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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 18:36 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton

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Left Focus Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 18:08 Source

Above: Eric Aarons some years ago now, pursuing his passion for sculptureIn the following notes and reflections former Communist Party of Australia Secretary Eric Aarons considers the historical and current social and economic importance of the Middle Class to the causes of liberal rights and social change.

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 17:07 Source

Michael Brull pays tribute to a woman who took the fight up to successive governments on black rights.

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Deltoid Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 16:52 Source

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Croakey Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 16:50 Source

UnitingCare ReGen CEO Laurence Alvis participated in the recent Prevention and Treatment roundtable sessions of the National Ice Taskforce hearings in Sydney. With Taskforce public consultations having now closed, the following provides a summary of...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 16:18 Source

Evan Lucas for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Where is the next leg? I continue to watch global markets with unwanted but justifiable pessimism – the level of complacency in global equity markets is a concern of the highest level. The macro risks · Greece is T-2 days away from its first

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 16:04 Source

A teenage boy has been missing for almost two days, and police are hoping the public can help locate him.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 15:39 Source

How the universities allow a corporate cult to capture and destroy their best students

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 3rd June 2015

To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 15:12 Source

The Andrews Government infrastructure jewel – the removal of level crossings – is already creating positives.  Local agents say the removals, which will set the rail line below road level, will increase the desirability of properties in the immediate area and have a positive flow-on effect for the suburb. … Frank Ruffo, director at Hodges Bentleigh, said he expected property […]

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 15:12 Source

The Andrews Government infrastructure jewel – the removal of level crossings – is already creating positives.  Local agents say the removals, which will set the rail line below road level, will increase the desirability of properties in the immediate area and have a positive flow-on effect for the suburb. … Frank Ruffo, director at Hodges Bentleigh, said he expected property […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:55 Source

NSW consumers could pay average of $96 a year less for gas, after the Australian Energy Regulator issued its final decision for Jemena Gas Networks.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:54 Source

spinning around

it is a quite ludicrous that in order to sell and validate religious beliefs, some Christians still try to claim sciences as their own, as if science was a daughter of Christianity — through "Christian" scientists. In fact, most of the work of scientific value was done by clever humans, despite the Church — as the reality of experiments and observations did not fit any of the religious teachings. 

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:54 Source

NSW govt-owned Delta Electricity issues tender for demolition of retired Munmorah Power Station and rehabilitation of site, three years after the coal plant's closure.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:53 Source

ARENA chair says agency 'open for business', will continue to spend $2.5bn out to 2022, despite efforts by the Coalition to rein it in.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:50 Source

Australia has all the ingredients to be world’s leading market on battery storage: Lots of solar, high prices, and a consumer base that is cost conscious and distrustful of incumbents. Add in a flash consumer product, and it has all the elements of an i-phone style revolution.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:46 Source

Batteries can cut carbon emissions, but mining the metals and other resources needed to make them can be a dirty business.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Prisons have historically been built with security in mind, and not much thought put into efficient lighting, heating, or cooling. But that is starting to change.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Australian company Cobre Montana is looking to commercialize a lithium extraction process that could end the prospect of supply bottlenecks forever.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen For years, the resources boom has been the gift that keeps on giving, driving the Australian economy forward through the post Global Financial Crisis period, helped in no small measure by the huge surge in mining-related capital expenditures (capex). Now, mining capex is in free fall (see next chart), causing clear

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:40 Source

From Dad’s Army comes Peter Costello: The former federal treasurer says he is not convinced there’s a case for an inquiry, calls for which follow accusations major miners are deliberately pushing down prices to force out smaller rivals. “You can always say what’s the harm in any inquiry,” Mr Costello told the Minerals Council of

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:40 Source

Barry said an insensitive tweet was about celebrity journalism, not transgender people. Either way, he's wrong.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:33 Source

From Alan Mitchell who needs to brush up on his national accounts: Welcome to the Mining boom stage three. Export volumes, driven by the miners, contributed almost three quarters of the economy’s 2.3 per cent real growth over the past year. In the March quarter they contributed more than the economy’s better-than-expected 0.9 per cent growth. That

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:22 Source

Stephen “The Kouk” Koukoulas may not be able to forecast his way out of a wet paper bag but he has been fighting the good fight against big tobacco for several years now and today claims a significant victory: Tobacco consumption has plummeted a staggering 17.5 per cent since the plain packaging laws were introduced

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 14:09 Source

Big iron is playing catch-up today with BHP up 1%, RIO up 2.5% and FMG up 2%. To the indexes: The FMG idiocy spread is widening but the others are closing again:   Juniors are going nowhere: Dalian is off 2 points since this morning at 438.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 13:38 Source

In 2013, high-profile energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicted Chinese coal demand would double by 2030. How did they get it so wrong?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 13:08 Source

From our mighty Treasurer via The Guardian, I might as well get the obligatory boots into MB over with: I’m not going to give commentary on commentary. We’ve had a terrific set of numbers that came out today and those numbers have proven that there are some clowns out there that are talking about recession

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:56 Source

As environmentalists who helped expose poor practice face an investigation, new questions are being raised about VicForests' profitability.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:39 Source

By Leith van Onselen As summarised earlier, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released the national accounts for the March quarter, which registered a 0.9% increase in real GDP over the quarter and a 2.2% rise over the year. The result beat market expectations of 0.7% growth over the quarter and 2.1% growth over

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:31 Source

From NAB: Australia’s online retail spending increased to $16.9 billion for the year to April 2015, or by 9.6% annually. It now represents around 7.0% of traditional retail spending, excluding cafe’s, restaurants and takeaway food. Comparable year growth in traditional bricks & mortar retail (up 5.3% in March) was still outpaced by the improvement in

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:31 Source

If anyone thought that banks lend depositors’ funds instead of creating new money when lending, which then become deposits, they should read The Bank of England’s latest working paper No. 529, which explains how the creation of new money becomes a deposit.

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