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Monday, 18 June

01:37

Winter Nights jamesobrien.blog

As we sat and waited for the performance to begin, I had little idea of what to expect. My friend invited me, on the recommendation the work had been curated by a colleague at the ABC, Daniel Browning. Daniel presents Awaye, a weekly program about Indigenous arts and culture. And one of the most awesome segments on that program is

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Sunday, 17 June

18:15

Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue Sydney Criminal Lawyers

Programs, strategies and policies designed to prevent or reduce the harms associated with the use of illicit substances are collectively known as harm reduction. This approach to drug use has been a key pillar of Australias National Drug Strategy since its first iteration in 1985. With the HIV/AIDS crisis looming in the mid-80s, it became

The post Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

16:35

Maybe we need a degree in Western Civilization after all "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive kept out of the latest silly culture war so far, but I couldnt resist this from Josh Frydenberg. After decrying a long march to the left in Australian universities, he says

It is absolutely critical that the next generation of students understand about where the rule of law came from, where democracy came from, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, womens suffrage

Looking through that list, it can be described as a potted summary of the long march to the left  in Britain (and by extension Australia) over the course of the long 19th century from the French and American revolutions to the outbreak of the Great War.  At the beginning of that period, Freydenbergs conservative precursors supported the rule of law, and opposed democracy, freedom of speech and religion and womens suffrage. It was only after long struggles that restrictions on freedom of speech and religion like the Six Acts and Penal Laws  were repealed. The fight for (initialy male-only) democracy and womens suffrage took even longer.

If we extended Frydenbergs list into the 20th century, wed get something like this University of Sydney course which covers

struggles over labour rights and working conditions in the 1900s, womens suffrage, Aboriginal land rights, race relations and the White Australia Policy, homelessness during the Great Depression, freedom of speech during the Cold War, the Vietnam Moratorium and sexual liberation in the 1970s, the environmental movement, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBT rights today

Looking at this mess, I think we might need a course in the history of Western Civilisation after all. It should be provided to people like Frydenberg and dAbrera so they can decide exactly whether they want to stop the clock at 1970, 1950 or perhaps at 1900.

14:52

Alan Jones paedophile grooming boys? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Front page of The Daily Mirror December 6, 1988
 
Sydney radio station 2GBs Alan Jones sent love letters to school boys, had boys in his room late at night and perved on them in the shower when he was a teacher at The Kings School in Sydney in the early 1970s. This behaviour led to Alan Jones forced resignation in 1973.

That type of conduct would be considered grooming today and the police would be called for sure.

And if it was anyone but Alan Jones the matter of the forced resignation by The Kings School would have been given a start at the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Again in 1988, only a matter of hours after getting off a Qantas plane in London, Alan Jones was arrested in a toilet for Outraging Public Decency.

Alan Jones is the lowest of the low, why has he never been charged with grooming?

Source Supplied.

12:28

Refugees leave for the US, as Nauru grieves Refugee Action Coalition

A bitter sweet moment on Nauru as 21 refugees leave Nauru for the United States today Sunday 17 June (photos attached), only two days after a beloved asylum seeker died in a suspected suicide.

The 21 leaving Nauru are from Myanamr, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The group includes two families (one from Myanmar and one from Sri Lanka) of a mother and four children, four Rohingyan men and seven men from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But as with other flights this year, there are no refugees from Iran, Somalia, Iraq, Sudan or Syria among those flying to the US today; the unofficial ban on nationalities under the Trump administrations travel ban continues.

Meanwhile Nauru still mourns the death of Farhad, the 26 year old Iranian asylum seeker, who was found dead on Friday morning in his familys tent.

A commemoration of Farhads life will be held at 7.00pm tonight (Sunday 17 May), on the soccer field inside the RPC 3, Family camp where Farhad and his family were held.

Farhads wife, his mother and younger brother have been incommunicado in RPC 1 (the detention centre administration compound) since Farhads death.

The threat level for RPC 1 and 3 is still set at 3 (probable) out of a maximum of 5. It also means that services to refugees, like provision of medications, are reduced across the island as Canstruct and other service provider staff are warned to minimise community contact. This only adds to community tension.

The Nauru community is still in shock because of Farhads death, said Ian Rintoul, Everyone is wondering who is next. With so many nationalities being denied entry to the US, many people are left thinking that there is only one way off Nauru now.

Meanwhile, an Afghan man with lung cancer is dying in RPC 1, still asking that he can spend his last days in palliative care in Australia.

Over 250 people are still living in tents in the Family camp. Around 930 people including around 140 children are still being held on Nauru.

The total accepted by the US is now 186.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

The post Refugees leave for the US, as Nauru grieves appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

09:14

Duttons Dog Bill is back in the Senate Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group

Institutionalised brutality has to be challenged. Again! Last year we thought that we had stopped Minister Duttons plans to allow the use of dogs in detention centres and for officers to have increased powers for strip searches and seizures without warrants. We thought that the Minister of Home Affairs wouldnt have the arbitrary right to decide what was to be a prohibited object in detention centres and would remain answerable to Parliament and the courts for his actions. We thought that people in immigration detention could keep their phones. But the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017 is back.  It is in the Senate to be voted on this session. Write to the Independent Members of the Senate.

08:00

June 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1788 - The name "Sydney" was used for the first time in some new settlement in some strange, far off land where the dregs of society were shipped...no, not 10 Downing St, although that sounded just as promising as Canberra....
The original name/s for Sydney are Djubuguli (Bennelong Point) and Cadi (all of Sydney Cove).

1804 - Some 300 Aboriginal people threw spears at armed Hawkesbury River settlers, who opened fire and returned to Richmond Hill with stolen goods they have retrieved. A military detachment at Windsor shot two Aboriginal people.

1826 - One bloke who does a bit of haunting is Frederick Fisher - he was done a nasty mischief on this day and his ghost has been seen, celebrated and interviewed at length ever since.

1836 - Michael Maloney was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1836 - James Hare was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1843 - Continuing the grisly theme and today saw The Wairau Massacre take place, the first deadly fight between the Maori and Europeans since the since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

1843 - Gov George Gipps ordered the removal from office of Justice John Walpole Willis, resident Judge in the Port Phillip District, after powerful interests in Melbourne petitioned for his recall.


1867 - One of our greatest writers, Henry Lawson, was birthed on the gold fields.

1890 - The Mansfield Railway Line (Vic) was extended a whopping 4.5 kms from Molesworth to Cathkin.

1891 The Labor party first entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly with 35 members elected.

1893 Prospector Paddy Hannan filed a Reward Claim, announcing the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

1906 - The highly celebrated (go on, admit you raise a glass to it every day!) Prahran to Malvern steam bus service, reputedly the first Victorian use of self propelled vehicles for public passenger traffic, was abandoned.

1911 - Suffrage in Britain
A week before the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, Margaret Fisher led Australian and New Zealand women in a London demonstration. Some 40,000 marched in support of a Bill granting women the right to vote. The British government did not enact the suffrage law until 1919.

1912 - William Frederick Ball was hanged at Armidale Gaol for the murder of Louisa Ball at Bingara.

1926 - The coastline of NSW was gently handwashed, rinsed and hung out to drip dry when the effects of a tsunami were felt courtesy of an earthquake in our unofficial 7th state, NZ.

1940 - The Captains Flat Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened for train business from Bungendore Junction to Captains Flat......

01:51

Expect China and Russia To Continue To Undermine Democracies "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Riga, Latvia: Bob Posners name is perfect for who he is: a mild, middle-aged British public servant, not given to grand statements or dramatic claims.

He comes across as the sort of chap whod say things like anything for a quiet life.

But suddenly its not that quiet.

Image result for putin and Xi, photos

Posner is the director of the UK Electoral Commissions finance and regulation section. His job is to make sure, using the principle of follow the money, that elections and referendums are run lawfully.

Usually this is just going over receipts and rapping the knuckles of anyone loose in their funding declarations.

By Nick Miller
Sydney Morning Herald

But now there are a significant number of major investigations and inquiries on our books, he says. Just last week they opened another new investigation into a major campaigner in the Brexit referendum.

It does seem different and it does seem a concern, he says.

I find myself talking to my counterparts in a number of other countries about their issues. I find myself talking to security services in the UK and elsewhere, in the US in particular.

That doesnt seem normal to me. That seems very different to when I started my job four years ago. Theres been a change of some sort.

When fake news meets marketing

Earlier this year British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was deeply concerned by Russias attempts to weaponise information.

The Kremlin is seeking to undermine the international rules-based system, she said.

...

01:11

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers jamesobrien.blog

It was a beautiful day in Sydney, and so absolutely awesome to hang out with two of my oldest friends (forty years), Sue and Paul, as Paul and (newer friend, fifteen years) Kerry sold their cheese at the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival 2018 at Centennial Park. Paul and Kerry run Nimbin Valley Dairy http://www.nimbinvalley.com.au/. Are you really from Nimbin?

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Saturday, 16 June

17:00

VIDEO: D-DAY for Socceroos video chat with PM before facing formidable France The Weekly Times

The Socceroos kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against European heavyweights France on Saturday night at 8pm AEST. With two friendly wins under their [more]

The post VIDEO: D-DAY for Socceroos video chat with PM before facing formidable France appeared first on The Weekly Times.

13:12

Domestic Violence Initiative Fails to Identify Those At-Risk Sydney Criminal Lawyers

A recent report has concluded that a key initiative designed to combat domestic violence is failing complainants. The report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) suggests that the Domestic Violence Safety Assessment Tool (DVSAT), is a very poor instrument measuring the risk of repeat domestic violence victimisation, often performing little better

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11:38

Tex at the Record Crate All in the Name of Liberty


Tex last night at the Crate. They're a two-piece from the 'Gong playing some Hendrix licks and their own material, up in town last night with their manager Liam -  the players names are lost in the the haze


They look like kids to us old reprobates.

Robert(with Nev behind) puts on his best patronising tone - "Now children,..."


Jugs at the bar

08:28

Glacial improvement "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Tightening, slowly

I took a look here at the employment growth figures during the week, which broadly showed that the unemployment rate in Australia is back down to where it was in 2013. 

The number of unemployed persons dropped sharply in the month of May, down by 26,800 to 714,600, taking the unemployment rate down from 5.6 per cent to 5.4 per cent. 

So that's the good news. 

The state making the most substantial inroads lately has been Victoria, with the number of unemployed persons down to 174,400 from 208,500 a year earlier.

Very good news!

The unemployment rate in Victoria has declined accordingly to 5.1 per cent, down from 6.1 per cent a year ago.

So that's getting quite close to the 4.9 per cent of New South Wales. 

Like Sydney before it, Melbourne is enjoying the fruits of its construction boom.

Some progress, then, but overall there are still more than 700,000 out of work, and there remains plenty of slack in the labour force nationally. 

A look at the trend chart for unemployed persons underscores this point.

In October 2014 the two most populous states had a combined 442,900 unemployed persons, a figure that's since fallen by about 60,000 or 14 per cent. 

08:00

June 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1806 - Some convicts decided on a change of scenery so they lifted the brig 'Venus' from Port Dalrymple (in Tassie) and sailed off into the sunset and over the ditch to NZ.

1801 - Lieut William Paterson founded a settlement on the Hunter River. Alas! He forgot the first rule in real estate - location, location, location, and thus it was kicked to the kerb (abandoned to you fancy-pants readers) in 1802.

1806 - Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eyeing off the latest line of chastity belts.
An early St Trinian's....?

1807 - The first Russian ship in Australian waters, the trading sloop Neva, 370 tons, popped into Sydney to share a bottle of voddy with the colonials. While anchored in Neutral Bay, Lieutenant Leonid Hagemeister collected Aboriginal weapons, which were sent to St. Petersburg

1828 - John Curtis was hanged at Sydney for the theft of a cow from the herd of William Wentworth, at Bringelly.

1828 - James (or Joseph) Johnson (also called Philip Macauley, Phillip Gawley) was hanged at Sydney for highway robbery and assault of George Tills outside Liverpool.

1857 - Beginning the looong tradition of pollies wasting time & money by "looking into it" Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Sir Charles Gavan Duffy, headed a select committee established to inquire into federation of the Australia's colonies.

1869 Explorer Charles Sturt dropped off the perch.

1879 - Proving that scratching about in the dirt isn't just a fun hobby prospectors John Atherton and James Robson tripped over tin deposits on the tablelands inland from Cairns, Queensland.

1884 - The Bendigo Railway Line (Vic) was opened from the glorious Castlemaine Station (Maldon Junction) to equally delicious Maldon Station.

1885 - Not to be outdone by Benders transport improvements, Ballarat saw the launch of the Golden City steamer on Lake Wendouree.

1887 - Queen's College at Uni of Melbourne (named for the Jubilee of Queen Vicky's reign), was founded by the Reverend William Quick (Founders Day) on the piece of land granted by the Victorian Government to the Methodist Church.

1888 - Melbourne Footy Club were trying to spread the love of the game in Banana Bender country where they played a match against QLD at the Exhibition Ground.
Melbourne 6.16 defeated Queensland 3.5 (Attendance: 5,000)

1903 - The Lake Condah Mission Aboriginals formed an unbeatable football team in 1902, the Darlot Creek Wanderers which the Hamilton Spectator reported on this day having won by 52 points against Condah.

1906 The town of Roma, Queensland became the first town in Australia to be lit and po...

07:00

1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening AWPA Sydney News

1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
2) Indonesia Must Diversify Its Staple Food to Ensure Food Security for All: UN
3) Indonesia set to provide electricity to PNG border
4) Detection An Issue At Border 

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1) Benny Wenda offers heartfelt thanks for West Papua Desk opening
JUNE 14, 2018
Publishing a statement on his website today, ULMWP Chairperson Benny Wenda thanked the organisers and people of Aotearoa New Zealand for their hard work in launching the ...

Friday, 15 June

17:15

Leaked Microsoft Documents Describe Plans for Surface Tablets, Xbox, "Andromeda", and HoloLens "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Leaked documents have provided details about Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablets, the next-generation Xbox, a two-screen handheld device, and the next HoloLens:

Andromeda, Microsoft's mythical pocketable, two-screen, hand-held device that's supposed to carve out a whole new market for itself, is due for release in 2018. The documents also say that, after Andromeda, Microsoft OEMs will produce their own comparable products, just as they've done with Surface Pro.

The big question for Andromeda is the same as it has always been: why? To define a new hardware form factor, as appears to be the intent, its design needs to be particularly suitable for something. Surface Pro, for example, has appealed particularly to groups such as students (taking notes with OneNote) and artists, thanks to its form factor and multimodal input support. To succeed, Andromeda needs to offer similar appealit needs to enable something that's widely useful and ill-suited to existing hardware. But presently, there are few ideas of just what that role might be.


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