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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:10 Source

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 13:03 Source

The Australian Human Rights Commission's President has acted responsibly and properly in her handling of the Basikbasik matter, according to 25 Australian legal academics.*

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:45 Source

In a letter sent to (and apparently ignored by) The Australian Newspaper, the group accuse Triggs' critics of misunderstanding her role.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:35 Source

A private submission to government on the profitability of one of the nation’s largest coal mines raises some troubling questions for investors. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:28 Source

Next week could be a doozy for markets. From Reuters: Greece’s anti-bailout opposition party Syriza appears to be gaining momentum with less than a week before Sunday’s snap election, moving further ahead of the co-ruling conservatives in three separate opinion polls. Syriza, which wants to renegotiate a chunk of Greek debt and end austerity measures, […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:02 Source

From The Authority: Pilbara Ports Authority has reopened the ports of Port Hedland and Dampier at 5am (AWST) this morning, Tuesday 20 January 2015. The port of Port Hedland was officially closed for 10 hours. The port of Dampier was officially closed for 17 hours. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + […]

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The Tally Room Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:00 Source

Logan1-2PPLogan is a marginal LNP seat on the southern fringe of the Brisbane area, covering a number of suburbs in the City of Logan, specifically Browns Plains, Regents Park, Heritage Park, Park Ridge, Munruben and Logan Village.

The LNP’s Michael Pucci won Logan in 2012, with an 18.7% swing. Pucci now holds the seat by a 4.8% margin.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:38 Source

From Alliance Bernstein via the AFR comes some sense: Alliance’s senior economist for the Asia-Pacific region, Guy Bruten, said in a note to clients that the “long shadow of the commodity price bust” remains the key theme for the Australian economy, and said the impacts from price falls would be a “multi-year affair”. “…there are implications […]

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:21 Source

A year or so ago there were no obvious parallels that could be drawn between the He-Man PM, Tony Abbott and the Nerdlinger in the…

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 11:03 Source

The second of the quarterly production reports out today is from Atlas Iron: THE ATLAS BUSINESS  Globally competitive costs, costs continuing to fall and targeting lower end of FY15 guidance  Normalised EBITDA^ YTD is approximately breakeven, despite challenging market conditions  North Pilbara mine development now complete  Stable production and shipping volumes, […]

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The Tally Room Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Ipswich1-2PPIpswich is a marginal LNP seat covering parts of the Ipswich area to the south-west of Brisbane, specifically the Ipswich central business district, Woodend, Booval, Newtown, Eastern Heights, Raceview, Churchill, Yamanto and parts of Bundamba.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:07 Source

From Bloxo today comes the endlessly deferred rate hike, originally planned for H2 2014: We now expect next week’s Q4 CPI inflation (due on 28 January) to print at 1.7% y-o-y (previously 1.9%); we revise down our 2015 CPI forecast to 1.9% (previously 2.4%)* Underlying inflation is likely to be less affected, with the trimmed […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:57 Source

From Forexlive: ANZ Roy Morgan weekly Consumer Sentiment, for the week ended January 18 …113.6 prior was 112 Up 1.4% on the week Now around its around its long-run average ANZ commentary on the data: Says there is often a temporary seasonal uplift in confidence in January (note that this data is not seasonally adjusted) […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:45 Source

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:45 Source

Some of the shine has come off the stellar reputation of the new Indonesian president, writes Jarni Blakkarly.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:44 Source

Future transport: what can we learn from New Zealand?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:39 Source

It’s often said that if you don’t know history, you are cursed to repeat it. Consumer health advocate Martyn Goddard has been around long enough to remember the last time that doctors were up in arms and marching in the streets against a...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 09:31 Source

Last week a proposed decrease in the Medicare rebate went down, not so much in a blaze of glory as with a whimper of “confusion”. The minister responsible for the changes, Peter Dutton has also moved on, leaving behind the accolade...

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:52 Source

A new site is attempting to put the enthusiasm and knowledge of amateur archeologists and historians to work on current archeological projects, with the help and guidance of professional academics.

MicroPasts, a joint project of University College London, the British Museum, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, is a new hybrid site combining citizen science and crowdfunding under one umbrella.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:52 Source

Imagine walking several miles per day, all day, for the course of a week. Now imagine during that time you're navigating through a sea of people that are all vying for your attention, each of them hocking new electronic equipment that will most likely become vaporware. That, in essence, is what attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is like.

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Popular Science Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 08:52 Source

In the wake of massive #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, the ugly implications of racism in the United States have come to the foreground. Prejudice, whether conscious or unconscious, exists on a much wider scale than most of us would like to admit. In fact, you can glimpse into your own brain and measure its unconscious attitudes toward various objects and ideas by taking an implicit association test, or IAT. (The results might surprise you.)

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 07:58 Source

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 05:49 Source

Australians were at more risk of being blown up in Iraq than other nations, Fairfax reported, except, perhaps, Iraqis, Abbott having volunteered us further into a war that his hero, Howard, helped start. Howard thought Saddam had atomic bombs he wouldn’t use on us, and we should take them from him. This insight ruined six million lives, and caused him, he said, ‘embarrassment’.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:52 Source

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Digitopoly Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:31 Source

Be My Eyes is a clever app created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish craftsperson who is also visually impaired. I could explain it but you should really watch this video.

The design is quite clever. When asking people to contribute something voluntarily, it is always best to make people feel good about giving a little rather than guilty about not doing everything. That is precisely what occurs here.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 02:00 Source

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:15 Source

For those among us still wondering how Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott manages to convince Coalition backbenchers to toe the line with regard to his punitive policies, here is the answer – by and large they are stupid.Take Kevin Hogan the Nationals MP for a large federal electorate on the NSW North Coast, who on the morning of 15 January 2015 was quoted in The Daily Examiner:Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the policy would not affect Clarence Valley residents because, in the majority of cases, doctors in the region saw pati

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:15 Source

The Australian 14 January 2015:PLUNGING  prices for liquid natural gas are dashing state and federal expectations of a revenue bonanza from the country’s massive new gas projects, with at least $2 billion being stripped from tax and royalty forecasts.The seven giant projects being built at a combined cost of about $200bn represent the largest capital investments made in ­Australia and are still expected to be financially viable.But as prices tumble, the ­industry’s export revenue could be as much as $20

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:59 Source

In opposition and in government, the Coalition has moaned with frenetic monotony that Medicare is unsustainable. The fact is, it isn’t. But while they can maintain the rage and attempt to convince everybody that the country can’t afford to keep it in its present form, they’ll find one way or another to use it as an economic scapegoat.

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