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Murdoch flagship the Australian has been waging a long running campaign against the construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU), and especially its Victorian leader John Setka.
The years of character assassination have been to try and destroy a union, which is seen as the leading edge of the movement, and in the way of the Murdoch empires dream of the de-unionisation of Australia.
Murdochs vendetta against the union and its leaders is part of a much wider agenda, to impose on a particularly vicious brand of politics on Australia, based on race hate, the denial of basic rights and concentration of power. With its collection of like minded writers, the media empire has been molded as the propaganda arm of this political ambition. Given the resources at its disposal, this is a dangerous organisation.
A month ago, the newspaper took the vendetta a step further, by publishing stories about Setkas prior convictions, and used the by lines, the only thing bigger than his biceps is his police rap sheet, and that he had been convicted or fined over 40 of those convictions, including for theft, assault by kicking, criminal damage and assaulting police.
They are grossly misleading claims, which do not mention their connection with an ongoing political battle with Murdoch and the government, widely regarded to be political in nature, rather than about criminal behaviour. The Australian has never been reputed to be hugely accurate with its news.
Another article referred to claims by the prominent Turnbull minister Michaela Cash, about Setka not being fit to exert political influence, because of his excessive criminal history. It did not mention that the government is partisan, and has shown its desire to remove the union leader from office.
Warnings from the Office of Public Prosecutions over publishing material in these stories had been ignored.
In a pivotal case, Setka and the unions president Shaun Reardon had been charged in December 2015, with blackmail over alleged threats made to executives of concrete company Boral two years earlier. The case collapsed in May this year.
Following this, the Director of Public Prosecutions launched proceedings against the Australians owners and Nick Cater, who is a former editor of the weekend edition of the newspaper and executive director of the Liberal Party associated Menzies Research Centre.
Cater was accused of having a tendency to prejudice or interfere with the due administration of justice in the prosecution of John Setka. In a story, published just a month before the collapse of the Setka Reardon trial, Cator wrote a story with the heading Shortens just a puppet wholl do what he is told, in which he claimed...
The Tamil Refugee Council today again criticised the federal governments immigration laws, following the failure of a Tamil familys Federal Circuit Court appeal to be granted the right to stay in Australia. Priya, her husband Nades and their two daughters aged 1 and 3, born in Australia have now spent more than 100(...)
1797 - Merino sheep imported by John Macarthur (2 rams, 4 ewes) and Samuel Marsden (1 ram, 1 ewe) arrive from the Cape aboard Reliance with stores for the colony.
1810 - Today wasn't too flash for Lieut William Paterson when he carked it at sea on the voyage home to England.
1830 - Thomas McCormick was hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting the occupants in fear.
1836 - Terence Saville was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1836 - James Sproule (alias Fraser) was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Honora Davey at Williams River.
1842 - An escape attempt at Norfolk Island in the brig Governor Phillip was quelled. Six convicts were killed, four are later executed.
1845 News of the discovery of a rich body of copper ore at Burra, South Australia was published in Adelaide newspapers.
1856 - Having explored the Victoria River and having time on his hands, Augustus Charles Gregory set out to traverse northern Australia from east to west.
1859 - Wentworth (the NSW town, not the TV series) was named after the New South Wales explorer and politician William Charles Wentworth.
1869 - A privately built telegraph line between Perth and Fremantle, WA, opened.
1871 - Sandhurst joined the ranks of Cities although it later changed it's title to that of a boxer, Bendigo.
1875 - The Victoria Bridge, Maitland, NSW, opened.
1876 - George Pitt was hanged at Mudgee for the murder of Ann Martin at Guntawang.
1878 - The Bank of South Australia opened for business in its new building.
1883 - The Piangil Railway Line (Vic) aka the Swanhill Railway Line (strangely also in Vic) was extended from Raywood to Mitiamo.
1886 - Wong Tong was hanged at Boggo Road Gaol for the murder of Kok Tow near Bundaberg.
1887 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Clifton - Wollongong.
1887 - The Crow Eater Governor, Sir William Robinson, escorted by nearly 1200 mounted troopers, soldiers, marines and a number of brass bands, and led by the mounted police on their greys, moved down North Terrace to the Jubilee Exhibition Building next to the University. There he officially opened the 1887 Jubilee Exhibition which was to run for a year.
1887 - In Ballarat the Queen Victoria's Jubilee Foundation Stones were laid for the Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery & Old Colonists Hall.
1887 - Peats Ferry - An excursion train from Sydney ran out of control down the steep Cowan Bank. There were two other trains full of holidaymakers standing at the platforms at Hawksesbury River station and disaster was only averted by t...
The students from Sydney Road Community School have made a short film for the Focus on Ability short film festival. The winners are decided by votes and being a very small school the students are looking for the community to behind them and vote.
If you have a few spare minutes, the film is called Johnny:
Australian media in damage control to explain Melbourne coldest start in 36 years to winter, record snow and frosts to withing 1500 miles south of the equator toward Cains. Bobby the moderator at OZ Politic has a full thread of 350 pages outside MSM control which shows massive ice gains in sea ice around Antarctica, all the while the MSM screams that we have to act now before the worlds coast lines are washed away by a melting Antarctica. Power grids were stretched to the limits in Australia during the Superfreeze event, but downplaying is the new narrative, and if it doesn't fit, just make a new set of rules. Perhaps we need to look to the Sabians of Harran to understand the cycles. Sources
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Nikki Haley, the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has announced the US will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council. AAP/EPA/Justin Lane
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have announced the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).
In doing so, they claimed the council was a roadblock to genuine global human rights protection. This move by the Trump administration has been anticipated for some time. In a sense, the elephant has left the room. But in doing so, the elephant has belled the cat on a number of serious issues regarding the HRC.
Is the United States decision sound in terms of international human rights protection? Is it one that Australia, an HRC member from 2018-2020, should follow?
The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights, which ran from 1947 to 2006. By the time of its demise, the commission was criticised from all sides for being overly politicised.
The HRCs 47 seats are divided between the five official UN regions in the following way: Africa (13); Asia (13); Latin America and the Caribbean (8); Western Europe and Other (7); Eastern Europe (6). The US (and Australia) is in the Western Europe and Other Group, known as WEOG.
One-third of the council is elected each year by the UN General Assembly, and members serve three-year terms. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. A member can also be suspended from the council in a vote of two-thirds of the UN General Assembly: Libya was suspended in 2011 after Muammar Gaddafis crackdown on Arab Spring protesters and armed dissidents. No other member has been suspended.
The HRC meets three times a year for a total of around ten weeks. Its 38th session has just begun. It also meets for one-day special sessions at the initiative of one-third of its members. It has so far held 28 special sessions.
The HRCs functions include the d...
This is a handcrafted credenza that we had in our lounge room in Qld, that doesn't fit in our loungeroom/dining room here in Preston.
Height: 95 cms
Width: 140 cms
Depth: 40 cms.
There is some rust on the last curve of the leg (see photo). It is a little bit wonky so needs a small wedge of cardboard slid under a leg to keep it stable.
The racist methgoblins of the True Blue Crew (TBC) are holding another flagwit parade in the Melbourne CBD this Sunday. There theyll be joined by a range of other right-wing cranks, including Soldiers of Odin, neo-Nazi Lads, Timmeh! and The Continue reading
The Australian Electoral Commission released the final decisions for the Victorian federal redistribution earlier today. Most of the changes were very minor, with no seats experiencing a large change in margin. The switch of Dunkley from Liberal to notional Labor has been maintained.
We have seen two changes in seat names. The seat of Cox has been restored to its previous name of Corangamite. While they noted the concern about the double-entendre in the name, the decision has supposedly been made due to the longstanding use of the name Corangamite.
The AEC is also renaming the seat of Batman in Melbournes inner north to Cooper. This name honours early 20th century Aboriginal leader William Cooper. The report specifically mentions his role in founding the Australian Aborigines League in the 1930s, and his protests against Nazi Germany in 1938. This is the culmination of a long campaign to abolish this seat name.
Overall we will see eight new seat names at the next federal election. Batman is not the only seat named after an early white settler to be renamed in part due to that mans genocidal history the seat of McMillan in eastern Victoria has been renamed Monash.
The announcement today just included descriptions of how the boundaries have been changed since the first draft. There are no maps and no data. So its possible there might be small errors in my margin calculations. I will put together the updated map over the weekend, although Ill double-check the boundaries when the official map is released on July 13.
I also expect well be getting the final boundaries for ACT and South Australia over the next week.
The table below the fold lists the margin in every Victorian seat, before the redistribution, on the draft boundaries and on the final boundaries. I discovered a small bug in my margin calculation code so there may be some small changes (around 0.1% in most cases) even where boundaries havent changed, but Ive included the previously-published margins for transparency.
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One long-made argument against tertiary education subsidies is that they are regressive. University students tend to come from more privileged backgrounds, and therefore receive a disproportionate share of government spending on higher education.
Based on gross household income, ABS data on the distribution of government benefits released today confirms that this is still true, as the chart below shows, although the ratio between the highest and lowest income quintiles is lower now than in the past.
On an equivalised income basis, which takes into account household size, the distribution of spending is more even. This reflects the fact that although students tend to come from relatively affluent households, these also tend to be relatively large households containing a couple and their children. Making it disposable income makes it more even still, given progressive taxation. Even...
Places evolve. The cycle of fortune is etched everywhere. The buildings, the people, the artwork, all hold DNA from the past. St Kildas eco-system has morphed and yo-yoed over the years. For 40,000 years prior to colonisation, it was the aboriginal territory of Euroe Yroke, a rich swampland where various tribes roamed. European settlement drained these 
by Paris Newman Drink your milk if you want strong bones! Drink your milk to achieve a balanced diet! Drink your milk to maintain your health! Such expressions surrounding dairy milk are drilled into our consciousness within the early stages of childhood. Yet, could it really be possible that such widespread idioms are detrimental to 
by Adam Murie That day was so cold I wore tracky-daks under my jeans while promenading along the boardwalk of St Kilda beach in winter. Theres no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing but this day was proving otherwise because I was appropriately dressed and it was still freezing. The foreshore was empty 
Text & image by Neil Blake & Kerrie Pacholli pationpics.com In 1992 Robert Mate Mate, a dear friend and creative collaborator introduced me to Neil Blake as the Penguin Man. At that time Neil devoted a big chunk of energy studying and protecting the Port Phillip Penguins that come to roost every night at 
A whimsical, nostalgic look at the characters, identities and funny people of 1950s Fitzroy Street. by Robert Chuter Saturday, 12 February 1955 In Fitzroy Street, dilapidated terraces of houses, like shabby denial Victorian Dowagers have long rubbed shoulders with modern hotels and flats. But cabarets, clubs and restaurants with menus as varied as the 
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Described as an ultimate bad feminist Amanda Jane Pritchard makes her international debut this August at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her comedy/cabaret show All The Dumb Things, but not before shows in St Kilda, Sydney and London (as part of Camden Fringe). Coming to you from a backyard somewhere in sunny St Kilda, Amanda Jane 
ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie, https://theconversation.com/abc-contributes-as-much-to-the-economy-as-it-costs-the-taxpayer-michelle-guthrie-98553?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton The Conversation, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra June 19, 2018
ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment that the public broadcaster contributed more than A$1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.
This was on a par with the public funding of the organisation, she told the Melbourne Press Club, in an address coming days after the Liberal Federal Council urged the ABC be privatised a call rejected by the government.
Far from being a drain on the public purse, the audience, community and economic value stemming from ABC activity is a real and tangible benefit, she said. The Deloitte study was commissioned by the ABC; Guthrie said its report was still being compiled and would be released next month.
Of the $1 billion, more than a third is economic support for the broader media ecosystem. Far from being Ultimo-centric, the ABC is boosting activity across the country, she said, giving as examples the filming of Mystery Road in the Kimberley and the production of Rosehaven outside Hobart.
Deloitte calculated the ABC was helping sustain more than 6000 full-time equivalent jobs across the economy. It means that for every three full-time equivalent jobs created by the ABC, there are another two supported in our supply chain local artists, writers, technicians, transport workers and many more.
In hard figures, the research shows that the ABC helps to sustain 2500 full-time equivalent jobs in addition to the 4000 women and men who are directly employed by the public broadcaster.
When broken down this equates to more than 500 additional jobs in production companies, over 400 jobs elsewhere in the broadcast sector, and close to 300 full-time equivalent jobs in the professional services.
Amidst the debate over the ABCs purpose and its funding we should all remember that there are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities.
Addressing the critics argument that the ABCs about $1 billio...
Macquarie Capital sells two 40% stakes in Lal Lal Wind Farm, which is reported to have off-take deal with two Australian industrials.
1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port
1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....
1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.
1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.
1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.
1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.
1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.
1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.
1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.
1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.
1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.
1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.
1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.
1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.
1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.
1931 - Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.
1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.
1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.
1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.
1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.
1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...
America is shamelessly torturing children and parents by separating them at the border. This is current policy. Thats what the USA is now. We torture children as an example and warning and punishment to desperate people seeking refuge. (And justify it by quoting the Bible.) This is the USAs new method.
Taking kids away from their mothers at a young age is torture. They will not recover from the trauma. It will define them for the rest of their lives. There is no justification for it. Warning or punishment: if you can justify this, you simply do not believe in democracy or decency.
As good people, what can we do? We can speak out. Or add this verse to the famous series of statements by Martin Neimoller.
When they came for the immigrants children I did not speak out. Because I was not an immigrant.
You know how it ends.
Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak for me.
There are many good organizations in the US that provide legal representation and bond funds to get parents out of immigration detention and back with their children. One is RAICES: Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. You can donate here: Raicestexas.org
If you care about your fellow humans, speak out and take action.
If you are not fatigued by all of the horror and suffering
around the world.. the ongoing horrors, of Syria and Palestine to
name a couple, .. then please consider the above :-)
An extraordinary letter home to Scotland from a young man who had emigrated to Australia in the 1830s has been made available to people trying to reconcile with Aboriginal history. James Graham wrote home to his family in Fife in 1839, a year after he had emigrated to Australia, and his letter contains proof that Aborigines were massacred by white settlers - studies have shown that up to 60% of Australians still do not believe such atrocities happen. During National Reconciliation Week earlier this month - seven days of promoting Aboriginal culture - the so-called Overland Letter by Graham was promoted by the University of Melbourne in its online publication Pursuit. The letter from the university archives is extraordinary for several reasons, not least because it is a rare example of the "criss-cross" style of writing which Victorians used in order to save paper - the most famous user of that method was the missionary and explorer David Livingstone. According to Pursuit, Graham's cross-writing horizontally, vertically and diagonally filled two large leaves of heavy paper with words that would later add up to forty pages of typed transcription.
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