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Australia's financial intelligence czar Nicole Rose says she is shocked at the depth of money laundering in the economy involving organised crime, child exploitation and drug importation. "I thought coming from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that I had a pretty good handle on serious and organised crime," she [said]. "I didn't appreciate the depth and breadth of involvement with private entities and banks. I didn't appreciate how many industries it does actually touch. There's a misperception that money laundering is a victimless white collar crime. It has a massive impact on everyday life whether that's child exploitation, serious and organised crime or drug importation. It all involves money laundering." A career public servant specialising in anti-terrorism strategy, Ms Rose was appointed chief executive of the Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) in November last year. Ms Rose, a former deputy head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, inherited AUSTRAC's high stakes case against the Commonwealth Bank which is fighting almost 54,000 allegations that it broke anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. While not commenting directly on the CBA case, Ms Rose said she was confident that all Australian banks are now aware of the money laundering risk. However, Ms Rose was uncertain when the $10,000 reporting threshold on cash transactions would be extended from financial institutions to other high-risk sectors.
Note: Explore an eye-opening article by Fiona Barnett, which claims the Watergate break in's real purpose was steal a list of high level political pedophiles from both parties. As reported in this Sydney Morning Herald article, Ms. Barnett testified to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on being a victim of a high level pedophile ring. More on this is available in this article from the UK's Daily Mail.
The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.
Bill Thompon has today made a second complaint to the ABC about its bias in reporting killings involving police in the US. He has a very good point. Since Bill's first complaint a few weeks ago, at least 5 police officers have been killed on duty in the US by...
Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schoo...
ITNJ: Fiona Barnett Exposes CIA MK-ULTRA, Human Trafficking, Bohemian Grove Child Hunting, and Australian Ministers and Justices Addicted to Pedophilia and Murderous Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"
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Published at https://commission.itnj.org/2018/09/0 Chosen for her particular bloodline, high cognitive abilities and physical prowess, Fiona was a perfect subject for MK ULTRA mind control programming, which took place in numerous universities and underground facilities both in Australia and abroad. Other nightmarish crimes perpetrated upon her throughout her childhood include ritual abuse, torture, the witness of torture and murder, being dressed as a teddy bear whilst hunted for sport at the annual camp at The Bohemian Grove. Fiona Barnetts testimony provides a very clear and detailed picture of global child trafficking, which, she explains, is run as a single coordinated operation through the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian Intelligence Services. In her testimony, she interweaves her personal account with a vast research-knowledge of the history, practices and interconnection between intel-agency child trafficking, Luciferianism, ritual abuse, and MK ULTRA mind control, all of which she witnessed and suffered at the hands of. Fiona was eventually able to escape the cult and has since made numerous attempts to have her perpetrators brought to justice. Her story has been publicly derided and she has been prevented from leading any semblance of a normal life. Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJs Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 7th July, 2018, before Chief Justice, Dr. John Walsh of Brannagh, His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, ITNJ Commissioner Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Reverend Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard. Through its Judicial Commission of Inquiry the ITNJ is performing a prime function for the global exposure and illumination of ongoing human atrocities by creating a seminal platform for exposure whilst allowing natural justice to emerge. Volunteer Donate Act https://www.itnj.org
Phi Beta Iota: While the MSM is being forced to cover most reluctantly the current story on Catholic pedophilia and cover-ups that reach all the way to the Pop...
After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.
It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.
This is Part 2 of a three-part response to an iNET article
(September 6, 2018)
Mainstream Macroeconomics and Modern Monetary Theory: What Really
Divides Them?. In Part 1, I considered what we might take to
the core body of mainstream macroeconomics and used the
best-selling textbook from Gregory Mankiw as the representation.
The material in that textbook is presented to students around the
world as the current state of mainstream economic theory. While
professional papers and policy papers might express the concepts
more technically (formally), it is hard to claim that Mankiws
representation is not representative of what current mainstream
macroeconomics is about. Part 1 showed that there is little
correspondence between the core propositions represented by Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) and the mainstream. Yet, the iNET authors
want to claim that the differences between the two approaches to
macroeconomics only really come down to a difference in assignment
of policy instruments jargon for MMT prefers fiscal policy while
the mainstream prefers monetary policy as the primary
counter-stabilising tool. Given the lack of conceptual and
theoretical correspondence demonstrated in Part 1, it would seem
surprising that there is really only just this difference in policy
preference dividing MMT from the mainstream. If that was the case,
then what is all the fuss about? Clearly, I consider the iNET
article presents a sleight of hand and that the differences are, in
fact, significant. So, in Part 2, I am tracing how the iNET authors
came to their conclusion and what I think is problematic about it.
This discussion will spill over into Part 3.
As an aside, I received several E-mails overnight of the hostile variety claiming that I was just cherry-picking quotes from Mankiws textbook to create a straw person representation of mainstream macroeconomics.
I was told that the iNET authors were operating at a much more sophisticated level than that expressed in undergraduate textbooks.
Well, sorry, but the iNET article explicitly says:
The economic analysis behind MMTs fiscal-policy argument is essentially the same as that used by orthodox policymakers and in undergraduate textbooks. The different conclusions drawn by MMT and the mainstream in policy do not come from a different understanding of the economy
It is better that you read things carefully before firing off personal invective via the E-mail system to people you do not know.
The iNET authors clearly think that the mainstream undergraduate textbooks provide students with an understanding of the economy and that MMT work is compatib...
I've been learning a lot about Montana, mostly how purdy it
For those of you who are following the End of the World Project at Patreon, Montana is my Boulder, Colorado. It's where I've pointed my survivors, good and bad, of civilisational collapse. It's almost Tolkienesque in some respects, but populated by cowboys rather than hobbits.
I won't actually set many chapters in Montana until the second book, since my narrators are busy dealing with the end of all things in the first.
Still, I've learned it helps to sort out a few basics well before you start writing, and so its off to Big Sky country for me whenever I get some down time. One of the geographical features I'm really taken with is the existence of 'island ranges'. These are like isolated, singular outbreaks of mountain terrain, hundreds of miles before before you get to the continental divide. They soar up without warning in the middle of oceans of grassland in the state's east. Think Uluru, but made out of sabre-toothed granite, and surrounded by hundreds of milles of flatland.
It makes for a bit of imagined whiplash though, jumping between this and the research I'm doing on How To Collapse Modern Civilisation Without Really Trying.
That turns out to be surprisingly difficult. I'm having to call on all the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to ride to my help.
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 12th September 2018 edition of TWT.
Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 11 - 17 September 2018Newsletter | #611 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th September 2018 to Monday 17th September 2018 Australian Citizenship Day Australian International Tea Expo Body Worlds Vital Connor's Run Hawthorn v Melbourne | Week 2 Toyota AFL Finals Series Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Montsalvat Arts Festival Mullum Mullum Trail Opening One Fine Baby | Family & Lifestyle Fair R U OK? Day Red Ball Melbourne Sofra | Turkish Festival Spring Clean the City | World Cleanup Day Spring Vegan Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival The Melbourne Collective | Spring Design Market Victorian State Schools Spectacular Wellness Walk & Research Run Enjoy #Melbourne 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 Sat 15th - Sun 16th September | Turkish Weekend 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...
Canada's immigration minister is something of a global anomaly at the moment. Not only is Ahmed Hussen a former refugee, but someone who loudly and regularly advocates the benefits of immigration in what he calls a "world of closing doors". Mr Hussen spoke at the University of New South Wales on Friday as part of his multi-city visit to Australia, where he championed a more progressive stance on immigration and refugee policy. And for him, the topic is not just a portfolio, but a lived experience. At 16, Mr Hussen escaped the civil war in Somalia and fled to Canada. He went on to study and practice law, before becoming the country's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship last year. Listen to Admed Hussen's address at the Kaldor Centre
PHILLIP Island has the chance to walk away with three of the
four football premierships on Saturday, with the Seniors, Thirds
and Fourths all fighting it out on that one day in September.
Koo Wee Rup is the only team to defeat Phillip Island twice during the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition senior home and away season in 2018 but the Bulldogs performance in the second semi-final suggests they are the firm favourite for Saturdays grand final.
The Bulldogs under new coach Beau Vernon have been the constant improvers all season, with early losses to Koo Wee Rup, Garfield and Nar Nar Goon all distant memories as they marched into the finals with an eight-game winning streak.
The Island has a great line up right across the ground with league best and fairest Brendan Kimber and club stalwart Jaymie Youle patrolling the midfield, Zak Vernon providing plenty of run and carry off half back and big man Nic Higginson in the ruck.
But perhaps the most surprising combination for the Bulldogs this season has been the work of young guns Aaron Edwards and Jack Taylor up forward.
The pair have kicked 29 and 37 goals respectively and really put their mark on the Demons defence in the second semi-final, Edwards putting on a clinic with a bag of four goals.
The pair were barely 18 when they played in the 2014 Alberton premiership and now maturing in their early 20s the boys will be keen to kick some snags on the big day.
But premierships never come easy and the Demons showed exactly what theyre capable of with a solid 10-point victory in a hard-fought battle with Nar Nar Go...
Nice try. Good attempt at sleight of hand. But Democracy and Government are 2 different things. Very different things.
Writing in the Conversation, Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne writes:
Dr Triffitt (for a doctor he is) then fails to actually distinguish between democracy and government and politics and policy. Dr Triffitt suggests that urgent changes are necessary to Australias political system(s) because, in part, public trust in government already in serious decline. Dr Triffitt then suggests that there are dual crises in play:
The first is a crisis of representation. This results from a fragmented, highly diverse electorate that increasingly fails to connect with major parties. The major parties are left with shrinking, less diverse memberships.
The second is a crisis of functionality. Our democratic system is increasingly unable to deliver good public policy in a consistent or coherent way, and to convince the public to support it.
And so Dr Triffitt recommends:
Major reforms are also needed to make federal parliament more effective and less dysfunctional. These might include eliminating Question Time and mandating a strict code of ethics for MPs aimed at addressing toxic behaviours like the bullying crisis rocking the Coalition government.
Reforms like these would raise the level of decorum in parliament and set a new standard for parliamentary behaviour. This would increase public confidence that politicians both reflect and are accountable to modern values.
Lastly, a Citizens Assembly could be formed of randomly selected citizens to act as a non-partisan check and balance on parliament.
Ahh. The Citizens Assembly. Was not that J...
The Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region.
To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The Goulburn Valleys horticultural industry, in particular, relies on an annual influx of Working Holiday Makers who help with harvesting, packing and storage. These workers are primarily covered by 417 and 462 visas. They come from varied ethnic, cultural and language groups, and their poor command of English often opens them to exploitation by labour hire firms and predatory employers.
Our project will work with employees and employers to ensure that workers rights and obligations are understood and followed.
Amanda will educate industry participants about the Fair Work regime. She will also build the capacity of all our lawyers so that we can all provide general employment law advice and casework. Amanda will be supported by a dedicated lawyer based at Melbournes specialist employment law service Jobwatch.
A new guide to benefit Queensland people living with HIV has been released to help them understand legal issues around disclosure of their HIV status. The Disclosing your HIV status guide, prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) with funding from Queensland Positive People (QPP), contains the most up-to-date and accurate information about relevant law ...
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The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)
The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked overnight (September 10) to Missingham Bridge in Ballina after someone was reported to have jumped off the bridge and not resurfaced.
Surf Life Saving volunteers and police commenced a search as the helicopter was tasked.
Before the helicopter arrived on the scene, the person of interest was located by police safe and well and the aircraft returned to base.
This morning helicopter undertook an inter hospital transfer from Lismore to the Gold Coast University Hospital of a 64-year-old female who had suffered a severe stroke.
Tasmanian Labor members have voted at their state conference to call for transgender peoples gender confirmation surgery to be covered by Medicare. Local advocate Dana Endelmanis addressed the conference on Sunday to speak about the difficulty she experienced reconciling her gender identity in her youth, growing up in the states north-west, The Examiner reported. Trans, ...
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This mob has received more than $184m in federal and $45.5m in state funding since 2000. All of that money was handed to the "school" for the sole and exclusive purpose of running a school that teaches the Australian curriculum. But Malek Fahd school didn't spend our taxpayer money on...
September 13, 2018: By deciding to endorse the TPP-11 implementing legislation, the majority in the ALP Caucus has made a decision contrary to their own policies, and has deeply disappointed many community organisations, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
AFTINET is a network of community organisations that advocates for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability. Forty-nine diverse community organisations including church, public health, union, environment, aid and development, womens and human rights organisations wrote to ALP parliamentarians showing that the TPP -11 has many provisions which are contrary to ALP policy. These include special rights for international corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a law or policy will harm their investment. This is known as ISDS. The TPP-11 puts restrictions on future governments regulation of essential services and allows increased numbers of vulnerable temporary workers without testing if local workers are available.
We are disappointed that this decision has been made before the report of a Senate Standing Committee Inquiry due on September 18, and before a Senate legislation inquiry due on October 10.
We expect that the TPP-11 implementing legislation will be introduced into the Senate after October 10, and we will continue to advocate that the majority in the Senate vote against it.
We welcome Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clares announcement that the ALP will implement more transparent and democratic processes for trade agreements if it wins government, and that it will prohibit ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements. However, this would not address these provisions in the TPP-11. Changes to the TPP-11 would require difficult negotiations once the deal is ratified, and it would have been more effective to delay implementation until such changes had been made, concluded Dr Ranald.
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Armie Hammer, one of the stars of Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name, has assured fans a sequel to the queer romantic drama is on the way. I would say that itll happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen, he told Variety. It was such a collaborative, ...
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Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. You might go your whole life and youll never see anything like it. Its definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. As a geologist, like 
An independent investigation has cleared Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham of any wrongdoing after a complaint was lodged in May 2018 alleging inappropriate behaviour dating back to August 2011.
While saying he was glad the day has finally arrived, Mr Buckingham launched a broadside against the complainant, former Greens staffer Ella Buckland, and the ABC which he said aired her views without giving him the opportunity to rebut them.
The recommendation by the independent investigator at Workdynamic recommends, The Greens NSW resolve this matter with no adverse finding against you with respect to sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour towards Ms Buckland.
Ms Buckland made her allegations public on the ABCs 7:30 program before the confidential investigation had been finalised.
Jeremy Buckingham said it had been incredibly difficult and damaging to have these false allegations made public and used by certain people to try to destroy me.
Having false allegations aired on national television is incredibly distressing and a very serious breach of investigation process. Allegations of this nature should be handled confidentially and sensitively and not be used for a trial by media.
The politicisation and breach of confidentiality of these processes makes it less likely that people with genuine complaints will come forward.
If you abuse a complaints process then people lose faith in it, he said.
The people who politicise complaints for political gain should be ashamed. They trade important principles of justice for base political manoeuvring and for personal political advantage.
Mr Buckingham said he had lodged a comprehensive complaint against the ABC 7:30 program alleging extreme bias and multiple, serious breaches of the ABC Code of Practice and MEAA Code of Ethics.
I am pursing a number of civil actions to seek justice and restore my reputation.
Id like to thank everyone who did not...
A star-studded lineup of Queensland drag talent will again grace the stage at this months CWC Cabaret, Brisbanes longest running fundraiser for people living with HIV. Hosted by Queensland drag legend Betty Nature (pictured, centre) at the Sportsman Hotel, the event will feature performances throughout the night by drag performers past and present, including Dame ...
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It doesnt seem like the beautiful chaos that is Burning Man blooming annually in a desert metropolis entrapped by shifting sandy hills and black rock mountains could ever diminish into the dust. After becoming Nevadas third largest city for one week, the city disappears without a single trace, just as immediately as it erects out of thin air.
For me, this years Burning Man was arguably the most magical week of my life. Some primary burners, however those who have been going since the festivals inception in 1986 have vowed to never to return.
One such person is London-born burner Alexa Bauer. Now in her 50s, she fundamentally disagrees with the direction the festival has taken, namely the influx of wealthy people who dont care about the ethos of the burn, the plethora of staged photoshoots and the ego flaunting from many of the punters.
I wont go back to Burning Man ever again, she says.
For people like Alexa, the diamond has become too smoothed and slippery to trust in the dust and settle their feet atop its surface again. It makes perfect sense that transformations within a community of 300 people that has grown to a city of 80,000 urbanites in the last 30 years might be off-putting to some of the earlier attendees.
According to Alexa, back in the day, bullets were sent soaring into the dead of night at drive-by shooting ranges, regardless of who or what might be standing behind the targets. People fucking under the moonlight without LED lights illuminating their bodies were run over by art cars galloping through the deep playa or empty desert. Nearing the new millennium, a staged explosion went haywire, sending a shock wave across the desert making the entire crowd hump the air while almost incinerating the city.
Viv Forbes - this is a work of genius!! Politicians again show Real Genius. Back in the chaotic dying days of the Whitlam-Cairns-Connor government, Canberra was buzzing with Rex Connors grand plans for a national energy grid and gas pipelines linking the NW Shelf to the capital cities, all to...
The big bad banks are back in the news again.
This time, however, its because of what one bank didnt do.
Last week, Westpac, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank all raised their home loan rates within days of each other.
Owner occupier or investor. It didnt matter which.
Rates went up.
Thats in spite of the fact that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) hasnt increased the cash rate in two years.
Obviously, if three of the four major banks were increasing rates, it was only a matter of time for NAB to follow suit.
Except that NAB didnt raise rates.
And that may make NAB the riskiest bank in Australia right now.
Bumping up the cash on hand
The major banks arent the only ones increasing the mortgage rate. The smaller ones have as well.
Meaning that if NAB did increase rates, it wouldve been given some sort of cover to do so.
Yet in a surprising twist, NAB chose not to bump up the home loan rate.
We are listening and acting differently, said Andrew Thorburn, chief executive of NAB. We need to rebuild the trust of our customers, and by holding our NAB Standard Variable Rate longer, we help our customers for longer.
Once again, it gave our new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, the chance to pretend he feels everyday people problems. He tweeted, Good call by @NAB not to lift mortgage rates. They seem to get it.
Yet, by congratulating NAB for not raising rates, Morrison ignores what is really happening with Aussie banks.
Theres a good reason why banks are raising rates when the Reserve Bank of Australia isnt.
Dear reader, I believe the Aussie banks are taking the opportunity to recapitalise.
In other words, Aussie banks are bumping up the coffers to protect themselves when years of dodgy loans finally rear their ugly heads.
Why 1% matters
International funding costs have gone up. Thats how the majority of banks are justifying their rate increases.
And that is true.
The bank bill swap rate (BBSW) is currently 0.5% higher than the 1.5% cash rate set by the RBA. This is the short-term lending rate our banks are charged by the wholesale funding pool.
What this means, though, is that major banks are paying around 2% to borrow internationally. Thats much higher than the RBA rate.
One viewpoint which has persisted since the royal commissi...
Just before highway overpass. Not in its normal range.
Later this year the State Government will introduce standardised contracts for all new Service Agreements and Grants to the not-for-profit sector. These contracts will apply to all not-for-profit funding and provide an easier-to-use template with standard terms and conditions across all departments and agencies.
Four fabulous examples of sustainable housing will be open to the public on Sunday, September 16, as part of the annual Sustainable House Day Open Homes event.
The nationwide event has been running since 2001 and this year three homeowners from Byron and one from Tweed will be showcasing their homes and gardens.
Theyll also be sharing their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.
The open day is a great way to meet like-minded people, see living examples of sustainable houses and learn practical, sustainable solutions and information on how to transition toward greener living, Sustainable House Day Coordinator Andia Cally says.
Included in this years showcase is Elwood Farm, in Limpinwood, a stunning owner-designed home, designed with self-sufficiency in mind.
The three-bedroom house has been built with rammed earth and an array of recycled building materials. The home contains a number of energy-saving features and an extensive edible garden that includes fruit, nuts and vegies, which the homeowners capitalise on year-round, turning them into wine and pickled goods.
In Mullumbimby, the Repurposed Shed is a great example of how to upcycle an existing building in an affordable way. The owner/builder from Balanced Earth has given a new lease of life to an 80-year old farm shed, converting it into a gallery and one-bedroom home using non-toxic recycled materials.
Balanced Earths healthy hempcrete home in Possum Creek will delight sustainability stalwarts with its innovative energy efficiency features, including underground cool tubes to make fridge run more efficiently.
This low-footprint home won the Masters Builders Associations Energy Efficient Building Award in 2017.
Fig House in Bangalow was inspired by a 150-year old strangler fig that offers natural shading in summer and a wonderful sense of privacy and welcome haven for wildlife. The solar-powered home offers a multitude of water-saving features, passive design and recycled building materials and its north-facing aspect and outdoor ar...
Channel 9 News reported that a 21 year old man was charged with murdering a 73 year old woman in Townsville this week. He was also charged with burglary and wilful damage.
The man charged with murder is erased from the headline, even the fact of the murder is erased. Reading just the headlines you could easily assume the woman just died in a DIY accident. That was not the case. A man was charged with her murder.
This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a court. This is about how the charges against him are (or are not) described..
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.
Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
Headlines matter and this is w...
The Hidden Lanes Festival
The Hidden Lanes Festival 2018 is the culmination of Winn, Bakery and California lanes coming together to celebrate its collective tenants, that will wet the palette of its patrons in a festival celebrating fashion, food, music, art, and entertainment.
The festival has curated a range of discovery trails in Music, Heritage, Food + Wine, Fashion + Beauty, and Art that will showcase culinary creations, wide-ranging fashions, and exciting national acts including the headline performance from THE DELTA RIGGS.
First announcements (more to be announced)
The Delta Riggs*
Ben & Anouk Ely
Danny & India Widdicombe
Guy & Walt
McDermott & North
Salmon & The Peaches
The Moving Stills*
Tones & I
*Over 18 venue
A Love Supreme featuring Ben Chiu, Jak Beevor, Thirsty Paul, Sean Bate, Nate Sellin
Licensed event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No BYO alcohol.
Stand by for details on our discovery trails, 2nd music announcement, food & wine, fashion & beauty, heritage trails, the arts, and our tenant masterclasses!
The former Commissioner of Australia Border Force, Roman Quaedvlieg, took time out of pouring petrol on the au pair scandal last week to pen his reflections on a far bigger scandal that is somehow not really a scandal at all. Initially self-published, then re-posted on Meanjin, Quaedvlieg wrote about a trip he took to Nauru in the second half of 2015.
Some 20 cyclists have set off on a 500-kilometre trek to raise much needed funds for the families of sick children.
While the tough-bodied athletes dont look like they subsist on MacDonalds fare, they departed from the golden arches in Grafton this morning (Tuesday September 11) with the aim of raising the money for Ronald MacDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the region.
From there they will travel south, navigating through tough terrain over the next five days to raise vital funds for the charity.
The ride will finish on Saturday, September 15, at the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle.
Last year Ronald McDonald Houses across northern New South Wales provided over 15,900 nights of accommodation to more than 690 families of sick children.
RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who is one of the riders says, over the past two decades, Ive got to know many families who stayed at the Houses while their child received treatment.
During this time, Ive heard countless inspirational stories and have seen how valuable the charitys work has been to the community.
The funds generated from Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW will play an instrumental role in helping families stay together in their time of need and ensure the fantastic work of RMHC can continue, he said.
For those who wish to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit their website for more information and details on how to make a donation.
A 33 percent dip in the last week means Ethereum sellers are stepping on the gas pedal. There are many theories around this rapid decline with most associating this dump with ICOs losing their patience and cashing out. Others are pointing to the influence of Bitcoin and the correlation between the two while some are merging this with mining woes and how unprofitable it has become. Either way, ETH like the rest of the market is on a down trend and trading below $200 with sellers aiming for $150.
Research has it that, in seven years time, cryptocurrency use would be a steadand we can see hints of that. Triggering this are events in Iran and Venezuela. There people are literally flocking to ETH, DASH and Bitcoin as a store of their life earnings in the face of run-away inflation and a melting economy. In numerous occasions, cryptocurrencies and individual coins as ETH were evidently bulwarks against government mismanagement and corruption. But, it could get better, more so when the coin become a main stay rather than a tool of speculation.
Backing this is a recent survey by SharePost showed that despite the market downturns, many are confident of a recovery and as the market bottoms, Australians are actually playing the contrarian card, loading coins which they believe would be much more valuable in years to come when they would be a stead in the global economy.
In fact with introduction of more stable coins as Gemini Dollar, which is backed one to one against the USD and overseen by the New York Department of Finance Service, their creators are providing a lee way for investors to invest in crypto now that volatility has been contained. Gemini, an exchange by the Winklevoss Twins, allow users to deposit in USD and withdraw via their Ethereum based stable coin to an Ethereum address and vice versa. Whats unique about this new coin is that the smart contract has been certified to be secure and on a monthly basis, a publically certified auditing firm will run through the stable coin fiat account to ensure that pegging remains 1:1.
NEW initiatives may help more people in Bass Coast complete
A forum run by The Star and Bass Coast Shire Council in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, September 4 identified life skills programs and a remote university hub located in Bass Coast as priority projects.
Twelve secondary school students, two trainees and two tertiary students attended the forum and presented to Bass Coast Shire Councils mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and CEO Paul Buckley.
As well as life skills, finances, support and distance from home were identified as key barriers into tertiary education.
Students intending to leave the shire and move into the city suggested they lacked the life skills and experience to confidently make the lifestyle change.
Other students said they would prefer to stay local if given the option. This launched the topic of remote university hubs, like the model operating in Cooma, New South Wales.
Newhaven Colleges Azul Sibly said she would use the hub if it were developed.
I dont like to be away from the ocean for too long, she said.
My family has a farm, so I have a dual connection with the land and the water. I would prefer to stay with my family.
Those looking to move away gravitated towards a program soon to be launched by youth advocate Josh Baker.
Mr Baker intends to run a summer program for Year 12s transitioning to the city for further education.
The program will cover a range of topics including cooking and cleaning, budgeting, how to use public transport and what scholarships to apply for.
The life skills program is perfect for me. It would be incredible to be able to go to university confident in those skills, Wonthaggi Secondary College student Jack Mendes said.
Education is one of the key priorities listed in councils advocacy strategy and council was responsive to the students concerns.
These students give me so much faith in our future. They are articulate and bring so much to the table. We need to listen to this generation and let them lead us, Cr Rothfield said.
I found the life skills discussion was interesting and it was nice to hear not everyone wants to move away from their community. We need to do something now to retain our youth and give them options.
Council has a role to advocate for the right solutions to help people achieve their tertiary qualifications.
The students said they appreciated having their voices heard in a formal setting and would like to see more forums held in the future.
LOCAL libraries are supporting youth experiences.
A series of programs called Meet Up 2018 was launched recently.
Over two weeks, libraries in Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Mirboo North, Phillip Island and Warragul will hold a range of information sessions.
These sessions cover topics such as gap years, buying a car and public speaking.
The recent session was all about gaming.
Leongathas library set up an Xbox sampler, with new games to try out every half hour.
Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Warragul also set up a Minecraft network.
For younger participants, Leongatha library set up educational programs on iPads.
These programs taught children coding, mathematics and creative arts.
This was the first use of these iPads and programs. We will catalogue these in the future and the community will be able to come in and use them, Leongatha librarys Michael Hogan said.
Another session was held on September 3 at the Leongatha RSL.
This session taught participants about buying first cars, collecting and trading cars, and the automotive industry.
On September 15, Leongatha and Wonthaggi libraries will hold a session on robotics.
Nao the Robot will be introduced at these sessions. Nao is 58 centimetres tall, autonomous and fully programmable.
Participants will be able to work in a group to program Nao to operate a service situation, such as taking coffee orders.
On September 17, a gap year session will be held at the Leongatha RSL.
Apprenticeships, pathways into uni and ways to plan a gap year will be discussed.
Bookings are essential for some sessions. Bookings can be made at wgrlc.eventbrite.com.au.
WONTHAGGI RSL is seeking $40,000 to honour local war heroes.
Partnered with Friends of the Wonthaggi Cemetery, the RSL applied for funding in the Pick My Project campaign.
The project is a Wonthaggi Cemetery Veterans Memorial Wall. Many veterans are in unmarked graves and the wall would honour their services respectfully. Initially, the groups want to develop a wall to commemorate World War One. Future funding will establish walls for other wars. The wall will note the veterans names and grave locations.
One idea could be to make the tiles available for families and the community to sponsor. Research for the project was driven by Renee Loeckenhoff and Noelene Lyons. Some 980 men and four nurses have been identified as World War One veterans in the Bass region.
They have located 447 ex-servicemen and women from different wars including 13 prisoners of war and a high percentage of unmarked World War One graves at the Wonthaggi Cemetery.
It was a hard time. People were dying of the flu and veterans were buried without proper recognition. To walk through the cemetery now, you would find it difficult to tell which graves belong to veterans, Mrs Loeckenoff said.
Mrs Loeckenhoff and Mrs Lyons have been re-listing burials for the past three years.RSL project coordinator Mark Stephenson said, There were the people who contributed to the fabric of our community by establishing the central business district and agricultural enterprises. Indeed, Edward Beard MM became a councillor and mayor of Wonthaggi.
A website will be developed to help people navigate through the cemetery.
Voting will close for the Pick My Project campaign at 5pm on September 17. Search online. People can contact RSL or the Friends of Wonthaggi Cemetery to offer sponsorship.
A STUNNING 29th Annual Orchid Show took place in Wonthaggi on
Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, the event attracted more entries and a larger crowd than last year.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari opened the show on Friday morning.
This is the 29th year and I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Orchid Society for continuing to grow. There are a few people who also won awards at the Victorian Orchid Society Show. I would like to congratulate them, as well as everyone who presented in this years display, he said.
Cr Tessari presented the mayors award on behalf of mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield to Julie Kilgour.
Jim Foster-Johnson presented the best novice exhibit award to Inverlochs Trevor Smith.
Mr Foster-Johnson is the son of Horrie and Myrtle, who were foundation members of South Gippsland Orchid Society.
Society president John Betts said the turnout was fantastic, which produced amazing orchid sales.
The displays were just magnificent. It was an excellent show, he said.
Nine judges travelled to Wonthaggi on Thursday night to choose the winners. There were 13 categories that received ribbons.
Mr Betts said the show is well loved locally and the South Gippsland offers great growing conditions for orchids.
Id like to thank Bass Coast Shire Council and our sponsors for their wonderful support, he said.
Mr Betts said there are no details yet, but next years show will have a point of difference to mark its 30th year.
LEONGATHA Lyric Theatres next production is not only an intense,
psychological drama, it is also being acted on a traverse
A traverse stage is one where the audience is seated on either side, instead of in front of, a rectangular stage.
I have known about traverse staging for many years and long had a desire to direct or act in a play on a traverse stage, said David Tattersall, director of the upcoming Lyric production, Death and the Maiden.
I have acted in and directed plays and a musical (Godspell) with the audience seated on three sides, so I was confident the traverse layout could work given the audience is able to see and hear all the action, particularly if all the action takes place in one room.
I had the opportunity to see a production of Death and The Maiden about five years ago and thought it might be a play that could be performed by Lyric Theatre.
I discovered the author would like the audience to see themselves in a giant mirror which descended on the stage in the final scene of the play so they could all reflect on how they might be capable of the excesses he writes about, and think about how they might judge others who are caught up in the violence of war and repression.
As a one set play, Death and the Maiden works best with a small, intimate audience. Although Lyric Theatre could not afford the giant mirror, as a play where the author wanted the audience to see themselves to lend weight to his message, I figured this play would be a perfect use of transverse staging.
Death and The Maiden is a tense psychological drama, so I have used tiered seating to heighten the drama, with the audience looking down on the stage, and deliberately limited the seating to 35 people on either side of the stage so no one is more than seven metres from the action and everyone has an unobstructed view.
Rehearsals have been quite intense due to the nature of the script so, given their proximity to the stage, audience members can expect to be fully immersed in a drama which not only features strong adult themes and language, but also has subtle twists and turns in the plot which will have them drawing and changing conclusions as the play unfolds.
Death and the Maiden runs from September 28 to October 6 at Leongathas Mesley Hall. Bookings through the Lyric website: www.lyrictheatre.net.au
A PROPERTY on the edge of Leongathas central business district
failed to sell at auction on Friday, with no bids for the
The property, located at 53 McCartin Street, was passed in by Alex Scott and Staff auctioneer Alan Steenholdt after receiving no interest above the starting price of $320,000.
Prior to auction, Mr Steenholdt lauded the property for its location, saying that positioning is what real estate is all about.
He made note of the propertys size and access to a lane at the rear of the house, while also highlighting the stable nature of Leongatha.
The 1000 square foot block is both commercially and residentially zoned, with Mr Steenholdt asking onlookers to consider the plethora of options that the block brings.
Despite this, the property received no interest from the 30 people in attendance and was passed in.
WONTHAGGI Workmens Club has been recognised as one of the top
fundraisers for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal
this year after raising $42,000.
The amount ranked the club third in the list of the most money donated by any hotel or club in Australia.
Club president Kevin Williams said, Being recognised for our efforts is nice but we dont do it for the recognition. We do it because its right. This is the twentieth year that we have raised money for the Royal Childrens Hospital and the last few years we have gotten around $40,000 each time.
The club supports the appeal through raffles, auctions and events.
The club has been a prolific donator to the appeal, placing in the top 10 of hotels and club based donations most years for nearly two decades.
Terry Bird, committee member at the Workmens Club, said, We are a community based club and its part of our charter to give back to others.
As well as the Royal Childrens Hospital, we do other projects including donating to our local hospital.
Jac Fletcher, fundraising coordinator for the Good Friday Appeal, said the work done by the club over the last 20 years has been astounding.
Its a small group but a great establishment, she said.
Ms Fletcher said the money raised goes towards research endeavours, new equipment and care for family members of hospitalised children.
Ninety cents of every dollar raised from the Good Friday Appeal goes directly to the hospital itself which is world class standard, Ms Fletcher said.
So the work the Wonthaggi Workmens Club does really does make a difference.
WHEN Mirboo East residents Brenton and Kat Gration joined on to
assist charity group Aussie Helpers in delivering much needed
supplies to struggling farmers, little did they know how much of an
impact they would have across the country.
An endeavor that started with making several deliveries a week across Victoria quickly turned into supplying more than 50 loads of necessities to desperate farmers as far away as Queensland.
Now Mr and Mrs Gration, owners of Gration Transport, are putting on a fundraiser at Mirboo North on Saturday, September 22 where people can donate anything from money and water, to canned goods and dog food.
Our plan is to park our B-double truck in Mirboo North and hopefully have people fill it entirely with supplies, Kat Gration said.
Its going to be a whole event. We have the Mirboo North scout group putting on a sausage sizzle, the Mirboo North Pony Club will be offering rides, the local CFA are bringing the fire truck for the kids and there will be live music as well.
Money donated from the event will be split between Aussie Helpers and the Gippsland Farmers Relief, while supplies will go to the two charities, plus some of the Grations struggling customers. While the event is being held in Mirboo North, the Grations are hoping to encompass residents all across Gippsland.
Its been a whirlwind six months for the Grations, who have appeared on Channel Sevens Sunrise program and in newspapers across the country for their charitable efforts including supplying watermelons to farmers.
We came across an opportunity to buy watermelons in bulk and I thought it may be a good idea to feed them to dying livestock, Mrs Gration said.
Its obviously not perfect, but at the very least the livestock can get some basic nutrients and moisture to survive off for a while. Its not about fattening the animals up; its simply about keeping them alive.
Mrs Gration said while the watermelons had been useful, their supply has started to dry up, along with other traditional food sources like hay and grain.
Most people dont realise just how dire the situation truly is, even with all the reporting on the news, Mrs Gration said.
We are out of hay, out of grain, and pretty much out of watermelons and other vegetables as well. Thats why we are doing this fundraiser, because farmers lives depend on it.
Mr Gration said farmers barely have enough water to offer him a drink.
When I drop supplies off its not uncommon for them to say Id offer you a coffee or water but we dont really have any. Ive seen farmers forced to drink and bathe from troughs, and kill off hundreds of their livestock and bury them in massive holes because they simply cant keep them from starving, he said.
The work the Grations have done over the previous six months has taken a toll on both their business and the...
A SIMPLE solution by a passionate nurse at Gippsland Southern
Health Services Koorooman House aged care facility has sped up
treatment and diagnosis for its residents.
Enrolled nurse Faye Hancock, whose career in aged care has spanned more than 12 years, was recognised for her professionalism and initiative last week at the Victorian Healthcare Association Annual Awards.
To reduce delays in treatment and clinical review of skin tears and pressure injuries, Mrs Hancock developed the practice where she would take a picture of the wound on a mobile device and send those images directly to a specialist.
This initiative combined with her professionalism and concern for residents resulted in her receiving the VHA Celebrating Aged Care Passion for Aged Care Award.
Mrs Hancock, who said she regards working with aged care residents as a privilege, was at the aged care forum on Thursday where the winners were announced.
To be honest I was blown away and very honoured to be receiving this award. I work with a team of passionate people and we love what we do, she said.
My philosophy for our aged care residents at Koorooman House is to treat them how I would like to be treated.
Gippsland Southern Health Service invested in us to gain our qualifications as enrolled nurses and had faith in us. I also feel very lucky that I love everyday that I go to work.
This week marks Celebrating Aged Care Week which along with the Victorian Healthcare Awards, acknowledges the contributions of Victorias thousands of public sector aged care workers.
A NEW junior secondary school will be built on Phillip
Both the State Government and the Opposition have committed to the school.
The governments election promise came last Friday, with a total of $24.7 million promised, which would build the new campus and a new gymnasium for Cowes Primary School. The Coalition promised $25 million yesterday (Monday).
Fridays announcement was made by Premier Daniel Andrews, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino.
Wonthaggi Secondary College principal Darren Parker was thrilled and said the school would support a campus on Phillip Island. It is uncertain whether the school will be a new campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The new campus would reduce travel time to our junior campus, particularly for those students coming to us from beyond Anderson. We believe Wonthaggi Secondary College could support this campus in a practical and meaningful way, he said.
It would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be flexible with where we appoint our teaching staff and would ultimately feed into our new sensational senior campus facility.
Wonthaggi Secondary College is anticipating 750 students at its junior campus in 2019, with 1400 across the entire school. The new campus would ease some of the pressure on the Dudley campus and would be closer to home for students living in Phillip Island, San Remo, Coronet Bay, Corinella and Grantville.
Having 1400 students across three campuses would allow us to have the numbers to run significant programs without losing sight of individual needs, Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker said San Remo or Newhaven would be an ideal location for the new campus to increase convenience for students from the Waterline area. The Victorian School Building Authority and the community would be consulted before a site was chosen.
Bass MP Brian Paynter said, The funding for this new school campus is a massive boost for local education so I will ensure we get it right. Ive been working hard with local families to provide better education opportunities, including arguing the case for a new Wonthaggi secondary school. The Coalition also promised to build a new indoor facility at Cowes Primary School.
BASS MLA Brian Paynter has rejected claims by the State
Government that the Coalition will permit fracking if elected at
the November state election.
He told Parliament last Wednesday, It is clear that Victorian gas consumers are now paying the highest prices in the country because of the Premiers mindless bans on conventional and unconventional gas exploration.
The government yesterday (Monday) issued a statement saying Mr Paynters statement indicated the Liberal would allow fracking a method of extra coal seam gas with possible environmental impacts.
But Mr Paynter told The Star yesterday, Im completely 100 percent against fracking and always have been and will be, and so have the Liberals and Nationals.
The only ones who have issued a fracking licence are the Labor Party.
Mr Paynter said while in Parliament, he mistakenly read a direct quote from the former federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg.
Mr Paynter said, The Liberal-Nationals do not support fracking and in fact placed a moratorium on fracking licences in Victoria when they came to government in 2010. The Liberal-Nationals support the ban on fracking in Victoria.
He said a Coalition Government would support and maintain the existing ban on fracking.
Mr Paynter said all governments, including Victorian Labor, were looking at onshore conventional gas.
The cost of living electricity and gas is a massive issue for all of my constituents, he said.
We do need to look at safe, conventional means of extracting gas. The government is looking at it and we will look at it.
Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas said, Labor introduced the fracking ban, and only Labor will keep the ban in place.
The Liberals have always been soft on the ban and once again theyve confirmed theyll reverse it if given the chance.
Anna Hall, of Coal and Gas Free Mirboo North, asked if the community could trust the Liberals to respect the fracking ban legislation.
Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has declared that he wants to see as much gas exploration and mining as possible. We need to value our agricultural land and keep it safe from this dangerous industry, she said.
Do we want our beautiful, precious part of the world to become like Queensland where there are now over 7000 gas wells?
THE latest council rates bills have sparked cries of
exasperation in households and businesses, leaving ratepayers
frustrated by rising rates and claiming they see nothing extra for
South Gippsland Shire ratepayers reported rates increase of up to $1000 in 12 months.
Changes in property valuations are responsible for most of the rates changes, said Faith Page, South Gippsland Shire Councils director of corporate and community services.
The latest rates notices to hit letterboxes are the first to use the 2018 property valuations on which rates are based. Valuations will now be undertaken annually instead of every two years, meaning ratepayers can expect even higher bills.
South Gippsland council increased rates by two percent this financial year, less than the rates cap imposed by the State Government of 2.25 percent. Bass Coast rates lifted by 2.25 percent.
Korumburra ratepayer Cheryl Denman is on a disability pension and said her rates bill had increased by $100 this financial year to $2238.55, for her four acre property and house. In 2008, her rates for the same property were $1400.
How do I find the money to pay these exorbitant rate rises? she said.
Ms Page said council offers a hardship policy and encourages ratepayers facing financial difficulty to contact it. Council also offers payment options to assist ratepayers.
Ms Page said in South Gippsland, the fewer properties results in a higher proportion of rates being distributed amongst ratepayers, adding the only way to lower rates would be to reduce services and/or spend less on capital works.
Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley said councils capped average rate is the third lowest across the group of 19 large rural councils in Victoria.
Some ratepayers will pay more and some will pay less, depending on the value of their property relative to the other properties in their municipality, he said.
AFTER making the Leongatha Bair Street Development Project a big
deal, South Gippsland Shire Council is unlikely to start
construction of the development of one of Leongathas major
commercial streets until 2019-2020.
That delay is frustrating the community.
Im sceptical as to whether it will even happen, Leongatha business owner Anthony Walls said.
Council needs to pick just one project, come up with a short term plan and do it.
They spend too much money on feasibility consulting and were frustrated that its all talk.
Council has prepared a master plan for Bair Street that guides road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street furniture and other upgrades to revitalise the town.
We want things to happen in this town, Leongatha business owner Kristy Walls said.
Its just disappointing.
Councils major projects and emergency management coordinator Penni Ellicott said council is actively campaigning for funding for the project.
The project is now listed in the 2019-2020 Capital Works program and even if funds were approved in the coming months, it is unlikely construction would commence until 19-20, she said.
Mr Walls said he would like to see some form of development to Bair Street in the meantime, such as 90 degree parking spaces, similar to McCartin Street.
Locally based and community-owned renewable energy retailer, Enova Community Energy, says it has partnered with one of the countrys first equity crowdfunding platforms, Crowd88, to fund its expansion across NSW, Qld, Vic and SA.
Enovas managing director Tony Pfeiffer says the appetite for renewables across Australia continues to grow rapidly and provides a strong business case for investors looking share in and support Enovas expansion plans to meet this demand.
Right around the world people are taking back their energy sources and we know that Australian consumers and investors want to be part of Enovas community-driven clean energy transition, says Pfeiffer.
A future powered by renewable energy, shared within communities and generated locally to minimise waste and costs is possible for every Australian. Were currently developing a solar garden which will enable renters and other householders who cant have solar panels on their homes to purchase them in a community-owned set-up.
The July Enova shareholder newsletter says, Our intention is to target $3m. The shares issued will be $1 each, with a minimum purchase of $100 This will make it easier for many more members of the Enova community to participate and make Enova the true community-based organisation we want it to be.
Consequently, the Board...
A BUSINESS park in Korumburra worth in the vicinity of $50 million could create 200 jobs.
The energy of Korumburra businessman John Kennedy coupled with the experience of his business partner Alistair Jack are behind the purchase and development of the new industrial site.
With the ink barely dry on the sale contracts, the Korumburra Gardens Business Park is expected to be the new face of industry for the area.
The site covers almost 20 hectares (47.9 acres) of land at the western end of the existing industrial estate in the town, accessible via 5 Adkins Street.
Mr Kennedy said the site will be developed into an attractive, sustainable and carefully designed location for enterprise.
As the owner of the Korumburra Bicycle Fitting Store and developer of The Borough cafe and food store, Mr Kennedys vision is to make full potential of Korumburras proximity to Melbourne.
There are so many people moving to this area but there are no jobs. The businesses on the existing industrial estate have already got all the people they need, he said.
Youve had three shops open on the main street in the past few months that are creating new jobs but there are no heavy duty jobs in the area.
On the completion of the business park, we estimate 200 jobs will be created and many more during the construction period.
The property has two creek systems which will be cleared of environmental weeds and designed with walking tracks and ponds for public use.
According to the business park development manager Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, the layout design and new permits will be obtained following expressions of interest from end users.
Feedback from real estate agents in the area is that there is not a lot of industrial land available in Korumburra, he said.
We are approaching universities who may need research facilities and government departments, as well as businesses in Melbourne seeking development in regional areas.
Whats important is that we will be using local trades wherever possible in the construction phase.
It is understood South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been briefed on the development to request the site be given priority and council resources due to its potential for significant economic impact to the area.
Committee for Gippsland chief executive officer Sophie Morell, who visited the site last week, said it was exciting to see a local business person driving development in the area.
When development is driven by locals, it is more likely to create long term sustainability for the region and that is really encouraging,...
A majority of Tweed Shire councillors voted last week to allow a former Labor MP to operate a water mining operation, which would see a maximum extraction volume of 24 megalitres (roughly ten Olympic sized swiming pools) per year.
The contentious development application (DA) from Jack Hallam has seen strong opposition from residents and is located 4.4km south of Uki on Rowlands Creek Road.
According to the agenda minutes, the bulk loading/delivery of extracted water and roadworks DA was supported by Crs Warren Polglase, James Owen, Pryce Allsop, Reece Byrnes, while mayor Katie Milne, Crs Chris Cherry and Ron Cooper were against.
While there are strict consent conditions on the development, a rescission motion was lodged from councillors Milne, Cherry and Cooper. The rescission motion will be dealt with at the planning committee meeting of October 4.
Resident Jeremy Tager claims a report supplied to councillors, called the Potential Impact of Groundwater Pumping on Rowlands Creek, was ignored.
Tager says, It directly contradicts the conclusions of the pumping study and makes it clear that Council cannot be satisfied that there will be no adverse impacts.
These findings were ignored.
The Echo asked Labor councillor Reece Byrne if that claim was correct, and if so, Why was this report not considered?
Instead, Byrne told The Echo, The matter of water licensing and water extraction activities remains a responsibility of the NSW state government, as Councils role is limited to essentially the approval of truck movements on our local roads.
The Echo also asked Byrne, Why do you support this DA? Do you consider Mr Hallam, a former ALP minister, a personal friend? Is there a conflict of interest in this vote and if not, why not?
He replied The advice from Tweed S...
During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.
What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...
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Rome (Canberra) continues to fiddle while Black Australia burns. Professor Jon Altman weighs in on the ongoing disasters of government policy that have a tight grip on remote living Indigenous people.
In the last month I participated in two workshops. I used what I observed on my latest visit to Arnhem Land and what people were telling me to inform what I presented at the workshops.
The first workshop explored issues around excessive consumption by industrialised societies globally and how this is harming human health and destroying the planet. Workshop participants asked how such consumptogenic systems might be regulated for the global good? My job was to provide a case study from my research on consumption by Indigenous people in remote Australia.
The second workshop looked at welfare reform in the last decade in remote Indigenous Australia. In this workshop I looked at how welfare reform by the Australian state after the NT Intervention was creatively destroying the economy and lifeways of groups in Arnhem Land who are looking to live on their lands and off its natural resources.
Here I want to share some of what I said.
BROADLY speaking Indigenous policy in remote Australia is looking to do two things.
The first is to Close the Gaps so that Indigenous Australians can one future day have the same socio-economic status as other Australians. In remote Australia this goal is linked to the project to Develop the North via a combination of opening Aboriginal communities and lands to more market capitalism and extraction, purportedly for the improvement of disadvantaged Indigenous peoples and land owners.
While remote-living Indigenous people have economic and social justice rights to vastly improved wellbeing, in such scenarios of future economic equality based on market capitalism, the downsides of what I think of as consumptomania are never mentioned.
The second aim of policy is the extreme regulation of Indigenous people and their behaviour, when deemed unacceptable. In a punitive manifestation of neoliberal governmentality, the Australian state, and its nominated agents, are looking to morally restructure Indigenous people to transform them into model citizens: hard-working, individualistic, highly educated, nationally mobile at least in pursuit of work (not alcohol), and materially acquisitive.
This paternalistic project of improvement makes no concessions whatsoever to cultural difference, colonial history of neglect, connection to country, discrimination, and so on.
In the last decade new race-based instruments have been devised to regulate Indigenous people including their forms of expenditure (via income management), forms of working via the Community Devel...
Professor Geraint Lewis continues with The Science of Science Fiction at 10:40 am and this week the topic is The Science of Aliens.
My special guests this week are Catherine and Michael Atherton. Michael is the editor and adaptor of In Exile From St Petersburg, about the life of Catherines grandfather, Abram Saulevitch Kagan. Abrams life follows the vagaries of the history of the first half of the twentieth century, as we follow his exile from St Petersburg, to Berlin, to Brussels and via France and Spain, finally to New York. What a story!
Music this week will all be Russian: by Russians or about them.
I look forward to your company!
by Dee McLachlan
Another year has circled by, and now it is seventeen years since two planes flew into the twin towers, and traumatized people across the globe. It was a deceit on the people of unimaginable proportions.
Several years ago when Joshua Anthony Frydenberg, now the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, entered parliament, his first question was about 9-11. It was really a statement denigrating those questioning the False Flag event. The then prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, called it stupid and wrong to question the official narrative of 19 Arabs attacking New York and the Pentagon.
I just cant wrap my head around how humans in powerful positions could orchestrate such...
Australia has an imoprtant role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.
Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Istanbuls International Airport. As I headed home after six days meeting with Kashmiris and Pakistanis and visiting Kashmir, I took this as a welcome reminder that Australia at times has played a constructive role in this region working with the United Nations on ways to achieve Kashmiri self-determination.
I chose to visit after Kashmiris living in Australia raised concerns with me about human rights abuses in their homeland, and urged that I should see for myself. When Britain finally ended its colonisation of the subcontinent in 1947, the violence was extreme.
Until 1985, Australian military observers were part of the United Nations Military Observer Group in Kashmir. In 1950 Sir Owen Dixon, the sixth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, was appointed by the United Nations Security Council as the UN representative to organise a plebiscite on self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.
The plebiscite, a recommendation carried in a number of UN resolutions, was however never held. This is not a reflection on Sir Owen Dixon. It was a collective failure of governments.
Tragically over many decades the global community from official channels to progressive movements have largely followed a hands off approach to Kashmir. It is astonishing how little coverage the issue receives in the West considering it is estimated that more than 47,000 people have died since 1947. The narrative that this should be left as a bilateral matter has come to dominate.
That could be about to change. The many Kashmiris I met have great hope that the UN human rights report on Kashmir, released in June, sets out the stark dimensions of the conflict and the recommendations have the potential to provide a pathway to self-determination.
The 49-page report reveals that millions have suffered human rights abuses. The harm caused by the pellet-firing shotgun, currently the favoured weapon of the Indian military in India Administered Kashmir, is singled out. More than 6,000 people were injured by the metal pellets from 2016 to March 2017. Many people have lost their sight and at least 17 have died.
The report also notes that up to 145 civilians were killed by security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018. Tragically, rape and sexual violence remain weapons of the occupying forces.
Kashmiri women have been largely absent from narratives about this region. The gendered violence that results in thousands of widows, single parent families and women led households heightens womens feelings of vulnerability, financial insecurity and emotional trauma and...
Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.
A third trial of the nets, due to start this month, was cancelled by DPI amidst a groundswell of public opinion against them.
In two trials they were shown to have an unacceptably high level of bycatch, including endangered species, many of which were found dead.
But the Warringah silver surfer told Sydneys radio 2GB the Coalition state governments decision was one he would expect from the Greens and demanded that the nets be returned.
If the meshing nets, which have done such a great job of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle beaches for about 80 years are good for those beaches, Mr Abbott said lets see those beaches er those meshing nets extend to the North Coast.
North Coast beaches are currently protected by the vastly superior new technology of smart drumlines, which allow sharks to be tagged and re-released, while causing minimal damage to other marine species.
The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.
Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.
Its both abhorrent and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.
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A man will face sentencing after pleading guilty to the thefts of ATMs from businesses on the NSW North Coast and South-east Queensland between August 2016 and March 2017.
Craig Connell pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court yesterday (September 10) to multiple offences, including the theft of three ATMs and property valued at more than $100,000.
The 51-year-old from Goonellabah will be sentenced in November and has had bail refused.
Strike Force Fedore, established to investigate the offences, has so far resulted in four search warrants and seen the recovery of one ATM from the Tweed River using NSW police divers.
Strike Force Fedore is continuing to investigate the whereabouts of the stolen proceeds. No money has been recovered.
A community panel has been formed to to help shape the vision for the new $582 million Tweed Valley Hospital, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals).
The planning process for the new hospital continues apace despite ongoing controversy surrounding its greenfield site on the protected red soil farming land of the Cudgen plateau.
Rebecca Wark, executive director, rural & regional for Health Infrastructure NSW, said the Consumer and Community Reference Panel consists of about 50 community members and will play an important role in the planning and design of the regional referral hospital.
Establishing the panel is a significant milestone, and we are excited to see the energy and passion of the members during recent orientation sessions and a master planning workshop, Ms Wark said.
Panel members will provide valuable input throughout the planning and design stages by representing the views of patients, carers and the local community, and we look forward to their contribution.
Panel member Lyn McInerney said she enjoyed participating in the master planning workshop for the new hospital, adding she was looking forward to sharing this information with other people.
Fellow Panel member and former Tweed Shire Councillor Dot Holdom said, Consideration of community is the most important part of building a hospital. I can now see the vision for the hospital and Im excited.
Lynne Weir, acting CEO of Northern NSW Local Health District, said panel members would be invited to participate in a range of ongoing workshops, focus groups and meetings, and contributing to both the clinical and physical design of the new hospital.
The real-life and local experience that panel members bring to the planning and design of the new hospital will be invaluable in delivering a hospital that best meets the needs of the Tweed-Byron region, Ms Weir said.
Applications for membership on the panel will remain open throughout the project.
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Looking for a locally-produced piece of queer art for your wall? QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month this month. The first Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...
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"I"m pretty sure the only reason I don"t have a perfect five star Uber rating is because sometimes people get me and Nick Earls mixed up and Nick is notorious for getting underpants-literally-on-his-head drunk and that Uber guy who gave me less than five stars must have had Nick in the back seat, drunk as a lord, undies on his bonce, and sweaty buttcheeks smearing up the leatherette interior."
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Reigning Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has threatened to close down the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), following a union boss tweet that the head of the executive said was the last straw that broke the camels back. On Fathers Day, Victorian state secretary of the CFMEUs construction and general division John Setka
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The cast of Netflixs Queer Eye have celebrated the shows first three Emmy Award wins. The acclaimed makeover show took home the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. This show is so important, thank you for what this fab five are doing to help the LGBT movement, creator ...
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Aid programs are increasingly called on to be flexible, adaptive and to think and work politically. In DFAT, barely a program is approved without this terminology being peppered through the design document. But what do these ideas mean in practice? How can implementers, tasked with bringing designs to life, deliver on their promise meaningfully? And how do donors need to manage adaptive programs differently to conventional ones?
In a series of three blogs over the coming weeks, the Institute for Human Security and Social Change will set out some ideas about what it take to program adaptively. These are drawn from our experience of working alongside primarily DFAT and DFID funded programs in the Pacific, Africa and Southeast Asia that have sought to integrate adaptive ways of working. Most recently, this includes working with the PNG-Australia Governance Partnership and the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, but also extends to domestic work with organisations like the Central and Northern Land Councils.
Each blog will deal with a different component of the challenge first adaptive implementation; then adaptive monitoring and evaluation; and finally the role of research and learning.
A lot has been written already on what examples of adaptive programming look like (see here, here and here, for instance). In requires hiring the right staff, putting in place regular sessions to reflect and redesign, increased risk appetites, and so on. But when the rubber hits the road, programs that seek to be adaptive run into several areas of confusion, which we try to clarify here.
There is often confusion about the level at which adaptation is to occur. Often, programs point to changes in their activities as demonstrating adaptation. For instance, participant fee...
Globally it looks like wheat stocks and production are on the downslide as was predicted as we moved further into the Grand Solar Minimum. EU at least 12% loss, US same, Australia and Russia down, but at the same time Soy and Corn up. The corporate media will focus on these two so as not to spook anyone and explain away the price rises as tariff spats and swineflu. Sources
Four days after her second mastectomy, Dr Annie Werner felt compelled to return to work.
The University of Wollongong tutor and lecturer really had no choice.
The mother of two young children and her partner both work casual jobs.
If I wasnt in that classroom, my familys income fell to $300 per week, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
Dr Werner has worked for the university on a casual basis for the past 13 years.
Employed mainly on 13-week contracts, the academic works out of UOWs Bega campus.
She teaches up to five subjects per semester, at all levels, across two schools in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.
Her working hours for the semester arent confirmed until a couple of weeks before session starts, sometimes only a day or two before she steps into the classroom.
My annual income fluctuates from year to year by up to $20 000. I hold down a casual retail job in order to make it through the weeks of session break when I am not employed or paid by the university, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
But despite having been employed by the university for the last 13 years, she has to complete new paperwork every session.
And, once her employment is confirmed and evidence of her qualifications is provided, it can still take up to five weeks for Dr Werner to start getting paid, once teaching has started.
But what annoys her most is that she does not receive sick leave, holiday pay, carers leave or any kind of research or conference support.
Thats why when the then 35-year-old was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2014, she was left with little choice but to keep on working.
Treatment for this involved two lots of surgery, several months of chemotherapy treatment and a number o...
Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. "You might go your whole life and you'll never see anything like it. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. "As a geologist, like I said, you get excited by a pinhead speck. But to see something on this scale is just phenomenal. This sort of bonanza zone is incredibly unique." Miners uncovered the amazing specimens in the first week of September at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt, which is operated by Canadian company RNC Minerals, and located near the small town of Kambalda, 630km east of Perth.
In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Perth-based Bamboo has announced it will launch an app designed to easily facilitate micro-investments in cryptocurrencies, Kraken has rejected an internet rumor that claimed the company had closed a Canadian facility amid security concerns, and Roboforex has increased the leverage available on its cryptocurrency markets to 1:50.
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The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has used her maiden speech at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Australian Governments indefinite offshore detention regime. In a powerful piece highlighting some of the worlds worst human rights abuses, Ms Bachelet described the Governments detention centres in Nauru and Manus as an affront to the protection of human rights.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who will travel to Geneva next week to address the Council, said that Ms Bachelets comments reflected growing international shock at the Governments sustained cruelty to refugees.
Our Government masquerades as respecting human rights on the world stage but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level. No government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of innocent men, women and children, said Mr Webb.
Ms Bachelets speech comes amid an unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. There are increasing reports of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders. Senior medical experts contracted by the Government have publicly warned that children could die.
Our Government has detained 100 children in an island prison for over five years. Some of these children have never known a single day of freedom in their entire lives, and now kids as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.
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.
Ms Bachelet begins a four year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan. Ms Bachelet is herself a former refugee. When she was in her early twenties, she was tortured by the right-wing Chilean dictatorship and forced to flee to Australia, where she lived briefly. After several years in exile, she returned to Chile and rose to be twice-elected president.
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39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.
Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.
According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.
However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.
After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.
The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.
Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.
Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.
He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....
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An underwater drone that can keep watch over the Great Barrier Reef's health and kill invading species is ready to be put to the test.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology say their robot reef protector can monitor coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and sediment buildup. It has also been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the invasive predator.
Professor Matthew Dunbabin said RangerBot was not only autonomous but could also stay under water three times longer than a human diver and operate in all weather conditions. "It's an impressive piece of technology, [it's] also deliberately low cost to allow production to be scaled up once the next level of operational testing is completed and all the necessary approvals are in place," he said on Friday.
Dunbabin said the team hoped to eventually launch the drones up the length of the 2,300-kilometre long reef.
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Kucoin is expanding into Australia after it agreed to invest $3 million in Bitcoin Australia. The deal is seen as a win-win for both cryptocurrency exchanges, each seeking to expand into its own direction Kucoin establishing a niche in the rapidly growing Australian market. Bitcoin Australia is targeting the UK next.
Kucoin chief executive Michael Gan on Sunday announced the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange had injected $3 million into Bitcoin Australia in a deal that is expected to grow its footprint in Australia.
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Earlier, Rupert Hackett, Bitcoin Australias chief executive, told the ...
Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has marked its foray into Australia with a multi-million investment in a regulated domestic exchange, part of a new joint venture. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that KuCoin has invested the AUD $3 million investment in Bitcoin Australia, a domestic exchange that enables bitcoin trading and ethereum buying, enabling the Continued
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My office was subject to a random power failure for most of
today because some greedy developer broke power lines in our area.
So I am way behind and what was to be a two-part blog series will
now have to extend into Wednesday (as a three-part series). That
allows me more time today to catch up on other writing commitments.
The three-part series will consider a recent intervention that was
posted on the iNET site (September 6, 2018)
Mainstream Macroeconomics and Modern Monetary Theory: What Really
Divides Them?. At the outset, the iNET project has been very
disappointing. Very little new economic thinking comes from it its
offerings are virtually indistinguishable from the New Keynesian
consensus that dominates my profession. The GFC revealed how
impoverished that consensus is. It has also given space for Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) to establish itself as a credible alternative
body of theory (and practice). The problem is that the iNET
initiative has been captured by the mainstream. And so the
Groupthink continues. The article I refer to above is very
disappointing. It claims to offer a synthesis between Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) and mainstream macroeconomics by way of
highlighting what really divides the two schools of thought. You
might be surprised to know that according to these authors there is
not much difference only that mainstream economists think that
monetary policy should be privileged to look after full employment
and price stability and MMT economists (apparently) think fiscal
policy should have that role. The authors claim that for the
on-looker these minor differences are opaque in terms of outcomes
(if the policies are applied properly) and suggest that there is
really no reason for any debate at all. Accordingly, the New
Keynesian consensus is just fine and the mainstream economists knew
all the MMT stuff all along. It is an extraordinary exercise in
sleight of hand engineered by constructing the comparison in terms
of two approaches that cull the main aspects of each. The real
issue is why would they waste their time. Degenerative paradigms
(or research programs in Imre Lakatos terminology) typically try to
absorb challenging paradigms that, increasingly have more
credibility and appeal, back into the mainstream through various
dodges special case, we knew it all before, really nothing new,
etc. This is Part 1 of my response. It wont be an easy three-part
series but stick with it and I hope it gives you a lot of insights
into the abysmal state of the mainstream macroeconomics
I wasnt surprised by the discussion. Resistance from the dominant paradigm is part of the evolution of a new idea....
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Animal House popped up on one of the streamers a few
weeks ago-just checked, it was Netflix-and I started it rolling for
no reason other than a quick nostalgia fix. I think I first watched
that movie in Canberra when I was working for defence and sharing
with a couple of other blokes, one of whom nowadays might not be a
million miles removed from the office of the Secretary of the
Department of Defence.
We were all newly stranded in Canberra, first year out of uni, and most Saturday nights we'd get a few beers on board and rent some video tapes.
That's how long ago this was.
No DVDs, just tapes.
I knew about Animal House of course. It'd been out for a years but was already a pop cultural touchstone. We watched it and probably watched it again before returning the tape. I rewatched it many times afterwards and retained fond if slightly hazy memories decades later.
It was kind of odd going back.
It was still funny in parts, but the humour felt more elegiac - funny because I recalled that it had been funny once upon a time. There was a sort of naive quality to it, which was only partly a function of setting the story in 1962 before the violent atomisation of the later Sixties. There was also something new. Real awkwardness. Not so much with the white monocultural cast. That was historically on point, although I doubt any film maker would get away with it now.
Rather, the sexual politics of Animal House feel... a
little uncomfortable. There are no outright rape jokes, unlike a
period 'classic' such as the original Ocean's Eleven, for
But jeez, there's some problematic content, as the kids might say... If the kids are into policing the boundaries of acceptable discourse.
The racial inequities of the time, especially the clueless liberalism of the monied elites, are actually well neatly caught in the byplay between the Delta's and Otis Day and the Knights.
But in the #MeToo era its the film's gender biases that strike a loud, discordant note. Two moments in particular; chapter president Robert Hoover's winking joke at 'taking a few liberties with their dates', and Eric Stratton's gross seduction of the hottie from Emily Dickinson College. There are more, and the movie is doubtless a pale reflection of a much darker reality... but I was struck by how differently it played now than when I first watched it all the back in the 1980s.
My Health Record putting your health information on a database on the internet what could go wrong?
We know a lot these days about how much data is worth to companies insurance marketing etc.
My Health Record and how to opt out of it is something you need to be fully informed about.
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The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.
Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.
This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.
Local factors were Important. But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.
A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a much worse place than this.
Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.
New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.
This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.
Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.
Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T
Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.
People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this....
Progress in reducing Australia's emissions has stalled in most sectors of the economy and reversed overall. ClimateWorks Australia's Anna Skarbek looks at the country's chances of meeting its Paris commitment.
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As regular readers will know, Ive spent a generation or more  deriding what I call the generation game the idea of dividing the population up into birth cohorts (categories based on year of birth) such as Boomers, X-ers and so on (Millennials werent invented when I started) and assigning them various supposed characteristics. Most of the time, this exercise is little better than astrology. To the extent that there is any semblance to reality it simply reflects the fact that young people are, and always have been, different from old people.
But just as I have managed to get some traction with this idea, genuine cohort effects have emerged in politics in many countries. The sharpest case is Britain, where people over 65 voted massively for Brexit in the referendum and the Conservatives in the recent election, while those aged 18-24 went even more sharply the other way. As the map linked here shows, if only 18-24 year olds were voting, based on current polling data, the Conservatives would not have won a single seat. If only those over 65 voted, the Conservatives would win 575 and the combined opposition 54.
This is a massive difference and cant as far as I can tell be explained by differences in education, ethnic composition and so forth. It also represents a huge shift on the part of older cohorts, who were part of the electorate that gave Labour three terms not long ago. While there is some tendency for people to become more conservative as they age, its normally much more limited than this.
The explanation in simple terms, is Brexit. Most of the time, elections involving competing visions of the future in the UK case, hard-line neoliberalism vs Third Way Blairism. In the course of such debates, both sides routinely claim to be on the right side of history, to own the future and so on. By contrast, Brexit represented an appeal to a (partly imaginary) past, against the present and the future. With the exception of a handful of neoliberal ideologues, who saw Brexit as a path to a free-market future, most Leavers were motivated by nostalgia for the glories of the past, and were willing to sacrifice the interests of the young to make a gesture in that direction.
Whats true of Brexit is true, though not to quite the same extent, of the culture war politics that have now become dominant on the political right in much of the English-speaking world. Its driven in large measure by old men who lost the cultural battles of the 1960s and 1970s, and have never got over the fact.
The result is a situation where the right is appealing directly to members of older...
Australia's New South Wales government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of a driver license digitization program slated for November.
Dan Monceaux shared a link http://www.radioactivity.eu.com/site/pages/Vitrified_HA_Waste.htm.Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia 10 Sept 18, Some people in South Australia have been given the impression that spent nuclear fuel, reprocessed and vitrified in France, is returned to Australia or other countries as intermediate or even low-level nuclear waste. Im yet to find any examples of other countries classifying this material as anything other than high level nuclear waste.https://www.facebook.com/gro...
Shakti Womens Empowerment Festival
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September 2018
The Byron Theatre at Byron Community Centre
The Festival is an initiative of ARD(Australia)Inc, a local charity that has been supporting women in rural India since 2005 and is currently running a Reproductive and Child Health programme and has established eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls who otherwise would receive no formal education.
The aim of the festival is to Explore, Celebrate and Promote womens empowerment and to bring active awareness regarding the strengths of women in our society today, while at the same time supporting a local programme that is empowering women in rural India.
Friday 21st September
7:00 9:30pm Women in Concert
Featuring Meninas da Lua, Sarah Temporal (Poet), Parissa Bouas, Sharny Russell, Clancy Menzies, Sophie Ozard, The Loveys and Abbie Cardwell, including a Presentation Womens Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
Saturday 22nd September
8:00 9:00am Gentle Yoga Stretches by the sea, with Grace Benn
10:00 12 noon The Art of Expression Forum
with Karena Wynn-Moylan, Donna Jacobs Sife, Laurel Cohn, Liat Sokal and Catherine Marciniak
12:00 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 2:30pm Women for Environmental Justice Forum
with Sandra Heilpern, Sue Higginson, Annie Kia, Mary Gardner and Nan Nicholson, with Storyteller Jenni Cargill-Strong
4:00 5:30pm Women for Social Justice Forum
with Melanie Lotfali, Delta Kay, Deborah Pearse, Wendy Royston, Ella Goninen and Tamara Smith, with Storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife
6:00 7:00pm Dinner
7:00 7:30pm Presentation Womens Empowerment in Indian Villages (WEIV)
7:30 9:30pm Indian Classical Dance featuring Karma Dance from Melbourne
Catering by With a Spoon
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RIVERSIDE GIRLS HIGH students have reached out to help drought stricken farmers with a fundraising initiative that will require students to give up social media next week.
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Conservatorium Open Academy Find the Music in You!
Music is an extraordinary thing, it brings us joy, engages the little grey cells just as well as any crossword and does no end of wonderous things for mental health and wellbeing. It is for everyone, young and old, experienced or novice; there is a musical path to be trodden by all. But how do you find it? I hear you ask?
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, known as to its familiars as The Con is that castle-like building in Macquarie Street, down near the Sydney Opera House. It is renowned for turning out many world class musicians. But what most people dont know is that The Con also offers a short course program for adults who want to learn music basics or to extend their musical knowledge in group leisure classes. Run by the Conservatorium Open Academy, these classes range from complete beginner levels through to some that are auditioned.
All courses are held at the Conservatorium over an eight week term two hours per week with some day and some evening class options. Spring Term starts 15 October and courses on offer cover; Music theory, Music appreciation (The Enquiring Listener), Singing (options for beginners and advanced in classical or contemporary styles), Jazz piano, flute or guitar, Jazz Impro Basics, Composing for film and Ensemble classes.
The Open Academy short courses are fun group learning experiences. Students come back again and again once theyve started.
Absolutely LOVED this program. Really condensed good quality information into a short time, havent found any comparable program in Sydney. Jazz Harmony student
Just what I have been looking for music theory demystified. Music Fundamentals Student
This course is a great blend of voice exercising and training and learning to follow sheet music. I was astounded how simply and quickly Cathy and Nadia brought newcomers up to speed on reading music. Both of our tutors were just great. Heaps of fun and laughs. When we werent singing we were exercising our vocal chords laughing! Cathy and Nadia were very generous with guidance. Top course! Vocal Fundamentals Student
Some of Sydneys top musos teach in this program, including; Andrew Dickeson (jazz drummer), Roy Issacs (guitarist), Sally Marett (vocalist...
Josh Frydenberg says government will focus on power prices over emissions reduction, Canberra Times By Stephanie Peatling, 9 September 2018 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has conceded the Australian Parliament has failed to deal with the challenge of climate change as he confirmed the new Morrison government will concentrate on lowering power prices ahead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
What you will hear from us, which you will not hear from the Labor Party, is that we will put reducing peoples power bills first, over emissions. You will not hear the Labor Party say that, he said..
Mr Frydenbergs comments on Sunday followed those made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday when he said he would formally ask the Liberal party room to ditch the policy when it meets this week.
Mr Morrison repeated his commitment to Australia meeting its international greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Paris agreement but said the target would no longer be legislated. New Energy Minister Angus Taylor is working on a revamped energy policy to take to cabinet.
.Mr Frydenberg said the issue of climate change was one which had bedevilled Australian politics for more than a decade.
Mr Frydenberg said he was confident Australia would still meet is international greenhouse gas reduction targets but people wanted to see the government acting on power...
Having finished high school, gotten my place at uni and taken a gap year, I was at a bit of a loose end. The thought of moving from my open coastal home to the big city scared me. On top of that, I had a sophomore-stage drug addiction, pouring my life away for opium and vodka.
All of this persuaded me I needed a change of scenery. I needed to find myself the real me, whoever that was. What better place to get away from a burgeoning drug and alcohol habit than Southeast Asia?
As is becoming evident, decision making has never been my strong suit.
After eight months of 50-hour weeks labouring on shitty jobsites, Id finally made it: Siem Reap, my home for the next month. Stepping off the plane and walking through the airport, I was just struck by the foreignness of it all. The heat and humidity, the beautiful jungle antithesis of the Aussie bush; even the quaint little airport and its Soviet-style bureaucracy and ceremony.
In a rare stroke of inspired genius, Id organised to volunteer at a local school and food program. Not, shockingly, as an English teacher, but as a handyman slash farmworker, having worked in construction and grown up on a farm. This was lined up for a month-long stint, and Id also had the foresight to book an okay private room with an aircon much less of a culture shock than the 12-person fan-cooled dorm I was accustomed to. Everything was lining up well.
This finding myself thing might actually work, I thought.
At first, I struggled to even dip my toes in the pond of experience around me, let alone immerse myself. I was living my same life: staying in my hotel, on my phone and venturing out for work, necessities and a drink in the evening. After one such drink, I ended up being thrown into the pond, losing my phone in a haze of cheap beer and Xanax. I also quickly learned the difference between paid work and volunteering and began to feel more and more at home in my surrounds.
My time at the school put a lot of things into perspective. It was a 20-minute pushbike ride from town, half on the chaotic Cambodian highway, half down leafy and potholed local dirt roads. Not impressive by western standards, but built with love and dedication. Seeing the energy and effort being put into such a selfless project by both migrants and locals was eye-opening and filled me with hope.
I was also working alongside someone who made $3 a day. I spent the same on cigarettes as he had to feed his fa...
Japan Crushed by Godzilla-Like Deluge, Floods, and Landslides
Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show [link on original at https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/09/global-heat-crisis-new.html]
..Nobody alive or dead has ever seen anything like what just happened in the past few months. No human has ever lived with carbon dioxide levels this high in the atmosphere. And that carbon load continues to climb as motorized life and fossil-powered electricity spread across the globe. The human cloud of greenhouse gases found an echo as forests released their carbon on every continent.
Here in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, we had our second year of fire emergency. Over 700 large fires burned through the mountains. Gigantic out-of-control blazes lit up the night, and then buried the whole sky with thick smoke, turning the day into night. Thousands were evacuated, t...
Liberation 8th Sept 2018, Will France
import and process 4 tons of radioactive waste from Australia?
It is spent uranium and plutonium that has been used in a research reactor.
They will be treated at the Hague and returned to Australia.
Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said I do on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King ...
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A man will face court after allegedly attacking people at a house in Goonellabah, including dragging a woman around by the hair and pushing another person through a window.
Police will allege that at 1:30am this morning (Monday, September 10 ) the 21-year-old Lismore man went to a Goonellabah home and started arguing with people known to him.
Police say he pushed a woman to the ground and dragged her by the hair around the house.
When another person intervened the accused allegedly pushed them through a window, causing three major lacerations and major bleeding.
Police and ambulance arrived soon after and placed the 21-year-old under arrest.
Police say they had to wrestle him out of the house and again at Lismore Police Station.
He has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm and resisting police.
He was bail refused and is due to appear in Lismore Local Court today.
THE MELTDOWN AT the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986 was a massive tragedy that ultimately claimed at least 9,000 lives and affected millions more. It also created a toxic mess. Radioactive particles choked the atmosphere and rained down on cities, forests, and roads. In the immediate aftermath, fires had to be put out, debris cleared, contaminated waste buried deep underground.It was, obviously, not an easy task. Remote-controlled bulldozers and other robots proved too weak for the job, their circuitry fried by radiation. So the Soviet Union sent in humans600,000 of them. These brave firefighters, soldiers, janitors, and minersthe so-called liquidatorsdid everything from hosing down streets to felling trees to building a concrete sarcophagus around the exposed reactor all the while charged subatomic particles ravaged their cells and shortened their life spans.
No personal sacrifice was too much for these men and women, says photographer Tom Skipp. Moved by their story, he visited Slavutych, Ukraine in April to photograph survivors, now in their golden years. The portraits make up his haunting series The Liquidators.
When: Saturday 15th September, 6:00pm Midnight
TICKETED ENTRY limited tickets available
Where: The Byron Bay Brewery
What: CURIOUS A new concept night from the team behind Nudge Nudge Wink Wink. Taking over the outside and indoor spaces of the Byron Bay Brewery.
DJ Kylie Rose and SHE J (percussion)
Brisbane based DJ Kylie Rose has been kicking around and moving dance floors for over 15 years. Lover of disco, soulful house and dirty tech house, shes played big rooms and small including: Tropical Fruits, Mardi Gras, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, Sleaze Ball, Queens Ball and many, many more, always keeping the vibe upbeat and fun.
World renowned DJ / Percussionist / Producer SHE J will be joining Kylie on percussion. Locally based, SHE J currently plays with Tijuana Cartel and has also played with Ash Grunwald and Deya Dova. Talented across multiple genres, SHE Js repertoire of Afro, Electronica, Deep House, and Tech house will join forces with Kylies selections and send us all soaring to the stars.
DJ Lord Sut with Dave Wray (saxophone) and Jed Stone (piano)
Rise for Climate: thousands march across US to protest environment crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/08/rise-for-climate-protests-san-francisco-new-york. 9 Sep 18
Protests spearheaded by march in San Francisco ahead of climate change summit in the city next week
Tens of thousands of people took part in marches and other events across the US on Saturday, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy in order to stave off the various perils of climate change.
Published on Sep 8, 2018
Q has said, you have to want to know the truth. Because the darker it gets, the harder it is to process. There are demons among us who are capable of atrocities that are unimaginable to a rightly wired mind. Such is the case of Australian child rapist and murderer Peter Scully. Which causes one to wonder, is Scully the type of "unspeakable dreg" Andrew Breitbart spoke of when he referred to John Podesta's involvement in the cover up of such heinous deeds?
Australia is neither a small nation nor one of the most powerful, but for many years it has been a trusted nation. H...
Wagga Wagga by-election: Antony Green calls it for Dr Joe McGirr ABC News , By Nick Sas and Jennine Khalik 9 Sept 18, ABC election analyst Antony Green has called the Wagga Wagga by-election for independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr.
Speaking on ABC News on Sunday night, Green said he felt safe calling Saturdays by-election, slightly more than 24 hours after the polls closed.
He is a certain winner, Green said.
The race for the seat, which had been vacated by disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, became a two-man battle between Labors Dan Hayes and Dr McGirr after the Liberals were hit with a 29 per cent swing against them..
Dr McGirr, a medical doctor and academic at the University of Notre Dame Australia, has lived in central Wagga since 1991 and only decided to run for the seat three weeks agohttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-09/antony-green-calls-by-election-for-joe-mcgirr/10219584
WikiLeaks Whistleblower Awaits Fate, American Free Press , he fate of gutsy WikiLeaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange rests in the hands of the government of Ecuador, first reported here in AFPs Issue 33&34. Assange has lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and will be instantly arrested by the UK if he leaves the building. Just-released news that his health is deteriorating rapidly makes even more urgent Ecuadorian actions even more urgent.
By S.T. Patrick As the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange twists in the political winds, the United States, Great Britain, and Ecuador continue to negotiate over the life of the Australian computer programmer and hacker.
My name is Nirvana. I am 26 years old, and I am here to find the love of my life.
This is a sentence I never in my craziest nightmares thought I would say, but then I found myself on The Bachelor India. Shit.
After graduating from uni four years ago, I was stuck in a job that I despised. I had studied accounting because employment was secure, and I needed a way to fund my MDMA habit.
When I first started working at a swanky corporate firm, I dreamt of drinking martinis every evening surrounded by sexy men in crisp suits, laughing obnoxiously as we looked down at the peasants in the bar from our VIP lounge.
The reality was a bit different. I clung to any form of distraction from my horrid job. Two workplace booty-calls made Mondays ten times worse. I found myself in the darkest holes of YouTube, watching humans breast-feeding baby animals and a seven-part series about how Facebook was part of the Illuminati. I took regular breaks to cry or masturbate in the bathroom.
The last straw came right before Christmas 2017. I had been working at the firm so long I scoffed at young people and their dreams. My VIP martini days turned into drinking straight gin in dark alleyways. My hair started to fall out.
I was frantically trying to cover up how far behind I was on deadlines due to my unhealthy YouTube habit. On the morning of 21st December, as I sat sweating at my desk at 9:30am, coming down from being up for 24 hours straight on the weekend, I lost the plot. I tore off my silk Zara blouse, and went on a profound rant.
Dont you robots see how the system is eating our souls! We all hate each other and this fucking place! What are we doing? Waiting to die? I cant live like this anymore!
Thats what I said in my head. In reality, I just quit my job by email, and returned the faulty shirt to Zara.
I knew I had to take a long hard look at myself. After a week of heavy partying I sat down to reflect on how I could end my quarter-life crisis and change my life. Sure, I lived in the most liveable city on planet Earth and had the money and freedom to do whatever I liked, but I was in such a dark place.
As I watched Eat Pray Love the answer came to me like how I imagine Beyonce would tell me that I slay at life. I knew my salvation would come if I moved to India and became yet anoth...
The queens well and truly conquered Thredbo in the late during the sparkling and glittery inaugural Rainbow Mountain festival. From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community took over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps ...
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Hey Josh - wanna smoke? Mate, it'll cost you $3.8M! Pretty good hey! Josh Frydenberg and Julie Bishop found $3.8M in borrowed Australian taxpayer money to export this: Announced today at COP 23 (Conference of the Parties) in Bonn, the project is the result of national and international recognition of...
World: Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after Frances environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC] Dirty Reality Catching 
In May 1925, Australian seaman and returned serviceman Noel Lyons was deported from New Zealand. His crime: encouraging fellow workers to slow down. The quality of food served to trans-Tasman seamen had always caused discontent, especially when compared to the fine dining lavished upon first-class passengers. The situation came to a head aboard the Manuka when the crew refused to leave New Zealands capital of Wellington until their food was improved.
Thanks to Dawn we had a very informative session on weeds yesterday. There is no shortage of sample material at the garden! Dawn began by introducing us to the idea of a weed. Every plant has the potential to be a weed and many are useful its all about context. A weed is a Continue reading What Weed?!
My analysis suggests that the Australian economy faces a grim future. And its my belief that you need to start preparing yourself for what I see as a coming recession down under.
If youre 27 years old or younger, Australia has not had a recession in your lifetime.
If youre under the age of 40, Australia has not had a recession in your adult lifetime.
Australias last recession ended in June 1991, over 27 years ago.
The economy shows no signs of entering a recession right now despite slowing growth in recent quarters.
During my first visit to Australia in 1982, I frequently heard Aussies use the term Lucky Country to describe their homeland.
The phrase was new to me but had been around for a long time. The term gained traction after 1964 as the result of the publication of a book, The Lucky Country, by Aussie native Donald Home.
The irony of the book title is that Home used it critically, but Australians have adopted it as a term of endearment.
Home argued that Australians were not particularly
entrepreneurial or hard working. Instead they road on the coattails
of Brits, Americans and Canadians who used their democracy and
capital markets to create real wealth.
Australians were basically free riders on a system built by others.
What the Australians did have was abundant natural resources and physical distance from the problems of the world that enabled them to grow rich without doing much to earn their wealth or democracy.
This was mostly true in 1964, and not much has changed today.
Resources and property drove prosperity
A recent Economic Innovation Index published by The Economist ranked Australia 22nd in innovation, well behind tech powerhouses such as the US, Japan and Germany. Australia also fails to crack the top 20 in similar indices.
Despite that critical thesis, Australians adopted the title fondly. Their reasons are not different from the ones spelled out by Home, but the attitude is positive.
There is abundant natural resources such as gold, iron ore, bauxite, lead, coal, uranium, zinc, lithium and much more.
A moderate climate, a relatively small population about 25 million in the worlds sixth largest country by land mass a liberal immigration policy, the English language and a good rule of law have combined to make Australia one of the most prosperous countries in the world and a favoured destination for direct foreign investment.
Australians are not disturbed by being the Lucky Country.
Theyre just fine with that status. As a real Aussi...
A $100,000 grant will see a large-scale digital work projected in the Lismore Quadrangle, providing a multi-sensory experience of Bundjalung language, history and story.
Lismore MP Thomas George (Nationals) said the money from the NSW Governments Heritage Near Me project would go towards Talk to Me, a major feature of the 2019 Quadrangle program.
The Quadrangle site is heritage listed due to the Lismore Library and Conservatorium of Musics buildings sitting on the original site of the Lismore High School.
Using 3D animations projected on the Quadrangle buildings, digital artist Craig Walsh will work closely with Southern Cross Universitys Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples to research and record stories of significant Elders who attended the original school, Mr George said.
The event is free and will run for several days including an opening ceremony and celebration of Bundjalung culture on the first night.
The Quad is a new cultural precinct located in Lismore which connects Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore City Library, and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. The activation of The Quad as Lismores creative playground is a strategic partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.
For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, which offers a range of grant programs to assist local communities, owners and managers of heritage items, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage-near-me
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Hannah Mouncey has said she will not nominate for the upcoming AFLW draft, citing the ongoing enormous toll the process has taken on herself and her friends and family. The 28-year-old transgender footballer made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday night. There are a number of things I cant risk by continuing this fight, which ...
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In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Do I have to attend the court if subpoenaed? Those who are subpoenaed to attend court or produce materials have certain rights and obligations. Click here to read the article Appeals Court Finds Sentence for Drug Offences to be Manifestly
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Retired detective sergeant Dave McAlpine relaxes with a few Aussie cobbers next to the gum-tree fringed billabong on a mate's property in remote northern Thailand. Dave'll need all the rest he can muster - "matters" are now moving very quickly. Great to see you in fighting fit readiness old mate...
September 10, 2018: The Australian reports that Senator Rex Patrick has said the Centre Alliance will block the implementing legislation for the TPP-11 unless the deal is significantly amended, which would require re-opening of negotiations with 10 other countries.
The Greens have publicly opposed the TPP-11. The Katter Australian Party have also said they will oppose it, meaning that if Labor says no, the legislation will not pass the Senate.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions opposes the TPP-11, arguing it will weaken labour-market testing and empower multinational companies to sue governments using investor-state dispute settlement.
ACTU president Michele ONeil told The Australian on September 9: We believe its a bad deal for working people and encourage all parties to vote against the enabling legislation.
Two Senate inquiries into the TPP-11 are due to report on September 18 and October 10.
The Morrison government is pressing Labor to support the legislation. Labors caucus is debating a formal position on whether or not to support the TPP-11 this week. If the implementing legislation is not passed, Australia would not ratify the TPP-11 which the Turnbull government signed in March this year.
LGBTIQ advocates have said they will lobby the Senate to block any move by the federal government to weaken existing anti-discrimination protections under the guise of religious freedom. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated his support for introducing laws to protect religious freedom in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. Morrison said a ...
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I heard the first raucous call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo for the summer this morning around Lake Samsonvale.
Originally posted on nuclear-news: Posted to nuclear-news.net Posted by Shaun McGee aka Arclight2011 posted on 5th September 2018 The plight of the internally displaced people (IDPs) of Japan has largely gone unrecognised by most media sources. IDP`s though, have been recognised in the last UN Plenary session concerning Japan, here is a link for that;
South Australia government to offer $6,000 subsidy per household for battery storage, with CEFC adding another $100 million to offer cheap loans to assist with purchase of rooftop solar and storage. The post South Australia offers up to $6,000 grants for home battery installations appeared first on RenewEconomy.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
On July 18, 2018, Fiona Barnett, a survivor of MK-Ultra, read an hours worth of stunning testimony to the laypersons group known as the International Tribunal for Natural Justice. It was shown to the world, on video, last week.
In my opinion, human history changed the minute she spoke.
Fiona has more to contribute than just a claim; she has insider knowledge. She was there personally to watch some of the big-name psychopaths doing their thing, as she was schedul...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Lawyer and social justice advocate Nyadol Nyuon recently asserted on a breakfast news program that media reports of a Sudanese gang crime wave in Victoria are unfounded, as crimes committed by that section of the community represent a drop in the ocean when it comes to overall violent crime.
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Nigel Farage, Melbourne, Australia! Pts 1& 2 Videos Part 1 Part 2
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Laneway Festival have just announced all the important dates and venues for their 2019 event, theyve also revealed when they will be announcing their lineup.
The touring festival will hit up venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Fremantle in February.
The lineup will be announced in little over a weeks time on Tuesday the 18th of September. 2019s edition of Laneway festival will mark the festivals fifteenth anniversary. Dates and venue information below:
Tickets on sale 9am Tuesday, 25th September
Saturday, 2nd February
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Sunday, 3rd February
SCA and Callan Park, Sydney
Friday, 8th February
Harts Mill, Port Adelaide
Saturday, 9th February
Footscray Park, Melbourne
Sunday, 10th February
Esplanade Reserve and West End, Fremantle
If Bill Shorten's fair dinkum he'll see no problem in assigning case #1 to The AWU Scandal.
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Hear hear! The Australian's editorial theme is spot on - and Scott Morrison has the perfect case study unfolding before him. Julia Gillard became prime minister because of her role in The AWU Scandal. Bill Ludwig had her in his pocket. As PM, she gave Bill precisely what he wanted....
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more
A 22-year-old man who threatened to bash his girlfriend to death with a car jack once attacked a child half his age so savagely the...
AUSSIE HELPERS founder Brian Egan has been hospitalised because of overwork, his daughter has confirmed. Hes just worked himself into the ground, said Sam Price,...
CANBERRA Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new prime minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country.
The climbers unfurled a banner depicting the now infamous time Morrison brought a lacquered lump of coal into parliament and waved it around ordering his colleagues and the opposition dont be afraid.
Two weeks ago we saw a coal coup that successfully installed a new prime minister, Greenpeace Australias Pacific program director, Dominique Rowe, said.
This is a PM who waved around a piece of coal gifted to him by the Minerals Council, who boasts a former deputy CEO of the Mineral Council as his chief of staff, who made a former mineral industry lawyer his environment minister and whose energy minister is an anti-wind farm activist.
Today he returns to Parliament with literally no climate policy, which is a slap in the face to the 96 per cent of Australians who want renewable energy solutions, not coal pollution. This irreverent message from the more than one million Greenpeace supporters is here to remind the government who theyre really accountable to their voters.
Rowe said Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for Australias federal parliamentarians to examine the influence and intrusion of the coal lobby in politics.
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated it is impossible for the current government to take meaningful action on emissions due to the influence of lobby groups on parts of the federal coalition, she said.
These powerful groups have now managed to topple three sitting prime ministers and stopped the Minerals Resource Rent Tax which would have seen a fair share of revenue flow to all Australians instead of lining the pockets of a few billionaires.
The coal industry and their lobbyists have taken over parliament house and the people of Australia will n...
Residents in Mullum would have been forgiven for thinking there was an emergency last Friday, as the Westpac helicopter circled overhead before landing in town.
On an occasion too exciting for words, the entire Mullumbimby Public School cohort were squeals of joy as crews from the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service and the Little Ripper Drone Patrol dropped-in for a visit during the morning.
The four person team including two flight crew and two medical personal, arrived at the school grounds in a helicopter after a ten minute flight from the base in Lismore.
Mullumbimby Public School was selected from more than 4,600 primary schools across Australia to learn about the importance of safety, and local emergency services, from the WLRHS crew.
The landings are rewarded to schools who have been actively engaged in the WLRHS Schools Program which...
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.
The Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrsyostoma is an uncommon visitor to this part of central Victoria. In recent years Ive seen them a few times on the Moolort Plains, but never in box-ironbark country. A beautiful small parrot, its a relative of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. which it can easily be confused with in the field. Parrots in the genus Neophema are characterised by their slender profile and combination of blue, yellow and green hues.
Blue-winged Parrots (like all Neophemas) feed largely on fallen seeds of grasses, especially native species of Poa, Austrodanthonia and the like. Over the weekend I photographed a single bird feeding on moss beds in the Mia Mia on successive days. At least one more was heard calling. While their stronghold is Tasmania and coastal Victoria it is not impossible that they might nest locally. This sighting has been a real highlight of 2018.
The Hazelwood Health Study has completed an investigation of the impacts of the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire on wellbeing, educational outcomes, and teaching practices for students and staff at a specialist school which relocated during the smoke event. We would like to thank all teachers and administrative staff who gave their time to describe their 
Police are appealing for public assistance to locate two prisoners who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility on the Mid North Coast and may be heading towards Casino.
Phillip Sampson, 35, and Kurt Reynolds, 40, escaped from the Aldavilla facility about 10.45am on Friday (September 7).
The men are believed to be travelling in a stolen black 2005 Toyota Camry Sportivo sedan, with NSW registration plates JM677.
Phillip Sampson has been described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 181cm tall, of a thin build, with black hair and brown eyes.
Kurt Reynolds has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, 187cm tall, of a large build, with brown eyes, short brown hair and a receding hairline.
Both men were last seen wearing winter green tracksuits, one with white running shoes and the other with black running shoes.
Its believed they may be headed for the Newcastle, Toronto or Casino areas.
Police are warning members of the public not to approach the men, but instead call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
On Saturday there was a planetary rally as thousands of protesters at 850 events in 95 countries joined to #RiseForClimate.
In Australia from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and from Darwin to Hobart, more than 40 events were held in state capitals, regional and rural towns, organised by local communities demanding real action on climate change. Similar events were held on Friday at Australian university campuses.
An alliance of Australias environment and social justice groups, including 350.org, Get Up!, Greenpeace, Solar Citizens, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, the Climate Action Network, Stop Adani, The Nature Conservation Council, Tipping Point and more, joined forces to target Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
In Lismore around 200 dedicated environmentalists came out to the Lismore Quad, despite the rain, to add the...
ANALYSIS: An Australian Government bugging operation against our impoverished neighbours East Timor almost 15 years ago is still creating powerful ripples for some of its key players, with a spy-turned-whistleblower and his lawyer facing the real prospect of prison. All the while, former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer seems to have escaped proper attention for his role in this spying disaster. True Crime News Weekly's Tim Kent with the lowdown. [READ MORE]
Eastern record, 3 diamond doves in a group of about 7 peaceful doves and around 50 double-barred finches.
With many months of travel in foreign countries coming up fast in 2019 one of our main worries was being understood and understanding others. This is hugely important with everything from ordering food, taxis, booking hotels, train tickets and especially getting a toilet for our youngest. Travel can be stressful, but feeling stranded and not understood can make this much worse. To help us out with all of this we were on the lookout for the best translator device for travel.
When I came across the pre-advertising for a new product called the Langogo, I was intrigued, to say the least. The Langogo pocket translator was boasting a myriad of features that seemed too good to be true. Such things as
All this is exactly what we need. What really attracted me to the Langogo is that it does not need to run through a mobile phone app, it runs independently. Langogo will connect to 3G/4G networks as well as wifi in up to 72 countries. Just switch it on and it will automatically connect to the best local network with its built-in Cloud-Sim Card. This is amazing, it will allow us to use just about anywhere from the beaches of Krabi to the footsteps of the Great Wall of China to Ancient sites in Greece. I am hoping this could be the best translator device we could use.
Members of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) walked of the job at Alcoas aluminium refineries and bauxite mines in Western Australia, and they have bowed to stay out indefinitely, until they are offered an acceptable enterprise agreement.
The 1600 involved are now on the second month of the strike, which began on 8 August. Over 80 percent of the workforce has rejected the latest company offer, which would bring the loss of job security, and for some, up to a 50 percent cut in their pay.
Feeling is strong, because workers at Alcoa believe that what the company is doing is unfair, especially when the profit it is making is high. Last financial year they made 1.1 billion. And they suggest that this is a poor effort at doing right by those who did the work to make this possible. Some of these workers have been with the company for up to 30 years.
Now Alcoa has joined the push to cut its workforce, pay less and undermine working conditions.
Negotiations for a better deal had been going on for two years, and management has responded by threatening to cancel the existing agreement, if the workforce does not comply with its demands. An application for this is currently listed to be heard by court on 17 September.
Pickets have been operating at the various sites and supporters have come along to help. A womens Day took place on 5 September, where wives and families came and showed that they too were affected and involved.
At meetings across sites from, 28 August to 5 September, the strikers called for a better offer.
Donations to support the strikers and their families can be made through this link.
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Self-proclaimed audio wellness experts Vape Dadz present Whiskey Priest, their latest take on crunchy dance music for misfits
Sydneys Vape Dadz formed on Christmas 2016, when three dads (who, despite the name, do not vape) came together to escape the tyranny of the holidays for a few hours of making music in a tiny one-bedroom apartment. What followed was two years of intense studio sessions, attempting to recreate that Christmas miracle. The result is their debut album, Give Up The Darts, an experimental journey of found sound, organ madness, and glitched noise.
With an aesthetic thats clearly indebted to Office Space, vaporwave, and ironic internet memes, it would be easy to mistake Vape Dadz for a group only cynically interested in their musical points of reference. On their album, however, the Dadz betray a serious engagement with the disco, house, and hip-hop sounds that form the canvas for their experiments.
Whiskey Priest, the third single from Give Up The Darts, is a relaxed, moody, electro-inspired track, and a perfect example of Vape Dadz self-described crunchy dance music for misfits. Channelling the late-80s electronic weirdness of acts like the KLF and 808 State, Whiskey Priest is an atmospheric trip through a retro-futuristic cyberspace.
Check out the video for Whiskey Priest below: made by Brisbane video artist Michelle Brown and available in flat 2D video or as 3D VR experience.
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As farmers we're dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We need meaningful action nowAs a third-generation farmer from Harden in New South Wales, I've weathered climate extremes my whole life. It's simply part of doing business in one of the most variable climates in the world.The truth is, Australian farmers are good at what they do, and we know when things are changing. Related: The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain Related: [...]
Chinese troops are taking part in Australia's largest maritime exercise for the first time, despite recent tensions between the nations. They are among 3,000 personnel from 27 countries taking part in the drills. The biennial naval operation, 'Exercise Kakadu,' is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region off the strategic northern port of Darwin with the aim of training the navies to cooperate effectively at sea. The drills have been lauded as building understanding and trust between the nations, just months after Chinese, Australian and US navies were close to a stand-off over the disputed South China Sea. In April, Australian vessels had a challenging encounter with China as it passed through the waterway, while in May the US reacted to what it describes as Beijing's militarization of disputed areas there by expelling it from joint naval exercises off Hawaii.
By Catherine J. Frompovich What in the world is the U.S. doing in the central part of the Australian continent with a deep underground spy...
Outside working hours, Ive been doing a few tourist things, during my stay in Darwinm including a sunset cruise and a trip to Litchfield National Park. On Tuesday, Kate and I went on a sunset cruise around Darwin Harbour. As theres quite a few to choose from, I did some research, and settled on a cruise with Sail Darwin, on
I am BY FAR not the only victim of this mess that the opposition is trying to silence.
They murdered Max Spiers for trying to expose Michael Aquino and this mess concerning the mass killing of children with the SAME weapons they are trying to murder me with.
Lori King was murdered and they went so far as to brag about it to other survivors with absolutely NO consequences.
Now John B. wells- host of Caravan to Midnight is attacking Fiona Barnett and other survivors in a new interview.
My own personal reward for going on the John B. Wells show was that an unsolvable 28 yr old cold case that my father was directly involved with- that I spoke extensively about on his show- was magically solved in LESS than two weeks complete with a perp (who was NEVER charged with the abduction and murder), a confession, and a body which no one saw. All in order to discredit what I reported on the Caravan to Midnight show.
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.
The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.
They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.
Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps.
Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.
Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.
But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations............
I spent a couple of hours today wandering around the Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, home of the annual National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Even though Ive been to the museum a couple of times before, and I think its a wonderful museum, especially their Cyclone Tracey exhibition, today my focus was purely on
This months meeting will be held at:
The agenda for this meeting is:
Please bring your positive suggestions on what can be done to improve the situation.
PS. ARAGs submission to the Impact of WestConnex Inquiry is available here.
On Friday 7 September, AirMed Australia
Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was spotted on the ground
at Mackay Airport. It had earlier arrived from Bankstown via
Cessnock in New South Wales.
Ham (Lib) vs Hayes (Labor) vs McGirr (IND)
The Liberals have lost the seat, in all probability to Joe McGirr (IND)
A very interesting three-cornered state by-election tonight in Wagga Wagga (NSW) where the Liberals are trying to defend a 12.9% margin over Labor, but also to hold off an independent. Obviously, federal carnage is a factor. Seat polling has suggested the Liberal primary vote has collapsed to the point that the independent Joe McGirr or perhaps Labor could win. This hastily erected thread will follow counting and post-count developments. Refresh for updates. Latest at the top (I've flipped that to make it easier.)
8:00 Enrolment and Absent votes were added cutting McGirr's primary lead to 52.
12:20 The addition of 1089 postals has seen McGirr's lead cut to 98 votes, so there must be some prospect Ham will finish first on primaries after the remaining postals are added. I don't know how many more might be received.
The loss of a "safe" rural seat to an independent is nothing too unusual and shouldn't be treated as too much of a sensation alone. What would be concerning is that the Liberals have also almost certainly lost the 2PP count to Labor, meaning that Labor might have won the seat without McGirr. And if the Liberals fail to make the final two, that would be a very unusual result. I have only been able to find a few precedents for this at state level from by-elections for which results are readily available, but full results of state by-elections are hard to track down online.
11:07 The prepolls are up and we have McGirr on 11,450 (25.6%), Ham on 11,207 (25.06%), Hayes on 10,642 (23.79%). So Labor will be third on primaries since they won't catch up on postals, but that doesn't mean they will stay third after preferences, as Ham must still be at serious risk of falling to third after preferences should the Shooters card hold to Labor to any degree. The Liberals have clearly lost. Hayes can still beat McGirr if the Shooters and Greens preferences flow more strongly to Labor than the Funnell preferences flow to McGirr (this is unlikely, a lot of Shooters voters will baulk at preferencing Labor). However even if Hayes can get rough parity with McGirr after preferences of minor candidates, it is still implausible that Liberal preferences will break evenly between Labor and the independent. So I think Labor's chance here is verging on unrealistic.
10:32 Antony Green reports he's been given some scrutineering numbers: "Just leaked some scrutineer numbers, Wagga pre-poll will boost McGirr in lead, Libs still second and Labor drops ba...
A little earlier in the day, also on Wednesday 5
September, another pair of Australian Defence Force (ADF)
aircraft were also spotted visiting or completing airwork at
A man in his 40s has been airlifted to hospital after the VW Tiguan he was driving collided with a Kia Sorento in the southbound lane of the Pacific Highway around 2.30pm Sunday afternoon (September 9).
The accident, which happened at Cudgera Creek around five kilometres south of the Pottsville exit, caused the Tiguan to roll a number of times.
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter transported the male driver to Gold Coast University Hospital.
Two children, aged six months and four years, who were travelling with him in the vehicle are reported to be uninjured.
The female driver of the Kia wasnt injured and has been taken to hospital for mandatory testing.
Southbound traffic remained congested for the remainder of Sunday afternoon and well into the evening.
At one stage it was queued back around 4.5 kilometres.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District and the Crash Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
On Wednesday 5 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 airwork at
Police are appealing for the publics assistance after a man was shot by an unknown intruder at his home at Tweed Heads West in the early hours of Saturday morning (September 8).
About 4.45am, a 76-year-old man went to the garage of his home on Piggabeen Road after hearing noises.
When he opened the garage door the man was shot in the leg by an unknown person, who then left the scene.
The injured man was treated by paramedics before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.
A 73-year-old woman, who was also home at the time, was not physically injured during the incident.
Detectives from Tweed/Byron Police District have established Strike Force Dural as investigations into the incident continue.
Police would like to speak with anyone who may have dashcam or mobile phone footage and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Ocean Grove netball fans turned out in droves to support three Grubber teams participating in Bellarine Football Netball League Grand Finals at Drysdale on Saturday 8 September.
The day got off to a winning start thanks to Ocean Grove defeating Torquay 30-18 in the D Grade Medibank Cup Grand Final.
Ocean Grove Football Netball Club Director of Netball, Justine Finlay, said it was a fitting victory after D Grades heart-breaking 25-24 one goal loss to Geelong Amateur at the 2017 decider.
With D Grade after last year where they just got pipped at the post and they come out firing (against Torquay), Finlay told the Voice.
The first three quarters were close but they got way at the end and they did a beautiful job.
It was the sole premiership win for Ocean Grove on Bellarine Football Netball League grand final day after the Grubbers suffered defeats in E Grade and 17 and Under Section 2, while the Grubbers Under 19s football team lost by 11 points to Geelong Amateur in their decider.
Ocean Grove E Grade (21) lost by nine goals to Anglesea (30) and the Grubbers (17) 17 and Under Section 2 team went down to Portarlington 31 by 14 goals.
Finlay said the future looked bright with a number of junior netballers making the transition into senior netball at Ocean Grove.
A total of 16 junior teams spread from 11 and Under and 17 and Under and nearly 150 junior netballers took to the court for Ocean Grove in 2018.
We have got a lot of juniors playing up in seniors, she said.
All Ocean Grove senior netball grades competed in the 2018 BFNL finals including A, B, C, D and E grades.
Ocean Groves 17U Section 2 side was beaten by Portarlington in the grand final at Drysdale on Saturday.
Port held a narrow lead at quarter time but then played strong netball to overrun the gallant Grubbers.
The margin stretched out to five at half time and then nine at the last change, before going on to win 31 to 17.
Jamison Camilleri was best on court for Portarlington.
13/2 Ocean Grove 19 def by Barwon Heads 20
Both teams put everything on the line as they faced up in one of the tightest games yet. Scores were level at quarter time, Ocean Grove lead at the half and then they were back to level at three quarter time. The last quarter was goal for goal and with scores level, a penalty shot was called right on the siren. Barwon Heads had an attempt and shot and it to win the match after time was up.
Best: Lily Hallam, Maya Hamilton, Georgie Connolly
15/1 Ocean Grove 18 def by Barwon Heads 25
Ocean Grove started off the match strongly and got an early lead, giving them confidence going in to the second half. Unfortunately Barwon Heads jumped out into the second half, scoring a few quick goals to put them back in front. The wet weather made it extremely hard for Grove to fight back and they ended up going down by seven.
Best: Anna Smith, Emma Badrock, Anabelle Sargeant
15/2 Ocean Grove 19 def by Torquay 20
It was a very exciting game as Ocean Grove took on Torquay again in the U15/2s. Last time they faced up, it went into extra time, so we knew that it was going to be a close one and it definitely was. Ocean Grove had control for most of the game but Torquay was determined in the last quarter, getting a few turnovers and therefore the win by one goal.
Best: Grace Hamilton, Tara Sampson, Charlotte Teauge
17/1 Ocean Grove 27 def by Queenscliff 33
It was a very close first half but Ocean Grove managed to have a one-goal lead at both the breaks. The second half was owned by Queenscliff. Their pressure down the court was outstanding and that made it very difficult for the Grubbers to work the ball down to score. Queenscliff grabbed turnover after turnover which they converted, putting them ahead by six at the final siren.
Best: Isabelle Teague, Sharni Thebes, Zoe Murrells
17/2 Ocean Grove 25 def Barwon Heads 11
The U17/2s were able to do Ocean Grove proud by taking a comfortable win and being the only junior team to qualify for the grand final. They played really well as a team, stepping it up when it counted. They edged their way to the finish by increasing their lead by a few goals at every break.Best: Ta...
Geelong Amateur spoiled Ocean Groves fairy-tale end to the season with a hard-fought 11-point win in the Under 19s Division Two Bendigo Bank Cup grand final on Saturday.
Final scores Geelong Amateur 12.5 (77) defeated Ocean Grove 10.6 (66).
The 2018 season was a big improvement for Ocean Grove after winning two finals following their straight sets elimination in 2017 after grabbing second spot.
Three Grubber players who played in Saturdays Under 19s Division 2 decider played seniors for Ocean Grove in 2018 Harley Pearce, Joe McDonald and Ollie Monteith.
The fast finishing Ammos remarkably came from fifth spot to earn a place in this years decider after big wins over Barwon Heads, Bell Park and Geelong West Giants.
Ocean Grove earned a weeks break after it progressed through to the grand final following its second semi-final win against Geelong West Giants.
Ammos shot out of the blocks early at Drysdales Mortimer Oval and incredibly led the shell-shocked Grubbers by 40 points mid-way through the second quarter.
Ocean Grove failed to kick a goal in the first quarter and trailed by 29 points at quarter time.
The Grubbers hit back before half time as momentum swung with star pair Max Sutton and Fletcher Long both kicking goals.
Ocean Grove was down by 26 points at half time and coach Matt Tyrrell told his players the Ammos ball use was far superior on the outside.
They are dangerous on the overlap when it gets out wide, Tyrrell said to his players in his half-time address.
They use the footy well, if they get it inside 50 they will score.
An inspiring speech from Tyrrell at half time saw Ocean Grove reduce the margin back to three points at three quarter time.
Grubber ruck Lachlan Slater was outstanding and won numerous tap outs, while Joe McDonald was impressive with back-to-back goals in the third term.
McDonald kicked three majors for the match, while Ocean Grove Under 19s co-captain Harley Pearce booted two goals.
Slater almost single-handedly won the game for the Grubbers in the ruck after he was awarded the best on ground medal.
Slater capped off a brilliant 2018 finals series and was named Ocean Groves best Under 19s player in all of the clubs three finals.
Toby Lever was dangerous up forward for Geelong Amateur, finishing with three goals, while Christian Davis slotted through three majors.
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Barwon Heads suffered a heart-breaking loss to Modewarre in the Bellarine Football League grand final on Saturday.
The Seagulls entered the match as hot favourites having defeated Modewarre in the second semi-final, but it was the Warriors who emerged triumphant to claim their first ever BFL flag.
Final scores Modewarre 14.9.93 to Barwon Heads 5.16.46.
It capped off a remarkable weekend for the Warriors. Their A Grade netball team also claimed the premiership while the reserves lost by a point to Torquay.
Either way, it was going to be a fairy-tale premiership regardless of which team won.
Entering the final term trailing by 20 points, there was still hope for the Gulls, but Modda slammed on six unanswered goals to blow the margin out.
The Seagulls will have to wait to end their premiership drought, which now stretches back to 1993.
Barwon Heads just couldnt get on the scoreboard in the second half. They went goalless in the third term.
A string of nine successive behinds after half time before a consolation goal during time on in the last term would do the minor premiers no favours.
Modda booted the first two goals of the game, but the Gulls hit back to cut the deficit to four points at half time.
And even though Barwon Heads had a weeks rest, it was the Warriors who finished the stronger of the two teams.
In fact two games in a month probably didnt help the Seagulls. Modda had a tough final series, but continuity held them in good stead.
Barwon Heads will regroup and will fancy its chances going forward.
A plethora of young local talent has set the club up for multiple tilts at the flag in the coming years, but for now, its Modewarres turn to shine.
For Barwon Heads, co-coach Bobby Wallace was best while Mitch Gaunt played well and kicked two goals and Kyle Polley was in everything.
Co-coach and star ruckman John Meesen was best afield and led Modewarre brilliantly.
Ocean Grove is the Bellarine Netball League D Grade premiers.
The Grubbers trounced Torquay in a gripping grand final at Drysdale on Saturday.
With a slender one-goal lead at half time, Ocean Grove bounced out of the break to set up the victory with a nine goals to four third term.
Nine more goals in the final term gave the Grubbers a convincing 30 to 18 victory.
Kim Carroll was on fire in attack with 26 goals while Amina King was best on court courtesy of a superb game.
In E Grade, Anglesea proved too good for Ocean Grove.
The Seas were never really threatened after getting off to a good start. However, Grove fought the game out with an eight-goal final term and could be proud of their efforts for the day and the season.
Best players were Tracey Sacco, Brittney Gavin and Jamilla Smith.
Drysdale advanced to the C Grade grand final with a 29 to 25 win against Ocean Grove.
Grove led by three goals at quarter time, four at half time and two at three-quarter time, but the Hawks slammed though 10 goals to four in the last quarter to come home strongly.
The power bill of Heinemann's Bakery in Charleville has risen from $30,000 in 2008/09 to $112,000 in 2016/17 - 273%!! Let that sink in for a second. What the LNP & ALP have done to our once cheap power prices by chasing emission reductions is criminal. pic.twitter.com/VibE7VUGzT Malcolm Roberts...
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Theres something about this lead track from Altamedas (Edmonton, Canada) sophomore LP Time Hasnt Changed You, due out in March, 2019 via Pheromone Recordings. It cuts across a bunch of different sounds 70s FM rock, a country swing and strut and a big horn-led chorus, draped in gang backing vocals. It has that soul thing happening too, making
This theory of Global Warming and the oceans will rise and places like New York City and Miami will sink beneath the waves is just so childish it is beyond contemplation that anyone coming up with such a theory would ever understand a complex system. They must have cut class during Physics probably because it was too far above their head. I have written before that the real experts on the oceans and how they function were at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. It was in 1956 when they published A theory of ice ages by Maurice Ewing and William Donn, which these Global Conspiracy theorists obviously never read. The stupid assumption that if the ice all melted the oceans would rise demonstrates they are incapable of understanding the planetary forces or are too corrupt to come up with a theory that is sufficient to convince weak-minded politicians.
These pretend scientists have been surprised by the recent findings, which show that some islands in the Pacific have actually grown by almost one-third in size over the past 60 years and have not sunk beneath the waves as predicted by the Global Warming conspiracy crowd. Indeed, the island chains to have increased in land mass such as Tuvalu and neighboring Kiribati. Both islands have attracted attention at last years Copenhagen climate summit. In this new study, researchers compared aerial photographs and high-resolution satellite images of 27 islands taken...
Tasmanian major party (Labor and Liberal) Senate preselections
are expected to be announced on Saturday 8 September. I will
be posting the results when I know them, and discussion of such
voting details as emerge, but I will be out on a field trip for
some of Saturday, and I don't yet know at what time the news will
be revealed. For starters then, this post looks at what
different Senate placements for some of the candidates would
mean. It will be expanded to cover all relevant aspects of
the preselections that emerge.
Before I get any further, I would like to say this: media should not denote any spot on the Tasmanian Senate ballot as "unwinnable". Unwinnable, obviously, means it is impossible to win. Lisa Singh was dumped to a so-called "unwinnable" spot in 2016, and won, as a result of below the line votes. Clearly then her spot was not unwinnable! It's embarrasing to hear intelligent journalists say stuff like "Lisa Singh was elected from an unwinnable position". An acceptable alternative to "unwinnable position" is "position winnable only through below the line voting". This description applies to all positions below 3 for either major party.
For the 2016 Senate election Labor dumped incumbent Lisa Singh to fourth as a result of a member/union/delegate ballot conducted according to a misconfigured implementation of the Hare-Clark system (see more here). This became sixth when a double dissolution was called. Singh famously polled most of a quota on primary votes (6.12%), fifth-on-the-ticket John Short was eliminated, and Singh went on to reach her quota on below the line votes only (just) and even crossed the line just ahead of the fourth ALP candidate Catryna Bilyk.
On the Liberal side, ballots are conducted by sequential individual ballots of preselectors for each position. In this process, moderate Richard Colbeck was demoted to fifth, partly as a result of new candidate Jonathan Duniam managing to win the third spot. Colbeck also attracted a below-the-line campaign and managed just over half a quota below the line (3.97%). After the initial eight surpluses, Colbeck was running tenth in the distribution of preferences. However, he (like Singh) could only receive below-the-line preferences while his ticketmate David Bushby was still in the count. As a result he moved slowly on preferences and was overtaken by Bushby, Labor's Catryna Bilyk, the Greens' Nick McKim and One Nation's Kate McCulloch. He therefore finished 14th. Colbeck got his seat back when Liberal #2 Stephen Parry was disqualified from the Senate, and is now again in the outer ministry.
There has been a long process which will see a major development in the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lakes St Clair national park in Tasmania. The state government has now released the Dove Lake Viewing Shelter Development Proposal and Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) for public comment.
This is the first release of plans for the shelter which is planned for Dove Lake. Other key components of the proposal are a redevelopment of the tourist gateway facilities to the north and the building of a gondola/ cable car between the new tourist centre and Dove Lake (the cable car component of the plan got the green light in May when former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced $30 million for the project). The DPEIS will be on display for six weeks. According to the government, feedback from the community will help refine the Development Approval that will be submitted to the Kentish Council. Once all approvals have been obtained, the construction works will be tendered late this year.
The DPEIS can be found here. The consultation period closes on 21 October 2018.
The DPEIS covers proposed improvements to the Dove Lake experience include a new viewing shelter blended into the landscape at Dove Lake, a kiosk and associated infrastructure at the northern end of Dove Lake, within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
The Advocate reports that:
The viewing platform has been designed to blend into the Cradle Mountain landscape and features earthy colours, seating and wall-to-ceiling glass panels.
The structure will be joined by a new bus shelter and amenities building, outdoor viewing area, parking, turning circle and connections to the Dove Lake walking tracks and Glacier Rock viewing platform.
AND HOW LONG CAN IT LAST?
At 6 this morning there was a lot of wind around in SE Australia accounting for 14% of a low point of demand (16GW). Even the turbines at Woolnorth in Tasmania were generating over .1GW and the price was -$64. In SA the price was -$27.
At 7 the situation was unusual with Victoria generating more than the demand (0.5GW from Wind) so they were exporting to Tasmania (normally an exporter) where the hdro was turned down to about half the 1G demand. Momentarily the price in Victoria was down to -$107 (soon moving to -65) while Tasmania was steady near 60 and SA with 1G of wind was $0.00.
The point is to address the claim by our friends at Renew Economy that South Australia is still moving in the right direction under the new Liberal administration and showing the way to the future.
Indeed, the Steven Marshall-led Liberal government actually appears excited by the fact that the state will, according to AEMOs Integrated System Plan, based on current policies and building intentions, reach around 73 per cent renewables by 2020, and 100 per cent by 2025.
(The term 100 per cent renewables means generating the equivalent of its demand from wind and solar. It will, of course, remain connected to the rest of the grid, which means sometimes it will import power from other states, although mostly it will export).
The question is how much of the time does SA depend on
coal-fired power in Queensland, via connectors between the states
This is not a rhetorical question, I just want to know the answer. SA has the luxury of connecting to reliable power in other states. How long will the supply in other states be reliable when they have more of the unreliable power that is coming on stream at a great rate over the next year or three?
Pursuing the crowdsourcing of research path, is there a Cat who can direct us to the single best source of information on Solar and Wind projects in each state at various stages from planning to approval and construction and recent projects on line? It is a volatile situation of course and there is information scattered all over the place.
The supply and demand situation has changed again of course, in case people want to check.
The walls of Cait and Peter Ghyss straw-bale house are half a metre thick and it has just received a 10-star energy rating.
As Cait and Peter Ghys approached retirement, they decided to fulfil a long-held dream and build a straw-bale house. Next week they will join more than 200 homeowners nationwide in opening their home to the community as part of Sustainable House Day. They will pass on tips and advice, including on solar power, straw-bale building and design. The house, which was designed by their friend and architect Sue Mitchell, has a passive solar design and is rated at 8.3 stars. It has just been evaluated against the Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard, and received the maximum rating of 10 stars.
Peter says the house is not just energy efficient but beautiful to live in. Its lovely and cool in summer and warm in winter. Theres no cooling other than ceiling fans, and the only heating we have is a wood heater, which we largely use because we like looking at it!
We wanted to minimise our ongoing costs as we get older Im retired, whilst Cait is still working. We also wanted a house that was environmentally responsible. Some things are easy; correct orientation of the house means the sun does a lot of the hard work in winter to keep the house warm. Some things are harder, but worth it; the windows and doors are all double glazed uPVC, which were expensive, but wonderful and Ill never need to paint them! We are very proud of the ten star rating that we got recently!
We started thinking about building with straw bales soon after we met in the early 90s, but didnt really do anything until we bought our retirement block outside Inverloch. Not sure if youve been in a straw bale house, but they are beautiful. The external walls are around half a metre thick, allowing us to have very deep rounded reveals around the doors and windows. The walls are lime washed on the inside. This looks really beautiful sort of like buildings on the Greek Islands, or on the west coast of Ireland. Being so thick, and dense, they provide fantastic insulation a big reason why the energy rating is so high. Its warm in winter and cool in summer. I could go on
I learned how to do straw bale at a workshop in Natimuk, so it was natural that we would use the same option for our...
Joining the Global Day of Action for Climate in Hobart this morning, market-goers were shown where the sea may be.
Sea levels have risen 20 centimetres around the world since 1900, due to global warming due to burning coal, oil and gas and the destruction of forests.
This sea levels rise presents a massive battering ram against coastlines whenever there is a storm. For years now, scientific assessments have shown the extensive erosion of Tasmanias coastlines as a result.
This is a piece concerning Twitter I've been meaning to write
for some time, mainly so I can link to it and so others can link to
it when explaining the concept of topicality to people
determined to ignore it or else new to Twitter. Or who just
don't know what "#politas" means.
On Monday September 3 newly formed group No Gatton Womens Prison staged a small protest which aimed to bring the issue of women in prisons to the fore.
PM Morrison has told his new Environment Minister she will not be representing Australia at the crucial International Whaling Commission meeting in Brazil next week. Instead, he is sending lowly Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific. So Australia is sending a non-cabinet assistant minister, who has nothing to do with protecting the environment, to a vital meeting in which Japan, which has the chair, hopes to upend the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This is an insult to every Australian voter concerned about the protection of our whales, Brown said.
[Yesterday morning] a group of four women blocked Millers Rd leading from Southern Queensland Correctional Centre, stopping the transfer of prisoners from the facility.
They are calling on the Queensland Government to stop transferring women to the 300 cell Southern Queensland Correctional Centre. The newly formed group, No Gatton Womens Prison, want the Queensland Government to stop the prison transfers and rethink the need for another womens prison.
It is estimated 40% of women in Brisbane Womens Correctional Centre are on remand, meaning they are yet to be sentenced.
No Gatton Womens Prison say the Government should increase funding for diversionary programs to stop women entering the prison system; and place a greater emphasis on health, housing and education funding for women who are being released.
The group say that the establishment of another womens prison in Queensland could be avoided, and overcrowding concerns addressed, by better supporting women who are eligible for bail.
Philip Marrii is a member of No Gatton Womens Prison and one of the people blocking the road.
Philip said It costs the government $107,000 per woman imprisoned in Queensland, per year. A large proportion of women are incarcerated because of poverty and homelessness. Instead of paying multi-national companies like Serco to run prisons, that money could assist women to pay for rent, care for their families and connect with support services in the community, completely avoiding prison.
Serco operates the Gatton facility currently and has applied for the tender for the womens prison. If Serco is successful, Southern Queensland Correctional Centre will be the first womens prison under its control in the world. The group holds grave fears for the welfare of the women given...
(Toby Crockford Brisbane Times)
Comments made during last years contentious same sex marriage campaign have landed 25 people in legal trouble after they were posted online and plastered around university campuses on posters during last years Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
The LGBTI Legal Service will put the culprits before the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland after receiving funding from the state government to monitor and identify those engaging in unlawful hate speech during the postal survey period.
Some of the posts that have attracted the action include: Burn all faggots #voteno; Hitler had the right idea about homosexuals burn them; Send the poofters to their own island; and You are all getting rooftopped.
LGBTI Legal Service president Matilda Alexander said more than 220 examples of hate speech had been documented during the survey and legal action was being taken against the worst offenders.
We have selected these 25 based on the level of hate in the comments or publications, she said.
The postal survey saw a resurgence in the amount of homophobia and transphobia in the community.
It was OK to say no, but it was not OK to say Hitler had the right idea of killing gays....
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