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Energy lessons Australia can learn from California

California Energy Commissioner, Andrew McAllister, says Australia is too overly focussed on the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.
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Majority of people find cashless card making their life harder: researcher

The Senate majority report on the cashless welfare card is "disappointing" as it does not reflect submissions, says researcher Elise Klein.
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Chinese reform puts power in President Xi Jinping's hands

China gave up its emperors centuries ago but now it appears to be preparing to anoint a new one — its current president Xi Jinping.
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The Geelong Project: Early intervention model to prevent youth homelessness

When an adolescent leaves school early, they're more likely to end up homeless than their peers at school — and to be struggling with issues later in life. In Geelong, Victoria, 250 young people leave school early every year and about 230 of them seek...
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Should Australian political parties use data mining to access voter information?

"There needs to be a complete rethink of the way we allow political parties to operate," says the Chair of Digital Rights Watch, Tim Norton.
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136711 | Do we need the National Energy Guarantee?

New modelling by the energy advisory firm RepuTex shows Australia is set to beat its emisisons targets under what it calls a "do nothing" scenario, suggesting the NEG could be redundant.
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Charity bank

Australia has 60,000 active not-for-profit groups, clubs and charities. But many of these organisations find their funding sources are few and far between, and the competition for capital is intense. According to the Community Council for Australia, there is an urgent need for a 'Better...
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Committee into constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians fails to make clear recommendations

A bi-partisan parliamentary committee looking into constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians has released its interim report but has failed to recommend any clear way forward for the issue to be resolved.
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All Cbus property holdings to be carbon neutral by 2030

Australian business has been lamenting the Federal Government's inability to land a policy to bring down carbon emissions. But just days after Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the National Energy Guarantee was dead, one of the country's biggest superannuation funds is taking matters into its...
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Productivity Commission to review mental health spending

Federal and State governments spend a combined $9 billion a year on mental health — but is it all well spent?