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Early humans are seen as inventors of fire technology. Now birds of prey such as the the Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) and the Black Kite (Milvus migrans) join the list of those propagating fires deliberately in the Australian savanna woodlands.
Many birds benefit from anthropogenic fires or lightning fires, but narratives of ornithogenic fires have for a long time survived in legends and ceremony in many places around the world.
"Fire provides the opportunity for pyrophilic behaviour by some birds. Brown Falcons, Falco berigora, perch at the fire-front waiting for grasshoppers, frogs, snakes, lizards and small mammals.
Local Aboriginal people believe that Black Kites set fires by carrying burning sticks to new locations and drop them into dry grass on unburnt grounds...I have seen a hawk pick up a smouldering stick in its claws and drop it in a fresh patch of dry grass half a mile away, then wait with its mates for the mad exodus of scorched and frightened rodents and reptiles.
“When that area was burnt out the process was repeated elsewhere. We call these fires Jarulan.”
There is an extensive body of recorded material – some over 100 years old – of Aboriginal myths and legends relating to bird...
Sometimes I wish I could project thoughts and feelings directly into other people’s minds. The...
2PP Aggregate: 52.8 to Coalition (-0.5 so far this week,
lowest since early November)
Coalition would comfortably win election "held now", but could lose some seats
Article will be updated following poll(s) later this week
Last week, the Coalition government under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was forced to reshuffle its ministry. This became necessary following the loss of Human Services minister Stuart Robert to concerns regarding an "unofficial" trip to China, the delayed resignation from the ministry of Mal Brough (under police investigation) and the announced retirements at the next election of Warren Truss and Andrew Robb. While hardly the worst week a sitting government has endured, it's not something they'd want to repeat. The loss of three ministers to scandals since Mr Turnbull took over hardly helps create an image of post-coup stability, let alone the mirage of "good government". Admittedly, none of them were major figures.
The four polls in the last week have all suggested the government has come down a little from the cloud that it started the year on. This week's Ipsos has only 52:48 to the Coalition, down from 56:44 in November. ReachTEL has 54:46, down from 55:45 a few weeks ago; Morgan is down from 54 to 52.5 by last-election preferences, and Essential is stable at 51 but off marginally worse primaries.
The Ipsos figure is by "overall preference flow" (treating Greens and Others as a single block). At the last election, Green votes were 41% of all non-major-party votes but in this Ipsos they are 60% of the non-major vote. On this basis the last-election preference flow of Ipsos' figures with Greens and Others subdivided would be about a point lower than their calculation, so there's a case for treating the Ipsos as 51:49 (if you really believe 15% for the Greens, at least). I am going to explor...
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Sal Kimber has taken the expansive, soulful route through country and pop music on her new album. With a strong backing band sparkling and shimmering with keyboards and some fine guitar playing it is certainly a warm, breezy and welcoming record that steers clear of the Nashville clichés and instead rides the more commercial currents …
The United States Congress has left egg all over the Liberal and Labor parties’ faces. Insufficient support in Congress for TPP to pass
Speaker Ryan: Not enough votes for TPP ‘trade’ deal | 11 Feb 2016 | House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said Thursday that the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal corporate takeover doesn’t have enough votes to pass Congress right now. "I don’t think the votes are there right now because of the concerns about what’s in the TPP," Ryan told reporters at his weekly press conference…Even with Republican help, the president will face opposition from Democrats. Both Democratic presidential candidates oppose the trade [sic] deal, as does Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.
– CLG News
Berlin-based Pauline Andrès came up on our radar with her last LP All The Ghosts (2014) and now she’s backed that up with a new album The Heart Breaks, out on April 15th. Andrès trades in a sultry and dark gothic Americana that thrives on smokey atmosphere and subject matter that gets under the skin …
Henry Wagons just released his solo album After What I Did Last Night… last week and he’s backed that up with a clip for one of the album’s strongest tracks in ‘Santa Fe’. The song is an interesting one for Wagons. It takes a leaf out of The War On Drugs’ songbook with its atmospheric, …
Where did the idea get about that our trees all ‘look the same’?
The problem has been around for a long time: in 1770 Captain Cook wrote about the NSW coast: ‘the woods do not produce any variety of trees.’ In 1836 Darwin claimed that ‘the extreme uniformity of the vegetation’ was ‘the most remarkable feature of the vegetation’ he observed in Australia. And in 1939 the poet AD Hope talked of the ‘drab green and desolate grey’ of our vegetation. And he compounded the insult by suggesting that the Australian people were just as monotonous…
Maybe these very worthy experts weren’t looking hard enough?
Our new exhibition of photos in Castlemaine is set to have a go at overturning the still widespread notion that our trees are monotonously uniform. Trees of the Mount Alexander Region mounted by the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests will run at Togs Place café from 26 February till 31 March 2016. The exhibition aims to highlight the amazing variety to be seen in our local indigenous trees: even those of the same genus—for example, eucalypts—can exhibit a wild variety of shape and colour, as well as hosting an extraordinary diversity of wildlife.
Director, Denny Lawrence and Artist, Amaya Lang are my guests today. Denny Lawrence is the director of ‘All My Love’ that uncovers the untold love story between two of Australia’s most famous writers, Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore. At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette, Louisa Lawson. This fascinating tale of a forbidden relationship is based on excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters.
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Single bird put on a good display at the lake this afternoon.
RAC meeting including discussion of campaign to ‘let them stay’ When: 6:30-8pm Monday 15th February Where: ANMF Building, 540 Elizabeth St, Melbourne This week’s RAC meeting will be discussing the campaign to ‘Let Them Stay’ including the stand off at Lady Cliento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane to stop baby Asha being re-detained, and building for(...)
Memberships and donations are rolling in
FOBIF wishes to thank all its members for the generous donations they have made both last financial year and this current year. In fact the donations received have totalled fifty percent of the membership payments.
Your generosity will enable FOBIF to continue with its projects to help keep the biodiversity of the Box-Ironbark Forests healthy and safe into the future.
If you haven’t yet paid your membership, forms are available here.
Certificate of Appreciation
Lisa Chesters, Federal Member for Bendigo, presented a certificate of appreciation to FOBIF in recognition of our contribution to strengthening community and supporting the volunteer sector as part of International Volunteer Day December 2015. These are fine words and well deserved – and it was appreciated by the FOBIF Committee on behalf of our members. Well done everyone!
As explained in an earlier post, this year’s first FOBIF walk will take place on 20 March and will be a combined FOBIF/Connecting Country event. The walk on private property in Sandon (near Newstead) will be led by Andrew Skeoch (Listening Earth) and Tanya Loos (Connecting Country). Have a look at our walks page to find out more.
The walk will be part of the Feather Five Festival which will take place during the weekend of 19-20 March (click here for media release). More about the festival can also be found by clicking on the poster below and at the Connecting Country website.
You will need to book for this first walk as places are limited (booking closes 17th March 2016). Book online at http://www.trybooking.com/KEHE. As with other FOBIF walks there is no charge and we will meet at 9.30 at Continuing Education in Templeton Street. Parking is limited at the property so buses will be used to transport walkers to the starting point. The use of this booking system is a one-off as future FOBIF walks will not need to limit the number of walkers.
Unobstructed views from 5 metres as it flushed from long grasses in front of me this afternoon, on the NE bank. Flew off in the direction of the Brighton St hide without calling. First site record.
Professor Julian Hollis’s talk to the CFNC last Friday (12 Feb 2016) had a large audience fascinated by the geological finds that he has made at the Upper Coliban Reservior over recent years. Unfortunately, the planned excursion for the next day to this location had to be canceled due to the Total Fire Ban rating.
However, Julian has kindly offered to lead this same excursion on another day, which I am sure will be very popular. I know I am looking forward to it. The CFNC committee will discuss possible new dates for this excursion at their next meeting. Further details to follow soon.
The AGM was also held on the same evening. Thank you to the 2015 CFNC commitee for all of their efforts, and congratulations (and thanks in advance) to those elected for 2016: Nigel Harland (president), George Broadway (secretary, for the 19th consecutive year!), Geoff Harris (Treasurer), Richard Piesse, Geraldine Harris and Peter Turner. Chris Timewell (me) was elected Webmaster. Further assistance on the committee is always welcomed.
A call-out was also made for urgent assistance on the club newsletter, and in particular someone who could source and manage the incoming articles. Special thanks was made to Noel Young for his all-composing role on the newsletter for the past 8 years. At least in the short term, Noel is available to continue with the ‘type-setting’ of the newsletter (I hope this is the correct term).
New CFNC committee member Peter Turner has made us aware of the upcoming camp of SEANA on the Bellarine Peninsula. (SEANA is the South East Australian Naturalists Association).
This camp runs from 8 to 11 April, and is being hosted by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club. Camping is at Queenscliff and excursions are planned to Mud Islands, Popes Eye and other coastal locations. All members of field naturalists club are welcome to come along. It looks like an interesting mix of marine and terrestrial natural history activities and talks.
Further details are available in the attachment (CLICK HERE).
It is with sadness that we let you know that Colin Richardson, a long-standing and valued member of the Radio 2RDJ family, and a member of out Board of Directors, passed away this morning at 9.20 am in Concord Hospital. He was 79.
He was admitted to hospital on New Year’s day following a fall. Until quite recently it was hoped that he would come out of there into some level of assisted living facility but ultimately his heart could not compensate for his other health issues.
Colin is survived by his brother, Ken Richardson.
Another nice locally based bizjet that appears to have called
into Hamilton Island Airport both on Saturday 13
February and again on Sunday 14 February
was Marcplan Charter Gulfstream G-IV-X (G450) VH-MBP.
On Saturday 13 February three fantastic
bizjets - two from overseas and one locally based - all called into
Hamilton Island Airport. Perhaps the nicest (in my opinion)
was Vistajet Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 bizjet 9H-IGH
which touched down at Hamo from Townsville after earlier arriving
from Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
Those lyrics <3
On Friday 12 February, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted
operating yet another training flight from RAAF Base Amberley.
On this occasion, it noted flying at low level up the Central
Queensland coast before local plane spotter Kayanne H captured a
quick photo of the Globemaster climbing out after conducting a
missed approach at Rockhampton Airport.
I was in SUCH a shitty mood yesterday.
A huge week at work; 9.15pm Friday night the earliest finish for the week. Sadface indeed. I was exhausted. And CRANKY. Oh boy was I cranky. As I said to a friend last night, I don’t handle exhaustion very well and it’s time best spent in isolation. So the very last thing I felt like doing was traipsing to Bondi for a workshop where I’d have to be civil. And get out of my comfort zone. And speak in a language other than growls and/or grunts. But, as it cost me $75, reluctantly, slowly, wearily, I made the trek.
I think you can guess how it turned out. It was excellent, of course. Within 5 minutes I couldn’t believe I contemplated not going. A camera and the sea? OF COURSE they were just the tonic to revive my weary self. (Cue ‘derrrrrr’s).
Once the workshop wrapped (more on that next post) I stuffed my camera bag into an inconspicuous calico bag, chucked my towel and thongs on top and (a little nervously) took little red for another swim. Oh my, this love affair continues. Hit the video link to get a soundtrack for the watery little collection below. There are so many versions of this beautiful Van Morrison song but I’m a big Glen Hansard fan (see him live if you get the chance, he is magic). He sings with such abandon, such heart, and with his old sea dog beard don’t you think he fits these pics?
And I wanna rock your gypsy
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will float ...
As we reported on our Facebook page, the Queensland Government
Airwing (State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY
was noted arriving into Mackay Airport late on Tuesday 9 February from Brisbane.
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Just a little bit of housekeeping news, I have created an Instagram profile that will be just for my art and writing-related images. You can find it under the username fionakat.art on Instagram. Any new followers are much appreciated! Are you on Instagram? Tell me your user name and the sorts of photos you share […]
Sometimes, when you meet someone, you just click. Love, friendship and bonds that last a lifetime aren’t formed on a whim, soul mates warm together like two magnets pulled by an invisible force. We meet new face after new face, sometimes we want to nurture a budding companionship, other times we just want to back away slowly.
Farmed animals share our desires to have someone by their side. Many of Edgar’s Mission’s residents have found their special somebody, here are a few of their stories.
Lombard and Jewell
Lombard was rescued as an adult and so is flighty around people, he prefers to keep a safe distance – safe meaning the furthest side of the furthest corner of the paddock. That was until he met Jewell. Jewell was born with a congenital hoof disorder and needs a lot of care and medical attention to ensure they’re clean and trimmed comfortably.
While Jewell is having her pedicures, Lombard is always right by her side. Sheep are prey animals and instinctively run away when humans are in their flight zone, but amazingly Lombard stays close to the ewe he loves, selflessly denying his instincts to flee and bravely standing in the face of his greatest fear.
Leo and Imogen
Leo once ruled the roost in Chicken Village, that was until age got the better of him and plucky younger roosters strutted into town and...
“Roses are red Violets are blue Ideas are green And colourless too” - A...
Healthy Park Walks are back for 2016 and the first one is this
Wednesday February 17th.
There is no better way to get active than to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful surrounds of Tarra-Bulga National Park. Experienced guides will lead the way for a leisurely paced walk that will give you time to enjoy the wildlife and the stunning rainforest surrounds. For further details and to register visithttp://walking.heartfoundation.org.au/…/tarra-bulga-park-w…/
ABC936 Morning Show, Leon Compton, 12 February 2016 It has been a challenging past month for the state - there has been fire, of course, across large swathes of the Tasmanian landscape - in fact, even today, our firies and firies from interstate are still helping deal with the issues. There is the power crisis. There are cuts to the CSIRO that could, according to the scientists we have been speaking to, have an enormous impact for Tasmania’s scientific community and reputation. Now Tasmania’s oysters are being killed by disease. You would have heard on the Country Hour yesterday, Neil Stump, suggesting that as many as 70 per cent of the crop at the moment might be facing a wipeout. Tasmania’s Premier is Will Hodgman and he joins us this morning. Let’s start with the CSIRO. In Estimates yesterday, the organisation confirmed that as many as 200 jobs in Tasmania could be affected by their move away from climate science. What are you doing about it? … Will Hodgman: Yes, look, [the CSIRO job cuts in Tasmania are] a horrible scenario that we are taking up very actively with the federal government. I have been in contact with Minister Pyne as has my minister, Matthew Groom, by phone and in writing. I am seeking an urgent meeting with Dr Marshall to understand the likely ramifications of what is an operational decision. It is not one made by the federal government in a political context. But certainly we will resist any move that has such a devastating impact on Tasmania’s scientific and research capacity, particularly those people who are employed at CSIRO, and one that diminishes Tasmania’s reputation as a hub for these sorts of endeavours. Leon Compton: Okay. It is a potentially enormously significant decision. You said in a release earlier in the week you have written to Mr. Pyne. Have you actually spoken to the Science Minister, one-on-one? Will Hodgman: Yes, I have made direct contact with Minister Pyne by phone, as has Minister Groom. Leon Compton: Okay....
I RECENTLY read an article about former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown being arrested for protesting the logging of Lapoinya, near Wynyard in the North-West ( TT HERE and HERE and HERE, the arrest ). • Cassy O"Connor in Comments: A retired anaesthetist, two nurses and a local builder arrested under draconian Liberal anti-protest laws at Lapoinya are exactly the kind of Tasmanians who Minister Harriss pledged would not be targeted when the Bill was before Parliament in 2014. These Tasmanians are hardly the ‘extremist protesters’ repeatedly referred to by Paul Harriss during debate on the Bill. It is becoming increasingly clear that Mr Harriss is the extremist. When Parliament resumes in March, the Greens will be tabling a Bill to repeal the legislation that would be better described as the ‘Protection from Mum and Dad Protesters Act’. The Liberals’ extreme anti-protest law is turning ordinary Tasmanians in to criminals and threatening the democratic right of every Tasmanian to take part in peaceful protest … • Sign the Civil Liberties Australia (Tas) PETITION against the protest law HERE
Catholic Martyrologies and Hagiographies list no less than 11 Saint Valentines, but it is one Saint Valentius of Narnia (l kid you not) that has come to symbolize ‘Romantic Love’, quite possibly due to the reason for his gruesome execution in Rome, way back in the year 269 -on the 14th February coincidentally.
Whilst delivering his weekly sermon to the good
people of Narnia,
a town in Umbria, Valentius couldn’t help slipping the word Jesus into his homilies from time to time,(Yes, the very same J.C. who has since become a household word) a bad habit to get into, as it turns out. The mere mention of this word made the local judge, one Autuaro Asterius, prick up his ears. (if you will pardon the expression)
Valentius was put under house arrest – in the judge’s own house –as was the custom of the day. Yet again, the excitable Valentius couldn’t help blurting out that word. Now Artie explained patiently to young Vali(they were on a first name basis by now) that he was under strict instructions from ‘The-Powers-That-Be’ to have him beaten to death with a blunt instrument –publically, ( there was no television in those days) if he some much as whispered that word. But being the kindly old sock that he was, he gave young Vali one last chance to redeem himself. The judge had a beautiful daughter who was as blind as a bat. If Vali could restore her sight he would be spared the gruesome death that awaited him. Vali duly laid his hands on the girl’s eyes and spoke that word several times, (soto voce, of course) the girl opened her eyes and for the fist time in her life she saw the world in all its radiant beauty. A Miracle!
Young Vali had ticked the first box on the Application for Sainthood. Judge Arty not only revoked Vali’s imminent de...
Mountain Journal has previously written about the die back of eucalypts that has been occurring on the Monaro tablelands on the eastern side of the Snowy Mountains.
The dieback has affected a massive area, leaving a sea of “dead, standing trees” across the tablelands.
No one is, as yet, certain about the causes. It has been suggested that climate change is an underlying cause because background warming may have helped the spread of the weevils and stress on the ribbon gum trees that have died.
This piece from Bill Brown of the ABC quotes traditional owners:
Aboriginal custodians say a massive 2,000 square kilometres of eucalyptus viminalis, known as Manna Gum or Ribbon Gum, that has died on the Monaro Plains in New South Wales is the result of a lack of traditional burning practices.
Aileen Blackburn, a Ngarigo traditional custodian, points to a lack of traditional low-intensity burning as practised by Aboriginal people for thousands of years until European settlement.
“That would be one of the contributing factors and it would be a big contributing factor,” she said.
According to the story, the NSW Government recently announced funding of $499,460 over a 10-year period for Greening Australia and the CSIRO to work on a recovery strategy.
The project will involve seed collection and planting trials in a search for resilient species as well as traditional Aboriginal burning trials on Travelling Stock Reserves to evaluate the outcomes upon remnant species.
Greening Australia project co-ordinator Nicki Taws said it was hoped the traditional burning trials would result in stimu...
After a brief appearance in the Spring, White-browed Woodswallows didn’t hang around to breed locally this season. Such a shame as they are striking looking birds. These seasonal migrants usually travel in flocks of between 20 and sometimes up to a thousand birds, frequently in the company of Masked Woodswallows.
It was a pleasant surprise to come across a pair in the Mia Mia earlier in the week, presumably on their way back north. This species often feeds on blossom, generally eucalypts. I can recall, many years back, seeing ironbark trees in north-east Victoria festooned with hungry White-browed Woodswallows sipping nectar from trees laden with flowers. I can’t remember seeing them using mistletoe flowers as this female was doing, but am sure it’s not an uncommon occurrence. I’d be interested in hearing of any local observations of this species that have been made over summer....
2) New Vanuatu PM good choice, says think tank
1) Call for Media to Advocate on West Papua Issue
It was the array of vegetables quietly lying in their own individual plastic that finally broke it for me. I felt deflated, defeated and pretty bloody miserable to be honest. Moving cities was always going to have its pockets of … Continue reading
Safe Schools Coalition: sexual deviants in the classroom funded by Labor senator Penny Wong
Kids as young as 11 in danger from ALP/Green homosexual agenda coming soon to a state school near you. Parents completely in the dark!
A taxpayer-funded sexuality program that instructs
11-year-olds to role-play gay teenagers has been accused of
crossing the line between education and advocacy in the
The controversial Safe Schools Coalition program, which teaches high school students in years 7 and 8 about sexual diversity and inclusion, is pitting religious groups against gay rights advocates.
Ostensibly an anti-bullying program, it takes a politically correct approach to sex education. Teachers are told it is “heterosexist’’ to refer to students as “girls and boys”. Prepubescent children are taught the meaning of terms such as “queer’’, “pansexual’’, “sister girl’’ and “trans guy’’.
Nearly 500 of Australia’s schools are using the program and Victoria has ordered all government schools to sign on by 2019.
The program’s teaching guide, All of Us, includes a role-playing lesson plan in which kids as young as 11 are told to imagine they are 16 and going out with “someone they are really into’’.
Half the students pretend they are with someone of the same sex; the others have a partner of the opposite sex. Students have to answer 10 questions including: “When you go out with a group of friends to the movies, would you feel c...
GetUp exposed: George Soros’ tentacles reach into Australia
The left-wingl activist group, GetUp claims it is “an independent grass-roots community advocacy organisation.”
GetUp’s founders David Madden and Jeremey Heimans are heavily involved in a number of similar US and global left-wing activist groups, each of which is tied to the shadowy billionaire, George Soros.
GetUp was inspired by, and modelled on similar US groups, such as MoveOn.org and Win Back Respect. Madden and Heniman were co-founders of Win Back Respect. According to public records published on CampaignDonations.com, when they were drawing expenses from the group in 2004, the major donor that year, with a contribution of $150,000 was George Soros.
Madden and Heimans are also involved with another Soros-financed left-wing activist group, MoveOn.org. Public records reveal that between January 2003 and December 2004, Soros contributed $2,500,999 to MoveOn.org.
Madden and Heimans are co-founders of the global activist group, Avaaz.org, an organization that the Canadian Minister John Baird in 2008 labelled as “shadowy foreign organization tied to billionaire activist George Soros.”
Madden and Heimans can hardly claim that GetUp is non-partisan when its original board members included Australian Workers Union secretary Bill Shorten, Australian Fabian Society secretary Evan Thornley, green activist Cate Faehrmann, and left-wing trade union researcher and “community organiser” Amanda Tattersall. The largest donor to GetUp in 2010 with a donation of $1.1 million is the CFMEU.
GetUp’s benefactor, George Soros (above) is clearly partisan. Of the $3....
Senate reform has been a major focus of this site since the
farcical outcomes of the 2013 Senate election. The massive
gaming of the Senate system by preference-harvesting micro-parties
resulted in candidates being elected from very low primary votes,
in a candidate being elected because of confusion about party
names, in one state's election having to be cancelled and rerun
because of the loss of a relatively small number of votes, and
countless other absurd things. Nearly two and a half
years after that election, and almost two years after the Joint
Standing Committee on Electoral Matters delivered a
unanimous report in favour of an alternative, we were, until
very recently, still to see any serious commitment to fixing the
disaster from either major party.
The JSCEM proposal was to scrap group ticket voting and instead allow voters to distribute their own preferences above or below the line, although if they did so below the line a minimum of six numbers would be required. Voters could continue to just vote 1 above the line, but if they did so then once all candidates from their chosen party were elected or excluded, their vote would exhaust from the count. This is very similar to the system used in the NSW Upper House.
The JSCEM proposal has come under a number of attacks, claiming it would unfairly exclude minor parties (wrong), that it would advantage the Coalition (wrong and wrong again), that...
Professor Phil Heywood, Planning Spokesperson for Kurilpa Futures, says residents should have more say on development and planning issues. Members of Kurilpa Futures protested against the loss of three pre 1911 house in Jones Street, Highgate Hill and became caught up in fiasco that demonstrates the sad reality of Brisbane City Council’s City Plan 2014. […]
Local community organisation Kurilpa Futures Campaign has organised a pre-election Q&A session for next Wednesday night, where candidates for The Gabba Ward and Lord Mayor of Brisbane will be speaking about development in our area. Attending are: Gabba Ward Candidates: Sean Jacobs (LNP), Nicole Lessio (ALP), Jonathan Sri (Greens), Karel Boele (People Decide); Lord Mayoral […]
Heydon Royal Commission Secret Volumes No threat to the power and authority of the Australian State - Lambie … The Liberal government made a fuss about Labor politicians viewing these secret volumes. They were treating the Australian public like mugs! The Liberals were caught out trying to cover-up their lie. The Royal Commissioner had already made the secret volumes available to all of Australia’s Premiers, including Labor’s state leaders and their staff weeks earlier!” said Senator Lambie. “After reading the two slim secret volumes in about a hour, I was left with the feeling that taxpayers had been ripped off after paying out $80M for them. The last secret volumes I’d read were from the Defence Abuse Review Taskforce (DART). Unlike Heydon’s two slim secret volumes – the 33 secret defence abuse files were thick, heavy ring bound folders; about 10 cm thick – and it took myself, and a staff member 5 hrs. each, just to skim those top secret files. … • Pat Synge in Comments: It’s strange to find myself in agreement with Jacqui Lambie: but there you go. Even without reading the Heydon report it’s obvious that union corruption exists as it does in politics and business. We didn’t need to spend 10s of millions to find that out. I don’t think federal politicians have much of an appetite for an ICAC. Too much has been swept under the carpet over the years - not to mention deposited in overseas accounts. • John Biggs in Comments: #8 Actually it’s even worse Pete. The resignation of Stuart Robert makes the total of state or federal parliamentarians who have been forced to resign from their party or the executive (government or parliamentary) following allegations of misconduct now totals 25 since May 2013. Twenty two are from the Coalition, three are from the Labor Party, none are from the Greens. With Shorten suddenly showing some guts over tax reform, and with education, I’m not so sure the Turnbull govt will be a shoo-in next election even if he...
… I’ll never know if Tor died as a result of his trauma from Iraq or a simple accident, but I do know that for those few of us who tried to cover and tell the stories of these wars that we saw this coming. We saw the hate our governments, the US, Australia and the UK, were creating. As British Air Marshall “Bomber” Harris said when asked by the BBC why he had carpet bombed German civilians in the final years of World War II: “They sowed the wind, and now, they are going to reap the whirlwind.” The same can be said now in relation to our actions leading to the Islamic extremism we now face and have to live with. What can I say? We tried to tell you. Some of us died trying. • Isla MacGregor in Comments: Thank you John for this severe reality check and the truth behind the so-called war on terror. I am really saddened at the annual death toll of journalists in the course of their work in conflict zones around the world. Not enough recognition given to them for their efforts to get the truth out to the world. My heartfelt sympathies to all their family, friends and associates.
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