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By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police officer who was found to have illegally accessed the police database and leaked a domestic violence victims address to her abusive former partner a man who is reported to be his mate- has relied upon the privilege against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions about the conduct. Yet,
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In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Only Half of the Serious Injuries on Our Roads are Recorded The NSW government has been allocating funds for roads based on inaccurate data, neglecting many of the areas that need it most. Click here to read the article Re-Radicalising
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Guest post by Joe Hoft
Around the world there were celebrations 100 years ago. From rural Herring, Iowa, where farmers gathered together to celebrate the end of the war while erecting a flag pole in commemoration, to Wall Street, where Americans celebrated en masse. The great war was over!
If you travel to Australia today, you will be reminded at 11:11 am of the sacrifices that Australians gave for the great war. Everyone stops and a voice over the load speaker of whichever business you are at will call for a moment of silence in respect for those who gave their lives in World War I.
On Armistice Day, in 1918, Australians covered Martin Place in downtown Sydney to celebrate an end to the murderous war. (pic from Australia War Memorial).
Unfortunately this was not the war to end all wars, it turned out only to be a precursor to World War II.
Americans began arriving in Europe towards the end of the war in 1917, after years of President Woodrow Wilson trying to keep the US out of the war. Little did anyone know that with the USs help, the end of the war would come in a year and a half.
Many Americans who would later become famous for their efforts in World War II were also important to the first World War. West Point graduates and future generals Patton and MacArthur met during World War I. The only time they met in person:
Instead of the usual format, this months meeting will be devoted to Councils plan to protect our neighbourhood from future WestConnex traffic.
Please note: the meeting will start at 6pm!
You may remember that Council presented us with several options in April/May, including full and partial road closures,traffic lights, turn restrictions, slow points and continuous footpath treatments.
They have received and analysed more than 700 submissions and produced a plan that tries to balance everything everyone wants.
Come along to find out what is proposed.
Following the presentation, ARAG will discuss the plan.
The meeting will be held at Alexandria Town Hall, as usual. Again, please note, it will start at 6pm.
As if we didnt already have enough to worry about when it comes to artificially intelligent machines being able to perform many tasks faster and better than humans can, potentially stealing our jobs in the future and presenting what some technologists worry is an existential threat to humanity, now it appears AI will soon be able to match humans at being, well, human, too.
An Australian AI expert, Toby Walsh, said during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney recently that he thinks AI will learn and possibly match human traits like creativity, emotional intelligence and adaptability in less than 50 years. And Walsh a Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney predicts robots will be as smart as humans by the year 2062.
But dont worry about them ultimately presenting some sort of threat or something as drastic as potentially wiping out mankind, he adds. Weve been rather mislead by this idea that the robots are going to take over, Walsh told Time Out. The robots have no desires of their own, they do exactly what we tell them to. Im much more worried about incompetence than malevolence that well get the machines to do something and we havent thought carefully about how its going to interact with our complex world Healthcare, transport, how we manufacture things, how we educate ourselves, how we go out and play its going to touch almost every aspect of our lives.
Its interesting to think about this other side of increasingly smarter machines and to ask questions about the fundamental nature of consciousness and emotion. These right-brain characteristics of being human, things like creativity and emotion and the like we like to think they will save us or somehow set us apart from machines that are radically smarter, faster and better at us in other things. But if they eventually get to be as creative as us to complement their already stellar analytical capabilities, what then?
When Walsh says hes worried, though, its not about what the machines will do. Its us hes worried about. Mankind, he says, needs to do a better job of creating machines and AI systems that are aligned with our values now.
Behrouz Boochani, the Kurdish Iranian journalist and award winning autho, discussed his recently published memoir No Friend But the Mountain: Writing From Manus Prison at the Wentworth Falls School of Performing Arts last Saturday. Mr. Boochani fled from Iran to seek refuge in Australia but was instead sent to offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Boochani is a vocal advocate for Kurdish people and all refugees and asylum seekers. Mr. Boochani Skyped in from East Lorengu, the refugee accommodation on Manus Island where he currently resides, and received a standing ovation from audience members, before talking about his memoir and his time in detention.
Labor party leader Luke Foley resigns over harassment allegations
The leader of the opposition in Australias most populous state was replaced on Saturday after he resigned over a #Metro row sparked by alleged inappropriate behavior.
Former New South Wales (NSW) state Labor party leader Luke Foley resigned on Thursday after being accused of sexually harassing an ABC journalist, four months before a state election he had been in a position to win.
Foley denies the allegations and said he has hired lawyers to sue for defamation over the claims.
NSW Labor deputy leader Michael Daley defeated opposition water spokesman Chris Minns to win the vacant leadership in a caucus meeting on Saturday afternoon.
He promised to build his government on four pillars: investing in schools and hospitals, lowering the cost of living and lowering energy bills.
We will make Sydney more livable, and stop the unfairness and overdevelopment in the planning system, he told reporters in Sydney.
Daley also said his party would re-task $2.2 billion earmarked by the states conservative Liberal government to upgrade sporting stadiums to instead train young people for employment.
Daley will lead NSW Labor to the March 23 election in Australias largest state, but despite Foleys resignation the scandal is likely to dent Labors chance of winning power.
A ReachTel poll in September had Labor and the ruling conservative coalition running neck-and-neck in the state.
The NSW economy accounts for one-third of Australias gross domestic product and at $400 billion is larger than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Editing by Nick Macfie
Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - policeThomson Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who killed one person in a terrorist attack in the Australian city of Melbourne was known to police and was the brother of a man arrested on terror charges last year, Australian police said on Saturday. The Somali-born ...and more
Sunday, August 26
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Trying to get something done at home, in life, your project or small business? Sometimes talking it through is all you need to get unstuck. Or perhaps you need help from someone with a skill that you cant afford to pay in dollars? Come along and well find support to get your project moving again. Brainstorming ways you can make your dream projects a reality.
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Inner West Councils annual eco event will focus on demonstrating and showcasing environmentally sustainable practices, as well as projects and programs developed by Council and local community groups.
Where are the billions coming from? In part, from property. This financial year Treasurer Tim Pallas will get $6.6 billion from property stamp duty, up from $5.4 billion in 2015-16. He will get $2.4 billion from land tax, up from $1.7 billion in 2015.
The good news is that Victorian property values are staying high. Sydney prices slid 1.7 per cent in the three months to March whereas Melbourne prices slipped just 0.5 per cent.
Going forward, Tuesdays budget will forecast still high but lower income from stamp duty, a judgment that looks about right. Melbournes population growth is the strongest in Australia, which means Melbourne property prices are more likely than most to stay high.
Many more of the billions will come from asset sales. The Turnbull government will pay the Andrews government a touch over $2 billion for Victorias share of Snowy Hydro, and a private buyer will pay it an estimated $2 billion for the right to run the land titles registry.
Victoria will get $16.8 billion from the Commonwealth Grants Commission in goods and services tax collections, thats about $900 million more than it expected. Itll reflect both Victorias bigger than expected population, and its lower than expected share of Commonwealth infrastructure grants. The Grants Commissions formula requires it to compensate for Commonwealth stinginess after enough years have passed, and the Abbott and Turnbull governments have been stingy long enough for the compensation to kick in.
And the Commonwealth is at last becoming more generous. The $5 billion promised for a Melbourne Airport rail link and the $1.42 billion promised for regional rail are making things easier.
The economy itself is helping. One in every ten jobs in Victoria has been created in the past 3 years, since the election of the Andrews government. One in every seven dollars sloshing around in the economy wasnt there before Andrews was elected and (coincidentally) Victorias population growth took off.
Its impressive, but doesnt quite explain how Tim Pallas can promise to spend $10 billion a year on infrastructure for the next four years and still bring in a surplus.
The answer lies in a quaint state budget accounting convention. When the money is spent, it isnt spent as far as the budget is concerned. All that appears on the budget are the interest...
Suddenly weve wised up. As far back as any of us can remember, all the way back to the beginning of income tax, weve been easy to bribe.
Heres how it has worked in every election and in almost every budget: Youve been working hard and paying too much tax. We feel your pain. Weve magically found some money from somewhere. Were pulling a tax cut out of a hat. You can thank us later.
That the rabbit was our own money, taken from us in ever-increasing amounts through an automatic process known as bracket creep, and then only partly returned, was the trick we werent invited to dwell on.
Heres how it will work this time. In the year ahead wages will probably climb 2.1 per cent. Itll push a greater proportion of our pay into the highest rate of tax we pay. All by itself that will push up the total amount of tax we pay by around $6 billion, even though our actual buying power, our inflation-adjusted wages, might not much change. The budget tax cuts will give us back some of it: around $4.4 billion.
Hey presto. Were supposed to be awed.
Even after 10 years, after the third and most expensive phase of the Morrison tax cuts announced on budget night, middle earners will still find themselves paying 3 per cent more of their income in tax than they do right now: 18 per cent instead of 15 per cent, according to the Grattan Institute. Only the very highest earners - the top 10 per cent - will get their bracket creep back.
(We need to rely on organisations such as the Grattan Institute and the Parliamentary Budget Office for the calculations because the government wont provide them for us. It wants us to be in awe of the trick without seeing how it's done.)
It helps that bracket creep isnt widely understood, certainly not by shock jocks such as Sydneys Ray Hadley (it simply means that people who were formerly taxed at the lower income rate through no fault of their own go on to the next income rate), Nor, on the face of it, by the Treasurer himself, who on Monday said that the third and final stage of his plan that levelled the tax rate between $41,001 and $200,000 meant that for most Australians, who will earn over their lifetime somewhere between $40,000 and up to $200,000, they will ne...
Check out the action at the last SWOP at Addison Road Street Food Markets in Marrickville. It was cold and rainy, but that didnt stop us InnerWesties from getting our swap on.
SWOP (Swap wearables and plants) at Addison Road Street Food Markets. Thanks to Pilar from Green Living Centre for the video.
Posted by Sydney Community Forum on Thursday, 7 June 2018
Thanks to all who joined us!
Thanks to Pilar from Green Living Centre for the groovy little stop motion video.
SydneyLETS and a whole bunch of other sharing initiatives have been highlighted in The Sharing Map.
This map interactive helps people locate sharing initiatives and engage with collaborative economy in order to save time and money, while connecting with others in the community.
The map itself was created at a MapJam which gathered people together to share their knowledge about sharing resources around Sydney. Watch the video below to learn more:
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