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Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 00:15 Source

In his speech to the Press Club on 2nd February, Tony Abbott once again called up the spectre of intergenerational theft:And reducing the deficit is the fair thing to do – because it ends the intergenerational theft against our children and grandchildren.We’ve never been a country that’s ripped off future generations to pay for today.And under my government, we never will.http://www.liberal.org.au/latest-news/2015/02/02/prime-minister-address-national-press-club"Intergenerational theft" has been a catchcry of the Prime Minister and oth

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 21:10 Source

The outrage is understandable. But the US has its own dark past, writes Chauncey DeVega.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 18:23 Source

Now, if you can cast your mind back to last May. back when Abbott was still popular (at least with the Federal Liberal Party and Murdoch), I wrote the following blog.:

It’s A Plan, Jim, but Not As We Know It.

It’s worth a read. Then have another think about some of my other predictions.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 13:40 Source

With two young Australians about to be executed in Indonesia for trying to smuggle heroin, we need to take a more honest look at the drug itself, writes Fiona Patten MLC.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 12:37 Source

Her face blank as a Trojan funeral mask, Julie Bishop heard Abbott, in front of her, declare their joint story was ‘no Game of Thrones’, having  with termagant fury ‘distanced’ herself from his proclamation of their ‘unity ticket’ the night before. He seemed a bit more fraught than he had on Monday when he told the Press Club ‘I’ve just broken two more promises; trust me.’ He even, with perspiring botox, claimed he would allow a secret ballot, in which he would get, at best, twenty votes.

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Renew Economy Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 12:01 Source

Science finds 'overwhelming' link between man-made climate change and extreme heat events, like the one in 12,300-year 2012/13 Australian summer.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 11:26 Source

If the board of a corporation appoint a CEO under whose direction the share price falls to record lows what should they do?

Do they decide to stick with the CEO and stand by the direction he is taking because they are fearful that shareholders will criticise them for having appointed him in the first place?  Would they rather see the company go under than admit they were wrong and appoint someone to change direction and save the business?

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TPS Extra Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:35 Source

Yesterday, some of Tony Abbott’s backbenchers decided they had had enough of their incompetent and unpopular leader, and asked for a spill of leadership positions so that they might replace him. In response at a 90 second press conference, Abbott truculently invited them to bring it on.

Why has it taken them so long to wake up?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 09:13 Source

No matter what the outcome of Tuesday’s leadership spill, Tony Abbott is a damaged man writes Jennifer Wilson.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, former Oxford boxing blue, is up against the ropes in the biggest fight of his political life, a fight he can only lose.

He could of course do as John Gorton did, vote against himself and run for the deputy leadership, but Abbott does not strike me as a man capable of voting against himself.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 07:57 Source

At the Herald this morning:

Finally the PM will stand up and defend the magnificent record of this government by doing what he does best, lashing out with ill-timed, poorly aimed haymakers that are as likely to knock the false teeth out of a passing grandmother as they are to land on anyone else.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 07:52 Source

One of more favourite movies was always “The Caine Mutiny”. Who can forget Humphrey Bogart’s stellar performance as Captain Queeg?

Sadly, his men don’t heed his call, a mutiny takes place with his first officer taking charge of the ship, leading to a trial:

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 06:52 Source

Tony Abbott during his unsuccessful bid to rally backbenchers & voters behind himNational Press Council Address2 February 2015 The anglophile who only became an Australian citizen for personal financial advantage, the aggressive bully who thought his divine des

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 00:18 Source

As a story, the stand off between Julian Assange and the Swedish justice system has it all: David against Goliath, conflict and conspiracy, sex and tragedy.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 00:15 Source

“it’s a classic example of what goes wrong when, in a fit of absent-mindedness, people elect Labor governments.”[Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott during 2 February 2015 National Press Club question period on the reason voters reject his political party]Abbott over-reached when telling his audience that removing a Prime Minister is the preserve of the public come election time.Party room colleagues who take pride in their right to cast a vote for or against a leader won’t have liked hearing such an arrogant observation from Abbott, who they already believe takes them for granted.The right of party MPs to choose their leader is what mak

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 23:46 Source

Likely to be a big comment weekend given the #Libspill so , if we get to over 250 comments, I’ll kick off a second page so those on mobiles can still play along… Italics is gunna .. China Conquering China’s Mountain of Debt- Bloomberg China Chart of the Week: The IMF’s Falling Forecast for China– […]

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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 23:44 Source

So, there is to be a spill. Needless to say the media are having a circus. However there are some very important frequently asked questions that never seem to have answers, let alone frequent answers.  Here are the 17 most important.

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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 19:24 Source

By Melanie Walker and Scott Davis  It is with great sadness that we reflect on the sudden passing of Timothy David Moore late last year.  While we are all devastated by Tim’s loss, those of us who knew him are keen to shine a light on his many...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 19:12 Source

When Tony Abbott says that the people voted for him to be Prime Minister it’s important to clarify.

When Tony called a spill motion to challenge Malcolm Turnbull for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 2009, 35 of the 85 Liberal MPs voted for him in the first round.  He won the second round by securing 42 votes which is, once again, less than half of the party room.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 18:44 Source

The Liberals must select a new leader on Tuesday, or stick with Abbott until the next election.

Any later attempt for a leadership change would be disastrous. We know that from the past. If there is going to be a leadership change before the next election, it needs to happen now.

Tony Abbott should to be removed as leader, and a replacement must be chosen in Tuesday’s party room meeting. That person should be Malcolm Turnbull.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 18:38 Source

Abbott’s main argument against those in his party who want him out is that to get rid of him now would be to return ‘to repeat the chaos and instability of the Labor years’.  This is understandable; after all, what else has he got going for him?

My question is, rather, why do elements of the mainstream media buy into this narrative?

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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:59 Source

The recent deaths of four junior doctors are an urgent reminder that medicine needs to confront “the dark side” of its institutional culture, says Dr Kimberley Ivory, Senior Lecturer, Population Medicine and Sub-Dean of Student Support in the Sydney...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:35 Source

Perhaps the most absurd thing I heard was the Liberal who spoke to the press to inform us that the Government shouldn’t be talking about itself, that people we’re interested. Sort of ranks up there with the wonderfully oxymoronic: “I’m not talking to you”. Which clearly, as it’s ‘you’ who’s being addressed, the other person is.

I’m wondering how many other Liberals will come out to tell us that we’re really not interested in who leads the country, they’re all united and we’d really rather that they weren’t talking about themselves.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:20 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Mixed trade ahead of non-farm payrolls Asia is mixed with a degree of consolidation across equities following some big moves recently. These moves also mirror what we saw through European and US trade where a degree of uncertainty is fuelling a cautious tone at […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:00 Source

All I want to do is go home but this can’t wait. Finally, I’ve been out-beared on iron ore, from Bloomie: Iron ore will slump into the $US30s-a-tonne range this year as low-cost supplies rise and steel demand in China shrinks, according to Andy Xie, a Shanghai-based independent economist who’s forecast a rout for years. […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 16:15 Source

Just one more laugh before the weekend: If you say so, Rup! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 16:13 Source

From the PM Abbott: As you know, two of my colleagues have called for a leadership spill of the two senior positions in our party. They’ve called for a spill of my position as leader and they’ve called for a spill of Julie Bishop’s position as deputy. “The first point to make is that they […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:46 Source

Are voters are so gullible as to be swayed by Tony Abbott wheeling out his wife in his time of political need, while tucking away controversial Chief of Staff Peta Credlin in a cupboard? Some in the media certainly believe so. Jennifer Wilson reports.

Deconstructing a Paul Sheehan piece can be like shoving bamboo splinters under your toenails and watching them bleed. Fortunately I have pain killers.

Sheehan has, remarkably even for him, reduced the entire Abbott government leadership crisis into that good old patriarchal standby, the good woman/bad woman trope.

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WixxyLeaks Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:17 Source

They say “everybody has their day in Court”.

Most have lost count of Kathy Jackson’s days. However today was another one to add to the tally as the matter of the $1.4 Million of allegedly misappropriated member funds was once again due before Federal Court, and another attempt was to be made for Jackson to answer the questions of her accusers.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:16 Source

Damn, that would be a shocking affront for our Tony. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 6, 2015 - 15:16 Source

With all the talk of a leadership spill deflecting attention from the job of governing the country at the moment, it is not surprising that some issues central to the Coalition’s problems are being overlooked. Don’t look now, but one of them just happens to be our economic future.

Let’s hope the LNP sort themselves out next week because something happened recently that needs attention and from where I’m sitting, the present brains trust are just not up to the task. Neither, it seems, are many of the economic gurus in the mainstream media who should be screaming from the rafters.

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