China looks to 'more amenable' ALP amid Australian influence debate: analyst

China looks to 'more amenable' ALP amid Australian influence debate: analyst

Updated January 17, 2018 23:15:24 Video: China anxious about Australian pushback against influence (The World) China is becoming increasing anxious about the Australian pushback against Chinese influence and is now looking to the Labor Party, an expert on relations between the two nations has said. Key points: New legislation aims to reduce Chinese influence in Australia Professor Clive Hamilton said China seeks to establish power zone in the Pacific He said Australia neglected its responsibility in region and China is moving to fill the vacuum Clive Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and…

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Why there's nothing new about invented words like milkshake duck

Why there's nothing new about invented words like milkshake duck

By Roslyn Petelin, University of Queensland Updated January 17, 2018 17:26:41 Photo: Inventing words and terms was a phenomenon well before the dawn of the internet. (The Conversation: Wes Mountain, CC BY-ND) Related Story: Why ‘milkshake duck’ is the perfect choice for word of the year Related Story: The horrors and pleasures of misused words What is this milkshake duck that the “whole internet loves”? “A lovely duck that drinks milkshakes.” Had anyone heard this slang term before this week, when the Macquarie Dictionary announced it as their 2017 Word…

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Allianz, Suncorp to repay more than $60m over unnecessary car insurance

Allianz, Suncorp to repay more than $60m over unnecessary car insurance

By consumer affairs reporter Sarah Farnsworth and business reporter Stephanie Chalmers Updated January 17, 2018 16:40:47 Insurance giants Allianz and Suncorp will refund a combined $65.2 million to more than 100,000 customers who were sold valueless add-on insurance through car dealerships. Key points: Allianz and Suncorp have been reprimanded by the corporate regulator as part of an ongoing review of add-on insurance sold through car yards ASIC found several products from the insurers provided “little or no value” to customers Allianz will refund $45.6 million, while Suncorp’s refund will total…

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Why Australians should worry about a housing crash

Why Australians should worry about a housing crash

Posted January 17, 2018 13:58:23 The start of the year prompts a flurry of forecasts, most of which turn out to be hopelessly wrong. The problem with economic forecasting is that there are so many variables, not least of which is the unpredictable nature of human behaviour. Orthodox economists typically assume a rational individual, which is one of the reasons why predictions from their models are usually next to useless. We know from psychology, and from our own life experience, that people can be greedy, fearful, impulsive and otherwise captive…

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Australian Open spectators rebel against screeching Sabalenka

Australian Open spectators rebel against screeching Sabalenka

Updated January 17, 2018 09:57:25 Photo: Aryna Sabalenka’s grunts and screeches became the talk of the match, rather than Ashleigh Barty’s win. (AP: Dita Alangkara) Related Story: Barty wins through at Australian Open, as De Minaur and Kokkinakis depart Ashleigh Barty’s opening Australian Open win has been marred by her opponent Aryna Sabalenka’s screeching, prompting a mocking rebuke from the Rod Laver Arena crowd. Barty was composure personified to come from a set down and advance to the Australian Open second round, beating the Belarussian 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, but the match…

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