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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:25
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 21:25 Source

Today’s labour force figures demonstrated that sometimes economics is not about “good news and bad news”, sometimes it’s just all bad.

There really was nothing in today’s figures that holds any joy. But let us gird our loins and venture into the data.

Firstly the unemployment rate both seasonally adjusted and trend stayed at 5.8%

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A Senex View Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:51 Source
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The Stump Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 08:41 Source

Well, anti-racist Australians may have utterly failed to prevent our government from consigning men, women and children to the fourth circle of hell on Manus Island and Nauru (are we still only up to the fourth circle? surely we must be getting close to the ninth by now), but at least we can hold our head high in the knowledge that we made those German racists over at Aldi withdraw their racist Australia Day t-shirts and apologise.

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The Stump Monday, November 11, 2013 - 18:11 Source

Address by Hon PJ Keating

Australian War Memorial Canberra

11 November 2013

Nine months from now, one hundred years ago, the horror of all ages came together to open the curtain on mankind’s greatest century of violence – the twentieth century.

What distinguished the First World War from all wars before it was the massive power of the antagonists.

Modern weaponry, mass conscription and indefatigable valour produced a cauldron of destruction the likes of which the world had never seen.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 16:32
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 16:32 Source

From my Guardian post I have start using Datawrapper for the graphs. They are a bit more interactive, though pretty basic. I actually prefer just using Excel for some graphs, especially when I am using 2 Y-axis, or I want to combine columns and lines on the same graph.

But here are a few graphs with Datawrapper:

I might use these a bit more in future

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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 14:32
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 14:32 Source

The Monthly labour force figures came out today and they do little to suggest the Treasury's prediction of 6.25% by June next year will be wildly inaccurate.

In seasonally adjusted terms the unemployment rate in October stayed flat at 5.7%. Although given September’s rate was 5.6755% and October’s was 5.7442%, it was all down to rounding that kept the rate flat when in fact it increased 0.068 percentage points.

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A Senex View Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:32 Source

What a difference 12 months and more makes.

In today’s Business Spectator column Stephen Koukoulas writes:

The budget surplus or deficit, level of debt, interest rates and value of the Australian dollar are the tools used to achieve those objectives and are not the target in themselves.

In April last year he was saying:

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En Passant Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 21:05 Source

A Taiwanese case shows how expensive it can be to pretend to be someone you’re not online if you are a corporate, as Samsung has found. And while it’s a Taiwanese case, the same situation could well apply in Australia.

According to PC World:

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En Passant Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 21:05 Source

A Taiwanese case shows how expensive it can be to pretend to be someone you’re not online if you are a corporate, as Samsung has found. And while it’s a Taiwanese case, the same situation could well apply in Australia.

According to PC World:

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A Senex View Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 10:27 Source

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Monday, October 21, 2013 - 14:15 Source

Polished Concrete FloorsTaking on home improvement projects yourself is an excellent way to create a customized homes that caters to your needs while saving money at the same time

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 00:26 Source

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Feng Shui is a conventional Chinese procedure for creating an atmosphere that is said to add harmonious relationship and stability to a room. You might have much better luck by utilizing feng shui in the decorating method. This informative article provides details about improving your house with feng shui.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 16:40
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Grog's Gamut Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 16:40 Source

Today the ABS released the latest labour force numbers. I haven’t done a full post on the number for a couple month due to the election, so let’s have a look and see how we’re doing.

First off, the numbers scream “ignore the seasonally adjusted rate”. On seasonally adjusted terms the unemployment rate in September actually fell from 5.8% to 5.6%.

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A Senex View Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 09:07 Source

via MacroBusiness via AFR

On Friday, The Australian Financial Review reported that Hockey was “mulling” the idea of separately classifying debt the federal government raises to invest in infrastructure projects from the debt required to finance the budget deficit.

Personally I did not understand a word of this when I read it for the first time.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 00:28 Source

Buying A Home Should Be A Fun And Interesting ProcessThe market

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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 04:41 Source

All that needs to be asked comes down, I think, to three questions. Is Robbo more likely to win the 2015 election than Nathan Rees? Is Albo more likely to win the 2016 election than Bill Shorten? And, in what …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 19:53 Source

Great Roofing AdviceWith home maintenance, it is important to think about your roof. The roof on your home is the main reason your house stays protected from the weather’s elements.

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 01:42 Source

scoville scaleThere is a measurement scale available for measuring the hotness of a chilly or any product that is a derivative of chili pepper which is referred as scoville scale.

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The Stump Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:37 Source

In his weekend report on the high incidence of rape committed by taxi drivers against female passengers, Fairfax crime reporter John Silvester tells us that we need to address “the elephant in the room. Most (but not all) of the reports we have received say that the offending drivers were overseas-born students.” Staring at this elephant in the face means that “the cravat-wearers will splutter on their croissants and declare this story racist.”

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The Stump Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 22:11 Source

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The Stump Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 14:54 Source

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has picked just one woman for his 19-member cabinet, to be sworn in tomorrow. In defending his choice he declared he was prioritising stability, experience and merit.

So Crikey decided to have a go. Is it so very hard to select a Coalition cabinet which meets these requirements, but is not 95% male?

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 14:54
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 14:54
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 14:54

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott has picked just one woman for his 19-member cabinet, to be sworn in tomorrow. In defending his choice he declared he was prioritising stability, experience and merit.

So Crikey decided to have a go. Is it so very hard to select a Coalition cabinet which meets these requirements, but is not 95% male?

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 10:23 Source

Plumbing TipsA collection of tips on how to be successful at plumbing makes the perfect starting point for a beginner. Below is just such a collection that will hopefully assist the eager novice into eventually becoming a pro when it comes to plumbing.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 00:05
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