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Croakey Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 20:07 Source

What if end-stage kidney disease was far more common among the rich and powerful than among those who are not so privileged? What if powerful politicians and their friends – people like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Gina Rinehart, George Pell, Adam...

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George Monbiot Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 19:41 Source

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 2nd October 2014

This is a moment at which anyone with the capacity for reflection should stop and wonder what we are doing.

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Croakey Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 19:22 Source

This post is compiling photos and random tweets from the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association conference in Melbourne – many thanks to all those tweeting, including the @WePublicHealth team.  (Click on the images for a larger...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 18:25 Source

Ok, I’ve just been reading about the British Penal System prior to the First Fleet. Now this was a time when they really knew how to dish out severe punishments but strangely the crime rate was still rather high. Now when I say dish out severe punishments, I naturally meant to the lower classes. The important people – lords and the like – were judged by the House of Lords until 1948, and they seemed to believe that – as with Peta Credlin’s drink driving charge, the public humiliation was enough punishment.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 18:21 Source

John Campen gives us some food for thought in this letter to The AIMN.

Most working Australians pay at least 30-35% of their wage or salary in income tax. And then they pay 10% GST on most purchases, tax on petrol (about 65% of the cost of petrol are taxes), stamp duty on house or car purchases, land rates, utility taxes, road tax, and a Medicare levy. On top of all those added taxes they still have to pay school fees, university fees, and in some cases, medical fees. The list goes on and on.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 17:43 Source

Taking down the Assad government has always been a part of the U.S. agenda in the Middle East. Were it not for the intervention of those pesky Russians this might have been accomplished in 2011. Whether you believe that Islamic State is directly or indirectly a western creation or that it’s simply a case of not letting a good crisis go to waste, it can’t be denied that the meteoric rise of this latest bogeyman provides the U.S. with a convenient plan b.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 17:02 Source

A motion calling for Indonesia to lift a press ban in West Papua has been passed by the Senate as two French journalists remain imprisoned without charge.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 15:39 Source

by Stan Shamu, IG Asia picked up the negative lead from European and US trade and ran with it – most regional bourses have lost significant ground. With China closed, there have been limited leads regionally, leaving investors to focus primarily on the US dollar and related asset classes. Taking a step back and looking […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:14 Source

New report underlines massive subsidy paid to deliver coal-fired electricity through poles and wires to regional Queensland, which the pricing regulator admits is distorting investment decisionsEveryone might be better off if they embraced renewable-based mini grids.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:06 Source

Federal Senate votes for independent inquiry into allegations electricity networks have misled the energy regulator and deliberately pushed up power prices.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:05 Source

A new consortium hopes to become Australia’s first community owned retailer, with plans to build, generate and sell renewable energy in northern rivers region of NSW.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:57 Source

Large solar electric projects will increase the solar capacity in New York State by 68 per cent, or more than 214MW.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:57 Source

Large solar electric projects will increase the solar capacity in New York State by 68 per cent, or more than 214MW.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:55 Source

Queensland utility says average household demand down 20% in past decade, 21% of houses have solar, plans first commercial battery storage rollout.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:55 Source

India's new energy minister says Modi government to smash previous 20GW by 2020 solar target and spend $100bn on renewables in five years.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:54 Source

Like a snake eating its own tail, our growth-orientated civilisation suffers from the delusion that there are no environmental limits to growth.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:53 Source

We stand at rare moment in history, where current knowledge and resolve can deliver abundant energy services reliably, cleanly, and affordably to all.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:53 Source

We stand at rare moment in history, where current knowledge and resolve can deliver abundant energy services reliably, cleanly, and affordably to all.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:51 Source

Palmer's Senate inquiry into the Newman government is fuelled by personal interest. That doesn't mean it will be a total waste of time.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:50 Source

SunEdison says polysilicon breakthrough will slash costs of module production, and enable solar power to become the lowest cost energy solution.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:50 Source

I have been writing a lot lately about the state of our democracy.

On Wednesday I commented on a post on Facebook voicing an opinion about the Queensland Government Inquiry.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:50 Source

I have been writing a lot lately about the state of our democracy.

On Wednesday I commented on a post on Facebook voicing an opinion about the Queensland Government Inquiry.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:50 Source

So what's it like riding an electric motorcycle that does 0-100 in 3.3 seconds, in the rain? Fascinating, scary and, ultimately, a total pleasure.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:34 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:28 Source

Maurice Newman, Abbott's top business advisor, refuses to meet climate scientists to defend his "flat earth" nonsense, and attacks on weather bureau.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:14 Source

by Jordan Eliseo, Chief Economist ABC Bullion When Seasonality Fails Gold investors were looking forward to Q3 this year. After a solid start to 2014, with gold one of the best performing assets in the 6 months to June, more upside was expected. At the time, gold prices were sitting around the USD $1315oz mark, […]

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Public Opinion Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:06 Source

The Abbott Government's rhetoric is that they are absolutely determined to stop the trajectory that Labor left, which is debt going to $667 billion in 10 years, which is $25,000 for every man, woman and child. They won't give up on doing what is right to address the legacy that Labor left. We are paying a billion dollars a month every single month just to pay the interest on Labor's debt. Without change, that is ratcheting up to $3 billion a month.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Cross posted from The Conversation by Stewart Riddle, Lecturer in Literacies Education at University of Southern Queensland We are at an important juncture for education in Australia. With the government’s higher education reform agenda well underway and its school funding stasis, teacher education and Australian curriculum reviews, now is the time to be asking: what […]

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New Matilda Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Debates about which groups are welcome or unwelcome in a multicultural nation only reinforce racism and notions of white control.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Debates about which groups are welcome or unwelcome in a multicultural nation only reinforce racism and notions of white control.

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