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The Political Sword Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:15 Source


[Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull and Martin Parkinson]

Any good public servant will tell you that policy is determined by government ministers. In Senate Estimates, and other committees, you will often hear public servants say they cannot comment on policy issues, that such questions should be directed to the minister. That is the way our system works in theory but does it actually operate that way in practice?

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John Quiggin Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:04 Source

The (presumably) forthcoming double dissolution will raise many issues. But most of them can be summed up as the defence of Australian institutions that have been under attack by radical extremists. I’m referring to such institutions as the ABC, CSIRO, the weekend, public education, the union movement, the fair go and our natural environment. Mention of any of these is enough to raise a derisive sneer from the radical rightwing apparatus that dominates much of Australian politics, most obviously the supporters of Tony Abbott who (ludicrously) call themselves “conservatives”.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:00 Source

Macquarie2-GRNAs a further taste of the seat guides being posted now on the Tally Room (53 and counting), I thought I’d run through another three interesting seats.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 10:00 Source

I'll be honest--the 1950s were a rough time for cycling.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:57 Source

Simon Hackett takes delivery of 660kWh Redflow battery system at his Adelaide headquarters, giving company four days of power, and solar charging for his Tesla.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:52 Source

The damaged undersea cable linking Tasmania and Victoria has undergone its first phase of repairs, according to operator Basslink.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:48 Source

Telstra has launched what it is calling its "biggest and best value home bundle offer" that sees users get a hefty 1 terabyte of data, along with other features.

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Delimiter Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:44 Source

Australian streamed content provider Quickflix has announced that it has gone into administration, claiming that Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media Limited are to blame for its problems.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:29 Source

Stephen King's zombie project, Cell, has moved the big screen. From the trailer below it seems they've dialed back on the zed-axis and amped up the technophobia. Possibly to put a little daylight between Cell and the 28 Days/Weeks franchise which first popularised the fast-zombie trope, and Brad Pitt's World War Z sequel which will be along any moment now to give you a little nibble.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 09:09 Source

City managers aren’t doing much to get ready for self-driving vehicles yet the signs are they’ll be ready to use on public roads very soon – as autonomous buses and trams How should our cities prepare for self-driving vehicles?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 08:30 Source

Labor says it would bring in its emissions trading scheme in two stages, together with a separate scheme for the electricity sector.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 06:47 Source

Five judges sitting as the Supreme Court of Justice in Papua New Guinea have unanimously ruled that holding 905 asylum seekers at Manus Island detention centre is unconstitutional and a violation of their human rights.Excerpts from the full judgment:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 06:19 Source

Day to Day Politics: When hypocrisy runs free in conservative veins. Wednesday 27 April 2016   – 68 1 Hypocrisy can mean a pretence of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.  A pretence of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude. Or a situation where…

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 00:16 Source

A look at one rocky road to Anzac Day 2016………..Meet Chris Fox.Campgallipoli.com.au:Chris has a strong background in corporate finance and advisory services.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Remember the promise to be “more consultative” after an “injudicious” knighting of Prince Phillip? Recall the promise of no more captain’s picks and to run a more "collegiate" party room in future?

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Your Democracy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 23:56 Source
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Your Democracy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 23:49 Source
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Club Troppo Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 23:25 Source

Below is a link to my first article on a new alternative economics website – Evonomics – which has only been going fror a short period of time. It’s pretty nicely set out and emerged out of the evolution institute. The guy who started it – Robert Kadar – is intellectually gregarious guy who also knows a lot about web-marketing which he’s doing with a vengeance on the site. It’s generating a lot of interest and enthusiasm from many quarters.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 21:28 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 20:16 Source

Before the 2013 election, Malcolm Turnbull said “The politicians and parties that can demonstrate they can be trusted, that they will not insult the people with weasel words and spin, that they will not promise more than they can deliver, that they will not dishonestly misrepresent either their own or their opponents’ policies – those…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 18:00 Source

By Mark Clifford A picture tells a thousand words, so I’ll let the attached graph do all the talking. Briefly, the graph is based on ABS data on ‘hours worked in Australia’ from the first day of the Rudd term and up to March 2016. It clearly indicates that the demise of the Australian economy…

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 17:09 Source

The Federal Government's two centralised IT decision-making agencies have buried the hatchet in their cold war over which content management system will be used for Canberra's 1,500-odd websites, announcing plans for the GovCMS platform to be used for the new GOV.AU project.

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:57 Source

The paperwork mountain has been conquered. I failed on the first attempt but thewife pushed it up and over on the second go. I feel hollow. I'd expected to fail and the sudden success and its resultant acknowledgement has left me empty. I've not cried, I've not yelled. I'm not even in a state of befuddled wonderment. To have succeeded is through the looking glass stuff and I don't know how to cope.

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Delimiter Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 16:26 Source

The Federal Government is clearly right now engaged in the early stages of seeding the Australian public with the idea that tough new anti-encryption laws are something we need to stop terrorists.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 15:12 Source

Malcolm Turnbull's rapidly evolving strategy on climate change – announce new jobs and investments, but only after cutting – follows his approach to clean energy. Meanwhile, the Paris deal calls for the "decarbonisation" of the global economy. That means replacing fossil fuels with clean energy.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:44 Source

RenewEconomy is pleased to introduce a weekly update of some key numbers and charts in the NEM.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:36 Source

Australian semi conductor technology developer BluGlass attracts interest from another major industrial group, and raises money from institutional investors.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:32 Source

US electric vehicle maker names Sydney's Martin Place as the location for Australia's first stand-alone Tesla store and showroom, set to open later this year.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:07 Source

Having indulged in a carbon-rich period for the past two centuries, can humans make an orderly transition to a sustainable fossil-free future without sacrificing the high standards?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 14:03 Source

Leading solar researcher says argument that certain parts of Australian grid can handle limited amounts of rooftop solar is "BS".

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