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Saturday, 19 March

01:40

JSCOT 101 & why we need trade transparency AFTINET

17 March 2016

The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) is currently reviewing submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and it’s expected that public hearings will start soon.

If you’re not sure about exactly what JSCOT does or why it was set up, it’s worth watching a new video by the Australian House of Representatives official YouTube channel.

JSCOT has an important role in scrutinising our trade agreements, but it is very limited, because the committee does not see the text until after the decision to sign it is made by Cabinet, and cannot change it. Parliament only votes on the implementing legislation, not the whole agreement. AFTINET and other critics want to see draft texts during negotiations, and want Parliament to vote on the whole agreement.  See our submission to the 2015 Senate inquiry into the trade agreement process here and AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald's op-ed 'Trade agreements need more public and parliamentary scrutiny'.

Kelvin Thomson MP says in the video: 

“The greatest frustration for both the committee and the publ...

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Friday, 18 March

17:25

Australia adds 100MW of rooftop solar in first two months of 2016 Renew Economy

Victoria rises to second place behind Queensland, where rooftop solar market is slowing sharply despite promises by the Labor government to double installations by 2020.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz – March 19-20, 2016 Bill Mitchell – billy blog

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. If a national currency-issuing government stopped issuing public debt, then its deficit spending would be more expansionary than if it matched the deficits with new debt issues.



2. If the external sector is in surplus and thus is contributing to domestic economic growth, then the national government must run a fiscal surplus to stop the economy overheating.

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14:15

Dispelling the nuclear ‘baseload’ myth: nothing renewables can’t do better! Renew Economy

Renewables, too, can supply baseload power – and something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand.

13:56

Fire sparks concerns over lack of standards on battery storage Renew Economy

Photos of battery storage device that "exploded" in household garage underline concerns about the lack of standards on product quality and installation. The message from experts is that you will probably get what you pay for. Cheap is not cheerful – it may in fact be dangerous.

13:33

How Peabody Energy burned us all Renew Economy

It’s likely that Australians with money in superannuation have lost money on Peabody’s dramatic decline.

13:32

North America’s largest coal plant to be reopened as 44MW solar farm Renew Economy

In what must be considered a symbolic victory for renewables, North America’s one-time largest coal plant will be turned into a solar farm.

13:31

Climate Council wants all states to follow ACT and go 100% renewable by 2025 Renew Economy

Climate Council says petition shows strong public support for state governments policies that would deliver 100% renewable energy within a decade.

12:43

Old grid, new tricks: Wind power at “bleeding edge” of energy revolution Renew Economy

Wind energy development is, finally, set to take off again in Australia. But can the grid handle it?

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Thursday, 17 March

01:59

Asia’s Boards: Where Are The Women? The Diplomat » Pacific Money

Despite progress, Asian women are yet to crack the corporate “rice-paper ceiling.” Are arbitrary quotas the answer?

Wednesday, 16 March

11:39

SLA’s float at Autumn Parade 2016: Sustainables Vs Fossil Fuels earth ball game Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Saturday, 19 Mar; 11:30 am; ] We are float 33 and will assemble on Beardy Street between Butler and Markham Streets at 11:30am tomorrow. Wear black track pants, gym shoes and bring both a black t-shirt (if you have one) and a bright coloured t-shirt (if you have one). We have a place nearby to store gear that isn't used :) Theme is a fun [...] full article »

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