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MARTIN WOLF. How we lost America to greed and envy (The Financial Times 18 July 2018))

The US president is hostile to the core values the country used to stand for.

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STEPHEN BELL. How rising inequality is stalling economies by crippling demand (The Conversation 17.07.18)

Aggregate demand is being hit by the concentration of income growth among the top earners and is now a drag on economic growth.

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DAVID VAUX, PETER BROOKS, SIMON GANDEVEA. Weakened code risks Australia’s reputation for research integrity (The Conversation, 29.06.18)

In 2018, Australia still does not have appropriate measures in place to maintain research integrity. And recent changes to our code of research conduct have weakened our already inadequate position.

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GEOFF RABY. Lessons from China’s 40 years of reform – a very personal reflection

 I am delighted to have been asked to open this conference [the China Economists’  Conference] which is occurring on the 40th Anniversary of the launching of China’s reforms and open-door policies, policies that have changed China and the world.

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PAUL MALONE. Justification for Syrian airstrikes evaporates.

The justification for the US, British and French airstrikes on Syria on April 14 has evaporated with the new finding by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that “no organophosophorous nerve agents or their degradation products were detected … Continue reading

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GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular collection of links to writings and broadcasts covered in other media.

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‘Being Muslim’ lifestyle sweeps Indonesia (La Croix International, 07/07/18)

Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp is claiming a first in Indonesia — halal refrigerators — after the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) granted the manufacturer halal status. It’s the latest indication that Islam is being commoditized in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

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ANDREW GLIKSON. On the flooded Thai cave and the Hiroshima deluge

 The heroic rescue of 13 young people from the flooded Chiang Mai cave in Thailand represents everything which is wonderful about humans cooperating and helping each other, and where they are at their best. By stark contrast the cover-up by … Continue reading

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DENNIS ARGALL. A comparison of the DPRK now with China in the early 1970s

Public discussion of issues relating to North Korea and détente with the United States is largely deprived of any sense of history — unstudied or seen through prisms by the lawyers, commerce graduates and high priests of strategic analysis who … Continue reading

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EVATT FOUNDATION EDITORIAL. Aspiration & Inequality

Many Australians no doubt winced last week when the Turnbull government claimed to represent ‘aspirational’ voters. In case anyone didn’t recognise the ghost of former Labor leader Mark Latham, this week  Treasurer Scott Morrison recalled his signature image: ‘the ladder … Continue reading

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IAN CRAWFORD. Korea: the forgotten war and Australians still missing

Understandably, the agreement of the Singapore Summit on the recovery of the bodies of US military from sites in North Korea has attracted less public interest than the denuclearisation issue. Ian Crawford, National President of National Korea Veterans Association, points … Continue reading

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ANDREW WILKIE – The bugging of East Timor cabinet rooms (Hansard extract, 28 June 2018)

Australia bugged East Timor’s cabinet rooms during the 2004 bilateral negotiations over the Timor Sea Treaty. The operation was illegal, unscrupulous and remains unresolved. The perpetrator was the Howard government, although the Rudd, Gillard and Abbott governments are co-conspirators after … Continue reading

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GOOD READING AND LISTENING FOR THE WEEKEND

A regular connection of links to writings and broadcasts covered in other media.

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ERIC HODGENS. Storms and Synods.

The Catholic Church is facing a perfect storm. How well will an Australian National Synod deal with it?

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ALLAN PATIENCE: Whose class war?

The Murdoch media and its political minions in the Coalition have declared that Bill Shorten is conducting a class war against hardworking Australian “aspirationalists”. The pseudo-conservatives in the media and the parliament equate Labor’s opposition to their taxation policies with … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Facing U.S. blowback, Beijing softens ‘Made in China 2025’ message (Business News)

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing has begun downplaying Made in China 2025, the state-backed industrial policy that has provoked alarm in the West and is core to Washington’s complaints about the country’s technological ambitions, diplomatic and Chinese state media sources said.

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MIKE SCRAFTON. What MQ-4C Triton reveals of strategic policy

Government decisions on major equipment acquisitions can signal the government’s estimate of the future international environment and national strategic priorities. The government’s justification of the MQ-4C Triton leaves important strategic policy questions unanswered.  

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MICHAEL KEATING. Tax Cuts, the Economy and the Next Election

Last week the Government got its personal income tax package through the Parliament. The Government estimates that these tax cuts will cost the Budget $144 billion over the next decade. The Government has not, however, provided us with convincing evidence … Continue reading

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The negative coverage of Islam in Australian media and particularly by the Murdoch media

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SPENCER ZIFCAK. Vigil for Eurydice Dixon

Eurydice Dixon was raped and murdered no more than shouting distance from where I live. Had she screamed I might have heard her cry from across Melbourne Cemetery. But if she did, no one heard her.

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SOPHIE VORRATH. Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renewables, batteries take over

Australia’s coal-fired generation capacity could be little more than a twinkle in Tony Abbott’s eye by as early as 2050, when it will have been all but snuffed out by cheap renewables and battery storage, and household energy investments.

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LOWY SURVEY-Donald Trump a ‘critical threat’ to Australia’s interests as trust in US hits record low.

Australians’ trust in the United States as a world leader has dropped to a record low as two out of five people consider President Donald Trump a “critical threat” to Australia’s interests, according to the latest Lowy Institute poll. 43 … Continue reading

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ISHAAN THAROOR. Is Trump gaslighting the world on North Korea.

Critics of President Trump routinely accuse him of “gaslighting” — that is, of deliberately repeating misinformation to the extent that the public starts doubting verifiable facts and believing in Trump’s self-serving talking points. Trump told us after the Singapore Summit that ‘I … Continue reading

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MICHAEL PASCOE. RBA awakes – Australia is not getting the wage rise it needs

The laws of supply and demand for labour are broken. The Australian economy is not getting the wage rises it needs and there’s no sign of that changing.

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NICHOLAS GRUEN. All finance requires is an upgrade for the internet age

The Financial  Times has published a letter from Nicholas Gruen in response to Martin Wolf’s column about the Swiss ‘sovereign money’ referendum, previously reprinted on this blog).  Mr Gruen’s letter is as follows: Given the resounding ‘no’ from the Swiss … Continue reading

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M.K. BHADRAKUMAR. Russia pushes back at US on North Korea (Asian Times 4 June, 2018)

Foreign Minister Lavrov asserted Russia’s role in the current process as a stakeholder in the stability of northeast Asia; he flagged the need to revive six-party talks; it also seems Putin will meet Kim Jong-un soon.   [If President Trump thinks … Continue reading

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TREVOR COBBOLD. New figures show States have cut funding to public schools.

New figures show that government funding increases have massively favoured private schools over public schools across Australia since 2009. Total government funding per student in public schools was cut between 2009 and 2016 while large funding increases were provided to … Continue reading

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JOHN STAPLETON: Surveillance in Australia; Part One: Who’s Watching the Watchers?

Beyond the daily media coverage of the frenetic efforts of a failing Prime Minister, the biggest unexplored story in Australia of Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership has been the massive expansion of state surveillance under his watch.

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MARTIN WOLF. Italy’s new rulers could shake the euro

Italy is not Greece. But not all the differences are encouraging. Its economy is 10-times bigger. Its €2.3tn public debt is seven-times bigger; it is the largest in the eurozone and fourth largest in the world. Italy is too big … Continue reading

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MUNGO MacCALLUM. Turning a blind eye to the sheep trade.

The problem with exporting live sheep is that the practice is inherently unpleasant.  

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