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Digitopoly Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 00:17 Source


[This post was first published in HBR Blogs]

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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 00:16 Source

The Australian federal police have admitted they sought access to a Guardian reporter’s metadata without a warrant in an attempt to hunt down his sources.It is the first time the AFP has confirmed seeking access to a journalist’s metadata in a particular case.The admission came to light when the AFP told the privacy commissioner it had sought “subscriber checks” and email records relating to the Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell, and the correspondence was sent to Farrell by the office of the Australian information commissioner……The AFP’s submission said: “You will see that exemptions have been claimed under s47E(d) and s37(2)(b)

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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Journalist Jennifer Oriel in The Australian on 11 April 2016, putting the case for a two-tiered national education system where public schools and their 'dumb' students living in comparative poverty are offered less opportunity because genetics are allegedly destiny:More punitive taxes and big spender social programs in education and health are central pillars of ALP plans for fiscal repair. The former is aimed at reducing the deficit Labor increased by squandering the proceeds of the mining boom.

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Politically homeless Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 23:23 Source

It's long been a cliche of US politics that Republicans are the daddy party while Democrats are the mommy party: Republicans believe (ostensibly) in punishment for wrongdoing and rewards for doing the right thing, while Democrats just want to make sure everyone's healthy and doing well at school. Australian politics seems to be moving along similar lines, with the major parties selecting candidates that reinforce those images in their very bodies. We all want security in an uncertain world.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 20:16 Source

I’ve been reading a lot around the social media about the concerns that the youth of today showing no interested in politics. With an election looming it’s a bit of a stumbling block as we attempt to encourage those who haven’t enrolled to vote, to do so. OK, maybe they’re not interested in politics, but…

The post The future starts now, and it starts with your vote appeared first on The AIM Network.

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laberal Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 19:37 Source

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:20 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:19 Source

This week, Moody’s ratings agency warned that Australia’s AAA credit rating was at risk. The report said without measures to raise revenue “limited spending cuts are unlikely to meaningfully advance the government’s aim of balanced finances by the fiscal year ending June 2021”. It went on to say, “Although Australia had a favourable budget position…

The post Scott Morrison, like Moody’s, doesn’t have a Clue appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Harry Clarke Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 17:11 Source

The move by Chinese interests to purchase 1.3% of Australia (the Kidman properties) for $300m is against Australia’s economic and political interests.  The land will be used by the Chinese to pursue pastoral activities in Australia using imported Chinese capital resources and, at least down the line, Chinese workers.  In fact the land – apart from taxes paid to the Australian Government – will effectively become part of China.

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En Passant Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 16:55 Source

The CFMEU shut down this site yesterday. Worksafe allowed it to continue today. Now, the whole thing has collapsed, nearly hitting a lady walking by with her pram, and spewing asbestos dust into the area. There was no water to control dust before the collapse, and there certainly is not now. Have a listen to what CFMEU Vic-Tas secretary John Setka has to say compared with the representative from Sustainable Demolition.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 16:12 Source

This para, presented matter-of-factly in the middle of a New York Times piece about the Repub convention bringing older strategists out of retirement, surprised more than, perhaps, it should

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Club Troppo Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 15:55 Source

Though wildly tendentious, this  piece by Monbiot is an excellent spray against neoliberalism, a subject with which your correspondent has a vexed relation. I used to describe myself as a neoliberal, but now I’m afraid due to a mixture of distaste at its excesses and the extent to which it has degraded the political imagination of the West I’m not a happy neoliberal camper.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 15:33 Source

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 15:26 Source

by Dr Gavin Putland reposted from grputland.com If you want to expand your business, you probably need to hire people. But you can’t hire them unless they can afford to pay for housing within commuting distance of your business premises, out of wages that you can afford to pay them. If that condition is not […]

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 15:22 Source

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The Earth sizzled in March with the most unusually warm month in recorded history as average land surface temperatures easily exceeded levels deemed by scientists to constitute dangerous climate change.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:52 Source

South Australia leads the world in the adoption of wind and solar, and utilities say there is a "sense of urgency" to try out large scale battery storage to maintain grid stability, and to ensure Australia is not left behind.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:44 Source

City of Lismore in NSW proposes large, community-owned floating solar plant on one of its sewage treatment ponds.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:44 Source

City of Lismore in NSW proposes large, community-owned floating solar plant on one of its sewage treatment ponds.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:20 Source

Study says transition from fossil fuels to renewables could take a fraction of the time of past major changes – if we do it right.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Plans to build a solar thermal tower power plant with storage in Port Augusta have gained strong popular support, according to a new poll, which shows a majority of South Australians think the project should get federal government funding.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 13:53 Source

The transition to 100 per cent renewables for Australia is inevitable, say the authors of a major new report. The only question is how quickly and how fairly it will be done – and that's where community energy comes in.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 13:46 Source

A consortium of large energy users led by the City of Melbourne has launched a tender for shovel-ready renewable energy projects with planning approvals in place, for the long-term supply of electricity.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 13:15 Source

Barnaby Joyce is always saying something remarkable for its inanity, and the last couple of days he’s done nothing to cause me to reassess my low opinion of his tortuous thought processes. I watched him on ABC News 24 as he descended into red-faced blather on the subject, yet again, of Johnny Depp’s damn dogs,…

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:58 Source

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Millions of Australians live in households without internet access, according to the World Economic Forum, who have awarded Australia the lowest scoring country in the category of affordability for internet access.

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Club Troppo Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:22 Source

 “Creativity is just connecting things.” — Steve JobsLast night I attended the launch of Creative State which was the culmination of over a year of engagement between the Victorian Government and the arts community.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 11:00 Source

By Bob Lee We must clear the mind of the past and vigorously challenge and debunk this 2016 Report on the Independent Committee’s Review of Politician’s Entitlements. To label this report as mind-numbing, contemptuous, brazen, greedy, a further reiteration of outrageous rorts and rip-offs is an understatement. In just 6 months (Jan-Jun 2015) MPs and…

The post It has never been a better time to be a politician! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:57 Source

Transport for NSW has announced the signing of a "major contract" with multinational IT corporation CSC to transform its back-of-house IT systems.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:55 Source

Global IT services provider Fujitsu has won the contract to manage Gold Coast’s ICT infrastructure and applications services.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:53 Source

In what it is calling "an Australian first", Victoria's South East Water has started trials of a new low-powered Internet of Things (IoT) technology to improve real-time monitoring and help to boost the reliability, efficiency and safety of its water and sewer assets.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 10:52 Source

Members of Australia's music industry have teamed up to block peer-to-peer file-sharing site KickassTorrents over piracy concerns.

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