some focus back on fundamentals. Apple’s solid post-market result is keeping NASDAQ futures supported, which is just as well as Asian markets have shown limited signs of life. For […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:41 Source

Via Forexlive: From Barclays economist Kieran Davies, on the October monetary policy board meeting minutes (released earlier today): The RBA board appears to have discussed macroprudential tools at the meeting No disclosure in the minutes, though Davies is of the opinion that the RBA may introduce a new ‘macro-prudential’ measure before the end of 2014 Davies […]

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:32 Source

Peter Reith writing in the Australian Financial Review today claimed that:

The coal industry alone provides about 200,000 jobs and brings in billions of dollars to our economy to underscore living standards.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics coal mining employs 37,800 people. Mr Reith’s claim is more than five times this number.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:31 Source

Here’s a more positive read (for the world) on today’s China data from Capital Economics via the SMH blog: We won’t get the full breakdown of GDP by industry until tomorrow but we suspect that the slowdown remains heavily concentrated in the real estate sector, which grew a mere 2.0% y/y in Q2. Growth in the […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:30 Source

Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)

I recall the first time I laid eyes upon him. It was at a Labor rally at the suburban Greensborough Football oval in Victoria.

The ‘’Its Time’’ slogan had indelibly entrenched itself on my political awareness. All that I thought decent about Labor and its reformist zeal was encapsulated in the words of this intellectually formidable man.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:30 Source

Gough Whitlam (1916-2014).

I recall the first time I laid eyes upon him. It was at a Labor rally at the suburban Greensborough Football oval in Victoria.

The “Its Time” slogan had indelibly entrenched itself on my political awareness. All that I thought decent about Labor and its reformist zeal was encapsulated in the words of this intellectually formidable man.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:11 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian is reporting that China will exclude Australia from its proposed 3% tariff on coking coal and 6% tariff on thermal coal if a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries is concluded: “We want to see our way through it and the answer that we agreed upon was […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:27 Source

Are Earth's oceans hotting up or aren't they? And if so, how will this affect life on dry land? A top to bottom look at oceans and climate change.

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:19 Source

The local embodiment of a global movement, Gough Whitlam made himself a symbol of Australian social democracy. Remembering his life is a wake-up call to a new generation, writes Ben Eltham. 

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Drag0nista's Blog Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:17 Source

By ignoring sexism we abandon Rosie Batty. This week’s column for The Hoopla.Filed under: Other musings, Politics Tagged: domestic violence, Mathias Cormann, men, Rosie Batty, sexism, The Hoopla, Tim Watts

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:01 Source

RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:00 Source

From the always superb Guy Rundle at Crikey: Born in 1916, when the Labor Party was not much more than a decade old, the son of a senior public servant, he grew up in Canberra, when it was not much more than a pseudo-English village. He went on to Sydney University in the ’30s, where […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:55 Source

Solar industry scathing on modelling used to justify fixed and TOU tariffs. Households, particularly solar ones, set to get dudded again on network charges.

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Deltoid Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:33 Source

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