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Renew Economy Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:27 Source

New CEC battery storage installation guidelines address consumer concerns, help installers comply with safety standards.

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Delimiter Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:28 Source

ANZ Bank has announced that it now offers Apple Pay to its five million Australian customers, becoming the first bank in the country to do so.

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Delimiter Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:26 Source

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct an inquiry into the telecoms industry's Universal Service Obligation (USO) that will examine the "role and relevance" of the arrangements in today's "evolving market".

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Delimiter Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:22 Source

Virgin Media has committed to what it called the "largest UK fibre broadband rollout", that will bring fibre optic services directly to domestic and business premises.

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Delimiter Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:17 Source

Telecoms research firm Ovum has announced that the NBN Sky Muster satellite broadband service will be a "world leader" in its market.

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John Quiggin Friday, April 29, 2016 - 09:02 Source

I’m currently working on a section of my Economics in Two Lessons book dealing with minimum wages in the context of predistribution policies, so I thought I would compare Australia with the US, where the idea of a $15/hour minimum wage is currently a hot topic. In Australia there are two kinds of minimum wage. The PPP exchange rate is estimated at $A$1.30 = $US, which is fairly close to the market exchange rate at present, so I’ll give both $A and estimated $US equivalents

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Renew Economy Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:47 Source

ACT to nearly double size of next wind auction to 200MW, enabling it to reach 100% renewable energy by 2020. ACT minister Simon Corbell says the stagnation in national market caused buy Coalition policies is an opportunity too good to miss.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 29, 2016 - 06:13 Source

Friday April 29 2016   – 66 1 On the eve of the 2016/17 Budget the Turnbull Government finds itself in disarray. Next Tuesday the Treasurer must perform a feat of economic dexterity that seems beyond him. The deficit will have blown out largely because of the Government’s own spending yet it says spending is the…

The post Day to Day Politics: A Government in disarray. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Poll Bludger Friday, April 29, 2016 - 04:01 Source

Located on the western fringes of Sydney, Macquarie combines two geographically and electorally distinct areas separated by the Blue Mountains National Park: the solidly Liberal-voting Hawkesbury River area around Richmond and Windsor, and the largely Labor-voting communities on the Great Western Highway in the Blue Mountains, notably Springwood and Katoomba. It has not been affected by the latest redistribution. The seat has existed in name since federation but has changed substantially over its history, having originally been concentrated on Bathurst and Lithgow.

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North Coast Voices Friday, April 29, 2016 - 00:16 Source

This was disgraced Liberal MP for Fadden, former Minister for Veterans' Affairs and former Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, tweeting on ANZAC Day 2016 and then deleting the tweet around three hours later once he finally realised that using soldiers to play politics on the major national day of remembrance in this country was not a good idea.

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North Coast Voices Friday, April 29, 2016 - 00:15 Source

https://youtu.be/ofD1hA1brScThis is Nationals MP Kevin Hogan's large electorate:Excerpts from Kevin Hogan's 2013 election campaign

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Andrew Bartlett Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 23:31 Source

I must have given hundreds of talks and speeches of various types over the last twenty years on the issue of refugees and people seeking asylum – and written plenty of pieces on the topic (not least on this blog).  Last weekend I was speaking to a group of inspiring young medical students at Griffith University on the Gold Coast who were seeking to get a better understanding of health, social and political factors affecting people seeking asylum.  I’d spoken before at similar events put together by the same organisation –

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 20:00 Source

As we are dragged kicking and screaming into interminable weeks of sickening electioneering that will, yet again, have asylum seekers and refugees as one of its core bones of contention, let us not forget these facts. Australia is a signatory to the UNHCR Refugee Convention. This is an invitation to asylum seekers to request sanctuary in…

The post Let us not forget appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 19:58 Source

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Harrangue Man Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 19:38 Source

I started the first session of EMDR. It was brutal having to drill into moments of acute pain from as far back as childhood and I cried more than once. But just a tiny little bit and not for long. As with any form of therapy it comes with pain. Like wounded muscles being rubbed back to life, the damaged brain is being massaged but the rubbing and massaging is agonising and the soreness lingers.It hurts now, but only a little, and not for long.

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