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Rational Radical Friday, October 10, 2014 - 15:29 Source

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Senator Nick Xenophon about our petition against his plans to allow first home buyers to use superannuation funds for housing deposits.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 17:14 Source

So much has been said of the late Gough Whitlam since his passing this morning that I doubt there is anything new I could offer.

Carol wrote a brief article (We want Gough) a couple of years ago to celebrate his 96th birthday and to save me what might be a laborious task scratching around for those few extra elusive words, she has kindly let me reproduce it here. The words she found two years ago still fit nicely today.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:33 Source

W from Brisneyland sent me this video, which I found rather droll. It is not safe for work.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 16:07 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Earnings are having a greater role in market sentiment, with poor earnings from SAP, Phillips and IBM putting some focus back on fundamentals. Apple’s solid post-market result is keeping NASDAQ futures supported, which is just as well as Asian markets have shown limited signs of life. For […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:41 Source

Via Forexlive: From Barclays economist Kieran Davies, on the October monetary policy board meeting minutes (released earlier today): The RBA board appears to have discussed macroprudential tools at the meeting No disclosure in the minutes, though Davies is of the opinion that the RBA may introduce a new ‘macro-prudential’ measure before the end of 2014 Davies […]

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:32 Source

Peter Reith writing in the Australian Financial Review today claimed that:

The coal industry alone provides about 200,000 jobs and brings in billions of dollars to our economy to underscore living standards.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics coal mining employs 37,800 people. Mr Reith’s claim is more than five times this number.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:31 Source

Here’s a more positive read (for the world) on today’s China data from Capital Economics via the SMH blog: We won’t get the full breakdown of GDP by industry until tomorrow but we suspect that the slowdown remains heavily concentrated in the real estate sector, which grew a mere 2.0% y/y in Q2. Growth in the […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:30 Source

Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)

I recall the first time I laid eyes upon him. It was at a Labor rally at the suburban Greensborough Football oval in Victoria.

The ‘’Its Time’’ slogan had indelibly entrenched itself on my political awareness. All that I thought decent about Labor and its reformist zeal was encapsulated in the words of this intellectually formidable man.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:30 Source

Gough Whitlam (1916-2014).

I recall the first time I laid eyes upon him. It was at a Labor rally at the suburban Greensborough Football oval in Victoria.

The “Its Time” slogan had indelibly entrenched itself on my political awareness. All that I thought decent about Labor and its reformist zeal was encapsulated in the words of this intellectually formidable man.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:11 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian is reporting that China will exclude Australia from its proposed 3% tariff on coking coal and 6% tariff on thermal coal if a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries is concluded: “We want to see our way through it and the answer that we agreed upon was […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:27 Source

Are Earth's oceans hotting up or aren't they? And if so, how will this affect life on dry land? A top to bottom look at oceans and climate change.

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:19 Source

The local embodiment of a global movement, Gough Whitlam made himself a symbol of Australian social democracy. Remembering his life is a wake-up call to a new generation, writes Ben Eltham. 

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Drag0nista's Blog Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:17 Source

By ignoring sexism we abandon Rosie Batty. This week’s column for The Hoopla.Filed under: Other musings, Politics Tagged: domestic violence, Mathias Cormann, men, Rosie Batty, sexism, The Hoopla, Tim Watts

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:01 Source

RET Review member paid enough for a 20kW solar system, as PM&C concedes Warburton Review went beyond terms of reference. This comes as the Climate Change Authority, which the Abbott government says it still wants to ditch, says it will complete its own report on the RET.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 14:00 Source

From the always superb Guy Rundle at Crikey: Born in 1916, when the Labor Party was not much more than a decade old, the son of a senior public servant, he grew up in Canberra, when it was not much more than a pseudo-English village. He went on to Sydney University in the ’30s, where […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:55 Source

Solar industry scathing on modelling used to justify fixed and TOU tariffs. Households, particularly solar ones, set to get dudded again on network charges.

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Deltoid Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:33 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:28 Source

US DOE report says distributed solar PV system prices dropped by 12-195 nationwide in 2013, and should fall by another 3-12% in 2014.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:24 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), its offspring, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has entered its fifth year of negotiations. The TPP is a much bigger deal. It is being negotiated between 12 Pacific Rim Countries: the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:23 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:20 Source

New report suggests wind energy could supply 19% of global electricity by 2030, up to 30 per cent by 2050.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:12 Source

Renewable energy and green buildings help City of Adelaide cut community carbon emissions by 19% since 2007, electricity emissions by 31% from 2004-2014.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:11 Source

UK Environment Secretary says she would prefer farms grew crops rather than "blighting the landscape" with solar arrays. Sound familiar?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Repower Shoalhaven raised $120k in just 10 days to install a 99kW community solar system that could save the local bowling club up to $400k.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Repower Shoalhaven raised $120k of funding in just 10 days to install a 99kW community solar system that could save the local bowling club up to $400k.

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The Tally Room Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Altona1-2PPAltona is a safe Labor seat in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Altona covers the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Laverton, Point Cook, Seabrook and Seaholme.

Labor’s Jill Hennessy has held the seat since 2010, and she holds the seat by a 12.4% margin.

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:50 Source

History will judge our leaders by the way they treated First Nations peoples. For that reason, Gough Whitlam will be well remembered.

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Jack the Insider Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:20 Source

With the eulogies pouring in for Gough Whitlam today, it might seem odd to select a remark from an apolitical figure, Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie…

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:19 Source

EU leaders meet this week to set foundations of climate and energy policy for 2030. Can the bloc convince the world it has a credible strategy to offer?

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