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Family travellers looking for a 5-star getaway or just a weekend away from the kids look no further than Las Vegas in December. A recent survey by a luxury travel magazine tells us that, only 24 percent of U.S travellers have stayed at a five-star property more than once within the last five years. The cost being put down as the reason for this low number.
For most of us who work normal jobs 9-5 with a spouse, 2 kids a mortgage and bills its simply out of the question 95% of the time. * Hotwire, a leading online travel site, is seeking to change those statsand just in time for the holidays.
Speaking of Holidays Las Vegas really turns it on in December leading up to Christmas day. The desert heat and the neon lights are perfect for Santa and visitors to get out and about. You will find an array of Christmas events in Vegas such as the ones I have listed below
Now back to the amazing prices you will be able to get in Vegas from the 8th of December through the 28th of December. What do you think would be an amazing price for a 5-star room in Las Vegas? Take into consideration the average retail rate for five-star hotels in Las Vegas in December comes in at $432. Today, Hotwire is kicking off an insane sale, a Million Dollar Sale. five-star hotels in Las Vegas for just $50, yes I did not leave out any numbers that $50. Since jumping onto the travel scene in 2000, Hotwire has partnered with thousands of hotels, airlines and car rental companies to help sell their remaining inventory. It is because Hotwire regularly offers deals on travel inventory that would otherwise remain unsold that they g...
Trumpwatch. Pressing on with deregulation. 105 rules down.
Since India is getting the Green Guernsey and the US is getting a wrist slap, we know for sure this chart is not based on actual CO2 emission trends, or perhaps even any numbers.
The US, after all, has reduced emissions more than anywhere else while India is doubling its coal mining. Is that what we should aim for?
Australia, meanwhile, can never do enough, despite reducing our per capita emissions by a phenomenal 28% from 1990-2013. We sacrificed our electrical grids, have implemented an Emissions Trading Scheme and say we are aiming for the same obscenely tough 28% reduction that is the fashion despite being a heavy industrial quarry, with the lowest population density, biggest distances, and highest electricity costs in the world. To make it harder on ourselves the chief commodity we are disadvantaging happens to be our second largest export industry. Despite all this, CAN ranks Australia Very low.
Dan Mitchell. The equality trap. With the very best of intentions of course.
When talking to such people, my first priority is getting them to understand that its possible for an economy to grow and for all income groups to benefit. I explain how even small differences in long-run growth make a big difference over just a few decades and that it is very misguided to impose policies that will discourage growth by penalizing the rich and discouraging the poor.
Ongoing coverage of the Queensland election campaign for 2017. Check back for updates. Table of contents Jump to comments section. Antony Greens Queensland election 2017 guide. (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed. . (November 18, 2017) Day 21 LNP/PHON deal confirmed Newspoll: Labor tipped to win Brisbane Times reports, Labor may return to government in Queensland, taking marginal seats from the Opposition via One Nation preferences, the latest Newspoll suggests.: Labor to win in Queensland: Newspoll. Tim confirms deal LNP/PHON deal confirmed: Tim Nicholls has finally confirmed he would form a minority government with One Nation. #qldvotes pic.twitter.com/eYh4jQ6WcX David Marler (@Qldaah) November 18, 2017 Bad 
David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to NoFibs. More at: http://nofibs.com.au/meeting-david-marler-nofibs-twitter-activist-by-griffithelects
Belty has forgiven me. I managed to scrape together a grand, which was a bit of a stretch since he was expecting three. The coup-de-grace though was a crappy old sideboard I had five-fingered from a hard rubbish collection while enduring a rain of mouth from its former owner. She thought me a special kind 
A Sydney man enjoying a purple patch on the sentimental favourite pokie he grew up with, Spring Carnival, decided to call it quits and cash out at $290 so his spectating pals didnt enforce the compulsory rule of shouting everyone a nose bag if your winnings exceed $300.
The man said hitting collect was one of the hardest things hes ever had to do, as he was certain things were far from finished on the race track.
Winning more than $300 when your mates are watching is basically a loss, the man said. So instead of shouting a bag, I grabbed everyone a schooner of rum or two, then snuck off to look for the only sort of bags Im interested in the bookie bags belonging to W.Winbig.
The man ended up returning all his winnings, credit card cash advances, and a Nimble loan to Spring Carnival. He will be not be seen for the rest of the weekend and will be taking his lunch to work every day next week.
Yes, its dancing in the streets.
Even if you arent in a venue, Mullumbimby is a town thats having too much fun.
If you do have tickets you get to enjoy some of the worlds finest entertainers.
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Its been something of an arduous trek but the Justice League have finally made their way to the big screen. Long before Joss Whedon earned the tick of approval from comic enthusiasts the world over with his take on The Avengers, George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet) was planning on bringing the titular crew to cineplexes in an ambitious actioner where the ...
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The results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey are in. Despite the voluntary nature of the survey, 12,727,920 (79.5%) eligible Australians voted.
By a margin of 61.6% to 38.4%, Australians have said yes to the proposition:
Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is confident that parliament will...
Australian tennis legend Margaret Court is not happy with the resounding Yes vote that emerged from the same-sex marriage postal survey. Court, now a Perth-based pastor, caused controversy earlier this year when she said she would boycott Qantas because of CEO Alan Joyces support of same-sex marriage. And after the yes vote was announced on ...
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uniting church castlemaine 4pm sun 19th
mark anstey (recent visitor to africa as a volunteer for orphfund) and steve argent (orphfund founder) will be guests in a forum style discussion hosted by jim foley. mark will discuss the experiences and observations made visiting orphfunds african projects in uganda, kenya and sierra leone. steve will talk about orphfunds history, aims, achievements and directions. there will be a chance for questions. all welcome.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) today expressed deep concern over the deaths of two snubfin dolphins drowned in legally set gillnets in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Snubfin dolphins are incredibly rare, exist only in Australia, and are listed as vulnerable to extinction.
With four dugongs also recently killed, conservationists are now call for netting bans in high value dugong, dolphin and turtle habitats.
Tooni Mahto, AMCS Senior Marine Campaigner said, Queenslanders will be shocked to learn that gillnetting in the Great Barrier Reef is drowning our rare snubfin dolphins and dugongs.
With the Queensland election just a week away, this is a stark reminder of the need for all parties to step up protection for our threatened marine life.
These recent dolphin and dugong drownings are likely to be the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that gillnet fisheries have been killing Queenslands dolphins, dugongs and turtles for decades.
Gillnets are invisible walls of death for some of Queenslands precious marine wildlife. We should be moving away from these deadly fishing methods towards more sustainable fishing, particularly within the Reefs World Heritage waters.
AMCS is calling on all Queensland parties to commit to ending gillnetting in high conservation value areas.
As a priority, gillnets should be removed from the marine park waters north of Cooktown. This would protect Queenslands snubfin dolphins, dugongs and turtles, as well as enhance the World Heritage values of the Great Barrier Reef.
Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam, the most famous seven delights of beef, is back in Haymarket inside the Mountbatten Hotel. I'll have a schooner of New with me pho, thanks. Bo 7 Mon Thanh Tam was until a few months ago located on Level 3 of Market City food court. The closure of that space meant some stalls stayed and moved downstairs to Level 1, and other have moved on or simply closed. We had a
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim In the mid-18th century, China was exporting large quantities of highly sought-after commodities to European countries, such as porcelain, silk, tea and spices. By contrast, the goods produced in Europe were of little interest to the Chinese. Under the Qing Dynasty, all incoming foreign trade took place in the
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I know, I know. I bang on about this all the time. The very best part of sourdough baking (for me) is being able to share bread with others. And as my friends on the Bay Run found out recently, if you stand still long enough, Im likely to hand you a loaf. In turn, 
The Mt Mawson ski field in the Mt Field National Park is the southern most ski area in Australia. Its a remarkable place, and while its of a low elevation, with very limited vertical terrain, and is subject to the notoriously fickle snow conditions to be found in Tasmania, it is a magical spot. It has several rope tows, and is a Club ski field composed of seven lodges, with no public accommodation. Its also a fairly solid 30 to 45 minute walk up the mountain to get to the ski field.
But like the surrounding ranges within the Mt Field national park, when its in condition its truly fantastic.
It is also a volunteer mountain that operates at the weekend. At the other Australian resorts, we get very used to having everything done for us. Mt Field is more like skiing was in Australia in the early days. It had a good winter this year, with tows running on weekends from mid August until early October.
According to the end of season report from the president of the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association (STSA) Peter Davis, there were various bits of excitement during the season, like the following:
The season started on 13th of August, but unfortunately there was a problem with the access road which prevented the majority of skiers from getting through. (It took) took 5 hours to clear the road, and then a landslip was identified which kept the road closed for a couple of hours longer. There was a queue of 100 cars waiting to get up the Dobson Road.
Then there were technical issues with the tows. At one point the rope on the University Tow broke. Fortunately STSA had two rolls of new rope on the mountain, and on Sunday the volunteers tackled the big job of joining a new rope, under the patient guidance of experienced Mt Mawson Ski Patroller Andrew Davey. Members of the public helped to move the 500 metres of heavy rope across to the Uni Tow, and then a team of skiers and boarders assisted with tensioning the rope down the hill in preparation for completion of the final splice.
Ironically later in the season we experienced some intermittent electrical problems with the University Tow, and so it was not used for the last 3 weeks of skiing.
Public facilities are pretty basic: there is a simple visitors hut up on Tarn Shelf, the Ski Patrol have an unheated shipping container as their base, and the public shelter in the village is also unheated. The good news is that a new shelter is currently under construction and will be ready by next winter.
When the snow is good, there is some fantastic touring out towards Mt Field West (although the access over the Rodway Range is mostly through boulderfields and can be hard and dangerous in certain conditions or sketchy snow cover). Th...
Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only
planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis
sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs
Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.
Credit: Ward YoungWe decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.
Credit: Kelly DinhamWhen you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.
Credit: Ward YoungAs soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.
I dont do much night photography but its always fun. Last night, a brief visit to Rotunda Park produced a suite of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the resident Brush-tailed Possums.
The abundance of brushies, along with Ring-tailed Possums, Sugar Gliders and rabbits is a good reason for the Barking Owls to stay around over the summer.
Psyllids are tiny winged insects that look like small cicadas. In fact both psyllids and cicadas are Hemipterans meaning that they are characterised by sucking mouthparts. Adult and nymph psyllids suck the sap of plants. The psyllid nymph extrudes a mix of wax and sugar-rich honeydew from which it constructs a shelter under which it 
Im a builder project manager with 45 years construction experience. Ive did a three month stint recently for The Chillie Group based in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.
Firstly, let me clarify, The Chillie Group comprises two men Graham Wem and Paul Milton. There is one part-time mother, Bec, who helps out with administrative duties. I was the only experienced full-time project manager and builder working there and since I left there is no full-time support staff.
Graham Wem is an interior designer by background a failed architect and Paul Milton is a trade carpenter. Despite their lack of building qualifications and management experience, these two Sydney men have combined to do well, on a very limited scale, in the Sydney pub and club industry.
Being a two-man band with two full-time carpenters, they have very limited reach, low level management and personnel skills and experience, and should only be trusted with small projects to say $1.5 to $2 million contract value. Th...
Some of Australias top hockey players have joined with Western Australias LGBTI-inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons to shoot a nude calendar. The initiative is to fundraise for their efforts to combat homophobia in the sport, the team says. Growing up, I would hear a lot of homophobic slurs thrown around the hockey field, Perth ...
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As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Amy MacMahon, candidate for The Greens. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I dont have the 
Foster Swimming Pool Associations project to warm their pool with solar heating will be completed before this summer, with assistance from Energy Innovation Co-ops Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) 
It was interesting to note that on Friday 17
November, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman
BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS flew North from Archerfield and called
into both Rockhampton and Mackay Airports. It is due to
continue to Cairns and Horn Island on Saturday 18
THE launch of much loved childrens author and illustrator, Alison Lesters new book, The Very Noisy Baby will take place at her Fish Creek Bookshop & Gallery this Sunday, November 
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November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.
While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.
In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.
And its oh, what a beautiful,
Oh, Oh Lord, what a beautiful city
Twelve gates to the city, hallelujah!
Reverend Gary Davis
We all have a city or, if we are fortunate, cities of our heart. A place you see for the first time and say I am home. It is intangible a feeling, a sense of you belonging to it, and it belonging to you. You might call it a spirit of place. And whenever you return to your city of the heart, you feel that youve never been gone, that the years that have passed since your last visit, and the changes time has wrought on it and on yourself mean nought.
I felt this spirit the first time entered London with a bunch of Birmingham school mates on a spree. When I first saw Paris. And when I first crossed the Jebal ash-Sharqi from Lebanon and descended to the oasis that was Damascus.
And so too when first I set eyes on the Old City of Jerusalem, and walked through the Damascus Gate. This ancient gate was the portal to a city that has forever danced on the edge of my consciousness (for that it what these cities do).
Back in the day, I would roll down from Ramallah or Mount Scopus to Jerusalem and stand before its faux mediaeval walls. I would walk through the Damascus Gate into the Old City, grab a felafel sandwich, some figs, or a plate of kanafah, depending on the time of day, and amble contentedly through the alleyways and souks down to the Via Dolarosa, and then up Daoud Street to Omar Ibn al Khatab Square and the Jaffa Gate beyond. Traveling back from West Jerusalem, I would retrace my steps, and always with the same sense of wonder and delight.
It was a journey of the senses the call of the muezzin and the peal of church bells, the cacophony of the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, the colours of the markets and shops, the aromas of spices, sweets, and cooking meats, the infinite variety of dress and custom of the many faiths, tribes and communities that dwelt therein or, like me, were passing through. If I had time on my hands, I would sit for a while in the gardens atop the Haram ash-Sharif, or wander into the Dome of the Rock or al Aqsa to sit and ponder awhile, or else progress through ecstatic clamour of the Escher edifice that is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The Occupation was relatively new then. I was not oblivious to it, but rather, very aware of its manifestations. I had crossed from Jordan, via the famous Allenby Bridge, and had watched my fellow bus passengers, Palestinians, endure the humiliating searches and questions of the border police, whilst armed military patrols were commonplace. No...
The NSW Government has decided to name the newest member of its ferry fleet Ferry Mcferryface. This is not a joke. Apparently.
In homage to this wise and considered decision, for the coming week, your humble commentator will write under the nom de guerre of Sparty McSpartyface. I suspect that 1 week will be about how long it will take for this decision to be reversed.
Catallaxy McCatallacyface comments are invited.
Following a sellout debut tour earlier this year, Monique diMattina and Rebecca Barnard present the Dao of Dylan.
Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, Bob Dylan is arguably the most important songwriter of our time.
In this historic collaboration, Monique and Rebecca combine their considerable blues/jazz/rock/roots forces drawing from Rebeccas royal jazz heritage and rock stardom as leader of Rebeccas Empire, and Moniques unlimited piano skills and songstress powers honed through years treading the boards in New York City to thrill fans of Dylan and the art of song.
Hear well known chapters from the Book of Bob soulfully re-interpreted, while these two celebrated songwriters tell tall and telling tales on the mystic resonance of Dylans work in their lives and music.
Hear Dont Think Twice boogie thrashed, The Man in the Long Black Coat re-worked to Twin Peaks eeriness and ALL the Dylan songs that start with the line Early in the Morning.. who stole from who (Dylan? The Beatles? The Stones? Joan Baez?) how to stay Forever Young and much much more!
Who: Monique diMattina & Rebecca Barnard
What: The Dao of Dylan
When: Thursday 23 November
Where: Django Bar
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The first time I met Doctor Phil Pringle was in 1982.
I was a builder working at Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia CLC Darlo for short. CLC Darlinghurst was the second location and second name for Hillsong Global Church.
The lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church was showing Phil Pringle my handiwork. This is before he acquired his doctorate from an unknown theological college overseas in the early 1990s and announced to his C3 staff and the world, Call me Dr Phil Pringle from now on.
I still remember the day very clearly when I first met Phil.
The party of pastors arrived with a young Phil Pringle boasting to his spiritual father, the lifelong secret pedophile and child rapist Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Global Church, about his amazing vision for the lost of Sydney and how he was going to build a mighty church in Sydneys Northern Beaches with a massive Bible College etc etc.
I was watching and listening and thought this guy is full of himself.
Its a win that will place them in the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame. For the third year in a row Bluesfest Byron Bay has won Best Major Festival & Event at the NSW Tourism Awards. The competition was particularly fierce in 2017 with Vivid Sydney, 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival and The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras all in contention for the title.
Bluesfest Executive Director Peter Noble comments on the win:
Pinch me Im dreaming, we just won Best Major Festival and Event at the NSW tourism awards for the third year in a row. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would happen. I would like to thank everyone associated with presenting the event for their incredible dedication and professionalism.
Bluesfest is proud to be a major driver of tourism to the Northern Rivers region, bringing $107 million and 32,000 visitors in 2017.
Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd of April 2018) for the 29th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options. Artists announced for 2018 include Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, John Butler Trio, Youssou Ndour, Tash Sultana, Seal, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gomez, The New Power Generation, Jos Gonzalez, Jimmy Cliff, Chic featuring Nile Rodger, Canned Heat plus many more with further announcements to come.
Bluesfest asks media to stay tuned for another exciting award announcement early next week.
Further info + tickets at www.bluesfest.com.au
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This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was The National Folk Festival dropped a huge lineup in their first major announcement for 2018 including Breabach, Lindsay Lou, Steve Poltz, Cara, Ten Strings and A Goat Skin, Gina Williams, Amistat, Bush Gothic, Cat and Clint, Chaika, Charm of Finches, Chordwainers, Chris 
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The largest leak of financial information in history was made globally last week and the reaction has been lacklustre. The 13.4 million files that make up the Paradise Papers uncover the financial dealings of the ultra-rich and major corporations in offshore tax havens. Most of the documents were derived
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Police Union has called for an audit into security at police facilities across the state, after a spate of attacks on stations, officers and even their homes. The Courier Mail reported on November 7 that a series of Queensland police service reports suggest that members of the
Few would argue with Trevor Evans notion that the resounding Yes vote for marriage equality is a national watershed moment. As with the entire LGBT community, Evans (pictured), Queenslands first openly gay Member of Parliament, wants a special Christmas present this year. This is national watershed moment, he told Fairfax Media, applauding the 80 per ...
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As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Independent Candidate Frank Jordan. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? I have spent most of my 
Give Adrian a Shout:
Adrian Jacksons Jazz benefit, The Jazzlab, November 19, 2017
Adrian Jackson was whispering when I spoke to him at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues recently. We are all hoping that before long hell be back to his usual volume and fully capable of giving us a shout in all senses of the word.
On Sunday at 7pm at The Jazzlab, Melbourne Jazz Co-operative will stage a jazz benefit for Adrian, well known for his key roles as, for 27 years, founding artistic director at Wangarattas jazz and blues festival (as well as those at Melbourne and Stonnington).
Many will be aware that Adrian is at present unemployed, and has needed surgery so that he can talk above a whisper and get back to work. But some of us were unaware of the extent of the difficulties he has had to face in the past two years.
Readers of Martin Jacksons MJC newsletter will have seen Adrians account of his situation, but with his permission I reproduce it here for any who missed seeing it:
It is in some ways embarrassing to be seeking financial assistance as a 60-year-old. Although my situa...
By Becky BatagolCelebrants should not be free to discriminate against couples who ask them to perform a marriage ceremony.
The process of legislating for marriage equality is underway. Marriage celebrants are looking forward to Australias busiest-ever wedding season. However, with the proposed laws now on the table, not all marriages will be equal.
The private members bill sponsored by Liberal Dean Smith is being debated today in the Senate. Attorney-General George Brandis has said he wants to amend the bill to extend religious protections to civil celebrants.
If it goes through, the amendment would permit civil celebrants to refuse to conduct a marriage ceremony because of their conscientious or religious beliefs (as another marriage amendment bill did earlier this year).
Permitting non-religious, civil marriage celebrants to discriminate is a bad idea. This goes far beyond protecting religious freedom.
My research into Australias marriage laws and civil marriage celebrants leads me to believe that Brandis proposed changes will undermine Australias flourishing civil marriage system by sanctioning discrimination against LGTBIQ clients. They will weaken marriage equality and will permit humiliating, unnecessary discrimination.
Providing the right to refuse to solemnise marriages to civil marriage celebrants undermines the aims and nature of Australias world-leading civil marriage celebrant program. It also compromises Australias long-established pluralistic system of marriage, as inherited from England.
To understand the marriage equality law, it is helpful to know a little about the history of marriage in Australia.
Until 1973, when Australias world-first civil celebrant program was created, most civil wedding ceremonies were dry, brief and formal procedures conducted by state officials in registry offices.
The civil celebrancy program was initially set up by the Whitlam-era attorney-general, Lionel Murphy. It went under the publicity radar, unlike the...
Australian small businesses are set to share in a multi-million dollar same-sex wedding boom, an economist says. ANZ senior economist Cherelle Murphy said the economic benefits of marriage equality related to weddings alone could be $650 million in the first 12 months. According to the 2016 Census, there were nearly 47,000 same-sex couples living together ...
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Shakin' Ray Stevens may be in trouble in Mermaid Beach, with a credible Independent candidate, Mona Hecke, challenging him at the 25 November Queensland State election. This is Mona's story. read now...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has provided good breakdowns of the SSM data by electorate, so I asked myself a question: was the turnout correlated with the % Yes vote?
The nine seats that voted No by the biggest margins are all controlled by the Labor party, with the seven biggest all located in west and south-west Sydney.
Here is what I find:
Ive highlighted those seven highest No voting seats which SBS says are Labor held.
Fairly clearly from the data there is a correlation between turnout and the percentage of Yes votes. Furthermore the seven Labor seats with the highest No votes also have some of the lowest turnouts.
This suggests a couple of things:
The first point suggests that the real proportion of voters who favour Yes to same-sex marriage is lower than the headline number of 61.6%. A cohort of as many as 10% of voters in low turnout electorates, who probably would choose No, in the end did not vote. Whether this was because of fear of backlash, concern about confidentiality or other reasons is not clear. But it does seem clear that the total Yes vote has been biased upwards somewhat by these shy voters.
I will leave to readers to draw their own conclusion about the second point.
Jonathan R Wain was raised by his mother in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs Wain was estranged from Jonathans father.
Mrs Wain was a pleasant laconic woman, who was always welcoming and friendly to me. Jonathan has a younger sister Lindsey, and an older sister whose name I cant recall. His older sister in 1974 when I met Jonathan, was estranged from her mother, primarily due to her involvement in a Christian cult it may have been the Children of God I cant recall. It wasnt the Moonies.
In 1976-77, Jonathan located and spent some time with his long-lost father. Armed with a dubious raft and bad stories about Mrs Wain from his father, and an assemblage of bitter allegations, Jonathan started to press his mother barrister-style for more information about why his parents had separated. Jonathan has always had an unnerving ability to ask people very personal questions often with hardly knowing them, and invading peoples personal space by standing too close to them invading their aura.
Mrs Wain had always blamed her former husband for the marital issues and Jonathan, being a bu...
Sunshine, hours of local tunes and plenty of pooches made for a pretty memorable Newtown Festival. Thousands converged on Camperdown Memorial Rest Park to raise funds for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.
With a musical lineup curated by Sarah Blasko, punters were treated to sets by Cody Munro Moore, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Food Court, Gauci, The Goods, I Know Leopard, Jack Colwell, Jep and Dep, Klue, Left., Mezko, Peabody, Sarah Belkner, Spit Syndicate, The Troubled Romantics and Voices of Lakemba.
"I was just thinking back to how weird it was when Rush
was President of the United States of America. So odd that a prog
band beloved by guitar nerds was ever president, but then again his
father George H W Rush had a go so maybe it's fair
Sean looked at the terrible idea and wondered where it came from. Hack Comedy Hell? Some horror realm where weak wordplay and references to total bullshit dance a nightmare waltz? His own arsehole?
The keyboard stared back at him, giving nothing away.
The worlds first integrated solar and pumped hydro hybrid project in Kidston is one step closer to being built as the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced up to $5 million in funding to Genex Power Limited (Genex) to help bring the landmark project to financial close in 2018. This morning, Genex Power Limited 
A night out in Melbourne just got a whole lot more colourful with the opening of Cork & Chroma in Collingwood. The paint and sip studio is already a hit in Brisbane and Sydney, and now people of Melbourne can be apart of the fun. Having opened only a few weeks ago, the new 
Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.
SYDNEY Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them. Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.
These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. They are refugees and asylum seekers trapped on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are there because of Australias harsh refugee policies.
The UN has described the situation as an "unfolding humanitarian emergency." On October 31, the Australian and PNG governments closed the regional processing center where these men have lived for the last four years. Other less-secure facilities are available in a town a 30-minute drive from their current location. But these men, refugees and asylum seekers, refused to leave, terrified by escalating violence against them by some local residents in the town and frustrated by the lack of a long-term solution to their predicament.
Since July 2013, male asylum seekers traveling by boat to Australia have been sent to Manus Island, while men, women and children have been sent to the isolated Pacific island nation of Nauru. As Paul Tyson wrote for openDemocracy, in real terms, it is the boat people themselves the Australian government has criminalized, dehumanized and demonized, and it is against them that Australian politicians on both sides of party power...
Anyone following developments can not help but be aware that a central plank of the governments agenda, is to eliminate trade unions, and if this is not possible, to render them totally ineffective.
Ever since the Howard government and the Hawke days before that, step by step, a noose has been tightened around the Australian union movements neck. It has fought back, but eventually compromised at each point. It now finds itself weaker, less organised, its officials no longer have the right to visit members at the workplace and what they can be concerned with has narrowed down over time.
Arguably, there is much more than coincidence between this and the significant fall in the wages share of national income, the generally deteriorating conditions of employment and the rise of the casualised economy. Weaker unions is not the only cause. The weaker state of the economy is important. But weaker unions have ensured that the position of the worker has deteriorated more than it would otherwise have been the case.
Within the union movement has been an expectation of further blows. It is no secret that the government and employers behind it are out to do everything they can, to move as close as possible to creating an industrial relations landscape with no unions.
A worsening economy and the growing militancy of big business, shared by the Coalition, have come together to result in a series of try ons, which have been aimed at imposing major wage cuts through further casualisation of their workforces. Last years battle at Carlton and United in Melbourne last year marked a turning point. Although the unions won this battle, the war has continued, with other large employers taking their turn at doing the same.
This is more than separate and unlinked individual workplace battles. They make up parts of a national strategy to force a breech that can be spread across the whole of the Australian workforce, to crush it into obedience and the acceptance of less reward for work.
Despite being in a weaker position now, the unions still remain the barrier to achieving this goal. This is the reason why they are being targeted.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has been particularly zealous and biting at the bit for her chance at unions jugular. She is also in urgent need of a distraction from the fallout of the GetUp and Australian Workers Union fiasco. It has the potential of knocking her out of her job.
She stood with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a press conference a week ago, where a commitment was made to take o...
The footage, obtained in March, was given to Victorias abattoir regulator, but no formal animal cruelty investigation was conducted, allowing the slaughterhouse to continue operating.
The department responsible for enforcing animal cruelty laws, Agriculture Victoria released a statement to ABCs 7.30 saying they were satisfied with the companys handling of the situation and staff were being retrained.
NORPAs 2018 season launch will be held tonight at 5.30pm at Lismore City Hall (Friday 17 November) where north coast culture lovers can get a taste for the next thrilling selection of physical theatre, dance, drama, music and cabaret works for the region.
All 2018 Season shows will go on sale tonight with an event including live performances, food and drink.
One of the biggest shows coming up is NORPAs newest work which has been years in the making and inspired by a Bundjalung Nation creation story.
Djurra is an emotive piece of dance theatre that tells the story through interwoven vignettes. Using powerful First Nation monologues and striking imagery, this new work will be an unforgettable experience. But its risky. Director Kirk Page has been brought in to get the work from development to the stage.
It started three years ago, says Page, and it was a co-artistic-led project between Rhoda Roberts and Julian Louis. Rhoda brought the story to the table and the company was interested in making a theatre work. Its taken time to work out how to do this. How do we translate this into a theatrical experience in the most respectful and creative way?
There have been a lot of elders come in and contribute, says Page, namely Roy Gordon, who is an elder and a local and an actor and language man.
The edgy aspect of this show is to tell a story of place and culture but at the same time to safeguard the cultural integrity of that story for Indigenous people for whom aspects are part of secret business.
Its about doing it in a way where you dont give away secrets, says Page, but tell stories. There are themes of family, themes of coming home. Themes of what life does to us. Those stories are universal and relatable.
The most challenging thread to the story is how do we talk about lore without sharing lore elements. This is secret mens business; there is a cultural collateral that is not open to share with everyone. How do we thread these elements for a theatrical experience so we can learn something, reflect on ourselves and create a great show, and hopefully not get our sights crossed and confuse people?
In the end, say...
Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust, Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage (2017)
This is the first book in a promised trilogy, which is a prequel to Philip Pullmans masterly His Dark Materials trilogy. If you havent read the earlier work I wouldnt start with this one, there is something incomparably delicious in the way the world is revealed in Northern Lights (1995), and I remember how agonising the wait was for the third volume (The Amber Spyglass) after the cosmic cliffhanger ending of the second (The Subtle Knife).
La Belle Sauvage a big thick book, but a surprisingly quick read. Lyra, the main character of earlier/later trilogy, is a baby in grave danger. There are kind nuns and mean nuns, dangerous daemons and sweet daemons (Pullmans daemons are one of the great inventions of twentieth century childrens literature), a deeply scary villain, a massive natural upheaval, a magical boat (the eponymous Belle Sauvage), and wonderfully engaging lead characters.
The second half of the book lost some of its charm for me as it turned into a kind of Odyssey-lite. But it might be more accurate to say that in the episodic second half, I became aware that Im not part of the imagined audience. Given the amount of fruity language, and a sex scene that Malcolm, the young protagonist, see...
A year of campaigning and more than 100,000 people signing a petition, Commbank has finally decided to phase out investment in coal and this move the bank closer to turning away from fossil fossil fuels altogether
Protests outside branches of the bank and bad publicity had an effect.
It came to a head at the banks annual general meeting in Sydney, where the Chair, Catherine Livingstone announced the new policy. No more coal projects will be funded.
The bank has made a commitment remove its existing $6 billion investment in this carbon emission producing industry.
This is a major change for the better.
Anti-coal campaigners know that it is not enough to leave it at this and that the pressure will have to be kept on Commbank to do what it says it is going to do.
At the same time, this success will be used as leverage to induce other banks into going down the same road.
The banks are aware of how unpopular they are, and their advertising campaigns are geared around each of them telling the public that they are different to the others. They know they are vulnerable to losing customers. This is the reason why Commbank recently dropped its ATM charges and was followed by the other banks in a very short time.
The unpopularity of the banks has provided campaigners with an unusual opportunity to be effective and win significant concessions. With these under the belt, greater pressure can be put on politicians to make them act decisively, to stop support for fossil fuels and promote renewable alternatives.
Australia needs this to move towards a modern, sustainable economy.
There is still along way to go to make this a reality and it wont be easy to get there. But every win takes us another step down this road.
In support of small-scale, regenerative farmers in Victoria, the following organisations have submitted responses to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions.
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Amid all the nations and worlds turmoil, we had the privilege (and extreme difficulty) of judging the Rural Youth Ambassador and Mullumbimby Showgirl Awards for the 110th Mullumbimby Show last weekend.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet 18 young people, tiny tots to young adults, who made us so proud to have them as members of our community.
Rest assured, we can have faith that our future generations are of high calibre and will serve our community very well.
Donna Jenner, Hayley Walker, Neil Farquhar, Mullumbimby
The 2017 Ocean Grove Carols in the Park promises to be bigger
and better than ever.
More than 3000 locals and holiday makers attended last year, making Carols in the Park the largest annual concert gathering on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The cast includes Goanna Band and The Voice star Marcia Howard singing with another much-loved ensemble, the Geelong Symphony Orchestra.
Marcia will be joined at the Carols in the Park by the ever-popular Sarah Carroll, Perri Espinoza, Nicole Hickman, Diane Gardner, Marion Melrose, Dan Eastwood, Stewart Firth and the glorious Geelong Harmony Choir.
The Carols start at 7pm, on Sunday 10 December, with savvy families turning up early to get a good position.
Sausages, pancakes and drinks will be available.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, Surfside and Ocean Grove primary schools will be performing on stage and of course Santa will be summoned to make an appearance.
Bay FMs Mark Hyland will be Master of Ceremonies and for the little ones, there will be face painting and plenty of pre-show activities.
In a long-standing tradition, you are encouraged to place an unwrapped childrens gift under the Christmas tree on stage. The gifts go to needy Cottage by the Sea children.
Entry is by donation and the gate takings go towards the new disability special accommodation being built in Draper Street.
In NSW, it is a crime for a person to have sexual intercourse with another who is under the age of 16-years, or 18 if there is a relationship of special care. Similar age of consent laws apply in countries like the United States and United Kingdom. However, no such age of consent applies in
Tamworth Country Music Festival isnt just about country music: its about spectacle. Across ten days over the January long weekend, every square inch of the northwest NSW town is taken over by buskers, stalls, punters and artists. Its the second-largest country music festival in the world after the iconic Nashville, with over 2,800 events, 800 artists and 120 venues, making room for everything from alt-country to yodelling.
In 2018, 50,000 punters will make their way to Tammy, placing it among the ranks of Australias other internationally-recognised regional festivals such as Byron Bays Bluesfest, Queenslands Woodford Folk Festival, and the stalwart Falls Festival. Unlike these festivals, however, TCMF is open access and family friendly with plenty of free shows, making it accessible to audiences who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel the distance to an established music festival.
Its the social aspect of it, Tamworth Country Music Festivals founding father Max Ellis recently told the Northern Daily Leader about what makes the festival so special. It seems to be improving [with] a lot more artists and a lot more fans.
The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time
Born-and-raised Tammy local and heavyweight TCMF fan, Caitlin McInerney, similarly speaks to this social aspect, noting that people come from all over Australia just to visit Tamworth for country music. All the gigs are up close and personal, and the bands and singers all have beers with the crowd after the shows.
The town comes to life with street buskers and poets. Huge market stalls line the Main Street and everyone is there to have a good time; its one of the best celebrations of country music Australia has to offer. Not to mention [there are] way too many hotties in jeans and boots a girl gets whiplash.
Theres no bigger or better celebration of music in Australia than the Tamworth Country Music Festival
The festivals DOB is often debated, but most point its inception back to January 1973, when local radio station 2TM launched the Australasian Country Music Awards, now known as The Country Music Golden Guitar Awards
While Sydneys music venues have been knocked around by the state governments lockout laws, as well as excessively expensive liquor licenses and the residential noise complaints that come with a rapidly gentrifying city, Tamworth Regional Counci...
A Ballina Shire councillor is lobbying to have shade structures installed at childrens playgrounds in the shire, warning that exposure to the sun during childhood is a major case of skin cancers.
Cr Jeff Johnson said the recently constructed playground at the Ballina Heights Sports Fields should be considered a priority.
The childrens playground located at the Ballina Heights sports field currently has no shade structure, Cr Johnson said. This playground, which is next to a large carpark, bakes in the summer sun causing the equipment to often be too hot to use.
Whats the point with installing playground equipment if its unable to be used because the equipment is simply too hot?
Cr Johnson said the playground was very popular with families from the Ballina Heights area as well as families that brought their children to play sport on the weekends or to train during the week.
I have long been an advocate for additional shade structures to be installed and this popular park should be seen as a high priority, he said.
The Ballina Shire has one of the highest rates of skin cancer / melanomas in the world and studies have shown that exposure during childhood is a major cause of skin cancers that appear later in life, said Cr Jeff Johnson.
Paul Hickey, Ballina Councils General Manager has advised that
the value of the works is estimated at $15,000.
This is a small price to pay to ensure that our childrens playground equipment is actually able to be used during the summer months and school holidays and that protection from the sun is provided.
The post Ballina playgrounds need...
A Casino father who allegedly set up a Facebook account to groom a 15 year-old girl for sex is required to enter a plea when he returns to court next month.
Jacob Lee Benn was charged in June after the girl complained to police and an investigation was launched by the State Crime Commands Internet Child Exploitation Unit.
The 30 year-old father of two, who allegedly communicated with the teenger from his marital home, was charged with soliciting child pronography, grooming a teenager online for sexual activity and sending indecent material online.
Police allege between November 20, 2016, and the day before his arrest, June 14, Mr Benn sent various message via Facebook messenger to the 15-year-old girl with the intention of having sex with her.
During their communications, it is alleged Mr Benn told the girl not to reveal his identity and to keep their communications a secret.
The sender did this with the intention of making it easier to procure the recipient to engage in sexual activity with the sender, court documents stated.
The accused continued to progress this offence over a prolonged period and he instigated the use of a false profile on the social media site to perpetrate this offence.
He also asked the victim to delete and cover the use of this profile.
The brief of evidence against Mr Benn has been completed by police but he is yet to enter a plea to the allegations.
This week, Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Benns matters until December 11, for a plea to be entered and he be committed for trial or sentence, depending on his plea.
Mr Benn remains free on conditional bail until his next court appearance.
Conditions of his bail include not to contact the victim by any means, not to go to the victims school, not to access any form of social media and not to contact any person under 16 unless they are immediate family.
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A 24-year-old was arrested after fleeing from the scene where hed crashed his car into a school bus in Tweed Heads yesterday afternoon.
Fifteen students were trapped in the bus for a short time before being released by emergency services, none seriously injured as a result of the crash at around 3.20pm in Wharf Street.
A 40-year-old female passenger in the car was trapped and later taken to Gold Coast Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the car and a male passenger reportedly fled the scene before police arrived.
A short time later, officers went to a nearby home and arrested the driver.
He was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing and is currently being questioned by police.
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The remains of Mungo Man will at last be returned to their ancestral homeland in remote western NSW.
The oldest known human being in Australia will be repatriated at a ceremony on Friday with an indigenous music festival to follow in Mildura on the weekend.
Researcher Jim Bowler first discovered remains on the shore of the ancient and long-dry Lake Mungo, 750 kilometres west of Sydney, in 1968.
He and an Australian National University team initially unearthed the remains of Mungo Lady, whod been cremated then buried more than 40,000 years ago.
Then, in 1974, Dr Bowler discovered further ochre-adorned remains from a similar period.
They become known as Mungo Man.
In 1992, after decades of campaigning by local communities, the Ladys remains were returned to Lake Mungo.
But its taken 25 years for Mungo Man, along with the remains of 100 other ice-age people removed from the land, to make the long journey from Canberra back to the lake.
The remains had been transported to Canberra following their excavation, where they were held by both the ANU and then the National Museum for study by scientists.
Renowned Australian artist Michael Zavros has chosen the Tweed for the official launch next week of his debut book of his celebrated works .
As part of the launch on 23 November, Zavros will take part in a Q and A with the director of the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, Susi Muddiman, discussing the book, simply titled Michael Zavros.
Ms Muddiman said the artist and the gallery had enjoyed a close relationships over the years and it was tremendously exciting that he has chosen our gallery to officially unveil his spectacular book.
Michaels work appears in the collections of major museums and private collections around the world and he is one of the true celebrities of modern Australian art, Ms Muddiman said.
He is well known for his hyper-realistic paintings and, more recently, for photography, sculpture, film and performance.
Our conversation will discuss Michaels art practice and the evolution of his exciting monograph, and he will be available to sign copies of the book.
His stunning debut monograph features more than 120 beautifully reproduced works, as well as essays from some of the art worlds leading figures, Ms Muddiman said.
The event begins at 6pm and costs $25 or $20 for Friends of the Gallery members. Numbers are limited and bookings, along with pre-purchases of the book, can be made online before 20 November at www.trybooking.com/SKML
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Amidst the spread of cinematic delights and contemporary favourites at this years British Film Festival comes the engaging documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars a deeply intimate film chronicling the life of Britains most renowned blues guitarist. This year saw a diverse list of films fast-tracked from the British Isles to Australian cinemas, 
The Dead End Film Festival will showcase experimental films from local and international directors. As part of the festival, 8a8ysteps has commissioned local artists to build alternative seating installations for those who do not drive to the festival. The film program will be followed by live music from Sweet Whirl and Truly Holy and a slow dance in the diner with Joe from Astral Glamour (RRR).
Armed with a felt-tipped pen, she playfully tackles complex issues of race, exoticism, gender, sexuality and identity.
TextaQueens engaging portraits are showcased in Between You and Me, the first survey exhibition of this contemporary artist, on display at Tweed Regional Gallery from 8 December 2017 25 February 2018.
The survey exhibition brings together more than 30 works, highlighting TextaQueens compelling marker works on paper, as well as a new suite of photos created during a recent placement at Mornington Shires Police Point Artist in Residency Program.
Coming straight from his show in Las Vegas for two shows here in Australian Elvis tribute artists Jason Dale will be hitting the boards in Lismore for the show of a lifetime. He will perform one day of shows here in Lismore to raise funds for the local charity RED Inc, who work with people with disabilities in the region, to support their art program on January 19, 2018.
Jason Dale is one of Europes top Elvis Tribute Artists; we are absolutely thrilled that he has offered to come to little old Lismore to perform for us to help raise much needed funds for the REDinc. art school. He is an extraordinary performer and looks uncannily like the great man himself! said Elvis event coordinator, Josie Donnelly.
The funds from this event will go towards the famous REDinc. arts program that has transformed the lives of many local artists with a disability: with many going on to exhibit across Australia and becoming semi-professional artists in their own right. Funds raised from this show will ensure that this program will be ongoing with its usual vigor supporting local artists with a disability.
There will be two shows taking place at the Lismore workers club the first is an intimate 68 Comeback Specialfrom 2.30pm and the main show Viva Las Vegas takes off at 6.30pm.
To find out more about REDinc. Click here www.redinc.org.au or book tickets online here or call www.lismoreworkers.com.au/entertainment-bookings 6621 7401.
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By Dean Thompson, DMT Sports Media
TWO days of racing kicked off the Nyora Raceway season with
important club aggregate events for the Wingless Sprintcars and
features for the Standard Saloons and Sports Sedans.
These headlined a weekend that also included Open Sedans, National Junior Sedans and series rounds for the Mini Sprintcars.
Wingless Sprintcars were encouraged to come along to Nyora with a feature on both nights of racing whilst after the second nights final, a number of prizes were on offer for every driver that competed in the feature race.
On night one, Travis Millar who could almost be the King of Nyora when it comes to Wingless, picked up another feature win at the South Gippsland venue. He defeated Speedway legend Peter Logue from Morwell, Michael Skene, Todd Hobson and Scott Irons.
Night two was a night littered with Wingless machines flying through the air upside down. Marc Evans, Michael Skene and then finally Ben Grey all joined the upside down club resulting in substantial damage to their race cars. All drivers walked away from their accidents, none of them happy of course.
In night two racing Nyora racer Chris Skilton picked up a heat race victory in the first round, Logue and Millar made their intentions clear with wins before Logue also won in the second round.
Night ones Unlimited Sedan feature winner Warrick Taylor picked up a win in the qualifiers. A 30 lap feature race for the Wingless on night two began with Logue quickly assuming the lead passing one of his sons Wayne who got the better of the start.
There were a number of cautions including one with 11 laps to go for Ben Grey when his car caught the catch fence in turn three when it went flipping through the sky.
Peter Logue took the win from Wayne Logue with both racers hailing from the Morwell area. Millar was third then Hobson and Luke Schneider rounded out the top five.
Nyora Raceway also brought back the welcome return of teams racing with a two day feature for Standard Saloons.
A couple of strong combinations from Alexandra and a team from the Drouin club came to do battle with a number of Nyora combos.
Drivers had to compete over the weekend in alternative heats with drivers having three heats each if they made it right through to the end of the weekend for what would be 40 lap fea...
Competing agains t 1,000 other students local Brunswick Heads Public School student Ruby Dokmanovic has reached the finals for the the years five and six state final of the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.
Ruby is currently in Sydney with her parents getting ready for the finals of the competition today that are being held at the ABC Studios in Ultimo, Sydney.
Ruby is an outstanding school captain, sportsperson, debater and general allrounder who is a role model for positive behaviour in her school and community, said Melanie Currie, relieving principal at Brunswick Heads Public School.
She is passionate about human rights, equity and inclusion and we are very proud that she is able to represent our school at a State level in the Multicultural Public Speaking Competition.
In its twenty-second year each of the 12 state finalists will be addressing the topic of what multiculturalism means in our society.
The competition was established with the aim of heightening awareness of multicultural issues among primary school students while developing their interest in public speaking, said a spokesperson for the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition.
Topics ranging from when a migrant becomes an Australian, online racism and the immigrant contribution to sport will be tackled.
Travelling Heavy: What You Need to Know About the Items You Plan to Bring With You
Keeping up with all the different baggage rules is not easy, especially since they are constantly changing. The sudden banning of laptops in luggage on flights from the middle east to the USA demonstrated just how quick this can happen. Apparently, its for our own safety, try telling that to parents of screaming kids who cant play Minecraft or roadblocks on a long haul flight. The same with the Samsung Note batteries after one exploded on a flight originating from Australia. The newest piece of personal equipment to come under the microscope is the e-cigarette battery. In America, its now illegal to carry the batteries in your checked luggage due to the risk of fire.
Complying with all these rules sometimes means extra baggage fees. There may be a conspiracy theory there, but thats beyond the scope of this blog. This resource is a very good one for keeping up with major airline baggage fees.
Here is a quick list of most items that are illegal to place in carry-on baggage and must therefore either be checked or left at home:
Sharp Objects: A sharp object is basically anything with a blade
and at least one sharp-angle edge. The list includes the notorious
boxcutter, along with knives, razor blades, and scissors with at
least 4-inch blades; these items must also be wrapped in the
checked luggage. Plastic or round butter knives are okay in
Firearms: Anything that shoots any kind of projectile from a barrel is a firearm and must be in a checked bag. Most airlines have their own rules about ammunition, so do your research.
Self-Defense and Sporting Equipment: Mace, pepper spray, and stun guns must be checked, and pepper spray or mace containers must be safety-disabled. Baseball bats, hockey sticks, nightsticks, throwing stars, and all other such items must be checked as well.
Tools: Crowbars, wrenches, hammers, drills, screwdrivers, and all other tools must be checked if they are more than seven inches long.
Liquids: Non-flammable or non-disabling liquids are allowed in carry-on bags if they are in 3.4-ounce or smaller bottles that are inside...
It is being suggested to Lower Clarence communities that inviting the cruise ship industry into the Clarence River estuary will bring financial gain to their towns - but will it? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"
A Global Atheist Convention was supposed to be held next February in Melbourne, Australia, but its been cancelled due to lack of interest. In a commentary for The Sydney Morning Herald, November 8, 2017, Dr. Michael Jensen, rector of St Marks Anglican Continue reading
Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.
Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.
Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.
And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.
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Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.
Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.
Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?
Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.
The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.
Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.
Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.
Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?
Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.
I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.
However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.
Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?
Describe your experience of studying yoga
My yoga path started with Iyengar Yoga method which shortly after evolved into Vinyasa Yoga. I was vegan, teaching a little and very curious about other methods of yoga out there, so I signed up for the Yoga Journal Conference in New York City in May of 2009. During the conference I had a great opportunity to practice with some fantastic teachers and masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, Sarah Powers, Seane Corn just to name a few, but the real impact and a life changing moment of the conference was meeting Sharon Gannon and David Life, co-founders of Jivamukti Yoga. Everything that I was searching for at that time was so beautifully presented to me: the blend of mindful vinyasa sequencing, yoga philosophy, animal rights activism, social activism all mixed together with great and uplifting music. In that moment I already knew I had found my Teachers and theyve stayed my Teachers ever since. In 2010 I signed up for the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training at the Omega Institute in upstate NY which was one of the best decisions Ive made in my life. Shortly after I started my apprenticeship program at the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC under the guidance of Narayani (Nicole Nichols) and in 2013 I became an Advanced Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. Since then I do regular self-study as well as attend numerous workshops, Jivamukti Yoga immersions and retreats with teachers that inspire me to deepen my own personal practice and ignite my passion for yoga .
What does yoga mean to you right now, and has this
changed over time?
The meaning of yoga naturally has changed for me over time. When I started practicing, yoga was all about the asana (physical postures) and mindful breathing, but now the meaning of yoga has completely shifted for me. Today to me yoga means: INTEGRITY. It means our ability to integrate the teachings into our everyday life, so that the yoga practice doesnt just start with the moment you enter the yoga room and finishes with Savasana, but instead your whole life becomes your yoga practice. Those two, life and practice are not separate. You yourself dont feel fragmented and separate, but whole within yourself and unified with others. Yoga is when your thoughts reflect your words, when your words reflect your actions. To me yoga means to be able to live every day with such integrity supported by compassion for ALL beings without exceptions. A beautiful expression of that is the mantra LOKAH SAMASTAH SUKHINO BHAVANTU which means May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
What facet of teaching yoga brings you the most
The possibility of my teachings touching peoples hearts as...
Hazeldenes is the biggest private employer in Bendigo with more than 900 employees and contractors, most of whom come from the area. This family business, which produces chickens for market from breeding to plate, has been operating for more than 60 years. It processes up to 680,000 chickens a week at Lockwood, with breeding and ... Read more...
HOLY HOLY ANNOUNCE
LOVE IS FOR AMATEURS TOUR
One of the countrys best bands
A flagstone for all forms of musical artistry
A band that is at the top of their game.
One of Australias finest bands.
With a huge sold-out national headline tour earlier this year performing their biggest venues to date, HOLY HOLY has today announced the Love Is For Amateurs Tour alongside a series of festival dates. Bringing big riffs, even bigger hooks and a few surprises, this will be the last chance to catch HOLY HOLY before they take a break from touring to return to the studio. To celebrate the announcement, HOLY HOLY has also revealed the visuals for new single Amateurs.
The video highlights the high energy and artful stylings of their live show. Filmed at Yours & Owls Festival last month, Amateurs is the final single from the critically acclaimed ARIA top 10 album Paint. A daring and diverse album brimming with ideas, Paint is proof of a fearless approach from one of Australias most revered voices. To experience that voice first hand, you can tune into triple j Live At The Wireless, which airs this...
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