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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 15:23 Source

CEFC allocates $20m to a solar financing deal for ET Solar to boost commercial solar market. But another financing commitment has lapsed.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:48 Source

“Victorian Labor’s capping of local council rates plays straight into the hands of Tony Abbott’s pro-GST revenue centralisation agenda” stated Prosper Australia Project Director Karl Fitzgerald. “The integrity of Victoria’s local council rating independence was dealt another blow by the arbitrary limit on council revenues. Local Councils will now have to deal with more red […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:30 Source

US president commits to action on climate change, arguing the science is clear, and there is no greater threat to future generations than climate change.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:30 Source

US president commits to action on climate change, arguing the science is clear, and there is no greater threat to future generations than climate change.

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The Tally Room Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:30 Source

Chatsworth1-2PPChatsworth is an LNP seat in south-eastern Brisbane, covering Tingalpa, Belmont, Carindale, Carina Heights, Gumdale, Chandler and parts of Carina.

The LNP’s Steve Minnikin won Chatsworth in 2012, and holds the seat by a 14.1% margin.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:11 Source

Japan plans major battery storage boost to rein in utility opposition to renewables, and to secure its place in the global storage market.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:09 Source

An 80 MW solar power plant will be built in Chile’s Antofagasta Region beginning in the first part of 2015.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:08 Source

Australia branded "dead" market by international investors. Just one new renewable project approved in 2014, but 5,000MW needed to meet target Coalition wants to cut.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:08 Source

Lesley Russell writes: The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has emerged from the recent brouhaha over the Abbott government’s proposed Medicare reforms as both a winner in the protection of doctors’ incomes and an apparent champion of the...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:06 Source

This week a report on global wealth from Oxfam is making headlines ahead of the World Economic Forum. The report states that the world’s 80 richest people now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion. If you think that sort of...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 14:01 Source

Peter Sivey writes: The Abbott government is struggling with its Medicare co-payment reform, scrapping the latest version for a period of consultation, starting this week. The government claims it wants to make Medicare sustainable by controlling...

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:48 Source

You know when your plodding through the ideological labyrinth that is Australian politics when this happens to the massive Abbot Point coal project: The government has offered funds to help build shared-use infrastructure, such as a rail line or airport, from its asset privatisation and lease plan. The LNP is yet to put a figure on how much it is […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:23 Source

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 13:13 Source

Murdoch, unusually, has published a piece, and an accompanying poll, that shows Labor might win in Queensland.

By Graham Young, of On Line Opinion, it shows the LNP on 42 percent, Labor on 37, Greens on 7, and ‘others’, including Katter and Palmer, on 14 percent.

‘Ninety percent of Green voters,’ he notes, ‘say they will preference Labor, and ten percent say they will exhaust, while of the other minor party voters, thirty percent will favour Labor, twenty-nine percent the LNP, and forty-one percent will exhaust.

‘This would make the election almost exactly 50/50.’

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:54 Source

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:33 Source

On closer inspection, our interest in terrorism and repression seems rather selective. Jessica Issa explains.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:29 Source

From Westpac’s Elliot Clarke and James Shugg: Amidst growing evidence that the risks of an entrenched (and broadening) deflation trend are crystallising, the past eight months have seen ECB policy take a more proactive approach. Over two steps in June and September, the Council reduced lending rates to the lower bound; implemented a negative interest rate for deposits held […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:20 Source

The quarterly NAB property survey is a canvassing of real estate professionals and they appear to be losing confidence in the house price cycle. NAB Residential Property Index falls as house price expectations pared back and rents weaken. Sentiment softer in all states (and still deeply negative in WA). Almost 10% of all property is being purchased by […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00 Source

Southport1-2PPSouthport is an LNP seat on the Gold Coast, covering Arundel, Parkwood, Ernest, Molendinar, Southport and parts of Ashmore.

The LNPs’ Rob Molhoek won Southport in 2012, and holds the seat by a 14.7% margin.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:35 Source

In most election campaigns there are candidates that end up becoming a bit of a laughing-stock, and it seems that the campaign currently underway in NSW is no different.

Much of the focus of the campaign in NSW will be in the Western Suburbs of Sydney as this is the real battleground. Western Sydney is considered Labor heartland however those who live there open themselves up and welcome the Liberals to the area every election campaign when they stray out of their comfort zones to visit.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:25 Source

There have been some exciting things going on at NM over the break. Here's a little of what we have planned for 2015.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Earth clearly hasn't been inspected, since it's definitely contaminated with salmonella.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:53 Source

From Morgan Stanley today: 2015 outlook: While our Global Macro team’s view is for improving global growth and still-accommodative policy settings, Australia’s macro trajectory remains out of sync, with slowing growth and escalating risks. Scope for fiscal and monetary stimulus is available, but we believe policymakers will slip ‘behind the curve’ through 2015, at least relative to market expectations. Global view […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:45 Source

Fresh from Bill Evans at Westpac: The Westpac Melbourne Institute Index of Consumer Sentiment increased by 2.4% in January from 91.1 in December to 93.2 in January. It is encouraging to at least see an increase in the Index. To be sure, the increase is not just reflecting a regular ‘holiday boost’ to sentiment that can be expected at […]

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:44 Source

Sustainability is perhaps the biggest issue confronting our nation. But the Australian media isn't even having the debate, writes Paul Yacoumis.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:23 Source

Why do commuters drive to work instead of taking transit?

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The Tally Room Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:15 Source

Lockyer1-2CPLockyer is an LNP seat in south-east Queensland, covering rural areas between Ipswich and Toowoomba.

The LNP’s Ian Rickuss has held Lockyer since 2004. In 2012, he retained his seat with a 14.9% margin over Katter’s Australian Party. One Nation founder and leader Pauline Hanson is running in Lockyer in 2015.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

It's become a common refrain for any champion. As soon as you win the prize, a camera is there to hear the joyful refrain, “I'm going to Disneyland!” The carefully thought out marketing ploy has since become an analogy to reflect triumph in any arena. But the most recent visitor may have signaled a most unwanted victory.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

If there are enough clear summer days in a row, Bye Aerospace's Sun Flyer may just live up to its name and charge in sunlight. Bye just sold twenty of their distinctive training airplanes to the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. If the Sun Flyers take off, they could signal a future of more sustainable flying.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:55 Source

Sometimes, it takes a massive volcanic eruption to keep a library intact. When the ancient Roman towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii met their fiery ends at the hands of Mount Vesuvius, the vast quantities of ash and other materials ejected from the volcano preserved nearly everything in the towns for over a millennium. People were instantly killed by the searing heat, their last moments preserved in ash that coated their bodies.

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