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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:27 Source

We're excited to report that the 3rd solar power bulk-buy block has now opened.

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Club Troppo Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:13 Source

 

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:10 Source

Once peak oil is finally reached – whenever that is – demand will begin to drop thereafter, perhaps precipitously.

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 14:06 Source
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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Clarence Valley Council, media release, 20 March 2017:Mayor: Jim Simmons LOCKED BAG 23 GRAFTON NSW 2460A/General Manager: Ashley Lindsay Telephone: (02) 6643 0200Fax: (02) 6642 7647FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 20, 2017Yamba hill residents notified of landslip riskSOME residents on Yamba hill have been advised to watch for potential landslips following heavy rain in the area over the past five days.Clarence Valley Council works and civil director, Troy Anderson, said council monitored rainfall events on the hill so it could warn landowners and property managers of any increased risk of landslip in an area known as the Yamba landslide risk zon

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Sun King Zhengrong Shi returns to solar market with ultra-light and ultra-thin solar panels hailed as biggest change in solar market in decades. The new panels can be integrated into roofs and facades and he says are better option than Tesla's "heavy and rigid" solar tiles.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:12 Source

Sun King Zhengrong Shi returns to solar market with ultra-light and ultra-thin solar panels hailed as biggest change in solar market in decades. The new panels can be integrated into roofs and facades and he says are better option than Tesla's "heavy and rigid" solar tiles.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:06 Source

Australia's solar pioneers gather to mark 25 years in industry. "We set out to change the world and it is now unassailably and permanently changed."

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:36 Source

ABC political editor continues ill-informed campaign against wind and solar, now claiming that 20% is the limit for wind energy.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:35 Source

Victoria's quick deadlines for its 100MW energy storage tender could rule out two technologies: pumped hydro and solar thermal.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:15 Source

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton inexplicably stepped out of his portfolio last week to make commentary on CEOs with an opinion on marriage equality that does not coincide with his own. Dutton singled out Qantas CEO Alan Joyce for particular attention, presumably because Mr Joyce is gay. In a final flourish, Dutton advised CEOs to “stick…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:11 Source

Commas FTW! And Oxford commas for the bonus point:

“Who gives a fuck about the Oxford Comma?” Vampire Weekend asked on their eponymous first album. The hard-working truck drivers of the Oakhurst Dairy company in the great state of Maine, that"s who. A dispute with their bosses over whether they should be paid overtime came down to the lack of an Oxford comma in the state"s law regulating who gets paid a little bit more for working extra hours.

What is the Oxford comma?

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Club Troppo Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:05 Source

I’ve known Victor Perton since he was a lively Liberal MP interested in approaches to regulation that were more promising than the standard reg review boilerplate of the time. Neither of us made any progress on that score and reg review remains its ineffectual self.

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Renew Economy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:39 Source

Carnegie kicks off Lendlease JV with 10MW solar plant in Northam, and with plans to add storage and "replicate it all over Australia."

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xkcd.com Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:00 Source

My favorite might be U+1F609 U+1F93F WINKING FACE VOMITING.

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John Quiggin Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:33 Source

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

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John Quiggin Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:32 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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John Quiggin Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:31 Source

… for the nuclear power faithful. Over the last couple of months, it’s become apparent that the Westinghouse AP1000, by far the most promising hope for a modern Generation III+ design, is dead in the water. Toshiba, which bought Westinghouse a while ago, is writing off billions of dollars, and seems unlikely to stay in the nuclear business after the remaining projects (all overdue and overtime) are completed. The other developed country candidates, including EPR and Candu are in an even worse state.

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Your Democracy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:27 Source
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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, March 20, 2017 - 09:04 Source

Sprawl has been the headline city planning issue for more than half a century, but it’s salience has faded over recent decades. Urban policy-makers need to reassess their priorities Is sprawl still the number one bogeyman?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 08:00 Source

By Peter Hunt Malcolm Turnbull’s example of how the Snowy Mountain Pumped Hydro scheme expansion would make money for the government/s doesn’t stack up. He explained on the news how you can pay $40 per MWH to pump water uphill at night then by releasing it when demand is high, generate electricity, and sell it…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, March 20, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Monday March 20 2017. 1 The Minister for Immigration and noted homophobic non-thinking leader of conservative opinion in the Coalition must wake up every morning thinking what he can do to tweak his nasty disposition. I said immediately after the election that the issue of Same-sex Marriage would never go away, that it would continue…

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Your Democracy Monday, March 20, 2017 - 01:05 Source

an ugly truth ...

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Resisting Adani

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North Coast Voices Monday, March 20, 2017 - 00:15 Source

“The price, quality and seasonality of Australia’s food is increasingly being affected by climate change with Australia’s future food security under threat….Australia’s food supply chain is highly exposed to disruption from increasing extreme weather events driven by climate change, with farmers already struggling to cope with more frequent and intense droughts and changing weather patterns.” [Climate Council, October 2015]It used to be said of Australian families that generally they were only one generation away from the farm and it used to be noted that in the suburbs spreading out from major metropolitan areas in the 1950s and 60s these

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Poll Bludger Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 22:12 Source

Newspoll records a much improved result for the Coalition, with Labor’s two-party lead cut from 55-45 to 52-48. The Coalition is up three on the primary vote to 37%, Labor is down two to 35%, One Nation are steady on 10%, and the Greens are down one to 9%. Malcolm Turnbull is up one on approval to 30% and down two on disapproval to 57%; Bill Shorten is down one to 29% and up one to 57%; and Turnbull’s lead as preferred prime minister has improved from 40-33 to 43-29. The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1819. Report from The Australian.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 18:00 Source

In the words of The Monthly, If the name Milo Yiannopoulos means nothing to you, congratulations on being a normal, well-adjusted person. Yiannopoulos is someone we all aspire to be the complete opposite of. He was until very recently, an alt-right figurehead and said all the ‘right’ things. According to The Guardian he did a…

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John Quiggin Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:26 Source

Continuing on the coalition theme, there’s been a rash of articles (this is representative) worrying about the rise of “minor parties” to secure 25 per cent of the vote.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 09:56 Source

Dear friends of The AIMN, On 15 March 2017 the battered Australian Broadcasting Commission went on air with a 7.30 Report interview to Ms. Sally McManus by the reporter Leigh Sales. That part of the transcript was headed: “New ACTU secretary Sally McManus says she doesn’t see a problem with workers breaking laws when the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 08:52 Source

Remember the headlines about the death of free speech. Remember the editorials? The Herald-Sun saw it thus: “But should there be a law to protect people from being offended? Gagging people from fairly and legitimately held opinions is censorship. It is a basic denial of freedom of speech, which was pointed out by Attorney-General George…

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