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politicalowl Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 18:30 Source
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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 17:44 Source

by Chris Becker Stocks in Asia are taking a pause due to new North Korean tensions even after US stocks took out new record highs overnight. The Aussie dollar fell after the RBA maintained its low interest rate dogma to sustain growth – in house prices at least. In mainland China the Shanghai Composite is

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 16:06 Source

If one thing is clear from the Coalition's new energy policy announcement today, it is that Tony Abbott has won, and consumers have lost. Even in the most optimistic scenario presented by the government, energy consumers will see little reduction in their energy bills over the next decade. And that's outrageous.

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politicalowl Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 15:41 Source
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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:18 Source

I am going to do back-flip with a triple pike here. Do-nothing Malcolm has circumvented Tony Abbott on carbon: The Coalition party room has endorsed the government’s new energy plan, despite objections from Tony Abbott and others that the policy still has a component aimed at reducing emissions….Energy retailers will be required to meet standards

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:00 Source

By Ad astra As a weary electorate approaches yet another holiday season, looks back over the year and asks: ‘How has our federal government improved life for ordinary Aussies’, the answer is depressing. Our self-styled ‘adult government’ has achieved so little for so long. We have had to endure indecision, poor planning, stultifying policies, governmental…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:51 Source

I am firmly convinced that the entire Coalition suffers from cognitive dissonance. Barnaby Joyce, in an opinion piece for a Tamworth newspaper bemoaning the “malicious fate” that has put his position in parliament in doubt due to his dual citizenship, wrote about the “crazy boarding school in Canberra” who “revel in the salacious at the…

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:29 Source

Via Westpac: September is a seasonally strong quarter due to the post June 30 price resetting of many administered prices and as such, the ABS seasonal factors moderate our estimate to a seasonally adjusted 0.4%. Key factors in Q3 are: the ongoing grocery competition holding back food prices; the annual repricing of the tobacco excise;

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:23 Source

By Leith van Onselen From Robert Gottliebsen (“Gotti”) comes an interesting titbit on the role that Australia’s dud Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) played in the car industry’s demise: The first Toyota closure reason was actually the so-called “free trade” agreements that Australia signed. Probably these agreements had more of an effect on Japanese executives in

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 13:16 Source

Dalian iron ore is still struggling today: Not RIO or BHP: The RIO rally is reckless. Nobody knows what’s coming from China in next few months. Big Gas is lovin’ it’s new guarantee as the Pensioner Killers roar: Big Gold has no time for bears like me, lovin’ the falling AUD: Big Sleazy is pouring

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:56 Source

Origin Energy rolls out flexible energy trial in South Australia, allowing commercial and industrial customers to align demand with renewables output.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:40 Source

The trouble with politicians is that they think like footballers. The premiership is the goal. Occasionally, it’s absurd to think that succeed in a given year but, whether realistic or not, at the start of every season the dream is to win. And, of course, when it comes down to that final day, players through…

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Inside Story Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:36 Source

The enduring misconception about writing is that it’s a binary skill: you’re either good at it, or you’re not. But this ignores the fact that different types of writing require different techniques. Over the years I’ve written novels, short stories, news journalism, features and academic articles, but the one style I’ve never quite mastered is creative non-fiction. Thankfully, Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process provides an opportunity to learn from one of the masters of the craft, Pulitzer Prize winner John McPhee, who is widely regarded as one of the genre’s founding fathers.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Last week, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released report claiming that middle-income earners will bear the burden of bracket creep (aka ‘fiscal drag’) as wage rises push 1.8 million Australians into higher tax brackets. At the time, I noted that the PBO’s projections around income tax were inflated given they seemed

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:19 Source

Amusing stuff! Aberdeen Asset Management, which manages more than half a trillion dollars worth of assets, said there was no housing bubble in 2015 and re-affirmed this view in a new research paper written by its Asia Pacific head of property research Milan Khatri. “We don’t believe that the Australian housing market is in a

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 12:11 Source

The Turnbull Coalition government unveils its new energy policy.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:49 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released new motor vehicle sales for the month of September, which registered a 0.5% seasonally adjusted decline in the number of sales over the month and a 0.8% fall over the year: Six jurisdictions reported decreases in new car sales in August whereas two

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:41 Source

RBA minutes: Domestic Economic Conditions Members commenced their discussion by noting that the Australian economy had grown by 0.8 per cent in the June quarter, in line with the Bank’s forecast. Growth in consumption and the contribution from net exports had been higher than in the March quarter, partly reflecting the unwinding of temporary factors. Members noted

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:33 Source

My head is exploding on this new energy stuff. The Greens are in uproar: Greens leader Richard Di Natale says the government has “effectively pulled out of the Paris Agreement” as he labelled Malcolm Turnbull “hollow” and “cowardly”. Senator Di Natale said the government would “argue against the laws of physics” by saying it could

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:23 Source

With energy policy set to remain a political battleground in Australia, physics, in the form of global warming, will continue to gradually push decarbonization to the top of the policy agenda.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 11:22 Source

With China, India, Norway, UK, France and California planning to ban manufacture and sales of new internal combustion engine cars, and EVs on the rise, will a solar roof become popular add-on option for plug in EV’s?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:57 Source

A team of Australian researchers is turning the notion of recycling on its head, while also building a new green manufacturing sector.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:56 Source

The buzz might be about batteries, but the mass adoption of solar PV by Australian homes – and the efficient use of this asset – has only just begun, as prices reach levels that appeal to the late majority, and as early adopters look to upsize their systems.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Business Council of Australia (BCA) and the Turnbull Government continue to argue that Australia’s company tax rate is among the highest in the world and that if we don’t reduce it then  Australia will be left behind economically. For example, here’s the BCA’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, commenting on this

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:41 Source

Breaking: Coalition set to unveil an energy policy that supports fossil fuel electricity generators, while putting a handbrake on renewable energy development.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:41 Source

Coalition dumps clean energy target in favour of a change to energy market rules that appears to confer enormous power into the hands of coal and gas utilities, and satisfies push by right wing to abandon Paris target and to close the door on renewables.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:24 Source

The TV news hear in Brisbane has been running rumours about an early state election for most of the year. Even though a string of predictions have already proved false, the rumours keep coming. I heard another one yesterday, but today’s news suggests not, though with the odd phrasing

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has fuelled speculation she may wait until next year to call the election

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Your Democracy Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

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A Clean Energy Target recommended by Australia's chief scientist will not be adopted, with the Federal Government instead proposing a new plan to bring down electricity prices.

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