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Even though we are net bullish as highlighted in our previous forecast, the resistance to further gains as visible in ETH, Bitcoin, NEO and even Ripple would probably clip our forecast. Notice that not only are prices trending within tight 
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The Australian Government has an opportunity to play a critical role in addressing the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people face across the globe, the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council today.
The Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Victor Madrigal-Borloz tabled the first report since taking over the mandate, in which he called violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender diversity a scourge on the world which countries must acknowledge.
Lee Carnie, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, delivered a statement to the Human Rights Council highlighting Australias role.
LGBT people worldwide face violence and discrimination, exclusion and marginalisation in every corner of the globe. The international community must take a strong stand against prejudice and hatred, and work towards removing laws in the countries which still, unbelievably, criminalise homosexuality.
A number of states who strongly opposed the mandate were notably silent today, and China stated its opposition to all forms of discrimination and violence but called on the international community to respect traditional beliefs and avoid imposing values on others.
In contrast, the Australian Government strongly supported the mandate, spoke out against stigmatisation and hatred of LGBTI people and stated that [t]raditional cultural values must not be used to justify the denial of human rights.
Australia has taken a strong stand on the rights of LGBT people on the international stage for a number of years, with bipartisan support, and now that Australia has a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, the Australian Government has an opportunity to be a champion for LGBTI people who face violence and persecution worldwide, said Lee Carnie.
The UN also heard that the Australian Government needs to address inequality faced by LGBTI people on its own shores.
While there has been significant progress in Australia on issues such as marriage equality, Australias record on medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex infants needs closer examination. And trans and gender diverse people are still waiting on much needed birth certificate reform so they can access identification documents that reflect who they are, said Lee Carnie.
We need stronger protections from the hate speech and hate crimes which spiked dur...
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Deutsches Reich, also known as the Third Reich, circa 1933-1945@POTUS is honest and old school, and that's why my family and I love him! He's the BEST AND WISEST AND MOST LOVING AND PATRIOTIC POTUS EVER!! Thank GodMama Da Bear (@MamaDaBear) May 29, 2018
Have humans been sailors for a million years? IT WASN'T supposed to end this way. The 23-metre-long Nale Tasih 1, made with Stone Age tools and materials, was meant to recreate one of the truly epic prehistoric journeys: the first human crossing from Indonesia to Australia some 65,000 years ago. The voyage, in 1998, should have taken more than a week, but water sloshing around the crew's feet on the first day was a clear sign. The team had to tow the doomed raft back to shore. The very first humans to travel the oceans would have faced a daunting task, both physical and mental. By attempting to recreate their voyages, experimental archaeologists are helping to define the scale of that challenge. The Nale Tasih 1 expedition, however, was meant to help prove a grander theory. Its leaders say humans have been building and using watercraft to reach new lands for the best part of a million years. In other words, early humans - potentially including Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus - weren't diehard landlubbers. They were mariners. It is still a minority view, but one with profound implications. The ancient mariners theory could completely change our perspective on how early humans behaved and communicated with each other.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy.
The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be.
They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julians case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme dangers that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.
I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smears engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.
In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated March 8, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the feeling of trust that is WikiLeaks center of gravity.
This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of exposure [and] criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on his reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.
Their main weapon would be a personal smear. Their shock troops would be enlisted in the media those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.
The irony is that no one told these journalists what to do. I call them Vichy journalists after the Vichy government that served and enabled the German occupation of wartime France.
Last October, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Sarah Ferguson interviewed Hillary Clinton, over whom she fawned as the icon for your generation.
This was the same Clinton who threatened to obliterate totally Iran and, who, as U.S. Secretary of State in 2011, was one of the instigators of the invasion and destruction of Libya as....
The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network are pledging our official support of The Vegetable Plot The Vegetable Plot are an award-winning bunch of roots musicians who have sprung from the underground on a radical mission: to get kids to fall in love with vegetables! We want to show our support for this amazing 
Hello community gardeners across the country For those who dont know me, you can find out some information about all of our committee members by following the link below. Our ACFCGN map, where you register your community garden, has about 600 gardens. That's a lot of gardens, and we know there are lots more 
PLUMMETING temperatures have caused freezing conditions and snow across the country - and more severe weather is coming. A FREEZING cold snap has blanketed parts of the country in fluffy white snow. Australians have packed on the layers as icy chills continue to blow across southeast Australia thanks to the cold front that's been pushing through the Great Australian Bight since Wednesday. Severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of New South Wales today as strong gusty winds with cold temperatures and showers are forecast. The Bureau of Meteorology said a complex low over the Tasman Sea was directing a "vigorous westerly airstream" over NSW ahead of a south to south-westerly change which would move along the coast today. Damaging winds averaging 60 to 65km/h are predicted with peak gusts of more than 90km/h. A south to south-westerly wind change is forecast to move along the coast, reaching the Hunter coast by late morning. Showers may bring damaging wind gusts along the coastal fringe in areas including Gosford, Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.
Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?
In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.
This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.
In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.
There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.
This month Miss Amber and Stukulele will presenting a UKE NIGHT for beginners.
All the songs will be easy play classics so if you havent been to UKE NIGHT because you didnt think you could keep up this night is for you.
Still only $12.50 per adult and $2.50 for kids under 16. Come and be a part of a friendly community of music lovers.
You are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your dial.
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One of the most used strategies I've learned from the Disquiet Junto was Brian Crabtree's 'layered sameness' exercise
It involves layering over a dozen takes without using a metronome, then combining the results into a shimmering cloud.
Recently I took the idea a step further and recorded a piece with MIDI, which was then used to trigger VST instruments.
At the top is the guitar version, while below is eight synthesisers.
I've offered this piece to a friend for their installation at Burning Seed this year.
The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network is a network of community groups and individualsthat campaigns for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability (see our website www.aftinet.org.au)
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate passionate about global justice. The position is for 28 hours per week, on a fixed-term contract, with ongoing employment dependent on funding. Total remuneration including superannuation and leave loading is $42.35 per hour.
The focus of the campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements, regional agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and World Trade Organisation agreements.
The trade justice analyst/campaigner reports to the Convener and the management committee (Working Group). Key tasks of the role include to:
analyse the text of trade agreements for submissions to DFAT and to parliamentary inquiries.
circulate draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback
attend meetings with DFAT negotiators
organise briefings and meetings with politicians when required
speak at public meetings or meetings with member organisations when required
monitor media on trade negotiations and write media releases, website posts and social media posts as required
write and distribute regular bulletins and maintain membership records
organise monthly committee meetings
organise membership subscriptions and renewals and assist with fundraising activities
Grease-black, the Californian sea lion moves through the pool like a slick of oil pushed by a strong current. Propelled by rear flippers in a momentous leap, a halo of water spins from its glossy head, and, as the awkward mound flops down, a large splash rises to an elated chorus of laughter. A cool bead hits my arm. The smell in the air is cold fish mixed with the scent left in a room after a dog has been bathed.
A match made in Labor heaven. And here's the intellectual powerhouse showcasing the smarts that now leads the party of Thomson, Gillard, Williamson and Rudd.
Hans Lovejoy and staff reporters
With the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) holding a public meeting over West Byron on Tuesday, June 18, an estimated of 800 to 1,000 locals rallied at Main Beach on Sunday before taking to the streets of the town to protest against the mega suburb proposal.
The crowd heard from deputy mayor Basil Cameron, NSW Greens MP Tamara Smith, NSW Labor candidate Asren Pugh, environmentalist Dailan Pugh, Cr Cate Coorey and was MCd by Mark Swivel.
Though there was no arrangement to do a street march, protestors had a great time heading from Apex Park down Jonson Street to the crossing near Railway Park, where they turned and headed back to Apex Park chanting West Byron No Way!
The police did not show until towards the end. Traffic was held up for around half an hour.
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While local Greens and ALP politicians have damned the state governments recent review of holiday letting, North Coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has moved to defend it.
Greens Cr Michael Lyon led the charge in responding to the state governments response, saying, as anticipated, the State government has failed the community of Byron Shire, adding they had adopted a one-size fits all policy framework.
Asren Pugh, the Labor candidate for Ballina, echoed those sentiments, saying the new holiday letting laws dont go far enough to protect communities in tourist hotspots like Byron Bay.
But Mr Franklin, who is Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, has welcomed the plan as a good first step in providing long-term certainty.
Currently this area is unregulated, so the governments reforms are a very welcome first step in this process, Mr Franklin said.
A new mandatory code of conduct will be implemented, which Mr Franklin said would address potential impacts like noise levels, disruptive guests and effects on shared neighbourhood amenities.
He also defended a new dispute resolution process, which would see Fair Trading given powers to police online platforms and letting agents.
Under the two strikes and youre out policy, hosts or guests who commit two serious breaches of the code within two years will be banned for five, and be listed on an exclusion register, Mr Franklin said.
These are the toughest laws in the country and will make sure local residents are protected while ensuring that hosts who do the right thing are not penalized, he said.
The new laws give regional councils to limit short-term holiday letting to a maximum of 180 days.
Mr Franklin described this as a welcome move, providing Councils with more control in determining what is appropriate for their communities.
Allowing councils to limit letting to 180 days shows that the Government understands that a one size fits all approach is not appropriate as every Local Government area faces...
A quick response from some locals and NSW Fire & Rescue ensured that an escaped campfire blaze in Brunswick Heads on Saturday evening was quickly put out.
An Echo drudge reported seeing the fire take hold in bush along the Brunswick River, behind Torakina Park.
It looked to be a well established camp, she said, adding there were lots of plastic fumes.
Some quick-thinking locals contained fire with sand and quashed flames with branches of green leaves until the Fire Brigade arrived, she said.
According to NSW Fire & Rescue, two crews were on the scene at South Beach Park by around 5.15pm on Saturday evening.
Camping equipment and were bush alight, the spokesperson said.
Crews attended and extinguished the fire within an hour of arriving, he added.
Police were on the scene but there were no reports of injuries or an ambulance being required.
The exposure of Professor John Giesy, alleged to have been bribed by multinational 3M to falsify the science over the harmful effects of some of the chemicals that the company has been using, is a sad fall, for a man who chose to feather his own nest over honesty. When big money becomes too entangled with scientific research, objective investigation is going to be sacrificed for something much less noble than the pursuit of knowledge.
Professor Giesy had been credited for discovering toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) in the environment, and with helping to persuade chemical giant 3M Company to abandon their manufacture. Now he stands accused of doing the companys bidding.
This is not the first time something like this has happened. Scientists have been used over the years by of tobacco, oil and pharmaceutical companies, because they wanted to bury information that might harm their operations.
Giesys case came out into the open, after the release of documents in the United States connected to a court case launched by the State of Minnesota and a $A1.15 billion legal settlement. they suggest, he was used to what 3M called its actions to command the science, and the scientific community was misled about the presence of chemicals in peoples blood.
Among other effects, it studies into their link with cancer were undermined, and funds were helped into avenues more suitable to 3M.
For example, PFAS, which is a component of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), has been known to be harmful, as far back as 1997, according to one of the companys own data safety sheets. studies indicate that it compromises the immune and metabolic regulation systems and is implicated in the development of bowel cancer.
PFOS is also widely used by 3M in Australia and can be found in Scotchgard and fire-fighting foams, paints, stain removers, pesticides, shampoo sand food packaging. They have not been banned and are still in use, even though some studies have kinked it.
In his testimony to the Minnesota case, Professor Philippe Grandjean of Harvard, observed that despite spending most of his career as a professor at public universities, Professor Giesy has a net worth of approximately $20 million. This massive wealth results at least in part from his long-term involvement with 3M for the purpose of suppressing independent scientific research
Professor Giesy has a consulting company that received payments from 3M between at least 199...
Good thing we transcribed the speech, because it has been
removed from youtube! See below for what was in it.
John Pilger reminds us of the 'journalists' who let down Julian Assange whilst profiting from the information he released. He reminds us how far down journalism has sunk. He uses the term 'Vichy-journalism' to good effect.
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JOHN PILGER: Thank you for coming for Julian. And thank you to
the SEP for organising this important rally. The persecution of
Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy
The Australian government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have a historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Julian does not seek special treatment. The Australian Government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect its citizens abroad from gross injustice.In Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him, should he walk out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what you in can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful. The United Nations has called it torture.
I know Julian well. I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I've watched the tsunami of lies and smear engulf him endlessly, predictably, perfidiously, and I know why they smear him.
In 2008 a plan to destroyed both WikiLeaks and Julian was laid out in a secret document dated 8th of March 2008. The authors were the cyber counterintelligence assessment branch of the US Defense Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy - and I quote - "the feeling of trust that WikiLeaks that is WikiLeaks center-of-gravity." This would be achieved, they wrote, "with threats of exposure and criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation."
The aim was to silence and criminalize WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of...
Some friends on Facebook have asked where are the men
discussing Eurydice Dixon
I dont think Im alone in struggling to articulate the injustice.
It occurs to me one reason Im struggling to articulate a response is that Eurydice cant explain the circumstances that led to her death.
If she had lived, she wouldve had to make the decision to report her assault.
It is widely recognised that few victims of sexual assault report the crime.
About a decade ago I got an insight into why so few undertake that process.
While living in a regional city I learned victims might have to drive two hours to a larger hospital to find a doctor willing to collect forensic evidence.
Does this suggest its easier to believe Eurydices corpse than it is to find a doctor in the country?
Reporting crime is one step in making sense of violence but its not an easy step.
My female Facebook friends have responded to Eurydices death by sharing experiences of male violence.
As a male I know male violence too and I think thats why I feel powerless to discuss Eurydice.
Maybe if I was a corpse itd be easier to believe I fear violence.
When I was assaulted I asked police to make a report and they asked why bother.
I called a friend who worked a newspaper and asked him to write a story.
The journalist said it happens all the time, thats not newsworthy.
I understand my story seems insignificant.
its commonplace but I still struggle to understand it.
Violence is senseless but as a society not much effort seems to be put into understanding it.
This is what I say for Eurydice Dixon: We need to change a culture that belittles violence.
I wonder if once we acknowledge our shared experiences of violence, we can look at how our culture normalises it.
Are we so blas about violence that a corpse is required for it to be recognised?
The Noongar peoples of Western Australia as a distinct population group are the nations most at risk population group to suicide. The suicide toll among Noongar people has tragically reached the highest number of suicides of any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander population group. Of Australian cities, Perth is recording the highest number of First 
At the very heart of Splendour lies the GLOBAL VILLAGE, an exotic oasis of hot chai, yoga flows, dance floor vibrations and wild workshops. Start your day in stillness with morning meditations, connect with the wisdom of our original custodians, get pampered by a massage therapist and top it off with a late-night jam session or a boogie in the silent disco.
Continue your sensory expedition to the TIPI FOREST! This iconic late-night institution will play host to some of the sweetest sonic selectors and best beat droppers to call Northern NSW home. As the sun sets and the bass begins to pump, acrobats and fire twirlers will come to life, back dropped by technicolour light scapes and transient art. Make friends and mingle in the tipis or meet kindred spirits on the dance floor as you groove out to the killer 2018 program.
Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis), Yemens Army and Popular Committees, and allied groups have spent the last three years preparing for this very battle. These Yemeni forces are currently fending off Saudi, Sudanese, and Emirati troops, Saudi and Emirati paid mercenaries, Black Water (Academi) mercenaries from Australia, Colombia, and other countries, Emirati-backed Southern separatists, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other troops allied with the Saudi coalition. The United States and France have both sent special forces and naval support to Yemen on Saudi Arabias behalf.
The United States, Canada, most of Europe, Egypt, Bahrain, and a slew of other countries provide military or diplomatic support to the Saudi coalition against Yemen.
Despite these efforts, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have successfully repelled many advances in the coalitions attempts to take the important port city of Hodeidah. Saudi-friendly mainstream outlets like BBC initially reported that the coalition had captured the strategic Hodeidah airport. This appears false, however...
Unfortunately, these speeches seem to have been removed from you
tube and facebook at some time between 10.36am and 6pm. We do not
know why. See article above this one for the transcript of John Pilger's
RALLIES ON TUESDAY 19 JUNE IN AUSTRALIA: Melbourne - outside the British Consulate 12-2PM (British Consulate General Melbourne, 17th Floor, 90 Collins St Melbourne). Will be attended by Julian's father, John Shipton and another young member of Julian's family and Shirley Shackleton. Brisbane - Vigil 4-6PM at the Ann Street Shrine of Remembrance opposite Central Station; Perth - 12PM-2PM at Forrest Chase.
The Socialist Equity Party should be applauded for having organised and recorded the June 17th protest speeches. We should not however forget that Julian Assange's work goes wider than worker protest. It goes to preventing globalist media, corporations and governments from taking away our rights as citizens of nations. The issues go to the nation itself and to the need for solidarity and communication between citizens, always, plus the recognition that Julian is one of us. This cause should be embraced by other forces as well as the Socialist Equity Party. Anyone who supports free speech, human and civil rights, and opposes war, should attend these protests and get others to attend with leaflets, posts to social media, and calls to talk-back radio etc.
I interviewed Greg Buck on Sunday about about how bad (free) money hollows out economies, and how giant companies, as a result, are able to cannibalize their industries (e.g. Amazon, Netflix etc). Bad money is killing the real economy, and any means of price signalling resulting in artificial economies.
This link is to a talk by Yanis Varoufakis author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europes Crisis and Americas Economic Future. (Recorded April 24, 2016 in Seattle.)
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
What is the allocation of authority in the US Constitution regarding decisions for the country to go to war? It is simply that all such decision-making rests with Congress per Article I, section 8 of the Constitution that says The Congress shall have the power to declare war.
But isnt the president the Commander and Chief of the armed forces. Yes, per Article II he is all of that, but so what? He can command the forces till...
#auspol @acoss this is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard come from the mouth of a Liberal Senator. Sen Lucy Gichuhi live kenyan TV saying 200k is not enough money , wage pic.twitter.com/3HLlkQTjPZ MsRebeccaRobins (@MsRebeccaRobins) June 17, 2018 Senator ordered to pay back over $2,000 after charging...
An extraordinary meeting of Lismore Council is being held on Tuesday June 19 and will look at approving a pegged rate rise that will take the Business Inner CBD rate up to $0.5.5040 cents in the dollar.
This has drawn criticism from LJ Hooker agent Paul Deegan who was reported in the Northern Star saying that The reason the CBD in Lismore is being slowly strangled, is directly related to the impossible rate burden imposed by Lismore City Council.
While recognising that rates in the Lismore CBD are too high Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith said that there are a lot of factors that are causing the traditional main streets to struggle across Australia.
We are only increasing with the rate peg, which I support, as our cost increases with inflation so we cant hold or reduce rates without cutting services.
Comparatively the business rate for the Byron Bay CBD is $0.4730 in the dollar however, Mayor Smith said that the rate in the dollar is not a good measure of actual cost as it is linked to property values. Lismore CBD land values have not increased in the past 20 years, so the rate in the dollar looks very expensive when compared to coastal rates which have shrunk with big rises in property values.
Total rates paid are a better measure and should be linked to services provided. We need to be clearer with our businesses about what they get for their money, said Mayor Smith.
I continue to advocate for more local government independence when it comes to rates and service delivery to our community. We need to empower councils to deliver more at the grassroots to counter the inefficient bureaucracy at the state government level in Australia.
Over 120 people from 20 union, church, aid and environment organisations rallied outside the Sydney public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties concerning the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Speakers focused on the impact the TPP-11 would have on workers, temporary migrant workers and women, the cost of medicines, and the extra rights it would give investing corporations to sue the Australian government. The JSCOT and a Senate Inquiry will report back to parliament in September on whether or not the parliament should vote in favour of the legislation to implement the TPP-11. The protest movement is urging MPs to vote against the implementing legislation. See photos here.
MELBOURNE, AAP A makeshift memorial for murdered comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised with offensive graffiti ahead of Mondays planned vigil.
Police say paint markings were found at the site of the memorial in Princes Park in Carlton during routine patrols about 3.50am on Monday.
A number of items were seized from the scene and the dog squad has been through the area, with the investigation ongoing.
Fire crews used high-pressure hoses to remove the offensive graffiti, painted next to the formal tributes in the park.
Vigil organiser, Megan Bridger-Darling was at a loss for words.
There is a level of anger in this city already. And for this to happen, on the day of her memorial, is absolutely galling, and insulting and deeply, deeply offensive, she told Nine Network.
Victorian senator Derryn Hinch said the vandalism was obscene on so many different levels.
Whoever did it, I hope they are found, identified, caught, charged and sent to jail. I really feel that, he told Seven Network.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said whoever did it is an idiot.
So much so, they will be bragging to their mates about it. Only morons behave like this. Responsibility needs to be taken and needs to be called out, she told the Seven Network.
It comes as thousands of men and women are due to hold vigils across the country in tribute to Ms Dixon, five days after the 22-year-olds body was discovered on Princes Park soccer field at Carlton North, prompting an outpouring of grief and anger about violence against women.
We all should be able to walk home, whenever we want, wherever we want, and assume we will make it home safe, the organisers of Monday nights Reclaim Princes Park vigil posted on Facebook.
Our bodies are not there for taking. It is not up to us to keep ourselves safe when we know its up to men to choose not to inflict violence upon us.
Vigils are expected in Melbour...
Police divers will be called in today to help locate a man who went missing about 10km north of Minnie Waters on Wednesday (June 13).
Kenneth Parker, aged 72, was staying with a friend at a home on Jetty Road, Sandon Village.
He told his friend he was heading down to Sandon River to go fishing; however, his boat is still anchored at the jetty but his fishing rod is missing.
He was last seen about 1.30pm on Wednesday at Sandon Village.
Several days of searching by police and emergency services along the beach and National Park track and Westpac Rescue helicopter sweep of the Sandon Headland has failed to find Mr Parker.
The search has also involved SES, Surf Lifesaving NSW, Maritime Services as well as a Maritime drone.
Mr Parker is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 150cm tall, of a heavy build and balding white hair and blue eyes.
Anyone who sees him or has information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
1808 - Alexander Wilson (alias Charles Boyle) was hanged at
Sydney for burglary from the house of William Moad.
1808 - John MacNeal was hanged at Sydney for burglary and robbery upon his master, having stolen two half casks and two quarter casks of gunpowder from the house of Robert Campbell.
1808 - Mary Grady was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Charles Stuart at Parramatta.
1814 - In a General Order, Governor Macquarie said he regreted the unhappy Conflicts between the natives of the Mountains and settlers at Bringelly, Airds and Appin, caused by the Aborigines helping themselves to the maize. He promised to punish anyone involved in hostilities on either side.
1827 James Stirling established a settlement at Raffles Bay.
1829 Official proclamation of the Swan River Colony.
1839 - Explorer Edward John Eyre shot through from Adelaide to explore the northern regions of SA.
1868 - An earthquake shook NSW. The quake was centred around the Hunter Valley town of Maitland. Minor damage to buildings only.
1868 - The first rowing race was held between Scotch College (originally known as the Melbourne Academy) and Church of England Grammar School on Yarra River, Melbourne, Vic
1872 - George Robert Nichols (The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1872 - Alfred Lester (alias Froude)(The Parramatta River Murders) was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of William Percy Walker (and John Bridger) in upper Sydney Harbour.
1883 - Wangabiddi was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Charles Redfern at Minni-Minni on the Gascoyne River.
1883 - Guerilla was hanged at Rottnest Island for the murder of Anthony Cornish at Fitzroy River.
1881 The Art Gallery of South Australia was opened by Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence.
1901 - Victorian Parliament parked their posteriors for the first time at the Exhibition Buildings following the Commonwealth Parliaments use of Parliament House, Melbourne. State Parliament remained there until 1927.
1906 - Counting the Commonwealth
GH Knibbs was appointed head of the new Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Some 4.5 million people were counted in the first census on 3 April 1911. Indigenous people were first included officially in the federal census in 1971 when the population was 12.8 million.
1915 - The first lock on the Murray River opened...or closed, depending on your view, at Blanchetown, Vic.
1923 - The Temora - Roto Railway Line (NSW) was flung open from Griffith to Hillston.
1926 - T...
Year 11 drama students from Byron Bay High School (BBHS) are excited to be bringing their powerful production of Angela Betziens War Crimes to the stage next week, and warmly invite the Byron Shire community to attend one of their three evening performances.
War Crimes gives voices to five tough, poor teenage girls from Cummergunja, a forgotten coastal town with limited opportunities. They each fight their own personal battles, railing against authority and each other within a culture of masculinity and racism. We witness their individual struggles to develop a sense of identity and agency, in a community where tensions are high and powerlessness breeds hatred for the other.
The play presents important messages about youth culture, friendship, empathy, compassion, racism, belonging and identity, and draws important parallels between conflict, violence and oppression in a world at war and in the lives of small town teenagers.
Under the guidance of drama teacher Simone Museth, the students have taken on technical, design, direction and acting roles with professionalism, talent and skill some even learned their lines in Arabic! The play has been largely directed and designed by students themselves, and their creative efforts are sure to impress.
Contemporary Australian playwright Angela Betzien claims that the play was written with the intention of stirring up some big questions about our national history, identity and future and what is sacred to us as a nation.
The play will have audience thinking deeply about questions such as Who calls Australia home? and What is worth fighting for?
Tickets for this gripping drama are selling fast and seating is limited. Performances are held on 26,...
Geoff Russell brings you the final story in a three-part series on the global renewable energy revolution. In Part I he looked at the animal and environment issues associated with the flooded river valleys and burning biomass that dominate renewable energy. Part II looked at wind, sunshine, storage and zoomed in to consider Australia.
Globally, nuclear power, in case you were wondering, generates just over 2,000 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, about 8 times more than solar and more than double wind power.
Now lets run some basic numbers and compare the ecological impact of renewables with that of nuclear power.
First lets deal with the inevitable cry from people who are anti-nuclear without ever having thought much about it: Nuclear isnt clean, think about the mining and the waste!!!.
Mines? Nuclear power is miserly on mines. The amount of mining required for hydro, solar or wind is many times greater. The recent ACOLA report made this point, let me repeat the relevant graph from a previous article.
As you can see, nuclear requires minimal mining.
So why do so many people seem to think mining is some kind of nuclear achilles heel? Thats an interesting question. Ill try to answer it later. But the graph massively underestimates the mining required for renewables on two fronts; it ignores mining for batteries and it ignores mining for all the extra transmission lines needed by wind and solar. Ive dealt with the relative ease of nuclear waste handling many times in the past most recently here.
But mining is a minor issue compared to the massive habitat destruction associated with renewables.
Hydro-electricity, as weve seen produces roughly 4,000 terawatt hours per year globally from reservoirs covering 343,000 square kilometres, so, using global averages,...
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out around 2pm on Sunday following reports that a horse rider had suffered injuries after a fall from a horse near Coorabell.
The helicopter medical team treated a 62-year-old male rider for back and chest injuries and transported him to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
The helicopter was called also required on Saturday night (June 16) to a single-vehicle motor accident on Blue Knob Rd north of Nimbin.
One person was treated for injuries and transported by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital.
The condition of patient is unknown.
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
Tomorrow marks the 6th anniversary of Wikileaks founder Julian Assanges application for political asylum with Ecuador, and his effective house arrest in London. John Pilger take up the case, again.
The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy.
The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be.
They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home.
Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julians case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that awaits him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected.
We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a US extradition warrant is successful a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture.
I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him.
In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the US Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the feeling of trust that is WikiLeaks centre of gravity.Protestors outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in support of Julian Assange, in May 2013. (IMAGE: See Li, Flickr)
This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of exposure [and]criminal prosecution and an unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence...
Never mind the headlines about the Trump-Kim meeting. They reveal very little of what is really going on. Nor is the issue the photo shoots, which all too often are used to divert from what is important.
This is a deadly serious matter. Part of the trouble, is that after years of demonising North Korea on the one hand and presenting its leaders as buffoons on the other, the caricature gets in the way of the reality.
North Korea has been presented as being a threat to the world. They arent an economic threat. The North Korean military does not exist outs its borders. Just how this so-called threat manifests itself, has never really been spelt out. Whether one approves of the internal politics or not is something else, and this should not distract from the need to secure the peace.
True, the North have some nuclear missiles that can be fired. It would be better if they didnt exist. But this too should be seen within its context.
As a colony, Koreans suffered a long period of brutality. The Korean War in the 1950s was horrendous. More bombs were dropped in the North than during the whole Second World War. Just about every family lost people. This is going to leave scars.
What has made it even worse in the long-run, is that the war was not conclusive and the stalemate has lasted up till now. This is for over half a century. A continuous war footing has been in place. The South has been heavily bankrolled by the United States and able ride the storm more easily than the North, which has paid a heavy price in terms of its economic and political development.
The United States has maintained a huge military presence south of the border. This has been met on the other side. Both have aimed nuclear weapons at each other. It is not hard to see that to lower the tension, the years of militarisation must come to an end. This goal that has not been possible till now. Changing this, needs both sides to stand down. Given the history, this is not going to happen, unless both sides do it together.
North Korea has been calling for this for and joint denuclearisation for years. It has been the United states side that has till now refused to back away. This is a little fact that has been ignored by much of the West and its media, which has opted for maintaining the pressure fr one side to stand down. North Korea happens to border China and Russia, and has therefore seen as strategically important.
Continuation of hostility over many years has fed the toxic atmosphere that has created the worlds most dangerous hot spot.
Recent developments have pulled the other way. Chief among them, is a greater willingness of both parts of Korea to move further along the road towards reconciliation. The resu...
Please see the previous article on this site for my comparison of Richard Huckle to Frank Houston founding father of Hillsong Global Church, based in Sydney, Australia with churches in major cities throughout the world, including London.
Australia's elite Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) team has been found to have committed a string of atrocities while on mission in Afghanistan nearly a decade ago; and the "Nazi flag" incident appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. In one instance back in 2009, reported by Sydney-based Fairfax Media, which conducted a six-month investigation into alleged Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, soldiers killed an Afghan amputee as they were raiding Urozgan province and took his artificial limb to their base to use it as a drinking vessel. Comment: The prosthetic leg was then taken as a souvenir and brought back to Perth to be used as a novelty beer drinking vessel. In another no less horrendous case, two senior soldiers first plotted and then forced a "rookie" troop to kill an unarmed elderly detainee, a Taliban suspect, thereby marking the young soldier's combat debut. According to Special Forces sources, cited by Fairfax, the victim posed no threat after being brutally knocked out. The soldiers involved in the atrocities committed on Afghan soil have not been named by the media. The hair-raising details came to light around the time when Australia's prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, blasted personnel of the same high-profile squadron who were caught on camera waving a swastika flag from their patrol vehicle.
New report says Australian companies lag behind international organisations Australian companies are not doing enough work to model the risks of climate change and how it will affect their profitability, a new report by a thinktank says.Progressive thinktank the Centre for Policy Development says that while most companies have committed to considering what climate change and the Paris climate agreement means for their business strategy, too few have begun using scenario analysis techniques [...]
The Turnbull Governments second session as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world, will begin in Geneva tomorrow.
Key focusses for the session will be the ongoing atrocities in Syria and Myanmar. Reports on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, racism, violence against women and the human rights responsibilities of businesses will also feature at the session.
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to scrutinise the role the Australian Government plays on the world stage and to ensure transparency and accountability for the Governments actions domestically.
"Just saying over and over again that you respect human rights doesnt make it true. If we want a world where all people are treated fairly and humanely - where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then we need Governments like ours to play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council, said Mr Webb.
Australias first session on the Council, in March this year, was dominated by strong criticism of its indefinite detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and what an independent UN expert described as the Turnbull Governments astonishing anti-democratic slide. While the Australian Government spoke out strongly against the Syrian Governments continuing atrocities against civilians, it offered only a weak response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
"The Rohingya families being burned alive in their homes in Myanmar. The children dying in attacks in Syria. The journalists rotting in prisons for speaking truth to power. They all need Governments like ours to form part of the UNs principled spine, not to gnaw away at the foundation of human rights with mealy-mouthed words and unprincipled actions, said Mr Webb.
Straight-talking, principled action and practising what we preach are absolutely vital to our Government being able to play the role the international community needs us to.
Australia was elected for a three-year term on the Council in October last year. This Council session runs from 18 June - 6 July. The Human Rights Law Centre will attend every day of the Council session and provide regular updates on the Australian Governments actions.
The Council session can be livestreamed here: ...
Australia is overexposed to a full-blown trade war between the US and China, business leaders have warned, as the Trump administration increases sanctions on Chinese products.
The Turnbull government moved quickly to put itself at the front of negotiations on Saturday after it was revealed a 25 per cent tariff on $US50 billion ($67 billion) worth of 1102 Chinese imports would take effect from July 6.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop urged the worlds two largest economies to take their dispute to the World Trade Organisation before it hit global standards of living and economic growth.
Foreign Minster Julie Bishop
By Eryk Bagshaw
16 June 2018 4:57pm
Free and open trade and investment is of great benefit to our country and the world, she said. Its a position that we have made very clear to our American friends and well continue to promote it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would not stop lobbying for free trade despite the fifth hit to the dominant world economic order in as many months.
My job as your prime minister is to ensure more Australians have well-paid jobs, he said. Thats why were supporting free trade; we dont give up on it.
Labor trade spokesman Jason Clare said the signs were ominous.
This is not good no one wins from a trade war, he said. The US and China make up almost half the worlds gross domestic product. If this escalated into a full-blown trade war, everyone will suffer including us.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry struck back at the US immediately on Saturday, stating it would fight back strongly against the short-sightedness of the US, by imposing an additional 25 per cent tariff on 659 US goods worth $US50 billion.
Industrial machinery, communications technology, orange juice, whiskey, beef, poultry and soybeans are among the products in the middle of the trade battle, which comes just weeks after the US slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
The crackdown is the next step in US President Donald Trumps election pledge to protect US manufacturing jobs. He has also accused China of undermining Silicon Valley-produced technology and intellectual property.
Of course, the following is just a rough guide, and many of you will find your situation varies from the above listing due to microclimates created in your garden, location in relation to your nearest major city, extremes of weather and garden type. But the one thing that remains the same for all zones and regions is this: improve your soil by adding organic matter, mulch and no matter the season, we can all garden more sustainably all year round.
Why not head out to the shed, and sharpen, clean, oil and maintain your garden tools. Sounds tedious, but its really rewarding, and will save you cash in the long run. Practicing tool hygiene will prevent the spread of disease.
Mulch your beds
Top up mulch on your veggie patches, herb gardens and ornamental beds. Choose sustainable, low environmental impact mulch, one that will enrich your soil as it breaks down. If in the southern states try to avoid Sugar Cane as it would have a high carbon footprint due to transport.
Green manure crops are good to go now improve that dormant veggie patch. In cooler to temperate areas you can use crops like like faba beans or field peas and for warmer areas try mung beans. Remember to chop and drop them before they flower.
Pruning & Weeding
Pruning and weeding is a great job to do at this time of year. Deciduous fruit trees love a big old haircut now, except your apricot!
Low temperatures for extended periods of time (all of Tasmania, most of Victoria, the southern highlands of NSW, the ACT and a tiny southern bit of SA)
Its bare root season! Get your deciduous fruit trees in now, including apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines. Deciduous exotic trees can also be planted now.
Theres still a bit happening in the veggie patch, especially if you love your brassicas, you could try spinach, carrots, sweet peas, broad beans, coriander and peas.
Never in recent memory have so many words have been printed about so little. at least not since The Australians last holy war.
Australias national broadsheet (that is, published nationally rather than in a particular state) The Australian, owned by expatriate Rupert Murdochs News Corporation, is indulging in a mighty bout of shadow boxing on the subject of whether or not western civilization is or isnt in decline in our antipodean Elysium. Shadow boxing in the sense that it preaches largely to the converted on a subject that is close to the heart of its opinionistas, and of little consequence to the public at large. Its adversary is that will o the wisp otherwise know as the green-left that has set up a virtual red commune in the our universities and the soviet that is our national broadcaster.
Take the question of whether the Australian National University should have accepted money from a private body to establish a course in Western civilization aimed at educating a new generation of potential movers and shakers in the cultural foundations of our society. This argument has swept the pages of the conservative media like a wildfire with, it must be said, more heat than light. In the outrage industry it is hard to recall an episode that has generated, well, more outrage.
Cultural commentator Peter Craven writes: Its hard to imagine the heat of the Western civilization/Ramsay Centre debate being generated in the way it has been anywhere but in this country. And it is indeed a peculiar penchant of our own predominantly white, middle aged, Anglo-Celtic cultural warriors. Nothing, it seems, stirs their blood more than an argument about academic license or press freedom if this is not favourably disposed to their side. One is tempted to ask what would these champions of political incorrectness do without academia and the ABC to rail against; although it might be observed that one persons political correctness is another persons political incorrectness.
Now, many of us share reservations about sources of university funding that may or may not have a particular political purpose, such as those directed at establishing Confucius institutes and such like, supported by Chinese government front organisations, and cash provided to the likes of the ANUs Centre for Arabic and Islamic Studies by Middle East autocracies like Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Somehow, soft power exercised through football stadiums and other bread and circuses are preferable to surreptitiously propagating favourable opinion, research, and influence in our institutions of higher learning.
In a university like the ANU, re...
Ive kept out of the latest silly culture war so far, but I couldnt resist this from Josh Frydenberg. After decrying a long march to the left in Australian universities, he says
It is absolutely critical that the next generation of students understand about where the rule of law came from, where democracy came from, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, womens suffrage
Looking through that list, it can be described as a potted summary of the long march to the left in Britain (and by extension Australia) over the course of the long 19th century from the French and American revolutions to the outbreak of the Great War. At the beginning of that period, Freydenbergs conservative precursors supported the rule of law, and opposed democracy, freedom of speech and religion and womens suffrage. It was only after long struggles that restrictions on freedom of speech and religion like the Six Acts and Penal Laws were repealed. The fight for (initialy male-only) democracy and womens suffrage took even longer.
If we extended Frydenbergs list into the 20th century, wed get something like this University of Sydney course which covers
struggles over labour rights and working conditions in the 1900s, womens suffrage, Aboriginal land rights, race relations and the White Australia Policy, homelessness during the Great Depression, freedom of speech during the Cold War, the Vietnam Moratorium and sexual liberation in the 1970s, the environmental movement, refugees and asylum seekers, and LGBT rights today
Looking at this mess, I think we might need a course in the history of Western Civilisation after all. It should be provided to people like Frydenberg and dAbrera so they can decide exactly whether they want to stop the clock at 1970, 1950 or perhaps at 1900.
If you knew that a government routinely covered up soldiers massacring civilians as if they were shooting them in a video game, would you stay silent?
If you knew that 66,081 of the 109,000 recorded deaths in the illegal war on Iraq from US military were civilians, would you stay silent?
If you found out that a government was spying on the citizens of every nation in the world and passing the information onto corporations and the military, would you stay silent?
Julian Assange did not stay silent. Courageously, he published the documents exposing murder and illegal surveillance, passed on to him by US. soldier, Private Manning.
These documents were also accessed and published in whole or in part by many other reporting outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, El Pas, Al-Akhbar, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftonbladet, Verdens Gang, Aftenposten, Politiken, NRC, RTL Nieuws, Die Welt,and Fairfax Media. But those media are not being punished.
The United States Government was the government involved in these war crimes and illegal global surveillance. It controlled the mainstream and corporate press and was incensed that Wikileaks, an alternative press, had the moral conviction to out it for its crimes. Its revenge was to engineer Julian Assange's illegal detention in the Ecuadorian Embassy from August 2012.
Using trumped up charges, the UK and Swedish Governments colluded with the United States so that Assange was likely to be extradited to the United States on unknown and probably illegal grounds if he left his place of asylum. The United States has the highest rates of imprisonment in the world and its private and military prisons are known to be brutal and unaccountable.
Assange did not committed any crime by publishing material from a foreign state, any more than have the newspapers who also published this. His arbitrary detention has been denounced by the United Nations. His access to internet, telephone and visitors have all been withdrawn recently and a change of government in Ecuador threatens his continued asylum in its embassy. The Australian Government needs to act to bring Assange home to safety, in accordance with UN rulings.
Hobbies: Multiplying!!! Sucking sap; exuding honeydew; hanging out with ants which are attracted to the honeydew, encouraging sooty mould and passing viruses from plant to plant. Youll often find yellow patches from these viruses on infected leaves.
Likes: Yellow flowers, warm moist environments, succulent new growth of just about every kind of plant (I really love roses, heaps of veggies, annuals and citrus trees).
Dislikes: Chives, coriander, garlic, onions,
petunias and radishes. Soaps like home made chilli soap, neem oil
(Azadarachtin). Dont get along with Ladybirds or Lacewings,
Braconid Wasps, Hover Flies or Praying Mantis! Oh, and I hate
sticky traps! These predatory insects seem to be attracted by
companion plants like Alyssum, Yarrow and Dill.
Youll know youve met me when: all your plants new growth is seriously malformed; there are heaps of ants on the stems or plant parts are sticky from my honeydew. Oh, and yucky black sooty mold soon appears!
Righto Fitzy, you asked for it. 500 DAYS: In his first 500 days in office, President Donald J. Trump has achieved results domestically and internationally for the American people. Since taking office, President Trump has strengthened American leadership, security, prosperity, and accountability. After 500 days, the results are clear: the...
The Herald Sun reported that 28 year old Sandeep Singh pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, inviting a minor to be concerned in child pornography, and sexual penetration of a child. The victim of his crimes was a 14 year old girl.
Despite the guilty plea, the Herald Suns headline still described Singhs grooming, sexual assault and exploitation of a child as sex and included an implication she was consenting to his crimes with the idea she was being showered with freebies.
The article describes the 14 year old girl as begging him to stop and his attacks on her. This is not sex.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately...
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