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The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single Frantic Romantic/Shake (Together Tonight) in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.
This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential Blood Red River LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australias most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.
Its funny how the phrase the mainland can mean two quite different things in Tasmania. You would assume, on the surface, its a reference to the rest of Australia. But on ABC Radios Country Hour the other day, I heard someone from King Island refer to the mainland as the rest of Tasmania. And I 
Media Release A Sydney law firm is expected to launch one of Australias largest class actions in the new and expanding area of privacy breaches. Centennial Lawyers will tomorrow file the lawsuit against the NSW Ambulance Service in the Supreme Court of NSW. The plaintiff alleges that a contractor was allowed to access personal workers
Unless youve been trapped on a deserted island somewhere, youll know Australias controversial, prolonged and expensive public survey has voted in favour of same-sex marriage. Across the nation, banners waved slogans such as Love Wins and Equality at Last. But not everyone was happy about the outcome, with 38.4% of those who returned their surveys
It's a stormy weekend in Melbourne, and we started the show by acknowledging the awesome postal survey result this week... hooray for the "yes" vote, and bravo to progressive Melbourne!
Anyway back to food, and we spoke to Andrew Kavasalis about the recent law change allowing the production and sale of low-THC hemp for consumption in Australia. We're lagging the world in this, however hemp seed is a very nutritious food that is easy to grow, and vegan-friendly. It tastes a little like nuts, and much like almonds you can even make milk from it. Hopefully you'll see some on restaurant menus and store shelves very soon.
The man behind the CBD's Pastuso, Alejandro Saravia made the trip into Brunswick to talk about Peruvian food, and specifically Empanada. His Fitzroy eatery Che serves up many varieties, and we spoke about how to make them at home, as well as the many differing varieties of chillies available around the world.
We finished by chatting to Professor James Dale about the growing worldwide crisis for banana growers. There is a soil-borne fungus that is slowly infecting the worldwide crops of our favourite banana, the Cavendish. Affected plantations can take up to 40 years to recover from the disease, and Professor Dale is part of a team working on a GM solution to increase the natural resistance to this threat.
A man caught on camera painting over Sydneys George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as Saint George Michael, was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydneys inner-west in the weeks after Michaels death on Christmas Day last year. Video ...
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Heres the public workshops Plan to Win has planned for the first half of 2018.
In addition to public workshops, customised training is available for organisations, campaigns and alliances. We provide intensive training of trainers and can work with you to develop your own training programs and other capacity building projects. Plan to Win also provides facilitation services and one-to-one mentoring.
Contact us to express interest in any of these workshops further details and registration will be available closer to each dates. If you would like to book Plan to Win for gigs or projects in 2018 get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. Were open to feedback on these dates so if theres clashes let us know!
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February
A thorough grounding in training skills in a social movement context with a particular focus on tools and activities to help volunteer action groups really power. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior.
9am-1pm, Wednesday 7 March
Strong movements require effective communication and decision making! In this workshop you will experience facilitation tools that increase buy-in and create great group dynamics through people feeling heard. Presented by Pru Gell, accredited Lewis Method Deep Democracy instructor.
March to May 2018
Essential skills for organisers! An accessible program including two weekend workshops (24 & 25 March and 26 & 27 May), a mid-point review, practical exercises and group projects. Presented by Holly Hammond and India Prior with special guest presenters with organising expertise in a range of movements.
Plan to Win is piloting small groups for peer support and critical enquiry using the action learning set methodology. Groups will be able to meet online or in person. Get in touch to be part of this opportunity to reflect, learn and innovate with other change agents.
April September 2018. National program with retreats held in Victoria.
WELA is a year long leadership program designed by and for women environmentalists. It includes three residential retreats, mentoring sessions and action learnin...
So you'd like to live forever.
I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.
Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.
The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.
No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.
Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.
Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.
The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.
Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than those in Liberal electorates.
The early gains were relatively easy. In the 1860s an extraordinary 20 per cent of boys didn't make it to the age of five. Twenty per cent of girls didn't make it to 10. By ensuring that children survived the first few years, we boosted expected lifespans to 67 for boys and 72 for girls.
Then came the cancer years. For two decades from the 1950s right through to the early '70s, life expectancies scarcely grew. De...
Quentin Kenihan, is living proof that superheroes dont need capes, just the right attitude! Quentins warts and all memoir is a story to inspire others to try and live a happy and good life and to chase their dreams. Not All Superheroes Wear Capes reveals how Quentin has faced the many extraordinary daily challenges in his life. Born with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, Quentins bones broke all on their own.
When Quentin was seven and featured in a TV documentary, Australians fell in love with his wit, and never-say-die attitude. Over the years Quentin grew up before our eyes. But there was a dark side to his painful disability and life in the public eye. The true story was never told until now. A story of abandonment, drug addiction, dark days and thoughts of suicide. Battling through it all, Quentins life journey is inspirational. Quentin is determined to live life the best he can.
Quentin Kenihan is my guest today.
Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan
Published by Hachette Australia
I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm
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Travelling Australia Micks Way follows his journey and captures Micks daily adventures in the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Australian landscape. His story and photography is real, heartfelt and inspiring. His journey raised funds and awareness for post-cancer recovery and a portion from the sale of each book will be donated to The Tomorrow Trust, helping to support cancer patients and their families who are living with, through and beyond cancer.
For anyone who has ever wanted to explore the beaches, deserts and towns of Australia, Travelling Australia Micks Way is a wake-up call and a reminder that there is no time like the present to follow your dream.
Mick Miller is my guest today.
Travelling Australia Micks Way by Mick Miller and Robyn Ford
is published by Finch Publishing www.finch.com.au
More info: www.mickmiller.com.au
Admittedly, they help keep us out of jail, so were a little biased. But thats not the only reason we love Marque Lawyers.
If you follow the Sydney law firms Twitter account, youll understand that not only do they do law differently, but that they have a somewhat acerbic wit. Nothing is sacred well almost nothing they posted a rather nice tweet recently about banning the climb at Uluru.
From celebrating Mark Latham falling off a chair and accusing The Australian of running ads by Satan, to blessed are the Christian rock cakes for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths , a Sunday morning scanning Marques tweets is a thing to behold.
So, for your sabbath entertainment, here are some of the Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers (you can follow them on Twitter here, by the way and we should also note, we also love our in-house pro bono lawyer Geoff Holland. But Geoff doesnt tweet. Wake up Geoff).
Blessed are the Christian rock cakes, for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths. https://t.co/YFPw979zzQ
marquelawyers (@marquelawyers) November 15, 2017
Consider: the main constituency with which Pauline Hanson shares her anti-marriage equality stance is made up of Chinese and Muslim Australians. Who dont assimilate or share our values, she says. marquelawyers (@marquelawyers) November 15, 2017
After much reflection, weve concluded that what today means is that this country is a lot better than its politicians.
marquelawyers (@marquelawyers) November 15, 2017
A Bondi caf has been awarded five chefs hats and hailed as fucking genius for serving customers whole, unpeeled avocados on toast, a bold departure from smashed avo, which dominated global headlines throughout the year.
The chef said the new creation aligns beautifully with his philosophy of making whole foods whole again.
Smashed avo was really just part of that ridiculous deconstructed food trend, which is so 2017, he said. We wanted to ditch the fads and get back to basics for 2018. Our food is so wholesomely whole we dont even peel off the little sticker that comes naturally from the tree.
Sunday brunch fans have been lining up for the dish since 4am Wednesday morning, with many saying theyre willing to spend all the deposit their parents gave them for their first home on this culinary marvel.
This is a great program: Parks Victoria (PV) Track Rangers are volunteers who walk and camp along popular tracks during peak holidays in order to provide a presence in key visitation areas and providing hikers with up-to-date park information.
If you have good experience in remote area walking plus appropriate skills and the right personality, its a great opportunity to be out in some fantastic country and contribute in a positive way to the management of some of the states best parks.
It involves a 4 to 6 day commitment. Full details below.
According to PV:
Participating in the track ranger volunteer program is a great way to help Parks Victoria by providing a presence and friendly contact point at campsites and trails in the Victorias national parks, promoting minimal impact techniques to improve awareness of park environment and providing visitors with current park information.
The program runs in the Great Alpine National Park (Mt Bogong, Mt Feathertop, the Alpine Crossing between Falls Creek and Mount Hotham and Mount Buffalo), Grampians National Park, Cathedral Range State Park and Wilsons Promontory National Park.
The program usually for 4 to 6 days across the New Year period, over selected long weekends and Easter.
What key skills are needed?
You will need strong experience in remote area hiking and camping, high level of fitness, positive attitude, strong communication and interpersonal skills, a valid first aid certificate and must be willing to camp out for a minimum of 4 nights in remote areas.
Volunteers may apply as couples or singles, in which case you will be paired up with a second track ranger to ensure safety. Volunteers must be fully self-sufficient. Download the Volunteer Track Ranger Role Description.
A National Police Check will also be conducted on all successful applicants with the cost covered by Parks Victoria. This is now completed online to save processing times.
A Working with Children Check is also required and can be obtained by visiting www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au. This check is free for all Volunteers.
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to join
To apply please...
Highlands Copperhead (Shawn Scott)
(My blog a few weeks ago Tiger Snakes and a warming Gippsland attracted a lot of attention. Here is some feedback from a well-informed source who prefers to remain anonymous.)
Just a couple of points on your comments about snakes and climate change.
As for Tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus), they have always occurred at significant altitude in places like Benambra. But according to some researchers who have studied alpine/sub alpine moss beds, tiger snakes were never seen in these beds thirty years or so ago, but now are reasonably frequently seen. The Copperhead and the Highlands Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) have always been the snake of these areas, but the changing climate has given the Tiger a helping hand.
However, the best reptile indicator of climate change in the Gippsland Plains is the Eastern Brown Snake (Psuedonaja textilis). They have always occurred in significant numbers in the gorges and higher valleys where they are out of the cooling easterlies, and have significant rock outcrops to retain the heat they need to hatch their eggs. The Tiger, Copperhead and Black snake give live birth to their young (viviparous), so the gravid female can move to find warm niches, but the Brown snake cannot do this, as they lay eggs (oviparous) and the locality becomes more important.
In the 40 years I have been in this area, I have noticed a significant increase in sightings of Brown Snakes in the past 15 years on the Gippsland plains, compared to when I first arrived in this area, and was very active in the field. Also, during this same period, I have noticed the disappearance of the Lowland Copperhead (Austrelaps superbus) from the Gippsland Plains pasture country, and they are now only found in and around wetlands.
An excellent website on snake varieties in Gippsland can be found here.
Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.
The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles. These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.
Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.
Aussie rider Julia Maguire had to ride blindfolded to win selection to compete at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia next year.
The blindfolded ride was one of many rigorous challenges she faced, along with Brisbane nurse Andrea Box and 21 other competitors from around the world, at the recent four-day qualifying event in South Africa.Andrea and Julia
Im so excited, very-very excited. Relieved! Julia said after being selected for one of two three-woman teams to compete at the Mongolia GS Trophy in June 2018.
Australia will also field its first national team consisting of amateur riders Shane Guttridge, Simon Turvey and Michael Haley.Winners are grinners (from left): Simon Turvey, Julia Maguire, Shane Guttridge, Andrea Box and Michael Haley
The world qualifying event in South Africa included a range of tough challenges including the blind riding test, where the women had to try to reach a target set at the far end of a field while blindfolded....
Speaking at a Sydney Politics in the Pub event last month, Cathy Vogan, founder of THING2THING.COM and author of The Wikileaks Tapes, offered a comprehensive view of how the use of behavioural micro-targeting, big data and psychometrics by Cambridge Analytica got Donald Trump elected, and led to a vote for Brexit.
Vogan opened by addressing some of the claims made by Hillary Clinton in a recent ABC interview. It was to point to the content of the Podesta emails, as resumed by Julian Assange in an interview with John Pilger; and to somewhat ridicule Clintons suggestions that Wikileaks had been involved in the spread of fake news.
In light of subsequent revelations by The Atlantic; recriminations by Barrett Brown; and these observations by The Intercept, regarding Assanges possible Nazi-Soviet Pact moment with the Trump campaign, what can one say?
Join Brisbane rockers Dune Rats at the Coorparoo Bowls Club this Sunday, as they fight to save one of their favourite community venues. Following a proposed development to build over the club with 80 aged-care units, the Coorparoo Bowls Club (QLD) is throwing a fund-raising event on Sunday 19th November from 2PM. In spirit of keeping the local music 
19 November 2017
Legendary Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64.
Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the Sydney group to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years.
Young started AC/DC in 1973 with his brother, fellow guitarist Angus.
Malcolm Young died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, a statement on AC/DCs Facebook page said.
As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special, Angus Young said.
He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
Malcolm, job well done.
Youngs family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.
In an interview with the ABCs 7.30, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson said Young had told the band to keep making music.
Without any of that sympathy stuff, you know, there was none of that stuff around.
And he just said to keep doing it. Thats the way he talked [he was a] straight shooter.
So we did, and it was great.
Over dinner, we talked a little of our memories of the lunch we enjoyed at the world-renowned Noma, when it operated briefly in Sydney. With only a limited run in Sydney, it was something we had planned several months for. And even now, eighteen months later, I still remember almost every detail of the experience. 
The other evening as I was walking home to my apartment in Hobart, I happened upon an interesting public art project. The lane-way I thought was going to be a short-cut to home, turned out to be a delay, as I enjoyed Art On Victoria. I popped back today to snap a few daylight photographs. 
Local filmmaker, self-described transcendental fascist and, more recently, Trump fanboy and partisan of the AltRight,* Richard Wolstencroft, established the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) in 2000 after the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) declined screening his 1999 film Pearls Before Continue reading
A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since this afternoon (Saturday 18 November).
The accident between two motorbikes happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same road where a refugees was killed on 2 November.
It is understood that doctors believe the man needs an urgent surgery to deal with a clot or bleeding on his brain. He was vomiting blood and had bleeding from his right ear beefore he lasped into unconsciousness.
Other refugees on the island do not believe that Nauru is equipped to perform the brain surgery need, but no arrangements have been made for the man to be medivacced for urgent treatment.
People on the island are also concerned that the current dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government that has seen the Nauru government expel 107 Canstruct workers from the island in the last 24 hours has paralysed administration on the island and is delaying the decision to provide the urgent treatment he needs. The injured refugee is a Canstruct worker.
The dispute between Border Force and the Nauru government is over rent (believed to be over $3.5 million a year) that Border Force has been paying for space in the Menen Hotel (owned by the Nauruan government) for various activities.
We have grave fears for the life of this refugee. He needs urgent surgery; any delay could be a matter of life and death, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
Border Force cannot shrug off its responsibility for this mans welfare. We are calling on Peter Dutton to ensure that a money-squabble with Nauru is not going to cost this refugee his life.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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. Its dancing in the halls, in the pubs, the clubs and even the school.
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.
The post Mullumbim...
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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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.
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...
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