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Prosper Australia Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:59 Source

Media Release   26 November 2014   “The Napthine government policy announcement it will sell Victoria’s Land Titles Office if re-elected is a grave error and to be condemned,” David Collyer Policy Director Prosper Australia said today. “The Land Titles Office is a core government function, as fundamental as the judiciary and Parliament itself. “It […]

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Labor View From Bayside Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:42 Source

A couple of Letters to the Editor in Melbourne's Bayside Leader local 'free' weekly newspaper.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 16:16 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has generally been positive, with better buying of Australian equities and banks and key mining names finding good inflows. Japan has continued to be a focal point, with many hoping for some kind of pullback to work long Japanese equities and Nikkei future positions. The 14 […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:12 Source

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The Tally Room Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Mordialloc1-2PPMordialloc is a marginal Liberal seat in south-eastern Melbourne, covering Aspendale, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Cheltenham, Edithvale, Mentone, Mordialloc and Parkdale.

Mordialloc is held by Liberal MP Lorraine Wreford, who defeated her Labor predecessor Janice Munt in 2010. Wreford holds Mordialloc by a 1.5% margin.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:58 Source

Shortly one of the most heavily publicised legal cases in Australia since the Lindy Chamberlain trial will come to a close.

December 15th is the day of reckoning for Craig Thomson as the judgement on his appeal is due to be handed down, and with a bit of luck so to the trial by media will be over.

The appeal was against convictions of obtaining financial advantage by deception. The total of these convictions amounting to approximately $24K over a 5 year period.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:55 Source

The plan by Senate cross-benchers to nobble the renewable energy target, and hand out $14 billion in subsidies to hydro plants built decades ago, is patently absurd. The big worry is that it is not far off what the Coalition proposes, and a deal to kill renewables may not be hard to obtain.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:43 Source

News of more wind industry job losses in Napthine electorate coincides with Vic Labor election pledge to set up $20m renewables investment fund.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:35 Source

Fraunhofer CSE completes first public installation of 'plug and play' rooftop solar system it says is as easy for homeowners to install as a washer/dryer.

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:30 Source

Australia’s $105 billion Future Fund has agreed to divest from tobacco, in recognition of the damage it causes to human health. However, the fund continues to invest public money in fossil fuels.

When asked about this in a Senate inquiry on 20 November, Peter Costello, Chair of the Future Fund, said:

The answer that the board came to was no amount of tobacco can be non-harmful, whereas it doesn’t believe that every amount of oil is harmful or every amount of gas is harmful or every amount of coal is harmful.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:26 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australia is cementing itself as a houses and holes economy, with the report today that the CSIRO will cut 1,400 science jobs: Previous governments have fought to stem the flow of our cleverest minds offshore in their search for better pay and research facilities. Now, cuts from the previous and current […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:17 Source

It seemed that German Industry Minister had firmly put his foot down and opposed the beginnings of a coal phaseout, but perhaps not so.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 14:07 Source

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:59 Source

China and the United States have reached an agreement to tackle climate change. And the Australian media missed the meaning, writes Robert Parker*.

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Poll Bludger Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:52 Source

Crikey has published a Victorian state voting intention result collated from Essential Research’s last three weeks of polling, encompassing 794 respondents. It shows Labor with a lead of 53-47, compared with 52-48 from its October result. Labor, the Coalition and the Greens are all up a point on the primary vote, to 39%, 40% and 13% respectively. There’s also further attitudinal polling, which I’ll also cover shortly.

Also along shortly: an upper house guide at last, some campaign updates, and a revised poll tracker including the Morgan SMS poll and this one.

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:45 Source

Internal documents show the Baird government was crafting a fear campaign over Aboriginal land claims before attempting to pass controversial legislation, the Greens say.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:39 Source

By David Collyer, cross-posted from Prosper Australia The AFR today reports Brickworks Ltd calling for steep increases in Sydney land supply to assist affordability for homemakers. Developers on the outskirts of all the major Australian cities are dribbling out lots piecemeal – stifling supply, household formation and economic activity. It is entirely rational for them […]

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:20 Source

Being fit and ethical in Melbourne can sometimes comes at a price, as Denis Kinang found out the hard way.

 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 13:08 Source

By Leith van Onselen Prime Minister Pork has warned Victorians not to vote for the Labor party in this weekend’s state election, claiming that he would pull funding allocated to the East-West Link road project if Labor fulfills its promise to tear-up the contract to build the road if it forms government. From The Australian: […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 Source

From Westpac’s Huw MacKay: The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator, hereafter the Westpac MNI China CSI, was essentially unchanged in November, printing 111.0 versus 110.9 in October, a +0.04% change over the month and –10.3% over the year. The November outcome is 8.7% below the long run average. The survey indicates that the anxieties that have been gnawing away at […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 Source

Whether you like motorcycles or not, seeing four production electric motorcycles together is an exciting picture of what the world is going to look like shortly.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 Source

Whether you like motorcycles or not, seeing four production electric motorcycles together is an exciting picture of what the world will look like shortly.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:53 Source

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New Matilda Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:39 Source

The unrelenting search for coal by Australian companies is not just restricted to our own shores. Morgan Harrington reports on BHP's activities in Indonesia.  

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:36 Source

Northern NSW town famous for its "hard working" bushranger tipped to be model for zero net energy towns.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:18 Source

From Reuters: China’s central bank will wait until fourth-quarter economic data is out and monitor U.S. and Japanese monetary policy before considering any more rate cuts or easing, a central bank adviser said on Tuesday. The People’s Bank of China surprised the markets by cutting rates last Friday for the first time in more than […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:03 Source

India confirms 12 of 25 sites for 'ultra-mega' solar parks of 500-1,000MW, as it aims for 100GW capacity by 2022 – five times previous target.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Bellarine1-2PPBellarine is a marginal seat to the south-east of Geelong, covering the Bellarine peninsula, Queenscliff and the eastern suburbs of Geelong.

Labor’s Lisa Neville has held Bellarine since 2002. She was re-elected in 2010 with a 1.4% margin, but the recent redistribution flipped the seat into a notional Liberal seat with a 2.5% margin.

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John Quiggin Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Among the sceptical reactions to China’s part of the joint announcement on climate policy made by the US and China, two were particularly prominent

* The statement didn’t require China to do anything until 2030
* The statement simply reflected “business as usual”

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