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George Monbiot Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 23:37 Source

The destruction of cultural treasures by ISIS has parallels in ecological cleansing around the world.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 12th March 2015

Journalists are meant to be able to watch and read dispassionately: to face horror with equanimity. I have never acquired this skill, and I know I’m not the only one. It’s true that we seek out bad news, but there is some news that many of us find hard to face.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 20:52 Source

Nominations closed earlier today, with a record number of candidates nominating for the Legislative Council, and the largest number of candidates running for the Legislative Assembly since 2003.

Four parties nominated in all ninety-three lower house seats: Labor, the Greens, the Christian Democratic Party and the newly-registered No Land Tax party. In addition, the Liberal Party and the Nationals are running in all 93 seats – 74 Liberals and 19 Nationals. These six parties nominated 465 out of 540 candidates.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 19:49 Source

The number of lower house candidates for the NSW election has risen to 540, but there will be a record 394 candidates on the Legislative Council ballot paper.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 19:46 Source

... but which I have read this year.

War Dogs. Greg Bear. It looks like, and frequently even reads like an arse-kicking military sci-fi adventure. But it's not. It's a bit more difficult than that and occasionally even veers into the free fire zone of literature. The premise is simple enough. It's a sort of Lost Patrol (on Mars) novel mashed up with a dash of secret sauce from Mass Effect's elder race conspiracy cook book.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 17:20 Source

“Super may well act as a shock absorber for various periods during peoples’ lives, because that is their savings that arguably they should be able to access.”

Joe Hockey.

 

A shock absorber, eh?

Let’s just think about that for a while.

One of the nifty little changes to welfare payments was the idea that you couldn’t receive dole payments while you had savings. Of course your superannuation doesn’t count, because… well, you can’t access it.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 16:11 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Stability has returned to most Asian developed markets, although the S&P 500 is looking the most vulnerable among the major markets. The underperformance of the S&P 500 is building by the day, especially against Eurostoxx 50, China CSI 300 and also the ASX 200. In the equity […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:33 Source

European energy giants continue clear-out of fossil fuel assets as they prepare for a new energy future - one focused around distributed energy, smart grids and renewables. Coal generation is no longer profitable, and conventional generation is being jettisoned in favour of wind, solar and storage.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:30 Source

64 environmental and climate scientists write letter to Abbott government complaining about intergenerational report.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Mountdruitt1-2PPMount Druitt is a Labor seat in Western Sydney, covering Minchinbury, Rooty Hill, Mount Druitt, Marsden Park and Arndell Park.

Labor’s Richard Amery has held Mount Druitt since 1991, and holds the seat by a 6% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, has declared that negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – US-led regional trade pact between 12 nations (including Australia) – are on the cusp of being concluded and the deal could be signed within weeks. From The SMH: Mr Robb and other close observers have […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 15:16 Source

With a plethora of battery storage products about to, or already hitting the market - 2015 is surely bringing in the age of hybrid solar.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:58 Source

Spanish duo proposes 80,000 panel solar farm for town in west Queensland said to offer one of the best radiation spots in the world.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:41 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog Using data from our household surveys, we have updated our household finance confidence index to end February. We compare the confidence of households now, compared with 12 months ago. The overall index, which is still below a neutral setting, fell slightly again in the month,  […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:34 Source

Queensland Labor's approval of Indian miners' controversial plans to exploit Galilee Basin coal deposit flies in face of analyst warnings, green concerns.

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:32 Source

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With the NSW election only a couple of short weeks away and pre-poll voting kicking off on Monday it has become clear that the selling off of the NSW electricity network is the hot issue.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released data on the number of industrial disputes, which showed a clear moderation in industrial unrest (see below table). According to the ABS: There were 16,900 working days lost due to industrial disputation in December quarter 2014, a decrease from 24,600 in September quarter […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 14:11 Source

Enphase says battery storage already at parity in certain Australian markets, as it announces tie up with Energy Australia, and completes its largest Australian installation.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 13:54 Source

The European Union continues to march toward its renewable energy goals for 2020, but some countries aren’t content to wait until then to meet their targets.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 13:53 Source

Carnegie Wave Energy's third and final CETO 5 unit is installed and operational at its world-first, grid-connected Perth wave energy project.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 13:47 Source

For those who want to express their displeasure with the direction this government is taking us, March in March is happening again on the weekend of 21/22 March.

This is especially important in NSW with the state election the following weekend.  The following is from the organisers of the Sydney March.

***AHEAD OF THE NSW STATE ELECTION, SYDNEY WILL MARCH IN MARCH AGAIN! SUNDAY 22nd CBD 1PM***

The people have spoken but the fight is far from over!

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Wallsend1-2PPWallsend is a Labor seat in the western suburbs of Newcastle, including Cardiff Heights, Rankin Park, New Lambton, Callaghan, Jesmond, Shortland, Wallsend, Maryland and Elermore Vale.

Labor MP Sonia Hornery has held Wallsend since 2007, and holds the seat by a 6.3% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen Professor Paul Krugman won the nobel prize in economics in 2008 for his 1979 paper proposing a new trade model that changed the way economists view the international exchange of goods. Given Krugman’s expertise in trade policy, it is telling that he is also a strong opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:50 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:03 Source

German renewable energy lobby organization AEE has published another meta-study, reviewing the wide range of scientific investigations into power storage.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 12:02 Source

Commercial solar database aims to shift Australian focus from residential rooftops to untapped gigawatts of business installations.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:49 Source

Gasfield Free Northern Rivers Media Release, 11 March 2015:Northern Rivers under even greater threat of invasive gasfields.                    Today’s announcement that AJ Lucas has bought PEL 445, shows that they have set their sights firmly on the Northern Rivers for gas exploration. AJ Lucas is the biggest drilling company in Australia, they own seventy seven drill rigs, and have the capacity and resources to commence exploration drilling operations as soon as necessary approvals are in place. Ian Gaillard, Spokesperson for Gasfield Free Northern Rivers said "Our region is now threatened more than ever with Queensland drillers probably

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:37 Source

The ABS has released the labour force survey for February, which revealed a slight 0.1% seasonally adjusted fall in the unemployment rate to 6.3%, with the trend rate unchanged at 6.3% (see below table). Employment increased a seasonally adjusted 15,600 to 11,652,400, with full-time employment increasing by 10,300 to 8,062,000 and part-time employment increasing 5,300 […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Auburn1-2PPAuburn is a Labor seat in western Sydney, covering Auburn, Berala, Lidcombe, Rookwood, Regents Park, Silverwater and South Granville.

Auburn has been held by Labor MP Barbara Perry since 2001. Perry is stepping down in 2015, and Auburn should be won easily by Labor’s new leader Luke Foley, who has been a member of the Legislative Council since 2010.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:58 Source

Is Malcolm Turnbull deliberately waging a subtle campaign to undermine Tony Abbott? If one takes a closer look at some of his recent comments, one might detect just a hint of something along those lines.

While Turnbull continues to support the PM publicly, astute observers might wonder if we are witnessing a covert scheme to undermine Abbott’s authority.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 10:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen The noose is tightening on foreigners laundering money into Australian property, with the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) questioning real estate agents in expensive Melbourne eastern suburb locations, which are known to be hotspots for overseas buyers. From The AFR: “They’re concerned about how they’re moving the money into Australia, and they […]

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