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People in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities struggling under the Australian Governments racially discriminatory remote work-for-the-dole program would be left with less money to survive if a Bill before Parliament passes.
Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, the National Congress of Australias First Peoples and the Human Rights Law Centre have called on the Australian Parliament to reject the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Community Development Program) Bill 2018 currently before the Senate.
The Bill would impose a new penalty system called the Targeted Compliance Framework onto remote communities already subject to the Governments remote Community Development Program (CDP).
One of the most alarming parts of the Targeted Compliance Framework would see vulnerable people cycling through 1, 2 and 4 week no-payment penalties, with little avenue to escape and no option for waivers, no matter how much debt, hunger or pain this causes.
Rod Little, Co-Chair of National Congress, urged Parliament not to pass a Bill that will make life harder for many people already struggling to make ends meet in remote communities and will cost government money in other areas.
The punitive approaches applied under programs like CDP are only exacerbating poverty in remote communities and obstructing progress on Closing the Gap targets. National Congress strongly urges the government to reform the CDP in collaboration with First Peoples, rather than dumping a one-size-fits-all penalty system on remote communities, said Mr Little.
The Government has tied an offer to provide 6,000 job subsidies to the introduction of the penalty system into remote areas. Those who get a subsidised job would be excluded.
John Paterson, spokesperson for Aboriginal Peak Organisations NT, said that while subsidies for new jobs was a step in the right direction, the Governments proposal falls far short of the alternative model Fair Work and Strong Communities that was handed to the Government by Aboriginal organisations in 2017.
This attempt to offer small job subsidies in one hand, while forcing a harsh new penalty system on remote communities in the other, shows again that the Australian Government does not want to listen.
Aboriginal people want to take up the reins and drive community development. Our proposal for a new model for fair work and strong remote communities is sitting on the Governments desk but being ignored, said Mr Paterson.
CDP workers currently have to work up to 500 hours more per year than those covered by the non-remote Jobactive program. As a result people under CDP are struggling to keep up and ar...
Lake Burley Griffin is 6 square kilometres of water. Tomorrow the Farce that is the AFP has invited all and sundry - particularly sundry aborigines - to the launch of their ACT Water Police boats. Yes, B-O-A-T-S plural.
Environment Minister Melissa Price has been accused of offending a key Pacific leader by declaring the region was always seeking cash from Australia, sparking a political dispute over her alleged remarks at a Canberra restaurant on Tuesday night.
Environment Minister Melissa Price
Ms Price is said to have told former Kiribati president Anote Tong, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, that she had her chequebook ready to deal with his demands for cash.
The ministers office has declared the account to be completely untrue but the contested exchange triggered a rebuke over the ministers treatment of a key friend of Australia in the Pacific.
Former Kiribati president Anote Tong
Ms Price told Parliament she 100 per cent disagreed with the account of her remarks to Mr Tong.
Mr Tong, who led Kiribati from 2003 to 2016, was dining with Labor senator Pat Dodson, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Oxfam climate change expert Simon Bradshaw at La Rustica restaurant in the Canberra suburb of Kingston and was introduced to Ms Price, who was dining with staff close by.
Mr Glendenning told Fairfax Media that Ms Price discussed a possible meeting with Mr Tong and then made a remark about demands for cash.
Ms Price asked Mr Tong why he was in Canberra and was told by Senator Dodson that the former Kiribati leader was in Australia to talk about climate change and was hoping to have a meeting with her.
Is it about the cash? Ms Price replied, according to Mr Glendenning.
Its always about the cash. Ive got my chequebook over there. How much do you want?
A spokesman for Ms Price denied this account and said the minister told Mr Tong that Australia cared very deeply about the Pacific, before suggesting they set up a meeting at some point.
Senator Dodson wrote to Ms Price on Wednesday to criticise the discourteous and offensive behaviour and to ask her to apologise to Mr Tong.
In his letter, Senator Dodson relayed his account of the words the minister spoke.
I know why youre here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific its always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much...
A lesson from the Australian Government.
Privacy missteps are eroding the publics trust in the Governments ability to achieve ambitious digital projects, and risking trust in the very notion of government itself.
The corrosive effects of privacy debacles are cumulative, with hashtag-worthy government disasters like #Censusfail colliding in public consciousness with the re-identification of MBS/PBS data, bumping up against the cruelty of #Robodebt and the stupidity of declaring a war on maths, and flaring into outrage at a Ministers unpunished disclosure of a welfare recipients personal information to a journalist.
Each privacy catastrophe eats away at the publics trust in successive government projects, before they even get off the ground. Reasons people have given for opting out of the My Health Record system have included fear of misuse by the government of the day, citing both Robodebt and the weaponisation of Centrelink records by Minister Tudge. And then in turn, mistrust in My Health Record has been referenced in multiple submissions to PM&Cs Issues Paper on the proposed Data Sharing & Release Bill, as a way of illustrating the dangers of proceeding without caution and due respect for privacy and security.
As tech commentator Stilgherrian noted on the day the opt-out process opened and the system crashed because of the level of demand When citizens rush to opt out of an Australian government service, it says something about their levels of trust. When the system falls over under heavy load, it proves them right.
Waleed Aly has drawn together the Governments disregard for the privacy of individual citizens with recent revelations about political interference with the ABC: the pact is broken this is a time of unprecedented demands, unprecedented capitulations and inevitab...
You've probably heard that your appendix is a useless organ, an artifact from our ancient past when early humans had to digest tree bark and other fibrous materials.1 However, modern medical science has again proven your body does not contain superfluous organs that serve no useful function.
Unfortunately, the idea that your appendix is little more than a nuisance and potential health risk has led to the routine removal of this organ. Many doctors will even suggest prophylactic removal of the appendix when you're having some other abdominal surgery done. As noted in a 2017 paper:2
"Appendectomy is the most common emergency surgery performed in the USA. Removal of a noninflamed appendix during unrelated abdominal surgery (prophylactic or incidental appendectomy) can prevent the downstream risks and costs of appendicitis. It is unknown whether such a strategy could be cost saving for the health system."
Based on hypothetical patient cohorts aged 18 to 80, the researchers concluded that people under the age of 30 could save about $130 over their lifetime by undergoing prophylactic appendectomy during other elective abdominal surgery. However, considering the potential benefits of keeping your appendix, saving $130 over a lifetime doesn't seem very good value proposition.
Your appendix is found in the lower right portion of your abdomen. This small, slimy, finger-shaped organ is attached to the cecum, a small pouch that's part of the intestines (the cecum is considered to be the beginning of the large intestine) and is part of your gastrointestinal tract.3
According to scientists in France and Australia, your appendix actually plays an important role in your immunity. Published in Nature Immunology, their study showed that the appendix with the help of white blood cells known as innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) works as a reservoir for beneficial bacteria (probiotics), which are essential for good gut health and healing from infections.4
When certain diseases (or use of antibiotics) eliminate the healthy bacteria in your gut, the appendix works as a storage unit for some of these...
This is Stormy Daniels fundraising website for her legal fees in the action against President Trump. I doubt the Lefties who kicked the can knew their money - plus some - would be going to President Trump and his legal team! I My name is Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels)....
Gutting the rights of Australian workers starts with undermining unions, and the right to collectively protest. And the recent experience of Lion Brewery workers is the case in point, writes Giri Sivaraman.
Last week the owners of Brisbanes iconic XXXX brewery at Milton announced redundancies across a range of roles. This decision, which came during a good faith bargaining process, is just another recent example of the crippling of union strength and activism, which has been systematic for many years now in this country.
United Voice called out brewery owners Lion for engaging in a process of casualisation by stealth, but was prevented from protesting and taking industrial action to protect the jobs of existing workers by the Fair Work Commission. As a result, Lion will be allowed to bring on cheap labour hire workers whilst the existing brewery employees lose their jobs.
The ability of unions to advocate for better standards and galvanise support amongst members has been crippled by employers and regulators for decades. Removing the right to strike on fundamental issues like a cap on the use of casual labour or the employment of contractors undermines the existing workforce.
The right to strike and protest unfair treatment is an essential tool used by unions and workers to promote better workplace conditions and take action on key workplace issues. Its a fundamental measure of the democratic values that Australia boasts. However, severe restrictions on this right cast a heavy pall over unions.
Even raising awareness of worker exploitation comes with its own risks as successive conservative governments also moved to enforce prohibitive penalties against unions, their officers and individual employees for sympathy strikes. Just this week construction workers were fined for taking part in a rally about workers rights.
Historically, unions have been instrumental in monitoring and enforcing employers compliance with minimum workplace standards. However, due to continued and sustained attacks from conservative governments, union powers to investigate and prosecute employer contraventions of labour and safety laws have been greatly eroded.
This has been exacerbated by the rigid right of entry laws which continue to operate under the current legislative regime, under which mistakes in giving notice of entry can lead to complete exclusion from the workplace. Stopping work because of a suspected safety breach is also a high-risk activity for unions as fines and damages for unlawful strikes can lead to enormous penalties and damages.
Under national OHS harmonisation unions have lost the right to commence prosecution for unsafe workplaces, and prosecution of underpayment is also a costly and time-consuming process that can take many months or yea...
Shells, nightmarish sea monsters, even trash the ocean doesnt skimp on the weird stuff it sends washing ashore. However, its rare to stumble upon something that turns out to be worthy of a museum showcase. Yet, thats exactly what happened to a family in Australia, who randomly discovered the worlds oldest message in a bottle while casually 
Au Cases Nsw NSWCA 2018 230 by Michael Smith on Scribd
Thanks to good old facebook, I have discovered another webside I want to share with my now nearly 800 followers. Mansoor Khan is writing a book called The Third Curve, and is publishing it chapter by chapter on his website. I am currently distracted by a wedding and a funeral in Queensland, and havent yet delved too far into this book, but I was originally attracted to it by that telling graph at left, because it clearly describes the disconnect between concept and reality.
Khan studied engineering at IIT, Cornell University and...
Last week, people gathered around the Opera House in Sydney, disgusted by how politicians had allowed a World Heritage public space to be sold off to the destructive and predatory gambling industry. As the protest swelled, it was reported how the whole kitchen staff from the Bennelong restaurant gathered at their windows and gave the protesters a standing ovation. While a worker takeover of the Opera House seems unlikely, it also seems instinctively no less fair to give them a say in how their workplace is run.
"The United Nations Flag should be flown together with the Australian National Flag all day on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies." We should be disengaging from the UN - not promoting it. This is one easy and cheap...
A Woodsrunner's Diary: Pretty Please, Sign This Petition.: If you have a reason for not signing this petition, I would be most grateful if you could explain your point of view. It would help me to un...
Today 50 organisations called on the Morrison Government to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are treated with fairness and equality.
Last week, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review, many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers.
The Government has committed to repealing discrimination law exemptions that allow religious schools to turn away and expel gay students, however there has been no commitment to protect trans and gender diverse children, or workers in schools.
Jo Hirst, author, advocate and mother of a trans child, said:
We know that trans and gender diverse students achieve their best academic and mental health outcomes when they are supported by both their families and their school environment. Every student should have the right to be safe and accepted in their school community.
Our trans and gender diverse students just want to be able to attend school with their friends like every other student without fear and discrimination.
Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:
Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.
All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every person should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families. We should all be able to access publicly available services free from discrimination.
The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equ...
On 6 November, 2018, the People of America need to decide if they made a mistake on 8 November, 2016.
Remember that the emergency powers edged into place by Obamawere to be used by HRC [Hilary Clinton] to shut down American Democracy (what remains) and take full dictatorial control removing the Constitution with its Bill of Rights. Elections suspended and America run by executive dictate. If Obama didnt get...
17 October 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranalds explainer article about the TPP-11 was published in The Conversation on October 16.
It explains why the deal does not deliver economic gains, gives more rights to corporations at the expense of the public interest and why Labors pledge to make changes after ratification is unlikely to be delivered.
While it is common knowledge that reading can be a powerful learning tool, we may have been underestimating its power in our development. If youre someone that prefers books over television you might be better off than you think.
A recent study has found that those who read during their adolescent years enhance their adult literacy skills, numeracy skills, and technology skills. Immersing yourself in those books really might have made a lasting impact on your later educational standing. For this study, a group of researchers used data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies also known as the PIAAC. This for those who might not know was a survey that holds data collected from 31 different countries around the world.
A growing body of evidence supports the contention of scholarly culture theory that immersing children in book-oriented environments benefits their later educational achievement, attainment, and occupational standing. These findings have been interpreted as suggesting that book-oriented socialization, indicated by home library size, equips youth with life-long tastes, skills, and knowledge. However, to date, this has not been directly assessed. Here, we document advantageous effects of scholarly culture for adult literacy, adult numeracy, and adult technological problem-solving. Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment. The effects are log-linear, with greatest returns to the growth in smaller libraries. Our evidence comes from regressions with balanced repeated replicate weights estimated on data from 31 societies which participated in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) between 2011 and 2015.
They found that the greater the number of books the higher proficiencies. These results are quite impressive. Teens with lower levels of secondary education that came from book filled homes were just as literate and progressed as university graduates were when it really came down to things.
As expected, respondents education, occupational status, and reading activities at home are strong predictors of superior literacy nearly everywhere, but respondents clearly benefit from adolescent exposure to books a...
The white supremacy the Government voted for yesterday has no place in Australia. My speech in the @AuSenate just now #auspol pic.twitter.com/IfkA15Wmbn Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) October 16, 2018
The system is broken, and one man is exploiting it for his own hard right ideology, writes Glenn Scott.
We have a monopoly problem in Australia. Weve known about it for some time, but it never seemed that significant. As much as the monopolies seemed to control the narrative, the narrative appeared to reflect what Australia was truly thinking.
If you disagreed with the narrative, you could push back. News Corp, for one, was always on the right, but not on the extreme right. Perhaps it reflected your grandparents or parents views of things.
But now, the tide has changed. Murdoch has found the arrhythmia in the heart of democracy; its not about convincing all of the people all of the time, or some of the people all of the time. Its about convincing a select few at the exact right moment.
Its possible he discovered it during the Brexit fight, when the Leave campaign was taking illegal donations and misleading British citizens about the effects of Brexit. The British voted 51.9% for leave and 48.1% for remain. Opinion quickly shifted, but it was too late. The rollercoaster had started and now Theresa May sits at the front, unable to do anything except watch as the country rides the loops and turns. She doesnt have the stomach to walk back up the tracks and get the ticket money back.
He had definitely discovered it by Americas 2016 presidential election. While Russia hacked emails, spread disinformation and routinely met with Trump campaign officials and Assange engaged in optimally timed releases of stolen emails, Murdochs flagship Fox News was running hard at every divisive issue it could.
An army of law and order Bush sycophants had happily turned into a battalion of far-fringe dwellers with white nationalist talking points and a soft perspective on Russian interference but a hard-line on email security.
The history of Fox News is well-known Murdoch and Ailes werent after fair and balanced reporting, they were after social and political change. They filled the air with nonsense. Their work, the Russian interference and a few inopportune moments along the way led to three key states turning the election. Murdoch didnt need 51.9% of the vote, he just needed 107,000 more votes across three states.
Clintons three million vote win didnt matter if you won Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Murdoch was again the beneficiary of a strategy that did not require convincing a maj...
By Mayuk Saha
A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.
Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.
Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of
Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of
people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been
confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also
proved that all of us are descended from the same group of
ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...
It turns out, the good Jewish folk of an inner city seat facing a weekend by-election are capable of independent thought. Joshua Dabelstein wonders aloud if the Liberals got the memo.
Scott Morrisons decision to follow Trump in moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is awkward to say the least.
It shows that he is as scared of the Jews as he is scared of losing the Wentworth by-election. But just like snakes and bears, Jews are definitely more scared of you than you are of them (unlike snakes and bears, they can articulate pretty succinctly as to why that might be).
It just so happens that about 13% of people who live in Wentworth are Jews. Its a safe bet that Scott Morrison knows this.
If Scott Morrison does not know this about an historically safe Liberal seat that his party might be on the verge of losing, then we might be able to believe Dave Sharmas assertion that this foreign policy tactic has nothing to do with trying to impress Jews.Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
If we are to believe Sharma, the Liberal candidate replacing Malcolm Turnbull (goodnight sweet prince), then we must ask ourselves: why did Morrison wait until a safe liberal seat full of Jews became a no-longer-safe seat full of Jews to announce that he wanted to do something that he thought Jews would be fond of?
Why wait 10 months after Trumps decision to parrot the strange Zionistic declaration that we as a country ought more zealously celebrate Israels land claims by moving an embassy?
Ill tell you why: because Sharma is a liar and Morrison is a twit.
Morrison is genuinely talking about moving an embassy on the other side of the world under the false assumption that the 13% of the Wentworth voting population who identify as Jewish might care for this hare-brained scheme.
As one of the misrepresented, we do not care or care for where your embassy goes. And the tiny percentage of us who are actually Zionists are always going to vote conservative anyway. Bear in mind that a Zionist in the...
Plenty has happened, but what has changed? Dr Megan Rogers interviews an iconic feminist with a unique take, and tales of a remarkable journey that got her there.
Truth comes from the collision of different ideas. The conflict between two mutually inconsistent concepts such as the past and the present plays an essential role in showing us a different perspective. When I began reading Phyllis Cheslers new book A Politically Incorrect Feminist, and then interviewed her, I hoped to gain some insight into why we need feminism in modern-day Australia. I wasnt disappointed.
We live in a time obsessed with the power of now, with the belief that too much time spent in the depths of the past can cause depression and that too much focus on the future can generate anxiety. There is logic to this perspective, scientific research even, and certainly if your goal as an individual is the allusive happiness touted in so many blogs and shiny-covered books then maybe, and it is a maybe, this type of middle ground will keep you safe from emotional highs and lows.
But if we are constantly constrained in the now, how do we acquire the context required for truth? How do we understand political and social movements that have shaped our reality and the ways in which we can use that knowledge to improve the future? Because even if the power of now is supposed to be applied to an individuals timeline, the natural result is that there is also less time spent reflecting on our cultural history.
A Politically Incorrect Feminist delivers history and context in spades. But it is also the best kind of tell-all story: surprisingly funny, shockingly candid and always educational, the memoir provides original insight into the second-wave feminist movement. The book also reminds us (or maybe introduces us to the idea) that we spurn the past at our peril, and that if we value our personal present over history we can become trapped in a never-ending cycle of re-creating the wheel rather than standing on the shoulders of lessons already learnt.
And stand on Cheslers shoulders we should. Talking to the icon is like talking to a Hollywood star. She has a rock and roll presence, she has seen things in her life that most of us will never see and has dedicated her life to womens rights in a way that most of us will never have the guts to do. Reading Cheslers memoir in turn feels like reading a whos who of feminism: Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Simone de Beauvoir, Kate Millet, Vivien Gornick, Rita Mae Brown, the list goes on.
One night at a party in Cambridge poet Adrienne Rich walked up to Chesler, You have revolutionalised mental health for women, she said. I have come to pay my respects.
Cheslers professional life began in psychology, but later she taught one of the fir...
Some things are just too good to be true. Sadly, this is one of
Last week, a curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that deviated from the typical subject matter one might expect from the tight-buttoned government institution. The correspondence, labeled "Meeting", contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.
Recipients of the email were apparently being invited to something called a "cat pajama-jam."
Um, invitation accepted, obviously but then the truth came out.
Credit: Twitter/joshgnosisThough it's unclear how widespread the email was, it seems regions Down Under may have been the epicenter.
Interestingly, among those who had their hearts set on the "cat pajama-jam" being real, only to wind up having their dreams shattered, was the kitty at the center of it all.
I would totally fly to Australia for thatAlli B (@Trixie_Cats) October 15, 2018
PMID: Commun Dis Intell Q Rep. 2014 Sep 30 ;38(3):E195-200. Epub 2014 Sep 30. PMID: 25391405 Abstract Title: Finding the 'who' in whooping cough: vaccinated siblings are important pertussis sources in infants 6 months of age and under. Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of pertussis, and to identify changes in the source of pertussis in infants 6 months of age and under, during the 2008-2012 epidemic in south metropolitan Perth.DESIGN AND SETTING: Analysis of all pertussis cases notified to the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit and recorded on the Western Australian Notifiable Infectious Disease Database over the study period. Information on the source of pertussis was obtained from enhanced surveillance data.RESULTS: Notification rates were highest in the 5-9 years age group, followed by the 0-4 years and 10-14 years age groups. There was a significant increase in the proportion of known sources who were siblings from the early epidemic period of 2008-2010, compared with the peak epidemic period of 2011-2012 (14.3% versus 51.4%, p = 0.002). The majority of sibling sources were fully vaccinated children aged 2 and 3 years.CONCLUSIONS: The incidence of pertussis was highest in children aged 12 years and under in this epidemic. At its peak, siblings were the most important sources of pertussis in infants 6 months and younger, particularly fully vaccinated children aged 2 and 3 years. Waning immunity before the booster at 4 years may leave this age group susceptible to infection. Even if cocooning programs could achieve full vaccination coverage of parents and ensure all siblings were fully vaccinated according to national schedules, waning immunity in siblings could provide a means for ongoing transmission to infants. Recent evidence suggests that maternal antenatal vaccination would significantly reduce the risk of pertussis in infants 3 months of age and under.
Among those who know something about it, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very unpopular. The suggestion that it is about corporate greed trying to impose a multinational agenda that is not in the interests of the countries concerned is often made.
This is not exactly right. There is more to it than this. Over emphasis on greed diverts form the deeper reason why it has come about.
The TPP is an agreement that has nothing to do with the promotion of real free trade. It is a scheme to impose a tougher regional control of the dominant economy in the Pacific region. This is the United States. Never mind that it is now out of the TPP mark 2. It can be changed down the track, just by stroke of the pen.
Underlying everything, is that the dominant corporations are American based. This is an economy moving to consolidate its hold on global resources and markets. Donald Trump doesnt have to sign up for this to proceed, or for the TPP to facilitate it. This is taken care of by already existing arrangements and the dominance of these corporations in many of the countries concerned.
What is different about the TPP, is that the purpose is to increase the mobility of labour and capital to a new level.
Arrangements being signed to will in the long-run lead to the circulation of more cheap labour. Some workers in the lowest wage countries might get some benefit. But this will have a detrimental effect in the higher wage countries, and ultimately, drive a race to the bottom for all.
Even more important, is the movement towards the complete freeing of investment flows and leaving no place untouched. This will encourage the further growth of the speculative economy, while at the same time, outlaw governments from taking measures that restrict it.
The move towards consensus politics over this in Australia is wrong, no matter which way you cut it. Talk about changing it afterwards is nonsense. The agreement cedes this. It is the reason why there is now a new groundswell of opposition. The campaign to change Labors most recent position is being led by the unions. The executive of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, which represents the unions in the state, unanimously voted last week to oppose and campaign against the TPP. A groundswell of opposition is also growing within the Labor Party.
The TPP will not lead to jobs and economic prosperity for most people. What it will do, is lead to a transfer regional income to the richest and most powerful, and it will tighten the grip of the dominant corporations over the political process. This is a recipe for the escalation of corruption. We already have far too much of it and dont need any more.
This last effect, by courtesy of the hemming in of gover...
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The Australian state of New South Wales is set to complete a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based land registry system by summer 2019
considers recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital
SYDNEY/JERUSALEM (Reuters) Australia will consider recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and shifting its embassy there from Tel Aviv, Australias Prime Minister said on Tuesday. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital. Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem, enraging the Palestinians and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Australia was firm in its refusal to follow suit at the time, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in parliament he was now open-minded about doing so, while not changing Australias policy of support for a Palestinian state. The orthodoxy thats driven this debate which says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo. I think we have to challenge that, Morrison said. The whole point of a two-state solution is two nations recognised living side by side, he added, saying he was open to the suggestion from Dave Sharma, Australias former ambassador to Israel, that Australia support West Jerusalem as Israels capital and East Jerusalem as Palestines.
Mayor of Bethlehem: PM Netanyahus statement on Bethlehem
and Palestinian Christians is another attempt at distorting the
reality of Israeli occupation
IMEMC/Agencies 16 Oct Mayor of Bethlehem, advocate Anton Salman , said, in response to Sundays statements by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Bethlehem and the situation of Palestinian Christians, that such a statement is another Israeli attempt at distorting the reality of the Israeli occupation and particularly the effects that Israeli policies have had on the Palestinian Christian community since 1948. If Mr. Netanyahu was concerned about the situation of Palestinian Christians, particularly in the Bethlehem area, he would return the 22,000 dunams of Bethlehem land illegally annexed to Israel for expansion of colonial settlements. He would dismantle the annexation wall that divides Bethlehem from Jerusalem, for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity, and would stop imposing restrictions to Palestinian movement, including the thousand of Palestinian Christians living in exile and whose return is impossible due to th...
Australia might soon follow in controversial US footsteps and relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the country's new prime minister hinted after discussing the issue with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Arguing that a two-state solution has failed to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that his government is contemplating moving the Australian embassy to the Holy City, to somehow rejuvenate the negotiation process. "We're committed to a two-state solution, but frankly, it hasn't been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results," Morrison said Tuesday morning, speaking from Parliament House. Comment: He's right about that. But how moving the embassy to Jerusalem somehow works towards resolving the problem is baffling. Maybe Australia should go ahead and recognize all the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights as Israeli to "solve"...
The author writes, Why do the Saudis love the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and invite him to Mohammed bin Salmans palace in Riyadh to tickle his Orientalist fantasies, but, if persistent reports by Turkish authorities turn out to be true, they sent a hit team of 15 assassins to beat, torture, murder, and cut to pieces the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi? No, this cannot be part of the rivalries between our two papers of record. Let us search for a more plausible reason.
The author writes, Theres nothing inevitable about how things played out in 2008. Australia hasnt had a recession in 30 years, and in theory equally skillful governments of bigger countries could produce the same result. The goal of macroeconomic stabilization is to make sure that recessions are rare, shallow, and short. And 15 years ago, policymakers were convinced that they had it all figured out.
Watch the last interview Julian Assange gave before his internet access at the Ecuadorian embassy in London was cut off.
The author writes, The US budget deficit expanded to an estimated $782 billion in Donald Trumps first full fiscal year as president, which would be the widest fiscal gap since 2012 when the country was still emerging from the Great Recession.
Like the United States, Australias Prime Minister announced today that his country is considering the possibility of transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement has been said to be geared towards internal elections in Canberra, an attempt to win the votes of Jewish voters in the district.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a press
conference that he was open to proposals to formally recognize
Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move his countrys embassy
there, just as the United States did in May. Hours after
announcing the idea, Morrison said he wanted to poll the views of
the regions leaders on the resolution before the government took a
specific stance on the issue.
Although the prime minister said his country was committed to a two-state solution, his move was seen as a breach of the policies pursued by successive Australian governments for decades.
Following the announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chirped through his Twitter account:
I spoke today with Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP. He informed me that he is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem. Im very thankful to him for this. We will continue to strengthen ties between & !
Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) October 15, 2018
Morrison said: Frankly, things are not going well (with the two-state solution), there has not been much progress, and we should not continue to do the same thing and expect different results. His controversial move, as he himself stated, was sparked accusations by some of his opponents who accused him of using the announcement at this time to win votes in sub-legislative elections in a circle dominated by Jews in Sydney. Opinion polls indicate that Morrison, the Liberal Party candidate, has lost popularity and, if defeated, will lose the majority seat in parliament.
Against this background, the spokesperson of the opposition Workers Party, accused Morrison of announcing his decision to entice more voters.
Scott Morrison is so desperate to stay in office that he is willing to say anything...
The New South Wales state government is trialing blockchain tech from ChromaWay as part of a bid to digitize property conveyance by next summer.
This video from Australia says about itself:
19 June 2018
Sunday June 10th was probably Professor Stadlers last happy full day. Investigators invited themselves into his private residence a week ago Monday (imagine his delight senior execs love that: We were driving past and saw your light on; just thought wed drop in) wherein they found interesting documentation relating to fraud and false advertising, allegedly.
The Financial Times says the information at Chateau Stadler helped them uncover another 20 suspects in the biggest public health scandal of the decade.
Big Rupie enjoyed that first date at his place so much that a week later he went back to their place to assist with enquiries, as tradition has it, and now it seems hes moved in.
Audi has confirmed Gassy Ruperts new domicile, while many news outlets say hes been remanded in custody because they dont trust him not to tamper with the evidence.
Youd think an advanced society like ze Chermans would have laws against perverting the course of justice
Anyway, Isaac Newton said so famously about the mighty: such a long way to fall. From boardroom bigwig to polisher of Bubbas big bratwurst behind bars in the Bavarian big house. Something of a literal and metaphoric comeuppance....
The land registry manager of New South Wales in Australia has partnered with a blockchain technology firm with a view of applying distributed ledger technology to property conveyancing. According to the Financial Review, a proof of concept on a selected number of use cases will be conducted by the New South Wales Land Registry Services Continued
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Asian shares drifted marginally higher on Tuesday following another volatile session on Wall Street but a perfect storm of risks hovering over the global economy curbed investors enthusiasm.
Hong Kongs benchmark Hang Seng market led the gains, rising by half a percentage point, while equities in Japan scraped into positive territory after suffering stiff losses the previous day.
Chinese stocks opened essentially flat while markets in Australia and South Korea were fractionally in the green.
Global markets have been rocked in recent days as traders fret about spiking oil prices, rising US long-term interest rates and an attack by US President Donald Trump on his own central bank and its policies.
After a see-saw session on Wall Street, the Dow Jones closed down 0.4 percent and the broader S&P 500 was down just more at 0.6 percent.
Investors have now entered a stalemate period to rethink the plethora of looming market uncertainties, ambiguities and flat out worries, said Stephen Innes from OANDA trading.
But this relative calm belies the building storm clouds on the horizon.
Gains in Tokyo were sparked by a technical rebound after a sharp fall yesterday, said analysts at Okasan Online Securities.
The oil price continued to climb amid ongoing geopolitical tensions surrounding Saudi Arabia, with accusations that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Kingdoms consulate in Istanbul.
Trump said overnight he would send Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to find out first-hand what happened, what they know, whats going on.
Turning to foreign exchange markets, the pound suffered further falls in early Asian trade as the possibility of a no deal Brexit looms.
EU President Donald Tusk said he remained hopeful and determined that Britain and the bloc could clinch an amicable divorce deal.
However, he added: We must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before.
Key figures around 0230 GMT
Tokyo Nikkei 225: UP 0.2 percent at 22,318.69 (open)
Hong Kong Hang Seng: UP 0.5 percent at 25,568.84 (open)
Shanghai Composite: FLAT at 2,567.76 (open)
Euro/dollar: DOWN at $1.155...
Like a redneck cockroach in a white hood, Pauline Hanson has well and truly crawled out of the woodwork, and continues to spout bile about how threatened she, as a white person, is by anyone who doesnt share her lack of melanin. In case you missed it, yesterday, she moved a motion in Parliament claiming the Senate acknowledge the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation and that it is okay to be white.
The latter phrase is deeply rooted in neo-Nazi and other white supremacist organisations: in fact, Klan groups have used the hashtag #IOKTBW on Twitter since 2012. Numerous Liberal, National and One Nation Senators backed Paulines motion in fact, it was only narrowly defeated by 31 votes to 28. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called it regrettable that his Senators showed their support for her, and the Coalitions Finance Minister says the motion was backed by mistake (but we call bullshit). Channel 7 News is in the midst of conducting a poll at the time of writing, nearly 65,000 people had voted, and 62 per cent of them had done so in favour of the One Nation Senator.
Whilst some voters may hold these views due to deep-seated notions of white supremacy and a sense of entitlement to what has been well-established to be stolen land (Im actually from the First Fleet), we at Global Hobo like to believe that others are just misinformed. Accordingly, we reckon if everyone was just better informed, they too would be shaking their heads at Pauline and telling her to return to her fish and chip shop (provided a migrant hasnt taken her job).
So here you have it a quick and easy guide to what the hell is the go with reve......
When Annie Fletcher and her family moved back from WA to Melbourne, Hurstbridge seemed a nice spot at the end of the train line. It wasnt until theyd been living there a few months that Annie realised the rich arts community theyd been fortunate to move into.
Keen to get into more hand-drumming, Annie decided to hook into the local scene, in particular the regular jamming sessions at St Andrews market, which at that time had a weekly drum circle. This lead to a conversation with the local neighbourhood house about starting a beginners group and, fourteen years later as Drum Connection, the beat goes on.
I wasnt a particularly experienced drummer at that time but, because Id been a teacher for many years, I used my teaching skills to work out what I wanted to teach and how and it just grew from there. My intrinsic love of rhythm had also been honed over many years with my passion and tertiary study in Dance.
Numbers were low to start with, but running the group gave Annie an opportunity to assimilate into the community, it helped me find my place and it was just so rewarding.
Participation in the new group continued to grow with spots of natural fluctuation, but the community music experience continued as a weekly dose of positive good fun.
I always say there are no mistakes in the drumming, there are just variations on a theme and a bit of jamming is fine. People like that and if they struggle with a particular rhythm, they can just play the first beat of each bar or the main beats of the rhythm and when the finishing call comes, they can whack the drum again and finish with the group, so its accessible to all.
A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Queensland, Australia on October 11, 2018, producing a destructive tornado and dumping heavy rain and extremely damaging, up to tennis-ball-sized hail. The hardest hit was South Burnett where authorities are still determining...... Read more
Australian letters is like a microcosm of Australia itself: culturally diverse, politically varied across different states, tense and conflicted or humorous or affecting in turn. If there is one thing we may say about our literatures it is that there is a common thread of darkness underneath. Whether that thread references an unvoiced violence or subsumed toxic masculinities, or a wilfully forgotten colonial past, it is traceable in much of our writing, especially in the short story form.
ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist. While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointment. The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice. Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000
ABC 7.30 Report last night aired part one of its three-part population special, which included me as the economist.
While I will reserve judgement until the final two-parts have been aired, my initial gut reaction is disappointing.
The main problem I see with it so far is the ABC has inferred that a population of more than 40-million mid-century is inevitable rather than a direct policy choice.
Nowhere did The ABC clearly show how the federal government massively increased Australias immigration intake from the early-2000s:
Nor how immigration is the defacto driver of Australias population increase both directly as migrants step off the plane, as well as indirectly when they have children (then counted as natural increase). This was made explicit by the Productivity Commissions 2016 Migrant Intake Australia report, which showed that Australias population would barely increase without immigration:
President Donald Trump is planning to declassify various documents and text messages related to the Russia investigation. So is there an FBI report concealing information that shows Trump never colluded with Russia?
And did Australia (Alexander Downer) and the UK participate in trying to disrupt the 2016 American election? (Around 2 to 7 minutes in the X22 Report.)
CNN has reported that the Saudis are going to admit that the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, was killed by mistake during an interrogation. In this interesting X22 Report, Dave also mentions a possible game changer: that Russia allegedly has the S-600-700 missile system that will disable any plane around the world.
Australian rights group Jews Against The Occupation has strongly condemned yesterdays announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia would consider moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The announcement was made as Morrison tours the electorate of Wentworth, which heads to a by-election on Saturday following the resignation of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Wentworth is a wealthy electorate, and also has a high proportion of Jews around 13 percent of the electors.
The highly provocative move would align Australia with the United States, which moved its Embassy in May, but put us out of step with the rest of the world the international convention has been to locate embassies in Tel Aviv, a recognition of the contested status of Jerusalem between Israel and Palestine.
In a written statement, Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against the Occupation a Jewish-based Pro-Palestinian organisation based in Sydney said Morrisons move was an insult to the Jewish community of Wentworth, and predicted the stunt would fail.
Jews against the Occupation absolutely condemns the Prime Ministers raising the possibility of moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, Ms Porzsolt said.
This is a provocative move which reveals complete disregard for international law and for efforts to achieve justice for Palestinians and a peaceful resolution of the conflict for both Israelis and Palestinians.
In the last-minute dash for the imminent Wentworth by-election, it is a blatant appeal to the so-called Jewish vote.
This is an insult to the Jewish community which encompasses a much broader range of views than is reflected in the pronouncements of the Jewish leadership in lockstep with the State of Israel.
Such transparent electioneering is an abuse of policy-making processes. It should persuade the voters of Wentworth to support any other candidate to send a message of No Confidence to the current government.
Currently, only the United States and Guatemala house their embassies in Jerusalem, recognition of the fact that when Israel was established in 1948, the United Nations resolved Jerusalem would be given the status of special international city, with future plans for it to be jointly controlled by Israel and Palestine given its importance to Islam, Christianity and the Jewish people.
A succession of wars between Israel and its neighbours has delayed the foundation of the Palestinian state, and East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Six War Day.
Under international law, it is illegal for an occupying power to move their own citizens into occupied territory. Israel has already established more than...
A Woodsrunner's Diary: Firearms Regulations. Public Safety, Ignorance, or...: Firearms License Categories NSW Australia. Take a look at the various guns in these categories. Why are muzzle-loaders placed on a B...
"Only the Liberal Party will protect the amenity and character of our neighbourhoods and rural hinterland," says Russell Joseph, Liberal Candidate for Nepean. We don't often publish statements from the major parties, but this is the first one we know of that looks at protecting the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula is an incredibly biodiverse part of South-Eastern Australia, hardly explored to date in terms of paleontology, rapidly losing its native fauna and flora. The undeniable fact that governments since Jeff Kennett have promoted destructive population growth here makes any policy to protect it extremely important. We will publish statements from any other political party that has a plan to protect the Mornington Peninsula from overpopulation.
"In 2014 the Liberal government introduced the Mornington Peninsula Localised Planning Statement to help protect our unique coastal, rural and conservation areas of the Mornington Peninsula townships and hinterland. However under Labor our General Residential Zone has been ruined and will now become a location for 3-storey apartment-style developments regardless of the established character of our neighbourhoods," he states.
Joseph describes the Andrews Labor government as having, without any consultation with local residents, communities or council, "replaced existing 9 metre height limits with an 11 metre limit and as of right approval for three storey development."
He adds his opinion that,
"Labors changes affect over 24,000 house lots across the Mornington Peninsula and this comes with further increases in traffic congestion and unsustainable pressure on an already stressed public transport system."
Joseph claims that a Liberal government will fix these planning changes and fund improved bus connections to the Mornington Peninsula, including service route changes and frequency improvements to both the 788 (Portsea) and 783 (Flinders) services. He says that a Liberal government will protect the Mornington Peninsula and reject the Labor-Greens solution to Melbournes chronic urban congestion by pushing the population down to us.
JUST IN: A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Stormy Daniels against President Trump, rules Daniels is liable for the president's attorney's fees. pic.twitter.com/47cS2Mb5In Fox News (@FoxNews) October 15, 2018
We all go through a Mulan phase. Not so much the cross-dressing our way into the army, saving China and cosying up with mega dreamboat Captain Li Shang part. Its more like looking in the mirror and offkey singing, Who is that accumulation of cells and bad-choices I see / staring straight back at me?
Yes, thats magical, and I could serve as your personal Mushu to guardian you through it all (okay, Ill stop with the Mulan references). But what happens next? What happens when youve returned home from your grand adventure, slightly tanner and found, only to seamlessly slip back into your humdrum daily life? What happens once Mulan defeats the Huns (I lied) after Happily Ever After?
Once Upon a Time (the start of this year), a Princess (thats me) booked a solo trip to some castle (Japan) to find Prince Charming (herself). The main motivation was because I had the money and the time or more accurately, had half the money, was two weeks late to start university and was very naive.
Race-baiting populism isnt helping Scott Morrison, writes Ben Eltham. Its not even popular.
What sort of government is Scott Morrison running?
Its a question worth asking. Morrison is the Prime Minister of Australia, the holder of the highest elected office in the land. And yet he came to office with voters knowing almost nothing about his political agenda.
Morrison has not faced a general election as his partys leader. He has not been opposition leader. He has not presented a policy platform to voters, nor explained in any detail whatsoever what a Morrison government will stand for. Indeed, he cant even explain why the Liberal Party got rid of Malcolm Turnbull.
The Morrison government is a ship of state adrift without a chart or a rudder. There is no articulated policy agenda beyond some quick fix barnacle scraping: a $4.6 billion handout to the Catholic and independent schools (incidentally abandoning former education minister Simon Birminghams painstakingly constructed needs-based schools funding model), and a dollop of drought relief.
Not only is there no grand vision for the future of the nation, there isnt even a legislative agenda. Since Morrison took the top job, the government has run out of bills to debate in the Senate, and cancelled a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments.
A look through Morrisons speeches and media transcripts since taking the prime ministership is instructive. Theres almost nothing there.
His very first cabinet meeting gave us a flavour of what Morrison wanted his government to stand for: nationalist clichs. On August 28th, the new Prime Minister told journalists he wore an Australian flag lapel pin because it reminded him whose side he is on. Im on the side of the Australian people, he explained, which is not altogether surprising for a prime minister of Australia.
Morrison added that believes in a fair go for those who have a go. Morrison said he would redefine what fairness means in this country. Fairness would no longer mean a fair go for all. Fairness means a fair go for those who have a go.
Passing over some uncomfortable absences from the meeting such as Peter Dutton, wh...
I spoke today with Australian PM @ScottMorrisonMP. He informed me that he is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem. Im very thankful to him for this. We will continue to strengthen ties between & ! Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu)...
.@JeffDSachs takes @SenPaterson to task on sloganeering and foreign aid #QandA pic.twitter.com/KGbqWiyB8a ABC Q&A (@QandA) October 15, 2018
Whats a Palestinian life worth in Australia? Not much, if Scott Morrisons new low is anything to go by. Chris Graham explains the ramifications of the Prime Ministers promise overnight to move Australias embassy in Israel.
In a deeply cynical bid to woo voters in the seat of Wentworth, Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday flagged the idea of following the United States lead by moving Australias embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The story might sound innocuous, and it may barely rate a mention in media reporting leading up to the by-election of the seat of Wentworth, but it could have a profound affect in the electorate (13 per cent of whom are Jewish) and even more profound implications globally, particularly in the Middle East.
Its not a flawless comparison, but to give you a rough Australian context, moving Australias embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would be like the Australian Government seizing Aboriginal land as part of the Northern Territory intervention (which it did), refusing to hand that land back, and then establishing a new city around Uluru.
The situation in the Middle East is more complex, but as part of ongoing efforts within the global community to broker peace between Palestine and Israel, the international consensus had been to locate embassies outside Jerusalem.
The reason for this is surprisingly simple. When Israel was formed in 1948, the United Nations designated Jerusalem a special international city, meaning sovereignty was essentially to rest with more than just Israel, given the sites importance to the Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths (an area known as the Old City in Jerusalem includes some of the most holy sites of all three Abrahamic religions).
Israels capital was established in Tel Aviv instead, and international embassies were located there as well.
The United Nations intent had always been to form a Palestinian state bordering Israel, and for the management of Jerusalem to be shared between the two. But this never happened the formation of Palestine was stalled by multiple wars between Israel and its neighbours, including the occupation of East Jerusalem (Palestinian land) by Israel since 1967.US president Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)
In November last year US president Donald Trump...
US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate changeEconomist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for defending a 19th or 20th century industry rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be exporting sunshine, not coal.Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you're going to decarbonise, and then we'll all be happy to hear from Australia that [...]
Professor Bob Birrell  calls for better planning to stop over-development, sustainable population policy reform at a Sustainable Australia Party event. "Net overseas immigration is completely dominating the figures." The politicians tell us, "We just have to get used to it, and the way we're going to deal with it is to throw literally billions at it ... and ... eliminate suburbia." "That's what they say. But rezoning and high density doesn't actually work. The houses are too expensive. The reason is site costs. The more people the more demand for housing. If you increase the opportunity for housing on the same site, the site values go up higher.... It doesn't work." "Nor does the high rise 'solution'. You know there are tens of thousands of these being completed. When we checked the 2016 census, what we found was, that in the two areas of greatest density, CBD and South bank, only 5% of all those appartments were occupied by families with children. Well, what are we going to do about it? We have to deal with high NOM (Net Overseas Migration), it's not inevitable - and this is the key point. The high levels of NOM at present are due to government policy or government non-policy. They are a deliberate consequence of government policy. Not inevitable. For example, overseas students. It is a fact that the biggest source of growth in Net Overseas Migration in Melbourne is overseas students. There are more overseas students coming in on a student's visa each year than are leaving holding a student's visa. Okay, we don't object to students coming here for an education. the problem is that, once they get here and complete their education, they can stay on, more or less forever. Our governments have deliberately encouraged them to do so. By providing, as of right, a two year stay here, with full work rights - even if your degree is in cultural studies - and, when you've done that, you can get another student visa. Or you can become a tourist, or you can get a working holiday visa, or you can apply for a 457 temporary visa. Or you can apply for a permanent entry visa. And, as a consequence, a big chunk of overseas students are just spinning out ... over the years. So, we can change that and that would have a major impact. There are many other areas we could change. I'll just give you one or two to finish, which you may not know about. You've probably heard a lot about 'regional policy' - 'maybe we'll put people in the bush, rather than let them stay in Melbourne or Sydney. Well, currently, there's a program near 30,000 visas strong for state and regional sponsorship. The problem...
Over the past year there has been a wave of copyright infringement lawsuits against alleged cheaters or cheat makers.
More than a handful have been filed in the US, but theres also been some action in Australia recently.
In one case, filed last month, GTA V developer Rockstar Games and its parent company Take-Two Interactive are going after several people believed to be linked to the popular Infamous cheat.
This lawsuit is notable because the Federal Court of Australia has signed off on several broad enforcement actions. Not only are the defendants restrained from any cheating related activity, they are also the subject of a search and assets freezing order.
The orders are issued against the person or persons known as Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Per the courts order, all are prohibited from cheating and can be imprisoned if they refuse to comply.
The associated search order identifies two Melbourne premises. It allows a search party to enter the buildings and search, copy, or remove relevant evidence including any computer, electronic storage device, or documents related to Infamous. Any cars that are located at these locations can also be searched.
In addition to the search order, the Federal Court also issued a freezing order preventing the defendants from taking out more money than needed for regular expenses.
You must not remove from Australia or in any way dispose of, deal with or diminish the value of any of your assets in Australia (Australian assets) up to the unencumbered value of AU$286,609.80 (the Relevant Amount), the order states.
This freezing order also applies to any cryptocurrency and other digital currency, including the money stored in the PayPal account thats assigned to Christopher Anderson.
It is likely that Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive will try to obtain copyright infringement related damages, and with the freezing order they can make sure that the money isnt spent beforehand.
The orders in question were initially not disclosed, but that restriction has now been lifted. From the information we have available the searches were carried out late last month. In a follow-up order, the federal court ruled that the freezing and other orders should remain in place for now.
The defendant(s) have yet to file a defense, which is expected later...
FORMER prime minister Julia Gillard flew from Melbourne to Perth in 1992 to iron out legal trouble over a union association, her then boyfriend Bruce Wilson told an inquiry yesterday. Mr Wilson, then a senior Australian Workers Union official, told a Royal Commission Ms Gillard flew to his side when...
In a bizarre effort to turn reality upside down, the Ruddock so-called inquiry into religious freedom has recommended allowing private schools, to turn away gay students who are gay or have a different sexual orientation, has become the talk around this country. Closely associated is the call to also allow these schools to get rid of gay teachers and adopt discriminatory employment practices
The term so-called is justifiably used, because this inquiry was never meant to have anything to do about protecting people from exercising their religion. It has always been about imposing the will of some, to discriminate against those they consider not their type of people and force privilege for some at the expense of others.
People have fought for generations to improve the lot for all. It has been tough. But society ultimately progressed towards greater fairness and inclusiveness. Certain elements now want to turn the wheel back. They manipulate the insecurity of some, to distort it and create the monster of bigotry. The decisive victory over marriage equality last year, raised the determination of some to raise their counter crusade to a new level.
It is suggested that being inclusive locks out the faithful. It is never explained how this can happen. Inclusiveness means respecting the beliefs and differences of others. It is based on the acceptance that although each of us have certain rights, we also all have responsibilities to the wider community.
Calling for allowing discrimination, as a necessity for the right of people to apply their faith is false. All faiths talk about compassion towards fellow human beings. Where has this gone?
Its perpetrators are not calling for freedom of speech and religion, but the exclusive right to ram their demands down the throats of others. They are calling for the right to be custodians of all truth. They want other voices silenced, and anyone who doesnt fit into their world view, to be punished for it.
This is what exposes the truth behind it. A political agenda of those who would divide our community by promoting prejudice, to impose a new order that consolidates the power of a few over the many.
It is no different than manufacturing that asylum seekers arriving by boat deserve to be punished and that Muslims are a threat. Setting up scapegoats to blame and hate, promotes and normalises inhumanity, and creates a platform for those who would take us down a dark road.
The good thing is that the proposal is already causing a backlash. Much of the Australian community is horrified and wants it stopped. it is even causing significant division within the governments ranks. Labor and the Greens are calling for an amendment to the law, which will make it even harder for schools...
This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:
Sphengic on the ice Sphen and Magic
Same-Sex [gentoo] penguin couple at Sea Life Aquarium Sydney
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
The gay couple were first given a fake egg in their nest, so they could practice breeding. That went so well that they got a real egg. That egg came from the nest of another penguin couple that had two eggs.
In the wild, gentoo penguins can usually only raise one youngster. So, the chick from the second egg will die. The biological parents did not even realize that an egg had been taken away by the caretakers, says [keeper] Hannan.
According to Hannan, Sphen and Magic are real natural talents as future parents. They change jobs on a daily basis, says Hannan. One of the two is sitting on the egg and the other bird makes sure nobody can get around to steal stones from the nest.
This 11 October 2018 video from Australia says about itself:
#LoveWins Sphen and Magic Penguin Couple
Penguins Breeding at Sea Life Sydney 2018
63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
The group includes:
five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;
a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and
husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.
The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.
Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:
These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.
Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.
Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.
The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.
The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.
The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.
Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...
After hinting for months that the FBI was not forthcoming with federal surveillance court judges when they made their case to spy on the Trump campaign, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe (R) said on Sunday that the agency is holding evidence which directly refutes its premise for launching the probe, reports the Daily Callers Chuck Ross.
Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe provided Sunday the clearest picture to date of what the FBI allegedly withheld from the surveillance court.
Ratcliffe suggested that the FBI failed to include evidence regarding former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, in an interview with Fox News.
Ratcliffe noted that the FBI opened its investigation on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government about a conversation that Papadopoulos had on May 10, 2016, with Alexander Downer, the top Australian diplomat to the U.K. Daily Caller
While Australias Alexander Downer claimed that Papadopoulos revealed Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton, Ratcliffe who sits on the House Judiciary Committee suggested on Sunday that the FBI and DOJ possess information which directly contradicts that account.
Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI have another piece of evidence that directly refutes that, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence, Ratcliffe said, adding: Instead, what happened here was Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the governments case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate.
PRIME MINISTER: Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Tremendous news yesterday overnight and obviously we are looking forward to celebrating that good news while they are enjoying their stay here in Australia. They will be neighbours of Jenny and I, for the next week or so I'm sure we will take the opportunity to congratulate them both in person. But today, on a more serious note, I wanted to make a number of statements with the Foreign Minister in relation to our Government's (...)
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The dawn of a new era in junior football has began with Ocean Grove Collendina Junior Football Club renamed Ocean Grove Cobras Junior Football Club after an historic club AGM today.
An overwhelming yes vote in favour of club name change also saw a decision favoured for a new playing strip consisting of red and white with a blue Cobra logo for 2019.
Members who voted either proxy or attended saw a 91 per cent yes vote to its club name change and a yes 93 per cent vote to a change of playing uniform.
Up to 50 people including current committee, parents, and club volunteers were in attendance for the club AGM at its Minerva Close base at Collendina Recreation Reserve.
Re-elected OGCJFC president Shaun Stow said he was delighted with the outcome after a long process for the club name change to Ocean Grove Cobras Junior Football Club and a new guernsey.
We have been in discussions with Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club for two or three years, Stow told the Voice.
The committee up there we have a working group and we catch up regularly.
I suppose there was an awareness with the junior club and senior club hasnt been aligned as well as it could have been.
We still have a good relationship, but it wasnt great.
This is an opportunity to align, we are in a really good space to align and in terms of having the same colours.
Stow said the new re-alignment with the senior Ocean Grove Grubbers Football Netball Club was a positive step for the local football community.
We deal with a lot of enquiries from the new members and people that are new into Ocean Grove and they go up to an Ocean Grove senior game and theres our boys wearing blue, white and orange supporting a team that is red and white, he said.
There is that misalignment there that probably raises a lot of questions to the community.
And that was our aim and over the period having these discussions is to be united and that would include the colours.
He said the clubs blue Cobra logo would remain a feature of its new playing strip.
The blue Cobra (logo) is something that has been part of our history, it is a centrepiece of our current jumper and a centrepiece of our new jumper, Stow said.
Our kids play for the Cobras and they are aligned to that blue Cobra we wanted to continue that tradition and the jumper was never going to change without that Cobra logo being the centrepiece.
IN other club developments long time club volunteers Matt Dean and Des Every became Ocean Grove Cobras Junior Football Clubs newest life members after a special presentation at the AGM.
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