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Monday, 18 January

00:20

New 25MW solar plant to break new ground in Australia energy market Renew Economy

A 25MW solar plant proposed for outskirts of Perth could break new ground on a number of fronts in the Australian solar market.

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Sunday, 17 January

19:06

New low for wind energy costs: Morocco tender averages $US30/MWh Renew Economy

Morocco attracts average bids of $US30/MWh from tender for 850MW wind energy tender, with one project at record low of around $US25/MWh.

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Saturday, 16 January

23:24

Doubling of renewables will add $A1.9 trillion to global economy by 2030 Renew Economy

Australia could be among major beneficiaries of doubling of renewable energy that could deliver $A1.9 trillion in added economic growth by 2030. Renewables would also boost jobs, cut pollution, increase energy security, reduce costs and save water.

16:56

Provocation John Quiggin

We’ve had a series of fatal and near-fatal one-punch assaults in Queensland recently, several captured on CCTV. An even worse case, except that by pure luck the victim managed to put out his hands and avoid a severe head impact was shown recently. One attacker holds the victim to let a second punch him, after which the first (much bigger) attacker delivers a “king hit” and walks off.

What shocked me about this was the alleged attacker’s lawyer, who claimed that he might have a defence of “provocation”. This medieval defence was scaled back after it was used, successfully, by a man who beat his girlfriend to death with a steering wheel lock in 2005 as a result of jealousy, but it apparently remains available to street thugs whose attacks don’t cause grievous bodily harm.

When combined with recent “one-punch” laws, the result is an absurdity. A thug who throws a punch in response to an insult* can’t predict what will happen next. If the victim falls the wrong way and dies, it’s a mandatory 15-year minimum. But if the victim is lucky, so is the thug – he can get off scot-free, or nearly so, with a defence of provocation.

Regrettably, but predictably, the Queensland Law Society has sought to maintain this barbaric defence at every stage. The Law Society’s determination to keep every possible defence open, no matter how anachronistic, undermines more reasonable concerns they have raised with respect to issues such as mandatory minimum sentences.

* Actual or claimed

03:25

Should Japan Fear China’s Stock Market Crash This Time? The Diplomat » Pacific Money

Will China's 2016 stock market woes have more impact on Japan than in 2015?

00:09

Jakarta Attacks Hit Vulnerable Target The Diplomat » Pacific Money

Thursday’s attacks could have some significant economic implications.

Friday, 08 January

12:00

Saturday Quiz – January 9, 2016 Bill Mitchell – billy blog

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