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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 22:42 Source

Primary health care is on the agenda with the release today by the Government of an options discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care’.  The paper was developed by the...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 18:39 Source

A much anticipated draft of the Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework has found the system is functioning well, but political battle lines are already being drawn.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:52 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:47 Source

The Australian electricity sector has recorded its biggest jump in emissions since 2001, as coal generators increase output after repeal of carbon price.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:03 Source

Just when you thought the Reclaim Australia tribe couldn't get any stranger, one of their former organisers steps up his game.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:53 Source

The Abbott government is wooing South Australia this week with an eye on the next federal election and the prospect of Nick Xenophon nominating candidates for the lower house.

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Delimiter Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:52 Source

Australian startup Beat the Q Posse Group today announced the closure of an oversubscribed Series A $5M funding round led by key investment partners, the Westpac backed venture fund Reinventure and venture capital firm Exto Partners.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:16 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It’s generally been an upbeat session here in Asia despite continuation deterioration in oil and inflation expectations. It seems the bulls have had a better say in Australia and China and certainly I think price action in Australia looks quite interesting. I would say even the bulls

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Delimiter Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:12 Source

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused the Australian Labor Party of underestimating how much demand the National Broadband Network would see for its satellite service, without mentioning that he personally had stated in Opposition that sufficient capacity already existed, alleging there was no need to build more.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 16:06 Source

From Bill Evans: As expected the Reserve Bank Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0%. However, we were very surprised that in the Governor’s statement on the Australian dollar he did not repeat the sentence “Further depreciation seems both likely and necessary” . Since he introduced that language in May, the AUD

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:38 Source

The Federal Government has been urged to set up a stand-alone scientific committee to investigate the health effects of wind farm noise.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:29 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The parliamentary entitlements review called by Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Sunday is to start: … with a blank sheet of paper to provide options on a system that is truly independent. The whole system is up for review. This is welcome. What needs to be done? The first key change

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:27 Source

Customer programs historically viewed as a drag on utilities' bottom lines are now being seen as profit generators.

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Delimiter Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:20 Source

Those of you who follow the crypto-currency scene in Australia may remember that the Australian Taxation Office hasn't always treated the most popular type of crypto-currency, Bitcoin, the way that those involved in its trade would prefer. However, the long-running crypto-currency inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Economics may be about to disagree with the ATO.

The article Sorry, ATO: The Senate hearts Bitcoin as a currency appeared first on Delimiter.

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Delimiter Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:05 Source

Foxtel has indicated it will shortly take to the courts to use brand new legislation to have websites allegedly infringing copyright blocked, with analysis of the company’s public statements on the issue indicating that popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is likely to be one of the pay television giant’s first targets.

The article Foxtel is about to go after The Pirate Bay appeared first on Delimiter.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 15:05 Source

NZ network operator launches campaign to give free 3kW solar systems with Tesla Powerwall batteries to 130 households, community groups and schools.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:33 Source

Now that Bronwyn Bishop has finally resigned, Tony Abbott can get back to the serious business of his first term agenda. If only he had one.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:29 Source

The Reserve Bank has announced another hold for its August meeting: At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.0 per cent. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but some key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago. Much of this trend appears to

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:29 Source

It is economically sensible and feasible to phase out both fossil fuels and nuclear energy in favour of renewables.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:20 Source

Obama's Clean Energy Plan will take advantage of rapidly falling costs for renewables, vehicle electrification, and the explosion in big data and information technology.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:18 Source

Despite claims to the contrary, Germany's energy costs per unit of manufacturing one of lowest in the world, even with the Energy Transition.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:17 Source

I'm feeling left out. Apple Music hasn't deleted any of my songs or albums, and the only duplicates I can find in my library were already there – created by an app called Boom. (It's a great audio app which does something to your sound files to make the crappy little speakers on your laptop, or even your desktop, sound way more awesome. Unfortunately it creates amplified copies of the songs to do this. Hence the duplicates all the way through my library).

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 14:13 Source

Senate wind inquiry final report slammed as biased and reckless as it recommends national noise standards, strict limits to REC access.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:57 Source

Big iron started badly today after the London rout but a little help from some puff media and voila commodity prices no longer matter. Or maybe it was the communists buying the Shanghai casino. Either way BHP and RIO are both even but FMG (which is the more sanely priced these days) is down 3%: Idiocy

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen I wrote a few weeks back how New Zealand was experiencing an epic commodities crash in the form of dairy prices, which had plummeted by more than 50% since February and more than 70% since late 2013 (chart via The AFR): Well, now the situation appears to have taken a turn

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:39 Source

So you supported Adam Goodes. Good stuff. But beyond the sporting field, does Aboriginal culture make your spine tingle? Take our simple test.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:31 Source

Tony Abbott announced a whole-scale review of the entitlements system – to be led by former head of the Department of Finance, David Tune, and the head of the remuneration tribunal, John Conde – which will aim to give “the public confidence”.

Rather than giving the public confidence, how about a genuine review of past claims.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:27 Source

I have decided to post this annually. You might like to compare lists.

The only book I have read in the past 12 months that might possibly replace one of my top 20 reads is the 2014 Booker prize winner. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:11 Source

It was with equal parts anger and sadness I greeted the news that Turkey has just launched its heaviest air strikes yet against PKK forces in northern Iraq. With the latest assault in the global war on democracy coming hot on the heels of a terror attack in which 30 Kurdish university students were blown to smithereens by an Isis suicide bomber, it’s probably fair to say it’s not a good time to be a member of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, but then again, was it ever a good time to be a Kurd?

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 13:09 Source

The policies that lead to deaths in custody, like that of Ms Dhu, continue to be pushed by the WA government in spite of their promises.

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