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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 09:58 Source

Weekly column for The New Daily.Filed under: Politics Tagged: electricity prices, Malcolm Turnbull, penalty rates, Sally McManus, unions

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Poll Bludger Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 07:08 Source

Formal distribution of preferences starts today, which presumably means we’re pretty much at the end of the primary vote count, so I haven’t bothered with another update of the results. The picture is clear, with all the close seats (Pilbara, Jandakot, Joondalup, Murray-Wellington and Kingsley) having broken to Labor. Still very much of interest though is the upper house, where we have the rather peculiar situation of what is presumably an all-but-complete count of above-the-line votes, but no information whatsoever on below-the-line votes.

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John Quiggin Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 06:15 Source

I was planning a post, looking at the Brexit negotiations in terms of game theory (more precisely, bargaining theory), but Frances Coppola has saved me the trouble. One reason for my hesitation was concerns similar to those expressed by Ariel Rubinstein, in a 2013 piece that seems to be having a bit of a revival lately. Still, whether or not game theory helps, I think Coppola has it about right.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Saturday March 18 2017 “Just because we are governed by clowns it doesn’t mean we have to laugh.” The unedifying, undiluted, unplugged Jay and Josh press conference, or more appropriately called circus SA, between two monkeys on steroids showed Australians just why our politics has degenerated into a three-ring circus. In this instance, however, my…

The post Day to Day Politics: Talk about a Circus appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:18 Source

"The general manager was an employee until late this afternoon. I believe his decision is in the best interest for the council and the Clarence Valley. It would not be appropriate for me to make further comments on his resignation."  [Clarence Valley local government councillor Karen Toms quoted in The Daily Examiner, 10 March 2017]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:16 Source

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North Coast Voices Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 00:15 Source

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Poll Bludger Friday, March 17, 2017 - 23:36 Source

The weekend edition of The West Australian has results of a ReachTEL poll of federal voting intention in Western Australia, presumably conducted on Thursday night. It shows Labor with a lead of 53-47, which if borne out would amount to a 7.6% swing compared with last year’s election. I’m not sure about a federal poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of a state election, but there it is. More detail to follow.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, March 17, 2017 - 21:53 Source

The ABC website will be manually updated with lower house results over the next week. It also needs to be remembered that current Leg Council results do not include below the line votes.

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Full list of Mark McGowan Labor government Cabinet and Parliamentary Secretaries.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, March 17, 2017 - 20:32 Source

New NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian faces her first electoral test on 8 April with by-elections in Gosford, Manly and North Shore.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 17, 2017 - 18:13 Source

Media release The Federal Court in Sydney today (17 March 2017) has ruled that asylum seekers have the right to continue their legal fight to keep their mobile phones while in onshore immigration detention, following a class action brought by human rights lawyers the National Justice Project to prevent Serco and Border Force from seizing…

The post Federal Court rules asylum seekers can keep mobile phones in detention appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Club Troppo Friday, March 17, 2017 - 17:42 Source

Black to play

Stefansson vs Carlsen

21. …?
See game for solution.
Difficulty Scale

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Tesla has filed to issue $US750 million in convertible notes, and another one million shares of stock in advance of its Model 3 roll-out.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:30 Source

Seawater Hydro could potentially help South Australia resolve its highly publicised energy problems.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:25 Source

Continued surge in NSW wholesale electricity costs could provide even more incentive for rooftop solar and storage.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:24 Source Australia today announced the launch of a #StopAdani Roadshow.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:24 Source

Finkel says other countries “well advanced” on energy policy, technology reform, as many of 360 submissions plea for bipartisan approach.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:54 Source

The Budget Blueprint would cut more than 50 programs from the EPA, including Obama's Clean Power Plan.

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En Passant Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:49 Source


Newly elected Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws, and I know exactly which one to start with – Labor’s Fair Work regime.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here.


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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:29 Source

It took a couple of tweets, and at least one one-hour long phone call, but it seems pretty clear that Tesla founder, CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has helped turn the debate around energy policy in Australia on its head.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:00 Source

S.A. government has its eyes on installing five world-first gas plus battery units - each with 50MW of gas power and 10MW of battery storage - across the state.

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'So we just have a steady flow of metal piling up in our server room? Isn't that a problem?' 'Yeah, you should bring that up at our next bismuth meeting.'

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Your Democracy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:58 Source


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has for the first time offered explicit government support for a cut to penalty rates, saying he agreed with the decision announced this month.

Mr Turnbull had drawn criticism for repeatedly deflecting questions on his support for the Fair Work Commission's draft decision, which will see Sunday rates reduced from July.


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Rational Radical Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:43 Source

Cross-posted from The New Daily

Matt Ellis, 34, a Melbourne software engineer, is pleading with his fellow Australians to oppose the government’s idea of allowing home buyers to tap into their superannuation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is actively considering the … Read more

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Your Democracy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:24 Source

clean water

Senate crossbenchers are questioning whether the Government's plan to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme is feasible and a good use of taxpayers' money.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced he was prepared to invest $2 billion to expand the capacity of the Snowy scheme to increase electricity production by 50 per cent.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

When Leigh Orf, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, strives to unravel the mysteries of tornado formation, he needs something way bigger than a laptop. Phenomena like the huge, supercell thunderstorms he studies involve such vast amounts of data, only a supercomputer will do.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

One morning, in a hospital in the Czech Republic, a 69-year-old man died of heart disease. An hour later, as nurses were preparing to move his body down to the lab for autopsy, they noticed his skin was unusually warm. After calling the doctor back to make sure the man was really dead (he was), they took his temperature. At 1.5 hours after death, the body was 104 degrees Fahrenheit—about five degrees hotter than it was before he died, even though the hospital room was kept at about 68 degrees.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

Exercise is hard. That should go without saying, but it's worth acknowledging. It's difficult enough to instill a new habit without all the things that make exercise uniquely unpleasant at first. You generally have to go to a crowded place full of cranky strangers, share equipment in close quarters, and sweat and shower alongside them. But on top of that, oh yeah, it's hard. A lot of the movements are weird and awkward for newcomers. Maybe you have to stick your butt up in the air, or wiggle around like a wet noodle in overpriced, stretchy clothing.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

In the late 1800s, British anthropologist and anatomist Arthur Thomson posited that people with ancestral origins in cold, arid climates were likely to have longer, thinner noses, while those who came from warm, humid regions were inclined to have noses that were shorter and thicker.

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