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What goes around comes around – New circular thinking, access to abundant solar energy and supporting new technology could provide a competitive advantage for Australian industries. Flickr/Beyond Zero Emissions

Resource productivity: four ways Australia can keep the good times rolling

Australia’s relative share of global economic opportunity derived from smarter use of materials, energy and water could be $26 billion each year by 2025. Here are four ways Australia could make the most of the circular economy boom.

Rising electricity demand could be here to stay

In June this year, forecasts revealed residential and business demand has risen for the first time in five years. The trend could be here to stay, according to a report released today from the Australia Institute.

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Outgoing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would ‘wear the creditors’ loathing with pride’. Alexandros Vlachos/EPA/AAP

Varoufakis exit is not the game changer the EU needs

Ongoing negotiations between Greece and the troika are likely to prove futile - what's needed is a complete rethink of EU's dualistic system.

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Roots of radicalisation

One needs to understand the differences in their Islamic movements to make sense of events over recent decades in Egypt and Iran. EPA/Mohamed Messara

Ignorance and hostility fuel ‘imagined solidarity’ with Islamists

People sometimes overlook their profound differences if social forces unite them in a common, often ill-defined desire. Hostility to Muslims is creating an imagined solidarity that Islamists can exploit.

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