Monday 12th December 2016 - 8:35 pm
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Rising anger: where will it stop?

by Alan Thornhill

Analysis

 

Australians are, once again, facing prerevolutionary politics

 

We’ve done it before.

 

Older readers, with memories stretching back more than two, or perhaps three decades, will remember  how proud we all were, back then, of Australia’s multicultural society.

 

We weren’t the first. though, to let pride in our civic achievements escape.

 

One of the proudest boasts of modern European history, is that of those who spoke in glowing terms of what they, themselves had achieved

in those stirring times, reminding all who would listen, their actions had really been all about.

 

“Liberty.”

 

“Equality.”

 

“Fraternity.”

 

Declarations are seldom  more powerful than those.

 

But Andrew Leigh has long had his doubts.

 

And he has let them  show.

 

No-one has written more about the impact of poverty in Australia, than he.

 

Not yet, perhaps, the extemes of poverty that had left women and children to starve in France.

 

But enough to leave men, who once worked in a car factory, wondering if they still had a future.

 

 

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Monday 12th December 2016 - 6:15 am
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The news: Monday December 12

by Alan Thornhill

A bomb explosion in the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in the Egyptian capital Cairo has killed at least 25 people, officials say.  BB C

 

 

The Federal Opposition has accused Finance Minister Mathias Cormann of being “callous and insensitive” for suggesting that mandated domestic violence leave would be “another cost on the economy” ABC

 

 

Five giant sharks, including one measuring 3.2 metres, have been captured in two days on the NSW north coast.  thewest

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 11th December 2016 - 7:24 am
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The news: Sunday December 11

by Alan Thornhill

 

Malcolm Turnbull in new funding fight with the powerful Pharmacy Guild the west

 

 

 

Anti-terrrorism police in Jakarta say they have foiled a plot to explode a bomb outside the presidential palace ABC

 

 

President-elect Trump said to be angry at reports that Russia intervened in recent US elections to boost his chances BBC

Saturday 10th December 2016 - 6:34 am
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The news: Saturday December 10

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It was shortly after midnight on August 20 when a former submariner turned political staffer stood in an Adelaide office and scanned copied pages of classified Indian submarine plans.

 

 

Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie has been scathing of the heavy restrictions on the Adler shotgun, saying they are not based on evidence  ABC

 

 

More than 1,000 Russians – including Olympic medallists – benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015, a report claims.

BBC

Friday 9th December 2016 - 7:24 pm
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The news: Friday December 9

by Alan Thornhill

Tsunami warnings which followed  a 7.8 magnitude-earthquake that  struck around 70 kilometres south-west of the Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said,  have now been lifted  ABC

 

 

 

A leaked report into the country’s electricity market says Australia is not on track to meet the Paris climate change commitments and that investment in the sector has stalled because there is no long-term Government policy to reduce carbon emissions. ABC

 

 

Kristina Photios, the wife of NSW Liberal Party powerbroker Michael Photios, has quit the party to speak out against a “vocal minority” of conservatives she says are preventing any progress on climate policy by the Turnbull government.SMH

 

 

Thursday 8th December 2016 - 4:31 pm
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Blowout hits Australian trade

by Alan Thornhill

Australia’s trade deficit rose by $269 million – or 21 per cent – in October on seasonally adjusted figures the bureau of statistics published today.

 

That left the nation with a $1,541 million deficit for the month on this basis.

 

The bureau also reported that, on trend figures, Australia recorded a 9 per cent rise in its trade deficit of $1,565 million, for October

 

The bureau also said that in seasonally adjusted terms, goods and services credits rose $389m (1%) to $27,631m.

 

Non-rural goods rose $223m (1%) and non-monetary gold rose $198m (13%).

Rural goods fell $150m (4%) and net exports of goods under merchanting fell $3m (6%). Services credits rose $121m (2%).

 

In seasonally adjusted terms, goods and services debits rose $658m (2%) to $29,172m. Capital goods rose $490m (10%), consumption goods rose $100m (1%) and intermediate and other merchandise goods rose $97m (1%). Non-monetary gold fell $162m (26%). Services debits rose $135m (2%).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 8th December 2016 - 6:31 am
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The news: Thursday December 8

by Alan Thornhill

New report shows the contraction of the Australian economy in the September quarter

was no accident ABC

 

 

 

Turnbull government accused of forcing up power prices through climate backdown smh

 

 

 

US President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016.BBC

Wednesday 7th December 2016 - 7:50 pm
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Australian economy shrinks

by Alan Thornhill

The   Australian economy shrank by 0.5 per cent in the September quarter.

 

This shock result, reported by the bureau of statistics today, was the first of its kind seen in Australia

since the aftermath of the  Queensland floods in the March quarter of 2011.

 

This time, though, the bureau added that throughout the year, there had been growth of 1.8 per cent.

 

However the bureau admitted that economic activity had contracted in several areas  during the quarter.

 

It said these had included private investment in new buildings while lower public investment

In new engineering had also affected the outcome.

 

Net exports had also weakened by 0,2 per centage points.

 

The output of the construction industry had fallen by 3.6 per cent,

the bureau said.

 

 

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