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Minimum overtaking distance of cyclists rejected by Victorian Government

ABC News, 23 March 2017
The Victorian Government has rejected a recommendation to introduce a minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking cyclists, saying it will try a public education safety campaign first.
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How electric cars can help save the grid

The Conversation, 22 March 2017
A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles. By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while smoothing out some of the destabilising effects that the recent boom in household solar has had on our energy networks.
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Emissions standards on cars will save Australians billions of dollars, and help meet our climate targets

The Conversation, 16 March 2017
The cheapest way for Australia to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to put a cap on car emissions. It would be so cheap, in fact, that it will save drivers money. According to analysis from ClimateWorks, the toughest proposed standard would help Australia achieve about 6% of its 2030 emission reduction target, and save drivers up to A$500 each year on fuel.
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In praise of the Sirius building, a ruined remnant of idealistic times

The Conversation, 3 August 2016
With a ministerial refusal to act on the NSW Heritage Council’s findings, Sydney’s Sirius building has lost its heritage appeal. Demolition is now imminent and the building has been, philosophically at least, abandoned. At night, its lights are out and it is merely a black, stepped shape against the slightly less black sky. There is a stairwell light, for security I suppose, and scattered around the 78 apartments, 12 or so residents still inhabit the place (although they will be rehoused soon).
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Gas crisis: a crisis of guile and greed

Michael West, 14 March 2017
It is bizarre that gas customers in Japan buy Australian gas more cheaply than Australians. Some of this gas is drilled in the Bass Strait, piped to Queensland, turned into liquid and shipped 6,700 kilometres to Japan … but the Japanese still pay less than Victorians.
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Contested spaces: ‘virtuous drivers, malicious cyclists’ mindset gets us nowhere

The Conversation, 13 March 2017
I turn on the car radio and the radio station host asks listeners to call in to comment on the idea of introducing compulsory registration for cyclists. The conversations that follow illustrate once again that our roads are a highly contested urban space. As I expected, those calling in argue emphatically in favour of the radio host’s proposal. They claim it’s unfair that motorists pay for the roads cyclists use, that motorists should be able to report cyclists running red lights, and that cyclists should have insurance to compensate the cost of injuries or damage to cars.
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Tesla launches Powerwall 2, says all solar homes will have storage

REnew economy, 9 March 2017
Tesla has officially launched its range of second generation home and grid-scale battery storage products in Australia, with installations of the company’s fully integrated, 14kWh residential Powerwall 2 units to begin in homes throughout the country next month.
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Senate estimates reveal Albury line requires a multi-million dollar fix up to accommodate inland rail

The Border Mail, 28 February 2017
The Department of Infrastructure has conceded there will be a “considerable cost” to improve the Albury line if it is to cope with a new inland rail route. Appearing before Senate estimates in Canberra this week, the department’s secretary Mike Mrdak gave the first indication of work needed on a rail line not up to scratch.
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CSIRO says Australia can get to 100 per cent renewable energy

REnew Economy, 22 February 2017
The Australian government’s chief scientific body says there is no apparent technical impediment to reaching 100% renewables for the national electricity grid, and levels of up to 30% renewable energy should be considered as just “trivial” in current energy systems.
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The road rule drivers always get wrong

Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 2017
Another day, another police crackdown on pedestrians and cyclists. This week it was the NSW Police running a 12-hour blitz in the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs, called Operation Pedro.
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