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North Coast Voices Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:16 Source

If there was an issue so big that it is recognised by both government and industry as being close to the hearts of a great many residents and electors living on the NSW North Coast, it is community opposition to coal seam and tight gas exploration and potential production.So what did the Nationals do on one of Troy Grant’s early visits as Nationals leader and deputy premier of the state – they start a donnybrook that will have people shaking their heads and saying; Told you the Nats were for all for 1,000 well strong gasfields in our paddocks.Grant needs to keep better control of his troops if he wants the Nationals to hold regional seats

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North Coast Voices Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The ideology-based wrecking ball that is the Abbott Government can possibly be explained thus…………………..Kruger  and I published a paper that documented how, in many areas of life, incompetent people do not recognize -- scratch that, cannot recognize -- just how incompetent they are, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.  Logic itself almost demands this lack of self-insight:  for poor performers to recognize their ineptitude would require them to possess the very expertise they lack.

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Croakey Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:03 Source

The transition from Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks is one of the most significant challenges currently facing our health system.   The success (or otherwise) of these new primary health care organisations will have far reaching and long...

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Digitopoly Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 23:44 Source

It has been a minor obsession in my life to find good ways of managing email. I have been down the route whereby my Inbox is a mixture of things I have just received, things I have ignored but may come back to and things that I am trying to trigger some memory for. A few years ago, there was a Kickstarter for Mailpilot that actually had an incredible but by now obvious insight: your email is, in fact, a ‘to do’ list and should be organised as such.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:57 Source

It’s easy to score points off a dead man: they rarely put up a fight, writes Nick Kenny. All sides of the political spectrum, says Nick, have come out swinging cheap shots since Gough Whitlam’s death last week – The ALP, the Liberals, and the Greens – all trying to rewrite history in their own ink, for their own gain. Nick’s three-part series will set the record straight.

Myth # 1 – “The Whitlam Government was a shining example of progressive politics. Just like The Greens”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:32 Source

The construction industry is paying much closer attention to sustainability and energy efficiency, reports Dr Anthony Horton.

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Political Owl Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 22:00 Source

The seasonal climate outlook released by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology suggests warmer than normal November to January days are more likely for Australia, except for far western areas of WA.

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Political Owl Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 21:21 Source

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Club Troppo Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 20:49 Source

I don’t have a particularly high opinion of Senator Nova Peris. I certainly don’t think Prime Minister Julia Gillard should have effectively sacked long-standing and well regarded Senator Trish Crossin to get her into Parliament. Moreover, even if it was reasonable to aim at getting new blood into the Senate and do so by introducing a capable Aboriginal woman, retired Territory Minister Marion Scrymgeour would have been a much better bet.

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Your Democracy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 17:55 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:56 Source

They’re spending like drunken sailors.

When you voted in the federal election last year, were you concerned about Labor’s debt and deficits, and did they effect how you voted? Did you think that Labor’s spending was unsustainable and had to be stopped?

Because if the answer is yes, the news is not good. The Coalition, right now, is on track to double Labor’s debt by December next year.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 16:16 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets While US equities retreated on the back of the Fed, Asia has reacted somewhat differently with markets broadly mixed. Just to recap on the FOMC meeting, QE came to an end as many expected and the Fed offered up a moderately hawkish statement. The […]

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Your Democracy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:39 Source

old fossil...

The new pope is a cunning thieving idiot. Actually he may be a clever man but that does not excuse his latest elevated confused ramblings delivered in order to catch more flies... No, dear Benedict, we don't believe that god is a magician who created the world with a magic wand in seven days... And yes, the big bang contradicts the divine act of creation, despite your uttering to scientists, to the contrary.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:21 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:02 Source

ARENA to fund AGL Energy study into grid-connected energy storage for its wind farms in South Australia.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:01 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Recently, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg Medcraft, called Australia a “paradise” for white-collar criminals. Soon after he recanted, claiming he didn’t want the country to become a haven for financial fraudsters. This rephrasing likely followed when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann leaned on Medcraft. The mass media […]

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New Matilda Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:53 Source

It’s been a 20-year struggle, but now a parliamentary inquiry could shed light on the deaths of three Aboriginal children in the 1990s.

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Drag0nista's Blog Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:31 Source

Over the five years I’ve been writing about politics I’ve steered clear of feminism: mostly because I don’t really know much about it. I didn’t do gender studies at high school or university and, perhaps most importantly, it was never raised as an issue at home. My parents never told me I had a natural...

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:28 Source

Two Australian campaigns are hoping to help people see the beauty in wind turbines – and in all renewable energy.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Clive Palmer, who has helped Abbott government dump the carbon price and has now reversed his opposition to Direct Action, may now allow changes to the RET. He also says Australian coal is good for emissions reductions.

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En Passant Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:23 Source

These are the speaking notes I wrote for a talk at a conference on the G20 and tackling tax avoidance organised by Political Economy students at Sydney Uni, Action Aid and Green Left Weekly. They bear some vague resemblance to what I said in the 20 minutes I had.

John

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:09 Source

From Bernard Keane at Crikey today on the Abbott Government’s release of the data retention bill: …there’s no actual detail in the data retention bill. Brandis himself acknowledged this, saying it was a short bill, “just 47 pages”. That’s because the technical detail of what, specifically, the data that telcos and ISPs will need to […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 14:08 Source

French renewable energy developer Neoen plans to build 5 utility scale solar PV plants near key demand centres in western NSW.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:46 Source

A rush of new energy storage deals and product launches reminds us that energy storage is the next big thing – not least of all for solar.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:46 Source

A rush of new energy storage deals and product launches reminds us it is the next big thing – not least of all for solar.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:46 Source

Once again backing away from a commitment, the PUP leader has promised support for direct action. His deal with Greg Hunt serves a personal interest but puts the Australian economy at risk.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:42 Source

From Roy Morgan: A special telephone Morgan Poll conducted over the last two nights shows a clear majority of Australians (70%) support Australia sending Australian doctors and nurses to West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic and 23% do not support sending doctors and nurses while 7% could not say. Today’s special telephone Morgan Poll […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:35 Source

Newspoll ‘excluded’ three hundred thousand voters, rang only landlines, based its preference flow on the 2011 election, omitted the Palmer United Party and came up with, wow, Labor on 45, up from 35.8 last time, and the Coalition winning handily, despite a 27.05 swing against it last Saturday in Charlestown, with a fabricated 55 percent two party preferred. Despite a 27.05 percent swing against it last Saturday. Wow.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:29 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:22 Source

Updated development application brings Sunshine Coast Council one step closer to becoming first local government to build a utility-scale solar farm.

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