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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Pascometer, Michael Pascoe, was on point yesterday afternoon, recommending that the Abbott Government should offset falls in oil/petrol prices by raising fuel, and in the process undo the Budget damage caused by the Howard Government’s decision to freeze the fuel excise in 2001. From The SMH: [The Government should] seize […]

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:28 Source

Some say Santa came early for Craig Thomson this year, however the truth is there is no political mileage to be gained by continuing to pursue him.

Yesterday Craig Thomson got off 49 charges on a technicality.

That technicality is that he was not guilty.

Years later and thousands of police hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps millions, in taxpayer expense and the result is a firm Not Guilty for 95% of the charges.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:08 Source

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Prosper Australia Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:07 Source

  By Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan This chart pack presents the latest statistics for 2014, updating the dataset provided earlier last year. When adjusted for inflation and quality, housing prices have boomed nationwide since 1996, hitting a peak in 2010, before undergoing a slight fall and rise. On current trends, a new, higher […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:07 Source

by Chris Becker Last night saw the release of the US consumer price index prints for November just before the FOMC meeting and painting a picture of a potential push into deflation for the worlds biggest (2nd?) economy. The headline inflation rate came in at 1.3% annualised, and 1.7% excluding food and energy, with dropping […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 07:09 Source

By Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan This chart pack presents the latest statistics for 2014, updating the dataset provided earlier last year. When adjusted for inflation and quality, housing prices have boomed nationwide since 1996, hitting a peak in 2010, before undergoing a slight fall and rise. On current trends, a new, higher peak […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30 Source

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:07 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

The rate at which we’re learning things about the Lindt Cafe fire-fight is among the slowest in modern history.

We don’t know yet whose bullets, or stun grenades, killed Katrina Dawson. We don’t know yet whose weaponry wounded four others. We don’t know the others’ names.

We don’t know why there were so many shots fired; and whether, in the dark, they knew who they were shooting at. We don’t know why this has not been revealed.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Tony Abbott was Minister for Employment Services/ Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 21 October 1998 to 7 October 2003. During that time John Howard was Australian Prime Minister.In October 1998, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.7%.When he left that ministry five years later in Oct 2003 the unemployment rate was 5.6%.As a federal minister there was no talking down of the Australian economy or the annual government budget during that time.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Letter to the Editor in The Daily Examiner, 9 December 2014:Gas or hot air?Does Chris Gulaptis know what his government is doing when it comes to managing the state's unconventional gas resources?Late last month, in his newsletter, Chris Gulaptis MP stated, 'The NSW Government is cancelling all CSG exploration licence applications... It is also buying back existing licences'.Then, a week later, the Government approved Dart Energy's application to renew its licence for a further six year period.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 19:50 Source

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has fronted television cameras at least five times since the Martin Place siege revealed itself to a shocked Australia.On the 15  December 2014, the day the siege commenced: http://youtu.be/_GySx8FT0TQ.Then in a flurry on the second and final day:Press Statement 16 December 2014 | TranscriptFlags at half-mast today 16 December 2014 | Media releaseJoint Pre

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 17:00 Source

Craig Thomson has been found guilty of misspending some union money, at a rate, over five years, of eighteen dollars a week — that is, one tenth of one cent a week per union member — and made to pay a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:11 Source

Today has been a landmark day in Australian health, particularly for rural and regional areas, with the country’s first graduation of a cohort of bachelor degree trained physician assistants from James Cook University. Croakey has published a...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:01 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia mixed ahead of the Fed Asia is experiencing some mixed moves ahead of the results from the FOMC meeting. There is a lot for investors to digest at the moment but the dominant theme is nervous trading in emerging markets as the Federal […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:41 Source

Driving an electric car could be worse for both the climate and public health if the electricity that runs it was generated at a coal-fired power plant.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:40 Source

The Coalition government's latest witch-hunt against wind energy has not produced a lot of fertile fodder for the anti-renewables brigade.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:39 Source

A new David is rising to challenge Britain’s Big Six energy Goliath: small-scale solar and wind owned by lots and lots of people.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:38 Source

Pacific Hydro announces winners of ‘A Clean Energy Future for Australia’ photography competition.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:38 Source

New deal merges Clean Energy Council annual solar conference with All-Energy Australia, to deliver the country’s largest clean energy event in 2015.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:37 Source

US slams higher penalties on Chinese solar imports, while the findings of an Australian anti-dumping investigation is delayed again until March.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:36 Source

Senator Xenophon’s “Safeguard Mechanism” amendment to the Direct Action legislation means Australia effectively has a carbon price again.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:35 Source

The golden age of gas is already over - eaten by solar and wind and its own soaring costs. AEMO says gas-fired production could fall by two thirds over the next five years, as export parity prices it out of market and it is displace by renewables. The one bright spot might be the potential of gas to replace coal generation in a decade’s time.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:25 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Treasurer Joe Hockey is experiencing difficult times. Deteriorating terms of trade and an uncooperative senate mean that he cannot deliver the surplus when he said he would and he cannot continue to cut government expenditure without risking a recession. I have some comforting news for Joe Hockey: the importance of the […]

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:07 Source

How much of the Martin Place footage has already been erased? How much was on the helmet cameras of the police team? Where is it?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:05 Source

UPDATE: A crowd-funded solar system for Kirribilli House has been delivered to the PM for Xmas – a gift with a message from Sydney church leaders.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 14:32 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 14:30 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen Westpac has released its Coast-to-Coast report, which provides an update on Australia’s state economies. The report provides some interesting analysis showing that New South Wales is driving demand and consumption nationally on the back of its booming housing market: Economic conditions softened in the September quarter and growth remains uneven. These […]

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:59 Source

By Cameron Murray Romance novels seduce you into feeling for their characters, drawing you into their exhilarating world where eventually, and predictably, the protagonists overcome their seemingly intractable obstacles and are united together. The story of property and power, the fifty grades of shade, unfortunately never reaches such a resolution. This story is much more […]

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