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On Friday afternoon North-West Tasmania was again shrouded in
smoke. It was the fifth straight day of Beijing style air quality
and visibility. So it seemed appropriate, that later in the day, as
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Something from 2013
A few interesting movements at Longreach Airport over the
previous couple of days including visits by a nice pair of local
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As we all learnt in grade bubs, Invasion day is the day the
first batch of convicts arrived on our fair shores. The few members
of the invasion party who were not chained up in the hold, ran up
the nearest hill, stuck a Union Jack in the ground and proclaimed
the entire island now belonged holus bolus, to the king of
I don’t think they realised just how big the island really was, and still is. Were the rightful owners of the place consulted in this serious matter? Were they even informed of their newfound status as chattels of King So and So? A rhetorical question, of course.
Some of us in our blissful ignorance however, may not be aware that fateful day of January 26th also commemorates the only coup de tat ever to take place in Australia. In 1808, exactly 20 years to the day after the arrival of the first fleet, a bunch of disgruntled officers from the New South Wales Corp overthrew the government of the fledgling colony. I do not mean to besmirch the good name of the gentlemen involved, but it has been reputed that they were drunk at the time. Not surprising considering that the legal tender of the colony was rum. Giving Australia the dubious distinction of being the only place in the world to employ such a form of currency.
Legend has it that when the said soldiers arrived, singing ribald sea shanties no doubt, Governor Bligh was found cowering under the bed. He was discovered there by one Captain Thomas Laycock no less, a distant relative of mine, I do believe.
Of course, that was not the infamous Captain Bligh’s only claim to fame was it now? This is the very same Captain Bligh that, some 20 years previously was set adrift, as depicted so dramatically in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’ The story goes that the lads were having a high old time in Tahiti with the local lasses, a welcome relief from their own sore bottoms, when Captain Bligh had the audacity to order the anchors reeled in and the sails set for a return to the land of...
On Wednesday 20 January, Toowoomba-based
Vanderfield Pilatus PC-12/47 VH-WPH made yet another visit to
Central Queensland, calling into both Biloela/Thangool and Mackay
Airports from Toowoomba during a busy day of flying.
While the Honda RC213V-S – their street-legal MotoGP machine – is starting to be delivered around the world, Australia is still waiting on the arrival of its one and only order.
Honda Australia spokesman Glyn Griffiths confirms only one order has been placed, although he says they also have “a couple of interested parties”.
He could not confirm when the bike will arrive in Australia.
The first official owner to receive his bike is English rider John Brown who received his keys at the Honda Racing HQ in Louth, Lincolnshire, UK.
When David Bowie died, everybody, in what they wrote and said, seemed to feel they owned him, and owned his death, even if they hadn’t thought about him, or listened to him, for years. In the same vein, though the Automatic Earth has been talking about deflation (for 8 years, it’s our anniversary today) and the looming China Ponzi disaster for a long time, now that these things actually play out, everybody talks as if they own the story, and present it as new (because, for one thing, well, after all for them it is new…).
And that’s alright, it’s how people live, and function, they always have, and no-one’s going to change that. It’s just that for me, I’ve been wondering a little about what to write lately, because I’ve already written the deflation and China stories, many times, before most others tuned into them. But still, it’s strange to now, as markets start plunging, read things like ‘Deflation is Here’, as if deflation is something new on the block.
Deflation has been playing out for years. Central bank largesse has largely kept it at bay in the public eye, but that now seems over. Debt deflation is inevitable when -debt- bubbles burst, and when these bubbles are large enough, there’s nothing that can stop the process, not even miracle growth. But you’re not going to understand this if and when you look only at falling prices as the main sign of deflation; they’re merely a small part of the process, and a lagging one at that.
A much better indicator of deflation is the velocity of money, the speed at which ‘consumers’ spend money. And velocity has been going down for years. That’s where and how you notice deflation, when combined with the money and credit supply. Which have soared in most places, but were...
Remember to look left at the traffic, look right, and then left again and then cross the road … fine guidelines for crossing our busier roads today.
To help you remember this basic safety guide for crossing the road, Wollongong City Council has stencilled LOOK signs at 125 sites throughout the city., including Corrimal.
The signs have been stencilled at key intersections, signals and pedestrian refuges where there are high volumes of pedestrians crossing in Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Wollongong, Dapto, Warrawong.
Wollongong City Road Safety Officer Naomi Reid said the stencils are a reminder for pedestrians to look in the direction of the oncoming traffic before crossing the road and encouraging pedestrians to think twice before they cross.
“Across Wollongong about eight per cent of crashes involve pedestrians,” Ms Reid said. “So it’s important to remind people that they should slow down, pay attention and look both ways before they cross any road.
“It’s also timely to remind pedestrians they shouldn’t be using their mobile or tablet when attempting to cross the road.”
Statistics from Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety (2009 – 2013) show across NSW about 9.5 per cent of crashes involve pedestrians who are injured or killed. In Wollongong LGA, this figure is 8 per cent. The most prominent age groups involved in pedestrian casualties are those over 70 years and those aged between five and 16 years.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.
RISE does not endorse any movement or individuals who claim to be pro-refugee but celebrate “Australia day”.
To link our refugee community to such events and white-wash this history is not just insensitive to the Indigenous communities of Australia but also to most of us from ex-detainee/refugee/asylum seeker communities who are ourselves victims of colonisation, occupation and imperialism, and many of us who are also victims of genocide.
To parallel the 1788 arrival of white occupiers who came with the purpose of colonising this land and its people, with the arrival of refugees who come to seek protection, is offensive and disingenuous.
As refugee communities seeking protection and freedom, we acknowledge that we live on colonised land where Indigenous peoples are the traditional owners and where sovereignty has never been ceded.
The racism that pervades this country’s institutions and public spheres – the racism that our community members are subjected to in the form of mandatory, indefinite detention – has its foundations in the systemic and structural violence that Indigenous peoples in Australia continue to experience to this day.
RISE: Refugees, survivors & Ex-detainees, acknowledges that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the original owners and custodians of the land that we live and work on.
Queensland Begonia Slideshow Date Venue Event 27 FEB Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium Annual Begonia Show Begonias on Parade is the theme for the begonia display. The show is a “One Day Affair” from 9am to 4pm and the Admission fee is $3. This is the largest and only show of Begonias in Queensland. The […]
Palm Sunday: Walk for Justice for Refugees When: 2pm 20 March (Palm Sunday) Where: State Library, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne In 2014 nearly 10,000 attended the Palm Sunday rally. In 2015, 75 organisations endorsed the event and an estimated 15,000 people attended. We want the 2016 gathering to be bigger still. New Prime Minister Malcolm(...)
It’s not usual for me to write a special post to talk about an upcoming exhibition … but I like to do this for friends from my RMIT days. Dr Nicole Polentas … yes, she’s a Doctor now! … is curating an exhibition that will shortly open at Hellenic Museum in Melbourne. ‘Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary […]
This is typical of what is happening in Australia since the Murdoch media started vilifying parents who question vaccination.
Ben and Tanya Hammond, two days after the birth of their 8 week premature baby, were forced into having DPaT vaccine, as otherwise the hospital refused them access to see their premature baby. Both parents Ben and Tanya had the shots and Ben became paralysed within 11 days of receiving the vaccines. Ben has been through horrendous health problems and although he can finally take steps now, however, from chest down Ben is completely numb and is now legally disabled. Ben was a strong very health man working as a mine manager, however, now is unable to ever work again.
His distraught wife Tanya has been very public about the need for a No Fault Vaccination Compensation Scheme, doing TV, Radio and newspaper interviews since this happened. Tanya and Ben believe if they had to have the vaccine then there should be a compensation plan for injuries like Ben’s. Not only have they had to struggle with Ben’s health issues, but also been left high dry with 5 children and a mortgage. The disability benefit Ben is paid is insufficient to pay the mortgage and feed the children.
A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week.
SATURDAY 23rd JAN
– Irish Mythen (CAN) – Paragon Cafe,
– Exit Strategies: The Australian Art Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring – Sydney Conservatorium of Music – Two world premieres
– Outernational: Deadly Dragon Soundsystem Ft. Screechy Dan & Lord Echo (JAM/US/NZ) – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
– You Beauty – Vic On The Park – FREE
– In Retrospect: 15 Years Of Splinter Orchestra – An Immersive Four Hour Compositional Evening Featuring Ensembles Large And Small – Tempe Jets – 5 til 9.30PM
– Foreign Kings – Brighton Up
– Horace Bones – Rad, Wollongong
– Bad Day Out: The Laurels, Big White, Angie, Polish Club, Deafcult, Australia, Den, Marcus Whale, Phantastic Ferniture, Sydney2000, Main Beach – Petersham Bowling Club – Midday til midnight
– Electric Gardens: Fatboy Slim (UK), Dubfire (IRA), John Digweed (UK), James Zabiela (UK), Nic...
I’ve no sooner decided that superhero comics bore me than the universe, mediated through the generosity of my sons, sends me an apparently endless stream of comics in other genres: investigative journalism, space opera, fairytale epic, domestic comedy, and now Hollywood noir.
It’s 1948. Our narrator, Charlie Parrish, is a Hollywood writer. Traumatised by his experience in World War Two he can’t write a thing, but he keeps his job by secretly taking dictation from his friend Gil, who has been blacklisted by the House Unamerican Activities Committee and so can’t get any work in his own name.
A beautiful woman is murdered in the first couple of pages, and the crime scene is altered to make it look like suicide. Charlie sets out to investigate and uncovers as much corruption, secretiveness and deranged viciousness as Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade could ever have wished for. He also gets beaten up quite a bit and gets involved with the beautiful woman who has replaced the murder victim in the film they’re all makng. He and Gil have a difficult relationship, not helped by Gil’s alcohol intake and his tendency to want to speak truth to power without regard for the consequences. Some real characters appear: Clark Gable knows Charlie from his war days, and Dashiell (‘Sam’)...
Professor Jonathan West was Chairman of the Independent Verification Group of the Tasmanian Forests Intergovernmental Agreement. His report is on Tasmanian Times HERE.
How good is your motorcycle trivia and your celebrity knowledge? This week, our trivia quiz will test both.
How much do you know about Top Gear, The Great Escape, Elvis Presley and Justin Bieber?
Our motorcycle trivia quiz master, Dale, has been trawling his paparazzi files for the best celebrity brain-teasers.
The above image actually contains a few hints, so study it carefully.
See if you can get 10 out of 10 and then share the result with your friends on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the relevant button at the end of the quiz.
As you answer the questions, the right answer will be highlighted with green and the wrong answer in red.
I was not a CS Lewis fan myself, but The Chronicles of
Narnia series, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(1950) was one of my sons’ favourite literature, bar none. So I
ensured I watched the BBC 4’s programme called Narnia's Lost
Poet: the Secret Lives and Loves of CS Lewis. It was narrated
by Lewis’ biographer, AN Wilson. The theme was the three
important women in Jack’s life, and the impact of their deaths.
From April-September 1917, CS Lewis (aka Jack 1898–1963) was a student at University College Oxford. He was described at the time as intellectually precocious, socially unskilled and emotionally stunted. Presumably this had been caused by grevious loss #1 in his life; his beloved mother Flora died when Jack was only 9. And because he had been bundled off to boarding school, to mourn alone.
Late in the history of WWI, Jack enlisted in the British army and started officer’s training. His roommate was fellow Irishman Paddy Moore (1898-1918). These two young men promised to look after each other’s parent, if one of them was killed in the trenches. Paddy’s mother Janie Moore was a divorcee who had left Ireland to live in Bristol; Jack’s father had never remarried.
In Monday's Crikey subscriber email,
Ben Oquist of The Australia Institute (paywalled) took issue
with some comments I made about TAI's recent polling in a piece
And Penalty Rates. While I could have just added my reply
as an update to the original article, some of Oquist's comments are
too cheeky by half - in a way that typifies the general rottenness
of commissioned-poll-spruiking in Australia - and I think that
dealing with these issues deserves a fresh article. Peter Brent
has also replied and my reply is quite similar.
Oquist's comments concern objections I raised about the use of forced-answer methods in an issue poll conducted by robopolling rather than allowing a don't-know option. That said, of the two statements he says that I "confidently state", one (“a ‘don’t know’ option would certainly have changed the numbers considerably’’.) was in fact stated by Brent!
It is true that my initial response (on Twitter) that most voters who went for the "stay the same" option would actually have no opinion was overconfident and probably incorrect, but I'd already said that in my article which Oquist links to, so here Oquist is flogging a horse that has already run away, which must be convenient for him. Oh, except that anyone with enough attention span to read my article that he links to will see that this is so! The problem remains that some substantial number of respondents would have had no actual view, and that these were forced to give an answer (or hang up) and then claimed (by TAI) as supporters of the existing system. I add that when questions like this have an available "meh!" option ("stay the same...
Recorded by Branko Cosic, Mixed by Reuben Aptroot.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 13th December 2015.
Formed in 2008 by local legends Jeremy Neale, and DZ Deathrays members Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley, Velociraptor began adding members for each letter in their name. Now their the music equivalent of The Avengers featuring 10-14 band members, including members of Running Gun Sound, Teen Sensations, and The Strange Attractors. After an EP, Mini Album, and Full Length Album, their only goal left to kick is to take over the world
Recorded and Mixed by Branko Cosic.
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 13th December 2015.
Hailing from Brisbane, El Gordo deliver a tight, zero-gimmick sound where minimalist, crunching and head-nodding riffs are layered with dissonant melodies, and executed with a focused, abrasively anti-mainstream aggression. Formed by ex-Helmet, and Handsome guitarist Peter Mengede, El Gordo are heavier than lead....
Greens mayoral candidate promises free cat desexing
The Greens candidate for Brisbane Lord Mayor has announced a $6.5 million plan for free desexing of cats.
Ben Pennings says unwanted cats pose a significant threat to wildlife, causing millions of native animal deaths each week.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty says the plan seems
and would result in cost savings for his organisation as well as
Nuclear waste on Darling Downs
Maryborough to host First Nations mural
Maryborough is set to be home to a new mural celebrating Southern Queensland’s First Nations history.
Buthchulla woman Fiona Foley started work this week on the
entitled Legends of Moonie Jarl, at the entrance to the Maryborough
The mural is named after a book of First Nations legends
1964 and written by Butchulla man Wilf Reeves, who traditional name was
Banana disease resurfaces
Rural women less likely to survive breast cancer
A new Queensland study has found rural women with breast cancer
less likely to have additional treatments like radiotherapy, leading to
lower survival rates.
The study found that women living in urban areas were around
two-and-a-half times more likely to have radiotherapy and that women
living further away from treatment centres were less likely to opt for
Former CCC chair dies
Former Crime and Corruption Commission Chairman Ken Levy has died of cancer aged 66.
Dr Levy presided over the Commission during a controversial period of changes under former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, and faced calls to resign after he wrote an opinion piece for the Courier Mail praising Mr Newman’s anti-bikie laws.
Following his CCC tenure Dr Levy continued to take an interest in a number of fraud cases on the Gold Coast and sought justice for victims.
A funeral service will be held on January 25.
The 2015-16 RADF Grant round opened on Monday,25th January and closes on the 26th Feb.
Please have a look on Council’s website at http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/CommunitySupport/Grants/Pages/default.aspx to download forms and guidelines.
Gotta love the Brits. From The Atlantic:
A British inquiry into the 2006 death of Alexander Litvinenko has found that the killing of the former Russian spy was “probably approved” by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of Russia"s intelligence agency.
The results of public inquiry, published Thursday, suggest that Putin and Nikolai Patrushev, then the head of FSB, the Russian intelligence agency that succeeded the KGB, signed off on the operation, wrote Judge Robert Owen.
“Taking full account of all the evidence and analysis available to me, I find that the FSB operation to kill Mr. Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr. Patrushev and also by President Putin,” Owen said.
But apparently I owe some licensing fees to Woody Guthrie, who first used the term when writing about Donald Trump's racist old man, who used to be his landlord.
I suppose Old Man Trump knows
Just how much Racial Hate he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed That color line
Here at his Eighteen hundred family project ....
While far northern motorists have been discussing and complaining about a greatly increased traffic police presence on highways, the former Queensland LNP Government ensured the game was sewn up, with no escape.
Contractors with roadside cameras and cameras fitted to all highway patrol cars are busily recording your every move sending images of your vehicle and in some cases its occupants to a massive data bank held by the Main Roads Department and police.
The cameras record the registration number, speed, time, date and direction of a vehicle whenever it passes a camera.
Well that’s probably not such a bad thing, some motorists reckon, “why I don’t have anything to hide”, said a Cairns truck driver.
It does seem rather innocuous, and after all motorists have been exposed to mobile radar speed devices for many years.
The new age of surveillance by Big Brother has been in full swing since the former state government abolished car registration stickers, to save a measly few million dollars when the Treasury is raking in more than six million dollars a week in traffic fines.
Cairns News recently interviewed a Townsville builder who had a very disturbing story to tell about state government surveillance that he got caught up in October last year.
He was completely unaware that he had been on “police radar” for some weeks.
The consequences of this roadside spying could have cost him his livelihood, yet he broke no laws in pursuit of his occupation.
We will call the builder Mike.
Mike,42, is a normal hard-working ‘chippie’...
The recent letter from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Tasmanian schools is a political stunt pushing their anti-farmer sentiments onto teachers and parents. • Claire Fryer, Claire DiCarlo: The Education Minister could use an education in nutrition himself • Kate Mascall in Comments: We have known for a long time that a plant based diet is optimal for human health. Mr Rockliff’s response shows pure ignorance on his part of the detrimental health impacts of consuming animal products, the negative impacts on the environment and of course the immoral exploitation of billions of animals worldwide each year. As a primary school teacher and a vegan, I found the daily food choices pushed in schools to be frustrating and disappointing. And on one hand we teach compassion and empathy and a love for the Earth and the species that inhabit it, while on the other, we keep quiet the daily violent slaughter and abuse of thousands of animals each day and the overwhelmingly negative impact our food choices have on the environment. • Scott in Comments: Typical emotive, guilt-inducing unbalanced output from another holier-than-thou crew. Don’t want your kids to eat processed meat at school? Simple - pack their lunch and and avoid the canteen. Don’t support the “sausage-sizzle” fundraiser or join P&F and ensure a vegetarian/gluten-free/dairy-free/lactose-free/nitrate-free option is available (sorry I forgot, you are too busy doing important self-fulfilling things). Oh, but doing that might make your child feel different or not as included - guess what - they are part of a minority! They are not wrong, but they are different to the majority of their peers. Not your job to tell me to change my choices or beheviour so that you feel better about yours. What a week on TT. First the anti-vaxxers, now the “meat is murder” mob. • Molliemouse in Comments: A meat eating politician promoting brain development? That is so funny. Mi...
from Robert J Lee in Brisbane
Billy Gordon, the indigenous and invisible Member for the far northern Queensland seat of Cook, who shot to notoriety for sending SMS messages of his penis to several women, yesterday withdrew the complaint he made against Cairns woman, Christine Gibson.
In October Ms Gibson, 50, was charged with blackmail by police allegedly for demanding Mr Gordon give her $10,000 or she would show the media images of his penis.
Speaking on ABC radio this morning Mr Gordon said he had withdrawn the charges , in part, so he could “stay off the front pages for all the wrong reasons.”
After police charged Ms Gibson two other women came forward claiming they too had been sent lewd SMS messages of Mr Gordon’s appendage.
The solicitor acting for Ms Gibson, Paul Richardson, had asked police for copies of the statements from the two women who came forward, because they formed a part of the “factual matrix” of the case.
Mr Richardson said the requested documents had not been forthcoming and he planned to call for a directions hearing, however police offered no evidence at yesterday’s hearing in Cairns Magistrates Court and the case was dropped.
He said Ms G...
Dual names have been assigned to seven Tasmanian geographical icons in an important step in the ongoing recognition and preservation of our Aboriginal heritage and culture. • ABC: Aboriginality test changes will ‘swamp the community with white people’, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre fears
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