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For weeks – months, even – we have been told that everything was on the table.
But when the guests arrived with their carpetbags and wheelbarrows to avail themselves of the largesse, it turned out that Stingy Scott Morrison had removed all but a handful of the goodies. In fact just about all that was left was a plate of mouldering shit sandwiches.
The penurious premiers, ready to voice their ritual chant ‘What’s in it for me?’ had already received the pre-emptive reply: ‘Blood and toil, tears and sweat.’ If they wanted more money, scolded Morrison, they would have to find it for themselves. The commonwealth was in the business of cutting taxes – its own taxes.
And in particular, if there was to be any kind of increase in the GST, it would be to pay for reductions in income tax, and preferably company taxes as well. The GST was not there to provide buckets of revenue to the premiers.
The GST was spruiked, in effect, as the states’ tax: the commonwealth would collect it, but every cent of the proceeds would go to the premiers, to spend just as they saw fit.
But in fact Morrison is rewriting history: that is exactly what the GST is for. When John Howard and Peter Costello, at the urging of the Treasury, devised the unpopular concept (‘Not a new tax – a new tax system’) the justification – the big carrot – was that it would provide the states with a much-need growth tax, a revenue stream which would help to redress the vertical fiscal imbalance that meant that the commonwealth collected most of the money, mainly through income tax and other imposts, and grudgingly doled out some of it for the states, which had to provide most of the services.
So the GST was spruiked, in effect, as the states’ tax: the commonwealth would collect it, but every cent of the proceeds would go to the premiers, to spend just as they saw fit. For this reason it had always been maintained, by....
7 Broad-billed Sandpipers in a large mixed wader flock early Sunday afternoon off Saltwater Dr, which also contained at least 86 Marsh Sandpipers - a good count for both species around these parts. All birds had gone by mid afternoon. Heavy crop of a long range phonescope shot of the broadies attached - small stint-sized birds, distinctive striped crowns obvious in other photos. Access adjacent to No.7 Saltwater Dr.
BAW BAW // COUNCIL records of illegal asbestos dumping show unsafe disposal of the hazardous material on public land is an infrequent but continuing concern for the region. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul … Continue reading
DROUIN // BAW BAW Shire staff have reported back to councillors on why public notice of the application to build a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Drouin was unable to occur. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition … Continue reading
LOCAL LIVING // AUSTRALIANS are used to buying packaged produce. We buy bottled water, nuts come in the same wrapping as crisps, and even apples now come plastic wrapped. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the … Continue reading
BAW BAW // CHRISTMAS decorations erected across Baw Baw have cost ratepayers over $10,600 this financial year alone. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All dates relative to then. Decorations … Continue reading
GIPPSLAND // RESEARCH by local government sustainability group ICLEI Oceania in conjunction with East Gippsland Shire Council sugg-ests Gippsland will face a significant increase in fire risks in coming decades. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of … Continue reading
CLIMATE // A STUDY of bushfire responses over the last century has concluded Victorians must change their behaviour, and even where they live, to survive increasingly hot summers. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul … Continue reading
GIPPSLAND // TWO new early morning Melbourne – Traralgon bus services will come into operation next month. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All dates relative to then. The Saturday … Continue reading
WARRAGUL // KIDS and parents came together at the Warragul Library earlier this month to start assembling a paper chain 250 metres long. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All … Continue reading
YARRAGON // THE PEOPLE of Yarragon will soon have the chance to put their case for or against a skate park in the town to the council. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul & … Continue reading
GIPPSLAND // PAKENHAM passengers will be allowed to board V/Line rail services again from the start of next year. First published in the 11 December 2015 print edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. All dates relative to then. … Continue reading
Did you spot some cuddly animals in Warragul last month? They may have been spruiking the Great Forest National Park with Vajra Papp. The Wilderness Society is advocating for the creation of a new national park covering 355,000 hectares of … Continue reading
LOCAL LIVING // FOR many, December is peppered with warm nights spent looking for Christmas lights. Thanks to the work of some keen locals, you can now find where many of the lights in your town are online. First published … Continue reading
WARRAGUL // THE LIST of Warragul Leisure Centre areas to shut while extensive renovation works take place continues to grow; the car park will close next week. First published in the 11 December 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw … Continue reading
Saturday’s Recovery Rally at St Martins Church brought together, family, friends, businesses, performers and community to help the Boon family get back onto their feet. The inclement weather of the day didn’t dampen the supporters enthusiasm
The Dustyesky Russian Men’s Choir’s, ‘Sort Of Christmas Party’ at the Courthouse Hotel on December 22, will also be a fundraiser for the young familly left homeless when their home at the Pocket burned to the ground. Gabriel and Cecilia and Merryn from Potato Potato will also perform.
TRAFALGAR // WORKS started in August to connect the Trafalgar Recreation Reserve to the sewer main have been completed. First published in the 11 December 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Baw Baw Shire spent $265,000 in … Continue reading
Strong winds claimed a Princes Way, Drouin, street tree on Monday last week. Local Belinda Rogers snapped this photo at around midday. First published in the 11 December 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
The Eva electric streetfighter is slightly less powerful, but can be recharged to 80% capacity in 3.5 hours.
It’s still a long way from being palatable to a lot of buyers, but at least it sits in the growing category of naked bikes, rather than the diminishing superbike category.
The Eva prototype was unveiled at the 2014 EICMA and the production model is expected to cost about €25,000 when it is released in mid-2016.
It is driven by an oil-cooled permanent magnet AC motor producing 71kW of power compared with the Ego at 100kW and 170Nm of toque compared with 195Nm.
Eva uses a single-speed transmission and chain final drive to deliver an electronically limited top speed of 200km/h...
The theme of the next FOBIF photo exhibition is Trees in the Mount Alexander Region.
TOGS in Castlemaine will host the exhibition in March 2016 and later in the year the Newstead Railway Arts Hub has kindly agreed host the same exhibition. Photos will be for sale to cover fobif costs.
So if you have any favourite photos of local trees send them along to FOBIF (email@example.com). There is also plenty of time to take new photos: the closing date for the submission of photos is not till 31 January 2016.
We will place all photos we receive in a designated album on the FOBIF Flickr site as long as they fall within the guidelines. A FOBIF sub-committee will then select approximately 18 photos to be printed and framed in the two exhibitions.
If your photo is selected, as well as being included in the above two exhibitions you will receive a free mounted copy of your photo at the close of the second exhibition.
G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here
Birdline Central & Southern Queensland: Little Woodswallow, Masked Woodswallow, White-browed Woodswallow, Hooded Robin at Cement Mills Rd reported by Nick Leseberg, Noah Strycker, Jeremy Ringma, Meg Barnes on 14-12-2015 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"
Cement Mills Rd is very birdy at the moment, with hundreds of White-browed Woodswallows, a couple of Masked mixed in, and a single Little Woodswallow also seen, well east of usual range. Hooded Robins with fledglings and Diamond Firetails seen nest-building
Bird was about 500 meters down the walking track, north entrance. The day was hot and it was about 10.00am
By Paula Gerber
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs recently claimed that the impact of the change of prime minister – from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull – will be “profound”. Polls show Turnbull is vastly popular. And, according to political commentator Barrie Cassidy:
Australian politics has entered a new and positive era.
But how can we determine whether the change in leadership has led to changes of substance or just style?
One way of evaluating whether there is a real difference between the two prime ministers is to measure their approaches to human rights. The international community’s recent review of Australia’s human rights record – as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) – makes this particularly timely.
Turnbull’s ability to address the human rights of asylum seekers and Indigenous Australians and to move forward with same-sex marriage legislation will indicate the substance, or emptiness, of his reform agenda.
At the UPR, more than 60 nations urged Australia to end its policies of boat turn-backs, mandatory detention and offshore processing. Sarah Joseph...
It's certainly been a year for relaxed aaaaaas dance music, the combination of balaeric beats and codeine-numbed disco melting together into warm little puddles all over the place. Neon Indian's electronic smoothies are often describe as 'chill-wave' and as pretentious as that genre sounds, it's pretty accurate. His syrup-hue video for 'Slumlord Rising' has been popping up on multiple 'best of' lists and now he's touring his new album VEGA INTL. Night School and riding chill waves all over Oz.
Playing at the Foundry and supported by KLP, it's going to be a warm little puddle you'll want to dip in.
The following comes from Chris Harrington.
A survey is currently being conducted Mount Buller/ Mt Stirling resort management, canvassing the idea of introducing a summer resort entry fee. A recent article in the local press notes that the “Mount Buller/ Mount Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board (ARMB) has confirmed it will not be charging a summer gate entry for the 2015/2016. However, the survey being conducted is investigating resort visitation, visitor patterns and habits with the intent of considering potential summer revenue streams” (Mansfield Courier 9/12/2015). The article also notes some opposition, and some support for the introduction of summer access fees.
The ARMB has invested considerable time, money and other resources in the development, and now the maintenance of the mountain bike trail network and the establishment of an International Mountain Biking Association Ride Centre. It marks a shift in resort management from a largely ‘white season’ focus, to ‘green season’ pursuits. It’s a response to more variable winter snow conditions and perhaps a declining revenue base as a consequence of climate change.
It should be noted that there are a wide range of people passing through the Buller/ Stirling gate – horse riders, campers, car tourers, bushwalkers and bike riders to name a few. Not all these people use the newly established mountain bike trails, and not all trails are exclusively for the more ‘hard core’ pursuits. For instance, Mt Stirling and backcountry areas have extensive trail networks established for skiing, walking, driving and riding which receive limited maintenance, especially outside ski season.
From 7 – 9pm this Sunday the 20th of December, we will be broadcasting live from the Carols on the Common. Join us on 88.5fm or why not bring the whole family to the North Ryde Common for entertainment from 5pm and fireworks at 10!
See you there!
Image Courtesy of The Audreys In some bitter-sweet news it was recently announced that indie-folk duo The Audreys are planning on going on an 18 month hiatus. The Audreys have been touring almost non-stop and a hiatus is exactly what they need to re-charge the batteries. But don’t despair as there are rumours that Taasha […]
14 December 2015
Paris climate talks means Queensland needs to get serious about Renewable Energy not Coal
Queensland Conservation Council today is deeply disappointed that the Premer Annastacia Palaszczuk is continuing to back coal saying: “We will always be reliant on coal. Coal is a backbone of our economy.”
QCC climate spokesperson Kirsten Macey said, “The Paris climate talks sent a clear signal that we need to move away from fossil fuels and this is simply old style thinking.
“Palaszczuk needs to catch up on what 195 countries agreed to in Paris to stay below 1.5°C global temperature rise.
“Coal is in structural decline, it doesn’t make economic sense anymore, the global price of coal is dropping.
“The mining and burning of coal for electricity and to make steel causes dangerous global warming.
“Global warming will wreak havoc on our Great Barrier Reef, the Premier now has to make a choice.
“This means for Queensland we have to keep coal in the ground if we are going to avoid dangerous climate change and meet the goal of keeping temperature below 1.5°C”
“Rather than focussing on the dirty, old technology of the past we should be focusing on the smart, efficient new technologies of the future such as renewable energy.
QCC therefore welcomes the renewed focus on renewable energy by the Premier. This is the Sunshine State, let’s harness this potential and have a big push towards renewables in Queensland.
“The Queensland Government has a 50% renewable energy target by 2030. Currently renewable energy, excluding gas, provides almost 10 per cent of total electricity consumption in this state alone.
“Queensland needs to move faster. South Australia is already expected to pass its 50 per cent renewable energy target next year. We need to make the transition to clean energy now, concluded Kirsten Macey.
Healing the past a spiritual exercise, a clear conscious move to change your life. A spiritual poem focused on releasing old negative energy. by Wendee Valencia.
The National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) has released
Healthy Communities: Potentially preventable hospitalisations in
The report finds:
* Nationally there were 600,267 hospitalisations for the 22 conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially preventable, representing 6% of the 9.7 million hospital admissions in 2013–14. Hospitalisations from both public and private hospitals are included.
* Potentially preventable hospitalisations accounted for nearly 2.4 million bed days – equivalent to 8% of all public and private hospital bed days in 2013–14.
* The age-standardised rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations was almost three times higher in some PHN areas compared to others, ranging from 1,702 hospitalisations per 100,000 people in Northern Sydney PHN to 4,891 per 100,000 in Northern Territory PHN.
* Across more than 300 local areas (SA3s) the age-standardised rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations were nine times higher in some areas compared to others, ranging from 1,406 per 100,000 people in Pennant Hills-Epping (NSW) to 12,705 hospitalisations per 100,000 in Barkly (NT).
This report is accompanied by an interactive tool<<a href="http://www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au/interactive/potentially-preventable-hospitalisations">http://www.myhealthycommunities.gov.au/interactive/potentially-preventable-hospitalisations> allowing users to explore the data in depth for their area and compare with other local communities.
Wednesday 16th DecemberÂ
11 – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boys Theme Train presentsÂ Songs That
Describe A Journey. I justÂ finished reading a book about
the band Journey.Â It’s a bit boring – it goes on and
on and on and on.
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TuesdayÂ 15th DecemberÂ
2 – 3pmÂ There Goes That Song AgainÂ
At this time each year in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, there used to be at least one Christmas song high on the charts, and several runners up. Â Â In our âŹSThree OâŹ"Clock SpecialâŹ this week, weâŹ"ll take a chronological look at some of those Christmas songs.
The old Paper Mill at Buckley's Falls is about 150 years old and now has a new life as an location for arts studios, a cafe, a gallery, and so on. We visited there on Saturday, had coffee and cake in a very strange cafe full of large carved wooden doors from India - maybe from old palaces in Rajastan. They are for sale but not suitable for our little house in Newcomb. We looked into an art gallery also, and I wandered about and found a terrific view of the river below through an open window. One photo below is from a painting I made some time ago of the view of the old paper mill from the other side of the river.
FOBIF’s field guide to Mosses of dry forests in south eastern Australia has sold so well we’ve had to go to a reprint edition, adding a few improvements along the way. The new edition is on sale via this website, or through selected outlets.
What is a heritage landscape, and what difference does the tag ‘heritage’ make to the way a landscape should be managed?
Of course, all landscapes are ‘heritage’ or ‘cultural’ landscapes in one way or another: but there’s only one in Australia which has protected dual National Park/Heritage Park status, and that’s the Castlemaine Diggings.
That’s why we were disappointed in the VEAC Historic Places Investigation Draft Proposals Paper. This paper explicitly adopted a limited meaning for the phrase ‘heritage place’, one that seemed to exclude ‘landscape’ from consideration.
FOBIF has submitted a response to the Draft. It is set out below.
Although we believe there are many constructive and sensible proposals in this paper, we wish to focus on what we believe to be a serious—and strange—deficiency: that is, the failure to acknowledge the particular challenges presented by cultural landscapes. In fact, it appears that the authors of the paper do not believe that these landscapes are ‘historic places’ at all, as witness this passage on page 31:
‘It is important to note that although VEAC’s focus is on the management of specific places on public land, Traditional Owners customarily have a broader view that every part of the landscape is of significance, including landforms and the whole landscape itself, not only those places where associations are evident or documented.’
It’s been a bleak period in our bushlands this year, but even in the bleakest of times, something surprising can be seen: and, as during the millenium drought, one of the most surprising is the sight of this delicate looking plant, growing in the most unpromising, dried out locations: bare, hardened tracks, crackling, apparently soil free ground–almost anywhere where life looks to be a struggle. It’s the Magenta Storksbill.Pelargonium rodneyanum makes its first appearance in Western documentation in volume 2 of Mitchell’s journals of his expedition into south eastern Australia. He seems to have noticed it first in the Swan Hill region. His journal entry for June 21 1836 reads:
‘We also discovered a beautiful new species of the Cape genus Pelargonium, which would be an acquisition to our gardens. I named it P. rodneyanum* in honour of Mrs. Riddell at Sydney, grand-daughter of the famous Rodney.’
The ‘famous Rodney’ was apparently Admiral George Rodney, notable for his sometimes controversial exploits in wars against the French and the Americans–and for some pretty dodgy efforts at accumulating wealth for himself. A good name for such a plant? You decide.
The sample Mitchell collected was sent to England, and the plant received its first description in modern scientific terminology from the famous botanis...
The picture below is a Common Long Neck turtle [Chelodina longicolis] sun baking in the horrible pollution soup that is Forest Creek at the Wheeler Street bridge. Turtles have been seen in this unpromising location for many years, and seemed even to have survived the millenium drought, when there was little or no water under the bridge.
The scum covering the turtle’s back doesn’t suggest that the creature is terribly healthy, but when disturbed, it moved with tremendous speed to take shelter in the reeds.
Interesting turtle facts: the Common Long Neck [aka ‘snake neck turtle’ and ‘stinker’] can survive long dry periods by digging into soil and aestivating. According to the Bendigo Field Naturalists excellent guide Frogs and reptiles of the Bendigo district, ‘turtles communicate with each other via a wide range of vocalisations that have a lower pitch than humans can hear.’ When threatened, the turtle lets out an offensive odour [hence the unromantic name, ‘stinker’]. This turtle can live for 50 years, so maybe the sightings regularly made in this unpromising location over the last 20 odd years have been the same one.
This creature can wander significant distances in search of viable habitat. And guess what? After habitat depletion, the biggest threat to...
You may know her as ‘The Lady in the Hat,’ a champion for animals the world over. Perhaps you recognise her from watching her tireless efforts in our rescue videos or have rejoiced in seeing her smiling face, along with a rooster, piglet or other oft-forgotten farmed animal make headlines in the daily news. You may have been fortunate enough to hear her speak fondly of her eponymous Edgar Alan, aka, ‘The Pig Who Started it All,’ who led her to where she is today as the highly regarded Founder and Director of Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary.
We know her as all of these things and more as Pam Ahern is without a doubt, the most inspirational person we here at Team Edgar have ever met. It is rare to have an idol and a hero live up to your expectations but it is even rarer for that person to exceed them. Pam’s commitment to creating a kinder world for animals goes much further than the eloquent stories she pens and the seemingly impossible rescue missions she undertakes- it is a passion she lives and breathes every single moment of every single day and in doing so, she inspires us all to do the same.
Today, we celebrate Pam and all she brings to this world, for it is her birthday. And Pam, although we know you will not st...
Mexico is a quarter of the size of Australia or continental USA, yet has several disparate regions that offer motorcyclists a wide variety of riding conditions.
In the north, there are vast deserts offering thrills for adventure riders; central Mexico hs towering mountain ranges with juicy, winding tarmac’ in the south, the roads snake through thick jungles and traditional villages; and on the Yucatan Peninsula wide highways whisk you quickly through the low and dense jungle from quaint cities to fabulous beaches.
We have just finished the Tacos n Tequila Tour with...
Prepare to be blown away when the Soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their Bluesfest debut in 2016. It is bound to be a foot tapping, hand clapping, raucous occasion with one of the best new live acts on the road.
Originally a solo singer-songwriter, Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff formed the seven-piece Soul band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in 2013. Their debut self-titled album was released to widespread acclaim on the iconic Stax Records in 2015 and peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.
After a rousing performance of the debut album’s lead single“S.O.B” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon went viral, the track became the No. 1 add to alternative and the No. 1 viral track slot globally on Spotify and made its way to #1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs Chart. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have also recently made it on Billboard’s list of predictions for the Best New Artist Grammy for the 2016 Awards. Rolling Stone have described the Night Sweats as “one of rock’s best new live acts” and they were the #1 buzz artist at the Latitude Festival.
Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) are seeking people to participate in a short digital storytelling project. The project will tell four stories that will be overdubbed into 10 community languages.
We are looking for people who would:
Does that sound like you? If so, we would love to hear from you.
What is involved?
What is in it for you?
For more information, please contact Gemma or Darwin on:
Tel: 9654 7389
SUAD (Mother of YUSUF) - Female (Aged over 55)
YUSUF (Son of SUAD) – Male (Ages 30-40)
Poised on the brink of a planning revolution, with master plan and DCP looming, little Bangalow awaits its fate like Pearl Pureheart tied to the railway line.
Council has endorsed the Chamber of Commerce and the Progress Association as the local managers of this process but it has also added a group styling itself as the Building Owners and Stakeholders Association.
The name says it all and considering the council planners less than stellar record in protecting the West Byron wetlands from over-development, it is not surprising that this group has elbowed itself onto the stage.
Salivating over the prospects of gentrifying Station Street, pop-up ‘heritage’ car parks and a nice little red-brick mall somewhere close, the boosters have no doubt seen the possibilities of the ‘survey’ put out in the local glossy Heartbeat which does not require a name or address.
As Paul Keating has said, ‘put your money on self-interest, its always trying’ – apparently the spoils in nearby Newrybar are currently being divided.
What does self-styled Bangalow councillor and rock wall enthusiast Sol Ibrahim have to say?
Will he be our Mighty Mouse or join the Oil Can Harrys?
Tom Tabart, Bangalow
Image Courtesy of Bluegrass @ Yulli’s After a massive night last month raising money for the UNHCR, Bluegrass @ Yulli’s returns for one last show this Wednesday 16th December at Yulli’s in Sydney’s Surry Hills before we wrap up the year. As always the night kicks off for an all-invited jam session from 6pm. If […]
Traditional owners battle over mining royalties:
Aboriginal traditional owners on the Cape York Peninsula are in a bitter tussle over a deal for mining royalties.
Ankamuthi man Larry Woosup originally struck a deal with bauxite mining company Gulf Alumina on behalf of his people in 2013, with 20 people being part of the trust.
However, a group of 75 Ankamuthi people claim they were unaware of the deal, nor have they benefited from it and said Mr Woosup was the sole trustee.
Tracking turtle breeding:
I dips me lid to Guru Bob for this link. Neil Gaiman's long chat with Stephen King about the craft, being broke, being rich, and preferring Waffle House to fancy New York restaurants.
“I never think of stories as made things; I think of them as found things. As if you pull them out of the ground, and you just pick them up. Someone once told me that that was me low-balling my own creativity. That might or might not be the case. But still, on the story I am working on now, I do have some unresolved problem. It doesn"t keep me awake at nights. I feel like when it comes down, it will be there...”
King writes every day. If he doesn't write he's not happy. If he writes, the world is a good place. So he writes. It's that simple. “I sit down maybe at quarter past eight in the morning and I work until quarter to twelve and for that period of time, everything is real. And then it just clicks off. I think I probably write about 1200 to 1500 words. It's six pages. I want to get six pages into hardcopy.”
Queensland first in child surgeries:
New technology has enabled Brisbane doctors to remove the cause of severe epilepsy from one Queensland girl.
Powerful MRI technology showed doctors that a tiny lesion close to the language and motor areas of her brain was the cause of Rowena Alexander’s epilepsy.
However, special electrodes were inserted into the brain to map the lesion’s exact location, aiding the surgeon in successfully removing it.
It was the first time this surgery was performed on a child in Queensland.
Congratulations to the Concrete Gang for taking out the 2015 Spirit of 3CR Award, and well deserved it is. The Concrete Gang have been broadcasting weekly on 3CR for almost 40 years making sure that CFMEU workers are informed about their industrial rights, safety and encouraging a great culture of looking after one another at work. And full marks for comic delivery, making what could be a dry topic down right hilarious.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society has warned the Federal government that unless it stops approving new mega coal mines and authorising port expansions on the Great Barrier Reef, spending vast sums of money promoting the Great Barrier Reef could be wasted.
Imogen Zethoven, Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS welcomed promoting the beauty of the Reef to the world but said protecting the Reef from global warming, dredging and port expansion was critical to ensuring the long term health of the international icon.
In Paris as part of international climate talks, Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg, a leading marine scientist from the University of Queensland, told The Guardian that there is ‘a disjunct between the agreement we have to keep global warming below 2 degrees, and 1.5 in the longer term, necessary for the healthy future of the Reef, and opening the world’s largest coal mine’.
Ms Zethoven said that the Federal government is trying to have
its cake and eat it too when it comes to the Adani coal mine, Abbot
Point expansion and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.
“The government wants to approve mega mines and approve dredging in the Reef’s waters on one hand and support the Reef tourism industry on another.
“The mining and burning of coal is one of the major contributors
to global warming, making the Reef’s waters warmer and more acidic.
This kills coral and damages the health of the Reef.
“The Great Barrier Reef is a tremendous asset. It supports a tourism industry that provides billions to the economy and 69,000 jobs.The best way the government can support Reef tourism is to properly protect the Reef from industrialisation and global warming.
“The Federal Government needs to come clean with the people of the world who want to see the Reef protected. It needs to explain the consequences for the Reef of its actions to approve massive new coal mines and port expansions,” said Ms Zethoven.
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129553770 Australia's mothers and babies 2013-in brief presents key statistics and trends from the AIHWs National Perinatal Data Collection.
The report is accompanied by updates to the AIHWs Perinatal data portal, which provides an overview of mothers and babies, maternal demographics, the antenatal period and labour and birth.
AIHW catalogue number PER 72
Available to order at the AIHW website for $29 (http://www.aihw.gov.au<<a href="http://www.aihw.gov.au/">http://www.aihw.gov.au/>).
View the media release<<a href="http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129554141">http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129554141> and download the full in brief report<<a href="http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129553770">http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129553770> for free online
Conservation groups have called for a government inquiry into the running of NSW Forestry Corporation and accused the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) of being ‘part of the problem’ following what they say are ‘thousands of breaches of the rules’ at just one north coast logging site recently.
North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) identified roads built illegally through endangered rainforest and plants vulnerable to extinction, multiple failures to find and protect feed trees for koalas and yellow-bellied gliders before logging, and thousands of breaches of the rules for retaining and protecting fauna habitat trees in a new report on site inspections in Cherry Tree State Forest, west of Casino, following recent logging operations by the Forestry Corp.
NEFA spokesperson Dailan.......
Cutting out Cat’s Claw creeper:
Catchment authorities are calling on locals to continue fighting against the introduced cat’s claw creeper currently flowering in south-east Queensland.
Cat’s claw has bright yellow flowers and was imported as an ornamental plant from South America in the 1950s.
The plant, originally popular in Brisbane has escaped domestic garden beds and spread into bushland from Gympie to the Gold Coast and is strangling native vegetation in devastating rates.
Hope bringing hops:
Thursday 17 Dec at CLUB MULLUM in the Ex-Services Club from 6:30pm
Miss Amber & Stukulele’s 5th Annual CHRISTMAS UKE-TACULAR with Mae Wilde and, a wonderful new singer – Lily Loy.
This year the CHRISTMAS UKE-TACULAR will be a CAROL FREE ZONE. Miss Amber and Stukulele will be presenting an evening of bawdy, swingin’ and rockin’ Christmas tunes including songs by CW Stone King, Chuck Berry, Ertha Kitt and more.
For more info visit www.ukemullum.com.
The Ballina Shire Council is considering scaling back its contribution to a new marine rescue tower and putting the money into sports fields at Wollongbar.
The council had budgeted $1,025,000 for the tower, but with increased contributions from the state and federal governments, the council now wants to contribute $400,000.
The total cost of the marine tower has been estimated to be $2,215,000, with the state government contributing $965,000 and the federal government chipping in $850,000.
Meanwhile, the council on Thursday will consider three tenders for the construction of the facility, with the preferred tenderer being Woollam Constructions, which has an office in Ballina.
Wollam Constructions has lodged a $1,781,786 tender, while Momentum Built Pty Ltd quoted $1,724,927, and Edwards Constructions (NSW) Pty Limited quoted $1,872,536.
‘Woollam Constructions was not the lowest overall priced tender, however Woollam Constructions have an office in Ballina and scored very high in the Local and Community component of the evaluation,’ staff said in a report to councillors.
‘Momentum Built Pty Ltd and Edwards Constructions (NSW) Pty Limited are based in Sydney and Wollongong respectively.’
With the extra money coming in from state and federal governments, staff have recommended that the council scale back its contribution....
Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation are heading for another major scandal regarding bribing government officials and this time it is in Australia and involves NSW Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.
Murdoch’s News Corp has a long history of bribing government employees for stories. This was exposed by the UK phone-hacking scandal which also revealed the bribing of UK police and other officials.
The Australian bribery scandal is being exposed as the UK phone-hacking scandal, which has run for about 4 years, is coming to a close although some of the victims are demanding it continues.
Read the full story [HERE]
Start-up north coast renewable energy retailer Enova says, with its share deadline looming, it has almost met its major capital milestone of $3 million required to operate.
Enova’s chair Alison Crook AO, told The Echo Enova Energy is well on its way now to making Australian history by being the first community owned electricity supplier.
‘But there is still time to be a part of this important history; the final close is 5pm (AEST) this Thursday, December 17 2015. Every share purchased is important for Enova to have a strong foundation to strengthen its success’, she said.
Another important goal was reached, Ms Crook said, with the majority of shares applicants – nearly 75 per cent – being northern rivers residents. ‘We are determined to take control of our renewable energy future, providing local jobs, enabling new technologies and community benefit projects across the northern rivers region,’ said Ms Crook.
And in recognition of Enova’s importance on a national scale, Ms Crook says the remaining 25 per cent of share applicants have come from every state and territory in Australia.
‘In fact it could be said that the high ambitions of the northern rivers community could lead the way in Australia. Once Enova’s model is proven, we look forward to working with like-minded communities across Australia,’ she said.
Leaving the Shire Justin Duckworth, Anglican bishop and a good friend of Praxis (who I work for), loves to speak to young adults of the adventure of following Jesus. The first requirement for the adventure, drawing on Lord of the Rings, is that ‘you have to leave the Shire’. The hobbits must encounter danger, risk and the unknown to have an adventure. I think this is true of all people, and is germane to young people who are attracted to groups like ISIS. When young adults join ISIS or extreme nationalist groups like the United Patriots Front (UPF), political and security leaders call this ‘radicalisation’, pejoratively. But let’s reclaim this word. The tradition of Christianity that inspired me in young adulthood is ‘radical discipleship’. In other…
Image Courtesy of Matt Corby With everything that’s going on at this time of year there’s a very good chance you may have missed the massive news that dropped on Friday. Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Matt Corby released his brand new single “Sooth Lady Wine”, a trippy, psych-rock departure from his usual blues […]
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was buzzed by a plane as it passed by North Lismore Plateau yesterday while returning from a mission out west.
The helicopter had been tasked to a property at Torrington around 1pm where a 55-year-old man received a pelvic injury after coming off his horse.
As the chopper was returning to base a single-engine aircraft appeared to follow it from the direction of the Lismore Airport, gaining rapidly on the rescue helicopter, before veering off to the left and flying back towards the airport.
Northern Rivers Screenworks has selected five local writers to work with some of the best television screenwriters and production houses in the business as part of their unique writers room placement program.
The writers had all recently submitted examples of their script writing as part of their application to the Screenworks’ Inside the Writers Room Program, which is designed to give regionally-based emerging writers a chance to participate.
Each of the writers will receive an all expenses paid trip to a capital city to observe and experience writers rooms being run by some of Australia’s leading production companies as they work and develop story into a television script.
Carly Lorente, writer and Newrybar resident is wasting no time and is on a plane to to Sydney today to start her placement opportunity. Carly will be working on a new drama series with CJZ (Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder), whose catalogue includes House of Hancock (Nine Network), The Ex PM (ABC), Gruen (ABC), Bondi Rescue (Network Ten) and Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS).
‘I’m thrilled to be sitting in the very room where the ideas and concepts of some of Australia’s best original television are nutted out. You know all those times you wish you were a fly on the wall? I can’t wait to soak it all in. It’s every writer’s dream’ says Lorente.
Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novel...
Moo-ve on imports, Aussie milk wins again:
Queensland prisoners are soon to only have Australian dairy products.
Four Queensland prisons have banned imported milk after Katter Party MP, Shane Knuth complained about Queensland Corrections using imported UHT milk for prisoners in Lotus Glen, Townsville, Wolston, and Brisbane.
Mr Knuth took his complaint straight to Corrections Minister Bill Byrne who immediately banned the use of long life milk in favor of local produce.
Giving a hand up not a hand out:
Paris climate negotiations. What was it like? What's next?
Ursula Rakova, the director of Tulele Peisa, responsible for relocating Carteret Island families forced to move to Bougainville because of climate change, has gained international recognition for her work.
Ursula is passing through Brisbane en route back to Papua New Guinea, and will share stories of her experience at the UNFCCC COP21 Paris climate change negotiations, and an update on the relocation program.
Thursday 17 December, 5pm, Justice Place, 5 Abingdon St, Woolloongabba.
(just off Annerley Rd, 5 mins walk from Park Rd railway station or Boggo Rd bus station)
Hosted by Climate Frontlines, Friends of the Earth Brisbane.
For further information, please contact Wendy Flannery: firstname.lastname@example.org 0439 771 692
It’s collection time in our seed production area, which was set up to supply seed for the Goulburn Broken Indigenous Seed Bank at University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus. One of the species is Narrow-leaf Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima) which attracts a wide variety of colourful bugs (order Hemiptera) and beetles (order Coleoptera). Most of […]
The weather has been a little slow to really warm up, and
consequently dragonflies and damselflies seem to have been a little
slow off the mark, around home anyway. One or two damsels have been
sighted briefly, but there are now three species of dragonflies
calling the garden home for the time being. The first to appear, as
is usually the case, was the Tau Emerald.
In recent years Black-faced Perchers, a very small species, have
been regulars, there are now four, with two males starting to
colour up. Their bodies will soon be red and black, and their faces
jet black like
this nice specimen.
Le Bourget [AFP]
Cheering envoys from 195 nations have approved a historic accord in Paris to stop global warming, offering hope that humanity can avert catastrophic climate change and usher in an energy revolution.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius ended nearly a fortnight of gruelling UN negotiations on the outskirts of Paris on Saturday with the bang of a gavel, marking consensus among the ministers, who stood for several minutes to clap and shout their joy, with some shedding tears of relief.
‘I see the room, I see the reaction is positive, I hear no objection. The Paris climate accord is adopted,’ declared Fabius, the president of the talks.
The post-2020 Paris Agreement ends decades-long rows between rich and poor nations over how to carry out what will be a multi-trillion-dollar campaign to cap global warming and cope with the impact of a shifting climate.
With 2015 forecast to be the hottest year on record, world leaders and scientists had said the accord was vital for capping rising temperatures and averting the most calamitous effects of climate change.
Aung San Suu Kyi has taken to the streets of Myanmar to pick up rubbish, a rare public appearance since her election triumph in a move aimed at highlighting her party’s commitment to public service.
Suu Kyi has told newly minted MPs from her National League for Democracy party, which took nearly 80 per cent of contested seats in the November 8 polls, they are quite literally responsible for keeping their constituencies clean.
Garbage is a huge problem in Myanmar, which lacks regular rubbish collection and proper landfill sites.
Suu Kyi has seized on the issue as a way to hammer home the NLD’s drive to serve the people.
The 70-year-old led a team of party members and volunteers through her constituency of Kawhmu township on the outskirts of Yangon picking up rubbish on Sunday.
Clutching a large white garbage bag and wearing protective gloves, Suu Kyi rummaged through the dirt to pick up tangles of old plastic bags and other debris.
She did not speak to reporters,........
Saudi Arabians have voted 17 women into public office in municipal elections in the conservative Islamic kingdom.
The election was the first in which women could vote and run as candidates, a landmark step in a country where women are barred from driving and are legally dependent on a male relative to approve almost all their major life decisions.
Sabq.org, a news website affiliated with the autocratic monarchy’s interior ministry, reported on Sunday that 17 women had been elected in various parts of the country.
However, the election was for only two thirds of seats in municipal councils that have no lawmaking or national powers, and follows men-only polls in 2005 and 2011.
Under King Abdullah, who died in January and who announced in 2011 that women would be able to vote in this election, steps were taken for women to have a bigger public role, sending more of them to university and encouraging female employment.
However, while women’s suffrage has in many other countries been a transformative moment in the quest for gender equality, its impact in Saudi Arabia is likely to be more limited due to a wider lack of democracy and c.......
The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders that a framework agreement to tackle global warming has been reached in Paris, but urged the work has just begun towards averting the catastrophic impacts of global warming and transforming the global economy.
‘For nearly every nation on earth to come together to reach an agreement that urges countries to stabilise global temperatures to 1.5 degree is a significant achievement, said Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale from Paris.
‘It’s a solid foundation but the work to tackle global warming really starts now,’
‘This agreement will only be a success if countries, including Australia, seriously ratchet up their targets between now and when the new agreement takes effect from 2020.
The Mullumbimby Farmers Market saw a protest on Friday against the visit of the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to India to sign a deal with the Indian government for the transfer of nuclear technology.
Many Japanese mothers, with babies and children in tow, and people of Indian origin participated in this action, which was part of a worldwide protest with similar actions planned in New York, London, Istanbul, Tokyo and Delhi.
Speaking at protest longtime activist Harsha Prabhu said, ‘Four years after Fukushima, 29 years after Chernobyl and 36 years after Three Mile Island, we are still busy promoting nuclear technology as an option. This is a form of species suicide practiced by our governments and big corporations without regard for the science, without regard for safety, without regard for the toxic legacy of the whole nuclear cycle – from uranium mining to nuclear waste to nuclear reactors to nuclear weapons – a toxic legacy that will remain with us for thousands of years.’
The Australian government should recognise the unstoppable momentum in the global response to climate change, grasp the enormous opportunities for action, and accept its responsibilities to the world’s most vulnerable communities, according to aid organisation Oxfam.
Oxfam Australia chief executive Dr Helen Szoke, said what had just been agreed in Paris was a ‘landmark, global agreement’.
‘Australia now needs to step up, transition rapidly from a rampant polluter to a modern clean energy economy, provide far greater support to poorer countries to tackle climate change and build a resilient, sustainable future,’ Dr Szoke said.
Dr Szoke said that while the Paris negotiations had brought the world’s powers together, the agreement had still fallen short and deprived the poorest and most vulnerable people of what they needed to cope with the burgeoning reality of rising sea levels, floods and drought.
‘The Paris Agreement has not done enough to ensure that the goal of limiting warming to below 2C or 1.5C is met, nor secured sufficient funding for vulnerable communities to adapt to increasingly unpredictable an...
Doctors shouldn’t jump the gun in prescribing patients the drug ketamine to treat depression, warns an expert.
The anaesthetic and analgesic drug, also used as a horse tranquilliser or party drug, has shown promising signs in single-dose clinical trials.
But the efficacy and safety of repeated dosing has not yet been tested, Professor Colleen Loo from the University of NSW and the Black Institute in Sydney, writes in the Medical Journal of Australia.
‘Some clinics in Australia and overseas have begun offering a course of ketamine treatments to patients with depression.
‘However, this practice is premature, given that the efficacy and safety of this treatment approach has yet to be tested in controlled trials.’
A single-dose of ketamine takes effect within 24 hours of administration, unlike other antidepressants which can take several weeks.
But its antidepressant effects typically only last several days after a single treatment.
Uncontrolled data from recreational users of ketamine suggest risks associated with longer-term use may include liver damage, bladder dysfunction, cognitive impairment and possible addi...
‘Groovin’ (Independent) by Greg Lyon and the Hip Operation is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.
Winding down the year Eastside has come across a cracking release featuring some of the most outstanding talent Australia has to offer. Heading up the release is quite achiever Greg Lyon. The pianist, vocalist and bassist’s enduring career spans form the 1960s and continues right through to this release, with experience behind him such as touring Asia and Europe, creating and teaching Australia’s first contemporary music degree at Southern Cross University, and performing with the likes of Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Rodriguez and Jon Cleary to name a few. Basking in the blues atmosphere of Byron Bay where he is currently based, Lyon extends his knowledge of Jazz and Soul and amalgamates these genre’s to create the experience of Greg Lyon and the Hip Operation.
Aptly titled ‘Groovin’, the work grounds itself in strong grooves shared amongst various engine room instruments. This becomes imperative in unifying the album as listeners transition from track to track noticing a lack of genre consistency, not by any means a flaw, more of a challenge, confidently approached and mastered by all involved. The Blues sound does lie at the heart of the the group, showcased throughout tracks such as ‘The Hip Operation’ (Track 4) and ‘The Makings of the Blues’ (Track 5), paying respect to it’s traditions yet is also infused delicately with a vitality gained through a desire to pair a contemporary approach with the genre. Carrying over the gospel sound yet shifting genre’s to a funk drive is ‘That’s The Plan’ (Track 3), featuring a slow burning groove again paying homage to tradition setting the bass as its driving force, yet offset with a jazzy horn section and sax solo and to add another dimension, a soft rock guitar solo too. This is the level of complexity Lyon h...
Police are renewing their appeal for assistance following further aggravated break-ins at Kingscliff including one in which a woman woke up to see a man standing at the end of her bed.
About 1.15am Saturday (December 12), officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command responded to reports of an unknown person at a home in Lorien Way, Kingscliff.
Police patrolled the area and spoke to an occupant on Ibis Court, who heard someone in the rear yard at 12.20am that morning.
The resident had located hand marks on her daughter’s bedroom window following the incident.
Another Ibis Court resident informed officers that she woke up at 12.30am, and saw a man standing at the end of her bed, where she and her 10-year-old son slept.
She got up and the man ran from the home.
He was described as being Pacific Islander/ Maori in appearance, aged in his 30s, solid build, about 175cm tall and was wearing a dark hoodie and long pants.
Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may assist with inquiries to contact Kingscliff Police Station or Crime Stoppers.
As inquiries continue into these and other previous aggravated break-ins in the area in June 2015, members of the public are advised to stay vigilant with their home security, keeping doors and windows locked and secured.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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Giles Parkinson, RenewEconomy, PARIS
After 21 years of negotiations, two weeks of intense talks and sleepless nights, and the largest gathering of political leaders ever seen, 196 countries have agreed on an historic universal climate agreement that is far more ambitious than anyone thought possible at these UN talks.
The Paris Agreement was sealed on Saturday after what UN secretary general Ban ki-moon described as the most complex negotiations he had ever encountered. The final text was presented after noon, and after the French broke for lunch, and then returned for a plenary session where the text was passed with no objections, and amid wild applause and emotional scenes.
Not only does the text secure binding agreement from both developed and developing countries to keep temperature increases ‘well below’ 2°C, it also calls for efforts to cap the increase at just 1.5°C over industrial levels.
It was hailed as a ‘turning point’ and a signal to the end of the fossil fuel era. Although individual country pledges to do not yet match the agreed goal – they may collectively cap global temperatures at 2.7°C at best – the agreement sets in place a series of stocktakes and reviews, as early as 2018, to encourage...
After successfully fledging two young back in November these Mistletoebirds have decided its time to raise another family. They have built a new nest, about ten metres from the original, recycling some of the material into another ‘work of art’. Again, they’ve chosen to suspend the delicately woven purse on the outer canopy of a rose-bush, this time facing south-east, rather than the due east as was the case with the first nest. The female is doing the nest-building – interestingly an immature bird, presumably from the previous brood, was spotted looking on....
Queensland riders are still living in a police state where they could be harassed, detained, charged and imprisoned for looking like a bikie and/or associating with them.
When elected in January 2015, the new Labor Government promised a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission review of the controversial so-called VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment) Laws by November.
Now it appears the CCC taskforce has extended its reporting deadline to March.
Meanwhile, the police argument to the taskforce to keep the current laws is based on the assumption that “outlaw bikies” (a term that is not clearly defined), are 25% more likely to commit crime.
If the same could be statistically proven for a particular race of people, should we then have punitive enforcement and penalties for all people of that race?
Of course not.
That would simply be wrong, wrong, wrong.
Apart from the enormous insult to basic human rights that this argument represents, the VLAD approach to pigeon-hole policing has not been a success, anyway.
So far, 100 people have been charged under the VLAD Laws and only one has been convicted – and he wa...
Ron Howard has made so many good and popular (ie mainstream)
movies that it is hard to imagine cinephiles ever conferring on him
the breathless accolade of ‘great filmmaker’. From outer space to
the circuits of Formula One to now the fathomless briny, he has
persistently eschewed nastiness in favour of positivity, albeit
with insight’s melancholy never far below the surface. This salty
dog’s tale covers the events that inspired Herman Melville to write
Moby Dick. Told in flashbacks, it has the ambitious but uncertain
Melville (Ben Whishaw) hearing the recollections of Thomas
Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), last surviving member of the crew of
the ill-fated Essex. As a 14-year-old (Tom Holland), he sailed
aboard the ship out of Nantucket, its commission to gather from the
sea’s leviathans the oil that lit New England’s homes and
There is a difference between rejoicing in the kill and telling it like it is – 1820 was another world, an age of uncushioned realities, and the men who hunted the whales were no armchair pussycats. Howard captures the virility of their chase, in rowboats and with hand-held harpoons, but when it’s done the faces of his blood splattered sailors are etched in remorse at the realisation of their savagery. It’s an incredibly moving moment (some critics must have been looking the other way). Tension builds when the Essex is forced to enter the Pacific. Between the patrician captain (Benjamin Walker) and self-trained first mate (Chris Hemsworth) there stews a Bligh/Christian mutual contempt, but more threatening to the venture is the legendary white sperm whale that stalks them – and there is more than just a hint of Jaws in many of cinematographer Ant.......
… Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony de Brum is photographed being tightly embraced by a dazzling Julie Bishop, who channels her inner Pirelli calendar girl to glamorise Australia’s Leyland P76 lemon of a climate change policy. She also covers for Hunt who puts in a pretty ordinary performance, even for him. Jules is all over her ‘good friend’ Tone like a rash but even her full frontal frottage fails to gate-crash his ‘coalition of ambition’, a melange of 80 developed and developing countries including the US, EU, Canada and Brazil - aimed at offsetting a push by China, India and Saudi Arabia to water down the wording as negotiators go at it hammer and tongs well after the final siren. … Kiribati’s President Anote Tong, who voted for Australia to be on the UN security council because of its pledge to put climate change on the agenda, says his country now feels betrayed by Coalition policy on global warming. He is far less diplomatic in his assessment of Australia’s commitment. ‘They don’t feel it, they don’t know it, [and] they don’t care: They care about the next election.’ Clearly, a window of opportunity opens for Australia’s Minister for a coal-powered future, George Brandis’ ‘climate intellectual’ Greg Hunt who whispers that curbing global warming to less than 20’ is ‘a deeply personal goal’ of his whilst eagerly, hastily, approving vast new coal mines. If anyone can wangle us a seat on the coalition of high ambition, it is the agile, nimble back-flipper Hunt. If only someone could find him. • The exciting times we live in ... really? • SMH: ‘Why would you bother?’: Turnbull government backbenchers warn against world’s emissions plan • ABC: Ian Macfarlane blocked from moving to Nationals by LNP executive Federal MP Ian Macfarlane has been blocked from moving from the Liberals to the Nationals partyroom. The Liberal National Party State Executive has today decided against the move, after it was approved with a vote o...
At the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris over the past week more than 12 African countries pledged the reforestation of around 100 million hectares of natural forest across the continent by 2030. An amazing objective which proves Third World countries can make a difference, but where was Australia’s voice … ? … Out of the 58 countries who attended the Paris Climate Summit, Australia was ranked 3rd last by Europe’s Climate Action Network ( HERE ). This is an embarrassing status, being only just ahead of Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.
Most afternoons, I walk down the path to my favourite swimming-hole in the world and dive in. And almost every day, I find someone or other — local or visitor alike — who remarks that there’s nowhere in the world quite like the Cataract Gorge. I can’t help but agree. • David Walsh, MONA blog: Stuff we are planning to do There is an old Soviet joke that insists that ‘the future is certain. It is the past that is unpredictable’. Despite my endless rambling about the pointlessness of prediction, I thought I’d highlight a bunch of projects that Mona has on the go, for the self-serving reason that I want to establish our tourism credentials in the light of Federal Hotel’s tactic of promising expenditure conditionally on their pokies licence being extended. Mona is here for good (in at least one sense). None of these projects are contingent on the casino going ahead (including the casino), but Monaco might make it a little easier to pay for all this. However, they are contingent on many other things, like planning and building approval. And me not shuffling off this mortal coil. (I heard that Rene Hidding, when told that I was planning for the consequences of ‘being hit by a bus’, said: ‘That won’t happen. I’ve had a word with our bus drivers and they are going to be very careful’.) As an aside, when I first opened Mona, I expected to see some services (coffee shops, restaurants etc.) cropping up in the area. I don’t know why that hasn’t happened, except that there may be some zoning issues, but Local Pizza recently opened in Claremont, and it is exactly the sort of business I was hoping for. I hope it is the vanguard of more quality, consumer-oriented businesses to come. So, start selling stuff in the Glenorchy region. I’m buying. For us, the first cab off the rank will be an extension to the gallery to house four James Turrell works. As James’ works always are, these will be light works, but not lightweight works. Also in the extension will be a bar and restaurant......
There is no guidebook for this …
Max Atkinson’s article ( HERE: Turnbull’s Political Philosophy )in the Tasmanian Times suggests that political parties are principled but the emphasis of those principles may differ and according to that proposition, Malcolm Turnbull is an enigma.
Looking at the Launceston City Council Agenda for Monday Dec 14 a cynic might be forgiven for thinking quite hard and long about what it is that’s being rushed through here and seemingly without meaningful input from the city’s constituency.
... A scientist’s 13-year crusade to save a native Tasmanian sea bird Spreading awareness of Tasmania’s vulnerable species of sea bird, the shy albatross, is the key to keeping the species alive, a prominent scientist says.
Why should the Tasmanian Government fork out $20m to connect to the Global Undersea Digital Cable? 
Having ranked 54th out of 56 nations ( • Guardian: Australia ranked third-last in climate change performance of 58 countries ) in our Big Foot approach to carbon emissions and all things environmental, in the aftermath of the Paris climate talks one might imagine a certain amount of blushing and possibly a touch of humility emanating from Australia’s Big Power Folk and the government which encourages them. But let us not hold our breath on this…the following article was written some years back whilst I was still a guest of the USA; somehow it called to be dusted off. Although I understand that there are marginally different species of these critters to be found south of the equator, we all know that a turd by any other name will never smell like a rose …
In a life she can barely remember, Myer sold aspirational products to Hobart’s middle class from behind a pretty brick facade on Liverpool Street. That was before the fire. “I felt this burning sensation in my cosmetics department, and was like, ‘what the? Then it was just like FOOM and that was it”, she says of the fire that destroyed her Hobart storefront eight years ago.
For most people, the first question will be “What is a Crypto Party”?
… On 27 November 2009, I, with some input from Murray Gleeson made a submission to the Board in opposition to the REP. On the same day Neville Wran made a submission to the Board in opposition to the REP … In closing I want you to know that in my many years’ experience in the law, including many important court decisions with far-reaching consequences, I have never undertaken a matter of such importance as this because it affects the welfare of more people than those for whom I have previously had a responsbility …
When the Angels in the Gospel of Luke appear to the shepherds, what is described is perhaps more like a scene from a mosque than a European choral society.
And behold, an angel of the Lord appears, and the glory of the Lord shines around. See this angel.
It is a man dressed in loosely-fitting, white clothes. His shirt has buttons only at the neck, and the cloth hangs down to below his knees. His head is wrapped in a red and white cloth. His face is the sweet colour of honey. His beard is as black as the night. There are no shoes on his feet. One of his hands is folded into the other and they rest against his stomach as he stands before us. We look for a gun, but there is no gun. Still we are afraid.
He opens his mouth and speaks. His voice is clear and resonates with the harmonic intonations of a middle eastern poet. He recites from what has become the Qur’an..
In the name of God, most merciful, most compassionate…
God giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him;
His name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary;
Held in honour in this world and the hereafter…
Remember with gratitude God’s favour on you
For you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love
So that by His grace ye became brethren.
And ye were on the brink of the Pit of Fire
And He saved you from it.
Thus doth God make his signs clear to you
That ye may be guided.
Pronouncing the greatness of God, the angel bows before us.
He stands again, and behind him, all arrayed in rows stands a multitude of angels.
Declaring the greatness of God, they prostrat...
“Sure, why not? I’ll go too”, I thought to myself, when I saw my friend Kate invite me on Facebook to an event organised on by the Anglican Church at Gosford. Located about only eighty minutes by train from Sydney’s Central Station, the church has become an active national voice in the area of human rights, particularly refugees, thanks to the leadership of their priest, Father Rod, through clever, pithy and profound posts on social media. Father Rod also spoke at the recent refugee vigil in Sydney.
Today’s event was a talk by Julian Burnside QC AO (barrister and human rights advocate) and former Australian Of The Year, Professor Patrick McGorry AO (psychiatrist, researcher and mental health advocate). Though there was nothing either said which I hadn’t heard before – though Julian Burnside read out a letter about something which had occurred on Nauru only two days ago – it was really great to hear them speak. They’re both smart men who spoke with honesty and passion.
Despite what you often read in the press (or in the comments columns of various blogs), those attending today’s meeting weren’t a bunch of inner-city lefties. Looking around the crowd, almost everyone was at least fifty years old. Overhearing conversations, almost everyone was a local. And judging by the moments of applause, I’d say more than half the audience was Christian. The common theme to the addresses, and to the questions was that Australia was once a leader in supporting refugees, but somehow we have “lost our way”.
And the world has noticed, too. Not just the United Nations. There was a stupid story in the paper the other day about an Australian woman refused backpacker accommodation in Scotland beca...
Like Protect Our Winters, I Am Pro Snow is seeking to mobilise people in the snow sports community to be active in reducing climate change. It is an initiative of the Climate Reality Project. They have been represented at the recent climate change negotiations in Paris, and have a range of ‘snow ambassadors’ who advocate for action in various forums.
It does seem a bit fluffy – focusing on awareness raising rather than hard asks – and light on in terms of providing suggestions about tangible actions that people can take. But at this point we need all hands on deck when it comes to finding solutions to the merging climate crisis, so all power to them.
The following comes from I Am Pro Snow
Winters are getting shorter and mountain snowpack is declining, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Started experimenting on some new pieces.
Which means it’s nearly the 6 year anniversary of Take Care! In the lead up to the new year we’ll be announcing a lot of little giveaways and posting up some things from our archive. Here’s a couple of announcements we made to Facebook and Instagram a few days ago…follow us at https://www.facebook.com/takecarezines or takecarezinedistro on Instagram.
The next three orders of ‘Huffin’ Textas’, a zine by Sydney based art gang of two Dexter Fletcher, will receive a mini DF merch pack inspired by Jarvis Cocker, for free. It includes a risographed poster, gocco printed postcode and two colour ‘What Would Jarvis Do?’ pin-back badge. This offer is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pulp’s magnificent album Different Class.
Find ‘Huffin’ Textas’ on the Take Care site here.
Also, an xmas gift idea for broke zinesters: you can have an envelope stuffed full of YOU zine posted to you anywhere in the world, and you just have to pay for the postage! In Australia that’s just $1.50. We’ll chuck in some other free zines too, including the excellent ‘Friday Night in West Ealing.’ Have it sent to yourself or order one as a gift – just leave instructions for us when you check out of PayPal, and we’ll make sure it’s packaged up nicely!
I haven’t included a couple of things that made my 2015 list.
No “world music” made my year end list which is unusual – Songhoy Blues and Noura Mint Seymali were close. And last week into my inbox dropped the welcome news of a couple more releases from the Portland, Or-based label Sahel Sounds
Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania. Luxurious overload of micro-tonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable poly-rhythms. Documentation of a little known music scene where disparate influences meet in beautiful permutations. This is desert music as it’s performed – loud and unfiltered.
Self produced album from Niger Tuareg rock outfit TisDass. Looping electric guitar and thumping two chord rhythms. Led by singer songwriter Kildjate Moussa Albadé, former bassist for Group Bombino, his solo project draws on his vast repertoire of influences, inspired from his years on the road. Covers and some original compositions, paying homage to desert origins of assouf music, while ushering in an a new global sound.
Only $5USD each to download at those Bandcamp links. The Nouakchott Weddings Songs is blowing me away.
Emma Donovan and the Putbacks – Blackfella Whitefella (feat Tim Rogers & Joelistics) and Down City Streets (feat. Archie Roach) This Hope Street Recordings release supports SOS Blak Australia, only a single or 7″ so cheap as.
WECA Annual General Meeting Report On Saturday December 5th, 2015, the West End Community Association (WECA) members and friends gathered for its Annual General meeting in the Uniting Church Hall. Thanks to all who attended for your continued support of WECA. Management Committee President Erin Evans expressed gratitude to the dedicated work of the management […]
NSW has now joined Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory in approving the use of international standard motorcycle helmets.
More states and the ACT are expected to follow suit after the recent lifting of a ban on the sale of UNECE 22.05 helmets, even though two states and the NT had already allowed riders to wear them.
Riders in NSW can now wear UNECE 22.05 helmets they have bought overseas or online.
With the change in consumer law, we are now expecting many distributors to import a wide range of helmets previously unavailable here.
That should mean helmets in larger and smaller sizes than previously available, plus new brands.
Also, with the lack of an extra Australian approval process, it should make these helmets cheaper.
Meanwhile, long-time helmet law campaigner Wayne Caruthers says riders will still need to keep the stickers on your Aussie-approved helmets.
“AS1698 and AS/NZS 1698 provisions remain the same, so for the moment certification by JAS/ANZ CAB’s and the dreaded stickers are still required on these helmets,” he says.
“It had been expected that the JAS/ANZ CAB requirements would be removed but the lack of removal at this time may be due to the speed at which the changes approving UNECE 22.05 were implemented and it may also be due to uncertainty re the status of the Commonwealth DOT style self-accreditation system which included ACCC random testing of helmets on the shelf following the revoking of ACCC Consumer Protection Notice 9.”
Away from the chaos, hustle-bustle, increasing violence and religious fundamental extremeism that seems to breed in the cities one can still find peace, wholeness, restoration. Sabbath, that day of rest given to all mankind in the most natural of surroundings, when joined to the idea of peace, wholeness, restoration is embodied in the phrase “Shabbat Shalom” a Hebrew greeting for the Sabbath day. The two words belong together, like man and woman, potatoes and gravy, thunder and lightning, table and chairs.
But how often do we allow ourselves to have such a fundementally different day where rest, wholesness and peace is the order of the day? Life gets so busy, and there is always something that screams out to grab our attention – dealing with negative attitudes, emails, those phones that allow us to always connected to all those things that cause us stress.
Yesterday, Bec, Eliana and myself decided to avoid cities and head to Mt Lawson State Park in the hills between Tallangatta and Corryong in Victoria’s (Australia) north east. So we packed a picnic lunch of a mixture of goodness and not-so-goodness, and left Jesse and Zoe at home to do whatever teanagers do when their parents aren’t around. The region where Mt Lawson Sate Park is located is home to some of the most breathtaking and beautiful scenery and offers many places to explore and get one’s regular dose of prescription strength nature (see here for a light-hearted look at the concept of nature as medicine).
Some time ago my son Jesse and I went exploring in the northern part of the park, but yesterday we went to the southern park. The plan was to o the relatively short Conic Rocks walk, then have lunch at the Mount Lawson summit, then try another longer walk later in the day.
The Conic Rocks walk was abour 1.5km return, and offers some pretty spectacular views from the granite ro...
Astrological influences and spiritual ascension channelled messages for the end of 2015 from the reflected light of the December full moon. by psychic medium Ian Scott
13 December 2015
Today, climate activists’ abseiled down Kangaroo Point cliffs to unfurl a banner saying:
COAL WRECKS THE REEF
Queensland Conservation Council spokesperson, Kirsten Macey said, “this action was taken to highlight that as the Paris climate talks have ended there is still a need to keep coal in the ground because of the damage digging and burning coal will have on our Great Barrier Reef”.
“In Paris 195 countries have agreed this morning, on a global climate treaty that will reduce greenhouse pollution and keep global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a historic agreement and we need to see their words taking into action to protect our reef from the impacts of dangerous global warming.
“Unfortunately the request from the President of Kiribati for a moratorium on new coal mines was not part of the agreement.
“In Queensland, the Federal and State Government are making decisions about new coal mines and coal mine expansions across Queensland.
“We have a huge responsibility in Queensland to keep coal in the ground if we are going to avoid global warming and all its consequences – coral bleaching of our iconic Great Barrier Reef, hotter weather, increased floods and more intense storms and cyclones.
“But Queensland remains Australia’s largest exporter of coal.
“Scientists are telling us we can’t dig up and burn all our carbon budget. Australia will have to leave 90% of our coal in the ground to meet the 2°C target.
“But in reality, the Great Barrier Reef will suffer irreparable damage with only a 1.5°C rise in global temperature.
“Many Pacific Island nations have called for no new coal mines, because of the damage from global warming such as sea-level rise and increased cyclones on their island homes.
“We’ve seen in Paris all countries prepare to reduce greenhouse pollution, that’s why in Queensland we need to keep....
A nearsighted state government switch to use imported milk at the local Lotus Glen Prison has left KAP Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth fuming.
Mr Knuth said he was recently informed the corrections facility, located in Queensland’s dairy country is providing imported UHT Milk from NZ for consumption rather than fresh milk.
Incredibly in 2012 the Government had auctioned off a self-run dairy belonging to the facility which provided over 1000 L of fresh milk a day.
The dairy was also used by the corrections centre as a training facility for the agricultural industry.
“Just three years ago Lotus Glen had the ability to produce its own milk, now the government can’t even source locally produced, branded Dairy Farmers milk,” Mr Knuth said.
“If our own government won’t invest in Queensland how can we expect business and consumers to? ”
Since the imports have been confirmed Mr Knuth’s office has been in contact with the Premier and the Agriculture Minister, waiting on a response.
“ My electorate is in one the best milk producing areas of Queensland, this is lunacy,” Mr Knuth said.
“Buying in UHT milk from overseas in the name of cost cutting will hurt our regions in the long run.
“Rest assured that I will bash on the doors of the government until this decision is reversed and demand that locally produced milk is the milk of choice,” he said.
My electorate at Athertonis in one the best milk producing areas of QUEENSLAND – I’ve received advice that a state government department is b...
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov presented direct
evidence that not only has NATO ally Turkey
been buying black market oil from ISIS, which, in turn, it has been stealing from their rightful owners
in Iraq and Syria – but that the very family of Turkish President Recep Erdogan is directly involved in this completely illegal activity, which has been supporting ISIS, to the tune of up to $94M per month, more than enough to keep the brutal terrorist entity armed to the teeth.
Luke Rudkowski from WeAreChange.org goes over these important revelations made by the Russians and its potential consequences.
Video: (9 and a half mins)
Just when we thought we couldn’t love this girl any more, we do. While each day sees Pixie more determined to not let her disability get her down, we fall even more in love with her. And it is not just because of her innocent doe eyes and her adorable bucked teeth, no, it is her sweet sweet nature that has captured our hearts. Never has Pixie protested or been grumpy, not once, not when we have carried out her exercises, put her splints on or taken them off, or even when we have taken her on one of her many trips to the vet. Pixie now has been fitted with plastic slipper-like shoes, designed for foals who suffer similar conditions, and these have greatly assisted in flattening her feet and reminding those muscles and tendons just what they are meant to do.
Roads built illegally through endangered rainforest and plants vulnerable to extinction, multiple failures to find and protect feed trees for Koala and Yellow-bellied Gliders before logging, and thousands of breaches of the rules for retaining and protecting fauna habitat trees, have been identified by the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) in a new report on site inspections in Cherry Tree State Forest* following recent logging operations by the NSW Forestry Corporation.
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Are they the drug experts? Don’t they have a conflict of interest seeing as half their work and a lot of their funding is fighting the drug war?
It’s never been harder for a Cannabis user to mind their own business with new policing methods exposing us daily to persecution, and Cannabis is still in the same basket with all the other illegal drugs. Yet pot is so different. It’s simply a dried herb, unadulterated, while all the rest are processed and most of them chemicals.
Cannabis is uniquely fat soluble so it stays in our blood for a month or two, our urine for weeks and importantly, shows in our saliva for days. All other illegal drugs are in powder or pill form, tiny amounts and odourless, except to a dog! Cannabis on the other hand, stinks, and if you smoke it everyone nearby knows. Who notices people slipping a pill down?
Pot has become too risky, pills are tiny and look like they came from the chemist. Smoking tobacco is forbidden all over the place now as well but the arrival of sniffer dogs meant either stay at home for cones or joints, or in many cases, change drugs.
And now we have saliva testing of drivers which has given a huge new impetus to the changi...
A few Sundays ago, Ben, Clare and myself headed back out to Main Range to try and find the Red & Yellow Mountain Frog (Philoria kundagungan), which has evaded Ben and Clare thus far. Conditions of late had been warm, and several large storms had passed through the surrounding area during the past week. We […]
It interesting arrival into Maryborough and Rockhampton Airports
on Friday 11 December was Jandakot Flight Centre
Beech B200 King Air VH-XCB.
Home alone and drinking the last cider in the fridge, which technically belongs to one flatmate and...
McDermott Aviation Group / Machjet International Beech B200 King
Air P2-LNJ was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport on Thursday 10 December.
|P2-LNJ at Townsville last year (File photo)|
On Thursday 10 December, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A
VH-HRP "Choppa 3" passed through Mackay and Gladstone Airports
while heading South from Townsville to RAAF Base Amberley.
Victory Motorcycles has unveiled its third concept motorcycle built around their new water-cooled, 1200cc V-twin engine, this time with a Zach Ness muscle-cruiser/scrambler theme.
The first concept was the Roland Sands Design Project 156 race bike that attempted an assault on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in June.
wingspan alarm, the little falcon observes prey disappear Note: The Little Falcon is also known as The Australian Hobby _________________________________
Musgrave Park Swimming Pool is a typical Brisbane pubic pool, barring one difference: over winter when the pool was empty, Pool Manager, Alan Humphreys invited local Highgate Hill Artist, Adam Lester, to paint murals in the pool for swimmers to discover. There are divers, sharks, dugong and octopus – but you have to get into the […]
In the media release by Malcolm Turnbull for the “Ideas Boom” it is hard to know why the word design doesn’t make an early appearance. Although, it’s not so surprising given that the arts do not have a billing at all. Not even the word creativity fronts up in the policy statements. The aim, we […]
As the net of evidence closes fast around the perpetrators of this travesty of justice, the agenda of John Howard’s government behind the Port Arthur killings in Tasmania, will far over shadow any Nixon Watergate.
Secrets only remain strong to the weakest link. Those links now are drawing similar comparisons to Port Arthur from evidence emerging over the USA San Bernardino killings. With US government investigations deeming terrorist attack being discredited daily from eyewitness evidence, their inability to contain official silence on what seems an agenda driven black covert operation.
Port Arthur and San Bernardino became catalysts to fear monger while harvesting public sympathy became the tool for government agenda to enforce total gun control.
To maintain full dictatorship or a disguised democratic dictatorships governing Australia and the USA from being deposed by true democratic thoughts, the people must be disarmed. This accomplished will allow illegally armed criminal and terrorist elements to function without fear of public defense as government steps up their public protection facade with more armament, legislation and the reliable stand by quotation – “in the interest of National Security”.
Obama will not find the path to public disarmament as simple as John Howard did in Australia where city streets now are shooting galleries from illegal firearms in the hands of criminals and religious fanatics and a political...
Of course the Herald wouldn't let me call Trump that, but it would have improved the column.
Old Joe Stalin used to have a name for the woodenheaded leftists who refused to see his true nature even as he piled the corpses up in front of them. Useful idiots. Interestingly, if you ask Google Translate to render the phrase in Arabic, you get a picture of Tony Abbott in Donald Trump's fright wig. There's no hiding from el Goog's all-knowing algorithm.
The joke candidate for the US Republican Party's presidential nomination is looking less of a joke with every new outrage, unless your taste in jokes runs to a quiet Beavis-n-Butthead style hurr-hurr-hurr while watching a horribly failed vat-grown clone of Hermann Goerring pull the wings off butterflies and fart out the Horst Wessel song.
2PP Aggregate: 53.4 to Coalition (-0.5 in a week)
Coalition would win election "held now" with similar majority to 2013
Almost three months since Malcolm Turnbull took over from Tony Abbott as Prime Minister, the massive surge in Coalition polling has finally hit its first speedbump. The odd behaviour of a couple of pollsters compared to the rest has made it hard to say exactly when this happened, but my figures now have the Coalition peaking at a revised 54.0% two-party preferred at the end of the week before last. On that basis I estimate that the Coalition gained 7.6 points over ten weeks. I have this as the second largest polling surge in such a period in Australian polling history (the largest being at least ten points in a couple of months for the doomed Whitlam government during the lead-up to the 1975 dismissal).
Following the initial jump when Tony Abbott was removed, some of the pollsters have followed very different scripts. Newspoll, Ipsos and ReachTEL have all returned results consistent with an increasing lead over time but Morgan showed a much greater surge initially then no real change thereafter. Essential didn't move much after the initial surge and has mostly just wobbled around the same value for several weeks. Overall, Morgan has averaged 2.2 points above my aggregate while Essential has averaged 1.1 points below, but in Morgan's case the difference is trending down while in Essential's it has increased greatly in the last four weeks. This has in fact been Essential's biggest off-track excursion of this term. A few weeks back I was adjusting Morgan by two points and Essential not at all, but for now I am adjusting both by 1.5 points.
Last week's Morgan was 55:45 by last election preferences (for the fifth fortnight in a row) and this week's Newspoll was 53:47; Essential had 51:49...
MEDIA RELEASE 11.Dec.2015
Bob Brown Foundation will tonight launch takayna makuminya /
Tarkine Trails, a new guide to touring, bushwalking and rafting the
Tarkine. The guide-book is compiled and published by Bob Brown
Foundation. takayna makuminya / Tarkine Trails will be launched at
Fullers Bookshop in Hobart and on Sunday in Launceston.
“Tarkine Trails / takayna makuminya, with its splendid photographs and maps, is the definitive guide for adventurers to the Tarkine. Here is a welcome to one of Australia’s least known yet most beautiful natural and cultural treasures,” Bob Brown said.
Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber has been the project manager for the book, “Our new comprehensive guide-book will open the Tarkine to more visitors seeking adventure tourism in Tasmania’s wild places like never before. We have had more than 60 people involved in the book, including track testers, a map maker, photographers, a talented design team and writers on natural and cultural values of the Tarkine. Our Foundation has successfully crowdfunded more than $60 000 to raise the funds required to published and distribute this book,”...
Every night I go to bed listening to Steve Price and Andrew Bolt
on 2GB. "Da Fuq?" you say. I can sleep poorly and with the dulcet
grumblings of Steve and Andrew, I've found I'm generally out
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As noted in
the last part of my multi-volume series about people being
Wrong On The Internet about Senate reform, nothing has happened
publicly on this issue for some time. But erroneous op-eds
attacking the JSCEM-proposed model continue to appear in the media
now and then, and the latest to muddy the waters (again) is
Malcolm Mackerras in the Canberra Times.
North Sydney (Lib 15.9% vs ALP)
Trent Zimmerman (Lib) vs Stephen Ruff (Ind) and Arthur Chesterfield-Evans (Green)
Assessment: CALLED: Zimmerman (Lib) will be elected after preferences.
Estimated final margin 60:40 if Ruff finishes second, more otherwise.
This is a rather hastily posted North Sydney live comments thread (refresh now and then for new comments) as the count in progress has so far been a bit more interesting than expected, and after seven booths the contest for the seat was still alive! If it's still alive at the end of the night that won't be a good result for the Liberals (and if they lose it will be a shocker) but let's see if it is or not. My apologies for not doing more advance coverage of this one; I have simply been too busy with work.
2PP Aggregate: 53.4 to Coalition (-0.2 in a week)
Coalition would easily win election "held now", probably with increased majority
(Updated on Friday to 53.8 to Coalition, then went to 54.0 to Coalition on weekly reset)
There are only two new federal polls and one state poll of federal voting intention to add so far this week, but there is still quite a lot to discuss.
Last week there was a sign of a possible Paris-attacks surge to the government in the 56:44 result from Ipsos, but this wasn't repeated by either Morgan or Essential. The lack of replication from those two didn't mean a lot because Essential doesn't do dynamism and Morgan's behaviour under Turnbull has been strange, but this week Newspoll didn't play ball with Ipsos either. I'm still inclined to wait to see what ReachTEL says before completely discounting it, but it looks likely that there wasn't really a Paris attack bounce in 2PP polling, and the Ipsos sample just had a couple of extra points of sample noise for the Coalition. This week's Newspoll at 53:47 (which I aggregated as exactly that) and Essential at 52:48 (which I counted as 51.7 considering the primaries) have so far knocked two-tenths of a point off last week's result. The smoothed tracking graph, however, does not yet show the surge as having peaked.
MEDIA RELEASE - 4th December, 2015
A long way to go for Forestry Tasmania’s FSC bid, environment groups warn
Peg Putt and Jenny Weber are available for comment today on Parliament Lawns in Hobart, upon request.
The very issues that Markets For Change, the Bob Brown Foundation and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust documented and took FSC auditors to see in the field are those that have been identified as the key impediments to Forestry Tasmania achieving FSC certification, revealed today in a Government Business Enterprises Estimates Committee hearing in Hobart.
Forestry Tasmania has not gained FSC certification due to their ongoing clearfelling of old growth forests, logging of threatened species habitat including that of the Swift Parrot, and failing to identify high conservation values.
“Markets for Change, Bob Brown Foundation and Tasmanian Conservation Trust surveyed and documented the scientific and technical shortcomings of Forestry Tasmania’s logging when measured against the FSC standard for forest management and identified to the auditors the exact failings outlined to MPs by Managing Director Bob Annells,” said Jenny Weber, Campaign Manager of the Bob Brown Foundation.
“In Tasmania we have logging of habitat of critically endangered species Swift Parrot, endangered species Wedge Tailed Eagles, Tasmanian Masked Owl, and Tasmanian Devil as well as the rare and vulnerable Spotted-tail Quoll to name just a small number, and ongoing clearfelling of old growth forests and logging of rainforests. These are not the type of logging operations that deserve accreditation.”
“There is a choice, continue logging threatened species habitat or witness their extinction,” Ms Weber concluded.
“An FSC certificate should...
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