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The list as revealed to a Fairfax prophet in a cave near Canberra. TURNBULL (48 votes) Malcolm Turnbull Craig Laundy Ken Wyatt Paul Fletcher Dan Tehan Kelly ODwyer Christian Porter Julie Bishop Scott Morrison Mitch Fifield Christopher Pyne Mathias Cormann Marise Payne Simon Birmingham Michaelia Cash Josh Frydenberg Alex Hawke...
We are planning a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe at Xmas to create a short dance video to include the 12 local language groups we will be meeting along the way similar to this. PM if you are interested !
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This video from the USA says about itself:
Firefighters & firefighter families recall colleagues & loved ones lost to Occupational Cancer
It has been said that firefighters have 2 families. The one at home, and the one at the firehouse. Although these families differ in many ways, they both suffer the same grief when their colleague or family member is lost to occupational cancer.
This video was produced by the Boston Fire Department with the support of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. It is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the need for proper protective gear for firefighters. Studies have proven that firefighters are exposed to cancer causing carcinogens when engaged in firefighting operations, and further studies have shown that cancer rates in firefighters are significantly higher than that of the general public as a result of this exposure.
This video was presented as part of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts 41st Biennial Convention in June 2015.
By Todd Denton in the USA:
21 August 2018
More than 90 percent of Texas firefighters have been denied workers compensation for cancer treatments and missed time at work, according to a report released earlier this year by the Texas Department of Insurance.
Despite the passage of legislation in 2005 that was supposed to guarantee firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) health care and paid sick leave, these workerswho have an annual mean wage of $53,480 and a starting salary of just $27,500face financial ruin even as they fight for their lives.
More than a decade ago the Texas legislature voted unanimously to grant a presumption of cause to firefighters and EMTs,...
by Cathi Morgan
Editors note: This intriguing article was previously published on Cathi Morgans blog, which contains superb research: https://cathki.wordpress.com/
The Roots of Mass Programming
Post World War One, many measures were put in place in the UK to control the population, one such project was to ensure the controlability of each individual by traumatising them at birth and disrupting the mother-child bonding process.
Pavlov was a scientist using dogs to explore conditioning in Russia and his techniques were applied to humans. Specifically, they were used to set up the Communist school system (Watt) to indoctrinate all future Russian citizens. Pavlov noted that in humans, trauma results in personality fragmentation.
Subsequent intensive research in the West revealed that this would massively enhance susceptibility to mind control techniques using television and other tools of social...
Sadly this highlight missed the cameras today. Marvellous to see a little wit returning to the chamber. Yesterday we brought you news of Christopher Pyne's Duchessing at Hamlet. Good to know that Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition was on the ball, perhaps reading our website. This is Labor's Julian HILL, the...
Oxfam is to receive a 41m legacy from a businessman who was killed with his family in a seaplane crash in Australia, it has been reported.
Powerful seismic activity around the Ring of Fire, as Russia offers 2.5mil acres to China for growing soybeans. What a nice gesture..? Meanwhile, New Zealand is trying to keep China (and others) OUT of their farmland. Temps have dropped but the drought in East Australia persists - it's big news, and has kids emptying their piggy banks to feed cattle. Christian breaks it down. Sources
Embattled Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned plans to set a new emissions reduction target, following a revolt by MPs in his own government amid a potential leadership challenge. Mr Turnbull's signature energy policy - the National Energy Guarantee - contained a pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 per cent, based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. But after rebel Liberal Party MPs led by former prime minister Tony Abbott threatened to vote against the legislation - which would have triggered a crisis of confidence in Mr Turnbull - the PM decided to back down.
The white race and I mean Israeli, Iberian, Slovak, Anglo-Saxon, Caucasian, and the lot of us is crazy. We do not need Susan Sontag to declare the white race as cancer on the world to ramify the point, since its been more than 50 years since she declared:
If America is the culmination of Western white civilization, as everyone from the Left to the Right declares, then there must be something terribly wrong with Western white civilization. This is a painful truth; few of us want to go that far. The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballets, et al., dont redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history; it is the white race and it aloneits ideologies and inventionswhich eradicates autonomous civilizations wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.
The zenith of this insanity, of course, encompasses the world leaders of all those European nations, the UK, Australia, that demented cabal in Tel Aviv, the amazing daft of Americanos, and the entire lot who works the wormhole of destruction and continuing hollowing out with that soft shoe power of money, might and ethos that states we dont need no stinking ethics . . . and we kill the world at will.
Im working daily with homeless veterans, and the reality of what it means to have Trump or Clinton or Bernie or any of them in the leeching single party of Demons-RepubliRats running the show is that its a prostitutes game of the highest order: homeless with property debts, evictions, miles and miles of contracts to pay back worthless schooling (degrees), mental health not being treated, crimes invented and prosecuted against them, endless toil in lines of bureaucracy, the trauma of substance abuse and then sobriety, the end game of just wanting to get a cheap house to call home to fortify against the constant chatter of the money launderers and repo men.
Reality is Americans in large part are broken, man, and their progeny are a hop, skip and a jump from disability classification, as each new birth is a crap-shoot of this or that physiological, genetic and mental impingement. Debilitating and lifelong scarlet letters of Double D-B-C-E at birth stitched on their Triple X sleeveless Budweiser T-shirts.
Disabled/Debt-ridden, Broken/Blank-Bankrupted, and Crippled/Corrupted, Epigenetic/ER-prone, at birth, as the psychological torturers bring to us more and more hormone-disrupting, DNA-warping, mental-draining and spiritual-tapping goods and services that have shackled us to a sy...
In a pattern we have witnessed countless times this year the market rally could not be sustained and cryptos have dumped again. Red dominates the boards this morning as total market capitalization wipes out the last few days gains and drops back below $215 billion.
Bitcoin has remained stable and has not dropped with the rest of the altcoins. It is still trading at $6,470, the same level it has been at for the past couple of days. Consequently BTC market dominance has crept up again to 52.6% as its brethren suffers. Ethereum has been kicked again dropping 3.6% back to $285, its lowest level for almost a year.
The altcoins are all in the red with EOS taking the biggest hit in the top ten dropping 5% back to $4.90. Stellar and Cardano are also losing over 4% on the day and the rest between 2 and 3 percent. Further down the chart at the top twenty only Iota is in the green at the moment with a 1.7% gain to $0.528 which is still massively down over the year.
After its pump yesterday Tezos is dumping 13% today dropping the coin back to $1.35. Dash and Neo are also dropping back 4% as gains go out of the window once again. The rest of the top twenty is declining 1-3% at the time of writing. This pattern is repeated down to the top thirty coins with only Lisk showing a gain. LSK is up 2.5% to $3.92 which is also very low for this altcoin which topped $30 just seven months ago.
Newcomer to the top one hundred, Eternal Token, is pumping at the moment, up 28%. Power Ledger is also doing well climbing 6% on a listing on Australias BTC Markets exchange. On the red end of the scale is Veritaseum dumping 14% with Bitcoin Private and Kucoin Shares not far behind.
Total crypto market capitalization has fallen back after almost a week of gains from its 2018 low last Tuesday. With $212 billion markets have shed 1.8% over the past 24 hours, trade volume has remained low at $12 billion indicating that there is more of this to come.
Nothing seems to be able to give the markets the lift they need at the moment, there have be no hacks or negative news prompting the plunge. Any good news is having a negligible impact on the whole ecosystem, just the odd pump and dump for individual altcoins. The 2018 down trend...
My home town (where I was born and still spend a lot of time) is
Melbourne, Victoria. It is a glorious place, at least the inner
suburbs within about 3-4 kms of the city centre where I hang out
mostly. It recently lost its top place in the Economist
Intelligence Units Global Liveability Index (most pleasant place to
live) to Vienna (Source).
One wag thought it might have been because the Economist got
confused between Australia and Austria. Economists are easily
confused! But the reason I mentioned this is because it is
symptomatic of how neoliberalism has reconstructed our realities
and degraded our sense of community. The competitive narrative,
even though firms go all out to use power and deception to fix and
rig markets in their favour, now dominates our perception. While I
identify with Melbourne and would think a significant part of my
identity is linked to that identification, the neoliberal narrative
with its distinctive language, aims to reconstruct the community
and communities of Melbourne, not as social and cultural artifacts,
but as products competing with other cities of the world for
supremacy. I was thinking about this as I scope out the structure
of the next book that Thomas Fazi and I will publish next year as a
follow-up to our current book Reclaiming
the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a
Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, 2017). Thomas and I have
advanced our ideas and we will, in part, be focusing on how
communities and the nation state work together to advance
progressive outcomes. In our first book together, we set out how
nation states can operate from a technical perspective and what
they should do to provide for a progressive future. In the next
book, we will dig deeper into the ways people and their communities
have to re-empower themselves. Language, construction, vocabulary,
and framing are all significant in this regard.
When I was a post graduate student I was often thinking about the idea that technology is more than an engineering capacity. It also has an ideological dimension.
The debates in those days (and the great Austrian writer Andr Gorz was central to them) often were centred on whether a socialist state should use capitalist mass production technology and Taylorism, which alienated the worker from their product.
I disagreed with Gorz over his advocacy of a basic income guarantee. But he knew that these innovations were the key to the capacity of early capitalists to take control of production from skilled labour and increase the exploitation rate.
In turn, it spawned the push for mass consumpt...
By Kate Randall in the USA:
Studies: US life expectancy drops as mortality rises among younger adults
21 August 2018
While most high-income countries experienced a drop in life expectancy in 2015 for the first time in decades, only the United States and the United Kingdom saw that disturbing trend continue into 2016.
The recent declines in American life expectancy are due in part, but not exclusively, to drug overdoses, suicides and alcoholism. Deaths among middle-aged Americans over the past decade and a half were also attributed to heart, lung and other organ diseases, as well as to mental and behavioral disorders.
These were the findings of two studies published last week in the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal). The continuing decline in US life expectancyand the increase in mortality among younger adults and across all ethnic groupspoints to systemic social causes driving this crisis.
The first study, by sociologists Jessica Ho of the University of Southern California and Arun Hendi of Princeton University, examined trends in life expectancy across 18 so-called high-income countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the US and the UK.
The study focused on 2014 to 2016, because previous research has shown life expectancy dropping significantly between those years. Ho and Hendi found that 14 of the countries experienced declines in life expectancy for both men and women from 2014 to 2015. Only Australia, Japan, Denmark and Norway did not.
The decline in life-expectancy was generally attributable to an unusually severe influenza season in 20142015. Leading causes of non-US deaths in this period included influenza and pneumonia, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimers disease, as well as mental and nervous system disorders. Most of these deaths occurred in the over-65 population.
But while many of the co...
Taiwan vowed on Tuesday to fight Chinas increasingly out of control behavior after Taipei lost another ally to Beijing when El Salvador became the third country to switch allegiances to China this year.
Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 countries worldwide, many of them small, less developed nations in Central America and the Pacific, including Belize and Nauru.
Speaking in Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure, describing El Salvadors decision as further evidence of Chinas efforts to squeeze the island, which have included regular Chinese bomber patrols around Taiwan.
We will turn to countries with similar values to fight together against Chinas increasingly out-of-control international behavior, Tsai said.
Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters earlier that Taipei was not willing to engage in money competition with its giant neighbor.
He said El Salvador had been continuously asking for massive funding support since last year for a port development, but Taiwan was unable to assist with the unsuitable project after assessment.
Pressure from China would only make Taiwan more determined to continue our path of democracy and freedom, he said.
Chinas rude and unreasonable behavior will certainly have negative impact to cross-strait relations. This is also not how a responsible country should behave.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be a wayward province of one China, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
In Beijing, the Chinese governments top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said El Salvador had made the right decision.
Im confident that the people of El Salvador will feel the warmth and friendship of the Chinese people and derive tangible benefits from its cooperation with China, Wang told reporters alongside his El Salvador counterpart, Carlos Castaneda, shortly after the pair signed an agreement establishing ties.
El Salvadors president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, announced in a nationally televised speech that his government had...
The Daily Telegraph reported that the 32 year old man charged with kidnapping and raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself multiple times to another girl, 11 years old.
The court must determine his guilt or innocence, this commentary is only about the way the charges against him are described in the media.
The media has a long history of sensationalising crime, particularly sexual crimes. A recent review of research on media reporting of violence against women found sensationalist reporting of sexual crimes was common. When white men are charged with sexual violence against women or children they dont know (and therefore cannot be vilified by race) they are turned into monsters. They are clearly segregated from normal men and stranger danger myths are significantly over inflated to again make clear that men who commit these crimes are deviant monsters, not the bloke who lives next door or plays in your footy team on weekends.
Nicknames for rapists are a common means of dehumanising the victim, the perpetrator and the crime.
In this case the alleged victims are not even mentioned in the headline, theyre replaced by the name of a suburb and the style of clothing the accused man was wearing during the alleged rape. Theyre children and should not be invisible in this process.
The perpetrator has the right to the presumption of innocence but the public has a right to a clear understanding of the charges against him. He was not accused of raping a suburb or an outfit. He was accused of raping a 12 year old girl and exposing himself to an 11 year old. Those basic details of the charges against him belong in the headline.
There is a reason headlines matter so much.
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...
Well, there's one upside! Media Release - 21.08.18 - updated Morrisons Return Shocks Refugee Activists Key Refugee and Anti Racism Activists have reacted strongly to the news that draconian Dutton has been replaced as Minister by his predecessor Scott Morrison. Grassroots refugee activists have commented on Morrisons ascendance to Home...
I move that this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister. Today it is clear that we have a Prime Minister in name only. He is a Prime Minister without power, he is a Prime Minister without policies. He has scraped home at the last election with no authority...
I don't disagree with much of what Shorten's said. He was given a second life by Turnbull. And he used it. Shorten wouldn't be in his job, let alone the parliament, it Abbott had stayed in place. This is all down to Turnbull. Now Turnbull is saying what he should...
How did we end up here? Where the well-funded public defenders of our embattled civilisation put so much energy into the culture wars and so little into the culture? Where the defenders of free thought want to send operatives in to run health checks on free academics? The Ramsay Centre debacle has been almost too tiresome to even engage with: the usual battle lines, the familiar sense of righteous paranoia, that same elite anti-elitism.
He thinks he won today. There there love.
MYGC reported on a man who was charged with attempted murder, contravene prohibition/restriction in AVO, break and enter dwelling, inflict grievous bodily harm, and two counts of common assault. His ex partner is in hospital with life threatening head injuries.
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 why FixedIt exists.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you w...
I belong to a degrowth group on facebook. The owner of this group posted a link to a youtube video titled The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy. I downloaded it sight unseen so that I could watch it on my TV while its pissing down with rain outside and I frankly have nothing else better to do. luckily for those up North in terrible drought, well be sending some your way next weekend. Ive never liked Jeremy Rifkins crazy ideas, and had I realised he was the star attraction of this film, I probably would not have downloaded it in the first place, but having done so, and under the abovemnetioned weather conditions, I went ahead anyway
The first half hour was for me the best part, because he clearly explains with some crucial left out items why were in deep shit. What really leaves me flumoxed is how someone who clearly understands thermodynamics and entropy cannot come to grips with their repercussions.
For me, it was extraordinarily hard to find where to start my criticismnot because of the lack of strength of his arguments, but simply because it is just plain hard to even know where to start! E...
THE Southern Business Womens Network celebrated a 20 year
milestone on Thursday night.
In 1998, a small group of women developed an idea to support women in business.
This network would be based on similar trade associations.
Now it is 2018 and the network has 300 members.
The network is thriving. It truly was an idea that would flourish through time, network president Dana Hughes said.
Around 180 attended a celebratory dinner at the Inverloch RACV Resort on Thursday night.
As well as local business women, guests included South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt, South Gippsland councillors Ray Argento, Meg Edwards and Alison Skinner, Bass MLA Brian Paynter, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale and sponsors of the network.
The network covers businesses from Phillip Island right through to Welshpool.
Ms Hughes said the network was about forming connections, developing opportunities and stepping out of comfort zones.
Often, members are inspired by guest speakers sourced by the networks leadership team.
We run 12 dinners a year and over the last 20 years we have offered 8000 opportunities to network, she said.
The network has grown steadily over the past five or six years.
On Thursday, those who attended the dinner were inspired by guest speaker Andrew Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths was a member of Richard Bransons Melbourne Dream Team.
He shared a story that started from humble beginnings to success in business.
I have been in business for 35 years. I am here to offer advice for entrepreneurs about how to survive and thrive in business, he said.
Through my story, I share strategies to take on and use in business. I have travelled extensively, recently to London and Iran, and observe what is happening in business internationally and provide advice in forums like these.
Ms Hughes said the network has also been largely successful in providing employment opportunities, and contributing new ideas and concepts for businesses across South Gippsland.
A LOCAL fresh produce business has finished indefinitely in the
face of challenging barriers to entering a market dominated by
major supermarket chains.
FarmGate Online, a local food distribution company which operated from distribution points along the Bass Coast and South Gippsland, ceased operating recently.
Leaving no debtors in its wake, FarmGate Online owners Aladair Moodie and Karen Vincent said they went into the fresh produce industry committed to locally sourced, fair priced produce.
The economics were still tight to be playing a sort of equal game with the major supermarkets that bring stuff in from offshore, Mr Moodie said.
We are closing out of this operation knowing we will pay everybody we committed to. So ethically that sits well with me.
Its certainly not satisfying to walk away but there is a point where you have to say, If I keep doing this Im going to drain my bank account and we just had to make that call.
The end of local coolstores over the years limited options for growers who are limited to selling commercial quantities to supermarket giants who have distribution of scale, and delivery networks well-established and well financed.
Although a small scale operation, FarmGate Online operated on a delivery model whereby people purchased their food from the company website and it was delivered to a farm gate a collection point.
This allowed regional and rural customers to purchase Australian grown produce and a percentage of the purchase was donated to the not for profit farm gates.
This business closure follows a worrying trend in the industry with the sudden closure of Aussie Farmers Direct earlier this year which left franchisees and other debtors severely out of pocket.
Ms Vincent said she had been resistant to closing indefinitely because she could not bear to see that the business could not work.
I really enjoyed putting the boxes together and communicating with customers. I love going to market its a fascinating place to go, she said.
Unfortunately there are so many hurdles especially now with the wholesale market (in Epping) being so far away it proved too challenging, she said.
Mr Moodie said since their move into South Gippsland, the couple would continue to network and seek partnerships in the fresh produce industry.
BURRA Brewing Co. has opened the doors to its brewery on
Commercial Street in Korumburra, with its own craft beers on
Burra Brewing Co. is owned and operated by locals Kim Nicholas, Anthony Dempster, Luke Jones, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster.
All the brewing of Burra Brewing Co. beer is done onsite at the Korumburra location by head brewer Phill Dempster.
Currently, the brewery is producing a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
The bar has Burra Brewing Co. beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which will be used to support other craft breweries.
Beers on tap are Summer Sale, Pale Ale, Dark Ale and Golden Ale, with more speciality beers coming.
The brewery offers a great selection of pizzas, all day dine or take away. Functions are available for parties of 20 to 150 people, and bookings are required.
The beer hall can cater for up to 65 people on share tables, with bookings not required. Growlers and squealers available to take away beer made by Burra Brewing Co.
The brewery uses local suppliers: Gippsland Wine Co for wine, BEANd for coffee and Gippsland Jersey for milk.
Contractors involved in the construction of the brewery were Blogg Bros Plumbing, Wired Up Electrical Contracting, Kyle Constructions, Korumburra Cabinet Makers, ProCo, Taranto Windows and Doors, and Burra Garden Supplies.
All contractors mentioned they enjoyed working with Burra Brewing Co. and wish the brewery every success.
Many of these contractors are long established businesses in Korumburra and are happy to see the town going ahead.
The opinion poll prime ministership is a modern Australian disease. Not only does it suggest an ailing in the Westminster system, but a profound contempt for the democratic sensibility on the part of party representatives, hacks and the industry that supports them. Prime Ministers are merely the icing, to be whipped off and replaced on going stale. Little wonder that the Australian politician can never be permitted to be an authentic representative, ever hostage to sentiment and the astrological deceptions of polling.
This conditioning is so total it has even bewitched the journalistic classes, who have also done their best to feed the complex of the short-term prime minister. Twenty-four hour news tends to do that. A veteran ABC journalist let it slip on Monday morning that the elections were about the party strategists, the politicians and the polls. It was easy in such an assessment to avoid the Australian voter, whose relevance has declined as the influence of party brokers has risen.
A canon of politics is that support expressed with fervent enthusiasm in the public domain is bound to reverse behind closed doors. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has the firm support of numerous members of his front bench, expressed publicly. This is exactly why he should be worried. Such enthusiasm could be lethal.
Even potential challenger, the one-dimensional oafish Peter Dutton of the Home Affairs portfolio, has claimed Turnbull has his support, though he has left a tantalising morsel for political observers. If my position changes that is, it gets to a point where I cant accept what the government is proposing or I dont agree then the Westminster system is very clear: you resign your commission, you dont serve in the cabinet.
Finance minister Matthias Cormann has attempted to adopt the nothing to see here approach while giving the Canberra press gallery every reason to presume that something is afoot. He claims to have heard no talk about conservatives pressing Dutton to mount a challenge to Turnbull. This, despite four 5.30 morning walks with Dutton, a fellow hardline conservative with whom he keeps on good terms with. To Sky News, he claimed that, We are both very committed to the success of the Turnbull government and to wining the next election.
Turnbull had done himself no favours. He remains weak but more to the point, has appeared to be weak. He took his party to the last federal election and received a thumping which imperiled his majority. He has been unsuccessful holding the sniping conservatives within his ranks at bay while embarking on an obsessive campaign to wound the opposition leader, Bill Shorten. The latter aspect of this strategy failed to materialise in the last round of by-elections which saw no Coalition gains, notably in the Queensland seat of Longman. As Queensland promi...
YARDING of 1800 head was consigned to last weeks VLE Leongatha
store sale from Cooma, Bombala, Bega, Sale, Giffard, Yarram and
The South Gippsland Stock Agents Association reported demand was generally stronger from local re-stockers and a few domestic lot feeders for a better quality yarding of cattle than the previous sale.
The yarding comprised more better bred types of weaner cattle and less crossbred and Friesian types.
Demand for the steers improved $30 and up to $80 in places. Heavy steers were in limited supply compared to previous sales and sold to firm demand.
Heifers sold to modest competition and were generally firm, however some well bred European cross heifers attracted strong competition from the domestic feedlotters and grass finishers .
Plainer lines were still hard to sell and met limited demand.
In the cow and calf section, young angus cows with autumn drop calves made to a top of $1580. A run of mixed aged Hereford cows with young calves at foot made to $1000.
KORUMBURRA Gun Club members Jack Stockdale from Koonwarra and
Charlie Cook from Dalyston have returned from the NSW Clay Target
Association state skeet carnival on top.
Jack, 18, won the overall 20 gauge skeet title, and came first in the AA grade skeet doubles and second in the AA 100 target skeet championship as well as the overall high gun championship.
At the end of the weekend, Jack also became the ninth person in Australia to achieve the grand slam.
To achieve the grand slam in skeet, a competitor needs to shoot 200 straight in 12 gauge, 100 straight in 20 gauge and 100 in doubles.
I had the 12 gauge and the doubles, and in NSW I achieved the 20 gauge section, he said.
Jacks skeet shooting skills will be tested even more in early October, when he heads to Texas in the United States to compete in the 2018 World Skeet Championships.
It will be Jacks second time competing in America, but his first time wearing the coveted greet jacket, only given to Australias top five skeet shooters.
I am looking forward to the competition and shooting for Australia. Making the Australian team is pretty incredible, they only take the top five people, he said.
My goal when I first started was to get the Australian shooting jacket. In skeet, that is really hard to do.
Jack is the third shooter from the Korumburra club to receive a green jacket.
While there are plenty of competitions between now and then, in November 2019, Jack will head to Christchurch in New Zealand as part of Australias Glenn Trophy team.
The Glenn Trophy is an annual skeet event between Australia and New Zealand.
Charlie, 16, competed in the junior competition of the NSW shoot, winning the junior 410 gauge championship and the junior high gun championship.
Charlie will travel to Tasmania and New Zealand later in the year to compete.
He said his major goal was the make the Glenn Trophy team once he turns 18.
I am also working towards making the open Victorian team next year and want to win the junior high gun championship this year as well, he said.
Charlie recently picked up a sponsorship deal from Perazzi.
He said it was great to have a gun from Perazzi to compete with for the next two years.
I would like to thank Perazzi and Leigh Roberts. Leigh has coached me along the way and helped me get to my best, he said.
I also want to thank mum and dad, Bill and Caroline.
Jack had sponsors Blaser, Briley, Remington and Mialls Gun Shop to thank, as well as his parents, Judy and Tim.
Korumburra Gun Club president Trent Tobias said it was imperative for competitive shooters to get support, because it was an expensive sport.
In a week, they could spend over $100 just in ammunition for practice. Add a competition on top of that and it would easily be doubled,...
THE Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls are the first Giants team since
the change of club colours in 2015 to bring home a premiership flag
after a tough match against Wonthaggi Power on Sunday, August
A blast of winter couldnt hold back the determined, skilful Giants in a 4.4.28 to 4.1.25 victory.
Korumburra-Benas U14 boys team stood strong against its unbeaten Wonthaggi Power opposition.
Korumburra-Bena ranked third coming into the finals but fought their way to grab a spot on grand final day.
The Powers first-class skills were too much for the mighty Giants who were defeated 53:13.
The club returned to Korumburra to hold its annual presentation day to celebrate the endeavours of all its teams, volunteers and supporters.
In the past three years, the Korumburra-Bena Junior Giants have grown from two teams to four teams plus hosting AFL AusKick.
Player numbers have more than doubled to almost 100 players.
During the presentations, club president Gavin Furness pointed out that 50 volunteers were required to operate every home game.
From coaches, runners, trainers, managers to score-keepers, umpires and canteen staff, many hands make light work.
This demonstrates the enormous commitment that parents and supporters make to the communitys youth each week.
Coaches presented medallions and team photos to all U10 and U12 players.
In the Youth Girls, coaches Wendi Rahilly and Mick Whiteside presented awards to Seanan Trewin (best and fairest), Emily Lesjak (runner up best and fairest), Grace Matser (most versatile), Brooke Whiteside (most consistent), and MacKenzie Findlay (most improved).
In the U14s, awards were presented by coaches Craig Walker and Matt Whiteside to Kodie Walker (best and fairest), Joel Cuman (runner up best and fairest), Lachie Smith (most consistent), Luke Walker (best team man), and Alessi Green (most improved).
Korumburra-Bena Junior Football Committee will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, September 10, at 6 pm in the Amenities Complex.
FISH Creek have hopped into the grand final with a dramatic two
point win in extra time on Saturday at Meeniyan.
The predicted weather held off and big game was underway under bright sunshine, Fish Creek took the early ascendancy kicking the first two through Hunt and Shaw.
Hargraves for Fishy was repelling Stony Creeks attacks, his ball use dynamite.
Hutchison for the Maroons was composed cutting off the poor entries from the Roos as they cut a path through the middle kicking there first and only goal for the stanza.
Fish Creek had plenty of inside 50s but could not convert.
Stony Creeks defenders in Sigeti and Logan stood tall marking the long bombs in from the Roos.
Fish Creek was up by 14 points at quarter time.
Zuidema v. Manne in the ruck was proving pivotal.
Fishy onballers through Harfield-Park and Ethan Park doing the grunt work seemed to be getting on top willing the ball forward and the Roos kicked goals from Cooper, Wilson and Hunt.
The other big match was Bergles v. Hayes.
Bergles, the five time leading goal kicker, had his ears pricked slamming on two for the quarter.
Fish Creeks inaccuracy at goal was preventing them from kicking away.
A strong Stony Creek defence only allowed the Kangas long shots at goal.
The Roos had Stony where they wanted them going into the second half, 18 points in front.
Its a big ground at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, however and Stony Creek were using it very well, stretching the Fishy boys from side to side.
The Maroons came out with a take the game on mantra and it worked with goals through Bergles and Byrnes that saw the margin trim up.
Hargraves into the middle for Fish Creek gave the Roos a bit more run.
Hutchison with his pin point ball use was setting up the Maroons at will.
The dreadlocked Atkins was becoming busy around the stoppages along with Marriott and Newton receiving a lot of outside ball.
A late goal to Bergles gave Stony a sniff and it was game on at three quarter time with the Roos up by nine points.
Fish Creek attacked time and time again, but Logan for Stony stood tall taking towering marks and with his long kicking set up goals for Bergles and Nolan.
Manne was intercepting everything across half back, but Stony Creeks ability to turn the footy over enabled them to attack kicking three for the quarter.
As scores drew level the bell rang and it was extra time.
Unbelievably this would be the second year in a row the second semi would be decided after normal time.
Harfield-Park received a free kick 60m out and bombed it long to the square where the big man Adlington took a mark and put the Roos a goal in front.
At the change of ends the next five mins would decide who went through to the big dance.
The Roos held...
AIDED with a strong wind in the opening term, Phillip Island
opened up an early buffer that would never be bested in its clash
with Inverloch-Kongwak to decide the minor premiership.
The Bulldogs managed to secure a 23 point advantage at the first break, with Jack and James Taylor breaking an early deadlock with goals midway through the first term. The Sea Eagles were content to head into quarter time down just two goals after going against the strong wind before a late goal from the Bulldogs via Zak Vernon broke the game open.
The Sea Eagles had opportunities to respond in the second term after locking the ball in their half of the ground but inaccuracies in front of goal cost them. Clint McCaughan got Inverloch on the board with their first goal but the side managed to kick just four behinds the rest of the half. Phillip Island poured on another three majors in the term to head into half time with a 33 point advantage.
With the rain coming down in intervals, the Bulldogs were buoyed by the play of Jarred Andreatta in the middle and Hayden Bruce off halfback. James Taylor kicked another two goals for Phillip Island as the Bulldogs got the opening four majors of the quarter to put the game away for good. Corey Casey was a shining light for the Sea Eagles on an otherwise dreary afternoon, winning the tough ball on the inside and laying an abundance of tackles. Kicking into the wind in the last term, IK managed to hold the Bulldogs to just two points, but managed to kick just 1.8 as the game lost its steam in the wet. Phillip Island went on to claim a 36 point victory and with the win, secured the minor premiership. Inverloch-Kongwak, who started the afternoon in top spot, were relegated to fourth heading into finals.
The day was also marked with a special ceremony remembering the life of Samantha Fraser, who lost her life in Cowes recently. More than 1000 participants from both clubs walked to the ground to raise awareness of domestic violence and shared a moment of silence prior to the match.
A NEAR full strength Leongatha outfit went a long way to atoning
for its recent shock loss with a huge win over Bairnsdale on
The fired up Parrots did not give Bairnsdale a sniff as it went on a goal kicking rampage, kicking 25 goals to the Red Legs five to take out a 131 point win.
Cade Maskell played a brilliant match for the Green and Gold, marking and kicking well finishing with nine goals for the game.
Going into the match Leongatha welcomed the return of Col Sanbrook and Tom Marriott with only Jack Ginnane the only senior player still on the sidelines, but he is expected back as soon as this week.
The Bairnsdale oval was dry and hard. Conditions stayed warm until a big change came through, plummeting the temperature considerably with some rain passing through in the second half.
The Parrots were relentless and charged at the ball hard and entered the forward 50 with regularity.
In the opening term Marriott charged out of the blocks and booted the opening goal in under three minutes.
Julian Lockwood marked and goaled soon after which set the tone for a big afternoon for the Parrots adding further goals through Ryan Olden, Chris Dunne and a second to Julian Lockwood.
Maskell was getting his hands on the ball too but so far wasnt rewarded for effort with three behinds-that would soon change! At quarter time it was Leongatha 5.8 to Bairnsdale no score.
While Bairnsdale hit the scoreboard with three goals in the second term Leongatha showed no mercy bagging 10 goals of its own.
Maskell was awarded a 50 metre penalty and when he goaled it set the tone for the quarter as he kicked four more in a great individual effort.
Ben Willis was doing well in the ruck while Jack Lloyd was getting hands on the footy on the forward line, booting one this term. Half Time saw Leongatha 15.12 to Bairnsdale 3.3.
Brok Davidson was feeding the ball in well into the forward zone this term with Leongatha booting three more as Bairnsdale lifted to kick two even though the match was well and truly iced. Three quarter time Leongatha 18.17 to Bairnsdale 5.5.
The Parrots wanted to finish this game with a huge last quarter and this they did, hammering Bairnsdale seven goals to two behinds.
Leongatha had many good players across the board as the entire team lifted.
Pat McGrath did well across half forward, Brok Davidson linked well, Col Sanbrook across half back and Hayden Browne on the ball all in the play.
The only negative was the head knock suffered by Chris Verboon early in the game. It is expected the knock was minor but the club decided to leave him on the bench for the rest of the game; he should be fit for this Saturday.
The last match of the home and away season takes place at Parrot Park this Saturday in what should be a cracker of a contest which pits second placed Leongatha...
Former Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine and I will make a joint announcement about a major development in the GILLARD matter in the next few days, after receiving a letter from WA Police today. More to come.
by Dee McLachlan
This is a story of suicides, murder and a pedophilia ring.
In South Africa, I had a good friend in high school whose father was a member of parliament, John Wiley. In the 1980s, that man committed suicide, and it was a shock for everyone. I never heard the reason or whether it was really a suicide. Amazingly the story now comes out pedophiles in high places, and disposable children, just as in the UK.
We have been running the Avalanche series at GumshoeNews with a main focus on Australia. I shall now change the planned order of art...
From Terry Laidler on Facebook via JF - thanks for the tip men!
One 7-seater SUV. Get on the phones Dutto. Some analysis from reader Alan RM Jones on his Facebook site Alan RM Jones Perspective: Julia Gillard won her first challenge from Kevin Rudd 7131 (69.6%) was defeated in the second. Bob Hawke won his first ballot 66-44 (60.0%) was...
The Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer provides health services and health professionals across all sectors in Australia with principles and guidance to ensure that care is responsive to the needs of Indigenous people.
Cancer Australia is calling on health professionals and health services involved in the delivery of cancer care at every level to read, use, adopt and embed the Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer into their practice.
The Optimal Care Pathway is accompanied by consumer resources, which outline what patients should expect on the cancer pathway, and the care they should be offered, from tests and diagnosis, through to treatment and care after treatment, management of cancer that has spread, and end-of-life care.
Turnbull called the spill declaring his position vacant this morning. He and Dutton nominated. Turnbull - 48 votes Dutton - 35 votes Perennial bridesmaid Julie Bishop was - as is now Liberal Party tradition - unchallenged. It will only take 7 MPs to wake up to themselves and Turnbull's place...
VATICAN CITY, RAW Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out this culture of death and vowing there would be no more cover ups.
In a highly personal letter addressed to the people of God, Church language for all members, the pope appeared to be launching an appeal for all Catholics to face the crisis together and not let it tear the Church apart.
The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile, Australia, and Ireland where the pope is making a two-day visit this weekend are reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors. Numerous surveys have pointed to plummeting confidence in the Church in those countries and elsewhere.
In his letter, the pope referred to the suffering endured by minors due to sexual abuse at the hands of a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.
The Vatican said it was the first time a pope had written to all of the worlds some 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Past letters on sexual abuse scandals have been addressed to bishops and faithful of individual countries.
We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death, he said.
Quoting a Gospel passage that says If one member suffers, all suffer together, Francis added:
(Those words) forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.
With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realising the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them...
CANBERRA, AAP Malcolm Turnbull has defeated home affairs minister Peter Dutton in a leadership ballot, but the danger isnt over yet for the prime minister.
Mr Dutton has resigned from the cabinet, leaving Mr Turnbull to consider a ministerial reshuffle.
But some Liberal MPs believe Mr Duttons failed challenge was only the start, and there could be another leadership ballot later this week.
Party whip Nola Marino said confirmed Mr Turnbull won 48 votes to 35 for Mr Dutton.
He thanked his colleagues for their support, Ms Marino said.
Julie Bishop retained the deputy leadership.
After Mr Turnbull called the spill, Mr Dutton put his hand up to challenge.
Despite Mr Turnbulls capitulation to energy policy rebels in his ranks, the threat to his leadership did not dissipate.
What we want to know is, where are this prime ministers convictions? Mr Abbott told the ABC outside Parliament House on Monday night.
Nationals MP Damian Drum has had a gutful of the former prime ministers interventions.
He vowed that he wouldnt be a wrecker, Mr Drum told reporters.
Thats exactly what hes been a wrecker, and he needs to get out of the joint.
Backers of likely leadership challenger Peter Dutton, the conservatives standard-bearer, insist his support levels are building rapidly.
But Cabinet Minister Christopher Pyne says Mr Dutton told him the prime minister has his absolute support.
Im certain he is telling the truth, he told the Nine Network.
Mr Pyne described his Liberal colleagues stoking leadership tensions as cowards.
I think the public would react very negatively to another change of leadership without them having a vote.
A report in The Australian suggests Mr Turnbull has lost confidence of nine Liberal cabinet ministers half of the Liberal contingent and Mr Dutton could mov...
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Sharper dwelling value falls now happening in a Western Sydney near you.
Chart art brought you via Cameron Kusher of CoreLogic.
Australia is an ancient land, with plenty of mystery and unexplained phenomena. Many thousands of years before any other civilisation came into being, Australia was inhabited by people who managed their ecosystem with an efficiency and harmony unmatched to this day. It is suggested that this physical harmony with nature was a reflection of their greater understanding of our multidimensional reality, and of the practical knowledge that can be derived. Nexus
Adani engineered it, the primary judge has now approved it though we have instructed our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court and the Government chose not to side with us. They refused to accept our decisions and interfered in our business. We are being subjugated.
This ruling says its legal to have our ancient law and culture, and our ongoing Tribal rights to land, merely voted away by a group of people who do not hold the cultural sovereignty to our Country. Australian lawyers and Native Title bureaucrats provide the paperwork for an act of betrayal.
We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Can you help by contacting one of these key decision-makers and telling them not to extinguish our native title before weve had the chance to appeal?
Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not...
For those who do not know, Manuka honey is a special kind of honey. While there are tons of fakes on the market, once you find it, you will be glad you did.
Manuka honeys benefits have been well documented throughout the years and it has proven to be quite effective for a number of things. It has intense antibacterial properties and tastes fantastic as well. Manuka honey is found in New Zealand and Australia. It is derived from bees that feed on the manuka bush.
Research from around 2008 found that its healing properties were due to something known as methylglyoxal (MGO) which is a byproduct of the bees honey production in itself. To make this even better they also noted some Manuka honey actually contains over one hundred times more MGO than other kinds of honey.
Researchers published a body of work back in 2010 that proved further how beneficial this amazing honey could be when they actually put it to the test. This study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases and found that the honey itself was able to kill every pathogen or bacteria they introduced it to/tested it on. Also important to note is that none of these pathogens or diseases were able to build up immunity which is something we are battling with antibiotics in current times.
Clinical use of honey in the topical treatment of wounds has increased in Europe and North America since licensed wound care products became available in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Honey-resistant bacteria have not been isolated from wounds, but there is a need to investigate whether honey has the potential to select for honey resistance. Two cultures of bacteria from reference collections (Staphylococcus aureus NCTC 10017 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853) and four cultures isolated from wounds (Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. epidermidis) were exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of manuka honey in continuous and stepwise training experiments to determine whether the susceptibility to honey diminished. Reduced susceptibilities to manuka honey in the test organisms during long-term stepwise resistance training were found, but these changes were not permanent and honey-resistant mutants were not detected. The risk of bacteria acquiring resistance to honey will be low if high concentrations are maintained clinically.
The National Party has called for every Australian under 35 on a parenting payment or Newstart should receive a cashless welfare card.
It came up at the party Federal National Council on Saturday. Those proposing the extended application of the card, suggested that people receiving these payments were spending too much money on drugs and alcohol.
Besides this being a blatant act of profiling, which suggests that that anyone on these payments is an undeserving malingerer.
The rational used to trial the Cashless Welfare Card is being used as an argument to extent it across Australia, and has immediately been championed by News Corp.
Just because it came up at the Nationals Federal Council, does not mean that it is automatically government policy. This is another item to the wish list, deliberately setting out to test the waters. If there is not a strong enough counter reaction, it is just a matter of time before it does become official policy.
Suggestions are being made that the trials in Kalgoorlie, East Kimberley and Ceduna have been successful. They have been. in terms of creating greater inequality and making the provision of necessities more expensive, because the cards can only be used in designated shops and this prevents holders from shopping around for better prices.They have been successful, if the goal is to ensure those in the trials wear the stigma. They have not been successful in lifting standards of living and creating a path to self-respect and creating work for those who need it.
The essence of what is being put by the supporters of the Cashless Welfare Card is that people do not have the right to an acceptable standard of living, if they do not have a job. Government payments are a form of charity paid by those who are better off, who should not be expected to foot the bill. This is the ugly and selfish side of our society. Few of those who take it up sing the same tune when it happens to them.
When they push this line of reasoning, the supporters of the card show that this is not about overcoming bad behaviour, but about cutting social security payments. Nor do they have anything to say about the generous tax loopholes for the wealthy and the corporate tax evasion industry. This is a case of double standards, if there ever was one.
Ours should be a caring society, where we look out for one another and give a helping hand to those less fortunate for ourselves.
Past generations fought hard to put into place the right of each one of us to have a decent lif...
New Australian bill introduces some of the toughest legislation anywhere in the world for refusing to hand over personal data, while other Western countries are scrambling for their own solutions. Existing legislation already allows for imprisonment for up to two years for failing to give investigators access when serious crime is involved, but the new Assistance and Access bill, which has gone out for public consultation, before being voted on later on this year, raises the punishment to 10 years. The Department of Home Affairs says the document is seeking a "reasonable and proportionate response" to such violations.
Offering a stark warning to the world, a new report out Monday argues that the reticence of the worlds scientific communitytrapped in otherwise healthy habits of caution and due diligenceto downplay the potentially irreversible and cataclysmic impacts of climate change is itself a threat that should no longer be tolerated if humanity is to be motivated to make the rapid and far-reaching transition away from fossil fuels and other emissions-generating industries.
In the new reporttitled What Lies Beneath: The Understatement of Existential Climate Risk (pdf)authors David Splatt and Ian Dunlop, researchers with the National Centre for Climate Restoration (Breakthrough), an independent think tank based in Australia, argue that the existential threats posed by the climate crisis have still not penetrated the collective psyche of humanity and that world leaders, even those demanding aggressive action, have not shown the kind of urgency or imagination that the scale of the pending catastrophe presents.
While the report states that a fast, emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change, it bemoans the fact that this solution continues to be excluded from the global policy debate because it is considered by the powerful as too disruptive. However, the paper argues, it is precisely this lack of imagination and political will that could doom humanitys future.
As Splatt and Dunlop summarize at Renew Economy, their paper analyzes why:
Climate change is now reaching the end-game, reads the forward to the report by Hans Joachim Schellnhu...
VATICAN CITYPope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.
Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.
With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives, Francis wrote. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.
The Vatican issued the three-page letter ahead of Francis trip this weekend to Ireland, a once staunchly Roman Catholic country where the churchs credibility has been devastated by years of revelations that priests raped and molested children with impunity and their superiors covered up for them.
Priestly sex abuse was always expected to dominate the trip, but the issue has taken on new gravity following revelations in the U.S. that one of Francis trusted cardinals, the retired archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused and harassed minors as well as adult seminarians.
In addition, a grand jury report in Pennsylvania last week reported that at least 1,000 children were victims of some 300 priests over the past 70 years, and that generations of bishops failed repeatedly to take measures to protect their flock or punish the rapists.
In the letter, which was issued in seven languages, Francis referred to the Pennsylvania report, acknowledged that no effort to beg forgiveness of the victims will be sufficient but vowed never again.
He said, looking to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.
Francis didnt, however, provide any indication of what concrete measures he is prepared to take to sanction those bishops in the U.S. and beyond who covered up for sexually abusive priests.
Francis several years ago scrapped a proposed Vatican tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops, and he has refused to act on credible reports from around the world of bishops who have failed to report abusers to police or otherwise botched handling cases, and yet remain in office.
Francis also has kept on his nine-member kitchen cabinet a Chilean cardinal long accused of covering up for pedophiles, a...
I have never encountered so pathetic a leader as Turnbull. But bad leaders cannot operate without weak followers. Jim Molan is not a weak man. But he's keeping very, very bad company. Too many of our Canberra crew have succumbed to the "Disunity is Death" mantra. The Labor Party lives...
It'd be hilarious if it was just a joke. Don't get me wrong - it's a joke. But it's not just a joke. It's also real. The AFL has actually done it. TV host Waleed Aly has been hand-picked by the AFL to consult on proposed rule changes: >> https://t.co/hU9vC51d9q...
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Special Counsel Robert Muellers office filed a sentencing memorandum Friday in its pending criminal case against George Papadopoulos, the former Donald Trump campaign advisor who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Muellers team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos criminal offense in the sentencing memorandum and suggested Papadopoulos lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission that proves the FBI is either incompetent, or incompetent at lying.
Before we get to why, a quick refresher. In early March 2016, Papadopoulos learned he would serve as a foreign policy advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. Later that month, Papadopoulos met a professor while traveling in Italy, Joseph Mifsud.
According to court filings, Mifsud seemed uninterested in him until after Papadopoulos told the professor he was joining Trumps campaign team, at which point Mifsud took a great interest in Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos stated in the same filing that in late April, Mifsud, after purportedly returning from a trip to Moscow, told him the Russians had obtained dirt on then-candidate Clinton.
Papadopoulos reportedly repeated that claim to an Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, in May over drinks in a London bar. Then, following the WikiLeaks release of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, the FBI launched Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016, to investigate any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
From text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, we know one of the first things the FBI did after officially launching the probe into the Trump campaign was send Strzok and another trusted agent to London. Strzoks texts reveal he arrived in London on August 1 and flew back to the District of Columbia on August 3, following at least one meeting and several interviews, bringing with him a slew of documents.
Two-plus months later, the DOJ filed its first of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications for a court order to wiretap a different Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. (The DOJ recently released heavily redacted copies of the applications.) The FISA court issued its first surveillance order in October 2016, with renewals approved in early January, early...
China will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, Chinas Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.
Phiva said in a statement on Friday that after further reflection he believed the forum was not the proper platform to discuss Chinese debt, and that Pacific nations should each find their own solutions.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he noted Phivas statement of clarification and his positive appraisal of ties with China.
I would like to stress that China and Tonga are strategic partners of mutual respect and common development, Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.
China will continue to provide support and assistance to Tonga and other Pacific island countries in achieving sustainable development to the best of its ability, he added, without elaborating.
A recent Reuters analysis of the financial books of South Pacific island nations showed Chinas lending programs had gone from almost zero to more than $1.3 billion outstanding in a decade.
The debt burden of small economies with little earning power has stoked fears the region could fall into financial distress and become more susceptible to diplomatic pressure from China.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel
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As is common for academics of a certain age, Ive been writing lots of book chapters lately, and several of the books have come out recently. They include:
Wrong Way: How Privatisation & Economic Reform Backfired, edited by Damien Cahill and Phillip Toner, which is going to be launched at Gleebooks in Sydney on Friday 21st September. I have contributed chapters on electricity reform and productivity.
The Coal Truth, by David Ritter This isnt an edited volume but a great piece of writing by David, with additional contributions from lots of people including Tara Moss and Berndt Sellheim, Adrian Burragubba, Lesley Hughes ,Hilary Bambrick, Ruchira Talukdar, Geoffrey Cousins and me.
The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, edited by Damien Cahill, Melinda Cooper, Martijn Konings and David Primrose. I have a chapter on Neoliberalism: Rise, Decline and Future Prospects. Given the pricing, this is a book for libraries and academic specialists only.
I hope to be back with more regular mailings once Ive finalised the manuscript of my new book, Economics in Two Lessons.
Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.
The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.
Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.
The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.
If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.
I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.
Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.
At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown....
Tighter rules for CFIUS are echoed in great scrutiny from Europe to Australia.
Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg
Doors are slamming shut in the developed world not just to Chinese investment in technology but potentially to a wave of acquisitions with a tech element, as diverse as smart heaters and robotic lawnmowers.
President Donald Trump last week signed an update to legislation for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. that broad...
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The withdrawal of US coalition support for rebels in Syria, portrayed as a failure to achieve noble and humanitarian goals by Western governments and media, should rather be seen as an admission of guilt. The rescuing of violent militants and White Helmets from Southern Syria by Israeli forces actually marked the failure of the covert project to forcibly replace Syrias legitimate government with one of NATOs choice, regardless of the democratic will and lives of the Syrian people.
Before we can ask what if? about the war on Syria, as Ramesh Thakur does in The Strategist, republished here on P&I, we need to understand what actually happened during the Western-sponsored seven-year long assault on the Syrian state, as seen from the perspective of those on the receiving end of this attack. Now that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are finally prevailing in their defence of the country and its citizens, it is also time for Western commentators to stop repeating the same vapid accusations against the Syrian President, and instead start making accusations against their own mis-leaders.
Rather it appears that many in the West are entrenching their opposition to the Syrian government at the same time as millions of Syrians are confirming their support for it, and the armies that have fought off their enemies chosen alternative.
Ramesh Thakurs partisan view on the Syrian civil war and the benign nature of the Wests intimate involvement in it is evidently shared by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and one would imagine by many of those in public office who act on its advice. The same innocence could not be assumed for ASPI sponsors, defence contractors Lockheed Martin and Thales who profit from that advice, nor presumably for Australian Intelligen...
The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has disclosed that millions of dollars in savings could be generated by Australian firms once the exchange migrates from the existing Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) to a blockchain technology-based platform. Currently, it is estimated that the average fee that large investors are charged for clearing and settlement services
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The Sustainable Australia
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In short, our party has prioritised four key issues that unite rather than divide us: secure jobs, affordable housing, better planning and a sustainable environment.
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One of the unique selling points of our party is a genuine sustainable population policy. First and foremost, rapid population growth is an environmental problem, but it also impacts on our ability to achieve secure jobs, affordable housing and better planning.
For example, without slowing population growth, desperately needed housing affordability policies around taxation, bank lending practices and overseas buyers are negated by continued rapid growth in domestic demand.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the mainstream media, our voice is drowned out by the extremes - pro-big Australia and anti-immigration forces. For a combination of commercial and ideological reasons, perhaps the mainstream media wants it that way.
Despite a series of uncontested pro-big Australia articles and opinion pieces in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian, none of these publications will print an evidence-based opinion piece I offered rejecting big Australia on environmental and infrastructure grounds.
Getting around mainstream media barriers in order to reach voters is one reason why it is so important that you watch and share our latest video.
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Most of the debate about housing is framed around the recent realisation that younger middle class people are now worried they may not be able to afford to buy their own houses, shock horror! Contrasted with this view is the story of what the poor (who have never had access to the property market) are faring.
This picture of me at a hackfest from a few years ago shows no sign of the difficulties I was (and still am) experiencing trying to make a living for myself after decades spent raising and educating a special needs child. I spent the weekend hacking for free for Random Hacks of Kindness in Sydneys swish Commonwealth Bank offices. At the time I had temporarily rented someones laundry. The room was still being used as a laundry, unfortunately, with people from the flat wandering in and out at will to do their washing while I tried to sleep, work or relax.Random Hacks of Kindness team working on open data site for Ocius Chief Exec Robert Dane
Unless youre unlucky enough to be really struggling with housing you may not be aware of the ways the housing market is straining to deal with record demands now placed on it. You may think this picture below is some kind of joke but its just the extreme end of the overcrowding and exploitation of vulnerable renters that is is going on nation-wide.
The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre maintains a list of what it calls low cost housing, that is, properties that rent for under $250 a week or 100% of what Newstart recipients receive. One day when Im rich enough, I hope to be able to afford their low cost housing options!
For cheaper accommodations, a quick search on Gumtree shows a large number...
From the Where Are They Now files. Julie - Wyatt will be PM. Monday, 04 July 2016 This is a rare document from the dawn of the Innovation Age, circa September 2015. Wyatt Roy's qualifications seem to arise from knocking back Bundie and Cokes at Harbourside Mansion. Here's the Courier...
Although an undisclosed source suggested he's more your spirit on Prospero's island type. Ariel in fact! PS - I bow to our readers vastly superior knowledge of the Shakespearean oeuvre - this from CK OK! " Ariel is Prospero's eyes and ears throughout the play, using his magical abilities to...
The hype surrounding the unprecedented sanctions levelled against Moscow for its alleged involvement in the chemical weapons attack in Salisbury has once again highlighted the importance of diversifying Russias external economic and commercial ties.
The Russian Federations trade dynamics in the Middle Eastern region are, therefore, noteworthy in these conditions. In 2017, its foreign trade turnover increased three times on account of its food sector. For example, almost half of the wheat purchased by Egypt, a highly populous Arabic country, comes from Russia. In 2017, the nation imported $1.4 billion worth of Russian wheat.
The same year, Russias foreign trade volumes to other countries such as Syria, Sudan, Kuwait and Tunisia rose two-fold, and trade with Saudi Arabia increased three times. The quantity of Russian food products sold to the United Arab Emirates soared by 150 percent, 80 % of these supplies are accounted for by grain.
Local media outlets have been reporting on these numbers under headlines such as Wheat is Russias weapon in the Middle East and Africa, Russias growing influence on Middle Eastern wheat markets, etc.
This contrasts with the situation of not too long ago. In 1970s and 1980s, when cooperation levels between the Soviet Union and Arabic nations were at their peak, Moscow could not meet its partners demands for grain. Russia itself bought increasing volumes of grain from Australia and Canada, which depleted its foreign reserves.
But the dependence of Arabic nations on food purchases, first and foremost on those of grain, from Western countries limited their freedom to act. For instance, at that time, three out of four pieces of flatbread in Egypt were baked using the flour supplied by the US at subsidized rates. This was used as a means of influencing Cairos policies in Cold War times.
At that time, the term food security entered the political lingo in the region. Fearing blackmail in this regard, Arabs proposed an initiative to turn Sudan, with its vast uncultivated lands and abundant precipitation, into a food basket for the region, with participation of the Persian Gulf nations. But this plan never came to fruition for various reasons.
In the last decades, Saudi Arabia produced enough wheat to meet its own demands, bu...
Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more
PS - I think Mr Finger On Nose guy in the freeze frame gets it!
Fires have ravaged Greece, and are still burning California. Gippsland has had a large bushfire in the dead of winter, and NSW has had its earliest ever total fire ban day. Were bracing for another serious fire season.
If you have the nerve, a bit context on this contentious issue can be found in California burning, a long and provocative article in the New York Review of Books. The article can be found here. Familiar themes abound in the international story: poor forest management, climate change, arson, flammable weeds, unwise urban development at the forest interface, poor understanding of fire ecology. Heres a sample:
In the United States, exurban and rural property development in the wildland-urban interface has been, perhaps, the final strawor at least another lighted match tossed on the pile. Most wildfires that threaten or damage communities are caused by humans. Campfires, barbecues, sparks from chainsaws, lawnmowers, power lines, cars, motorcycles, cigarettesthe modes of inadvertent ignition in a bone-dry landscape are effectively limitless. Lets say nothing of arson. Houses and other structures become wildfire fuel, and vulnerable communities hugely complicate forest management and disaster planning. In his panoramic 2017 book Megafire, the journalist (and former firefighter) Michael Kodas observes pithily that during the century in which the nation attempted to exclude fire from forests, [those forests] filled with homes.
Interestingly, the article suggests that old growth forest is more resilient to fire than the even aged stands resulting from clear felling, and notes that the current US administrations policy is to respond to fire with more logging, which may well result in less resilient forests and, of all things, more fire.
For years now, I have been saying that the 20th Century was built one brick at a time, as and when it was needed, using ever growing amounts of surplus energy that were both very cheap and easily accessible.. and as Limits to Growth rears its ugly head more and more often, all the signs that we are no longer able to do this is becoming obvious; because we have now reached the stage when all those old bricks (and steel and concrete and.) start needing to be replaced while at the same time the new infrastructure required by the growth monster has to also be built.
Enter the Genoa bridge that collapsed last week.. photos of it crumbling weeks before the tragic event that seems to have killed 43 people were posted on social media. Im no structural engineer, but it looks pretty bad to me. Dangling cables and the middle buckling under its own weight are not good signs Falling apart comes to mind. Anyone in their right mind would have closed it down and more than likely condemned it, but no, lets not get a few lives get in the way of profits. At fifty years old, it wasnt particularly ancient, but shoddy workmanship and even mafia involvement in supplying dodgy concrete are issues making their way to the Italian media.
With Italy on the cusp of bankruptcy, h...
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The strength of State of the Union lies in its multifaceted representation of the labour movement with consideration to gender, immigration and globalisation. In the current post-Brexit post-Trump climate, where these issues are often polarised against the white working class, this exhibition highlights instances where theyve aligned.
Eight is enough were the exact words we muttered as we clambered down the hill with a carry cage laden with hens. Eight being the exact number of hens to fill the carry cage and the exact number of hens who needed our assistance. Through a tragic chain of circumstances, these girls and their human carer found themselves in urgent need of assistance. Providing just that, the girls were ferried from their predicament and to our sanctuary where their necessary vet work was carried out, nourishing food delivered along with the tastiest of treats. Now bouncing back to good health the girls have all happily found new coops to call home sweet home.
An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout.
The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.
This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.
I've seen their ABC commit some low acts in their push to "legitimise" refugees and show that "refugees" come from all walks of life. Their bullshit about RAN sailors torturing illegal boat people springs to mind, along with countless stories promoting the purported suffering of Manus Island and Nauru detainees....
A teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking into Apple's network and downloading internal files, according to reports. The 16-year-old accessed 90 gigabytes worth of files, breaking into the system many times over the course of a year from his suburban home in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.
It says he stored the documents in a folder called 'hacky hack hack'.
Apple insists that no customer data was compromised. But The Age reports that the boy had accessed customer accounts.
In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats. In this case, our teams discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement. We regard the data security of our users as one of our greatest responsibilities and want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised."
Also at Reuters.
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Its a big week for Aussie stocks.
Im not much of a horse racing fan, but were basically coming around the bend and into the last straight for the earnings reporting season.
Things have gone smoothly until now. 48% of the companies that have reported earnings so far have beaten their estimates. Whats more, profits and dividends look strong.
One stock that caught my eye was Goodman Group [ASX:GMG]. The Age reported over the weekend that it plans to extend its warehouse to cater for booming logistics demand from e-commerce.
However, land values and rents are high in the areas they need to build. The solution? Go higher by building on top of the existing warehouse.
Ive reported previously on the same thing happening in New York. Its another example of how property values can keep rising where this type of development happens.
If you can draw more income from the same amount of land, that can only capitalise into the selling price.
In order to capitalise into the selling price, you need to be able to get financing for a development.
Thats not a problem for Goodman Group, but is proving somewhat harder for Crown Resorts Ltd [ASX:CWN].
It has plans in place to develop a luxury hotel and apartment complex in Melbourne. This is a major project it would be the tallest tower in Melbourne if built.
However, Crown says that it is struggling to find a development partner around the residential component of the project. Thats presumably because of the fear of apartment oversupply in the city.
Crown is supposed to have the project underway by February. If the project gets pulled, we can assume the property and credit cycle is finally weakening. Conversely, if it goes ahead, perhaps we can all keep dancing a little while longer.
Or maybe the finance team at Crown could give financial services company ING a call. The Australian reports ING has raised $1 billion via an Aussie dollar covered bond issue. The suggestion is that theyre going after the market share of the Big Four Aussie banks while they remain under pressure.
Thats a familiar theme if youve been reading The Daily Reckoning Australia for a while. But the suggestion of an Aussie property credit crunch, however much discussed, has yet to come to pass.
Much of what happens from here will of course depend on China. The Financial Times says Beijing continues to order its state-run banks to lend to infrastructure projects and exporters.
Well have to see how this shows up in the numbers. But theyre already looking good. New loans were up 75% in July from the same time last yea...
ETHOS, 14 August 2018 | Robert Farago Nuclear as the solution? There are a number of unresolved problems around nuclear power and questions of whether nuclear energy can grow quickly enough to solve our climate change problem. I will just list some of these problems with a sentence each:
Assuming the above problems can be quickly resolved, despite decades of not resolving them, and we can somehow scale nuclear by an order of magnitude from today, will it be cheap enough?
When I was a child in primary school (in the late 1970s), I read that in the future nuclear energy had the potential to generate electricity that would be too cheap to meter. That future never came and sadly never will.
Overseas examples are not encouraging. Recent nuclear reactor constructions in Finland,...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Some men are shy. Some men are weak. Some men are strong. Some men are fearless.
Meet South Australian Andrew McIntyre fearless.
As we will see, Andrew, who is now 64, has tried exhaustively to tell anyone who would listen that he knows who killed the Beaumont children, and why. The jig is now up. His story can be denied no more.
By the greatest of luck thank you, Parliament; thank you, Letters Patent from the Queen Australia has had four-years worth of hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. That commission was a priceless exercise. Its main result is that THE HABIT OF LYING IS EXPOSED.
I hereby declare it is no longer possible to use platitudes, spin, gobbledygook and other means of hiding fact...
MELBOURNE, AAP Victorians who swap their old hot water system for a solar one can get a $1,000 rebate under a $60 million program.
The 10-year program starts immediately, premier Daniel Andrews announced on Monday at solar hot water manufacturer Rinnai at Braeside.
It follows on from his Sunday announcement that a re-elected Labor government would pay for 650,000 homes to get solar panels under a $1.24 billion plan where owner-occupiers would repay half the cost through their bill savings.
Were putting solar panels and hot water systems on Victorian homes to help families save hundreds of dollars a year on their electricity bills, Mr Andrews said in a statement.
The government predicts the systems will save households between $160 to $400 a year in electricity bills.
The rebate is available to households with a combined income of up to $180,000 who live in their own home valued up to $3 million.
Houses can take part in the half price solar panels program or the $1,000 hot water rebate, but not both.
The rebate has been created so houses who cannot get solar panels because of roof design or shade can still get a reduction in energy bills, the government says.
What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?
Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.
Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.
The governments debacle over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been described in some quarters as an example of the prime ministers inept leadership. If only it was so simple.
Malcolm Turnbulls headache exists because the factions most intent on absolute market liberalisation and big brother style politics, not only continue to have a stranglehold on the Liberal and National parties. They are tightening it.
As their captive and the resulting internal battle, the government is once again caught in a paralysis, where policy transforms into inaction. The most reactionary elements within the parties and fitting.
Although he is part of it, this is not just a Tony Abbott thing.
Speculation about the continuing survival of the prime minister as leader has risen again. His enemies are showing that they might be prepared to cross the floor and vote down the NEG. Through their opposition to the latest modest change, shifting the control over the emissions target from the policy to the minister, they have hung out Malcolm Turnbulls essential weakness for all to see. He is plating into their hands. The reactionaries are also announcing a determination to keep on being the champions of the fossil fuel industry.
At the very least, the way he has handled the affair, has ensured that Malcolm Turnbull has made his own contribution to the governments instability. He is a dead man walking.
There is no room for sentimentality in this vision. Government provision of welfare and other services that even out opportunities to an extent, have no place in this, and must be done away with as far as possible.
They see their rivals in the Liberal and National parties as a barrier against achieving this, and standing for unwarranted government interference in what should be a free cho...
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy.
The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.
Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes.
But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished.
Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come?
Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy.
Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country.
In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address....
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...
I first published this piece in May 2016. I think it's important today as the Liberal Party looks to the future. The punters guide to Malcolm Turnbull's form in leading the nation Sunday, 01 May 2016 A few days ago I was chatting with a good mate who talks a...
Victoria Labor government proposes rebates and zero interest loans to encourage another 650,000 homes to install another 2.6GW of rooftop solar. The post Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.
With talk this morning of a possible leadership challenge to the Prime Minister by Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, Ben Eltham reviews what landed the coalition in trouble in the first place.
Covering federal politics is never the most uplifting of tasks, but the past month has been something else again.
The dog days of winter have revealed a splintering Australian polity and an alarming resurgence of overt racism, a Liberal government that has all but exhausted any claim to the moniker of liberal, policy stasis bordering on dereliction of national duty, and a rightwards drift of conservative thought that should concern all thinking Australians, especially those who identify as conservatives.
I could talk about the racism about the neo-Nazi on national television, or the Senator flourishing a reference to the Final Solution in a maiden speech and in an accompanying article, I will.
But in this article, I want to talk about policy, because there seems to be less and less media coverage of the substance of policy these days. Thats a problem, obviously, because policy is important. Policy is the sum of the things that the government is doing, in many cases to ordinary citizens.
Despite all outward indications, the Turnbull government is still actually making policy.
My Health Debacle
Explaining the My Health Record disaster in detail would require a Senate Inquiry,...
Chris Tzaros and I are running our Spring 2018 bird photography workshops in Newstead on 24th November.
A selection of Chriss images from further afield are shown below.
(Natural News) Chewing mints may not be the solution to your bad breath. It can actually make it worse. This claim was made by Australian-based dentist James Buchan...
This video from the USA says about itself:
1000+ Reports Of Sexual Abuse By Catholic Priests In PA | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC
15 August 2018
A bombshell Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania reveals a shocking level of abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests. Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi are joined by Shaun Dougherty, a Catholic sexual abuse survivor, and Mitchell Garabedian, who is representing six victims from this Pennsylvania case to discuss this two-year long investigation and the churchs efforts to cover up the crimes.
The cardinal said this in an interview with the president of the Christian organization Catholic Action for Faith and Family. The conversation took place after it became known that thousands of children in the USA had been abused for years by some three hundred priests in the state of Pennsylvania.
According to him, the church is not to blame for the abuse, but it is acts that are...
It takes exquisitely well developed ineptitude to be losing to this.
This country is stuffed. .@senbmckenzie on the Paris Agreement: We made an international commitment and its one that wont affect our economy or jobs. It was a sound decision at the time and I havent reversed my perspective on that. MORE: https://t.co/MwDHdlRgwV #SpeersonSunday pic.twitter.com/jlve7NLY7N Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August...
This is Michelle Goldberg - MSNBC put her on the television to tell us Angela Merkel is the leader of the free world and President Trump would probably like to round people up and have them killed. One of her recent NY Time columns was headed: The Pragmatic Left Is...
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this story may contain images and voices of people who have died. The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as "asteres planetai", meaning "wandering stars", due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word "planet". But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world. Recent research reveals a wealth of information about the planets and their complex motions in the Knowledge Systems of Indigenous Australians.
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Lets consider Paraguay, a country that has traditionally been dominated by two parties, the Colorados and the Liberals. Ill make up a hypothetical set of facts, and you tell me the most plausible way to interpret this imaginary scenario:
1. Manuel Suarez of the Colorado Party is elected president.
2. Almost all Liberals view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
3. The leading Colorado intellectuals and pundits view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
4. Roughly 80% of former leaders of the Colorado party (who are now retired from politics) view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
5. Roughly 10% of current Colorado politicians criticize Suarez as if he were a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
6. In private, most Colorado politicians view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue, even while supporting him publicly in order to please their constituents.
7. Most Colorado voters do not view Suarez as a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. These voters support Suarez on virtually all issues, regardless of whether his views represent traditional Colorado positions.
Suppose you were a French, Australian or Egyptian political scientist, examining the political situation in Paraguay. You have no emotional tie to either the Colorados or the Liberals. You are examining the situation as dispassionately as one might study an ant farm. Which hypothesis would you regard as most plausible:
A. Suarez is a dishonest, vindictive demagogue.
B. Suarez is not a dishonest, vindictive demagogue. Rather hes very much misunderstood by the elites in Asuncion, of both parties, who follow him most closely. Only his cult-like following among ordinary voters of one political party see him for what he is.
PS. AP had a good piece on how GOP politicians view the Trump cult. I almost broke out laughing when I read the concluding paragraph:
The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows, the former Ohio GOP chairman said. When it does end, its the job of a lot of us to make sure that the party is still populated by goo...
Sonographs often used to determine sex of baby so the girls can be killed
It is a moment burned into the memory of a veteran sonographer.
A number of years ago, the sonographer was asked by a couple at their scan around 12 weeks to tell them the gender of their developing baby.
They said something along the lines of We need to know the sex, because if its a girl we are going to terminate it, they said.
You have to deal with things like terminal cancer and miscarriages when youre working as a sonographer. But this occasion, it still sickens me to this day.
Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender
New Australian research, revealed this month, has indicted that a group of parents could be aborting female babies because of a preference for sons. Its led to questions over whether it is necessary to provide parents with early information about the sex of their fetuses.
Already, many obstetricians and sonographers dont routinely provide gender information at the 12-week scan when people can still readily access abortion, largely because its not always accurate and there is rarely any medical purpose. Yet there is an unwillingness to follow in the path of China and India, where abortion of female foetuses is a well-identified problem, and there are bans on early gender reveals.
Advances in science and technology mean Australians are now able to find out the sex of their baby from as early as 10 weeks, via a blood test that also screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. Others may find out their babys sex during an ultrasound around the 12-week mark.
While ultrasound providers have different protocols on whether they reveal the gender of the baby at the first scan, its the stance of the Australasian Sonographers Association that they should play no part in the debate around gender selection.
The associations chief executive, Jodie Long, said if the sonographer was confident in being able to identify the gender, then they would provide that information if asked.
What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine, she said
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