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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 14:19 Source

by Chris Becker UBS has a note out today highlighting the winners and losers of Aussie stocks for this calendar year. The absolute return is around 1-2% (or a good day’s upmove), if you included dividends and almost no movement in the index itself:   As UBS rightly point out that is a great deal […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 14:19 Source

Brookfarm goes solar with east-west array that matches consumption. Food manufacturers are finding that rooftop solar fits in with production needs.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 14:19 Source

Brookfarm goes solar with east-west array that matches consumption. Food manufacturers are finding that rooftop solar fits in with production needs.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 14:15 Source

UNSW calls on people and business to fund potentially game-changing hydrogen energy storage breakthrough.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:52 Source

Yesterday’s OECD Economic Survey of Australia pinpointed key areas of risk.   As Philip Soos and Paul Egan showed today in their 21 chart pack, Australia’s land bubble and accommodating credit cycle opens the economy to incredible risk. But the Abbott government has yet to even add housing affordability to their todo list. The OECD’s no1 […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:40 Source

By Leith van Onselen Treasurer Joe Hockey has this afternoon shunned raising the GST, arguing that there is not enough money in the Budget to provide the necessary compensation to middle and lower income earners. From The AFR: [Hockey] said the recommendation earlier this week by the OECD that the 10 per cent GST should […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:33 Source

The rise of the solar citizen, the demise of utility 1.0, and the arrival of energy storage. Oh, and the politics. It has been a big year.

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New Matilda Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:13 Source

Australia’s leading - and most infamous - professor of poetry has called it quits from one of the nation's most prestigious institutions.

 

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:37 Source

Chinese authorities are considering banning any new coal-to-gas projects in a move that could save emissions equivalent to Australia’s annual output.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:35 Source

By Leith van Onselen DFP Recruitment has released its mining and resources jobs index for November, which registered a fall of 4.2% to 60.90, marking eight falls out of the past nine months. Year on year, the number of mining and resources job advertisements has fallen by 31.3% nationally, but by only 2.6% in the […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:33 Source

Australia's fossil fuels sector will get $47bn in subsidies over next 4 years, report suggests. This, as Abbott government dug in over cuts to RET.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:32 Source

by Chris Becker Brent crude was up nearly 2% overnight and in futures trade today, giving a boost to the LNG contract price: There’s news this morning that the first tanker is on its way to Gladstone to pickup its first shipment of LNG. From Bloomberg: The ship, the BG-owned Methane Rita Andrea, is heading […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:11 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:58 Source

One man's terrorist is another man's media mogul. Joshua Dabelstein explains.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:48 Source

If you go to Tony Abbott’s facebook page, at time of writing, you will find six threads about the Martin Place siege and one about the slaughter of innocent children in Pakistan.  Four days after its release, you will not find any comment about Hockey’s MYEFO.  That in itself should be cause for concern.

Tony Abbott has admitted he has little interest in the “dismal science” of economics and it appears he is hoping that applies to the rest of us.  He is sticking to his forte – death cults and shirt-fronting.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:47 Source

What sort of shotgun did Monis have?

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Your Democracy Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:44 Source

economics 101

Yes the Government has done well not to chase falling revenue by cutting expenditure after the mini budget, but it has done little to bolster economic growth other than saying it will be bolstered, writes Greg Jericho.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:44 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:41 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:40 Source

The depth of grief felt by Australians over the Lindt Cafe siege is shared by Muslims everywhere, writes Lydia Shelly.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:36 Source

Murdoch took Richo off air and gave the wall-eyed thicko Paul Murray an extra hour. He called Craig Thomson a ‘grub’ who stole millions from toilet-cleaners to pay for sumptuous orgies but made no criticism of Baird or Abbott for letting Man Monis, wife-murderer, rapist and persecutor of war widows, roam free.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:30 Source

Should vehicle rego be paid via the petrol pump?

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The Tally Room Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:05 Source

briswardsThe City of Brisbane is unlike any other council in Australia. With a population of over one million people, the council is much larger than metropolitan councils in other Australian cities.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:03 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:42 Source

If, you know, after invading a couple of countries his economy collapsed?

Totes reckon he'd be reasonable about it.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:40 Source

by Chris Becker New Zealand’s economic growth in the third quarter of 2014 was slightly higher than expected at 1% versus 0.7% but annualised dipped to 3.2% from 3.9% in the last quarter: While a very good result (one Australian Treasury officials would love to have) it might forestall PM John Key’s planned return to surplus […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Canberra Times is running an article today claiming that the taxpayer bill for federal public sector redundancies has passed $1 billion: The redundancy bill for departing public servants and other government workers will be more than $1.1 billion in just three years, the latest government data shows. But the real […]

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

Lunar Mission One, the team of U.K.-based scientists and engineers hoping to send a robotic probe to drill into the moon, just reached a major milestone in funding. Today, the project's Kickstarter campaign reached its target goal of £600,000 (close to $1 million USD), with more than 30 hours to spare.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

In 2012, 53-year-old Jan Scheuermann demonstrated for researchers that she could move around blocks, dowels, a ball, and even a bar of chocolate. She did it all with a robotic arm she controlled with her thoughts.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent more light during the winter holidays, while urban areas emit 20 percent to 30 percent more light, a NASA analysis found.

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