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New Matilda Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 15:43 Source

Community opposition group Gasfield Free Northern Rivers said Metgasco's announcement it will sue the government is most likely a tactical tantrum, and that locals will simply not allow the company to return to Bentley. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 15:32 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Ride sharing, both the legal and “illegal” type is growing rapidly around the world, with new Australian entrant RideBoom the latest to take on market leader Uber. Uber, which began in San Francisco in 2009, now operates in more than 50 countries with 300,000+ driver-partners (as they are known in “uberspeak”)

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:44 Source

LABOR CRASHES THROUGH PREVIOUS DEBT LIMIT TOPPING QUARTER OF A TRILLION DOLLARS

October 12, 2012

Joint Media Statement: Andrew Robb and Joe Hockey

The Gillard Government has driven up Australia’s credit card to a record $256.4 billion according to latest Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) figures.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:43 Source

Queensland planning minister has called in development of a 130MW solar farm in state's north, intervening against a legal challenge by local sugar farmers.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:43 Source

US President says world leaders must act now on climate change, and those willing to gamble on business as usual are "not fit to lead."

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:35 Source

Low-carbon investment made easy with launch of Australia's first Fossil Free Index, alongside Australia Sustainable Leaders Index.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:29 Source

by Chris Becker No surprise there, the RBA holds the official cash rate at 2%. The Aussie dollar climbed from near 71 cents to just over 71.50 before the print and not much else. Boring as bat poo. Cue boring statement: At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:25 Source

By Leith van Onselen Within today’s data dump of balance of payments data that feeds into tomorrow’s national accounts release for June was the important news that Australia’s terms-of-trade has fallen another 3.4% (seasonally adjusted) and 2.5% (trend) over the quarter to be down by 10.5% (seasonally adjusted) and 9.2% (trend) over the year (see

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TruthInNewsMedia Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:20 Source

OPINION

By Barry Tucker                    September 1, 2015

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is a jewel in the crown of Australia’s democracy. It’s under threat again.

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Harry Clarke Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:09 Source

I got my February 2006 – January 2015 WordPress blog up and running today thanks to my US hosting service Bluehost. I have used this service for about 5 years and recommend it.  Inexpensive and high quality.

Everything now seems to work – themes and links to FaceBook.  I could try to transfer a set of posts I put on a Blogger site but that can wait.

One difficulty is that I have probably lost most of my readers.  Please, readers, return.

 

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:08 Source

When the Abbott Government bungled its Carmichael mine approval, it blamed its defeat in the federal court a fortnight ago on ‘vigilante lawfare’. It’s anyone’s guess who they’ll blame for this monumental stuff-up. Thom Mitchell investigates.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:08 Source

When the Abbott Government bungled its Carmichael mine approval, it blamed its defeat in the federal court a fortnight ago on ‘vigilante lawfare’. It’s anyone’s guess who they’ll blame for this monumental stuff-up. Thom Mitchell investigates.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 14:00 Source

The official climate talks of the UN’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) restarted in Bonn, Germany, today.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:59 Source

The high cost of electricity networks will continue to drive consumers to alternative sources, and signal the demise of centralised coal generation.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:57 Source

What would it take to power the entire U.S. economy on renewable resources alone?

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Poll Bludger Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:53 Source

After an anomalous drop to 51-49 last week, the Labor two-party lead in the Essential Research rolling average is back to 52-48 this week, from primary votes of 40% for the Coalition (down one), 38% for Labor (up one), 11% for the Greens (up one) and 2% for Palmer United (up one). Further questions find the Liberal Party rated too right wing by 34%, too left wing by 7% and about right by 26%, whereas only 20% think Labor too left wing compared with 16% for too right wing, and 28% about right.

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:36 Source

Ashley Callingbull won her crown based largely on her looks. And then she opened her mouth. Chris Graham reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 13:12 Source

By Redom Syed, republished with permission from Property Chat: Last week the APRA chairman delivered a telling speech about the future of the lending market in Australia. The speech was the best public indication yet of what APRA is thinking, what they have done and what they’re likely to do next. Importantly, they also provided

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:35 Source

by Chris Becker From Chanticleer at the AFR comes the somewhat truthful notion that we’re talking our way into recession: Three of Australia’s senior bosses have warned the country is in danger of talking itself into an economic rut and missing growth opportunities in Asia but agree the political environment in Canberra is making it

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:55 Source

by Chris Becker The 2nd quarter balance of payments was just released this morning and the current account balance blew out to $19 billion, almost double the prior quarter’s $10.7 billion and well above expectations. Significantly, net exports as a percentage of GDP is now an even bigger drag, at -0.6% instead of the expected

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Delimiter Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:52 Source

The chair of the competition regulator has repeated his view that the NBN company should ultimately be broken up into chunks that would compete with each other, in comments that appear to run directly contrary to the complementary network design model currently being pursued by the company.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released dwelling approvals data for the month of July. At the national level, the number of dwelling approvals rose by a seasonally adjusted 4.2% to 19,298. The overall jump was driven by the volatile unit and apartment segment, which rose by 6.1% in July.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:49 Source

by Chris Becker Or not? The Shanghai Composite is down 2.6% at the open – maybe time to arrest some more reporters? From ZH: If Chinese authorities are to be believed, we finally know the cause of the country’s stock market woes: a single reporter. In a video segment aired by China’s state television broadcaster,

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Prosper Australia Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:44 Source

Letter to the Editor Australian Financial Review Sept 1, 2015 Proponents of increasing either payroll tax or the GST are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, dancing around and seeming to argue, yet holding hands (“Payroll tax surfaces as the next GST”, AFR August 28). If we get more payroll tax, we will have fewer jobs and […]

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New Matilda Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:36 Source

There is a limited window when an addict has the desire and ability to get clean. Long wait times for rehab centres mean people like Jane are falling through the cracks.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:31 Source

by Chris Becker The hits keep coming for those wedded to a strong China forever. The official manufacturing PMI print came out this morning at 49.7, the first move into contraction in six months. Non manufacturing PMI was at 53.4, slightly off the last print. Later this afternoon we get the Caixin manufacturing and services print,

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following on from my post yesterday on RP Data’s daily dwelling values index results for August, Core Logic-RP Data has released its full results, which also cover the smaller capitals and regional areas (see next table). As you can see above, the smaller capitals and the regions had a mixed month

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Delimiter Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 11:20 Source

ANZ Bank this morning revealed it had signed a $450 million deal with global technology firm IBM that would allow the bank to access all of IBM’s technology and feature an ‘Innovation Lab’ to more rapidly bring new products and services to market.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 10:53 Source

Is it just vehicles or are MAMILs killing themselves too?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 10:26 Source

It’s not hard to work out Tony’s game plan for the next election. He is going to run hard on union corruption and their connection to Labor.

Heydon ruling himself unbiased in the eyes of a reasonable person has laid the ground work. Why did they try, unsuccessfully, to smear this honourable man? What have Labor and the unions got to hide?

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