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MacroBusiness Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 04:01 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 03:49 Source

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Digitopoly Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:35 Source

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation went far further than any other organization in mandating open access. From January of next year, all research funded by the Foundation will have to be made available and free online — including appropriate metadata to make the research searchable.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:13 Source

From Society Generale’s Wei Yao via FTAlphaville on the Chinese rate cut:   …due to the further rate liberalisation announced at the same time, there is actually no de facto rate cut. The PBoC surprisingly lowered the benchmark deposit rates by 25bp and the benchmark lending rates by 40bp. After the change, the 1-year benchmark deposit […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 01:44 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:15 Source

When the Abbott Government’s wider surveillance powers were passed by the Senate, the Australian public was being assured by both major parties that the sweeping ‘anti-terrorism’ legislation had built-in safeguards which would protect us all from over reach by intelligence agencies and police.The good citizens of Tacoma in Pierce County, Washington, United States probably thought they were protected too.

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Croakey Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:29 Source

The ABC cuts announced today will have significant ramifications for the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities, an issue that will be explored at Croakey in coming days (in the meantime, see some of the tweets at the bottom of this...

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The Failed Estate Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:16 Source

The existential attack on the ABC in Australia is just the latest extension of creeping libertarianism, imported wholesale from the US and promulgated by the Murdoch press and the now dominant right-wing fringe of the Liberal Party. For these people, there … Continue reading →

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Politically homeless Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:04 Source

I don't care how many prima donnas there are so long as I am prima donna assoluta.- Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:37 Source

After a week which saw Tony Abbott’s government berated by both Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt,

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Popular Science Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:18 Source

At the crack of dawn on Friday, the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft was transported via specialized train car to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket is scheduled for liftoff this afternoon and will be carrying an eclectic mix of astronauts to the International Space Station.

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En Passant Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:09 Source

Mark Scott, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s managing director,  has announced job cuts of 400 staff, almost ten percent of staff. He has also announced cuts in particular to regional and rural services, local current affairs, some international bureau reorganisation women’s sport broadcasts and some TV programmes exploring politics.

I understand the job losses will be through sackings and non-renewal of contracts.

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WixxyLeaks Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:13 Source

The last two weeks have been the end of an era for many politicians.

Many have been preparing and then giving their valedictory speeches before parliament.

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New Matilda Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:06 Source

The long-running 'Frances Abbott secret scholarship' saga is expected to come to a head tomorrow, with the sentencing of whistleblower Freya Newman.  

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:00 Source

I was organizing my work files when I came across a series of character work ups for The Disappearance series. Tusk Musso was in there, still carrying all of the baggage we loaded him up with in that 'Build Me a Marine' entry back at JSpace.

And Caitlin. My beloved Caitlin. It was fascinating to read the bio I wrote her before I wrote even a single word of Without Warning. Before I got anywhere near that first line:

The killer awoke, surrounded by strangers.

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The Idiot Tax Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:17 Source

Out in the boonies the media is a rough deal. The reporters have an average age of 12. The editors are crusty and conflicted. And the money is running out. They report what they want to happen....

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Croakey Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:46 Source

Karleen Gribble and Julie Smith write: Alongside this week’s announcement of a free trade deal between China and Australia came reports of Gina Rinehart’s investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China. Australia’s...

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Poll Bludger Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:39 Source

Another Morgan SMS poll, a very current one conducted from Friday to today from a sample of 1173.

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MacroBusiness Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:15 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets There will certainly be a number of money managers outperforming benchmarks wishing that the year would end abruptly so they could lock in performance. Still, there is much water left to flow under the bridge, so traders need to stay vigilant. There are five weeks to Christmas […]

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:31 Source

The former Palmer United Party's new turn as an Independent means the RET is even more likely to be sliced and diced, but not by the Coalition you think.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:29 Source

The share of coal in China's electricity market has shrunk more than 6 per cent in a single year, and imports have shrunk dramatically.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:28 Source

Report highlights rise of renewables – and demise of new coal – in US as wind power provides nearly 70% of new generating capacity in October.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:12 Source

NRG Energy sets target of cutting its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:11 Source

Francesco Paraggio has developed a wind farm locator app. It’s quite simple, but a lot of fun and actually has a few neat features.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:11 Source

US retail giant committed to 100% renewable energy, but its slick greenwashing hides its massive coal consumption.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:10 Source

Australian battery storage maker RedFlow caps off year of commercialisation and fund raising with appointment of top tech investor Simon Hackett.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:09 Source

Push by utilities to slash tariff for solar, and to increase fixed charges, is going to accelerate grid defection rather than stop it. New study recommends new tariffs that could encourage solar and storage by putting a proper value on their network benefits.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:09 Source

Slick media strategies and strong narratives are of no help to a flailing government if its political decisions are flawed and its policies untenable. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Abbott Government, ABC The Drum, Budget, Coalition, communication, media, narrative, PR, Tony Abbott

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The Tally Room Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Westvic-LCWestern Victoria is one of eight regions used for the Victorian Legislative Council. The region covers eleven seats in western Victoria, including four seats in the greater Geelong region as well as Ballarat and Warrnambool. The Liberal Party holds six seats in the region, Labor holds four seats, and the Nationals hold one seat.

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