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Economics Editor for The Age Peter Martin has questioned whether Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - or anyone else for that matter - would mind if the TPP "fell over".
He argues that economic modelling finds the benefits of the deal for Australia to be "almost non existent," criticises DFAT's National Interest Analysis for "merely summarising" the deal, and accuses leaders of "willful blindness."
He is also critical of new Trade Minister Steve Ciobo's approach. He writes:
"Hillary Clinton is misguided. Her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is based on "misinformation". Malcolm Turnbull's new trade minister says so.
The woman most likely to be the next US president, the former secretary of state who ran America's missions abroad, the woman who criss-crossed the world pressing flesh about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, knows less about it than Steven Ciobo."
Australia has a two-party system, where the Labor Party and an
established Coalition of parties contend to form government. Each
of these parties (the Liberals in particular as the lead party in
the Coalition) have a responsibility to choose candidates worthy of
the responsibilities of government. It's easy to pick out examples
where you don't like an MP and use that as an example of systematic
failure, but the Coalition as the incumbent government have work to
do in vetting candidates and drawing a line under unacceptable
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My people were very concerned about absolute power. After the seventh king, Tarquinius Superbus, was deposed in 509 BC, we Romans became very concerned about vesting too much power in one person. Power tends to corrupt, as Lord Acton was inspired to remark.
So we divided the executive amongst two consuls, each serving one year. In extremis a dictator – like me – could be appointed for six months or less to deal with a threat to the Republic.
In due course our Constitution became a little cumbersome (although it remains in the oldest extant Republic – San Marino) and various civil wars led to a pseudo-dictatorship with a title such as princeps civitatis (first citizen) or Pater Patriae (father of the country). When we had great Emperors like Augustus, Trajan, Marcus Aurelius, Hadrian, Vespasian, Antoninus Pius etc Rome did well. At other times under the likes of Caligula, Nero etc Rome suffered.
Our problem was to constrain an autocracy.
Then the founding fathers of the United States, building a new Rome, decided to establish a republic and fetter the chief executive. A strict division between the executive, legislature and judiciary was established, and between the US and its (now) 50 states.
When we think of a Trump presidency, thank God for the founding fathers. They will limit the damage that lunatic will inflict upon a great country.
The state’s Human Rights Commission wants to be clear: A new rule allowing transgender people to use restrooms that match their gender identity does not permit men to undress in women’s locker rooms. The agency sent out a news release Friday responding to a recent incident in which a man undressed in a women’s locker room in Seattle. According to the news release, the man refused to leave, citing the state’s new rule about transgender restroom access, but he never identified himself as transgender. State officials said the man’s behavior isn’t permitted under the recent regulation approved by the Human Rights Commission. The new rule, which took effect Dec. 26, says transgender people in Washington can’t be forced to use a restroom or locker room that is inconsistent with their gender identity. Opponents of the rule have said the policy threatens the privacy of women and children, while providing cover for sex offenders who might want to enter locker rooms to prey on members of the opposite sex. On Friday, the Human Rights Commission characterized the man’s actions in the Seattle locker room as an attempt “to make some kind of misguided point” about the new state rule and “to make the women and girls in the restroom upset and uncomfortable.” “His behavior is inexcusable and reprehensible. And it is absolutely not protected under the law,” said the news release from the commission’s executive director Sharon Ortiz. “Men cannot go into the women’s locker room, as this man claimed he had the right to do,” the news release said. “Only women – including transgender women – can go into the women’s locker room.”News Tribune
A Seattle, Wash. community is in uproar after a man undressed in the women’s locker room at a local pool, seemingly to test a new rule that......
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers are passionate about implementing sustainable land management. We are currently working on 5 hectares of dunes at Brunswick Heads removing Bitou Bush and Glory Lily using very effective chemical free techniques. The results have been even more effective that we could have hoped for.
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In September 2010, The Project Syndicate, which markets itself
as providing the “Smartest Op-Ed Articles from the World’s Thought
Leaders” gave space to Martin Feldstein – Japan’s
Savings Crisis. Like a cracked record, Feldstein rehearsed his
usual idiotic claims that interest rates in Japan would rise
because “of the continuing decline in Japan’s household saving
rate” and that “the higher interest rate would eventually raise the
government’s interest bill by about 4% of GDP. And that would push
a 7%-of-GDP fiscal deficit to 11%”. Then, so the story goes, “This
vicious spiral of rising deficits and debt would be likely to push
interest rates even higher, causing the spiral to accelerate”. At
which point, Japan sinks slowly into the sea never to be seen
again. It turns out that the real world is a little different to
what students read about in mainstream macroeconomics textbooks. At
the risk of understatement I should have said very
(completely) different. Better rephrase that to say – what appears
in mainstream macroeconomics textbooks bears little or no relation
to the reality we all live in. Anyway, events over the last week in
Japan have once again meant that this has been just another week of
humiliation for mainstream macroeconomics – one of many.
One should note at the outset that the predictions of Harvard Professor Martin Feldstein should always be disregarded. Please read my blog – Martin Feldstein should be ignored – for more discussion on this point.
With the Eurozone crisis on-going, commentators have regularly suggested that any day now, Japan is likely to follow Greece down the path to bankruptcy.
On April 11, 2010, a Agence France journalist wrote...
Yesterday morning an open letter to prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has delivered to each and every MP in Canberra.
The text of the open letter is here.
The author of the letter sets out a whole range of questions that need to be addressed. There are several, however, that I thought particularly noteworthy.
Did Sports Minister Sussan Ley, who is a member of the 12-man executive committee of WADA, fail to declare a major conflict of interest when ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt gave up to $US100,000 of Australian taxpayers’ money to WADA to appeal the not guilty verdict of the AFL tribunal? It is incomprehensible that Ley allowed an official who reports to her to give taxpayers’ money to her foreign based organisation so that she could prosecute Australian citizens who have already been found not guilty in the Australian system. The fact that you saw no wrong in this is cause for great concern and pessimism.
I have been able to establish that Ley is on the WADA board and that ASADA provided $100,000 to WADA to conduct its appeal.
It is simply astonishing that Ley did not instruct her subordinate the exhaust domestic legal remedies before him giving US$100,000 of taxpayer funds to an organisation where she sits on the board! My Canberra sources have tried to explain this away by suggesting that Ley is simply the Australian government appointee and that she derives no benefit from being on the WADA board. No – I am not buying that.
Then there is this:
62. How did ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt accept an offer from WADA of a free return airfare to Canada without making a single diary note or by sending an SMS or an email?
63. Did McD...
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The mining company Samarco and its joint owners BHP Billiton Limited and Vale have agreed to pay the Brazilian government an estimated 10 billion reals (US$2.6 billion) in damages for the tailings dam collapse in November 2015. But the costs could spiral much higher.
Brazilian Attorney General Luís Inácio Adams speaking
at a press conference with the country’s environment minister
Izabella Teixeira said, “It could be as much as R$30 billion. We
don’t know and no one knows how much is needed in repairs and
The settlement was reached overnight, following the collapse of two tailings dams that killed 19 people, left hundreds of people homeless and polluted a major river. It is considered to be Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. Six Samarco executives and one contractor were arrest last week by Brazilian police and accused of murder in connection with the dam spill.
Tailings dams are designed to store much of the by-product produced by mining operations, but much of it can be toxic and include arsenic, lead and mercury. The dams are usually meant to store the mine runoff indefinitely, with the height of the dam walls gradually being increased over time as storage builds up. In some cases, severe rainfall or earthquakes can damage the tailings dam walls. The cause of the two tailings dams failing in Brazil has not yet been identified.
Samarco will pay 4.4 billion reals to a Foundation over the next three years to fund the clean up and pay for compensation, and then b...
Indian Point – We Are Flirting With Catastrophe a transcript of the February 16th installment of The Big Picture, hosted by Thom Hartmann, broadcast on Russia Today, February 16, 2016 (Posted on Dianuke for non-commercial use.) Alexey Yaroshevsky, RT America joins Thom Hartmann. For years people have been claiming that […]
The Andrews government is flying a kite today in The Age to gauge public opinion on removing conveyancing Stamp Duty and using State Land Tax instead. This initiative deserves thunderous applause. With many young Victorians now excluded from home ownership and renting instead of building asset wealth in their own homes, the government can see […]
RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson discusses the claim by power networks that solar households have abandoned their environmental aspirations. read now...
CEC says government-led initiatives like electricity market reform critical to drive battery storage "revolution" – not subsidies.
UK report finds flaky government energy policy has chased off investors and added $A230 p.a. to household bills... it might also have spawned the UK's first unsubsidised wind farm. Plus: fact-checking Obama's claim that GOP primary candidates have not a climate plan between them.
LISTERIOSIS – USA, CANADA (04): FATAL, PRE-PACKED SALADS, SAME GENOTYPE *********************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-03-02 11:14:25 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – USA, Canada (04): fatal, pre-packed salads, same genotype Archive Number: 20160302.4062396 Date: Mon 29 Feb 2016 Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin [edited] The state of New York has been hard hit in the _Listeria monocytogenes_ outbreak linked […]
ARENA releases data from its $100 million funding program for large scale solar, suggesting that utility scale solar projects are not far off "cost parity" with wind projects.
SHEPPARTON has been a thriving community for more than 155 years, and throughout that time many people and events have helped to shape the township into the community that it is today.
With the help of former local, Marlene Kuhn, the team at Lost Shepparton and the wider community, The Adviser has decided to share some of those moments in time with you through a series of photographs.
If you have an old photograph of a local event or moment in time that you would love to see published, feel free to email the image to email@example.com
Five years after Fukushima disaster, Greenpeace Japan calls on govt to get serious about 100% renewables, quitting nuclear and coal.
THE Shepparton Art Museum’s (SAM) first major exhibition for the year, Cornucopia, was officially opened for public viewing on the weekend, showcasing a range of works by established and early career artists that utilise food and/or flora as an artistic medium or point of departure.
The exhibition explores the production, consumption and distribution of food, as well as its socio-cultural uses and religious significance.
SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said, “Cornucopia complicates the art historic lineage of the still life by interrogating and raising questions around the ethics of food today. Located within the Greater Shepparton region, known as the ‘food bowl of Australia’, the show also celebrates the culinary traditions of regional Victoria.
“SAM welcomes the Shepparton icon, the Campbell’s Soup can in to the museum, with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup II – Cheddar Cheese
(1969). The exhibition also includes Flooded McDonalds (2009) by SUPERFLEX and a specially designed vending machine, 31 Dinner Options While Waiting for the Last Train Home (2015) by Kenny Pittock.
“As part of the exhibition program SAM will also be running a series of diverse food related programs with the community.”
For further information on food related programs running throughout the exhibition, visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au
“IT’S a big step forward for Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and I mean big,” Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation CEO, Allan Turner said during the launch of the Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation truck curtain billboard last week.
The Hicks Transport Group truck, which has been fitted with a curtain containing the all-important message of organ and tissue donation through Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation, was brought about thanks to a $5,000 donation from Fairleys SUPA IGA Community Fund Grants program and a discounted cost passed on for the curtain.
Allan said, “We are very proud to have Hicks’ and IGA on board and offering their support.
“This is unique and a first of its kind in the way of promoting organ and tissue donation. You can’t miss it.
“This truck will travel over 200,000km per year, which when you add up the number of eyes that will see this truck per day, would run into the thousands and then into millions of eyes per year.”
Fairleys SUPA IGA General Manager, Craig Bramley said, “IGA is very supportive in all aspects of Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation and have been involved with them many times in the past.
“Organ and tissue donation is an important topic to draw attention to and this truck is a great way for that to be done.”
For more information, con...
KIDS in the GV Health Children’s Ward have benefited from a $6,000 donation from Telstra, with the funding being used to purchase four new iPads and part of it planned to go toward a sensory wall, which will be installed soon.
The donation was made as part of the Telstra Kids Fund, the Telstra Foundation’s $1M per year commitment to caring in local communities.
Telstra Country Wide Area Northern Victoria and Sunraysia general manager, Steve Tinker said the Telstra Kids Fund grants are about backing the little things that can make a big difference.
“All around Australia, kids are building on ideas, playing in a team, making music and creating art. But sometimes little projects, like the GV Health Kids Music and tactile wall, need a bit of a hand to get started.
“That’s why each year, the Telstra Kids Fund provides $1M in grants, on behalf of Telstra employees, for projects that help our kids play and learn.”
GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson said, “We are incredibly appreciative for this support.
“GV Health and Telstra have always had a generous partnership and this is a further...
LOCAL BMW and Renault dealer principal, Aaron Brain says that it is because of customers that both the BMW and Renault dealerships were recently awarded during special presentations in Sydney.
At a presentation at the Sydney Opera House, the Shepparton BMW dealership went up against 15 other rural dealers from across Australia, but came out on top to be awarded Rural Dealer of the Year.
The local Shepparton Renault dealership also received recognition, recently taking out the Managing Directors Award and being the first dealership to ever win the award in their first year of operation.
Aaron said, “The BMW award’s criteria had a focus on customer satisfaction in sales and service, and we needed to have reached our new car sales target of 100 percent, which we beat by 19 percent. We make sure we are community-minded and that our customers are number one. We are a family owned business and when you join BMW, you become a part of the family.
“The Renault award is given to dealerships for general excellence across all areas of the business. We hold the highest in Australia customer satisfaction for service and sales and on top of that we reached 38 percent above our new car sales target, which is a great result f...
SPEEDING has long been an issue on our roads, but there is one local resident who is fed up with the reckless behaviour of some drivers along Channel Road. After urging local police to do something about it, Bryan Mitchell of Lifestyle Communities Shepparton, is now looking to VicRoads to make changes to the speed limit in the area.
Responding to Bryan’s concerns, the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol have been out to the stretch of road between Archer Street and Doyles Road two to three times a week since December, nabbing a number of speeding drivers in the area. VicRoads have also stated that they would be looking into a possible speed limit change in the future.
The Adviser witnessed first-hand the work that the Shepparton Police Highway Patrol are doing to help stem the speeding issue on Channel Road, observing Shepparton Police Highway Patrol, Leading Senior Constable Richard Ivory nabbing a speeding driver during an interview carried out along Channel Road last week.
Bryan said, “This area of Shepparton is expanding and I just question what has been done with regard to infrastructure looking toward the future.
“Lifestyle Communities will be finished by mid next year if not earlier, with an estimated 260 vehicles coming in and out of there, and that’s not taking into account Kensington Gardens across the road.
“There are also two new and d...
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LOCAL businessman, Alan Roe has announced his arrival in the sport of tarmac rallying with a definitive outright win in the Mt Baw Baw Sprint, the first round of the 2016 Australian Tarmac Rally Championship.
In only his second tarmac event, and the first with Perth-based co-driver Michael Lloyd, Roe came home two minutes and 17 seconds ahead of Adam Kaplan and Aleshia Penney (1985 Mazda RX7).
With a background in gravel rallying at state and national level, Roe said, “The aim for the weekend was to have fun, go fast and keep the car tidy, so we’re very pleased with the result.
“It was a bit of a shakedown for us, to see how we’d go together, but we worked really well in the car and I’m certainly keen to come back and do more of these events. We really enjoyed it.”
The next round in the series is the Lake Mountain Sprint near Marysville in the Yarra Ranges National Park over the weekend of May 28 and 29. Competitors then have to wait until the weekend of September 24 and 25 for their next fix during the Snowy River Sprint at Lakes Entrance, before the 2016 ‘grand final’ during the Great Tarmac Rally near Marysville on December 10 and 11.
CLOSE to $150,000 has been distributed back into the local community, thanks to funds raised last year during the Tatura 200 Charity Bike Ride and Walk event.
Since beginning eight years ago, the event, driven by Tatura Milk Industries, has seen $750,000 raised that has been passed along to community organisations.
Among those to receive funding from the latest event include GV Health to go toward men’s health programs, Collins Bookstores vouchers for 50 primary schools, Rebel Sports vouchers for 50 primary schools, the Lighthouse Project, the Tatura Rotary Club to go toward their Men’s Shed program, the Tatura Lions Club to go toward a community barbeque and the Tatura SES to go toward new equipment.
Others to benefit from this round will be the Tatura Fire Brigade for tablets with updated maps for two vehicles, Kiwanis Club of Shepparton Sunrisers to go toward VincentCare, Shepparton Respite House and Juvenile Diabetes programs, the Ulysses Club to go toward FamilyCare, One and All to be used for their inclusion project and Give Me Five for Kids to be used to purchase new equipment for GV Health’s Children’s Ward.
GV COMMUNITY ENERGY – SOLAR & LED LIGHTS INFORMATION SESSION will be held from 8pm to 9pm on Thursday, March 3 at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre, Lake Road, Kyabram. Options for local businesses to reduce electricity bills using solar panels and LED lighting.
NUTRITIONIST, ACCREDITED PRACTISING DIETITIAN AND AUTHOR, SALLYANNE PISK will be talking about her book ‘Eating for you: your personal guide to mindful eating and living for health and wellbeing’ at Yarrawonga Library at 10:30am on Monday, March 7, at Shepparton Library at 10:30am on Tuesday, March 8 and at Euroa Library at 10:30am on Wednesday, March 9. Bookings are needed. Please phone the library where you wish to attend the talk on 1300 374 765 by Friday, March 4 for Yarrawonga, by Monday, March 7 for Shepparton and by Tuesday, March 8 for Euroa.
THE SHEPPARTON AND DISTRICT PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Legacy House, 20 Edwards Street, Shepparton. The next meeting is on the March 8 at 1:30pm following a BYO lunch at 12:30 pm. All families and friends are welcome for support and friendship. For further details, contact Kevin Robins on 0448 265 104 or Peter Leahy on 5829 9411.
SHEPPARTON SAFER COMMUNITIES NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING will be held on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30pm in the Senior Citizens Rooms, Welsford Street, Shepparton. Residents interested in and concerned with community safety and crime prevention are invited to come. For further information contact, Cathie on 0434 343 327.
NORTHEAST HEALTH WANGARATTA FRIENDS OF THE HOSPITAL are holding their March cake stall on Wednesday, March 16 at the hospital café from 8:45am until sold out. All proceeds go towa...
BEING named the winner in one category of the Baking Association of Australia’s annual baking show is a feat all on its own, but at the weekend, Fairleys SUPA IGA came away with eight trophies.
As the third year entering the competition, the supermarket’s bakery walked away with two first place awards for their 680g White Loaf Condensed Square in Class 1 and Class 19 as well as first place awards in their Class 2 450g White Vienna Baked, Class 6 680g Wholemeal Loaf Upright and Class 18 450g 3 Strand Plait.
The bakery was also awarded second place for their Class 2 450g White Vienna Baked and Class 4 680g White Hi Top Half Married as well as third place for their Class 23 Gourmet Seafood Easter Pies.
Fairleys SUPA IGA bakery manager, Jarrod Taylor said, “This is the first time any of us have been involved with the baking show before, so it is a pretty big achievement.
“The awards to hang our hat on though would have to be our white loaves, which took away two firsts. The judges said out of almost 50 entries in that class, we came out on top.
“It is great to know that we were the only in-store supermarket bakery competing against mainstream bakeries in the competition this year, and we walked away...
The earthquake occurred offshore, in the Coscos Basin, Region of West Sumatra, approximately 600 km to the southwest of the major subduction zone offshore Sumatra at which the India and Australia plates subduct to the north-northeast beneath the Sunda plate. Nearest place is 659km (409mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia. Natural Hazard – Seismic […]
Last month we learned that Corrections Minister Judith Collins
spying on MPs visiting prisons. Now,
she wants all those visits to be run through her
A letter from Corrections Minister Judith Collins asking MPs to go through her office before visiting prisons is a "heavy-handed" attempt to reduce bad publicity, the Green Party says.
Collins denies the letter, sent to all MPs on Thursday morning, is about reducing transparency, saying she instead wants to keep politicians safe and improve their access to prisons.
The letter outlined "certain expectations and protocols" that MPs should follow when arranging a visit to a prison or raising issues on behalf of offenders.
Requests for visits should go through a Corrections private secretary in Collins' office, while MPs were asked to give "a reasonable amount of notice" before a visit.
Upper Wilson’s Creek residents and people using Wilsons Creek Road are advised to avoid crossing the still-flooded causeways after a car ran off the edge of one and was partially washed into the creek this morning.
Byron Shire Echo distributor Alex Olup spotted the blue 4WD being picked up by a tow-truck earlier today. It is not known if anyone was injured.
Mr Olup says he has left the copies of the Echo that he would normally have distributed beyond the causeway at Threeways Store for collection once the waters subside, which he hopes will be in time for their weekly pizza night tomorrow.
Rooftop solar continues growing in Queensland, although the state has much to do to reach its renewables target.
Arch Coal says Melbourne-headquartered Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute one of numerous coal industry lobby groups it owes money to.
Sensation de jour, global warming means we are all gonna die of starvation according to an Oxford University study published in the Lancet and widely reported in the media today. Well not quite all of us but half a million a year according to AAP. And there is some upside – the coming squeeze on global food output will mean a reduction in obesity deaths !
If you thought carbon dioxide was a plant fertilizer think again!
All this reduction in food surpluses has a silver lining for Australia in booming prices. So, as long as we can continue to produce we will be in clover!
But that’s a very big “if”. Government regulations on environmental protection and the ilk are doing their best to restrict farmers’ abilities to extract commercial produce from the land. And according to no less an authority than Professor Garnaut in his greenhouse forebodings the millennial drought that broke five years ago is going to last forever and there will be no irrigation possible in the Murray Darling where 40 per cent of Australian agriculture is located. That a forecast was picked up by the IPCC in its own catastrophian assessment so it must be correct.
Meanwhile the price bonanza that must accompany the food shortages is slow in coming. Real prices are lower than they were 50 years ago in spite of all the carbon dioxide being put into the atmosphere.
Western Australia’s largest rooftop solar system has been installed, and will supply 30% of the shopping centre’s electricity needs.
The small country of Denmark (pop. 5.6 million) is making a big commitment to renewables
In contrast to persistent moves in Australia to reduce welfare entitlements and restrict eligibility, Dr Adnan Al-Daini evaluates the concept of Basic Income, an unconditional minimum wage payable to each and every citizen, currently under review in the UK. read now...
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has taken the National President of the Peace Makers and Peace Keepers Veterans Association (APPVA) Alan Thomas, to visit the Attorney-General in order to discuss a decision made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) – which set a legal precedent that will allow Australian media access to all the private medical records of veterans, who appear before the AAT.
“Last year a Major General still serving in our Army, and also employed as a Commissioner at the AAT, made an extraordinary decision that gave a journalist employed by the Australian newspaper, full access to all my private medical records. Major General allows journalist to access Senator’s private medical records, is a 100% truthful headline,” said Senator Lambie.
“Not only did Major General Melick make a decision that allowed the media access to my private medical records, directly used by the AAT to make a ruling in my favor years ago – the decision also allowed the journalist access to all my private medical records indirectly attached to the documents used to make an AAT decision.
“And this astonishing breach of my privacy didn’t stop there. The Major General’s decision also allowed the media access to private letters from my solicitor, which of course are normally covered under client privilege,” said Senator Lambie.
“If the journalist had tried through Freedom of Information legislation, to access these highly private and privileged medico-legal information (which also involved close family members) – he would have naturally been denied access.
“But a loophole in the AAT legislation (section 35 – 3) has allowed the journalist, without any cost, to access all of my most private medical and legal documents. I called the meeting with the Attorney-General to make sure that he was aware of this outrageous legal loophole and that steps were taken to close it.
There is now a battle for the soul of conservatism, whether our Western way of life can be maintained, or whether we are going to be swamped by ideologues and profiteers at the cost of how we have lived. I keep using the image of progressive internationalists as the enemy, you know, the one-world, open-borders, the-nation-as-a-bus-depot sort of people. and it is a shared vision of both sides of politics, the Democrats more openly, with the Republicans the ones who shout, whatever you do, don’t throw us into the briar patch. Which is why we find How the GOP Insiders Plan to Steal the Nod from Trump.
Despite a growing string of victories in the Republican primaries, the DC-Wall Street cabal that has dominated the GOP since 1988 has no intention of letting the billionaire real estate mogul be nominated. None other than Karl Rove has insisted the stop-Trump effort is not too late and can succeed.
A new superPAC has dumped $10 million dollars into blistering negative TV ads against Trump in the last three days. The Koch brothers and their associates deny funding the effort but they denials are questionable at best. The New York Times reported Sunday that the Rubio and Kasich campaigns are now openly planning on a ‘brokered convention” to stop Trump in the back rooms in Cleveland. The New York Daily News reported that Barbara Bush has vowed revenge against Trump for ending the “low energy” campaign of her son Jeb, the anointed one and that the Bush clan is all-in in the effort to stop Trump. The News reported that Jeb may transfer the $25 to $30 million in SuperPAC funds he has left to an anti-Trump effort.
Trump thus no......
Via Twitter, Pam pointed me to Stone Field:
A Novel by Christy Lenzi. Due out on March 29, 2016 from
Roaring Book Press (an imprint of Macmillan), here's the synopsis
for this young adult novel:
A stunning debut novel that offers a new look at a classic love story about soul mates torn apart by the circumstances of their time.
Catrina Dickinson is haunted by her past and feels caged in by life in small town Missouri. When she discovers a strange man in Stone Field where her family grows their sorghum crop, her life takes on new meaning. He has no memory of who he is or what brought him to Cat's farm, but they fall passionately in love. Meanwhile, the country is on the brink of the Civil War, and the conflict in Missouri demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.
A passionate and atmospheric reimagining of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, Stone Field explores how violence and vengeance perverts the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.
In a small town on the brink of the Civil War, Cat...
hospital to lose Medicare, Medicaid money | The Olympian: The
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified the
administration of the 35-bed hospital on the Rosebud Indian
Reservation on Tuesday that the funding cutoff will take effect
March 16. The move, which comes after the November findings and a
follow-up inspection in February that found remaining problems, is
a blow to an already-underfunded facility operated by the federal
Indian Health Service.
Citing the "serious nature and circumstances of this involuntary termination," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a letter addressed to Duane Marcellais, the acting administrator of the hospital, that if the facility wanted to re-enter the program it must provide "reasonable assurance of its capacity to maintain compliance with the Medicare requirements for certification."
Simon Hackett to tip in up to $3m for launch of zinc bromine battery storage product, although some technical issues still to be resolved.
The department of planning and environment (DoPE) is calling for feedback on plans by Champions Quarry at Tuckurimba, near Lismore, to seek variations to its approval, including the number of community consultation meetings it is required to hold each year.
In 2012, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approved an increase in production for the quarry from 60,000 to 250,000 tonnes of rock per year.
It came despite a prior refusal by Lismore City Council and gave the quarry the right to excavate 50,000 tonnes more per year than the company had applied for.
The company now seeks to vary some of the conditions the PAC set out.
One of the more contentious issues is the reduction of community consultations from two to one per year. DoPE says this is as a result of a request from the committee members themselves.
The company is also seeking to avoid having to pave an internal road at the quarry, instead using water trucks to keep dust down and away from neighbouring properties.
Up to 100 truck movements a day are allowed in and out of the quarry, with 50 ‘laden truck’ movements permitted daily and up to five per hour.
Another controversial request by the company is to vary the boundaries of the biodiversity offset areas, which the company says is to ‘correct an error and reflect the actual boundaries’.
A fourth condition var...
Last month I highlighted an
FYI request about the
Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control
(PACDAC), which appeared
not to be fulfilling its statutory duties. They haven't
performed their core function of advising the Minister of Foreign
Affairs on disarmament issues, or the Prime Minister on nuclear
issues, for the last six years - despite plenty of such issues
arising. Which invites the question: who are these people and how
much are we paying them to not do their job?
A followup on FYI has answered these questions. The membership of PACDEC, appointed in December 2015 without any public announcement, is Natasha Barnes, Treasa Dunworth, Ross Miller, Sarah Paterson, Kevin Riordan, Paul Sinclair, Angela Woodward, and (of course) former National MP and nuclear-ban-abolitionist Wayne Mapp. They're paid according to the standard Cabinet fees framework as a group 4, level 5 committee, which translates to $140 - $190 per meeting (and $190 - $245 for the chair). Which is appropriate for a group which largely spends its time handing out grants. At the same time, these people have a statutory duty, and no shortage of issues to advise on; shouldn't they be doing it?
About 200 people turned out last night for the opening of Lismore’s first dedicated photography gallery and meeting place, the Fox Photo Den.
Housed in the old Hurford’s building in Union Street, South Lismore, the opening featured photographs from some of Lismore’s finest photographers.
Photographers included Denise Alison of Humans of Lismore, wildlife photography by Meg Gordon, landscape photographer Alex Clarke, artistic nudes by Cloud Nine’s Simon Fraser, and local artist Michael Whitey White.
Gallery founder Natalie Barovsky also exhibited some of her work.
Ms Barovsky said the gallery space aimed to foster a creative spirit based around all things photographic, encouraging sharing, learing and collaborating on projects.
There will be regular photographic exhibitions and workshops as the space develops.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell attended last night’s opening, which featured live music from Deana Beau Julia Belle.
Voters in Queensland will be voting on March 19 in local government elections, along with a referendum on fixed four-year terms for the state Parliament (which I’ve previously blogged about).
For the first time, I’ve put together a complete guide to the Brisbane City Council elections, similar to those I’ve done for state and federal elections.
The City of Brisbane is the biggest local government in Australia, with just over 1 million residents. The capital city councils in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide all cover a small inner-city section of the metropolitan area, but Brisbane covers a large expanse, more like big-city governments in places like London, New York or Auckland.
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane is directly elected, making it the biggest election of a single position in Australia. Campbell Newman won the position in 2004 after 13 years of Labor rule, and he was succeeded in 2011 by Graham Quirk, who dominated in 2012, winning a majority in all but one ward and winning 68.5% of the two-party-preferred vote.
The council consists of 26 councillors elected from 26 wards, w...
One of the great joys of living in the northern rivers is getting out to see a NORPA show.
As someone who haunted Sydney and Melbourne theatres for decades, my one fear in moving from the big smoke was of losing the chance to enjoy live theatre.
Well, after eight years and many, many NORPA shows, I’m here to tell you that I should never have worried.
Some of the best theatrical moments of those two cities find their way to Lismore, polished and perfected.
And best of all, each year NORPA produces at least one of its own productions through its Generator program.
This year’s new Generator work is called Dreamland (they seem to like ‘land’ in the title – last year, of course we saw a sell-out reprise of NORPA’s runaway success, Railway Wonderland).
Created by the same team, Dreamland has been developed as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ project If These Halls Could Talk, and will be performed in and around the Eureka hall...
Black shimmering water, resembling light sparks, ripple down the screen, as a voiceover explains how unnatural water moves in the power canal. How the land of Sault Ste....
Debris believed to be part of a Boeing 777 jet found off Mozambique is being taken to Australia to be examined by investigators involved in the search for the missing Flight MH370.
Malaysia’s transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said there is a “high possibility” that the piece of debris belonged to a 777 jet but added he could not conclude yet that it was from the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.
‘The debris will be taken to Australia for further examination,’ he told Reuters.
The piece of debris was discovered off the east African coast between Mozambique and Madagascar. Liow said a team of investigators had been sent to Mozambique on Tuesday to inspect the object.
He said Malaysian authorities had sought the help of Australian investigators to secure the debris, as Malaysia did not have an embassy in Mozambique.
Earlier on Wednesday, NBC News reported the piece could be a horizontal stabiliser from a Boeing 777, citing US, Malaysian and Australian investigators who looked at photos of the debris.
Flight MH370 disappeared two years ago when it was carrying 239 people, including six Australians, en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
Last year authorities found a...
The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that dramatically expands existing UN sanctions on North Korea.
The tough new sanctions, largely negotiated by Washington and Beijing, came in response to North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test.
US Ambassador Samantha Power said the new sanctions voted for on Wednesday go further than any UN sanctions regime in two decades and are aimed at cutting off funds for its nuclear and other banned weapons programs.
Under the sanctions, all cargo going to and from North Korea must be inspected and North Korean trade representatives in Syria, Iran and Vietnam are among 16 individuals added to a UN blacklist, along with 12 North Korean entities.
Previously states only had to inspect North Korean cargo shipments if they had reasonable grounds to believe they contained illicit goods.
‘Virtually all of the DPRK’s (North Korea) resources are channelled into its reckless and relentless pursuit of weapons of mass destruction,’ Power told the council after the vote, adding that the cargo inspection provisions are “hugely significant”.
After nearly two mo...
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden outlined how at least $US29 million ($A40 million) of his fortune should be used after his death – most of it for global jihad.
One of the letters – part of a cache of 113 documents taken in the 2011 US Special Forces raid that killed bin Laden – was described by intelligence officials as what they believed was a last will.
Reuters and ABC Television were given exclusive access to the documents, which were translated from Arabic and declassified by US intelligence agencies.
They were part of a second tranche of documents seized in the operation and have been declassified since May 2015.
A large number have yet to be released.
One document, a handwritten note the Saudi militant is believed to have composed in the late 1990s, laid out how he wanted to distribute about $US29 million he had in Sudan.
One per cent, bin Laden wrote, should go to Mahfouz Ould al-Walid, a senior al Qaeda militant who used the nom de guerre Abu Hafs al Mauritani.
‘By the way, (al-Walid) has already received 20,000-30,000 dollars from it,’ bin Laden wrote.
‘I promised him that I would reward him if he took it out of the (Sudanese) government.’
Bin Laden lived in Sudan for five years as an official guest until he was as...
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have returned to earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station.
A Soyuz capsule carrying Kelly, Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, another Russian cosmonaut, made a parachute landing on the steppe near the Kazakh city of Zhezkazgan at 10.26am (1526 AEDT) on Wednesday, about 3-1/2 hours after departing the station.
Kelly and Kornienko have been aboard the space station for 340 days, about twice as long as previous crews.
Their flight sets a record for the space station and for the longest US space mission, intended to pave the way for human travel to Mars.
Volkov, who has been in space for 5-1/2 months, was the first to emerge from the capsule, to be greeted by his father Alexander Volkov, also a cosmonaut.
Kelly, emerging next, waved his hand energetically and smiled before beginning a satellite telephone conversation.
In their nearly year-long stay in space, Kelly, 52, and Kornienko, 55, have been the subjects of dozens of medical experiments and...
Cardinal George Pell has again denied asking a nephew and victim of pedophile priest Gerald Francis Ridsdale what it would take to keep him quiet.
David Ridsdale has told the child abuse royal commission when he told Cardinal Pell in 1993 he had been abused by his uncle, the then Melbourne bishop asked him: “I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet.”
Cardinal Pell has repeatedly denied the claim, which he did again before the commission on Thursday.
The hearing via video link from Rome began an hour earlier at 9pm Rome time, 7am Sydney time.
Cardinal Pell is facing questioning from sex abuse victims’ lawyers on his fourth day on the stand in Rome on Thursday.
Cardinal Pell told the commission on Wednesday the church in the 1970s and 1980s was a world of crimes and cover ups and he was left in the dark about serious sex abuse allegations against priests and brothers in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Cardinal Pell also said he regretted his choice of words when he told the commission on Tuesday he had no interest in Father Ridsdale’s offending in the mid-1970s.
Cardinal Pell said he completely messed up the sequence of events while giving evidence and had believed he was responding to questions about when...
Glenn Druery, the man known as the “preference whisperer” for his ability to devise vote-swap deals, told ABC TV about 40 micro party representatives will meet to work out a game plan.
Mr Druery signalled an attack on Liberal and Green marginal seats is an option, as well as flooding electorates with pop up party candidates to bring down the quota needed to be elected.
Meanwhile, Mr Druery predicts if it comes to a double dissolution election a mixed bag of senators will emerge holding the balance of power.
He believes the half quota used in double dissolution elections could see the independent senator Nick Xenophon’s party pick up three to four seats, the Jacqui Lambie Network securing at least one and Clive Palmer having a fighting chance of retaining his seat in the lower house.
‘If we do go to a double dissolution… the joke could be on the government,’ he said.
The NSW government is looking into parole laws after a convicted pedophile allegedly raped a teenager just hours after he was released from prison.
Arthur Alliband, 26, is accused of assaulting the 16-year-old at a western Sydney reserve on the same day he was released on automatic court-based parole for a prior sex conviction.
At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the NSW State Parole Board revoked Alliband’s parole.
Alliband had been serving time for having sex with a child aged between 10 and 14 after he was sentenced to jail in December 2015, backdated to August 2014.
‘Where a sentence is less than three years, the court sets the date for automatic release on parole,’ a Corrective Service spokeswoman said.
In a recent Law Reform Commission review of parole, a recommendation was made that automatic parole be scrapped.
‘The LRC recommended that court parole be replaced with statutory parole which allows the State Parole Authority to revoke parole or put further or different conditions on an offender before they are released,’ a NSW government spokeswoman told AAP.
She said the state government was currently considering this and other recommendations of the report.
Alliband, who did not appear in court on Wednesday, will next appear at Penrith Local Court on April 29 via video link.
He faces a charge of sexual intercourse without consent and assault with act of indecency.
Bill Shorten has picked prominent indigenous leader Pat Dodson to replace retiring Labor senator Joe Bullock.
Mr Dodson is the second Aboriginal leader to be hand-picked by Labor for federal parliament in as many days, following NSW state MP Linda Burney’s recruitment to run for the seat of Barton on Tuesday.
Senator Bullock on Tuesday night announced he would leave parliament within weeks, citing his disagreement with Labor over a binding vote for MPs on same-sex marriage.
Mr Dodson is expected to get the nod from senior ALP figures at a meeting convened by national secretary George Wright this week, before being formally endorsed by the West Australian parliament for the casual vacancy.
The decision will head off a messy factional brawl in WA.
‘We should put aside the rough and tumble of the party system and give someone of Pat Dodson’s remarkable qualities the opportunity to serve as a senator,’ Mr Shorten said.
Mr Dodson, who has not been a member of the ALP since the 1980s, said he was honoured by Mr Shorten’s support.
‘After many conversations it became clear to me that this was a good opportunity and one that should not be passed up,’...
Last year, the British government established a strapped-chicken
review into the Freedom of Information Act. Composed of
establishment figures, including FOI-hater Jack Straw, the
"independent" review was
widely expected to recommend limiting the public's access to
information. All in the name of "better government" (of the
peasants), of course...
The commission reported back yesterday. And while they've made some fairly toxic recommendations around limiting appeal rights and the use of the Ministerial veto (short version: they want FOI decisions to be less able to be appealed, and for the government to be able to make them unappealable if they win the first round), they've backed away from their expected position on mandatory charges and broader protection for Cabinet documents. But more importantly, their recommendations don't matter anyway - because the government pre-emptively declared that they were not going to legislate to change the Act:
A government announcement that there will be “no legal changes” to the Freedom of Information legislation following a review of the act was being cautiously welcomed by campaigners on Monday.
The report of a commission established in July by Matthew Hancock, Cabinet Office minister, to examine whether the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act 2000 is too expensive and intrusive is to be published on Tuesday.
Pledging to encourage transparency in the public sector, Hancock said on the eve of publication: “After 10 years we took the decision to review the Freedom of Information Act and we have found it is working well.
“We will not make any legal changes to FoI. We will spread transparency throughout public services, making sure a......
Bluesfest director Peter Noble has hit out at detractors of the band Eagles of Death Metal, and defended removing attacks on them from the event’s forum page.
The band survived a terrorist attack that killed 89 people the night they were playing Paris’s Bataclan Theatre in November and returned to play again at the reopened venue last month.
They are due to perform at Bluesfest over Easter.
Following the attacks, lead singer Jesse Hughes told the media that if people in the theatre had been allowed to carry guns fewer might have died.
‘Gun control kind of doesn’t have anything to do with it, but if you want to bring it up, I’ll ask you: Did your French gun control stop a single f**king person from dying at the Bataclan?’ he said in an emotional interview with French TV channel iTélé.
‘I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life, charging headfirst into the face of death, with their fi...
Xinhua News Agency | 2016-03-02
Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s Ok Tedi copper mine has restarted following an operations restructure after it was put in care and maintenance mode when transport links were cut due to the El Nino induced drought, local media reported Wednesday.
The current El Nino cycle has disrupted production across a wide range of commodity producers last year after water levels for milling operations across the Pacific Rim.
However, the restart on Tuesday following statutory safety approvals from Papua New Guinea’s Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) will likely further depress copper prices already reeling from a prolonged downturn and a surge in supply, forcing high cost producers out of the market.
“The temporary closure has given management an excellent opportunity to restructure the whole operation, as well as do some major maintenance programs,” the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum said in a statement to local newspaper The Post Courier on Wednesday.
“With a much leaner and meaner structure, the Chamber believes that he mine can be profitable by the end of the year, even at current copper/gold prices.”
Ok Tedi, which declared force majeure on its sales contracts on Aug. 17 due to the drought said it expected to loose 65,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate when it announced the suspension.
The restart of Ok Tedi is a bright spot for the local economy as depressed commodity prices from global oversupply and mining shut downs from the El Nino induced drought have seen government revenue...
Dynasty8 is the Byron Shire’s newest chamber choir, directed by Elizabeth Swain. Eight voices singing some of the most beautiful music ever written, from ancient to modern, Dynasty8 and Song Dynasty Music present a concert of devotional music approaching Easter – the traditional time of growth, rebirth and renewal.
The concert is called Bright Sadness – a title reflecting the choice of music from the early middle ages, to Bach, Mozart and modern compositions that all explore the fragility and wonder of humanity, our eternal questions about why we are here, what is our purpose, how long do I have left on this earth, and how can I live deeply, with joy, love and peace.
Featuring soprano soloist Katie Rutledge and organist Hamsa Arnold, the concert will be held on Saturday 12 March, 5pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Ballina, and on Sunday 13 March, 2pm at St Martin’s Anglican Church, Mullumbimby.
Admission is $20 or $15 concession, and tickets are available at the door, or through www.trybooking.com/KIUR, or at art piece gallery, Mullumbimby.
The first round of Football Far
North Coast’s preseason competitions, the Anzac Cup and Callan
McMillan Shield, produced a mixed bag of results for the Great
Northern/Rails Hotels Rams and Wildcats.
With so many familiar faces and new
recruits lining up to play for Byron, the Club has entered four
teams in this year’s Cup – one in the Premier Division, two in the
Open A competition and the Wildcats womens team in the B
Division of the Callan Macmillan Shield.
The weekend’s opening round saw the
return of many Byron regulars and the debut of some talented new
Byron’s Wildcats women’s team hit the ground running with a resounding 8–1 win over Lismore’s Rovers Rangers.
The Open A – Pool A Rams had a
strong opener, but went down 1–0 to a more seasoned Ballina crew.
The Open A – Pool C boys copped a bit of a hiding with a 7–1 loss
to a strong Lismore Thistles.
The Great Northern Premier Rams lined up with a mix of seasoned Byron campaigners and new signings for 2016. While the team is obviously still in...
The Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses upcoming, regional, climate activism opportunities, Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and resistance to its restricted public participation processes, and Coast Guard hearings employing the climate change necessity defense of Shell Arctic drilling ship blockaders. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Jonathon Ireland compares the police handling and media reporting of John Hopoate with that of Cardinal Pell and considers the greater ramifications for abuse of power and our legal rights. read now...
The Pacific Highway is closed following a head-on crash near Grafton shortly before 1am.
Emergency services were called to a section of the highway about six kilometres south of Grafton following the collision between a northbound van and a southbound B-double truck.
The male driver of the van sustained serious injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, while the male driver of the truck was taken to Grafton Hospital for the treatment of minor injuries.
There were no passengers in either vehicle and the ages of the drivers are not yet known.
Second accident near Clybucca
Just after 1.30am emergency services were called to another section of the Pacific Highway, near Clybucca, following a head-on collision between a southbound car and a northbound campervan.
The driver of the car, a man in his 70s, has been taken to Port Macquarie Hospital with serious injuries. There were no passengers in the car.
The two men travelling in the campervan, both aged in their 20s, were also injured. The passenger sustained serious injuries to his back, while the driver suffered arm and leg injuries. Both have been taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital.
The Pacific Highway remains closed in both directions at each of the crash sites; diversions are in place.
Motorists are encouraged to visit www.livetraffic.com for the latest updates.
Western Power looks to build microgrid with wind, solar and storage to cut network costs and improve reliability in a town north of Perth.
A committed group of junior life savers from across the far north coast will take on the best surf athletes NSW has to offer when the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships get underway on the central coast later this week.
From Friday, almost 3,000 competitors aged between nine and 14 will hit the waves as they battle it out in events including beach sprint, swimming, ski paddling, board racing and ironman.
It promises to be a barnstorming three days of competition as the best young lifesavers vie for medals and the chance to write their names into the history of the largest surf carnival of its type in Australia.
Almost 40 representatives from seven far north coast clubs will make the trip south.
Byron Bay SLSC and Cudgen Headland SLSC will be fielding the largest teams with 10 and 18 competitors respectively, while Lennox Head, Yamba, Brunswick, Cabarita Beach, and Ballina SLSC will all be fielding teams.
The State Champs will be a highlight of the competitive season for these youngsters, many who are full of confidence after a highly successful Country Championships campaign at South West Rocks last month.
Among those who will make the trip are Hayley Smith (Cudgen Headland), who won silver in the U13 Board in 2013, and Tex Hembrow and Leilani Carter, both of Byron Bay, who are also hoping to come home with medals again this season.
Other athletes to watch out for are Paige Leishman (Byron Bay), who enjoyed a highly successful time at Country Championships, and will be lining up in the U14s, Joey and Elizabeth Warne (Cudgen Headland) and Jorden, Malik and Yasmin Elabbasi, and Kalani Ives all from Yamba SLSC.
NSW Surf Sports manager Rob....
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director. Follow Lynn on twitter – @LTCWA
On February 29, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials sent two important letters to Governors and state agency heads addressing lead in drinking water.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote to Governors asking them to join her in taking action to strengthen drinking water protection. She asked Governors to give high priority to upcoming meetings that EPA staff will be having with each state agency to ensure that the Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule is being properly implemented. She also asked for their leadership in improving transparency and communication with the public about lead in drinking water. She noted that EPA will be working with states and other stakeholders on strategies and actions to improve the safety and sustainability of drinking water systems.
EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais in the Office of Water wrote to the heads of state agencies responsible for implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA announced that the agency is increasing oversight of state programs to ensure that the Lead and Copper Rule is being implemented correctly. EPA asked for their leadership to make sure that state activities are consistent with federal regulation and guidance, to ensure that states are using the relevant federal gui...
The tone of Byron shire general manager’s response to Cr Duncan Dey’s motion supporting volunteer, Angela Dunlop, put to the last council meeting was not reassuring, on the contrary I found it somewhat patronising.
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcomes you at the monthly, first Wednesday, Moscow area climate activist gathering at 7 pm this Wednesday, March 2, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho. Please call 208-301-8039 for agendas, carpools, and directions for this meeting and other events across the region. At this convergence, we will plan and delegate work on:
* Resistance to Idaho Legislature passage of Senate Bill 1339 that severely limits public knowledge and participation in oil and gas development permits, appeals, and mineral owner forced pooling
* Break Free planning meetings in Eugene and Portland for a mid-May direct action coordinated by regional Rising Tide, 350, and allied groups
* An open-house event for northern Idaho activists at the new WIRT Sandpoint office
* Screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything on Tuesday, March 29, in Moscow and on Wednesday, March 30, in Sandpoint
* The Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide benefit concert, with Henry C and the Willards, potluck food, and beer and wine, on Saturday, April 2, in Moscow
* Direct action training camps, educational workshops, presentations, peaceful protests, and anti-fossil fuel campaigns in spring and summer 2016
We need your input at the table and on the ground! Please bring your friends, family, ideas, and energies to emerging plans for upcoming, frontline demonstrations of dirty energy resistance. Thanks!
By Giles Parkinson, reneweconomy.com.au
A new study has identified at least 40 Australian towns that could, and probably should, quit the main electricity grid, because they would be saving money for themselves and for other electricity consumers.
A study by energy management consultants Energeia says that many small towns, particularly those at the edge of the grid, will find it more cost effective within a few years to actually cut the main link and provide the power with local generation, principally solar, and battery storage.
That is, if regulations can be changed to allow the true cost to be reflected.
In the National Electricity Market, which covers eastern Australia and South Australia (along with Tasmania, although the island has lost its connection) around 40 towns fit that category just with solar. There may be more that could look after their own needs with biomass or geothermal.
The study, yet to be formally released, will show that in small remote towns at the end of the network the economics are already compelling now, or will be by 2020.
What may be surprising to many is the number of larger, regional towns that will fit this category by 2025. The cost of locally generated solar and storage is, or soon will be, lower than the cost of burning coal in large centralised generators and transmitting the output across the network.
This will not be news to network operators, particularly Ergon in Queensland, SA Power Networks, and Western Power in WA, who have also said at various times that it may be cheaper to take towns off the grid. Nor will it be a surprise to the numerous communities that have expressed a desire to do just that.
‘The message is that this is happening anyway,’ says Energeia analyst Melanie Koerner. ‘We know that towns are looking to go off grid and t...
It was raining too hard that afternoon for
the police to come out and threaten us, as they did last time we
offered our anti-RoundUp caroling at the NY Parks headquarters. We
had a great Youtube in mind, but the photogenic young students
hadn’t worn rain gear, and the teacher in charge turned the bus
around and returned downtown, and no-one blamed them. In
the era of climate
chaos, bad weather isn’t just bad weather anymore. You have
micro-bursts that come out of broad daylight and throw century-old
trees across the lawn.
We have staged “Miserable Little Protests” before. And at least “Food and Water Watch” was there, and brought the only sign. The NoSpray Coalition was there, and the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project. We didn’t bring a bullhorn, anticipating cops and their blatantly illegal amplified sound rules. So if I tell the truth at 10% the decibels of some screeching garbage truck braking for a red light, then I need a 2 month-long permit process. Can we say “1st Amendment” ?
Anyway where was I? Oh, soaking wet in a storm you couldn’t even call Super. Just a downpour on the radicals, as our delegation mounted the steps of the of the Parks building, to meet with the deputy commissioner - head of the glyphosate sprayers who claim they aren’t hurting anybody. We say “Your records say you spray on playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking paths.” They say, “Well, it is minimal.” There are glyphosates in our shivering bodies.
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From Mexico To Africa, Israel’s Dark History Of Training War
Criminals, Gangs & Oppression: -- [blacklistednews.com] --
South of our border, Israel has used its experience in suppressing
indigenous uprisings to aid Mexico with the Zapatistas, an ongoing
Mayan uprising based in the Chiapas region. Writing in 2013 for
Electronic Intifada, a news and activism site focused on
Palestinian liberation, Jimmy Johnson and Linda Quiquivix reported
that the freshly appointed security chief for Chiapas region, Jorge
Luis Llaven Abarca, was working closely with officials of Israel’s
defense ministry to train his forces.
“This may be the first time the Mexican government has gone public about military coordination with Israelis in Chiapas,” Johnson and Quiquivix wrote. “Yet the agreement is only the latest in Israel’s longer history of military exports to the region, an industry spawned from experiences in the conquest and pacification of Palestine.”
Scientists finally have an explanation for why so many starving sea lions have...
Big cats held at the temple will be rescued at the rate of five individuals a month
A documentary about Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War won the Big Sky Award at...
March is Women’s History Month, and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is in on it with events in both Washington D.C. and New York City....
Charon Asetoyer, CEO of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, (NAWHERC) vividly recalls the aft...
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Warning: Amateur political analysis ahead. I posted this on Crooked Timber a few days ago. It isn’t as applicable to Australia. In part, I think, this is because Rudd (along with Henry and Swan) saved us from the GFC with Keynesian policies, but then failed to defend them, leaving the advocates of market liberal reform largely unchallenged.
Looking at the way politics has evolved over the past 25 years or so, in the English-speaking world and beyond, I have developed an analysis which is certainly not original, but which I haven’t seen set down in exactly the way I would like. Here’s the shorter version:
There are three major political forces in contemporary politics in developed countries: tribalism, neoliberalism and leftism (defined in more detail below). Until recently, the party system involved competition between different versions of neoliberalism. Since the Global Financial Crisis, neoliberals have remained in power almost everywhere, but can no longer command the electoral support needed to marginalise both tribalists and leftists at the same time. So, we are seeing the emergence of a three-party system, which is inherently unstable because of the Condorcet problem and for other reasons.
Now the longer version
First some definitions. Taking the three groups in reverse order, I’m using leftism as broadly as possible to encompass greens, feminist, social democrats, old-style US liberals, as well as those who would consciously embrace the label “Left”. Broadly speaking, this encompasses anyone critical of the current economic and social order on the grounds that is unfair, unequal and environmentally destructive.
Morning Star :: South Africa: Outcry at university racism follows
two violent clashes | The Peoples Daily: Young Communist
League condemns attacks on protesters
-- SOUTH AFRICA’S liberation movement spoke out against racism in higher education yesterday after violent clashes at two universities.
The University of the Free State (UFS) was closed yesterday and today following Sunday’s violence during a Varsity Cup rugby match between UFS Shimlas and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz.
Students and university workers invaded the pitch in a protest against outsourcing of services. White spectators responded by attacking the black demonstrators and chasing them from the field.
Shocking video footage showed protesters surrounded and being kicked as they lay on the ground.
On Monday, there were scuffles at the University of Pretoria during a demonstration against the use of Afrikaans as the language in lectures.
Afrikaans Must Fall campaign protesters fought with counter-demonstrators from right-wing NGO AfriForum. Protests were expected to continue yesterday.
Next week, EU governments will vote on whether to re-authorise the weedkiller glyphosate, judged by IARC to be a probable human carcinogen, writes Molly Scott Cato. The disgraceful shenanigans of the Commission and the European Food Safety Agency to date provide a clear example of the EU and member states conspiring with corporations, against citizens.
The unrelenting drought gripping Syria and the rest of the eastern Mediterranean is...
Guatemala sexual slavery verdict shows women's bodies are not
battlefields | Catalina Ruiz-Navarro | Global development | The
Guardian - After decades of impunity, two former soldiers –
base commander Esteelmer Reyes Girón and paramilitary Heriberto
Valdez Asij – have been found guilty of crimes against humanity. On
Friday, the high-risk court in Guatemala City sentenced them to a
total of 360 years in prison for their crimes including the sexual
enslavement of women.
The Sepur Zarco trial was groundbreaking for three reasons. Unlike other trials involving sexual violence during armed conflicts – such as the cases in Rwanda (pdf) and former Yugoslavia – the proceedings were conducted entirely by a national court.
The verdict has set a precedent for treating domestic and sexual slavery as war crimes – something that is crucial for the advancement of transitional justice in many Latin American countries.
As millions of Americans cast their votes on Super Tuesday, many of the candidates used the...
Sunny Singh Online: When Neutral is Really Default Setting For Male
(and White): A Slightly Non-Scientific SocMed Experiment: As a
non-white woman who has spent much of her adult life on line as a
blogger, writer, journalist and social media user, I am
particularly aware of how visible markers of race - especially name
and photograph - add to the gendered interactions. Women of colour
face - IRL and online - a harassment on both axis.
Moreover, given the scope of the Speech Project, the wheel does not take into account the drip feed of gendered, sexualised and racialised micro-aggressions (such as derailment, dismissal, sealioning) that women, and more acutely, women of colour must cope with online. It is also necessary to differentiate the two - legally defined harassment and microaggressions - even though some impacts may be similar and the intents and tactics may be on the same spectrum.
Burma Partnership � More Arrests on Trumped Up Charges as Outgoing Government’s Term Approaches End: As Burma prepares for the upcoming annual cross-examination by the UN Human Rights Council on 14 March, 2016, 121 civil society organizations wrote to member and observer states requesting them to maintain the country under Agenda Item 4 (“Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention”) and urged the extension of the Special Rapporteur mandate at this critical juncture in the country. The open letter comes just shortly after a chorus of similar calls made by regional and international human rights organizations ahead of the session where the UN Human Rights Council will adopt key decisions relating to Burma’s human rights record and performance. The concerns raised by the groups were amplified in recent days as the outgoing government intensified its rollback on rights with a spate of recent arrests and convictions of democracy as well as interfaith activists on spurious charges.
A year after Shell was forced into a £55 million settlement with an indigenous community in Nigeria devastated by oil spills, a UK High Court judge has allowed two new such cases to proceed on behalf of some 43,000 subsistence farmers and fishers whose livelihoods have been wiped out by the same cause.
USGS Tectonic Summary
“This event occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting within the oceanic lithosphere of the Indo-Australia plate. This event is located 600 km to the southwest of the major subduction zone that defines the plate boundary between the India/Australia and Sunda plates offshore Sumatra. At this location, the India/Australia plates move north-northeast relative to the Sunda plate at a velocity of about 55 mm/yr.”
Time: 2016-03-02 12:49:48 UTC
659km (409mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
Location: -4.908°S 94.275°E
February shattered the global satellite temperature records to become the...
Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The radar loop film footage in the 6 minute video below is an exceptional documentation of the total climate control that is being inflicted on our once thriving planet. The ongoing global geoengineering assault is becoming unimaginably blatant and extreme. The greater the damage to the climate system becomes, the more the climate engineers ramp up their
3rd March 2016 By Michael Roads Guest Writer for Wake Up World I remember when, many years ago, I used to listen to one of my friends talking about Krishnamurti. He was into KrishnamurtiâŹ"s teachings exclusively, whereas I gleaned grains of wisdom wherever I could. He would go on and on about this great man, ...Continue Reading - Consciousness Rules, Okay!
From The Oz, Subsgate: Malcolm Turnbull fires shot across Tony Abbott’s bow. It begins:
Malcolm Turnbull has fired a warning shot at Tony Abbott over the growing disunity within government ranks, calling in the federal police to investigate a security leak as MPs worry about the political damage from the former leader’s actions.
Despite Mr Abbott’s denying he leaked classified documents, his colleagues criticised him for lending weight to a report in The Australian yesterday that highlighted delays in the development of a new submarine fleet.
Liberals warned that the “sniping” from the former leader had turned into a “full-frontal attack” that could lead to the destruction of the Turnbull government if it continued into an election campaign.
“This is not about a return to power, as with Kevin Rudd, this is a full-frontal attack,” said one MP, who believed Mr Abbott was intent on “blowing the place up” even if that meant the political death of his colleagues.
The thing is, these are issues people such as myself look on as high priority. And while you cannot entirely trust the author of the leaked story to be telling the truth, maybe he is:
The author of the report, The Australian’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan, told Sky News Mr Abbott was not his source.
“I can say this much to you … the source wasn’t Tony Abbott,’’ Sheridan said. “I went to Tony Abbott with my information and interviewed him on the record and, as he says, what he says is on the record.”
It is possible that the community does prefer an extra $10 a week than a stronger national defence, or maybe it doesn’t. But whichever it is, there is no percentage in hiding the debate until t...
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
Super Tuesday has come and gone. Ted Cruze has won in Texas and Oklahoma, otherwise the Donald has been successful. The real contest for the presidency is among the Democratic Party nominees.(This is despite the suggestion that the swings and roundabouts favour the Republican candidate this year.)
Things look bleak for Bernie. However, Robert Reich begs to differ. Making his assessment prior to the close of the polls he suggests the notion of momentum is a media fiction, and that upcoming primaries will be more favourable to Sanders. He argues the race is still much alive for three reasons:
1. In the next few months the primary map starts tilting in Bernie’s favor: In later March: Maine, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, Washington state, and Hawaii. In April: Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. In May: Indiana and Oregon. In June, California, New Jersey, and New Mexico.
2, Small-donor contributions continue to flow in to Bernie’s campaign. In February, the campaign raised a whopping $42 million. South Carolina’s loss didn’t stop the flow: The campaign received $6 million on Monday alone.
3. Bernie’s campaign is a movement. Americans know we must get big money out of politics and take back our economy from an incipient oligarchy. That’s why Bernie will take this movement all the way to the Democratic convention in, July 25-28 in Philadelphia (you might make plans to be there, too).
What do you think?
The last point is the most important. What happens to his
current supporters, and the set of groups that have aligned with
his campaign, when and if, he is trumped by Hillary, either before
or at the Convention?
Some groups will move over and support the campaign of Jill Stein, but most, I suspect, are not li...
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...
"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: QGAir Rescue (State of Queensland) Agusta AW139 Helicopter VH-ESZ Ferries Back South via Mackay and Bundaberg Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
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...
Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the –
December-quarter 2015 National Accounts data – which showed
that real GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the three months to December
2015 (down from 1.1 per cent in the September-quarter. It was
largely driven by Private household consumption (albeit declining)
and public consumption and capital formation. Private consumption
growth remained positive and contributed to growth, but it is being
funded by a declining saving ratio and rising indebtedness. This
was in the context of declining real wages growth and declining
real net national disposable income overall and per capita. These
trends are unsustainable. The government sector was responsible for
50 per cent of the total growth in the December-quarter. Without
the public sector spending contribution, annualised growth would be
at 1.2 per cent relative to pre-GFC trend rates of between 3 and
3.25 per cent. The negative growth in private investment means that
potential output in Australia and future growth rates will be lower
than otherwise. Again, not a positive sign. The other notable
result was the increasing evidence that Australia continues to be
in an income recession. Real net national
disposable income fell by a further 0.1 per cent over the quarter
and 1.1 per cent over the last year. The data continues to confirm
that Australia faces a very uncertain outlook and with the annual
fiscal statement coming up – now is not the time to be cutting net
The main features of the National Accounts release for the December-quarter 2015 were (seasonally adjusted):
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.
The political donation system has been corrupted. It is designed to hide donations so the public are not aware of who is influencing government policy. This is why I am concerned about overseas political donations—they are in direct conflict with national sovereignty. The system is not in the national interest, and it is not in the public’s interest. It is, however, in the interest of some politicians’ retirement policy.
China’s donations to the major political parties are well documented and are a grave threat to the power and authority of the nation. I am not alone in my concern regarding our dealings with a country that does not respect our democratic values, that has widespread corruption and that lacks transparency. China’s political donations have already influenced our decisions on the China free trade agreement—an agreement that undermines our national and job security.
What has been proposed here is an improvement, but the gold standard is real time disclosure. My network reports donations on my website as we receive them—that is true transparency.
Question agreed to.
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 […]
A quick one by my standards as I am away on fieldwork.
It's sad to report that the so-called "analysis" of Peter Breen and
Graham Askey on the subject of the
new proposal for Senate Reform has been picked up by
The Age. As many commenters on the Tally Room thread have
noticed, the Breen/Askey forecast of a Coalition-dominated Senate
rubbish. Breen is a serial
errormaker with an obvious conflict of interest and
absolutely should not be reported as if he was an expert in such
analysis. He has received a ludicrously cushy ride in this
instance, and it's high time the media gullibility in lapping up
this scaremongering guff up because it's an easy story came to a
The so-called analysis (no copy of which I have yet been able to find) projects that in a double dissolution the Coalition would win seven seats in each of Queensland, NSW and WA, and that in each of these seats Labor would win four and the Greens one.
A double-dissolution quota to win a seat is almost exactly 1/13th of the vote. At the last election the quota split between the Coalition, Labor and the Greens if translated to a double dissolution was NSW 4.44-4.11-1.01, WA at the original election 5.76 (including Nationals WA, which is generous)-3.47-1.23, Queensland 5.38-3.70-0.83. Of course since the Coalition vote was deflated by confusion with the Liberal Democrats, it's probable that it should really be a bit over 5 quotas in that state. But in all cases it's well short of...
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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have been developed in consultation with the Communicable Diseases
Network Australia (CDNA) and endorsed by the Australian Health
Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). Their purpose is to provide
nationally consistent advice and guidance to public health units in
responding to a notifiable disease event.
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”.
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The former PM is threatening to turn the Turnbull government into the Rudd-Gillard ‘omnishambles’. Analysis for The New […]
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’...
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Ceasefire agreement: Aleppo city is much more calmer since the beginning of the agreement, beside some violations took place the first hours of the agreement, and yesterday at 21:50, when 2 mortars shelled on the government held area, followed by ambulance sirens around 22:00. In general, so far, Aleppo city is so calmer than before. No shells, no jets in the sky, no clashes. 80% better than before.
- Situation in Aleppo province didn't change much, according to news. The terrorists attacked the liberated villages of Nobbol & az-Zahraa with rockets, but there were no casualties. In other areas of the province, fighting is still on going: SAA vs. Nusra & Da'esh; Kurds vs. Turks from the borders; Kurds vs. Terrorists; terrorists vs. other terrorists... Violations of the ceasefire are from the terrorist groups and Turkey.
- Russians recorded 15 violations in Syria in the last 24 hours. Russia said as well that Nusra terrorists were shelling mortars in Latakya province from the Turkish borders (from Turkey). The Turks are targeting the Kurds in Tell Abyad border town, claiming fighting Da'esh on the media!
- Aleppo road had been finally liberated, but needs a lot of repairing. It had damaged so badly. Aleppo was isolated for almost a week of tough fighting to take it back. There were snipers and a lot of mines.
- Prices, obviously, started to jump up because nothing was coming in to the city. Goods and fuel became expensive, part because of the road battles, and part because of the dollar rising price. The crisis traders and merchants were the happiest group of the situation! Prices will take some time till it goes down, when goods and fuel start to enter the city, a......
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