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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:18 Source

http://www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au:The Commissioner John Dyson Heydon AC QC handed his Interim Report to the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove at Government House in Canberra on Monday 15 December 2014.The Interim Report was tabled in Parliament on 19 December 2014.Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption Interim Report–Volume 1 [PDF 5.7MB]Royal Commission into Tr

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Australian Press Council found a Crikey journalist should not have used the word “hoodwinked”, rejected the remainder of John McLean’s complaint and, then carefully moved on tip toes around the subject of global warming and climate change.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The infamous culture wars sank to a sorry new low last night. At the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, handed out in Melbourne, the prize for history went to a right-wing rant against Australian trade unions, an ideological tract that includes errors, hearsay, exaggeration and in some cases, sheer fiction and fantasy. History it is not. [Mike Carlton in Crikey on 9 December 2014]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:14 Source

[WKQ693 radio The Feed discussing Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on 19 December 2014]

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Global Guerrillas Friday, December 19, 2014 - 23:58 Source

In light of he Sony hack, here's some earlier GG thinking on disrupting corporations.

The most interesting aspect of the Sony hack?  

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 19, 2014 - 21:27 Source

Dr George Venturini* delves deeper into the mystery behind the downing of Flight MH17. Was ‘oil’ the motive?

Cui prodest? Huh … It is the oil, men! (Continued).

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En Passant Friday, December 19, 2014 - 21:01 Source

John Passant, independent socialist and prospective ACT Senate candidate, today welcomed the call of Chief Minister Andrew Barr for the ACCC to investigate high petrol prices in the ACT.

However, Mr Passant pointed out that former Chief Minister Katy Gallagher made the same call and nothing happened.

Mr Passant called on Chief Minister Barr to introduce legislation immediately to control the price of petrol in the ACT, a power that the executive clearly has under our Self-Government Act.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 19, 2014 - 20:37 Source

Science & Technology Fairness, accountability, and transparency in big data models – Mathbabe SpaceX to attempt rocket landing at sea – Reuters Russia considers building its own space station: RIA – Reuters 17 Ridiculous Victorian Inventions That Didn’t Change the World – Wired New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs’ extinction – Phy.org How […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 19, 2014 - 18:40 Source

In 2007, Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop accused Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Gillard of behaving like a “fashion model or TV star” rather than a politician.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to get dressed up in designer clothing and borrow clothing and make-up to grace the cover of magazines,” Ms Bishop told The Sunday Times.

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North Coast Voices Friday, December 19, 2014 - 18:21 Source
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The Tally Room Friday, December 19, 2014 - 16:24 Source

This is the last front-page blog post for the Tally Room for 2014.

I’ll be returning on January 12, and will be jumping straight into coverage of next year’s Queensland and New South Wales state elections.

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Prosper Australia Friday, December 19, 2014 - 16:21 Source

  Joseph Stiglitz’s recent interview with Lynne Parrymore of the Institute for New Economics demonstrates the difference between land and capital: My paper begins with the observation that in fact, you cannot explain what has happened to the wealth/income ratio by that (Piketty’s) analysis. A closer look at what has gone on suggests that a […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 19, 2014 - 15:59 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia rally continues but China stutters Asia has picked up on the positive lead from US trade and extended its gains from a buoyant session yesterday. With the rally managing to last more than a day, I feel the Fed will be pleased it […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 19, 2014 - 15:35 Source

Crossposted from The Conversation: by Denis Muller, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism at University of Melbourne AUST gets wake-call with Sydney terror. Only Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2.00 am. Congrats. — Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) December 15, 2014 In one brutally insensitive tweet, Rupert Murdoch told the world everything it […]

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New Matilda Friday, December 19, 2014 - 14:32 Source

A tragedy is unfolding in far north Queensland this afternoon, with police confirming the stabbing deaths of eight children.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, December 19, 2014 - 14:23 Source

(From David Holloway)

There’s no shortage of stereotypes surrounding older people. A key one revolves around the idea that those over say, fifty, get very set in their ways and that this worsens with the passing of the remaining decades. Add to that the related claim that most old blokes turn into crusty old grumps who see little good about the future, and you have a pretty potent image of what Bob Ellis and The Ellis Laws might be about.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 14:22 Source

The collapse in global oil prices is good for the climate, and clean energy. Big Oil has put Arctic drilling on hold because it no longer makes economic sense. That will allow extend the world's carbon budget, and result in capital flowing to renewables.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:46 Source

Victoria's newly elected Labor government to retain state's key energy efficiency scheme, VEET, which was to be scrapped under the Coalition.

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Croakey Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:39 Source

The post below offers a unique insight into the lives of street people in Darwin, where ‘long grassers’ are often regarded as a blight on the community, denied access to toilets, showers and other facilities. The author, who wishes to...

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New Matilda Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:10 Source

Despite a rise in reports of Islamophobic incidents, extremist organisations are still struggling for an audience, and relevance. Andy Fleming explains.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Qld govt-owned generators respond to solar impact by bidding prices above where needed, earning extra $200m in revenue.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Queensland government owned generators respond to solar impact by bidding prices above where they needed to be, earning extra $200m in revenues.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 13:03 Source

Long-term trends in rising temperatures, spiraling sea ice loss, and ecosystem shifts paint a picture of a region in transition due to climate change in Arctic.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:59 Source

Energy market regulator says dumping of carbon price encourages coal generators to burn more coal, reversing big gains on emissions in previous 2 years.

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:56 Source

SunPower says the new integrated solution will allow utilities "to access the benefits of rooftop solar and storage at significant scale."

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:53 Source

Between California’s mandate for 1.3GW of energy storage for its grid and Tesla’s Giga factory announcement, the energy storage market is nearing a tipping point.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:45 Source

From Westpac’s Phat Dragon comes his final report for 2014: …can a current account surplus economy have a financial crisis? Phat Dragon notes that history says yes (indeed, there is one underway in Russia right now), but beyond resource dependency, the best example is the Japanese experience in the 1990s. In Japan a combination of […]

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Renew Economy Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:37 Source

Coalition's first Solar Towns grants awarded to eight Tasmanian communities, for just over $150,000 worth of solar PV, hot water or heat pumps.

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MacroBusiness Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:23 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The disclosure of the full business case for the East West road link in Melbourne confirmed what many had suspected – the project is a dud. The release also unequivocally shows that the Victorian Freedom of Information (FOI) system failed on its most basic task – that is, to facilitate the […]

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Hoyden About Town Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:08 Source

It's been a bad week here in Sydney, a bad week in Peshawar, and news from the rest of the world has mostly not been great, either.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?
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