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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:14 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Treasury’s head of revenue, Rob Heffren, is pushing to cut the rate of company tax in order to boost foreign investment. From The Canberra Times: Mr Heferen said lower company taxes boosted foreign investment, resulted in more jobs, higher wages and increased productivity… “Let’s be clear: taxes have negative

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:05 Source

Vanuatu is getting battered in part because Australia refuses to take urgent and effective action on climate change. Richard Hil has a plan.

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xkcd.com Friday, March 27, 2015 - 11:00 Source

 "That's one small step fo- HOLY SHIT LOOK OUT IT'S GOT SOME KIND OF DRILL! Get back to the ... [unintelligible] ... [signal lost]"

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:58 Source

There’s an election on in New South Wales and it’s time to make some coin. I am going to show you how. Park your ideological…

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Damian Smith Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:55 Source

It doesn’t happen often, but an article in a mainstream newspaper caught my eye. Specifically Patrick Batchelor’s “Why ABC’s Vote Compass doesn’t work for me”.

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Damian Smith Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:55 Source

It doesn’t happen often, but an article in a mainstream newspaper caught my eye. Specifically Patrick Batchelor’s “Why ABC’s Vote Compass doesn’t work for me”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:50 Source

Welcome to our weekly ‘Your Say’.

‘Your Say’ is where readers can talk about anything they want.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:36 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog: One of the arguments often used to disprove any issues in the housing market is the fact that some households are paying well ahead of required repayments. For example in the recent RBA Bank Stability Report, they say “Outside of investor housing, household sector finances

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The Tally Room Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:30 Source

Penrith1-2PPPenrith is a marginal Liberal seat in western Sydney, covering Penrith, Cambridge Gardens, Jamisontown, Kingswood, Cranebrook, Emu Plains, Leonay, Lapstone and Glenbrook.

Stuart Ayres has held Penrith since a 2010 by-election, and now holds the seat by a 16.1% margin.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Labor party’s denial around the Aged Pension beggars belief. Here were have a measure that currently takes up over a tenth of the Commonwealth budget (excluding civil servants) and costs around $40 billion currently or some 2.9% of GDP. The Aged Pension is also forecast in the Intergenerational report to

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:12 Source

For progressive voters, the new seat of Newtown in Sydney's inner west will be the most watched at this weekend's state election. Max Chalmers explains why.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:09 Source

Interesting to look at the final results in Queensland. Labor got 37.5 percent, the Greens 8.4, PUP 5.1, KAP 1.9, One Nation 0.9, Family First 1.2, Others 3.6. And LNP 41.5.

This is very close to how it is in New South Wales, with Galaxy showing for all of this year till yesterday Labor on 36, Greens on 10, and ‘others’ (including the Fred Nile party, and some Tony Windsor Independents) on 9. And the Coalition on 45.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 27, 2015 - 10:00 Source

There are supposed to be penalties for big polluters under Direct Action. Instead, the big polluters will get a massive free kick under the government's Direct Action plan as the Coalition's energy and climate policies descend further into high farce.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:43 Source

No matter the colour or texture of their surroundings, squid are masters of camouflage, blending in to the scenery to avoid detection. Now, researchers from the University of California Irvine have isolated the source of the creature's disappearing act: a protein appropriately named reflection. Additionally, when the researchers layered this protein on a piece of tape, it rendered the tape invisible in particular wavelengths of light.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Applied Aeronautics sees its new Albatross drone as one perched between two extremes in unmanned aircraft: the low cost and high breakability of traditional hobbyist drones on one end, and the high cost of durable, professional drones on the other. With a crowdfunding project well under way, Applied Aeronautics hopes that its drone can swoop into the sweet spot in the middle, creating a useful tool that people can actually buy and use.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Thanks to novelty ice cube trays you can have ice in a whole lot of different shapes, from fish whose tails break off as soon as you try to get them into your glass, to those perfectly round spheres at fancy cocktail bars.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Antifreeze comes in a variety of sports drink-evoking hues, and has a sweet taste and smell that belie the fact that it is deadly to both people and animals. It poisons nearly 90,000 animals and 6,000 people every year.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

This morning, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana declared a state of emergency in Scott County, in the southeast of the state, due to what is being called the worst HIV outbreak in the state's history. The cases were all caused by intravenous drug use, but some health officials fear that a rapid, short-term response will not be enough in the face of a large drug abuse problem.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

French drone hobbyist Olivier C is building a drone navy. It started with a Millenium Falcon drone, then followed by a TIE Interceptor drone. Now, Olivier C has moved beyond smugglers and starfighters to deliver a capital ship: an Imperial Star Destroyer.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Spending long summer evenings outside comes with a big nuisance: bug bites. Mosquitos and other insects are drawn to the lights illuminating your dinner party, which helps them hone in on their human prey. While that might mean a few days of itchy welts for some of us, the implications are much more dire in other countries where bug bites can mean infection of some nasty diseases such as leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and malaria.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

Pollution in waterways can cause terrible algae blooms that choke out marine life and contaminate water supplies.

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Popular Science Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:42 Source

With a click of the trigger, the gbg-8 shoots! Except it's not expelling bullets; it's taking a picture. In essence, the gbg-8 is a camera masquerading as a gun. After taking a photo, with a camera mounted inside the "barrel," the image become visible on the cannibalized screen of a gameboy mounted on the side of this weird piece of cyberpunk gadgetry. In seconds, a thermal printer then spits out the image on paper.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:41 Source

Bourke is the most dangerous place on earth, tens of thousands of Muslims are waiting to kill you... and other tales of journalism woe. Michael Brull explains.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:27 Source

N-Vanuatu are facing sever food shortages and contaminated water. Yet they're still smiling and getting on with the job of rebuilding, writes Amy McQuire.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:24 Source

Here are the iron ore charts for March 26, 2015: Benchmark Tianjin iron ore fell 1.3% to $54.80 a tonne, 60 cents from a new low. Qingdao was  a bit better. 12 month swaps are eroding toward their lows and rebar average is tanking but the cake today goes to Dalian 6 months futures which are

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:16 Source

NSW voters are expected to return Mike Baird’s Coalition Government this weekend (see reports at The Conversation and The Guardian), but the results in the Upper House are less certain, as former MP Rob Oakeshott pointed out at Croakey earlier this...

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The Tally Room Friday, March 27, 2015 - 09:15 Source

Portstephens1-2PPPort Stephens is a marginal Liberal seat in the Hunter region, covering Mayfield, Raymond Terrace, Nelsons Bay, Shoal Bay, Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:54 Source

Toll roads and highways are not the solution to Sydney's grinding traffic problem, writes Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney Clover Moore.

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MacroBusiness Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:50 Source

By Leith van Onselen With the release of population data for the September quarter yesterday by the ABS, I thought it timely to update the dwelling construction vs population growth figures nationally and across the major capitals to see where housing supply pressures might be easing/worsening. Note these charts represent a basic guide only and

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