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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:40 Source

After many, many exiles and redemptions, and too much forgiveness, Havana Liedown is banned for life. And will never, never be allowed back.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:35 Source

Enova wants to champion local ownership and a 100% renewable energy target in a market dominated by big players, out-of-area projects and fossil fuel interests.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:30 Source

A new electricity retailer that will focus on smart meters, rooftop solar and battery storage is about to emerge in Australia.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:27 Source

The value of distributed solar depends on assumptions on benefits and costs. Just don't forget the benefits.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:26 Source

How “flexiwatts” can reduce customer bills and lower grid costs by creating flexible demand options.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:24 Source

Peabody Energy recently submitted expert testimony to the Minnesota Public Utilities commission arguing that, ”CO2 is not harmful and is actually good for the planet”

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Jack the Insider Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:23 Source

Disposing of a prime minister is not something that should be undertaken lightly. It should only occur when it is determined the people have stopped…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:21 Source

From the AFR: The chief executive of the country’s largest mortgage broker, the newly listed Australian Finance Group, has urged the banking regulator to “hold fire” on more moves to cool investor lending market, saying current measures are already “starting to bite”. AFG managing director Brett McKeon, who owns just under 10 per cent of the company which

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:12 Source

Those calling to lower the rate are ignoring another important factor, writes Ian McAuley.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 13:02 Source

NSW Greens MLA David Shoebridge takes aim at the Baird government over forced local government amalgamations.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:57 Source

Book giveaway! ‘Trendyville: the battle for Australia’s inner cities’

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En Passant Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:52 Source

This is a letter I sent to the Canberra Times on Thursday.

John

It appears that in the pre-selection process Minister Simon Corbell has lost support among many ACT Labor Party Left faction members. (Kirsten Lawson, ‘Ructions over Corbell exit’ The Canberra Times 27 August page 1.)

I have some suggestions to Simon to help restore his left credentials before he leaves the Assembly.

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Renew Economy Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:47 Source

PV-storage installations are picking up pace in Germany where PV power self-generation and -consumption is gaining traction.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen The World Economic Forum (WEF) has published a short report analysing how slowing growth in China, along with its rebalancing from investment towards consumption, could impact the global economy. Not surprisingly, the WEF believes that Australia’s economy will be most affected: China has contributed as much to world GDP growth as

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:32 Source

Those arguing a film about same-sex parents should not be shown in schools for the sake of balance didn't get the response they were hoping for.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:20 Source

If you’ve never seen ‘BatDad’, you’re seriously missing out.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released data on capital expenditures (capex) for the June quarter of 2015, which registered a 4.0% seasonally adjusted fall in capex volumes over the quarter and a 10.5% decrease over the year (see below table). The result badly disappointment analyst’s expectations of a 2.5%

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Delimiter Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Veteran telecommunications analyst Paul Budde has accused Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull of having “no clue what he was doing” with the National Broadband Network project, in the wake of news that the Coalition’s Multi-Technology Mix approach to the NBN has blown out in cost by up to $15 billion.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:44 Source

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its all important private capital expenditure outlook for the June QTR and the result is a decent firming from shocking levels but absolutely nothing to get excited about: Estimate 7 for total capital expenditure in 2014-15 is $150,579m. This is 4.7% lower than Estimate 7 for 2013-14. The

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:27 Source

Praise the A-shares, about to open:

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:22 Source

From Forexlive, it’s back on: People’s Bank of China (PBOC) sets the USD/CNY mid-point reference rate at 6.4085 The bank sets the mid-point each day (Monday to Friday) and then allows the rate to fluctuate +/-2% either side of this central point. USD/CNY moves outside the band are not permitted; the PBOC will intervene at

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:18 Source

From Mac Bank comes some interesting details of Iranian shipping movements: Another vessel has likely exited the Persian Gulf The Nancy, a NITC owned/operated VLCC believed to be used as floating storage for Iranian crude oil in the Persian Gulf, was last seen off the coast of Fujairah—the east coast of the UAE—in the Gulf

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Delimiter Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:06 Source

Foxtel has more than doubled the quota available on the broadband packages it bundles with telephone and pay TV offerings, with customers now able to receive a terabyte of quota along with a Foxtel subscription TV package and unlimited local and national calls for $130 a month, in plan bundles that appear to beat those offered by Foxtel partner Telstra.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:02 Source

Contrary to popular belief (and claims), renewable energy is not taking over the energy world, writes Geoff Russell.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen In early 2003, I joined the Australian Treasury where I was immediately introduced to the Department’s “Three P’s” framework, which effectively argued that Australia needed to: 1) boost productivity; 2) raise workforce participation; and 3) increase the population via skilled migration, if the nation was to continue to enjoy rising living

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Delimiter Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:35 Source

Pioneering US security journalist Brian Krebs — who has broken a number of major hacking stories over the past several years — thinks he may have tracked down one of the Ashley Madison perpetrators. The kicker? He appears to be Australian and may be a fan of local supergroup AC/DC.

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:20 Source

We should judge (and debate) a man like Mark Latham not by the content of his expletives, but the stupidity of his ideas, writes Jeff Sparrow.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:50 Source

Find below the final statement from the National Reform Summit, which provides a useful road map for reform in the following areas: Productivity and workforce participation; Fiscal policy; Tax reform; and Retirement policy While I broadly agree with the statement’s reform suggestions, I am disappointed at the lack of acknowledgement of Australia’s exuberant house/land values,

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New Matilda Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:50 Source

Bad news Piccoli and Akerman: kids will keep 'catching the gay' no matter how many heart-warming documentaries you ban.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 09:39 Source

From WaPo: You might be used to hearing criticisms of inequality, but economists actually debate this point. Some argue that inequality can propel growth: They say that since the rich are able to save the most, they can actually afford to finance more business activity, or that the kinds of taxes and redistributive programs that

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