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Richard Farmer

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Undermining Gillard continues

Undermining Gillard continues

July 22, 2012 5 Comments

The dab hand of the Rudd supporters evident again this morning with these two stories in the Sydney Sundays: The Sunday Telegraph resurrected the police investigation into who was the leaker of that video featuring a swearing Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister with the strong innuendo that it was a member of the Prime Minister’s staff. […]

UK Cabinet revolt at austerity cost cutting

July 21, 2012

Britain’s Lord Chancellor Ken Clarke is leading a Cabinet revolt and calling for the return of free biscuits as snacks at Cabinet meetings. The Secretary of State for Justice broke Cabinet secrecy rules yesterday to make his views known during an appearance on the Channel 4 TV show “Gordon Behind Bars”. The Daily Telegraph reports: […]

A new form of reporting political news – quote your own columnists

July 21, 2012 2 Comments

It gets a bit hard writing news stories about leadership challenges when the politicians involved don’t want to talk ab out it. But never fear, there is another way of filling the front page – quote your own columnists. The Sydney Morning Herald has introduced this innovative technique with its story this morning telling us that: […]

Plug pulled on Bruce Springsteen

Plug pulled on Bruce Springsteen

July 15, 2012 1 Comment

They pulled the sound plug on Bruce Springsteen to end the second day of the Hard Rock Calling festival in London’s Hyde Park but not before a performance off Ghost of Tom Joad with Tom Morello. The song was by way of a tribute to Woody Guthrie on the anniversary of his 100th birthday. Guthrie […]

New boat people horror – one survivor out of 55

New boat people horror – one survivor out of 55

July 15, 2012 7 Comments

London’s Sunday Independent reports: Abbas Settou is alive “by the grace of God”, he says. Recovering in a Tunisian hospital this weekend, it is feared he is the sole survivor of 55 men and women who set off in an inflatable boat from Libya last month hoping to reach Italy. His fellow passengers drowned or died […]

Attack on Gillard – out from the underground

Attack on Gillard – out from the underground

July 15, 2012

No surprise really that The Australian has brought an attack on Julia Gillard out from the underground world of chain emails into the mainstream media. A story from her past as a lawyer for a trade union official accused of misappropriating union dollars is perfect fodder for smears and innuendo. Not a helpful story for the […]

The world fat index

The world fat index

July 13, 2012

The BBC website has developed a fat calculator to amuse and, in my case, humiliate. It is based on research data pulled together by a team of researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Using UN data on population size in 177 countries, together with estimates of global weight from the WHO […]

Decline in bargaining power affects the workers’ share of the Australian economic pie

July 10, 2012 6 Comments

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has pointed to a reduction in the bargaining power of workers to explain a change in labour’s share of Australia’s national income. The Organisation’s Employment Outlook for 2012 shows that between 1990 and 2007 the share of wages, salaries and benefits declined by 3.8 percentage points and by […]

An easing of economic activity predicted by OECD

An easing of economic activity predicted by OECD

July 9, 2012

An easing of economic activity in most major OECD economies and a more marked slowdown in most major non- OECD economies is indicated by an OECD statistical survey released tonight. The Organisation’s composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, show Japan, the United States and Russia remaining […]

While the talking goes on the unemployment in Europe keeps rising

While the talking goes on the unemployment in Europe keeps rising

July 2, 2012 3 Comments

Figures published today by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, show European unemployment continuing to rise. The euro area1 (EA17) seasonally-adjusted2 unemployment rate3 was 11.1% in May 2012, compared with 11.0% in April4. It was 10.0% in May 2011. The EU271 unemployment rate was 10.3% in May 2012, compared with 10.2% in April4. […]