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oecomuse Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 22:31 Source

This post is written on the assumption that the current Australian government is defunct. Every outward sign appears, on my reading, to be the tip an iceberg, moving rapidly across the rising electoral oceans, to sink the Liberal Party of Australia. Good.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 19:53 Source

Some think, that the Rationall Spirits flye out of Animals, (or that Animall we call Man) like a swarm of Bees, when they like not their Hives, finding some inconvenience, seek about for another Habitation: Or leave the Body, like Rats, when they finde the house rotten, and ready to fall. — Margaret Cavendish Newcastle, Philosophical…

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John Quiggin Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 19:43 Source

Prediction is a mugs game, but, watching the Brexit trainwreck, I can’t resist. Over the fold, my predictions from mid-December. So far, everything has gone as I predicted, but I didn’t anticipate how badly May would be defeated, or how strongly Parliament would reassert itself.

I now think that the “No Deal” option will be off the table sooner rather than later. Either May will capitulate to Corbyn’s demand or Parliament will force the issue somehow.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 17:48 Source

Ostracism (Or “Hinch is no Aristeides and a vote is no ostracon” I have two daughters, a grand daughter and two grand sons. I have many other relatives, neighbours and friends. Close friends and friends separated by distance. Friends and relatives I love. The mere thought that someone has hurt a single hair on their…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 16:35 Source

It won’t be long before Australia has one of the most important federal elections of its times. This next election will determine if the nation thrives or totally collapses into a miasma of hate, cruelty and economic and social degradation. Seriously, it is that important. The problem we must face is that if Labor does…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 11:00 Source

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, January 17 2019, the body of 21-year-old Palestinian student Aiia Maasarwe was found next to a Bundoora shopping centre in Melbourne. Police described her murder as “horrendous as you could get,” and refused to release further details out of respect for Ms Maasarwe, her family and friends. Later that day, Senator…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 10:15 Source

The level of absurdity in US politics has now reached such vertigo inducing levels as to render all manner of things permissible. Contact with the unwashed implies collaboration; discussion with the enemy implies assent. To go to a dinner party with a perceived hostile force in the context of business of diplomacy has become a…

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Your Democracy Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 09:56 Source
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John Quiggin Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 09:29 Source

Inside Story has run an updated and expanded version of my last post on Adani’s pretense that it is ready to start its mining project at a moment’s notice. The main new point is a suggestion for how a federal Labor government could close off the Galilee Basin without a general moratorium on new coal mines.

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John Quiggin Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 08:23 Source

what could life in Australia be like after the failure of capitalism?

That’s the title of my latest piece in The Guardian . It’s had quite a good run, but of course, plenty of pushback, mainly along the following lines

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 08:00 Source

Working class politics of today is held captive by what could be called “middle-class protocol”. There seems to be little far reaching political radicalism that would benefit the producing classes that has not first been vetted and screened through “approved” channels of middle-class perception and acceptability … that is; “keep it respectable, keep it tidy…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 07:33 Source

Protected by a self-serving media, ProMo has pushed the line that Australia will meet its emissions reduction targets “in a canter”, something his own government’s figures show is a lie. When carpeted by the Fijian PM about our inaction on climate change, Morrison lamely paid respect to Mr Bainimarama’s international leadership and passion on climate…

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Your Democracy Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 06:02 Source
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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 23:14 Source

Short man with two dogs, Linda Marrinon, 1990, Art Gallery of NSW   Americas Trump Pulls U.S. Delegation Out of Davos Forum, Citing Shutdown – Bloomberg Shutdown clouds outlook for consumer-driven U.S. economic growth – Reuters Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye warns ‘back-stabbing’ Canada to stop rallying allies in row over detainees – SCMP Trump Vows

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George Monbiot Friday, January 18, 2019 - 18:05 Source

Fearful masculinity harms both men and women. There are better ways of growing up.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 16th January 2019

 

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 16:30 Source

Asian shares finish the week with a flourish, with green results across the board as optimism grows over a potential positive outcome to the trade talks between the US and China. USD remains firm against the Asian major pairs with both the Aussie and Kiwi retreating while gold also fell a few dollars per ounce.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 15:02 Source

A 336MW Victoria wind farm inspired by local landowners, and then selected by the state government's renewable energy auction scheme, has begun construction.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 14:31 Source

The AEMC is seeking stakeholder feedback on the proposed approach to the 2019 review of economic regulation of electricity networks.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 14:00 Source

by Chris Becker While the headline looks bad at first glance, there’s still a lot of good news for renewable energy investors and energy consumers with the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual report out this week. Global clean energy investment totaled $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017; last year was the fifth in

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 13:49 Source

Great to see from Australia’s next Prime Minister: The federal government’s campaign against Labor’s proposed changes to the negative gearing tax break is aimed at distracting Australians from its own shortcomings, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says. Mr Shorten says the government is trying to hide that the economy is not working in the interests of

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 13:29 Source

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to to quadruple New York’s offshore wind target from 2.4GW by 2030 to 9GW by 2035.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 13:27 Source

China has laid out plans to drive the development of subsidy-free wind and solar projects across the country in an effort to push the technologies to grid parity.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 18, 2019 - 13:19 Source

Yes, you may have missed it but just before Scottie flew off to tell Fiji that they don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to their own citizenship laws or climate change, he wrote a piece about how Australians weren’t angry and that it was just a few “angry noisy voices” (sic. Where’s…

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 13:01 Source

As Australian swelters through another record-breaking heatwave, a cautionary tale unfolds in the state of California, where major utility PG&E faces bankruptcy, as the poster child for climate-change dangers.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen In 2017, Labor leader Bill Shorten outlined a plan to tax trusts at 30% that would raise $17.2 billion over 10 years. Shorten said the extra revenue could be used to fund services such as education and health, while he stressed that the 30% tax plan would not be applied to

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released visitor arrivals and departures data for the month of November, which again posted turbo-charged net annual permanent and long-term arrivals. In the year to November 2018, there were 828,980 permanent and long-term arrivals into Australia – up 7% from November 2017 and an

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:40 Source

by Chris Becker It’s always interesting to hear mega-capitalists complain about the very system that provides them opportunity to turn their talents into Scrooge McDuck size piles of cash. Furthermore, it’s usually the most successful that have the most liberal of views and Ray Dalio, head of hedge fund Bridgewater, has weighed in again. From CNBC:

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:24 Source

More housing weakness, from the HIA: “HIA New Home Sales continued the declining trend that we saw throughout most of 2018,” said Geordan Murray, HIA Senior Economist. “The HIA New Home Sales Report shows detached house sales fell by 6.7 per cent in the final month of 2018. “Sales during the final quarter of 2018

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen Earlier this week, the Coalition announced plans to target 270,000 young renters in Australia’s 25 most marginal seats in the lead-up to the next election, believing that Labor’s plans to curb negative gearing could prove a vote winner for the federal government. In No surprise then to read that Capricornia MP,

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Renew Economy Friday, January 18, 2019 - 11:12 Source

The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed.

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