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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:44 Source

Not that anyone needs another illustration of WA iron ore ineptitude, but WA premier Colin Barnett is giving us one, from The West Australian: The State Government says it has started the formal process of acquiring land for the Anketell Port project in the Pilbara despite the depressed iron ore market. Premier and State Development

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:40 Source

Panasonic to roll out battery storage for solar in Australia

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:27 Source

SA network operator dares to go where Qld and WA governments feared to tread – higher network charges for solar households. The network justifies this by changing demand profiles, but will also look to shift hot water and pool pump use to daytime to make up for lost demand caused by PV production.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:18 Source

The AFR is reporting that UBS is pushing the local gold sector hard: Gold stocks are set to boom thanks to the gold price and merger activity, with UBS slapping a buy on its entire gold coverage list with the exception of Newcrest. UBS put out the note as the sector enjoys a boost from a wave of mergers

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:18 Source

Legislation to cut renewables target tabled in parliament. Scaled target proposed may favour large scale solar projects in latter years.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:13 Source

America's biggest power utility, Duke Energy, to develop new 2MW lithium-ion battery storage system at old coal plant to help stabilise, regulate the grid.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:10 Source

Report predicts delayed 2nd ERF auction could deliver heavy emitters 76% of funding; for carbon farmers, it's 'game over'.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:05 Source

A compromise RET of 33,000GWh in 2020 agreed between Labor and the Coalition has finally ended the renewables deadlock... Or has it?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Tesla's lithium-ion technology isn’t the only battery on offer. Here's a quick survey of current battery technologies, and some that are in development.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the Q&A session to today’s speech, RBA deputy Phil Lowe warned about rising housing risks, which has necessitated regulatory action to slow mortgage credit growth. From The AFR: “My subjective assessment would be the level of risk in bank mortgage portfolios has risen over the past couple of years”… “Household

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:11 Source

By Lindsay David, cross-posted from the Australia: Boom to Bust Blog Ever been on an Australian home lenders website and tested their ‘how much can I borrow’ calculator? Aussie Home Loans seems fine lending $1.014 million to a household with a “pre tax” income of $115,000 (or almost 9x income). Image source (www.aussie.com.au) Aussie may

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:09 Source

by Cameron Murray Property development can be a dirty business, particularly when it comes to land-banking, which is the speciality of Australia’s largest developers. Land-banking involves the speculative buying of large parcels of land that are currently unsuitable for development in the hope of future development potential. But hope alone is not a business strategy. […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:08 Source

Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to install community-owned solar panels on 25 council building rooftops across the Scottish capital.

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New Matilda Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:07 Source

A report by a respected think-tank is being slammed by key players in the solar energy industry. Thom MItchell reports. 

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:00 Source

Abbott said infant children who accompanied their father to Syria would ‘suffer the full fury of the Law’ if they dared come back and it were better they were decapitated in their ill-chosen country than do twenty years in Goulburn in a cell they might share with Ivan Milat.

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New Matilda Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 13:48 Source

A pro-Palestine Sydney professor has won yet another battle to keep his job. Max Chalmers reports.

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New Matilda Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:52 Source

Just like Australia Day, not everyone celebrates the creation of the State of Israel. Michael Brull looks back on the brutal founding of a nation.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:30 Source

BHP is down 2.5% today as oil gives it whack. RIO is also down hard 1.5% and FMG is flat. To the indexes:   The idiocy spreads are flat again: Juniors too:         Dalian is off 3 points from this morning as we again pivot around the $60 point of control.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:14 Source

By Leith van Onselen David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democrat Senator for New South Wales, has penned a spirited piece in Online Opinion arguing that the level of taxation is far too high, both in a historical sense and when compared against other developed nations: The Coalition, Labor and the Greens will tell you that Australia’s tax

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New Matilda Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:06 Source

In a case that redefines ‘shooting the mesenger’ the Victorian Government remains determined to punish a group that exposed its poor logging practices.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 12:02 Source

From Westpac: The absolute level of the CSI indicates that Chinese consumers are still anxious about their personal financial wellbeing and the economy more broadly, despite the major shift in the policy stance since late last year. Note that the 100bp cut in the required reserve ratio (April 20) is fully captured by this survey,

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABS has released data on the value of construction work done for the March quarter of 2015, which registered a seasonally-adjusted 2.4% fall in total construction activity over the quarter and an 8.8% decline over the year. The result disappointed analysts’ expectations of a 1.4% fall over the quarter. The

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:48 Source

From the reformed Micheal Pascoe today: The reporting of banks being pulled into line on investor loans has concentrated on one part, re-establishing a differential between investor and owner-occupier rates without being able to spell out how big that differential might be. It won’t matter much anyway. But there is considerably more to APRA’s intentions than that, as

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:42 Source

With Tony Abbott keen to make superannuation an election issue and a point of differentiation between the parties, it is worth revisiting the Coalition’s record.

In 1985, the government and the ACTU struck a deal which saw the trade union movement forfeit a claim to 3% productivity improvement as wages to instead be paid in compulsory superannuation – endorsed by the Arbitration Commission and managed by superannuation funds with equal representation of the unions in the industry and the employers.

Leader of the Opposition, John Howard, reacted by saying:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:36 Source

More today from Ivan Szpakowski of Citi, my new favourite analyst at Bloomie: “The next decade is shaping up to be a complete reversal of the past decade…Perhaps the greatest structural challenge facing the iron ore market is the rolling over of Chinese iron ore demand, driven by declining domestic steel demand and rising scrap availability…As

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Popular Science Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Long before rapid analysis of bacterial cultures, the most common way to quickly determine the nature of a bacterial culture was to smell it. Just open up the petri dish or the test tube, inhale and the odors would provide some clues as to which species were growing inside. Pseudomonas aeruginosa has a distinct grape smell. Escherichia coli has a distinct fecal odor. Then there are the staphylococci. Staphylococcus aureus smells like decomposition while S. epidermis smells like old sweat.

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Popular Science Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

People have a tendency to simplify things down to numerical comparisons. If you cast your mind back to the 1990s, you might remember the "Megahertz Wars," where PC manufacturers seemed to debut a machine every few months with an ever faster processor. A similar war has been waged—and continues to this day—in digital cameras, where every successive generation of device boasts more megapixels, despite the fact that other factors—such as the lens or size of the sensor—now bear much more heavily on the ultimate quality of the image.

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Popular Science Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Last week, a swarm of 150 bats was released near a cave complex in Hannibal, Missouri. Each of the furry fliers was a medical marvel--they were survivors of the devastating fungal infection known as White-Nose Syndrome, which has killed millions of bats since it emerged 10 years ago.

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Popular Science Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Armored sarcophagi crawling over road and ruin, impervious to the slings and arrows of their foes, tanks are defined by their weight. Aircraft, by the very necessity of flight, are lighter affairs, balancing the need for powerful engines with a body that can get off the ground. Still, that hasn't stopped people from dreaming of flying tanks.

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Popular Science Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

At the beginning of the year, NASA got some exciting news from the Obama Administration: The space agency is finally getting funding to send a probe to Jupiter's moon Europa by the mid-2020s. With a subsurface ocean suspected to be lingering underneath its icy crust, Europa is one of the top candidates in our solar system for finding extraterrestrial life. And NASA hopes its probe can figure out if conditions are right for little aliens to exist.

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