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Australia's financial intelligence czar Nicole Rose says she is shocked at the depth of money laundering in the economy involving organised crime, child exploitation and drug importation. "I thought coming from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that I had a pretty good handle on serious and organised crime," she [said]. "I didn't appreciate the depth and breadth of involvement with private entities and banks. I didn't appreciate how many industries it does actually touch. There's a misperception that money laundering is a victimless white collar crime. It has a massive impact on everyday life whether that's child exploitation, serious and organised crime or drug importation. It all involves money laundering." A career public servant specialising in anti-terrorism strategy, Ms Rose was appointed chief executive of the Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) in November last year. Ms Rose, a former deputy head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, inherited AUSTRAC's high stakes case against the Commonwealth Bank which is fighting almost 54,000 allegations that it broke anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. While not commenting directly on the CBA case, Ms Rose said she was confident that all Australian banks are now aware of the money laundering risk. However, Ms Rose was uncertain when the $10,000 reporting threshold on cash transactions would be extended from financial institutions to other high-risk sectors.
Note: Explore an eye-opening article by Fiona Barnett, which claims the Watergate break in's real purpose was steal a list of high level political pedophiles from both parties. As reported in this Sydney Morning Herald article, Ms. Barnett testified to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on being a victim of a high level pedophile ring. More on this is available in this article from the UK's Daily Mail.
Sarah Barron, a Newcastle local, stopped coal entering the port by ascending a tripod 10 metres above the train line this morning.
Australia exports more coal than any other country, this makes us one of worst contributors to climate change. Setting domestic emissions targets something our governments have so far failed to do is not enough. Mining and exporting coal in the face of what is an already spiralling climatic crisis is to condemn my generation and those to follow said Barron.
FLAC has been active in the Abbot Point and Galilee Basin region for the past twelve months, stopping and slowing work on the Adani owned coal terminal and the proposed Carmichael mine site. The group advocates community control over resources, 100% renewable power, justice for energy sector workers and a rapid transition to a sustainable, equitable economy.
Coal needs to end and we cant afford to wait for our government to end it. Our Prime Minister is a proxy for Minerals Council Australia, the PMs chief of staff is former coal industry boss, our Energy Minister is an anti-wind campaigner and our Environment Minister is a mining industry lawyer. Our climate is in crisis and our government is a farce. If the government wont end coal, we, the people, will.
Frontline Action on Coal spokes has said the protest has clearly highlighted the power imbalance between the coal industry and everyday people. These are concerned young people, fighting for their right for a safe future. supporting their friends and getting unfairly arrested. This is while the big companies and politicians profiting off the coal industry walk free. We are inviting everyone to come and join Act Up in Newcastle this month to stand strong against this injustice and fight for a safe climate.
Scientists have discovered a key ingredient in the most widely used antidepressants may be contributing to the antibiotic resistant superbug that has spread through hospitals across the world. Bacteria has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics in recent years, which is generally thought to be down to overusing of the drugs. However, it seems other medications may be contributing to the weakening effect. Researchers from Australia's University of Queensland discovered the drug fluoxetine, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly found in antidepressants like Prozac and Sarafem, can reduce antibiotic capabilities. The team stumbled upon the discovery after their previous study found triclosan, a common ingredient in toothpaste and hand wash, "can directly induce antibiotic resistance". "We wondered whether other non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine can directly induce antibiotic resistance,"said engineer Jiahua Guo from the university's Advanced Water Management Centre.
Indonesia (RI), the 4th most populous nation on Earth and the country with the largest Muslim population is, and since the 1965 US-orchestrated anti-Communist coup has been, the most radically pro-Western and anti-socialist place in Asia.
This is where you could end up in prison for publicly declaring that you are a Communist, or just an atheist. And this is where Western pop music, junk food and brutally meaningless Hollywood blockbusters are rubbing shoulders with the Saudi-style interpretation of Islam; with Wahhabism, that has been spread with the direct involvement of the US, UK and other Western countries.
The more intolerant Indonesia gets, the more tolerant it is called by its ally and patron the West. The most miserable and unprotected the Indonesian masses get, the more their country is defined as a democracy.
Indonesian racism against the Chinese people (and, in fact, everything Chinese) has been legendary, and always welcomed and encouraged by Washington, London and Canberra.
After 1965, for several decades until the Presidency of Abdurrahman Wahid (the progressive Muslim cleric who had been deposed during a constitutional coup in 2001), everything Chinese was banned in Indonesia, including Chinese characters, language, publications, films, and even red lamps, cakes and dragons. The same went for things Soviet, or Russian, although that was never directly specified.
The West scored a great victory in Indonesia. It lost Vietnam and Laos, but it gained an entire archipelago overflowing with natural resources; the place that it has been plundering brutally and consistently from 1965 until now. It helped to shape a country hopelessly corrupt, ruled by servile elites who have been interested exclusively in their own profits, while in the process sacrificing the greatly impoverished majority of badly educated and religiously and ideologically (by the West and by the extreme capitalist dogmas) indoctrinated people.
Indonesia absorbed a substantial number of Chinese post-revolution religious exiles, particularly right-wing Christian priests and preachers, who settled down in the cities like Surabaya, and who, while relying on Western support and funding, continue spreading anti-PRC and anti-Communist propaganda.
It is very little wonder that after continuous right-wing political indoctrination and religious bombardment, collaboration with the West has been accepted by the great majority of Indonesian citizens without any soul searching or second thought. Jakarta cooperates openly and proudly with the US, UK, Australia and other Western countries (as well as with Japan) especially when it comes to politics, diplomacy, but also the economy and even military.
This fact is often overl...
Malta is not worried about crypto companies operating while their applications for licenses are still pending as the loophole does not mean they are free from obligations under the current regulations, officials from the island nation commented. Also in The Daily, a 3 million palazzo in Valletta has been put up for sale and the owner takes only cryptocurrency, a project aims to turn a Great Barrier Reef island into a crypto micro-economy, and a hotel in Perth cuts third parties out of the booking process using cryptocurrency.
Malta, which is working hard to create one of the most crypto-friendly climates in Europe, has given fintech companies moving to the island a whole year to become fu...
The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.
Should it matter this much? A wealthy, successful individual expressed fury at the most popular object of vitriol in any sport. The umpire or referee is only ever neutral in the eyes of a falsely contrived standard: that someone must be objective, neutral and mindful of enforcing the rules of the game. In the eyes
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Bill Thompon has today made a second complaint to the ABC about its bias in reporting killings involving police in the US. He has a very good point. Since Bill's first complaint a few weeks ago, at least 5 police officers have been killed on duty in the US by...
Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schoo...
ITNJ: Fiona Barnett Exposes CIA MK-ULTRA, Human Trafficking, Bohemian Grove Child Hunting, and Australian Ministers and Justices Addicted to Pedophilia and Murderous Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"
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Published at https://commission.itnj.org/2018/09/0 Chosen for her particular bloodline, high cognitive abilities and physical prowess, Fiona was a perfect subject for MK ULTRA mind control programming, which took place in numerous universities and underground facilities both in Australia and abroad. Other nightmarish crimes perpetrated upon her throughout her childhood include ritual abuse, torture, the witness of torture and murder, being dressed as a teddy bear whilst hunted for sport at the annual camp at The Bohemian Grove. Fiona Barnetts testimony provides a very clear and detailed picture of global child trafficking, which, she explains, is run as a single coordinated operation through the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian Intelligence Services. In her testimony, she interweaves her personal account with a vast research-knowledge of the history, practices and interconnection between intel-agency child trafficking, Luciferianism, ritual abuse, and MK ULTRA mind control, all of which she witnessed and suffered at the hands of. Fiona was eventually able to escape the cult and has since made numerous attempts to have her perpetrators brought to justice. Her story has been publicly derided and she has been prevented from leading any semblance of a normal life. Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJs Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 7th July, 2018, before Chief Justice, Dr. John Walsh of Brannagh, His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, ITNJ Commissioner Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Reverend Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard. Through its Judicial Commission of Inquiry the ITNJ is performing a prime function for the global exposure and illumination of ongoing human atrocities by creating a seminal platform for exposure whilst allowing natural justice to emerge. Volunteer Donate Act https://www.itnj.org
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After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.
It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.
This is Part 2 of a three-part response to an iNET article
(September 6, 2018)
Mainstream Macroeconomics and Modern Monetary Theory: What Really
Divides Them?. In Part 1, I considered what we might take to
the core body of mainstream macroeconomics and used the
best-selling textbook from Gregory Mankiw as the representation.
The material in that textbook is presented to students around the
world as the current state of mainstream economic theory. While
professional papers and policy papers might express the concepts
more technically (formally), it is hard to claim that Mankiws
representation is not representative of what current mainstream
macroeconomics is about. Part 1 showed that there is little
correspondence between the core propositions represented by Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) and the mainstream. Yet, the iNET authors
want to claim that the differences between the two approaches to
macroeconomics only really come down to a difference in assignment
of policy instruments jargon for MMT prefers fiscal policy while
the mainstream prefers monetary policy as the primary
counter-stabilising tool. Given the lack of conceptual and
theoretical correspondence demonstrated in Part 1, it would seem
surprising that there is really only just this difference in policy
preference dividing MMT from the mainstream. If that was the case,
then what is all the fuss about? Clearly, I consider the iNET
article presents a sleight of hand and that the differences are, in
fact, significant. So, in Part 2, I am tracing how the iNET authors
came to their conclusion and what I think is problematic about it.
This discussion will spill over into Part 3.
As an aside, I received several E-mails overnight of the hostile variety claiming that I was just cherry-picking quotes from Mankiws textbook to create a straw person representation of mainstream macroeconomics.
I was told that the iNET authors were operating at a much more sophisticated level than that expressed in undergraduate textbooks.
Well, sorry, but the iNET article explicitly says:
The economic analysis behind MMTs fiscal-policy argument is essentially the same as that used by orthodox policymakers and in undergraduate textbooks. The different conclusions drawn by MMT and the mainstream in policy do not come from a different understanding of the economy
It is better that you read things carefully before firing off personal invective via the E-mail system to people you do not know.
The iNET authors clearly think that the mainstream undergraduate textbooks provide students with an understanding of the economy and that MMT work is compatib...
I've been learning a lot about Montana, mostly how purdy it
For those of you who are following the End of the World Project at Patreon, Montana is my Boulder, Colorado. It's where I've pointed my survivors, good and bad, of civilisational collapse. It's almost Tolkienesque in some respects, but populated by cowboys rather than hobbits.
I won't actually set many chapters in Montana until the second book, since my narrators are busy dealing with the end of all things in the first.
Still, I've learned it helps to sort out a few basics well before you start writing, and so its off to Big Sky country for me whenever I get some down time. One of the geographical features I'm really taken with is the existence of 'island ranges'. These are like isolated, singular outbreaks of mountain terrain, hundreds of miles before before you get to the continental divide. They soar up without warning in the middle of oceans of grassland in the state's east. Think Uluru, but made out of sabre-toothed granite, and surrounded by hundreds of milles of flatland.
It makes for a bit of imagined whiplash though, jumping between this and the research I'm doing on How To Collapse Modern Civilisation Without Really Trying.
That turns out to be surprisingly difficult. I'm having to call on all the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to ride to my help.
The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 12th September 2018 edition of TWT.
Read Online This Week in Melbourne: 11 - 17 September 2018Newsletter | #611 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th September 2018 to Monday 17th September 2018 Australian Citizenship Day Australian International Tea Expo Body Worlds Vital Connor's Run Hawthorn v Melbourne | Week 2 Toyota AFL Finals Series Jurassic Creatures | Live Lavazza Italian Film Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival Montsalvat Arts Festival Mullum Mullum Trail Opening One Fine Baby | Family & Lifestyle Fair R U OK? Day Red Ball Melbourne Sofra | Turkish Festival Spring Clean the City | World Cleanup Day Spring Vegan Festival Tesselaar Tulip Festival The Melbourne Collective | Spring Design Market Victorian State Schools Spectacular Wellness Walk & Research Run Enjoy #Melbourne Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018 September 15 - October 14 | Tesselaar Tulip Farm Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland, all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Special Events at the festival Sat 15th - Sun 16th September | Turkish Weekend Mon 17th - Thu 20th September | Tulips In Wonderland Week Fri 21st - Sun 23rd September | Dutch Weekend Mon 24th - Thu 27th September | Children's Week 1 Fri 28th - Sun 30th September | Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend Mon 1st - Thu 4th October | Children's Week 2 Fri 5th - Sun 7th October | Irish Weekend Mon 8th - Sun 14th October | Tulipmania Week --> Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2018...
Canada's immigration minister is something of a global anomaly at the moment. Not only is Ahmed Hussen a former refugee, but someone who loudly and regularly advocates the benefits of immigration in what he calls a "world of closing doors". Mr Hussen spoke at the University of New South Wales on Friday as part of his multi-city visit to Australia, where he championed a more progressive stance on immigration and refugee policy. And for him, the topic is not just a portfolio, but a lived experience. At 16, Mr Hussen escaped the civil war in Somalia and fled to Canada. He went on to study and practice law, before becoming the country's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship last year. Listen to Admed Hussen's address at the Kaldor Centre
PHILLIP Island has the chance to walk away with three of the
four football premierships on Saturday, with the Seniors, Thirds
and Fourths all fighting it out on that one day in September.
Koo Wee Rup is the only team to defeat Phillip Island twice during the West Gippsland Football Netball Competition senior home and away season in 2018 but the Bulldogs performance in the second semi-final suggests they are the firm favourite for Saturdays grand final.
The Bulldogs under new coach Beau Vernon have been the constant improvers all season, with early losses to Koo Wee Rup, Garfield and Nar Nar Goon all distant memories as they marched into the finals with an eight-game winning streak.
The Island has a great line up right across the ground with league best and fairest Brendan Kimber and club stalwart Jaymie Youle patrolling the midfield, Zak Vernon providing plenty of run and carry off half back and big man Nic Higginson in the ruck.
But perhaps the most surprising combination for the Bulldogs this season has been the work of young guns Aaron Edwards and Jack Taylor up forward.
The pair have kicked 29 and 37 goals respectively and really put their mark on the Demons defence in the second semi-final, Edwards putting on a clinic with a bag of four goals.
The pair were barely 18 when they played in the 2014 Alberton premiership and now maturing in their early 20s the boys will be keen to kick some snags on the big day.
But premierships never come easy and the Demons showed exactly what theyre capable of with a solid 10-point victory in a hard-fought battle with Nar Nar Go...
Nice try. Good attempt at sleight of hand. But Democracy and Government are 2 different things. Very different things.
Writing in the Conversation, Dr Mark Triffitt from the University of Melbourne writes:
Dr Triffitt (for a doctor he is) then fails to actually distinguish between democracy and government and politics and policy. Dr Triffitt suggests that urgent changes are necessary to Australias political system(s) because, in part, public trust in government already in serious decline. Dr Triffitt then suggests that there are dual crises in play:
The first is a crisis of representation. This results from a fragmented, highly diverse electorate that increasingly fails to connect with major parties. The major parties are left with shrinking, less diverse memberships.
The second is a crisis of functionality. Our democratic system is increasingly unable to deliver good public policy in a consistent or coherent way, and to convince the public to support it.
And so Dr Triffitt recommends:
Major reforms are also needed to make federal parliament more effective and less dysfunctional. These might include eliminating Question Time and mandating a strict code of ethics for MPs aimed at addressing toxic behaviours like the bullying crisis rocking the Coalition government.
Reforms like these would raise the level of decorum in parliament and set a new standard for parliamentary behaviour. This would increase public confidence that politicians both reflect and are accountable to modern values.
Lastly, a Citizens Assembly could be formed of randomly selected citizens to act as a non-partisan check and balance on parliament.
Ahh. The Citizens Assembly. Was not that J...
Nude centrefolds created major shifts in community attitudes in the 1970s, but controversy continues over what is deemed appropriate. read now...
The Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region.
To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The Goulburn Valleys horticultural industry, in particular, relies on an annual influx of Working Holiday Makers who help with harvesting, packing and storage. These workers are primarily covered by 417 and 462 visas. They come from varied ethnic, cultural and language groups, and their poor command of English often opens them to exploitation by labour hire firms and predatory employers.
Our project will work with employees and employers to ensure that workers rights and obligations are understood and followed.
Amanda will educate industry participants about the Fair Work regime. She will also build the capacity of all our lawyers so that we can all provide general employment law advice and casework. Amanda will be supported by a dedicated lawyer based at Melbournes specialist employment law service Jobwatch.
A new guide to benefit Queensland people living with HIV has been released to help them understand legal issues around disclosure of their HIV status. The Disclosing your HIV status guide, prepared by the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) with funding from Queensland Positive People (QPP), contains the most up-to-date and accurate information about relevant law ...
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The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)
The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)
Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was tasked overnight (September 10) to Missingham Bridge in Ballina after someone was reported to have jumped off the bridge and not resurfaced.
Surf Life Saving volunteers and police commenced a search as the helicopter was tasked.
Before the helicopter arrived on the scene, the person of interest was located by police safe and well and the aircraft returned to base.
This morning helicopter undertook an inter hospital transfer from Lismore to the Gold Coast University Hospital of a 64-year-old female who had suffered a severe stroke.
Tasmanian Labor members have voted at their state conference to call for transgender peoples gender confirmation surgery to be covered by Medicare. Local advocate Dana Endelmanis addressed the conference on Sunday to speak about the difficulty she experienced reconciling her gender identity in her youth, growing up in the states north-west, The Examiner reported. Trans, ...
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This mob has received more than $184m in federal and $45.5m in state funding since 2000. All of that money was handed to the "school" for the sole and exclusive purpose of running a school that teaches the Australian curriculum. But Malek Fahd school didn't spend our taxpayer money on...
September 13, 2018: By deciding to endorse the TPP-11 implementing legislation, the majority in the ALP Caucus has made a decision contrary to their own policies, and has deeply disappointed many community organisations, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
AFTINET is a network of community organisations that advocates for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability. Forty-nine diverse community organisations including church, public health, union, environment, aid and development, womens and human rights organisations wrote to ALP parliamentarians showing that the TPP -11 has many provisions which are contrary to ALP policy. These include special rights for international corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a law or policy will harm their investment. This is known as ISDS. The TPP-11 puts restrictions on future governments regulation of essential services and allows increased numbers of vulnerable temporary workers without testing if local workers are available.
We are disappointed that this decision has been made before the report of a Senate Standing Committee Inquiry due on September 18, and before a Senate legislation inquiry due on October 10.
We expect that the TPP-11 implementing legislation will be introduced into the Senate after October 10, and we will continue to advocate that the majority in the Senate vote against it.
We welcome Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clares announcement that the ALP will implement more transparent and democratic processes for trade agreements if it wins government, and that it will prohibit ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements. However, this would not address these provisions in the TPP-11. Changes to the TPP-11 would require difficult negotiations once the deal is ratified, and it would have been more effective to delay implementation until such changes had been made, concluded Dr Ranald.
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Armie Hammer, one of the stars of Oscar-nominated Call Me By Your Name, has assured fans a sequel to the queer romantic drama is on the way. I would say that itll happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen, he told Variety. It was such a collaborative, ...
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Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. You might go your whole life and youll never see anything like it. Its definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. As a geologist, like 
An independent investigation has cleared Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham of any wrongdoing after a complaint was lodged in May 2018 alleging inappropriate behaviour dating back to August 2011.
While saying he was glad the day has finally arrived, Mr Buckingham launched a broadside against the complainant, former Greens staffer Ella Buckland, and the ABC which he said aired her views without giving him the opportunity to rebut them.
The recommendation by the independent investigator at Workdynamic recommends, The Greens NSW resolve this matter with no adverse finding against you with respect to sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour towards Ms Buckland.
Ms Buckland made her allegations public on the ABCs 7:30 program before the confidential investigation had been finalised.
Jeremy Buckingham said it had been incredibly difficult and damaging to have these false allegations made public and used by certain people to try to destroy me.
Having false allegations aired on national television is incredibly distressing and a very serious breach of investigation process. Allegations of this nature should be handled confidentially and sensitively and not be used for a trial by media.
The politicisation and breach of confidentiality of these processes makes it less likely that people with genuine complaints will come forward.
If you abuse a complaints process then people lose faith in it, he said.
The people who politicise complaints for political gain should be ashamed. They trade important principles of justice for base political manoeuvring and for personal political advantage.
Mr Buckingham said he had lodged a comprehensive complaint against the ABC 7:30 program alleging extreme bias and multiple, serious breaches of the ABC Code of Practice and MEAA Code of Ethics.
I am pursing a number of civil actions to seek justice and restore my reputation.
Id like to thank everyone who did not...
A star-studded lineup of Queensland drag talent will again grace the stage at this months CWC Cabaret, Brisbanes longest running fundraiser for people living with HIV. Hosted by Queensland drag legend Betty Nature (pictured, centre) at the Sportsman Hotel, the event will feature performances throughout the night by drag performers past and present, including Dame ...
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It doesnt seem like the beautiful chaos that is Burning Man blooming annually in a desert metropolis entrapped by shifting sandy hills and black rock mountains could ever diminish into the dust. After becoming Nevadas third largest city for one week, the city disappears without a single trace, just as immediately as it erects out of thin air.
For me, this years Burning Man was arguably the most magical week of my life. Some primary burners, however those who have been going since the festivals inception in 1986 have vowed to never to return.
One such person is London-born burner Alexa Bauer. Now in her 50s, she fundamentally disagrees with the direction the festival has taken, namely the influx of wealthy people who dont care about the ethos of the burn, the plethora of staged photoshoots and the ego flaunting from many of the punters.
I wont go back to Burning Man ever again, she says.
For people like Alexa, the diamond has become too smoothed and slippery to trust in the dust and settle their feet atop its surface again. It makes perfect sense that transformations within a community of 300 people that has grown to a city of 80,000 urbanites in the last 30 years might be off-putting to some of the earlier attendees.
According to Alexa, back in the day, bullets were sent soaring into the dead of night at drive-by shooting ranges, regardless of who or what might be standing behind the targets. People fucking under the moonlight without LED lights illuminating their bodies were run over by art cars galloping through the deep playa or empty desert. Nearing the new millennium, a staged explosion went haywire, sending a shock wave across the desert making the entire crowd hump the air while almost incinerating the city.
Quotas, quotas, quotas. The theme du jour. Identity politics in action.
Throwing away any opportunity to give the next Federal election a red hot go, the Liberal has collapsed again into a self inflicted and self indulgent bout of narcissistic introspection. Forgetting about those they claim to want to represent, the Liberals continue to talk about themselves. The latest and greatest, gender quotas.
(Interests of disclosure, Spartacus is not a member of any political party.)
Spartacus has written previously of his dislike of the whole left-right political binary construct. It seeks to oversimplify way too many issues. But sometimes, this construct is useful to illustrate a point, to wit the general rule of thumb is that the parties of the left are interested in equality of outcome whereas the parties of the right are more interested in the equality of opportunity.
So, if the Liberal Party determines that they should have gender (or any other) quota, that would be an unequivocal surrender to the left. They will no longer have any claim to being liberal let alone a conservative party. The game would be up.
The introduction of a quota system is a textbook equality of outcome policy. This is why the Labor Party has such.
If there is something within the DNA, policies or systems of the Liberal Party that discriminates against women, then that blockage should be identified and addressed. This is what equality of opportunity is.
To implement quotas would be to conclude, without any evidence, that there is a blockage to women and that it is easier to compensate for the blockage rather than finding and dealing with the blockage. That is equality of outcome. That is affirmative action. That is discrimination. That is just wrong and that is not what a supposed right of centre political party should do anywhere anyhow.
Gender quotas are the thin end of the wedge. Give it time. Once the dust settles there will be calls for other quotas racial, religious, sexual orientation. It wont end until Australia is governed by the United Nations.
Viv Forbes - this is a work of genius!! Politicians again show Real Genius. Back in the chaotic dying days of the Whitlam-Cairns-Connor government, Canberra was buzzing with Rex Connors grand plans for a national energy grid and gas pipelines linking the NW Shelf to the capital cities, all to...
The big bad banks are back in the news again.
This time, however, its because of what one bank didnt do.
Last week, Westpac, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank all raised their home loan rates within days of each other.
Owner occupier or investor. It didnt matter which.
Rates went up.
Thats in spite of the fact that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) hasnt increased the cash rate in two years.
Obviously, if three of the four major banks were increasing rates, it was only a matter of time for NAB to follow suit.
Except that NAB didnt raise rates.
And that may make NAB the riskiest bank in Australia right now.
Bumping up the cash on hand
The major banks arent the only ones increasing the mortgage rate. The smaller ones have as well.
Meaning that if NAB did increase rates, it wouldve been given some sort of cover to do so.
Yet in a surprising twist, NAB chose not to bump up the home loan rate.
We are listening and acting differently, said Andrew Thorburn, chief executive of NAB. We need to rebuild the trust of our customers, and by holding our NAB Standard Variable Rate longer, we help our customers for longer.
Once again, it gave our new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, the chance to pretend he feels everyday people problems. He tweeted, Good call by @NAB not to lift mortgage rates. They seem to get it.
Yet, by congratulating NAB for not raising rates, Morrison ignores what is really happening with Aussie banks.
Theres a good reason why banks are raising rates when the Reserve Bank of Australia isnt.
Dear reader, I believe the Aussie banks are taking the opportunity to recapitalise.
In other words, Aussie banks are bumping up the coffers to protect themselves when years of dodgy loans finally rear their ugly heads.
Why 1% matters
International funding costs have gone up. Thats how the majority of banks are justifying their rate increases.
And that is true.
The bank bill swap rate (BBSW) is currently 0.5% higher than the 1.5% cash rate set by the RBA. This is the short-term lending rate our banks are charged by the wholesale funding pool.
What this means, though, is that major banks are paying around 2% to borrow internationally. Thats much higher than the RBA rate.
One viewpoint which has persisted since the royal commissi...
Just before highway overpass. Not in its normal range.
When Parliament passed the Harmful Digital Communications Act
warned them that it threatened journalism. The lack of a public
interest defence or explicit protection for media activities meant
If a current affairs investigation into a dodgy finance company offends that financier or his family... if a Fair Go report distresses some con man... or if a cartoon emotionally harms a pious soul, they now can use the law to ask for the offending item to be taken offline.
Avery has told Netsafe, the legal agent for considering complaints under the Act, the reports have caused him serious emotional distress and amount to a form of digital harm - and wants Newsroom to consider removing them and to agree not to write further news stories about him.
"Ray believes these are written with the purpose of harassing him and contain false allegations," Netsafe has told Newsroom.
Later this year the State Government will introduce standardised contracts for all new Service Agreements and Grants to the not-for-profit sector. These contracts will apply to all not-for-profit funding and provide an easier-to-use template with standard terms and conditions across all departments and agencies.
Professor Gillian Triggs. What a piece of work she is.
I (Triggs) believe we are living in divisive times.
No Sh*t Sherlock. Especially coming from someone who has spent a large proportion of her later career seeking to divide us. But Triggs continues:
In the last few years, however, I think we have started to see an absolute intolerance for expert opinions, reports, inquiries, facts or evidence. There is also a growing need to cater to ideology to appeal to the worst parts of our nature.
When it comes to opinions, it is not clear to Spartacus why the opinions of experts carry any more weight than the opinions of others. But the problem is that these experts seem to feel that their expertise in one area, usually quite narrow, extends to every nook and cranny.
Consider Noam Chomsky, an expert in linguistics who preaches well beyond this field. Consider Tim Flannery, a mammalogist and palaeontologist who seems to believe this gives him licence to be an expert in climate. Consider also Gillian Doreen, an expert in public international law who seems to claim expertise in . well everything apparently.
Perhaps next time Professor Triggs has a health issue, she should pop over to her local plumber. After all, the plumber is an expert and can offer her advice.
Irrespective, the arrogance of Triggs seems to have no bound also:
But as a country, we have not been able to turn that information into the policy that we need.
Perhaps she meant to say the policy I want, but more likely she assumes that what she wants is what we all need. But hey. She is Professor Triggs after all. And clearly unable to see the problem, Triggs writes further:
I (Triggs) would like to see universities institutions largely responsible for the political leaders of the future focus on te...
Four fabulous examples of sustainable housing will be open to the public on Sunday, September 16, as part of the annual Sustainable House Day Open Homes event.
The nationwide event has been running since 2001 and this year three homeowners from Byron and one from Tweed will be showcasing their homes and gardens.
Theyll also be sharing their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.
The open day is a great way to meet like-minded people, see living examples of sustainable houses and learn practical, sustainable solutions and information on how to transition toward greener living, Sustainable House Day Coordinator Andia Cally says.
Included in this years showcase is Elwood Farm, in Limpinwood, a stunning owner-designed home, designed with self-sufficiency in mind.
The three-bedroom house has been built with rammed earth and an array of recycled building materials. The home contains a number of energy-saving features and an extensive edible garden that includes fruit, nuts and vegies, which the homeowners capitalise on year-round, turning them into wine and pickled goods.
In Mullumbimby, the Repurposed Shed is a great example of how to upcycle an existing building in an affordable way. The owner/builder from Balanced Earth has given a new lease of life to an 80-year old farm shed, converting it into a gallery and one-bedroom home using non-toxic recycled materials.
Balanced Earths healthy hempcrete home in Possum Creek will delight sustainability stalwarts with its innovative energy efficiency features, including underground cool tubes to make fridge run more efficiently.
This low-footprint home won the Masters Builders Associations Energy Efficient Building Award in 2017.
Fig House in Bangalow was inspired by a 150-year old strangler fig that offers natural shading in summer and a wonderful sense of privacy and welcome haven for wildlife. The solar-powered home offers a multitude of water-saving features, passive design and recycled building materials and its north-facing aspect and outdoor ar...
Good news for transparency: former Minister Clare Curran is
being forced to archive all the official information she had tried
to hide in Gmail:
Former government minister Clare Curran has assured Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern she is archiving all emails she sent using her personal Gmail account.
Ms Curran resigned as a minister last week after being unable to answer questions about what official work she had carried out on her personal email.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today work-related emails on Ms Curran's G-mail account would be saved as official records and be discoverable under the Official Information Act.
Ms Curran said she was working with the prime minister's office to archive the information.
"I've given the prime minister an assurance that I'm archiving all of my Gmails, and I'm working through all of that at the moment, and they will be publicly discoverable."
Channel 9 News reported that a 21 year old man was charged with murdering a 73 year old woman in Townsville this week. He was also charged with burglary and wilful damage.
The man charged with murder is erased from the headline, even the fact of the murder is erased. Reading just the headlines you could easily assume the woman just died in a DIY accident. That was not the case. A man was charged with her murder.
This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a court. This is about how the charges against him are (or are not) described..
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.
Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
Headlines matter and this is w...
The Hidden Lanes Festival
The Hidden Lanes Festival 2018 is the culmination of Winn, Bakery and California lanes coming together to celebrate its collective tenants, that will wet the palette of its patrons in a festival celebrating fashion, food, music, art, and entertainment.
The festival has curated a range of discovery trails in Music, Heritage, Food + Wine, Fashion + Beauty, and Art that will showcase culinary creations, wide-ranging fashions, and exciting national acts including the headline performance from THE DELTA RIGGS.
First announcements (more to be announced)
The Delta Riggs*
Ben & Anouk Ely
Danny & India Widdicombe
Guy & Walt
McDermott & North
Salmon & The Peaches
The Moving Stills*
Tones & I
*Over 18 venue
A Love Supreme featuring Ben Chiu, Jak Beevor, Thirsty Paul, Sean Bate, Nate Sellin
Licensed event, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No BYO alcohol.
Stand by for details on our discovery trails, 2nd music announcement, food & wine, fashion & beauty, heritage trails, the arts, and our tenant masterclasses!
The former Commissioner of Australia Border Force, Roman Quaedvlieg, took time out of pouring petrol on the au pair scandal last week to pen his reflections on a far bigger scandal that is somehow not really a scandal at all. Initially self-published, then re-posted on Meanjin, Quaedvlieg wrote about a trip he took to Nauru in the second half of 2015.
Some 20 cyclists have set off on a 500-kilometre trek to raise much needed funds for the families of sick children.
While the tough-bodied athletes dont look like they subsist on MacDonalds fare, they departed from the golden arches in Grafton this morning (Tuesday September 11) with the aim of raising the money for Ronald MacDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the region.
From there they will travel south, navigating through tough terrain over the next five days to raise vital funds for the charity.
The ride will finish on Saturday, September 15, at the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle.
Last year Ronald McDonald Houses across northern New South Wales provided over 15,900 nights of accommodation to more than 690 families of sick children.
RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who is one of the riders says, over the past two decades, Ive got to know many families who stayed at the Houses while their child received treatment.
During this time, Ive heard countless inspirational stories and have seen how valuable the charitys work has been to the community.
The funds generated from Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW will play an instrumental role in helping families stay together in their time of need and ensure the fantastic work of RMHC can continue, he said.
For those who wish to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit their website for more information and details on how to make a donation.
A 33 percent dip in the last week means Ethereum sellers are stepping on the gas pedal. There are many theories around this rapid decline with most associating this dump with ICOs losing their patience and cashing out. Others are pointing to the influence of Bitcoin and the correlation between the two while some are merging this with mining woes and how unprofitable it has become. Either way, ETH like the rest of the market is on a down trend and trading below $200 with sellers aiming for $150.
Research has it that, in seven years time, cryptocurrency use would be a steadand we can see hints of that. Triggering this are events in Iran and Venezuela. There people are literally flocking to ETH, DASH and Bitcoin as a store of their life earnings in the face of run-away inflation and a melting economy. In numerous occasions, cryptocurrencies and individual coins as ETH were evidently bulwarks against government mismanagement and corruption. But, it could get better, more so when the coin become a main stay rather than a tool of speculation.
Backing this is a recent survey by SharePost showed that despite the market downturns, many are confident of a recovery and as the market bottoms, Australians are actually playing the contrarian card, loading coins which they believe would be much more valuable in years to come when they would be a stead in the global economy.
In fact with introduction of more stable coins as Gemini Dollar, which is backed one to one against the USD and overseen by the New York Department of Finance Service, their creators are providing a lee way for investors to invest in crypto now that volatility has been contained. Gemini, an exchange by the Winklevoss Twins, allow users to deposit in USD and withdraw via their Ethereum based stable coin to an Ethereum address and vice versa. Whats unique about this new coin is that the smart contract has been certified to be secure and on a monthly basis, a publically certified auditing firm will run through the stable coin fiat account to ensure that pegging remains 1:1.
PM Morrison describes replacing sitting PM Turnbull as about ensuring the Coalition puts its "best foot forward" at the next election. read now...
NEW initiatives may help more people in Bass Coast complete
A forum run by The Star and Bass Coast Shire Council in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, September 4 identified life skills programs and a remote university hub located in Bass Coast as priority projects.
Twelve secondary school students, two trainees and two tertiary students attended the forum and presented to Bass Coast Shire Councils mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and CEO Paul Buckley.
As well as life skills, finances, support and distance from home were identified as key barriers into tertiary education.
Students intending to leave the shire and move into the city suggested they lacked the life skills and experience to confidently make the lifestyle change.
Other students said they would prefer to stay local if given the option. This launched the topic of remote university hubs, like the model operating in Cooma, New South Wales.
Newhaven Colleges Azul Sibly said she would use the hub if it were developed.
I dont like to be away from the ocean for too long, she said.
My family has a farm, so I have a dual connection with the land and the water. I would prefer to stay with my family.
Those looking to move away gravitated towards a program soon to be launched by youth advocate Josh Baker.
Mr Baker intends to run a summer program for Year 12s transitioning to the city for further education.
The program will cover a range of topics including cooking and cleaning, budgeting, how to use public transport and what scholarships to apply for.
The life skills program is perfect for me. It would be incredible to be able to go to university confident in those skills, Wonthaggi Secondary College student Jack Mendes said.
Education is one of the key priorities listed in councils advocacy strategy and council was responsive to the students concerns.
These students give me so much faith in our future. They are articulate and bring so much to the table. We need to listen to this generation and let them lead us, Cr Rothfield said.
I found the life skills discussion was interesting and it was nice to hear not everyone wants to move away from their community. We need to do something now to retain our youth and give them options.
Council has a role to advocate for the right solutions to help people achieve their tertiary qualifications.
The students said they appreciated having their voices heard in a formal setting and would like to see more forums held in the future.
LOCAL libraries are supporting youth experiences.
A series of programs called Meet Up 2018 was launched recently.
Over two weeks, libraries in Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Mirboo North, Phillip Island and Warragul will hold a range of information sessions.
These sessions cover topics such as gap years, buying a car and public speaking.
The recent session was all about gaming.
Leongathas library set up an Xbox sampler, with new games to try out every half hour.
Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Warragul also set up a Minecraft network.
For younger participants, Leongatha library set up educational programs on iPads.
These programs taught children coding, mathematics and creative arts.
This was the first use of these iPads and programs. We will catalogue these in the future and the community will be able to come in and use them, Leongatha librarys Michael Hogan said.
Another session was held on September 3 at the Leongatha RSL.
This session taught participants about buying first cars, collecting and trading cars, and the automotive industry.
On September 15, Leongatha and Wonthaggi libraries will hold a session on robotics.
Nao the Robot will be introduced at these sessions. Nao is 58 centimetres tall, autonomous and fully programmable.
Participants will be able to work in a group to program Nao to operate a service situation, such as taking coffee orders.
On September 17, a gap year session will be held at the Leongatha RSL.
Apprenticeships, pathways into uni and ways to plan a gap year will be discussed.
Bookings are essential for some sessions. Bookings can be made at wgrlc.eventbrite.com.au.
WONTHAGGI RSL is seeking $40,000 to honour local war heroes.
Partnered with Friends of the Wonthaggi Cemetery, the RSL applied for funding in the Pick My Project campaign.
The project is a Wonthaggi Cemetery Veterans Memorial Wall. Many veterans are in unmarked graves and the wall would honour their services respectfully. Initially, the groups want to develop a wall to commemorate World War One. Future funding will establish walls for other wars. The wall will note the veterans names and grave locations.
One idea could be to make the tiles available for families and the community to sponsor. Research for the project was driven by Renee Loeckenhoff and Noelene Lyons. Some 980 men and four nurses have been identified as World War One veterans in the Bass region.
They have located 447 ex-servicemen and women from different wars including 13 prisoners of war and a high percentage of unmarked World War One graves at the Wonthaggi Cemetery.
It was a hard time. People were dying of the flu and veterans were buried without proper recognition. To walk through the cemetery now, you would find it difficult to tell which graves belong to veterans, Mrs Loeckenoff said.
Mrs Loeckenhoff and Mrs Lyons have been re-listing burials for the past three years.RSL project coordinator Mark Stephenson said, There were the people who contributed to the fabric of our community by establishing the central business district and agricultural enterprises. Indeed, Edward Beard MM became a councillor and mayor of Wonthaggi.
A website will be developed to help people navigate through the cemetery.
Voting will close for the Pick My Project campaign at 5pm on September 17. Search online. People can contact RSL or the Friends of Wonthaggi Cemetery to offer sponsorship.
A STUNNING 29th Annual Orchid Show took place in Wonthaggi on
Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, the event attracted more entries and a larger crowd than last year.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari opened the show on Friday morning.
This is the 29th year and I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Orchid Society for continuing to grow. There are a few people who also won awards at the Victorian Orchid Society Show. I would like to congratulate them, as well as everyone who presented in this years display, he said.
Cr Tessari presented the mayors award on behalf of mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield to Julie Kilgour.
Jim Foster-Johnson presented the best novice exhibit award to Inverlochs Trevor Smith.
Mr Foster-Johnson is the son of Horrie and Myrtle, who were foundation members of South Gippsland Orchid Society.
Society president John Betts said the turnout was fantastic, which produced amazing orchid sales.
The displays were just magnificent. It was an excellent show, he said.
Nine judges travelled to Wonthaggi on Thursday night to choose the winners. There were 13 categories that received ribbons.
Mr Betts said the show is well loved locally and the South Gippsland offers great growing conditions for orchids.
Id like to thank Bass Coast Shire Council and our sponsors for their wonderful support, he said.
Mr Betts said there are no details yet, but next years show will have a point of difference to mark its 30th year.
LEONGATHA Lyric Theatres next production is not only an intense,
psychological drama, it is also being acted on a traverse
A traverse stage is one where the audience is seated on either side, instead of in front of, a rectangular stage.
I have known about traverse staging for many years and long had a desire to direct or act in a play on a traverse stage, said David Tattersall, director of the upcoming Lyric production, Death and the Maiden.
I have acted in and directed plays and a musical (Godspell) with the audience seated on three sides, so I was confident the traverse layout could work given the audience is able to see and hear all the action, particularly if all the action takes place in one room.
I had the opportunity to see a production of Death and The Maiden about five years ago and thought it might be a play that could be performed by Lyric Theatre.
I discovered the author would like the audience to see themselves in a giant mirror which descended on the stage in the final scene of the play so they could all reflect on how they might be capable of the excesses he writes about, and think about how they might judge others who are caught up in the violence of war and repression.
As a one set play, Death and the Maiden works best with a small, intimate audience. Although Lyric Theatre could not afford the giant mirror, as a play where the author wanted the audience to see themselves to lend weight to his message, I figured this play would be a perfect use of transverse staging.
Death and The Maiden is a tense psychological drama, so I have used tiered seating to heighten the drama, with the audience looking down on the stage, and deliberately limited the seating to 35 people on either side of the stage so no one is more than seven metres from the action and everyone has an unobstructed view.
Rehearsals have been quite intense due to the nature of the script so, given their proximity to the stage, audience members can expect to be fully immersed in a drama which not only features strong adult themes and language, but also has subtle twists and turns in the plot which will have them drawing and changing conclusions as the play unfolds.
Death and the Maiden runs from September 28 to October 6 at Leongathas Mesley Hall. Bookings through the Lyric website: www.lyrictheatre.net.au
A PROPERTY on the edge of Leongathas central business district
failed to sell at auction on Friday, with no bids for the
The property, located at 53 McCartin Street, was passed in by Alex Scott and Staff auctioneer Alan Steenholdt after receiving no interest above the starting price of $320,000.
Prior to auction, Mr Steenholdt lauded the property for its location, saying that positioning is what real estate is all about.
He made note of the propertys size and access to a lane at the rear of the house, while also highlighting the stable nature of Leongatha.
The 1000 square foot block is both commercially and residentially zoned, with Mr Steenholdt asking onlookers to consider the plethora of options that the block brings.
Despite this, the property received no interest from the 30 people in attendance and was passed in.
WONTHAGGI Workmens Club has been recognised as one of the top
fundraisers for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal
this year after raising $42,000.
The amount ranked the club third in the list of the most money donated by any hotel or club in Australia.
Club president Kevin Williams said, Being recognised for our efforts is nice but we dont do it for the recognition. We do it because its right. This is the twentieth year that we have raised money for the Royal Childrens Hospital and the last few years we have gotten around $40,000 each time.
The club supports the appeal through raffles, auctions and events.
The club has been a prolific donator to the appeal, placing in the top 10 of hotels and club based donations most years for nearly two decades.
Terry Bird, committee member at the Workmens Club, said, We are a community based club and its part of our charter to give back to others.
As well as the Royal Childrens Hospital, we do other projects including donating to our local hospital.
Jac Fletcher, fundraising coordinator for the Good Friday Appeal, said the work done by the club over the last 20 years has been astounding.
Its a small group but a great establishment, she said.
Ms Fletcher said the money raised goes towards research endeavours, new equipment and care for family members of hospitalised children.
Ninety cents of every dollar raised from the Good Friday Appeal goes directly to the hospital itself which is world class standard, Ms Fletcher said.
So the work the Wonthaggi Workmens Club does really does make a difference.
WHEN Mirboo East residents Brenton and Kat Gration joined on to
assist charity group Aussie Helpers in delivering much needed
supplies to struggling farmers, little did they know how much of an
impact they would have across the country.
An endeavor that started with making several deliveries a week across Victoria quickly turned into supplying more than 50 loads of necessities to desperate farmers as far away as Queensland.
Now Mr and Mrs Gration, owners of Gration Transport, are putting on a fundraiser at Mirboo North on Saturday, September 22 where people can donate anything from money and water, to canned goods and dog food.
Our plan is to park our B-double truck in Mirboo North and hopefully have people fill it entirely with supplies, Kat Gration said.
Its going to be a whole event. We have the Mirboo North scout group putting on a sausage sizzle, the Mirboo North Pony Club will be offering rides, the local CFA are bringing the fire truck for the kids and there will be live music as well.
Money donated from the event will be split between Aussie Helpers and the Gippsland Farmers Relief, while supplies will go to the two charities, plus some of the Grations struggling customers. While the event is being held in Mirboo North, the Grations are hoping to encompass residents all across Gippsland.
Its been a whirlwind six months for the Grations, who have appeared on Channel Sevens Sunrise program and in newspapers across the country for their charitable efforts including supplying watermelons to farmers.
We came across an opportunity to buy watermelons in bulk and I thought it may be a good idea to feed them to dying livestock, Mrs Gration said.
Its obviously not perfect, but at the very least the livestock can get some basic nutrients and moisture to survive off for a while. Its not about fattening the animals up; its simply about keeping them alive.
Mrs Gration said while the watermelons had been useful, their supply has started to dry up, along with other traditional food sources like hay and grain.
Most people dont realise just how dire the situation truly is, even with all the reporting on the news, Mrs Gration said.
We are out of hay, out of grain, and pretty much out of watermelons and other vegetables as well. Thats why we are doing this fundraiser, because farmers lives depend on it.
Mr Gration said farmers barely have enough water to offer him a drink.
When I drop supplies off its not uncommon for them to say Id offer you a coffee or water but we dont really have any. Ive seen farmers forced to drink and bathe from troughs, and kill off hundreds of their livestock and bury them in massive holes because they simply cant keep them from starving, he said.
The work the Grations have done over the previous six months has taken a toll on both their business and the...
A SIMPLE solution by a passionate nurse at Gippsland Southern
Health Services Koorooman House aged care facility has sped up
treatment and diagnosis for its residents.
Enrolled nurse Faye Hancock, whose career in aged care has spanned more than 12 years, was recognised for her professionalism and initiative last week at the Victorian Healthcare Association Annual Awards.
To reduce delays in treatment and clinical review of skin tears and pressure injuries, Mrs Hancock developed the practice where she would take a picture of the wound on a mobile device and send those images directly to a specialist.
This initiative combined with her professionalism and concern for residents resulted in her receiving the VHA Celebrating Aged Care Passion for Aged Care Award.
Mrs Hancock, who said she regards working with aged care residents as a privilege, was at the aged care forum on Thursday where the winners were announced.
To be honest I was blown away and very honoured to be receiving this award. I work with a team of passionate people and we love what we do, she said.
My philosophy for our aged care residents at Koorooman House is to treat them how I would like to be treated.
Gippsland Southern Health Service invested in us to gain our qualifications as enrolled nurses and had faith in us. I also feel very lucky that I love everyday that I go to work.
This week marks Celebrating Aged Care Week which along with the Victorian Healthcare Awards, acknowledges the contributions of Victorias thousands of public sector aged care workers.
A NEW junior secondary school will be built on Phillip
Both the State Government and the Opposition have committed to the school.
The governments election promise came last Friday, with a total of $24.7 million promised, which would build the new campus and a new gymnasium for Cowes Primary School. The Coalition promised $25 million yesterday (Monday).
Fridays announcement was made by Premier Daniel Andrews, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino.
Wonthaggi Secondary College principal Darren Parker was thrilled and said the school would support a campus on Phillip Island. It is uncertain whether the school will be a new campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The new campus would reduce travel time to our junior campus, particularly for those students coming to us from beyond Anderson. We believe Wonthaggi Secondary College could support this campus in a practical and meaningful way, he said.
It would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be flexible with where we appoint our teaching staff and would ultimately feed into our new sensational senior campus facility.
Wonthaggi Secondary College is anticipating 750 students at its junior campus in 2019, with 1400 across the entire school. The new campus would ease some of the pressure on the Dudley campus and would be closer to home for students living in Phillip Island, San Remo, Coronet Bay, Corinella and Grantville.
Having 1400 students across three campuses would allow us to have the numbers to run significant programs without losing sight of individual needs, Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker said San Remo or Newhaven would be an ideal location for the new campus to increase convenience for students from the Waterline area. The Victorian School Building Authority and the community would be consulted before a site was chosen.
Bass MP Brian Paynter said, The funding for this new school campus is a massive boost for local education so I will ensure we get it right. Ive been working hard with local families to provide better education opportunities, including arguing the case for a new Wonthaggi secondary school. The Coalition also promised to build a new indoor facility at Cowes Primary School.
BASS MLA Brian Paynter has rejected claims by the State
Government that the Coalition will permit fracking if elected at
the November state election.
He told Parliament last Wednesday, It is clear that Victorian gas consumers are now paying the highest prices in the country because of the Premiers mindless bans on conventional and unconventional gas exploration.
The government yesterday (Monday) issued a statement saying Mr Paynters statement indicated the Liberal would allow fracking a method of extra coal seam gas with possible environmental impacts.
But Mr Paynter told The Star yesterday, Im completely 100 percent against fracking and always have been and will be, and so have the Liberals and Nationals.
The only ones who have issued a fracking licence are the Labor Party.
Mr Paynter said while in Parliament, he mistakenly read a direct quote from the former federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg.
Mr Paynter said, The Liberal-Nationals do not support fracking and in fact placed a moratorium on fracking licences in Victoria when they came to government in 2010. The Liberal-Nationals support the ban on fracking in Victoria.
He said a Coalition Government would support and maintain the existing ban on fracking.
Mr Paynter said all governments, including Victorian Labor, were looking at onshore conventional gas.
The cost of living electricity and gas is a massive issue for all of my constituents, he said.
We do need to look at safe, conventional means of extracting gas. The government is looking at it and we will look at it.
Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas said, Labor introduced the fracking ban, and only Labor will keep the ban in place.
The Liberals have always been soft on the ban and once again theyve confirmed theyll reverse it if given the chance.
Anna Hall, of Coal and Gas Free Mirboo North, asked if the community could trust the Liberals to respect the fracking ban legislation.
Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy has declared that he wants to see as much gas exploration and mining as possible. We need to value our agricultural land and keep it safe from this dangerous industry, she said.
Do we want our beautiful, precious part of the world to become like Queensland where there are now over 7000 gas wells?
THE latest council rates bills have sparked cries of
exasperation in households and businesses, leaving ratepayers
frustrated by rising rates and claiming they see nothing extra for
South Gippsland Shire ratepayers reported rates increase of up to $1000 in 12 months.
Changes in property valuations are responsible for most of the rates changes, said Faith Page, South Gippsland Shire Councils director of corporate and community services.
The latest rates notices to hit letterboxes are the first to use the 2018 property valuations on which rates are based. Valuations will now be undertaken annually instead of every two years, meaning ratepayers can expect even higher bills.
South Gippsland council increased rates by two percent this financial year, less than the rates cap imposed by the State Government of 2.25 percent. Bass Coast rates lifted by 2.25 percent.
Korumburra ratepayer Cheryl Denman is on a disability pension and said her rates bill had increased by $100 this financial year to $2238.55, for her four acre property and house. In 2008, her rates for the same property were $1400.
How do I find the money to pay these exorbitant rate rises? she said.
Ms Page said council offers a hardship policy and encourages ratepayers facing financial difficulty to contact it. Council also offers payment options to assist ratepayers.
Ms Page said in South Gippsland, the fewer properties results in a higher proportion of rates being distributed amongst ratepayers, adding the only way to lower rates would be to reduce services and/or spend less on capital works.
Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley said councils capped average rate is the third lowest across the group of 19 large rural councils in Victoria.
Some ratepayers will pay more and some will pay less, depending on the value of their property relative to the other properties in their municipality, he said.
AFTER making the Leongatha Bair Street Development Project a big
deal, South Gippsland Shire Council is unlikely to start
construction of the development of one of Leongathas major
commercial streets until 2019-2020.
That delay is frustrating the community.
Im sceptical as to whether it will even happen, Leongatha business owner Anthony Walls said.
Council needs to pick just one project, come up with a short term plan and do it.
They spend too much money on feasibility consulting and were frustrated that its all talk.
Council has prepared a master plan for Bair Street that guides road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street furniture and other upgrades to revitalise the town.
We want things to happen in this town, Leongatha business owner Kristy Walls said.
Its just disappointing.
Councils major projects and emergency management coordinator Penni Ellicott said council is actively campaigning for funding for the project.
The project is now listed in the 2019-2020 Capital Works program and even if funds were approved in the coming months, it is unlikely construction would commence until 19-20, she said.
Mr Walls said he would like to see some form of development to Bair Street in the meantime, such as 90 degree parking spaces, similar to McCartin Street.
Locally based and community-owned renewable energy retailer, Enova Community Energy, says it has partnered with one of the countrys first equity crowdfunding platforms, Crowd88, to fund its expansion across NSW, Qld, Vic and SA.
Enovas managing director Tony Pfeiffer says the appetite for renewables across Australia continues to grow rapidly and provides a strong business case for investors looking share in and support Enovas expansion plans to meet this demand.
Right around the world people are taking back their energy sources and we know that Australian consumers and investors want to be part of Enovas community-driven clean energy transition, says Pfeiffer.
A future powered by renewable energy, shared within communities and generated locally to minimise waste and costs is possible for every Australian. Were currently developing a solar garden which will enable renters and other householders who cant have solar panels on their homes to purchase them in a community-owned set-up.
The July Enova shareholder newsletter says, Our intention is to target $3m. The shares issued will be $1 each, with a minimum purchase of $100 This will make it easier for many more members of the Enova community to participate and make Enova the true community-based organisation we want it to be.
Consequently, the Board...
A BUSINESS park in Korumburra worth in the vicinity of $50 million could create 200 jobs.
The energy of Korumburra businessman John Kennedy coupled with the experience of his business partner Alistair Jack are behind the purchase and development of the new industrial site.
With the ink barely dry on the sale contracts, the Korumburra Gardens Business Park is expected to be the new face of industry for the area.
The site covers almost 20 hectares (47.9 acres) of land at the western end of the existing industrial estate in the town, accessible via 5 Adkins Street.
Mr Kennedy said the site will be developed into an attractive, sustainable and carefully designed location for enterprise.
As the owner of the Korumburra Bicycle Fitting Store and developer of The Borough cafe and food store, Mr Kennedys vision is to make full potential of Korumburras proximity to Melbourne.
There are so many people moving to this area but there are no jobs. The businesses on the existing industrial estate have already got all the people they need, he said.
Youve had three shops open on the main street in the past few months that are creating new jobs but there are no heavy duty jobs in the area.
On the completion of the business park, we estimate 200 jobs will be created and many more during the construction period.
The property has two creek systems which will be cleared of environmental weeds and designed with walking tracks and ponds for public use.
According to the business park development manager Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, the layout design and new permits will be obtained following expressions of interest from end users.
Feedback from real estate agents in the area is that there is not a lot of industrial land available in Korumburra, he said.
We are approaching universities who may need research facilities and government departments, as well as businesses in Melbourne seeking development in regional areas.
Whats important is that we will be using local trades wherever possible in the construction phase.
It is understood South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been briefed on the development to request the site be given priority and council resources due to its potential for significant economic impact to the area.
Committee for Gippsland chief executive officer Sophie Morell, who visited the site last week, said it was exciting to see a local business person driving development in the area.
When development is driven by locals, it is more likely to create long term sustainability for the region and that is really encouraging,...
A majority of Tweed Shire councillors voted last week to allow a former Labor MP to operate a water mining operation, which would see a maximum extraction volume of 24 megalitres (roughly ten Olympic sized swiming pools) per year.
The contentious development application (DA) from Jack Hallam has seen strong opposition from residents and is located 4.4km south of Uki on Rowlands Creek Road.
According to the agenda minutes, the bulk loading/delivery of extracted water and roadworks DA was supported by Crs Warren Polglase, James Owen, Pryce Allsop, Reece Byrnes, while mayor Katie Milne, Crs Chris Cherry and Ron Cooper were against.
While there are strict consent conditions on the development, a rescission motion was lodged from councillors Milne, Cherry and Cooper. The rescission motion will be dealt with at the planning committee meeting of October 4.
Resident Jeremy Tager claims a report supplied to councillors, called the Potential Impact of Groundwater Pumping on Rowlands Creek, was ignored.
Tager says, It directly contradicts the conclusions of the pumping study and makes it clear that Council cannot be satisfied that there will be no adverse impacts.
These findings were ignored.
The Echo asked Labor councillor Reece Byrne if that claim was correct, and if so, Why was this report not considered?
Instead, Byrne told The Echo, The matter of water licensing and water extraction activities remains a responsibility of the NSW state government, as Councils role is limited to essentially the approval of truck movements on our local roads.
The Echo also asked Byrne, Why do you support this DA? Do you consider Mr Hallam, a former ALP minister, a personal friend? Is there a conflict of interest in this vote and if not, why not?
He replied The advice from Tweed S...
During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.
What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...
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Rome (Canberra) continues to fiddle while Black Australia burns. Professor Jon Altman weighs in on the ongoing disasters of government policy that have a tight grip on remote living Indigenous people.
In the last month I participated in two workshops. I used what I observed on my latest visit to Arnhem Land and what people were telling me to inform what I presented at the workshops.
The first workshop explored issues around excessive consumption by industrialised societies globally and how this is harming human health and destroying the planet. Workshop participants asked how such consumptogenic systems might be regulated for the global good? My job was to provide a case study from my research on consumption by Indigenous people in remote Australia.
The second workshop looked at welfare reform in the last decade in remote Indigenous Australia. In this workshop I looked at how welfare reform by the Australian state after the NT Intervention was creatively destroying the economy and lifeways of groups in Arnhem Land who are looking to live on their lands and off its natural resources.
Here I want to share some of what I said.
BROADLY speaking Indigenous policy in remote Australia is looking to do two things.
The first is to Close the Gaps so that Indigenous Australians can one future day have the same socio-economic status as other Australians. In remote Australia this goal is linked to the project to Develop the North via a combination of opening Aboriginal communities and lands to more market capitalism and extraction, purportedly for the improvement of disadvantaged Indigenous peoples and land owners.
While remote-living Indigenous people have economic and social justice rights to vastly improved wellbeing, in such scenarios of future economic equality based on market capitalism, the downsides of what I think of as consumptomania are never mentioned.
The second aim of policy is the extreme regulation of Indigenous people and their behaviour, when deemed unacceptable. In a punitive manifestation of neoliberal governmentality, the Australian state, and its nominated agents, are looking to morally restructure Indigenous people to transform them into model citizens: hard-working, individualistic, highly educated, nationally mobile at least in pursuit of work (not alcohol), and materially acquisitive.
This paternalistic project of improvement makes no concessions whatsoever to cultural difference, colonial history of neglect, connection to country, discrimination, and so on.
In the last decade new race-based instruments have been devised to regulate Indigenous people including their forms of expenditure (via income management), forms of working via the Community Devel...
Professor Geraint Lewis continues with The Science of Science Fiction at 10:40 am and this week the topic is The Science of Aliens.
My special guests this week are Catherine and Michael Atherton. Michael is the editor and adaptor of In Exile From St Petersburg, about the life of Catherines grandfather, Abram Saulevitch Kagan. Abrams life follows the vagaries of the history of the first half of the twentieth century, as we follow his exile from St Petersburg, to Berlin, to Brussels and via France and Spain, finally to New York. What a story!
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Another year has circled by, and now it is seventeen years since two planes flew into the twin towers, and traumatized people across the globe. It was a deceit on the people of unimaginable proportions.
Several years ago when Joshua Anthony Frydenberg, now the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, entered parliament, his first question was about 9-11. It was really a statement denigrating those questioning the False Flag event. The then prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, called it stupid and wrong to question the official narrative of 19 Arabs attacking New York and the Pentagon.
I just cant wrap my head around how humans in powerful positions could orchestrate such...
The International Criminal Court is the primary enforcer of
international human rights law and norms against war crimes and
crimes against humanity. So naturally,
the United States is threatening its judges:
John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has threatened the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions and made an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington.
Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel.
He said the Trump administration would fight back and impose sanctions even seeking to criminally prosecute ICC officials if the court formally proceeded with opening an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by US military and intelligence staff during the war in Afghanistan or pursued any investigation into Israel or other US allies.
Bolton vowed that the United States would retaliate by banning ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the US, imposing sanctions on any funds they had in the States and prosecuting them in the American court system.
If the court comes after us, Israel, or other US allies we will not sit quietly, he said, also threatening to impose the same sanctions on any country that aided the investigation.
Australia has an imoprtant role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.
Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Istanbuls International Airport. As I headed home after six days meeting with Kashmiris and Pakistanis and visiting Kashmir, I took this as a welcome reminder that Australia at times has played a constructive role in this region working with the United Nations on ways to achieve Kashmiri self-determination.
I chose to visit after Kashmiris living in Australia raised concerns with me about human rights abuses in their homeland, and urged that I should see for myself. When Britain finally ended its colonisation of the subcontinent in 1947, the violence was extreme.
Until 1985, Australian military observers were part of the United Nations Military Observer Group in Kashmir. In 1950 Sir Owen Dixon, the sixth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, was appointed by the United Nations Security Council as the UN representative to organise a plebiscite on self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.
The plebiscite, a recommendation carried in a number of UN resolutions, was however never held. This is not a reflection on Sir Owen Dixon. It was a collective failure of governments.
Tragically over many decades the global community from official channels to progressive movements have largely followed a hands off approach to Kashmir. It is astonishing how little coverage the issue receives in the West considering it is estimated that more than 47,000 people have died since 1947. The narrative that this should be left as a bilateral matter has come to dominate.
That could be about to change. The many Kashmiris I met have great hope that the UN human rights report on Kashmir, released in June, sets out the stark dimensions of the conflict and the recommendations have the potential to provide a pathway to self-determination.
The 49-page report reveals that millions have suffered human rights abuses. The harm caused by the pellet-firing shotgun, currently the favoured weapon of the Indian military in India Administered Kashmir, is singled out. More than 6,000 people were injured by the metal pellets from 2016 to March 2017. Many people have lost their sight and at least 17 have died.
The report also notes that up to 145 civilians were killed by security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018. Tragically, rape and sexual violence remain weapons of the occupying forces.
Kashmiri women have been largely absent from narratives about this region. The gendered violence that results in thousands of widows, single parent families and women led households heightens womens feelings of vulnerability, financial insecurity and emotional trauma and...
Never one to stand in the way of antiquated technology, fossil fuel-supporting former prime minister Tony Abbot has now turned his attention to shark nets, calling for them to be reinstated on the NSW North Coast.
A third trial of the nets, due to start this month, was cancelled by DPI amidst a groundswell of public opinion against them.
In two trials they were shown to have an unacceptably high level of bycatch, including endangered species, many of which were found dead.
But the Warringah silver surfer told Sydneys radio 2GB the Coalition state governments decision was one he would expect from the Greens and demanded that the nets be returned.
If the meshing nets, which have done such a great job of Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle beaches for about 80 years are good for those beaches, Mr Abbott said lets see those beaches er those meshing nets extend to the North Coast.
North Coast beaches are currently protected by the vastly superior new technology of smart drumlines, which allow sharks to be tagged and re-released, while causing minimal damage to other marine species.
The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.
Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.
Its both abhorrent and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.
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Former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison after being set up by the Obama Deep State in the 2016 election.
George Papadopoulos went on CNN and ABC this weekend to discuss his role in the Spygate scandal.
Papadopoulos told the liberal anchors about how he was set up by Obama spy Stephan Halper in London after he was brought on by the Trump campaign.
Papdopoulos added that Halper began to sweat and his demeanor changed when George told him he had no idea what youre talking about as far as hacking and Russians.
Also on 11p Fri. @jaketapper special- Papadopoulos says when he tells Halper I have no idea what youre taking about at a bar on qs about hacking & Russians & collusion-Halper began to sweat-his demeanor changed-he became aggressive-his tone changed like I was lying to him
Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 8, 2018
Alexander Downer and deep state spy Stephan Halper are longtime acquaintances.
In April of this year Downer backtracked and refused to say he met with George Papadopoulos.
George Papadopoulos: Alexander Downer, wanted to meet under incredibly suspicious circumstances. I found it...
A man will face sentencing after pleading guilty to the thefts of ATMs from businesses on the NSW North Coast and South-east Queensland between August 2016 and March 2017.
Craig Connell pleaded guilty in Lismore District Court yesterday (September 10) to multiple offences, including the theft of three ATMs and property valued at more than $100,000.
The 51-year-old from Goonellabah will be sentenced in November and has had bail refused.
Strike Force Fedore, established to investigate the offences, has so far resulted in four search warrants and seen the recovery of one ATM from the Tweed River using NSW police divers.
Strike Force Fedore is continuing to investigate the whereabouts of the stolen proceeds. No money has been recovered.
A community panel has been formed to to help shape the vision for the new $582 million Tweed Valley Hospital, according to Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals).
The planning process for the new hospital continues apace despite ongoing controversy surrounding its greenfield site on the protected red soil farming land of the Cudgen plateau.
Rebecca Wark, executive director, rural & regional for Health Infrastructure NSW, said the Consumer and Community Reference Panel consists of about 50 community members and will play an important role in the planning and design of the regional referral hospital.
Establishing the panel is a significant milestone, and we are excited to see the energy and passion of the members during recent orientation sessions and a master planning workshop, Ms Wark said.
Panel members will provide valuable input throughout the planning and design stages by representing the views of patients, carers and the local community, and we look forward to their contribution.
Panel member Lyn McInerney said she enjoyed participating in the master planning workshop for the new hospital, adding she was looking forward to sharing this information with other people.
Fellow Panel member and former Tweed Shire Councillor Dot Holdom said, Consideration of community is the most important part of building a hospital. I can now see the vision for the hospital and Im excited.
Lynne Weir, acting CEO of Northern NSW Local Health District, said panel members would be invited to participate in a range of ongoing workshops, focus groups and meetings, and contributing to both the clinical and physical design of the new hospital.
The real-life and local experience that panel members bring to the planning and design of the new hospital will be invaluable in delivering a hospital that best meets the needs of the Tweed-Byron region, Ms Weir said.
Applications for membership on the panel will remain open throughout the project.
Please visit the project website for application forms, as well as all the latest project information, at...
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Looking for a locally-produced piece of queer art for your wall? QNews Magazine will host an exhibition of local queer artists work to celebrate Pride Month this month. The first Q-Art Pride Exhibition will be launched on September 14 as a free showcase for LGBTIQ artists and queer artwork to help lift their profiles and ...
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"I"m pretty sure the only reason I don"t have a perfect five star Uber rating is because sometimes people get me and Nick Earls mixed up and Nick is notorious for getting underpants-literally-on-his-head drunk and that Uber guy who gave me less than five stars must have had Nick in the back seat, drunk as a lord, undies on his bonce, and sweaty buttcheeks smearing up the leatherette interior."
You might probably not be surprised to learn that our lawyers insisted I get Nick's okeldokely for this.
For Scott Morrison and his Muppet Coalition Government, time is fast approaching the nervy end of an election cycle. So far, he has given us every indication that the next federal election will be held on Saturday 18th May 2019, the latest possible date he can leave it, but will he wait that long? The
Reigning Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has threatened to close down the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), following a union boss tweet that the head of the executive said was the last straw that broke the camels back. On Fathers Day, Victorian state secretary of the CFMEUs construction and general division John Setka
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Corinna Elaine questions whether Scott Morrison will be able to lead Australia forward when his church believes the end of the world is nearly here. read now...
Over target. Via BPR: The left is slowly shutting down opposition speech, or any speech that they deem to be inappropriate or offensive to their delicate sensibilities. Australian political cartoonist Mark Knight found himself under attack from the left, who are upset with his caricature of professional tennis player Serena Williams after her well publicized 
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I think the following account is one of the most fascinating 9/11 reports ever published. It was written by songwriter David Rovics who has been running the Songwriters Notebook for about ten years, and I ran his...
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ANALYSIS: The digitisation of health records is seemingly the next big step for governments and insurance companies wanting evermore data on citizens and consumers. Will it lead to healthier lives, or, be yet another tool of data capture in aid of a surveillance society and security state? Our intrepid investigator, Lois Lane, takes a deep look at some vexing issues for the present and the near future. [READ MORE]
I have recently purchased a new LED head torch which is so bright I reckon it could scorch the fur off a koala at 1000 paces. Walking at night I can now locate arboreal mammals at a great distance by their reflective eye-shine. In the eyeball there are structures that detect light called photoreceptors. In 
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The cast of Netflixs Queer Eye have celebrated the shows first three Emmy Award wins. The acclaimed makeover show took home the award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. This show is so important, thank you for what this fab five are doing to help the LGBT movement, creator ...
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Aid programs are increasingly called on to be flexible, adaptive and to think and work politically. In DFAT, barely a program is approved without this terminology being peppered through the design document. But what do these ideas mean in practice? How can implementers, tasked with bringing designs to life, deliver on their promise meaningfully? And how do donors need to manage adaptive programs differently to conventional ones?
In a series of three blogs over the coming weeks, the Institute for Human Security and Social Change will set out some ideas about what it take to program adaptively. These are drawn from our experience of working alongside primarily DFAT and DFID funded programs in the Pacific, Africa and Southeast Asia that have sought to integrate adaptive ways of working. Most recently, this includes working with the PNG-Australia Governance Partnership and the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, but also extends to domestic work with organisations like the Central and Northern Land Councils.
Each blog will deal with a different component of the challenge first adaptive implementation; then adaptive monitoring and evaluation; and finally the role of research and learning.
A lot has been written already on what examples of adaptive programming look like (see here, here and here, for instance). In requires hiring the right staff, putting in place regular sessions to reflect and redesign, increased risk appetites, and so on. But when the rubber hits the road, programs that seek to be adaptive run into several areas of confusion, which we try to clarify here.
There is often confusion about the level at which adaptation is to occur. Often, programs point to changes in their activities as demonstrating adaptation. For instance, participant fee...
Globally it looks like wheat stocks and production are on the downslide as was predicted as we moved further into the Grand Solar Minimum. EU at least 12% loss, US same, Australia and Russia down, but at the same time Soy and Corn up. The corporate media will focus on these two so as not to spook anyone and explain away the price rises as tariff spats and swineflu. Sources
Four days after her second mastectomy, Dr Annie Werner felt compelled to return to work.
The University of Wollongong tutor and lecturer really had no choice.
The mother of two young children and her partner both work casual jobs.
If I wasnt in that classroom, my familys income fell to $300 per week, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
Dr Werner has worked for the university on a casual basis for the past 13 years.
Employed mainly on 13-week contracts, the academic works out of UOWs Bega campus.
She teaches up to five subjects per semester, at all levels, across two schools in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.
Her working hours for the semester arent confirmed until a couple of weeks before session starts, sometimes only a day or two before she steps into the classroom.
My annual income fluctuates from year to year by up to $20 000. I hold down a casual retail job in order to make it through the weeks of session break when I am not employed or paid by the university, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
But despite having been employed by the university for the last 13 years, she has to complete new paperwork every session.
And, once her employment is confirmed and evidence of her qualifications is provided, it can still take up to five weeks for Dr Werner to start getting paid, once teaching has started.
But what annoys her most is that she does not receive sick leave, holiday pay, carers leave or any kind of research or conference support.
Thats why when the then 35-year-old was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2014, she was left with little choice but to keep on working.
Treatment for this involved two lots of surgery, several months of chemotherapy treatment and a number o...
Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. "You might go your whole life and you'll never see anything like it. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. "As a geologist, like I said, you get excited by a pinhead speck. But to see something on this scale is just phenomenal. This sort of bonanza zone is incredibly unique." Miners uncovered the amazing specimens in the first week of September at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt, which is operated by Canadian company RNC Minerals, and located near the small town of Kambalda, 630km east of Perth.
In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Perth-based Bamboo has announced it will launch an app designed to easily facilitate micro-investments in cryptocurrencies, Kraken has rejected an internet rumor that claimed the company had closed a Canadian facility amid security concerns, and Roboforex has increased the leverage available on its cryptocurrency markets to 1:50.
Bamboo, a Perth-based startup, has announced its inte...
The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has used her maiden speech at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Australian Governments indefinite offshore detention regime. In a powerful piece highlighting some of the worlds worst human rights abuses, Ms Bachelet described the Governments detention centres in Nauru and Manus as an affront to the protection of human rights.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who will travel to Geneva next week to address the Council, said that Ms Bachelets comments reflected growing international shock at the Governments sustained cruelty to refugees.
Our Government masquerades as respecting human rights on the world stage but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level. No government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of innocent men, women and children, said Mr Webb.
Ms Bachelets speech comes amid an unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. There are increasing reports of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders. Senior medical experts contracted by the Government have publicly warned that children could die.
Our Government has detained 100 children in an island prison for over five years. Some of these children have never known a single day of freedom in their entire lives, and now kids as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.
These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.
Ms Bachelet begins a four year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan. Ms Bachelet is herself a former refugee. When she was in her early twenties, she was tortured by the right-wing Chilean dictatorship and forced to flee to Australia, where she lived briefly. After several years in exile, she returned to Chile and rose to be twice-elected president.
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One idiosyncrasy unique to corporate Japan prevents the reduction of unessential workers to improve productivity.
39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.
Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.
According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.
However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.
After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.
The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.
Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.
Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.
He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....
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An underwater drone that can keep watch over the Great Barrier Reef's health and kill invading species is ready to be put to the test.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology say their robot reef protector can monitor coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and sediment buildup. It has also been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the invasive predator.
Professor Matthew Dunbabin said RangerBot was not only autonomous but could also stay under water three times longer than a human diver and operate in all weather conditions. "It's an impressive piece of technology, [it's] also deliberately low cost to allow production to be scaled up once the next level of operational testing is completed and all the necessary approvals are in place," he said on Friday.
Dunbabin said the team hoped to eventually launch the drones up the length of the 2,300-kilometre long reef.
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