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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 19:28 Source

Now, I’ve just had a look at how the Direct Action Carbon Scheme works.

Apparently, companies bid and the one that promises to reduce emissions by the largest amount can access money for doing so at an agreed figure like $20 a tonne.

Luckily, I have a business. Ok, it didn’t actually earn any money last financial year, but that won’t stop me bidding. I think that I’m going to offer to reduce a billion tonnes of emissions.

Well, ok, I haven’t looked that closely and the fact that my business didn’t actually produce any carbon emissions last year may disqualify me from bidding.

I certainly hope not

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 18:46 Source

With Julie Bishop flying off to try and broker a deal with Iran to take back asylum seekers who have been refused refugee status, it is worth looking at the human rights record and conditions in Iran.

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 18:30 Source

At the start of the year in my piece ‘Proud to be a bigot’ I mentioned that, before Abbott, Australian governments tended to look after those who were ‘down on their luck’. It was a phrase with which I grew up. People who were unemployed were not ‘dole bludgers’ then, nor even just bludgers (although there may have been a few, bludgers were usually identified when they were in work): they were ‘down on their luck’. I began to wonder why that approach has disappeared. A key aspect of the phrase ‘down on their luck’ is that it is an egalitarian phrase.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 16:44 Source

Guess what we're doing in May? Unleashing a major investigation every week. Four big stories, with one big goal. Chris Graham explains.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 14:56 Source

I admire Rosie Batty. She has suffered immeasurable grief and tragedy with grace, courage and fortitude. She has moved forward, from the depths of despair with a resolute determination to highlight the issue of domestic violence and to try and change things for the better. Her obvious character and strength make her admirable choice for Australian of the year.

That said, the sight of the media scrum snapping happily while Abbott cozies up to her at every possible photo opportunity is scraping new depths, even for our minister for women.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 13:55 Source

Tim Dunlop, author of The New Front Page:New Media and the Rise of the Audience, argued recently that while the most exciting aspect of the new digital news media was the ability of the reader to directly interact with the writer, the downside was that readers and writers tended to form enclaves.

Especially as far as comments are concerned.

The critical question for a site such as AIMN is; How can the site attract more comments and above all, more people willing to pass comment?

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 13:42 Source

Simple. Just apply. You’ll get a start sooner or later. Chris Graham explains.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 12:37 Source

I apologise to my too long neglected subscribers to Ellis Gold.

I am making amends.

My wife has just put up an unfinished text, The Age of Spin, abandoned when Don Watson’s rival work emerged and gazumped it, and not read before by anyone but the sorrowing head of Penguin; and soon, when the technology is sorted, she will add to this great wadges of And So It Went, which concern the sixteen months leading up to Howard’s immolation and the General Financial Crisis and Obama’s election, an exhilarating read at this distance in time.

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MacroBusiness Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 11:28 Source

Here’s some Sunday comedy courtesy of MB’s own Chris Becker. Enjoy!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:54 Source

Naomi Wenitong of Shakaya fame has released a song to help community heal from the pain of a shocking tragedy in Cairns last year. Amy McQuire reports.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:32 Source

Miners get rewarded for destroying our environment, while protestors cop massive fines. And it's about to get worse. Welcome to Mike Baird's new New South Wales.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 23:47 Source

Medical student Jaime Fox writes about her placement in Utopia (Northern Territories) and the importance of the homelands movement with Dr Jonathan Kingsley, providing some evidence on the importance of traditional land (known as Country). This...

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MacroBusiness Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 22:20 Source

Sorry for the lack of W/E links, my youngest yard ape turned 8 yesterday so it was a bit of a crazy day. Global Macro / Markets / Investing: US warns of ‘increasingly unbalanced’ global economy – FT U.S. Growth Seen Slower Amid Dollar Headwinds WSJ Factories Be Warned: U.S. Wholesalers Face an Inventory Glut

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 20:50 Source

A crisis facing regional Indigenous communities in WA has drawn large crowds to the streets in Melbourne and Sydney. Thom Mitchell reports.

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The Idiot Tax Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 16:00 Source

It was a rough day for listing a house in Burnie. Maybe even a lot rougher if you were closing on a house in Burnie. The local Caterpillar plant punted 280 jobs and those jobs will land somewhere in...

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:15 Source

It is fascinating how little rape means when it happens to a non-Anglo Saxon female. The girl Roman Polanski seduced, and anally penetrated, has absorbed the West, and most of its media, for thirty-nine years now. Little girls to whom this happened on Nauru last month are already forgotten, unnamed, unmourned, unavenged.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 09:49 Source

Julie Bishop asked if Iran would take back seven thousand asylum seekers and, at a cost of two hundred million a year, feed and house them, after western sanctions had sent that country lately broke. She was amazed when her opposite number, Javak Zarif, asked her for a billion dollars advance for the first five years. DAISH entered Damascus and, though we were at war with them, she refused as well to rescue Christians in their path and bring them to Australia. They were, she said ‘unsuitable immigrants.’

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 04:08 Source

Redfern Now was a series of immense importance with dull episodes and great episodes and an ongoing troupe of first-rate actors we might not else have become acquainted with. Many are in the telemovie and just as good in it. But this long-form episode, this mini-feature, is…a success in one way, and a failure — I think — and a serious one, in another.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 00:15 Source

North Coast Voices will not be posting commentary for the next two days.Apart from our annual holiday between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, this is the first time this blog has not had a daily post since it commenced in 2007.We apologize to our readers and hope to be back on Tuesday, 14 April 2015.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 00:14 Source

The Australian 10 April 2015:At close of business on Friday10 April 2015 the Australian Stock Exchange listed Metgasco's ordinary share price at 0.023 cents.Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energyis lis

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Friday, April 10, 2015 - 23:04 Source

In the third of a series of articles that Croakey is running on the Choosing Wisely campaign (see the other two here and here), Professor Jon Karnon highlights the role of health services research and argues that it has an essential contribution to...

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Prosper Australia Friday, April 10, 2015 - 16:24 Source

With Land Value Tax recently in the press here, here, here, here, here and here, we hope these four interviews with leading international Georgists help build the public knowledgebase. Share them as you may. Listeners from as far afield as Ecuador to Hobart are enjoying the new Mixcloud service, where a weekly email will be sent […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 10, 2015 - 16:09 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Equities rally into weekend Asia is rallying into the weekend with China continuing to lead the region. While the Hang Seng has cooled off from the big gains we had gotten accustomed to, the Shanghai Composite has picked up from where it left off

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 10, 2015 - 15:21 Source

Miranda Devine in a piece for The Daily Telegraph last year proclaimed the Abbott Governments ‘’right to govern’’ on the basis of its MPs academic qualifications.

What then qualifies a person to become ‘’the honorable member for wherever,’’ or a senator for that matter. Does being richly educated matter or does just being rich in knowledge suffice. Do you need any credentials at all?

Undeniably the Abbott government is rich in qualifications. Diplomas abound from the very best learning institutions.

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 10, 2015 - 15:17 Source

Missed this yesterday but it is important, from the ABC: Three major French investment banks – BNP Paribas, Credit Agricole and Societe General – have sent letters to a French environment group ruling out funding the development. “These three banks play a very significant role in financing the fossil fuel industry in Australia, particularly coal

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 10, 2015 - 15:07 Source

The AFR is reporting that: A Rio Tinto executive is working with Treasury to determine Australia’s response to international profit shifting at the same time the mining giant is in dispute with the Tax Office over its aggressive tax planning in Singapore. Michael Potajko, a senior executive in Rio Tinto’s tax arm, has been working

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Friday, April 10, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Someone burnt an Australian flag in Melbourne, so the ‘Reclaimers’ responded with a torrent of threats and abuse, directed at a Brisbane hairdresser and his dog. Max Chalmers reports.

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Friday, April 10, 2015 - 13:58 Source

The need for effective solutions to the “public health catastrophe” of the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at a conference held this week in Geraldton, WA. The conference coincided with...

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 10, 2015 - 13:08 Source

Big iron is stable today with BHP down 0.5% though under $30 again and is RIO flat. FMG is flirting with new lows down 3% and just above $1.80. To the indexes:   The big iron idiocy spreads have launched wider again: And even juniors are up today for no apparent reason:       Meanwhile,

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 10, 2015 - 12:54 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released housing finance data for the month of February, which registered a 1.2% seasonally-adjusted fall in the number of owner-occupied finance commitments over the month: The result disappointed analysts’ expectations, who had expected a 2.0% rise in owner-occupied finance commitments in February. The number

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