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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:05 Source

Claire is no longer banned for life. I have been persuaded by good people she was being ‘ironic’, or something, and does not believe Germaine is ‘irrelevant’, and is, in fact, like all sane persons, an admirer of her.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:16 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen The jury is in: Hockey’s proposal to allow home buyers to raid their superannuation to purchase their first homes is a dumb idea that could blow a $31 billion hole in the Federal Budget by 2049-50, according to new analysis by PwC. From The AFR: The analysis by PwC provided to […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:20 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:17 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:09 Source

Mort has come for him.

I met him once, had a drink at the British Embassy in Canberra. He was a lovely fellow and gave me a very nice cover line for Felafel in the UK. He said the book made him laugh, which I tucked away as a small honour, to be taken out and contemplated in the darker hours.

He will be missed.

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Prosper Australia Friday, March 13, 2015 - 07:00 Source

Australia desperately needs an alibi – a Black Swan event – to nominate as the tipping point that ended the land bubble. Government is rigid with fear about the political consequences of being blamed for the turn. Whoever presides over the shift will earn a page in history and make lifelong enemies of a swathe […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 06:08 Source

Extraordinary charts here of the “great distortion” as global central banks go money-printing mad from Deutsche via Zero Hedge: …only when you eyeball these charts can you start to comprehend the distortions that have occurred and the uniqueness of the current situation. Many people now think European yields can go even lower but many of […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 05:31 Source

From The Australian, more trouble for WA as iron ore port privatisation collapses: It is understood big investors are reluctant to bid for Utah Point — which is used by struggling miners including Atlas Iron — given its exposure to iron ore…Kwinana’s main use is iron ore miner Consolidated Minerals. “There are some complications there […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 05:30 Source

From BS: Palmer United Party Senator Glenn Lazarus has announced he is quitting the party. …”I have a different view of team work. Given this, I felt it best that I resign from the party and pursue my senate role as an independent senator.” And then there were two… Share on Facebook Share on Twitter […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 04:52 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:37 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:26 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 13, 2015 - 01:01 Source

Macro & Markets Global finance faces $9 trillion stress test as dollar soars – Telegraph, AEP Iraq builds up arrears to majors as oil price drops – sources – Reuters Flood of aluminum seen heading for market as financiers eye exit – Reuters Who benefits from the iron ore supply glut? Nobody? – Reuters Reimagining […]

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 13, 2015 - 00:16 Source

These are the food producing women of the NSW Liverpool Plains:http://youtu.be/ul2ItfwqUnE

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 13, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Australians are sick of being lectured to by the United Nations according to the petulant Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.I rather think that what a great many Australians are sick of is this country being put in a position where it is in breach of international law.I suspect many would also be critical of the Abbott Government's obvious reluctance to fully explain its actions to the United Nations (UN).This is the section of the UN report, covering si

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 13, 2015 - 00:14 Source

Candidates standing for NSW Northern Rivers electorates and seats in the NSW Legislative Assembly (Lower House):BALLINACLARENCE

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George Monbiot Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 23:37 Source

The destruction of cultural treasures by ISIS has parallels in ecological cleansing around the world.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 12th March 2015

Journalists are meant to be able to watch and read dispassionately: to face horror with equanimity. I have never acquired this skill, and I know I’m not the only one. It’s true that we seek out bad news, but there is some news that many of us find hard to face.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 20:52 Source

Nominations closed earlier today, with a record number of candidates nominating for the Legislative Council, and the largest number of candidates running for the Legislative Assembly since 2003.

Four parties nominated in all ninety-three lower house seats: Labor, the Greens, the Christian Democratic Party and the newly-registered No Land Tax party. In addition, the Liberal Party and the Nationals are running in all 93 seats – 74 Liberals and 19 Nationals. These six parties nominated 465 out of 540 candidates.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 19:49 Source

The number of lower house candidates for the NSW election has risen to 540, but there will be a record 394 candidates on the Legislative Council ballot paper.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 19:46 Source

... but which I have read this year.

War Dogs. Greg Bear. It looks like, and frequently even reads like an arse-kicking military sci-fi adventure. But it's not. It's a bit more difficult than that and occasionally even veers into the free fire zone of literature. The premise is simple enough. It's a sort of Lost Patrol (on Mars) novel mashed up with a dash of secret sauce from Mass Effect's elder race conspiracy cook book.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 17:20 Source

“Super may well act as a shock absorber for various periods during peoples’ lives, because that is their savings that arguably they should be able to access.”

Joe Hockey.

 

A shock absorber, eh?

Let’s just think about that for a while.

One of the nifty little changes to welfare payments was the idea that you couldn’t receive dole payments while you had savings. Of course your superannuation doesn’t count, because… well, you can’t access it.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 16:11 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Stability has returned to most Asian developed markets, although the S&P 500 is looking the most vulnerable among the major markets. The underperformance of the S&P 500 is building by the day, especially against Eurostoxx 50, China CSI 300 and also the ASX 200. In the equity […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:33 Source

European energy giants continue clear-out of fossil fuel assets as they prepare for a new energy future - one focused around distributed energy, smart grids and renewables. Coal generation is no longer profitable, and conventional generation is being jettisoned in favour of wind, solar and storage.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:30 Source

64 environmental and climate scientists write letter to Abbott government complaining about intergenerational report.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Mountdruitt1-2PPMount Druitt is a Labor seat in Western Sydney, covering Minchinbury, Rooty Hill, Mount Druitt, Marsden Park and Arndell Park.

Labor’s Richard Amery has held Mount Druitt since 1991, and holds the seat by a 6% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, has declared that negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – US-led regional trade pact between 12 nations (including Australia) – are on the cusp of being concluded and the deal could be signed within weeks. From The SMH: Mr Robb and other close observers have […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:16 Source

With a plethora of battery storage products about to, or already hitting the market - 2015 is surely bringing in the age of hybrid solar.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:58 Source

Spanish duo proposes 80,000 panel solar farm for town in west Queensland said to offer one of the best radiation spots in the world.

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