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Renew Economy Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:04 Source

New technology funded by ARENA will allow households and business to use battery storage to trade electricity. Not just "prosumers" but energy traders.

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Renew Economy Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:04 Source

New technology funded by ARENA will allow households and business to use battery storage to trade electricity. Not just "prosumers" but energy traders.

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:56 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:11 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:08 Source

From Westpac’s fantastic Red Book of consumer attitudes: ― The Westpac–Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment fell 5.7% in Dec from96.6 in Nov to 91.1. The fall takes the Index to its lowest level since Aug 2011 when it briefly slipped below 90, and prior to that, since the tail-end of the GFC. ― Daily responses indicate the surprisingly weak […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:07 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:06 Source

The national auction clearance rate fell over the weekend, driven by decreases in Melbourne and Sydney. According to RP Data, the national weighted average preliminary auction clearance rate was 65.2% over the weekend, which was down 1.4% from the 66.6% clearance rate recorded last weekend. Sydney’s clearance rate fell by 0.5% to 71.2%, whereas Melbourne’s […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:03 Source

From Westpac’s Phat Dragon: Phat Dragon is most interested in the various sectoral subcycles sitting beneath the IP and especially the investment figures. Here there was little to be enamoured with. The critical housing market show no sign of building on the promise of October, with starts and land sales reversing most of the previous month’s growth spike, while the […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Real estate investment slowed again in November, this time to 7.59% year-on-year growth. This is the worst monthly growth total since September’s 8.63% growth, and going back in time, these numbers are worse than only a couple of months in 2009, at the depth of the financial crisis. To […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, December 15, 2014 - 05:47 Source

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North Coast Voices Monday, December 15, 2014 - 00:16 Source

It’s December 2014 and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott didn’t release his real Christmas Message on YouTube this year – he used a 9 December media release announcing he had cut Medicare rebate payments for standard GP visits by $5 and that there would be no Medicare fee increases for all services provided by GPs, medical specialists, allied health practitioners, optometrists and others until July 2018.An est.

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North Coast Voices Monday, December 15, 2014 - 00:15 Source

On 2 December 2014 The Daily Examiner reported that sixty-four year old Steven Rhett Cansdell is considering standing at the March 2015 Clarence Valley Council by-election.This would not be his first foray into politics and voters need to think long and hard if his name turns up on the by-election ballot paper.Cansdell previously served on Grafton City Council over a ten-year period commencing in 1993. This council was notorious for living well beyond its means - by 1999 it had used $1.722 

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Poll Bludger Monday, December 15, 2014 - 00:10 Source

What will presumably be the last Newspoll of the year records no change on a fortnight ago, with Labor’s two-party lead at 54-46. Labor grabs the lead on the primary vote, moving up two points to 39% with the Coalition up one to 38% and the Greens down one to 12%. For the first time in a while, Tony Abbott’s personal ratings are not appreciably worse than last time, his approval steady at 33% and disapproval up one to 58%. Bill Shorten is respectively down two to 37% and steady at 43%, and the size of his lead as preferred prime minister is unchanged, being 43-36 last time and 44-37 this time.

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Croakey Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 23:50 Source

For a policy that ripped a significant chunk of funding out of general practice and, for many GPs, will mean more administrative hassles and possibly lower incomes, reaction to the Government’s copayment #2 policy from a number of stakeholder groups...

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Politically homeless Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 21:47 Source

Peta Credlin was one of the few Coalition staffers willing or able to stick around after the downfall of the Howard government. She hadn't landed a top-flight lobbying job or a seat in Parliament or simply buggered off to that old shack in the hills/sand dunes. Nor had she embarrassed herself like some did who couldn't really believe that, after 11 years, it really was all over. From Brendan Nelson's office she would have seen how Labor's ministers configured the government differently; how they made decisions that Howard's ministers never dared/couldn't be bothered, and the pratfalls of their rookie errors.

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Renew Economy Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 21:30 Source

United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Lima have ended in agreement, but whether it sets the stage for a new treaty strong enough to compel sufficient collective action to address the threat of climate change remains an open question.

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En Passant Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 20:14 Source

Nicole Colson in Socialist Worker US analyzes the Senate report documenting the use of torture by the CIA – and explains why none of those connected to it are likely to face justice.


George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (Eric Draper)

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Your Democracy Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 20:05 Source

shocking news...

 

Treasurer Joe Hockey has described the Federal Government's budget as a "shock absorber" for falling export prices.

 

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The Sauce Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 19:53 Source

Following the recent stunning revelations of the declassified US Senate Report on CIA Torture programs, Scott Morrison has spoken of his “pride” in how Australia does all of its torturing out in the open.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:51 Source

When Joe Hockey announced that he was abandoning the 2018 date for returning the Budget to surplus, I suspected that yet again he’d blame the Labor party for his inability to deliver on his promise, but I never thought he’d try to suggest that it was – in fact – the Labor Party that tried to hold him to a target of ever getting it back into surplus.

“I never set a target. That was implied by the Labor party,” he said.

Although this does have the qualifier “based on the numbers presented today”, one would have to suggest that it’s rather disingenuos to base them on numbers that you don’t believe.

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The Political Sword Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Back in 1971 I wrote my honours thesis for social anthropology at Sydney University. Its theme was a link between witchcraft/sorcery beliefs and egalitarianism in native and peasant communities around the world. Given discussion earlier this year about inequality, I believe it has a relevance. Its principle argument went something like this: The basic concept of egalitarianism is that everyone is equal and has an equal share of abilities and resources. Of course, in reality, this is never quite true. And in those native and peasant communities, witchcraft was a common approach to explain the differences. It worked in a number of ways.

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Skepticlawyer Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:57 Source

I recently read Kenneth Pollack’s Ph.D dissertation on The Influence of Arab culture on Arab Military Effectiveness (which later became a book). It is a very fine piece of social science which, alas, I doubt any important member of either the Obama or Bush II Administrations has read. The burden of his analysis is that Arab culture strongly militates against having effective junior offices or tactical flexibility.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:48 Source

I very rarely quibble with cover art. Who the hell am I to question other people's art? But with the original version of this cover I felt it need just one more SPLOSION.

Anyone guess which boom-boom got added?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:47 Source

A hundred bank executives said the Joe Hole was ‘stalling the economy’. Having destroyed two hundred and fifty thousand jobs by telling Holden to piss off, Joe now proposed to close down a hundred and fifty government entities, they noted, thus abolishing hundreds more. Mateus Cormann, whom some now call ‘the Grim Reaper’, gleefully announced which entities they were, then was told to his amusement he had abolished ten of them already. ‘I love to count, heh, heh, heh,’ he chuckled in his well-beloved Belgian monotone.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:05 Source

If Labor had ‘lost its way’ under Kevin Rudd, as Julia Gillard stated in parliament the day she became prime minister, then what can we say of the Liberals under Tony Abbott, today?

Abbott’s quite pathetic suggestion that criticism of his chief of staff, Peta Credlin was about gender has infuriated many of his parliamentary members and seriously weakened his leadership.

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Red Bluff Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:33 Source

My latest roundup for Global Voices Online: Australian Prime Minister's About-Face on Sexism, Two Years LateAustralian PM Julia Gillard at Antipodes Greek Festival - Melbourne  2012A tense moment between Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader T

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Your Democracy Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 08:45 Source

all ears .....

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 07:46 Source

By Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD OVH Repro
Politicians of Australia, the people are speaking – and you better listen!

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE:

Dear Men and Women of Australia,

There are two photographs on this page, and while they might look like father and daughter, they are separated by two nations, one ocean and some seventy years.

Yet incredibly, they are both part of the same tragedy, the kind that leaves deep and irrepairable scars on a nation and its people for a lifetime.

The young woman who was born in 1907. The elderly man who was born twenty years later in 1927.

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