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Harrangue Man Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:40 Source

With thanks to Pulp Fiction.We had one of the toilets in the gents clog up and because of my mad work maintenance ordering skillz I got asked to sort it out."I guess I'll log a job," I said brightly, "... pardon the pun."I got one laugh, from my boss+, which I heard waft out of his door.The toilet got fixed the next day. I got an email saying it had been done and asking for feedback so I went and checked. Yes, it had been done.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:39 Source

New polling has revealed the extent of support for tight gun laws in Australia. Max Chalmers reports.

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Peter Martin Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:28 Source

Spot the odd one out:  the treasury's tax discussion paper, the Murray report into the financial system, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Reserve Bank have all come out in favour of a re-examination of negative gearing or the capital gains tax concession that underpins it. 

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:25 Source

The lessons from a Dutch case which saw citizens successfully sue their government over its climate change policy will be explored at a number of public forums around the country this week. Thom Mitchell reports.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:04 Source

The Bronwyn Bishop saga continues and deepens. At the same time another pitiful effort is uncovered, writes Ross Hamilton.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 17:00 Source

Turns out coal isn't just good for humanity, it's also good for comedy. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 16:08 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets As far as US earnings go, today is one of the key dates, although it’s the after-market that will garner traders’ attention with Apple reporting. There has been minimal net buying of US futures during Asian trade, with IBM (-5.3% in post market trade) providing a reasonable

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Delimiter Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:32 Source

Should the Federal Government consider underwriting the management fees of venture capital firms to attract large-scale institutional investors like the superannuation funds?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:22 Source

On the 16th of May, Scott Morrison announced that the Abbott Government will invest over $22 million in assisting humanitarian entrants and other vulnerable migrants under 25 participate in education and make successful transitions to work.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 15:08 Source

A 310km network of EV fast chargers installed between Perth and Augusta in south-western WA is being billed as the nation's first 'electric highway'.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:57 Source

SunEdison makes new purchase that will accelerate its Australian business, and put it on a path to challenge global utilities, even oil majors.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:57 Source

Survey finds majority of Australian voters think Abbott govt has failed to support renewable energy, particularly solar for low-income households.

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Delimiter Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:56 Source

Almost three years after Telstra and two years after Vodafone, national mobile operator Optus has finally enabled high-definition voice calling on its mobile network.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Reserve Bank of Australia’s minutes, released today, contained an interesting morsel noting that lower population growth (immigration) has likely improved the unemployment rate: Members noted that the latest estimates indicated that the population had increased by 1.4 per cent over the year to the December quarter, down from a peak

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:35 Source

In the midst of detailed and disturbing evidence, a senior bureaucrat found himself bedevilled by a question too big for his pay grade, writes Max Chalmers.

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Delimiter Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:30 Source

The South Australian Government has announced that driverless cars will be driven on Australian roads for the first time in November this year, with the state partnering with a number of motor vehicle manufacturers and technology companies such as Telstra to test out the next generation in transport technology in early trials.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:17 Source

Ditching oil would hugely increase electricity demand. Here’s why that’s a good thing for the environment.

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Croakey Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:14 Source

Kypros Kypri writes: Government departments and agencies routinely commission research to help them understand and respond to health, social and other problems. We expect such research to be impartial and unbiased. But governments impose legal...

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:13 Source

This weekend, the Labor Party has a simple choice to make, and it's not about being 'pro-Palestine' or 'pro-Israel', writes Fahad Ali.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:05 Source

Big iron is not enjoying yesterday’s bounce in ore despite it continuing in overnight futures. BHP is down 0.75% and RIO is down 1.25%. FMG is faring better up 1%:         Idiocy spreads are closing sharply now (or in the case of FMG the sanity spread is at new smarts): Juniors dead:  

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:52 Source

 From Bloomie: *IRON ORE SEEN DROPPING EVERY QUARTER THRU 2Q 2016, GOLDMAN SAYS Prices seen at $49/ton in Q3 2015, $48 in Q4, $46 in Q1 2016 and $44 in Q2 2016, bank says in report. “We expect seaborne supply to increase sequentially over the next two quarters and to gradually overwhelm the weak demand

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:34 Source

The former leader of the Australian Greens spoke to Thom Mitchell ahead of his appearance at a House of Reps inquiry today. Basically, lock on!

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:29 Source

From the AFR the spruik is on: The comparatively low number of earnings downgrades over the past weeks is lifting expectations for the upcoming full-year reporting season, with some equities strategists going as far to say they expect the ASX to reach a high not seen since the global financial crisis. …AMP’s head of dynamic asset allocation Nader Naeimi

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:26 Source

The wind and solar sectors in Australia need a public champion. Why not Alan Jones? His command of the facts on coal mines and CSG has made him a powerful force. If only he could get his facts right on renewable energy.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:24 Source

Commercial solar desalination could make a huge difference in California’s ability to maintain a viable agriculture sector under drought conditions.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 13:09 Source

Yet another month has set a global temperature record, with June 2015 coming in as the warmest June on record going back to 1880.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:40 Source

By Leith van Onselen NAB has today released its June quarter Australian Residential Property Survey, which revealed that foreign buyers increased their share of existing home sales to around 10% nationally, with foreigners accounting for particularly large shares in Victoria and New South Wales: Despite much stricter restrictions on foreign investment in the established residential

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:06 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Labor Party has continued its confused blanket rejection of GST reform, this time via its think tank the, Chifley Research Centre, whose executive director, Michael Cooney, has argued the following today in The Drum: The right-wing brain explosion over a higher GST is a case of evidence-free policy… It’s hard

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:55 Source

A sci-fi movie without space lizards, plasma cannons or giant robots, what's the fucking point? In Coherence the point was apparently to make the best sci-fi movie of 2014 with none of those things; no budget, no script, no big-name actors, nothing but an idea. And Xander from Buffy.

I finally caught up with this one over the weekend, having meant to watch it for a while. I heard it described recently as the best science-fiction movie you didn't see last year, and I got no argument with that call.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:38 Source

The minutes for June are out: Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board Sydney – 7 July 2015 Members Present Glenn Stevens (Governor and Chair), Philip Lowe (Deputy Governor), John Akehurst, Roger Corbett AO, John Edwards, Kathryn Fagg, John Fraser (Secretary to the Treasury) Members granted leave of absence to Heather Ridout

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