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Having burst onto the Melbourne scene in early 2016, Bench Press have earned a reputation for dynamic live performances. The quartet that consists of Lead vocalist Jack Stavrakis, guitarist Morgan Griffiths, bassist Lewis Waite and drummer Jordan Hicks released their self titled debut through Poison City Records in 2017. Since then they have played alongside label mates Clowns and Batpiss as well as Horace Bones, Turnpike and Moody Beaches.
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Originally playing as the alt-country band Palm Springs, MOD CON is the...
The familiar sight of both LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45
bizjets VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" were both
noted calling into various CQ Airports on Thursday
10 May over the latter part of this week.
A man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after he allegedly sideswiped two cyclists while driving almost five times over the limit near Casino on Saturday (May 19).
About 11.30am , the mans white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about six kilometres east of Drake when he collided with two cyclists, travelling in the same direction.
The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, who were part of a group, both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both have to undergo surgery.
The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.243, almost five times the limit.
During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.
The mans licence was suspended and he was charged with aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm; negligent driving; driving with a high-range PCA; and possessing prohibited drug
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Sunday (May 20).
A man being arrested for assaulting another man with a metal pole in Byron Bay on Friday evening (May 18) bit one officer in the groin, eye-gouged another and attempted to grab an officers Glock 22 pistol, police allege.
About 10pm, police were called to the intersection of Jonson and Lawson Streets, where a man alleged a 43-year-old man had assaulted him with a metal pole.
Officers arrested alleged assailant near the intersection of Johnson and Bay Streets soon after.
He made verbal threats towards the arresting officers, before allegedly violently resisting arrest.
During the struggle the man tried to remove a police officers gun from its holster.
He also allegedly took hold of and bit the genital area of one of the officers, and eye-gouged another.
The man was eventually brought under control with the assistance of security officers from a nearby pub.
He was taken to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with affray, resist police, assault police, and intimidate police.
He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on Saturday (May 19) where he did not apply for bail. He will reappear before Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (May 21).
One officer suffered a burst blood vessel in his left eye, a swollen right hand, back pain and minor abrasions. Another suffered swelling to the groin and abrasions.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who has not yet spoken to police to contact Byron Bay police on (02) 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Thursday 17th May 2018
COMMUNITY RALLY AT DELWP BAIRNSDALE FOR GREATER PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY IN PLANNED BURNS
On Wednesday 16th May a crowd of more than fifty people gathered outside the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) office at Bairnsdale to protest at DELWPs failure to protect threatened species and ecosystems from the impact of planned burns.
The rally organised by Gippsland Environment Group (GEG) was also attended by various community environment groups and concerned individuals. People come from all over East Gippsland highlighting the widespread concern felt by locals over DELWPs planned burn program. A phalanx of people and placards lined the highway outside the DELWP offices then proceeded peacefully to the main entrance.
Mr John Hermans, President of GEG, read out a letter detailing key concerns and a list of demands and handed it to Mr Chris Stephenson Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gippsland region. The letter has also been sent to the Minister forEnvironment and Climate Change Lily Dmbrosio and Chief Fire Officer DELWP Darrin McKenzie.
In light of the severity of the ongoing dry season experienced by East Gippsland GEG requested that the Minister directs DELWP to halt any further planned burns in Gippsland and East Gippsland this autumn. In addition GEG requested that the State Government:
implements mandatory, consistent state-wide protection for threatened species including the nationally endangered Greater Glider, from the impact of planned burns
undertakes a review of the environmental impact of DELWPs hazardous trees program
increases funding for biodiversity surveying, and updating the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas database
increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn;
increases numbers of biodiversity staff to conduct on-ground flora and fauna assessments pre and post-burn; and directs the EPA to install air quality monitors in Gippsland and East Gippsland east of the La Trobe valley.
Australia has one of the worst extinction records on the planet, said Mr John Hermans, President GEG. Just last week another 40 species were added to Australias endangered list which now numbers almost 2000 species.
In Gippsland GEGs citizen science surveys repeatedly find threatened species in areas scheduled for planned burns that DELWP were completely unaware of because they simply do not undertake any surveys. When species records are reported to local DELWP little to nothing is done to ensure species are protected
In fact biodiversity protection across the state appears to be an ad...
I spoke to two activists from Lockout Lockheed at the University of Melbourne. They are trying to organise resistance to universities partnering up with companies who make money from killing the poor The only way to stop global warming, is to disarm immediately. We need to be brave to make the world we want.
His subjects are rich, unique and evoke optimism. Regularly seen in an embrace, their hands open and welcoming like beaming flowers calling us in. Colour comes naturally to Zion, his palette a beautiful array of nave combinations. Beck Marshall, Paradiso Magazine
A familiar figure in his paint-spattered clothes, local artist Zion Levy Stewarts next solo exhibition Picasso Would Be Jealous, opens at the Project Space, Byron School of Art, 112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby on Friday 25th May at 6.00pm.
Now 39, Zion has been drawing and painting for almost 20 years. This prolific painter creates art every day and loves working with clay, painting and drawing. His distinctive style captures the people, objects, memories and magic that surround him in his colourful world. Zions acrylic paintings illuminate local scenes; his quirky portraits overlaid with sketches often depict his characters gender details under their clothes. His ceramics are glazed earthenware, decorated with animals, birds and fish with brilliant underglaze colours.
In a bizarre and disappointing move, the New South Wales government has announced that a proposed cull of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park will be scrapped, and any future cull will be outlawed.
The enormous damage caused by wild horses to the high country is widely documented. It is estimated that around 6,000 wild horses live within the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Plans to cull them have been supported by scientists and environmentalists but opposed by people who claim they represent part of the cultural heritage of the mountains. While this is certainly true, they are also massively destructive and a responsible government would be working to reduce their numbers.
Now the NSW government is moving to rule out any culls in the park.
In 2016, a draft Wild Horse Management Plan for NSW recommended reducing the number of horses in the park by 90 per cent over 20 years, primarily through culling, which would have left roughly 600 horses within the park. This plan was considered a difficult compromise as it would still leave significant numbers of the animals in the park and hence sustain their damaging impact. But pro brumby groups refused to accept this compromise.
Following a major campaign by groups opposed to the cull, the ABC is reporting that the plan will not go ahead, and the Government will instead look to pass legislation to protect the animals.
Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro said the cultural significance of the brumbies needed to be recognised.
Wild brumbies have been roaming the Australian alps for almost 200 years and are part of the cultural fabric and folklore of the high country, Mr Barilaro said.
He said the Brumbies Bill would put an end to any suggestion the animals should be culled.
The heritage management plan will specifically prohibit lethal culling of the brumby, aerial or otherwise, and will identify those areas in the park where brumbies can roam without causing significant environmental harm, Mr Barilaro said.
If brumbies are found in highly-sensitive alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park, resources will be allocated towards relocation first, followed by re-homing, should population numbers grow too high.
I have always opposed cruel forms of culling and have advocated for non-lethal ways of managing brumby numbers.
1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary
Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and
robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was
commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from
Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained
until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for
1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.
1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.
1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".
1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?
1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....
1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts) with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.
1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."
As I have pointed out before there has always been some conflict in the environmental movement over various issues. The Green party grew out of the campaigns to stop the damming of the Gordon River and the flooding of Lake Pedder an idyllic setting I visited in 1969. But now Tasmania (along with South Australia) is the leading light in low carbon, renewable energy in Australia and that energy is mainly hydro-electric. There is, in short and in this instance, a conflict between no dams and a low carbon economy future.
I was reminded of this conflict following feedback on Paul Treasures pumped hydro blog which required a new dam to be built near the Baw Baw National Park in the headwaters of the Thompson River. The proposal compared favourably with our Prime Ministers Snowy 2.0 project both financially and in terms of energy stored. Negative feedback that came from several quarters was either opposed to new dams, concerned with the health of the Gippsland Lakes or the survival of the rare Baw Baw frog.
A substantial part of the environmental or green movement either does not understand the basic physics of climate change or they are motivated by narrow and specific aspects such as localism (which, somewhat ironically in most cases I would support and is one of the basic tenets of this blog). Like most of the populace many also fail to recognise the urgency of the problem, the need for concerted action on many fronts and that it is an existential threat to all life. As Julian Burnside noted If we cant fix climate, nothing else matters. In other words we are in a climate emergency.
The triage system was developed during the Napoleonic Wars as a means of maximising the survival of casualties and dealing with the predicament of treating huge numbers of wounded soldiers deciding who to treat, who had the best chance of survival etc. and so establishing a priority of action. It was designed as a response to an emergency situation. Perhaps triage will eventually be applied to climate solutions to get the best gain in carbon reduction for the least expenditure of energy and to minimise any deleterious environmental effects of which there will always be some.
Two negative aspects of Pauls pumped hydro plan are the effect that the plan would have on the Gippsland Lakes and on the endangered Baw Baw frog. No doubt there are other downside aspects. This hardly fits the t...
How old do you think Tony Sheldon is?, we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert, currently playing at Sydneys Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out hes 62, and in remarkably good shape as a performer, playing
People need to know why Malcolm's on the side of the cheating banks.ETUVIC (@ETUVIC) May 13, 2018
Here are the ads we're running on TV. It's not good enough that Turnbull spends all his time defending and supporting the big end of town and treats working people like trash. #auspol #banksrc pic.twitter.com/lHDatAo27Y
A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.
In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.
The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical miles southeast of Singapore.
Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.
A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger.
According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years.
This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014.
The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.
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It is extremely risky trying to fight defenceless defamation cases which Alan Jones and Fairfax Media shareholders are finding out now. 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones and the Fairfax Media owned 2GB are being sued for defamation in Brisbane by the Wagner family who are seeking $4.8 million in damages. Mr Jones is being sued by 
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77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion
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The Kurilpa Poets present Sunday 27th May, 2pm, 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane ATMOSPHERICS! ..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air W. Shakes-speare * This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth Continue reading
St Kilda Arts Community Incorporated is excited to be launching the 2nd St Kilda Art Crawl at the Vineyard in Acland Street on Thursday 24 of May at 6pm. On the weekend of 25, 26 & 27 May, over 32 local venues including art galleries, pop up galleries and studios, are joining forces to showcase 
Artist Tommy Langra exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 10am 6pm St Kilda Art Crawl May 25, 26 & 27 Download Map Tommy Langra will be working and exhibiting at Punchinello Pop-Up everyday during the St Kilda Crawl from 10 6pm at 33 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
The San Sebastian inspired bar and eatery, Lona, is celebrating good beer week with some awesome flight specials. So PSA to all the beer lovers out there, this ones for you! Okay, so it might not be a flight to Barcelona or Santiago, but it is certainly a flight including the very best beers paired 
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Flash Robotics via YouTube
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos.
Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert returns to TechCrunch Sessions Robotics and doesnt disappoint, talking about the Google acquisition, Masayoshi Sons 300-year technology investment plan, and SpotMinis butt-cam.
The ABC does not have enough money to cover Australian news in Gosford, Geelong, Parramatta etal ... but does have enough money to splurge on tabloid wedding coverage that every other network also provides. The lack of self-awareness is simply staggering.https://t.co/upvsIXJGjG G C (@GrayConnolly) May 17, 2018
An exhibition of actual human corpses thats currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns
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The Federal Government delivered a mixed-bag of good and bad news for the Australian court system last week. It announced an $80m boost to court resources, but many believe the amount is not enough to sufficiently ease the burden the court system is currently under, which has created enormous backlogs particularly in our family
Jennifer Aniston is set to play the role of first lesbian president of the United States. While other actresses such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, Robin Wright in House of Cards and Bellamy Young in Scandal have played the part of fictional commander-in-chief, none of them had a first lady at their side. Netflix has ...
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25 May 2018 5pm 9pm
7/13 Lawson Street Byron Bay
Come and celebrate the opening of the newest, biggest & tiniest Art Gallery in Byron Bay!
Representing renowned local artists Craig Parnaby, Mike Chavez, Andrew Hmelnitsky and from Sydney town, the beautiful Samantha Robinson.
Drinks kick off at 5pm. Sponsored by the brewing champions of the area, Pickled Pig Brewery.
Bring your friends, spread the word, see you there.
Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,
Tasmania is blessed with beautiful and intact landscapes and excellent protection of much of the state. World Heritage Areas and national parks have long been coveted by developers and these attempts to open up parks to commercial interests have been resisted with varying degrees of success over the years.
Under the current very pro development Liberal government in Tasmania there are no end of proposals for private developments in national parks and other parts of the conservation network (check here for a current list).
This is being resisted strongly by many in the Tasmanian community and it is now being criticised internationally.
Ellen Coulter, writing for the ABC reports that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has raised concerns about Tasmanias wilderness areas being rezoned for tourism developments and called on the State Government to speed up a Tourism Master Plan requested in 2015.
Conservationists said a recent UNESCO document highlighted serious risks to Tasmanias wilderness brand.
In the document, the committee also raised concerns about the State Governments rezoning of some wilderness areas to allow for tourism opportunities and wider aircraft access.
The report refers to areas being changed from wilderness to remote recreation, which the Wilderness Societys Vica Bayley understands refers to new self-reliant recreation zones.
Mr Bayley said rezoning had occurred near Lake Malbena, in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, where a luxury standing camp has been proposed.
Also down the Overland Track and indeed at Lake Rodway, at Cradle Mountain, he said.
It seems that the Government here has been called out the World Heritage Committee has identified that this switch is of concern and theyre urging for it to be fixed.
This risks our reputation, it risks our credibility on the international stage and it sends a signal of contempt.
In response, Tasmanian Greens have urged the state government to put a halt on tourism proposal assessments until a Tourism Master Plan was in place.
Childrens Day 2018 Announcement
SNAICC is delighted to announce the theme for
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childrens Day for 2018 is
SNAICC Celebrating Our Children for 30 Years.
Our children are the youngest people from the longest living
culture in the world,
with rich traditions, lore and customs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Our children are growing up strong with connection to family, community and country.
Our children are the centre of our families and the heart of our communities.
They are our future and the carriers of our story.
This year, we invite communities to take a walk down memory
as we revisit some of the highlights of the last 30 years. We look back
on the empowering protest movements instigated by community that had led
to the establishment of the first Childrens Day on 4 August 1988.
We look back at all of the amazing moments weve shared with our
children over the years,
and how were watching them grow into leaders.
We look back to see what weve achieved, and decide where we want
from here to create a better future for our children.
If you have celebrated Childrens Day at any time during the past
we would love to hear from you.
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If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.
Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.
The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?
This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.
The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.
According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.
In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.
Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.
This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...
1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England
accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month
voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.
1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."
1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.
1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.
1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Shipping intelligence galore!
1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.
1837 - Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.
1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.
1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street. His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.
1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.
1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.
1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.
1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.
1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.
1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his do...
2018 Byron Writers Festival announcements are just around the corner. Be sure to save these dates and jump online to score your tickets to regional Australias most popular literary festival.
Mark your calendar For further information and tickets, visit www.byronwritersfestival.com.
Early Bird 3-Day passes members pre-sale: $233. Conditions apply*
Available until sold out.
First guest announcement and Early Bird 3-Day passes general release: $268
Available until sold out.
Full program announcement & all general release tickets, including 3-Day passes, 1-Day passes and separately ticketed Workshops and Feature Events.
3-Day General, $299
3-Day Members, $254
1-Day General, $132
1-Day Members, $111
Sundays Kids Big Day Out, $40 (1 child and 1 accompanying adult)
Sunday Locals tickets, $80. Supported by Harcourts Byron Bay, conditions apply**
Feature Event ticket prices range from free to $35
Workshop ticket prices range from $60 (half day) to $120 (full day), with Member discounts available.
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Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can easily slip into tight places that are inaccessible to big drones.
But current flying robo-insects are still tethered to the ground. The electronics they need to power and control their wings are too heavy for these miniature robots to carry.
Now, engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time cut the cord and added a brain, allowing their RoboFly to take its first independent flaps. This might be one small flap for a robot, but its one giant leap for robot-kind. The team will present its findings May 23 at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia.
Today DHS told the senate, that so far:NotMyDebt (@not_my_debt) May 8, 2018
Robodebt has cost $276 million to administer.
And... Robodebt has 'recovered' $279 million.
While they can separate forecast savings for newspaper headlines, apparently it's not possible to do that with actual savings.#notmydebt pic.twitter.com/Q6M6NaY09p
DHS was asked how many robodebts are awaiting reassessment. They failed to answer. We've heard from people waiting months.NotMyDebt (@not_my_debt) May 9, 2018
So far 652,898 reassessments have been initiated.
30,953 debts have changed in value or been wiped. That's 30,953 debt notices that were wrong.#notmydebt pic.twitter.com/LJd3WxDJV4
DHS are including 'prevented debts' in their savings from robodebt.Sarah Masting (@sarah_masting) May 8, 2018
What happens if a company in the private sector banks a possibly avoided future liability as a cash asset?
See: Blue Sky Alternative Investments - majority of board resigned
Time for robodebt resignations? pic.twitter.com/jsdQVM4NAa
The inclusive spirit of the MELT Festival and its celebration of queer diversity is reflected by the variety of artistic forms in the line-up. The MELT programme, running until Sunday, May 27, proves that queer art is no longer simply a shorthand for presenting the tortured soul of the white gay man onstage. Queerness at ...
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