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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:33 Source

My head is exploding on this new energy stuff. The Greens are in uproar: Greens leader Richard Di Natale says the government has “effectively pulled out of the Paris Agreement” as he labelled Malcolm Turnbull “hollow” and “cowardly”. Senator Di Natale said the government would “argue against the laws of physics” by saying it could

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:23 Source

With energy policy set to remain a political battleground in Australia, physics, in the form of global warming, will continue to gradually push decarbonization to the top of the policy agenda.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:22 Source

With China, India, Norway, UK, France and California planning to ban manufacture and sales of new internal combustion engine cars, and EVs on the rise, will a solar roof become popular add-on option for plug in EV’s?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:57 Source

A team of Australian researchers is turning the notion of recycling on its head, while also building a new green manufacturing sector.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:56 Source

The buzz might be about batteries, but the mass adoption of solar PV by Australian homes – and the efficient use of this asset – has only just begun, as prices reach levels that appeal to the late majority, and as early adopters look to upsize their systems.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Turnbull Government continue to argue that Australia’s company tax rate is among the highest in the world and that if we don’t reduce it then  Australia will be left behind economically. For example, here’s the BCA’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, commenting on this

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:41 Source

Breaking: Coalition set to unveil an energy policy that supports fossil fuel electricity generators, while putting a handbrake on renewable energy development.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:41 Source

Breaking: Coalition set to unveil an energy policy that supports fossil fuel electricity generators, while putting a handbrake on renewable energy development.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:24 Source

The TV news hear in Brisbane has been running rumours about an early state election for most of the year. Even though a string of predictions have already proved false, the rumours keep coming. I heard another one yesterday, but today’s news suggests not, though with the odd phrasing

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following former treasurer Peter Costello’s call last week for compulsory superannuation contributions to be taken out of the hands of bank-run retail super funds and union-backed industry super funds, who are gouging members with excessive fees, and instead be invested in a government-run fund, commentators at The Australian have unloaded on

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Inside Story Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:47 Source

Health minister Greg Hunt’s private health insurance announcement might have promised to make the system “simpler and more affordable” but it delivered more for private health insurers’ bottom lines than for Australians’ budgets. It also highlighted the contorted, confused and controversial logic that underpins the government’s push for taxpayers to finance a two-tiered healthcare system.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen “Highrise” Harry Triguboff has reportedly turned to vendor financing to maintain apartment sales to Chinese buyers. From The AFR: Meriton has spent $120 million cutting prices and covering stamp duty costs for buyers of its apartments over the past year, founder Harry Triguboff says. Cutting prices by five per cent and additional

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:37 Source

From RIO’s third QTR production report: Pilbara operations Pilbara operations produced 241.9 million tonnes (Rio Tinto share 198.4 million tonnes) in the first nine months of 2017, one per cent lower than the same period of 2016, mainly due to weather disruptions in the first half of the year. Third quarter production of 85.0 million

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:11 Source

By Leith van Onselen A few weeks back, the Benevolent Society released a report which found that age-related discrimination is particularly rife in the workplace, with over a quarter (29%) of survey respondents stating they had been turned down for a job because of their old age, whereas 14% claimed they had been denied a

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:00 Source

By Chris Becker Another night of record highs on stock markets with US Treasuries falling after Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated more interest rate rises are on the way. Currency markets were not as USD focused, with Pound Sterling falling on Brexit fears and the Euro weaker due to Spanish political imbrolios. The lack of

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