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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:47 Source

A ballot petition to increase access to solar power in Florida has gotten a lot of heat from groups across the state.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

New Zealand's biggest power generator imagines a scenario where every home had solar PV, and every car was electric. And it sees no problems.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

The owner of Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest coal fired power generator, issues a "call to arms" against coal, and also predicts a radical energy transition that will see half of all energy sourced from local wind and solar and battery storage.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Indonesian govt says state budget for new renewable energy development could rise from $A212m in 2015, to $A1bn next year – a fivefold increase.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Spanish govt proposes self-consumption fee for solar households that add battery storage that would double the system's pay-back time. Law would also include an infringement penalty double that for leaking nuclear waste.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Wind farm companies invite Tony Abbott to visit a real wind farm, while Greg Hunt wrestles with aesthetics of a single turbine in his electorate.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:31 Source

by Chris Becker Talk of Grexit seems to be turning into reality as the days and hours go on towards the June 30 deadline. One of the major reforms enacted by Athens was to turn the large deficit into a surplus (admittedly, a surplus sans interest payments), but interestingly one area not touched in the

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:55 Source

Coalition describes Lambie speech damming climate science and praising nuclear as 'wonderful'. Leyonjhelm, Madigan and Muir also have their say on proposed renewable cuts.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Ross Gittins has nicely summed-up how the older generations are screwing over the young, and why our politicians are only too willing to oblige them: …most young people have only a vague inkling of the extent to which successive governments have been screwing them. The pollies’ problem is that they’d

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:40 Source

By Jennifer Wilson

The release of the Lowy Institute’s latest poll on the rising fears of Australians and our insecurities regarding the potential effects on us of terrorism, gave Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he likely considers a God-sent opportunity to reassure citizens that his government will do anything to “take care of our people and keep you safe.”

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:40 Source

By Jennifer Wilson

The release of the Lowy Institute’s latest poll on the rising fears of Australians and our insecurities regarding the potential effects on us of terrorism, gave Prime Minister Tony Abbott what he likely considers a God-sent opportunity to reassure citizens that his government will do anything to “take care of our people and keep you safe.”

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:26 Source

Tony Abbott seems unwilling to accept environmental rationale for action on global warming, but he will have to accept economic and geo-political rationales.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:45 Source

Sunny India is set to add more solar power than wind capacity for the first time this financial year.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:44 Source

Amongst many other redistributions, the Northern Territory is redrawing the boundaries of the 25 electorates for the territory’s Legislative Assembly.

The redistribution map was released yesterday. I’m working on my map of the new electorates, and should have it finished by Monday.

In short, the town of Alice Springs has lost one of its three seats to the Darwin area, with a new seat created in the Palmerston area on the fringe of Darwin.

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Jack the Insider Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:42 Source

Int: The Prime Minister’s Office. Night — June 23, 2010. The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, his deputy, Julia Gillard face off. John Faulkner…

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:34 Source

When the University of Edinburgh tried refused to divest from dirty energy, we knew it was time to take radical action.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:13 Source

By Leith van Onselen Dr Leon Berkelmans, director of International Economy at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, has issued a warning about potential deleterious costs stemming from Australia’s so-call “free trade agreements” (FTAs). From Business Spectator: The economic perils of bilateral and regional FTAs are well known, and I’m not talking about the economic

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:01 Source

By Dr Anthony Horton

As the climate change clock ticks louder than ever, more and more businesses are becoming part of the climate change solution. Two thousand business leaders met in Paris earlier this month at the Business and Climate Summit and agreed that the global economy could continue its focus on growth while addressing climate change risks.

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:42 Source

The Federal government says it is concerned about compliance issue, but a leader of the group responsible for the program says they're being punished for its history of political advocacy.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:00 Source

From Westpac: The money quotes from Westpac senior Economist Matthew Hassan: Stalling momentum mid-year is a concern given the recent reduction in interest rates and hopes that this would help generate a more convincing upswing in Australia’s consumer and non-mining business sectors. Today’s Leading Index result adds to recent evidence of disappointing growth momentum and casts

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 11:00 Source

by Chris Becker The latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute Leading Index ticked below the zero level in May, after being in positive territory for the first half of the year with the catchcry “stalling momentum” and expectations the RBA will hold during 2015 and 2016. The money quotes from Westpac senior Economist Matthew Hassan: Stalling momentum mid-year is a

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:49 Source

by Chris Becker One of the darlings of the defensive end of the stock market, Woolworths (WOW) is facing mounting pressure with the retirement of chief executive Grant O’Brien and the announcement of over 1200 job cuts as profits flatline. More from Fairfax: The shock departure comes just weeks after Mr O’Brien outlined a plan

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen Defences of negative gearing are getting more outlandish by the day. Today’s effort comes from Tony Rumble, who was a consultant to the Ralph review of business taxation in the late-1990s. From Business Spectator: Nothing gets the blood of class warriors going more than the topic of negative gearing, which they

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Asylum seekers have lost the right to access government documents held on them. Michael Brull reviews the latest onslaught against basic human rights.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:34 Source

Author’s note:

Barak is a documentary movie and can be viewed on YouTube.

Featuring no conventional narrative, this film presents footage of people, places and things from around the world. From chaotic cities to barren wilderness, the movie takes viewers around the globe to witness a variety of spectacles in both natural and technological realms. Detouring into former concentration camps, the production doesn’t shy away from the dark side of humanity, and ultimately shows how much of the world is interconnected by both the tragedy and the vibrancy of life.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:25 Source

It is a hundred years and one hundred and eighty-three days since an Australian was killed by an act of terrorism in Australia.

When such a death at last occurs it will be noted here.

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New Matilda Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:10 Source

Mining companies get to exert influence over government via lobbying, and then claim some of the money they spend doing it back in tax.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:07 Source

Ferguson’s masterpiece continues ferocious and fair — and superbly paced, narrated and edited as the first act was — and does no harm, as it happens, to the Labor Party. It presents a number of good, smart people in a difficult situation, and the different, conscienceful, anguished ways they reacted to it.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:02 Source

Author’s note:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:02 Source

By Leith van Onselen After front-running Democratic candidate for the next Presidency, Hillary Clinton, over the weekend toughened her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, thereby stiffening opposition amongst Democrats in the House of Representatives, Australian Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, has finally conceded that negotiations for the TPP are at risk of collapse.

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