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The Liberal Party has artificially inflated its election health package by over $200 million by including Commonwealth funding in its totals but without saying so. The Labor package, nominally $560 million, does not include federal funding. But when the Liberals nominal $753 million spend is put onto equal terms, it is likely that the Labor policy is worth more
On Monday 12 February, a nice surprise visitor
to Gladstone Airport was Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Beech B350 Super King A32-670. It arrived from
|A32-670 at Gladstone Airport on a previous visit (File photo)|
[ Thursday, 15 Feb to Friday, 16 Feb. ] This coming Thursday is D-Day - i.e. destruction day, when the annual bulldozing period commences at the Leard State Forest. We do not have volunteers for the critical days of Thursday and Friday this week. We recognise that it is difficult for people to come here to the frontline, and I admit it is a challenging environment [...] full article
[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 5:30 pm; ] Living up to the motto: connect-create-inspire-act Sustainable Living Armidale are inviting sustainability interest groups together for a social gathering called 'Green Drinks. To be honest this is nothing original, Dave Carr has been organising similar get togethers for the enviro-sector for years. But what is original is the cool new venue for the get together. We [...] full article
Pianist, composer and educator Andrea Keller has won just about every jazz award available in Australia. She has won three ARIA Awards, five Australian Jazz Bell Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, and fellowships from the Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council. She has performed in every format from solo piano to big bands. She has played with the absolute greats of Australian Jazz including Bernie McGann, Allan Browne and Ten Part Invention as well as with many international visitors. Originally from Sydney Andrea moved to Melbourne to study in the early 1990s. On September 17th she is back in Sydney to perform with long time collaborator Tim Wilson on saxophone and bassist Christopher Hale. Eastsides Mick Paddon has interviewed Andrea Keller for his show Time and Space talking about everything from how she first made her move from the saxophone section of a big band, to the piano stool, how she got into jazz, why she has been reluctant to call herself a jazz musician and what we can expect to hear from her Tim and Christopher when they perform at Foundry 616. She also selected two pieces of music which are important to her. You can hear the interview with Andrea on Time and Space at 2.30 on Wednesday February 14th. After that it will be posted on the Eastside Radio website as a podcast
The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being stunned by the low prices offered after it went to market for proposals last year. We have gotten an overwhelming response from the market, McManus told RenewEconomy. I cant [...] full article
The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report The Bottom Line household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements. Improved building energy performance presents a [...] full article
In 1999, I was engaged in pursuing an intriguing little problem. Charles Hapgood, best known as the author of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings, had died as the result of a car accident that happened in December 1982. Two months earlier, he had written to a librarian named Rand Flem-Ath telling him that he had made recent exciting discoveries that had convinced him there had once been a hundred thousand year old civilisation with advanced levels of science. And since I had agreed to collaborate with Flem-Ath on a book about Atlantis, I set out to pursue Hapgoods contacts to see if I could find out what he meant.
Finally, through a tip-off from one of Hapgoods acquaintances, I found myself in touch with an archaeologist and science writer from New England, who staggered me when he declared that it was he who had given Hapgood this information. What he had told him, he said, was (a) that the Greek measure of distances proved that they knew the exact size of the Earth a millennium or so before Eratosthenes discovered it (around 250 BCE), and (b) that Neanderthal man had a remarkable degree of culture, and was studying the stars by 100,000 BCE or earlier.
Now I had already stumbled on the information about the Greeks in a book called Historical Metrology by A. E. Berriman (1953), to which the historical researcher Henry Lincoln had introduced me. And the second assertion had been made by my friend Stan Gooch in 1989, in a book called Cities of Dreams.
Gooch was arguing that Neanderthal man had possessed a complex civilisation, but that it was not a civilisation of bricks and mortar, but of dreams. That hardly seemed to make sense. Surely civilisation is our defence against nature? Dreams are not much use against a hurricane or a sabre tooth tiger.
Gooch launches his argument by comparing Neanderthal man with native Americans, pointing out that in spite of their complex culture, the latter had no written language and built no houses.
What would have happened, Gooch asks, if they had been exterminated by disease or some catastrophe, and had simply vanished? Archaeologists would find their skeletons and dismiss them as primitives, just as we dismiss Neanderthals.
Speaking of the Seven Sisters, Gooch remarks, The Pleiades are the only c...
[ Thursday, 1 Mar; 6:00 pm; ] Armidale branch of the Friends of the ABC will be holding their Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 1 at 6 pm in Kent House (141 Faulkner Street, Armidale). We extend an invitation to all those who are interested in the importance of independent public broadcasting. Following the AGM, the NSW President of ABC Friends, Ed [...] full article
Heres an interesting surmise for us all. Could it be that the alien phenomenon witnessed by so many reliable observers is the product of a technology developed at other locations in the universe and created by civilisations only a few small steps ahead of what we ourselves are now heading for? Could it be that the Grey entities reported in abduction scenarios are artificially intelligent probes sent to harvest information and gather resources by their creators who may themselves no longer be around to reap the benefits of their creation? Further, could it be that such artificial intelligence quite incidentally became a danger to naturally living intelligent life through its quest to relentlessly expand the horizons of its information.
First, recent evidence suggests that the existence of alien life
forms in the universe is now beyond reasonable dispute. In January
2012 a report was published in Nature suggesting that
around 10 billion stars out of the 100 billion that fill the Milky
Way have planets in the habitable or Goldilocks
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kaku had already stated their opinion that alien life is highly likely to exist but they take that one step further and suggest it is also highly likely to be predatory. Hawking postulates that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldnt want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.2
In 2010 eminent scientists called for a world plan to deal with this potential threat. According to an extraterrestrial-themed edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in January 2010, world governments should prepare a co-ordinated action plan in case Earth is contacted...
Follow Hitler. He will dance, but it is I who have written
the music. Dont weep for me: I shall have had more influence on the
course of history than any other German.
Dietrich Eckhart, on his deathbed, Christmas 1923
Dietrich Eckart (1868-1923) was a prominent figure in Germanys bohemian and occult subculture before World War I. A well-known playwright, poet and journalist, he was involved with the shadowy Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorff and the secretive Thule Society in Munich.
After hearing Adolf Hitler speak at a political meeting in 1919, Eckart recognised Hitlers talent as a demagogue and an organiser. He saw in Hitler someone who could translate the occult worldview of the Thule into action. He quickly took Adolf Hitler under his wing and made him his protg.
Eckart popularised a central tenet of the Thule Society, the belief in the coming of a German Messiah who would redeem the nation from its defeat in World War I. Eckart expressed his anticipation in a poem he wrote months before he first met Hitler. In the poem, Eckart refers to the Great One, the Nameless One, Whom all can sense but no one saw. When Eckart met Hitler, Eckart was convinced that he had encountered the prophesied saviour.
Eckart introduced Hitler to Capt. Ernst Rohm, who had important links to senior officers in the German army. Rohm, an open homosexual later murdered on Hitlers orders, headed up the Thule Societys military wing. Other Thule initiates Eckart introduced to Hitler included Rudolf Hess (who would become Hitlers deputy) and Alfred Rosenberg (later to play an important role in the Third Reich).
Significantly, Eckart provided Hitler with funds and supported him in his rise within the German Workers Party (DAP), the Thule Societys political front group. Eckart had been one of the founders of the party which Hitler quickly transformed into the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). He was the original publisher of the party tabloid, the Vlkischer Beobachter, a Munich newspaper first bought by Rudolf von Sebottendorff in the name of the Thule Society. Eckart also wrote the lyrics of the quasi-mystical Nazi anthem Germany Awake.
Historians agree that Eckart exerted considerable and unequalled influence on Hitler. Without his patronage the young Austrian vetera...
A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was injured after a lightning hit nearby home. Heavy rain and winds up to 100 km/h (62 mph) smashed Brisbane around 19:00 local time Sunday, accompanied by up to tennis ball-sized hail that caused extensive damage and blanketed fields. The temperature dropped by 10 C (18 F) as the storm hit, from up to 38 C (100.4 F) to 28 C (82.4 F). The storm downed numerous trees and more than 500 power lines at the height of the storm, leaving some 130 000 homes without power. On Monday morning, February 12, Logan City, south of Brisbane, still had more than 40 000 properties without electricity, Brisbane almost 7 000 and Redland City about 2 300.
The sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher-mystic Pythagoras was a man of spectacular achievement. Plutarch says that he taught an eagle to come at his command and stoop down to him in flight.1 He taught the doctrine of reincarnation and was thought to remember twenty-two of his past lives. He founded an order whose adherents strove to free themselves from the cycle of earthly incarnations through vegetarianism, silence, and contemplation of the ultimate reality of the universe.2
Up through the seventeenth century CE, scholars believed Pythagoras journeyed to Sidon, in Phoenicia, where he met the descendants of a man named Moschus (or Mochus) who had lived five hundred years before. Moschus was the Phoenician name for Moses, and his descendants gave Pythagoras esoteric doctrines passed down to them from their illustrious ancestor.3
Pythagoras returned to his home in the Greek colony of Crote in southern Italy to further develop his mystical philosophy which stated that the numerical relationships reflected in the relationships between musical chords are the bedrock of reality. Adding to this the secret doctrines of Moses, he discovered that the planets revolved around the sun. He also discovered the law of universal gravitation (including the inverse-square law of attraction), which he expressed allegorically as the divine music of the spheres holding the planets in thrall to the sun.
But, wait a minute! Didnt Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discover the law of universal gravitation?
Yes, he did. But Sir Isaac didnt think his discoveries were original. He thought he was recovering parts of a body of primordial knowledge called the prisca sapientia (the pristine wisdom). Bits of this ancient knowledge had been transported through the Flood by Noah. It had caught the interest of the Egyptians, then the Jews, then the Phoenicians, until it emerged almost fully-blown in the philosophy of Pythagoras. It spread throughout the ancient world, meeting with resistance only when Aristotle insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and that many of the Pythagorean beliefs were irrat...
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The soaring interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the mainstream has compelled one high school in Australia to reportedly host an information night on cryptocurrencies. In an email sent to students parents, Brisbane-based St. Laurences College said it intends to hold an educational presentation on cryptocurrencies after being made aware of senior students purchasing and
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Speech on mental health services in Tasmania ... But in fact its being overlooked once again. Yes, both the Liberal Government and the Labor Opposition have promised theyll boost mental health funding and open more beds. But while these are steps in the right direction, they simply dont go far enough because its an undeniable fact that mental health services in Tasmania are in crisis and the Royal Hobart Hospital is bearing the brunt Andrew Wilkie: State Government misleading the community on cable car ABC: Tasmanian election: Cable car works get green light before March poll called, documents show
I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated.
UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'
I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.
Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.
My main interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.
As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.
As you would expect, the 'Meetings' area provides details of the group's regular public meetings. There seems a good spread of topics covered in these talks,....
New research published in BMC Psychiatry reveals that walking
10,000 steps a day, over the course of 100 days, can have a
positive impact on mental wellbeing, weight loss, blood pressure
and cardiovascular health.
In one of the largest health studies carried out at a workplace, two thousand participants in the Stepathlon, a corporate wellness challenge dedicated to achieving better physical and mental health outcomes, reveals consistent and positive impacts on all measures of mental health.
Read more at: https://www.myvmc.com/news/10000-steps-day-keeps-blues-away/
Cases of a strain of gonorrhoea impervious to an antibiotic have
almost tripled in six months, the latest report from the National
Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert)
The result was a warning shot across the bow for doctors and public health officials fighting antibiotic resistance, CARAlerts senior medical adviser said.A total of 742 reports of critically resistant bacteria were collected by the early-warning system from 65 laboratories nationwide between April and September last year, a 75 per cent rise on the 423 cases reported in the same period during 2016.
Read more at:http://www.smh.com.au/national/gonorrhoea-super-superbugs-triple-in-six-months-20180212-p4z01e.html
Researchers have used magnetic resonance imaging scans that measure blood flow in the brain to better understand why people often become aggressive and violent after drinking alcohol.
After only two drinks, the researchers noted changes in the
working of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the part normally
involved in tempering a person's levels of aggression.
The study, led by Associate Professor Thomas Denson of the UNSW School of Psychology, is published in the journal Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, which is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society and is published by Springer.
In this study, Denson and his team recruited 50 healthy young men. The participants were either given two drinks containing vodka, or placebo drinks without any alcohol. While lying in an MRI scanner, the participants then had to compete in a task which has regularly been used over the past 50 years to observe levels of aggression in response to provocation.
Read more at:https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/brain-scans-show-why-people-get-aggressive-after-drink-or-two
Two headline shows in Sydney and an Australian tour off the back of Laneway festival hasnt slowed down The War On Drugs. Packed with long-running jams, a support set from Sydney darlings Middle Kids, and more textures than you can find at Spotlight, their sold out time at The Enmore Theatre was truly ablaze.
13 FEBRUARY 2018 The Australian governments decision to deport to Sri Lanka a former ranking member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) puts at risk his safety and possibly his life, the Tamil Refugee Council said today. Santharuban, the man in question, is subject to a United Nations Committee Against Torture interim measure(...)
The paths of Fantastic Realism do not resemble the ordinary
paths of knowledge.
Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians
As Richard Smoley rightly pointed out, a noted predecessor of New Dawn magazine was the French review Plante (Planet), published by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier as a follow-up to the sensational success of their book Morning of the Magicians. Inspired directly by Pauwels and Bergiers book and Plante journal, New Dawn continues a subversive tradition of delving into subjects as fascinating and wide-ranging as secret societies, ancient mysteries, conspiracies, arcane prophecies, vanished civilisations, UFOs, supernatural phenomena, the awakened state.
Like the French Plante (published 19611972), New Dawn was founded on the premise that reality is far more fantastic than how we limit it under conventional scientific, political, historical and cultural models. If New Dawn magazine, wrote editor David Jones in the March-April 2014 issue, has a guiding philosophy or general orientation, it would be, Fantastic Realism with its slogan Nothing that is strange is foreign to us!
Grounded in the worldview of Fantastic Realism, New Dawn magazine is dedicated to exploring what Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels identified in The Morning of the Magicians, namely:
Trends of thought that escape the notice of the trained observer; writings and works to which the sociologist pays scant attention, together with social phenomena that he considers too insignificant or too odd to worry about, are perhaps a sure indication of events to come than facts that are there for all to see and the openly expressed opinions and general trend of thinking which cause him serious concern.
What exactly is Fantastic Realism? The answer is clearly outlined in The Morning of the Magicians:
We call our point of view fantastic realism. It has nothing to do with the bizarre, the exotic, the merely picturesque. There was no attempt on our part to escape the times in which we live. We were not interested in the outer suburbs of reality: on the contrary we have tried to take up a position at its very hub. There alone, we believe the fantastic is to be discovered and not a fantastic leading to escapism but rather to a deeper participation in life. The fantastic is usually thought of as a violation of na...
Donald Trump is a foaming, racist idiot. But hes right about at least one thing fake news. Its a thing, and mainstream media, including in Australia, very much engage in it.
Of course, they always have, but for the proof look no further than the news out of America this morning that Trumps daughter-in-law, Vanessa was hospitalized after opening an envelope addressed to her husband, Donald Trump Jnr, which contained a mysterious white powder.
All of those statements are true and so heres how the Sydney Morning Herald reported it.
Notably, the Herald yarn is a subscribers only story hence, a quick pro tip to Fairfax: 1. Youre not supposed to troll your own subscribers; 2. Youre supposed to make clickbait free. Thats the point of clickbait. Fake news isnt going to viral if you put it behind a paywall.
News.com.au got it right in some of its reporting: She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. It was not immediately clear what the substance was.
But like the Herald, in one iteration of the story, it also couldnt resist the ill word in the headline.
Granted, Fairfax and News are based in Australia, so popping down the road to Trump Tower to check for yourself takes organisation. But a simple check of Donald Trump Jnrs Twitter account would have solved the mystery.
Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning. Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.
Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 12, 2018
But wheres the fun and fake news in that?
American media responses...
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Queenslanders are one step closer to having their human rights protected in law, following confirmation from the Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath that the Queensland Government is moving ahead with establishing a Human Rights Act.
Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, welcomed the news from the Palaszczuk Government which was re-elected in November last year.
Its great to see the Queensland Government making good on its commitment to better protect human rights in law. At a time when many rights in Australia are being steadily chipped away, its welcome to see a government draw a line in the sand and move to guarantee some of our fundamental rights in legislation, said Mr de Kretser.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk committed in 2016 to introduce a Human Rights Act, but the introduction of the legislation was delayed. It is understood the legislation will be modelled on Victorias Charter of Human Rights.
Human Rights Acts help to ensure everyones rights are protected. They lead to better laws and policies and stronger, fairer communities. It will mean that Queensland politicians and public servants must consider human rights when making laws and policies and that government bodies like schools and hospitals must uphold them. This a good move by the Queensland Government and we look forward to seeing the legislation introduced in Parliament as soon as possible, said Mr de Kretser.
Mr de Kretser also said Queensland should learn from the Victorian experience and make sure that peoples rights under the Human Rights Act are easily enforceable.
Its time for Australians to start protecting their human rights by enshrining them in law. Can you chip in to help @hr4qld hold the Queensland Gov to its promise to deliver a Human Rights Act? Head to @Chuffed here: https://t.co/fF6BEev9LvTom Clarke (@TomHRLC) January 18, 2018
Most of the work of Victorias Charter has been done behind the scenes in government and parliament, but its important that when governments violate human rights, people affected can take action in court. Theres not much point having your human rights nicely articulated if you cant actually do anything when they are violated, said Mr de Kretser.
In Victoria, people essentially have to tack their human rights claims onto other legal cases in order to have them heard in court. A 2015 review of Victorias Charter recommended that this be simplified to allow people to directly enforc...
SIMAs Summer Jazz is excited to announce coming Saturday, February 17th, three of Melbournes finest young jazz musicians along with Laurence Pike will be at Foundry 616 for a great night of jazz music!
Laurence Pike 8 p.m.
One of the most creative drummers of his generation, Laurence Pike is best known for his duo albums with Mike Nock and his groups PVt and Triosk. Laurence has recently been developing a singular language alone at the drum kit, using the sampler to expand its sonic potential. This has culminated in his forthcoming solo album, Distant Early Warning, due for international release in 2018. Discard conventional notions of the role of the drummer, and explore an ecstatic music...
At 10:40 am, Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 3 of Historic Events and How We Mark Them and this week we look at NAIDOC Week.
At 11:00 am, my special guest is Jackie Dunn, curator at AGNSW, to talk about the impossibly beautiful Lady and the Unicorn tapestries, just opened at the gallery. Learn about the layers of meaning within the tapestries and hear our special tips on what to look for things you may not have noticed unless they were pointed out to you. (They were pointed out to me!)
Music is mostly 16th century French.
A severe thunderstorm that hit the city of Brisbane, Queensland Sunday night (local time), February 11, 2018, left 130 000 homes without power, produced some 265 000 lightning strikes and dropped up to tennis ball-sized hail on the region. At least one person was...... Read more
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher Queensland based singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has kicked off 2018 in a big way, taking out the Best New Talent gong at the Golden Guitars in January. And now Butcher is releasing his brand new single and video Crawl, Beg & Cry. The track is the third single from Brad Butchers 
A former employee of a medical supply company has been charged after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.2 million from the company.
Detectives from the Financial Crimes Squads Corporate Corruption Team commenced an investigation following reports payments had been made to various personal bank accounts after fraudulent and altered invoices were submitted between July 2015 and February 2017.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives met with a 25-year-old man at North Melbourne Police Station in Victoria yesterday (Monday 12 February 2018).
The South Yarra man was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice for 39 counts of fraud.
Police will allege in court the man used his position of trust and managerial responsibilities to create fraudulent invoices or fraudulently alter invoices for payment into bank accounts he controlled.
He also allegedly used a company-issued credit card to make unauthorised and fraudulent payments to another company of which he was the sole director.
The total amount of the payments was $1,237,806.
He is due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Monday 26 March 2018.
Inquiries are continuing.
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1790 - Less than three months after Bennelong's capture, on 13
February 1790, Phillip passed on the names and locations of eight
coastal clans in a dispatch to Lord Sydney at the Home Office in
also told Phillip that one-half of those who inhabit this part of the country had died from smallpox.
1829 - Father Therry married John Hart and Mary Brooker at Five Islands, Illawarra.
1832 - Drumming the 3 R's into their heads, Kings School at Parramatta opened for business.
1837 - Two days after his arrival in Adelaide, John Barton Hack wrote in his diary:
"The thermometer is about 104 degrees in the shade and it is such a warm welcome we are rather overcome by it."
1858 - The Eli Lafont was a French barque having a rather rough time of it when she became stranded between two rocks near Black Head, Western Port. She was tootling from Hong Kong to Melbourne with a cargo of tea valued at about 30,000 but after an inspection by marine surveyors, the vessel was condemned, stores were removed, and the wreck abandoned.
1861 - The 4-man Burke party began their 700-mile return to Coopers Creek under constant rain.
1866 - The Infamous Parliamentary Mace that went on an extended tour of a brothel was first used in the Legislative Assembly.
1869 - This day was proclaimed a day of humiliation and prayer in NSW as people offered prayers for an end to the prolonged drought.
1888 - The Blayney - Demondrille Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney - Cowra.
1896 The Brisbane River ferry Pearl capsized, killing 28. Foundered after collided with SS Lucinda in the Brisbane River this being one of the worst disasters in Queensland maritime history, and the worst to date. The Pearl was operating as a ferry as the Victoria Bridge was under repair after floods. The ferry struck the anchor chain of the Lucinda, and sank within a minute.
1898 - The ship Amy was wrecked somewhere off Thirroul, NSW on this day. Police found wreckage scattered over a wide area of beach and a lifeboat lying on the sand. Apparently when she struck, the crew lowered a man on a plank to try and take a line ashore, but the current was too strong. They then took to the rigging, but when she broke up all eight men were lost.
1907 The Northern Territory was transferred to the Commonwealth by South Australia.
1911 - New Guinea was a ship who ran ashore during a fog at Disaster Bay, half a mile from the Green Cape lighthouse. The ship slipped back into deep water and eventually became a total loss. The Sydney Court of Marine Inquiry decided that the master had erred in following the coast too close in, and sailing at full speed when fog had reduced visibility. She now lies between the wrecks of City...
On Saturday we conducted yearly survey at the reserve and recorded some notable species such as: Black-necked Stork (1), Zitting Cisticola (nest in salt marshes, feeding chicks) and Squatter Pigeon (2 on the road leading to the reserve).
This time last year I noted a Little Corella x Sulphur-crested Cockatoo hybrid from the large Little Corella flock that is regular at UQ St Lucia. That bird disappeared within a couple of months of sighting. This year there is a bird which shows strong Galah features, but also a few indications of hybridisation. The breast feathers show some patches of white, the grey wing feathers are significantly paler, and there is a hint of blue skin around the eye. Having gone through extensive reports on the Aust Bird ID page on Facebook, it appears such hybridisations are not rare, but they are certainly not regularly seen. This is the first such hybrid I have seen in 13 years observing this flock. On the other hand, there have been steady numbers of Little/Long-billed Corella hybrids in this flock. I do not understand the exact hybridisation dynamics of this pairing, but it appears that the blend of features varies strongly, which makes me think back-crossing might be at play. I am still trying to work it out, but I have seen some definite strong hybrids, including one individual shown here, which shows strong red facial patterns and the cut-throat mark, but is moderate in bill length and the same size as regular Littles. What is really interesting is I have not seen any pure Long-bills in this flock for over eight years.
Hard times we are living in today. Job security has been going out the window as more work is casualised. The public sector, was once regarded as the securest of all. It is no more. Ongoing privatisation has made sure of this and this has hit in a big way in New South Wales.
This is the environment in which school cleaners were faced with an ultimatum. Give up the terms and conditions of their employment. Or fight back. They took up the second option and with the support of their union, waged an ongoing campaign to win public support and embarrass the state government.
It has brought results. They have won a guarantee of job security from the state government. This is great news, in a climate where this is not always so easy to find.
Getting to this point has involved a long campaign against the intransigence of the same government, which had forced 7,0000 cleaners to re-apply for their own jobs, with no guarantees and no promise of ongoing security.
But the campaign was relentless and drew widespread community support around Australia. Many of us signed the petition.
The turn around came last Friday, when the union (Unite) met with the Finance Minister Victor Dominello and an agreement was reached.
Every affected cleaner has been given a job guarantee and will no longer be forced to re-apply for their jobs and have an ongoing job in the new contract. The inclusion of an hours guarantee means that working hours will no longer be slashed. Protections will be put in place around sub-contracting, to overcome the problem of dodgy contractors and wage theft.
The biggest threat to cleaners since the service was privatised 24 years ago has been defeated.
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It appears Malka Leifer, an alleged sex-offending school headmistress at a Jewish School in Melbourne Australia, who fled Australia ten years ago before Australian authorities could jail her, will be extradited to Australia to face court.
13 February 2018
Israeli police have re-arrested Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal who is wanted in Victoria on 74 charges of child sexual abuse, alleging she faked a mental illness in order to avoid extradition to Australia.
Ms Leifer is accused of sexually abusing several pupils while she was a teacher and principal at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel girls school in Melbourne.
In 2008, when the allegations were first raised, Ms Leifer fled to Israel. She was then arrested by Israel police in 2014 when Australia filed a request for her extradition.
Ms Leifer was released on bail and managed to avoid every single one of her extradition hearings in the last three years, claiming she suffered from panic attacks and anxiety and was too unwell to face the court.
Two weeks ago, she again claimed mental illness during her most recent appearance before a psychiatric review board.
Most pedophiles are men. Women pedophiles are rare.
The case below in Melbourne, Australia is ongoing and I thought Id bring this case to the attention of my readers because it shows how a female pedophile exploits their position of trust and how they groom their victims.
ABC New Australia
7 April 2016
Malka Leifer manipulated us: Alleged paedophile who preyed on secretive Jewish community
Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.
By Sophie McNeill
Share this Post Richard Weston is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait and is the CEO of The Healing Foundation. He has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for more than 20 years, 14 of these in Indigenous controlled health services in Far West New South Wales and Queensland I remember on the day of ...
I received this email this morning- suggesting this idiot is in Omaha now I guess. One has to ask what the point is. If I am not a threat- why cant this group just leave me alone?
But on a better note- a prayer was answered as my friend in Seattle woke yesterday with no brain damage. That was a huge gift.
Prayer works- generally not in the time frame we would like and sometimes not in the ways we expect- but it DOES work.
Omaha is once again talking about what happened in the 80s and people are nowhere as naive as they were back then. THAT is why I am such a threat to these people- as some incredibly powerful people were involved in some amazingly bad things- and I am BY FAR not the only person who knew about it and was aware.
What separates me is that I am the first to overcome my fear and start speaking HONESTLY about what really happened. That is why they are obsessively after me wanting to shut me up.
And that may or may not happen but regardless- it wont change the truth. Nor will it change the fact that more than just me know about what occurred. And as much as they would like to think so- they cant kill everyone in Omaha who has info about what really happened
Mining malware is spreading like wildfire, every week now we run another story on some platform or other falling victim to it. As cryptocurrencies become far more lucrative than ransomware or identity theft incidents of exploits will only increase. Various governmental departments in Australia and the UK were found frantically calling the tech guys over the weekend as their websites were compromised.
According to the Guardian as many as 5,000 websites were infected with a variant of the Coinhive mining malware. In the UK they included websites of National Health Services, the Student Loans Company, and several English councils in addition to the UKs data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioners Office. They have all been taken offline to deal with the issue.
The malicious miner came from a compromised plugin called BrowseAloud which enables blind and partially sighted people read content on websites. The script had the same operation as has been seen many times before; hijacking the machines hardware to mine for Monero. XMR is the number one crypto currency for criminals now since it is encrypted and anonymous leaving no trace to the destination wallets.
Plugin authors, Texthelp, took their own website offline to patch the compromised software;
The company has examined the affected file thoroughly and can confirm that it did not redirect any data, it simply used the computers CPUs to attempt to generate cryptocurrency, The exploit was active for a period of four hours on Sunday. The Browsealoud service has been temporarily taken offline and the security breach has already been addressed,
The security consultant who documented the attack told media;
This type of attack isnt new but this is the biggest Ive seen. A single company being hacked has meant thousands of sites impacted across the UK, Ireland and the United States. There were ways the government sites could have protected themselves from this. It may have been difficult for a small website, but I would have thought on a government website we should have expected these defence mechanisms to be in place.
Australian government websites using the same plugin were also compromised. They included the Victoria parliament, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Queensland ombudsman, the Queensland Community Legal Centre, and the Queensland legislation website.
A Citizen Science group based in Maules Creek, near Narrabri, has been in Adelaide presenting at the national Australian Citizen Science Conference about the air pollution problems in coal mine affected communities in the NorthWest.
The Leard Forest Research Node has conducted dust monitoring in the vicinity of Maules Creek coal mine and Boggabri township, concluding that the current self-reporting by Whitehaven Coal does not reflect the lived experience of residents who experience excessive dust from open cut coal mines and uncovered coal train wagons.
Like other environmental groups, the LFRN has been critical of the high number of negative dust readings reported by Whitehaven Coal at its Maules Creek monitoring station, sometimes being up to 30% according to LFRN researcher Ms Amelie Vanderstock who last year won the University Medal for Science at the University of Sydney for her work on mine dust pollution in the Maules Creek-Boggabri area.
My research revealed that more dust was deposited on the leaves of tomato plants along a 12 km transect closer to the Maules Creek, than was deposited further from the mine, she said. Yet Whitehaven argues that the dust is coming towards the mine from farms, forest and the outback.
Another controversial aspect of Maules Creek mine reporting is the very high number of negative dust readings, which the NSW EPA appears to condone.
The excuse for this high number of negative readings is that the air is too clean and causes the equipment to malfunction, said Ms Vanderstock. However the number of negative values at Shenhuas Breeza proposed mine where there is currently no mine is less than half of that at Maules Creek. Obviously the air too clean theory requires further investigation
The 24-hour average PM10 concentrations self-reported by the company are often significantly low. Looking at all the monitoring data collected by the EPA in 45 locations around NSW, there are very few 24-hour average PM10 concentrations as low as Maules Creek, even in agricultural regions that have no open cut coal mines, said Ms Vanderstock.
There are many troubling question marks about the companys self-reporting. The community has taken matters into its own hands and is now obtaining answers via the independent community science we do at Leard Forest Research Node, said Ms Vanderstock.
Keynote Speaker at the conference was the Australian Chief Sc...
The 2018 Tasmanian state election is three weeks away, but still
we have had no neutral public polling in the state for over two
months. In contrast, by this stage in 2014 we had had a
recent public EMRS, a recent public ReachTEL, and also a
Liberal-commissioned ReachTEL of which detailed results were
released. All we've had this year is a dribble of internal
polling snippets and one commissioned seat sample by the Australia
This makes it rather hard to tell what's going on. The Hodgman Liberal Government, which appeared to be asleep or in a holding pattern for most of 2017, has been quick out of the blocks with a large number of policy announcements covering most (perhaps even almost all) of the many issues in play at this election. Insiders claim what they're doing (especially claiming there could be a return to a Labor-Green government) is working. Could it be a repeat of 2006, when a seemingly ailing government that was widely considered doomed to lose its majority in fact surged through the campaign and ended up winning very easily? While there are some differences between 2006 and 2018 in polling terms (especially the severe volatility of the late 2005 polls) majority government is a major issue for some voters, and a party that can establish that only it can win in majority has an important advantage.
In the absence of a public poll, we are seeing a high level of reporting of party internal polls in the media. In general, parties only release internal polling to the extent it suits their purposes, but whether it suits a party to say it is winning easily, winning narrowly, trailing narrowly or losing hopelessly all depends on the scenario.
Before I go any further, a comment about the language journalists use in reporting internal polls parties have given them. It is common to see party polling described as "leaked". But a poll isn't leaked if someone on the inside has given it to a reporter with the tacit approval of the party's campaign team or leadership, and if indeed the option of feeding it to the media was part of the plan all along. Both parties in Tasmania have a long history of releasing internal polling whenever it suits them, and this is several times commoner than unwanted releases of party polling information. Leaks are the stuff the commissioners of sensitive information don't want the public to know.
In this election, the internal-polling strategy is pretty simple. Each party wants to release results that "show" that it, and better still only it, can win majority government. What's been interesting is that so far we have seen just the Liberals supplying quite a lot of detailed data that supposedly shows them either capable of winning a majority or actually set to do so.
We have no...
THERE SHOULD BE NO EXTINGUISHMENT OF NATIVE TITLE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT
On 22 December 2017 the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council wrote to
The QLD Premier,
The Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and
The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
The W&J Council received its most recent mandate at a meeting of the W&J claim group on 2 December 2017. The letter informed the Government that the W&J claim group opposes the Adani Mining Pty Ltd project because of the damage that it will cause to the culture, and the lands and waters, of the Wangan and Jagalingou People.
W&J council also oppose the registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani Mining Pty Ltd purported to be authorised by the Wangan and Jagalingou People in controversial circumstances (the Adani ILUA).
Share this Post Dr Paul Gray is a Wiradjuri man and Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat), the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in NSW. Prior to working at AbSec, Paul worked in various roles with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. He was an inaugural ...
Last Friday night in Melbourne, I interviewed Pink Floyds Roger Waters alongside Palestinian writer Randa Abdel-Fattah. The event was organised by the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network. Waters is in Australia on his massive Us and Them world tour (which I saw on Saturday night and it was one of the most spectacular music performances Ive ever seen).
The Q&A was a unique public event, over 500 people attended, and we discussed the Middle East, Donald Trump, Palestine and his politics over decades. He was frank, funny and refreshingly down to earth. Unsurprisingly, Australian, pro-Israel politician Michael Danby condemned the event, including my involvement, but got both my names wrong in his press release.
Full video of the evening is coming soon but in the meantime heres a story from popular music website, Noise 11:
Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters gave his time for the Australia Palestine Advocate Network in Melbourne on Friday and while explaining the issues between Palestine and Israel also took aim at a number of his fellow artists Elton John, Thom Yorke, Steven Tyler, Steve Van Zandt and Nick Cave.
Roger Waters has been working tirelessly since 2006 to try and bridge peace between Palestine and Israel after being confronted by Israeli fans at one of his concerts in Tel Aviv after calling on them to make peace with their neighbours 12 years ago.
Ever since he has campaigned for musicians to boycott performances in Israel and recently praised Lorde for doing so. However, he hasnt had the same reaction from others.
In Melbourne, Roger Waters sat down for a Q&A for the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN).
During his talk for APAN Waters called Thom Yorke a self-obsessed, narcissistic, drippy little prick and Elton John Queen Mum. He also called out Nick Cave for saying he was bullying him, said fuck you to Steve Van Zandt and referred to Steven Tyler as an old lady.
Waters has been spreading the message to help mend the Middle East situation after that personal confrontation at his gig.......
Last week (February 8, 2018), we witnessed the US Senate
spectacle with Rand Paul embarrassing himself with his lack of
economic knowledge but also embarrassing both major parties the
Republicans for their gross hypocrisy and the Democrats for their
gross idiocy. The
Congressional Record of Pauls speech (starting S817) is a
classic. Also, last week, the stables were stirring apparently, as
the bond vigilantes were strapping on their saddles and getting
ready to make the US government suffer for its so-called fiscal ill
discipline. These characters apparently emerge out of the darkness
of fiscal profligacy to defend our interests and force the
government to run surpluses. Fantasy stuff all round. In fact, Rand
Paul should resign and get a job he is more suited for (which would
be?) and the bond vigilantes should make sure their Shetland ponies
are not to wild for them. These bond traders play this elaborate
game of bluff and pretend they have the power over the government.
In fact, they are mendicants queuing up for their daily dollop of
corporate welfare and the government could play them out of the
game anytime it chose to. The problem is that the bluff works
because governments are captive to the neoliberal nonsense that my
Before addressing the vigilantes, consider the ravings of Rand Paul, which allow us to articulate key Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) principles.
1. Paul said among other things:
The reason I am here tonight is to put people on the spot. I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who ask: How come you were against President Obamas deficits, and then how come you are for Republican deficits? Isnt that the very definition of intellectual dishonesty? If you were against President Obamas deficits and now you are for the Republican deficits, isnt that the very definition of hypocrisy?
Answer to both questions: YES.
That was quick. No discussion is required.
2. Then he said:
Dont you remember when Republicans howled to high heaven that President Obama was spending us into the gutter, spending us into oblivion? Now the Republicans are doing the same thing.
No, they are not. Obamas stimulus saved jobs as well as lined the pockets of the rich. The current stimulus is just lining the pockets of the rich.
Gutter? Which gutter was that? I thought the US economy grew out of the GFC on the back of the stimulus.
Oblivion? Which oblivion is that?
3. Channelling George W. Bush, Paul said:...
Amidst his DJ Australian Tour, Sampology stops by to chat vinyls, touring and Brisbane.
Starting off his career as a producer with an ear for sampling records, he has come full circle, finding the perfect balance sampling new sounds, field recordings and live instrumentation. Whether played by himself or his peers that hes invited into his home studio to collaborate, the method has been central to Sampologys evolution as an artist and purveyor of new music and emerging local talent.
I dont think we can ignore the fact that fast fashion is an exploitive and environmentally detrimental business. Statistics show that were buying and subsequently discarding more clothes than ever before.
Australians throw away six tonnes of clothing every ten minutes. Once in landfill, fabrics like polyester and lycra (hello, activewear!) can take up to 200 years to decompose, releasing harmful methane gas in the process. Entire waterways in Asia are blue because of the excess dye leaching from denim manufacturers. These fast fashion clothes are made by underpaid labourers who work in awful conditions. There is a multitude of ethical and environmental problems with this scenario. It is, most definitely, an eco-crisis.
Social media has worked wonders for prompting transparency in the fashion industry. Hence Ive been reading up on everything #ethicalfashion of late, a natural progression from my research on single-use plastic and food waste.
And so here I am, more intent than ever to purchase #clothingwithaconscience, take care of every item in my wardrobe and ultimately lessen my fas...
EXCLUSIVE: A high-profile Melbourne barrister and member of the Victorian Bar, Peter H Clarke, is currently under police investigation while a restraining order has also been sought against the lawyer following an alleged homophobic assault last December, a day before new laws were enacted in Australia allowing gay people to get married. As well as
Sir Nicholas Shehadie improved everything he was involved with. He improved rugby as Wallaby captain, improved our city as Lord Mayor and even managed to improve SBS as its chairman. He radiated warmth and was perfectly at home in a boardroom or a bar. 1/2 Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) February...
Summary: Researchers discover what may be the key to stopping uncontrolled inflammation and the damage it causes in a multitude of chronic diseases. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]
A discovery by researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) could be the key to stopping the damage caused by uncontrolled inflammation in a range of chronic diseases including Alzheimers and liver disease.
Queensland scientists have uncovered how an inflammation process automatically switches off in healthy cells, and are now investigating ways to stop it when it runs amok. The finding may lead to a way to turn off chronic low-grade inflammation without interfering with the bodys natural defenses against infection.
How much is free speech and free expression worth? USD$17,000 apparently.
It seems that charging university associations for the cost of security is an increasingly common phenomenon. Its not just a University of Sydney thing or an Australian thing.
Its not exactly clear where or when this practice started, but there is a clear asymmetry in its application.
Were the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance charged for public security during their performance. See the police in the picture? Who paid for that?
It cannot be that expression is only free, free from security charges, if you are of the left.
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Eighty great white sharks have been caught and tagged over five months during a trial of drum lines on NSW coasts and researchers say most swim away from beaches as a result.
The sharks, which were up to four metres long, were caught after 10 drum lines were placed between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell along with Foster and Tuncurry.
The trial finishes on Tuesday, however drum lines on the far north coast will remain until a similar trial there finishes.
Across NSW 320 white, bull and tiger sharks have been tagged and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair says the trial has provided invaluable insight for scientists.
We want to make sure we are continually testing the science, trialling world-first technology, while keeping our local communities part of the conversation, he said in a statement.
The trial has shown animals can be caught and released with minimal negative impacts.
The movement of tagged sharks away from the coast after release reduces risk over the following days and weeks, the department said.
Satellite tag data has shown that they mostly move offshore after release for extended periods.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was pleased with the trial.
The new technology is saving lives, but also now we see evidence that its actually preventing or deterring sharks from even coming close to those areas, she told reporters in Sydney.
If we can protect the environment but more importantly protect lives, of course we will look at those opportunities.
The Catholic Church has been revealed as Victorias largest non-government property owner, casting doubt over claims it would be forced to cut social work if forced to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse.
An investigation by Fairfax Media published on Monday reports that the church appears to own more than $30 billion in property and other assets across Australia.
Fairfax estimated the churchs Victorian portfolio to be about $9 billion, but in evidence to the royal commission in 2014 it valued its Melbourne properties at $109 million.
The apparent wealth of the church contrasts with findings by the royal commission, which found the average payout by the churchs compensation scheme established by former archbishop George Pell 20 years ago was $35,000 or less for those who had been abused by clergy.
These figures confirm what we have known; there is huge inequity between the Catholic Churchs wealth and their responses to survivors, Helen Last, chief executive of the In Good Faith Foundation, which supports abuse survivors told Fairfax.
The 600 survivors registered for our foundations services continue to experience minimal compensation and lack of comprehensive care in relation to their church abuses. They say their needs are the lowest of church priorities.
The government is rolling out a redress scheme for survivors from July 1, fulfilling a key recommendation of the child abuse royal commission.
The Catholic Church, which had already promised to join the national redress scheme, urged the states and territories to act.
A spectacular storm swept through Brisbane overnight with more than 250,000 lightning strikes recorded in less than an hour, 130,000 people left without power, a man shocked while he was having a shower, and a building exploding in the CBD (not really).
Who even knew that was possible. Fortunately, the man was only injured in the strike, and Brisbane is back to normalcy (well, its Brisbane, so some sense of normalcy) this morning, although an estimated 60,000 homes were still without power.
One group of folks who didnt lose the lights and were still not sure how were those staying at the Park Regis Hotel on the edge of the Brisbane CBD.
New Matilda editor Chris Graham was filming the storm from his balcony in South Brisbane, when this happened.
Remarkably, the power to the Park Regis stayed on after the strike, although New Matilda was unable to confirm rumours that hotel management had to call in tradies overnight to deal with an overload on the plumbing.
The post VIDEO: Watch A Brisbane Building Explode (OK, It Doesnt Explode, But It Should Have!) appeared first on New Matilda.
As expected, The House of Representatives passed legislation for a company tax cut at the end of last week, from 30 percent to 25 percent by 2026.
It still needs to get through the Senate, and there is a great deal of lobbying being carried out to get support, by both sides on this issue.
Cory Bernardi, Fraser Anning and David Leyonhjelm have already backed the government.
Derryn Hinch has said that he may support the cut, if it comes together with a pay rise for workers. The three Nick Xenophon Team Senators remain opposed to parts of the package.
Pauline Hanson has turned on the company tax cut and this may well drag the three One Nation Senators against the legislation in its present form. Hanson says big companies should not get the cut, which should only be given to those with a turnover of less than $50 million a year.
Only Tasmanias Rebekha Sharkie is totally against any form of company tax cut.
What is going to happen in the end is unclear. Much of the cross-bench is once again showing its potential for infinite flexibility, so long as the government offers them a few crumbs. It is on the cards that the self-styled crusaders for justice can be persuaded, if the price is right.
This piece of legislation is once again bringing out of the worst of the parliamentary political process in Australia. Not for the first time, the courage of principle, may be giving way to political opportunism.
For us mere mortals, either the lowering of company tax is right or wrong. It should not be something to be bargained with.
Australia should expect politicians to decide on this basis. But regretfully, it does not, because the manipulation of important issues, to bargain for concessions in other places, has become the rule rather than the exception. Politicians are expected to be opportunists, free of moral compass. No wonder that as a group, they stand in such low esteem.
But a shot should not only be fired at the cross bench. Coalition government members are engaged in their usual kneejerk reaction to anything in favour of their benefactors, the big end of town. For them, the company tax cut is mantra. But there is also the stench of a corrupt political system, that rewards what favours the richest and most powerful.
1793 - John Macarthur ,being the brown nosed toadie that he was,
was rewarded with a land grant of 100 acres near Parramatta that he
dubbed Elizabeth Farm after his long-suffering hard-working wife
who was the real energy behind the sheep breeding program.
1798 Having finished his homework early, Matthew Flinders explored the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.
1814 - The Governor was all up in a tizz when he released an order from Government House announcing the most bodacious discovery of rich grasslands to the west. The announcement celebrated the fertile pasturelands, well-watered by numerous streams. The order also detailed the land grants awarded to Evans, the two free men who accompanied him, and the original explorers, Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth, who were too busy celebrating to return this reporters calls.
1826 - The Meth's were looking to drum up business with the opening of their first church in Tassie.
1851 - Kicking over the ground while leaving the missus to mind the store Edward Hargraves found a whole 5 specks of the glittery gold stuff at Summer Hill Creek.
1868 - Victorian Parliament created (yet another committee to look into it) the Dept of Hansard when they (pinched) recruited 3 staff from the Argus Newspaper.
1884 - The railway line from Mitiamo to Pyramid Hill (Vic) was opened.
1893 - Dickey was a steamship that was blown ashore in heavy north-easterly weather on Caloundra Head, Queensland. All passengers and crew were saved from Dickey. Dickeys hulk was visible for many years, lasting nearly a hundred years on the beach.
1900 - Pink Hill, held by Victorian, South Australian and British troops was attacked by a superior Boer force resulting in the deaths of seven Australians and the wounding of 22 others.
1901 - Premier of Victoria, Sir George Turner, retired (to his beach front condo on the Gold Coast) from politics after 86 days.
1901 - Resident Magistrate of Daru Bingham Hely died of malaria whilst on leave at Thursday Is.
What's in the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership deal for Australia? There's no way to tell until we've seen the text, and we won't see it until after it's signed, in Chile on March 8. Really. That's the way things normally work.
After that, there's still time to back out if we don't want to ratify it, and there's a precedent. All 12 would-be members signed up to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership in February 2016. Barack Obama found himself unable to get it through Congress and Donald Trump didn't try.
As best as we can tell, the new deal, TPP-11, is the old one with fewer bad bits. Twenty of the most contentious provisions included at the insistence of the US have been "suspended" until the US decides to join. They include enforced protections for the owners of pharmaceutical patents and extensions to copyright law.
There's no guarantee they would come back if the US did decide to join. Each of the 11 other members would have to agree.
Still in the agreement, although somewhat weakened, are the investor-state dispute settlement provisions insisted on by the US and Korea. They will allow private companies to sue national governments in extraterritorial tribunals, as Philip Morris did over Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws using the terms of an obscure Hong Kong investment agreement.
John Howard successfully resisted having them in the US-Australia agreement and the Abbott government managed to avoid them in the Australia-Japan agreement, but we have apparently agreed to them now, for Japan, Korea and eight other nations.
The upside is that our companies will also be able to sue governments.
The best guess as to what the trade and investment concessions do for Australia financially, from the respected Peterson Institute, is "not much". Australia's national income would eventually be 0.5 per cent higher, a gain of less than half of one-tenth of a per cent per year.
The Productivity Commission wants to do the numbers itself, performing a proper cost-benefit analysis. Under Labor it would, for all future agreements. It's hard to think of a good reason why it shouldn't do it now.In The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
I am delighted to publish this guest post from Brad Rogers, Director of DeltaPearl Partners, on value capture, the topic of a conference his firm will run in Canberra in July. Views expressed are Brads and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
Value Capture: Making Sense of Policy Options
by Brad Rogers
Many state governments in Australia are turning to innovative ways to fund new city infrastructure to meet rising demand. Value capture is being widely but loosely discussed in relation to government funding solutions.
Different variations of value capture methodologies have been used by various governments and organisations over time. However, more recently in Australia, governments are seeking new ways which are politically tenable and economically feasible to use value capture mechanisms to fund new large infrastructure projects.
The basic value capture approach being considered in Australia is that a government builds an infrastructure item, typically public transport, and then seeks to recover some or all of the capital...
A salary of $191,000 for Vikki is now in the news. So, too is The Daily Telegraphs Miranda Devine writing about Barnaby telling his estranged wife, Natalie that Vikki is expecting a boy. A dagger to Natalies heart. Even Murdochs purple press has turned. 26 dud Newspolls plus one Barnaby fiasco may be too much for Rupert Murdoch. The Coalitions major backer may be turning sour over Turnbulls bungling ineptitude In his own way, too, Turnbulls Aussie icon Barnaby Joyce is a self-styled Cultural Warrior on his own crusade for moral decency. Why, he even fought against girls being inoculated with anti-HPV vaccine Gardasil lest it promote promiscuity. He opposed gay marriage claiming it went against traditional family values. Now look at him Fairfax: Barnaby Joyces career hangs in the balance news.com.au: Is Prime Minister Turnbull responsible for the Barnaby Joyce scandal?
TasWater says it is responsible for providing drinking water across the State and
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International guest speaker: Frederike Geerdink, Dutch journalist, was based in Turkey from 2006. In 2015, while reporting on the war between the Turkish army and the Kurdish resistance forces, Geerdink was detained by the Turkish police and then expelled. Kurdish women gained international prominence during the siege of the north Syrian town of Koban in 2014-15. Their heroic frontline role in the resistance to the brutal, women-hating Islamic State gangs produced both widespread admiration and curiosity which has continued to this day. But as necessary and attention grabbing as the military struggle is, it is not the most important thing. In the liberated zones of northern Syria, women are playing a leading role in building a new kind of society one which is marked by a radical grassroots democracy, ethnic and religious inclusivity, and by an unprecedented effort to empower women. Arguably this is the most feminist revolution in history. For all those interested in womens rights, jineology and progressive social change, this experience is worthy of both serious study and our practical solidarity and support. Organised by Sydney University Resistance Club, Rojava Solidarity (Sydney), Democratic Kurdish Community Centre of NSW, Sydney University Wom*ens Committee, Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association
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