Minor party support a threat to economic growth: economist

Minor party support a threat to economic growth: economist

Updated July 09, 2016 00:35:13 Related Story: Coalition to form government as crossbenchers pledge support Related Story: Where do the crossbenchers stand on the major issues? A leading economist is warning a rise in support for populist parties at last weekend’s election could threaten economic growth. “Protection is one of the key problems I think we’ll be facing in the new senate,” former Reserve Bank board member Warrick McKibbon, now an economist at Australia National University (ANU), told Saturday AM. The comments come amid calls for the subsidisation of local…

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Branson: 'In 15 years, I suspect every car on the road will be electric'

Branson: 'In 15 years, I suspect every car on the road will be electric'

British entrepreneur Branson has been involved in the motorsport series from an early stage, with his DS Virgin Racing team competing in its first two seasons. Formula E was introduced in 2014 to help attract a new audience to motorsport and to also help develop electric vehicle technology going forward — an area in which Branson feels clear progress is being made. “Formula E is pushing the boundaries forward into what will be the future,” Branson told CNN’s Supercharged show at the recent London ePrix in Battersea Park. “Fifteen years…

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Life isn't meant to be lived in fast forward

Life isn't meant to be lived in fast forward

Comment Watching a good film or TV program in fast-forward would be like eating your favourite food via a stomach tube that bypasses the tastebuds. It’s true then. The world really has gone barking mad. A recent Washington Post article in which the writer described his habit of watching films and television shows in fast-forward mentioned: “This has become increasingly easy to do with computers and the time savings are enormous,” Jeff Guo wrote. “Four episodes of a show can fit into an hour.” He did this, he explained, to make his life more…

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UK military to lift ban on women in combat roles (AFP)

UK military to lift ban on women in combat roles (AFP)

AFPon July 8, 2016, 10:56 pm London (AFP) – The British military will lift the ban on women serving in combat roles later this year, the defence ministry said on Friday in what Prime Minister David Cameron hailed as a “major step”. The announcement follows a review into whether women are physically strong enough to serve with the infantry, and whether their presence poses a risk to the cohesion of military units. The decision, which will gradually be implemented over the next three years, comes after the United States dropped…

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