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On the first day of the COAG Energy Council meeting in Adelaide yesterday (Tuesday December 18), two citizens entered Senator Matt Canavans press conference and stood either side of him bearing #StopAdani signs. Interrupting his opening statements, they asked him why he supports the Adani coal mine.
One of the pair, Donna Smit, 49, said,I interrupted Senator Canavan because Queensland is burning up and he wants to fuel the fire.
More coal means our bushfires, droughts and storms will be even more deadly. I want to know why Senator Canavan, in all good conscience, supports the Adani coal mine when scientists are clear we must leave thermal coal deposits in the ground.
Senator Canavan hides behind the minimal jobs the Adani mine will create, as if coal is the only way we can provide for our families. The Adani mine threatens farmers livelihoods and the 70,000 jobs reliant on a healthy reef.
The federal government must help communities reliant on coal to transition to a cleaner economy of renewable energy, she said.
Jamie Dunn, 23, who held the other sign, said, as a young person, the opening up of the Galilee Basin to new coal mining will have a catastrophic effect on my future.
Climate change is the single biggest threat to my generation and Senator Canavan is determined to make it worse. I will not stop until the Galilee Basin is protected from coal mining for good, he said.
The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria
Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood?
Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.
And now its Australias turn.
Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.
Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees
Personal testimonials (1)
At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.
Here are some
extracts from her speech.
When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.
In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.
Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen.
Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government
Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons....
Leetons iconic Roxy is many things to many people
Contributed from New South Wales
Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed the creation of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission, after months of refusing to do so.
The intensity of public pressure and loss of a parliamentary majority forced the issue.
It is tempting to see this as a major back down. But things are
not always quite what they seem. There is no intention to set up a
commission to properly tackle corruption in Canberra. A smokescreen
to cover up public anger against lack of action is being
Its there is black and white, in the paper submitted last Thursday, which boldly states that the CIC will not investigate direct complaints about ministers, members of parliament or their staff received from the public at large.
The implication is that information passed on by a whistleblower will not be followed up either.
All that the CIC will be mandated to do is take referrals from established government agencies and regulators. This means that the machinery to edit out what the government does not want pursued is in its hands. After all, these agencies operate under the guidelines provided by the government of the day.
Even if specific government direction does not exist, hurdles and delays conveniently in place, to make it much harder for any complaints to be heard.
The Federal Police, for instance, has a mandate to investigate corruption. But its track record is nothing to brag about. If those who have some information to pass on, have to go to the Federal Police, and wait for them to build a case, and pass it on to the CIC, it may be a very long wait, if anything is done at all.
This will send out the message that making a complaint is a waste of time.
Secondly, any case coming under suspicion, must meet a perceived threshold test of criminality on paper. But how is this to be tested?
Those involved in corruption do not put their behaviour out there in public to be seen. Cracking cases must involve following up leaks and pulling aside the cloak of secrecy. The CIC will lack the power to do this.
Thirdly, even if a case reaches the CIC, all it is empowered to do is hand over the case to a special prosecutor, who will decide whether a criminal case should take place. Who appoints the special prosecutor?
This is a CIC without teeth.
Every indication is that there is significant corruption in Canberra. The high number of multi-million contracts, widespread connection between those in the political system and the corporate world, and the penetration of the business lobbyists provide fertile territory to induce payments for favours.
Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more
Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This 
2PP Aggregate: 54.2 to Labor (last election preferences)
(+0.2 since two weeks ago)
With One Nation adjustment: 53.6 to Labor
Labor would easily win election "held now"
Labor won all 66 public and three commissioned national polls released this year
With the release of this week's Ipsos and Essential polls, the polling year has probably come to an end. If there are any late polls I will edit this piece and update it accordingly.
For a government that currently looks as stuffed as a Christmas turkey, the end of the year cannot come soon enough. As the final poll of the year, Essential offered some respite having the government only six points behind (47-53) but this should be treated with some caution as there is an ongoing difference of opinion between Newspoll and Essential as to just how bad the Morrison government's situation is. Since Scott Morrison became Prime Minister, Newspoll has had the Coalition primary on an average of just 35% and the Labor primary on 40%. Essential, however, has had the Coalition primary only narrowly behind (on average 36.9-37.2). On a 2PP basis Newspoll has had an average reading of just 45.25% for the Government, while Essential has had 46.6% - and this is even though Newspoll's preferencing method is more favourable to the Coalition's than Essential's. Currently, with Newspoll and Essential coming out in different fortnights, my aggregate bobs around a bit depending on which one is out, rather than based on the Coalition making substantial gains or losses. If this continues into the New Year I may apply corrections to both.
Since the previous poll roundup we have had:
* Newspoll at 55% 2PP for Labor twice, which I aggregated as 55.7 and 55.9 by last-election preferences after considering the primaries.
* Ipsos at 52% and 54%, which I aggregated at 52.4 and 54.4.
* Essential at 52%, 54% and 53%, which I aggregated at 52.3, 53.9 and 53.
* A commissioned ReachTEL by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition at 54%, which I didn't aggregate under current rules on polls commissioned by activist groups, though it would have made little difference if I did.
The overall result is that the Coalition continues to fall away slightly from a post-coup best in the high 46s, and is currently on a possibly generous (because this isn't a Newspoll week) 45.8%. Here's the smoothed tracking graph, which gets rid of the Newspoll-vs-Essential ups and downs:
The Andrews Labor Government has announced $1.1 million worth of grants to support renewable energy projects in local communities across Victoria. The post Boosting renewables and cutting energy costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.
Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.
The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...
The findings across all of these sources of evidence are remarkably consistent. The research shows that, even when taking account of associated risk factors such as age and education, there is a greater risk of mental ill health amongst those workers operating under FIFO work arrangements. Indeed, one third of the 3000 FIFO workers surveyed experience high or very high levels of psychological distress, as measured on an extensively validated scale.
Crucially, poorer mental health and riskier alcohol and other drug use are risk factors for suicide, and both of these risk factors are present in the FIFO sample. In addition, FIFO workers have a demographic profile (gender, age, education, job role) in which suicide likelihood is greater, while also reporting feelings of loneliness, stigma, bullying and perceived lack of autonomy. Altogether, this pattern of findings suggests that FIFO workers are likely to be at greater risk of suicide.
The Framework identifies 5 priority action areas to reduce suicide in NSW:
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...
"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...
17 year old Toby Thorpe, from Hobart, a member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), raised the need to stop the Adani coal mine in a press conference at the United Nations Climate Conference COP14 on Thursday, as the climate conference was drawing to a conclusion. He was one of four youth activists at this press conference speaking on the need to increase climate ambition and
Last month, federal Opposition assistant treasury spokesman and former ANU economics professor Andrew Leigh backed, in part, Nicholas Gruens excellent idea for a federal Evaluator General to oversee the evaluation of Commonwealth programs (see Building a better feedback loop). With such high-profile policy failures in the past as the pink batts and green loans schemes, an agency that can promote best-practice evaluation of policies is much needed. I expect the Evaulator General would promote the adoption of a Monitor-Evaluate-Report-Improve framework of continuous improvement for policy programs (see figure below). It would also promote the running of randomised control trials of government policies, a passion of Andrew Leighs.
An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was
setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford
Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down
from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.
The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris
On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:
That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:
Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:
Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.
The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.
This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.
Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]
Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.
Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...
Kanowna solar farm near Moree believed to be first to use both DC optimisers and centralised DC-coupled inverters to cater for battery storage and get around network connection hurdles. The post Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles appeared first on RenewEconomy.
As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowiceto negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.
For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the worlds top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop and that is an optimistic estimate.
Theres an urgency in my heart being...
I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.
Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy. The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.
Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation. Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019. Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.
Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond. This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP. Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes. Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion. In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine. The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project. In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season. These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.
Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...
The Bob Brown Foundation is campaigning in Adelaide at the ALP National Conference for support for the 100km, $20 million Trans Tarkine Track, in north west Tasmania and on other environmental issues.
Polling commissioned by the Bob Brown Foundation in May 2018 revealed that 72% of Labor voters want the Tarkine protected as a National Park.
One bird seen. The first sighting by me on this beach in the five years I have lived nearby.
Published on Dec 16, 2018
European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.
Published on Dec 16, 2018
Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.
When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)
After going missing on Christmas Day five years ago, deep ocean measuring equipment belonging to the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just been found on a beach in Tasmania by a local resident after making an incredible 14,000 km journey across the ocean.
In 2011, this deep-ocean lander instrument was deployed by NOC scientists in the northern Drake Passage, which is a narrow section of the ocean between South America and Antarctica. Measuring ocean bottom pressure here helps provide information on the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which is the largest ocean current in the world. The instrument was due to spend two years collecting data at a depth of 1100 metres, before being recovered on Christmas Day in 2013 by a research expedition on the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross, operated by British Antarctic Survey. However it did not return to the surface as planned for reasons that are not clear, possibly due to something getting tangled up with the release mechanism.
After being presumed lost, the deep ocean instrument frame was discovered washed up on a beach on the western tip of Tasmania. After being made aware of the find, the manufacturers were able to use the serial numbers on two of the sensors on the frame to trace the NOC as the owners and contact them.
The image in the article serves up robust testimony to the differential ability of the probe's materials to resist marine fouling.
Read more of this story at SoylentNews.
About a month ago, I was woken up at the crack of dawn by my mobile phone ringing. this cant be good news I figured. It was my darling wife who informed me I had to be at Hobart airport by mid-day, shed booked me on a flight to Brisbane that was scheduled to leave at 1PM. her mother, she informed me, was probably going to die that day, or some time very soon, and I was needed for moral support, among other things.
Obviously, I staggered out of bed, packed my bags, forced breakfast down, and cleaned up my mess at the building site.
I had originally been booked a week or more later to attend a wedding, and everything was now up in the air literally as I sat in one of those amazing aluminium tubes that can fly you thousands of kilometres in the blink of an eye lid, thanks to those irreplaceable fossil fuels..
It was warm and sunny when I left Tassie, and pouring rain and cold when I arived in Brisbane. I had planned for this, carrying a raincoat on board. My son picked me up in Brisbane and drove me through peak hour traffic to Caloundra where my mother in law was going to spend her last three days before calmly passing away, unconscious, I think. It was a lot like turning the ignition off a very old and tired motorcar that had simply reached the end of the road..
At 94, darling old Betty, who has been the kindest and most generous mother in law one could have wished...
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