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Following this week’s High Court decision on offshore detention on Nauru, the Greens have called on the prime minister to rule out sending children and their families back there. Sending children to Nauru would be child abuse and Malcolm Turnbull needs to decide whether he is willing to authorise that. The evidence is clear and it’s undeniable that Nauru is unsafe for women and children. This is a major test for the prime minister. Will he keep these children safe, where they can thrive and prosper, or will he dump them back on the prison island of Nauru?
I was so disappointed this week when the Labor and Liberal-National parties voted down a Greens motion calling on the Turnbull government to grant amnesty to these 267 vulnerable people, including 37 babies, so they don’t have to be sent to Nauru and Manus Island. The snap-rallies held around the country this week demonstrate Australians do not think this is fair or reasonable.
Dawn Walker, Greens candidate for Richmond
Simon Tedeschi is a Randwick City local, a gracious raconteur with a big smile and ‘one of the finest artists in the world’. He’ll be performing on the 4th of March at Randwick Town Hall
He is Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianist, performing throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Simon makes a welcome return to Randwick Town Hall with ‘Kaleidoscope’ – a multi-coloured and continually shifting program which presents the piano in all its majesty and dynamism – from the heartbreaking lyricism of Schubert and the romance of Chopin, to the visionary dissonance of Prokofiev and the incandescent swing of Fats Waller.
‘True greatness.’ John Carmody, Sydney Morning Herald
Last year a capacity audience sat spellbound in Randwick Town Hall from the first ripple over the keyboard to the final reverberation. Don’t miss this wonderful performance.
The In-flight Bar & Diner will open one hour before the performance. So you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.
What : Simon Tedeschi : Kaleidoscope
When : 4th of March
Where : Randwick Town Hall
You can book using a credit card by calling Tickets 4 Me on 1300 306...
‘By the sea #33, #39 & #35′
Over the last couple of weeks, Surveillance Australia /
Australian Border Force (ABF) Cobham Aviation-operated Dash-8-200
aircraft continue to operate in parts of Central Queensland and on
Wednesday 10 February, local plane spotter 'IAD'
captured VH-ZZJ parked on the Northern end of the Rockhampton
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Sydney’s latest must-visit tasting bar is serving something more precious than vintage French bubbles or Japanese whiskey: our natural water supply.
H2O: Water Bar is a reflective, glassy glistening installation by Janet Laurence that allows you to sample a variety of water sourced from diverse regions of Australia.
Outfitted like an apothecary or laboratory, H2O: Water Bar is set amongst the heritage industrial space of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ inner chamber, opened to the public especially for this installation.
Australia’s identity is forever tied to our relationship with water, from the waterholes used as weapons during the colonial era, to the long droughts that affect our regional communities, and the environmental threats to the future of Australia’s ground water. By inviting you to experience the qualities of different Australian waters, H2O: Water Bar helps us to better understand the complexity and fragility of this vital resource.
Alongside the Water Bar is a series of diverse talks, discussions and performances for you to learn more about Water
The installation is created by Janet Laurence, a Sydney artist whose international practice examines our physical, cultural and conflicting relationship to the natural world. Janet is the Australian representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference exhibition.
H2O: Water Bar will be the hip new watering.....
Noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport on Wednesday 10 February was Marcplan Charter Embraer
EMB-135BJ Legacy bizjet VH-VLT. It looked to call in from
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I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating twenty years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Although I have a copy somewhere in my extensive CD collection, I needed to touch base with my friends Glen and Greig who had been instrumental in putting the project together. They came up with the idea, they found the talent, and they made it happen. All I did was chat with a few people, and hopefully got them to tell their stories as well as they could, and create the audio. The premise for the project was simple: for Sydney Pride Centre, we would get together a bunch of people who had participated in the first Mardi Gras and ask them to tell their stories.
As I wrote in 2007,
I remember at the time of doing the interviews of being in awe of these people who had quite simply participated in something quite amazing, but who hadn’t really thought of it in those terms at the time. The aim of the project was to document in some way the experience of the many “ordinary people” who had taken part in the first parade and protest.
Thankfully Glen and Greig were able to find the original audio files, and so to make these more widely, here they are, hopefully never to be lost again.
NSW Premier’s Award winning author Babette Smith will give the author’s talk at Thirroul District Library and Community Centre on 17 February.
Ms Smith won the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Award for her book, The Luck of the Irish, which looks at the history of Irish immigrants to Australia. It is an original and sophisticated analysis of the Irish in parts of NSW during the 19th century. The book begins with the 1835 wreck of the ship, Hive, carrying convicts. Ms Smith contends that the convict Irish brought a culture with them that helped shape and reinforce Australian egalitarianism.
Ms Smith’s first book, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson & the Convicts of the Princess Royal, is a study of 100 female convicts transported to Australia.
Ms Smith will speak at Thirroul Library on Wednesday 17 February from 5pm. Bookings are essential or on 02 4227 8191.
The Author’s Talk is sponsored by the State Library of NSW and
Wollongong City Council.
For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111
A nice visitor to Rockhampton Airport around lunch time on
Wednesday 10 February was a fairly new Australian
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POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an elderly woman was robbed in Corrimal earlier this week.
About 12pm on Monday, a 73-year-old woman who was using a walking frame for assistance, was approached by a man as she used a footpath crossing on Railway Parade, near Corrimal Railway Station.
The woman was treated by paramedics and taken to Wollongong Hospital suffering shock and for checks relating to a pre-existing medical condition.
Wollongong Local Area Commander, Superintendent Joseph Cassar said whilst all robberies are disturbing, the robbery of a 73-year-old woman using a walking frame is particularly abhorrent.
Detectives are urging anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact Wollongong Police Station on (02) 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Arts Thursday 11th February with Maisy Stapleton traverses theatre design, festivals and spectacular visual arts.
Stephen Curtis is one of our most respected designers for theatre and film and in the first of a two-part interview he’ll be discussing the ideas behind his Platform Paper The Designer: Decorator or Dramaturg?
Platform Papers are published by Currency House every quarter and explore ideas and issues in music, theatre, dance, arts and entertainment, film, television, cultural policy, advocacy. copyright and defamation, arts training and innovation, the creative economy, race relations, young people’s theatre, digital arts. They interrogate all aspects of the arts and are a marvelous contribution to arts thinking in this country.
Stephen Curtis’ paper is wide-ranging and it reveals the broad role of the designer; provides a brief history of theatre design in this country and demonstrates the pivotal role of a designer in conceptualizing a performance and giving both reality and meaning to the intentions of director, performers.
This week, in conversation with Maisy Stapleton, he will be discussing the need for a b...
A university in the United States has found that the much-heralded Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will cost the American economy 448,000 jobs and significantly decrease their Gross Domestic Product.
One of 12 nations in the deal, Australia signed the agreement in New Zealand last week.
The Global development and Environment Institute at Tufts University near Boston said President Obama’s promises of sweeping economic benefits are wrong and the treaty would actually harm America.
The analysis said U.S. jobs would be “hardest hit” of all the nations in the agreement.
Meanwhile the TPP along with the National Interest Analysis was tabled in the Australian House of Representatives today prompting the Member for Kennedy and leader of Katters Australian Party, Bob Katter to form a cross bench alliance, citing the TPP as the “greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades.”
Mr Katter, Senator Glenn Lazarus and Greens’ Trade Spokesman Senator Peter Whish-Wilson fronted a joint press conference at Parliament House to oppose the ratification of the TPP, which is expected within weeks.
Whilst full details of the TPP Agreement were laid before Parliament, all three attacked the Government’s own analysis of the Agreement – an analysis which is unlikely to highlight the real losses to Australian manufacturers and producers.
“There has been a hole a mile wide torn in the sovereignty of Australia,” Mr Katter said.
“If there is a product which some foreign corporation is pro...
How many Australians outside of Sydney saw this Channel 10 news segment?
Hundreds of fanatical Islamics rioted in Sydney on September 9, 2015, claiming they were objecting to the release of an anti-Muslim film. Police were caught off guard and a number were seriously injured while trying to contain the mob surging through the CBD. Police were forced to shut down Market Street sending the rioters back to Hyde Park to regroup. There police dogs and capsicum spray were used to break up the crazed Muslims. The chanting, mindless mob took to police with missiles and boots hospitalising six officers.
The blame for these disgusting anti-Australian attacks on the majority of peaceful citizens by several hundred Muslim immigrants can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Labor party, the Liberal Party and the equally crazed Greens.
North Queensland MP Bob Katter has called for an end to all immigration tying the annual 600,000 influx of immigrants to job availability. Until the nation can absorb existing immigrants and place them in meaningful jobs, Katter says from today no more, finished, don’t apply.
We are big fans of local artist Nitsua, he shared a little about himself with us this week after driving back from Melbourne where he was at Rainbow Serpent Festival and afterwards completed the amazing Bowie mural you will see below.
KP – Claim to fame/day job/hobby/what are you known for?
I’m mainly known for my street art / mural work & furniture design.
KP – Is it your passion or just something you do?
Yes its my passion, I’ve come from being stuck behind a computer working as a Graphic Designer for 12 years of my life, which I find myself still doing occasionally otherwise I’d be one of those struggling artists!
KP – What is your greatest career achievement?
Signing a 4 year license agreement with Ken Done in the fashion industry.
KP – How do you give back to your community?
Through my street art, whoever takes it on, I inspire or just
smiles when seeing my paintings I’ve just given back to. Also
teaching local kids a thing or two on techniques, giving them
confidence to really push there work and inspire them.
Feeding on caterpillars in tree at road side
Triumph Australia has announced the dates for the annual Rat Rally, while BMW Motorrad Australia has announced its 2016 dates for the GS and GS Enduro rallies.
The annual Triumph Rat Rally will be held in Australia’s best mountain roads from March 11-13, based at Jindabyne Station Resort.
Triumph claims it will be their biggest rally yet, with more rides scheduled each day, and more demo rides scheduled from Friday afternoon and all day Saturday including the opportunity to test the new Bonneville Street Twin and T120 range.
Shining the kindest light on two most dishevelled alpacas has unearthed one of the most dramatic makeovers not-for-profit animal sanctuary, Edgar’s Mission, has ever seen. Director Pam Ahern explains: “I was shocked beyond belief when I first saw the girls, although I couldn’t even determine what gender they were because of the overgrown fleece that burdened them. Not only was their matted fleece covered in sticks, twigs and leaves, but several pieces of barbed wire had become entangled as well.”
The Macedon Ranges Council had earlier discovered the two abandoned alpacas on council land. Fearing for their welfare, they contacted Edgar’s Mission to assist. Days later Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall (as they have been christened) were whisked away to the safety of the local animal charity where a set of shears was on hand to greet them. Pam said: “The transformation has been dramatic and clearly shows the dire state into which they have fallen.”
“It is incomprehensible how anyone could allow this to happen to an animal, they rely on us for everything. Sadly we saw evidence that a third alpaca had died some time earlier. Their heavy fleece is a burden in so many ways and could well lead death.” Local alpaca shearer, John Tully, who expertly shore Grace and Lauren, trimmed their overgrown toenails and administered vaccinations and vitamin shots, estimates the alpacas had not been shorn for up to four......
Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February 2016 St Kilda Festival is a celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore. It’s a day of fun in the sun, thrills on the beach and awesome sounds after dark. Just remember to come prepared and treat the ‘hood with utmost respect’. The Festival is […]
Click here for tickets – we look forward to seeing you on 16th March!
St Kilda Festival’s 2016 New Music Stage line-up has been announced; a landmark event and exciting platform for Australia’s hottest new music aims to support emerging artists and the growth of the Australian music industry. This initiative offers the nation’s best emerging talent the opportunity to play at Australia’s largest music festival on Sunday 14 […]
When gold was first discovered at
Hiscock's Gully in August, 1851, the track from Geelong led to
Buninyong. There was no town at Ballarat. At the time, the only
European settlement in the area that would become Ballarat, was a
squatting run. It was occupied in 1838 by 19 year old Scottish
settler, William Cross Yuille and his cousin Archibald Buchanan
Yuille who had left their earlier run on the Barwon River at
Murgheboluc after coming into conflict with the local Wathaurong
In March, 1838 therefore, they selected 10,000 acres north west of Mt Buninyong on the shores of a swamp. This run which in today's terms included the inner suburbs of Ballarat and extended south as far as Sebastopol was known as "Ballaarat". When William Cross Yuille first arrived (shortly before his cousin), he camped on the edge of what was then known as Black Swamp. Soon it became known as Yuille's Swamp and today is recognised as Lake Wendouree.
|A memorial erected in 1938 on the banks
of Lake Wendouree
(near the end of Pleasant St) commemorating the arrival of
William C Yuille, the first European to live in the district
Angela Tiatia video work from Video Video at Campbelltown Arts Centre
There’s no doubt that we all enjoy moving image in some form – be it cinema, trashy TV, spiralling into a YouTube vortex, or watching Rage on a Saturday morning. Video art, however, still seems to be one medium that gallery-goers often struggle with. It requires a longer attention span, often has no narrative, and the darkened rooms that house these works are sometimes easily missed on the way to the gallery café.
With this in mind, Video oediV is one exhibition that you’ll be glad you devoted the extra time and attention to. Curated by Megan Monte, it’s an exhibition entirely comprised of video art, with works ranging from a few minutes to an hour and a half long.
It features new and commissioned works by fifteen Australian and international artists, all of who are female. Though feminism isn’t the crux of the show, there’s more than one work that leaves you with a sense of perverseness as a spectator, referencing the male gaze and exploring feminist and queer identities on screen.
The different ways the video works are displayed makes the show feel part installation, part sculpture, part interactive. There are huge projections, as you would expect to see when viewing video art. But there’s also a tiny iPad screen showing the work of Anne Hirsch, tucked away in an intimate corner that you can interact with. Then there are scrolling projections by Giselle Stanborough that circle all around you while you’re standing in an enclosed room, and there are bright blue banana chairs inviting you to sit back and relax while watching the work of Hissy Fit.
If you can dedicate ten hours to...
Hands up if you would like to start 2016 all over again! The great news is with Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we all get a second chance on kicking off 2016. According to Chinese beliefs, there are some important customs one must follow in order to gain some good fortune! To […]
EP Launch Party at Prince Bandroom on 24 Feb 2016 Barely standing is an up-rising Melbourne based duo that have been packing out venues with their high octane performances, up and down the east coast over the last 12 months. Originally from Byron Bay, they are heavily influenced by their barefoot, free-spirited, native town. With […]
Appropriately dressed in just stark black and white, Canadian duo Majical Cloudz enchanted the crowd with a sparse, emotional set at Newtown Social Club. Magical indeed!
Photos by Sunny Lei | 8.2.16...
Forget Tinder, it is time to swipe right for travelling solo! According to the recently released 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, nearly 25% of people travelled alone on their most recent international vacation. This is a significant increase from 15% in 2013. Solo travel is definitely “trending”. While holidays with loved ones are undeniably […]
A streetlamp extends from the trunk of a She-Oak. It arches over a still river, late at night, colouring the photograph in sepia tones. While such an image is not so out of place in an age of photoshop, Williams’ work differs, as the image acts as a document of a scene he built, rigging a disused high-pressure sodium streetlight to a tree on the banks of the Coxs river, not far from where he grew up in the Blue Mountains. Each work in ‘Site Specifics’ extends past the gallery space, gesturing towards a process of finding, constructing and reworking.
Humans are absent from the work in Site Specifics, leaving room to record subtle moments of action and reaction between different systems. The 3.5 metre streetlamp in the photograph is installed in the gallery, shining into the corner with a brightness that fades and increases depending on the surrounding light. A fire-sprinkler unit is bolted into the walls, supporting a video screen displaying the same sprinkler, assembled above an open fire in deep bush. At the moment of activation, water is pumped through the pipes from a river offscreen. Williams work presents an ecology of hijacked structures, bringing into question the way we occupy and manipulate space.
Site Specifics pin-points moments of control over our environment, claiming and rearranging them, to problematise the basis on which we deem spaces exterior and inte...
When the weekend is closing in, wouldn't it be great to have a friend to let us know what's going on so you don't miss out on anything?
With our new segment Around Town on 2SER Breakfast Thursdays your buddy Mitch will let you in on a few cool things you can check out around Sydney over the weekend each week!
Got a cool event or happening you'd like to let us know about? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Last week The Echo highlighted the Online Comment of the Week, ‘Why would an innovation and engagement platform want to form a political party? Why not dedicate 100 per cent of your time … into inviting, developing and improving the innovation and engagement platform?’ – Jason.
I have dedicated 100 per cent of my time to improving the innovation and engagement platform during my 30-year career working as an inventor and innovator. I felt compelled to design a political party that is committed to bringing about improvement of function in all areas of governance. We aim to find greater efficiency, eliminate unnecessary waste and better serve the community by deeper engagement at a grassroots level.
The InnovationParty.com.au charter highlights this fact. Innovation is what is needed if we are to adequately meet the coming challenges of economic disruption and climate change. The principle of innovation can be practically applied in all areas; from a person learning a new vital skill to a system being created that enables greater community engagement. Our antiquated electoral process requires a mix of new technology and good old-fashioned education with values of transparency and integrity to guide its way.
I was surprised to see such a comment highlighted by a media organisation that prides itself on supporting community proactivity. The opportunity to clarify our intentions here is appreciated. I also acknowledge the back page mention of our efforts to provide an alternative political party and I can confirm that the party was launched on Australia Day – precisely.
Malcolm Robertson, public officer, Innovation Party
POLICE are appealing for information after a girl was approached
by a man in a vehicle at Balgownie on Tuesday afternoon.
About 3.30pm, a 12-year-old girl got off her school bus at Margaret Street, near the intersection of Foothills Road, and began to walk the short distance home.
A man driving a light-grey-coloured Toyota Corolla parked his vehicle nearby and offered the girl a lift home.
She refused and continued walking home, where she advised her family who contacted police.
Wollongong police have launched an investigation into the incident.
The male driver has been described as being about 80 years of age.
Investigators are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could assist police.
Anyone who can assist in relation to this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A MAN has been charged over the alleged robbery of a teen at
Bulli last week.
Police will allege that around 8.30pm on Thursday February 4, a 15-year-old teen was robbed at knifepoint by a man he met on a train, near Spinners Way at Bulli.
The man allegedly stole the teen’s wallet, mobile phone and hat before punching him in the mouth and head.
The man left the scene, but the teen encountered him again a short time later along a bush path.
The man allegedly told the teen to run before chasing him along the path.
The teen was able to run home and alert his parents who contacted Wollongong police.
Following further inquiries, about 9am ON Tuesday, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Towradgi and seized several items allegedly connected with the incident.
An 18-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards when he returned to the home. He was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery.
While working on those entangled branches for the past few days, I listen to podcasts on the ute radio that I’ve downloaded over the past 12 to 18 months. It suddenly hit me that the three people whose work I follow and respect the most are women’s. I can’t help wondering why this is. Could women be actually cleverer than men? Are they most able to think into the future?
Susan Krumdieck is the engineer with more degrees than a thermometer plus a PhD, Nicole Foss whom I think can match Susan’s pedigree but has additional expertise in economic matters, and Gail Tverberg, the actuary with the uncanny ability to analyse what’s going on and explain it in a way most people should understand…… the only male standout for me is Chris Martenson, though I think his website is too much about how to stay rich in the collapse rather than how to survive it….
A couple of days ago, not one but two really good articles landed in my news feed commenting on how the collapse of the price of oil is going to cause mayhem this year, and is a clear sign of diminishing returns. One was by Gail, the other quoted her….
Nicole has written a long article which was published in three parts over at the Automatic earth, I highly recommend it.
the effects of not having enough energy flows may spread more widely than the individual plant or animal that weakens and dies. If the reason a plant dies is because the plant is part of a forest that over time has grown so dense that the plants in the understory cannot get enough light, then there may be a bigger problem. The dying plant material may accumulate to the poin...
It’s a tear-jerking song, and now Nothing But Thieves had added an equally emotional clip to accompany If I Get High, starring Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte. Watch it here. Mitte’s part in the clip is not dissimilar to that of the one he played in Breaking Bad as Walter Jr, opposite the magnificent Bryan Cranston as his…Read more RJ Mitte stars in emotional Nothing But Thieves clip
I’m slowly working out who I can rely on, and who I can’t….. the neighbour who agisted his 30 heads of cattle on our land last year, in exchange for moving all my felled logs, has let me down. Too busy he says….. Luckily, friendly neighbour on the other side of the fence has come to the rescue, again. As I said to him recently, there are two things I’m really enjoying about living here; the great dam, and the even greater neighbours!
After years of lucking out with neighbours with whom we had nothing in common (with the exception of Dean and Tinie in Cooran who, unfortunately were not over the fence neighbours), we have truly struck gold with Matt and Cor. More friendly locals will surface in later posts, you’ll just have to wait to find out about just how good this little community is turning out to be.
The felling of thirty odd trees was the easy bit, notwithstanding getting one hung up, and one squashing my new Stihl saw through my own stupidity…. but I think I have now finished my lumberjack apprenticeship, I’ve made most of the mistakes to learn from, and managed to do it without hurting myself, a real bonus!
The hard part is cleaning up the mess, and those macrocarpas are very good at mess.
For a third year in a row, Siberia Records teamed up with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival for a post-fest party on a secret Sydney Harbour island. With a new location for 2016 – Goat Island – the night featured sets from Laneway artists Hudson Mohawke, QT and Goldlink (and his DJ Kidd Marvel) plus local Siberia legends Kirin J Callinan, NULL and more.
Photos by Satsuki Minoda – 8.2.16....
Making cards for my upcoming solo show, friday 4th of march at Balkon Art Incubator. More info will follow. Am hand making a very small batch of 6 cards per design. Nothing like a small run of cards to get people excited! And I like to make my cards affordable!
#cards #art #melbourne #melbourneartist #matthewschiavello @balkon_art_incubator_ #mixedmedia #instaart
Pat Barker, Noonday (Hamish Hamilton 2015)
Just a short post on this:
Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy is a magnificent work about World War One. Noonday is the final book in a different trilogy – one which began, in Life Class, before that war, and which takes its characters, those who survive, into the London of the Blitz.
I read Life Class too long ago – all I remember is the life drawing class that it opens with, in which the woman protagonist is dumped on by the instructor, and my blog entry about it explains why I didn’t go chasing after the second volume, Toby’s Room.
Noonday is worth reading for its evocation of London during the blitz. These days when the slogan’Keep Calm and Carry on’ and its parodies adorn a million mugs and tea towels, and the movie of Dad’s Army approaches with its no doubt charming and hilarious ragtag segment of the land army (not that there’s anything wrong with either phenomenon), it’s good to have this vivid reminder that it was a time of great suffering and great heroism.
But the main characters, three artists with varying degrees of success, aren’t all that interesting. Two of them are married at the start and not at the end, and it’s never very clear what happened. There’s adultery, which seems to be a big deal, at least for one of them, but I kept thinking of Bogart’s line in Casablanca: ‘It doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.̵...
The Nuclear Royal Commission continues its
investigations and will hand down the final report in May. The
Commission is looking into the risks and opportunities of
furthering a nuclear industry here in SA including
increased uranium mining, uranium
enrichment, nuclear power and dumping
international nuclear waste.
Three sites in South Australia, two at Kimba and one in the Flinders Rangers have been shortlisted to become a national nuclear waste dump. South Australians have a long history of opposing waste dumps and have state legislation opposing it. We are working hard to have a voice in the debate and represent many South Australians who don't want us to go down the radioactive path.
For more information on both the nuclear Royal Commission and the National Radioactive Waste Management project check out the nuclear page on the Conservation SA website.
South Australia – too good to waste
Join our postcard campaign!
This February, Conservation SA, the Australian Conservation
Foundation and Friends of the Earth have launched a postcard
campaign calling for a renewable not radioactive South
Australia. We are collecting signed postcards to hand to the SA
Government when the Nuclear Royal Commission delivers its
final report in May 2016. Watch out for postcards around town in
the Avant Card displays or drop into the Joinery in Franklin St to
Can you help us collect signed postcards? If you think you could get 10, 20, 50 or even 100 signed in your community - please give Cat a call on 08 8223 5155 or email...
Nuclear waste shipping debacle: no end in sight media-releases 07 Dec 2015 | Scott Ludlam A ‘flag of convenience’ vessel registered in Antigua and chartered by a French company arriving in the dead of night to unload Australian nuclear waste returned from France highlights the dangers of transporting nuclear material and is yet more evidence […]
MORE than 150 members of the concerned Dookie community came
together on Monday night at the Dookie Community Centre, to voice
their desire to see the Draft Resource Recovery Precinct
Feasibility and Site Selection Study proposed sites at Dookie
Concerns were voiced to Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott, Mayor, Dinny Adem and Cr Jenny Houlihan who were in attendance.
Resident, Gaye Sutherland said, “There are many issues we have with the proposals as part of the draft study.
“The site matrix values used in the study to determine preferred sites are fundamentally flawed and need to be revisited.
“Minimum buffer distance applied in the study does not consider the composting of organic and biological wastes.
“No consideration has been given to aesthetic impact on tourism.
“There is a lack of consideration given to impacts of increased traffic.
“There is a high value of agricultural land around Dookie that was considered to have lower value than irrigated land.
“The study did not consider Daldy Road in the site selection matrix despite the fact that this site clearly meets many of the required criteria.
“Members of the forum put forward thr...
REPRESENTATIVES from Australia’s leading graduate employers
gathered in Sydney for the announcement of Australia’s Top 100
Graduate Employers, with industry awards for 2016 presented by
Leader of the House and Minister for Industry, Innovation and
Science, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP.
The Top 100 Graduate Employer Rankings are based on the results of a survey conducted annually by GradAustralia and completed by over 6,000 university students. The survey explores career motivations and expectations, and asks university students to nominate graduate employers that most appeal to them.
See next week’s edition of The Adviser for the full report.
HE IS a well known face throughout the community, with some
perhaps remembering Ken Moore as GJ Coles cafeteria manager, but it
was all about Ken last week when the community driven man turned
When The Adviser arrived at a special family gathering to celebrate his birthday at the Royal Mail Hotel in Mooroopna on Tuesday, Ken was full of emotion, but he was all too happy to share his lifetime of stories.
Ken said, “My biggest achievement has been my five daughters, which has led to 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. I started a production line.
“I worked with GJ Coles for 28 years and was manager of the cafeteria for six years. I ended up leaving Shepparton and worked in the Adelaide Coles for six years before taking up a job at Flinders University as the student catering manager.
“I couldn’t stay away though. I moved back to Shepparton in 1980 and was the manager of the Association for the Blind until I retired in 1984/85.
“I was the inaugural president of the Shepparton Central Rotary Club and spent 17 years as a legatee.
“I love being out in the community. I played bowls for 41 years and even became the national umpire, but I cannot play anymore so instead I have taken up croquet.
“Perhaps one of the...
MOOROOPNA resident and local Texas Hold’em Poker enthusiast,
Matthew Wishart took out the title of Murray Champion recently,
taking home the trophy along with his big chip win of $2,000 in
Held at the Mulwala Water Ski Club, Matthew put on his ‘poker face’ against a field of over 140 poker players from all over Victoria and NSW, beginning the final table of the event as chip leader, with a stack of over 3 million. Some well timed ‘all ins’ and great pressure on his opponents saw him take out the event in just over nine hours.
Fellow local, Tyler Flemming also earned himself a seat on the final table, finishing sixth overall and securing himself $400 of the $6,825 in prize money on offer.
Event organiser and newly appointed Albury/Wodonga Regional Manager, Michael King was impressed by the turnout, with over 30 players from the Shepparton area alone making up the field of over 140, saying he hopes to build on the numbers in three months time when Matthew returns to Mulwala to defend his title.
“There are three Texas Hold’em Poker events held each week in the Shepparton area, with anyone aged 18 and over welcome to come and give it a try. Poker is a friendly, fun, social game and you can join in the excitement from $12 with the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars on any given night,” Michael said.
For further information o...
THERE is more than 4,000km of roads encompassing the Shepparton
area and according to concerned locals, many sections of road
contain damaged patches and are an accident waiting to happen.
With an array of potholes and seemingly ‘quick fix’ jobs that are now crumbling in areas around the city including along Doyles Road, Wyndham Street, corner of Central Avenue and Benalla Road, McIntosh Street, Gowrie Street and Archer Street, the community is concerned for the safety of all road users and is urging Greater Shepparton City Council and VicRoads to act immediately.
A local resident, who has asked to remain anonymous, spoke with The Adviser about the state of many of Shepparton’s roads providing many photos of locations across the city where there is either damage to roads, or where seemingly incompetent patch up jobs have been carried out and are now causing more of a hazard than before.
“My bike is my only mode of transportation.
“On Doyles Road just before New Dookie Road, where the bike path (shoulder) finishes as you approach the roundabout, there is a section of the shoulder where there has been a repair carried out that is simply dangerous.
“Also, across the road of 399 Wyndham Street (out the front of Primary Care Connect) there has been another repair done that is 80mm high at the peak of the mound. This site is a part of the road that a cyclist would use during peak period.
“The 399 Wyndham Street repair was done in a cavalier mann...
ONLY 50 percent of patients seen in GV Health’s emergency
department are being seen in an adequate time according to recent
Victorian Health Services Performance Report statistics, suggesting
that without the much needed funding for the hospital, figures may
The new figures show a continued decrease in patients being treated on time, with the June 2015 quarter recording 64 percent of patients treated within an acceptable time, which fell to 51 percent for the September 2015 quarter and continued to decline for the December 2015 quarter.
While 7,397 patients were treated at GV Health’s emergency department in the October-December 2015 quarter, the statistics reveal that only one in two had been treated within an acceptable time frame.
Comparing Shepparton’s figures with other regional cities such as Bendigo, which saw 68 percent of patients treated in acceptable time frames in the October-December 2014 quarter only dropping to 66 percent for the same period in 2015, the statistics show that GV Health’s emergency department is the worst-performing in Victoria.
Echuca saw a 90 percent rate of patients seen in an acceptable time frame in the October-December 2014 quarter, dropping to 84 percent in the same period f...
RURAL Housing Network and Berry Street Victoria have been
charged with the duty to be co-service providers for Shepparton’s
Education First Youth Foyer, which plans to be open and ready for
operation later this year.
The two service providers will work in partnership with GOTAFE to deliver this new service, which will provide safe accommodation for up to 40 young people aged 16 to 24 who are attending secondary school, TAFE or university, and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These youths will be eligible for up to two years accommodation to assist them to maintain their studies, whilst being supported and mentored by staff and the local community.
Berry Street senior manager community partnership and support services, Greg Laidlaw said, “The important thing for people to understand is that this youth foyer is being brought about through a partnership between Rural Housing Network, Berry Street and GOTAFE.
“We’ll be providing other services to complement the ideals of the foyer including getting the youths to give back through volunteering and work experience and giving them the foundation and direction to take that next step away from their...
THE next step as part of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District
Water Leadership Forum, saw Independent Member for Shepparton
District, Suzanna Sheed, Committee for Greater Shepparton chair,
David McKenzie and RMCG consulting water expert, Rob Rendell take
an appeal to the Senate Select Committee last week.
Suzanna told The Adviser the group also took the opportunity to meet with the chairman and CEO of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, the commonwealth environmental water holder, David Papps and the Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford to discuss their concerns.
“This visit was about heightening the awareness of what is happening in the Goulburn Murray district and discuss the concerns we have, in particular the socio-economic impacts occurring in the region.
“We also specifically asked what we want done. There were three important points we made that need to happen and happen quickly.
“The second was to enable 650GL to be recovered by the environment doing its own work.
“And finally, to prevent another 450GL coming out of the system in the future. We want that taken off the table all together. To go ahead with this would be too damaging.
“These three requests would give everyone more time to look at other opportunities and make sure the environment is sufficient,” Suzanna said.
THERE is a lot to look forward to at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM)
over the coming months, and all of the exciting events can be found
in the SAM Public Program, released today.
Of the 32 plus events listed, SAM will also be holding three major exhibits until the end of July including Cornucopia (Saturday, February 27 to Sunday, May 22), 80/80. Eighty Years of SAM The Collection (Saturday, February 6, 2016 to February 2018) and Chen Qiulin. One Hundred Names (Saturday, June 4 to Sunday, July 24).
SAM director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “The program lets people see what SAM is doing and who we are working with.
“Looking at the front cover, we chose the Campbell’s Soup can as this is part of what makes our region unique. We believe it helps to capture the region’s history and demonstrates the region’s real strengths and unique connections, which are so important.
“As the program unfolds over the coming months, SAM will be developing the program and the community will see more events revealed.
“We are very excited about what is coming up at SAM.”
The bi-annual SAM Public Program is available as a lift out in this edition of The Adviser, or can be picked up from SAM, Welsford Street, Shepparton, at all accommodation providers across Shepparton, local cafés, Eastbank, the Greater Shepparton Visitor I...
SENIOR CITIZENS CONCERT is held on the last Thursday of the month with the next running on February 25 with guest artist, Kerran and Rupe from 1:30pm. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone welcome. For bookings, phone 5825 2642 or 5821 9580.
INDOOR BOWLS have resumed at the newly renovated Senior Citizens Centre in Welsford Street. Play commences at 1pm on Saturdays and runs for three hours. A very social atmosphere with a cup of tea or coffee mid way. Bowlers are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to allow time for selection. Flat soled shoes are to be worn and admittance is 80c to cover refreshments.
COOL CAT ROCKERS INC SHEPPARTON rock n’ roll dance classes will run from 7pm to 8pm for beginners combined with intermediate and 8:30pm to 9:30pm for advanced at Wesley Hall, Maude Street, Shepparton. No partner required. All progressive. For further information, contact Anne on 0429 956 177 or Kaye on 5821 5465.
SHEPPARTON MS PEER SUPPORT GROUP would like to welcome back all its members for the 2015 year, and also any new members who wish to join. Meetings and outings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from approximately 10am to 12:30pm. For further information, contact Ken Morelli on 0427 919 116 or Barry Flemming on 0411 468 489.
HEARTBEAT VICTORIA GOULBURN VALLEY meet on the first Monday of the month at the GV Health dining room from 6pm for a meal. Meeting and guest speaker starts at 7pm. For further information, contact Ian Powell on 0418 575 141.
COUNTRY WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION Congupna branch meetings are held at the Congupna Hall on the third Wednesday of the month from 11am. Everyone is welcome. For further information, contact Marg Sarkady on 5825 5106.
GOULBURN VALLEY TYPE ONE Peer Support Group Shepparton provides support...
Michael plunged in to the sweaty pits of Laneway festival to capture the crowd. With incomparable bravery he documented the crush zone in front of Grimes and beyond.
Hello Dear Readers, I was lost in outer space on the planet Zoob and hence no blogging – forgive me? But now I’m back, with news. Erm, no – publishing contract of my dreams has not fallen into my inbox – BUT I’ve decided to put my nose to the grindstone and return to […]
Loving the landscape
In this exhibition Stefan creatively explores and interprets the Australian landscape. You can see his sometimes bold use of colour – as shown in his sunsets – to the subtle hues of the more gentle skies and sand dunes, all creating an effect for the viewer to want to be in there among it. This artistic photographic approach occupies territory that could be associated with contemporary painting.
Landscapes by Stefan Smith opens at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron on Friday at 6pm and is on show until 2 March.
Federal loves Women Like Us
Comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their two-hour blast of comedic revelry with their show Women Like Us to Federal Hall on Saturday 5 March. This will be just a few days after their return from the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
The girls have been attracting full houses, causing one promoter to query? What is it about this show that is bringing in the audiences.
After pondering it for a while it occurred to Mandy Nolan that Women Like Us is a show about middle-aged women. ‘We’re nothing like our mothers.
There are two sides to every story… Friends of Omanama is inviting people to hear a community perspective on nuclear waste issues: The Federal Government has presented its agenda, now let’s get some balance in the presentation of facts… This Friday, 12th Feb at 18:30 MacIntyre Sports Centre, Chilcott St, Inglewood. Go to the Facebook […]
Slum Sociable make soulful, washed-out electronica you can chill to and dance to. So it makes sense they just made us a relaxing/danceable mixtape ahead of/during their appearance at Laneway around the country.
The Strokes, 'I’ll Try Anything Once'
So simple and beautiful. Also really interesting to hear what the foundations of ‘You Only Live Once’ were like.
Alexander Ebert, 'Truth'
An all-time whistling part in this track. Combine that with an equally impressive oboe performance and a sauntering drum beat. You beauty.
Pusha T, 'Numbers ON The Boards'
The beat is so abrasive and downright rude. I also love how the section at 1.30 just forces its way into the track and then disappears as quickly as it came. King Push.
I don’t really know what to say about this track. How do you create something as incredible as this? When those horns come in at 0.16 and completely wash away the tension that’s come before it? * kisses thumb and index finger .
*Verge Collection, 'Our Place'**
There’s something so wonderfully Australian about this track (most likely the accent), and so many great one-liners. I can imagine this going absolutely off in a pub or similar when played live. Hopefully they come to Melbourne soon.
Kali Uchis, 'Ridin’ Round'
I’m totally addicted to (the) bass (in this song) and her smooth ass voice, she sings on that Tyler, The Creator song ‘Find Your Wings’ as well which is also smooth as heck.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Extreme Wealth And Casual Cruelty
This to me is a storytelling song – so moody, and the way the sections build as it progresses is beautiful. Also when the big change comes in near the end, it's such a con...
Riders will be able to import a new motorcycle or car from 2018 without having to deal with a dealer so long as the model is not already imported into Australia.
They will also be able to import used vehicles more than 25 years old without having to pay the $12,000 duty.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has warned that the Federal Government move will take out the “buyer beware” sentiment, leaving motorists exposed to “high-risk situations” while Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir believes it “potentially help drive down the overall cost of new vehicles in Australia by creating competition in the new vehicle market”.
Private low-volume importing of motor vehicles was popular a few years ago when the Aussie dollar was high, but has dropped off with the massive decline in the exchange rate making it uneconomical.
The new government move may increase private importing, however riders will only be able to import motorbikes that are not brought in, have comparable standards to Australia, are no more than 12 months old and have no more than 50...
Image Courtesy of Matt Corby From what we’ve heard from Matt Corby’s upcoming album Telluric (due Friday 11th March) the singer’s debut long player is going to be eclectic. The latest single “Knife Edge” just adds to that with a bunch of influences – folk, psychedelic, blues and rock – smashing together on the track. […]
MEDIA ALERT: Teachers say #letthemstay action TODAY On Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February, hundreds of teachers at schools across Australia will participate in school based actions to defend the refugees threatened with deportation to Nauru. They will hold signs and banners saying “Let Them Stay”, “Close The Camps”, and “Education Not Detention”. They will post photos(...)
In Sydney for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Claire Boucher had a chat with Chris Twite on Arvos about all the little pieces that make up Grimes: the music, the community and the visuals.
The multi-talented Canadian does all her own album artwork, but that’s not the part she finds challenging: “It was not very difficult, I just draw when I’m chilling… The music is the difficult part. For me, the visual part is kind of a no-brainer – it’s more about getting the music to a place where it fits with the aesthetics.”
Talking collaboration on her latest record Art Angels – which features guest vocals from Janelle Monae and Aristophanes – Boucher says she wanted to work with “super strong, badass women who could write”. She also expressed the importance of her friends and a positive community around her music: “In the scene that I’m from, everyone writes their own stuff… the scene is super crucial. I would not make music if I had not come from a super fertile music community that was very cooperative.”
Although she moved to Los Angeles to be a part of that scene, Boucher clearly wants no part in the media hype surrounding her critical success – recent...
As expected, Aeromil Pacific flew Cessna T240 (TTx) N362CS into
Rockhampton Airport on Monday 8 February to
demonstrate the new single-engine Cessna at the Rockhampton Aero
Club (RAC). Local plane spotter 'IAD' was on hand for its
arrival at the Aero Club from Aeromil's Sunshine Coast base.
Nationals Page MP Kevin Hogan has been accused of being part of a ‘pork barreling’ exercise with agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce following revelations at yesterday’s Senate Estimates hearing.
Shadow agriculture minister Joel Fitzgibbon claimed the exercise could see up to $13.8 million earmarked for research and development directed to Mr Hogan’s Page electorate.
He levelled the accusation after it was revealed minister Joyce had commissioned Mr Hogan to undertake a review of a White Paper that allocated $13.8 million to the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) to develop training programs to help farmers form cooperatives.
Around $200,000 was released to RIRDC to produce a scoping study for the work ahead.
But Mr Fitzgibbon said that, ‘apparently not satisfied with the results, in October last year the Minister appointed Page MP Kevin Hogan to undertake the same task.’
‘Officials confirmed that following Kevin Hogan’s report there had been a “deviation” from the White Paper...
Image Courtesy of Summer Hill Folk Festival This March a brand new event will be bringing folk music to the inner western suburbs of Sydney and it looks pretty exciting. The brand new Summer Hill Folk Festival is set to take place at the Summer Hill Church on Saturday 5th March. The lineup for the […]
Byron Shire Council’s meeting of February 4 included Report 13.10 on the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for future coastal management of the Byron Bay Embayment – the Belongil saga.
Attachment 1 to the report is an early draft of minutes of a meeting that council staff had on December 8 with our consultants and state government (OEH) officers, about the OEH’s dissatisfaction with the CBA.
Expenditure aside, and forgetting the nature of the 2015 errors and assumptions, it’s sad to see that coastal decision-making is based on very short timeframes for the costs and benefits of the various options for our coast at Belongil. After the CBA is re-jigged in 2016, this community will choose whether to approve rocks on the kilometre of Belongil coast (where the rocks are already) or to let that stretch go back to its natural dune and beach format.
The shorter the term, the better it looks to march in and protect the real estate with rocks. If you look long-term, however, the act of protection costs communities forever.
The walls get damaged and need rebuilding after each big 1950s-type storm. If we abandon dreams of impregnable real estate, the costs fade to zero in the longest term. Leaving the coast alone to be enjoyed by all comers forever costs next to nothing, when thought of as a project over hundreds of years.
The current 35-year timeframe of the Cost Benefit Analysis for our coast is crazy. Good planning looks at outcomes over seven generations, not just one!
As we see from other places where hard works have been installed, the public pay. The ‘protection’....
Well, 2016 has started off as a cracker of a year.
By 4 February I’d achieved some of my bucket list items: (1) Taken family on overseas holiday and forced children off social media and to enjoy relationships with parents and siblings. Tick. (2) Elope on beach in Hawaii with partner of eight years and aforementioned children thus avoiding the giant bullshit fiasco involved with a public wedding. Tick. (3) Have a colonoscopy.
There’s nothing like having a camera up your arse to take the shine off a good holiday. Although I do have a few extra snaps to add to my iPhotos, and possibly share on Facebook when something someone says shits me.
In case you are wondering. I didn’t need to have a colonoscopy. I elected to have it. I figured as 50 was on the horizon and as bowel cancer is one of those genetic fruits hanging from our family tree, that as a mother of five I should ensure I’m here for the long haul and not taken out by arse cancer.
It was quite an experience. My first day of fasting was on the 9-hour plane trip home. After eating overcooked, fatty, super-sized American food I figured that the colonoscopy preparation could be something of a ‘cleanse’.
Day one is ‘white food’. That mea...
The NSW Greens have promised to push for a parliamentary inquiry into the state’s drug driving regime after hearing of the unfair impact it is having on northern rivers residents.
At a forum in Lismore last night, Greens MLC David Shoebridge and Ballina MP Tamara Smith gave an undertaking to the crowd that they would push for in inquiry in both houses of parliament once it resumes later this month.
After spending the morning in Lismore Local Court, where 45 people appeared on drug driving charges, Mr Shoebridge told Echonetdaily that it was clear that the current drug-testing regime wasn’t working.
Mr Shoebridge said his office had fielded numerous calls from northern rivers residents since the introduction of drug testing, and after investigating their concerns, had come to the conclusion that the tests had nothing to do with road safety.
‘On page one (of their standard operating procedures) they say roadside drug testing does not test for impairment or infer impairment, it simply tests for the presence of drugs,’ he said...
It may not have been a sailing ship but the big black bus dubbed the Black Pearl, which was often seen in the streets of Byron Bay, had a similar reputation.
The mysterious bus had been regularly parking around Belongil, to the consternation of local residents and there were unsubstantiated reports on social media that the owner had been seen selling a stolen surfboard.
That all came to an end just before midnight on Monday (February 8), when NSW Fire & Rescue attended to reports of a ‘bonfire’at Childe Street, Byron Bay.
A spokesperson told Echonetdaily that crews arrived and found the bus alight with the owner outside unharmed. The fire was extinguished by around 1.40am.
Byron’s world-renowned surfing beaches and related ‘tourist activities’ are at risk owing to Byron Shire Council’s relentless push to create plans that favour coastal protection structures, a state government department warned again recently.
But the warning appears to have made no difference to council’s right-wing controlling faction, who again barrelled through with yet another motion to continue on the path of overturning the planned retreat policy in favour of ‘protection works’.
Structures such as rock walls are known to erode beaches over time.
At last Thursday’s council meeting, the controlling faction ignored staff recommendations that sought clarification over a newly announced coastal management framework.
Instead, Cr Sol Ibrahim again produced a last-minute lengthy motion – written in the lunch break – which aims to continue the preparation of a Coastal Hazard Management Study Byron Bay Embayment.
The project i...
Telstra mobile phone customers will be given free data this weekend to make amends for a national outage which prevented about 1.5 million people making calls and going online.
Tuesday’s outage happened when a technician made a mistake while moving customers across mobile nodes – a device which helps control the flow of mobile calls connecting to the telco’s larger networks.
For several hours about 10 to 15 per cent of the giant telco’s customers couldn’t make calls, browse the net or check social media during the blackout.
But by the afternoon the nation-wide blackout was resolved.
Telstra’s chief operations officer Kate McKenzie said all mobile phone customers will be given free data this Sunday.
“We’re incredibly disappointed the outage occurred and deeply sorry for the inconvenience we caused,” she said.
“Customers don’t need to do anything to receive the free data, it will happen automatically for all of our mobile customers.”
Several customers took to social media to blast the telco, while others saw it as an opportunity to poke fun.
“You should be ashamed of yourself making those poor kids talk face to face and not be able t...
Australians will be able to import a new car or motor cycle without the need to go through a local dealer from 2018. ]
But it must have comparable standards to Australia’s, be a right-hand drive passenger vehicle, no more than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer.
More than 90 per cent of new vehicles were imported and within two years all cars will be imported once Ford, General Motors and Toyota cease local manufacture, the federal government said in a statement on Wednesday.
Of the world’s right-hand drive countries, Japan and the United Kingdom now meet the Australian standard.
Other countries may be included upon reaching a comparable standard.
“If a manufacturer chooses not to sell a particular model in Australia, a consumer may now have an option to source this model overseas,” Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher said.
The changes will improve the existing arrangements for importing exotic, rare, classic, collectible and special purpose vehicles.
A new rule will allow such a vehicle, which is at least 25 years old, to be imported under these arrangements.
The $12,000 special duty on imported used vehicles will be removed from 2018.
There is a distinct point of no return where a vast amount of ice will slip away from Antarctica’s landmass into the ocean, with consequences for global sea levels.
A study published online in Nature Climate Change this week suggests that although some large areas of ice sheet can melt without any immediate effect on the rest of the ice shelf, others would only be able to lose a limited, almost negligible amount without major impacts.
Even if as little as five per cent of some ice shelves were to disappear, the ice would likely lose its land-locked roots, the French and German researchers found.
They concluded ice shelves in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas were the most vulnerable and called for immediate monitoring of these and other potentially unstable shelves.
Melt of the Antarctic ice sheets plays a crucial part in global sea level rise.
Patients suffering chronic and painful illnesses are a step closer to accessing medicinal cannabis.
Legislation allowing the controlled cultivation of the plant for medicinal or scientific purposes through a national scheme will be introduced to parliament by the Turnbull government on Wednesday.
Health Minister Sussan Ley wants the laws passed in this sitting, saying it will open the way for sick Australians to get access to relief.
The government had worked closely with the states and territories, law enforcement agencies and stakeholders over the past eight weeks to ensure a smooth passage through parliament, she said.
“This is an important day for Australia and the many advocates who have fought long and hard to challenge the stigma around medicinal cannabis products,” she said.
“For Australia, this is the missing piece in a patient’s journey.”
There are already laws allowing legal production and distribution of medicinal cannabis, Ms Ley says but Australia doesn’t have a safe, legal and reliable supply of locally-grown...
The boss of Google has become America’s highest paid chief executive after being handed $US199 million ($A281.11 million) in shares.
Sundar Pichai was awarded 273,328 shares in Google’s parent company Alphabet on February 3, according to a regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
It is reported that Pichai’s total stock value now sits at about $US650 million.
The payout will make him the top-earning chief executive in the US when compared to the Forbes list of the top 10 highest-paid bosses.
However, Pichai’s fortunes are dwarfed by those of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who have reportedly made $US34.6 billion and $US33.9 billion respectively.
Pichai snagged the top job at Google last year when the tech business reorganised itself under new parent company Alphabet.
Google holds lucrative businesses such as digital advertising sales, search engine and YouTube.
Last week Alphabet knocked fellow US tech giant Apple off the top spot to become the world’s most valuable public company, with a market value of $US555 billion, compared with App...
Australia remains a global shark attack hot spot, with the nation recording its highest number of unprovoked attacks in six years.
The International Shark Attack File, an annual worldwide study collated in the US, determined there were 18 unprovoked shark attacks in Australia in 2015, with 12 in NSW and one fatality.
In 2009 Australia had 22 unprovoked attacks.
The ISAF also found across the globe last year that there were 98 unprovoked attacks, beating the previous record of 88 set in 2000.
The rise came as no surprise to ISAF curator George Burgess, who noted the combination of rebounding shark populations and more humans in the water made increased attacks inevitable.
“Sharks plus humans equals attacks,” Mr Burgess said.
“As our population continues to rapidly grow and shark populations slowly recover, we’re going to see more interactions.”
There were six unprovoked fatal attacks worldwide in 2015, with two off the Indian Ocean island of Reunion and one each in Australia, the US, Egypt and New Caledonia.
The US, with its abundant, populated coastline, led the world in unprovoked attacks with 59, then Australia’s 18 and South Africa third with eight.
The ISAF, owned by the Smithsonian Institution and housed at the Florida Museum of Natural Histor...
By Caitlin McInnis
In anticipation of the Prime Minister’s “Closing the Gap” report to Parliament this morning, on Monday we released a study on the Northern Territory Intervention’s impact on this signature government policy. Our report is a damning assessment, and the numbers shocking.
The Intervention was introduced in 2007 by the Howard Government and, although it has been amended since, it survives to the present day under the name “Stronger Futures”.
Our report reviews the Intervention as a whole, evaluating its effects on a range of human rights indicators as well as each of the official Closing the Gap targets. Those targets were set by the former Labour government in four key areas: health and life expectancy, education, safer communities and employment and economic participation. In our report, we named an issue that we (and many others) believe should be made a fifth target: lowered incarceration rates.
Incarceration rates for Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory have risen by 41% during the Intervention and do not seem to be slowing. One figure that particularly stands out is that Indigenous Australians make up only 3% of the population but about 27% of the prison population. This is significant, as negative contact with the justice system can be a large contributor to disadvantage.
Overall, we gave the Closing the Gap targets the following scores:
On the human rights front, the results were equally poor. One glaring human rights violation was the suspension of s10 of the Racial Discrimination Act under the in...
It’s been a long while since a dragonfly featured on Natural Newstead. On Sunday evening I was captivated by these Wandering Perchers Diplacodes bipunctata buzzing around a small dam along Spring Hill Track.
To build on the perching theme this male Red-capped Robin gave the birds a look in as well. The colours are there in the drab, dry bush – you just have to search for them!...
Summary: This article details some criticism of the Tasmanian Fire Services website, explains widespread frustration at the direction and focus of bushfire control in Tasmania, and suggests some operational changes. It pleads for a comprehensive overhaul of the understanding of threats to Australia’s security, whereby bushfires are our enemy more than far-away terrorists, and where bushfire initiation could easily be employed as an act of terrorism, with consequences as disastrous as the 9/11 Twin Towers attack in the US, with no chance of apprehending any perpetrators. It is argued that the defence and security forces should be involved in bushfire control and that their enormous budget for new submarines and fighter aircraft should be significantly diverted to fire-fighting aircraft purchase. … … The fire-fighting crews are likewise all deserving of Australia Day medals. Couldn’t the insurance companies and the government contribute more though by improved resource prioritising? (e.g. for the cost of the farcical fox eradication program poisoning for imaginary foxes, we could have purchased 2 very useful sky cranes, just for Tasmania!) … … … 4. The terrorism angle: Surely no-one in Australia could argue that bushfires are not more terrifying than far away nasty people with IED’s and AK47’s. Every summer all country-based people, in nearly all States, are on edge, for 2 – 3 months, waiting nervously for the next extreme day with high temperatures and strong winds. …
The Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance today called on the Energy Minister to reject the draft report on the solar feed-in tariff (FiT) for Tasmania and commission a new report which recognises the full benefit of solar PV for Tasmania. The Minister has vowed to consider all options to reduce the chances of an energy crisis including greater incentives for solar. “The Minister seems to have neglected to tell the economic regulator that the world has changed.” said Jack Gilding, Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Alliance. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... • Read for yourself: Liberal energy promises ... and solar reality ...
In appointing the flawed, deeply compromised, former Attorney General, counter-terror warrior, Philip Ruddock as his government’s special envoy for human rights to the UN, Malcolm Turnbull has achieved a gesture worthy of Tony Abbott’s appointment of himself as Minister for Women. • The Drum, ABC: Four Australians with better human rights credentials than Philip Ruddock The choice of Philip Ruddock to represent Australia internationally on human rights issues makes as much sense as appointing a cigarette company CEO to champion health …
Riders around the country are awaiting the results of a court case in Victoria tomorrow (Thursday February 11, 2016) where a motorcyclist is charged with wearing a non-compliant helmet because it was fitted with a GoPro.
This will be the sixth time Max Lichenbaum has appeared before the Frankston Magistrates Court over the 2014 fine in what can only be described as a farce caused by police prosecution ineptitude.
On the last occasion, the judge reduced the fine to $150, but Max plans to fight the fine.
His defence counsel, Malcolm Cumming of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers says they have a two-fold defence argument.
He says the Australian Standards only apply to a helmet when sold, not when worn, but if the judge rules against that argument, he says the relevant rules are too difficult for the public to access.
I almost drowned twice when I was a kid, both on the same day.
We were at a beach in Queensland. Queensland has some of the most
beautiful beaches in the world and I was lucky enough to grow up
near them. My Dad was trying to teach me how to body surf, which is
basically riding waves into shore. The waves were big. I was small.
My Dad took the whole metaphor about “throwing you into the deep
end” a little too literally. After he threw me in the first time
and I nearly drowned, I kicked and screamed not to be dragged out
again. But he was bigger than me. Impossibly bigger. Like a cat is
to a mouse. He chucked me in. I went under. The only thing bigger
than him was the ocean.
I lost all sense of direction. The waves were tumbling me deeper and deeper, pulling body parts in ways that they weren’t supposed to go. When the churning had stopped I was deep under water. I had to think my way out. First I looked for the sunlight so I could figure out which way was up. I swam to the bottom of the ocean floor, because it was closer than the surface, and I kicked off. I was rising rising, I was so near the sunlight. But I’d been holding my breath for too long already. People suppose drowning to be peaceful, but it’s not. It’s incredibly painful. My lungs were burning and just before I reached the surface I had to breathe in. It was an illogical involuntary response. I must have breathed in about a cup of water. Trying to think. I let myself go limp and let the waves carry me to shore. When I reached it I coughed and I coughed and I survived.
When I get bad news I often feel like I’m drowning. The
tightness in my chest. Blurry vision, heart racing. I’m feeling it
right now as I read that phytoplankton
numbers have plummeted due to global warming.
Phytoplankton are amazing creatures. In two ways they are the very basis of all life on Earth....
For those very first gold seekers who had arrived wet, tired and
hungry at "Mother Jamieson's" Buninyong Hotel in the tiny township
of Buninyong, there was only one place they really wanted to be:
Hiscock's Gully. It was there in August, 1851 that Buninyong
blacksmith Thomas Hiscock first found gold.
|Plaque erected by the Buninyong and
District Historical Society, marking the
site where Thomas Hiscock first discovered gold
Sunday, 28th February, 2016 The Kurilpa Poetry Cup Returns! starts 2pm at the Olde Croquet Club, Musgrave Park, 91 Cordelia Street, West End. * Fabulous Prizes to be won! * Special Feature Poets! * Amazing Mystery Musicians! * Free Food! … Continue reading
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Experts from across the globe will attend the eSafe Relationships conference at the University of Melbourne tomorrow to share information and ideas on the use of technology to prevent and respond to violence against women and their children. Co-Chair of the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children and conference convenor, Professor Kelsey Hegarty says the talks will discuss the problems and determine what interventions are most needed.
In which Beeso and the Doc talk Bathurst's code war, Going Small for Dummies, Beeso's Hot Take™, private equity Dicks, the Wide World of Extreme Sports, their comprehensive, thoughtful and flat-out-wrong Super Bowl 50 preview, and much much more for so much less than you would expect to pay.
Queensland LNP will not support Labor’s pledge to resettle 270 asylum seekers
Queensland opposition leader Lawrence Springborg says the Liberal National Party would not support the Palaszczuk Government’s promise to resettle asylum seekers who may be forced to return to offshore detention.
Mr Springborg said he would not go against the High Court decision to deport the men, women and children back to Nauru.
Mosques and churches open doors to asylum seekers
Brisbane religious communities united in the city at a protest last night to prevent asylum seekers from being returned to offshore detention.
The Islamic community joined forces with Christian leaders who invoked the church principle of sanctuary, offering just that to the 270 men women and children due to return to detention after receiving medical treatment on the mainland.
Brisbane City Council hands tied over demolition of heritage buildings
Brisbane City Council has said it’s unable to stop the demolition of three heritage valued houses in Highgate Hill after developers were granted a demolition licence by the state government.
The houses date back to the 1880's and are being investigated by Council due to their historic nature, with a councillor saying the development proposal does not suit the area and is yet to be approved.
In local news…
Lockout laws face uphill battle after parliamentary committee fails to reach decision
A parliamentary committee reviewing Queensland’s proposed lockout laws could not reach a consensus on whether to support the bill a week out from it being debated in parliament.
The Opposition says it will not support the laws which would see a 1am lockout, a ban on the sale of shots after midnight and 2am last drinks imposed across the state, except in casinos and other commercial licence holders.
They'll be roaring with laughter around the board table at Big Oil as they light themselves another fistful of stogies and wonder whether whether they can afford their own cutbacks to all of the pseudoscientific climate change denier foundations and institutes they've been funding for years.
So grotesquely irresponsible is this vandalism that it is being widely reported in the overseas media, not just in scientific circles in but in the business press such as Forbes, which ran a story on the cuts yesterday entitled, "Australia Cutting Basic Climate Science Research Is 'Head in the Sand' 101".
Still, the cuts will save hundreds of millions of dollars and with the budget under such strain we can't do everything, of course.
Those school chaplains ain't gonna pay for themselves, you know.
|Newly "renovated" Parklakes wetland|
Jonathan Sri talks about the Jones Street demolition, and direct action resistance to bad development. Today, a group of Highgate Hill residents exercised their democratic rights, mounting a brief symbolic resistance to an apartment development when they temporarily delayed a demolition crew from knocking down a pre-1911 house. Whether the building is eventually knocked down […]
Katter and Lazarus seek Federal renewable fuels mandate
8 February 2016: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today introduced the Renewable Fuel Bill 2016 into Federal Parliament which will see ethanol flow from every petrol bowser in Australia at a minimum of 5% from 2019 and 10% from 2022.
Mr Katter was supported by fellow Queenslander and Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, Senator Glenn Lazarus.
The introduction of the Bill into Federal Parliament follows a win by the KAP in Queensland late last year which will see a 4% ethanol mandate in Queensland from 2018.
Mr Katter paid tribute to the proponents of ethanol in his speech in Parliament today and cited the four fundamental reasons that ethanol should go ahead: health, agriculture, fuel security and petrol prices.
“I think the opening statement should lie with Mr Iemma, the then Premier of New South Wales – he said, ‘I cannot go another day with people’s deaths on my conscience, people that simply don’t have to die’,” Mr Katter said.
“The most distinguished medical journal in the world has released figures – if you double the amount of small particles (in the air with ordinary fuel) then you double the number of deaths from lung disease and pulmonary diseases for the heart and lungs.”
Mr Katter said that ethanol was critical for survival of the sugar and grains industries.
“The lot-feeding industry in Queensland is raging w...
A couple of weeks after the community of Lapoinya tried to keep its local forest, Paul Harriss and FT are targeting another community’s local forest ... On Saturday, 13th February, we invite YOU to come into the Mutual Valley, Derby, to share in a moment of reflection, to contemplate what it is that is about to happen here, and to add your energy, in the hope of a better future for this forest. The Mutual Valley community has decided that on Saturday, 13th February, we will welcome every interested person to participate in a day of presence, meditation and prayer. Forestry Tasmania’s work in the Mutual Valley is to satisfy a purely financial obligation. The people of the Mutual Valley wish to flag this unsustainable process to the notice of the public, by use of a non-confrontational, inclusive and peaceful method … … It is evident to us that Forestry Tasmania no longer wish to achieve Forest Stewardship Certification. Forestry Tasmania do not understand sustainability as it is applied to forestry. Or, if they do, they are desensitised to the principals of sustainability – a process encouraged by governments who have hurled money at them to prop them up … • Sign this PETITION for the Right to peaceful protest in Tasmania • Roger Bradley: We want to secede • From wet sclerophyll to dry sclerophyll forests • Blair Richards, Mercury: Forestry’s $480,000 consultants’ splurge FORESTRY Tasmania has spent almost half a million dollars on consultants, much of it on reports informing the State Government’s efforts to restructure the forest industry. Labor is calling for the release of reports to allow Tasmanians to get the full picture on Forestry Tasmania’s viability and the state of the forest industry. However, Resources Minister Paul Harriss says the reports are either Cabinet or commercial in confidence. Documents released after a Right to Information request from Labor show that between December 2...
The Forgotten Roads, Link Roads and Back Roads Not all is lost! We did have a win in late 2015. It is a short story of bureaucratic incompetence, inertia and a dearth of leadership. The Ranelagh-Judbury Road turns away from the Huon Highway near Huonville in an 80kph zone. • Mark Temby in Comments: I should add some of my perspective and motivation at this moment. At first I was quite surprised at the varying speed zones across the region as my wife and I mapped the route. Having lived in the area for over 25 years we were also aware of many local fatalities. Our research led to a concept proposal and we met with several stakeholders including DSG. We experienced push back and were referred to local councils. There were no rational reasons given at any time for refusing consideration. Some reasons offered included the lack of public support. This led to surveys. We did not know what the results would be and were stunned with 88% support along Huon Road. Each rejection led to more research and the rejections were shown to be without foundation. Our politicians have listened to the noisy motorists for too long. I see motoring enthusiasts, motor cyclists, families and business drivers acting responsibly. I see about 1% of drivers acting irresponsibly. I intend to do my bit to change the aggressive culture on our roads. We need increased penalties and better assessments of speed limits aligned to the functions and conditions of our roads. No more should the average Tasmanian family have to endure a tragic fatality caused by an idiot on our roads (who escapes relatively free) or a visiting tourist unaware of local road conditions.
Without warning, Tasmania’s power link to the Mainland suddenly ruptured in December 2015, just as it was being called upon to shore up power supplies. This event has sent shockwaves through the Tasmanian administration. … Tasmania generates approximately 90 percent of its power demand (in average rainfall conditions) thus requiring us to import the remaining 10 percent – so this need can be seen as a necessity in the absence of the state lifting its renewable capacity. By exporting high value peaking power and importing low value base load this gap could theoretically be made up at a profit and with a net greenhouse emissions reduction. Environmental arguments went both ways, but the Tasmanian Greens and the broader environmental movement generally disapproved the project fearing that it would result in a net transfer of coal-fired power from the mainland to Tasmania, thus breaching our valued reputation as an all-renewable electricity island. As it turned out this is, in fact, what has transpired. During the ten years since the project was officially started up in 2006 the net power transfer has been from north to south by a strong margin … • Anne Cadwallader in Comments: Chris, which large industrial consumer is likely (as you write) to pack up and go? That does, as you indicate, seem to be a massive game changer. Hydro industrialization was a major part of our state’s development, but can’t last forever. But if we once again become awash with electricity, surely it positions us well for a low carbon world? I never minded the idea of being Australia’s national park (a lot better than being its disused quarry, as W.A. is rapidly becoming). But being Australia’s hydro power battery pack sounds wonderful. We can be both profitable, and a positive force in the world. Then there will be no more dying old people lying on the floor of the Royal Hobart on towels: • asoka nelson in Comments: on the 28th of ja...
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