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Poll Bludger Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 04:24 Source

The two-party preferred reading on the BludgerTrack poll aggregate has ticked 0.5% in Labor’s favour for the second week in the row, on the back of a solid improvement for them in the latest fortnightly Morgan result, and a smaller shift on the weekly Essential Research numbers. In fact, the outstanding feature of both polls was the best result in years for the Greens, such that both major parties are little changed on the primary vote, and Labor’s two-party preferred improvement is received second-hand as preferences.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 04:08 Source

The electorate of Mallee covers the north-western corner of Victoria, including the southern bank of the Murray River from Mildura and Swan Hall, and further territory south to Horsham. It is one of two seats in Victoria remaining to the Nationals, together with Gippsland. Andrew Broad retained the seat for the party in 2013 upon the retirement of John Forrest, the member since 1993, in the face of a determined challenge from the Liberals.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 23:23 Source

getting lucky .....

from Crikey ….

Australian sovereignty is at risk under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with evidence showing a toxic combination of corporations, ambulance chaser law firms and biased arbitrators will be able to overrule our laws.

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En Passant Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 20:01 Source

The support for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is a very good sign but British Labour isn’t the answer, argues Charlie Kimber, national secretary of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in Socialist Worker UK

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laberal Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 19:24 Source

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 18:43 Source

It's been a roller coaster for me of late. One minute I'm up, then I'll take a hit, but then I'll be up again. Oh well, beats the Ferris wheel I guess.I had to have an uncomfortable work conversation which left me anxious and distressed. But even as I went through it I marvelled at the kindness shown and their making sure I was robust enough to have the conversation in the first place.I felt looked after. Although anxiety flared and I took a Valium for the first time in months fight (slash) flight did not kick in.

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 18:31 Source

I don't know why but singing along just makes me feel better.And of course you can't go past Chumbawumba.

WFTW

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 17:21 Source

It was the night before the FOMC and most of Asian markets stood still. Australian equities have been the regional outperformer for most of the day, however, with all sub-sectors of the market in the black. The key from here will be whether the ASX 200 can convincingly move above the 5700 level and as

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Delimiter Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 17:14 Source

The nation’s largest telco Telstra today revealed it will launch a Telstra-branded version of the popular Roku TV streaming device to Australians, as the telco struggles to ensure its over-the-top services remain relevant in a next-generation viewing world which increasingly appears to be dominated by the likes of US giant Netflix.

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 16:28 Source

The Baird government has promised to "throw the book" at protestors, but the Planning Minister is refusing to do the same for mining giant Whitehaven Coal.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 16:16 Source

The Property Council of Australia was out again yesterday, sternly defending the land from pesky taxes and ‘value capture’. Well, their land. The ACT branch said its members “applaud the ACT government’s vision” for the 12-kilometre tram linking the city and Gungahlin, according to the Canberra Times. They want the new tramline, which will shrink […]

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you said it... Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 15:35 Source

Guest Post Ramio1983

Let me say briefly, I never voted for Tony Abbott. Yet I also do not blame people that did. When the Australian Labor Government fell on its knees and made an embarrassment of itself from its rise of Julia Gillard and fall of Kevin Rudd, we all were keen on a new leadership. Someone we could trust and a government that was solid with the interests of not only Australians in mind but society and the world as a whole.

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Delimiter Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning travelled to Geelong to spruik the benefits of its looming Fibre to the Node deployment, braving the ire of local residents and Labor politicians, who are increasingly demanding local Liberal MP Sarah Henderson support the technically superior Fibre to the Premises version of the NBN instead.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 15:21 Source

The inevitable and unstoppable shift to solar and storage is likely to see a big change in the way that tariffs are structured – hopefully for the better, rather than the worse – but it may just mean another level of complexity for consumers in what is already a thoroughly opaque market.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:57 Source

Big iron is enjoying some respite today with BHP up 2.3%, RIO up 1.3% and FMG up 6%: Idiocy spreads are still closing: Juniors are still busted with AGO unable to reclaim 5 cents: The performance is pretty disappointing when you consider Dalian is flying again up another 6 points from this morning to 369. We’ll

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:52 Source

Getting tired of Julie Bishop.

Assad has killed 250,000 of his own people. And she  has not complained about it.

She has, instead, alleged that Putin was involved, somehow, somehow, in the killing, by accident, in wartime accident, (hard to see what else it was) of thirty-seven Australians, in a war zone, where a tourist plane should never have been, and has asked him to take part in his own international United Nations trial though he has the veto to never do that.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fresh from the Housing Industry Association (HIA) comes new forecasts predicting that dwelling construction will peak this calendar year: “It is likely that new dwelling commencements peaked at a record level of 215,000 in the financial year just passed, and indeed the risk is for this apex to be even higher,”

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:37 Source

Large scale solar is nearing parity in US, China, and India. Even in the US, utilities are giving up the fight against solar, says leading manufacturer.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:36 Source

One Step Off the Grid, the sister publication to RenewEconomy that is focused on the consumer, today issued its second newsletter, with a host of interesting stories about Australia's energy revolution.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:20 Source

By Leith van Onselen As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal reaches its final stages of negotiation in Hawaii, US sugar growers have urged the government to rule-out further opening of the US market to sugar imports: The American Sugar Alliance’s Don Phillips said sugar will be on the agenda, but the ASA will argue

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New Matilda Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 14:14 Source

White Australians are coming out of the woodwork to let the world know who they think are the real victims of the booing of Adam Goodes. Apparently it's them.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:54 Source

The news that AMP bank has taken the rather drastic step of freezing all new investor housing loans to pull itself up behind the APRA 10% annual growth line in the sand throws up a fascinating question. AMP was growing its investor loans portfolio at 15.4% per annum, which absolutely pales in comparison with the

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:51 Source

Industry-based mechanism to give Australian cleantech companies financial and commercial backing, after Abbott government cuts federal support.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:50 Source

SunPower has added a further 1.5 GW to its growing solar PV pipeline across the U.S.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:49 Source

Last Friday, North America’s SkyPower announced that it would be signing a solar deal with Kenya for a 1 gigawatt, $2.2 billion development project.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:49 Source

On July 25, Germany surpassed the old record of 74% renewable electricity. But the most interesting aspect is power trading between France & Germany on that day.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:06 Source

By Leith van Onselen The vice continues to tighten around property investors, this time from AMP: One of Australia’s largest second-tier lenders is suspending new property investor loan approvals until later this year to comply with the bank regulator’s limits. AMP Bank released a statement today saying it would not be accepting new, or assessing

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 13:04 Source

For a year or so now MB has had three targets for the Australian dollar (having been bearish since late 2011). The first target was for 70 cents this year. The second target was for 60 cents next year. And the third target was for a cycle bottom at 45 cents when the next global

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its cost of living indices for the June quarter, which revealed minimal cost pressures for the typical Australian worker, with pensioners and those on welfare fairing slightly less favourably (see below table). According to the ABS, the cost of living for households headed

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:10 Source

Here’s some better news for China: The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator, hereafter the Westpac MNI China CSI, increased by 2.2pts from 112.3 in June to 114.5 in July, which is 0.3% lower than a year ago and 5.9% below the long run average. The survey was conducted whilst the equity market was in

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