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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:59 Source

South Australia is being urged by market operator and private providers to dump its plan for diesel back-up generators, and think smarter on the demand side of the equation.

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Your Democracy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:48 Source

 

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Joe Hockey has warned Australia against being "constant critics" of the Trump administration in its early days.

The Australian ambassador to the United States was in Canberra this week to weigh in on the federal government's new foreign policy blueprint along with all other ambassadors and high commissioners.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:35 Source

Anyone getting Dalian iron ore live feed? It’s gone awry for me…

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:29 Source

Australia has no federal policy other than what’s left of the RET. Zero, zip, nada. Perhaps Canberra could learn from the states?

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:29 Source

Australia has no federal policy other than what’s left of the RET. Zero, zip, nada. Perhaps Canberra could learn from the states?

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:28 Source

As the boilers cool down, here’s 6 things we’ve learnt this week from Halewood’s closure, and why we've reached point of no return in transition to renewables.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:28 Source

As the boilers cool down, here’s 6 things we’ve learnt this week from Halewood’s closure, and why we've reached point of no return in transition to renewables.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:04 Source

Barwon Water says its 1MW solar array – Victoria's largest – could be built by December, after EPC contract awarded.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 13:04 Source

Barwon Water says its 1MW solar array – one of Victoria's largest – could be built by December, after EPC contract awarded.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:57 Source

From Louis Christopher at the AFR: “It’s weak. This is not going to be enough to slow down the Sydney and Melbourne housing boom. The boom continues if this is all it is,” Mr Christopher said. …”What we were thinking they may well have been doing was slowing down the overall investment lending credit growth limit to 5 per cent

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:36 Source

Carnegie teams with Samsung, Lend Lease to propose battery storage hub and R&D centre in Adelaide as part of government tender.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:36 Source

Carnegie teams with Samsung, Lend Lease to propose battery storage hub and R&D centre in Adelaide as part of government tender.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:26 Source

I was intrigued yesterday to observe on Twitter a good deal of chatter from conservative religious types on the topic of husbands who refuse to eat alone with any woman other than their wife. The not eating with anyone but your wife rule is based on the assumption that heterosexual marriage is the only possible…

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:25 Source

By Leith van Onselen The New Zealand National Government’s single-minded focus on solving Auckland’s housing crisis by boosting supply continues to take a hammering. Today, Statistics New Zealand released figures showing that construction momentum has slowed, with trend number of new homes consented decreasing 11% in the six months to January 2017: According to the

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:16 Source

There has been a recent spate of feather ruffling directed at one area of superannuation not known for high levels of excitement. The area is known as MySuper and you can be forgiven for not knowing a lot about it. So why all the noise? – simply, some changes are coming to upset a typically

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:12 Source

No slowing in today’s China PMIs. The manufacturing measure was rock solid at 51.8 up slightly in last month. New orders were good at 53.3 and new export orders likewise accelerated at 51: The chart: Edging towards boom conditions now. Same goes for the non-manufacturing PMI: The chart: And the internals: Sub-sectors, the service business

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has released its private sector credit aggregates data for the month of February 2017: A chart showing the long-run breakdown in the components is provided below: Personal credit growth (-0.1% MoM; -0.3% QoQ; -1.3% YoY) is still in the gutter, whereas business credit growth (-0.1%

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:16 Source

Our Donald: Amid this: The Trump administration appears poised to cement China’s unfavorable status in trade cases, making Chinese goods eligible for higher U.S. tariffs well into the future. U.S. officials are preparing a review of China’s “market-economy status” under the World Trade Organization, according to official documents on the Commerce Department website. The review

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:01 Source

By Leith van Onselen CoreLogic’s dwelling price results are in for March, with a 1.37% rise in values recorded over the month at the 5-city level, driven overwhelmingly by Melbourne (+1.92%) and Sydney (+1.41%): It was the 16th consecutive monthly rise in home values: Over the quarter, price growth remained at a white hot 3.49%

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xkcd.com Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:00 Source

If you ask "why are leaves green?" the usual answer is "because they're full of chlorophyll, and chlorophyll is green," even though "why does chlorophyll scatter green light?" is a great question too.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:56 Source

APRA has released its February bank lending numbers and the specufestor rebound has slowed a little to 4.4% year on year in the top eight banks: ANZ CBA MAC NAB SUN WBC BEN SUN Total Feb-17 -1.1 8.4 -6.1 4.6 5.2 5.5 5.6 5.2 4.4 Jan-17 -1.7 7.9 -5.7 4.6 4.5 5.1 4.9 4.5 4.2

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:33 Source

The loons are running wild today, from Gotti: Here is an invitation for you: Send a dollar “to help stop Westpac from financing the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef’’. That’s the invitation that has gone out via email and social media to at least 1.5 million people most of whom now believe that Westpac

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Renew Economy Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:28 Source

CEFC appoints head of Impact Investing team at Social Ventures Australia as its new chief executive officer.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:20 Source

If only…cutting investor loans to 30% from 48% of mortgages would be a great idea: Instead we got absolute waffle.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen Labor shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, appeared on ABC’s Lateline last night where he discussed a range of issues relating to the Budget. Of particular note, Bowen roasted the Coalition’s 10-year plan to cut company taxes from 30% to 25%, noting that it would cost the Budget billions and add only a

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:16 Source

By Leith van Onselen Yesterday’s annual population data for Australia’s capital cities revealed that Melbourne’s population grew by an insane 108,000 people in the 2015-16 financial year: With the city adding a whopping one million people (a 27% increase) in the 12 years to 2016: Micro-data from the ABS also revealed that the lion’s share

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 09:23 Source

What can I tell you: The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is today initiating additional supervisory measures to reinforce sound residential mortgage lending practices in an environment of heightened risks. The latest measures build on those communicated to authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) in December 2014 aimed at improving the quality of new mortgage lending generally

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 09:15 Source

UBS had a chat with Banana Man: What is the price outlook?  Market demand sentiment recently weakened, which caught investors by surprise; normally this time of year demand picks up alongside construction activity. • Current demand for steel and iron ore is not as strong as expected in view of lofty expectations • Most

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 09:11 Source

The Reserve Bank Board meets next week. It is certain to keep rates on hold. The minutes of the March board meeting were less upbeat on the economy than we had seen in previous assessments from the Governor. While I was meeting with customers and officials in South East Asia and China, my colleagues assessed

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 31, 2017 - 08:30 Source

So say John Abernathy: According to John Abernethy from Clime, this shows just how much property speculation is going on right now as these investors only focus on getting a capital gain and not repaying the loan. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission says in 2012 interest-only loans tallied around $88.7 billion but by 2015 it had grown

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