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Overnight the UN Human Rights Council heard about the unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who is in Geneva to address the Council, said that after five long years in offshore detention the 102 children being held on Nauru have now lost all hope.
As the Australian Government sits here on this Council, professing its commitment to human rights, it is indefinitely imprisoning 102 children in its offshore refugee camp on Nauru, Mr Webb told the Council.
These children and their families have now been detained for over five years imprisoned for fleeing the same atrocities our Government comes here and condemns.
And after five years of detention, these children have now lost hope. Some have stopped speaking. Some have stopped eating. A 10-year-old boy recently tried to kill himself, said Mr Webb.
The statement comes as increasing reports emerge of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders, including a rare illness known as Resignation Syndrome.
Even the Governments own medical advisors are now speaking out, warning that the situation on Nauru is untenable and that children will die, said Mr Webb.
Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.
After five long years, these children and their families deserve a future. And the Australian Government deserves to be held accountable by this Council for its cruelty, said Mr Webb.
Video: Daniel Webb giving his statement at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
The criticism comes after the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, last week used her maiden speech to the Council to slam the Australian Governments offshore detention regime as an affront to the protection of human rights, and follows the UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention reporting the Australian Government to the Council for its illegal and indefinite detention of refugees.
The Australian Government comes here to the Human Rights Council and masquerades as standing for hum...
Karen Wyld is an author and freelance writer of Martu descent, living on Kaurna country in South Australia Recently I viewed the Black Mist Burnt Country exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Launched on 27 September 2016, to mark the 60th anniversary of nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga in South Australia, the exhibition has already covered a lot of ...
Media Release - September 18, 2018
We are deeply disappointed that the Labor majority report of the Senate Standing Committee on the TPP-11 has strongly criticized many aspects of the deal and recommended changes by a future government, but has nevertheless endorsed its implementation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
This was not unexpected, given the decision of the ALP caucus majority last week to support the TPP-11, despite its inconsistency with ALP policy. In practice it would be difficult for a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the deal in opposition, to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments in the TPP-11 after implementation.
We welcome Centre Alliance committee member Senator Rex Patricks more consistent recommendation that, given its flaws, the TPP-11 should not be implemented until after such changes are negotiated, and note that the Greens and other crossbenchers also oppose its implementation.
Dr Ranald noted that the report identifies the following serious flaws in the TPP-11:
She added that the report also recommends a series of reforms advocated by AFTINET to the trade agreement process including release of draft negotiating texts, release of the full text...
Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana, amid a nationwide scare that has tormented the strawberry industry. Read More
Im sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. Im watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.
These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.
The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.
All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.
But it isnt part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.
In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. Progressive intellectuals here are, like in all other client states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal freedoms, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.
In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.
The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed victims. It is laughing all the way to the bank.
Lies are obviously paying off.
No other part....
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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An unusual event has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing hot shutdown of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete). Full details of the event are 
In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.
This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.
As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.
The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.
He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.
Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.
The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.
Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.
Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.
And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all co...
Canberra tightens again
If youre visiting Surry Hills (Sydney) for the Surry Hills Festival this weekend, take a look at Marlborough Street, and the terrific stories and photographs of Surry Hills and Valleys, a project Ive been involved with https://surryhillsandvalleys.com/. Awesome work by Karina Kreminski in pulling this together.
HPV vaccine safety: Cochrane launches urgent investigation into review after criticisms apparently materialized due to the dogged determination of independent vaccine information/data researchers who knew the factual science, not consensus science which now, unfortunately, is considered real science, but kept demanding review and retraction.
Ever since the formerly prestigiously regarded Cochrane Library or Cochrane Collaborative published what has become a highly controversial review of the HPV vaccine in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), there have been constant demands for recalling that review due to apparent obvious conflicts of interest and other apparent ethical concerns.
That HPV article saga is long-winded, plus rather long-lived, so I will direct readers to this article About the Cochrane HPV Controversy, which can explain it so I dont have to belabor readers with a long-winded version.
Another resource for that evidence-based medicine controversys history is The HPV Vaccine: A Critique of a Critique of a Meta-Analysis.
However, one intrepid independent vaccine data researcher, Elizabeth M. Hart of Adelaide, South Australia, kept insisting the BMJ retract or withdraw the article published, and periodically submitted reams of documentation as to why.
Apparently, the Cochrane Library started a second review:
Share this Post Today is the fifth anniversary of the election of the Abbott government. Its a good government, getting better! Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) September 7, 2018 Someone should tell Tony that hes no longer Prime Minister. Someone should also remind him that his 727 days in the countrys highest office were some of its most bizarre, chaotic and ...
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run-up to Brexit.
Champagne and wheat beers produced in France and Germany will be replaced. Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be substituted for champagne, while more UK wheat beers will be sold.
The switch will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from 9 July.
Robert will be interviewing me later this week, as an installment of Conversations with Tyler, just as Patrick Collison once interviewed me a while back. At least part of the interview will focus on my forthcoming book Stubborn Attachments: A Vision of a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. (And we will do 2.5 hours, a Robert specialty!) Here is part of Roberts bio:
I studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduated top of my class and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015.
I worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies including the Treasury and Productivity Commission.
I then moved to Oxford in the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, first as Research Director and then Executive Director.
I then became Research Director for 80,000 Hours. In 2015 the project went through Y Combinator, and in 2016 we moved from Oxford to Berkeley, California in order to grow more quickly.
He is renowned for his thorough preparation and he runs a very good podcast of his own. So what should he ask me?
Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:
Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).
Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.
Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.
It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.
These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.
Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.
Which reminds me of our favourite ambo-chasers - because too many times is never enough.
With the Singapore Armed Force's Military Exercise Wallaby 2018
expected to officially kick off later this week, on Tuesday 18 September, four Republic of Singapore Air
Force (RSAF) Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters were photographed
arriving into Rockhampton Airport, flying direct from their new
base at Oakey.
Crakes are abundant and obvious at the moment.One Hobby.
As reported on EBird by Stephen Murray on Saturday and Sunday. Along with the Horsfield's Bronze-cuckoo also reported by Stephen Murray on EBird on Sunday.
Ad female seen feeding in mangroves on the edge of Theodolite Creek near boat ramp at 0830
Single female, is the first sighting of this species (at this location by this observer) since 1994
Was feeding around shoreline of water.
During Sunday 16 September, the six
Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters that
ventured North to Townsville for an exercise during August, were
spotted passing back South through Rockhampton and Bundaberg
Airports while heading home from Townsville.
Central Queensland Grazier Mick Alexander asks the question. Why do our governments consistently give preferential access to our land and water resources to companies like Adani and not support the industry that we will always need to feed us?
The post Video: Rockhampton farmer has go at politicians for supporting mining and not growing food appeared first on The Pen.
This text is adapted from Crimethincs text Seven Myths About the Police.
1. The police are ordinary workers just like us; they should be our allies.
Unfortunately, theres a big gap between should be and are. The role of the police is to serve the interests of the ruling class; anyone who has not had a bad experience with them is likely privileged, submissive, or both. Todays police officers know exactly what theyre getting into when they join the forcepeople in uniform dont just get cats out of trees. Yes, most take the job because of economic pressure, but needing a paycheck is no excuse for evicting families, harassing young people of color, or pepper-spraying demonstrators. Those whose consciences can be bought are everyones potential enemies, not allies.
This fairy tale is more persuasive when it is couched in strategic terms: for example, Every revolution succeeds at the moment the armed forces refuse to make war on their fellows; therefore we should focus on seducing the police to our side. But the police are not just any workers; theyre the ones who chose to base their livelihoods upon defending the prevailing order, thus the least likely to be sympathetic to those who wish to change it. In this context, it makes more sense to oppose the police as such than to seek solidarity with them. As long as they serve their masters, they cannot be our allies; by denouncing the institution of police and demoralising individual officers, we encourage them to seek other livelihoods so we can one day find common cause with them.
2. Maybe there are some bad apples, but some police officers are good people. Perhaps some police officers have good intentions, but once again, insofar as they obey orders rather than their consciences, they cannot be trusted.
Theres something to be said for understanding the systematic nature of institutions, rather than attributing every injustice to the shortcomings of individuals. Remember the story of the man who, tormented by fleas, managed to catch one between his fingers? He scrutinised it for a long time before placing it back at the spot on his neck where had he caught it. His...
Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.
What police misconduct have we uncovered BCND?
A man was hospitalised after being shot in the shoulder by Perth.
According to Western Australia police, a police car drove up behind a stolen vehicle in the driveway in Seville Grove, in Perths eastern suburbs.
Police say the car reversed into the police vehicle multiple times, causing damage, in an attempt to get past.
[The officer] withdrew his firearm into the vehicle of interest, the round entered the front windscreen and struck the driver in the shoulder, Inspector Geoff Desanges said at a press conference.
NITV News understands the wounded mans two teenage children were home at the time and witnessed their father being shot by police.
First Nations Deaths in Custody Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Eades, told local media police withdrawing their guns should be a last resort.
The trauma thats gonna be impacted on the children is gonna be massive, he said.
We dont condone stealing cars, we dont condone committing crimes. But we will not condone the police using excessive force upon our people.
Police say the man is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
A media statement by WA Police says officers on the scene administered first aid, and ambulance attended the scene transporting the man to Royal Perth Hospital.
An internal investigation is currently being carried out by the WA Police, with the officer who fired the gun remaining on active duty.
A Georgia police chief says an officer was justified in using a Taser to stun an 87-year-old woman after she didnt obey commands to drop a knife in her hand.
Martha Al-Bishara was charged with criminal trespass and obstructing an officer Friday, when police held her at gunpoint before bringing her to the ground with a jolt from the electrified prongs of a stun gun.
An 87-year-old woman with a knife still has the ability to hurt an officer, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge told the Daily Citizen-News of Dalton.
There was no anger, there was no malice in this, Etheridge say. In my o...
We've been nominated in the inaugural Free Speech Coalition's free speech awards! The Australian Free Speech Coalition's mission is to defend and promote free speech in Australia. A vital part of a vibrantly healthy democracy is a free and independent media. The AFSC is delighted to offer this award acknowledging...
The recently published Cochrane HPV vaccine review is severely compromised and cannot be trusted due to the conflicts of interest of authors on the original protocol and the final review document.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said preventative regulation and legislation is required to protect freedom of religion in Australia from future threats. In an interview on Sky News, Morrison said he was concerned about the trajectory of free speech and religious freedom in the last decade and new legislation was needed to protect from threats ...
The post Scott Morrison Says Laws Needed To Stop Future Threats To Religious Freedom appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Read Online This Week: 18-24 September 2018Newsletter | #612 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 18th September 2018 to Monday 24th September 2018 Circus in Melbourne Spring School Holiday Guide Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Friday Night Live MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Art Body Worlds Vital Caulfield Cup Carnival Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Chinese Moon Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne Yarn & Fibre Festival Moon Lantern Festival Oktoberfest Street Party Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Royal Melbourne Show September Latin Festival Spiegel Et Luna | The Famous Spiegeltent St Kilda Art Crawl Sunshine Lantern Festival Yea Garden Expo Sport Richmond v Collingwood | AFL Preliminary Final Storm vs Sharks | NRL Preliminary Final Enjoy #Melbourne Royal Melbourne Show 22 September 2018 - 2 October 2018 | Melbourne Showgrounds Showcases excellence in agriculture, attracting close to 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days. 2018 marks 100 years since the first showbags. Royal Melbourne Show | Buy Tickets Circus Its that time of year when the circus hits town including three of our very favourite circus' playing: Silvers Grand Magic Circus, Circus Royale and Circus Oz. Silvers Circus | Burnley - 5 Sept - 10 Oct Circus Royale | Taylors Lakes - 19 Sept - 7 Oct Circus Oz - 11 - 21 October Spring School Holidays Saturday 22 September - Sunday 7 October 2018 Free guide includes over 300 activities and events to keep the kids entertained during the Spring School Holidays. --> School Holidays Guide <-- Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest Saturday 22 Sep 2018 | Royal Exhibition Building Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest boasts over 50 German beers, cider, wine, schnapps, oompah bands, folk dancing and an electric atmosphere. Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest | Buy Tickets Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events at the festival Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...
This September 2017 video from the USA is called New Tax-Funded Cancer Drug Costs $475k Thanks To Big Pharma.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer: these largest pharmaceutical companies in the world report significant profits in countries with favorable tax policies, including the Netherlands. This is evident from new research by Oxfam Novib.
Due to profit shifting, many countries miss out on tax revenues, which are often needed to improve access to health care. On the basis of available figures, Oxfam estimates that the four major pill corporations are dodging an estimated 3.8 billion dollars in taxes in countries such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, the USA, Thailand, India and Ecuador.
Esm Berkhout, Oxfam Novibs tax expert, is clear: Drug corporations seem to be deceiving governments by...
With thanks to @GrayConnolly
The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 19th September 2018 edition of TWT. TWT190918
Can't say he had no sense of humour! Can't say it was all that good - at least he was trying!
The weather is warming and you are ready to come out of hibernation. People are starting to smile again and you are ready for a good time. But where should you go? Beach? Markets? NO! Poetry Slam!
We all know that after winter you have a lot of pent up energy and if you try yelling or heckling at the markets youll just get escorted out. Let us escort you to a stage instead.
What is a poetry slam?
Open sign up with you, a mic, and a room of rowdy strangers. Poem/story/song lyrics/shopping list/ as long as its original, youre welcome to do it.
Audience judges the winner of the night.
PLUS a killer feature set from Ella Fence
Award winning Gold Coast songwriter/performer Ella Fence is a
prolific artist in live music venues, in the
studio and on the stage. Ella has toured and performed in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great
Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well nationally across Australia. 2018
sees Ella releasing new music, touring new destinations and performing at Commonwealth Games Festival
2018 supporting Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator.
An Indian police commando stands guard in front of the Taj Mahal palace hotel in Mumbai on November 25, 2010 ahead of the second anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks. A total of 166 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured when 10 heavily-armed Islamist militants stormed the city, attacking a number of sites, including the citys main railway station, two luxury hotels, a popular tourist restaurant and a Jewish center. (Photo: Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty)
Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film Hotel Mumbai exposes the ideology behind terror attacks. Producer Anthony Maras, an American-Australian filmmaker, attended the premiere screening that I was also fortunate to attend. The film is based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the events that unfolded leading to the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
The reviews for Hotel Mumbai, which is scheduled to be released publicly in 2019, are very positive. Reviewers speak of the human element and rightly so. Hotel Mumbai is very subtlety directed and produced, focusing on the victims and survivors of the horrendous terrorist attack referred to as the 9/11 of Mumbai. Nowhere in the film is there any mention of the country that th...
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), which
represents income support recipients, in conjunction with Jobs
Australia (a peak body for the not-for-profit job services
providers) released a report last week (September 14, 2018)
Faces of Unemployment which was a welcome return to a focus on
joblessness and the need to provide more jobs, rather than the lame
faux-progressive retreat to UBI advocacy that has dominated the
policy debate for the last few years. However, once you start
reading the analysis you realise that these supposedly progressive
organisations offer the same old neoliberal remedies to solving
poverty and unemployment. They want: Compulsory, assisted job
search, which is just coercion of jobless workers by Australias
privatised job services industry that has an appalling record; 2.
Wage subsidies in the private sector and Public sector wage
subsidies which never produce effective sustainable outcomes of
sufficient magnitude to be called a solution; and vocational
training, which is the same old put workers on the training
treadmill and shuffle the jobless queue. This reinforces the theme
I focus on a lot that the progressive elements in our society have
become captured by the neoliberal mainstream and cannot think
outside that frame. There is actually no mention or analysis of
public sector job creation programs in the entire ACOSS/JA Report.
Sadly, groups like ACOSS have a major public voice and the Federal
government sees their advocacy as non-threatening because the type
of policies they advocate are mainstream neoliberal and just more
of what the Government, itself, thinks are viable. The irony (or
disgrace) is that if these policies were effective then the
ACOSS/JA Report would not have had to be written. Just imagine what
they could have written about the Faces of Unemployment if a Job
Guarantee program effectively wiped unemployment out. It would
become a very short story of workers moving between jobs.
I have commented several times on the parlous income support schemes in Australia that have rendered recipients in an increasing state of poverty as a deliberate ploy by government to create a desperate underclass.
We should also never forget that the unemployed (apart from those moving between jobs) are without jobs because the government has chosen not to use its fiscal capacity to cover the spending gap left my non-government spending decisions.
Mass unemployment is always a policy choice by governemnt. It can always ensure there is full employment by offering an unconditional job opportunity to anyone who desires to work but is currently unable to find a job elsewere.
I have previously considered the state of poverty among...
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden assailed President Trumps supporters during a speech Saturday at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, lamenting that virulent people and the dregs of society still had a friend in the White House. Mr. Biden told an enthusiastic crowd of LGBTQ rights advocates...
Interception is no small problem but can be done with a kinetic weapon. You would require multiple platforms packing an arsenal of tethered kinetic weapons with enough control to actually chase and intercept at extreme high speed.
Explosive effects would be limited to producing a focused cloud of material but not even that unless very close.
The speed is huge and any lateral movement by the target will allow evasion. Such movement every thirty seconds or so would be ample. Recall it still takes minutes to close the gap and the speed is such that adjustment becomes difficult as well.
At least our sensing tech will now be up to it.
As family violence duty lawyers, we often hear people make excuses for those who have inflicted family violence on them. Some go so far as to resist taking out an Intervention Order or not supporting a police application for an Order.
These cases always stick in our heads. Two recent cases highlight the problem.
The first case concerned a young mother with infant children and a partner in jail. She wanted an Intervention Order to protect her and her children. But she also wanted her partner to be allowed to visit her upon his release as he had nowhere else to go. The Intervention Order application flagged serious concerns about his violent behaviour, and a risk assessment highlighted the dangers. However, she told us that his behaviour wasnt his fault. Despite knowing that she needed protection, she excused his behaviour and was prepared to compromise the Orders ability to protect her and her children.
The second matter involved a mother who had taken out an Intervention Order against an adult son who had assaulted her. Despite his violence, she still wanted him to come home. She told the court that she didnt think she needed an Order to protect her. And she didnt support the police application for an Order. Her excuses for his behaviour exposed her to further violence.
An Intervention Order doesnt necessarily mean that you no longer love the other person. It simply means that you are no longer willing to put yourself or your children at risk. It is not a zero sum game. You can love somebody against whom you have taken out an Intervention Order.
People and relationships are complex. There are many reasons why a victim will excuse or play down a perpetrators violence, not least of which may be the perpetrators controlling behaviour.
Unfortunately, however, when victims excuse their abusers behaviour, the abuser is less likely to take responsibility for their behaviour and address it.
Part of our role as family violence duty lawyers is to encourage victims to prioritise their safety, which sometimes means helping them to distinguish between their feelings and a clear and present danger.
Ultimately, the responsibility for addressing family violence rests with the perpetrator. And it is vital that we do not blame the vic...
WHAT would a more pedestrian-friendly Wonthaggi look like?
Youre about to find out when the lower end of McBride Avenue is closed off for two days.
Itll instead play host to a pop-up mall with live music and seating.
There will be a temporary stage installed, alongside tables, chairs and plants to create an inviting atmosphere.
Itll be spread over two days September 28 and 29 and include music from buskers and bands.
If its a day like today that would be ideal, co-organiser Peter McKenzie said last Thursday, when there was a glimpse of summer.
The projects part of the councils Woni Proud initiative, to recognise and reinforce Wonthaggis status as the Regional Centre of Bass Coast.
There were all sorts of ideas thrown on the table and then the consultants talked to the community to find out what they wanted, he said.
They chose a project at Apex Park and a pop-up mall. Its very exciting were all looking forward to it.
He said the mall will demonstrate how a pedestrian-friendly, car-free environment within the Wonthaggi town centre could function.
The event will run across the AFL Grand Final weekend, from 10am to 7pm on Friday, September 28 and 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 29.
There is a way forward to confront the legacy of a colonising nation. Burying our heads in the sand isnt it, writes Caitlin Prince.
Last week, a nine-year-old refused to stand for the national anthem to protest its lack of recognition of First Nations, and the country erupted in anger. High profile, fully grown adults publicly called her a brat and threatened to kick her up the backside.
In the same week, Mark Knights cartoon of Serena Williams was criticised internationally as racist, and Australian media doubled down to defend it. Welcome to PC world the Herald Sun published on its front page, while Knight accused the world of going crazy and suspended his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, two Aboriginal teenagers died in Perth running away from police, and communities pushed again for government action on the high rates of Aboriginal deaths in custody. Yeah how dare people suggest Australia is racist!
I cant imagine how it felt to be Aboriginal during this (not atypical) week. Although I dont have to imagine Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana), the Aboriginal writer and activist, tweeted:
Were constantly stuck trying to remind white people of the humanity of Aboriginal people particularly Aboriginal women and children. Its tiring, devastating and as we continually end up back in the same place, clearly not working. Sort your shit out, Australia.
Celeste Liddle (@Utopiana) September 17, 2018
Emotions run high when it comes to the topic of racism and First Nations people. The fact that a nine-year-old can elicit such a venomous rebuke from senators and media personalities is testament to that. In my experience though, it isnt only alt-right conservatives who have strong emotions about this topic. In the past eight years that Ive worked in remote Aboriginal communities, every non-Aboriginal person Ive worked with has experienced a strong reaction to the interface of Australias race relations.
Defensive anger is a common reaction to having your worldview challenged. Researcher Megan Boler believes its an attempt to protect not only ones beliefs but ones precarious sense of identity; a defence of ones investment in the values of the dominant culture.
The problem with growing up within the dominant culture is that its easy to be oblivious to anything outside of it. As Tim Soutphommasane, the outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, recently pointed out in...
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The governments would not want the masses to know about approaching Nibiru (planet X) if it was the cause of devastating earth changes on Earth. There are plenty of videos on youtube about a very large orb in the sky which has been visible and photographed for months but it is getting larger and apparently it is expected to cause massive devastation this month. Attempts have been made to conceal it but it is getting too difficult now. I know we'd all like to think that we are not all going to be wiped out as these predictions say, but I feel people should at least be able to view the evidence. Apparently the US Army family have made preparations and NASA no longer denies Nibiru's presence. Maybe that's what the emergency message was about?
A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock things you have to do.
Digital Mountain Album Launch
Brisbane six piece psych-garage outfit Nice Biscuit announce a headline east coast tour this September in support of their debut album Digital Mountain.
Recorded in the rural setting of Boonah in South East Queensland with Alistar Richardson (Zeferelli, Clea and The Cairos), this debut record is a solid DIY endeavour from the Brisbane band.
Nice Biscuit have gained a reputation for a live show that you would not typically expect from a psych band. The twin femme fronted group contrasts heavy psychedelic instrumentals with double barrelled harmonies and disco inspired handmade costumes.
Nice Biscuit will bring their garage-glitz to The Zoo on Friday
Harry Palmer speaks on Port Arthur massacre new information to come How new Australians once laughed at themselves until political correctness was forced on us by the establishment that stiffled our freedom we enjoyed. Bob Katter divides the House of Reps in parliament over the TTP with his voting power since Turnbull spat the dummy. Harry and Mike z Chatcovers very explosive topics exposing again the establishment controls they violate our space with now. Click HERE to listen
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby has stolen the show at the 2018 Emmy Awards. Gadsby is still riding the wave of the worldwide success of her acclaimed Netflix special Nanette, which covers Gadsbys experiences as a queer woman, homophobia, trauma, sexual violence, mental illness and more. And she took to the stage to present the Emmy ...
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Get ready to rattle them bones with Brisbane legends, The Skeletones as they shake the stage at The Zoo on Saturday, October 6th. Joining The Skeletones Shake Them Bones will be an all star cast of (__FAT__), Goldstool and The Glycereens.
Doors 6.00pm (Woodfire Pizza meal deal available till 8pm)
Appprox SET TIMES:
8:20 PM 8:50 PM : The Glycereens
9:10 PM 9:40 PM : Goldstool
10:00 PM 10:40 PM : FAT
11:00 PM 12:00 AM : The Skeletones
A writer on childrens television favourite Sesame Street has cleared up years of speculation by claiming that the shows iconic duo Bert and Ernie were written as a gay couple. Mark Saltzman, who joined the show in 1984, told Queerty the two iconic characters reflected his own relationship with his partner at the time, film ...
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Psycho-Magic Rituals Against Violence
Site Specific Performance Art
Proudly hosted by Public Act Theatre, Guillermo Gmez-Pea and the internationally acclaimed La Pocha Nostra troupe will be presenting a highly customized and site specific performance for their return to Australia the first time performing here in 15 years!
La Pocha Nostra, the most influential performance troupe of the last 10 years, is known for its radical interactive performances dealing with issues that equate the human body with the political body and frontally deal with complex gender & ethnic identities, migration, and the politics of new technologies and language.
In urgent focus for La Pocha Nostras 2018 troupe performances are the virulent neo-nationalism and xenophobia emerging throughout the world. This new piece, set to be staged on 30th September in the Byron Theatre, offers a series of live art psycho-magic rituals to combat the culture of hate and provides performative strategies to rebuild across community.
The interactive live art imagery is accompanied by a solo spoken word sermon by Gmez-Pea. The transdisciplinary group devote their performances to erasing the borders between art & politics, practice & theory, and artist & spectator.
Guillermo Gmez-Pea, Balitronica Gmez, Saul Garcia-Lopez
Sydney rockers DMAS are the next band to grace the MTV Unplugged stage, with the group recording their own special next month.
Earlier this year, it was announced that after almost 30 years, MTV Unplugged was finally going to make its Australian debut. With career-defining sets from acts such as Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Lauryn Hill already in the archives, our Aussie artists clearly had some big shoes to fill.
However, stepping up to the plate for the debut episode of the new series was none other than local legends Gang Of Youths, who stripped back their epic sound to give us an incredibly unique performance.
Then, Amy Shark took to the stage, delivering stunning tracks from her debut album, along with a cover of the iconic 00s hit Teenage Dirtbag.
Now, DMAS are set to be the next group to perform on the iconic program.
Having released their second album, For Now, earlier this year, the Sydney trio have been kicking goals all over the place, selling out shows globally and turning themselves into one of Australias most beloved bands.
Were excited to be playing a special set for MTV Unplugged in Melbourne, the group explained. Its great to see Unplugged has launched in Australia were stoked to be a part of it.
Kicking off in just under a month, the group are set to take over St Kildas Memo Music Hall on October 11th, where they will perform a set full of classic bangers in a stripped back style. Considering how popular their acoustic Like A Version performance of Chers Believe was, you better believe this is going to be one to watch out for.
Theres currently no word as to when this performance will be hitting our screens, but you can be sure that well be giving you all the details when they come to light.
Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew from Port Moresby today, Tuesday 18 September, to be resettled in the US.
The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two Pakistanis, two Rohingyans and one Afghan.
The total number of refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far is just 130. Over 600 remain on Manus or in Port Moresby.
The Iranian refugee is the only Iranian from Manus Island that has been accepted by the United States this year. One Iranian refugee was also accepted from Nauru on 29 July.
But the two Iranians are the exception that proves the rule that the Trump travel ban remains in place; every other Iranian refugee on Manus and Nauru considered by the US this year has been rejected.
Todays flight coincides with the announcement that the US will cut its refugee intake for the next year to just 45,000; yet another indication that on top of the travel ban, the Trump administration has made the US a less welcoming place for refugees.
Meanwhile the 46-year-old Iraqi refugee who swallowed the razor blades last Friday is still in hospital waiting for treatment, despite suffering severe abdominal pain. Since Sunday, he has been shuttled back and forward between the PIH (Pacific International Hospital) and the Port Moresby general hospital, after he self-harmed by cutting his head in the bathroom of PIH.
PIH has no facility for acute mental health patients. He has now been sent back to PIH for an x-ray to try and locate the razor blades and nail-cutter that he swallowed.
The medical mistreatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru is an inextricable element of offshore detention, that has to end, said Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.
By bringing the asylum seekers and refugees to Australia, the government could end the crisis on Manus and Nauru and channel the billions of dollars being used to maintain offshore detention to properly fund aged care.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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Wondering where you can do a bit of guilt-free shopping for a fraction of the usual cost and stop waste going to landfill? It could be as close as next door or just down the road.
The biggest garage sale day of the year on the North Coast Second Hand Saturday is coming up this Saturday, 22 September.
Coordinated by North East Waste, Second Hand Saturday is designed to keep household items out of landfill and provide a fun and easy way for people to reuse and recycle pre-loved goods.
On 22 September there will be more than 500 garage sales happening across the region in Lismore, Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley and Tweed.
There will be a huge number of items for sale: from caravans and scooters to furniture and household goods, antiques, bric-a-brac, plants, collectables, curiosity items and lots more.
An optional leftovers day will also be held the following Saturday, 29 September, so you have double the chance to find a great second-hand bargain.
The event has grown in momentum as people embrace the need to live a more waste-wise lifestyle and continue to see the environmental and economical benefits of buying second-hand, Second Hand Saturday Co-ordinator Linda Tohver said.
Second-hand doesnt mean second best. There are often items you simply cant find on the shop shelves anymore, or you come across items that have had little use by their first owner and simply need to find a new home.
We love the community spirit that Second Hand Saturday inspires too. This years event has its first car boot sales registered, community markets joining in and clubs, schools and other groups registering to hold fundraising events.
Its wonderful to see so many people getting on board, she said.
While many Australians are striving to live a mor...
AROUND 1000 people visited Cape Patersons eco village The Cape
Five homes were opened to the public as part of Sustainable House Day.
Two stages amounting to 66 lots have already been completed and the lots are almost entirely sold.
Stage three is on the way, anticipated for summer.
The homes in the eco village have all been designed for comfort and to showcase the best practices for energy efficiency.
The eco village is the first of its kind in Australia. People journeyed from as far as northern New South Wales to participate in the open day.
Each homes energy bill is 20 percent of bills charged to conventional homes, with some zeroing their energy bills.
Designers and contractors were on hand throughout the day to answer questions.
Tad Hendry from Adapt Design Group designed and built his family home in The Cape.
The house has an 8.7 star rated home and features a combination of design choices to maximise efficiency.
The house works with the sun to naturally heat the house during winter, which has the opposite effect to cool the house over summer.
(The estate) is important on a range of levels. It helps to decrease energy bills and its a place we really need to be in on a global level. We need to start living more sustainably for the benefit of the planet, Mr Hendry said.
It also brings us back to the old values. It is a great community to live in and everyone knows their neighbours.
The reception (on the open day) was phenomenal. The scale of interest was incredible.
Experts in sustainable living also presented.
On top of this, people had the opportunity to try out electric bikes and electric cars.
The Cape director Brendan Condon said the electric vehicles were being promoted because the houses were designed with electric vehicles charging points and a solar public electric vehicle charging station would be installed in the estate.
Included in the estate is an innovative community garden.
It is a highly productive food garden fed by surplus rain water harvested from homes in stage one.
The garden is used by 30 gardeners and uses efficient wicking beds.
Another attractive feature of the estate is that it is 50 percent open space.
Interest in stage three of the estate can be registered at liveatthecape.com.au.
IN a show of incredible community spirit, local businesses have
rallied around the Noahs Gift Charity Ball.
The ball will honour the memory of Noah Jones, whose first birthday is on October 1. He died due to a cardiology condition, aged less than a month.
Parents Emma and Nathan of Cape Paterson organised the charity ball to give back to the cardiology ward at the Royal Childrens Hospital.
The event is set to be held on October 6 at Inverlochs RACV Resort with a something blue theme.
The tickets have already been completely sold out.
We wanted to do something for Noahs first birthday. It is something positive for us to look forward to; holidays and special occasions are difficult for families that suffer loss, Emma said.
This was a good way to honour his memory and give back to the Royal Childrens Hospital.
Initially, the Jones family aimed to raise $10,000. This has been achieved in ticket sales alone and the family is now hoping to donate around $30,000 to the hospital.
The tickets sold for $120 a head. Tickets provided entry, dinner, entertainment and a complementary drink, as well as inclusion in the door prizes.
What has been truly extraordinary is the support from the local businesses.
Around 70 businesses have sponsored the event, resulting in an amazing range of raffle and auction prizes.
The prizes have been sorted into five categories, guaranteed to suit everyone.
The categories are mans cave, female pamper hampers, for the home, mums and cubs, and food and entertainment.
There are 25 hampers in total, all exceeding $500 in value.
Also up for the grabs is a framed and signed 2010 Collingwood premiership jumper complete with a certificate of authenticity, and a framed and signed 2017 Richmond premiership jumper.
Mini fundraisers have also taken place at several local businesses already, with all proceeds to be donated to the hospital.
We were surprised by this incredible support; it is beyond what we expected, Emma said.
The night would not be possible without these sponsors and we have no words to express how grateful we are.
We wanted to do something special for our son and people have gone above and beyond to help us out, which has allowed us to give back to this great cause.
Although tickets to the event have sold out, people can still make a donation and have the opportunity to win a fabulous raffle prize.
There was such a big response to the event that we have decided to open up the raffle to the community and give everyone a chance to be involved, Emma said.
If you are interested in buying a raffle ticket, you can email Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MATILDA Abraham is a little girl with a big heart.
A Year 4 student at Newhaven College, Matilda recently raised $67.80 for the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary.
An enterprising young lady who was born at Wonthaggi Hospital, Matilda designed her own donation box and appealed to the public to support our local health service.
Last year Matilda donated funds to the Royal Melbourne Hospital but decided this year to donate to the Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary, which is raising funds for a much needed ear, nose and throat microscope.
Matilda was thrilled by a surprise visit from Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary members Barbara Hallett and Eileen Ridgley recently, who proudly presented Matilda with a certificate of appreciation and thanked her for her outstanding efforts.
When asked if she might like to join the auxiliary one day, Matilda smiled and said she will think about it.
ENGAGING with others and learning how to be more environmentally
friendly were at the heart of Inverloch-Kongwak Primary Schools
Green Day last Tuesday, September 11.
The multi age day program was put together by the Kids Matter Student Action Team and Green Team with a focus on teaching students the importance of being sustainable and environmentally conscious.
With the school awash with green clothes and costumes, students were treated to an array of activities and presentations.
One activity saw students split into teams and race to see who could sort rubbish into the correct bins first, while another presentation demonstrated what can and cant be flushed down the toilet.
The day also ran with support from ResourceSmart Schools, South Gippsland Water, Unwrapped Gippsland, and South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils who held various classes throughout the day.
Inverloch Primary School principal Brett Smith said the day was as much about socialising as it was learning about sustainability.
It being a multi age day involving both Inverloch and Kongwak means students really get to interact and engage with each other, Mr Smith said.
The day helps them learn about the environment and how to be green, but it also fosters a healthy community as well.
With over a dozen classes being run on different environmental topics, students were rotated around the school so they could experience everything the day had to offer.
A select group of students also ventured beyond the school grounds, helping clean up the streets and beaches of Inverloch.
Sustainability is something we try to highlight in our curriculum, Mr Smith said.
Its an incredibly important aspect of life so to be able to instill it in our kids now while also allowing them to have fun and develop friendships is a great thing.
MORE than 800 people packed out the Korumburra Indoor Recreation
Centre across two shows to take in Korumburra Primary Schools
senior production of Aladdin on Thursday.
With students in grades 4 to 6 performing, onlookers were treated to a dazzling display of colour, dance and song as the stage was turned into Arabia.
Grade 6 student Alana Lopez Freeman was outstanding in her lead role as Princess Jasmine, as was her male counterpart Will Roberts as Aladdin.
The show has been planned meticulously over the course of the year, spearheaded by performing arts teacher Tanya Jackson with assistance from the entire Korumburra Primary School community.
Assistant principal Dan Wells said the two shows were a great success and well worth the months of hard work.
To see it all come together the way it did was just fantastic, Mr Wells said.
The students were so engaged throughout the whole process and were really excited to perform in front of their families and friends.
While Mr Wells said the performance had taught students a plethora of dancing, singing and acting skills, it also allowed for much personal growth.
Getting up on stage and performing in front of people is a really difficult thing to do, Mr Wells said.
For every student to get up there and give it a go shows how much confidence and self belief the production instills in them over the course of it all.
The senior performance of Aladdin follows the juniors rendition of Space and Beyond last week, which was also a huge success.
RATEPAYERS in Leongatha and Mirboo North may have a new shire
councillor after the state election in November.
South Gippsland Shire Cr Meg Edwards preselection as a Liberal candidate for Eastern Victoria Region in the Legislative Council will result in a councillor vacancy if shes elected.
The Victorian Electoral Commission said a countback will be held, based on candidates for Cr Edwards Tarwin Valley Ward at the 2016 election.
In a countback, votes for the vacating councillor from the last election are redistributed to unsuccessful candidates according to the voters preferences, a commission spokesperson said.
A candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes is declared elected. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the candidate with the least votes is excluded and their votes are also redistributed. This process continues until a candidate can be declared elected.
Unsuccessful candidates for the ward at the 2016 election included then incumbent councillors Jim Fawcett and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, who received 712 and 558 first preference votes respectively.
Another candidate, Graeme Winkler received 530 votes. They were the candidates to poll the most votes after current councillors Maxine Kiel, Don Hill and Edwards were elected.
The 2018 Victorian State election will be on 24 November 2018.
AN incredible $12,500 was raised by the Bunurong Inverloch team
in the 2018 Outback Air Race and donations are still rolling
Inverloch pilot Michael Malone thanked the local businesses and the community for supporting his team.
The money will be donated to the Victorian Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mr Malone embarked on the trip of a lifetime with Western Australian pilots Margaret Halsmith and Dave Jones.
The Outback Air Race is a challenge for pilots to perfectly map out their flight plans.
The race left Brisbane on August 18 and finished in Broome on August 30.
Stops were made along the way. The race reflected who could best estimate their time of arrival at each stop, rather than the fastest.
Bunurong Inverloch ranked fifth in the last leg, but was in the middle of the pack for the overall results.
It was certainly challenging. It was a fantastic experience and we met a lot of great people, Mr Malone said.
Mr Malone enjoyed flying over the mines in Mt Isa and Katherine Gorge.
He also enjoyed making stops in different parts of the country. During the stop in Katherine, Bunurong Inverloch had to wait for F18s to take off before they could go, which was another interesting experience.
The name Bunurong Inverloch also sparked conversation with race pilots and many expressed interest in flying over and visiting Inverloch.
All teams were required to raise $6000 prior to the race, with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Collectively, well over $1.5 million was raised.
The support we received from friends, family and local businesses was absolutely fantastic. I had no idea we would get anywhere near $12,500, Mr Malone said.
EIGHT year old Mattea Riccardi of Leongatha played basketball
recently. For most primary school children, this would be a normal
For Mattea though, it served as a special moment that marked her return to health following a car crash that nearly took her life in February this year.
Smiling uncontrollably as she took to the court, Mattea played the game that she loved with her trademark determination and grit, the same qualities that have helped her overcome a broken hip, a dislocated bone in her neck, a punctured lung, internal injuries, swelling on the brain and a slew of other injuries.
Her mum, Anna, who was driving the car as it was struck in the side by another vehicle, watched her daughter play in amazement.
When I saw her play basketball for the first time since the accident, I finally realised everything is going to be good, Ms Riccardi said.
It was a really special moment. Just seeing her play, the smile on her face, it was all just so amazing.
Anna was driving Mattea, her younger son Julian, 4, and her mother Nancy home from a basketball tournament in Warragul when the accident occurred.
Mattea and Julian were airlifted to the Royal Childrens Hospital in Melbourne, with Julian having also suffered a broken eye socket, which has since healed well.
Mattea was placed in an induced coma as doctors at the hospital worked to save her life.
Now, just six months later, Mattea is working on recapturing her life that they saved.
Shes doing incredible, Ms Riccardi said.
The bones in her neck have largely healed and her organs are functioning well. With her head, we just need to make sure she doesnt get hit and the screw in her hip still needs to be taken out, but a apart from that its like she is back to normal.
Normal for Mattea included returning to St Laurences Primary School in Leongatha, which she pleaded to go back to earlier than expected.
She only missed about a term and a half, Ms Riccardi said.
Initially the doctors wanted her to only go for an hour each day because of her head injuries, but Id bring her home and she would desperately want to go back. She was determined. When she did go back, she coped really well with it.
Ms Riccardi said the community support she and her family had received during their tumultuous ordeal was overwhelming.
To me, the community genuinely helped us heal, Ms Riccardi said.
We could feel the prayers and the positive energy. People were stopping me and asking me how we were doing and it meant a lot. The Leongatha Basketball Association was so helpful. It organised all kinds of fundraisers and set up donation stuff. We had thousands of kids from Maffra to Cranbourne in the basketball community who bought temporary tattoos of Matteas name.
Ms Riccardi said while its impossible to put into...
Kangaroos are invading the Capital of Australia as the drought has created a food shortage. The roos have been invading the cities and they like to feed precisely during Rush Hour. Here is one that decided to visit the sports match when the game was in motion.
It is quite a big threat down there thanks to a severe drought.
THE communities of Mirboo North and Foster can likely expect new
fire stations if the Coalition wins the state election this
That is the word of The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, who said the Liberals-Nationals have promised $2.1 million for a new Mirboo North station and are working on a pledge for Foster.
The MP continues to push for a commitment from both sides of politics for a new primary school at Foster and is also seeking funding for stage two of new works at Korumburra Secondary College.
Councils can expect more roads funding with the reintroduction of the Country Roads and Bridges Program which Mr OBrien said would give South Gippsland Shire Council an extra $1 million a year and reduce rates pressure.
He is hoping council would receive funding for new streetscapes in Leongathas Bair Street and Korumburras central business district from the Coalitions Regional Growth Fund, and police numbers could be increased.
Where there have been new police, none have been allocated to South Gippsland. That is certainly a concern, Mr OBrien said.
With the state election to be held on Saturday, November 24, Mr OBrien is hoping he will have at least one opponent. Labor is yet to announce a candidate but is tipped to do so.
Mr OBrien is just hoping the candidate is local given at the last election, Labor fielded the then personal assistant to the state secretary.
THE Korumburra Business Association has just broken the 100
member mark which is a great sign for business in the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Lorraine Brunt was in attendance at last Thursdays annual general meeting at the Burra Brewery and lauded the work that the association has been doing over the previous 12 months.
Being at this meeting last year and compared to this year feels very different, Cr Brunt said.
The Korumburra Business Association has gone from strength to strength and completely re-energised Commercial Street and the community.
Ms Brunt said new businesses like the Burra Brewery were encouraging to see and will inspire others to pursue their dream of owning their own business.
When the Korumburra Business Association and South Gippsland Shire Council work together as friends and not enemies things can really happen for the better, Cr Brunt said.
Some important changes have been made to the committee.
After eight years in the association, holding a range of significant roles including treasurer and most recently, vice president, Brian Hess stepped down to give others an opportunity in power.
Following suit was Adrian Hughes, who left the committee after two years of service.
Kate McDowell Murphy was unanimously voted in to replace the outgoing Mr Hess as the associations vice president while Gil Freeman and Paul Whelan also officially joined the committee.
Taking place at the recently opened Burra Brewery, Korumburra Business Association president Noelene Cosson proudly announced that the association had reached over 100 members fuelled by their partnership with the Prom Country Regional Tourism.
Key projects and areas that were attended to throughout the meeting included the Pick my Project competition and the Karmai worm project.
Secretary Shirley Arestia informed those in attendance to vote for the numerous projects Korumburra has entered in Pick my Project a state wide competition in which towns can earn grants from the state government. Ms Arestia highlighted the Southern Lights Winter Festival and asked attendees to go online and vote for the festival.
President Noelene Cosson also updated members on the latest from the Karmai work project, saying the latest plan is to create a mosaic near the train line.
A SUNNY day on a green hill in Moyarra surrounded by sheep set
the backdrop for the State Governments promise to ban fracking
forever in Victoria.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily DAmbrosio, Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas and Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale were on hand to make the announcement.
It comes a week after Bass MLA Brian Paynter dismissed Labors claims a mistake he made in Parliament meant he supported lifting the fracking ban in Victoria.
At Moyarra, Mr Pallas said at the federal level the Liberal Party was resolutely committed to the idea of ending a fracking ban and seeking to put at risk the states agriculture industries.
Here we are two years into the guarantee through legislation that Victoria will forever be fracking free. We will not be fracking gas and putting at risk 190,000 agricultural jobs, he said.
Weve listened to farmers in Gippsland and across the state, who have made it clear they dont support fracking.
Our ban will protect the clean green reputation of Victorias agriculture sector and the 13 billion dollar industry.
Two years ago the State Government passed legislation banning this unconventional gas extraction process which involves injecting a combination of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth, breaking up rock to allow gas or oil to flow to the surface.
Research indicates the process can contaminate water tables and drinking water, releasing dangerous compounds into the atmosphere affecting public health and the environment.
Also on the day, Prom Country Cheese owners Bronwyn and Burke Brandon were also made recipients of a $5000 energy audit grant from the government.
Ms Lily DAmbrosio said the grant would allow the business to rely on the production of more clean energy to run the farm and would provide greater energy security during power outages.
Upon receiving the energy audit grant, Mr Brandon said it gave him and his wife the confidence to make investment decisions on energy efficient operations, including an upgrade to their existing solar array.
Australian researchers have said taking a daily dose of Aspirin does not significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks or stroke. These were part of the findings of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. According to the study titled; Aspirin In Reducing Events In The Elderly (ASPREE), taking Aspirin daily 
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MT ECCLES residents are still waiting for South Gippsland Shire
Council to uphold a promise the former Woorayl Shire Council made
in 1973 to seal a narrow, winding road at a rate of a mile a
More than 40 years on, the unsealed section of Canavans Road after rain is riddled with potholes, has soft edges and at intersections with side roads, becomes a rutted mess.
Unsuspecting motorists either damage their cars driving into the potholes or swerve to avoid them, risking becoming caught on damp roadsides or running down one of the many steep embankments. Locals have even been bogged on the roadside after pulling over to let passing traffic through.
Resident Charlie Tumino is frustrated after years of lobbying council and being given promises.
In the mean time, Canavans Road is becoming busier, with more people moving to the district leading to 26 houses between the end of the bitumen and the Grand Ridge Road intersection, Mr Price. He said more tourists using the road since the sealing of the Grand Ridge Road.
Its the safety of the visitors that most worries resident Len Price.
Theyre probably driving a bit faster than what the locals do and they hit the potholes, and sooner or later someone is going to go over the edge and its a long way down, he said.
If the locals see someone coming then they will stop but this road carries a fair bit of tourist traffic which is not accustomed to the road and the conditions.
There is a school bus route on this road and there is nowhere for anyone to go because of the potholes.
Many locals live on small acreages and commute to jobs via Canavans Road, at the same a school bus uses the road. B-double milk tankers, and livestock and stockfeed trucks also traverse the road.
The shire rates are going up and we get nothing for it, Mr Tumino said, with Mr Price adding he pays nearly $10,000 in rates a year.
Mr Price, who has damaged two tyres after hitting rocks on the corner of potholes, is calling on council to apply more material to the road surface in the short term, but ultimately he wants the entire length of Canavans Road sealed a distance he said is of approximately seven kilometres.
Council sealed a section of Canavans Road in 2000 but stopped short of its promised target of sealing to McKeans Road.
Canavans Road was graded last week, and further major drain maintenance is schedule for summer, with a major re-sheet next winter.
Councils director of infrastructure Anthony Seabrook said, There are also a couple of places where driveway runoff and cattle crossings are impacting on the road condition. These will be addressed by councils assets team.
Mr Seabrook said the road is generally graded twice a year in autumn and spring but there were no plans to seal the rest of Canavans Road at this stage.
He said there is no ris...
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council may not accept there is nuisance
noise generated by turbines at Bald Hills Wind Farm, despite an
independent consultant confirming turbine noise is stressing
neighbours and impacting their health.
Council CEO Tim Tamlin last Thursday told The Star the only party who can determine if there a nuisance noise was council, by law, as it has authority for enforcing wind farm planning permit conditions, including noise.
He said the consultant, James C. Smith and Associates, had just perceived there is some sort of nuisance at two of the properties (owned by wind farm neighbours), but that does not mean there is nuisance noise.
Its very subjective, Mr Tamlin said.
The CEOs view comes despite reports of wind farm neighbours suffering headaches and interrupted sleep, and not even being able to hold a conversation in their own homes without being disrupted by turbine noise.
The consultant was appointed by council at the order of the Supreme Court, after council environmental health officers claimed there was no nuisance noise at the wind farm after responding to complaints by wind farm neighbours.
Council was taken to the Supreme Court by the neighbours in a bid to force action that would mitigate the noise and improve their quality of life.
Council will determine its next move after receiving a response to the noise report from Bald Hills Wind Farm and the neighbours legal firm DST Legal of Melbourne.
The matter could be debated by councillors at the October council meeting.
Mr Tamlin said he felt the initial investigation by council officers was adequate.
Our staff went out there and did their report, and the wind might have been blowing differently. Its so subjective, he said.
Mr Smiths report cost council $33,600, with additional legal and sundry costs to be determined.
Council could face further costs if the court orders council to pay the neighbours legal fees.
Mr Tamlin said while council was obliged to follow State Government acts relating to wind farm compliance, he did not personally feel that spending tens of thousands of ratepayers dollars on the legal action and subsequent report was the best way to use that money.
Mr Tamlin said the consultants report showed an apparent disconnect between the Planning and Environment Act and the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
He said while wind farm operators may comply with their obligations under the Planning and Environment Act, nuisance noise could still be perceived by neighbours an issue covered by the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.
I think the two pieces of the State Government legislation need to be looked at and in the future when a wind farm is approved in the planning scheme, the public health and wellbeing impacts should also be considered, Mr Tamlin said.
I would sugg...
FRIDAY mornings horror smash on the Bass Highway west of Inverloch involving three vehicles necessitated the jaws of life and investigations by the Major Collision Unit (MCU) from Melbourne.
Three motorists were airlifted to Melbourne with two of them sustaining life-threatening injuries, while two were taken to Wonthaggi Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Both have since been discharged from Wonthaggi.
The incident occurred at about 10.45am involving a silver Hyundai, a grey Ford Everest and a blue Ford sedan.
According to acting Senior Sergeant Andrew Milbourne, Road Policing Advisor to the Bass Coast region, preliminary observations suggested the silver Hyundai rear-ended a Ford Everest waiting to turn right adjacent to the Goorabil cattle property entrance, catapulting it into the path of the oncoming blue Ford.
The driver and passengers of the Falcon are from Venus Bay, the female driver of the Hyundai is from Inverloch and the driver of the Ford Everest is from Drouin.
As of going to print there were no recorded fatalities; the female driver of the silver Hyundai is still critical, while the condition of the male driver of the Ford Falcon has improved.
Police road blocks were in place from Ullathornes Road to Kirrak Road, diverting Wonthaggi bound traffic via Cape Paterson. Witnesses reported that road blocks were removed at around 7pm that night.
It took about three hours for local SES and fire services to retrieve those involved from the wreckages.
Acting Sergeant at Inverloch, Kevin Lister, said on busy roads in particular people need to be very vigilant for cars turning off the highways into driveways.
If drivers of cars turning right can be on their side of the line and have their wheels pointing straight so as not to potentially impede on vehicles coming the other way, Sergeant Lister said.
I was stopped by immigration officials and asked questions like: why had I travelled to India in the past? Why had I stayed so long on my previous trip? What were the full names and professions of the friends Id be staying with? What was my job? How many books had I written? After about an hour of this, and despite having a valid visa and an onward ticket to Bangladesh, I was refused entry to India and ordered to book the first flight back to my port of origin.
Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.
The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.
The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Andrew Stephenson gave the Waves the premiership.
For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.
Key defender Alex Trezise was crowned the inaugural Ocean Grove Football Club womens football best and fairest winner at the club presentation night on Friday 14 September.
Trezise was a runaway winner with 99 votes to finish ahead of Ariane Lefevre (56 votes) and Candace Harrison-Smith (53) who rounded out the top three.
Trezise played all 16 games with the Grubbers in 2018.
Its an absolute honour to be the inaugural winner, Trezise told the Voice.
Im very fortunate to have been a part of the first ever womens team and Im incredibly thankful to the club, the coaching staff, and my teammates for giving me that opportunity.
Trezise is the partner of Ocean Grove senior backman Justin Carey, who finished third in the club mens best and fairest award.
IN other developments, Candace Harrison-Smith won the clubs most consistent player award, while the best clubperson award went to Bri Doolan.
Midfielder Luke Cartelli and star defender Kelsey Ollis took out the football and netball best and fairests.
If youve ever lived through a life-threatening emergency whether a car crash, train wreck or a steep fall (hopefully not) you have noticed that time seems to slow down.
You witness your personal jeopardy in slow motion. A memorable example of this is the film The Matrix, in which the hero, Neo, could dodge bullets since time moved in slow motion for him.
According to the best science, time does not actually slow down for those in jeopardy, nor do their perceptions slow down. What happens is that the stress and novelty of the experience causes the brain to create extra layers of memory, a saturation effect, compared with everyday experiences.
According to researcher David Eagleman, The more memory you have of an event, the longer you believe it took. So yes, time does seem to slow down in a crisis, but its a cognitive illusion.
That slowing down effect is important to bear in mind as we encounter the 20th anniversary of the Russia-LTCM financial crisis of September 1998 (28 September 1998) and the 10th anniversary of the Lehman-AIG financial crisis of September 2008 (15 September 2008).
For investors, those events were the financial equivalent of falling off a tall building or being strapped in during a plane crash. If you lived through them, youll recall some hours that seemed like days and days that seemed like weeks.
Of course, investors recall where they were and what they did during the absolute height of the panics.
Most investors may not be aware that these peak panic moments had actually been playing out for over 15 months in both cases. Investors who closely observed the early signs of trouble had ample time to get out of the way of the panic itself.
A financial crisis doesnt happen overnight
In fact, most investors were oblivious to the early warnings. That 15-month build-up was a real slow-motion event, not an illusion.
The September 1998 Russia-LTCM crisis began in June 1997, 15 months earlier, when Thailand devalued its currency and closed its capital account.
For several years, Thailand had maintained a fixed exchange rate to the US dollar.
Money poured into Thai real estate and resorts to earn high yields with an exchange rate guarantee. When some investors started to pull their money out, a run on the bank emerged.
Thailand could not make good on its US dollar guarantee and devalued, causing massive losses for US investors.
From there the panic spread to Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and other nations. There was literally blood in the streets as some were killed in money riots.
Markets calmed down that winter...
Locals are continuing to fundraise to support drought affected communities with Bangalow and Mullumbimby having a particular focus on the Gwydir Shire.
Kimberlee Thompson, a local community support worker from Mullumbimby, is now out in Bingara getting hands on to assist Suzy Webber, Gwydir Shires social services manager.
Suzy has a big job ahead of her as the drought doesnt seem to be breaking anytime soon, said Kimberlee.
Suzy is working with and regularly consulting with the school, community members, farmers and community services organisations to offer support throughout the Shire.
Cattle feed, powdered milk for calves, working dog food and money to buy essentials are just some of the things that have been sent out to the drought affected communities from Mullumbimby and Bangalow.
We are still collecting money so that we can buy the things theses communities need, said Jenelle Stanford from the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.
We are currently raising money to send out horse feed for the working horses that are droving the cattle. When they eat the same feed as the cattle it gives them issues with their digestion and other problems with their liver and gums.
We will be organising some fund raising
There are a range of donation tins at Mullumbimby shops including the Mullum Co-op who have been helping coordinate multiple truck loads of cattle feed being sent to farmers.
We should be really proud of our local Co-op company, said one local Marion Toms.
They have organised a massive series of feed drops into the drought stricken areas, even as far as Cobar-Pilliga. Local farmers who have donated feed from their paddocks include...
Labor candidate for the state seat of Lismore, Janelle Saffin, has challenged locals to come up with employment opportunities that could be funded by a $4 billion spending splurge in the regions by an incoming ALP state government.
Ms Saffins comments followed the announcement by NSW Labor leader Luke Foley that a $4.1 billion windfall from the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme to the Commonwealth would be spent on transformative projects that will leave a lasting legacy in rural and regional NSW if the party wins government.
It is a once -in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a new thing for the prosperity of our towns and jobs for our people if projects are carefully chosen, Ms Saffin said.
We know that over the past five years as 324,000 jobs came online in Sydney we in regional NSW lost 17,000 jobs.
In his address to the annual NSW Country Labor Conference on Saturday Mr Foley said all proceeds from the sale would be spent in rural and regional NSW through the establishment of a Regional Job Fund. As well as looking for employment opportunities, the fund would promote decentralisation and new renewable energy supplies.
Ms Saffin said she would begin discussions with local stakeholders including mayors, chambers of commerce, TAFEs, farmers and the renewable energy industry to begin establishing priorities.
One such project is the Regional Integrated Transport Plan that I previously advanced and shall continue to promote as one of our regional priority needs.
We have the right priorities that will deliver real jobs, better health and hospitals, upgraded schools, rebuilding TAFE and transformation to a renewables future, Ms Saffin said.
Whatever state money we have been given (and some is being splashed about now) has been catch-up money at best or to improve chances at the coming election.
Of, course, that money is welcome and important, but in Tenterfield, Kyogle, Lismore and Murwillumbah, we need more.
The Regional Jobs Fund announcement has ope...
NIC THE POET TOUR 2018
Guitarist and founding member of British India, Nic Wilson has announced he will retire from music at the end of this year, finishing up with one final tour the Nic The Poet farewell tour spanning 24 dates thatll see the iconic Melbourne rockers kick off at The Basement in Canberra on November 2, before swinging through Albury, Perth, Margaret River, Freo, Bunbury, Townsville, Cairns, Bendigo, Geelong, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Southport, Sunshine Coast, Adelaide, Shoalhaven and finishing up at Port Macquarie to play Westport Park on January 27, 2019.
Formed at St Bedes college in Melbournes eastern suburbs, British India burst onto the scene in 2007. A love of music and a driving determination was the key ingredient that turned four budding musicians into a fierce garage band, who quickly gained a reputation for explosive live shows and the ability to write great pop songs.
A chance meeting with legendary producer Harry Vanda and future manager Glenn Goldsmith resulted in their debut album Guillotine being released independently in July 2007. Supported by triple J radio and relentless touring the album would go onto sell 20,000 copies and the band won the AIR award for best new Group in 2007.
Within 12 months British India released their 2nd album Thieves to great fanfare. The album debuted at No 5 and was nominate for 3 ARIA awards. By the end 2008 British India had become one of the biggest young rock bands in the country. They continued to assent, releasing Avalanche in 2010, yet another Top 10 debut.
The band turned a new corner in their career in 2012 signing with Liberation Records and Mushroom Music.
At Liberation, British India would release their most successful albums to date, Controller & Nothing Touches Me. They also scored their first Gold Record with the hit I Can Make You Love Me. In 2017 they released their 6th studio album Forgetting the Future again...
Drag juggernaut RuPauls Drag Race has won Best Reality Show at the 2018 Emmy Awards, its first win in the category. Thank you so much! RuPaul emoted, picking up tonights Emmy for best in genre. This is so lovely. To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show and ...
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LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. Theyre also contentious recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into Gay Pride. Indeed, celebrating who we are ...
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The Sunraysia Daily reported that a man jailed for raping a then 13 year old girl has had his sentence (but not parole period) cut on appeal.
Not that you could tell from the headline.
Invisible perpetrators and the inaccurate and dangerous phrase child sex are both common themes in FixedIt, but this is one of the most blatant combinations of those two things Ive seen for a while.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.
That word choice is the key. Sex i...
The bitcoin security specialists Wizsec has recently explained to the public that the wallet that held more than 111,000 BTC did not derive from the Silk Road marketplace, and its also not one of the Mt Gox wallets. Further Wizsec detailed today that a recent article had quoted the organization by cherry-picking quotes which in turn created an editorial that has bolstered unneeded fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).
Over the last few weeks, cryptocurrency enthusiasts have been discussing a large amount of BTC that has moved from an old wallet onto a few popular trading platforms. Many people including the person who ...
The annual Byron Shire Volunteering Exhibition, which showcases more than 50 local organisations that use volunteers in their work, will this year hit the road for the first time.
The exhibition will be on display for three weeks: starting at the Ocean Shores Shopping centre on Monday and Tuesday September 24-25; then moving to Mullumbimby at the Byron Shire Council Chambers on October 1-2; and ending up in Byron Bay at the Community Centre on October 8-9.
We are community-minded folks in this area: the Byron Shire has one of the highest rates of volunteering in the country.
The Byron Community Centre runs a volunteer referral service with more than 55 organisations, representing the diversity of our society.
There are volunteering opportunities in many areas of life, including wildlife, pets, conservation and environment, aged care and disability, youth services, community transport, homeless outreach, the arts and recreation.
Pippy Wardell, Byron Community Centres volunteer hub co-ordinator, told Echonetdaily, each year we refer more than 200 people to interesting volunteer jobs, with most of the volunteers say that volunteering has benefited them in many ways.
Cindy, a volunteer, says that volunteering has given me a sense of belonging in the community and I always looks forward to my days spent at her volunteer job.
Other people find that they gain new skills, confidence and beneficial community connections.
Engaging in volunteer work is a very satisfying and interesting pastime, says Pippy.
It creates community, introduces you to new adventures, gives you opportunities to learn new skills or utilise existing skills in a productive way for the community.
The exhibition showcases the wonderful work these organisations do for the community as well as listing the volunteer positions that are available at the different organisations.
Qualified volunteer staff will be onsite at the exhibition to sign people up and refer them to an organisation of their choice.
It is always exciting to do something different, come and check out the exhibition, you just might find something that really picques your interest, says Pippi.
WHAT: Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue
WHEN: 20 SEPTEMBER 2018
WHERE: Byron Bay Brewery
$5 BEFORE 7PM, $10 AFTER
The Street Level crew are once again bringing high calibre touring acts to the Byron Bay Brewery. This Thursday, 20th, Aussie artist Goozebumpz and Canadian act Super Glue are set to perform as part of the biweekly event.
Goosebumpz is an electronic music producer and live act, with roots in the Australian outdoor dance party scene. Known for his eclectic assortment of original bass heavy, broken beat jams and party antics at festivals around the world, Goosebumpz continues to push the envelope sonically, blurring the lines between the mainstream and underground scene. Working alongside people such as Mac Miller, and remixing tracks from from Radio Head, Hermitude and K-Lab, this Aussie producer will make you lose it on the dance floor.
Goosebumpz will be supported by Canadian bass-heavy artist, Super Glue. Expect a mash of sounds from drum and bass, grime and bass heavy grooves. All the good stuff to get your Thursday night jumping.
Check out Street Level this Thursday, from 7pm, at Byron Bay Brewery.
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UNESCO has sounded the alarm over the impact of climate change on World Heritage-listed coral reefs, including our own Great Barrier Reef, in a new report that stresses the importance of delivering on the Paris Agreement.
This comes hard on the heels of a warning issued by UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres on 10 September: If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.
The UNESCO report, an update to the Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Coral Reefs, finds that if the world limited global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial temperature, and achieved the target of 1.5C, then the worst impacts of climate change on these global treasures could be avoided.
Dr Scott Heron, of NOAAs Coral Reef Watch program and lead author of the report, said: The Great Barrier Reef and all other World Heritage-listed coral reefs are predicted to avoid the devastating bleaching and mortality from annual severe heat stress if Australia and the rest of the world take immediate and decisive action on climate change.
However, four World Heritage-listed coral reefs are still predicted to experience twice-per-decade severe bleaching stress, even under the Paris Agreement scenario. This would lead to impacts not only on the ecosystems but also on the communities and industries that depend upon the goods and services provided by healthy vibrant reefs.
This updated assessment shows how urgent it is for Australia and the world to stabilise carbon emissions by the end of next year, and then continue to reduce emissions. This is essential to avoid the worst impacts of global warming on coral reefs, Dr Heron said.
Imogen Zethoven, Great Barrier Reef campaign director at the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) said: The report offers some hope for most World Heritage-listed coral reefs, provided that Australia and other countries rapidly shift away from coal and other fossil fuels.
Local management efforts are essential to enhance reef resilience, but they cannot offset the impacts of climate disturbances. Climate change, mainly driven by mining and burning coal, is the biggest threat to the Reef but the government has walked away from dealing with it.
Since Tony Abbott became Prime Minister, Australias carbon pollution levels have been on the rise.
Prime Minister Morrison has said we will achieve our Paris commitments in a canter, however, even if this state...
EXCLUSIVE: The convicted celebrity paedophile, Jeremy Kewley, is attempting to resume his acting career just months after his release from prison, with the highly dangerous sex offender even travelling from town-to-town in regional Victoria to perform to unsuspecting audiences at festivals featuring youth theatre groups. Horrifyingly, it can now be revealed that one of Kewley's performances was delivered at a school and is said to have been a "chilling and sickening" monologue about the rape of a teenage girl. [READ MORE]
17 Sep 2018 | Gulf TimesQatar's Hassad Foods continues the strategic repositioning of its Australian agricultural investments, securing an agreement to transfer its agricultural portfolio to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
17 Sep 2018 | AFRUnder a proposal from Australia's federal government the 15 per cent concessional rate of withholding tax for foreign investors in agricultural land will be lifted to 30 per cent by July 1 next year.
Byron Shire Council staff have recommended that a controversial application from Telstra to build a 4G mobile phone tower on Wilsons Creek Road be refused.
Wilsons Creek residents have been running a strong campaign against the tower, including launching a nationwide class action against Telstra, citing safety issues around electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
The DA proposed a mobile phone telecommunications facility including a 35-metre-high monopole, six antennae and ancillary equipment.
In making its recommendation, Byron Council staff took into account the potential impact of EMR on wildlife as well as its planned location in an area of high biodiversity.
The proposal raised a significant level of objection from the community in terms of siting, environmental impacts, health and amenity impacts, electro magnetic radiation, visual impacts, proximity to power lines and surrounding residential properties, staff wrote in their recommendation.
It is considered that the development does not meet Councils planning controls or standards, having regards to the height provisions within Byron LEP 1988, and the objectives of the 7(c) Water Catchment Zone. Further having regards to the number of objections it is considered the proposed telecommunications tower is not in the public interest.
Byron councillors will make the final decision at their meeting on Thursday (September 20).
Members of the group Environment and Community Safe from Radiation will address councillors during public access.
But they still have a plan to continue with the court case if the decision goes against them.
The group told its supporters in a recent email that in the unlikely event the councillors approve the tower DA we ask that you please forward a copy of all corresponde...
The young people from Fortitude Valley-based Open Doors Youth Service are hosting an art exhibition to celebrate Pride Month in Brisbane. The organisations Odyssey Art Exhibition and Fundraiser will be held at Bettys Espresso and Bar in South Brisbane on Thursday (September 20) to raise money for Open Doors PRIDE Art Therapy Program. The PRIDE ...
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A chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations have called on the Federal Government to provide a formal response to the recommendations contained in the Australian Law Reform Commissions Pathways to Justice report.
In an open letter penned to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 35 leading community organisations and academics working in the justice reinvestment space have lamented the Federal Governments continued inaction on the reports key recommendation.
It has now been nearly six months since the ALRC report was tabled in Parliament, the letter states. However, to date the Federal Government has made no formal response. The open letter identifies that during the last six month period, more than 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children have spent time in prisons around the country, causing a significant negative impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities around the country. The call for Federal Government action has been initiated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations working on the ground to achieve safer and stronger communities. Unfair justice systems are failing to build the safer, stronger communities all Australians want, the letter states.
We cannot let another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lose their futures, their dignity, and, for some, their lives, because of inaction by Australian governments, the letter concludes.
The Pathways to Justice report was released following detailed consultation and research led by the Australian Law Reform Commission. It contains 35 recommendations to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system and to address community safety. Specific recommendations made to the Federal Government include:
When announcing the inquiry in October 2016, then Attorney-General George Brandis QC labelled the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons a national tragedy and stated that the ALRC inquiry would be a critical step for breaking through the disturbing statistics.
Every day here in Bourke we see the benefits that the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative has for our community, and in particular our young people. Justice reinvestment enables us to make decisions about what we need in our community. In partnership with Just Reinvest NSW it creates collaboration, it builds our strength and confidence, causes better hea...
Tragically, this years music festival season has begun with two suspected drug-related deaths at a festival in southwestern Sydney. And this incident is all the more appalling as these deaths could have potentially been prevented if the NSW government was more forward-thinking. At around 9 pm on Saturday night, 23-year-old Joseph Pham from Edensor Park and
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Organisers of the popular music festival Splendour in the Grass were recognised for an innovative homelessness partnership at an awards presentation last week.
Ten awards were presented by the non-profit Momentum Collective to community sector volunteers, workers, clients and organisations.
Splendour in the Grass won Fundraiser of the Year for its work with local community groups to collect unwanted camping gear, donated by festival-goers, to be distributed to homeless people across northern NSW.
Momentum Collective CEO Karen Murphy said the partnership with Splendour in the Grass was an example of the extraordinary, innovative work in the community sector.
Our clients, volunteers and partners inspire us every day they dont expect awards or recognition but they deserve it because they make a practical, positive difference to our communities, Ms Murphy said.
Around 37,000 people across northern NSW are homeless and often have no other choice but to sleep rough.
While a tent and a sleeping bag is not a long-term solution, it can certainly provide warmth and comfort on a cold winters night and we commend Splendour in the Grass for their contribution to improving the lives of our most vulnerable people.
The Momentum Collective was previously known as Third Sector Australia (3SA), with the name change announced as part of last weeks awards ceremony.
For more than 30 years, our services have provided housing, employment, education, independence and security for people in northern NSW and Queensland, Ms Murphy said.
Our new name reflects our ongoing commitment to bringing positive momentum and change to peoples lives.
When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Duries latest foray into furniture, the phrase grass roots has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape ...
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Parks Victoria have announced that sections of the Alpine National Park in north east Victoria will be closed between October 8 and 26 to allow for aerial hunting of deer.
It will include the entire Feathertop/ Razorback ridge from Diamantina hut and extending north of the Feathertop summit, and areas to the north west of Dead Timber Hill, into the Cobungra River valley, almost as far as Derrick hut. Check the attached map for full details.
Trail heads will be sign posted if the areas are closed.
By Prudence Clark
If you havent already cleared space in your diary for this years Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk, (BNSW) then its about time you crossed out whatever youve got on and ensure you dont miss the biggest installation of outdoor sculptures Brunswick Heads has ever seen.
This free event opens with a bang on Friday, September 28, the BNSW will not only feature more than 40 artworks that integrate with the natural environs of Brunswick Heads, but will also be running a number of workshops and masterclasses. If that isnt a busy enough day for you, the official opening is at 6pm at the Brunswick Picture House, and you can continue the celebrations with The Cheeky Cabaret show on afterwards.
Over the weekend and on Monday, October 1, there will be guided walks around the sculptures, additional workshops and master classes, such as lantern-making, weaving and sandcastles, (all open to the public), as well as yoga, interactive performances, music and artist interviews.
I watch my mums mouth drop open in disgust. Oh my god.
Were dining at a fancy restaurant and Im dolled up to the nines, hair and makeup immaculate, black stilettos clicking underneath the table. Waiting for our meals, I raise my arms in a lazy stretch when I catch my mothers eye.
Her look is a combination of mortification and utter revulsion.
Surprise, Mum: I have pit hair.
As many would see it, wedged in the small space between my arm and my torso, is a disgusting, uncivilised display of animalistic vulgarity, complete disregard for personal hygiene and a brazen confession of lesbianism.
Unfavourable assumptions are common when it comes to women with underarm hair. These reactions both intrigue and confuse me. I mean, I get it. Armpit hair on women is not something were used to seeing, and were often scared of the unfamiliar. In fact, it took me several years to overcome my internalised shame to get the point of even trialling a bit of pit fur.
A couple of friends in high school who braved the hirsute lifestyle originally planted the seed in my mind, at which point my position was one of, Good for you, not for me. I guess I didnt think it looked very good. I found it distracting, disconcerting, and felt mildly uncomfortable when I saw it. Of course, this was completely irrational. Why dont I have the same reaction to a mans sweaty, smelly and thicker pit hair? Why the double standard? If men can do it why cant women?
We can thank Gilette for popularizing the hairless underarm ideal in 1915 when they released the first women-specific razor, the ad for which contained a not-so-subtle directive for women of the day: The fastidious woman to-day must have immaculate underarms if she is to be unembarrassed. This type of advertising cultivated, and proceeded to profit from, the calculated confluence of female body hair and shame.
As a feminist and sociology student, I am hyper-aware of myself as a product of these market-driven social norms. I wanted to unlearn the conditioning Id been exposed to my entire life; reclaim a sense of control over my bodily choices. I figured that once I got used to it, then I could make a truly autonomous decision about whether I liked it or not.
So: I let it grow. Inspired by the increasing number of hairy-pitted women...
St. Jeromes Laneway Festival has just dropped its massive 2019 lineup. This year will see the festival celebrate its 15th birthday, hitting up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February 2019.
Spearheaded by Australian legends Gang Of Youths and Courtney Barnett, the lineup will also see a bunch of awesome, international acts like Jorja Smith, Rex Orange County and Mitski. Full lineup and ticket information below.
Laneway has also released this awesome graph that breaks down their diverse lineup.
Gang of Youths
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Charlie Collins (East Coast Exclusive)
Crooked Colours (East Coast Exclusive)
Denzel Curry (East Coast Exclusive)
DJDS (Excluding Adelaide)
Jorja Smith (Laneway Festival Exclusive)
Mansionair (Excluding Fremantle)
Mitski (East Coast Exclusive)
Rex Orange County
Ruby Fields (Excluding Fremantle)
What So Not
Yellow Days (Excluding Adelaide)
Visa pre-sale begins 9am Thursday, 20th September
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September
Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website
Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website
Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Tickets: Official Website
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Theres a lot to admire about Bjork and Ive chosen her and this album to represent a number of influences.
When I first saw Bjork she was squeezed between The Smashing Pumpkins and The Ramones at the 1994 Big Day Out.
It still seems like a weird spot for her and I wandered in and out of that set but it was clear something new was coming to the surface.
Her album Debut had some airplay on Triple J and it was my first introduction to Nellee Hoopers influence, since itd be a couple more years before I listened to Massive Attack and Sinead OConnor but also the trip-hop of Portishead.
Bjork worked with a number of interesting producers and managed to get a cohesive result, just look at how Army Of Me and Its Oh So Quiet both sit on the first side of the album Post.
These collaborations between artists and producers are a dialectic central to popular music and, in many ways, its a formula I enjoy hearing in singers like Madonna and Kylie Minogue too.
Many popular singers get dismissed as record label products but those that build a career seem to be able to maintain a firm grasp on their image and material.
Madonna has a reputation for being present throughout the recording process and it seems clear that Bjork occupies a role overseeing the realisation of her albums.
Yom Kippur will be observed by the Jewish Community on Wednesday, 19 September. It is a day of fasting and atonement. Yom Kippur, which dates from biblical times, is referenced in three separate passages in the Torah. The Torah refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton, a Sabbath of complete rest, while the Talmud denotes ... Read more...
Frogs have never been my forte. The variations in the colour and texture within a species can make identification difficult. And I never get to see them. Even the stealthiest approach to a dam turns the deafening frog chorus to silence. However with my new technique of using eye-shine to locate the critters at night 
PMID: Front Pharmacol. 2016 ;7:357. Epub 2016 Oct 17. PMID: 27799911 Abstract Title: Huperzine A Provides Robust and Sustained Protection against Induced Seizures inMutant Mice. Abstract: loss-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC)(encoding Na1.1) are the main cause of Dravet syndrome (DS), a catastrophic early-life encephalopathy associated with prolonged and recurrent early-life febrile seizures (FSs), refractory afebrile epilepsy, cognitive and behavioral deficits, and a 15-20% mortality rate.mutations also lead to genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+), which is an inherited disorder characterized by early-life FSs and the development of a range of adult epilepsy subtypes. Current antiepileptic drugs often fail to protect against the severe seizures and behavioral and cognitive deficits found in patients withmutations. To address the need for more efficacious treatments for-derived epilepsies, we evaluated the therapeutic potential of Huperzine A, a naturally occurring reversible acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. In CF1 mice, Hup A (0.56 or 1 mg/kg) was found to confer protection against 6 Hz-, pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-, and maximal electroshock (MES)-induced seizures. Robust protection against 6 Hz-, MES-, and hyperthermia-induced seizures was also achieved following Hup A administration in mouse models of DS () and GEFS+ (). Furthermore, Hup A-mediated seizure protection was sustained during 3 weeks of daily injections inmutants. Finally, we determined that muscarinic and GABAreceptors play a role in Hup A-mediated seizure protection. These findings indicate that Hup A might provide a novel therapeutic strategy for increasing seizure resistance in DS and GEFS+, and more broadly, in other forms of refractory epilepsy.
Recycling a comment from RobK in a previous thread on the renewable road to ruin. He reports a talk by an electrical engineer, Kate Summers of Pacific Hydro. She has excessive enthusiasm for renewable energy, especially hydro (which is cheating), but the most important take-home that I can understand is the massive spinning turbines are under huge mechanical stresses due to fluctuating voltage that is not being controlled properly in the integrated system. This will increase downtime and unscheduled outages and shorten their working lives.
Comments and further explanation are invited from qualified Cats, I took several pages of notes but will not take the time to listen again or attempt to improve on RobK and any others who are prepared to help.
Part of the problem that will appeal to students of catallaxies is her claim that the centralised control and monitoring in the integrated system fails compared with the decentralised controls in stand-alone systems.
Another vital take-home from the first or second question was the observation that among the 33 senior managers of the four regulatory agencies there are 3 with science or engineering qualifications.
Kate Summers Power system control or market control of a power system: Is there a fundamental loss of power system control?
On Wednesday 15th August 2018 I was happy to speak at University of Melbournes Climate and Energy College about a topic that I see as a very important one to the ongoing stability of the electricity grid (and hence to the continuation of the energy transition).
As I note during my presentation, it seems to me that we have moved from centralised planning but distributed control, to a market with decentralised planning but centralised control. This is apparent, for instance, in market provisions for ancillary services. I am not sure that we all understand the implications of this.
This is the commentary by RobK.
An interesting 60min presentation looking at an aspect of FCAS dealing with hunting of frequency control partially caused by poor integration of digital and rotory manchine control. Some interesting comments on the lack of engineering input to system design.
Presented by a power engineer with RE background. There are many other issues than mentioned here but interesting insights into the systems workings.
It seems worse than I expected.
At 6am Wind and Other were delivering 13% of t...
Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.
Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.
I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.
Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.
Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.
These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.
Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.
Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.
Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.
The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.
His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.
Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.
He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...
Julian Assange had just pulled off one of the biggest scoops in journalistic history, splaying the innards of American diplomacy across the web. But technology firms were cutting ties to his website, WikiLeaks, cable news pundits were calling for his head and a Swedish sex crime case was threatening to put him behind bars. Caught in a vise, the silver-haired Australian wrote to the Russian Consulate in London. "I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa," said the letter, which was obtained exclusively by The Associated Press. The Nov. 30, 2010 missive is part of a much larger trove of WikiLeaks emails, chat logs, financial records, secretly recorded footage and other documents leaked to The Associated Press. The files provide both an intimate look at the radical transparency organization and an early hint of Assange's budding relationship with Moscow.
The belief that George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, and Paul Manafort would turn over evidence of collusion with Russia got ahead of reality. The anonymous government official who revealed a "resistance" inside the White House has heightened the sense of doom hanging over Donald Trump's presidency. A stream of disparaging claims from other White House insiders, the multiple criminal cases enveloping Trump's inner circle, and the ongoing special-counsel investigation into possible collusion with the Russian government have all also added to anticipation of Trump's imminent downfall. But the widespread perception that "the walls are closing in"; on a " "teetering" Trump presidency is getting ahead of reality. While figures eyed as central to the suspected Trump-Russia conspiracy-campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, longtime fixer Michael Cohen, and campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been convicted of criminal activity, their cases have not bolstered the case for collusion as many liberals had hoped. Last week, Papadopoulos was sentenced to 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with a Maltese professor, Joseph Mifsud. According to Papadopoulos, Mifsud claimed to have connections to Russia and information that the Kremlin had obtained Hillary Clinton's stolen e-mails. In May 2016, Papadopoulos relayed vague details about his conversation with Mifsud to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer. According to press accounts, a tip from Downer about his encounter with Papadopoulos sparked the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties.
Exclusive: Research finds claims emissions targets make electricity more expensive are misguidedEmissions reduction targets, even relatively ambitious ones, will not drive up power prices for Australian consumers, according to new research from the Australian Council of Social Service (Acoss) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.While the Morrison government has abandoned the national energy guarantee because conservatives complain that emissions reduction policies drive up power prices, the [...]
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as M5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially...... Read more
The targeting tactics this group uses to go after victims and their advocates are vast and know no boundaries. Their goal is to discredit anyone who stands against their child trafficking enterprise, to prevent anyone from listening to them, and hopefully to silence the whistleblowers permanently- esp by death.
Years ago I did a video with Pat Goodwin where we spoke about the targeting of authors on Amazon who spoke about this mess and detailed the methods that were used to discredit and silence people.
Their most used attack is something that is very common- lies and gossip. Their method even has a name- the Woo Woo tactic. Basically it works like this:
1. Start by making defamatory comments- always as an anonymous person, against the person you are attacking.
2. Always argue with a circular argument and never acknowledge anything that is stated about you personally but keep the focus on your target. Repeat your lies relentlessly and with as much venomous conviction that you can muster.
3. When your target starts to get angry or show any emotion, vigorously point it out- and use their emotion to show how unstable and mentally unbalanced they are.
4. At the same time, use their arguments against your lies to make yourself out to be the rational one and, in the process- how you are really the one being victimized by your target.
5. Do this on as many venues as you can and encourage your target to believe they are isolated, helpless to fight back, and totally alone in their defence.
6. Most importantly, convince your target that the only way out of these relentless attacks is self destruction. Suggest to them that silence- or suicide- are the only true methods of escape- but do this as covertly as possible- only hinting at it and never blatantly stating it except in cases where it can completely stay undetected.
These methods are commonly used online but are just as effective in the real world as well.
They seek out your friends, co-workers, and family to spread gossip and lies to them in order to turn them against you, saying whatever they can think of to achieve their objective. They realize the fundamental reality that gossip- the more salacious the better- generally spreads much faster than truth.
Their objective is to turn as many away from the victim as they can while encouraging the victim to feel as isolated and alone as they can.
In some cases- they enlist the very family members that were part of the victims abuse. This is not only true for Fiona Barnett and her uncle- but myself as well, as they (and they refers to Doug Mesner aka John Kilrush aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his follo...
The northern part of the Australian state, Queensland, is bustling with cryptocurrency energy. The region is extremely passionate towards one specific decentralized peer-to-peer electronic currency bitcoin cash (BCH).
Over the last few months, a few bitcoin cash proponents have been spreading a lot of BCH adoption in the North Queensland region in Australia. North Queensland is a very large area with its own distinctive regional character within the massive state of Queensland. Anyone who frequents the Reddit forum r/btc, have probably noticed many posts showing BCH adoption taking place in the region.
North Queensland has its own Bitcoin Cash meetup, its home to the countrys first BCH-only automated teller machine, and right now the area has a lot of BCH accepting merchants. This week, using the mobile application...
There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles. The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.
The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years. A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets. Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers. There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds. This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.
The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion. It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator. Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter. This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.
Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found. Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected. Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.
Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers. Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...
As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques obsessed with cutting prices.
Morrisons ascension to power was yet another, existentially imposed headache in the aftermath of US President Donald J. Trumps announcement that the United States would be making a dash from any obligations and aspirations associated with the Paris Climate Agreement. Pacific Island states were starting to write up their wills.
When the decision by Trump was made in the middle of last year, such states as Samoa and Fiji felt a shudder. His decision, came the press release from an assortment of Pacific Island Civil Society Organisations, is a clear sign of his continued support of the fossil fuel industry which directly threatens the lives of communities living in the Pacific Islands.
The Australian response, ever mindful of the wishes of its obese cousin and all powerful defender, has reflected a certain bipolar conditioning on matters ecological and climactic. Canberra takes the position, when convenient to its neighbours, that climate change is genuine, dangerous and in need of serious consideration. When necessary, amnesia takes hold.
In the aftermath of Morrisons replacement of sitting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama sent a salutary reminder to the new Australian leader couched in a disarming note of congratulation. I look forward to working with you across a broad front, including the global campaign for action on climate change, the greatest threat facing Australia and all of your neighbours in the Pacific.
This, to a man who had coarsely brandished a lump of coal in the Australian parliament in February last year, supplied by the good offices of the Minerals Council of Australia. This is coal, he guffawed to his opponents, caressing the inert item in his hand with a fetishists resolve. Dont be afraid; dont be scared.
Morrison ought to be suffering jitters from such figures as Samoas Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, who has made it clear how climate change laggards should be treated. We all know the problem, we all know the solutions, he...
US State Department revokes PLO ambassador family visas:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) 16 Sept by Yara Bayoumy The United States revoked visas for the family of the Palestine Liberation Organization ambassador, the envoy said on Sunday, the latest development in the worsening relations between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership. Ambassador Husam Zomlot, head of the PLO General Delegation to the United States, said his family, including his two young children, left the United States after being informed their visas would now expire when the diplomatic office is closed next month. The visas were originally set to expire in 2020. The Trump administration said last Monday the office in Washington would close. The State Department did not respond to a request for comment. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLOs executive committee, criticized the Trump administration for being vindictive. As if the announcement that the US would close our office in Washington, DC was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful, Ashrawi said in a statement. The US has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level. Zomlot said in an interview that two of his embassy employees met last week with State Department staff, who had requested the meeting. The State Department informed our colleagues, as part of the discussion on the closure, that the visas of my wife and children are dependent on the PLO delegation and as such will not be valid after the closure of the office and that if they wanted to stay they would have to change their immigration status, Zomlot said. He added: This goes against diplomatic norms. Children, spouses and family have nothing to do with political rows..
Oktoberfest in the West Bank: Brewers turn beer making into
resistance against occupation
ABC News (Australia) by Middle East Correspondent Eric Tlozek There are no Bavarian costumes or oompah bands at the Oktoberfest in Taybeh, in the West Bank. Instead, dancers in traditional Arab outfits clap and sway to the music of the oud, while Palestinians and foreigners taste the products of the village brewery. Because Taybeh is a Christian village, the beer is alcoholic and mood just as festive as the more famous German event. Some beer varieties....
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Here at GumshoeNews there has been much coverage of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. And lately there has been coverage of Fiona Barnetts and Rachel Vaughans testimony to the ITNJ the International Tribunal for Natural Justice an ad hoc group of people who couldnt stand it anymore.
Both women told of their direct experience of extreme abuse as children and their witnessing of murders. Both told of their shocking inability to get help from the authorities. I have been developing the theme that such behaviour by persons in government office is plainly criminal.
I have also proposed, mainly with regard to the Martin Bryant case (he is in his 23rd year of imprisonment and is not allowed to speak) that a trial can be handled outrageously by a DPP a Director of Public Prosecutions. In Bryants case the DPP of Tasmania was Damien Bugg who was subsequent...
I must admit that even I, as a child psychologist, have found some of it very difficult to listen to in particular the anal cutting for sex at 30months of one of the Australian female witnesses Rachel Vaughn, the caged children who had never seen the light of day noted in hers or Fiona Barnetts testimony and the concept of foetuses being shocked in the womb from Jay Parker or Ronald Bernards testimony were all really gutting. How do we get around the problem of people just not wanting to hear this stuff?
Videos below. Your strength today is a gift to all
children in the morrow.
After a nation-wide search for the Australias best young classical musicians aged 30 and under, the three finalists violinist Courtenay Cleary, percussionist Thea Rossen and clarinettist Oliver Shermacher will compete live in concert for the title of 2018 Freedman Classical Fellow, and the career-changing $20,000 cash prize to undertake a proposed creative project. The winner will be announced by the panel of judges on the night.
Courtenay Cleary recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. Courtenay is a core member of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and also plays casually with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria.
Thea Rossen is a percussionist, creator and educator based in Melbourne. She is director of the Ad Lib Collective, an ensemble focused on concert curation, commissioning new Australian works and community engagement. Her work with the group has recently taken her to a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where she developed a program of works dealing with the issues surrounding climate change.
Music fans are currently descending on the Queensland capital for the stunning Brisbane Festival, and theyre undoubtedly seeing some pretty amazing shows.
With numerous acts performing at a number of different venues, its iconic venue The Tivoli that is definitely the place to be.
With the likes of Polish Club, Sarah Blasko, and Gareth Liddiard performing intimate shows as part of The Tivoli In The Round, music fans are set to get an experience like no other at famed venue later this month.
Tuesday, September 25th
Polish Club @ Tivoli In The Round
Wednesday September 26th
Sarah Blasko @ Tivoli In The Round
Thursday, September 27th
Gareth Liddiard @ Tivoli In The Round
I am delighted to publish this guest post from my good friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton. Views expressed in this guest post are Stephens, and should not necessarily be attributed to me as well. GT
Blunt message to states from Canberra on recreational cannabis
Last week an Australian Senate committee released its report on Senator David Leyonhjelms private members bill to allow any State or Territory Government to legalise and regulate cannabis. The committee, chaired by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald and including Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt, was told that cannabis use is less harmful than alcohol use and tobacco use, and that otherwise law-abiding recreational cannabis users were cast as criminals, which increases pressure on the criminal justice system and supports organised and violent crime.
Although I did not make a submission to the inquiry, in 2016 I undertook a preliminary examination of the likely economic and social benefits of legalising recreational cannabis use in Queensland [see here], prompted by its legalisation in a number of US states, which as of January this year includes California, one of the worlds biggest economies. My report found similar benefits to that identified by Senator Leyonhjelm in terms of economic and social benefits to government and consumers, specifically:
Costly cannabis arrests in Queensland (offset to some extent by fines) are the highest in Australia and have been since 2001-02. Queensland police in 2015-16 arrested 25,307 persons of the nearly 80,000 arrests in Australia and nearly as many as NSW and Victoria in total despite having around one-third of their combined population......
Short term sublet in central Preston $150 p/w.
On Thursday 13 September, Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-001 was photographed
by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it completed a missed approach
at Rockhampton Airport.
Im not talking morality, though I guess there are plenty of garden morals, especially in a community garden. More like growing decent produce; a cauliflower that heads properly (still havent managed it), or a carrot that looks like the textbook one (ditto). I could go on, and on If youd like to grow a Continue reading How to be a decent grower
As China consolidates its hold in South China Sea and wields its military, economic and diplomatic leverage, smaller countries see no credible option but to work with Beijing, even if that means furthering Chinese objectives. Manila, for example, seems willing to accede to Beijings demand for joint development of hydrocarbon resources in the Philippines own exclusive economic zone.
The plain fact is that U.S. inaction under successive administrations has allowed China to gain effective control over a strategic sea that is more than twice the size of the Gulf of Mexico and 50 percent bigger than the Mediterranean Sea. Australias Kevin Rudd, who is still fending off accusations that he was a slavish pro-China prime minister, has acknowledged that Chinese policy has not yet been challenged in the South China Sea by the United States to any significant extent.
The U.S., even at the risk of fostering Philippine helplessness against Chinese expansionism, has refused to clarify whether its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Manila would apply to an attack on Philippine troops or vessels in the South China Sea. This refusal stands in contrast to Washingtons commitment to the defense of the Japanese-administered but Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. U.S. President Donald Trump, in his joint statement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April, said that Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands.
In the South China Sea, China has astounded the world with the speed and scale of its creation of artificial islands and military infrastructure. The first Chinese dredger arrived in the region in December 2013. Less than five years later, China has largely completed building most of its forward military bases. It is now ramping up its military assets in the South China Sea.
Yet China has incurred no international costs for pushing its borders far out into international waters. In fact, China stepped up the expansion of its frontiers after an international arbitration tribunal invalidated its expansive claims in the South China Sea through a 2016 ruling in a case instituted by the Philippines.
China says it has sovereignty over all the South China Sea north of its nine dash line. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid. But China and the Philipp...
24-25 NOVEMBER 2018
NORTH BYRON PARKLANDS
A truly historic gathering will bring together line-up of renowned healers, musicians, artists and thought-leaders for a historic Convergence of Healing. The event is co-hosted with local Minyungbal Song Man Uncle Magpie, traditional custodian of the land where this unique global-gathering is taking place. UNITY EARTH is also working closely with neighbouring custodian Auntie Delta Kay of the Arakwal people and working in collaboration with the excellent Culture Aware initiative.
Outstanding international acts Kristin Hoffman, Premik Russel Tubbs and GRAMMY nominated Rocky Dawuni are headlining the event, as well as amazing local talent Aine Tyrell, Dane Kennedy, Paul Howorth and more. Indigenous Leaders from Mexico, North America and Greenland will join in this historic event. The two-day gathering is designed as both a gathering and a retreat offering an intimate experience capped at just 1500 people to ensure intimacy of attendees and delegates. These two life-affirming days on the beautiful North Byron Parklands will be a deep shared experience of healing, intercultural community and personal transformation with powerful music, soulful food, healing ceremonies and healing circles. The event is alcohol and drug free and is designed to be family friendly with special activities for children who come along.
It is a not for profit event. UNITY EARTH invites all who feel called, to come and gather for this powerful and historic event.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS are available until September 30th. Go to www.fieldsofhealing.com.au for more info and to book.
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The media has been giving a lot of attention in the last week to
the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers crash which occurred
on September 15, 2008 and marked the realisation, after months of
denial, that there was a financial crisis underway. Lots of
articles have been published recently about what we have learned
from this historical episode. I thought that the Rolling Stone
article by Matt Taibbi (September 13, 2018)
Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing pretty much
summed it up. We have learned very little. Commentators still
construct the crisis as a sovereign debt problem and demand that
governments reduce fiscal deficits to give them space to defend the
economy in the next crisis. They are also noting that the balance
sheets of the non-government sector components households and firms
are looking rather precarious. They also tie that in with flat
wages growth and a run down in household saving. But the link
between the fiscal data and the non-government borrowing data is
never made. So we are moving headlong into the next crisis with
very little understanding of the relationship between government
and non-government. And we are increasingly relying on private
sector debt buildup to fund growth as governments retreat.
Everything about that is wrong.
The recently published book Financial Exposure: Carl Levins Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan) by Elise J. Bean is worth reading. Elise Bean was an investigative lawyer for the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI).
The book recounts the workings of the PSI.
We read that the PSI has:
faced down corrupt bankers, arrogant executives, and sleazy lawyers. Wed confronted tax dodgers of all stripes, from billionaires to multinationals. Wed interviewed crooks in prison, North Korean representatives, and tax have operatives. Wed protected whistleblowers, championed victims, and defended honest government employees battling abuses. Wed stood up to dirty tricks, assaults on PSIs bipartisanship, and attacks on our bosses.
Never was this environment more loaded than when they started looking into the financial services sector.
The chapter on Deconstructing the Financial Crisis is particularly interesting, given the current attention the decade-anniversary is receiving.
Elise Bean writes that the investigation was the longest, toughest inquiry the PSI under Carl Levin had ever undertaken.
The facts were tangled, the players powerful, and the stakes huge.
She credits the legislative action that led...
Medieval legends claim that Pope Joan was the first and only female pope. And now, an analysis of ancient silver coins suggests that the ordained woman may have actually lived. According to legends from the Middle Ages, a pope named John, or Johannes Anglicus, who reigned during the middle of the ninth century, was actually a woman, Pope Joan. For instance, a story from the 13th century written by a Dominican monk from Poland named Martin claimed that Pope Joan became pregnant and gave birth during a church procession. However, there is much debate over whether a pope named Johannes Anglicus existed, much less whether this pope was a man or woman. The doubt stems in part from the great deal of confusion over the identities of popes during the middle of the ninth century. For example, in the oldest surviving copy of the Liber Pontificalis, the official book of biographies of popes during the early Middle Ages, "Pope Benedict III is missing entirely," study author Michael Habicht, an archaeologist at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told Live Science. Discovering whether Pope Joan existed may not only solve a religious and historical mystery, but also factor in to modern arguments over the role of women in the church. "The debate on female ordination in the church is still ongoing," Habicht said. Now, Habicht has suggested that symbols on medieval coins show that Pope Johannes Anglicus may have existed, and so, Pope Joan may have been real as well. "The coins really turned the tables in favor of a covered-up but true story," Habicht said.
It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.
It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.
Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation. Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.
The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.
In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.
Labor has announced a policy to improve h...
Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.
One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.
The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head. She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.
I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.
So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.
Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.
Oh what a fool I was.
Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).
The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.
With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.
As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.
When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...
Magpies are not uncommon in Aussies backyards but I have not had
any in my yard since I moved up here nearly 15 years ago. However,
not everyone likes these birds in their yard. They often become
very aggressive during the breeding season and they are big birds
with big strong beaks. This is the bird that has recently been
visiting my yard - I think it is a male.
At some point in the last year or two a couple of discs at the
base of my spine began to fuse together. It happens. I wanted to
keep up my jujitsu training and, even more importantly, I didn't
want to stop doing exercise altogether. There were days when that
felt like a real possibility. As the discs grew together, they
trapped a couple of nerves between them causing some exciting side
effects that felt at times as though one side of my body was on
Anyway this is a long, roundabout way of fessing up that I really stacked on the weight. It was only partly down to physical incapacity. I did a lot of comfort eating after my dad passed away, too. I think I probably wrote about this at end of last year, when the ladies were about to take off for a couple of weeks overseas and I had plans to get to the gym every day.
I managed that. And I lost about 4 kilos. Huzzah for me. But the disc issue never really went away, and I had a couple of months off the mat and out of the gym with illness and more injury at the start of the year.
The weight came crashing back.
It's currently sitting at just over 94 kg. And that is down 2 kg from my peak.
I feel like I'm getting it back under control, however. It's the same old secret formula, exercise more/eat less; especially baked goods and red wine.
The big difference however is my back. I've been using sort of torture rack that I bought online to stretch it out at least four or five times every day, and that's made a big difference. I also got some massage done directly over the affected discs a short while ago and that was amazing. It gave me about two weeks without any pain at all. So I'll definitely be doing that again.
Unfortunately I got the massage on the beach up at Noosa and I can't be driving back and forth to use those guys again.
But there is a spinal massage specialist in my local
neighbourhood, so I'm gonna give them a try.
One of the odd problems I've had is that the back stretcher is so effective that after a couple of days of using it I feel fine... and I forget to use it.
You can see where that's going.
So now, I've made the back-stretching sessions part of my work day. When I finish a pomordoro sesh (I'm routinely working 50 minute intervals now), I do a three minute spinal reset.
It seems to work.
I'd happily recommended this thing below for anyone with the same problem as me-fusing of the lower discs. But I don't think it's much good for problems further up the column. It's called a True Back.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim For many Australians, the ideals of freedom and democracy took another turn for the worse last week when a nine year old girl was threatened with suspension from school and criticised by politicians for daring to act in accordance with her convictions when it comes to the Australian national
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Updated: 3.30pm: A young girl is has died in hospital after being struck by a car near Lismore.
At 10am Monday (September 17), emergency services were called to Cameron Road, McLeans Ridges, after an nine-year-old girl was struck by a southbound Hyundai station wagon.
A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told Echonetdaily the car was travelling at around 70km/h when it hit the child.
She bounced off the bonnet and was thrown over the car and onto grass, the spokesperson said.
He added the child was bleeding from mouth, and suffered a traumatic cardiac arrest.
Her mother was giving her CPR when help arrived, the spokesperson said.
Five units and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter were dispatched to the scene.
Emergency services treated the girl before she was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by road ambulance in a critical condition.
The male driver was also taken to Lismore Base Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, and to be treated for shock.
A crime scene has been established which is being examined by forensic police.
Officers from Richmond Police District are conducting inquiries into the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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In a competitive, capitalist culture, the descriptor brilliant tends to refer to somebody who makes connections others have not, or perhaps to have made them faster, or first. It is to burn the brightest, to out-do, to dazzle to the point of disbelief. Brilliance, in this sense, is the fake currency of the elite humanities academy the fissile defence that protects against wrongdoing; the light that shines so brightly it cannot touch, nor recognise, shadow.
The plane touches down in Sydney. Its been a long time since Ive been on a plane. Its a little reminder of my old life; the one where the airport felt like a second home and I was constantly on the road. I see Laura. A week ago I was laying on a beach in Fremantle imagining this moment. Now here she is and I want to drink in all of her hilarity and wit and affection.
Its dark and we walk to a pub where people drink ciders on the concrete with their dogs. I get a pint of cider. Anxiety hits. The waves are too big. I think Im too anxious for this, I say. Laura gets it. We walk home.
Georgia arrives with her bleached peach hair, Doc Martens and contagious laughter. Wed booked her a flight for her birthday. Were all together. Its incredible. Im with two of my best friends and we all live in different states but its okay because right now were all in the very same place.
We eat delicious things from food trucks at the Marrickville Markets. I run into an old friend of my little brother. He talks about Zake. Grief sways me. We watch Planet Earth and order three pizzas and soft drink like were at a slumber party. We all squish into Lauras bed and sing along loudly to our favourite songs.
Ive been telling Georgia and Laura how alike they were long before they ever met. Theyre both so extroverted and confident and funny, the kind of people everyone wants to befriend and date and be. Theyre protagonists. I soak in all of their stories. I feel so lucky.
I walk through the Newtown graveyard with my mother and little sister Pixie. Mum tells us stories of her youth. I imagine her at my age as totally free in the world. Reading the books at the bookstore where she worked, writing poetry in her journal from park benches and having love affairs with all kinds of interesting people. It hurts me to think of what she faced from my father and stepfather after that, the challenge of raising my little brother in a world that didnt understand him and then losing him.
Shes changed since Zake died. Become softer somehow. More loving. My sister is pregnant with a little girl, at the same age I fell pregnant with Alba. Our mum jokes that she warns those who come to her for parenting advice that shes had two daughters drop out of school and become teenage parents and a son who committed suicide. We share a dark sense of humour. Im glad theyve left our hometown to move here. I never thought they would. They had a lot...
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Featured Dish: Shroom Season Waffle Dear Liza, a caf and bar in the heart of St Kilda, is offering a simple yet mouth-watering solution by transforming one humble spud at a time. Crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside, Dear Lizas potato waffles are gluten free and vegan, and satisfy the taste buds in the same way as a hash brown or 
In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Claims of a Sudanese Crime Wave: Political Point Scoring at its Worst The claim by certain politicians that Victoria is experiencing a Sudanese gang crime wave is unfounded. Click here to read the article Judges Must Explicitly Consider a Clean
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Chris Dobney & Aslan Shand
Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, wants voters to be given a say over the future of Brunswick Holiday Parks and southern Terrace Reserve.
And he has called on Byron Shire Council to make no long-term decisions about southern Terrace Reserve that would stop it being handed back to the community after the state election due in March next year.
Mr Pugh has been running a campaign and community petition to stop the privatisation of the Brunswick Holiday Parks and calling for southern Terrace Reserve to be handed back as community space.
This weeks Byron Shire council agenda includes a recommendation from council staff to approve a licence application from the state-owned holiday-park conglomerate Reflections, which would allow camping on southern Terrace Reserve and could potentially allow the destruction of an endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines.
Mr Pugh is calling on councillors to reject the application.
If council approves this license at Thursdays meeting it could make it harder for a new Labor government to open this space back up to the community. Council can still approve the camping license for the other parts of Terrace Reserve to operate and reject the application to operate in this sensitive area.
We need to listen to the community and save our public green space in Brunswick Heads.
I am determined to make saving the precious public space in Brunswick Heads and stopping the privatisation of the parks an election issue, he said.
A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the yes result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott DAmico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread ...
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Holy moly. All eyes in the small cap mining space will be reading the latest announcement from Kidman Resources Limited [ASX:KDR] today. This could set a new tone for the lithium market for the next six months.
Kidman went into a trading halt last week and shocked everyone. Thats because it may lose the right to develop its Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia over an obscure issue.
This is a nervy wait if you happen to hold any shares. But anyone in any other lithium play will be on their knees, praying it happens. It would make supply even more tight than it is right now. Theres no sympathy in the market.
What gives, anyway? Mining tenements in Western Australia come with minimum spending obligations. A WA state ruling has now recommended refusing Kidmans request for an exemption from this.
Kidman shares sold down as it prepares to fight ruling
Well, these tenements could be under threat from other companies who claim them because of issues with their former owner. As I write this, the stock is down 13% in the first hour of trading.
Kidmans joint venture partner in Mt Holland is Chilean firm SQM. Management there have already issued a statement, saying this may delay the project.
The decision now lies with the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, who can grant the exemption from his office, regardless of the advice hes now received from his bureaucrats.
Odds are on the minister finding a way for the project to go ahead. Theres a lot of capital spending and jobs at risk here. To cut off a major project over this seems insane.
For example, an investment decision is due before 2019 on Kidmans proposed WA lithium hydroxide refinery. This is part of WAs Lithium Valley idea the state is now trying to push.
This kerfuffle does highlight a major issue when it comes to lithium in general. Thats the assumption that all projected mines and projects will come into being and on time, on budget and with no setbacks.
Thats a dangerous assumption. Already weve seen South American expansion plans be brought into question over water rights and now this.
There are a lot of lithium projects staked out in various forms all over the world. But permits, environmental clearance, financing and competent staff dont just appear from nowhere.
Now, we have the situation where battery especially lithium stocks have sold down hard since late last year, based mostly over fears of an oversupply developing. That means cheaper values.
But is it worth the risk scooping...
Recorded & mixed by Greg Jard
Recorded at The Tivoli, Brisbane, 25th August 2018
Brisbanes own Regurgitator formed in 1994 originally as a side project for members Quan Yeomans (guitar, vocals), Ben Ely (bass, vocals) and Martin Lee (drums). Quickly signing to Warner, the band released 2 EPs before their first full length Tu-Plang in 1996. Following up with Unit a year later, The Gurge solidified themselves as Australias premier alternative rock band.
A slew of ARIAs, a new drummer (Front End Loaders Peter Kostic), a reality TV show, a best of and a whole heap of record sales followed. The band have released a total of 10 studio albums with their latest Headroxx released in August 2018 through Valve Records, a label run by longtime manager Paul Curtis...
Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin, honky tonk dance-floor. Its a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the
In a bit of a twist to our usual format, GT and sports journalist Rupert Guinness discuss the latest stories hitting the sports headlines this week, including Grand Final season, the Aussie and Irish wins at the World Rowing Championships, the blistering new marathon world record, and updates from the endurance cycling event Race to the Rock.
GT and Rupert will also be playing a selection of their favourite Aussie hits. Join them live at 3pm.
Something to add? Call 02 9331 3000 or Tweet @gearoidtowey with your questions and comments.
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I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation
The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?
I also address the broader question
If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd
Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.
A cool blustery day did little to dampen the determination of protestors at Tyagarah as almost 100 supporters visited the Nude Not Lewd beach rally throughout Sunday morning.
Though naturalists at heart, clothes were the days option for many as a chill wind blew along the beach, but their message was fiery hot.
Nude is not lewd.
Council is currently debating the future of clothes optional beaches in the Shire and naturists from the Byron area and beyond say they are fighting for their right to have clothes optional beaches. The protestors are adamant about everyone being able to enjoy the beach in a safe community environment.
Several speakers had their say during the morning and all agreed that there is sometimes an unpleasant element who are attracted to the nude beach, but working together, the community could address those issues.
A spokesperson for the Byron Naturists said that the main focus of the days rally is to keep the beach open.
Theres a small number of local residents who have been very vocal about trying to close the beach.
They have claimed that police statistics are up. That is true, but that is since the size of the [nude] beach has been reduced a lot of those statistics have been about people who have been naked outside of the signposted area. A lot of those statistics are also what they call bona fides they are doing daily patrols and they are asking people for ID.
So they are minor issues. What the police have said is that there havent been any major issues in the signposted area.
Photos Tree Faerie
By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was ...
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British Labour Party MP, Lucy Powell, has introduced a bill into parliament which seeks to outlaw secret online social media groups. The proposal The basis of the proposal is that these hidden groups are fertile ground for unchecked hate speech, bigotry and what has become known as fake news. The bill also seeks to ensure
Done By Law is the Federation of Community Legal Centres weekly radio show and it's time once again for their sell out amazingly awesome trivia night extravaganza! Brush up on that general knowledge AND do your daily core and stretching exercises because ... the hottest LIMBO is back in town! YES, once again the team are literally bending over backwards to raise funds for the station. Tickets this year will be $30 per person, byo dinner and drinks. Details and tickets here.
With a photo of some young kids eating whipped ice-cream, nine-year-old Sophia Dadon will go down in history as the youngest overall winner of the annual Brunswick Heads Simple Pleasures Photo Competition.
Keeping in mind this years theme Loving Bruns Sophia snapped her young friends loving the whipped ice-cream from Bernardis on Mullumbimby Street.
In its 14th year, the competition winners were announced at a ceremony at the Bruns Bowlo on Sunday afternoon.
With the Tamara Smith MP, Peoples Choice and Instagram awards, judges chose 17 finalists and five winners from 135 print and almost 500 instagram entries.
From those entries a wonderful selection of photos are now for sale in the 2019 Simple Pleasure calendar.
For more information visit: www.brunswickheads.org.au.
Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes
South Australias total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week. This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.
After being shortlisted, and surviving a public vote (with over 4,000 votes cast), Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin and Claws & Organs will hit the road this October on the VB Hard Yards Tour. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
VB Hard Yards aims to give the hard working bands of Australia a leg up, giving them a chance to play shows with new friends, in new places. The tour will see the bands play shows across the east coast of Australia with a bunch of massive local names. Headlining each gig will be Alex Lahey in Melbourne, Tired Lion in Sydney, WAAX in Brisbane, and RAAVE TAPES in Newcastle.
Meet your VB Hard Yards winners for 2018 Being Jane Lane, Claws & Organs, and Paper Thin! Catch them in a city near you this October.
If youre keen to head along to a gig, register online before Sunday, September 23 for your chance to be there!
Featuring Being Jane Lane, Paper Thin, Claws & Organs
October 3 Northcote Social
w/ Alex Lahey
The closing date for entries to the FOBIF Creatures project is 1 October so there is still time to send us your photos. The exhibition at TOGS cafe will open on 12 October and finish at the end of November. You can find all the project details here.
To have a look at the 69 photos in our Flickr Creatures album, click here.
Waste Control Specialists has been lobbying federal officials to establish an interim high-level waste repository
NSW Health Infrastructure has repudiated claims by federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot (Labor) that the Kingscliff site for the new Tweed Hospital, announced by the state government, would need to be assessed by the federal environment department.
Last week, Ms Elliot, whose husband Craig is running for the state seat of Tweed against sitting member Geoff Provest (Nationals), ran a series of ads and issued a media release saying Mr Provests decision to impose a hospital on the protected Cudgen farmlands could be breaching Commonwealth law.
Ms Elliot argued that the proposed Tweed Hospital site near Kingscliff may need to be referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.
Mr Provest responded by accusing Ms Elliot of disregarding state planning processes in order to assist with her husbands state election campaign.
Now the state body tasked with building the hospital, NSW Health Infrastructure, has announced that it, too, believes there is no requirement to refer the $534m new Tweed Hospital to the Commonwealth under the [act].
Detailed site investigations and advice from an independent environmental management expert has confirmed that there is no significant impact on any Matters of National Environmental Significance, a Health Infrastructure spokesperson told Echonetdaily.
The environmental area running along the northern boundary of the project site will be preserved outside of the development area to protect the environmental biodiversity and provide views and amenity for the hospital campus.
The comments came in an interview on Sky News on Sunday night,
and little more than a week after Taylor told radio stock jock Alan
Jones that there was already too much wind and
solar in the grid.
On Sunday, he went even further: Asked by Skys Chris Kenny what he thought of Labor leader Bill Shortens comment that Labor was still thinking about adopting some aspects of the National Energy Guarantee, now dumped by the Coalition government, Taylor trotted out all the usual diatribe about...
The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.
The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Janes Addiction had come to my attention via Mountain Song on Rage and I still regret not accepting an invitation to see them perform at the Hordern Pavilion in 1991.
Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.
NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.
A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.
Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.
The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.
Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.
That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.
Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.
Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.
I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.
Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.
In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.
Of all the birds, raptors are perhaps the most thrilling to observe from close range.
The Little Eagle, pictured below, allowed me to approach to within ten metres or so I think the closest Ive ever been to this magnificent bird. All of the shots are virtually full frame.
A 41-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault after an incident at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 16.
Police allege that at about 1.15am a man came up behind a woman while she was dancing with friends and pushed his penis in to her back .
Security detained the man until police arrived.
He was arrested and conveyed to the Byron Bay Police Station where he was refused bail. He appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court later in the day and was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 20.
As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500.
Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.
Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.
Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service.
Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.
A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.
A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.
Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....
By Amy Bhatt, University of Maryland The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex. In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, Indias highest court affirmed that whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which ...
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Surfside Waves is the toast of the coast after winning the Mens Division 1 and Womens Division 2 premierships this weekend.
The womens side smashed Lara in the grand final at Myers Reserve yesterday, winning 5-nil in a dominant performance.
The mens Division 1 team was a goal down against Surf Coast but a goal just on the stroke of half time from captain Adrian Bond and then the winner in the second half by Tom Andrews gave the Waves the premiership.
For heaps of pics and the full report, make sure you get your copy of the Voice on 26 September.
Rounding out the focus on cuckoos in recent weeks, here are the two species that havent featured so far.
Pallid Cuckoos have been around in good numbers for at least a fortnight, while Black-eared Cuckoos are doing well in the bush along the Mia Mia. The least common of all the migrating cuckoos, its been great to see and hear them on most visits to this area since early September. On a warm Friday evening I was a little surprised to see a small flock of woodswallows near South German Track White-browed and at least one Masked Woodswallow a very early record.
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