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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:38 Source

Brent crude oil has fallen 34%. Strangely, the Ardour Solar Index has also fallen the same amount over this same period.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:27 Source

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:27 Source

Treasury forecast that thermal coal prices will flat-line well below market expectations by mid-2016 offers further caution against fossil fuel investment.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen More evidence of the Chinese economy slowing this afternoon, with the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for December registering another fall, decreasing to 49.5 from 50.0 in November – a seven month low. The result missed analyst’s expectations, with economists polled by Bloomberg expecting the flash PMI to […]

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:57 Source

With the financial outlook bleak, Hockey and Abbott are lacking answers.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:52 Source

by Chris Becker Last night the AUDUSD almost broke through and I thought the release of the RBA minutes this morning (with Captain Glenn calling for but doing nothing about getting the Peso to 75 cents) would do the job, but its taken some mid morning Asian trade to just crack below: The one two […]

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:45 Source

The exploitation by media and some in our community of the events of the Lindt Cafe siege compel a different response, writes Randa Abdel-Fattah. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:45 Source

The exploitation by media and some in our community of the events of the Lindt Cafe siege compel a different response, writes Randa Abdel-Fatah. 

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:39 Source

The $500m raised highlights the potential for expansion and international system linkages to fight climate change.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:37 Source

Utilities are scrambling to remain relevant in this technological firestorm, and energy wonks are envisioning a new business model – Utility 2.0 - based around solar, storage and electric vehicles.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:33 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Earlier this year, I attended a dinner for about 150 people. The first thing we all did was head for the bar to grab a drink, swamping the staff and setting back the dinner schedule by nearly two hours. We learned that it is better to place a bottle of cheap […]

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:23 Source

Australia's large-scale solar and wind industries are at a standstill. But in the rest of the world...

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Renew Economy Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:17 Source

For all of you record collectors out there, Germany set a new record in wind power production a few days ago.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:47 Source

By Leith van Onselen From Macquarie Wealth Management comes a useful note on the Chinese economy, where growth is set to slow further in 2015 on the back of weakening fixed asset investment (FAI): China’s NBS Friday announced another set of weak growth figures… In terms of commodity-specific numbers, steel production fell 0.2% YoY… [A]pparent […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:44 Source

by Chris Becker The RBA Minutes from its last meeting are out this morning. Here are the quicknotes courtesy of ForexLive: Further fall in Australian dollar needed for economy Prudent course likely to be period of rate stability Board noted that market expected easing next year, discussed factors behind those market expectations AUD still above […]

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:38 Source

Don't be fooled by fake posts this morning, police have clarified they are not substantiated.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:31 Source

By Frances Gilham Revamping Medicare: a mixed response News that the Government had stepped back from its $7 GP co-payment proposal and was hoping to replace it with a new, slightly changed package that still aimed for significant Budget savings was...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11:18 Source

Whose bullets killed Katrina Dawson?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:56 Source

In May 2013, Wayne Swan estimated revenues for the 2014-15 financial year of $401 billion; this was two years in advance. In May 2014, Joe Hockey projected revenues of $385 billion for the same period one year in advance.

Just six months later, in December 2014, Hockey downgraded his original estimate to $374 billion. On this revised figure, Wayne Swan’s projection was out by about 7%, while Hockey’s was out by 3%.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:44 Source

‘Shotgun pellet wounds’. ‘Out on bail’. ‘The Prime Minister refused to speak to him’. These are some of the things that should be talked about, and will be covered up or fudged in the next few days.

Did the ‘terrorist’ have a non-lethal weapon? Why was this not known? Was the initial gunfire non-life-threatening!? Was it police gunfire, not his, that killed the ‘innocents’ who died?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:41 Source

By Leith van Onselen As expected, the release of the East-West Link business case by the new Victorian Government has revealed the project never stacked-up, producing a negative return to taxpayers once dubious “wider economic benefits” were excluded. From The AFR: [New Treasurer, Tim Pallas] said the East West Link business case showed deception and […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10:37 Source

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Drag0nista's Blog Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:57 Source

Having fulfilled its obligation to produce the MYEFO, and reached a shared understanding with economic and other commentators about the state of the budget, the Government must now set about the task of crafting its second budget. Weekly column for The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: MYEFO, The Hoopla

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Antony Green's Election Blog Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:36 Source

Counting for the Victorian Legislative Council election has been finalised and the electronic distribution of preferences is now underway.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:34 Source

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:21 Source

I have done a piece about the chocolate shop deaths that should be up soon in Independent Australia. I will get it put up here soon after that.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:06 Source

by Chris Becker The fallout from yesterdays MYEFO has been benign, with both major ratings agencies – S&P and Moody’s both confirming Australia’s AAA rating and giving a stable outlook. The main reason why, near-delusion forecasts by Treasury aside, is that the key net debt-to-GDP figure will still remain under the threshold 30% level and […]

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Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:12 Source

The whistleblower who helped reveal Frances Abbott's scholarship has made her first public statement since being charged.

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Renew Economy Monday, December 15, 2014 - 09:04 Source

New technology funded by ARENA will allow households and business to use battery storage to trade electricity. Not just "prosumers" but energy traders.

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Red Bluff Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:33 Source

My latest roundup for Global Voices Online: Australian Prime Minister's About-Face on Sexism, Two Years LateAustralian PM Julia Gillard at Antipodes Greek Festival - Melbourne  2012A tense moment between Prime Minister Gillard and Opposition Leader T

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