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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:53 Source

From yesterday’s AFR Innovation Summit comes Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com: Where is the growth come from? Mr Barrie asks. Governments have achieved growth from a property bubble “like no other”, says Mr Barrie. To paint this picture he says there are cranes in Sydney right now than in most American states combined and that

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen In this week’s SQM Research rental vacancies report, managing director Louis Christopher noted how rental supply would remain under pressure despite the recent record high dwelling construction levels: “Overall the current rental market is a moderate landlord’s market. There is nothing in our numbers to suggest the market is about to

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:16 Source
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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia has again taken the silver medal for having the world’s second most indebted households according to the latest data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). The next table shows the ratios of household debt to GDP as at the March quarter of 2017. As you can see, Switzerland (129%)

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The Guardian, Australia’s jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.That represented a 133% leap in prisoner numbers since 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:14 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australia Institute’s chief economist, Richard Denniss, has posted his second The Lucky Country podcast, which contained an interesting discussion on mass immigration and its impact on living standards: Listener question: “I’ve heard arguments that letting refugees into Australia will actually help our economy as more people would mean there’s more

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: What The World Thinks Of Trump – Five Thirty Eight An empirical analysis of peer-to-peer lending – VOX Fed’s balance-sheet unwind will be moment of truth for financial markets – MarketWatch BIS Hunts for ‘Missing’ Global Debt, Inflation – WSJ What Jamie Dimon Got Wrong About Bitcoin and Tulips

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Inside Story Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 19:43 Source

Last week’s release of the Class A files of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into allegations against Justice Lionel Murphy reopened a longstanding controversy about the behaviour of the former Labor attorney-general. (The Class B files, concerned simply with the legal definition of the word “misbehaviour” in section 72 of the Constitution, were published in December last year.)

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John Quiggin Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 18:39 Source

I’m doing some work on privatisation and wanted to look at recent UK experience with the Private Finance Initiative.

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 15:56 Source

Just got a robocall from an "ATO officer" reciting a phone number that I was supposed to call or suffer dire legal consequence. I guffawed.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:40 Source

Better data would reassure consumers that price changes are the result of real problems, such as weather or machinery failure, rather than market manipulation.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:24 Source

Liddell coal generator visit reveals a work-force that wants it to close. It would cost $900m to keep open to 2027. And the betting odds are terrible.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:01 Source

An interview with author Tal M. Klein.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 14:00 Source

By Kyran O’Dwyer Every so often, something catches your eye and prompts you to look a little deeper. After you see, you find you cannot un-see. After you hear, you find you cannot un-hear. When the sound of silence is disturbed it is, at best, disturbing. “Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk…

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:59 Source

Two new live graphs show renewable energy share and energy emissions in each state. Rooftop solar is lowering emissions significantly during the day.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:37 Source

We got our equal marriage survey forms in the mail yesterday, and posted them back today. From what I’ve seen, about half the forms were delivered last week and nearly all will be done by Friday. And I imagine, most people will either respond straight away or not at all. So, it was kind of strange to see the official campaigns being launched at the weekend, rather as if an ordinary election campaign started at lunchtime on election day*.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:24 Source

Queensland's Western Downs Region continues large-scale solar boom, with approval of 300MW battery ready Beelbee PV farm.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:23 Source

The window for staving off the worst of climate change is wider than we thought, but still pretty narrow.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:23 Source

Dalian stuck: Big Iron up a bit as pressure eases: Big Gas stuck, except for the Pensioner Killer: Big Gold mixed: Big Sleazy bounce exhausted: Big Liar meh: Big nothing today.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:10 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australia Institute (TAI) has produced an interesting report warning that record low wages growth could significantly curtail Australian’s superannuation retirement savings, placing immense pressure on the Federal Budget. Below is the summary of the report along with some key charts: The record-slow pace of wage growth in Australia’s economy is

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 13:00 Source

Redflow gets second major order within months for its zinc bromine batteries for application on remote, Pacific Island sites.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:56 Source

New data has revealed the latest ranking of Australia's top 10 solar postcodes, including three new entries from Victoria, and one each from WA and NSW.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:53 Source

Huge 6MW solar upgrade at Brisbane Airport will supply 18% of electricity needs and save around $1m a year on energy bills.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:59 Source

RBA minutes: Domestic Economic Conditions Members commenced their discussion of the domestic economy by noting that labour market conditions had continued to improve, although spare capacity remains. Employment had risen further in July, the participation rate had edged higher and the unemployment rate had remained steady at 5.6 per cent. Full-time employment had risen strongly

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABS has today released its property price index – incorporating both detached houses and units – which registered a 1.9% rise in home values nationally over the June quarter and a 10.2% gain over the year, exactly the same as the 10.2% annual growth initially reported in the year to

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:52 Source

Via the FT today: Donald Trump’s debut address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning is expected to set out a nationalistic foreign policy based on “sovereignty” and which pulls back from any vision of America as an overseas nation-builder and singles out North Korea and Iran as “rogue regimes”. A senior White House

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:46 Source

Increased power production with single-phase inverters and new three-phase inverters for cost-effective larger PV systems

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Renew Economy Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:22 Source

The Australian's story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:12 Source

  It’s rather difficult to empathise with the marriage equality No crowd’s insistence that they are being “bullied” by the Yes side, given that the postal opinion poll on the issue is, in itself, one of the most outstanding examples of government and social bullying that we’ve seen in quite some time. Subjecting groups to…

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:11 Source

By Leith van Onselen Thirty-five health organisations have united to put an eight-pronged action plan to the Federal Government, which includes a 20% tax on sugary beverages. From The ABC: Obesity Policy Coalition [OPC] executive manager Jane Martin said obesity was having a dire effect on the nation’s physical and economic wellbeing. “We have a

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