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Croakey Friday, March 27, 2015 - 19:17 Source

                It’s with pleasure I introduce this week’s Health Wrap from my colleague Megan Howe, who has joined the Sax Institute as Publications Manager. Megan knows more than a thing or two...

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Harrangue Man Friday, March 27, 2015 - 19:14 Source

I'd had an awesome mates date lunch and barreled in from the bus to announce it."I had an awesome lunch—sushi!""Ergh," yelled theBoy. It turned out just three minutes before I walked in the door he'd tried sushi for the first time and promptly thrown up on the kitchen floor. It had only just been cleaned up. Probs wept. Later I mentioned it again—"It was squid and chicken!"—and that prompted another chorus of ixnay on the ushisay. What a hilarious coda for a working week. 

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Harrangue Man Friday, March 27, 2015 - 19:10 Source

I've bounce back from anxiety quickly now, able to return to a state of calm from extreme panic and even able now to discuss the past rationally and without crying. Perhaps it's from all the experience I've had.WFTW.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 18:56 Source

Welcome to the MB 2.0 soft launch. We’ve recreated the site to provide members with a simpler and quicker user experience. The growth of the site continues to be extraordinary and it was experiencing slowdowns on the Wordpress platform. In the foreseeable future we expect demand for quality analysis on the economy to rise much further so we have prepared

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John Quiggin Friday, March 27, 2015 - 18:45 Source

I have a piece in The Guardian pointing out that the Abbott government’s Red Tape Reduction program is basically cover for a couple of big measures benefit the mining and gambling industries.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 18:32 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 27, 2015 - 18:29 Source

A Morgan just out has Labor on 42.5 percent two party preferred and losing.

There were 1,078 voters responding on SMS and it’s hard not to think that Morgan, dead right in all recent elections, has greatly erred.

It was on SMS, which favours the Coalition by about 1 percent, and on Late Shopping Night, which may have altered the age group contacted, and be worth another 1 percent, and there may be a sampling error of another 1 percent, but it doesn’t help that much.

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Poll Bludger Friday, March 27, 2015 - 18:23 Source

The final ReachTEL poll of the New South Wales campaign for the Seven Network is a bit at the low end of the Coalition’s recent form, crediting them with a lead of 54-46, up from 53-47 in their poll a fortnight ago. This is hard to compare with other polls though because ReachTEL will be using respondent-allocated preferences, so judgement reserved on this one until I see the full results, as I expect will happen shortly.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 27, 2015 - 16:37 Source

Some of the best news in the last five hundred years is that Benedict Cumberbatch is the third cousin, sixteen times removed, of Richard III, and spoke a poem at his tardy funeral yesterday.

The resemblance, once you think of it, and you picture him, and you picture both of them, is eerie.

By an even more startling coincidence, he is playing him on television this year, in the Shakespeare Plantagenet compendium The Hollow Crown, on BBC.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:59 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Calm restored in Asia Sentiment is somewhat improved in Asian trade in the absence of fresh developments from the Yemen conflict. Currency moves remain key at the moment and there are signs the greenback might be looking to start gaining momentum yet again. The

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:55 Source

From Fairfax: Colin Barnett said there had been an over-reaction to Mr Forrest’s idea, including by Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh, who labelled it a “harebrained scheme” and “absolute nonsense”. “I don’t think Andrew Forrest ever used the word cartel and I think the response has been a little bit exaggerated,” the Liberal leader

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New Matilda Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:38 Source

The Greens and unions are pushing for reform of long service leave, with research indicating many workers are missing out.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:16 Source

By Leith van Onselen Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Denmark’s Saxo Bank, has given a stinging critique of the Australian economy, claiming that it is afflicted by a housing bubble and has a 50% chance of falling into recession. From Yahoo Finance: The mining boom had inspired laziness and arrogance… There’s dangerous levels of investment

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The Tally Room Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:00 Source

Heathcote5-2PP-northHeathcote is a Liberal seat covering southern parts of the Sutherland Shire and northern parts of the City of Wollongong, including Sutherland, Woronora Heights, Engadine, Yarrawarrah, Bundeena, Bangor, Menai and Heathcote.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 14:35 Source

More scuttlebutt on Fortescue this afternoon, via The AFR: Fortescue’s stock is worthless at current spot iron ore prices, analysts at CBA calculate. Zippo, zilch… There is $US7.5 billion ($11.5 billion) in net debt squatting on Fortescue’s balance sheet. In Aussie dollar terms, that’s approaching twice the company’s market capitalisation – just a number, sure,

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The Tally Room Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:30 Source

Bega1-2PPBega is a Liberal seat in southern NSW, covering Bega, Eden, Batemans Bay and Moruya. Bega covers the entirety of the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla council areas.

Liberal MP Andrew Constance, the current Treasurer, has held Bega since 2011 and holds the seat by an 18.5% margin.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:24 Source

The electricity sector is broadening, with yet more complexity in store. Alan Pears examines the opportunities and risks.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:24 Source

The future holds big opportunities and big risks for the electricity industry, especially in the complex consumer side of the meter.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:23 Source

Solar is said to be a rising issue in the Australian electoral landscape, particularly in states where 25% of homes have panels on their roof.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:23 Source

Industrial push into distributed energy continues, as ABB and Samsung SDI sign MoU to make and market modular and scalable microgrids.

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New Matilda Friday, March 27, 2015 - 13:18 Source

Problems have continued to emerge since NSW handed a number of refuges over to faith-based organisations.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen More worrying details have emerged about the the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the US-led regional trade pact between 12 nations (including Australia) – with the New York Times revealing that members of the US Congress have been viewing the secretive document and are disgusted by its contents: Members of Congress have

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:26 Source

RayGen unveils 200kW CSPV power tower pilot plant in Victoria – world's first to combine high efficiency PV with low-cost heliostat collector systems.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 Source

During the coming months, countries around the world are expected to release details about the climate action plans they intend to implement after 2020.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:25 Source

During the coming months, countries around the world are expected to release details about the climate action plans they intend to implement after 2020.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 Source

100kW solar system on Canberra office building marks ACT's 'largest known' commercial solar install, to supply nearly half building's weekly energy needs.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:21 Source

100kW solar system on Canberra office building marks ACT's 'largest known' commercial solar install, to supply nearly half building's weekly energy needs.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:20 Source

UQ opens its 3.275MW solar research facility, with single and dual tracking and battery storage to test solar integration in off-grid and edge of grid locations.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:13 Source

The UK government recently said Britain could reach a level of solar power that would generate 4% of its electricity.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:11 Source

In 2013 a government was elected with a vote of 53.49 percent, two party preferred. It has since been unable to get most of its legislation through.

This is because ‘two party preferred’ means nothing. It was not two parties that were elected in 2013, it was fifteen. Labor, Liberal, National, LNP, CLP, PUP, KAP, DLP, Motoring Enthusiasts, Liberal Democrats, Family First, Glenn Lazarus, Nick Xenophon, and Jacqui Lambie; and, oh yes, the Greens. To this you could plausibly add Left Labor and the Turnbull Liberals, making seventeen.

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