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Renew Economy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:08 Source

By ignoring one of the most important policy areas facing government’s globally – climate change – the Intergenerational Report has fallen over the first hurdle.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:08 Source

It’s a treat when he does Australia but when he travels it’s even more fun, from The Australian: Given Australia’s (apparent) dependence on China, it would make sense to think that that any growth downgrade to our largest trading partner is bad news…Except that it will. …The fact is this slowdown has been largely engineered […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:02 Source

The head of the world's biggest renewable energy developer points to much more activity in battery storage and international markets.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Portmacquarie5-2PPPort Macquarie is a Nationals seat on the north coast of New South Wales, covering the city of Port Macquarie and surrounding rural areas.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:52 Source

It is not easy being an oil company with the climate threat hanging over us. How long can Statoil’s strategy be a bet against successful climate policies?

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New Matilda Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:51 Source

Protests over fears of a weakening of pay and conditions are a 'union beat-up', says a government adviser.

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Your Democracy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:50 Source

real terrorism .....

On the night of March 9-10, 1945, General Curtis LeMay, head of the Twenty-first U.S. Bomber Command, brought an all-American brand of hell into the Pacific theater of the Good (sic) War as his bombardiers laid siege on Tokyo.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:49 Source

Australia could have its first floating solar power plant as soon as April, with a PV array to be installed on a SA wastewater plant.

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Political Owl Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:49 Source
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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:35 Source

From The Australian: US fund management giant The Capital Group has raised its stake in iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group. The investment manager increased its stake in Australia’s third-biggest iron ore miner to 6.05 percent from 5 percent previously, buying 32 million shares over the past month at an average price of $2.447 each, […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:33 Source

While the steady disappearance of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the hallmark effects of global warming, research shows it is not only covering less of the planet, but it’s also getting significantly thinner.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:31 Source

From the AFR: China has signalled a tightening in credit this year as economic growth slows to 7 per cent and the government pledges to smooth the path for foreign companies looking to invest in the world’s second biggest economy. In his annual speech to parliament on Thursday, Premier Li Keqiang said inflation would increase […]

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Club Troppo Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:21 Source

 Will information become the key resource of this century? | T-SystemsMonday’s column in the Fin published as “Debate should be on best-use, not ownership of public data”

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:16 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:16 Source

The Abbott Government’s university fee deregulation reforms are falling apart, which is not a bad thing argues Richard Hil.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:50 Source

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Prosper Australia Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:41 Source

Cross posted from the Rational Radical, Matt Ellis There is no agenda for Australian youth MATT ELLIS   Intergenerational theft There has been much talk in the last few weeks and months about intergenerational fairness, in part because of the release of the government’s Intergenerational Report, which predictably details what young Australians already know: we have been shafted over the last two […]

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New Matilda Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:29 Source

Constitutional reform appears headed for nothing more than a ‘fluffy’ preamble, with no rights protections for First Australians. Amy McQuire takes aim.

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Labor View From Bayside Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:03 Source

On 4 March 2015 tens of thousands of worker and their supporters marched in Melbourne, Australia in defence of working conditions and government services. The rally against Tony Abbott's Coalition government was organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council .

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Croakey Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:02 Source

It’s hard enough to get a handful of health groups to agree on anything but there is one cause important enough to unite over a hundred peak medical and health groups – the need to work together to improve the health of Indigenous Australians.  ...

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Cootamundra1-2PPCootamundra is a safe Nationals seat in south-western NSW. Cootamundra is a new name for the seat of Burrinjuck, which shifted west to take in parts of the abolished seat of Murrumbidgee. The seat now covers Cootamundra, Gundagai, Young, Cowra, West Wyalong and Narrandera.

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Rational Radical Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:57 Source

Intergenerational theft

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 10:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen The final report of the Murray Financial System Inquiry, released in December, was critical of Australia’s tax incentives that enable investors to claim losses from their investments against unrelated wage/salary income. Specifically, the report noted that the extreme growth in mortgage debt had been driven, to a large extent, by the […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:52 Source

Another quick update today on one of MB’s consistent memes, the strength of non-resources, dollar-exposed industrial stocks in the equity market. From UBS: That’s some very useful out-performance. UBS also notes a shift toward cyclicals in recent months: Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:47 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:37 Source

Everything this government does is designed to achieve one of two goals:  to get the budget into surplus or to get themselves re-elected.

And that is the problem.  These are not goals.  They may be methods to achieve a goal but they are meaningless without a specific idea of what you hope to accomplish.

They say they want to boost the economy but they fail to look at the opportunity cost of their decisions because they are made for the wrong reasons.

Politics is causing this government to flounder along down an ideological path that leads to nowhere because they have no ultimate destination in mind.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:28 Source

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:26 Source

In 2009, a Maryland county court convicted Glenn Raynor of rape, the verdict hinging on a key piece of evidence: Raynor's DNA samples. However, Raynor didn't give his DNA willingly. After he consistently refused to provide any samples to the police, officers snagged a few samples of Raynor's sweat from a chair he had been sitting in during an interrogation session. The DNA matched DNA found at the crime scene, and the prosecution built their case around that fact, leading to a 100-year prison sentence.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:26 Source

The latest security vulnerability to make the rounds, aptly dubbed FREAK, shines a spotlight on why it's maybe not such a great idea to weaken the technology behind the security that we all rely on. Turns out that we're still paying for the mistakes of the 1990s--and I don't mean acid-washed jeans.

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Popular Science Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 09:26 Source

Designing an inch-long robot is tricky: there are lots of small moving parts, and it's hard to get a tiny enough battery that can still power the entire system. Instead of designing a whole new robot body, scientists at Texas A&M University instead hijacked an existing, efficient form: cockroaches. Using an implant that plugs into the roach's nervous system, they were able to steer the cockroach in the correct direction 60 percent of the time.

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