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En Passant Monday, September 22, 2014 - 20:38 Source

You have to admire the Abbott Government’s chutzpah.

Islamic State released a statement calling on believers to kill, among others, Australians. On the 7.30 Report Attorney-General George Brandis explained that they hate us for our democracy, our freedoms, our respect for women.

The nationalities Islamic State named were Americans or Europeans – especially the accursed French – or Australians or Canadians.

Why is that Senator Brandis? Could it be perhaps because these nations are the ones re-invading Iraq?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 22, 2014 - 20:10 Source

Are we all getting a little too edgy courtesy of the publicity around our upgraded security level?

From an old friend comes this Facebook comment today:

The train stations I use have closed their rubbish bins for “security reasons”. They’ve been closed with masking tape and cardboard. Sec-ur-it-y.

There’s a new message on the train PA, telling passengers what to do if they suspect or see a “security incident”. It’s a long message. You might have to wait a bit.

I smell dystopia.

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Croakey Monday, September 22, 2014 - 18:04 Source

In the wake of the federal budget, uncertainty about the future is facing many areas in the health sector – and GP training is no exception, writes Dr Tim Senior in his latest Wonky Health column. By Tim Senior   The last ever GP Education and...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 22, 2014 - 18:01 Source

A few days ago, I upgraded the software on my iPad and the $35 million I’d accumulated playing Hold-‘em Poker had just disappeared. There I was, back in the Garage with zero to my name.

Ok, it’s not real money so I shouldn’t be too upset, It’s only a game after all. I can just start again. That’s the way the cookie crumbles.But it sort of annoys me that it wasn’t my fault. It wasn’t like I’d gambled it or pushed the wrong button.

My experience with Hold-‘em has helped to clarify exactly what’s wrong with the system at the moment.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 16:21 Source

by Chris Weston It will be an interesting week for short-term-focused traders, with a number of markets that have recently seen better trending conditions exerting clearly overbought or oversold conditions. The sell-off that has materialised in the US bond market of late is coming at a time when we have seen some fairly bearish dynamics […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 15:10 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation Since the global financial crisis, credit growth in Australia has returned. But while growth in home lending between 2008 and 2014 was relatively strong (0.49% per month), it was actually negative for business lending (-0.04% per month). This pattern of weaker business credit for corporates and small to medium enterprises is […]

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:50 Source

Environment Minister Greg Hunt attacking rooftop solar as a “cross subsidy” from one neighbour without solar to another with solar.

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New Matilda Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:46 Source

Late yesterday, Joshua Dabelstein signed a petition on Get Up! opposing the de-regulation of higher education. It included an open letter to parliament.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:45 Source

by Chris Becker It’s hard not to be skeptical about the findings from any inquiry into competition in Australia’s business sector. One always suspects either a dogmatic economic answer (i.e free markets always good, government interference always bad) or a reinforcement of a status quo of a monopoly or oligopoly – the latter supported in […]

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:45 Source

An unheralded G20 report calls on nations to introduce carbon pricing; little wonder Australia doesn't want climate change mentioned at the November summit. Meanwhile, Abbott determined to keep Australia at margins of global climate talks, and will not offer new targets.

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New Matilda Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:24 Source

The rebel assault on Ukraine by Pro-Russian separatists has encountered its first public protest inside Russia. Chris Munro reports.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:23 Source

Can concentrated solar thermal (with or without storage) ever compete with photovoltaics in terms of electrical generation?

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:05 Source

by Chris Becker It seems the RBA’s intent to goose the Australian economy in the great hand-off from mining to [insert] something else, while accidentally blowing a housing bubble, is paying off in one area: stress! Dun and Bradstreet are out today with a new forecast of higher stress, amid a backdrop of growing unemployment, […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:00 Source

The Australian predictably gives the PM a tick for his discussions with indigenous leaders and community members “to gain a better understanding of the needs of people living and working in those areas”.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 13:59 Source

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TruthInNewsMedia Monday, September 22, 2014 - 13:03 Source

By Barry Tucker                    22 September, 2014

When beheadings are on people’s minds, it might be assumed that is what is meant by a terror incident.

Apparently the news media made this assumption last week when intelligence and police briefings referred to an intercepted phone call related to creating an incident.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen The brainiacks at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) have produced another piece of self-interested “analysis” warning against changes to negative gearing and lobbying to remove stamp duties. From The SMH: Cutting back tax deductions for property investors would erode housing affordability, reduce housing supply and bump up rents, a new report […]

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:24 Source

Economic reforms such as a national carbon price could usher in dramatic changes on China’s energy landscape.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:24 Source

Economic reforms such as a national carbon price could usher in dramatic changes on China’s energy landscape.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:14 Source

Wind and solar power are set to be cost competitive with coal-fired stations, even without subsidies, says US investment bank Lazard.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:12 Source

Citigroup says annual solar installations will more than double in Australia by 2020, with global market set to jump to 51GW in 2015.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:09 Source

Richmond Tigers install 100kW rooftop solar at its training facilities at iconic Punt Road headquarters.

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The Tally Room Monday, September 22, 2014 - 12:00 Source

I’ve previously blogged about the overall result – which parties gained and lost seats, and the regional variations in the vote. In this post, I will run through each of the key parties, and examine which parties have come out as winners or losers from the election. Two parties are clear winners: National and New Zealand First. While the result is relatively disappointing for the Green Party, the result is still a solid result for them. The Conservative Party gained a substantial swing but remain locked out of Parliament. It’s hard to put a positive spin on the result for Labour, the Maori Party, Internet Mana, ACT or United Future.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:42 Source

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Club Troppo Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:30 Source

1st editionBelow the fold is the Ockham’s Razor lecture that went to air yesterday. Since the trolls have already come out in force on the ABC thread (The ABC’s illustration doesn’t help!), I’ve reproduced it for your delectation below. 

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:06 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:53 Source

Action by US and China opens up opportunity to achieve what many thought was a lost cause – a peak in global emissions well before 2020.

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Club Troppo Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:45 Source

Ray MonkAs a council member of the National Library I had the privilege of not only going to this lecture last Friday night but of having dinner with Ray, the benefactors of the lecture (John Seymour – whom I taught Legal Writing and Research alongside in 1990 or thereabouts – and his wife Heather) and some other nice people that night.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax has today reported that mortgage competition is heating-up, with NAB offering new mortgage customers $1,000 to take-out a home loan from the bank in a bid to boost it’s market share: Australia’s big banks have tried to entice borrowers with cash payments worth $1000 or more in the past 12 […]

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Renew Economy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:04 Source

If the planet’s carbon budget was a giant cake, then we’d all be running out of dessert — fast.

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