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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:14 Source

From Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh via the AFR: “I don’t know what Andrew was thinking,” Mr Walsh said to a packed mining industry lunch on Thursday. “I think the comments are absolute nonsense, I’m not sure if Andrew actually sought legal comment before.” “It (a cap) won’t help us in the longer term to prop

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Core Econ Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Over the last 15-20 years academic school meetings have gone from rambling and unstructured brawls to dull “executive infomercials”. The former led to marathon meetings. The current model has led to a middle-management culture that often does not take advantage of the very valuable specialists skills of talented, highly trained (and experienced) scholars in the department. Nor does it allow for reasonable checks and balances on the powers of the executive–something that is vital for the management of any group of academics.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:04 Source

By Leith van Onselen From CommSec this afternoon comes the following statements on Australia’s population (immigration) numbers, released by the ABS: Population growth is healthy although in recent quarter it has eased – largely due to a slowdown in migration. Importantly population growth is still amongst the fastest across the OECD nations and as such

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:53 Source

The outback town Coober Pedy in remote South Australia will be able to turn off its fossil fuel generators for at least half of the year.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:33 Source

Second-largest solar producer says China solar target likely to surge beyond 100GW by 2020 - but in Australia, industry faces headwinds.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:27 Source

We’re now two days away from election day this Saturday.

Over the next two days I will be doing a number of radio interviews that you might be interested in tuning in for.

Tomorrow morning I will be joining ABC Illawarra’s breakfast show at 7:15am to discuss the election in the Illawarra region.

I will then be joining a panel segment on Fran Kelly’s breakfast show on Radio National at 8:05am.

On Saturday morning I will be interviewed by Heidi Pett on Backchat on FBI between 11am and midday.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Lindsay Partridge, the CEO of Building supplier Brickworks, has today echoed CSR’s warning that shortages of developable land are preventing a bigger construction uplift and helping to reduce housing affordability. From The AFR: “Despite surging demand, Sydney still has the lowest number of lots being released for housing development of all

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:19 Source

First the Abbott government brought the renewable energy industry to a standstill, then it brought it to its knees. Now, it has effectively told it to go and get stuffed. Abbott has crucified Australia's renewable energy industry by cynically preying on its three major weaknesses – a lack of financial muscle; a lack of unity, and it's craving for policy certainty.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:05 Source

An eighteen month freeze in large scale renewable energy investment has occurred around the country and it must be solved.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:50 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:50 Source

A boring NSW election campaign - and a likely predictable outcome - has flown in the face of other recent state polls, writes Ben Eltham.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:44 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:35 Source

While the use of solar PPAs has been the norm for many years overseas, the concept in general is new to Australia and not necessarily well understood.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:32 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:30 Source

Whatever your views on Israel, media coverage of the recent elections has been shallow and feeds ignorance and hatred back home, writes Yury Glikin.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:24 Source

Brisbane-based Tritium has landed a major deal to supply its Australian-made fast charging technology to US-based ChargePoint, developer of the world's largest EV charging network. In Australia to announce the deal, ChargePoint CEO says the global shift to electric driving is underway – a key part of energy revolution.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:13 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:00 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: We have now finished updating the DFA market model, to take account of the latest DFA survey data, and market data. So we can look across specific households, segments and locations. Specifically we have been looking at average loan to income (LTI – income after […]

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Mulgoa1-2PPMulgoa is a marginal Liberal seat in western Sydney, covering St Clair, Glenmore Park, Mulgoa, Wallacia, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek and Cecil Hills.

Liberal MP Tanya Davies won Mulgoa in 2011, and now holds the seat by a 12.4% margin.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:46 Source

There are a few “secrets”, or realities that get lost in the simplistic cost decline per kW story.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:09 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Maritime Union of Australia and the Australian Maritime Officers Union has launched legal action in the Federal Court to have the hundreds of foreign workers employed in offshore projects declared illegal. From The Canberra Times: [The Union] has argued a Ministerial Determination used by the Assistant Minister for Immigration and […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:54 Source

What would our energy system look like if the move to a low-carbon society wasn’t left to governments and big energy companies but instead led by civil society?

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Your Democracy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:34 Source
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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:28 Source

In addition to the most obvious benefits of EV use — a diminished carbon footprint, less air pollution, etc — there are other, more subtle, benefits as well

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:19 Source

Solar developer purchases 1,000 storage systems as it steps up efforts to bring electricity to villagers in parts of rural India.

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Jack the Insider Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:12 Source

Our political leaders are surrounded by advisers who painstakingly offer counsel from what their bosses wear, how they wear their hair and how they speak.…

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:08 Source

Janine Perrett revealed on Skynews two nights ago how Malcolm Fraser groped, importuned and sexually assaulted her in and outside a cab in New York in 1986.

He was not around to deny it, though his wife Tamie was, and will be aggrieved I think to be told about it twenty-nine years later, just before the State Funeral, where friends will either ask her about it, or not ask her about it, and turn their eyes away in geriatric, womanly, mortified sympathy.

It is possible, just possible, that it did not happen, or what did happen was malignantly magnified. It is not likely a world leader would grope so unattractive a girl.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Gosford1-2PPGosford is a marginal Liberal seat on the Central Coast, covering the Gosford and Woy Woy areas.

Liberal MP Chris Holstein has held Gosford since 2011, by an 11.9% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:58 Source

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Popular Science Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:45 Source

It might not be able to grow a thicker skin, but the newly discovered frog Pristimantis mutabilis and its relatives can change their skin's texture.

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