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Fourteen activists will appear in Bowen Magistrates Court today to face charges relating to the ongoing Stop Adani campaign.
The charges arise from four actions during the month of January, two of which shut down operations at Adani-owned Abbot Point Port for extended periods. Two further actions took place on the Aurizon-owned railway, which connects existing mines to the port. Trains were prevented from delivering coal for several hours each time.
The 14 collectively face charges of trespass, interference with a railway, interference with a port, and contravening a direction or requirement.
The accused range in age and background from Cairns local, 74-year-old ex-serviceman Jeff Cantor, to 23-year-old youth worker Nathan Bernfield from Sydney. The 14 are united in their reasons for taking direct action to stop the controversial Adani project.
Nicholas Avery, accused of locking onto a conveyor belt at the port, said We are at a crisis point when it comes to the climate and Australias relationship with coal. We have exhausted every other avenue of protest and it is our governments inaction which has pushed us to this point. This is not something we take lightly, but the Galilee Basin simply cannot be mined.
Coal mining is not the answer to regional Australias problems said Lilli Barto, who allegedly blocked the railway by locking onto a concrete barrel.
We know that renewables create more jobs per dollar invested, so if this were about jobs and looking after the regions the government would be encouraging solar and wind, creating safer jobs in an industry that is growing, and not creating more communities vulnerable to the violent swings of commodity prices on global markets. We did this for the climate, for the reef, for the future, for everyone, she said.
The sensitivities are especially important when it comes to the Qatari government the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings.
Brookings executives cited strict internal policies that they said ensure their scholars work is not influenced by the views of our funders, in Qatar or in Washington. They also pointed to several reports published at the Brookings Doha Center in recent years that, for example, questioned the Qatari governments efforts to revamp its education system or criticized the role it has played in supporting militants in Syria.
But in 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones. Brookings officials also acknowledged that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the centers activities and budget, and that the former Qatar prime minister sits on the centers advisory board.
Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear.
There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government, said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.
- From the 2014 New York Times article: Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks
The purpose of this short series is to give readers a small glimpse of how foreign governments spray around enormous sums of money throughout the Washington D.C. swamp to influence U.S. foreign policy.
The run of visiting military helicopters into Central Queensland
has continued yet again - and in spectacular fashion with a trio
of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters
spotted passing through Rockhampton Airport on Monday
The experiences allegedly inflicted upon young boys at a former Sydney boys home were nothing short of horrific, police said while revealing the first arrest of their investigation.
Police say 80 alleged victims have come forward about historical child sex abuse at the Daruk Training School in Penrith in the late 1970s.
Most of the men were aged between 10 and 14 at the time of the alleged abuse.
Police today announced the arrest of a 67-year-old man in Jindalee, Queensland, who has been extradited and charged with 19 offences.
Detective Sergeant Ben Hallam said the evidence already gathered showed the extent of the alleged abuse.
The briefings I have been provided over the past 18 months shows experiences that these young boys had at the time was nothing short of horrific, he said.
Some of these victims have been dealing with their experiences for many years, they havent ever found a way to tell even family or friends what they have experienced.
Police are now asking more victims to come forward and speak up.
This is the time, Detective Sergeant Hallam said.
We understand your experience may have been traumatic, you may have had a chequered past or you may have had ad...
I have chatted to a few friends that have vaccinated their children, they saw me on channel 7 news discussing our vaccine free groups, they clicked on the link and read the comments about ME they were shocked and horrified that people, fellow Australians could write comments like that. Read More
Hey folks I'm new to Townsville, but I am looking everywhere for a store that sells Mexican ingredients like dried chillies, corn husks, masa harina et cetera I know I can get them all online but would like to buy local of possible. Tried out Otto's as o thought that was a sure thing
The ALPs on-again off-again position on the Carmichael mega-mine is entirely consistent with the partys recent history, writes Michael Brull*.
Lately, there has been increasing media coverage about Bill Shortens changing positions on the proposed Adani megamine in Queensland. The Liberals have spun this position as a total flip-flop, supporting the mine, then opposing it.
In fact, Shorten is so unprincipled, his supposed flip-flop has seen him going from saying that if the Adani mine stacks up hell support it, to now saying that if the mine doesnt stack up he wont support it. And he thinks it doesnt at this moment. But in both cases, hes not committing either way. When he supposedly supported Adani, he said hed welcome the jobs it would bring (if the project stacked up). Now that he supposedly opposes Adani, he promises he wont tear up contracts, and otherwise do what he can to actually stop Adani.
Adani has welcomed Labors commitment.
Other ALP members have shown a similar unwillingness to just oppose Adani. Labor heavyweight and possible future leader Anthony Albanese got out to criticise calls for a Labor government to kill the project. He has previously responded to activists by saying when will you people fuck off?Labors Anthony Albanese.
Stop Adani Sydney is presently on week four of picketing his office on Monday mornings. They note he voted against stopping Adanis mine in August last year, and voted for changes to native title in June that helped Adani defeat challenges from traditional owners.
Tanya Plibersek, the...
Biloela is a typical small town in Queensland, whose residents have done something that deserves to be better known by the rest of Australia.
They have come together to defend an asylum seeker family, which has been living in the town.
The Tamil couple has escaped from Sri Lanka and now have two children born in Australia.
Australian Border Force members seized the family last Monday, and flew them to immigration detention in Melbourne, where they were allegedly coerced into signing documents supporting their voluntary removal.
Bilboela residents have responded by starting up a change.org petitiont as part of their effort to convince the Australian government to return this family to Biloela, their home, where they are wanted and welcome.
The United Nations has criticised Australias eagerness to deport Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka in the past, noting in October that, at least one such case faced a serious risk of return to danger or persecution.
Most Australians are tolerant and welcoming people, who believe that those who land on our shores because of desperation, should be treated humanely, and generally fast racked into settlement in Australia.
They do not like the way the government is treating these people in our name. Nor do they like the reputation the country is getting as an intolerant place, prepared to use what are really, remote concentration camps, in open violation of global standards of civilised behaviour and agreements that Australia is signatory to.
The treatment of refuges is one example, in a catalogue of changed that are causing an ongoing erosion of rights, aimed to promote fear that other people pose a threat, as as a manipulative political tool .
Biloela has gone one step further and taken practical action in one case, which serves as a positive example to other Australian communities.
Anyone living in an apartment block has probably noticed the increasing numbers of strangers with rolling suitcases who are obviously staying in Airbnb accommodation. Living in a Toowong apartment tower, I am frequently having to help short-term visitors find their way to Toowong Village. Hence I am delighted to publish this guest post from my friend and colleague Dr Stephen Thornton, Principal of BG Economics, on the increasingly important issue of Airbnb in strata. Views expressed are Stephens and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT
Will 2018 be the year for Airbnb certainty in strata?
by Dr Stephen Thornton
Queensland should finally be getting some significant changes to strata law this year, 4.5 years after the former Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced that the QUT Commercial and Property Law Research Centre would undertake a property law review. To be fair, it is a big job. QUT have conducted the review in stages with a number of final recommendations reports having been completed and handed to the government.
However, one of the major contemporary policy issues in strata, how to respond to peer-to-peer short-term rental disruptors like Airbnb, was not part of the review. Having only been in operation for five years, the Californian company did not appear on the policy radar when the review was being considered.
I wrote about the benefits of providing a legislative green light to strata owners in this space last year (here) citing the Deloitte Access Economics report Economic Effects of Airbnb in Australia: Queensland in which they estimated that Airbnb guest expenditure is associated with $217.4 million in value add to the Queensland economy, and supports 2,115 FTE jobs across the state.
Just recently, MadeComfy, a short-term rental management company, used data from a commissioned 2017 study by economics and policy consultancy ACIL Allen and combined it with its own data. MadeComfy reportedly found short-term rental (STR) average weekly revenue outperformed the long-term rental (LTR) average in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with the Queensland capital registering an LTR average of $370 for apartments and...
Three day Federal Court hearing commences
Critical case native title extinguishment essential to Adani
WHEN: Begins 10:15am Monday 12 March Wednesday 14
WHERE: Court No. 2, L7. Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane
Brisbane. A three day hearing in the Federal Court begins today, with Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners seeking a ruling invalidating Adanis highly contested Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) and the registration of the ILUA without their consent.
This case and its outcome is critical, as this is one of the final approvals Adani needs, with native title extinguishment being essential to its ability to build the mine, in addition to raising finance for the project. The basis of the court action is outlined below.
Adrian Burragubba, cultural leader and spokesperson for the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says, Both the Queensland and Federal governments have supported Adani against us, overriding our rights. And right now the Queensland Government has the power to extinguish our Native Title if they choose to, at any time.
The Queensland Government and Adani are relying on the ILUA to authorise extinguishment of our native title. The government does not have to go down this path. It should rule out ever extinguishing our native title for Adani.
The Premier should have the decency not to rely on Adanis sham agreement. We have voted four times against taking Adanis shut up money, and against the destruction of our lands and waters, and our cultural heritage.
This is no easy fight. Adani is a powerful, unscrupulous, multibillion dollar company which has trampled traditional communities and destroyed environments in its own country. They are pushing hard to extinguish our native title and to mask our profound opposition to their mine with the veneer of consent.
We are determined to expose the underhanded and divisive tactics used to secure Adanis sham agreement.
Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council says,......
A busy weekend in the Central West with the Commonwealth Games
Queen's Baton Relay coming to Longreach and consequently, on
Saturday 10 March, The Queensland Government
(State of Queensland) Raytheon Hawker 850XP bizjet VH-SGY was
spotted visiting Longreach Airport.
Several rivers have burst their banks in North Queensland after a 4 days of heavy rain. Many areas have recorded 500 to 700 mm of rain during that time. This is the fourth serious flood event in the state in the last 2 weeks. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said that the "flood situation has seen communities isolated, schools closed and highways cut, with overall flood impacts comparable to the February 2009 flood event." A disaster declaration was issued on 09 March for the Hinchinbrook Shire Council Local Government area following flooding which has impacted homes and roads around Ingham and Halifax. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) swift-water crews were involved in two rescues in Halifax and Ingham. Over 70 school children have been left stranded at an adventure camp site near Tully.
The Herald Sun and The Courier Mail were fighting to see who could produce the most repellent reporting of a crime police suspect was perpetrated against a woman in Queensland last week.
Bar staff called an ambulance after the woman was found unconscious on the floor of a bathroom at a Gold Coast bar called The Bedroom. She spent the night in hospital.
Police are investigating.
A tennis player was a one of a group of people who were at the bar with her but there is no evidence to suggest he was involved in the drink spiking so its difficult to see any purpose beyond clickbait for including him in the headline.
The woman involved was in a serious condition in hospital last Sunday night and if the drink spiking suspicions are confirmed, she is the victim of a serious crime. She is not a party girl and shes not Tomics girl. Shes a person in her own right and was subjected to highly dangerous behaviour.
Serious crimes are also not acceptable topics for jokey salacious headlines, something the Courier Mail clearly does not understand.
That this is standard tabloid sensationalism does not make it ok.
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Ive been contacted by a lady, who is now in her 60s, who was sexually abused as a twelve year old for a period of three years by Pastor Jim Williams in the 1960s in Victoria, Queensland, Australia. Caroline Andrews shared with me details of Jim Willams sexually abusing her and three friends, aged 12 at Heathmont Assemblies of G0d (AOG).
The sexual abuse by Pastor Jim Williams of these four girls started when Caroline Andrews was aged a mere twelve years old. Pastor Jim Williams was 25 years old when he started abusing her. The abuse was in the 1960s. Pastor Jim Williams was her Youth Pastor at Heathmont AOG in Victoria.
Pastor Jim Williams was a very prominent and charismatic Assemblies of God (AoG) leader in New Zealand, in m...
The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In the final piece in this special 5-part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull makes the case for urgent action. Click on the numbers to read each of the other stories in the series 1, 2, 3 and 4.
HRW observed: All prisoners face delayed or inadequate access to health care due to overcrowding. Prisoners with disabilities, however, face particular barriers accessing specialized services due to lack of proper diagnoses, long waiting lists, negative staff attitudes, and lack of resources. Impossibly large caseloads prevent mental health professionals from providing appropriate care for prisoners, who often have complex needs. Furthermore, Mental health staff often fail to discuss with prisoners the nature, purpose, risks, and benefits of different types of treatment so that the prisoner is not in a position to make informed decisions on whether or not to consent to the treatment. The effectiveness of their work is also often impeded by antagonistic relations between prisoners and prison staff.
The difficulties begin with the admission process. When prisoners are taken into prison, staff do not have the time, training, or tools to effectively identify people with disabilities and their support needs. Both the Western Australia and Queensland Departments of Corrective Services said staff receive initial training on disability and mental health, but there is no specific refresher or on-going training required or provided.
As staff do not identify the disabilities and needs of prisoners, prisons fail to provide appropriate and adequate services and accommodations for the particular needs of prisoners with disabilities. Prisons in Western Australia and Queensland were not consistently assessing or collecting data on disability (NSW may be exempt, due to the government refusing to cooperate with HRW). A WA prison nurse said, There is no disability assessment here. We dont have time, we dont have the facilities, and we dont have the nursing staff. Prison is not set up for people with disabilities.........
Recorded and mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at Against The Grain Fest, Brisbane, 27th August 2017
Starting in Melbourne in 2014, Gold Class has had a rapid rise to where they are today. They have released a 7 inch, written, recorded and released their debut album Its You via well known tastemaker label Spunk Records here in Australia, as well as scoring an international release through Felte Records for the US and Europe.
2017 saw them follow up with the release of Drum. Produced by The Drones Gareth Liddiard, their second album builds on the post-punk sounds established on Its You, with a new found forward momentum.
Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at the 4ZZZ Carpark, Brisbane, 26th August 2017
Kitchens Floor was formed in 2007 by...
|A Night Parrot at the WA site where a bird was captured: Pic by Bruce Greatwich|
1802 - Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name
so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.
1817 - There were now 20 children at the Native School.
I have been much delighted with having them read and spell They read with so much boldness and attention as supprised [sic] me, wrote the Methodist missionary, the Reverend Samuel Leigh.
1825 - Crikey they were stretching their necks in job lots in Hobart!
1825 - Henry McConnell Hanged at Hobart for robbery.
1825 - Jeremiah Ryan Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Charles Ryder Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - James Bryant Hanged at Hobart for murder and robbery.
1825 - Black Jack (or Jack Roberts) Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Patrick McCarthy.
1825 - John Logan Hanged at Hobart for attempting to shoot Mr Shoobridge.
1825 - Musquito Hanged at Hobart for a murder at Grindstone Bay.
1825 - Peter Thackery Hanged at Hobart for bushranging and robbery.
Over the past few years, colleges and universities all over the world have been creating courses revolving around cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Now the subject is slowly infecting the halls of high school students who want to learn about these emerging technologies. Because of the increased student interest, this week a Business and Personal Finance teacher from Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey announced plans to add the topic of cryptocurrencies to his course next semester.
Students all over the world are interested in cryptocurrencies and the subject is being taught throughout many college campuses. However, the trend is starting to find its way into high school classrooms as younger scholars are fascinated by this technology. Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on a high school in Brisbane Australia where students had such an interest in bitcoin that it prompted students to create a cryptocurrency information night. This week the students at Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey are also curious about digital currencies and the schools Business and Personal Finance class plans to add cryptocurrencies to the course next semester.
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Engineered Arts U.K. company Engineered Arts has a new line of entertainment robots called Mesmer.
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.
An extra special thank-you to Boston Dynamics this week for posting another video of SpotMini that includes a nice, detailed explanation of whats actually going on:
A test of SpotMinis ability to adjust to disturbances as it opens and walks through a door. A person (not shown) drives the robot up to the door, points the hand at the door handle, then gives the GO command, both at the beginning of the video and again at 42 seconds. The robo...
Entries are now open for two of the upcoming queer arts festival MELTs most popular events. The MELT Festival is the Brisbane Powerhouses annual extravaganza of queer arts and culture, showcasing local and international actors, rock stars, dancers, photographers, artists, comedians and circus performers. And one of the festivals most popular events, the MELT Beauty ...
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