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Australia is becoming more corrupt because successive federal governments have failed to create an effective national anti-corruption body similar to the NSW Independent Commission against Corruption, a leading jurist has argued.
Writing in support of a national anti-corruption body, David Harper, a former Court of Appeals justice at the Supreme Court of Victoria, noted that in 2012 Australia ranked seventh in Transparency Internationals global corruption index, but that today we were ranked 13th.
The lack of a federal anti-corruption agency remains a reason why we have never come close to being corruption-free, he has written in an opinion piece for the Herald.
Mr Harper writes that the lack of an effective federal anti-corruption watchdog had allowed corruption to flourish undetected and, in turn, allowed federal politicians to hide behind the myth that the federal sphere is free of corruption.
In NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, extraordinarily serious instances of corruption have been unearthed by royal commissions or broad-based anti-corruption authorities, he writes.
A survey by the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) found that 40 per cent of past, present and prospective suppliers to government agencies believed corruption in public sector procurement to be either a major or moderate problem.
Corruption in the states is certain to be replicated federally and if procurement in the states is a problem, federal procurement is necessarily fraught. In 2009, the Defence Department alone sought tenders for more than $45 billion. When money of this magnitude meets power and greed, as inevitably it will, corruption or attempts to corrupt are the result.
Mr Harpers piece was written in support of a briefing paper prepared by the Australia Institute, which is lobbying for a similar federal body, for federal crossbenchers, who last month announced their support for a federal anti-corruption body. Labor also supports the proposal. So far the government has opposed such a body, or discussed one with far more limited powers.
The paper finds that the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption remai...
My kids watch a lot of Youtube, mostly videos of people
playing video games
One thing that bothers me is the unregulated nature of the content, especially the ads they are forced to watch.
There is strict legislation surrounding the advertising (particularly at children) on television, yet it's quite shocking to see the branded content masquerading as user-generated material (like unboxing videos) and those commercials that play before videos too.
I was watching one the other day that basically told kids to pester parents for sugary cereal in the supermarket.
Another example is that advertising which has been banned from television is still available Youtube.
Like this Holden ute commercial that was deemed as showing unsafe driving.
NSW PHON Sydneys Future by Michael Smith on Scribd
So-called Pastor Frank Houston was a pedophile who used the Christian ministry as a cloak or instrument to access little boys and young males.
Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, he thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey.
The pedophile Frank Houston groomed good trusting wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, and then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent pure children.
The pedophile Frank Houstons preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males.
In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christia...
Three months ago we were living in a three-bedroom house + garage and all our cupboards were full. I had a walk in pantry and floor-to-ceiling wardrobes in the bedrooms and laundry. Every shelf was jam-packed. Id spent years decluttering and trying to live with less. I read all the minimalism books and I believed, truly believed, that with less stuff came more clarity. But for someone who lived simply I still owned a lot. I owned too much. I bought things because they were beautiful and coveted and not because they were needed.
And then we bought a caravan. And while our intentions were to travel and spend more time outside under the Australian sun with our kids, we were also excited by the limits that living in a small space would give us. We wanted those four walls to create boundaries. And they have.
When I think back to that transition week when we moved from the house to the van, I vividly remember all the stuff. Wed packed the most important things and stored them at our parents houses and everything else was spread across the length and breadth of the lounge room (the loungeroom that was bigger than our caravan).
I cringe when I think about it. So much miscellany, so much money spent, so much waste. When it was laid out in front of me it was deeply confronting and I still feel ashamed. But more than the shame I want to remember the confrontation because it has and continues to be a potent reminder; we dont need much to live happily and live well.
In fact, we need so little that even Im surprised on a daily basis by the contentment that comes from small space living.
I cook all our meals using one saucepan and three small pots (and a Weber which has proven to be a very worthwhile purchase). We have four tea cups and six bowls and eight plates. I still have too many clothes but Ive got what I need for all seasons; cotton, linen and wool. I own four pairs of shoes and two bags.
Every week we donate a bag of things we dont use to the op-shop; everything from outgrown clothes and shoes to kitchen utensils, linen and toys.
Everything we need is in our van, stored in the cupboards above our heads and under the beds. Back at the Grandparents houses we have keepsakes and books and wooden toys kept in a single wardrobe and half a standard suburban shed. Our washing machine, dryer, fridge, table, bookshelves and beds are on loan with friends and family. Everything else was sold or donated.
We may only be a few months into this new way of living but Ive completely shifted my mindset in regards to the things we own and the things we buy. This I know: living with less has given me more time, space, energy and money. I have less obligations and more opportunities.
I feel lighter. And much happier.
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Its either a case of a glorious David v Goliath battle, or possibly just a bureaucrat or lawyer somewhere with way too much time on their hands, and an overly officious approach to their job.
Whatever the truth, SBS Television (with an annual turnover in excess of $400 million) is threatening to sue a small activist organisation (which is only halfway to its goal of raising $30,000 to employ a part-time organiser) for including its logo in a public campaign calling for a boycott of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in Israel in May 2019.
Because apparently, punters dont already know that SBS broadcasts Eurovision every year, and they could easily be mistaken for thinking that SBS supports a boycott of its own programming one of the largest rating shows of SBSs calendar year.
Boycott Divestment Sanctions Australia (BDS Australia) started the Boycott Eurovision 2019 campaign in response to Israel winning the right to host the annual event earlier this year.
In case youve been living under a rock, Israel is in breach of innumerable international laws over its ongoing occupation of Palestine, the illegal establishment of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, its blockading of Gaza by air, land and sea, and the regular killing of Palestinian civilians.
With that in mind, BDS Australia joined a growing international movement to boycott the annual song contest by organising online campaigns promoting protest actions. One of those is tomorrow, outside SBSs headquarters in Artarmon, Sydney.
And its that protest or rather BDSs use of the SBS logo within it that has drawn the attention of SBS lawyers, with a tersely worded threat to pull down the material, or face a lawsuit. Over to the lawyers.
I am writing regarding the use of SBSs registered trade mark by BDS Australia in relation to the Facebook event page available [here].
In SBSs view, your use of its trade mark constitutes an infringement of SBSs trade mark rights, and also constitutes passing off (sic) as readers of the...
Commonwealth Bank will source 65 per cent of its national electricity needs from renewable energy from January 2019, after signing a unique agreement with the largest wind farm in New South Wales. CBA has signed a 12 year Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) with 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm, which will see...
Commonwealth Bank of Australia Australia's largest bank commits to sourcing 100% renewable electricity globally by 2030 and becomes the first company nationwide to join RE100; Signs power purchase agreement to source 65% of its national electricity needs from renewables by early next year. Sydney, Australia: Renewable energy is good for the environment and good for the economy that's the message from Australia's largest bank today as [...]
If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. She had always had a talent for remembering. Price was the first person ever to be diagnosed with what is now known as highly superior autobiographical memory, or HSAM, a condition she shares with around 60 other known people. She can remember most of the days of her life as clearly as the rest of us remember the recent past, with a mixture of broad strokes and sharp detail. Now 51, Price remembers the day of the week for every date since 1980; she remembers what she was doing, who she was with, where she was on each of these days. She can actively recall a memory of 20 years ago as easily as a memory of two days ago, but her memories are also triggered involuntarily. It is, she says, like living with a split screen: on the left side is the present, on the right is a constantly rolling reel of memories, each one sparked by the appearance of present-day stimuli. In order to figure out how HSAM worked, researchers first needed to understand what it was and was not. HSAM subjects turned out to be far better than people with average memories at recalling long-past autobiographical data; in memories that could be verified, they were correct 87% of the time. It is still unclear whether HSAM will turn out to be a fascinating curiosity, or a key that unlocks the deepest mysteries about how memory works.
Note: Explore another major media article on this unusual woman. And watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?
There has been a discovery in the field of memory recently, so new you won't find it in any textbook. For the moment, the scientists studying it are simply calling it "superior autobiographical memory." Dr. James McGaugh, a professor of neurobiology at the University of California Irvine, and a renowned expert on memory ... is the first to discover and study superior autobiographical memory, and he is quizzing [violinist Louise] Owen - his fifth subject - to find out. "Let's move back in time now to 1990. It rained on several days in January and February, can you name the dates on which it rained?" McGaugh asked. Believe it or not, she could. "Let's see. It was slightly rainy and cloudy on January 14th, 15th. It was very hot the weekend of the 27th, 28th, no rain," she replied. We checked the official weather records and she was right. McGaugh says this type of memory is completely new to science. So he and his colleagues have had to devise their own tests. "These people remember things that you and I couldn't possibly remember," McGaugh [said]. Beyond the fun of asking what happened on a specific date and knowing you'll actually get an answer, there is a lot at stake here. The discovery of people with instant access to virtually every day of their lives could recast our whole understanding of how human memory works, and what is possible. Could understanding these remarkable people someday help with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders? The potential is enormous, but the inquiry is just beginning.
Note: Watch an excellent 14-minute segment from Australia's 60 Minutes on numerous individuals with the gift of perfect memory. How is this possible?
A recent article by Colin Kruger in the Sydney Morning Herald profiles the story of Michael Clarke, a renowned cricket captain, and a failed ICO called Global Tech Exchange (https://gttrade.io). Global Tech was to be a cryptocurrency trading platform which had some elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning embedded in it. They were trying Continued
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A complete transcript of the speech delivered earlier today by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to stand down after allegations he sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer in 2011.
Up front let me apologise for not saying any of this until now. I cannot stay silent anymore.
The Greens are respected by many people as a party of principle, a party that holds ourselves to high ethical standards our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory.
It is for this reason that I am calling today in this place for Jeremy Buckingham MLC to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.
If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens, because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable or more equitable world when so much energy, effort, time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.
There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.
This morning we informed our parliamentary colleagues of our intentions and urged them to support us or for Jeremy to step aside. I hope they do that, and hope he does that.
To Ella Buckland who has shown strength by speaking out publicly about Jeremys act of sexual violence towards her, and his subsequent disgusting behaviour she has endured, let me say on the record that I believe you.
Let me acknowledge that while I know there have been some good people trying to work in good faith with the best intentions to resolve this, it is true that we need to do better and our party has failed you.
I also wish to apologise for my silence and inaction until now. This has been my first opportunity to speak out with the protection of parliamentary privilege, and I wish to acknowledge that I do have that privilege.
The fact that I felt compelled to wait is a clear indication of the urgent need for defamation law reform in this state and country, something that I support.
While we must continue to respect the presumption of innocence, this cannot be used as a shield to protect male violence against women. Despite the risks, brave women are standing up and speaking out. But brave women are also hurting, hurting because we know that almost always, and right now in this situation, no matter how it plays....
NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to unload on embattled colleague Jeremy Buckingham in a searing speech in which she called for the renowned anti-coal gas campaigner to resign from parliament, branded him a bully, and described his behaviour towards women as unacceptable.
I am no longer going to be part of a system that runs a protection racket for badly behaved men in this place, or in society, Ms Leong told parliament shortly after midday. It has to stop. You can read a complete transcript of Ms Leongs speech here.
Mr Buckingham has come under increasing pressure to stand down from parliament since ABCs 7:30 program broadcast allegations by ex-Greens staffer Ella Buckland, that he sexually assaulted her after drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar in 2011.
In a written statement, available here, Ms Buckland alleges that while heavily intoxicated, Mr Buckingham walked up behind her, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her on the neck.
Mr Buckingham has steadfastly denied the allegations.Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Kate Aubusson, Flickr)
An internal Greens investigation did not substantiate the allegations on the grounds of insufficient evidence, however Ms Buckland found herself having to defend her own character after she was falsely described to investigators as a promiscuous, intravenous drug user.
Ms Leong has remained silent on the issue but spoke out publicly last week against Labor leader Luke Foley, who resigned from parliament within 24 hours of being accused of sexually assaulting ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper while drunk at 2016 parliamentary Christmas party.
Ms Leong and other Greens members including Cate Faehrmann and federal Senator Sarah Hanson-Young were lambasted on social media for their silence around the allegations levelled by Ella Buckland.
Today, Ms Leong apologised for the delay, and set to right that wrong.
Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | November 11, 2018
Newcrest Limited expect the awarding of the Special Mining Lease for the Wafi-Golpu Project in June next year.
Speaking at the Companys Investor Conference, Executive General Manager, Craig Jetson, said the project has a wonderful ore body and is project of national significance to PNG.
The Investor Conference was held ion Sydney, Australia, on October 26th .
Jetson said following the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June this year, the company are working with the PNG Government to finalize the necessary agreements to be required to enable them to approve the Special Mining Lease (SML).
One thing for sure is that Wafi-Golpu is project of national significance to PNG, so there is a lot of excitement in PNG about this project, and they see it as a big part of the economic development of the nation, said Jetson.
Right at the outset when we started working through the process of the permitt...
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