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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto (not pictured) in Budapest, Hungary, February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
SYDNEY: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will on Tuesday hail the role of international law in settling regional conflicts, comments apparently aimed at bolstering Australian efforts to build a coalition against Chinese assertiveness.
Bishop, in a speech ahead of a special meeting of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, will not name China but will argue that international law will stabilise a region strained by rival claims in the South China Sea.
The rules-based order is designed to regulate behaviour and rivalries of and between states, and ensure countries compete fairly and in a way that does not threaten others or destabilise their region or the world, Bishop will say in Sydney, according to a leaked draft of the speech seen by the Australian Financial Review.
It places limitations on the extent to which countries use their economic or military power to impose unfair agreements on less powerful nations.
China claims most of the South China Sea, an important trade route which is believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas, and has been building artificial islands on reefs, some with ports and air strips.
Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, all of which are members of ASEAN, and Taiwan also have claims in the sea.
Australia, a staunch U.S. ally with no claim to the South China Sea, has long maintained its neutrality on the dispute to protect economic relationship with China.
But with Australias relations with China souring in recent months, Bishops comment underscore a new Australian tactic.
Australia is trying to get ASEAN on side with the notion that China is a rule-breaker that everyone would be better served by abiding by, said Nick Bisley, profe...
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Supervised tooth brushing lessons to run in
schools to show parents and children how to scrub their teeth
because of increasing levels of decay
The supervised tooth brushing lessons will run in New South Wales schools
Lessons will show parents and children how to brush their teeth properly
For regions that are at high-risk of dental disease or don't have fluoridated water
By Greta Levy For Daily Mail Australia
Schools will run supervised tooth brushing classes to battle high levels of tooth decay in New South Wales.
The state's health department has announced their first action to help areas that are without fluoride.
School's and childcare centres will run supervised lessons in a push to reduce tooth decay. School's and childcare centres are implementing tooth brushing lessons in New South Wales schools +2
School's and childcare centres are implementing tooth brushing lessons in New South Wales schools
Regions that are at a high risk of dental disease or don't have access to fluoridated water will run the programs aimed at introducing oral health care into their daily routine.The programs will target high-risk groups such as rural and remote communities, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and low income earners.
Fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes will be handed out to the areas and teachers will be trained in the correct way to brush teeth.
School's can also host fluoride mouth-rinse programs.
On 22 February I made this request of DFAT under the provisions of what was once a Freedom of Information Act. From: Michael Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, 22 February 2018 4:57 PM To: FOI Subject: Application under the FOI Act 1982 I seek all cables, emails, telephone records and...
A film which has been produced by a group of Australian
journalists has sparked an international outcry against Israel
after it explicitly detailed Tel Avivs use of torture against
The film, titled Stone Cold Justice documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. Australias foreign minister Julie Bishop has spoken out against Israelis use of torture stating that I am deeply concerned by allegations of the mistreatment of Palestinian children, Israels Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor has described the human rights abuses documented in the film as intolerable. But rights groups have slammed this statement, saying that the Israelis are doing nothing to change Tel Avivs policy to torture Palestinian children. Last year a report by the United Nations International Emergency Childrens Fund or UNICEF concluded that Palestinian children are often targeted in night arrests and raids of their homes, threatened with death and subjected to physical violence, solitary confinement and sexual assault. The film Stone Cold Justice has sparked an international outcry about Israels treatment of children in Israeli jails. However, rights groups have criticized Tel Aviv for not doing anything to create a policy that protects Palestinian children against arbitrary arrest and torture.
New documents not made public until today show how AWU staff with legitimate concerns about Wilson/Blewitt's mismanagement and corruption in the AWU WA branch had their careers destroyed by Julia GILLARD and her Slater and Gordon partner Bernard Murphy. On 13 February 1993 WILSON (accompanied by GILLARD) purchased the notorious...
Today new adoption equality laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt children passed the Northern Territory parliament.
Until today, the NT was the only remaining Australian state or territory that prevented same-sex and unmarried couples from adopting children. Previously, couples were required to be married for two years before they could adopt.
Director of Legal Advocacy, Anna Brown, welcomed the removal of discrimination against same-sex couples achieved by the Adoption of Children Legislation Amendment (Equality) Bill 2017.
"The Northern Territory joins the rest of Australia in recognising that what matters most is that children grow up in loving and safe homes regardless of the gender of the people that care for them," said Ms Brown.
"Now that marriage equality has passed nationally, its important we bring the laws in every state in line with modern community values and remove every last stain of discrimination against LGBTI people from the statute books across this country," said Ms Brown.
Same-sex couples in the NT are already raising children in foster care and permanent care. However, unlike heterosexual married couples, same-sex couples have been prevented from adopting children even where this would be in the childs best interests.
The passage of adoption equality will make a significant difference to children who are already being raised in loving homes by same-sex couples. This will finally give them the emotional and legal stability thats long overdue," said Ms Brown.
As well as removing discrimination in adoption laws, the Gunner Government has also committed to dealing with the legacy of criminal convictions for homosexual offences.
For interviews or further information please call:
Alycia Gawthorne, Communications Officer, Human Rights Law Centre, 0425 016 380
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) will be hosting a Facebook live conversation with Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei tomorrow.
Weiwei, who has been openly critical of the Chinese Governments stance on democracy and human rights, is in Australia to launch his latest venture, the film Human Flow which he directed and will premiere in Sydney on March 15.
The film was shot over a year in 23 countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. It covers the stories of the millions of people forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war; and the overwhelming scale of the refugee crisis.
Human Flow captures the subjects stories and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice.
ASRC CEO and Founder, Kon Karapanagiotidis said he is touched that Weiwei has agreed to be part of the ASRCs advocacy campaign, which champions fairness and dignity for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
People listen when Ai Weiwei speaks, so were delighted to partner with him and Goodship to help raise awareness for refugees, Karapanagiotidis said.
The world is experiencing the greatest human displacement of people right now, yet so many people are unaware.
Ais film sheds light on the often tragic circumstances people fleeing their homes experience. What happens to them as they migrate? And what will happen to them as they enter a new community? These tales are too often untold, but Ai does so in this epic film journey were thrilled to share with people, Karapanagiotidis said.
Members of the public are invited to submit a question that could be chosen as part of the live conversation between Karapanagiotidis and Weiwei. Follow the ASRC on social media and watch the interview with Weiwei at 3:45pm AEST on 14 March for the chance to submit an interview question.
Event details: Ai Weiwei Live Interview
When: 3:45pm AEST on Wednesday, 14 March
Where: ASRC Facebook (www.facebook.com/Asylum.Seeker.Resource.Centre.ASRC) and ASRC Twitter (@ASRC1)
Who: Kon Karapanagiotidis, ASRC CEO and Founder and Ai Weiwei, internationally-acclaimed Chinese artist and activist
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The South Australian election this weekend wont be like any recent SA election. Which is a major problem, writes Geoff Russell*.
Many South Australians will be profoundly mislead about how the vote they make on March 17 will work to select the next Parliament.
It has been customary for decades to publish the Group Voting Tickets (GVT) used by parties to direct preferences for people choosing to vote 1 above the line in the Legislative Council (upper house) ballot.
Here are the GVTs for 2010 and 2014 on the ABC Election web pages. Group Voting Tickets became famous or infamous, depending on your view, when Nick Xenophon was elected to the SA upper house in 1997 with just 2,580 first preference votes. Meaning that 2,580 people put 1 above the line for his No Pokies group, but that he picked up the rest of the 74,709 votes that gave him victory via the preference flows determined by the various GVTs.
The mantra for that and all subsequent elections has always been vote 1 above the line or number all the boxes below the line.South Australian senator Nick Xenophon.
And what are voters being told at pre-poll stations already? Almost exactly the same, according to a friend who voted last week: Vote 1 above the line or number 12 below the line.
But at the next State Election on March 17, there will be no Group Voting Tickets. So if you vote 1 above the line for a party which is eliminated, your vote will be trashed.
Unlike the Federal Senate election, you wont be forced to number more than one, nor will you be told about the removal of Group Voting Tickets nor about the risk of your vote being trashed.
The Electoral Commission isnt telling anybody about the changes. In particular they arent telling them that GVTs are gone, nor telling them about the risk that a number 1 vote above the line will be wasted if that party is eliminated. They arent telling them that 1 above the line on March 17, 2018 is nothing like one above the line was in 2014.
Youd think that it would be the duty of the Electoral Commission to advertise the abolition of a feature of State elections for so long. But not according to the Electoral Commission. Not only havent they done...
Women get lost in Hollywood for a range of reasons. There are the suicides, the murders, the accidents, the mysterious deaths. Jayne Mansfield who died in a car crash in New Orleans in 1967 at the age of thirty-four opens up another avenue for thinking through this idea of loss. There is something eternally fascinating in a tabloid way about Mansfield the (supposedly) dumb blonde who dabbled in Satanism.
I think we have a winner in the most-tenuous-reason-Hillary-lost competition. Holy shit this video of Hillary is awesome. Arguing GDP share should determine elections is definitely an argument that will help the Dems win back the working class vote pic.twitter.com/FJ7lwx2RdS Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) March 12, 2018
Share this Post On the day of the Abbott-Turnbull leadership spill in 2015, Channel Seven Sunrise host Samantha Armytage joined the talking heads from the other mainstream television stations outside Parliament House. It was the first parliamentary sitting day of the year, and they were broadcasting live all of them set up next to each other, less than five ...
by Dee McLachlan
Thank goodness Teresa May wont be joining Scotland Yard to become a detective. In the attempted murders of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter allegedly with the nerve agent, Novichok she has outlined only two possible options:
May gave a stirring...
The UN Human Rights Council last night held an important session focusing on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
The session began with harrowing updates from the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar and also from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar.
The UN experts presenting to the Human Rights Council said they had received evidence that:
During the Council session, the US said it was "appalled by the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya" and the UK said the "human rights violations, including murder, torture and sexual violence, are appalling". In contrast, the Australian Government recognised" the "complex challenges" faced by Myanmar "as it seeks to consolidate democratic reforms and to achieve peace and reconciliation".
A Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, Daniel Webb, who is currently in Geneva to attend the Australian's first session as a member of the Human Rights Council, said he was disappointed by the Government's weak response to the horrors unfolding in our region.
"Time and time again we see our Government getting all mealy-mouthed about global humanitarian emergencies when the country in question has some connection with its own refugee policies.
"Were talking about families being burned alive in their homes. While the international community has been desperately sounding the alarm, our Government has been indefinitely detaining people fleeing these atrocities in its camps on Manus and Nauru and has now lost its voice on the world stage," said Mr Webb.
The UN has previously said that the situation in Myanmar amounts to ethnic cleansing and "bears the hallmarks of genocide" and in his address to the Human Rights Council last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said he suspects "acts of genocide" are being committed and called for international criminal proceedings against those responsible.
In the lead up to Australias election to the Human Rights Council, the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, bizarrely boasted that Australia was the first Western country to advocate for the end of human rights monitoring in Myanmar and the Government has previously sought to soften and downgrade Council resolutions regarding the human rights atrocities occurring in Myanmar.
"Victims of cruelty and injustice all over the world desperately need governments like ours to be part of the UNs principled spine, not a corrosive influence gnawing away at the very foundations of human rights with hollow words and unprincipled actions," said Mr Webb.
In its offshore refugee camps, the Australian Government holds more than 200 Rohingya peopl...
I spent just on one hour this morning in an on-the-record discussion with an investigative agency which has taken an interest in some of our work. I have been asked to keep the details of the agency and the matters discussed confidential - and I've agreed to do that. I've...
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has rolled out a timeline for the 10 participating National Sports Federations aheadof the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia next month. According to the General Team Manager, Tayo Oreweme, an advance party and the Ministrys secretariat will leave on March 18 as the Delegates Registration Meeting 
In a statement to the United Nations, Human Rights Law Centre has called on the Turnbull Government to hold companies to account for human rights violations overseas.
Daniel Webb, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, delivered the statement to the Human Rights Council in response to a report by a UN Special Rapporteur, which was highly critical of Australias human rights record.
In recent years, Australian companies have been implicated in a range of human rights abuses overseas from the Samarco dam collapse that has devastated communities in Brazil to land grabs in South East Asia and complicity in Australias internationally-condemned offshore detention regime.
The report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders recommended the Government develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights and "engage with business enterprises to uphold their human rights responsibilities and sanction companies associated with violations against human rights defenders".
Keren Adams, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said it was particularly important that Australia take action to protect communities impacted by Australian business operations in the developing world.
"We cannot leave it to farmers in Brazil or garment workers in Bangladesh to try to hold Australian multinationals to account alone when there are abuses in their overseas operations."
"There is an urgent need for Australia to put in place better oversight of companies operations overseas and improve ways for people to raise concerns and seek justice here in Australia," said Ms Adams.
The Turnbull Government last year rejected the recommendation of its own advisory group that it develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. Ms Adams said in light of the UNs comments, the Government should reconsider that decision.
"Australia last week pledged to the UN that it would do more to promote human rights globally and implement the Councils recommendations. Well heres Australias first opportunity to honour that pledge. The Government should now immediately take steps to develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights."
Ms Adams said she believed many Australian companies would also welcome further action and guidance from the Government in this area.
"Companies we worked with on the Governments Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights were also calling on government to do more in this area. They want clear guidance as to the standards they are expected to apply and a level playing field."
"Some companies are already speaking out strongly on human rights issues ranging from gun control to marriage equality. Its a shame our government isnt displaying the same sort of leadership," said Ms Adams.
It was bad enough when our prime minister and foreign minister obsequiously grovelled to Donald Trump to secure an Australian exemption from his newly-announced tariffs on iron and aluminium. Even worse is their complicity with Trump in undermining the already fragile rules-based world trading order, writes Ian McAuley.
In past times, small restaurants in Boston and New York were easy prey for the mafia. Sometimes the deal was that the restaurant had to deal with a mafia-owned business for meat, fruit and linen at inflated prices or suffer the consequences. In the highly competitive restaurant industry it only took a few cockroaches, or release of a stinking chemical, to ensure compliance. And threat of a fire could always bring the most recalcitrant restauranteur around.
A restauranteur yielding to extortion may have enjoyed a competitive advantage as their non-compliant competitors saw their reputations trashed. But over the longer term, as competitors came on board with the mafias demands, all suffered as patrons were turned away by high prices and poor quality, because mafia businesses arent likely to be delivering the highest-quality produce.
Thats why police and criminologists urge businesses to avoid dealing with extortionists trying to colonise new territory, even if avoidance involves some risk. And its why most reasonable people, even when they feel forced to deal with an extortionist, try to get law-enforcement authorities to clean the extortionists out of the market.US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts an enhanced honour cordon for Autralian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 22, 2016. (IMAGE: DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley, Flickr)
In international trade there is an extortionist at work Donald Trump and in grovelling subservience our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have done a deal with the extortionist. That deal is to exempt Australian steel and aluminium producers from Trumps tariffs 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium.
And worse, our government has decided not to take the matter up with the cop on the beat, the World Trade Organization (WTO), leaving Europeans and Chinese to fight for themselves.
In giving voice to one of the few undisputed principles of economics, C...
BRISBANE, AAP Queenslanders are on cyclone watch as a tropical low in the Coral Sea tracks towards the coast.
The system is yet to form into a cyclone, but the Bureau of Meteorology expects strong winds and dangerous surf along the southeast Queensland coast later this week.
The low is still more than 1000km offshore but by Thursday and Friday its expected to be just 300km away.
And its effects will be felt from the Sunshine Coast south to the Gold Coast from Wednesday.
Redland City Council, which takes in bayside and island communities east of Brisbane, has warned residents to prepare for heavy rain.
It opened a number of sandbagging stations on Tuesday, with SES volunteers on hand to help people.
Meanwhile, north Queensland is continuing to count the cost from serious flooding across the region over the past week or so.
At Ingham, north of Townsville, the Herbert River continues to fall, leaving residents whose homes and businesses flooded to contend with a blanket of sludge.
The Queensland government still doesnt know how much damage has been done to the road network in the north, but a multi-million dollar damage bills is expected.
An Australian cruise passenger, Mr. Sun, sued Carnival Australia after the cruise line falsely accused him of exposing himself to two young girls on the Carnival Spirit.
According to an Australian new station, the incident occurred during a cruise from Sydney to New Caledonia in December 2016.
Ship security personnel were notified that a man had "exposed and then touched himself" in front of young girls on the Carnival cruise ship.
The security staff showed one of the girls, and the parents of the girl, photographs of Mr Sun. The girl apparently misidentified Mr. Sun as the culprit. The girl's father then took matters into his own hands, accusing Mr. Sun of exposing himself to his daughter as he physically assaulted and battered Mr Sun in his own stateroom in front of Mr. Sun's wife and child.
The news report article states that when Mr. Sun called security for assistance, they instead escorted him to a room where they interrogated him for one-and-a-half hours and intimidated him from leaving.
The ship security finally showed Mr. Sun CCTV footage of the incident footage of the incident, which showed that the pedophile in the video was not heavily tattooed like him and exhibited other obvious physical differences from Mr. Sun.
Security eventually allowed Mr. Sun back to his room but denied him medical attention for the physical assault.
Carnival was recently in the news following a series of brawls on its cruise ships leaving from Australian ports. Its security guards are shown in certain trending videos violently kicking passengers and trying to stop bystanders from videotaping the melees. The lack of training and heavy handed tactics of the Carnival security are painfully obvious in the videos.
This latest fiasco seems again to be due to a lack of training by Carnival of its shipboard security personnel.
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The Comprehensive Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership even without the US is still about maximising corporate rights and minimising government regulation in the public interest. Despite the suspension of 22 clauses, foreign corporations will still have the right to bypass national courts and sue governments if they can claim that a change in law or policy harms their investment. And there are still 30 other chapters that mostly restrict future democratic regulation.
Trumps tariffs on steel and aluminium shattered the neo-liberal consensus that reducing all tariffs to zero is always the best policy.
But both the CPTPP and the tariffs may be more symbolic than substantive for Australia.
Among CPTPP members, Australia already has free trade agreements with New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Chile, and Peru. There is no great economic bonanza for Australia in reduced tariffs with Canada and Mexico. Without the US, the claimed economic benefits for Australia are even less than from the original TPP. But the Turnbull government is claiming the CPTPP as the best rules for future global trade and is desperate to have the Australian parliament finally endorse it. The Senate refused to do that for the original TPP in February 2017, and there is even less reason to do so now.
Currency movements may have a larger impact on prices than Trumps steel and aluminium tariffs. Trump has promised to exempt Australia, as well as Canada and Mexico while they are re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. So the main impact will fall on South Korea, Japan, and the European Union. China Trumps rhetorical target - is a much smaller exporter into the US market. Nevertheless, this impact could mean more global oversupply and even lower prices, with cheaper products in danger of flooding markets like Australia, and further destabilising the global trading system.
One response has been to contrast the CPTPP as open, fair trade against Trumps unilateral domination trade policy, and Chinas unilateral Belt and Road authoritarianism.
But the CPTPP is anything but fair. In reality, the shrinking of the TPP demonstrates the power of popular democratic opposition to the neoliberal agenda, which meant both sides of US politics had to oppose it. AFTINET is calling for a Senate inquiry to assess the real costs of the CPTPP, and for the majority in the Senate to vote against it if it is not in the public interest.
Governments around the world are CAUSING global warming with the chemicals they have been dumping into our air for MANY generations now.
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The ABC reported on the ongoing story of Malka Leifer, accused of 74 charges relating to raping and sexually abusing children.
Leifer left Australia for Israel in 2008 after the allegations were raised. Her alleged victims have been fighting for her return to Australia ever since.
If she is eventually returned to Australia to stand trial her guilt or innocence will be determined by the court. This commentary is not about whether she committed the crimes its about how the charges against her are described in the media.
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 describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence.
That word cho...
From the news Roger Ver, one of the early Bitcoin adapters, has been riding the Bitcoin Cash Train over time. But citing reliable metrics that Bitcoin is on a decline, he continues to assert that Ethereum is likely to be 
Tax on luxury fossil fuel cars to fund expansion of Australia's charging networkThe Greens have proposed introducing mandatory fuel efficiency standards, ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and imposing a four-year 17% tax on luxury petrol and diesel cars as part of an electric vehicle policy announced on Tuesday.Under the proposal Australia would adopt a mandatory fuel efficiency standard of 105g of CO2 a kilometre by 2022, three years earlier than a proposal being [...]
Fourteen activists will appear in Bowen Magistrates Court today to face charges relating to the ongoing Stop Adani campaign.
The charges arise from four actions during the month of January, two of which shut down operations at Adani-owned Abbot Point Port for extended periods. Two further actions took place on the Aurizon-owned railway, which connects existing mines to the port. Trains were prevented from delivering coal for several hours each time.
The 14 collectively face charges of trespass, interference with a railway, interference with a port, and contravening a direction or requirement.
The accused range in age and background from Cairns local, 74-year-old ex-serviceman Jeff Cantor, to 23-year-old youth worker Nathan Bernfield from Sydney. The 14 are united in their reasons for taking direct action to stop the controversial Adani project.
Nicholas Avery, accused of locking onto a conveyor belt at the port, said We are at a crisis point when it comes to the climate and Australias relationship with coal. We have exhausted every other avenue of protest and it is our governments inaction which has pushed us to this point. This is not something we take lightly, but the Galilee Basin simply cannot be mined.
Coal mining is not the answer to regional Australias problems said Lilli Barto, who allegedly blocked the railway by locking onto a concrete barrel.
We know that renewables create more jobs per dollar invested, so if this were about jobs and looking after the regions the government would be encouraging solar and wind, creating safer jobs in an industry that is growing, and not creating more communities vulnerable to the violent swings of commodity prices on global markets. We did this for the climate, for the reef, for the future, for everyone, she said.
Australia needs a fresh approach to cutting greenhouse gas pollution from the electricity sector. Yet the Federal Governments latest NEG proposal for lower emissions targets and supporting ageing coal power is woefully inadequate.
Data released last week shows Australias greenhouse gas pollution levels have risen again for the third consecutive year (1). Not enough is being done now to cut emissions as the window to tackle climate change is rapidly closing.
Australias transition to a future powered by clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage is underway, being driven by the Renewable Energy Target and state and territory policies. The NEG proposes capping state and territory action, putting at risk investment and jobs in Australias booming renewable energy and storage sector.
Concerningly, the NEG could result in less renewable energy by 2030 than if the Federal Government was simply sitting on its hands, and it will lock Australia into doing little or nothing to reduce emissions across the National Energy Market (NEM) for well over a decade.
The proposed NEG will take Australia backwards. It wont deliver whats needed to tackle climate change, it wont improve reliability or affordability, and will add more red tape. We need to get as many change makers as possible to see our Roadmap before April, when Australias state and federal energy ministers gather for the next COAG Energy Council Meeting.
Heres how well do it:
Can you help us share our Roadmap far and wide?
With your help, we can promote it as an effective solution and break the current energy policy roadblock.
Once youve shared...
1810 - In court evidence, botanist George Caley (Kaley) says he saw Tedbury remove a lead bullet from his mouth. Luttrell, who claims he thought Tedbury had speared his sister, is acquitted. Writing in later years, John Macarthur Junior thinks Tedbury died a year or two afterwards from the effects of his wounds.
1827 - Sydney's general street lighting was turned on for the first time....and the populace said,
"Oh, goody, I can see the rabid kangaroos coming for me this time,".
1828 - Charles Connor was Hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of James Mackenzie at Windsor.
1829 - There was a report of Bushrangers at Illawarra.
1852 - Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens was pupped. Youngest and favourite son of author Charles Dickens, Eddie upped sticks and parked himself on Aussie soil with another brother Alfred. Edward became well-known in the Aussie wool industry and a politician.
1856 - You can stop dressing up like dear old Ned when casting your vote - the Victorian Electoral Bill was passed with the breakfast prunes to allow for a secret ballot!
1860 - The first hotelkeeper's licence for the Overland Corner Hotel, South Oz, was granted to William Brand on this day.
1865 - On the steep and narrow road from Araluen to Majors Creek Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert, with the assistance of Tom Clarke, attempted to hold up the Araluen Gold Escort.They shot at the guards, Constable Kelly, who was shot in the shoulder and Constable Byrne , who was shot in the foot but they were outflanked by the remaining two troopers and were forced to flee from the scene.
1866 - Female reported that she had been with bushranger Thunderbolt for ten months engaged to assist Mary Ann Bugg during her confinement and that Thunderbolt had kept her with them since then, tied up, that she had escaped from their camp near the headwaters of the Little Manning River on this day.
1877 - The railway line from Winchelsea to Birregurra (Vic) was opened.
1884 - Don't start throwing the rice and confetti just yet - Daisy Bates got hitched to Breaker Morant but she soon kicked him to the kerb after he "forgot" to pay for the wedding and nicked some oinkers and a saddle.
1885 - The first Employers' Union was established in Melbourne.
1892 - Constable Arthur William Brown, Victoria Police; Constable Brown was walking in Williamson Street, Bendigo when he was unexpectedly struck in the mouth by a man called David Storey. Such was the violence of the blow, that Brown fell and struck his head on the stone water channel. His skull was fractured and he died as a result of the injury.
1958 - The last ever Aussie-built steam train went to work on the Brisvegas network.
1963 - The government excised land from the Arnhem Land reserve, without consulting the traditional owners. W...
We are determined to prevent our land being taken without our consent and to protect our Country and sacred places from destruction.
We have never given consent to the Adani project or the surrender of our land rights. Our people have rejected a deal with Adani four times since 2012. We oppose the destruction of our Country.
And without the Queensland Governments support, and their willingness to override our rights and interests which they have done before Adani would be nowhere right now.
Our native title is now at risk of extinguishment by the State Government.
But it is within their power to make sure this doesnt happen.
Its time the Premier stopped dodging her Governments complicity in overturning our decisions and aiding and abetting Adani.
Three years ago, we stood here and asked to meet with the then new Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, after our people had voted down a land use agreement with Adani. In the whole last term, she never spoke to us.
We have written four times to the Premier since our people met again in December last year and rejected Adanis deal for the fourth time. She hasnt replied once.
We are demanding a meeting to explain why there is no consent from us for Adanis dirty deal, and why the Queensland Government should remove its support for Adanis dodgy ILUA and stop opposing us in the courts.
And most of all, why the Government should not extinguish our native title.
Not for Adani. Not now. Not ever.
Call (: (07) 3719 7000) or email (email@example.com) her today.
Tell her you support the demands of the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners
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Theres a Facebook page that seems to be attached to Malacaang and therefore is maintained through the taxes of the Filipino people that labels the University of the Philippines a terrorist university, for producing activists like Myles Albasin, an alumna of the same university.
She, together with five others were captured on 3 March, and since then, have been held as criminals by a repressive apparatus, for allegedly engaging in terrorist activities.
The following is an effort to address the labeling of oppositional politics as terrorist activity by state propaganda.
This regime labels people who serve the very same people it deprives of life, living wage, and social services as terrorist, without showing us the way to move the country forward.
The term reactionary state is crystallized in this governments perpetuation of violence Martial Law, war on drugs, criminalisation of dissent, neoliberal economic policies, and its active campaign for misogyny.
It can only reproduce current conditions of existence, by defending the violence it inflicts upon its citizens, thereby shutting down all possibilities to govern for change.
We all know that the president and his allies such as the Marcoss use their guns, goons and gold, each time they feel defensive. Their goons are none other than the Armed Forces of the Philippines and its paramilitary, the Philippine National Police, the Congress, and all those trolls who in their non-virtual state, are also in control of official agencies for the governance of virtual trolling.
Their gold is our taxes and resources from indigenous land. Their use of guns has claimed the lives of too many people. More than 16,000 in the war on drugs. Thousands of lives were destroyed in the crushing of what it labels as communist territory. These are self-supporting schools, built by the Lumad with the assistance of religious organizations and other cause-oriented groups. Their bullets have also killed development workers who selflessly served their communities during their lifetime.
The DDS (Duterte diehard supporters) flatters itself for its wide reach. I am astounded by the numbers, because we do need warm bodies to be a force to contend with. Yet on Dutertes first year in power, only a few DDS went out of their way to demonstrate their support to the regime. They were mostly elderly people clad in DDS shirts, holding up sleek tarp...
Residents in the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth North had a shock when they woke up to see a gaping sinkhole in front of their homes. A burst water main on Homington Road left bitumen collapsing in front of one family's eyes. "The road actually lifted up and then just collapsed back into the ground," resident Chris Orange said. "We were slowly watching bits of bitumen just break off from the sides, and it slowly got bigger and bigger." Water was cut off in the area while crews worked hard to repair the road.
EXCLUSIVE: Some Indigenous residents of the Western Australian goldfields town of Kalgoorlie are not happy with The Goldfields Land and Sea Council with claims of local infighting and self-interest having taken root. True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston gingerly wades into the troubles. [READ MORE]
by: Jhoanna Robinson
(Natural News) Dr. Tedros Adhanom, director-general for the World Health Organization(WHO), has said that the next outbreak that will hit us will be a terrible one, causing huge amounts of death all over the world. Fears of a pandemic have been hovering lately after the worst flu outbreak in recent years devastated Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
More recently, the mosquito-borne Zika virus crisis, rocked 70 countries in 2016 and worried scientists the world over. The Zika virus can cause microcephaly, or an abnormally small head, in babies. It spread all over South America in 2016.
The hemorrhagic fever Ebola killed 11,000 individuals in West Africa in 2014 and 2015. It spread to various parts of the U.S. in the same time period. Ebola was officially declared over in January 2016, when Liberia was announced Ebola-free by the WHO. A group of international researchers traced the pandemic back to a two-year-old boy in Meliandou, which is about 400 miles (650 kilometers) from Conakry, the capital of Guinea. The researchers said Emile Ouamouno, who was identified as Patient Zero, probably got infected by the deadly virus by playing with bats in a hollow tree.
Around 29,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia contracted Ebola. The virus killed around 40 percent of those it struck. Deaths were also reported in Mali, Nigeria, and the U.S., although at a much smaller scale, with 15 fatalities between the three nations.
Ebola was first identified by scientists in 1976; however, the most recent outbreak is the biggest the world has ever felt so far. It can be transmitted between humans through infected blood, bodily fluids, and other secretions. (Related:...
This video says about itself:
Borneo Eared Frog or Bony Headed Flying Frog Polypedates otilophus
30 January 2014
This interesting frog species can be found in Borneo, Sumatra and other Indonesian islands. Read more about various frog species here. This frog has interesting shaped legs which give it the ability to glide. The flying frog of Borneo also has bony protrusions behind its eyes which give it the appearance of having ears. It is also sometimes called the File-eared tree frog. In this video I show a few different frogs. This was taken at a chorus of colors exhibit.
Life in the fast flow: Tadpoles of new species rely on suction cups to keep up
The frogs living in the rainforest of Sumatra also represent a new genus
March 12, 2018
Summary: The young of two new species and a genus of frog found to inhabit Sumatras rainforests have developed a unique ability to latch onto rocks in the fast-flowing rivers, using bellies crafted by evolution into suction cups. Herpetologists use their remarkable discovery to highlight the unique biodiversity of the island, which is under imminent threat due to rampant habitat modification and deforestation.
Indonesia, a megadiverse country spanning over 17,000 islands located between Australia and mainland Asia, is home to more than 16% of the worlds known amphibian and reptile species, with almost half of the amphibians found nowhere else in the world. Unsurprisingly, biodiversity scientists have been feverishly discovering and describing fascinating new animals from the exotic island in r...
This 2015 video from Australia is called How Volkswagen Betrayed the World.
12 March 2018
The case will commence this month at the High Court in London and will be one of the largest class action corporate lawsuits ever brought before British courts. A separate lawsuit is pending at the High Court in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where up to 70,000 VW drivers could be entitled to compensation.
In total, VW sold 1.2 million diesel vehicles in the UK fitted with the now infamous defeat device software designed to fool laboratory emissions tests. VW sold 11 million rigged vehicles worldwide between 2008 and 2015, of which nearly 9 million were sold in Europe.
The sensitivities are especially important when it comes to the Qatari government the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings.
Brookings executives cited strict internal policies that they said ensure their scholars work is not influenced by the views of our funders, in Qatar or in Washington. They also pointed to several reports published at the Brookings Doha Center in recent years that, for example, questioned the Qatari governments efforts to revamp its education system or criticized the role it has played in supporting militants in Syria.
But in 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones. Brookings officials also acknowledged that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the centers activities and budget, and that the former Qatar prime minister sits on the centers advisory board.
Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear.
There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government, said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.
- From the 2014 New York Times article: Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks
The purpose of this short series is to give readers a small glimpse of how foreign governments spray around enormous sums of money throughout the Washington D.C. swamp to influence U.S. foreign policy.
If there is a founding document of social democracy it is Eduard Bernsteins Evolutionary Socialism. Written in 1899, it taught the leaders of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) that capitalism had permanently stabilised; that socialism would be achieved through parliament not the industrial class struggle and that the working class of the 20th century would be neither culturally homogeneous nor spontaneously socialist.
Social-democrats should stop waiting for a mega-crisis to kill capitalism, stop obsessing about mass strikes and the dictatorship of the proletariat, and make a moral case that, while capitalism had improved the workers lot, socialism could do it better. [i]
The stability lasted a mere 15 years, ending on the day Bernsteins party voted for the war budget of Kaiser Wilhelm II. By 1919 the dictatorship of the proletariat was an actuality not just in Russia but in Bavaria and Hungary. What was left of the SPD entered the first coalition government of the Weimar Republic where, on Bernsteins advice, it resisted the attempts of its own left wing to socialise the economy and ruthlessly suppressed the communist left.
If there is a re-founding document of social democracy, it is Anthony Giddens book Beyond Left and Right. Published in 1994 it emerged, like Bernsteins work, from a critique of orthodox Marxism. Like Bernstein, Giddens argued that the structure of capitalism had changed, creating conditions that made the old programme of state-led socialism permanently impossible. Once crystallised into the doctrine of the Third Way, in the 1998 book of the same name, Giddens ideas provided the ideological frame for social-democratic governments in Britain, Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, and for Bill Clintons second term in office.
Unlike Bernstein, Giddens never claimed capitalism had become permanently stable; instead it had become permanently mercurial in a way that was potentially benign, so long as progressive governments could take control. The task of social-democrats was to help working class people survive amid the permanent insecurity and disempowerment that globalisation had unleashed. Instead of a programme to clear the capitalist jungle, social-democracy would become a kind of survival kit.
The general crisis of social democracy is happening because the world Giddens described has vanished. The world of Trump, Putin, Erdogan and Xi Jinping is as different to the world of Blair and Schroeder as the street fights of Weimar were to the peaceful, electoral socialism of the 1890s.
American ratings agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) has been accused of deliberately weakening its risk assessment criteria to prop up the ratings of some debt products ahead of the 2008 economic crisis. S&P is being sued for at least $150 million by two local governments and two pension funds in Australia, Reuters reports. The claimants say they lost money on synthetic collateralized debt obligations (SCDOs) in the aftermath of the financial crisis, triggered by bad mortgage loans in the United States. They accuse the ratings agency of "flawed" assessments of these instruments. "As a result of these various flaws the ratings assigned were false, misleading and the applicants suffered large losses when the claimed SCDOs defaulted," Noel Hutley, barrister representing the councils told the Federal Court in Sydney, as quoted by Reuters. If the agency is found guilty of weakening its criteria, it is likely to face lawsuits from other investors.
Dear friends, The Saker blog needs a moderator for Sat/Sun from 10am-2pm (EST) the current person covering this time slot has a big professional commitment coming on and will be
All of the stunning paintings in Svenska Fglar (Swedish Birds) by the von Wright brothers (1929 folio version) are in the public domain, and free to download and use in any way you wish. This is exquisite artwork, so even if you dont want to use it, have a wander anyway, your day will be better for it. Also in the public domain are Birds of Australia, Ornithological volume by John Gould (1804-1881), illustrated by Elizabeth Gould (18041841), which introduced more than 300 new birds to the world.
Venezuela is not a country one often sees in the news. When stories do appear, they tend to present a very one dimensional, often lurid picture. Footage of violent anti-government protests, empty supermarket shelves, hyper-inflation, and a President, Nicolas Madura, apparently intent on claiming absolute power over the state. Rarely do we hear the voices 
Karun Cowper speaks to CEO of Modest Fashion Project Aisha Novakovich about the booming modest fashion market in a time of Islamophobia. The growing demand for modest clothing is not just limited to people of Islamic faith and is estimated to be worth US $368 billion by 2019. Meanwhile former prime minister of Australia Tony 
Here in Kabul, as the rising sun begins to warm our chilly rooms, I hear excited laughter from downstairs. Rosemary Morrow, a renowned Australian permaculture expert, has begun teaching thirty-five young students in a month-long course on low-resource farming. In war-torn Afghanistan, theres a desperate need to rebuild agricultural infrastructure and help people grow their own food. People verging on despair feel encouraged by possibilities of replenishing and repairing their soil. The night before, over dinner, one of the students discussed news from his home town in Afghanistans Wardak province about U.S. aerial attacks. The blasts have become so frequent, he said, that people cant find spaces to bury their dead.
I am currently on a one-year Working Holiday Visa that allows me to work for up to six months with a single employer in Australia. I will accept any and all positions.
The Italian Restaurant / July 10 July 11
When a restaurant has a banner across their storefront that reads Best thin crust pizza in South Yarra Dave, you bloody well know it must be good. Unfortunately, when the chef demanded I tell the woman who received raw chicken in her meal he would not be giving her a refund, and she could either eat it or he would make her another one, I knew it was time to get out.
The Company that Sold Major Appliances for Campervans / July 20 July 31
Didnt realise this was even a thing until I stepped into this office.
The Staffing Agency / Aug 20 Nov 30
One of my longer positions. I actually got the opportunity to make some friends and I almost made it to the holiday party.
My list of duties included creating a resume for the Directors son, who seemed to be somewhat of an underachiever, and giving the Directors shirt and pants a weekly size check, so presumably he could order more? Still not quite sure of the reason.
The Modern Office in the City Centre (No Idea What They Did) / Dec 12 Dec 12
I was left entirely alone in the office and was asked to answer the phones while everyone attended the holiday party but not before someone had the opportunity to complain about the odour of my lunch. I genuinely didnt realise parmesan cheese smelled so bad when it was put in a microwave.
The Hearing-Aid Office / Jan 15 Jan 16
My instructions were simple. Answer the phone and book people in for appointments. Make sure to get their personal details if they arent already in the system. What I thought would be an easy days work went something like this:
Me: Hi, thank you for calling . How may I help
Patient: Yes, I would like to make an appointment for next week to get a new hearing aid.
Me: Okay. Are you a current patient? Can I please have your name?
Patient: My phone number is 0-3-4-5-8-2
Me: No, sorry. I need your name to look you up in our system.
Patient: My number is 0-3-4-5-8-2
Me: No, your name, what is your name?
View this email in your browser Hi Turnbull Teamster, Jacqui is a fourth generation steelworker and her family originally owned the land where the Port Kembla steelworks now operate. With a second baby on the way, Jacqui is hoping it will soon become five generations of steelworkers! The confirmation from...
In the brutal 2014 film Fury, a soldier quips: Ideals are peaceful. History is violent. This violence is what the entire world, and particularly Southeast Asia, should be thinking about with regards to Chinas rise. Is the rise going to be peaceful, violent, or somewhere in between? The evidence suggests more violent than peaceful coexistence if the global community allows Chinas ambition to go on unfettered.
The maritime disputes that China has with Japan in the East China Sea and in the hydrocarbon-rich and multi-trillion dollar trade route in the South China Sea caused Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the United States (US) Pacific Command to remark during the New Delhi Raisina Dialogue in mid-January: I believe the reality is that China is a disruptive transitional force in the Indo-Pacific. They are the owners of a trust deficit.
Made alongside Navy Chiefs from India, Japan, and Australia who along with the U.S. compose the four-nation realist balancing structure against China known as the Quad Admiral Harris statements were significant, and could even be one of the chief reasons President Trump is considering imposing tariffs on Chinese products in response to its alleged theft of intellectual property from US companies.
Chinas actions undermine its claim that it wants an equitable and fair resolution to what is essentially a series of land grabs and intimidation by the PLA Navy. And while there is a military dialogue between China, the Quad, and ASEAN in these maritime disputes, this dialogue is severely lacking, thereby ratcheting up tensions and the potential for escalation in the South China Sea. Going by Beijings official line, theres nothing to be worried about. China has declared that it has no hostile intent, that its military is for defensive missions, and that defense spending is transparent.
Sources within the PLA, which has the worlds largest standing army, have recently asserted that the military needs double-digit budgetary increases to deal with increased global uncertainty. The same sources say that the military-industrial establishment has been flexing its muscles domestically against President Xi out of the belief that Trumps threats of force against their proxy North Korea, attempts at self-rule by Taiwan, and continued border disputes with India over the Himalayan region of L...
From the News Call me an IOTA aficionado but heck, I don"t know about you but last week"s DCI-IOTA email scandal is turning out to be one big clash of egos. Of course, we all know there is one camp 
The post Weekly Coin Analysis: BTC, ETH, NEO, XRP, LTC, IOTA, BCH and Lumens (March 3, 2018) appeared first on The Global Mail.
by: Mike Adams
(Natural News) Australia is one of the most oppressive medical police state regimes in the world. The medical tyranny in Australia has even led to the government denying entitlement checks to parents who refuse to have their children subjected to an endless battery of dangerous vaccine injections. Deranged pharma trolls in Australia have been pushing hard to outlaw herbal medicine and force all the citizens of Australia to use toxic, overpriced chemical prescription medications to treat everything.
Jon Rappoport from NoMoreFakeNews.com cites Crazz Files, reporting that the Australian government has rejected the pharma-funded attempt to outlaw natural medicine, reaffirming the efficacy of traditional remedies. This is a surprising and important win for health freedom in Australia, and it reveals that even the Greens party in Australia has someone become anti-natural medicine.
Heres the story from Rappoport (original source link):
by Jon Rappoport
March 8, 2018
Breaking: In Australia, an effort to label all alternative (traditional, complementary) medicine products as based on pseudoscience has failed.
Traditional remedies (much older than mainstream medicines) are defended as appropriate, and can include health claims.
The Crazz Files, a major defender of health freedom in Australia,...
The experiences allegedly inflicted upon young boys at a former Sydney boys home were nothing short of horrific, police said while revealing the first arrest of their investigation.
Police say 80 alleged victims have come forward about historical child sex abuse at the Daruk Training School in Penrith in the late 1970s.
Most of the men were aged between 10 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Police today announced the arrest of a 67-year-old man in Jindalee, Queensland, who has been extradited and charged with 19 offences.
Detective Sergeant Ben Hallam said the evidence already gathered showed the extent of the alleged abuse.
The briefings I have been provided over the past 18 months shows experiences that these young boys had at the time was nothing short of horrific, he said.
Some of these victims have been dealing with their experiences for many years, they havent ever found a way to tell even family or friends what they have experienced.
Police are now asking more victims to come forward and speak up.
This is the time, Detective Sergeant Hallam said.
We understand your experience may have been traumatic, you may have had a chequered past or you may have had adverse dealings with the police.
We are not judging you, we actually want to hear from you so we can help you.
More charges are imminent with multiple persons facing a series of serious...
I have chatted to a few friends that have vaccinated their children, they saw me on channel 7 news discussing our vaccine free groups, they clicked on the link and read the comments about ME they were shocked and horrified that people, fellow Australians could write comments like that. Read More
DFAT's CPTPP "Myth Busters" document attracted further scrutiny today when OSIA criticised the document's brazen denial---despite a widely publicised history to the contrary---of the secrecy employed throughout the TPP (and subsequently CPTPP) negotiations. This follows hot on the heels of OSIA's criticism of the document's comments on economic modelling and ISDS as biased and misleading.
The DFAT document described as a myth that "The Government negotiated the deal in secret''. This belies a long and well documented history of the process's near complete lack of public transparency. Indeed DFAT themselves have said the exact opposite about TPP negotiations before: in 2013 DFAT Acting First Assistant Secretary Ms Elizabeth Bowes, stated in Senate Estimates "...in fact the process whereby the negotiating texts remain confidential is consistent with standard international treaty negotiating practice so that applies across the board."
The Attorney-General's Department's response to an FOI request during TPP negotiations stated: "At the start of the TPP process it was agreed that ... all participants would maintain the confidentiality of ... the negotiating texts, proposals of each government, accompanying explanatory material, emails related to the substance of the negotiations} ... Australia has signed a letter to this effect".
Such comments directly contradict DFAT's current claim that the negotiations did not take place in secret and only strengthen the common understanding this was a secret deal, the details of which were agreed without input or review from the Australian public.
"DFAT and the government understand how deeply unpopular secret trade deals are, particularly ones containing as many questionable elements as CPTPP, but are no longer willing to admit that this is exactly how they agreed to undertake these proceedings", said OSIA Director Josh Stewart, "The Australian public should not be locked out of the room for negotiations such as these, only permitted to see and contribute to the results after the terms are final."
None of the five bullet points given by DFAT under this "myth" disprove it. Instead they merely assert that versions of the TPP text were released at various points. Whilst true, in each case that did not happen until after the negotiations had concluded.
During negotiations, the only industry consultation in Australia was an infrequent series of very general briefings. Without...
A delegation of top-level Chinese technology executives is visiting Australia this week to explore the future and implementation of blockchain into industry.
The delegation which is made up of the elite of Chinas Fintech companies including Senior managers from Ant Financial, WeBank, JD.com, ZhongAn, Wanxiang and OnChain.
The group is being led by Ming Li, director of the China Electronics Standardisation Institute, which has responsibility for setting blockchain industry standards under Chinas Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The delegation is set to explore developments in global blockchain standards where Australia is taking a lead role by hosting the first international blockchain standards meeting for the ISO/TC 307 group next month, chaired by Westpac Banking Corp director Craig Dunn.
The delegation is tasked with both exploring the next step in blockchain architecture that will be the basis of the internet of value and to send the message that China will be aggressive in implementing this technology.
As Chinese companies go proactively into the future of blockchain technology the government continues to express its dislike of cryptocurrency.
Once home to the majority of the worlds cryptomarket activity the Chinese government began cracking down on trading digital currency and the release of ICOs.
Zhou Xiaochuan governor of the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) spoke this week about the Banks official stance of nonrecognition of cryptocurrency and plans to ramp up regulation of both the trade and companys launching ICOs.
We dont like cryptocurrency products that make huge opportunity for speculation that gives people the illusion of getting rich overnight.
Zhou went to say that cryptocurrencies are inevitable but that they had strayed from the useful path of being a secure and safe way to quickly and easily move money.
That they are now used by people as a get rich quick scheme that can end up costing people their life savings.
Local news outlets interpreted his speech as possibly the first move to creating a nationally backed cryptocurrency. Zhou ended with hopes that public and private agencies can partner together for further research and developmen...
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Helen Razers new podcast Knackers And The Vadge is back, with episode two split into, appropriately, two parts, both them of them a tribute to International Womens Day if a tribute were to include phrases like this.
International Womens Day which was once known as International Working Womens Day, but is now a fucking thing that is largely fucking sponsored by a fucking bank.
That pretty much sets the tone for what is to follow. It includes an opening spray about America and Russia, and the fact that so many people who should know better support Hillary Clinton in her apparent never-ending hunt for war and global conflict.A screengrab from the recent ABC Four Corners interview conducted by Sarah Ferguson with failed US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
We delude ourselves that were being rebellious to cheer US foreign policy. Its not rebellious to regard Clinton as an alternative any more than Trump is to brutal US rule, when she is very candidly, very explicitly demonstrating she would love more military action, says The Vadge.
Do you genuinely believe that Team America is obliged to act in a way that US police routinely do, that is demeaning and murdering the powerless because they happen to have a particular ethnicity. I mean, thats what its all about.
You cant see that this is racist and unjustified? If you cant you wouldnt know racism and justice if Frantz Fanon himself flew up your rectum and gave you a Powerpoint presentation on it.
Frantz Fanon was a philosopher and Marxist. Dont feel bad. I had to ask as well. Speaking of asked, I also inquired as to Razers motivation for Knackers and The Vadge. She had this to say:
Fuck, Chris. We know Im supposed to say, Because I really care that media of the present is committed to nothing but profit and the re-assertion of the status quo.
We both know its because I enjoy attention. And ratings. Why havent you rated my podcast on iTunes yet? If you dont, Ill start a Twitter rumour that Chris Graham refuses to rate lady podcasts with five stars.
Says Razer of Part 2 of the International Womens Day speci...
In the 1980s and 1990s, a vibrant environmental movement took the fight to the government to save some of NSWs most iconic forests. The price for that fight is the same today, but with logging growing, the stakes are even higher. Mick Daley looks back on almost four decades of activism, and whats needed today.
25 years ago, early on 18 November 1992 a group of some 30 activists invaded the NSW Forestry Commissions head office in Pennant Hills, Sydney. A film crew documented the five-hour drama that followed.
Calling themselves the Peoples Commission for Forests, they barricaded themselves into the building while spokesman John Corkill briefed journalists on the Commissioners phone.
This is a political action against an agency that cannot comply with law, that is running at multi-million dollar losses. We are taking this action to throw a stark spotlight on what has been going on for far too long.
While police, media and emergency services surrounded the building, from the rooftop activists strung a banner that read Under New Management. Sipping liberated coffee, other protestors faxed a new Forestry Charter with seven directives for sustainable forest management to regional Forestry offices on the Commissioners letterhead.
These feral activists had come directly from blockades in northern NSW, where old-growth logging and industrial erosion was annihilating ancient forests.
Their occupation was a pivotal point in a 14-year environmental campaign which (eventually) brought down a State government and saved countless endangered species as well as massive swathes of NSW forest by 2003.
It earned the activists fines ranging up to $1,000 and condemnation as terrorists in Parliament. If theyd attempted such a feat today it could have seen them charged under terrorism laws and thrown in jail.
Things have changed in the political landscape, as well as in the forest. In NSW, successive governments have rolled back environmental protections, new laws prevent activists from intervening in suspect logging operations and regulatory systems appear to be failing.
Yet while protests against the Adani mine, coal seam gas and other movements indicate growing public consternation over global warming, the importance of healthy forests in mitigating against climate change has, it seems, been overlooked.
New land clearing and logging laws are once again destroying NSW forests at an alarming rate. And this time around it seems that breaking the law is the only way to stop them.
A KEY scene from the 1992 occupation video shows activist/police liaison Aidan Ricketts inviting Inspector Collings into the building, to ask the two remaining Forestry staffers if theyd had been held there against their will. They answered no, confounding the Commissions later claims in court that 20 employees had been held hostage in a violent rampage.
The five-hour occu...
By Dr. Mercola
If you've heard about omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, you may be aware that while they're essential human nutrients, consuming too much omega-6s and not enough omega-3s can raise your risk of developing heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The trouble is, the majority of Americans eat 10 to 15 times the amount of omega-6s compared to what they eat in omega-3s.
According to a recent study1 published in Food Science & Nutrition, cows fed a diet based on 100 percent organic grass and legumes produce milk with more omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid), which provides a substantially healthier balance of fatty acids. The improved fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products brings the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio to a near 1-to-1, compared to 5.7-to-1 in conventional whole milk.
Studies have previously determined that eating organic beef or dairy lowers omega-6 intakes and at the same time increases omega-3 intakes as well as CLA, another extraordinarily heart-healthy fatty acid. Collaborative clinical studies conducted in four countries, including the U.S., have concluded that cows on a 100 percent organic grass- and legume-based diet produce milk with higher omega-3 and CLA levels, which makes for more balanced levels of fatty acids.
Undertaken at Newcastle University in England, Southern Cross University in Linsmore, NSW Australia, the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins University, the studies further indicated that the superior fatty acid profile in grass fed organic milk and dairy products, which the researchers refer to as "grassmilk," is far preferable to the ratio of fatty acids found in conventional whole milk. Science Daily noted other benefits:
"Daily consumption of grassmilk dairy products could potentially improve U.S. health trends. In addition to the well-established metabolic and cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and CLA, there are additional benefits for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and children.
Various forms of omega-3 fatty acids play critical roles in the development of eyes, the brain, and the nervous system. Adequate omega-3 intakes can also slow the loss of cognitive function among the elderly."2...
In May 2013 Victoria Police executed a search warrant on the law firm Slater and Gordon - the warrant is here. Slater and Gordon's client Bruce Wilson claimed legal professional privilege over some of the files - this Affidavit from DET SGT Ross Mitchell explains. Police opposed Wilson's claim on...
Australias unions have launched their biggest advertising push in more than a decade as part of a pre-election campaign to overhaul Australias workplace laws.
It is part of the Change the Rules campaign.
The last time such an effort was made was during the campaign against John Howards WorkChoices industrial law. The Campaign was immensely successfully and played a significant part in the downfall of the Howards government in 2017, and the second time in Australian history that the Prime Minister lost his own seat.
Eight weeks of advertising will begin on Sunday, featuring television, radio and billboards. The campaign back in 2005-7 cost $14.4 million, according to information with the Australian Electoral Commission.
This time, the target is insecure work and anti-union laws that in many ways parallel WorkChoices. Advertisements will feature workers struggling to pay their bills sand the favouritism given to big business.
The aim is to remove the existing Fair Work laws that have been designed to ensure minimum capacity of unions, to be involve in the workplace and limits the issues in which they can be represented.
There is also widespread dissatisfaction with laws that target construction industry unions.
ACTU leader Sally McManus, has said that big business had too much power, insecure work was rife while workers were struggling to get pay rises.
Working people want change, she said.
Theyre sick of one-third of big businesses not paying tax. Theyre sick of watching CEO bonuses going up, company profits going up while their own pay falls behind basic living costs.
Winning the Change the Rules campaign is vital to the future. Major employer organisations have already accused it of wrecking Australia. But it is their actions that are doing it. Many of their members do not contribute to paying their share of tax. Yet they are always in line for a government handout. They do not invest their money into building up the economy. Profit is increasingly made on the back of taking from everyone else, and this is shrinking the market on which growth depends.
Thew anti-union laws have helped to make this come about.
In his case, working to put an end to these laws is not only justified. It is an obligation.
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The ALPs on-again off-again position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the partys recent history, writes Michael Brull*.
Lately, there has been increasing media coverage about Bill Shortens changing positions on the proposed Adani megamine in Queensland. The Liberals have spun this position as a total flip-flop, supporting the mine, then opposing it.
In fact, Shorten is so unprincipled, his supposed flip-flop has seen him going from saying that if the Adani mine stacks up hell support it, to now saying that if the mine doesnt stack up he wont support it. And he thinks it doesnt at this moment. But in both cases, hes not committing either way. When he supposedly supported Adani, he said hed welcome the jobs it would bring (if the project stacked up). Now that he supposedly opposes Adani, he promises he wont tear up contracts, and otherwise do what he can to actually stop Adani.
Adani has welcomed Labors commitment.
Other ALP members have shown a similar unwillingness to just oppose Adani. Labor heavyweight and possible future leader Anthony Albanese got out to criticise calls for a Labor government to kill the project. He has previously responded to activists by saying when will you people fuck off?Labors Anthony Albanese.
Stop Adani Sydney is presently on week four of picketing his office on Monday mornings. They note he voted against stopping Adanis mine in August last year, and voted for changes to native title in June that helped Adani defeat challenges from traditional owners.
Tanya Plibersek, the...
So if it is true that mankind is in a period of judgement esp. America, is it my contention that we deserve what we get.
Trying to get my family investigated for child trafficking I have gone to the FBI, the Dept of Justice- and have contacted all of the major media outlets. And gotten nowhere but attacked.
Our same media acts like they have no idea what the directed energy weapons are that were used in Cuba- the same weapons NBC reported in 2006 the Air Force told Congress existed and were going to use on American citizens. They ARE liars. Or completely inept- take your pick.
The Me Too movement from Hollywood suggests that all the people being abused are adults even though we all know pedophilia is rampant. Yet not one word has come about this from the movement.
AmericanNs are fine looking away and although we all claim we care- our actions say otherwise as we give ourselves the excuse what can anyone do which allows us to do nothing.
It is obvious the govt is against us. Just look at me. Who has the time to stalk me as they do? Who has the ability to breach my medical records adding meds I have never taken to suggest heart problems I have never had- but that is what their weapons do. They cause heart attacks and strokes.
But officials obviously dont care- considering everything. In fact all they seem to want to do is deflect and protect the child killers.
So in my opinion- America deserves the hell we are about to get. No question.
Australias Malcolm Turnbull will be acting host to his special Australia-ASEAN Special Business Summit next weekend. And lining up to shake his hand will be Malaysias PM Najib Razak, thirsty for another photo-op that he can propagandise back home as validation that he is not tarnished by his 1MDB mega-thefts. Donald Trump came to regret 
Mohammed Shami has been charged by Indian police under sections of the Indian Penal Code related to attempted murder, domestic violence and causing hurt with poison, following a complaint by Shamis wife, Hasin Jahan.
The Hindustan Times reported on Hasin Jahans allegations and the police charges last week.
Yesterday, SBS reported on this as a domestic trouble that is threatening Shamis career. They made no mention of the attempted murder, poisoning or domestic violence charges, or the rape charge made against Shamis brother Hasib Ahmad.
Both men deny all allegations.
It will be up to the courts to determine their guilt or innocence, this commentary is only related to how SBS reported the charges against them.
Attempted murder and domestic violence charges are not domestic trouble. That Shami denies all the allegations is entirely relevant to the story but only if the allegations against him are actually described. In this case you would have to go searching other media outlets to find out exactly what he was charged with. The Hindustan Times, the BBC, the Times of India, among others, all managed to report the list of charges against Shami. SBS didnt mention them.
SBS didnt publish this article in a sports section, its in their news section. But the entire focus of the article is about Shamis cricketing career and how he has been dropped from the Indian Premier League while they await the outcome of the trial.
Its not domestic trouble and its not a sports story.
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Biloela is a typical small town in Queensland, whose residents have done something that deserves to be better known by the rest of Australia.
They have come together to defend an asylum seeker family, which has been living in the town.
The Tamil couple has escaped from Sri Lanka and now have two children born in Australia.
Australian Border Force members seized the family last Monday, and flew them to immigration detention in Melbourne, where they were allegedly coerced into signing documents supporting their voluntary removal.
Bilboela residents have responded by starting up a change.org petitiont as part of their effort to convince the Australian government to return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome.
The United Nations has criticised Australias eagerness to deport Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka in the past, noting in October that, at least one such case faced a serious risk of return to danger or persecution.
Most Australians are tolerant and welcoming people, who believe that those who land on our shores because of desperation, should be treated humanely, and generally fast racked into settlement in Australia.
They do not like the way the government is treating these people in our name. Nor do they like the reputation the country is getting as an intolerant place, prepared to use what are really, remote concentration camps, in open violation of global standards of civilised behaviour and agreements that Australia is signatory to.
The treatment of refuges is one example, in a catalogue of changed that are causing an ongoing erosion of rights, aimed to promote fear that other people pose a threat, as as a manipulative political tool .
Biloela has gone one step further and taken practical action in one case, which serves as a positive example to other Australian communities.
News.com.au reported that a 21 year old man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15 year old girl in Hampton Park last year.
As many people who follow FixedIt might know, one of the most common problems with headlines about mens violence against women is the invisible perpetrator. In this case the man arrested for sexual assault is where he should be at the front of the headline. Unfortunately the victim of the alleged sexual assault was replaced by a bus.
The alleged sexual assault may have occurred on a bus, but it was not a bus that was assaulted. It was a 15 year old girl.
The man has been charged on three counts of sexual assault. He has not been to court. This commentary is not about his guilt or innocence, which can only be determined by the court, it is about the way the charges against him are described in the media.
If you havent watch Jackson Katz TED talk on violence against women I highly recommend it. Hes talking about the general conversation about mens violence but he perfectly demonstrates the problem with the way the media reports this stuff. Im slightly paraphrasing his examples here, but the principle is unchanged.
We start with a very basic sentence: John raped Mary. John is the subject, rape is the verb, Mary is the object. Three words to describe exactly what happened.
The second sentence says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was raped by John. The focus shifts from John to Mary but the sentence is still describing what happened.
The third sentence, John is invisible and all we see is that Mary was raped and now its all about Mary. John is gone and were wondering why Mary was raped.
Mary is a rape victim The last sentence has changed what John did to Mary into her very identity and John is not relevant to the conversation.
So which of these four sentences is the most accurate description of what happened between John and Mary?
Its not that last one. Mary is not a rape victim, shes a person. Shes Mary. People who have been raped do not become what was done to them. It does not defi...
by Dee Mclachlan
On January 11, 2017, Trumps nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, faced a nine-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It was during the hearing that Tillerson said the US should focus first on defeating ISIS, and then address the future of the Assad regime.
Now, exactly a year later, on January 11, 2018, a meeting is held in Washington to discuss Syria. This article is ab...
Jane Fitzgerald Jane Fitzgerald is Executive Director of the New South Wales Division of the Property Council of Australia, leading the advocacy agenda at a time of enormous investment and change in the sector. Prior to her appointment, Jane was a senior executive with the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department and, amongst...
A major law firm is considering a class action against Australian banks over the sale of millions of dollars of worthless credit card insurance.
The Commonwealth Bank last week admitted customers were sold insurance despite the fact they they were not eligible to make claims, and on Monday Slater and Gordon announced it is investigating potential class actions on behalf of customers for insurance that offered them little or no coverage.
Consumer credit insurance is often sold alongside financial products and provides coverage if a person is unable to meet repayments usually due to death, disablement or illness.
Slater and Gordon class actions senior associate Andrew Paull said consumer credit insurance in Australia is notorious for being unsuitable and consistently poor value.
We have found substantial evidence to suggest that a large number of Australian credit card holders are paying hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year for essentially worthless insurance, Mr Paull said on Monday.
Many policyholders are ineligible to claim some or all of the available benefits and others are either completely unaware they have the insurance or incorrectly believe it is a requirement for obtaining a credit card.
The banks should know when this insurance is likely to be of no or limited value to their customers, however the evidence suggests that they have continued to push these products widely and have collected millions in premiums while doing so.
Last week, the Commonwealth Bank said it will refund another $16 million to about 140,000 credit card and loan insurance customers after finding more people were sold policies they would not be able to claim on.
Australias biggest bank said it will stop selling its Credit Card Plus and Personal Loan Protection products and contact customers who may be ineligible for payouts because of their employment status at the time they bought their policies.
The refunds are in addition to the $10 million Commonwealth Bank last year agreed to pay back after the same credit card insurance was sold to 65,000 students and unemployed people who were ineligible to claim on it.
Mr Paull on Monday said if a breach over consumer credit card insurance is proven, affected customers would be able to recover compensation from their insurance providers.
He said the total potential refund could be in the tens of millions of dollars.
Who orchestrated this shooting? The anti-gun lobby so they could get gun control implemented?! Take a look at the Port Arthur shootings & you will find the same thing!
Is this another case of "the result justifies the means" ???!!!
Three day Federal Court hearing commences
Critical case native title extinguishment essential to Adani
WHEN: Begins 10:15am Monday 12 March Wednesday 14
WHERE: Court No. 2, L7. Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane
Brisbane. A three day hearing in the Federal Court begins today, with Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners seeking a ruling invalidating Adanis highly contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) and the registration of the ILUA without their consent.
This case and its outcome is critical, as this is one of the final approvals Adani needs, with native title extinguishment being essential to its ability to build the mine, in addition to raising finance for the project. The basis of the court action is outlined below.
Adrian Burragubba, cultural leader and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says, Both the Queensland and Federal governments have supported Adani against us, overriding our rights. And right now the Queensland Government has the power to extinguish our Native Title if they choose to, at any time.
The Queensland Government and Adani are relying on the ILUA to authorise extinguishment of our native title. The government does not have to go down this path. It should rule out ever extinguishing our native title for Adani.
The Premier should have the decency not to rely on Adanis sham agreement. We have voted four times against taking Adanis shut up money, and against the destruction of our lands and waters, and our cultural heritage.
This is no easy fight. Adani is a powerful, unscrupulous, multibillion dollar company which has trampled traditional communities and destroyed environments in its own country. They are pushing hard to extinguish our native title and to mask our profound opposition to their mine with the veneer of consent.
We are determined to expose the underhanded and divisive tactics used to secure Adanis sham agreement.
Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says,...
Australia has lost more mammals to extinction than any other country with a new report urging the federal government to take action on the crisis.
The Australian Conservation Foundation report published in March found since colonisation 29 mammals had become extinct and were lost forever in Australia, compared to just one in the United States.
For all its (Australias) natural beauty, the sad reality is that Australia leads the world on extinction, the report said.
Many of the extinctions have happened recently with Australia losing three vertebrates, a bat, a marsupial and a skink since 2009, the report says.
The foundation blames the federal governments failure to protect critical habitats.Critical habitats relate to protecting and preserving the habitats of threatened species but despite there being more than 1700 threatened species and ecological communities across the country, the government has only identified five critical habitats.
ACF healthy ecosystems campaigner Jess Abrahams said it was ridiculous no critical habitat had been listed on the register for any species since 2005.
Our current law provides patently inadequate protection to prevent the destruction of critical habitat, Ms Abrahams said in a statement last week.
Without proper protections, beloved species like the leadbeaters possum could well be extinct within a few years. If were going to protect our native species we must fix these laws and we must do it now.
The report warns that if the government continues to fail to protect critical habitats, Australia will fail to meet its international obligations to conserve nature.
The foundations report makes several recommendations including the establishment of new national environmental laws, a new national critical habitat register and the establishment of an independent environmental agency.
Its also called on the government to create a $200 million annual threatened species fund to directly help with recovery plans for threatened species.
Federal environment minister Josh Frydenberg has been contacted for comment.
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1773 - Tobias Furneaux, second in command on Cook's second jaunt
to the Pacific, was so impressed with Adventure Bay in Tassie that
he parked his boat there for 5 days where he explored the bright
lights and big city had the rigging overhauled, and wood and water
1827 - William Leddington was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - James Smith was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - John Edwards was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 -Richard Johnson wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1827 - Edward Coulthurst wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.
1842 - First issue of Launceston Examiner.
1853 - William Wright was Hanged outside Adelaide Gaol for a murder committed at East Wellington.
1868 - We know what Henry James O'Farrell was up to on this day as he so thoughtfully made his mark in history for future historians by attempting to assassinate the 2nd male pup of Queen Vicky, Prince Alfred, as he swanned about a picnic at Clontarf in Sydney.
The prince fully recovered from the shooting but, alas, the deemed insane O'Farrell failed to recover from the hangman's noose.
1877 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened in all its glory.
1883 - Murrumgunarriman, known as Twopenny, who was a member of the famous Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868, passed away.
1885 - Const 1/C John Mitchell, NSW Police, was shot by an escaping prisoner.
1903 - Constable John Hamley, WA Police, drowned at Roebourne.
1904 - Australia's first car race was held near current-day Sandown Park, Victoria, with Harley Tarrant rocketing across the line to the chequered flag in a twin cylinder car he built himself with the top engine pulling power of 8hp.
1906 - John Kelly (King) brother of Ned Kelly, regimental number 880, became a probationary constable in the WA Police Force.
1913 - Canberra was christened before it was actually built, with Mrs. Governor- General Lady Denman unveiling the foundation stones and the secretly-held moniker for our nations capital.
1916 - A Model T Ford left Glenelg, with five adults, three children and a pile of luggage, bound for Birdsville. The driver was Joseph Kelly, an employee of Ford agents Duncan and Fraser, who undertook to drive the owner, Jack Gaffney, licensee of the Birdsville hotel, and his family, in the new vehicle up the notorious Birdsville track.
After 1200 tortuous kilometres, they reached Birdsville.
The only problem with the car was one puncture.
1921- Edith Cowan was our first chickybabe elected to an Oz Parliament on this day in Westralia.
1923 - Frank Matamin alias Ro...
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Italys Five Star Movement (M5S) topped the polls in last weeks election. It was born in 2009, expressing the massive disillusionment with traditional political parties and politics. The five stars represent its core polices for change public water, sustainable transport, sustainable development, right to Internet access, and environmentalism. The party also favours the bringing in of a form of digital democracy that will allow voters to cast ballots on government policy.
M5S has also promised decisive action on the epidemic of political corruption, which is perhaps the most pervasive in Europe. It is Eurosceptic, and and the same time, argues for Europe to work together over the refugee issue, phase out fossil fuel and support sustainable development.
It took 32.6 percent of the vote, outstripping every other party.
But the wheeling and dealing is going on. The threat is that Berlusconi controlled Forza Italia, managed to get only 13.94 of the vote and is allied to the the Lega Nord (Northern League, and called itself Lega Salvini during this years campaign), which has taken much of its support base, to come out with 17.69 percent of the vote.
The outgoing leading party of the coalition that made up the last government, the Partito Democratico (Democratic Party), found its support fall to 18.9 percent. This party was born out of a coalition of former Partito Comunista Italiano (Communist Party of Italy) and Democrazia Cristiana (Christian Democrats) who had modeled themselves on the American Democratic Party, and quickly developed a reputation for being no different to the others.
There is however, a possibility that they may be sympathetic to a coalition with M5S. but such an alliance is likely to be unstable, even if a base agreement is reached. The nation expects that a government led by M5S will bring about some changes, and it is far from certain that the Partito Democratico will go accept too much change.
Another possibility is that the...
This video from Maryland in the USA says about itself:
Protesters Say Corporatizing International Working Womens Day is an Empty Gesture
11 March 2018
Often sexist corporations corporatizing International Womens Day is a bit similar problem to often homophobic corporations pinkwashing LGBTQ Pride marches demanding corporate propaganda should come first there. Causing resistance to that pinkwashing in, eg, London and Amsterdam.
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