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North Coast Voices Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Australian Bureau of Statistics Small Area Labour Markets data covering June Quarter 2013 to June Quarter 2014 across the nation give an indication of how the regions are faring when it comes to employment levels.For those interested, the document below also gives figures for specific Level 2 Statistical Areas.On the NSW North Coast these figures cover areas such as Casino, Evans Head, Mullumbimby, Grafton, Maclean-Yamba-Iluka, Lennox Head, Kingscliff etc.Unemployment by North Coast Local Government AreaBallina June Quarter 2013 - 5.7% June Quarter 2014 - 5.5% Labour Force 19,013 peopleByron BayJune Quarter 2013 - 9.3%June Quarter 2014 - 8

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North Coast Voices Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Since 2008 anyone can prepare a petition, gather signatures, and have it presented to the House of Representatives by the Chair of the Standing Committee on Petitions or by another member of parliament. Once a petition has been presented to Parliament the Committee refers it on to the responsible minister who then has 90 days to respond.A ministerial response to the petition below would be due by 18 January 2015.House of Representatives

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Club Troppo Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 21:37 Source

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Harry Clarke Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 21:02 Source

Enjoyed this article  - and the video – by Steven Pinker on the history of violence both from ancient times through to the “Long Peace” after 1945.   In almost every respect the world has grown less violent through history and the decline has been most marked after 1945.  Conflicts and wars within countries, between countries, within families and violence involving marital partners, rapes, children and towards animals have all shown steady decline.

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Croakey Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 21:01 Source

  My chances in this nation were a result of the Whitlam program. My grandparents and parents could never have imagined the doors that opened to me which were closed to them. I share this consciousness with millions of my fellow Australians...

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oecomuse Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 20:57 Source

What a day, what a moving and beautiful day, in turns solemn and funny, nay whitty, and sad. A day when we were reminded of politics as the art of possibility, equality, opportunity, inclusiveness, and visionary greatness. A day when Noel Pearson returned to his roots and spoke passionately and convincingly in that fiery Obamaesque preacher style, as an Aboriginal man and as an Australian.

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Peter Garcia-Webb Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 19:46 Source

Just when you think no more is possible, Israel finds yet another way to deny justice and to attack the common rights of Palestinians. The latest move is to suspend Haneen Zoabi from the Knesset and to move towards outlawing Palestinian political parties from the Knesset. Led by right wing fanatics, Israel has sunk into a self glorifying apartheid abyss where criminal action is defended by the weak claim of necessary security.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 19:07 Source

Here I am again breaking into a series. A Murder Unmentioned (2014) is the sixth in a series set mostly in New South Wales in the 1930s and featuring Rowland Sinclair. Although of course the story is self-contained, a number of the characters and their relationships have obviously been developed in earlier books, and I can’t help thinking that knowing that development might make them seem a bit more real.

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Croakey Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 18:48 Source

The Federal Government has finally responded to growing criticism of its failure to contribute to international efforts with Ebola in west Africa. Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced the Government will contribute up to $20 million over the...

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Club Troppo Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 17:42 Source

I just came across this hilarious story.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 17:02 Source

gough's legacy

Gus: A social Australia

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 16:00 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia is experiencing some weakness in response to cautious trade around the midterm elections and declining energy prices. Additionally, Europe has been a source of concern following reports which suggest ECB leaders are planning to challenge Mario Draghi. While there is certainly a lot […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:16 Source

From BofAML comes some fascinating thinking on the end of QE and equities: After six years, the Fed finally exited QE last week. Given that investors have had more than a year to prepare for this event, the consensus is that this will have limited market impact. After all, long-term US rates have been falling this year even as […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:14 Source

'Network opportunity maps' to highlight areas where demand management and renewables can address electricity constraint, rather than more poles and wires.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:09 Source

Australia has a new ambassador to direct negotiations on a climate treaty in Paris. But the words climate change have been dropped from his job title.

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En Passant Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 15:03 Source

Passant, John, Tax Avoidance and the G20: Fighting the One Percent for Tax Justice and Equity (November 4, 2014). Available at SSRN here. To view the whole paper hit the download button in the middle of the page or thereabouts.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:54 Source

  By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: ASIC has updated its guidance for credit licensees on their responsible lending obligations. Credit licensees cannot rely solely on benchmark living expense figures rather than taking separate steps to inquire into borrowers’ actual living expenses. The updated guidance reflects: a recent Federal Court decision […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:52 Source

Germany is looking to achieve exactly what Australia says is not possible – and wean one of the world’s largest manufacturing economies off coal – as well as shutting down nuclear.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:44 Source

As power blackouts rock South Africa, SunPower reveals plans to build a solar panel factory in Cape Town capable of producing 160MW of PV modules a year.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:44 Source

As blackouts rock South Africa, SunPower plans to build a solar panel factory in Cape Town capable of producing 160MW of PV modules a year.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:44 Source

Germany is headed for 31-32% renewable share of gross domestic electricity demand in 2015, a doubling of non-hydro renewables since 2010.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:43 Source

It’s true more homeowners are getting solar panels, but large, cheap home energy systems don’t exist yet. It does appear they will be coming, however.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:29 Source

From Westpac’s Elliot Clarke: At its simplest, the purpose of the ECB’s recently announced asset purchase programs and the TLTRO’s are to repair the policytransmission process through the provision of liquidity to the system and (it is hoped) confidence to market participants. The dilemma for the ECB is that there is no real guarantee that borrowers are willing […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:59 Source

World leading researcher Martin Green says cost of solar technology will halve again in next decade, meaning solar - not coal - will become dominant energy source.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:59 Source

World-leading researcher Martin Green says solar technology costs will halve again in next decade – meaning solar, not coal, will become dominant energy source.

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En Passant Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:57 Source

This is the link to my 30 minute Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace on 4 November. We discussed the Victorian election, the polls, the war in Iraq, national security, tax, Whitlam and much much more.

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:57 Source

The latest IPCC report comes as Australia drifts to the fringe of the global effort to halt further warming. Amy McQuire reports.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen Jonathan Pincus, visiting professor of economics at Adelaide University and former principal adviser of research at the Productivity Commission, has written a curious piece in The Australian today arguing that deregulating university fees and raising the interest rate on loan repayments is justified on both equity and efficiency grounds: …even applying […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:50 Source

For the Australian government, the IPCC report could not have come at a worse time — or at least, that’s what you would have assumed.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 13:21 Source

  Read the report Wednesday November 12th, 6.30pm Presenter: Catherine Cashmore 2/22 Punch La, Melbourne RSVP The 7th Speculative Vacancies report advocates for empty property held for capital gains to be included in Australia’s housing vacancy measures. Read The Age’s write up With the capital gains in the land game regularly tripling the yearly rental incomes […]

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