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Grand Theft Retail: why traditional retailers will continue doing it tough

By the close of business today, thousands of people will have queued around 20 big, flashy Apple shops across the country and smaller telco outlets …

Today's PoliticOz: Closed for business Kevin Rudd’s first official act as Prime Minister was to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. “A significant step forward in our country’s efforts to fight climate change domestically – and with the international community,” he called it. In Tony Abbott’s first full day as Prime Minister, he closed the Climate Commission and began the process of dismantling the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the independent Climate Change Authority. What a difference six years can make. New Scientist has already called Abbott’s electoral win “bad news for the climate”. Certainly, the scrapping of these bodies is part of a grander promise to rescind the carbon tax and introduce a much-contested Direct Action plan – one unlikely to meet its targets or to save money. But the move is also symbolic. The Climate Commission was established to offer independent public advice on climate science. It was in the business of information, not policy. Scraping it has little to do with scraping the carbon price. The move means almost nothing to the government’s bottom line: something like $580,000 this financial year and about $1.6 million in the years that follow. In a government without a science minister, and a party well endowed with climate sceptics, the decision looks decidedly anti-information. It is a battle between science and politics, and politics has won. http://themo.io/17Cajj8

Compassionless Conservatives

The Republican Party is vigorously pursing reductions in the federal budget that will severely impact those who most need help. What is worse, many in the party are willing to shut the government down and disrupt the global economy in order to make their point.<p>Republicans in the House of …

Haunted by history

Barjo said that in 1965, he had been tied to a board suspended over Bacem bridge (jembatan Bacem). He was ready to die. Several people before him had …

It’s a dog’s life

SINCE 2000, when a Mexican film director made “Amores Perros”, a gritty tale about dogs, crime and violence, the status of canines in society has …

Australian economy expands by 0.6%

The economy expanded at a modest clip in the first three months of this year, underpinned by a surge in exports and slightly stronger consumer spending.<p>Growth was 0.6% in the March quarter, which was slower than expected due to weaker business investment and falling inventories.<p>It followed a 0.6% …

Viewpoints: the promise and perils of three-parent IVF

<i>Far from creating designer babies, three-parent IVF is about allowing women who carry genetic diseases in their mitochondria to avoid passing them on</i> …

Martin wants to stay a Tiger

Conca has sacrificed significant money, which Fremantle had placed on the table to stay at Richmond. No one yet has put their hand up for Martin, and …

SA Government doubts tougher video games classification rules are working

South Australia's Attorney-General says he doubts new classification rules for video games are being applied rigorously and will write to the Federal …

Clean Energy Finance Corporation could sue over Coalition shutdown

The board of the clean energy finance corporation is legally obliged to ignore a directive from the new treasurer, Joe Hockey, to cease its operation and could take the Coalition government to court if it persisted in attempts to shut the CEFC down before the parliament voted to abolish it, …