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Theres been a fight at a Liberal Party branch meeting in Arncliffe tonight. Allegations elderly women were abused and a man assaulted. Democracy at work guys. @9NewsSyd #auspol pic.twitter.com/P77ptrLCseChris O'Keefe (@cokeefe9) June 18, 2018
A Court decision has exposed serious flaws in NSW planning laws. The Courts finding is that the States planning laws do not require decision makers to consider the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and Australias status as a signatory to the Paris Agreement when considering the approval of coal mining projects in NSW.
The Land and Environment Court has upheld the NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) decision to approve the extension to Wilpinjong open-cut coal mine near Wollar in the Hunter Valley, despite a challenge on climate change grounds from the Wollar Progress Association, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDONSW).
EDO NSW argued in a February 2018 hearing that the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and the Commonwealth Governments commitment to the Paris Agreement were relevant policies that the PAC was required but failed to have regard to when considering the downstream greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of coal from Wilpinjong, a substantial proportion of which will be burnt at Bayswater Power Station in NSW.
In light of the finding, EDO NSW CEO David Morris emphasised the need for reform:
This is certainly not the judgement that we, or our clients, wanted. But perhaps its the judgement we needed. We now know that aspirational policy statements, like those contained in the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, fail to have any meaningful application to NSW mine approvals. Its these approvals and the coal which is consequently mined and burned that represent NSWs greatest contribution to global climate change. The Government can no longer claim, or proceed under the illusion, that their policies on climate change have an on-ground effect. They dont the Courts judgement shows they are merely words that do not translate to action.
This decision adds weight to the need for law reform to make climate change a critical factor in determinations about projects which will contribute to it. This...
https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-statistics/health-welfare-overview/australias-health/overview Australia's health 2018 is the AIHW's 16th biennial report on the health of Australians. It examines a wide range of contemporary topics in a series of analytical feature articles and short statistical snapshots. The report also summarises the performance of the health system against an agreed set of indicators.
Australia's health 2018: in brief is a companion report to Australia's health 2018.
These days, it seems that every time a nasty policy suggestion is announced in Canberra, its Peter Dutton standing at the podium. Indeed, the ultra-conservative Liberal minister doesnt seem to be at ease unless hes making some divisive statement. The Australian Border Force, ASIO and the Australian federal police all now lie under his tutelage
By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Late last night, the parliament of NSW passed one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform packages in state history. The states attorney general Mark Speakman introduced the legislation designed to crackdown on child sexual predators into state parliament on June 6. The Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill
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There is an interesting dilemma currently emerging in Australia,
which provides an excellent case study on how governments can use
fiscal policy effectively and the problems that are likely to arise
in that application. At present, the Australian states are engaging
in an infrastructure building boom with several large (mostly
public sector) projects underway involving improvements to road,
ports, water supply, railways, airports and more. I travel a lot
and in each of the major cities you see major areas sectioned off
as tunnels are being dug and buildings erected. Not all of the
projects are desirable (for example, the West Connex freeway
project in Sydney has trampled on peoples rights) and several
prioritise the motor car over public transport. But many of the
projects will deliver much better public transport options in the
future. On a national accounts level, these projects have helped
GDP growth continue as household consumption has moderated and
private investment has been consistently weak to negative. But, and
this is the point, there have been sporadic reports recounting how
Australia is running out of cement, hard rock and concrete and
other building materials, which is pushing up costs. This is the
real resource constraint that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT)
emphasises as the limits to government spending, rather than any
concocted financial constraints. If there are indeed shortages of
real resources that are essential to infrastructure development
then that places a limit on how fast governments can build these
public goods. The other point is that as these shortages are
emerging, there is still over 15 per cent of our available labour
resources that are being unused in one way or another 714,600 are
unemployed, 1,123.9 thousand are underemployed, and participation
rates are down so hidden unemployment has risen. So that indicates
there is a need for higher deficits while the infrastructure
bottlenecks suggest spending constraints are emerging. That is the
challenge. Come in policies like the Job Guarantee.
Australia is currently enjoying a major infrastructure spending boom via several large-scale projects in the States and Territories, but also at the Federal level (for example, the National Broadband Network construction).
There is no doubt that one of the major reasons Australias GDP growth has been relatively robust in recent years is due to this large public spending commitment.
The first graph shows movements in State Final Demand indexes from the March-quarter 2008 to the March-quarter 2018 (most recent data). The March-quarter 2008 was the peak of the last cycle before the GFC slowdown.
The humps in WA and Northern Territory between 2012 and 2015 relate to the Mining boom (mostly private investment) which is now well and...
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...
[ Thursday, 5 Jul; 7:00 pm; ] Settlement of refugees forum details will be released closer to the event. The AGM will be held before the forum with office bearers elected and Convenors of Action Groups endorsed. A brief year in review by Action Group convenors and vision for the future year will be presented by the current convenor Iain MacKay. Settlement of refugees [...] full article
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Wilderness Society have rebooted their look with the tag line Life. Support. and refreshed their campaigns with the latest being Save Ugly. Its a new angle on an ongoing problem of motivating people to value threatened environment and animals. The campaign video is styled on childrens tv with a music video that stars American actress and [...] full article
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:
Language is a organic thing. Words evolve and words disappear, and they disappear from the lack of use. So it is important for all of us, that when certain words that used to be often used start disappearing, that we all join together to keep them alive. This is part of the reason for this post.
Yesterday, the NSW Government delivered its 2018-19 budget showing a $3.9 billion surplus. For those who live outside NSW, a surplus (pronounced sur-pluhs, -pluhs) is when the Government plans to spend less money than it collects. A novel concept for most Australian, but as shown in NSW, it is more than a theoretical possibility.
Any Canberra residents out there reading this, please repeat after Spartacus:
Not surprisingly, the NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has been out selling and promoting the budget.
Spartacus has not be following particularly closely where the Treasurer has been, but one imagines that he needs to speak to informed and ill-informed citizens. And on the theme of the ill-informed, Treasurer Perrottet popped in for a chat with the geniuses, the Apostles of Emma-nomics at the ABC.
Interviewed this morning by the leading minds of Wendy Harmer and Robbie Buck, came the following observation from Buck:
The Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is with us this morning. Of course he handed down the state budget yesterday. There was a lot of money being thrown around, although not a great deal of money it appears being thrown it into climate change relief.
Yes. You read that correctly. The ABC journalist, whose salary is paid by the tax payers, observed that there was not a lot of money thrown into climate change relief as part of the NSW budget. Buck then followed with the following quality question:
Can I ask you straight up, do you believe in climate change?
Without transcribing Perrottets exact....
For those who are pleading guilty to a criminal or traffic offence, it is a good idea to arrange for the preparation of up to three character reference letters for the court to consider during the sentencing process. References that are prepared by the right people and which contain relevant information will be considered by
Todays Daily Reckoning Australia is taking you to the United States. But were not going to discuss the trade war rhetoric or international relations today. Were going to go house shopping.
After all, thats what plenty of Americans appear to be doing. I can say that because Harvard University just released its latest State of the Nations Housing report. Its been issued annually every year for three decades.
Good news for the economic outlook! The rate of people renting is in decline and home buying is rising. Thats no surprise.
America is due to see an additional 12 million households form over the next 10 years as millennials move into their peak earning years and the baby boomers live longer, plus net migration.
It should be affordable too. Median monthly payments on a modest home are actually lower in real terms than they were in 1988.
Thats despite some prodigious gains in some US housing markets since the bottom around 2011. Its all thanks to lower interest rates. The outlook for growth here is very good.
This might all seem a bit ho-hum to you sitting here in Australia, like me. But its vitally important. The mainstream news will always quote the US stock indices, but rarely anything about this.
Thats despite the fact that the average US consumer generally doesnt own stocks. But they do own houses.
Healthy real estate and job markets will drive US consumer spending. A US recession seems a distant prospect for now, while these other factors appear so strong.
We can say the same thing about Australia.
Theres plenty of people who love to scare us all with how high private debt levels are here. Not so fast on that. I saw some figures this week that suggest this is not as extreme as nominal figures appear.
If you net out the level of deposits against the gross debt, you get a debt figure of 100% of income and not 200%, as is often bandied about.
Thats not necessarily going to save some geezer whos geared to the hilt and bought at the peak of the mining boom in some regional town.
But Australia is probably less vulnerable to a systemic real estate collapse than most people assume. Repayment statistics are close to their long-term trends.
Theres also the intriguing development of the NSW government deciding to establish a Future Fund in its latest budget, with an initial $3 billion in the kitty.
Heres why this is worth keeping an eye on Should a real estate problem appear, or even general slowdown hit in NSW, it takes no imagination whatsoever to conceive the politicians pouring this money into the economy to jack things up again.
But on th...
Last Thursday The Australian newspaper published this report. It included this text: Former veterans affairs minister Stuart Robert, who has taken up the campaign by the families of the Korean War MIAs for answers, said the wheels were already turning for Australia to join the US and get boots on...
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A New South Wales police officer has been spared prison time after filming a colleague without consent while they were having sex and sharing it online to boast to colleagues. 28-year old senior constable Timothy Patterson filmed a sexual encounter with a fellow off-duty officer at a city hotel
The post NSW Police Officer Avoids Prison After Filming and Publishing Sexual Act Without Consent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
The annual prize fest of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes at the Art Gallery of NSW, offers a rich diversity of Australian art practice. First awarded in 1921, the Archibald portrait prize reflects how portraiture has evolved since then and the subject matter is an insightful reflection of contemporary life. There is also a Young Archie competition which has mazing works by school children. The Wynne focusses landscape and figure sculpture and the Sulman for best genre or subject painting....
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 
In exclusive and breaking news, it can be reported that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will establish a new foundation, the Ultimo Centre for Intellectual Vapidity (UCIV). The ABC will seed the UCIV with an initial $20 million from savings from the axing of Peppa Pig programs.
UCIVs first investment will be to establish the School of Emma-nomics within the University of Sydney (USyd). The School of Emma-nomics will be housed within the USyd Department of Italian Studies with the object to teach students about contemporary leftist economics and mathematics. Courses such as calculating company income tax on revenue from an indigenous perspective will be offered, as will courses on how to win a debate by calling your opponent dog f**cker, Nazi and terrorist.
UCIV will fund academics and scholarships for this program. However, to avoid using the gender loaded title of Bachelor ascribed to most undergraduate academic degrees, the award for graduates of this program will be know as the Special Paper Epi Walkley (SPEW).
The inaugural head of the USyd School of Emma-nomics will be Professor Emma Alberici who has been seconded from the ABC. Professor Alberici said:
In 2001 I was a @walkleys finalist for a story on tax minimisation #justsaying. I am thus well qualified to teach and speak on Emma-nomics.
Professor Peter Van Onselen will also be delivering courses on journalism and politics.
UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.
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...
It is little wonder that trust in government is bruised by the day. The secrecy and dissembling over Australias largest infrastructure project, WestConnex, is a case in point.
To be fair, some sympathy might be conceded governments undertaking ambitious public works projects, especially when they entail tearing down peoples homes to build motorways and locking horns with angry residents groups. Even from the outset however, the $17 billion WestConnex project in Sydney has been handled more like an SAS mission than a public project requiring community consent and deliberation. As a suite of project deadlines looms, public confidence is running low.
The greatest flaw in this project has perhaps been the failure to consider, from the start, whether rail might have been a better option than road. There was no Public Sector Comparator to contemplate a mass transit alternative which might be cheaper and more efficient. No public consultation or discussion. Just roads to be privatised, tolls to be had to juice up the sale price from privatisation.
Now, as the deadline for sale nears, the sale that is of a 51 per cent majority stake in Sydney Motorways Corporation (SMC) which houses the gargantuan WestConnex, questions over the project are hitting fever pitch. Does it stack up?
The Australian government has an obligation to free Julian Assange, John Pilger told a rally in Sydney on June 16, marking Assange's six years' confinement in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The persecution of Julian Assange must end. Or it will end in tragedy. The Australian government and prime minister Malcolm Turnbull have an historic opportunity to decide which it will be. They can remain silent, for which history will be unforgiving. Or they can act in the interests of justice and humanity and bring this remarkable Australian citizen home. Assange does not ask for special treatment. The government has clear diplomatic and moral obligations to protect Australian citizens abroad from gross injustice: in Julian's case, from a gross miscarriage of justice and the extreme danger that await him should he walk out of the Ecuadorean embassy in London unprotected. We know from the Chelsea Manning case what he can expect if a U.S. extradition warrant is successful - a United Nations Special Rapporteur called it torture. I know Julian Assange well; I regard him as a close friend, a person of extraordinary resilience and courage. I have watched a tsunami of lies and smear engulf him, endlessly, vindictively, perfidiously; and I know why they smear him. In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the U.S. Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the "feeling of trust" that is WikiLeaks' "centre of gravity". This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of "exposure [and] criminal prosecution" and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.
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