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We previously reported that at around 4.30 pm on May 19 this year, two Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) workers, accompanied by four NSW police officers, entered Newcastles Church of Ubuntu, and removed a boy, whod been residing there with his parents. The 5-year-old non-verbal boy suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. After a
In an excellent article in The Australian this week, Nick Cater does a skilful dissection of the Northcote by-election in Victoria. For those who might not have heard the news, a seat that has been Labor since 1927 went to The Greens. Amazingly, the Andrews government, that seems to have more in common with Che than Chifley, was not left enough for this electorate.
Some of the seats statistics of are quite illuminating. Apparently, there are ten times more teachers than truck drivers and twenty times more university lecturers than brick layers. The most interesting statistic of all however, is that 58 per cent work in the public sector. It seems that when government workers are in a position to decide, they vote for more government and there is no party more in favour of larger government than The Greens. It is no coincidence that the growth of government both in sheer numbers of workers and intrusion into every area of life has seen a rise of the big government party vote. Here in Queensland, we are in the final stages of a state election campaign and in the seat of South Brisbane, The Greens are also within grasp of a win. The advertising were seeing is the normal childish simplicity we expect from The Greens. Good vs. Evil arguments, terms like big corporations and greedy profits or similar are mentioned a thousand times on one pamphlet. This is followed by promises of utopia for all if only you will let The Greens make all of lifes decisions for you. There little mention of the environment but lots of talk about the government running everything. Cheap housing, cheap public transport, abundant cheap energy (from the government of course) and free childcare. It all sounds great to the naive and those who dont grasp history and use it as a guide.
Where government advances, liberty retreats. Victoria has been the centre of this in Australia but even a fool like Daniel Andrews isnt intrusive enough for the government workers of Northcote.
The message is clear, if you want to scale back The Greens you need to scale back the size of government. If we dont we will continue to feed the parasite that is destroying us.
This year, were venturing even deeper into the wild, as we confront all kinds of animals, truths, and potentially the wilder parts of ourselves.
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So this is what we have come to as a nation. The wretched of the earth, because they were no longer safe where they lived, sought to come here. With a determined cruelty, we kidnapped and imprisoned them in Pacific lagers. These lagers became synonymous with the idea of hellholes because it was important to our government that they be and be known as hellholes. On this policy of deterrence, as it was called, which had as its declared purpose to make innocent human beings suffer indefinitely, we spent billions of dollars. To this end we had truck with vile regimes such as Sri Lankas. And to this end we began forsaking our democratic rights.
Ive gotta say, straight up, this is one of the most bogan news stories Ive ever read. Its a tale of disappointment, a tale of anger, of lost tempers and, undoubtedly, a tale of regret.
Lets get the basics out of the way to start with. Some absolute tit from Epping in Sydney has landed himself in hot Mcwater after a night on the Mcpiss.
Just before 5am one Saturday morning (so you know it was a total ball-snorter of a Friday night), the bloody idiot has hit up the drive-through for a good old Mcfeed.
Much to the Mcpissheads chagrin, he heard the most annoying words you can hear at any Maccas. Sorry, bloke, that sh**s on the lunch menu. Were doing brekkie now. Want some hotcakes?
Now, old mate was rocking a blood alcohol level of 0.175 so he wasnt just tipsy, he was abso-f***ing-lutely plastered. Having said that, getting your car through the drive-through in that state is a task in itself, so you know, its not all bad.
Im kidding. It is. He really shouldnt have been on the road. And his reaction kinda proves it.
No nuggets, I imagine him saying. Fark, come on cobber, its not breakfast. I aint even finished drinking yet
Twelve former Australians of the Year have written an open letter pleading with the Prime Minister to allow medical professionals access to asylum seekers inside the recently closed Manus Island detention centre."It's really likely that deaths will occur in the coming days and weeks so something needs to be done," mental health expert Professor Patrick McGorry said. "There's a great concern about the safety of these men from both a medical and a psychiatric point of view
October Photo Review LUNA VERSE * Pagan Idolatry was rampant at the Olde Croquet Club that Sunday as Kurilpas poetic Minions of the Moon gathered to pay homage to that celestial orb. (By God, Barnaby Joyce was right! These greenie-poetic Continue reading
In his enthusiasm Mr Baker seems unaware that the processed nuclear waste returning from France is classified there as high level waste. The proposed dump for radioactive wastes in outback Australia is obviously intended to store those long-lasting toxic wastes. Australias nuclear reactor in Lucas Heights, Sydney produces these dangerous wastes, just the same as any other nuclear reactor.
The Greens outline their balance of power demands, Brisbane Times, By Felicity Caldwell, 23 Nov 17, Banning cash-for-access meetings, scrapping the royalty holiday to Adani and $1 public transport fares will be among the Greens demands if the party holds the balance of power in the Queensland Parliament.
Fairfax Media can reveal the list of seven key demands from the minor party ahead of Saturdays state election
The Greens negotiating demands are:
The Greens campaign has been bolstered by an Essential Research poll of 430 people, which shows the party ahead in South Brisbane, currently held by Labor Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.
The poll has the Greens on 36 per cent of the first preference vote, 32 per cent to Labor, 24 per cent to the LNP and 8 per cent not sure.
However, the LNP will list the Greens last on its how-to-vote cards, which should give Ms Trad a boost in the two-party preferred count.
The state election will be held on Saturday, November 25. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/the-greens-outline-their-balance-of-power-demands-20171123-p4yx6p.html
Bendigo protesters march against Adani coal mine, http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5077271/bendigo-protesters-march-against-adani-coal-mine/Bendigo Advertiser, 23 Nov 17, A group of activists marched on Bendigo politicians offices on Thursday, protesting the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland.
The protesters gathered at Labor MP Lisa Chesters office at noon before marching to the office of Senator Bridget McKenzie. Carrying placards and wearing pictures of black lungs, members from the Bendigo District Australian Conservation Foundation delivered letters to both politicians.
Victorian Committee of Doctors for the Environment Australia chair Dr John Iser also spoke at the protest, voicing concerns about health implications of the mines coal pollution on its workers and surrounding communities.
It is the first of two events planned in Bendigo for the national Stop Adani Shakeup week.
ALLAN THOMPSON, The Weekly Times
TEMPERS were tested when up to 200 people packed a public meeting in Beechworth last night to address growing community concern about the use of groundwater for bottled water in the area.
Organisers, Indigo, Alpine and Towong councils kept a tight rein on the meeting, keeping the question and answer section of the forum brief and to the point.
Even so, the depth of emotion was apparent as supporters and opponents of the bottled water industry strongly argued their case and, on one occasion, started talking over the top of each other.
Indigo Shire Council Mayor Jenny OConnor said the bottled water industry had come out of left field and councils keep hitting brick walls with legislation trying to regulate it.
She believed the water should be kept at its source for agriculture and community use rather than used for bottled water while Alpine Mayor Ron Janas expressed concern on the impact and cost of the trucks used to transport water on local infrastructure. He described the water as liquid gold for some and said there were moral and ethical concerns over its use.
New Towong Mayor, Aaron Scales told the meeting he was worried about local amenity.
We are trying to encourage people to move into our area and if that amenity is not there, then they wont move, he said.
However, Black Mount Spring Water owner Tim Carey, who extracts and trucks the local water to Asahi in Albury, defended the industry, saying only 0.1 per cent of water extracted from the ground in Australia was used for bottled water. The industry was legal and Goulburn Murray Water closely monitored the aquifers to ensure it was sustainable, he said. He gained support from a number of speakers in the audience who claimed tap water was a health risk due to the chlorine and fluoride added to it.
We used to kill rabbits with fluoride, one man told the crowd.
However, guest speaker Huw Kingston, who led the charge to make his hometown of Bundanoon in NSW the first in the world to become plastic bottle water free, said there were high levels of public health control over tap water and it was perfectly safe. He added bottled water often contained a percentage of tap water as well as the same chemicals.
He said despite the monitoring of the aquifers by auth...
Warragul Fire Brigade introduced its two new trucks to over 1,000 people at its open day on Saturday.
Vandals have burned play equipment at Warragul's Burke Street Park, and council staff are unsure if it can be repaired.
Both Labor and the LNP have released their economic policies just two days before the state election. This isnt just a matter of costings. Essentially, all the new expenditure items and tax reductions were announced with some fanfare during the campaign, while the revenue measures and expenditure cuts needed to fund these goodies have been kept under wraps until now. This is a terrible way to run an election, but the hardheads on both sides obviously think its a good idea (the same hardheads who gave us compulsory preferential voting on the Labor side and the Commission of Audit for the LNP).
On the LNP side, my assessments here and here have been confirmed. The tax cuts and extra spending promised by the LNP have been financed by cuts to services (euphemistically referred to as efficiency dividends) and by the abandonment of the Cross-River rail project, which appears to be vital if we are going to handle a growing Brisbane population in the future. The efficiency dividend will necessarily involve reduced employment. If the promise to avoid compulsory redundancies is adhered to in spirit as well as letter, that will mean a semi-permanent hiring freeze in areas with low turnover, which is likely to have adverse effects on efficiency.
These are big cuts, but not enough to reach the target of a surplus on fiscal balance. That means the stage is set for yet another Commission of Audit and unannounced further cuts.
Labor is planning to finance promised improvements in services through a mixture of tax increases (targeted at the relatively wealthy) and unspecified reallocation of existing funds, yielding a modest net increase in expenditure as compared to the cuts proposed by the LNP.
We have a choice then between Labor offering improved services, which must ultimately be financed by tax revenue and the LNP offering cuts in taxes, services and jobs. It would have been helpful if this choice had been made explicit four weeks ago, but still it is clear enough. Unsurprisingly, I prefer Labor.
A service launched in Sydney today allows time-poor clients to relax while personal trainers work out on their behalf.
The new service, called Fitness 4 U, is designed for busy Sydneysiders whod rather be drinking at work, drinking at the pub, or drinking at home than exercise.
One of the first members of the service said its up there with having porn on your phone in terms of game changingness.
This way I can tell myself Im going to exercise today, not exercise today, but then still feel good about it as someone else did it for me, the man said. I havent noticed any physical gains, but my conscience has improved dramatically now I dont have to feel bad about not exercising.
The membership also comes with a backpack that you can take with you absolutely everywhere to make those not exercising feel bad about themselves.
Artstate Lismore, the four-day arts event presented by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Northern Rivers, will open next week from November 30th, encompassing a two day speakers program and an exciting multi-genre arts program showcasing the best in art and performance from Northern NSW creatives.
With the very best in Northern NSW artists coming together for this huge arts event we are especially excited to see a number of artists and bands from the Byron Bay area taking the stage.
Sarah Tindley returns to the region with a fearless new album Wild and Unknown. Performed as a duo with Michael Turner (The Drfit, Durga Babies) this beautifully crafted new collection of songs was written in a beach shack at Iluka and is produced by Nick Didia (Powderginger, Pearl Jam, Springsteen).
Lennox Head band WHARVES is only 2
years young yet theyve already won Triple J Unearthed to play
Splendour in the Grass. Matt, Mike, Scott and Fraser formed the
band while studying at Lismore and Byron Bay. A future festival
favourite theyve recently signed with 123 Agency, the same team
behind Kingswood and Killing Heidi.
Tora, the enigmatic band from Byron Bay return to Australia after a 70 date international tour that has included appearances at Glastonbury and Fusion festivals, and headline shows across Europe, North America and Mexico. Their sig...
Answer: When they happen to be a hen who is actually a rooster. Confused? So too were we when we recently received a call from a concerned and kind-hearted member of the public who noticed a little black hen pecking about on their lawn recently. The plucky chicken, whilst appearing most at home, wasnt. Because this green patch or earth was not her home, and many calls and door-knocking in the area revealed there was no home anywhere nearby missing one of their feathered friends. But what was nearby was a parkland area inhabited by urban foxesnot a good mix for a lone chicken. With the call for assistance coming in right on our own poultry lock-up time here at Edgars Mission, we simply could not abandon the animals in our care to rescue another, but we knew someone who could. With one final call to ensure the hen was still at the address, we heard these words, Oh yes she is; she is happily perched on the window sill as she has been for the last couple of nights. Ah, ha, we thought, Shes a rooster which sadly explains why there was no home for her/him.
Sadly, such stories of rooster abandonment are all too often fielded by rescue groups and animal sanctuariesdespite a moral duty to never cause harm to another living being nor place them in harms way, and despite animal protection laws which clearly state under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, s. 9(1)(h), that it is deemed an act of cruelty if a person abandons an animal of a species usually kept in a state of confinement or for a domestic purpose. And sadly, it is evident that being born a rooster is all too often a death sentence for so many beautiful, intelligent and sentient beings.
Our Raven is as handsome as he is spectacular, and although still finding his voice and his confidence with humans, he has readily taken to his little group of hens and claimed them as his own. And although his gender may have initially...
After popping into Spin the Bottle last time he was in the country, Norm De Plume has returned to Australia and blessed Spin The Bottle with another guest mix. The London DJ plays almost exclusively vinyl, and is known for having the best selections of deep cut disco tracks and funky house.
His own edits, some of which are released through his label Plumage, lovingly reference genres like deep house, baleric and italo disco. In this mix, Norm De Plume brings his crate of energetic deep disco sounds along with some of his own tunes, melding breezy melodies with funky basslines.
Mother Mallards Portable Masterpiece Company Oleo
Norm De Plume Come And Play [forthcoming Black Riot]
Adesse Versions Fade Out
Cody Currie Peach Fuzz
Kapote Uhh Baby (Brame and Hamo remix)
Sune Pistachio Sour
Tee Mango Drumspeak
Nachtbraker ft. Sam Proper Mmm (Session Victim remix)
Norm De Plume Another Flow
Willie Colan Set Fire To Me (Inferno Dub)
Azymuth May I Have This Dance
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Universe The second album from Melbourne musician Jess Locke, Its a beautiful collective of insights into her personal perspective.
Shes currently timely in Perth for the second time to share her current body of work, so we pulled her in on Breakfast to tell us all about her Universe.
Pop online to check her upcoming gigs around town over the weekend.
Gladstone marriage celebrant Judy Whicker says she would be honoured to marry the first gay couple in the region, after the successful same-sex marriage yes vote last week. A celebrant for more than 10 years, Ms Whicker told the Gladstone Observer she didnt think the marriage law postal survey should have happened and the federal ...
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Comedian Hannah Gadsby talks about her award-winning show Nanette; actor Greg Sestero chats about the making of The Room, and the new film The Disaster Artist; food critic Larissa Dubecki talks about the food trends of 2017; "Friday Funnybugger" Laura Dunemann tests the team on how well they know each other; and Geraldine talks about a terrible crowd at a show in Sydney. With Sarah Smith, Jeff Sparrow, and Geraldine Hickey.
This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Melbourne based alt-folk-rock duo This Way North announced a huge national tour. Details here Folk super-group Im With Her announced details of their debut album See You Around. Details here Jennifer Hankin from Vanishing Shapes and The Button Collective has 
Heading to the Drouin Lights Up festival on 1 December? Drop by the Drouin Primary School Twilight Market & Fete while you're out!
A vital not-for profit supermarket that was destroyed during the floods in March will soon re-open thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF).
The Murwillumbah Community Pantry provided groceries and fresh produce to hundreds of locals at bargain basement prices until the operation was completely destroyed in the deluge that followed Cyclone Debbie.
It was completely wiped out we lost everything in that building, said Amanda Lindh, the community services co-ordinator of Nullum House which ran the pantry.
We had over 650 members before it was destroyed. Its been the most asked-for service that we run.
The pantrys closure added salt to the wounds of hundreds of locals who had already suffered greatly as a result of the floods.
But thanks to the grant, the pantry will re-open at new premises in the Red Cross Hall within the next few months and include additional services such as free cooking and food growing classes.
It was one of 18 grants handed out by the NRCF on Thursday night, including contributions to The Shift Angels project in Byron Bay which provides employment for women who are homeless or at risk of being so in a commercial laundry service for 5-star accommodation.
Another grant was awarded to Future Dreamers TV a youth driven initiative that helps girls and young women from across the Northern Rivers to create short films for future broadcast online.
The Chair of NRCF John Callanan said the organisation had received an unprecedented number of applications this year 75 in all.
Local member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad has announced that a re-elected Labor Government will require Councils to reveal more information to the community about how millions of dollars in developer levies are spent in their local neighbourhoods. Residents have consistently raised concerns with me over the lack of transparency around how councils distribute the 
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An extreme anti-gay group from the US has been lambasted online after opening a conference with a flamboyant, rainbow flag-waving interpretative dance. MassResistance, a group dedicating itself to confronting the attacks on traditional family, children, religion and society, began its Teens4Truth Conference with the performance by Florida minister Derek Paul last week. Media outlets around ...
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Isnt it funny how the left:
The idea of young people, perhaps yet to come out, seeing the legitimacy of their identity debated on the national stage, that is not an ideal which we should inflict on any citizen when we have a better path, Mr Shorten said as he introduced his bill.
Let me be as blunt as possible: a No campaign would be an emotional torment for gay teenagers and if one child commits suicide over the plebiscite, then that is one too many.
Proserpine, 24th November: Community members are peacefully occupying the electorate office of Queensland LNP Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan this morning to protest his support for Adanis mega coal mine and the proposed Urannnah dam.
Adanis mega coal mine has dominated the state election campaign and is opposed by the majority of Australians. The Urannah dam, which is 60km southwest of Proserpine, is opposed by Traditional Owners, as it would desecrate sacred sites and damage their land.
Birriah Traditional Owner Kenny Dodd said:
We are the river people, our river is sacred. It is our life, it gives us the connection to our land and the beginning of creation. It is our duty to protect Urannah and our Biri (river) which would be devastated if this dam and coal mine that Jason Costigan wants go ahead.
Urannah dam would flood 330 square kilometres of riparian wet land. This is one of the countrys last wild rivers. It is shameful that Jason Costigan continues to talk as if this dam is a done deal when he refuses to meet with Widi native title holders.
Long term Whitsunday local and reef advocate Jessa Lloyd said:
The damage we are seeing on the Reef is unheard of. We need a local member who will safeguard rather than jeopardise our regions jobs which depend on a healthy reef and environment, not someone who in his own words, stands for coal.
We need someone who will protect our environment , respect the rights of Traditional Owners and look after local farmers who will manage our precious water resources far smarter than a coal mining billionaire with a questionable environmental track record.
Mr Costigan has publicly acknowledged that human caused climate change is occurring but wants to be able to quantify to what level that is occurring to suit his own political aspirations.
Airlie Beach businessman Paul Jukes said:
The community cant cop the cost of Costigans damaging stance. Hes in favour of lending a billion dollars to a foreign billionaire to build a coal mine with infinite water rights from the Artesian Basin for up to sixty years.
If we invest in renewable energy we would get more local jobs than the coal mine would ever bring and the Reef and everyone who depends on it would flourish.
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Theres a new law firm in Darwin calling itself the first in Australia with no lawyers. The firm has an office, but you make appointments with a computer and, when you attend, you sit at a screen and answer a series of questions. The firm, aptly called The Law Firm Without Lawyers, says its business
Image Courtesy of Alanna Eileen Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen has just dropped the news that she will be releasing her new EP Keepsake on the 13th December. The EP was recorded at folk-music mecca The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand with Ben Edwards (Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid) and features five beautiful tracks including 
The Canadian government will formally apologise for historical discrimination committed against LGBTI Canadians later this month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on his Twitter: On November 28, the Government will offer a formal apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians in the House for the persecution and injustices they have suffered, and to advance together on ...
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By Hans Lovejoy
Brunswisk Heads will not get paid parking right now, yet the slim Greens-led majority Councillors voted to lay the groundwork for it in the future.
A rowdy crowd wearing red assembled during morning public access and Kim Rosen from the chamber of commerce told councillors that they previously stopped the push because there was no report to support it.
Then the report was delayed and released in September, she said.
Like Bangalow, the chamber challenges the validity of the surveys and say that council ignored the traffic reports recommendation not to implement paid parking.
We worked hard since a business downturn without Council help, she said. We feel insulted which references Bruns to Byron, she said. We are nothing like Byron.
She claims a petition against paid parking had also reached more than 6,000.
Later in the day. two options were thrashed out one was from Labors Paul Spooner, who sought to suspend preparing for paid parking in future. He asked for the precautionary principle and said his motion would put the $100,000 earmarked for the project on hold so it can be looked at closer.
6,000 people need to be considered, he said. We are being too idealogical if we dont respond to the community.
Cr Spooner then said he didnt want paid parking to be crack cocaine for Council. Keeping with the drug metaphor, he said Council needs to be moderate with its desire for income, and likened that to drinking Stone and Wood ale....
This episode on Byte Into IT we have Cassie and Warren in the studio to talk you through the week in technology, startups, computing and gaming. We are joined in the studio by Professor Thas Nirmalathas from The University of Melbourne to speak about AutoHack18, an extended-form 'hackathon' focused on automation open to all University of Melbourne students.
Later in the show we speak to Dr. Jennifer Hazel, the founder of CheckPoint Organisation Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that connects mental health resources with video games and technology.
A group opposed to a sand mine at Lennox Head has welcomed a decision by the Ballina Shire Council to investigate allegations that the mine is 80 per cent over its extraction limit.
Following a motion by Cr Jeff Johnson, the councils compliance officers will report back on what actions are available to address the over-extraction, the impact of stockpiling material at the site, and what environmental impacts over-extraction might have on the surrounding environment.
Amelia Hicks, a Ross Lane resident and member of the No Sand Mines for Lennox group, said that while the decision was welcomed, the group still questioned why it had taken the council seven months to act.
In the meantime Ballina Sands are able to continue the extraction and stockpiling of material despite the fact that the mine has clearly exceeded their extraction limits and this is also a deep concern to No Sand Mines for Lennox, she said.
After 7 months of waiting for action, the group is also calling on the Mayor David Wright and General Manager Paul Hickey to have these instructions carried out urgently and avoid further delays.
Were all concerned about the health of our coastal floodplain and we know that there is the possibility of another sand mine almost three times the size in the same area, she said.
We need to know that the council will do its job. Im really happy with todays outcome, although Ill certainly be watching closely to see what happens next.
Ms Hicks said she was thrilled to see Cr Johnson stand with the community on the issue.
Weve had increased truck noise and pollution as well as safety concerns on Ross Lane and its been frustrating waiting for so many months with no answers or action, despite constant questioning of the council, she said.
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The Queensland election has nearly come and gone, and the polls are suggesting that Labor will remain in office tomorrow.
Given what is at stake, the return of a Labor government is the preferable option.
Its record may not be exactly clean. But look at the alternative. This is a particularly obnoxious government, committed to an extensive extension of cuts to services and generous tax cuts for the wealthiest; a government far more committed to continuing and extending the coal economy; a government in an effective alliance with One Nation, the leadership of which, is bent on pushing the same to an extreme and implementing the politics of hate.
Preventing the rise of such a government may not solve all problems, but it will at least arrest the prospect of sliding down the black hole of an ideology and politics that will bring about a rise in economic and social harm. It will buy some time.
There must eventually be a turn to a clear cut alternative to neoliberalism and a shift away from coal extraction, towards building a more sustainable Queensland economy. The question is whether a Liberal National Party/One Nation government or a Labor government provide the best conditions to move forward.
The dark horse may be the performance of One Nation and the flow of its second preferences. The party had cashed in a growing disenchantment with the major parties. The driver is disenchantment with the state of the economy and the perception that the major parties dont care about people and are doing nothing to provide new opportunities and improve the situation.
As one local business owner in Townsville summed up how many feel: Just sick of the same relentless spiel. Nothing really changes.
One Nation began its election campaign standing high at 18 percent. This has now gone down to 12 percent, meaning that they are neck in neck with the Greens, who are also standing at 12 percent in the polls.
The main cause has been a series of Pauline Hanson led gaffs that have made her and herr party lo0oks like a collection of prize idiots.
Although One Nations failure has driven some back to the major parties, the level of disenchantment remains deeply seated. Consequently, there is still a measure of uncertainty as to what will happen tomorrow.
The disconnection will remain after he polling stations have closed and be an ongoing leading feature of Queensland politics.
There is also a growing divide between city and country, where the support for Hanson and One Nation is the strongest.
This part of Queensland is especially angry and if its concerns are not met, it spells ongoing and deepening trouble for both Labor and the LNP.....
Swedish industrial metal titans, PAIN, will tour Australia for the first time ever in May 2018 in support of their eighth studio album, Coming Home (Nuclear Blast)
PNG police and Immigration returned to the detention centre around 7.00am (PNG time) this morning and have begun systematically beating refugees in an attempt to drive them out of the detention centre. (Video clip below)
Around 350 people remained in the detention centre overnight despite brutal police actions yesterday that destroyed food, water, and medicines.
Around 50 people were forcibly removed from the detention centre yesterday photos of injuries suffered by an Iranian asylum seeker as police dragged him from Mike Compound are pictured.
By Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University Last weeks overwhelming yes vote represents another step in progress towards LGBTI equality. It built on the activism of LGBTI elders and the reforms of previous governments that have, since the 1970s, been affirming the rights of LGBTI people to participate in all walks of Australian life. With so ...
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The NSW Greens have condemned the installation of shark nets along the Ballina coastline as activists prepare for a paddle-out and protest at Lennox Head tomorrow.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith said the second shark net trial marked the beginning of six months where dozens or even hundreds of marine creatures were likely to be caught or killed.
Ms Smith said 244 marine creatures, including rays and endangered turtles, were entangled or died during the first six month trial, while Smart drumlins caught more target sharks, with almost no by catch.
The shark net trial on the North Coast was a demonstrated failure and should not be repeated, she said.
There is no scientific evidence and decreasing community support for putting shark nets back in the water this Summer.
We all want to ensure people are as safe as possible when enjoying the beach and ocean while minimising the toll on marine life. Shark nets dont help achieve that balance.
Greens MP and Marine Spokesperson Justin Field said the NSW Government was letting fear, News Limited and shock jocks drive shark management in the state.
The NSW governments shark net trial and program is more about spin than an effective shark deterrent measure which they are not and gives the community a false sense of security, he said.
The Greens have supported targeted trials of SMART drumlines for scientific purposes and the trials on the North Coast have been promising with important data on shark behaviours being collected and very low by-catch and mortality rates of caught sharks.
North Coast locals are already shark aware and overwhelmingly reject the idea of shark nets and unnecessarily harming marine animals. Sadly the NSW Government is continuing to pursue a shark management strategy based on fear, he said.
Meanwhile, Byron shire ocean conservationist Dean Jefferys is organising a paddle-out to the shark net at Lennox Head tomorrow at midday, and he plans to swim under the net to show how ineffective it is.
The nets are a straight line about 150 meters long and go do...
And local conservationist Dailan Pugh says its not over yet.
Mr Pugh, who took these photographs, told Echonetdaily that the marine parks authority needs an emergency response procedure as it was obvious since yesterday morning that this was going to happen.
Fish kills have occurred in the creek several times in the past four years, in 2013 and in March last year, both which stirred a public outcry. (See previous story at https://www.echo.net.au/2013/01/fish-kill-sparks-blame-game/
For the past two weeks people have been trying to open the Tallow Creek estuary, their efforts bore fruit late on Wednesday night, the data for Tallow Creek (at the bridge) show the opening starting at midnight, he said.
Unfortunately with no significant rainfall and inflows of oxygenated waters it was obvious by midday Thursday that there would be a major fish kill.
Birds had gathered from all around in anticipation. The consequences began to become apparent on Thursday evening. Once the surface waters had run out the fish were left stranded in increasingly deoxygenated waters.
By sunset the developing disaster was apparent, on a 100m length of the bank over a hundred whiting were dead on the bank and hundreds more whiting, flathead, a few bream and thousands of fingerlings were around the edge of the estuary seeking oxygen near the surface, one large stingray was laying on the bottom with its head out of the water to get oxygen.
By 11pm on the same stretch over 300 dead fish (mostly whiting) and one stingray were observed, and there were thousands of fish gasping in the shallows, many half out of the water. Numerous mullets, some eels and a variety of other species had been added to the mix.
By 6.30 this morning the numbers of dead fish on the same stretch had increased to over a thousand. The total toll was many thousands of fish. Dead fish could be seen a...
Mountain Journal has often reported on the proposal to build a cable car up kunanyi/ Mt Wellington in Hobart. With the recent passage of legislation which will facilitate the development, the campaign against the cable car is entering an important stage. There will be a public forum this Sunday calling on the government to stop the development.
This Sunday 26 November at 2pm.
At The Duke
192 Macquarie Street, Hobart
Believe it or not, the Liberals and Labor have voted to hand over the pinnacle of Mount Wellington to a private tourism developer.
Tasmanians love our wild mountain kunanyi. No other captial city can boast a true wilderness it its backyard. The last thing locals and visitors want is a tourism operator privatising the pinnacle of a Hobart icon which should always remain in public hands.
This forum will bring together community leaders (our special guests are Jason Turvey from Respect the Mountain No Cable Car, Ted Cutlan from Residents Opposed to the Cable Car and Sophie Underwood from Planning Matters Tasmania) to discuss this important issue and hear the communitys views.
Hosted by the Denison Greens.
Wed love to see you there!
(Photo: Paul Esson, https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulesson/461242609)
Baw Baw's community radio station, 3BBR FM, is looking to expand its youth-oriented Drive team.
Image Courtesy of Ryanhood The National Folk Festival once again delivers with their latest bakers dozen announcement of 13 more artists for 2018. The announcement is headed up by a bunch of international talent including the American acoustic duo Ryanhood (above), Chrysoula K. & Prpura from Greece bringing together East and West, Faith i Branko, 
To coincide with Artstate Lismore and a program of free activities in and around the city, local river health partners are hosting the inaugural Lismore River Festival and Carp Muster on Saturday, 2 December at Riverside Park.
The free family event includes fun activities for all ages, a carp fishing competition with more than $2000 worth of prizes, interesting information on river health and a chance to taste carp in all its culinary glory!
A quirky highlight of the event, the carp recipe demonstrations and tastings will be run by local chef Daniel Lange, who will teach brave festival-goers how to transform the European carp from an environmental pest into a tasty addition to your menu.
It will forever change the way you look at carp, Lismore City Council Environmental Strategies Officer Vanessa Tallon said.
Lots of people think of carp as a muddy river fish, but how it is caught and prepared makes all the difference to how this fish tastes. Daniel will definitely surprise people when he serves up his tasty dishes.
The Northern Rivers Science Hub will host a speaker tent with talks on carp, river health, weed management and more.
Dr Matt Landos, Director of Future Fisheries Veterinary Service, will give a myth-busting talk about carp, covering river health, native fish decline and what we can do to reverse this.
John Larson, chair of OzFish Unlimiteds Richmond River Chapter, will give a talk called Oysters Not just good to Eat on the importance of oysters in our lower estuarine systems and river health.
Lismore City Council will have information on its Biodiversity Management Strategy projects including the Rural Landholder Initiative, and staff will give a talk on flood management planning for the future.
The Far North Coast Canoe Club will also run a come and try session from 1pm to 3pm from the Rowing Club boat ramp.
A full list of activities is as follows. Children must be supervised when participating in activities:
Fishing from the riverbank BYO gear and licence. Open to all
ages with junior and senior prizes
Free speakers tent
Junior fishing clinic
Carp cooking demos and tastings by Love Food Hate Waste chef Daniel Lange
Far North Coast Canoe Club come and try session
Carp filleting demos by Ballina Fis...
Former senator Nick Xenophon has called for Australian food regulators to take urgent steps toward mandatory palm oil labelling in Australia.
Mr Xenophon, who is standing in the South Australian election in March, says palm oil is not only a health risk, but is devastating for the planet and fatal for orangutans.
Australians consume 10 kilos of palm oil every year and just dont know it, he said in a statement provided to AAP through the Orangutan Alliance.
The laws would help consumers make an informed choice, he said.
The issue of mandatory labelling of products containing palm oil could be considered at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in Melbourne on Friday.
During his time in the Senate, Mr Xenophon introduced legislation to mandate such labelling after receiving a petition of more than 100,000 signatures.The bill passed in the Senate but has since stalled in the lower house.
Orangutan Alliance founder Maria Abadilla became dedicated to saving Borneos orangutans and finding new solutions to the palm oil debate after seeing rainforest burn-offs to allow for oil production.
We hear the arguments that the cost of adoption for the industry will be massive, but what is the cost of the planet? she said.
More than 400 treasured cars will be parked at Tweed Regional Museum from next week are sure to cause a bit of a stir.
A collection of hundreds of Matchbox and other miniature diecast vehicles is set to be a popular drawcard for car enthusiasts from around the northern rivers.
Museum director Judy Kean said the collection, on loan from father and son Scott and Magnus Green for the museums next Collectors Cabinet showcase program, would no doubt delight young and old this summer.
The Collectors Cabinet program at the museum is unearthing some amazing private collections, Ms Kean said.
I have had a number of conversations over the past year that start with Oh, I dont really collect anything but its soon revealed there are many closet collectors out there, she said.
Were delighted to be able to bring some of these to light for our visitors to enjoy.
Scott Greens c...
The Queensland state election will be a turning point for One Nation.
But whether it shows Pauline Hansons party is in a death dive or its stocks are on the rise is yet to be seen.
The death dive theory has the edge.
Hanson was caught by surprise by Labor premier Annastacia Palaszczuks decision to call a November 25 poll.
She was heading to India on a parliamentary delegation when she heard the news.
One Nation was forced to field fewer candidates and its campaign was not as organised as it could have been.
Hanson returned to the Sunshine State and took to the hustings after a champagne launch in the Battler Bus.
However, troubles with the vehicle put the campaign behind schedule.
Her partys state leader Steve Dickson has been kept busy trying to sandbag his own Sunshine Coast seat.
The federal wheels fell off the campaign when Hanson had a falling out with new senator Fraser Anning, who quit the party shortly after being sworn in.
On his first day in Canberra, Anning who replaced Malcolm Roberts after he lost his seat due to dual citizenship issues and Hanson had a party room spat over staffing.
In politics, disunity is death.
A Galaxy poll for News Corp found two out of five Queenslanders were less likely to support One Nation after the split.
Voters will remember what happened after the 1998 state election at which One Nation took 11 seats.
Within 12 months the party had disintegrated.
One Nation needs to pick up state seats in Hansons home state if it is to survive nationally.
Polling in the final week of the campaign puts its statewide support around 17 per cent.
But there are pockets of stronger support in north Queensland seats such as Thuringowa, Whitsunday and Hinchinbrook, as well as the southern seats of Lockyer and Bundaberg.
A solid showing could give One Nation a foot in the door for the next federal election in seats such as Herbert, Dawson, Wright, Flynn, Hinkler and Blair, as well as the Senate.
Hanson, who witnessed a car-wreck of a campaign at the West Australian election but still picked up seats, says shed be happy winning one seat in Queensland.
There are benefits in a weakened One Nation for Malcolm Turnbull, as he seeks to restore his own stocks.
It will give the coalition a better chance of bolstering its numbers in the Senate.
And it will raise hopes that LNP members in regional seats will be able to see off future challenges from the minor party.
However, undermining that is t...
A 55-year-old man was arrested and charged over drugs and firearms offences after police executed a search warrant at a house in Yamba yesterday.
Police say they targeted house in Treelands Drive for a search following an investigation into the alleged supply of drugs in the area and found 10 cannabis plants and cannabis leaf.
They also discovered a .303 military style firearm and cash.
The man was charged with cultivating a prohibited plant, possessing and supplying a prohibited drug, possessing equipment to administer a prohibited drug, possessing an unregistered firearm, hindering police and dealing with proceeds of crime.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Mclean Local Court on 12 December.
Polls will open in 25 hours in Queensland and the comments threads have been lighting up here with people discussing each electorate.
In particular there have been a few people posting their predictions on each seat guide.
So I thought I would resurrect an old tradition and create a thread for people to post their predictions of what will happen tomorrow.
I wont try to be exact with my prediction (never a good idea to predict before votes start reporting) but Ill give some general thoughts:
Ill have a piece in the Guardian tomorrow morning laying out what to expect on the night. Tomorrow evening therell be an open thread here, and I might contribute occasionally, but Ill also be contributed to the Guardians liveblog, so Ill just see how much capacity I have to do both. Youre welcome to join in the conversation in the comments.
In 12 months time Victorians will head to the polls. With community concern about climate change on the rise, it's an issue that all political parties must must address in detail.
Our state is undergoing profound change as the population grows, entire industries go to the wall, and climate change starts to really impact on our landscapes, economy and lifestyles. Yet Melbourne continues to sprawl, as low density development covers valuable farmland and remnant vegetation, supported by transport infrastructure that will perpetuate our current reliance on cars.
An election provides all parties with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership on the interconnected issues of climate, energy, social justice, and the economy.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags began in 2013 in Bali and came to Coorabell Public School last Wednesday to continue putting the message out to young people that we need to reduce our dependence on plastic, especially single use plastics.
The campaign was started by two Balinese sisters Melati,15 and 13 year old Isabel Wijsen.
After a lesson about inspiring people like Mahatma Ghandi, Lady Diana and Nelson Mandels they came up with the idea os Bye Bye Plastic Bags. It has become a youth social initiative and has helped achieve a pledge from the Balinese government to ban plastic bags in 2018.
I knew that plastic bags were a big issue in the world but now that I know more I want to do something about it. The videos made me look at it from a different perspective, said ten year old Manon from Coorabell.
Four year 11 students from Somerset College in Mugereeba on the Gold Coast came to Coorabell School to talk to the children about the Bye Bye Plastic campaign. This included team leader Sebastian who had attended the Green School in Bali with the founding sisters of Bye Bye Plastic Bags.
Their presentation told the story of the beginnings of their organisation with lots of information on how long plastics stay in the environment, where they end up and how to reduce their usage, said Wendy Edlund, co-owner of Byron Hire, who is a local ambassador.
It was really inspiring, said Yumi following the presentation.
More people should to more to help say bye bye to plastic bags. The video with the animals being caught up in plastic was really sad. Our school could help.
Sebastian, Anna, Uni and Noah from Somerset College were also inspired by the experience.
The feedback that I received from the presenters was that the whole experience has really inspired them to continue their work and expand on....
Main Arm Upper Primary School have entered into a comp to win a recycled playground worth $45,000.
The school is part of the 2017 TerraCycle Recycled Playground competition, which encourages recycling of hard-to-dispose-of waste by awarding points for the school that collects the most used beauty products cosmetics, hair care and skin care packaging.
The community can help Main Arm students by bringing used beauty products to a special collection station at Santos Organics, the school, or the Main Arm Shop by December 1. You can also vote online at www.garnier.com.au/playground up to once per day until 8 December.
If successful, the playground will be made out of recycled beauty products, with the waste collected being melted down and reused, avoiding its being sent to landfill.
Heather Pheloung of the P&C says, Our school really needs a new playground.
While our P&C actively fundraises throughout the year, it would take a number of years to be able to raise enough money for a new playground, as we have so many competing needs for the funds.
Initially we felt that we couldnt compete with all the larger urban schools, but then we thought if we are determined and work together as a community then we can see this miracle happen for our students.
You can help by bringing as many used beauty products to Santos or our school and by voting online as much as you can, its a win-win for our school, community and the environment after all, concluded Heather.
THE South Gippsland Shire Council has commenced consultation for
Amendment C90 to the South Gippsland Planning Scheme.
The amendment will improve the Planning Schemes guidance of development and land use over the next 20 to 30 years.
The function, size and services of South Gippslands settlements plus the capacity of the environment to sustain development have been taken into account.
The changes are based on the recommendations of the South Gippsland Housing and Settlement Strategy 2013.
Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the amendment at the public sessions being held this November and December.
South Gippsland Shire Councils strategic planning officer Fiona Mottram said it was vital that community members considered the scheme and had their say.
Amendment C90 includes Settlement Framework Plans and Restructure Plans which determine where settlement growth would be encouraged or limited.
Community feedback is vital for this process so that we understand the implications these changes to the planning scheme may have for some owners.
We encourage community members to get in contact with us if they require any more information and highly suggest they attend a one on one meeting at the upcoming public sessions, Ms Mottram said.
For more information about Amendment C90, the public sessions and how to make a submission, visit www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/C90.
To book an appointment at one of the public sessions, contact the Strategic Planning team on 5662 9200 or email C90@southgippsland.vic.gov.au with your preferred session, time and contact details.
Newlands Community #RepowerHour THIS SUNDAY 4pm :-)
A quick reminder if you missed the last notice. This is a relaxed social event - we will share a meal and kids are more than welcome (there will definitely be some there!).We will have a short and snappy discussion about how we can show strong community support for a fast and fair transition to 100% clean energy from the sun and wind and we will take a group photo to share will other community groups running repower campaigns.
Newlands Community House (20 Murray Rd North Coburg) 4pm Sunday 26th November
Bring a plate or something to BBQ and a gold coin donation for the use of the venue :) (Also feel free to bring some beers or other beverage to have with the BBQ)Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/185082475380609/This event is being hosted by the Newlands Climate Action Group with support from Environment Victoria. If youd like more information please contact Nina (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0400123336). You can join our Facebook group to receive any updates https://www.facebook.com/groups/875904809245589/.
Weve all heard it at one time or another: Your eyes are the window to your soul. Experts are now pointing to a number of studies to show that there is actually some truth to this statement! Cambridge researchers have dedicated years to better understanding our ability to read a persons emotions by gazing directly into their eyes, and new research shows that there is a genetic component to consider!
The journey to reach this point began twenty years ago when a team of scientists out of the University of Cambridge began to investigate the concept of Cognitive Empathy. In simple terms, cognitive empathy refers to our ability to recognize and understand the emotions of people around us. Consider the last time that you were spending time with a loved one and you could just tell that they were sad about something despite the fact they hadnt actually told you that they were sad. Their emotional state at the time was revealed to you through a number of different non-verbal clues such as boy language, facial expressions and, according to the researchers, the eyes.
Throughout the course of their studies, the team developed a test known as the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test, or the Eyes Test for short. The test asked participants to view a series of pictures depicting solely a persons eyes, identifying the emotional state of the person pictured. The test picked up on a few patterns in regard to those who excelled in the test, for example, women statistically scored better on the test than men. However, they concluded that further research was required to better understand why some people were more adept at reading another persons eyes.Source: Scoop.it
Recently the same team of researchers has partnered up with a genetics company called 23andMe to further investigate the potential genetic connection between those who are skilled at reading the emotions of their peers. Studying 89,000 people from around the world, the team discovered something interesting when comparing their test results to the genetic information that they had compiled.
The team discovered that women who scored well on the Eyes Test had a genetic variant on chromosome 3. This same pattern was confirmed by a second test completed by the Brisbane Longitudinal...
On Thursday November 24 a small island in the middle of the pacific made world headlines, but not because of its natural beauty.
Today PNG police and immigration stormed the Manus Regional Processing Centre and attacked refugees who were fighting for survival after being abandoned by Australian and PNG immigration.
How did they find themselves in this predicament?
A common narrative is people washing up on tropical island after their boats have become lost at sea.
The refugees on Manus Island did embark on a dangerous voyage by boat but that is not why they are now in this situation, at least not directly.
Fleeing their home countries looking for safety and freedom they arrived on Australian shores and asked for protection.
Unfortunately the Australian government had just implemented a policy to send all people who arrived by boat to offshore processing centres.
These centers are in developing nations Nauru and Papua New Guine who this colonial power can bully and bribe with money.
PNGs Manus Island fits the bill for a policy which seeks to send a message to other refugees that Australia is not a welcoming humanitarian country (as many believe).
After some three years of locking refugees in the derelict centre on Manus the PNG supreme court ruled this incarceration unconstitutional.
The centre was slated for closure, detainees were encouraged to return home some with bribes of up to $25,000.
A small number around 50 decided to settle in PNG, with some becoming homeless and trying to return to detention, one man even tried flying to Fuji and applying be protection there only to be sent back to PNG.
A number are in the East Lorengau Transit centre, some having applied to go the America under a bizarre people swap deal and others expected to settle in PNG.
Human Rights Watch have recently detailed an upsurge in violent attacks by armed locals.
This is why when the detention centre closed on October 31 around 620 men decided not to leave.
Alternative accommodation has been provided however it is closer to town, and hostile locals, and insecure.
This and a series of terrifying events have lead to the current situation where detainees feel safer in the cage they have so longed to escape from than outside.
Besides according to sources, including the UN, the new facilities are not yet ready to house the men.
This was proven when SBS flew a drone over the new centres and broadcast the footage.
Mostly the men are refusing to leave as a political statement, after 4 years on Manus they are demanding freedom.......
Crystal-clear water and lingering mix swell revealed some excited ocean activity in Central Florida last weekend both above and below the surface. On Saturday evening, at about an hour or two before sunset, 14-year-old surfer Kaia Anderson was bitten by what is believed to be a spinner shark off a Floridana Beach access in southern Melbourne Beach. "Kaia lives right next door to me, she's probably the nicest girl I've ever met in my entire life, and she and her sister go surfing every single day," said local pro Chauncey Robinson, who witnessed the attack. "I'd been up at the access watching the waves for 30 minutes prior and saw a shark go through a wave, but others thought it was a dolphin, since there were a few of those out, too. Then, probably ten minutes before it happened, I saw a spinner shark jump out the back and splash in front of everyone.
Victoria is spending $5.5 billion building the West Gate Tunnel, another $1 billion widening CityLink, probably $10 billion on the North East Link, $11 billion on Melbourne Metro, $8 billion removing level crossings, and, if the Coalition returns, more than $3 billion on the East West Link.
NSW is spending $16 billion on WestConnex, $14 billion on Western Harbour Tunnel Beaches Link, $9 billion on the F6 Extension, $3 billion on NorthConnex, $11 billion on Sydney Metro South West, $8 billion on Sydney Metro NorthWest, $3 billion on Parramatta Light Rail, $2 billion on Sydney Light Rail, and billions more on Sydney Metro West.
It would be nice to know it was money well spent.
There's a fiction that a benefit-cost ratio above "1" means things are OK.
Here's how it works. A consultant adds up all the costs over a period of 30 or 40 years and all the benefits. If the benefits are greater than the costs, giving a ratio of, say, 1.5, it is said to be worth doing. But if they are less, say, 0.45 (which was the ratio in the first study of in the East West Link), it is said to be a waste of money.
Often the studies are never made public, sometimes they are never conducted (as was the case with the national broadband network) and very often they are conducted as an "add-on"; financial bling to be sprinkled over the project after it has been approved and announced.
Melbourne's $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel is a case in point. Sydney's $14 billion Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is another. Internal NSW Transport emails released to me under freedom of information show an analyst complaining that his superiors had as good as completed the business case without access to the numbers.
"How something with no, repeat, no, benefit-cost analysis or traffic numbers can be construed as 80 to 90 per cent complete is beyond me," the exasperated official wrote. "The numbers tell us if the thing makes sense."
And the numbers are sometimes rigged.
A seminar in Melbourne last month on the use and abuse of cost-benefit analysis explored the ways.
One of the easiest is to hike the traffic forecasts. On some toll roads, the number of cars predicted to use them was greater than the capacity of the roads. Out of court settlements were reached between the modellers and investors in Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel and Brisbane's M7 Clem Jones Tunnel.
Professor Jago Dodson of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research revealed that in the queue at a conference he had met one of Australia's senior transport modellers who had worked on at least one of those tunnels.
"Myself and another col...
As I sat and watched the singer-songwriter night at the pub last night, I felt slightly melancholic. Watching the university crowd coming in and out, watching them and their friends play, led to some middle-aged self-reflection. Im old enough to be their father, or even their grandfather, I thought to myself. Though it only seems 
Late spring, last light. The sky is pale but the colours havent leeched out of the land yet. The wind swirls through the trees, like a stick in muddy water, stirring languid but not yet hot air through the canopy.
Last spring was wet and we had fields of chocolate lilies. This year is drier and instead its fields of yellow everlastings. Last weeks rain is gone, tucked away into root systems and flushed down streams towards the distant sea. But the air is still sweet. Its like the plants all breathed out in relief after that last downpour.
Castlemaine is mostly Box and Peppermint country, low hill and gully country. Its hard to get a glimpse into the bigger landscape. Climb one hill and you see the next one. I walk through the open Box country, and can see how the thin soil and sandstone rocks dictate what can grow. Drop into the shallow gullies to the slightly deeper and richer alluvial soils and the yellow gums step in quickly. Back up onto the next ridge, more rocky outcrops, more understory species, a slight thinning of the trees.
The air is full of colour and sound. Gangs of cockatoos sweep through above the canopy, groups of young magpies stalk the stubble on the golf course, ravens call, wattlebirds, the occasional rosella, the smaller birds I dont know go abou...
Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival,November 24 to December 10, 2017
I suppose the reason why we dont have a mens international jazz festival in Melbourne or anywhere is that it would be doubling up on what we often experience at jazz gigs that is, a predominance of male performers.
So, until that changes, and we no longer need a womens festival because most gigs feature women musicians, lets celebrate the work of, and the depth of talent among, the many female practitioners of jazz or improvised music.
This year Sonja Horbelt has programmed a ripper of a festival in Melbourne with a great deal of talent from Australia and overseas, including expatriate trombonist Shannon Barnett and internationally-acclaimed Korean musician Hyelim Kim.
Full details are available on the festival website, but heres a summary of the gigs on offer to whet your appetite. This is an inexpensive way to hear and celebrate the considerable talent of the many women musicians who compose and play jazz.
Friday, November 24, 5.30pm 6pm-8pm, Sharny Russell Quartet, $15/$10, Uptown Jazz Cafe
An Australian pianist/vocalist/composer based in Byron Bay, Sharny Russell has...
Both the girls were keen as to visit the Blue Lagoon on our family trip to Iceland. They had both seen pictures of it on the internet when they looked up things to do in Iceland with kids. When we were planning a trip to Iceland I found there was not a lot of information out there about visiting the Blue Lagoon for families or visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids. There was plenty of information on what to do when you are an adult but not a lot that I found helpful or information that I could use for the girls. So I thought that I would put a guide together with our Top Tips for visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids on our Iceland family holiday!
Now, this is on the list in plenty of places so I have to say that straight away. You put it in your hair before you get in the water at the Blue Lagoon as it dries it out very quickly. There are bottles of it in the change rooms and we were told by one of the bathroom attendants to put it in there before we went into the water. After we got back and I showered the girls I put what I thought was a heap in there but just keep putting it ineverytime you have to get out of the water and take one of the kids to the toilet put more in. It took us about a week to get our hair back to normal. So, GO CRAZY!
This was the one thing that put Marley off completely. It is the rules for visiting the Blue Lagoon with kids, that if you are under 9 you must wear floaties in the water. Marley is a great swimmer so she was absolutely mortified that she had to wear them. If I had have known I would have been able to warn her before we got there.
We got three towels in the end as I thought it would be enough but we really could have done with one more. As we were staying in a Reykjavik apartment I was not comfortable taking the towels from there but if you get a chance take extra towels with you. This will help you save a little bit of money and because all of the towels are the same colour it will help you easily identify where you have put yours. It will also stop people from accidentally using yours as they are all hung in the same places and you have to remember where you hung them up.
Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.
About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island Centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it in a standoff the United Nations described as a looming humanitarian crisis.
They destroyed our food and damaged our accommodation too, they destroyed our water tank, one asylum-seeker said in a mobile telephone message from the camp.
Many of the men climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets, he said. Three other asylum seekers gave similar accounts of the police action.
A video shot by Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz and posted o...
Mt Toorongo is a magical spot: it is a mountain in the Central Highlands to the east of Melbourne. If you drive to the Baw Baw ski village from Noojee, it is the steep dark mountain that fills the skyline above you as you head through the last of the farming country at Icy Creek.
Not many people go there. Its a bit off the track, but is accessible quite easily via a number of dirt roads. As I understand the ecology of the mountain, it was burnt twice in close succession (in the 1920s and the infamous 1939 fires). So the eucalypt forest on the summit was replaced by a remarkable cloud forest of what are normally understorey species. The summit itself is a long ridge which offers wonderful views of the Baw Baw Plateau, the Latrobe Valley and distant Strzelecki Ranges to the south.
Like many forests in the region, the mountain has been relentlessly logged. Much of the cloud forest was chained down by bulldozers in the early 1990s and planted with Shining Gum (which is not actually indigenous to the area as I understand it).
But there are still pockets of cool temperate rainforest, and the forest at the treeline, composed of old wattles and myrtle beech, is a delight. It still harbours endangered animal species, too.
Recently, WOTCH (Wildlife of the Central Highlands), a volunteer group which focuses on citizens science like animal surveys, identified Leadbeaters Possums on the Toorongo Plateau, the northern slopes of the mountain. It is hard to overstate the importance of Toorongo Mountain and the plateau. Like the Errinundra Plateau, it has acted as a refugia in times of climate variation and climate change in the past, providing a place for the old Gondwanic species to retreat to when temperatures are warmer and fire regimes are stronger.
The Leadbeaters Possum was found in an area that was scheduled for logging and the discovery of the individual means that this particular section of forest will be protected. This is a great outcome, won by an inspiring group.
You can find out more about WOTCH via their facebook page.
You See Monsters is an upcoming SBS documentary which explores the work of a new generation of Australian Muslim artists who are fighting anti-Islamic bigotry with creativity, satire, and irreverence.
The following conversation is the first part of our three part audio series. Listen back to the Canvas: Art & Ideas interview with Canvas host, Abdul Abdullah, his brother Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (AKA the Prototype), artists Cigdem Aydemir and Safdar Ahmed, slam poet Sara Mansour and comedian Aamer Rathman.
Abdul Abdullah: Ethnically, everyone here in the studio is from all over the place, but weve all got one thing in common which is that we identify as Muslims, or Muslims in Australia. Last year a survey was released that said half of Australia has negative or ambivalent attitudes towards Muslims. Abdul-Rahman, do you think thats true? And if so, why do you think that is?
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah: I guess its just the unfortunate state of affairs that we find ourselves in, the idea of Muslims being the bad guy is such a normal point of view, its a mainstream point of view, its a very standard one and thats reinforced from the top down.
AA: And Sara, how about you?
Sara Mansour: I think that negative or ambivalent attitudes towards Muslims comes from ignorance. I agree with Abdul-Rahman in the sense that it comes from the top down and these stereotyp...
At around 12.30 am on June 24, a security guard opened the door to an apartment in Enfield, north London, and a group of five men wielding knives entered the premises. Ms Maria Benito (not her real name) was taken into a room by one of the men, who demanded she give him money. The
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Queenslanders have a fantastic opportunity to write a happy ending to the tragic deforestation crisis. read now...
AFSA, in conjunction with ORICoop are proud to present the heartfelt film: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, & Nick Offerman and directed by Laura Dunn (The Unforeseen), this documentary is "a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry".
As a special guest and pre-screening event, Charles Massy will discuss his groundbreaking new book, Call of The Reed Warbler. There will be an opportunity for Q & A with Charles, and copies of the book will be available for purchase on the night.
Join us for a night of discussion, learning and reflection around farming - in the past, the present and the future.
Watch the film trailer HERE.
TICKETS: $25, (AFSA & ORICoop Members $20).
(General admission tickets listed as "ORICoop Friends FRI" and AFSA Members listed as "AFSA Members FRI").
Post-film details TBC (we will be hitting up a local pub and would love to continue discussions after the film - we hope you'll join us!)
How Much Do You Know? is a podcast series that looks at HIV in the year 2017.
Its brought to you by and produced in the studios of Eastside Radio located in Paddington Sydney in association with ViiV Healthcare.
This episode looks at modern HIV testing techniques and the easy and convenient methods in which people can now find results almost instantaneously.
Most importantly we discuss the ways in which we can now address anonymity for those at high risk yet in circumstances that require discretion.
Journalist Tim Brunero is joined by Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross.
That was Dr Phil Reid from the Kirkton Road Centre in Kings Cross speaking with Tim Brunero.
Testing for HIV has come a long way since the 1980s. In 2017 it really is about offering the right test for the right person in the right setting and making testing as easy as possible.
Head to health.nsw.gov.au for a full list of sexual health clinics throughout the state and or call 1800 451 624 today.
Youve been listening to How Much Do You Know? A podcast series on HIV in 2017 that is brought to you by Eastside Radio in association with ViiV Healthcare.
Stanley Smith was an Australian businessman, WWII operative in China and expert horticulturalist. His life took him from a comfortable Brisbane upbringing to the danger of war and finally to a life half-way across the world. His Chinese-born wife, Continue reading
Image Courtesy of Eleanor McEvoy Irish music legend Eleanor McEvoy has announced shell be back in Australia this January with a bunch of East coast dates. Having already been announced for the Woodford Folk Festival, the Cygnet Folk Festival and the Illawarra Folk Festival, Eleanor McEvoy is rounding out her visit with a bunch of 
Thirty-one years have passed since Nicholas Shand dreamed up this newspaper and gathered a band of fellow dreamers to help him make it real.
In those 31 years The Echo has grown, like a magic beanstalk, far taller than we ever imagined, and it is now a feature of Shire life.
Our ongoing series on the history of our beloved rainbow rag continues this week, written by the newspapers longest-serving drudge, David Lovejoy.
So far in the story, Nicholas Shand has been unable to get local media to cover police hooliganism in the Main Arm Valley, and has invited David Lovejoy to join him in starting a newspaper
We rented an upper-storey open-plan office in Mullumbimby, heaved my typesetting equipment up the stairs and made a darkroom out of cut-up black garbage bags. Nicholas contributed a large, horseshoe-shaped desk, which was perfect for a budding editor.
He had lined up a local printer, Andrew Bradley, whose press could print two A4 pages at once, and employed Dorothy Mullins, ex-Advocate and Northern Star, to help him sell advertising. My wife Wendy was to help me with the pre-press production and a friend of ours, Carol Page, joined us to do typing and general office work.
Several brainstorming sessions fuelled by red wine provided the name for our enterprise. It was to be the grandly reverberating Brunswick Valley Echo, a name which shed some of its resonance when over the years it evolved into the Brunswick-Byron Echo and finally the Byron Shire Echo. Local artist the late Geoff Williams designed an elegant logo for the banner, which is still in use four decades on....
The launch of Amazon Australia set for this afternoon is causing tremendous stress-anxiety-depression for local retailers, who are used to being able to rip customers off.
A spokesperson for one retail giant said board members have been burning the cocaine oil staying up all night trying to invent new ways to charge Australians heaps for products that are cheaper everywhere else in the world, a practice retailers have affectionately dubbed the Australian tax.
One of the best ideas was to pretend we care for the environment and charge a carbon footprint tax or something for postage, he said. And a cracking idea for our bricks-and-mortar stores was to open a toll booth and charge entry, then put together a marketing campaign about how were creating new jobs for the folk who have to man them all day.
Some Australian retailers have said Amazon Australia wont make any difference to their businesses as they dont sell books anyway.
Local Labor identity Helen Abrahams has some advice for anyone who intends to vote for the environment on Saturday. Labors election pledge to build large scale, publicly owned renewable energy will put Queensland ahead of the rest of the country, embracing our competitive advantage of world beating sunshine. While the community overwhelmingly believes electricity is 
Detroit starts like a fever dream, then narrows in on a single motel during the citys 1976 race riots.
Director Kathryn Bigelow deals with the big issues. Shes known for films like The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, having tackled the Iraq War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden with subtlety and craft. Its only natural that her next project has manifested as a powerful exploration of racial tensions in America.
As tensions flare in the Motor City, a squad of racist cops are drawn to the Algiers Motel, where a group of bored young black men have shot a starter-pistol from a rooftop. In a city of sweltering heat and simmering animosity its the catalyst for a gruelling power play between the Detroit PD and the soon-to-be victims of police brutality.
Its a tough watch. The centrepiece of the movie is a violent interrogation by the police officers as they try to locate the gun a brutal intimidation that is drawn out in excruciating detail. Bigelow is unapologetic in her harsh depiction of the incident, capturing not just the savagery of the police, but the overwhelming fear of everyone in the scene as well.
That fear is what drives the movie. Its written on the faces of the cops and the guests of the Algiers Motel alike, but the way each person acts upon it is dramatically different. The cops attempt to excise their fear through show of force; the black hostages are simply desperate to get out alive. Throughout the film, Bigelow tries to understand what makes people behave the way they do when they feel outnumbered.
None of this is better demonstrated...
Melbourne-based developer, Pace Development Group, has unveiled its newest apartment project, Pace of Abbotsford, a 133- apartment residence designed by the highly acclaimed SJB Architects. Located at 247 Johnston Street, Abbotsford, the development will be anchored by the retained art deco faade of one of the areas most recognised architectural icons, Saint Crispin House. The historic site 
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The Bye Bye Plastic Bag movement began in Bali and has had inspirational success achieving a pledge from the Balinese government to ban plastic bags in 2018. It is a youth led social initiative driven by children who care about their environment.
This week representatives from the Australian arm of the movement will be coming to Byron Shires own Coorabell Public School to spread the good word!
They will be speaking to classes for around 20-30 minutes telling the Bye Bye Plastic Bag story and speaking about youth empowerment and sustainability.
Their message is about saying no to plastic bags and single use plastics.
Local ambassador Wendy Edlund says I am hoping that this will be an informative and positive exercise both for the presenters and the students alike.
Wendy is co-owner of Byron Hire, one of Popped Creatives major, ongoing supporters. Over the years Byron Hire has supported countless local businesses, community organisations, and projects, and has always given back to the Byron region. This is a continuation of their generosity and commitment to community.
This project is close to the heart of many Byron bay residents and is a great way of starting the conversation with our youth community, who will ultimately be leading positive change for our future generations.
More information can be found at website:...
The architectural team behind Melbournes notably popular Mr Miyagi & Yukies Snack Bar, P-E-K Studio, has collaborated with one of Melbournes emerging development groups, FHL, to deliver an unprecedented series of contemporary designed apartments in Melbournes inner north. FHL brings together dynamic entrepreneurs Tom Howgate and Edward Love, who have united to create a 
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We are excited to welcome the addition of Vegepods to the City Farm Nursery! Vegepods make growing food as easy as it can be. They come equipped with a water-storing reservoir at the base and an adjustable shade (and possum) cover. The additional stands and trolleys make it easier to access and maintain your veggies. 
Melbourne Business School
Here at Pine Street Block Printing Workshop you can learn how to block print design suiting ages 16 to 25 years old in a 3 hour hands-on lesson to demonstrate the basics of block print designs. You will be taught by professionals working in the industry to master your skill; ready for Christmas and be able to design and carve your own block and print your own cards and paper.
Look at elements from the natural environment, native leaves, plants, seed pods & flowers. Create a unique block print design and print your own. Be inspired by Australian printmakers whilst learning a new technique. The class includes an introduction to hand colouring with watercolour. You can even print your own personalised Christmas cards! Great introduction to block print for young people. Sustainable and non-toxic printing methods.
What: Block Printing
When: Wednesday 6 December 6pm 9pm
Where: Harry Burland Activity Centre, 132-134 Shepherd Street, Darlington
To book online click here
When: TODAY 5:30pm 23 November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Right now police and navy are in the compounds on #Manus pushing people to leave the centre. Reports that some men have been assaulted. Authorities are aggressive and using force but the peaceful men are resisting. Join us for an(...)
Canberra has paid tribute to the citys strong yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey with the installation of a rainbow roundabout. The permanent artwork is on a roundabout in the inner north Canberra suburb of Braddon. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, the first openly gay state or territory leader, said last weekends Spring ...
Mt Toorongo is a magical spot: it is a mountain in the Central Highlands to the east of Melbourne. If you drive to the Baw Baw ski village from Noojee, it is the steep dark mountain that fills the skyline above you as you head through the last of the farming country at Icy Creek.
Not many people go there. Its a bit off the track, but is accessible quite easily via a number of dirt roads. As I understand the ecology of the mountain, it was burnt twice in close succession (in the 1920s and the infamous 1939 fires). So the eucalypt forest on the summit was replaced by a remarkable cloud forest of what are normally understorey species. The summit itself is a long ridge which offers wonderful views of the Baw Baw Plateau, the Latrobe Valley and distant Strzelecki Ranges to the south.
One of the more uplifting events on the Ocean Grove calendar,
Disabled Surfers, has set its 2018 dates.
People with a disability will get the chance to ride a wave on 4 February and 4 March.
The goal for Disabled Surfers is to provide an inclusive experience for all people with any disability to experience the rush of riding a wave.
Ocean Grove has world class beach facilities that help make the experience be as inclusive as possible and volunteers are always welcomed, in fact the program would not operated without them.
Facilities include: special needs changing/amenities; wheelchair ramp access from the car park all the way to the sand; specialised beach wheelchairs (to suit adults and children).
Specialised beach wheelchairs are available for use along the Bellarine and Surf coast free of charge by the community at any time by arrangement. This enables a person with special needs to experience the beach at any time with family and friends all year round.
Online registration forms for both surfers and volunteers are available at disabledsurfers.org/vic/ocean-grove-branch/
Image Courtesy of WOMADelaide Following on from their first round announcement last month WOMADelaide have this week dropped their entire 2018 program and its absolutely huge. Joining the likes of Le Vent du Nord, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Yirrmal next year will be Scottish neo-Trad quintet Elephant Sessions, country-blues favourites Hat Fitz & Cara, roots 
South Coast Baptist College has defended its decision to dismiss a relief teacher because he revealed he was in a same-sex relationship. OutinPerth revealed that Craig Campbell had lost his position at the school in Rockingham, Western Australia. Campbell had to deal with suspicion about his sexuality after colleagues and students questioned a photo on ...
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Poondi, aka Andrew Constable, moved to Goonengerry with his family when he was ten and has continued to live in the area for 28 years with only a short eight-year sojourn to Sydney we all need a chance to spread our wings!
After marrying my beautiful wife, we moved to Sydney for eight years and had our children, Jackson and Isaac.
There came a point when we decided it was time to move back home to raise our children where we grew up, Poondi said with a quiet smile.
As a former Mullumbimby High School student who played junior league and senior football for the Mullum Giants, as well as working at the Chincogan Tavern (now known as the Court House) and the Footy Club, Poondi is known and loved by many in the area.
Unfortunately health concerns mean that Poondi had to retire recently, and his friends and work colleagues at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club are gathering in support to raise money to help him and his family.
They are asking you to come and join them in their fundraising endeavours this Friday November 24 from 7pm at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.
The club management and staff and have been very supportive, said Poondi.
Im very grateful and humbled at the amount of support, concern and care shown by everyone towards both me and my family.
It really represents the strong essence of community in this
area that we are so lucky to have.
The Have A Beer For Poondi will feature two local bands, lucky door prizes, lucky dips and raffles so that everyone can have a great time.
After wrestling him to the ground and placing him in handcuffs, police found that he had 2.4 grams of methamphetamine, about 6 grams of cannabis, scales, drug packaging and a torch.
Meanwhile, the driver of the stopped vehicle, a 42.year-old Drake man, was found to be in possession of a machete, a knife, 1.3 grams of cocaine and an ice pipe.
The 33 year old was charged with two counts of Possess Prohibited Drug, Possession of Equipment for Administering a Prohibited Drug and Resist Police. He was bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.
The 42-year-old will face Lismore Local Court in January on charges of Possess Knife in Public Place x 2, Possess Prohibited Drug and Possession of Equipment for Administering a Prohibited Drug.
The families of Gogglebox Australia share their thoughts on last weeks marriage equality result in tonights episode of the Channel Ten reality show. Gay couple Wayne and Tom are brought to tears watching The Projects coverage of the announcement that 61% of Australians had voted in favour of the reform. Im proud to be Australian ...
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THE second Festival of Indigenous Rugby League will kick off the 2018 rugby league season on February 10 with the NRL announcing a week-long celebration and matches at Sydneys Redfern Oval. The 2018 festival will follow the inaugural 2017 Newcastle festival. Six teams will play as part of the festival, with emerging mens and womens Maori teams participating for the first time. The Indigenous All Stars elements will form part of the festival, including the Youth Summit and NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp. The popular Interstate Challenge will take place, this time involving the Newcastle Yowies (NSW) and the Dhadin Geai Warriors, from Torres Strait. The Redfern festival also will include a womens game between the First Nation Gems and the New Zealand Maori Ferns. Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley will take charge of the emerging Indigenous mens team the First Nations Goannas.
Nullum House provides an essential hub in Murwillumbah for people in need and was extensively damaged during Cyclone Debbie. So this Saturday a group of local Kingscliff TAFE students are asking you to join them to raise money to help get Nullum House back up and running.
This is a chance to show everyone that community is all about sharing our resources and joining in with a helping hand and open heart, said Mya Hurst, TAFE Community Services student.
Our class came together, deciding it be an incredible idea as upcoming community service workers to make a positive impact in our local community. We all saw how devastating the Cyclone Debbie floods were to Murwillumbah, and the impact of the loss of such an essential service as Nullum House at the time when the town most needed it. Ive seen first-hand how much of a struggle its
been for the people who depended on the Nullum House for assistance, which is why as a
class we want to help to Re-float Nullum House!
Nullum House provides services to the most vulnerable in our society ensuring access to a shower and washing facilities as well as meals and mental health support and provides 12,000 incident and client responses each year.
Cyclone Debbie saw the property extensively damaged with meeting rooms, kitchen and office spaces needing to be flood proofed and refurbished.
The Council have decided to go ahead and repair the building to flood proof standard, said a spokesperson for Nullum House.
But there is a shortfall of funds to get the interiors up and running.
Currently a limited range of services are being run from the Murwillumbah Community Center such as legal aid and community volunteers have continued to provide two meals weekly in conjunction with the Hari Krishnas and as ADRA Combined Churches Meal Program. However, many services have had to cease since the floods including.
Head along to the fundraiser this...
A Byron shire ocean conservationist is organising a paddle out for this Saturday at Lennox Head during which conservationists plan to swim under shark nets, that have been reinstalled this morning.
Dean Jefferys, a filmmaker who captains a whale conservation yacht, Migaloo 2, has invited all interested parties to take part in the action aimed at showing that the shark nets are ineffective.
Mr Jeffery said the action on Saturday aimed to highlight the fact that the nets have killed over 150 marine creatures durring the last 6 month trial and that there are more effective non lethal alternatives.
The plan is to meet on the beach in front of Lennox Head surf club at midday ~ Saturday 25th Nov~ and spell out some large words with bodies and boards then paddle out to the Shark nets that are planned to be about 300 meters off shore, he said in a Facebook post advertising the event.
Those who feel confident and with masks and fins can then swim under the shark nets that go down about 5 meters. This will help dispel the fallacy that the nets are a total barrier and that sharks, like humans, can swim under the nets.
If humans can swim under the nets then surely sharks can, he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Jefferys has written to Ballinas mayor David Wright, councillors, and the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, requesting a meeting to explore non-lethal options.
I have heard from various spokespeople that a downturn in tourism after an unwanted shark encounter is a major concern for business people from the Ballina shire as is finding solutions to the shark issue, Mr Jefferys said.
I have been talking with other marine conservationist and have come up with a list of non lethal ideas and activities that should be capable of preventing an unwanted shark encounter and has t...
Lismores annual celebration of street food and culinary delights, Eat the Street, has won a silver gong at the NSW Tourism Awards.
The food festival was named second in the events category behind the Parkes Elvis Festival, which is a major tourist attraction that has been attracting thousands of fans since it began in 1993.
City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said it was one of those times when you dont mind coming second.
I cannot believe some of the competition we beat to take second it was a really amazing moment when Eat the Street was announced as the silver award recipient, Jason said.
The events success is testament to the Lismore Business Panels vision to develop a major event that activates our CBD by attracting more than 20,000 patrons. It is equally the strong community support that this event has had right from the word go that has made Eat the Street such a success.
This type of recognition is a real shot in the arm for Lismore and we should all be proud. It also inspires us to build on what we have accomplished and to make Eat the Street not just a great signature event for Lismore, but a signature event for the whole region.
Jason said the team behind Eat the Street is currently developing new additions for 2018 such as a progressive dinner and local food producer tours to build it into a three-day event.
Strap in and certainly dont eat for a week beforehand! Jason laughed.
Next year we are going to take Eat the Street to a whole new level.
Thomas and I had the ribtacular combo at Roddy's in West End last night. Also, the fiery chicken wings in lava sauce for starters.
We could do this because for the next three and a bit weeks we are Men Without Women. Jane and Anna are touring Italy in lieu of Schoolies Week.
I'm planning to finish The Cruel Stars and get moving for real on WW 3.1 and Girl in Time 2.
I also have to complete my second bar brown belt grading for jujitsu and get rid of all the blubber I put on comfort eating my way through the dark months after Dad passed away. Luckily I have a puppy who wakes me at 4AM every monring, without fail. That cold wet snout in my face tells me it's time to get some value out of my 24HR gym pass.
Currenlty a disgraceful 98.5 kgs.
Aiming to run a calorie deficit of at least 1000 per day. Last night I was protein-only. No carbs.
We'll see where that gets me by the time the ladies come home.
The Brisbane Times is reporting Queensland Greens, swelled by the newly enrolled, plan on doing a Northcote, and it appears that the Palaszczuk Governments star performer, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, remains at risk of losing her seat of South Brisbane to Greens candidate Amy MacMahon. Ms MacMahon has observed:
There is a clear sense that people have had enough of the big parties.
For many people this does appear to be the case, but that does not mean the Greens are a sensible alternative. From time-to-time, I have disagreed with particular policies advanced by the major parties, but the major parties are generally wrong within normal parameters, borrowing a phrase from P.J. ORourke. The Queensland Greens have no idea what those normal parameters are.
The Queensland Greens are putting forward a policy platform that, in the extremely unlikely event it would ever be enacted, would increase State government spending by at least $8-9 billion (or 13-14%) and result in either (a) a blow out in the budget deficit and total State debt of over $100 billion or (b) massive increases in taxes and charges on ordinary Queenslanders, and not just on the property developers and big corporations the Greens would like to target (see my 12 November post). And note my previous post was written before the Greens announced a child care plan that would cost at least an additional $1 billion annually. In its media release on its utopian child care plan, the Greens again identified property developers and big corporations as candidates for higher taxes:
Our ambitious plan would cost $5.4 billion over five years. We would make property developers and big corporations pay for 200,000 Queensland kids to get access to free, universal high-quality childcare and kindergarten.
I should note the Greens child care plan amounts to $5,400 per child annually, which seems like an under-estimate of what it would cost to offer free child care to each child, even it were only 3 days per week for 3 and 4 year olds, and 1 day per week for 2 year olds, as the policy states. Assuming annual out-of-pocket child care costs of around $15,000 for child care five days per week (see this Courier-Mail article......
Image Courtesy of Freya Josephine Hollick Melbourne alt-country singer-songwriter Freya Josephine Hollick has just launched her brand new single The Pearly Gates of the Landfill. The track is the singers first since the release of her EP Dont Mess With The Doyenne earlier this year. I wrote it about like always my daughters 
A controversial plan to burn harvested sections of North Coast native forests to generate so-called renewable electricity has been widely derided by the Greens and environment groups.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) revived the plan, first mooted in 2012 following the collapse of the woodchip industry, at yesterdays (November 22) Bioenergy2017 conference in Sydney.
DPI research scientist Fabiano Ximenes, who presented the findings, said the two-and-a-half-year project analysed the production forests surrounding regional hubs Grafton, Kempsey and Bulahdelah.
The research showed that there are exciting opportunities in the production of biofuels and high-value chemicals, so there is significant untapped potential in NSW forests, he said.
According to the report, any potential impacts on the environment from the use of biomass can be effectively addressed by management actions; for example, via the retention of sufficient biomass in the forest to maintain biodiversity values.
Mr Ximenes said use of the biomass for bioenergy has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emission, due to the displacement of fossil fuels.
There are also additional benefits of removing the residues that would otherwise decay or burn in the forest, such as a reduction in forest management operational costs, reduced fuel loads and supporting regional development by creation of a new industry, he added.
But North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) spokesperson Dailan Pugh has described the plan as sheer madness and said it had more to do with seeking a replacement industry for woodchipping than cleaning up the forest floor.
Forests are the lungs of the earth: they take in our carbon dioxide, storing the carbon and giving us back oxygen. Left standing they are part of the solution to climate change, Mr Pugh said, but cut do...
A man charged with ramming a police car at Lismore on the weekend which saw officers draw their guns in response was granted conditional bail.
Richmond Local Area police spotted a stolen black 2012 Nissan Navara they had been searching for over incidents on the preceding days at North Lismore on Saturday and pursuit was initiated.
When the Nissan that was driven by a 38 year-old North Lismore man rammed a marked police car in Winterton Lane the pursuit ended with officers drawing their guns.
No one was injured in the incident.
On November 7 police allege the 38 -year-old man assaulted another man at North Lismore.
Then on November 16, it is alleged the man had changed the number plates on the stolen Nissan Navara when he drove to a North Lismore petrol station, filled the four wheel-drive and drove off without paying.
The man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with eight offences at Lismore police station and refused bail.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, not stopping in a police pursuit, negligent driving, driving furiously, receiving stolen property outside NSW, obtaining property by deception, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention and not giving his particulars to another driver.
When he appeared in Lismore Local Court on Tuesday he was granted conditional bail to reappear on November 28.
A man charged with sexually assaulting a four year-old girl on more than 20 occasions until she was seven at Casino is free on conditional bail.
Cecil James Blyth was arrested by Casino detectives in November 2015 following complaints from a woman about alleged historical sexual assaults between 1977 and 1981.
The now 63 year-old was charged with 32 historic child abuse offences, with two charges relating to an unknown victim.
It is alleged Mr Blyth was aged between 23 and 26 when he sexually assaulted the girl, between the ages of four and seven, on multiple occasions.
He was charged with 14 counts of committing an act of indecency on a woman under 16 and 18 counts of assaulting a woman and committing an act of indecency.
The allegations against Mr Blyth in police facts before the court are too disturbing to print.
Since his matters progressed to the Lismore District Court in January 2016, the man, who now lives in Queensland, has been granted conditional bail.
On Tuesday Mr Blyths matters were adjourned until December 5.
He is excused from appearing on that occasion if legally represented.
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Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adanis proposed mega coal mine in Queensland would have serious negative impacts for Australias international reputation and unpick the progress of the Paris climate agreement, according to Christiana Figueres, a former United Nations climate chief.
Ms Figueres has written to the Turnbull governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is considering a concessional loan for a rail link from the mine to the coast.
The former executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention
on Climate Change
sought to highlight that under the NAIFs own enabling legislation, it must not act in a way that is likely to cause damage to the Commonwealth governments reputation, or that of a relevant State or Territory.
Ms Figueres warned the expected total lifetime carbon emissions from burning coal from the proposed Carmichael in the Galilee basin would be 4.64 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide, according to details of the letter obtained by Fairfax Media.
At its peak, the mines product would trigger emissions of 120 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, roughly equal to what Australia has pledged to cut by 2030 from current pollution levels under its Paris pledges.
Based on these numbers, emissions that would result from burning Carmichael coal in one peak production year would completely cancel out the total emissions reduction effort Australia has committed to for the 13 years from now until 2030 under the Paris Agreement, she said
The rail loan, now being considered by NAIF, has been a key point of debate in Queenslands state elections, with polls indicating little support for concessional finance for Adani, a mining conglomerate owned by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her government, if re-elected at Saturdays elections, would have no role in assessing the NAIF loan, effectively blocking it. Oppositional leader Tim Nicholls supports the loan and has blasted the premiers stance as putting thousands of regional jobs at risk.
Ms Figueres said her intervention was prompted by a deep concern for planetary well-being, I cannot, in all good conscience, remain silent on an issue that threatens to u...
The peak body representing civil marriage celebrants has said a majority of its members dont want new rights to discriminate, as politicians debate amending legislation to allow civil celebrants to refuse same-sex weddings. The Coalition of Celebrant Associations said that celebrants should abide by anti-discrimination laws and that the group does not approve of exemptions. ...
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The battle against the attempt by ice cream maker Streets to slash wages is over.
Facing ongoing resistance among its workforce and a boycott of the companys products that was starting to bite as Australia enters the peak season, has forced significant compromises from the major multinational owned (Unilever) ice cream maker.
Iconic streets brands include Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop and Magnum.
At the companys Minto plant in Sydney yesterday, management agreed to withdraw its application to terminate jobs, provide a wage rise of 5 percent now, a further rise of 1.5 percent in a years time and 2.5 percent the year after that, instead of cutting wages; retain existing redundancy provisions; and keep the 12 hour shift structure.
A further concession will see the introduction of 39 permanent part time positions, as an alternative to a casual workforce.
In return, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will stop any action, including the Streets Free Summer boycott and withdraw a video from social media.
Workers have endorsed productivity concessions, involving the acceptance of a new seasonal 44 hour a week roster and some workplace flexibility, involving shorter breaks and acceptance of a limited number of voluntary redundancies. Management will have more scope to move workers between machines. There will no longer be a Sunday roster.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus hailed the agreement, as a huge win for the workers at Streets.
Like Carlton and United Breweries in the dispute it faced last year, streets faced the prospect of a heavy impact on sales as the weather warms up.
AMWU New South Wales secretary Steve Murphy said workers had been staggered by the huge support received from the public.
This campaign, driven by the stories of ordinary workers and their families, became the touchstone for a broader campaign to fix broken workplace laws, he said.
Although concessions were made on both sides, the key issues of a large scale wage cut and the casualisation of the workforce through a labour hire company were prevented, meaning that from the workers point of view, this has been an important win.
The broader impact is that, as was the case at Carlton and United Breweries, enlisting the support of the wider community has been shown to be an effective means to maintain workplace standards, at a time when major employers are more willing than before, to try and enforce draconian changes.
Maintaining the line against the denigration of working conditions is important because of the direct social impact on those who are affected.
Just as imp...
Bonjour, Bonsoir, Good Day, Good Evening Eastside Listerners, Its Stphanie Denizard from Queen Kaf. I will be hosting and producing Forever French today, Wednesday 22th of November 2017 from 8pm to 9h30pm. On the menu: Music from la Francophonie, Lancme Perfume Masterclass at Alliance Franaise Sydney, Parisian Christmas gifts at LIngnue, Thursday drinks with the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce at Palings Kitchen to conclude with a quick trip in Montreal where you will discover songs from the new album of Soran Dussaigne, Stephane Moraille, Bernhari and Shenzo Gregorio Quintet Feat Montreal singer Athsia. To stream us and to listen to all previous shows, click here: http://www.eastsidefm.org/ForeverFrench
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GV Pride members and friends alike are invited to share in the joy and happiness of the holiday season @ Victoria Park Lake this Christmas ALL WELCOME! Meet us at the new BBQ pavilion on Wyndham Street (near the servo) BYO steak or anything fancy, but in the spirit of giving well provide FREE sausages, onions, bread, sauce, soft-drinks and salads! We may just have some bon bons and Christmas confectionary to share with you all too depending on whether youve been naughty or nice See you there! Ho, ho, ho! Please arrive by 12.00pm otherwise the BBQs might get hijacked by Christmas elves (i.e. random strangers!)
GV Pride Christmas BBQ all welcome! Sun 17 Dec Shepparton (11.30am 2.30pm)
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