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I would urge anyone who cares for the environment and the plight of humanity who suffer from the dictates of corporate greed to watch on IView the ABC documentary 4 Corners screened on Monday which covered the recent social/environmental tragedy in Brazil.
Driven by greed and profit BHP drove up mining production to the point where the tailing dam burst and the vile, dangerous toxic waters descended upon the residents in Bento Rodriguez.
No warning was issued concerning the imminent tragedy. In its wake many children and villagers were killed and residents described witnessing body parts floating in the rushing waters, such was the force of the impact. All was destroyed but this tragedy need not have happened.
Indeed, an environmental expert had previously warned of such a possibility and made a statement of strong EIS recommendations to BHP’s subsidiary company.
Despite many attempts to confirm that these had been implemented his attempts were constantly dismissed. Nothing must impede the profit motive it would appear.
Andrew McKenzie, CEO of BHP, could only articulate deep concern through narratives of redundant rhetoric. No admission of gross negligence was forthcoming. Remedy, such as temporary housing is no solution to the apparent attitudes of ‘surplus humanity’ that impede BHP production.
But this tragedy reveals deeper lessons for us all. It reveals the need for an independent EIS in all matters where safety is concerned, I speak of eco -systems and living species.
It also reveals the arrogance of corporations in regard to this issue. It is well known that developers and corporations will bend over backwaters to avoid an EIS.
The consequences of the Brazil tragedy raises the legal debate in that country. This will have legal consequences for environmental vandals wherever they operate...
The last few days I stayed at Mallacoota I drove around to my favourite spots looking for a bit of natural local colour. Early summer is the best time to visit, you have the place to yourself as the holidays crowds don’t arrive until Xmas....
Something older of mine
Noted conducting a practice ILS approach followed by overshoot
at Gladstone Airport mid-morning on Wednesday 2
March was Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Pilatus PC-12/45
VH-FDC. The PC-12 appeared to fly to Gladstone from its
Charleville base before it flew onward to Roma Airport.
|An RFDS PC-12 at Rockhampton Airport (File photo taken by Travis Whiting ©)|
Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI called
into Mackay Airport late on Tuesday 1 March on
what was believed to be a med-evac from Townsville.
A fox on the run was our driving motivation to help the hapless lost Lex Luthor. A call came from a concerned member of the public who had sighted, on numerous occasions, a small black chicken darting about where a small black chicken shouldn’t. It came to pass that the chicken, who at this stage was thought to be a hen, had somehow become either lost or abandoned at a roadside dumpsite. With little cover to protect the bird, and vast open fields over which foxes regularly traversed, it was a miracle the tiny creature had dodged death for so long. But the little fella was not about to give up his liberty freely.
Just as quickly as our little black hen morphed into a rooster, we too morphed into arborists to rein him in. As we triumphantly removed the last twig from our hair, a collective high five was given and Lex Luthor not only had a name but a new home as well. Featherweight indeed was Luthor; with his keel bone all too easily felt and his tiny shrivelled sparrow-like poops, it was clear that fending for himself was something this little guy had not been doing too well. Something many poultry keepers do not realise is that feathers can hid a multitude of maladies, and it is only through regular and routine inspection that a true picture of health can be obtained.
Parasite treatment administered and recuperation therapy commenced, our task now at hand is to expose the true villain here—and that is those who abandon animals. Of particular concern to the human folk here at Edgar’s Mission is the increasing number of calls we receive to take in unwanted roosters. It truly is a problem that even Superman would have trouble leaping over, yet one that could so readily be addressed. The first step is to end chicken hatching projects at schools, childcare f...
We named him Major Mitchell not because his colouring is that of his namesake cockatoo, the one with the soft textured salmon-pink and white-hued feathers. No, this fella is black. And we didn’t so name him because of any said resemblance to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell, otherwise known as Major Mitchell, the famous surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia—although chances are the two managed to tread the same soil, albeit centuries apart. And therein lies a clue to the naming of our newest porcine pal.
The Shire of Mitchell is named after Major Mitchell as this famous and intrepid explorer passed through this undulating and well-treed countryside on at least one of his many adventurous forays throughout the state of Victoria. Infected by the same wanderlust was our Major Mitchell, who had taken to traversing the hills and dales of the Mitchell shire. However, his inquisitive antics were at odds with local traffic and concerned residents. With his days of exploration behind him, our first task was to rid the little black pig of all the multitude of hitch-hikers he had picked up on the way. With potions and lotions sending them packing and a castration and tusk trim complete, the road to recovery has commenced and an entire landscape of kindness awaits. Whilst Major Mitchell still has humans on his “cannot be trusted” list, we are working our darnedest to erase that memory. And to this end, and with the knowledge that the way to a pig’s heart is through his stomach, it is with belly rubs and yummy treats we work.
Now, while you may wonder why a name more synonymous with a fluffy white poodle is the name for a tiny little cream and white lamb, our wonder is just why anyone could wish to harm her. You see, Fifi is a Damara cross lamb. Damaras, a self-shedding fleeced breed relatively new to Australia and a breed renowned for its carcass quality, sees them favoured for meat production and the live export market. Yet Fifi knows none of those things. What she does know is that she misses her mum (whose life, sadly, was taken when she became tangled in a fence, leaving the wee lamb an orphan) and she yearns for company and her bottle. Both of those things we can provide in ample quantity.
With a zest for life only a lamb can muster, Fifi has become an instant hit with all the crew here at Edgar’s Mission, both human and non-human. Her innocent curiosity sees her wander up to the largest of animals as well as the smallest and ask, “Will you be my friend?” Whilst we have no doubt their answer is a resounding “Yes!”, what will be yours?
Katters want to stop the diabetes epidemic among indigenous communities
Mornington Island Mayor Bradley Wilson, CEO Frank Mills, Dick Smith, Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara from the ABC and State Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter at the opening today (photo credit Brad Thompson)
02 March 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today joined Great Australian and Entrepreneur Dick Smith and ABC radio personality Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara to open a market garden for First Australians on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria located in Mr Katter’s electorate of Kennedy.
Mr Katter has long championed community market gardens as a simple way to improve the health standards of First Australians by providing cheap locally grown fresh produce to tackle the diabetes epidemic.
Yet he said today that it took a private donation from Mr Smith as well as the will of the local Mornington Island Council to achieve what successive Governments had failed to do.
“We deeply appreciate Dick helping out here because with Dick comes national attention,” Mr Katter said.
“Our nation has to be measured on how we treat our poorest people and this is one of the most important things that needs to be done.
“I recently asked all of the Shire Councillors in a First Australian community how diabetes was affecting them – sadly every single one of them had a close relative dying of diabetes.
“The problem was simply not there 25 years ago, but it is now, and something has to be done about it.”
The majority of grocery shops in First Australian communities in Queensland are State Government run operations. While t.......
Soft serve ice cream is probably the most highly consumed and nostalgia-inducing dessert on the planet. It is an aerated, industrialised icon that we have been buying out of minivans for almost a century. Its origins have been credited to both a miracle roadside accident and, weirdly, the iron lady Margaret Thatcher. It is the enemy of smug, smarmy gelato and has been basically the cut-off jeans of the dessert world. Until now.
If you’ve strolled your way downhill through Potts Point over the last month you’d have noticed, wedged between cafés, the new glowing shopfront of Good Times Artisan Ice Cream. The just-launched gem has taken the soft serve as we knew it and totally modernised and glamourised it into a thing of sugary craftsmanship.
Walking in we were hit right in the nose.
“What’s that smell?!” we yelled.
The girl at the counter genuinely tried to reply.
“I’ll take one of whatever that smell is!!”
The smell was their cinnamon doughnuts being made in-house. The doughnuts went on top of the “Chief Wiggum”, a strawberry milkshake flavoured ice cream with sprinkles and raspberry glaze.
Like the “Chief”, all their flavours are the spunky, have-to-read-twice things you’d expect. Each one is baptised with a cluey pop culture, movie or LGBT pun and served in your choice of either cup or gluten free cone.
In honour of the great man’s passing I had to get the “Ziggy Stardust.” As far as I know, it is the closest an ice cream has come to the Aladdin Sane face. It is a star-swipe of pop rocks and gold and purple powder and studded with crunchy, deh...
The Touratech Aventuro Mod Companero2 flip-up adventure helmet is one of the first Euro-approved helmets imported to Australia under new, relaxed helmet laws.
It’s not the first flip-up adventure helmet in the world. That honour goes to the Caberg Tourmax.
But it’s one of the first UNECE 22.05 helmets imported since all states and territories, except WA and SA, have allowed the helmets to be bought and worn without separate Australi...
Suzanne Stewart, Jewellery Box, 2009, shells, fabric, cardboard. Photo by Bernie Fischer
There’s something quite calming about being in a space with hundreds of shells, arranged delicately into different sculptural forms. Shells conjure nostalgic memories of beachside holidays; foraging for treasures in the sand on long hot days in the sunshine.
For Indigenous artists from the South Coast of NSW, Tasmania, the Kimberley, and Torres Strait Islands, the process of collecting shells is just one part of the intricate practice of shell art. Indicating a connection to and knowledge of the land, this is a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.
Historical and contemporary shell-working traditions in Indigenous Australia can be seen in Shimmer, an exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery curated by Tess Allas, Tahjee Moar and Darrell Sibosado.
The exhibition situates the use of shells as a medium in various contexts, and explores the lineage of intergenerational tradition: at once playful and kitsch, yet also weighted in colonial Australian history.
The more time you spend with the exhibition, the more you appreciate the process behind the works and the cultural significance they hold. Watching the videos on the upper level of the gallery enables a deeper understanding of the intricate stringing method behind Lola Greeno’s scallop, mussel and warrener necklaces. Witness the laborious yet cathartic process embarked on by Esme Timbery, who uses hundreds of tiny shells to adorn brightly coloured velvet sculptures of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, arranging the shells...
The following comes from Stephen Ingrouille.
We are planning a Melbourne / Victorian Walking Festival for the month of April, 2016 [finishing on May 8]. This inaugural festival will encourage people, groups and businesses to organise walks during the month, which can then be advertised via a website, a printed program and through social media.
Any organisation (commercial or community) or individual would be welcome to submit a walk for the program. Walks can be of any length, any degree of difficulty, and anywhere in the state. They can be city strolls or serious bush walks. The word ‘walk’ is used in the general sense to include active transport solutions such as prams and wheelchairs as appropriate for the activity.
There will be no charge to be listed in the 2016 program.
Apart from the physical and mental benefits of walking there is the obvious benefit for locals and visitors to discover more of Victoria.
Cardinal Pell has given evidence at last. The churches, however, like countries, are often deemed more important than the truth. The immoral reasoning that is used for this action is that the whole, or the many, is more important than the individual and therefore the individual may be sacrificed, along with truth.
In regard to the current outrage of religious men such as priests taking sexual advantage of young children, the root of the problem is never broached. The simple fact is this: If any person is forced to swear that they will never have sexual intercourse for their entire life, as these poor priests are made to do, then it may take one year, or even ten years, but eventually this thought combined with nature obviously drives them to have sex with anyone, even innocent children.
No religion can defeat nature or common sense.
To put this even simpler, if you make any person swear to never, ever, think of elephants, then they will eventually think of elephants and see them in their dreams.
Priests must be allowed to be original, not try to copy a man who has been dead for over 2000 years.
Darrell Mcdowall, Byron Bay
This month's four solo shows at good 'ol Firsty are a clashing bouquet of aesthetic and conceptual buds. Gallery one houses Daniel McKewen's 'Strange Loops', where he continues his tampered video enquiries into greed and capitalism through mesmeric floating dollars and installation. Then next door in gallery two, Mish Meijers attempts to produce an imaginary multi-artist show as an individual in 'GROUP SHOW!'. The Cosmic Centre (a collaborative moniker for artists Danielle Clej, Michelle Eskola and allies) dig into 'Conscious Uncouplings' through collaborative painting and transcendent GIFS in gallery three. And, Studio A's Peter Dudding shows his fascinating drawing and ceramic works curated by Paul Williams in gallery four.
M83 — aka Anthony Gonzalez — is finally back with some new music. Do It, Try It is the first taste of a new album, Junk, to be released on 8 April. Listen to it here. It’s a quirky little number, featuring most of the M83 hallmarks — heavy synth pads, bulging beats and soaring vocals.…Read more M83 is back with something disposable
Board Chair Peter Laydon announced today that Ms Jamison would finish in the role on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
It follows a decision by Mr Laydon to resign at a hospital board meeting last week.
“I wish to thank Veronica for her strong contribution and dedication to the growth and development of Bass Coast Health since she commenced in October 2014,” Mr Laydon said.
“She has overseen many initiatives and projects during her time as the CEO at BCH including the opening of the new short stay unit, the development of the new five year strategic plan and has been a strong advocate for the development of the new community health facility on Phillip Island, and this work will continue.
“Veronica has been involved in the health sector for more than 30 years, and has held senior roles at other health services in Melbourne and country Victoria.
“Her past experience in positions at Monash Health, Melbourne Health and Alfred Health has been of great benefit to Bass Coast Health and our local community.”
Mr Laydon said the board would appoint Ms Jan Child as interim CEO while it commenced recruitment for Ms Jamison’s replacement. Ms Child is an experienced senior executive at Peninsula Health and will commence the interim role on Monday 7 March 2016.
Image Courtesy of Sufjan Stevens Australia is still buzzing from the Sufjan Stevens tour, which still has a couple of dates left in Perth and Brisbane at the end of this week. While he’s been out in Australia Sufjan Stevens has found time to announce a 10th anniversary edition of his classic album Illinois, titled […]
Image Courtesy of The Little Stevies The latest round of the Festival of Small Halls tour kicks off this week featuring Canadian trio Vishtèn along with supports from The Little Stevies (Adelong, Girgarre, Dookie, Glenlyon, Apollo Bay, Bonegilla, Balgownie, Orange and Grenfell) and Rob Longstaff (Wauchope, Toongi, Nangiloc, Caldwell, Willaura, Dalgety and Murrah). The tour […]
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Diseases covered include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, Invasive meningococcal disease, Legionellosis, Pertussis, Tuberculosis and several others
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e-Mental health interventions aim to improve users' mental health through a structured, online program of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or another evidence-based psychological treatment. There are a range of e-mental health interventions that are designed to be used in the management of mild to moderate anxiety and depression. In addition to providing a convenient, flexible and cost-effective option for consumers, these interventions can increase access to information and support in areas where it is difficult to see a mental health professional for face-to-face therapy.
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has developed a resource to assist its members to navigate the growing number of online mental health services available to the Australian public.
e-Mental health: A guide for GPs is a practical, user-friendly reference that provides an introduction to the use of e-mental health interventions with suitable patients in the primary care setting. The Guide provides links to key resources and takeway messages for practice.
Police have discovered the body of a woman believed to be that of a 36-year-old Canadian woman missing from the Byron Bay area for the past fortnight.
Around 10.45am this morning (Wednesday), police and SES members were searching bush land near Butler Street, Byron Bay, when they found the body.
Although identification is yet to be confirmed, it is believed it is the body of Ms Perkins.
Police have established a crime scene as they continue investigations in the circumstances surrounding her death, which they don’t believe was suspicious.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
I'm posting links here to my submissions to the warp-speed JSCEM
inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendments Bill (see
Senate Reform: It's Finally On! for more comments). They
are also available as a single document on the
Simulation - Half-Senate Elections
Simulation - Double Dissolutions (See correction further down to Vic 2007 double-dissolution simulation)
After spending a lot of time looking at the Bill over the past week my view remains that it is a massive improvement on the broken Senate voting system we currently have. However it appears to have significant flaws in the treatment of below-the-line votes and these should be either justified or remedied.
What has become apparent in the brief time available for debate about the current Bill is that by encouraging voters to fill more squares above the line (a minimum of six instead of a minimum of one) the Bill makes deciding what to do with below-the-line votes more difficult than in the original JSCEM model. The original JSCEM model allowed a voter to just vote 1 above the line, or to direct preferences above the line, and it was very safe to conclude (based on the Victorian model) that the rate of below-the-line voting in that system (with a minimum of six boxes) would have been low.
However, because the new model will ask voters to fill in six squares above the line, if the voter is only asked to fill in six squares below the...
Riders have been urged to wear all their gear and take a riding course in the wake of a “horror start to the year”, particularly in Victoria where the motorcyclist toll is 19.
But the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is also calling on all road users to “work together to help ensure the safety of motorcyclists”.
The journal Age and Ageing has freely available collections of
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Story & photo Eve Jeffery
Like two little boys with two little toys, Byron man Sergio Martinez is doing all he can to help his mate Ivan beat the cancer that threatens his life.
Sergio and Ivan have been best mates since they were two and even though Sergio has made his life here in Australia he still feels as close to his friend in his native Spain as if he were still next door.
‘My soulmate Ivan has recently been diagnosed with cancer’, says Sergio. ‘It has extended to his pleura, spinal cord, kidneys and vertebrae D4.’
Sergio says that Ivan, a professional drummer, is a loving father of a two year old and a devoted husband. ‘Due to his...
Police have arrested two men at Evans Head and seized methylamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, steroids, ammunition, fake identification documents and cash following an operation in the northern rivers region.
Police say that as part of ongoing inquiries into the supply of drugs in the region, police stopped two men as they entered a vehicle on Riverview Street, Evans Head.
The men were searched, with one of them found to be in possession of 28 grams of methylamphetamine and more than $11,000 in cash.
The duo were arrested on the spot, before police executed a search warrant in a nearby residence.
Inside the home, officers found a further 280 grams of methylamphetamine, 11 grams of cocaine, six grams of cannabis, more than $3,000 in cash, fake driver’s licences and ATM cards, vials of steroids, and ammunition.
The two men, both aged 28, were taken to Lismore police station, where one of them was charged with numerous offences relating to commercial drug supply, drug possession and dealing in the proceeds of crime.
The other man was charged in relation to a Queensland Police warrant for armed robbery and deprivation of liberty.
Both men have been refused bail to appear in Li...
Tweed shire councillors are set to consider defending an appeal against their refusal of a plan to convert a boathouse on a prominent beachfront site at Kingscliff into a combined dwelling/boathouse with road access and parking.
At tomorrow night’s planning committee meeting, shire planners have recommended defending the appeal lodged by the developer of the Casuarina township nearby, Consolidated Properties, on behalf of the owner of the boathouse at Point Break Circuit in the Salt development, Lindstro Pty Ltd.
Last November, council refused the development application to alter the boathouse to include a dwelling, with the developer saying it was needed mainly for protection against vandalism from parties in an adjoining reserve by having a caretaker living there and keeping an eye on things.
Vehicle access over community land to get to the boathouse, currently a pathway, had also been sought for the caretaker and visitors.
But council planners deemed the plan inappropriate for several reasons, including inconsistency with the tourism objectives of the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000, coastal protection and vehicular access over public land.
The application also sought two car-parking spaces, one in a garage.
Council planning chief Vince Connell said in his report that during the public exhibition of the plan last September, 29 submissions were received objecting to it.
A state-government investigation into a complaint against Cr Rose Wanchap was tabled at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting, resulting in her being censured by her fellow councillors for breaching the Code of Conduct policy.
Held in confidential session in the afternoon, the mayor used his casting vote to support a motion which says she failed to ‘acknowledge and declare a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interests… thereby failing to manage the conflict in accordance with the Code of Conduct.’
The motion also says the matter will ‘be referred to the division for further action under the misconduct provisions of the Act.’
Echonetdaily understands the ‘division’ is the office of local government, while a first- time ‘censure’ has no ramifications or consequences.
The original complaint, which is said to be 150 pages long, is by David Beattie from the Nungkari Treatment Centre, based in Myocum.
It was taken seriously enough to be reviewed by the Office of Local Government, which reported that Cr Wanchap ‘may have had a non-pecuniary conflict of interest’...
|Track Title||Artist||Album Title|
|Time Is The Teacher||Matt Roberts||Time Is The Teacher|
|Tired Of My Tears||Kate Lush||Kate Lush|
|Rattleshake Snake||The Arc Riders||The Arc Riders|
|Wasting My Time||Wards Xpress||The Back Roads|
|Creole Belle||Sugarcane Collins||Going Back To Clarksdale|
|Rockin’ Little Mama||The Vibrolators||The Vibrolators
featuring Miss Peta Lee
|Tail-Lights||Bondi Cigars||Child In The Desert|
|Water On The Road||The Shane Pacey Trio||Watch Out!|
|Feel The Pinch||Marshall Okell||Sipping On Rocket Fuel|
|Smokestack Lightning||Fiona Boyes||Box & Dice|
Soulful and searing, with a penchant for zoot suits and fedoras, Mojo Juju isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. Her ability to fuse a range of sounds and styles and her passionate refusal to stay within the boundaries of any one genre has been commanding the attention of audiences all over Australia, with 2015 marking the release of her second solo album and a national tour.
William Crighton has been gaining a reputation over the last couple of years for his solo and band performances that trade on intensity, honest songwriting and passionate delivery. There are country and folk influences at work in his music but it really boils down to the songs and the brooding yet melodic sounds he shrouds them in. …
The last post I did about olives in 2013, we were having to pick them green to beat the birds. Maybe it’s because our trees are a bit more mature and the olive harvest is bigger. Maybe it’s because climate change is bringing the harvest forward a little. Maybe it’s because the rainforest trees are bigger and native figs are in season too. The last few years though I’ve been able to harvest them fully ripe. We’ve just started picking this year’s olives but it looks like there will be a good year’s supply for us and enough to give away again this year.
Olives are easy to process. You just have to allow them time. I pick them over to remove any damaged ones, then put them in big glass jars and cover with water and drain and change the water every day for a fortnight. This is the work part. The rest is mostly just waiting.
Make up a strong brine – one-third of a cup of salt to each litre of water – and soak them in that for three months. The only hard part in that is stopping them floating in the brine, for which you need something heavy that will fit inside the jar to push them down. I have some little ceramic saucers that do the job nicely. After three months, I drain off the brine and cover them with olive oil, some jars with some preserved lemon, chili, garlic, or herbs added. They are good at this stage, but it takes another month or two to get to superb.
ROME – [AAP]
Cardinal George Pell has arrived at a Rome hotel for his third night of testimony to the child sex abuse commission sitting in Sydney.
Plain-clothes state police officers kept journalists back as the cardinal walked the few steps to the hotel door, refusing to answer questions about the hearing.
He is being questioned about what he knew of pedophile priests operating in Ballarat and Melbourne when he served there in the 1970s and 1980s.
On Tuesday, he told the commission he did not know about repeated complaints against the now-imprisoned pedophile Father Gerald Ridsdale because former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns did not tell him.
The former senior Australian Catholic, now the third-most powerful man in the Vatican, shocked abuse survivors who are in Rome to watch him give evidence via video link, when he said on Tuesday Ridsdale’s offences were ‘a sad story’...
CANBERRA – [AAP]
Labor senator Joe Bullock has announced his retirement from federal politics because of his refusal to vote along party lines in support of same-sex marriage.
In a remarkable twist of fate, openly gay former WA senator Louise Pratt will nominate for the vacancy left by his departure.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has paid tribute to admits the pair did not agree on a number of issues, but thanked Senator Bullock for his service in parliament and for Australian workers.
He described Senator Bullock as ‘a man of deeply held faith and convictions’ and said he respected his decision to step down.
Openly gay opposition Senate leader Penny Wong echoed her boss, also admitting she and Senator Bullock disagreed on ‘many things’.
But she said he had spent his life fighting for the things Labor believed were worth fighting for, including fair wages and conditions at work.
Senator Bullock, who opposes same-sex marriage, told the Senate on Tuesday his ‘troubles start...
Cyclists also face harsher penalties for breaking the road rules, including a $319 fine for not wearing a helmet or $425 for running a red light.
But a controversial new rule requiring cyclists to carry photo identification or face a hefty $400-plus fine has been delayed till March next year following a public outcry.
Tweed Shire Council yesterday issued a press release on the new laws, saying they were designed to keep cyclists safe and reduce crashes, reminding locals that three cyclists have been killed and 65 injured on Tweed roads over the past five years.
Council’s road safety officer Alana Brooks said that in 88 per cent of the reported crashes, a motor vehicle was involved.
Ms Brooks said the distance between the car and the bike must be at least one metre at 60kph or less and 1.5 metres at more than 60kph.
‘At times, motorists will find there is not sufficient space to provide this clearance while remaining in their lane. Then, if safe to do so, motorists are allowed to cross the centreline, st...
Last Saturday, Myocum business Byron Bamboo held a benefit for Byron Youth Service to show off the diverse benefits of the fast-growing plant.
It was the first time owner Kaye Wood’s property, which boasts hundreds of varieties of bamboos, gingers and heliconias, has held an open day.
From the decorative, to the edible, to serious construction, workshops showed the benefits of growing and working with bamboo in our area.
One popular workshop showed how bamboo offcuts can be used to create biochar for soil fertilisation.
Another bamboo pioneer demonstrated how steaming can be used as a non-toxic way of treating bamboo, which is essential if it’s being used for building.
Bamboo’s unique properties as a construction material were shown off in the shape of th...
WASHINGTON – AM [RAW]
The US Secret Service is investigating a confrontation between a Time magazine photographer and a Secret Service agent at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Virginia that ended with an agent apparently placing his hands around the photographer’s throat and forcing him to the floor.
‘The Secret Service is working with local law enforcement to try to get to the bottom of what exactly happened,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters during a briefing.
‘The leadership of the Secret Service has indicated that they’ll take appropriate steps based on the conclusion of that investigation.’
The rally on Monday was interrupted by protesters, including some from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Video footage of the altercation, which was posted on the internet, shows Time magazine photographer Christopher Morris getting close to the agent, who threw him to the ground and Morris kicking the agent from the floor.
The magazine said Morris was knocked to the ground after stepping out of the press hold to take a picture of protesters.
A Trump campaign spokeswoman acknowledged the incident, but said the campaign was not aware of the details.
In a statement published in Time, Morris said he had covered the White House for nine years without altercations with the Secret Service.
‘The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me,’ Morris said.
‘I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent’s respons...
In what Ballina Shire Council believes is a first for regional NSW, a groundbreaking recycled water service is set to begin at Lennox Head in July.
That’s when almost 80 new houses will begin receiving recycled water for household uses with council supplying both recycled and drinking water to properties through a dual reticulated water system.
A council spokesperson said that while the water had been treated to very high standards and safe to use around the home, it was not suitable for drinking.
Purple pipelines and taps have already been installed at households set to receive recycled water, and they will be contacted by council before the start-up date.
Council’s water manager, Tim Mackney, said Ballina shire was at the forefront of the country’s recycled water technology in regional NSW.
‘We are in the extraordinary position of saying that Ballina Shire Council will soon have the biggest recycled water service in regional NSW’, Mr Mackney said.
‘In the first phase of the program, 77 houses in Lennox Head are set to benefit from the delivery of dual recycled and drinking water services in July.
‘From there, we will roll-out the program to more than 600 new households in Ballina, East Ballina, and Cumbalum. They will have recycled water on tap for uses such as washing clothes, flushing toilets and watering the garden.
‘When this service starts we will be at the forefront of the nation’s recycled water sector.’
Mr Mackney said the shire’s water services were adapting to the growth in demand and the need to ensure a sustainable water supply for future generations.
‘The delivery of recycled water for local household uses is going to really change the way we think about water’, he said.
‘We are not just going to think about using water for household purposes but recycling it to ensure sustainable water supplies for future generations.
‘What this really means is that more water will...
CANBERRA – [AAP]
The federal government has trumpeted ‘millions of Australians are set to have more cash in their pockets this year as health insurance premium hikes hit a four-year low’.
But the ABC has revealed that the increases will still be three times higher than the cost of living index.
Premiums will increase an average of 5.59 per cent from April 1, down from almost 6.2 per cent last year.
It comes after health minister Sussan Ley stepped in, asking health insurers in January to either lower their premium increases or justify the hikes.
Ms Ley said 20 health funds had resubmitted a lower increase, with some cutting back as much as 1.5 per cent, easing costs for more than 93 per cent of Australians with private health cover.
Families and couples with a combined hospital and general treatment policy will on avera...
We are also looking for people who are available to do the occasional ‘filler’ shifts when they arise. If you have some free time and would like to put your name on the list.
GENEVA – [DPA]
North Korea will no longer attend any UN Human Rights Council sessions focused on the communist country and will ignore decisions of the UN body, Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong says.
The Geneva-based body ‘has been turned into a mechanism full of politicisation’ by hostile Western powers, the chief diplomat of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said at a session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
North Korea possesses a nuclear deterrent and a strong military, and these ‘constitute major reasons that drive those ill-minded forces to be hell-bent on a human rights racket against the DPRK,’ Ri said.
A panel of UN investigators reported in February...
Our first big ‘LIVE’ show in many years, will be taking place on Saturday April 23rd when The Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Roll Jukebox Classics with Rob Cutrie, broadcasts from Mounties starting at 8:00pm until midnight!
When I first learnt about the effects of the Cold War in Hollywood, particularly the Red Scare perpetuated by the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), the Hollywood Blacklist and the Hollywood Ten, I thought someone should make a movie about it.
Please join with me in welcoming Dorothy Rook, Chris Sparrow and Steve Ventrella as Directors on the Board of the Co-operative, in a casual Director role until the Annual General Meeting is held in August.
CANBERRA – [AAP]
Easter travel plans could be thrown into chaos with Border Force and immigration department staff at international airports across Australia to take strike action on the eve of Good Friday.
The Community and Public Sector Union says thousands of public servants from agencies such as Medicare and Centrelink will also take industrial action in the week of March 21 to protest against pay offers and rights and conditions being stripped away.
The union is considering a three week campaign of rolling airport strikes over the Easter school holidays “if the government continues with their attack on workplace rights”.
It is the third such strike in 12 months, with previous stoppages held in September and November...
Bluesfest was given approval for additional events and permanent infrastructure at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting.
But it was met with resistance from neighbours – residents rallied to oppose the plans at morning access while Bluesfest director Peter Noble brought along employees to support his case for expansion.
So what has been approved?
Called a ‘Recreation Facility (major)’, the approval means that a range of event types and sizes are now approved, but must meet conditions.
Small events are described as up to 2,000 people and 100 days per year have been approved. Medium events are up to 15,000 people, and a maximum of ten event days per annum were approved.
Large events are defined as up to 25,000 people, with a maximum ten event days per year approved.
The staff report said, ‘Bluesfest is an example of a ‘large event’, while the Boomerang Festival is an example of a medium event. Potentially a caravan show, wedding, a 15-theatre production would be a small e...
WASHINGTON – AM [AP]
The high-stakes legal fight between Apple and the US Justice Department over a locked iPhone is moving from the courts to Congress.
FBI Director James Comey and Apple chief lawyer Bruce Sewell are appearing before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on encryption on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT).
The hearing comes amid two significant and conflicting court rulings in New York and California on whether Apple can be forced to help the FBI gain access to locked phones.
Comey warns in his prepared testimony that technological advancements have been accompanied by “new dangers”.
He says those can prevent law enforcement from collecting critical evidence in criminal and terrorism investigations.
But Sewell says the FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of its products, which he says could create a dangerous precedent.
BRISBANE – [AAP]
Police have set up an exclusion zone around a caravan south of Brisbane as a standoff with a man continues.
Police were called to a disturbance at a property in the Logan suburb of Brassall just after midnight and were confronted by the man in the driveway.
He made threats before retreating into the caravan and six hours later, he’s still refusing to come out.
Police say the man is alone and an exclusion zone has been set up as officers try to talk him out.
5th March 2016 – Saturday: DISCOVERY (Deep House & Disco
feat. Norm De Plume (UK) & Dale Stephen (Bay FM) @ The Sticky Wicket Bar, Byron, 9pm-3am, $5/$10 OTD
DISCOVERY, a new monthly party hosted by Norm De Plume (UK) & Dale Stephen (Bay FM). Rotating all night long the pair will explore the music they both love: deep house & disco. From the classic to the obscure, from modern edits to original 12″ vinyl versions, but always containing that special funky-deepness….Byron’s answer to NYC’s Body & Soul!
Norm De Plume from London-based deep house label: Delusions Of
Grandeur also releases on and runs his own vinyl-only imprint
He’s released on Kolour Ltd (Detroit) and spun at Fabric & Corsica Studios in London. He’s toured to Berlin, Mexico City, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Melbourne & Sydney.
Dale Stephen aka DJ Brevil, founder of Electric Larry Records is an Australian DJ & producer, currently based in the Byron area. Dale works locally, nationally and internationally as a DJ, musician and producer. His style is similar to Sir Norman Jay and Greg Wilson, both of whom he’s supported on a number of occasions. He also co-hosts the Solar Love Machine show on BayFM.
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The Byron Shire Echo last month had a great article regarding council green bins and their success in relieving pressure on landfill. Which is great news indeed. The article also reports that mayor Simon Richardson says that ‘we can do better’.
Which prompts me to suggest how. A few days after receiving my green bin, I called council and told them I didn’t need it and wanted to give it back.
Solo came and reclaimed the bin. I find, however, that I am still to be charged weekly for my pickup, even though there will be no pickup.
I also know that even though I only put both my yellow bin and my red bin out once every two months, I get charged as though I put them out every time.
If one puts the bin out every week even when it’s not full, sustainably speaking there’s more wear and tear on the bins and more wear and tear on the truck.
Surely a ‘user pays’ system would help reduce the number of pickups. Most people need incentive to cut down.
I know it would take some doing, but wouldn’t it be worth the effort and fairer to those who conscientiously work to keep their footprint small?
I first started writing to council about this, I think in 2008, but to date no changes have been effected. What do others think?
Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby
There was perhaps some degree of scepticism after the Strath Creek Landcare Group’s recent Platypus Group Watch on King Parrot Creek when one of the organisers was the sole person to spot a platypus, but had no photo to confirm it. Ron at least had the presence of mind to get a picture of the […]
Motorcycle theft rose just 1% in 2015 to 8205, after dropping slightly the previous year.
Short-term thefts, usually for joy rides, were down 6% to 3556, while profit-motivated thefts, usually by organised gangs, rose a whopping 8% to 4649, according to National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council figures.
The inaugural Connecting Country Feathered Five Festival is a celebration of woodland birds and their habitat with two days of birdwatching, activities and talks over the weekend of 19-20 March.
The feathered five – Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail, Painted Button-quail, Jacky Winter and Brown Treecreeper, are local woodland birds that are emblematic of the challenges faced by woodland bird species across Australia. Loss of habitat quality, excessive macrod grazing, understorey decline and predation from foxes and cats have all contributed to a decline in distribution and abundance of the ‘feathered five’ and their counterparts.
This fantastic first festival will feature a free Saturday Evening Forum on the 19th of March in Campbells Creek, bird walks and tours. A highlight will be and after dinner discussion with Professor Andrew Bennett, from Latrobe University and the Arthur Rylah Institute, and Phil Ingamells, from the VNPA, who will share their thoughts on the future of biodiversity in the area and tackle the topics of …“Drought then flooding rains; how do woodland birds respond to climatic change?” and “Collaborating on ten things we can all do to help nature adapt to a new climate”.
You can come to one event –or all of them but bookings are essential! Visit www.connectingcountry.org.au/featheredfivefestival for more information and to book, or call Connecting Country on 5472 1594....
Local councils are being urged to speak up in defence of their communities by supporting the removal of poker machines from clubs and pubs. • Andrew Wilkie to question PM on poker machines • In COMMENTS Andrew Wilkie says PM has sold out on poker machine reform ...
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With heavy thighs atop dainty trotters, satisfyingly curly tails and love heart snouts, pigs are trotting their merry way into the affections of people the world over. Here at Edgar’s Mission, we’ll take any excuse to celebrate pigs, so we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on our resident porcine princes and princesses on (America’s) National Pig Day.
Pigs are considered one of the smartest species to roam the earth, but we’re just scratching the surface on understanding their worlds and capabilities. If you’ve never had the pleasure of spending time with one or more of these affable creatures, you won’t be privy to their remarkable intelligence, persistence and playfulness.
Candice Croney, animal behavior bioethicist from Oregon State University, realised that “pigs are able to make comparisons and grasp the relationship between those objects based on color, odor, or location.” This means pigs are able to work through an abstract problem to find a solution, for example if there are 9 yellow balls and 1 pink ball, they’re able to pick out which object is the odd one out without being given any direction.
Every day we see the intelligence of pigs shine first hand. In Piggy Paradise we had a self-service shower installed so the pigs can have a rinse off after a long day of foraging and wallowing. They are incredibly clean after all, even piglets shortly after birth will leave the nest to do their “business” – and we don’t mean wheeling and dealing.
They also have an irresistible desire to play, piglets learn to be more confident and outgoing, while older pigs can become bored and depressed without access to a comfortable space to frolic and play in. Their childlike playfulness keeps them youn...
Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, has accused Kylie Jenner of being a “secondary reality television personality”. The dispute between the two Kylies erupted when Kylie Jenner tried to register a slew of trade marks including the word “Kylie”. Queensland patent attorney Cathryn Warburton, winner of 2015 Stevie Award for Women In Business awarded in New […]
Studio guest tonight is Mishel McMahon from Jimbeyer Boondjhil Indigenous Centre at Latrobe University Bendigo. Will also be playing a brand new song from Della Harris and an interview that Ed Story did with Della last w
The Bell Curve I am yet to meet a normal person, a person who is balanced and dancing in the middle of all bell curves, so today I am declaring that I’m at variance with variance, of the flat... Continue Reading →
Transition refers to a process of change or adaption. It is a passage between one form, state, or condition, and another. In disrupting the viewer’s perceptions, it allows for the creation of an alterative reality.
The exhibition Transition at Jugglers Art Space brings together the works of Cherylynne Bullen, Justin Garnsworthy, and Birgit Kehr, to explore how technology can be used to physically alter images, materials, and mediums. Each artwork in the exhibition maps a transition of sorts – from the figurative to the abstract, the materiality of recognisable objects into two-dimensional forms, and a personal transition between differing worlds.
On entering the gallery, I found myself surrounded by Bullen’s pixelated images of varying colours and sizes. The artist creates these images by digitally manipulating photographs she has taken of everyday objects and personal memories until they are devoid of their recognisable features. This is seen in Yacht 2016, where Bullen has adapted a photograph of a yacht at sunset into a rotating vortex of blues, yellows, and greens. Aside from these signifying colours, the artist has distorted the original image beyond all figurative representation. In this act, she creates her own language of abstraction that carry’s metaphors of the everyday into an evolving digitalised space.
Garnsworthy also constructs his own visual language, which he describes as ‘hyperdrawing.’1 He uses the everyday office material of blu-tack as a drawing tool – stretching and moulding it into ‘blobs and smears.’2 He then scans these forms onto the computer, where he digitally enhances them in Photoshop, before reprinting the images in hardcopy. The resulting artworks are the strongest and most striking in the exhibition. Unlike Bullen’s altered photographs, the blu-tack in Garnsworthy’s work maintains its familiarity. It transitions...
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Over the years, the name of "Mother Jamieson" has become woven
into the fabric of the early Victorian goldfields history. In 1851,
anyone travelling to the diggings at Ballarat or Buninyong could
tell you that the only place to stay in Buninyong was Mother
Jamieson's hotel. Her name is mentioned in the newspapers of the
day and recalled years later by old timers recounting the glory
days of the gold rush. But who was Mother Jamieson and how did she
come to be keeping a hotel in one of the most isolated towns in
Victoria at that time?
"Mother Jamieson" was actually Margaret Jamieson, born in Rothsay, Scotland in about 1809 to parents John and Margaret Stewart. In 1839 she and her husband James, along with at least four children, migrated to the newly-established Port Phillip District as assisted immigrants aboard the Palmyra.
Within a short time of arriving in Australia her husband James had taken up a publican's license and was running the Eagle Inn in Bourke St, Melbourne, so by the time she reached Buninyong, Margaret was most likely already an experienced publican. In the Vigilante of 1st August, 1918, the Eagle Inn was described as little more than a drinking den, however the article also notes, that James, along with his barman Thomas Hodge contrived in 1841 to build Melbourne's first theatre.
|Looking up Bourke St, Melbourne in the 1940s....|
In local news…
Election signs are causing controversy
More election signs are popping up multiple times on the side of the road, billboards and vehicles than has occurred in previous years.
According to Logan City’s deputy mayor Russell Lutton, people probably wouldn’t know there was an election if it weren’t for the signs. One councillor pointed out, if a business put up as many signs as some candidates have done they would be fined.
In local news…
Students instigate an online reporting system for cyber bullying
An anonymous online reporting system will make it easier for students at a Brisbane private school to speak up about their concerns in regards to Cyberbullying.
Moreton Bay College sports captain Amelia Brown said the Big Sister system had three bright pink faces representing levels of concern measured as unsure, worried and deeply concerned.
More Queensland patients will have access to medicinal cannabis under new legislation proposed by Palaszczuk Government. The government today released for public consultation the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016, which creates a formal process for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis for their patient’s treatment. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Bill was a key step […]
The "Coalition Against Duck Shooting" has erected this billboard just down the road from the Ballarat electorate office of Jaala Pulford. The billboard is opposite Sovereign Hill, on Main Road.
With the slaughter of our native waterbirds about to commence with the opening of "duck season" on March 19th, it is a stark reminder that cruel "sports" continue, and that although an activity may be legal, and endorsed by our political leaders, the activity causes immense suffering and devastation to another species, and is both morally and ethically wrong.
I'm sure that like the Police Minister we have all "occasionally used firearms to dispose of vermin from residential properties at various times". And if we have not, I'm sure we have all occasionally wished that such a thing were possible. Possums, rats, Mormons, there are very few annoyances that cannot be profitably addressed by a couple of rounds of buckshot.
(Not being as sure on the trigger as the Dead-Eye Dick currently polishing the ministerial leather for the Police Service, I would opt for a generous spread of shot, rather than pin-point accuracy, were this state's ridiculous laws against discharging firearms within the home not so outrageously restrictive.)
In local news…
Baby crocodile eggs hatch at Billabong Sanctuary
Dozens of baby saltwater crocodile eggs have hatched at Townsville’s Billabong Sanctuary after 85 days of incubating since being removed from their mother Bonza’s nest.
While some of the baby crocs managed to exit the eggs by themselves, others needed the help of the rangers, who cracked the shell for them which is similar to what crocodile mothers in the wild do.
|King Island Conservation Park, Wellington Point.|
(Numenius madagascariensis) and
grey-tailed tattler (Tringa brevipes), Wellington Point.
Wilderness Society reports land clearing could jeopardise climate change targets
Land clearing in Queensland could undermine the Federal Government’s climate action policy by exhausting the emissions reductions fund within two years, according to a new report commissioned by The Wilderness Society.
The report shows climate change targets of a 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020 could be jeopardised if current tree clearing rates continue.
The last day of summer.
My early evening walk in the Mia Mia was punctuated with the sounds of migrants about to depart and residents alike. Rainbow Bee-eaters were trilling in the distance, while local stayers could be heard calling as evening approached – Red-capped Robin, Chestnut-rumped Hylacola and Speckled Warbler – all within metres of each other. The highlight was watching one of the more mundane residents – a Brown Treecreeper. I’ve photographed them a bit lately but was delighted to witness a tiny cameo – the bird removed a spent feather from its wing, then perched displaying it for a minute or so before gently letting go … the feather fluttering gently to the ground at my feet. Not a bad way to usher in the autumn.
I went out with my friends Sarah and Graham a couple of days
ago. They have a big 4 wheel drive vehicle which lets them get into
beautiful areas where I cannot usually go. Thanks Sarah and Graham
- it was a great trip!
We first took a quick look at Inskip Point. We hoped that we might see some interesting birds that had been brought in by the ex-tropical cyclone. When we got out there it looked like everyone else from around the district had had the same idea - vehicles and people everywhere! There were a few terns roosting on the point but even those were being disturbed!
Legend has it that the hills surrounding the district of Lancefield are home to a black panther (or two, given the longevity of the tale); moonlight sightings and carcasses of sheep savagely ripped apart being cited as evidence of the elusive beast. More recently a large black metal sculpture stalked its way into the centre of the town under the cover of darkness. And now it seems Lancefield is also home to more strange creatures of the feline family, with leopards and tigers being discovered at the local post office!
Snow Leopard and Snow Tiger, as they were affectionately christened, are two very fortunate wee kittens, who behind their hisses and scratches were found to be little bundles of love and purrs. Whilst another kitten found a loving home with a kind heart, two others mysteriously disappeared. With a local animal rescue organisation working to catch the mother cat and her buddies, the true villains of this story are those who do not desex their pets. Responsibility for animals in humans care should not be as mythical as the Lancefield panther.
Anthony S. Cameron
Phuket is a strange chunk of paradise. And after four years of living here, I still find it fascinating to watch the daily spectacle as it pours through my window, riding past me on a sidecar with eleven scruffy kids hanging off it, or flying off the roti dough as deft hands toss it in the air. I love the endless, mad scramble that is Phuket on any given day.
It is the staccato clang of the roller doors opening up along the street. Any street. Every street. It is the morning silence broken by the sound of slow sweeping and the Muslim call to prayer. It is the social occasion of the local daily markets. It is the scent of fresh fish and frying pork and the frantic feel to the traffic. It is the ubiquitous bass line blaring out of cheap speakers in over-lit tuk-tuks delivering drunk foreigners back to their hotels as the sun bores a hole through another day. It is small moments of kindness amidst the daily, desperate grab at the dollar. It is the beautiful thing saved from the ravages of the street. The art of the everyday is the spectacle of Phuket readying itself for another dose of tourism in overdrive.
Phuket is a coin that has been tossed in the air, over and over, in an endless game of two-up. It is the Gold Coast of Thailand; almost another world, but not quite. So over the top at times it’s hallucinatory. The place where the first and third world live in the same street.
And the beating heart of it all is Bangla Road, Patong.
21st century Patong is a messy place. I sometimes joke that, if there is a hell on earth, it would look a lot like Patong. Graft, corruption, drugs, mass tourism, eco-destruction, and prostitution is all out on the streets, needily grasping at the plump, passing hand of the tourist. Patong has a kind of twisted, tragic beauty that I find inspiring. When something beautiful does happen, it really stands out against this kind of backdrop.
2PP Aggregate: 53.8 to Coalition (updated to 53.4 on 1
Coalition would win election "held now", probably with increased majority.
(Newspoll update added at bottom 1 February)
Pollsters are gradually emerging from their summer hibernation and over the next few weeks we will get a clearer picture of how the Turnbull Coalition government is placed as it kicks off the election year. I am not sure exactly when Newspoll will emerge but enough data have come out in the last few weeks to make some quick comments about the overall state of play. The 2PP estimate above will be updated and any further comments added tomorrow night following Essential, but it never alters the picture all that much.
So far this year we've had two Morgans, one Essential and one ReachTEL. Morgan and Essential were the most strangely behaving polls late last year, with Morgan showing a massive swing to the Coalition immediately following the replacement of Tony Abbott with Malcolm Turnbull, but Essential showing a much more modest change that other posters soon stopped replicating. Anyway the first Morgan was 55.5% two-party preferred to the Coalition by last-election preferences while the second was 54% (the closest since just after Turnbull was installed - and this off primaries that would normally have been good for only 53%). Last week's Essential reading was just 51% to Coalition. The Morgan had a 15% primary for the Greens, which I'm certainly not taking seriously.
I have been regarding Morgan as skewing to the Coalition and Essential as skewing to Labor compared with other polls in the Turnbull era (while Abbott was PM, Morgan skewed to Labor) and after considering the primaries I counted the Morgans as 53.8 and 52.3 to Coalition and the Essential as 52.7. As ...
Media Release 11 Feb 2016
‘Premier Will Hodgman reacted far too slowly to the damaging
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area fires and should now have
a plan to defend the area from late-summer flare-ups,’
environmentalist Bob Brown said today.
‘In any other state where fires caused global headlines, the Premier, who is also in ultimate command, would have been on or near the area in following days. It took Will Hodgman a month to get there,’ Brown said.
Releasing photos including of the destruction of Devils Gullet near Lake McKenzie, Brown said that ‘one of Tasmania’s most dramatic lookouts has been incinerated.’
‘We applaud Tasmania’s fire fighters. However, the government has to learn from this. There have been three major lessons in preparedness.
Photographs attached taken by Rob Blakers on 9 Feb 2016
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