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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, February 9, 2015 - 20:14 Source

So, le Peugeot is gone. Traded in last week for a Hyundai i30 at Barton's over Wynum Manly way. One of the SE models. I got a very good deal on a late 2014 hatchback; saved myslef about eight or nine grand. It has the two things I want most in a car. A working air system and bluetooth. (The 207 had neither). In fact the bluetooth is better than the set up in Jane's Mini which will stream phone calls but not music.

Biggest change after ten years of driving Euro cars is the backasswards arrangement of the wipers and indicators. Whenever I default to muscle memory I get them wrong.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 20:05 Source

What does it mean to ask whether Tony Abbott can turn it around? Here’s my amateur take on it.

There are two ways of looking at ‘turning it around’. Is it Abbott? Or is it the LNP government’s policies?

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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 19:31 Source

Canberra often has an air of unreality about it. But it's only when a circus comes to town that the media's impotence is really exposed. Amy McQuire reports.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 19:26 Source

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“We will socialise decisions before we finalise them and that way we’re more likely to take the people with us!” says Tony Abbott after winning the motion against the spill in a landslide.

Actually, I’m not a socialist. I’m planning to become ridiculously wealthy by exploiting the poor…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 19:22 Source

Tony Abbott has had 17 months to provide us with a good government. Why start now, writes Jennifer Wilson.

Good government starts today promised Prime Minister Tony Abbott, fresh from his party’s first failed spill motion this morning in which 39 members of his team turned against him, and one of them cast an informal vote. We are moving on, the difficulties are now behind us, is the vein in which he continued.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 18:43 Source

Today's leadership spill was a disaster for the Liberal Party, and the beginning of the end for Tony Abbott. Ben Eltham explains.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Monday, February 9, 2015 - 18:04 Source

After elections with indeterminate outcomes, Premier's are often permitted to test their numbers at the first parliamentary sitting. The LNP's problem is their Premier is no longer an MP.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, February 9, 2015 - 17:18 Source

With Abbott’s blood now in the water, an off-the-radar battle is taking place between the right-wing conservatives and the moderates in the Liberal Party. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, conservatives, Julie Bishop, leadership, Liberal Party, moderates, Scott Morrison, Tony Abbott

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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 16:52 Source

It wasn’t a good start for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new, improved government after he survived the Liberal party room spill motion, with confusion from the get go about whether or not the GP co-payment proposal was finally going the...

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 16:26 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Traders are asking if the central-bank-easing-inspired move in developed equities has run its course. Judging by the moves in Asia, US futures and our opening European calls, it certainly seems like a period of reflection is upon us. Politics is the buzzword today, with Australian leader Tony […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 15:01 Source

Lindsay David, author of the Book Australian Boom to Bust, has just launched a new petition requesting that Australian federal politicians disclose if they hold negatively geared assets in their Members Interest Statements: Dear Australian Senate This is a petition requesting on behalf of the Australian citizens and residents who are seeking action whereby all […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:50 Source

Anyone who has been on Twitter today would have no doubt seen this tweet from any number of Twitter users:

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:42 Source

South Australia wants royal commission into nuclear industry, but admits nuclear generation not viable in Australia - confirmed by new studies highlighting nuclear's soaring costs.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:42 Source

South Australia wants royal commission into nuclear industry, but admits nuclear generation not viable in Australia - confirmed by new studies highlighting nuclear's soaring costs.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:40 Source

Tony Abbott survives – but may only to give the Far Right enough time to find a new leader to prosecute their case. That’s bad news for climate and clean energy policies, as one international company confirms its portfolio of large-scale solar projects is effectively worthless under current government.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:40 Source

Tony Abbott survives – but may only give the Far Right enough time to find a new leader to prosecute their case. That’s bad news for climate and clean energy policies, as one international company confirms its portfolio of large-scale solar projects is effectively worthless under current government.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:39 Source

From CommSec: The national average petrol price rose for the first time in ten weeks. There has been a lot of discussion in the media and around the water cooler regarding the substantial lift in fuel petrol prices and if it is justified. Well firstly it is important to clarify that the lift in prices […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:38 Source

After achieving a resounding affirmation that, along with the majority of Australians, 40% of his own party want to get rid of him, Tony Abbott began Parliament by shamelessly using the Lindt Café siege, describing it as “the day terror hit our shores.”

We can expect to hear a great deal more made of national security (if that is possible) in the coming months.

Tony pointed out his huge funding boost to security forces and will no doubt use this situation to push for his unpopular metadata retention and anti-terror laws which have been widely described as human rights abuses.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:28 Source

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) – the central banks’ central bank – has released a research note arguing that the fall in oil prices cannot be blamed solely on falling demand and rising supplies, but also debt and futures trading: One important new element [contributing to falling oil prices] is the substantial increase in […]

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:17 Source

The new vehicles that can save you money on fuel while reducing global warming pollution.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:53 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: In recent media reports, higher education policy experts Peter Noonan and Gavin Moodie dismiss the use of international student fees as an indirect “market cap” for domestic fees. Independent senator Nick Xenophon is also unconvinced: Vice-chancellors say that international student fees are an effective cap, but if disingenuity was a subject, […]

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:34 Source

Report finds Victorian households paying as much for electricity as before Abbott axed the carbon tax, via fixed power costs raised to meet falling demand.

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:31 Source

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The Tally Room Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:27 Source

Despite Tony Abbott’s win in the party room this morning, the odds of his leadership surviving until the next election are not great.

Almost every previous example of an incumbent leader surviving an internal leadership challenge was only a reprieve, with that leader losing their job before the next election.

In federal politics, one can point to the examples of Bill Hayden in 1982, Bob Hawke in 1991, Simon Crean in 2003 and Julia Gillard in 2012. In all four cases, that leader didn’t last until the next election.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:24 Source

The world could be 2C° warmer in as little as two decades, according to the leading US climate scientist and "hockey stick" author, Dr Michael E. Mann.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:22 Source

Saudi Arabia understands that a great deal of global fossil fuel reserves will have to stay underground to avoid catastrophic global warming.

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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:06 Source

The latest episode in the soap opera that is the Abbott Government has been aired. But the most dramatic episode is yet to come. Chris Graham explains.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:49 Source

The Government’s leadership question has been decided for the time being. The result of the spill motion to declare the leadership positions vacant failed 39 votes to 61.

Interesting result that. The 39 who voted for the spill were likely those who will lose their seats at the next election. When the rest of them see no improvement in the polls in the months ahead, this little wave will likely grow to something much larger as it crashes in to shore.

But for now, there’s another matter that they will want to consider. If there was a debt and deficit disaster in 2013 under Labor, what do we call it now?

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MacroBusiness Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:47 Source

The glass-half full mantra of Australian economic insiders goes on today with Alan Mitchell at the AFR and his assessment that China is just fine: …when it comes to China, Australian chief executives now seem to have their heads permanently wedged between their knees. I guess it’s hard to feel very optimistic when iron ore […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 9, 2015 - 12:45 Source

If you needed more evidence, today’s spill motion proved that the federal government is severely out of touch with Australians, and reality.

A majority in the Liberal party room decided that Tony Abbott was the best man to lead the party to the next election, despite new polling out this morning showing an electoral landslide should an election be held this weekend.

Rumoured leadership contender Malcolm Turnbull would have put a major dent in the polls for the Coalition, if he was elected leader in this morning’s 9am party room meeting.

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