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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 00:05 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Some people got the memo about boosting confidence in the housing market and and some even added extra pieces of flair. Midland Realty National Research Center, for instance, says first-tier city home prices will jump 15-20% in Q2. Midland National Research Center property that the “3.30” New Deal after

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MacroBusiness Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Is Your Job ‘Routine’? If So, It’s Probably Disappearing – Wall Street Journal Oil Is Diving After the Biggest Inventory Build in 14 Years – Bloomberg Oil plunges after biggest US stock build since 2001 – CNBC Three Trillions Reasons U.S. Oil Production Won’t Quit – Daily Reckoning Saudi

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 21:00 Source

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There are more good episodes of House Of Cards than there are good plays of Shakespeare. There are more good scenes in House Of Cards than good scenes in Shakespeare. There are more good female characters. There are more jokes in the latter work that succeed. There are fewer embarrassing grotesques. Not even Prince Hal has a better ‘character arc’.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 20:01 Source

At a time when Australian communities are demanding a response to methamphetamine use, UnitingCare ReGen’s CEO Laurence Alvis asks why the Federal Government is reducing the capacity of the Alcohol and Other Drug and Mental Health sectors to inform...

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 18:49 Source

New figures indicate that the Coalition is still favoured to win 10 Legislative Council seats but the gap is narrowing.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 17:21 Source

Harold Thomas designed the Aboriginal flag to promote black rights, not white supremacy. Its use over the weekend was out of line, he says.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 16:32 Source

People have a funny way of looking at numbers. I remember during the GFC, people were expressing concern that China’s growth rate had dropped to a mere 8%. I commented at the time that it was still a pretty good growth rate and, unless it kept dropping, then it was probably more sustainable at 8% than its pre-GFC growth rates. It’s still growing at 8%, I remember telling someone, trying to convince them that this wasn’t going to lead to a contraction in the Chinese economy. At least now until it fell several more percentage points.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:56 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets With global markets screaming for a level playing field, plus the investigation into spurious AUD activity in full focus, it is interesting to see BG and Royal Dutch Shell putting 25% of the points into the FTSE yesterday. Then a number of hours after the cash close,

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:43 Source

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There is a saying about people who live in glass houses and what they shouldn’t do with stones. Some however choose to ignore that wise old saying, Kathy Jackson is one of those.

In fact some would say that Jackson has grown eight strong throwing arms like an octopus and stands with a pile of stones in the centre of her castle of glass.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:36 Source

From Bloomie: China, the world’s largest buyer of seaborne iron ore, may introduce a nationwide subsidy for local producers of the steel-making commodity amid slumping prices, according to the official Shanghai Securities News. …“The subsidies, if implemented, will sustain domestic production, increase the global supply of iron ore and result in prices slumping further,” Wu

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:10 Source

Property group Stockland says 1.2MW solar array on Shellharbour shopping centre will be largest single building installation in Australia.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:08 Source

Citigroup says Direct Action is not sustainable, too expensive, and will not signal move to low carbon economy. And it questions lobbying actions of groups such as Minerals Council of Australia.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:02 Source

Following the recent Treasury submission to the Federal government’s Tax White Paper, which highlighted the positive marginal excess burden of Land Tax, is a more detailed analytical paper from Treasury using extensive modelling to report on the incidence and efficiency of major taxes in Australia. The report states: Our estimates of the additional welfare cost […]

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 15:02 Source

Following the recent Treasury submission to the Federal government’s Tax White Paper, which highlighted the positive marginal excess burden of Land Tax, is a more detailed analytical paper from Treasury using extensive modelling to report on the incidence and efficiency of major taxes in Australia. The report states: Our estimates of the additional welfare cost […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 14:59 Source

Electric cars may seem like a niche product only wealthy people can afford, but new analysis suggests that may be changing quickly.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 14:37 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Our online privacy is constantly under threat. Our activities on the internet are monitored for a variety of reasons and our human right of privacy is often pitted against other human rights like freedom of expression. Such situations require an appropriate balance to be struck, and there are signs of privacy

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 14:28 Source

Some interesting points on the “Gatton Solar Research Facility” from an Energy Express seminar over the weekend.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 13:57 Source

Big news from the AFR: Mr Hockey met with a small group mining industry figures on March 30, including representatives from Australia’s biggest miners and the Minerals Council of Australia. While the main topic of the private meeting was tax reform and policy, The Australian Financial Review understands from multiple sources that Mr Hockey said

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 13:50 Source

Labor says will support big cut in renewables target, with promise to revise it if elected. Coalition refuses to budge as another big developer threatens to quit Australia.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 13:46 Source

By Leith van Onselen The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its 2015 World Economic Outlook, which argues that the global economy is facing lower potential growth because of ageing populations, less investment and the limits of technology. Specifically, the IMF estimates that the average growth potential in advanced economies has fallen 0.5% from what

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 13:32 Source

Development in energy storage seems to be gaining momentum, particularly as grid feel the strain.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 13:10 Source

It's already obvious that as demand falls so do utility revenues, the question is how soon and how much?

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:52 Source

Have you lost something valuable recently? Have you checked between the couch cushions? Maybe if you retrace your steps, you’ll find it. Reclaim…

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:42 Source

An Australian Government inquiry has found a number of Chinese PV suppliers have dumped solar modules in the market, but it will take no action.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:35 Source

Yes, it’s a real fizzer today for big iron. Following London’s maniac 4% rise in RIO the local market has barely managed 2% and BHP is less than 1%. FMG is powering though, up 5% on pure manure. To the indexes:   The idiocy spreads for the majors are again at records:   Death came

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:08 Source

“Mad” Adam Carr takes housing bears to the woodshed today at Dad’s Army: On the read of one, the current house price spike will come to an abrupt halt over the next 12 to 18 months, as the construction boom picks up and an oversupply takes hold. On the other, households are constrained by high

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:46 Source

This is a beauty from The Age: Billionaire Gina Rinehart’s ace? Her mine isn’t relying solely on sales to China, the biggest iron ore buyer. This limits the project’s exposure to a market where steel demand is judged to be peaking. Instead, she’s locked in supply contracts with three of the largest iron ore consuming

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:45 Source

The Prime Minister apparently believes that if you can't see something, it's not real. Which helps explains the confusion around derivative markets, God and climate change.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:37 Source

Dr Quan Gan, a senior lecturer in finance at the University of Sydney via the AFR: “The RBA protocols are based on the assumption that the rates decision is secret until everybody in the market gets the information at the same time. But time stamps are controlled by machines and as algorithmic trading bots become more

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:28 Source

The Queensland Aboriginal MP at the centre of a political storm has confirmed he will not resign, but will continue to support the Palaszcuk government from the crossbenches.

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