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Political Owl Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:58 Source

New South Wales Labor seems to be back playing its familiar game of throwing another good person after bad. From this morning’s tabloid terror:RobbofacesLaboraxeOpposition Leader John Robertson meets the definition of a bad leader if the ability to win an election is the principal criterion. Under his stewardship Labor is heading for near certain defeat.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:43 Source

Australian-founded Atlantis Resources says construction of its 400MW MeyGen project in UK – the world’s largest tidal energy plant – to begin next month.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:38 Source

German primary energy consumption reportedly declined sharply in 2014. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions might drop to a new record low.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:18 Source

Zero have been improving its manufacturing processes over the past few months in anticipation of an expected increase in demand, according to recent report.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:16 Source

In October, Labor voted to pass nearly $3 billion in budget savings with revised welfare legislation which will see Family payments cut and young people on a disability support pension will have their cases reviewed.

The laws will:

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 12:15 Source

Daniel Meers, a Liberal voter, joined Morrison’s War on the Disabled.

800,000 Disabled, he fumed, charge ‘up to’ 800 dollars a fortnight, and this was ‘wrecking the economy’, and they should be ‘made to find a job’. He said 35 percent of the entire Budget was spent on ‘these people’ who, with their carers commanded 22 percent of the vote, and if they were deprived of their unearned wealth the other 78 percent, including all their cousins, would surely vote for Morrison, the ‘conquering brute’, and re-elect Abbott ‘in a landslide’. None of Murdoch’s regular fascists dared take this line and Dan, it seemed, was on the way up.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:43 Source

From India's 'saffron revolution' to SA's day of 100% renewables, to energy storage and Tony Abbott's cuddle with coal. It's our most read stories of 2014.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen In a cruel twist, the Abbott Government has informed a broad range of welfare agencies that they will no longer receive federal funding: [The Department of Social Services] yesterday informed a range of welfare support groups that their funding had been abolished. Organisations losing funding include Blind Citizens Australia, the Australian […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:35 Source

It is certain Robbo will be overthrown soon and his successor will be Premier in March. I begged Nathan Rees to his face to do the necessary usurpation for the last six months because he, a cleanskin struck down in the hour of his utmost virtue in the Obeid Wars, deserved a second go but he was furiously, cantankerously determined to escape the cesspit, go long distance running and make money.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:20 Source

If you’re a regular reader of, or contributor to The AIMN, right now you’re probably warming your tootsies by the Yuletide log of Schardenfreude as the Coalition reels in disarray.

The polls are plummeting, the back-bench is in foment while the front bench are preening and fighting amongst themselves like Kilkenny cats.

The latest move of a cabinet re-shuffle in a desperate attempt to shore up what Fairfax’s Mark Kenny refers to as “an improvement to the team and hope for 2015″, is simply rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fresh from her role as chair of the parliamentary inquiry’s report into foreign investment in Australian real estate, which recommended a raft of sensible reforms to Australia’s foreign investment regime (summarised here), Liberal MP, Kelly O’Dwyer, has been promoted to Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer. As often occurs following such parliamentary […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:29 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The Climate Change Authority has recommended that the government move back the deadline for the large-scale Renewable Energy Target by three years, from 2020 to 2023, rather than risk jeopardising investment by reducing the target itself. The recommendation was made in one of two reviews released by the authority today, covering […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:28 Source

Firstly, Tony Abbott. As if he had not embarrassed himself enough during this year, the latest but not necessarily the last effort was his astonishing suggestion that removing the carbon tax was his greatest achievement in 2014.

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Global Guerrillas Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:27 Source

The Sony hack worked.  It did the job it was intended to do.  It coerced a major corporation and its corporate partners into changing their behavior.  

It's a good example of a type of attack we are going to see much more of.

However, it's important to understand why it worked so well.  It wasn't due to:

  • its sophistication,
  • the damage it did to Sony's critical systems, or
  • the amount of money it stole.

It was effective because it went after employees and business partners as individuals.  

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:21 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:04 Source

None of these will get you points in Scrabble. But they’ll make you sound smarter in conversations about energy.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:59 Source

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:43 Source

It's a bit early for a new media circus thread, but it's also the time of year for the release of unpleasant news that the newsmakers hope will be buried by the holidays.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:41 Source

Kevin Andrews has announced that anyone seeking to access the disability support pension, will now be required to see an independent doctor prescribed by the Government, and recommendations from family doctors will no longer be allowed to assess people for the disability pension.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:31 Source

If you think the government was taking us towards social and economic disasters prior to the recent Cabinet reshuffle, well you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, writes Ricky Pann.

The new threat to Australia is not the boat people nor the terrorists, it’s now the unemployed and those on welfare.

Scott Morrison is ferociously ambitious and a Liberal insider told me just after his rather dirty campaign for pre-selection in Cook that he has aspirations for the top job. Like Abbott, he is combatant and will say or do anything to win. This they have in common.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:17 Source

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Croakey Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:55 Source

In sad news, public health lost a great champion this week with the passing of Dr Nigel Gray.  Dr Gray laid the foundation for the tobacco control movement. In a media release, CEO of Cancer Council Victoria, Mr Todd Harper, said: “Dr Gray’s...

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

I got a tweet from Sparty who seems to have secured the first legitimately (sort of) purchased copy via the Beast of Bezos and little VPN trickery.

I expect the physical roll out to be much slower, given the season.i

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Your Democracy Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:45 Source

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Milne told reporters on Monday that while Abbott was spruiking the abolition of the carbon tax, his government had undermined services to women such as legal aid in domestic violence cases and homelessness support.

“He might as well have said that by abolishing the carbon price he’s been able to give women more money to buy a new iron and stay at home and do the ironing more often,” Milne said.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:32 Source

What were the most-read articles in 2014?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:30 Source

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Croakey Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:11 Source

With so much happening from a policy perspective in health at the moment it’s easy to forget our own day to day role in promoting change and innovation in service provision. In this post  Duane Attree, health consultant and former healthcare...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 08:09 Source

A few months before the 2013 Election, I posted what (I hope) is the main image for this post. It was called Liberal Excuses Bingo, and while it could be debated that the card is full, we certainly have enough of them in row to shout “Bingo”!

Not that this a good thing.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 07:05 Source

By Peter Schiff, cross-posted from Euro Pacific Capital Inc In a normal economic times falling energy costs would be considered unadulterated good news. The facts are simple. No one buys a barrel of oil to display above the mantle. No one derives happiness from a lump of coal. Energy is simply a means to do or […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 07:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why Saudis Decided Not to Prop Up Oil – Wall Street Journal Seven Questions About The Recent Oil Price Slump – IMF Is There a Future for Credit Default Swap Futures? – New York Fed The $6.3 Trillion Bidding Frenzy That Vanquished Treasury Bears – Bloomberg Why Bitcoin’s Erratic […]

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