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 SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 17, Issue 37 Week of September 29, 2014 






Dancing in the

Deadly Embrace




In This Issue




Australia: Dancing in the Deadly Embrace


Behind the Dance

The National Broadband Network




Quotes of the Week


Takeout Window

Behind the Dance


Upgrades and Numbers

Australia's Top 25 Exports,

Goods, and Services

Australia's Top 10 Trading Partners

China's Iron Imports, 2009-2014

Peak Pricing, Not Peak Oil




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Australia: Dancing in the Deadly Embrace



When one enters the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, as I did last week on the way to a meeting with Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull, one immediately encounters a framed historic document. In this letter to its penal colony, the British free nearly all convicts and provide grant lands of 30 acres or more to each, depending on marriage status and number of children.


There are a lot of things I like about Australia, perhaps the people most of all: they're smart, tough, charming, and perfectly suited to a country that runs from the surfing / diving meccas of Brisbane and the Great Barrier Reef to the infinite wild spaces of the Outback.


In the post-WWII era, Australia has generally had a booming, resource-based economy, driven by everything diggable or drillable, but mostly coal and iron. As China has moved from the Maoist days of a Communist business model with 1.2B dirt farmers into its current Communist Party-controlled Infomercantilist model, the effects of the change on Australia have been dramatic.


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