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POSK (People Of St Kilda) Ameena Although Im a Chicago native, it was seamless to put roots down in St Kilda. I love that St Kilda is walkable, convenient, and prioritises its inhabitants and the environment. With a colourful (and somewhat infamous) past, St Kilda has so many incredible resources, such as Resourcing health & 
Building the West Gate Tunnel for the next four years and we encourage people to come down to the Info Centre and learn about whats happening in their neighborhood
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Footscray University Town did a lot of good things with a lot of good people, and theres more in store for 2019.
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Following unrest at Melbournes Parkville Youth Justice Centre in mid-November 2016, Victorian authorities sent 15 youths to continue their detention at the Grevillea Unit inside Barwon Prison: an adult maximum security facility said to the be the states toughest. The incarceration of the children in the adult facility caused public outrage. And it took two Victorian
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POSK (People Of St Kilda) Asher After more than 20 years working in the corporate environment, a series of difficult life events including some tragic deaths in the family and a cancer diagnosis had me seriously questioning what I was doing on the planet. What was the meaning of my existence? What was 
There was a concerted effort before the recent Victorian state election from psephologists and other commentators to encourage voters to vote below-the-line.
I posted on the day after the election about the early figures, including the breakdown of below-the-line rates for each party. I wont rehash that.
In the final results, below-the-line voting made up 8.8% of formal votes, up from 6.1% in 2014, which was already an increase compared to the 2006 and 2010 elections. Hopefully this trend will continue in future elections, further weakening the power of the group voting ticket.
In this post I will show you two maps I have produced mapping out how the below-the-line vote varied by geography: one by polling place, and the other by electorate.
Firstly, the booth-level map:
There was a strong trend where below-the-line voting was highest in the inner city. The below-the-line rate cracked 20% in three seats: Brunswick, Northcote and Richmond. It was just under 20% in Melbourne. These four seats form the core of the Greens heartland.
The BTL rate was much lower in the outer suburbs, with regional areas falling somewhere in between. The lowest BTL rates were in the outer suburban seats of Mill Park, Sydenham, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne, and the regional seat of Mildura.
And secondly, this map shows the figures by seat. The trend is similar, but is shown in a simpler style.
You can click on either map to see the BTL rate for that booth or seat.
Some of the geographic variation can undoubtedly be explained by the different partisan make-up of each seat, but that doesnt explain it all. Melbourne, Northcote, Richmond and Brunswick all produced some of the higher BTL rates for Labor voters, and something similar for Liberal voters. Over 10% of Greens votes were below the line in every seat, but there was still a variation with seats like Mill Park, Mildura, Cranbourne and Narre Warren South having BTL rates under 11% amongst Greens voters.
There was not much difference in terms of the proportional increase in the below-the-line vote between seats. No seat went backwards, and no seat managed to double the previous below-the-line rate. This graph shows the remarkable consistency:
Stick insects: Egg-laying techniques reveal new evolutionary map
December 19, 2018
Known for exceptional mimicry, stick insects have evolved a range of egg-laying techniques to maximize egg survival while maintaining their disguise including dropping eggs to the ground, skewering them on leaves, and even enlisting ants for egg dispersal. Scientists have now combined knowledge on these varied techniques with DNA analysis to create the best map of stick-insect evolution to date. Contrary to previous evolutionary theories based on anatomical similarities, the new analysis finds the first stick insects flicked or dropped their eggs while hiding in the foliage. It also finds that geographically isolated populations of stick insects are more likely to be related than those with similar features. The research, published in a special issue on stick insects in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, takes us one step closer to understanding these enigmatic creatures.
While the evolutionary history of most insect groups is well documented, stick insects have been hard to classify. Our new analysis has made great strides, showing that the evolution of stick and leaf insects cannot be solely based on anatomical features, says Dr James A. Robertson, based at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and affiliated with the Brigham Young University, USA. Linking their wide-variety of egg-laying techniques to their evolutionary history,...
Its Mark from Handy Hubby home maintenance with a few gift ideas for you.
Hopefully your house has kept you warm and dry all winter, doesn't it deserve a present too?
Dominic and I specialise in bathroom and laundry renovations. We also provide general plumbing/carpentry work and all round sprucing up of your home.
I dont like whats happening in Tasmania in terms of commercial development of its wilderness areas. Its something thats finally starting to get a bit of press with The Weekend Australian Magazine and The Guardian recently writing about it.
When did national parks and the wilderness need to pay for themselves? What happened to protecting parks and wilderness for the flora and fauna they sustain? To preserve a space where theres been little to no human disturbance. Since when did helicopters and huts and standing camps become part of the wilderness experience?
Just some of what has been planned or already underway:
I dont want to spend my money in a state whose Liberal government only sees the environment for its developme...
The discovery of a new fish at a famous WA fossil site is in such good condition that it provides an exciting fresh glimpse into the evolution of species from 380 million years ago. The new fish - named Pickeringius acanthophorus (honouring the late Museums Victoria fossil collection manager David Pickering) - lived in the Late Devonian Period. Its beautifully preserved fossil skeleton was discovered by Flinders Universitys Professor John Long at the Gogo Formation, in the Kimberleys of Western Australia. This has become a world famous fossil site, containing superb 3-dimensional preservations of entire fishes in limestone nodules, and has so far yielded more than 50 species.
Pickeringius, about the size of a sardine, was one of the earliest ray-finned fishes a lineage that accounts for more than 98% of all living fish. There are about 30,000 ray-finned fish species alive today, but in the Devonian period, they were greatly outnumbered by other fish groups, with fewer than 30 species described worldwide.
The new find is especially significant because the braincase of this fish is exquisitely preserved. Devonian ray-finned fishes have mostly been found squashed flat, so the new discovery will enable CT scans of its skull at ANU, allowing palaeontologists to digitally render its endocast, and provide important information on early fish brain evolution. Only two previous Devonian ray-fins (Mimipiscis, from The Gogo Formation, and Raynerius, found in France) have had their brains subject to this level of detail.
The Pickeringius is distinctive for having enormous spiracular
openings on the top of its head, though these present a mystery to
palaeontologists. Most ray-finned fishes of this period had minute
spiracles, and these are now vestigial or lost in most modern
forms. The only living ray-finned fishes with well-developed
spiracles are African bichirs, which use them to breathe air at the
surface. Alternatively, modern rays (which are not ray-finned
fishes) use their spiracles to breath while they are on the seabed
(with their mouths and gills pressed under their body).
The fish is also excessively prickly, hence the name acanthophorus (which means spine bearer). The top of its skull is covered in little conical denticles. The underside of the...
Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit detectives charged a man in connection to a two alleged carjacking incidents in Melbourne last night.
The book helping kids talk about and understand Islam
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Thank to court watcher Bill Thompson for the tip - after our story about IBAC charges a few days ago! Do you know more? Please let us know too. Bill wonders if there's any connection.
Teenagers had a late night party on a nearby rooftop and I
imagined them falling to their deaths then felt bad then felt bad
that they were alive.
Bellowing. Screaming. Not even being killed. Teenagers are not human. Going self consciously quiet then arcing up again like human car alarms. I was stripped of all dignity.
Unable to close the window- these shitty apartments have zero ventilation- I listened intently for the sound of a falling body.
No one interrupts teenagers, because if you talk to them you have to kill all of them and then there's the tedium of collecting high-5s from their newly freed parents.
Not all teenagers are the teenagers in the horror movies aimed at teenagers, just the ones who can get rooftop access to a building at 1am on a Tuesday.
The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria
Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood?
Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.
And now its Australias turn.
Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.
Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees
Personal testimonials (1)
At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.
Here are some
extracts from her speech.
When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.
In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.
Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen.
Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government
Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons....
Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.
Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.
AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system
What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.
Whats wrong with current trade policy
Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.
Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial services.
This policy culminated in former Treasurer Joe Hockeys admission that his government decided to end all assistance to the car industry to reach trade deals with....
The former home of once-loved, now-gone Michael The Deli at 50 Leeds Street, Footscray, is getting a revamp and a new life. According to the building permit notification in the window, the new business here will be a cafe during the day and a bistro during evening hours specialising in European cuisine. 
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