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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 17:41 Source

Has this federal government lost its grip on reality, fooled by its own rhetoric, destined for a grisly political death or do they have a grand game changer ready to be unleashed?

The Abbott Government seems to be on a mission to systematically annoy, exploit or degrade as many pockets of the Australian electorate as they can in one term of government. But for a party that regards the power of office as an end in itself, they appear to be running a flawed strategic agenda.

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 17:39 Source

I won’t go so far as to say common sense has prevailed, however the new sick tax looks to have been taken off the table for the moment at least.

Common sense and the $7 GP co-payment never really went together at any rate.

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Andrew Bartlett Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 16:44 Source

The role of the Australian Democrats as a political force is beginning to recede into history. It is now over six years since the party ceased having representation in the federal Parliament. But I am keen that the very positive legacy of the party is not forgotten and nor should those people who made a major contribution to the party’s success.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 16:04 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Equities continue to consolidate recent gains in Asia with some optimism we’ll see further action from key central banks. Global central bank action has been a key theme all year and it seems we’ll finish 2014 in exactly the same way we started. While […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 16:04 Source

There’s an online survey running over at Easy Poll asking whether “members of the Australian House of Representatives and Senate should be forced to disclose whether they own a negatively geared property?”. The survey comes in the wake of revelations that Australia’s federal members of parliament hold a combined $300 million property portfolio, creating clear […]

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Croakey Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 15:49 Source

The two major parties have failed to address one of the most critical health issues facing Victorians, writes medical student Tim Martin. “Running for election without a plan to shut down coal-fired power stations when there are viable clean...

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Prosper Australia Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 15:41 Source

The report of the parliamentary committee inquiry into the Foreign Investment Review Board is out. The inquiry has been conducted with great fanfare to edify the Liberals’ rising star and  MHR for Higgins Kelly O’Dwyer. And what are its findings, once the party-political propaganda is removed?  A national register of land title transfers that records […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 15:40 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 15:28 Source

Weeoo, weeoo, weoo. The counter-contrarian signal generator known as The Pascometer is screaming “sell” to foreign property buyers: After all the hearings and submissions, the House of Representatives Economics Committee Report on Foreign Investment in Residential Real Estate boils down to this sentence on page 86: “Conflicting evidence has been received by this inquiry, although on […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Frankston is a marginal seat in south-eastern Melbourne, covering Frankston, Frankston North, Frankston South and Karingal.

Frankston has been held by Geoff Shaw since 2010. Shaw was originally a member of the Liberal Party, but resigned from the party in early 2013. Shaw has effectively held the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly since that time, barring the period when he was suspended from Parliament over electoral entitlements infractions.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:53 Source

Got this via Dee Madigan. It's pretty funny.

And yes, I haz interwebz again.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen Will they or won’t they? Confusion is running wild today on whether the Abbott Government will abandon its $7 co-payment on medical visits, with Treasurer Joe Hockey seemingly contradicting Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the issue. Last night and this morning, it seemed as if the $7 co-payment was on the […]

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Croakey Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:50 Source

For a sustainable health system, the Victorian public deserves so much more than election promises focused on more hospital beds, according to Tom Symondson, Acting Chief Executive of the Victorian Healthcare Association. His analysis of election...

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:47 Source

From the AFR: Li Xingchuang, president of the government-linked China Metallurgical Industry Planning Association, said steel consumption would peak at 740 million tonnes in 2017. This is well below the 1 billion tonne forecasts of Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Fortescue Metals Group, who all broadly believe Chinese steel consumption will not peak until beyond […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:46 Source

NSW town of Uralla wants to be Australia's first zero net energy town, powered by 100% renewables, to boost local investment, address climate change.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:26 Source

There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this.  The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions.  This needs to be corrected by imposing a price on carbon, using the power of markets to incentivise efficient emissions reduction across diverse sources.  Carbon pricing needs to […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:26 Source

Belectric and Vattenfall cut the ribbon for a new battery storage facility at the Alt Daber solar power plant in Germany.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:26 Source

Here are five things that need to happen at the Lima negotiations for them to be considered a success.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:25 Source

Micro-electricity producers are relatively small scale, inexpensive, and most importantly, produce little to no carbon emissions.

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New Matilda Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:22 Source

With Dutton's medical co-payment on the rocks, the government can only recover if it navigates away from the rocky seas of its own budget.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:21 Source

Why are America’s rural electric cooperatives are tethered to dirty, old coal-fired power plants instead of local-wealth generating renewable power?

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:21 Source

NGO campaigns climate-minded people to invest in development of Australia's first citizen-funded community solar thermal + storage plant.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:20 Source

Senator leading charge to kill renewables is advised by former head of one of Australia's most notorious climate science-denying, anti-wind NGOs.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 14:18 Source

Tony Abbott didn’t win many friends in America with his less than impressive performance at the recent G20. But he does have one friend in America – Rupert Murdoch – and as in Australia, his media empire grabs any opportunity it can to promote Abbott above his capabilities. Now they are praising his treatment of asylum seekers. ‘Left of Center’ reports from America.

The Abbott Government’s immigration policy is unpopular in Australia, but the friends on the curvy couch don’t believe in facts, they fawn over a xenophobe from Down Under.

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Renew Economy Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:52 Source

Solar households face changes to how their bills are packaged after AEMC delivers new rules to impose 'cost reflective' pricing on networks.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:43 Source

My wife is okay. It was thought one of her retinas had detached, but this is not so. She needs to rest for three weeks, and will be thereafter, probably, fine. It was her worst twenty-four hours and my worst …

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MacroBusiness Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:36 Source

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Global Guerrillas Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:04 Source

Some of the recent protests over Furguson have attempted to block traffic (LA and Boston) to cause delays.  Here's an example (note the barricades on the left).  Of course, this method isn't much of a danger.

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A more troublesome method?  

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:58 Source

The entire Australian political establishment seized on the tragic deaths of 298 people in the crash of MH17 in Ukraine to ratchet up the escalating U.S. led provocations against Russia. Before any investigation team reached the disaster site in eastern Ukraine, the Liberal-National Coalition government of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, followed by the Labor Party Opposition – the two wings of a decaying sub-tropical Westminster System – accused Russian-supported separatists in eastern Ukraine of shooting down the plane, and called for retribution against the rebels and Russia itself.

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