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Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.
In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.
The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.
120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.
Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.
The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).
It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist. But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments. It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.
Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.
No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments. Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.
While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat. As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.
For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted. Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate. Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion. The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.
None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved. The remaining states would keep the ship steady.
My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.
Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.
Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).
Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.
When World War I broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present of future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fig...
Baw Baw Shire is encouraging community input on plans to use the former Athlone Primary School site as a drug addiction education and support centre.
Western Australia's south was treated to an evening show of light, sound and fury as a series of thunderstorms passed over the southern half of the state, producing hail, lightning and power blackouts. The most severe storm hit Meadow Springs in Mandurah, south of Perth, about 5:30pm on Sunday. Duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology James Ashley said a hot air mass combined with moisture in the atmosphere produced the stormy conditions. "Everything in the atmosphere lined up perfectly," he said. "We had a good upper-level disturbance move over the area and there was just enough moisture and lift to produce some really decent thunderstorms.
In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.
The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.
Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.
Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!
After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.
Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.
Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.
Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.
Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.
Reporter: Fair enough.
Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.
Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?
Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.
Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.
Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.
Reporter: Not a man in blue?
Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.
Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?
Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?
Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...
Tweed Shire Council is warning residents to avoid contact with parts of the Terranora Broadwater, Cobaki Broadwater and Terranora Creek following a discharge of raw sewage in the Terranora Inlet, following an incident at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant last week.
The affected area is above Boyds Bay Bridge.
The council announced on Thursday (November 9) that a large volume of raw wastewater had bypassed from the inlet works of the plant to the final holding lagoon within the plant without treatment.
In the final holding lagoon it was diluted with treated wastewater, a portion of which was then discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road through the licenced discharge point for the plant.
Initial testing of water around the point of discharge showed higher than normal levels of e-coli.
The council announced on Monday (November 13) that while test results had returned to acceptable levels it was maintaining its recommendation to avoid contact with the water in those areas for the time being.
Testing of the effluent discharge at the weekend confirmed that the levels of thermotolerant (faecal) coliforms in the discharge again were within normal range but the alert will remain in place for at least another 24 hours.
Our staff have worked throughout the weekend to quickly contain this situation, said engineering director David Oxenham.
Currently we are bypassing the final effluent lagoon at the Banora Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and it may take several days before the plant is back to normal operation.
Last week a large volume of raw wastewater bypassed from the inlet works of the plant and went direct to the lagoon without being treated. While it was diluted with the treated wastewater in the lagoon, a portion of this diluted wastewater was discharged into the Terranora Inlet at the licensed discharge point at the Navy Base on Dry Dock Road.
The risk to human and aquatic health within the estuary is very low but we are maintaining the alert for another 24 hours to allow further improvement, Mr Oxenham said.
In July Weirding Cinema began screening films at MAC.
The next session is this Thursday, November 16: Why did the K Foundation burn a million quid?
Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Admission is free. Sheep are welcome. Ice cream van parking available. Mu be with you.
Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.
Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.
Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...
Green Groups Urge Negotiators in Bonn \Reject Australias Pro-Nuclear Lobbying\ http://www.foe.org.au/media-releases/2001-media-release/green-groups-urge-negotiators-in-bonnreject-australias-pro-nuclear-lobbying
July 17, 2001
PRESS-CONFERENCE OF THE COALITION DONT NUKE THE CLIMATE: IS NUCLEAR A SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE? http://www.dont-nuke-the-climate.org/2017/11/10/press-conference-of-the-coalition-dont-nuke-the-climate-is-nuclear-a-solution-to-climate-change/ Theatre/BULA zone 3 Press Conference Room 2
Press-conference of the coalition Dont nuke the
Is nuclear a solution to climate change?
Speaking: Speaking:Kerstin Rudek, BI
Luchow-Dannenberg and Dont Nuke The Climate campaign, Germany
Markus Atkinson, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia
Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense, Russia
Nuclear industry and its supporters became very active inside the UN talks promoting outdated, expensive and dangerous nuclear energy as a climate friendly technology. Russia, USA and several other countries are organizing pro-nuclear side-events at COP-23 and trying to get developing world to believe in nuclear solution. The reality is that nuclear is not carbon free and far too expensive to be any kind of solution. Nuclear waste is another hot problem that doesnt have a solution. Activists from various countries talk on why nuclear is part of problem and not part of solution. Also announcing the demonstration against false solutions for climate change on November 11 in Bonn.
Boy George has hung up on an Australian radio host during an interview after becoming irritated with questioning about the impact of his gender bending on children in the 1980s. The Culture Club frontman was being interviewed by ABC Radios Fran Kelly on Monday about the bands upcoming tour. George talked of his love of ...
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Oct 24 letter from SA Premier J to the PM regarding proposed
radioactive waste suppository in the Flinders Ranges.
.. the South Australian government committed to provide a local Aboriginal community with a final veto right over any future facility proposed on their lands.
I recommend the Commonwealth Government now consider adopting a similar policy position . https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/
Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about
A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para
Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.
Some broader responses:
* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making
* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process
* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.
A few more points:
1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....
you cant advocate for nuclear reactors without indirectly advocating for nuclear weapons and radioactive waste. Thats because nuclear reactors are producers of both weapons material and radioactive waste. Ike was a nuclear conman. Atoms for Peace have always been Atoms for War.
The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and WasteNOVEMBER 7, 2017 ..Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens
. some strange recent developments.
Nuclear utilities are in trouble, fighting for life against as Amory Lovins once predicted a massive overdose of market forces and the surging economics of renewables.
But wait. Whatever happened to the wisdom of the free market? Around the country, as aging reactors reach the end of their operational and economic lives, some states like Wisconsin, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Nebraska are letting them die a dignified natural death. But other states, like New York and Illinois are putting their moribund reactors on life support at public expense. Projections suggest that state-sponsored electric ratepayer handouts in the two states could total as much as $10 billion over 12 years.
Tim Judson, Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), warns that if other states follow New York and Illinois, ...
Verse 6: On leaving at interval
We pays our subs and takes our chances.
Support the arts, put bums on seats,
and if the plays a dud, well, cancers
worse and nothing really beats
the sense of risk when new creations
meet an audience: ovations
(standing)? or polite applause?
Will these two hours throw wide the doors
of hell and heaven? Last night neither.
We all worked hard: director, cast,
designer, writer, punters. Vast
good will drained away and by the
midpoint: Who cares how this ends?
we said, Lets go and eat with friends.
At least we waited until the interval, unlike the occasion in 2010 that prompted the following (heres a link to the original post):
This is just to say
We walked out of your play last night
from front row seats. Wed hung in there
for five whole scenes. The script was tight,
each actor sound, the set though spare
was spot on, and the vocal coach
had nailed the accents no reproach
on that score. All these things were fine
but almost from the opening line
I couldnt, couldnt feel a thing.
Id pay to watch two monkeys fart
if done with two boards and a heart.
Last night had timing, lines that sing
and sting. Its heart that wasnt there.
Sometimes a pause is just dead air.
Kevin Williamson writes for National Review. He is on of Spartacus favourite writers. In his latest on the Trump administration and the tax plan, Williamson wrote:
Imagine three sad-faced clowns sitting backward on a drunken mule and trying to march it sideways through a coin-operated carwash without any money and youll have a pretty good idea where the Republican tax-cut plan is right now.
What a wonderful turn of phrase. But this post is not about the US, but to note that is is an equally wonderful description of the current state of the Australian Parliament:
three sad-faced clowns, Turnbullo, Shoreno and Brandiso, sitting backward on a drunken mule and trying to march it sideways through a coin-operated carwash without any money.
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Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom because the federal government refuses to say, but nuggets of information make it clear that Canberra is aggressively selling weapons and defence equipment to countries involved in conflicts where human rights abuses are being perpetrated.
In his seminal 2011 book on the global arms trade The Shadow World, journalist Andrew Feinstein exposes the fallacies of a nations expanding defence sector. The arms industrys economic contribution is undermined by the frequency with which its main players around the world, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman are implicated in grand corruption, inefficiency and wastage of public resources, he wrote.
Feinstein concludes that the arms trade often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, seemingly above the law, protected by the secrecy of national security and accountable to no one.
Murky business: Australias defence industry is growing, but at what cost? SMH, Antony Loewenstein , 4 Nov 17
This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the...
So, whats going on with our River Red Gums?
We noted last year how lots of them were looking pretty dire, and this year is, if anything, worse: whole roadsides and paddocks in this region and beyond are looking pretty desolate where the Red Gum is the dominant tree.
The main culprit, it seems, is the Psyllid lerp, a leaf munching creature whose larvae suck out the nutrients from the tree leaf. The result is often the eventual death of the leaf, and the presently common spectacle of trees with sparse or dead looking foliage.
The good news is that these infestations come and go, and in the natural order of things, the trees come back. If you look closely at some of the apparently terminal trees around the place, you can see fresh leaf growth coming on. And weve had the experience of the Stringybark forests in the south of our region a few years ago being absolutely stripped by colourful but gluttonous cup moth larvae. They recovered.
The potentially bad news is that distortions in natural conditions may make the trees less resistant to such attacks. Extended drought...
Institutional abuse victim Duncan Storrar says the Commonwealth Redress Scheme is a cruel joke which makes victims feel worthless. read now...
While were on the subject of encouraging good bird habitat, readers may be interested in these two events:
First, you can do your bit for the pardalote! Earth to pardalote is a workshop on how to create win-win gardens for people and wildlife. Its being run by Cassia Read next Saturday from 10 to 12 at the Diggers Store, 61 Main Road Campbells Creek. Shell be talking about the essential elements you can add to your garden to build backyard biodiversity and garden food webs; and will then run a workshop to guide participants through how they can nudge their own garden in a wildlife friendly direction. The cost is $15, and bookings can be made via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-to-pardalote-tickets-39631849930
Second, Either side of the big wet is a free seminar being run next Monday at the Arthur Rylah Institute [123 Brown Street Heidelberg] from 11 am. Southern Australia is expected to experience long sequences of severe rainfall deficits under climate- change models based on IPCC emission scenarios. These droughts, such as occurred from 1997-2010 (the Big Dry), are projected to be punctuated by short periods of above-average rainfall (e.g. the Big Wet of 2010-12).
The seminar will present research on the prospects for Box Ironbark flora and fauna under this scenario. And if you cant make it to distant Heidelberg, theres a webinar: details can be found at https://www.ari.vic.gov.au/seminars
It seems theres a niche market for whom theres nothing quite so enticing as sitting in your $85,000 4WD on a remote beach somewhere, enjoying the sight of your own tyre marks and muttering ecstatically, How pristine is that?
Its this niche, apparently, that the editors of the Age Drive supplement had in mind last Saturday when they did a feature on four different brands of these vehicles. These were pictured nicely posed on a beach, and the text noted, among other things, how well they handled sand.
Come to think of it, the drivers may not be examining the formerly pristine sand, but each other. Certainly they wouldnt be thinking about the creatures they might have crushed on the way down.
We had a go at the RACV a few weeks ago for a similar piece of crassness. The RoyalAuto editors were pretty impressive in their response. Maybe it would be a good idea for readers of the Age to ask its editors what values they think theyre promoting in features like these.
Bernardi seeks to lift ban on nukes, THE AUSTRALIAN, MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide, 12 Nov 17
Senatorr Cory Bernardi will introduce a bill in parliament today that seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment and processing facilities.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has asked Malcolm Turnbull to give Aborigines the final right of veto over any site chosen by the federal government for the planned national radioactive waste dump.
Senator Bernardi, who plans to run candidates under his Australian Conservatives banner at the South Australian election in March, said he would introduce a bill today to remove bans on an Australian nuclear fuel cycle, particularly as they apply to nuclear power plants...
Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.
Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.
We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.
The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...
The winners of this years Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme Stars of the Southern Cross. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anus ...
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Some last minute modifications to President Trumps schedule appear to have ended up adding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a previously scheduled bilateral meeting with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (suspicious cats nemesis down under). I think President Trump wanted Continue reading
Radiation Cloud Over Europe, Not Harmless to Those near Unknown Source, Nuclear Expert Says https://www.environews.tv/world-news/radiation-cloud-europe-not-harmless-near-unknown-source-nuclear-expert-says/, bureau EnviroNews World News ,by Emerson Urry , November 11, 2017 An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries, from late September through mid-October, according to Frances Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) but the source is still unknown. As of November 10, 2017, the manmade element has been identified in at least 28 countries.While many news agencies are calling the cloud harmless and reporting the good news that radiation levels are low and that no health consequences have been observed radiation exper...
I think about the notable women who have chosen a mononym instead (Cher, Madonna, the French author Colette), but I decide unless I want to join the millennial poets of Instagram and Tumblr, the mononym isnt the right move for me as a writer. Even then, I learn that Colettes mononym was inspired by her fathers surname.
I start to wonder if I am reading too much into the whole thing, then decide that I am not seeking a name that is devoid of gender, just one that feels like mine.
The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste NOVEMBER 7, 2017 .Chasing Nuclear Market ShareIn a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, entitled Will the West Let Russia Dominate the Nuclear Market? What the Westinghouse Bankruptcy Means for the Future, born-again new environmentalists and new nukes enthusiasts Nick Gallucci and Michael Shellenberger argue that US taxpayers should bail out the once-powerful, now bankrupt and Japanese-owned nuclear giant Westinghouse, or risk losing both global commercial and military nuclear primacy.
In the face of documented world-wide nuclear industry collapse, these guys want to revive what they call Eisenhowers humanitarian dream of Atoms for Peace (which spread deadly US nuclear technology around the world in the first place ) in order to, as Ike promised,...
Go into your pocket/wallet/purse and take out a bank note. Make sure it is an Aussie note.
Now look closely at it. What do you see? Do you see the 2 signatures in the corner of one of the sides. Do you know whose signatures they are? They arent the signatures of the Prime Minister or of the Governor General. Not the Queen or other representative of the Government or the people.
The signatures on Australian currency belong to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Treasury and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The individuals may change, but signing Australian bank notes remains one of the privileges of the office. That with a large salary, generous superannuation scheme and the eventual Companion of the Order of Australia award for . services in doing the job you are already well remunerated for. Nice work if you can get it.
So basically, Australian currency is signed by 2 senior public servants. How very Australian.
Lets just segue for a moment.
The ever loved Australian banking systems shares an annual profit pool of over $40 billion and probably more. That $40 billion profit pool is highly dominated by the big 4 banks ANZ, CBA, NAB and WBC (in alpha order). Throw in Macquarie, SunCorp and Bendigo and you are probably accounting for over 95% of that profit pool.
The profitability of the big 4 Australian banks is the dream of other international banks yet for some reason, they seem impervious to competition. Could it be that the game is rigged? Could they really be protected from competition by the imprimatur of Government? After all, $40 billion of profit generates $12 billion of company tax revenue.
But lets just have a look at the membership of the boards of the big 4. Lets just ignore for a moment the cross pollination of senior executives from one bank being on the board of a different bank. Who are the standout directors on 4 of the big 5:
Malcolm Turnbull calls North Korea criminals, urges Hong Kong to help, SMH, Lindsay Murdoch, 12 Nov 17, Hong Kong: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused North Korea of being one of the worlds most cunning, sophisticated criminals, involved in many serious crimes, including drug trafficking, in his strongest condemnation yet of the dictator Kim Jong-un.
And Mr Turnbull told US president Donald Trump and Chinas president Xi Jinping during a leaders retreat in Vietnam that their relationship is one of the single most priorities for the world today, urging them work together to pressure North Korea over is nuclear weapons programhttp://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-turnbull-calls-north-korea-criminals-urges-hong-kong-to-help-20171112-gzjp85.html
Pope Francis: the possession of nuclear weapons should be firmly condemned http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/11/11/pope-francis-the-possession-of-nuclear-weapons-should-be-firmly-condemned/ Pope Francis indicated that deterrence is no longer acceptable
The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.
The threat of their use as well as their very possession is to be firmly condemned, the pope told participants at a conference on nuclear disarmament hosted by the Vatican.
For years, popes and Catholic leaders had said the policy of nuclear deterrence could be morally acceptable as long as real work was underway on a complete ban of the weapons. In condemning possession of the weapons, Pope Francis seemed to indicate that deterrence is no longer acceptable.
Nuclear weapons exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race, he said.
The conference, sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, brought together 11 Nobel laureates, top officials from the United Nations and NATO, diplomats from around the world and experts in nuclear weapons and the disarmament process. They were joined by scholars, activists and representatives of bishops conferences, including Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops Office of International Justice and Peace.
Several speakers, including Masako Wada, one of the last survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, were to discuss the suffering wrought by nuclear arms.
Pope Francis told the group that the essential witness of survivors of the bombings in Japan as well as those suffering the effects of nuclear weapons testing are prophetic voices that serve as a warning, above all for coming generations.
In his speech, the pope said that when it comes to the ideal of a nuclear-free world, a certain pessimism exists and brings with it considerable expense as nations modernize their nuclear arsenals.
As a result, the real priorities facing our human family, such as the fight against poverty, the promotion of peace, the undertaking of educational, ecological and health care projects, and the development of human rights, are relegated to second place, he said.
Pope Francis said the existence of weapons whose use would result in the destruction of humanity are senseless even from a tactical standpoint.
What is more, he said, there is the growing danger...
http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/12/the_vatican_calls_for_integral_nuclear_disarmament_/1348481 The Vatican is calling for integral nuclear disarmament. According to the preliminary conclusions of a just-ended high level symposium entitled Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, integral disarmament is both an urgent immediate need and a long-term process.
The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underway as tensions escalated between the US and North Korea.
It saw the participation of eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. Pope Francis addressed the gathering on Friday.
Wrapping up the symposium on Saturday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, read out the following preliminary conclusions:
The Dicastery brought together religious leaders and representatives of civil society, officials of States and international organizations, noted academics and Nobel Laureates and students, to illuminate the connections between integral disarmament and integral development, and to explore the links among development, disarmament and peace. As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, repeatedly reminds us, everything is connected.
Broede Carmody is reporting in the Fairfax media that ABC staff are suffering stress, at dangerous levels apparently.
But it gets better, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) plans to enter the ABCs headquarters using their right of entry powers. Apparently:
About 70 per cent of ABC staff are experiencing undue stress, the union said. The claim comes from a survey involving 770 staff members across the country, with 40 per cent of respondents non-union members.
It must be such a delight to live on Planet ABC.
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The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is close enough.
The first time around it collapsed when two of its members found it inconvenient to go ahead. And now, after a decade, in which China has militarily consolidated itself in the very region that the Quad had hoped to challenge, the chimera is once again being chased.
Mooted as an alliance of democracies, it seeks to upend everything we know about international relations, where the drivers are national interests, rather than values. Even that titanic struggle against evil in World War II, pitted a partial democracy (the US), an empire (the UK) and the communist Soviet...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
This series of articles is mainly about the accusation that mind-control victims are making up the stories they tell of having been subjected to ritual abuse. (Ritual as in part of a rite, usually with human sacrifice on altars, persons in black robes, and so forth.)
Are they telling the truth? Yes, they are. Naturally the CIA could slip a few fakers into the mix just to cause trouble, but we now realize that rituals really do take place and they can terrify children for a lifetime. We should believe the children, as a rebuttable presumption.
That said (and I realize I have not properly defended my claim here), every story told by a child about abuse is not necessarily true. In a custody battle its fairly common for one parent to urge a child to tattle on the other parent. This could include allegations o...
The communitys hopes and dreams for Morwell will be showcased at a photography exhibition at Switchback Gallery, Federation University, Gippsland Campus from 14-24 November. The exhibition, titled Our hopes for the future of Morwell, is a project developed by the Hazelwood Health Study, in collaboration with Morwell Neighbourhood House and Gippsland Centre for Art and 
Jane Fonda has thrown her support behind marriage equality in Australia. The actress told Yahoo ahead of the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey on Wednesday that she believes love is love. Everybody should be able to get married, she said. Many of my friends are gay women and men, married ...
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Would you be interested in getting a Thomas Zimmer 2018 Moon Planting Calendar at the reduced price of $6?
We are a few locals who have been doing so over the past few years by ordering bulk (more than 10).
If you would like please email Mel on firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday. We are going to finalise the order over the weekend and get them shipped to us next week.
Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...
2 friends and I will be visiting for a few days in February. We want to spend a day on the water seeing life in the reef. I'm mostly seeing big tours packed with tourists heading to Fitzroy and Green Island.
We're interested in snorkeling, swimming and seeing life from the boat.
Any tips on how to book with a smaller group that steers clear of the tourist trap feel?
Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
Breaking news! OMG Dan Mitchell has written a book! Support Connor Court. Buy Dans book!
The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Cheap power in Tasmania today (2.30 pm). Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0. Don Aitkin on the Claytons energy policy. Delingpole on the Paris Accord.
Alternative ideas. From the Centre for Independent Studies. Citizenship, the history wars and the staircase of opportunity for Aborigines. Lets not have a Universal Basic Income. Mark Steyn on line. A roundup from Heterodox Academy, the organization started by Johathan Haidt of The Righteous Mind. Mission: To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Intellectual Takeout. Accuracy in Academia. The American Scholar Inside the house that Stalin built.
Dan Mitchell. The triumph of communism. 100 years, 100 million deaths. The Senate...
I have a post up at Quadrant Online: Weaponising Illogical Negativism. This is how it starts, discussing the base philosophical creed across the media and the left.
The core principle of logical positivism which underpins verification as the basis for scientific investigation of the truth of any statement:
A statement that cannot be conclusively verified cannot be verified at all. It is simply devoid of any meaning.
This then is the principle of illogical negativism, now applied near universally across the media and throughout the Left. It is the principle that denies any need whatsoever to verify any statement that suits the political outcome sought by the person making the statement or hearing it.
A statement that cannot be conclusively denied cannot be denied at all. It is simply true because someone has said it and conforms to what those who hear the statement prefer to believe.
Let us look a little more deeply at this principle, seen everywhere among the empty heads of the Republican Party as much as among Democrats. No evidence or factual underpinnings are required, only that someone says it and it suits others that it has been said.
Or to put it more plainly, they are liars who count on the complicity and ignorance of others. Now go to the link to see what has brought all this to mind.
A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smiths same-sex marriage legislation and warned a shameful new rival bill would legalise homophobia. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. Since the beginning of this survey, ...
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According to Professor Will Steffen of the Australian Climate Council, global greenhouse emissions have started to fall, because of the growth of renewable energy sources and therefore less reliance on the use of fossil fuels.
He says that emissions growth has flat lined and that this is a significant change for the better, compared to what the situation was a decade ago.
Driving this change has been that the number of solar and wind systems installed, which has doubled every five and a Half years, thanks to those who are taking action for change. there is also the falling cost of alternatives that is now being eyed by some major corporations as a viable route to profit or savings in energy costs.
This does not mean that there is any room for complacency and that action to step up the turn away from fossil fuels is no longer urgent.
Although at the present rate, a carbon neutral goal can be reached by 2040, this is far from a done deal. It could go off course. There is also a need to go further and apply measures that will protect those parts of the environment that are already under serious threat.
Economies must be restructured, to operate sustainably in the future. This is a big task that requires working towards agreement within nations and across nations, involving a change in the way of thinking on how human beings relate not only to the environment, but within the economy, about decision making processes and how we share what we produce together.
Even in the shorter-term, here in Australia, it is critical to turn around the gridlock existing in the political system that is holding us back, and get some decisive action to get away from dependency on coal, oil and gas and serving as an incentive to encourage more use and not less.
The need to protect wilderness areas and farmland is important. Special effort is needed to stop the extinction of the Great Barrier Reef.
There is still a major battle to be fought and won.
Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.
The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules. These include rules for biologic drugs, an expensive class of medicines often used to treat conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.
The market monopoly
Biologic drugs are ...
"The Office of Poofness"
"Blowin' In The Wind"
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind
After 13 days, over 420 refugees and asylum seekers are desperately defying Duttons siege of the Manus detention centre. See photos of the protests inside the detention centre on 11 November and the video clip of the protest on 12 November.
This morning, Monday 13 November, a large number of PNG police and Immigration officials entered the detention centre attempting to destroy the water wells that the refugees have been relying on for the last 13 days.
The officials also overturned more containers of collected rain water in a repeat of the bully-boy raids they made last Friday.
In more acts of wanton vandalism, police punctured water tanks to deprive the refugees of the last remaining amount after the pipes were cut last week. And more tents and property are being destroyed throughout the camp.
The reckless brutality being orchestrated by Peter Dutton has to end, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.
According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.
The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket
But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.
According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.
According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.
Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.
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I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...
I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...
A cursory glance at the Worlds leading tax havens
illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the
revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama
Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct
legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself
a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that
Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance.
Remember that the current President of the European Commission
spent years in his previous role as Luxembourgs prime minister
secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by
multinational corporations (Source)
ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the
practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue
they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a
legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the
Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam.
The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop
Luxembourg. But they dont stop it, which tells you everything. But,
the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal.
Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The
real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That
is what this blog is about.
I covered my view on many of these issues in these blogs (among others):
1. Progressives should move on from a reliance on Robin Hood taxes (September 4, 2017).
2. Modern Monetary Theory and Value Capture (November 11, 2015).
3. Governments do not need the savings of the rich, nor their taxes! (August 15, 2015).
4. Off-shore tax havens be sure we define the issues correctly (July 23, 2012).
5. Robin Hood was a thief not a saviour (April 1, 2010).
The information in the Paradise Papers is shocking no doubt. But what shocks me and what seems to shock the average progressive (if their voices indicate their impressions) are somewhat different.
The idea that the savings and tax receipts of the rich are in some way important in order for governments to be able to provide high quality services, public infrastructure and jobs to advance the well-being of society is a very dangerous and misguided narrative for prog...
Image Courtesy of The Staves UK trio The Staves have been flirting with an Australian tour for so long now. Originally due to make their debut on our shores back in 2014, The Staves had to pull out of the tour at the last minute. They returned in 2016 to support Bon Iver on his 
Last week, Jacinda Ardern
rolled over for Australia on refugees, accepting their bullshit
story that Donald Trump would somehow take them. Now, she's going
to use the East Asia Summit in Manila to
offer them a new home in New Zealand:
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces further pressure from Jacinda Ardern as the New Zealand leader repeats her offer to take 150 refugees from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.Good. Because what Australia and its PNG proxies are doing here is horrific: torturing people for years, then abandoning them to starve to death in the jungle or be murdered by hostile locals. Its a human rights disaster, contra Gerry Brownlee, we need to help.
"I will be raising with Prime Minister Turnbull, as I have consistently done, that we have great concerns over the situation on Manus Island but also for the refugees on Nauru."
She saw no difference in principle between the cases on the two islands.
"Our hope is to lend a hand as far as we are able in helping resolve this situation."
As Northcote voters head to the polls this weekend, heres a wrap up of the Friends of the Earth campaign in the Northcote by-election and where the candidates stand on the issue of native forest logging and the creation of the Great Forest National Park.
When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.
Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.
Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.
I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.
I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.
In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dir...
Conservative Liberal MP James Paterson has released a same-sex marriage bill that would weaken anti-discrimination protections against LGBTI people. Patersons draft bill would override state and territory anti-discrimination laws to allow the refusal of same-sex weddings by those holding a genuine religious or conscientious belief against same-sex marriage, allowing discrimination by private service providers. The ...
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We need national parks. Primarily they exist to protect wild nature. But many of them provide wonderful opportunities for outdoor pursuits, recreation, relaxation and solitude.
But national parks need staff. To manage the land, control weeds and invasive species of animals, manage for fire, provide interpretation and education, look after visitors and park infrastructure like tracks and other facilities.
Sadly in NSW, the state government is carrying out a major restructure of the Parks Service which, according to the Public Service Association (the public sector union representing Parks employees) will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.
The NSW Government are marking the 50th anniversary of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) with a massive restructure that will cuts jobs and push hundreds and hundreds of years of experience out the door.
The Berijiklian Government is overseeing the scrapping of 13 highly experienced Area Managers who have a critical role in bushfire management. In recent years NPWS has downsized from 66 areas across the state to what will be just 37 under this latest restructure.
Due to the current restructure, Pest Management Officers and Fire Management Officers have been slashed across the state with the new structure containing just eight PMOs.
These cuts to specialist roles mean fewer conservation programs, reduced maintenance of facilities and fire hazard reduction, less focus on dealing with pests and weeds, and the increasing problem of wild dogs and deer.
Admin support has been downgraded all across the state resulting in loss of crucial regional jobs and in many cases, massive wage reductions. With wage growth at all time lows, the impact of this restructure will be felt hardest in the regions.
These cuts are being made because of the massive reduction in funding from the Berejiklian Government, with 121 million dollars slashed from their budget.
To register your opposition to these cuts, you can contact your local member HERE.
Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.
Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.
If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No, said Ms Brown.
Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination, said Ms Brown.
The Paterson Bill appears to propose the following new forms of discrimination:
The Bill extends protections to those who oppose marriage equality for both religious and moral reasons, enshrining the concept of conscientious objection, which was criticised in the cross-party senate inquiry report that Senator Paterson signed up to earlier this year.
Allowing anyone to conscientiously object to someone else because of their sexuality, race or disability is unacceptable in modern Australian society it goes against the foundation of equal treatment enshrined in Australian law for decades. The entire purpose of anti-discrimination protections is to ensure that we are all treated fairly and equally in public regardless of who we are or who we love, said Ms Brown.
Exemption for all individuals and businesses in marriage related services
The Bill gives the green light to discriminate in the provision of goods, services and facilities related to marriage by any entity or individual, including commercial businesses.
This Bill will cause chaos and entrench deeply unacceptable discrimination that Australians rejected decades ago. A Muslim taxi driver could turn away a same-sex couple travelling to their wedding. A bank teller could refuse to authorise a personal loan for a same-sex couple for their wedding or possibly even their honeymoon. A hotel could refuse to take reservations of guests in town for their frien...
This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime.
For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.
Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.
First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom
of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even
threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia
shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and
cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.
Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...
Australia should think about getting a Receiver/Administrator in for a while. This bloke got 19 votes in his own right. From the weekend: 19 votes put Pauline Hansons man in https://t.co/1mNXYhCUPE The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2017 Pauline Hanson's ticket put him in the Senate. Now he's in the...
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.
Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.
The two leaders discussed New Zealands longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australias detention centres more than a week ago.
Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has defended false claims he made that primary school children are taught how to masturbate and use sex toys as part of the Safe Schools program. On Saturday, Mr Dickson pledged to abolish the program if his party gets elected, adding: We are having little kids in grade four ...
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Backing free trade, more investment and more opportunities with @luke_nguyen in Vietnam pic.twitter.com/lN3FCoxNgy The PMO (@thepmo) November 10, 2017 With @luke_nguyen this morning in Vietnam ahead of #APEC2017 pic.twitter.com/BtjKfcIW6L Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 10, 2017
At the recent Kurilpa Futures Planning for the People forum, local Member for South Brisbane Jackie Trad announced if re-elected, the community would lead a local South Brisbane Transport Mobility Study to address transport and traffic issues in the inner south. Ms Trad said she has secured $600,000 for the transport study, which will 
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A week ago I sent the following letter to The Australian:
Your editorial tells us Malcolm Turnbull and Jacinda Ardern are off to a good start. Really? Lets hope not. Here we have New Zealands neophyte PM throwing a grenade into our fractious immigration debate at a particularly difficult time during the Manus stand-off. Turnbull courteously declined Arderns gratuitous public offer to take 150 illegals, made for no apparent reason other than virtue signalling. If the offer were genuine, it would have been made in private and not announced until it was accepted and the details threshed out. Turnbull courteously declined the offer. It is to be hoped, however, that he made it clear privately, in no uncertain terms, that such interference in our affairs would not be tolerated in future. That would be hypocrisy on steroids, of course, given Turnbulls cynical ploy, negotiated with the Obama administration on the eve of Donald Trumps inauguration, that saddled the incoming President with an outcome that his public statements made clear he would not have agreed to himself. But, then, we all know Turnbulls no stranger to hypocrisy.
It wasnt published, of course, because God forbid one should criticize the editor of The Australian. Im now guessing, as predicted, that Turnbull copped it sweet because, barely a week later we have Ardern, in full frontal moral posturing mode , as reported in todays Australian:
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australias handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.
Thank God weve got Julie Bishop to smooth things over. Oh, wait.
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This week Australia will be given a roadmap to ensure children are never again abused as they were in the notorious Don Dale youth prison. After twelve months of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is due to release its report and recommendations on Friday.
Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, said that the Northern Territory Government must implement each and every Royal Commission recommendation.
This is not the time to pick and choose. Childrens lives are at stake. The Northern Territory Government must commit to wholesale implementation and the Federal Government must help fund it. Anything less will be a sign that our governments are not serious about ending the abuse of children in youth jails, said Ms Musk
The Royal Commission was announced after the ABCs Four Corners program aired a shocking expose showing horrifying footage of children in the Northern Territorys youth detention facilities being abused, including being hooded, tear gassed, stripped naked, threatened with dogs and held in solitary confinement.
Children in the Northern Territory are still being detained in Don Dale - a decommissioned maximum-security adult prison, that Ms Musk says is inherently unfit for children.
The Royal Commission laid bare the devastating cost of removing children from their families and locking them away behind bars. Prisons fail children. Governments should invest in small, age-appropriate facilities located close to communities that foster connection to family. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe and be supported to reach their full potential. said Ms Musk.
Jewel Wheeler, a twenty-year old woman from Darwin who is an advocate for children in out-of-home care, was taken from her family when she was a baby and drawn into the criminal justice system when she was eleven years. Ms Wheeler said the cruelty of the system robbed her of a childhood.
I was so vulnerable. Instead of helping me, the system harmed me. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had actually been cared for if I hadnt been hauled before the courts and locked up in a concrete cell. I was labeled a criminal before I even knew what that word meant. Children this young should never be arrested and put behind bars. There are better ways to respond to kids who make mistakes and it involves love, care and support, said Ms Wheeler.
Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously represented children in Don Dale, said all states and territories currently have archaic la...
Moral hazard is a wonderful thing, when you are the beneficiary of it. It is a situation where people who make bad decisions or bad choices do not pay the price for those choices.
Consider a child who steals the toys of another child but is not punished for the theft. Rather, it is the classroom or other parents who have to contribute to replace the stolen toy. What message is sent to the child who stole? You are good to go.
Moral hazard has plays out in all sorts of areas in the economy, but it is a big thing in insurance (formal and informal).
Consider 2 houses in a bush fire area; one house has fire insurance and the other has not. A fire destroys both houses. What happens? The owner of the insured house has to fight with the insurance company every step of the way. The owner of the uninsured house will go to Government and then get a bail out. Does this sound familiar? What message does this send to anyone else living in a bush fire area?
Ditto flood insurance. Consider a state that under-insured against the risk of flood and then went to the citizens of other states to bail them out, literally and metaphorically.
It happens all the time, and more often than not, it is government that likes to socialise the costs onto all citizens. But hey. The politicians get a great press conference out of it showing how generous and caring the government is. It shouldnt happen, but it does and it completely distorts the operation of markets. Free healthcare anyone? Electricity outage anyone?
Which brings us to the political issue du jour, Parliamentarians compliance with Section 44 of the Constitution.
As Sparticus has previously disclosed, he is not a lawyer. He can see his reflection in the mirror. But his question is this. When replacing a disqualified Senator, the disqualified senator is treated as never having been on the ballot and the next person on the list is appointed. Why does this not apply to House of Representative replacements?
Why, as in the case of New England, cant the Australian Electoral Commission just pull out the ballot papers from the previous election and just work out who would have won if Barnaby Joyce was not there?
If the Electoral Commission behaved like that, you would think that the political parties would be extra careful in vetting their candidates. Its not like Section 44 was added to the Constitution in the last couple of years or that the High Court has not considered Section 44 issues before.
The price of this stuff up is not paid by those who made the stuff up. It is paid by everyone else.
But what about the cost of the by-election, and by-elections in general. Why are not the costs...
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Hemp-based foods are now legal across Australia and are expected to appear in supermarkets everywhere. A recent agreement between Australian and New Zealand food safety authorities means hemp-based food products are now legal to produce, sell and purchase, creating new markets for the versatile superfood. What is hemp? To make
The driving force behind the Protectors of Public Lands, Julianne Bell, passed away on Friday January 27 this year. Julianne was an indefatigable and tireless campaigner for the protection of Melbournes public open spaces. She was most well-known as the defender of Royal Park against any and all who would seek to diminish it for their own purposes, and she told me that she was most proud of her role in stopping the East-West Link, a Freeway which would carve up Royal Park in an outrageous act of environmental vandalism. She was the driving force behind this organisation and used it to defend public open spaces far and wide from all manner of threats the Carlton Gardens, the Catani Gardens, the Exhibition Gardens, the Rogers Memorial Reserve and many others too numerous to mention no public open space was too far away or too small to merit her attention.
Julianne worked closely with me on the problems caused by Rapid Population growth for the world in general and for Melbourne in particular. She understood that it is people, it is us, who are responsible for environmental damage, and was prepared to cut through the vanity that prevents many of us from acknowledging this. She had worked in the Immigration Department, and told me a number of times about the propensity for migration agents to tell fibs on applications, and the trouble an understaffed Department had in verifying claims and uncovering rorts.
Julianne was not always easy to work with, and she was very hard line. I did think when she was telling me about the evils of the Flower Show in the Exhibition Gardens that perhaps she could lighten up! But she grasped, better I think than anyone else I have ever met, that our public open spaces are constantly in danger from people or organisations or businesses who want to use them for a private benefit, at the cost of the value of the open space asset itself.
She understood and loved the heritage of Marvellous Melbourne, the legacy of beautiful parks and open spaces which Melbournes founders bequeathed us, and she was relentless in her defence of them. If Julianne had not been standing guard over them these past decades, they might well look rather different, and Melbourne might well have been on its way to becoming a soulless concrete jungle, like so many other cities around the world.
Over the years various Premiers and Lord Mayors have basked in reflected glory as Melbourne was declared the Worlds Most Liveable City. But this title owes, in my view, a fair bit more to Juliannes work than to theirs. If we are to keep that honour, we will need people to draw inspiration from Julianne, tak...
A snap protest regarding the situation on Manus Island took place this morning outside the Brisbane Department of Imigration.
This is the latest in a series of protests that have happened nationally over the last few weeks following deteriorating conditions in Australia's closed detention centre.
A spokesman for The Refugee Action Collective Mark Gillespie has called it a new low for humanity.
For more on this story and coverage from the event listen to Only Human Gold at 12pm on 4ZZZ.
Event being held for the postal survey results broadcast
APEC was held over the weekend, during which various countries
were expected to make a final push to resurrect the Trans-Pacific
Partnership. On Friday night, it looked like it was dead, and
that Canada had saved us from a shitty US trade deal. By Sunday
morning, it was alive again - but Canada has still probably saved
There were three bits of the TPPA that most people objected to: the anti-democratic Investor-State Dispute clause, under which multinational (US) corporations could sue countries for regulations which affected their (real or imagined) profits; US patent pork which threatened Pharmac; and general US copyright bullshit, including a mandatory copyright term extension to protect Mickey Mouse, along with various attacks on fair use and file sharing. But thanks to Canada, all of that shit is gone. Technically, its only "suspended", and could be back in if the US ever rejoins the agreement, but that's about as likely as Trump not sticking his foot in his mouth next time he opens it, so for all practical purposes these provisions are dead. So, we've got an FTA shorn of its most objectionable parts. Whether the deal is still worth it for New Zealand without US market access remains to be seen, but in the previous analysis the US bullshit was a significant cost, so it might be (whether you trust MFAT's analysts to do a fair analysis when institutionally their prestige rests on the deal being accepted is another question, of course).
The government has been clear that the new TPPA will have to go back to Parliament - that is, that it is a different deal from the "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, done at Auckland on 4 February 2016", so National's TPPA law can never come into effect. While they're now part of the government which has agreed to this, I don't expect NZ First and the Greens to give it an easy ride through select committee, and I expect the numbers to be heavily scrutinised. If they don't like it, then I guess Labour will just have to ask National for support instead.
Meanwhile, if this experience has shown us anything, its how badly National sold us out on this issue. A better deal was possible the moment the US walked away, but National was perfectly happy to sign the TPPA as written, complete with US IP bullshit. Its also shown us how undemocratic our foreign policy is, and how secret negotiations do nothing but...
In an age where the default approach is for people to yell at each other, Leith van Onselen prefers to bellow, as he did last week on the Macrobusiness blog with me as the target (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/11/henry-ergas-jukes-stats-falling-workers-share-2/). I dont know van Onselen, but he describes himself as unconventional. Never was a truer word said.
After all, a conventional economist, looking at this graph of the wages share:
would not think it was a continuous linear trend. Rather, there are clearly three phases, or if you want to use a more technical term, regimes: one that sees the share rise sharply beginning the late 1960s and then accelerating in the 1970s, propelled by Whitlam wages explosion and its after-signature; one, in which the wages share declines steeply, that begins as the wages explosion unwinds in the 1980s and continues up to the recession we had to have; and finally a relatively stable wages share since then, albeit one affected (as economists would expect) by the mining boom and by swings in terms of trade. That is why in my column I compared the current wages share to that which prevailed since the real wage overhang had been more or less corrected.
But that would be boring and conventional; instead van Onselen projects a straight linear trend through the entire period, from the earliest signs of the acceleration of wages growth to the present, and concludes there is a secular decline. Ignored is the fact that even the most rudimentary econometrics would reject the hypothesis of a stable trend; and it would also reject the hypothesis that the current share represented a change in regime from that which has prevailed since the late 1980s.
As if that were not enough, van Onselen also takes a decidedly unconventional approach to measuring profits. As I noted in the column, profit rates are not at highs, as the ACTU claims. van Onselen claims to rebut my statement but as best I can tell, he looks at gross profitssomewhat strangely deflatedwithout taking account of the fact that the capital stock doubled in the mining boom. Call me boring and conventional, but I prefer to use the national accounts data to derive a measure of the gross rate of returnsee below; enough said.
Australias first national frog count is underway and, with the aid of a new app, everyone can now join the battle to save one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth.
The Australian Museums FrogID is a citizen science project that uses mobile phone technology and audio DNA to discover where frogs are at risk and how to conserve them and our waterways.
The free FrogID app, developed in partnership with IBM, identifies frog species by the sounds they make from croaks and chirps, to whistles and barks.
Up to 1 million Australians are expected to download the app and head to parks, creeks, dams or wetlands to listen for frog calls.
Recording and uploading these calls will map frog species across Australia and reveal where they are at risk from habitat loss, disease, climate change and urbanisation. You might even discover a new frog species!
Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay AO, said FrogID is a national citizen science rescue mission that everyone can take part in.
The power to save Australias frogs is now in the palm of your hand, whether youre a family in your garden or on a bushwalk, at school or a grey nomad. Everyone can download the free FrogID app to help save these vulnerable species the canaries in the coal mine of climate change, Ms McKay said.
FrogID is a crowd-sourcing approach to conservation. The AM is proud in its 190th year to partner with IBM, the Australian Government and leading museums across the country on this ground-breaking union of citizen science and innovative technology.
David La Rose, Managing Director, IBM Australia, said: IBM has a long history in collaborating with organisations like the Australian Museum to develop technology that has a real impact on the everyday lives of Australians. This joint initiative to develop the FrogID app is an inspiring example of how technology and science can work together to tackle an important social issue, while empowering Australians to help us gain new insight into the state of our waterways and environment.
One of Australias leading frog experts, Dr Jodi Rowley, AM Curator of Amphibian & Rep...
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Image Courtesy of Tesse Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens has just moved into the next step of his musical evolution, renaming himself Tesse to more accurately represent the collaboration with his supporting band (including Cam Whipp on bass, Mon Ellis on guitar, Chris Long on keys and drummer Rob Turner). Tesse will be releasing his 
Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. A cache of The Courier Mails front pages. (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another. . (November 13, 2017) Day 16 Pauline Hanson loses another 
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Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Casino club last night during which five men armed with a machete and iron bars attacked two club employees.
The incident happened at 9.10pm when the two club employees were attempted to leave after closing the club in West Street.
They were confronted by the five men and forced back into the club.
One of the employees was struck in a shoulder with the machete and both were forced to the ground were they were kicked a number of times.
The five armed men fled after noticing a security guard outside the club, and once it was safe, the police were called.
Police established a crime scene and searched the area.
The injured club employee were treated for a minor injury.
Police said no cash was stolen however the injured man had some personal items taken.
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Australian governments pay the Serco group tens of millions of dollars every year to manage sensitive public services such as correctional and detention centres, and a range of defence contracts. The UK-based company is even making a bid to run our public housing. However, Serco has come under fire in recent
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Saudi Arabias war of words over Lebanon keeps on building and Israel has jumped in supporting the Saudis. As each day passes, the war of words comes closer to being transformed into a war of weapons.
The tilt at Lebanon is largely as proxy for a growing hostility against Iran, which has arisen out of diverging positions in the politics of the Middle East. While Iran has taken a position that lays claim to the regions independence from big power politics, the Saudis have decisively shifted in the opposite direction.
Nothing marks this more clearly than being decisive backers of the Syrian opposition ISIS and al Qaeda terror bands with money, guns and diplomacy. Then there is the systematic and brutal continuous bombing of Yemen that is on the brink of creating the biggest famine experienced anywhere in decades.
Intertwined with the stand off is the divide between Islams Shia and Sunni. Within the Sunni camp, there has lately emerged a camp that has become increasingly material dependent on the west and especially the United States and this is led by the absolutist Saudi royal family that sees itself as heading the Sunni world, and utilises this to push its own ambitions to be a regional power. That branch within the faith that has given rise to ISIS and al Qaeda is Saudi grown and Saudi maintained.
But after a short period of gains in the battlefield, the movement is experiencing major defeats. The most spectacular is in Syria. There has also been major loss in Iraq, including within the northern Kurdish region and a strengthening of the Shia position.
The attack on Yemen has been directed against the Shia Houthi forces, who happen to control most of the country. Saudi air strikes are backed by backed by pro al Qaeda and ISIS forces on the ground and the invasion has the support of the United States government.
Ongoing resistance from the Houthis has denied a quick victory and this risks sinking the Saudis into a quagmire.
In short, Saudi ambitions have not been going so well. Hence the chosen strategy to shift to a new theatre, target Iran as the headquarters of the Shia faith and its links to in Lebanon through Hezbollah and the Palestinians. Iran is accused of supporting the Houthis in Yemen the Syrian government and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The idea is that a new conflict in Lebanon might just turn around the series of defeats.
A large part of the Lebanese population is Shia and mostly suppo...
Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith has called on the NSW Government to do more to protect koalas and other wildlife in the path of the Pacific Highway upgrade.
With tree clearing now underway at Meerschaum Vale, Ms Smith said she had been told by residents that dead or injured koalas and other wildlife were being found almost daily.
The residents have also been told that contractors are not allowed to touch any injured animals they see.
Ms Smith said there appeared to be no process for the RMS or its contractors to count the koalas and other wildlife that were killed or injured by tree clearing and an increase in truck movements.
I have visited Meerschaum Vale and met with residents multiple times in the past two years and I have seen the impact of the preparation for the highway upgrade on the wildlife and on the lives of the residents. I have made many representations on the communitys behalf about the effects of this highway upgrade to the RMS and to the Minister for Roads.
I cannot state how strongly this upgrade is affecting the lives
of residents with problems with dust, vibration, noise and
I call on the NSW government to get a proper process of wildlife monitoring in place and employ animal rescue staff to save injured koalas and oth...
The National aka The Loggers Times| November 10, 2017
THE Bulolo district administration
is strongly opposing a licence for exploration activities near the
town because the land had been damaged by past explorations,
Administrator Tae Gwambelek says.
The administration is supporting the
move by the business community and PNG Forest Products
(PNGFP) after the Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) issued
EL2544 to the Wabu Alluvial Mining company
Administrator Tae Gwambelek said
Australia had done enough damage to land in Bulolo leaving behind
huge craters on which the township was built.
History will never be repeated again, Gwambelek said.
We have Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu mining including many small-scale activities. That is enough.
Gwambelek said the Bulolo district development authority also acquired an exploration licence from MRA to conduct explorations outside W...
The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical.
Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.
The Orange-bellied Parrot will go extinct in the wild unless urgent funding is secured Dr Dejan Stojanovic, conservation biologist with the ANU Difficult Bird Research Group, said in Hobart today. So far this breeding season only 14 Orange-bellied Parrots, including only 2 females, have returned from migration he said. The situation is critical.
Dr Stojanovic was speaking before tonights State Theatre premiere of a new film The Desperate Plight of the Orange-bellied Parrot by photographer David Neilson.
The Australian Statistician, David W Kalisch, will release the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at a media conference at 10am on Wednesday.
The Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance has organised an event to coincide with the announcement that will take place at the Quad outside the new Lismore Regional Gallery to witness the results.
A Northern Rivers LGBTIQ Alliance spokesperson said it is important to offer our community the support that will be needed at this historical moment and hopefully the opportunity for celebration as well.
The event will include speakers Jenny Dowell and Asren Pugh (Australians for Marriage Equality), music performance by Paige Phoenix and friends and a performance piece by Dee Chenille.
At midday there will be a drone photo shoot of a human made love heart to etch this moment into the history of the Northern Rivers.
Food will be provided by the Gallery cafe as well as Haps Health Bar.
It has been a long wait for members of the LGBTIQ communities since registrations to vote in the survey closed on August 24.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) began mailing out survey forms on September 12.
Voters had up until October 11 to request a replacement form if they didnt receive one and then until last Tuesday, November 7, to get their vote back to the ABS.
The time-consuming, divisive and sometimes traumatising debate has impacted many in the community.
Ahead of Wednesdays announcement, ACON has launched a new resource to assist members of the community to stay strong, and remind them that support and care is available, whatever the outcome of the public vote.
Produced by ACONs counselling team, the resource Stronger Together offers practical tips for people on staying strong and resilient in the lead up to, and following, the announcement on 15 November.
ACON says demand for its services has increased across the state in recent weeks, especially in the light of the divisive debate, and the group has responded accordingly to ensure people in LGBTIQ communities get the support they need.
ACON CEO N...
The rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, while the poor get wild conspiracies about the other being responsible for their lot in life. Senator Lee Rhiannon explains.
Historically it has been the progressive side of politics that has confronted racism in all its forms. Whether it was the oppression of Indigenous communities, abuse of refugees or more recently the Islamophobia fanned by some conservative politicians, it has been unions and left parties including the Greens that have taken the lead in exposing and confronting this abuse.
A key driver of racial abuse is the growing economic divide in our society. This is not to say that racism is unique to disadvantaged populations we know too well that the elite do not hesitate to parade their bigotry. But when analysing and strategising on how to deal with racism we need measures to address economic inequality.
When people feel squeezed by things like low wages and the high cost of living, they understandably want to know who the villains are. Why cant I find a decent job? Who is undercutting my wages?
Conservative politicians and their masters in big business implement policies that cause these problems because it suits their interests. But they cant admit that because theyd be wiped out at the next election. Their solution? Scapegoat. Play on peoples apprehensions. Divide and distract.
This is part of the reason why some working people are turning to parties like One Nation. In the 2016 federal election there was a clear correlation between living in an area of high socio-economic disadvantage and voting for One Nation.Pauline Hanson delivers her maiden speech to the federal Senate, in September 2016.
The irony is that One Nations track record in parliament has been to support the anti-worker and anti-poor polices of the Coalition Government. Pauline Hansons party sided with the Liberal-National government 74 per cent of the time between August and December 2016. They have provided the critical votes for the Turnbull government to pass legislation that robs money from public schools, opens the door to greater media concentration and cuts funding to welfare recipients.
To take on the racism building in Australian society we need to ensure that dealing with economic disadvantage is centre stage.
The Nimbin Hemp Embassy will be offering free samples of hemp seed and hemp seed oil for the rest of the month now that hemp foods are legal for human consumption in Australia.
Australian Hemp Party secretary Andrew Kavasilas said as of yesterday it was legal to grow hemp seed in Australia.
Its a watershed moment on many fronts. Hemp seeds nutritional qualities are unparalleled so well have a truly healthy food finally available with new farming opportunities including access to an international market thats touching the $billion mark, Mr Kavasilas said.
He said jobs were also being created in production, processing, logistics, design and packaging, marketing, wholesale and retail sales.
Mr Kavasilas said hemp seeds contain a significant ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9, tuned perfectly to the human body with plant-based essential fatty acids and a full compliment of vitamins and minerals. The taste and texture is similar to nuts with no known allergies.
Because of its superior nutritional profile and gluten-free status, hemp seed ingredients are incorporated in muesli bars, salad dressings, pasta, breads, smoothies, biscuits, non-whey high fibre protein, flour and many other products.
Hemp seed is also used to make a simple natural non-dairy milk substitute with a legendary rich and creamy flavour.
Weve pursued this relentlessly for almost 20 years. For the past 7 years or so, state police have raised issues around hemp seed foods interfering with random roadside saliva testing despite the fact the devices are not reliable enough to detect the difference between minute traces in low THC hemp seed food consumption or intoxication.
HEMP Party and HEMP Embassy President Michael Balderstone said the legalising of hemp throws saliva testing up in the air.
State police forces, especially NSW police have forcefully argued and maintained that hemp seed food consumption will interfere with their saliva testing and people will provide positive results which will put further pressure on our courts and the judicial system, he said.
In light of the fact no other police around the world saliva test like in Australia, I think its time our police followed the experience of other countries who are able to tell the difference betwe...
A Sydney man who told his girlfriend of seven years he wouldnt marry her until gay people enjoyed equal rights is desperately searching for a back-up plan after polls suggested the yes vote is likely to win.
It was the perfect excuse it was simple, it worked, and it made me look like I had morals or something, the man said. But it looks like my get-out-of-jail-free card will be torn up when the vote is announced on Wednesday. My girlfriends even dropping hints saying what a great day it would be for all couples to propose. Unfortunately, it might be time for me to hit the road.
The man is not alone, with one woman telling The Sydney Sentinel she had to vote no to protect her own freedom from marriage.
Yeah, I used the whole not until everyone can get married line as well, she said. Even though I do support gay marriage, I dont support having to get married myself, so its a no from me.
Image Courtesy of Ten Strings and A Goat Skin After teasing us with six artists for 2018, The National Folk Festival has finally revealed its highly anticipated first major lineup announcement. Headlining the 2018 lineup are Scottish superstars Breabach, Nashville singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou, American favourite Steve Poltz, Celtic band Cara, acclaimed Canadian trio Ten Strings 
A few years ago Clive Hamilton wrote a very strange article in The Guardian that lead to this editorial statement (emphasis added):
This article was amended soon after publication on 18 February 2014 to correct the headline, a misreported statistic and some loosely paraphrased anecdotes, the combined effect of which had been to overstate the evidence then available about the impact Chinese investment was having on Sydneys rising residential real estate prices.
The editors note said in part: the causes of fluctuations in housing prices are several and varied. Foreign buyers, and among them Chinese investors, may be a greater or lesser cause from time to time. Guardian Australia has concluded that, on the evidence presented, it was wrong to imply through the original headline that wealthy Chinese buyers are disproportionately a factor compared to any other national or ethnic group. The author stands by his opinion, as he is entitled to. Guardian Australia believes it must correct the evidence base underpinning that opinion and label it less emphatically in order to give readers assistance in weighing it and to avoid any inference of racism.
Then a few weeks ago there was this article in The Australian:
For several years the Chinese party-state has been pursuing a co-ordinated program to acquire from abroad advanced military and industrial technology, and to do so by fair means or foul. It now emerges that Australian universities inadvertently are helping to give China the technological leadership it craves.
The Australian Research Council is funnelling Australian taxpayer funds into research with applications to Chinas advanced weapons capacity through its linkage program. The program aims to encourage national and international research collaborations between university researchers and partners in industry or other research centres, in this case with Chinese military scientists.
A long conspiracy theory about how Australian government funding of ethnic Chinese Australian academics was promoting Chinese government interests. Nasty stuff.
The driver of a clearly marked police vehicle stopped at traffic lights in Tweed Heads on Saturday night got the nod from the driver of another car who then led police on a chase through town.
About 11.55pm on Saturday (November 11), the police car was stopped at the intersection of Wharf Road and Florence Street, Tweed Heads.
Police allege a 30-year-old male from Tweed Heads South, driving a red Mazda 323 pulled alongside the police car.
The Mazdas engine was revving loudly causing police to look at the car and driver. The driver began nodding at police and as soon as the traffic light turned green the Mazda took off at speed.
Police activated all warning lights and sirens and the Mazda failed to stop.
The car was pursued west along Wharf Road Tweed Heads reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 120km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone. The pursuit continued onto Minjungbal Drive reaching speeds allegedly in excess of 100 km/h in the 60 km/h speed zone.
The pursuit continued with the Mazda turning into Lloyd Street, Tweed Heads South, and then into Faulkner Drive.
At the intersection of Faulkner Dr and Cunningham Street the Mazda came to an abrupt stop where the 30-yea- old man verbally challenged police.
Police talked the man down and he was arrested. He was breath tested at the scene and returned a negative reading. The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with police pursuit, driving in a speed dangerous to the public, exceeding speed by more than 45 km/h and driving while his license was expired.
The man was bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court on the November 21.
Fiji has warned countries at the UN climate talks it is overseeing that they must put aside their differences and work together if the world is to limit climate change.
We are encouraging all parties to provide the political will necessary to achieve an ambitious outcome at COP23, which includes of course the pre-2020 commitments and actions, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told reporters in Bonn on Sunday.
The diplomatically veiled caution comes after Iran, on behalf of a group of developing countries, accused developed nations of eroding trust and trying to censor their poorer counterparts.
Splits have developed at the COP23 talks during the past week over the inclusion on the formal agenda of discussions about lifting climate action ambitions before 2020, and over financing arrangements to help developing countries act on and adapt to climate change.
Irans representative told a mid-conference update on Saturday developing countries were seeing their trust and good faith being eroded and there seemed to be concerted efforts to only discuss proposals put forward from richer nations.
Ecuador, speaking for a group of 134 developing countries and China, said there seemed to be a lack of political will from developed countries.
The European Union rejected this notion while Australias environment ambassador Patrick Suckling, speaking for developed countries outside Europe, said persistent efforts to add extra items to the COP agenda were hampering the very progress we are seeking.
Nevertheless, Mr Bainimarama said on Sunday he thought the talks were entering their second week in good shape.
But he reminded parties the only way any one country could protect itself from climate change was by joining with all others and moving together.
That is the message Im conveying to all parties, and especially those who have particular issues that matter deeply to them, he said.
No one is immune to climate change and we must focus not on our differences but on the absolute imperative to move this process forward.
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By Phoebe Hart, Queensland University of Technology The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag whatever youd care to call her abound. Search the Internet and youd believe shes a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to ...
Conservative Liberal senator James Paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to preserve the freedoms of all Australians.
Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, said any ensuring law changes shouldnt have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.
If the parliament opts for a narrower bill with fewer protections, I fear we will see some Australians seek to impose their values on others, with court cases and other legal mechanisms, he said in a statement announcing the draft bill.
Ive never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians.
Senator Paterson believes state and federal anti-discrimination laws arent strong enough.
His bill expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection.
It also seeks to protect freedom of speech and enacts a narrow anti-detriment clause, which would prevent governments and agencies taken adverse action against someone with a traditional view of marriage.
The bill would also guarantees the right of parents to opt their children out of classes that conflicted with their values.He is yet to canvass the draft legislation with his coalition colleagues.
If a Yes result is confirmed this week, this bill could be passed by the parliament as quickly as any other bill, Senator Paterson said.
I believe the parliament should do so before Christmas, with additional sitting weeks if necessary.
Fellow Liberal senator Dean Smith has also put forward a bill.
Senator Smiths bill allows same-sex couples to wed and includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.
Nearly eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.
The survey result will announced on Wednesday.
Australian artists earn about a fifth less than most other workers and many have to take on other jobs to help make ends meet, a study shows.
The average total annual income for professional artists in Australia is 21 per cent lower than the average pay packet, the study by Macquarie University and the Australia Council found.
The income artists receive from their creative work has also fallen 19 per cent below what they were paid in 2009.
And almost eight in 10 artists are taking on other work, mostly out of necessity rather than choice.
Australia Council chief executive Tony Grybowski said the findings highlight the challenges artists face to maintain a viable professional career.
If we want Australian stories to keep being told and Australias diverse artistic talent to succeed locally and internationally we must consider the support structures, protections and remuneration of Australian artists, he said on Monday.
The study also found female artists earn a quarter less than men overall and are paid about 30 per cent less for their creative work.
The disparity for artists with a disability is even greater.
Those with a disability earn 42 per cent less overall than artists without disability.
The Making Art Work: An Economic Study of Professional Artists in Australia was carried out by cultural economist David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, who surveyed almost 1000 Australian professional artists.
Prof Throsby said too often artists were expected to work for love not money.
The digital world also presented both opportunities and challenges for artists, by offering new ways to distribute their work but also opening up the door to unauthorised exploitation of their ideas.
More federal MPs are likely to face the High Court over their citizenship status after the Greens committed to unilateral referrals from the major parties.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale confirmed the minor partys sole MP Adam Bandt would provide the government with the crucial vote it needs in the lower house.
If the government decides to refer someone, if the opposition decides someone should be referred, we think we should honour that, Senator Di Natale told the ABC on Monday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the weekend vowed to refer any Labor MPs facing dual citizenship questions to the High Court, accusing the opposition of flouting the law.
Thats brought a declaration of war response from Labor.
Senator Di Natale said no-one was stepping up to resolve the issue.
Ultimately the way to resolve it is to have doubtful cases tested in the High Court and thats exactly what should happen and quickly, he said.
When that might happen is not yet clear.Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann would not say whether the government would act when the House of Representatives returns in a fortnight or wait until parliament establishes a disclosure system for MPs.
Individual members of parliament can make their own judgment, he said, citing the resignation of Liberal MP John Alexander over the weekend.
Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has threatened a November 27 vote to refer Labor MPs Justine Keay and Susan Lamb to the High Court.
There was clear evidence the two MPs indicated they were dual citizens when nominations closed for the 2016 election, he said.
Labor frontbencher Tony Burke doubts the government will go down that road.
What a desperate born to rule approach whether thats their view on Monday week I have no idea, and let me tell you I reckon they have no idea either, he said.
Labor insists its two MPs took reasonable steps to renounce their citizenship before the 2016 election.
A man has been extradited from Queensland following investigations into an alleged attempted armed robbery west of Woodenbong in 2011.
On Thursday 27 October 2011, a man attempted to force entry to a general store on Mt Lindesay Road at Legume, near the New South Wales-Queensland border, armed with a gun.
The store attendant, a 57-year-old woman, attempted to stop the man from entering by leaning against the front door; however, he smashed a glass panel with the gun and managed to get inside.
Police have been told the woman grabbed the gun before struggling with the man, causing cuts to her hands.
He fled empty-handed and police were alerted.
Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries.
Following extensive investigations, detectives were granted a warrant for the arrest of a 27-year-old Queensland man.
The man was subsequently arrested today in Queensland, today (Friday 10 November 2017) and extradited to Lismore Police Station.
He was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence; assault while rob while armed with dangerous weapon; and aggravated assault with intent to rob and inflict actual bodily harm.
The man was bail refused and appeared at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (November 11).
A further three Queensland residents were extradited to NSW on Thursday as part of Operation Unison.
A 52-year-old Elanora woman, wanted since June, was arrested for seven fraud warrants.
A 31-year-old Currumbin man, wanted since August, was arrested for two outstanding warrants for intimidation and assault.
And a 52-year-old Coolangatta man, wanted for the past two months, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for breach an ADVO and stalk/intimidate offences.
All three were refused bail and are due to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court today (November 13).
This joint operation is ongoing and police warn offenders that no matter where they live if you commit crime in either state expect police to be knocking on your door.
A Clovelly man is in danger of missing his daily run along the coastal path to Bondi this morning after realising he had nothing to wear, even though his closet was packed full of designer workout gear, joggers made by NASA and colour-coordinated drink bottles.
The man said he just wasnt feeling any of his outfits.
Nothing truly expressed my positively carefree yet dangerously focused running mood or went well with this mornings lighting conditions, the man said. Naturally, everyone would be watching me, so I couldnt just chuck any old thing on. One unflattering Aquabumps snap could set me back years of dedicated training.
The man said if his emergency order from The Iconic doesnt arrive, he will make up for todays lack of training by spending an extra hour in the solarium and taking twice as many photos at Icebergs this afternoon than usual.
Australia has turned a blind eye to the Saudi-led warn on Yemen, while the nation plunges deeper into a humanitarian crisis. But at least were trying to profit from it. Michael Brull reports.
On 30 October, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne announced hed be visiting Saudi Arabia, France and the United Kingdom to promote Australias world-class defence materiel and strengthen bilateral defence industry relationships. In Saudi Arabia he would meet with senior government representatives to discuss the bilateral defence industry relationship.
Presumably, this was in the hope of further expanding Australian military exports to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia needs military imports in particular right now because of its devastating war on Yemen. The government ignored a motion passed in the Senate calling on it to disclose its military exports to Saudi Arabia since 2016. We know that Australia has approved four military exports to the Saudi government, but not the nature or value of that exports.
In a speech in July, Pyne discussed his plans to expand Australian military exports. In relation to Yemen, Pyne said, The Australian designed Nulka decoy system that protects ships from missiles not so long ago saved the USS Mason from an attack by Houthi rebels off the coast of Yemen.
There may be other military exports to the Saudi invading force. For example, Pyne also talked about Australian company Marand making tail pieces and specialised engine trailers for Joint Strike Fighters. Their order book will be for over $1 billion, not just for Australias Joint Strike Fighters thats exporting vital components made here in Australia overseas, to take their place on perhaps the most advanced combat aircraft the world has ever seen, that will be operated by the USA, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel and many other countries.
On November 8, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General fo...
The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has stated. Over 63 percent of adults in Britain are overweight OECD says. The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27 percent adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy and Switzerland.
By Dee McLachlan
For those readers not living in Australia, let me first explain. If one attends any function, conference and event, the emcee or whoever is running the event starts off with an Acknowledgement of Country and Traditional Owners. It is to pay respect to indigenous people.
This is how it goes.
Our conference is being held on the traditional country [or lands] of the Wada wurrung people [or relevant traditional owner], and I wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners. I would also like to pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and the Elders from other communities who may be here today.
When I first arrived, it seemed to me a most respectful acknowledgement and a reminder of the lands history, but as the years have gone by it sometimes leaves me uneasy. In many of these functions, in Victoria, it feels a function of political correctness R...
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