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Red Bluff Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:33 Source

Do companies have human rights obligations? How can corporations fulfil their responsibilities as global citizens?Monash University's Castan Centre for Human Rights Law tackles these issues in the latest of its video series "Have You Got That Right?".

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen It seems the days of giving wealthy older Australians a free Budget ride are coming to an end, with both Labor and the Abbott Government strengthening rhetoric against superannuation concessions for the wealthy, and the Coalition flagging that it will tighten the assets test for the Aged Pension. On superannuation, Labor

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:18 Source

It’s still early in the bust but jeez it’s already getting perverse. From Dad’s Army: The Commonwealth Bank has launched a fresh call for the federal government to develop a long-term plan to tackle the major economic threat posed by sagging confidence levels. Australia’s biggest lender says volatility in the global economy, and in particular

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:06 Source

From Twiggy Forrest via Junket Jen at the AFR: “When has market share strategy over shareholder returns ever helped a company? What BHP and Rio are doing is buying – at massive cost – expansion capacity even when the higher commodity price justification for such investment has evaporated. It’s as though they are stuck in a

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:55 Source

That’s the thanks you get.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:45 Source

From the AFR: “Albert Einstein is supposed to have said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result,” Saul Eslake, Bank of America Merrill Lynch chief economist, said. “I’m not accusing the RBA of being insane, but I wonder what they think they can achieve

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:27 Source

by Chris Becker April Fools Day surely sucked in a few more punters on the worldwide asset scramble in the face of seemingly endless stimulus emanating from central banks. But the flies are gathering in the ointment as the macro data rolls through showing a slowing in the 7 year economic cycle, post-GFC. Although only

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The Tally Room Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:15 Source

There’s a lot of outstanding questions in the Legislative Council count. We know that the current vote shares will shift, and as they shift, these could have a significant impact on the chances of any party to win a seat.

Using estimates of how many votes are outstanding, and looking at how parties performed in those vote types at the last election, it’s possible to make a projection of how the vote percentages for each party will shift, with the addition of absentee, postal and below-the-line votes over the next few weeks.

There are two main effects that will change the votes for each of the candidates:

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 09:09 Source

By Leith van Onselen The falling iron ore price is expected to wipe billions from Budget revenues, increasing pressure on Treasurer Joe Hockey. As reported in The Australian today, Deloitte Access Economics ­director, Chris Richardson, has estimated that the iron ore price plunge below $US50 a tonne could wipe $3 billion from forecast revenues by

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 08:23 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australian Finance Group (AFG) has released its housing finance data for the month of March, which registered a massive increase in monthly mortgage applications, with both the number and value of applications also at record highs. The number of mortgage applications rocketed by 14.7% in March and were up 21.3% over

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 05:39 Source

Don’t kid yourself, the iron ore crash is the end of the great Australia boom and the beginning of the great Australian bust. Australia’s terms of trade are being put to the sword and worse is ahead. Iron ore will be at $30 by year end and the two coals will fall in sympathy though much

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 05:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen The RBA has released its commodity price index for March, which registered another 1.7% fall in SDR (currency weighted) terms – the key determinant of the terms-of-trade – and a 2.8% fall in Australian dollar terms: Preliminary estimates for March indicate that the index declined by 1.7 per cent (on a

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 04:59 Source

It is a revealing fact about market sentiment that Australia’s large LNG players are trading reasonably healthily based upon the forward curve in the oil market. Because oil is seen rebounding in the outer years, that’s an excuse to not write down assets and raise capital. At the same time, however the forward curve in iron

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 04:58 Source

Here are the iron ore charts for April 1, 2015:         There go the fifties. They were neither a good nor a long time. Benchmark Tianjin iron ore is this morning trading at $49 down 3.9% and Qingdao spot is at $49.53 down 3.5%. But those moves are secondary today to the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 04:57 Source

Brent oil took off again last night up 3% to $56.90 as I write night with the oil market enjoyed a double win as Iran talks stalled and US production fell. On the first, the talks are not dead, via the BBC: The UK says key issues still need to be tackled at talks on Iran’s

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 01:10 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. CREIS reports prices in its 100 city index fell 0.15% in March, down from the 0.24% decline in February (in January, CREIS reported an increase in prices). Prices increased in 43 cities, declined in 55 and were flat in 2 cities. That’s up from 61 cities with falling prices

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 01:09 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why are interest rates so low, part 3: The Global Savings Glut – Brookings Investors Across the Globe Join the Party – Wall Street Journal Reckoning Arrives for Cash-Strapped Oil Firms Amid Bank Squeeze – Bloomberg Sam Zell: Why a stock correction could be coming – CNBC Forex reserves

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 00:57 Source

Media repetitiveness. Once the media clamp onto a story it takes a week to 10 days before they open their jaws and search for a more tasty morsel. The cycle is that the media write it; people read or watch and expect followup; the media oblige. Next day everyone expects a bit more. And so it cycles on. A plane crashes. A Poem. Say That Again I will not have it said. Enough has already […]

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 00:16 Source

Dear Mr. Morrison,You can ‘wobble’ as much as you like.I will always remember your actions as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and, the contempt with which you treated international law, the democratic process and the electorate. That memory will inform my vote in 2016.Clarencegirlhttps://youtu.be/oaiuSh_HGLo

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 00:15 Source

The only advantage to be a senior citizen in Abbott’s Australia is that those over 65 years of age will have less years than younger folk to live in the midst of any social and economic hardship this scenario below may bring down on communities the length and breadth of  the land.The Kouk 28 March 2015:The Abbott government has no intention of ever repaying government debt. None.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 22:23 Source

amazon-dash-button-details-2Amazon just announced a new product called the Dash button. Basically, it is a button with a label like Tide or Cottonelle, connected to the internet and available only to Amazon Prime members (you know, the subscription that gives you free shipping).

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 22:07 Source

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The Tally Room Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 21:21 Source

Since yesterday’s update, we’ve had little new information in Lismore, but more substantial counting has taken place in the key seats of East Hill, Gosford and The Entrance. Labor now holds a slim lead in The Entrance, and the Liberal Party has taken a 20-vote lead in Gosford. It also appears that the Liberal Party’s lead in East Hills is now too big to be overcome.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 18:48 Source

When the first Benjamin Black crime story appeared – Christine Falls (2006) which I reviewed here – there was no mention anywhere that this name was a pseudonym for John Banville, the highly acclaimed Irish novelist, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize for The Sea – reviewed here. Banville had told the literary world that he was going to write a crime story, but there was nothing to alert an unsuspecting public that this was it.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 17:23 Source

Joe Hockey's 'Re:think' paper is the same old reheated neoliberalism we've come to expect form the Abbott government, writes Ben Eltham.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 17:11 Source

Are the vulnerable in our society being cared for by those in government? The answer is a firm ‘no’ writes Jennifer Wilson.

If there’s one single characteristic that defines the Abbott government, and increasingly the ALP opposition, it’s their utter lack of care for people who are in some way vulnerable.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 16:22 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It’s been a fairly crazy session today in Asia and there has been a lot of head scratching as to the reason behind the sharp moves, which were predominantly centred in US futures. It’s not every day you see NASDAQ and S&P futures dropping 1.3% in around

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 16:21 Source

THE LIST

Tony Abbott has been in power since 7 September 2013. From that moment, he and his government have broken promises and hurt Australians. This post will be regularly updated to keep track of the Abbott Government’s broken promises and everything his Government does to hurt Australians. Each separate item will have a link to a source. Broken promises appear in bold and in a separate fully referenced list at the end.

Sally McManus is the Secretary of the Australian Services Union in NSW and the ACT.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 16:12 Source

Anne-marie Boxall writes: If your workplace is anything like mine, this week’s private health insurance premium increases might prompt conversations that go something like this: Can you believe our private health insurance costs $421 a month – and...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 16:05 Source

When even the experts disagree, it’s not surprising that the electorate are divided on privatisation.  The only say that Australians get in the sale of the assets we jointly own is at election time but I sometimes wonder if voters fully consider the ramifications of privatisation and asset recycling.

Joe Hockey and Tony Abbott are both determined to use their time on the Treasury benches selling every Commonwealth asset they can and, by making funding dependent on it, they are forcing state premiers to do the same.

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