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Around $20M was improperly diverted from HSU members to enrich Michael Williamson and his family and friends during his reign at the HSU. Williamson cut a deal with the HSU in which he acknowledged he owed it $5M. He also cut a deal with his wife in which he shunted...
by Dee McLachlan
Dawn Sturgess, 44, died in hospital on Sunday evening, allegedly from the nerve agent Novichok. She and Charlie Rowley, 45, who remains critically ill in hospital, fell ill on 30 June in Amesbury a village close to Salisbury, and the Porton Down Facility.
It has now turned into a murder investigation, and is being linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury (a 20 minute drive from Amesbury) nearly FOUR months ago.
This is happening in the middle of a very successful soccer world cup in Russia. And the UK ...
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will chase citizens hiding their cryptocurrency trading gains offshore to remind them of their tax obligations using data sharing agreements with other nations. Australias tax authority will use advanced data-matching techniques through existing data sharing agreements with other nations to target crypto investors trading on offshore exchanges at a time
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U.S. ally approves $1.5 billion purchase of four Boeing P-8A Poseidons
New Zealand said it would buy four submarine-hunting surveillance jets, the countrys biggest military purchase in decades, as it seeks to counter a Chinese buildup in the Pacific that has worried the U.S. and its allies.
New Zealands government on Monday approved the $1.5 billion purchase of Boeing Co. P-8A Poseidons used by the U.S. and its military allies including the U.K., Australia and South Korea.
We are stepping up and being responsible in the Pacific, said Winston....
Almost one in three Australians suffers social jet lag,
according to a researcher seeking an inquiry into the nations sleep
deprivation problem. The University of Adelaide sleep specialist
Robert Adams said a growing body of research suggested poor sleep
was taking a serious toll on Australians health and welfare.
A study led by Adams, published on Monday in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that 31% of survey respondents were suffering social jetlag. That is, the time of their sleep on work nights was more than an hour out of sync with sleeps on weekends or other days off.
Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/09/sleep-deprived-a-third-of-australians-suffering-social-jetlag
Chinese investment in Australias commercial property has plummeted to the lowest level in six years as mainland capital controls bite.
Direct investment fell 81 percent to A$250 million ($187 million) in the first half from a year earlier, property brokerage CBRE Group Inc. said in a report on Monday.
If these restrictions continue, we expect Chinese investment into Australia to record its lowest year since 2012, said Ben Martin-Henry, associate director of capital markets and forecasting. The capital controls are having a meaningful impact globally, he said.
A crackdown by Chinas government has reined in deal makers such as Dalian Wanda Group Co., Anbang Insurance Group Co., Fosun International Ltd. and HNA Group Co. that once had an insatiable appetite for global assets. The unwinding of their spending spree included HNA selling a Sydney office tower in January. Chinese spending on commercial property in Australia is down from a A$2 billion high in 2015, when capital from Asias biggest economy accounted for 43 percent of all foreign investments, according to CBRE.
The biggest foreign buyers of Australian commercial property in the first half were the U.S. (A$994 million), Singapore (A$626 million) and Hong Kong (A$560 million), according to CBRE, which said the report was based on its own and external data. Development sites werent included in the numbers, only finished buildings.
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Water continues to stream into the Maules Creek coal mine pit.
These images were taken on the 10.6.2018 showing that pumps are still operating in the bottom of the pit, de-watering the coal seams. Water appears to be rising around the blast drill holes with the mine pit pumps working hard to lower the water table.
With the question of connectivity between the Maules Creek alluvium and the coal seams an open question, these pumps could be lowering the Maules Creek water table directly impacting residents and the environment.
Meanwhile, as this video shows, the pit lake continues to (as at the 29th of June).
MANILA, Philippines Members of the Senate minority have filed resolutions seeking an inquiry on the presence of Chinese military aircraft in Philippine airspace, as well as the airing of Chinese shows on state-run PTV.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Sens. Leila de Lima, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV have called for an inquiry into Chinese military aircraft landing in Davao City last month.
Senate Resolution 779 seeks to enact measures that strengthen national security and safeguard the territorial integrity of the country.
It has been reported that a Chinese military plane landed at the Davao City International Airport on June 8 to refuel before heading to Australia. On June 24, another Chinese aircraft landed and refueled again in President Rodrigo Dutertes hometown.
These moves were allowed by the Philippine government, with the assurance of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque that necessary protocols were followed in the technical stops of the foreign aircraft.
The resolution, however, noted that the Philippines does not have a treaty with China for logistical support, supplies and services between military forces.
The Philippines has existing agreements with Australia and the United States through the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement and Mutual Logistics Agreement, respectively.
The resolution also noted that t...
This may be the most important commentary Ive ever written.
For years, financial analysts have discussed whats called the Global Monetary Reset, or GMR. Expectations of a GMR stem from the fact that monetary policies around the world are unstable and unsustainable.
There is no anchor to the system. There is no limit on money printing. And there is no limit on debt creation.
Such a system grows exponentially based on the false belief that governments can spend as much as they want and central banks will pick up the tab or bail out the system as needed.
Politicians love the system because they can buy votes from citizens.
Central bankers love the system because of the power and prestige it brings them.
Citizens love the system because they get handouts, bailouts, pumped-up asset values and other goodies seemingly for free.
Whats not to like?
The problem, of course, is that the system is unstable and unsustainable.
Its a huge inverted pyramid of promises poised on a small sliver of real money called gold.
Its bound to tip over and come crashing down as it has many times in the past, from the Jubilees of ancient Israel to the global financial crisis of 2008.
The 2008 panic would have closed banks and capital markets globally but for tens of trillions of dollars of central bank intervention. That bailout money printing has still not been mopped up. The 2008 bailout has sown the seeds of the next crisis.
Viewing this broadly, an objective analyst can see that a new system based on some hybrid of dollars, gold and the International Monetary Funds (IMF) world money special drawing rights (SDRs) is inevitable. This new system could even include an encrypted distributed ledger or blockchain, and might revert to fixed exchange rates instead of floating.
The great monetary reset
The GMR would be a return to something like the old Bretton Woods system (19441973) but with 21st-century characteristics and technology. This is what is meant by the Global Monetary Reset.
That much is clear. The open issues for students of the GMR are when it happens and how.
There are two answers to the how part.
It can either happen in a proactive way by convening a new global monetary conference similar to Bretton Woods (1944), the Plaza Accord (1985) or the Louvre Accord (1987).
Or it can happen in a chaotic fashion in response to a new financial crisis, as occurred at the G-20 Washington summit led by George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy in November....
This is based on a comment I made here.
Coming from a country (Australia) with a much higher proportional immigration flow than the US, I find US debates over migration odd.
First, the level of illegal immigration in the US is clearly a huge problem. It distorts the debate, creates a black market in labour and gives lots of voters the feeling of having no effective say (because they dont). Without effective border control, and with significant inflows of illegal migrants, the effective value of the lever of the ballot is greatly reduced, and and ordinary voters have no other lever other than the vote to influence a policy area fundamental to the future evolution of any polity.
Second, treating immigrants as an undifferentiated mass is just silly. I know economics lends itself to that, with people as interchangeable utility-maximising machines, but what is missed is that culture affects framing, expectations and preferences so that the same situation can create quite different incentives to people of different cultural heritages. (See, for example, the ethnic complexities in who voted leave in the Brexit 2016 vote.)
It is an observable fact that, for example, (1) different groups of migrants have different crime rates and (2) mainstream Sunni Muslims, given that mainstream Sunni Islam is a religion of domination, create problems no other group of migrants do, and the more so the proportionately larger group they are. (As adherents of permanent minority forms of Islam Ibadis, Alevis, Ismailis and Ahmmadis are not an issue: they have gone down the same...
Rose Knight has now issued a statement confirming her identity and her complaint against Trudeau alleging that he groped her without her consent and contrary to her wishes. Seen the ABC give it to Trudeau? Woman who accused Trudeau of groping breaks her silence Calling for privacy, she writes that...
Tweed MP Geoff Provest has urged anyone in the local community with an unregistered or unwanted firearm to take advantage of the NSW Firearm Amnesty, which began on July 1 and closes September 30.
Last years National Firearm Amnesty was extremely successful, he said, with the NSW Police Force netting nearly 25,000 firearms from 7,277 individuals during the three-month campaign.
Tweed residents have another chance to do the right thing and either surrender unwanted or prohibited weapons or become a responsible firearm owner and register their gun or rifle, Mr Provest said.
Whether the firearm was inherited or found, the three-month amnesty period will allow them to come forward and legally dispose or register it without penalty.
Firearms and firearm-related items can be surrendered under amnesty arrangements at approved drop-off points, which include licensed firearm dealers, mobile stations, and police stations.
Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into public places including police stations, he said.
Anyone with concerns about handling firearms or safely transporting them, can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on 1300 362 562 for assistance.
For more information visit www.police.nsw.gov.au.
http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/giant-sadiq-khan-baby-balloon-to-fly-over-london This crowd-funded campaign to have a baby Sadiq Khan blimp originally had a GBP10K target - it raised more than GBP16K in the first 24 hours. It's now well over GBP36K - on its way to a GBP50K stretch target which will allow for a much bigger, blimpier baby...
We are different from the rest of Australia. I think the vast majority of Australian people dont worry, but in the Aboriginal world, we have to take on all of the things that are happening in the North, injustice in everything that we see wrong, great struggles that we have. We have to take this on.
July 9, 2018: Canadian union leader Lana Payne, from the manufacturing union Unifor, has blasted the Canadian government for its claim that the Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 is more progressive than the original TPP-12. Payne honed in on the labour chapter, which she argues is even weaker than in the original TPP-12, to make her point.
Originally drawn up by US negotiators, the TPP labour chapter includes legal tests that had already failed when used by a panel of arbitrators overseeing a historic labour dispute between the US and Guatemala. The panel found that none of the documented labour violations in Guatemala (including the murder of union organisers) occurred in a manner affecting trade or that the events in question were sustained or recurring two critical tests outlined in the chapter. As a result, Guatemala faced no trade penalty or trade sanction.
Payne says that keeping these legal tests in the TPP-12 and TPP-11 makes it very unlikely that any government would be subjected to trade penalties if they violate labour rights.
Payne says that when the TPP-11 was settled in March this year, another specific TPP-12 clause was suspended. It had allowed government and other public entities that purchase goods and services to require contractors to comply with basic labour standards as a condition of procurement.
As well, the TPP-11 deleted action plans or side letters with Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, initiated by the US, which required more organising and bargaining rights for workers in those countries. Payne says that overall, labour rights in the TPP-11 are weak, and in practice not legally enforceable in the same way as other chapters in the agreement.
Non-mainstream lifestyle choices arent axiomatically offensive, Magistrate Dunlevy told Byron Bay local court on Friday, ruling that Sunrise resident Maxine Hawker had no case to answer for bathing naked at the tea tree lakes at Grays Lane in January.
The magistrate said that the police had failed to prove Ms Hawkers actions were calculated to wound feelings, or arouse anger, disgust, resentment or outrage.
Ms Hawker, who represented herself at the hearing, told the court she had no idea she was breaking the law and had not seen a sign near the entrance to the lake, which had been recently installed, warning of penalties.
But within minutes of arriving and entering the water, she was issued a $500 fine for bathing naked, which she chose to fight, telling the court, Im not a criminal, Im a law-abiding person.
Ms Hawker went with a male friend to the lake on a whim in the early afternoon of January 20 and decided to take a dip. Having recently had a shoulder operation, she told the court she thought it would be therapeutic.
She stripped off and her male friend, who was wearing board shorts, helped her into the water.
She said there were a few other people about, none of whom appeared the slightest bit perturbed that she was naked.
Senior Constable Michael Chaffey and Constable Timothy Hayes, of Brunswick Heads Police Station, told the court they witnessed Ms Hawker very slowly and gingerly entering the water from about 40 metres away.
Cross-examining Snr Const Chaffey, Ms Hawker asked him why he was patrolling the lake that day.
We had received reports of sexual assaults, he said, adding police were targeting naked people as well as more lewd activity, as they had been asked to conduct high visibility patrols.
Do you think a 56-year-old woman naked next to a man clad in shorts is going to be engaging in lewd activity?, Ms Hawker asked.
Thats not what we were there for, he replied.
Cross examining Timothy Hayes she as...
Australias financial press is expecting that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will take a hard stance on cryptocurrency investors this tax season, with the ATO recently vowing to leverage international data-matching agreements in order to track the taxation obligations of Australian cryptocurrency traders.
The Australian Tax Office has announced that it will leverage data sharing agreements made between Australia and other nations to determine the tax obligations of Australian cryptocurrency investors.
Were alert to the potential compliance risks that arise from cryptocurrencies but we...
The Mullumbimby Museum has entered the 21 century with a ducted climate control system recently installed and launched by Greens MP Tamara Smith last Thursday. As much as they love their museum pieces they were happy to take their beloved, traditional kerosene heater and consign it to history and a featured position within the museum.
Not only is the heating and cooling important to keep volunteers and visitors at just the right temperature but the climate control is also important for the preservation of many items within the museum, said Stephen Hall president of the Brunswick Vally Historical Society (BVHS) that runs the museum.
The BVHS received a NSW government grant for $10,000 through Community Building Partnerships funding towards the installation that they topped up with $7,000 to facilitate the installation.
The museum is based in Mullumbimbys first Post Office that the historical society saved from demolition in the early 80s when the current Post Office was being proposed. They moved the building from the corner of Burringbar and Dalley Streets in 1984 to Summers Park on the corner of Myocum and Stuart Streets.
The historical society collect and preserve local documents, objects, records and photographs as well as support projects like Sharon Shostaks documentary film series Mullumbimby Magic that is currently in development.
The monthly Mullumbimby markets are held at the museum site and help support and maintain the museum, its collections and ongoing projects.
The post Mullumbi...
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
On October 23, 2015 I attended my first hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney. That led to my writing several reports for GumshoeNews, and eventually these formed part of my book, Deliverance, which is now in a revised edition.
Paedophilia is not a subject I wish to pursue further, but three in the know people have contacted me in the last month and are perhaps willing to talk about certain crimes after they get a promise of protection. This is about members of the establishment being involved in child murder.
My message to those members of the establ...
By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | July 8, 2018 This is typical of the garbage we get so often from so called newspapers: BRITAIN is not alone in experiencing a record-breaking heatwave, with soaring temperatures across the world being blamed for multiple deaths. Roads have melted in Australia.. Up 
BRISBANE, AAP The heart-broken sister of slain Queensland teenager Larissa Beilby has told a memorial service that justice must be served.
Deanna Beilby says the horrific death of her 16-year-old sister, whose body was found in a barrel south of Brisbane last month, has left an enormous hole in her heart.
As a nation weve been brought together under the most horrific circumstances and I hope we stand together until justice is served, Ms Beilby told 100 mourners at a service to honour the teenager on Sunday, according to the ABC.
Ms Beilby remembered her sister as a funny, smart and cheeky girl, with Larissas family urging people to honour her by carrying out a random act of kindness to a stranger in the week ahead.
Larissas body was found in a barrel in the back of a ute near Logan last month, sparking a manhunt for 34-year-old Zlatko Sikorsky.
Sikorsky was arrested after a 28-hour standoff with police at a Sunshine Coast unit and charged with murder, torture, deprivation of liberty and interfering with a corpse.
Police later charged him with attempting to murder another woman.
His lawyer Brendan Ryan has told reporters Sikorsky intends to defend the charges relating to Larissas death, suggesting she died as a result of misadventure.
I finally got a very disappointing response from Andrew Thackrah which sheds no light on why he has claimed the IPA had tax exempt status in the early 1990s. Andrew asked that I do not publish his very unhelpful response on my blog.
Rosie Williams (@Info_Aus) July 9, 2018
I have made attempts to clarify the following point with Andrew Thackrah in emails sent on 21 June but have so far received no acknowledgement or response. I am attempting to clarify when and how the IPA first received tax exemption. Andrew Thackrah is Senior Policy Officer at Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic) and a contributor to the Centre for Independent Studies and tweets at @andrewthackrah.
I came across your thesis published in 2012 as I am researching Australian think tanks. There is a statement in your thesis that I am wanting to know more information about.
On pages 125-126 you state:
The activities of the AIPP were never tax exempt, in contrast to CIS and IPA which had partial tax exemptions.
The issue I have with this statement is that the time period this appears to relate to is 1991 and I can not find any confirmed reference to tax exempt status for the CIS or IPA at this time. The date I have for DGR status (from available government data) for the CIS is 2000 and IPA 2006.
The sentence is referenced to an article by Diane Stone in Volume 2 of Issue 26 of the Australian Journal of Political Science titled Old Guard Versus New Partisan: Think Tanks in Transition (1991).
I have skimmed through Ms Stones article and can see no reference to the tax exempt status of either CIS or IPA. Perhaps theres something I missed? Can you clarify the source you were using in regard to the partial tax exemptions so that I can follow this information up?
AIPP= Australian Institute of Public Policy
CIS = Centre for Independent Studies
IPA = Institute of Public Affair...
Nationals member for Page Kevin Hogan could be looking for a new job next year if the results of a Fairfax/Ipsos poll, announced today, were replicated at the upcoming federal election.
The poll showed the Coalition on the nose across the country, particularly in NSW and Victoria, with Labor leading on 53 per cent and 56 per cent respectively in two-party preferred terms.
The swings against the government in NSW, if replicated at an election, would see it lose the seat Page, along with Gilmore, Robertson and Banks.
At the 2016 election Mr Hogan retained the seat he won from Labors Janelle Saffin in 2013 on a 4.6 per cent margin despite a 2.15 per cent swing against him.
All in all, the Coalition would lose as many as 18 seats if the latest poll was reflected at a general election, including Peter Duttons Queensland seat of Dickson.
But more imminently concerning to the Coalition will be the pronouncement that it has a tough battle ahead in the upcoming federal by-elections.
The Liberal and National parties have been boosted by a recent Newspoll claiming they were closing the gap on Labor, particularly in the marginal seats of Longman (QLD) and Braddon (TAS).
Todays poll paints a very different picture, however.
Labors Susan Lamb won Longman with a 7.71 percentage swing against former LNP sitting member Wyatt Roy in a seat with a significant (9.4 per cent) One Nation vote.
But Ipsos pollsters say even if she directs all of her preferences to the LNP, which she has threatened to do, Labor would still be likely to hold the seat given a significant statewide swing to the party.
The Tasmanian seat of Braddon would be a much closer call, however, with pollsters predicting there is only one percentage point between the two parties.
Police are appealing for public assistance after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash in Tweed Heads South overnight.
About 8pm Sunday (July 8), emergency services were called to Minjungbal Drive, following reports a utility had struck a pedestrian and the driver failed to stop to render assistance.
On arrival, officers found a 59-year-old woman suffering head and leg injuries.
She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Crash Investigation Unit officers wish to speak with the driver of a white late model single-cab utility with a steel tray who may be able to assist with their inquiries.
Police also wish to speak with the driver of a dark grey Ford Festiva and the rider of a white sports motorcycle seen in the area at the time as they may be able to assist in the investigation.
Any witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage of the crash is urged to come forward.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
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The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out late Sunday (July 8) to an area north west of Tenterfield, near Back Creek, where a 70-year-old male was found trapped under a quad bike on a remote rural property.
The driver had been reported missing for approximately three hours before family members located him on the property.
The helicopter was able to land within 100 metres of the scene of the quad bike rollover and the critical medical team treated the man for multiple injuries before he was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
It was the first of three missions for the chopper last night.
The second involved a search in the Tucki Tucki area, south of Lismore, for a 60-year-old male who had been reported missing on a rural property.
The helicopter conducted a short search of the area; the man was meanwhile found by locals in the Tucki Tucki area.
The third mission required the transport of an 18-year-old male injured in a motor vehicle accident in Goonellabah.
The man was a back-seat passenger when the car collided with a power pole.
He was transported by road ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital and then later transferred by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Malta takes more steps to becoming the blockchain island, IBM signs a $740 mln deal with the Australian govt for blockchain tech, and more in this weeks Hodlers Digest
Jill Gallagher is charged with creating the context in which Victorian Treaty negotiations can flourish. She talks to Daniel James about the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Hes one of Australias most celebrated whistleblowers. And he has a warning for us.
Hes one of Australias most celebrated whistleblowers. And he has a warning for us
Posted by GetUp! on Thursday, June 21, 2018
In the words of Margaret Thatcher; and you know, theres no such thing as society, and doesnt our contemporary world highlight this.
Over the last few decades capitalism has changed. Our leaders mirror Thatchers words. We are reduced to being in a market place, where were no longer people but customers. The sole nexus in human relationships is about cash exchange for personal gain.
With the introduction of the Purchaser-Provider split under the Kirner ALP Government in Victoria back in the 1990s, the market based approach to the provision of health care sped along. This accentuated the increased commodifying of all around us.
People using health services are no longer called patients, let alone people. Instead, theyre loaded with titles reflecting the primary relationship, where all aspects of healthcare are reduced to commodities to be purchased. Customer, Client, Consumer, are terms used to describe those purchasing these services.
Recent changes in how Aged Care services are funded, are a further deform to healthcare changes. Instead of older people accessing their supports through established health networks, theyre now informed they have choices of who can deliver their care. Bureaucrats under both the ALP and LNP governments shave sung the same tune re choice. Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum.
Like the pink batts episode, where dodgy small business operators saw easy access to bucket loads of dollars, a whole lot of new private providers promising the world popped up. These parasites know how to rort the dollars when they can. Older people are offered levels of care they cant actually afford, are promised fast tracking through the system that wont happen, being targeted by these unscrupulous operators.
Renata Saleci speaks of the tyranny of choice, (rates of anxiety in Australia). It is estimated over two million Australians or 14.4 percent of us, suffer from anxiety, our most prevalent mental health disorder. She speaks of increased choice being a contributing factor to the levels of anxiety.
Renata speaks about the mantra of choice being a cause of discontent; about making a choice, then being dissatisfied it is the wrong choice. But how do we make a correct/better choice?
Age Care, all healthcare, is not simply a product you choose to buy. Its about being able to live our lives to the fullest. Isnt it time where we moved beyond a world of making vacuous choices to a world where our needs are the priority?
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CCN reported in June that Australian blockchain startup Blockbid pioneered a new risk management and identity verification system that substantially reduces the risk of identity fraud. Using data aggregated from a 1.4 billion-strong identity database held by ThreatMetrix with a LexisNexis database of potentially high risk identities, the service establishes customer identities so as to
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One of Australia's most dizzying tourist attractions, the Sydney Tower, has been shut down after a man reportedly jumped to his death from the 305-meter skyscraper. Famed for its observation deck and skywalk tours, the Sydney Tower is the second tallest building of its kind in the southern hemisphere. According to Australia's Seven News, a man took his own life at the high-rise building on Sunday evening. Local police say the unidentified person "jumped" and investigators are not treating the incident as suspicious, reported The Australian.
In light of the new dtente Trump succeeded in negotiating with the long-despised and isolated North Korea, it just might be possible that peace is breaking out, to the great consternation and disapproval of the military-industrial-academic- congressional-media complex and the traditional neoliberal Republicrats who have been opposing any efforts of these sorts, and badmouthing and diminishing the positive effects of the encouraging news that resulted from the Korean negotiations and the possibility of it's achieving any promising outcomes. Other naysayers are the members of the US nuclear alliance including NATO states as well as Australia, South Korea, and most surprisingly, Japan, the only country to have ever suffered catastrophic nuclear bombing which was wreaked upon it twice in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in August 1945.
That's right: Hillary Clinton is running for president again in 2020. She has actually ramped up her campaign since her defeat in 2016! From her Twitter feed to university speeches to appearances abroad - from Ireland to Australia to India - the "I'm with her" campaign continues. The message remains the same: Donald Trump is racist and sexist, and his supporters are deplorable. Hillary also continues to preach that she won the 2016 popular vote by 3,000,000 votes, but because of the electoral college (that damn Constitution thing) and RussiaRussiaRussia, she was robbed of her rightful prize and place in history. Her Path to the Nomination Hillary has a highly plausible path to the Democratic Party nomination, something no other potential Democrat candidate for president can say. In the primaries, Hillary Clinton's name recognition and loyal voters would earn her an easy 25% of the vote, while the anti-Hillary vote would split among as many as ten other candidates at about 5-10% each. This is not dissimilar to what Trump accomplished on the Republican side in 2016. With a solid base of supporters, Trump was able to win primary after primary while the others split the vote. Each time someone dropped out, Trump picked up about half of his supporters, with the other half disbursed among the other candidates. This is a realistic path for Hillary to gain the Democrat nomination, and it is no doubt irresistible to her. Hillary is the only potential Democrat with big money-raising potential and an existing fundraising mechanism. That mechanism has been in place for 30 years! Hillary also has as much as $1 billion in Clinton Foundation donations stashed away for just such a rainy day. You didn't really think all that Russian oligarch money was sent to hungry children in Haiti, did you? Hillary knows that the MSM will not only not criticize her for running in 2020, but celebrate her campaign because "she has unfinished business." Hillary also knows that the MSM will repeat her talking points ad nauseam, as in "the 2016 election was stolen by the Russians" and "she's doing this for women to break the glass ceiling" as they serve up $10 billion in free earned media. In addition, MSM journalists want jobs in the Hillary Clinton administration and won't risk her famous wrath if she wins.
Tourist operators on the Great Barrier Reef are shifting their stance on climate change, with the peak industry body opposing Adanis mega coal mine, and acknowledging fossil fuel use has to be phased out.
In an unprecedented declaration, a year in the making, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) and Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) called on all our political leadersto fight for the future of our reef.Great Barrier Reef tour operators are shifting their stance on climate change, and the threat it poses for corals in Australia and around the world.
Photo: Dean Miller, Great Barrier Reef Legacy
The carbon pollution from coal, oil and gas is heating the air and the oceans to dangerous levels, the statement said, noting the record marine heatwaves in 2016 and 2017 had damaged coral reefs worldwide. Its not too late to save our Reef but time is critical.
On climate change, Im sold, Col McKenzie, AMPTOs long-serving chief executive, told Fairfax Media. Its a man-made issue.
The declaration has already drawn dozens of signatories among tourist businesses and adds to local calls for climate action from local government such as Douglas Shire council.
Imogen Zethoven, the societys reef campaign director, said the tourism industry had been in a state of shock after the first bout of mass coral bleaching in 2016, and had resisted discussing climate change.
But a second bout in 2017 brought a recognition that a warming planet is an existential threat to the reef and the tourism industry, Ms Zethoven said.
Tony Fontes, a dive operator based in the Whitsundays since the 1980s, called AMPTOs shift a huge step.
Its overdue but it is happening, Mr Fontes said. Basically we need a mass campaign to protect the reef.
How far the tourist industry push dovetails with the anti-Adani campaign remains to be seen.
Bob Manning, Cairns Region...
This is the paper I presented at the 2018 Australian Historical Association conference, The Scale of History, held at the Australian National University on 26 July 2018. I spoke alongside Sophie Couchman and Emma Bellino in a panel we put together on National belonging and individual lives: Kate Bagnall: Chinese Australian families and the legacies of
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
What could the Powers That Be do to Fiona Barnett now? Havent they done about everything humanly possible? Lets see, they could sue her for libel, and they could try to get her referred for prosecution under a little-known by-law of being a mischief-maker.
I will spell out such a lawsuit here. Because the plaintiffs know that the defendant (Fiona) is penniless, they will ask only for nominal damages.
The Counsel for the Plaintiffs will be none other than Yours Truly. (I like to play both sides of the aisle.) Still, I have very little time available to compose the pleadings, so I am going to borrow text from an old case. Very old. In 1809 the College of Physicians of Edinburgh went on the attack agai...
A dangerous rescue mission to free 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a Thai cave for two weeks began on Sunday, authorities said, with the first survivor to possibly emerge 11 hours later.
Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailands elite navy SEAL unit would attempt to bring the boys some of whom are as young as 11 and not strong swimmers through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver earlier this week.
Today is D-Day, Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters. At 10 am today (0300 GMT) 13 foreign divers went in to extract the children along with 5 Thai navy SEALs.
He said the first boys could emerge from the cave at around 9 pm local time (1400 GMT)
The rescue mission began after rainshowers soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province for the past 24 hours, heightening the risks in what the governor has called a war with water and time to save the team.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with their 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23, setting out to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar.
A mammoth response operation including a medical unit, ambulance and helicopter for every boy is waiting outside the cave for the team to emerge.
Narongsak said the boys could start to emerge as early as 9 pm on Sunday, but that there was no time limit and the rescu...
There was this security night patrol company wanting to establish in an industrial area. The problem was, that the area was peaceful. Hardly any break-ins and only minor thefts and property damage that were easily managed.
Canvassing for business in the area delivered these truths to the security company. An impetus was needed to promote this unwanted, unneeded, and false enterprise.
So, the security company organized a series of property damages, fires, break-ins and robberies in that industrial area. The local small police contingent was unable to meet the demands suddenly placed on its resources. The sudden crime wave...
I have reported a number of keynote presentations from the annual conference of the Australian Historical Association this week, but my representation of the conference would be lacking if I did not report the humour that popped up throughout the Continue reading
By Alice Slater, July 7, 2018.
Less than a week or so before Donald Trumps groundbreaking meeting planned with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, to take place after the NATO summit in mid-July, the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons celebrated its first birthday on July 7 when 122 nations voted a year ago in the UN General Assembly to ban the bomb, just as we have banned biological and chemical weapons. The new ban treaty shattered the establishment consensus that the proper way to avoid nuclear catastrophe was to follow the endless step by step path of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, now 50 years old this month, which has only led to nuclear weapons forever.
In light of the new dtente Trump succeeded in negotiating with the long-despised and isolated North Korea, it just might be possible that peace is breaking out, to the great consternation and disapproval of the military-industrial-academic- congressional-media complex and the traditional neoliberal Republicrats who have been opposing any efforts of these sorts, and badmouthing and diminishing the positive effects of the encouraging news that resulted from the Korean negotiations and the possibility of its achieving any promising outcomes. Other naysayers are the members of the US nuclear alliance including NATO states as well as Australia, South Korea, and most surprisingly, Japan, the only country to have ever suffered catastrophic nuclear bombing which was wreaked upon it twice in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in August 1945.
Let us do a thought experiment:
The megalomaniacal Trump and the egomaniacal Putin decide to be the greatest heroes the world has ever known! They recreate the negotiating environment in Reykjavik with Reagan and Gorbachev and Putin repeats Gorbachevs offer to the US that he is willing for both countries to rid the world of all their nuclear weapons if Reagan drops his plans to dominate and control the military use of space with Star Wars. Trump agrees to give up his planned Space Force, converting it into an international space inspection reg...
Bad news for anti-vaxxers. Parents in Australia will now be issued monthly fines if they refuse to vaccinate their children. The Independent reports that parents will lose A$28 (16) every two weeks from their tax benefits for each child that is not up-to-date with their vaccinations. Families earning over A$80 will be slapped with higher charges.
Australia already had a no jab, no pay policy. But, the government is issuing further financial sanctions for the sake of public health. Previously, parents who refused to vaccinate their kids lost an end of year payment to their family tax benefit, roughly A$737.
The new fines are intended to be a constant reminder for parents with unvaccinated children. According to Australias parliament, the number of children under seven with a conscientious objection to immunization rose from 0.23 percent in December 1999 to 1.77 percent in December 2014.
Immunisation is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, said Minister for Social Services Dan Tehan. Parents who dont immunise their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.
Should you vaccinate your children? Or, should you rely on natures medicine(s) to boost your kids immune system? These two questions are often asked in opposition, and theres no clear answer. This is because there is merit to both sides of the debate....
A recently released report of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament under the chairmanship of conservative MP Dominic Grieve QC has received remarkably little media coverage in Australia. There are a number of reasons to be concerned about the information contained within the report, not least because it raises serious questions about the level of Australian complicity in the behaviour described in the report.
Following the events of 11th of September 2001 the administration of US president GW Bush announced its war on terror. Components of this war including the setting up of secret and not so secret detention camps. Prisoners were rendered (i.e. kidnapped) to these camps where many have been held indefinitely, without trial, without due process of law, and as the UK report makes clear, tortured.
Information gained by torture, or enhanced interrogation is it was euphemistically described, was then shared by the US with its allies. Two Australian citizens, David Hicks and Mamdoub Habib, were victims of this process.
The UK report makes clear that the British were fully complicit in this process. They knew what the Americans were doing. They were present when interrogations were carried out. They supplied questions to be asked under torture, and in 198 cases documented by the Committee received information they knew to have been obtained by torture.
The definition of torture is found in a number of legal instruments. Its most common form refers to any act by which severe pain or suffering whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes all of training from them or a third person information or a confession.
Torture is prohibited for example, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; (ICCPR) the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT); and the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The UK and Australian governments have ratified all of these Conventions and other Articles of international law. The US has neither signed nor ratified the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, although it did ratify the original Convention. It has signed but not ratified the statute of the ICC.
To render someon...
Australia's Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st, the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly. Called the "No Jab No Pay" program, Australia aims to increase compliance with government mandated vaccination programs by taking money away from its citizens. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may continue to do so under religious or medical grounds, but will not be allowed to keep the money they were previously receiving from the government. No Jab No Pay appears to be working. According to Tehan's press release: Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunisation requirements. Reasons for financially penalizing its citizens are for safety, according to the Minister of Social Service. Tehan writes: Immunization is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
By Jack Burns
Australias Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st that the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly.
Called the No Jab, No Pay program, Australia aims to increase compliance with government mandated vaccination programs by taking money away from its citizens. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may continue to do so under religious or medical grounds, but will not be allowed to keep the money they were previously receiving from the government.
No Jab, No Pay appears to be working. According to Tehans press release:
Since the Turnbull Government introduced No Jab, No Pay in 2016 about 246,000 children and their families have taken action to ensure they meet the immunisation requirements.
Reasons for financially penalizing its citizens are for safety, according to the Minister of Social Service. Tehan writes:
Immunization is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.
It is no q...
(MPN) Australias No Jab, No Pay policy just got a little stronger, or at least more insistent. Under the previous policy, parents who did not keep their children up to date on vaccinations would miss out on a one-time, end-of-the-year tax benefit called Family Tax Benefit Part A, valued at AU$737. Under the updated policy, those same 
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA Australias No Jab, No Pay policy just got a little stronger, or at least more insistent. Under the previous policy, parents who did not keep their children up to date on vaccinations would miss out on a one-time, end-of-the-year tax benefit called Family Tax Benefit Part A, valued at AU$737. Under the updated policy, those same parents will instead lose AU$28 every two weeks while their child is not up to date.
Australias Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan, said in a statement:
Immunization is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Parents who dont immunize their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.
The expanded No Jab, No Pay policy went into effect on July 1, 2018.
While parents will miss out on approximately the same amount of money in the end, the updated policy serves as a more constant reminder that the government of Australia wants all children vaccinated, according to Tehan.
The Australian government has been attempting to quell the anti-vaccine movement for years and first introduced the No Jab, No Pay campaign in 2016. Since then, nearly 246,000 families have taken steps to meet the requirements.
Concerns arose after small outbreaks of diseases like measles and whooping cough were blamed on an increase in the percentage of children younger than seven claiming a conscientious objection to vaccination. Between December 1999 and December 2014, the proportion of children under seven with a conscientious objection rose from 0.23 to 1.77 percent.
Government vaccination campaigns are...
Coles has stopped selling Capilanos polluted and poisonous Chinese Allowrie Honey while Woolworths will continue to sell it. Make no mistake this is the start of a Honey War between Australias 2 largest food retailers which may lead to a broader retail food fight focused on Australian made food and/or organic food. Coles should be 
Australia will now monetarily penalize parents who choose not to vaccinate their children and the advocates for mandatory vaccines in America are salivating over it.
The post Australia Now Issuing Fines to Citizens Who Refuse Vaccines for Their Kids appeared first on The Free Thought Project.
Following a few blissful weeks of drinking more cheap spirit mixers than water and eating nothing but pastries from some of Europes finest bakeries and hostel breakfast tables, Ive come down with an inevitable bout of sore throat and laziness. Im sitting in the hostel common room playing Jenga while the sun beams onto Lisbons streets, when a soft-spoken voice tip-toes around the corner.
I can play with you?
Her hair is short and shaggy, the colour of coffee, and her skin a golden glow from hours beneath the Portuguese sun. Her name is Leena, and, after her asking her the only opener I know, she answers Israel.
Ive never met anyone from Israel, so my eyes are glued to hers while she tells of her travels. Shes got that smell flowing from her arm-pits that marks a true global hobo, but I dont mind. Her legs are hairy and her poncho drapes down to her kneecaps while she fidgets beneath it. She folds her feet up underneath herself, sitting on top of them to edge herself closer to the table.
I cant help but be in complete awe of her. Her smile is infectious, and I cant tell what shes saying between giggles during her stories, but I know that she is full of love: the kind that children have when they dont know how bad the world can be.
Leena tells us that shes been in Portugal for a while, and that she saw most of the south coast on foot; the colours of her soles further proving the tales.
I walked for about twomaybe threeweeks?
My eyes are wide and my mouth taut. I cant believe she just said weeks? But her huge brown eyes light up when she tells us more about her coastal walk: the beaches, the sun, the hippie communities, but most of all the people she met. She goes on to say that she also gets to and from places by hitchhiking. Standing on the side of the road with a 20-something kilo backpack, alone, waiting for a stranger to give her a ride to a new destination.
My heart skips a beat. Of course, the horror stories flood my mind. I think of the people back home in Australia that would shake her and tell her not to be so stupid. The countless newspaper headlines of solo women travellers being killed while hitchhiking and trusting strangers. But she doesnt seem to flinch at my less than excitable reaction. Her eyes remain fixed on mine, with a smile pasted onto her face and her shoulders shrugged up comfortably.
I envy her. She seems to effortlessly ooze freedom. The reason I started travelling in the first place was to feel an...
My following book review appears in the Sydney Morning Herald/Melbourne Age today:
Addicted? How Addiction Affects Every One of Us and What We Can Do About It
Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer
When the Australian Greens recently called for the legalisation and regulation of cannabis, following moves in countless US states, Uruguay and Canada, the response from the federal government was immediate. Health Minister Greg Hunt dismissed the idea as dangerous and argued marijuana was a gateway drug to harder substances such as ice and heroin.
The evidence for Hunts theory is highly contested, with countless, reputable studies showing that poverty and troubled social environment have far more influence on a persons drug intake than partaking in cannabis.
Hunts intervention followed a predictable route by opponents of serious drug reform (though hes pushing for Australia to become a global leader in medical marijuana). As similar debates have taken place across the world from opponents of Portugals successful decriminalisation of all drugs in 2001 to critics of heroin-assisted treatment in Switzerland many sensible ideas are shunned by prohibition advocates to maintain a law and order response to illicit substances. Decades of these policies have singularly failed to stem drug taking; the Global Drug Survey consistently finds that Australians are some of the highest users per capita of illegal drugs.
These are just some of the concerns eloquently expressed in this important book by two workers on the frontlines of the drug debate. Matt Noffs and Kieran Palmer work for the Noffs Foundation in Sydney, an organisation founded in 1970 by Reverend Ted Noffs and his wife Margaret. Its dedicated to assisting young people with drug and alcohol problems.
The message of Addicted? is largely about challenging the dangerous myths around drug use and advocating a more sensible approach: The causes of addiction are generalised: living in a rough area, being of lower-than-average intelligence, being of low socio-economic status, belonging to a particular culture, even having a certain skin colour. The inner qualities of addicts are also overgeneralised: they have no self-control, no willpower, no ambition, or have simply given up on lifeRarely, if ever, is substance dependence viewed as a health issue, affliction of the mind and body, perpetuated by poor or risky health-related b...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) recognises that the unemployed live of the hard work of those that are employed.
The answer is True.
Dispensing with the emotional trappings that this sort of claim might invoke (that is, judging individual motivation etc), this question explores the true relevance of the dependency ratio, which will rise as demographic changes age our populations. It also aims to disabuse the reader of the notion that the income support benefits are paid for by taxes that those in employment (and other income generating activities) might pay.
Initially, we have to be very clear as to what living off the hard work of those who pay taxes means. In this sense, it is not a focus on the income that the non-workers receive but the command over real good and services that that income provides them with. We will come back to the funds issue soon.
So the focus has to be on the real side of the economy because that is, ultimately, the only way our material living standards can be expressed. Nominal aggregates mean very little by themselves.
Income support recipients (who do not work for whatever reason) clearly command real resources that they have not themselves produced. These real goods and services are produced by those who do work (and the presumption is that most workers pay taxes of some sort or another).
The use of the emotive term living off the hard work was deliberate and designed, as a foil, to invoke the idea that governments have created welfare states which provide unsustainable benefits to the poor and marginalised at the expense of those who are materially successful the classic conservative argument against government welfare provision.
But it doesnt alter the truth of the statement.
A slight complicating factor is that the income support recipients also pay taxes if there are indirect tax systems in place but that doesnt alter the story about the provision of real goods and services.
Now the second part of the answer relates to the question of funding. In terms of where the funds come from to provide the income support for those who do not work the answer is simple: no-where......
Australias Minister for Social Service, Dan Tehan, announced July 1st, the Australian Government will monetarily penalize any citizen whose children are not up to date on their vaccinations. The penalty, in the form of a reduction of government payments, amounts to $56 (AUD) monthly.
The former PM is making noise but the real threat to sorting out energy policy is elsewhereTony Abbott seems mired in the first stages of grief: denial and anger.This week we were treated to a former prime minister making a political comeback pitch that went like this: I had no idea what I was doing when I took the decision to sign Australia up to the Paris climate agreement in 2015, I have a lot of feelings and I don't mind sharing them, be the wind beneath my wings. Related: Turnbull [...]
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