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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:56 Source

Last ditch campaign emerges as Abbott government prepares its coup-de-grace and renewables companies warns of disastrous outcomes.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:56 Source

Last ditch campaign emerges as Abbott government prepares its coup-de-grace and renewables companies warns of disastrous outcomes.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:55 Source

The coalition are right about one thing, coal is one of Australia’s top earners. Coal brought in roughly AU $46 Billion in the 2013 fiscal year, and is currently our second biggest export; no matter how much we love renewables no one could argue that a fall off in demand could be very damaging for our nations bottom line. But that is exactly what is happening, our 2013 coal revenue, while still quite robust, was actually down by 3.6% from 2012.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:54 Source

What is driving the rush to solar and storage? Saving money, saving the planet or energy independence? Business models for multi-billion dollar utilities depend on getting this right. New Zealand network provider Vector, a pioneer of solar and battery leases, has a view that will surprise many.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:54 Source

What is driving the rush to solar and storage? Saving money, saving the planet or energy independence? Business models for multi-billion dollar utilities depend on getting this right. NZ network provider Vector, a pioneer of solar and battery leases, has a view that will surprise many.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:53 Source

Here’s an interesting video from the Centre for International Finance and Regulation starring John Howard and canvassing three decades of financial system reform. Sadly it degenerates into a rambling self-endorsement that leaves one no more elucidated than prior to viewing. Still, I suppose that tells you something! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:30 Source

(My thanks to @gumbouy)

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:25 Source

By Leith van Onselen The South Australian Government has joined the other mainland states in banning Uber’s ridesharing service on public safety grounds. From The Canberra Times: Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says the service could put vulnerable passengers at risk. “People get into taxis and hire cars late at night, they may have had a bit […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:10 Source

From the AFR: Australian companies, wracked with fear, are stifling their growth by confining themselves to the domestic market, said Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s head of Australian equities, Dion Hershan. Mr Hershan criticised investors, public company management teams and boards of directors for being obsessed with the fear of looking offshore for growth in a […]

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New Matilda Monday, August 25, 2014 - 14:05 Source

John Pilger’s Utopia – a documentary about uncomfortable truths in Australia - has debuted in the United States. Amy McQuire takes a look at its reaction in Australia.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 13:59 Source

Carnegie teams with group of European power industry firms and UK based wave energy developer to reduce costs and increase reliability.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 13:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, has called on Australia’s university students to “get some perspective” on the Coalition’s planned changes to university fees and funding, claiming that the Government is “not exactly asking for their left kidney”. From The Guardian: On Thursday Pyne will introduce legislation to implement his plan to deregulate […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 13:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Canberra Times is running an article today claiming that the taxpayer bill for federal public sector redundancies is likely to top $1 billion even before entitlements such as leave are paid: Analysis of 760 retrenchments across a number of Commonwealth employers since the federal election show the average redundant public […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:42 Source

Some 10 days ago I wrote an article suggesting MH-17 was shot down by Ukrainian SU-25. I pulled the article after receiving a comment saying that plane could not fly high enough. Fine. But Global Research has just revealed that Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia and Belgium have signed a non-disclosure agreement on the cause of the crash.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:32 Source

Leash the PUP and deal direct with Labor. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, Budget, Clive Palmer, Joe Hockey, Labor, Mathias Cormann, PUP, Tony Abbott

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The Tally Room Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:30 Source

Electorate
Margin
Electorate
Margin

Auckland Central
NAT 10.60% vs LAB
Mount Albert
LAB 24.10% vs NAT

Botany
NAT 37.81% vs LAB
Mount Roskill
LAB 10.59% vs NAT

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New Matilda Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:29 Source

A visit to an immigration detention centre can be an uplifting experience. Until you're back 'outside' and reality dawns.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:24 Source

Natural gas is not the bridge to clean energy; it’s the road to more climate change.

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Political Owl Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:09 Source

The cause of animal welfare is certainly making political progress.

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Renew Economy Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:58 Source

Suntech winds up solar R&D in Australia and will focus on China. Policy uncertainty, and need to expand into storage and smart grids, blamed.

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Croakey Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:56 Source

Kristin Carson writes: Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and early death among Indigenous Australians, with smoking responsible for about one in every five deaths. Among Indigenous Australians, tobacco use contributes to 80% of...

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:52 Source

From Westpac via the AFR: Investor demand for yield will keep the Australian dollar at or above current levels even after the US Federal Reserve starts tightening monetary policy, according to a contrarian view from Westpac. Bank economist Robert Rennie says according to a fair value model based on export commodity prices, the spread between […]

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Prosper Australia Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:51 Source

Letters to the Editor The Age 25/08/2014 The seemingly inevitable slide towards the haves and the have-nots in home ownership is inevitable if nothing changes. Our approach to funding the needs of the state encourages and disproportionately rewards speculative (non-productive) activity and discourages (taxes) effort and investment in productive capital (value adding). When unearned income […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:23 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:15 Source

An unhappy Ross Gittins is policing the Twittersphere today as his failure to acknowledge his failure goes viral: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:02 Source

When Nelson Mandela died last year, Tony Abbott joined many other world leaders in singing his praises.

“The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela will forever be remembered as more than a political leader, he was a moral leader. He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid.”

But Tony didn’t always feel that way.

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen You can tell it’s an election year in New Zealand with the incumbent National Government announcing over the weekend that it would double first home buyer (FHB) subsidies. From Interest.co.nz: Prime Minister John Key launched National’s campaign on Sunday with a plan to double first home buyer subsidies at a extra […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:36 Source

AMP’s Shane Oliver likes what he sees in profit season: Sure it’s not been easy for non-financial industrial companies and there is still another week of results left with poorer performers often reporting late in the season. But the bottom line is that the June half earnings results are nowhere near as bad as many feared. In fact, the […]

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New Matilda Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:12 Source

As Israel steps up its attack on Gaza, Jewish opposition is growing.

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