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Monday, 17 October


Poll: Australia seen grabbing uninterrupted GDP growth record "GroovUs Feed Anews"


Australia is forecast to enjoy at least another two years of solid economic growth, extending a quarter of a century without recession and dodging the deflation that dogs so many of its rich world peers.

[SYDNEY] Australia is forecast to enjoy at least another two years of solid economic growth, extending a quarter of a century without recession and dodging the deflation that dogs so many of its rich world peers.

The latest Reuters poll found analysts expect Australia’s A$1.6 trillion (S$1.7 trillion) of gross domestic product (GDP) to expand by 2.9 per cent this year, unchanged from the July poll.

Growth was seen at 2.8 per cent next year and 2.9 per cent in 2018, a result that would see Australia capture the Netherlands’crown for the longest run without a recession.

Surging export volumes, record low interest rates and an historic boom in home building have already underpinned growth of 3.3 per cent in the year to June.

A recent revival in the value of commodity exports also promises to boost company profits, national income and tax receipts in coming months. Surging prices for coal alone could eradicate the country’s trade deficit and add 2 percentage points to nominal GDP.

The worst also seems to be over for a long slump in mining investment, which subtracted a huge 1.6 percentage points from GDP growth in the year to June.

Policymakers at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) believe three quarters of the mining downturn has now passed and its drag on growth will greatly diminish for here on. “The Australian economy’s output performance, in aggregate, has been resilient in what remains a challenging environment,”said Westpac senior economist Andrew Hanlan. He is tipping economic growth of 3 per cent for both 2016 and 2017. “That said, downside risks persist. World growth is sluggish, and global financial sector vulnerabilities remain.” At home, jobs growth has turned sluggish and heavily weighted to part time work, restraining wage growth and adding to downward pressure on inflation.

Indeed, underlying inflation slowed to a record low of 1.5 per cent in the year to June and looks likely to have remained very subdued in the third quarter.

Analysts forecast consumer price inflation would run at just 1.2 per cent for 2016 as whole, well under the RBA’s target of 2 to 3 per cent.

Yet they also expected it to pick up to 2.1 per cent next year and 2.4 per....


The Salt Lake Band bring music and culture of Groote Eylandt to Yabun Festival "GroovUs Feed Anews"

All the way from Groote Eyelandt in the Northern Territory, the 11 member Salt Lake Band will make history next January when they become the largest band to ever grace the stage at Yabun Festival, one of the nation’s biggest and longest running annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture events.

Formally known as Yantarrgna Band (after lead singer/song-writer Brandon Yantarrgna), Salt Lake Band consist of brothers, uncles, cousins and grandfathers, all hailing from the Warnindilyakwa family group.

The name of the band springs from a special part of their traditional lands, bringing with it their song-lines and Dreaming’s, all sung in Anindilyakwa language. Mixing rock, blues and reggae, and incorporating the band member’s totems of dugong, turtle, whale, dolphin, seagull and shark, Salt Lake Band’s songs share the sacredness and potency of the Warnindilyakwa Dreamtime.

The Salt Lake Band share a 10 year history and have headlined at several major Indigenous music and cultural events including Garma, Barunga, and the Alice Springs Bush Bands Bash. Based in their home community of Umbakumba (which has a total population of 350 people) the band’s language group is distinct from Yolngu, belonging exclusively to Groote Eyelandt.

Proud representatives of their language group and culture, Salt Lake Band have gained the financial support of their own Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) to make the long trek to Sydney in order to share their music and culture with the Yabun audience, providing a special added cultural element to the 2017 Yabun Festival which already features esteemed Indigenous artists Kev Carmody and Warren H Williams.

“The Top End continues to be such a wellspring of vibrant and unique Aboriginal music and artistry and we are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of that proud legacy and culture at the 2017 Yabun Festival,” says Yabun Festival Producer, Miah Wright.

“This will be the first time a Top End band has performed at Yabun since Yothu Yindi in the very early years of the festival, and is set to be one of the most special moments in the event’s 15 year history.”

Yabun Festival takes places at Victoria Park in Camperdown on January 26, 2017 (10:00am – 7:00pm).


Tidal energy – Australian Maritime College launches new turbine in Tamar River "IndyWatch Feed"

tidal-power-tasmaniaAustralian Maritime College launches new tidal turbine in Tamar River Michelle Wisbey   @MichelleWisbey1  16 Oct 2016 An emerging form of renewable energy has been met with overall positive reviews from the Tamar community. 

The Australian Maritime College and Sydney-based developers MAKO have come together to install and monitor a new tidal energy turbine in the Tamar estuary near Launceston. Field experiments at a site near Reid Rock, north of the Batman Bridge, of a 2.4 metre-wide prototype have already started.

The turbine is secured beneath a floating platform and will be connected to a mooring on the east side of the estuary.

AMC project lead Irene Penesis said tidal energy was particularly exciting as it was very predictable compared with solar and wind power because of its consistent and monitorable cycles. “Through the kinetic energy of the tidal flow, we generate mechanical power and we then convert that to electricity,” Associate Professor Penesis said.

“Because tides are extremely predictable and we can predict them two years in advance, we can predict how much power we’re going to get – when you transfer that power back into the grid you know how much you’re transferring back and you can monitor that.

“It’s absolutely essential to have the community behind these types of events because if there’s an opportunity to install tidal turbines in the Tamar River, we would want those community members to have access to that power being generated.”

Owner of the nearby Tamar River Retreat Ian Stewart said after a community meeting was held to discuss the turbines last week, there was positive interest from residents and businesses in the area.

“To use tidal power to generate electricity would be absolutely fantastic,” Mr Stewart said. “I spend about $5000 a year on electricity because of my business, it’s probably my single biggest business expense, and if I can get that down even lower that would be great. “I...


Sydney Outfit Bad Pony Drop Their Shiny New Indie Banger ‘Bottles’ "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney Outfit Bad Pony Drop Their Shiny New Indie Banger ‘Bottles’

Sydney outfit Bad Pony have followed up their recent track ‘Sideways’ with another indie banger, new single ‘Bottles’, which seems destined for festival stages with its twinkling, Foals-esque guitar lines.

“’Bottles’ is about a toxic, alcoholic relationship,” says frontman Jarred Young of the track. “It’s a lyrically co-written effort that explores frustration, infatuation, intoxication and despair.” It’s that frustration that shines through in the track’s best moments, where Jarred absolutely tears into a vocal line, the coarseness providing an ideal counterpoint to the smooth summer jams.

Having just played their first international showcase at Singapore’s Music Matters, Bad Pony are about to head off on an East Coast tour in celebration of the new single – dates below.

Bad Pony ‘Bottles’ Tour Dates

Fri 28 Oct | Moonshine Rum & Cider Bar, Manly NSW
Sat 5 Nov | The Pier, Port Macquarie NSW
Sun 6 Nov | Waywards, Newtown NSW
Fri 11 Nov | Night Quarter, Gold Coast QLD
Sat 12 Nov | Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD
Fri 18 Nov | Republic Par, Hobart TAS
Sat 19 Nov | The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne VIC


Parents and MPs divided over Safe Schools "IndyWatch Feed National"

Activist Carolyn Cage at a rally of thousands outside the State Library in Melbourne to support the LGBTI student program in March 2016. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Activist Carolyn Cage at a rally of thousands outside the State Library in Melbourne to support the LGBTI student program in March 2016. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

Anna Hitchings

Sydney [AAP]

Debate is still raging over the controversial Safe Schools program just weeks after a 17,000-strong petition calling for it to be scrapped was tabled in NSW parliament.

Parents and schools around the country are divided, with some accusing the anti-bullying program of introducing children to a radical left-wing sexual ideology and others saying it saves lives.

Melbourne mother-of-four Cella White told the Seven Network she was so disturbed by the program she pulled her children from the school to transfer to a non ‘safe school’.

‘Safe Schools has highly sexualised content and I don’t believe that that’s the schools’ place,’ Ms White said on Seven’s Sunday Night program.

She also said she was concerned for the safety of her youngest daughter, who is blind, especially when using the school bathrooms.

NSW Liberal MP for Epping Damien Tudehope presented a petition with 17,000 signatures calling for Safe Schools to be abolished last month.

The move came on the heels of reports the Baird government was considering changing the program’s status to ‘opt in’, meaning parents would have to sign their children up rather than having to withdraw them.

Greens MP Jenny Leong later came out with a petition of her own in support of the program, calling for the Legislative Assembly to commit to the program in NSW schools.

Sunday Night also featured parents Kirra and Scott, whose young son Balon decided a year ago to dress as a girl and change his name to Briella.

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Sunday, 16 October


Days 36 – 38: Trip to Wiluna and surrounds "IndyWatch Feed National"

Day 36: 10am

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Just having a read about Through Spinfix and Sand to the Last of Desert Family. The book is based on a family of four who was the last of the desert people and was find in 1975. The other one is call the Last of the Nomads. It based on a story about a couple of the old people man and women. They was find in 1977 and they were the last of old people who live out in the desert.

The shire of Wiluna going to donate the book Last of the Nomads for me to read. When I have free time and something to do I read it. So it give me understand more about the desert people and how they live out in the desert area.

Day 36: 1pm


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Singapore-born singer Natalie Ong, 15, wows on X Factor Australia, moves on to top 3 of Under-22s "GroovUs Feed Anews"


SYDNEY – After home-grown crooner Nathan Hartono shone abroad in TV singing competition Sing! China, another singer from Singapore is taking a reality TV competition by storm with her powerhouse vocals.

Enter Natalie Ong, the 15-year-old born in Singapore and based in Melbourne who has wowed the audience and judges with her performances on Season 8 of The X Factor Australia.

Having made it past the audition round, Natalie impressed judges again in the “Three Seat Challenge” stage which was aired on Sunday (Oct 16) night.

At this stage, performers are grouped into Unders, Overs and Group categories. Natalie and 11 other singers were in the Unders group as they are under 22 years old. Out of the 12, judge Adam Lambert could only pick three to advance to the next stage. 

After an astounding range of performances by the show’s youngest contestants, Natalie secured her place in the top three in a tense episode. 

As the last performer of the night, her role was to oust one of the three performers already occupying the three seats.

With her powerful cover of Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, Natalie earned plaudits from the judging panel, consisting of first Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and American Idol runner-up Lambert. 

Lambert was so taken in by her performance that he rewarded it with a fling of his shoe – an indication of his utmost approval. He explained that shoe throwing was an unconventional way he and his friends expressed appreciation for one another’s performances. 

Adam Lambert locks in his top three and throws a shoe at Natalie Ong via @DailyMailCeleb

— Kathy Katz (@katzolicious) October 16, 2016

This led Sebastian to join in the shoe-throwing act, while Azalea chimed in: “If I wasn’t a diva myself wearing a pair of thigh high boots I would have thrown my shoe right at you.”

Lambert expressed his dilemma in selecting just three of the 12 performers to advance to the live shows. Before Natalie, the final performer, he had already made tentative selection...


A few questions for Sharps Pixley CEO Ross Norman and other bullion bankers "IndyWatch Feed"

image/youtube screen grabDear Friend of GATA and Gold: Ross Norman, CEO of London bullion dealer Sharps Pixley, yesterday disputed the 2013 study by a professor at the University of Western Australia that concluded that prices in the twice-daily London gold fixings were manipulated, a study publicized this week by the Sydney-based newspaper The Australian: Norman wrote…



Immigration Deception And Cruelty: Young Women Challenge the System "GroovUs Feed Anews"

NSW Parliament – nicknamed the bear-pit – took on an unaccustomed healing role recently. Professor Stuart Rees explains.

Can poets and musicians really change the world? In the theatrette of the NSW State Parliament last week, participants in a Symposium for women’s rights and social justice answered this question. In doing so they also reacted to the misery imposed on asylum seekers.

By video link, Iranian Mina Taherkhani described her three years detention on Christmas Island and Nauru, “I was yearning for justice in a country which claims to uphold women’s rights but all I experienced was trepidation and panic.”

Iranian Behrouz Boochani said of his 28 months incarceration on Manus, “We have been exiled, displaced, left hopeless.”



Directed by the Iranian film maker, poet and human rights activist Saba Vasefi, the Symposium gave young women of migrant and refugee backgrounds the chance to portray, through poetry and music, a more just and hopeful world.

Saba – ‘have no fear’, ‘make the impossible possible’ – had fled to Australia having been expelled from university teaching for campaigning against capital punishment. She speaks of the consequences of colonization, that history of powerful nations taking what they wanted, discarding or eliminating those who got in their way.

In response to their own horrendous experiences of colonialism, Kirstie Parker, CEO of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence recalled the words of the Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal. In her poem ‘All One Race’, instead of expressing bitterness at her people’s treatment, Oodgeroo advocated justice through unity, “I’m international, never mind place; I’m for humanity, all one race.”

Artists who responded to the Oodgeroo challenge included the rappers Kween G and Candy Royalle, vocalists Rebecca Hatch and Minerva Khodabande and the Arab-Australian poet Sara Saleh.



Although these artists expressed hope for alternatives to current detention centre policies, they also had to deal with governments’ deception and cruelty.

Deception begins with politicians’ claims they are devout Christians and filled with compassion. Such sentiments mean that asylum seekers remain imprisoned and almost always voiceless.

Behrooz observed, “We are people not animals, All we want is a freedom to pursue happiness.”

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Deception includes the claim that detainees on M...


Week of Actions in Solidarity with the Prison Strike and Beyond "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Originally published to It’s Going Down

On September 9th, people all over the world answered the call for a strike against prison slavery. Prisoners all over the U.S. began hunger and work strikes, while on the outside supporters took action to express their solidarity. However, despite outside support quieting down significantly after the first weekend, prisoners continue to struggle fiercely against their conditions.

Three weeks into the strike, a call was published for renewed actions in solidarity with the prison strike. While it emphasized the arbitrary nature of any particular day or week of action, for simplicity’s sake the authors suggested October 15th-22nd as the week to concentrate actions.

This page will collect actions in solidarity with the prison strike that took place around this time frame, regardless of whether they were inspired by this particular call or not. You can view a list of events planned for the week here, and remember you can submit communiques anonymously to It’s Going Down here.

October 13th

Lansing, MI: Rally in solidarity with queer & trans prisoners. Report with photos here.


Lansing, MI

October 15th

Melbourne, Australia: Posters wheatpasted...


Blockchain Loyalty Scheme ‘Incent’ Attracts $600K in First Week of Crowdfund "GroovUs Feed Anews"

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 Incent attracted more than 1000 Bitcoins from investors in its first week of fundraising, enough to allow the project to get to market. The opening days of the crowdfund attracted 800 bitcoins and over 600,000 Waves tokens, a total of more than $600,000.

Incent have a target of $1 million but the money already collected is enough to complete development and Incent are now busy partnering with merchants ahead of launch next year.

BitScan, the crypto business behind the project has already created a proof-of-concept wallet that will allow businesses to issue Incent, a universal token of reward that acts as a form of smart cash-back. Merchants will be able to easily configure the amount of reward they issue to customers to suit their own margins. The token is designed to appreciate in value as more merchants adopt it, benefiting businesses and consumers alike.

The money invested to date is enough to complete development and integrate Incent into the first merchants’ point-of-sale systems.

‘Retailers recognize that current loyalty systems are overpriced and under-performing and are looking for something new’ Rob WIlson, CEO, Incent

Businesses on board
Incent is now growing its network of merchants who wish to adopt Incent rewards when the product launches early next year. During the opening days of the crowdfund two businesses came on board. The first is a bricks-and-mortar establishment: the Temperance Society bar in Sydney, where BitScan is based. The second is Sure Green – a UK-based landscaping wholesaler and Incent’s first e-commerce client.

‘What’s great about these two, apart from the fact that they represent such different sectors, is that they see value in Incent for different reasons. As an e-commerce trader, Sure Green sells through Amazon and eBay, but is hit with a high commission fee. Their CEO is happy to pay that in loyalty points to get people to shop through his own site. The Temperance Society bar, meanwhile, is a local business and social hub, and sees huge value in fostering that vibrant local economy.’ Rob Wilson, CEO, Incent

Incent announced today the addition of two more Australian businesses, furniture retailer Cofint, based in the Northern Territories and Software company Practice Manager 24/7 operating out of New South Wales.

The Incent crowdfund will continue until 30 November. To find out more, visit To invest in the ICO, register at

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Saturday, 15 October


Australian Government Considers Blockchain Tech for Land Transport "IndyWatch Feed"

The recently published Land Transport Regulation 2040 report by Australia’s National Transport Commission (NTC) suggested blockchain technology could change its existing transport model.

Also read: Australia’s Treasurer: Progress Made to End Bitcoin Double Tax 

Transforming the Current Transport Model

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is undertaking strategic work called Land Australia NTCTransport Regulation 2040. The aim is to answer the question of “How could or should we regulate land transport in the future?”

The NTC will be using the report to converse with shareholders from October through December.

The report claims that new technology can help achieve “a fairer, more transparent, and more sustainable, transport charging and funding model.” However, this technology must establish and maintain a trusted, interoperable and secure data communications within transport as well as between transport and other service providers.

“One mechanism for this, might be the use of blockchain technology,” the report reads. Citing industry experts’ opinions, it also further noted that:

“It is only a matter of time before blockchain technology is used in peer-to-peer and machine-to-machine transactions where high levels of trust and verifiability is required. It could also be used in transport system safety technologies.”

Other Blockchain Benefits

Many industries have been exploring the use of blockchain technology, especially in the finance sector. A number of Australian banks are investigating the use of blockchains to reduce transaction costs as well as increase speed and efficiency. In August, Australia Post identified use cases of blockchain technology including identity e-voting, and registries.

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Australia - Miranda Kerr supported as hospital ambassador despite controversial ‘pseudo’ medical views "IndyWatch Feed National"

A PROMINENT Sydney health charity says it won’t sack model Miranda Kerr as an ambassador despite criticism she promotes “pseudo spiritual” and “dangerous” medical beliefs.
The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation broke its silence over Kerr yesterday after top doctors had called for her to be dumped.
Foundation chief Catherine Oates Smith said they had netted an extra $3 million in donations since Kerr’s appointment.
Miranda Kerr announces her role as ambassador for the Royal Hospital For Women Foundation in Randwick.


The Advertiser (Under)Reports huge anti nuclear waste rally in Adelaide "GroovUs Feed Anews"

a-cat-CANI have received several reports from those who attended the rally in Adelaide –  estimates of attendance numbers range from 100o to 3000.

A smaller rally was held in Melbourne, and in Alice Springs. At this stage, I have no reports on the rally held in Sydney.

Hundreds march against nuclear dumping in South Australia Hundreds of land owners have converged in Adelaide’s city centre to resist the South Australian government’s plans for two nuclear waste dumps in the state’s north.

Groups opposing the government’s plans to store high-level waste from other countries have flooded the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide’s CBD.


Many have come bearing flags and signs protesting the dumps, which were proposed in July.  Traffic in the local area has been restricted to one lane as a steady stream of protesters continue to arrive. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Karina Lester, from the No Dump Alliance, said people need to send a strong message of opposition to the state and federal governments.

“All traditional owner groups need to unite and fight this as we all know the international waste storage facility is not going to be Norwood or Unley (in Adelaide), it will be in the far north of the state,” Ms Lester said.

Aboriginal Congress SA chairman Tauto Sansbury said people need to understand what building nuclear waste dumps means for future generations.

“We are talking about the importance of country and the preservation of culture and safety of our peoples,” Mr Sansbury said.

Conservation SA chief executive Craig Wilkins believes today’s rally is “another opportunity for all South Australian to express their concerns over the dump proposals”.

The rally also marks the 63rd anniversary of the first British atomic bomb test at Emu Field, in SA’s far northwest, in 1953.



The Weekend Quiz – October 15-16, 2016 – answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekend’s Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you haven’t 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 error.

Question 1:

If any nation adopts a ‘balanced budget’ rule (that government spending plus interest payments must equal revenue at all times) and they successfully achieve that goal then the private domestic sector in nations that run external deficits will always spend less than they earn.

The answer is False.

Note that this question begs the question as to how the economy might actually succeed in balancing the fiscal position each year. It assumes that they do. Whatever behavioural forces were at play, the sectoral balances all have to sum to zero. Once you understand that, then deduction leads to the correct answer.

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 measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X – M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectora...


A World War Has Begun - John Pilger "IndyWatch Feed National"


Renowned Australian journalist and film-maker John Pilger is shooting his new film in the Pacific and Asia. He describes a 'wall of propaganda' and asks: does Australia care?

Filmed by Cathy Vogan at Sydney University on Tuesday March 22, 2016. Co-hosted by Sydney University Resistance Club, the Centre of Peace And Conflict Studies and Green Left Weekly.

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Friday, 14 October


Drawn to Silence – Images "GroovUs Feed Anews"


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Miriam Lieberman visits Drive Tuesday! "GroovUs Feed Anews"



On Tuesday afternoon we had a thrilling program; starting with a discussion with political lecturer David Smith from Sydney University about Donald Trump and the recent Presidential Debate. It was a wide-ranging talk that touched on the conservative Christian factionalism in the US as well as the psychology of the Republican candidate. It also featured a beautiful gospel-style takedown of Trump’s recently leaked video that skirted on the controversial, sung by Anthony Hamilton and The Hamiltones.


We then had a short interview with Daniel Jernazium about his short film ‘Concerto: an odd couple’ that is about to be featured at the Byron Short Film Festival. Although there no Sydney showings slated to be released at this time, we certainly wish Daniel all the best of luck at the Festival, as well as with his future dreams in film-making.

At 5 ‘o’ clock, we had sometime Eastside presenter Georgia Mooney come on the air to talk to us about her new band All Our Exes Live in Texas, an all-female band named after a terrible country song. With their debut album ‘When We Fall’ coming out next year, Georgia talked about the formation of her band, as well as an upcoming gig at the Oxford Art Factory playing last night, Thursday the 13th! We played the newest single released from the album ‘The Devil’s Part’ which you can listen to here, and buy from their iTunes page.



Finally, Tuesday Drive was lucky enough to have Australian musician Miriam Lieberman come into the studio. Miriam is in the middle of releasing her newest album and came onto the show to release the first single Here is the rhythm’ live on air with us!

You can check it out at Bandcamp through the link below.

The album itself is called ‘Full Circle’, and is being released alongside an Australian tour starting in Sydney on the 27th of October at the Camelot lounge. It is a modern reflection of music in more ways than one, being a product of years of experience of West African music, as well as being entirely crowd funded. As was discussed in the interview, Australia is a country of limited resources and the emergence of this new form of artistic patronage that emerged from the United States....


Review of Black Mist Burnt Country – Maralinga – focussed art exhibition "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Lester,-YamiBlack Mist Burnt Country review – exhibition covers devastation of nuclear war, Guardian, , 12 Oct 16  With works by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Jessie Boylan, Black Mist Burnt Country homes in on the 1956 British atomic tests in the Great Victoria Desert.

In the new exhibition Black Mist Burnt Country, one photograph by Jessie Boylan sticks out. Yankunytjatjara man Yami Lester stands on the deep red earth next to a single skinny tree. His brown jacket reflects the muted landscape. His hands are clasped on his chest as if in pain, and his eyes, tilted to the sky, are scrunched shut. Yami Lester, you see, is blind.

Lester was just a child when the British tested the atomic bomb near his home in the Australian outback, in what came to be known as Maralinga. “It was coming from the south – black, like smoke,” he later recalled. “I was thinking it might be a dust storm, but it was quiet, just moving through the trees.”

Elders thought it was an evil spirit and tried to use woomera (spear-throwers) to disperse it. But the damage was done. Lester’s family soon fell sick. He lost his sight. The trees, too, shrank, shrivelled and died.

The national touring exhibition, which runs until 2019, commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Maralinga atomic tests through painting, sculpture, printmaking and installations. Spanning 70 years, from Hiroshima to today, it covers artistic reactions to nuclear warfare from more than 30 artists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Black Mist Burnt Country may be broad in scope but it concentrates heavily on the infamous 1956 Maralinga tests in South Australia’s Great Victoria Desert……….Black Mist Burnt Country is at the SH Ervin Gallery and will tour NSW, VIC, SA and QLD until 2019


earthcore ticket outlets "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Let us guess. You really want to go to earthcore in Victoria, Sydney or Perth and can’t be bothered using a credit card. No problem !  Visit any of our official in store outlets across Australia to purchase earthcore tickets over the counter. ?

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Thursday, 13 October


Latest at the galleries "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Robyn Stacey’s intriguing photographic compositions at Still’s Gallery Dark Wonder, comprise the outer worlds of rooms being projected into the rooms themselves. Using camera obscura, Stacey transforms and adds alternate dimensions to these spaces. They appear almost to flesh out the characters of the people whose rooms they relate to.                  8 October to 5 November 2016

At Martin Brown Contemporary, it is refreshing to see work from quite a different perspective. This is Vietnamese, Pham Luc‘s first exhibition in Sydney. He is one of Vietnam’s most important modern artists. Showing with him (but not shown here) is Savanhdary Vongpoothorn based on retelling of the Ramayana set in Laos rather than the Ganga. Till October 23, 2016

Robyn Stacey, Studio, The Cedars, 2016 ...

Sunday, 09 October


Kate Ceberano & Paul Grabowsky – Love Songs "GroovUs Feed Anews"


Join one of Australia’s most cherished and acclaimed performers Kate Ceberano and close musical partner Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of love songs.

In this perfect pairing of Ceberano’s versatile voice and Grabowsky’s masterful piano playing, the duo performs faithful reinterpretations of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years.

From tales of love, to longing and heartbreak, the songs in the repertoire have been handpicked by both artists for their ability to connect on a deep emotional level and for the influence the songs have had on each of their lives.

Kate Ceberano has to be one of Australia’s best with an award winning career spanning 24 albums and a term as previous Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With a wise, wonderful and whimsical approach to music making, Grabowsky’s contribution to Australian music is vast and deep. Her silky smooth vocals and charming personality make audiences feel warm, happy and as if she is talking directly to them. Cabaret is a conversation and Cebrano always manages to make it appear unscripted and genuine.

Paul Grabowsky is also a national treasure with his extensive and valuable contribution to the Australian jazz industry. The pair have worked together previously and the respect and appreciation for each other was clearly visible in their interactions.

Be swept up by an evening of music and song spanning the emotions of love itself!


Who: Kate Ceberano and  Paul Grabowsky

What: Love Songs Collaboration Concert

When: Saturday 22nd October, 8:00 pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

For more information and tickets CLICK HERE.

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