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Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present SCARLET, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date.
Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as elements of pop-culture, cartoon and illustration, Rekas form has evolved into something greater than the sum of its parts. At times bacchanalian, his figures are playful, yet dark, tortured, but ecstatic.
His canvases offer up the entrancing curvatures of the human body, captured on canvas in the way the ropes ensnare his figures. Echoing the lines and textures of his paintings are a new set of sculptural pieces, with a captivating new exploration of stonework layers of tactile granite and marble set on steel solidify Rekas well-deserved place in the collections of institutions such as the...
Punk icons NOFX are getting ready to kick off their Aussie tour tomorrow night in Brisbane, but that hasnt stopped the group dropping a brand new song, which just so happens to be a tribute of sorts to the recently-departed physicist Stephen Hawking.
Released via the Fat Wreck Chords YouTube account, Theres No Too Soon If Time Is Relative is a rather tongue-in-cheek to the noted physicist, who passed away on March 14th at the age of 76.
While some might assume that the track is in poor taste to have been released so soon after his death, the video for the track makes special mention of the fact that the tune was actually recorded last month, on February 10th.
Of course, the track has been met with some criticism by fans, with some in the YouTube comments section claiming the tracks content (which includes jokingly calling him so lazy he could only write A Brief History Of Time) is a little bit too harsh compared to some of their other humorous tributes.
Others however have claimed its as a perfect continuation of one of the greatest punk rock groups of all time, while NOFX seem certain that Hawking would have loved the tune, noting I bet in heaven theres a computer voice laughing its ass off.
NOFX are set to hit up Brisbane tomorrow night (who knows, maybe if you request this one, it might get a debut airing!), before they play Sydney on Friday, and wrap up their Aussie tour with an appearance at the inaugural Download Festival in Melbourne on Saturday. Tickets to all these shows are still on sale, so make sure you dont miss out on seeing one of punks most famous bands live!
(With Hot Water Music, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Dad Religion)
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Neighbours fury as man builds bunker for nuclear war, news.com.au, By Luke Mortimer A Current Affair Producer Mar 20, 2018 Hes a former Yugoslavian who spent years guarding plutonium stockpiles and he refuses to be a sitting duck the day they may go off, preparing for all out nuclear war.
Jakov Loncarevic migrated to Australia in 1979 but in 1996 he fled Melbourne for Minyip, a tiny town 337 kilometres west. He purchased a block of land that hes spent the past two decades making nuclear proof with a four-metre deep bunker in which he plans to wait out a nuclear winter.
Mr Loncarevic took A Current Affair reporter Martin King down into the bunker in which he claims he built by digging out 40,000 buckets of soil and constructing with 2500 bags of concrete, 40 tonnes of recycled steel and 20 tonnes of wood.
(Its my) emergency survival place, he told King.In case of unforeseen events I will survive.When the conditions become unbearable at floor level Im down here.
Mr Loncarevic says he has the supplies to wait out two years once a nuclear winter sets in, with a staggering 900 kilograms of sugar stored in industrial fridges, 200 kilograms of rice and dried beans, 6000 litres of water, 40 kilograms of washing detergent, 200 pairs of socks, 200 pairs of under wear, 100 t-shirts, and 120 kilograms of honey.
But despite being pre...
Trust in our politicians is declining and risks diminishing further with allegations of misuse of public funds, Ms Glass said. The public debate in this case confirms the importance of having an independent body, able to investigate allegations without fear or favour and to give short shrift to the...
Close to a hundred workers at the XXXX plant at Milton in Brisbane plan to walk off the job over job security and threats to lower working conditions.
About 40 jobs have been lost in recent years already, and Damien Davie, spokesperson for United Voice Queensland the union that represents these workers, said that company management needed to talk, otherwise disruption to beer supplies for the Commonwealth Games will come about.
We want everyone to be able to drink XXXX while theyre enjoying the Commonwealth Games, he said.
But management needs to come to the table, or theyll risk disrupting beer supply at this important time.
The walk off the job is expected to take place next Monday.
Tensions have been building for some time, and the turn towards industrial action is no surprise. Lion, the company that owns the brewery has for several years been trying to outsource labour. Rather than employ workers directly, is opting to push in a system where a labour hire company supplies a casual workforce.
By doing this, agreed wages and conditions can be undercut, and the prerogative of management to hire and fire at will extended.
Damien Davies explained that XXXX management is threatening to shut down our legendary Milton brewery, if they dont get their way on shipping in cheap labour from over the border.
It this is true, Lion is determined to bring on the change, and the workers and their union are pushed into a major battle against it.
Lion claims that the union has been lying. It does however admit to be pursuing more flexibility in the use of labour, and the use of contractors when required.
It is obvious that the Commonwealth Games is a strategically good time for this workforce to engage in industrial action, and to take advantage of it maximises their bargaining strength.
Like other similar disputes, it is a mixture of existing industrial laws and more militant employers, urged on by the major employer organisations and government that has given rise to the situation.
The position of wage earners has been deteriorating in Australia, while corporations have been able to skim billions of dollars. Raising the pace of work, while decreasing the reward for doing it, is stepped up exploitation.
Nothing is more geared to raise the anger of the workforce. This is what has happened at XXXX.
These workers have an advantage, If this turns out to be an ongoing dispute, they are in a good position to gain the sympathy of the public. This would cost Lion heavily, in terms of reputation and lost business. It is what Carton and United Breweries in Melbourne found two year...
DO YOUR BIT!!!
If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!
Melbourne International Jazz Festival, 1-10 June, 2018
Program details are now out for the 21st MIJF, which this year aims to demonstrate that jazz can happen anywhere. Over 10 days more than 100 events will feature almost 400 Australian, international and emerging artists.
The usual detailed preview of the festival will be published when time permits, but here is a taste of whats on offer.
There will be 26 venues across the city, from the Hamer Hall to...
[Tommy and I] have been friends for about 16-17 years now. You get less than that for most major crimes these days
Its a playful sentiment that echoes throughout Golden Magnetic, the debut album conceived by Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) and Melbourne producer Tommy Spender.
But aside from being a stellar collection of tracks inspired by nature, connection, love and hope the duo have been breaking out of the records physical confines by incorporating choirs from across the country into their live shows.
Set to hit Sydneys favourite Basement in April, Mama Kin joined Chelsea on The New Thing to delve deeper into the origins of Golden Magnetic, future plans and how they find a sense of community within each choir they perform with.
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Mama Kin Spender Golden Magnetic Tour
with Inner West Voice
The Basement, Circular Quay
Sunday, 29 April
2pm, Victoria Square, march to Parliament House Facebook event here
Central Park, 11am Facebook event here
Lennox Head Bus Station, Beachfront opposite the shops 11am
Rosalind Plaza, 12.30pm
Corbett Plaza, 6pm Friday, 23rd March
1pm, King George Square Facebook event here
1pm Garema Place Facebook event here
Nightcliff Foreshore, 5pm
11am Strickland Street
Raw, visceral and loud. The Music
Tired Lion have steadily climbed the ranks as one of Australias most talked-about bands. Reverb.com
They are, tbqh, just an excellent rock and roll band, and were lucky to have em turning out huge choruses like it aint no thang. triple j
Perth rockers Tired Lion are set to hit some of the biggest stages of their career this June with the announcement today of the national Where Were You? headline tour.
The tour, which takes its name from their latest single Where Were You? is supported by triple j and will see the band play clubs in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, beginning with Max Watts in Melbourne on June 1.
After having a massive breakout year in 2017, that included releasing their critically-acclaimed, triple j Feature album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion has already had a huge start to 2018, playing sold out shows across regional Australia and performing at festivals like Party In The Paddock and the Pool House Party.
Tired Lions Sophie Hopes says she and her bandmates cant wait to hit the road again, where they feel most at home. Were always looking for a good excuse to pack our suitcase and head off to play a bunch of shows. Weve managed to already tick off a tour of regional Australia this year and psyched to take it to the capital cities!
The removal of Aboriginal children from their homes and where to place them is complex and fraught process, and not fodder for politics or morning television. Jacynta Krakouer and Sarah Wise explain.
Recent comments by Federal Childrens Minister David Gillespie, that we need not hesitate to place abused Aboriginal children into adoption arrangements with white families, have been widely reported in the media, prompting both outcry and support among Indigenous and non-Indigenous commentators.
Gillespies argument that we need not be concerned about creating another Stolen Generations is completely unsound. What has failed to rate a mention in the coverage of this issue is the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are already placed in care with non-Indigenous families in large numbers.
Australias child protection systems are among the most risk-averse in the world. The state intervenes often into the realm of family to ensure the protection of Australias children, investigating 119,173 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect last financial year (2016-17).
More than 36% of all Australian children living in care are Aboriginal, and a sizeable proportion are being looked after by non-Indigenous carers. As one example, in Victoria a 2016 report by the Commission for Children and Young People stated that almost 50% of all Indigenous Australian children in care are looked after by non-Indigenous carers, many of whom lack cultural awareness training.
While placement in care may be necessary for childrens immediate safety, separation from family, community, country and culture places Indigenous children at risk of unstable and culturally inappropriate childrearing, cultural disconnection and subsequent social and emotional problems.Turnbul government minister, David Gillespie.
Recent findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse also highlight the fact that children are not always safe in care. Of the 257 survivors who shared their painful histories, 66% stated that they had been abused in home-based care with either a foster or kinship carer, while 37% said they had been abused in residential care.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are being removed from their families at inordinate rates; Indigenous Australian children are nearly 10 times more li...
1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing
naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed
Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.
1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.
1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.
1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.
1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.
1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.
1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.
1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.
1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says members at Qubes Melbourne Bulk and General operation are facing a cut to wages by at least 40 percent and the removal of a range on work conditions that have been in place for decades.
the standoff resulted in a 48 hour strike this last weekend and if the matter is not resolved soon the dispute is set to escalate.
Qube is a labour hire company for MIRRAT, which handles bulk car imports. It is a subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping multinational that carries five million cars a year around the globe, as well as 12 million cubic metres of high and heavy cargoes such as tractors, trains and general equipment that can be driven or carried off on wheeled trailers.
Company Ports Director Michael Sousa says that that maintaining conditions is uneconomical. But MIRRAT has always seen the operation at the former Appleton Dock as a greenfields site. This means that preexisting conditions are not recognised.
The backdrop, according to those affected, is that management has continually been provoking its workforce by pushing excessive hours of work, ongoing victimisation, targeted sackings and the removal of rosters, till the pattern at Qube has been overwork, tiredness and a decline in safety.
Last year there was a major dispute on Web Dock over a situation that was not too different. It has now become apparent that the strategy has been adopted by more than one waterfront employer and fits into what is happening in some other industries.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has condemned the growing corporate practice of terminating existing agreements, as a vehicle to undermine wages and conditions and get this rubber stamped by the Fair Work Commission.
This has not been accepted by the work forces within many of the companies, and this has led to some major confrontations over the last two years.
An ongoing dispute at Cube could prove to be another landmark case.
The company has applied to Fair Work Australia to terminate the existing agreement, which had been negotiated over more than two decades.
Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours.
Excessive 12-hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue, he said.
Mr Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing...
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