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Delimiter Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 10:05 Source

Visionstream, an Australian services provider to the telecoms industry, has just inked a deal with Telstra to supply maintenance and building services to more than 40,000 assets nationwide.

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Renew Economy Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:28 Source

More battery storage products are flooding on to the market each week. Here, we identify which brands and devices stand out on cost per kWh.

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Renew Economy Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:24 Source

Germany announces big incentives for EVs, bringing down the cost of vehicles like the Renault Twizy. Who wouldn’t buy that? Me.

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Renew Economy Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:09 Source

Development of Sunshine Coast Council's 15MW Valdora Solar Farm underway, which will offset all of the council's energy needs.

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Renew Economy Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 08:58 Source

A team from UNSW's Australian Center for Advanced Photovoltaics has achieved a 7.6% efficiency record for a "full sized" CZTS PV cell.

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En Passant Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 06:46 Source

WHAT: Snap action ‪#‎bringthemhere‬
WHERE: Outside Department of Immigration & Border Protection, Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT Canberra
WHEN: Friday 12.30pm

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John Quiggin Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 06:42 Source

Jan Libich of La Trobe University has a new book out called Real-World Economic Policy: Insights from Leading Australian Economists. Each chapter has a fairly accessible introduction to an economic policy issue, along with an interview with an Australian economist: examples include Bob Gregory, Andrew Leigh and Warwick McKibbin. It’s useful both as an intro text and to get a bit of insight into how some of our leading economists think about the issues facing Australia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 06:04 Source

Thursday 28 2016   – 67 1 Kaye Lee in her piece for The AIMN headed ‘Where is the evidence’ quoted Malcolm Turnbull’s words from 2013: “The politicians and parties that can demonstrate they can be trusted, that they will not insult the people with weasel words and spin, that they will not promise more than…

The post Day to Day Politics: When only the truth will do. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 04:57 Source

The only new poll this week was the weekly Essential Research, owing to the poll glut last week and the Anzac Day public holiday on Monday. The Essential result was an eye-opener, with the normally sedate series lurching two points in favour of Labor, who have opened up a 52-48 lead. The primary votes are Coalition 40% (down two), Labor 39% (up three) and Greens 10% (down one).

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Poll Bludger Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 04:46 Source

Held by John Howard throughout a parliamentary career that ended with his loss of the seat in 2007, the electorate of Bennelong covers the northern shore of Sydney’s Parramatta River from Gladesville west to Ermington, and extends north through Denistone and Ryde to Epping. It has not been affected by the latest redistribution. While the Ryde area has leaned to Labor in the post-war era, riverside suburbs to the south and east have helped keep the seat in Liberal hands for all but one term since its creation in 1949. John Howard came to the seat in 1974 in succession to its inaugural member, Sir John Cramer.

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Political Owl Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 00:57 Source

I went today to a National Press Club lunch, a rare thing for me, and heard one of the better political speeches of my experience. Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale came close to convincing me that I should abandon the habits of a life time and vote for someone other than Labor.Be that as it may. A matter of little consequence in the scheme of things. But what did surprise me was the absence of coverage of Senator di Natale's address on tonight's television news.I despair that a thoughtful and considered addressing of the policies Australia needs was so totally ignored by the television media

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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 00:16 Source

A report card on private education in Australia......The New Daily, 25 March 2015:More than 40 per cent of Australian secondary children now attend private schools – either so-called independent or religious schools. Australia has one of the most privatised school systems in the OECD….New 

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North Coast Voices Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Meme found on TwitterFormer Liberal MP and current Liberal candidate for the seat of Indi, Sophie Mirabella, once more demonstrates why she is considered by many to be unfit for office…..

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 22:56 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 20:47 Source

This is an actual letter to the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, from Kate Sofoulis. Kate would like like to share the letter and her desperate situation with AIMN readers. The Honorable Mr. Christian Porter Minister for Social Services Dear Mr. Porter, I am writing to you, as a member of your electorate but…

The post A letter to the Minister for Social Services appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 19:14 Source

Dear Table Talk Readers,

Ellis’s public page,, will shortly be closing down.
The subscribers page, Ellis Gold , will continue.

There is an Ellis tribute planned at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival.

I will post details here shortly.

Comments are locked.

Thank you, Dali.

The Argus


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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 19:07 Source

Ok, this is NOT an actual transcript, but who needs an actual transcript when you’ve got common sense… If you want to compare it the actual interview just click this: Anyway, it went something like this, as best as I can remember: LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: This afternoon the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined 7.30 from…

The post In Case You Missed Turnbull’s Appearance On 7-30 last night… appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 19:07 Source

old fart

The release of a report on how global warming, via more CO2 in the atmosphere, has influenced a noticeable "greening of the planet" or "plant growth" in the last 30 decades is not surprising. These effects were actually predicted with reasonable precision by the "father" of the global warming science, Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius (I often call him Sven for short). 


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Prosper Australia Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 17:08 Source

Those with a Self Managed Superannuation Fund who hold englobo land in Victoria will need a fresh accessory after the state budget: a goat to eat weeds. Treasurer Tim Pallas has kindly extended the englobo wheeze that deems unimproved land within urban growth boundaries to be primary production land and exempt from State Land Tax […]

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En Passant Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 17:00 Source

I am speaking this Thursday at the ANU in Canberra on the Panama Papers, inequality, taxing the rich and much much more.

The Panama Papers have revealed yet again that the rich rig the game and pay little tax. Instead of taxing the rich the Government wants us to ‘live within our means’. This is code for more cuts to social welfare, to Universities, public health and public schools among other cuts.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

There's a new Quidditch mod in Halo 5 and it looks amazing. Much like the Halo series' cult favorite Grifball, this game was created by adventurous players using the multiplayer modding system to create something a little different from the Capture The Flag, Slayer, and Zombie modes you've come to expect.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

The temperature during the day hovers around 107 degrees Fahrenheit, even in early spring. It's dry, and sulfur and chlorine cloud the air, burning the lungs of people unfortunate enough to be close to the boiling hot springs, roiling with salt, and heated by magma deep in the Earth. Welcome to the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

France is making submarines for Australia. In a $50-billion deal, Australia has ordered 12 of the 97-meter Shortfin Barracuda submarines, as part of the biggest military contract in Australia's history.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

HTC announced today that it's taking applications for an accelerator program focused on virtual reality innovation.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

It's rare that we get extended footage of autonomous cars driving in a a series of situations. Nvidia, the technology company that makes graphics cards and computers for autonomous car development, published a paper detailing a new system of deep learning that teaches itself how to drive with "minimum training data from humans." The paper also included video footage, of which we are pleased to present the highlights.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

About four years ago, my father returned home from a business trip and showed me a picture he took of a person attached to some sort of futuristic jet pack. I'm pretty aware of new gadgets thanks to social media and websites like Popular Science, but I hadn't seen or heard about anything like this before—I didn't even know how to Google it! After several days, I gave up on my search.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

Drinking to youth may have gotten a little too literal this year thanks to a new spirit.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

While SpaceX is looking forward to launching its biggest, baddest rocket yet later this year, other companies are scaling down. Jim Cantrell, one of the founding members of SpaceX, has just announced a new company that will specialize in making small rockets.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

Google, Uber, and Ford have joined forces for the future of the driverless car. Along with Volvo and Lyft, the companies have created a lobbying group named the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 15:01 Source

Hubble has big news from a tiny dwarf planet on the outskirts of our Solar System.

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