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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 18:14 Source

‘Frankly, if we can have a conversation rather than a scare campaign, our country will be so much better off,’ said Prime Minister Tony Abbott as the 40th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting wound up on Thursday. Chance...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 17:36 Source

It would be easy to assume that the Government of a country founded on democratic principles and the rule of law would have a semblance of respect for basic rights. That assumption would be incorrect. Rights are simple things. But often conflicting. One person’s right to hold a booze-fuelled orgy in their garden might well offend the neighbour’s right to quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their own property. As a result, laws have been introduced over the centuries to achieve a balance between personal freedoms and a generally cohesive and functioning society.

What are rights?

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 17:26 Source

What if the great battles between the Rebellion and the Empire were fought out over Earth? Someone like Nicolas Amiard would get some great shots of the wreckage that's what.

A Star Destroyer squashes a whole bunch of luckless arrondisements.

And this doesn't look like the Degoba System.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 16:49 Source

Angel DevilHow do I feel about Labor adopting Abbott’s turn back the boats policy? I will try to explain using a football analogy.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 16:09 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets One of the more interesting ways of looking at markets is through breadth.  This should therefore provide a sense of the level of participation from equities in a rally or sell-off at one time. The issue of poor market breadth is certainly something that is occupying the

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:41 Source

By Matt Hurley

It appeared in the beginning that Opposition leader Bill Shorten’s modus operandi was to simply shut up, sit still and watch as Abbott destroyed himself in a flurry of gaffes and ill–considered Captain’s Calls. For the most part it seemed to work; he wasn’t doing much opposing but he didn’t need to with Abbott making such a dill of himself. It was all good. We have since watched Shorten find his voice, and it has been horrific. 

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:24 Source

If Shorten's ALP is to meet their 50% renewables target, they will have to rely heavily on investment in solar and storage by households and businesses. To make that happen, however, Shorten has to realise that the consumer is now king, not the energy incumbents.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:09 Source

The problem of people seeking asylum is not going to disappear, so greater focus needs to be on solutions at the source, writes Paul Power.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:06 Source

ChargePoint and Green Charge link batteries and public EV chargers to limit demand charges and make loads more flexible.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:06 Source

Owners of 1967 Sydney office building tap $1.2m local government-backed loan for efficiency upgrade that will cut energy use by 60%.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:05 Source

New 6.4kWh system from LG Chem brings costs at top end of the range down towards $1,000kWh, reinforcing the growing wedge between solar and storage and grid prices.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:04 Source

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a more efficient way to produce the fuel needed to keep fuel cells going — namely, hydrogen.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:04 Source

US Department of Energy announces $12 million in new research grants this month to learn the potential of the Atlantic sea floor to sequester carbon.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ANZ has lifted home loan rates on all variable investor mortgages by 0.27% and by 0.30% on new fixed investor mortgages in response to APRA’s 10% speed limit on investor credit growth. From The AFR: The change is significant because while other banks have reduced discounts for new investors, this

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

Achieving Labor's 50 per cent renewables market share by 2030 is clearly possible given Australia’s resource base and installation capability. Here's how.

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 15:03 Source

The ALP's 50% renewables promise has drawn the expected response from government about rising electricity prices. But what would the impact really be?

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:26 Source

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It’s safe to say that Noreen Hay has been having a dog of a time the last few months. However things don’t appear to be about to improve for the Labor MP for Wollongong that has found herself at the centre of controversy for the last decade and has been a part of nearly every NSW Labor scandal over the same period.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:26 Source

It doesn't get much dumber than our irrational fear of an enemy on the other side of the planet. Michael Brull explains. 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 14:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen From The AFR comes news that the Abbott Government will take a hike in the GST to the next election, but only if it is part of a broader reform package and not merely a revenue raising exercise: Mr Abbott… said he preferred changing the GST as part of a broader

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Renew Economy Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:37 Source

Shades of Australia, as UK Tories justify potentially crippling cuts to key solar subsidies by linking them to rising electricity costs.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:31 Source

By David Collyer, cross-posted from Prosper Australia: The Property Council of Australia (PCA) is out in The AFR calling for a 12.5 per cent GST, a universal land tax of 0.25 per cent and a cut in company tax to 27 per cent. This may seem a useful way forward in the tax reform debate,

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Delimiter Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:21 Source

Huawei appears to have become increasingly successful at collaborating with senior figures in the Coalition, as the party gradually warms up to the Chinese manufacturer’s advances.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 13:12 Source

Big iron ore is looking very shaky today after last night’s London pounding and weakening spot. BHP is down -3% and RIO -2% with FMG down -6% and at the verge of new post-GFC lows despite an impressive quarterly update: Idiocy spreads are now galloping closed (or in FMG’s case the smart spread is widening): Juniors

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:59 Source

In an interview in the Irish press, Hall vowed violence against law-breakers in the town. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:57 Source

From the WSJ: Bridgewater Associates LP, one of Wall Street’s more outspoken bulls on China, told investors this week that the country’s recent stock-market rout will likely have broad, far-reaching repercussions. “Our views about China have changed,” Bridgewater’s billionaire founder, Raymond Dalio, wrote with colleagues in a note sent to clients earlier this week. “There

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:57 Source

Poor old Reclaim Australia can’t take a trick. First Barnesy told them to leave Cold Chisel tracks off their mix tapes and now John Farnham…

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen With state premiers currently meeting with the Abbott Government in Canberra to discuss the federation, there is much speculation about whether an agreement can be struck on tax reform, health and education, to ensure that the federal system meets the needs of the population into the future. While commentators often get hung-up

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:50 Source

From the AFR: The lack of alternative feedstocks for chemical production and their exposure to international competition means that sector will bear the heaviest toll from the rising prices, caused by the surge in growth in LNG exports. But the metals and steel manufacturing sectors and wood, pulp and paper manufacturers are also set to wear

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:12 Source

Hopes for more humane asylum seeker policies in Australia took a blow last night with confirmation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants this weekend’s Labor national conference to endorse turning back boats. Whether he prevails remains to be...

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Delimiter Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:03 Source

Westpac’s top technologist has issued a sharp warning to the nation’s corporate, educational and political sectors, placing them on notice that Australia is not prepared for the ongoing digital revolution that will see many workplaces completely shaken up and jobs taken by computers.

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