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Malacaang has taken strong exception to a report in this paper, quoting observations by local officials and international experts alike, that the Philippines appears to have been left behind by rival claimant-countries in developing territories it occupies in the South China Sea
Carlyle Thayer, a Southeast Asia security expert and professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales Australian Defense Force Academy, for instance, noted that the Philippines appears to exercise a form of self-restraint in allowing some of its facilities to fall into disrepair and in not undertaking new construction to keep China from exerting diplomatic pressure.
President Dutertes spokesperson Harry Roque was quick...
"How do you know someone is paleo?
They'll tell you," and Australia's paleo king, Pete Evans, can
certainly attest to that.
Not content in his bid to inspire the nation to turn against grains, legumes, refined sugars and dairy, the My Kitchen Rules favourite and healthy living advocate, 45, is now on a mission to transform the eating habits of our furry little friends too.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.
Pete Evans with his dog Shikoba promoting his new range of cat and dog food, called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans.
Evans has launched a new range of cat and dog food called Healthy Everyday Pets with Pete Evans in the hopes that the extended members of our family lead healthier, balanced lifestyles by eating paleo diets specific to their species.
A keen animal lover, Evans lives on his north NSW farm with a dog Shikoba, a cat Anais, over a dozen chickens, 20,000 bees, and horses and said he has had the idea to enter the pet food world for "many years".
"So many pets are suffering the diseases of modern day humans cancer, diabetes, joint issues, skin issues and a lot of that can be taken back into what we feed our pets," Evans told Fairfax Media this week.
13 May 2018
The phenomenal growth in the humpback whale population has resulted in some of the giant beasts of the ocean beginning their migration north almost a month early.
Whale-watching season for tourism operators such as the Sunshine Coasts Whale One traditionally begins on the first weekend in June.
But a number of sightings off Caloundra and Alexandra Headland in the past two weeks has prompted Whale One owner John Matterson to bring his season forward by a week.
The whales have come up very early this year, Mr Matterson said.
There have been quite a few reports and particularly ones in close from Caloundra to Point Cartwright and Alexandra Headland. It is very unusual.
Southern Cross University Marine Ecology Research Centre founding director Peter Harrison said whales were moving earlier because their numbers had grown so large.
Whale numbers were decimated between 1959 and 1961, mostly by illegal whaling, until there were only a couple of hundred left.
This season, about 33,000 whales are expected to make the 5,000km migration north from the Antarctic to Queenslands warm tropical waters.
Professor Harrison said the humpback whale population had grown so large, it was now the biggest it had ever been.
As far as we know, the population is now larger than it was prior to whaling, he said.
Researchers have gone back to look at catch records and our best estimates are the whale population [pre-whaling] was hovering around 26,000 for the natural population size.
That was al...
What connects Frankenstein to Perths Old Courthouse? What links the columns at the entrance to Ancient Athens? And why hasnt the courthouse been turned into a small bar like every other old building in the city? Answers to two of these three questions will follow.
Acclaimed feminist Mary Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to a daughter. Her grieving partner didnt feel able to cope with a new baby, so she was brought up for several years by friends, who had a young boy named Henry Reveley. This led to a life-long friendship between the young girl and Henry. She would grow up to become Mary Shelley and write the classic Frankenstein.
Henry became an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, and comrade of Marys partner, the poet Percy Shelley, whom he even saved from drowning on one occasion. Unfortunately, Henry also persuaded Percy to invest in an expensive engineering project which came to nothing, and this must have put some strain on the friendship.
After a brief stay in Cape Town as colonial engineer, Henry was recruited by James Stirling and travelled with him on the Parmelia to help found a new colony in Western Australia. He was now responsible for all public works, under which circumstances he had to be less engineer and more architect. One of his buildings which still survives is the Old Courthouse.
Opening in 1837, this building was controversial from the start. Due to a lack of funds, Henry was instructed to erect something which could serve as both court and church. In America this would have been a clear violation of...
Yesterday morning, we published a reply to Brian Walters QC, who took up the case for Greens NSW pre-selection candidate Cate Faehrmann. Editor Chris Graham promised a reply to Mr Walters article. This is it.
Contrary to popular opinion, the key job of a lawyer is not to get to the facts. Its to construct a convincing argument around a set of facts which might be open to different interpretations. As you might expect, Mr Walters has done exactly that. He is, after all, a very competent, very well respected QC.
New Matildas brief, however, is quite different. Ours is to get to the facts. Its also to provide political opinion and analysis. Thats what we did in the three-part series recently written by Michael Brull, which has been the subject of ongoing outrage among supporters of Greens NSW member Cate Faehrmann (and later Jeremy Buckingham).
Walters article is laced with hyperbole. Indeed it was submitted with the headline Michael Brull spits the dummy. Its not the considered response I would ordinarily expect from a Queens Counsel, but then this whole saga has provided a series of responses that I wouldnt ordinarily expect from Greens politicians, or their supporters. So I guess we live in a brave new world.
Well let the hyperbole fly through to the keeper for now, because the main charge by Walters is that Michael Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods. To put not too fine a point on it, no, he does not.
Walters writes: In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann. As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself.
Thats very chivalrous of Mr Walters, and also nonsense. Cate Faehrmann is and was more than capable of defending herself, and did so in a private Facebook group with 800 Greens members (printed in part below), albeit muddying the waters and misleading as she did.
But that aside, the Greens NSW policies are the Greens NSW policies. They can do with them what they will. What I wont do with those policies is allow them to prevent New Matilda from publishing on matters of public interest when they occur, and particularly when those matters of public interest occur at crucial times, such as party pre-selections to nominate people to receive taxpayer funded positions of substantial influence. That is precisely the time when additional scrutiny should be applied.
Constructing a cowardly attack on a defenceless woman narrative, while colourful, does Mr Walters no credit whatsoever.
Regardless, Cate Faeh...
1756 - The Dutch were having a bit of a Captain Cook around the
place, with one ship, the Rijder , having hung about Wednesday
Island for a bit waiting to catch up with the ship, Buijs, but
which then put out to sea on this day.
1787 The First Fleet choofed off from Portsmouth, England, for New South Wales, with the intention of establishing the first European settlement in Australia.
1789 - John Caesar aka Black Caesar, a convict who obviously didn't like the table service, did a runner into the bush with arms and ammunition.
1811 - Thomas Clough was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Thomas Cooney. After being executed his body was handed over to surgeons for dissection and anatomisation.
1819 - Margaret Catchpole, the infamous female convict who had a few well chronicled adventures, passed into the great beyond.
1837 - Joseph Bradbury, John Newman, Soloman Wakefield, John Hewitt and David Williams admitted to Newcastle gaol from Merton. To be sent for trial before the Supreme court for robbery.
1837 - Judge Sir John William Jeffcot held the first criminal sessions in the province of South Oz.
1839 - In letters to General Secretaries of the Wesleyan Methodist Mission Society Joseph Orton stressed that Aborigines around Geelong had been reduced to pilfering starving obtrusive mendicants, a tax upon the [European] inhabitants.
1845 - The Portland Bay Examiner fishwrapper ceased to exist after a whopping 4 months.
1855 - The immigrant ship Nashwauk, only 18 months old, and carrying some 300 Irish girls, crashed ashore south of the mouth of the Onkaparinga at about 3 a.m. The passengers were able to be taken off the stricken ship and were cared for by local people. The following morning the steamer Melbourne and Government schooner Yatala were sent from Port Adelaide to pick up the stranded passengers. However, some of the immigrants were reluctant to board ship again and were taken to Adelaide in bullock wagons.
1857 - St Kilda Junction to St. Kilda Railway Line (Vic) opened.
1861 John Tebbutt, of Windsor, New South Wales, tripped over what would become known as the "Great Comet of 1861".
1867 - The first South Sea Islanders arrived aboard the ship "Prima Donna". 70 arrived to start work as indentured labourers on plantations around Mackay.
1870 - Ohhhh the humanity....the Port Adelaide Footy Club was founded in South Oz.
1872 - Alberto Zelman first conducted opera in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre for the performance of Lucia di Lammermoor in the Cagli-Lyster Italian opera season.
1873 - Customs Officers fired upon Kaiadilt people fishing at Sweers Island.The officers kidnapped a young Aboriginal boy during th...
Australian victim Fiona Barnett just posted a new article on her site pedophilesdownunder.com detailing her fight to get her case investigated as she seems to be facing the same opposition that I am here in the US.
There are two things to consider in Australia right now. 1). Cardinal George Pell has been ordered to face criminal charges concerning child abuse. He is 3rd in control of the Catholic Church and is responsible for their financial affairs.
And 2). Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have just recently been to Australia to meet with the Australian Prime Minister. Could these events be related? Considering how hard the powers that be are trying to clamp down on any talk about elite run child trafficking rings it certainly cant be ruled out.
Esp. considering what victims are going through right now in their fight to seek justice
Demand NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller opens Fiona Barnetts VIP pedo case
by Fiona Barnett on May 12, 2018
Sutherland Detective Belinda Abdy was in charge of the investigation into my complaints of a VIP child trafficking network based in Sydney. Police took 4 days of witness statements from me in 2014 and 2015, and promised to take at least 5 more days of statements in 2016. However, in between the last two days of witness statement making, I was pursued by four military looking thugs, and defamed by a British Intelligence agent on ABC Media Watch. Despite these attempts to silence me, I showed up to the 4th day of statement making but Belinda Abdy did not. In fact, I never heard from Abdy again.
Sinead Harper took the 3rd and 4th day of statements, and she was awesome. She believed me and responded appropriately to everything that transpired. Harper commenced an investigation into my allegations, went door knocking throughout McAlister Ave, Engadine, and attended my pedophile grandfathers house at 14 McAlister Ave with cadaver dogs and multiple officers. Neighbours told Harper that my account of the Engadine pedophiles was consistent with their childhood memories of various characters and incidents. However, Harper answers to a chain of command starting with Belinda Abdy.
Following my 4 days of witness statement making, NSW Police subsequently stonewalled me, ignored my emails and calls, and eventually told Victim Services that they never found any evidence supporting my case when they did. I know because the people she interviewed contacted me.
I am the first victim in Australian history who was child trafficked at the level I was, to come forward a...
Extreme weather events have broken historic rainfall records, caused wild winds and prompted unusually cold conditions across most of Australia on Friday, with more yet to come. Parts of Gippsland in eastern Victoria are bracing for a month's rain - as much as 100mm - on Saturday as the low pressure system that made Friday a sodden, wind-lashed taste of winter does its worst. New South Wales and the ACT are also beginning to feel the effects of the complex system, as it brings damaging westerly winds to the NSW ranges and the Illawarra. Tasmania The island state's capital was brought to a standstill on Friday as record-breaking rainfall caused schools to shut down, legal proceedings to halt and businesses to be evacuated. In the 24 hours leading up to 9am on Friday, Hobart experienced its wettest day since 1960 with the CBD and surrounding suburbs receiving more than 120 millimetres of rain. Sarah Sitton, extreme weather meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology, told The New Daily that by Friday morning, Mount Wellington had recorded 236 millimetres. "That was the second-highest-ever May rainfall in a single day for Tasmania. It was the highest rainfall that's ever been recorded at Mount Wellington," Ms Sitton said.
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
If a nation has an external deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government cannot run a fiscal surplus without output falling.
The answer is False.
This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.
In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).
Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).
Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income me...
The former secretary of State offers more criticism of U.S. leadership from overseas.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons 2018 global grievance tour touched down in Australia this week. The Democratic nominee for President in 2016 has been selling tickets to provocative events in which she explores the alleged shortcomings of her compatriots. Meanwhile back home, her team is once again tapping some of the very wealthiest of her compatriots to support the family enterprise.
Mrs. Clintons remarks to foreign audiences are not limited to gripes about the most recent U.S. presidential campaign. Shes also willing to offer unkind words about current U.S. policies.
The series of absurd rulings from our High Court has now reached the point where the majority of Australians are debarred from standing for election to Parliament, unless some foreign government chooses to help them. The latest ruling means that even renouncing a citizenship you never sought and have never exercised is not enough. Unless you start the process well before an election is even called, possibly years before, you are ineligible if you were born overseas, have an overseas-born parent and (probably) if you belong to an ethnic group which has a right of return to a national homeland. We have yet to explore the possible limits of other exclusion clauses.
There is some poetic justice in the embarrassment now being faced by Labor and Bill Shorten, who wrongly assumed they had prepared for the worst possible cases of High Court idiocy, and gloated over the misfortune of others. But thats small comfort for anyone who would wish the outcome of democratic elections to be respected.
Until now, the line taken by the supporters of the High Court has been its just a matter of following the rules. Its now been made clear that following the rules is impossible. An Australian citizen, even one who has never left Australia, can be ineligible simply because of the dilatoriness, incompetence, or even malice, of a foreign government. And, according to the High Court, theres nothing they can do about it except wait.
The stupidity and bloody-mindedness of the High Court in this matter is matched by most of the political commentariat, and a large proportion of the Australian public, who will no doubt be represented in comments here.
From experience, I know that lots of readers will not be
convinced. So, I will offer a question and answer another.
First a question, for those who still want to defend the High
Court. Suppose that, after nominations have closed for the next
election, a mischief-making foreign government (say, Russia, which
has form for this kind of thing) confers citizenship on all the
candidates for one or both of the major parties. What should the
High Court do?
(a) Disqualify them, and say Say, sorry, thats the rules
(b) Discover that the words of the Constitution actually allow for a reading exactly opposite to the one that they have just announced, and that a simple renunciation is all that is needed to free oneself of an unwanted citizenship.
(c) Something else (if so, what)
Second, an answer to those who seem to think that the Court had no alternative but to rule as it has done. The Constitution guarantees (or at least has been taken by the Court in the past to guarantee) a democratic government, and the Courts rulings are clearly at odds with that, having effectively cancelled many of the outcomes of the last el...
A fortnight ago, New Matilda published a three-part series by Michael Brull on a pre-selection battle within the Greens NSW. One of the lawyers who advised on that battle, Brian Walters, responds.
In the middle of an internal Greens pre-selection, Michael Brull, a Greens member, has written for New Matilda a series of articles attacking a candidate Cate Faehrmann.
As he must know, candidates for pre-selection are not permitted to speak to journalists, and therefore have no right of reply. It is an archetypal act of cowardice to attack a person who is unable to defend herself. Brull bases his farrago on a bizarre series of falsehoods.
The articles arise from proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales seeking an urgent interpretation of the NSW Greens constitution. The case is reported here.
On 5 February 2018, Cate Faehrmann transferred her Victorian Greens membership to New South Wales. She wanted to stand for pre-selection for the Legislative Council.
She was a paid up member of the Greens in Victoria. She had previously been a member of the Greens in NSW and served there as a Greens Legislative Councillor from 2010 to 2013.
Astonishingly, Alex van Vucht, the membership officer of the Greens in NSW, treated Cate Faehrmanns transferred membership as merely provisional for three months, thus denying her the right to nominate for pre-selection before the close of nominations on 9 April 2018. This was contrary to the constitution of the NSW Greens and the constitution of the Australian Greens.
To break the impasse, Cate Faehrmann sought legal advice.
I was one of those who advised, in a written advice provided to the Greens NSW, that there was no basis for treating her membership as provisional. Similar advice was rendered by a senior solicitor in New South Wales.
Neither the membership officer nor the Greens NSW obtained any contrary advice.
Ultimately, Cate Faehrmann sought a ruling on the correct interpretation of the constitution from the NSW Supreme Court (I was not involved in that proceeding). The court ruled comprehensively in her favour.
Mr Brull repeatedly asserts that Cate Faehrmann was attempting to change the constitution. That is patently false. Cate Faehrmann was seeking to have the terms of the constitution obeyed. That was the whole point of the advice and of the subsequent legal proceeding.
The matter was taken to the Greens NSW State Delegates Council (SDC). Mr Brull writes that the SDC was was able to have a say about whether the rules sh...
Tis International Nurses Day, so say thanks to the next nurse
who looks after you...coz they've got the Power of The Enema just
waiting to be used!!!
1792 - Things were crook with the flour ration being reduced again....bet they needed something more than castor oil.
1802 - Lord Pelham to the Treasury, - My Lords, Whitehall, 12th May, 1802. - It being judged expedient to send forthwith from this country four hundred convicts to New South Wales (viz't, 270 male, and 130 female), I am to desire that your Lordships will be pleased to cause the necessary directions to be given to the Victualling Board for providing a sufficient and proper quantity of provisions for their subsistence during the voyage, and salted beef or pork only for nine months for them after their arrival at New South Wales. I am also to desire that your Lordships will cause the necessary directions to be given for providing the 270 male convicts the particulars of clothing as undermentioned, to be consigned to the Governor for the use of such convicts on their arrival at that settlement, and that the said provisions and clothing may be put on board His Majesty's ship Glatton, which is now fitting at Sheerness for the conveyance of those convicts. It being also intended to allow about forty persons to embark on board the said ship who are going as settlers to that colony, I am to desire that directions may be given for providing the usual quantity of provisions for such number during their voyage thither. I am, &c., Pelham
1805 - The Sydney Gazette reported that ;
Yesterday sennight (a week) two characters of almost equal notoriety were shipped for Newcastle by the Resource, viz, Christopher Griffin alias Wooden Joe, as a petty receiver of stolen property, and encourager of petty larceny ; and Thomas Desmond whose unaccountable hardihood we have already had repeated occasion to notice for absconding from Kings Town and travelling in on foot through the bush.
1810 - Bligh sailed off into the sunset for Old Blighty, with witnesses for the court martial of George Johnston who dared deprive the rum-soaked colony of Bligh's leadership....
1810 - George Caley and his Aboriginal guide and plant collector Daniel Moowattin from Parramatta sailed for England aboard the frigate HMS Hindostan.
Another passenger was the deposed governor William Bligh.
1812 - Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from London. Within two weeks he sold a fowling piece given to him by botanist Robert Brown, bought a jug of peach cider and ran into the bush.
1823 - Servant Samuel Coleman per 'Morley' was permitted to pass to Pennington's farm on first branch of the Hunter's River.
1824 - Sir George Arthur rocked up to Tassie on board the Adrian (that's a ship, not a bawdy game with his valet) to pluck up his appointment a...
SparkLabs Group , which has the largest accelerator network in Asia and operates global venture capital funds, has launched the first startup accelerator security token offering through their Smart City & Smart Planet Fund. SparkLabs has engaged with Argon Group, a leading digital finance advisory firm, to launch this new offering.
Individual and institutional investors across the globe will be able to invest into this new fund offering that will equally invest into SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator fund and SparkLabs Cultiv8 fund, which is an agtech, food tech and sustainability accelerator.
SparkLabs IoT & Smart City accelerator is a primary innovation partner for Songdo, South Koreas $35 billion smart city built from the ground up. SparkLabs Cultiv8 accelerator is a primary partner with the Government of New South Wales Department of Primary Industries for an agtech, foodtech and sustainability accelerator. The local government has given access to over 13,000 hectares (32,123 acres) of experimental farmland and 25 world-class research stations (i.e. fisheries, water, biosecurity, food safety) in Australia.
SparkLabs has been very conservative in our approach and viewpoints on the cryptocurrency space and token offerings. We have been concerned that many utility tokens are in fact securities and have viewed this space with some trepidation. After meticulous diligence, we have now decided to jump into the pool a bit with a security token offering that we believe is conservative and provides a better understanding for venture capitalists on how this can affect our industry in the years to come, stated Jimmy Kim, Co-founder of SparkLabs Group and former CFO of Nexon (South Koreas largest online gaming company). Additionally, Mr. Kims most recent startup, N3N, was Ciscos first IoT investment.
The SparkLabs token is not a utility token and is simply a smart contract that represents an investors (Limited Partners) equity into its fund vehicle that will have equal holdings in start-up companies that are associated with SparkLabs IoT & Smart City Accelerator in Songdo, South Korea and SparkLabs Cultiv8 Accelerator in Orange, Australia.
We believe our Smart City & Smart Planet Fund allows people across the globe to invest into two accelerator funds that can truly change the world in terms of urban innovation, innovation in agriculture, and how we interact with our planet. Both accelerators have excellent partners, such as Australias Government of....
This is my 4th year on Youth Allowance as I am studying in Melbourne and moved 2 hours to be closer to uni.
Two months ago I was asked to provide an audit, which I did
straight away dating back to the 2015-2016 financial year.
The system glitched and deleted my audit, which leads me to sit on the phone trying to call the hotline which fails to have an answering system in place, so I was faced with having to redial and look at the 'user busy' screen for the entire morning, only to call over 100 times to be left on hold for hours.
Finally, once I was re-directed to different people because I
had dialled the wrong number (the number they provided on the
request for the audit) I had to do the audit over the phone.
Throughout this, the man was able to tell me that my audit aligned with the ATO.
Thinking all was well, I was faced with a $4090 debt!
This is when I became incredibly u...
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