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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:43 Source

Tesla releases plan for super-charging network, and hands out first cars in Australia to eight happy (and wealthy) customers.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:34 Source

The Coalition's reboot of its higher education and co-payment policies have seen little substantial change to either of the unpopular plans.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:13 Source

Australia does a backflip on climate finance. Perhaps it realises that something is happening in Lima—something really big. And that something could, in the not-too-distant future, leave Australia landscape littered with stranded assets.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:07 Source

Network lobby accused of demonising household solar in attempt to protect the tens of billions of dollars invested to meet demand peaks that never materialised. The networks are determined that Australia's 2 million solar households should carry the cost of that investment.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:03 Source

From Westpac’s Phat Dragon: Earlier this week Phat Dragon discussed the GDP and M2 targets that might emerge for 2015. With a 1.4%yr jumping off point for November, next year’s CPI target can credibly be lowered from the current 3½% to 3% or even 2½% without a murmur. The 1.4%yr outcome is comprised of a 1.0%yr gain in non-food (1.2% […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:59 Source

When I reflect on what I have written this year it is abundantly clear that the center of my attention has concentrated on two issues. Firstly the subject of lying, or more accurately the Prime Minister’s lying, and secondly the state of our democracy. But of course the two go hand in hand.

On the first issue I am wholeheartedly sick of writing an ongoing commentary on the lying of Tony Abbott. I have become frustrated and aggravated by the consistency of his untruth. But it must be revealed.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:50 Source

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:48 Source

SA Power Networks predicts consumer-driven energy revolution will see more than half all SA houses with rooftop solar and 30% with energy storage by 2025. By 2040, those numbers increase dramatically and only a few will depend entirely on the grid.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:20 Source

The killing has raised fresh question about the new Indonesian President's ability to bring peace to the region. WARNING: Graphic image in text.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 13:06 Source

Growth of distributed generation and energy efficiency to reduce utility revenues by up to $123bn a year by 2025.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:59 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:57 Source

From Westpac: The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Unemployment Expectations Index surged 4½% in Dec following on from a 2.7% rise in Nov and a –3.9% fall in Oct. Recall that a lower (higher) reading from the index indicates reduced (increased) concern around the labour market. In trend terms, the index rose 1.6% in Dec following a 1.1% […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:52 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:47 Source

From Forexlive: Shanghai Securities News (via MNI, quoting “sources familiar with matter”): Regulators may limit brokerages’ borrowing in the interbank market Brokerages have been securitizing income from lending to stock investors for margin trading and selling these securitized products in the interbank market to raise more cash and boost leverage ratios. But sources said regulators may […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:36 Source

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:24 Source

Solar pioneer David Mills intends to use his Tesla Model S to integrate with solar and storage in his home. He expects to be "energy neutral" and generate enough solar to power his home and two EVs.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:19 Source

Doctors for Refugees co-founder says leaked reports indicate key drugs were not on hand to treat a sick asylum seeker who later died after a delayed medical evacuation.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:17 Source

Lismore gives green light to 200kW community owned solar farm, and also endorses plan for 100 per cent renewables.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:40 Source

Scared eyes. That’s the first thing I noticed when Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton fronted a presser yesterday to announce an end to the old…

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:30 Source

AGL Energy says it will mothball 4 out of 8 of the generating units at its 1280MW Torrens Island Power Station in SA, citing current market outlook.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:30 Source

AGL Energy to mothball one third of major gas plant, as gas prices surge and as South Australia becomes leader in wind and solar integration.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:30 Source

While we were all distracted by Prahran yesterday afternoon, quite strange things were happening in the count for the South Australian state seat of Fisher following Saturday’s by-election.

We all expected Labor to win the Fisher by-election after an error on Sunday revealed that Labor was holding 52% of the vote on election-day votes.

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Popular Science Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:07 Source

We've seen evolution enacted with early-Earth chemicals, with hermaphroditic robots, and even entirely virtually, using mathematical models. In each, scientists or engineers give the experiment some starting conditions, let it run… then see what happens dozens or hundreds of generations later. There's something appealing about such experiments. Who wouldn't want to play evolution?

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xkcd.com Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:00 Source

 An analysis of the plans provided by Princess Leia has reinvigorated the arguments of the 'artificial moonlet' and 'rogue planet-station' camps. I fear this question is fracturing the Rebellion.

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Popular Science Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:57 Source

Last night, Tesla Motors opened its showroom in Artarmon, Sydney and delivered the first nine Model S cars to Australian buyers. Yes, after what feels like a decade (but was actually a little under two years) the world's favourite high-performance, fully-electric sedan is here. And at a price surprisingly close to parity with the US.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:51 Source

Abbott reduced to five dollars the co-payment of some, not all, who went to the doctor, said the doctors could collect it, or not, and abolished, presumably, the Research Fund it was meant to finance and replace the CSIRO with.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:41 Source

From Westpac’s Bill Evans:   • The Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index fell 5.7% in December from 96.6 in November to 91.1 in December. This is a very disturbing result. The Index is now at its lowest level since August 2011 when it briefly fell below 90. Prior to that you have to go all the way back May […]

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:40 Source

Is extending rail to Mernda about good policy (or smart politics)?

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:36 Source

Origin Energy set to launch pay-as-you-go rooftop solar package for households and small business as part of suite of new solar products for 2015.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:29 Source

Tony Abbott gonged a bunch of great books this year, and apparently he even read them. The initial surprise was the nod to Richard Flanagan, who is a long time critic of Toned Abs.

The ticking time bomb was the history prize, which more predictably went to a venerable old right wing warrior, Hal Colebatch for his history of the union movement. Or, as Mike Carlton described it, "his flawed, error-roddled, right-wing revisionist book called Australia's Secret War." Subtitled How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II, it was published by Quadrant.

*Strokes imaginary beard*.

I see...

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