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George Monbiot Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 21:27 Source

There are plenty of brilliant plans for getting us moving without trashing the planet. So why aren’t they happening?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 21st September 2016


It was a mistake, a monumental, world-class mistake. Cars for everyone was one of the stupidest promises that politicians ever made.

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Club Troppo Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 20:23 Source

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (Cth) is a perennial favourite topic for right wing politicians, and conservative pundit Andrew Bolt has never stopped moaning about it ever since he ended up on the wrong side of a Federal Court decision Eatock v Bolt in 2011.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 20:11 Source

By James Moylan Our politicians have sold our country out from under the feet of the citizenry. We are no longer even the primary audience that our politicians are worried about. Policies are now crafted to be suitable to the Murdoch and Fairfax organisations and the big end of town. Exclusively. Common sense does not…

The post Why our politicians suck appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 19:20 Source

the American way ...

We all know by now that the real terrorists (the politicians in the suits and ties and the banksters that pull their strings) are waging their war of terror on multiple fronts for multiple reasons.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 19:16 Source

By Steve Laing I’ve greatly enjoyed some of the discussions on The AIMN over the last few weeks, although like many, I get a little disappointed when it gets personal, a little sarky, and then a little nasty. However, that’s how families argue, and I’d rather have the argument than live in a bubble of…

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Antony Green's Election Blog Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:48 Source

A record 123 candidates have nominated for the expanded ACT Legislative Election to be elected on 15 October.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 13:51 Source

Decision by AEMC will push more local generators and prosumers to reduce their use of the grid, to look at private wires and microgrids, and potentially to disconnect.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:50 Source

Our analysis suggests that wind exported from South Australia is pushing down prices across the National Electricity Market by a much as 10 per cent.

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Text and audio of PM Malcolm Turnbull's address to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:50 Source

Research shows that the introduction of emission standards for light vehicles has considerable benefits for motorists and Australia more broadly.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:50 Source

A proposal for a massive solar plant paired with pumped hydro storage in an old gold mine has taken a big step forward.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:41 Source

Abraham Lincoln from one of the Lincoln–Douglas debates for the senate race in Illinois, 1858.Lincoln:That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong—throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:36 Source

The Kramer experiment - flying through the air on sweet winding roads on our Zeros, and our 100% electric motorbike trip.

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Peter Martin Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:34 Source

Incoming Reserve Bank chief Philip Lowe has appealed to the Turnbull government to help him out with economic management by borrowing big for infrastructure, saying there's only so much that further cuts in interest rates can do.

In what amounted to a plea to the Prime Minister and Treasurer to take advantage of near-record low interest rates and borrow now that the Reserve Bank's cash rate was close to zero at 1.5 per cent, he told a parliamentary hearing that monetary policy is "not working as effectively as it might have".

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Wood Mackenzie estimates seaborne thermal coal use would have to fall by 40 per cent by 2035 to meet the 2° target.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:31 Source

Recent positive comments by urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher indicate it’s time for governments to actively pursue implementing road pricing in Australia Is it time to get serious about road pricing?

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:27 Source

The Western Rivers Alliance is calling on the Queensland Government to make good on its election promise to protect the unique rivers of the Channel Country.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Australia commits to ratifying Paris climate deal, which will come into force by the end of the year - a speed of action almost unprecedented on the international stage. But that means Malcolm Turnbull will have to match words with action. But how?

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 09:24 Source

I normally write about all manner of despicable people here, dodgy politicians, corrupt officials, puppy farmers and animal abusers.

Today I wanted to write about something different. Today I wanted to write about someone gutsy and touch on an issue that is of vital importance to many, and most certainly her.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 09:00 Source

With debates on the Constitution, Recognition and a possible Treaty ramping up in the mainstream media it’s time to expose the lies that have conveniently masked Australia’s history. Indigenous people farmed, managed and governed the continent for millennia. In this three-part series JD Anthony reflects on Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate…

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Under The Milky Way Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:57 Source

Many Muslims state that the true Injeel (Gospel as taught by Jesus) is found in The Gospel of Barnabas which was later excluded from The Bible by Christian leaders who wished to put fake and corrupt teaching into The Bible. You can read a Muslim making that claim here.

The Gospel Of Barnabas is not the true Injeel. Rather, it is an obvious forgery.

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Ambit Gambit Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 08:12 Source

Sonia Kruger was the first significant celebrity (unless you put Pauline Hanson in this category) to suggest that perhaps we should stop Islamic immigration, at least temporarily, until the terrorism issue is settled. Now an Essential Poll says 49% of Australians agree. The proportions between the parties are 60% amongst coalition voters, 40% amongst Labor […]

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Peter Martin Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 07:21 Source

You'd be forgiven for thinking that money matters to everyone except those who don't have it.

Last week, after months of anguish, the government gave ground on its plan to to wind back the super tax concessions directed to the wealthiest 4 per cent of the population. It didn't want them to suffer too much.

This week, at the National Press Club, Social Services Minister Christian Porter dismissed suggestions that it needed to lift the Newstart unemployment benefit of just $264.35 per week.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 05:56 Source

Thursday 22 September 2016 Where the Rod Laver Tennis Centre now stands, in Melbourne, the area was once occupied by massive Elm trees under which fierce political debates once took place. Rather like Hyde Park in London. It was there that as a teenage boy I spent many a Sunday afternoon. Politics has been for most…

The post Day to Day Politics: Where did it all go wrong? Part one. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Professor John Quiggin writing at, 10 September 2016:When Dyson Heydon delivered the report of the Royal Commissioner into Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, he claimed that his findings represented “the tip of the iceberg”. At the time, I commented that, given nearly $50 million of public money and lengthy hearings with the exceptional powers of a Royal Commission, the Australian public was entitled to expect the whole iceberg.It turns out that I was too charitable.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 19 September 2016, p.11:Heal the distrustWell the results of the Clarence Valley local government election have been announced and while congratulating each of the nine councillors, I feel that some facts should be noted.Firstly, only two of the councillors seeking re-election this September increased their first preference vote tally over that received in the 2012 council election.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 18:54 Source

Poor Bill Leak! Apparently people just don’t get the idea that he’s using satire and attempting to ridicule those people who’ve had it far too good for far too long. You know who I mean: Those carrying on about equal rights while refusing to defend my right to burn a cross in my front yard…

The post Let’s Have A Day For Normal People And By Normal I Mean Male, White And Employed! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 18:12 Source

lying down with dogs ...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 16:19 Source

I closed my last post with a series of rhetorical questions. Why are RAAF jets flying missions inside Syria? Why are we following the United States blindly halfway around the world to drop bombs on a country with whom we are not at war? And why do we now appear to be supporting ISIS? In…

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Renew Economy Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 14:52 Source

University of Maryland students say they have achieved an aviation first, getting their manned, solar powered helicopter off the ground.

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