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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:56 Source

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:53 Source

Innovative Vacant Housing measure – Speculative Vacancies 2013 from Karl Below is Catherine Cashmore’s audio presentation for the event – the 7th Speculative Vacancies report. Click through the powerpoint slideshow in time to the mixcloud audio file below. (Unfortunately this is the only technology available at present.) See the event photos on facebook. Follow @earthsharing […]

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:52 Source

The Greens and Labor are concerned about private VET providers misusing public funding, and they’re warning Pyne's university changes could make things worse.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:50 Source

Acquisition to make SunEdison world's largest renewable energy developer and give TerraForm Power 521 MW of additional operating wind and PV plants.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:47 Source

A new development in Ivanpah’s financing gave Fox another opportunity to pounce, BrightSource has responded with a missive to set the record straight.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:46 Source

PV has been increasing at a rate of 50% a year has led many US utilities to question the impact that continued expansion will have investors and ratepayers.

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Popular Science Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:44 Source

Even if you've spotted a payphone in the wild recently, it's probably been a while since you've actually reached out and touched one. But that may soon change: New York City is planning on replacing the old public phones with 21st century equivalents, which will even provide free, superfast Gigabit Wi-Fi Internet access.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:33 Source

And so it begins for energy, with the sell side repeating its iron ore price mistakes: Morgan Stanley has trimmed its earnings expectations and price targets for Australian energy companies after lowering its oil price forecasts. Its revised Brent oil price forecasts are US$90/barrel for 2015 and US$95 a barrel for 2016, down 8% and […]

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Jack the Insider Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:31 Source

Private Errol Noack – a strapping, blond-haired, six-foot-five 21-year-old was just ten days into his tour of Vietnam when he was…

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Skepticlawyer Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:28 Source

What is the most atavistic state on the planet?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Abbott Government’s metadata legislation to require telecommunications companies to store detailed information about the calls and internet use of its customers for two years has been slammed by a cross-party federal committee, which believe that it will place unreasonable limitations on human rights. From The Guardian: Among its concerns, the […]

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Croakey Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:23 Source

The 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) report has been released today. Regarded as the most comprehensive report on Indigenous wellbeing in Australia. it’s the sixth in a series that emerged out of the final report of the Council...

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The Tally Room Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Ivanhoe1-2PPIvanhoe is a marginal Labor seat in northern Melbourne, covering Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Rosanna, View Bank and parts of Macleod and Yallambie.

Labor MP Anthony Carbines won the seat in 2010 after defeating then-Labor MP Craig Langdon for preselection.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:54 Source

From the always useful and formerly bearish Hugh Hendry’s latest letter: The Fund is now up 2.6% on the year and, despite running a net long equity book that has exceeded 1x NAV for the past few weeks, we succeeded in weathering a particularly volatile October with rather dramatic intra month price declines in the […]

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:26 Source

Residents of a tiny NSW town have turned out to protest the police shooting of a man four years ago. Justice still evades them, they say. 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:14 Source

The Department of Employment and Education (DEEWR) job vacancies index for October is out and was flat: The trend is flat to falling and to describe this as a “recovery” would be flattering: Growth was up in NSW but, worryingly, the only other solid contribution was from WA, which is going to reverse in 2015, […]

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:06 Source

Under the cover of darkness, Julien Blanc - the world's most desirable man - was snuck into the G20 to lecture on picking up 'bitches' and 'economies'. Liz Conor has the leaked transcript.  

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Peter Garcia-Webb Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:05 Source

Middle East Forum exists inter alia to work for Palestinian acceptance of Israel. In the US it emphasizes the "danger of non-violent, lawful Islamism". Not surprisingly some of its articles are biased towards Israel and against Palestine. Here is an example from its President Daniel Pipes. It would be hilarious if it were not deadly serious.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:05 Source

Middle East Forum exists inter alia to work for Palestinian acceptance of Israel. In the US it emphasizes the "danger of non-violent, lawful Islamism". Not surprisingly some of its articles are biased towards Israel and against Palestine. Here is an example from its President Daniel Pipes. It would be hilarious if it were not deadly serious.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:00 Source

I just learned about the Slide Mountain Ocean, which I like because it's three nouns that sound like they can't possibly all refer to the same thing.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:56 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:54 Source

From Bill Evans at Westpac. • The six month annualised deviation from trend growth rate of the Westpac Melbourne Institute Leading Index which indicates the likely pace of economic growth three to nine months into the future rose from –1.20% in September to –0.25% in October. This is the ninth consecutive month where the growth rate in the Index has […]

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Political Owl Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:23 Source

2014-11-19_markscotttweetSo where was ABC managing director Mark Scott referring us? To “The pervasive power of Rupert Murdoch: an extract from Hack Attack by Nick Davies” where you will find:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:21 Source

From the SMH blog: Woodside Petroleum has confirmed plans to develop its large Browse gas fields off the Kimberley coast using up to three huge floating LNG vessels in a project that would have a life span of up to 50 years. In a draft environmental impact statement for the venture, released this morning, Woodside said the floating […]

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:18 Source

Are politicians putting public transport on lay-by?

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:18 Source

Just sent my agent two outlines for Hooper ebooks. I can"t really talk about them without giving away spoilers for the main novels, since they follow a couple of the major non Point of View characters Dave deals with.

I would have written these books anyway, but they were a done deal a while ago. Hooper is the narrator (in third person) of the long form novels. We do get inside the ugly heads of a couple of monsters, but we never see anything from the points of view of Dave"s sidekicks.

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Croakey Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:14 Source

In the week that saw Prime Minister Tony Abbott declare that Australia was “nothing but bush” before the arrival of Britain’s “marines and convicts and sailors” (see his full statement and some of the Twitter reaction...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:08 Source

From SBS: Social media users have reacted with disbelief after Christoper Pyne started a petition to save the ABC in his home town. Federal minister Christopher Pyne took to Twitter to beg the ABC not to shut down its South Australian TV production unit. “The board must reassure South Australians that the local TV production […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:55 Source

Some good news from Dun and Bradstreet: The average time taken for Australian businesses to pay their invoices has fallen to the lowest level since the third quarter of 2007, in signs that operating conditions have strengthened this year and the business sector’s cash position is improving. According to Dun & Bradstreet’s Trade Payments Analysis, businesses […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 09:48 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Spectator’s Robb Burgess has posted a thought-provoking article today arguing that the seeds have been sown for the mass emigration of young Australians seeking better opportunities offshore: … unemployment in the 18 to 24 age group has been rising steadily since the Lehman Brothers global shock of late 2008, from […]

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