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Other than it had a fearful shriek, guaranteed to put the fear of God into anyone who heard it, history appears silent about the nature of the bird that aboriginal Australians once named bullin. Yet its shriek portended danger, apparently the approach of the evil spirit Tennateona, but more plausibly an imminent eruption of one of the young volcanoes in the Newer Volcanics Province of southern Australia.
Compared to similar-sized Europe or the continuous US, Australia is remarkably benign volcanically. Volcanism has generally not occurred in Australia since it was first inhabited, perhaps 65,000 years ago, but there are two exceptions. In southern Australia and northern Queensland, volcanic activity likely happened within the past 10,000 years.
More remarkably still, the precise cause(s) of the volcanic activity in these areas remains somewhat elusive. For all that, there is no doubt that volcanic activity occurred here....
I have recorded a short podcast with Pop Up Radio Australia regarding my upcoming presentation (next Tuesday) to the IAQ Queensland Infrastructure Summit, in which I will be considering the pros and cons of so-called infrastructure banks:
This is extremely topical given the recent establishment of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The concept of an infrastructure bank has been raised in Australia previously, most notably during the financial crisis, and is currently in the Australian Greens policy platform (see Australian Infrastructure Bank). Regular readers probably wont be surprised by my assessment of the pros and cons of infrastructure banks, and I will make my presentation available after I have delivered it on Tuesday.
For the record, I certainly wont be proposing the esta...
Solo-seat motorcycles, or bikes that have been modified to seat only the rider, should attract a cheaper registration as they do in Queensland.
Actually, its the compulsory third party insurance component which makes solo motorbikes about $200 cheaper to register in the Sunshine State.
Its not widely known in other states and even Indian Motorcycle didnt realise it when they sold solo-seated Indian Scouts in Queensland with more expensive dual-seat rego!Scout Sixty
A friend of mine who bought a Scout Sixty only realised they had overpaid for a dual seat when the annual rego notice arrived.
Solo seat rego is a great idea. After all, how many riders ever carry a pillion? Plus there are many models released only in solo-seat versions.
There are also many sports bikes where the pillion seat is so ridiculously small, it is never used.MV Agusta Brutale 800 America
South Australias Ride to Review spokesman Tim Kelly says its something on our list to tackle and Motorcycle Council of NSW treasurer Steve Pearce says its a good concept; one we should take up to RMS (Roads and Maritime Services).
When it comes to CTP, my view is it should attach to the driver/rider not the vehicle, Steve says.
We can only drive or ride one vehicle at a time. And once a vehicle is sold, there are a different set of risk factors attaching to a new driver/rider.
Victorian rider groups are more focussed on having their discriminatory Motorcycle Safety Levy scrapped rather than fighting for registration discounts....
Fresh from releasing her killer new single P Plates, Sydneys Ruby Fields is having quite a big day, not only unleashing the film clip for P Plates, but also announcing a massive national tour for later in the year.
Self-identifying as an average chick, Ruby Fields casual approach to music has taken the Aussie music scene by storm. With only two singles under her belt so far, the level of success that she has experienced so far is an amazing indicator of things to come for this chilled Aussie muso.
Having released the single P Plates, a taste of her upcoming EP, a couple of weeks back, Ruby Fields is stoked to release the singles film clip today.
Featuring Ruby and her friends, the video shows her heading off on a hitch-hiking journey. Ive always loved hand held film stuff and knew I wanted the next film clip to be a little more fun, Ruby said. So I just kind of came up with the concept of hitch hiking and each driver having their own personality until I finally got to a car dealership to get my own ride and go on tour.
It was sick putting my mates in the clip, it was super rushed so they killed it. We did it all in a day about a week after I thought up the concept. It feels very me, because its super grubby and kind of disorganised.
On top of that though, Ruby Fields has announced an national tour which will see her hit up Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Mandurah, and Perth over a couple of weeks in November. Bringing along rockers Totty, these dates are undoubtedly going to be one of the hottest tickets on the Aussie music scene, so youd best not miss Ruby Fields when she comes to your neck of the woods.
Check out the film clip for Ruby Fields P Plates, along with tour dates, below,
Thursday, November 9th
Bangalow Pub, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday, November 10th
Foundry Records, Brisbane, QLD (U18)
Friday, November 10th
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, November 11th
Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Friday, November 17th
Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday, November 24th
Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, November 25th
Its no secret that the Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of our natural world, worthy of our very best endeavours to protect it. It is also no secret that our reef is under enormous pressure following two consecutive years of bleaching.
The cumulative impact of new capital dredging projects proposed along the Queensland coast threatens our already vulnerable reef. So much so the Queensland Government have banned it in most places including Cairns.
But theres an exception.
The Queensland government need to hear from the Cairns community who see this project as a lot of risk for little reward. Together, we can protect what makes Cairns a unique destination.
Make a submission using form below.
Read the EIS documents here
Find out more about the submission process here
Use the submission guide provided below or:
Birds Robe Records & The Harbour Agency
With special guests Rosetta (USA)
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves are still riding high from the success of their epic triple j Like A Version of Children by Robert Miles and have now announced a headlining national tour of Australia for December to wrap up their 60+ date international tour in support of recently released third album Made of Breath Only. Joining them at all shows will be American post-metal juggernauts ROSETTA, returning to Australian shores for the first time in five years, taking place in clubs in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney.
Guitarist Otto Wicks-green voiced the bands excitement over these upcoming dates:
This band started in small clubs around Australia, and its in rooms these size where we honed our live performances. The intimacy, the intensity, the heat. A visceral and immediate live show is heart and soul of this band, so we were very specific in selecting each of these rooms for this tour. Bringing one of our all time favourite bands, Rosetta, with us is the cherry on the cake.
Were stoked to be bringing out one of the most powerful live acts weve seen on a tour that is more scaled-down and intimate. Rosetta bring a relentless atmospheric catharsis to their shows, and really fit their description metal for astronauts. On top of all that, theyre our old friends from tours in 2012 and we cant wait to see their faces again.
These will be special, crushing, intimate performances, so dont sleep on tickets. Come get heavy with us.
Rosetta frontman echoed the bands enthusiasm for their return to Australia:
We are very excited to be returning to Australia in support of our long time friends, sleepmakeswaves. When we last came to Australia five years ago, we played with SMW in a tiny record store in Perth. We couldnt be more excited to come back and do a whole run together.
sleepmakeswaves have quickly evolved into one of Australias most exciting and innovative musical exports. Following tours with scene giants such as Karnivool, Cog, Underoath, 65daysofstatic, Opeth and Devin Townsend, the Sydney bands unique instrumental epics and their energetic performances have seen them connect with a diverse and passionate audience of music fans, as well as unprecented ARIA nominations for their albums Love of C...
24 Jul 2017 | GAIHassad Australia, a $469 million farming company and wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar's sovereign wealth fund has sold the Clover Downs Station located in Queensland, Australia, to farmer Bill Zell for $27 million.
On the anniversary of the death of a young English tourist in Queensland, British backpackers have been told to contact their government if their working conditions in Australia are unsafe.
The advice, posted online by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Wednesday, warns tourists heading to Australia on working-holiday visas that while most enjoy their holiday, occasionally issues can arise.
In the first year of their trips, backpackers can choose to do 88 days of regional work, usually agricultural, so they can get a visa to stay in Australia for a second year.
But there have been reports of travellers being underpaid, or not at all, lured to places without work, having their passports taken and having to work in unsafe conditions.
The foreign office says young Britons can contact the UKs National Crime Agency office in Canberra directly on a special email to report any illegal behaviour by an employer or accommodation owner.
The advice comes a year after the death of British backpacker Mia Ayliffe-Chung who was killed in a frenzied knife attack which also left fellow Briton Tom Jackson dead at a north Queensland hostel.
French national Smail Ayad has been accused of their murders.
He is being held in a mental health facility.
Since her death, Ms Chungs mother Rosie Ayliffe has campaigned to expose what she says is rife exploitation of young travellers in Australia.
In a blog post marking the anniversary of her daughters death, Ms Ayliffe claims her daughter was working in unsafe conditions at the hostel Home Hill, which she calls a Hell Hole.
The UKs Foreign Office said travellers must do their due diligence before going to stay with a stranger in a remote area, let family know where they were going, and remember phone and internet signals are not always available in remote parts of the country.
It also reminded travellers of their workers rights and that the Fair Work Ombudsman can provide them with advice on their rights.
Tourists who may have been exploited and are actively helping an investigation will not lose their visas.
The High Court will give a clearer picture on how long it will take to consider the futures of five MPs when it holds a directions hearing in Brisbane.
It is also expected former independent MP Tony Windsor will seek to make submissions on Thursday in the case of his former rival, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says hes very confident the court will find in favour of MPs such as Mr Joyce, who recently discovered they are dual citizens by descent.
Attorney-General George Brandis has recommended to the court a hearing by the full court be held on September 13 and 14.
He said in a submission to the court there is a compelling public interest to determine the cases as soon as possible.
Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.
Mr Joyce, the deputy prime minister, has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.
If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.
The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, whose mother over a decade ago signed him up to be an Italian resident abroad.
In the cases of One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam, they were born overseas.
If any of the senators are disqualified from parliament their seat will go to the next person on their parties respective Senate tickets from the 2016 federal election.
Two other senators, Fiona Nash and Nick Xenophon, will soon also be referred by parliament to the court over their UK citizenship by descent.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson defended the fact that taxpayers were funding the cases.
Its a shame it has got to this and its being challenged, she said, when asked about Senator Roberts situation.
An Aussie woman has started the Naz Bags canvas motorcycle luggage company after being inspired by the Long Way Round and a year-long motorbike adventure following her divorce.
Narelle Naz Lyons, of Aratula in Queenslands Scenic Rim, says she has been riding since she was 16, but only started riding seriously about eight years ago.
I started off with a Virago, but after watching Long Way Round I knew I had to get an adventure bike, Naz says.
It was a Suzuki DR650 and when my husband suddenly left me a year later I sold up and travelled Australia on it. It was mostly just me and my tent. I loved it.
As I had spent a year travelling on a bike I had a lot of ideas about luggage.
So the marketing and design graduate started Naz Bags about a year ago, making affordable, high-quality canvas motorcycle luggage and tool bags from tough Australian canvas.
I was working with my sister-in-law, Janine, doing horse rug repairs, she says.
I had sewn most of my life but not so industrially. Janine is a professional machinist who makes horse float covers and she offered me machines to work on and some scrap canvas to see what I could develop.
Naz says her tool rolls are her best seller.
I designed these because when I travelled Oz on my bike it frustrated me digging around in a tool bag to find what I needed, especially in Central Australia in the heat, she says.
They have a strap at the back so they can be attached in lots of different places on a bike. Mine is attached so that I can open it to roll down my seat....
BMDS ALBUM LAUNCH & FLANGIPANIS ANNUAL BDAY
Sat Sept 9 THE ZOO
w/ HOUND / FREAKSHOW NIGHTMARE
Fresh off the back of their shows with Night Birds, Melbourne punks Blind Man Death Stare will be tearing Sonnys a new fire exit alongside supports Kill Dirty Youth, Shut Up Shut Up Shut Up & Hound.
By September, theyll be in the midst of an extensive national tour to promote the release of their first full-length album titled ITLL GROW ON YA, released July 26th on Arrest Records.
The tour starts at the Dead of Winter Festival in Brisbane, on
July 29th alongside The Meanies, The Bennies, The Porkers and many
They will then be joined by Melbourne ratbags Kill Dirty Youth for the remainder of the tour, playing over 20 dates spanning most of Australia and New Zealand.
Check out the video for the first single off the record, Spike My Drink But Dont Take My Kidneys.
Tickets on sale now via oztix. For more info head to blindmandeathstare.com
Movie Vaxxed exposes CDC research fraud and cover-up
By Brent Melville
QUEENSLAND Health Minister Cameron Dick was either seriously misinformed, ignorant, or flat out lying when, in response to the touring movie Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, he said there is no shred of credible scientific evidence to support claims that vaccinations are dangerous (Gold Coast Bulletin, 15/7/17).
The same with Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy who stated on Seven News in February last year: There are no risks in vaccinating your children the science is really clear.
Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe traces the case of UK gastroenterologist Dr Andrew Wakefield who, in the 1990s, discovered 10 of his patients developed health problems following MMR vaccines. His...
Young dog taken by huge croc near Innisfail
Two days after a huge crocodile devoured a six-month-old puppy in North Queensland, the major parties have refused to declare KAPs Safer Waterways bill as urgent.
KAPs Shane Knuth today sought leave to fast track the Safer Waterways bill so it could be voted on by October. Labor and the LNP ganged up to block Shanes request, meaning Queensland will have to wait until at least the end of March next year for a vote.
In seeking leave, Shane read out a letter from a constituent (who did not want to be named):
We live on the banks of the South Johnstone River in Mourilyan, North Qu...
David Walter has sent advice regarding his next court appearances.
Cairns Magistrate Court October 16, 2017 to face charges of failing to submit a form relating to his bankruptcy action
Cairns Magistrates Court October 30, 2017 to face an assault charge against a court protection officer
We suggest anyone with an interest in the bogus charges against Walter listen to the Australian Patriot Radio podcast on Cairns News.
Harry Palmer from Australian Patriot Radio conducted an interview with John ?? who delivers a mine field of information of how QLD Beaty government manipulated the system to remove all peoples rights without them knowing, they do not even own their own property and that David Walter exposing this and more is being silenced by a corrupt judicial system about to collapse.
There are two parts to this podcast you need to hear to be informed Click the pic below to listen
For the first time since 2014, The National are heading back to Australia for a series of what are bound to be amazing headline performances.
The US indie-rockers have announced a series of Aussie dates for February and March next year, with the group set to bring their live shows to Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne audiences.
The Nationals 2018 Aussie tour will follow the release of their long-awaited seventh record, Sleep Well Beast, which is due for release on September 8th. So of course, this means that this will be the first time Aussie audiences get to sample the groups new record in a live setting.
The National were last in the country back in 2016 for a one-off performance at Byron Bays Bluesfest, but Aussie fans have had to wait since 2014 for a headline tour. Now, with tour dates announced, and a new record only weeks away, things are looking pretty good.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 1st. For more information in regards to dates, ticketing, and pre-sales, check the details below.
While we wait for The National to touch down on Aussie shores, check out their newest single The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday, March 1st, 2018
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on sale 9am, Friday, September 1st.
For tickets and pre-sale info, visit Handsome Tours website.
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