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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 21:33 Source

The Government tells us that by stopping the boats they are stopping the drownings. But does this really mean they are saving lives?

This story would suggest that the answer is a firm “no”.

We have been asked by a young man, who sought asylum in Australia but was in the first boat to be turned back by the Abbott Government in 2013, to submit his plea here. He is presently in Indonesia and lives in fear of his life. The following is his account and plea “for Asylum under UNHCR Humanitarian Assistance and Refugee Convention of 1951″.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 20:34 Source

The blockade of Gaza by Israel has not ended - even UN authorities are denied access. As for the trauma, it will live on for generations.

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Croakey Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 20:04 Source

With tenders for the new Primary Health Networks...Read more

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En Passant Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 19:25 Source

Sue Sparks reports in RS21 on the  protests growing on the streets of Hong Kong.

Protests getting bigger by late afternoon Monday (Photo: Sue Sparks)

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The Sauce Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 18:47 Source

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The former first daughter of the United States Chelsea Clinton has finally revealed her newspawn to expectant onlookers as she exited Lennox Hill hospital late Monday, accompanied by her partner and genetic progenitors, the former and future overlords of the United States.

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Skepticlawyer Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:33 Source

In my previous two posts, I looked at pieces by two conservatives–James Livingstone on gender and soldiering and Justice O’Scannlain on gender and marriage–who both imagine they are basing their reasoning on history and verities of human nature when they are doing nothing of the kind.

Sodom and genocide

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:35 Source

“Public rage is like lightning, and tends to discharge its energies at anyone who has the bad luck to be prominent in the wrong way at the wrong time.”

John Lancaster Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay.

Somewhere recently I read about the Age of Enlightenment where Reason replaced Faith as a means of concluding what was true…

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:13 Source

by Stan Shamu, IG It’s been a fairly busy day on the economic calendar in Asia, with some key releases out of Japan and China. The risk-off tone in global markets has continued as investors focused on unrest in Ukraine, Hong Kong and data from the US for direction. As a result, not only are […]

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 16:13 Source

At the NSW Labor State Conference in July 2014 the following urgency motion was passed by the political wing of the party:That Conference:1.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:33 Source

Four million train journeys traversed Australia unpoliced; thirty-eight million in the last seven days, unpoliced. Football finals occurred. No halfbacks were seized and beheaded live on Sixty Minutes. Lisa McCune sang Hello, Young Lovers to nine thronged Opera House audiences, unpoliced.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:15 Source

Nedlands Council orders new-build and renovated houses in affluent Perth suburb to install minimum of 1.5kW solar, wind or other on-site generation.

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:08 Source

Essential Research’s fortnightly rolling aggregate ticks a point to the Coalition this week, putting Labor’s two-party lead at 52-48. The only change on the primary vote is a one point gain for the Coalition to 40%, with the balance being lost in rounding. This leaves Labor on 39%, the Greens on 10% and Palmer United on 4%.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:04 Source

Solar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local!

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 15:04 Source

Winfried Hoffmann has created a learning curve for battery storage that predicts costs will fall much faster than many experts believe.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:46 Source

ADVERTORIAL: Looking for a sea change, literally? The Queenscliffe Herald in Victoria is up for sale.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:42 Source

IEA says rooftop solar is "unbeatable" and will underpin its forecasts for solar - both PV and thermal with storage - to become the dominant energy technology, with costs falling to 4c/kWh. Finance is a key, however, and that will require some stable and sensible policy.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:30 Source

The Abbott Government - with the help of the Palmer United Party - have drafted new legislation which seeks to target asylum seeker babies.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:29 Source

By David Collyer, cross-posted from Prosper Australia: Angus Raine of RE agents Raine & Horne burst into song about property taxes in a letter on page 55 of the Australian Financial Review today- and what a nice cartoon, Clement! Angus wants Stamp Duty tax breaks for empty nesters – people trapped in inappropriate housing by […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:29 Source

Coal industry pushes coal-fired generators as best means to address energy poverty, but IEA says solar is the best solution.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:27 Source

WWF says Australia one of worst offenders in a world living well beyond its means – a pattern driving dramatic declines in biodiversity since 1970.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Socket parity has arrived so quickly it has turned the electricity industry on its head. Now solar could do the same for liquid fuels.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:22 Source

The key to $8 billion California wind energy project would be a massive compressed air energy storage system using salt caverns in Utah.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:15 Source

The gaping hole in Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's self-declared interest in Aboriginal aspirations is his ignorance on climate change.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:15 Source

The gaping hole in Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's self-declared interest in Aboriginal aspirations is his ignorance on climate change.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:10 Source

by Chris Becker Last night saw the release of two key important metrics in the ongoing fight against deflation in the Northern Hemisphere by the ECB and the Fed. First, following some very lacklustre Euro-wide consumer confidence figures (something that’s been repeated worldwide), the very closely watched German CPI print for September came in as dead […]

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 14:04 Source

It’s okay to mention the war. But whatever you do, just don’t mention the budget, which is in much worse shape today than it was a year ago.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann, has ruled-out allowing first-time home buyers to access their superannuation to pay a house deposit, arguing that such a move would merely inflate house prices further. From The Australian: Senator Cormann said the idea would probably put pressure on house prices at a time when people were […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:35 Source

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 13:27 Source

The Urbanist is taking a short break.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:47 Source

New analyses show people didn’t just leave fingerprints on the record-breaking heat: we left a clear handprint.

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