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xkcd.com Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:00 Source

wtfw it's like smho tbfh, imdb.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:19 Source

The federal government's $5 co-payment doesn't look like getting any healthy returns (in the polls or the treasury) anytime soon. Ian McAuley explains.

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:06 Source

by Chris Becker The carnage in oil continues on the open this morning in Asia. The WTI spot price just gapped down over 2% to $56.61 USD per barrel! A nice boost going into Xmas spending, as AUDUSD remains steady hovering at 82.50 cents, as we await the fall out from the MYEFO to be […]

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The Tally Room Monday, December 15, 2014 - 10:00 Source

More than two weeks after the Victorian state election, all 88 Legislative Assembly seats have been finalised, but there are a number of undecided Legislative Council seats.

Last Thursday, William Bowe at Poll Bludger produced a good summary, drawing on Antony Green’s calculator and Geeklections analysis.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:55 Source

Is life in Canberra really like capital punishment?

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:23 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Ross Gittins has written a very good critique of the Abbott Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Fund (MRF), which he argues is one giant Budget “con job” designed to stealthily cut health spending, whilst giving the appearance that the Budget is in better health than it actually is: I’ve never […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:16 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Another ebook for your consideration, a pure alt hist this time by Ian Andrew. It has a touch of SS-GB, as you'll see from the chosen extract, but plenty of splodey in the later chapters. It's set in Nazi occupied Great Britain and turns on the Maguffin of a female scientist with a time machine.

Ian Andrew was born in Northern Ireland and joined the RAF as an aircraft technician. He was later commissioned as intelligence officer. I have another extract with some spodey which I'll run later this week.

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:12 Source

The whistleblower who helped reveal Frances Abbott's scholarship has made her first public statement since being charged.

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:11 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:04 Source

New technology funded by ARENA will allow households and business to use battery storage to trade electricity. Not just "prosumers" but energy traders.

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Renew Economy Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:04 Source

New technology funded by ARENA will allow households and business to use battery storage to trade electricity. Not just "prosumers" but energy traders.

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:56 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:08 Source

From Westpac’s fantastic Red Book of consumer attitudes: ― The Westpac–Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment fell 5.7% in Dec from96.6 in Nov to 91.1. The fall takes the Index to its lowest level since Aug 2011 when it briefly slipped below 90, and prior to that, since the tail-end of the GFC. ― Daily responses indicate the surprisingly weak […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:07 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:03 Source

From Westpac’s Phat Dragon: Phat Dragon is most interested in the various sectoral subcycles sitting beneath the IP and especially the investment figures. Here there was little to be enamoured with. The critical housing market show no sign of building on the promise of October, with starts and land sales reversing most of the previous month’s growth spike, while the […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Real estate investment slowed again in November, this time to 7.59% year-on-year growth. This is the worst monthly growth total since September’s 8.63% growth, and going back in time, these numbers are worse than only a couple of months in 2009, at the depth of the financial crisis. To […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 05:47 Source

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North Coast Voices Monday, December 15, 2014 - 00:16 Source

It’s December 2014 and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott didn’t release his real Christmas Message on YouTube this year – he used a 9 December media release announcing he had cut Medicare rebate payments for standard GP visits by $5 and that there would be no Medicare fee increases for all services provided by GPs, medical specialists, allied health practitioners, optometrists and others until July 2018.An est.

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North Coast Voices Monday, December 15, 2014 - 00:15 Source

On 2 December 2014 The Daily Examiner reported that sixty-four year old Steven Rhett Cansdell is considering standing at the March 2015 Clarence Valley Council by-election.This would not be his first foray into politics and voters need to think long and hard if his name turns up on the by-election ballot paper.Cansdell previously served on Grafton City Council over a ten-year period commencing in 1993. This council was notorious for living well beyond its means - by 1999 it had used $1.722 

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Renew Economy Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 21:30 Source

United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Lima have ended in agreement, but whether it sets the stage for a new treaty strong enough to compel sufficient collective action to address the threat of climate change remains an open question.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 19:53 Source

Following the recent stunning revelations of the declassified US Senate Report on CIA Torture programs, Scott Morrison has spoken of his “pride” in how Australia does all of its torturing out in the open.

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The Political Sword Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Back in 1971 I wrote my honours thesis for social anthropology at Sydney University. Its theme was a link between witchcraft/sorcery beliefs and egalitarianism in native and peasant communities around the world. Given discussion earlier this year about inequality, I believe it has a relevance. Its principle argument went something like this: The basic concept of egalitarianism is that everyone is equal and has an equal share of abilities and resources. Of course, in reality, this is never quite true. And in those native and peasant communities, witchcraft was a common approach to explain the differences. It worked in a number of ways.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:48 Source

I very rarely quibble with cover art. Who the hell am I to question other people's art? But with the original version of this cover I felt it need just one more SPLOSION.

Anyone guess which boom-boom got added?

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:47 Source

A hundred bank executives said the Joe Hole was ‘stalling the economy’. Having destroyed two hundred and fifty thousand jobs by telling Holden to piss off, Joe now proposed to close down a hundred and fifty government entities, they noted, thus abolishing hundreds more. Mateus Cormann, whom some now call ‘the Grim Reaper’, gleefully announced which entities they were, then was told to his amusement he had abolished ten of them already. ‘I love to count, heh, heh, heh,’ he chuckled in his well-beloved Belgian monotone.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:05 Source

If Labor had ‘lost its way’ under Kevin Rudd, as Julia Gillard stated in parliament the day she became prime minister, then what can we say of the Liberals under Tony Abbott, today?

Abbott’s quite pathetic suggestion that criticism of his chief of staff, Peta Credlin was about gender has infuriated many of his parliamentary members and seriously weakened his leadership.

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Red Bluff Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:33 Source

My latest roundup for Global Voices Online: Australian Prime Minister's About-Face on Sexism, Two Years LateAustralian PM Julia Gillard at Antipodes Greek Festival - Melbourne  2012A tense moment between Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader T

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