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Poll Bludger Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 07:01 Source

A lurch back to Labor in the BludgerTrack poll aggregate, plus further polling tidbits and preselection news aplenty.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 22:30 Source

Willunga Landscape, Horace Trenerry, 1947, Art Gallery of NSW   Macro & Markets Hedge Funds Play Tug-of-War With the Volatile Australian Dollar – Bloomberg One Weird Trick for Avoiding Bad Chinese Bonds – Bloomberg Brazilian mine tragedy will not be the last tailings dam disaster – Reuters, Home China’s coal imports surge, but prices tell

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 15, 2019 - 18:00 Source

By 2353NM  The human mind is a wonderful thing. We all have different interests, ideas and methods of doing what is needed to stay alive. We also have different beliefs. Some will tell you that the contrails left in the sky following the passage of aircraft are a 24/7/365-day aerosol assault over our heads made of…

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George Monbiot Friday, February 15, 2019 - 17:40 Source

The governments’ inability to respond to our democratic emergency is one symptom of systemic political failure

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 13th February 2019

 

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Ambit Gambit Friday, February 15, 2019 - 17:12 Source

Queensland was hit by forest fires, and the Queensland Premier was at it, blaming climate change (and the Australian government): “If you want to know what caused those conditions, I’ll give you an answer – it’s called climate change,” the Queensland premier told reporters. “It is only the LNP who could watch Queensland burn and […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 17:00 Source

Not a good finish to the week here in Asia with all stock markets reporting a loss as pessimism around any trade deal between the US and China builds, with Trump’s focus on domestic issues and creating an “emergency” as political theater. The USD has reversed again with gold prices lifting slightly. The Shanghai Composite

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 15, 2019 - 16:30 Source

Media Release The report delivered by the parliamentary committee’s inquiry into mechanisms for compensation for non-GM farmers has disappointed consumers and GM-free farmers alike. “While we are grateful for the opportunity to have this inquiry we are dissatisfied by its findings and find it astonishing that there are no recommendations at the end of this…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 15, 2019 - 15:00 Source

The passage of amendments to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by the Australian House of Representatives and the Senate this week was less a case of celebration than necessitous deliverance. The mental well-being of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, or lack thereof, has been documented extensively from Australian legal representatives to members of Médecins…

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 14:02 Source

In strong sign that the country's energy market rule-makers and regulators are finally trying to keep pace with technology, AEMC flags a rule change in virtual light-speed.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 14:00 Source

Via Damien Boey at Credit Suisse: Overnight, we received very disappointing US retail sales data. Headline nominal sales fell by 1.2% over the month, their sharpest monthly decline since the financial crisis. Notwithstanding ongoing strong job creation, consumption weakened on the back of low confidence and market turbulence.   We estimate that year-ended growth in

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 13:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Today, the Victorian Government will announce that it is rezoning 50,000 housing blocks and creating 12 new suburbs in Melbourne’s key growth zones in order to cater for Melbourne’s bulging population. The areas that will be opened up for development are: Beveridge North West Wallan South Wallan East Merrifield North/Kalkallo Basin

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 13:26 Source

In the shift to renewables, time is pressing on Australia's incumbent gentailers like AGL. Big decisions will have to be made, and made fairly promptly.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 13:00 Source

Via Nikkei: A massive building boom across China, including in tier-two cities like Jinan, has left as many as 65 million empty apartments across the country, according to estimates by Gan Li, a professor at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu. Sales volumes in 24 cities tracked by China Real Estate Index System fell

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:30 Source

AHG warns big time: Yuk: Plenty more where that came from. Yuk:

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:26 Source

Tesla big battery bags another bid dividend from energy market services, but storage projects still struggling to make money on time shifting and arbitrage.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:15 Source

Do not expect any loosening of credit in this cycle, via AFR: The corporate regulator’s chief prosecutor, Daniel Crennan, QC, has warned the government has empowered him to pursue “extremely harsh civil penalties and criminal sanctions against banks, their executives and others” after the Senate passed tough new rules for white-collar offences. Corporate executives could

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 12:00 Source

Here’s the DHG wrap: And the segment split: The biggest issue is in the print revenue: Less people spending less on glamour ads, I guess. Then there’s the write down which sounds lie the tip of the iceberg and an outlook that ain’t much to celebrate: Dour stuff with the risk of considerably worse ahead.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:58 Source

NSW hinterland luxury rental home with 10kW solar, two Tesla Powerwall batteries, and a Model X EV, seeks to demonstrate Tesla’s vision of the new energy and transport future. So how does it shape up?

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:55 Source

Genex starts early works on the 250MW pumped hydro component of its Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, to keep up momentum as it awaits financial close.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Consumer groups have lashed the mortgage broking industry for pretending to care about reform while vigorously lobbying politicians to protect their commissions. From SBS News: The consumer groups that were part of a forum with the mortgage-broking industry have quit en masse, citing a lack of progress and willingness to change.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The REINZ has released its house price data for January, which revealed a 2.9% seasonally adjusted rise in the national median house price, with prices up just 5.2% year-on-year: Outside of Auckland, seasonally adjusted house prices rose by 2.3% in December, with prices up 9.7% year-on-year. Looking at the major cities,

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:00 Source

By Leith van Onselen At the end of 2018, the Morrison Government failed to strike a deal with the Senate cross-bench to pass a bill that would have seen fees for low-balance superannuation accounts capped at 3% and exempted fund members under the age of 25 from compulsory life insurance. Last night, the Government struck

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xkcd.com Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:00 Source

Help, I set my white balance wrong and suddenly everyone is screaming at each other about whether they've been to Colorado.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:45 Source

By Leith van Onselen After Statistics New Zealand last month changed the way that it measures net overseas migration (NOM), resulting in large falls in the estimated migrant intake, it has released migration estimates for the 2018 calendar year, which reveals that NOM fell further to 48,278 people, down from a peak of 62,227 in

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:42 Source

The last five years of government in this country have been characterised by the greatest waste of time and money in our history, a debasing of the standards of political discourse, and a singular lack of progress and achievement in the things that affect our day-to-day lives. In 2013, Tony Abbott promised to “make your…

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:41 Source

Wireless EV charging company Witricity has bought 1,500 patents and applications from Qualcomm to 'transform the automotive experience'.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:37 Source

UK will be first right-hand drive market to get Model 3 configurator, which means that Australia will not be far behind.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Telstra has advised that its profit fell by 27% to $1.2 billion in the first half of 2018-19. CEO Andy Penn said revenue is being affected by the impact of the national broadband network (NBN) on its fixed-line business. He argues that the NBN’s wholesale prices will eventually need to be

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Renew Economy Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:25 Source

Vestas takes market share of 22%, leading a group of four manufacturers which together account for 57% of all wind turbines commissioned in 2018.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:15 Source

According to popular argument, it killed Malcolm Turnbull and the Libs in Wentworth, and has brought the government to its knees in blue ribbon electorates around the country. Yes, it’s energy policy. Yet as of today, with an election three months away, the Scummo Government has none, via AFR: So Scott Morrison’s big stick has

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