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Delimiter Monday, February 8, 2016 - 12:02 Source

Japanese IT services and products giant NEC has opened a new Australian headquarters in Victoria.

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Renew Economy Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:51 Source

For anyone who is in doubt about the incredible journey solar power has taken in past decade, this graph offers a stunning reminder.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:51 Source

My name is Kieran, I am a gay man living with my partner in the rural Victorian city of Mildura. It’s a safe National Party seat and the Federal Member here is Andrew Broad. Mr Broad was recently quoted in the local paper (Sunraysia Daily) as saying this: “Do I support calling a relationship between…

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xkcd.com Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:00 Source

Why did the chicken cross the road? It begins over five thousand years ago with the domestication of the red junglefowl in southeast Asia and the development of paved roads in the Sumerian city of Ur.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, February 8, 2016 - 10:42 Source

The GST debate has always been about politics as well as economics, and Malcolm Turnbull’s pivot away from […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 8, 2016 - 10:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini Recognition. Of what? The latest pressing adventure seems to be the “Recognition of Indigenous People in the Constitution.” Hardly anybody has cared to explain the miserable content of that merchant-use document, where the only seriously debated issue flows from sec. 92 on interstate trade. The other sections are expressions and tools…

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, February 8, 2016 - 09:36 Source

The Victorian Government wants to elevate 8 km of existing suburban rail line in Melbourne in order to eliminate nine level crossings. The rationale sound good at first glance but needs to be substantiated Is the future of this train line up in the air?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 8, 2016 - 08:43 Source

Explaining modern money to friends is very challenging. I haven’t won many converts but I keep trying. I was in a café yesterday having a cappuccino with a friend and for once, I wasn’t the one who raised the subject. You can be the judge as to how I went. The conversation went thus: Friend:…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, February 8, 2016 - 06:22 Source

Monday 8 February 2012 1 It’s all but confirmed. If didn’t know already, Tony Abbott is the biggest liar ever to have walked the halls of Parliament. Border Force officials told a Senate committee last week that 23 vessels have been turned around since Operation Sovereign Borders commenced after the election of the Abbott Government.…

The post Day to Day Politics: Lies and other misdemeanours appeared first on The AIM Network.

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En Passant Monday, February 8, 2016 - 05:59 Source

Where are our words, today?

Have you been the morning, mourning?
Taken flight in night, and song?
Gathering, garnering the too long day…
To away with all?
And so to fall, to fall
For their catch cry, the call
The sweet absurd,
Caught in the ballad
of their birds
Without our words
There is no way
Where are our words, today?

(c) John Passant 8 February 2016

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 8, 2016 - 00:16 Source

It would appear that when he was prime minister the MP for Warringah, Tony Abbott,  was not only telling political lies of omission and commission to Australian voters – he may also telling them to his own government.The Australian, 1 February 2016:

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North Coast Voices Monday, February 8, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Image of Geelong Star (formerly FV Dirk Dirk) and position heading towards the Bass Strait on 28 January 2016

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Hoyden About Town Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 22:03 Source

My reading challenge for 2016.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 21:56 Source

By Melissa Frost Our morning routine has changed over the last decade from the obligatory visit to the bathroom via flicking on the jug to now booting up our laptops and tablets en route to the loo. We lean over the sink splashing water on our weathered faces as we peer through the mist to…

The post The increasing power of Social Media and the masks we wear appeared first on The AIM Network.

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En Passant Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 20:16 Source

 

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 19:22 Source

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Donald Trump certainly isn't trying to hedge on whether he'd support using waterboarding to combat terrorism.

Quite the contrary.

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The Mugwump Post Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 19:16 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 18:22 Source

Earlier today I was reading “Stasiland” by Anna Funder and the absurdity of our politicians hit me harder than usual. I use the word absurdity deliberately because it literally means “devoid of meaning”, but before I start talking about that, I’d like you to imagine you read this somewhere: Earlier today I had a rather nasty…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 18:22 Source

I'm listening to NPR and playing Freecell but I've noticed myself more than once autonomically pausing the radio because I am in a space out. It's like my semi-active brain goes "shh, radio, thinking" and I start thinking about things I can't think about and either keep playing Freecell but trapped in past pain or I stop playing completely and just sit there in a full space out.Then I snap out of it, press play then keep going. In the future my robotic butler exo-skeleton will be programmed to prompt me if I fall into such a state. Perhaps with a polite cough?

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 17:20 Source

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World Rugby is investigating whether New Zealand's dramatic last-gasp pool draw with Australia at the Sydney Sevens came with eight Kiwi players on the field.

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John Quiggin Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 15:55 Source

Forbes just released its annual list of the ten richest Australians. Of the top eight, four inherited their wealth. The other four range in age from 75 to 85, suggesting that new heirs are likely to be joining the rich list before too long.

This pattern isn’t yet representative of the Australian wealth distribution as a whole, but it is becoming more so. Piketty’s patrimonial society is not far away.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton On 16 January 2016, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report titled ‘Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics’ discussing their analysis of the link between renewable energy and world economies. The report is based on a study investigating and measuring the macroeconomic impacts of renewable energy deployment on a…

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 13:59 Source
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Club Troppo Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 12:42 Source

People may know of Ray Kurtzweil. I first saw him at a conference in Melbourne where he was introduced as the greatest thing since sliced bread (an introduction he’d clearly had a hand in writing or authorising) and kept talking about how great he was. Anyway, he has some very impressive achievements to his name so good on him.

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Your Democracy Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 11:19 Source

 

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he’s yet to be convinced of the benefits of increasing the goods and services tax unless it boosts economic growth and employment.

The government, which is expected to hold an election in the second half of the year, is looking at an overhaul of the taxation system, including a potential increase in the GST to 15 percent from 10 percent.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 11:15 Source

By Dr George Venturini What do Australians believe? There may be no pretension in much simplicity, but there is a lot of lack of knowledge and more so of self-satisfied Philistinism. For one would be entitled to ask in 2016: what happened to ‘a fair go’ in Australia? Above all else, Australians value ‘a fair…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 10:30 Source

This morning I had free range eggs—from our yard destroying chickens—and lashings of bacon and toast, including one piece with honey as the dessert portion of breakfast.Now I'm going to try and ride the exercise bike for an hour.I imagined my breakfast was the sort of meal a late-19th century dilettante explorer would have had before setting out for the day, feasting greedily on protein for his exertion whose exploration was totally borne on the backs of the underpaid local labourers making that exploration—and breakfast—possible. There's probably one poor fucker whose only job—due to sheer dint of size—is to carry the gramophone.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 09:17 Source

Can Turnbull survive the Hanson-Young challenge if Andrews, Foley and Baird join it? Can he send back little children to their persecutors for ninety years on Nauru when his electorate, specifically, believes he is a different sort of man?

We’ll see how it plays out. One would have thought the amiable, quirky, comforting presence on Q&A was not the man to do this sort of thing.

He has to keep the Abetz-Abbott-Morrison-Dutton mob sweet. But does he?

This is the difficulty with Turnbull. We know who he is, or we think we do, but he’s a man, an attitude, a stance, without a party.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 09:07 Source

What does the Year of the Monkey have in store for 2016? Since it’s an election year I thought it would be fun to check out the Chinese horoscopes for our political leaders. Our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was born in the Year of the Horse; the leader of Her Majesty’s (for now) loyal Opposition…

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The Political Sword Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 08:55 Source


[The Turnbull residence at Point Piper, Sydney]

After Turnbull toppled Abbott in September the polls turned in favour of the Coalition; Turnbull’s ‘satisfaction’ rating was high; and he had a commanding lead over Shorten as preferred prime minister. The big question for Turnbull, the Coalition, and indeed Labor, is whether he can maintain those poll numbers all the way to an election.

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