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Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...
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A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.
Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.
Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.
We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.
Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.
A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.
In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....
The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.
Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence....
Queensland Times reported that a man who impregnated his then 18 year old daughter murdered his duaghter, their baby and her adoptive father before killing himself. Not only does the man who committed all these murders not even get a mention in the headline, the murders themselves arent even there.
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.
Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
Headlines matter and this is why FixedIt exists.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider...
I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow
("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz
history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short, rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.
You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book HERE
You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.
Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.
Thursday 19 April
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)
The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.
The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.
A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.
A co-ordinating group will be set up.
If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network
Around the world, people are getting sicker, and more and more are dying from entirely preventable causes. We have the answers to why, we just dont have the will to stop it. In the first of a two part series, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the greatest cause of global illness and death.
The Lancet recently published an article identifying the single most important action that health professionals can take to promote health for all. The articles recommendations draw on the findings of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has pinpointed the most pervasive cause of ill-health worldwide.
However, scarcely a mainstream health professional in the Western world has heeded the advice of The Lancet or the WHA, which is curious. The Lancet is described by its publisher as the worlds leading independent medical journal. The papers author, David McCoy, is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London, ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. The WHA is widely regarded as the highest health policy-setting body in the world.
When three leading medical institutions come together to deliver an important message to health professionals, regarding the most powerful antidote to the leading global cause of ill-health, why wouldnt we prick up our ears? What kinds of illnesses and remedies are The Lancet and the WHA talking about? And what has it got to do with Wikileaks and Julian Assange?
Three womens stories hold some clues. The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund writes, 32-year-old Fatime Hayel wakes up at 6 am every day and sends her husband to fetch water using their three 20-litre jerry cans. After that, I send my kids to garbage dumps and restaurants to search for food and bring it to us for breakfast, she says.
1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it
wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then
greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.
1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).
1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.
1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.
1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.
1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.
1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.
1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.
1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.
1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.
From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...
More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.
The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.
Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.
Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.
Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.
Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.
The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.
Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.
The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.
Like a lead weight attached to our cultural identity, our quality of life was dragged down by a new vision of cultural and class relativism. Our dog-boxes are cheaper and better than dog-boxes in China you see; just ask someone from China and let them set the demand here in Australia. Of course, if you live at Point Piper or Toorak the fire sale of working and middle-class Australias amenity and our cultural values didnt affect you. You were still be able to walk your dog in leafy streets and in near-empty and manicured parkland. Long ago your communitys planning laws meant that youd never experience high-density living or a need to pay the ultimate great big new tax by relinquishing your access to public assets and space. Your standard of living will just get better as the gap between you and the rest widens - and thats the whole point SMH: Joint Treasury-Home Affairs analysis highlights economic benefits of Australias immigration intake
Alain de Botton argues in his book Religion for Atheists that religions still have some very important things to teach us, even if we no longer believe their supernatural claims. Rather than mocking religions, non-believers should instead take the best of what they have to offer
Tasmanian doctors have been alarmed to see escalated threats to biodiversity with renewed and seemingly accelerated destruction of native forests in the takayna / Tarkine region
This was written many years ago when abductions were being reported regularly. The alien intent seemed so absurd as to make the reports a joke. It was assumed the victims were pathological liars or clinically mad, imagining that interstellar visitors would be anal obsessives just like they themselves, as if early toilet training has a lot to answer for here and therefore throughout the far - flung reaches of the galaxy
A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.
This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.
The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.
The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.
Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.
The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...
I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?
I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.
But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...
A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."
I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.
This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.
The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.
The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.
Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets
AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018
More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.
Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.
Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes
The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.
Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.
He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.
Firefighters Warn NSW Is Not Out Of The Woods On Third Day Of Bushfires, Pedestrian. 16 Apr 18 More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSWs southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.
The blaze, which is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Casula, was fanned further by strong winds on Sunday.
More than 500 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force attempted to contain the blaze over the weekend with help from volunteers and 11 water-bombing helicopters.
The fire tore trough Holsworthy military range, and while approaching suburban areas, has been staved off. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.
The fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to advice around 2am Monday.
While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.
Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.
John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018 Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.
The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years
Queenslands widest and best-engineered highway, the M1 from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, faces a review of speeds after the limit was reduced by 10km/h for the Commonwealth Games.
If such a well-built road has its speed reduced, what will happen to the rest of the roads in the state?
Already speeds have been reduced on many roads, despite vehicles becoming safer.
The reason for the review of the M1 110km/h speed limit is that the number of accidents on the road dropped while the speed was reduced.
However, it should be noted that many took public transport instead of the highway, heeding the media scare campaign about traffic jams during the Games. The result was that the Gold Coast was a virtual ghost town.
It should also be noted that police presence on the road was increased during the Games, resulting in more motorists observing the speed limit.
Perhaps rather than permanently reducing the speed limit, police should continue to patrol the road, booking motorists for blocking the right lane and trucks for not using the two left lanes.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey says all of the M1 initiatives would be reviewed and it is hoped they retain the rule about restricting trucks to the two left lanes.
However, he has also previously not ruled out a permanent reduction of speed limits on the M1, if a review found they made the motorway safer.
As a motorcyclist, I try to avoid the M1 and any other major highways because they are boring and motorcycles dangerously disappear among the heavy traffic.
Id rather ride the back roads, anyway.
However, riders should be concerned about any government speed reviews as they only ever seem to result in reductions! Take, for example, the Oxley Highway!
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uos-atj041218.php UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.
It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.
Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.
A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.
The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.
The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.
The inaugural A...
Wednesday afternoons: 4pm 5.30pm Sunday afternoons: 3pm 4.30pm Come along to help with weekly weeding, planting and general community garden upkeep. All helpers of all ages are very welcome, and greatly appreciated! Contact: Kate Wright Note: In the case of inclement weather, the volunteer sessions will be cancelled. full article
2 native-hens; flock of 15 plum-heads; 10 shovelers
Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia is the second national report to present key data specific to cancer in adolescents and young adults. While cancer in young Australians is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Surveillance of this population is also important as adolescent and young adult cancer survivors are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer.
1. In 2010-2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in adolescents and young adults.2. In 2011-2015, 499 adolescents and young adults died from cancer.
3. In 2010-2014, 5-year relative survival from all cancers combined for adolescents and young adults was 89%.
4. Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors had a 1.9 times increased risk of developing a second cancer
On Sunday 15 April, protectors of the critical role of science in our lives gathered in eight cities across Australia, to call on the government to support evidence-based decision making, and to support the bringing back of a ministry of science.
It was the second annual March for Science, and this years rally featured speeches by a range of experts.
Vivien Thomson is a farmer and a firefighter, and one of the only women to win the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. She says science underpins all her work, not only on the farm but also fighting fires.
Ive never seen fires be so hard and so fast and harder to put out the climate surrounding our firefighting capacity is really affecting our ability to put those fires out, she said.
Its like the natural phenomenon are on steroids.
Science based evidence tells us that human activity is resulting in a greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Vested interests and those who are misled by them, are waging a ceaseless campaign against science to discredit the overwhelming evidence, and this has encouraged a rise in disrespect for science.
Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing the increasing intensity of heatwaves, floods and droughts. These effects are being felt in Australia.
As Australia experiences one of its hottest Aprils on record, demonstrators called on the government to give greater support to scientific research to tackle climate warming.
The jury is in, its indisputable human impact on the current warming climate and also the jury is in on how quickly we need to act, said Spencer, Sydney University Ambassador for mathematics and science.
The denigration of science holds back urgent action on the threat of global warming. This is bad enough on its own and underlines the importance of defending it. But it doesnt stop here. Science and its growth are essential to civilisation. Our standard of living, health and many other important aspects of our lives depend on it.
Science has from time to time been used for purposes that have resulted in negative consequences. But its positive contribution has been overwhelming and changed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in. Our understanding of how nature works, capacity to find solutions to problems is enhanced with it. The application of scientific method, that is relying on observation, testing, drawing up an understanding of what is going on, observing and testing again, on an ever-going cycle, provides the means to new discoveries.
The war against science denies all this and threatens to plunge us into an age of ignorance. Science needs to be defended, and an important part of this is th...
Our new home is sitting out the front of our (current) house, patiently waiting for adventures.
We did it! And I know it was the plan all along but after months (and months!) of research we decided on a make and model and found the right one at the right price. Then we took the leap and spend a big chunk of our savings on it.
It feels really good. And right so right!
I promised that I would share this journey in its entirety but I admit that the past few months have been fairly uneventful. Its been a slow process; literally sifting through the many caravans on the market to find a size and layout that works for us.
Thankfully there arent many caravans fit for six people so we didnt have to search too far. But when it came to the layout, we were adamant that we didnt want the main bed at the front of the van (next to the door) and interestingly, this layout is one of the more popular ones.
We wanted our bed to be at the far end of the van so we felt like we had our own space, albeit small. Practically speaking we also knew it would be a blessing for Marigolds day naps. And for my sanity.
Eventually we discovered the Jayco Stirling and on Saturday evening our new home arrived. Its a 2009 model and all 24ft of it is fantastic (yes, its huge). Its not going to win any pinterest awards but it has everything we want for comfortable, practical living on the road.
Originally it had 3 bunk beds but the previous owners took two out. Were going to transform it into a double bunk so theres enough room for Che to sit up in bed (and for him to feel like hes got his own space; essential for a tween). Thankfully the mattresses are quite long so Poet and Percy will top-and-tail on the bottom bunk. As for Marigold, shell be tucked into bed with Daniel and I for the year-long journey.
It comes with a full bathroom including a washing machine and the kitchen has a stovetop, oven and decent-sized fridge and freezer. These were all non-negotiables for me; I wanted a big fridge so I didnt have to go to the supermarket every day and an oven will make baking and cooking so much easier and cost effective (store bought banana bread is expensive!).
The plan for now? Buy a Land Cruiser, sell our cars, pack up the house and hopefully be on the road by mid-late June. Its all sorts of overwhelming but on the flipside its thoroughly enjoyable. The possibilities!
Anja Boot, her daughter and a few friends were hiking through
Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia, a couple
weeks ago when they encountered something quite unusual a baby
wombat hitching a ride on his moms back.
It was actually Boots 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, who first spotted the wombat duo.
Ruby called out to me, Mum, there's a wombat here on top of another one, Boot told The Dodo. I must admit, I had no idea what she could have been meaning as I had never seen this before.
Credit: Anja BootWhen Boot went to have a look, she was pretty surprised.
Credit: Anja BootBut when the mother wombat decided to leap over a stream, the baby wombat ran into a touch of trouble.
By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.
The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.
Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.
The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.
Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.
One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.
Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.
Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.
It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.
Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...
Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook
lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies
(oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!
1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.
1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.
1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.
1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.
1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.
1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.
1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.
1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.
1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
Now it's not every day that I talk to a DoCS worker and on this occassion I could not resist the temptation to press record on my phone. We spoke about his position at Cairns North Department of Community Services (DoCS), about how many children he removes from their homes a week, what the main problems were with parenting up in the North of Australia where he conducts his line of profession.... Removing children. I also had to touch onto the subject of Jo Riley who I know to be a corrupt DoCS manager down at Cairns North.
I have dealt with Jo Riley, now a manager at DoCS Cairs North, and I found her to be the worst DoCS worker I have ever dealt with. She was rude, condescending, impudent and she had a look of evil permanently etched into her face. I begged her to give my son back. A visit supervisor went straight back to her after supervising one of my visits and demanded that my child be returned to me, it was obvious I was a great father and the love that my son and I shared was immeasurable.
I begged her and the then manager of DoCS Cairns North Pat Anderson to get him out of that house where he was in obvious danger and where he would come to his demise. A house with a 74 year old carer who already had five foster children in her care. It was obvious to everyone I rang desperately trying to get him out of that house that this was not a good situation but it all came down to corrupt team leader Jo Riley, and she would rather my son be dead than with his loving father.
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Or you can listen to the mp3 which is attached to this blog.
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On Friday 13th April 2018, TasWater fully opened the Emergency Gate Valve of the Waratah Reservoir
I am travelling most of today with heavy commitments at the
other end so only a short blog today with some great music to calm
the soul. Yesterday, a group of high-profile, so-called
progressives in Australia placed a paid-for advertisement in the
leading daily newspapers as part of a new campaign for the
government to increase taxes to get back into surplus so that (as
their narrative goes) it can afford to maintain services for the
needy. Yes, it was not the Right voices in our debate articulating
this. The campaign is being led by a group that is often referred
to as left-leaning and calls itself the most influential
progressive think tank in Australia. Modesty doesnt exist it seems.
But these sorts of descriptors are when the English language loses
all meaning. The advertisement and subsequent follow-up interviews
in the media yesterday by signatories and supporters of the Letter
articulate a pure neoliberal line of deception about fiscal
positions, the role of taxes and the virtuousness of fiscal
surpluses. From my assessment, this headline-grabbing display of
stupidity will set back the progressive debate in Australia even
further. A total disgrace.
I dont want to write much on this. I personally know many of the signatories to the Open Letter that was included as a full-paid advertisement in the major Australian newspapers yesterday (April 17, 2018).
Some of the signatories are leading members of the Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) in Australia.
Others are from the Political Economy program at Sydney University.
Others are from leading social policy agencies.
Some have previously held high political office under Labor governments.
Others are from a think tank, which the press calls left-leaning, and, which it bestows upon itself the (inflated) title of being Australias most influential progressive think tank and claims its work it to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.
Those sort of descriptors are when the English language loses all meaning.
I heard interviews on the radio from some of the signatories yesterday who would claim to be leading progressive voices in the economics debate here.
They basically laid out a neoliberal narrative as pure as you would find dressed up as a concern for equity and fairness.
Here is the original Full-page advertisement with all the signatories.
The text of the Open Letter read:
As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.
Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,
undeclared war in Vietnam.
Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.
When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.
The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.
As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating. Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.
They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.
Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.
Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.
Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.
Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.
Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.
Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.
This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.
Changing the birth certificate process is political correctness gone mad.
Children are born a boy or a girl for the vast bulk of humanity, that is a biological fact and laws must reflect reality.
Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 16, 2018
The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.
The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as visual trigger warning ...
Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?
Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.
This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.
One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.Ella Crofts/BBC
No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.
The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.
These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.
A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...
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