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John Quiggin Monday, June 26, 2017 - 13:37 Source

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 13:36 Source

From Domainfax: An inner-city cocktail bar named after one of the poncier fruits – the cherry – is exactly the kind of place you would expect left-wing government schemers to hatch a plot to legislate gay marriage. And indeed, it was at the Cherry Bar in Sydney’s Star Casino that government minister Christopher Pyne was

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:58 Source

A little bid in Dalian today: Big iron too: And Big Gas: Big Gold down a bit: Big Bubble mostly down too: And Big Liar continues to reach for the stars anyway: Because Australia is different.

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Grattan Institute’s John Daley last week gave a presentation to the Council of The Ageing conference on Housing for Senior Australians, whereby he noted that senior Australians generally face less housing pressures than younger Australians, but that the situation is likely to deteriorate from the 2030s due to falling home

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:39 Source

From UBS: Is the recent retracement in iron ore bearish for the AUD? No, though further falls would be worrisome. While market woes over a slowdown in China growth appear to have receded somewhat over the past month, iron ore remains fairly depressed at ~$56/t vs. $86/t in Q1-17. However, few believed that iron ore

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen In last week’s State Budget, the South Australian Government implemented a new tax on betting companies in a bid to raise $9.2 million in additional revenue a year. The ABC explains: The State Government will introduce a so-called “place of consumption” tax of 15 per cent on the net wagering revenue

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 12:12 Source

Reality is boring: new technology gets cheap, simple and, increasingly, fit for purpose. There’s nothing magical, mystical or fantastical about this.

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 11:57 Source

Australia is the only country that you could throw a wall around and still have all the materials you need – cobalt and graphite and lithium – for battery storage.

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Your Democracy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 11:49 Source
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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 11:03 Source

Let's forget about coal: Finkel's Clean Energy Target should be designed to encourage a good mix of zero emissions dispatchable solutions including solar thermal and biomass.

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:51 Source

Solar power accounts for 2.2 per cent of total generation in the US in April, a jump of 63% over the previous year.

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:37 Source

Pollinate Energy is celebrating its most significant milestone to date: having reached 100,000 of India’s most vulnerable people.

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 Source

By Leith van Onselen Remember the below chart showing the immigration-fueled population explosion that is projected to take place across Sydney over the next 20 years, increasing the city’s population by an insane 1.74 million people – the equivalent to adding a Perth to Sydney’s population? And remember this chart showing that almost all of

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xkcd.com Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:00 Source

I was banned from the airliners.net photography forum by concerned moderators after the end of my lens started brushing against planes as they flew by.

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen In the wake of the latest wave of pay rises received by federal politicians and senior bureaucrats, The Australian’s Adam Creighton has called for pay caps to be implemented that limits their pay to a certain multiple of average earnings: Australian politicians and public servants are paid well, more than double

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:58 Source

As the media chase CFMEU John Setka down the road with their pitchforks, they stop to slip a hero’s cape over Senator Hanson’s shoulders. Our National Conversation is a tale of two cities. One which contrasts how bigots are protected and those who speak up are condemned. A Soft Kitty for Hanson Time and time…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:50 Source

Nothing annoys me more than people who have enjoyed the benefits of this great country seeking to deny them to others. Take Eric Abetz – please. Eric migrated from Germany with his parents and five siblings in the early 1960s.  Despite his great uncle Otto having been a Nazi who was sentenced to 20 years…

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:43 Source

By Leith van Onselen Former federal treasurer, Wayne Swan, is concerned that Australia’s middle class risks going the way of America’s and claims the Labor Party and the union movement need to better argue the case for improved wages for middle-class workers. From The AFR: “If we cannot make the economic case that good wages

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:30 Source

By Chris Becker  A slow week on macro markets as we pass through the quiet period of the economic calendar and caution abounds. The only remarkable technical event has been the breakdown in oil prices as long positions are unwound fast, sending both markers down to an almost one year low. Stocks remain cautious but

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:25 Source

From the Bank of International Settlements (BIS): Excessive indebtedness has been one of the root causes of financial crises and the ensuing deep recessions. In recent years, the focus has been on household debt, as excessive leverage by the household sector was at the heart of the Great Financial Crisis. It is well recognised that

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:06 Source

It’s regrettable it seems necessary to install heavy bollards in Australian cities to protect against vehicle attacks. But it could be a way to improve public spaces Can security bollards be done better?

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:05 Source

A 200MW solar farm near Balranald in western NSW will be largest, and one of 27 large scale solar projects planned or under construction in the state.

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 09:05 Source

A 200MW solar fram near Balranald in western NSW will be largest, and one of 27 large scale solar projects planned or under construction in the state.

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Renew Economy Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:59 Source

On the roof of a waste incinerator outside Zurich, the Swiss firm Climeworks has built world’s first commercial plant to suck CO2 directly from the air.

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The Piping Shrike Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:30 Source


Mutitjulu. Ground zero. Photo: Kia Mistilis

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:30 Source

There can be no-one in this country by now, barring the unborn, who has not experienced, first hand, some extreme weather event. There are those in the climate change “warmist” camp who cry the ”Aha!” moment at these disasters, while those in the “denialist” cabal give a banal yawn and implore us all to “move…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, June 26, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Monday 26 June 2017 After a few days confined to my bed with a virus I’m now well and ready to continue the quest for a better government, a better Australia and a better world. 1 Australia’s Minister for Australian Values and Dog Whistling, the Right Honorable Peter Dutton uses the English Language in the…

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Duck Pond Monday, June 26, 2017 - 01:28 Source

I know what it is like to kick the earth, or at least a piece of wood. I thought my toe would never recover. I looked around, of course, for someone to blame and there were two dogs pulling on the lead. I bit my tongue in the metaphoric sense, and kept walking.

The reference of the title is to the lyrics in the song by Redgum, “I was only 19”:

Frankie kicked a mine, the day that mankind kicked the moon,
God help me he was going home in June.”

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 00:30 Source

The Sydney-Melbourne rivalry has been a century in the making. In the 26 years after Australia’s Federation in 1901, the Commonwealth Government was temporarily housed in Melbourne. But after intense competition between the two cities for national-capital status, Canberra had to be built as a compromise to quell both cities. Since then, snide barbs have

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MacroBusiness Monday, June 26, 2017 - 00:20 Source

The rarely useful Elizabeth Knight put her finger on something over the weekend: There is a hidden and worrying risk lurking for a particular set of mortgage borrowers, whose level of financial stress is about to get a whole lot worse. It’s those home owners with interest-only loans that are now increasingly under the pump

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