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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:30 Source

A “massive” global expansion of solar power — possibly enough to supply about a third or more of the world’s electricity — may be necessary by 2050.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:28 Source

UK renewables industry concerned about future under newly elected majority Conservative government, whose plans are to scrap subsidies, halt wind farm development and cut spending could now go largely unopposed.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:28 Source

Don't underestimate the determination of the Abbott government to throttle the large scale renewable energy industry in Australia. We warned as much before the last election, but the prevailing view seemed to be that no Abbott government could be as destructive as some suggested. How wrong they were.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:19 Source

In interview about UWA's decision to dump Lomborg deal, federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce says he's 'sceptical' about human influence on climate.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:12 Source

Big iron is trying but failing to get very far today on the Chinese rate cut. BHP is up 1.5%, RIO a bit and FMG 3.6% but all three are only at levels seen on Friday. To the indexes: The idiocy spreads are closing a little: Juniors are still dead and dying:      

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:03 Source

WA govt reportedly shelves plans for higher network fixed charges to recoup some of the revenue displaced by the state's 175,000 solar households.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:43 Source

If you wait long enough in this life you’ll see everything and today I am in the astonishing situation of agreeing with the Minerals Council of Australia and its chief Brendan Pearson, responding to Andrew Forrest’s morning media assault, from the AFR: …”It would represent a giant free kick to Australia’s competitors,” Mr Pearson said. “Hard-earned Australian market

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:23 Source

NAB’s monthly business confidence survey for April was is out and is relatively stable at the headline level but deteriorating internally: Business confidence was unchanged in April, at relatively subdued levels. Until confidence lifts significantly it is difficult to see a sustained economic recovery developing – to date rate cuts have not appeared to do much

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:52 Source

The Australian government has taken to social media to issue a blunt warning to asylum seekers. Somayra Ismailjee thinks the White Australia policy is alive and well.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:20 Source

Australian wind energy sets new record of more than 3,200MW at midnight on Saturday.

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Renew Economy Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:07 Source

Tesla has been credited with a step change in pricing on battery storage technology. But how does it really compare with rivals?

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:06 Source

                This week’s Health Wrap has been written by my colleague Ellice Mol, another new Sax Institute staff member. Ellice is our Digital Communications Manager, is a dab hand at producing digital...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:42 Source

Tony Abbott’s timeline on paid parental leave

2002

In 2002, Tony Abbott’s hostility to paid parental leave reached a crescendo, when he declared to the press: “Compulsory paid maternity leave? Over this Government’s dead body, frankly.”

2008

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:30 Source

Australians know plenty about the Islamic State's destruction of Assyrian artefacts. But William Scates Francis wonders how much we know about our own atrocities.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:24 Source

One of Twiggy Forrest’s recent attacks upon big miners has pivoted around the finaincalisation of iron ore. He has argued that the emergence of Dalian iron ore futures (combined with big miner jawboning) has disconnected the iron ore prices from fundamentals. Mac Bank today throws up a similar question: The rally across base metals, oil and

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:11 Source

The education minister has promised a "surprise" for universities in tomorrow's budget. David Tuckwell shudders at the thought. 

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xkcd.com Monday, May 11, 2015 - 10:00 Source

Oh, weird, Amazon is out of butterfly nets.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:58 Source

From Aurizon today: This project will never see the light of day. It was ill-conceived, ill-timed and a criminal waste of money.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:56 Source

The Coalition has caught the Opposition flat-footed by revealing “Labor-lite” budget measures that could wedge them. But trying to crowd Labor out of the budget debate is a risky move. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: ABC The Drum, Budget, Coalition, featured, Labor

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:45 Source

From The Australian come another sell-side update to one of the MB’s favoured themes: Internationally exposed companies generally gave the most positive presentations at the Macquarie Conference last week, with offshore expansion opportunities a key theme, Macquarie says. Among companies highlighting offshore growth opportunities, Macquarie points to Ramsay Healthcare (RHC), Resmed (RMD), Lend lease (LLC),

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:40 Source

By Chris Becker Friday being the monthly non-farm payroll (NFP) unemployment release in the US gives us the direction of risk sentiment for the remainder of the month. Or so one would think, except the Chinese authorities (in their infinite wisdom) deciding to cut interest rates over the weekend muddy the waters a little more.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 09:27 Source

It's been a tough five weeks for Big Coal. Thom Mitchell reviews Adani's recent court case, and highlights some of the most damaging evidence.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:50 Source

After a year of fiscal deterioration, last year’s Budget “emergency” has vanished, from Peter Martin: Tuesday’s budget is genuinely new. Two of the six-member expenditure review committee that put it together weren’t there before – the new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison and the new Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg​. The three top bureaucrats who put it together

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:45 Source

Courtesy of Saul Eslake and Alex Joiner at BofAML: What will be in the Budget In keeping with what has become the normal practice over the past decade or so, many of the decisions to be contained in next week’s Budget have been ‘preannounced’ over the past few weeks. As a result, we know that

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:41 Source

From Michael West, one the few journalists left in Australia: …last week when a fund manager touched base and bewailed, albeit with good reason, how real estate agents were still excluded from all obligations under Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act. …The reason for this AML (Anti-Money Laundering) apartheid is the reluctance of government to ping other sectors

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:40 Source

Click to view Core Logic-RP Data’s latest weekly housing market update, which provides a useful snapshot of the housing market as at 19 April 2015. This week’s report includes: Latest weekly dwelling value results; Auction results & clearance rates; Latest median house & unit prices; Average time on market & vendor discounts; Mortgage market activity;

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:40 Source

From RP Data: Combined capital city weighted clearance rate remains steady, showing buyer confidence continues. The number of homes taken to auction this week fell slightly to 2,385, compared with 2,540 over the previous week. However, the preliminary clearance rate of 78.2 per cent has remained steady, down only slightly from 78.6 per cent last week.

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:19 Source

The government’s counter-revolutionary task force on climate change has chalked up two spectacular wins over the weekend. From the AFR: Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg has blamed “toxic politics, ad hominem attacks, and premature judgment” for the University of Western Australia’s decision to pull out of his planned Australia Consensus Centre which would have advised on the

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MacroBusiness Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:18 Source

Our old mate Crispin Odey is back and not in a good way, from the FT: Odey Asset Management founder Crispin Odey’s flagship hedge fund slumped 19.3 per cent last month, after it was caught out when the Australian dollar strengthened against the US dollar. The large one-month move, from one of London’s best-known hedge

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Monday, May 11, 2015 - 00:16 Source

Correspondence between former Queensland police officer and former chief magistrate Chief Justice Tim Carmody, the President of the Court Of Appeal Justice Margaret McMurdo, Justice Hugh Fraser and others clearly demonstrates that an unwise political decision on the part of then Liberal National Party Premier Campbell Newman in 2014 will not be easily rectified.Scroll to

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