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MacroBusiness Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:33 Source

By Leith van Onselen Over the past few years, I have heaped praise on Family First senator for South Australia and former HIA president, Bob Day, for tirelessly advocating for affordable housing and lobbying for much-needed fundamental reforms to Australia’s constipated urban planning system, which has precluded affordable housing from being built in response to

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MacroBusiness Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:28 Source

By Leith van Onselen The New South Wales Government continues to make out like bandits on Sydney property, where home prices have risen by nearly 35% in two years, according to RP Data (see next chart). This rapid lift in housing prices has, of course, been driven by an unprecedented orgy of investor speculation, whose

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MacroBusiness Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:10 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The idea of motorists paying for the roads they use beyond tolls, fuel excise or registration fees has taken hold in Australia. A user-pays system might replace existing fees with charges based on motorists’ actual use of roads. New technologies would allow charges to be applied at different rates during peak

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MacroBusiness Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:00 Source

Markets, Macro & Investing China, India are ‘changing the nature’ of gold bullion markets – Market Watch Bank of China becomes first Asian firm to help set London’s gold price – Telegraph A year after the crash, oil markets risk more trouble ahead – Reuters Robusta coffee swings to backwardation amid Vietnam supply fears –

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 20:41 Source

By Keith Davis

My first People Smuggling trip will be on Sunday 28th June and I fully intend to smuggle a Kombi load of people, plus my old dog, from Brisbane to Gympie. Once there we will take a happy stroll up Mary St, do the important march thing, and then desperately hope that there will be a coffee shop open somewhere afterwards (we locals know what Gympie is like on a Sunday).

I’ve sent out a few invitations to prospective smuggle-ees and I sure hope that they are available to pile in the Kombi for this inaugural test of Operation Kombi Borders.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:51 Source

It became known that a boat had made it to Ashmore Reef, Australian territory, thus showing the boats had not been stopped, and people on it were kidnapped, imprisoned, put on two other boats, given insufficient petrol, ended up crowded on one boat, and shipwrecked on a reef off Roti, where wads of money were seized by the police from some fishermen bribed by ‘certain Australian persons’ to sail the wrong way. Some boat people were interviewed and photographed by the ABC and told this story, the same story that Indonesian police had told earlier.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:35 Source

John Rogers has a patch on his forearm about the size of a quarter. It's reminiscent of a child's temporary tattoo meant to look like a miniature sand dollar. But Rogers, an engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is actually wearing an electronic device “that allows wireless data transmission and storage – about 100 kilobytes, for things like passwords and medical identifiers,” he says.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:35 Source

Throughout history, only a few pathogens have made historical impacts on human health. One of these is cholera. Caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae this potentially fatal disease has caused more pandemic than influenza, plague and smallpox. The most recent, the seventh, occurred in the 1960s when many parts of Asia suffered for four agonizing years.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

“It's in your hands now,” Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki said in a video during Sony's E3 event, announcing a Kickstarter for the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese open-world adventure series that debuted in 1999.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

Diamonds are already one of the hardest natural substances known to science. But combine them with graphene, and diamond nanoparticles are also incredibly slippery, which can be useful if you want to reduce friction in a moving machine.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

To fight drones, a state-owned Russian defense firm is developing an anti-drone “microwave gun,” according to Russian state-owned news site Sputnik. The gun will have a range of just over six miles and fire in 360 degrees. It won't destroy drones, but it will disable the “radio electronics” of drones and precision warheads, if it works as promised. It certainly sounds clever. But it might be solving a problem that doesn't really exist.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:32 Source

Just before dawn on the morning of November 15, 1988, the Energiya rocket stood fueled and ready on the launch pad at Baikonur, the Soviet Union's launch site. Mated to the booster was the Buran space shuttle orbiter, ready for its maiden flight. It looked to strongly reminiscent of NASA's Space Transportation System, colloquially known as the space shuttle, but the two spacecraft weren't identical.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:31 Source

Starfish apparently really like their privacy. Two biology students in Denmark learned this the hard way. They'd been given a relatively simple assignment; label starfish with tiny tags that would let researchers identify individual animals for future studies. So they injected small tags (like the microchips used to identify pets) into the starfish, only to find the tags outside of the starfish a few days later.

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Popular Science Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:31 Source

Aguadrone, a crowdfunding project on Kickstarter by Daniel Marion, manages to combine the worlds of fly fishing and remote control aircraft, creating a waterproof quadcopter with some niche potential.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:56 Source

In defending the natural world, we should be honest about our motivations – it’s love that drives us, not money.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th June 2015

Who wants to see the living world destroyed? Who wants an end to birdsong, bees and coral reefs, the falcon’s stoop, the salmon’s leap? Who wants to see the soil stripped from the land, the sea rimed with rubbish?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:22 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Fed holds the key Traders are cautious on the eve of the FOMC meeting as they continue to look for some direction from the Fed. This is quite interesting though, considering the Fed has done a lot to improve communication to the market. Perhaps

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:07 Source

Victorian Senator Janet Rice weighs in on the debate over whether native wood waste is a 'renewable' source of energy. 

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 15:35 Source

The Federal Party will not support the move, putting it at odds with state and territory Labor governments.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:48 Source

CEFC to invest up to $125m in High Income Sustainable Office Trust, which will buy commercial office properties and give them an energy efficiency makeover.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:48 Source

The UN Climate Conference in December is important but will not be the final word on how we are dealing with climate change.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:47 Source

How does a single streetscape project turn into a community-wide energy independence effort? Tiny Bloomfield, Iowa, discovered the answer.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:47 Source

A ballot petition to increase access to solar power in Florida has gotten a lot of heat from groups across the state.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

New Zealand's biggest power generator imagines a scenario where every home had solar PV, and every car was electric. And it sees no problems.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:46 Source

The owner of Hazelwood, Australia's dirtiest coal fired power generator, issues a "call to arms" against coal, and also predicts a radical energy transition that will see half of all energy sourced from local wind and solar and battery storage.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Indonesian govt says state budget for new renewable energy development could rise from $A212m in 2015, to $A1bn next year – a fivefold increase.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Spanish govt proposes self-consumption fee for solar households that add battery storage that would double the system's pay-back time. Law would also include an infringement penalty double that for leaking nuclear waste.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:44 Source

Wind farm companies invite Tony Abbott to visit a real wind farm, while Greg Hunt wrestles with aesthetics of a single turbine in his electorate.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 14:31 Source

by Chris Becker Talk of Grexit seems to be turning into reality as the days and hours go on towards the June 30 deadline. One of the major reforms enacted by Athens was to turn the large deficit into a surplus (admittedly, a surplus sans interest payments), but interestingly one area not touched in the

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Renew Economy Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:55 Source

Coalition describes Lambie speech damming climate science and praising nuclear as 'wonderful'. Leyonjhelm, Madigan and Muir also have their say on proposed renewable cuts.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 13:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen Fairfax’s Ross Gittins has nicely summed-up how the older generations are screwing over the young, and why our politicians are only too willing to oblige them: …most young people have only a vague inkling of the extent to which successive governments have been screwing them. The pollies’ problem is that they’d

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