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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 14:01 Source

New research has challenged the view that wood bioenergy is carbon neutral, and shows wood pellets actually emit more CO2/kWhr than coal. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:33 Source

Via UBS: Based on our proprietary inflation survey, we are revising up our long-held topdown forecast for Q4 headline CPI (due on January 31) to an increase of 0.7% q/q (was 0.6% q/q initially). While this is the equal largest q/q since 2013, it is the same q/q rise as a year ago, and came

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:29 Source

From Gottiboff today: Despite a few interruptions, US bond interest rates have been falling since the early 1980s as US bond prices rose, forcing yields lower. That bond boom is over. American interest rates in 2018 are now set to rise sending shockwaves around the world. Here in Australia the US directional change will edge

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:24 Source

A community investment plan at Sapphire Wind Farm could be the turning point the wind industry has needed for years.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:24 Source

A community investment plan at Sapphire Wind Farm could be the turning point the wind industry has needed for years.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:17 Source

2017 was the tipping point for corporate PPAs in Australia, when contracting renewables to meet energy needs became a commercially viable proposition.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:07 Source

Thursday's sudden outage of Victoria's Loy Yang B unit marked the 13th failure of a major coal unit this summer – and offered just the latest illustration of the vulnerability of Australia’s ageing and increasingly intermittent coal fleet.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:07 Source

Thursday's sudden outage of Victoria's Loy Yang B unit marked the 13th failure of a major coal unit this summer – and offered just the latest illustration of the vulnerability of Australia’s ageing and increasingly intermittent coal fleet.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:03 Source

Federal energy minister gets social media slap-down after ignoring coal plant failure in Tweet about Thursday's power price spike.

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Renew Economy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 13:03 Source

Federal energy minister gets social media slap-down after ignoring coal plant failure in Tweet about Thursday's power price spike.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:12 Source

It’s a sad and sorry ASX today sinking back to 6000: Dalian has opened down: Big Iron is soft: Big Gas is falling: Big Gold too: Bond yields are still near breakout: Leaving Big Ponzifier nowhere to hide: But Big Realty is up: Aussie dollar right on 80 cents depressing it all.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:11 Source

Via Desmog: Over the past few years, natural gas has become the primary fuel that America uses to generate electricity, displacing the long-time king of fossil fuels, coal. In 2019, more than a third of America’s electrical supply will come from natural gas, with coal falling to a second-ranked 28 percent, the Energy Information Administration predicted this month, marking the growing

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Inside Story Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:09 Source

If you squint hard enough, you can see the next change of federal government on the horizon — later this year or early next. In these post-GFC times, and remembering the fates of recent state and territory administrations, two terms isn’t a bad run for this government. A Labor government got six years in 2007, the Coalition got five or six in 2013, now it’s Labor’s turn again.

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Inside Story Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:14 Source

It’s rare these days that an Australian feature film is both gripping and tells us complex truths. The truths in Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country are confronting for us all. This Australian “western” shows us how the pastoral industry, for which our forebears took the land, was built on slavery, and that the rape of Aboriginal women, whose offspring were then used as cheap station labour, played a part. It also tells us that this land seizure and exploitation did not go unresisted. Aboriginal Australians fought back.

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Inside Story Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:14 Source

It’s rare these days that an Australian feature film is both gripping and tells us complex truths. The truths in Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country are confronting for us all. This Australian “western” shows us how the pastoral industry, for which our forebears took the land, was built on slavery, and that the rape of Aboriginal women, whose offspring were then used as cheap station labour, played a part. It also tells us that this land seizure and exploitation did not go unresisted. Aboriginal Australians fought back.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:00 Source

Via UBS: A never-ending story of inquiries, reviews and proceedings… While many regions around the world are seeing a push back against regulation in the banking industry, in Australia the banks continue to face significant headwinds. While the Financial System Inquiry (FSI) of 2014 has been completed and the banks are on a path to

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xkcd.com Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:00 Source

The retina is the exposed surface of the brain, so if you think about a pot of gold while looking at a rainbow, then there's one at BOTH ends.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:37 Source

A couple of factors to mention that can be influential in sending DXY lower the very short term. The first via the ABC: The weak performance in US markets overnight was partly due to investors’ concerns about a potential government shutdown tomorrow. This could be averted if Republicans and Democrats in Congress can agree to

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:30 Source

Do-nothing Malcolm is cock-a-hoop about his jobs boom: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined economists in hailing a booming labour market after data released Thursday showed the economy recorded its strongest year of jobs growth since the global financial crisis. “What a great jobs number today,” an ecstatic Mr Turnbull said, adding it was the “equal-longest run of

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:15 Source

Via Richo today: There was a time when the Greens were all that their name suggests they should be. They were passionate about our environment and they fought really hard to protect Australia’s forests. I was proud to be their ally in the noble endeavour of protecting rainforests and old-growth forests. I placed more than

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:00 Source

Yes its getting hotter. From the Washington Post: The year was the second-hottest in recorded history, NASA said, while scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported 2017 was the third-warmest they have ever recorded. The two government agencies use different methodologies to calculate global temperatures, but by either standard, the 2017 results make the

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:30 Source

Via the AFR: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has moved early in the new year to mend relations with China, twice praising Beijing for its role in combating North Korea and saying he is now more positive over the resolution of territorial disputes in the region. “I note those sanctions [against North Korea] are being supported

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:25 Source

By Chris Becker All the action overnight was in bond markets as US stocks vacillated over the potential US government shutdown. Treasury yields hit 2.6% – the so-called Uncle Point – with European sovereigns also advancing. European stocks did better overnight, except the FTSE as the USD retreated back from its very weak earlier advance.

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 09:00 Source

Via The Australian: “There is absolutely no question we have seen a considerable softening in the construction end of the residential apartment space,” Martin Monro, the managing director of listed construction company group Watpac, told The Australian yesterday. “The manipulation of interest rates would clearly impact the housing market … if people can’t see a possibility of

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:45 Source

Few documentaries have had quite this impact, so much so that it has ushered in the unfortunate combination of war and plastic, two terms that sit uneasily together, if at all. Tears were recorded; anxiety levels were propelled as Sir David Attenborough tore and tugged at heart strings in his production Blue Planet II. The…

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 07:42 Source

DXY is trying to find traction but without much success yet: AUD remains hot against DMs: Less so against EMs: Gold is also sniffing around for DXY strength: Oil was firm: Base metals too: Big miners were soft: EM stocks weren’t: Junk fell: US yields rose, yawn, curve flattened: Bunds are stuck still: Stocks paused:

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Your Democracy Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:47 Source
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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 19, 2018 - 06:00 Source

Friday January 19 2018 Author’s note: This is a work of political fiction I wrote a couple of years ago. I have brought it up to date so that it captures today’s political environment. In addition to fill in time before the political year starts in earnest. Confession of an Honest Conservative We had been friends…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 19, 2018 - 01:11 Source

Michaelia Cash used to be called the Minister for Employment.  She is now known as the Minister for Jobs and Innovation.  Regardless of the sign on the door, she, and her Coalition colleagues, have been demonising unions and promoting businesses since they came into office. Perhaps they need to have a look at who the…

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MacroBusiness Friday, January 19, 2018 - 00:20 Source

Be upstanding for the double ton, via UBS: Household debt restated upwards With the release of the National Accounts the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been undertaking ‘quality assurance work’ and making a number of revisions to historical estimates. One of the more significant changes was to incorporate new data from APRA for Responsible

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