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Archive - 2006

Submitted by Irfan Yusuf on January 6, 2006 - 1:06pm.
A slightly irreverent look at the Hadj

"If Byron Bay locals thought they had it bad with visitors, they should spare a thought for the people of Mecca in central-western Saudi Arabia. Each year, over 5 million people visit this sacred Muslim city." Irfan Yusuf

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Submitted by John Richardson on January 6, 2006 - 10:30am.
In search of Yani Ndun

"Whilst the government moved quickly to set-up independent inquiries into the events surrounding the appalling DIMIA scandal, its leader in the Senate, Defence Minister Robert Hill, and the ADF have sought to maintain a veil of secrecy over unspecified allegations of torture and possible execution of ADF prisoners in East Timor, way back in 1999." John Richardson

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Submitted by John Richardson on January 5, 2006 - 12:24pm.
On flying bagaric: again...

"It is sorely tempting to accept Professor Mirko Bagaric’s thesis that Australians would not benefit from a Bill of Rights... But his capstone argument appears to be that there is no point in us having a Bill of Rights, as our politicians as ‘lawmakers’ would simply find ways to subvert those rights!" John Richardson.

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Submitted by Chris Saliba on January 5, 2006 - 9:51am.
John Howard and the English language

Who are you, John Howard? It’s been close to ten years that you have been Prime Minister of Australia, ten years of listening to you talk, debate, argue, disagree, spar with enemies, deny, explain, console, assure, and yet, after all those words, I’m still at a loss as to who you really are.

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Submitted by admin on January 5, 2006 - 8:06am.
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Submitted by admin on January 5, 2006 - 7:12am.
Kenneth Rogoff
Kenneth Rogoff
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Submitted by Kenneth Rogoff on January 5, 2006 - 7:07am.
America's perpetual Christmas

"Has the United States transcended the laws of economics? As the New Year begins, the US continues to race ahead of its rich-country counterparts. The gargantuan US trade deficit? No problem. In 2005, it widened further, and the dollar only strengthened. Low investment and a deteriorating primary education system? Not to worry. The super-flexible US economy keeps managing to produce more with less." Kenneth Rogoff

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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on January 4, 2006 - 5:28pm.
Adelaide defence contractors in US "small business" scam probe

Several Adelaide-based US Defence Corporations are disguising themselves as small businesses to "loophole" US Legislation, according to a US Survey.

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Submitted by admin on January 4, 2006 - 9:13am.
Joseph E Stiglitz
Joseph E Stiglitz
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Submitted by Joseph Stiglitz on January 4, 2006 - 9:10am.
Global malaise in 2006?

"The almighty American consumer had another banner year in 2005, helping sustain global economic growth, albeit at a slower pace than in 2004. As in recent years, he consumed at or above his income level, and the United States as a whole spent well beyond its means, borrowing from the rest of the world at a feverish pace in 2005 – more than $2 billion a day." Joseph E Stiglitz

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Submitted by admin on January 4, 2006 - 8:07am.
Jürgen Stark
Jürgen Stark
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Submitted by Project Syndicate on January 4, 2006 - 7:27am.
The next IMF

"The international monetary and financial system has witnessed tremendous change over the recent decades. Rapid expansion in cross-border capital flows, continued financial innovation, and deepening financial markets pose increasing challenges not only for national policy makers, but also for international financial institutions. This has been particularly true of the IMF as it seeks to serve its global membership, and it has triggered a critically important discussion of the Fund’s strategic direction." Jürgen Stark

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Submitted by Irfan Yusuf on January 3, 2006 - 2:49pm.
What’s changed about me?

"Of course, real conservatives realise that multiculturalism is the status quo. That explains why real conservatives, people like Jeff Kennett and Malcolm Fraser and John Hewson and Tim Fischer, don’t waste their time with the badly reconstructed Marxists and lefties that now seem to dominate allegedly conservative discourse." Irfan Yusuf

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Submitted by David Roffey on January 2, 2006 - 3:40pm.
Webdiary Management Update 3 & 2005 accounts

Well, an eventful December to finish the year off. As you will have spotted, we parted company with Margo, Kerri and Wayne, moved to the new site, and started taking advertising.

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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 2:58pm.
Senator Natasha Stott Despoja
Senator Natasha Stott Despoja
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 2, 2006 - 2:40pm.
Smartcard

"This year, Australians could be issued with a "smartcard". Containing a computerised chip, these cards will hold sensitive, identifying information about the holder, allowing him or her to access government services." Senator Natasha Stott Despoja

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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 8:37am.
Not in God's name
Not in God's name
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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 8:33am.
The Inspectors
The Inspectors
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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 8:02am.
Merry Christmas from Pine Gap
Merry Christmas from Pine Gap
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Submitted by Bryan Law on January 2, 2006 - 7:51am.
Peace on Earth

"A Christian affinity group of six people managed to get four members undetected to the “man-proof” perimeter fences twenty metres from the radomes of Pine Gap. Two of those (Jim Dowling and Adele Goldie) passed through both “man-proof” fences and scaled a building right in the heart of the most secret and sacred US war-fighting base in Australia. Peace friends." Bryan Law

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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 7:44am.
Howard's whale of a Christmas
Howard's whale of a Christmas
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Submitted by Gus Leonisky on January 2, 2006 - 7:43am.
Howard's whale of a Christmas

Cartoon by Gus Leonisky
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Submitted by admin on January 2, 2006 - 7:15am.
J Bradford DeLong
J Bradford DeLong
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Submitted by J Bradford DeLong on January 2, 2006 - 7:10am.
Semi-rational exuberance

"Shiller was wrong. Unless the American stock market collapses before the end of January, the past decade will have seen it offer returns that are slightly higher than the historical averages – and much, much greater than zero. Those who invested and reinvested their money in America’s stock market over the past decade have nearly doubled it, even after taking account of inflation." J Bradford DeLong

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