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politicalowl Monday, April 16, 2018 - 17:50 Source

Al Jolson Sings whilst Larry Parks lip synchs to April Showers from The Jolson Story

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 16, 2018 - 17:45 Source

The AIMN needs the help of 300 good people. I’ll get to the “who” and “why” shortly. When The AIMN started up over five years ago we were just another WordPress blog, unaware that within six months we were going to be among the widest-read political blogs in Australia. Admittedly we did have high expectations,…

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North Coast Voices Monday, April 16, 2018 - 16:02 Source

Area News, 14 April 2018:Cousins Donna Urquhart (right) and Cameron Pilley have won gold in the mixed doubles squa

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 16, 2018 - 16:00 Source

By Ad astra Australians were justifiably shocked, appalled and embarrassed by the ball tampering our test cricketers attempted last month in South Africa. Somehow, better was expected of them. After all, they were playing the gentlemen’s game – cricket – where any cheating was simply ‘not cricket’. Why then are we not even more disgusted…

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politicalowl Monday, April 16, 2018 - 15:24 Source

Tucked away back in the business pages of The Australian this morning was an interesting reference to the interest of ordinary people in politics.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 14:26 Source

New survey reveals energy efficiency enjoys extremely high levels of public support. But that's not why we should be embracing it.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 14:09 Source

Elon Musk tells interview Model 3 production has settled at 2,000 a week, should grow "three or four-fold" by Q2 2018.

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 14:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen Last week, I questioned the efficacy of the announced $10 billion rail link connecting Melbourne airport to the CBD, noting that: the cost of a rail ticket is likely to be exorbitant, since Melbourne Airport’s private operators are likely to impose significant rental charges on any railway station that is built on

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, April 16, 2018 - 14:00 Source

Part Twenty-six of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. Government’s institutional brutality Located in Berrimah, an Indigenous word which in Yolngu means ‘to the south’, in fact east of Darwin, is the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre, a facility for juvenile detention in the Northern…

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 14:00 Source

Just in case you thought China had the upper hand in the trade wars owing to US politics. I’ve circled the resignation of Gary Cohn and the launch of the China trade war: Certainly not a vote loser if not yet a clear winner: Just hit 50% in the Rasmussen Poll, much higher than President

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:57 Source

The redesigned NEG is likely to cause electricity prices to rise before they fall.

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John Quiggin Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:33 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

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John Quiggin Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:32 Source

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has warned that the amount of revenue that the federal government collects from fuel excise is at risk to the tune of $20 billion because of a growing switch to electric and high-efficiency vehicles, and has urged an inquiry into the adoption of road-user pricing. From

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:10 Source

Virtue signalling missiles is all that matters today with the AUD up: Bond yields threatening to break out: And XJO rallying: Underneath it all, Dalian is -2.8% and getting worse after China’s lousy weekend credit data and another PBOC money market rate hike today: Big Iron doesn’t care: Big Gas is off to the races:

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 13:00 Source

Via CoreLogic comes the leading mortgage index which remains down solidly year on year, but has shown a trend seasonal rise off the canvas: Total capital city for-sale listings are still higher year-on-year, led by Sydney: Whereas dwelling values continue to trend lower:

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:56 Source

Report finds up to $21.5m a year going directly to host communities through wind farm benefit sharing mechanisms; billions to broader regional economies.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:55 Source

NSW has raised $38 billion from energy asset sales, yet has reinvested not a single dollar - despite facing the fat that most of its coal fired power stations will close in the next 14 years.

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen A survey of employers by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shows that around 60% of employers will push for a wage freeze or only a modest increase in wages. From The AFR: The firm’s bargaining survey of about 60 key clients, including large private sector companies across construction, infrastructure, mining,

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia’s speculator frenzy has continued to moderate, according to today’s Lending Finance data for February, released by the ABS. As shown below, the annual value of investor loans in New South Wales (read Sydney) continues to fall, whereas Victoria (read Melbourne) has also moderated. By contrast, investor loans in the other major

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen The rent-seekers at the HIA have released dodgy commissioned modelling from economic consultants – the Centre for International Economics (CIE) – warning of housing Armageddon if Labor’s policy to halve the capital gains tax (CGT) discount is implemented:  “According to research released today, an increase in Capital Gains Tax would result

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:30 Source

Via Gavyn Davies at the FT: Up to now, there has been no compelling fundamental narrative that would account for the eurozone slowdown. But there are two possible candidates. The first is that the effects of the ECBs belated shift to quantitative easing in January 2015 have now started to wane. Although this policy change

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Your Democracy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:04 Source

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French President Emmanuel Macron said that the US-led strike on Syria was legitimate, but "history will judge" whether the operation was justified. He added that neither France nor its allies are at war with the country.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:02 Source

The deployment of renewables and electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket as the world strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:00 Source

New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:00 Source

Australian manufacturing has been put out of business by two irresistible forces. The first is the power of the mining lobby and the second the power of the banking lobby. These two between them have scuttled, shaped, bullied and destroyed the Australian polity to their own ends so successfully that Australia now has the most

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:58 Source

Coalition refuses to budge on emissions targets for NEG, despite considerable shift on technical details of emissions and reliability obligations from Energy Security Board.

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Renew Economy Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:58 Source

Coalition refuses to budge on emissions targets for NEG, despite considerable shift on technical details of emissions and reliability obligations from Energy Security Board.

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen With the Coalition set to deliver on the first part of the Abbott Government’s promise in October-2013 to deliver one million jobs over five years: The ABC has published a report assessing the jobs growth: Australia’s population is rapidly increasing, driven by high immigration, and the economy has been growing continually for

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MacroBusiness Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:30 Source

Via the AFR: Behind-the-scenes discussions between banks, regulators and industry associations are continuing to create a new Professional Banking Council that would govern industry-wide standards of professional conduct and competency, as banks brace for more damage to their reputations as the royal commission re-starts in Melbourne. …The Australian Banking Association has not decided whether it

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