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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:02 Source

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Croakey Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:52 Source

Thus far the federal government has resisted calls for Australia to send assistance other than funding to fight the growing ebola crisis in West Africa citing an inability to guarantee treatment for infected personnel close by. In this open letter...

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Renew Economy Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:42 Source

Want proof distributed solar is booming? Two charts show how it provided over 25% of new US power plant capacity in 2013 and 43% in first half 2014.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:36 Source

Micro inverters and smart energy management systems are taking solar into off grid systems, camper vans and pretty much anywhere else you want power.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:34 Source

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the September quarter CPI and inflation is easing at 0.5% (0.4 expected) for the quarter and a tame 2.2% for the year. The analytical series are now easing as well with the trimmed mean at 0.4% and 2.5% and weighted median 0.6% and 2.6%. All figures are down […]

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Croakey Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:23 Source

Finding the mechanisms for governments to effectively consider health impacts across the policy spectrum has thus far proven elusive. In this research Dr Gemma Carey, Brad Crammond and Robyn Keast argue that the current mechanisms for cross...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen Just six years ago, the US and a number of European nations experienced first hand the carnage of a full scale property bust.  These experiences should have taught the world that debt-fueled property speculation, along with placing regulatory constraints on housing supply, is a recipe for disaster and bound to end […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:18 Source

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:10 Source

Yesterday I was blessed to have some free advertising from a most unlikely source, Ray Hadley.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:00 Source

'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.' 'Nothing you should worry about.' 'The death isn't even very serious.'

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:58 Source

From Westpac’s Bill Evans: The six month annualised deviation from trend growth rate of the Westpac Melbourne Institute Leading Index which indicates the likely pace of economic growth three to nine months into the future fell from –1.07% in August to –1.16% in September. This is the eighth consecutive month where the growth rate in the Index has been below […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:30 Source

(From Mike Rann, Australian Ambassador to Italy)

Gough Whitlam was irreverent. He even joked about his own death. Some years back he mockingly complained to me that he thought the ALP would try to turn his funeral into “a fund-raiser, some kind of raffle”. As I sought to assure him that would not be the case, he interrupted saying “I’ve got news for them, my funeral will be bigger than Cleopatra’s entry into Rome”.

I am sure it will be.

Gough’s irreverent humour means that we can best honour his memory in the way he would most like; by joyfully celebrating his life and its impact on every Australian.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:17 Source

In the documentary film "Citizenfour" by Laura Poitras, it’s revealed that Edward Snowden’s longtime girlfriend Lindsay Mills also left the United States and joined Snowden in Russia. Cheekily, Vogue suggests a trio of outfits for Mills, to match both the climate and the need for discretion that comes with proximity to the source of a major intelligence leak.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:17 Source

After crossing multiple time zones it can feel like your entire body is worn out. And it turns out, that’s true, even down to the bacteria in your gut. In a study published last week in the journal Cell, researchers found that in both humans and mice, the gut microbiome was affected by changes to the test subjects' biological clocks. The human subjects went on a trip from the U.S. to Israel -- an eight- to ten-hour time zone difference. The mice in the study didn't get to go anywhere (humans have all the fun), but they had their feeding habits and the light in their habitats disrupted.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:17 Source

When the first working gun was 3-D printed in the United States, the government responded not through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, but instead through the State Department. Guns, it turns out, aren’t terribly hard to get in the United States, so a 3-D printed gun doesn’t radically change gun access here.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:17 Source

The treatment, developed by researchers in the UK and Poland, involved removing one of Fidyka's olfactory bulbs (the structures in the brain that allow you to smell) growing cells from the bulb, and then injecting those cells into the damaged area of Fidyka's spinal cord.

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:16 Source

Now a group of scientists are decoding the mystery surrounding this bizarre disorder. By mapping the genome of each individual in the Pakistan family, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden identified a single genetic mutation responsible for the condition. Known as ITPR2, the gene is responsible for controlling sweat production, and knocking it out can stop sweat secretion altogether.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 10:08 Source

The BHP third quarter production report is out iron ore is fountaining from the big Australian: Western Australia Iron Ore (WAIO) production increased by 15 per cent in the September 2014 quarter to a record  62 Mt (100 per cent basis) as the ramp-up of Jimblebar continued ahead of schedule and we improved the  availability, […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:52 Source

A few extra charts this morning from the CBA commodities team gives an insight into just how fast the Chinese economy is moving way from Australia. Net exports are a new support for growth as imports fall back: Consumption and investment are still stuck together: Fixed asset investment is falling across the board (though infrastructure […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:40 Source

Author’s note: I wrote this piece prior to the death of Gough Whitlam and wondered if now was an appropriate time to post it. Then I heard John Howard say:

“A wise man once said that everything should have context”.

What we say with our words and do with our actions defines context and explains the difference between rulers and leaders.

My Father used to call it Foot in Mouth Disease

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:39 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:33 Source

A lot of lies were told yesterday, many of them in the documentary The Whitlam Years, whose ‘witnesses’ were lit like horror-film villains and whose Judy Davis narration was in its every sentence shallow, snide and sneering.

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Harry Clarke Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:22 Source

An interesting feature of the proposed Australia China free trade agreement is that so little is at stake. Most of Australia’s exports to China and most of China’s exports to Australia are tariff free. The catch is the restriction on Chinese purchases of Australian housing and land and Chinese foreign investments generally which are subject to discriminatory restrictions.  But if Australia reduced these restrictions what could China offer in return? Well, not much.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:15 Source

Tarneit1-2PPTarneit is a safe Labor seat in south-western Melbourne, covering Laverton North, Tarneit, Truganina and Williams Landing and most of Hoppers Crossing.

Tarneit has been held by Labor MP Tim Pallas, since 2006.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:15 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:11 Source

Charlie Aitken reckons iron ore and oil have bottomed: Importantly also for Australia, and I may well be on my own saying this, but I think the iron ore price has bottomed for the year and will track higher ($95t target) on seasonal restocking from China. It also appears spot Oil prices have bottomed and will also edge higher. […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen RBA deputy governor, Phil Lowe, gave a speech yesterday afternoon to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s 7th Annual Australasian Fixed Income Conference, whereby he expressed overwhelming frustration that the prolonged period of record low interest rates had not generated genuine productive investment, and had instead been channeled into existing assets, like […]

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The Piping Shrike Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:43 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:11 Source

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En Passant Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:23 Source

I wrote this almost 2 years ago on the 40th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Labor government. It seems still relevant today as we look back on Gough Whitlam’s life.

Forty years ago the Labor Party won government for the first time in 23 years in Australia. Gough Whitlam, one of the most right wing members of the Party, came to power as Prime Minister on the back of massive social movements and a strike wave in the late 60s and early 70s, both of which shifted society to the left.

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