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Rational Radical Friday, October 10, 2014 - 15:29 Source

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to Senator Nick Xenophon about our petition against his plans to allow first home buyers to use superannuation funds for housing deposits.

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North Coast Voices Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Clarence Valley Councillor Margaret McKenna........http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2014/10/07/grafton-locals-say-no-to-csg/

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North Coast Voices Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Click on image to enlargeThis map comes courtesy of the Yuraygir Coast and Range Alliancea member of Lock The Gate Alliance

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Political Owl Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 23:21 Source

23-10-2014 makeover

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En Passant Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 21:27 Source

The Australian Labor Party and the Greens, two parties of neoliberalism, are fighting over the legacy of Gough Whitlam.

Whitlam’s 1975 Budget, under Treasurer Bill Hayden, was the first attempt at introducing neoliberalism in Australia. So bad was it that the Fraser coup government kept the rotten Hayden budget.

This is what started the cat fight among the political kissing cousins.

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John Quiggin Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 21:20 Source

More than any other Australian political leader, and arguably more than any other political figure, Gough Whitlam embodied social democracy in its ascendancy after World War II, its high water mark around 1970 and its defeat by what became known as neoliberalism in the wake of the crises of the 1970s.

Whitlam entered Parliament in 1952, having served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the War, and following a brief but distinguished legal career. Although Labor had already chosen a distinguished lawyer (HV Evatt) as leader, Whitlam’s middle-class professional background was unusual for Labor politicans

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Croakey Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 18:58 Source

Dr Gavin Hazel – Program Manager, Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program and Jaelea Skehan – Director, from the Hunter Institute of Mental Health write: There is a convergence of professional opinion, science and policy that the welfare of...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 17:58 Source

“Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. As you may remember, the Government went to the last election with a policy of reducing accidental deaths in the workplace by twenty percent. We’re pleased to say that, not only are we on target to achieve this, the current indication is that we should exceed this target by a third. Obviously, this means that we can now announce that safety equipment should be considered optional and no new money should be spent on workplace safety.”

Mm, doesn’t sound plausible? What about:

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:38 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets FTSE 6360 -40 DAX 8874 -66 CAC 4073 -32 IBEX 10168 -82 MIB 19105 -161   Equities have pared back some of the recent gains with a sense of caution prevailing after a couple of events in US trade spooked investors. While the majority […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:32 Source

We all know that economists are generally not very good at predicting the future. The truth is, when they tell us what is likely to happen in any given set of circumstances, they do so with great uncertainty knowing full well the model they swear by, has numerous flaws.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:30 Source

Buoyed by their success at the 2013 election, the Abbott government has wasted no time in using their power to feather their own nest and to promote, reward and employ their backers.  Whilst all governments do this to a degree, Abbott has taken it to a whole new level of blatant nepotism and servitude to his masters at the expense of the public interest.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:16 Source

The student who helped bring the Prime Minister’s daughter’s scholarship to light will not be sentenced till November, but is unlikely to be heavily punished.

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New Matilda Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:53 Source

Too popular to be dismantled entirely, the RET is being carefully undermined by the government.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:22 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 14:08 Source

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:55 Source

IEEFA report says proposals for new coal facilities in Queensland's Galilee Basin introduce 'unprecedented' levels of financial complexity and risk.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:40 Source

32 NSW councils seek federal backing to install and gather data from a broad range of PV and solar thermal technologies.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:30 Source

We hear often that energy storage costs are falling rapidly, with obvious implications for the prospects of renewables. But what do the experts say?

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:29 Source

BZE report reveals surprisingly high emissions profile for Australia's Land Use sector, maps path to zero via well-understood, widely practiced strategies.

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The Tally Room Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Bundoora1-2PPBundoora is a safe Labor seat in norther Melbourne, covering Bundoora, Kingsbury and Watsonia and parts of Greensborough, Macleod, Mill Park and Yallambie.

Labor’s Colin Brooks has held Bundoora since 2006, and now holds the seat by a 10.9% margin.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:58 Source

In the Q&A after an unrelated speech today, RBA boss Glenn Stevens said: “The key points here are that we are keeping a close eye on the buildup of credit to investors in the housing market…Lending standards are things that need to be carefully watched in a time when house prices are rising quickly and […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:56 Source

Only in Australia can a government proposal to slash the renewable energy target by more than half be proclaimed by the “experts” as a “victory” for the moderates. Such is the toxic nature of this government’s antipathy to all things clean and green, and wind farms in particular. Welcome to Team Australia. Open to vested interests.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:54 Source

An uninspiring Flash PMI for China in October is out at 50.4 points, up slightly from 50.2. The internals were also drab with new order expansions slowing:   And the charts:   It appears at least that downward momentum has been arrested. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:39 Source

Sigh…from Farifax: Australia’s $20 billion alternative energy sector has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the federal government indicated further policy changes to reduce the reliance on wind and solar power, potentially leaving billions of dollars invested in the sector stranded or devalued. Signalling it wants to reduce the 20 per cent renewable energy target […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:37 Source

The growing drumbeat played by coal industry that their product will “save” developing African and Asian regions deprived of a reliable energy source.

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Political Owl Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:36 Source

“I’m Joni Ern

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Popular Science Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:31 Source

Actor and producer Renee Zellweger has a new face. So far, so Hollywood, right? But the usual blogs and clickbait sites have exploded with coverage, and inevitably other blogs have responded saying the actor's choice of plastic surgery is hers alone, and none of our business. But why are people so interested in yet another celebrity going under the knife? Could it be because of unique human brain biology?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:22 Source

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Prosper Australia Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:42 Source

As published on The Drum. Our houses can’t make us all rich By Warwick Smith PHOTO: Increases in house prices are only really beneficial to those who own more than one house.(Reuters: David Gray) While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people in the world because of high house prices, the reality […]

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