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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 14:18 Source

By Erin Chew, Convener for the Asian Australian Alliance. Monday the 8th February 2016, was meant to be a momentous occasion for The Hon. Phillip Ruddock – a veteran member of Parliament of 42 years announcing his retirement from politics and taking up a post as the Australia’s envoy for Human Rights to the United…

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The Political Sword Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:20 Source

A once and future Senate

Ken Wolff, The Political Sword, 21 August 2016

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 07:30 Source

A need fed by fear driven politics is causing a loss of focus and it is causing a lot of pain.…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 06:08 Source

Saturday 1 October An observation “In terms of the environment. I wonder what price the people of tomorrow will pay for the stupidity of today”. 1 In the absurdly reported news of South Australia’s power blackout where Coalition MPs, including the Prime Minister, fell backwards over each other to can renewable energy, I found it…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 00:15 Source

After five years of wondering if the NSW Government would be mad enough to consider an unsolicited proposal to industrialise the Clarence River estuary by constructing a privatised international mega port built on the back of foreign investment, concerned Clarence Valley native title holders, residents, business owners, commercial fishers and farmers now appear to have an answer.After a number of local people decided to make their concerns as visible as possible through word of mouth, the creation of a

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Harrangue Man Friday, September 30, 2016 - 17:07 Source

I have to admit I was certain I'd score with ping seven but, well, I got a "no thanks" response.I asked them why but given the delay in even getting an initial response back I suspect I will never know.So it's a big kick to the ego and a lesson not to emotionally invest in a ping until a ping pings back. The result sparked anxiety and dread even though logically I shouldn't feel that way. But then I don't get to control the sparks; I just deal with the aftermath.So onward and upward—even though I just ate a face-full of wall.WFTW.

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Your Democracy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 16:17 Source

poor fellow my country ...

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, September 30, 2016 - 15:49 Source

Link to background on the Canterbury, Orange and Wollongong by-elections.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 30, 2016 - 15:27 Source

Earlier this week, in response to a request by One Nation’s Malcolm Roberts, innovation and science minister Greg Hunt set up a meeting between the CSIRO and the Senator. “My core aim is, as always, to get the empirical data that underlies their claim that carbon dioxide is affecting global climate, because they’ve never provided…

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 14:39 Source

Politicians and others were fast to use SA storms as an opportunity to pin the situation on renewable energy, before anyone even knew what had happened.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 30, 2016 - 14:23 Source

New Reserve Bank governor, Philip Lowe appeared before the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics last week and delivered the RBA Annual Report 2015 to Parliament. If one was hopeful of a more progressive approach from the new boss, it didn’t happen at this gathering. Sadly for the country, Lowe gave every indication that…

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 14:18 Source

It's remarkable how quickly a national conversation can fall into the gutter of bipartisanship and ignorance. But the legacy could be damaging: dumb politics could leave Australia with an even dumber grid.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 30, 2016 - 14:00 Source

By Ian Dooley Responses to comments If I respond to the comments on Ken’s post, perhaps that means we’ll get some different comments or questions on this article, rather than hearing the same points made again. So here goes! The comments are in italics and bold, with my responses below each one. I have omitted,…

The post The State Theory of Money: Your shortcut to understanding Modern Monetary Theory (Part 4 – final) appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Jack the Insider Friday, September 30, 2016 - 13:30 Source

We live in weird times. Free from the rigours of parliamentary representation and sporting a hipster beard, Wyatt Roy appears to be writing…

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 13:22 Source

13 game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced today as winners of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ climate change award.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:56 Source

Turnbull amongst many to point the finger at renewables for South Australia's power outage. What else can we blame renewables for? Twitter answers.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:54 Source

The Lyon Group announces a partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation to roll out 1GW of solar and up to 1GWh of battery storage by 2020.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:51 Source

Australian academics give their views on how to constrain fossil fuel supply as part of efforts to tackle climate change.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:50 Source

New DOE report details latest advances in solar, wind, LED lights, batteries, and electric cars.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:46 Source

Labor states accuse Turnbull of peddling "ignorant rubbish"about wind and solar in the wake of the South Australian blackout.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:42 Source

While national plebiscites are rare, they have been more common at state and territory level.

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Renew Economy Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:21 Source

ABC's Chris Uhlmann doubles down on attacks on renewable energy by predicting the whole nation is at risk of a blackout if we pursue wind and solar. Doesn't the ABC have editors?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 30, 2016 - 12:13 Source

By Bob Rafto A recent study found that clowns are considered the creepiest profession by members of the public along with taxidermists, sex shop owners, funeral directors, taxi drivers and the unemployed. “Creepiness is something distinct from fear,” David Livingstone Smith, a professor of philosophy from the University of New England, Maine, told Late Night Live.…

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xkcd.com Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00 Source

I WONDERED why he kept asking whether we thought the impact speed was too low.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, September 30, 2016 - 05:57 Source

Friday 30 September 2016 I was sitting with my wife watching the Trump v Clinton debate thinking how America could even contemplate the thought of a Trump Presidency when our granddaughter, who is with us for the school holidays, chirped in with, “I don’t like that man”. Ah, the wisdom of a six year old.…

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North Coast Voices Friday, September 30, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Given that there is currently not a single politician in Liberal or Nationals ranks who would make even a half-decent Australian prime minister, speculating on who might replace Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is to venture down into the dark pages of a horror story.However, I’m willing to wager that the right-wing nutters currently infesting both parties will be whipped into a frenzy if polling numbers like those set out below continue.Former Liberal prime minister John Anthony "Tony" Abbott was first out of the barrier with a 'helpful' comment to journalists. Skilfully he 

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North Coast Voices Friday, September 30, 2016 - 00:15 Source

ABC News, 23 September 2016:Lawyers say a class action in Queensland over unpaid wages to Aboriginal people is setting a national precedent, as dozens more come forward in other states to say they were not paid properly.More than 300 people are suing the Queensland Government in the Federal Court, which held money in a trust that should have been paid to them as labourers or domestic workers mo

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 21:07 Source

What I’ve witnessed in the last 28 hours, as South Australian has been experiencing the most severe weather event the Bureau of Meteorology says we have ever had, is the perfect case study of the absolute incompetency of the mainstream media and their desperation to turn absolutely every news story into a political contest, no…

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En Passant Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 20:44 Source

 

A host of conservative politicians, including PM Turnbull, have opportunistically used the South Australian power outage to cast doubt on renewable energy, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.

To read the article click here. SA blackout: Australia storms Right into the dark over renewables 

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John Quiggin Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 19:07 Source

In my final post on Locke’s theory of appropriation/expropriation, a while back, I mentioned that his latter-day successors, Nozick and Rothbard didn’t offer any improvement. I said at the time I would spell this out a bit more. I’ll start with Rothbard who is more politically relevant, and also, in my opinion, more interesting. As an example, at least during his 1960s flirtation with the radical left, and at the time he developed the theory of ‘homesteading’, he favored reparations for slavery.

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