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DFAT has swallowed the poison by accepting and reusing the "modest fashion market" characterisation to describe mandatory Islamic coverings for women. If this clothing is "modest" - what are normal clothes, immodest? Hussy? There are echoes of Sheik Hilaly of uncovered meat infamy here. How does Julie Bishop continue to...
Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year
A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more
In the past few months, Stellar has not only shot up in price but also achieved a market cap of around $11 billion. Several developments surrounding XLM have also emerged recently, both official and unofficial. On 25 January 2018, the 
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1788 - Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips,
now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany
Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...
1788 - French ships L'Astrolabe and La Bussole under Commanders De la Perouse and De d' Angle anchored in Botany Bay. Assisted into Botany Bay by Lieut. Henry Ball of HMS Supply.
Thomas Hudson Hanged at Hobart for murder.
William Allen- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
Francis Oates- Hanged at Hobart for murder.
1826 - Henry Ausher, in government service charged with having soldiers necessaries in his possession....Brennan a soldier states - I missed a pair of trowers and a shirt this morning when I came off Guard. I was told that one of my comrades had sold them. After some enquiry I found the trousers in the possession of Ausher. Ausher admits having purchased the trousers, states he was not aware it was contrary to orders. Henry Ausher sentenced to solitary confinement for one fortnight.
1826 - James Edwards, in government service, charged with insolence to Sergeant Kelly (57th regt) in the performance of his duty. Sergeant Kelly states - I accompanied Brennan in search of some necessaries belonging to hi which had been made away with. A pair of Trousers were found in the possession of Henry Ausher. Edwards was present and said I had only gone there to extort money, that it was a common practice. Edwards admits having made use of improper language and expresses himself sorry for having done so. James Edwards sentenced to solitary confinement for one week.
1846 - A meeting was held at the Newcastle Court House to discuss capability of Newcastle Port.
1852 - The Crow-eaters in South Oz passed the Bullion Act along with the brandy snifters and cigars which allowed for the pretty little gold ingots to be used as legal tender for a whole year.
1863 - Derrimut, partially blind, with weak lungs and a paralyzed arm, eloped from the Melbourne Hospital after being subjected to a rough bath. Derrimut at this time was bitterly complaining about the sale and subdivision of the Mordialloc Aboriginal Reserve and the ploughing up of Boonwurrung bones buried on the site.
1885 - John Duffy was Hanged at the Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Sultana McGann.
1893 - The Federal Bank of Australia, located in Melbourne, was no longer located anywhere after this date as it went belly-up, taking most banks with it in a game of dominos.
1906 - Cairns and Innisfail, Qld, were severely damaged by a cyclone.
1914 - A mere 18.46 miles of train track opened up the line between Chillingollah and Manangatang (Vic).
Stations in between are Chinkapook (originally birthed as Christmas Tank) and Cocamba.
Here's Charles: I have been giving interviews with several excellent investigators---here is one that, immodeslly, I might argue is pretty good. In it, I take people through the real investigatin of HRC/others mishandling classified infrormation that started 10 July 2015. Knowing this, one has to question why she was even...
Perth Mint, Australias largest gold refiner, has announced plans for the development a cryptocurrency backed by physical gold. If successful in developing the altcoin, it will join a long list of virtual currencies seeking to entice cryptocurrency investors to experiment with commodity-backed virtual currencies, including Venezuelas soon to be launched petro.
The chief executive of Perth Mint, Richard Hayes, states that the company has identified a significant opportunity in bring[ing] investors back to precious metals after a boom in alternative investments such as cryptocurrencies, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
I think as the world moves through times of increasing uncertainty, youre seeing people look for alternate offerings, Mr. Hayes stated, adding And youre seeing this massive flow of funds into the lik...
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for over five years because he fears extradition to the United States, will learn next month if he has succeeded in having a warrant for his arrest dropped. Assange, 46, fled to the embassy in the wealthy Knightsbridge district of the British capital in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied. The Australian-born Assange had feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of a large trove of classified military and diplomatic documents - one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.
USAF Begins Massive GPS Blackouts In The
Western US During Largest Ever Air War Drill
Published January 26, 2018
The United States Air Force is launching its largest-ever three-week premier set of air war drills, called Red Flag 18-1, starting on Friday and will conclude February 16, saidthe 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs.
On January 26, the air war drill, known as Red Flag, officially kicked off at Nellis Air Force Base, 20-miles outside of Las Vegas. Base officials have warned residents of increased military aircraft activity due to aircraft departing from Nellis Air Force Base twice-a-day to conduct war drills on the Nevada Test and Training Range.
Were trying a few new and different things with Red Flag 18-1, said Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander. Its the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.
The drill involves a variety of attack, fighter and bomber aircraft as well as participants from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and Marine Corps. Foreign participants include Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.
A video from the 2015 Red Flag drill is shown below.
Red Flag 18-1 primarily is a strike package focused training venue that we integrate at a command and control level in support of joint task force operations, said Mathes. Its a lot of words to say that we integrate every capability we can into strike operations that are flown out of Nellis Air Force Base.
Currently, Puget Sound Energy, the company building the plant, has been building a massive fracked gas storage facility at the Port of Tacoma without obtaining all of its permits for construction and have not engaged in consultation, nor received consent, from the Puyallup Tribe whose lands the facility is being built upon. PSE, who is owned by Canadian and Australian investors, wants to build a 140 foot, 8 million gallon LNG storage tank with production capability of 500,000 gallons LNG per day. LNG is fracked natural gas in a liquid state. To reach the liquid state, the fracked gas is cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (F). The fracked gas LNG plant has been subject to intense protest for the past year and a half.
The Destructive Power of NationalismEric D. Weitz
A review of:
Anatomy of a Genocide:
The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz
by Omer Bartov
Simon & Schuster, 2018
"Human life is cheap" in Casablanca, says Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the renowned film. In Buczacz, human life was cheap, and then some -- expendable, worthless, targeted for obliteration. As Omer Bartov shows in his extraordinary new book, Buczacz, an isolated, backwater town in what is today western Ukraine, was crisscrossed by all the pathologies of twentieth-century political movements. The consequences were devastating for the inhabitants, Jews especially, but Ukrainians and Poles as well. Not that they were the passive victims of abstract political forces or of the actions of the major powers, Habsburg Austria, Imperial and Nazi Germany, and Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, that variously dominated the town and region. Perhaps the prime achievement of this book is that Bartov brings to life the people of Buczacz and shows their involvement in mass murder on a devastating scale, including some Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. No one could be a mere bystander amid the various occupations and destructions of two world wars and hyperactive Ukrainian nationalism, Polish nationalism, Soviet communism, and Zionism. Precious few were the heroes and heroines in Buczacz.
Bartov has pored over diaries, letters, interviews, trial transcripts, Jewish memorial books, and more on four continents (even Australia shows up) in an array of languages -- German, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, English. The sources mirror the town. Buczacz, until 1945, was a classic East European multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic place. Bartov, true to his purpose, tells us, in effect, that if we want to understand how the Holocaust occurred, we need to deploy all these languages and sources over decades and centuries.
Australia has an epidemic of paedophiles and as a country we need to face up to it and deal with it. The courts are a key area that the paedophiles are getting support and protection from and I will give multiple recent examples in this article as finding the examples is not hard as there are 
For those of you who have been reading this blog since its inception and who have a long memory, you may remember me (Pauline Wilson) as the person who started off the blog. After a while I got married, things became very busy and so I handed over the blog to Adelaide researcher Keith Basterfield.
Last month on an impulse I checked on the blog, and was pleasantly surprised to find it still going, with an excellent track record of posts. I then read Keith Basterfield's post advising that he was taking a break from UFO research. I approached him with the thought of writing the occasional post, and he agreed.
I will take some time to acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy, and then start posting. I have a few year's worth of catching up to do!
One new website I have already visited is The Australian UFO Archives - check it out.
EXCLUSIVE: A mass brawl involving up to 100 drunk bogans and rival youth gangs from Anglo and Caucasian backgrounds has taken place on Australia Day at a fairground on the NSW South Coast. The Huskisson Carnival at Shoalhaven is meant to be a family-friendly event that runs for the summer school holidays until January 28.
The puppys owners
didnt want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided,
was an iPhone.
Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.
A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone, Haswell told The Dodo. She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.
Credit: Brightside Farm SanctuaryHaswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasnt too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.
Credit: Brightside Farm SanctuaryOnce Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family the kind of family that wouldnt trade her for anything.
The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had
no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of
Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto cargo planes. While its unclear exactly where they were headed, Kelly Dinham, spokesperson for Suffering Souls, the animal welfare group that published the photos online, doesnt think theyre going anything pleasant as they're some of Australia's many victims of live export.
Credit: Suffering SoulsThis particular MASkargo [part of Malaysia Airlines] flight did not provide their destination location on the flight tracker app as planes normally would, Dinham told The Dodo. However, it is likely that they went straight to Malaysia as we [Australia] are sending more sheep there recently.
Credit: Suffering SoulsBut this is nothing unusual. Each year, Australia exports millions of sheep, cows and goats to Asia and the Middle East. Once the animals reach their destination, often in countries that dont have the same welfare standards for slaughter as Australia, theyre either painfully killed in slaughterhouses or sometimes sacrificed in ritualistic ceremonies.
Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is
doing his best to explore it all on his own.
Credit: Laura ScudamoreEarlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).
Credit: Wikimedia CommonsThe 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.
Credit: Laura ScudamoreWhen Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.
by Phil Hingston
Whats a Bail In, you may well ask? Read on and be horrified!
A big kerfuffle is quietly raging over whether our esteemed politicians will grant wide-ranging powers to The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) to appropriate (steal) your bank deposits. Hidden behind the usual gobbledygook, bankster-speak drivel, the title of the proposed legislation sounds harmless enough.
Its meant to, so you dont notice it.
Titled the Financial Sector Legislation Amendment (Crisis Resolution Powers and Other Measures) Bill 201...
An issue swirling around Australia's national holiday over the last few years has been the movement to 'Change The Date'. To summarise the issue, it's that Australia's indigenous population considers celebrating today, January 26th - the anniversary of the British First Fleet officially beginning the British Empire's colonisation of New Holland/Gondwana, called 'Invasion Day' or 'Survival Day' by many Aussie Aboriginals - to be offensive. This issue is really about two things: Aboriginals' valid historical grievance over the mass-murder and expropriation that accompanied British colonisation. Like Native Americans reluctant to celebrate Columbus Day, it's understandable that Aboriginals don't feel like throwing a party on January 26th. And the rest of the population isn't too attached to the date either: Australia has had many 'national holidays' and only settled on today's date in 1994. Aboriginal protests against that date began shortly thereafter, but it's only recently that secondary issues have been grafted onto what is really just a request for a change of date, with the usual suspects from campuses and leftist organizations vigorously rubbing salt into the historical wound in an attempt to convince the indigenous population to weaponise their victimisation and strike at the heart of White GuiltTM, in the hopes of accruing power and wealth to themselves. They really couldn't care less about the Aboriginals, but they'll appropriate their cause, thank you very much.
Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us
Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.
The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to...
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1802 - Matthew Flinders was feeling a tad peckish when he plonked himself upon what he named, through a mouthful of mutton sanga, the Great Australian Bight.
1808 - Tedbury or Tjedboro, son of the famous Pemulwuy, arrived in Sydney, armed with a bundle of spears. He had been friendly with John Macarthur, who lives at Parramatta. Finding Macarthur safe at his town cottage, Tedbury exclaims, Master they told me you were in gaol.
Well Tjedboro, what has brought you here with your spears? asks Macarthur, who was gaoled for a few hours the previous day. He replies, with eyes flashing, To spear the Governor.
1815 - Attorney William Henry Moore, the first free solicitor in NSW, arrived in Sydney as a passenger on the transport Marquis de Wellington.
1820 - Finding that any old dollop of dirt just didn't do the deed for the dead The Powers That Be had the Sydney Burial Ground, later known as Sandhills Cemetary, consecrated.
It was known even later than that as Central Station.
1830 - George Augustus Robinson set out from Hobart for Port Davey to conciliate the Aborigines.
1845 - Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached Depot Glen (the site of Milparinka, SA). where they were forced to remain for six months owing to the lack of rain.
I could not believe this when I read it. But there it is in black and white on the DFAT documents about our $44M per year to these savages: Our Aid Investment Plan aligns with the Palestinian Authoritys (PA) National Policy Agenda. Australia seeks to align its support with the...
Australia's Brisbane Airport is to roll out digital currency payments within the terminal shopping area.
Luke, if this is the only way you can find fulfilment you need to get out more. Dear xxxx On this day 230 years ago the first British colony in Australia was settled at Sydney Cove. This was the beginning of New South Wales as we know it today. The...
These left-wingers and disenchanted who do these marches on Australia Day should get over it.
We who are living today are not responsible for the injustices of the past.
These left-wingers adopt one cause after another and are never happy.
Activist Gary Foley tells a crowd of up to 60,000 that if we keep mobilising these numbers, governments cannot ignore us
Melbournes Invasion Day rally begins on the steps of Parliament House on Spring Street, 500 metres from where the city council has blocked off the route of the official Australia Day parade.
The events start at the same time, and until a few years ago only one was accommodated. Before 2015, the Invasion Day rally was seen as just a group of hardcore activists; they didnt register in the minds of the flag-waving crowd that turned out to watch the official proceedings.
That was then. On Friday, when the Invasion Day march reached the barricades that had been pushed aside after the parade moved on, it significantly outnumbered the Australia Day event.
Crowd estimates were between 40,000 and 60,000 people. It stretched the lengt...
Received on 25.01.18:
On 24 January, 2017, we, a group of anarchists from 3 different continents, undertook an action in support of the hunger striking prisoners in Villawood Detention Centre, so-called Sydney, Australia.
The solidarity action, which was undertaken in Kolkata, Bengal, India, involved a protest street theater action outside the Australian Education Fair. The aim of the action was to inform the general population, and prospective students considering study in Australia, of the vile racist policies of the government in relation to its ongoing treatment of refugees. Our goal was also to challenge the dominant rhetoric of Australia, as ̶...
As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick
pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.
The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.
Credit: Lucy PercivalWe live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!
Credit: Lucy PercivalWhenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.
As your summer crop is having a little bit of a last hoorah, its time to start preparing your garden for autumn planting. This months newsletter has loads of tips and ideas of what to do NOW that will ensure your patch is ready to go. Wait until the heat of the day is off and then spend some lovely time in the garden.
Weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Cut down the competition between your tasty treats and these space invaders, and tidy up your patch. It may sound tedious, but its incredibly rewarding!
Top up the mulch on your vegetable patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. This is especially important if you are heading away or caught up in the bustle of back to school. A hot summer tip is to mulch after watering the patch, to a depth of about 7cm. Keep mulch clear of plant stems, especially young seedlings. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch (this means different things in different areas), one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down.
Time to think about what wonders you will whack into your patch come April. Preparing beds and plots now means that when autumn planting time rolls around, your garden will be ready and waiting. Removing spent plants, clearing areas of weeds and topping up organic matter is an excellent February job. A nail rake, some good organic compost and lovely sustainable mulch is the perfect recipe for productive patches of the future.
Shade for your
On non-gardening days, why not head out to the shed, and construct a couple of shade cloth tents. They dont have to elaborate, just a simple, moveable structure that you can pop over the top of some of the sun sensitive veggies (like eggplant, capsicum and others) as the heat becomes more intense. Pop these around where required, especially on high UV days, windy days, and during your holidays.
Water smarter at this time of year and always first thing in the morning. A nice, deep drink a couple of times a week is far more beneficial than frequent, short watering.
Consider a green manure crop to add some life and love to an overworked pat...
Tea has been a favorite beverage of many cultures for centuries. Drunk originally in China for medicinal purposes it is now mainly drunk to get a lift. But there are now dozens of different teas from many plant sources and all come in different types of packaging, loose, in cans or boxes or in little bags. We can also grow teas at home even in Australia. These different methods of obtaining tea differ in their sustainability and maybe grow-your-own is best.
The black and green teas we are accustomed to are derived from Camellia sinensis subsp. sinensis and Camellia sinensis subsp. assamica1. Tea drinking originated in China around 1500 BC, primarily as a medicinal drink. The effects of its caffeine content gradually led it to become a popular drink in the Tang Dynasty (618907) and its use spread to neighbouring countries. It was first imported into Europe by the Dutch East India Company in the early 1600s. Its use then spread to France, Germany and Great Britain in the mid-1600s. Initially only drunk by the wealthy because it was expensive, it became more widely used when more was imported and the price fell to the point where it could be regarded as a typically British beverage2.
Most tea production has been in humid areas with rich, acid soil and high rainfall. It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates with partial shade, but in other areas it needs full sun as long as it receive sufficient water. Pesticides are used in many tea-growing areas3, but their levels are reduced in the final products if the tea leaves have been washed during processing.
In Australia, tea is grown in many regions from north Queensland through to Vic...
Today ANTaR and many of its supporters will pause to reflect on the anniversary of the invasion that started the dispossession and oppression of Australias First People. We will join them in mourning what they have lost to the colonisation of their lands and honour their survival after years of fighting for justice, rights and respect.
Each year ANTaR works to educate and build awareness on the tragic legacy of January 26 and what it means for First People. We encourage the national conversation about our national holiday, knowing that these debates can bring Australia closer to reconciliation.
We believe Australians can rethink our national holiday and that if it helps relieve deeply held trauma and anxieties experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we should move it too.
Many in our community may think the hurt and the scars held by First People can be overcome. How can we expect this when weve not experienced the ongoing disadvantage that has risen from the legacy of frontier wars, massacres and old racist government policies.
This is based on a comment I made here.
A counter-argument raised against such citing is that those walls are much smaller than the Trump proposal. It is true that the US-Mexican border is 3,201km long, while Israel has 1,004km of border barriers (708km on West Bank, 245km on Egypt border and 51km on Gaza border) and the Hungarian border barriers are 523km (175km on Serbian border and 348km on Croatian border)actually, slightly less if one includes natural barriers.
What is missing in this simple comparison is relative populations. Israel has 1,004 km of border wall with a population of 8.5m, so 8,500 people per km of wall.
Hungary has 523km of border wall with a population of 9.8m, so 18,700 people per km of wall.
The US-Mexico border is 3,201km long and the US has a population of 325.7m, which would be 101,800 people per km of wall.
Given that Americans are also, on average, richer than Israelis and Hungarians, the proposed Mexican border barrier is, in fact, smaller with respect to population and GDP than either the Israeli or Hungarian cases.
Another argument sometimes mounted against border barriers or border enforcement is that a significant amount of illegal immigration...
The date of our national day is a cruel joke, writes Dean Frenkel.
Political correctness is the biggest obstacle to changing the date of Australia Day.
This does not refer to the brand of political correctness that right wingers bleat-on about, but an older form that has not been acknowledged but still dominates: right-wing political correctness.
Yet the case for maintaining the status quo and persisting with January 26 is empty.
In short their best arguments can be presented as questions: Why are Australians not allowed to celebrate their national day when every other nation is allowed to celebrate their national day?
Why is patriotism in Australia so discouraged when it is perfectly acceptable in other countries?
The answer: Because love of country is far more substantial than politically correct expressions that descend into waving the national flag, and standing for the national anthem. Generally, Australians are too smart to fall for jingoist propaganda. Indeed, every time white supremacists wrap themselves in the Australian flag, the flag itself becomes synonymous with extreme right wing politics.
But isnt Australia a better place because of the invasion and occupation? Well, if we focus just on the environment, Australia has never been in such bad condition; more damage has been done in 230 years of modern occupation than in 60,000 years of Aboriginal stewardship. Many indigenous species are now endangered, and the absolute majority of Australian land has been exploited and irretrievably changed for the worse.
The arrival of the First Fleet marks the biggest change to Australian history since humans first inhabited Australia. From that day most Aboriginal people became dispossessed from 60,000 years of connection to country. And given their substantial connection with the land, it marked the beginning of the removal of Aboriginal people from their traditional culture. But most offen...
Everyone has a view on changing the date. Teila Watson is hoping more people form strong views on ending the destruction of country.
Everyones talking about changing the date. I think its a cute sentiment, however it would be meaningless if the government continues to fail to cease and desist the colonial process that is occurring.
Also, where the reparations at? And give our land back and fund the reconstruction and adaption of our systems of governance and law.
See Invasion Day is about more than just a date in history to celebrate. They didnt just invade our lands and ethos, they invaded our logic and philosophy and stole the power of definition, taking our rights to be human and our rights to be respected and considered as people who know this continent and know how to govern ourselves and our eco-systems.
That has had as much a lasting effect as the genocide, rape, pillage and plunder. Invasion Day is about what is and isnt happening today, how we got here and how we cant move forward, regardless of a date on a calendar. Not only because what has happened and is still happening to First Nations people and lands and what is happening to non-Indigenous people in this country but because there is no safe or healthy model to govern this continent and move forward in an environmentally or socially sustainable way.
Science has proven that for more than 70,000 years First Nations people have been living in the continent now referred to as Australia. This means we lived through ice ages, sea level changes and other catastrophic events like volcanoes and major changes to land masses and climate. These major changes also affected social relationships between nations and required a form of social governance that was extremely effective in ensuring the health of people and land and also upholding the dynamic relationships each nation had with their lands.
So despite all the challenges for over 70,000 years, we found ways to thrive through observing, adapting and adjusting not only the way we went about daily life but the way that we governed our lands. Because when our climate is changing, forms of social and environmental governance should always change with it, as change is natural to life on earth, and life indeed, is a living thing.
And yet our government here in Australia, continues to face climate change and global warming with the same colonial view that has created then allowed these issues to prosper. All the while, First Nations people still have many of the scientific knowledge,...
Responding to the order made by the Australia Fair Work Commission yesterday over its decision to order members of the Rail Bus and Tram Union in Sydney, to not go on strike next Monday and to lift their overtime ban, has brought to attention the difficulty that unions and their members have with an industrial relations system, become increasingly skewed to favour the employer.
Yesterdays article in The Pen was restricted and is therefore republished at the bottom of this page.
Not since the days of the master Servants act of the nineteenth century, has such a one-sided system been in place.
It marks a significant restriction of the democratic right of workers to have say in the conditions of their employment.
To suggest that there is equality before the law is nonsense. Big employers have the economic muscle and connections to impose their will, which means that the employment relationship is not one between equals. Unions emerged because of this. Only through acting together can workers be heard.
The Fair Work Act and the institutions that administer it, are designed to restrict this right. Nothing proves this more convincingly, than the rarity of orders made against employers, for bringing economic harm to those who work for them and providing an unsafe workplace.
The union peak body in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, released the following statement yesterday.
Todays decision by the Fair Work Commission to suspend the action by train drivers is further evidence of the broken rules in Australian workplaces that are driving down wage growth.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions today noted that the right to withdraw your labour is a fundamental human right, that is denied to most Australian workers, most of the time.
The basic right to strike in Australia is very nearly dead.
Rail workers followed every single rule and law, and still the Minister of the day can get an order to cancel bans on working excessive overtime.
When working people and their union go through every possible hoop and hurdle and are still denied these basic rights, it is no secret why so many workers havent had a pay rise.
Working peoples wages in Australia are so stagnant because the rules are stacked in the favour of the employers.
We need to change the rules, because Australia needs a pay rise.
We are mugs. While asking for aid from Europeans The PA has purchased a new private Jet for Abbas for 50 M $. The jet will arrive in the coming weeks and will land in Jordan Dana Weiss (@danawt) January 24, 2018 PA Purchases $50 Million Private Jet for...
Eight NSW environment groups have written to the NSW Premier urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.
Logging operations are planned in Gladstone State Forest where hundreds of koala scats were found by community groups in July and August 2017.
The groups say the planned logging operations, on top of operations carried out in August 2017, highlight how the regulation of public native forests is failing to protect koalas.
A National Parks Association spokesperson said that despite Forestry Corporations own ecologists finding extensive evidence of koala scats, and the hundreds of scats found last August by members of the Bellingen Environment Centre and Kalang River Forest Alliance, no steps have been taken to protect Gladstones koalas.
Polling in the north coast seats of Ballina and Lismore in December 2017 showed people were very aware of the plight of koalas, and highly supportive of new national parks for their protection, the spokesperson said.
North East Forest Alliances Dailan Pugh said koala populations on the north coast have declined 50 per cent in the past two decades.
Logging has been proven to be contributing to this decline. We must protect the remaining breeding colonies to give koalas a fighting chance, Mr Pugh said.
Gladstone has been found to support a significant koala population, including a mother and her joey. This core koala habitat needs to be protected.
Nambucca Valley Conservation Association spokesperson Lyn Orrego said the state government has allowed Forestry Corporation to undertake intensive, clearfell logging, not valid under logging rules, of 23,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat in our north coast public native forests over the past 10 years.
We implore the premier to take seriously our request for a stay of execution for the koalas of Gladstone State Forest, Ms Orrego said.
Unprecedented high levels of evidence of breeding koala populations in Gladstone State Forest have been found.
Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Ashley Love said this is exceptional evidence of occupancy and demonstrates this area of forest is entirely unsuitable for logging.
Forestry Corporations own ecologists have identified the importance of this area for koalas, yet no protections have been put in place. The premier must intervene, he said.
Frances Pike of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance said not only is our forest wildlife getting hammered by logging, it is driving climate change too.
Forests are the best technology we have for drawing down carbon dioxide...
Changing the date of Australias national celebration from 26 January is the key to resetting the national reconciliation process, the NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) said today.
NSWALC chair Roy Ah-See said any celebration of what it means to be Australian must include Australias First Peoples.
For Aboriginal people, 26 January is an annual reminder of our dispossession, discrimination and exclusion, Cr Ah-See said.
Every year, a growing number of Australians are also becoming increasingly uneasy about holding a national celebration on 26 January.
Cr Ah-See said the debate about changing the date would not disappear and he urged political and community leaders to initiate a process towards a more suitable celebration of Australia.
You would be hard-pressed to find people more patriotic about Australia than its First Peoples.
Weve cared for this country for more than 60,000 years and weve played a major part in Australias success.
Were not saying dont celebrate we want a celebration but on a day that we can all be comfortable with.
Change the date and well be the first to RSVP.
1788 - Two French frigates of the Laprouse expedition sailed
into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in
1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.
1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*
1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.
1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.
1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.
1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.
1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.
1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.
1838 - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.
1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.
1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.
1849 The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.
1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedoms Advocate newspaper in Tassie.
1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.
1858 - First t...
Feedback from my previous article on Australia Day has attracted supportive feedback. Since it was published there has also been a build up of comment around Australia, revealing that support for changing the date is more widespread than had seemed to be the case.
Being 16 January, this is a good day to make some additions to the previous comment.
Before progressing to anything else, how in the world can the population be brought together on a date that insults a part of it? For the First Australians, the landing of Captain Cook symbolises the beginning of the brutal destruction of their society. On this point alone. It is divisive and should be changed.
There is also more to it, and if this part is appreciated too, it becomes obvious that sticking to 26 January does not make much sense for white Australia either, and this brings the possibility of coming together, as an irresistible force to bring about change. Building this unity must be a priority.
Those who continue to, do or die, insist on this day, are missing the point. Australia did not emerge as a nation, or inherit democracy, because a sea captain planted the flag. Colonisation established a penal colony, destroyed the indigenous society and brought in marshal law in a system that soon took the form of dependency on the slave labour of the convicts.
This was hardly a bastion of democratic rights, kindly handed over by the British Crown.
Rights that developed in Australian society through time, were won by those who lived here. Settlers fought hard to make a living and have a voice. The First Australians fought back and survived against the odds. Former convicts played their part.
The rise of a working class brought in a union movement that was ahead of its time and it led to working and other conditions that were the envy of many other countries. Australia was the first country to have the eight-hour day, introduced universal suffrage, led the world in giving women the vote and much more.
Collective effort forged the nation.
It is the efforts of those who lived here and new arrivals, despite some shortcomings, which managed to forge a truly multicultural society, where each part contributed to the mix and formed a uniquely Australian identity.
The decision that Australians must make is whether to celebrate the imposition of the British flag or the efforts made by generations of Australians, to make this a better place to live in.
The suggestion that Britain brought civilisation does not hold water. It also implies that there was no civilisation here before. This is clearly wrong.
Westernisation might have brought new technology and a new set of social r...
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is urging Australians to embrace Australia Day to celebrate the rich history and culture of indigenous people and the contributions of migrants.
As disagreement intensifies over shifting the national day from the January 26 anniversary of the First Fleets arrival in 1788 and division widens amid growing Invasion Day rallies, Sir Peter reminded Australians to celebrate their diversity on Friday.
From the rich culture and history of our first Australians, to the many generations whove come here to make Australia home, to those people proudly taking the citizenship pledge and becoming our newest Australians today, our nation is stronger because of our diversity and the way we live and work harmoniously together, he says in his Australia Day address.
Citizenship ceremonies and backyard barbecues are bound to draw big crowds, but not all will be celebrating this year.
Thousands are expected at Invasion Day marches around the country, buoyed by Thursdays comments from Australian of the Year nominee Johnathan Thurston that the date will inevitable change one day.
More than 5000 are expected at a rally outside the Victorian Parliament and similar numbers will walk in Sydney, starting from The Block in Redfern.
Protests have already begun with a Melbourne statue of Captain Cook daubed in pink paint and the words No Pride on Thursday.
But Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge is among those to throw his wholehearted support behind keeping the date.
On Australia Day, we celebrate the big three pillars of our society; our Indigenous heritage, the British foundation and multicultural character, Mr Tudge said.
An Institute of Public Affairs poll released this week suggests most Australians agree with him, with 70 per cent of 1000 respondents saying the public holiday should remain on January 26, while 11 per cent disagree.
And not all Aboriginals are boycotting celebrations with indigenous performers including the Koomurri Aboriginal Dancers and the KARI Singers opening Fridays festivities in Sydney which is expecting a crowd of around half a million into the city.
The harbour will be the focus of celebrations, including ferry races, an aquatic ballet and evening fireworks.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be in Canberra for a citizenship ceremony and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will attend events in his Melbourne electorate.
Almost 13,000 people from 129 different nationalities are due to become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country.
Cockroach races in Queensland and native animal cook ups in the Northern...
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As population and cities grow, houses on traditional quarter acre blocks are becoming more expensive and you may only have the option of renting or choosing a living space with a smaller footprint. For many this might mean forgetting about a garden, but it doesnt need to be so. It is possible to have verdant growth and even a thriving veggie patch in small spaces and in ways that allow moving it all when you need to live elsewhere.
Great for veggie and herb growing, pots allow you a moveable feast, meaning that if your lease expires or you move to a larger property, you dont have to give the plants up. It also means that you can move plants in and out of shade as the seasons change.
The problem is, glazed and terracotta pots can be pricey, especially if you need a few of them, and plastic pots can be .well ugly! So, whats to be done? Never fear, there are many economical solutions! And the word for the week is scrounge
First stop the local pot shop. Have a look in their seconds area, or even ask them if they have some gear they are throwing away. Youd be amazed how much decent stuff gets marked down to virtually nothing in garden centres and pot retailers, and what little gems you can find. Cracked and broken pots should be snapped up cracks and chips can be turned to the back, and pots broken in half can be excellent vessels for trailing plants (like, oregano, thyme, and strawberries). Do look out for massive pot clearance sales, as you can often pick up some unbelievable bargains here also.
Be aware though that some glazed and terracotta pots can have
huge environmental footprints, and may not be the most sustainable
Next place to visit the local tip! This may not be the most appealing idea, but tips can be amazing and you would be astounded at the range of gardening gear you can pick up for almost nothing! Think pots, sleepers, containers, sinks (if you find a cheap kitchen sink grab it!!), bits of wire and shade cloth, stakes, ornaments, lattice whatever you think you could work into your garden. The photo to the right shows what can be collected from a tip in just one (cheap) trip. And youre pulling stuff out of landfill, going for the full reuse, reclaim, recycle on hard rubbish super sustainable a...
Happy Australia Day all Aussies dont drink too much boozewear a sun hat its gonna be a hot one and be kind to everyone even those people you dont like much.
Slim Dusty now departed an Aussie icon as good as, maybe better than all country music youll hear these days
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Banner drop. West Gate freeway. Melbourne. Solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
Share this Post Opponents to Australia Day are invariably criticised in two ways. The first is a favoured manoeuvre for establishment media pundits: claim the focus on 26 January is trivial while more pressing Indigenous issues are neglected. This routine is considered most effective if an Indigenous representative can be recruited to do the sowing. It adds conflict and sells copy, and ...
Not so long ago, tennis fans could watch a match and root for an underdog without having to worry about who he follows on Twitter or what he retweets. But in an age of ubiquitous social media and particularly since the toxic 2016 election, Americans can no longer remain blissfully unaware of how our athletic heroes feel about politics.
Sports reporters badger athletes about whether they would visit the White House, demand to know how they feel about national anthem protests, and scrutinize their Twitter activity looking for evidence of pro- or anti-Trump fodder to create headlines.
This week at the Australian Open, where an American named Tennys Sandgren came out of nowhere to reach the second round of the tournament, the press corps seemed less interested in his Cinderella story than the fact that his Twitter activity is awfully similar to President Trumps.
Sandgren, a 26-year-old Tennessee native who had just two career wins at the Association of Tennis Professionals level coming into the tournament, had just scored the win of his life, beating No. 5-ranked Dominic Thiem. Then his apparent right-wing leanings were raised at a post-match press conference.
A British reporter asked why he had expressed support for Hillary Clintons debunked Pizzagate issue, and had re-tweeted and followed so-called white nationalists on Twitter. Sandgren denied being a member of the alt-right, and insisted that he didnt endorse the viewpoints of people he followed or retweeted.
But he also said he found some of the (alt-right) content interesting, and the press smelled blood. Elite news outlets around the world went ape, running damning pieces detailing the journeyman tennis players Twitter activity, focusing on dubious conspiracy theories common among elements of Trumps base.
I dont endorse Sandgrens opinions, nor am I a fan of the president. But make no mistake, the point here is to punish and embarrass him for being a Trump supporter.
I concede athletes help dig their own graves by making their viewpoints public on social media. But would journalists be scrutinizing Sandgrens every tweet and demanding answers if he had been following and retweeting Antifa activists, who have encouraged violence against the police? Would they be concerned if he had expressed support for baseless left-wing conspiracy theories? I think not.
Sandgrens political viewpoints have no bearing on the tournament. Twitter is like a religion to journalists....
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First off. Listen.
That is what we are doing. And we arent writing this to centre our own experiences we are writing it because we take the time to try and follow and listen to a range of aboriginal voices, and we might have access to information that you havent come across. We want to take away from emotional labour of aboriginal people by supporting other allies with a collation of useful information.
So that is the first step. Its not about us, its not about you, its about mob. (Photos from Naarm Melbourne rally here)
And guess what they have got different views. Like white people, or people descended from Sudan, or Vietnam, or people all named Becky.
Please dont be like Friendlyjordies and attribute all aboriginal voices to one or two people. (Or maybe dont be like Friendly jordies at all on this one.)
What even do I call JAN 26 and what are people asking for?
Some people are calling to #ChangeTheDate and some people call it Invasion Day or Survival Day. In Melbourne (Naarm) they are calling to #AbolishAustraliaDay. Its likely this will mean different things to different people, but what does seem to be commonly shared perspective we shouldnt be celebrating genocide.
Which is what happened when the first fleet landed on the shores of this continent and occupied where hundreds of aboriginal nations had already been prospering for 1000s of years. First nations people in America (referred to as Turtle Island by some) have similar issues with Thanksgiving Day.
White Australias collective amnesia on this goes to the core of some of our current injustices. How can we talk about fixing things if we cant admit there is a problem in the first place?
And some mob dont support to Change the Date for that very reason they would rather structural injustices were addressed youth incarceration and suicides, health issues, legal discrimination, children removed from family, deaths in custody, land grabs for minerals and so much more.
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The letter was written secretly in my cell in A Division when I was a prisoner in Pentridge Gaol with two comrades, Brian Pola and Fergus Robinson. There was no shortage of time to write it, as we were in solitary confinement, in our separate cells, for sixteen hours each day.
A STATUE of James Cook in St Kilda and the Burke Wills sculpture in the Melbourne CBD have both been defaced on the eve of Australia Day.
The sculpture of Captain James Cook, erected in the Catani Gardens in 1914, has had pink paint dumped over it and big red letters marked at the base saying No Pride.
The statue of Captain Cook is a replica of the one at his birthplace at Whitby in England.
Victoria Police took photographs of the defaced statue and dusted beer bottles found nearby for fingerprints in St Kilda this morning.
Another statue, Burke and Wills, has been splattered with green paint and the word stolen written across the plaque.
It is Melbournes oldest piece of public art and was made by sculptor Charles Summers.
The statue honours explorers Robert OHara Burke and Williams John Wills who...
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For those of us seeking to write politically conscious fiction it should be clear just how important Le Guin is. This was what drew me to make the pilgrimage to Portland a little over fifteen years ago as I was researching my PhD. Le Guin suggested a hotel for me to stay at and I took a bus out from the city to find her house with the red door as she described it to me.
I first read this poem, which prefaces Ursula Le Guins classic fantasy story A Wizard of Earthsea, when I was twelve years old. As with all her writing it has stayed with me for my whole life, gaining depth, translucency and wisdom. And now, after hearing of her death, Im reading it again, with a new dimension of sorrow and joy. It helps and it doesnt help. Her flight remains vivid, but now the sky is empty.
EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: A convicted fraudster who once faked his CV so he could unlawfully obtain almost $6 million from high-profile victims and banks is at the centre of a police investigation after being tossed out from running a trendy Sydney pub for failing to pay rent and allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars owed
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A certain Indigenous lady has advised that the Indigenous
communities should "forgive" the invasion of Europeans into this
I don't think it's forgiveness that is at issue ; it is more the rampant racism, degradation, disrespect and all-out hatred shown towards Aboriginal people that is the problem.
The NT "intervention" still continues, along with the damn cashless welfare card.
By the way, those cashless welfare cards cost the taxpayer $10,000 EACH to maintain each year, so don't think it doesn't effect non-Indigenous Joe Blow down the street.
I was in Chaddy with the hubster the other day when I spied a Muslim lady wearing the most cheery hijab, all white with thin black geometric lines and bold primary colours in some triangles, it looked light, airy and comfy.
I asked her where she bought it - apparently I must go to India or Pakistan.
A little later I spied an Indian lady wearing a lovely choli of deep blue edged with purples and gold. Again I asked where I might get one - Indian or Pakistan was the answer.
You know, sometimes tshirts and shorts are bloody boring and uncomfortable.
I may pilot the broomstick to India or Pakistan sometime....
*waves hello to ASIO monitoring any mention of another country*
The hubster and I darkened the doorway of our local hostelry after the Chaddy outing - one needed a $6 pint of the amber fluid to refresh and recover - when we got chatting with another local and proceeded to fix all the ails of the world with our opinions, one of which was improve the mental health system to prevent people self-medicating with street drugs & alcohol.
Popping out to the balcony for a ciggie (one has started, again, and one is not at all upset) we all witnessed a lady being scooped up from the ground by a couple of policemen while a girl tried to mop up the blood on the lady's face. A few other locals joined us on the balcony and filled us in - apparently the lady is a regular who is on medication but occasionally drinks to excess to cope with life. An ambulance was called and she was taken away to recover.
We ambled home and I have since been attempting to paint up singlets for us to wear to Balit Narrun (Share The Spirit) Festival on Rum Rebellion Day in the Treasury Gardens.
Sydneys rail workers decided to go on strike, in a major escalation in their dispute with Sydney Trains.
Nearly 6,000 members of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union will walk off the job on Monday. They have also put in place an overtime ban, which started today (Thursday 25 January).
The dispute is over dissatisfaction with an offered pay deal and ongoing overwork. A big part of the problem is a new timetable that includes 1.500 extra bus, train and ferry trips, without employing the extra people needed to cover them. Consequently, those who are there have been forced to work longer hours and lose days off, under declining working conditions.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union state secretary Alex Claassens told the media the industrial action was about, people being able to have their days off.
Anybody that runs a business knows you cant continually run it on overtime, and if were running a railway that requires people to work overtime, weve got real problem, he said.
The dispute goes to the Fair Work Commission today.
In a press release, the union has called on the minister to intervene and do what must be done to end the dispute.
Alex Claassens said, Members have made it clear that the offer put forward yesterday is not good enough, and that negotiations will need to continue before there is an offer that is up to scratch.
The onus is now on the Minister to bring the dispute to an end tomorrow by meeting the legitimate concerns of the workforce which is straining daily to keep the system operating under enormous pressure.
Strike action has always been a last resort and I remain hopeful that we can make progress over the next 24 hours.
Its disappointing that were in this position. The Transport Minister has unfortunately let it get to this. He could have averted this issue a long time ago, simply by putting forward a fair and reasonable offer for the workers back then.
Theres no doubt that a ban on overtime work will cause disruptions on the network and thats because the Transport Minister has allowed our services to get to the point where theyre reliant on people working their rostered days off in order to keep our trains running.
While these disruptions are regrettable, they are merely a sign of things to come if the Minister continues to run down the public transport system.
No one wants our transport system to run smoothly more than th...
Sydney commuters are having to deal with the pinch of reduced train services as the NSW government makes a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour strike on Monday.
With trains operating on a Saturday schedule, services on Thursday have been cut by nearly half, meaning every 15 minutes rather than every eight.
Despite calling on hundreds of additional buses we are still unable to replace the full capacity of cancelled train services, Transport Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said in a statement.
Customers should consider whether they need to travel at all but if they do, should allow plenty of additional travel time, expect delays and travel outside the morning and afternoon peak periods, she said.
By 7.30am on Thursday trains heading into the city were jam-packed, according to social media.
T1 Line from Penrith-City. Cannot move, wrote Nine Network.
The state government late on Wednesday launched legal proceedings in the Fair Work Commission to stop the 24-hour strike scheduled for Monday and an indefinite ban on overtime work.
The application was adjourned until Thursday morning, just as the first disruptions of the overtime ban begin to hit the system.
No trains will run across NSW on Monday and all stations will be closed if the 24-hour strike goes ahead.
The possibility follows a poll by the Rail, Tram and Bus Union labelled illegitimate by Transport Minister Andrew Constance which asked members via text message whether they wanted to accept the latest pay package from management.
More than 6100 text messages were sent to union members asking whether a 2.75 per cent pay increase as part of a package that also includes free bus travel and a one-off $1000 payment was good enough.
Workers were required to reply yes to call off the strike, with a non-reply counted as a no vote.
Only 5.93 per cent about 360 workers responded in favour of suspending industrial action.
Just a couple of people said no, according to RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens, prompting questions over the polls validity.
Mr Constance slammed the unions SMS voting method and made an 11th-hour bid at the Fair Work Commission to prevent the strike.
The applications are due to be heard jointly at the commission at 8am on Thursday.
A manhunt is underway as police search for the brazen attacker who shot dead Vietnamese criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh in a busy southwest Sydney cafe.
The 65-year-old was shot three times through the back at point-blank range outside Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon in front of horrified witnesses.
Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Scott Cook says the investigation is in its early stages but officers are treating it as a targeted attack and will look into Mr Ledinhs clients.
Mr Ledinhs university friend and NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane said he was sickened and shattered by the attack.
Ho was a good father and a kind-hearted man. He wanted to help his community and the community respected him, he told NewsCorp Australia.
The news of his killing sickened me. I was shattered by it. He didnt deserve to die like this.
Police arent aware of any threats received before the shooting and there was no concern about reprisal attacks, Det Supt Cook added.
The attacker was wearing a dark-coloured cap, dark sunglasses, a high-visibility vest, dark-coloured pants and shoes, grey gloves and a raincoat that was either dark green or black.
Detectives on Wednesday sifted through rubbish bins near the cafe to find a possible link to the attacker.
Det Supt Cook said officers would continue canvassing the area and were searching for a man of Pacific Islander appearance.
He was last seen running down Stewart Lane at Bankstown and remains on the run.
Police have urged anyone with knowledge of the gunmans whereabouts to contact police but not to approach him.
Law Society of NSW President Doug Humphreys said hes shocked by the incident and will work quickly to appoint a manager to Mr Ledinhs Bankstown firm to ensure his clients continue to have access to legal representation.
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake which struck off the NSW mid north coast is one of many small tremors that have shaken the region in less than a week.
The quake hit just before 1.30pm on Wednesday near Nambucca Heads, with small seismic activity continuing in the area.
Geoscience Australia says it could be felt as far south as Port Macquarie, north to Coffs Harbour and inland to Armidale.
While there is no tsunami threat to Australia, the quake could have caused damage up to 6km away.
The area near Nambucca Heads has experienced several earthquakes ranging from 1.9 to 3.3 in magnitude since Saturday.
Wednesdays tremor was the strongest so far, seismologist Dr Jonathan Bathgate said.
Since Saturday a cluster of earthquakes has started and theyre starting to get relatively strong shaking, he told AAP on Wednesday.
It doesnt mean there is something larger coming, but its not something we can predict.
The series of small quakes isnt common for the coastal area, with the nearby inland area of Tamworth recording a bigger history of seismic activity.
Slap bang in the middle of Australias most iconic country music festival, and slap bang in the middle of town, the just as iconic Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) created a stir yesterday as they staged an event of their own for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on his home turf.
As thousands lined the streets of Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival, members and supporters of KNAG lined the street outside Australias 2ICs hometown office in Peel Street and sat down for a yarn.
KNAGs from all around the countryside converged, aglow in their yellow splendour, from loops as far as Lismore, Drake, Gloucester, Taree, Sydney and Elands with one purpose in mind: to support the New England loop in their quest to send a strong and clear message to Barnaby Joyce about his role in office and his duty of care to farming, indigenous cultures, our wilderness areas and future generations.
The area in Minister Joyces electorate around Tamworth is under direct threat from gas and coal mining and the Nannas have come together to highlight this to the member for New England.
The Knitting Nannas say the threat to the Great Artesian Basin from both coal and gas mining is enormous and irreparable and they are callin...
Share this Post On 26 January, 1788 the British Crown contravened its own law and prevailing international law by laying claim to 7.692 million km of land that was already inhabited and cared for by over 200 First Nations, each with a sophisticated and ecologically-focussed system of governance. And the trespass continues. The effects of this trespass (and theft) ...
1795 - Cameragal (North Shore) elders officiate at the Erah-ba-diang initiation ceremony in Cadigal territory at Woccanmagully (Farm Cove), in which a dozen boys are made men. According to David Collins, Pemulwuy, a wood native, and many strangers, came in. No attempt is made to detain Pemulwuy.
1808 - John Macarthur was up to his old tricks, I see!
John Macarthur came before court on a charge of sedition over the Parramatta case. He challenged Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins' impartiality in the case and the court adjourned in confusion.
1848 - The final convict ship to regurgitate the shackled sort into Victoria, "Marion", propped herself up at the bar at Port Melbourne.
1863 - James Morrill , a British citizen, ended years of living among Australian Aborigines after a shipwreck in 1846.
1865 - Australia, and Melbourne in particular, was in a lot of hot water when the US Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah sailed jauntily into Hobson's Bay and was slipped at Williamstown for repairs. The US Consul demanded that the ship be seized as a pirate but she was allowed to go on her merry way on February 18.
1868 - The City of Melbourne was destroyed by fire.
No, not the city itself, you goose, the steamer ship named for the actual city.
Anyways, it was loaded with wool and all sorts of goodies while it was in Williamstown , then it got a tad warm under the gunwale, and went belly up.
1877 - Francis Dutton, former Premier of South Oz, did the soft shoe shuffle from this mortal coil.
1881 - An intercolonial conference imposed unilateral restrictions on the number of Chinese immigrants following ongoing trouble on Australia's goldfields involving Chinese miners.
1884 - James Francis, former Premier of Victoria, did the same as Frank Dutton. I'm seeing a pattern here....
1885 - The Melbourne-Sydney Express passenger train derailed near Bethungra (Cootamundra) , killing seven and injuring over 20. The cause was a washaway of a culvert over Salt Clay Creek during a period of heavy rainfall.
1886 - Deciding to have a proper knees up Mother Brown, the Federal Council of Australia held a wild orgy party conference in Hobart amidst the apples.
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The Victorian oppositions new policy to overhaul the school curriculum, has been given the thumbs down by teachers and principals, who say that it is based on ignorance about what goes on in the classroom.
The School Education Values Statement, launched yesterday, by leader Matthew Guy and shadow education spokesperson Tim Smith, aims to strip back the state curriculum and impose greater emphasis on Western History, Australian values and national pride.
These words are a thinly veiled code, for the imposition of propaganda to instill in the young, notions of Western superiority, jingoistic nationalism and a narrow view of Australian history and society, which ignores the reality of what happened to the First Australians and that this developed as a land of people from many places and different races and cultures,who contribute to the melting pot of the Australia that is still emerging.
Insisting that Western tradition is somehow superior to others encourages racial and ethnic intolerance. is this what we want? Young Australians should learn about the Enlightment and the striving for more democratic forms of government. It is important. But it should be studied in the context of the reality that this has been a battle against the existing power structures, which drew from many traditions. This is not what is being talked about.
In its place, is the claim that this land is an outpost of superior Western (read British) civilisation, and that Australian values were born out of participation in the empire and its wars, instead of by millions, battling it out at home, to make this a better place to live, and even rebelling from time to time.
Teachers know better and will resist it. They do teach Australian values. But these are of a different kind, about respect, inclusiveness, an open mind and questioning.
Within the text, there is explicit criticism that what is taught in mainstream schools is too broad and that they get involved in areas that should be left to families or the community outside the schools. This concerns for example, learning about how babies are made and personal relationships, or learning about issues concerning harmful drug use.
It is subtler too. The division of what should be permitted in the school and what belongs outside, is about effectively outlawing concepts of Australian values that do not tally with what is prescribed.
The new policy, it is claimed, is also supposed to lift what is said to be declining student results. The Statement talks about an emphasis on doing more to lift literacy and numeracy skills. It neglects to mention that these are already at the centre of the curriculum.
This is not to deny that there are problems. There clearly...
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My Wife has a Disability and hasn't worked in years. I am suffering from Disability and Injury and haven't worked in years. They claim that I owe them over $4,000 from not declaring work I did in 2012. They say my wife was overpaid the exact same amount, for the same period.
Due to this, my health has deteriorated to the point where I use a cane daily and suffer often from Respiratory infections. I recently contracted Pnemonia and my memory and Cognitive abilities have suffered greatly. I have spent time in the hospital and can barely function some days. My speech is slurred, my coordination is way off and I have been accused of being drunk or affected by drugs. I have a pain problem, due to an old leg injury which is now a disability.
A far cry from the national level athlete I was in 2011.
I received a robot call from Centrelink last October telling me
I was overpaid and I owed around $2000!
I couldnt believe it! I was freaking out!
The girl said to me that its only $2000?
Really I said well if you feel that way maybe you should pay it!
Then I received a letter from them with a debt of $384.79?
Confused yes! Kind of relieved though. The debt is from 2011-2012.
I am now sitting on the phone on my day off trying to contact
them! 35 minuets gone now!
I have received a couple of call robot calls say please hold you...
Spent 6 years at university living dollar to dollar and quite
poor to finish and get a mediocre job.
In between paying back staggering amounts of tax and HECS debt I get lumped with this.
I am not exactly sure how they determined that i gave them false
figures of income. I simply entered the numbers off my income into
No BS, no lies no deception, between working credits, and fluctuations in payments I have no idea how they determined payments.
But I am not going to be held accountable for their flawed system when i answered their questions truthfully....
Have had this issue placed under review, only to receive no
information from Centrelink for 6+ months.
Even contacted them to try and find out what was happening but no one could tell me.
Then today I received a call from a debt collector.
Advised debt collector I would not be paying them anything as the debt was supposedly under review and would be contacting centrelink.
Did so and have been advised that despite providing them with all information requested, no review had ta...
I have only just completed my first year out of university and as a graduate I don't exactly earn a lot, as majority of it either goes to tax or towards my HEC's debt.
Its the end on January 2018 and I have just recieved a call
about this debt which I was waiting for the letter which never
turned up telling me that I was owing so much.
Turns out the letter turned up a week ago at my fathers address that I haven't lived at since I have moved for university.
I can't afford to pay this! I work two jobs as it ( one full-time and one part-time) just to be able to pay for rent, food, bills and rego in the year.
My anxiety is through the roof and I have never felt like I'm
going to have a panic attack other than now.
I have no savings, and I keep working but that just keeps me afloat with limited savings.
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