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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:28 Source

Want to know more about how public funds are spent? Good luck finding the information you need. If we want better governance, we need budget transparency, writes Rosie Williams

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:15 Source

On breakfast radio I spoke with Mark Parton about last night’s Labor leadership debate, the NBN and the folly of the Coalition’s ‘direct action’ plan to tackle climate change. Here’s the transcript:

TALKING POLITICS WITH 2CC’S MARK PARTON

Mark Parton: Andrew Fraser is the Labor member, Andrew Fraser (chuckle), Andrew Leigh, is the Labor member, not the first time it’s been done everyone. He’s the Labor member for Fraser. We’ve got a lot that we wanted to catch up with Andrew about, he’s on the line. Morning Andrew.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 09:47 Source

In the latest issue of the Journal of Economic Literature, I review Ian McLean’s terrific book on Australian economic history.

Review of Ian McLean, Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth
Journal of Economic Literature, 2013

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 09:21 Source

A recent study shows that Australiaʼs economic freedom has waned in recent years, highlighting the urgent need for an ambitious deregulatory policy agenda.

Since the 1990s various free‑market think tanks around the world have developed statistical indexes of relative economic freedom for advanced and developing countries, aiming to show which countries are relatively freer than others and to what extent is this the case.

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Fraudcast News Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 23:25 Source

Yannis Youlountas parle de son film “Ne vivons plus comme des esclaves” – un documentaire qui fait le tour des actions, des journaux alternatifs, des radios rebelles et lieux d’occupation et d’autogestion qui se multiplient dans une Grèce en crise.

Pourquoi une mise en ligne gratuite? Youlountas souhaite que l’accès gratuit au film participera à faire réfléchir les gens et contribue à étendre le débat sur la nécessité de rompre avec la marchandisation du monde et de l’humain.

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Fraudcast News Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 23:25 Source

Yannis Youlountas parle de son film “Ne vivons plus comme des esclaves” – un documentaire qui fait le tour des actions, des journaux alternatifs, des radios rebelles et lieux d’occupation et d’autogestion qui se multiplient dans une Grèce en crise.

Pourquoi une mise en ligne gratuite? Youlountas souhaite que l’accès gratuit au film participera à faire réfléchir les gens et contribue à étendre le débat sur la nécessité de rompre avec la marchandisation du monde et de l’humain.

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you said it... Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 17:35 Source

#auspol      #gordonthomsonci   #rac_sydney     #labor4refugees1    #Greens  #AustralianLabor

 Coalition bully-boy Scott Morrison has had plenty of opportunity since the elections to chest-beat, yap and howl over asylum seeker policy and so-called “border protection”..  We well remember the three-word “Stop the Boats” bogan slogan and brand-new hot Lindsay MP Fiona Scott wailing about the millions of leaky boats heading up the M4.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 17:10 Source

A lot of people (yours truly included) were impressed with this piece from Annabel Crabb that was published earlier this week.

It discusses the sacrifices that politicians have to make in order to succeed. This excerpt in particular got me thinking:

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WixxyLeaks Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 12:47 Source

A lot can happen in just a couple of weeks.

Since Tony Abbott became the beneficiary of Labor losing the election on September 7th 2013, quite a bit has happened.

The axe has already fallen with some major heads of government departments sacked.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 09:15 Source

Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU parties have gained the largest swings towards them at the 2013 German federal election, with minor parties generally losing ground.

The CDU/CSU gained a large 7.8% swing towards them, with the centre-left Social Democrats gaining a smaller 2.7% swing. The three minor parties with parliamentary seats all suffered negative swings. The left-wing Left Party lost 3.3% and the Greens lost 2.3%.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 07:37 Source

Two big stories on the news in the morning – neither of them very comfortable for Tony Abbott and his Government.

The entire board of the National Broadband Network has offered to resign, and at the time of writing, Malcolm Turnbull is making ‘no comment’. (Other reports suggest that one member has not offered to resign.) This, on top of Nick Paine’s change.org petition to Turnbull, must be making for an icky day for Malcolm and Tony.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 06:09 Source

One lesson of the last election is how irrelevant polling is. Until the last three days, two million were still Undecided. On the morning 1.5 million were. And a million, at least, voted Informal because they still were.

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 16:56 Source

Tonight provides further evidence of bias at the ABC. David Suzuki appears on Q&A without any other panelists. Normally Q&A consists of a panel of six people with Tony Jones. Occasionally there will be just two (and Tony Jones) – such as when Chris Bowen and Joe Hockey appeared on 19 August 2013.

Very rarely there will be just one panelist, like tonight’s show with David Suzuki. The previous examples are:

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Café Whispers Monday, September 23, 2013 - 14:34 Source

A brief post, but it says a lot.

Tony Abbott has been Prime Minister for less than a week. In that time we have seen:

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:17 Source

On Sky AM Agenda, I spoke with host Kieran Gilbert and Liberal Minister Mitch Fifield about the Coalition’s secrecy on asylum-seeker boat arrivals, the risk of a digital divide if fibre to the home is stopped, and the Labor leadership contest.

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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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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:35 Source

Two weeks since the Coalition formed government under Tony Abbott’s leadership, it is very clear to me that they’re about to run rings around their political opponents (at least in the short term while the ALP remains leaderless). In this post I’ll attempt to go over how they’re going to do this.

People are very uncertain about the direction of their lives and the direction of the nation. What this means for the government is they need to provide firm and achievable markers for people in order to communicate what they’re doing in a way they can both digest and understand.

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Left Focus Monday, September 23, 2013 - 11:05 Source

above: the contenders for the ALP Leadership - Albo and Shorten Dear friends and comrades;I am posting these questions here at 'Left Focus' because I believe that this election for the ALP Leadership should be largely about the policy direction the winner will provide for the party.

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Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:42 Source

The dismissal of a judge means that the international criminal trial of Vojislav Seselj, the longest to date, in is chaos. It's a bad sign for an already strained system, writes Sophie Rigney

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you said it... Monday, September 23, 2013 - 01:15 Source

Daily Life
September 20, 2013 – 6:31AM

Clementine Ford


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

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Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 10:00 Source

Since we don’t live by politics alone (I sincerely hope), what else did people get up to this weekend? Join in, share some tales, regulars and lurkers all!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 08:16 Source

Well, there have been howls of dismay and/or derision coming from all over the place in response to Tony Abbott’s appointment of just the one woman to the new, 19 member Cabinet. Tony himself is very sorry about this: ‘I’m obviously disappointed there aren’t more women in Cabinet.’

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Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 08:16 Source

Well, there have been howls of dismay and/or derision coming from all over the place in response to Tony Abbott’s appointment of just the one woman to the new, 19 member Cabinet. Tony himself is very sorry about this: ‘I’m obviously disappointed there aren’t more women in Cabinet.’

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Café Whispers Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 16:06 Source

Have you noticed that the media have gone quiet on a number of events since Abbott was elected? The glaring one of course is the number of boat arrivals. Tony Abbott’s “Stop the boats” slogan has been replaced with “Stop the boat announcements”.

But it’s not just the boats. It includes broken promises.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 07:36 Source

On Thursday night, I joined host David Speers, Centre for Policy Development’s Miriam Lyons, Liberal MP Alan Tudge and former Liberal MP Ross Cameron on Sky’s The Nation program. We discussed gender and politics, asylum seekers and the Labor leadership.

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Prosper Australia Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 00:38 Source

Frank Ramsey formally studied mathematics but diversified into philosophy and economics. Among economists he is famous for proving that if the tax system is to raise a given revenue with minimum deadweight, each commodity should be taxed in inverse proportion to its price-elasticity of demand (Ramsey, 1927). That is unfortunate because the cited paper does not contain any such result…. [...]

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 00:01 Source
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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 21:26 Source

Not only is Liberal Premier Colin Barnett calling for an increase in the GST rate, but so too is Labor’s Katy Gallagher, the ACT’s Chief Minister (I know, effectively Canberra’s mayor).

Wayne Swan has come out of hiding saying

Surely a coincidence Mr Barnett stayed mum on the issue before the election?! A deal with Mr Abbott to keep quiet before the poll perhaps? … Less than two weeks since the election and senior Libs like Colin Barnett are pressuring Abbott to jack up GST.

Yes, well we didn’t hear from Labor’s Katy Gallagher before the election did we?

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, September 20, 2013 - 16:08 Source

The Abbott Coalition is flirting with a trade agreement that would allow companies, acting largely in secret, to sue Australia if they don’t like its regulations.

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