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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 05:49 Source

Australians were at more risk of being blown up in Iraq than other nations, Fairfax reported, except, perhaps, Iraqis, Abbott having volunteered us further into a war that his hero, Howard, helped start. Howard thought Saddam had atomic bombs he wouldn’t use on us, and we should take them from him. This insight ruined six million lives, and caused him, he said, ‘embarrassment’.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:52 Source

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Digitopoly Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 03:31 Source

Be My Eyes is a clever app created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish craftsperson who is also visually impaired. I could explain it but you should really watch this video.

The design is quite clever. When asking people to contribute something voluntarily, it is always best to make people feel good about giving a little rather than guilty about not doing everything. That is precisely what occurs here.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 02:00 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:15 Source

For those among us still wondering how Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott manages to convince Coalition backbenchers to toe the line with regard to his punitive policies, here is the answer – by and large they are stupid.Take Kevin Hogan the Nationals MP for a large federal electorate on the NSW North Coast, who on the morning of 15 January 2015 was quoted in The Daily Examiner:Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the policy would not affect Clarence Valley residents because, in the majority of cases, doctors in the region saw pati

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 00:15 Source

The Australian 14 January 2015:PLUNGING  prices for liquid natural gas are dashing state and federal expectations of a revenue bonanza from the country’s massive new gas projects, with at least $2 billion being stripped from tax and royalty forecasts.The seven giant projects being built at a combined cost of about $200bn represent the largest capital investments made in ­Australia and are still expected to be financially viable.But as prices tumble, the ­industry’s export revenue could be as much as $20

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:59 Source

In opposition and in government, the Coalition has moaned with frenetic monotony that Medicare is unsustainable. The fact is, it isn’t. But while they can maintain the rage and attempt to convince everybody that the country can’t afford to keep it in its present form, they’ll find one way or another to use it as an economic scapegoat.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 17:26 Source

The offer by an asylum seeker jailed on Manus Island to donate his organs to Australia reveals a shared humanity, writes Georgina Ramsay.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:31 Source

Palestine’s participation in the AFC Asian Cup places the Australian government between a rock and hard place.

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The Tally Room Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Capalaba1-2PPCapalaba is a marginal LNP seat covering suburbs to the east of Brisbane, including Capalaba and Alexandra Hills and parts of Birkdale and Thorneside.

The LNP’s Steve Davies won Capalaba in 2012 with a 13.4% swing, and now holds Capalaba by a 3.7% margin.

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:02 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets China margin lenders slump Global markets are in for a big week, with central banks remaining the key theme. This week’s highlight is likely to be the ECB meeting, where investors largely expect to see some sort of action to stimulate the ailing economy. […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 16:01 Source

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TPS Extra Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:50 Source


It is holiday time, where your overworked ministers take a 'well earned break' from the turmoil and anguish of trying to work out how to run a vast nation of 23 million with a federal budget near one and a half trillion, so it might be excusable Tony that so far there has been no response from you or your Environment Minister to the the latest alarming report on climate. We will be interested to see how long it takes you to respond, if indeed you bother at all.

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TPS Extra Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:49 Source


So imprinted is it in our collective memories that it's hard to forget Abbott's 'Axe the tax' mantra. Over and again he repeated his intent to get rid of this 'toxic tax', which after about nine months in government he finally managed to have repealed by a reluctant Senate following some PUP contortions. It's also hard to forget his promise that 'Australian families would be $550 better off after its repeal'.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:14 Source

Joe Hockey said people will be living to a hundred and fifty soon, and they should be pre-emptively punished for this. Asked if he had ‘blown his stack’ when Abbott, in his absence, tried on his fool idea of a twenty dollar fine for anyone who presumed to go to the doctor and left the surgery nine minutes later, he said he ‘didn’t want to discuss it’. It hadn’t happened, he swore, it was gossip, it hadn’t happened, but if it had — which it certainly hadn’t — he didn’t want to talk about it. All government decisions were ‘unanimous’, he said, and had a pre-breakfast gin, and a soothing Cuban cigar.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:10 Source

As oil prices continue plunge, a Saudi Arabian company has bids record low solar PV price in world’s largest tender, and a record low price for solar tower and storage. Yet another sign of the major transition in energy markets.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:10 Source

NRG – the biggest privately owned generator in US – accepts a low carbon grid is inevitable and is getting in early to tap trillion dollar market.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:06 Source

The largest-ever study of its kind concludes home buyers are more than willing to pay a premium on their house if it comes with a solar PV energy system.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:04 Source

Solar panels and smart meters are threatening an industry that doesn't know how to innovate.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Should coal projects be held responsible for the greenhouse emissions that flow from their product, even if it’s burned on another continent?

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Italy's solar produced 7.5% of the country's electricity in 2014, growing at almost 10% YoY.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:03 Source

New report indicates that Australia's long-term emissions reduction opportunities are much smaller than previously estimated.

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 15:02 Source

The Ballina Shire Council wants to see the impressive solar panel array at the Ballina wastewater plant duplicated at the Lennox Head treatment plant.

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Morgan Stanley provides its list of top risks for 2015 today: Risk #1: US Bond Yields Rise Sharply, Rapidly Reconnecting With Fundamentals. US bond yields have tracked Europe and Japan lower, but the strong US economy, diminishing spare capacity, Fed forward rate guidance and valuation all point to upside risk. Rising US yields would pressure […]

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Renew Economy Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:41 Source

Renewable costs are plunging, and IRENA says perceptions that renewable power generation technologies are expensive or uncompetitive are a dangerous fallacy.

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The Tally Room Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Hinchinbrook1-2CP00Hinchinbrook is an LNP seat in north Queensland, covering the area between Townsville and Innisfail, including Innisfail, Ingham, Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, and some of the northern beaches of Townsville.

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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:26 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

On Manus there are a hundred, three hundred, seven hundred men, some of them fathers of children, all of them sons of mothers, thirsting to death. Some have willed their organs to sick Australians, so some part of them will get here though they, while alive, do not. In punishment for this grand gesture Tony Abbott, an English migrant, is thirsting them to death.

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:23 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:08 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, January 19, 2015 - 14:06 Source

Cross-posted from Martin North’s DFA blog: The ABS data for December, released today shows that the vehicle sales trend estimate of  92,618 decreased by 0.1% when compared with November 2014. The trend estimate has now decreased by 0.1% for five consecutive months, from a peak in 2012. When comparing national trend estimates for December 2014 with […]

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