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The Art of Graffiti Writing
This is the final draft of the forward I was invited to write for a new book by Brisbane photojournalist, Toks Ojo. Toks has photographed and collated a vast amount of current graffiti/street art in Brisbane into Brisbane Walls, Graffiti and Street Art. The book is due for release later this year.
2018 will mark 20 years since I began an alchemists experiment with graffiti. I invited graffiti writers into a conservative enclave to publicly demonstrate their art. It was a bold and maybe nave move but it was the beginning of Jugglers, at that time a bi-monthly celebration of fine art, music, graffiti, comedy, poetry reading and coffee in, of all things, a north Brisbane suburban church context.
I was the minister of a large protestant congregation and I had begun feeling deeply frustrated with its sterile and utilitarian approach to the arts. Not only that church but the whole religious paradigm and its dualistic approach to life, spirituality and subsequently, art had become stuck. I needed a push through the door that was opening.
Jugglers effectively became my wide open door out of the restrictions of that paradigm into a new life where graffiti would feature as the writing on the wall and the metaphor for a new l...
The minutes below are from the secret meeting the Australian AOG Executive had on 22 December 1999 at Qantas Lounge Sydney Airport.
Those familiar with the facts of this whole sorry saga from beginning to end will see how much of a whitewash and coverup these Australian AOG mafia conspired together in.
Assemblies of God in Australia
Special Executive Meeting
22nd December 1999, Sydney Airport
John Lewis (Chairman) B. Houston, D. Cartledge, P. Hills, S.
Penny, A. Davies, D.
Gugliehnucci, W. Alcorn, K. Ainge.
1. It was agreed that the minutes of this meeting be kept
confidential and in a special
2. It was noted that an allegation has been made against Rev. Frank Houston, of a single
act of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago. The complainant does not wish to be
identified and does not wish to make a formal complaint, but Frank Houston has
confessed to the act.
3. It was agreed that the president of the AGG (Brian Houston) has acted appropriately
in suspending the credential of F. Houston, standing him down from ministry and
In the first paragraph of his opinion piece in The Age today, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott encapsulates the condescension and toleration typical of many on the No side of the marriage equality debate thus: Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people who
`FRESH and frozen beef from the US and Japan are a step closer to hitting Australian shores after 14 years.
Trade was suspended in the early 2000s due to fears about mad cow disease, or BSE, but a final Department of Agriculture review has found trade can resume if the countries meet Australias strict biosecurity requirements.
The review, released quietly on the departments website last month, stresses the US, Japan and fellow applicant the Netherlands will need their operations verified via a bacteriological testing program equivalent to that undertaken in Australia, in accordance with relevant Australian standards.
A spokeswoman from Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyces office said the decision to allow or disallow trade was not made by the minister.
As a member of the World Trade Organisation, and as a partner in free trade agreements, we have obligations to allow trade where the science says it is safe to do so, she said.
Trade is a two-way street: effective trade means ensuring that we can safely import produce from the trading partners that buy our exports.
The department reviewed the risks associated with 10 animal diseases, finding the biosecurity risk negligible. But Food Standards Australia New Zealand is still considering risks associated with e.coli and salmonella, which present a medium to high risk to public health from beef imports.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists one case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow), found in Alabama earlier this year.
Mr Joyces spokeswoman said FSANZ had assessed the BSE risk for the three countries, and allowed heat-treated shelf-stable beef and beef products to be imported.
In the past seven years there is global evidence that BSE has been controlled in all previously BSE-affected countries. Extensive surveillance has shown that the numbers of BSE-affected cattle has fallen to a negligible number of cases per year, or none, she said.
Red Meat Advisory Council chair Don Mackay said he was confident imports would not begin unless the Government was absolutely certain all requirements were met.
The Government was put on very clear notice regarding what happened with the white spot outbreak with prawns, Mr Mackay said.
Mr Mackay said would not speculate on what the potential trade could mean for Australian beef markets, saying it would likely be some time before the US and Japan could meet Australias requirements.
No doubt theres a lot of work still to be done before a kilo of meat comes into this country, he said.
Certainly what theyre looking to bring here wont be low-cost produce they might be specialist prod...
Yair Netanyahu, the Israeli prime ministers son, is under fire for posting an anti-Semitic caricature aimed at his fathers critics on social media.
Mr Netanyahu, 26, shared a meme on Facebook captioned the food chain, which featured a photo of Jewish billionaire George Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who in turn dangles an alchemy symbol in front of the pejorative happy merchant image.
The other figures in the chain are former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who has led weekly protests calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over growing corruption allegations.
Mr Soros, a Hungarian-born Jewish American businessman, has spent part of his fortune funding left-wing groups and Human Rights Watch, a frequent critic of Israels occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians.
The images of Mr Soros and the reptile evoke anti-Semitic conspiracy theories claiming that Jews control the world.
The post was shared by David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan leader, and other anti-Semites.
Avi Gabbay, Israels Labor Party chairman, said on Sunday the post crossed every line imaginable and was a very sad day for Israel.
The Israel office of the Anti-Defamation League denounced the cartoon on Twitter, writing: The caricature posted by Yair Netanyahu includes explicit anti-Semitic elements. One cannot belittle the danger inherent in an anti-Semitic discourse.
In further Facebook posts following criticism for posting the cartoon, Yair Netanyahu, who is a university student, condemned the Israeli left for being two-faced in trying to silence him.
A family spokesman said the younger Netanyahu would not be making any other comment.
The prime minister refused to ask questions from reporters about the post on Sunday morning at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting.
Last month, the son made another headline-grabbing post after a protester was killed during a white nationalist rally in the US state of Virginia.
It appeared to suggest that hard-left organisations now pose more of a danger than neo-Nazi groups, which he wrote are a dying breed.
Some critics in Israel suggested Netanyahu juniors online activities were meant to deflect attention from his parents legal troubles.
In the first paragraph of his opinion piece in The Age today, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott encapsulates the condescension and toleration typical of many on the No side of the marriage equality debate thus: Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people 
role of literary fiction in perpetuating neo-liberal economic myths
Part 1, I noted introduced the idea that fictional literature
plays a significant role in framing false economic concepts and,
thus, can promotes neo-liberal biases among the readership, even
when the plot of the narrative is ostensibly about something other
than economics. In other words, what parades as fiction becomes a
powerful tool for spreading ideological propaganda, often in a very
subliminal or subtle way. In Part 2, I demonstrate that further and
provide correct Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) interpretations of
popularised economic statements that the characters in the book in
focus (The Mandibles) weave into their conversation as if they are
accepted facts. The lesson is clear. To further advance Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) ideas, novelists who are sympathetic to the
cause should construct their narratives consistent with the MMT
principles, where economic matters are touched upon in their work.
This will help to counter the misconceptions that arise in literary
fiction when authors engage with flawed neo-liberal arguments about
the monetary system. It might also help educate book reviewers who
often, knowingly or unknowingly, reinforce the myths in the main
To start, consider the way book reviewers fail to correct the record. In the case of Lionel Shrivers work The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 (published May 2016) which is our demonstration novel, the press reception of the book tended to reinforce its claim to reality.
In Part 1, I noted that Shriver has made it plain in many interviews that the motivation for the book was to present a cautionary tale about today (Source).
The Australian Fairfax press review of the book (June 3, 2016) The Mandibles review: Lionel Shrivers family saga of the world going bung claimed that Shrivers trick is to take what might be a schematic parable of a plotline and then fill it with all the circumstantial realistic air in the world so that we will feel we inhabit this endangered dumpster of a universe as if it were our own.
It also reinforces Shrivers claim that the book is not some dystopian fantasy by saying that Shriver:
is so well-informed about the eloquence of risk that lies beneath the American economy. She is intimately aware of how much trust has to underwrite the greenback as well as God-given American democracy
So the reader, who might be perusing reviews before purchasing and reading the nove...
Rather than have the courage to come out and make a decision, the government has opted for a postal vote that is non-binding, even though prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has now declared himself as supporting the yes case.
It goes to show, yet again, how much he and the government are in control of the fundamentalist radical faction, working on a top down imposition of its view of the world.
They are joined by sections of the media that relies on promoting falsehoods and insults that accuse supporters of the yes case of being bullies. More than one headline has labelled the LGBT community of being the new fascism that is denying others from having a voice.
Loudest are the complaints coming from those who have open access to the tabloids and similar television and radio networks. They have a voice like no-one else has and to suggest that they and their views are being denied is laughable.
Claiming to be silenced is a tool used to promote fear and hatred of another significant section of the Australian community. Not for one second, do they consider the disadvantage faced by those who face discrimination because of their sexual or gender orientation. No. They would rather give space to those who insist that homosexuality puts children at risk of pedophilia, although there is not a single speck of evidence to back the allegation.
Just who are the real bullies?
Not all who are not in favour of same sex marriage are in the same boat. There are those who have a genuine reason for thew way they feel. But this is different from waging an orchestrated campaign to use the issue to promote a political ideology, based on a narrow view of the world that excludes others. It should be no surprise that many of the most vocal and insulting groups against marriage equality are the same ones that have been waging a campaign against Muslims.
Tony Abbot and his faction have been holding the No torch within the Liberal Party, under the guise of family values and the rights of children. The underlying assumption is that a same sex couple cannot create a loving family atmosphere and that children within this sort of family are missing out on not having a parent of the opposite sex around.
Others have taken up the same torch.
The suggestion being made is that only a family a family with both a mother and father can properly bring up children. What is conveniently forgotten is that many both sex parent families are dysfunctional and that a sizable proportion of all families are single parent ones. They do not fit within the tidy parcel and it suggests the motive is not protection of the family, but rejection of the LGBT community.
Below is a letter sent to all Australian AOG pastors by Brian Houston in 2001, which is amongst the evidence on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website.
Brian was designated by the Australian Christian Churches (formerly called Australian AOG) Executive to be a spokesman about, and to oversee, his pedophile father Franks restoration to Christian ministry.
The Royal Commission said this role of Brians was a conflict of interest.
Brian didnt understand what the Royal Commission meant by the term conflict of interest, possibly because he was on PTSD medication, due to his inability to cope with the fall-out from finding out his father Frank was a lifelong secret pedophile.
Brian was also probably trying to remember if his dad had sexually abused him as a little boy, which is highly likely.
Out of a fog of medication, stress and nerves, Brian responded to the Royal Commissions allegation of a conflict of interest by talking about his inner emotional and psychological conflicts about his father Frank and his sexual abuse...
Share this Post On September 13 the United Nations will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Australia was initially opposed to the Declaration, but now supports it. Bidding for seat on the UN Human Rights Council, our government also promotes itself as a model human rights citizen. However, the recently released report of ...
After a decade of inaction, the Australian snow industry is finally starting to engage meaningfully on the issue of climate change. With Perisher having been bought by the Vail Resorts group, it has been swept along in that companies efforts to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations by 2030. And Thredbo recently became the first Australian resort to formally join Protect Our Winters (POW) the activist group seeking to mobilise the snow sports community.
There is, of course, still plenty of room to move. Many resorts, like Mt Hotham, are still effectively in denial about climate change, opting for the well just invest more in snow making capacity option. But as the recent visit by POW founder Jeremy Jones showed, there is a significant interest in the snow community about climate change.
We are starting to see some great leadership from prominent skiers and riders like Nat Segal, who is a vocal advocate for climate action. The interview below comes from Powder magazine and features a conversation with Auden Schendler of the Aspen resort. Auden is often seen as a key global spokesperson on climate because of his work at putting Aspen on a sustainable footing. This reflection has some significant things to say about what is and what isnt possible in the resorts and what is required if we are to take effective action to limit climate change.
Two salient points that stand out for me from this interview are:
We have to acknowledge or understand as a starting point that to be sustainable has got to mean solving climate change.
On climate, if youre not at risk politically or from public criticism, and if you dont feel uncomfortable, if it doesnt hurt, youre probably not doing enough on climate.
The take home message from Auden is that making your operations greener is not an end point. Its part of the pathway to solving climate change. This is going to involve sustained and public advocacy for the adoption of policies which will tackle climate change in a meaningful way ie, engagement in good old fashioned politics. As he eloquently puts it, it means advocating for systemic change.
He reminds us that the current option adopted by most resorts is simply not going to work:
You cant adapt to where were headed were headed toward four...
Assemblies of God in Australia Special Executive Meeting 22d November 2000 Hillsong Church, Castle Hill.
Present: J. Lewis (Chairman), B. Houston, P. Hills, D. Cartledge, A. Davies, S. Penny, D. Guglielmucci, W. Alco~ K Ainge.
1. Opening and Prayer
A meeting was called, at short notice to discuss accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston.
After a brief introduction from Brian Houston, David Cartledge opened in prayer
Brian Houston outlined the accusations that have been raised against Frank Houston, in relation to inappropriate sexual behaviour with boys around 33 years ago.
He outlined how a man from New Zealand has met with him, outlining an event that allegedly took place 33years ago. The complainant indicated that he has no desire to be a part of any action against Frank Houston but he is requesting a personal meeting with him, a seminar with Brian Houstons pastors...
On this past weekend, a friend of Spartacus was recounting his experience with local government when seeking to obtain a residential development application approval. Not just dealing with Council officials but also Councillors.
It was a sad tale to hear and only 1 word came to mind when hearing it, Kafkaseque.
Kafkaeque is an expression coined from the writings of Franz Kafka, a German writer of the early 20th Century. He wrote of people facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers.
Examples include instances in which bureaucracies overpower people, often in a surreal, nightmarish milieu which evokes feelings of senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness.
Bureaucracies overpowering people. Senselessness, disorientation, and helplessness. Does this sound familiar? Anyone every dealt with the ATO or ASIC recently?
But take heart. Its only going to get worse. More public money for school education for no purpose. Higher and less reliable electricity for no purpose. French submarines at twice the price for no additional benefit or purpose.
Perhaps a new expression should enter the lexicon Australiaesque an ever growing state effecting policies in no-ones interests leading to collective economic and social suicide.
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Students outside a blockaded school in Chile.
Forty-four years ago today, on September 11, 1973, a military dictatorship seized power in Chile via a CIA-sponsored coup. They murdered thousands of people without trial, tortured tens of thousands, and forced hundreds of thousands into exile in a series of atrocities that some Trump supporters openly fantasize about carrying out in the US. Today, the legacy of the dictatorship persists in the laws it passed and the cutthroat neoliberal policies it introduced, but also in the repressive policing apparatus that serves democracy the same way it served a dictator. And something else persists: a powerful resistance movement. In the latest installment of our series on student organizing, we interviewed an anarchist participant in the Chilean student movement, in hopes of offering a little perspective on what student struggles look like outside the US.
Answers courtesy of Samuel Cactus. Photos courtesy of Frente Fotogrfico.
Chilean youth in revolt.
Students winning against militarized riot police.
Please trace the origins of anarchist participation in the contemporary student movement in Chile.
Anarchism boomed in Chile during the first two decades of the 20th century. In large part, the workers movement spread this ideological current through strikes such as the longshoremens strike in 1903, the meatpackers strike in 1905, and the famous miners strike of 1907 in Iquique. Anarchism began to decline during the 1930s due to the rise of Marxism on one hand and the rise of fascism on the other, while parts of the Left became more and more institutionalized and integrated into the bourgeois electoral system. Over the following decades, anarchism diminished in the workers movement until, by the time of the dictatorship (1973-1990), it had become a minority position, more readily found in small circles of intellectuals....
So says Senator Paterson:
But not even this is sufficient grounds to uproot our bicameral parliamentary system, which has enabled us to create one of the worlds most prosperous and free societies.
It could be said that our prosperous and free society exists despite rather than because of our bicameral system.
Rule of law. Freedom of speech. Freedom of association. Separation of powers. Entrepreneurship. These are the things that gave Australia freedom and prosperity and not a bicameral parliamentary system. And these are the same things that too many, including Senator Patersons parliamentary colleagues, are trying to use the bicameral system to diminish.
Without rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of association, separation of powers and entrepreneurship we have the Supreme Soviet or the Supreme Peoples Assembly. And if we dont change our direction, that is where we will end up.
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Those of us who regard truth as a fundamental democratic value and who have now realised that truth no longer plays a part in our parliament, or our media, know that our democracy has been usurped by plutocracy. The rest of the population has, through blind ignorance, been reduced to a second-tier living standard and
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This article by Deneb Verdad was originally published by Anonymous Group.
A gigantic spam list with over 710 million email addresses and personal info linked to them was found by computer security experts. The emails were stolen by Onliner, a spambot.
A Paris security researcher named Benkow first discovered the list.
It contains two separate vaults of data: one containing email addresses alone, with the second actually containing passwords and addresses.
The email breach is the largest spambot dump in the history of the world, experts say.
With the constantly evolving and changing climate of Internet privacy, it continues to become more complicated for cyber security experts and their ilk. Government entities, institutional entities, corporate powers, and cyber criminals have also stepped up efforts to steal personal information online or spy on people.
One could look at this and say were on the precipice of a lot of personal information going to a lot of different places: this is the inevitable consequence of surveillance.
To check and see if your email is on the list, visit haveibeenpwned.com: an anti-hacker site run by Troy Hunt, an Australian computer security expert. His site has the details of violated email addresses and leaked passwords.
If your email is on the list, you should probably change your password, if not completely stop using it. It would also be wise...
In Kalgoorlie, I sat silently as a young mother told me its time for the government to intervene again, because shes seen how bad Indigenous people are at being parents. Photograph: The Feed, SBS Viceland Share this Post As a light skinned Koori, when you first meet me you probably wont realise Im Indigenous. Throughout my life thats led to ...
Sydney: Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would overwhelmingly support such unions.
The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine if Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.
Despite securing 70 percent public support in an Ipsos/Fairfax poll on Tuesday, the issue of same-sex marriage had faced a political deadlock, only broken last week when the Australian High Court gave the all-clear for the vote.
The poll illustrates why parliament should simply vote to approve same-sex marriage without holding the national ballot, said opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten, though he urg...
There are quite a few proposals around to intervene in, or repair, the National Electricity Market. In my view, its much too late for that. We need to scrap the NEM and start on a new path towards a zero-carbon electricity and energy system. Ive written down some preliminary thoughts. Id appreciate comments and also suggestions as to how I might push this idea along a bit.
(a) The National Electricity Market has failed, and requires radical restructuring
(c) The goal of a bipartisan policy is currently unattainable. Policy design should be based on the premise of a change of government at the next election
The starting point would be the creation of a single Australian Energy Authority, to replace the Energy Security Board, AEMC, AEMO, AER, and the energy-related functions of the ACCC and state regulators. The authority would
(i) determine requirements for investment in the network, and undertake auctions for power purchase agreements, in which both privately owned and publicly owned generators would be free to compete. The agreements would encompass both generation and storage, and would seek to phase out coal-fired generation over time, before a complete transition to renewables. Bids for fossil fuel generation would be required to incorporate a carbon price
(ii) match supply and demand using an order of merit for generators and appropriate demand management, where the decision as to which generators to use at any given time would be made on the basis of cost and reliability of supply.
(iii) enter demand management arrangements with large power users, allowing for interruptibility of supply and investment in on-site storage
(iv) set out standard retail contracts, allowing households to manage their use through smart meters, which would be rolled out with costs being spread across the network as a whole
(v) plan and, to the extent possible, undertake new investments in transmission and distribution networks, with the ultimate goal of restoring public ownership of the entire network
(vi) Regulate returns to owners of mono...
FOR the second year in a row, a South Gippslander has been named
as the state finalist for the Cattle Council of Australias rising
beef industry champion program.
This year Wattle Banks Aaron Brown is the Victorian finalist.
In 2016, the Victorian finalist was Cape Paterson Angus stud farm manager Rob Ewing.
Now in its seventh year, the Cattle Council of Australias (CCA) rising champion program is about helping the next generation of beef industry leaders to step up.
As a finalist, Mr Brown attended a three day program in Canberra on Monday and today (Tuesday), which enabled him to network with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, learn effective communication techniques, develop his leadership skills and participate in CCA committee meetings.
Mr Brown said he was both surprised and pleased to be named as a finalist in the awards.
I have grown up on this farm (in Wattle Bank), where we run a mixed enterprise of both beef cattle and sheep, he said.
The fact I am running a business that involves cattle and have been involved in Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) and other industry programs probably helped to get me across the line.
Being involved in SAMRC has been a great experience for me. It is essentially about trying to get the private sector more involved in the research that is happening in Gippsland and Tasmania.
In May, Mr Brown was sponsored to attend a company directors course in Canberra, which was another reason he applied to the rising champion program.
The CCA program is a good follow on from the company directors course, which was one of the best things I have even done, he said.
The winner of the rising champion is given an opportunity to sell the beef industry, which Mr Brown is keen to do.
There is a lot of scope in the future for jobs in agriculture. Primary industries will need a lot of highly skilled people in the future, he said.
A lot of people arent aware of the opportunities within the industry and that is what this program is about, promoting those opportunities to the farmers of the future.
Mr Brown said there was still growth in the industry, but the reality is leaving school to buy a farm is becoming pretty hard.
There are other avenues to become involved in agriculture, but the challenges and opportunities are different now to what they were 20, 30 or 40 years ago, he said.
The industry is definitely changing.
The 2017 winner will be announced at a gala dinner on November 20 in Alice Springs, in conjunction with Red Meat 2017 and the Meat and Livestock Australia AGM.
A VENUS Bay woman is changing the way the Landcare story is
Kathleen Brack, the regional Landcare program officer for the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority for just three years, has created new messages and found innovative ways of engaging with her community.
Her efforts resulting is Ms Brack receiving the Austcover Young Landcare Leader Award at the Victorian Landcare Awards recently.
Working in Landcare is really the perfect fit for me as it has a focus on healthy environments as well as healthy communities, Ms Brack said.
Keen to attract more young people to Landcare, Ms Brack ran an Intrepid Landcare Retreat at Wilsons Promontory for 20 people aged from 18 to 35.
Participants learnt about Landcare, talked, hiked and worked with the local friends group, and graduates have gone on to form the Gippsland Intrepid Landcare Group.
Ms Brack has demonstrated how social media can benefit Landcare. In just a year as administrator of the Landcare in Victoria Facebook page, she has increased its fans by 35 percent.
A podcast she produces telling the stories of Landcare in West Gippsland was selected as a new and noteworthy podcast by iTunes Australia.
With the aim of explaining the social and community benefits of Landcare, Ms Brack recently conducted a social return on investment study on a Merriman Creek Landcare Group project.
This study found that for every dollar spent on a Landcare project, there is at least a $3.41 return in social value.
Ms Brack has also driven the implementation of a new iPad mapping system for the five Landcare networks in Gippsland, and has organised many workshops, a training course and field days.
In her previous position as a project officer for the South Gippsland Landcare Network,s Ms Brack was a driving force in the creation of the South Gippsland Equine Landcare Group.
She consulted with the community on the type of support horse owners needed and supported the people who came forward to form the group. The group has more than 500 followers on its Facebook page, and is an important contact point and information source for horse owners in Gippsland.
Her work in South Gippsland included developing the South Gippsland Landcare Network Koala Habitat Preservation Enhancement and Restoration Plan 20122015.
Ms Brack was involved in biolink planning and community engagement as part of the plan.
She developed a schools program about koalas in the Strzelecki Ranges and delivered it to primary schools in Poowong, Toora, Foster, Fish Creek and Tarwin Valley, as well as to two Leongatha kindergartens.
Ms Brack also designed a citizen science website, where people from across Gippsland could record their koala sightings. More than 150 sightings were logged over a four year period.
After growing up in rural New South Wales, she s...
ACCORDING to the age-old tale, chickens have been laying eggs
since the dawn of time, if not before however, producing an object
as big as your own head every day, is a feat that should not be
As the backyard farmer knows well, its easy to make a scramble of the process, with soft or fractured egg shells a sure sign that your birds are lacking a nutritious diet.
The process of producing a chicken egg is formulaic. First, the hen produces the yoke and the white, drawing from the proteins and vitamins consumed in the morning.
In the afternoon, the layer turns to a calcium rich diet, consuming the ingredients needed to produce a strong shell.
Whilst its less obvious from looking at a chickens egg if the bird lacks specific proteins and vitamins, the implications of a diet low in calcium are obvious.
When an egg is laid by a chicken lacking in calcium, the shell is either soft or fractured.
A hen needs 2.2 grams of calcium to produce each egg and the right balance of phosphorus, poultry nutritionist Grant Richards said.
Anything less and the shell comes out under formed.
Unfortunately for the chickens and your breakfast plate, many backyard diets make sourcing enough calcium difficult.
A diet of hap hazard food scraps common to the backyard farm, have little consideration for what the hen needs to keep its production line chugging.
Chickens naturally seek out calcium in the afternoon to aid in egg shell production, Mr Richards said.
Most scrap based diets fall short of satisfying a birds intense nutritional needs.
Supplementing or complementing a scrap based diet with a crushed grain feed such as Eggs 4 Sure, provides welcome dietary relief for the chickens.
Eggs 4 Sure, produced by Victorian based company, Reid Stockfeeds, has been specifically formulated to provide a laying chicken with their required daily dose of calcium, plus important proteins and vitamins critical to the production of a nutritious egg.
A scrap based diet contains about 10 percent dry matter, which is where the proteins, vitamins and minerals are stored. A formulated grain based feed like Eggs 4 Sure, contains 88 percent dry matter, Mr Richards said.
Eggs 4 Sure contains a calcium rich, limestone formula known as grit. The chickens seek out the grit in the afternoon, easily satisfying two-thirds of their daily intake requirements.
To add a crushed grain formula such as Eggs 4 Sure into a chickens diet, its recommended starting with small quantities, allowing time for the chicken to adjust. Hens should be fed approximately 125-150 grams of Eggs 4 Sure daily.
For more information on a grain base chicken diet or Eggs 4 Sure, visit the Reid Stockfeeds website at www.reidstockfeeds.com.au/poultry-stockfeed
BAIA Pugh represented Wonthaggis St Josephs Primary School at
the National Cross Country Championships recently.
Held in Rokeby, Hobart, the top six cross country runners in the state finals went to nationals. Baia was fourth in the state in the U10s.
After coming first at her school, Baia excelled in all other stages to earn her place at national level.
The Victorian U10s team came third. They also participated in a relay the next day and came first.
While they werent on the track, the runners enjoyed an excursion to Port Arthur.
The opening ceremony was a good experience, and I got to meet a lot of new friends who like to run, Baia said.
Baia enjoys being active, playing basketball and netball, and training with Wonthaggi Little Athletics. In the past, she has made it to state level in track and field. Her favourite event is the 1500m.
The school was proud to see her improve this year and compete at a high level.
Baia said she is looking forward to trying out again next year.
She also thanked iDIG Developments and Autobarn Wonthaggi for their sponsorship. The donations helped Baia organise her uniform and her trip to Tasmania.
MDU went all the way on Saturday during the Alberton league
grand final; all four teams won a premiership.
The stakes were high but the MDU A Grade girls took the game to a whole new level with a thumping 50-34 victory over the Foster Tigers in the grand final.
For the first time on 40 years, MDU A Grade netball took home the trophy.
Foster had snuck into the grand final with an unexpected win over Fish Creek the previous week.
As predicted the game was close and intense.
Coach Ebony Best was mighty in defence and superstar Rachel Priestly was a tower of strength at goal shooter but every Demon player in between did their job superbly too as MDU conquered the game.
MDU was undefeated throughout the season but games between Fish Creek and Foster had been hard fought.
MDU started confidently and was quickly in a commanding position, nine goals in front.
Foster, somehow clawed its way back into the game and were down by five by the end of the first quarter.
The Foster defence was tireless taking many intercepts when the opportunity afforded it.
But the MDU goalers were relentless.
Foster made changes on court and from the bench at half time in an attempt to lessen the 36 to 25 blowout.
Double teaming on the goal shooter the MDU goal attack had the opportunity to show how accurate she was.
Foster on the other hand, under pressure, missed too many goals.
MDU and Toora battled it out in the B Grade grand final; both teams had crowds sitting on the edge of their seats throughout the game, especially at the end of the last quarter.
Goals were shot one after another at both ends in the last five minutes of the game, scores were up and down.
Goal attack Sophie Taratuta shot the last goal for MDU, resulting in a very close win, MDU 41 to Toora 40.
This game proved to be the highlight game of the day.
It was intense from the beginning. MDU wanted the win desperately.
Toora was just as desperate but seemed to sense an advantage from the beginning.
It was an erratic start for both teams, but Toora settled and was up 21 to 16 at half time.
Tooras goalers were teaming well and its defenders were over everything.
At three quarter time, Toora was up, 33 to 28. One sensed a Toora win but MDU had other ideas.
In the last quarter, MDU threw everything at Toora that seemed to forget it had to keep fighting.
Bad passes and a nonchalant approach from Toora saw MDU claw its way back into the game.
A nail biting final few minutes saw MDU miraculously seal the win, by the narrowest of margins.
MDUs C Grade team proved to be strong in its game against Fish Creek, scoring 45 to Fish Creeks 38.
Mikaela Witherow was quick on the court, dodging Fishy opponents like champs.
Both teams shot v...
FISH Creek survived a third quarter Toora onslaught to take out
the senior premiership for the second year running in the Alberton
Football Netball League grand final on Saturday at Meeniyan.
Fish Creek ran out the winner 17.10.112 to Tooras 10.9.69
A big crowd turned out for the grand final with Meeniyans streets packed with cars and plenty at the ground early to watch the netball and football action.
Showers persisted early in the day but mostly cleared for the senior match.
With the drenching through the week, the Meeniyan ground staff should be congratulated for the excellent playing surface which, although a bit slippery and soft on top, stood up pretty well to the three matches played on it throughout the day.
Fish Creek came out fresh and polished in the opening term and Toora looked a little flat.
Gareth Park got Fishy away to a great start with a free and 50 metres enabling him to goal. When Blaine Coates slotted a nice long goal and Andrew Seccull dribbled one home things were looking ominous.
Toora to its credit was having plenty of 50 metres entries but a mean Fishy backline cleared the ball away.
When Seccull marked and booted a great goal from the boundary line for Fishy it was the Creek 4.1.25 to Tooras no score.
Brent Cooper added the Kangaroos fifth before Toora finally broke the drought when James Maurilli-Pullin converted a beauty from the boundary line before a busy Jake Buckland added one for Fishy; at quarter time it was Fish Creek 6.2 to Tooras 1.1.
Tom Carmeron marked early in term two and converted from 25 metres out in front to extend the lead further.
Tooras Jonathon Pintus was having a great first half and he was busy along half forward and he set up two Toora chances which were rewarded with behinds.
In the Magpies best run of play for the game defender Michael OSullivan kicked to Richard Jaroszczuk in the centre; straight onto a running Ben Willder for a goal.
The Magpies were trying to lift but Fishy managed to break through for another two, through Justin Smith and Bailey Harfield-Park, to get out to a lead 9.5 to Tooras 2.4 at half time.
A few at the ground declared it was all over but they werent to imagine what would happen in the third term.
Toora managed a massive fight back which saw it slam on 7.2 to Fish Creeks 1.2 to bring the crowd out in full voice and on the edge as a fairytale comeback looked possible.
The Magpies Welles Jenkins added two, Michael OSullivan, Jonathon Pintus , Lukas. Jenkins, Luke Manders and Joshua Griffin all one each and Toora was suddenly up and about.
At three quarter time the lead was just 19 points to Fish Creek and Toora was right back in it; last change scores Fish Creek 12.8 to Tooras 9.7.
The Magpies would have to tick plenty of boxes to spring a major upset but when Jack Wes...
FISH Creek Thirds footballers won the premiership on Saturday,
after beating rivals Stony Creek by 14 points in slippery
In a low scoring game, both teams worked hard to get the ball within scoring distance, often fighting against the wind.
The first quarter was close in terms of score, with Fishy taking the lead early, nine points to two.
By half time, both teams had lifted their game, and headed into the long break with the scores level.
The score stayed level for most of the third quarter, with both teams finding it hard to make an impact on the scoreboard.
The Fishy boys picked up their game late in the quarter and managed to pull ahead of Stony, 30 to 17 by three quarter time.
The last quarter saw just three points scored between both teams, meaning the Kangaroos had the game in the bag.
The final score was 4.8.32 to 2.6.18.
THE Reserves grand final was won in the second half on Saturday,
with neither team able to take control of the game early.
With a lead of 16 points at the first quarter break, Stony Creek looked to have the game in control; however a strong second quarter from Tarwin got it to within one point at half time.
The swirling wind and intermittent showers made conditions difficult for both teams and while the oval held up well, it did prove slippery at times.
Tarwin failed to maintain its momentum after the long break and only managed to kick two points in the third quarter, while Stony piled on two goals and three points to take a 12 point lead at three quarter time.
Both teams came out firing in the last quarter, but Stony was able to make the most of the ball and managed to kick another four goals to Tarwins two.
Stony Creek ended up with a 10 goal haul, to win the game 10.7.67 to 6.5.41.
MIRBOO North courageously captured its fifth Mid Gippsland
premiership since 2006 when it defeated Yinnar by two points in a
grand final cliffhanger at Morwell Recreation Reserve on
From start to finish, the ferocity of this low scoring, bone-crunching encounter where nothing more than 14 points separated the teams was ceaseless.
Had the final siren sounded a millisecond or two later, Yinnar would have won its 14th senior premiership since 1939.
Instead, the Magpies had to settle for second best, when Max Renwick pounced on a loose ball and sent it sailing through the big white sticks, just after veteran field umpire Steven Buhagiar, blew his whistle and signalled full time.
For a fleeting moment, several Yinnar players near the goal square and many spectators who didnt hear the siren, thought Yinnar had taken the lead.
Mirboo Norths classy half back flanker Jacob Blair was easily best afield, winning the Bill McConville Medal as well as the field umpires award, after baffling the Magpies with his trademark twists and turns out of trouble and expert hand and foot deliveries to teammates.
A couple of Blairs miraculous escapes from grasping Magpie claws defied belief and made Harry Houdini look like a man locked in solitary confinement.
The mighty Tigers nail-biting victory was a triumph for second-year playing coach Clancy Bennett, who previously captained Mirboo North to flags in 2006 and 2007, after participating in four junior club premierships.
Following demoralising successive losses to Yallourn Yallourn North and Newborough in mid July, Mirboo North was seventh on the ladder and two games plus percentage out of the five.
Bennett articulately and constructively challenged his players to improve their performance and affirmed their best was equal to any side in the competition.
After the round 15 defeat, the Tigers boldly invoked a commitment to grab the premiership by winning their three remaining home and away fixtures, plus four finals which they duly did.
Showers and patchy rain during the week and into game day softened the Morwell ovals pristine surface and a south westerly breeze pushed most of the play towards the outer side boundary line.
Kicking north, Mirboo North kept Yinnar goalless in the opening term, but only managed one major itself when Brayden Wilson broke free and rammed a long shot home on the run.
The Tigers had plenty of the early play inside their forward half and were unlucky four shots narrowly missed the wide opening.
Darryl Mayman was active across the midfield for the Tigers, Dom Pinneri fired up in close, Hudson Kerr created options, Joe Brooks had Jamie Winters measure in the ruck and Jake Nash powered his way through the packs.
Both defences were rebounding well, with Blair, Julian Blackford, Daniel Taylor, Ben Richards and Bennett....
I was recently invited to speak in a panel discussion about individualism with two excellent co-panellists our illustrious former Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismores new and quite surprising Bishop Gregory Homeming. A very interesting topic in these days of late stage capitalism and one I found myself contemplating deeply before [...]
Geez, even a massive hurricane cant derail US stocks. They closed at record highs overnight (our time). That might shake the Aussie market out of its current funk and get it moving.
When I say funk, Im talking about the big stocks. The small cap end of the market in Australia is ticking over very nicely.
Actually, I saw some numbers on the market yesterday that suggest US stocks are quite healthy, fundamentally speaking. Earnings per share for companies in the S&P 500 are still rising into new highs.
As my colleagues over at Stansberry Research point out, the bears like to state that US stocks trade at an expensive 21-times earnings. However, the Stansberry guys also add that US stocks peaked in 1990 at 26-times earnings, and in 1999 at 29-times earnings.
To match those peaks, US stocks could still rise another 23% or 38%, respectively. And given that earnings are rising, they have every chance of doing it.
We can also add in the fact that investors that lend money to the US government for 10 years earn a measly 2.13%. Any timeframe less than that, and inflation is eating any real return. Warren Buffett says the same thing.
That might explain why gold is doing very will this year. In yesterdays US session, it hit its highest level in a year US$1,330. Its up 12% in the last six months.
It seems to have every chance of continuing if the AMEX Gold Bugs Index is any guide. This is a basket of US gold stocks that have strong upside from rising gold prices.
Heres the chart showing good momentum recently
Here in Australia, we have a further variable to throw into the mix the Aussie dollar. Thats because gold miners sell in US dollars, but have expenses in Aussie dollars. Ideally, if youre holding Aussie gold stocks, the Aussie dollar goes down and gold goes up.
However, the Aussie is not behaving. Its currenty still holding above 80 US cents. That probably has a lot to do with LNG.
No one seems to pay much attention to this, but Australia is racking up trade surpluses. It was $460 million in July. This could keep the Aussie dollar floating nice and high. Theres plenty more gas exports to come, and iron ore and coal are chugging along very nicely indeed.
At the start of the year, most people assumed the Aussie dollar wo...
Keith Ainge the new leader of Hillsong Safe Church Office since March 2016 was exposed as a pedophile protector by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in its Findings of October 2015 on Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches Movement (ACC).
The Australian Christian Churches Movement was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007. Brian Houston the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church, who headed the Australian AOG from 1996 to 2009, was accused by the Royal Commission of reincorporating and renaming the Australian Assemblies of God to escape making pay-outs to the boy and male teen victims of Brians father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong.
Frank Houston confessed to being a secret lifelong pedophile in 1999.
The Australian Royal Commission found that pedophile protectors Brian Houston, Keith Ainge, John McMartin, Ian Wood, George Aghajanian and...
On this special Uncommon Sense podcast, David Vine, Associate Professor in Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C., spoke to host Amy Mullins about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He was in Melbourne for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network's National Conference.
This week on Uncommon Sense David Vine, Associate Professor in Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C., spoke to host Amy Mullins about his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World. He was in Melbourne for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network's National Conference. Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University, discussed her new book, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, which details the curious life and charismatic character of Australia's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. Plus, New Matilda's National Affairs Correspondent, Ben Eltham came in to talk federal politics.
I wonder if you would care in a future blogpost to cast some light on the following?
The sole legal tender money in the final analysis is the FRN (Federal Reserve Note coins aside) collateralized by the Feds assets.All other money is private bank credit money or suchlike,including Money Market Funds and other said-to-be money-like instruments.Despite the aspersions that surround Fiat money it is in toto a small number around $1.6 bn. However there are promises to pay in FRN on demand.
Does that last fact account for the talk about banning cash ( ie the FRN) ?
Like the promise to pay in Gold it seems impossible to pay in the FRN were that ever to be demanded in size. De Gaulle ended the gold-on -demand offer so could something similar could happen to the FRN ? Back then Gold rose against all assets ditto the FRN ?
I hope you are reading this in some comfortable place, given the atrocious weather in Florida.
ANSWER: Most money is actually created by the private sector through leverage and bank loans today. This is why when there is a crash, the contraction takes down banks for it is the leverage the collapses. There has never been actual tangible money issued by any government that was worth strictly its metal content. It was always valued greater than its intrinsic value. Even the first coins issued by any government took place in Lydia, located in modern Turkey. They used gold simply because that was the private medium of exchange. People used metal and wheat as a medium of exchange. The legal code of Hammurabi specified prices in wheat and silver. The king attempted to regulate the economy, but he did not borrow money nor did he issue coins.
The definition of fiat as stated....
QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong,
I have been reading your blog for over a year now. Your posts are a superb read and one of the first things I check every morning before leaving for work! Although I admire your work and writings a great deal, Im sometimes surprised by the level of certainty you seem to have about how things will unfold in the future. You stated multiple times now that only a rising dollar will break the world monetary system, but with more and more countries trying to bypass the dollar system, how will the dollar ever get to the strength that is needed to do so? Will the world monetary system break for sure, or is there an alternative softer transition possible on a global scale?
Thank you for your insights!
B (from Belgium)
All the governments of the entire world can try their best to create some new currency to dethrone the dollar. They will fail just as Europe has failed with the Euro, You can denominate oil to peanuts in some other currency but that still will never put a dent in the dollar. Why? It is capital flows than count and trade is minimal. When you cash out of your commodity, where do you put your profits? Oh back into dollar denominated instruments?
The failure of Europe was to create a single debt. Instead, capital must still pick and choose between the Eurozone members and who do they trust more to buy their bonds. Just look at the interest rate differentials. They are all denominating their debt in Euros, but their credit ratings differ just as they do among the States that compose the USA. Germany wanted a single currency for trade, but they did not want to consolidate all the debts in Europe. Hence, we ended up with a single currency that could never become a major currency with no central core....
On 12 Sep 2017, at 2:33 pm, Council wrote:Dear RosieCouncil is in receipt of your email dated 10 September 2017 in relation to the operation of the Cashless Debit Card Trial.The District Council of Ceduna has no role in the operation of the Cashless Debit Card, including collection of data pertaining to utilisation of the Card which you seek.......
By Dr. Mercola
Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities both on land and in water are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, theres the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria at levels too dangerous to drink.
Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms.
The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods.
We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.
Coliform are bacteria present in the digestive tracts of animals and humans and are a sign of fecal contamination. Casco, Wisconsin, resident Lynda Cochart contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from her well water, which turned out to be contaminated with MRSA-infected cow manure. Cocharts home well is situated between two dairy farms that house over 1,000 cows each.
U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist Mark Borchardt, who conducted the water testing, told Cochart that What I found in your well is what I expect to find in a Third World country.
Not only was she told to stop drinking the water immediately, she was also told to keep your eyes closed and mouth shut wh.........
LEONGATHA Primary School celebrated Literacy and Numeracy Week with a read aloud session on Wednesday, where parents, grandparents and friends came to their childrens classroom and listened to them read.
On Friday, staff and students dressed up as a book characters and had a lot of fun at assembly parading their costumes, to mark Book Week.
Two things are essential for a Berliner night out: electro and sex. Put the two of them together and you have KitKatClub. This inconspicuous party place is home to some of the most notorious white-powdered benders in not only Berlin, but the world. KitKat is first and foremost a sex club, but if youre not super keen on the fondling, that doesnt mean you have to miss out. Just dress the part and dont be put off by sleazy assumptions. Sex parties are pretty much the norm in Berlin. Its good enough for R-Patz so its obviously THE place to be.
The dress code is extremely strict and, like many clubs in Berlin, you actually only have a 50% chance of getting let in for no reason other than the fact you are a foreigner. Have anything leather? Wear it. If not, try whatever remotely kinky outfit you can put together. If youre not quite the kink connoisseur, try handcuffs, black party masks or not wearing any clothes at all. Just so you know, youll be surrounded by people in gimp masks and chains, so feel free to experiment. Slave or master? You decide.
The entrance is extremely discreet and looks more like a brothel than a raging night party. Perhaps try Google street viewing before arriving to avoid confusion. Do not get entirely inebriated at home; this is way too un-Berliner and youll look like a fool, but more importantly youll instantly be denied entry no matter how cock-hungry you look.
Avoid speaking too much: clubs in Berlin have a very locals-only vibe going on. These types of places are supposedly secrets and the last thing they want is a Contiki bus full of disgraceful puking foreign patriots pulling up outside. On approach to the bouncers, just act like you are way too cool for everything, but also a bit like you are a bitch on heat. Then you should be good to go. Dont lose your cool after passing through the first checkpoint though those kink police are only the beginning. Once inside, the heavy black doors (in place to screen that horrible thing called the sun), you arrive at the cloakroom. More judging means more shutting that little mouth of yours.
Down the ultra-violet lit hall and several fluorescent psychogenic artworks and there you are: KitKat in all its glory. The club itself consists of three dance floors, an outdoor area with a pool and numerous relaxation...
Delta Funtionen, a producer born from the blooming Dutch dance music underground has made a name for himself for his variety in tastes and respect for old school genres. Italo disco, Detroit techno and old school electro not only influence his production, but the choice cuts of deep dance tunes he curates on his label Radio Matrix.
In a spaced out hour for Spin The Bottle, Delta Funktionen drops some fine selections of electro, techno and energetic house. Packed full of acidic melodies, 303 style percussion and unrelenting bass lines, this mix is an intense, nostalgic experience.
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Image Courtesy of Foghorn Stringband American old time four piece Foghorn Stringband are returning to Australia this October for a series of dates around the country. The band have already been announced as part of the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and have now added a whole bunch of other dates up and down the 
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Northern Territory police recently published the photographs and names of two boys aged 11 and 14 on their official Facebook page, advising followers that the boys are wanted for questioning in relation to recent unlawful entries and calling for information on their whereabouts. The post was deleted after a
Further to Spartacus post last week about Australias pitiful ranking in the 2017 World Bank Doing Business survey, the World Economic Forum 2016-2017 Competitiveness Index provides more for Australians to be proud of.
The World Economic Forums Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017:
assesses the competitiveness landscape of 138 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.
Australias ranking out of 138 . drum roll please . 22nd. Down from 21st in 2015-2016.
Coming 22nd is one thing. Coming 22nd behind such bastions of competitiveness as France (21st) and Belgium (17th). Thats a highlight then isnt it.
The report also covers Australias most problematic factors for doing business. And what are the top 4? Government, government, government and government:
Its a good thing we have a good liberal government here. Oh wait.
Can someone please turn the lights off on the way out. Oh wait again. The lights no longer work.
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Now that advance voting has opened, things have got real. Who
should you vote for? If you read this blog, you probably want a
progressive, left-wing government which will reduce inequality,
save our rivers, bring our emissions under control, and make houses
more affordable. You probably want a Labour-led government, working
with the Greens (and possibly the Maori Party) rather than Winston.
How do we get that? Simple: give your party vote to one of the
components of the coalition you prefer.
That could be Labour, it could be the Greens, it could be the Maori Party - a party vote for any of these three will help. IMHO there are sound tactical reasons for supporting one of the smaller options: to ensure the Greens make it into Parliament (and thus that a left coalition is a real option, rather than Labour being forced into the arms of Winston), and to get the progressive voices in the Maori Party in too (Marama Fox seems pretty solid and very inclined to work with Labour and the Greens, but they need ~2% of the party vote to get her in). If neither of those floats your boat, then vote for Labour. Don't vote for Winston unless you're a racist. And don't bother about TOP, because they're cat-hating arseholes who won't make it over the threshold, so votes for them are simply wasted.
Note that this is a recommendation for your party vote, because that's what determines the overall shape of Parliament and therefore who will be in government. It doesn't really matter what you do with your electorate vote (though if you live in Ohariu, please don't vote for the fascist).
Every party vote counts. If you want change, make sure you vote for it, by party-voting left.
The situation on Manus is again reaching crisis point, as the situation there and on Nauru grows more desperate. Join the big march for refugees to build the pressure to #BringThemHere.
In Australia, Peter Duttons latest cruelty is cutting off income support and evicting from accommodation at least 100 refugees from the #LetThemStay group. They have been in Australia for medical treatment and were kept here by the #LetThemStay campaign last year.
We want contingents of cyclists, skaters, rollerbladers, schools, unions and musical groups to join us for a march through the city. We will have just two short speeches before we set off to walk, ride, roll.
Pressure on the r...
A NEW installation and expanded program of events has been announced for Parrtjima A Festival in Light, the celebration of central Australian art and culture illuminating Alice Springs from Friday, September 22, to Sunday, October 1. The festival hub Apurte-irretyeke (Getting Together) will come to life with live talks, events and music. In addition to the installations and illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, Medicine Space (Awelya-akerte Apmere [Medicine Country]) is a new installation featuring artwork by Artists of Ampilatwatja that will transform Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound. Medicine Space projects a series of artworks by Ampilatwatja artists Michelle Pula Holmes, Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton and Kathleen Nanima Rambler onto hanging semi-transparent fabric, suspended in the desert and moving freely in the breeze, as images appear and disappear.
In the last few weeks, a mass exodus of more than a quarter of a million Rohingya, terrorised and starving, have fled towards the Bangladeshi border a frontier that the Burmese military, known as the Tatmadaw, have booby trapped with land mines. This unfolding tragedy is a reminder that some people are considered superfluous. Its a reminder that some lives matter less than others and that some people are sacrificed to serve the political and economic ends of others.
Australian actress Margot Robbie is generating Oscar buzz after the premiere of the compelling I, Tonya at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Robbie surprisingly finds comedy and humanity in Tonya Harding, the notorious Olympic US skater whose famous rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan ended with the latter being attacked with a hammer.
The film is the biggest acquisition of the film festival, selling for $US5 million.
Director Craig Gillespies film was the hottest property in Toronto, with many predicting Oscar nominations for Robbie and co-star Allison Janney, who plays Hardings mother, LaVona Golden.
The movie introduces itself as based on irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Harding and Jeff Gillooly, Hardings scheming ex-husband. Gillooly and Hardings bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, became tabloid regulars after they were arrested for hiring an attacker to break the leg of Hardings top competition, Kerrigan, in 1994.
No release date has been announced, but the film is expected to be put into US theatres later this year in time for awards season.
West Ryde Public School celebrated its centenary last Wednesday with a back to school spectacular for former students and parents. The birthday cake was cut by the oldest known student 95 year old Rosalie Calvert Bridgman assisted by the two youngest present day students. School motto on the birthday cake reads: Nothing Left Unattempted. 
Local Democracy is The Winner! Local Democracy is the true winner from last Saturdays Local Government elections held in TWT Territory. Elections had been delayed for twelve months in a number of Council areas pending court cases against the Berejiklian coalition governments forced mergers attempts. The Berejiklian government has paid the price with massive protest 
As I scooted to Ubud for the first time, a lush village tucked away in Balis mountains, visions of green smoothies, monkey forests, rice paddies and serene pleasure spas filled my mind. These spas, I hoped, would set me on the path to finally finding myself whatever that means.
But losing my Ubud virginity was, well, a lot like losing my actual virginity. That is to say, it was disappointing and shame inducing, with a lingering feeling of dirtiness that wouldnt scrub off. That last part isnt a metaphor.
With wrinkly feet from a day of trekking through monsoonal jungle, I could think of nothing better than a fresh coat of shellac and a cheeky foot rub followed by a traditional flower bath overlooking the rice fields, and, to top it all off, a crisp flute of Moet.
The words Ultimate Spa Package had twinkled in the reflection of my friend Maddys eyes as we arrived in the village. At first glance, 230 000 IDR ($23 AUD) for a full body aromatherapy massage, coconut body scrub, therapeutic facial and flower bath felt like we had won the bloody lotto. Maddy and I couldnt wipe the grins off our faces, and she had her kit off like a prom dress before I could blink twice about the deal.
I entered a mildewed room through a cotton curtain hanging from a pole and was greeted by a stench of either burning hair or a three-day-old pile of spew. My stomach began to turn.
Four beds lined a shoebox-sized room and their paisley patterned sheets barely disguised scraps of what I think were dead skin remains as I proceeded to nervously remove all of my clothes and slip on the disposable underwear provided, which was big enough for a sumo wrestler. Two men and a lady acknowledged me with intense stares as I got changed.
I lay down on the table face first and shrieked as my head went straight through the tattered hole. Without warning, the masseuse straddled me like Steve Irwin taming a croc in an Aussie zoo.
When my full-body belting came to a halt, Maddy and I glanced over at each other through hair-covered faces. My vision was blurry, as my contacts had rolled to the back of my head from the force. A bead of sweat dripped from Maddys forehead and a guilty wave of relief rushed through me knowing that shed endured a similar beating.
Okay, time for coconut scrub! the petite Balinese woman exclaimed. Oh god, I thought. I was already prepared to retire to my Moet, but hoped the...
Gladesvilles compassionate toddlers have made dozens of teddy bears to give to the children of refugees. The teddy bear project is the initiative of Christ Church Gladesvilles Temp class of preschoolers who felt a need to do something to show less fortunate children how much they care. Class teacher Miss Maddie said the children had 
2017 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Quest opens this week with fabulous prizes to win. Entry is free and is open to all young ladies sixteen years of age and over on Granny Smith Festival Day Saturday October 21 in Eastwood. 2017 TWT Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen will star in the 
Local voters have turned towards Independent, Labor and Greens candidates in Ryde, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Canada Bay with only one in three voters supporting the Liberal Party in these former blue ribbon Liberal areas. As counting continues, the Ryde Liberals took only 31 per cent of the primary vote only just ahead of 
According to Wikipedia, Antifa is defined as:
a militant political movement of autonomous, self-styled anti-fascist groups. They focus more on fighting far-right and white supremacist ideology directly than on encouraging pro-left policy. The salient feature of Antifa is to oppose fascism by direct action. Antifa groups are known for militant protest tactics, including property damage and physical violence. They tend to be anti-government and anti-capitalist, and are made up of anarchists, communists and socialists. They are predominantly far left and radical left. Antifas militant challenge to free speech has been criticized.
Antifa has a representation in Australia, including their own Facebook page. This is from a post today:
Most of us are individuals working within our own capacity. However we need unions, working class suburbs, minority organisations, and future revolutionary political organisations to organise under the banner of antifascism when the failures of capitalism intensifies.
Their activities were also described in the SMH in 2016 including of one of their representatives:
Hes 28 years old, with neat fingernails, unbrushed brown hair and puffy cheeks. He wants a revolution. Hes gluten intolerant. He advocates the overthrow of capitalism. Hes studying at the University of Sydney and expects to work in IT.
For those of us who are old enough to remember, there used to be this thing called the cold war. And the most visible manifestation of the cold war was the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall was opened up in November 1989 and demolition commenced June 1990.
For those who dont know or cant remember, the name of the Berlin Wall given by those who put up the wall was Antifaschistische Schutzwall which translates into anti-fascist protection wall. It was also the propaganda name given to it by the East German Government.
Antifa. Antifascists. Yep. We area heading in the right direction.
Ryde Hospitals site operations manager Matthew Noone is urging local artists and photographers to enter their works in a staff and community art and photographic competition now open to residents of Ryde and Hunters Hill local government areas. He is pictured in front of the Hospitals stunning new photographic display featuring the magnificent blue 
Gladesville Shopping Village Fathers Day competition was drawn last week by Gladesville Chamber of Commerce new Secretary Maria Zappia in centre court observed by a shopper and TWT editor John F Booth AM, Centre Manager David Taitz and centre executive assistant Agi Broholm. Winners are advertised on this page. TWT on-The-spot PHOTO.
TWT STIR TEAM SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE REPORT By The Weekly Times Special Team of Investigative Reporters (TWT STIR Team) Companies controlled by two former employees of ex-Ryde mayor Colonel Bill Pickerings lobbying firm were listed as official lobbyists for Holdmark Property Group, the developer behind two controversial large scale local developments. Michael Cooke and Greg Coli, both former lobbyists for Pickerings Hugo 
Four new members of Ryde Council attended Monday nights Eastwood Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting in the Eastwood Hotel hosted by licensee Greg Barclay. They were welcomed by Chamber President Vic Tagg and Secretary Steve Colquhoun. New Councillors Dr Peter Kim Labor West Ward, Trenton Brown Liberal West Ward, Bernard Purcell Labor Central Ward and 
Annual Spring Harvest returns to Elizabeth Farm at 70 Alice Street Rosehill this Sunday September 17 with an exciting day of free, family-friendly activities from 10am to 3pm. Come and enjoy hands-on food demonstrations , fascinating talks and taste, sip and shop at the markets offering Sydneys finest artisan food products as we celebrate the 
Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts has paid tribute to The Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Hunters Hill, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the laying of the churchs foundation stone this week. A new memorial stone was blessed last Sunday to celebrate the anniversary alongside a celebration Mass. The parish will also honour 
RETIREMENT villages are much more than just a place to live. Many studies over the years have shown that they foster happy, healthy communities and also help to solve the problem of social isolation, which affects one in five older Australians. At Leisure Lea Gardens Retirement Village in Marsfield, residents are encouraged to take part 
Congratulations to Jade Marquez (pictured), winner of both the 13 years Classical Ballet Solo and 13 years Demi-Character Solo at the recent Ryde Eisteddfod. Jade is in Year 8 at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and has been studying ballet at North Shore Dance Academy in St Ives for ten years. Jade has 
Former Assistant Police Commissioner Clive Small (pictured) is special guest speaker at tonights (Wednesday) Hunters Hill Rotary talk at Gladesville Sporties Club at 7pm. The decorated Small the man who put Ivan Milat behind bars -will present some fascinating stories on policing that the general public dont get to hear. Entry is free. For 
RYDE Eastwood Leagues Club recently presented donations to some of the key recipients of the Club grants program for 2017. Pictured seated l to r Helen OConnor (Wheelchair Sports); Heather Pinto (Christian Community Aid Eastwood); Emma Lodewijks (Rydalmere East Public School); Ryde Eastwood Leagues Vice President Dennis Petkovich; Deborah Smith (Rydalmere East Public School); Cate 
Carisbrook Historic House at 334 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove will host a Springtime Garden Seminar this Sunday September 17 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Youll hear from Professor Margaret Burchett (ornamentals and indoor plants); Lane Coves phalaenopsis orchid expert Lou Mayer; Dr Alex Pulkownik (plants as green engines); Mark Wolff (propagating native plants), Norm Webb 
To The POINT with STEVE DRAKE AS THE rugby and soccer seasons give way to cricket once again and the sleeping administrations rouse themselves for another season, so too have the various entities within the Sydney City & Suburban Cricket Association. The coming of Spring signals preparations surrounding the new cricket season are in full 
EPPING: Chamber inquiries President Tony Hackett 9869-8900; 0418 413 226 or secretary Betty Ockerlander 8876-5888. EASTWOOD: Meet second Monday each month. AGM on Tuesday September 19 at Eastwood Club, 6A Hillview Road, Eastwood from 7pm. Inquiries president Vic Tagg 0412 369 510 or secretary Steve Colquhoun 9874-0221. GLADESVILLE: Meet third Tuesday each month. Next meeting 
Last year, people from all over Brisbane joined together to provide over 200 backpacks filled with necessities and toys to kids from refugee backgrounds and families seeking asylum. You can read all about the success of the Backpack project, which began in 2016 as the brainwave of Brisbane mum Alison Reynolds, here, and join the Facebook group here.
It was another languid night in the Philippines when my cousins decided to treat me to a local delicacy. We convened around the family dinner table, gathering plates and salt to prepare for our feast.
We tapped the top of the egg on the table, forging light cracks.
First, you drink the broth, my cousins instructed. I followed suit and brought the shell to my lips. The flavour was inviting and warm, reminiscent of the many broths mum would serve on the table in Melbourne. I drank from the egg like I would a shot of liquor, and the liquid cleared to reveal a hodgepodge of yolk, egg white and the crown jewel: a duck foetus.
Its better if you swallow it whole, said my cousin it being the duck foetus lodged in the egg, cooked alongside the yolk and white.
I sunk my teeth in and passed the contents of my mouth down my throat without incident. They were right, it was better. I quickly finished the rest of it, which was basically the same as your standard hard-boiled egg sans foetus.
I put my empty shell on the table and my cousins and I giggled. I was filled with this satisfaction that despite living so far away, I was still able to share these moments with them.
Youre really a Filipino, huh? my eldest cousin said, bemused and slightly surprised. I flashed him a proud smirk.
When I told this story in Australia it was received very differently. Id get the most devious look on my face, as if I was going to rock my friends worlds.
I ate a duck foetus LOL!
I revelled in their disgusted exclamations. A foetus? How crazy!
I used to whip it out whenever I wanted to draw attention to myself. It was like my own little party trick, made at my cultures expense. Being non-white in a Western country basically commodifies your cultural experience for the entertainment of the masses, and for the longest time I would cash in hard. It was exploitative, sensationalist and downright disrespectful.
Theres something so insidious about recoiling at a cultures food at face value. Food is such a fundamental piece of the human experience that it almost feels personal when its ridiculed. You are what you eat, after all..........
BEIJINGChinese authorities are preparing to shut down the countrys bitcoin exchanges, according to people familiar with the matter, reflecting a growing unease with the virtual currency and its recent surge in value.
The policy shift in the worlds No. 2 economy shows how nations are wrestling with bitcoin and its place in the financial system. In China, specifically, the governments attack on bitcoin comes amid a focus on
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has rejected criticism of its parking enforcement during the Leongatha Daffodil Festivals inaugural street festival on September 2.
The Star was contacted by many people unhappy with fines being issued during the street festival, which saw Bair Street closed for a market and other festivities.
Councils local laws coordinator Bruce Gardiner said no one came to council refusing to pay a fine, despite The Star being informed to the contrary.
While council issued five parking fines on Saturday, September 2, a further 26 infringement notices were issued in two hour areas in the Leongatha CBD during separate patrols by two officers on Friday, September 1.
Mr Gardiner said he was unaware of any negative feedback other than that expressed on The Stars Facebook page last week.
Its incredibly unfair for people to criticise or berate our staff for simply doing their job. Our officers get no joy from issuing infringement notices to fellow members of this community, Mr Gardiner said.
For them to be held up to public ridicule and abuse in such circumstances is unconscionable behaviour by those that participated.
The easiest thing in the world to avoid is a parking infringement. Our signs are clear and tell drivers what is expected of them when they park their vehicle. In times when there is the highest demand for parks sometimes people have to park a little further away and walk to the event.
Mr Gardiner said on Saturday, September 2, one infringement notice was issued to a driver overstaying in a one hour area in McCartin Street.
A further four infringement notices were issued to drivers who had parked in no standing, loading and taxi zones.
When people park in such areas they force the legitimate users (delivery drivers, taxis, etc) to stop in dangerous areas to undertake their business, Mr Gardiner said.
He said local business owners praised council for patrolling parking areas as the turnover of traffic was good for business.
The Star was told a visitor to the area who was fined said she would never come back to Leongatha.
Our understanding is that the only person fined for overstaying on Saturday was a local resident. If someone parked in a no standing or loading zone they should not be surprised they received a ticket, Mr Gardiner said.
In the wake of community concern about parking fines issued during the Daffodil Festival, council local laws officers will be releasing educative materials about parking in the coming months, leading into the busy Christmas shopping period.
Parking spaces are a limited resource. We cant simpl...
WITH a master plan on the way and works in place to increase capability, Bass Coast Healths Wonthaggi Hospital is on its way to gaining subregional status.
At a public access meeting held recently, the hospital outlined its plans for new treatment including telemedicine to rapidly treat stroke patients and brachytherapy for prostate cancer patients and ongoing modifications to the emergency department.
Twelve months ago, we spoke about our financial, historical and internal struggles. We told people to bear with us and be kind because we were doing our best. We dont have to do that anymore, board chairman Don Paproth said.
With our outstanding CEO (Jan Child), senior staff and board, we can talk about improving health outcomes and the quality of life for our patients.
To achieve better health outcomes, Bass Coast Health has increased its partnerships with metro health facilities, which has opened the hospital up to more resources.
One such partnership is with The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Through this partnership, Bass Coast Health recently launched its telemedicine program to treat stroke patients.
Rapid treatment means the difference life, death and disability. This is a huge accolade for Bass Coast Health, Dr Chris Bladin from the Florey Institute said.
The telemedicine program has been rolled out to 16 hospitals in regional and rural Victoria. The technology allows local doctors to immediately connect with specialists from Melbourne to treat patients efficiently and effectively.
The protocol for stroke patients is to have an urgent cat scan. The technology allows a Melbourne neurologist to quickly have eyes on a patients scan and direct local doctors. Doctors can discuss the situation with a specialist, quickly diagnose and begin treatment.
We are very proud that if you have a stroke in Victoria, you will receive the same level of care in Wonthaggi as you would if you lived five kilometres away from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Bladin said.
It also provides reassurance. One in three calls is not a stroke, but some other neurological condition. One in five patients has stroke thrombolysis and clot busting treatment.
Bass Coast Health is also looking to start brachytherapy a new form of radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
According to consultant radiation oncologist Louise Nardone, Gippsland has the worst survival rates for prostate cancer in Victoria, and men are twice as likely to have non curative treatment in Gippsland.
Access to curative treatment can be an issue, so we have plans to introduce brachytherapy to three centres: Bass Coast Health, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Bairnsdal...
ONE of the VicForests logging coupes proposed for Mirboo North abuts Lyrebird Walk.
Mirboo North resident and business owner Julie Parke thinks the proposal is absurd.
Overwhelmingly the reason for choosing South Gippsland is that its just so beautiful, she said.
Money cant buy the peace and serenity of the area around Mirboo North, but logging the forests is a sure way to ruin it.
Ms Parke said the Lyrebird Walk was iconic.
Lyrebirds are majestic native birds are unique and need our protection, she said.
As stewards of this country it is our responsibility to ensure the landscape is allowed to continue to protect native birds and animals.
The Strzlecki Ranges are a popular tourist attraction for domestic and overseas visitors.
The tourists will stay away in droves if what they come to see is denuded for wood chips, and they are also battling the roads with heavily laden logging trucks.
VicForests, a government owned logging agency, proposes to log state forest north of Mirboo North.
Daniel Andrews, please put your foot down on this destructive madness now, before its too late, Ms Parke said.
Many other Mirboo North residents have shared their concerns.
I strongly object to any clear felling, or any logging at all, in the Strzelecki Forest, said Jeny Taylor, owner of Inner Journeys yoga, situated 400 metres from the proposed logging at Lyrebird Walk.
The little amount of forest we have left in this area is habitat to many native creatures, both large and small, which have less and less habitat to survive in.
In particular, the superb lyrebird, which has been missing from this area for many years, has only recently returned to this forest.
Ms Taylor added, Along with the wildlife, as a resident in close proximity to the planned locations I shall be constantly bombarded with both the noise of the trucks and of the felling itself, noise which travels loudly over these hills.
I moved to this area for the peace and quiet of the country with its natural wildlife sounds and for sharing the country with its natural inhabitants.
Have they no rights at all? We have so little forest left in this area and no more at all between here and the coast.
This planned logging is ill thought through and appears to be pandering to the business interests involved. I am bitterly disappointed that this is even being considered.
VicForests general manager of stakeholders and planning Lachlan Spencer said VicForests formally calls for public submissions through public advertisements o...
BASS Coasts three bin system has been launched with a positive response from the community.
Residents and businesses now have three bins: a green lidded green waste and organics bin, a yellow lidded recycling bin and a red lidded landfill bin.
In the first four days, 96.94 tonnes of organic waste was collected, with only 740 kilograms of contamination.
This is a contamination rate of 0.765 per cent.
The contamination has mostly been non-compostable single use plastic bags. We ask people to make sure they are using the caddy liners provided by council, or if they want to use a different size bag these must have the AS4736 logo (compostable bags) and be the same lime green color, councils manager sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma said.
Contamination is picked up at three different stages of the collection process.
The removal of contamination takes time, effort and resources, decreasing the efficiency of the process.
If contamination is not picked up, the compost is not usable, resulting in a waste of resources.
While contamination can be an issue, removing organics from landfill has added four years to the life of the Grantville landfill.
Removing organics from landfill also reduces the greenhouse gas and leachate produced by landfill into the future. These reductions will result in an immediate reduction of EPA levies, saving the community hundreds of thousands of dollars in the short term and potentially millions into the future, Ms Griepsma said.
This saving benefits ratepayers as it allows more funds to be focused on services for the community.
Aileen Huitema of Wrenches Footwear in Wonthaggi welcomed the new bins said there was still some confusion.
It can be confusing to know what can go in the organics bin, but I think once people are used to it, its achievable, she said.
Its a good idea in the long run. Itll make people more conscious of the environment.
As a business, it will be hard to be vigilant. We have a lot of paper in our store though, which can go into the organics bin, so it wont be so bad. It will certainly get people thinking.
Council will continue to offer education and answer community questions about the new system.
Information can be found through school and community programs, Facebook, councils website and information packs available from council offices.
The waste team has also begun home visits to those who are expressing difficulty with the new system to offer assistance, support and advice.
The low levels of contamination and few enquiries relating to....
A P PLATER lost control during extreme weather, flipping his vehicle at Korumburra last Tuesday, September 5.
The 21 year old Koo Wee Rup man was driving along the South Gippsland Highway towards Korumburra, a few kilometres out of the town, at 4.15pm.
Police said he collided with the embankment before hitting a wire safety barrier.
His vehicle rolled and slid 30m away from the road.
Police said the man lost control of the vehicle when he was travelling down the hill and sweeping around a right hand bend, causing him to crash on the left side of the road.
The man was unharmed and taken to hospital for observation.
DAIRY farmers stand to benefit from an extension to an arrangement between dairy companies Burra Foods of Korumburra and ViPlus of Toora.
ViPlus announced an extension to its partnership with Burra Foods which sees ViPlus buy local milk powder from Burra Foods to manufacture products.
The arrangement will result in more jobs at ViPlus Toora factory.
Burra Foods and ViPlus are a logical fit as both are committed to maximising the value of what South Gippsland offers, a world best supply chain for milk, Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers said.
Burras business to business focus and ViPlus business to consumer skills complement each other, enhancing the opportunity for success.
ViPlus revealed it had secured international agreements into new markets in the Middle East, as well as Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore.
The company plans to enter the market in Africa by the end of this year.
ViPlus is also developing a strong presence in the Australian market place with distributor partner IR Exchange group, and China remains an integral part of the companys growth strategy.
Over the next 12 months, ViPlus will produce approximately 10 million milk powder products for the Australian market, as well as exporting to China and other countries.
Its a long term commitment to Burra Foods and the local producers, ViPlus CEO Peter Cunningham said.
He said ViPlus is expected to grow by at least 50 percent in the next 12 months.
More than 40 local staff are employed at the Toora production factory, which reopened in 2012.
We expect a probable increase in staff, whether it is an extension of the hours of the existing shifts or there might be requirement to bring in a further shift, he said.
It means more jobs in Toora in the future and it means the ultimate beneficiaries are local dairy farmers.
Mr Crothers said Burra Foods continued to upskill staff and recruit new talent.
We are comfortable with our milk supply volume at the moment so we have no immediate plans to recruit new suppliers, he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, a former dairy farmer, said, Companies like ViPlus add value to the dairy industry and grow our community.
We thank ViPlus for their investment in South Gippsland and we look forward to future investments as they come along.
Last Tuesday, September 5, councils economic development unit joined with ViPlus to host Australian and Chinese media at a showcase of local producers, including a cheese producer, a wine producer, a boutique brewery and distillery. T...
Darwin tour operator filmed spraying hose towards Aboriginal man |
NITV: The sign displayed outside the shop reads Darwin Fishing
A NITV reporter was asked to leave the shop and ushered outside when attempting to ask staff about the incident.
Go and talk to the police we were hosing really far away from him, a man in the store told NITV before closing the shop door.
There was widespread condemnation on Facebook after the video was published.
"This is disgraceful!! I have always planned to go for a trip up to Darwin and I would much rather sit with this beautiful Aboriginal elder and ask him for stories about the land and where are the best places to visit and stay, share a cold drink with him maybe have a meal with him and ask him to be our tour guide but certainly not spray him with a f*****g hose!!, wrote Jody M Shaw on the Facebook page of Welcome to Country.
Another commenter, Marion Pepping-nee Payne Wow said: "I can't believe that something this shameful happened in Australia in 2017. I feel so horrified and ashamed to be an Australian. "
Billy Bragg Photo By Stuart Bucknell Photography The Anas Mitchell song Why We Build the Wall, despite being part of her 2010 ancient greek folk-opera Hadestown has turned out to be surprisingly prescient in todays global political climate. So its probably no surprise that social activist and folk singer Billy Bragg has chosen to cover 
Jen Cloher describes her new self-titled album as intimate, although its an intimacy that stretches far beyond personal confession. Cloher harnesses honesty to comment on Australian politics, suburban fatigue, and the modern musical landscape.
Jen Clohers eponymous fourth album debuted at number five on the ARIA charts. Shes appreciative of the attention her new album is receiving, although these days she judges herself by a different metric. I guess to me success is longevity and just continuing to make art.
Its a mature approach to a profession thats associated with fame and fortune, but thats more more realistically experienced as sacrifice and struggle. Cloher runs the label Milk! Records with her partner Courtney Barnett to support artists who arent lucky enough to crack the mainstream, and to foster artistic integrity over commercial success.
Her new album is a tribute to those who share this commitment. This whole album really is a love letter to Australia and to Australian musicians, she tells Grace and Al on Arvos.
In her song Strong Woman, she embraces the strength of women throughout history. Clohers mother was a senior professor at Auckland University for Maori Studies, and was forced to fight to establish a senior role in a patriarchal institution.
She says that women like her mother are often forced to make a difficult choice. My mother really made the choice to be respected, often more than likedand we all know what happens to women when they command respect. I mean, just look at Gillard or Clinton; they get absolutely trashed.
This harkens back to Cloher valuing longevity and integrity over acclaim. At the moment I think its really important that people tell the truth and just be really direct and honest as a kind of antidote to where it feels like politics in this world wants to go, which is to do the opposite.
The album also addresses Clohers musical relationship with girlfriend Courtney Barnett, wh...
Yes, its true that people are a mass of contradictions. You know the sort of thing. People who protest abortion on the grounds that its unforgivable because its the taking of a human life, who then tell us that they support the death penalty. Of course that one can be turned around the other way
High-profile Brisbane lawyer Sam Di Carlo has appeared briefly in court on charges of perjury, drug and ammunition offences after allegedly lying to Queenslands corruption watchdog.
The 60-year-old was arrested earlier this month over allegations by the Crime and Corruption Commission that he lied to an investigative hearing.
Di Carlo, who has been in the headlines since claiming that the $50,000 in cash carried by former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale at the Melbourne Airport belonged to a client of his, will apply in Brisbane Magistrates Court later on Tuesday to vary his bail so he can have contact with a solicitor.
Tim Wilson used his taxpayer funded printing allowance to get 10,000 copies of his colouring-in book printed and - get this - delivered to schools to be handed to the kids in his electorate. Every page features him and the Liberal Party logo. It also features his homosexual lover Ryan....
There are some in the media who use perpetual outrage as their stock-in-trade but they rarely present a balanced, or even truthful, view. Last month, Murdoch local rag, the Manly Daily, featured a story under the headline SCHOOL PLAY ON STOLEN GENERATION SHOWS CHILDREN ABUSING OTHERS Yahoo7news jumped on the story with the headline Outrage
15 years ago, Thirsty Merc bounded onto the music scene with their Summertime sounds, making their mark on radio and TV over the ensuing years and to celebrate this milestone, the band are heading back out on the road on their Take Me Back Tour kicking off in Brisbane on 2 November.
Thirsty Merc formed in Sydney in 2002 releasing their debut EP, First Work, in September, 2003, before being signed to Warner Music. The bands big break came in 2004 with the release of their debut, self titled, album which included the hits, Someday Someday and In The Summertime (the theme for Bondi Rescue since 2006).
Two more studio albums followed Slideshows in 2007 (#4 ARIA Album) and Mousetrap Heart in 2010 (#14 on the ARIA Album chart) which included radio staples, 20 Good Reasons, Mousetrap Heart and Tommy and Krista
Fast forward to 2015 Thirsty Merc released Shifting Gears, their first wholly independent and first new material in five years and spent the next few months crossing the country; running up thousands of Frequent Flyer points and sold out shows.
Besides the hits, the Take Me Back Tour is a celebration of all the music along the way and fans can expect to hear songs theyve never heard the band perform live before.
Lead singer, Rai Thistlethwayte, said today: Its thanks to the fans that were still here, loving life and music, 15 years later and this tour is a big thank you to everyone whos sung along with us over the years, as well as a great opportunity to dust off some songs weve never included in our shows.
Tickets for Thirsty Mercs Take Me Back Tour shows are on sale NOW.
Shifting Gears is out now through MGM Distribution
TAKE ME BACK TOUR
Thursday, 2 November 2017
The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday, 3 November 2017
Casino RSM Club, Casino, NSW
Friday, 10 November 2017
Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday, 12 November 2017
96FM Kickstart Summer Concert...
It can be where sustainable meets art and that is certainly the case for Nina Bishop, who designed and built her sustainable mud brick home LightFeat near Mullumbimby. Nina is opening her house this year, for the second and last time, as part of the Sustainable House Day (SHD) on Sunday, September 17, to give people a chance to see how you can both design a living space and create energy efficiencies.
Taking it up a notch this year the open day will also incorporate the launch of Repower Byron Shire by mayor, Simon Richardson at 10am at Ninas house. Repower is being launched by COREM with Enova community and Zero Emissions Byron who have a vision of a 100 per cent renewable electricity for the Byron Shire.
This is a community led movement to support and inspire us all to transition to a renewable energy future, said Dave Rawlins, COREMs Vice President.
Its about switching on people power, by using the Lock the Gate street by street model, to decrease the cost of electricity and increase local generation, while reducing carbon emissions.
This is a perfect way for individual households to make a choice to go for renewable energy and just get on with it.
Nina highlights that it is not just about sustainable house design but the everyday activities and efficiencies people can make in our lives that change and reduce our energy consumption.
It is the person who makes the house, she said with a gentle smile.
Repower is about having a focus on energy efficiency, the everyday, on-going activities we can do that makes the house eco-friendly it is not just about the structures.
Parking for the launch is on Left Bank Road look for the yellow flag and park then walk down to the house. For directi...
The residents of the normally sleepy Tweed coastal town of Hastings Point are up in arms about their headland being taken over for the filming of a major Hollywood movie.
And even though Warner Bros have finished filming the scenes for their upcoming Aquaman movie, the headland remains closed to the public while the company undertakes remediation work.
The site is managed by the Tweed Reserves Trust, which in turn is operated by Tweed Shire Council.
The council approved the filming on a 6-1 vote in June (Mayor Katie Milne being the sole opponent) in return for an undisclosed sum of money.
In a media release issued at the time, the council said the trust would conduct a workshop subsequent to the film with Screen NSW local residents, community groups, council staff, and interested councillors to develop a protocol for the future management of filming in the locality.
But locals say there has been little-to-no consultation ahead of the occupation of the site by the multinational corporation and have accused the site manager of serious misrepresentation.
Progress Association public officer Jo Kennett told Echonetdaily, We have had Warner Bros here filming Aquaman for 10 weeks with another five (to try to fix the environmental damage) to go, with our headland access blocked since July 5.
We were informed by a large sign and then a flyer the first anyone had heard of all this that it would be closed from July 5 to August 16 but access has now been limited until October 15. Thats nearly 4 months with the headland closed and for the majority of that time there has been no work or filming happening, she said.
In reality they could have done the whole thing in three weeks (or in the studio or computer generated) so why our Tweed Council General Manager gave them four months, with councillors kept completely in the dark, is anyones guess.
Ms Kennett said there had been significant environmental damage, no consultation with the community and some very questionable dealings from corporate services in Tweed Council.
Our mayor, Katie Milne, has been treated so badly as she tried to protect what is a very environmentally sensitive area, included being targeted in a Juliar Gillard type campaign in the Murdoch press, which was just horrible.
Ms Kennett said residents and visitors alike cannot believe this has been allowed to happen. Even the most pro business/development residents who thought it was all great are really angry now.
Blocked beach access
She said Warner Bros had blocked access to t...
Thanks to reader DBP for the tip. http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-humour Australian humour Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies. It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions. This unique sense of humour...
A new Programming Committee is being formed and we seek expressions of interest from existing and new volunteers who have a good understanding of the diverse needs of the Fraser Coast Community, an appreciation of many types of music and can contribute approximately ten hours a month for a period of up to two years. For more information, download the following: Programming Committee Member Position Statement and Programming Committee Policy and Guidelines. Send the completed Application Form to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it into the station any weekday morning. Expressions of Interest will close Friday 22 September, 2017.
Vandalising statues could soon get you more time behinds bars than
for killing an Aboriginal | Welcome To Country: The proposed
laws could see statue vandals being sent to jail for between three
to five times longer than people who murder Aboriginal people.
Under the new laws proposed by the Turnbull government, monuments
over 100 years old would be registered under the heritage act and
acts of vandalism would be punishable by prison terms of up to 7
years and fines up to $87,000.
These punishments dwindle in comparison to the 6 month home detention order that was given to a meth user who ran over and killed 8 year old Jack Sultan Page. Punishment would also be worse than the 2-3 year jail term handed out to Elijah Doughtys killer. When comparing these new punishments to those responsible for black deaths in custody, there is no comparison at all. There has never been a single police officer or prison officer charged and sentenced for the murder of an Indigenous man or woman in Australia.
My pelvis shifted uncomfortably on the papery lining of the bed. My legs desperately wanted to snap shut.
It will just take a few minutes longer, offered the soft-spoken doctor, noting the obvious distress on my face.
Arguably, theres nothing more invasive than having a doctor in a foreign country who resembles the embodiment of purity insert a plastic clamp inside of you then proceed to scrape the lining of your vagina until an appropriate swab sample is collected. Four long days later, I was called back into the clinic by a receptionist in clipped tones to confirm every Catholic private school girls worst fear: my sexually transmitted infection test had come back positive.
It wasnt the clap or HIV or even herpes. Id gotten myself a cute little case of chlamydia which I have since affectionately nicknamed chlamyds.
As STIs go, its definitely the best one to contract. Chlamydia is to STIs what Kendall Jenner is to the Kardashians the best of a bad bunch. Treatment is a single dose of oral antibiotics and, before you know it, you are once again free to have irresponsible, unprotected (usually shitty) sex with a stranger you met at a hostel pub-crawl.
Fun fact: Canadian medical practitioners will ask you for the name and contact details of the person who gave you the STI to urge them to also be tested and seek treatment.
Unfortunately for my doctor, the long-haired drummer who had passed it on was residing in Greece. Id banged him while backpacking through Europe en route to my semester abroad, and could feel the inevitable regret seeping in. What a ripper start to my exchange program in Toronto.
I consider myself pretty liberal when it comes to sex. I try my best to avoid judging people based on their sexual habits and am a self-professed feminist who naturally loathes the word slut.
Slut is widely defined as a woman who has loose sexual morals, a woman with many casual sex partners or a woman with low standards of cleanliness. It baffles me how gender-specific these definitions are. How many people does a girl have to sleep with before being formally recognised as a slut? And why isnt there a word for the male equivalent?
Once it sunk in that I had been given chlamydia from a boy whose name I sometimes momentarily forget, I found myself identifying with the word.
September 11, 2017 NoMoreFakeNews.com
We rarely get a chance to see a smoking gun that proves elite controllers are running the show from behind the curtain.
Thats why there is a curtain.
So Im republishing a conversation between two members of the Rockefeller Trilateral Commission (TC) and a US reporter.
First, a bit of background:
In 1969, four years before birthing the TC with David Rockefeller, Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote: [The] nation state as a fundamental unit of mans organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.
Goodbye, separate nations.
Any doubt on the question of TC goals is answered by David Rockefeller himself, the founder of the TC, in his Memoirs (2003): Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as internationalists and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structureone world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.
Who is in charge of destroying national economies, in order to create a new international order?
Who keeps pushing new economy-destroying trade treaties?
Who demands that these treaties must be ratified?
Who is in the business of killing jobs and hope?
Who demands that more US jobs disappear overseas and never come back?
The Trilateral Commission (TC).
The original stated goal of the TC was to create a new international economic order.
Here is a stunning piece of forgotten history, a 1978 conversation between a US reporter and two members of the Trilateral Commission. (Source: Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management, ed. by Holly Sklar, 1980, South End Press, Pages 192-3).
The conversation was public knowledge at the time.
Anyone who was anyone in Washington politics, in media, in think-tanks, had access to it. Understood its meaning.
But no one shouted from the rooftops. No one used the conversation to force a scandal. No one protested loudly.
"The Decline and Fall of Western Civilisation" will surely feature a chapter on "What the British Red Cross learned from the Grenfell Disaster". It's not yet 3 months since 80 people were killed and 70 injured at the Grenfell Tower. 70 fire engines and 250 firefighters took 60 hours to...
I'm writing at the 16th anniversary of the Islamist attacks on us at the World Trade Centre, New York. Since 11 September 2001 a further 31,714 terror attacks have been committed in Islam's name.
Horrid texts New Mail? He sent 180 text messages to his ex partner over two days. He threatened to kill her, abused her and scared her to the point that she had to go to police for protection. Its not some Enid Blyton picnic gone wrong its sustained and frightening abuse by a man who has already done enough to get a domestic violence order taken out against him.
Calling it horrid texts is an appalling reduction of the crimes he committed and the nature of domestic violence and stalking, behaviour that is designed to render the victim powerless and afraid.
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Mexicos public debt-to-GDP of 50% may seem modest by todays inflated standards, but when it comes to debt, everything is relative, especially if you dont enjoy the benefits that come from having a reserve-currency-denominated printing press, and if you borrow in a foreign currency that you dont control.
As the debt load grows, more and more of the States financial resources must be used to service it. As El Financiero reports, the cost of servicing Mexicos debt, despite super-low interest rates globally, has almost doubled in the last five years, and is now higher than it has been at any time since 1990. In fact, according to the Governments own figures, more state funds will be spent this year on servicing the debt than on all public infrastructure projects put together.
Yet as the government scrimps and saves in areas that might actually help to boost economic growth, its more than happy to dig deep to fill its own pockets.
A joint investigation by the news website Animal Politico and the NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity has revealed that, amidst all the budget cuts, the Pea Nieto Government has been using a complex web of shell companies to make hundreds of millions of dollars of public funds, originally intended for public causes such as combating poverty or financing public education, completely vanish.
In other words, much of the money that was meant to alleviate the crippling poverty affecting Mexico is now sitting in offshore private bank accounts
Having recently been in France at the Art retreat in Provence at The Ateliers Fourwinds, Turiya Bruce is showing the work created there, and a few she made here, and has been inspired to bring this new impasto style of painting to interpret our beloved landscapes here. Turiya is very inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and feels that she understoands why he treated his landscapes as he did.
Turiya will be exhibiting with two other local artists Yoga Poulston and Sanatan Saraswati for the first time, though they are not strangers to each others works. Yoga taught Turiya how to Monotype and vis a vis with Gelli Plate Printing 20 years ago. They have often met for art dates and work well collaboratively.
Yogas works draw on local and natural environs with some figurative pieces too while she excels in mixed media and her use of Monotype.
Join them for their opening at 5pm at the Stokers Siding Art Gallery on September 23 their work will be on exhibition until October 15.
Sanatans subtle and immensely detailed painterly works has had many phases from geometric Op Art to realism and he often themes what is real and leaves it to the observer to draw conclusions.
Enjoy the gallery opening or head to Stokers Siding to take in the wonderful range of work from 11am 4pm, Thursday to Sunday weekly or by appointment on 0407417169. Located at 224 Stokers Rd, Stokers Siding. For more information www.turiyabruce.com or www.turiyabruce.wixsite.com/turiyabruce.
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We are like fish, and consumption is our water, we dont even realize how much it surrounds us and becomes a part of us. Were swimming in the idea that if you have more, then you can be happy.
The organization World Population Balance states that Americans make up 4.5% of the overall world population, however, the United States is responsible for nearly 20% of the worlds energy consumption. Even more frightening is the fact that the United States produces more waste than any other country in the world!Source: Rodales Organic Life
We live in a world where blind consumption has become the norm. We go through our lives with very little awareness of just how many products our daily routine requires, or how much waste each household is churning out. To add to this mentality, the media further pushes this consumption by working to convince us that we cant start our mornings properly without that specific brand of coffee, or that a new beauty product will make us look younger and more beautiful than anyone else. In fact, as Annie Leonard explains, The average person now consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.
We continue to purchase new, bigger, better and more in an attempt to reach the vision of happiness portrayed in these advertisements, hoping that these products will make us smarter, thinner, more attractive and more popular. The 2016 World Happiness Report paints a different picture, revealing that despite our attempts, the United States only ranked 13th for overall happiness in the world, falling behind Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and several others.
This realization has triggered a shift in the thinking of many, acknowledging that the answer doesnt lie in consumption and the search for the right product to bring happiness and joy into our lives, but rather in discovering a different way of living. In an attempt to simplify their lives, many Americans are consciously pairing down their belongings, lowering their level of consumption and minimizing their foot print with the waste that they are producing.
One group of Americans have been embracin........
September 10, 2017: Vanuatu signed PACER-plus at the Pacific island forum meeting of leaders in Apia. Samoa. PNG and Fiji , the two largest PI economics, have still not signed. The leaders statement from the forum, which deals with a wide range of issues like climate change, security and fisheries, as well as trade issues, barely mentioned PACER plus. The agreement has still not been tabled in the Australian Parliament, but this could take place soon.
At the forum Prime Minister Turnbull announced renewed engagement with the Pacific islands. He signed agreements for temporary workers from Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru to work in in rural and remote towns for up to three years to cover shortages in low and semi-skilled jobs, claiming this would be subject to labour market testing. Australia will also conduct aerial surveillance missions to patrol Pacific fisheries and Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu are to receive help from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to assess the safety of new medicines. His statement only briefly mentioned PACER-plus.
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