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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 17:53 Source

Forget the links, the oft’ quoted academic tome … forget the reams of verbose railing against this or that “Authentic History” … ”Researched Paper” or PhD on the subject … I’ll give you a run-down on the course of events in both South Aust’ history and the formation of the Liberal Party on what will…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 17:00 Source

It is perhaps typical in a time where a star of the fleshy celluloid wonder Baywatch, heavy in bust and known for her sexual adventures, should feature as a political voice. Pamela Anderson’s views are treated with judicious seriousness – at least in some quarters. Her association with Julian Assange has given needless room for…

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The Tally Room Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00 Source

I’ve been steadily posting one seat guide every day. This week I’ve been posting guides to the respective Senate races, and then hopefully I’ll follow those up with federal Victorian seat guides (although I may need to post a few Victorian state seats to bridge the gap) but I’ve decided to prioritise one seat which has been in the news.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 08:52 Source

Recently, Barnaby Joyce addressed a rally of Western Australian farmers on the topic of live exports. Not only did he passionately insist that the live export trade would not be shut down, but yea, verily, it would grow. As Mr Joyce told the rally: “What we’re up against, is like a religion. “Zealotry. And they’re…

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Poll Bludger Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 07:05 Source

More of the same from the BludgerTrack poll aggregate, with the Coalition's voting intention trend lagging behind Malcolm Turnbull's personal ratings.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 05:25 Source

A full accounting of the electoral landscape as the boundaries for the next election are finalised.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 23:45 Source

Australia If the Next 25 Years are like the last 25 The Descent from the RE Peak Sydney & Melbourne, Prices and Time on Market Sydney Auction Clearance Rates Mortgage Rates Regional Australia Proportional Real Estate Sales Loss or Gain Australian Population Growth & Dwelling Construction Australian Population Growth Australian Population Growth Comparison Australia Short

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 23:30 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: First Test Drive of the Tesla Model 3 Performance: A Thrilling, Modern Marvel – WSJ Tesla’s battery maker suspends cobalt supplier amid… – Reuters Stolen Crypto Millions Paid Back for Cents on Dollar, Guaranteed – Bloomberg Fed’s Powell facing first test from the bond market – FT Microsoft’s Revenue

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Harrangue Man Friday, July 20, 2018 - 20:59 Source

It was at the end of a meeting when a muscular older man in a un-powered wheelchair was headed to another location and I offered to assist by pushing. He accepted the help but he still powered himself and my assistance was not needed. But I was still holding on to the back grip as he sped along and I was jogging by the end then got a stitch. We had to stop for me to recover from my utterly ineffective help. Once recovered we headed off then chatted for another 30 at his destination before I left.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 20, 2018 - 18:30 Source

Dana Milbank wrote it off as a victory of demographics, a minor, inconsequential point which left the “down-the-line liberal” Rep. Joe Crowley in its wake, a simple ploy that avoids any hard-headed analysis of the Democrats themselves. “The argument that there is a Democratic establishment resisting the progressive tide is a straw man.” This was…

The post Shaking Establishments: The Ocasio-Cortez Effect appeared first on The AIM Network.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 16:37 Source

Caution reigns again in Asia after a poor lead from Wall Street overnight, with only mainland Chinese shares plus their Australian proxy in the green as the Yuan continues to be dumped. The big move lower by the PBOC has seen offshore trading in Yuan briefly touch the 6.80 level, while the USD is trailing against

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 15:15 Source

Industry and consumers have more time to weigh in on how best to "integrate" rooftop solar and battery storage, after a huge response to a consultation paper by AEMO and the ENA.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 15:01 Source

Aussie taxpayers are staring down the barrel of huge financial losses as a result of climate change risks.

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 15:00 Source

A year ago, Finkel's modelling was telling us we should keep coal generators operating longer. Now, AEMO is telling us its cheaper to close them and replace with renewables and storage. That's a big step in 12 months, but AEMO could have gone further.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 20, 2018 - 15:00 Source

By Tony Andrews For full participation, just like any other Australians, First Nations need allies and support. Big business has a seemingly bottomless source of funds available to forward their own agendas. The union movement, though fairly limited in funds, has the passionate commitment and feet on the ground at election time and on the…

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 13:55 Source

Via Westpac: As investor and energy industry interest runs high in Snowy Hydro’s big expansion plans, Chief Executive Paul Broad predicts greater reliability and lower electricity prices. As the balance of Australia’s energy generation moves inexorably towards renewable sources, battery storage is becoming critical. By its nature, renewable energy from wind and solar sources is

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:42 Source

The Minerals Council report on market demand for Australian coal not only defies economic logic, it ignores climate risk and its impact on MCA’s business, and the business of its members.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Statistics New Zealand released its permanent & long-term migration figures for June 2018, which revealed that immigration into New Zealand has continued to drift back from record high levels, with 64,995 annual net permanent and long-term arrivals landing in New Zealand in the year to June, down from a peak of

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:19 Source

Report says NEG would fail in most basic and important function: reduction of Australia's wholesale electricity prices. Rather, it would drive them up after 2020.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:00 Source

Via Domainfax: Disgraced NSW MP Daryl Maguire accepted assisted travel to China from the same businessman who was allegedly pressured by Chinese intelligence agencies to cultivate Labor MPs Eric and Joel Fitzgibbon during an earlier all-expenses paid trip. Mr Maguire flew to China for 11 days in August 2002 with financial assistance from ACA Capital

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:59 Source

Via Gottiboff today: The credit squeeze being imposed by the Australian banks and the surprising changes in China are rewriting the rules in the Australian dwelling market — particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. Suddenly the Chinese are back as investors, albeit on a much smaller scale. Outer Sydney home building rates have been slashed and

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Renew Economy Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:46 Source

Is the sun setting fast enough on coal-fired power?

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:33 Source

It’s a clear pattern. Every night the AUD is sold then during the day in Asia it is bought. I have no idea why. But today’s buyers confronted a nasty surprise when the PBOC fixing arrived for CNY and it was crushed lower: It might as well have been the Aussie dollar fixing: Amusingly, XJO

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen MB has frequently questioned the efficacy of Sydney’s WestConnex toll road and tunnel project – the $17 billion 33 kilometre motorway under construction that is more expensive per kilometre than the Chanel Tunnel. This hideously expensive project will see existing free public roads like the state-owned M4 (that have already been paid

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 11:00 Source

Via Moody’s: Base Metals Price Drop Suggests All Is Not Well Though it goes practically unmentioned, one of the more unexpected developments of late has been the stunning collapse of Moody’s industrial metals price index. In part, the industrial metals price index’s average of July-to-date is a deep 8.2% under its June 2018 average because

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:46 Source

Via YourParasite: Despite the market being hard for millennials to break into, a lot of young homebuyers were able to secure a property with the help from their parents. Property prices have drastically risen over the past years. For instance, Sydney’s median home price has hit $990,000, up $377,000 from six years ago. No wonder

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30 Source

Via the AFR: Villawood Properties boss Rory Costelloe says builder rebates – or “secret commissions” – have returned to the Melbourne land market. Mr Costelloe, the executive director and co-founder of Victoria’s biggest private land developer, said the rebates, which developers offer to builders to entice buyers to their estates were a sign of “stress

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:00 Source

Via The Guardian: A national energy guarantee with a more ambitious emissions reduction target of 45% by 2030 would lead to power prices falling over the life of the scheme in contrast to the Turnbull government’s proposal, according to new modelling. With the Neg bound for a make-or-break meeting in August, the new number crunching

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xkcd.com Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:00 Source

For a long time, people thought maybe Usain Bolt was the one for running, until the 2090s and the incredible dominance of Derek Legs.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 20, 2018 - 09:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Earlier this month, Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Ernest Healy from The Australian Population Research Institute (APRI) published an excellent report explaining the deleterious impact Australia’s mass immigration ‘Big Australia’ policy has had on housing affordability in Sydney and Melbourne. Now, Bendan Coates, research fellow at The Grattan Institute, has admitted that mass

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