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Someone as dumb and ugly as Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce shouldnt be allowed to breed.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has called for his personal privacy to be respected amid revelations he is expecting a child with a former staffer, rejecting suggestions he misused taxpayer funds to pursue the relationship.
Speaking on the ABCs 7:30 program, Mr Joyce attacked the decision to publish a photograph of his pregnant former staffer Vikki Campion on the front page of The Daily Telegraph and conceded the breakdown of his 24-year marriage was one of the gre...
This is getting beyond a joke.
ALP MP Susan Lamb is very likely a dual citizen and as such is ineligible to sit in the Australian parliament. s44 does not say that you can ignore the law of the land if you are estranged from your Mum.
To be sure, Ms Lambs feelings of loss and abandonment obviously cut very deep and at a human level we can and should have a lot of sympathy for her. But we should not lose sight of the other basic issue here. She should be referred to the High Court and have to recontest her seat. If her own party will not do so, the government should do so in fact, I would have thought that this should be The Speakers job.
Recently The Advertiser reported that the SA government will solve the power problem with a 250 mW virtual power station comprised of 49,000 solar/battery systems plonked on roof tops in Adelaide. It is headlined as a solar brainwave.
The systems will comprise a 5 kW solar system coupled to a Tesla, (who else?) battery with some authority having control over the contents of the battery if the poo starts hitting the fan. Using conservative numbers, each system will cost around $21,000.00 and produce 7.75 mWh in a full year.
49,000 5kW solar systems will produce 379,750 mWh in a full year. SAs annual consumption in 2017 was 11.5 million mWh so the $1,029 million investment will produce the equivalent of 3.3% of our annual consumption.
24,000 free, (but taxpayer funded), systems will be installed on Housing Trust public housing properties, will cost $504 million and will produce 1.6% of the states annual power consumption. A further 25,000 private home systems, (dependent on finding enough gullible folk with a lazy $21,000.00 in their pockets), will cost a further $525 million and add another 1.7% of annual consumption.
In the depths of winter solar output reduces to 40% of peak summer output, (and is zero every night of the year), so there will not be enough winter sun to charge the batteries and provide free power.
Much is made of future savings of $80.00 on all bills. This has been modelled by the governments pet consulting economist. The $80.00 reduction, if it ever manifests, will cost participants about $21,000.00 up front and they will cede control of their free power to others. On the basis of 4 power bills a year the $21,000.00 investment yields a return of $320.00 annually, or 1.5% slightly worse than a term deposit. The payback period, without discounting, is 66 years.
The proposal is marketed as a 250 mW virtual power station however when the production is compared to a conventional station it is around 43 mW, a capacity factor of 17%. This is about half of the abysmal output from wind farms.
Using a discharge rate of 2kW for a time of 5 hours, (Lithium batteries cannot be discharged below 10%), the virtual power station could deliver 98 mWh per hour or a total of 490 mWh. At average load of 1,500 mW this is about 20 minutes worth of power. For days like January 19 2018, where the daily consumption was 51,000 mWh the contribution would be just under 1% of the days consumption.
It is fascinating that these people expect us to believe bullshit like this. Far from being a soluti...
Okay, everyone, a friend of mine missed 7:30 so they didnt see the Leigh Sales interview with Barnaby Joyce and they wanted to know what it said Now, this is a personal message to my friend so I think that you should stop reading about now unless youre my friend All right, some of you
Thought I would share one of my formative moments and reveal
an unlikely influence on my music
Music has always been in my life. Thanks to being born in the late 20th Century, I've been able to access a much wider range of music than those born in earlier centuries, and it's mostly free too via radio and libraries.
We take recorded music for granted, from the range of performances to their origins in far-flung corners of the world.
There's a comparison I see while watching my kids watch a huge variety of videos on Youtube. It prompts me to think how I was limited to a handful of TV stations while growing up.
One of the first musical trends I experienced was the tail-end of the disco phenomenon and I think it has shaped my interest in BPMs that lend themselves to foot-tapping.
My earliest exposure to disco came at the release of The Empire Strikes Back.
That film was incredibly popular, so much so that I was initially unable to see it.
As a result my aunt decided that, when we couldn't get tickets, we'd go see The Village People movie.
Can't Stop The Music told the story of the formation of the band, who are now seen as gay icons.
Their sexuality isn't much of a feature I recall from the film but many of the songs remain memorable, from Steve Guttenberg rollerskating while miming singing the opening song that implores listening to the sound of the city, through to the Hollywood musical treatment of Milkshake.
I can recall there was a lot of singing and dancing that followed watching The Village People movie and I think it shaped my interest in upbeat music. This would include getting into rap and hiphop then metal and then the crossover between those different genres in the late '80s, before electronic dance music took off with rave influences in the '90s.
Make-A-Wish grants moon flight for 4yo Dwayne Franke who lives with epilepsy Updated about 8 hours ago PHOTO: Dwayne Franke and another "astronaut" in their space suits at Adelaide Airport. (Supplied: Make A Wish) RELATED STORY: Federal police grant a young cancer patient's wish 'to blow stuff up' RELATED STORY:...
It seems that tax cuts are all the rage with the PM praising Trumps bold initiatives and vowing to push through similar (but smaller) cuts in Australia. Bill Shorten, while not opposed to this form of pea & thimble trick has tentatively suggested that the the government ought to say how these cuts could be funded. Well the answer is all there in the history books. Ronald Regan while not the first to use tax cuts was however the one who tried to justify it by claiming the cuts would so boost the economy that tax revenues would increase even more than the loss incurred by the cuts. It became know as trickle down economics which then morphed into voodoo economics when it was found that the national debt had doubled. To his credit John Howard learnt two things from this dbcle - tax cuts win votes and any problems created will be inflicted on the next government.
So he went in boots and all with a wide range of tax cuts to get maximum voter appeal. He introducing the over-60 superannuation tax holiday and other super concessions, family payments to middle-income households, age-based tax concessions, lots of income-tax breaks for middle to higher-income households and introduced the capital-gains-tax concession; bolstered the first-home buyers' grant; and boosted immigration, particularly skilled immigration which not only reduced the need (and cost) for local training but put pressure on housing demand. In education, he dramatically increased federal funding to private schools, and cut funding to public schools with the result that the number of public schools has actually decreased (58 in 10 years) despite a rapid rise in the number of students.
Supporters of this policy argue that Howard left the nation with a sizeable government surplus which is not quite correct, the actual surplus amounted to only 7.3% of GDP , about half of that held by Chile , a tenth of that in Finland and a twentieth of that of Norway This was a dismal performance considering Howard had the benefit of the minerals boom which boosted government revenue by $334b over the years 2004 to 2007. There was also the sale of assets like airports the National Rail Corp, Dasfleet, Telstra, the remaining share of the Comm. bank and many other valuable enterprises which yielded another $72b. In a somewhat bizarre move they also flogged off nearly all the nations gold reserves, 167 tonnes of it, for $306 per ounce just before the gold price mor...
The cover-up of the Barnaby Joyce staffer affair reveals the extent to which the Australia media act to protect the Coalition from scrutiny, writes Dr Jennifer Wilson. read now...
Collectively, religion is one of the largest private employers in the nation, with unique exemptions from anti-discrimination laws. Will Philip Ruddocks planned review recommend more? Brian Morris weighs in.
Quite remarkably, a public majority will be unaware of the likely impact of Prime Minister Turnbulls decision to empower the Religious Freedom Review. Few will grasp its social implications. Some may recall the PM appointing Philip Ruddock to head an expert panel to take public submissions on religious freedom and to identify freedoms believed lost when same-sex marriage was legalised.
On 31st March, Ruddock will recommend to parliament measures to restore those lost freedoms.
For most, this rather solemn-sounding review will be seen simply as one more political committee with Ruddock sifting through a few submissions to appease Christians, Muslims, and other faiths who continue to feel aggrieved about gay marriage.Former Minister for Immigration, Philip Ruddock.
But fundamentalists of all faiths see this as a rare opportunity to win new concessions. One has only to view the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) website, with its 15-point rallying cry for devout Christians to swamp the Review with submissions.
Indisputably, religion asserts its current raft of freedoms through exclusive exemptions from Australian law. They are privileges not accessible to the 78 per cent of citizens who believe the constitution was framed on secular principles, with the foundational concept of separation between Church and State.
Under federal law, protection of religious freedom and legal exemptions include: the Fair Work Act; Migration Act; Age Discrimination Act; Sex Discrimination Act; Evidence Act; and Section 116 of the Constitution. And religions pay no tax under the Charities Act and Tax Act based on the sole criterion of Advancing Religion. International and State laws double this list of entitlements to all faiths!
Heres the problem. Religi...
The free speech warriors in Australia have been strangely silent about the suppression of a book which criticises China, and local politicians whove gotten too close. Michael Brull explains.
Many readers may not be aware of the issue, so I will recap. In November last year, one of Australias leading publishers, Allen and Unwin, decided to dump the manuscript for a new book by left-wing academic, Clive Hamilton. Hamilton has published over a dozen books, including eight previous ones by Allen and Unwin.Wang Yi and Julie Bishop meet in Australia on February 7, 2017. (Photo Source: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The new book by Hamilton is titled Silent Invasion: How China Is Turning Australia into a Puppet State. A leaked email by Allen and Unwins chief executive explained that they decided against publishing the book because of various threats. The most serious of these threats was the very high chance of a vexatious defamation action against Allen & Unwin, and possibly against you personally as well. He explained that they faced being targeted by Beijings agents of influence.
The chief executive admitted that Hamiltons study was an extremely significant book. But due to the legal threats, they were going to impose an indefinite delay on publication. Hamilton, unwilling to wait indefinitely, decided to seek a new publisher.
Early this year, Hamilton lined up Melbourne University Press to publish. They also backed out. Fairfax reported that MUP declined due to the threat of legal action. Furthermore, Its understood that at least one senior Melbourne University official raised concerns...
Australian Governments must prohibit the solitary confinement of children in detention and closely regulate practices that can result in the forced isolation or segregation of a child.
Solitary confinement is the isolation of detainees for 22 hours or more a day without any meaningful human contact. It involves the involuntary placement of a child in a room (often with limited ventilation and natural light) from which they are unable to leave, denying the child meaningful contact with peers, therapeutic professionals or family.
Across Australia multiple terms are used to describe certain detention practices that can amount to solitary confinement in given situations, including: isolation, segregation, seclusion and separation. The use of these different terms and the lack of consistency in the governing legislation and/or policies across states and territories has resulted in a broadening of circumstances in which a child may be isolated in a room or cell without meaningful human contact.
International human rights law strictly prohibits the use of solitary confinement on children as evidence shows that this practice can have severe, long-term and irreversible effects on a childs health and wellbeing.
In other words, solitary confinement should be prohibited because of the risk posed to the emotional, psychological and physical health and wellbeing of children. Proven negative health effects include insomnia, confusion, compounded trauma, hallucinations and psychosis. Children are particularly vulnerable because they are undergoing crucial stages of development- socially, psychologically and neurologically and these developmental processes can be interrupted or damaged as a result of isolation. Additionally, most children in youth detention have a history of trauma or disadvantage. Approximately two thirds are victims of childhood abuse, trauma or neglect and may have a disability or mental health issue, which are exacerbated by being placed in solitary confinement. Where children are at risk of suicide or self-harm, isolation is likely to increase their distress and suicidal ideation and rumination.
Because of the harm caused by solitary confinement, the Australian Childrens Commissioners and Guardians....
He did it outside the parliament this morning on Sky News. He's had time to think about what he'd say. And he chose to say it - publicly. I know Jim won't sue - so does Bandt. Jim's too big a man to stoop down in the gutter. From The...
AWU President-Forever Bill Ludwig said of democracy "If you've got the numbers, you can do what you like". Western Democracy can be its own worst enemy, particularly as its anathema - Islam - is getting the numbers. British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is the quintessence of democratic exactitude. He knows...
Chances are, if you are old enough to remember and game enough to confess, there is still a little place in your heart for an affable, yet goofy, cartoon bear named Yogi and his trusty side-kick, Boo Boo. However, regardless of whether these two characters are familiar to you, we say with great confidence once you meet our Yogi and Boo Boo, there will most definitely be a place in your heart for them. Both were rescued from the dairy industryan industry that saw them as inconvenient by-products not worthy of the lives they most certainly wanted to live.
Both in ill-health, little Yogi more-so, they were indeed off to a rocky start. For the first few weeks of his life in our care, all that was sustaining his mange-ridden body was regular stomach tubing, antibiotics and all the love we could muster. And the good news is this, they did the trick! For today, each morning we are greeted with Yogis big toothy grin along with a soft little bellow from his buddy Boo Boowheres my milk?
If the story of Yogi and Boo Boo tells us one thing, it should be this: perhaps its time to lend ourselves back to our childhood years. To a time when we were more in touch with our authentic selves; when our childhood innocence was yet to succumb to us and them and when we would tenaciously stop our feet over cruelty and indifference to animals. And through this time of unbridled wonderment with the world and all her beings, we knew the bond between a mother and her child was sacred and should never be severed.
Now you might think her name is short on letters, but that is the least of her worries. For when we learned of her plight, she was short on time and about to become, of all things, lunch! It is no doubt for this reason she still harbours a great fear of we humans. So as we work to gain her trust, she spends her days with a lamby clan of Carmichael, Rose and Tilly.
Despite her well-founded distrust of our kind, she never ceases to draw us in with her cheeky antics (we honestly think she is taking lessons from Rose)standing in the middle of the hay bin with her who me? expression, camouflaging herself amongst the teddies or standing statue-like on the bales of straw in their stall. While we know that with time and the assistance of our lamby welcoming committee we will gain her trust, but it will be on P Ps terms, not ours. For now, in a sanctuary where P P can be anything she wants, our greatest wish is that she be contented.
Acts of violence to women aged between 15 and 44 across the globe produce more deaths, disability and mutilation than cancer, malaria and traffic accidents combined.
This statistic, quoted in Elaine Storkeys Scars Across Humanity, shocked me more than any other I have heard as our community has discussed domestic and family violence over the last few years.
Its not just globally that this occurs. In Australia, intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in women aged 15-44 (White Ribbon Australia). By now weve all heard that more than one woman is killed every week by an existing or former intimate partner (ANROW). This is the horrific and tragic tip of the iceberg. Australian police deal with 657 domestic violence incidents every day of the year (ABC News). Thats one every two minutes. And remember, most incidents go unreported.
As Ive been learning more about this, Ive discovered that are dramatic differences between mens and womens experiences of violence. About one in two men will be subject to an act of violence at some point during their adult years (ANROW). This is most likely to occur outside the home and be at the hands of a stranger e.g. fight in the pub or pushing and shoving at a fully match. It is also likely to occur just once. One in three women will experience violence during the course of their adult years and for the majority of them this will occur in the home. One in six will be subject to physical violence at the hands of an existing or former intimate partner. And because its violence within a relationship and within the home it is more likely to involve repeated acts of violence. (ANROW) It is terribly sobering to realise that the place a woman is least safe in Australia is in her own home.
As this issue has been raised in my church and my denomination, I have heard substantial numbers of women quietly acknowledging violence has been part of their story. I have met survivors who may feel brittle but display incredible depths of strength. I have been reminded once more that womens voices and interests need to be heard. And I am now perhaps more acutely aware than ever that we need to change our images of masculinity.
(f you belong to a church I am coordinating a campaign to help churches explore domestic violence, equip themselves to respond, and make changes to their culture. Details can be found at noplaceforviolence.com. Common Grace also has excellent resources available)
I used to enjoy Jim Molan's messages on Twitter. He was authentic, effective and I learned a lot. He was also human - talking and posting photos about his daughter in the media, his family and particularly his grandchildren. What he was proud of yesterday, he's apparently embarrassed about today....
The Daily Telegraph has broken with Australian media convention and splashed a politicians affair on the front page. At least thats what everyone thinks. Toby Halligan takes up the story.
Barnaby Joyce actively campaigned against same sex marriage. I remember it because my partner and I were fighting for the right to marry. During that campaign he held his daughters up as a prop and defended their right to have a secure relationship with a loving husband. It turns out while Barnaby was defending the sanctity of marriage he was cheating on his wife with a staffer.
Why does a man like Barnaby get to defend traditional marriage when violating his own marriage? Is it simply that straight, Christian men get to have their cake and smash my wedding cake too?
Plenty of journalists were well aware that Joyce was having an affair when he was making those claims yet declined to report it. So when does public hypocrisy cross the line? And what criteria should the press gallery use to judge when someones private life clearly contradicts their political positions?
Journalists have a difficult conflict of interest. They rely upon politicians for stories and often have close relationships with them. They can be blinded by professional need.
Thats not to say that they arent moral people, or that there arent good reasons for avoiding reporting on prurient detail. Its just the simple truth that Canberra is a small club. Those who rely on politicians for stories are hardly in a position to render an objective judgement.
Some press gallery journalists who refused to report on the contradictions in Joyces position represent themselves as neutral or as refusing to take a position on peoples private lives. But they are taking a position. When powerful people impose on the vulnerable, silence is support.Barnaby Joyce and wife Natalie (they are now separated) at the 2017 Mid-Winter Ball.
For years, LGBTI Australians have been subject to scrutiny over very personal elements of our relationships. Our lives are subject to the regulation of politicians who cite their faith, and their commitment to traditional values as a reason for restricting our civil rights.
As a gay man, the marriage equality plebiscite last year was the worst eight weeks of my life. My partner and I felt besieged a...
South Australias peak environment body has strongly welcomed the establishment of a Senate Inquiry, proposed by NXT Senator Rex Patrick, into the controversial site selection process for the national nuclear waste dump.
The Federal Governments plan to establish a Radioactive Waste Management Facility has deeply divided and caused undue stress to the affected communities of Kimba in the Eyre Peninsula and Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.
The Turnbull Governments flawed process to impose a nuclear waste dump on South Australia has been deeply distressing to the communities of Kimba and Hawker, said Conservation SA Chief Executive Craig Wilkins.
Of course we need an appropriate long term solution to the nuclear waste created at the Lucas Heights reactor in Sydney, but the process currently underway is clearly not the right one.
We are very pleased that Senator Rex Patrick from the Nick Xenophon Team is standing up for South Australia and the affected communities, and this inquiry has received support from the federal senate he continued.
The Full TOR for the Inquiry can be found here:
South Australia has repeatedly said no to nuclear waste from legislation banning dumps introduced by the state Liberal Government in 2000 to the recent defeat of plans to establish an international nuclear waste dump in SA to now, where communities are voicing loud and clear opposition to the Federal site selection process.
The AFL has announced the first Womens AFL Pride Match will be held later this month. The Western Bulldogs and the Carlton Blues will face off during their round four clash at Whitten Oval at Victoria University in Footscray on February 23. The game was announced on Wednesday at nearby pub Pride of our Footscray. ...
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Senate in push for state nuke dump vote, The...
US attacks North Korea, Russia AND China over nuclear ambitions in STUNNING tirade THE UNITED States has taken aim at North Korea, Russia and China and accused the countries of growing their nuclear stockpiles while pursuing the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other peaceful nations. By WILL KIRBY, Express UK Feb 6, 2018
He said: Russia, China and North Korea are growing their stockpiles, increasing the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies, and in some cases pursuing the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other peaceful nations.
He then warned Pyongyang may now be only months away from the capability to strike the US with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.
The only way to address the urgent and unpredictable threat to the United States, its allies and partners posed by North Korea is, according to Mr Wood, to ensure the hermit states nuclear programme is completely, verifiably and irreversibly eliminated.
In response, North Korea accused the US of seeking to aggravate the delicate situation on the Korean peninsula by deploying large nuclear assets nearby.
Pyongyang diplomat Ju Yong Chol said the scale of the US military enforcements shows they are designed to make a preemptive strike against the DPRK [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea].
Ju said: US officials including the defence secretary and the CIA director repeatedly talked about DPRK nuclear and missile threat to justify their argument for a military option and a new concept of a so-called bloody nose, a limited pre-emptive strike on the DPRK is under consideration within the US administration.
North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles in 2017 as well as carrying out its biggest-ever nuclear test, prompting fears across the globe about the Kim regimes ability to attack the inte...
Police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains in the Grafton CBD at about midday on Tuesday (February 6).
Officers were called to a construction site on Pound Street, Grafton after workers on the site discovered the bones.
A crime scene was established and inquiries have commenced.
The bones will undergo examination by a forensic specialist to assist in determining whether or not the remains are human.
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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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Steve Dale Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 7 Feb 18
Ironically, an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Russia went into full effect Monday. It was aimed, like previous agreements forged by the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, to defuse the possibility of just such a cataclysmic Great Power conflict. Under the terms of the New START treaty, as its known, both Russia and the United States are committed to deploying no more than 1,550 nuclear warheads. Theres a strict verification regime on both sides, and proponents of the pact say those inspections have built confidence in the otherwise severely strained U.S.-Russia relationship.
Trumps nuclear policy is taking us back to the Cold War, WP The Trump administration has touted its new nuclear policy, released at the end of last week by the Pentagon, as a tough, realistic assessment of foreign threats and U.S. capabilities. The Nuclear Posture Review, the first to be conducted since 2010, purportedly describes the world as it is, not as we wish...
Do you have time for a cuppa? Id love to catch you up on whats been happening over the past couple of weeks. I should warn you though this is a loooong post! . . . . . Firstly, an update on our attempts to try and reduce our household waste. Its been four 
Are we witnessing the end of the surge on Wall St? Or is, what we witnessed this week, no more than a minor correction? The current roller coaster ride on the NYSE and other world markets including Australia, demonstrates just how much of a casino these places are. Putting aside the investment most Australians have
Deputy Prime Minister and same-sex marriage opponent Barnaby Joyce has been branded a hypocrite after media reports he was unfaithful to his ex-wife. According to News Corps Daily Telegraph newspaper, Joyce had an affair with his former press secretary and the couple are expecting a child together. Joyce strongly opposed same-sex marriage during last years ...
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I squeeze my dads hand in excitement.
Look! I exclaim.
Theres a splash in the water where the ocean meets the sand. A crab scurries along.
There are little crab holes all along this Fijian beach, where crustaceans hide from the eager three-year-olds trying to imprison them. With pail and spade in hand, we bundle towards the resorts pier. Im certain this is where the crab went. I had been searching for far too long to give up and go home empty handed. I simply had to catch a crab Id promised Mum Id bring her one back.
Dad taps me on the shoulder and points.
Over there, he whispers.
Trying to be as stealthy as I can, I sneak up on the crab. Its no bigger than a 50-cent piece. I go in with one big swoop. I peer into the bucket to find my little red friend sitting at the bottom. I sprint up the sandy banks to find Mum. Shes reading a book, sunglasses on and tuned out from the world around her.
Look at what I got, I say with a toothy grin.
Shes very impressed. She should be.
And then in that moment, crab by my side, I embrace my mum and dad.
That was our last family holiday together. My last recollection of our happy family. One of my fondest memories.
How do you remember that moment, Mum and Dad?
A three-year old has no right to catch on to the intricacies of divorce. To notice the signs that something wasnt quite right. Was our trip to Fiji a last-ditch effort to try and salvage what remained, but instead became the final nail in the coffin?
Since then, travelling has never been the same. Awkward holidays with the family were still a thing, but they were a different kind of awkward for me. My brother and I shared Mum holidays and Dad holidays growing up. For my brother, this was the standard the way holidays had always been. He was too young; he didnt remember family holidays the way I once did. The old family holidays.
Wed fly to our destination with Mum. Then a few days later, Dad would arrive, Mum would go, and wed fly home with Dad the following week. The uncomfortable crossover, an excha...
End of nuclear weapons or end of us: Survivors call on Australia, As Japans Peace Boat arrives in Sydney, survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings advocate for nuclear disarmament. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/end-of-nuclear-weapons-or-end-of-us-survivors-call-on-australia By Rachel Lockart , 6 Feb 18
~ Brandon Jordan Maggie
McKeown, a community organizer for the Mackay
and a speaker at Mondays demonstration, highlighted the
#StopAdani alliance as an example of resistance to the mine.
In March 2017, several groups, including McKeowns, formed the coalition to stop the project.
In the last 10 months, the #StopAdani
alliance has grown
from a few groups to hundreds of groups and
to thousands and millions of supporters around Australia and the world, McKeown said.
With Mondays demonstration
as the official start to
further actions and demonstrations this year,
activists anticipate even more victories against the company and,
perhaps, an end to a near-decade conversation over the facility.
We built a movement that nags politicians, McKeown said.
We want politicians to know that were not a movement that will go away.
Were a movement that will keep lobbying until its stopped together.
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comprehensive, interesting & well-researched article:
Julian Assange has suffered enough, his lawyers tell British judge, SMH, Nick Miller, 6 Feb 18, London: Julian Assange has suffered enough and shouldnt face prison for absconding from justice, his lawyers have told a court.
The Wikileaks editor is depressed, in constant pain from an infected tooth, and has been stuck in the Ecuador Embassy in Londons Kensington far longer than the maximum 12-month jail penalty for breaching bail, his barrister said.
On Tuesday Assange lost a legal bid at Westminster Magistrates Court to quash the arrest warrant that has awaited him since he entered the Ecuador embassy in June 2012.
However his lawyers immediately launched a new push to end the UK governments attempt to bring him to justice arguing that it is against the public interest to punish him for refusing to leave the embassy.
It is a criminal offence for someone on bail to refuse to surrender to police without reasonable cause and Assange refused to leave the embassy despite a court order for his arrest.
Assange went into the embassy after he exhausted his line of appeal against a decision to extradite him to Sweden to face rape allegations. Sweden last year ended its investigation into the allegations, and the European arrest warrant against Assange was cancelled. However the British wa...
How can she tell? There's no more women or men anymore, no more mankind. Ask Justin.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given its permission to use the thin-wall canisters and to install more than 100 of them near the San Onofre State Beach. They are required to have a 40-year lifespan, which critics say is inadequate given that the spent fuel will remain there indefinitely.
the fact remains that t...
The long-awaited return of St Kildas most Irregular Columnist Henry Shires (The Old Man @ The Sea). I was born by the sea one of Sydneys Northern Beaches. Brought up by the sea bucket and spade working class Weymouth on the south coast of England. And may well die by the sea, here in 
Even though he had written 25 books, I had never heard of John Jay Chapman until I found him quoted by someone else the other day. But 25 books and not one known to me. All is most certainly vanity. Heres the quote:
Retain the power of speech no matter what other power you may lose Do what you will, but speak out always. Be shunned, be hated, be ridiculed, be scared, be in doubt, but dont be gagged. The time of trial is always. Now is the appointed time.
And this is one I particularly like which is an important reminder to those who write for a living:
People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this,that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
There is also this which has a pointed message for today, but if one reads it right, has a pointed message for every day ending with the letter y.
A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not find a better way of killing virtue than by packing it into one of these contraptions which some gang of thieves is sure to find useful.
Here are others, each as relevant today as the moment they were first written down:
All progress is experimental.
When a man talks with absolute sincerity and freedom he goes on a voyage of discovery. The whole company has shares in the enterprise.
Every generation is a secret society and has incommunicable enthusiasms, tastes and interests which are a mystery both to its predecessors and to posterity.
It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.
Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict. The cure for this, both in politics and social life, is the samehardihood. Give them raw truth.
The short lesson that comes out of long experience in political agitation is something like this: all the motive power in all of these movements is the instinct of religious feeling. All the obstruction comes from attempting to rely on anything else. Conciliation is the enemy.
Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
A political organization is a transferable commodity. You could not f...
Deputy Speaker, as Tasmania prepares to vote to remove poker machines from hotels and clubs, its disgusting to see the blatant lies the poker machine industrys peddling. For instance the lie jobs will be lost. The lie these are lovable little businesses. The lie people will switch to online gambling. The lie the State relies on the tax revenue from poker machines. And the lie that gambling addiction isnt a problem The fact is, Deputy Speaker, $1m on gambling creates about three jobs, but on drinks and food up to 20 Labor: Premier confirms hes bought and corrupted by poker machine money Advocate: New pokies figures spark donations dispute between major parties
Europes wind-power industry expects new French offshore turbine installations to overtake the U.K. and Germany by 2022, boosting President Emmanuel Macrons pledge to increase renewable energy.
Windlabs 100MW, $200m Lakeland Wind Farm set to be built south of Cooktown in Queensland, after winning state government approval.
Ozone is missing from the atmosphere and scientists dont know why ABC Science, By science reporter Belinda Smith, 6 Feb 18
The ozone layer high above Antarctica might be mending nicely, but the rest of the world tells a different story.
A long-term overview of satellite data shows that ozone levels are actually dropping in the lower stratosphere: the layer of the atmosphere about 10 to 20 kilometres above Earths surface.
The effect was seen across most of the world, too: as far north as the Scottish highlands and as far south as the southernmost tip of Chile.
And while atmospheric chemists cant yet put their finger on the ozone-draining culprit, global warming is likely playing a leading role, according to atmospheric chemist Stephen Wilson from University of Wollongong.
Overall, the total amount of ozone in the entire atmosphere appears to be holding steady, but thats because ozone levels in the troposphere the lower part of the atmosphere, where...
By HENRY SHIRES, Resident Music & Film Writer Further up Grey Street, past the prostitutes and the Sacred Heart lost souls, lies the smallest French protectorate in the world. The fantastic, Francophile Alliance Francaise Melbourne (AFM). And, due to a supercool Gallic gentleman, Jean Francois Ponthieux, Melbourne also has its annual festival and feast of 
David Lowry, Watford Observer 5th Feb
Five years ago today Cumbria County Council,representing several Lake District and coastal communities, blocked Government attempts to develop a subterranean geologic repository for long-lived radioactive waste.
Last week the Government launched the latestattempts by ministers to resurrect this process, with a new 897 page pub...
Meet the dogs of Chernobyl the abandoned pets that formed their own canine community, Hundreds of stray dogs have learned to survive in the woods around the exclusion zone mainly descendants of those left behind after the nuclear disaster, when residents were banned from taking their beloved pets to safety, Guardian, by Julie McDowall, 6 Feb 18, .. After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, Pripyat and the surrounding villages were abandoned, and residents were not allowed to take their pets to safety. Chernobyl Prayer, a devastating oral history of the period, tells of dogs howling, trying to get on the buses. Mongrels, alsatians. The soldiers were pushing them out again, kicking them. They ran after the buses for ages. Heartbroken families pinned notes to their doors: Dont kill our Zhulka. Shes a good dog. There was no mercy. Squads were sent in to shoot the animals. But some survived and it is mainly their descendants that populate the zone.
Life is not easy for the Chernobyl strays. Not only must they endure harsh Ukrainian winters with no proper shelter, but they often carry increased levels of radiation in their fur and have a shortened life expectancy. Few live beyond the age of six.
Nadezhda Starodub, a guide with the Chernobyl tour specialist Solo East, says the visitors (there are no tourists in the zone) love the dogs. Most of the time people find them cute, but some think they might be contaminated and so avoid touching the dogs..
their health needs are met by Clean Futures Fund, a US non-profit organisation that helps communities affected by industrial accidents, which has set up three veterinary clinics in the area, including one inside the Chernobyl plant. The clinics treat emergencies and issue vaccinations against ra...
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The South Australian government has recently announced a trial of a plan, which, if successful, will see people on lower incomes benefit from household solar power generation and energy storage, even though they are renting. It is about time an Australian government seriously the inequity in household energy costs suffered by people who are renting. 
Sensible discussion about immigration levels is hard to have without it degenerating into xenophobic rants from people looking for someone to blame for their own circumstances, inadequate government, or people who just dont like others who look, speak, dress or worship differently. But it is a discussion we should have. In the year from 30
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Noodle Pot has been Mr Shawn's extra happy special place of late. Not only is the food top notch, it's a relaxed and friendly little joint, extra points to the extra helpful counter dude who is always happy to explain the finer points of his dishes. Wherever else we have been eating, a little part of Shawn really wanted to be at Noodle Pot, sitting at the counter watching the world go by,
This is Australia and we should be promoting what makes us great - and better than Saudi Arabia, Iran or Somalia. If there is a huge market for compulsory covering of women we should be trying to reduce it, not grow it. It's hard enough to stop the ratcheting movement...
The government is apparently
planning to give former Labour MP Annette King a diplomatic
Former MP Dame Annette King is tipped to be appointed the next High Commissioner to Australia by the end of the year.
King left Parliament at the last election and was made a Dame in the New Year's Honours.
It is understood King is now in line to be appointed as High Commissioner for Australia in the middle of the year and will take up the post when the current High Commissioner Chris Seed leaves after August.
[In allocating $3.8 billion for weapons, Turnbull's] attitude appears to be the rationale of every drug dealer if I dont do it, someone else will' read now...
Advocacy group Rainbow Families have called for LGBTIQ people and their families to have their say in a submission to the federal governments religious freedom review. The review, headed by former Howard Government minister Philip Ruddock will examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom following the passage of same-sex marriage ...
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A duck with attitude best describes this chap. Unappreciative of kindness and with his own view of the world, which has him firmly placed as its rulerand who are we to argue? This suits us just dandy, we understand we are to be his loyal servants and we couldnt love him more if we tried.
Surrendered to a vet clinic, his lot was looking grim. His plight highlighting how poorly protected our feathered friends are, for should he have been a puppy or kitten, there are legal requirements and processes to follow that will hopefully secure a happy outcome for the lost souls, but not so for his kind. Flapping his way into the heart of a kindly vet nurse, Rocket was soon winging his way to Edgars Mission as we set to find him a new pond and home. Which we did, ironically enough with an equally kindly vet!
It is Wednesday, so only a snippet of a blog about a few things
that caught my interest recently. Words have meaning and concepts
have meaning. That is, until you are a social democratic politician
in Europe. Then meaning goes out the window as does mission unless
the mission is power at all costs. Social democratic values and
views do not resemble neoliberal economic or right-wing social
agendas at all. Yet in the hurly burly of European and British
politics that is what has been happening. Across three nations
(Sweden, Germany and Britain) we have seen this trend in the last
few days. The claim is that it is clever politics to shift into the
centre and take back voters from the conservatives. The problem is
that the centre moved significantly to the right over this
neoliberal era. Now we have so-called progressive politicians who
three decades ago would have looked like conservative
right-wingers. It is not clever politics at all. They just lock
themselves into positions that make it very hard to pursue true
progressive policies. Meanwhile, the people they claim to care
about are forced to endure damaging economic policies. Stupid all
There was a report in the Swedish English News media The Local (January 31, 2018) Social Democrats to fight election on right-wing turf which tells us that:
Swedens ruling Social Democrats have announced a plan [which will see] the party move decisively onto traditionally right-wing territory
We have a political agenda today which is in some sense is authoritarian.
Yes, Anti-Migrant, strong on law and order, faster integration (abandonment of multiculturalism).
The spokesperson said that:
Safety has been reduced and a new type of criminality is attempting to take root.
So instead of announcing large-scale job creation to redress the disadvantage and poverty endured by new migrants, the social democrats in Sweden are going in the opposite direction.
More police to bash them and lock them up.
The social democrats certainly have their fingers on the pulse!
Meanwhile, I saw the latest INSA/YouGov poll of voting intentions in Germany this morning. You can download the entire dataset HERE.
This graph shows the movement in voter intentions from September 28, 2009 to the latest poll on February 5, 2018. I have left out a few of the smaller parties which have eithe...
Sydneys King Colour have been on the local scene for a few years now, and in between playing plenty of live shows and seeing airplay on triple j, theyve managed to craft themselves a pretty sweet sound. Now, ahead of the release of their debut EP in March, the group have premiered their newest single, Shimmer.
Having seen plenty of love with their previous tracks Blue Horizon and Lost My Cool, King Colour have been hard at work in the studio, putting the final touches on their long-awaited EP Mood Lighting, which is set for a mid-March release.
The EPs newest single, Shimmer, sees the group drawing influence from a wide range of versatile artists, such as Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, and Mild High Club, showing of their chilled, jazz-inspired sound.
Featuring some slick, surf-rock inspired hooks, Shimmer draws you in with its smooth vocal delivery, before it hits with a powerful chorus that only continues to prove just how accomplished these musos are.
Shimmer is set for an official release this Friday through their Yeah Nah Yeah label, which is also when the groups Mood Lighting EP will also be made available for pre-order ahead of its release next month.
King Colour are also set to hit the live stage in a couple of months when they support Donny Benet at the Oxford Art Factory on April 27th. Be sure to head along to check out one of the smoothest groups to come out of Sydney in a long time.
Friday, April 27th
(Supporting Donny Benet)
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
The Ipswich Advertiser reported on Ambiorix Rodriguezs rape and sexual abuse of a 12 year old girl. He raped her over 40 times in the basement of her school between 2010 and 2011. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The victim is now suing him and the Department of Education for failing to protect her.
Despite his conviction and the abhorrent crimes he committed, Rodriguez is erased from the story and replaced with a question that led to rape. The question didnt cause the rape and the victim answering his questions certainly didnt cause the rape. There is only one thing that causes rape and that is the rapists choice to rape. In this case an ongoing choice to rape a child.
If you havent watch Jackson Katz TED talk on violence against women I highly recommend it. Hes talking about the general conversation about mens violence but he perfectly demonstrates the problem with the way the media reports this stuff. Im slightly paraphrasing his examples here but the principle is unchanged.
We start with a very basic sentence: John raped Mary. John is the subject, rape is the verb, Mary is the object. Three words to describe exactly what happened.
The second sentence says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was raped by John. The focus shifts from John to Mary but the sentence is still describing what happened.
The third sentence, John is invisible and all we see is that Mary was raped and now its all about Mary. John is gone and were wondering why Mary was raped.
Mary is a rape victim The last sentence has changed what John did to Mary into her very identity and John is not relevant to the conversation.
So which of these four sentences is the most accurate description of what happened between John and Mary?
Its not that last one. Mary is not a rape victim, shes a person. Shes Mary. People who have been raped do not become what was done to them. It does not define them. It was a crime someone else chose to commit against them.
Its not the third one, that only tells half the...
For some sections of the radical and not-so-radical left, the idea of universal basic income (UBI) is the new utopian program. A UBI is a periodic minimum income guaranteed to all citizens, regardless of their employment, wealth, or domestic status. In other words, its a no-strings-attached state wealth transfer, a price-tagged right for precariat and tech billionaire alike. But theres a reason why UBI has proponents among the libertarian right.
Government officials from the Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport (DEDJTR) and Resources are expected to break up a forest blockade this morning in far East Gippsland. Four cars carrying 6 authorised officers from the department and one local police officer are on the site this morning.
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim For the past eight years, Sergeant Gerry Thornton has never swayed from his view that nothing seemed right about the 2009 death of Lainie Coldwell in Charleville, south-eastern Queensland. Now, almost a decade after her death, the officer has finally been recognised by the Queensland Police Service for his
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Warwick Thornton is one of the most important voices in Australian cinema today.
After winning the Camera dOr in 2009 for his debut Samson & Delilah, hes channelled his energy into films that are proudly, powerfully Aboriginal. So while the country debated the merits of Australia Day in January, Thornton released Sweet Country a potent reminder of our conflicted past.
Its a period piece that is defined by its sickening inevitability. Sam Kelly, an Aboriginal stockman, is forced to defend himself from a violent white farm owner, killing the man in the process. Knowing that his fate is as good as sealed, Sam takes his wife Lizzie and they escape to country. As a posse from town gives chase, a fascinating exploration of justice, masculinity and intolerance emerges. Played out against a sparse outback, the plot reflects that environment: at times Sweet Country can feel slow, as if labouring under the brutal sun. Theres no soundtrack either, so all we have to focus on are the unspoken gestures or gruff scraps of dialogue that are less significant than the looks that accompany them. It takes a while to get used to, but in the long run gives you space to consider the meaning behind the words.
What makes Thornton such a bloody great director is that his ideas are folded seamlessly into the story. On the surface Sweet Country is a traditional Western, but at its core lies a complex understanding of how cultures relate to one another. Even within the smaller unit of Sam and Lizzie, they struggle with their own unspoken prejudices that threaten to tear them apart. Within the avenging posse there are myriad voices which splinter the group and remind us that no one voice speaks for the whole.
Sweet Country is a brilliant demonstration of how important it is to have diverse representation in cinema. By taking the experiences of post-colonial Australia, Thornton draws a thread from then to now....
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia recently proposed new espionage laws, he stressed the need for disclosure: Public officials with ties to overseas governments and entities would have to report any foreign effort to shape domestic politics. The bills, first introduced in December, were seen by many in government as a vital tool for protecting against meddling by countries like China and Russia. But lawyers groups, human rights organisations, journalists and government watchdogs have all criticised the new rules as so far-reaching that they threaten to make Australia more like the authoritarian regimes it aims to resist. "It's giving government a hell of a lot of power, and it's dangerous," said Elaine Pearson, the Australia director for Human Rights Watch.
THE Shepparton Law Court Precinct project offered opportunities to students across the region, with ADCO Constructions and Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network (GMLLEN) working together to provide trade specific structure workplace learning on-site for five VCAL secondary school students during the last year.
Court Services Victoria chief operating officer, Brian Stevenson said, The new court is a major feature of the Shepparton skyline, and I am pleased that we have been able to provide opportunities for regional students to work on a multi-million dollar development of such significance to the Hume region.
Mooroopna Secondary College student and program participant, Bradley Collins said, It meant a lot to work on the biggest construction job in Shepparton and to put my share of work in.
I felt like I got a lot of experience and I got told a lot of smart advice for me to use in the future. I was put with the concreters so I learnt a lot to do with that sort of work and I really got interested in it.
Mooroopna Secondary College Year 11 coordinator/VCAL/ careers/VET/workplace coordinator, Ruth OBree said, These types of work placement opportunities are invaluable to the students in the local community. For students to be able to work on a construction site of this size, it gives them further insight into the real world of work related to employment and opportunities in the building and construction industry.
GREATER Shepparton City Council is working with Wheelie Waste to come up with alternative arrangements to manage recyclable material due to the recently announced temporary changed conditions.
Visy recycling has notified Wheelie Waste kerbside collection company that it will be temporarily suspending its acceptance of recyclable materials, following recent changes in world export markets.
Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriott said, We ask our residents to continue recycling as normal as collection services will remain unchanged.
Residents have done a fantastic job in separating waste to keep recyclables and green waste out of landfill and we ask them to keep up the good work.
Council is working closely with the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group, a body responsible for waste and resource recovery planning, to identify alternative arrangements for recyclable material processing due to the temporary changed conditions, Mr Harriott said.
These current pressures are due to changes to the global recycling market, particularly China imposing tighter restrictions on the quality of recyclable materials. These changes are not unique to Victoria and are impacting recycling worldwide. This, combined with an increased focus on stockpiling practices at recycling processing sites, has created unique pressures on the industry.
The Victorian Government is working with local government, other states, the federal government and industry to ensure we are as well-positioned as possible to respond to the changes to the market.
Council will keep the community updated on the progress of this matter.
THE $1.97M redevelopment at Shepparton Uniting Church (Scots Church) on the corner of Fryers and Corio Streets in Shepparton has officially been completed, with close to 500 attending a special grand opening event being held on the weekend to mark the occasion.
Construction on the multi-million dollar development began in April last year and has included a new octagonal worship space with a pyramidal roof. The construction is part of the re-development with the existing church building now offering a place for gatherings, with hospitality services available and a small chapel is also now available for use. The Shepparton Uniting Church Op Shop is now set to undergo an enlargement and refurbishment later this year
Keep an eye out for our special feature on the re-development of Shepparton Uniting Church (Scots Church) in next weeks edition of The Adviser.
WITH government funding to help support radiotherapy in Shepparton, making the services provided by GenesisCare more affordable, residents like 58 year old, Camella Malone might find their treatment easier to handle.
Having a State Government funded service available in Shepparton would mean Camella would save on her 200km round trip every day for five weeks, as she could receive her treatment in Shepparton rather than travelling to Bendigo.
Camella was diagnosed with breast cancer in March last year and underwent an extensive 13-week course of chemotherapy in May 2017. Because of the long course of chemo, Camella took three more months to recover before undergoing a mastectomy in late November.
Since her operation, Camella has been preparing for a challenging course of radiotherapy, which commences this week in Bendigo. Camella will receive one treatment per day, five days a week for five weeks in order to finally defeat her cancer.
As an avid animal lover, Camella is the proud owner of two dogs meaning she has no choice to travel every day to Bendigo from Shepparton.
In speaking to Camella, she made it clear that she would be unable to afford treatment at a private radiotherapy facility in Shepparton, saying that she would hope to see the State Government provide funding for the planned GenesisCare facility.
Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has continued her campaign for the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding for the service in Shepparton, taking Camellas story to State Parliament recently.
Cancer patients from Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley have travelled for radiotherapy treatment for far too long, Ms Lovell said.
The granting of a licence to GenesisCare to build radiotherapy services is wonderful news but there is still work to be done by the Andrews Labor Government to ensure the treatment is affordable to all patients.
I will continue to advocate for local cancer patients so the State Government provides funding to guarantee any new facility provides affordable radiotherapy to everyone who needs it.
THE community is being invited to enjoy a Knight to Remember to celebrate the history and future of the Euroa Cricket Club in one extraordinary event.
Running on Tuesday, February 13 from 7pm to 10pm at the Euroa
Memorial Oval Function Centre, Slee Street, Euroa, the event,
attendees will have the chance to hear from Sir Ian Botham and
former Australian champion batsman, Dean Jones, who will discuss
their own unique journeys from local cricket clubs on the opposite
sides of the world, to the biggest cricketing stageThe Ashes.
Euroa Cricket Clubs Sooz Gall said, This unique cocktail party event is an extremely rare opportunity to see two legends of the sport discuss candidly their successes, mistakes and in their eyes, where the game of cricket is going globally.
Money raised from this event will go towards the redevelopment of the Friendlies Oval and much needed upgrade to the cricket training facilities.
For further information, find Euroa Cricket Club on Facebook.
To purchase a ticket to the event, find Euroa cricket club a knight to remember at
SHEPPARTON Theatre Arts Group (STAG) is calling for interested performers, stage crew and production team members to attend an information session and audition signup for their September production ofWicked.
The session will further expand on information pertaining to the audition, rehearsal and performance processes of the show and provides opportunity for potential performers, stage crew and production team members to engage with the creative team to be able to get the most out of their Wicked experience.
Persons interested in both onstage and offstage roles will hear from the producer, director, musical directors and choreographer and will also be treated to a performance of a song from the show.
Audition sign-ups will occur at the conclusion of the information session on Wednesday, February 21 from 7pm at The Bakehouse, 17 Wheeler Street, Shepparton.
THE SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF SHEPPARTON will be holding its charity garage sale/pop up shop at the rear of the Shepparton Market (opposite Bunnings Warehouse, entrance at the rear via the Overlander car park) on Saturday, February 3 from 8:30am to 3pm, Thursday, February 8 from 9:30pm to 3:30pm, Saturday, February 10 from 8:30am to 3pm, Thursday, February 15 from 9:30am to 3:30pm, Friday, February 16 from 9am to 3pm and Saturday, February 17 from 8:30am to 3pm. If you wish to donate goods prior, phone Margaret on 0418 586 034. All proceeds go to charity.
GOULBURN VALLEY SPIRITUALIST CENTRE is holding its first meeting for the year and their 9th birthday on Sunday, February 11 at the North Shepparton Community Centre, 12 Parkside Drive. The presenters for the day will be John and Leanne Rollinson. All welcome. Come and join in our birthday celebrations. For further information, phone Jan on 0427 745 354.
38 ARMY CADET UNIT SHEPPARTON will be conducting an information/recruitment night on Wednesday, February 14 at 7pm at The Army Reserve Hall, 112 Sobraon Street, Shepparton for prospective new members 13 to 16 years of age. Prospective new members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For further information, contact 0481 286 842.
GIRGARRE RSL - Station St Girgarre. Unveiling of information panels commemorating Closer and WW1 Soldier Settlers and their pioneer role in Stanhope North and Girgarre. It will run on Sunday, February 25 from 1:30pm. Enquiries to email@example.com, John Crilly on 0437 438 077 or Rob Axen on 5854 6429. At the conclusion of the program, refreshments will be provided by Girgarre Development Group in the Girgarre Memorial Hall.
GOULBURN VALLEY U3A LEARNING FOR PLEASURE IN RETIREMENT COURSES are held each day of the week at the Goulburn Valley U3A Hall,
Esson Street, Shepparton. Membership is open to anyone over 50, who is retired from full-time work. For further information, phone 5821 3333.
GRANDPARENTS SUPPORT GROUP meet on the first Thursday of each month from 10am to 12 noon at the Shepparton Family Relationship Centre, 68 Wyndham Street in Shepparton. For information, phone 5820 0444.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF SHEPPARTON INC. meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9:30am at the African House, 54 Poplar Avenue. For ladies and men, retired or semi-retired. Add zest to your lifestyle....
THE Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is coming to Shepparton on Tuesday, February 27 to deliver quality training on the important and timely topic of Successfully Managing Equal Opportunity, Bullying and Diversity in the Workplace.
An expert Workplace Relations Consultant which will inform employers of the need to get it right and the perils of getting it wrong.
A Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry spokesperson said, Employers may be held liable under vicarious liability provisions for unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying of your staff.
Employers must take measures to prevent bullying or harassment in your workplace through a variety of interventions, such as training staff in their rights and responsibilities.
The course gives participants the knowledge to successfully manage those issues and use early intervention to help stop them arising.
This program will increase knowledge of the theoretical and practical implications of discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful harassment and bullying in your workplace, expected standards of behaviour, what constitutes a safe, respectful and inclusive work environment, a managers responsibility and accountability for your behaviour, relevant legislation, what constitutes unlawful discrimination, harassment and bullying, the responsibilities as a manager or supervisor and how to handle a complaint and the options available to resolve it.
The course is suited to anyone who has management and supervisory responsibilities.
For details on how to register for this vital course, visit www.victorianchamber.com.au/business-solutions/training/short-courses/human-resources-and-workplace-relations/successfully-man-0
ADDITIONAL jobs are on the horizon across the community and at local farms after the SPC struck a deal that will see its Goulburn Valley 700g fruit range, SPC snack cups and a new fruit pouch range stocked in over 4,500 premium retail and mother and baby outlets in China.
The announcement was made last week in partnership with China State Farm Agribusiness Shanghai (CSFA Shanghai) at a formal signing ceremony in Shanghai, with the major milestone demonstrating SPCs continued momentum and the growing demand in China for Australian produce.
SPC managing director, Reg Weine said, China represents a significant business opportunity for SPC in the years ahead, and this is an important step in realising our growth strategy.
As well as being two of Australias most recognised, loved and trusted food brands, the products we are taking to China come straight out of the Goulburn Valley the renowned food bowl of Australia. We aim to leverage this reputation, as well as our heritage and provenance when launching our brands in China.
CSFA Shanghai, is part of the CSFA Group Corporation, will be SPCs master distributor in China. It takes significant time and resources to build brands in overseas markets and CSFA Shanghai has the dedicated personnel, sales and marketing support we need to build our brands on the ground, as well as the distribution capability to reach Chinas burgeoning middle class, Mr Weine said.
SPC general manager manufacturing, Simon Taylor said, To Chinese consumers, we know that fruit grown and preserved in the clean, green and safe environment of Australias Goulburn Valley is very appealing, so we expect our products to be well received when they land on the shelves next month.
SPC is currently investing capital in a new pouch line, which will also support our China launch. This investment, like any investment SPC makes, delivers downstream benefits includ...
ART is something that many people in Shepparton would know runs deep through local identity, John Heads veins, and this is set to continue in his new role as SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) Foundation chair.
After nearly four years at the helm, outgoing chair, Peter Quinn announced that he was standing down from the role.
Mr Quinn said, As many people know, I was inspired to get involved with the foundation in 2014 by my mother, Clare who was a great friend of SAM and took much pleasure and pride in the work of the museum. Over the past few years, so much work has happened to make the new SAM a reality.
With demolition work on the former Shell site having commenced in the past few days, excitement is building for the development stage of the project, with the foundations core purpose of fundraising now even more critical to the projects success.
Mr Quinn said, I am thrilled that someone of Johns standing in the arts and broader community is stepping up to chair the foundation. John has held a long-term aspiration for a new SAM, and will bring renewed energy and focus to the foundations work in raising the private and philanthropic elements of the project financing.
New chair, John Head has held many roles in the arts community in Shepparton including being a member of the SAM Project Board, artistic director of the Shepparton Festival, convenor of the Shepparton Shorts Short Film Festival, playwright, actor and member of the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group Board.
John acknowledged the great work that Peter had achieved in only four years since the inception of the SAM Foundation and said he is very keen to be involved in ongoing development of this important building.
John said, I believe the new SAM will be a game changer as a major cultural and economic driver in this region. This project will put Shepparton on the national creative tourism map and improve the liveability and business prospects of the Goulburn Valley.
Greater Shepparton City Council mayor, Cr Kim OKeeffe said she acknowledged the hard work of Peter Quinn as the foundation chair ove...
Updated 11am: Police continue to make inquiries after a woman went missing in the water at a beach in Byron Bay overnight.
About 12.15am today (Wednesday, February 7), police were called to Belongil Beach after passers-by reported a woman had gone missing in the water.
Police were told the woman went into the water looking for a backpack and had not been sighted since.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, with assistance from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter and Marine Rescue, patrolled the beach and searched the area but were unable to locate the woman.
The search was suspended about 8.30am with no sightings.
Police will continue to make inquiries with local accommodation providers.
At this time, no missing persons reports have been received.
The woman is believed to be aged in her 20s with long dark hair.
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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Original report: The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked early this morning to assist police in the search for a missing female swimmer.
An extensive search was carried out using night vision goggles and the aircraft search light.
The swimmer was last seen near rocks adjacent the main beach carpark. The flight crew reported that conditions were good for night coastal searching.
Nothing was found of the swimmer and police are investigating further into her last known location.
Further aerial searching may take place this morning.
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There will be a state election for the seat of Cottesloe in Western Australia on March 17, to elect a successor to former Liberal premier Colin Barnett. He had announced his retirement in December, with the election date announced yesterday.
This election will coincide with the South Australian election, and is the third election scheduled for March, with a possibility that the Batman federal by-election will also be held in March.
The by-election will likely be a contest between the Liberal Party and the Greens, but the Liberals will likely retain the seat with ease.
On this weeks show were chatting with Travis McPeak at Netflix about a took theyve developed called RepoKid. It automatically strips unused AWS permissions, which Im guessing a lot of you will find quite useful.
Well also chat with Dan Kuykendall in this weeks sponsor interview. Dan works for Rapid7, and theyve been doing some interesting stuff with their agents, basically tweaking them to give better visibility of application security issues and exploitation attempts. T
hat conversation is really about how security firms these days are using the agent footprint they have to just do whatever they can.
Adam Boileau, as always, pops in to discuss the weeks news. We cover the:
Police are investigating after a shot was fired at Tweeds Heads South last night.
About 9pm yesterday (Tuesday, February 6), a man was asleep in a prime mover parked at Enterprise Avenue.
He awoke to a loud noise before finding small glass fragments on his bed.
The shattered glass caused minor cuts to his legs.
Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.
A hole was located in the front windscreen and a projectile casing was found lodged in the rear wall.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Police or 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: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Kotaku reported that Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe, 36, has been charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
The article states:
Washington state law defines commercial sexual abuse of a minor as a crime of providing anything of value to a minor in exchange for sex, whether or not the minor consents.
AC told police that Cliffe wanted to record one of their sexual sessions, to which AC said she declined. Then, AC said, Cliffe recorded the encounter regardless. Says the police report: Despite not wanting him to do so, AC refrained from saying anything else out of fear that she could be harmed or killed based on her small size and accounts of other people who had been violently assaulted during a prostitution date.
This police report is not describing sex and he has not been charged with sex. Sex isnt a crime.
To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against him are described in the media.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A...
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Five sweet ISA Brown* hens started out life in a sea of other hens in a battery cage facilitythat much we know. Their shortened beaks, a result of debeaking, tells us this much. What is unclear is just how they ended up in parkland just shy of the centre of Melbourne: a park known to harbour foxes and passing dogs, and devoid of safe places for vulnerable animals like chickens. But then they found kindness in the form of a kindly park ranger, who bundled up the dishevelled ladies and sought our assistance. Whilst these may not be the best of photos of the now feverishly excited hens (good food will do that to a starving gal), we have most certainly found the best outcome for them. Welcome ladies, welcome.
*Stands for Institut de Slection Animale, a French company which, after crossing many different breeds of chicken, developed a hybrid bird in 1978. These birds have been selectively bred for maximum egg production. The brown denotes the colour of the feathers; whilst there is an ISA White chicken, they are not in Australia.
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The worlds eight richest people have accumulated more wealth than the poorest four billion, an Oxfam report released 12 months ago revealed. And since 2015, the richest 1 percent has owned more than the rest of the globes 99 percent. This ever-increasing wealth disparity is becoming an escalating concern, especially
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Four police officers in Byron Bay have been filmed appearing to bash a 16-year-old man who was allegedly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The footage from the 11 January incident outside a Byron Bay hostel was aired by A Current Affair and shows four officers attempting to restrain the young man after he had been pepper sprayed and tasered.
The police had been called after the young man had removed his clothing and was yelling for water around 2am.
A police spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying police were called to Lateen Lane, Byron Bay, about 2.30am on Thursday 11 January 2018, following reports a naked male was acting erratically.
Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District found a 16-year-old youth lying in the street. It appeared the male was impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, the spokesperson said.
The teenager allegedly became aggressive towards police and OC spray had to be used. He then allegedly attempted to assault officers and an electronic control device had to be deployed.
The teenager continued to violently resist officers until he was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station. He was assessed by paramedics to ascertain what may have influenced his behaviour.
In the video shared by A Current Affair, the officers are seen to have the teenager pinned to the ground, with two of the officers repeatedly striking the teenager with batons.
The teenager can be heard yelling please help, and an officer is heard calling him a f.. loser.
Criminologist Dr Terry Goldsworthy, a former police officer, told the Channel Nine program that the excessive police force on the young boy was unnecessary, especially with the number of officers attending.
If its just a matter of handcuffing him with four officers there, I probably wouldnt see the need for the repetitive baton strikes, he told the program.
The footage can be viewed here: https: //www.facebook.com/ACurrentAffair9/videos/1434502819989424/
Hospitalised farm injury, Australia: 2010-11 to 2014-15.
This injury report provides information on hospitalisations as a result of injury which occurred on a farm.
The report finds:
* Almost 22,000 people were hospitalised in the period 2010-11 to 2014-15 as a result of injury which occurred on a farm
* Injuries involving motorcycles and quad bikes on farm accounted for 42% of all hospitalisations in children aged 0-14
* Injuries involving horses accounted for 16% of hospitalisations in children aged 0-14, 80% of which involved girls
Well, its official New Matilda readers overwhelmingly dont like Tony Abbott. Indeed, of the 1,275 readers who voted in NMs first official Dirty 30 poll a vote on the most unpopular federal politicians among the NM readership Tony Abbott attracted a whopping 94% of the total vote.
Thats basically almost everyone who voted.
In Abbotts defence, because his surname starts with A, he was at the top of the ballot paper how ironic that the donkey vote would finally not benefit a politician.
Not far behind Abbott in the House of Reps was no-one is going to be particularly surprised by this human potato Peter Dutton, on 90%. And then there was daylight.Former immigration minister Scott Morrison, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and current immigration minister Peter Dutton, pictured in October 2015. Dutton and Abbott are recorded on microphone insulting Pacific Island leaders and joking about the effects climate change.
And then Scott Morrison (75%). Also not that surprising.
We also allowed readers to vote separately on the Senate, and there were a couple of clear standouts there as well.
Liberal defector turned Australian Conservative Cory Bernardi famous for likening same-sex marriage to beastiality, among many other sins topped the poll with 88% of the vote.Marriage equality opponent and former Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, pictured in a screencap from an ABC 4 Corners report.
Right on his heels was the great-nephew of a Nazi and perhaps parliaments most over-annunciator, Eric Abetz with 87%. And right behind him was stunt-politician Pauline Hanson (86%).
Abbott, Dutton, Abetz and Hanson were the only politicians to attract more than 80% of the House of Reps and Senate votes....
It"s a sure fact that most of us say often, how time flies. This can be said of one of the long awaited releases by one of Australia"s iconic blues bands, the Cyril B Bunter Band.. as it"s been over 30 years.
Starting out in the early seventies from the Sydney pub circuit to touring nationally, the band has built a solid reputation for the best in boogie and blues and most importantly always giving out to their fans, a 110% real good time.
Through the years the Bunters have completed many national tours and supported some of the world"s legendary artists such as George Thorogood, John Mayall and Canned Heat.
.Cyril B Bunter Band is now a real force again delivering an outstanding album, their first since 1985.
Loco Motive brings back to life those brilliant times with their 3 founding members namely, Jimmy Bee in fine voice and bass rhythms, the magic of Gary Lothian on lead & slide guitar and the powerhouse beat of the groove-king, Rosscoe Clark.
In recent years performing at major festivals around the country and on the new album, the band has gained a shining light in the killer keys of Ali Penney. The new release also features the excellent saxophonist in Dave Wray.
Look out for Sydneys exponents of the real good boogie, the Cyril B Bunter Band with their upcoming live gigs and the music and passion that we love from them with their powerful brand new release, Loco Motive.
For more information head to www.facebook.com/CBBBAuthorised
The album will be featured on Feel Good Revival through February, only on your local sound 2RRR-88.5FM Thu from 10pm-12.
Image Courtesy of All Our Exes Live In Texas The latest artist announcement from Bluesfest is full of heaps of rootsy goodness including a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites Joining the Bluesfest lineup this time will be Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti 
labour market statistics have been released, showing a decrease
in unemployment in the new government's first quarter in office.
Where National ended its term with
21,000 more unemployed than when it began, Labour has already
decreased it by 4,000. That's luck rather than policy - Labour
hasn't yet made any changes to employment law or to the Reserve
Bank's economic settings - but it does establish a baseline from
which their future performance can be judged.
A change in government will mean a change in attitude. National believed it was helpless in the face of market forces, so abandoned the unemployed to the market, while complaining about the cost of its own inaction. Labour sees unemployment as a moral failing of government, a failure to set economic policy to ensure that everyone who wants to work can (and get paid well for doing so). Which means that if we get a shock to the economy in their term, they will at least try and do something to help, rather than just shitting on people.
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has today criticised the state governments piecemeal approach to track duplication works near Bacchus Marsh.
The Melbourne Metro Authority, which is delivering the Ballarat Line Upgrade (BLU) project, announced changes to the project in December 2017, including changing the location of one of the crossing loops. The project originally included 3km of duplication works at Warrenheip, but this was changed to 3km of duplication west of Bacchus Marsh.
The rationale given for this change was that it meant less tree removal and excavation, and that it allowed trains to more quickly move in and out of the stabling facilities that are also planned as part of the BLU project.
However, indicative maps released as part of public consultation show that this duplication will end approximately 1km short of the Rowsley Loop, which was constructed in 2016 meaning the line will go from double-track to single-track and back again in a very short distance.
Shifting the duplication from Warrenheip to Bacchus Marsh, to allow trains to move to and from stabling without causing disruption to revenue services, was a sensible move. But it would be much more sensible if they would just extend the track a little bit further to join up these loops PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said.
It seems ridiculous that these duplication works will get within sight of the existing Rowsley Loop, but wont actually join up with it.
This introduces a new bottleneck to the rail network, which will make V/Lines operations much more complicated than if they just connected the two up. Having these little low-quality bottlenecks limits the usefulness of the high-quality infrastructure being built further up the line.
Mr Lever also raised concerns that having two separate loops so close together would be an inefficient use of taxpayer funds.
With these track duplication projects, among the most expensive parts are the points and the signals at either end of the loop the flat, normal track in between is comparatively much cheaper. Because there are such big fixed costs, no matter how long the loop is, a 2km loop isnt twice as expensive as a 1km loop and in the case of this project, a 4km loop would not be 33% more expensive than a 3km loop. Once youve committed to paying the fixed costs, its mu...
Alan Jones announced this morning that a coalition of Islamic
and military parties in Indonesia will be pushing at a meeting this
week for a radical law reform to clamp down on extramarital and gay
sex. Also in
But dont worry. We are told that Islam is a religion of peace and love.
So what could possibly go wrong?
[ Wednesday, 7 Feb; 1:00 pm; ] When: Wednesday 7th February 13:0014:00 Where: Lewis Lecture Theatre University of New England Come along and bring your friends! for a summary of what's happened so far in the tree removal program, fact check UNE management response, and the next steps in our efforts to preserve habitat at the university. full article
Nicole Frbortov competes for Slovakia in the World Championships of Kunstrad, or Artistic Cycling, a competitive sport popular in Germany and other parts of Europe where people perform amazing bike trikes, it has been described as ballet on fixed gear bikes.
[ Thursday, 8 Feb; 7:00 pm; ] This film is a documentary adaptation Naomi Klein's 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine. It shows how monopoly finance capitalism used natural disasters, war and terror to crush resistance and establish its dominance. Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how disaster capitalism the rapid-fire [...] full article
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Solidarity from so-called Victoria, Australia, with imprisoned comrades from the Hambach forest occupation in Germany. On January 22nd, cops raided tree houses and barricade structures in the forest, and took 9 people into custody. We took this photo as a small part of the international day of solidarity with the Hambi 9 on February 3rd.
The occupation has for years now been an amazing and inspiring site of resistance against the continued expansion of Europes largest coal mine. It is part of a global struggle against ecological destruction brought on by capitalism.
Freedom for eco-defenders everywhere!
EXCLUSIVE: Broadspectrum, the company that operated asylum seeker concentration camps on behalf of the Australian Government, has escaped harsh punishment over the death of a contractor at one of its work sites in south Sydney largely thanks to a judges apparent belief the multinational corporation is a citizen of good standing. Broadspectrum Australia has this
Byron Shire Council have outsourced themselves because apparently we dont trust them!
With the admission by council that they have a public trust deficit in their decision-making, councillors voted last week to pay consultants to help improve their image.
Its the obvious gonzo political response, given no-one in the council appears to be able to hold a mirror to themselves and accept that they made the mess in the first place.
A citizens jury will be established, which will be a panel of randomly selected 28 anonymous locals who will decide on how to spend the rate-rise money on infrastructure projects. What could possibly go wrong?
Rather than just doing the job they are paid to do, councillors will outsource their powers to unknowns who wont be held accountable.
Consultants New Democracy claim they have had success in regaining public trust with their model, something the mayor was keen to impress on the chamber at last Thursdays meeting.
Weve heard loudly and clearly that our community does not trust us and that you think the feedback youve given in the past has been ignored or simply not acted on. Council press release
Its like a real court jury, where random citizens are selected to decide major court cases. Yet these unknown locals will meet after 5.30pm and on weekends to come up with council expenditure plans.
But time is limited: they will have only a few weeks to come up to speed on major budgetary implications and become adept in the dark arts of manipulation, hypnotism and Jedi mind skills that will no doubt be inflicted upon them by council staff. Could it work? Perhaps; anything is worth a go at this point....
Were grateful to everyone who participated in our Community Investment Testing survey. With your strong interest in this survey and through our series of public events, we received pledges of $5.4 million from 337 community members, with 80% of pledges coming from the local area. This enthusiasm was fantastic and demonstrates the high level of public interest in [...] full article
The summer tourism tide is gradually beginning to subside, leaving behind cheap tents, disposable coffee cups and plastic boogie boards.
For some, the annual influx is a source of anger and anxiety played out daily in streets and carparks; for others, its an adrenaline-fuelled drive to make hay while the sun shines.
But whats it like for those who grow up with the bipolar rhythms of Byron Shire?
How does it feel to be a young person living in a place that the rest of the country sees as a laidback party town?
A new research project exploring the experience of the 2,800 local youth growing up in the shire has found that many have a love-hate relationship with their hometowns.
While they often love and identify closely with the regions incredible natural beauty, their sense of belonging is jeopardised by the continuous waves of visitors flowing in and out.
As one youth worker interviewed for the project put it: People come here to have a good time and then they just leave and that mentality is sort of ingrained in the youth.
Its a mix between partying and tourism and thats a serious combo, the youth worker said.
Voices from the Margin: Youth Identity and Belonging in a Tourist Destination is the outcome of more than three years work by local Southern Cross University (SCU) researcher Dr Antonia Canosa.
Dr Canosa interviewed 74 young people from Byron Shire, aged ten to 24, about their experiences of living in a place which hosts more than 1.7 million tourists a year.
Yesterday I was the token rationalist speaker at the Australasian Agricultural and Resources Economics Societys The Future of Australian Energy Symposium.
Two other speakers were Tony Wood (from the ALPs think tank Grattan Institute recently rewarded for the damage his advice has done with an AO) and Danny Price from Frontier Economics (also an ALP consultant).
In so far as their advice has been followed, these two prominent characters have been instrumental in forging the taxing policies on fossil fuel generators that have destroyed our energy market. They now acknowledge the market is broken, it being impossible to shrug off the line ball reliability and doubling soon-to-be trebling of prices that is illustrated here.
Not many attendees understood the importance of this graph demonstrating an international correlation (perhaps it is just chance!) between high wind penetration and high electricity prices.
But the politicians favoured consultants solution is one further attempt to get the interventionary policies right. Like the fans of socialism, they say its failure is because it has never been done properly!
The other speakers were operationally oriented largely consultants who proffered ways that the renewable target, now sanctified by the Paris Agreement few recognise as dead and buried, could be operationalised.
We have seen the wholesale price for electricity rise from under $40 per MWh with very little trend up until 2012, and was still $40 in 2015, to its present level of around $90 per MWh
Wind has risen from nothing in the early part of the century to a share of over 10 per cent today. All of that wind is depen...
Yesterday, at the Resources Discussion Lunch held at the Catchment Brewing Co., West End, attendees reflected on the large financial markets correction that had just occurred, but remained optimistic about the global economy. Resources sector veteran Rob Murdoch was an excellent MC who facilitated a highly enlightening and entertaining discussion of critical trends and issues affecting the sector. As you would expect at such a gathering, the issue of royalty rates was raised, and AMEC CEO Warren Pearce presented on a new Queensland Gold Royalty Rates Discussion Paper from Grant Thornton which argues:
the current royalty rates payable by gold producers in Queensland are harming the competitiveness and future growth prospects of the local gold sector.
The report compares Queenslands gold royalty rate, at current gold prices, of 5% with rates in NSW, SA and WA in the 2-3.5% range, and argues Queenslands higher rate makes it less likely Queensland would see exploration for gold than other states.
The discussion paper is very interesting and should encourage further investigation, particularly by the Queensland Treasury. Alas, the discussion paper does not present any economic modelling of the impacts of changes in the gold royalty rate on Queensland Government revenue (possibly an impact of up to $20 million p.a.) or on resources sector investment and jobs. While its very unlikely wed see a gold mining boom similar to the 19th century boom again in Queensland, a more competitive royalty regime may encourage some additional economic activity and jobs that would be welcome in regional Queensland.
National President Steve Blume with Premier Weatherill at todays announcement The South Australian Government has today announced plans for the worlds biggest virtual power plant, rolling out 50,000 home solar and battery systems across the State. The rollout will begin with a trial of 1100 Housing SA properties, with a 5 kilowatt solar panel system and a [...] full article
Bluesfest through its commitment and respect of Australias First People, will add some serious flavour to your festival experience, with the return of the beloved Boomerang Festival in 2018. Hailing from Arnhem Land, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Asia and the Pacific the artists on this years line up will amaze Bluesfest attendees with their unique voices, brilliant dance moves and soulful stories.
Managed and programmed from an Aboriginal perspective, Boomerang is a dedicated First Nations program that showcases excellence through performance and culture. Boomerang Festival Partners Peter Noble OAM and Rhoda Roberts AO have once again joined forces programming a wave of new sounds and quality Indigenous cultural exchanges, dance and workshops that everyone at Bluesfest can interact with and enjoy.
Boomerang will create a cultural precinct at the Juke Joint that will come alive with a family-friendly program. Attendees can experience an inspiring and diverse range of dance, language, music, weaving, and traditional healing programs by some of Australia and the worlds foremost masters.
Bluesfest is proud to be one of the major contributors to the rich cultural fabric and artistic wealth of Northern NSW. Organisers are proud to offer locals and visitors from across Australia and the world the opportunity to be a part of this unique and enriching experience. They thank Create NSW for their support of the Dance Grounds program.
Yirrmal is pure world music, inspired by ancient Songlines, entwining the oldest language, instruments and spirituality. His music fits perfectly within our program; his take on Blues and Roots music enhances the Australian music scene in a multitude of ways, and we are so proud to have him returning to Boomerang once again in 2018. Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM
Boomerang Director Rhoda Roberts AO shares her excitement about this years festival:
The Boomerang Festival sitting within Bluesfest, is a vital precinct that increases the visibility of our culture. I want everyone to hear the music, witness the dance, sing the song and listen to the story. Come visit and play with us in 2018.
MOVE IT MOB STYLE
TE KOPERE MAORI HEALERS
JANNAWI DANCE CLAN
BUNDJALUNG LOCAL ARTISANS AND WEAVERS
THE 2018 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON...
[ Saturday, 24 Mar; 12:00 pm; ] Throughout history, there are some rare and powerful moments that build the power of the people and shift the course of our collective futures. 24 Marchexactly one year before the next NSW electionwill be one of those moments. On this day NSW will be at a crossroads. Do we want more coal and gas? Or clean [...] full article
Department of Planning and Environment (DoPE) staff faced a group of Yelgun residents last Friday at the Ocean Shores Shopping Centre over plans by North Byron Parklands to up their festival capacity to 50,000 and secure the site as a permanent home to Splendour in The Grass and Falls festivals, among other events.
DoPE staff say the proposal would see the festivals held over five days each, with up to 35,000 patrons initially.
The applicant is seeking to progressively increase patron attendance at Splendour in the Grass to 50,000, but this would only occur if certain performance measures are met.
Other events are also proposed to be held throughout the year, including three music or cultural events, with up to 25,000 patrons a day, five small community days such as local arts festivals for up to 5,000 patrons a day, and two minor event days for school sports carnivals for 1,500 patrons.
It follows a trial period of five years, plus a 20-month extension by the department.
DoPE also say that upgrades to the site worth $42 million are proposed and include a conference centre, a permanent golden view bar, terracing of the main amphitheatre, improvements to transport infrastructure, and restoration and maintenance of vegetation and habitat.
Splendour in The Grass and Falls Fest is 51 per cent owned by US multinational corporation Live Nation, who bought the event from the owners of North Byron Parklands in 2016.
Yelgun resident Derek Harper told The Echo he was concerned about the fire hazard along Jones Road.
The NBP fence line has far more combustible material than is safe, but they are reluctant to d...
Australia is home to 10 per cent of the worlds coral reefs and is one of the worlds largest exporters of fossil fuels which a coral reef scientist says is a conflict of interest that needs to be tackled before its too late.
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