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Croakey Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 23:14 Source

Dr Tim Senior writes: Would you vote for a party that offered to poison you and your children slowly? What about a party offering entry to a lottery where the winning region picked at random would get a catastrophe? It might be severe bushfires, it...

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En Passant Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 22:39 Source

This is the link to my 35 minute radio interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Monday 23 March. Among other things we discuss the backpedalling of this sneaky government, the genocide of driving Aboriginal people from their lands, a double dissolution and strikes and demonstrations to drive Abbott and co out and shift Labor to the left.  And much much more.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 20:38 Source

What cricket film starred Len Hutton, Keith Miller, Dennis Compton, Jack Warner and Robert Morley? Who wrote it? Who directed it? What were the particular, unusual circumstances of its making?

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Politically homeless Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 20:32 Source

I might be 'a formulaic takedown artist' but I promised to be better at recognising good examples of political commentary. There were two examples today. The first was Jason Wilson's description of Abbott and the way he is reported. Journalists will stop at Wilson's description of what a weirdo Abbott is, and stop short of considering their own role in persuading a sceptical public that whatever you didn't like about Gillard/Rudd, Abbott was the better choice.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:45 Source

In addition to post-bath drying himself on my clothed body if I am foolish enough to lie on the big bed, he's also taken to sitting on me to get dressed.He now calls me "couch towel". Sometimes, before he does it, he'll sing out "Get ready, couch towel!" Pwned. UPDATE: It happened again. There was much glee. 

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Harrangue Man Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:41 Source

A fart.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:38 Source

Trust me, trust me, trust me. The price of electricity will come down, and stay down. For ninety-nine years.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:38 Source

I had a bad day recently. A rehab meeting, but not the good kind of "looking forward" ones. I was already in a state of anxiety when I arrived at work, my IBS raging as evidenced by the malodorous offenses as caused against two disabled toilets (1), but I'd managed to keep working through once I'd dealt with an unpleasant chore.I'd just tackled a large lump of work and was feeling better for having accomplished something when I found out about the meeting. I had enough time for a walk–cry–walk outside then return to my desk.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 18:30 Source

In addition to the New South Wales state election, on Saturday voters in the New Zealand electorate will be voting for a replacement for National MP Mike Sabin, who resigned in January.

Northland has been traditionally considered safe for the National Party, but the seat is now being contested by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. A poll yesterday had Peters leading in the seat by a 20% margin. If Peters wins, the National-led government’s majority will become even tighter.

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New Matilda Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:38 Source

Dredging channels to expand shipping ports is having a dramatic affect on one of the world's greatest reefs, says a government report.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 16:30 Source

Parramatta1-2PPParramatta is a Liberal seat in Western Sydney, covering Carlingford, Dundas, Ermington, Harris Park, Rydalmere and parts of North Rocks.

Liberal MP Geoff Lee won Parramatta in 2011, and holds the seat by a 12.5% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:55 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Oil rallies on Yemen conflict Equities have mostly unwound in Asia with a variety of factors pushing investors into cautious mode. The escalation of the situation in Yemen with Saudi Arabia launching airstrikes has the world on high alert and leaders will no doubt

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:14 Source

From Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh via the AFR: “I don’t know what Andrew was thinking,” Mr Walsh said to a packed mining industry lunch on Thursday. “I think the comments are absolute nonsense, I’m not sure if Andrew actually sought legal comment before.” “It (a cap) won’t help us in the longer term to prop

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Core Econ Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Over the last 15-20 years academic school meetings have gone from rambling and unstructured brawls to dull “executive infomercials”. The former led to marathon meetings. The current model has led to a middle-management culture that often does not take advantage of the very valuable specialists skills of talented, highly trained (and experienced) scholars in the department. Nor does it allow for reasonable checks and balances on the powers of the executive–something that is vital for the management of any group of academics.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 15:04 Source

By Leith van Onselen From CommSec this afternoon comes the following statements on Australia’s population (immigration) numbers, released by the ABS: Population growth is healthy although in recent quarter it has eased – largely due to a slowdown in migration. Importantly population growth is still amongst the fastest across the OECD nations and as such

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:53 Source

The outback town Coober Pedy in remote South Australia will be able to turn off its fossil fuel generators for at least half of the year.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:33 Source

Second-largest solar producer says China solar target likely to surge beyond 100GW by 2020 - but in Australia, industry faces headwinds.

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The Tally Room Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:27 Source

We’re now two days away from election day this Saturday.

Over the next two days I will be doing a number of radio interviews that you might be interested in tuning in for.

Tomorrow morning I will be joining ABC Illawarra’s breakfast show at 7:15am to discuss the election in the Illawarra region.

I will then be joining a panel segment on Fran Kelly’s breakfast show on Radio National at 8:05am.

On Saturday morning I will be interviewed by Heidi Pett on Backchat on FBI between 11am and midday.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Lindsay Partridge, the CEO of Building supplier Brickworks, has today echoed CSR’s warning that shortages of developable land are preventing a bigger construction uplift and helping to reduce housing affordability. From The AFR: “Despite surging demand, Sydney still has the lowest number of lots being released for housing development of all

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:19 Source

First the Abbott government brought the renewable energy industry to a standstill, then it brought it to its knees. Now, it has effectively told it to go and get stuffed. Abbott has crucified Australia's renewable energy industry by cynically preying on its three major weaknesses – a lack of financial muscle; a lack of unity, and it's craving for policy certainty.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 14:05 Source

An eighteen month freeze in large scale renewable energy investment has occurred around the country and it must be solved.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:50 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:50 Source

A boring NSW election campaign - and a likely predictable outcome - has flown in the face of other recent state polls, writes Ben Eltham.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:44 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:35 Source

While the use of solar PPAs has been the norm for many years overseas, the concept in general is new to Australia and not necessarily well understood.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:32 Source

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New Matilda Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:30 Source

Whatever your views on Israel, media coverage of the recent elections has been shallow and feeds ignorance and hatred back home, writes Yury Glikin.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:24 Source

Brisbane-based Tritium has landed a major deal to supply its Australian-made fast charging technology to US-based ChargePoint, developer of the world's largest EV charging network. In Australia to announce the deal, ChargePoint CEO says the global shift to electric driving is underway – a key part of energy revolution.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:13 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 13:00 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: We have now finished updating the DFA market model, to take account of the latest DFA survey data, and market data. So we can look across specific households, segments and locations. Specifically we have been looking at average loan to income (LTI – income after […]

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