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Greens’ immigration policy would create a very Big Australia

April 26, 2017 - 00:20 -- Admin

By Leith van Onselen On Friday, I labelled The Greens a fake environmental party because of their support for mass immigration and a ‘Big Australia’. My growing frustration about The Greens has come about because for nearly 20 years they have failed to utter a word in protest as the federal government, under both the

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Missing the point on corruption

April 26, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

On Friday 28th April I am appearing and Queensland’s Crime and Corruption Commission’s Operation Belcarra as an expert witness on relationships between councillors and property developers, and how that leads to favouritism. A narrow focus What is interesting from my perspective is how narrow the focus of the inquiry really is. Here are the main

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Links 26 April 2017

April 26, 2017 - 00:01 -- Admin

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Markets set to continue the Macron rally – CMC Markets Short Seller Says Home Capital Needs to ’Clean House’ – Bloomberg The Electric Car Revolution Now Faces Its Biggest Test – Bloomberg A Tidal Wave is Coming – The Irrelevant Investor Has there been a sea change in the way banks respond to

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Anzac Day Links 25 April 2017

April 25, 2017 - 00:01 -- Admin

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The persistent headache of sluggish investment – VOX Bloomberg to world leaders: Ignore Trump on climate – AP Euro Hits Five-Month High on French Election – WSJ Dow futures soar nearly 200 points as markets get what they expected in Le Pen, Macron victories – CNBC Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a

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Macro Afternoon

April 24, 2017 - 17:37 -- Admin

by Chris Becker What a way to start the week with the French election over the weekend causing risk markets to jump higher on the Monday morning gap and hold on to most of the gains through the Asian session. It will be a busy week with the BOJ and ECB meeting later in the week,

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Population ponzi crush-loads V/Line trains

April 24, 2017 - 14:00 -- Admin

By Leith van Onselen Remember this chart? It shows that Victoria’s population surged by an all-time high 127,500 people in the year to September 2016: And remember how the Liberal opposition pledged to shift Melbourne’s population growth to Victoria’s regions in a bid to take pressure off both housing and infrastructure in Melbourne? Well, it

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Where to invest once property tops

April 24, 2017 - 13:30 -- Admin

Via the AFR: Australia’s housing market may be at its peak in this cycle, according to some experts, and investors might be wondering whether they should look for alternative places to put their money. With four of the top twenty Australian companies trading at discounts to their long-run averages, the top tier of the stockmarket

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Gotti upset as two people fly home on busted 457s

April 24, 2017 - 13:07 -- Admin

From doddering Gotti today: The federal government’s clamp down on overseas workers and the emotional rhetoric that goes with it has improved its voter appeal as measured in the polls. But unless immigration minister Peter Dutton gets the detail right, it will backfire dramatically and cost far more jobs than it generates. …In the detail

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Mass immigration has cooked the economy’s books

April 24, 2017 - 12:45 -- Admin

By Leith van Onselen The ABC’s business editor, Ian Verrender, has penned a great piece today on how Australia’s mass immigration program has created the illusion of economic growth, while individual living standards are being eroded: Sometime in the next few weeks, there will be jubilation in the halls of Canberra when Australia assumes the

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Chinese steel entering “zugzwang” calamity

April 24, 2017 - 12:40 -- Admin

Via Bloomberg: “We’re going from one world to another,” Peter Marcus, founder and managing partner of U.S. consultancy World Steel Dynamics, said in an interview in Shanghai. “We’re going to have mercantilism that’s going to promote domestic industries. The U.S. is going to win, and China is going to lose.” Prices in China could return

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