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Australia's financial intelligence czar Nicole Rose says she is shocked at the depth of money laundering in the economy involving organised crime, child exploitation and drug importation. "I thought coming from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission that I had a pretty good handle on serious and organised crime," she [said]. "I didn't appreciate the depth and breadth of involvement with private entities and banks. I didn't appreciate how many industries it does actually touch. There's a misperception that money laundering is a victimless white collar crime. It has a massive impact on everyday life whether that's child exploitation, serious and organised crime or drug importation. It all involves money laundering." A career public servant specialising in anti-terrorism strategy, Ms Rose was appointed chief executive of the Australian Transactions Reports & Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) in November last year. Ms Rose, a former deputy head of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, inherited AUSTRAC's high stakes case against the Commonwealth Bank which is fighting almost 54,000 allegations that it broke anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing laws. While not commenting directly on the CBA case, Ms Rose said she was confident that all Australian banks are now aware of the money laundering risk. However, Ms Rose was uncertain when the $10,000 reporting threshold on cash transactions would be extended from financial institutions to other high-risk sectors.
Note: Explore an eye-opening article by Fiona Barnett, which claims the Watergate break in's real purpose was steal a list of high level political pedophiles from both parties. As reported in this Sydney Morning Herald article, Ms. Barnett testified to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on being a victim of a high level pedophile ring. More on this is available in this article from the UK's Daily Mail.
The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.
Bill Thompon has today made a second complaint to the ABC about its bias in reporting killings involving police in the US. He has a very good point. Since Bill's first complaint a few weeks ago, at least 5 police officers have been killed on duty in the US by...
Australians have long moved past worrying about whether digital technology has a place in education, with schoo...
ITNJ: Fiona Barnett Exposes CIA MK-ULTRA, Human Trafficking, Bohemian Grove Child Hunting, and Australian Ministers and Justices Addicted to Pedophilia and Murderous Pedophilia "IndyWatch Feed National"
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Published at https://commission.itnj.org/2018/09/0 Chosen for her particular bloodline, high cognitive abilities and physical prowess, Fiona was a perfect subject for MK ULTRA mind control programming, which took place in numerous universities and underground facilities both in Australia and abroad. Other nightmarish crimes perpetrated upon her throughout her childhood include ritual abuse, torture, the witness of torture and murder, being dressed as a teddy bear whilst hunted for sport at the annual camp at The Bohemian Grove. Fiona Barnetts testimony provides a very clear and detailed picture of global child trafficking, which, she explains, is run as a single coordinated operation through the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian Intelligence Services. In her testimony, she interweaves her personal account with a vast research-knowledge of the history, practices and interconnection between intel-agency child trafficking, Luciferianism, ritual abuse, and MK ULTRA mind control, all of which she witnessed and suffered at the hands of. Fiona was eventually able to escape the cult and has since made numerous attempts to have her perpetrators brought to justice. Her story has been publicly derided and she has been prevented from leading any semblance of a normal life. Her testimony was heard via a virtual sitting of the ITNJs Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking & Child Sex Abuse on 7th July, 2018, before Chief Justice, Dr. John Walsh of Brannagh, His Grace Bishop Riah Abu El Assal, ITNJ Commissioner Carine Hutsebaut, and ITNJ Trustees Reverend Dr. Nancy Ash and Connie Broussard. Through its Judicial Commission of Inquiry the ITNJ is performing a prime function for the global exposure and illumination of ongoing human atrocities by creating a seminal platform for exposure whilst allowing natural justice to emerge. Volunteer Donate Act https://www.itnj.org
Phi Beta Iota: While the MSM is being forced to cover most reluctantly the current story on Catholic pedophilia and cover-ups that reach all the way to the Pop...
After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.
It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.
The Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region.
To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The Goulburn Valleys horticultural industry, in particular, relies on an annual influx of Working Holiday Makers who help with harvesting, packing and storage. These workers are primarily covered by 417 and 462 visas. They come from varied ethnic, cultural and language groups, and their poor command of English often opens them to exploitation by labour hire firms and predatory employers.
Our project will work with employees and employers to ensure that workers rights and obligations are understood and followed.
Amanda will educate industry participants about the Fair Work regime. She will also build the capacity of all our lawyers so that we can all provide general employment law advice and casework. Amanda will be supported by a dedicated lawyer based at Melbournes specialist employment law service Jobwatch.
The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)
The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)
This mob has received more than $184m in federal and $45.5m in state funding since 2000. All of that money was handed to the "school" for the sole and exclusive purpose of running a school that teaches the Australian curriculum. But Malek Fahd school didn't spend our taxpayer money on...
September 13, 2018: By deciding to endorse the TPP-11 implementing legislation, the majority in the ALP Caucus has made a decision contrary to their own policies, and has deeply disappointed many community organisations, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.
AFTINET is a network of community organisations that advocates for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability. Forty-nine diverse community organisations including church, public health, union, environment, aid and development, womens and human rights organisations wrote to ALP parliamentarians showing that the TPP -11 has many provisions which are contrary to ALP policy. These include special rights for international corporations to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a law or policy will harm their investment. This is known as ISDS. The TPP-11 puts restrictions on future governments regulation of essential services and allows increased numbers of vulnerable temporary workers without testing if local workers are available.
We are disappointed that this decision has been made before the report of a Senate Standing Committee Inquiry due on September 18, and before a Senate legislation inquiry due on October 10.
We expect that the TPP-11 implementing legislation will be introduced into the Senate after October 10, and we will continue to advocate that the majority in the Senate vote against it.
We welcome Shadow Trade Minister Jason Clares announcement that the ALP will implement more transparent and democratic processes for trade agreements if it wins government, and that it will prohibit ISDS and removal of labour market testing in future trade agreements. However, this would not address these provisions in the TPP-11. Changes to the TPP-11 would require difficult negotiations once the deal is ratified, and it would have been more effective to delay implementation until such changes had been made, concluded Dr Ranald.
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Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. You might go your whole life and youll never see anything like it. Its definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery, senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. As a geologist, like 
An independent investigation has cleared Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham of any wrongdoing after a complaint was lodged in May 2018 alleging inappropriate behaviour dating back to August 2011.
While saying he was glad the day has finally arrived, Mr Buckingham launched a broadside against the complainant, former Greens staffer Ella Buckland, and the ABC which he said aired her views without giving him the opportunity to rebut them.
The recommendation by the independent investigator at Workdynamic recommends, The Greens NSW resolve this matter with no adverse finding against you with respect to sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour towards Ms Buckland.
Ms Buckland made her allegations public on the ABCs 7:30 program before the confidential investigation had been finalised.
Jeremy Buckingham said it had been incredibly difficult and damaging to have these false allegations made public and used by certain people to try to destroy me.
Having false allegations aired on national television is incredibly distressing and a very serious breach of investigation process. Allegations of this nature should be handled confidentially and sensitively and not be used for a trial by media.
The politicisation and breach of confidentiality of these processes makes it less likely that people with genuine complaints will come forward.
If you abuse a complaints process then people lose faith in it, he said.
The people who politicise complaints for political gain should be ashamed. They trade important principles of justice for base political manoeuvring and for personal political advantage.
Mr Buckingham said he had lodged a comprehensive complaint against the ABC 7:30 program alleging extreme bias and multiple, serious breaches of the ABC Code of Practice and MEAA Code of Ethics.
I am pursing a number of civil actions to seek justice and restore my reputation.
Id like to thank everyone who did not...
It doesnt seem like the beautiful chaos that is Burning Man blooming annually in a desert metropolis entrapped by shifting sandy hills and black rock mountains could ever diminish into the dust. After becoming Nevadas third largest city for one week, the city disappears without a single trace, just as immediately as it erects out of thin air.
For me, this years Burning Man was arguably the most magical week of my life. Some primary burners, however those who have been going since the festivals inception in 1986 have vowed to never to return.
One such person is London-born burner Alexa Bauer. Now in her 50s, she fundamentally disagrees with the direction the festival has taken, namely the influx of wealthy people who dont care about the ethos of the burn, the plethora of staged photoshoots and the ego flaunting from many of the punters.
I wont go back to Burning Man ever again, she says.
For people like Alexa, the diamond has become too smoothed and slippery to trust in the dust and settle their feet atop its surface again. It makes perfect sense that transformations within a community of 300 people that has grown to a city of 80,000 urbanites in the last 30 years might be off-putting to some of the earlier attendees.
According to Alexa, back in the day, bullets were sent soaring into the dead of night at drive-by shooting ranges, regardless of who or what might be standing behind the targets. People fucking under the moonlight without LED lights illuminating their bodies were run over by art cars galloping through the deep playa or empty desert. Nearing the new millennium, a staged explosion went haywire, sending a shock wave across the desert making the entire crowd hump the air while almost incinerating the city.
Viv Forbes - this is a work of genius!! Politicians again show Real Genius. Back in the chaotic dying days of the Whitlam-Cairns-Connor government, Canberra was buzzing with Rex Connors grand plans for a national energy grid and gas pipelines linking the NW Shelf to the capital cities, all to...
Later this year the State Government will introduce standardised contracts for all new Service Agreements and Grants to the not-for-profit sector. These contracts will apply to all not-for-profit funding and provide an easier-to-use template with standard terms and conditions across all departments and agencies.
Channel 9 News reported that a 21 year old man was charged with murdering a 73 year old woman in Townsville this week. He was also charged with burglary and wilful damage.
The man charged with murder is erased from the headline, even the fact of the murder is erased. Reading just the headlines you could easily assume the woman just died in a DIY accident. That was not the case. A man was charged with her murder.
This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by a court. This is about how the charges against him are (or are not) described..
Invisible perpetrators are a constant in FixedIt. This is not a trivial issue. It matters because headlines are supposed to be a short summary of the article and when the article is about violence men commit against women and those men are invisible, the headline is not telling the story, its erasing the story.
Also, most people dont consume news by reading a print newspaper from cover to cover. Only some people go directly to the home page of a news outlet. Most people get news links from social media, and the most likely source is Facebook. But regardless of the source, we see far more headlines than we click on.
Something like 80 percent of the headlines we see, we never click through to read the article. Were not necessarily thinking very much about the headlines we dont click on, but we see them. And without being consciously aware that its happening they are still describing something to us. When they fit our subconscious bias or when theyre underpinned myths about violence and repeat them over and over again, they reinforce them in our minds, but we dont really notice that its happening.
The things we dont notice are far more dangerous than the things we do notice.
Clarity in reporting and avoiding the passive voice and are among the first things journalists are taught. Which is why the constant use of passive voice and unclear reporting on violence against women stands out so much.
If all the violent crimes committed by men were reported in the active voice with the perpetrators and their crime as the subject of every headline, it would be overwhelming. Because it is overwhelming.
We are journalists and it is not our job to erase the truth so our audience is not made to feel uncomfortable. Our job is to describe what is happening in our society. And the sad truth is that around 90 percent of violent crimes are committed by men. Avoiding this fact doesnt make it less true but it does make it much more difficult to address the underlying cause.
Headlines matter and this is w...
The former Commissioner of Australia Border Force, Roman Quaedvlieg, took time out of pouring petrol on the au pair scandal last week to pen his reflections on a far bigger scandal that is somehow not really a scandal at all. Initially self-published, then re-posted on Meanjin, Quaedvlieg wrote about a trip he took to Nauru in the second half of 2015.
A 33 percent dip in the last week means Ethereum sellers are stepping on the gas pedal. There are many theories around this rapid decline with most associating this dump with ICOs losing their patience and cashing out. Others are pointing to the influence of Bitcoin and the correlation between the two while some are merging this with mining woes and how unprofitable it has become. Either way, ETH like the rest of the market is on a down trend and trading below $200 with sellers aiming for $150.
Research has it that, in seven years time, cryptocurrency use would be a steadand we can see hints of that. Triggering this are events in Iran and Venezuela. There people are literally flocking to ETH, DASH and Bitcoin as a store of their life earnings in the face of run-away inflation and a melting economy. In numerous occasions, cryptocurrencies and individual coins as ETH were evidently bulwarks against government mismanagement and corruption. But, it could get better, more so when the coin become a main stay rather than a tool of speculation.
Backing this is a recent survey by SharePost showed that despite the market downturns, many are confident of a recovery and as the market bottoms, Australians are actually playing the contrarian card, loading coins which they believe would be much more valuable in years to come when they would be a stead in the global economy.
In fact with introduction of more stable coins as Gemini Dollar, which is backed one to one against the USD and overseen by the New York Department of Finance Service, their creators are providing a lee way for investors to invest in crypto now that volatility has been contained. Gemini, an exchange by the Winklevoss Twins, allow users to deposit in USD and withdraw via their Ethereum based stable coin to an Ethereum address and vice versa. Whats unique about this new coin is that the smart contract has been certified to be secure and on a monthly basis, a publically certified auditing firm will run through the stable coin fiat account to ensure that pegging remains 1:1.
NEW initiatives may help more people in Bass Coast complete
A forum run by The Star and Bass Coast Shire Council in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, September 4 identified life skills programs and a remote university hub located in Bass Coast as priority projects.
Twelve secondary school students, two trainees and two tertiary students attended the forum and presented to Bass Coast Shire Councils mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and CEO Paul Buckley.
As well as life skills, finances, support and distance from home were identified as key barriers into tertiary education.
Students intending to leave the shire and move into the city suggested they lacked the life skills and experience to confidently make the lifestyle change.
Other students said they would prefer to stay local if given the option. This launched the topic of remote university hubs, like the model operating in Cooma, New South Wales.
Newhaven Colleges Azul Sibly said she would use the hub if it were developed.
I dont like to be away from the ocean for too long, she said.
My family has a farm, so I have a dual connection with the land and the water. I would prefer to stay with my family.
Those looking to move away gravitated towards a program soon to be launched by youth advocate Josh Baker.
Mr Baker intends to run a summer program for Year 12s transitioning to the city for further education.
The program will cover a range of topics including cooking and cleaning, budgeting, how to use public transport and what scholarships to apply for.
The life skills program is perfect for me. It would be incredible to be able to go to university confident in those skills, Wonthaggi Secondary College student Jack Mendes said.
Education is one of the key priorities listed in councils advocacy strategy and council was responsive to the students concerns.
These students give me so much faith in our future. They are articulate and bring so much to the table. We need to listen to this generation and let them lead us, Cr Rothfield said.
I found the life skills discussion was interesting and it was nice to hear not everyone wants to move away from their community. We need to do something now to retain our youth and give them options.
Council has a role to advocate for the right solutions to help people achieve their tertiary qualifications.
The students said they appreciated having their voices heard in a formal setting and would like to see more forums held in the future.
LOCAL libraries are supporting youth experiences.
A series of programs called Meet Up 2018 was launched recently.
Over two weeks, libraries in Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Mirboo North, Phillip Island and Warragul will hold a range of information sessions.
These sessions cover topics such as gap years, buying a car and public speaking.
The recent session was all about gaming.
Leongathas library set up an Xbox sampler, with new games to try out every half hour.
Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Warragul also set up a Minecraft network.
For younger participants, Leongatha library set up educational programs on iPads.
These programs taught children coding, mathematics and creative arts.
This was the first use of these iPads and programs. We will catalogue these in the future and the community will be able to come in and use them, Leongatha librarys Michael Hogan said.
Another session was held on September 3 at the Leongatha RSL.
This session taught participants about buying first cars, collecting and trading cars, and the automotive industry.
On September 15, Leongatha and Wonthaggi libraries will hold a session on robotics.
Nao the Robot will be introduced at these sessions. Nao is 58 centimetres tall, autonomous and fully programmable.
Participants will be able to work in a group to program Nao to operate a service situation, such as taking coffee orders.
On September 17, a gap year session will be held at the Leongatha RSL.
Apprenticeships, pathways into uni and ways to plan a gap year will be discussed.
Bookings are essential for some sessions. Bookings can be made at wgrlc.eventbrite.com.au.
WONTHAGGI RSL is seeking $40,000 to honour local war heroes.
Partnered with Friends of the Wonthaggi Cemetery, the RSL applied for funding in the Pick My Project campaign.
The project is a Wonthaggi Cemetery Veterans Memorial Wall. Many veterans are in unmarked graves and the wall would honour their services respectfully. Initially, the groups want to develop a wall to commemorate World War One. Future funding will establish walls for other wars. The wall will note the veterans names and grave locations.
One idea could be to make the tiles available for families and the community to sponsor. Research for the project was driven by Renee Loeckenhoff and Noelene Lyons. Some 980 men and four nurses have been identified as World War One veterans in the Bass region.
They have located 447 ex-servicemen and women from different wars including 13 prisoners of war and a high percentage of unmarked World War One graves at the Wonthaggi Cemetery.
It was a hard time. People were dying of the flu and veterans were buried without proper recognition. To walk through the cemetery now, you would find it difficult to tell which graves belong to veterans, Mrs Loeckenoff said.
Mrs Loeckenhoff and Mrs Lyons have been re-listing burials for the past three years.RSL project coordinator Mark Stephenson said, There were the people who contributed to the fabric of our community by establishing the central business district and agricultural enterprises. Indeed, Edward Beard MM became a councillor and mayor of Wonthaggi.
A website will be developed to help people navigate through the cemetery.
Voting will close for the Pick My Project campaign at 5pm on September 17. Search online. People can contact RSL or the Friends of Wonthaggi Cemetery to offer sponsorship.
A STUNNING 29th Annual Orchid Show took place in Wonthaggi on
Friday and Saturday.
Held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, the event attracted more entries and a larger crowd than last year.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari opened the show on Friday morning.
This is the 29th year and I would like to congratulate the South Gippsland Orchid Society for continuing to grow. There are a few people who also won awards at the Victorian Orchid Society Show. I would like to congratulate them, as well as everyone who presented in this years display, he said.
Cr Tessari presented the mayors award on behalf of mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield to Julie Kilgour.
Jim Foster-Johnson presented the best novice exhibit award to Inverlochs Trevor Smith.
Mr Foster-Johnson is the son of Horrie and Myrtle, who were foundation members of South Gippsland Orchid Society.
Society president John Betts said the turnout was fantastic, which produced amazing orchid sales.
The displays were just magnificent. It was an excellent show, he said.
Nine judges travelled to Wonthaggi on Thursday night to choose the winners. There were 13 categories that received ribbons.
Mr Betts said the show is well loved locally and the South Gippsland offers great growing conditions for orchids.
Id like to thank Bass Coast Shire Council and our sponsors for their wonderful support, he said.
Mr Betts said there are no details yet, but next years show will have a point of difference to mark its 30th year.
LEONGATHA Lyric Theatres next production is not only an intense,
psychological drama, it is also being acted on a traverse
A traverse stage is one where the audience is seated on either side, instead of in front of, a rectangular stage.
I have known about traverse staging for many years and long had a desire to direct or act in a play on a traverse stage, said David Tattersall, director of the upcoming Lyric production, Death and the Maiden.
I have acted in and directed plays and a musical (Godspell) with the audience seated on three sides, so I was confident the traverse layout could work given the audience is able to see and hear all the action, particularly if all the action takes place in one room.
I had the opportunity to see a production of Death and The Maiden about five years ago and thought it might be a play that could be performed by Lyric Theatre.
I discovered the author would like the audience to see themselves in a giant mirror which descended on the stage in the final scene of the play so they could all reflect on how they might be capable of the excesses he writes about, and think about how they might judge others who are caught up in the violence of war and repression.
As a one set play, Death and the Maiden works best with a small, intimate audience. Although Lyric Theatre could not afford the giant mirror, as a play where the author wanted the audience to see themselves to lend weight to his message, I figured this play would be a perfect use of transverse staging.
Death and The Maiden is a tense psychological drama, so I have used tiered seating to heighten the drama, with the audience looking down on the stage, and deliberately limited the seating to 35 people on either side of the stage so no one is more than seven metres from the action and everyone has an unobstructed view.
Rehearsals have been quite intense due to the nature of the script so, given their proximity to the stage, audience members can expect to be fully immersed in a drama which not only features strong adult themes and language, but also has subtle twists and turns in the plot which will have them drawing and changing conclusions as the play unfolds.
Death and the Maiden runs from September 28 to October 6 at Leongathas Mesley Hall. Bookings through the Lyric website: www.lyrictheatre.net.au
A PROPERTY on the edge of Leongathas central business district
failed to sell at auction on Friday, with no bids for the
The property, located at 53 McCartin Street, was passed in by Alex Scott and Staff auctioneer Alan Steenholdt after receiving no interest above the starting price of $320,000.
Prior to auction, Mr Steenholdt lauded the property for its location, saying that positioning is what real estate is all about.
He made note of the propertys size and access to a lane at the rear of the house, while also highlighting the stable nature of Leongatha.
The 1000 square foot block is both commercially and residentially zoned, with Mr Steenholdt asking onlookers to consider the plethora of options that the block brings.
Despite this, the property received no interest from the 30 people in attendance and was passed in.
WONTHAGGI Workmens Club has been recognised as one of the top
fundraisers for the Royal Childrens Hospital Good Friday Appeal
this year after raising $42,000.
The amount ranked the club third in the list of the most money donated by any hotel or club in Australia.
Club president Kevin Williams said, Being recognised for our efforts is nice but we dont do it for the recognition. We do it because its right. This is the twentieth year that we have raised money for the Royal Childrens Hospital and the last few years we have gotten around $40,000 each time.
The club supports the appeal through raffles, auctions and events.
The club has been a prolific donator to the appeal, placing in the top 10 of hotels and club based donations most years for nearly two decades.
Terry Bird, committee member at the Workmens Club, said, We are a community based club and its part of our charter to give back to others.
As well as the Royal Childrens Hospital, we do other projects including donating to our local hospital.
Jac Fletcher, fundraising coordinator for the Good Friday Appeal, said the work done by the club over the last 20 years has been astounding.
Its a small group but a great establishment, she said.
Ms Fletcher said the money raised goes towards research endeavours, new equipment and care for family members of hospitalised children.
Ninety cents of every dollar raised from the Good Friday Appeal goes directly to the hospital itself which is world class standard, Ms Fletcher said.
So the work the Wonthaggi Workmens Club does really does make a difference.
WHEN Mirboo East residents Brenton and Kat Gration joined on to
assist charity group Aussie Helpers in delivering much needed
supplies to struggling farmers, little did they know how much of an
impact they would have across the country.
An endeavor that started with making several deliveries a week across Victoria quickly turned into supplying more than 50 loads of necessities to desperate farmers as far away as Queensland.
Now Mr and Mrs Gration, owners of Gration Transport, are putting on a fundraiser at Mirboo North on Saturday, September 22 where people can donate anything from money and water, to canned goods and dog food.
Our plan is to park our B-double truck in Mirboo North and hopefully have people fill it entirely with supplies, Kat Gration said.
Its going to be a whole event. We have the Mirboo North scout group putting on a sausage sizzle, the Mirboo North Pony Club will be offering rides, the local CFA are bringing the fire truck for the kids and there will be live music as well.
Money donated from the event will be split between Aussie Helpers and the Gippsland Farmers Relief, while supplies will go to the two charities, plus some of the Grations struggling customers. While the event is being held in Mirboo North, the Grations are hoping to encompass residents all across Gippsland.
Its been a whirlwind six months for the Grations, who have appeared on Channel Sevens Sunrise program and in newspapers across the country for their charitable efforts including supplying watermelons to farmers.
We came across an opportunity to buy watermelons in bulk and I thought it may be a good idea to feed them to dying livestock, Mrs Gration said.
Its obviously not perfect, but at the very least the livestock can get some basic nutrients and moisture to survive off for a while. Its not about fattening the animals up; its simply about keeping them alive.
Mrs Gration said while the watermelons had been useful, their supply has started to dry up, along with other traditional food sources like hay and grain.
Most people dont realise just how dire the situation truly is, even with all the reporting on the news, Mrs Gration said.
We are out of hay, out of grain, and pretty much out of watermelons and other vegetables as well. Thats why we are doing this fundraiser, because farmers lives depend on it.
Mr Gration said farmers barely have enough water to offer him a drink.
When I drop supplies off its not uncommon for them to say Id offer you a coffee or water but we dont really have any. Ive seen farmers forced to drink and bathe from troughs, and kill off hundreds of their livestock and bury them in massive holes because they simply cant keep them from starving, he said.
The work the Grations have done over the previous six months has taken a toll on both their business and the...
A SIMPLE solution by a passionate nurse at Gippsland Southern
Health Services Koorooman House aged care facility has sped up
treatment and diagnosis for its residents.
Enrolled nurse Faye Hancock, whose career in aged care has spanned more than 12 years, was recognised for her professionalism and initiative last week at the Victorian Healthcare Association Annual Awards.
To reduce delays in treatment and clinical review of skin tears and pressure injuries, Mrs Hancock developed the practice where she would take a picture of the wound on a mobile device and send those images directly to a specialist.
This initiative combined with her professionalism and concern for residents resulted in her receiving the VHA Celebrating Aged Care Passion for Aged Care Award.
Mrs Hancock, who said she regards working with aged care residents as a privilege, was at the aged care forum on Thursday where the winners were announced.
To be honest I was blown away and very honoured to be receiving this award. I work with a team of passionate people and we love what we do, she said.
My philosophy for our aged care residents at Koorooman House is to treat them how I would like to be treated.
Gippsland Southern Health Service invested in us to gain our qualifications as enrolled nurses and had faith in us. I also feel very lucky that I love everyday that I go to work.
This week marks Celebrating Aged Care Week which along with the Victorian Healthcare Awards, acknowledges the contributions of Victorias thousands of public sector aged care workers.
A NEW junior secondary school will be built on Phillip
Both the State Government and the Opposition have committed to the school.
The governments election promise came last Friday, with a total of $24.7 million promised, which would build the new campus and a new gymnasium for Cowes Primary School. The Coalition promised $25 million yesterday (Monday).
Fridays announcement was made by Premier Daniel Andrews, and Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino.
Wonthaggi Secondary College principal Darren Parker was thrilled and said the school would support a campus on Phillip Island. It is uncertain whether the school will be a new campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College.
The new campus would reduce travel time to our junior campus, particularly for those students coming to us from beyond Anderson. We believe Wonthaggi Secondary College could support this campus in a practical and meaningful way, he said.
It would be a fantastic opportunity for us to be flexible with where we appoint our teaching staff and would ultimately feed into our new sensational senior campus facility.
Wonthaggi Secondary College is anticipating 750 students at its junior campus in 2019, with 1400 across the entire school. The new campus would ease some of the pressure on the Dudley campus and would be closer to home for students living in Phillip Island, San Remo, Coronet Bay, Corinella and Grantville.
Having 1400 students across three campuses would allow us to have the numbers to run significant programs without losing sight of individual needs, Mr Parker said.
Mr Parker said San Remo or Newhaven would be an ideal location for the new campus to increase convenience for students from the Waterline area. The Victorian School Building Authority and the community would be consulted before a site was chosen.
Bass MP Brian Paynter said, The funding for this new school campus is a massive boost for local education so I will ensure we get it right. Ive been working hard with local families to provide better education opportunities, including arguing the case for a new Wonthaggi secondary school. The Coalition also promised to build a new indoor facility at Cowes Primary School.
A BUSINESS park in Korumburra worth in the vicinity of $50 million could create 200 jobs.
The energy of Korumburra businessman John Kennedy coupled with the experience of his business partner Alistair Jack are behind the purchase and development of the new industrial site.
With the ink barely dry on the sale contracts, the Korumburra Gardens Business Park is expected to be the new face of industry for the area.
The site covers almost 20 hectares (47.9 acres) of land at the western end of the existing industrial estate in the town, accessible via 5 Adkins Street.
Mr Kennedy said the site will be developed into an attractive, sustainable and carefully designed location for enterprise.
As the owner of the Korumburra Bicycle Fitting Store and developer of The Borough cafe and food store, Mr Kennedys vision is to make full potential of Korumburras proximity to Melbourne.
There are so many people moving to this area but there are no jobs. The businesses on the existing industrial estate have already got all the people they need, he said.
Youve had three shops open on the main street in the past few months that are creating new jobs but there are no heavy duty jobs in the area.
On the completion of the business park, we estimate 200 jobs will be created and many more during the construction period.
The property has two creek systems which will be cleared of environmental weeds and designed with walking tracks and ponds for public use.
According to the business park development manager Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, the layout design and new permits will be obtained following expressions of interest from end users.
Feedback from real estate agents in the area is that there is not a lot of industrial land available in Korumburra, he said.
We are approaching universities who may need research facilities and government departments, as well as businesses in Melbourne seeking development in regional areas.
Whats important is that we will be using local trades wherever possible in the construction phase.
It is understood South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin has been briefed on the development to request the site be given priority and council resources due to its potential for significant economic impact to the area.
Committee for Gippsland chief executive officer Sophie Morell, who visited the site last week, said it was exciting to see a local business person driving development in the area.
When development is driven by locals, it is more likely to create long term sustainability for the region and that is really encouraging,...
During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.
What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...
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Rome (Canberra) continues to fiddle while Black Australia burns. Professor Jon Altman weighs in on the ongoing disasters of government policy that have a tight grip on remote living Indigenous people.
In the last month I participated in two workshops. I used what I observed on my latest visit to Arnhem Land and what people were telling me to inform what I presented at the workshops.
The first workshop explored issues around excessive consumption by industrialised societies globally and how this is harming human health and destroying the planet. Workshop participants asked how such consumptogenic systems might be regulated for the global good? My job was to provide a case study from my research on consumption by Indigenous people in remote Australia.
The second workshop looked at welfare reform in the last decade in remote Indigenous Australia. In this workshop I looked at how welfare reform by the Australian state after the NT Intervention was creatively destroying the economy and lifeways of groups in Arnhem Land who are looking to live on their lands and off its natural resources.
Here I want to share some of what I said.
BROADLY speaking Indigenous policy in remote Australia is looking to do two things.
The first is to Close the Gaps so that Indigenous Australians can one future day have the same socio-economic status as other Australians. In remote Australia this goal is linked to the project to Develop the North via a combination of opening Aboriginal communities and lands to more market capitalism and extraction, purportedly for the improvement of disadvantaged Indigenous peoples and land owners.
While remote-living Indigenous people have economic and social justice rights to vastly improved wellbeing, in such scenarios of future economic equality based on market capitalism, the downsides of what I think of as consumptomania are never mentioned.
The second aim of policy is the extreme regulation of Indigenous people and their behaviour, when deemed unacceptable. In a punitive manifestation of neoliberal governmentality, the Australian state, and its nominated agents, are looking to morally restructure Indigenous people to transform them into model citizens: hard-working, individualistic, highly educated, nationally mobile at least in pursuit of work (not alcohol), and materially acquisitive.
This paternalistic project of improvement makes no concessions whatsoever to cultural difference, colonial history of neglect, connection to country, discrimination, and so on.
In the last decade new race-based instruments have been devised to regulate Indigenous people including their forms of expenditure (via income management), forms of working via the Community Devel...
by Dee McLachlan
Another year has circled by, and now it is seventeen years since two planes flew into the twin towers, and traumatized people across the globe. It was a deceit on the people of unimaginable proportions.
Several years ago when Joshua Anthony Frydenberg, now the Treasurer of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, entered parliament, his first question was about 9-11. It was really a statement denigrating those questioning the False Flag event. The then prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, called it stupid and wrong to question the official narrative of 19 Arabs attacking New York and the Pentagon.
I just cant wrap my head around how humans in powerful positions could orchestrate such...
Australia has an imoprtant role to play in protecting the lives of the people in India Administered Kashmir, writes Lee Rhiannon*.
Thousands of eucalyptus trees line the motorway to Istanbuls International Airport. As I headed home after six days meeting with Kashmiris and Pakistanis and visiting Kashmir, I took this as a welcome reminder that Australia at times has played a constructive role in this region working with the United Nations on ways to achieve Kashmiri self-determination.
I chose to visit after Kashmiris living in Australia raised concerns with me about human rights abuses in their homeland, and urged that I should see for myself. When Britain finally ended its colonisation of the subcontinent in 1947, the violence was extreme.
Until 1985, Australian military observers were part of the United Nations Military Observer Group in Kashmir. In 1950 Sir Owen Dixon, the sixth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, was appointed by the United Nations Security Council as the UN representative to organise a plebiscite on self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir.
The plebiscite, a recommendation carried in a number of UN resolutions, was however never held. This is not a reflection on Sir Owen Dixon. It was a collective failure of governments.
Tragically over many decades the global community from official channels to progressive movements have largely followed a hands off approach to Kashmir. It is astonishing how little coverage the issue receives in the West considering it is estimated that more than 47,000 people have died since 1947. The narrative that this should be left as a bilateral matter has come to dominate.
That could be about to change. The many Kashmiris I met have great hope that the UN human rights report on Kashmir, released in June, sets out the stark dimensions of the conflict and the recommendations have the potential to provide a pathway to self-determination.
The 49-page report reveals that millions have suffered human rights abuses. The harm caused by the pellet-firing shotgun, currently the favoured weapon of the Indian military in India Administered Kashmir, is singled out. More than 6,000 people were injured by the metal pellets from 2016 to March 2017. Many people have lost their sight and at least 17 have died.
The report also notes that up to 145 civilians were killed by security forces between mid-July 2016 and the end of March 2018. Tragically, rape and sexual violence remain weapons of the occupying forces.
Kashmiri women have been largely absent from narratives about this region. The gendered violence that results in thousands of widows, single parent families and women led households heightens womens feelings of vulnerability, financial insecurity and emotional trauma and...
The ABC reported that a Sydney man was charged with stalk/intimidate with the intent to cause fear, trespass and common assault after he allegedly broke into the ABC Sydney studios, grabbed and assaulted presenter Genevieve Fricker.
Kissing someone can be romantic, passionate, affectionate, sexual and loving. Assaulting someone is none of those things and is in fact a crime. These are not words that can be used interchangeably.
Its both abhorrent and inaccurate when news outlets describe an alleged assault using language that indicates romance, but its even more staggering when they do it about one of their own staff members. Genevieve Fricker is not alleging the man kissed her, she is alleging that he assaulted her and she should at the very least be able to rely on her employer to understand her allegations as a claim of violence.
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I think the following account is one of the most fascinating 9/11 reports ever published. It was written by songwriter David Rovics who has been running the Songwriters Notebook for about ten years, and I ran his...
ANALYSIS: The digitisation of health records is seemingly the next big step for governments and insurance companies wanting evermore data on citizens and consumers. Will it lead to healthier lives, or, be yet another tool of data capture in aid of a surveillance society and security state? Our intrepid investigator, Lois Lane, takes a deep look at some vexing issues for the present and the near future. [READ MORE]
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Globally it looks like wheat stocks and production are on the downslide as was predicted as we moved further into the Grand Solar Minimum. EU at least 12% loss, US same, Australia and Russia down, but at the same time Soy and Corn up. The corporate media will focus on these two so as not to spook anyone and explain away the price rises as tariff spats and swineflu. Sources
Four days after her second mastectomy, Dr Annie Werner felt compelled to return to work.
The University of Wollongong tutor and lecturer really had no choice.
The mother of two young children and her partner both work casual jobs.
If I wasnt in that classroom, my familys income fell to $300 per week, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
Dr Werner has worked for the university on a casual basis for the past 13 years.
Employed mainly on 13-week contracts, the academic works out of UOWs Bega campus.
She teaches up to five subjects per semester, at all levels, across two schools in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.
Her working hours for the semester arent confirmed until a couple of weeks before session starts, sometimes only a day or two before she steps into the classroom.
My annual income fluctuates from year to year by up to $20 000. I hold down a casual retail job in order to make it through the weeks of session break when I am not employed or paid by the university, Dr Werner said.
Thats why four days after my second mastectomy, I was in the classroom. I had to get one of my students to write on the whiteboard for me because I couldnt lift my arm.
But despite having been employed by the university for the last 13 years, she has to complete new paperwork every session.
And, once her employment is confirmed and evidence of her qualifications is provided, it can still take up to five weeks for Dr Werner to start getting paid, once teaching has started.
But what annoys her most is that she does not receive sick leave, holiday pay, carers leave or any kind of research or conference support.
Thats why when the then 35-year-old was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2014, she was left with little choice but to keep on working.
Treatment for this involved two lots of surgery, several months of chemotherapy treatment and a number o...
Miners in Western Australia have made what many believe to be two of the biggest gold nugget discoveries in recorded history, just four days apart. "You might go your whole life and you'll never see anything like it. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime discovery," senior geologist Zaf Thanos said, as quoted by ABC Australia. "As a geologist, like I said, you get excited by a pinhead speck. But to see something on this scale is just phenomenal. This sort of bonanza zone is incredibly unique." Miners uncovered the amazing specimens in the first week of September at the 45-year-old Beta Hunt, which is operated by Canadian company RNC Minerals, and located near the small town of Kambalda, 630km east of Perth.
In recent news pertaining to cryptocurrency exchanges, Perth-based Bamboo has announced it will launch an app designed to easily facilitate micro-investments in cryptocurrencies, Kraken has rejected an internet rumor that claimed the company had closed a Canadian facility amid security concerns, and Roboforex has increased the leverage available on its cryptocurrency markets to 1:50.
Bamboo, a Perth-based startup, has announced its inte...
The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has used her maiden speech at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Australian Governments indefinite offshore detention regime. In a powerful piece highlighting some of the worlds worst human rights abuses, Ms Bachelet described the Governments detention centres in Nauru and Manus as an affront to the protection of human rights.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who will travel to Geneva next week to address the Council, said that Ms Bachelets comments reflected growing international shock at the Governments sustained cruelty to refugees.
Our Government masquerades as respecting human rights on the world stage but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level. No government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of innocent men, women and children, said Mr Webb.
Ms Bachelets speech comes amid an unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. There are increasing reports of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders. Senior medical experts contracted by the Government have publicly warned that children could die.
Our Government has detained 100 children in an island prison for over five years. Some of these children have never known a single day of freedom in their entire lives, and now kids as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.
These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.
Ms Bachelet begins a four year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan. Ms Bachelet is herself a former refugee. When she was in her early twenties, she was tortured by the right-wing Chilean dictatorship and forced to flee to Australia, where she lived briefly. After several years in exile, she returned to Chile and rose to be twice-elected president.
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39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.
Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.
According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.
However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.
After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.
The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.
Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.
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He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on....
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By Kent Heckenlively, JD I have sent the following letter to the new Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison. Dear Prime Minister Morrison: Perhaps Australia and I got off on the wrong foot. Your country banned me for three years because I wanted to talk about corruption in the vaccine program as documented in my Continue reading An Appeal to the NEW Prime Minister of Australia
Kucoin is expanding into Australia after it agreed to invest $3 million in Bitcoin Australia. The deal is seen as a win-win for both cryptocurrency exchanges, each seeking to expand into its own direction Kucoin establishing a niche in the rapidly growing Australian market. Bitcoin Australia is targeting the UK next.
Kucoin chief executive Michael Gan on Sunday announced the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange had injected $3 million into Bitcoin Australia in a deal that is expected to grow its footprint in Australia.
Now, I would like to inform you about our latest key partnership, Gan said in an update on Twitter. I have been told that some users noted that Kucoin has accomplished investing in Bitcoin Australia, a leading Australian cryptocurrency exchange. I want to confirm that this is true, he said.
Earlier, Rupert Hackett, Bitcoin Australias chief executive, told the ...
Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has marked its foray into Australia with a multi-million investment in a regulated domestic exchange, part of a new joint venture. The Australian Financial Review is reporting that KuCoin has invested the AUD $3 million investment in Bitcoin Australia, a domestic exchange that enables bitcoin trading and ethereum buying, enabling the Continued
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A problem for the Australian antifa, and indeed for anti-fascist groups in Europe and the US, is that few people and organisations they oppose here have much to do with Nazism. ~ Chip Le Grand, Antifa Australia goes for the Continue reading
The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.
Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.
This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.
Local factors were Important. But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.
A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a much worse place than this.
Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.
New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.
This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.
Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.
Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T
Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.
People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this...
Australia's New South Wales government is turning to blockchain for a state-wide test of a driver license digitization program slated for November.
Having finished high school, gotten my place at uni and taken a gap year, I was at a bit of a loose end. The thought of moving from my open coastal home to the big city scared me. On top of that, I had a sophomore-stage drug addiction, pouring my life away for opium and vodka.
All of this persuaded me I needed a change of scenery. I needed to find myself the real me, whoever that was. What better place to get away from a burgeoning drug and alcohol habit than Southeast Asia?
As is becoming evident, decision making has never been my strong suit.
After eight months of 50-hour weeks labouring on shitty jobsites, Id finally made it: Siem Reap, my home for the next month. Stepping off the plane and walking through the airport, I was just struck by the foreignness of it all. The heat and humidity, the beautiful jungle antithesis of the Aussie bush; even the quaint little airport and its Soviet-style bureaucracy and ceremony.
In a rare stroke of inspired genius, Id organised to volunteer at a local school and food program. Not, shockingly, as an English teacher, but as a handyman slash farmworker, having worked in construction and grown up on a farm. This was lined up for a month-long stint, and Id also had the foresight to book an okay private room with an aircon much less of a culture shock than the 12-person fan-cooled dorm I was accustomed to. Everything was lining up well.
This finding myself thing might actually work, I thought.
At first, I struggled to even dip my toes in the pond of experience around me, let alone immerse myself. I was living my same life: staying in my hotel, on my phone and venturing out for work, necessities and a drink in the evening. After one such drink, I ended up being thrown into the pond, losing my phone in a haze of cheap beer and Xanax. I also quickly learned the difference between paid work and volunteering and began to feel more and more at home in my surrounds.
My time at the school put a lot of things into perspective. It was a 20-minute pushbike ride from town, half on the chaotic Cambodian highway, half down leafy and potholed local dirt roads. Not impressive by western standards, but built with love and dedication. Seeing the energy and effort being put into such a selfless project by both migrants and locals was eye-opening and filled me with hope.
I was also working alongside someone who made $3 a day. I spent the same on cigarettes as he had to feed his fa...
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Q has said, you have to want to know the truth. Because the darker it gets, the harder it is to process. There are demons among us who are capable of atrocities that are unimaginable to a rightly wired mind. Such is the case of Australian child rapist and murderer Peter Scully. Which causes one to wonder, is Scully the type of "unspeakable dreg" Andrew Breitbart spoke of when he referred to John Podesta's involvement in the cover up of such heinous deeds?
Wagga Wagga by-election: Antony Green calls it for Dr Joe McGirr ABC News , By Nick Sas and Jennine Khalik 9 Sept 18, ABC election analyst Antony Green has called the Wagga Wagga by-election for independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr.
Speaking on ABC News on Sunday night, Green said he felt safe calling Saturdays by-election, slightly more than 24 hours after the polls closed.
He is a certain winner, Green said.
The race for the seat, which had been vacated by disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, became a two-man battle between Labors Dan Hayes and Dr McGirr after the Liberals were hit with a 29 per cent swing against them..
Dr McGirr, a medical doctor and academic at the University of Notre Dame Australia, has lived in central Wagga since 1991 and only decided to run for the seat three weeks agohttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-09/antony-green-calls-by-election-for-joe-mcgirr/10219584
My name is Nirvana. I am 26 years old, and I am here to find the love of my life.
This is a sentence I never in my craziest nightmares thought I would say, but then I found myself on The Bachelor India. Shit.
After graduating from uni four years ago, I was stuck in a job that I despised. I had studied accounting because employment was secure, and I needed a way to fund my MDMA habit.
When I first started working at a swanky corporate firm, I dreamt of drinking martinis every evening surrounded by sexy men in crisp suits, laughing obnoxiously as we looked down at the peasants in the bar from our VIP lounge.
The reality was a bit different. I clung to any form of distraction from my horrid job. Two workplace booty-calls made Mondays ten times worse. I found myself in the darkest holes of YouTube, watching humans breast-feeding baby animals and a seven-part series about how Facebook was part of the Illuminati. I took regular breaks to cry or masturbate in the bathroom.
The last straw came right before Christmas 2017. I had been working at the firm so long I scoffed at young people and their dreams. My VIP martini days turned into drinking straight gin in dark alleyways. My hair started to fall out.
I was frantically trying to cover up how far behind I was on deadlines due to my unhealthy YouTube habit. On the morning of 21st December, as I sat sweating at my desk at 9:30am, coming down from being up for 24 hours straight on the weekend, I lost the plot. I tore off my silk Zara blouse, and went on a profound rant.
Dont you robots see how the system is eating our souls! We all hate each other and this fucking place! What are we doing? Waiting to die? I cant live like this anymore!
Thats what I said in my head. In reality, I just quit my job by email, and returned the faulty shirt to Zara.
I knew I had to take a long hard look at myself. After a week of heavy partying I sat down to reflect on how I could end my quarter-life crisis and change my life. Sure, I lived in the most liveable city on planet Earth and had the money and freedom to do whatever I liked, but I was in such a dark place.
As I watched Eat Pray Love the answer came to me like how I imagine Beyonce would tell me that I slay at life. I knew my salvation would come if I moved to India and became yet anoth...
Hey Josh - wanna smoke? Mate, it'll cost you $3.8M! Pretty good hey! Josh Frydenberg and Julie Bishop found $3.8M in borrowed Australian taxpayer money to export this: Announced today at COP 23 (Conference of the Parties) in Bonn, the project is the result of national and international recognition of...
World: Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after Frances environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC] Dirty Reality Catching 
In May 1925, Australian seaman and returned serviceman Noel Lyons was deported from New Zealand. His crime: encouraging fellow workers to slow down. The quality of food served to trans-Tasman seamen had always caused discontent, especially when compared to the fine dining lavished upon first-class passengers. The situation came to a head aboard the Manuka when the crew refused to leave New Zealands capital of Wellington until their food was improved.
Thanks to Dawn we had a very informative session on weeds yesterday. There is no shortage of sample material at the garden! Dawn began by introducing us to the idea of a weed. Every plant has the potential to be a weed and many are useful its all about context. A weed is a Continue reading What Weed?!
Retired detective sergeant Dave McAlpine relaxes with a few Aussie cobbers next to the gum-tree fringed billabong on a mate's property in remote northern Thailand. Dave'll need all the rest he can muster - "matters" are now moving very quickly. Great to see you in fighting fit readiness old mate...
September 10, 2018: The Australian reports that Senator Rex Patrick has said the Centre Alliance will block the implementing legislation for the TPP-11 unless the deal is significantly amended, which would require re-opening of negotiations with 10 other countries.
The Greens have publicly opposed the TPP-11. The Katter Australian Party have also said they will oppose it, meaning that if Labor says no, the legislation will not pass the Senate.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions opposes the TPP-11, arguing it will weaken labour-market testing and empower multinational companies to sue governments using investor-state dispute settlement.
ACTU president Michele ONeil told The Australian on September 9: We believe its a bad deal for working people and encourage all parties to vote against the enabling legislation.
Two Senate inquiries into the TPP-11 are due to report on September 18 and October 10.
The Morrison government is pressing Labor to support the legislation. Labors caucus is debating a formal position on whether or not to support the TPP-11 this week. If the implementing legislation is not passed, Australia would not ratify the TPP-11 which the Turnbull government signed in March this year.
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
On July 18, 2018, Fiona Barnett, a survivor of MK-Ultra, read an hours worth of stunning testimony to the laypersons group known as the International Tribunal for Natural Justice. It was shown to the world, on video, last week.
In my opinion, human history changed the minute she spoke.
Fiona has more to contribute than just a claim; she has insider knowledge. She was there personally to watch some of the big-name psychopaths doing their thing, as she was schedul...
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If Bill Shorten's fair dinkum he'll see no problem in assigning case #1 to The AWU Scandal.
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Hear hear! The Australian's editorial theme is spot on - and Scott Morrison has the perfect case study unfolding before him. Julia Gillard became prime minister because of her role in The AWU Scandal. Bill Ludwig had her in his pocket. As PM, she gave Bill precisely what he wanted....
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CANBERRA Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new prime minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country.
The climbers unfurled a banner depicting the now infamous time Morrison brought a lacquered lump of coal into parliament and waved it around ordering his colleagues and the opposition dont be afraid.
Two weeks ago we saw a coal coup that successfully installed a new prime minister, Greenpeace Australias Pacific program director, Dominique Rowe, said.
This is a PM who waved around a piece of coal gifted to him by the Minerals Council, who boasts a former deputy CEO of the Mineral Council as his chief of staff, who made a former mineral industry lawyer his environment minister and whose energy minister is an anti-wind farm activist.
Today he returns to Parliament with literally no climate policy, which is a slap in the face to the 96 per cent of Australians who want renewable energy solutions, not coal pollution. This irreverent message from the more than one million Greenpeace supporters is here to remind the government who theyre really accountable to their voters.
Rowe said Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for Australias federal parliamentarians to examine the influence and intrusion of the coal lobby in politics.
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated it is impossible for the current government to take meaningful action on emissions due to the influence of lobby groups on parts of the federal coalition, she said.
These powerful groups have now managed to topple three sitting prime ministers and stopped the Minerals Resource Rent Tax which would have seen a fair share of revenue flow to all Australians instead of lining the pockets of a few billionaires.
The coal industry and their lobbyists have taken over parliament house and the people of Australia will n...
The Blue-winged Parrot Neophema chrsyostoma is an uncommon visitor to this part of central Victoria. In recent years Ive seen them a few times on the Moolort Plains, but never in box-ironbark country. A beautiful small parrot, its a relative of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. which it can easily be confused with in the field. Parrots in the genus Neophema are characterised by their slender profile and combination of blue, yellow and green hues.
Blue-winged Parrots (like all Neophemas) feed largely on fallen seeds of grasses, especially native species of Poa, Austrodanthonia and the like. Over the weekend I photographed a single bird feeding on moss beds in the Mia Mia on successive days. At least one more was heard calling. While their stronghold is Tasmania and coastal Victoria it is not impossible that they might nest locally. This sighting has been a real highlight of 2018.
ANALYSIS: An Australian Government bugging operation against our impoverished neighbours East Timor almost 15 years ago is still creating powerful ripples for some of its key players, with a spy-turned-whistleblower and his lawyer facing the real prospect of prison. All the while, former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer seems to have escaped proper attention for his role in this spying disaster. True Crime News Weekly's Tim Kent with the lowdown. [READ MORE]
Video-Tipp: ABC (die Aussies) Comedy ber "The Problem With The Left" (7:30 Minuten).
A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more
Members of the Australian Workers Union (AWU) walked of the job at Alcoas aluminium refineries and bauxite mines in Western Australia, and they have bowed to stay out indefinitely, until they are offered an acceptable enterprise agreement.
The 1600 involved are now on the second month of the strike, which began on 8 August. Over 80 percent of the workforce has rejected the latest company offer, which would bring the loss of job security, and for some, up to a 50 percent cut in their pay.
Feeling is strong, because workers at Alcoa believe that what the company is doing is unfair, especially when the profit it is making is high. Last financial year they made 1.1 billion. And they suggest that this is a poor effort at doing right by those who did the work to make this possible. Some of these workers have been with the company for up to 30 years.
Now Alcoa has joined the push to cut its workforce, pay less and undermine working conditions.
Negotiations for a better deal had been going on for two years, and management has responded by threatening to cancel the existing agreement, if the workforce does not comply with its demands. An application for this is currently listed to be heard by court on 17 September.
Pickets have been operating at the various sites and supporters have come along to help. A womens Day took place on 5 September, where wives and families came and showed that they too were affected and involved.
At meetings across sites from, 28 August to 5 September, the strikers called for a better offer.
Donations to support the strikers and their families can be made through this link.
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As farmers we're dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We need meaningful action nowAs a third-generation farmer from Harden in New South Wales, I've weathered climate extremes my whole life. It's simply part of doing business in one of the most variable climates in the world.The truth is, Australian farmers are good at what they do, and we know when things are changing. Related: The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain Related: [...]
Chinese troops are taking part in Australia's largest maritime exercise for the first time, despite recent tensions between the nations. They are among 3,000 personnel from 27 countries taking part in the drills. The biennial naval operation, 'Exercise Kakadu,' is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region off the strategic northern port of Darwin with the aim of training the navies to cooperate effectively at sea. The drills have been lauded as building understanding and trust between the nations, just months after Chinese, Australian and US navies were close to a stand-off over the disputed South China Sea. In April, Australian vessels had a challenging encounter with China as it passed through the waterway, while in May the US reacted to what it describes as Beijing's militarization of disputed areas there by expelling it from joint naval exercises off Hawaii.
By Catherine J. Frompovich What in the world is the U.S. doing in the central part of the Australian continent with a deep underground spy...
I am BY FAR not the only victim of this mess that the opposition is trying to silence.
They murdered Max Spiers for trying to expose Michael Aquino and this mess concerning the mass killing of children with the SAME weapons they are trying to murder me with.
Lori King was murdered and they went so far as to brag about it to other survivors with absolutely NO consequences.
Now John B. wells- host of Caravan to Midnight is attacking Fiona Barnett and other survivors in a new interview.
My own personal reward for going on the John B. Wells show was that an unsolvable 28 yr old cold case that my father was directly involved with- that I spoke extensively about on his show- was magically solved in LESS than two weeks complete with a perp (who was NEVER charged with the abduction and murder), a confession, and a body which no one saw. All in order to discredit what I reported on the Caravan to Midnight show.
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.
The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.
They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.
Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps.
Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.
Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.
But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations.......
This theory of Global Warming and the oceans will rise and places like New York City and Miami will sink beneath the waves is just so childish it is beyond contemplation that anyone coming up with such a theory would ever understand a complex system. They must have cut class during Physics probably because it was too far above their head. I have written before that the real experts on the oceans and how they function were at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. It was in 1956 when they published A theory of ice ages by Maurice Ewing and William Donn, which these Global Conspiracy theorists obviously never read. The stupid assumption that if the ice all melted the oceans would rise demonstrates they are incapable of understanding the planetary forces or are too corrupt to come up with a theory that is sufficient to convince weak-minded politicians.
These pretend scientists have been surprised by the recent findings, which show that some islands in the Pacific have actually grown by almost one-third in size over the past 60 years and have not sunk beneath the waves as predicted by the Global Warming conspiracy crowd. Indeed, the island chains to have increased in land mass such as Tuvalu and neighboring Kiribati. Both islands have attracted attention at last years Copenhagen climate summit. In this new study, researchers compared aerial photographs and high-resolution satellite images of 27 islands taken...
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