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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:56 Source

From Craig James: Australia’s population expanded by 315,952 people over the year to March 2015 to 23,714,272 people. Overall, Australia’s population growth rate eased from 1.44 per cent to a 9-year low of 1.35 per cent.  Australia’s population grew by just 93,942 people over the March quarter– the smallest quarterly March quarter increase for nine years.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:35 Source

MyGov – or something like it – is part of a 21st century government. It is the way of the future. But it needs careful development, testing, and selling.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:35 Source

MyGov – or something like it – is part of a 21st century government. It is the way of the future. But it needs careful development, testing, and selling.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:27 Source

On the 16 September 2015 the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee reported on an inquiry into “The matter of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia”. The committee took submissions from the public and received 77 submissions that complied with the terms of reference. The Committee issued one recommendation:

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Remember how one of the first actions which TPG took upon acquiring its broadband rival iiNet was to dump the FetchTV Internet television product which iiNet and its subsidiary brand Internode had been such an evangelist for back in the early days? Well, that move, it turns out, may have been something more akin to a negotiating tactic.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Remember how one of the first actions which TPG took upon acquiring its broadband rival iiNet was to dump the FetchTV Internet television product which iiNet and its subsidiary brand Internode had been such an evangelist for back in the early days? Well, that move, it turns out, may have been something more akin to a negotiating tactic.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:07 Source

Cross-posted from Martin North: The ABS demographic data released today to March 2015 shows that Australia’s population growth rate has slowed to a rate last seen nearly 10 years ago to  1.4% during the year ended 31 March 2015.  Slowing growth, and the aging of the population are both drag anchors to future growth. The

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:06 Source

Big iron is on the nose again today with BHP down 1% and on the verge of a new low for the trend. RIO and FMG are down and up slightly respectively: The idiocy spreads are on the move again with BHP screaming closed and RIO moving the same way more slowly: And yes, I believe

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:06 Source

There’s nothing sweeter than watching rich white men eat each other alive. Mathew Kenneally is in heaven.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:04 Source

Microsoft has reversed a lengthy trend towards jacking up the pricing on its software for the local market, with analysis showing Australians will actually pay significantly less for its brand new Office 2016 suite released this week than users in the United States.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:04 Source

Microsoft has reversed a lengthy trend towards jacking up the pricing on its software for the local market, with analysis showing Australians will actually pay significantly less for its brand new Office 2016 suite released this week than users in the United States.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:03 Source

by Chris Becker This could actually work. From Fairfax: Labor will go to the next election pledging to introduce HECS-style loans for entrepreneurial university graduates who want to create their own start-up companies. The $5.5 million plan, to be announced by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in Sydney on Thursday, would create the option of a “start-up year” at

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The Tally Room Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 13:00 Source

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The Northern Territory has been undergoing a redistribution for the 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly, and the final boundaries were released last week.

Quite substantial changes were made compared to the draft boundaries – it was basically an entirely new map. A number of seats that were renamed in the draft were restored to their original name.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:36 Source

Marriage equality campaigners are calling out Malcolm Turnbull’s hypocrisy, and demanding equal rights for LGBTQI people. Thom Mitchell reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:33 Source

Out today: Flash Japan Manufacturing PMI™ at 50.9 (51.7 in August). Operating conditions improve at slower rate.  Flash Japan Manufacturing Output Index at 51.4 (51.1 in August). Growth in production little changed from August’s modest pace. And: Because: Commenting on the Japanese Manufacturing PMI survey data, Amy Brownbill, economist at Markit, which compiles the

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:26 Source

Regular readers will know that MB is currently running on a base case for the global economy that sees commodities and emerging markets falling in a negative feedback loop that will end inevitably in one and probably many large debt defaults that turn the current equity market volatility into a global debt shock and recession.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:10 Source

Malcolm Turnbull hints that he wants an energy revolution, but he might not get one unless the hard right rump in the Coalition get on board. The conservatives should look to West Australia, where one of their own has embraced renewables as a solution to the spiralling costs of fossil fuels.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:10 Source

Another Australian solar technology bites the dust as Silex shuts down "dense array" solar plant technology after failing to find a buyer.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:50 Source

From Fairfax: The two or three per cent devaluation of the Chinese currency that shook the world’s financial markets is just the beginning of what could be a 15 or 20 per cent drop in the yuan in the coming two years, BT Investment Management’s head of fixed income Vimal Gor has told Livewire. Gor said

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:46 Source

In the face of expert opinion – and international law – ABC’s Fact Check has decided it’s okay to bomb Syria. Michael Brull explains.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:30 Source

A ban on single-use polystyrene foam food and beverage containers came into effect in New York City in July. Maybe it should happen here too.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:17 Source

Just to keep you in the loop, the CBA CDS price rose yesterday to 83.50bps close to but not through the year’s high: Credit default swaps (CDS) prices are the cost to insure underlying 5 year bonds and reflect the spread to swap.

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Drag0nista's Blog Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:10 Source

Will the Liberal Party under Malcolm Turnbull really be more progressive? The recorded views of cabinet ministers may speak for themselves.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:00 Source

For those that fear climate science is a religion, well, now it is. From the FT: Pope Francis has used his first visit to the US to push for action on climate change by backing President Barack Obama’s move to impose strict controls on carbon emissions in the power sector. “Climate change is a problem

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MacroBusiness Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:44 Source

by Chris Becker Another blow to the adherents of Ricardo’s theory of comparative advantage, or that the macroeconomy of Germany is one to be emulated, is the huge fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Unlike the hand wringing and concern over the Greek debt crisis, this might have more of an impact, due to the

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:39 Source

Labor has fired the first shot at Malcolm Turnbull in what looks set to become a war beterrn the major parties on who can develop the best innovation policy, announcing it will extend the HELP system to allow university students to take 12 months after their degree to launch their own startup.

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Delimiter Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:39 Source

Labor has fired the first shot at Malcolm Turnbull in what looks set to become a war beterrn the major parties on who can develop the best innovation policy, announcing it will extend the HELP system to allow university students to take 12 months after their degree to launch their own startup.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:30 Source

New Zealand-based industrial design agency's AguaPallet helps natural disaster survivors access clean water, move equipment and provide basic shelter.

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Renew Economy Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:22 Source

A recent survey conducted among the German public finds continuing support for the Energiewende.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:14 Source

Further to my review of Ghost Fleet a while back, I came across this interesting note on Motherboard.

Last year, the Naval Academy made two distinct changes in how it operates-one that"s a natural progression in cyberwarfare, the other a clear response to how thoroughly we rely on that technology.

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