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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 08:19 Source

Daniel Meers urged Liberals not to join the game of ‘pass the parcel’ that had characterised the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years and said ‘calm, methodical members of the coalition know Abbott remains the best option’, while his Newscorp colleagues held their sides suppressing laughter.

‘Abbott deserves more time,’ he added. ‘There will be no change to the PM in the foreseeable future’ (including, it would seem, the twenty-third century) and the coalition must ‘end the game and get on with the job.’ Several cartoonists in the building wept with laughter, and refused this dumb-bum’s beer shouts in the pub for days thereafter,

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MacroBusiness Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 06:00 Source

Global Macro/Markets/Commodities What gold does in a currency crisis, euro edition – Zero Hedge From Davos, a new framework is needed – FT Euro tumbles to 11 year low post QE against all majors – FT Bill Gates’ annual letter - Gates News (an uplifting read) This Chart Shows Why the Oil Bust Will Last […]

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George Monbiot Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 00:16 Source

The government has torpedoed its promised community energy revolution – to the benefit of big business.

By George Monbiot, published on the Guardian’s website, 23rd January 2015

 

You would think the government had invented community. When David Cameron became Prime Minister, he announced that “my great passion is building the Big Society … We need to create communities with oomph – neighbourhoods who are in charge of their own destiny, who feel if they club together and get involved they can shape the world around them.”

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 00:15 Source

SBS The Backburner 19 January 2015:Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been left red-faced after being unable to stop an unexpected leak pouring out of his cabinet this weekend.The leak, which is causing major structural damage, first became an issue following the repeal of changes to medicare. As of the time of publishing it is unclear what is causing the leak or exactly where it is coming from.“I just got this cabinet,” said a distraught Abbott. “I don’t understand what’s happening. They just don’t make things like they used to.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 23, 2015 - 19:16 Source

Since Federation, the Australian population has changed dramatically, and now Australia has become one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. We are now becoming a new country and a new nation. Old assumptions no longer necessarily apply, writes JD Anthony.

The Nation, Flag, People and the Continent itself

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 23, 2015 - 16:41 Source

Now before you start screaming, and wondering what kind of drug is this stupid bastard on, let me take a moment to explain.

Yes, it’s true I have been mainlining schardenfreude and it’s heady stuff, the real deal, not that synthetic crap you’d score from some guy called Sir Rupert behind the dunnies at the Melbourne Club.

Happily, there are many more like me and it’s all due to the efforts of Tony Abbott.

You see without Tony Abbott, the Left in Australia would still be languishing somewhere in the 1990s.

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The Tally Room Friday, January 23, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Staffordbyelection1-2PPStafford is a Labor seat in northern Brisbane, covering Gordon Park, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Grange and parts of Wilston, Alderley, Lutwyche, Kedron and Chermside.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 23, 2015 - 16:01 Source

WILLY: Don’t be so modest. You always started too low. Walk in with a big laugh. Don’t look worried. Start off with a couple of good stories to lighten things up. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it—because personality always wins the day.

Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller

 

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:56 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Euphoric reaction to ECB decision The European Central Bank (ECB) has set the ticker boards alight across the globe with investors responding favourably to another central bank deploying more stimulus. As European equities rallied heading into the ECB meeting and the euro fell, there was […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:52 Source

From the AFR: UBS mining analyst Glyn Lawcock says…BHP, Rio, Fortescue Metals and Brazil’s Vale…want a “Goldilocks” price at which only they have the ­incentive to expand, new players cannot enter the market and their smaller rivals are locked in a desperate fight for survival. “The low cost incumbents at the bottom of the cost […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:50 Source

I just tapped in the final change to the US copyedit of Ascendance. (Dave 3) That still doesn't free me from the first series. There are page proofs to check for both Oz and the US, and the UK series to sign off yet – although the Brits are just buying their copy from Pan Mac in Sydney, so hopefully there's nothing for me to do but drag a large tea chest piled high with gold sovereigns to the bank.

The substantial work is done though. Checking the page proofs just means reading the thing one last time, which is no great imposition. I was still laughing at the jokes as I went through the copyedit. Always a happy sign.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:28 Source

Sydney 2GB radio shock jock Alan Jones (born and raised in Oakey Queensland) on Brisbane radio station 4BC News Talk 19 January 2015:"Campbell Newman told me in my house that if he were to become premier, there would be no Acland stage three," Jones said on air."Campbell Newman lied to me. I have no reason to believe anything he's promising Queenslanders today."…"It's called prostitution ...

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:24 Source

For utility executives making New Year Resolutions, 2015 promises to bring in more grief in the form of lower demand growth, and rising retail tariffs.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:59 Source

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Global Guerrillas Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:31 Source

Last week I wrote that ISIS would attack Saudi Arabia this spring.  This week the opportunity to attack with a high likelihood of success arrived: The King of Saudi Arabia died today.  Unfortunately for the Saudi's, King Abdulla died before his Kingdom's gambit to gain control of ISIS paid off.   Here's what they were trying to do but failed to pull off in time:  

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:30 Source

The Australian solar industry in 2014 showed it was good with numbers, geography and with science. But it's still lousy at communication, and cuts corners.

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The Tally Room Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Morayfield1-2PPMorayfield is a marginal LNP seat to the north of Brisbane, covering Morayfield and parts of Caboolture, Burpengary and Narangba.

Labor’s Mark Ryan held Morayfield for one term from 2009 to 2012, when he lost to the LNP’s Darren Grimwade with a 14.7% swing. Grimwade holds the seat by a 5.6% margin.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:20 Source

The deal will provide Dyesol with provide 20-year plus sealing for its planned perovskite-based commercial PV products.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:20 Source

The deal will provide Dyesol with provide 20-year plus sealing for its planned perovskite-based commercial PV products.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:11 Source

Increasingly, the size of a pop star's arse appears to be proportional to the number of zeroes in her bank balance. Dr Liz Conor is not buying it.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:07 Source

The US solar market has surged in the past year, and forecasts suggest it will continue growth in next two years.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:07 Source

The US solar market has surged in the past year, and forecasts suggest it will continue growth in next two years.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 23, 2015 - 14:05 Source

Here’s the Westpac CPI forecast for next week: • Westpac is forecasting a meek 0.1%qtr rise (1.6%yr) in the headline CPI in the December quarter. • December is historically a seasonally soft quarter due, in part, to the further discounting of health costs, and pharmaceutical in particular, as more households cross the PBS threshold for […]

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:59 Source

BMW partners with ChargePoint and VW to create extensive fast-changing corridors along the most heavily trafficked routes of both the East and West Coasts.

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Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:46 Source

Lying, Galaxy has chosen a hundred ‘undecided voters’ for the ‘People’s Forum’ tonight.  Since there is no-one undecided about Campbell Newman, they will just have to settle for a hundred who like him.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:44 Source

More than any 21st century energy source, solar can power an equitable and environmentally sound energy future.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:34 Source

Battery price falls and equity issues around grid defection will be among the main issues to impact the market this year.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:33 Source

Australia has again courted controversy on the international stage, sending an embassy staffer instead of its energy minister to the annual congress of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Shades of Warsaw and its decision to snub the climate change conference - another international policy arena it seeks to avoid.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:33 Source

Australia has again courted controversy on the international stage, sending an embassy staffer instead of its energy minister to the annual congress of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Shades of Warsaw and its decision to snub the climate change conference - another international policy arena it seeks to avoid.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 23, 2015 - 13:27 Source

New research shows how climate change is affecting professional tennis — not just in Melbourne, but the world over, with all four grand slams getting hotter.

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