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By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Northern Territory and ACT may soon have control over their euthanasia laws, after a motion was recently introduced in the Federal Senate. The motion, brought by Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm, would see territory governments free to legislate on euthanasia, rather than being vetoed by the Federal government.
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Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lamas 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba. The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lamas birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet. There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal. The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been embraced with warmth and love.
It has been reported that last week, handgun permit holder John Edwards shot dead his two teenage children at West Pennant Hills in North-Western Sydney, and later took his own life, because he was denied contact in a child custody battle. Its yet another family violence tragedy to hit the media headlines with faces,
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SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.
Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.
Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.
The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.
Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.
Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.
The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.
While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.
Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.
Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.
Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.
As this is my second sports-related post in a row, you might be thinking Whats happening with James? Where are the show tunes and theatre reviews youve come to associate with me and this blog? The truth is I dont really have much of a sports gene. As a child I was never naturally gifted in that area. As well
Over the weekend, New Matilda editor Chris Graham spoke on a panel at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas with Amanda Pepe (from the Adelaide Review) and Professor Peter Fray, Co-director of the Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology Sydney. The topic was Future of Media, and specifically asked these questions: Given the 24/7 news cycle and even faster social media platforms, how can we control information? Is this development the ultimate democratisation of what used to be strictly-controlled offerings of the powerful few? Whos making sure were not being duped? Below is a speech Chris Graham prepared, but never delivered (the group just chatted instead).
One of the key questions in todays discussion is given our new, fast-paced media world, how can we control information?
I think the short answer is we cant. And to be honest, I dont think we really should anyway. I think government believes its job is to control information, and I can see some cases where thats obviously necessary national security, commercial in confidence etc etc. But in this day and age I think theres a lot of overreach by government in the control of information. The current prosecution of Witness K in the East Timor oil and gas scandal is a disgraceful, outrageous example of that.
I think traditional media has also felt a strong desire to and indeed has a long history of controlling information. I think theres a lot of overreach in that area as well. Ill give you an example.
Tomorrow, Im getting on a plane to fly to Italy. From there I board a boat in Sicily to sail to Gaza, in Palestine. Im there to report on the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an international group (with representation in Australia) which, every year or so, organizes a few boats from across the world to try and break the Israeli imposed naval blockade on Gaza.
Now, wherever your politics reside on the question of Israel and Palestine, its undeniably a news story. Its undeniably information in the public interest. In the past, Australian media coverage has either tended to ignore the Flotillas entirely, or tended towards mockery and criticism. And yet, its basically universally accepted save for a few countries that Israels blockade of Gaza is illegal under international law. The Human Rights Council of the United Nations says it is, for example.
Gaza is the worlds largest outdoor prison a jail to almost 2 million people. And yet most of the time, we only see it in the news when Israel is slaughtering people. And even then our media strives for balance as though theres a balanced way to report the deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands of unarmed Palestinians at the hands of one of the worlds most powerful armies.
Ironically, the only way I can see Australian media taking an interest in....
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in
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By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim US President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that any rise in undocumented immigration will lead to increased crime rates. Its looking like [the Democrats] really want open borders, and they want really crime to pour in, Mr Trump has said, labelling undocumented Mexican immigrants as murderers and rapists The
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Did you know that a new pair of jeans can take up to 13 years worth of drinking water to make? After reading that, I went to the laundry and rescued the boys torn jeans from the rag pile and mended the ones that were still wearable. Theyve still got plenty of life in them 
In a series of Deirdre Chambers-like coincidences, at least three parliamentarians made claims for travel and travel allowances that coincided with election activities in Queensland and NSW towards the end of 2017.
Labor MP (and former Treasurer) Wayne Swan and Pauline Hanson One Nation Senator Brian Burston made claims for tax payer funded travel to or around Queensland on the weekend of that states election in November 2017.
The following week, Nationals Senator for NSW, John Williams, claimed travelling allowance for an overnight stay in Tamworth on the evening of the by-election in New England that saw Barnaby Joyce returned to Parliament after his disqualification in the High Court.
Travel rules for Commonwealth MPs, while quite generous, do provide some sharp cut offs around business that cant be characterised as parliamentary, executive or official business, but rather takes on a patina more consistent with that of party activity.
The Handbook in effect for the relevant period says of claims for travel:
Senators and Members are responsible for ensuring that any travel at Commonwealth expense is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of the relevant legislation, that is, in most circumstances only for Parliamentary, electorate or official business, but not party business
Former Federal Treasurer, Wayne Swan, spoke at a Melbourne ALP event on the evening of Friday 24 November to honour Jenny Macklins contribution to the election of the Rudd Government in 2007 10 years before.
According to The Australian, Anthony Albanese reportedly characterised this Macklin event as a party fundraiser similar to one he was holding a week later in Sydney.
However, with polling day in Queensland on Saturday, November 25, Swan returned to Queensland. This he did with an $1025 flight from Melbourne to Brisbane on election day.
THE banks will behave badly again. The only questions are how long it will take and what form will it take. In the 2011 film Margin Call an investment bank CEO played by Jeremy Irons rattles off the years of financial busts from the late 17th century to the 2008 crisis that he is dealing with in the film.
The bank had discovered (before anyone else) that its vast portfolio of triple-A-rated mortgage-based bonds were in effect worthless. So the bank knowingly dumped the lot on to an unsuspecting market which thought it was snapping up bargains by buying the worthless bonds at below market price.
Irons dismisses the ethical qualms of a more junior executive played by Kevin Spacey saying that the buyers paid the market price at the time. He dismisses Spaceys warning that the panic sale would trash the banks reputation and no-one would buy anything from it again by saying, Being the first out the door is not a panic.
In Australia in the early 1990s we saw similar behaviour with the Westpac foreign-loans scandal, documented in Senator Paul McLeans book Bankers and Bastards.
Westpac organised large foreign-currency loans for some of its customers at much lower interest rates than were prevailing in Australia. Alas, the value of those currencies rose and the value of Australian dollar fell, but the customers had to repay the loan in the foreign currency so they were much worse off than if they had taken a higher-interest-rate Australian-currency loan.
The bad advice was bad enough. The attempted cover up and the legal advice on how to do it was worse.
Westpac got an injunction in the NSW Supreme Court to stop The Sydney Morning Herald and others publishing what became to be known as the Westpac papers. So The Canberra Times published them in an ACT-only edition beyond the reach of the NSW courts.
That made the NSW injunctions rather silly and they were lifted.
All booms and busts attract malfeasance of one kind or another. In 2008 it was the packaging of sub-prime mortgages into bonds and giving them triple-A ratings they did not deserve. In Margin Call it was selling bonds the bank knew to be worthless. In booms the malfeasance has been insider trading, such as the Poseidon bubble of the late 1960s.
These scandals usually result in inquiries,...
THE Treasury-Home Affairs report on immigration seems to have based its evidence and reasoning upon its conclusion that high immigration is a good thing. On the reports own figures, present high immigration will produce an extra 1.1 per cent of total GDP. Given that 190,000 immigrants year is just a tad under 1 per cent, that does not make for very much increase in GDP per person. And that is on Treasurys optimistic and economics-only view.
The economic gain per person is so little that more people are questioning whether it is worth the risk.
The underlying economic equation, though, remains inescapable. If you increase population by 2 per cent a year, which is what is happening in Australia, you have to double (yes, double) your infrastructure effort not just increase it by 2 per cent.
This is because infrastructure (roads, football stadiums, hospitals, bridges etc) on average last about 50 years. Some longer (the Sydney Harbour Bridge). Some shorter (Olympic Stadium). If the stuff lasts 50 years you have to replace 2 per cent of it every year, just to mark time. If you add 2 per cent population growth you have to add another 2 per cent, in effect doubling the infrastructure requirement, just to mark time.
This is why people are screaming.
There are few economies of scale here. When a school is full you have to build a whole new one. Indeed, there are diseconomies of scale. If you use a road to capacity, it gets clogged and people waste time in traffic.
Treasury concentrates on income and tax and virtually ignores stresses on capital (infrastructure). It also ignores the environment. It ignores the replacement of agricultural land with housing and whether we have enough water. It ignores the social cost of forcing people into apartments. It ignores the morality of reducing Australias capacity to export food as more will be consumed here.
A lot of the increase in GDP from higher population comes from the higher price of goods and services that become scarcer, not from higher standards of living. A round of golf now charged at $1000 because land values have sky-rocketed adds $1000 to GDP. Yet it is the same round of gold which only added $100 to GDP when that was the going rate when we had lower population and lower land values.
GDP is a warped measurement. It does not measure well-being. If higher GDP (and not even much higher GDP per person) is the best argument for continuing the recently hugely increased immigration intake, it is a very poor one, even if you believed the economic...
The site is part of a 3-year project funded by the Australian
Government Department of Health which aims to improve the care of
older Australians through advance care planning activities and
palliative care connections.
AHHA is a member of the ELDAC consortium led by the Queensland University of Technology, Flinders University and the University of Technology Sydney, and including Palliative Care Australia, Aged and Community Services Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, and Catholic Health Australia.
'As an ELDAC project partner we are proud to have been involved in the development of this website, where health professionals and aged care workers can access information, guidance, and resources to support palliative care and advance care planning for older people and their families', Ms Verhoeven said.
'One of the features of the site is a set of 5 online toolkits developed by palliative care, aged care, primary care and legal experts covering Residential Aged Care, Home Care, Primary Care, Working Together, and Legal matters.
'For example, the Primary Care toolkit, which was developed by AHHA, leads healthcare workers and primary care teams through the various steps involved in supporting advance care planning with patients and their families, including considerations for people of various religious and cultural backgrounds. There are links to fact sheets, guides, discussion starters, patient resources and podcasts.
'Users can also access materials on assessing palliative care needs, providing palliative care, managing dying, and bereavement', Ms Verhoeven said.
Bestselling Australian author, Natasha Lester, weaves sweeping stories of strong women succeeding in a male dominated world at key historical moments. Her latest book, The Paris Seamstress, shows just how much a young Parisian seamstress, Estella Bissette, will sacrifice to make her mark in New Yorks fashion scene of the 1940s. Then, seventy- five years later, as her granddaughter, Fabienne Bissette, learns more about her grandmothers past, she uncovers a story of tragedy, heartbreak and secrets and the sacrifices made for love. Crossing generations, societys boundaries and international turmoil, The Paris Seamstressis the fascinating, transporting story of the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as they attempt to heal the heartache of the past.
Author, Natasha Lester, is my guest today.
The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester, is published by Hachette Australia.
The Brandenburg Quartet brings together the four principals of the multi ARIA Award-winning Orchestras string section: violinists, Shaun Lee-Chen and Ben Dollman; violist Monique ODea; and cellist, Jamie Hey. Performing exclusively on gut strings, the group seeks to explore and shed light on little-known works and composers, in addition to well-loved quartets of the classical repertoire. The Brandenburg Quartet are bringing the unique sound world of the Brandenburg in their debut performance at the Independent Theatre with a program of exquisite classical quartets played on period instruments.
Violist, Monique ODea, is my guest today.
Brandenburg Quartet | Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7pm
The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
DURANTE Concerto for Strings in G Minor | ROMBERG String Quartet in F Major, Op.1/3
HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op.76/2.
More Info: www.brandenburg.com.au
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A witness to the Barcelona attack in August 2017 (Photo: PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
A new app being developed will turn a smartphone into an intelligence-gathering device during a terror attack or other emergency situation, The Weekend Australian reported.
The app will allow citizens to collect information through audio or video recordings and send it to a centralized cloud platform so that police, first responders and the like can get accurate information during an attack.
The idea for the app came after the attack at the Lindt Caf in downtown Sydney in 2014 where a terrorist held 18 people hostage. During the 16-hour siege that ensued, first responders did not have access to real-time information from the hostages themselves, greatly hampering their ability to act.
The citizen-centric app, which is being developed by The Citadel Group in Australia, can also be used to crowdsource information in the event of car-jackings, kidnappings and the like.
Now emergency services can see what people are seeing, hear what people are hearing and understand whether its a single incident or coordinated attack, said Citadel CEO Daren Stanley.
Instead of three separate incidents being called in separately and treated individually, the in-built analytics of this platform determines that there are three incidents reported within two kilometers of each other which are atypical and may be a coordinated attack. Traditionally that sort of insight may take hours to develop this app makes it seamless.
The fact that the information is stored on a cloud platform means that you can do it at a pace and at a cost that you could never do using traditional platforms, Stanley added.
Citadel also plans to use the app as a prototype to develop similar apps in the fields of wel...
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I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.
The 'Ata' anomaly
Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018.
A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.'
However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.
The 'Starchild' skull
A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...
1658 - Abraham Leeman van Santwits was the first officer and
navigator of Waeckend Boey and he and 13 sailors were marooned on
an island off the coast while trying to find survivors of the Gilt
Dragon. They ate seabirds and seals to survive and dug a small well
from which surprisingly they obtained reasonably fresh water to
drink. Leeman urged his men to make repairs to the boat including a
make shift sail of seal skins. Today in 1658 they began their
voyage home to Batavia.
1800 - Today saw the first recorded public performance of a Shakespearean play in Australia.
The popular historical drama Henry IV Part 1 was performed at the Theatre Sydney according to a playbill advertising the event which is held in the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW.
Margaret and David gave it 4 stars.
1802 - Matthew Flinders - that well-trained servant of the famous cat Trim - was pottering about the coast when he happened upon a French explorer chappie by the name of Nicholas Baudin today; being the polite, well-mannered souls that they were they sat and shared a coupla scones, a pot of tea, and various charts, maps and where-you-can-find-fresh-water knowledge as those explorer peeps are wont to do.
Matthew must have enjoyed the conversation greatly for he dubbed the spot Encounter Bay.
1814 - William Shelley scribed some fan-mail, dated Parramatta, 8 April 1814, to Governor Macquarie, about the civilisation of the natives, their relations with European women and a plan for an institution segregating boys and girls and educating them.
1816 - Wave your little wooden leg with gay abandon!
The patients were transferred from the old hospital to the new General Hospital in Sydney on this day.
1817 - Mary Reibey had a spare sitting room gathering dust in her house at Macquarie Place so a gaggle of Sydney merchants, with a nod and a wink from Gov Macquarie himself, started the Bank of NSW from her parlour. It changed its moniker to Westpac in 1982.
1822 - Charles Throsby wrote to Alexander Berry re the Shoalhaven cedar venture, the bearer of the letter being a native named Broughton who had been born at Shoalhaven.
1826 - Tired of reading tram timetables by torchlight, the first street lamp in Oz sprung to life in Macquarie Place, Sydney.
1829 - Charles White was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Murphy at Luskintyre.
1840 - THE HATEFUL LASH
The Colonial Times, published at Hobart Town, has put forth a lengthy and sensible article under this head, which the talented editor has followed up by two others on the same subject. It is a production worthy the consideration of the public, and an honor alike to the head and heart of its author. The humane feelings of a true Englishman recoils at the inhuman practice of bin...
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