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Is America reaching its end phase ?
Empires dont last forever . America empire may be now reaching its end phase.
American Congress is now in the hands of half-citizens (each congress member with dual citizenship has only half-loyalty to America) and is under tremendous pressure from lobbyists.
Congress and Supreme Court are fighting hard to take-over Presidential power: Supreme Court tries to incapacitate Executive power (as granted by the Constitution) on many cases then gives Congress the final says on those cases.
American politicians are now denouncing populism of their own President Donald Trump and of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban . They are
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While competitive sport isnt of interest to me sometimes the politics surrounding the events is interesting. And strong statements are made. Recently American football players have been kneeling during the nation anthem. Adam Goodes in Australia performed a war dance during a game a few years ago.
On Tuesday October 16 a human rights summit in Melbourne will be held in the name of a man whos involvement in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics Black Power Salute protest.
His name is Peter Norman, the tribute below written by musician and family friend Les Thomas.
How many of my friends know the full story behind this statue?
I imagine many would know its a tribute to the famous Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, easily one of the most iconic moments in sports history.
Tommie Smith stands at first place on the podium, and John Carlos stands on third. Who was on second? A lot fewer know the answer to that in the United States, but a growing number of people are now aware of the name of Australian silver medallist Peter Norman thanks to Matt Normans excellent documentary Salute that came out ten years ago, as well as more recent efforts to have Normans human rights, anti-racist and sporting contribution recognised in a statue of his own in his home town of Melbourne.
The reason why hes absent from the statue in San Jose, California, as I understand is that he wanted the spot kept clear so that others who wanted to stand in solidarity could do so. Thats how his self-described brother from another mother tells it beautifully in this speech that I encourage everyone to watch for a full sense of what happened
Newstead Landcare are delighted to have Dr Kath Handasyde from The University of Melbourne up to speak at our AGM this Thursday 18th October at Newstead Community Centre. The presentation on the ecology and behaviour of ECHIDNAS will begin at 8pm and all are welcome. A gold coin donation will help cover costs.
Echidnas are one of two Australian monotreme species the egg-laying mammals. Echidnas are our most widely distributed mammals, occurring in all regions of Australia. They are classified as myrmecophages, feeding extensively on social insects, such as ants and termites. These are a rich and abundant food resource for which echidnas have clear adaptations, such as a long narrow snout, sticky tongue and powerful digging abilities. Echidnas are one of the relatively small number of Australian mammals that undergo hibernation. Come along and find out much more about these extraordinary animals.
Echidna photographed by Patrick Kavanagh of Strangways
On Monday 15 October, Australian Army NH
Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was noted landing
at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville. It was heard using
the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9".
Call 000, call the fire brigade, no call Connor Court and order a copy or two of his latest book on growing up a generation or two ago in the Deep West. Order the other one as well!
He is on fire in The Spectator lately as well, in the current edition it is Marxist education in the schools. He encountered Marxism early when he was in the Young Pioneers and travelled to Sydney for a significant youth festival. The tireless cadres were at work and now we are where we are. Surprised?
Actually there was resistance, check out the archive of Quadrant. And the stirring (partial) success of Santamaria and colleagues versus the communists in the trade unions.
A New South Wales police officer has been sentenced today for sexually assaulting a patron at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival last year.
While Defqon.1 attracted controversy recently following a handful of drug-related deaths, its an incident from last years festivities that has made headlines today.
As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Constable Mitchell James Willey has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after pleading guilty to indecent assault.
The incident in question occurred in September of 2017 when Willey, who was off-duty at the time, approached a woman and grabbed her by the vagina. Several police officers were reportedly following Willey at the time, who was apprehended by a sergeant after the woman reportedly screamed dont touch me.
In the Penrith Local Court earlier today, magistrate Geoff Hiatt explained that he did not belief Constable Willey to be genuinely remorseful for his actions.
While Willeys lawyer Ben Clark claimed that the incident was a moment of absolute madness, prosecutor Kate Owens noted that the public has grown far too tired of such behaviour.
There is quite a vocal protest going on in this state and elsewhere, Owens explained. She was randomly attacked by this offender.
Women in particular should be able to attend these events and go about their day-to-day lives without fear of this kind of interference with their body.
While Mr Clark claimed that this is not #MeToo, and that his client is not being sentenced for being Harvey Weinstein, Constable Willey was nonetheless suspended for his actions, with his future in the NSW police force currently unclear.
Just last month, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined her desire to shut down the Defqon.1 festival, citing a spate of drug-related deaths as the reasoning for her decision.
I never want to see this event held in Sydney or New South Wales ever again we will do everything we can to shut this down, she explained in a press conference.
I understand there were some deaths in the past, but to have at least two on one night when every assurance was given to those attending that it was a safe event,...
The FOBIF Creatures photographic exhibition hosted by Togs Place in Lyttleton Street opened last Friday. It will run till 29 November. There are 24 photos which have been selected from the 125 photos that were sent into FOBIF. Once again thanks to everyone who participated. The photos are online here. We would also like to thank the owners of Togs, Elissa and Jason, and the cafe staff, for their support in holding this exhibition.
Some highlights include the endangered Swift Parrot by Debbie Worland, a group of perching Juvenile Scarlet Robins by Albert Wright and a Red Wattlebird bathing by Vivienne Hamilton. The rest show photos of local fauna including a macro shot of a Grasshopper Nymph by Patrick Kavanagh, a watchful Koala and a curious Yellow-footed Antichinus by Damian Kelly. We encourage everyone to go along and have a look at this impressive show by local photographers.
Growing worries are pushing more wealthy mainlanders to seek property and long-stay visas overseas but for some, it has turned into a nightmare
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Melbourne musician Ayleen OHanlon has a brand new single out now via the good folk at Blind Date Records. Good As Gold is a change-up for Ayleen, more country rock than her previous folk leanings. It works brilliantly too. Its tough and tender at the same time with an ebb and flow, a glorious
Hey guys. Im from sydney and i really want to see the great barrier reef before it basically dies off from climate change. Im planning on going this summer or early autumn.
Ive heard that flying to cairns is the best option so ill do that. Otherwise, where is the best and most pure place to go diving in the reef?
Are there any other exceptionally beautiful places that i should go to?
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The sails of the Sydney Opera House were being used as a billboard for a horse race a few days ago. Regardless of the value of the horse race, or the ethics about using a UNESCO listed landmark for promotion of gambling, there is a problem about the way it was done. According to The Guardian,
The age of criminal responsibility in New South Wales is 10 years, which means a person who is 10 years or older can be charged with a criminal offence and sent to court. Children are normally dealt with in the childrens court, rather than the local, district or supreme courts like adults. The sentencing options
More than a dozen LGBT survivors of harmful gay conversion therapy have shared their experiences in a new report that claims the dangerous practice remains a real problem in Australias religious communities. Gay conversion therapy describes the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means. The Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to ...
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by Alex Bruce
The producer of the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, Bart Sibrel joins Sean Kerrigan to discuss Fake News, the Apollo Moon missions, SpaceX and YouTubes double standard regarding censorship and demonetization.
Sibrel believes that Alex Jones, for example was taken down to confer him with Street Cred to his millions of fans, in order to be trotted out to promote a big lie later soon.
YouTube hates Sibrels truth-telling about the Lunar Landings and they demonetize his videos. Meanwhile, they allow incredible violence and other violations of purported Community Guidelines by big corporate accounts.
Sibrel easily demonstrates how the photographs of the Lunar surface are fake because the shadows are pointing in different directions. This would not be possible on the Moon, due to the Sun being the only light source and the light being unidirectional. This is to say nothing about NASAs recent admissions that they dont have the technology to protect Astronauts from the enormous radiation of the Van Allen Belts.
Sibrel continues his analysis of motion picture evidence and uses deductive reasoning to show how NASAs claims that they destroyed their hardware and telemetry data as a basis for why...
It has taken more than a year but Nullum House in Knox Park has finally reopened after being severely damaged in the 2017 flood.
Murwillumbahs Nullum House operates as a Social Inclusion Centre, providing a range of services to the homeless, lonely and struggling members of the community.
It floods even in small events and one of the options was to demolish the building and relocate the services.
But Tweed Shire Council with the backing of its tenant the not-for-profit Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc decided to gut and refurbish the building at a cost of $100,000 to make it more flood resilient and vandal resilient.
The new fitout will allow it to be hosed out and back in operation quickly after any future inundation.
The external blockwalls have been waterproofed to about one metre above ground level; steel security screens have been fitted and the eaves have been lined with Colorbond.
On the inside, a more open-plan has been adopted with fewer internal walls, tiles have replaced linoleum and a stainless steel kitchen and benches have replaced the previous timber cabinets.
Electrical circuits have been lifted above likely inundation levels.
Over the past 12 years, the services from Nullum House have grown and 24 staff and volunteers now provide lunch twice a week, shower and laundry facilities, counselling, art and music therapy, as well as connections to other support services.
Three evenings a week the Combined Churches run a soup kitchen at Nullum House.
For more information about Nullum House and the services provided there, dr...
Federal Labor has announced it wants planned changes to Australian discrimination laws to go further to prevent religious schools from sacking teachers and staff on the basis of their sexuality, as well as students. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would move to scrap a rarely-used federal exemption allowing religious ...
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This post is not related to any current policy issue. It is a summary created for another reason but might be useful for higher education administrators or policy people.
Full fees is a term used in Australia as an implied contrast with students who pay a student contribution, which is usually combined with a Commonwealth contribution to provide an overall funding rate for a Commonwealth supported student. Full means that there is no government subsidy and the student pays all the provider charges. Tuition fees for non-Commonwealth supported students are not regulated. There is more detail on this in chapter 7 of Mapping Australian higher education 2018.
About 7 per cent of domestic undergraduates in Australia are full-fee paying. The simple explanation for this is that domestic undergraduate students in public universities pay student contributions rather than full fees, while undergraduates in private universities and non-university higher education providers pay full fees. However, there are exceptions in both cases, sometimes at the level of the unit of study (subject) rather than the course.
In what follows, all statutory references are to the Higher Education Support Act 2003.
Generally, domestic undergraduates enrolled in a Table A university (more commonly known as a public university) must be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-30 (1). This creates an on-going entitlement for that course, unless one of the exceptions below becomes relevant: section 36-25(1).
Once a student is a Commonwealth supported student, he or she can be charged a student contribution but cannot be charged another tuition fee: section 169-15(1).
A domestic student is an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent visa holder or a permanent humanitarian visa holder: Schedule 1, Dictionary.
But there are exceptions to the general entitlement of public university students to Commonwealth support:
When the student is a former international student: section 36-30(2)(d).
When the student has advised that they do not want to be a Commonwealth supported student: section 36-10(3).
When the unit of study does not contribute to the course of study they are enrolled in: section 36-10(1)(b).
When the higher education provider expects that the student will not und...
Via NY Post: An Aussie mom took a beating from a monster hailstorm during a desperate attempt to shield her infant daughter and she said shed do it again in a heartbeat. Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving home with her 4-month-old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother during the supercell thunderstorm that battered Queenslands South Burnett 
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating the Home Affairs Department over allegations it leaked material regarding Peter Duttons visa grants to two au pairs. The AFP was put on high alert about a month ago, when several emails were leaked which suggested that Mr Dutton went out of his way to prevent the deportation
Yesterday was a perfect morning to be out in the garden, and not just for birds. Thanks to Geoff Park for giving us heaps of information about our local birds, their habitat and how we can make our gardens more attractive to them. Our two minutes silence quieted eveyone, birds included! But in between we Continue reading Birder in Residence
Construction will begin shortly of a new, purpose-built Mens Shed at Ballina after the NSW government announced today it would put $150,000 in funding towards the facility.
Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin (Nationals) said Mens Sheds were becoming a vital part of the community, which creates valuable opportunities for so many men in the region.
Although a Mens Shed already exists in Ballina, Mr Franklin said the new facility will mean members will have a bigger and safer space to carry out more activities.
When constructed the new facility will include a more flexible workshop, assembly spaces, storage and specialised woodwork and metalwork tools, Mr Franklin said.
But most importantly, the new facility will include a better kitchen space. We know that the conversations had over a tea or coffee are the most valuable part of the Mens Shed community.
Team Leader for the Ballina Community Mens Shed Graham Eggins said We are extremely grateful for this funding grant announced today and for Ben Franklins incredible ongoing support for the Shed.
It has been the turning point in the long and winding road towards securing the facility the community so desperately needs. Construction of a fully operative stage one can now commence, Mr Eggins said.
The projects completed by the Mens Shed are extraordinary, Mr Franklin said.
But it is the social aspect the mateship and comradery which makes this Mens Shed so special. It is a space where men can go and not have to worry about issues they are facing in their daily lives.
Mens Sheds like the one in Ballina are one of the most powerful tools in addressing health and wellbeing and helping men to be productive and valued members of our community, he said.
Random as post.
Used blu tack to hang up a poster and obviously with the heat it fell down. That's not the bad part, the rest of the blu tack is stuck onto the wall, I tried using the existent blu tack to roll it off with little luck, a magic sponge, eucalyptus oil, that all didn't work. So I ended up using a chisel which I pulled some of our feature wall paint off. Had to repaint it.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) says Health Minister Brad Hazzard is prepared to meet with opponents of the site the government has selected for the new $534 million Tweed Hospital.
Despite previously saying the time for talk was over, Mr Hazard will meet with the Relocate group if a suitable time can be arranged in the next two weeks, while parliament is still sitting, Mr Provest told Echonetdaily.
He said he believed it was important for the group to be able to meet with the minister in order to fully understand the governments position on the new hospital site.
I know there are a number of people unhappy with the chosen site, especially with the amount of misleading statements that have been put out in relation to it, which is why I think it is important for a representative from the group to meet with the minister, Mr Provest said.
We need to get on with the job of building this life saving hospital, which is why it is important to move forward as a community so that we can celebrate the new facility together.
Mr Provest said the offer was particularly aimed at the Relocate group who were in Sydney meeting with the opposition last week.
Although theres probably been well over 18 months of continuous consultation, including a community reference group, if they would like to put forward their thoughts if they feel strongly about it I will try arrange it.
Tweed option too expensive
He said the offer did not extend to Tweed Mayor Katie Milne (Greens), who has advocated redeveloping the hospital at the existing site in Tweed Heads.
That would cost about 40 per cent more. You would have to reclaim about 50 homes plus the bowls club.
We need a site that can grow over the next 50 years, not one that his going to be constrained.
The redevelopment of the Lismore Base Hospital on the existing site has been a nightmare, he said.
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Fake news is a fairly recent concept that has accompanied the rise of social media. And concerns about the spread of false information have become more intense following allegations of the Russian use of misinformation to influence the 2016 US elections and Brexit vote in the UK. Ironically, the benefactor
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Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.
The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.
It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.
From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.
Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.
This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.
Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.
Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.
There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.
All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support...........
In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: What is White Collar Crime? White collar crime spans a range of criminal offences and is becoming increasingly prevalent in todays digitised society. Click here to read the article The Cannabis Climate in Australia: An Interview With SA Cannabis Councils
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Madiba The Music showing now Madiba is Nelson Mandelas clan name, emerging in the aftermath of this passing as a sign of respect and affection. Madiba the Musical is a part biographic celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela, with sub-plots that widen the lens of apartheids toxic effect in South Africa beyond the 
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts heavy surf and continued wet weather as a deepening coastal trough extending from south-east Queensland over the North Coast combines with a strong high pressure system over the Tasman Sea.
These systems are bringing strong to gale force winds to the Northern Rivers.
Very heavy surf, which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion, is possible along the far north coast on Monday (October 15).
Conditions are expected to ease late Monday/early Tuesday as the trough moves slowly eastwards.
Beach conditions in these areas could be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.
Locations which may be affected include Tweed Heads, Hastings Point, Byron Bay, Ballina and Brunswick Heads.
Wet weather is expected to continue around the region, with rain falling in diminishing amounts over coming days.
Byron Bay is predicted to receive 20-40mm of rain today and a further 10-20mm tomorrow, Lismore and Ballina are expected to get 10-20mm today and 5-10mm tomorrow, while Tweed Heads can expect 20-40mm with 1-5mm tomorrow.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.
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The Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO), based in far east Gippsland is hosting a citizen science survey over the Melbourne Cup long weekend in November (November 3 6, 2018).
You will learn from the dedicated and passionate ecologists and activists at GECO whose citizen science campaign is saving forests from logging. Well be based in and around Goongerah, including surrounding high conservation value and old growth forests, and the iconic Kuark forest.
These camps are a great chance to learn about how special these forests are, while contributing to their protection.
This camp will visit forests on the lands of the Bidwell, Gunnai-Kurnai and Monaro people. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of these forests and pay respect to their elders past and present.
The camp is free of charge. But donations to cover costs are most appreciated.
Youll gain skills to put into practice and get involved in the GECO citizen science campaign.
We will also conduct nocturnal spotlighting in forests that are under imminent threat of logging. If our surveys are successful, theres a chance we can protect these forests and stop them being logged.
Youll gain skills in wildlife spotlighting, using GPS, remote fauna camera use, forest and rainforest survey techniques, and youll experience some of Victorias most spectacular old growth forests, that are still under threat from logging.
We suggest you arrive on Saturday during the day to be ready to start the program on Saturday evening.
We will have the GECO kitchen tent set up with communal gas burners, cooking pots and pans, bowls, cups and cutlery etc.
You need to supply your own breakfast and lunch, and snacks
during the day.
Dinner will be provided for Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights at a cost of $20 per person for three nights. Meals will be Vegan and Gluten free.
The kitchen will be available to use each morning for breakfast, lunch will be eaten in the bush on field trips.
Families and children are welcome.
Some of the finest acts in Aussie rock are set to descend upon Sydney next month, when the Misfit Mad Minds Fest takes over The Lansdowne Hotel.
Kicking off on November 11th, the Misfit Mad Minds Festival is set to combine some of the most peculiar, uncanny, and all-round absurd minds in Australian music for a night that punters wont soon forget.
Headlined by Byron Bay rockers Skegss, punters are set to receive a stunning array of catchy tunes from the groups debut record, My Own Mess. Likewise, pub-rock veterans the Cosmic Psychos are set to showcase old favourites and new cuts from their latest album, Loudmouth Soup.
Revesby rockers Pist Idiots also join the bill, armed with their new EP Princes, while the shittest band in Newtown, Scabz, are set to prove theyre anything but when they take to the stage.
Of course, it doesnt end there though, with the likes of Buzzkull, Cloacas, Ute Root, Screech, and Crotch all set to make sure audiences are nice and sweaty before the headline acts take the stage.
A collaboration between Misfit, Space 44, and General Pants, the Misfit Mad Minds Fest is on track to be one of the loudest and most hectic events to take over The Lansdowne Hotel in some time. So if you like your Aussie rock turned up to eleven, be sure to score your ticket to one of the wildest days on the Sydney music calendar next month.
Presented by Misfit, Space 44, and General Pants
Sunday, November 11th
The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Eminem has announced a 2019 tour in support of his latest album Kamikaze. It is the rappers first tour of Australia since 2014.
The Rapture tour will see him play a slew of arena dates, at Brisbanes QSAC, Sydneys ANZ Stadium, Melbournes MCG and Perths Optus Stadium.
Kamikaze dropped without warning and debuted at #1 in Australia, it was his ninth album to do so. The album was met with controversy and criticism for its use of homophobic language. Check out the tour dates below.
Tickets on sale 2pm AEDT Monday, 22nd October
Wednesday, 20th February
Friday, 22nd February
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Sunday, 24th February
Wednesday, 27th February
Optus Stadium, Perth
Tweed police report that two members of their force have been assaulted in a three-day period since Thursday last week (October 11).
A man arrested on Saturday at Tweed Heads allegedly broke a police officers nose. In a separate incident on Thursday, a man threatened Tweed Hospital emergency staff and patients with a skateboard before kicking his arresting officer.
At about 12.20pm on Saturday (October 13), police had cause to question a 25-year-old male from Bilambil they spotted sitting in a parked car in Church Lane, Murwillumbah, who provided a false name.
Further inquiries indicated the male had an outstanding arrest warrant.
Police removed him from the vehicle and as they were about to handcuff him he attempted to run.
When police grabbed hold of him, they say he resisted and wrestled with them violently before being eventually subdued and handcuffed.
During the incident the male hit a Senior Constable to the face causing a suspect broken nose.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where a search revealed a NSW drivers licence that did not belong to him.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police, resist police and goods in custody suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained.
He was refused bail to appear at the Tweed Heads Local Court on Sunday, October 14.
On Thursday (October) 11 a 43-year-old male from Bondi Beach entered the emergency department of the Tweed Heads Hospital around 3.40am demanding medical attention.
He allegedly became extremely aggressive towards staff, using offensive language in the presence of staff and other patients in the waiting area and demanding to be supplied with drugs.
He was carrying a skateboard and was pointing it towards hospital security and members of the public.
Police attended allegedly remained extremely aggressive and continued to use offensive language while being placed under arrest
At Tweed Heads Police Station the male allegedly kicked a Senior Constable to the leg.
He was charged with offensive conduct and assault police.
He has been refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on December 3.
This gorgeous Eastern Yellow Robin enjoyed my company last week at the Reserve (where the Muckleford Creek joins with the Loddon River). The Newstead Landcare Group plantings are transforming this already beautiful area into a local biodiversity hotspot.
A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.
Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.
Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.
Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.
The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.
We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...
There are some places that will instil the fear in most people and the Port Arthur prison must have done that back in the day when it was a fully functioning convict prison. I can tell you that because even as it stands now in ruins on the tip of a little bay it still has the power to make you feel a slight shiver of fear.
Standing in the sun you could feel beautifully warm but as soon as the wind picked up it could cut you to the bone with its iciness. I can only imagine how much the Port Arthur convicts would love the beauty of this place but hate it at the same time.
We arrived at 10.45 after making the trip from Hobart to Port Arthur with Gray Line. I made a beeline to get my first look at the Port Arthur Historic site after taking the girls to the toilet after we first arrived. We made our way quickly down to the oval to take some pictures before the Port Arthur Historical Site got too busy with visitors for the day. We then made our way back up to a small balcony just inside the entrance so we could join the free tour which started at 11.00.
The tour was conducted by an employee of the Port Arthur Historic Site and the knowledge he had was amazing. We were taken to the majority of the main buildings or a central point where ))) would tell us about what had gone on there. As you toured more of the Port Arthur historic site the harsh conditions that the Port Arthur convicts had were made more and more evident. From harsh working gangs that built so much of Tasmania to the brutal punishment of the separate prison where Port Arthur convicts were sent into solitary confinement.
The tour only goes for about 45 minutes and gives you a taste of what to expect as you tour the actua...
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Big Supermarket are big by name, but definitely not by nature. A low-key lo-fi quartet scattered between the west and south east of our wide isle, BS stick to their guns by creating comforting music that might remove you from your current reality.
Pretty much non-existent on socials and spread between Melbourne and Perth, Big Supermarket keeps a low profile preferring to come together for occasional shows or recording sessions. Its actually quite refreshing to come across an act thats difficult to find or pin down both online and IRL. The band materialised after two members traded lyrics with their future band mates in Aus, while based in the Philippines distance clearly feeds the beast.
Given the scattered nature of the band, their music is surprisingly coherent. Their large 14-track debut LP, 1800, is a culmination of recordings from the past four years all driving guitars, swarming and swathing layers of cohesive noise, 80s-infused keys propelling homely nostalgia with lo-fi vocals adding grit and grunt.
Weve been repping SuperHwy this past little while an abrupt dose of speedy video game keys and crashing layers that create a fantasy vision of a psyched-out highway trip. You can hear it, and get info on shows and releases, through the bands label Hobbies Galore, or maybe just kick it old school, pre-interwebs, and keep an eye on the street, venues or via word of mouth. Either way, we dig the mystique.
Everyone deserves a ob they can count on. And no-one deserves to have their hard-earned wages stolen by their boss.
We want the Victorian government to add a clause to the Crimes Act (1958) which makes deliberate, dishonest wage theft a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment.
Daniel Andrews has committed to introduce wage theft laws. Now were calling on Matthew Guy to step up and protect young workers by making the same commitment.
Right now, some businesses are exploiting young workers. Instead of contributing to our community, theyre stealing from vulnerable young people, and conditioning them for a life of exploitation.
I was one of those young workers. I worked for a year at a cafe in Camberwell, just outside of the Melbourne CBD. During my time there, I was classified as a part-time worker. That means I should have had regular shifts and access to paid annual and sick leave but instead I was treated as a casual, at the cafes beck and call, and had no access to paid leave.
Over $8000 in wages and $700 in superannuation were withheld from me by my boss in just a year and it took months of negotiations and a review of my full roster history to get the wages I claimed back paid to me.
Im just one of thousands. Wage theft is an epidemic. At least a fifth of young workers have reported that their hard-earned wages have been stolen from them in scams; they are paid for fewer hours than they work, are illegally denied correct pay, have their superannuation stolen or their accrued leave withheld.
All these forms of wage theft are against the law, but they still happen. Bosses know that theyll only receive fines or warnings if they get caught- and that theyre not likely to get caught.
A series of audits by Fair Work in 2016 revealed that almost 58% of hospitality businesses (cafes and restaurants) and 39% of retail businesses were stealing wages. Thats potentially hundreds of thousands of cases of wage theft! But only a fraction of these cases ever end up in court. It shows that the current legal system is stacked in favour of bad employers who choose to underpay workers to increase their profits.
A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.
Are you confused about Antifa? Maybe you are always thinking about how to it explain it to those who have no clue? Or youre trying to perfect your response to people who just dont get it and keep asking stupid questions?
Read the explanation below, it will help you out. Written by a friend.
I see an awful lot of talk against the whole idea of Antifa as a group, to which I chuckle to myself and quietly reply You deluded Muppets.
Kids, Antifa is not a group.
Its an ideology a practical, ethical political theory.
It literally stands for anti-fascism. It means that you oppose fascism in all its forms, by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
That opposition takes many forms including, and leading up to, violence, like punching Nazis.
It can also take other forms emailing a conference centre or hotel and telling them that white supremacists are going to use their venue as a meeting place, identifying marchers at a white supremacist rally and emailing their employers to get them fired, turning up at a rally and staging a non-violent counter-demonstration, tearing down their posters, cleaning up their graffiti, DDOSing their websites, asking shops not to display their books or materials, etc.
If you have some modicum of social power, there are other things you can do defending working-class communities from evictions and police violence, setting up shelters when government cuts force official ones to close . . . as well as helping people, this also restricts fascists ability to draw on community frustrations for recruiting.
Todays blog post is about sleep and reading. I am travelling
from London to Sydney today via Hong Kong so I will not write
anything more than a few lines. I will be back in writing mode on
Tuesday I should think. For the next 24 hours I have a lot of
reading to do. I also provide some advice for those who pack
running shoes when travelling.
It has been a really busy, if not torrid speaking tour this time around lots of in and out of my least favourite airport London Heathrow and a lot of talk.
I now get a more measured period of writing.
Thomas Fazi and I met in Germany over the weekend just gone and are now fully working on our followup book to Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).
I will provide a rough guide to what we are up to soon I might have said when we know but it is more accurate to say when the approach is more fully articulated.
I think it will be a little of a surprise and as a clue we are going to provide a comprehensive critique of Western concepts of democracy and economy to allow us to break out of the usual frames that bind, even our thinking.
It might not work but it will be fun finding out.
More on that later.
Over the next 24 hours or so, if you are worried about comments that are held in the moderation queue it is because I am some kms in the sky and refuse to pay the ridiculous fees that airlines demand for wi-fi connection.
More important than learning or writing about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is finding good running routes when travelling.
Here are some of the routes I have been traversing over the last few weeks in New York City and then in Europe.
NYC Hudson River Park
I was staying in Jane Street, adjacient to the Hudson River. The choice of Hotel was deliberate because I had only one crossing before I was on the fabulous running track along the river.
You can go south for further than I run I went around 5 kms down and 5kms back. There are various piers that you can run out and around if you like.
Surface is excellent (paving mostly).
There are a lot of runners but it is not crowded.
The route in the map is not my turnaround point on the days I ran it I just couldnt fit it all on the screen and make it meaningful.
It appears the rigid hard-right core of the Liberal and National parties, whose face for public consumption is Prime Minister Scott Morrison, thought that Australian voters would find it acceptable that the only people that religious institutions of any denomination would not be able to discriminate against will be heterosexual individuals and those born with absent or ambiguous secondary sexual characteristics.
Everyone else would apparently be fair game for every rabid bigot across the land.
Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender citizens and their children are not to be afforded the full protection of human rights and anti-discrimination law in this New World Order.
It doesn't get any clearer than the main thrust of the twenty recommendations set out below.
However, now the cat is out of the bag Morrison is backtracking slightly. Just hours after arguing schools should be run consistent with their religious principles and that no existing exemption should be repealed, Scott Morrison told Sky News that he was "not comfortable" with private schools expelling gay students on the basis of their sexuality.
Rejecting new enrolment applications by gay students was something he was careful not to directly address.
It should be noted that "not comfortable' leaves a lot of wiggle room to look the other way as state and federal legislation is either amended or new Commonwealth legislation created which would allow this blatant di...
On 9 October 2018 Essential Research released the results of survey questions concerning trust in the media.
Once again public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, were the clear winners across all categories in which they were listed.
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October 2018 COVER: HOTHAM STREET LADIES,
On Disappointment (detail) 2018. HOME made GOOD:
Christmas at The Johnston Collection 2018 | 19, East Melbourne
(VIC), 1 October 2018 5 February 2019 johnstoncollection.org hothamstreetladies.com
Paul E. MASON (b. 1947), Baudins Costal
Profile Reliquary 2018, pewter, wood, resin, Kimberly coastal
rocks, diorite, aluminium, gold leaf, 61x20x26cm. PAUL E MASON:
LOOKING FOR BAUDIN 21st Century Reliquaries Encounter c.1800 Terra
Australis, Ararat Gallery TAMA, Town Hall, Vincent Street,
Ararat (VIC), 19 October 2018 20 January 2019 araratgallerytama.com.au
Unknown artist (Leipzig Germany) after Gustave
MUTZEL (b. 1839, d. 1893), Australische fauna, 1894.
Chromolithograph on paper. Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift of Ted and
Gina Gregg, 2013. Animalia Australis, Ararat Gallery TAMA,
Town Hall, Vincent Street, Ararat (VIC), 19 October 2018 20 January
George BALDESSIN, Acrobat 1964, etching a...
Kaldor Public Art Projects Celebrates
HALF A CENTURY IN THE PUBLIC EYE
Art Gallery of New South Wales
until 16 February 2020
Half a Century in the Public Eye, is an exhibition created by acclaimed British artist Michael Landy and presented as a collaboration between Kaldor Public Art Projects and the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW). The exhibition surveys the rich history of Kaldor Public Art Projects through original artworks, archival materials and re-presentations of past projects, from Christo and Jeanne-Claudes Wrapped Coast (1969), to Jeff Koons flower Puppy (1995), Marina Abramovis In Residence (2015) and Jonathan Jones barrangal dyara (skin and bones) (2016). The exhibition revisits each of the past Kaldor Public Art Projects and brings them together for the first time.
Kaldor Public Art Projects presented its first project in 1969 with Christo and Jeanne- Claudes iconic Wrapped Coast One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, and has since presented 32 public art projects, which have transformed the cultural landscape of Australia.
The first organisation of its type anywhere in the world, Kaldor Public Art Projects has helped redefine the possibilities for public art in Australia and internationally, and has had a profound influence on the way that Australians see and experience contemporary art.
We have worked with the worlds leading artists to present new works which are anchored in the local context, challenging perceptions of familiar or forgotten public spaces, and transforming the way that Australian audiences experience art, said Mr John Kaldor, AO.
Kaldor Public Art Projects will also premiere a major artist project in the first half of 2019, presented free to the public in Sydney. Further details of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the organisation will be announced early in 2019.
A rule to remember whenever youre camping in the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.
Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret tent.
Ive always thought packing my food away into plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had a problem.
But this trip, it was a problem.
At some stage during the first night at the Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.
I must have been tired because I slept through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my tent.
I was devastated. Ive written before how much I love my tent and how its served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.
It felt like Id let a good friend down.
I patched up the hole on both sides with first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I didnt need to worry about rain.
Once back in Melbourne I got the hole patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.
And for that next trip Ill be investing in some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.
Lesson learned.Click to view slideshow.
Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay. Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track. But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like wilderness.
I started at Halls Gap, following the Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking through the Grand...
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Officers from Taskforce Raptor were part of a raid on a Dum Dum property on Friday (October 12) that resulted in a man being detained on multiple firearm and drug charges.
The raid action part of a cross border operation into outlaw motor cycle gangs, with simultaneous raids being conducted in Queensland.
About 10.50am police executed a firearm prohibition order and a weapon prohibition order on the property.
During the search police allegedly located a quantity of what they describe as green vegetable matter which they claim is cannabis, together with a BB gun, a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, a laser pointer, a set of handcuffs, a sawn-off air rifle, a number of seeds believed to be cannabis seeds, a spring-loaded flick knife and a black coloured plastic pistol capable of firing projectiles.
A 21-year-old male was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with multiple firearm and drug charges.
He was refused Bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on October 13, where he was released on conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (October 15).
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You know it is summer in Queensland when -----
First the gentle and non-threatening evidence! You draw the drapes and turn on the lights and there is an immediate pattering of insects on the window all sounding as if they are splattering their tiny bodies to approach your light. Modern buildings are all fully screened but the screen door into my family room must not be perfectly fitting any more. I have been finding quite large beetles caught between the screen and the inner glass door. I have simply opened the outer screen and brushed the beetle out on to the path. First the magpie found these additions to its breakfast but then blue-faced honeyeaters, 'leatherheads' and 'peewees' came along and some of them even stood outside the door and scolded me when they did not find a beetle to eat.
Temperatures have been variable with the BOM ( bureau of meteorology) predicting storms nearly every day, But it did not happen until last Thursday, There was an article up on their web site explaining why summer storms were so hard to predict too early. There was plenty of time for the warnings but no-one predicted how bad this one would be. This photo was taken out my back door - I cracked it open a few inches and closed it again ASAP. That hail was bouncing off the ground. I now see that lots of palm leaves were shredded - especially the leaves which are normally fan shaped.
Brisbane Open House Day 2018
Today, I wanted to stand near the point where the proclamation of the colony of Queensland was made. I felt that the folks at St Johns Cathedral were throwing their doors open, and inviting us to see the Deanery (a.k.a. Adelaide House) where the proclamation was made
I wanted to stand on the balcony of that hilltop mansion
I wanted to look towards the river, and get a sense of the land below the balcony, sloping down to the riverside.
I wanted to sense people, crowds, boats.
I wanted to get a sense of where I have come from and where we, who live in this place called Queensland, have come from.
I know that the view to the river is obstructed by towers of reflective glass.
I know that the slope has been cut away for Ann Street and Queen Street.
And even though they promoted the Deanery, they didnt promise it would be open.
But I was surprised by what I found there barbed wire, a balcony in a state of collapse, locks.
An example of sustainability education and urban farming before they became popular, the story of Calmsley Hill City Farm is largely forgotten. At the time it was the locus of landcare education in the Sydney region and an early example of professional permaculture design.
The post Calmsley Hill City Farm, an early foray into urban farming education appeared first on ACFCGN.
Come and celebrate Stone & Woods tenth year in the beer industry at their inaugural Backyard Invitational Festival on 24 November.
By bringing together breweries and others, who they have come to consider good friends and family over the years, the event is an opportunity to explore and learn more about good beer, food and drink while raising funds through their inGrained Foundation.
They will be running a series of master classes and forums throughout the day, diving deep and creating discussion around food and drink themes that will be hosted by Ale of a Times Luke Robertson. Of course, it wouldnt be a Stone & Wood event without great live music and entertainment to soak up!
So whats different from any other beer festival? The event is about discovery and tasting a diverse range of things. The all inclusive price of $60 includes a tasting glass, free tastings from all the breweries and access to the forums and masters classes, with the profits going to inGrained Foundation.
Held in the closest capital city to their Northern Rivers birthplace, as well as being the location for their Brisbane brewery opening in 2019, they call Brisbane their backyard.
Venue: Stone & Wood Brisbane, 99 Bridge St,
Fortitude Valley QLD
Date: Saturday 24th November, 2018
Time: 12:00 16:00
Ticket Price: $60+BF
Tickets will go on sale at the end of October and participating breweries, distilleries, food and drink purveyors, along with masterclass details will be announced in the coming weeks.
The post STONE & WOODS BACKYARD INVITATIONAL, Everyones invited! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.
Australians will get to vote to choose our entry in the next Eurovision Song Contest at a special event held on the Gold Coast in February, SBS has announced. SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the national contest Eurovision Australia Decides to select the artist and the song well be sending to ...
The post Gold Coast To Host Eurovision 2019 Selection Event In Australian Shake-Up appeared first on QNews Magazine.
We expect fake news in the Sydney Morning Herald and we are not surprised by the headline last Monday Eliminate coal or lose the reef, says IPCC. Underneath we read that the report distils more than 6,000 scientific references. Elsewhere we read that the report is the work of thousands of scientists.
We expect better from The Australian but Primrose Riordan reported
The IPCC report was written by over 90 scientists and said global emissions of greenhouse gas pollution must reach zero by about 2050 in order to stop global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius.
She is a political reporter but that is no excuse for being so badly informed about the organisation that is doing so much damage. Can anyone contact her and any other journalists who they can find to warn them to read the Laframboise story.
On Thursday, 21 May 1992 Julia Gillard was in Melbourne. Her office was in Melbourne. Ms Gillard claims that on 21 May 1992 she provided important legal advice to her purported arms-length client Ralph Blewitt. This is the document through which Ms Gillard claims to have transmitted the advice to...
In Australia, we know that climate change driven fire regimes are impacting on plant species in mountain environments.
Research published earlier this year in the journal Nature Climate Change describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that have occurred recently across Australia. These changes, caused by the combined stress of gradual climate change and extreme weather events, are overwhelming ecosystems natural resilience.
In the south east of the continent, in terms of massive fires (greater than 250,000 ha), Victoria experienced two such events in the 19th century and five in the 20th century. In less than two decades, we have already had three mega fires in the 21st century. This has led to fears that Alpine Ash could become extinct in many parts of the alps unless we intervene through more extensive wildfire suppression or artificial seeding. It appears that increased fire frequency is the key factor impacting on the likely survival of plant species like the alpine ash.
New research, covered in the Colorado-based High Country News, points to temperature rise as an issue for mountain species in sections of North America.
In New Mexico, pion and juniper trees have been dying in huge numbers and it appears that climate change is increasing the death rate.
During the drought of 2002 and 2003, pion died throughout the Southwest of the USA in historic numbers, more than 90% in some areas. As Cally Carswell wrote recently in High Country News, at first, the cause of the trees demise seemed obvious. The punishing drought badly weakened them, and when beetles bored through their bark, the trees couldnt muster enough sap to pitch them out. Once inside, the beetles mated, multiplied, dug tiny tunnels and spread a fungus that cut off the flow of water and nutrients, killing the tree.
But Dave Breshears, a University of Arizona professor and arid lands ecologist who had studied the woodlands for years, suspected that the truth was more complicated. During the 1950s drought, tree death seemed less extensive, even though that drought was longer and drier than the more recent one. What was different about this drought was temperature: It was a degree or two (Fahrenheit) hotter.
The pions died during what Breshears dubb...
Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories
The Kimberley is a vast and rugged region 420,000km2 of unique landforms and species of wildlife, swathes of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, savannah, waterfalls, cave systems and a largely isolated coastline.
It is among the worlds most ecologically diverse areas and home to the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living on country in Australia all of which is threatened by the relentless expansion of mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture.
The Aboriginal custodians of this ancient land live on 200 communities and belong to 34 different language groups. Their survival is as tenuous as the pristine Kimberley coastline.
They have lived there for millennia, and the Kimberley is home to hundreds of thousands of rock art paintings and drawings. But pressure from industry is exposing the limits of Indigenous land rights, one of the key issues raised in the documentary film Undermined Tales from the Kimberley, which is screening at the Byron Bay Film festival.
Undermined, made by award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia) has something of The Bentley Effect about it: the success of People Power standing up to fracking in the Northern Rivers was paralleled by community resistance to the construction of an LNG plant at James Price Point.
It lovingly explores the country and the coast: the geology and colours are stunning, awe-inspiring; the landscape and history have a value that makes exploitation a short-term, destructive proposition.
But the barbarians are at the gate: Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes own huge cattle stations and people born on country now have to ask permission to camp there.
The film raises the question: what are the true costs of development in the vast and unspoiled Kimberley?
The politicians have branded the region the future economic powerhouse of Australia, but as one of the elders here asks: who benefits from this development, and where is the social justice?
Another example of the fragility of the Indigenous peoples grip on their country and culture presents itself in the life of one individual in the feature documentary ...
By Marian Webb Song For A Weary Throat at the Fairfax Studio takes pride of place at the Melbourne International Arts Festival after its much-acclaimed premier at Theatreworks last year. Directed by Kate Sulan, Rawcus Ensemble fifteen performers with and without disability join the Invenio Singers in a profoundly moving work of theatre. 
Emergency services were called to Survey Street, Lennox Head, just after 1am this morning after reports of a house was well alight.
On arrival, police evacuated four people from the house and three people from a neighbouring property.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire which destroyed the two homes.
One of the residents a 28-year-old man was taken to hospital for minor smoke inhalation.Two police officers also suffered smoke inhalation; however, they did not require treatment.
As crews worked to extinguish the blaze, the fire spread to the neighbouring property. Two other homes sustained smoke and water damage.
The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Police from Richmond Police District are appealing for 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. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
The days of climate denial and inaction wining favour with voters are over. Someone probably needs to tell the Liberal Party, writes Neneh Darwin.
With the Wentworth by-election just days away, voters in the electorate have a unique opportunity to send a clear signal to the Federal government that inaction on climate change will have major political ramifications.
Current polling indicates the Liberal Party could be facing its first electoral loss in the seat in 60 years and climate change inaction is the number one issue in the minds of voters.
This week saw the release of the IPCC report showing that coal will need to be completely phased out by mid-century and a global transformation of all sectors of the economy is required to avoid dangerous global warming over 1.5 degrees.
Since the reports release the Federal government has been on the defensive and the Australian coal industry in denial.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has tried to deflect Australias responsibility stating that the IPCC does not provide recommendations to Australia. The Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack insisted that Australia should continue to exploit its coal reserves and fobbed of the IPCC emissions report as just some sort of report.
Such obfuscation will no longer wash with the Australian electorate. Australia is as much in the lens of the IPCC report as any other country. In fact the IPCCs core messages are even more crucial here as we remain the worlds biggest coal exporter. That means we are in pole position to help bring about the kind of transformation the IPCC is calling for.
Yet Australias current crop of politicians remain beholden to the coal industry and blindly insist on maintaining the status-quo. The writing is on the wall yet our political leaders are failing to pay attention. But at least some are starting to get it.
Former Liberal leader John Hewson has called on voters in his former electorate to use the election as a referendum on climate change and to vote against the Liberals. Hewson rightly says that it may take an election loss in its once secure Sydney seat to make the Liberal Party understand the magnitude and urgency of the clima...
Over the past fortnight the local skies have hosted healthy flocks of woodswallows. White-browed and Masked Woodswallows are migrants from northern Australia and return every year, although their numbers can fluctuate significantly. This year so far Id say numbers are about average, with most flocks in the order of 40-50 individuals, with White-browed Woodswallows outnumbering their beautiful masked companions about 10:1. At the Rise and Shine on Friday evening they were sharing the skies with a pair of Little Eagles.
Melbourne University energy hub senior adviser Simon Holmes Court has been asking politicians and would be politicians a simple question on climate change. Some time ago he asked Liberal candidate in the Mayo by-election Georgina Downer can you please let us know whether you accept the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming? More recently he has asked the same question of the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth by-election David Sharma, with, so far, no response. Simon has then publicised the response or non-response to his followers on twitter.
Following Simons example I decided to ask the same question to candidates in the five Gippsland electorates starting with Gippsland East. Although still 50 days from the election it soon became obvious that this was an exceedingly difficult task and that I should concentrate on Gippsland East. So far I have asked the question of the five known candidates in the electorate and all have responded.
The question obviously has two parts accepting the scientific consensus and that the warming is human caused. A spokesman for local member Tim Bull replied to my email but his answer was vague and ambiguous. Our local member accepts climate change but ignores the scientific consensus and claims incorrectly that the jury is still out on whether the warming is caused by humans.
The three candidates who have so far responded positively to the question are the Greens Deb Foskey and Independents George Neophytou and Matt Stephenson. Their replies have been publicised on facebook and twitter through Gippsland2020. Amazingly the tweet on the latters reply was retweeted by Simon and received about 200 impressions (see above) not quite viral but a big response in local terms. Stephenson is a twitter novice and unfortunately has not been able to take advantage of this.
It has been drawn to my notice that the Baw Baw Sustainability Group will be having a...
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