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Beijing’s final gift: No more students

This is the big one. Via The Australian: In 2019, universities earned more than $7bn in student fees from China, and they fear that if Australia-China relations continue to deteriorate this revenue could be lost permanently. There would also be major losses to the broader economy if Chinese students do not return. In the 2018-19


Yet another visa category exposed as giant rort

Via Murdoch: Exclusive: It was set up to attract the best and brightest from around the world, but Australia’s Global Talent visa program has become a farce, attracting hairdressers instead of rocket scientists. Immigration experts say the program, which is the fastest way to get Australian permanent residency, is laden with loopholes and being exploited.


How to de-escalate China tensions

Kelly’s cowards returned on the weekend to demand Scott Morrison prostrate himself before Xi Jinping. Paul Kelly led them off: This week Morrison sent a series of messages but his most important theme — tricky but critical — is for Australia’s status as an independent player to be better recognised, as a nation allied to


You can’t vaccinate for corruption

Via the AFR: Questions over clinical trial data for AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine have not derailed plans to begin immunising Australians from March, Health Minister Greg Hunt says. Mr Hunt downplayed concerns over the vaccine may be less effective than initially reported, as AstraZeneca announced it would conduct a further trial. “Our vaccine timeframe is unchanged,”


MB delivers extra flights for forgotten overseas Aussies

The quiet word on the streets is that MB played a role in this, at the ABC: Qantas will soon fly to COVID-19 hotspots across Europe to help bring stranded Australians home. The ABC has confirmed Qantas planes will head to France and Germany to pick up passengers next month. Some Australians have received an


Why didn’t Australia’s property market crash?

Eliza Owen, head of research at CoreLogic, has released an interesting report explaining why Australian property values have held up so well in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: 2020 has been a devastating year for many households and small businesses. As Australia moves through its first recession in over 28 years, ABS payroll data


Treasonous Labor cheers on CCP attack as Aussie coal piles up

Via The Australian: The Australian coal flotilla stuck off the Chinese coast has swollen to more than 80 ships carrying blacklisted cargo worth more than $1.1bn, prompting the ­Morrison government to raise concerns about “discriminatory action”. The Australian can also reveal coal exports to China have plunged by 96 per cent in the first three


As Victoria’s population boomed, residents went bust

In this week’s State Budget speech, Treasurer Tim Pallas suggested Victoria was the nation’s economic powerhouse lead-up to the COVID-19 pandemic: Speaker, under this Government, Victoria began 2020 as a national leader in jobs growth. Half a million more Victorians had found work since we were elected in November 2014. Our economy had grown by


Goldman: Gold to $2300

Gold is the currency of last resort Finally, markets are also growing increasingly concerned about a possible return of inflation now that the initial deflationary shock from the pandemic has passed. Beyond the already massive debt build-ups around the world, we see risks of politically-driven inflationary policies to address rising social needs. Such policies would


Coalition signs giant secret trade deal

The Morrison Government has signed a giant secret trade called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The RCEP will comprise members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations plus Japan, China, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia. The Morrison Government was busy spruiking the ‘benefits’ of the deal over the weekend: Australian farmers and businesses


South Australia hit with COVID-19 outbreak after failed quarantine

South Australia is grappling with a new COVID-19 outbreak involving a cluster of 17 positive cases, which has been linked back to a quarantine hotel: Seventeen coronavirus cases have now been linked to a cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer says. The new cases are linked to four community cases


Australia bans international students

After spending months championing the quick return of international students, National Cabinet on Friday junked the idea, declaring that Australians stranded overseas must be brought home first: Australians returning home National Cabinet agreed to continue to prioritise the return of Australians. Since the beginning of the pandemic over 414,000 Australians have returned to Australia on


A property investor rebound is inevitable

Property investors have largely been absent from Australia’s property rebound, which so far has been driven by owner-occupiers (including first home buyers): However, The AFR believes that property investor interest will reignite in 2021; although it will look far different to previous cycles: Many investors have had a tough year. Apartment rents in inner Sydney


Fox News not fake enough for El Trumpo

This is a classic for the Murdoch haters out there. The Fox News Frankenstein has come back to eat it: [email protected] daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference


Fake Greens push for Murdoch inquiry

Via The Guardian: Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young will move to establish a Senate inquiry into media diversity on Wednesday following the popularity of Kevin Rudd’s petition for a royal commission into Murdoch media. Last week the former Labor prime minister’s petition for a royal commission into the need for a strong, diverse media was supported


NT Labor Government breaks law to keep Chinese deals secret

WTF. NTIndependent: Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s office has refused to release the agreements he has signed with Chinese officials since coming to power in 2016, failing to provide a valid legal reason for blocking the public’s right to know. The NT Independent filed a Freedom of Information application in June to force the Gunner Government


If Coalition pond scum were flushed, parliament would be empty

The heat continues to rise on Coalition pond scum, via Domain: A former adviser to Population Minister Alan Tudge has lodged a formal complaint that alleges he engaged in workplace bullying and intimidation that left her “anxious and afraid” in a system that failed to support her and other staff. Rachelle Miller, who had an


International education is really a backdoor migration play

The Mitchell Institute yesterday released a new report examining Australia’s international education market, which forecasts that the number of international students in Australia will halve by mid next year: Applications for international student visas have collapsed. Applications for student visas for individuals who are outside Australia are approximately 80–90% below what they were at the