Sunday, 11 November
07:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed by approximately 40
minutes due to vandalism affecting signalling on the ARTC
Andrews agreed on Shi's opinions about developing China-Victoria
relations, expressed that Labor Party of Victoria attaches great
significance to cooperating and communicating with China and is
willing to make relentless efforts to this end. On 27 March 2012
the Chinese Consulate-General in Melbourne posted this report. Shi
made positive remarks...
Published on Nov 8,
Date: 8/11/18. TIME OF
SIGHTING: 7:29pm Taken next to Kings way, south
Police say his family is well known and respected within the Somali
community in Melbourne. They attended the Virgin Mary Mosque in
Hoppers Crossing, west of Melbourne. Shire Ali most commonly
attended prayer in Melbournes northern suburbs. Are these mosques
being investigated? If not, they should be. The tendency among law
enforcement officials in the 
The Muslim community will not be scapegoated and we will endeavour
to keep Australia safe where we can, but the actions of a mentally
ill person suffering from a psychotic episode, is not the fault of
a whole religious community. Now wait a minute. He was screaming
Allahu akbar during his attack, and not only 
17:20 Albury - Southern Cross is expected to be delayed by
approximately 60 minutes due to vandalism affecting signals on the
ARTC network. [20:54 11/11]
20:25 Seymour - Southern Cross will not run and has
been replaced by road coaches.
17:32 Southern Cross -
Seymour will not run and has been
replaced by road coaches.
16:04 Shepparton - Southern Cross is delayed by approximately 22
minutes due to an earlier train fault.
Saturday, 10 November
07:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed approximately 31
minutes due to vandalism affecting signalling on the ARTC network.
One of the primary objectives of (Victoria)
Police as stated in the Victoria Police Manual - Policy Rules is to
"preserve the peace, protect life and property, prevent offences",
as seen below in an excerpt from the manual.
The 31 year old Somali-born man who knifed
the co-owner Sisto Malaspina of Melbourne's iconic Pellegrini's
cafe was known to both federal and state police.
According to what was presented in the
mainstream media, the 31 year old attacker was not a threat "to the
national security environment", which is totally different from
being a threat to the general population, which he was.
Victorian Premier Mr. Daniel Andrews
"We condemn it. We also
take this opportunity to thank those very brave and dedicated
members of Victoria Police who did all of us proud in their very
quick response in very dangerous circumstances. Theyve done each
and every one of us proud."
The real action was taken by a homeless man
by the name of Mr. Michael Rogers dubbed "trolley man" who subdued
the attacker before police took any action.
Victoria Police have not done "each and
every one of us proud" as claimed by Mr. Andrews, but rather failed
in their duty to prevent "offences...
This beautiful man, gone. Unspeakable. Thank you so much for
sharing this Ms Fonseca. I feel young, I feel happy, I feel loved.
These words shared last month by Sisto Malaspina, owner of
Pellegrini's Espresso Bar in Melbourne. Killed in yesterday's
Bourke Street attack. He loved helping others. Full of...
Below : Serial pest Neil Erikson interrupts a Channel 7
broadcast from Bourke Street yesterday. ALA candidate Avi Yemini
also sought to capitalise upon the tragedy, today holding a smol
rally at the site. This political opportunism is explored by
20:25 Seymour - Southern
Cross train has been replaced by road
Graffiti mural in Narrm / Melbourne to
commemorate Mikhail Zhlobitsky.
Submitted to Enough is
Note: Enough is Enough
is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text
for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going
on and for documentation only.
Melbourne so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory
of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who
died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB
(Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in
Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.
Never Forget Our Fallen
We (Enough is Enough) need your
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ADVISORY-Court order on media coverage of Melbourne knife attacker
storyThomson Reuters FoundationNov 10 (Reuters) - The following
stories are now subject to a media suppression and take down order
by an Australian court. The stories will be reissued with the
statements subject to the order removed. An alert and urgent timed
at 05:06:41. USN ...and more
The mainstream media are the true peddlers of
By General Maddox.
In a climate of constant media propaganda and spin designed to
keep us in a perpetual state of fear, we again see an incident on
Australian soil quickly described as a Terror Attack by the
mainstream media. Read
Melbourne stabbings: Somali-born
Australian inspired by Isil, say police, as group claims attackA
man who set a car on fire and stabbed three people one fatally in
the Australian city of Melbourne has died in hospital after being
shot by police.
Authorities now say they are treating the attack as a
The attacker, 31, was shot after confronting officers on a busy
city street, authorities said. He was taken into custody in a
The two survivors are in hospital, neither are in a serious
condition. The suspect has not been named.
Police said they were not looking for anyone further at this
We dont believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but
certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident, said Victoria
Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
He said the suspect, who is of Somali origin, was someone that
is known to both local police and federal intelligence, adding it
was mainly in respect to relatives who are certainly persons of
interest to us.
Somali-born Australian who set fire to a gas-laden truck in the
centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person before
he was shot by police was inspired by Islamic State but did not
have direct links with the group, Australian police said on
In an attack described by the state premier as an act of evil,
the man sped a utility vehicle down Bourke Street, one of the citys
busiest thoroughfares, and then stopped and apparently set it
alight before randomly stabbing pedestrians.
A man aged 74, who had been stabbed in the face, died at the
Two other men, aged 26 and 58, are in a hospital
with non-life threatening injuries.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Police identified the man responsible for Fridays attack as
30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 31, whose 21-year-old
brother was accused of plotting a mass murder on New Years Eve at
Federation Square last year, a city centre hub and popular tourist
spot. He is in jail awaiting trial.
Footage taken by
witnesses showed the man lunging with a large knife at police, who
shot him in the chest and killed him. Bystanders were yelling at
police: Just shoot him, just shoot him.
Police said Shire Alis Australian passport was cancelled in 2015
after an intelligence report he planned to travel to Syria, but an
assessment was made that whilst he had radical views, he posed no
threat to national security.
I think it is fair to say he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was
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Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police
sayThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A
Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in
the centre of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired
by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group,
Australian police ...November 9, 2018 - TwitterTwitterall 2,756
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Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State - Australian
policeThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man
who set fire to a gas-laden truck in the centre of Melbourne and
fatally stabbed one person before he was shot by police was
inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the
group, Australian police ...and more
Rot in hell you Islamist piece of shit. You havent really
experienced Melbourne until youve had pasta at Pellegrinis
Pellegrinis sign is heritage-listed. (Audrey Bourget) It's one of
the citys oldest cafes, and the plate of pasta will take you back
to the 1950s. By Audrey Bourget 12 OCT 2018...
Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror
investigationThomson Reuters FoundationMELBOURNE, Nov 10 (Reuters)
- Australian counter-terrorism investigators were searching two
properties in suburban Melbourne on Saturday morning, the day after
a man killed one person in what authorities said was a terrorist
attack in the city. Police ...and more
Viewer discretion advised. As we mourn the tragic innocent
victim of this mindless attack, we should hail the heroic actions
of Victoria police on the frontline. Incredible courage. Those
denying the constant threat of terror are endangering our
community. pic.twitter.com/rUSZl0QPKH Peter Blunden
(@PeterBlunden_) November 9, 2018 Our own Bill...
The mainstream media are the true peddlers of fear. By General
Maddox. In a climate of constant media propaganda and spin designed
to keep us in a perpetual state of fear, we again see an incident
on Australian soil quickly described as a Terror Attack by the
mainstream media. There are a few things that 
Friday, 09 November
Spring is here and with it comes the growth of new sap-rich
leaves, particularly on eucalypt trees. This means that it is time
for the sap-sucking insects to put in an appearance. Insects of the
order Hemiptera make up a diverse range of creatures all
distinguished by having sucking mouth-parts. The adult and young
Melbourne attacker's brother arrested last year - policeThomson
Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, Nov 10 (Reuters) - A man who killed one
person in a terrorist attack in the Australian city of Melbourne
was known to police and was the brother of a man arrested on terror
charges last year, Australian police said on Saturday. The
Somali-born ...and more
Nominations closed today for the Victorian state election. In
this post Ill run through the numbers on how many people are
running, and from what parties, and where.
Check out this Google spreadsheet with a list of all 507 lower
Thanks to Nick Casmirri for doing a lot of research in pulling
together information about these candidates.
507 candidates are running for the Legislative Assembly, and 380
candidates are running for the Legislative Council. This is a
slight decline in lower house numbers (from 545 in 2014) and a
record number of candidates for the Legislative Council. There was
a 68% increase in
upper house candidates to 351 in 2014, and weve broken that record
by 29 this time. Antony Green has posted
some more historical information on candidate numbers.
Labor and the Greens are each running a full ticket of 88
candidates in the lower house. The Liberal Party is running eighty
candidates, alongside ten Nationals. The Liberals and Nationals are
running against each other in three seats: Bendigo
East, Morwell and
These three seats are respectively held by Labor, an ex-Nationals
independent, and another independent. After the Liberal Party
originally threatened to sit out the contest in four inner-city
seats, they ended up only sitting out the race in Richmond,
apparently in protest at the local Labor MP and minister Richard
The Animal Justice Party, who ran nine candidates in the lower
house in 2014, is running 43 candidates this time. Other notable
parties are the Democratic Labour Party (23), the Victorian
Socialists (18), Sustainable Australia (11), Reason (10) and
Transport Matters (10). There are also 102 independents. There are
sixteen parties running lower house candidates, which is the same
number as in 2014.
There are an average of 5.76 candidates per seat. There are nine
seats with only three candidates (Labor, Coalition and Greens),
while there are twelve candidates in Melton.
Before we move on to the upper house, Ive also analysed the
gender of candidates (weve identified all but six) to produce the
GV Pride members and friends alike are invited to share in the
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GV Pride Christmas BBQ all welcome! Sun 9 Dec Shepparton
Facebook event here.
Sunday, 14 October
A rule to remember whenever youre camping in
the Australian bush (or anywhere really) is to pack away and secure
your food at night so that it doesnt attract animals.
Its a rule I was acutely reminded of during
a recent trip hiking the Grampians Peaks Trail, leaving me with a
large, chewed tear in the floor of my much loved Macpac Minaret
Ive always thought packing my food away into
plastic bags and keeping them in my tent was enough to deter
animals. In my many years of camping around Australia Ive never had
But this trip, it was a problem.
At some stage during the first night at the
Bugiga hikers camp, something chewed its way into my tent and got
into my dinner bag, getting at one of my dried meals and a block of
fancy Koko Black chocolate given to me for Fathers Day.
I must have been tired because I slept
through it and didnt realise what had happened until I was packing
up in the morning after breakfast and discovered the hole in my
I was devastated. Ive written before how
much I love my tent and how its
served me well on many trips in fair weather and foul.
It felt like Id let a good friend down.
I patched up the hole on both sides with
first aid strapping tape and thankfully the weather was good so I
didnt need to worry about rain.
Once back in Melbourne I got the hole
patched and, hopefully, its good to go for my next trip.
And for that next trip Ill be investing in
some decent bags to stash my food in and putting those into my
backpack which Ill also line with a big plastic bag.
to view slideshow.
Anyway, the Grampians Peaks Trail was okay.
Nice scenery, interesting rock formations, easy to follow track.
But it never felt particularly remote as the views included roads
and the town of Halls Gap. There were also plenty of tourists and
school groups doing day walks on the trails so it never felt like
I started at Halls Gap, following the
Grampians Peaks Trail signs up Stony Creek past Venus Baths and
Splitters Falls into Wonderland. It was steady, but not
challenging, climbing to get up onto the mountain range. Walking
through the Grand...
Friday, 12 October
Jeremy Lent is author of The
Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanitys Search for
Meaning, which investigates how different cultures have
made sense of the universe and how their underlying values have
changed the course of history. He is founder of the
Institute, dedicated to fostering a sustainable worldview. For
more information visit jeremylent.com.
In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot,
alluring promises of green growth are no more than magical
thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global
cultural/economic system to cultivate an ecological civilization:
one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term
Weve now been warned by the worlds leading climate scientists
that we have just twelve years to limit climate catastrophe. The
UNs International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has
put the world on notice that going from a 1.5 to 2.0 C
rise in temperature above preindustrial levels would have
disastrous consequences across the board, with unprecedented
flooding, drought, ocean devastation, a...
You might have noticed the level of bad language rising
in this blog. sorry if youre offended, I put it down to
rising levels of frustration and utter stupidity. But if we ever
needed a laugh, even if its inspired by four letter words, then it
must surely be now.. This post was stolen from FB, hat tip to my
mate Trev.. I categorised this post as Philosophy, I hope you
John Birmingham reckons were doomed too, and his reasons are
more amusing than mine; remember, JB, not me.
The passcode of our doom is 00000
Because I am writing this column, we are fucked. And I am
writing this column because we are are fucked.
As I write, Kanye West is trending on Twitter.
Hes also trending across the old media, surfing the front pages
of The Sydney Morning Herald (Kanye West Drops F-Bomb with
President Trump), Fox News (Candace Owens on the Smearing of
Kanye), and the tech media.
Kanye Wests iPhone passcode is 00000 The Verge.
The artist formerly known as Taylor Swifts arch-nemesis isnt
trending everywhere because he dropped an F-Bomb with President
Trump. Hes trending because we of the media, and you, our enabling
audience, have been so intellectually handicapped by the
endumbening of politics and discourse into a Skinner Box feedback
loop of dopamine addiction and lab rat lever-pushing that were too
fucking stupid to live.
The International Panel on Climate Change this week released a
funeral plan for the human race, detailing the minimum necessary
precautions needed to avoid almost inevitable catastrophealmost
none of which we will take because were all too busy riffing on
Kanye Wests bizarre visit to the White House.
Its not actual news.
It was a curiosity, a freak show, or at the very least a surfing
dog story, the sort of weird, WTF item that once-upon-a-time would
have run in the thirty second slot at the end of the six oclock
In actual news this week, the Saudi regime despatched to Turkey
a 15 man wetwork team, including the head of the forensic medicine
department of the Kingdoms interior ministry. Why? Because somebody
had to use the bone saw they brought with them to dismember the
body of Washington Post contributor Jamal Kashoggi, whom they had
just murdered in the Saudi consulate at Istanbul, for the high
crime of irritating a crown prince.
Why did these medieval beard strokers think they could get away
with such brazen fuckery?
Because brazen fuckery has been standard procedure for Riyadh
since they let the cheeto-dusted chimpenfuhrer play with their
magic orb and he let them go to war in Yemen.
Once upon a time a ster...
This is a guest post from my Scottish friend
Jacqueline Fletcher who has taught in universities all over Europe,
and even sent me a wwoofer from Finland some years ago.. shes a
permie and environmental activist beyond the call of
Yesterday evening I attended a meeting with a
couple of researchers involved with IPCC reports. Dr Katarzyna
Tokarska from the GeoSciences Institute at Edinburgh University and
psychologist (and Scottish government advisor on mental health) Dr
Nadine Andrews from Lancaster University. Tokarska explained the
science, how much CO2 the atmosphere can take if we are to stay
within the 1.5 degrees warming (X), how much is already in the
atmosphere Y, and therefore X minus Y will tell us how much we can
still emit before we lock ourselves ino the 1.5 degrees warming
point (Z) and upwards towards 2 degrees.
The bad news is that in a BAU scenario, given the amount of CO2
emitted annually, globally, we will emit that amount (Z) in just
We have to do something NOW. So what is on offer by way of
suggestions about what to do?
A digression: In 2015 I was living in Paris and a member of the
social movement and degrowth group ATTAC. Because ATTAC was also
one of the 130 or so groups that constituted
CoalitionClimate21, I joined up with that too, to organise
protests around the COP21 but also to c...
By RISE Vietnamese Member who seeks asylum in Australia. (Scroll
down for English version)
Thuyn nhn Vit Nam xin t nn ang b e do trc xut v nc, cng
ng ngi Vit phi lm sao?
Cc thuyn nhn Vit Nam va n c hm 27/08/2018 b cc ngi dn a phng
giao cho cnh st v b giam trong Trung Tm Giam Gi Di Tru ao Chrismas
Island. B Trng B Ni V Peter Dutton ln ting e do trc xut tt c cc
thuyn nhn va n v nc, ni m h s b Chnh Ph Vit Nam tra tn, b t v hm
hi, thm ch l b git cht.
y khng phai la ln u tin Chinh phu Uc co hanh ng tan nhn vi cac
thuyn nhn xin ti nan noi chung va cac thuyn nhn ti nan Vit Nam noi
ring. Nm 1992, Chinh Phu ang Lao ng cua Thu Tng Paul Keating a quyt
inh m ra trung tm giam gi di tru u tin trn th gii va sau nay c nhiu
quc gia trn th gii lam theo. Luc by gi, muc ich cua cac trung tm
giam gi di tru nay la nhm vao cac thuyn nhn xin ti nan Vit Nam va
ti pham hoa vic xin ti nan xin c bao v khoi vic bi an ap, bc hai,
thin tai, nan oi va nan dit chung. Cac nan nhn sng sot cua nhng
trung tm giam gi khc nghit, tan bao, v nhn tinh va m mau nay a va
ang ln ting v nhng anh hng tiu cc cua vic giam cm v thi han n tinh
thn, sc khoe va cuc sng cua ho.
a co it nht 50 ngi a mt mang trong cac trung tm giam gi di tru
cua Uc trong t lin va ngoai khi t khi trung tm giam gi u tin c m
ca, trong o co it nht 3 ngi Vit Nam.Hu ht nhng ngi nay la nhng ngi
xin ti nan va tt ca u la ngi da mau. Nhng ngi nay a bi mt mang vi
nhng ly do co th c ngn chn kip thi nu chinh phu Uc ra tay can thip
nh nh t t, s s sut y t va bi am sat. Ngoai nhng cai cht oan ung ra
con co v s trng hp a va ang xay ra hng ngay trong cac trung tm giam
gi i vi cac giam nhn (bt k gii tinh va la tui) nh ham hip, quy ri
tinh duc, bao hanh, tra tn, e doa v.v. Hn na, hu ht tt ca cac cu
giam nhn cho du a hn nhiu nm sau khi c tha ra, vn bi tan tt va mang
trong ngi nhng cn bnh hu t nhng ln bi ngc ai, tra tn, hm doa, ham
hip, quy ri tinh duc, va khi cuc sng cua ho bi Chinh phu Uc lam cho
hn loan khng co li thoat trong nhiu nm. Ngoai ra con co hang ngan
ngi ti nan bi B Di tru truc xut hay an ap ho cho n khi ho t truc
Thursday, 11 October
Melbournes trains: you might not expect a seat in peak hour, but
on Sunday mornings? Most lines are very infrequent and theyre
Services on the Werribee, Williamstown, Sunbury, Craigieburn,
Upfield, Mernda, Hurstbridge and Sandringham lines on Sundays
run only every 40 minutes until about 10am,
resulting in crowding, while spare trains sit idle in stabling
It hasnt changed in decades. Sunday 10am to 7pm
frequencies were increased in 1999 to 20 minutes, but the morning
40 minute gaps have existed since the 1970s.
This is not good enough for a growing city of 5 million people.
To get Melbourne moving, its time for frequent train services every
10 minutes on all Metro lines, every day of the week.
Wednesday, 10 October
The Monthly Discussion in November Victoria votes! What: Discuss
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Cost: Free Come along to the Monthly Discussion in November for the
Great Victorian Election Debate! We analyse the policies and the
promises, the past record and the rhetoric, through the lens of
Having been fascinated most of my life with things 'of mind', I
find it intriguing that we are influenced by the placebo
Tuesday, 09 October
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has launched an
ambitious policy document, Connecting Ballarat, which calls for
dramatic improvements to Ballarats bus network.
Ballarats bus network currently has a lot of problems with
indirect, inefficient routes through the CBD, which turn back on
themselves in order to call at key destinations in a specific
order, and terminate at Ballarat station. These paths waste
valuable driver time, which is an inefficient use of taxpayer
resources compared to more efficient paths. Theyre also slow and
hard for casual users to understand, which makes them unattractive
to potential passengers.
The central idea of the Connecting Ballarat proposal is to link
routes on opposite sides of Ballarat together into longer
cross-town routes, so that buses can flow smoothly in one side of
the CBD and out the other, in a path that is faster, more efficient
and more sensible than the current paths. This would mean faster
trips for passengers, a more understandable network for first-time
users, and more efficient use of resources resources that can be
reinvested into other service improvements.
Three of these routes would become high-frequency SmartBus
routes fast, direct routes that run every ten minutes, designed to
act as the spine of a true turn-up-and-go network for Ballarat. The
other routes would increase to run every 20 or 40 minutes, to match
the increased V/Line train frequencies expected from late 2019.
Buses would also run to a longer span of hours, connecting with
commuter trains in the early mornings and late evenings, and
allowing people travelling within Ballarat to take the bus home
after dinner at a restaurant or a night at the movies.
PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener, Ben Lever, said this was in many
ways an ambitious proposal, but that it also picked a lot of
We know the existing network has a lot of inefficiencies, both
in the twisty paths it takes and the excessively-padded timetables.
Not only are these inefficiencies frustrating for users, they take
up a lot of resources that would be better spent on improving the
service thats what were proposing here.
Beyond those efficiency gains, were calling on all political
parties to invest some serious money into our bus network.
Low-density outer suburbs of Melbourne have high-frequency
SmartBuses running through them, connecting key destinations like
shopping centres and universities with railway stations Ballarat
deserves the same. Even the standard non-SmartBus routes run till
at least 9pm in most suburbs of Melbourne, while Ballarats buses
currently shut down around 7pm its just not good enough.
Weve seen time and time again that when governments invest in
good public transport, people use it. Whether its trains,
Im quite a fan of the English TV show Grand Designs, and
Kevin McCloud in
particular. The key word in the shows title is of course grand,
and many if not most of the projects irritate me no end, but as an
owner builder from way back, not only do I relate to these people,
the show has taught me a trick or two my gripe remains, why oh why
do they all feel the need to build such ginormous houses, often for
just two people to rattle around in?
The Australian version, now showing on ABC TV some 8 or 9 years
after screening on pay TV which I refuse to pay for, is not as good
as the pommy version, the presenter I find lacking in Kevins unique
personality.. but I digress.
My reason for this introduction is that the last episode was
about an earth covered house in Victoria built by a couple whose
home was destroyed in the 2010 bushfires. Never wanting to go
through that again surprise surprise they decided to move to the
only place that didnt burn to the ground and where the few
livestock that survived had escaped to. right next to their big
NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE by
Nguyen Hong Duc
When I started out as RISEs Ability Rights worker two years ago,
my role is to find supports for refugees and asylum seekers with
disabilities. What I found was a distinctive lack of services
across the migration sector, only three out of 16 Migrant Resource
Centres have programs for people with disabilities, of those three
only one supports asylum seekers or newly arrived. The other two
did Home And Community Care (HACC) for those of migrant backgrounds
over 55-65 years of age; HACC is home care and support (not
Launch of RISEs
advocacy booklet; refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities. A document that brings together the
voices of RISE members and an analysis non-intersectionality of the
literature in the refugee and disability sectors. Link
As for the disability sector, where is scarcity of knowledge on
refugees where I am yet to find a mainstream disability service
provider that has a refugee intake program. Publically there is no
clear indication be it either on their website or when I call them
if refugees or asylum seekers on various visas can access the
disability service. Most if the information is in English and
little if any information on accessibility. This is a one-size fit
all approach to informing the public of services available. I
need to make it clear I am referring to disability services not
mental health services.
The mental health sector is hard for refugees to access, that is
psychologists and therapists, refugees are more often referred to
the specific torture and trauma clinics. How they differentiate
between invisible mental health disabilities and PTSD related
mental I cannot say. What I can say is that more needs to be done
to support invisible disabilities like depression and anxiety,
eating disorders and emotional behaviours that are often not
treated go undiagnosed, and seen as just adjusting to a new
I myself is a former child refugee from Vietnam, I have two
disabilities, a hearing impairment and cerebral palsy. Here I am
going to advocate that for too long refugee settlement has been
separate to disabilities and mental health needs. This erroneous
and amounts to structural neglect from the medical profession and
the migration settlement services sector. This is why the silo
approach to refugees and asylum seekers is detrimental to their
health and wellbeing and the community. This is a critique of the
standard operating philosophy of using Maslows hierarchy of needs.
This drives settlement support. It dictates the literature on
refugees. It defines government policy....
Monday, 08 October
When: 5:30pm, Friday 12th October 2018 Where: State Library of
Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne Facebook event here Join RAC
in covering Melbourne this Friday evening with posters, leaflets
and chalk to advertise the rally on October 27th other RAC
initiatives. No experience needed! Meet other activists or come
with friends. Plaster the CBD, or(...)
Nauruan police have arrested a 36 year-old Iranian refugees
after he attempted suicide on Nauru today, Monday 9 October. The
refugee swallowed washing powder at the Anibare camp, around 4.30pm
(Nauru time). Although the man was in obvious distress, and
struggled to strand, instead of an ambulance being called, police
arrived and placed him under(...)
The Nauru government has ended the role of Mdecins Sans
Frontires /Doctors Without Borders on the island. MSF
emailed various clients today Saturday, 6 October informing them
that all MSF services fininsh today email pasted below.
According to the MSF web site, the humanitarian association has
only operated on the island since late(...)
Thursday, 04 October
IT SEEMS that the Government is going to hang on to
Philip Ruddocks report on religious freedom until after this months
by-election and then, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison,
take some legislative action on it.
First we have the obvious question about open and accountable
government. Who paid for this report? Why do freedom-of-information
laws give such broad exemptions to Cabinet documents on topics
which have absolutely no national-security or national-finance
That aside, this is a minefield.
Any legislation or constitutional provision on religious freedom
gives rise to two fundamental legal questions: what is religion and
what is freedom?
The leading case in Australia is the 1983 High Court case of
Church of the New Faith v Commissioner of Payroll Tax.
Scientologists claimed that as the Church of the New Faith they
were a religion and should not have to pay Victorian payroll
All five High Court judges held that Scientology was a
Justices Mason and Brennan responded to claims that Scientologys
founder L Ron Hubbard was in it for the money by saying:
Charlatanism is a necessary price of religious freedom, and if a
self-proclaimed teacher persuades others to believe in a religion
which he propounds, lack of sincerity or integrity on his part is
not incompatible with the religious character of the beliefs,
practices and observances accepted by his followers.
Justice Murphy said: Most organised religions have been riddled
with commercialism, this being an integral part of the drive by
their leaders for social authority and power . . . . The amassing
of wealth by organised religions often means that the leaders live
richly (sometimes in palaces) even though many of the believers
live in poverty. Many religions have been notorious for corrupt
trafficking in relics, other sacred objects, and religious offices,
as well as for condoning sin even in advance, for money. The great
organised religions are big business.
So the legal test in Australia for religion is not the motives
of the founders and leaders of it, but the gullibility or faith of
This case was about tax exemption. Morrisons new law, in the
name of religious freedom, presumably is to give religions
exemptions not only from tax, but also from other laws such as
discrimination in employment on grounds of sexuality because
homosexuality offends their religion.
This presents the legislature with a problem. The legislation
could be cast widely to...
I follow Charles Hugh Smith who regularly comments on
the state of the US economy. As a pensioner myself now, Im
particularly interested in the unsustainability of retirement
funds, and I frankly admit Id be surprised if I still receive a
pension before I kick the bucket in the next twenty years (if Im
Welcome to bubble land..
October 3, 2018
Were living in a fantasy, folks. Bubbles pop,
The nice thing about the wealth generated by bubbles is its
so easy: no need to earn wealth the hard way, by scrimping
and saving capital and investing it wisely. Just sit back and let
central bank stimulus push assets higher.
The problem with bubble wealth is its like an addictive
narcotic: now our entire pension system, public and
private, is dependent on the current bubbles in stocks, real
estate, junk bonds and other risk assets never popping.
But a funny thing eventually happens to financial bubbles:
they all pop. And when the current bubbles pop, they will
gut pension reserves, projections and promises.
Take a look at the chart below of taxpayer contributions to
Calpers, the California public pension fund. Note that in
the heady days of Bubble #1, the dot-com era, enormous gains in
Calpers stock holdings meant taxpayers contributions were a modest
$159 million annually.
Based on bubbles never popping and monumental annual gains
continuing forever, Calpers projected taxpayer contributions in
2010 of $6.6 billion. But since Bubble #2 had popped in 2008-09,
stock market gains had cratered and as a consequence taxpayers had
to pay almost four times the Calpers projection: $24.6 billion.
In a few short years, taxpayer contributions have nearly
doubled, despite the outsized returns generated by Bubble #3, the
largest of them all. By 2015, taxpayer contributions to
Calpers totaled $45 billion, even as Calpers reaped huge gains in
its stock portfolio.
So what happens to taxpayer contributions when all the asset
bubbles pop? They go through the roof right when taxpayers
are themselves facing staggering declines in their own personal
wealth and the inevitable declines in income that accompany
recessions. (Whats a recession? I thought the Fed banned
Heres a chart of the three stock market bubbles.
Note the current bubble is the most extreme...
Wednesday, 03 October
A petition signed by 368 Manus asylum seekers and refugees has
been handed to the office of the Chief Justice of the PNG Supreme
Court, and to Justice Alan David, who was one of the presiding
judges of the Manus Island case. The case was heard in April, this
year, but six months later, the(...)
We were camped in a mysterious, very old sessile oak forest on
the shores of Loch Dan in the stunning Wicklow mountains....
Tuesday, 02 October
A notice abruptly posted that the back gate of West Haus
detention compound (photo attached) will be closed from 5.00pm to
6.00am Manus Island, has further restricted refugees movement on
the island. A 6.00pm 6.000am curfew already applies to all three
refugee compounds on the island prison East Lorengau Transit
Accommodation, West Haus(...)
The latest news that Mexico has this month switched from
being a net oil exporter to a net oil importer prompted me to do
some more research on what stage we all are with Peak Oil.
and as expected, the news are not good. Since the peak of
conventional oil in 2005, ALL the major producing nations except
for Iraq and the US have been producing less and less in real
terms, and lets face it, half the US production is unviable shale
oil which since the GFC has lost the oil industry $280 billion and
Meanwhile, pundits on TV are expressing disbelief at how the
price of fuel is skyrocketing in Australia (with our dollar
struggling to remain above $US0.70) while oil is simultaneously
surging under all sorts of pressures.
Fig 2: Crude production changes between 2005 and 2018
Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was lower than
the average in 2005. At the bottom is Mexico with the highest rate
of decline. This group started to peak in 1997, entering a long
bumpy production plateau at around 25 mb/d, ending you guessed it
in 2005. This is down now to 16 mb/d, a decline of 700 kb/d pa
Fig 3: Group A countries
Countries where average oil production Jan-May 2018 was higher
than the average in 2005. At the top of the stack are Iraq and the
US, where growth was highest. Group B compensated for the decline
in group A and provided for growth above the red dashed line in Fig
The 2018 data have not been seasonally adjusted.
In group B we have a subgroup of countries which peaked after
Fig 4: Countries peaking after 2005
A production plateau above 7 mb/d lasted for 6 years between
2010 and 2016. The average was 7.1 mb/d, around +1.8 mb/d higher
than in 2005. Another country in this subgroup is China, here shown
separately because of its importance and consequences.
Monday, 01 October
Labor Senator Gavin Marshall will speak at an urgent solidarity
protest at the Federal Circuit Court (305 William st,
Melbourne) tomorrow, Monday 1st of October at 8:30 am to
oppose the impending deportation Vietnamese Catholic asylum seeker,
Huyen Tran. If Huyen is deported she faces indefinite separation
from her baby Isabella and husband Paul. Bishop Vincent Long,
Friday, 28 September
Professor Ian Lowe
August 9, 2018
If we go on increasing the population at the current
rate, well go on damaging our environment at an ever increasing
Back in March, Dr Jonathan Sobels a senior research fellow at
the University of South Australia and the author of a key 2010
report prepared for the Department of Immigration entitled
Long-term physical implications of net overseas migration:
Australia in 2050 (356 pages) gave a brilliant incisive interview
on ABCs Radio National warning of a huge reduction in Australian
living standards if the federal government continues with its mass
immigration Big Australia policy:
You end up with, in absolute terms, more pollution. You end
up with more impacts on peoples personal time spent commuting, for
example. You end up with less choice in even simple things
And we are coming up towards physical limitations within our
physical, built and natural environments that will lead to
compromises in the quality of our life
Not only are the dams not filling, but the ground water
supplies are not filling. The only option you have open to you is
water efficiency use and whacking up desal plants. But if your
population keeps increasing at the rates we have seen in recent
times, you wont be able to afford putting up billion dollar desal
plants, which also have their environmental impacts...
Noongaroke was far more than a good night out; it was
an inspired intervention to support grieving Noongar families.
The following article was co-authored by Jim Morrison, who
is a senior Noongar man, a traditional custodian of Western
Australias pristine southern coast. He has been operating in a
range of pivotal roles dealing with Aboriginal advancement for more
than three decades.
Noongar people engaging with karaoke created a contemporary
process for cultural healing and wellbeing that dealt at a profound
level with the anguished politics of death in their community.
Leading the charge was the deadly Noongaroke singing DJ Jim
Jims parents, both from the
stolen generations, survived to raise their large family whose
members are now prominent in Noongar service
organisations, politics and the arts in Perth. Jim generously
shared his journey in an interview with my partner Darryl Kickett
and myself that is quoted extensively here.
Noongar people are the traditional custodians of the south-west
region of Western Australia. They bore the full force of settler
invasion and colonisation: the deaths, dispossession, loss of land
and culture, racism, segregation, removed children, forced
assimilation and dire poverty within a rich country.
What survived of their way of life was invisible to most
outsiders: the ancient family lineages, connection to country,
kinship values and obligations, hidden knowledge and rituals and
elements of language.
Today most Noongar people live in city suburbs and country
towns. Numbering more than 40,000, they constitute the largest
Aboriginal language group in Australia. Many identify as members of
a distinct Noongar nation within the Australian settler state. In
2006, Noongar claimants won Australias first and...
Tuesday, 25 September
When: 8:30-10am Monday 1st October Where: 305 William St,
Melbourne (next to Flagstaff Gardens/Flagstaff Station) Facebook
event here Join RAC outside the Federal Circuit Court hearing to
demand that Huyen is allowed to stay in the community. Huyen is
facing the Federal Circuit Court to argue that she should be
allowed to make a statutory(...)
When: 6:30-8:30pm, Monday 15th October Where: ANMF Vic Branch,
535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne Facebook event
here Leaflet for distribution here Nauru is in meltdown with an
escalating medical and mental health crisis as a result of the
damage done by offshore detention. Despite Border Force trying to
fight doctors recommendations in court,(...)
Monday, 24 September
RISE ex-detainees request supporters to raise awareness during
the AFL Grand Final Day, Saturday 29th September
2018, to bring to the worlds attention the escalating
crisis faced by detainees held hostage by the Australian government
in offshore and onshore detention centres. We also ask our
supporters to raise awareness internationally on the day at
Australian embassies across the world, to show your solidarity with
our community and #SanctionAustralia for their crimes against
There have been many inquiries and many reports of rape, sexual
abuse and torture in Australias refugee detention camps since they
were opened more than 26 years ago, yet these abuses continue
because not a single Immigration Minister or administrator in the
Australian government have been held accountable. Depression,
suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian
detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience
of detention itself. No refugee wants to be left in limbo, but the
Australian government has consistently shown a lack of transparency
and accountability, breaking faith with Refugees.
Australia has one of the highest concentration of media ownership
in the world and therefore less likely to expose the torture,
abuse and murder of our community who are fleeing wars and
conflicts that mainly serve capitalist interests. We should not
stay silent when there are lives at stake. If we do not act,
refugees in Australian-run detention centres will continue to be
tortured and abused by the Australian government, and be forced to
deport or self-deport.
Please take action and #SanctionAustralia to send a strong
message to the Australian government and show the world that you
stand against Australias criminal administrative detention regime
implemented more than 26 years ago against us refugees. The
international community should also condemn Australia, a member of
the UN Human rights council, for exploiting less affluent countries
such as Papua New Guinea and Nauru and using them as proxies to
carry out human rights abuses against refugees.
Who are we?
RISE: Refugee Survivors and
Ex-detainees is the first entirely self-determined refugee
advocacy and welfare organisation in Australia. We seek direction
from the RISE ex-detainee group in carrying out this action.
Read more about eX-detainees led and managed #sanctionAustralia
campaign here: riserefugee.org/sanctionaustralia
RISE Ex-detainee Team
RISE : Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees
Sunday, 23 September
Very good video, although he displays his ignorance of meat
farming and its ability to combat climate change when done
properly. Largely immaterial I know, industrial agriculture will
collapse as soon as the energy cliff arrives.
Friday, 21 September
The Geelong Branch of the Public Transport Users Association has
queried the logic of Infrastructure Australias negative response to
the business case for the duplication of the South Geelong-Waurn
Ponds rail line.
Branch convener Paul Westcott noted that Infrastructure
Australia seems to be saying that the project would stack up if
some changes were made.
If they are saying that certain modifications to the business
case would lead to them supporting the project, why couldnt they
assess the project with the changes they themselves suggest? Mr
Mr Westcott also criticised the State government for not having
quantified some obvious benefits of the project in the business
case, which has led Infrastructure Australia to require more work
to be done on it.
The State government must urgently revise the business case,
taking Infrastructure Australias comments into account, ensuring
the project can be assessed on its true merits, Mr Westcott
However, its good that both sides of politics continue to back
the project that will see more trains running to stations South of
Geelong, including to Colac and Warrnambool, and help them run more
Mr Westcott also pointed to apparent inconsistencies in
Infrastructure Australias assessment of projects.
They are happy to keep the East-West Link toll road in Melbourne
on their priority list, despite the fact that is has a cost-benefit
ratio of only 50 cents in the dollar.
Even worse, the duplication of the highway to Colac, also funded
by federal money, will only return about eight cents in the
Mr Westcott said the way Infrastructure Australia assesses
projects seems questionable. While economically doubtful road
schemes are given the green light, sustainable transport projects
seem to be viewed with less sympathy.
Eight refugees, single men previously held on Manus Island, flew
from Port Moresby today, Tuesday, 18 September, to be resettled in
the US. The eight are single men, one Iranian, two Tamils, two
Pakistanis, two Rohingyan and one Afghan. The total number of
refugees from Manus accepted by the US so far, is just
Tuesday, 18 September
A Stuart Wilde article - Some years ago I wrote out a process I
called "minimal movement". It is a time management discipline where
you brutally eliminate all actions that serve no purpose, and you
allocate the least possible energy and effort to the tick-tock
things you have to do.
Saturday, 15 September
The graph above shows methane concentrations in Earths
atmosphere over the past 10,000+ years: 8000 BCE to 2018 CE.
The units are parts per billion (ppb). The year 1800 is
marked with a circle.
Note the ominous spike. As a result of increasing
human-caused emissions, atmospheric methane levels today are
two-and-a-half times higher than in 1800. After thousands of
years of relatively stable concentrations, we have driven the
trendline to near-vertical.
Here are 10 things you should know about methane and the
1. Methane (CH4) is one of the three main greenhouse
gases, along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous
2. Methane is responsible for roughly 20% of warming, while
carbon dioxide is responsible for roughly 70%, and nitrous oxide
the remaining 10%.
3. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG). Pound for
pound, it is 28 times more effective at trapping heat than is
carbon dioxide (when compared over a 100-year time horizon, and 84
times as effective at trapping heat when compared over 20
years). Though humans emit more carbon dioxide than methane,
each tonne of the latter traps more heat.
4. Fossil-fuel production is the largest single source.
Natural gas is largely made up of methane (about 90%). When
energy companies drill wells, frac wells, and pump natural gas
through vast distribution networks some of that methane
escapes. (In the US alone, there are...
Friday, 14 September
Ive discovered a new blog which very much aligns with
this one. In his own about
section, Darrin Qualman describes himself as a long-term
thinker, a civilizational critic, a researcher and data analyst,
and an avid observer of the big picture.
I recommend anyone following this blog to check him out,
his blog is full of interesting graphs
Ive been thinking about efficiency. Efficiency
talk is everywhere. Car buyers can purchase ever more
fuel-efficient cars. LED lightbulbs achieve unprecedented
efficiencies in turning electricity into visible light. Solar
panels are more efficient each year. Farmers are urged toward
fertilizer-use efficiency. And our Energy Star appliances are
the most efficient ever, as are the furnaces and air conditioners
in many homes.
The implication of all this talk and technology is that
efficiency can play a large role in solving our environmental
problems. Citizens are encouraged to adopt a positive,
uncritical, and unsophisticated view of efficiency: well just make
things more efficient and that will enable us to reduce resource
use, waste, and emissions, to solve our problems, and to pave the
way for green growth and sustainable development.
But theres something wrong with this efficiency solution: its
not working. The current environmental multi-crisis
(depletion, extinction, climate destabilization, ocean
acidification, plastics pollution, etc.) is not occurring as a
result of some failure to achieve large efficiency gains. The
opposite. It is occurring after a century of stupendou...
We, eX-detainees at RISE in Australia, mark the 17th of
September 2018 as eX-Detainees Day, for all asylum seekers and
refugees who have been forcibly detained whilst seeking protection.
This is our 3rd annual eX-detainees day. Crucially, this initiative
is entirely managed and controlled by eX-detainees who are asylum
seekers and refugees in Australia, as an assertion of our
Asylum seeker and refugee detainees who have been
detained or are currently detained in detention centres are among
the most persecuted and oppressed people in the world. We have
endured abuse in our own countries, and upon seeking protection,
are disenfranchised and suffer institutional abuse within detention
In this 3rd year of commemorating eX-detainees day we raise the
collective voices of asylum seekers and refugees around the world,
who are facing discrimination and criminalisation due to detention.
eX-Detainees Day will highlight and oppose all forms of
refugee and asylum seeker detention that we are subjected to
globally: whether the detention lasts 1 day, 30 days, 1 year, or
longer periods of time.
We eX-detainees are thankful for those who have shown meaningful
solidarity and allyship. We also like to see more eX-detainee
voices put at the forefront in the refugee debate in Australia and
across the world. In Australia, eX-detainees have been working
towards dismantling immigration detention centres over two decades
now. Do not bury eX-detainee voices as has been done continuously
by successive Australian governments. Recognition, respect and
autonomy should be given to many eX-detainees and detainees who
have never compromised on the goal of abolishing detention centres
and spoken out against detention centres, risking our freedom and
families. Respect our voices and our well being. Here is the link
to our demands http://riserefugee.org/exdetaineesdemands/
Last year we eX-detainees at RISE established the #SanctionAustalia
Campaign and we have received overwhelming support for the
campaign in Australia and as well as across the world. Further, in
the process of developing our Sanction Australia campaign,
eX-detainees have been consulting with national and international
wide activists, rights groups and civil society groups to endorse
our Sanction Australia campaign.
We offshore and onshore eX-detainees from Australia strongly
condemn successive Australian governments and other governments
around the world for holding hostage our community members in
detention torture camps across the world. We eX-detainees demand
that all refugee survivors who are forcibly held in detention
centres immediately release and provide them with permanent
protection and proper support servic...
By Dr Jason Hickel, an anthropologist, author, and
a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Warnings about ecological breakdown have become
ubiquitous. Over the past few years, major newspapers, including
the Guardian and the New York
Times, have carried alarming stories on soil depletion,
deforestation, and the collapse of fish stocks and insect
populations. These crises are being driven by global economic
growth, and its accompanying consumption, which is destroying the
Earths biosphere and blowing past key planetary boundaries that
scientists say must be respected to avoid triggering
Many policymakers have responded by pushing for what has come to
be called green growth. All we need to do, they argue, is invest in
more efficient technology and introduce the right incentives, and
well be able to keep growing while simultaneously reducing our
impact on the natural world, which is already at an unsustainable
level. In technical terms, the goal is to achieve absolute
decoupling of GDP from the total use of natural resources,
according to the U.N. definition.
It sounds like an elegant solution to an otherwise catastrophic
problem. Theres just one hitch: New evidence suggests that green
growth isnt the panacea everyone has been hoping for. In fact, it
isnt even possible.
Green growth first became a buzz phrase in 2012 at the United
Wednesday, 12 September
I gave it some thought and could only come to the same
conclusion Mr Fry came to: the radical, revolutionary Jesus would
be appalled and he would fight to have the church disbanded...
Tuesday, 11 September
After staring at my large 200200 mm beams
drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised
into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber,
but they are critical to the rest of the construction.
It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would
join the mammoth lumps of wood, even,
as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a
workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there
was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more
effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And
Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than
about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil
to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next
Wednesday, 05 September
Last night Warwick Smith, Senior economist at Per Capita was
awarded the EJ Craigie Writing Award for his piece The big spending
Victorian state budget is built on Australias worst tax. Warwick
quickly laid out the damaging effects of stamp duties and then
moved on to show another innovative ACT policy move, with the
A Stuart Wilde article. When you see ugliness become every more
pretty. When you see racism, love and accept everyone. When people
are agitated and violent, be calm and peaceful.
Sunday, 02 September
If you were going to reduce a 150-page Productivity
examination of trends in Australian inequality to a
few words, it would be nice if they werent
ALP inequality claims sunk
Progressive article of faith blown up
Labor inequality myths busted by commission
The editorial in the
Australian Financial Review
of August 30 says questions about
whether inequality is increasing are abstract, taught in
universities as an article of faith, and a political truncheon.
Here I should disclose that I teach courses
covering inequality as well as undertaking research on the topic.
Also, I was one of the external referees for this weeks
Productivity Commission report.
It adds to a growing pile of high quality research on trends in
income distribution in Australia, including a recent Australian
Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and University of New South Wales
using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
that provides an in-depth analysis of income and wealth
inequality in 2015-16 and an analysis of trends since 2000.
Also released at the end of July was the latest
HILDA Statistical Report
that analyses how things have changed
over time for individuals between 2001 and 2016.
The Productivity Commission survey takes the deliberately ambitious
approach of assessin...