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AusGov.info went live in January in time for LinuxConfAu where, despite being so tired I could barely stand, I gave a potted history of my work with open data and the functionality of the site to a room full of enthusiastic developers. Reactions ranged from demanding why had I not achieved moar, moar, moar in the month since I decided to create the new project to a standing ovation from one audience member who, as part of team creating a similar (internal) project for the Victorian govt was incredibly impressed that I had done the work of an entire team single-handedly and in a month!
At this point I want to issue a very belated thank you to all the people I know personally, who turned up to hear me present at LinuxConf the kindness of having so many people I recognised in the audience was not lost on me and I was very grateful for your presence
I took the feedback I got from the audience, my wider Twitter network and people I had spoken to at other events and implemented site wide changes over the top of what I had built. I spent weeks designing the navigation using a complex interplay of CSS overlays and implemented charts that are generated on the fly that also act as navigation to allow people to drill down on the data by year for that data.
This replaced the top and bottom menu bars which forced people to click on a year whether or not there was any result for that particular year. With the new approach, people see from the chart whether there is a result in a particular year then click on that bar to see the breakdown for that year.
Since launch I have added the new political donations data in February, budget data in May and I also made the Taxation Expenditure Statement (tax concessions) data interactive. I worked so hard on the site that I didnt make a single blog post for about four months. Over the past few weeks since I stopped focusing on the code and turned my attention to providing journalism based on insights (made available through the AusGov) Ive been somewhat confused about the...
EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of a special investigation, True Crime News Weekly takes a look at why long accused sexual predators such as Liberal Party heavyweight Robert Doyle are allowed to get away with their alleged misconduct and possible crimes for so long, even in the face of a litany of complaints stretching back 40 years and involving claims of sexual abuse against schoolgirls and the alleged drugging of women. Our Melbourne correspondent Gary Johnston reports. [READ MORE]
The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.
Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.
Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.
The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.
Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.
Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.
I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.
The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.
This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.
It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.
John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...
1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and
named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace
1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.
1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street
1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.
1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."
1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.
1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each
1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.
1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!
1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.
1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.
1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...
The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.
Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council today.
Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.
"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.
The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.
Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.
Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.
"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.
Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.
Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.
"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.
For interviews Adrianne Walters and Paul Nattrass or further information please call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law...
By Emma Badrock
There was a great atmosphere at the annual Pink Day match against Queenscliff, with lots of strong junior netball on display.
Round 7 vs Queenscliff
13/1 Ocean Grove 9 vs Queenscliff 13
It was an extremely tough match for the Under 13 girls, with both teams giving it everything they had. Grove went into the final quarter with a three-point buffer but Queenscliff proved to be too strong and ended up taking the win.
Best: Lexie Annand
13/2 Ocean Grove 14 vs Queenscliff 8
Queenscliff started the match off well but Ocean Grove ramped it up after quarter time to take the lead which they kept right through to the end.
Best: Lily Hallam, Ella McGlynn, Zoe Hildebrandt.
15/1 Ocean Grove 22 vs Queenscliff 9
After a close first quarter, Ocean Grove was able to take the lead and dominate the second half, taking the win by 13.
Best: Annabelle Soppitt, Anna Smith, Jordan Coad.
15/2 Ocean Grove 18 vs Geelong Amateur 26
The U15 Division 2 girls took on Geelong Ammos this week. They started the game off strong in the first quarter before the Ammos came back to level things up at half time. Unfortunately for Ocean Grove, Geelong was too strong and went on to control the second half.
17/1 Ocean Grove 34 vs Queenscliff 18
It was another convincing win for the U17s this week. After coming out strong to lead the first quarter, Queenscliff couldt keep it up for the rest of the game, allowing Ocean Grove to take control.
Best: Elli Campbell, Isabelle Teague, Jessie Allen.
17/2 Ocean Grove 31 vs Queenscliff 6
It was an easy match for the U17/2s who took out the win against Queenscliff. Despite having a few players missing, they were able to come together and control all areas of the court.
Best: Caitlin Harris, Jorja Connellan, Taylah Jeffrey.
Blackmail charges leveled against John Setka and Shaun Reardon, the two leaders of the Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) in Victoria, have been dismissed at the Magistrates Court in Melbourne.
The charges emerged from a Caf meeting with two Boral managers, Paul Dalton and Peter Head, back in 2013. It was alleged that the union officials had threatened to blockage the company and its trucks, if it dis not meet demands.
There was already a ban of the delivery of the companys cement, and management had called a meeting to have this lifted. Nothing was offered in return and the rest is history.
Critics have pointed out that this is normal in negotiations between unions and employers that cuts both ways. Unions mention industrial action. Employers mention sackings and legal actions against the concerned union if it doesnt comply.
This is a fact of life that is generally accepted and worked around.
But in stepped zealous officials, acting on policy born out of the Coalitions Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, and took it on themselves to proceed to get rid of percieved political enemies.
The Commission referred the matter to the police, who were in turn obliged to act and make the charges in 2015.
The two officials have gained a groundswell of support from the union movement and beyond. By The time the two were brought up before the court, it had become obvious that this was likely to develop into a major political issue for the government. This and the lack of serious evidence of unusual and serious criminal behaviour, meant that the capacity to make the charges stick was weak.
Prosecutor Ray Gibson told the court, After a careful assessment of the evidence weve heard, I have instructions to withdraw the charges against both accused.
Speaking outside, where supporters had gathered, John Setka proclaimed his innocence again and said: Our job is to make sure that workers go home to their families. Thats what we were trying to do.
The governments jobs minister Michaelia Cash remains unrepentant. And denies that the result is an embarrassment to the government, which has been pursuing he union directly, and hoped that by making the charges stick, they could be prevented from holding office.
The first of two trials on pedophilia charges of the worlds third most senior Catholic priest, Cardinal George Pell, may not be allowed to be reported until after a second trial concludes.
The publication New Matilda reported on Tuesday (May 15) that the Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions (DRPP) is seeking an injunction to have all mention of both trials quashed until after their completion.
But in a follow-up report today (Wednesday, May 16) New Matilda stated the DRPP has modified this to enable the proceedings of the first trial only to be subject to the injunction, and for it to be lifted once the second trial is complete.
Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.
The intent of the injunction would be to avoid a mistrial in either case as a result of prejudicial reporting.
Media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.
The application is to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd.
It precludes even mentioning the injunction in the press, so reports such as this would have to be removed.
In other news relating to the Pell trial, a Victorian County Court employee has reportedly been sacked for looking up information relating to Australias most senior Catholic, whos been charged with historical sexual offences.
The staffer had improperly accessed restricted information on Cardinal George Pell through the courts computer system, the Herald-Sun reported on Wednesday.
When improper access to information is found to occur, the court takes decisive action. This is exactly what has occurred in this case, it quoted a court spokeswoman as saying.
Cardinal Pell has denied all of the allegations made against him.
His case r...
1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past
the Gold Coast on this day.
1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.
1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."
1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer) popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.
1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.
1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.
1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.
1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.
1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.
1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.
1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.
1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...
by Lisa Cox / The Guardian
The government has released a new acreage for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight that green groups says should have been kept off limits after it was cancelled by BP.
The permit is one of two that BP cancelled after the company abandoned its plans for oil and gas drilling in the bight in 2016. Its remaining two permits were sold to the Norwegian oil and gas multinational Statoil.
On Tuesday the government released 21 new acreages that petroleum companies will be able to bid for across six basins off Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands.
The announcement came as protesters gathered outside the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Associations annual conference in Adelaide to oppose new oil and gas drilling in the bight. Later on Tuesday, Kangaroo Islands mayor, Peter Clements, was speaking at Statoils annual general meeting in Norway to highlight community opposition to the project.
The Wilderness Society said on Tuesday that the government was acting insanely in trying to push oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight in waters that were pristine and where development was risky.
The pristine, treacherous waters of the Great Australian Bight are a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards c...
Tesla just earned a Guinness World Record.
Tesla just entered the Guinness World Record book. The electric automaker teamed up with Qantas for a publicity stunt in which a Tesla Model X P100D pulled a 287,000-pound Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nearly 1,000 feet down the tarmac at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. The electric SUV drove into the history books for setting the very specific record of heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle.
Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 15 - 21 May 2018 Newsletter | #594 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 15th May 2018 to Monday 21st May 2018 RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival Law Week 2018 GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 Good Beer Week 2018 Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club This Week in Melbourne Markets and Sales Entertainment Channels Coming Soon Enjoy RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Join over 25,000 people at RSPCAs biggest fundraising event walking at locations across Victoria on Sunday 20 May 2018. RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 | Buy Tickets Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 10am - 7pm Saturday | 10am - 5pm Sunday 2-day festival celebrating Buddhas birthday through traditional arts, music and cultural performances enhancing community spirit and social harmony. Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 2018 | Federation Square Law Week 2018 Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues through informative and fun events. Law Week 2018 | Courts Open Day GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 18-20 May 2018 | | Royal Exhibition Building With 180 unique festival beers and ciders, GABS brings together the best breweries and cider makers for one specTAPular event. GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 | Tickets Good Beer Week 2018 May 11 - 20 2018 Grab your diaries and join us for Australias biggest celebration of craft beer at the 8th Good Beer Week. The BEST beer week in the world! Good Beer Week 2018 | Whats On Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Join us at 80 Willis Street Portarlington for plenty of free activities refreshments music and workshops that the whole family can enjoy. Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club 2018 is a milestone year for Vaudevillian trickster Mic Conway who is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a performer. Mic Conway | 50th Anniversary Tour | Buy Tickets This Week ATSA Independent Living Expo, Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, ILLUMIN8: Festival of Light and Peace, Lavandulas Autumn Harvest Festival, Next Wave Festival, Philippine Street Fiesta, Sleep at the G, Stonnington Jazz Festival View Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Footscray Finds Market, Yarraville Village Craft Market, Divine Little Market, Bohemian Bulla Market, Kensington Market, Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue Market, Seaford Handmade and Homemade Market, Pakenham Community Market, Fitzroy Market, Treasures...
By Mark Heenan
Ocean Grove won a hard-fought contest over BFL finals challenger Queenscliff despite the absence of three key defenders at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval on 12 May.
The Grubber backline duo of Peter Hardy (flu) and Kaiden Long (teeth) were sidelined, while Patrick Maloney will miss a further six weeks after he suffered a broken collarbone in Round 5 against Torquay.
Ocean Groves injury woes were compounded with a shoulder injury to Corey Walter against the Coutas, while star on-baller James Linton copped a knock to his jaw during the match.
Ive done some damage to my AC joint yeah could be (out for) four weeks, Walter said.
Equally Queenscliff was without former Drysdale and Leopold player Ben Carmichael (ankle), while Justin Maher and Caleb Whitley both sustained injuries during the game.
Ocean Grove 9.15 (69) defeated Queenscliff 8.7 (55) by 14 points.
Ocean Grove sits in fourth position with a 5-2 record, while second-placed Anglesea (5-2) and Geelong Amateur (5-2) in third spot are higher on ladder with a superior percentage.
Barwon Heads remains the only BFL team undefeated after seven rounds.
Despite the home side kicking with a howling breeze in the first quarter, an understrength Ocean Grove defence was under immense pressure after the visitors rose to the challenge with four goals.
Queenscliff led by one point at quarter time.
Silky Couta Regan Greenwood had the ball on a string early to set up vital plays, while James Linton help the home side get back on level terms with a dominant end to the first quarter up forward.
The Grubbers got what they wanted in the second term a dog fight.
It was a low scoring second quarter, both sides kicked one goal apiece and Queenscliff failed to extend their margin at half time with its one-point advantage.
The inaccurate Grubbers got on top in the third quarter amidst the windy and rainy conditions with the home side kicking 4.8 at goal to lead Queenscliff by 17 points at the final break.
Ocean Grove defender Glenn Campbell reduced Couta forward Daniel Degois to one goal, while youngster Mitch Lindkvists two-goal haul got the Grubbers up and about.
Grubber Adam Gerdtz, last years reserves grade best-and-fairest winner, played his first senior match for 2018.
Jake Carmody finished with three goals for Ocean Grove and increased his season tally to 20 goals.
In the Under 19s Division 2 Bendigo Bank Cup Ocean Grove thrashed Queenscliff by 69 points.
Final scores Ocean Grove 14.15 (99) defeated Queenscliff 4.6 (30).
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