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1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing
naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed
Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.
1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.
1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.
1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.
1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.
1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.
1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.
1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.
1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) says members at Qubes Melbourne Bulk and General operation are facing a cut to wages by at least 40 percent and the removal of a range on work conditions that have been in place for decades.
the standoff resulted in a 48 hour strike this last weekend and if the matter is not resolved soon the dispute is set to escalate.
Qube is a labour hire company for MIRRAT, which handles bulk car imports. It is a subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the Norwegian/Swedish shipping multinational that carries five million cars a year around the globe, as well as 12 million cubic metres of high and heavy cargoes such as tractors, trains and general equipment that can be driven or carried off on wheeled trailers.
Company Ports Director Michael Sousa says that that maintaining conditions is uneconomical. But MIRRAT has always seen the operation at the former Appleton Dock as a greenfields site. This means that preexisting conditions are not recognised.
The backdrop, according to those affected, is that management has continually been provoking its workforce by pushing excessive hours of work, ongoing victimisation, targeted sackings and the removal of rosters, till the pattern at Qube has been overwork, tiredness and a decline in safety.
Last year there was a major dispute on Web Dock over a situation that was not too different. It has now become apparent that the strategy has been adopted by more than one waterfront employer and fits into what is happening in some other industries.
The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has condemned the growing corporate practice of terminating existing agreements, as a vehicle to undermine wages and conditions and get this rubber stamped by the Fair Work Commission.
This has not been accepted by the work forces within many of the companies, and this has led to some major confrontations over the last two years.
An ongoing dispute at Cube could prove to be another landmark case.
The company has applied to Fair Work Australia to terminate the existing agreement, which had been negotiated over more than two decades.
Maritime Union of Australia Assistant National Secretary Warren Smith said workers had introduced industrial bans and had restricted shifts to seven hours. Shifts had varied from four to 12 hours.
Excessive 12-hour shifts are not required now and are a fatigue issue, he said.
Mr Smith said workers would refuse to return to work if Qube was successful in its push to terminate the existing...
Between the Street and the Sky describes itself as a provocation for Melbourne rather than an exhibition about urban planning. It is at the City Gallery in Melbourne Town Hall. The elegant little display is certainly provocative in putting the gigantic growth of central Melbourne into perspective. More people are living in tall buildings with an ever smaller footprint. However, increases in population have not been met with an equivalent investment by either the city council or businesses.
Planning is currently a hot topic in Melbourne, maybe in the rest of Australia too. This is because the quality of planning in Australia is catastrophic. Consider another example not covered in the Between the Street and the Sky exhibition. A major tourist attraction damaged for the benefit of a short term commercial interest. It could be the impact of the Culture Kings shop on Hosier Lane, it could be the Apple store in Federation Square or Adani coal mine in Queensland potential to destroy the Great Barrier Reef. Take your pick they are all examples of Australias lack of planning. It is not just tourism that is threatened but the environment, to culture, to being able to live a good life.
3 tickets for Judith Lucy & Denise Scott's smash hit DISAPPOINTMENTS.
Trying to get access into the Tootgarook Swamp and wetlands can be quite tricky. The swamp is located between Rosebud and Rye in Tootgarrok on the Mornington Penninsula. The proposed fresh water wetlands have been a battle ground between local environmentalists and developers trying to bulldoze the swamp and create yet more suburban housing. At this stage the local action groups are winning out and the developers are being delayed. Hopefully this will continue until the full community gets behind the creation of a protected wetlands. I have been visiting and exploring around the fringe of the swamp areas trying to find the best access spots. One of the higher vantage points is via a closed road that leads to an old dumping area that is located between the sports ovals and the swamp. I spent some time looking for the beautiful and melodic Striated Fieldwren and found a quite a few along the edge of the dumping ground.
19 March 2018
One of Cardinal George Pells alleged victims came forward after seeing allegations against Australias most senior Catholic cleric air on television, a Melbourne court has been told.
At the start of the third week of a hearing to determine whether the 76-year-old should stand trial, a solicitor told the Melbourne Magistrates Court one of the complainants made a historical allegation against Cardinal Pell in November 2016.
Simon Acott, from Melbourne-based law firm Waller Legal, said the man told him that he was abused by Cardinal Pell at a swimming pool in country Victoria.
The court was told the law firm specialises in clerical sexual abuse compensation claims.
The men were having a meeting to discuss whether the man could apply for compensation over abuse hed suffered at the hands of another priest, when the allegation against Cardinal Pell was raised, the court heard.
Lots of stuff came back to me when I saw the TV special on George Pell, the man allegedly told Mr Acott.
Defence barrister Ruth Shann grilled Mr Acott on whether he had first asked about Cardinal Pell or if the name had been volunteered by the man.
Mr Acott replied that it wasnt asked for, it was volunteered.
But he was not able to recollect how it had come up during their meeting.
Ms Shann also asked Mr Acott if he was aware that the law firms principal, Dr Vivian Waller, had had public stoushes with Cardinal Pell, including making allegations about him in 2014 that were later proven to be impossible.
Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC objected to the question, telling the court it was an attack on Dr Wallers credibility.
Previous winners of the Voltaire Award include former human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs, commentator Waleed Aly, journalists including David Marr activists and critics. Apparently of us. The Young Voltaire Award has been awarded to mechanical engineer, award-winning social advocate, author and broadcaster, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, whose February 2017 appearance on the...
Once again, we are asking for your help. New techniques for altering life have been developed. Unless we act quickly Australia will allow them in our food, lives and bodies with no testing, labelling or public discussion. Farmers, gardeners and shoppers will not know what they are growing or eating. Please ask for all new techniques used to produce food to be regulated. Submission close 12th April.
There is insufficient knowledge of the risks of these techniques and all of them should be regulated, according to Austrian government agencies. The Norwegian Environment and Development Agencies concluded further biosafety research needs to be done before these techniques are commercialised. New Zealand has ruled they are Genetic Modification and therefore need regulation. They cannot be used in organic food says the International Organic Federation IFOAM.
Under Australian law, these techniques are clearly gene technology and therefore should be regulated. Currently our technology and food regulators are holding consu...
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Jebediah are one of Australias most beloved bands, with over two decades of hooky tunes and critically-acclaimed records under their belts.
They are playing a show at Chelsea Heights Hotel in Melbournes South East on Thursday, March 29, and to celebrate this fact and the fact the following day is Good Friday and therefore you dont have to get up in the morning weve assembled a primer to Jebediahs recording career, taking in the highlights and some under-appreciated gems alike.
These were the first songs the band ever recorded smashed out quickly in March after winning the National Band Comp. a few months earlier and released through Sony subsidiary Murmur in August. The EP performed well in their native W.A. where it topped the ARIA Charts. None of these songs would make their debut album, but a number of them still enter the bands setlist every now and then.
Highlights: Tracksuit, Mr. Masonic
The bands debut album was crammed with fuzzy pop singles; literally any song from this album could have been a hit single, and a number of them were at least in alternative radio terms with Leaving Home, Jerks Of Attention, Teflon, Lino, and Benedict receiving heavy triple j airplay, which helped propel the album towards double-Platinum certification. But it was the tender Harpoon that saw the band display hidden depths, hint at a future level of maturity, and reach an early creative peak even if the song does owe quite the melodic debt to In the Morning by Built To Spill.
Highlights: Harpoon, Jerks Of Attention, Puckdefender, Leaving Home.
The bands second al...
by Matt Ryan (Munster) Out of control rockers Stiff Richards self titled release was Munsters LP of the year. Mixed with 90s Melbourne rock sound and fun lyrics, the band has almost soled out their first long player despite only playing a handful of gigs in the big city. And Im sorry, if you ave 
On the event of Asean-Australia Special Summit, we Rohingya community from Australia would like to call the Australian government to raise cases of ongoing genocide, ethnic cleansing against Rohingya community in Arakan (Rakhine) state of western Burma (Myanmar). The native Rohingya people have been facing total destruction and driven out from their homelands under the military powered government NLD led by popular Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi.
The military powered NLD government led by Ms. Suu Kyi defiantly blocked the UN Inquiry Commission, foreign officials, independent journalists, agencies and ration supplies. As well as, the NLD government has constructed fake stories, provided reverse information, and dismissed the crisis on the ground by forming commission after commission and fancily fingering the minor defense of Rohingya resistant group ARSA that has actually done same as other armed ethnic groups. Also, her government signed the repatriation deal with Bangladesh in order to topple international pressures from the account of genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Indeed, types of vigilant attacks, ways of indiscriminately and arbitrary killings and usages of arms, brutal violent abuses and rapes, massive destruction of historical buildings, homelands and identities and cases of systematic oppression, repression, restriction, confinement, persecution, unlawful arrest, corporal and collective punishments, practicing unlawful discriminatory laws and orders, permanent restriction in every social, cultural, welfare, health-care, education and livelihood sectors and cutting off of electricity and waters, are clear pictures of genocide, ethnic cleansing and war crimes.
The attack from 25 Aug 2017 in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships by government armed forces jointly with Rakhine armed force ALP and government trained Rakhine gangs, used fight helicopters, tanks, machine guns, rocket launchers and killed brutally and indiscriminately. Women and girls as young as aged 12 were raped in front of their relatives and in the public and shot dead brutally, children including babies were slaughtered, burnt and buried alive, laying landmines along the ways of fleeing.
MSF report showed about 10,000 dead among the arrivals of just in the first month. According to the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) cited data from the Bangladeshi government that puts the number of lost parents as high as 43,700 people.
The death toll is significantly high If we count the number of parents lost for current 40,000 orphans plus family members who lost their husband, wife, children, siblings. Arrest including children and people who teaching Rohingya kids, distributing rations, language support workers, medical assistance providers, bearing phones, having radio and foreign contacts. Looting goods and cash, crops and animals. Up to date,...
Class Clowns is a program open to years 912, aiming to teach comedy skills to high school students as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Caitlin Nienaber caught up with organiser Rosie Kingdom-Barron from The Gelo Company and 2017 WA State Finalist Anzel Van Niekerk to talk about upcoming workshops and heats.
By Maria OSullivan
The Minister Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, announced last week that the government is considering giving visas to white farmers from South Africa on the basis that they are persecuted. The Minister noted that Australia has refugee, humanitarian and other visa programs which have the potential to help some of these people and that he would fast track such applications. Many people were surprised by this announcement given that the Minister has overseen policies aimed at deterring many other refugees from obtaining Australias protection.
This raises the question of whether South African farmers are indeed refugees under Australian law. Further, and this may be the most important question: should Australia be fast tracking this cohort of migrants given there are so many other people in need across the world?
Do South African farmers satisfy the test for refugee status?
Refugee status is a very special protection given to people fleeing their home country. To be a refugee, a person has to show that they face a well-founded fear of persecution for a particular reason and that they cannot obtain the protection of their own country.
It is a common misconception that refugee status is directed towards helping only those who are economically disadvantaged. It is not. Persecution can happen to wealthy people who have good jobs and there are many examples from history of where persecution of such people has occurred. Therefore the fact that a white farmer in South Africa has financial power and a place of privilege does not prevent them from claiming refugee status as a legal question. However, as I note below, it is highly unlikely that they satisfy the test.
There are two reasons for this. First: refugee status requires that there be a link to some Convention ground such as political opinion, race or ethnicity. It cannot be granted simply because a person is being subjected to violence (this may come under another visa category, but not refugee status). A white farmer in South Africa could claim that they face persecution based on their race, namely Afrikaners, the white minority descended from Dutch settlers in Southern Africa. Indeed, this very claim was lodged by a South African family in Canada in 2016. The Canadian authorities rejected that claim, saying there was no reliable evidence they were attacked due...
Making his hugely anticipated return to Australia, the inimitable and illustrious Big Boi shook things up at the Metro. Diving deep into his solo-work, the Atlanta rapper iced his hype-worthy performance with a few Outkast gems. Melbourne young gun Baro and Sydney hero Joyride warmed things up, setting the vibe to electric from the on-set.
Melbournes Batman by-election saw Labor retain the federal seat from a strong challenge by the Greens. Labor lost in the South Australia election and there will be a new Coalition government.
Many factors explain these results. This attempt at some form of analysis does not go into all of them and concentrates on one very important matter. Australia is seeing the rise of misinformation being used by a media monopoly to achieve its own will.
The outgoing Labor government in South Australia was undermined by a concerted campaign over time, to discredit its policy towards renewables as the states energy source. Every evil was blamed on it. Accusations were built on distortions and outright lies. Leading the charge was Murdochs media stable, with its penchant for never letting the facts get in the way of the story and reliance on tabloid style reporting.
This is not surprising, Newscorps support for the mining industry and opposition to any restrictions on it is legendary, and played a big part in undermining the Rudd government over the Carbon emissions levy of carbon production. This was falsely presented as a tax, instead of a charge to help clean up pollution caused. One of companys major shareholders is oil rich Saudi Royal family member Al-Weheed Talai. This should not be overlooked.
There is more to it as well. In recent times, NewsCorp has been spearheading a brand of politics characterised by bigoted view of the world, much more in common with the politics and economics of the Industrial revolution than anything else. It created the Pauline Hanson personality, lifted Tony Abbott and maintains the Turnbull government, at the price of not straying too far from what Murdoch wants.
What happened in South Australia is coloured by this. It may not be the only factor. But it is important. Labor got the treatment and so did Xenophons SA Best.
Turn to Melbourne. Labor chose a good candidate with a track record that appeals to working families. Ged Kearney, a former nurse and leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), has credibility. This was always going to be a challenge for the Greens.
But this does not deny the truth that NewsCorp was up to its neck meddling here too. The strategy was to undermine the Greens. The means, ongoing denigration and playing up internal differences out of all proportion. The candidate, Alex Bhathal, was continually smeared and never given a fair hearing.
The truth is that NewsCorp has declared all-out war against the Greens and made a strategic move to help a Labor victory. Thereasons for this are, opposition to the Greens harder stance on global warming related issues, and even more importantly, the maintenance of a the two party system as the....
Bush and grass fires rage in Australia's state of Victoria on Sunday, March 18, 2018, as hot and blustery conditions continue affecting the region. The fires are expected to get larger in size before firefighters place them under control. Dozens of fires in...... Read more
The Australian Greens plan to track down members who sabotaged the partys campaign for the federal Melbourne seat of Batman and expel them.
Leader Richard Di Natale says the small group of people who ruined the partys chances at Saturdays by-election should be kicked out.
They had a very deliberate agenda and decided to leak a number of things to the media in an effort to undermine us they set us an impossible task. I think thats grounds for expulsion, he told ABC TV on Sunday night.
The people responsible for this have no place in our party. They should be expelled.
The Greens unexpectedly lost the seat to Labors Ged Kearney.
Mr Di Natale said members needed to support each other not leak and sabotage.
He said the party would meet to put processes in place to make sure it never happened again.
State governments are already driving enough investment in solar and wind power to cut the electricity sectors emissions by more than the Turnbull government wants, rendering its new energy policy near-useless.
Energy analysts RepuTex say the effect of state renewable energy targets, especially in Victoria and Queensland, means the proposed national energy guarantee will have a negligible impact on the market.
It says the do nothing scenario modelled for the Commonwealth understates the investment in renewables because it doesnt take into account state government targets despite assurances they will remain.
Queensland is aiming for 50 per cent renewables by 2030 while Victoria has legislated to reach 40 per cent by 2025 and South Australia has already nearly met its 50 per cent target.
This means the modelling from the governments advisory Energy Security Board starts with a higher baseline of emissions against which to measure the impact of the national energy guarantee.
Australia has committed under the Paris Agreement to cut its overall emissions by 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, and the federal government has anticipated applying this cut equally across all sectors.
The boards model predicts the electricity sector will cut its emissions by 19 per cent by 2030 without the new national energy guarantee.
But RepuTexs own modelling, released on Monday, says once you incorporate existing state renewable energy targets, emissions from the electricity sector will actually drop 29 per cent.
It says this renders the national energy guarantee, details of which are due to be finalised by energy ministers in April, immaterial to the market.
Unless the target is more ambitious than where emissions are projected to be without the NEG, there is little need for the administrative complexity of the scheme, RepuTex associate research director Bret Harper said.
Already, state targets have driven investment in renewables fast enough that three times more new generation will join the system by mid-2018 than the ESB predicted.
The arms race between the states for renewable investment is well under way, with or without the NEG, Mr Harper said.
And state targets will stay the dominant signal for new generation unless the emissions cuts under the NEG is lifted.
Many say electricity generation should bear a heavier load of reducing Australias emissions because its one of the easiest areas to make changes and it can drive faster cuts in other sectors, such as transport, once they become more reliant on electrical power.
1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to
Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a
reef and went belly up.
1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.
1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.
1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.
Photo by Lavurn Lee
Referencing Middle eastern rhythms and frenetic footwork, DJ Plead delivers percussive-led tunes with full body-shaking vibes.
No stranger to Australias electronic music scene, DJ Plead, aka Jarred Beeler, is also half of drum-workout duo Poison, a third of Sydney trio BV and founder of new label SUMAC. Now Melbourne-based, Beelers solo project intelligently draws on his Middle Eastern background to create fresh club tracks, informed by a mix of Lebanese pop and traditional wedding music.
Layering carefully crafted drum and vocal loops with interjections of synths and tides of transportive rhythms, DJ Plead has just released his debut EP Get In Circle via Decisions, the Melbourne dancefloor focused label run by Air Max 97. Do yourself a favour and move through the opener DVE, below a deep and hypnotic jam fusing Beelers heart and heritage.
Play it loud and get in circle!
I can hardly believe how far left Victoria is veering: State police charging a conservative to protect him from Leftists. Charging protection money is what criminals do. The next step is refusing protection and letting harm happen.
The whole rationale for government is that there are some things that should not be user-pays, but which the State should pay, like roads and infrastructure, defence, police, search and rescue, and emergency services, certain amenities ... etc. If the police don't think it is part of their job to prevent criminal assault, what are they good for?
The only consolation is that this is probably a try-on
THE ORGANISER behind controversial Milo Yiannopoulos' Melbourne event is refusing to cough up $50,000 to cover the cost of police after a violent protest broke out.
Penthouse publisher Damien Costas, the man who organised Milo Yiannopoulos's tour, told 3AW he had no intention of paying the five-figure bill from Victoria Police, following the Kensington clash.
I can't imagine we would (pay the larger bill)," he said. In Melbourne they were talking about a user pays model but a particular sergeant at our head of security we were dealing with said We'd like you to pay for the barriers, bollards etc'."
I think the entire thing was about five or $6000." I paid what I was asked to pay. Anything over and above that we can determine." This is actually asking the victim to pay the bill."
He said user-pay models were discussed in every state and he'd paid about $9000 for police in the Gold Coast and nothing in New South Wales.
Supporters of the far-Right figure were involved in violent clashes with left-wing protesters on Monday night in Kensington.
Hundreds of police were called in with some using capsicum spray to subdue rioters.
Mr Costas said the 3000 attendees didn't do anything wrong rather those uninvited threw rocks.
Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station on Wednesday the event's promoters would have to foot the bill, which would be at least $50,000. She said billing event organisers for police resources was commonplace.
For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events there is an agreement around the costs," she said. Ms Neville said she was confident Mr Yiannopoulos would cough up.
(It's a) big call to say you're going to ignore a bill from Victoria Police," she said.
Mr Costas said the police presence was executed with military precision" and there were also 70 security guards at the event.
THE last group you'd expect to indulge in victim-blaming is Victoria Police. Our police force is meant to protect and serve, not fine victims of lawlessness for needing police protection.
That is essentially what happened last week when police command decided to send a hefty bill of at least $50,000 to the organisers of the Milo Yiannopoulos tour.
Not only does the decision set a dangerous precedent for free speech in Victoria, but it also reveals a perverse lack of fairness.
The enormous bill reflects the significant police resources that were needed last Monday night when feral mobs rioted for five hours in the streets of Kensington while trying to stop ticketholders from entering the Australian Pavilion.
Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane first threatened to fine the venue before it was determined that the organisers would foot the bill. Police Minister Lisa Neville said: For these sort of rallies, but also for the AFL and those big events, there is an agreement around the costs."
This attempt by the minister to compare the charges to what sporting bodies routinely pay is disingenuous nonsense.
A law-abiding crowd of 3000 attending a ticketed event would not require 300 police officers, including dozens in riot gear.
That came about purely because violent far-Left activists converged on the venue to try to shut down the event an all-too-regular occurrence in Victoria. Not satisfied with hurling vile abuse, the protesters also threw rocks, sticks, bottles, and even street signs.
If it were the ticketholders rampaging, then I'd have no qualms about saddling the organisers with the bill.
However, the small number of police that would normally be needed, and paid for by organisers, at an event of this size ballooned to something entirely different thanks to the actions of extreme Left agitators.
Anyone who has seen footage of the mayhem would be surprised to learn that police arrested only two people that night.
Victoria Police may have created a rod for its own back by punishing the injured party and effectively rewarding the thuggish louts who want to use violence and intimidation to shut down events, meetings and rallies of their ideological opponents.
Today, the event organiser, Penthouse publisher and free speech advocate Damien Costas, spoke of his dismay over political grandstanding" in Victoria.
Our attendees did nothing wrong. They lined up quietly and looked on as the protesters that weren't invited and, frankly, weren't welcome, threw rocks and bottles at police," Costas told the Herald Sun.
We negotiated in good faith with the Victorian police and we reached an agreement as to what was required and what we....
Politically correct Victoria Police insist they DON'T have an African gang problem despite the blight of Apex, an officer being kicked in the face and 100 'South Sudanese' youths trashing an AirBnB "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"
Victoria Police insist they don't have an African gang problem in Melbourne after an officer was kicked in the face at a shopping mall and 100 youths of Sudanese appearance trashed an AirBnB house.
The comments from Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald came after a boy kicked a police officer in the head as he crouched down attempting to arrest a 16-year-old youth for alleged shoplifting on Boxing Day.
The scuffle at Highpoint Shopping Centre, at Maribyrnong in Melbourne's west, was caught on CCTV on Tuesday afternoon.
However, Superintendent Fitzgerald said this latest incident involving African youths was not a sign there was an ethnically-related gang problem, amid a spate of crime linked to Apex gangs.
'We have problems with youth crime across the state and it's not a particular group of youths we are looking into. It's all youths. It's youth crime,' she told reporters.
Superintendent said 'youth crime in general' was to blame - a week after police were pelted with rocks after being called to an AirBnB house at Werribee, in Melbourne's west.
Officers were forced to retreat from the house, trashed inside by a party, when more than 100 youths of primarily South Sudanese appearance turned on them.
Photos taken from inside the house show walls kicked and punched in, mattresses thrown on top of furniture and pepper spray splattered across bedroom curtains.
Neighbours say they were left terrified when youths from the house started roaming the streets, throwing rocks and smashing cars.
Less than a week later, a police officer was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre.
The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.
The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital as the youth who assaulted him remained at large. 'It could have been a lot worse and I'm pleased to report he's returned to work today,' Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday. 'He's got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.'
A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but he was released pending further inquiries.
Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana.
In June, at nearby Footscray, a man was struck in the head with a tomahawk as a gang of 15 African youths burst into a barber shop and began rioting.
In April, a gang of five Sudanese teenagers allegedly bashed their autistic classmate, i...
The retired detective who led the police investigation into the Australian Workers Union fraud scandal has broken his silence, calling for a fresh probe into an alleged conspiracy between former union officials and executives from construction giant Thiess that he claims extended to Julia Gillards old law firm.
In an extraordinary development in the long-running affair, former West Australian major fraud squad officer David McAlpine claims his investigation into the AWU slush fund 20 years ago was subverted due to political interference.
He said that in August 1998 the WA Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had abruptly ordered him to remain in Perth as he was preparing to fly to Melbourne to execute search warrants on key players, including Ms Gillards then employer, law firm Slater & Gordon.
Mr McAlpine said he had retained key documents including letters, memos and telephone notes from his two-year investigation and he was willing to swear an affidavit and give evidence in any court about his knowledge of the $400,000-plus fraud. The fact that I was lied to and this investigation was subverted and people appear to have given false evidence at a royal commission, it needs to be reinvestigated because the simple fact is the Australian people need to know the truth, he said.
Mr McAlpine retired from WA Police in October 2016 after 42 years of service and is now living in Thailand.
In a written statement and audio recording sent to The Australian, Mr McAlpine claimed former Thiess senior executives might have misled the trade union royal commission in 2014 about alleged secret commissions paid to AWU officials Bruce Wilson and Ralph Blewitt.
Mr Wilson has admitted to extracting large sums of money from Thiess for a slush fund he set up in the early 1990s with legal assistance from Ms Gillard, who was his girlfriend at the time.
Money from the AWU Workplace Reform Association was used to partly fund the purchase of a house in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy in 1993. The association was supposed to promote training and safety on construction sites.
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon recommended in 2015 that Mr Wilson and Mr Blewitt face prosecution for fraud-related offences connected to the fund.
Ms Gillard has repeatedly denied knowing the fund was to be used in a fraud.
The royal commission found that she had been casual and haphazard in her work at Slater & Gordon but had not committed offences, and was not aware of Mr Wilsons conduct.
Mr Heydon rejected Ms Gillards denials that she was the beneficiary of cash sums from Mr Wilson for house renovations. The commission found that the builder, Athol James, who recalled the wads of cash, and a union staffer, Way...
No wonder they cannot control the African teenagers who aree running riot
Police partying on ice, cocaine and ecstasy would meet up with known traffickers, peddle drugs themselves and return positive tests, says an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission special report.
The report takes in three investigations into claims of drug possession, trafficking and use by police since 2014 and says allegations against eight officers have been substantiated.
Operation Apsley revealed a group of police were using drugs regularly in their social lives - including one who used cocaine 'most days' for four months last year.
The officer, known as Senior Constable A, and a friend, Senior Constable B, used and trafficked drugs and were 'cavalier about the safety risks', the report says.
Both told IBAC they would not work if affected by drugs, but messages between them refuted these claims, including this exchange after a night out using cocaine:
Senior Constable A: 'Feeling slightly average but okay. Gonna be a long shift. Rad night.'
Senior Constable B: 'Kill me, I wanna lay down.'
Another senior constable messaged a civilian associate about putting MDMA powder into capsules - 'Now that you run a sophisticated drug syndicate you will be... essstremely bizzy' was the reply.
Two other IBAC operations also exposed regular drug use with one that focused on a constable leading to that officer's brother being arrested by federal and interstate police on drug offences.
While IBAC says allegations against eight were substantiated it says they were likely just 'snapshots of a more widespread and serious problem for Victoria Police'.
Of those eight officers, two were charged with giving false evidence, misleading or attempting to mislead IBAC, and inciting a witness to mislead IBAC, and one was charged with criminal drug offences.
One has been dismissed, three have resigned, three are suspended and one returned to work after an admonishment notice.
There are systemic deficiencies in Victoria Police's illicit drug prevention and detection, IBAC concludes.
'Police officers cannot be selective in choosing which criminal laws they will obey,' IBAC Commissioner Stephen O'Bryan QC said in a statement.
'While most of the police officers investigated were aware they were engaging in illegal conduct, they rationalised their off-duty criminality as being separate to their obligations as police officers.'
Victoria Police's alcohol and drugs policy says illicit drug use is not tolerated but there is ambiguity about the consequences, IBAC says.
Police have accepted the recommendations...
Adelaide post punk dream team Insomnicide are comin' down for a little trip to the education state!
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit today charged a teenage girl following a fatal crash in Frankston last year.
Saw a cafe called 'Honest Food' the other day. What would that
look like if it were actually accurate, I wondered?
This poached egg with sumac on wholegrain toast says, "I don't think you should keep on seeing Brad."
Mon Abri Mk II has often been described as, due to its unusual footprint, something that could fly, and then on the slab day my mate Phil called it a UFO, so I think that will sort of stick now
Pouring the slab has been twelve months in the making, with humungous earthworks and footings that ensure this house will never move even in an earthquake, its been a real labour of love. Well, lots of labour anyway. I never thought it would take this long, but here Im at the mercy of the weather and Tasmanian laid back attitudes. I now go with the flow, Im too old to start fights!
My daughter Claires been here for well over a week, and we prepared for the epic pour by first cleaning off all the mud and organic matter and other crap that since the footings were done was blown into the area by the frequent windy weather. Lots of pressure cleaning, and then wet vacuuming all the mud out, in some attempt at ensuring the new concrete would stick to the old. Two days work there, and I dont even know if it was actually necessary, but it made me feel better, and I needed that to destress. that little job took 1200 litres of water (from the dam) and was entirely powered from the power station that worked like a charm.. I could not be more pleased with...
Harley & Rose, 572 Barkly Street, West Footscray. Phone: 8320 0325 The Harley & Rose dining room has a cosy, almost clubbish, vibe about it. The tables are many, but theres no sense of overcrowding. A long bar runs down most of one side of the room. The place is all a-bustle earlyish on 
1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.
1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.
1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."
1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.
1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.
1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called Tolpuddle Martyrs ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australias New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.
1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.
1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.
1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.
1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.
1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.
1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.
1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.
1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.
1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the pub...
Researchers at the Reserve Bank of Australia estimate that house prices in major Australian cities are pushed well above the cost of production, including the land, by zoning regulations such as floor space index (video link) restrictions.
Zoning regulations provide benefits, but they also restrict housing supply and hence raise prices. This paper quantifies their importance by comparing prices to the marginal costs of supply at different points in time. For detached houses, marginal costs comprise the dwelling structure and the land that other home owners need to forego. Relative to our estimates of these costs, we find that, as of 2016, zoning raised detached house prices 73 per cent above marginal costs in Sydney, 69 per cent in Melbourne, 42 per cent in Brisbane and 54 per cent in Perth. Zoning has also raised the price of apartments well above the marginal cost of supply, especially in Sydney. We emphasise that this is not the amount that housing prices would fall in the absence of zoning. The effect of zoning has increased dramatically over the past two decades, likely due to existing restrictions binding more tightly as demand has risen.
Hat tip: Matt Yglesias.
The post Zoning Increases the Price of Housing in Australia by a Lot appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.
Australias own kings of creepy, DARKCELL proudly present PSYCHO CIRCUS 2018.
The annual event is back by popular demand and freakier than ever, showcasing 10 spooktacular bands, circus performers, side-show attractions & more. This is a truly unique experience that has to be seen to believed.
Adding a Melbourne show this year, the carnival is also making stops in Brisbane & Sydney with Sydney in for an ALL AGES event. Come one, come all! The freaks are back in town. The circus has returned.HAIL!
WE, CHINESE CHRISTIANS OF THE CHURCH OF ALMIGHTY GOD REQUEST AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO PAY MORE ATTENTION ON OUR PROTECTION CLAIMS IN AUSTRALIA
We are Christians of the Church of Almighty God (CAG) seeking protection in Australia. Group of us arrived to Australia in hoping to seek protection but our cases have been unsuccessful due to lack of understanding about our faith and religion. Many of us are struggling to find lawyers and unable to find proper way of settling in Australia.
The Chinese Communist government uses its official media to package China as a country with an image of rapid economic development and a marked increase in its international status, and only shows its seemingly glamorous appearance to the world, but secretly adopts all kinds of methods to hide the deplorable human rights situation of China.
In fact, since it took power, the Chinese Communist Party has bloodily suppressed religious beliefs by hook or by crook, doing its utmost to ban house churches. Especially the persecution on the CAG is even more severe. Since being established in 1991, the CAG has continued to endure brutal repression and persecution of the Chinese Communist government.
In 1995, the CCP issued the documents to label the Church of
Almighty God, the Local Church etc. totally 14 religious groups as
cults, and brutally suppressed the CAG in the name of combating
According to rough statistics, in just the two short years between 2011 and 2013, the number of Christians of the CAG illegally arrested, detained and sentenced by the Communist Party reached 380,380 people, of which 43,640 people were subjected to various methods of torture at the hands of kangaroo courts, including 13 people who were persecuted to death. As of now, there are already 44 well-documented cases of Christians of the CAG killed by the Communist Party.
Based on incomplete statistics from the start of the 2017 to September 30 of the same year, at least 3,362 Christians of the CAG were subjected to the persecution of the Communist Party in Mainland Chinas 32 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities.
Because the CCP has always suppressed religious beliefs, many Christians from the CAG are forced to flee from home, agonizing over their shattered family and homelessness.
The denial of religious freedom in China and the case of The Church of Almighty God exposed at the 37th session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations http://hrwf.eu/china-the-persecution-of-the-church-of-almighty-god-raised-in-a-side-event-at-the-un/
Nowadays, there are still many Christians of the CAG suffer from inhumane abuse in Chinese prisons, and the number of church members who were persecuted to death contin...
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