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The UN Committee against Tortures decision to lift an interim measure preventing the deportation of a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) is a mistake, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. In the letter, dated 19 February, the UN committee acceded to the Australian governments request to lift the(...)
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I have noted before that when someone asks me where I come from
I immediately (and innately) respond Australia. If questioned
further I might tell them I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. Sure
enough, I am a Victorian (with some of the cultural attachments
that that denotes) but that affiliation is weak compared to my
nationality. That doesnt make me a xenophobe or a nationalist. It
just says I am culturally from that geographic area. If I ask my
friends from Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium,
Netherlands, Finland, Norway, etc the same question, they will
answer they are from those nations. They never immediately respond
by saying they are European. I can get them to say they are
European but that is not their innate cultural association. The
point is that there is really no such thing as a European citizen.
They are all citizens of their individual Member States with little
shared culture and quite diverse histories (not to mention
languages etc). An interesting study came out from European
economics think tank Bruegel last week (February 15, 2018)
Tales from a crisis: diverging narratives of the euro area
highlights the consequences of these differences and concludes that
it makes for an extremely challenging context within which to
conduct a uniform monetary policy across different countries. I
would add economic policy in general to that assessment.
The study investigates Who gets the blame for the crisis in the Eurozone. They also were interested in the question: How did narratives of the crisis develop since 2007?
Their approach fell within the area of research known as narrative-building in economics which Robert Schiller described in his January 2017 paper Narrative Economics as involving:
the study of the spread and dynamics of popular narratives, the stories, particularly those of human interest and emotion, and how these change through time, to understand economic fluctuations.
Recessions are obviously about people deciding to spend less, to make do for now with that old furniture instead of buying news, or to postpone starting a new business, to postpone hiring new help in an existing business, or to express support for fiscally conservative government.
These decisions are subject to feedback so as a recession deepens and confidence falters, people will decide to spend less.
But as Schiller notes: why did the recession even start in the first place?
There is a body of literature in the fields of marketing, journalism, education, health interventions and philanthropy that show the people respo...
Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast Wednesday, 21 February 2018 State Funeral Service Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE (1926 2018) The New South Wales Department of the Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE will be held at 10.00am on...
At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 4 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week she tells us about the Waratah Festival, forerunner of the Festival of Sydney.
At 11:00 am, my special guest is Christopher Lawrence, one of Australias favourite radio personalities. His latest book is Symphony of Seduction: Great Love Stories of Classical Composers. ABC has produced a 2-CD set to accompany the book and we listen to tracks from the recording to punctuate our conversation.
In other music , I play songs of love and seduction.
Please join me!
Researchers aboard an Australian ship undertaking pioneering work in the Southern Ocean have found the "first hint" of a shift in a decades-long trend towards fresher, less dense water off Antarctica. Teams of scientists on the RV Investigator have been profiling the salinity and temperature of water between Tasmania and Antarctica at 108 locations. They also released the first batch of deep Argot floats to measure conditions as deep as 4000 metres. But it is the early analysis of data on salinity in the so-called bottom waters near the seabed that may stir international debate. "Every time we've measured since the 1970s, [bottom water's] been becoming lighter and fresher," Steve Rintoul, the voyage chief scientist, told Fairfax Media on Monday as the ship took its final ocean profile. "We've got the first hint now that maybe things are shifting back to becoming saltier and denser in the deepest part of the ocean," said Dr Rintoul, who is a senior researcher at CSIRO and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) CRC. Dr Rintoul said "this increase in salinity still brings levels to nowhere near where they were in the 1970s ... nor even into the 1990s". The trend of warming of those waters has not changed.
BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.
Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.
If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.
There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.
Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.
The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.
Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.
2PP Estimate By 2016 Preferences: 53.3 to ALP (same as end of
With historical One Nation adjustment: 52.8 to ALP
Labor would win election "held now"
With six new federal polls released in 2018 so far it's time for another federal Poll Roundup, a series which I issue roughly every second Newspoll. As noted in a piece I did about second-term Opposition Leaders, the year began with widespread predictions of a painful year for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and many people reading a lasting Coalition recovery into, well, a single Newspoll really. However it has taken the Coalition just two weeks to hit another speedbump in the form of a multi-faceted scandal involving Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce. The scandal, involving both his relationship with a staffer and various arrangements arising from it, escalated into an exchange of insults between the Prime Minister and his Deputy late last week.
In all this Joyce's behaviour has been that of the ultimate entitled politician, who has even claimed that he himself would never comment on Liberal Party leadership matters when in fact he's been doing so, and frequently, for years. Some of Malcolm Turnbull's comments in response to Joyce's situation have agitated Joyce into retaliating and encouraged Tony Abbott supporters to do their usual thing. However, the idea that Joyce's lack of moral standards and spectacular political hypocrisy should cause the Liberals to replace their own leader with someone better able to work with such a person is ridiculous.
Polling And Aggregation Changes
There has been a significant change over the break with Essential switching from weekly to fortnightly. This will mean less frequent polling data and that in some weeks there may not even be any federal polls, but it will also be a lot less work for my aggregate as I will no longer need to be alternately deleting and reinstating successive Essentials to prevent the same datasets from influencing the total twice. Also following the acquisition of Galaxy by YouGov, the pre-existing YouGov-Fifty Acres poll (which persistently produced extremely strange 2PP results) has yet to reappear, and I would not be too surprised if it has gone. Some people have been confused about this and have thought the characteristics of the YouGov-Fifty Acres poll would now carry on into Galaxy and Newspoll, but this is not the case - YouGov's ownership of Galaxy has so far had no impact on its polling methods.
There has also been a significant change in polling aggregation land with Bludger Track going over to a...
1804 - Charles Crump was Hanged in Sydney for the theft of
9 pieces of chintzes and printed calicoes from William Tough in
1809 - Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.
1835 - Charles Norford was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Patrick Lynch. Norford was shaving Lynch when he suddenly cut his throat.
MEMBERS of anti-fluoride groups have responded to new fluoride legislation proposed by NSW Labors shadow health minister Walt Secord.
Labors proposed legislation will bring laws into effect which will give the NSW health minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply.
The proposed changes follow Gunnedah Shire Councils (GSC) decision to fluoridate the towns water supply in December.
Administrator of the Its ok to say no to fluoride in Gunnedahs water Facebook group Wendy Carpenter said the proposed legislation is disappointing.
I thought Australia was a democratic country where we can make our health decisions, not a dictatorship, Mrs Carpenter said.
It is very disappointing that Mr Secord wants to force all NSW councils to be fluoridated and massively fine those councils that dont want to fluoridate.
In a statement announcing the proposed legislation, Mr Secord took a stand against fluoride opponents.
Fluoride is one of the great public health achievements and it is mind boggling that any group would oppose its introduction, Mr Secord said.
The proposed new laws are sensible and give the health minister the power to direct a recalcitrant local water authority to put fl...
Pete Faulkners post Job Seeker data shows little change for Cairns alerted me to the latest data on recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (for young job seekers) from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. These data highlight the ongoing lack of economic opportunity in Far North Queensland (outside of Cairns and surrounding regions) and North West Queensland, which are home to many remote Indigenous communities (see map below). In the Far North ABS SA3 region, job seekers receiving Newstart or Youth Allowance account for over 12% of the working age population. The Wide Bay-Burnett region also has a relatively high incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (at 6-7% of the working age population).
Stark differences in the numbers of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients exist across Brisbane metro regions. The leafy western suburbs have a very low incidence (at 1-1.5% of the working age population) while the Springwood-Kingston area has around four times the incidence of Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients (over 6%).
EXCLUSIVE: A gay man recently arrested at a gay festival in Melbourne for "booing" right-wing gays says he is planning to do it all again next year and is now inviting others to join him in his peaceful protest. [READ MORE]
By Kevin Samson
Fresh water supplies continue to be assaulted on multiple fronts. Front page news at the moment is the unfolding disaster in Cape Town, South Africa which could be completely without water by June. According to some, this is as much the result of politics as it is the result of a three-year drought.
At the same time, clearly man-made disasters like the corporate hoarding of fresh water is on the rise. At the heart of this initiative to make water a commodity has been Nestle, whose former CEO clearly stated that water supplies should be privatized and that the right to fresh, clean water is not an essential human right. One look at how this is manifesting in Mexico at the moment should make it clear who gets most severely penalized for this policy.
Moreover, it is estimated that nearly 1/3 of the planets population is directly threatened by unclean water. Finding a solution to this ongoing plague should be of paramount importance; it is for this reason that I have repeatedly focused on novel new ways that we can take back control over our water supply and ensure that it is as clean as possible (see here and here).
A new filtering technique might just hold the largest promise yet for being able to access even large bodies of water across the planet that have become terribly polluted. Australias Syndney Harbour is one such place. Comprising more than 10,000 acres at dept...
There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Greens parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications.
The ostensible reason for the attack on Molan was his sharing of two videos originating from a Neo Nazi far right group in the United Kingdom.
Bandt, who later withdrew his remarks, called Molan a coward and said that Molan should be prosecuted for his service in the Iraq war. In the Senate di Natale accused Molan of overseeing a humanitarian catastrophe nearly 15 years ago during the assault on Fallujah, Iraq.
Di Natale said that there was a question that needs to be answered, and the only way with answer that is through an enquiry.
Liberal politicians, from the Prime Minister downward, came to Molans defence, claiming that he was a great Australian soldier who stood up for freedom.
Lost among all the expostulations and threats of legal action were two key issues behind the remarks of both Bandt and Di Natale: were there war crimes committed in Iraq by Australian forces; and whether or not there should be an enquiry (as has happened in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) into the precise circumstances surrounding Australias involvement in that disastrous war.
Instead we have seen sustained attempts two divert from legitimate questions surrounding this issue. It has been variously suggested that Molan is not racist; that it is somehow scurrilous to question the conduct of Australias servicemen; and that Bandt and Di Natale had a view that anyone who goes to war is a war criminal. That simply does not address the real issues.
To answer the first of those questions one needs to go no further then the assaults on Fallujah, the first of which occurred in April 2004 and the second, codenamed Operation Phantom Fury, in October 2004.
Before the second attack began, citizens were instructed to leave, but that did not extend to men aged 15-45 who were prohibited from leaving. Once the bombing began, all exits from the city were sealed off. According to the Washington Post, electricity and water were also cut off. The Red Cross and....
A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018
We need to talk about Jewish racism.
I know what youre thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people whove suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves?
But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us.
This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if youre a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia.
The 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. Therell be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, Ive been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming of sorts. But Ive become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.
The intensity of this years IAW activities will be heightened by the 70th anniversaries this year of the Palestinian Nakba and the creation of the State of Israel. Once again, Jewish students will find themselves feeling distinctly uncomfortable as Zionism, and the Jewish State, are portrayed as racist endeavours.
But is it fair to brand you young Jews who support Israel of being promoters and defenders of racism?
Well, to be blunt, yes it is. But that simple answer doesnt quite capture why that is or how its happened.
I dont for one minute think young Jews who support Israel should be bunched together with members of the British National Party or White Supremacists. Thats lazy thinking. It makes no attempt to understand the origins of Zionism or the current place of Israel in individual or communal Jewish life.
Nonetheless, Jewish racism is a thing. I know it from my own experience, from my own past ways of thinking, from how I was as a student in Manchester in the mid 1980s. This Jewish strand of racism is an inevitable consequence of the success Zionism has had in shaping Jewish identity over the last 70 years. And if we dont face the racism that Zionism has created nothing will change when it comes to Israel/Palestine for another generation.
The truth is, all people are vulnerable to ways of thinking that leave others less deserving than themselves. That doesnt make all of us Adolf Hitler, it just makes us human. But that doesnt make it okay either. If any group should understand that...
Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in.
So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. Im not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response to a statement that is one of belief and not fact (and by belief I dont solely mean religion).
If being black and gay has taught me anything from the constantly repeated negative experiences underpinned by racism and homophobia, its that there are a lot of beliefs out there that are misguided, wrong or just fucked.
Some are from people who come to a conclusion after filling in the blanks they didnt have answers to. Some are from people who just believe anything theyre told and dont question the validity because its easier to just believe than understand. Some are from people who say they dont judge me but theyre instructed by an all-powerful being to say things that judge me and that, in the end, the all-powerful being will judge me (where Im sure my non-judgemental friend, will be saying I tried telling your gay black arse).
Some (this would be the fucked, well, more fucked kind) are simply made up because people have an agenda that usually comes from fear and/or a need to control.
Speaking of agenda, I suppose it only fair I outline mine. Basically, it comes from a need for the queer community to stop being treated like shit. Its a need to stop those constantly repeated negative experiences. Its a need to pay respect to all who stood proudly even when judgement turned to hate, and that hate turned to violence. To let them know the strength I recognised when they refused to turn hateful, as the ones they loved turned them away. That what is right, is the act of treating others right.
Anyway, Im guessing youre guessing that Im talking about Anthony Mundine. After all, I write this article not long after his death penalty comments. But in truth, it starts with a guy called Mick (though Ill get to Anthony, eventually). See, Mick is a nice guy. Met him a few years back through an organisation we both worked for. Wed chit chat and joke whenever he rang my office and always had a laugh.
Mick had property in Townsville that he said I could use whenever I was home, and though I never took him up on it, it was a gesture...
EXCLUSIVE: Having recently resigned as lord mayor of Melbourne following a number of sexual harassment claims, it can now be revealed that Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle once got a teenage girl to sign a confidentiality agreement after she was sexually harassed by another sleazy politician who made crude remarks to her in person and over the phone. [READ MORE]
AFN battles to get best available may release team list today There are strong indications that some of the countrys top athletes might snub the forthcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia from April 4 to 15. Reports have it that red-hot Divine Oduduru and Tobiloba Amusan are 
$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...
Doctors have been warned against rushing to prescribe medical cannabis despite Australians acceptance of its use. To date, the evidence on the effectiveness of medical cannabis remains limited, write Jennifer Martin and Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo in an editorial for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they say the usual regulatory processes designed to protect patients from potential serious harms caused by medicinal cannabinoids must be adhered to.
The pace and scale of the introduction of medicinal cannabis are unprecedented and have raised challenges for health professionals, not so much because of its known addictive and psychoactive properties, but because its introduction has not followed the usual research-based safety and effectiveness processes, they wrote.
They argue there is a need for stronger and more streamlined guidelines in administering and supplying medical cannabis
.In Australia, medicinal cannabis is legal but patient access is still very difficult.
The Therapeutic Goods Administrations (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) provides patient access to cannabis on compassionate grounds without the usual quality and safety data requirements.
This means approval is granted on a case-by-case basis provided the correct documentation is given by the prescribing doctor, says Dr John Lawson, a paediatric neurologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
The prescribing medical practitioner has several responsibilities, including providing informed consent and a treatment plan and monitoring, and complying with reporting requirements including reporting any adverse event to the TGA, Dr Lawson said.
In the case of a child with epilepsy, this means that general practitioners or paediatricians can only successfully apply via the SAS scheme with supporting documentation from a paediatric neurologist.
He says there needs to be a balance between compassion and careful assessment for patients for whom cannabis products might be beneficial.
Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.
A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabidiol one of at least 113 compounds found in the cannabis plant significantly reduced the severity and frequency of seizures in children with a rare, yet devastating form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.
Last year, the Medical Cannabis Council called for more robust research to be done to ensure patients greater acc...
This bird was reported as 'unknown'. Seen while kayaking. It stuck close to cover along the Yeronga bank and when pressed seemed unable to fly [moulting?] [I'm 99.9% sure it's a female Mandarin Duck which has escaped from somewhere. The only other female duck that I've seen like this is American Wood Duck but it doesn't look quite right. (Eds RPM).]
Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5229330/renewable-energy-is-powering-jobs-in-the-regions/?cs=97 James Wright 18 Feb 18 A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.
In Far North Queensland, the Kidston solar array and pumped-hydro project will create 588 jobs this year. At the other end of the country in Port Augusta, Sundrop Farms first-of-its-kind solar tower for Australia creates another 200 jobs. Meanwhile over the border, Stawell in western Victoria is preparing for an influx of 1300 jobs from Nectar Farms combined windfarm, battery storage and 10-hectare hothouse facility.
This is great news! But despite the steady stream of new developments in regional areas, were actually being short-changed. Policy uncertainty due to ongoing internal squabbles in the Federal Government is strangling the growth of this sector and costing regional Australia the true jobs boom it deserves.
Australia has the richest renewable energy resour...
With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.
These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.
Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.
Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:
Include further reasons
in your submission as summarised by RSPCA at...
Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he has referred a disgraceful Facebook post by MP George Christensen to federal police.
Mr Christensen posted a photo of himself pointing a hand gun and the comment you gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?.
Saturdays post drew widespread attention and the Queensland Nationals MP was accused of being insensitive in the wake of last weeks high school shooting in the United States.
Senator Di Natale reported the image to the Australian Federal Police, saying Mr Christensen was giving licence to people to behave in a violent way towards others with a different view.
Its disgraceful, irresponsible, its shameful, he told ABC radio on Monday.
Anti-Adani protestor Ben Pennings confirmed on Sunday he had added Mr Christensens post to a complaint he filed on Thursday with Queensland police after receiving over 100 death threats online.
George Christensen is an appalling example to his constituents
and should be ashamed of himself, Mr Pennings said.
When tensions are high, threats of physical violence to peaceful protesters are particularly unacceptable.
Mr Christensen later amended his post to read You gotta ask yourself, do you have a sense of humour, greenie punks? Obviously not.
Queensland police said on Sunday night no offence had been committed.
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough, a member of the parliamentary friends of shooting group, said it appeared Mr Christensen was making a lighthearted reference to the Clint Eastwood movie Dirty Harry.
In this case I do not believe that George is making an actual
threat against any particular person, he said.
But Mr Goodenough conceded it was an off-colour attempt at humour.
On Monday morning Mr Penning said that after being contacted by concerned gun owners and police officers he has asked the Queensland Police Service to investigate:
1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his
non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in
1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.
1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.
1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.
1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!
1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.
1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.
1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.
1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.
1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.
1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.
1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".
1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.
1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...
Rhianna Johnson lives in Bundaberg in Queensland and she is one in the long list of sick people denied a disability pension by Centrelink. They say she is not sick enough.
The 24-year old is suffering from cystic fibrosis and and two years ago, after a lengthy stay in hospital, she was told that she needed a double lung transplant. She has been on the waiting list since then.
I was first sent to the Prince Charles Hospital in December 2016. I was in hospital for about three months. My lung function dropped to just 23 percent which was really scary.
I was on oxygen for a week and I honestly thought I wasnt going to come off it.
At this time, she returned to Centrelink, in a wheelchair and pushed by her father, to be told that at best she will have to wait for months, before any decision was made.
She was eventually sent home from the hospital, because there was some improvement in her state of health. Unfortunately, she began to deteriorate again after a while.
Rhianna tried to keep on working, but it was too much and she had to resign. Her condition made it too exhausting. Not being able to breath properly and absorb sufficient oxygen to maintain an active life is hard. It drains strength and demands rest periods.
I dont see my friends anymore and I dont have much energy. When I get up in the morning and Ive done all my treatments its pretty much time for a nap, she says.
For Rhianna, it has meant being on the waiting list for her life saving operation. It will not cure her cystic fibrosis. Not having the operation means that she will die soon. By having it, her life can be extended in terms of `both time and quality.
This means shifting to Brisbane, where she can get the treatment she needs, especially in the follow up time after the operation. This costs money.
But according to Centrelinks criterion she is not sick enough to deserve disability support.
Rhianna has chosen to speak out, because she does not want others to go through what she has had to put up with.
The problem is that applicants must meet specific criteria that are designed to rule out many who dont fall within the very narrow definitions set out on a table. This is not a clinical assessment. To get the points, the person must show virtually complete incapacity to look after oneself. Ability to work is not a consideration.
Meeting the table criteria may not be enough, because Centrelink still demands that the condition must be permanent. In Rhiannas case, it may be deemed that because a transplant is possible, she may be able to return to work one day. This means that her condition is not permanent......
Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.
As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.
Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.
Lets face it on all accounts the Tasmanian Health system is failing, and is not far from a real crisis scenario. To those who are desperate for quality health care it probably comes as no surprise to hear that Tasmania has the worst public hospital system in the country. Everyone in the medical profession knows it is mostly due to the lack of funding, so why are our governments at the cost of public health, continuing to prop up the clinically-dead native forest industry to the sum of over $100 million per year ?
As Jack Waterford, former editor of The Canberra Times writes, The government has never narrowed the gap. At present rates, Aboriginals will remain the poorest, sickest, least employed and least educated group in the community 80 years from now and still without a plan, as opposed to a vague hope and intention, to make it different. Happily for the PM, there is a distraction. Poor, rich, white, boy, Barnaby, a lad who enjoyed a privileged upbringing, a St Ignatius College Riverview private school boy, - one of Sydneys most expensive schools - who at home could roam Rutherglen an 1821 hectare farm estate, a New England University accountancy graduate who loves to play the battler from the bush is now acting hard done by. Its all about soliciting free accommodation; favours from a mate In true Nationals fashion, a mob of rugged if not roughshod individuals, whose contempt for bureaucracy matches its war with science and the environment, Barnaby decided to relocate the Australian Pests and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Tamworth. Its a cheap pork-barrel at a mere $26 million when you compare it with $10 billion for Joyces Inland Rail boondoggle which will never turn a profit either but which is also a nifty source of pork The APVMA invites an advisory committee of 20 odd to stay, reports ABC Saturday AM. Of course, as public servants, all are parched and on the tooth and primed for wining and dining. My, how they enjoy a welcome dinner of prawns with kimchi, truffle oil risotto, New England lamb and sticky date sponge; great value at $80 per head. Our shout The Ayatollah, as he was mocked at Goldman Sachs, the PM succeeds in suppressing Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Albericis heretical analysis of how tax cuts to business dont stimulate jobs or growth. One in five dont pay tax for the past three years at least. Those who do, moreover, pay a seventeen per cent tax rate, on average Richard Ackland, Guardian: Michelle Guthrie, the ABC and the turning of a once-shining jewel into mainstream sludge All public broadcasters are engaged in a constant process of chopping, slicing and reinventing, and every boss spreads his or her own brand of unhappiness
As Jack Waterford, former editor of The Canberra Times writes, The government has never narrowed the gap. At present rates, Aboriginals will remain the poorest, sickest, least employed and least educated group in the community 80 years from now and still without a plan, as opposed to a vague hope and intention, to make it different. Happily for the PM, there is a distraction. Poor, rich, white, boy, Barnaby, a lad who enjoyed a privileged upbringing, a St Ignatius College Riverview private school boy, - one of Sydneys most expensive schools - who at home could roam Rutherglen an 1821 hectare farm estate, a New England University accountancy graduate who loves to play the battler from the bush is now acting hard done by. Its all about soliciting free accommodation; favours from a mate In true Nationals fashion, a mob of rugged if not roughshod individuals, whose contempt for bureaucracy matches its war with science and the environment, Barnaby decided to relocate the Australian Pests and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Tamworth. Its a cheap pork-barrel at a mere $26 million when you compare it with $10 billion for Joyces Inland Rail boondoggle which will never turn a profit either but which is also a nifty source of pork The APVMA invites an advisory committee of 20 odd to stay, reports ABC Saturday AM. Of course, as public servants, all are parched and on the tooth and primed for wining and dining. My, how they enjoy a welcome dinner of prawns with kimchi, truffle oil risotto, New England lamb and sticky date sponge; great value at $80 per head. Our shout The Ayatollah, as he was mocked at Goldman Sachs, the PM succeeds in suppressing Chief Economics Correspondent Emma Albericis heretical analysis of how tax cuts to business dont stimulate jobs or growth. One in five dont pay tax for the past three years at least. Those who do, moreover, pay a seventeen per cent tax rate, on average
Jeremy Corbyns warnings on Iraq, Libya and Syria have proved terrifyingly right. And now Iran looks like the next battleground
Introduction Genocide is a systematic use of violence or oppression with the aim of physically eliminating or culturally destroying a social group. The savagery involved in physical genocide often attracts international attention whereas the use of cultural genocide over time often goes undetected
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Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017
The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.
The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...
Please sign the petition here to say no to new and restricting visiting conditions in Australias onshore detention centres. Copied from the petition: Petition Details Petition Number EN0480 Petition Address To the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives and Members of the House of Representatives Petition Of Certain citizens of Australia Petition Reason Onshore immigration(...)
Popular natural tourist attractions including the Great Barrier Reef and Australias famous beaches are at risk because of the damaging effects of climate change, according to a Climate Council report.
The not-for-profit group says Australias tourism is in the firing line as rising sea levels threaten more than half of Australias coastline, heatwaves keep people out of our cities and coral bleaching kills the Great Barrier Reef.
Tourists travel across the globe to see Australias remarkable natural wonders. But these icons are in the climate firing line as extreme weather events worsen and sea levels continue to rise, ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes said in a statement on Thursday.
Some of our countrys most popular natural destinations, including our beaches could become no-go zones during peak holiday periods and seasons, with the potential for extreme temperatures to reach up to 50 degrees in Sydney and Melbourne.
The report, released on Thursday, said Melbourne and Sydney could reach those extreme temperatures even if the government meets its global target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.
If more coral bleaching events occur on the Great Barrier Reef, the tourism areas nearby could see the number of visitors reduced from 2.8 million in 2015 to about 1.7 million per year, the report said.
The council warned climate change may be expanding the distribution of the deadly irukandji jellyfish along Queenslands coast.
As ocean waters warm, many tropical marine species have been observed moving into sub-tropical waters, with irukandji being observed as far south as Hervey Bay and Fraser Island as recently as January 2018, the report said.
The group warns that without effective action by the government to address climate change, the entire northern half of Australia could be deemed unfavourable for tourists within the next 20 years.
The council criticised the governments national tourism plan saying it made no mention of the need to reduce emissions or increase tourism sustainability.
Without credible climate policy that cuts Australias rising carbon pollution levels, the impacts of climate change will only intensify and accelerate across the country over the coming decades, Climate Council acting chief executive officer Dr Martin Rice said in a statement.
While Australia has never been famous for its ski resorts, the industry has already experienced a decline in domestic tourism, the report said.
Further declines in snowfall are projected for all resorts over the rest of this century meaning only the highest peaks such at Mount Perisher and Falls Creek would experience any snow, the council said.
Despite the clear risks tha...
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has today criticised the state governments piecemeal approach to track duplication works near Bacchus Marsh.
The Melbourne Metro Authority, which is delivering the Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) project, announced changes to the project in December 2017, including changing the location of one of the crossing loops. The project originally included 3km of duplication works at Warrenheip, but this was changed to 3km of duplication west of Bacchus Marsh.
The rationale given for this change was that it meant less tree removal and excavation, and that it allowed trains to more quickly move in and out of the stabling facilities that are also planned as part of the BLU project.
However, indicative maps released as part of public consultation show that this duplication will end approximately 1km short of the Rowsley Loop, which was constructed in 2016 meaning the line will go from double-track to single-track and back again in a very short distance.
Shifting the duplication from Warrenheip to Bacchus Marsh, to allow trains to move to and from stabling without causing disruption to revenue services, was a sensible move. But it would be much more sensible if they would just extend the track a little bit further to join up these loops PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said.
It seems ridiculous that these duplication works will get within sight of the existing Rowsley Loop, but wont actually join up with it.
This introduces a new bottleneck to the rail network, which will make V/Lines operations much more complicated than if they just connected the two up. Having these little low-quality bottlenecks limits the usefulness of the high-quality infrastructure being built further up the line.
Mr Lever also raised concerns that having two separate loops so close together would be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.
With these track duplication projects, among the most expensive parts are the points and the signals at either end of the loop the flat, normal track in between is comparatively much cheaper. Because there are such big fixed costs, no matter how long the loop is, a 2km loop isnt twice as expensive as a 1km loop and in the case of this project, a 4km loop would not be 33% more expensive than a 3km loop. Once youve committed to paying the fixed costs, its mu...
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Solidarity from so-called Victoria, Australia, with imprisoned comrades from the Hambach forest occupation in Germany. On January 22nd, cops raided tree houses and barricade structures in the forest, and took 9 people into custody. We took this photo as a small part of the international day of solidarity with the Hambi 9 on February 3rd.
The occupation has for years now been an amazing and inspiring site of resistance against the continued expansion of Europes largest coal mine. It is part of a global struggle against ecological destruction brought on by capitalism.
Freedom for eco-defenders everywhere!
1788 - *sticks plum in cheek*
The Col-o-knee orv NSW warz form-o-lee pro-clay-med.
(The joint wot ran on rum was official, like).
David Collins climbed up on his soap box and formally proclaimed the Colony of NSW with Captain Whatshisname Arthur Phillip as Governor and chief cook and bottle washer.
1793 - The good lil free settlers had most pleased the ruler of the Kingdom of Oz and thus he rewarded them with the first land grants at Liberty Plains (now known as Strathfield - Homebush).
1814 - The Hawkesbury Packet sailed from Shoalhaven; Geordy also sailed from Shoalhaven with 1000 ft of cedar as cargo.
1845 - John Vidall was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Thomas Warne in George St.
1868 - Constable William Griffis (WA) was speared at Nickol Bay Roebourne.
1879 - Kerangie, a steamer ship was wrecked in dense fog off Point Hicks, in eastern Victoria. Crew saved with the assistance of the Government steamer Victoria.
1881 - A pearling cutter named Adela was wrecked ashore in a cyclone, at Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.
1881 - Alpha was another pearling schooner that was wrecked ashore in the same cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.
1881 - Banangara was a third pearling schooner wrecked ashore in cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.
1881 - Fortescue, the fourth pearling schooner to be wrecked ashore in a cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA.
1881 - Morning Star was a pearling cutter that foundered in the same cyclone, Mangrove Islands near the Fortescue River, WA,where her master drowned.
1890 - Those dratted women were getting in everywhere, even in the doctorin' game when Dr Emma Constance Stone became the first registered female doctor in Oz.
1895 - Alfred Grenon was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the attempted murder of Thomas Heavey at Elizabeth Bay.
1901 - G.S.S. Pearling lugger. Lost near Point Cloates, WA,
1904 - A little something different for rail enthusiasts -
The Spring Vale to Spring Vale Cemetery train line opened for business of transporting the dearly departed to the last choo-choo step in life.
1908 - North Sydney Rugby League Footy club was hatched, winning their first Premiership in 1921 and again in 1922 but have had a rather dry spell ever since.
1911 - Lapwing was a schooner that was lost in a hurricane near Onslow, WA.
1928 - Aussie aviator Bert Hinkler took to the air from England in his record busting 15 day solo flight to Darwin and for his hard work amidst the clouds Bert won 10,000.
1933 - Australian territory in Antarct...
The ban imposed by the Australian Building and Construction Commission on building sites and the promised punishing employers who do not police it, with the loss of government contracts, is causing an outrage. And so it should.
It goes to show the Commission is a political tool in the hands of a government that is hell bent on waging an ideological and physical war against the existence of unionism in the construction industry and Australia in general.
This is not new. The commissions former chief Nigel Hadgkiss was forced to make an inglorious and hasty departure last September, after being found that in his one sided zealousness, he had breached the Fair Work Act. The new government appointed leadership is the same.
Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) national construction secretary, Dave Noonan, said this about the new directive.
Nigel Hadgkiss acted like a partisan attack dog for the Turnbull Government. We can now see that the new leadership of the ABCC is no different. It is very clear that the Turnbull Governments ABCC is not about productivity or industry reform.
The ABCC is merely a taxpayer-funded vehicle for the Liberal Partys culture war against unions.
There are real problems that require the PMs attention, like stagnating wage growth and casualisation of the workforce.
Yet they have gone out of their way to make a specific set of rules a flag that represents a struggle for democracy and fairness.
One doesnt have to be a fan of unions to realise that banning the Eureka flag has implications that go much further than building sites and a government war against unions, acting as a wedge that drives full steam, towards outlawing the most iconic symbol of that Australia has.
The eureka flag was raised 163 years ago at Ballarats Sovereign Hill, by diggers standing up against tyranny, and it came to represent a nation fighting for represent justice, multiculturalism, mateship, egalitarianism and democracy.
Today we have a government that is increasingly feeling threatened by these very things, and ever more fearful of criticism, moving in the direction of tyranny.
But Eureka has resonated so much over the years that the Southern Cross is even included in the official flag, just under and to the right of the British symbol. This is the enduring power of the rebellion on the goldfields and why the government is so uneasy about the Eureka flag.
To many, it is the real flag of Australia, truly representing the people and not clinging onto the colonial heritage that accompanied white settlement. It is about a people standing on their own feet, making their own decisions and carving....
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