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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 17:56 Source

Marr’s essay on Shorten is very fine and very fair. Unlike his parallel work on Rudd, whose treacherous first sentence was a hand grenade that changed our history, he gives in this a full, deep, nuanced picture of a man he is neither enthused by, nor unsettled by.

As with Hawke, Rudd, Albo, there was a strong mother. As with Hawke, Rudd, Albo, Latham, an almost absent father. A need for approval, for love. As with Abbott, a Jesuit sensibility. And, as Herndon said of Lincoln, ‘his ambition was a little motor that had no rest’.

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George Monbiot Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 17:12 Source

The Ecomodernists launching their manifesto today propose solutions that are both ignorant and brutal.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 24th September 2015

Beware of simple solutions to complex problems. That is a crucial lesson from history; a lesson that intelligent people in every age keep failing to learn.

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you said it... Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 16:55 Source

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September 24, 2015 – 1:14PM

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 16:00 Source

by Angus Nicholson, for Chris Weston IG The major selloff in auto-makers worldwide over the news around VW’s emissions scandal did not bode well for the reopening of the Japanese markets. Yesterday we were predicting the Nikkei to open down 2.75%, but the benign performance seen in European and US markets eased this back to

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Skepticlawyer Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:49 Source

Econblogger Bryan Caplan is rightly sceptical of “it will end in civil war(s)” claims about the European Union‘s (EU) current travails, and is moreover prepared to put his money where his blogging is; hence he will accept bets on the issue.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:32 Source

If you were working in Federal Government ICT circles back in 2008, you may recall that the then-Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government signed a $30 million deal (PDF) with local IT services group ASP for a comprehensive range of services ranging from desktop support to servers, laptops, printers and more. Well, news arrived this week that the Department is so happy with ASG — after seven years — that it has re-signed the contract.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:32 Source

If you were working in Federal Government ICT circles back in 2008, you may recall that the then-Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government signed a $30 million deal (PDF) with local IT services group ASP for a comprehensive range of services ranging from desktop support to servers, laptops, printers and more. Well, news arrived this week that the Department is so happy with ASG — after seven years — that it has re-signed the contract.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:08 Source

New Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne appears to have mildly misled the public on the Government’s approach to funding innovation, pushing the Coalition’s credentials in the space without mentioning the significant amount of programs and funding Tony Abbott’s administration has cut over the past several years.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:08 Source

New Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne appears to have mildly misled the public on the Government’s approach to funding innovation, pushing the Coalition’s credentials in the space without mentioning the significant amount of programs and funding Tony Abbott’s administration has cut over the past several years.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 15:00 Source

by Chris Becker The Canadian dollar, or Loonie, has now fallen to 2004 lows on the back of a stronger USD and weaker oil price: This has completely wiped out the appreciation in the Loonie (which is traded USDCAD, so turn the chart upside down!) since the entry of China into the WTC and the

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:27 Source

I am reading Marr’s Quarterly Essay on Shorten, which is excellent thus far, and reviewing it in a day or so in Ellis Gold.

Anyone who also wants to review it, I will print here.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:23 Source

Just in, possibly on the back of the worrying downtrend in population growth, ANZ Research are calling for two rate cuts or 50bps, taking the current cash rate to 1.5%: ANZ Research now expects the RBA to cut the cash rate by a further 50bps next year #ausecon — Warren Hogan (@anz_warrenhogan) September 24, 2015

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:06 Source

news The chief executive of British incumbent telco BT has announced a significant upgrade to his company’s broadband expansion plans, with BT now planning to deliver broadband speeds of at least 300Mbps to some 10 million premises in the United Kingdom by 2020. BT is primarily upgrading its copper network with Fibre to the Node

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:06 Source

news The chief executive of British incumbent telco BT has announced a significant upgrade to his company’s broadband expansion plans, with BT now planning to deliver broadband speeds of at least 300Mbps to some 10 million premises in the United Kingdom by 2020. BT is primarily upgrading its copper network with Fibre to the Node

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 14:02 Source

From AEP: Workers of the world are about to get their revenge. Owners of capital will have to make do with a shrinking slice of the cake. The powerful social forces that have flooded the global economy with abundant labour for the past four decades years are reversing suddenly, spelling the end of the deflationary

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:56 Source

From Craig James: Australia’s population expanded by 315,952 people over the year to March 2015 to 23,714,272 people. Overall, Australia’s population growth rate eased from 1.44 per cent to a 9-year low of 1.35 per cent.  Australia’s population grew by just 93,942 people over the March quarter– the smallest quarterly March quarter increase for nine years.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:35 Source

MyGov – or something like it – is part of a 21st century government. It is the way of the future. But it needs careful development, testing, and selling.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:35 Source

MyGov – or something like it – is part of a 21st century government. It is the way of the future. But it needs careful development, testing, and selling.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:27 Source

On the 16 September 2015 the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee reported on an inquiry into “The matter of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia”. The committee took submissions from the public and received 77 submissions that complied with the terms of reference. The Committee issued one recommendation:

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Remember how one of the first actions which TPG took upon acquiring its broadband rival iiNet was to dump the FetchTV Internet television product which iiNet and its subsidiary brand Internode had been such an evangelist for back in the early days? Well, that move, it turns out, may have been something more akin to a negotiating tactic.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Remember how one of the first actions which TPG took upon acquiring its broadband rival iiNet was to dump the FetchTV Internet television product which iiNet and its subsidiary brand Internode had been such an evangelist for back in the early days? Well, that move, it turns out, may have been something more akin to a negotiating tactic.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:07 Source

Cross-posted from Martin North: The ABS demographic data released today to March 2015 shows that Australia’s population growth rate has slowed to a rate last seen nearly 10 years ago to  1.4% during the year ended 31 March 2015.  Slowing growth, and the aging of the population are both drag anchors to future growth. The

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:06 Source

Big iron is on the nose again today with BHP down 1% and on the verge of a new low for the trend. RIO and FMG are down and up slightly respectively: The idiocy spreads are on the move again with BHP screaming closed and RIO moving the same way more slowly: And yes, I believe

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:06 Source

There’s nothing sweeter than watching rich white men eat each other alive. Mathew Kenneally is in heaven.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:04 Source

Microsoft has reversed a lengthy trend towards jacking up the pricing on its software for the local market, with analysis showing Australians will actually pay significantly less for its brand new Office 2016 suite released this week than users in the United States.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:04 Source

Microsoft has reversed a lengthy trend towards jacking up the pricing on its software for the local market, with analysis showing Australians will actually pay significantly less for its brand new Office 2016 suite released this week than users in the United States.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:03 Source

by Chris Becker This could actually work. From Fairfax: Labor will go to the next election pledging to introduce HECS-style loans for entrepreneurial university graduates who want to create their own start-up companies. The $5.5 million plan, to be announced by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Sydney on Thursday, would create the option of a “start-up year” at

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The Tally Room Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:00 Source

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The Northern Territory has been undergoing a redistribution for the 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly, and the final boundaries were released last week.

Quite substantial changes were made compared to the draft boundaries – it was basically an entirely new map. A number of seats that were renamed in the draft were restored to their original name.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:36 Source

Marriage equality campaigners are calling out Malcolm Turnbull’s hypocrisy, and demanding equal rights for LGBTQI people. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:33 Source

Out today: Flash Japan Manufacturing PMI™ at 50.9 (51.7 in August). Operating conditions improve at slower rate.  Flash Japan Manufacturing Output Index at 51.4 (51.1 in August). Growth in production little changed from August’s modest pace. And: Because: Commenting on the Japanese Manufacturing PMI survey data, Amy Brownbill, economist at Markit, which compiles the

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