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The Political Sword Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:05 Source


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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:02 Source

My wife doesn’t like mess so over the years, I’ve moved a lot of stuff under the house. I’ve always intended to go through it and work out what’s worth keeping and what’s just junk but, as I’m a busy man, I just never get around to it. Anyway, there’s this company who came along…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Sunday May 21 2017 Author’s note: Is it my age or does time seem to just go quicker? When this morning I looked at what I had written on the corresponding day last year I was really amazed that what follows I had practically written a year ago. Even more amazing was that when I re-read…

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 01:33 Source

I dislike it when people hyperventilate over politics and political leaders, particularly when there’s an attempt to make a given politician seem better or worse than he or she is in reality.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Local government can be an interesting space on the NSW North Coast……Echo NetDaily, 9 May 2017:Tweed shire mayor Katie Milne has been awarded $45,000 in damages plus costs after winning a defamation case against billionaire developer Bob Ell.Mr Ell is involved in two massive developments in the Tweed Shire and his relationship with the council, and Cr Milne in particular, has not been smooth.Ironically, Cr Milne brought her case as a result of comments Mr Ell made to a Murdoch newspaper, the Gold Coast Bulletin, after he won a defamation case against her.In that

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North Coast Voices Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 00:15 Source

"President Trump spoke with @TheEconomist about Trumponomics and every answer is bananas" [Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan Justin Wolfers on Twitter, 11 May 2017]Who thought that Anthony John Abbott when he was Australian prime minister was the most ill-intentioned, ignorant  and embarrassing leader of a nation to have ever existed to date in the developed world during the 21st century?

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 18:50 Source

nut country ...

Just consider the accusations that have been levelled at the President:

  • He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold.

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Club Troppo Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 15:24 Source

polling2017may.pngThere’s a lot I don’t understand. We don’t have enough space of a proper survey but let me give you an example. Pistachios taste better than hazelnuts. Much better. And yet hazelnut ice cream and gelato are much much yummier than their pistachio equivalents. As I recall someone writing in a university student newspaper in the early 1970s “verily it is a mind fucker”.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 13:43 Source

SulliedI'd put on a tight blue shirt, not that tight, but it was nice. My nose was dripping though and I looked down to see a fat dribble of snot had soiled it. Total wearing time < 30 seconds.I think that's a record.Sneaky catI heard the distant light clunk of the screen door close and knowing I was the only one home I investigated. The black cat was out and under the BYB. I grabbed her and hustled her back in. The door should close shut but it doesn't and the cat takes advantage of that. Sneaky fucker. Outside cats do not live long in Canberra. Dead PringleI had occasion to prong my second ever Pringle from a tree.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 12:43 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Political parties, Politicians, Politics Tagged: Albo, Anthony Albanese, Bill Shorten, Chris Bowen, factions, Labor Party, leadership, values

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John Quiggin Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 12:06 Source

That’s the self-explanatory headline for my latest piece in the Brisbane Times (reproduced in the other Fairfax papers, I think). Text is over the fold.

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 08:43 Source
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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 08:27 Source

Upon the release of the new book ‘Game of Mates’ he has co authored with Paul Frijters about grey corruption and insider networks across a range of Australian economic sectors, Gunnamatta spoke with Cameron Murray about corruption, vested interest influence on political decisionmaking and resistance to public accountability and reform.  In a wide ranging discussion

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 05:57 Source

Saturday 20 May 2017 On Wednesday May 17 I wrote a piece titled ”What if Shorten …?” in which I canvassed what might have been the public reaction had the Leader of the Opposition taken a different tack in his Budget in Reply speech. I suggested that he might have gotten greater traction had he more aggressively said…

The post Day to Day Politics: A case of B&A appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 02:27 Source

A big week for opinion polling hasn’t translated into a big week for BludgerTrack, which records basically no movement at all on two-party preferred, although there’s some movement on the primary vote from the minor to the major parties, the Greens to Labor especially. On the seat projection, the Coalition is up one in Victoria and South Australia, but down one in Queensland. There is a little more activity on the leadership ratings, for which new numbers were provided by Newspoll and Ipsos, with both leaders improving on net approval.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:18 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:16 Source

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North Coast Voices Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:15 Source

“Director of Public Prosecution, Ms Marianne Ny, has today decided to discontinue the investigation regarding suspected rape (lesser degree) by Julian Assange.” [Swedish Prosecution Authority, media release, concerning the seven year investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, 19 May 2017]  This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history! [U.S. President  Donald  J.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Famed short-seller believes markets have priced in President Pence – Axios The Productivity Slowdown is Even More Puzzling than You Think … – Econofact You Can Use ETFs to Take a Crack at Predicting Currency Returns – Bloomberg A new anthology of essays reconsiders Thomas Piketty’s “Capital” – The Economist Global Stocks Fall

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George Monbiot Friday, May 19, 2017 - 23:27 Source

The attempt to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site would be a disaster

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th May 2017

If this bid for power succeeds, the consequences for Britain will be irreversible. It will privilege special interests over the public good, shut out the voices of opposition and damage the fabric of the nation, perhaps indefinitely. No, I’m not writing about the election.

In the next few weeks Unesco, the UN’s cultural organisation, will decide whether or not to grant World Heritage status to the Lake District. Once the decision is made, it is effectively irreversible.

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Your Democracy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 18:40 Source

 

beam me up...

If Australian UFO enthusiasts hope to retain government money, they may need more proof of terrestrial activity.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 19, 2017 - 18:15 Source

In breaking satirical news the White House announced this morning that Trump has decided to award himself the highest medal for bravery in action against an enemy force – the Medal of Honor. Appearing briefly in the Rose Garden at the White House, Trump announced that after careful consideration, he had decided that there is nobody more deserving…

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Your Democracy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 17:52 Source

jobs 'n grpwth ...

Despite overly optimistic, but what should be called laughable forecasts in the budget, wage growth in Australia is now the lowest it has been since the mid-1990s. And it’s not hard to see why.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 19, 2017 - 17:15 Source

by Chris Becker The short covering trade continues as Asian stocks follow the positive overnight lead by Japan as investors turn their eyes to a different American impeachment crisis in Brazil. Commodities rose a little as the USD wavered slightly after its bounce back last night. In China the Shanghai Composite is steady going into the

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Your Democracy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 16:48 Source

 

a penny for your pence...

Not since the release of the Access Hollywood tape, in which Donald Trump bragged about groping women by the genitals, have some conservatives thought so seriously, if a bit wistfully, about two words: President Pence.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 19, 2017 - 13:17 Source

Despite overly optimistic, but what should be called laughable forecasts in the budget, wage growth in Australia is now the lowest it has been since the mid-1990s. And it’s not hard to see why. Private-sector annual wages growth, at the March 2017 quarter, was 1.8%. The latest labour force data released yesterday by the Australian…

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Renew Economy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 13:07 Source

We deserve better leaders. If the incumbency is not prepared to act on Adani, the community need to take matters into their own hands.

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Renew Economy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 13:05 Source

WIRSOL opens office in Sydney and plans to expand its activities.

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:50 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows. And while these areas also have lots of jobs, the high price for houses means many on low incomes won’t be able to access that employment. Between

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Renew Economy Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:36 Source

In what's being called a "breakthrough moment", AEMO and ARENA team up to provide 100MW demand response capacity to meet next summer's critical peaks. The program will focus on technologies like solar and storage in a way previously ignored by policy makers.

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