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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:37 Source

One of the national organisers of today’s ‘Reclaim Australia’ rallies has been caught out in a racist online rant against Aboriginal people. Max Chalmers reports.

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The Tally Room Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:00 Source

Earlier this week, while most of us were distracted by the New South Wales election results, the ACT Electoral Commission released draft boundaries for the next election.

Electoral boundaries are reviewed after every election, but most changes have been minor since the ACT’s electorates were still used at the 1995 election.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 08:46 Source

The arguments over the economy tempt me to intervene. So much that is being proposed is dunderheaded, and I note, without surprise, the articulation of massive untruths.

One of these is that average Australians are more ‘prosperous’ than they were in, say, 1973.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 04:02 Source

       Destroy The JointSince 1 January 2015 twenty-eight women have died in violent incidents.

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The Tally Room Friday, April 3, 2015 - 22:54 Source

This will be the last ‘late counting’ post. At this point, it seems possible to call the results in Lismore, Gosford and The Entrance, in addition to East Hills which has seemed clear for a couple of days.

Labor has narrowly gained Gosford and The Entrance, while the Liberal Party has held on in East Hills as predicted in recent days.

The Nationals have also maintained their lead in Lismore, with the Greens failing to see a shift in how preferences flowed on Thursday and Friday’s counting.

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 18:27 Source

My computer is working again. It was only the charger, it seems, that was at fault. I will do a review of the next season of House of Cards, and of the fine film Cyberbully, in the next twelve hours …

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:57 Source

Bit of a slow start to the Easter break.. I’ll be adding more links over the break. From the team at MB to you and yours , Happy Easter ! We hope the short break treats you well. It would appear now that the rest of Australia is finally waking up to what MB has

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:15 Source

In Melbourne’s Richmond Council in the 1950s and 60s, it was said the dead voted on a regular basis to help keep a Labor clique…

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xkcd.com Friday, April 3, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Shoot, it landed in the golf course. Gonna be hard to get it down the--oh, never mind, it rolled onto the ice hazard. Face-off!

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The Tally Room Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:18 Source

Over the next few days I will be posting about a number of the most interesting seats in the NSW election, including a breakdown of the seat’s results by sub-area, and maps of booth results. The first seat today is Lismore.

Lismore has been the most captivating seat so far in the election, with a large swing to the Greens and Labor putting the Greens in with a chance of winning a Nationals seat that was held with a margin of well over 20%.

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Self praise is no recommendation, which suggests the Australian Government’s description of itself could lack some insight. Max Chalmers reports.

 

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 08:04 Source

FV Dirk Dirk now known as the Geelong StarPhoto: www.maritimetraffic.comThe FV Dirk Dirk owned by Parlevliet & Van der Plas Beheer B.V.

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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 00:15 Source

How it starts – with a knock at the door.Excerpt from 2011 submission, by northern NSW beef cattle and mixed broad acre farmers Brenden Smith and Angie Smith to the NSW Legislative Council Inquiry Into Coal Seam Gas:Our farms are situated in PEL 470 and we were approached by a representative from Planet Gas to put an exploration well on one of our properties.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 20:15 Source

Paul Dellit has written some excellent political articles for The AIMN, so it came as some surprise that he is better known for his screenplay writing. Thomas Keneally, in a recent review of one of Paul’s screenplays I wrote: “I liked your screenplay and plot very much” and went on to describe it as “a very interesting and well-wrought script”. This particular screenplay – a spy thriller set in 1992 involving a MI5 mission directed at uncovering the source of stolen Russian radioactive material – has been turned into a novella (with input from Mr Keneally) and prior to publishing in hard copy has been offered to The AIMN.

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The Tally Room Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 20:02 Source

In Lismore, I’ve changed my estimated preference flows based on fresh information from scrutineers suggesting the Greens are not picking up quite enough Labor preferences to win. Having said that, this is still a projection and the Lismore result is still unclear.

In East Hills, the Liberal Party has solidified their lead, and look set to win the seat.

Labor extended their lead in The Entrance, and the projected Liberal victory has become smaller. In Gosford, Labor has regained the lead, and the projected Liberal victory there has also become smaller.

Lismore

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 18:37 Source

Clouds boiled. Not just blacks and greys, purple, crimson, all and every colour. Each cloud changed colour in the corner of her eye, so that when she looked again it was different. They hurtled across the sky swirling and were stationary. And yet, there was no wind. The land around her was flat; hills grew, towered, shrank and disappeared. There were rocks and there was flat sand. It was arid with dust twisting and shimmering […]

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 18:12 Source

It's a new look ministry for the Baird government in NSW, with a bit of payback thrown in for good measure. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:16 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets China key for Q2 It has been a choppy start to the quarter for global markets and I get a sense that this will be a dominant theme through the Q2. While equities mostly enjoyed a strong Q1, it’s clear that without the support

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:10 Source

Here’s a nice way to go to Easter from the AFR: “The tide is turning,” Pengana Capital strategist Ric Ronge said. “We can’t ring the bell and tell you when commodities are going to rally but common sense suggests there’s more upside than downside.” He estimated global resources were trading at more than a 20 per

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 16:00 Source

Preliminary figures from the NSW Legislative Council election reveal that iVote has an even larger 'donkey vote' than traditional paper ballot papers.

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TPS Extra Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 15:30 Source

It was as his daughter Angela read from Ecclesiastes 3 at the State Funeral of Malcolm Fraser that I was reminded of these memorable words:

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 15:19 Source

Abbott joined the China Bank too late to be of any influence on the way it was run. Hockey found Google paid only 295,000 in tax after getting 4.5 million from the Australian taxpayer ‘to get it through its teething difficulties’ and making round two billion in profits here. Andrew Leigh called Hockey ‘all mouth and no trousers’ on multinational tax, twenty billion of which was owed in any year and not paid.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 14:48 Source

In the final instalment of The Conversation’s series Private health insurance in Australia, Lesley Russell, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney, asks whether Australians need private...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 14:34 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: ­ The six previous papers in this series highlight the poorly defined role private health insurance plays in the funding and delivery of Australian health care, and how the Abbott government might allow this role to expand. But major changes to Australia’s iconic Medicare system should not happen by stealth. They

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TPS Extra Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 14:30 Source

It was as his daughter Angela read from Ecclesiastes 3 at the State Funeral of Malcolm Fraser that I was reminded of these memorable words:

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 14:03 Source

If Gordon is guilty of domestic violence he clearly must resign. If not, there is no reason to remove one of the few Aboriginal men in parliament, writes Amy McQuire.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 13:28 Source

Big iron equity continues its spectacular outperformance versus its actual business today with more paltry falls versus the calamity unfolding in the price of dirt. BHP is down 0.5% and RIO only 1.4%. The former is still 10% above its December low and RIO 5% above its despite iron ore being 30% lower now. To the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 13:07 Source

As US and Australian data fades in tandem, the Australian bond bull market has strapped on the afterburners and yields are getting trashed. The two year hit an all-time low of 1.67% last night is now trading at 1.69%. The 5 and 10 years also hit all-time lows and now trading at 1.84% and 2.31% respectively:

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Renew Economy Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:53 Source

New data shows major global infrastructure funds rushing to invest in portfolios of PV power stations, to catch the big solar wave.

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The Idiot Tax Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:48 Source

If you've read this site for any length of time you'll know I'm just a little critical of how supposedly "good news" is reported in Tasmania. Mirage is the word that often comes to mind. After...

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