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Before Nicola Roxons resignation as attorney-general for family reasons in 2013, there were a record eight women in the Gillard Government ministry and five in the cabinet.
NSW Police Minister Troy Grant says it is appalling and not a deterrent that one of Australias most senior Catholic officials, who was found guilty of concealing horrific child sexual abuse, will likely spend less than a year in home detention.
In extraordinary comments this morning, Mr Grant, a former police officer, said yesterdays decision by magistrate Robert S...
Meryl Dorey speaks at the 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference THE CENSORSHIP OF THE VACCINATION DEBATE IN AUSTRALIA TODAY! Meryl Dorey is the founder of the AVN The Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, 1994. Read More
Another 110MW solar farm joins the grid in Queensland, taking that states total to nine, and matching NSW and the ACT.
By Ish and Bridget H.
As activists, we are no strangers to the union movement. However we shouldnt view unionism as a homogenous or a-theoretical force. There are many, often competing, tendencies and tensions that affect the union movement today. One concept that receives little attention in Australia is that of Solidarity Unionism.
Unionism, in Australia, is often understood in terms of the system called Arbitration. Under Arbitration, unions seek to brand themselves as legitimate and representative institutions by negotiating with management and governments for workplace agreements (EBAs) and laws that will be recognised as valid by all parties. All the while supposedly neutral arbitrators like the Fair Work Commission and courts monitor for fairness and decide what is legal and illegal. Those who break the rules face a range of criminal penalties. Whilst this is considered the norm, and has seen a significant decline in productivity lost to strike action, what have we given up because of an endless desire of legitimacy?
This system places the points of struggle far away from workplaces where workers have the most power. For example, bosses will often know that when they underpay their workers, only a federal court order can force them to repay stolen wages. Theyll calculate that the vast majority of the people they steal from wouldnt have the resources to challenge them in the courts and even if someone does, the money they can potentially save is worth the risk. If a worker encourages others to go on strike over stolen wages, their boss can fire everyone who goes on strike or encourages others to do so.
Unions can only make demands during set periods of bargaining, and surrender nearly all forms of workplace power during the years in-between, limiting their power to actually enforce the workplace agreements they bargained for in the first place. Unions are forced to professionalise and become more like the institutions they are fighting against. Survival and growth depend on spreading increasingly high costs over large numbers of members, and the more workers that join the union, the more sustainable it can be.
Anything that costs money but doesnt generate membership, such as education, campaigns for workers in other industries and social justice, has to be minimised. Spendi...
Checking social media gives you a similar feeling in the same impulsive part of the brain as gambling and substance abuse. Good times right?
Not so, say Tory Bauer and Stefan Hunt.
A 2017 study by the Royal Society for Public Health found nearly 63 per cent of Instagram users report being miserable. So Tory and Stephan have decided it is time to choo the fat in the conversation carriage on the Byron Bay Train on 5, 6 and 7 July.
The experience is about disconnecting to reconnect.
Instead of using the journey to look at your social media feed its a phone free area explains Stefan Hunt.
You simply have a conversation with a stranger instead. We provide some questions printed on a postcard and you get chatting about life with your new friend.
Afterwards there is an opportunity to write your new friend a message on the provided postcard. In the coming months this will be posted to them to remind them of the experience.
We want to introduce conversation carriages on public transport worldwide. Where humans rediscover the art of eye contact and chance conversations and encounters with strangers. Or simply getting to know yourself again, he said.
Conversation Carriage will be held on every train service during the festival, in the right hand carriage with blue seating. There is no fee other than the $3 fare.
The journey that you have on the Byron Bay Train, having a conversation with a stranger could change the course of your life All aboard.
Conversation Carriage is part of the Were All Going to Die Festival. For more about the festival v...
Japan will send a large helicopter carrier to the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for a second straight year as it looks to bolster its presence in the strategic maritime region with annual tours, two Japanese officials said.
This is part of Japans efforts to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, said one of the officials, who has direct knowledge of the plan for a two-month tour beginning in September.
The 248 meter-long (814 feet) Kaga, which can operate several helicopters simultaneously, will make stops in Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and at ports in India and Sri Lanka, said the sources who asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Japanese Self Defence Force Navy Helicopter Carriers JS Izumo, JS Kaga
The Kaga, which will be accompanied by an escort ship, may also conduct ad hoc joint drills with warships from other counties in the region, they said.
Japan last year sent its sister ship, the Izumo, on a similar tour of the contested South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.
A spokesman for Japans Maritime Self Defense Force said he was unable to comment on future operations.
Japans growing visibility in those waters reflects concern it shares with the United States over Chinas military presence in a region through which trade routes pass that are vital to the Japanese and U.S. economies.
China, which says its intentions are peaceful, claims most of the South China and has built bases on reefs and shoals it has reclaimed. China has also increased naval operations in the Indian Ocean.
The United States holds regular air and naval patrols in the South China Sea, saying it has to ensure freedom of navigation.
In May, it changed the name of its U.S. Pacific Command, headquartered in Hawaii, to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command to signal a broader regional strategy that has been promoted by Japan and Australia, stretching from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
Japan has not taken part in the U.S. freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea because doing so could provoke China, which could increase its military presence in the East China Sea where the rivals are locked in a dispute over ownership of uninhabited islets known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
Amid growing tension over trade and Chinese suspicion of U.S. intentions toward self-governing Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping in June told U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis that Chin...
The UNs expert committee on discrimination against women has raised a series of concerns about the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer women and girls in Australia.
The UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women is this week reviewing Australias progress on ending discrimination against women.
Australias record was last reviewed eight years ago, and while the Australian Government has made positive steps, the voices of some of the most marginalised women and girls continue to go unheard.
Reducing discrimination, bullying and harassment
The UN Committee highlighted the need to tackle stereotypes and break down stigma for LGBTI women and the need to replace LGBTI specific anti-bullying programs which have been defunded.
The Committee grilled the Australian Government on the need for specialist services to address the staggering rates of self-harm and suicide for LGBTI women, particularly transgender and intersex people, caused by unacceptably high rates of discrimination and harassment.
Lee Carnie, Senior Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre, who is in Geneva attending the review, said the Australian Government has a responsibility to invest in long-term, coordinated action to prevent discrimination and harassment.
Harassment and discrimination causes real harm to our communities. Nine out of ten LGBTI Australians reported that last years postal survey on marriage equality had a negative impact on them, and we saw a spike in calls to specialist crisis support lines. The Australian Government needs to listen to the worlds top womens rights experts and take action to decrease the high levels of discrimination, bullying and harassment LGBTI women and girls face in Australia, said Lee Carnie.
Ending unnecessary medical interventions on intersex people
The Australian Governments inaction on the forced and coerced medical interventions on intersex people was also questioned, as were plans for prevention, compensation, investigation and prosecution.
Currently the Australian Government does not propose any changes to the existing arrangements on the involuntary and coerced sterilisation of intersex people.
Everyone has the right to decide what happens to their body. Five years ago, the Australian Senate handed down a comprehensive report calling for rigorous oversight to end medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex people without their informed consent. Australia has a responsibility to make sure there are no unnecessary surgeries being performed on intersex kids right now, said Lee Carnie....
The Turnbull governments tax cuts are a recipe for a less fair, less equal and less democratic nation, writes Ben Eltham.
Quietly, and with little fanfare, federal politics has moved into a decisive phase in recent weeks.
The reason? Malcolm Turnbulls government now has a de facto majority in the Senate. That has enabled it to pass some vital bills bills that will change the face of Australia.
After years of going nowhere in the Senate, the stars have suddenly aligned for the Coalition. With the various section 44 departures, the replacement of a swathe of minor party senators has led to a very different Senate cross-bench. The kaleidoscopic rearrangement, tracked here by the Guardians Nick Evershed, has produced a significantly more pro-government Senate.
The Coalition has seized the opportunity, working the numbers to pass a raft of government legislation. The government has attempted to use the numbers to secure a deal to pass its long-stymied changes to student loans, reducing the threshold at which students must pay back debt. That deal didnt quite come off.
But the most important bill was passed by the Senate the previous week: the Turnbull governments massive income tax cuts.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (IMAGE: Dept. of Defence photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Flickr)
The media commentariat has largely moved on from the tax cuts, newly fascinated by the latest 72 hour controversy (currently, its the misogyny of David Leyonhjelm). Thats unfortunate, because the income tax cuts are one of the most significant policies to come before the federal Parliament in a decade. By passing the massive income tax cut, the Turnbull government has rammed through a policy with profound implications for the future of Australian society.
Before this decision, Australia had a highly progressive personal tax system: higher income earners paid a higher rate of tax than low income earners...
by Mary W Maxwell
It was many and many a year ago that I read the COINTELPRO papers, edited by Ward Churchill. This was the first major revelation about the FBIs free-lance work in harming black people in America. To the extent that the Feebs even bothered to cover their tracks, they point...
The Community Alliance for Byron Shire (CABS) has strongly objected to a development application (DA) for a landscaping supplies business in Myocum Road at the current site of a large sand and gravel stockpile.
The stockpile was cleared as legal by Byron Shire Council last year following public complaints.
At the time there had been speculation about a proposed concrete batching plant development on the property, but Byron Council staff found no plant is either operating, or under construction.
The property, owned by the Archibald family, is adjacent to Wards Landscape supplies, which is under separate ownership and management.
The Archibalds say they will not be operating in direct competition with Wards and will only be wholesalers.
But CABS believe the DA should be rejected on multiple grounds, not least because they claim the sand was taken illegally from land adjacent to Tyagarah Nature Reserve, near the bank of Simpsons Creek.
CABS president Matthew Cleva OReilly told Echonetdaily that the Archibalds have lodged a DA to retrospectively authorise the stockpile as a landscaping materials supply business.
Submissions on the DA close today (July 4) so CABS has made a submission.
But the applicants say they had a right to take the sand from Wiltons Quarry on Tandys Lane.
Despite the EPA last year admitting it had intelligence that multiple truckloads of sand had been taken from within the SEPP 14 coastal wetland, the authority concluded last November that it was not of a scale that triggers licensing by the EPA under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act (Schedule 1) and thus the EPA refers the report of illegal sand quarrying activity to Byron Council.
Byron Shire Council says it believed the quarry was able to operate under existing use rights, but that it had managed to facilitate closure of the quarry in January 2017 without the need for any enforcement action or litigation.
The quarry pit has been reshaped and the land owner has had discussions with Council about rehabilitation of the site, including establishment...
One of the prominent faces of ABC news has been Brian Ross, one of their star investigative correspondents. He has been forced to resign because he embarrassed the network late last year when he did an on-air report suggesting former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had been told by President Donald Trump to make contact with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign for president. Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, who was the chief investigative producer for Ross team, has had to step down when that report proved to be false.
FAKE NEWS has been building because there have been no checks and balance. I have had my encounters over the years that will make your head spin. I was flying to Australia to give a public conference there and a journalist, who was obviously a socialist and President Reagan-hater calling it trickle-down economics, ran a full-page story on me and said I was the author of just about everything and Reagan did everything I instructed so I was an evil capitalist and nobody should go listen to me. When I landed, the staff informed me about the article. I called the journalist who never bothered to interview me that I was only called in for that dog & pony show to launch G5 and that I disagreed with that policy. As for trickle-down supply-side economics, I told him that was Arthur Laffer not me. Of course, there was never a retraction. I went to a cocktail party and someone called me a liar. His interpretation of that article was that I had worked in the White House as the Chief Economic Advisor. When I denied that, I was a liar because I was embarrassed to admit I worked for Reagan. That was just one of many encounters I had with FAKE NEWS.
Journalists have for decades interjected their personal philosophies into the news and see it as justified to try to persuade people to their point of view. The fact it has come to the surface because Trump has taken on the press is a good thing. British newspapers, who didnt like the fact that I had been a friend of Margaret Thatcher, accused me of manipulating silver and then a couple days later Warren Buffet came out and said he had bought $1 billion. Again, no retraction was ever printed. I was simply attacked by Labour journalists because it fits their mindset of a greedy capitalist. Why let fact or truth st...
Tax enforcement authorities from five nations announced that they have created a united alliance, the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, known as the J5. The J5 said they are committed to combating transnational tax crime through increased enforcement collaboration, in other words: working together to gather information, share intelligence, and conduct joint operations.
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The J5 include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Dutch Fiscale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst (FIOD), the British HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and the American Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).
We are convinced that offshore structures and financial instruments, where used to commit tax crime and money laundering, are detrimental to the economic, fiscal, and social interests of our countries, the IRS posted in a statement on their homepage. We will work together to investigate those who enable transnational tax crime and money laundering and those who benefit from it. We will also collaborate internationally to reduce the growing threat to tax administrations posed by cryptocurrencies and cybercrime and to make the most of data and technology, they added.
The IRS announced Monday that a brand new joint forces of tax authorities will fight international and transnational tax offenses including cybercrimes eased through cryptocurrencies. Legislation enforcement agencies from the U.K., Australia, Canada and the Netherlands will combine the Internal revenue service in forming the joint leaders of Global Tax Enforcement to prosecute tax offenses, based on a press release. The organization was formed in response to your call to action by the Organization for Economic Co operation and Development to do more on the crackdown on tax offenses. The entity has already met, with cryptocurrencies coming as a subject of concern in financial offenses.
In a statement, Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service general manager Hans van der Vlist mentioned. The exceptional Thing about the J5 is the operational alliance between five nations on tackling professional enablers that facilitate overseas tax crime, cybercrime and the danger cryptocurrencies to tax administrations, as well as making the best use of internationally available data and technologies. . Johanne Charbonneau, general manager of the Canada Revenue Agency, also said that J5 is constructing a serious dedication in an international cooperation which will struggle against serious international tax offenses, including cybercrimes throughout the usage of cryptocurrencies. . No details are revealed regarding how J5 will work together to end the dangers received from cryptocurrency associated tax offenses, but an upgrade on its own initiatives are expected in late 2018, in accordance with the news release. IRS picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
Here are 8 things the government can do right now to end this injustice.
I lost my voice in my mid-teens after a brainstem aneurysm. While my string of doctors were preoccupied with my damaged nerves and uncooperative limbs, I was worried about my paralysed vocal cord and rapidly atrophying tongue. I couldnt hold any air in my lungs or make the right shapes with my mouth to form words. For months, the most I could manage was a faltering hiss as I re-learnt how to walk, eat, hold a pen.
The political war of words over the building of the new Tweed hospital has ratcheted up further, with the Nationals accusing Labor of delaying tactics and Labor saying the government is lying about the planned completion date.
Yesterday Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the new $534 million Hospital was at risk of major delays due to a push by the NSW Labor Party to have the project brought to a standstill.
He said despite extensive community consultation and expert planning, NSW Labor is still insisting the project be delayed and used for election campaign material.
Our community cannot risk delays to this project, Mr Provest said.
Lives depend on this. The health of our community depends on this.
Together we fought for a new hospital, now together we will build a new hospital.
There are people in our community crying out for life-saving treatment that doesnt require them to travel to another state, yet the NSW Labor party think its okay to play politics it is disgraceful, he said.
Just hours later, shadow health minister Walt Secord claimed he had found a major discrepancy on the completion and construction dates for Tweed Hospital accusing the Nationals of blatantly lying so they can rush through new height limits at Kingscliff.
Mr Secord accused the Nationals of lying on the actual timeline, saying official Treasury budget papers from June 19 state that the hospital is scheduled to be completed by 2025, but health minister Brad Hazzard and Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest told the community on April 4 that it would be completed by 2022.
Mr Secord claimed the Nationals were misleading the community on construction dates to rush ahead and to use this hospital as a vehicle to impose high-rise across the coastal villages of Tweed.
He added the Nationals know that construction on the Kingscliff site cannot begin until next year.
Labors choice of a hospital being built at Kings Forest would actually be completed before any building at Kingscliff by the Nationals as the approvals are already in place...
I received notice in August 2017 that I needed to confirm my income from 2010/2012.
They say something payslips not matching and i owe this huge debt.
Financially, mentally and physically exhausted.
Currently i have no stable accommodation and looking for a breath of air where ever and when ever i can.
This is a follow up to the article published in The Pen on 2 July 2018, titled New laws have diminished our rights and are not about taking on corruption. It concerns the new laws of the Espionage and Foreign Interference Bill 2018.
It was said that this is a device for involvement in the United States led trade war against China, and at the same time, to impose a much higher level of control over the Australian population, which the government mistrusts and fears. All the more so, when the China trade war has the potential of transforming into a shooting war.
Here are the two key draconian and anti-democratic measures that are contained in the new laws.
The only exceptions are those that are approved by the Attorney General.
These measures are can be used as a precedent to extend the measures to purely domestic affairs.
Enforcement of these conditions must involve an escalation of the use of force, and there is a good chance that the police across the nation will be militarised at a faster rate than has already been the case, transforming them into a political force for big brother. This is no over exaggeration, because the draconian penalties require draconian means to impose them on the population. Otherwise, they are just words on paper.
This is deadly serious, and if we roll over and accept it as a nation, it is going to exact a heavy price. As well as trying to intimidate those who want to speak out into silence, it sets the scene for escalation of the politics of fear, and the imposition of more force, in an upward going spiral.
This imposes a duty to continue to write, protest and build campaigns, whether it be over foreign or domestic policy. If enough people do it, the new law can be made unworkable. If we fail to act together, those who stick the necks, risk being grabbed and locked up. If this happens, the net will widened, to include even more people, until we are all at risk. Some are speaking out. Even more are likely to so so in the coming days. it is not too late to make a difference.
For the third year the Shire is participating in the global Plastic Free July campaign along with more than two million people in 159 countries. The global campaign began as a humble initiative by WMRC Earth Carers in Perth in 2011 to avoid single use plastic convenience items including bags, straws, coffee cups, cutlery, take away containers and single use water bottles.
Plastic Free Byron has developed its website so the Shires cafes and takeaway businesses can be encouraged to remove plastic items and their progress celebrated. Jump on their website to see if your favourite businesses need a positive message of encouragement.
Blue will be screening at the Byron Community Theatre on July 8 and Waste Free for the Seas new campaigns to reduce litter and single-use plastics will be launched.
The ABC TV series War on Waste has catapulted the plight of Australias wastefull ways into the main stream consciousness and on July 24 its next episode will shine a light directly on the impact of plastic straws and single use water bottles on our marine environment.
Mullum Cares is extending the Plastic Free July focus to include the dangers of balloons to the environment. Offering instead the beauty of bunting as a safe alternative founder Sasha Mainsbridge explains, My kids and I have taken down countless party decorations that were left behind in the picnic shelters at Torakina beach in Bruns. We want people to either dispose of balloons responsibly or stop using them altogether.
Free bunting-making bonanzas are being run during July in Mullumbimby and Shanti Town sells bunting made from fabric scraps created during the manufacture of clothing....
Between the bands, beers, and inflatable Snoop Dogg hot dogs; punters, pollies, panellists, and performers collide in spectacular fashion at Splendour Forum.
Now in its ninth year of brain-broadening goodness, the Forum and its crew of industry heavyweights and fascinating thinkers will once again give your brains left-side some serious stimulation.
Put your thinking felt hat on and join the likes of Henry Rollins, Marc Fennell, CHVRCHES Lauren Mayberry, Q&As Tony Jones and many more for three days of deliberation, speculation and contemplation as they tackle topics from all corners of the social spectrum. Cyber hacking? Apocalypse fatigue? Book club? You want it. The Forums got it!
2.30-4pm Panel: Cyber Hacking & Stolen Elections: Is
Silicon Valleys questionable ethics are finally being challenged but is it too late? A slew of high profile breaches has left millions of peoples data exposed to the steamy hacker underworld in the last year. Yet the Government is about to pass a law that your secure messaging apps have to be breakable by design so governments can read them. What could possibly go wrong with that? Hear the 2018 Splendour Hackers make sense of it all.
10-11.30am Panel: Saturday Morning Book Club with Marieke Hardy and special guests
Renowned bibliophile and co-host of ABCs iconic...
JULY 14th 2018 8am 4pm
Venue: Main Beach Foreshore, Byron Bay
Entertainment: Jesse Morris & the Shakedown, Juzzie Smith and Hubcap Stan & the Sidewalk Stompers
Website: Byron Community Centre
Held four times a year in early January, Easter, July and late September, the Beachside Markets are a make it, bake it, grow it market held on the Byron Bay foreshore east of the Surf Club. The perfect location to experience some of the most original products by one of the worlds most famous beaches.
Open from 8am 4pm this market showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality art, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, glass, home wares, fashion, craft, clothing and music created by local artistans as well as an array of services offered by our health and well being practitioners.
The focus and emphasis of the Beachside Market is on authenticity and fosters both originality and sustainability. Echoing worldwide popularity and the growing demand for direct-from-the-artist-to-you handmade, high quality product. This Artisan Market provides an unparalleled opportunity for local artists, creators and healers to showcase their talents. With over 200 stalls stretching over half a kilometer of beachfront at Byron Bay Main beach, this market is the perfect location, right on the doorstep of one of the worlds most famous beaches and destinations to experience some of the best and most original products and services.
Come with family and friends to experience the vibrant atmosphere, enjoy a coffee, brunch or lunch while you listen to some fabulous live music and browse the stalls.
SYDNEY, AAP Most Australian GPs support the use of medicinal cannabis but admit they dont know enough about prescribing it for their patients.
A survey of 640 GPs found 56.5 per cent supported medicinal cannabis being made available on prescription, with most having had at least one patient ask about it.
Most of the doctors said they would prefer GPs were trained in prescribing medicinal cannabis rather than patients having to go to a specialist, the study by the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney found.
However most GPs felt their knowledge about medicinal cannabis was inadequate, and just over a quarter felt comfortable discussing it with patients.
Eighty six per cent of the GPs rated their knowledge about medicinal cannabis as poor, while 65 per cent strongly disagreed that they knew how to access medicinal cannabis for patients.
Professor Iain McGregor, academic director at the Lambert Initiative, said the findings demonstrated the urgent need to educate and train GPs to prescribe medicinal cannabis.
Despite recent policy announcements, fewer than 800 patients have accessed legal medicinal cannabis in Australia, he said.
Part of the problem is the specialist-based model that largely excludes GPs from prescribing; most Australians know how hard it is to access specialist medical care, let alone a specialist with an interest in cannabis-based medicines.
This situation continues to frustrate patients, many of whom simply continue to access illicit cannabis to self-medicate.
The study, published by the BMJ Open journal on Wednesday, found that GPs strongly supported medicinal cannabis being prescribed to help people cope with cancer-related pain, palliative care and epilepsy.
Support was much lower for medicinal cannabis being prescribed for depression and anxiety.
Almost half of the GPs were neutral as to whether there was sufficient overall scientific evidence for the efficacy of medicinal cannabis, the study found.
More than a quarter said they would not prescribe medicinal cannabis due to the risk of abuse and dependence.
In April, health ministers decided to streamline the process for patients wanting to get quick access to medicinal cannabis.
The commonwealth-led deal involves a single approval process under the Therapeutic Goods Administration, avoiding duplication with state authorities.
Its designed to give patients access to a one-stop-shop with doctors able to help patients access the medication within one-to-two days.
With community trust in Byron Council at its lowest ebb in years the question now is what will the new GM, Mark Arnold, bring to the table to get the council back on track.
Mark is no newbie to the Byron scene, having worked as the director of Corporate and Community Services for ten years. He has filled in as acting general manager since former GM Ken Gaingers departure in January.
While Mark says that every general manager brings their own unique qualities to the role, when asked if there was anything that he will be doing differently from his predecessor, he focused on working with the council and the community as being a key part of his role.
The three key elements that Mark would like to see the council improve during his five-year term are infrastructure, management of growth and its impacts, and working with the community on Councils decision-making process.
Asked if he felt the previous GM had breached his delegated authority in the management of the Butler Street situation, he said that he felt the GM had acted within his delegations that were there at the time.
Nonetheless a new set of delegated powers for the general manager will be put to the August ordinary meeting of Council and inside those delegations there will be a restriction or a guidance on when matters that are brought against Council have to be reported and the regularity of that reporting, said Mark, highlighting that he is looking to learn from the feedback and put that into the delegation.
Obviously when the delegation goes up, there will be community input through public access and other means and well find out whether or not weve got that right or whether or not there are other things that Council and community will want to look at inside the delegation. I think it is important that we not only report u...
The campaign to have the old Byron District Hospital site placed in community hands has taken a significant step forward. A formal proposal backed by local political and business figures was put to the state government last Friday.
Under the plan, believed to have considerable state government support, NSW Health would lease the 2,000sqm site to the community for a nominal fee with Byron Shire Council acting as lessee or trustee.
The government would also provide $2.5m to fund the full refurbishment of the main hospital building and the remediation work required on the site.
This would pave the way for the dilapidated hospital to be transformed into a mixed-use community hub providing much-needed services for the local area.
NSW Upper House MP Ben Franklin (Nationals) who helped put the proposal together and presented it to his parliamentary colleagues on Friday said he was optimistic that it would be adopted.
I have had a number of conversations about this with the premier, the deputy premier and the health minister, said Mr Franklin, the parliamentary secretary for northern NSW.
They are interested and engaged and supportive of the concept of maximising community space.
They havent given me any guarantees but I certainly havent been discouraged by anything theyve said.
On June 28 Byron Shire Council voted unanimously to support the proposal.
This included agreeing to act as the lessee/trustee, and agreeing to oversee a facilities team to manage and maintain the facility, and its relationship with the community.
Assisting those campaigning for the site to become a community hub is the looming state election.
02 Jul 2018 | Grain CentralThe UK remains the largest foreign owner of Australian farmland, followed by China and the US, according to the Foreign Investment Review Board 201617 Annual Report.
A dead whale has washed up on Suffolk Park beach, just inside the Arakwal National Park.
An ABC reporter at the scene described the whale as 8.8 metres long and said the creature was most likely a juvenile born last year.
Police and National Parks Rangers are at the scene trying to work out the best way to dispose of the whale without attracting sharks. It will most likely have to be trucked away from the beach.
The whale apparently has several puncture marks on its body, though this is not thought to be sufficient to be the cause of death.
I've been in Perth for the past week - and it looks like I'll be here a little longer than expected. I was scheduled to be in Brisbane about now - however an important piece of new information has surfaced and it requires a bit more work here. We're very...
I've been watching ABC News this morning - one of their lead stories is "Tony Abbott says Australia should withdraw from Paris climate agreement - just 3 years after his own government signed up to it!" The ABC does itself and us a terrible disservice with a report like that....
Protesters gathered in Byron on Saturday as part of the National Day of Action organised by Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC). There were 25 other actions taking place around Australia as people once again made a stand against opening up future coal mines.
Anandan Mcewen from FLAC said: We need to keep up the pressure on the government and especially support the frontlines right now to physically blockade and halt construction of the Adani mega coal mine to save our climate, the Great Barrier Reef, and our childrens futures.
At the historic Bentley blockade the Byron Shire community proved its power through the inspiring will of locals mobilising in our thousands to the blockade near Lismore and we attained historic victory. Now it is time to mobilise again.
We have crossed a climate tipping point and it will take concerted, non-violent civil resistance to tip it back. This end of financial year, we draw the red line on coal.
To support the blockade go to: www.frontlineaction.org.
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MELBOURNE, AAP Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths appear set to rake in around $71 million in gross profit from the sale of their 15c heavy duty plastic carriers following the ban on single-use plastic bags.
Queensland University of Technologys Professor Gary Mortimer has calculated the big retailers are also saving $170 million a year by not providing shoppers with free plastic bags.
Prof Mortimer says he has sourced an online provider of heavier bags at 9c, rather than 15c, But if you are buying in bulk, you would get a cheaper price, he told News Corp Australia on Wednesday.
The post Supermarkets pocket millions over plastic-bag windfall appeared first on Echonetdaily.
Australians on welfare payments continue to face a long-running government offensive, which is making getting through lifes basic needs increasingly difficult.
Unemployed individuals already receive the second lowest income support in the OECD, as well as having to contend with a barrage of obstacles and harsh punitive measures. Australia has the most onerous set of requirements in the developed world. It has been made even worse.
From the I July, job agencies have been granted new punitive powers to punish Newstart recipients for failing to comply with the escalating compliance demands. Like excessive reporting requirements that take up time better used for finding a job, and engagement in activities that provide grants to the providers but do little to resolve unemployment.
Refusal to attend a work for the dole program, because it is unsafe, is now considered a particularly serious breach, despite the evidence of too high a rate of serious injury and even death on occasion, as unscrupulous employers exploit the system to get hold of government grants. This does not qualify under what is considered by the government as a reasonable excuse, despite the fact that 64 percent of sites are failing to meet basic safety standards. Failure or refusing to attend an unsafe job will result in being completely cut off from Newstart.
Job agencies are to administer this, through a new demerit point system aimed at payment suspensions. The old appeals process, even though inadequate, will be largely scrapped. An individual who believes they are being unfairly treated, is left no avenue to be heard. Job agencies have consequently been given the power. to use the points system, to further exploit the unemployed to increase their bottom line.
In 2015-16, job agencies imposed a record of two million financial penalties on the unemployed. The National Welfare Rights Network has pointed out that roughly half of these penalties, were found to be unfair and were rejected by Centrelink. This means that in 2015-16, more than 1 million unemployed people had their payments cut off when they did nothing wrong.
Without even this past level of scrutiny, the number of penalties is bound to escalate, because of little accountability and funding to the job agencies is based on the number of placements, rather th...
Paul Kelly on the events of this day, 100 years ago at the French village of Hamel. Hamel was a mini-model for how World War I could be won Illustration: Eric Lobbecke This morning on the high ground of the Australian Memorial Park near the tiny French village of Le...
The Sample Food Festival has been soaring to new heights in the past couple of years, so where better to launch this years event than an airport?
The annual food festival isnt officially taking off until September 1.
But patrons at Gold Coast Airport were given an early taste of what will be on offer when celebrity chef and author Darren Robertson hosted a morning tea at the facility on Monday.
Judging by the punters enthusiasm, the platters of locally sourced olives, cheeses, dips and salami were far superior to plane food.
Robertson, the co-host of Channel 10s Recipe to Riches, announced the program events for this years festival at Bangalow Showgrounds and pre-festival events.
This will include a lunch by renowned chef Shannon Bennett from Vue de Monde. Find out more here.
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Youre sposed to sit on you ass and nod at stupid
Man thats hard to do
But if you dont theyll screw you
And if you do theyll screw you too
And Im standing in the middle of the diamond all alone
I always play to win when it comes to skin and bone
Warren Zevon, Bill Lee
The details of US President Donald Trumps ultimate deal for resolving the intractable Israel-Palestine conflict have been leaked, surmised or imagined no one can be sure at this stage for a while now. And it is one that the Palestinians would never agree to.
We provide below a selection of articles that discus the intimations, imperfections and implications of the plan that will ostensibly succeed where all other efforts have foundered because as Donald Trump has stated many times, that is what I do.
The US has lost its credibility as an honest broker, if it ever was one, that is. It is impossible to be a mediator in a conflict or develop a credible peace plan when one side refuses to even talk to you. Palestinian leaders have not met with senior U.S. officials for the past six months, not since Trump announced that he would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Move, it did! And now there are hints that the plan actually takes Jerusalem off the negotiating table.
The Palestinians are in a bind. If they reject the deal, especially one accepted by Israel, the Israeli government could once again argue that it has no partner on the Palestinian side, and move towards annexing large parts of the West Bank, which indeed a number of Israeli openly advocate, rendering the ever-receding prospect of the two-state solution impossible. The end result would push the sides even further apart.
The dice are loaded and the deal is rotten in what is a win-lose game. The nationalists and settlers would would be delighted, and the Palestinians on one hand and the Israeli opposition on the other would be simultaneously cut out and boxed in.
Veteran Middle East correspondent and long time Lebanese resident Robert Fisk pulls no punches. Is there no humiliation left for the Palestinians? he asks. Soon to be granted the ultimate deal that, in Jared Kushners word, will give them and their future generations new opportunities, more and better paying jobs and prospects for a better li...
Great minds think alike! Coles, Woolworths and Al-Shabab. Plastic bags are Haram! But while the plastic bag is evil, the following activities carry the Al-Shabab tick of approval: Slicing off heads, piracy, car&truck bombs, hostage-taking, hand amputation for shoplifters, throwing gay people off tall buildings, stoning women victims of rape...
In an offer to fight the threat of cryptocurrency tax Offense, the US Internal Revenue Service has Combined with tax authorities from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the UK to form the joint chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, based on a news release. The J5 is a response to a petition by the Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development for nations to do more to handle tax evaders. A new task force, which would work collaboratively with the OECD where suitable, considers offshore structures and financial instruments when used to make money and commit tax offenses may be detrimental to a nations economic well being.
The coalition, which include the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and Australian Taxation Office, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Fiscale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst of the Netherlands, HM Revenue & Customs of the U.K., along with the U.S. IRS Criminal Investigation will collect intelligence and collaborate globally to Decrease the rising threat to taxation governments represented by cryptocurrencies and cybercrime. Internal revenue service Chief of Criminal Investigation Don Fort clarified in a Forbes interview the U.S. Chose to adopt an international approach to combating cryptocurrency associated tax offenses. He iterated that the U.S. Has tried the one man military strategy in the past, however it wasnt profitable.
We cant continue to function in the very same ways weve in the past, siloing our info from the rest of the world while organized criminals and tax cheats manipulate the system and exploit vulnerabilities for their personal profit, he commented. With J5 working group, Fort hopes for the IRS is going to be strong enough to pressurize the worldwide criminal community, in ways it couldnt make work in the past. The U.K.s Director of Her Majestys Revenue and Customs Fraud Investigation Services Simon York considers the J5 will make the world smaller for all people seeking to exploit our systems and ensuring no one is beyond our reach.
In the first meeting of the team, leading tax and financial specialists from the member nations came together to develop strategic plans and identify new opportunities to prosecute international tax criminals. The Internal revenue service has been worried about cryptocurrency taxation because 2014, in which issued a cryptocurrency tax instruction and announced itd treat bitcoin as a property. Early last year, it assembled an investigators team to crack down on people who utilize cryptocurrency to launder money and evade taxation. In its attempts to catch Western tax cheats, the Internal revenue service once purchased Coinbase to turn over records of over 480, 000 users. Following a protracted legal struggle, that it lost, it reduced its own requests to 14, 000 users that engaged in the trading activity above $20, 000.
In a bid to fight the threat of cryptocurrency tax crime, the
United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has joined with tax
authorities from Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United
Kingdom to form the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5),
according to a
The J5 is a response to a request by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for countries to do more to tackle tax evaders.
The new task force, which would work collaboratively with the OECD where appropriate, believes "offshore structures and financial instruments" when used to launder money and commit tax crimes could be detrimental to a country's economic well-being.
The coalition, which includes the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the Fiscale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst (FIOD) of the Netherlands, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) of the U.K., and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) will gather intelligence and "collaborate internationally to reduce the growing threat to tax administrations posed by cryptocurrencies and cybercrime."
IRS Chief of Criminal Investigation Don Fort explained in a Forbes interview why the U.S. decided to take an international approach to fighting cryptocurrency-related tax crimes. He iterated that the U.S. has tried the one-man army approach in the past, but it wasn't successful.
"We cannot continue to operate in the same ways we have in the past, siloing our information from the rest of the world while organized criminals and tax cheats manipulate the system and exploit vulnerabilities for their personal gain," he remarked. With the J5 task force, Fort hopes the IRS will be strong enough to "pressurize the global criminal community in ways it couldn't make work in the past.
The U.K.'s Director of HMRC Fraud Investigation Service Simon York believes the J5 will make "the world smaller for those seeking to exploit our systems and ensuring no one is beyond our reach."......
A community bike ride is taking place in Byron Bay on Saturday, July 7, to celebrate the completion of the Byron Bike Rack project.
The community initiative supported by Stone & Wood Brewery and Byron Shire Council has seen the installation of the sculptural bike racks designed by Bangalow landscapers Larc Collective at four locations around town.
Luke Jones and David Thompson from Larc explained their design saying, The suite of Happy Hoops consists of peace loop, wave window, sun follower and rainbow ring all alluding to the life we live in Byron Bay. The culture of Byron and the northern rivers is deeply rooted around the beautiful environment we live amongst and each of the four elements reflect this.
The Byron Bike Rack project was a public competition that ran for over two months at the end of last year calling for local residents to enter their designs.
The aim of the competition was to encourage the public to ride rather than drive by creating a set of sculptural, functional, public-art bike racks.
Happy Hoops delivered a fantastic entry that ranked highly in all areas of the judging criteria, says Sarah Blomkamp from Stone & Wood Brewery.
The judges loved the simplicity and sophisticated local iconography; we are stoked at the result. The result is a super fun, simple design both a complement to the visions of our contemporary, coastal village and an ode to the past that adds to the aesthetics of our town
Join in the fun and meet at Apex Park at 10am this Saturday, July 7 to ride the sculptural bike rack loop before finishing at the Stone & Wood Brewery for a refreshing beverage. Dont forget your helmet, water and donation to the Karma Keg at the brewery. All proceeds will go to the Ingrained Foundation.
Leaders of tax enforcement authorities from around the world have united to combat global financial crimes enabled by cryptocurrencies and other technologies. The group formed will be known as the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, or J5, and will comprise of participants from Australia, the U.S., Holland, Canada, and the U.K.
The idea behind the collaborative effort is to share information and to increase the ability of its members to operate against global financial crimes.
The J5 will consist of tax agencies including: HM Revenues and Customs, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, the Canadian Revenue Agency, and the Fiscale Inlichtingen-en Opsporingsdienst.
A statement published today on the IRS website reads:
We are convinced that offshore structures and financial instruments, where used to commit tax crime and money laundering, are detrimental to the economic, fiscal, and social interests of our countries.
It goes on to state that the J5 will be investigating those who enable global money laundering, as well as those who benefit from it. They will also work together to reduce the growing threat to tax administrations posed by cryptocurrencies and cybercrime.
The chief of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Don Fort, told Forbes that a combined initiative was required as the efforts of lone nations were no longer sufficient to tackle the problem on the global scale. He continued:
The J5 aims to break down those walls, build upon individual best practices, and become an operational group that is forward-thinking and can pressurise the global criminal community in ways we could not achieve on our own.
During the groups first meeting that was held last week, the J5 outlined plans and began to devise ways to track criminals who were responsible for such financial crimes. Additional updates are expected to be anno...
RepuTex says the national energy guarantee leaves shortfall of close to 500m tonnes of carbon pollutionA leading energy market analyst has warned that parts of the economy other than electricity will bear the brunt of Australia's emissions reduction effort under the Paris agreement a development that will inevitably drive up the costs of abatement for high-emitting energy, materials and industrial companies. Related: Clickbait and gotcha moments: how political conflict became a [...]
The highest ranking Catholic official to ever be convicted of concealing sexual crimes against children has been sentenced to 12 months in Australia for covering up abuse by a pedophile priest. Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson was sentenced to a year in detention, after he was found guilty in May of failing to report the sexual abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest, Jim Fletcher, in the 1970s. Fletcher, who was found guilty of nine counts of child sexual abuse, died of a stroke in prison in 2016 while he was serving a near eight-year sentence. On Tuesday Robert Stone, the Newcastle magistrate, denounced "the decades of abuse and its concealment" and said Wilson, who is 67 years old, must serve at least six months before he is eligible for parole.
Are you aware that secondhand scents or indirect exposure to room air fresheners raise parallel concerns to secondhand tobacco smoke? Professor Anne Steinemann of the University of Melbourne in Australia  submits that connection.
Professor Steinemann, whose work I have followed for a few years, recently emailed me a list of some of her recent papers published regarding research on chemical exposures, fragranced consumer products, and health effects, which Id like to introduce my readers to because your lungs and immune systems are under constant chemical vapor attack from scents you can control and those you cannot, e.g., a coworkers obnoxious perfume or aftershave cologne, aerial sprays, manufacturing emissions, exhaust fumes, etc.
Scented dryer sheets, which impregnate bedding and clothing, are serious, heavy duty scents that can precipitate asthma attacks, bronchitis, allergic reactions, and/or exacerbate COPD problems. Many scents and scented products contain formaldehyde, a probable human carcinogen .
Why do I want to introduce the matter of scents and scented products? The prime reason is because we are being assaulted from on high with chemtrails spraying, which cont...
The tax authorities of the United States and the United Kingdom have signed on to lead an international alliance designed to combat transnational financial crimes, including those involving cryptocurrency. J5 Aims to Combat Cryptocurrency Financial Crimes Announced on Tuesday, the five-member Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5) is a partnership between the Australian Criminal Continued
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|Image of Nauru at abc.net.au|
At both state and federal level Australian citizens are finding their right o speak truth to power is being seriously eroded.
This is just the lastest move.....
Overnight, the UN expert on racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia delivered a major report condemning the rise of toxic and hate-filled refugee and migration politics around the world. The report makes specific reference to the cynical politics surrounding the treatment of refugees in Australia.
The UN Special Rapporteur warns that right now around the world:
Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to advocate at the UN Human Rights Council. Mr Webb addressed the Council on the need for an urgent Senate Inquiry into the recent spate of deaths and medical neglect cases in the Governments offshore detention camps.
The UN expert warns that even in countries with a long history of welcoming new arrivals there are some cynical politicians who will deliberately harm refugees for their own political ends. This is exactly what is happening in Australian politics right now, Mr Webb told the Council.
Just this week urgent legal action was needed to force the Turnbull Government to provide proper medical care to a toddler with potentially fatal encephalitis.
The denial of essential medical care has become the latest political tactic used against the refugees indefinitely imprisoned on Manus and Nauru. The consequences have been fatal.
Fariborz Karami was just 26. He had his life ahead of him. But after five years of detention hed lost hope and become acutely unwell. His doctors. His mother. And even his 12 year old little brother all pleaded with our Government for help. But they were all ignored. And a few weeks ago Fariborz was found dead inside the mouldy tent our government imprisoned him in for the last five years.
The Australian Government has also tried to force a 63 year old refugee with terminal cancer to die a slow and agonising death on Nauru instead of bringing him to Australia for palliative care. It even fought in our courts to deny proper treatment to a 10 year old child who had repeatedly tried to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.
Before anyone else dies, our Parliament needs to do its job and hold an urgent inquiry into these deaths and the deliberate, deeply cynical medical neglect...
Staff members at Fairfax Media have made sexual harassment / assault complaints against senior Fairfax Media employees and Fairfax management are covering it up. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn by the article published by Tracey Spicer on The Saturday Paper website and the questions that I sent Fairfax Media and their responses. 
WORK has started on the new caf for Stanwell Park Beach.
The purpose built caf will have an elevated covered dining deck overlooking the park, a paved outdoor seating area and a kiosk and kitchen. Two fully accessible public toilets are also a key component of the new design that was influenced by community feedback.
We know this is a valued community space and Council has worked with the community to develop the design for the new caf/kiosk, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Through our engagement we know there was a strong push from the community to preserve the buildings original kiosk sign, and weve taken that on board. It was carefully removed during the demolition with the intention of seeing how we might incorporate it into the new building.
The aged kiosk building and residence, which had occupied the site for more than 50 years, were demolished last year, and a temporary shipping container-style caf had operated at the site over the summer months. It will be removed to make way for the new building.
The project is anticipated to cost approximately $1.4 million and constructio...
Images of the billboard are currently the top Google result for mansplaining.
The University of Adelaides billboard is getting more attention than intended. The ad, which graces a block in the Australian city of Adelaide, shows five women gathered around a man who appears to be explaining something riveting about a table of colorful construction paper.
"She infers, if not out-right says, that they're (men) all rapists. She's got some apologising to do in my opinion." Outspoken independent Senator @DavidLeyonhjelm is refusing to apologise for sexist comments about the Greens' @sarahinthesen8. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/LHneM7iIty 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 3, 2018 PS - it's lovely...
FELLOW townsfolk, although were likely all sick of hearing about it, one of the truly remarkable facts about sodium fluoride is how much we are getting already. It has hundreds of industrial applications, including fertiliser and pesticides, and its popularity as a dental product is due to decades of successful industry marketing and advertising.
When we started using it, we lived in a simpler time when the public knew little about long-term effects, where fluoride came from, and what else was in it. Not so anymore. I remember with fondness the toothpaste ads with Mrs Marsh showing us all how fluoride got into teeth, like blue liquid into a stick of chalk she held up for the camera. Its a gimmick to sell a product. Its not Mrs Marshs fault.
The Australian Food Standards show the levels of sodium fluoride in our food and drink. This is a problem because it means we are likely getting way too much in us already. The upper limit we are allowed is 4mg ingested per day. Above that even NSW Health admit its a risk.
If the science was settled and experts united then almost 5000 professionals (dentists, doctors and scientists) from all over the world would not have signed an international agreement to stop fluoridation (fluoridealert.org has the list). Plenty of expertise in Australia as well, including former head of the ADA South Australia, Dr Andrew Harms, and Dr Mark Diesendorf, Professor at NSW Institute for Environmental Studies. Dr Geoff Paines work is 50 years strong on the subject. None of these men look scary or say anything frightening unless you fear their expert opinions and experience with fluoride. They dont represent industry or government either.
Dental industry representatives opinions and anecdotes are not proper scientific survey data, and certain pro-fluoride proponents have been peddling questionable statistics about our towns dental problems.
Council was asked at the June 19 meeting whether it has received any scientific survey data to support the claim that Oberons children have exactly twice the dental caries and twice as many hospital admissions that surrounding towns children have, and how t...
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This 2016 video from Australia is called KOALA RESCUE: Passing bikers stopped to help pull a drowning koala from a river. Video by Mario Orcon.
From the University of Sydney in Australia:
Cracking the genetic code of koalas
July 2, 2018
Summary: The koala genome has been sequenced in a world first, by an international consortium of conservation scientists and geneticists. Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced in terms of quality on par with the human genome the highly accurate genomic data will provide information to inform habitat conservation, tackle diseases and help ensure this iconic animals long-term survival.
A team of Australian and international scientists, led by Professor Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute and Professor Katherine Belov, University of Sydney, have made a significant break-through successfully sequencing the full koala genome, with the findings published today in Nature Genetics.
Considered to be the most complete marsupial genome sequenced to date, it is in terms of quality, on par with the human genome. The highly accurate genomic data will provide scientists with new information that will inform conservation efforts, aid in the treatment of diseases, and help to ensure the koalas long-term survival.
The Koala Genome Consortium has been an ambitious journey affording us great insights into the genetic building blocks that make up a koala one of Australias, as well as the worlds, most charismatic and iconic mammals, Professor Johnson said.
This milestone has come from our vision to use genomics to conse...
From Malaysia's Star Online. Najib arrested NATION Tuesday, 3 Jul 2018 4:21 PM MYT PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has been arrested. Updated: MACC: Najib to be charged tomorrow He was arrested at his residence in Langgak Duta at around 3pm Tuesday (July 3). Malaysian...
There are some videos in this article on-line
3 July 2018
Adelaides Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson has been sentenced to 12 months detention for concealing child sexual abuse.
Magistrate Robert Stone adjourned the matter to August 14 while Wilsons home detention order is assessed for suitability.
He will be eligible for parole after six months.
Wilson is the most senior clergyman in the world to be convicted of concealing child sex abuse.
In sentencing, Mr Stone said there is no remorse or contrition showed by the offender.
I am of the opinion the sentence should not be suspended. It does not support the terms of general deterrence.
On that basis, the only available remaining option is full-time imprisonment or home detention.
Archbishop Wilsons sisters home will be assessed for home detention ahead of a decision next month.
The court can request an assessment for home detention after sentencing an offender to a term of imprisonment of no more than 18 months.
This latest video of the Maules Creek coal mine shows the pit water continuing to grow. Time lapse footage from @PlanetLab shows 3 months of consistent increase in the mine pit lake starting around the first week of March.
Trump is economically destroying America by talking it up. The ploy of the bullshit salesman, believing that it baffles brains.
The Stability promised by Wilsons Fed and the IRS 16th Amendment, produced what?
Trumans essential CIA, produced what? The incessant and nauseous continuum of: Invasions, Regime Changes, instigated and fueled Civil Wars, pilfering and plundering, and leaving one destroyed, soft target nation state after another, produced what?
There was never any empire to attain. Empire is not annexation, attachment, or devastation and subjugation. And when these grave errors return what they will, a continuum of plundering under puppet regimes, will...
This 25 May 2018 video about Australia says about itself:
Archbishop Philip Wilson case: letter that led to his downfall
The handwritten letter that led to the downfall of Archbishop Philip Wilson: Former altar boy reveals he told the Catholic official he had been abused by a priest 30 YEARS before he [Wilson] was found guilty of concealing child sex abuse. An emotional two-page letter written by a sexual abuse victim has been credited with helping convict an Australian Archbishop of concealing such crimes dating back decades.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
1 year in prison for Australian archbishop who covered up abuse
Wilson (67), now Archbishop of Adelaide, is the highest placed clergyman in the Catholic Church who has been found guilty of covering up abuse. In May he was found guilty for this, now the sentence has been determined.
The judge ruled that Wilson would be entitled to a reduction of the sentence at the earliest after 6 months. He does not have to go straight to jail, because next month it will be determined whether he can serve his sentence at home.
The clergyman i...
The Human Rights Law Centre has today asked the High Court to review a decision by the Northern Territory Court of Appeal regarding an Aboriginal man who was charged 28 times for breaching misguided and discriminatory alcohol laws.
Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the heavy-handed laws in question in this case were like many in the NT short-sighted, ill-conceived and used excessively against Aboriginal people.
Criminalising a health condition like alcohol dependence is one of the most irresponsible, short-sighted things a government can do. Charging people and locking them up because theyve been drinking is cruel and dangerous support and health services are needed, not punishment. No Government whether in the NT or anywhere should be so careless with peoples lives and liberty, said Ms Walters.
The case centres on a man named Dennis Munkara, who suffers from alcohol dependency. He was arrested in Darwin for stealing a bread roll, some sandwich meat and an orange juice valued at $4.20 while intoxicated.
At the time of the arrest the police issued him with an Alcohol Protection Order an absurdly named order that exposed him to prosecution and prison for drinking or being in particular public spaces, including some supermarkets, restaurants and sporting venues.
Although the charges for the theft where ultimately dropped, Mr Munkara was charged 28 times for breaching Alcohol Protection Orders.
Over 85% of Alcohol Protection Orders were issued against Aboriginal people. A key argument in this case is that the laws were not valid because they were inconsistent with Australias Racial Discrimination Act.
This case involves the High Court looking at whether the laws were even valid when they were used against Mr Munkara. More broadly, the case is vitally important for testing when laws that disproportionately capture Aboriginal people will fall foul of Australias racial discrimination protections, said Ms Walters.
Alcohol Protection Orders have since been scrapped by the Gunner Government, but Mr Munkara still faces the risk of being fined and going to prison because of a health condition that meant he couldnt refrain from drinking while on an Alcohol Protection Order.
Alcohol Protection Orders are gone, but there are still other problematic and discriminatory laws, like paperless arrest laws, that wrongly assume that we can police our way out of really complex social and health problems. Put simply, we cant and the Northern Territory Government knows this, said Ms Walters.
For media inquiries:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre: 0419 100 519
Published on Jul 2, 2018
The property bubbles in Australia and Canada are now popping, this will spread and cause problems in other countries. US manufacturing slumps as orders decline. The US has shipped the majority of manufacturing overseas, it will take time to bring it back. The corporate media have started the push to say their is going to be a recession within 2 years. Most likely they will push the recession right before the Presidential elections, it looks like this is what they have planned, but on the other side the economy could come down many other reasons and the central banks will not be able to control it.
Published on Jul 2, 2018
Jeff Sessions is rewriting the Asylum laws. Soros held a meeting with the PM of Spain and the discussion revolved around immigration. USS Truman is headed towards maritime security operations in international waters and the deep state is using this to say that the ship is headed near Russia to fight their aggression. The President of Iran is headed off to Austria to talk about the nuclear deal. Damascus and the Kurds are talking peace. Bolton is now saying Iran must leave Syria instead of Assad must go. Trump sends Putin signal by stopping the funding and support of the rebels in the South. The FBI caught a man who was planning to stage an event during the 4th of July. Q drops some more bread crumbs and lays out the indictments.
The Townsville Bulletin reported that a 34 year old man has pled guilty to multiple charges relating to the rape and sexual abuse of his niece and step-daughter, as well as raping his young sister when she was a child and assaulting his own children.
The man was sentenced to 17 years in prison with a requirement that he serve at least 80 percent of that term in custody.
Despite the severity of the crimes, as indicated by sentence, the Townsville Bulletin still referred to his lifetime of violently criminal behaviour as sex, albeit with the word crimes stuff in afterwards. It might sound like its getting down into the weeds here but it isnt. Sex and rape are not the same thing.
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.
Children cannot have sex. It is ludicrous and abhorrent to describe any attempt to abuse a child so young as sex.
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....
What began as just another normal day for one homeowner in
Australia last month quickly took a rather alarming
turn. While heading out to his car in the garage to drive to
work, the man was struck with the uncanny feeling that he was
He was right.
Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake CatchersThere, above him in the garage, was a 6-foot-long coastal carpet python curled comfortably among the rafters. Perhaps awoken by the man's presence, the scaly surprise visitor apparently decided to pop her head out as if to say, "Good morning to you."
Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake CatchersIn an instant, the man's plans suddenly changed. He simply couldn't muster the courage to walk beneath the snake to reach his car effectively making him a hostage in his own home.
Credit: Facebook/Brisbane Snake CatchersAs Lalor the snake catcher pointed out later, coastal carpet pythons might look a little scary, but they pose no threat to humans. He went ahead and escorte...
The West Australian reported that a man allegedly tried to choke a woman who works at Woolworths last Saturday in Mandurah.
The matter has been referred to police and it will be up to them to investigate the incident. This is not about his guilt or innocence, its about the way the alleged incident was described by The West Australian.
The article detailed a number of other incidents where customers had been abusive to staff after the ban on plastic bags, staff were called money-grabbing scum and had shopping thrown back at them.
This might sound a little odd to people who dont understand why a heavily promoted change in the way we consume disposable plastics should be such a big deal. Those people may not have seen all the commentators on News Corp site whipping up anger over how the plastic bag ban is just a profit grab (CN: Miranda Devine), was disgusting (CN: Courier Mail) and of course, will kill people (CN: Andrew Bolt).
After a week or two of this kind of rhetoric News was then shocked that men were getting violent with women in supermarkets and absolving the violent men themselves of all blame, they then presented choking a woman in her workplace as an entirely understandable outcome of asking people to bring bags for their shopping when they go to Woolies.
There is not ever an excuse for violence. Not even News Corp columnists. But inciting hatred and then expressing shock that hatred has manifested itself is at best, disingenuous.
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In this series I am recounting the history of war powers cases and analysing them. The second-most recent case is the 2016 filing by Captain Nathan Smith (see Part 1). The most recent case is mine, as far as I am aware. Case number 18-1127.
I filed in the United States District Court of New Hampshire in November 2017, and after it was dismissed on January 5, I filed an appeal of that dismissal in the First Circuit, United States Court of Appeals. To see the entire 30-page Appeal Brief,...
Some management staff of collapsed disability service provider FSG were paid out in cash before the organisation moved into voluntary administration, according to a whistleblower.
And staff are coming out of the woodwork with allegations of bullying by managers, the Services Union says.
The unions QLD executive president Jennifer Thomas told Echonetdaily that while it didnt have evidence of the alleged payouts, rumours were rife inside the organisation and we understand the Queensland Government is alerting ASIC regarding management practices.
She added forensic accountants working to uncover the reasons for the companys collapse had also been made aware of the claims.
We have called on the Queensland Government to investigate allegations of bullying by management, she said.
FSGs directors appointed John Park and Joanne Dunn of FTI Consulting as Voluntary Administrators, effective at 30 June and a first meeting of creditors will take place on July 11.
But the whistleblower who spoke to Echonetdaily on condition of anonymity claims management knew two months ago that they were going to go into administration.
Managers were advised not to pay contractors, and those connected with FSG property assets were advised there would not be funds available about 30 days beforehand, according to the insiders allegations.
Letter to staff
The union was also scathing of the official farewell from the company that came in the form of a letter from chairperson Lady Barbara Hickey.
On behalf of your FSG Board of Directors, we wish to thank each and every one of you for your care, commitment and passion for those that YOU have walked along side for so many, many years, she wrote.
We understand how difficult, confusing and heartbreaking these past few weeks have been for so many of you and for those you care for.
We can only hope that you continue with the same attitude and strength of character that you have displayed at FSG in whatever you chose to do in the next phase of your life.
We will never forget you and FSG and hope that our paths will cross sometime again in the near future, she concluded.
The union member who forwarded the email said it was a pity none of the board had the decency to meet with workers directly or turn up to the Fair Work Commission in person or answer any questions!
They may all have to answer to ASIC now.
[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:30 pm; ] With many new refugees now becoming part of our Armidale community, SLA is hosting a forum with the key players involved with their resettlement. Find out whats happening, whats proposed and how you can get involved and help. A panel of speakers will include Samantha Airs, the Community Engagement Coordinator from SSI (Settlement Services International), Lance [...] full article
[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] The AGM will be held before the July forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. The AGM will start at 7 pm at Kent House on Thursday 5 July. [...] full article
Six years ago a group of enthusiastic volunteers took up the challenge of turning six abandoned tennis courts into a community garden. Armidale Community Garden lies just across the creek behind the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM), and although still very much a work in progress, it has come a long way since those [...] full article
Australias response to an ugly brawl overnight during an international basketball match says something pretty important about our nation, writes Chris Graham.
I dont know a lot about basketball. I used to play a bit, but Im no expert. But you dont have to be an aficionado to know what very bad sportsmanship, violence and shithouse, partisan sporting commentary looks like.
Welcome to last nights World Cup qualifier basketball match between Australia and the Philippines, which has made global headlines this morning after a particularly ugly brawl.
The commentary in Australia is overwhelmingly that we were the victims in the fracas. I dont think its stretching the imagination to think that the rest of the world wont be so sympathetic, in large part because theres these things called television cameras, slow motion replay and simple common sense, which, when applied, will leave the viewer in no real doubt about who the bad guys are.
Long story short, its us.
You can view the footage here. Or watch it below and make your own mind up.
But if your mind does happen to come to the conclusion that Australia is not at fault and the commentary is not spectacularly inaccurate and willfully blind then watch it again and if youre still not convinced, then maybe accept youre part of a very long sporting tradition in this country of accepting exceptionally bad behaviour, followed by a general refusal by Australians to accept said behaviour, unless, like in the case of the recent ball tampering scandal in cricket, the behaviour is so obvious and bad that theres simply no other way out.
Which is what clearly should be the case on this occasion. Lets break it down shall we.
Ten seconds into the video, a Philippines player commits a clear offensive foul on an Australian defender. The referee calls the foul.
A few seconds later, Australian player Daniel Kickert rushes in and unleashes a flying elbow on the Filipino player. Yes, a flying elbow, like you might see in an MMA match.
If you want to see the actual force of Kickerts strike, skip ahead to 2:40 for the overhead shot. Its quite something to behold.
So is the behaviour and commentary that followed.
After assaulting at least two other Filipino players, and then turning and running as hes chased across the court, Kickert manages to escape to the safety of some officials, but not before turning and dancing and gesturing at the Filipino players to come and have another go.
Again, its there on video clear as day, right there at the 30 second mark. The instigator of the brawl became the first to flee the fight, only to turn arou...
My son Ron was an athlete who just a few years prior was at the peak of his sport of lacrosse in the hope of representing his country one day.
He was electrocuted at work and died, just shy of his 26th birthday.
On 12 November 2015, about mid-morning I got a phone call from my youngest son, Darren. He said, I think Rons had an accident.
I asked where and when, but he had no detail and said he would call back. He did and said, it sounds serious, apparently they are trying to revive him. Another couple of calls to find out where and I was on my way. I immediately thought the worst and as I left my colleagues I said, I think my son has died.
My diary note on that day says simply, I attended the site and was informed by police that Ronald had died.
Darren and I waited on site for more than three hours to see our son and brother. He was still lying on the roof. He looked so peaceful in the afternoon sun, big and strong, as though asleep. We both lay down next to him and gave him a hug and kiss and said goodbye.
I am no longer the same person that I was, my family torn apart by grief but somehow still together. This needless and preventable loss of life has also affected all our extended family and friends, still grieving to this day.
This is why we need industrial manslaughter laws.
We need these laws so its no longer just a cost of doing business for companies to allow unsafe work practices to continue.
They need to be held to account and not be able walk away with a pithy fine after forever changing the lives of the many families connected to this one life.
Plastic. Its become such an essential part of our lives, and the statistics are staggering. On average, Australians use 130 kg of plastic each year, but only 12% is recycled. More frightening still, up to 130,000 tonnes of plastic will find its way into the ocean. The good news is that we can all start making [...] full article
SACOSS is hosting an information session where you can to learn more about the SA Oral Health Plan, discuss the issues, share experiences and learn how to provide these as input into the consultation.
Last week, the Wilderness Society wrote to the UN asking them to investigate the alarming deforestation crisis in Great Barrier Reef catchments and its international news. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, which is the body set up to look after World Heritage Properties including the magnificent Reef, is meeting in Bahrain. Along with the Australian Conservation [...] full article
Such moves should trouble any constructive dissenter and civil libertarian: the vesting of powers in a military force to be used against domestic disturbances. While the United States has a troubled history with it, posse comitatus still remains something of a letter restricting the deployment of the US armed forces on the streets of the countrys cities. That doctrine has effectively seen an expansion of the FBIs role to occupy what might have been seen in the past to be traditional military roles.
In Australia, no such reining in powers and impediments exist, though States have been hamstrung by the requirement of making a request to the Commonwealth to initiate military action in the event that their police forces lack the means to protect themselves or the Commonwealths interests.
This has left the prospect of enlarging the armys role in civilian life disturbingly possible in times of perceived crisis. Utterings since the 2014 Lind Caf hostage taking by Man Haron Monis, absurdly described as a siege by the counter-terror fraternity, combined with other foreign terrorist incidents that call out powers be broadened have become regular.
Last week, the Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter, who occupies a position where this sort of thing shouldnt happen, announced that members of the Australian Defence Force would be vested with shoot to kill powers to be used only in reasonable and necessary circumstances to protect life.
Porters arguments give the impression that such military operations will be governed by the protocols of good sense and reason, notwithstanding that the ADF is a killing rather than justice machine. Matters of evidence matter less than those of expediency.
The use of force by the ADF in a battle situation off Australian soil in a war zone is somewhat different and this is a much higher and more stringent standard, and the same standard in effect the police have been operating under for many decades in our variety of jurisdictions.
The ADF will also be given pre-authorised power to respond to threats on land, at sea and in the air, and given expanded powers to search, seize and control movement at the scenes featuring terrorist incidents. This power would also apply to quelling riots.
Porter also uses the...
If you have ever sought a book about the rise and consequences of capitalism that is both deeply, morally serious and a rollicking good read, then search no more. This narratives truly global sweep is a welcome antidote to triumphalist, anglocentric tales of the Protestant work ethic and suchlike, and the central argument about the role of nature in human economic activity is persuasive.
Students from Byron Bay Public School received a gift last week that was literally out of this world. The Star Stuff festival of space, science and astronomy donated an iron meteorite weighing half a kilogram that fell to Earth almost 5,000 thousand years ago in Argentina. It would have felt like an atom bomb at the time of impact and left a crater 14km wide.
Since then about 300 tonnes of the Campo Del Ceilo meteorite has been retrieved and this piece came from the collection of Geoff Notkin (USA). Geoff is a meteorite expert best known for his work on the TV series Meteorite Men and he will be speaking at Star Stuff this weekend after being invited by local organiser Dylan ODonnell from the Byron Bay Observatory.
Geoff personally selected the piece after I asked for one that could be handled by several generations of children, Mr ODonnell said.
We both wanted the school to have a piece that could be experienced not just locked up behind glass. A literal touchstone.
For many kids this will be the first time theyve been in contact with something that didnt come from Earth.
Star Stuff is a two-day weekend of space, science and astronomy with 11 speakers also including Fraser Cain (Canada), Amy Shira Teitel (USA), Dr Alan Duffy, Greg Quicke (aka Space Gandalf) and many more. Mr ODonnell has been an advocate for space tourism in the region as it is low-impact and relies on the preservation of dark skies a precious natural resource that is threatened by urban development.
For tickets and details see Star Stuff festival.
July 3, 2018: Last Sunday, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade ministers met in Tokyo in an effort to maintain political momentum to reach an agreement by the end of 2018. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tried to take the initiative in the RCEP away from ASEAN as desperation deepens about the mounting trade war initiated by US President Donald Trump.
Singapore's Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said at the opening: "We all also know that if we miss this moment, it will be very difficult for us to sustain the momentum going forward, because various countries will face various domestic circumstances that might not allow us to sustain this momentum easily."
Prime Minister Abe coined a new slogan, saying that our future depends on whether we can keep hoisting our flagship principle of free and fair trade. The equation of heightened corporate power with fair is Orwellian. However, the remark was aimed at Trump.
RCEP negotiators will meet in Bangkok on July 17-27, and were ordered to improve their market access offers to enable an outcome to be announced at the November ASEAN Summit in Singapore.
Negotiations for the proposed RCEP began in 2013, and have struggled over tariffs, trade in services and investment rules, as well as protection for intellectual property rights. Many chapters have included wording from the discredited Trans-Pacific Partnership, which increase corporate monopoly rights on medicines and include investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) to allow foreign investors to sue governments over public interest laws and policies.
The 16 countries engaged in the RCEP have widely different levels of economic development. The Ministerial Statement recognised the individual and diverse circumstances of the participating countries, but at the same time demanded that negotiators achieve improvements over the existing ASEAN+1 FTAs.
However, India is unwilling to open up its manufacturing sector to Chinese competition and is resisting stronger medicine monopolies, ASEAN nations are wary of Indian demands for access to their services sectors, and China is more focused on it...
In a departure from the governments plan to build on Cudgen state significant farm land, and the oppositions plan to locate the hospital in a koala corridor at Kings Forest, Greens North Coast MP Dawn Walker has called for the new Tweed Hospital to be re-developed on its existing site in Tweed Heads.
The Greens believe that Tweed desperately needs a new hospital to support our growing population and ensure the region receives access to quality medical services. However, we want sites in Tweed Heads to be considered for the new Hospital.
Ms Walker included in that the existing site in Tweed Heads, which is close to the Tweed Heads population centre, existing allied health services and could be expanded through acquisition of adjoining properties to the west of the existing hospital.
She queried why there was such a push from Labor and the Nationals to build the new hospital south of the Tweed River on fertile farmland or a greenfield site with a regional wildlife corridor that is a long way away from the population centre of Tweed Heads.
Its appalling the way the National Party have sold-out local farmers with their plans to concrete over the state-significant farmland on the Cudgen Plateau and push for intense development on this fertile food producing land. They need to go back to the drawing board and talk with the community about re-developing the new Hospital in urban Tweed Heads where it belongs.
The last thing we want to do is bring Gold Coast sprawl south of the Tweed River and leave thousands of Tweed pensioners a long way from the new hospital; many of whom chose to retire in Tweed Heads due to its close proximity to medical services.
I will be pressuring the government to come clean on why they arent re-developing the existing Tweed Hospital site for the new hospital when parliament resumes Ms Walker said.
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Two men will face court today after allegedly breaking into a house, brandishing a knife at a female resident, stealing her car keys and later using the car to ram a Tintenbar shop, then making off with alcohol and cigarettes
Police allege that at 11:30pm on Thursday (June 28) a 25-year-old Ballina man broke into the womans Ballina home armed with a knife, which he used to forcibly steal a number of items before making off in her car.
Later that night, police say he and a 27-year-old Kempsey man used a crowbar in an attempt break into a store at Tintenbar. Unable to gain access, they allegedly rammed the recently stolen car into the front of the store. They entered the store and stole alcohol and cigarettes.
On Monday police raided a property in Biala Place, Ballina, where the 25-year-old was found hiding in a bedroom, lying on top of a large knife.
The Kempsey man- who also had six outstanding warrants was found hiding in the roof cavity. Proceeds from the alleged break-in were also recovered.
The Ballina man was charged with armed, aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car and resisting police.
The Kempsey man was charged with aggravated breaking and entering, stalking stealing a car, possession of stolen goods and resisting police. Six outstanding warrants were also executed.
As a result of further investigation during the search warrant, a 20-year-old Ballina woman was charged with resisting police, hindering discovery of evidence, dealing with the proceeds of crime and concealing a serious offence.
All three were were bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.
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Indigenous advocate, Keenan Mundine, a former youth prisoner and principal consultant of Inside Out Aboriginal Justice Consultancy, has travelled to Geneva to address the UN Human Rights Council about the Turnbull Governments failure to stop ten year old children being sent to prison.
I have spent more than half of my life behind bars, and I want to make sure this will not be the same future for my children. Right now, children as young as ten are still being locked away in prisons across Australia. This year alone, around 600 children under the age of 14 were taken from their families and imprisoned. This injustice must end, said Mr Mundine.
Two years after the ABCs Four Corners program exposed horrific abuse of children in the Don Dale prison, pressure is mounting on Australian state and territory governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years.
Mr Mundine told the Council the worlds peak human rights body of which Australia is now a member that the Turnbull Government must stop ignoring human rights abuses at home.
I have travelled from across the world to address this Council because I want my sons to grow up in a country that treats them fairly. This one simple change to our laws, will make a very big difference. Indigenous children in Australia deserve what I was denied - equality and freedom, said Mr Mundine.
In joining this Council, the Australian Government promised to uphold human rights and champion Indigenous peoples rights. For as long as Indigenous children are 25 times more likely to be sent to prison than non-Indigenous children, these will be hollow promises, said Mr Mundine.
The Turnbull Government called for the Northern Territory Royal Commission into the horrors of Don Dale in 2016, but has failed to deliver a key recommendation for reform raising the age at which children can be charged, hauled before the courts and sent to prison.
Australia has one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the democratic world. The average age in Europe is 14 years.
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, the Human Rights Law Centre, Amnesty International and other medical, Indigenous and human rights organisations have been pushing all Australian governments to commit to raising the age of criminal responsibility.
Cheryl Axleby, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, said in addition to raising the age to 14 years, more support was needed for Indigenous-led programs.
Australian youth prisons are institutional racism in action. Criminalising the behaviour of young, vulnerable children who are mostly Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander - creates further disadvantage and traps children i...
Hundreds of historians have gathered in Canberra for the 2018 Australian conference. During this week over 350 papers will be delivered. I am in Canberra attending the conference and will be tweeting and blogging from here all week. The welcome Continue reading
A 17-year old, deaf, and mostly blind Blue Heeler named Max spent more than 15 hours in the treacherous Australian bushland keeping a lost 3-year old little girl safe and ultimately leading rescuers to her location. Three-year-old Aurora was reported missing about 3:00pm Friday when she wandered away from her Queensland, Australia home. The toddlers 
Rupert Murdochs battle with giants like Facebook amazon and google and Netflix, over ultimate control over social media seems to be a bigger bight that might have first seemed to the 87-year old.
It has always been a big ask to tackle these relative newcomers, who can count on huge resources to protect their turf. The response from the mega tycoon has been, to sell a significant part of his business empire, as a means of raising the funds to compete against his rivals.
Murdoch also has a special close relationship with president Donald Trump and they are reputed to talk on a weekly basis, and sometimes even more often. This connection means that this may be a good time to make the move into social media. This would hardly be the first time Murdoch has used political connection to his advantage.
Soon after Murdoch left a meeting, with the Disney company chief, Bob Iger, at his Moroga Vineyard in the Bel Aire hills of Lois Angeles in august last year to work out the sale of 21st Century Fox, Trump is reputed to have called to offer his congratulations. Such is the strength of the connection between the two.
Holding back the deal has been the possibility, that it may contravene United States anti-trust law. But on 21 June, the Department of Justice gave the deal the go ahead. Removal of ownership on paper has bee nused as a vehicle o get over these anti-trust barriers, because Murdoch can show he is divesting himself from from major Fox and Skye News outlets.
What happened is that a large part of the Murdoch business was transferred to Disney. At the same time, under the deal the Murdoch family retains a significant stake in the new entity. But the shift in assets was able to raise $US 70 billion for the Murdoch ware chest. An unintended effect has been that the deal has attracted a bidding war from company called Comcast, the company which among its other holdings owns rival NBC. This has raised share prices and the value of the shares on the table has risen from $US90 billion to $US119 billion. Murdoch is not going to pay out of his pocket.
This could be put into effect and combined with the already existing power bases in conventional media and...
Three local projects have increased the length of waterways accessible to Ballina boaties threefold in the last 12 months.
And a new project at Brunswick Heads has been announced for next year.
Parliamentary secretary for regional roads, maritime and transport Kevin Anderson and Nationals parliamentary secretary for northern NSW Ben Franklin posed for a photo-opp at the most recently completed project funded by the NSW Governments Boating Now Program, at Keith Hall, south of Ballina.
Mr Anderson said the state has invested $375,000 for three projects with a further $500,000 grant for the upgrade of Brunswick Heads boat ramp in the works, with work expected to start next March.
Mr Anderson said the NSW Government provided $225,000 towards the Keith Hall project, which involved building a new boat ramp and pontoon and providing some trailer parking for boaties.
Mr Franklin said an upgrade project was completed in February at the Fishery Creek boat ramp where a new pontoon was installed to improve safe access to the existing southern pontoon.
This $100,000 investment was made possible with funding from the NSW Government of $50,000, Mr Franklin said.
In West Ballina, work at the Faulks Reserve boat ramp was completed in January for the installation of a new pontoon, making it safer and easier to access the Richmond River, with a total of $100 000 provided by the state government towards the $175,000 project.
MAE SAI, AP Twelve boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old soccer coach have been found deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand after being trapped for nine days, local officials say.
The group were exploring the Tham Luang Nang Non on June 23 when flooding brought by monsoonal rain blocked their path out of the complex cave system and continued rain hampered rescue efforts to find the group.
But late on Monday rescue teams finally located the group with Thai Navy video footage showing them huddled together quietly on a dry area inside the cave still wearing their soccer kit with their legs bent in front of them.
You are very strong, one of the rescuers says to them in English.
One of them asks what day it is, and the rescuer responds, Monday. Monday. You have been here 10 days.
It had been an international effort to find the team, involving cave diving experts from the Australian Federal Police, Thai Navy Seals and search and rescue crews from the US, China and Britain.
Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn confirmed the group of 13 had been found but warned they were not out of danger yet.
We found them safe. But the operation isnt over, he said.
When the medics have evaluated the kids to see if their health is in good condition, we will care for them until they have enough strength to move by themselves, and then we will evaluate the situation on bringing them out again later.
Family members of the missing hugged each other as they cheered the news.
Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate the group.
In addition to divers, teams had been working to pump water out as well as divert groundwater, while other efforts focused on finding shafts on the mountainside that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas.
Teams have also been combing the mountainside looking for fissure that might lead to shafts.
Narongsak said they located the missing boys about 300 to 400 metres past a section of the cave...
The Republican mayor who transformed his struggling Californian city into the solar capital of the universe has just been confirmed to visit Australia to inspire local councils to join the global renewable energy revolution.
Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster will headline the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit, Australias first national climate change summit focused on local government and grassroots solutions.
As Australias towns and cities increasingly take the lead in tackling climate change, Mayor Parris hopes to inspire council leaders to accelerate their communitys shift to renewable energy.
The issues of climate change and sustainability must be solved at the municipal level, and the City of Lancaster has proven it can be done, he said.
Over the last decade, since I was elected in 2008, Lancaster has launched its own energy utility, offering a number of renewable energy options, created a Zero Net Energy ordinance for all new homes built here, purchased 18,000 streetlights and converted them to far more efficient LEDs and will soon be home to the nations first fully electric bus fleet, Mayor Parris continued.
We have taken monumental steps forward in making Lancaster more sustainable, and we hope to show other municipalities that this is replicable in their own communities.
Mayor Parris, a leader in Californias astonishing solar boom, is credited with developing a renewable energy policy that sees the blue-collar City of Lancaster producing more solar power per capita than any other city in California, with the goal of producing more renewable energy than it uses.
The Mayor will headline a lineup of climate and renewable energy experts, industry and political leaders from around Australia, at the Cities Power Partnership National Summit, taking place 18-19 October in Kiama, New South Wales.
The event will draw together councils, community energy groups, climate and energy experts, academics and industry to focus on climate change mitigation at the grassroots level through renewable energy, sustainable transport, energy efficiency and other climate solutions.
Alix Pearce, Cities Power Partnership Director, says that the Summit w...
Theres life in the carbon-polluting coal industry yet, claims The Australian newspaper. Greenpeaces Jonathan Moylan is not so sure, about the claims or the agenda of the paper.
On Monday, The Australian newspaper published a stunning story following the release of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Sciences Resources and Energy Quarterly.
To believe the contents of the report by political editor Ben Packham, thermal coal is on the way up, powering our economy as it eyes a glorious future. The article quoted the Minister representing the coal industry, Senator Matt Canavan, and had all the hallmarks of a concerted campaign by the beleaguered Minerals Council of Australia.
The only problem with the article is that it was almost completely wrong, to the letter.
In fact, the conservative forecast expected that following a recent short-term spike in value due to contracting supply in China, the thermal coal industry would drop in real value by 2.5% next year and a staggering 16.1% drop in financial year 2020.
It also claimed that the report was a boost for Adanis controversial mega-mine, which is still facing a series of legal hurdles and required approvals.
The reality is that the report named only the Mount Pleasant coal mine in the Hunter Valley as a new thermal coal mine likely to be producing coal this year.
How could they get this so wrong?A lump of coal. (IMAGE: Alexander G, Flickr)
While Townsvilles unemployment rate lingers at an unacceptably high 8.5 per cent, Mr Canavan continues to beat the drum of a dying industry while opportunities in new and existing industries pass by.
Queenslanders have every right to be furious at a government that continues to serve the interests of large companies while ignoring its own constituents.
The good news is that the coal industry is on the way out, here and around the world. South Korea is charging ahead in its ambition to be coal and nuclear free, and India is looking to phase out coal imports within three years. Misleading articles by The Australian do nothing to help us shift gears into the 21st century.
The challenge is that the transition is happening nowhere near fast enough to protect places like the Great Barrier Reef and prevent rising salinity in the Pacific as sea levels continue to rise. A government genuinely looking out for the public interest woul...
It was a decidedly more upbeat, dare I say it, cocky Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm who appeared on Sky News Paul Murray Live show last week to defend his comments about Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
During parliamentary sittings, Leyonhjelm yelled out across the chamber that Hanson-Young should stop shagging men during a debate about protecting women in the form of pepper spray and tasers, a debate ultimately sparked by the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon in Melbourne earlier in June.
Hanson-Young approached Leyonhjelm later to confront him about the comment. He confirmed he made it, then told her to f**k off.
But a week is a long time in politics. And that was last week. It was also a friendly political interview with a commentator known for, shall we say, some of the more extreme views in the Australian political landscape (Paul Murray Live is shortened to PML (Pissed Myself Laughing) for a reason).
Fast forward a few days, and the smile and cocksure nature appeared to have evaporated, as Leyonhjelm fronted up for a far less friendly chat overnight with ABC 7:30 host Virginia Trioli.
Indeed, it was a master class in withering, tough, uncompromising political interviewing.
With Hanson-Young confirming yesterday she was seeking legal advice for defamation, an uncharacteristically nervous Leyonhjelm stumbled his way through his interview on 7:30 (and later also on The Project), and seems to have decided that if he was in for a penny, he may as well be in for a pound.
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Trioli opened the interrogation by noting Hanson-Youngs legal threat and inviting Leyonhjelm to withdraw his remarks.
No, bring it on, he replied.
After suggesting that Hanson-Young had described all men as evil, the enemy, rapists, sexual predators, Trioli asked Leyonhjelm to put up or shut-up specifically, to point to where Hanson-Young ever said an...
1788 - Gov Arthur Phillip penned a note, (not with a thumbnail
dipped in tar but who are we to judge?) to the Marquis
"...a late excursion seen Smoke; which, with my having traced the Natives thirty miles towards these Hills, leaves no doubt but that there are Inhabitants in the interiour parts of the Country..."
1789 - Governor Phillip, accompanied by Captains Hunter, Collins and George Johnston and Surgeon White went for a Sunday punt on the water when they rowed approximately 12kms up the Colo from the Hawkesbury and stopped at the sand bank just east of the present day bridge on the Putty road.
1797 Following Aboriginal attacks on farms in the Hawkesbury region, Hunter dispatched a party of soldiers from the New South Wales Corps to protect settlers.
1807 - Joseph Eades was hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.
1807 - John Higgins. Hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.
1807 - William Morgan was hanged at Sydney for robbing a cart of alcohol and clothing items.
1807 - Robert Murray was hanged at Sydney for sheep stealing from the property of James Larratts.
1807 - Benjamin Yeates was hanged at Sydney for sheep stealing from the property of James Larratts.
1826 - William Cusack was hanged at Sydney for burglary at Campbelltown.
1826 - John Hossle was hanged at Sydney for burglary of John Blackman at Bathurst.
1827 - John Cruitt Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.
1827 - Henry Oakley Hanged at Hobart for burglary from Mr Brodie on the Clyde.
1827 - Thomas Bidwell Child Hanged at Hobart for forgery.
1827 - John Wright Hanged at Hobart for robbery at Old Beach.
1827 - John Clayton Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.
1827 - George Dunning Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.
1827 - William Longhurst Hanged at Hobart for sheep-stealing.
1827 -Daniel McPherson Hanged at Hobart "stealing in a dwelling house at noon-day".
1827 - Martin Higgins Hanged at Hobart for "stealing in a dwelling house at noon-day".
1841 - Mullan was hanged at the Windmill, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, for the murder of surveyor Granville Chetwynd Stapylton at Mount Lindsay.
1841 - Ningavil was hanged at the Windmill, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, for the murder of surveyor Granville Chetwynd Stapylton at Mount Lindsay.
1850 - Thank god for sod turning to break up the hangings!
The first sod of the railway from Sydney to Parramatta was turned by Mrs Keith Stewart (daughter of the Governor) at Cleveland Paddocks (an area between the souther...
The U.K.s Food Standards Agency, A safety watchdog, declared Monday that its successfully piloted a blockchain based distribution chain monitoring system. The trial monitored meat produced in an unnamed cattle slaughterhouse, providing enhanced transparency through the supply chain, based on a press release. The slaughterhouse and the FSA monitored data offered in the trial. FSA head of info direction Sian Thomas said in a statement that his bureau believed blockchain technology may add real value to some part of the food market. . A slaughterhouse particularly was selected because his job requires a whole lot of examination and collation of results, he said.
He added: Our strategy was to develop data standards with business which will create theory reality and I am delighted that we have was able to show that blockchain does indeed work in this region of the food market. I think you will find great opportunities now for government and industry to work together to expand and develop this strategy. . After the aviator, additional applications will be analyzed to provide farmers access to information about their animals in July. Although this trial can have been the very first time the regulatory agency used a blockchain to monitor food distribution chains, various retailers have already started experimenting with the use case.
Wal-Mart, JD.com, Alibaba, Cargill and CBH Group are only some of the companies that are utilizing blockchain to monitor food items. Supply chain picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
How Bitcoin prices fluctuate is like a shadow that can either pump or dump altcoins prices. As the month comes to a close, we are seeing a short-term recovery of Bitcoin prices and the effect on most altcoins aside from 
The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash appeared first on The Global Mail.
The one constant in my life of 61 years has been the Blessed Holy Spirit, otherwise known as the Lord Jesus and the Holy Father Creator God.
Yesterday, I published a very beautiful video with stills of creation and the universe with Australian worship leader George Bullocks song The Heavens Shall Declare playing.
I knew Geoff Bullock in the 1980s. I lost contact with him in 1983 when Geoff went with Brian Houston to found Hillsong in Western Sydney. Hillsong was called Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst in those days.
Brian Houstons father Frank founded Hillsong in Double Bay Sydney in 1977, two years before Brian and Bobbie Houston came to Australia. So Brian Houston and Hillsong media should stop saying Brian and Bobbie Houston founded Hillsong- a blatant lie.
Geoff Bullock openly says he suffers from panic attacks and depression.
Wikipedia extract- Geoff Bullock
Bullock married Janine (born c. 1957, Lithgow) in 1980 and the couple had five children within a decade. Janine was choir master on some of Hillsong Musics releases, including Friends in High Places (July 1995). The marriage broke down in 1996 and he later recalled that It was over before I knew it. I was just too busy to even notice what was happening. People say, Werent there signs? Of course there were signs. But we just thought OK, well just have to work harder serve God harder well do more for God and he will bless us. We separated within weeks of leaving Hills. It was a very hard time and it got worse as the months went on. I had to face the fact of my failure as a husband and a father.
Bullocks second wife is Victoria, They have raised her two children from a previous marriage.
Bullock has described his mental health issues, including episodes of mania and long periods of depression. In 2003 he was diagnosed as having bipolar II disorder. ...
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30 June 2018
Stretching a full 2000 kilometres in length and made up of 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, Australias Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful. Given world heritage status in 1981 it is one of the wonders of the natural world.
By Mike Tidwell
To fully understand the unbearable insanity of Dominion Energys plan to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, youve got to come here to Bath County, Virginia to see it. I arrived June 29th with half a dozen other activists to launch a colorful, determined and transparent camp of protest designed to last all summer long with hundreds of people like you. When I got here, I promptly set up my tent among 300- and 400-year old sugar maples, basswoods and hickory trees.
Bill and Lynn Limpert, staunch foes of Dominions $6 billion pipeline for fracked gas, own one of the most pristine stands of old-growth forests in all of Virginia. Some of the trees are as old as 500 years old. The jaw-dropping hardwood growth covers most of a 3000-foot-long Appalachian ridge that the Limperts appropriately call Miracle Ridge. For perspective, there are no old-growth forests like this anywhere in Shenandoah National Park, a crown jewel of the US National Park System. Let that sink in. The Limperts 120 acres in Bath County, now in the direct pathway of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is as pristine and wondrous as any forest in the state. Dominion wants to cut it all down and blow up all of Miracle Ridge the whole ridge for the pipeline.
Ive been lucky in my life. Ive seen the great Sequoias of California, the Baobabs of Africa, the towering tea trees of Western Australia. But theres a special magic to the Limperts ancient forest. Backpack in tow, I first visited Ona, a 300-year-old sugar maple who would be one of the first trees Dominion cuts down. Ona, an old Lithuanian name, has a staggering 15-foot circumference. You stand at her base and look up and see a seemingly infinite expanse of massive, gentle branches cradling entire ecosystems of birds and epiphyte plants and harboring the soft sound of leaves stirring from gentle summer winds. In Onas presence...
Chinese Armed Police units may soon have a new weapon, a portable laser beam that can reach targets from a kilometer away and is powerful enough to set flammable things on fire.
Although classified as non-lethal, the infrared laser projector can burn through clothes in a split second If the fabric is flammable, the whole person will be set on fire, according to a South China Post report. The device is called ZKZM-500 and has been prototyped by the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shaanxi province.
#3Novices Chinese weapon will make you feel pain beyond endurance https://t.co/OKuHt6WNM7 CHINA has developed a powerful new laser assault rifle that can obliterate a target from nearly a kilometre away, researchers claim. #OnlineMedia #News
3Novices Australia (@3novicesSydney) July 2, 2018
The post Pew, pew! China develops AK-47-sized low lethality laser rifle appeared first on Intellihub.
By Benjamin Fulford
The criminal cabal that has been ruling the planet earth is being systematically removed from power, with the latest being regime change in Mexico and soon the EU. Furthermore, the power struggle in Washington D.C. is definitely being won by the good guys.
Also, apparently some real disclosure is occurring about both the Roswell UFO incident and anti-gravity technology. The two links below were sent to us by Japanese military intelligence and they say they are genuine (although this is not an area in which this writer has much expertise). One appears to be a patent application for an anti-gravity craft, while the other claims to be a top-secret document stating that alien bodies and alien spacecraft really were recovered by the U.S. government. We leave it to experts to determine if they are real. If they are, though, it wont be long before flying saucers appear in the showrooms.
What is definitely real, though, is the ongoing revolution in the West. Pentagon sources are now saying the number of sealed indictments in the U.S. is now up to 40,000 and that mass arrests are likely to start in the autumn.
For those who say the arrests will never happen, we can answer that many thousands have already been arrested or removed from power. Over 50 congressmen and senators have resigned, and the top ranks of the Justice Department, State Department, FBI, and CIA have been thoroughly cleansed of Khazarian mob servants. We have also seen the deaths of many of the top Khazarian mobsters, including David Rockefeller, Jacob de Rothschild, George Soros, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Bill Gates, etc.
What we are all waiting for now is to see some of the remaining top Khazarian mobsters like the Bushes, the Clintons, Barack Obama, and Benjamin Netanyahu (Mileikowsky) perp-walked in handcuffs in front of the world media. That day is coming soon.
The Vatican is also continuing to clean up its act. On that front, our Pentagon sources note that While Aussie Cardinal George Pell is on trial for pedophilia, Bill Clintons Cardinal Ted McCarrick in D.C. is charged with rape of a minor.
Cardinal Pells c...
Someone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto has announced theyre writing a book about bitcoin and its history which will incorporate the personal stories of its creator, even though its uncertain if the person is the real inventor of the worlds first and biggest cryptocurrency. Last Friday, a site named nakamotofamilyfoundation.org submitted a letter by Satoshi Nakamoto the name of the writer of the notable 2008 bitcoin white newspaper, whose real identity still remains unknown. In accordance with the article, the book, if it ever comes out, will probably be broken in two parts and named Honne and Tatamae, in accordance with the results of a cryptopuzzle printed with the article.
An explanation in Wikipedia suggests that the name in Japanese means the comparison between an individuals true emotions and desires and the behaviour and opinions are displayed in public. Further, the articles writer claim that the book will contain info regarding the personal life of bitcoins creator, saying: But to be sure, there are countless discussions I discovered to be enlightening that I hope make it to be a part of the story. Therell be many new names and people appearing through the book in any case like its a narrative about my personal life . Published alongside the statement is an excerpt from the supposed book, which briefly recaps the evolution of bitcoin and addresses new problems which have emerged since the creation of bitcoin like scaling, the concept of blockchain and the birth of the application-specific integrated circuit miners.
The excerpt goes on to explain why the name Satoshi Nakamoto was chosen in the first place: I wanted the most typical name, which I knew no one outside Japan had any remembrance that Satoshi Nakamoto, was the equal of John Smith. It took time for the public to come to this decision, but most with direct access to me had figured it out long ago. . But whether the articles writer is indeed the real Nakamoto cant yet be verified. Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur and scientist in nChain, who promised to be Nakamoto in 2015, took to Twitter after the announcement of the book came into light, saying that its author cant get the dates technical details correct. . Bitcoin image via CoinDesk. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the greatest journalistic standards and complies with a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.
I have been very anxious about this experience.
When I called and spoke to the people who are supposed to help
you put in your payslips, I cried for 20 minutes on the phone to
her about the amount I apparently owe.
I could tell she wanted to help, but it wasnt in her power and I appreciate that she listened to how much this will affect my future.
I know this amount is impossible because I didnt work for a month and a half of the four month period I was receiving payments, as I was in hospital unwell, and apparently there was only slight overpayments each week (eg $50, max one time was $150) yet the amount I owe is ess...
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By Johannes Stern in Germany:
2 July 2018
The European Union summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history. The measures targeting refugees adopted in Brussels have exposed the EU for what it is: a reactionary instrument of the ruling classes. The EU is being used by the European governments, their mounting differences notwithstanding, to intensify their policies of militarism, repression and social attacks on the working class. With the Brussels summit, the EU has shifted far to the right, with rabidly nationalist and far-right forces setting the agenda.
The monstrous persecution of immigrants is an international phenomenon. In the Unite...
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