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Your Democracy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:30 Source

 

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The Education Minister is confident he can negotiate with Senate crossbenchers to get the package through Parliament by November.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:26 Source

Months after being ordered to lift their game on renewables, Hawaii's utilities reveal plans to triple amount of rooftop solar by 2030.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:26 Source

Months after being ordered to lift their game on renewables, Hawaii's utilities reveal plans to triple amount of rooftop solar by 2030.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:21 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:14 Source

From Reuters: Australian exports have risen to account for more than 60 percent of China’s total draw from the rest of the world in the past couple of months…That’s displacement of higher-cost supply with lower-cost supply in action. The biggest displacement, based on where production sits on the global cost curve, should take place in […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:07 Source

Australians are using more energy to travel each kilometre than people in developed nations such as the US, and emerging economies such as China and India.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:05 Source

The rule maker for Australia's energy markets is targeting households with air-con and solar as it tries to share around the cost of networks, and to recognise role of battery storage. But will these rules reward incumbent utilities, or recognise the future? And can they be done fast enough?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:02 Source

From the Australia Institute’s Richard Denniss today in Crikey: In a clear vote of no confidence in the Australian economy, Australia’s largest ever investment in solar energy was scrapped this week. The problem for the government is that while there is a big difference between media strategy and economic strategy, this government doesn’t appear to […]

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Your Democracy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 14:34 Source

 

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Qantas has shocked everyone with a record $2.84 billion headline loss, around three times as bad as expected.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 14:04 Source

The Abbott Government is pushing ahead with a political agenda that will make the rich richer, and the poor poorer.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:46 Source

Our federal parliamentarians are soon to take part in a shooting competition. We're excited. Because after all, what could possibly go wrong?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:41 Source

By Leith van Onselen First Super chief, Bill Watson, has hit back at calls to require superannuation members to withdraw their super as an annuity to ensure that retirement savings last longer and create less of a drain on the Aged Pension. From The Canberra Times: Mr Watson said he was very concerned by the […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:14 Source

It's easy to be enthusiastic about the long term ceasefire between Gaza and Israel. It's a lot less easy to be enthusiastic about the prospects for a negotiated peace process. Apparently that is going to be negotiated in the future, with talks starting in say a month's time. The indicators however are not good. Here I comment on some recent info from Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:05 Source

The RET has been criticised as a subsidy to renewable energy investors that distorts the electricity market. How true are these claims?

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:01 Source

China is expected to exceed its target of 100GW wind capacity by 2015 by 30% by the end of 2015.

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The Tally Room Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Electorate
Margin
Electorate
Margin

Hutt South
LAB 9.91% vs NAT
Rimutaka
LAB 15.07% vs NAT

Mana
LAB 6.64% vs NAT
Rongotai
LAB 25.14% vs NAT

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New Matilda Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Getting exploited by a university? This simple guide will help. Mark Chou, Jean-Paul Gagnon and Nicholas Osbaldiston explain.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:53 Source

Giving low-income families access to solar PV systems can help lower their utility bills, and bring about an element of environmental justice.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:53 Source

An economics professor planned to live without acknowledging land.
He would have succeeded but found that he needed food, clothing and somewhere to stand.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:19 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:14 Source

An Australian Jewish lobby group has claimed its advocacy forced an ad off the air which called for an end to violence in Israel and Gaza.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:04 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:48 Source

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Popular Science Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:48 Source

In today's high-rise cities, emergencies such as fires can leave people trapped in buildings with no way out. Enter SkySaver - a portable escape route that lets you jump safely from a window and be lowered gently to the ground. Self contained in a backpack, the life saving devices can operate from up to 35 stories up.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:29 Source

The key to a strong academic performance at school among Aboriginal kids lies in knowing who you are and where you come from.

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Croakey Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:24 Source

The debate about the relative benefits and disadvantages of Caesarean Sections versus vaginal births is one of the most complex and contentious in the medical and health sphere.  In this fascinating piece, Hannah Dahlen, Professor of Midwifery,...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:00 Source

While the pollies whine: Markets gain, from Mac Bank: Qantas reported its FY14 result today, delivering an underlying loss of -$646m vs. consensus of -$780m (MRE -$753m) and a statutory loss of -$2.8bn, driven by a writedown of the international fleet of $2.5bn. This is likely to be overlooked, in our view. The key elements […]

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:59 Source

Scotland votes on an Independence on Thursday 18 September, and one of the ironies of history is that Margaret Thatcher may have been the godmother of the Scottish national revival.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:59 Source

Whenever Tony Abbott takes on his tough guy approach his popularity in the polls seems to rise, or more accurately, his unpopularity wanes a little.  The smirk disappears, the slow measured speech, mind-numbing repetition and finger-counting disappears, and Tony comes as close as he gets to sincerity.  He seems to enjoy confrontation and relish in a belligerent reaction.  And it has always been thus.

Whilst at Sydney University, Tony led an aggressive rightwing revolt against the leftwing orthodoxies of the late 70s and the campus was covered with anti-Abbott graffiti.

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