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The discount had a cost to taxpayers, since universities were compensated by the Department for upfront payment discounts. If students pay upfront, the risk of the remaining debt not being repaid is removed, as is the interest subsidy for the time that repaid debt is outstanding. The discount is only worthwhile from a taxpayer perspective if it induces upfront payments on a sufficient scale to reduce doubtful debt and interest subsidies by more than the cost of the compensation to universities.
At the time, I supported the decision to abolish the discount, because I doubted that it was generating a net financial benefit for taxpayers.
One reason for this is that various sources of evidence over the years suggested that upfront payments were coming from sources unlikely to be very sensitive to discounts. These include parents wanting their kids to be free of debt, employers, and scholarships. In the 2012 student finances survey, for example, 9 per cent of undergraduates reported receiving money to pay tuition fees.
While abolishing the discount removes any financial incentive for students who will personally hold the debt to pay upfront, some may still choose to do so because they want to be debt free, or for students who already have jobs paying above the HELP repayment threshold wanting to avoid entering the repayment bureaucracy. These students are likely to be part-time, so the student contributions may only be a few thousand dollars a year, similar to or perhaps less their annual HELP repayments (although antiquated repayment rules mean that they will still be able to delay payment interest free for a year).
It may be a little early to judge what impact abolishing the discount will have. As the chart below shows, there is a history of policy changes to the discount not having immediate large impacts (indeed, some are the opposite direction to the one expected). This may be because it takes a while for information about the policy change to trigger behaviour change, particularly for later-year students who may have established habits of paying upfront without paying much attention to the incentives.
Between 2016 and 2017, the...
The UK Business Insider reported on the closing remarks in the Melbourne Magistrates Court hearing on the child sexual abuse charges against Cardinal George Pell and described the case as asex case.
Cardinal Pell strongly denies the charges against him. This commentary has nothing to do with his guilt or innocence, which must be determined by the court. This is only about how the charges are described in the media.
Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.
Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.
The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.
The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.
When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.
Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by definition, cannot give consent, so its not sex. Its rape, its child abuse, its sexual abuse, its any number of terms that accurately describe a crime. An act perpetrated on an innocent victim, someone who was unable to defend themselves from the violence done to them, and who suffers for years, possibly decades, from the trauma caused by an adults choice to commit that violence....
I was sort of watching an old episode of Antiques Roadshow
("watching" = noise in the background while I researched Oz
history) when I heard the above title mentioned.
Now, poor George was a consumptive bloke ( he was quickly fading away from TB) so he had a little time to fill in.
The sketches in his book aren't fabulously long-lost works of art BUT they are observations of people and Aboriginal people in and around the small settlement of Melbourne; rudimentary ink drawings show mia-mias (huts) and Aboriginal figures with notes on the back of the sketch detailing how they lived.
He also sketched figures waltzing off to the goldfields, showing the various classes by their dress, with the usual accoutrements of digging in their hot little hands.
In short, rare wonderful glimpses of history.
After the value was given by the Antiques Roadshow expert, with comments that it would garner high interest in the Aussie market, the owner stated he wouldn't be selling.
Now, doing my sums that episode was from 2009 (I told you it was an oldie) so I had a quick Gurgle to see if the sketchbook ever made its way to The Fair Isle of Oz - and, yes, it did!
Mossgreen Auctions in Armadale, Vic, auctioned it last May; how much or who bought it I have not the foggiest, I can only hope it or a facsimile eventually finds its way into the National Library or into print for schools or some such.
You can read a lengthy description by the auction house of George's sketch book HERE
You can read the transcript of the AR ep HERE.
Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.
Thursday 19 April
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)
The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.
The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.
A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.
A co-ordinating group will be set up.
If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network
1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it
wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then
greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.
1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).
1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.
1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.
1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.
1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.
1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.
1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.
1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.
1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.
From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...
I got a phone call a few months back from a woman in Arizona who sought my advice. Her town was receiving an influx of new residents from out of state and it was obvious the trend was accelerating. The resulting growth and economic distortions caused by an expanding population, more traffic congestion, less open space, stresses on municipal services, and higher home prices would (all together now) change the character of the community. She was an earnest woman who genuinely cared for her town and was in search of tools to manage the inevitable in the best way possible. But I had to smile when she announced, The Californians are coming! in a thick Chicago accent. How long had she been in Arizona?
I rented a house here in California to a Canadian couple for four years. They relocated to take advantage of career opportunities in San Francisco. They owned a condo in Vancouver which they rented out while they were living here so it was a financial wash for them. When a great job presented itself in Kelowna, B.C. the couple returned to Canada.
But the timing was rough. The city of Vancouver had recently enacted a tax on foreign property investors meant to cool the overheated real estate market. One side effect was a 25% price spike in Kelowna in a single year as hot money found the next sweet spot. In Vancouver, the tax induced a brief lull in the property market for a few months, but then prices resumed their upward trajectory as pools of international funds kept searching for a safe haven. Whats an extra 15% if youre already paying cash for a $1.2M condo? Was there anything Kelowna could have done to alter that trajectory? Friends in Australia tell me Hobart, Tasmania is seeing significant home value increases as people from Melbourne migrate to second and third tier cities in the provinces...
Given representatives of the Institute of Public Affairs Limited (IPA) turn up as guest commentators so frequently these days on television, radio and in newsprint - usually without mention of who they actually represent - perhaps it's time to update deatils of the corporate structure, finances and aims of this group.
Let the planting begin!
Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,
Dear Mel and others at Newlands blog,
First Exposure - Matthew - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,
Second Exposure - Kathryn - Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia, December 2017.
Film: Ilford FP4 Plus 125
Cameras: Matthew - Nikon FM10, Kathryn - Pentax K1000
Processing: Rewind Photo Lab, Glebe, Sydney, Australia.
Post processing - Matthew
A flesh-eating disease known as the Buruli ulcer, which is usually found in West and Central Africa, has been increasing at an alarming rate in Australia over the past two years, especially in the state of Victoria. A report published Tuesday in the Medical Journal of Australia describes the disease as a "worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number, becoming more severe in nature and occurring in new geographic areas."
By any account, yesterdays (17 April) meeting of union delegates at the Melbourne Town Hall, was an impressive launch to an active major campaign to bring about an end to what is now widely regarded as an unfair industrial regime in Australia.
The official seating capacity of the hall is 1,500. But many more squeezed in.
Representatives from the Longford Esso-Exxon picket were there. The event marked 300 days they have been out of work, because management is trying to cut their wages by almost 50 percent. Troy, one of the union delegates spoke to the delegates and received a standing ovation.
The main thrust of the meeting was to gain the support of delegates for the Change the Rules campaign and participation to move it forward.
Determination to win overwhelming public support and willingness to fight hard, spells serious trouble for the Turnbull government was evident. The emerging battle was expressed in terms of not only bringing an end to this government. But to ensure that the existing industrial relations regime will be replaced by one that is much fairer to all workers, whether they are members of unions or not.
One part of the strategy is to win over the support of the Labor Party, the Greens and other members of parliament. At the same time, it was understood that victory will depend on the ongoing activity on the ground.
Mention was made of the fact that the problem is not one just made by the current government, but one that has been gradually unrolled over at least 30 years. There is an implied criticism of Labor for having played a part in it, although it was acknowledged that the Howard and now Turnbull government have taken it much further.
Speakers referred to the need to confront and ensure the greed of big business is taken on. Big business avoids paying tax with government assistance, while the wages share of the wealth of Australia is reduced, and the richest one percent hold nearly three quarters of it all.
It was also said that this is a political battle, which must be won in the workplaces, in the streets and the neighbourhoods.
Nor was it left at saying that the rules are broken. Solutions were put forward, such as, the n...
Sorry I don't chatter much these days on here, or on Facebook
lately, but I've been madly crocheting rugs and ponchos and beanies
(oh, my!) for remote Indigenous communities.
The temps drop below freezing in the desert areas and many of our Elders need warm clothing, blankets, the usual Winter basics to survive.
I won't go into detail about the shockingly over-priced "shops" in some towns but there are Indigenous communities who have started up their own op shops, domestic abuse refuges, fabric making/printing workshops, children's libraries, etc, with a little help from peeps around Oz donating items.
No, I won't share any postage details on here as some ultra-right wing arseholes send abusive crap through the post and we won't be encouraging any of those twat-waffling scum.
One thing that has pissed me off this week - and last week - was the police targetting Dylan Voller at the Commonwealth Games.
They managed to seriously injure a female Elder, also, during a peaceful protest.
Police in Victoria are under the spotlight, too, for some really questionable tactics.
Fellas, do yourselves some favours and boot the bastards out of the force, they are giving the rest of you cops a bad name.
There are some decent police, I've engaged with them in the past, but the mongrels who think the uniform gives them carte blanche to savage people in any situation need to be treated like any person breaking the law.
Well, I'm off now, like a bucket of prawns in the noonday sun, to continue crocheting winter woollies.
By the by, Victoria Parliament Library - PLEASE update your "On this day" site; shit tonnes happened in the Colony of Vic, find it !
Also, NSW, QLD, WA, SA, NT & Tassie parliaments?
Create an On This Day searchable database on your parliament websites, ffs.
Hello to the City of Melbourne person who pops over for a regular read!
The announcement that the Victoria Hotel was introducing a Tuesday curry night claimed our attention. And to be honest, were not sure why with so many very affordable and often excellent curry options close to the refurbished pub (43 Victoria Street, phone 8320 0315). Nat and I surmised that it might have been 
1623 - Dutch sailors from the ship Pera, with instructions to kidnap "full-grown persons, or better still,
. . . boys and girls, to the end that the latter may be brought up here and be turned to useful purpose in the said quarters when occasion shall serve " , landed in North Queensland where a large number of Aborigines approached them with no sign of fear, handling the muskets and showing interest in iron and beads. The Dutch took this opportunity and 'seized one of the blacks by a string which he
wore round his neck, and carried him off to the pinnace'.
1831 - Australias oldest newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, was launched.
1834 - Hobart had it's knickers in a right Royal twist when Messrs. Attorney and Solicitor General Stephen and M'Dowall avowed that they have prepared an Act of Council limiting the number, and restricting the qualifications of juries here.
1843 - The Southern Australian newspaper was bemoaning the fact that "...The simplicity of their wants, and of their lives, is another great barrier : their whole attention seems devoted to the providing of food, and other animal enjoyments : their motto literally is, eat, drink, and be merry, for to-morrow we die ; and any principle beyond that, they, and their fathers, have not known or regarded...."
qualifications of juries.
1864 - Sharpen those fish knives and flush out the fish kettles, ladies, the HMAS Victoria parked its bow in Hobart, having on board 100,000 salmon and 3,000 trout googie eggs bound for Tassie's first fish hatchery.
1872 - Oh you great sodding bastards.
To think ... we've been deprived of the chance to catch a train from the oh-so-gorgeously titled Schoolhouse Lane train station, which happened to open on this day as the terminus of the North East Railway line from Essendon.
May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down.
1875 - Fire destroyed the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea. His entire collection of 50,000 negatives was destroyed - a tragic loss for him and for South Australia.
1882 - Tenders for the construction of the Port Milang Railway lines (SA) were called on this day and Walke and Swann were successful in obtaining the joint contract for a price of 143,678.
1890 - The West Melbourne Cable Tram Line (VIC) began trundling about the streets via Spencer St and Flemington Rd, with the powerhouse located at the south-west corner of Queensberry Street and Abbotsford Street.
1902 - One-time hubby of the aforementioned Dame Daisy Bates, Breaker Harry Morant, had been court martialed in secret (against regulations) and shot in February, but despite the court transcripts conveniently going missing a summary of the trumped up nonsense appeared in the London Times today.
Transit Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating a sexual assault on a tram in February.
As we move on from another Easter lets cast our minds back to this time in 1971, when five members of Save Our Sons, were jailed for 14 days during the Easter.
Their heinous offence was sitting in the offices of the then Federal Department of Labour and National Service, handing out leaflets opposing conscription for the unjust,
undeclared war in Vietnam.
Just to recall who they were; Save Our Sons was formed back in 1965 to oppose the conscription of young men to fight and die in war. Throughout the next few years they were active and prominent in the anti-conscription and anti-war campaigns.
When arrested they were charged under the Summary Offences Act; legislation put in place by the Bolte state Government (Victoria). Their court case was finally heard late in the afternoon of Holy Thursday.
The presiding magistrate jailed them for 14 days, with no option of paying a fine. Thus Jean McLean, Joan Coxsedge, Irene Miller, Chris Cathie and Jo Maclaine-Cross, were locked away.
As we know, the Easter long week end is a quiet time, people go away, services close down, it can be very isolating. Nonetheless, support for them was quick and strong.
They became known as the Fairlea Five. Large demonstrations were arranged outside the Womens prison, and around 800 people attended the ongoing vigil outside.
Maritime workers stopped work in support of the Fairlea Five. After 11 days of organised support for them, they were released, to reacquaint with their families.
Their fight was part of the broader peoples struggle against the unjust, undeclared war in Vietnam.
Australian TV host Peta Credlin gave a short monologue yesterday against a proposal to let people at whim call themselves or their newborns male, female, intersex, unspecified, or indeterminate on their birth certificates. She notes this ideas proponents say its the next step after government affirmation of same-sex relationships, although at the time that was not publicly sold as an entrance point for transsexual politics.
Trust us, they said, didnt they? Love is love,' she recalls.
Children are born a boy or a girl, [for] the vast bulk of humanity, Credlin says, because stating the obvious is now not only necessary, it even requires courage. That is a biological fact, and laws must reflect reality.
Credlin noted an exception is logical for the approximately 1.5 percent of humans who are discovered, usually at puberty, to have both male and female reproductive organs due to chromosomal abnormalities. But then and only then is the time right to alter a birth certificate, armed with medical fact, but not in a birthing suite due to the whim of a parent who wants to record [her] child as nonbinary, Credlin continued.
This is nothing more than a dangerous push by the Left into records we have kept as civilizations since almost as long as we have had the written word. Assuming change from the outset is designed to disrupt social norms and it must be resisted.
Changing the birth certificate process is political correctness gone mad.
Children are born a boy or a girl for the vast bulk of humanity, that is a biological fact and laws must reflect reality.
Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) April 16, 2018
The Australian News Weekly notes the Victorian Upper House voted down transgendering Victorian birth certificates in 2016. When Victorian opposition parliamentarians asked, if a person can change their sex, can they also change their age or change their race? Labor members had no answer.
The proposal would require no physical alterations to a persons body before retconning his or her birth certificate. Transgender activists claim that would discriminate against trans people or those who identify as something other than transgender, male, or female (such as visual trigger warning ...
Something quite strange and yet terrifying is happening in Australia at the moment and it has doctors of all kinds baffled. As this epidemic grows, many are wondering: What can be done?
Cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa have literally surged by four hundred percent in the last four years. Doctors do not have a clue how to prevent this disease which is caused by bacteria that basically breaks down tissue. Last year there was a 51 percent increase in cases of this infection when compared to 2016.
This skin disease is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans. It emits toxins that work to destroy skin cells, fat, and blood vessels. This eventually forms ulcers and causes skin loss. It tends to affect the arms and legs, but depending on the person and severity, it can also be found on other parts of the body including the face.
One of the most terrifying things about this skin disease is that no one knows how it is transmitted to humans and some believe it is possible that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria. Please prepare yourself for the image below as this is not a pretty sight at all and is still even a more mild case.Ella Crofts/BBC
No one understands whats happening and whats driving this epidemic. We can offer clues but not definitive advice. Its a mystery.
The problem is, we dont have the time to sit around and pontificate about it the epidemic has reached frightening proportions.
These ulcers are not easy to deal with and come with a recovery period of anywhere between six months to one whole year. Many people who come down with this skin disease end up having to undergo reconstructive surgery as it literally eats away the skin.
A study published just days ago in the Medical Journal of Australia cautions of thi...
I realise a defence lawyers duty is to place his client, no matter how good or bad they are, in the best possible light. However, in child sex abuse cases, there should be the greatest respect for the victims.
This is clearly not the case in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, no 2 equal Roman Catholic in the world.
I think George Pell will go down, and go to jail.
Cardinal George Pell may have become the target of false sexual offence allegations to punish him for not having prevented the sexual abuse of children, his defence barrister has told a court.
Robert Richter QC has described complaints made against Cardinal Pell as impossible and the complainants behind them as unreliable as he tried to persuade a magistrate not to commit Australias most senior Catholic cleric to stand trial.
Instead, Mr Richter told the hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates Court that all the charges faced by the 76-year-old should be thrown out.
Whether the allegations are the product of fantasy, the product of some mental problems or just pure invention in order to punish the representative of the Catholic Church in this country for not stopping abuse by others of children, he said.
Mr Richter said some of the complainants had been sexually abused by other priests who had since died, therefore offering them no recourse.
Cardinal Pell representing the face of the Catholic Church had been the obvious target of allegations that are not true, but are designed to punish him for not having prevented sexual....
The annual Northcote High School Literary TalkFest is back with another incredible line up of authors!
Grace Cossington Smiths art very much, but was surprised to see
a historical scene, rather than her more usual images of
contemporary life. More about her later.
Soon after the first load of convicts arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788, Gov Phillip travelled to the headwaters of Port Jackson. Finding good soil and fresh water there, he formed a settlement at Rose Hill and mapped out a town plan along the creek: Parramatta. There were soon 1000 people living in the district, ministered by the Rev Richard Johnstone once a fortnight. A temporary church, formed out of two old huts, was opened at Parramatta in 1796. Services were first performed in it in Apr 1803, making this church is the oldest in the colony.
In Mar 1794 the Rev Samuel Marsden arrived from Britain and was appointed assistant to Rev Richard Johnson, stationed at Parramatta. It was an important centre in the colony and Marsden remained there for some years. He was promised the position of senior chaplain in 1802, but was not properly paid and was not formally promoted until later. Still, Gov Lachlan Macquarie allowed him to live at Parramatta as being more convenient for carrying out his general superintending duties, and named Marsden as the resident chaplain.
By 1802 the Rev Marsden had received hundreds of Parramatta-acres in grants, so Marsden quickly committed himself to farming. It brought financial security for a large family, and social acceptability and power to which he could not have aspired at home. At the same time he was incited by the greedy temper of the colony; the officers had begun their single-minded pursuit of wealth.
Marsden was appointed magistrate and superintendent of government affairs at Parramatta. His harshness can be attributed to his vigorous morality, his loathing of sin and his view that Parramatta was an immoral cesspool; thus the most rigorous disciplinary measures were required. This flogging parson was of course loathed.
Following on from last weeks news that Melbourne is now the live music capital of the world, the Victorian capital is set to receive a brand new venue next month, with a VIP party scheduled to help kick things off.
As The Music reports, St. Kildas Newmarket Hotel is set to open its new bandroom, The Hummingbird, on May 2nd.
Ive had my eye on this room for some time and am so lucky to be able to collaborate with a venue that already had a fantastic reputation for food and hospitality, explained venue operator Heather Para.
We are putting in an excellent sound system, re-modelling the existing stage and working closely with the chef to present a sophisticated food offering. We really will be providing something for everyone.
Keeping with its theme of providing something for everyone, The Hummingbird is set to showcase a wide variety of acts, including local and international bands of various genres, including jazz and comedy as well. Needless to say, it looks set to be a huge addition to Victorias live music scene.
The Hummingbird is set to come into the world in a big way thanks to a special opening night party on May 2nd which is set to feature Alma Zygier, DJ and PBS radio presenter MzRizk, while comedienne Bev Killick is set to handle MC duties.
Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 17 - 23 April 2018 Newsletter | #590 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th April 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018 Enjoy Untold | Reach Foundation 25 of the worlds top urban artists | $1 million target Melbournes most exciting contemporary urban art installation under the Nylex Clock for the Reach Foundation. Untold Melbourne | Reach Foundation | Buy Tickets South Asian Festival A free event on Saturday 21st April 2018 celebrates the Bengali New Year in a splendid display of South Asias rich and vibrant culture. South Asian Festival 2018 | Birrarung Marr Supanova | Pop Culture Expo Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April 2018 | Comic-con Australian style Supanova is a celebration of all things Pop Culture featuring special guests, anime, comic-books, manga, sci-fi, tv shows, movies, gaming and cosplay! Supanova | Melbourne Showgrounds A Family Affair - Works by JS Bach and Sons Melbourne Musicians present two outstanding soloists flautist Bridget Bolliger and Soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sunday 29th of April 2018 | St Johns Southgate A Family Affair | Tickets Online La Beatles Boheme Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme in a tragic love story about two contrasting couples - the tempestuous and the romantic. Concerts 21-29 April | Flagstaff Carpark La Beatles Boheme | Buy Tickets Rites of Passage | Tattoo and Arts Festival Royal Exhibition Building | 20-22 April 2018 Rites of Passage returns for a huge weekend of tattoos, live art, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and entertainment. Rites of Passage 2018 | Tattoo and Arts Festival | Buy Tix Record Store Day Saturday 21st April 2018 - Discover music in your favourite music store. Record Store Day 2018 | Store Finder This Weekend Best Improv Comedy 2018: Tournament of Teams, Brickman Awesome LEGO Exhibition, Challenge Melbourne, Earth Day 2018, Great Amazing Race, Malaysia Day Festival, Marvels Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, Melbourne Russian Festival, Memory Walk and Jog | Alzheimer Australia, Peanut Butter Festival, Vikings | Swedish History Museum Exhibition, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition Full Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Suitcase Rummage Northcote, The District Makers Market, Night Market: Neon Night, Vintage Sportswear Market Fitzroy, Night Market @ Melbourne Uni, Thread Den Market, Yarraville Craft Market, Cheeky Monkey Market, Piccadilly Market, Creswick Market, Mulgrave Makers Market, Fitzroy Market, Trinity Market, Glen Huntly Market, Gembrook Market, Ivanhoe Makers Market, Montrose Craft Market, Gran...
Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.
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The genetically-modified organism (GMO) known as golden rice (GR2E rice) will not significantly address hunger or Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) according to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
The International Conference on Golden Rice was organised by
MASIPAG and the Stop Golden Rice Network in the Philippines and
facilitated by the Anti-Poverty Commission. It included delegates
and farmers, scientists, and development workers from Bangladesh,
Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, and
the Philippines. The conference participants joined peasant farmers
calling for the stopping of the GM rice outside the Department of
The conference heard that Australia/New Zealand approval of GR2E rice will impact heavily on indigenous farmers all over Asia. This is because as Filipino law stands, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) safety assessment can be used for approval to plant in many of the Asian rice growing countries.
FSANZ said that on the best available scientific evidence it was safe to eat. Yet, experts and farmers from India, the Philippines and Indonesia provided studies raising concerns over the safety of the rice, proving that not all evidence was sought or considered by FSANZ. FSANZ has approved the rice into the Australasian food chain 'in case of contamination' to 'avoid trade issues'. There is a total absence of evidence for consumers to know if it is safe to eat. FSANZ said feeding/ingestion studies were not provided nor did FSANZ require them .
FSANZs rubber stamp approach to food safety is putting the health of billions of people at risk. This GM rice is aimed at pregnant women and children and yet there is an absence of evidence of safety. Said Fran Murrell from MADGE Australia, We hope that the Philippine Government regulators protect their people by ensuring that rigorous, long term safety studies are carried out.
Liza Maza from the National Anti-Poverty Commission in the Philippines said There was no comparative studies between GR2E rice and other varieties to see if it can lessen Vitamin A deficiency,
Cris Panerio, national coordinator for the Philippino farmer and scientist alliance (MASIPAG), noted Golden rice is fraught with inherent problems, one of which is the low yield resulting to the disruption of the native structure...
1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.
1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.
1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.
1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.
1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.
1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...
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