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Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PNG POLICE FORCED REMOVAL OF REFUGEES FROM PORT MORESBY TO MANUS REVEALS RESETTLEMENT FARCE In the early hours of Tuesday, 29 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge. They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem(...)
Tamil Refugee Council press release FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA 23 February 2018 The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers). Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody(...)
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FORMER TAMIL TIGER DEPORTED TO SRI LANKA
23 February 2018
The Tamil Refugee Council condemns the Australian government for deporting to Sri Lanka a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers).
Santharuban, who fled the country in 2012, last night was taken into custody for questioning in Colombo, the capital, on arrival just after 10pm local time.
He had been handcuffed and removed from the Broadmeadows detention centre (Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation) on Tuesday evening and was driven to Sydney escorted by four guards, one Border Force agent and one doctor where he was detained.
Early Thursday morning, he was asked to sign a deportation document. He claims that when he refused, Border Force agents grabbed him by the shirt and threatened to handcuff him, tape his mouth shut and drag him onto the plane.
Supported by Rowena Wise
AUGIE MARCHhas unveiled details of their forthcoming new album BOOTIKINS (Caroline Australia), also revealing the albums title track and captivating lyric video today.
BOOTIKINS represents another extraordinary chapter in the life of this acclaimed Australian group, as they prepare to release their sixth studio album. Recorded between Hobart and Melbourne, it was produced by Tony Cohen, who came out of retirement to make good on a promise to himself to work with the band. Following his sad passing, a final track was recorded with Cohens good friend John Olson at the helm, with the band, Robin Mai and Paul McKercher mixing the record between them.
The first single to be lifted from the album is euphoric title track Bootikins, a psychedelic extravaganza which displays all the passion, energy and drama that weve come to expect from Augie March in a blazing return to form.
Says Glenn Richards about the songs inspiration,
The dynamic needed to match the manic nature of the words, the furious utterances, and the bloody rush of thought that occurs in the mind of any man who has dispensed with the rational or the compassionate in favour of the diabolical. In that spirit I didnt give contemplation much sway in the process and went largely with instinct. Its a very strange song for very strange times.
The Bootikins single is accompanied by a wonderful lyric video conceptualised by Richards himself.
The band will play the new album BOOTIKINS in full for the first ever occasion on album release day, Friday 23rd February, at the Velvet Room at Thornbury Theatre. The audience will have the opportunity to watch and listen up closeas Augie March road test this set of challenging and diverse material, and theres sure to be a good deal of high level tin...
Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin gets some career advice from his alter-ego Vernon Demerest. Statement from Victoria Police UPDATE Here's Tessa Akerman in The Australian moments ago. Victorian troll cop stood aside over online comments Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin has been stood aside over crude comments. Picture: News Corp. The Australian...
Tony Abbott has penned a blistering retort to his colleagues after his calls for cuts to immigration were dismissed by the governments front bench.
In an opinion piece for The Australian on Friday, Mr Abbott names and shames critics of his calls for cuts to Australian immigration, and suggests they have not read his speech.
One thing I am not going to cop is gratuitous criticism from ministers who are only in government because I led them there, the federal member for Warringah writes.
It is the prime ministers right to choose his ministerial team and, given some of the policies of this government, Im happy to serve on the backbench.
The former prime minister lobbed a grenade into the immigration debate this week by calling for Australias permanent migration intake to be slashed by 80,000 places per year to 110,000.
That sparked a war of words with senior coalition colleagues all slapping down Mr Abbott, and continuing after his latest string of suggestions.
Trade Minister Steve Ciobo was among those who rejected Mr Abbotts arguments against migrants, labelling his position lazy and inaccurate.
Despite not wanting to get into a tit-for-tat discussion with Mr Abbott he spoke out again from Washington, where hes part of a delegation to the US led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
He said housing issues raised by Mr Abbott were largely restricted to Melbourne and Sydney while other markets are experiencing price drops and only modest gains.
Lets not pretend this is about numbers of immigrants, the fact is Australia is a richer country because of immigration, he told Sky News.
Acting Prime Minister Mathias Cormann and Treasurer Scott Morrison have also drawn Mr Abbotts ire.
Youd think a government thats lost the past 27 Newspolls might be curious about how it could lift its game, Mr Abbott wrote.
But no, ministers have gone out of their way to attack a colleague who knows more about winning elections than anyone in the parliament.
Australias population is expected to grow by 11.8 million people by 2046, which is equivalent to adding a new city roughly the size of Canberra each year for the next 30 years.
Greens use Labors Adani indecision to ramp
up Batman campaign
Activists seize upon Labors contradictory messages on Queensland coalmine in battle for inner-city Melbourne, Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor 21 Feb 2018 @murpharoo18.
1822 - Henry Marsh penned a missive to the Colonial Secretary regaling him with tales of the journey to the south coast.
1849 - Things were so crook in Westralia that a public meeting in Perth voted itself off the island for to become a penal colony to help with the so-ill-if-it-was-a-horse-it-would-have-been-shot economy.
1863 - Lord Raglan mysteriously disappeared after leaving Liverpool for Hobson's Bay.
1872 - The brand-spanking-new goods trains sheds in Melbourne were tarted up for 1,500 guests to do the horizontal limbo tango at a gala ball.
1882 - The first four rail trucks carrying stone from the Mt Difficult quarry in the Grampians reached Stawell en route to Melbourne.
Considerable controversy broke out about the quality of the stone sent to Melbourne. It was found to be inferior to the samples originally supplied, exhibiting peculiar defects of an unexpected kind. The Public Works Department ordered work at Parliament House to cease.
1884 & 1994 Tambo Tambo, a Palm Island native, died on this day in 1884 while working for Barnum and Bailey's Circus.
His remains were found in 1993 and today in 1994 he was given a decent burial on his home soil.
1900 - The Timaru Herald spread the word that a sailmaker in Sydney had popped his clogs due to Bubonic Plague...and kept up the cheefullness with news of a destructive fire in Flinders St, Melbourne.
Cheery, chaps, reeeealy uplifting...
1901 - 7,000 acres were gazetted for an Aboriginal reserve on this day, originally named Barambah it is better known as Cherbourg.
Salvation Army missionary, William J Thompson, was appointed the superintendent. He camped with small numbers of local people on the banks of Barambah Creek.
Little was done to develop the settlement ; Aborigines lived in bark humpies, Superintendent Thompson slept under canvas.
1902 - Mabel was a competitor in the annual Ocean Yacht Race from Hobart, around Bruny Island and back when she sprang a severe leak south of Bruny Island. Filling rapidly, the six crew beached her at Cloudy Bay on the southern end of Bruny Island, and were only just able to crawl along the mast to safety before she went to pieces.
1907 - The Star proudly proclaimed that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy did not contain poison.
So, keep guzzling that little elixir without a care!
1911 - The first passenger flight, sans peanuts, took off today when Melbournian John Hammond (slung his missus in his crate) took his wife up in his Bristol Box Kite aircraft.
1926 - The Taralga Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Roslyn - Taralga.
1931 - The taste bud organza Peach Melba was birthed on this day by....
pseudo-left promotes Labor Party, Greens at African gangs rally -
World Socialist Web Site: The pseudo-left organisation
Solidarity organised a rally in Melbourne last week, purportedly to
oppose a racist government-media campaign against so-called African
gangs. The real agenda, however, was to promote the Greens and
trade unions, and to cover up the Labor Partys role in the
scapegoating of working class youth of African background.
The demonstration, held February 4, was attended by about 300 people, with what appeared to be only a small minority of African origin. Solidarity, a group affiliated with the British state capitalist Socialist Workers Party, provided a platform for the Greens and the trade unions. The speakers pushed an amalgam of identity politics and Australian nationalism, and encouraged illusions in the parliamentary establishment and police.
People across the globe drink soft drinks daily but is this a good idea? Sure, we know soft drinks are not necessarily healthy but there could be much more to it than we want to admit.
Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne recently worked on a collaborative study that showed some shocking results. They analyzed over thirty thousand Australians who went on to develop little over three thousand cases of 11 obesity-related cancers. This including things like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and so forth. The reports they looked at were from the years between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007. Their findings were published not too long ago and showed an obvious association between cancer risks and the consumption of soft drinks.
According to their research, the more sugary sodas the participants consumed the higher their risks were of developing cancer. Somehow they did not note this in those who drank diet sodas but we all know there are different risks associated with those. With most people consuming at least one glass or more of soda each day this is quite alarming.
These particular cancers are common.y associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants no matter their size.
We were surprised to find this increased cancer risk was not driven by obesity.
Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank sugary soft drinks.
Interestingly, though, we found those who regularly drank diet soft drinks were just as likely to be obese as those who regularly drank sugary soft drinks, which still carries health risks.
Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer,
And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated....
This is Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Brett Guerin. Yesterday he admitted to Neil Mitchell on 3AW that he was the author of vulgar comments in our story concerning a win a good copper, Paul Mullet had in court over Christine Nixon. The Age reported that story yesterday. Guerin created a...
Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.
Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!
Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and 350.org, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.
We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.
As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?
So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.
Yes Were creating histo...
Theres a video of the crowds and Bill Graham preaching at the MCG on-line.
22 February 2018
It was the day the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground was truly sacred.
In 1959, evangelical preacher Billy Graham embarked on his month-long crusade of Australia.
But it was his appearance at the MCG on March 15, 1959, that was one of the true showstoppers, attracting more than 130,000 people.
To this day, it is the biggest crowd that has ever been recorded at the ground.
There were people everywhere, even spilling on to the grass. That was unheard of at the time, Ray Spriggs, 73, said.
It was quite extraordinary.
Mr Spriggs remembers boarding the special Billy Graham train as a 14-year-old with the rest of his family from his home in Reservoir in Melbournes north to make the journey to the MCG.
He recalls sitting high up in the stadium stands, and says the woman next to him offered him her opera glasses so he could take a closer look at the spectacle.
He does not remember much of Grahams sermon, but the magical sounds of the choir and the joyous atmosphere of the event have stayed with him.
I was only a kid of 14 at the time, but it was just great to see so many people together in the one place, he said.
For many people, seeing Graham preach at the MCG was life-changing.
Geoff Gawler, 68, went to see Graham with his family on his 10th birthday.
I do remember it because that was the time I made a deal with God. I decided to follow him that day, he said.
That was a big decision for a 10-yaer-old and I dont at all regret it, in all the years since.
Theres not much information floating around about Archer. Hes a Victorian singer-songwriter whos recording some brilliant alt-country with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humour. This album, The Divine Church Of The Open Sky Vol 2 refused to leave my mind since it arrived at Eastside late last year, and the more I keep coming back to it the better it sounds.
This is from his page at Pound Records:
well you woodnt call him smart but you woodnt call him stupid neither he does have sum kindofa way about himweather he be damned or blessed he certanly can pull a song outta the deep earth or the spaceless space and make you wanta cry or yell or just about any plain ol thing
This is off his previous album, but will give you an idea of the style:
Hes due at the station for an interview in the next couple of weeks so youll get to hear from him yourself. Hes been communicating with us in character via email so were amused, intrigued, and looking forward to meeting the man, the enigma, in the flesh.
On 1 May 2017, May Day International Workers Day Australian dairy giant Murray Goulburn announced that they were shutting factories across Victoria and Tasmania, slashing jobs and devastating communities. Faye and Julie, two National Union of Workers delegates working at the Edith Creek site in North-West Tasmania, shared their responses to the closure.
Yesterday between 1 and 1.30pm a rally was held to save
the trees in St. Kilda Road destined for removal to make way for
the new underground metro. It was organised by the combined forces
of Planning Backlash, Protectors of Public Lands and Walk in St.
Kilda Road and environs Approximately 80 people attended including
the 9 speakers listed below. The M.C of the event was Mary Drost ,
Convenor of Planning backlash.Prof. Michael Buxton was unable to
attend and Dr. Ernest Healy , Vice President of Protectors of
Public Lands Victoria deputised by reading Prof. Buxton's speech.
Feelings for the impending loss of ancient trees and for those
already lost ran high. The general consensus from the speakers was
that the damage envisaged for avenue of trees in Melbourne's
beautiful boulevard, St. Kilda Road was not necessary to
accommodate the project and that a better way must be found. A
statement to this effect will be sent to Shadow Minister for
Planning, to be read out in both houses of Parliament.
1. Kristin Stegley OAM, Chairman, National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
2. Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT University (in Prof. Buxton's absence speech read by Dr. Ernest Healy)
3. The Hon. Barry Jones: a statement by himself and Tom Harley, nominators of St Kilda Road and Environs for emergency National Heritage listing
4. Dr Greg Moore, OAM, president of the International Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter; member of the National Trusts Register of Significant Trees from1988, Chair since 1996
5. Bea McNicholas, Director, Walk in St Kilda Road and Environs, Planet Ark National Tree Day
6. Senator Derryn Hinch
7. Dr Judith Buckrich, historian; author of Melbournes Grand Boulevard: The Story of St Kilda Road, 1996.
8. Jill Quirk, Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria
9. David Davis, MP, Shadow Planning Minister
The following speech was made by Hon. David Davis, Shadow Minister for Planning in the Victorian Parliament yesterday afternoo...
Word of mouth plays a big part in recruiting singers to the Euroa Vocal Nosh,* an informal community singing group run regularly for almost seventeen years and counting. That and the fear of missing out
One evening last year, a couple were driving past Strathbogie church where one of the Nosh leaders, Di Mackrell was holding a session of the Strathbogie singers. Seeing a significant number of parked cars along the roadside, the couple pulled up to find out what was going on and were invited in by one of the choir members, whom they happened to know. In the funny fateful way life sometimes has, this pique of curiosity brought them straight into a setting where one of them would later find unexpected closure.
Having been told by a teacher to mime not sing at the age of just five, this womans confidence in her ability had remained squashed flat for her entire life. Once they stepped into the Strathbogies session, it wasnt long before Di had them joining in with the singing.
You should have seen her face at the end of that choir session, it was just beaming. Then I had this little thought that maybe Vocal Nosh might be something theyd be interested in and I dropped a program into their mail box they came to the next session and were just blown away by it and theyve lived in Euroa longer than I have
Like most singing leaders, Di encounters singers who have lost confidence because of cruel or thoughtless comments made in the past all the time. Being able to turn this around is heart-warming for everyone.
It just makes me think YEEEEEESSS! Thats what its all about!!!
Di Mackrell is a little bit biased about the transformative power of Euroa Vocal Nosh with good reason and actually, this is where the story starts.
At the final 2017 session of Euroa Vocal Nosh, there were 26 singers in the room which prompted Di to celebrate and reflect on the magic of this phenomenon which has been a regular fixture on the community music calendar there, for sixteen years.
The group was established in 2001, but Di didnt take a central role until one of the original leaders had to move away and a second leader felt it was too much continue running alone.
I didnt think that I could ever lead a group but I thought, well, I dont want it to stop either!
Di then attended a series of CMVic leadership training days during the early 2000s, which she says were just amazing. For repertoire, the group uses the CMVic Songbooks and lots of recordings from the older training days, as well as songs shared more recently too:
We came back from Amberley (CMVic Singing Camp) with lots of things, Ive always got my recorder on the lookout for things that would work.
The Nosh leaders continue to...
That's an outstanding reflection of popular sentiment, particularly given that the story is somewhat buried way down the page under The Nation tab. I reckon we could get Dave McAlpine admitted to honorary membership of the former Victorian coppers Old & Bold Guild - motto TJF.
People who regularly consume at least one soft drink a day, no matter the size of their waist, could be at increased risk of cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers at Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne analysed more than 3000 cases of 11 obesity-related cancers including breast, liver and prostate reported between 1990-1994 and 2003-2007 through The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study.
Published on Thursday, the study found a positive association between soft drink consumption and cancer risk independent of obesity after statistically adjusting for waist circumference.
The authors say the results justify the need to minimise the intake of sugar-sweetened soft drinks.Initially our hypothesis was that drinking soft drinks would cause obesity which would then cause an association with obesity-related cancers but we found that there was more beyond the affect of obesity, said lead researcher, Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council Victorias Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division.
These particular cancers are commonly associated with obesity, however, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size, said Professor Hodge.
According to the research, the more sugary soft drinks participants drank the higher their risk of cancer.
However, this was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar could be the key, says Professor Hodge.Professor Hodge says the surprising findings warrant further research.
We definitely would like to see these findings confirmed in other studies and then also to understand something about the mechanism and whether sugar could be a driver of this association, said Professor Hodge.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper says this new research provides another reason for Australians to avoid soft drinks and make the switch to water.
Sugary drinks, including soft drinks, are already known to be a cause of obesity, which greatly increases the risk of 13 types of cancer, said Mr Harper.
And cancer is just one of many chronic health conditions associated with sugary drink consumption- including increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay.
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Blockade happening now
Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.
As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.
The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request. https://mailchi.mp/eb163a47cfa0/the-un-should-oppose-australias-deportation-of-sant...
Does the world as we know it need a hard reset? International street artist DENIAL explores this question with his newest collection of visual subversions for Control Alt Delete, his inaugural exhibition at Melbournes Vs. Gallery.
CONTROL+ALT+DELETE examines the current corporate power structures that seek to control our thoughts and lives and, ultimately, our wallets. Through advertising and branding techniques, these companies attempt to alter how we perceive the world in order to encourage consumerism at any cost. The pieces in the exhibition work to alter our perception of these branded images in an effort to interrupt their function and to create a new dialogue about the nature of our capitalistic lives. DENIAL works to develop bold new meanings by taking these household names and iconography and reimagining their structure and purpose to foster alternative modes of thinking. How long can our society coexist with corporate values and aspirations? Is it time to reboot?
The exhibition will feature a broad collection of works across a variety of mediums. From 3-D laser-cut assemblages, to original limited edition screen prints and wood-panel aerosol paintings, DENIAL takes his signature street style and boils it down to ironically consumable artworks that are as visually stunning as they are thought-provoking.
Vs. Gallery is a dynamic new art gallery and event space located in North Richmond, Melbourne, Australia.
Bringing together the works of local and international artists, in both traditional and new media, Vs. Gallery presents an engaging schedule of curated exhibitions and events.
Directed by Australian artists Ben Frost and GT Sewell, this new space boasts over 50 square meters of floor space, professional lighting, impressively tall walls, off-street parking/reception area and close proximity to public transport.
The gallery is part of a larger space: Vs. Studios, which comprises 14 artists studios with individuals working across various mediums, including painting, fashion, projection, street art and sculpture.
Laguna, Philippines - The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique.
Testbiotech, a non-profit organization founded as an Institute for the Independent Impact Assessment of Biotechnology in 2008 in Munich, Germany concluded that the application does not show substantial benefits. Furthermore, the risk assessment as performed by FZANZ is not sufficient to demonstrate safety of food derived from GR2 (Golden Rice 2). Aside from expounding on the questions of nutritional viability and genetic stability of Golden Rice, Testbiotech also criticized lack of toxicological studies, exclaiming that it is self evident that food products with no history of safe use must be subjected to highest standards of risk assessment before the most vunerable groups of the population are exposed to it
Civil society in Australia and New Zealand also challenged the soundness of FSANZ decision and appealed to review its approval. In an open letter, MADGE, GeneEthics and Food Sovereignty Alliance asked the Minister of Food Regulation forum to review FSANZ approval of Golden Rice. It stated that FSANZ is failing its legislated objective to uphold public health and safety, providing adequate information to consumers and to prevent misleading and deceptive conduct. It also pointed out that FSANZ carries no actual safety evaluation and its safety assumption were biased on data provided by IRRI and corporate proponents while ignoring crucial scientific data on the perils of GMOs to human health.
Launched last 2000, Golden Rice (GR) is a genetically engineered rice with the capability to produce beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A and touted to address malnutrition and Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD). Billions of dollars have been poured into i...
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