Senator HANSON: It was quite interesting to listen to Senator McKims comments today, because the Greens are hell-bent on weakening Australias immigration system.
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Dear Parents and Caregivers,
vJust after 4.15pm, emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway just south of Maclean after reports of a head-on collision between two cars.
A 78-year-old man and his 72-year-old female passenger in a northbound hatchback died at the scene.
The 56-year-old female driver of a southbound station wagon was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
The passengers, a 40-year-old woman and two men, suffered serious injuries and were taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Lismore Base Hospital.
The highway has been closed for some hours while police examine the scene, but is expected to reopen soon.
For the latest traffic information, visit the Live Traffic website.
Investigations into the circumstances of the crash are continuing and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
In this era of fake news, clarity matters. When propagandists working for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist-aligned groups are intentionally trying to blur the meanings of words and misrepresent facts, it is vital to be clear about what you want, what your red lines are and what you are willing to compromise on. This will enable you to argue better and have more productive conversations both on and offline about this issue.
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To A Dead End Heartbeat
The sirens sound down the dimly lit city streets. I lay wondering how we got here while the skaters rush by flipping tricks through the midnight hours. The grinding on concrete planter boxes is familiar to my mind as I set down on the hard yet comforting carpet floor. Here is home in this jungle, or I am at least calling it home for now. I light my joint and peer out over the balcony watching the kids spend every waking moment living, breathing, pushing, grinding.
Not a dead end in sight in this city. Not on the outside, at least.
I see my own reflection in the window lit up by the never ending night light, offering comfort to the uncomfortable on hot sheets, and wonder if its me or some stranger. Human, muser, filmmaker. In an environment that is as suffocating to the brain as the smoke is to my lungs, I inhale more eagerly than I exhale, letting it draw out through my senses like a lover holding my hand.
Her touch is soothing, real, even godly at times. That one moment of utter beauty and revelation that never ceases to leave your mind, like a child witnessing his first, second, third film, it never ends and nor do I want it to. This moment is perfect, surrounded in the swallowing madness we just know as the industry. For us we call it life itself and living is always easier when its through the screen.
The reality is sometimes different.
I lost my day job, the other day, says film friend A-Z.
I sit down and write, send emails, plot, predict, plan, sweat, smoke, depress, redress, compress, rework, rewrite, repeat, reignite, fret, fear, cry loudly out for it all to come true. The genie never comes so i rub the lamp a little harder. Stiff luck.
When I look back over the balcony I see endless opportunity glowing with the slam of trucks against concrete. Skaters scream out with each triumphant fall, stumble, moment of victory. Repeat, repeat, never admit defeat until you can no longer stand up and never, ever be beaten. It doesnt matter what level Im on, even looking down I feel grounded as if my footsteps were sounding on the roadside. Grounded, or at least padded between air cushioned soles and the dirt on the pavement, I glide by different cultures, facades, faces, smokers. I see them and they see me, at least w...
The Australian government and intelligence whistleblowers and potentially even journalists may face up to 20 years in jail for disclosing classified information under the most sweeping changes to the countrys secrecy laws since they were introduced.Read More
On 12 February, 1935 in a quiet ceremony at St Peters College Chapel Edward (Bill) Waterfield Hayward (1903-83) married Ursula Barr Smith (1907-70), thus uniting two of South Australias most socially prominent families.
Hayward was the younger son of Arthur Dudley Hayward (1874-1953), the chairman and managing director of John Martin & Co. Ltd, Adelaide (est. 1866). One of the largest and best-known stores in Australia of that period, John Martins was generally regarded as one of the old family institutions of South Australia. (It was re-branded as David Jones in 1985 and operated until 1998). Hayward joined his father at the store in 1931, becoming joint managing director (with his brother Ian) in 1946, and was appointed chairman in 1964 a post he held until 1983. Hayward is fondly remembered for establishing the John Martins annual Christmas Pageant in 1933, to give pleasure to children suffering from the effects of the Depression. He had seen something similar in a department store in Ottawa during a business development trip. Over the forty years Hayward developed and nurtured the concept, the store designed and produced floats and costumes, as well as constructing the magic cave.
Commissioned in the Militia in 1939, Hayward performed intelligence duties at Keswick Barracks, Adelaide, before joining the Australian Imperial Force the following year. He arrived in the Middle East in February, 1941 and served at Tobruk, Libya, with the 2/43rd Battalion. In August he transferred to the Australian Army Canteens Service (AACS) as a Major. Returning to Australia in 1943, Hayward was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and appointed a deputy director in the AACS, whose duties took him to Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Morotai and Labuan. He was twice mentioned in despatches and was awarded the American Bronze Star for his work; in 1945 he transferred to the Reserve of Officers. Haywards business acumen had not been dimmed by the years of war: he had taken notice of the popularity of Coca-Cola with American soldiers. He acquired the franchise, and in 1950 founded Coca-Cola Bottlers (Adelaide) Pty. Ltd. with the help of other local businessmen: Hayward was to remain chairman of this company until 1983.1
Haywards bride was the youngest...
At our inaugural CAM AGM, we asked our members to consider making a donation to the gallery to support our operational costs. For those who are interested, please find the Make a Gift form link.
Remember all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Second Lt Kaitlin Daddona drills with her boxing training partner on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Illustrative photo: US Air Force/Senior Airman Michael Reeves.)
Police in New South Wales, Australia, warned nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers and sports grounds they need to train staff to confront possible terrorists. Specifically front of house staff such a bartenders, cleaners and waiters need to know what to do if a terrorist strikes.
The advisory came ahead of planned celebrations for New Years Eve and in light of the arrest of Somali-Australian Ali Khalif Shire on suspicion of planning an ISIS-inspired attack. He is charged with attempting to obtain a semi-automatic rifle with intent to shoot innocent partygoers in Melbournes Federation Square.
Frontline staff need to understand the plans (for a possible attack), Senior Sergeant Rob Fleischer said, according to The Daily Mail. A lot of times, its not going to be us (police) who are going to be dealing with the first five minutes. The first five minutes is front of house staff.
Those staff need to be trained in how to react and how to help patrons escape, police said.
Those receiving training should include ushers, people who take money at checkouts, cleaners, security theres a whole range, Inspector Peter Aitken clarified.
It has not been reported if the police intend to provide such training or if i...
The Art of Not Getting Deported
Anthony S Cameron
Phuket wakes up to the sound of roosters crowing, the Muslim call to prayer and the thwack of a thousand hammer drills making their first mark in the concrete for the day. The traffic hasnt really kicked in yet, but a thousand cups of Nescafe three-in-ones have, and another day in this strange tropical paradise lurches forward. The art of this place for me lies in the ordinary moments, and often in the innocent early morning moments, moments yet to be sullied by the bold and unrelenting light of the day. It is trapped in the sounds of this developing South east Asian country waking up, like the splash of water coming off a thousand bodies wrapped in sarongs, in the metal clanging of a thousand spoons on a thousand woks, in the decisive thud of a thousand knives on a thousand chopping boards, and it is in the collective sighs of a thousand humans going about the business of building a first world tropical holiday experience.
Of course, the experience of the tourist barely brushes past this excellent stuff on their way to the jewellery emporium. Beach culture is the dream being sold here, and it comes with beach chairs, endless cocktails, jet skis, parasailing, kitesurfing, the odd reggae bar and a thousand ocean view restaurants to test the strength of your stomach. But there is something strangely hollow about it, something kind of fake about it. A feeling that, if you peer behind the curtain you will see the timbers holding up the set. I guess thats what you get when you transpose a lifestyle concept on an otherwise sleepy, unassuming little tropical island.
The middle of the day is to be avoided, having been blasted clean of subtlety and left to rot in the baking heat. The nights, on the other hand, are to be treasured, for not only do they come to you significantly cooler, but they can house rare moments of beauty that, if you are lucky, resonate and synchronise with the tiredest of hearts, in the most delving of moments.
The other night I was sitting out the front of a bar called Bebop in a funky little street in Phuket Town, watching the rain coming down, listening to some truly inspiring music battle with the tropical deluge for aural dominance, when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it hit me. Maybe it was the music that did it, maybe it was the saxophone placed dead centre of our table that spoke to me with its misshapen, worn bell resonating with riffs long since past. Maybe it was the sheets of rain falling on the worn pavement that stirred my soul. Maybe the cocktails my wife and I were drinking were having their magical effect or the ridiculously comfortable chair was having its wicked way with me. It couldve been the artfully sour-faced waitress sitting opposite us, under a display of miniature musical instruments....
Yes, but not by doing any of the things we know Trump to have done.
Dec. 10, 2017 3:46 p.m. ET
Speculation about Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation has turned toward obstruction of justicespecifically, whether President Trump can be criminally prosecuted for firing James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation or for earlier asking Mr. Comey to go easy on onetime national security adviser Mike Flynn. The answer is no. The Constitution forbids Congress to criminalize such conduct by a president, and applying existing statutes in such a manner would violate the separation of powers.
Editorial: Yes, the president can obstruct justice, said Senate GOP
Visiting Munich for the 5th time one would think that we would be out of Munich attractions to visit. On our last trip to Munich Bavaria, we experienced the city in the middle of winter. The Munich weather had thrown up the first snow of January 2017 for us to experience. Looking for things to do in Munich in winter posed no problems for us at all because we bought some tickets for the hop on hop off Munich bus. We arrived at Schloss Nymphenburg in the Munich suburbs. Nymphenburg Palace is an amazing place to visit in Munch. The Palace, Schlosspark and some of the best museums in Munich make up this great Munich Attraction. You can so a tour of the palace, a stroll in the garden, visit Nymphenburg Porzellan, the museum of man and nature or visit the Marstall Munich Museum.
A reader made this comment on this, my personal blog-site a few days ago.
I know nothing of Murray Averill, his father Lloyd or Nexus Church.
If you can enlighten me and my readers further, please could you provide feedback in the comments box at the bottom of any article on this site
Readers comment of today:
Heres a scoop for you Don. Pastor Murray Averill (Nexus Church,
Everton Park, Brisbane -formerly Northside Christian Church) has
been sacked by the church. Last Sunday was his final service. He
was sacked for being a bully, autocratic, and he appears to have
upset the wrong people for too long. The church recently offered
Murray the role of pastor with no administrative powers, but he
refused. He wants the power. He was a bully and tyrant both as the
principal of the school (Northside Christian College) and the
church. He is best buddies with Brian Houston (best men at each
others weddings), so naturally Brian stepped in to try to help save
the job, to no avail. Murray is the son of the equally power hungry
and corrupt Lloyd Averill.
I would prefer my name etc be kept from this, these people are dangerous, I have experienced their corrupt nasty tactics in the past, and have no energy to deal with their campaign to crush the little people. But thanks to sites like yours we have a voice.
Alison Pouliot is running workshops and seminars on natural history photography covering various environmental themes this summer.
31 January 2018 Snake Valley The science and
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Gideon Levy is one of Israels most outspoken journalists. Hes been writing for decades in Israeli newspaper Haaretz about the devastating effects of the never-ending Israeli occupation of Palestine.
I first met Gideon in Tel Aviv in 2005 when I was researching my first book, My Israel Question.
Since then, hes become an inspiration for daring to reveal the dark side of Israeli society and what its supporting in the West Bank and Gaza.
He recently toured Australia, and received extensive media coverage, and I was privileged to speak alongside him at Sydney University. It was one of the biggest Sydney Ideas events of the year, with nearly 500 people present.
My comments begin at 50:07 and then a Q&A with Gideon.
Heres the audio:
And the video:
Companies must be held accountable for human rights abuses Monsanto Tribunal judges stated in their legal opinion, released last night. "Radical advancements" in the rights of companies granted by the WTO, trade treaties, investment law and Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) clauses mean people's fundamental rights to food, health, a safe environment and freedom of expression are effectively being ignored. Companies can sue governments but, as non-state actors, are not directly required to uphold human rights, which are voluntary and unenforceable.
The Monsanto Tribunal judges heard the testimony of twenty eight witnesses from around the world in October 2016. For decades Monsanto has manufactured and promoted the use of dangerous substances including PCBs, Agent Orange, GM crops and glyphosate-based-herbicides like Roundup. Monsanto's chemicals have resulted in the mass poisoning of people and communities. Its aggressive promotion of GM seeds and the use of patents has denied farmers access to seed, interfered with the ability of people to feed themselves, threatened biodiversity and undermined food sovereignty.
GM crops have vastly increased the use of Roundup, which the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer found to be a probable carcinogen in March 2015. The Tribunal was extremely concerned about the corporate capture of science and the intimidation of scientists. They noted a current court case in the US last month revealed allegations that Monsanto manipulated science and regulators to retain approval for Roundup. Freedom of information and science are basic to the ability of people and communities to know what they are exposed to and how to protect themselves. Monsanto's bullying tactics, as exposed by scientist witnesses, put this at risk. Roundup has been found in food, water, air and the bodily fluids of most people tested. Its use has rapidly increased and it is likely that a huge proportion of the world's population is exposed to this chemical making this a global human health and rights concern.
The Tribunal's judges strongly encouraged legal and civil society to use the Advisory Opinion to advance international law to put human rights above corporate rights. Just as the Nuremberg Trials were created to bring war criminals to justice, International law needs to be expanded to make corporations like Monsanto accountable for their actions. The Tribunal recommended that the crime of E...
Psychology is an amazing subject and it is perhaps the only true concrete answers we have to the massively confusing minds we possess. Its the key to understanding not only the conscious mind but the subconscious too.
Psychology is such an intriguing topic because it gives us answers to the not so concrete feelings we experience when we are all wrapped up in our minds! In all honesty, everyone should know these amazing fifteen facts about psychology!
The placebo effect has actually shown to be more effective and offers more relief than actual medicine. It happens when the consciousness truly believes theyre getting better because of treatment, but the treatment actually has no external effect on it whatsoever.
Deja vu is a consciousness phenomenon in which one believes they are living in a moment for the second time. They truly feel as if they have experienced the present moment before. Interestingly, almost every person who experiences this does so about a conversation or a dream.
Calorie charts placed at the beginning of a restaurant buffet actually make people choose less healthy foods, according to a study.
Most identical twins are actually not identical. Our brains just perceive them that way.
People who play video games regularly are much more likely to lucid dream than people who dont. They are also better at changing and morphing their dream realities. This is thought to be because of a gamers ability to get lost in other worlds.
The word you can actually stimulate a persons brain to feel...
MADGE is part of the GM-Free Australia Alliance (GMFAA) which has reported increasing interest from food producers in the demand for groceries free of genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs).
GMFAA spokesperson Jessica Harrison stated that the Shopping List acknowledges and promotes a growing list of brands whose GM-free status caters to consumers' right to choose non-GM foods. "Australians passionate about the right to choose have been voting with their wallets. Growing consumer awareness about genetic manipulation is increasing demand for both conventional and organic foods, supporting their producers and adding to market pressure on food producers to choose non-GMO suppliers".
"More than 50,000 Australians, New Zealanders, and Pacific Islanders have joined local and national consumer groups that explicitly seek products free of GMOs, Ms Harrison said, "and these groups represent a small fraction of the market demand for GM-free products. The GM-Free Shopping List helps consumers make that informed choice."
GMFAA, a not-for-profit organisation, distributes the GM-Free Shopping List free of charge, both on line and at local, regional, and national events.
Comment: Jessica Harrison 0407 307 231 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the GM-Free Shopping List here.
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of weapons.
I dont often talk about my past but Ive dusted off an old post since taken offline and re-edited it completely in response to #Hack4DV. As Christmas approaches it is worth remembering that family time means different things to people from abusive families and there will be a lot of people across the country hurting this festive season as the alcohol and toxic relationships create a dangerous if not deadly mix. Some people will lose their lives this Christmas season.
Domestic violence is something that affected my life a long time ago and a lot of other issues which I feel have had a bigger impact on my life chances have happened since. Perhaps this trivialisation of what seemed normal for me (but definitely isnt) is precisely because I was born into a dangerous household and cant imagine a normal family and how I would be different. The truly sad thing is that this story doesnt even make me cry, its just my life.
When I meet people for the first time they tend to demand to know how I make a living. I never get asked what Ive survived or what challenges Ive faced. I find this gives people a very inaccurate view of my character and accomplishments. On the other hand, I dont want to feel like Im wearing the injustices Ive suffered like a victim badge. I have much fresher wounds to pick over so Im not usually thinking about the distant past. I am however, still dealing with the cumulative impact of many bad situations on my life-chances.
Long story short, I was born into a dangerous situation. By the time I was born my mother and siblings were already victims of my father who had developed paranoid schizophrenia and alcoholism on top of his abusive attitudes toward women. My earliest memory (I was about 2) is of my father shooting the family dog in front of us. The dog was a doberman that used to chase the school bus up the road like a mad thing. He was also my brothers pet.
After that, my father shot the cat, my sisters pet. It used to pee on his foot whenever he was around, something my mother always laughed about (behind his back). That day my father got his own back on the family pets as we watched them burn on the incinerator.
I remember my mother being threatened and I remember her need to learn how to bend to my fathers will in order to keep us all alive. In the early 70s information on mental illness was not available like it is now. My mother who had never even heard of such conditions struggled to understand what was going on. Her doctor gave her Valium and tried to get her to sprinkle medication on his cereal.
My father lost his job because he threatened his boss with a rifle so my mother had to go back to teaching and leave...
On 20 November 2017 Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney falsely framed my university research as anti-vaccination instead of describing it as the risks of a medical intervention. This is a crime for human health because it is a medical intervention that is given to healthy people and all of the risks and benefits of vaccination must be scrutinised before it is mandated in healthy populations.
My PhD thesis describing the adverse events to vaccines has been accepted and published by the University of Wollongong because it provides the scientific evidence and arguments for the risks of this procedure. Yet Australian journalists and public servants are falsely stating it is not evidence-based.
Public servants, journalists, politicians and doctors who label this university research as anti-vaccination are breaching their duty of care to the public. Tanya Plibersek, Labors Health Minister in 2012 has also breached her duty of care to the public by designing public health policy in 2012/13 through a petition on a lobby group website Mamamia website.
The Mamamia website and Murdoch News Ltd papers are a mouth piece for the industry pro-vaccine lobby groups (listed below) and they allow industry activists and journalists, without qualifications in immunology or vaccination science, to promote vaccines to the public using false information.
Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Council, stated that my university research should not be presented in public forums in Australia. This is an example of the suppression of scientific debate that is occurring in Australia today and the loss of freedom of speech.
The Australian governments vaccination policies have been influenced by the pharmaceutical companies through the funding of medical journals and donations...
Jessica Mauboy will travel to Portugal to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In 2014, the Australian Idol alum was invited to perform as an interval act at that years contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, becoming the first non-European solo artist to do so. And on Monday afternoon, SBS announced shed return to compete ...
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Karun Cowper speaks with Johnny Windus, national advocacy coordinator of the Australian Unemployed Workers Union which is starting to get moving in Perth.
Speakers to broadcast terror warning in event of Melbourne city attack | 10 Dec 2017 | Police warnings to move, leave or stay would be broadcast at more than 90 city sites in the event of a terrorist or Bourke St-style attack. Already, 65 sets of loudspeakers are in place at sites including Federation Square, Flinders St station and the Bourke St Mall. A test message and "wailing" standard emergency warning signal -- alerting people that an emergency announcement is pending -- will be transmitted over speakers installed at the State Library on December 28. It comes as police warn there is an increased risk of terrorism over the festive season.
Karun Cowper speaks with Nick Everettt, co-convenor of Friends of Palestine WA on Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital, in reversal of decades of US policy and drawing international condemnation.
What are you working towards in life? What goals are most urgent for you to achieve before you die? Perhaps youre terrified of never achieving them, and you wouldnt be alone we all are! But maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and achieve what you desire.
We all have regrets and we definitely all make mistakes, and theres nothing wrong with that. When it comes down to it, life is an assimilation of feelings, memories, failures, and achievements. We dont really consider the times we were bored out of our minds or doing our daily routine as part of our real lives. Life is composed of different individual experiences, memories, and emotions some good and some bad. If you tend to stress about achieving your goals or reaching your highest potential, youre not alone! Pretty much everyone worries about the exact same thing, and maybe this study will be enough to inspire you to get out there and do it!
Australian Nurse and counselor, Bronnie Ware, has been taking care of terminally ill patients for some time now; some of which have only 12 weeks or less to live. Wares only job wasnt to provide these terminally ill patients with healthcare, hygiene, and food. She was also responsible for relieving them of mental stress and proving them with relief of any anguish about their upcoming end of days. Because most of her patients were elderly and only has about twelve weeks to live, she heard a lot about the regrets people has in their life. The things they never did that they wished they had. It actually turns out to be amazing advice. Ware composed the five most common regrets people who are near death complain about. We have the opportunity to do what they wished they had
provocative Fairfax columnist, architecture academic, essayist on everything from climate change to feminism; perpetual thinker, mother of teenagers, and former independent Sydney City councillor.
According to her Fairfax biography, Elizabeth Farrelly is
a Sydney-based columnist and author who holds a PhD in architecture and several international writing awards. A former editor and Sydney City Councilor, she is also Associate Professor (Practice) at the Australian Graduate School of Urbanism at UNSW.
So based on her expertise and authority in education matters, Dr Farrelly has expressed her wish that private schools be banned. More specifically, that private should be made illegal.
Whilst Dr Farrellys may have some experience and expertise in the consumption of education services, she does not appear to have any experience and expertise in the production of education services. But such little problems never seem to get in the way of her declarations.
As an aside and for some context, Dr Farrellys architecture PhD was from the University of Sydney, an institution currently renowned for its embrace of diversity of thought and expression.
But this aside, according to Dr Farrelly, those parents who can spend up to $30,000 per annum for their childrens education, are basically stupid and should instead, be forced to send their children to public schools. Dr Farrelly apparently knows better than every single consumer of private education that they are wasting their money. Education, much like health, internet pipes and school halls should be left to the experts in government and academia. In those areas, citizens have always received great outcomes and value their tax dollars.
Dr Farrelly believes that parents and guardians should have no say whatsoever in what or where their children are taught. Such matters should be left to the expertise of the education industrial complex that occupy various Departments of Education and teacher unions, an...
Karun Cowper speaks with urbanist, activist and Audacities initiator Sharon Ede on cosmo-localisation in the New Economy in Australia and beyond.
Published December 11, 2017
STANFORD UNIVERSITY On Thursday, Dec. 7, President Russell Begaye spoke before the Stanford Graduate School of Business addressing the issues that the Navajo Nation faces in economic development.
Beyond the tenacity of our people, we are also creative and have the ability to make things happen, President Begaye said. We are changing the way we think about and approach infrastructure and economic development.
The president said that many issues that the Nation faces stem from the concept of sovereignty and how the Nation asserts itself in establishing a nation-to-nation relationship with the federal government. The Treaty of 1868 signed between the federal government and the Navajo Nation commits the government to the doctrine of trust responsibility.
When treaties were signed with Navajo, the government committed to providing things like health care, education and infrastructure, he said. These treaties are the equivalent of signing treaties with nations like Australia, Europe or China. Yet, we have to remind the government of this. When they issue usfunds, its not because we are a minority, its their contractual obligation.
Conversely, President Begaye said reliance on federal funding can cause tribal nations to become dependent on the federal government. As sovereign nations, its critical that tribes take more control over policies that guide areas like economic development.
How do we change dependency on outside resources? the president asked. Our people have suffered years of living with a lack of infrastructure that has fostered dependency on federal assistance. We need to become more self-sufficient in every area.
The Nation has looked closely at regulations that affect economic development to find language that provides for tax breaks or benefits on tribal land. We are monitoring tax bills to implement any tax breaks that are applicable to our...
Liberal senator Dean Smith has said hes chuffed to be receiving invitations to same-sex weddings in 2018. Smiths same-sex marriage bill, co-signed by eight other senators, passed its final vote last Thursday amid emotional scenes in the House of Representatives. The senator, who is gay, told PerthNow that hed been inundated with personal stories from ...
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Turnbull turned his pent-up anger and resentment towards Shorten onto the easy target of Sam Dastyari and unleashed it with vehemence. read now...
Health-adjusted life expectancy reflects the average length of
time an individual can expect to live without disease or
This report shows that: health-adjusted life expectancy increased comparably to life expectancy; and that people in Remote and very remote areas and people in the lowest socioeconomic group expected both shorter lives and fewer years in full health compared with their counterparts in Major cities and the highest socioeconomic group.
Download report: Health-adjusted life expectancy in Australia: expected years lived in full health 2011.
HIV prevention advocates have welcomed a $53 million commitment from federal Labor in a bid to end HIV transmission in Australia. The plan draws from a blueprint released by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations in August, which said an extra investment of $32.5 million a year would deliver $82 million worth of savings to ...
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I was unable to attend your WEC in Orlando but purchased it to view remotely. Ive read the vertical market report and look forward to watching the video of the even when its ready. My only question is with regard to currency. With my currency in AUD I realise the place to be is in the DOW however with youre previous reports of Australia being one of the few countries with Super Annuation and the fact longer term you have predicted the AUD to surpass the USD will investing in the DOW be detrimental on a purely currency basis or will the USD rally against all currencies before many years ahead seeing the AUD rally against it? Is the Aussie Dollar included when you say all other currencies etc or is it unique like youve mentioned before in a 2010 down under report?
Thanks for all the effort you go to helping us all navigate through these interesting times.
ANSWER: The US$ has been moving higher against the A$ since 2011. It has NOT reached the Yearly Bullish Reversal which stands at 14252 on the cash. The technical resistance stands at the 160 and 170 levels. There is no indication that the US$ will make all-time record highs against the A$ just yet. Exceeding that 14250 area will ring the alarm bell for the A$.
Here are the technicals for the Dow in A$. Here we have elected four Yearly Bullish Reversals whereas, in the currency, we have not elected any s...
QUESTION: You have said that coins were still fiat and not tangible hard money. Nobody else has said that. Can you support that statement?
ANSWER: Of course. During the American Colonial period, there was a shortage of silver in particular in Britain. They impose restrictions on what coins could be used to pay Americans for anything. That restriction was imposed on silver and gold. Therefore, payment to Americans from Britain was always in copper coins. If Americans wanted to buy something from Britain, it was typically demanded in silver or gold. This was one of the reasons for the American Revolution.
Because of these restrictions, the monetary value of copper coins was twice its actual metal content. All governments produced coins ONLY at a profit, which is called the seignorage. Here is a table of the weight and metal content of a U.S. penny. Not only has it declined in weight, in 1982 it ceased being a copper-based coin. The penny today is zinc copper plated to maintain the appearance. The price of copper became worth more than 1 cent...
Most people do not understand that there is the Eurogroup, which is an informal body of finance ministers from the Eurozone member states that are intended to discuss matters relating to their countries common responsibilities related to the Euro. They do not keep any minutes so nothing emerges with respect to policy. There is now a clash building between this Eurogroup and that of the European Commission. The Eurogroup will most likely oppose the EU Commissions plans for an EU finance minister. This, of course, is one more step toward federalizing Europe. The view in Brussels is that their dream project is collapsing. The answer is not more freedom, but to centralize power to prevent the collapse of the Euro.
The Commission wants to impose its own finance minister over the Eurogroup and in turn, the Eurogroup will insist on having its own presidency. There is a rising belief within the Eurogroup that it should delineate the role of the Eurogroup from the role of the Commission. They see the Commission as attempting to grab more power unto itself.
Its main task is to ensure close coordination of economic policies among the Eurozone member states and promote conditions for stronger economic growth. This was seen as a critical element to maintain stability in the Eurozone as a whole.
However, as I have made clear before, the failure of the euro has been due to the refusal to consolidate the debts. Then you would have had a clean federal European government and each member state would then have its own budget that would not be dependent upon the federal government. Now because of this refusal to consolidate the debts from the outset, we have the idea of creating an EU Finance Minister who will then have dictatorial powers over Eurozone members.
This is going far beyond the United States of Europe, but a single government eliminating the sovereignty of individual member states. The USA has a federal government with its debt and 50 states which are all on their own. The Feds are not impacted by the budget of an individual state whereas the structure of the Euro is dependent upon each state. This is also why the EU opposes all separatist movements. The design is seriously flawed.
The Eurogroup exists without any real power...
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hospitalisations that were completely or partially funded by
private health insurance in Australia's public and private
hospitals over the past 10 years. It compares private health
insurance-funded hospitalisations with hospitalisations for public
patients and patients funded by other sources. Private health
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admissions-rising from about 1 in 12 in 2006-07, to 1 in 7 in
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The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2012-2014 was 6.8
deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest
rates in the world. The most common causes of maternal death were
bleeding in the brain and in the abdomen (non-obstetric
haemorrhage). Women over the age of 35 and under 20 were more
likely to die in association with childbirth.
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On Thursday 7 December 120 Syrian refugees came to the Blue Mountains. They were welcomed at St Hildas Church Hall with a banquet prepared by volunteers from St Hildas Anglican Church and St Canices Catholic Church. The banquet included many dishes from their own country, Syria. BMRSG was represented by Joy Connor, Anne Henderson and
I had been in Albania for four days. My friend and I were staying on the coast where endless days melted into sticky nights and our pink skin slowly cooked under the Mediterranean sun. We took day trips to the deep clear pools of the Blue Lagoon, and spent long nights in a shared dorm room, one fan slowly pushing the hot, heavy air between our beds.
On the fifth day, we rose early, strapped on our backpacks and made our way to the local bus stop. Most people were still sleeping, unaware that the asphalt was already humming with the promise of a hot day.
On arrival, we found broken air-conditioning and a full bus. Squeezing on, we sat wedged between local children, one of whom casually threw up in a bag, successfully circulating the smell of sick through the trapped humid air.
Six hours later, we arrived at our guesthouse in Berat, by which point the edges of my vision had become blurry and my skin had become hotter than a shirtless Channing Tatum. In a shitty turn of events (literally), my friend was curled up on our guesthouse floor, unable to move far from the safety of a toilet and unlikely to fetch me water and hydrolytes.
Certain I was on the brink of death, I rose from my bed and slowly shuffled in what I hoped was the direction of the hostel common room. I had become nauseous and shaky and was mentally writing my will in my mind: I bequeath my panda hat and diaries to Laura because no-one except her should have that weird shit.
Instead of the common room, I accidentally stumbled into the front room of the older couple who ran the hostel. I had disturbed an afternoon television session and two surprised faces looked at me as I attempted to ask for water. Neither of them spoke English and neither understood my broken Albanian. The last of my energy used up on this language attempt, I collapsed. My sun-soaked limbs had finally given in to the heatstroke that had been building for the last four days.
Immediately, the old woman in the room sprung into action. She spoke to her husband rapidly and he quickly left the room, shutting the door behind him. She turned off the TV and gently guided me to the couch. Her husband returned with bottles of cold water, a sheet and strips of cloth. The woman helped me take small sips of water before gently peeling off my sweaty clothes.
She lay me down on the couch and covered my body in the cool white sheet. Soaking the strips of cloth in cold water, she placed them under my arms, along my groin an...
The Labor Partys and the Greens election pledges to end broadscale deforestation in Queensland proved a vote-winner, according to post-election polling of two Brisbane seats in which The Wilderness Society campaigned heavily on deforestation.
A third of voters said they were concerned about deforestation in Queensland and many of those changed their vote to the Greens and the Labor Party, according to post-election polling by Galaxy in the Brisbane seats of Mansfield and Mount Ommaney. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of respondents said they were aware of deforestation in Queensland.
More than a quarter (26 per cent) of respondents who said they
switched their vote to Labor from the last state election stated
that reducing deforestation was a factor in their decision. And 62
per cent of respondents who switched their vote to the Greens said
reducing deforestation was a factor in their vote.
Both seats were won by the ALP with a big swing of 4.8 per cent in Mount Ommaney and a 0.8 per cent swing in Mansfield. With LNP leader Tim Nicholls conceding defeat, the ALP now has a majority in the Queensland Parliament to introduce legislation to end broadscale deforestation in the state.
Wilderness Society volunteers telephoned more than 10,000 people and knocked on more than 3,500 doors in the electorates that fell to the Labor Party, which had promised to address the deforestation problem in Queensland. More than 80 community meetings were held and more than 35,000 people signed a petition calling for an end of deforestation.
Chris Brady, a 28-year-old carpenter from Toowong who volunteered to talk to voters about deforestation, said he was surprised that even LNP supporters were concerned about the issue.
Id never really done anything 'activist-y' or to protect the environment before this year, but when I heard about the deforestation in Queensland I decided to do something, he said. I never dreamt Id meet and talk to so many people who are concerned about the same issues as me. What was particularly great was that the support was across traditional divides. I spoke to several people who identified as being One Nation or Liberal vo...
So big is Melbourne's infrastructure boom that Treasurer Tim Pallas fears Victoria will run low on the specialist skills and resources such as gravel needed to make it happen.
"We've known for a while that the technical and the specialist skills required for transport projects, particularly rail projects, have been hard to get," he told The Age. "The more projects you start the harder it gets. We've only a handful of rail signallers in the entire state to manage not only the existing network but also the upgrades planned and under way.
"That's just one illustration. We are also hearing of shortages in project management, finishing trades, commercial advisory skills, industry analysis, systems engineering and tunnelling. For high-end skills, it's obvious, but its also a problem for entry-level skills."
"Only on Friday I was meeting with the extractive industries representative body, and everybody around that table was saying there is so much demand for raw materials, quarry materials, cement and sand and so on that suppliers are choosing which jobs they bid on.
"You've got to expect pressure on price."
Mr Pallas said that at $9.6 billion per year, Victoria's infrastructure spending program was unprecedented. As a proportion of the state budget it was the biggest since that of the Bolte Liberal government in the 1960s and 1970s that began construction of the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop.
Victoria's $9.6 billion per year program was in competition for resources with the NSW $12.1 billion per year program, also the biggest on record. Other big projects in Queensland and New Zealand meant that the market for skills along the east coast was tightening, as it had in Western Australia during the mining construction boom.
"We are having to get people from further away and pay them more than we thought," Mr Pallas said. "Ultimately we have to pay what the market is prepared to offer."
"Look at what happened with Sydney's Westconnex. The entire industry in NSW put in one single consolidated bid that put the state government at a disadvantage. Here, we are facing the same sort of thing with the North East Link. You can only bring so many people in from interstate. You get to a point where you hit bedrock in terms of imported skills."
Mr Pallas said it wasn't yet clear t...
Catholic and independent private schools are set to get more than 100 per cent of their needs from governments under the Turnbull government's new 'Gonski 2.0' plan, official documents released under freedom of information show.
Obtained by the Australian Education Union and processed by the convenor of the Save Our Schools campaign, Trevor Cobbold, the Education Department documents spell out the the amount of government funding expected for each school sector in each state in 2018.
In the ACT, Gonski 2.0 will see ACT public schools funded at 117 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, the highest rate in Australia and making the territory one of only two jurisdictions receiving more than 100 per cent.
Independent schools will receive 113 per cent of the standard, while Catholic schools will receive 102 per cent.
Currently nine private schools in the ACT receive more than 100 per cent of the standard from the Commonwealth and territory governments, dropping to 14 schools in 2018.
By 2027 when the Gonski arrangements are fully implemented the total will be 15 schools.
In NSW 110 private schools are expected to receive more than 100 per cent of the so-called schools resourcing standard from governments, up from 65 schools in 2017. By 2027 when the Gonski arrangements are fully implements, 212 private schools will receive more than their total needs from governments.
In Victoria, 38 private schools will receive more than the resourcing standard from governments, up from 33 in 2017. When Gonski 2.0 is fully implemented 74 will receive more than all their needs from governments.
The Gonski 2.0 package will eventually give each private school 80 per cent of the resourcing standard in Commonwealth grants. It will give public schools 20 per cent of the standard.
Since the creation of the freedom of information documents, South Australia has promised to boost funding for the entire Catholic and independent school sectors from 19.7 per cent to 22 per cent of the resourcing standard.
The Gonski 2.0 formula will result in a loss of income for some very well funded private schools, but will increase the number of overfunded private schools.
In most states public schools are funded at less than 80 per cent of the resources standard by the governments that operate them, meaning that Gonski 2.0 lifts Commonwealth funding to 20 per cent they will continue to get less than 100 per cent of the standard. NSW public schools would get 91 of the standard, Victorian schools would get 86 per cent.
The private sector would get 107 per cent of the standard in NSW and about 100 per cent in Victoria, according to Mr Cobbold's calculations.
My name is Sue Coleman-Haseldine. I was born into poverty on the margins of Australian society on the Aboriginal mission of Koonibba in 1951. At this time my people were not allowed to vote and we had very few means to be understood, let alone be heard.
I was born into one of the oldest living cultures known on Earth and into a place that I love a dusty, arid paradise on the edge of a rugged coastline. Our land and waters are central to our outlook and religion and provide the basis for my peoples health and happiness.
And I was born just before the desert lands to our north were bombed by the deadliest weapons on Earth in an extensive, secretive and devastating manner by the Australian and British governments.
In the 1950s, areas known as Emu Fields and Maralinga were used to test nine full-scale atomic bombs and for 600 other nuclear tests, leaving the land highly radioactive. We werent on ground zero, but the dust didnt stay in one place. The winds brought the poison to us and many others.
Aboriginal people, indeed many people at that time, knew nothing about the effects of radiation. We didnt know the invisible killer was falling amongst us. Six decades on, my small town of Ceduna is being called the Cancer Capital of Australia. There are so...
Turnbull Government criticised for not congratulating ICAN on Nobel Peace Prize, ABC News 10 Dec, 17 By Europe Correspondent James Glenday in Oslo, Norway Anti-nuclear activists have attacked the Turnbull Government for not formally congratulating an Australian-born group, which will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway later today.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the prestigious award for successfully securing the backing of 122 countries to set up a controversial UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.
But the document is somewhat symbolic because it remains opposed by all nuclear powers and many of their allies NATO and Australia, for example, have fought against it.
The Government should be ashamed of themselves [for not congratulating the group], South Australian Indigenous anti-nuclear activist Sue Coleman-Ha...
Volunteers wanted to house small modular nuclear reactors in Australia,Online Opinion, Noel Wauchope , 11 Dec 17,
We knew that the Australian government was looking for volunteers in outback South Australia, to take the radioactive trash from Lucas Heights and some other sites, (and not having an easy time of it). But oh dear we had no idea that the search for hosting new (untested) nuclear reactors was on too!
Well, The Australian newspaper has just revealed this extraordinary news, in its article Want a nuclear reactor in your backyard? Step this way (28/11/17). Yes, it turns out that a Sydney-based company, SMR Nuclear Technology, plans to secure volunteers and a definite site within three years. If all goes well, Australias Small Modular Reactors will be in operation by 2030.
Only, there are obstacles. Even this enthusiastic article does acknowledge one or two of them. One is the need to get public acceptance of these so far non-existent new nuclear reactors. SMR director Robert Pritchard is quoted as saying that interest in these reactors is widespread. He gives no evidence for this.
The other is that the constructio...
It barely registered a murmur across the Australian press, though it caused the traditional ripples over the protester fraternity. Christian activists, collectively known as the Pine Gap Pilgrims, had received sentences pursuant to the Defence (Special Undertakings) Act 1952 (Cth), a cold war relic used by the Australian government to conceal the nature of Canberras association with the joint US-Australian signals facility.
The prosecution of Margaret Pestorius, Paul Christie, Jim Dowling, Franz Dowling, Andy Paine and Tim Webb centred on their entering of the clandestine base in September 2016 had been obstinate and typical.
The grounds advanced by Michael McHugh SC for the government made weak reference to the history of peaceful protest that had marked the practice of Australian democracy. He even drew a curious precedent from the archives of history about how the Suffragettes had, in their day, shown the way on civil disobedience. They, it should be noted, were deemed to have acted illegally, though ultimately successfully, in their cause.
The Crown certainly got what it wanted in terms of verdicts, but Justice John Reeves was not proving totally cooperative to the holy shrine of US power in Australia. The judge had initially given an inkling that the charade around Pine Gap and its secrecy might continue. For one, he found little to accept the defence made under the Commonwealth Criminal Code that the conduct of the six in trespassing had been in response to a sudden or extraordinary emergency.
The nature of that emergency was drawn from the targeting information for drone strikes supplied by the facility, disruption of which would purportedly save lives. The ruling effectively took a good deal of the carpet from under the protestors, given that the jury was disallowed from considering that evidence in reaching their verdict.
On December 4, the court refused to impose prison sentences, despite the guilty jury verdict. I do not accept the Crowns submission, said the judge dismissively, that your offences potentially struck at the heart of national security. All six were fined for unlawful entry to the tune of $1,250 to $5,000, and Paine was found guilty of the additional charge of carrying a photographic defence on the base.
The judge felt that the actions of the younger Pilgrims did not warrant custodial sentences. Jim Dowling was a considered a more complex matter, him of the serial non-violent direct action type with a mischief making record dating back to 1986.
Prevent the end of us: Nuclear powers urged to ban the bomb http://www.smh.com.au/world/prevent-the-end-of-us-nuclear-powers-urged-to-ban-the-bomb-20171210-h0279q.html, Gwladys Fouche, 11 Dec 17,
Oslo: The leader of the group that won this years Nobel Peace Prize has urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent the end of us.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the prize by a Nobel committee that cited the spread of nuclear weapons and the growing risk of an atomic war.
ICAN, which began in Melbourne, is a coalition of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 nations in July.
The treaty is not signed by and would not apply to any of the states that already have nuclear arms.
Beatrice Fihn, ICANs executive director, urged them to sign the agreement.
The United States, choose freedom over fear. Russia, choose disarmament over destruction. Britain, choose the rule of law over oppression, she added, before urging France, China, India, Pakistan, North...
People rarely present at court with a single issue. They may be charged with only one offence, but underlying health and personal issues often lurk in the background. Unless these issues are recognised and addressed, it is unlikely they will change their offending behaviour.
Therapeutic approaches to justice recognise that peoples offending is complex. And they recognise that a strictly punitive approach to the administration of justice is not only ineffective, but expensive and undermines community safety.
Therapeutic jurisprudence provides a holistic health and legal case management service that helps offenders address their behaviour. Across jurisdictions, legal and health practitioners are turning to therapeutic approaches to justice in order to tackle stubborn recidivism rates and to improve community safety.
Our Therapeutic Justice program at Shepparton Courts is one such program. We deliver the program in partnership with Primary Care Connect. It employs a Case Manager (David) and a Lawyer (Sej). The latter is embedded at Primary Care Connect and at the Court. This not only breaks down traditional workplace barriers but promotes a cross-pollination of referrals and secondary consultations. It also increases client trust in our programs Lawyer.
Our Therapeutic Justice program is now in its second year, and this year assisted 107 people, all of whom had substance abuse and mental health issues. Our initial evaluation of the program demonstrates clear benefits for clients.
Over this time, our Lawyer has provided 435 secondary consultations to Primary Care Connect staff. Not only have these consultations helped resolve issues for Primary Care Connect clients, they have increased Primary Care Connect staffs capacity to identify legal issues and support clients.
In eight instances, the program connected not only the offender but the whole family. Eleven per cent of our clients were referred by a friend or a family member who had previously participated with or engaged with the program.
All of our clients who received a prison term had their term reduced and many continued to engage with the program after their release.
In addition, the programs Lawyer, alongside other Goulburn Valley CLC Lawye...
Joy Engelman Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 10 Dec 17 ...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Political donations by foreigners will be banned and overseas government lobbyists will be required to declare their interests under new laws proposed by the Turnbull government. The legislation will be introduced amid concerns regarding the influence of Chinese government agents and political donations to Australian politicians. The reasoning Foreign
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And as 2017 draws towards a close, Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is putting the final touches to a review of Australias climate policies due for release by months end..
While festive seasonal distractions may dim the chance of an immediate and close scrutiny of his climate review, the challenges for the Turnbull government will still be waiting when politicians reconvene in the new year.
International attention will also remain, whether at this weeks One Planet Summit in France to assess the progress on the Paris climate deal two years on, or late in 2018, when all nations will be pressed to increase their ambition to curb the greenhouse gas emissions driving global warming.
On the emissions front, Frydenberg has already had his options significantly reduced.
The governments signature National Energy Guarantee aimed at providing a more reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity supply locks the power sector into the same 26-28 per cent pollution reduction that the whole economy is supposed to track.
Even if Frydenberg can convince the states to sign up a huge ask unless there is a major power outage over the summer such an approach wont be the best.
Electricity production in OECD countries is always part of the cheapest options to decarbonise the economy, and its also a big source of emissions, said Yann Robiou du Pont, a researcher at Melbourne Universitys Australian-German Climate & Energy College.
There are fewer assets to transform and theyre usually closer related to governmental decision-making.
In Australias case, the electricity sector is the largest source of emissions, accounting for about a third of the total, and home to many ageing and relatively dirty coal-fired power plants.
The US Military Is the Biggest Big Government Entitlement
Program on the Planet ,
2017, By JP Sottile, Truthout
|The US economy is caught in a trap. That trap is the
Department of Defense: an increasingly sticky wicket that relies on
an annual, trillion-dollar redistribution of government-collected
wealth. In fact, its the biggest big government program on the
planet, easily beating out Chinas Peoples
Liberation Army in both size and cost. It is not only the nations largest employer, with 2.867 million people
currently on the payroll, but it also provides government benefits
to 2 million retirees and their family members. And it actively
picks private sector winners by targeting billions of dollars to an
elite group of profit-seeking contractors.
The top five overall recipients collectively pulled in $109.5 billion in FY2016, and their cohorts consistently dominate the governments...
by Dee McLachlan
The American president has ordered the USs embassy staff in Canberra to relocate immediately to the new capital of Australia. Melbourne.
A Historical Perspective A Two State Solution
It is feared that Trumps support in transferring the US Embassy to Melbourne might ignite old long running conflicts between the Melbournites and the Sydneyites. To prevent further unrest, all sporting facilities have ordered body scanners, and there will be increased security at all AFL and NFL stadiums.
In the 1890s, the rivalry between the Melbournites and Sydneyites had been at a fever pitch so after Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought and Ca...
Submissions to recent and ongoing Senate inquiries also indicate that whichever parties take government at the next election, many agencies already have preparations underway to adapt to climate change.
Peter Whish-Wilson the Greens spokesperson for Healthy Oceans who led a Senate inquiry into the impact of climate change on the marine environment that last week released its report said policy delay was the new form of climate denialism.
Whether you stick your head under the water up on the Great Barrier Reef and see the devastation first-hand or you talk to the defence force personnel involved in planning for natural disasters in the Pacific, you know that the effects of global warming are upon us and that without action the future is looking grim, Whish-Wilson said.
We now need to think about the increase of marine heatwaves as part of the range of climate impacts we need to prepare for, like we do with bushfires and droughts, he said.
For its part, the Defence Departments report to a separate Senate inquiry into the implications of cli...
Climate change, thats just a money grab by scientist right Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe
Katherine Hayhoe: The true threat is the delusion that our opinion of science somehow alters its reality Whilst the climate is changing rapidly, climatologist Katherine Hayhoe says that scientists have no option but to fight against the politicisation of science , Wired,
In her 2009 book, co-authored with husband Andrew Farley, Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, Katharine Hayhoe wrote: Most Christians are not scientists, and its hard to say how many scientists are Christians. In our family, we are both. The Texas Tech atmospheric physicist, whos also an Evangelical Christian, has long been one of the most vocal evangelists for the environment. Hayhoe has been featured in the James Cameron-produced TV series Years of Living Dangerously and once nominated as one of the most influential people in the world by TIME. She talks to WIRED about president Trump, clean energy, and, of course, climate change.
Katherine Hayhoe on anti-science sentiment
How can the reality of climate change be perceived as a threat? First, theres the pragmatic aspect: six out of ten of the wealthiest corporations in the world either extract oil or create the cars that use them....
We just found out what international investors think of the banking Royal Commission. They couldnt care less.
Did you see the news? Westpac just raised $US1.75 billion in the US as part of its funding needs.
The Australian cites a credit analyst who says this works out to be the cheapest five-year funding for a major bank since the global financial crisis.
Yep. For all the political hissing and gnashing of teeth over Australias big banks, business is going along at a nice clip, even if their public image takes a bath every other week.
If youre inclined to think that higher interest rates are coming to kill off the Australian property market, this suggests youre going to be wrong
The banks raise huge amounts of money offshore. If thats getting cheaper, then the property party can keep going as interest rates stay relatively low.
No doubt this will make bank investors feel chuffed. Mind you, there was plenty of cheer coming anyway.
Three of the big four banks are going to pay out a total of $8.2 billion in dividends between 13-22 December. Thats plenty of spending money in time for Christmas Day.
Its going to get even better. The traditional Santa rally in the Aussie market has the right ingredients to happen again.
You might not be familiar with the statistics on this. December has been the best performing month for the ASX since 1950.
Theres no reason why it cant happen again. Its more likely than not. The Australian stock market has plenty of scope to rise from here.
Just look at the banks. The big four still have dividend yields that range around 5-6%. Provisions for bad and doubtful debts are at historic lows.
Credit growth is ticking over nicely, at least according to the Reserve Banks latest Chart Pack.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its quarterly data last week.
It shows the banking sectors profitability using return on equity jumped up over 2% during the last year. Interest-only loans have come down in a big way too. Capital ratios look strong across the sector.
None of this suggests major problems anywhere. In fact, its the complete opposite.
We now have the news that the Royal Commission is going ahead. That means this bad news is public and open, and priced into the outlook for the banking sector. The market will now look beyond it.
And what will it s...
Concerns about over-development in Kangaroo Point are approaching boiling point, with residents holding a protest on Tuesday morning against a high rise on Thornton St that will cast long shadows over a neighbouring public park. Developers originally applied to build a 19-storey tower on a site which had a height limit of 10 storeys, and 
Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Greens seem a confident and coherent political alternative. This is certainly the message that the party leadership is sending. Speaking at the recent national conference, leader Senator Richard di Natale outlined an ambitious plan to capture twenty-five House of Representatives seats over the next twenty-five years, transforming the party into the third-force of Australian politics.
Social media played a vital role filling in the information gaps during the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire, the Hazelwood Heath Study has found. Researchers studied how community-initiated Facebook groups emerged during the mine fire event and were used by the community to comment on the emergency response and to share a range of self-sourced information. 
When it was in government, National resolutely refused to set a
target for child poverty, or even recognise an official statistic
for it. Basicly, they didn't want to talk about it, or how their
policies to help the rich seemed to make other people worse off.
Jacinda Ardern wants their support for a new targets
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants National's support for a new law that will "take the politics out of poverty" and bind future Governments to set targets to reduce child poverty.
And she says the Government's families package, which will be launched this week, will lift more than 50,000 children out of poverty and help 70 per cent of low and middle income families.
Ardern, who is also the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, said the Government would introduce a child poverty bill in the new year, and she will write to National Party leader Bill English to seek his support.
It would set a range of measures of child poverty and bind the Government, and future Governments, to setting three-year and 10-year child poverty reduction targets.
The proposal for a village green in the alpine village of Dinner Plain would have seen almost 2 hectares of snow gum woodland cleared and significant visual impacts on the village. After a long consultation and planning process, the Alpine Council needs to take a final decision on whether to proceed with the development.
In a welcome move, Council Officers who have been assessing the concept report that there is not majority community support for this project and recommend that it should not proceed. Council will take a final decision at a meeting on Monday December 18.
In August and September this year, Council invited all Dinner Plain ratepayers to comment on the Village Green project proposal and to have your say on whether you thought Council should continue to invest in and progress this project. Council thanks the community for their input into this process. Over 30% of ratepayers participated in the survey, which is a very high participation rate.
The results of the community engagement process indicate that the Dinner Plain community is divided on the Village Green proposal, and that there is not majority community support for this project.
The below outlines a summary of results however, we recommend reading the Dinner Plain Village Green Project for full details.
Community engagement results
155 ratepayers responded to the survey and 17 email submissions were received from both ratepayers and non-ratepayers.
50% of respondents said the Village Green was important to them, 48% said it wasnt important to them and 2% were unsure.
47% of respondents said the Village Green would benefit the Dinner Plain community, 43% said it would not and 10% were unsure.
The Village Green project faces a number of significant risks, largely surrounding the implications and costs of necessary native vegetation removal, potential cultural heritage value and a lack of interest from the private sector for the project.
The risks associated with proceeding with the project are
significant and will require a considerable investment of
additional time and expense to resolve, with no guarantee that the
project will receive the approvals required to enable
.@cpyne: The best thing @samdastyari can do is resign from the @AustralianLabor caucus and get on with his life in a different career. MORE: https://t.co/haVQVYb0zp #SkyLiveNow pic.twitter.com/niqnTvsITu Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) December 11, 2017
Two Perth women are finally able to file for one of Australias first same-sex divorces now that Australian marriage equality has come into effect. The couple married at a foreign consulate in Perth in 2015, under the laws of a European country where same-sex marriage was legal. But when they separated, the couple discovered that ...
The post After Marriage Equality, This Same-Sex Couple Can Finally Divorce appeared first on QNEWS.
In its Free Speech On Campus Audit 2017, the Institute of Public Affairs found that the University of Sydney had the worst combination of policies and actions as they related to the exercise of free speech and otherwise limit the expression of ideas on campus. Thus, of Australias 42 universities, Sydney University was assess to be the university most hostile to intellectual freedom.
According to IPA report:
As a consequence of the criticisms of its policies and actions, Sydney University has determined that any discussion of free speech on campus will be immediately banned from today. Hence force, University employees risk termination for cause and students risk expulsion for any speech about speech.
At an emergency meeting of the University Council, it was agreed that any actions and discussions that can adversely impact on the Universitys values of progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo cannot be allowed.
Commenting on the immediate change, University of Sydney Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Spence said Free speech is not free. If you want to speak freely, there are other places available.
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Image Courtesy of Carpenter Caswell Americana duo Carpenter Caswell are capping off a huge 2018 with the release of their new single Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty. The track is the fifth offering from the duos self titled debut album and has just been nominated in the Best Bluegrass Song category of the Golden 
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Wiser men than us distilled the essence of their generation into 3 words. Lest We Forget. Lest we future generations forget what they did and why they did it. I wonder what they'd make of this letter from the Prime Minister. Most Fridays Turnbull emails his extensive list of contacts...
Hattersley shifted to the right in the 1970s and voted with the Tories to support Britains entry into the European Union. He was part of the James Callaghan Monetarist move in the mid-1970s and was vehemently opposed to the Bennites (Socialists) in the Parliamentary Party.
He used to rail against the Bennites accusing them of destroying Labour.
For example, in his 2017 autobiography Who Goes Home?: Scenes from a Political Life Hattersley wrote about his role in 1981 in helping Denis Healey see off a challenge from Tony Benn for Deputy Leader:...
Linda Burney is perfect for the role of Chief Sympathy Officer in the Dastyari Project. Black. Woman. Muslim-friendly. The Dastyari Project Team is hard at work crafting Sam's post parliamentary career. Sam's done the hard yards for Labor - now Labor will do the hard yards for Sam. For life....
When a political event unfolds, you would expect that each media outlet, and each political journalist might report that event from a different angle. You would expect a diversity of opinion and commentary in the stories, depending on the subjective and independent analysis of the individual journalist. But, my research into the stories told by
The folks at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival are hosting a fundraising screening of acclaimed gay indie film Beach Rats this Wednesday night. In the film, actor Harris Dickinson stars as 19-year-old Frankie, who spends his days playing handball, smoking weed, and cruising the beach for girls. But at night, he meets up with older ...
Trump's Jerusalem decision is in conflict with international law and fuels the fire of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. read now...
Hugh Jackmans new musical has been a long time in the making. The film, helmed by Australian director Michael Gracey, tells the story of legendary circus showman P.T. Barnums rise from poverty-stricken childhood to the launch of his first circus in New York in the mid-1800s. Its been in development for seven years and will ...
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11 December, 2017: As the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting begins in Buenos Aires, the Our World is Not for Sale network of over 250 civil society organisations has condemned the banning of selected activists and called for fairer trade rules for developing countries.
Over 60 activists have been banned by the Argentinian government from participating in civil society activities at the meeting, despite the fact that they were accredited by the WTO and have participated in previous meetings. Several have already been stopped at the border.
Today, OWINFS Co-ordinator Deborah James criticised the Argentine governments decision, saying the banning of accredited participants to an international meeting of a multilateral organization de-legitimizes that meeting.
In terms of the overall state of play at the WTO MC11, OWINFS says that there is an urgent need for fairer WTO rules, including those which would allow the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be realised. The Doha Work Programme on development should be dealt with, rather than ignored in favour of a big business agenda. The core business of the MC11 should be fixing the unfair rules that restrict positive action on food security, sustainable development, affordable healthcare and global financial stability.
WTO rules must prioritise food sovereignty and security for all. This means reducing unfair agricultural export subsidies in industrialised countries, and ending the double standard that allows rich countries to subsidise agriculture when poorer countries cannot. Developing countries want to retain the right to public food stockpiles in emergencies, which would ensure food security and promote rural development. Rules on fishing subsidies should not favour industrialised countries, and should not prevent developing countries from managing their fishing resources.
There is a dangerous new agenda this year being pushed by some WTO members, under the rubric of e-commerce. This is about making it easier for big corporations to consolidate their monopoly power, and use data without restriction or responsibility (OWINFS). Earlier this year, AFTINET signed an...
As one of The Felice Brothers, Ian Felice has been the haunting, ragged and cosmic voice behind a rich discography of Americana music that straddles the contemporary and the archaic, with their lived-in sound and free-wheelin and free-spirited lyricism. Now Felice has followed in the steps of brother Simone (who left the band fairly early
Over the weekend,
Iraq declared victory in the fight against ISIS, saying that
"All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh [Isis] gangs".
Which means that its time to think about bringing kiwi troops
New Zealand currently has ~150 soldiers in Iraq training the Iraqi army. That deployment is currently expected to end in November 2018, though NZDF wants to keep them there forever to suck up to Trump. But now the war is officially over, there's no reason to. Australia will be immediately reviewing its deployment, and we should be too. After all, if there's no reason to remain, why stay?
What better way to celebrate New Years Eve than to do it at the Bundy Hall with JAM THE FUNK!
Australias all star premier funk dance band. JAM*THE*FUNK~ Bring it ON, delivering High Energy, Hip Shaking RocK, FunK & Soul grooves, guaranteed to get you up on the dance floor. The line up incorporates some of Australias finest musicians, playing the tunes they love, but dont always get to perform. With band members: Nikki Nicholls vocals, Eric Mc Cusker guitar, vocals, Danny Simcic drums Rick Petropoulos bass, John Grant keyboards, Paula Reid vocals.
Supported by the Stratford Singer Songwriters. 6PM till late. BBQ from 6PM. BYO Bevvos.
Tix are $50 and available online CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
For more info call Paul on 0429 352 373
Since The Black Crowes finally closed the curtains at the start of 2015, Chris Robinson has continued to embrace his new lease of life with his band of soulful and psychedelic, country and blues-rock travellers in Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Barefoot In The Head is their fifth album and it again showcases their effortless musical synergy
The University of Sydney, Australias leading higher education and research University, today announces a world first change to the names of its degrees.
In recognition of the implicit and explicit bias and consequential inherent aggression, the University will no longer issue Bachelors or Masters qualifications. From 2018, University of Sydney undergraduate academic degrees will be called Aeques and second-phase academic degrees will be called Neutrum Genus.
Aeques comes from the Latin for fairness and Neutrum Genus comes from the Latin for gender neutral.
As an example of application, undergraduate humanities degrees will be called Aeques of Arts or A.A. Similarly, second-phase graduate humanities degrees will be called Neutrum Genus of Arts or N.G.A.
Commenting on the change, Univerisity of Sydney Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Spence said This important change was necessitated because the prior qualifications of Bachelors and Masters were granted in the name of privileged white males, a practice that goes against the stated University values of progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo.
A spokesperson for the University also advised that a committee has been established to review graduation gowns and hats to ensure that there is no cultural appropriation or offense caused by their black colour and loose fit. A random survey of Arts faculty students is to be undertaken early in the new year.
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December 11 is designated by the UN as international mountain day.
In the promo for the day, the UN notes:
Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world.
True. But today I feel like ignoring the (very real) threats to the mountains we know and love, and instead focus on how much the existence of mountains improves our lives.
Mountains are a bit like having kids: you not allowed to have a favourite. But all of us mountain obsessed fanatics have our faves, of course.
If I could teleport anywhere this morning, heres a couple of places Id like to be:
On the west peak of Mt Howitt (VIC) with the Howqua River Valley below, long lines of rocky mountains in all directions, and the crows riding the updrafts from the valley
Bogong (VIC) (of course) on a spring day with the south side gullies still covered in snow, and the first of the wildflowers coming out
The editors of the documentary, The Bentley Effect, which tells the story of the regions fight against coal seam gas mining, have won a prestigious editing award.
Brendan Shoebridge and Harriet Clutterback received the Ellie for Best Editor of a feature documentary at the 2017 annual Australian Screen Editors awards in Sydney recently.
They were judged winners by their peers against entries from all over Australia.
As one of the ASE committee said, the competition was very stiff.
Mr Shoebridge, who also shot, produced and directed the film, said, because [it] follows a social movement spanning nearly five years, trying to sq...
Image Courtesy of Slim Dime Victorian acoustic duo Slim Dime have just released their brand new video That Ole Train. Filmed by Peg Leg Productions, the song is about the last great ride we all take and definitely has a traditional sound to it even a bit of yodelling. Take a look at That 
The Turnbull governments attack on GetUp is still going on. The first stage was to accuse the online campaign group to be an associated entity of the Labor Party and the Greens. The next is to push through perverted law that claims to be against foreign political donations, but is really a vehicle to restrict and silence the not for profit sector in Australia.
Many of these organisations are dependent on donations, both domestic and from overseas, to do their work. One that is the particularly vulnerable is the Save the Children Fund. The organisations that are under threat cover a whole range, including advocating for the poorest, providing a range of community services and advocacy, striving to protect the environment and giving a voice to those without one.
If the intent was really to stop foreign political donations, something would be done to target donations coming in from foreign corporate sources and their Australian subsidiaries, that flow into political parties. They would do something to restrict the massive lobbying industry that is known to be a massive source of political corruption. A law would be introduced to do something about companies that donate to that Australian government, receive lucrative contracts and are provided with the opportunity to carry out large scale tax evasion. Many of them are foreign based.
If the government gets its plan through, it will used as a tool to trey and silence critics of the government and attack those who involve ordinary Australians in activities that make a difference. It is also certain that if this gets through, it will not stop here.
The good news is that people are not just lying down and taking it. Thousands are rallying to support GetUp. Other not nor profit organisations, have been forced by the circumstances to raise their own voices.
A backlash against the governments plan is building and it will continue to press on at its own peril.
People can contribute to GetUps civil defence fund. This will help to bring in the resources needed to fight the law in the courts, which will help to build the challenge outside the courts.
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As we near the conclusion of 2017s election season, with the Bennelong by-election this weekend, I have finished my first major guide for 2018: for the South Australian state election on March 17.
I have completed seat guides for all 47 electorates, as well as a guide to the Legislative Council and summaries of the key seats and the redistribution.
You can use the following pages to find your way to each seats profile, or click through on the following map.
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A swimmer had to be winched to safety at Tallow Beach late Sunday afternoon (December 10) after almost drowning near the mouth of Tallow Creek.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service doctor and paramedic treated the man on the beach before he was winched up and transported to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.
Echonetdaily understands that the man, whose age and condition are unknown, got into trouble in the water and was dragged to safety by other beachgoers at the scene.
Earlier this morning the chopper was called upon to transport a 17-year-old girl from Lismore Base Hospital to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
The girl had suffered head injuries after falling from a bicycle in Lismore.
The rider was treated at the scene by local road ambulance paramedics and transported to Lismore Base Hospital where assessment showed she needed additional treatment.
This week"s feature album comes from Sydney based band Bed Wettin Bad Boys with Rot
It feels like driving your old car that you gave to your younger sibling; warm and nostalgic, with your very own butt groove still ingrained in the front seat. Dave Ruby Howe.
Rot is a melancholy ode to pop-punk and childhood memories that
somehow seem to stick, like your mum who used to say what a load of
rot" instead of what a load of shit.
A follow up to their 2013 debut, the album is far from the messy aesthetic the band portrays. The guitar lead songs are rhythmically tight and the riffs are on target, that being said the album is still recognisably raucous (in the best way possible). Over their wishy-washy distortion and wistful melodies, vocalist and bassist Nic Warnock sings about feelings and emotions and crying on shoulders. The album perfectly embodies the sentimentality of the human spirit, and the way we choose to wallow and deal with our hopes, regrets and emotions.
Highlight Tracks: Victoria, Plastic Tears.
Tune into Breakfast and Youth Jukebox on 2RRR 88.5FM all week long to hear these songs and more.
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The Lismore City Council is being asked to formally back a fundraising effort to keep the $1 million Hannah Cabinet at the Lismore Regional Gallery on permanent display.
The cabinet, created by world-class master craftsman Geoff Hannah over six years, will be on display for 22 months, after which the Gallery will have the opportunity to purchase it as a piece of artwork for $1 million.
But to do so, the Gallery needs the council to support it using the Art Gallery Gift Account, which is registered as a tax deductible gift recipient with the Australian Taxation Office.
The Hannah Cabinet is the largest and most complex of Mr Hannahs work.
He also has major works located in such places as the Governor Generals residence in Canberra, the Queens Coach in London, and at the headquarters of a major international trading company in Antwerp, Beligium.
A valuation has been carried out by Meredith Hinchliffe, an approved valuer on the Department of Communications and the Arts Cultural Gifts Program list.
The valuation of the cabinet is $1 million.
If the funds can be raised during the time the cabinet is on display, the Regional Art Gallery will be able to purchase the cabinet and be part of the permanent collection.
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Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, Victoria. September 9th
I am in awe of how the Sacred Kingfisher can switch from the air to the ground with such skill during the breeding season. Watching this pair bring skinks to the nest site in a vertical erosion bank is fascinating, as the birds perch momentarily to deposit the meal and then in a flash they are gone.
Ive lost count of the number of pairs that Ive found nesting this season, both in the bush and along our waterways it promises to be a bumper crop.
The leader of the group that won this years Nobel Peace Prize has urged nuclear nations to adopt a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons in order to prevent the end of us.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded this years Nobel Peace Prize by a Nobel committee that cited the spread of nuclear weapons and the growing risk of an atomic war.
ICAN, which began in Melbourne, is a coalition of 468 grassroots non-governmental groups that campaigned for a UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by 122 nations in July.
The treaty is not signed by and would not apply to any of the states that already have nuclear arms.
Beatrice Fihn, ICANs executive director, urged them to sign the agreement.
It provides a choice. A choice between the two endings: the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us, she said in her speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Sunday.
The United States, choose freedom over fear. Russia, choose disarmament over destruction. Britain, choose the rule of law over oppression, she added, before urging France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to do the same.
Israel is widely assumed to have nuclear weapons, although it neither confirms nor denies it.
A moment of panic or carelessness, a misconstrued comment or bruised ego, could easily lead us unavoidably to the destruction of entire cities, she added.
A calculated military escalation could lead to the indiscriminate mass murder of civilians.
Fihn delivered the Nobel lecture together with Setsuko Thurlow, an 85-year-old survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing and now an ICAN campaigner.
Thurlow recalled on stage on Sunday some of her memories of the attack on August 6, 1945.
She was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building about 1.8 kilometres from Ground Zero, she said.
Most of her classmates, who were in the same room, were burned alive.
Processions of ghostly figures shuffled by. Grotesquely wounded people, they were bleeding, burnt, blackened and swollen, she said.
Parts of their bodies were missing. Flesh and skin hung from their bones. Some with their eyeballs hanging in their hands. Some with their bellies burst open, their intestines hanging out. The foul stench of burnt human flesh filled the air.
The US, Britain and France sent second-rank diplomats to the Nobel ceremony, which Fihn earlier told Reuters was some kind of protest.
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