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Croakey Friday, November 21, 2014 - 15:05 Source

Thanks to The Conversation for permission to share this reflection on the SBS/Blackfella Films production First Contact by Dr Chelsea Bond, Senior Lecturer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland....

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New Matilda Friday, November 21, 2014 - 15:01 Source

Meet the woman behind the steadily building anti-Halal push back.

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The Tally Room Friday, November 21, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Northmetro-LCNorthern Metropolitan is one of eight regions used for the Victorian Legislative Council. The region covers eleven seats to the north of the Melbourne city centre, and including the city centre itself. All eleven seats in the region are held by Labor.

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New Matilda Friday, November 21, 2014 - 14:59 Source

Mark Latham represents different things to different people. To Liz Conor, he represents many things, and none of them are particularly flattering.

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John Quiggin Friday, November 21, 2014 - 14:19 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, idees fixes and so on.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:50 Source

If you are like me, you have probably had it with this ‘debt and deficit disaster’ mantra that is peddled incessantly by the Prime Minister, the Treasurer and the rest of this disorganised, ideological rabble who call themselves a government.

Is it too much to ask that they tell the truth and stop deceiving the Australian people into believing that running the economy of a country is the same as running the economy of a household?

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:19 Source

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:15 Source

It is completely unrealistic to expect that Australia will be able to grow its share of fossil fuel production whilst other countries reduce their share in a world with strict limits on carbon emissions.

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Political Owl Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:09 Source

Tony Abbott transformed into Julia Gillard the liar.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:04 Source

From Westpac’s Huw Mackay: Phat Dragon has allocated a considerable portion of the available column inches in this chronicle to housing sector activity of late. A week ago, the very welcome signs of stabilisation in housing starts, and to a lesser extent sales, were presented, alongside a further update on the promising trend in daily sales activity post Golden Week, […]

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Labor View From Bayside Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:56 Source

There is already speculation about who will replace Denis Napthine as leader of the Victorian Liberals after the 29 November election.Our local Liberal member is rumoured to have had only one supporter for leader when Napthine was elected, himself. It is a pity that he did not choose to join Ted Baillieu by retiring this time. After 22 years of cruising in a so-called safe seat, he has become an invisible, unaccountable representative.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:46 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: In the last week the US and China announced goals to reduce emissions by 26-28% and cap emissions by 2030 respectively. India also signalled its aim to end coal imports within 2-3 years. These are telling signs of a move away from fossil fuels by some of the world’s biggest emitters […]

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New Matilda Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:44 Source

Australia's export of live cattle and sheep has led to horrendous breaches of standards and outright cruelty. Despite the naysayers, there are ways to stop live export without hurting Australian farmers.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:37 Source

I saw Le G had been gonged this week for contributuions to American Letters, and that she'd given some sort of kick arse acceptance speech. But I didn't realise how kick arse until I read it.

She gives Amazon a kicking, champions SF and Fantasy writing, and makes you think you really wouldn't want to go up against her in a dark alley without a lot of fire support:

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:24 Source

We are on track to see 2014 set the mark for hottest year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:23 Source

The global market for small rooftop PV systems coupled with power storage systems is expected to increase tenfold over next three years.

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Harry Clarke Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:22 Source

Sinclair Davidson and Ashton de Silva argue in the current issue of Agenda (here)  that there is no evidence that the plain packaging legislation works.  They base this finding on an inspection and analysis of data from 2001 to quarter 1 2014.  The legislation was introduced in December 2012 so there are 4 (or 5) quarters of data post policy to consider and about 90 before the change.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:15 Source

This is two days old now but is worth revisiting: There are two main changes in our Australian economic forecasts. Firstly we have shaved our 2015 GDP growth by 30pps from 2.3% to 2.0%. This compares with consensus forecasts for 2.9%. The core themes behind our bottom-of-consensus forecasts that we held through 2014 appear to be […]

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:08 Source

Global climate finance levels are dropping—largely because the cost of solar has fallen so quickly.

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The Tally Room Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Eastvic-LCEastern Victoria is one of eight regions used for the Victorian Legislative Council. The region covers eleven seats in regional Victoria to the east of Melbourne, and on the south-eastern fringe of Melbourne. The Liberal Party holds eight seats in this region, and the Nationals hold the other three seats.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:55 Source

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WixxyLeaks Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:48 Source

A Royal Commission into anything is an expensive exercise for the taxpayer, and with the government cutting back on spending and increasing taxes on things like petrol and seeking to create a sick tax or GP co-payment for doctor visits, any Royal Commission has to have a purpose that is in the public’s interest.

It is absolutely critical that the Royal Commission process be seen to be above politics and to have the highest level of integrity.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:46 Source

Find below a fresh (or, rather, stale) speech from the latest RBA doyen to be using the mining rear vision mirror. For all of its happy points, the analysis overlooks one crucial fact. If Chinese demand isn’t growing then neither are Australia’s export earnings. It simply does not matter that demand is strong if it […]

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:33 Source

Solar power could skyrocket in the next 30 years according to a report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:31 Source

New data highlights how policy certainty affects two big renewable energy markets in Australia: Rooftop solar is growing, large scale renewables at standstill.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:12 Source

Little help here? My mother's Bookclub is doing a modern classic for their next pick, and Mum needs to choose the book. She asked me, but I only read books that go BOOM, or nonfiction titles for work. So I'm of no use.

I did think Evelyn Waugh's Scoop would be a good choice. But Mum would like a few more.

So, something published in the last, say, 100 years, that's a recognised classic, and a bit humorous.

Anyone got anything?

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xkcd.com Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:00 Source

I'm working to bring about a superintelligent AI that will eternally torment everyone who failed to make fun of the Roko's Basilisk people.

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 10:14 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: I took two separate rides with two different UberX drivers yesterday. At no time did I feel as though my life was in danger. But in danger I was, at least according to several factions debating the safety of my choice to have an unregulated stranger drive me from one location […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:37 Source

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Renew Economy Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:34 Source

Tony Abbott is trying to reduce the global energy debate to a competition between "goodies and baddies." Coal is good, he says, and in Abbott's world black clearly trumps green. But he is backing the wrong team.

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