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In a night of spiritual-political satire and activist entertainment, Alan Clements ignites conscience by celebrating freedom of expression and the power of the human heart. A former director of Amnesty International called Clements one of the most compelling voices of our times. Critics have described Alans spoken word performances as existentially cathartic, enthralling and hallucinogenic, a brilliant deconstruction of spiritual and cultural propaganda that addresses head-on the insanity of war, climate change and the commercialisation of consciousness.
As a former Buddhist monk in dictatorship-ravaged-Burma and a journalist in areas of extreme conflict, including the former Yugoslavia, Clements riffs on issues of violence and nonviolence, compassion and greed, servitude and freedom, meditation and indoctrination, from his personal experience and a rare satirical humour, while giving audiences a captivating expression on how WE the PEOPLE can safeguard ourselves from spiritual and political propaganda. And in so doing, relearn active citizenry by liberating our own minds from fear, apathy, and cynicism.
Alan has gone far beyond the spiritual in his show to include the topic everyone is yearning to understand the longing for love, being unmet time and again, loss, grief, dishonesty, being misled, accountability, and the breathtaking epic beauty of true love and romance (even if it does not last because one or the other or both gets spooked and scapegoats the other) and how these human needs get shafted by spiritual propaganda so often found within meditation, yoga, and mindfulness circles or cults, depending on where the money flows.
What does it mean to be spiritually incorrect? Do you think all the great spiritual leaders probably would be deemed incorrect?
Alan Clements: To me, spiritual incorrectness is not a dogma a thing. Its a way of being, free a courageous act of conscience, a liberated personal choice of shameless authenticity. Its also having the bravery to resist servitude, conformity, and collusion and all manner of numbing down. Why contort ourselves into an image of Anything God, Yoga, Oprah? Why subjugate our voice to sing in...
With North Byron Parklands (NBP) in Yelgun seeking residency approval and an increase to 55,000 patrons for their flagship festival event, Byron Shire councillors have raised concerns with a notice of motion at last Thursdays ordinary meeting.
NBP is home to Splendour in The Grass and Falls festivals.
Mayor Simon Richardsons motion was supported by a majority of councillors (Cr Hunter against) which says, Council does not currently support the proposal including the increase in attendance numbers, event types, and event days on the North Byron Parklands site beyond what has already been approved until its concerns as raised within its submission are satisfied.
Additionally, Council is unsupportive of the planning departments recommendation that Parklands self-monitor its compliance and, that any consideration of ongoing events must include an independent monitoring process, with the involvement of Council.
Councils costs for monitoring should be funded
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As President Trump is considering the case of former US Green Beret war hero Matt Golsteyn, here's a reminder of the way Hillary Clinton and The Left views our heroes. Thanks John for the tip. Merry Christmas mate!
Cardinal George Pell has become the highest-ranking Vatican official to be convicted on several counts of child rape. Pell, who served as senior advisor to Pope Francis, was found guilty by an Australian court last [...]
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Professor Sloan writes in The Australia today about the IR settings if Labor gets back behind the wheel, we should expect: a hybrid arrangement in which unions will be able to pick and choose whether industry-wide bargaining, single-enterprise bargaining or award adjustment based on compulsory arbitration will be the preferred...
A new governance model to deliver affordable housing in the Shire was launched last Tuesday by Cr Paul Spooner.
He addressed the first Byron Community Land Limited AGM at the Community Centre and said a subsidy of roughly 33 per cent is needed to make housing affordable in the Byron Shire.
No current government is willing to commit to that level of ongoing subsidy, he said.
We need to create a different market one that doesnt monopolise property, but rather frees it up for community members to build or rent houses to live in. The aim of the Community Land Trust, he says, is to acquire land and hold it in trusteeship as a common heritage, not as an individual possession.
Land is put to use in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, and leased long term to individuals for housing, production of food and the development of enterprises or activities that support community life.
The lease agreement (up to 99 years) becomes the specific, flexible, legal means by which the interests of the community and the individual leaseholder are explicitly described and protected in accordance with the policies of the trust.
Three types of members are proposed, says Cr Spooner: general, resident and foundation members.
As for governance, the board would comprise at least nine directors, including three public directors.
For more info visit www.bcll.org.au.
Thank to court watcher Bill Thompson for the tip - after our story about IBAC charges a few days ago! Do you know more? Please let us know too. Bill wonders if there's any connection.
On the first day of the COAG Energy Council meeting in Adelaide yesterday (Tuesday December 18), two citizens entered Senator Matt Canavans press conference and stood either side of him bearing #StopAdani signs. Interrupting his opening statements, they asked him why he supports the Adani coal mine.
One of the pair, Donna Smit, 49, said,I interrupted Senator Canavan because Queensland is burning up and he wants to fuel the fire.
More coal means our bushfires, droughts and storms will be even more deadly. I want to know why Senator Canavan, in all good conscience, supports the Adani coal mine when scientists are clear we must leave thermal coal deposits in the ground.
Senator Canavan hides behind the minimal jobs the Adani mine will create, as if coal is the only way we can provide for our families. The Adani mine threatens farmers livelihoods and the 70,000 jobs reliant on a healthy reef.
The federal government must help communities reliant on coal to transition to a cleaner economy of renewable energy, she said.
Jamie Dunn, 23, who held the other sign, said, as a young person, the opening up of the Galilee Basin to new coal mining will have a catastrophic effect on my future.
Climate change is the single biggest threat to my generation and Senator Canavan is determined to make it worse. I will not stop until the Galilee Basin is protected from coal mining for good, he said.
Police are seeking community assistance to locate 16-year-old Aiden Olivieri from Cedar Point, who has been reported as missing.
He was last seen at 10:30pm on Tuesday night (December 18) and was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and no shoes.
Its believed Aiden may be in the Kyogle area.
If you can help us please call Casino Police on 6662 0099 Police reference is E69959519
Danish authorities have concluded that the situation in some parts of Somalia is safe, and that Somalis no longer have valid grounds for asylum. Following a review of the situation in Somalia, which began in 2017, residence permits will therefore be withdrawn for no less than 1,000 Somalis. It is...
MP scandals undermine democracy from within 12:00AM DECEMBER 19, 2018 Former assistant minister Andrew Broad will leave parliament next May but, like other scandal-prone MPs before him, he will leave a legacy of deeper distrust and cynicism about politicians. His alleged conduct flying to Hong Kong to meet a...
An eco-village proposal near the Brunswick Heads highway interchange at Saddle Road is back on the table after councillors voted last Thursday to include it within the Rural Land Use Strategy.
The Brunswick Eco Village (BEV) proposal was initially pegged on land owned by Kelvin Daly, but later, plans were expanded to include surrounding lands and a commitment for 20 per cent affordable housing.
Yet the proposal appears to have landowners on the ridgeline divided, and Council eventually rejected the larger proposal.
Last Thursdays lastminute inclusion was headed by Cr Paul Spooner (Labor).
He told The Echo the resolution removed the BEV proposal from consideration within the draft Residential Strategy.
This was undertaken following advice from the Department of Planning that it would not be supported as it was not in an urban area.
To maintain it there would have effectively stopped it from being considered. A very poor outcome for our community.
The decision on Thursday proposes an amendment within the Rural Land Use Strategy to allow the land to be considered as an intentional eco-community providing at least 80 per cent affordable housing.
This supports Councils strategic planning. It allows the provision of affordable housing where there is none. It supports the intention of responding to the housing needs of residents and workers.
A very big win for our community.
What has been agreed to on Thursday opens up a clear planning pathway but does not ensure the proposal will succeed.
This will be determined when a planning proposal is submitted by the applicant and assessed by Council according to the Rural Land Use Strategy that requires it be amended and supported by the Department of Planni...
The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria
Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood?
Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.
And now its Australias turn.
Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.
Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees
Personal testimonials (1)
At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.
Here are some
extracts from her speech.
When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.
In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.
Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen.
Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government
Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons....
By James ONeill New Eastern Outlook 18.12.2018 When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12%) Jewish population in the electorate where 
A man has died after being hit by a truck near Brunswick Heads this morning on the M1 (Pacific Highway) near the Brunswick Heads interchange.
About 6am (Wednesday December 19), the man walked onto the motorway near the Brunswick Heads interchange.
His was hit by an oncoming truck. The man, who is yet to be identified, died at the scene.
The truck driver stopped after the crash and was taken to Byron Central Hospital for further medical testing and checks.
The northbound lanes have reopened but traffic is reportedly heavily backed up.
Northbound traffic was being diverted off the motorway at Ocean Shores exit/Riverside Cres to Yelgun before rejoining the motorway.
For the latest on road conditions, drivers should check www.livetraffic.com
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
AFTINET is a network of both individuals and 60 community groups including including unions, churches, environment, public health, aid and development, womens groups and others advocating for fair trade (also called trade justice), based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability.
Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.
Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.
AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system
What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.
Whats wrong with current trade policy
Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.
Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial servi...
Somewhere in the Northern Rivers lies a beautiful, untitled painting of a woman without a face.
Its a stylish work that is striking enough to catch any art lovers eye.
But this meticulously crafted piece isnt where its supposed to be.
On December 5 it fell off the back of local artist Toni Clarkes ute on Main Arm Road, and is now believed to be in the hands of a passer-by.
I was taking it and some other pieces into the Byron School of Art [BSA] for my graduation, Ms Clarke says.
I didnt notice that the rope had snapped and the painting had flown off until I got to Mullum.
A painstaking search ensued, with Ms Clarkes teachers and husband all involved, but to no avail.
Now, a new lead has emerged in the case.
I got a message from a woman saying I know something about the painting, Ms Clarke says.
The woman had been at a garage sale where, earlier that day, a woman in her 20s had shown up with a bubble-wrapped painting in the back of her ute.
The owners of the house hosting the sale had looked at the painting and seen Ms Clarkes name written on the back along side the $1600 price tag.
The hosts didnt get the womans name, but apparently she said Ill try and find the owner, Ms Clarke relates.
Apparently she was from Uki and she was driving a white ute.
Yet, despite the painting now seemingly in safe hands, Ms Clarke heard nothing.
Im of the belief that the person who found it may not actually want to find me, she says.
If I found someones painting who lived in the Northern Rivers I reckon Id be able to find them in 24 hours.
Its great that they seem to like the painting but I really need it back.
Ms Clarke says she bears has no hard feelings toward the woman, and is happy for the painting to be dropped off anonymously at BSA or Sunshine Traders in Mullumbimby with no questions asked.
Id be more than happy to give her another painting from my collection as a reward, she says.
But that particular painting had hung in my studio for three months. Every week Id just do a tiny bit more because I didnt want to overwork it.
I put my soul into th...
At ANZs annual general meeting in Perth this morning, questions will be asked of CEO Shayne Elliott about the banks failure to compensate Cambodian farmers pushed off their land to make way for an ANZ-funded sugar plantation.
Keren Adams, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that ANZs failure to take any responsibility for the consequences of its actions was shocking:
ANZ has profited from serious human rights abuses. They admit that their systems were lacking and as a result, they funded an initiative that destroyed the lives of hundreds of Cambodian families.
In 2011, ANZ provided a $40 million loan to Phnom Penh Sugar, which had forcibly displaced hundreds of local farming families and employed school-aged children in dangerous conditions at its sugarcane plantation in southern Cambodia. The loan was recently found by an Australian Government complaints body to contradict the banks own internal policies and international human rights standards.
In October, in response to questioning about this decision, Mr Elliott told an Australian Parliamentary Committee that what had happened in Cambodia was a dreadful situation and that the bank would look to do the right thing with the profit made from the loan. However the bank appears to have subsequently backed away from those statements. In a letter sent to interested stakeholders this week, the bank suggested the farmers should instead look to the Cambodian government for compensation, despite the governments known intimidation tactics.
After Mr Elliotts recent public comments, the Cambodian families left destitute by this land grab were looking to the bank to do the right thing. The banks decision is another slap in the face for them, said Ms Adams.
We call on ANZ to immediate divest the profit from its loan to Phnom Penh Sugar to help address the harm caused to these families.
A statement to be provided to shareholders by NGOs Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International outlines a further five recent cases in which ANZ has allegedly financed companies implicated in land grabbing and other serious human rights violations.
For interviews, call Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519.
Transport for NSW have declined to provide any details on the recent announcement of a proposed Byron bus station within the rail corridor and proposed Butler Street bypass.
The announcement was part of the NSW governments $9.5m bypass funding, which Council staff say is the amount needed to complete the long-awaited project.
But according to Butler Street resident and president of the Butler Street Network, Paul Jones, despite formal requests, there has been no consultation with locals on the bus interchange.
Jones told councillors last Thursday in morning public access that there will be adverse impacts on amenity given the size and scale of this proposal. He also refuted the mayors response concerning legal intimidation launched by former GM Ken Gainger:
The following questions were put to Transport for NSW but there was no reply:
Who did Transport for NSW consult with apart from Council staff in the lead up to this decision? Who made this decision, and What is the expected cost of this project and is there any documentation available?
A Transport for NSW spokesperson only answered the question: Will Transport for NSW be consulting with residents on these plans?
They said, The Byron Bay community will soon be able to provide feedback to the proposed transport interchange on the NSW Environment and Heritage website when it goes on public display.
Plans for the proposal will be held at the Byron Shire Council office, and available to view the same day comments are [accepted] by NSW Heritage.
The Echo asked Nationals MLC Ben Franklin, who made the interchange announcement, why wasnt there any consultation...
Leetons iconic Roxy is many things to many people
Contributed from New South Wales
Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed the creation of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission, after months of refusing to do so.
The intensity of public pressure and loss of a parliamentary majority forced the issue.
It is tempting to see this as a major back down. But things are
not always quite what they seem. There is no intention to set up a
commission to properly tackle corruption in Canberra. A smokescreen
to cover up public anger against lack of action is being
Its there is black and white, in the paper submitted last Thursday, which boldly states that the CIC will not investigate direct complaints about ministers, members of parliament or their staff received from the public at large.
The implication is that information passed on by a whistleblower will not be followed up either.
All that the CIC will be mandated to do is take referrals from established government agencies and regulators. This means that the machinery to edit out what the government does not want pursued is in its hands. After all, these agencies operate under the guidelines provided by the government of the day.
Even if specific government direction does not exist, hurdles and delays conveniently in place, to make it much harder for any complaints to be heard.
The Federal Police, for instance, has a mandate to investigate corruption. But its track record is nothing to brag about. If those who have some information to pass on, have to go to the Federal Police, and wait for them to build a case, and pass it on to the CIC, it may be a very long wait, if anything is done at all.
This will send out the message that making a complaint is a waste of time.
Secondly, any case coming under suspicion, must meet a perceived threshold test of criminality on paper. But how is this to be tested?
Those involved in corruption do not put their behaviour out there in public to be seen. Cracking cases must involve following up leaks and pulling aside the cloak of secrecy. The CIC will lack the power to do this.
Thirdly, even if a case reaches the CIC, all it is empowered to do is hand over the case to a special prosecutor, who will decide whether a criminal case should take place. Who appoints the special prosecutor?
This is a CIC without teeth.
Every indication is that there is significant corruption in Canberra. The high number of multi-million contracts, widespread connection between those in the political system and the corporate world, and the penetration of the business lobbyists provide fertile territory to induce payments for favours.
The search is about to resume for a man swept out to sea, at Moonee Beach, on Monday (December 17).
Two men, aged 35 and 45, died after a group of six people got into difficulties in the surf at Moonee Beach, 23km north of Coffs Harbour, about 6pm.
Two girls, aged 15 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy, were rescued; however, a third man, aged 28, could not be found.
A search operation continued yesterday until it was suspended due to fading light.
Todays search resumed at 7am (Wednesday December 19), and involves officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District, NSWPF Marine Area Command and Marine Rescue.
The Westpac and Polair helicopters will also re-join the search this morning.
All six people are believed to be from Sydney.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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Its six days before santas scheduled arrival and the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre is in a state of controlled Christmas chaos.
As the regular Wednesday jam group belts out John Lennons And so this is Christmas, about 40 locals sit on the grass enjoying a free festive lunch, while another 20 patiently wait to be served.
On the street out front, staff and volunteers are helping to unload a ute-load of goodies from an anonymous donor.
As Centre coordinator Leseera Kai takes a quick break in the relative calm of her office she reflects on the incredible collection of donations that have poured in over the past few weeks.
This community is amazing I tear up when I think about how generous they are, she says.
People really want to give, they just need a vehicle to do it through, to help make it happen.
Among the many acts of generosity this year is the donation of $3,000 worth of gift cards from a grassroots community drive organised by a local school teacher.
She basically took it upon herself to create a gift card drive, Ms Kai says of the teacher, Amanda Webber.
Ms Webber set up donation points at her home and Brunswick Heads cafe Jones & Co and then used Facebook to spread the word.
The idea caught fire, with scores of cards pouring in from across the local area and as far afield as Israel and Canada.
Weve never had such a generous donation of gift cards, people really got behind the cause, Ms Kai says.
Gift cards are brilliant because they give people that dignity to choose what they want.
People who are vulnerable or marginalised often have a feeling of not being in control of their lives. A gift card gives them the power to get the toy their child has been asking for all year, or just to eat what they want on Christmas Day.
Every once in a while, The Australian commissions an articulate and respected conservative commentator to pen a piece on a topic dear to its editorial heart. He (these worthy souls are invariably old, white blokes) duly oblige, for kudos or cash or both, and yet are careful not to become ensnared in the NewsCorp echo-chamber that houses the more virulent and predictable of its opinionistas. Historian Geoffrey Blainey recently managed such as arabesque when writing about the controversial Ramsay Centre (see The Ozs Lonely Crusade). Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson did likewise in a tribute to Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn (see Ghosts of the Gulag).
Australian author Paul Monk has done likewise when invited to ruminate on free speech in western universities. Instead of laying into left-wing uni students and the so-called Green Left, the btes noir of columnists like Chris Kenny, Gerard Henderson and Janet Albrechtsen, Monk refused to sing their song. Instead, he reminds us of our history and of our responsibility as democrats and reasonable folk to maintain dialogue with and endeavour to understand the reasoning (or its dearth) of our ideological opponents. History has shown us that once the shouting stops, the shooting often starts.
Often, I am disappointed, saddened even, by the ignorance, naivety, and self-absorption of electorates, left and right: their lack of historical knowledge and of curiosity, an unhealthy and self-defeating habit of accepting facts, narratives and theories based upon their preconceptions and prejudices.
Nowadays, it often seems as if the reasonable middle has been excised from political discourse, drained out by the shrill voices of the extremes with their identity politics, virtue signalling, and vested interests. Social media has exacerbated the situation as folk lock themselves into their own echo chambers, listening only to those with whom they agree, ignoring or even avoiding contrary opinions and perspecti...
Jebs note was a short copy of Trumps execution order for GHWB.
That given to Hillary was a note concerning orders by DC Judge Royce Lamberth to the State Department and the DOJ to produce HRCs file and asking why they have acted in Bad Faith.
Forcefully announcing that the double speak, lies, and deceptions concerning HRC is One of the greatest modern offences to government transparency.
He [Trump] wants to start gaoling State and DOJ dupes. They were given 10 days to deliver.
They lacked complete candour. How much ratting do you think there will be from the Feminese big mouth nut jobs? He said they have Strained Credulity.
Kavanaugh will gaol them if they falter, or treason will be played as the hidden file concern...
Two additional drones will complement the NSW governments shark-mitigation measures, which will roll out for summer. Existing measures include helicopters, drones, 35 SMART drumlines and VR4G listening stations, shark alarms, PA systems, megaphones and lifesaving heavy-duty trauma kits.
Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair (Nationals) made the announcement on Monday.
The drone trial will be at nine beaches, including Kingscliff, Main Beach Byron Bay, The Pass, Suffolk Park, Lennox Head, Sharpes Beach, Shelly Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Evans Head.
Call it Byron Shire Councils present to residents and ratepayers.
There will be extra urban and rural residential bin collections over the Christmas period from Monday December 24 till Friday January 4, 2019, to help residents manage extra waste and recycling during the festive season.
During this time, residents can place all of their bins at the kerbside on their normal collection day. This includes red, yellow and green bins for urban residential households, and red and yellow bins for rural residential households.
Also there have been recent changes to what can be recycled. Council only accepts hard plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles and jars, steel and aluminium cans, paper and cardboard.
Recycling bins should not contain any soft plastics, including any type of plastic bags. Rinse any excess food and drink from all bottles, containers and tins. Additionally dont bag, box or contain recyclable items for the recycling bins. Other non-organic items should go in the red bin.
Youngsters Allarahj and Matayo took part of the large turn-out for Carols by the seaside, held at Main Beach in Byron Bay on Friday.
Mullum residents held their Christmas Carols on Sunday at the High School auditorium owing to inclement weather.
The M1 Pacific Motorway is blocked northbound approaching Orana Road and the Brunswick River in Ocean Shores on the NSW Far North Coast following a serious truck and pedestrian crash.
Diversions are available via the Ocean Shores Exit, Riverside Crescent, Brunswick Valley Way to Yelgun and then rejoin the motorway.
Southbound lanes remain open and are not impacted by the crash.
The motorway may remain closed northbound for several hours as investigations take place into the crash.
Motorists are urged to drive with caution, and factor in additional travel time.
For information regarding this crash and others on the NSW Road Network visit www.livetraffic.com
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China would continue with its strong Communist Party control of its society as it sought to further open up its economy, Chinas President Xi Jinping said in a landmark speech yesterday celebrating the countrys 40 years of reform.
The speech, made at the Great Hall of the People on the 40th anniversary of the reforms made by Deng Xiaoping in opening the economy in December 1978, was a signal that the Communist Party intended to strengthen its control over China and its people, while focusing on delivering further improvements in the countrys standard of living.
Chinas President Xi Jinping applauds during a celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of Chinas reform and opening up policy. Picture: AFP
In his 90-minute speech, which did not contain any new announcements, and was focused largely on his domestic audience, Mr Xi highlighted the countrys economic achievements, including lifting more than 740 million people out of poverty and building the worlds largest social security system with an age pension covering more than 900 million people and medical insurance covering 1.3 billion.
China had also become the worlds largest exporter and the worlds largest holder of foreign exchange reserves.
Mr Xi said China now stood tall and firm in the East, following the unprecedented miracle of the past 40 years, and would continue to step up its role as a player on the global scene.
But he said its rise from near poverty to the worlds second largest economy would not represent a threat to any other country, and China had no intention of using its economic power to seek dominance over other countries.
China does not represent a threat to any one country, he said. China will never seek hegemony.
But he said no one was in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done.
The speech, which made no reference to Chinas trade war with the US or the trade negotiations with the Trump administration, was seen as a disappointment for observers who had been hoping it might signal Mr Xi was planning further reforms of Chinas economic system, which is still dominated by state-owned enterprises. The private sector is now also exp...
By 2012 over half the world's population was estimated to be under thirty years of age, with around 16 per cent being under 15 years old.
All around the world those who govern are considerably older on average.
Yet it is thee yound people who willl be forced to endure the worst impacts - the life changing, life threatening impacts - of climate change.
The young have begun to speak up in defence of their future.
This is Greta, she is fifteen years old...........
I am sure that readers would be expecting this post to be about
Donald Trump, who has given us many great moments in presidenting
by virtue of his grifting, incompetence, and sheer brazen lying.
But this is actually about Sri Lanka where the president there
seems to be trying to give Trump a run for his money when it comes
to making impulsive and stupid decisions without thinking things
through, feeling that the sheer office of his office was sufficient
to make any decision he makes become reality.
I wrote earlier about the crisis in Sri Lankan politics that was triggered on October 26th by the decision of the president Maithripala Sirisena (MS) to summarily fire the prime minister Ranil WIckremesinghe (RW) and replace him with the leader of the opposition (and former president) Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR). RW insisted that MS did not have the constitutional authority to fire him and refused to vacate the official residence. Meanwhile MR appointed his own cabinet to run the government even though he tried but failed to show that he had the support of the majority of parliament, a necessary requirement to form a government in a parliamentary system.
So we had an impasse with, depending how you looked at it, either two prime ministers and two governments or no prime minister and no government, and there were rowdy scenes of fisticuffs in parliament and public demonstrations in the streets as the two sides claimed legitimacy. The rest of the country went about its business as this craziness went on.
The president MS had apparently never heard the sage advice that when you are already in a hole, you should stop digging. In an effort to end the impasse without backing down, MS then issued a proclamation dissolving parliament and calling for new elections. This was challenged in court and the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the constitution prohibited the president from dissolving parliament until a specific time had elapsed and since that time had not as yet been reached, his order was invalid.
There did not seem to be any resolution without somebody backing down in an embarrassing public defeat, something that rarely happens in politics. But that actually happened. The issue got resolved suddenly with MR resigning as prime minister and MS swearing RW in again as prime minister. This has to be seen as a serious loss of face fort he president. I think that there will be such general relief that this whole mess has been resolved without too much violence that embarrassing legal technicalities, such as why RW had to be sworn in again as prime minister if he had never been legally r...
Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more
When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12%) Jewish population in the electorate where a by-election was being held.
Following the governments humiliating defeat in an electorate it had held for more than a century, the idea was expected to die. That possibility was reinforced by the widespread criticism that followed the prime ministers announcement. That criticism was couched almost solely in terms of the damage such a move would do to Australias relationships with its near neighbours such as Indonesia.
Supporters of the Prime Minister also argued that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would enhance progress in the two state solution to the problem between Israel and the Palestinians.
More recently however, the Australian cabinet has approved the idea that the embassy should be moved, but not immediately. The delay was purportedly on cost grounds, financial cost that is, not reputational.
Almost completely missing from news bulletins and mainstream media analysis are the arguably far more important elements in the Tel Aviv Jerusalem equation.
The term international law is now avoided in political discourse, for the very good reason that the actions of the western powers do not sit well with adherence to international law.
The invasions, occupations, and attacks upon Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, among others this century alone make the point. In all of these illegal endeavours Australia has been a willing, indeed eager, participant. This is quite apart from Australias own violations of, for example, the Convention on Refugees and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Australian politicians als...
This 17 April 2018 video says about itself:
According to an undercover report from journalist James Bloodworth, some Amazon warehouse employees fear going to the restroom, as the 10-minute walk could get them written-up or even fired.
By Nick Barrickman in the USA:
I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt
Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals companys dead-end appeal system
18 December 2018
A former employee at Amazons BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape.
Hired in 2016, the 25-year old workerDwas a permanent warehouse employee, meaning he had surpassed the standards of the internet giant and had survived the corporations onerous and indefinite probationary period without an infraction, allowing them to receive minor benefits granted to permanent workers.
Unfortunately, job protection and the right to a fair hearing were not among the benefits that were listed. In August 2017, D was terminated from his position as a warehouse associate for allegedly stealing an item of food from the in-house food vending systema Twix ice cream bar. I had been in a conversation with friends before my shift started and forgot to pay for it at the Canteen [vending company] kiosk, he said.
As I began my shift, I was approached by one of the managers and was told that I had been called to the Human Resources office. Waiting in HR, D struggled hard to figure out why the manager had requested his presence. I finally realized that I had forgotten to pay [for the ice cream]. The worker noted that he had a tendency to be forgetful but had never stolen anything in his life or had any previous infractions at the company.
D was about to enter a...
Originally posted on Waking Times Phillip J. Watt, Contributor Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French 
Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This 
Madagascars election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the islands environment and wildlife and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector says a prominent conservation scientist. In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the countrys dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault. Under Rajoelinas previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascars forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace, writes Laurance. A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successors Hery Rajaonarimampianinas rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascars lemurs classified as as either endangered or critically endangered, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the islands biggest attractions for nature tourists. We can see Rajoelinas predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record, writes Laurance. One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness. Appallingly, one of Rajoelinas first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree, he continues. The illicit trade flourished: after a year of
Get set for set times! You can now view who, when and where each artist will be playing at Falls Byron this year and grab yourself a 3-day or 1-day ticket! Anderson.Paak and The Free Nationals will ring in the New Year on the main stage and Toto will bless the rains down in Africa with a sunset set on the last day so start setting your planners in the official Falls app for your daze and nights. Not long now, Falls kicks off in just over one week! Download for iPhone and Android now.
LA HENGE and HOWL & MOAN STAGE
Local artist Amac has lovingly curated an arts and culture extravaganza for Falls Byron this year. At La Henge arts precinct a cavalcade of delights awaits, including cardboard battlefields created by Boxwars, a rip snorting punk showcase of 10 local bands programmed by local DIY legends Howl & Moan Records, the inclusive dance stylings of Bring A Plate and daily comedy and workshops curated by the infamous troublemaker Mandy Nolan.
JACK DANIELS BARRELHOUSE
Jack Daniels will be hosting an intimate lineup at their purpose-built Barrelhouse venue onsite at Falls Byron! Get yourself front row with the likes of The Vaccines and Cub Sport, Hockey Dad (DJ set), West Thebarton, Tia Gostelow and heaps more!
THE FALLS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2018/19 NATIONAL LINE-UP:
ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN (ONLY AUS SHOWS) VANCE JOY CHVRCHES HILLTOP HOODS JUICE WRLD INTERPOL TOTO DIZZEE RASCAL (ONLY AUS SHOWS) 88 RISING FEAT. RICH BRIAN, JOJI, NIKI & AUGUST 08 (ONLY AUS SHOWS) FLIGHT FACILITIES AMY SHARK DMAS KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD GOLDEN FEATURES FIRST AID KIT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) OCEAN ALLEY HOCKEY DAD CASHMERE CAT (ONLY AUS SHOWS) THE VACCINES LPX CUB SPORT RUEL JACK RIVER BISHOP BRIGGS MALLRAT BRIGGS TOUCH SENSITIVE TKAY MAIDZA DERMOT KENNEDY TIRED LION HOBO JOHNSON & THE LOVEMAKERS SOCCER MOMMY ODETTE MAHALIA HATCHIE WEST THEBARTON SAM FENDER TIA GOSTELOW KOTA BANKS TRIPLE ONE ALICE SKYE HEAPS GAY DJS & FRIENDS
BYRON BAY ONLY:
CUT COPY HERMITUDE (DJ SET) LITTLE MAY GARETT KATO
1. 0116/18 Sportsbet TV Free-to-air A man is seen naked from the waist up and appears to be manscaping. Upheld Number of complaints: 793 Issues of concern: 2.1 Discrimination or vilification, 2.2 Exploitative or degrading, 2.3 Violence and 2.4 Sex/sexuality/nudity 2. 0113/18 ...
By Jeremy Salt Source Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. A land without people for a people without land was the Zionist lie. Terra nullius was the Australian white settler equivalent. Australian aboriginal ownership was collective and traditional. 
Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.
It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.
Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.
The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...
The findings across all of these sources of evidence are remarkably consistent. The research shows that, even when taking account of associated risk factors such as age and education, there is a greater risk of mental ill health amongst those workers operating under FIFO work arrangements. Indeed, one third of the 3000 FIFO workers surveyed experience high or very high levels of psychological distress, as measured on an extensively validated scale.
Crucially, poorer mental health and riskier alcohol and other drug use are risk factors for suicide, and both of these risk factors are present in the FIFO sample. In addition, FIFO workers have a demographic profile (gender, age, education, job role) in which suicide likelihood is greater, while also reporting feelings of loneliness, stigma, bullying and perceived lack of autonomy. Altogether, this pattern of findings suggests that FIFO workers are likely to be at greater risk of suicide.
The Framework identifies 5 priority action areas to reduce suicide in NSW:
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Dear Dr Mindy Hull, Massachusetts Medical Examiner
I mailed you a letter (copy enclosed) back in August of this year, 2018, in which I requested an Inquest into the April 19, 2013 death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I am writing to you now to demand an inquest into the death of another person whom we will have to call John Doe.
At famous shootout took place on Laurel St, Watertown, in the wee hours of April 19, 2013, allegedly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred four days earlier.
Officer Ric Donohue was injured in that sho...
The last girder has been installed on a new bridge over the Richmond River at Broadwater, part of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.
But if you are getting excited about the prospect of driving over it any time soon, you will need to cool it: The new bridge will not open to traffic until 2020, weather permitting.
Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals) said the new bridge, which is the second-longest of 170 bridges on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade, provides a critical link for the 155 kilometres of new dual carriageway and I am glad to see it getting closer to completion.
This is the first time a bridge this wide has been built in Australia with a single precast headstock, meaning that there is a shell for each column to support the load of the girders, he said.
This has reduced the need for temporary construction work, eliminating 20,000 hours of working, which has not only saved time but also improved safety for workers.
NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey (Nationals), said the
project team had made impressive progress to successfully install all 234 girders, weighing 80 tonnes each.
This included safely installing nine girders above the existing Pacific Highway at night and installing 81 girders from a barge in the river, Mrs Pavey said.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack (Nationals) said the installation represented a momentous achievement.
The placement of the final girder is a significant and positive milestone to end the year on, he said.
National Party Ballina candidate Ben Franklin said the project team would be using 43,000 tonnes of concrete, 3,500 tonnes of asphalt and 2,500 tonnes of steel to build the bridge.
Piling work was completed earlier this year and the bridge deck is already more than 70 per cent complete, Mr Franklin said.
The bridge will be a unique visual landmark, creating a new connection between the Richmond Valley and Ballina Shire council areas.
The $4.3 billion Pac...
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...
In August 2012 Mr and Mrs Ralph and Ruby Blewitt had a difficult conversation. Ralph explained to his wife that he'd been involved in union corruption in Australia during the 1990s. And he said he was going to go back to Australia to fess up. Ruby comes from a lovely...
Via: Ars Technica: Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars, Joshua 
The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has recommended that the police officer at the centre of an investigation into police use of force against a naked 16-year-old boy in a Byron Bay lane in January be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It ruled that Officer E, as he has been identified, used undue force against the teenager, who was naked and disorientated when approached by police in Lateen Lane, outside Nomads Backpackers in the early hours of January 11.
The LECC found Officer E used a baton to strike the teen some 19 times, constituting an inappropriate use of excessive force.
The LECC issued its ruling in September, following its Operation Tambora investigation. It has now delivered a Brief of Evidence to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions together with its recommendation to press charges.
It is now up to the DPP to determine whether to proceed.
The senior constable was one of five officers involved in the youths arrest.
No charges were recommended against any of the other officers.
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You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their futures right before their very eyes. This 15-year-old activist just called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.
Video from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
The post Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction appeared first on The Pen.
Fresh off the plane, a trail across the world left on the maps, I walk through the picturesque German town I have chosen as the location for my future stories. Ill walk these streets past bright coloured houses with wooden shutters as I fight to earn that expensive piece of paper in endless hours of studies.
I enter the administration office, one of the many cornerstones of bureaucratic Germany. A thick line on the floor warns me to not take another step. Good citizen that I am, I halt right in front and maintain discretion as requested. The room smells like a stuffy office that has never heard laughter. Three clerks sit behind their narrow desks and stare at flickering screens from the early 2000s.
One of them raises her voice to explain a line of incomprehensible instructions in the type of administrative German even natives have trouble understanding. Her client stares back in confusion. I sigh and stare at the shiny literature given out by the government to make sense of the many hoops and never-ending forms that frame German life. This is the third time Im here, waiting for another form to fill out for my landlord amidst snarky comments from the staff regarding my incomplete pile of documents.
As her last client passes me by, a document smelling of fresh ink in hand, a clerk waves me over. I sit down as her fingers dig into the keyboard. She doesnt look up.
What can I help you with? she says in a monotone voice.
Id like to register my residence, I reply.
Do you have the certificate of tenement provision filled out?
Yup, I say. Now were talking.
Your identification papers?
I hand her my folder of documents and wait in silence as she examines them.
Please be patient for a moment, Miss, she says and starts punching the keys again, asking questions occasionally.
As I endure the procedure, I observe the clerk at work, wondering what she might do in her free time.
Before I know what is happening, she draws a long ruler out of nowhere, places it over the name of my birthplace on my passport and crosses it out with a fat marker. I lose my breath. What did she just do?!
There is no chance to ask whats going...
A spike in illegal camping in the nature reserve next to Brunswick Heads Surf Club is taking a toll on native plants and animals there, with some campers bringing cars, dogs and petrol-powered generators into the pristine spot.
Despite Council attempts to block vehicle access to the sprawling reserve, multiple campsites remain, with some campers driving over native plants and shrubs to enter the area.
Rohan Stewart from the Brunswick Bush School said that in the four-and-a-half years he had been coming to the reserve he had never seen so much illegal camping.
Theres always been a few long-term campers in there, but in the past six months its gone crazy, Mr Stewart said.
Its not just people at the low end of the income spectrum.
It looks like word has gotten around that theres this great spot here where you can camp next to the beach and the river, with public toilets nearby and free meals at the community centre.
Mr Stewart supplied The Echo with pictures of two large and elaborate campsites in the reserve that included generators, fires and dogs.
Once you get people driving in theyre able to bring in a whole lot more gear, he said.
Youre getting cars driving over plants that took quite a while to grow, people cutting off branches for firewood or access.
This is an area where youve got swamp wallabies, echidnas, goannas.
This would definitely be having an impact on the native wildlife.
He said a couple of well-placed bollards in the carpark would make it much harder for people to get their cars in.
Nadia de Souza Pietramale, who has spent nearly nin...
Contributed by Ben Wilson and Joe Montero
The COP24 summit in Poland has finally come out with an agreement. The Unites States and Australia celebrated coal. Brazils new Jair Bolsonaro regime showed its climate warming skepticism. Oil producing countries Russia, Saudi and Kuwait, argued to slow things down. Despite this, some progress was made.
Measures were supposed to be adopted to step up the implementation of 2015 Paris Agreement. But a compromise was made to delay this till 2020, when the next summit takes place in Chile. The agreement says that commitments already entered into must have been met by then.
Time is running short, however. The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned just two months ago, that the global temperature rising above 1.5 Celsius will have grave consequences, and that there is little more than a decade to turn the situation around, by halving all carbon emissions.
The current path could result in the temperature rising by up to 3-4 degrees Celsius, according to the science. This suggests that the global political establishment is not yet aligning with the science.
Discussion in Poland concentrated on standardising reporting and improving transparency. Both of these are needed. But this should not delay stepping up action.
It is understandable that countries want to minimise the negative impacts of making a transition. This is best achieved through cooperation between nations and mutual assistance. The longer it takes to do enough, the higher the cost will be.
Failure to act on a sufficient scale will destroy many species,
and upset the life cycle, on which human beings are also
Changing weather patterns will mean that not enough food will be available to feed the human population. Rising sea levels will mean small countries disappearing and many cities being inundated. Economic collapse, the failure of political institutions and social turmoil will be inevitable.
What is clear, is that reliance on the political elite is not enough. Only when there is sufficient pressure coming up from below, is movement on the political stage possible. The little progress that has been made has come about this way. It is only the beginning, and much more is needed to lift the game.
There must be a turning away from unrestricted capitalism that always puts the private bot...
"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...
From its Ireland headquarters, Airbnb has launched a campaign to stop NSW councils from taking control of short-term holiday-let policy, as advocated by Labor and the Greens.
Ballina Labor candidate Asren Pugh has slammed the Airbnb campaign, saying his partys plan would bring short-term holiday letting in Byron Shire under control.
Mr Pugh added that if we are elected next year we will govern in the interests of every person in NSW, not a $40 billion multinational corporation.
Shadow minister for better regulation, Yasmin Catley, recently met with local businesses in Byron Bay to confirm Labors policy on short term holiday letting. This policy includes:
Over the weekend Airbnb launched a campaign that included emailing their property hosts across NSW. The campaign specifically attacks Labor support for a registration system and Labors position that councils are best placed to determine annual caps.
The email from Air BnB is signed off Sent with love from Airbnb Ireland.
I have advocated strongly for our community and we now have a policy that allows flexibility for local councils to deal with short term holiday letting properly. I will not be bullied by a massive corporation sending emails from Ireland. Mr Pugh said.
I am asking for the communitys support to push back against this campaign by Airbnb.
I have already been contacted by a number of people who received this email from Airbnb. But ra...
Tyagarahs Grays Lane will no longer be directly accessible to vehicles from the Pacific Highway from this Thursday (December 20) outside of festival times.
Yarun Road will remain open (except during events held at the Bluesfest site) and access to the Pacific Highway will be via the Gulgan Road interchange.
Pedestrian and cyclist access to Grays Lane will be provided via a self-closing gate to one side of the koala grid.
The closure is the result of a 2015 Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) investigation which examined crash history between Ewingsdale and Tyagarah and projections for 10-year growth in traffic volumes.
The investigation recommended a series of safety improvements, such as the closure of direct access to the Pacific Highway from a number of local roads, including Grays Lane.
The turn into Grays Lane from the northbound lanes of the highway has been blocked off for several years. Now direct southbound entry and exit will also be terminated.
Access gates will be installed at the end of Grays Lane and Yarun Road.
The gate at Grays Lane will be closed at all times, except during events held at the Bluesfest site. Access will be via the Gulgun Road interchange.
During these events, however, the gate at Grays Lane will be opened to allow local residents to access their properties directly from the Pacific Highway as they currently do.
The gate at Yarun Road will only be closed during events held at the Bluesfest site to stop event traffic accessing Grays Lane.
Residents are advised to contact their local public transport provider for information about changes to pick up / drop off locations for Grays Lane.
Installation of the gates will take place on Thursday (December 20) between 7am and 6pm, weather permitting. The access closure will be effective immediately.
Traffic control and a reduced speed limit will be in place while the work is carried out to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and other road users.
Two men have drowned and one remains missing at a North Coast beach during heavy weather on Monday night (December 17).
At about 6.15pm, a group of six people, including three teenagers, got into trouble in the surf at Moonee Beach, north of Coffs Harbour.
The group of swimmers got into trouble some 300 metres from shore at the southern end of Moonee Beach.
Off-duty Coffs Harbour Lifeguards responded promptly along with the Surf Life Saving North Coast Duty Officer and Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter.
Lifeguards identified six people in the water as they conducted the mass rescue with rescue boards.All six are from Sydney and are known to each other.
Two men, aged 35 and 45, were rescued from the water but were unable to be resuscitated. A third man, aged 28, remains missing.
Two girls, aged 15 and 17, and a 15-year-old boy, were rescued from the water and taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital, where they remain in a serious condition.
An air and water search was then conducted and continued until dark.
Police Marine Area Command along with Surf Life Saving assets including jetskis, IRBs and the SLSNW UAV team commenced a search for the missing person again at 7am on Tuesday morning.
Our thoughts and hearts go out to the family of the victims and to the brave lifeguards that responded and tried valiantly to save everyone, said SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce.
This terrible tragedy highlights the importance of swimming at patrolled locations and understanding how to identify rips and the dangers they present. An event like this unfolding so close to the festive season only magnifies the grief and devastation.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai indices recovered from last weeks poor data and the DOWs late Fridays decline. Volumes continue thin and that appears to be spreading to many markets. It is not uncommon to see markets drier ahead of the holiday season, but this year it seems to gets more attention probably because prices are in decline. Once the bounce back to unchanged was over, both played in a narrow range to close fairly neutral. Japan on the other hand, traded well following the open and managed a +0.65% gain on the day. We are seeing renewed weakness in the Yen, in Asian trading, but looks to have found the safe-haven bid again for the moment anyway. A ray of hope was also displayed in Australia and India, as both markets finished around 1% higher. Overall a fairly quiet session awaiting China, the FED and Germanys IFO report.
Europe attempted to hold just slightly lower levels Monday, but once the US markets opened that proved just too much of an ask! Growing fears of a global slowdown continue to spread and recent data tend to support that sentiment. China numbers Friday, followed by further BREXIT and European uncertainty are all in the mix ahead of the Federal Reserve and a devastatingly slow retail sector. Talk this evening is that Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Leader) apparently intended to propose a no-confidence motion in Theresa May, but then decided he didnt need to after Theresa May tabled a date for the Parliamentary vote ( Week of January 14th, 2019). If this vote were to happen, it is in her and not the government. BREXIT and all its shenanigans will continue for at least another three months, so buckle in it could get wild! GBP however, has traded higher against the USD as speculation that the FED holds after this weeks move. Most core European bourses closed around 1% lower.
US markets have been heavy all day and are looking to close at their lowest levels for the year. Having retreated from close to 15% from their highs, markets are trading nervous as we await the FED and data starts to slow again. Housing numbers today were their slowest in three years, but there was a pick-up in business activity. Although volumes are better than their 20day average, the 20day average is still way down...
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Secret head of world finance, Cardinal Pell, fired and big changes coming
By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
Last week Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing children by an Australian court and was subsequently fired by Pope Francis because he was elderly.
This is huge news in the secret world of finance, because Pell was the person in charge of financial matters at the Vatican and thus was a secret controller of most world government leaders, P2 Freemason and CIA sources say. This is because when most world rulers take power, they get a visit from an official of the Vatican Bank who hands them a bank book with an astronomical number written in it (a billion dollars or more for big countries; less for smaller countries). They are then told, Welcome to the world of the rich, and are gently reminded that if they refuse to accept the money they will be removed.
This is the choice of silver or lead that has allowed the Vatican P2 Freemason Lodge, run by descendants of the Caesars, to secretly rule most world governments. The 200 leaders who last week affirmed the fraudulent carbon causes global warming agreement are all slaves of this system, P2 Freemason and CIA sources agree.
On December 15 the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, adding that Canberra "acknowledges the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem," thus abiding by the so-called two-state solution. Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister for regional cooperation, noted that Israel is not satisfied with the Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in conjunction with the acceptance of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the Guardian. "Australia is a deep and intimate friend of many years of Israel. We were happy to hear that it has an interest to clarify its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But to our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake. There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel's control over it is eternal," said...
Apparently Australia's interim prime minister, Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison has a prepared 'battle' plan for the May 2019.
* Ministers need to portray gravitas and confidence.
*Don't let backbench MPs open their mouths without a central office minder.
*Give prepared statements and don't answer journalists questions about said statements.
*Freeze out mainstream news outlets other than News Corp, Sky News, 2GB Radio and its Macquarie Media stablemates.
* Stay on message and repeat, repeat, repeat - Liberal Good, Labor Bad!
* Praise Supreme Leader Scott Morrison.
By Kent Heckenlively, JD After having my talk at the Commonwealth Club of California cancelled because of protests, being thrown out of Age of Autism for daring to pen a few articles for BolenReport, and being BANNED from speaking in Australia for three years, I have a new honor. Ive been Snoped! If you dont Continue reading Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here)
Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei meetings that took place months before Canadas arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.
Sources say Mr. Trudeau met the spy directors at a Five Eyes meeting in mid-July in Nova Scotia and at secret intelligence talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in London in April, where Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government dominated discussion.
By ROBERT FIFE AND STEVEN CHASE
The Globe and Mail
The Five Eyes network is made up of Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, which co-operate to combat espionage, terrorism and global crime.
During the discussions in Halifax and London, sources said the spy chiefs stressed that their countries cannot become dependent upon Huaweis 5G technology because they view the Shenzen-based company as beholden to the Chinese state. Under Chinese law, the countrys companies must work with Chinas intelligence agencies if requested.
Senior federal officials, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, would not discuss the Five Eyes deliberations on Huawei.
CSIS will not comment on the nature or substance of meetings held with its Five Eyes partners. Canadas relationship with these partners remains strong and is focused on keeping Canada safe from a variety of threats, CSIS chief information officer Tahera Mufti said in a statement.
Mr. Trudeau is facing a difficult decision on whether to join the majority of his Five Eyes allies and bar Huawei equipment from being used in next-generation 5G mobile networks.
December 16, 2018 The foreign minister of Bahrain has defended Australias formal recognition of the so-called West Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, saying the move would not affect a future Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital. Australias government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would 
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A New York Times report on Stones allegations against Rush parses the difficulties of coming forward in the #MeToo eraespecially in Australia.
As many strides as the #MeToo and Times Up movements have made in a short time, they still have a long way to go. Exhibit A is the latest allegations against a well-known actor.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's stubborn endorsement of the UN Global Migration Pact has brought his government to its knees and caused massive demonstrations against the Pact in Belgium. Charles Michel now governs with a minority, because the center-right Flemish N-VA has walked out over the PM's move to have Belgium support a UN migration pact. The Prime Minister is now trying to govern with assorted and reshuffled Liberals and Christian Democrats. The upcoming Migration Pact has divided international alliances: Austria, Hungary, the US, Israel, Australia and several other states rejecting the accord. Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken, commented on Thursday, "It's way too pro-migration. It doesn't have the nuance that it needs to have to also comfort European citizens." He said that, although it was not legally binding, it was also not without legal risks. He said that wide interpretation of human rights laws in EU courts were "tying the hands of migration policy-makers." 
The Belgian government has split apart after Prime Minister Charles Michel ignored the objections of his ruling coalitions biggest party and insisted he would sign the UN migration pact.
The Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quit the government following crisis talks over the weekend, prompting Michel to announce he would travel to Marrakesh to sign the controversial compact representing a minority government.
Stepping down as interior minister on Sunday, the N-VAs Jan Jambon told local media I think that, formally speaking, we are stepping down. We said that if the coalition goes to Marrakesh, it will be without us.
The patriotic party had previously produced a list of 30 objections to signing the so-called Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration including a lack of differentiation between illegal and legal flows, and questions over whether the agreement, which declares mass immigration to be inevitable, desirable and necessary, could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.
Vice Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rebuffed the N-VA for branding the parties set to sign Belgium up to the UN document as a Marrakesh coalition, asserting that ministers will continue to have firm but humane migration policies because no one in this government want....
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Sunday, December 16, 2018
Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris
On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:
That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:
Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:
Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.
The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.
This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.
This comes courtesy of the Daily Mail - the photos from Christmas Island came to us from Shaz of CI and were first published here on this website. I can think of at least one Australian war veteran who lives overseas but has to return for medical treatment who will...
TURC hearing into CFMEU officials and their apparent destruction of evidence subject to TURC's Notices to Produce Monday, 21 September 2015 AT 2PM the Commission commenced its hearing, former National President of the CFMEU Dave Hanna in the witness box. Ms McNaughton opened by having Mr Hanna confirm the names...
Thanks to Team Tommy on Twitter for the image!
Unbelievable. Covered up the video cameras. Destroyed tonnes of documents as they were being called by the Royal Commission. Fought the charges, didn't cooperate, plea of not guilty. And walks free on a bond. An ex-union boss has avoided jail after being found guilty of dumping and burning tonnes of...
Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.
By Bari Weiss
Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.
Yael Stone is scared.
We are in New York City, at a ramen place near her apartment in Astoria, Queens, and Ms. Stone, who stars in Orange Is the New Black, has barely touched her soup. She tells me she hasnt been sleeping for the better part of a year.
Its not just her 6-month-old baby whos keeping her up, but her decision to come forward for the first time and speak to me about her experiences with Geoffrey Rush, one of the most powerful actors in her native Australia.
Most women who go public with #MeToo stories are fearful for obvious reasons. There is the pain of reliving traumatic experiences. There is the rage of not being believed. And there is sometimes the discomfort of admitting, as Ms. Stone readily does, that she didnt say no and at times even encouraged some of his behavior. She did so, she says, out of fear of offending a mentor and friend.
But Ms. Stone isnt just afraid of the emotional consequences of talking about her allegations against Mr. Rush, her onetime hero, including that he danced naked in front of her in their dressing room, used a mirror to watch her while she showered and sent her occasionally erotic text messages while she was 25 years old and starring opposite Mr. Rush, then 59, on stage in The Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011.
I was recently interviewed by Polands biggest media organisation about my work around disaster capitalism (both the book and film). The conversation covered Afghanistan, Haiti, aid, US foreign policy, Trump and what journalism should be (hint: challenging those in power).
It was great to engage with an audience that in the West is increasingly viewed as conservative and intolerant. The Polish journalist told me that this view is inaccurate and public opinion is far more diverse on matters of immigration and refugees.
Heres the story (readers will have to use Google Translate): polishinterviewdisastercapitalism
Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]
Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.
Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...
The news would have its readers believe that were in the end times that climate change has reached the point of no return and the world is on the brink of nuclear wear. Unfortunately the hopeful and inspiring stories tend to pass by far too quickly, but if you look for them, theyre always there. Some are the result of years worth of work, research and investments, while others come about simply by accident.
Take the Great Barrier Reef, for instance. Coral reefs account for a measly 1% of the entire ocean on planet Earth. Despite the miniscule amount of surface area they cover, coral reefs provide food and shelter to one quarter of all marine life. Reefs also support marine life that ends up in the human food chain, feeding a whopping one billion of us.
Thanks to a little thing called bleaching, about two thirds of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia has been killed off due to a rise in temperature, thought to have been brought on by global warming. The statistics are alarming.
Thankfully, and completely by accident, Dr. David Vaughan from the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, may have found a way to reverse that devastating loss.
Coral ordinarily takes 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity, meaning it can take up to six years to plant 600 coral. This fact alone is one reason the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is so alarming. But thanks to Dr. Vaughan, we may be able to help coral grow forty times faster!
The Good News Network describes Dr. Vaughans accidental discovery:
He had been trying to remove a coral from the bottom of a tank when it broke into a dozen pieces. To his shock, all of the pieces regrew to the same size in just three short weeks, as opposed to the three years it had taken to grow the original coral.
The process of fragmenting coral to encourage regrowth is nothing new. In fact, the pro...
This month the ACCC released a long-overdue report into the way Facebook and Google have changed the media in Australia and the world. Here are a few quotes: ...the impact of digital platforms (ie Facebook and Google) on the supply of news and journalism is particularly significant. News and journalism...
Kanowna solar farm near Moree believed to be first to use both DC optimisers and centralised DC-coupled inverters to cater for battery storage and get around network connection hurdles. The post Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles appeared first on RenewEconomy.
A new paper with many authors most prominently Joseph Henrich tries to measure the cultural gaps between different countries. I am reproducing a few of their results (see pp.36-37 for more), noting that higher numbers represent higher gaps:
Distance from the U.S.
Georgia [the country]: 0.15
Hong Kong: 0.09
Egypt is the most distant, then Yemen, with Canada as the closest.
As for cultural distance from China, we have:
Great Britain: 0.20
Hong Kong: 0.09
Russia: 0.09 (not *so* far away)
Overall the numbers show much greater cultural distance of other nations from China than from the United States, a significant and under-discussed problem for China. For instance, the United States is about as culturally close to Hong Kong as China is.
Published on Dec 16, 2018
European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.
Published on Dec 16, 2018
Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.
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