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En Passant Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 22:08 Source

 
From the group No WestConnex: Public transport not motorways

‘200 local community members attended the first meeting of the ‘Inner West Council’ imposed by Mike Baird.

‘The community sent a clear message to the administrator Richard Pearson when he was forced to leave the meeting after he claimed it had become ‘untenable’.

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The Piping Shrike Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 20:37 Source

The current state of the British political project.

There is a fundamental (and fairly obvious) flaw at the centre of the Brexit campaign. What was supposed to be striving for sovereignty has found little support from the political class that would exercise and presumably benefit from it. This is especially true for its leadership, with the leaders of all the main UK political parties, except UKIP, preferring to submit to the diktats of the EU.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 19:30 Source

I’ve recently been drawn into a tiresome debate with a prominent public intellectual on the subject of Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Apparently describing Hillary as a corrupt, warmongering psychopath makes me a misogynist. By the same logic I guess describing the state of Israel in similar terms makes me an anti-semite. Sigh… The US is…

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WixxyLeaks Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 19:14 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 17:40 Source

By James Moylan Ignorance is our default setting Ever since the enlightenment the various religious and totalitarian forces scattered about the globe have fought a constant rearguard action in defence of their turf. ‘Yes’, they argue, ‘these new-fangled scientific ideas might explain how things work, but we remain the final custodians of why things are…

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 17:40 Source

For years I've thought I'd been a possible cog in a cultural shift. I felt pretty good about myself. But I never knew for sure. An opportunity came to flat-out ask someone if I had been a cog and they said I was not.I held onto that—that I was a possible cog—like you would not believe. So I lost it. I lost that feeling of having been possibly cog-awesome. Oh sure, I'm still awesome. I'm just not the possibly cog-awesome person I thought I was. I feel like Schrodinger after he opened the box and found a dead cat.

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:48 Source

by Dr Gavin Putland Land Values Research Group For the first time that this writer can remember, a major political party is going into a federal election with a policy which, on its face, is designed to reduce the rate of increase of residential rents, allowing tenants’ incomes to catch up with rents. The Australian […]

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:39 Source

Conservative newspaper The Australian Financial Review has launched an extraordinary election attack on Labor over police raids of Labor premises, slamming the Opposition for what the AFR claimed was an irresponsible NBN policy based on the idea that "people would think fast internet was cool".

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:38 Source

Australian network operators have had an epiphany. The future lies in solar and storage and smart technologies, and the utilities have to cater for customer needs. But is too late?

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:37 Source

Catherine Cashmore appeared on Channel 9 news last night to discuss the fact we are building the wrong type of stock to meet our growing community. The report compared the 80,000 apartments due to come onto the market over the next few years with the 80,000 vacant properties we identified in the Speculative Vacancies report. […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:09 Source

Sydney-based companies Wattwatchers, Solar Analytics picked for showcase of 100 breakthrough technologies and startups driving decarbonisation of global economy.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:07 Source

Powershop has released a video in which six young children parody US presidential hopeful Donald Trump. What's the story?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:55 Source

South Australia coal-free update: Wind energy provided more than South Australia's demand for more than 10 hours on Sunday.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:53 Source

Need a complementary energy storage system that is well established globally, can handle massive capacity requirements and allow seasonal storage? How about pumped hydro.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:52 Source

Assets that are already paid for, easily available and generally idle for periods of time are the fuel for disruption. And that includes electricity networks.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:26 Source

On Q&A last night, Christopher Pyne and Anthony Albanese were asked, if we must “live within our means”, why is defence spending quarantined from the cuts that every other sector is experiencing? The smiling joking duo went immediately into their harmonised response. They are on a “unity ticket” when it comes to national security.  Investment…

The post The profits of arms manufacturers are sacrosanct appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Political Sword Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:26 Source

36 Faceless men2353NM, The Political Sword, 4 May 2016Let’s face it, the Australian political system is a winner take all arrangement. Either the ALP or the Coalition will win any given state or federal election and then proceed to implement some version of the policy that was voted on by the members of the political party at various conventions.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:23 Source

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne appears to have inadvertently misled the ABC's Q&A program about key facts regarding the National Broadband Network project, repeating a set of common misconceptions about the initiative on air last night.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:04 Source

Critics of Germany's Energiewende often point to increased energy costs for industry. But new research confirms energy costs have fallen sharply since 2010, the year before Chancellor Merkel’s nuclear phaseout.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:58 Source

Melbourne manufacturer to begin producing its first electric vehicle, an Australian designed and made off-rad EV for use by the mining sector.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:58 Source

Melbourne manufacturer to begin producing its first electric vehicle, an Australian designed and made off-road EV for use by the mining sector.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:56 Source

GVK reveals more losses, ballooning debt - and makes no mention of Galilee Basin coal projects.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:50 Source

Watching the rapid consolidation of the Republican Party around the candidacy of Donald Trump, I’ve tried to make sense of this in terms of the “three party system” analysis I presented a few months ago. I saw the Republicans as the “hard neoliberal” party relying on the votes of (white Christian) tribalists and making symbolic gestures in their direction, but largely ignoring them, particularly if their interests came into conflict with those of big business.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:48 Source

By Ad astra If you had to pick a minister to deliver a nasty message, you would not go past Peter Dutton, master of cruel comments, replete with his trademark po-face and matching body language. Last week, on Sky News, responding to the suggestion by the Greens that we should up our refugee intake to…

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:43 Source

The International Renewable Energy Agency is proving a valuable resource. Tasmania could have taken some of the “Islands: lighthouses for renewable energy” information on board and avoided some of its recent issues.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:11 Source

The Australian Federal Police has alleged there are reasonable grounds to suspect the Opposition broke the Official Secrets provisions of the Crimes Act, with a penalty of up to two years' jail, for merely receiving internal documents belonging to the NBN company.

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The Political Sword Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:10 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:08 Source

By Oliver Clarke Australia’s a flawed land; a place of construction and destruction, sometimes in the same day. Sometimes in the same place. Sydney is the place that comes to mind with the mention of the apparently barren land of Oz, but Canberra funnily enough is the capital. It’s where the government resides, where they…

The post Sydney’s Lock-out Laws: The Death of Nightlife and Tourism appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 10:25 Source

UXC Oxygen, a specialist SAP consulting and services company now owned by CSC, has deployed a new SAP HANA platform for Australian electricity distributor SA Power Networks.

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Delimiter Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 10:24 Source

The Pirate Party has announced its candidates for the 2016 Federal Election, following a pre-selection process.

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