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The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.
The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.
Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."
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Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army
Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through
Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to
Unemployment rate at 5 year
Camperdown gets an Ethiopian Cafe. The lure of vegetarian dishes and injera pull us down Parramatta Rd to give it a burl. Alem's House is a bright space along busy old Parramatta Rd. Inside is a big multi coloured mural that fills up most of the main wall, like a bright 70s kids cartoon dream sequence. The setting inside is a handful of tables and chairs and seating along the big
A man who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women and girls in Sydneys north west over nearly 30 years is behind bars after being refused [more]
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I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking order of Indias governance system. But I had become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance system. It was time to get out.
To me Australia represented both a well-governed country and a country that had largely adopted the concepts of liberty and rule of law: concepts that underpin the idea of Western civilization, also known as liberalism.
I was fortunate to find a role as a public servant from the vantage point of which I found that Australias governance system is for the most part driven by good rational thinking and sensible economic analysis.
But I am also keenly aware of Australias rapid drift to the left. The foundations of liberty that attracted me to Australia are being rapidly eroded not so much by any blacks but by white leftists.
My concerns are similar in some way to those of Fraser Anning, but the confusions in his speech made the media lose the bigger picture the defence of Western civilisation that he was talking about. A careful review of Annings speech suggests that he was basically defending the foundational ethic of Australia as a Western liberal democracy.
He did not even remotely suggest that anyone be exterminated. All he suggested with regard to immigration was a plebiscite. If the media cant understand the difference between the two, then something has gone seriously wrong with basic English education in this country.
You can hear the echo of many of his ideas in the views of more sophisticated commentators like Paul Kelly who in his 11 August article in The Australian (Australia ignores its successful integration policies at its peril) raised many of the same issues that Anning pointed out, such as Central to this task is the unresolved story of Muslim integration.
This is now a major issue staring us in the face. I was alarmed when I recently discovered that a 23- year old woman visitor to Australia was forbidden by the Police from walking down the Haldon street in Lekemba suburb in Sydney because Muslims might be offended.
It is high time for all Australians to unite to defend its core foundations of liberty and democracy. That includes insisting that all faiths should be able to happily live here so long as no one threatens violence. The Police must defend peoples liberty to walk down a street. Anning is right to raise a real and very fundamental problem the impending loss of Australias soul.
I consider myself more Western (as a firm promoter of critical thinking and liberty) than most Australians. In fact, not many people are aware that the core ideas of liberty, tolerance and good economic policy first arose 2500 years ago i...
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The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold another inclusive Rainbow Formal to bring together LGBTIQ students and their friends in November. All Queensland Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to come together for a night of music, entertainment, prizes and the all-important opportunity to socialise with each other. The Pride Network ...
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In Queensland Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for, among other things, a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as garbage. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful. But Annings opinions are the same as those of a woman ...
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By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim International human rights group Amnesty International is putting its global might behind a campaign to change one of Australias dirtiest secrets: that the vast majority of young people behind bars are Indigenous. The organisation points out that the detention of children, especially those under the age of 14, embeds
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By Patrick Emerton
The most fundamental principle of the Australian Constitution is that the people are the bedrock of the political community. The preamble records that it was the people who agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth. It is the people who choose the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Because government ministers must sit in the Parliament, they are ultimately accountable to the people. And it is the people who have the final say on any changes to the Constitutions text.
This pre-eminence of the people is not some vague aspiration. It is there in the text of our Constitution, and it sets a standard that all participants in public life can be expect to be held to.
People are protective of their space and often suspicious of outsiders. People are cramped together in auspicious looking high-rises, disturbingly typical and askew. Outside of my inner-west bubble, I often talk to friends who have lived in Ashfield for years, a suburb that completely transformed and reshaped within a matter of months.
I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.
Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.
TWT Territory is abuzz with tickets selling fast for this years Local Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Wednesday August 29 at the Epping Club.
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim For many aspiring and admitted lawyers, the idea of wearing the wig and gown which signifies barristers at the bar when entering a higher courtroom can be enticing. Many NSW lawyers enter the Bar after practising as a solicitor for a number of years, whilst others take the examination
Local MP for Richmond Justine Elliot joined the announcement of quarterly grants worth more than $2.2 million for local Councils in the seat of Richmond under the federal governments Financial Assistance Grant Programme this afternoon.
This funding will assist Councils in delivering local projects, but I am extremely disappointed with the Liberal National governments previous decision to freeze the indexation of these Financial Assistance Grants, said Ms Elliott.
In 2013, the Liberal National government imposed a three year freeze on indexation of Financial Assistance Grants. This indexation freeze, which was imposed on local governments by the Liberal Nationals government, saw $925 million cut from their budgets. Around two-thirds of these cuts, or $680 million, was borne by regional communities, who can least afford it.
The fact is National Party choices hurt and their decision to cut this funding made it very difficult for our local Councils.
It is interesting to note that the government is keeping a tight control over who gets to announce the various funding releases across NSW. Todays announcement of $38 million this financial year to support local communities as part of the 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program in the seat of Page, that stretches from Iluka to Lismore, was given to the Nationals federal member for Page Kevin Hogan while funding in the seat of Richmond that covers Byron through to Tweed was announced by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams rather than its federal member Labors Justine Elliott.
The 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program has provided local councils with some extra money so that local councils [can] target local priorities, said Mr Hogan.
The councils are free to spend this untied funding based on their own local priorities including the infrastructure and services their communitys need.
There is also additional funding that is being provided under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programs.
Clarence Valley Council will receive a quarterly payment of almost $1.4 million and almost $11 million for the year, Lismore City Council will receive $775,500 ($6.3 million for the year), Kyogle Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4.3 million for the year), Richmond Valley Council will receive $636,000 ($5 million for the year), Ballina Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4....
The Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is heading back to court after denying a cake to a transgender woman. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, made headlines in June after the US Supreme Court partially ruled in his favour in the case involving ...
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By Raymond Trau, RMIT University For many LGBTIQ+ workers coming out is a never-ending process. A recent study in the UK shows coming out at work is still a problem. Our research, to be launched in Sydney on August 27, supports this finding and further unpacks the reasons for these continuing difficulties. As LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, ...
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ANZAC DAY commemorations have concentrated largely this year on the centenary of World War 1 but equally important is World War 2 which in reality was closer to home than the European sphere of WW1. We report this week on WW2 commemorations at North Ryde and Epping.
If you thought art and science didnt mix then now is your chance to change your perceptions. Southern Cross University is running the third Art vs Science Festival in Lismore this Saturday August 18 from 10am to celebrate National Science Week.
From the microscopic world of flowers and what makes frogs croak to how pictures make our brains smarter there is no end of curiosity to be indulged and fun to be had.
The day will also feature music, art and an exploration of how food transforms in our mouths by food historian Associate Professor Adele Wessell.
You might even pick up some hints on how to manipulate the taste buds. After all, its what we think were going to eat that matters most, said Professor Wessell.
If you have ever feared sharks on our great oceans the you might be interested in the drone-based shark detection systems being developed by PhD student Andrew Colefax. He is planning to explain away some of those old myths about sharks and talk about how people and sharks can be netter managed.
There is plenty more on offer from coding to hands on interactive and experimental events across six different Lismore venues.
The long campaign against the plan by Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) to build a cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi in Hobart has entered another serious stage.
After being refused land by Carlton and United Breweries, the developer now wants to clear a 2.5 km road through a public reserve. According to local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC), the area is home to a number of threatened species and the proposed road would also obliterate the hugely popular Tip Top Track. They are calling for people to oppose this new proposal.
The following comes from ROCC:
On Monday 20th August, Hobart City Council Aldermen will discuss whether to allow MWCC to survey their land to facilitate the proposed project. Please take a few minutes to contact them and let them know you oppose this public land grab for a private developer, and that they should support the motion to deny MWCC the use of public land to facilitate the project.
This is a crucial vote in the fight to protect kunanyi / Mt Wellington from the inappropriate plans by Mr Bold and his shareholders. We voted in the Aldermen to stand up for our community. They need to say no to this destructive project that will destroy the natural values of our mountain.
Please write, call, or arrange to meet the Aldermen and urge them to vote for the motion on August 20. Their contact details are here.
Or if you are time poor you can use our online tool.
For background on the cable car proposal, please check here.
Questions over the role that health minister Brad Hazzard played in ruling out the current Tweed Hospital site for redevelopment have been raised by Tweed Shire councillor Chris Cherry. Questions have also been raised in the NSW parliament this week by Greens health spokesperson Dawn Walker MP.
As a councillor, I was involved in the community group feeding back to Health Infrastructure during the extended time for consideration of alternative sites, said councillor Cherry.
The community had identified Kings Forest, Chinderah and the current Tweed Hospital site for further investigation.
After we had given the three preferred community sites as alternatives to examine, Health Infrastructure said the Minister had ruled the current Tweed Heads hospital site out. Brad Hazzard had said no. They did a basic comparison but didnt look at the site properly as an option.
MP Dawn Walker has said in parliament that the government are ignoring their own development strategies.
The governments own North Coast Regional Plan identifies the growth precinct for the regions health services at the current Tweed Hospital site, yet they continue to ignore their own strategy and build the new hospital on the precious red soils of Cudgen Plateau, she said.
In March 2017, less than three months before the announcement of the new hospital, there was no mention of the new development in the regions Local Health District board meeting. The minutes note that they were awaiting formal confirmation of fully funding the redevelopment of the existing Tweed Heads Hospital. Its clear that something has gone astray.
Councillor Cherry believes that the siting of the new Tweed Hospital has become a political football rather than a process looking for the best solution for the region and the community it serves....
Katters Australia Party Senator Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for invoking the Holocaust in a racist maiden speech delivered in parliament. The Queensland senator told the upper house on Tuesday night that Australia should ban the immigration of Muslims to Australia and return to a European-only immigration system as a final solution, invoking the ...
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Ocean Shores Public celebrated a quarter of a century last Friday, which included the unearthing of a 1988 time capsule.
School principal Martin Gill told The Echo, In 1993, the 100-year-old Billinudgel Public School was relocated to the new school at Ocean Shores.
On Friday, current and former students, staff and families of Billinudgel and Ocean Shores public schools came together to celebrate Ocean Shores Public Schools 25th anniversary.
Students were enthralled by stories of Billinudgel School shared by its former principal Spencer Jones, who held the position from 1958 until his retirement in 1985.
Another highlight of the afternoon was the opening of the time capsule, which was sealed in 1988 with instructions to be opened in 2018.
Simon Kane, Billinudgel Public School captain in 1988, was on hand to open the capsule. Its contents are currently on display in the Ocean Shores Public School Library for the next month between 8.45am and 9.15am Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment.
At the end of term, the capsule will be re-sealed for another twenty-five years, along with a new time capsule to be opened at the 50th anniversary of Ocean Shores Public School in 2043.
So what was inside the capsule? Principal Gill replied, Womens Weekly and newspapers from the day (showing that not much has really changed), currency ($2 note) and lots of students work and photographs.
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Politics in the Pub is back, and this month the topic is the largely unknown future of human work in an age of robotics, AI and automation
Former senior economic adviser to former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Andrew Charlton, is the guest speaker at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Wednesday August 22, from 6.308.30pm.
Dr Charlton asks, What will the future of human work look like?
As machines become more sophisticated, their capability to do human tasks is increasing and human work will change.
What tasks (if any) will be left for humans? What will be the impacts if the social benefits delivered through jobs are no longer there?
If people are outside the workforce for a lengthy period of time, how will they earn a living, get healthcare and social benefits?
How are ethical decisions made in programming robots to replace humans and, what skills will humans need to succeed in a future increasingly dominated by machines?
Dr Charlton will speak about the adaptation challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses, societies and governments as he addresses these questions.
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Six local community groups and organisations will share $35,000 in grants from Splendour in the Grass. As part of their yearly community grants program, festival organisers donate $1 from every event ticket sold.
Organiser say the groups and amounts are: Byron Bay Public School ($2,000), the Pocket Public School ($10,000), Human Nature Adventure Therapy ($3,000), Social Futures ($5,000), Mullumbimby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mens Group ($10,000) and Ocean Shores Primary School ($5,000).
Organisers said they received a great response from local organisations, with over 55 applications lodged.
By Nathan Johnston
PAUL Carter is known among footballers across Gippsland for
engaging in some friendly banter out in the middle.
When he cops a spray from a player, his signature reply is; Why dont you take up umpiring you cant play footy for sh**!
I have a few little sayings. The players who know me know that Ill give a bit back. We have a beer afterwards and its all good.
Carter has been doing it for 500 games now.
His milestone match was at Stony Creek on Saturday when the Lions hosted Toora.
He took up the whistle as a boundary umpire on Alistair Hillis advice.
Hed played a couple of years of junior footy for Leongatha and his teammates back then would recall his uncanny knack to kick freakish goals. A mad Magpie fan, he had tricks like Daicos.
After a couple of years running the boundary, he took up field umpiring, before resuming his playing career with Fish Creek and MDU in the reserves.
Hes the first to admit he wasnt a superstar and was happy to return to umpiring in the late 90s.
He umpired alongside Leongathas Matt Stevic who chalked up his 300th AFL game at the weekend.
Hes an amazing athlete. He was very fast and a good bouncer. When I was 18, I enjoyed beer.
I would have had to run for four years to get to that level which was not my cup of tea.
Carters one of the best in the business locally though.
Hes umpired 11 senior grand finals nine Alberton, one Gippsland and one West Gippsland.
He recalls the Fish Creek v Wonthaggi grand finals in Alberton and Sale v Maffra grand final as brutal contests that were hard to control but rewarding just the same.
Carter has no plans to retire. His son Max is a gun little footballer but has already said he wants to take up umpiring one day too.
Id love to hang in there and umpire with Max running the boundary.
A Senate committee has just given the Turnbull government the green light to nationalise a scheme that allows government to seize citizens assets unless their legitimate origins can be explained, even if the owner of the wealth hasnt been charged with let alone convicted of an offence. On 6 August, the Senate Legal and Constitutional
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In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other. We're thrilled to introduce you to our next supersharer Patricia Morgan, postdoctoral research fellow at the Schools of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.
Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.
However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.
In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.
The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.
The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:
If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...
In the (probably) fifteen years Ive been going to Art After Dark at the Art Gallery of NSW, Ive never seen a crowd like this before. My colleague Jo (who is a big fan of Tim Minchin) and I agreed we needed to leave work a little early today to make sure we could grab a seat. And just as
Turns out Nightwatch was an alien.
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Now in its fifth year, the West Projections Festival will again fill the inner-west with light and colour.
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Creating a continuous journey from Werribee to the city with over 14 km of new and upgraded paths.
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Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,
On Monday 13 August and Tuesday
14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang
bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports. It has
regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent
days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of
|VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit (File photo)|
On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed)
LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training
flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from
to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday
Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.
After 20 years as the Member for Melbourne Ports, it is time for the next chapter in my life. It has been a privilege to serve the Melbourne Ports community for such a length of time. The Australians Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan has wrote an article published on the 5th July about my retirement from 
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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its Worlds Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been Melbourne, whose supposed ascendancy had been threatened, at points, by Vancouver and Vienna. Now, the Austrian
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Facebook screenshots reveal parents at absolute worst, threatening 12-year-old transgender with castration By Dan Tracer A school district has been temporarily shut down after parents posted horrific messages about a transgender student who used the girls bathroom. The messages were posted to a Facebook group for parents of students in Achille, Oklahoma, and called for 12-year-old transgender ...
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Australian cities have been hit hard by severe heatwaves, according to recent research. What can be done to prepare vulnerable groups for the killer temperatures?
Vote here! 3CR is in the running to receive nearly $100,000 to help us retrofit our station for greater accessibility. That means better hand rails, doors, taps, ramps and more to provide better access for everyone. But we need your support! Do you live within 5 kilometres of the station at 21 Smith Street Fitzroy? If you do, youre eligible to vote for us. Our project is part of the Victorian State Governments Pick My Project scheme, and you can jump online and vote for 3CRs Community Radio Accessibility Project now. Its only with your vote, that we can receive this important funding to make our station more accessible. Vote now and tell your friends!
The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 15th August 2018 edition of TWT.
Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/radioactive-sheep-shed-light-on-secret-nuclear-weapons-test/ Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.
Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.
The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.
A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.
The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.
Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.
According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...
QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?
ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. That was spectacular with herds of wild horses running free.
As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upset about stalking their children, creating their Black Economy Taskforce, to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?
The dominant left wing of national broadcaster, the ABC is frothing at both ends over Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech.
Cairns News has perused the speech and discovered it is not nearly as volatile as Pauline Hansons in the maiden speech stakes.
Brainless shock jock Senator Derryn Hinch, naturally a Victorian and ALP atheist Penny Wong have joined the choirmaster ABC along with the Jew, Josh Frydenberg, unremarkably spluttering the views of the Liberal Left.
It is a terrible blight on the jaundiced, national Marxist education system, that a supposed government Minister is unable to rely on normal comprehension to understand the meaning of Senator Annings quite acceptable speech.
Readers can decide for themselves but the new senator leaves us in no doubt a national referendum on immigration should happen quite soon.
Below is a statement from Senator Anning:
Senator Anning has dismissed criticism of his use of the words final solution in regards to immigration as an effort by the left to shut down debate.
Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous.
Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this...
A man has been booted out of a London gay club for wearing high heels. Pavel Vacek, 33, said he had never experienced any issues getting into clubs before, so he was taken aback when a bouncer at XXL London turned him away for wearing high-heeled boots. Vacek suggested to Pink News the club was ...
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By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Gordon Wood has failed in his bid to sue for malicious prosecution after he was acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Caroline Byrne. A prosecution without merit Mr Wood was found guilty in 2008 of throwing Ms Byrne off a cliff at The Gap in Sydney on 7 June 1995,
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Wed 15 August 2018
As the leading charity and independent voice for the Great Barrier Reef for over 50 years we wanted to address the controversy surrounding the recent government funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
Our leaders too often underestimate the sheer love we Australians have for the Reef; and the standards to which we Australians from Cairns to Kalgoorlie will hold them in looking after it.
It is no wonder that the Australian Government is under pressure for giving $444 million to a foundation instead of one of its own government agencies. It is no wonder they are being attacked for improper process and for ducking the Reefs biggest threat.
The outsourcing of nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer funds to a foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef is unusual by any measure. AMCS believes that there needs to be independent scrutiny and full transparency over how the funding is spent.
But while the media spotlight remains fixed on who got the money and how, the question that really matters is going unexamined: will this money address what the Reef really needs? The answer is no.
Funding to tackle poor water quality and coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues is welcome, but it will be wasted unless tough action is taken to mitigate climate change which is the single biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Without getting to the root of the problem and taking strong climate change action the Turnbull Government is gambling with half a billion dollars of public money.
During the summers of 2016 and 2017, our Great Barrier Reef suffered two unprecedented and severe marine heat waves, resulting in the death of about half of all its shallow water corals. If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate then severe bleaching events are likely to hit the planets reefs annually by the middle of this century. That would spell the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it. The Reef is a core part of who we are as a nation. We can not let this happen.
Australia needs to move beyond thermal coal, stop Adani, stop supporting other new big mines and switch rapidly to renewable energy if our Reef is to have a future. Other developed countries are already well progressed down this path yet Australia, the custodian of this global natural wonder, has an emissions reduction target so weak that if every other country made a commensurate level of effort all the worlds reefs would die.
Our politicians should be in no doubt; the controversy around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding shows how much Australians care about our Reef. Yet as a....
A couple has been left battered, bloodied and bruised after being set upon by their neighbours in a vicious homophobic attack. Italian Mauro Padovani, 46, and his Italian-American husband Tom Freeman, 59, were assaulted outside their home in Ghent, Belgium. Padovani told Corriere.it that he is still shocked by the severity of the assault, which ...
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The family of Nimbin man Damien Roadley, who died after a cliff fall at night in remote bushland at Blue Knob, have questioned the police handling of the search.
Mr Roadley likely fell to his death fleeing a bushfire in the inhospitable terrain on August 1. His body was not recovered for 10 days.
Kim Roadley told Echonetdaily that while he didnt doubt the integrity and good intentions of local police, it was clear they were ill equipped for a search in extremely rough terrain.
He questioned why the search was called off after only two days, adding it was not until media reported to the familys concerns that police once again swung into action.
Mr Roadley acknowledged that his brother most likely died within hours of the fall but described the 10-day period between his disappearance and eventual recovery as heartbreaking.
He said his brothers body would have remained undiscovered were it not for the efforts of family and friends, co-ordinated by a privately-hired professional rock-climber.
In a statement, the Roadley family said they would like to thank the community both in Nimbin and further afield for your tireless support, be it through simple wishes and prayers, through donations of resources and money, and most significantly through direct involvement in the search, whether on foot, by coordinating others, or providing meals.
Your skills, dedication, and ability to work as a cohesive team are the only reasons Damien was able to be located, and there are no words to describe how grateful we are to each and every one of you.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of local volunteer organisations, including the SES and VRA. We understand the difficulty that this terrain and task presented, and appreciate your involvement.
Finally, we thank the search team who actually found Damien, all of whom are volunteers from the community and beyond. Our thoughts are with you all, the statement read.
In this day and age, country music is a different and multifaceted beast to what it was 80 years ago. Back then, in simpler times, the music reflected tales both true and imagined about day-to-day life, heroes and adventures. The likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers ruled the wireless and
You wont need to worry too much about Turkey for the time being.
US stocks closed up in overnight trade.
The markets judgement is clear: The bull market continues.
We can draw a similar conclusion for Australia. Despite the headlines, the S&P/ASX 200 still looks strong.
We can thank thermal coal for a good part of that.
Commodities across the board are taking a hit right now.
But shareholders in Whitehaven Coal Ltd [ASX:WHC] probably cant believe their luck. Thermal coal is at its highest Australian dollar price since July 2008.
Demand from Asia for power generation is driving this even as European use declines. And nobody wants to invest in coal anymore many banks wont even consider financing projects.
The Australian reported in April that the Treasury was anticipating a thermal coal price of US$85 in its estimates of company tax receipts.
Currently its just over US$120. If it continues to stay high, its going to pour more money into government coffers.
That could conceivably give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull more ammunition to prop up his position through infrastructure spending in key electorates.
Thats one reason I dont buy into a real estate collapse scenario.
Here in Melbourne, a Brighton shop just sold for $3.2 million above its reserve.
But that look likes chump change compared to the $100 million a Chinese developer has paid for an apple orchard in Melbournes Wantirna South.
One wonders how the coal-producing regions of Australia are shaping up in terms of property. There must be plenty of money around.
In any case, the current bull market in coal also reveals that theres always opportunity in the share market, even when the overall index doesnt do much or the outlook doesnt appear particularly bullish.
I happen to think the current drawdown in commodities like oil and copper represents a buying opportunity. And Im not alone.
The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that specialist resource investment firm Terra Capital is looking to raise $300$400 million to help fund its spending plans.
Its not as if the massive Asian market is going anywhere. That places Australia in good stead in the coming years.
A new chapter
The world and markets present opportunities all the time.
Thats one reason Im going to hand over the full Daily Reckoning Australia editorship to my good friend and colleague Shae Russell.
In turn, Ill....
The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.
The hearing has been set for September 17 at the Byron Local Court, and will follow a site inspection at the street entrance to Old Jetty Park, opposite 35 Childe Street, Byron Bay.
Its the latest in a long running series of court actions by the beachfront landowners, who are seeking to protect their properties from erosion with rock structures.
Yet placing rocks or hard structures on beaches is a contentious issue owing to their eroding beaches over time.
The Echo understands that their rock wall DAs do not guarantee that the world-renowned surfing beach would not erode over time.
The NSW Coastal Panel comprises Emeritus Professor Bruce Thom AM (chairperson), Dr Kate Brooks, Jane Lofthouse, Angus Gordon, Annelise Tuor, associate professor William Glamore and associate professor Ron Cox.
The Echo has previously reported that almost all of the Belongil landowners who submitted their DAs do not live at the properties and are some of Australias wealthiest individuals.
If you wish to make an oral submission to the court on September 17, you can notify the NSW Transitional Coastal Panel (no later than August 31) via email at email@example.com or by phone on (02) 4927 3184.
Its been three years since The Bottle Rockets released their last album but now theyre back with Bit Logic which is set for release on October 12th via Bloodshot Records. Heres the title track and first taste of the new album. ALBUM BIO: Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now-popular
Accolades for Bernadette Robinson come thick and fast and deservedly so as she is a unique talent. Her acclaimed performances in multiple sell-out seasons of the one-woman musical plays Songs For Nobodies and Pennsylvania Avenue have confirmed her standing as one of Australias leading singer/actresses. Australian audiences have discovered Bernadettes uncanny ability to inhabit the voices of famous singers such as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and many others.
Barry Humphries describes her as a major talent and a spellbinder, audiences acclaim her with standing ovations and the press describes her performances as Beyond virtuosity to the sublime (The Australian). Be captivated by this stunning performer when she brings a specially tailored programme from her extraordinary repertoire to Randwick Town Hall. You will need to book early!
Doors open at 6pm. The In-flight Bar & Diner will open at 6pm so you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.
What: Bernadette Robinson in Concert
When: Fri. 14 September 2018 7:00 pm 8:00 pm AEST
Where: Randwick Town Hall Avoca Street Randwick, NSW 2031
To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here
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The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.
This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)
Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms
This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.
This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.
Were bringing the Flamenco experience to the Sydney Opera House in a new partnership with guitarist and composer Juan Carmona and his troupe of fellow artists: guitars, double bass, flute, percussion, singer and dancer. The Juan Carmona Septet will begin the concert with a mesmerising display of original Flamenco in the traditional style. After interval the orchestra will join them on stage for Juan Carmonas Flamenco Symphony vivid and intense.
Ive known and worked with Juan Carmona for many years, says David Robertson, and as an amateur guitarist myself, my admiration for him knows no bounds! This is a musician whose pedigree is that of royalty in the Flamenco tradition and there is simply nothing on the guitar that he cannot play with incredible ease and virtuosity.
What: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia Flamenca
Where: Sydney Opera House
When: Thu 6th Sep, 6:30 pm, Fri 7th-Sat 8th Sep, 8:00 pm
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The mother of Brendan Vickery, who drowned at a Byron Bay waterhole in 2014, has told The Echo that the lack of a thorough autopsy has made closure hard and raised concern that fencing was not installed sooner.
On February 23, 2014, 20-year-old Brendan was on holidays from Melbourne with friends and entered Island Quarry (IQ), located at 380 Ewingsdale Road, opposite the Cavanbah Centre.
His friends claim that he failed to emerge after jumping into the waterhole, which is a former quarry.
Brendans body was recovered a day later by police divers in 3.3 metres of water, according to the coroners report.
The once-popular waterhole drew mainly young crowds of backpackers and visitors and was widely advertised on websites, yet after a series of spinal injuries, IQ management implemented signage and fencing in an attempt to stop the activity.
Assistant state coroner Teresa OSullivan handed down her findings on April 11, 2018, and concluded she was satisfied that a lot has changed since Brendans death.
OSullivan wrote, The downturn in attendance and associated injury, the improved fencing and signage, and the commitment of the caretaker to prevent trespassing give me confidence that the Island Quarry site has been made significantly safer.
Brendans mother Tracie Medew told The Echo she believed the inquest to be a fair and open process.
Yet it was long process that took four years, she said.
There was cost cutting by government, as they didnt allow a full autopsy.
Additionally, communications from the government departments were inadequate.
Ms Medew said, While it was determined that drowning was the outcome, he could have died from something else. A doctor from Tweed Heads raised this possibility.
Here in Victoria, all autopsies go through a CT scan to identify internal injuries, yet this didnt happen with Brendon as it wasnt NSW policy at the time. Now it is.
MS Medew said it took 13 years for IQ to secure state government funding for fencing.
That is way too long, and had it been in place earlier it could hav...
The screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary at Mullumbimbys Civic Hall brought a string of angry complaints from vaccination advocates who said it should not have been shown at a Council-owned venue.
And one Byron councillor is set to formally move that the rules be changed so that such films cannot be shown at Council-managed halls in future.
But the group that organised the screening, the Australian Vaccination-risks Network Inc (AVN), defended its right to air its views, describing those who sought to cancel the event as bigots.
Around 100 people attended the Civic Hall on August 9 for the screening of Sacrificial Virgins, followed by a Q&A session with opponents of Australias vaccination regime.
The film questions the effectiveness the Human Papilloma Vaccine as a preventive treatment for cervical cancer, and asserts that it causes adverse reactions that are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world.
When news of the films screening at the Civic Hall spread, Byron Council was slammed on social media and received a string of complaints.
One vaccination advocate stated on a public Facebook page that the councils role in the screening had been unconscionable.
This film has been condemned by the federal health minister and all health experts, the man said.
That the showing is happening while they [the north coast] have a diphtheria patient in a local hospital is a disgrace.
When councillor Paul Spooner became aware of the screening, he sought to have permission for the use of the Civic Hall revoked.
Cr Spooner, of the Labor Party, argued that Council should not support the Australian Vaccination-risk Network in any way because it was the subject of a public health warning issued by the Health Care Complaints Commission in...
Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.
The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.
As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.
All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.
Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.
There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.
Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.
Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.
These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.
A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...
For one night only, jazz/blues vocalist Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics will be putting a new twist on well-known jazz hits in a special Fringe Festival program on Friday 21 September. Iconic tunes from the Great American Songbook are given a playful make-over as The Modern Classics journey through Reggae, Ska, Afrobeat, Funk and Pop to bring new life to old favorites.
The Sydney songstress says that she is thrilled to be presenting this show at the Foundry. Every time I step into the Foundry, I am transported to some of the great jazz clubs in New York. The intimacy, setting and ambiance of the club is exactly what people would expect of an international jazz venue and its all of these elements that enhance the listening experience for the audience.
Recognised for her authenticity and passion, Evelyn Duprai is one of Sydneys celebrated ladies of song. Drawing on her African ancestry, Evelyns intrinsic rhythm and expert phrasing compliments her warm vocal timbre that has made her an in-demand session singer. She has toured with some of musics biggest names including James Morrison, Paul Mac and Silverchair, appearing as a guest backing vocalist on Australian Idol and The Voice and performing at dozens of major festivals and prestigious venues around Australia.
Exuding a joyous energy whenever she sings, whether its jazz, funk soul or blues, youll be transported by this exceptional vocalist. Evelyn Duprai (vocals), Charlie Meadows (guitar), Stuart Henderson (drums) and special guests Nick Hoorweg (bass)
What: Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics @ Sydney Fringe
When: Friday 21 September (Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8:30pm)
Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo NSW
To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here
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The primary purpose of this website is to celebrate the mountains of south eastern Australia and Tasmania. This includes getting out and enjoying them walking, skiing, riding, climbing, paddling, or simply just taking it easy. I have a deep belief that getting people out into wild nature makes them more likely to feel engaged in protecting wild ecosystems.
There has been some interesting conversations of late about whether this assumption is actually correct.
With the Trump administration walking away from climate action and seeking to open up large sections of protected areas to mining and fossil fuel development, there has been solid and sustained opposition to these plans from the outdoor industry. Trumps extremist approach has mobilised people and individuals, possibly in an unprecedented way.
There has recently been a number of interesting pieces addressing the question of whether the outdoor community and industry are doing enough. The Colorado based High Country News recently published an essay by Ethan Linck, Your Stoke Wont Save Us, which questioned whether outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry were effective advocates for conservation.
In response, Louis Geltman wrote a counter piece titled Actually I think stoke will save us, which was also published in High Country News. The sub heading of the story sums up his perspective nicely: Passion for place matters, and outdoor recreationists are taking action every day.
Meaningful conservation is driven by action not sentiment; not vaguely defined environmental concern Its organizing to deliver political pressure and make change that make the difference, and by that measure, outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry are delivering. And stoke genuine enthusiasm derived from visceral experience is the fuel thats driving action.
6LACK is bringing his global From East Atlanta, With Love tour to Australia this October hitting up all major cities with breakout hip-hop duo THEY. and Shady Records signee, BOOGIE.
Presented by Frontier Touring and Illusive Presents, the tour will kick off in Perth, before dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.
6LACK, a two-time Grammy-nominated artist, has been embedded in a purple patch since the release of his breakout hit Prblms and debut record FREE 6LACK.
Since then, hes released huge single Switch, whose music video has accumulated almost 5 million views to date, as well as slow jam Cutting Ties, featured alongside Ty Dolla $ign on Khalids smash hit OTW, and played festivals such as Coachella, The Governors Ball, and most recently ya Festival in Norway.
Set to release sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter soon, 6LACKs Australian tour comes at the perfect time for longtime fans and those who slept on FREE 6LACK.
The Government had a rare higher education Senate victory this week, passing various amendments to the HELP loan scheme.
These include a series of changes to HELP repayment thresholds. Most of the political attention went to the initial repayment threshold, below which no repayment is required. It will drop from the current $52,000 to just under $46,000 in 2019-20. At that point, debtors will have to repay 1 per cent of their entire income.
In principle, I support this step in the direction of better aligning HELP with other government income support thresholds. This 2016 Grattan report supported a lower initial threshold.
Unfortunately, another key recommendation of that report, of consistent percentage increases between each threshold at which the repayment rate increases, was not strictly followed.
For most of the higher thresholds, each is 6 per cent higher than the one before it. But there is a 15 per cent gap between the first and second thresholds.
Combined with starting the repayment percentage at just 1 per cent, this radically changes the nature of the threshold reform. It is not now something that we can assume will significantly alter HELP doubtful debt.
One intention of the original Grattan proposal was to move debtors more quickly through the repayment rates. This was partly to recover more HELP debt before female full-time labour force participation drops from their late 20s, as shown in chart 1 below.
Chart 1: Female bachelor degree graduate labour force status, 2016
from Jim OToole
Real estate agent and principal of the Cairns RE/MAX franchise Tony Williamson is heading to South Korea to flog off yet more Cairns property to Asian buyers.
Diverters of social cohesion such as Williamson have helped force up the price of homes keeping young Australians, not Asians out of the market.
We do not want greedy real estate agents like Williamson and his entourage of fellow agents hawking our homes to foreign buyers.
About 30 other Remax agents will attend the global networks Asia Pacific convention in Seoul.
Mr Williamson is quoted as saying he wants to turn the global spotlight onto the Cairns property market
Mr Williamson and the entire Remax franchise would do well to hark the recent immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.
We do not want any more foreign ownership of any Australian property, Mr Williamson.
A car fire in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night appeared to have been deliberately lit, according to an Echo reader who took this photo and who requested not to be named.
The car, believed to be a Mazda sedan, exploded into a ball of flame in Towers Drive, in front of Ray Towers Carpets, at about 8.30pm, the reader said.
It was a petrol explosion: someone put a paper in the tank and lit it, like a big molotov cocktail.
I was driving past when I heard something explode, I drove a little further and I saw the car in a ball of flames, the reader added, saying he was one of the few people apart from police and firies who noticed the explosion.
A spokesperson for NSW Fire & Rescue said, a crew from Mullumbimby attended the scene at 8.40pm and found the car already well alight.
The crew extinguished the car and finished up just before 9.40pm.
Police were in attendance and the car was totally destroyed by fire.
Police are treating the incident as suspicious, the spokesperson said.
Tweed Byron chief inspector Luke Arthurs confirmed police are investigating the matter further and are treating it as suspicious.
They have yet to establish the exact cause of the fire.
A NSW government minister has embraced digital disruption at the expense of those who have sought council approval for holiday letting.
The Fair Trading Amendment (Short-term rental accommodation) Bill 2018 is expected to pass NSW parliament this week, yet critics such as Byron Shire Council say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals for operating say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.
In an August 2 letter to a Byron Shire resident and obtained by The Echo, NSW Nationals MP Niall Blair admitted that his government were not in control of the holiday-letting sector, saying, The internet knows no boundaries, and if locals decide they want to place their homes for rent on platforms like Airbnb, rather than put it out for long-term rental, thats entirely their business.
Yet Blair says regional councils like Byron Shire will have the power to limit the number of days for which properties can be let out.
And importantly these changes are not set in stone. The government has committed to reviewing the new valuations after 12 months, he said.
With the growing evidence that the sense of community is eroded in areas of high holiday letting desirability, European and US cities are now beginning to heavily restrict such activity and are also regulating it via a levy through Airbnb bookings, for example.
Airbnb levies are collected by local councils, and contribute to maintaining and improving infrastructure.
The Echo asked Niall Blairs office whether such a levy was considered for this bill, and why it was not included in the draft Bill.
After receiving a reply from a spokesperson for the NSW government that did not answer the question, The Echo asked local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin the same question on whether an Airbnb levy....
Byron Shire locals are coming out in force to do what they can to help farmers and farming communities.
There is a range of initiatives happening across the Shire, not least the six trucks with bales of feed that the Mullumbimby Co-Op sent out to struggling farmers on Monday.
The Co-Op began the venture back in mid-July with Buy a Bale, said manager Tony Maclerio.
It has been awesome to see other businesses and the Mullum Chamber supporting the cause.
So far, about 800 bales have gone out and the loads have been sent to Blandford, Wellington, Rouchel, Aberdeen, Timor, Cassilis, Currabubula, Stroud, Gloucester, Barraba and Bathurst. And we are still going!
Donations have also been taken in store. Big shout out to the truck drivers, local farmers donating their paddocks and the farm contractors who are cutting and baling. And of course to Buy a Bale!
Bingara Central School in the New England region of NSW has connected with Mullumbimby through Kimberlee Thompson, a community support worker who rang an old Mullumbimby friend who has been farming out west for around 20 years.
Kimberlee said, My friend was worried about another friend in the Bingara area she was really concerned about her and she asked me to call.
Kimberlee is now getting ready to head out to Bingara at the end of the month to lend a hand.
She says, There are so many issues; every day they are having to make decisions about which stock to keep, caring for sick animals, sourcing feed, supporting children and more.
One aspect many peopl...
A truck driver has been charged, and police are awaiting the results of a roadside drug test, after a B-double crashed on the Summerland Way overnight.
Emergency services were called to Carrs Creek, north of Grafton, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence, about 8pm (Tuesday 14 August 2018).
The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck and its load of paper was extensively damaged.
The driver returned a negative roadside breath test; however, a roadside drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine.
Police from Coffs/Clarence Police District searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe; during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice.
The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving, supplying a prohibited drug, and possessing a prohibited drug.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on Monday 3 September 2018.
Any further charges depend on the drug test results.
Traffic has returned to normal on the Summerland Way.
Ryde Public School celebrates its 150th birthday today with an Open Day and Art Show from 1pm in the school and grounds.
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I thought it time to revisit the little family of Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) living on a roadside in Newstead to see how the four chicks are getting on. On the way in from our place at Strangways, I was very pleased to see a familiar Nankeen Kestrel by the road. Id met this bird the previous day and it seemed a very co-operative subject for photography.
Nankeen Kestrel watching for prey in late afternoon light.
A possible treat seen?
The Kestrel would switch from diving from a perch for food to walking through the grass looking for food.
Hunting on foot.
When I got to the site of the Lapwings and chicks, I parked over the road with a good view of both parents, but I could only see one foraging near one parent.
Masked Lapwing chick #1
One parent looked to have some chicks under the wing. A bit of a feather rustle and the parent stood up to reveal the other three who quickly spread out to forage.
Lapwing chicks 2,3 &4.
I was then a bit perturbed that the parents decided it was time that they all crossed to the side of the road where I was parked. They walked around the car and on to the grassy roadside. Fortunately none decided to stay under the car so I could eventually leave. I was struck by how at ease they were with my car. I th...
I'm running a coding class at the Newlands Neighbourhood House as a volunteer and I'm looking for advice on how to provide internet for ten laptops, currently the wifi system slows to a crawl when all ten are operating. I'm really stuck and haven't been able to fix the problem.
I think I need help answering the following question.....
What is the best way of boosting the wifi so that all of the laptops can operate on a web based platform?
Please contact Andy on 0421 447 928.
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).
While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.
Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.
All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.
While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.
A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.
Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.
Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at: www.alp.org.au/support_the_nic.
STONY Creek, like many others in the country, proudly boasts
that it is a family club.
Its is fortunate to have had so many families that have done so much to keep it ticking along in good times and bad.
One family though, stands out, and it was fitting that on Saturday the grandstand was named to honour the contribution of the
Club president Mark Le Page led the ceremony held between the reserves and seniors football matches and the B and A Grade netball games.
He said the McKnight family has provided the club with 80 years of continuous service.
Unofficially theyve played a combined 1500 games of netball and football for the club, but I think it would be probably closer to 2000.
Add the in-laws, Cindy Winkler and Brad Hutchinson, and were up around 2500.
Six members of the family are life members of the club soon therell be a seventh when Ryan McKnights name is added after he played his 300th game earlier this season.
There are two league life members, two league best and fairest award winners, eight club best and fairests the list goes on.
Theyve all served on the committee and done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
The McKnight name is synonymous with this club and its only fitting that they should have this honour, Mark said.
Motorists, cyclists and those on foot are being reminded of Rail Safety Week (August 1319) and to look out for trains at the Kendall Street level crossing.
While the NSW Labor government took the local trains off the tracks over a decade ago and no government since has restored the service there is a privately run train service between the North Beach Station in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate and Byrons CBD.
Detective inspector Matt Kehoe said, The fine for running a stop sign at a level crossing is $448 and three demerit points.
Given the history of use with no train on our track for 13 years, locals became complacent on the Kendall Street level crossing on the way into Belongil from Ewingsdale Road. Im here to say that time is well and truly over now. Please be warned that if you do not stop and look out for the train you will be fined.
For timetable information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au.
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Despite the tardiness shown by the National Party and our elected members to renewable energy the good news is the region of Gippsland is progressing rapidly with the adoption of solar energy. By exactly how much we are progressing is not known and may not be for some time. There are at least 2 solar farms on the drawing board at Wonthaggi and Maffra, with the former scheduled to come on line next year. As well there are solar bulk buy schemes operating across Gippsland shires the organisation and application of which will extend well into next year.
But it is the behind the meter installations which are making the biggest difference at the moment. The East Gippsland shire has been progressively installing solar panels on their libraries and other buildings. It is unfortunate that due to a Heritage ruling the main library in Bairnsdale is not part of that plan. Hopefully this will be resolved in the near future.
Publicity in the social media by leading Gippsland panel installers Gippsland Solar indicates that the behind the metre installation of solar PV is booming. They have just announced that 1.3 megawatts will be installed on 8 Hospitals and health centres across Gippsland. As well they recently installed 100 kilowatts on Dwyers Toyota in west Bairnsdale. It is behind the meter installations of this sort that are the big unknown and there can be little doubt that as business energy bills climb solar will become increasingly attractive. Solar production is a good match with daytime business.
Unfortunately wind has lagged well behind solar. The Star of the South offshore wind project is currently waiting for various approvals but on its own could offset the loss of one of the valley generators. The project plans at least in part to make use of the valley infrastructure. It seems that the wind projects in parts of western Victoria are being constrained by the carrying capacity of the mains power lines. Those in the valley are underutilised and this remains one of its advantages yet to be exploited. Why for instance couldnt the Hazlewood Pondage be turned into a floating solar farm along the lines advocated by engineer Chris Barfoot?
The solar revolution is happening now, and will happen quickly, regardless of op...
A message from our membership secretary Kathie Herbert Memberships are due at the end of the financial year. You can renew via the website https://www.bmrsg.org.au/about-bmrsg/membership-renewal/ It is vital, more than ever, that we continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in need and to advocate for fair and humane treatment of people seeking asylum regardless
The snow looks great for the next few days. Lower avalanche risk (remember to check the Mountain Sports Collective website before heading out) and a good freshen up is expected, so the weekend should be awesome.
The Mountainwatch 7 day forecast is for 54 cm at Perisher, 46cm at Hotham and 45 cm at Mt Stirling. Yes, forecasts at 7 days are very unreliable and the expected snowfall tends to trail off as you get closer to the actual day. But it does look healthy. Stay safe and enjoy.
Over a year on from their engagement, Cub Sport bandmates Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield have tied the knot, officially getting married in a small ceremony in Brisbane over the weekend.
Back in July of 2017, Cub Sports Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield announced to the world that they were engaged, before also calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.
While speaking out frequently in support of same-sex marriage, Tim and Sam also shared their story with triple j last year, explaining just how they fell in love with each other.
We fell in love over the course of eight years, explained Sam. Since the end of high school, we just became the best of friends.
First year out of school, we worked and then we travelled together. All the while weve been in a band together.
Tim explained that it was spending a month apart that made him realise just how strongly he felt for Sam. It was the longest that we had been apart, he explained. I guess it was really the catalyst for me recognising that there was a reason I was so miserable when I wasnt around Sam.
Now, the pair have tied knot over the weekend, surrounded by family and friends in a small ceremony in Brisbane.
Tim and Sam also managed to raise a whopping $1,800 for LGBTIQ youth organisation Minus18 after accepting donations in lieu of gifts at their ceremony.
To help celebrate their new vows, Tim, Sam, and the rest of Cub Sport are set to hit the road next month when they support Vance Joy on his Nation Of Two Aussie tour. Check out the full range of tour dates below, and check out a bunch of wedding snaps as well.
With special guests Cub Sport, Didirri...
Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018
Adelaide guitar heroes Horror My Friend summon the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, whilst breaking new ground and embedding themselves firmly in the present. Consisting of Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik, the trio put out 2014s A Million Hands EP before signing to Poison City Records and releasing their debut album Stay In / Do Nothing in 2016.
During this time, Horror My Friend have supported likes of Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Pity Sex (USA), Violent Soho, The Cribs (UK) and Swervedriver (USA), as well as performing at Groovin The Moo, Yours & Owls...
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