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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:15 Source

While the early polls are positive, history tells us the Coalition will have to do more to win over the electorate again.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:11 Source

Yesterday we had a dead heat in post-Budget polling with Ipsos showing a big bounce for the Coalition and Newspoll a steady sink. Today we get the tie-breaker from Roy Morgan and the winner is the Budget: Federal L-NP support is up 2.5% since April 25/26 & May 2/3, 2015 to 49% cf. ALP 51%

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:47 Source

From The West Australian: Colin Barnett has revealed Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey telephoned him about the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore industry last week and the Premier told him he “didn’t think it was a good idea”. …“I’ve said right from the outset that I believe the approach taken by the

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:42 Source

The ravages of climate change could severely hurt the ability of utilities in the 11 Western states to generate power unless they “climate proof” their power grid.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:41 Source

Energy democracy can best be described as an electricity system that empowers the individuals and communities that have the energy resources of the 21st century.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 14:32 Source

Chris Graham looks back at one year in the hot seat... which has rickety wheels, a broken gas-lift and ripped fabric.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen The last decade has been an expensive one for Victorian taxpayers. After forking out many billions of dollars on the Labor Party’s hideously expensive desalination plant and the Myki public transport ticketing project, taxpayers were then required to dish out hundreds of millions of dollars more to exit the Napthine Liberal

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:55 Source

Big iron is on the nose again today with more solid falls for the majors, BHP and RIO both down more than 1% and FMG off 3%. To the index:     The idiocy spreads are all galloping in now: Juniors are doing better, presumably on cartel hope: Dalian has edged up from this morning but

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:52 Source

SBS had plenty to say about Scott McIntyre's Anzac tweets. As for another journalist's post about Asians, the silence is deafening.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:47 Source

Morrison praised himself for improving the conditions in which rape and blowjob-trading were made ‘much easier’ in the Nauru ‘facility’ during those fourteen months when he was in charge of it. Asked if anyone was arrested for any crime on his watch he said, ‘That’s a very impertinent question. Go bite your bum.’ Asked if he regretted anything at all that had occurred in that infamous South Seas hellhole during his loathesome imperium he said, ‘Only not throwing Save The Children off it sooner.’

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:41 Source

There’s plenty of confusion, contention and concern emerging still out of last week’s Federal Budget on health, with particular uncertainty around after hours GP services. Here’s a quick wrap on some of the issues – complete...

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:25 Source

More grown ups at large!

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 13:05 Source

From Westac’s Bill Evans: The minutes of the Reserve Bank Board meeting for May are used to clarify the Bank’s policy position. Recall that markets were confused by the lack of policy guidance in the Governor’s statement which was released after the May meeting. That was partly responsible for an ‘unhelpful’ lift in the Australian

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen A fight is brewing between the federal public service and its master over pay and conditions. Amid scrooge-like pay offers, Community and Public Service Union (CPSU) members at the Bureau of Meteorology and Department of Agriculture stopped work on Tuesday for one hour, which follows rolling stoppages that had already seen

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:58 Source

Ground-breaking proposal to power Melbourne tram network with solar energy generated by 2x20MW PV plants 'ready to go', pending approval from Andrews govt.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:47 Source

A couple of charts from Morgan Stanley. Steel mill inventories are off their lows:   But port stocks are still falling: It’s the top chart that has the correlation with the iron ore price and stocks still remain low versus recent ranges. More stocking ahead if the range holds but there’s no saying that it

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:08 Source

Transfield staff faced tough questions this morning about the Nauru detention facility, but frustrated a senate committee by deferring scores of answers.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:00 Source

The Minutes are out: Minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board Sydney – 5 May 2015 Members Present Glenn Stevens (Governor and Chair), Philip Lowe (Deputy Governor), John Akehurst, Roger Corbett AO, John Edwards, Kathryn Fagg, John Fraser (Secretary to the Treasury), Heather Ridout AO, Catherine Tanna Others Present Guy Debelle (Assistant

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:46 Source

From The Pascometer today, which has truly malfunctioned now: The 2015 Sydney housing boom has achieved the dubious distinction of bubble status, replete with rampant FOMO (fear of missing out) and key parts of the market departing from gravity as values rise by hundreds of thousands of dollars in a few weeks. Gravity’s power to

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:27 Source

The IMF has more than doubled its estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies to $US5.3trn/year. More than the health spending of all the world's governments.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen The latest ABS labour force data for April painted a dour employment picture in Queensland’s mining regions. Across the regions as a whole, unemployment rose to 6.8% in the 12 months to April – the highest reading in 11 years (see next chart). It has been well documented on this site

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

For many of us, our smartphones are an integral part of our being, containing not just everything we need to communicate but depths of personal information, from our daily schedules to our finances. While last summer the Supreme Court ruled cell phone information is private and therefore protected, that's irrelevant to anyone trying to steal the sensitive bits stored on one.

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

On Saturday, Colombia's president announced that the country would stop airdropping carcinogenic herbicides to kill coca plants, the raw material for cocaine. Luckily, the head of Bogota's Quindio Botanical Garden has a new plan: unleash a slew of coca leaf-eating moths to achieve the same goal, without the use of chemicals.

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

In an earlier era, colliding with a boat's propeller could have been the end of a sea turtle's life. This is not that grim dark era, so a sea turtle found with a broken jaw was rescued and then brought to Pamukkale University's Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center in Denizli, Turkey. Thanks to a collaboration with Turkish company Btech Innovation, the turtle received a custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium jaw.

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

In the most recent installment of Marvel's Avengers franchise, the artificial intelligence Ultron is hell-bent on exterminating humanity. In Ultron's own words, "I was designed to save the world," but the robot ultimately concludes that when it comes to humans, "there's only one path to peace: your extinction."

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

A week ago Monday, Princeton professor Ed Felten accepted a job at the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer. It's a long title for a simple mission: translating complex questions about technology into useful advice for the president. How did Ed end the first week on the job? Writing up a brainteaser, and asking people to answer it on Twitter.

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

Chile's Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on the planet; some parts haven't seen rainfall for centuries. But the region is often shrouded in a dense fog locally called camanchaca, from which local flora harvest what little water they need to survive.

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Popular Science Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

Cicadas are a species most keenly felt by their absence. After years underground, their larvae crawl forth to the surface, shed their skins, and take to the sky in a great racket. Weeks later, all that remains are their empty bodies--a testament to the swarm that was. Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, the lightweight, disposable Cicada drones are a similar beast: many flying all at once, turning to just brittle shells blowing in the wind once the battle is over.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 11:02 Source

I commend the Senate inquiry into Nauru on APAC, and the responses by the Transfield ‘service providers’ whose language resembles the prose of Kafka, or, worse, Phillip Ruddock. I will put up on Ellis Gold from time to time transcripts …

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Renew Economy Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 10:25 Source

Solar giant Yingli drops a bombshell, saying it may be unable to meet its outstanding obligations, which currently stand at more than $1.6bn.

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