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Sarah Barron, a Newcastle local, stopped coal entering the port by ascending a tripod 10 metres above the train line this morning.
Australia exports more coal than any other country, this makes us one of worst contributors to climate change. Setting domestic emissions targets something our governments have so far failed to do is not enough. Mining and exporting coal in the face of what is an already spiralling climatic crisis is to condemn my generation and those to follow said Barron.
FLAC has been active in the Abbot Point and Galilee Basin region for the past twelve months, stopping and slowing work on the Adani owned coal terminal and the proposed Carmichael mine site. The group advocates community control over resources, 100% renewable power, justice for energy sector workers and a rapid transition to a sustainable, equitable economy.
Coal needs to end and we cant afford to wait for our government to end it. Our Prime Minister is a proxy for Minerals Council Australia, the PMs chief of staff is former coal industry boss, our Energy Minister is an anti-wind campaigner and our Environment Minister is a mining industry lawyer. Our climate is in crisis and our government is a farce. If the government wont end coal, we, the people, will.
Frontline Action on Coal spokes has said the protest has clearly highlighted the power imbalance between the coal industry and everyday people. These are concerned young people, fighting for their right for a safe future. supporting their friends and getting unfairly arrested. This is while the big companies and politicians profiting off the coal industry walk free. We are inviting everyone to come and join Act Up in Newcastle this month to stand strong against this injustice and fight for a safe climate.
Scientists have discovered a key ingredient in the most widely used antidepressants may be contributing to the antibiotic resistant superbug that has spread through hospitals across the world. Bacteria has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics in recent years, which is generally thought to be down to overusing of the drugs. However, it seems other medications may be contributing to the weakening effect. Researchers from Australia's University of Queensland discovered the drug fluoxetine, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) commonly found in antidepressants like Prozac and Sarafem, can reduce antibiotic capabilities. The team stumbled upon the discovery after their previous study found triclosan, a common ingredient in toothpaste and hand wash, "can directly induce antibiotic resistance". "We wondered whether other non-antibiotic pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine can directly induce antibiotic resistance,"said engineer Jiahua Guo from the university's Advanced Water Management Centre.
Indonesia (RI), the 4th most populous nation on Earth and the country with the largest Muslim population is, and since the 1965 US-orchestrated anti-Communist coup has been, the most radically pro-Western and anti-socialist place in Asia.
This is where you could end up in prison for publicly declaring that you are a Communist, or just an atheist. And this is where Western pop music, junk food and brutally meaningless Hollywood blockbusters are rubbing shoulders with the Saudi-style interpretation of Islam; with Wahhabism, that has been spread with the direct involvement of the US, UK and other Western countries.
The more intolerant Indonesia gets, the more tolerant it is called by its ally and patron the West. The most miserable and unprotected the Indonesian masses get, the more their country is defined as a democracy.
Indonesian racism against the Chinese people (and, in fact, everything Chinese) has been legendary, and always welcomed and encouraged by Washington, London and Canberra.
After 1965, for several decades until the Presidency of Abdurrahman Wahid (the progressive Muslim cleric who had been deposed during a constitutional coup in 2001), everything Chinese was banned in Indonesia, including Chinese characters, language, publications, films, and even red lamps, cakes and dragons. The same went for things Soviet, or Russian, although that was never directly specified.
The West scored a great victory in Indonesia. It lost Vietnam and Laos, but it gained an entire archipelago overflowing with natural resources; the place that it has been plundering brutally and consistently from 1965 until now. It helped to shape a country hopelessly corrupt, ruled by servile elites who have been interested exclusively in their own profits, while in the process sacrificing the greatly impoverished majority of badly educated and religiously and ideologically (by the West and by the extreme capitalist dogmas) indoctrinated people.
Indonesia absorbed a substantial number of Chinese post-revolution religious exiles, particularly right-wing Christian priests and preachers, who settled down in the cities like Surabaya, and who, while relying on Western support and funding, continue spreading anti-PRC and anti-Communist propaganda.
It is very little wonder that after continuous right-wing political indoctrination and religious bombardment, collaboration with the West has been accepted by the great majority of Indonesian citizens without any soul searching or second thought. Jakarta cooperates openly and proudly with the US, UK, Australia and other Western countries (as well as with Japan) especially when it comes to politics, diplomacy, but also the economy and even military.
This fact is often overl...
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.
Malta is not worried about crypto companies operating while their applications for licenses are still pending as the loophole does not mean they are free from obligations under the current regulations, officials from the island nation commented. Also in The Daily, a 3 million palazzo in Valletta has been put up for sale and the owner takes only cryptocurrency, a project aims to turn a Great Barrier Reef island into a crypto micro-economy, and a hotel in Perth cuts third parties out of the booking process using cryptocurrency.
Malta, which is working hard to create one of the most crypto-friendly climates in Europe, has given fintech companies moving to the island a whole year to become fu...
The ABC spends $1 Billion+ of your money every year. Apparently the staff decide how it'll be spent. Some genius at ABC News turned up to work yesterday and decided this question needed answering. In the news. Better an empty house than a bad tenant.
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...
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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...
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 ju...
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 why FixedIt exists.
FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. I...
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.
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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 Development Programme (CDP) and their places of habitation, where they might access basic citizenship services.
All these measures have implications for consumption of market c...
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 stress....
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]
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 of admissions to hospital due to complications from the treatments, she said.
I had two young children aged four and seven and my partner was also casually employed.
It was the hardest few months of my life, and I taught through it all....
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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Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
39-year-old Lindsey Day is said to have been perfectly fit and healthy just before he received immunizations for the flu and whooping cough. Just three days following the vaccines, the Sydney man passed away. The family is blaming the vaccines on his death and considering legal action.
Day was given the vaccines as a prep for his stepdaughters baby arrival. As is common practice, doctors recommend that all adults receive both a whooping cough and flu vaccine before handling a newborn baby.
According to the autopsy obtained by 9news, Day began experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms shortly after receiving the vaccines on April 28. He took cold and flu tablets to treat his symptoms.
However, Days condition rapidly deteriorated over the course of the next two days. On day 3, Day attempted to go to work, but returned to his house and told his partner Vanessa that he was too sick to drive his car. Seconds later, Day experienced a seizure and stopped breathing.
After being rushed to the ER by paramedics, Day was pronounced dead.
The autopsy claims Day died from acute respiratory distress syndrome, or possibly, acute interstitial pneumonia.
Sarah Amituanai, who is the sister of Days partner, Vanessa, said that the entire family is baffled by the circumstances surrounding Days death. She even claims doctors have admitted to her that the vaccines caused Days death but none will ever admit to it.
Lindsey was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone. He was just really active. Always doing his lawns, he even did my lawns.
He was a hard worker and just a typical Aussie. He loved life, to have a few beers on...
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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 nation.
For too long the ideology of greed has been in command, compassion for others has been denigrated, the gap between the haves and have nots is widening, and we continue to mov...
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 family; we did the same work, but I was there for fun.
It all made the drug problem and identity crisis I had suffered at home seem very insignificant. But...
Published on Sep 8, 2018
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?
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 another Western yoga teacher. I bought bindis at Ishka, watched Slumdog Millionaire and was ready for my journey.
I arrived in Goa for my 500-hour yoga teacher training, and it was gorgeous. Every...
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...
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.
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...
Mr Trump, build that wall!
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...
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]
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.
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