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I don't see how Ms Faehrmann can continue in her job as a NSW Legislator after so stridently and publicly admitting to breaking the law - without saying when and where she did it. Her attempt to avoid the specific questions do her no credit - she comes across as...
RISE: Refugees, Survivors and eX-detainees the FIRST self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees makes a public call for a boycott of Australia Day, for the seventh year in a row.
We eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Australia Day on the 26th of January 2019. Instead, RISE encourages all Refugees, eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and allies to support First Nations peoples in their actions against Australia Day.
RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees. As eX-detainees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?
RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.
Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Below are the list of actions happening around Australia:
The story behind the most famous footwear in #auspol pic.twitter.com/5GiSHZbvHm ABC Politics (@politicsabc) November 28, 2018
Sam Maiden has the story - the electors in Curtin have the challenge. It is my intention to run: Julie Bishop wont quit | The New Daily https://t.co/1RdXAHf8UW (@samanthamaiden) January 21, 2019 Here's the former minister for foreign affairs in yacht racing attire.
The unprecedented Baaka/Darling River fish kill which claimed more than one million fish earlier this month including countless giant Murray Cod estimated to be decades old was caused by mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes system, with drought playing only a minor part, according to one of the nations top research think-tanks.
On January 7, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed more than a million fish had died in a small stretch of the Lower Darling region, around the Menindee Lakes system. DPI blamed the ongoing drought, and a cold snap which killed toxic blue-green algae. DPI says a massive bacterial bloom feeding on the algae caused oxygen levels in the water to drop, leading to the fish kill.
But according to a report produced by The Australian Institute a Canberra-based research organisation the fish kill simply came down to poor water management by the NSW Government, with the lakes system drained twice in recent years, while inflows to the system were inadequate.
Maryanne Slattery, a Senior Water Researcher at The Australia Institute (TAI) argues that the Menindee Lakes were drained in 2016-17 at a time when downstream areas did not need water.
South Australia was experiencing flooding and all Murray irrigation demand was met, The TAI writes.
The Lakes were drained by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), which is directed by the state governments.
The water level in the Lakes is not being replenished by regular smaller flows. While large floods still reach Menindee, regular small-medium flows have decreased dramatically.
A graph included in the report reveals that the Menindee Lakes system has only been emptied twice in recent decades once in 2003, at the height of the Millennium drought, and then again in 2013-14, after the formation of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, which was formed to better manage water flows.
Ms Slattery said that her research revealed irrigation development in the north of the Murray Darling basin which stretches as far as central Queensland played a key role in reducing these smaller, regular flows, along with drought and climate change.
It is clear what has caused the Darling River fish kill mismanagement and repeated policy failure, Ms Slattery said in a written statement.
To blame the fish kill...
Completely different angle. I'm sorry for judging this kid. pic.twitter.com/1WXz2s2Nhw Sandy (@RightGlockMom) January 20, 2019 Julie Borowski 10 hrs Yes, on first glance, the picture of the MAGA hat wearing high schooler and the Native American elder looks terrible. The teenager looks smug and disrespectful. But after viewing...
Phillipa McGuinness, The Year Everything Changed: 2001 (2018) Phillipa McGuinness reminds us in her preface to The Year Everything Changed that in 1988, the bicentenary of James Cooks visit to Australias east coast, a number of substantial books called slice histories were published: Continue reading
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) is a network of community groups and individuals that campaigns for fair trade based on human rights, labour rights and environmental sustainability (see 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. Remuneration including leave loading is $42.22 per hour, plus 9.5% superannuation.
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 (RCEP), and World Trade Organisation agreements.
The trade justice analyst/campaigner reports to the Convener and the management committee. Key tasks of the role include to:
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This last Saturday at least one hundred thousand Yellow Vests, Gilets Jaunes in French, marched through the streets of Paris. Marches also ocurred in other cities and regions throughout France.
It was the tenth consecutive weekend of protests, and the embattled president is still hearing the shout; Macron resign.
Video by Ruptly
Yellow Vest protests hit Paris for the tenth week in a row.
Battles with the police continue, although many of the same police and the police union have sympathy for the protesters. Just like most French people do.
Video by Global News
Police attack the protesters again
Although the rebellion began over fuel tax hikes, to soon became much bigger than this, morphing into a movement rejecting government in the hands of an elite.
Video by Andrew Bowen
French firefighters join the yellow vests...
By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes A former police worker has been sentenced to a minimum of two years behind bars after she pleaded guilty to falsely accusing her ex-partner of sexual assault. 28-year old Sarah-Jane Parkinson entered pleas in November last year to two counts of making a false accusation to police and two
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National Rugby League (NRL) player Paul Carter has strenuously denied allegations that he leaked intimate images of former Sydney Roosters teammate Dylan Napa as part of an extortion campaign. It has been reported that Mr Napa and his lawyers met with the NRL Integrity Unit to discuss information that Carter received threats by way of
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Sign the PETITION to the Senate against damaging clauses in the proposed RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and in favour of enforceable workers' rights and environmental standards.
The RCEP is a massive trade deal being negotiated in secret between Australia, New Zealand, China, India, South Korea, Japan and the ten member countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). The proposed RCEP would cover half the world's population.
In the lead up to the 2019 Federal Election, we need to tell all political parties not to agree to damaging clauses in the negotiations.
See more information, including a printable flyer, here.
Print off a hard copy of the Petition here.
In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Renewed Calls for Wage Theft to be Criminalised Revelations that the ABC underpaid up to 2,500 casual staff over 6 years has led to fresh calls for wage theft to be criminalised. Click here to read the article Man Acquitted
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Quiet now, Samantha has something shes going to share with us.
Every eye in the room turns toward me: the outsider lurking in the entrance.
Standing in this doorway, looking out over a tightly packed room of musicians and appreciators, I realise how much Ive been taught to be overly modest and not share my talents unless in the exact right time and place.
Most pubs I frequent here are home to the iconic Irish music scene a small band of musicians playing in the corner, predominantly drowned out by the chatter, but being appreciated by those listening in.
Ive made a close friend Caoimhe (Queevah); shes one of these musicians. Being Australian, Im expecting the classic modest downplaying of talents, so her response to the What do you play? question is unexpected and refreshing:
Mostly guitar and fiddle, and Ill sing a few tunes and play tin whistle if the whistle player cant make it, and if theyve got a spare bodhrn, Ill take my turn on that.
No unnecessary modesty or beating round the bush simply an awareness of the skill she has. Its an attitude of unashamedly sharing that delights me.
County Tipperary is the quintessential image of Irish countryside rolling green hills, quaint houses dotted along the winding roads and friendly locals who greet you with an accent almost too thick to understand. Id been told about this night by Caoimhe the first day we met, and now, here I am: engrossed by the most marvelous melodies floating through the room.
The place is called Jim O the Mills; its Jims home an old millers house situated somewhere along a long country road lined with hedges and lacking anything resembling a streetlight. Jim opens up his house once a week; the crowd is predominantly local regulars, all greeting each other with warm hugs and smiles upon arrival.
Jims wife had been buttering pieces of home-cooked brown bread, which we had stopped to help with whilst having good catch-up yarn. This was currently being passed around the room with a small slice of black pudding atop each piece.
Theres an easy 50 people packed into Jims converted living room the rickety stools face the front, where a row of musicians sit before the open hearth. They morph from one folk tune to another, following suit from whoever knows the tune best.
Photos by Stuart Bucknell, full album on our Facebook page Timber and Steel loves a good festival, and Woodford is no exception. The premiere Folk Festival is forever growing and developing to highlight and showcase both the beauty of the natural surrounds, and a diverse array of musical greats and emerging artists. The beauty of 
Hundreds of immigration detainees in detention centres across the country have begun a hunger strike protest this morning, Monday 21 January.
Detainees in the Villawood, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) detention centres began their protest this morning, joining the detainees at Yongah Hill in Western Australia who are into the eighth day of protest.
Detainees at Villawood issued a statement with a list of human rights concerns addressed to the Department of Immigration and Australia Border Force.
The national protest comes as more video footage from MITA revealing brutality and intimidation at the hands of Serco guards.
The unaccountable use of force, arbitrary punishment, and the use of handcuffs (detainees are even handcuffed to hospital beds) rank among the major concerns of the detainees alongside the deliberate placement of detainees away from their families and the indefinite detention powers of the Minister to over-ride court and Tribunal appeal decisions.
An independent review of immigration detention is urgently necessary. The Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister for Immigration preside over a system within a system without checks and balances. Natural justice is suspended behind the fences of the detention centres; Ministers and guards are a law unto themselves, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
There is no justification for holding these people in detention. It is a product of mandatory detention and draconian powers handed to the Minister to cancel visas. People are being held in detention for periods longer than the sentence imposed on them by the courts.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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The sudden appearance of a mountain of blue green algae poisoned dead fish at Menindee in the north west New South Wales part of the Darling, has brought to public attention yet again, the fact that Australias biggest water system is very sick.
Video from 7 News Sydney
This is not a new problem. We have known for years, that way too much water is being pumped out. The problem has been continuous mismanagement. There have been other warnings, like the previous blue-green algae blooms and the drying up of the mouth near Adelaide in South Australia....
Lawyers, advocates and victims of police abuse are again calling on the Andrews Government to take action and introduce an independent body to investigate police misconduct, as horrific new cases of police brutality come to light.
In April 2016 Tommy Lovett was set upon by plainclothes detectives from Darebin Police. He was seriously assaulted, capsicum sprayed and ultimately hospitalised for his injuries. Police were looking for a suspect described as an Aboriginal male, aged in his 40s with a goatee and red hat. At the time Tommy was 18, wearing a black hat and riding a scooter on the way to visit his grandmother.
He was subsequently charged by police with resisting arrest, however the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service had those charges withdrawn when statements from uniformed officers at the scene surfaced, including from one officer who wrote: I did not understand why I was being directed to arrest this male as he didnt match description.
Wayne Muir, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, said until there is a proper independent police complaints system we will continue to see these injustices against Aboriginal people.
This shocking case highlights the failings of a system where police investigate police. A perfectly innocent 18-year-old Aboriginal boy brutally beaten by police. This boy is no longer the same. He is still recovering from this traumatic event years later, and that is the fault of the police who did this.
Why shouldnt the police who did this be criminally charged for their actions? The current system is utterly ineffective and raises serious questions of bias with police investigating their own. This will keep on happening until there is real independence and accountability.
In 2018, Victorian Parliaments IBAC Committee recommended sweeping reform of the police complaint system following its inquiry into the external oversight of police corruption and misconduct in Victoria.
Jeremy King, Principal Lawyer at Robinson Gill Lawyers, who acts on behalf of Tommy, said the Andrews Government must reform the police complaint system and implement the IBAC Committees recommendations without delay.
Tommy Lovetts case is yet another example of unchecked police misconduct. Police members described their colleagues treatment of Tommy as notnecessary and disturbing, yet the perpetrating members have faced no known consequences for their actions. Victoria needs an independent body to hold police accountable. Police should not be allowed to act with impunity.
Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the current system is broken and the ball is squarely in Premier Andrews court to fix it.
This timelapse video tells a remarkable story about the March for Life held in Washington DC over the weekend. And this magnificent speech from Ben Shapiro should give us all a very good reason to sit and ponder the wonder and pricelessness of humanity. I am in awe of Shapiro's...
This video was recorded in Hidalgo, Mexico two days ago - a gasoline pipeline ruptured and rather than avoid it, hundreds of locals converged on the scene to knock off some free juice. As night fell the inevitable happened - at least 73 are dead and a similar number wounded....
The Palestinian Authority spends 6 times more on bonuses and support payments to Jihadi terrorists and their families than it does on its own needy. Each year, Australia sends $43M in taxpayer funds to support the Palestinian cause. Our money frees up money from the Palestinian Authority's budget - which...
Union News Australia is "A place for Unionists, Activists and the general rank and file to post, debate and read the very latest in Union news." And this is the "very latest in Union news". UPDATE I don't know whether Doug Cameron or Sally McManus decided to "associate" themselves with...
Egard Watches has the right idea! Good on them!
I first wrote this article and published it on this, my personal blog-site, on 1 November 2015. There has been quite a lot of interest in it since Joel ABell head pastor of Hillsong Australia announced he is leaving Hillsong.
Joel ABell announced on Twitter on 28 November last year that Joel and his wife Julia are leaving Hillsong.
I cough and gag one final time, elbows leaning on the porcelain with my hands folded into the bowl. My eyes burn as the tears slide down my face, mingling with the foul remnants surrounding my mouth. My stomach feels as though someone has wrung me out from the middle and the back of my throat burns from the acid forcing its way unnaturally upwards.
I feel like every single drop of energy has been sucked out of me and I wonder how Im supposed to stand to flush. Tiny black pinpricks are dotting my tear-blurred vision as I sit here hunched over the bowl. I feel completely empty. An emptiness that extends beyond the hollowness of my stomach and settles as a dull, lifeless ache in my chest. I am a failure.
Just as I begin to tell myself that this bullshit routine isnt worth it, the voice in my head pipes up in a sickly-sweet whisper: Thats one step closer to being good enough.
I remember the way my boyfriend traced my flattened stomach with his hands. Youre looking good, Han, hed said, with a hint of pleasant surprise.
I remember the way Mum paused the cooking as I strolled through the kitchen in gym tights and a sports bra, my bare middle exposed, begging for attention. Youre looking fit, darlin, she smiled fondly at me, unwavering kindness in her eyes.
I remember the way my friend sized me up as I squeezed into her size 8 denim overalls. Wow, you have lost weight! she exclaimed, beaming as her wide eyes slide up and down, taking in the shape of my new body.
Their praise sings through my head, playing on a self-indulgent loop, sending pride buzzing through me. Suddenly energised, I shove myself up from the bowl, flush, and set about cleaning myself up. My resolve has been strengthened. The shame of an inglorious vom is quickly overshadowed by the joy that swirls through me.
One step closer.
Id always been uncomfortable receiving compliments, but now I found myself confused by them. Here I was, in the midst of an eating disorder and people were excitedly telling me how fit I looked, how slim I was getting. Words drenched in positive connotations seemed to jar with the abuse I was subjecting my body to. But maybe they were right? According to the BMI scale, I was actually progressing towards a healthier weight range. So why did I feel so conflicted when these labels were attached to me?
On the outside, I was transforming into a thriving and...
The fruits of Frank, Brian and Joel Houston, the leaders of the three generations of the extremely corrupt Hillsong Pentecostal dynasty based in Sydney, Australia are the heretical Prosperity Gospel, pedophilia, cover-ups of pedophilia, serial adultery, acceptance of homosexuality and unrepentant homosexuals in their midst, rampant deceptions and financial pillaging of the Blessed Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, through out Australian, New Zealand and all other the world, where they have established churches in prominent cities.
These locations include London, New York City and Los Angeles, where many celebrities and unrepentant gays attend their churches.
Pastor Jim Williams. Multiple child sex offences against girls. House of Praise Springwood, Queensland. Former Superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of God 1977 to 1985 "IndyWatch Feed National"
This article was written by me and published on this, my personal blog-site, on 21 October 2015.
From The Daily Mail: more pseudo-evidence of global warming. Heres the start but read the whole thing. You would not want to live in Australia after what it says.
Roads melt and animals drop dead as Australia suffers through its most significant heatwave for 80 YEARS and temperatures top 120F
- Australia is baking amid record-breaking heatwave with temperatures soaring as high as 120F in some towns
- Town of Noona, in New South Wales, saw an overnight minimum temperature of 96.6F an Australian record
- Central Sydney saw fifth consecutive day above 86F for first time in eight years, while Canberra also baked
- Roads melted and animals dropped dead as fire crews fought more than 60 blazes across New South Wales
Malcolm says he couldn't have done it without her.
Would you ever replace your beef or pork with bugs? They're good for you and the environment - and can actually taste pretty good! pic.twitter.com/5iSrlRWI7q News Breakfast (@BreakfastNews) January 18, 2019
1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!
1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.
1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.
1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.
1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.
1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.
1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.
1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.
Ive had an epiphany, and its making me uncomfortable. At 53, Ive reached peak stuff. And my backup plan for downsizing donating it to charities has hit a hurdle. They dont want most of my stuff. It all started with our holiday viewing of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. The show 
Photo by Hyun Lee
Makeda brings an avant-garde sensibility to underground club music with Me, First, the lead single off an upcoming EP which explores the colonial histories of Australia and the UK
Melbourne-based musician, DJ and artist Makeda creates imaginative dance music with a left-field sonic palette and an implicit social commentary. Taking a holistic approach to her artistic undertakings, Makeda brings an avant-garde sensibility to underground club music. Her dedication to experimentation and storytelling have seen her perform at Dark Mofo, Soft Centre, Vivid and Next Wave alongside artists like Oscar Key Sung and Air Max 97.
Drawing on her familial connection to Londons Afro-Caribbean community, Makedas indebtedness to jungle, breakbeat and bass music is on display in Me, First, the murky first single off her upcoming EP Lifetrap. At the same time, Lifetrap represents an estrangement from that heritage. I was fascinated by how I was connected to the community at the same time as feeling really isolated from it. Im coming at it like an alien she says of the project, and this sense of alienation comes through on Me, First. The track, released on Melbourne label Nice Music, deploys techno textures and a deep low end to maximum effect.
Check out Me, First below:
An Aboriginal flag engulfs a large stone, twine securing it in place, that lays beneath a fishing pontoon, at the bottom of the sea. My cousin sunk it there on the day of my brothers funeral. We scattered Waynes ashes off that pontoon, the place he use to fish almost every day. I recall the significance of what my uncle ...
On Friday (18/1/19) I filed a Special Leave to Appeal application with the High Court of Australia which re-agitates unchallenged allegations of paedophile and bribe taking judges in NSW. They are allegations that numerous judges of the NSW Supreme Court worked to have suppressed for over 18 months and even while I was in jail 
Take Me To Town, the 3CD, 47 track compilation of contemporary Australian alt-country music is heading to Tamworth 2019, with a very special showcase gig featuring an all-star line-up of Ben Leece & Left Of The Dial, Katie Brianna, The Weeping Willows, Hana & Jessie-Lee, Lachlan Bryan, Jen Mize and Mitch Power. If you are
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Parallel universes, again. The official record of Josef Mengele is one thing; the on-the-ground sightings of him in the US and Canada is another. I suppose it would be considered too revealing of the CIAs business to come out and say that Mengele had business to perform in the United States. His business was mind-control.
That he was at Auschwitz during 1943 and 1944 seems to be accepted. That he performed medical experiments on twins, using especially Jews and Gypsies is not doubted. His misdeeds were recounted at the Nuremberg Trials...
When reflecting on my time working in Indigenous affairs, my good memories are often trumped with the bad. Like most young Indigenous people in their early twenties, I believed that I could change Australia and subsequently the world. I wanted to tell the good stories, share the beautiful things about Indigenous culture and shift the racist paradigm plaguing the nation. ...
1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.
1800 - John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta) is known to say that no gun or pistol can kill him He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over 30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.
1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.
1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.
1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.
1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.
1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.
1873 - Henry Burrell, known as The Platypus Man for his extensive research and study of our shy monotreme, was hatched.
1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.
1877 - Robert Kaleski, bushman and dog breeder who drew up the breeding standards for the Blue Heeler, Kelpie and other Aussie breeds, was pupped.
1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.
1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.
1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.
1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA
1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.
1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.
1907 A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.
1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway...
You know when youre a kid and someone says to you, I bet I can beat you to that tree! so you break into a sprint and run like your life depends on it, just to prove them wrong? My sprint towards proving my identity started well before I could tie my shoelaces.
Look at us, a bunch of white girls living in Bali, laughed the woman with her legs in the pool next to me. It was my first day of a month-long writing retreat on the Indonesian island, and a group of us were sitting around getting to know each other.
It took me a moment to realise that, yes, to her I did sit in that category of white girl.
I plunged in to a self-reflective state. Why did I feel so irked by this comment? Something in the pit of my stomach began to churn.
It was a harmless enough thing to say, but when someone calls me white it reminds me of how I spent the better half of my life trying to prove Im not.
What is a white girl anyway? Someone who is Caucasian? Of European descent? Someone who lives by western standards? I dont know the answer, but these are questions I ask myself all the time.
My family and I are New Zealanders. My dad is Mori, and my mum is of European heritage. I was raised in a khanga reo, which is a preschool held in a Marae (traditional house); I was taught Te Reo Mori (Mori language) from the age of three. I then went to kura kaupapa, a full-immersion Mori school, where we spoke Mori all day. I learned maths in Mori, to read and write in Mori, all our sports were done in Mori you get the gist, I was raised in Mori culture. As far as I knew, I was as Mori as they get. Whats weird is that I never felt I belonged to it.
I got my mothers genes. My skin is pale. My brothers got my dads genes, and people are always so quick to point out the difference. Finding my place in primary school was pretty shit. I was constantly bullied for being white. Kids used to say to me, Go to a normal school, this place isnt for you your people stole our land! At the age of seven I didnt understand. How could my people, steal your land? Arent we of the same people?
From here, I was hell-bent on proving people wrong. At 13, I started high school and sat all three of my Mori exams in just two years something most people take three years to achieve and dont start until the age of 15....
The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 16th January 2019 edition of TWT. #TWT160119
The United Kingdom and Europe are entering uncharted waters with the impending Brexit. Ilan Salbe suggests everyone take a breath, and have a rethink.
There needs to be a peoples vote on Brexit, one deciding between (1) remaining, (2) a no deal exit, and (3) the proposal that will emerge from the negotiations on the framework for a future relationship.
Keeping the three options alive respects the will of the people expressed in the 2016 referendum, acknowledges the irrational mess of where Brexit presently sits and still provides the opportunity for government to bed down a future relationship proposal.
A fly in the ointment is how to delay any irreversible decision on Brexit for the two years it will take for the future relationship negotiations to come to fruition. A solution possibly lies in either exploiting the recent European Court of Justices Article 50 ruling or with EU co-operation on a redraft of Article 50.
A short rehash of the Brexit process is a prerequisite to expanding on the flaws in the logic of its architecture and how they can be repaired.
Withdrawing from the EU is a muddled bureaucratic process. Its a reflection of the nature of the institutions involved and that theres been no prior experience to learn from. When Theresa May notified the EU on 29 March 2017 that the UK wanted to exit under the terms of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union it was a first for the EU.
Article 50 requires the drawing up of a withdrawal agreement that, critically in this context, needs to give regard to a future relationship framework. It also requires withdrawal to happen two years after notification of an intent to exit or earlier if an agreement is signed-off.
The wheels of the UK government and the EU have turned and two documents produced to satisfy the requirements of Article 50.
The first, ticked-off on the 14 November 2018 by UK and EU negotiators, was a weighty 585-page draft withdrawal agreement that will come into force if approved by the UK parliament.
The second, agreed on the 22 November 2018, was the companion political declaration on the formulation of a future relationship. In a less weighty 26 pages, it spells out broadly agreed aims in the areas of a hard border on the island of Ireland, trade in goods and services including tariffs and a single customs territory, workings of financial markets, mobility of people and a fair bit more.
The release of the withdrawal agreement and political declaration had bared the Brexit devil in the detail. Precious little time, just 127 days before the Article 50 two-year deadline would be reached, was given for the parliamentarians to absorb it all and decide what to do about it.
Being fair, the...
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The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has recently shared that the Commonwealth Government has allocated $134M of funding into Indigenous suicide prevention. If you look at the current suicide statistics this crudely translates to $248,000 per suicide death annually - without adding State funding into the mix. We have enormous amounts of funding injected into this critical area; yet, suicides continue ...
EXCLUSIVE: A woman who mocks the poor and thought the elderly man near the escalators was in the way, so called the police. A middle-aged man who works for a global management consulting firm and self-identifies as "politically incorrect" but nevertheless believed there was a "crazy Asian guy" nearby, and so he wrote about it to police over social media.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released an interim decision last year that would see amyl nitrite and other alkyl nitrite inhalants banned. This means these substances popularly referred to as poppers would be moved into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with drugs like heroin. The use of nitrite inhalants is popular amongst gay and bisexual
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The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission announced at the end of October that it was launching an investigation into the use of strip searches by NSW police. The inquiry is in response to growing allegations that officers are abusing their powers. This was against a backdrop of a growing awareness that strip search use is increasing in
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At the start of every year, new state and federal laws come into effect across the nation. This year, babies, students, migrants, politicians and credit card users are amongst those most affected by laws which came into effect earlier this month. Heres a quick rundown of the new laws. Foreign political donations New laws have
Last year, 69 women were killed violently across Australia. This brings the murdered women death toll in this country since 2012 to 506, according to Counting the Dead Women Australia project researchers from gender equality group Destroy the Joint. And in the overwhelming majority of these cases, the perpetrators were men who were known to their victims. The
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1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.
1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.
1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.
1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.
1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.
1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.
1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as Jim...er, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.
1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.
Climate change is here, independent NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham has warned.
The current record-breaking heatwave is a preview of more frequent and more extreme temperatures expected due to climate change and a wake up call for urgent action. It is melting our roads and buckling train tracks, changing our weather patterns and putting pressure on nature and agriculture. The increase in heatwaves alone will literally kill more of us.
Buckingham has said that the heatwave and other extreme weather events are sending a clear message that we need urgently mobilise for climate action.
The coming years are critical in the fight to protect the people we love and our planet from dangerous climate change, he said.
Climate and energy policy will be at the top of the NSW state election agenda, including in many regional seats where farmers are seeing first-hand the impacts of climate change on the land and are frustrated the Nationals have failed to do something about it.
The next NSW government can either fiddle while the climate heats beyond our control, or they can transform our community, economy and natural world by phasing out coal and powering our world by 100 per cent renewable energy.
This transformation will bring with it great opportunities for new jobs and innovative technologies across the state. Australia can transition away from being a quarry and lead the way on renewable innovation, exporting our science, know-how and clean solar power to the world.
If it's one thing that gets our stomachs excited it is the thought of a restaurant hiding up a flight of stairs and serving up Thai food unlike most places in Sydney. Chaao Thai Siam ticks all those shiny, happy boxes. Walking through a Thai sweets shop, narrow and stacked high with plastic tubs of mango sticky rice and fire laden Thai dips, could be enough to get us excited. Heading
Environmental groups, including The Wilderness Society, are saying the new NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) will drive more native species to extinction and ensure the collapse of NSW forests.
This follows briefings between Commonwealth and NSW governments. The group is claiming that the Commonwealth have accepted at face value the assurances given by NSW in relation to protecting threatened species when they should be ensuring no more species become extinct.
The process is completely broken, said Peter Robertson of The Wilderness Society.
Were in a terrible new reality where no-one is taking responsibility for our natural heritage and theyre passing the buck between each other. The RFAs are, pure and simple, a licence to destroy our forests with impunity. We urgently need better laws that can protect nature.
The group, that also includes the National Parks Association of NSW, North East Forest Alliance (NEFA), the North Coast Environment Council and the South East Regional Conservation Alliance, are also saying that the Commonwealth government has failed to challenge NSW on cherry picking research in regards the impact of logging on carbon stores despite its own documents stating that logging reduces the carbon stores of forests.
Dr Oisn Sweeney, Senior Ecologist with the National Parks Association of NSW said, Its painfully clear that no concrete data was used to assess the impacts of the last 20 years of logging before committing to another 20. There has been a complete failure on the part of the Commonwealth to discharge its duty to protect matters of national environmental significance. That is simply inexcusable.
They point out that the lack of accountability of governments, and their overriding drive to maintain wood supply to industry, makes a MurrayDarling Basin scenario of ecosystem collapse almost inevitable for NSW forests.
The unfolding ecological catastrophe we are witnessing right now in the Murray-Darling shows what happens when the Commonwealth fails to hold the states accountable and step in to protect the public interest, said Susie Russell of the North Coast Environment Council.
Around 350 immigration detainees are into their fifth day of hunger strike protest at Yongah Hill detention centre.
A list of demands was released by the Yongah Hill protesters on Monday, 14 January (see below).
The detainees will hold a protest in the yard of Hawke and Falcon compounds at 11.30am Perth time. The protesters have asked the media to come to Yongah Hill to see the protest and talk to the detainees themselves.
We want to show the media that Border Force is lying when they say there is no protest at Yongah Hill. We have been asking Border Force why we have been detained so long; what is happening to our cases, but they have no answers, one detainee told the Refugee Action Coalition.
A room search conducted this morning at 7.00am Perth time was just another way to try and intimidate the protesters.
The hunger strike protests last week at the MITA North and now at Yongah Hill have exposed the conditions inside the onshore detention system, and the routine abuses arbitrary arrest and punishment, use of handcuffs, lockdowns, assault that detainees are exposed to.
The government has tried to maintain a wall of silence around the onshore regime. There is no independent oversight of onshore immigration detention. Border Force and Serco guards act with impunity, said Ian Rintoul , spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
There are fundamental injustices associated with the use of immigration detention and Ministerial power that have to be addressed. Ministerial power to over-ride court decisions are a denial of natural justice and would not be acceptable in the criminal justice system. Border Force and the Minister are laws unto themselves.
The detention centres are a crime. They should be closed.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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Real estate cycle expert Bryan Kavanagh says turnover and price declines in Sydney and Melbourne during 2018 indicate an economic recession in the 2019-20 financial year. The 2018 Kavanagh-Putland Index, released today, shows the total value of Australian real estate sales to GDP. Mr Kavanagh said the $50 billion pumped into markets by the Rudd-Swan 
Donald Trump may be a terrible president and an even worse human. But you have to hand it to him on the payback front. Chris Graham reports.
As the partial US Government shutdown enters its fourth week a consequence of Trump refusing to sign spending bills until the Democrats give him $5 billion to build his wall across the Mexican border the Democrats have been holding fast, and looking for ways to frustrate the worlds most powerful man.
Enter Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Congress, a Democrat, and the most powerful woman in the American political system.
Two days ago, Pelosi used her powers to cancel Trumps scheduled State of the Union address to Congress, the presidents annual address where he outlines his achievements and his future plans.
Pelosi said the Trump-engineered partial government shutdown which has led to more than 800,000 government workers being furloughed indefinitely means that security at Congress was stretched, and the safety of the president couldnt be guaranteed.
So she cancelled his speech, the first time in US history a sitting president has been prevented from delivering the State of the Union.
It was a shrewd move, and sparked reams of copy in American press lauding Pelosi as finally getting the better of the president. Even conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin was celebrating the move, noting that Pelosi had worked out the best way to deal with Trump like you would a child having a tantrum.
Trumps response overnight, however, was you have to admit inspired.
Pelosi had this morning been due to fly on a junket to Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan with a host of Democratic colleagues to visit the troops. One problem she was planning to fly courtesy of the United States Air Force.
Donald Trump is the Commander-in-Chief of the US military. So Donald Trump cancelled her flight, an hour or so before it was scheduled to leave.
A deadpan White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released Trumps letter to Pelosi on her Twitter account.
Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 17, 2019...
The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is set to receive fairer funding terms and easier-to-use templates when applying for grants and procurement of services.
By standardising contract templates, NFPs will benefit by saving time and money on what was an inconsistent and often onerous process.
Eleven years ago now, after the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the Rudd Government held the Australia 2020 Summit which brought together hundreds of prominent and community delegates to think big about what Australia could be like by 2020 and beyond.
One of the 10 key policy challenges focussed on at the convention was Options for the Future of Indigenous Australia. The delegates invited to think on this topic came up with 49 ideas for government to consider implementing in order to build a reconciled, happy and healthy Australia that celebrated its ancient history and the abiding culture of its First Peoples.
There has been a lot of water under the bridge since the 2008 Summit and much of what was envisioned has been forgotten or pushed away as our governments have gone through one of the most divisive and flailing periods since Federation.
It feels like 2019 is offering a new chance for Australia to think big about correcting the historical wrongs made against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; to revisit our thinking about Constitutional reform, closing the gap in health, education, employment and housing outcomes and to place truth-telling and reconciliation at the centre of the national conversation.
Next month our sixth Prime Minister in 10 years will be providing the annual Closing the Gap report with promises of a refreshed Closing the Gap Strategy that will be designed in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We already have a Parliamentary report o...
By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey Sydney lawyer Brody Clarke came from a privileged background, benefited from a stellar education and was employed by investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan before turning his hand to law in his early thirties. But it all came undone when the now 36-year old engaged in an unsophisticated scheme
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Alexis Wright, Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth (Giramondo 2017) This is a book of yarns. Ill start this blog post with one of them. In the mid 1990s at the Gulf of Carpentaria, Murrandoo Yanner was involved in negotiations with Ian Williams, the general Continue reading
National Native Title Tribunal File QC2018/005 available
here entered on the
The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment B - Map showing Boundaries of the Area Covered by the Application here
Attachment C - Map of the Claim Area here
The claim area is roughly west of the Hann Tableland National Park.
The Djungan People native title claim group is comprised of the descendants (including through adoption or raising up in accordance with traditional laws and customs) of the following apical ancestors:
Tommy and Topsy Wason
Jack O'Neil and his spouse, Flora Richards
Peter Ray Burns
Jimmy Kingsburra and Lizzie Kingsburra (including the descendants of Joe Sands)
Charles James Archer (Senior)
Mollie and her spouse, Bert Gordon
Peter, of Yarrabah, Bachelor, born Cooktown, aged 18 years, parents Fred and Topsy and Jessie Wason, of Yarrabah, Spinster, born Mareeba, aged 16 years, parents Fred Wason and Dinah married 28. 4.1910 at St Alban's Church, Yarrabah by G W Morrison, C of E
Children (some?) recorded at Yarrabah
Catharine Mona, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 30.12.1910
Eric Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason (Black mixed (Chinese and Aborigine)) , born 8. 4.1913
Vincent Noland, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 3. 2.1915
Agnes Lorna, parents Peter and Jessie Wason , born 16. 8.1916
Ralph Emmanuel Peter, parents Peter Underwood F/B and Jessie Wason H/C, born 20. 4.1919
Maxwell Horace Alton, parents Peter Underwood and Jessie Wason, born 3. 3.1924
John Wason H/C of Yungaburra, born Kingsborough near Thornborough c1895 married
Lucy Cunningham H/C of Yungaburra, born Mulgrave River married 18.10.1916
Keeping the pressure against the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin 25 year old Romaan halted coal transport to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal from a treesit 20 meters off the ground attached to the Newlands Rail line.
Adani has declared that it is ready to start work on the proposed mine once given the go-ahead by the Queensland government. The international conglomerate is still waiting on two approvals from the state government relating to their ground water management plan and the preservation of the ecosystem of the endangered Black-throated Finch.
Romaans protest is the second of its kind this year and one of a long series of nationwide demonstrations against the proposed mine. These actions are in response to growing concern about the impacts that the proposed coal mine will have on the regions environment and the climate of the globe.
I felt inspired by the students who put their lives on hold during the School Strike for Climate to make the government listen to their concerns for the state of the climate and its implications for our future, said Romaan
The fact that our government is not taking the threat of climate change and resulting climate catastrophe seriously is deeply disturbing. We cannot allow the greed of a small minority jeopardise the livelihood of the whole planet. We, the people, need to stand up in community and take action into our own hands.
It is possible for humankind to become carbon-neutral in this lifetime and that is what we have to aim for if we intend to preserve our planet and all life on it. The building of the Carmichael mine will open up the potential for seven more coal mines in the Galilee Basin, effectively ending our chances at carbon neutrality. This is madness given the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report, states that we now have less than 12 years to to act on climate change to keep the increase of average global temperature within 1.5C and avoid extreme heat, drought, sea level rise and food scarcity. Even if the temperature rises 1.5C this still has major implicati...
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim High Court Justice Virginia Bell ended 2018 on an incendiary note, when she publicly implied that some sentences being handed down are clearly too light, and the Crown should be appealing them rather than exercising the restraint that has been applied over recent decades. The comments were made during
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I havent mentioned that the city clerks son is on the city council- and that her sons mother in law owns almost all the business real estate in town.
The Des Moines Register the largest newspaper in Iowa- did a report in their watch dog section on Earlings city attorney Clint Fischer that was quite telling
Considering what they are doing to me- and esp. what they did to Vaughn Gross who put a gun in his mouth this past Christmas- it is my opinion there is more going on in this town that what people know.
What happened to Vaughn was wrong. What is happening to me is wrong as well. But Vaughns experience tells me there is some sort of weird land grab going on.
The city clerk has lived here for three years- yet few in this town of 300 know who she is. However- as I have said- she befriended me even before I left Seattle last January.
My question is why.
As Ive said- the city council approved of my dogs last January- but eight months after they tried to convict me of a crime for having them- despite the fact that a business owner in town ALSO has a pit mix that bit a neighbors dog- requiring the injured dog to require twelve stiches- and yet he has not been required to get rid of his dog.
In fact he STILL isnt having any issues. So I guess the towns ordinances only apply to those the city council wants to target.
Although, of course, Vaughn Gross didnt have a dog. Just a house they seemed to want.
Considering I was fighting against Nazis in Washington State- which is why I moved- and Iowa just reelected a white supremist (Steve King) in SW Iowa- which is where Earling is located- it isnt a huge leap to think it may all be connected in some way to some sort of weird Nazi agenda.
At least in the way of their tactics anyway.
Just how this is all connected I am unsure of. However- if this all continues- something tells me it wont stop with me.
And they have already pushed a man to commit suicide.
I, however, will NEVER hurt myself but will fight until I am no longer able. And exposing this is something I am compelled to do.
And this type of situation is not new to me. Here is the type of stuff I have dealt with in the past
January 17, 2019: While the TPP-11 came into force on December 30, 2018, with six of the eleven signatories ratifying, the new Malaysian government has not ratified the TPP-11 and is seriously reviewing their entire approach to trade and investment agreements.
A key economic adviser to the new government, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, wrote on January 8 that the rebadged Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership had much more to do with US geopolitical goals than improving trade, and that as TPP-11 the possible economic gains from it are really derisory.
Some minor changes were made to the TPP agreement for the CPTPP. Several onerous provisions were amended, and some others suspended, leaving most unchanged. Only a few CPTPP governments secured side letters, exempting them from some specific clauses.
Thus, most onerous TPP provisions remain. The CPTPP has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalization, accelerating deindustrialization, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.
Jomo called for a turn away from bilateral and regional free trade agreements, towards a revival of the multilateral World Trade Organisation. At the national level, developing country governments should amend legislation and policy in line with their needs, especially for development, not at the behest of corporate lobbyists or geostrategic priorities, he concluded.
by Dee McLachlan
As I head to Adelaide for the fifth time to continue filming my documentary, and to deal with Family Court criminality, I reflect on parallels of the hit TV series, HANDMAIDS TALE. I am hoping many readers have seen it. (It was on SBS once.)
Based on Margaret Atwoods best-selling novel, it is essentially a view into the totalitarian society of Gilead, where handmaidens are enslaved to produce children for the elites. Their children are then removed from them so that elite couples (who have become sterile) have a chance of mother and father...
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Apocalypse. Its going to be a wild ride, so please fasten your seatbelts, keep your arms inside the guard rails, follow instructions from your crew, and well have you back at the Visitor Centre in time for lunch. Or not. Depending on a couple of things. Your choice. Your guide for today is Mike Dowson.
If, tomorrow, Earth was struck by an asteroid, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, what do you think would happen?
You know what would happen. Of course you do. The world you know would be swept away.
Your insurance, your investments, your professional network, none of that would help you. Fund managers and film stars would defer to nurses, mechanics and security guards. Many of the things which give us status and protection in this artificial realm would be useless.
But some things would matter more than ever. A place to sleep. A hand to hold. The safety of the group. The rule of law.
If you survived the impact, the blast, the fires, the toxic clouds and acid rains, any chance of a benign future would depend on a few human evolutionary adaptations. You would see quite starkly, then, the importance of our extraordinary ability to cooperate, organise, take care of one another and solve problems together.
It really isnt any different right now. Look around you. How much of your life did you invent for yourself? Your knowledge, skills, and almost every comfort and convenience you enjoy were bestowed by others. You may say you earned them. But others made them possible. The only difference is we presently have the luxury of taking them for granted.
But we dont need to wait until tomorrow. The asteroid has already struck. Species are disappearing, just as they did at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Deadly contaminants are spreading. The pillars of our familiar biosphere are collapsing.
We cant see the asteroid clearly because its so diffuse, and its full impact is registering more slowly than a human lifetime. We cant see the asteroid because its us.
The mild Holocene, in which humans spread across the globe, is over. The evidence that we have caused this change is overwhelming. But to argue about it is pointless now. The fact of it is everywhere apparent. The Murray-Darling basin is drying out. The Great Barrier Reef is dying...
Hayesville caught our ear with this rich and stately vocal sound. Hes a Swedish singer songwriter now based in Cologne, Germany and he counts Songs: Ohia as an influence which instantly makes him a winner in our book. Its a classic sound that he goes for, quite baroque at times, a gothic Americana of sorts
We are a group of like minded folk planning a trip to Sicily, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain and back through France between August September 2019.
If you share our interest in language, culture and the arts and you have a few weeks to spare around Xmas / New Year why not fill in the form at the bottom of this page for more details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and join us for all or part of the adventure; It would be amazing to have you along !!
At about GBP30 per day per person all up this is the cheapest way you will ever get to see Europe and Africa and make lifelong friendships with an amazing group of people. Just compare 20 nights travelling in a Landrover with us to 7 nights in Benidorm which would you choose ?
Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!
36 Hairpin Bends near Briancon last year 33 of which needed 3 point turns ! Oh that wonderful defender turning circle !
Its always such an insight into cities when you go to small coastal places no matter where you are in the world. On Australias mid- north coast around Stuarts Point and Grassy Head where the Macleay River branches out into salt water lakes and the beaches are endless. Which is true of much the coastline as well.
Stuarts Point is a stand out as the old beach/holiday houses are so intact and there are so many wonderful DIY touches and details that are so personal and functional like the ones shown here....
January 16, 2019: The massive rejection of British Prime Minister Theresa Mays Brexit Withdrawal Bill yesterday supercharges the drama over the future of Europe and the future of trade and investment deals world-wide.
Prime Minister May has only until next Monday to present an alternative plan to the British Parliament, a most unlikely prospect. It is possible that the Tory minority government will fall, another election will be called, and the European Commission may allow an extension of the March 29 withdrawal date to allow for an initiative by a new British government, such as a new referendum.
The pro-Brexit Conservatives passionately object to the role of the European Court of Justice, the European Convention on Human Rights and European regulation of goods and services, as well as the freedom of movement of EU citizens, which has been expressed in racist terms. However, what the Brexiteers call EU red tape is often the respect for human equality, protection of workers rights, human rights and the environment, which have resulted from struggles by unions, environment groups and other social movements. Unions have supported free movement of EU citizens while opposing EU directives allowing European immigrant labour to be paid the lower wages and conditions applying in their home country.
The Australians who champion Brexit are led by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and former Foreign Minister and High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer. Abbotts turn back the boats policy appeals to the racist Right in Europe and the UK
On October 3, 2016, Abbott told a business breakfast in London that a no-deal exit from the EU would allow the UK to pursue an absolutely free trade deal with Australia. "There should be no need for tortuous negotiation and labyrinthine detail," he said.
However, the UK Brexit debate has clearly demonstrated that Abbott and Downer had grandly over-simplified the situation. The level of uncertainty about many arrangements, such as air traffic, fi...
This podcast documents important moments from the 2018 Art & Industry Festival that relate to the history and significance of the West Gate Bridge. It will take you to symposiums; intimate accounts from workers who survived the collapse; scenes from the recent production of The Bridge, a play written by the late Vicki Reynolds in 1990; and, finally, to a special performance of Throw your arms around me by Mark Seymour, James Henry and local community singers (led by Jennifer Lund), largely sung in the Yuwaalaraay language.
As the nation was still recovering from the holiday season, Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton announced a proposal to establish a national public register of child sex offenders, which would make information about convicted criminals available online. Describing it as the toughest crackdown on paedophiles in Australias history, Dutton told reporters on 8 January that
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YOU MUST NOT MISS THIS TALK
Sunday 20th January 2019 in collaboration with the Dowsers Society of NSW at the Hunter"s Hill Community Centre starts at 2 pm.
Our major focus is on four skulls we have recently examined, two are still on site, two are in our possession. The unresolved problem that these skulls create is at least three have no Earthly equivalent.
Two skulls do not have foreheads, there is nothing above the eyebrow ridges, the skull cases slope backward at 180 degrees and greater, are semi-rectangular and both have massive eyes which are the largest ever seen. Another skull has no evidence of suturing which means it cannot be classified as hominin or sapiens.
Complementing these developments, some extremely compelling evidence has turned up that absolutely proves that the Standing Stones site is legitimate, and there was the first language on this continent that predates all other languages ever spoken.
Quite a few loose ends have been tied up, and even the Courier Mail will have to concede their official denial of the site, and the archaeologist was completely wrong and should be publicly retracted.
NSW Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has avoided commenting on the Murray Darling water management issues that have plagued his government and instead blames the recent mass fish kills on a natural occurrence.
He also accused NSW Labor of capitalising on an unfortunate event.
Franklin also declined to comment on whether he believed water-intensive large-scale cotton irrigation farming is appropriate for the climatic region of regional NSW.
As reported by ABCs 4 Corners on July 24, 2017, plans to rescue the Murray-Darling Basin river system were undermined amid accusations of illegal water use.
The top bureaucrat in charge of water in NSW, Gavin Hanlon, resigned after the program aired.
Richard Kingsford, the director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, told the SMH last week it was a disaster that had been many years in the making because too much water had been diverted from the system for agriculture.
The Echo asked Franklin, Do you accept that the Nationals are responsible for this mess? Or was this a bipartisan effort, as you suggested it is for the Richmond River?
Franklin replied, The recent fish kill in Menindee was caused by severely low water flow owing to drought conditions, coupled with a sudden drop in temperature, resulting in a disruption to the existing algal bloom in the Lower Darling River, killing the algae and depleting the level of oxygen in the water.
There is no denying that what we have seen in the Menindee is an unfortunate event; however, these events are not uncommon and can be result of many factors.
In fact, there have been major fish-kill incidents across the state, including in our own Richmond River over the past 20 years, as a result of high rainfall and...
Apart from the nausea of Chucky Bear [Schumer] and Nancy Pants [Pelosi] posturing they will not fund the Wall, and the hypocrisy of prior Dem wall funding and building operations [600 miles of it], there is a genuine humanitarian issue, that has not been made known. And this does not include the Dianne Feinstein lying about children being gassed, or the caravaners being paid to travel to the border, then demanding $50,000 each to return.
On the day before Trump recently visited the wall, there were over 400 arrests. Some 130 of whom were, Indian, Pakistani, or Romanian.
The Hidden File
The hidden file concerns some 200 per day being shot or incapacitated, and...
Fraser Final Solution Anning Anti-fascist research group The White Rose Society has published an expos on federal Senator Fraser Final Solution Anning and his many links to local neo-Nazis and other far-right activists. See : Fraser Annings Neo-Nazi connections. Included Continue reading
All The Best is FBis flagship storytelling show and podcast produced at FBi Radio in Sydney in association with SYN and Triple R in Melbourne. Executive Producer Allison Chan shares her favourite episodes of 2018 to whet your appetite for a new year of new Australian storytelling.
Is an unanswered text message scarier than an actual ghost sighting? This ep features eerie tales of hauntings in the nations capital, an abandoned smoothie shop and text messages left hanging.
Our names help to define us legally, socially and culturally. Changing a name is a tricky process for anyone, especially when that anyone is an entire nation.
Were pulling back the curtain. Were lifting the lid. Listen in as we show you what really goes in to making an episode of All The Best.
Stories about relying on underpaying, insecure cash-in-hand jobs and living to laugh at the tale, and turning cringe-worthy customer interactions into art comics to be precise.
Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! Heart!
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Its midday and Im standing in a parking lot across the road from Warner Bros. Studio. Around me I can see families, couples, groups of middle-aged women, and the occasional man. I overhear that a family has flown in from Seattle just to be here, another have travelled from East Coast, a couple have been on waiting list for weeks, and a pair have been lining up since 8am.
Were in Burbank, California, in the waiting room, or more accurately, the WB parking lot queuing to be a part of the live studio audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show one of the most watched daytime TV shows of all time.
Im not the worlds biggest Ellen fan. Its something I turn on when I wake up in the afternoon, a background show. Yet on a whim, Im somehow here amongst all the middle-aged mums and their reluctant partners. I signed myself up for studio tickets online months in advance when I was booking my flights to America. After confirming my attendance, I kill five hours with a walk and a long lunch. The earlier you confirm your attendance on the day, the closer to the front your seats are which is why so many people have been waiting here since the morning. Yet as I join my place in the 400-long queue again, I suspect that some of these women havent moved from this one location all day.
Each Ellen episode feels like a very special episode, which has always fascinated me. Watch any episode and Ellen is always celebrating something, and as a result giving away extravagant prizes to her fans.
Before heading into the studio, we sign a waiver and answer a questionnaire questions like Do you know someone who is trying to continue their education but does not have the money to do so? Tell us about it below, and Would a new car change your life? Or do you know someone who needs a new car? Tell us why!
Im getting flashbacks to Oprahs iconic You Get A Car moment. I laugh to myself and update my Facebook status to: Brb about to go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show! EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!!!
At 5:45pm, after an entire day of waiting, were led into yet another line to get in to the studio. But to get to our seats, we first have to make it through Ellens official gift shop. We are now entering Ellens world, the bits you dont see on TV. I wasnt aware that this was even a thing. Ellen has her own branded underwear ($20), Ellen branded water sparkling or still ($5), Ellen branded shirts, hoodies, jumpers, mugs, you name it its got Ellens name written on it.
Immigration detainees at two compounds of Yongah Hill (outside Perth) have begun a hunger strike (Monday 14 January) in protest against detention conditions.
On the night of Sunday 13 January, the Yongah Hill protesters rallied outside their accommodation blocks. On Monday, over 350 people began a hunger strike protest to draw attention to the conditions, the mistreatment and the abuses in Yongah Hill.
The Yongah Hill protesters have issued a statement (below) with a list of their concerns, raising many issues regarding long term detention injustice, visa cancellations, as well as abuse by Serco guards, and the arbitrary arrest powers and internal punishment regime that operates in immigration detention.
The routine use of handcuffs that has become part of Border Forces militarisation of detention is a particular concern. Below is a video clip of a detainee handcuffed in a Perth hospital after self-harm incidents.
In both MITA and Yongah Hill, protesters have disappeared into punishment cells inside the respective detention centres. One Yongah Hill detainee who staged a roof top protest was taken to the punishment cells on 9 January, and has not been seen since.
TVs WON IN MITA
However, tensions remain; the TVs are only in one compound and as yet have no antenna connection. And the detainees are still waiting for chairs to be brought into the compound and for the midnight lockdown to be lifted.
And there other outstanding issues about detention conditions to be addressed. Two people in MITA have attempted suicide (one by eating a razo...
I am so looking forward to being back at the console this week.
We start the show with a bit of unfinished business from last, with 2 more episodes left on Beauty and this week its James Franklin with Beauty and Mathematics.
My special guest at 11:00 am is Andrew Tink, auth pr Honeysuckle Creek: The Story of Tome Reid, A Little Dish and Neil Armstrongs First Step. It will be 50 years this year since that historic footstep and the story is still as thrilling today.
Music yes, you guessed all about the moon.
Looking forward to your company!
Introduction by Dee McLachlan
Im all for using less resources, polluting less, and having a lighter footprint on the earth. I have hiked in pristine and very remote areas, and when you return to civilization, you realize humans have the skill, the contempt and the capacity to foul anything up.
But ever greater than their ability to destroy things, is our capacity to lie and deceive, to gain the upper hand power. I posted an article some time ago about the fake JFK Jr. photograph doing the rounds on the internet (a link from QAnon). The above is the Hazelwood power station in Victoria...
As equality in advertising goes, theres no denying its pretty bold.
Gillette home of the Fusion razor which, every few years inexplicably ads a new blade (theyre up to five now) and random new innovations like glide technology has launched an ad campaign based on their old tagline, Gillette, the best a man can get, but with a twist.
The ad features leering men and bullying kids, women being groped and men standing around at BBQs excusing the conduct as boys will be boys. Gillette then asks the question Is this is the best that men can get?
It finishes with the tagline, The boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.
The ad, released on Gillettes official Youtube channel, has had almost a half million views in just a few days.
The ad hasnt been warmly received by everyone, as a quick dive into the comments section reveals. Almost 21,000 comments at the time of press, and a substantial majority of them appear to be from very upset men. (A warning if you decide to dive in for a look it pretty much goes downhill as quickly and completely as you might expect).
But is it just another major corporation trying to jump on the #metoo bandwagon, in the interests of corporate profit?
Like virtually all major companies, Procter & Gamble, the owners of the Gillette brand, does have a history of sexist television commercials, one of which attracted the attention of a young Meghan Markle in the 1990s. You might remember her from such royal weddings as that big one last year, where a black preacher went off script and delivered the greatest monologue at a royal wedding, ever.
And the board of Procter & Gamble a company which last year reported revenue of $65 billion continues to be dominated by men. Theres 13 people on the board, just four of them are women.
Even so, the company does also have a recent history of punching hard on equality. Since 2016, its been producing Citizenship reports which document its efforts to build a more sustainable and equal world, and in 2017 the company launched an ad series called We See Equality.
Its also launched a website ...
Ongoing moves by Zionist lobby groups and American legislators to define anti-Semitism as criticism of Israel is an assault on free speech everywhere, writes Professor Stuart Rees.
Claims about western values usually include praise for the freedom enjoyed through governments respect for freedom of speech. Yet, even in democratic states, those principles are being treated as outmoded, not least in regard to criticism of Israeli policies towards Palestinians.
Other countries also ride roughshod over freedom of speech. Control of the media and suppression of dissent is spreading like wildfire in Sudan, Serbia, Hungary, China, Russia, Egypt, India and elsewhere. Reference to the disregard of free speech in these other countries needs to be made in anticipation of the response, When examining human rights abuses, why single out Israel?
I am doing so because widening interpretations of anti-Semitism, designed to protect Israeli policies from scrutiny, represent a serious challenge to western commitments to freedom of speech.
I will highlight this controversy, over the stifling of free speech, in regard to specific issues;
Based on the Stockholm Declaration of 2000, the founding document of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) identifies the horrors of the Holocaust and makes a commitment to commemorate the victims. The same document reaffirms humanitys common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.
That IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, passed at an IHRA plenary meeting in Budapest in 2015, says that anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews which could be expressed as hatred of Jews or could include the targeting of the State of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity.
At best, these claims are ambiguous. The notions, certain perception, may be expressed might include allows supporters of the text to say that anti-Semitism could mean anything or nothing. In a judgement which reflected the views of other prominent lawyers, Geoffrey Robertson concluded that the text was imprecise, confusing and open to misinterpretation and even manipulation.
Despite the confusion, supporters of the text used it to attack the pro Palestine leader of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. A powerful lobby argued that Jewish people warranted special treatment because, they claimed, any criticism of Israel, let alone...
Australian workers are experiencing sustained low wages growth, the likes of which the country has not seen since the 1930s, writes Alison Pennington.
Commentators, economists, unions and mainstream institutions like the RBA lament the dire implications of low wages growth for rising inequality, the dream of inclusive prosperity, and economic stability. Meanwhile, since 2013, the Coalition government has overseen the most dramatic fall in the number of workers in the private sector covered by collective agreements (a key mechanism for facilitating wage increases) since the introduction of enterprise bargaining in the 1990s.
A report released in December 2018 by the Centre for Future Work (CFW) On the Brink: The Erosion of Enterprise Agreement Coverage in Australias Private Sector has uncovered the comprehensive collapse of enterprise bargaining in Australias private sector. The report finds that since 2013 to June quarter 2018, the number of enterprise agreements (EAs) in the private sector has almost halved, and the number of EA-covered employees has dropped by 34 per cent, or 662,461 employees.
Today only 12 per cent of private sector workers are under current EA coverage. Without urgent action to reverse the underlying factors driving EA coverage down employers not renewing expired EAs, the near disappearance of new agreements, and a spectacular rise in employer terminations of EAs coverage could fall to below 2 per cent of private sector workers by 2030.
Labor has responded to this worrying picture, with work, wages and inequality gaining prominence in their emerging election platform. At the ALPs recent national conference, it committed to strengthening the minimum standards (restoring penalty rates and adding superannuation to the National Employment Standards) and taking steps to modernise our labour laws (through measures such as limitation on use of casual and temporary visa work). A range of measures to strengthen collective bargaining were also introduced including extending multi-employer bargaining to low-wage industries (such as in childcare and security), and in other industries, where appropriate.
Implicit in the ALPs commitment to expand the scope of bargaining is an acknowledgement that the Fair Work Act is incompatible with the current labour market and that collective bargaining settings are not up to the task of lifting workers wages (including extending bargaining rights to workers in labour hire, gig and casual work, and in small businesses) a key focus of the ACTUs Change the Rules campaign.
You want a day to celebrate Australia. I want an Australia thats worth celebrating. In the past I have supported the #changethedate campaign. Until recently, when you searched change the date on Google in Australia the first entry was even an article I wrote a few years back titled Why we should change the date ofAustralia Day. It is still ...
Rumour has it that PJ will return to retake the chair on Dial Afrika next week, January 16 at 9am. By popular demand, humbled and excited to continue a program he started seven years ago, theres every chance that this could be more than mere rumour.
Returning from a 6 month sabbatical during which took him to
Thailand on a Holistic Health Getaway and to climb the mountain Mae
Taeng, (lady lying down) in Chiang Mai. A feat he says, has to be
included on his bucket list.
Dial Afrika is real Afrikan radio highlighting arts, culture, history and the very best in sounds and music from across the continent and Global Afrikan Community.
For his first show, listeners will be treated to some almost forgotten favourites, and a special segment highlighting some new releases from some of Southern Afrikas new and young generation of artists, composers and performers.
To verify if this is rumour or not, tune in to Eastside Radio 89.7FM 9am Jan. 16, eastsidefm.org (on demand) on the worldwide web.Dont miss this first of many, and let music be the link that unites us!
SCOTLAND: With a long storied history that is the envy of most, Glasgow Celtic remains one of world football's most enduring symbols with a passionate fan base to be found all across the world, including Australia. It is also, of course, the club that is home to Socceroos stars, Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani. But now, Celtic finds itself in the midst of explosive revelations the club covered up for and enabled child sex offenders for decades, with even legendary manager Jock Stein playing a part in not calling police despite the abuse of dozens of young boys.
Sydney artist Elsen Price has released a global sounds single Birth: The Spirit Begins a lead single from his album Death of the Spirit and the Rise of the Pointless. Encapsulating emotions into his music, Birth: The Spirit Begins is a new classical instrumental single filled with double-bass grooves that tells the story of human expression without any words.
On the single, Elsen said, The single is an expression of an individual before they succumb to the categorical life, with a freedom of ideas, moods, passion and pursuit,
The highly anticipated album, Death of the Spirit and the Rise of the Pointless is a creative expression of the continuing development in Global Culture for the systematic organising and labelling of all individual people.
On the album, Elsen said, Any moments of being silly, wrong, right, arrogant, humble, progressive, conservative, caring, oppressive or any activity slightly against the mundane and normal, is filmed, written about, photographed, supported, destroyed or even worshiped,
This 5-track-album conceptualises the decline of human connection to its environment and reality, and the rise of inhuman order, control, rules, regulations and limits.
Elsen Price is an Australian Double Bassist and composer based in Sydney, Australia. As a featured artist, Elsen has performed both locally and internationally at BassEurope (Prague), Yilan International Art Festival (Taipei), Audio Foundation (Auckland), Sydney Festival, Vivid Festival, MONA and Woodford Folk Festival.
With over 20 years experience as a bass player, Elsen has performed alongside Josh Groban (Multi Grammy Award Winning), Mike Patton (Faith No More), Lee R...
This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and laughs. There is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. The young rabbits are encouraged to get involved in the action and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults, this is interactive theatre at its best.
Celebrating 16 years in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Wind in the Willows is Australias best-loved affordable family entertainment, so pack a picnic, grab the kids and join in the fun!
What: The Wind in the Willows
When: 5 27 Jan 2019 (Various Times)
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
For More Information & To Book Online Click Here
RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees the first self-determined advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia run by Refugees for Refugees calls for a boycott of Australia Day, for the seventh year in a row.
We Refugees, Ex-detainees and Asylum Seekers from RISE condemn any group or individual who claims to be pro-refugee but celebrates Australia Day on the 26th of January 2019. Instead, RISE encourages all refugees, ex-detainees, asylum seekers and allies to support First Nations peoples in their actions against Australia Day.
RISE represents over 30 refugee community groups in Australia and is the first (and one of the few) self-determined, registered, non-profit refugee organisations in Australia governed and managed by refugees, asylum seekers and ex-detainees. As refugees, asylum seekers and ex detainees in Australia, we acknowledge that the land we seek protection on is the land of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples whose sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
We believe the systemic abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a result of over 200 years of discrimination as part of the white colonial genocide strategy that continues to this day and this template is now being used against our own refugee communities. How can we dismantle the white Australian governments refugee torture camps built within and outside its colonial borders without addressing the root cause of this criminal abuse?
RISE fully supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples sovereignty and self-determination and stands in solidarity with them every day in our commitment to fighting for justice on this land on their terms.
Nationwide actions are being organised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Activists. Below are the list of actions happening around Australia :
Donate / Amplify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples-led movements and organisations
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It was 2PM in Osaka, and I was staring a pair of socks to death from the window of a shop in Tsuruhashi.
This was rare for me, as usually whenever I would come down from my friends apartment to the shopping alley, I would buy whatever foods tempted me and bring back a whole stash.
There were so many things that attracted me about Tsuruhashi; the smell of freshly made okonomiyaki and chatter from middle-aged ladies telling jokes gave me a sense of comfort. It was also the atmosphere of a Japanese suburb that resembled an anime film, what with the brick fences and tall trees and surnames displayed next to the mailbox.
On this particular day, the reason for my intense sock stare was that I couldnt work up the courage to go up to the shopkeeper myself and ask to buy them.
Suddenly, someone appeared at the entrance of the store and greeted me, and I, only knowing bits of Japanese from movies, froze without a reply. The air between us turned awkward.
Ah, sumimasen. Nihongo no good. As I said that, I bowed to apologise.
Oh! She nodded in understanding, Daijoubu. Thats okay!
Buy something? She tilted her head slightly, a patient smile on her face.
I definitely had to say something back, but all I did was mumble as I looked back and forth from her to the socks. Rinse and repeat. All I could think about was a simple quote from Obi-Wan Kenobi: You have done that to yourself.
Sumimasen, kore wa ikura desuka? I tried to ask, enquiring about the price, fully realising the language barrier and hoping she understood what I meant.
Kutsushita wa happyaku-en desu.
I know that, I thought excitedly. 800 Yen!
My discomfort dissolved I was absolutely thrilled at being able to purchase something without having to ask my friend to translate (though I was a bit embarrassed later when I realised the price was in clear view of me right on top of the socks).
Full of pride, I thanked the shopkeeper and swiftly ran back to the apartment.
Even though it wasnt exactly perfect, I had carried out a proper conversati...
At age 24 Jessica is set for a long and successful sporting career in both Canoe and Kayak. Her love of white water events is no surprise as both her parents were coaches of the Australian Olympic team in these events.
Her eyes are very much on the future both with her rigorous training regime and her studies in Psychology.
With seven World Championship gold medals in individual events she is the most successful paddler, male or female, in World Championship history.
She chats to GT Tuesday 3pm and shares the music that inspires her.
If youd like to see Jess in action she is about to compete in international events at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium (8-10 and 15-17 February). Both these events are free for spectators.
Follow Jessica on social media via Instagram @jessfox94 or Facebook
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What began as a spat between prime minister Scott Morrison and Byron Mayor Simon Richardson has blown up into a national confrontation after the government said it will force all councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day.
In September last year, the PM threatened that Byron Council would be stripped of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies if it dared to follow through on its plan to move the event to a less controversial date.
But despite Byron Council backing down, the government has announced it plans to ram through changes to the Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code without consulting the councils that would be required to implement it.
That action has been described as heavy handed by the federal peak body of councils, the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).
ALGA also says the government has offered councils no financial compensation for the extra costs associated with running such an event on a public holiday.
President, Mayor David OLoughlin*, said in a statement that most councils hold more than one citizenship ceremony a year, some as often as monthly.
The federal governments strong focus on drawing a link between Australia Day and citizenship ceremonies is bizarre, Mayor OLoughlin said.
If the federal government had bothered to consult with us in the development of this policy, they would have heard that in some locations, its simply too hot for councils to hold ceremonies during the day, so they do it the evening before, just as the federal government does with its Australian of the Year Ceremony.
Other councils combine their citizenship ceremonies with their local Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards, which are often held in the week before Australia Day, just as many of the state...
1758 - Robert Sidaway, convict, farmer, publican and owner of Australia's very first theatre, was hatched.
1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...
1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!
1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.
1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.
1830 - In a classic lesson to update your Google maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.
1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.
1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got himself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".
1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.
1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.
1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.
1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.
1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.
1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.
1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate...
Richard F Thomas, Why Dylan Matters (Dey Street 2017) Ive been a Dylan fan for five decades. I remember playing John Wesley Harding on repeat in the late 60s, and sitting hunched over a tiny radio in the dead of night hearing a Continue reading
As I hear more about the Integrity Initiative (II), I am reminded of Julian Assange & Edward Snowden in 2013, on the militarised occupation of our private lives and the new great game.
ISEA Festival, Sydney 2013 pic.twitter.com/dPj98ZOOzV
Dame Cathy Vogan (@CathyVoganSPK) January 12, 2019
Years later we would realise, with a bang, the purpose of the new great game.
Spying>Analysis>Persuasion. The Mi(6)ssion was not just to collect information about the inner core of our lives, but using big data AI analysis, to learn how we as a society and as individuals, would be most vulnerable to misinformation, and apt to consent. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie, held a mirror to our nakedness in the face of such power, and to his companys for-profit information operations, within the context of elections.
As they appear, the Integrity Initiative revelations, as well documented here by Robert Stevens on the WSWS,< /> are steadily revealing that the same national security bodies, who amended or ignored constitutional laws and collected everyones confidential information, are behind years of misinformation, with a view to a war. WW3 it seems. Stevens enlightens us on IIs involvement in the Skripal reporting, and the licence it gave Teresa May to lash out at Russia.
Yes it is true that I am being attacked by the city council here- but I am far from the only one. Nazi type bs seems to be alive and thriving in small town Iowa- esp considering Iowa just reelected white supremist Steve King in the state.
Due to the harassment a fellow towns man suffered, a man by the name of Vaughn Gross just put a gun in his mouth and killed himself this past Christmas.
First- the city council published in the local newspaper in Harlan, IA an article that his house had been foreclosed on due to back taxes- which wasnt true.
Vaughn was in his 60s and had no money- so he was unable to obtain a lawyer and fight back.
Just before his suicide- they (Earling IAs city council ), then condemned his house. He killed himself as a result.
Worse, the town knew his family had a history of depression as Vaughns brother had committed suicide years before.
In my opinion, what is happening closely resembles some type of Nazi Agenda- which, considering the state just reelected Steve King- who has proven ties to Nazi groups- seems logical to me.
This town approved me to move in with my three dogs- two of which are incredibly loveable pit bulls and then- 8 months later- they tried to charge me with a crime for having them and took me to court at the Shelby County Court House.
Before that they tried to shut off my water for being 27.00 behind on my bill.
I thought it was because I was disabled, poor, and gay (although I have been celibate for years now because of my faith)- and because I had made a complaint against Earlings city clerk Lori Ahart- but now, after what happened to Vaughn, Im beginning to think it is because they are doing some sort of land grab and want my house.
I am being systematically harassed- house broken into, things stolen, and esp considering someone has tried to poison my dogs twice.
The Pacific Northwest, where I just moved from, has been inundated with Nazis and unfortunately I seem to have moved to a state that is just as bad.
Immediately moving here, I was receiving emails telling me that my house was going to be broken into a day or two before it happened, that my dogs were in danger a day or two before someone tried to poison them, etc. etc.
Later on I figured out that it could have easily been city clerk Lori Ahart- who at the time, had befriended me and who had keys to my house. During all of this- she was trying to convince me it was my next door neighbor- going so far as to giving me a photocopy of my neighbors check that she had written to city hall for her water bill.
The local Sherriffs dept knows about all of this- as I have sent them every email as well as a picture of the...
Its almost fourteen months since Reko Rennies beautiful artwork at Taylor Square was painted over so the building could be more attractive to rent out. The other night, wandering along Oxford Street, I noticed the For Lease sign was still there. A sad start to the new year, I thought, as I really love public
January 2019 On and offline tempers have been flaring this week over the St Kilda neo-Nazi rally and the counterprotest. There are some claiming that while there were some Nazi elements at the protest, there were those there in good faith, speaking out against what they perceive as threats to their safety and wellbeing from African gang violence and migration more ...
In the midst of a warm summer in Sydney, Ive been watching friends post photographs of snow in Europe. Their photographs have inspired me to go looking for photographs from the past where Ive experienced snow myself (which I love) taken in Sweden and Iceland.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
[Editors note: In December last year was the fourth anniversary of the Sydney Siege. Below is the verbatim copy of the letter Mary Maxwell sent to the coroner before he completed his Inquest.]
The following Ninety-Nine Ways letter was sent to the NSW Coroners Court in 2016 and was acknowledged in a reply from Melissa Heris, solicitor for the Lindt Caf inquest. No changes have been made here, but bolding and boxed headings are added.
To Coroner Michael Barnes September 30, 2016
I respectfully submit this as an interested citizen. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Inques...
A Victorian Birth, Death and Marriage Index is available
The description states "Complete Victorian Birth Death & Marriages index compiled in a Microsoft Access Database. Births 1836 to 1920. Deaths 1836 to 1985. Marriages1836 to 1942. Requires Microsoft Access to use."
A ZIP file can be downloaded containing the database file.
Similar information can be downloaded here as three files in CSV format.
Note : On Sunday, January 20, there will be a Tunnerminnerwait & Maulboyheenner Commemoration, which will be held at the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner monument at midday at the corner of Victoria & Franklin Streets. ~ poster by gammin threads ~ Continue reading
The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal has found that Capilano Honeys lawyers lied and deceived the court about their poisonous and toxic honey defamation and injurious falsehood claim against journalist Shane Dowling. The court also found that Capilano Honeys lies and deception in gaining a super-injunction and wide-ranging suppression orders has had an unjustifiable chilling effect on 
Joseph Jarman (September 14, 1937 January 9, 2019) 82yo. was a jazz musician, composer, and Shinshu Buddhist priest. He was one of the first members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Jarman grew up in Chicago, Illinois. At DuSable High School he
studied drums with Walter Dyett, switching to saxophone and
clarinet when he joined the United States Army after graduation.
During his time there, he was part of the 11th Airborne Division
Band for a year.
The AACM and his solo band
After he was discharged from the army in 1958, Jarman attended Wilson Junior College, where he met bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut and saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and Anthony Braxton. These men would often perform long jam sessions at the suggestion of their professor Richard Wang (now with Illinois University). Mitchell introduced Jarman to pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, and Jarman, Mitchell, and Maghostut joined Abrams Experimental Band, a private, non-performing ensemble, when that group was founded in 1961. The same group of musicians continued to play together in a variety of configurations, and went on to found the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1965, along with Fred Anderson and Phil Cohran.
Jarmans solo recording career began at this time with two
releases on the Delmark Label which included non-conforming
recording methods, such as spoken word and little instruments, the
latter a technique that Jarman and Mitchell would use to
effectiveness in the Art Ensemble. The band he fronted and used
during these recordings between 1966 and 1968 included Fred
Anderson (tenor sax), Billy Brimfield (trumpet), Charles Clark
(bass), Christopher Gaddy (piano) and Thurman Barker (drums).
However, in 1969 Clark and Gaddy both died and Jarman disbanded his
The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Equal Interest
Shortly after his bandmates Clark and Gaddy died in 1969, Jarman joined Mitchell, Maghostut and Lester Bowie (trumpet) in the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble in 1967; the group would be later rounde...
When I asked my brother what advice he had for me for my trip to Japan I expected him to suggest an ornate shrine, a steaming bowl of particularly delicious ramen or a chilled onsen to visit. Instead, I got a slightly alarming account of a casual kidnapping. Heres the gist of what he told me.
It was 3AM and I was with my friends kicking on from a wedding reception in a bar somewhere in Shibuya. It was warm, stuffy and overcrowded. I couldnt wrap my head around the Japanese need to heat every room as if it is a sauna, but I guess they just really like to soak in the atmosphere.
I stumbled outside to escape from the heat. I was hammered and needed some cold air to clear my head. As I leant against the cool bricks of the building outside, a man approached me from the street. He was foreign about six-foot-four and huge. In this climate, he stuck out like a dad at an Ariana Grande concert. He started to make mindless chitchat with me, asking me how my night was going. I was so wasted I didnt think too much of it and gave him polite mindless responses. Then, mid-conversation he suddenly grabbed me by the wrist and pulled me down a nearby alleyway. It was dark and I couldnt see the end.
He pulled me further into the alley and further away from the bar. I need to get out of this, I thought to myself. I dont want to be this far from the bar.
I tried to turn and pull away, but his grip tightened on my wrist. It was clear he wasnt going to let me turn back. Another man of similar appearance seemed to materalise out of thin air behind us. He didnt say anything; rather he acted as a presence to make it clear I wasnt going anywhere.
I began to panic as they took me across the road and into a grey building that looked like an empty bar. The lights were dim and there was an old rusted clock on the wall with a loud tick that sent a shiver down my spine with every strike. They pushed me into a lift and one of them got in with me. My mind began to race.
Shit. How am I going to get out of this? This is going to be much harder than I first thought.
The man pressed a button and took me to the third floor.
Come on brother, you have good time, he said in heavily accented English.
At this point, I really doubted that. He led me out of the lift and into a room with a bar, a lounge area and a couple of unmarked doors. The bar was old and...
Anderson .Paak dropped in to Arvos with Tommy Codling and, with both of them perched on the mixing desk as per A.Ps pre-interview demands, they chatted about his latest album Oxnard and all the intense collabs contained therein.
They also got into drumming while singing, touristing while touring and going (v politely) head to head with Dre in the studio,
Yeah [Dre] mixed the whole record. Forty-two times. Haha nah seemed like it Were both control freaks I think we were driving each other crazy. Id be like Ah, Dre do you think, um, I think the drums are just a little thin and hed be like I was listening back at the beach house and I wanna change this and that, and I dont know about this song. But it was cool to have a co-pilot, someone of his stature.
Collaboration is integral to .Paaks process and on Oxnard he relished the chance to witness his collaborators processes. From sending a track to the relentlessly in-demand Kendrick Lamar with fingers crossed, to working from the ground up with J. Cole, to watching Dre and Q-Tip build it old school brick by brick.
They also chatted about the hometown camaraderie that binds his band The Free Nationals, the late great Mac Miller, and getting tight with Kendrick. Listen to the whole thing up top.
The hunger strike protest by immigration detainees in MITA North that began on Tuesday 8 January, is now into its fourth day.
Detainees have also spent their third night outside their rooms, resisting the nightly midnight lockdown by refusing to enter their rooms. It is standard operating procedure in the militarised compound for detainees to be locked in their rooms between midnight and 7.00am.
At Yongah Hill detention centre, where a similar purpose-built compound has recently been commissioned, detainees are not locked down.
The disgust with the purpose built prison-like maximum security conditions saw detainees request to Border Force officials to re-open the previous high security Maribyrnong detention centre that the government declared closed on 1 January.
While Border Force has said they will consider the detainees demands over food, to end the lockdown, provide chairs and allow TVs in the detainees rooms, the officials have refused to put anything in writing.
The detainees are also waiting for action to be taken against the guards who assaulted two asylum seekers in MITA South on Tuesday night when one of them asked kitchen staff to pass him garlic sauce for his evening meal.
The arbitrary abuse of power by the Serco guards has to be addressed. The ABF refutes the claims of assault but typically there has been no investigation. An independent human rights audit of the detention centre is urgently needed. Border Force and Serco are a law unto themselves.
Guards that abuse their powers must be held accountable, although there will be no justice until the detention centres are closed, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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