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Your Democracy Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 06:59 Source

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his leadership style will be more empathetic if re-elected, as he seeks to woo voters put off by his self-described ‘bulldozer manner’ in the final week of election campaigning.

On Saturday, Mr Morrison claimed Australia needed “strength and resilience” to get through the past couple of turbulent years, but acknowledged the approach he had during the pandemic would need to change.

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New Politics Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 00:38 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 15:30 Source

At this point, some may consider anyone voting, or considering voting, for the LNP as TFG; too far gone. These are the ‘rusted ons’, the ‘dyed in the wool’ types who are unreachable. I do not think this is a productive strategy, as pleasant as the dopamine hit might be. Instead, I will go here:…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 12:45 Source

Weapons, lacking sentience and moral orientation, are there to be used by all. Once out, these creations can never be rebottled. Effective spyware, that most malicious of surveillance tools, is one such creation, available to entities and governments of all stripes. The targets are standard: dissidents, journalists, legislators, activists, even the odd jurist. Pegasus spyware,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 11:40 Source

Under threat from Independent candidates, so-called Liberal moderates have chosen a new and rather extraordinary campaign pitch – if we want action on climate change or protection of gay rights or gender equity, we need to send more moderate Liberal MPs to Canberra. We tried that before and the Liberals themselves booted them out. Malcolm…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 10:59 Source

Camden Haven ‘Dear MB friends, we hope you find the photos selected of some interest. Camino del Santiago from Saint Jean pied de Port in France to Burgos Spain. 15 days 370klms ‘   Geoff McVeigh   Autumn leaves at Braidwood   Butcher Bird with mince at Watson   Ritualised Forms Queenscliff Pier sunrise

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 09:21 Source

The Western strategic mobilization in the wake of the intensifying Russia-Ukraine conflict has further limited the already shrinking autonomy of Europe. The massive military, media and political pressure has lined up European countries in a common sanction policy against Russia and a common weapons delivery policy for Ukraine.

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 08:12 Source

The Coalition is apparently heading into this election betting its approach to Medicare over the past decade – and the provisions in the 2022–23 budget – are sufficient to support its 'rock solid'(external link) commitment to Medicare.

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John Quiggin Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 07:53 Source

At the end of The Thirty-Nine Steps (the John Buchan novel that largely created the spy thriller genre), the hero is about to give the signal for arrest of a ring of German spies. But their pose as ordinary middle class Englishmen is so convincing that they persuade him to join them as a fourth for bridge. Fortunately, a sudden movement alerts him to their true identity and he comes to his senses, blowing his whistle to call in the waiting police.

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Your Democracy Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 07:40 Source

Today [May 13, 2022] is Jen Psaki’s last day on the job as President Joe Biden’s press secretary before she joins the ranks of MSNBC punditry, taking a job hosting a show on the Peacock streaming service and appearing on the network’s shows as a guest.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 06:00 Source

1 When I’m asked to articulate just when the decline in our democracy occurred, I usually start in 2013, when Tony Abbott, the most unqualified man to ever became the Prime Minister of Australia, won the election. But John Howard set Australia on the path toward a totalitarian leadership style. His longevity in power speaks…

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MacroBusiness Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 00:05 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Bitcoin’s plunge is hitting the little guy who got into crypto during COVID worst of all – Valkyrie Cryptofunds Twitter freezing hiring and cutting costs as execs depart – CNBC Ruble Surpasses Brazil’s Real as Year’s Best-Performing Currency – Yahoo Disney Plus added almost 8 million new subscribers as

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Club Troppo Friday, May 13, 2022 - 22:49 Source

Frustrating Beijing’s ambitions to create a sphere of influence is overwhelmingly a diplomatic task, not a military one. (Cross posted from The Interpreter at the Lowy Institute)

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THE BLOT REPORT Friday, May 13, 2022 - 21:41 Source
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Your Democracy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 20:24 Source

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JERUSALEM -- Israel advanced plans for the construction of more than 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, a rights group said, a day after the military demolished homes in an area where hundreds of Palestinians face the threat of expulsion.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 13, 2022 - 18:00 Source

I never thought it could happen in Australia, but Morrison with his temerarious judgment has decided to pick a fight about a $1 rise to the minimum wage, which is 38 cents more than the rise the business community has made in its submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC). Take that fact in for…

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 17:53 Source

AUD/USD   EUR/USD   USD/JPY   Gold     Brent Crude   ASX 200

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Your Democracy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 17:22 Source

A US plan to provide nearly $40 billion in additional military and economic aid to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia has hit a speed bump, with Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) blocking a quick vote to approve the funding bill and likely delaying passage to at least next week.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, May 13, 2022 - 16:46 Source

ScottyfromCasting is now pleading with the electorate to re-elect him because there are more characters he hasn’t yet had a chance to show us. Daggy DIY curry-cooking ukulele-playing dad and number 1 Sharkies fan, high-viz and hard hat spokesmodel, apprentice welder, hairdresser and barrista, has “a lot of other gears” he promises to show us…

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 16:05 Source

At the end of the day, it always boils down to what your goals are, your time horizons and what your intentions are for your money. Are you investing to fund your retirement? Or are you investing for something else? This will ultimately give you your answer. This article will give you a big picture

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Renew Economy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 15:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 14:30 Source

The latest forecast from futures markets is now tipping that Australia’s official cash rate (OCR) will hit 2.8% by December before peaking at 3.5% by July 2023: That would represent the equivalent of around ten 0.25% hikes in the cash rate over the next seven months, followed by another three hikes over 2023. It would

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Renew Economy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 14:17 Source

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Renew Economy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 14:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 14:00 Source

I reported yesterday how the Ardern Government in New Zealand announced some tweaking to the immigration system that will ensure Kiwi businesses have easy access to migrant workers. These changes will also give easy access to permanent residency, thus ensuring that New Zealand’s population continues to grow. For all intents and purposes, the Ardern Government’s

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 13:33 Source

JPM with the note. Assuredly, stock markets are not the economy but they are a discounting mechanism and what everybody may be missing is that they may, in fact, be pricing for the six shocks rocking Europe (war and energy), China (OMICRON and property), and in the US the Fed. There’s a lot more going

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 13:30 Source

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has released new home sales data for April, with sales down 1.2% over the month after trending down since December: Residential land sales on Australia’s city outskirts are also falling: New research released today by property data house RPM shows a 28.5 per cent year-on-year decrease in vacant lot sales

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 13:00 Source

Labor has indicated that its proposed national anti-corruption commission will be given powers to investigate misconduct retrospectively. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has indicated that the commission is likely to have the power to investigate corruption or misconduct that is alleged to have occurred up to 15 years ago. Dreyfus adds that politicians and public servants could

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Renew Economy Friday, May 13, 2022 - 12:40 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, May 13, 2022 - 12:30 Source

I noted earlier this week how Privium, Condev, ABG Group and Probuild are among the major Australian construction firms that have gone into liquidation over recent months, alongside many smaller builders. An industry insider also warned that the collapses are only the “tip of the iceberg”, given factors such as rising labour and material costs

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