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politicalowl Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 00:32 Source

In 65 years in journalism the Owl cannot remember a political story that has dominated the news for so long as the current Barnaby Joyce affair. It is a yarn that has something for everyone. There's a dash of cheerful smut, a sprinkling of rorting to accompany the rooting and now the excitement of a government on the brink of collapse. Who could ask for anything more.And leading the way in bringing this yarn to the masses has been Sydney's Daily Telegraph.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 00:15 Source

"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]“Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.”  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australia’s deputy prime minister in

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 23:17 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Coinbase is erratically overcharging some users and emptying their bank accounts – CNBC We’re in a mature part of the credit cycle: Whalen Global Advisors – CNBC U.S. Stocks Extend Rebound in Broad Rally – WSJ Electronic Bond Trading Gains Ground – Bloomberg Cohn Downplays Concerns Over Rising Inflation,

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 16, 2018 - 21:36 Source

When Malcolm Turnbull made his bizarre bonking ban pronouncement on Thursday, he did Barnaby Joyce an enormous favour.  A favour which Joyce is obviously too stupid to recognise. All of a sudden, the conversation has moved from a man abusing his position for personal gain back to people “falling in love”. Putting aside the expectations…

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Politically homeless Friday, February 16, 2018 - 20:21 Source

Conservatives within the Coalition should be enjoying their moment of triumph. They have negated a supposedly progressive Prime Minister and tethered him to the unpopular and disastrous policies of his conservative predecessor. They have cast off all but two of those pesky state governments, with their namby-pamby health and education and human services, and have command of the high ground of the federal government. They stand poised to deliver tax cuts, to hold forth against Aboriginal claims through the Uluru Statement, and for welfare crackdowns. This is the moment Australia's conservatives worked so hard for so long to achieve.

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Skepticlawyer Friday, February 16, 2018 - 18:27 Source

The blogger Zman provides a very useful summary of the dissident right:

If you were trying to reduce the main points of the Dissident Right with a few bullet points, it would be:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:44 Source

What can I say? I mean… What can I say? While many in the Liberal Party have been referring to members of Barnaby’s party by the abbreviation “Nats”,  Mr Turnbull doesn’t seem to have noticed that they’ve changed their name in the 190s and are no longer the “Country Party”. Malcolm announces that ministers in…

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:37 Source

A mixed end to the week here in Asia with Japanese stocks catching up to the rebound, Chinese bourses closed for NY celebrations and the ASX200 lagging as industrials and media stocks selloff going into the weekend. Oil prices continue to show some more exuberance, hitting a one week high while gold and other undollars

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:30 Source

It’s all the rage at the moment, stirring the halls of power in certain countries, and satisfying some sense of puritanical virtue. Bonking is off the cards for politicians – at least in certain contexts, and some states. In Australia, the issue of the Deputy Prime Minister’s relationship with an ex-staffer whilst married persists in…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:05 Source

There seems to be a kind of continuity in this latest mainstream media (MSM) “Sgt Schultz” plea over the Barnaby Joyce whole kit ‘n’ caboodle when they say in a plaintive squeal; “I know nuffink!” … which, considering social media’s eye-rolling acceptance of THAT reality, they suddenly now seem to be all over the situation…

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 15:10 Source

ARENA backs research that will model the influence of rooftop solar, home batteries and electricity tariffs on a decision to buy EVs.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:55 Source

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies - clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

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politicalowl Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:26 Source
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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:22 Source

As battery demand increases, so does the search for search for alternative technologies. Australian companies and universities are leading in developing innovative solutions, but the path to commercial success has its challenges.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:09 Source

Dr John Hewson bearing it all up today: What if governments and policy authorities are unable to handle the next global financial crisis? Indeed, what if their declared strategy of  “normalising” interest rates actually triggers the next GFC and leaves them powerless to respond? Rather than deal with its structural causes, the response of authorities

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:00 Source

Part Nine of a history of European occupation, rule, and brutal imperialism of Indigenous Australia, by Dr George Venturini. A belated ‘Recognition’ and a ‘new policy’ On 11 October 2007, in one last opportunistic electoral manoeuvre, Prime Minister Howard announced his support for “The eight time: Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians” in a new preamble…

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:53 Source

Current trends make a mockery of doubts peddled by network incumbents that fossil fuel power is the best way to assure security of electricity supply.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:43 Source

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, "at cost", as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:42 Source

How will retailers meet their emission reduction obligations under the proposed NEG. It's a tangled web, and we suspect the ESB is starting to understand the monster it is creating.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:42 Source

How will retailers meet their emission reduction obligations under the proposed NEG. It's a tangled web, and we suspect the ESB is starting to understand the monster it is creating.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:40 Source

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon "just going to be the norm", says home builder Metricon. Already, they're putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:35 Source

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

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politicalowl Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:28 Source

The ABC reports: "The Coalition is in dangerous territory, with Barnaby Joyce and Malcolm Turnbull exchanging barbs over the fallout from the Deputy PM's affair with a staffer."Will the political marriage end in divorce?

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen In June last year, The Australian’s David Uren penned a spurious article in support of mass immigration and a ‘Big Australia’, claiming that it is central to Australia’s economic success and that “fertile, educated Asians are saving our economy”. At the time, I demolished Uren’s arguments, which were both illogical and

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:50 Source

Pass the popcorn: .@Barnaby_Joyce: @TurnbullMalcolm‘s comments yesterday caused further harm and were in many instances inept and unnecessary. It was already public knowledge. https://t.co/fbuABRGS8G pic.twitter.com/xxvxBi59ln — Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) February 16, 2018 The funny part is they’re both right! At The Guardian it’s war: Those close to Joyce said Turnbull had “turned a friendship

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:39 Source

The AUD is still holding off a very weak DXY: Bonds are stable: XJO is up a little but sticking to its gloom: Big Iron is off after a big bounce yesterday: Big Gas has more falls ahead despite the USD: Big Gold is down but I’m flipping over. The short term looks good if

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politicalowl Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:37 Source
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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:34 Source

Pearl Global Limited (Pearl) (ASX:PG1) has begun commissioning its first production plant after receiving state government, environmental and council approvals for its unique process to convert waste tyres into valuable secondary products.

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Renew Economy Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:09 Source

Tasmania Labor unveils energy policy targeting 120% renewables, increased electricity exports, and an 80% boost to distributed resources like rooftop solar.

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