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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 16, 2015 - 18:43 Source

I was stunned by the first sentence in this “Herald-Sun” article, “Welfare payments outnumber residents in rural Victoria”:

“WELFARE payments outnumber residents in some rural postcodes.”

 

Now my understanding of English suggests to me that this means that there must be a lot of ficticious people claiming welfare. Which suggested to me that this was an expose on some systematic scam of the system.

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TPS Extra Monday, March 16, 2015 - 17:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 16:33 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Greenback remains in favour ahead of the Fed Global markets will be back on Fed watch again this week with the March FOMC meeting set to take place. The moves in the USD have continued to dictate how the market feels US policy will play out and […]

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:59 Source

Pacific Hydro Australian head to leave, staff numbers slashed, as company cuts losses due to stalling renewable energy market.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:55 Source

Abbott government dices numbers on renewables target, but still wants to cut allocation to wind energy and big solar by 40%, even if it will leave rooftop solar untouched.

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:54 Source

Something to think about........The Sydney Morning Herald 16 March 2015:The latest Fairfax/Ipsos NSW poll revealed close to one in 10 voters who supported the Coalition at the 2011 state election intend to change their vote on March 28 due to the performance of the Abbott government.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:52 Source

Abbott rejects an offer of a free solar system for Kirribilli House because of concerns about cost of cleaning and security issues.

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:38 Source

Metgasco Limited/ASX Media ReleaseMonday 16 March 2015Metgasco today announces that it has terminated its merger with Elk Petroleum.The proposed merger was subject to a number of conditions precedent, including Metgasco's ability to raise funds to support the merger and a Material Adverse Condition (MAC) associated with oil prices.The oil price MAC has been triggered.  Based on discussions with numerous financial organisations, Metgasco has concluded that the chance of securing acceptable finance is now very low.  This is due to a number of factors, including curren

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The Tally Room Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Macquariefields1-2PPMacquarie Fields is a marginal seat in south-western Sydney, covering Denham Court, Edmondson Park, Glenfield, Ingleburn, Kearns, Macquarie Fields, Minto, Raby and St Andrews.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 15:06 Source

In New Zealand, energy utilities are genuinely open to innovation and new ideas – the opposite of what we have seen so far in Australia.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:58 Source

Malcolm Turnbull has been eking out his leadership manifesto recently, and much of his efforts seem aimed at boosting his conservative credentials while not scaring off his progressive support base. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, conservative, leadership, Malcolm Turnbull, progressive

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:49 Source

Galaxy, which was 3 percent wrong in Queensland, today predicts that Labor will get 46 percent, two party preferred, in New South Wales.

46 plus 3 is 49, and 49 is enough for Labor to win with, in New South Wales where much of the Liberal vote is tied up in the northern suburbs, and the northern beaches, of Sydney.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen In his latest article, Fairfax’s Ross Gittins has done what very few of his MSM colleagues will and acknowledged that Australia’s world-beating immigration program might actually be damaging to the nation’s productivity: What economists know but try not to think about – and never ever mention in front of the children […]

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:13 Source

Solar-hybrid system that survived Cyclone Olwyn and supplied power throughout, illustrates importance of mini-grids in face of worsening natural disasters.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen With Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, currently in Hawaii hoping to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the US-led regional trade pact between 12 nations (including Australia) – the ABC’s Ian Verrender has written a ripper post today in The Drum warning of the dangers lurking in the TPP, which could reduce […]

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:09 Source

Carbon pricing provided a glimpse of the opportunity of Tasmanian to became a major export of clean electricity in a carbon constrained world.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:00 Source

Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage http://t.co/NbVC2mTsM7 | Story: http://t.co/WliBuxlzlP — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality...

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:50 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:40 Source

Battery storage developer RedFlow hopes to raise $17m in new round of fundraising to fast-track commercialisation of its latest zinc bromide range.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:28 Source

For first time, the rise in global greenhouse gas emissions has stopped, even as economic growth continues. The IEA credits the impact of solar and wind energy, and hydro. Others say it increases chances of a climate deal in Paris, as people understand a solution is at hand.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:26 Source

As renewable technologies begin to mature, more and more attention is focusing on energy storage.

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Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Not a single media outlet in the country has reported the explosive revelations from the leaked Moss review transcripts. 

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The Tally Room Monday, March 16, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Prospect1-2PPProspect is a marginal Liberal seat in western Sydney, covering Bossley Park, Girraween, Greystanes, Pendle Hill, Pemulwuy, Prairiewood and parts of Blacktown, Smithfield, Toongabbie and Wetherill Park.

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:39 Source

From Mr Joye: Exploding house prices are turning into a real headache for the Reserve Bank of Australia, which for the last two years has been happy to blow the bubble and bugger the long-term consequences. The latest data are breathtaking and do not require any hyperbole to highlight. They look bad in isolation and […]

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The Idiot Tax Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:22 Source

Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder. On Saturday, up a rapey alleyway, in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, first home buyer, Doi, with mother Gina by his side (and a little of...

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 12:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:54 Source

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

The earth is a dirty place, and we aren't getting much help from space. Every day, dust from meteorites, comets, and other 4.6 billion-year-old pieces of our solar system fall into the earth's atmosphere. This meteoric dust is incredibly small, kind of like particles of smoke. But there is plenty of it.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

Behold the visage of this 7-foot long, 480 million-year-old Aegirocassis benmoulae, a massive, segmented creature that is described as looking something like a lobster mixed with a centipede.

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Popular Science Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:48 Source

The quantity and diversity of bacteria that populate the human gut is truly mind-boggling; there are over 10,000 species of microbes, and for every human gene in your body, there are 360 microbial genes. Researchers are just starting to understand the importance of these microbes to our digestion.

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