|IndyWatch Sydney NSW All Topics Summary Archiver|
IndyWatch Sydney NSW All Topics Summary was generated at Sydney NSW IndyWatch.
Radiothon Week this week. Its our opportunity to say thank you for your support over the last year and ask you for your continuing support. So, this week, hear about all the things we have achieved over the last year and whats on the wish list for the coming one. In between, lots of lively music.
Please join me and become an Eastside supporter. There are fantastic prizes and giveaways you wont want to miss!
Winter crops in bloom After a quiet weekend away in the hills of the Lamington National Park, I took the opportunity to call in and see the team from the Beechmont Community Garden. Met the lovely Laura who was busy on the BBQ and got a little insight into what they are up to. New 
There is absolutely no doubt now, the Liberal Party is in crisis. It may not have reached the point where it is about to disappear from the political landscape, but its troubles are nevertheless serious.
The latest episode is the brawl at a party branch meeting at a Canberra caf. The violence has grabbed attention. More important is behind it is a battle for control of the branch, and this is just one small part of what is happening nationwide within the party.
We saw serious division at the parts National Conference, where resolutions were put forward and passed, like the ones concerning the privatisation of the ABC and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, seriously embarrassed the Turnbull government and propelled it into damage control.
In Victoria, the radicals have taken over the administration, on the heels of capturing the leadership of the Young Liberals. This has angered and forced the traditional conservatives into counter action. This shift it taking various forms in other states.
The government itself has long been riddled with division. The radicals, which includes deposed leader Tony Abbott, have long been circling like sharks, aiming to topple the conservatives.
In every aspect of the partys existence the fight is on and making its way even into preselections for parliamentary representatives.
There are several reasons why this division has festered and become more guarantee that Australia is a good place to do business, if you are big business, and they were supposed to ensure political stability.
Instead, we have an emerging economic crisis, where most people are left worse off and look towards being left even worse off in the future. The poor are getting poorer and the middle finds its social position and security under threat.
Even the big end of town is not happy and demanding...
Aussie modern rock luminaries Kingswood have announced their only Australian headline dates for 2018. The band have spent the majority of 2018 working on their follow up to 2017s After Hours, Close To Dawn in Melbourne, Sydney and Nashville and will return to the country for a slew of shows in August and September.
The band will take to the stage in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne after conquering their massive State Of Origin set alongside The Rubens and Jet this weekend.
Kingswood will be bringing triple j Unearthed artist, Adelaide MANE along for the ride to warm crowds up with her unique brand of explosive indie-pop.
Last year, prior to the release of After Hours, Close To Dawn, Kingswoods frontman Fergus Linacre opened up about the writing process of the album and the bands stylistic change.
There were a few in the extended Kingswood family that were popping their heads up as we were recording and said, You guys are going to really polarise here, and we kind of like that.
Fri 24th Aug
The Zoo Brisbane
[Editors note: The following article is longer than usual, but it gives the legal history and reasoning that is conspicuously absent from Australian Constitutional Law. Gumshoe is the only place that has ever re-printed it. No legal publication, Bar Association, Law Society or cute legal trade magazine would touch it. Most of the bolding is mine.]
by Terry Shulze
This article is a result of a discussion I had with Dee about a case I did back in 1988-89. I was approached by some people that were challenging the Egg Industry Act. The plaintiff, an egg farmer, had run out of money and now they needed a barrister to continue the case on a spec/pro bono basis. Having lost at the Supreme Court level, the case w...
MELBOURNE, AAP Thousands gathered to remember comedian Eurydice Dixon on the Melbourne field where she was found after being raped and murdered, with hundreds of others across the nation joining them in solidarity.
A huge crowd, reportedly including up to 10,000 people, gathered at Princes Park on Monday night to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.
They spent a sombre 20 minutes in silence with the lights on the field switched off, illuminating candles that many had brought.
People could be heard sobbing during the quiet reflection, which was broken by a choir singing around a makeshift memorial, where flowers and other tributes have been building since Ms Dixons body was found at the site.
Expressing grief, celebrating Ms Dixons life and stressing the right women have to be safe anywhere and at any time was the focus of the Reclaim Princes Park vigil, one of its organisers Pia Cerveri said as the night began.
But Ms Cerveri said there will later be a greater push for changes to prevent such tragedies.
The time will come when we will regroup to work together to make positive change in our society and we ask that you join that movement later, she said.
Right now is not that time, for political demands.
At least 200 people gathered for a vigil in Sydneys Hyde Park, where the names of dozens of recent victims of gendered violence were read out, while more than 100 met in the rain on the lawns of Hobarts parliament house.
The vigils came five days after Ms Dixon was killed on her way home from a comedy show at the Highlander Bar in the CBD on Tuesday night.
Last week, Broadmeadows 19-year-old Jaymes Todd appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with her rape and murder.
Earlier on Monday, the makeshift memorial at Princes Park was graffitied with offensive markings, with Victoria Police investigating the vandalism.
1801 - Governor King sent a party in HMS Lady Nelson, commanded
by Lieutenant James Grant, to establish a convict settlement at the
mouth of the Hunter River, 160 kilometres north of Sydney (now
Newcastle). With us likewise, Grant noted, went one of the Natives,
named Bangaree [Bungaree].
1803 - Assistant Surgeon at Norfolk Island, William Redfern, was kicking up his heels in glee as he was granted a free pardon.
1810 - James Davis was hanged at Portland Head (Hawkesbury) for burglary from the house of John Cox.
1812 - The United States of America declared war on Britain, which dragged the Australian colonies also into conflict with America.
1820 - Joseph Banks, English natural historian, dropped off the budgie perch.
1843 - Gettin' all high falutin' those Cockroaches were bewitched by their f irst Italian opera - The Barber of Seville - performed in Sydney.
1851 - Gold was discovered on the Turon River, NSW.
1874 - The first Hospital above Doctors Gully, Darwin was completed. Built largely by public subscription it was extended further in 1876.
1894 - The Yaapeet Railway Branch Line (Vic) was opened from Dimboola to Jeparit.
1908 - The dead were dancing at the extension of the Rookwood Cemetery Railway Line (NSW) when Them In Power opened No 3 Mortuary Station to No 4 Mortuary Station.
1921 - At 75,604, the Aboriginal population of Australia reached its lowest point ever, being reduced by 77 percent since colonisation began.
1933 - Imperial Airways began flitting between England and Australia.
1942 - Arrival of chemical weapons stocks on ship Glenhartney.
1946 Hon. John Dedman introduced legislation to establish the Australian National University.
1956 - A gift that just keeps on giving Britain exploded another nuclear bomb over the Monto Bello Islands, WA, creating a radioactive cloud that drifted over the mainland.
1958 - Entrepreneurs Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin sought a trademark for a plastic cylinder based on a similar toy in Australia. Wham-O began selling the Hula Hoop following a demonstration of a rattan hoop imported from Australia. After one year teenagers in the US purchased some 100 million hoops at a suggested retail price of $1.98.
1967 - Darwin Maru arrived on its maiden voyage to load the first shipment of iron ore from the new iron ore handling wharf at Fort Hill, Darwin.
1969 Equal pay for women was granted by the Arbitration Commission.
1975 - Manning Clark and Dame Joan Sutherland were amomg the first fancy-pants recipients of the newly established Order of Australia announced in the Queen's Birthday honours...
The brutal rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon has drawn thousands in Melbourne to a vigil at the murder scene. Others attended memorials in other places.
It has moved the whole of Australia.
The young and up and coming comedian was walking home from a gig at the Highland Bart in the CBD, when she was attacked, and her body left in a soccer pitch, at Princes Park in North Carlton, and later found by passers by. Nineteen-year old Jaymes Todd has been charged with the crime.
Along with the sadness, there has been an outpouring of anger. It has direction too. The determination to do something to foster respect for women has gripped the community. This has been building for some time, and the killing of Eurydice Dixon, has lifted it a bit higher.
As a lot of people have been saying, attacks like this are the worst and most graphic expression of the disregard for the equality of women deeply embedded in society. Too often this leads to the imposition of control through violence. Some progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go.
It is also about more than this. We live in a society where the concept of self is t distorted to the point, where we live in a jungle where each is too often over concerned with narrow self-interest. There is not enough space for caring about each other.
This is a jungle, where those who prey on others wear the trappings of success. The sense of community has been downgraded and positive human interactions are not valued highly enough. Respect for others has suffered and mental health issues are one of the outcomes.
To rebuild respect for others, and this includes between the sexes, we need to recapture a sense of community. There is a need to come to understand that we depend on each other to meet our own interests. We must to learn to appreciate that by looking out for others, we help ourselves.
By building empathy and shifting away from extreme individualism, the world is made safer for us all. In this context, we are not two sexes with different status, but equal human beings.
When thousands of people come together, take part in something bigger than themselves, and collectively stand to make a difference, we are on the road towards change. That this rises in the face of a tragedy is a good thing. We must also find ways to bring this into everyday life, at work, at home and in the streets.
A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG
The living embodiment of swing, one of the most elegant and irresistible sounds that ever shook the western world, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra have announced they will tour Australia and New Zealand in July/August 2018.
Directed by veteran trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, the 18-piece Count Basie Orchestra features a peerless array of instrumentalists with combined credentials that have topped the upper echelons of the international jazz world for decades.
From Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan to Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra has provided the supremely distinctive sound and swing behind some of the greatest singers of the modern age.
Current members still include trombonist Clarence Banks, hired all those years ago by Basie himself, as well as former members of Stan Kentons, Benny Goodmans and Lionel Hamptons ensembles.
Special guest vocalist is the remarkable Carmen Bradford, who has performed with artists including Tony Bennett, James Brown, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra and George Benson. Count Basie heard Bradford sing in the early eighties and immediately hired her as vocalist for his Orchestra, a role she has continued in to this day.
A special feature this tour will be the Orchestras tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald and the immortal Louis Armstrong. The Basie Band had a strong history with both artists and their reverence for them will shine through in this homage to these two greats of jazz.
The tradition of excellence has continued...
When Blockchain Revolution came out, bitcoin was worth around $7
billion. Today, its more than twenty-two times that. Bitcoin is the
workhorse of the cryptocurrency world and the cryptocurrency that
launched a thousand ships.
So reads part of the preface in the newly-released second edition of Blockchain Revolution by the father-and-son team of Don Tapscott, founder and executive chair of the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), and Alex Tapscott, founder and CEO of NextBlock Global, a digital asset company.
The first edition of Blockchain Revolution, published in May 2016, has been translated into 15 languages, is a bestseller in five Asian languages and remains Amazons number one selling book about blockchain technology.
Two years in the crypto world is a lifetime, so theres lots of catching up to do in the second edition which contains a lengthy preface with plenty of new material, including information about tokens (utility, security, natural asset and commodity), a whos who of the crypto world, leading companies in the space, instructions for leading crypto companies and their managers, and the leadership of nations.
Predicting a rosy future for bitcoin, the new edition notes that bitcoins impact on culture and the economy in the last two years has been extraordinary and points out that the remarkable price rise since 2016 means bitcoin has become an asset class too big for investors to ignore.
The attitude on the part of banks has changed since 2016 when blockchain good, bitcoin bad was the dominant ethics. Now even Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are getting into the cryptocurrency market.
Noting bitcoins continuing success, the authors say:
With the launch of the Lightning Network and other scaling solutions in 2018, bitcoin may also fulfill the promise of its most ardent supporters and obliterate the need for traditional financial intermediaries.
The new second edition names 10 leadership nations who are best placed to lead the blockchain revolution and build the new innovation economy.
Alphabetically the countries are: Australia, Canada, China, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Estonia, Singapore, Sweden (Stockho...
Legendary Australian writer and film-maker, John Pilger, has returned to Australia to seek urgent help, both government and public, for the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Pilgers speech at Sydney Town Hall yesterday was informative and painfully moving. He asks quite simply of the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to bring Julian home. Mr Turnbull, he says, has been sympathetic in the past to Assanges situation, and certainly has the power to negotiate his return to Australia. Its really a matter of choice.
Assange, Pilger says, has not only been a victim of persecution from the US and other states, from which he was granted political asylum or, a place to remain arbitrarily holed-up for 6 years, according to two UN rulings What troubles Pilger more is the Vichy journalism, of which he gives numerous examples, that has served to aggregate lies and smear that would demolish public support for Wikileaks, and deflect us from reading the content of their publications. If we would only read them now, we might be skeptical about journalists describing a war hawk as the icon of our generation
Even more disturbingly, Pilger reminds us that it was two Guardian journalists, David Leigh and Luke Harding, who recklessly published the password to the trove of USG cables while Wikileaks was in the process of redacting them. That instantly gave criminals and intelligence agencies around the world, including those of repressive states, the information they needed to pursue whistleblowers and dissidents. Like Madelene Albright, they may have said: It was worth it, to place Wikileaks in such a terrible situation.
Pilger read statements from Assanges family, concerning his deteriorating state of health, and from Women Against Rape, who are appalled at being manipulated by bogus claims that undermined the credibility of Assange and Wikileaks.
We have been quick to forget that Julian Assange received many international awards for outstanding contribution to journalism; including here in Australia, where he won a Walkley and the Sydney Peace Foundation medal. Whats...
Even though we are net bullish as highlighted in our previous forecast, the resistance to further gains as visible in ETH, Bitcoin, NEO and even Ripple would probably clip our forecast. Notice that not only are prices trending within tight 
The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and NEO appeared first on The Global Mail.
Dandelion Salad with John Pilger WSWS on Jun 18, 2018 Hundreds of people participated in Sundays demonstration in Sydney Town Hall Square to demand Julian Assanges safe return to Australia. The rally, organized by the Socialist Equality Party, featured speeches from SEP Australia national secretary James Cogan and independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger. Vision 
The worlds oldest spider, a subterranean trapdoor hunter, has died at the age of 43 after being subdued by a parasitic wasp, Australian scientists have reported. Number 16, as the matriarch was known to researchers, outlived the previous Guinness world record holder a pet tarantula in Mexico by 15 years, thanks in large part to living her entire life 
In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guineas capital Port Moresby, signs of Chinas push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.
A Chinese worker stencils a logo for China Railway Group outside the new national courthouse its building; China Harbor Engineering Group laborers tar roads under the searing midday sun.
Little by little they are taking slices of our businesses, said Martyn Namorong, who campaigns to protect local jobs and communities as China ramps up infrastructure spending in the resource-rich nation, often bringing its own workforce. My people feel we cant compete.
The nation of 8 million people is the latest frontier in Beijings bid for global influence thats included building artificial reefs in the South China Sea, a military base in Africa and an ambitious trade-and-infrastructure plan spanning three continents.
Chinas thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the U.S. and its close ally Australia worried. The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability. For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.
Weve seen a huge surge in Chinas state-directed economic investment and mobilization of an enormous amount of capital in the Pacific which clearly has a strategic intent, said Eric B. Brown, a senior fellow in Asian affairs at Washington-based think tank the Hudson Institute. The sovereignty of these nations could be compromised by these p...
The Australian Government has an opportunity to play a critical role in addressing the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people face across the globe, the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council today.
The Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz tabled the first report since taking over the mandate, in which he called violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender diversity a scourge on the world which countries must acknowledge.
Lee Carnie, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, delivered a statement to the Human Rights Council highlighting Australias role.
LGBTI people worldwide face violence and discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation in every corner of the globe. The international community must take a strong stand against prejudice and hatred, and work towards removing laws in the countries which still, unbelievably, criminalise homosexuality.
A number of states who strongly opposed the mandate were notably silent today, and China stated its opposition to all forms of discrimination and violence but called on the international community to respect traditional beliefs and avoid imposing values on others.
In contrast, the Australian Government strongly supported the mandate, spoke out against stigmatisation and hatred of LGBTI people and stated that [t]raditional cultural values must not be used to justify the denial of human rights.
Australia has taken a strong stand on the rights of LGBT people on the international stage for a number of years, with bipartisan support, and now that Australia has a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, the Australian Government has an opportunity to be a champion for LGBTI people who face violence and persecution worldwide, said Lee Carnie.
The UN also heard that the Australian Government needs to address inequality faced by LGBTI people on its own shores.
While there has been significant progress in Australia on issues such as marriage equality, Australias record on medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants needs closer examination. And trans and gender diverse people are still waiting on much needed birth certificate reform so they can access identification documents that reflect who they are, said Lee Carnie.
We need stronger protections from the hate speech and hate crimes which spiked du...
|Twitter: A bevy of Liberal ministers: Sen. Mitch Fifield, Sen. Mathias Cormann, Julie...|
Have humans been sailors for a million years? IT WASN'T supposed to end this way. The 23-metre-long Nale Tasih 1, made with Stone Age tools and materials, was meant to recreate one of the truly epic prehistoric journeys: the first human crossing from Indonesia to Australia some 65,000 years ago. The voyage, in 1998, should have taken more than a week, but water sloshing around the crew's feet on the first day was a clear sign. The team had to tow the doomed raft back to shore. The very first humans to travel the oceans would have faced a daunting task, both physical and mental. By attempting to recreate their voyages, experimental archaeologists are helping to define the scale of that challenge. The Nale Tasih 1 expedition, however, was meant to help prove a grander theory. Its leaders say humans have been building and using watercraft to reach new lands for the best part of a million years. In other words, early humans - potentially including Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus - weren't diehard landlubbers. They were mariners. It is still a minority view, but one with profound implications. The ancient mariners theory could completely change our perspective on how early humans behaved and communicated with each other.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy.
The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be.
They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julians case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme dangers that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.
I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smears engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.
In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated March 8, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the feeling of trust that is WikiLeaks center of gravity.
This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on his reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.
Their main weapon would be a personal smear. Their shock troops would be enlisted in the media those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.
The irony is that no one told these journalists what to do. I call them Vichy journalists after the Vichy government that served and enabled the German occupation of wartime France.
Last October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Sarah Ferguson interviewed Hillary Clinton, over whom she fawned as the icon for your generation.
This was the same Clinton who threatened to obliterate totally Iran and, who, as U.S. Secretary of State in 2011, was one of the instigators of the invasion and destruction of Libya as....
In the latest crypto mansion sell-off, Hilton and Hyland, the real estate firm chaired by Rick Hilton, the father of reality TV celebrity Paris Hilton, has announced that the sale of a 16th century Roman mansion will be conducted on the blockchain.
The historic property set in the center of Rome was originally designed by the architect Giacomo Della Porta who was a contemporary of and collaborator with Michelangelo. Known as The Palazzetto, the landmark home with 11 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms will be listed by California based Propy.com, a global property store, and decentralized title registry.
There were reportedly twenty home sold for cryptocurrency in 2017 and already more than that this year. Most notably a seven-bedroom Miami estate purchased with 455 bitcoins, an equivalent value of $US6 million. Rick Hilton commented on the planned sale saying The auction shows real estates growing trust in blockchain and provides crypto investors an opportunity to diversify and solidify their portfolio with a trophy asset,
The estimated sale price for The Palazzetto is $35 million which will make it by far and away the most expensive property to be sold for cryptocurrency and the most valuable listing ever handled by Propy which completed the first ever real estate sale for crypto in Ukraine in 2017. The company which calls itself the first international real estate market allows clients to purchase property online and uses blockchain technology to eliminate many of the hurdles encountered in cross-border transactions.
In March Propy became the first ever company to execute a US government sanctioned use of blockchain for a public service when it facilitated the sale and deed transfer of a home in Burlington, Vermont via the Ethereum network. CTO Alex Voloshyn was quoted at the time as saying,
Were ready to help US counties and other countries set up the blockchain registry for free. The developer program helps us accelerate the platforms growth and ultimately give more governments the chance to integrate their land registry on Blockchain
Renata Arrivolo is the new tutor for the Music Foundations classes at Open Academy including Music Fundamentals, Ear Training and Sight Reading classes. We asked her a few questions about her own musical journey and her classes.
How did you first encounter music and piano? What were the steps that drew you into the world of music?
I first learnt piano at the age of seven. My grandfather who was a professional classical clarinettist. I have fond memories of playing duets with him on bass clarinet and me on piano. Later I was drawn to jazz as a teenager listening to a collection of Big Band recordings that I had borrowed from a neighbour, that featured Glenn Miller Artie Shaw and benny Goodman. The Open Academy got me started and I did a number of courses over the years such as Ear training and Sight Singing and Jazz Improvisation, which gradually led to the full-time course at the Conservatorium. I completed a degree in Jazz piano performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013, and things have really taken off from there.
Youre primarily a Jazz pianist. People often think of Jazz as improvised and not a theory based discipline. How has music theory aided your improvisation and music making?
Jazz actually has quite a lot of theory behind it. Yes, jazz has an aural tradition but to be a competent jazz musician you have to understand music theory. Such as intervals, scales and chords and then be able to read music and improvise. All these things give a jazz musician a palette of colours to work with so that they can compose and improvise which is really composition in real time. You have to understand rhythm and how to play with feel and variation. Any music be it Jazz or any other popular music is very limited without theory. It opens up a world of possibilities you may not have known existed and explains what the great musicians have done in the past
What is the point of ear training and sight reading to an instrumentalist, I mean you dont have to sing to play piano right?
Well maybe not necessarily at the same time. What singing does though is make the music internalised. We develop the inner ear or what you hear in your head. This is a great tool as it becomes part of you and you can reproduce it and then transfer it back to your instrument. It also gives you the ability to look at a piece of music and hear what it sounds like in your head without having to play a note. This is an excellent tool to learn pieces quicker and for memorisation. For jazz musicians and composers being able to sing what you play is almost always more musical and comes directly from you rather than just executing intellectual concepts or physical habit. Eventually the theory and ear training all come together alon...
The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network are pledging our official support of The Vegetable Plot. The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables! We want to show our support for this amazing 
PLUMMETING temperatures have caused freezing conditions and snow across the country - and more severe weather is coming. A FREEZING cold snap has blanketed parts of the country in fluffy white snow. Australians have packed on the layers as icy chills continue to blow across southeast Australia thanks to the cold front that's been pushing through the Great Australian Bight since Wednesday. Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of New South Wales today as strong gusty winds with cold temperatures and showers are forecast. The Bureau of Meteorology said a complex low over the Tasman Sea was directing a "vigorous westerly airstream" over NSW ahead of a south to south-westerly change which would move along the coast today. Damaging winds averaging 60 to 65km/h are predicted with peak gusts of more than 90km/h. A south to south-westerly wind change is forecast to move along the coast, reaching the Hunter coast by late morning. Showers may bring damaging wind gusts along the coastal fringe in areas including Gosford, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.
Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?
In 1996/97, the top 25% of income earners paid 61% of total net tax; by 2000/01 they were paying 64% of it.
At the time this caused a huge kerfuffle. It just wasnt true, Davidson is making up statistics on the spot, the tax burden is proportional, etc. etc. etc.
Yesterday I did it again. Well to be fair, Chris Berg and I did it in our new book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC. Yesterday the Outsiders on SkyNews tweeted a very specific claim we make in the book and in our The Spectator piece published last Thursday.
A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and twice more likely to vote Greens than the average journalist.
Twitter has gone mad. Gone mad you say? Yes. Its just not true, Davidson has made it up, why does my employer employ me, etc. etc. etc.
So here is the link to the peer reviewed research: Hanusch, F. 2013. Journalists in times of change: evidence from a new survey of Australias journalistic workforce. Australian Journalism Review, 35(1): 29 42.
Here is the plain language explanation of the peer reviewed research.
However, 41.2% of the 34 ABC journalists who declared a voting intention said they would vote for the Greens, followed by 32.4% for Labor and 14.7% for the Coalition.
In contrast, 46.5% of 86 News Limited journalists who answered this question said they would vote for Labor, 26.7% for the Coalition, and only 19.8% for the Greens. As well as The Australian, the News stable includes some of the countrys best-selling tabloids such as the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courier-Mail, Northern Territory News and the Adelaide Advertiser, and some suburban newspapers.
Among the 86 Fairfax Media journalists who responded, Labor was by far the most popular party at 54.7% support, followed by the Coalition and the Greens, both on 19.8%. The Fairfax journalists came from outlets including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times, a range of regional and suburban news...
In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.
This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.
In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.
There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.
Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily hes cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.
One of the most used strategies I've learned from the Disquiet Junto was Brian Crabtree's 'layered sameness' exercise
It involves layering over a dozen takes without using a metronome, then combining the results into a shimmering cloud.
Recently I took the idea a step further and recorded a piece with MIDI, which was then used to trigger VST instruments.
At the top is the guitar version, while below is eight synthesisers.
I've offered this piece to a friend for their installation at Burning Seed this year.
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network is a network of community groups and individualsthat campaigns for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability (see our website www.aftinet.org.au)
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate passionate about global justice. The position is for 28 hours per week, on a fixed-term contract, with ongoing employment dependent on funding. Total remuneration including superannuation and leave loading is $42.35 per hour.
The focus of the campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements, regional agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and World Trade Organisation agreements.
The trade justice analyst/campaigner reports to the Convener and the management committee (Working Group). Key tasks of the role include to:
analyse the text of trade agreements for submissions to DFAT and to parliamentary inquiries.
circulate draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback
attend meetings with DFAT negotiators
organise briefings and meetings with politicians when required
speak at public meetings or meetings with member organisations when required
monitor media on trade negotiations and write media releases, website posts and social media posts as required
write and distribute regular bulletins and maintain membership records
organise monthly committee meetings
organise membership subscriptions and renewals and assist with fundraising activities
Grease-black, the Californian sea lion moves through the pool like a slick of oil pushed by a strong current. Propelled by rear flippers in a momentous leap, a halo of water spins from its glossy head, and, as the awkward mound flops down, a large splash rises to an elated chorus of laughter. A cool bead hits my arm. The smell in the air is cold fish mixed with the scent left in a room after a dog has been bathed.
A match made in Labor heaven. And here's the intellectual powerhouse showcasing the smarts that now leads the party of Thomson, Gillard, Williamson and Rudd.
Triple Olympian Shelley Gorman represented Australia at the Seoul, Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games, winning a Silver medal in Sydney and a Bronze medal in Atlanta. Shelley was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Now a personal trainer, Shelley runs body transformation specialists Urban Warriors with Kylie Jackes, fellow personal trainer and fitness model. Kylie has placed in a number of competitions, including first place for Personal Trainer for Body Transformation in the INBA Lifestyle Classic in 2010.
Shelley and Kylie are passionate about nutrition, fitness and empowering people to live their best lives. They chat to GT about Shelleys Olympic basketball career, what life as a fitness model really looks like, and how everyone can transform their lifestyle.
The post Urban Warriors Shelley Gorman & Kylie Jackes on Crossing the Line, Tuesday 19 June appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.
The exposure of Professor John Giesy, alleged to have been bribed by multinational 3M to falsify the science over the harmful effects of some of the chemicals that the company has been using, is a sad fall, for a man who chose to feather his own nest over honesty. When big money becomes too entangled with scientific research, objective investigation is going to be sacrificed for something much less noble than the pursuit of knowledge.
Professor Giesy had been credited for discovering toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) in the environment, and with helping to persuade chemical giant 3M Company to abandon their manufacture. Now he stands accused of doing the companys bidding.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Scientists have been used over the years by of tobacco, oil and pharmaceutical companies, because they wanted to bury information that might harm their operations.
Giesys case came out into the open, after the release of documents in the United States connected to a court case launched by the State of Minnesota and a $A1.15 billion legal settlement. they suggest, he was used to what 3M called its actions to command the science, and the scientific community was misled about the presence of chemicals in peoples blood.
Among other effects, it studies into their link with cancer were undermined, and funds were helped into avenues more suitable to 3M.
For example, PFAS, which is a component of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), has been known to be harmful, as far back as 1997, according to one of the companys own data safety sheets. studies indicate that it compromises the immune and metabolic regulation systems and is implicated in the development of bowel cancer.
PFOS is also widely used by 3M in Australia and can be found in Scotchgard and fire-fighting foams, paints, stain removers, pesticides, shampoo sand food packaging. They have not been banned and are still in use, even though some studies have kinked it.
In his testimony to the Minnesota case, Professor Philippe Grandjean of Harvard, observed that despite spending most of his career as a professor at public universities, Professor Giesy has a net worth of approximately $20 million. This massive wealth results at least in part from his long-term involvement with 3M for the purpose of suppressing independent scientific research
Professor Giesy has a consulting company that received payments from 3M between at least 199...
John Pilger reminds us of the 'journalists' who let down Julian Assange whilst profiting from the information he released. He reminds us how far down journalism has sunk. He uses the term 'Vichy-journalism' to good effect.
[Headings have been inserted by Candobetter.net editor.]
JOHN PILGER: Thank you for coming for Julian. And thank you to
the SEP for organising this important rally. The persecution of
Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy
The Australian government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Julian does not seek special treatment. The Australian Government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect its citizens abroad from gross injustice.In Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him, should he walk out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what you in can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful. The United Nations has called it torture.
I know Julian well. I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I've watched the tsunami of lies and smear engulf him endlessly, predictably, perfidiously, and I know why they smear him.
In 2008 a plan to destroyed both WikiLeaks and Julian was laid out in a secret document dated 8th of March 2008. The authors were the cyber counterintelligence assessment branch of the US Defense Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy - and I quote - "the feeling of trust that WikiLeaks that is WikiLeaks center-of-gravity." This would be achieved, they wrote, "with threats of exposure and criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation."
The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human be...
Some friends on Facebook have asked where are the men
discussing Eurydice Dixon
I dont think Im alone in struggling to articulate the injustice.
It occurs to me one reason Im struggling to articulate a response is that Eurydice cant explain the circumstances that led to her death.
If she had lived, she wouldve had to make the decision to report her assault.
It is widely recognised that few victims of sexual assault report the crime.
About a decade ago I got an insight into why so few undertake that process.
While living in a regional city I learned victims might have to drive two hours to a larger hospital to find a doctor willing to collect forensic evidence.
Does this suggest its easier to believe Eurydices corpse than it is to find a doctor in the country?
Reporting crime is one step in making sense of violence but its not an easy step.
My female Facebook friends have responded to Eurydices death by sharing experiences of male violence.
As a male I know male violence too and I think thats why I feel powerless to discuss Eurydice.
Maybe if I was a corpse itd be easier to believe I fear violence.
When I was assaulted I asked police to make a report and they asked why bother.
I called a friend who worked a newspaper and asked him to write a story.
The journalist said it happens all the time, thats not newsworthy.
I understand my story seems insignificant.
its commonplace but I still struggle to understand it.
Violence is senseless but as a society not much effort seems to be put into understanding it.
This is what I say for Eurydice Dixon: We need to change a culture that belittles violence.
I wonder if once we acknowledge our shared experiences of violence, we can look at how our culture normalises it.
Are we so blas about violence that a corpse is required for it to be recognised?
The Noongar peoples of Western Australia as a distinct population group are the nations most at risk population group to suicide. The suicide toll among Noongar people has tragically reached the highest number of suicides of any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population group. Of Australian cities, Perth is recording the highest number of First 
Using the internet to meet new friends, set up potential dates, hook up sexual liaisons or seek out a life partner is a worldwide phenomenon. For the most part, users of online social platforms can rely on the profiles of others to get a rough idea of who they are and what they look like
Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis), Yemens Army and Popular Committees, and allied groups have spent the last three years preparing for this very battle. These Yemeni forces are currently fending off Saudi, Sudanese, and Emirati troops, Saudi and Emirati paid mercenaries, Black Water (Academi) mercenaries from Australia, Colombia, and other countries, Emirati-backed Southern separatists, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other troops allied with the Saudi coalition. The United States and France have both sent special forces and naval support to Yemen on Saudi Arabias behalf.
The United States, Canada, most of Europe, Egypt, Bahrain, and a slew of other countries provide military or diplomatic support to the Saudi coalition against Yemen.
Despite these efforts, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have successfully repelled many advances in the coalitions attempts to take the important port city of Hodeidah. Saudi-friendly mainstream outlets like BBC initially reported that the coalition had captured the strategic Hodeidah airport. This appears false, however...
These speeches moved to a different address on you tube. We have
located them again, for the moment. See article above this one for
the transcript of John
Pilger's excellent speech.
RALLIES ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE IN AUSTRALIA: Melbourne - outside the British Consulate 12-2PM (British Consulate General Melbourne, 17th Floor, 90 Collins St Melbourne). Will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and another young member of Julian's family and Shirley Shackleton. Brisbane - Vigil 4-6PM at the Ann Street Shrine of Remembrance opposite Central Station; Perth - 12PM-2PM at Forrest Chase.
The Socialist Equity Party should be applauded for having organised and recorded the June 17th protest speeches. We should not however forget that Julian Assange's work goes wider than worker protest. It goes to preventing globalist media, corporations and governments from taking away our rights as citizens of nations. The issues go to the nation itself and to the need for solidarity and communication between citizens, always, plus the recognition that Julian is one of us. This cause should be embraced by other forces as well as the Socialist Equity Party. Anyone who supports free speech, human and civil rights, and opposes war, should attend these protests and get others to attend with leaflets, posts to social media, and calls to talk-back radio etc.
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The NSW government is proposing to introduce new laws designed to crack down on hate speech and racial vilification that are intended to incite violence. Under the proposed new laws, those who incite or threaten violence against others on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation or HIV status
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim South Australian Catholic priests say they will defy a forthcoming state law which will require them to report information received during past or present confessions about child sex abuse. The South Australian Catholic Church has made it clear its members will be directed not adhere to the laws because
The post Catholic Priests Refuse to Report Child Sexual Abuse appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
I interviewed Greg Buck on Sunday about about how bad (free) money hollows out economies, and how giant companies, as a result, are able to cannibalize their industries (e.g. Amazon, Netflix etc). Bad money is killing the real economy, and any means of price signalling resulting in artificial economies.
This link is to a talk by Yanis Varoufakis author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europes Crisis and Americas Economic Future. (Recorded April 24, 2016 in Seattle.)
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
What is the allocation of authority in the US Constitution regarding decisions for the country to go to war? It is simply that all such decision-making rests with Congress per Article I, section 8 of the Constitution that says The Congress shall have the power to declare war.
But isnt the president the Commander and Chief of the armed forces. Yes, per Article II he is all of that, but so what? He can command the forces till...
#auspol @acoss this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard come from the mouth of a Liberal Senator. Sen Lucy Gichuhi live kenyan TV saying 200k is not enough money , wage pic.twitter.com/3HLlkQTjPZ MsRebeccaRobins (@MsRebeccaRobins) June 17, 2018 Senator ordered to pay back over $2,000 after charging...
Over 120 people from 20 union, church, aid and environment organisations rallied outside the Sydney public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties concerning the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Speakers focused on the impact the TPP-11 would have on workers, temporary migrant workers and women, the cost of medicines, and the extra rights it would give investing corporations to sue the Australian government. The JSCOT and a Senate Inquiry will report back to parliament in September on whether or not the parliament should vote in favour of the legislation to implement the TPP-11. The protest movement is urging MPs to vote against the implementing legislation. See photos here.
In this address to mark Julian Assange's six years of confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, John Pilger calls on the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to recognise the urgency of decisive diplomatic action and bringing Assange home.On Tuesday 19 June, there will be a rally and vigil outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London, beginning at 6pm. Other vigils will be held outside British embassies around the world on the same day. In Dublin, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mariead Maguire and members of the Irish parliament, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, will speak in support of Julian outside the British embassy.
MELBOURNE, AAP A makeshift memorial for murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised with offensive graffiti ahead of Mondays planned vigil.
Police say paint markings were found at the site of the memorial in Princes Park in Carlton during routine patrols about 3.50am on Monday.
A number of items were seized from the scene and the dog squad has been through the area, with the investigation ongoing.
Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the offensive graffiti, painted next to the formal tributes in the park.
Vigil organiser, Megan Bridger-Darling was at a loss for words.
There is a level of anger in this city already. And for this to happen, on the day of her memorial, is absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive, she told Nine Network.
Victorian senator Derryn Hinch said the vandalism was obscene on so many different levels.
Whoever did it, I hope they are found, identified, caught, charged and sent to jail. I really feel that, he told Seven Network.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said whoever did it is an idiot.
So much so, they will be bragging to their mates about it. Only morons behave like this. Responsibility needs to be taken and needs to be called out, she told the Seven Network.
It comes as thousands of men and women are due to hold vigils across the country in tribute to Ms Dixon, five days after the 22-year-olds body was discovered on Princes Park soccer field at Carlton North, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger about violence against women.
We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe, the organisers of Monday nights Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook.
Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know its up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us.
Vigils are expected in Melbour...
1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at
Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.
1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.
1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.
1814 - In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted the unhappy Conflicts between the natives of the Mountains and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.
1827 James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.
1829 Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.
1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.
1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.
1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic
1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.
1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.
1881 The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.
1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliaments use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.
1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.
1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view, at Blanchetown, Vic.
1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.
1926 - T...
Geoff Russell brings you the final story in a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. In Part I he looked at the animal and environment issues associated with the flooded river valleys and burning biomass that dominate renewable energy. Part II looked at wind, sunshine, storage and zoomed in to consider Australia.
Globally, nuclear power, in case you were wondering, generates just over 2,000 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, about 8 times more than solar and more than double wind power.
Now lets run some basic numbers and compare the ecological impact of renewables with that of nuclear power.
First lets deal with the inevitable cry from people who are anti-nuclear without ever having thought much about it: Nuclear isnt clean, think about the mining and the waste!!!.
Mines? Nuclear power is miserly on mines. The amount of mining required for hydro, solar or wind is many times greater. The recent ACOLA report made this point, let me repeat the relevant graph from a previous article.
As you can see, nuclear requires minimal mining.
So why do so many people seem to think mining is some kind of nuclear achilles heel? Thats an interesting question. Ill try to answer it later. But the graph massively underestimates the mining required for renewables on two fronts; it ignores mining for batteries and it ignores mining for all the extra transmission lines needed by wind and solar. Ive dealt with the relative ease of nuclear waste handling many times in the past most recently here.
But mining is a minor issue compared to the massive habitat destruction associated with renewables.
Hydro-electricity, as weve seen produces roughly 4,000 terawatt hours per year globally from reservoirs covering 343,000 square kilometres, so, using global averages,...
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
Tomorrow marks the 6th anniversary of Wikileaks founder Julian Assanges application for political asylum with Ecuador, and his effective house arrest in London. John Pilger take up the case, again.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy.
The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be.
They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julians case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.
I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.
In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the US Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the feeling of trust that is WikiLeaks centre of gravity.Protestors outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in support of Julian Assange, in May 2013. (IMAGE: See Li, Flickr)
This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of exposure [and]criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence...
Hailing from Western Sydney, Egyptian-Australian MC Nardean is a dark horse in the hip hop scene, blending rap, poetry and song.
Having never sung or written music, Nardine Gharsas musical journey began with a love for hip hop and R&B. At 21 she started writing poems and kickstarted her career as a rapper and spoken word artist. Shes a force to be reckoned with, earning the title of NSW finalist in the Australian National Poetry Slam and a spoken word residency in Banff, Canada.
Nardean began experimenting with her vocal ability and singing more, and has since combined all three elements into the songs we hear today, proving her place as a biting wordsmith whos both soulful and unapologetically feminine. Its no surprise her influences range from current cult artists like Anderson .Paak, Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar to hard and dirty rap dirty pleasures. Shes also inspired by the music her friends make its one thing to know and hear their songs, but another to know the stories behind them.
The St Clair artists shine is brighter than ever on her new single, Pyramids, which she wrote after hearing it in a dream. My friend Alice sung the chorus to me in a dream and I wrote the first verse as a poem in a strip club, while I was waiting for my shift to start.
Off her debut EP, Creatress, Pyramids makes a strong statement lyrically and visually. The music video sees her painted in gold to represent the commodification of the female form. A symbolic comment on the warped impact of the media on body image, trapping women in gold bodies that we thought we wanted, but actually dont.
Listen to Nardeans word slam here:
Anna Fienberg (writer), Kim Gamble and Stephen Axelsen (illustrators), Monsters (Allen & Unwin 2018) This is the final collaboration between Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble, the creators of the wildly popular Tashi books. They began it when they both knew Kim didnt Continue reading
Never mind the headlines about the Trump-Kim meeting. They reveal very little of what is really going on. Nor is the issue the photo shoots, which all too often are used to divert from what is important.
This is a deadly serious matter. Part of the trouble, is that after years of demonising North Korea on the one hand and presenting its leaders as buffoons on the other, the caricature gets in the way of the reality.
North Korea has been presented as being a threat to the world. They arent an economic threat. The North Korean military does not exist outs its borders. Just how this so-called threat manifests itself, has never really been spelt out. Whether one approves of the internal politics or not is something else, and this should not distract from the need to secure the peace.
True, the North have some nuclear missiles that can be fired. It would be better if they didnt exist. But this too should be seen within its context.
As a colony, Koreans suffered a long period of brutality. The Korean War in the 1950s was horrendous. More bombs were dropped in the North than during the whole Second World War. Just about every family lost people. This is going to leave scars.
What has made it even worse in the long-run, is that the war was not conclusive and the stalemate has lasted up till now. This is for over half a century. A continuous war footing has been in place. The South has been heavily bankrolled by the United States and able ride the storm more easily than the North, which has paid a heavy price in terms of its economic and political development.
The United States has maintained a huge military presence south of the border. This has been met on the other side. Both have aimed nuclear weapons at each other. It is not hard to see that to lower the tension, the years of militarisation must come to an end. This goal that has not been possible till now. Changing this, needs both sides to stand down. Given the history, this is not going to happen, unless both sides do it together.
North Korea has been calling for this for and joint denuclearisation for years. It has been the United states side that has till now refused to back away. This is a little fact that has been ignored by much of the West and its media, which has opted for maintaining the pressure fr one side to stand down. North Korea happens to border China and Russia, and has therefore seen as strategically important.
Continuation of hostility over many years has fed the toxic atmosphere that has created the worlds most dangerous hot spot.
Recent developments have pulled the other way. Chief among them, is a greater willingness of both parts of Korea to move further along the road towards reconciliation. The resu...
Please see the previous article on this site for my comparison of Richard Huckle to Frank Houston founding father of Hillsong Global Church, based in Sydney, Australia with churches in major cities throughout the world, including London.
Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team has been found to have committed a string of atrocities while on mission in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago; and the "Nazi flag" incident appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. In one instance back in 2009, reported by Sydney-based Fairfax Media, which conducted a six-month investigation into alleged Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, soldiers killed an Afghan amputee as they were raiding Urozgan province and took his artificial limb to their base to use it as a drinking vessel. Comment: The prosthetic leg was then taken as a souvenir and brought back to Perth to be used as a novelty beer drinking vessel. In another no less horrendous case, two senior soldiers first plotted and then forced a "rookie" troop to kill an unarmed elderly detainee, a Taliban suspect, thereby marking the young soldier's combat debut. According to Special Forces sources, cited by Fairfax, the victim posed no threat after being brutally knocked out. The soldiers involved in the atrocities committed on Afghan soil have not been named by the media. The hair-raising details came to light around the time when Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, blasted personnel of the same high-profile squadron who were caught on camera waving a swastika flag from their patrol vehicle.
New report says Australian companies lag behind international organisations Australian companies are not doing enough work to model the risks of climate change and how it will affect their profitability, a new report by a thinktank says.Progressive thinktank the Centre for Policy Development says that while most companies have committed to considering what climate change and the Paris climate agreement means for their business strategy, too few have begun using scenario analysis techniques [...]
As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents Awaye, a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome segments on that program is
The Turnbull Governments second session as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world, will begin in Geneva tomorrow.
Key focusses for the session will be the ongoing atrocities in Syria and Myanmar. Reports on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, racism, violence against women and the human rights responsibilities of businesses will also feature at the session.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to scrutinise the role the Australian Government plays on the world stage and to ensure transparency and accountability for the Governments actions domestically.
"Just saying over and over again that you respect human rights doesnt make it true. If we want a world where all people are treated fairly and humanely - where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then we need Governments like ours to play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council, said Mr Webb.
Australias first session on the Council, in March this year, was dominated by strong criticism of its indefinite detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and what an independent UN expert described as the Turnbull Governments astonishing anti-democratic slide. While the Australian Government spoke out strongly against the Syrian Governments continuing atrocities against civilians, it offered only a weak response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
"The Rohingya families being burned alive in their homes in Myanmar. The children dying in attacks in Syria. The journalists rotting in prisons for speaking truth to power. They all need Governments like ours to form part of the UNs principled spine, not to gnaw away at the foundation of human rights with mealy-mouthed words and unprincipled actions, said Mr Webb.
Straight-talking, principled action and practising what we preach are absolutely vital to our Government being able to play the role the international community needs us to.
Australia was elected for a three-year term on the Council in October last year. This Council session runs from 18 June - 6 July. The Human Rights Law Centre will attend every day of the Council session and provide regular updates on the Australian Governments actions.
The Council session can be livestreamed here: ...
Australia is overexposed to a full-blown trade war between the US and China, business leaders have warned, as the Trump administration increases sanctions on Chinese products.
The Turnbull government moved quickly to put itself at the front of negotiations on Saturday after it was revealed a 25 per cent tariff on $US50 billion ($67 billion) worth of 1102 Chinese imports would take effect from July 6.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop urged the worlds two largest economies to take their dispute to the World Trade Organisation before it hit global standards of living and economic growth.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop
By Eryk Bagshaw
16 June 2018 4:57pm
Free and open trade and investment is of great benefit to our country and the world, she said. Its a position that we have made very clear to our American friends and well continue to promote it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would not stop lobbying for free trade despite the fifth hit to the dominant world economic order in as many months.
My job as your prime minister is to ensure more Australians have well-paid jobs, he said. Thats why were supporting free trade; we dont give up on it.
Labor trade spokesman Jason Clare said the signs were ominous.
This is not good no one wins from a trade war, he said. The US and China make up almost half the worlds gross domestic product. If this escalated into a full-blown trade war, everyone will suffer including us.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry struck back at the US immediately on Saturday, stating it would fight back strongly against the short-sightedness of the US, by imposing an additional 25 per cent tariff on 659 US goods worth $US50 billion.
Industrial machinery, communications technology, orange juice, whiskey, beef, poultry and soybeans are among the products in the middle of the trade battle, which comes just weeks after the US slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
The crackdown is the next step in US President Donald Trumps election pledge to protect US manufacturing jobs. He has also accused China of undermining Silicon Valley-produced technology and intellectual property.
Programs, strategies and policies designed to prevent or reduce the harms associated with the use of illicit substances are collectively known as harm reduction. This approach to drug use has been a key pillar of Australias National Drug Strategy since its first iteration in 1985. With the HIV/AIDS crisis looming in the mid-80s, it became
The post Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
|IndyWatch Sydney NSW All Topics Summary Archiver|
IndyWatch Sydney NSW All Topics Summary was generated at Sydney NSW IndyWatch.
Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog