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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 00:18 Source

The Daily Examiner 23 March 2015:THE people of Yamba have spoken, with more than 87% of households saying yes to a gasfield-free future.At an anti-CSG declaration at the Yamba River Markets yesterday morning, state election candidates for the seat of Clarence, Trent Gilbert, Janet Cavanagh, Debrah Novak and Bryan Robins, spoke publicly on their stance on the issue amid heavy rain.Co-ordinator Dave Irving said that the downpour hampered entertainment and plans to make a human sign, it was not enough to keep people from turning out to support a declaration.T

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 00:18 Source

First it was NSW North Coast Nationals who were sprung trying to increase their chances at the ballot box on Saturday by rather dubious means.The Northern Star editorial on 24 March 2015:The Northern Star has been used by the Nationals for electioneering purposes and I'd like to set the record straight for our readers.There's an attack ad doing the rounds with the line that The Northern Star agrees Labor is full of 'hot air on CSG'.In the television version of the advertisement, there is even a copy of an article written by our reporter Helen Hawkes.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 00:15 Source

Snapshot taken from Prime Minister Abbott’s St.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 23:59 Source

Grief is said to have five stages: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Sometimes there are those who can help in the jouney, somtimes it must be taken solo. This poem expresses hope for a new future.


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George Monbiot Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 23:58 Source

Almost all other issues are superficial by comparison to soil loss. So why don’t we talk about it?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 25th March 2015

Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re knackered if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without seeing it in a newspaper.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 23:07 Source

Croakey is running a mini-series on health and the NSW election, but this election analysis by a former NSW MP, Rob Oakeshott, is a sobering reminder that any considerations of health and health policy must take account of the wider political...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 22:53 Source

Representatives from 28 university Rural Health Clubs gathered in Melbourne recently for the annual council meeting of the National Rural Health Students’ Network. Their new Chair, David Khoo, reports for Croakey on what matters most to the future...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 21:51 Source

[For the purposes of getting this out as quickly as possible, I’ll assume you’re all using Google Chrome as your default browser. If not, you can download it easily by googling Chrome. Good luck.]

[EDIT: If anyone has suggestions or corrections, or anything that might make this guide more comprehensive, your input would be more than appreciated. Thanks, Rob]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 20:19 Source

I have added a paragraph to The Worst Things (229) about Janine Perrett and Malcolm Fraser, and I invite you to go back and look at it.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 18:38 Source

“The social and economic costs of the metadata retention law are massive yet the public benefits miniscule” writes business analyst Carl Sudholz. Carl shares his concerns with The AIMN about this controversial law.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 16:19 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets European manufacturing bouncing back After some choppy price action last week following some key economic events in the US, equities remain in consolidation mode this week. We have managed to get a better indication of how manufacturing activity is progressing in various regions, with […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:30 Source

Holsworthy1-2PPHolsworthy is a marginal Liberal seat in south-western Sydney, covering Barden Ridge, Casula, Chipping Norton, Holsworthy, Lucas Heights, Lurnea, Moorebank, Prestons and Wattle Grove.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:25 Source

California has become the first state with more than 5% of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:22 Source

New report slams Abbott government for throwing away influence at international climate talks. This could be costly for Australia, considering the favourable outcome a determined negotiating team managed to obtain for the country under the Howard government.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:16 Source

How not to win friends and influence people in a NSW state election. The NSW Liberal Party have a winning hand when it comes to election campaign funding, but they still have to muddy the waters for voters in order to win some sympathy dollars..Which sometimes has the opposite effect on the NSW North Coast......From: redacted [redacted] Sent: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 2:01 PMTo: redactedSubject: Fwd: <URGENT> BlackoutDon't where this mob obtained my e address.They have a bl**dy hide thicker than Jesse/Jessie the elephant.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:56 Source

New report says roof has fallen in on US coal, leaving it in a state of structural decline that should be ringing alarm bells for investors worldwide.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:52 Source

WA energy minister says solar to be on most homes and businesses within a few years, and people could go off-grid. The trend may accelerate once the government removes a massive fossil fuel subsidy paid to owners of generators – some of whom never even switch the plant on.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:31 Source

An ARENA-backed project has delivered the world’s first fully redeployable large-scale solar-diesel hybrid plant, installed and operational in just 7 days.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 14:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen Below is another excerpt from today’s Financial Stability Review (FSR), released by the RBA, which warns of a budding apartment glut, particularly in Melbourne: Another risk arising from robust investor activity is that speculative demand could lead to an excessive increase in construction activity and future supply overhang. While dwelling construction […]

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Renew Economy Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:32 Source

The cost of electric vehicle battery packs is falling so rapidly they are probably already cheaper than expected for 2020.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:03 Source

The leaked transcripts from the Moss Review provide interesting insights into qualities that might be helpful if you plan to work in immigration detention. 

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The Tally Room Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 13:00 Source

Charlestownby1-ALPCharlestown is a marginal Labor seat in the Hunter region, covering Charlestown, Gateshead, Kahibah, Redhead and Warners Bay.

The Liberal Party held the seat by a 9.2% margin based on the 2011 election result and the redistribution, but the seat was won by Labor’s Jodie Harrison at the October 2014 by-election.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:58 Source

FromWestpac: The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator, hereafter the Westpac MNI China CSI, increased by 2.7ptsin March, printing 114.7 versus 112.0 in February, +2.4% over the month and –2.0% over the year. The March outcome is 5.7% below the long run average. The absolute level of the CSI indicates that Chinese consumers are still relatively anxious about their own […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:22 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:19 Source

No, not another post about the outstanding RBNZ or the superior New Zealand economy. Not even about it being rugby world champions. No, this thread for anyone that watched last night’s epic win by New Zealand over South Africa in the Cricket World Cup. It was a run chase for the ages going after 297 […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:58 Source

Jackie Kelly, a former Liberal minister and Howard protegee, was portrayed as a crazed kamikaze pilot on the front page of The Daily Telegraph after she preferred Labor in a pivotal seat, Penrith, and opposed a threatened airport at Badgery’s Creek. TREACHEROUS EX-LIB MINISTER PREFERENCES LABOR IN CRAZY BID TO BLOCK BADGERY’S AIRPORT: KAMIKAZE KELLY, the headline ran, and a Warren Brown cartoon pictured her as a ‘turncoat’ and an editorial accused her of ‘disloyalty, treachery and vengeance’.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:53 Source

More egg for the faces of Australia’s captured regulators today with the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) – the central banker’s central bank – confirming that clear and structured macroprudential tightening is a bit of a Bobby Dazzler: Previous studies have shown that limits on loan-to-value (LTV) and debt-to-income (DTI) ratios can stabilise the housing market, […]

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:53 Source

The safer commercial aviation comes, the more media write about aviation disasters. Chris Graham explores the facts about air travel, and air disaster.

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:52 Source

Prominent Australian investor Mark Carnegie has called for tax reform to end the policy and financial straight jacket we find ourselves in – pointing to land tax, a resources tax and a lift in the GST to 15 per cent. He labelled the Abbott Government’s upcoming White Paper on tax a waste of time, arguing […]

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Popular Science Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 11:46 Source

For most people, chocolate is considered an indulgence to be enjoyed in moments of weakness. The cacao pod from which chocolate is made, though, is a rich source of healthful polyphenols, and now researchers have found a different way of processing the cocoa that will keep more of those components while maintaining that delicious chocolaty flavor we all know and love. The international team of researchers presented their work today at the conference of the American Chemical Society in Denver.

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