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Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017
Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. They have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album Its You via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe.
2017 saw them follow up with the release of Drum. Produced by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, their second album builds on the post-punk sounds established on Its You, with a new found forward momentum.
Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017
Kitchens Floor was formed in 2007 by...
Works to make part of Warraguls Palmerston Street one way will continue for several weeks.
Photo. Gordon Smith. Armidale Street SceneOne of side-effects from the Barnaby Joyce affair has been further blow-back on the proposed move of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale. The Canberra Times has been running a constant campaign against the move. One can accept that. it's a local paper defending its patch. However, on 21 February it ran a piece Developers swoop on lucrative deal to house APVMA public servants in Armidale repeated in the Age that can only be classified as Canberra sleaze.
Loads of news in this weekend's bulletin! BIG retail developments in Warragul, Yarragon is finally getting a skate park, highway art, Queen's Baton, and more!
In recent years, police in New South Wales have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of laws which increase state control at the expense of legal safeguards and protections from laws which broaden police powers of arrest, to those which allow officers to control peoplesmovements and associations, to laws which permit them to detain suspects
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The City of Rydes illuminating Ryde Lights initiative has been launched at Eastwood Night Markets as part of the Lunar New Year Celebrations and an [more]
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Theres more Australian LGBTIQ stories available to watch than ever before this Mardi Gras season. ABCs Love Bites, which premiered on the iView streaming platform today, is a collection of 10 short documentary films telling a range of queer local stories. Fez tells the story of Samoan-Australian entertainer Fez Faanana, who co-founded Brisbane burlesque group ...
The post WATCH: New Queer Aussie Short Films You Can Binge On Right Now appeared first on QNews Magazine.
The small town of Hay in rural New South Wales is set to hold its first Mardi Gras party next month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The Rainbow on the Plains Festival will comprise three all-inclusive events: a colourful street parade on Saturday, March 3 from 1pm, ...
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|A Night Parrot at the WA site where a bird was captured: Pic by Bruce Greatwich|
British actor and author Stephen Fry has revealed that he has undergone treatment for prostate cancer. The 60-year-old explained in a video message that he had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease and underwent surgery to remove 11 lymph nodes in January. He said doctors offered him the option of radiotherapy ...
Dear Sir, Lunar New Year is a fabulous time to get together with family and friends, to explore Sydneys multicultural heritage and celebrate the Year of the Dog. This is [more]
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The Tasmanian election is largely being fought on bread and butter issues like health, jobs and education. Gambling and the future of pokies is also a significant issue. But around the edges of debate there are some interesting promises and policy commitments around the natural environment.
While environment debate during elections tends to focus on forestry issues, this time, the future of existing national parks and reserves has been more dominant. With Tasmania looking to develop new tourism opportunities, especially in the realm of nature-based tourism, the park system is seen as the next frontier by the state government, which has been pursuing private development with national parks.
The following covers some of the debate and policy being announced about the natural environment in Tasmania. The election will be held on March 3. It does not seek to cover broader energy or climate issues.
The takayna / Tarkine region in the north west of the state contains Australias largest temperate rainforest and 40 000 years of Aboriginal history in one of Australias richest Aboriginal cultural landscapes. It has been the point of significant debate.
Labor has announced half-price entry to National Parks for Tasmanians, 30 new rangers, an $8 million renovation of Overland huts and a $50 million regional tourism infrastructure fund.
The Bob Brown Foundation says that Labor policies on takayna / Tarkine threaten to turn this special place into a wasteland.
The ALP has also supported the cable car planned for the northern end of the Cradle Mountain national park.
The Liberals have offered $3 million for hut renovations along the Overland Track if they are re-elected.
They will invest more than $30 million into the states national parks and reserves.
Braddon Liberal MHA Joan Rylah said Tasmanias national parks attracted roughly 1.3 million visitors per year and that we needed to future-proof these much-loved icons so they can be enjoyed for years to come.
The Liberals have already committed $35 million to improve the Cradle Mountain area. Unfortunately this includes supporting the proposal to build a cable-way, which will give visito...
1802 - Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name
so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.
1817 - There were now 20 children at the Native School.
I have been much delighted with having them read and spell They read with so much boldness and attention as supprised [sic] me, wrote the Methodist missionary, the Reverend Samuel Leigh.
1825 - Crikey they were stretching their necks in job lots in Hobart!
1825 - Henry McConnell Hanged at Hobart for robbery.
1825 - Jeremiah Ryan Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Charles Ryder Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - James Bryant Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Black Jack (or Jack Roberts) Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Patrick McCarthy.
1825 - John Logan Hanged at Hobart for attempting to shoot Mr Shoobridge.
1825 - Musquito Hanged at Hobart for a murder at Grindstone Bay.
1825 - Peter Thackery Hanged at Hobart for bushranging and robbery.
A recent post on twitter and facebook of an article on renewable energy and hydrogen received some attention and it was suggested that the manufacture of hydrogen for export could be done in Gippsland. The idea being to use abundant renewable energy to split water into its component hydrogen and oxygen and use the hydrogen as a carbon neutral pollution free fuel. Hydrogen can then be converted to ammonia as a means of exporting or safely storing energy.
When recently asked about the applicability of this to our region Barrie noted: The possibilities for Gippsland would be tidal or wind power to generate electricity to connect with the grid via the Latrobe valley, or again to generate hydrogen from water and combine with air nitrogen to give ammonia which could be sent by tanker or pipeline to markets and used in vehicles. It would also be great in future to power airplanes, which are becoming one of the biggest and growing sources of CO2 pollution. Electric cars are of course another great opportunity to reduce pollution, but not for ammonia (unless ammonia is used to regenerate electricity at electric refueling stations).
There has been some recent publicity of another option producing hydrogen from brown coal. The article admits that the process cannot work without carbon capture and storage and, as has been pointed out in the blog below, is a waste of time and scarce resources. The CarbonNet seismic survey currently being carried out off Golden Beach appears to be directly related to this proposal. As has been pointed out on numerous occasions there is no such thing as clean coal. By all means develop the hydrogen and ammonia options but do so with renewable energy using other abundant resources water and air.
Given soon to be former deputy-prime minister Barnaby Joyce has wrapped himself in a self-pitying cloak of undeserved victimhood, it may not be long before he is crying poor to whichever journalist will listen.
So just to remind everyone that the son raised by well-to-do "multi-millionaire" parents,who had him privately educated in his highschool years as a border at St. Ignatuis' College Riverview, is not without resources.
As of 1 January 2018 a federal MP's base salary stands at $203,030 per annum and, in addition to this salary Joyce as the Member for New England will receive an electoral allowance of est, $40,000 per month, along with a subsidised car, travel & accommodation allowance, free home phone as well as a daily allowance when in Canberra of $90 per day.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales police have launched an internal investigation into an incident last week whereby a mentally ill man died after officers tasered, peppered sprayed and held him on the ground. Police say the 30-year old was found at around 10.30am that morning wandering through traffic in Glebe, before
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Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.
Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.
Negotiations are underway to allow no fewer than six private hut-based walks under the Tasmanian governments wilderness tourism expression of interest program.
This process seeks submissions from private investors and tourism operators to develop sensitive and appropriate tourism experiences and associated infrastructure to broaden the range of exciting and unique experiences on offer in Tasmanias parks and reserves.
Applications opened 17 December 2016. There is no deadline for this EOI round, it will remain open as a continuous process so that ideas can be proposed as opportunities arise.
A considerable number of proposals have now been invited by the Minister to proceed to negotiate a lease and/or licence for their proposal. The list includes private developments in some iconic places:
Maria Island Walk founder Ian Johnstone has submitted proposals for two ventures in the Southwest National Park.
The Tasmanian Walking Company is negotiating for treks in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, on the Overland Track, at Cradle Mountain and at Frenchmans Cap.
The company also won the right to build private huts for the Three Capes Track, which is a coastal walk in the states south east.
Many of these projects could provide wonderful adventure opportunities but appear to be a good idea in the wrong place. For instance, one proposal is for heli canyoning tour in the Cradle Mountain National Park. Visitors would fly by helicopter from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre to the top of a river in the vicinity of Cradle Mountain (then) At the end of the trip, groups would helicopter back to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. It is hard to see how helicopter flights are compatible with ay vision of low impact or ecotourism.
Full details on each of these can be found here.
As part of commitments being made before the state election, which is being held in March, the Liberal announcement has pledged $16 million over four years for parks infrastructure. This would $3 million to renovate the public huts network on the Overland Track.
Green groups have been campaigning against further private development within the parks and World Heritage Areas.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New laws came into effect on Friday making it mandatory for Australian businesses with a turnover of more than $3 million per year to inform customers of any data breach that puts them at risk of serious harm. Under the new laws, which amend the Privacy Act 1988, data
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By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim British-American policy advisor Bill Browder has led calls for rule of law nations such as Australia to enact laws similar to the Magnitsky Act in the United States, which make it harder for corrupt foreign state officials to launder embezzled money by using international commercial systems. The Magnitsky Act
The post Calls to Prevent Corrupt Foreign Officials from Using Our Banks appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
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The fabricated Interpol Red Notice issued by the Egyptian government against asylum seeker Sayed Abdellatif has been unconditionally lifted (see document here). The red notice has been the excuse used by successive Australian governments to hold Sayed and his family in detention for almost six years.
Since 2013, when they were transferred to Villawood detention centre, Sayed has been separated from his family in a different area of the detention facility.
The withdrawal of the red notice is a victory for Sayed who has always insisted that the red notice was bogus. It is also a slap in the face for the succession of Immigration Ministers who have used Sayed as a political punching bag.
Tony Abbott, when opposition leader in 2013, notoriously tried to make political mileage out of Sayeds case by referring to Sayed as a convicted jihadist Egyptian asylum seeker. George Brandis referred to him as a murderer.
Sayed, his wife and six children have been held in detention on the basis of a red notice that has been internationally condemned and that the Australian government knew to be spurious. A Canadian Federal Court judge presiding over a similar case had warned that red notices could not be taken at face value.
Substantial charges were quickly dropped from the red notice once they were challenged in 2013. But the Australian government refused to follow this up. Worse, information was withheld from Sayed while the government conspired to try to extradite Sayed to a corrupt dictatorship.
Successive Immigration ministers ignored the evidence, including recommendations from ASIO and the AFP and a report from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.
The lifting of the fabricated Egyptian red notice is the first small glimpse of justice that Sayed and his family have seen since they arrived seeking protection in Australia in 2012, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
He is owed an apology for the public vilification he has suffered and compensation for the years that he and his family have been deliberately and wrongly kept in detention. The Minister must immediately release Sayed and his family and provide them with the permanent protection visas that they should have received in 2012.
There needs to be a full inquiry into this injustice. It is one of the most shocking examples that we have seen, of the abuse of ministerial power that has kept an innocent man and his family in detention for almost six years.
For morer information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
Thursday evenings excursion to the Rise and Shine was cruelly interrupted by rain of sorts!
Just as I arrived at the start of the Nature Trail the drops started to fall at the rate of about one every ten seconds, but just enough to force me to take shelter. There was plenty of action to keep me amused. Along with these White-browed Babblers bobbing around there were Yellow-footed Antechinus foraging and a bevy of calling birds Dusky Woodswallow, Rufous Whistler and both local species of pardalote.
1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the
southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.
1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.
Earlier this week, we published a piece by Melissa ODonnell arguing that the private lives of elected leaders should not be entirely off limits. Melbourne-based philosopher Janna Thompson replies.
Is Barnaby Joyces affair a private matter that should not be publically discussed? To answer, I think we need to make a distinction between two issues.
It is possible to answer yes to the first question (as ODonnell does) and yet believe that scrutiny of private lives ought, in most cases, to be kept out of politics. It is possible to approve of the exposure of a hypocrite who claims to stand for family values while still resisting the practice of publicising the private affairs of politicians.
Politicians are not paragons of virtue. There are many, many examples from recent history of politicians who had affairs, slept around or divorced their partners. Some of these were good leaders, or at least effective in getting things done. We are better off for their being in politics.
To make private lives the object of scrutiny, and private faults or vices a reason for condemnation, is to make virtue a requirement for holding political office. This would be bad for many reasons. It would keep out of politics talented people who do not want their private lives scrutinised, for whatever reason. It would turn the press gallery into a gutter press, concentrating on exposing and discussing the latest sexual scandal rather than focussing on the business of the nation. It would turn politics into soap opera.Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.
Most of us are not all that virtuous, or not all the time, and insisting on virtue in all private lives would ensure that politicians would find devious, secret ways to sin to the detriment of the people they are involve...
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Engineered Arts U.K. company Engineered Arts has a new line of entertainment robots called Mesmer.
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.
An extra special thank-you to Boston Dynamics this week for posting another video of SpotMini that includes a nice, detailed explanation of whats actually going on:
A test of SpotMinis ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the GO command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds. The robo...
what are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going to the parade? Are you going to the party? have been the questions colleagues have been asking me over the last couple of weeks. When Ive told them, Im actually a little shy, Im not very good with crowds, theyve seemed a little disappointed. But 
A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.
There were moments in the movie, Riot, where I had to look away. Im not one for violence in movies, as I often find the violence in films is somewhat gratuitous. Though you wouldnt say that about this film, which recounts the events of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978. In 
Australia has no coherent population plan other than to
inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out
population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic
growth to support big business. This suits the property industry
and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while
ordinary Australians are worse off.
Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.
We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.
It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000
While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.
Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.
Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.
Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.
Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.
SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...
I live in Northern NSW. I lived in Sydney for about 30 years. Im very familiar with the New South Wales Art Gallery in Sydney and the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.
When I was a wealthy prince in Sydneys Eastern Suburbs I was a Foundation Member of the NSW Art Gallery with my name on the board in the lobby. I wasnt a big donator. More an entry-level player. As a lover of art and an artist I believe in supporting the visual arts.
It was also a ticket to the life of privilege. To be invited with special creative invitations in the mail to all the nice stuff. Previews, Opening Nights and all the special events. Private viewings of exhibitions with champagne and hors doeuvres. No bustling with all the plebs on opening nights, although theyre fun too. Especially for major exhibitions and the annual Archibald Portrait Competition..
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) is situated beside Lake Burley Griffith in the heart of Canberra. If youre ever in Canberra, and love art, the National Library, not far from the NGA has some beautiful works of art from the 1970s, including a large brass sculpture by Tom Bass mounted on the ceiling of the portico, beautiful large tapestries and a magnificent large stained glass window.
Tom Bass was very successful from the 1950s to the 1970s as a public sculptor. Later Tom established the Tom Bass Sculpture School which I attended for over 8 years. Its an old-school journeymans sculpture school where there are no exams or certificates and your qualification is your acquired abilities. Tom Bass believed that your developed talents as a sculptor are your certificate and signature.
Early on Friday 23 February, Pel-Air SAAB
340A Freighter VH-KDK was approaching Mackay Airport while
operating the week-daily cargo flight from Brisbane and Rockhampton
As Ive noted previously the Grey Currawong is a shy and furtive species, difficult to photograph.
This juvenile, distinguished by the yellow gape, was lured to water at a small pool along Mia Mia Track. While still wary like the adults it at least perched for a few moments before heading off to an alternative watering point nearby. Bird numbers remain low but I was pleased to hear the following as I sat and enjoyed the day merging into dusk Australian Owlet-nightjar, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and Crested Bellbird.
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