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Ben Ihle
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"If you repeat something enough times, it comes to feel good and true."
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"Barnaby Joyce has been elected unopposed as leader of the Nationals, following a party-room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra."
Barnaby Joyce is elected as leader of the Nationals, and Fiona Nash as deputy, following a party-room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra.
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“The media circus is strong in this one.”

Indeed. Apparently Joyce’s media pull is considered a major asset by his colleagues. In that case, Pistol and Boo for PM/Deputy PM. I can’t see how they’d do any worse than the current crop.
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Australia's Treasury secretary John Fraser warns that the nation's prized AAA credit rating could be at risk.
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And, yes, I know it's Turnbull in now. But what economic policies has he or Morrisson changed?
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Scientific advances over the past 20 to 30 years underpinned an estimated $330 billion of Australia's economic growth, a new report finds.
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I wouldn't cut it to a 33% discount -- I'd remove the CGT discount altogether, or increase the timeframe from 1 year to 5 years.

"The 50 per cent discount was introduced in 1999. It replaced an arrangement 1985 whereby the capital gain to be included in taxable income could was adjusted for price inflation. ..."
"Negative gearing – or deducting losses incurred in the process of earning income – is a feature of most tax systems."
"However, Australia's CGT discount is generous by international standards."
Experts say that reducing the capital gains tax discount would achieve the same result as changing negative gearing but with less "angst".
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"The Turnbull government is prepared to bypass Labor and push ahead with changes to Senate voting rules by March with the support of the Greens and some independents."
Even if Labor cannot be persuaded to support amendments they are likely to be passed with backing of Greens and Nick Xenophon, Coalition sources say
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I think this is just wonderful. Ah, the irony. The Liberals under John Howard tried to "game the system" by changing the Senate voting method so that they could control the preferences by encouraging people to just vote above the line.

Now the Liberals are changing we vote for the Senate claiming that micro parties are "gaming the system", which apparently isn't in the spirit of representing the spirit of the the voting public.

Can't help wonder how they are planning to " game the system" this time and how it will backfire.

Maybe if they just tried to represent the wish of the voting public they might actually get the results we want.
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"China's industrial production slowed last year. Yet borrowing jumped a further 5 per cent as banks pumped more and more money into less and less economic factories, housing schemes and loss-making businesses."
No longer omniscient, China's leaders are being openly mocked.
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Leo & Susie were both very friendly & extremely helpful. We were staying in Port Douglas for a few days, Leo gave us a great price on our car hire, and even went out of his way to pick us up from the hotel!
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