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POLICE Minister Troy Grant paid a visit Gladesville Police Station on last Wednesday to farewell Supt John Duncan. After serving several years in the Ryde [more]
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A proposal was recently floated by two government department officials to enhance the powers of Australias cyber spying agency, to enable it to digitally surveil Australian citizens from right here without a warrant. The proposal, if adopted, would add to the already-pervasive surveillance of Australians through meta-data retention laws, the Five
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One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.
Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.
American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.
Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.
The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.
This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.
Adani Group have shown time and time again that they cant take this slow-moving train wreck forward and should scrap it for good. The Australian people dont want it, the banks wont touch it and now even key partners who stand to profit handsomely are giving up on Adani.
Theyve seen the writing on the wall and...
The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.
Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.
Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.
The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.
Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.
Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.
I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.
The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.
This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.
It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.
John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian construction industry. They stood up for safety in an extremely dangerous industry.
And for doing that they have faced unwarranted and discredited criminal charges. Working people deserve answers about how this happened.
Former Abbott Government minister Eric Abetz, who served in the workplace relations role at the time, was uncharacteristically quiet as the news broke yesterday.
John Sekta has a history of making very inflammatory statements and its not worth responding to them, Senator Abetz said.
Whilst hes had a win today I would suggest to him that he be exceptionally careful in relat...
1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and
named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace
1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.
1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street
1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.
1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."
1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.
1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each
1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.
1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!
1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.
1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.
1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...
Food delivery riders in the emerging app economy and working for Deliveroo, Foodora and UberEats, are organising to protect themselves and joining the Transport Workers Union.
The number one issue is that they do not get paid enough to survive on. A case has been brought before the Fair Work Commission, where a review of award wages are being sought.
At a rally just before the case in Sydney, one of the riders said that wages have dropped significantly over the two-and-a-half years he has been on the job, with one of the major companies.
When I started two-and-a-half years ago, the standard contract was $14 an hour and $5 dollars a delivery, rider Matt told reporters. Those are now looked at as the golden old days. I now know riders that are doing $7 a delivery and zero dollars an hour these guys are making $14, $7 or zero dollars an hour.
The app economy is designed to provide cheap labour. The rider is only paid for on a piece rate for deliveries carried out and the rest of the time remains on standby with no pay. In addition, the rider is regarded as a contractor, and therefore the employer does not provide WorkCover, holidays, sick pay, or any of the other benefits usually enjoyed by an employee.
This is a form of exploitation that should have no place in Australia. It not only affects those who are engaged in the app economy. Other jobs paid at an hourly rate are threatened as well.
If the use of apps are going to be applied to the working relationship, this must occur under the minimum conditions of a standard workplace agreement, with regular wages and working conditions. This is what is being fought for.
The TWU national secretary, Tony Sheldon, said the major food delivery companies were practicing wage theft and said he wanted the Fair Work Commission to protect riders.
He said, Theyre stealing from hardworking people, who are delivering to our homes right around our country, by underpaying them.
We need to make sure we have a system in this country that works for everybody.
The case is still before the Commission.
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This Saturday marks a year since a boy who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy was taken from the care of his parents. On May 19 last year, NSW police and Family and Community Services (FACS) removed the boy from Newcastles Church of Ubuntu. Section 43(1) of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act
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Could a multiverse be hospitable to
Source: Eurek Alert
A Multiverse - where our Universe is only one of many - might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research.
Questions about whether other universes might exist as part of a larger Multiverse, and if they could harbour life, are burning issues in modern cosmology.
Now new research led by Durham University, UK, and Australia's University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and the University of Western Australia, has shown that life could potentially be common throughout the Multiverse, if it exists.
The key to this, the researchers say, is dark energy, a mysterious "force" that is accelerating the expansion of the Universe.
Scientists say that current theories of the origin of the Universe predict much more dark energy in our Universe than is observed. Adding larger amounts would cause such a rapid expansion that it would dilute matter before any stars, planets or life could form.
The Multiverse theory, introduced in the 1980s, can explain the "luckily small" amount of dark energy in our Universe that enabled it to host life, among many universes that could not.
Using huge computer simulations of the cosmos, the new research has found that adding dark energy, up to a few hundred times the amount observed in our Universe, would actually have a modest impact upon star and planet formation.
This opens up the prospect that life could be possible throughout a wider range of other universes, if they exist, the researchers said.
The findings are to be published in two related papers in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The simulations were produced under the EAGLE (Evolution and Assembly of GaLaxies and their Environments) proje...
Tomorrow marks a fortnight since we published this story Shorten "promises better" on stopping corruption, where's the Government of Turnbull? Thursday, 03 May 2018 On Friday, 25 May 2018 Ralph Blewitt will make his first appearance in the Perth District Court to answer charges that he alone tricked Thiess into...
Some of Grant Woods works in this Whitney Museum show, from the 1930s, are so iconic that they have become part of American art folk lore. From a drawers perspective one interesting point to note about his work, is that he did full scale, meticulously drawn works as preparation for the final paintings. Tonally quite dark and stiff like his paintings, they are equally still as rich though with the story of the period he was living in. Another work, Victorian Survival, 1931, is striking for its meticulous similarity to s Victorian era photograph even down to the details of the red velvet frame. He also added a telephone which is another layer of dissonance in the work....
The safety, wellbeing and dignity of women seeking reproductive health services is a step closer to being protected in New South Wales through a bill that would guarantee safe access zones around abortion clinics.
Labor MLC, Penny Sharpe, and Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, are co-sponsoring the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill, which will come before the Legislative Council today.
Adrianne Walters, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the bill was absolutely vital to protecting a womans right to safely access health services.
"For far too long, women in NSW have had to run a gauntlet of intimidation and abuse just to see their doctor. Safe access zones are a straightforward and sensible solution. It's mind-boggling that in 2018 women are harassed, blocked and filmed when trying to get to the clinic doors," said Walters.
The bill would create 150 metre zones around medical clinics that provide abortions, where it will be unlawful to harass, intimidate or film people without consent, or to communicate about abortions in a manner likely to cause anxiety or distress.
Tasmania, Victoria, the ACT and Northern Territory already have safe access zones around abortion clinics.
Paul Nattrass, Practice Manager at The Private Clinic, a reproductive healthcare service in Sydney, said ensuring women have safe passage to reproductive healthcare will be a huge step forward in NSW.
"The creation of safe zones outside clinic entrances is vital to counter the aggressive and intimidating tactics used by anti-abortionists. No one should have to suffer the forceful, intrusive questioning of their medical treatment from a stranger in the street under any circumstances. The right to access health services safely and privately is fundamental to our society," said Mr Nattrass.
Abortion remains in the criminal statute books of New South Wales, with exceptions that enable women to access abortion services but place decision-making power in the hands of doctors. The bill does not seek to decriminalise abortion.
Walters said it was also time for the NSW Government to decriminalise abortion and respect women as competent decision-makers over their own bodies and lives.
"It is simply unacceptable that women and their doctors still run the risk of prosecution for undertaking a safe medical procedure; a procedure that takes place every week in NSW and across Australia. The law is hopelessly out of step with modern clinical practice, community standards and womens basic rights," said Walters.
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Advance care planning is the process of planning for future health and personal care needs. It provides a way for a person to make their values and preferences known so that they can guide decision-making at a future time when they cannot make or communicate their decisions.
Engaging in advance care planning helps people to determine their healthcare priorities, and thereby to align their health and care preferences with the actual care they receive.
Advance care planning is not a single event but an ongoing process, which should be revisited regularly. This is especially important when a person's health or social situation changes.
Key components of advance care planning are:
Trends in hospitalised injury due to falls in older people 2002-03 to 2014-15 This report focuses on trends in fall-related hospital care for people aged 65 and over from 2002-03 to 2014-15. Age-standardised rates of hospitalised fall injury cases increased over the period 2002-03 to 2014-15 for both men (3% per year) and women (2%). There was a decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls (-2% per year) between 2002-03 and 2014-15. In contrast, falls resulting in head injuries increased at a particularly high rate (7% per year).
Eye injuries in Australia 2010-11 to 201415 This report shows 51,778 people were hospitalised as a result of an eye injury in the 5-year period, 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2015; two-thirds of these were males. Falls (35%) and assaults (23%) were the most common causes of eye injuries. The most common type of eye injury was an open wound of the eyelid and periocular area (27%). Some 86,602 presentations were made to an emergency department due to an eye injury in the 2-year period, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2015; 1% of these presentations were admitted to hospital.
Trends in hospitalised injury, Australia 1999-00 to 2014-15 This report shows that the rate of hospitalised injury cases in Australia rose between 1999-00 and 2014-15 by an average of 1% per year. In 2014-15, case numbers and rates were higher for males than females for all age groups up to 60-64, and higher for females for those aged 65-69 and older.
Spinal cord injury, Australia 2014-15In 2014-15, 264 newly incident cases of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) due to external causes were reported to the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Register. Males accounted for 4 in 5 (80%) of traumatic SCI cases. Land transport crashes(42%) were the leading mechanism of injury for cases of traumatic SCI sustained in 2014-15, followed by falls (40%). Around one-third (35%) were sustained during sports or leisure activities.
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Please believe Spartacus when he says this, but he certainly has much better things to do . But clearly there is a gap in the market that needs to be addressed.
The ABC has Media Watch (MW). The Sydney Institute has Media Watch Dog (MWD). And now, sadly for the need of it, I Am Spartacus has Van Onselen Watch (VOW). Spartacus does not have the wide distribution of the ABC or The Sydney Institute, nor does he have the $1.1 billion across both organisations (99.8% within the ABC), but heres having a go.
Fresh today (16 May 2018), Van Onselen wrote another insightful article for the Australian At least Labor is talking the talk on tax reforms. The first thing one notes from this is that, having left the employ of SkyNews, Van Onselen has pick up another tax payer funded gig. No. Spartacus is not talking about the ABC (which is already widely known). Rather, Van Onselens by-line now says this:
Peter van Onselen is a professor at the University of Western Australia and Griffith University
Did anyone notice the quiet addition of this professorship at Griffith University?
But it is not his travel budget that warrants attention. Here are some highlights from his considered piece:
The governments attacks on Labor for its taxation policies directed at closing loopholes and concessions, especially for older Australians
No Professor Van Onselen. Labors tax policies are not about closing loopholes and concessions. They are about increasing taxes. There is also no such thing as a tax loophole. They are not accidents in the tax code. They are deliberate policies. You may not agree with the policies, but please dont sprinkle hundreds-and-thousands on a turd and call it a cupcake.
Reform to the GST has been firmly placed in the too-hard basket by both major parties.
Professor Van Onselen. Please recall from English for Politicians that Multiple tax increases are not....
Noodle Bay replaces the similar and excellent T Noodle in the Prince Centre, Chinatown. It's a Sichuan/Chong Qing style menu - that means plenty of spice and variable heat. This is one of our favourite food styles and they do a motza job of it. It's a teeny-tiny eat'n'run joint. The staff are super lovely and on-the-ball. Noodle Bay feels uniquely squishy and comfy at the same time, unless you
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1770 - Cap. Jimmy Cook (Sir to his mates) sailed merrily past
the Gold Coast on this day.
1806 - James Dabbs was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the home of Rowland Hassall at Parramatta.
1820 - Gosh, Lachlan Macquarie had a harsh working life. I really felt for him when I read his diary entry for today....
"I went down to Sydney this morning after Breakfast to transact Business, returning to Parramatta to Dinner.
I dispatched the Govt. Brig, Princess Charlotte, for Van Diemen's Land with 70 Female Convicts for the two Settlements."
1822 - First Fleeter James Squire, who is credited with the first successful cultivation of hops in Australia (think James Squire Beer) popped his clogs at Kissing Point, and was buried in the Devonshire Street Cemetery Altar Tomb, which today is at the Botany Pioneer Park.
1823 - That Magik Fairy was out and about again in the Illawarra when Mr. John Paul was granted 600 acres.
1836 - James Tobin was hanged at Sydney for the murder of Patrick Fox at Marks' Farm, Illawarra.
1836 - Surveyor-General of New South Wales Major Thomas Livingstone Mitchell parked his posterior at what later became the town of Balranald.
1860 - William Goodson was hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of his wife Mary Goodson at Kissing Point.
1860 - Explorer John Mackay stumbled upon an area in QLD between the Burdekin and the watershed of the Isaacs River which was dubbed the Mackay District.
1861 - Rt. Hon. Sir John Young, Bt, KCB, GCMG, PC, (later 1st Baron Lisgar) donned the frilly drawers of Governor of NSW.
1863 - Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.
1868 - The first Australian cricket team arrived in England for a series of matches.
The team consisted of 13 Aboriginal men from the Western District of Victoria. The Jardwadjali, Gunditjmara and Wotjobaluk men were coached and captained by an ex all-England cricketer, Charles Lawrence. The team played 47 matches against intermediate-level English amateur teams between May and October 1868.
This Sporting Life reported,
"They are the first native Australians to have visited this country on such a novel expedition, but it must not be inferred that they are savages; on the contrary They are perfectly civilized, having been brought up in the bush to agricultural pursuits With respect to their prowess as cricketers that will be conclusively determined by their first public match."
The players were;
Johnny Mullagh traditional name: Unaarrimin
Bullocky traditional name: Bullchanach. A wicketkeeper, Bullocky was referred to as "at once the black Bannerma...
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