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The Melbourne Urbanist Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:30 Source

Should vehicle rego be paid via the petrol pump?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:03 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:42 Source

If, you know, after invading a couple of countries his economy collapsed?

Totes reckon he'd be reasonable about it.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Canberra Times is running an article today claiming that the taxpayer bill for federal public sector redundancies has passed $1 billion: The redundancy bill for departing public servants and other government workers will be more than $1.1 billion in just three years, the latest government data shows. But the real […]

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

Lunar Mission One, the team of U.K.-based scientists and engineers hoping to send a robotic probe to drill into the moon, just reached a major milestone in funding. Today, the project's Kickstarter campaign reached its target goal of £600,000 (close to $1 million USD), with more than 30 hours to spare.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

In 2012, 53-year-old Jan Scheuermann demonstrated for researchers that she could move around blocks, dowels, a ball, and even a bar of chocolate. She did it all with a robotic arm she controlled with her thoughts.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

'Tis the season to use way more electricity than you normally would. U.S. cities use so much more light at night during December that the difference can be seen by satellite. U.S. suburbs emit 30 percent to 50 percent more light during the winter holidays, while urban areas emit 20 percent to 30 percent more light, a NASA analysis found.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

In the Google Lunar XPrize competition, three-dozen teams are racing to become the first private enterprises to land a rover on the moon. The winner takes home $30 million. But getting there will take time, hard work, and a lot of money.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

Among the problems with Google Glass—and there are many—is a general lack of style. Those who don't wear glasses regularly can find it cumbersome, while those who do may find it doesn't play well with their existing models. Sony's aiming to solve those problems with a new microdisplay that can turn any pair of glasses into a Google Glass-like device.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

It's a plane designed for the war no one wants to fight. The Long Range Strike Bomber is the Air Force's secretive and long-running project to develop the next generation of nuclear-armed bombers, designed to unload hell in hostile skies. And there's a chance that it'll be optionally manned, allowing it to fly some missions as a drone.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:04 Source

A new prototype microscope doesn't use lenses to magnify objects. Instead, it makes holograms that a computer digitally records and magnifies. The result is a microscope that's cheaper and easier to use than traditional, lens-based microscopes.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:00 Source

Shades of the Warren Report. It was asked by the President not to find out ‘Who killed John Kennedy?’ but ‘What were the circumstances leading up to Lee Oswald doing it?’

In this case the new inquiry will concentrate on Man Monis, and not on who killed Katrina Dawson, and who wounded four others, and whether Tony Abbott, by negotiating as he was asked to, could have saved her life.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:51 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Pascometer, Michael Pascoe, was on point yesterday afternoon, recommending that the Abbott Government should offset falls in oil/petrol prices by raising fuel, and in the process undo the Budget damage caused by the Howard Government’s decision to freeze the fuel excise in 2001. From The SMH: [The Government should] seize […]

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:28 Source

Some say Santa came early for Craig Thomson this year, however the truth is there is no political mileage to be gained by continuing to pursue him.

Yesterday Craig Thomson got off 49 charges on a technicality.

That technicality is that he was not guilty.

Years later and thousands of police hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars, perhaps millions, in taxpayer expense and the result is a firm Not Guilty for 95% of the charges.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:08 Source

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Prosper Australia Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:07 Source

  By Philip Soos and Paul D. Egan This chart pack presents the latest statistics for 2014, updating the dataset provided earlier last year. When adjusted for inflation and quality, housing prices have boomed nationwide since 1996, hitting a peak in 2010, before undergoing a slight fall and rise. On current trends, a new, higher […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:07 Source

by Chris Becker Last night saw the release of the US consumer price index prints for November just before the FOMC meeting and painting a picture of a potential push into deflation for the worlds biggest (2nd?) economy. The headline inflation rate came in at 1.3% annualised, and 1.7% excluding food and energy, with dropping […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 08:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 06:30 Source

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Tony Abbott was Minister for Employment Services/ Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 21 October 1998 to 7 October 2003. During that time John Howard was Australian Prime Minister.In October 1998, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.7%.When he left that ministry five years later in Oct 2003 the unemployment rate was 5.6%.As a federal minister there was no talking down of the Australian economy or the annual government budget during that time.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Letter to the Editor in The Daily Examiner, 9 December 2014:Gas or hot air?Does Chris Gulaptis know what his government is doing when it comes to managing the state's unconventional gas resources?Late last month, in his newsletter, Chris Gulaptis MP stated, 'The NSW Government is cancelling all CSG exploration licence applications... It is also buying back existing licences'.Then, a week later, the Government approved Dart Energy's application to renew its licence for a further six year period.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 19:50 Source

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has fronted television cameras at least five times since the Martin Place siege revealed itself to a shocked Australia.On the 15  December 2014, the day the siege commenced: http://youtu.be/_GySx8FT0TQ.Then in a flurry on the second and final day:Press Statement 16 December 2014 | TranscriptFlags at half-mast today 16 December 2014 | Media releaseJoint Pre

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 17:00 Source

Craig Thomson has been found guilty of misspending some union money, at a rate, over five years, of eighteen dollars a week — that is, one tenth of one cent a week per union member — and made to pay a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:41 Source

Driving an electric car could be worse for both the climate and public health if the electricity that runs it was generated at a coal-fired power plant.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:40 Source

The Coalition government's latest witch-hunt against wind energy has not produced a lot of fertile fodder for the anti-renewables brigade.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:39 Source

A new David is rising to challenge Britain’s Big Six energy Goliath: small-scale solar and wind owned by lots and lots of people.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:38 Source

Pacific Hydro announces winners of ‘A Clean Energy Future for Australia’ photography competition.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:38 Source

New deal merges Clean Energy Council annual solar conference with All-Energy Australia, to deliver the country’s largest clean energy event in 2015.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 15:37 Source

US slams higher penalties on Chinese solar imports, while the findings of an Australian anti-dumping investigation is delayed again until March.

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