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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 09:09 Source

Victorian taxpayers will spend around $60 million subsidising this year’s Grand Prix and a further $360 million to the end of the current contract. Time to share the cost Is this week’s Grand Prix worth the cost?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 09:00 Source

Brian Morris takes on the political correctness of the Left and Right in an attempt to reopen debate on Free Speech, religion vs science, and how ‘Freedom of Religion’ has been corrupted. How do we react to the growing use of ‘trigger warnings’? This may seem an early digression but it becomes relevant. What is…

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En Passant Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 07:51 Source

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As Unions Australia say:

When corporate power and greed is so out of control.

When union members are hounded by a spiteful government.

When our pay is cut and our safety net torn apart.

When workers are dying.

It’s time to resist.

SHARE if you think it’s time for fairness again.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 07:43 Source

Robin Hood 01

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 05:54 Source

Tuesday 21 March 2017 Author’s note: I have updated and re-posted this because it is of great public importance. Has Question Time in the Australian Parliament improved? Well just slightly since Tony Smith took over from Bronwyn Bishop. Bishop was an insult to the intelligence of reasoned people. Although it is only watched by those…

The post Day to Day Politics: What’s happening in the bear pit? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 00:16 Source

“For once in your life, listen to me and don’t play your political conniving games with the science to favor the registrants……For once do the right thing and don’t make decisions based on how it affects your bonus.” [then EPA senior toxicologist Marion Copley writing to Jess Rowland as quoted in Meridian Institute article, 8 March 2017]Bloomberg, 15 March 2017:The 

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 00:15 Source

“Political reforms are mostly ineffectual, in part because they are often aimed at the balance of power between the straightforwardly wealthy and the politically powerful, rather than the lot of the have-nots.”Walter Scheidel, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, Catherine R. Kennedy and Daniel L.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 21:03 Source

Media Release Three years on from the first March in March protests in 2014, the grassroots March Australia movement will host rallies on Saturday 25 March 2017 protesting the policies and decisions of the Turnbull Coalition government. “The 2014 rallies were a response to the regressive Abbott government”, said spokesman Loz Lawrey. “People thought the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 20:09 Source

Our parents toiled to make a home hard grubbing t’was and clearing  They wasn’t troubled much by lords when they was pioneering  But now that we have made the land a garden full of promise  Old Greed must crook his dirty hand and come and take it from us  So we must fly a rebel flag as…

The post Jay Weatherill speaks truth to power; Turnbull comes up with NBN 2.0 appeared first on The AIM Network.

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En Passant Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:54 Source

Retreating

I can no longer be outgoing,
I am retreating from the world,
Knowing its horrors
Forces me within
Are they outside or in?

The empathy that kills, kills
The love that loves does, too
The drunken haze of other days
Returns, without the drink
This is for you

That makes me think
Euripides was right
Not light, but night
Without end
Like a poem for a friend

The writing cures all,
Nothing is its thrall
Until the writing ends
Abrupt, corrupted,
The parties contend, within

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:40 Source

In the first of a three-part series, we explain what rooftop solar is really worth when all of its benefits are taken into account.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:39 Source

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize is now open for entries to the 10th anniversary edition.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:34 Source

The first PV plant in the country to use a solar tracking system.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:27 Source

We're excited to report that the 3rd solar power bulk-buy block has now opened.

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Club Troppo Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:13 Source

 

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:10 Source

Once peak oil is finally reached – whenever that is – demand will begin to drop thereafter, perhaps precipitously.

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:06 Source
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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Clarence Valley Council, media release, 20 March 2017:Mayor: Jim Simmons LOCKED BAG 23 GRAFTON NSW 2460A/General Manager: Ashley Lindsay Telephone: (02) 6643 0200Fax: (02) 6642 7647FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 20, 2017Yamba hill residents notified of landslip riskSOME residents on Yamba hill have been advised to watch for potential landslips following heavy rain in the area over the past five days.Clarence Valley Council works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said council monitored rainfall events on the hill so it could warn landowners and property managers of any increased risk of landslip in an area known as the Yamba landslide risk zon

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Sun King Zhengrong Shi returns to solar market with ultra-light and ultra-thin solar panels hailed as biggest change in solar market in decades. The new panels can be integrated into roofs and facades and he says are better option than Tesla's "heavy and rigid" solar tiles.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Sun King Zhengrong Shi returns to solar market with ultra-light and ultra-thin solar panels hailed as biggest change in solar market in decades. The new panels can be integrated into roofs and facades and he says are better option than Tesla's "heavy and rigid" solar tiles.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:06 Source

Australia's solar pioneers gather to mark 25 years in industry. "We set out to change the world and it is now unassailably and permanently changed."

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:36 Source

ABC political editor continues ill-informed campaign against wind and solar, now claiming that 20% is the limit for wind energy.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:35 Source

Victoria's quick deadlines for its 100MW energy storage tender could rule out two technologies: pumped hydro and solar thermal.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:15 Source

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton inexplicably stepped out of his portfolio last week to make commentary on CEOs with an opinion on marriage equality that does not coincide with his own. Dutton singled out Qantas CEO Alan Joyce for particular attention, presumably because Mr Joyce is gay. In a final flourish, Dutton advised CEOs to “stick…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:11 Source

Commas FTW! And Oxford commas for the bonus point:

“Who gives a fuck about the Oxford Comma?” Vampire Weekend asked on their eponymous first album. The hard-working truck drivers of the Oakhurst Dairy company in the great state of Maine, that"s who. A dispute with their bosses over whether they should be paid overtime came down to the lack of an Oxford comma in the state"s law regulating who gets paid a little bit more for working extra hours.

What is the Oxford comma?

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Club Troppo Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:05 Source

I’ve known Victor Perton since he was a lively Liberal MP interested in approaches to regulation that were more promising than the standard reg review boilerplate of the time. Neither of us made any progress on that score and reg review remains its ineffectual self.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:39 Source

Carnegie kicks off Lendlease JV with 10MW solar plant in Northam, and with plans to add storage and "replicate it all over Australia."

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xkcd.com Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:00 Source

My favorite might be U+1F609 U+1F93F WINKING FACE VOMITING.

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John Quiggin Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:33 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

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John Quiggin Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:32 Source

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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