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Monday, 15 October

00:16

Australian Politics 2018: Liberal and Nationals hard right agenda revealed North Coast Voices


It appears the rigid hard-right core of the Liberal and National parties, whose face for public consumption is Prime Minister Scott Morrison, thought that Australian voters would find it acceptable that the only people that religious institutions of any denomination would not be able to discriminate against will be heterosexual individuals and those born with absent or ambiguous secondary sexual characteristics.

Everyone else would apparently be fair game for every rabid bigot across the land.

Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender citizens and their children are not to be afforded the full protection of human rights and anti-discrimination law in this New World Order.

It doesn't get any clearer than the main thrust of the twenty recommendations set out  below.

However, now the cat is out of the bag Morrison is backtracking slightly. Just hours after arguing schools should be run consistent with their religious principles and that no existing exemption should be repealed, Scott Morrison told Sky News that he was "not comfortable" with private schools expelling gay students on the basis of their sexuality. 

Rejecting new enrolment applications by gay students was something he was careful not to directly address.

It should be noted that "not comfortable' leaves a lot of wiggle room to look the other way as state and federal legislation is either amended or new Commonwealth legislation created which would allow this blatant di...

00:15

So who do you trust in the Australian media landscape in 2018? North Coast Voices


On 9 October 2018 Essential Research released the results of survey questions concerning trust in the media.

Once again public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, were the clear winners across all categories in which they were listed.

Q. How much trust do you have in what you read or hear in the following media?

Total a lot /some
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Sunday, 14 October

19:06

Possible OMCG associate arrested on firearms charges Local News Echonetdaily

Sawn off air rifle. File photo

Officers from Taskforce Raptor were part of a raid on a Dum Dum property on Friday (October 12) that resulted in a man being detained on multiple firearm and drug charges.

About 10.50am police executed a firearm prohibition order and a weapon prohibition order on the property.

During the search police allegedly located a quantity of what they describe as green vegetable matter which they claim is cannabis, together with a BB gun, a 12-gauge shotgun ammunition, a laser pointer, a set of handcuffs, a sawn-off air rifle, a number of seeds believed to be cannabis seeds, a spring-loaded flick knife and a black coloured plastic pistol capable of firing projectiles.

A 21-year-old male was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with multiple firearm and drug charges.

He was refused Bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court on October 13, where he was released on conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday (October 15).

 

 

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16:37

STONE & WOODS BACKYARD INVITATIONAL, Everyones invited! Byron Bay Blog

Come and celebrate Stone & Woods tenth year in the beer industry at their inaugural Backyard Invitational Festival on 24 November.

By bringing together breweries and others, who they have come to consider good friends and family over the years, the event is an opportunity to explore and learn more about good beer, food and drink while raising funds through their inGrained Foundation.

They will be running a series of master classes and forums throughout the day, diving deep and creating discussion around food and drink themes that will be hosted by Ale of a Times Luke Robertson. Of course, it wouldnt be a Stone & Wood event without great live music and entertainment to soak up!

So whats different from any other beer festival? The event is about discovery and tasting a diverse range of things. The all inclusive price of $60 includes a tasting glass, free tastings from all the breweries and access to the forums and masters classes, with the profits going to inGrained Foundation.

Held in the closest capital city to their Northern Rivers birthplace, as well as being the location for their Brisbane brewery opening in 2019, they call Brisbane their backyard.

Venue: Stone & Wood Brisbane, 99 Bridge St, Fortitude Valley QLD
Date: Saturday 24th November, 2018
Time: 12:00 16:00
Ticket Price: $60+BF

Tickets will go on sale at the end of October and participating breweries, distilleries, food and drink purveyors, along with masterclass details will be announced in the coming weeks.

To not miss out, sign up: http://eepurl.com/dJO3t6

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11:24

Film Festival examines key Aboriginal issues: Culture and Ecology Byron Bay Blog

The Kimberley is a vast and rugged region 420,000km2 of unique landforms and species of wildlife, swathes of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, savannah, waterfalls, cave systems and a largely isolated coastline.

It is among the worlds most ecologically diverse areas and home to the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living on country in Australia all of which is threatened by the relentless expansion of mining, pastoralism and irrigated agriculture.

The Aboriginal custodians of this ancient land live on 200 communities and belong to 34 different language groups. Their survival is as tenuous as the pristine Kimberley coastline.

They have lived there for millennia, and the Kimberley is home to hundreds of thousands of rock art paintings and drawings. But pressure from industry is exposing the limits of Indigenous land rights, one of the key issues raised in the documentary film Undermined Tales from the Kimberley, which is screening at the Byron Bay Film festival.

Undermined, made by award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall (Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia) has something of The Bentley Effect about it: the success of People Power standing up to fracking in the Northern Rivers was paralleled by community resistance to the construction of an LNG plant at James Price Point.

It lovingly explores the country and the coast: the geology and colours are stunning, awe-inspiring; the landscape and history have a value that makes exploitation a short-term, destructive proposition.

But the barbarians are at the gate: Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes own huge cattle stations and people born on country now have to ask permission to camp there.

The film raises the question: what are the true costs of development in the vast and unspoiled Kimberley?

The politicians have branded the region the future economic powerhouse of Australia, but as one of the elders here asks: who benefits from this development, and where is the social justice?

Another example of the fragility of the Indigenous peoples grip on their country and culture presents itself in the life of one individual in the feature documentary ...

10:12

Lennox Head homes destroyed by fire Local News Echonetdaily

Emergency services were called to Survey Street, Lennox Head, just after 1am this morning after reports of a house was well alight.

On arrival, police evacuated four people from the house and three people from a neighbouring property.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire which destroyed the two homes.

One of the residents a 28-year-old man was taken to hospital for minor smoke inhalation.Two police officers also suffered smoke inhalation; however, they did not require treatment.

As crews worked to extinguish the blaze, the fire spread to the neighbouring property. Two other homes sustained smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Police from Richmond Police District are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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00:15

Scott Morrison and climate change policy North Coast Voices


On 8 October 2018 the UN International Panel On Climate Change issued this media release:


Incheon, Republic of Korea, October 8 Limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5C compared to 2C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC," said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The report's full name is Global Warming of 1.5C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes," said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I.

The report highlights...

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