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Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing (Vintage 2013)
My copy of All the Birds, Singing announces on the cover that it won the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. As I read the first chapter, which is set in a generic British countryside, I wondered about that prize, given the insistence in past years that the Miles Franklin winner had to be set in Australia. The first paragraph of the second chapter put my questioning to rest:
We are a week from the end of the job in Boodarie. Im in the shower at the side of the tractor shed watching the thumb-sized redback thats always sat at the top of the shower head. She hasnt moved at all except to raise a leg when I turn on the tap, like the waters too cold for her.
Then, as if Boodarie and the redback arent enough to signal that we are now in rural Australia, the next paragraph lays it on thick:
The day has been a long and hot one the tip of March, and under the crust of the galvo roof the air in the shearing shed has been thick like soup, flies bloating about in it.  The first stars are bright needles, and in the old Moreton Bay fig that hangs over the tractor shed and drops nuts on the roof while I sleep, a currawong and a white galah are having it out; I can hear the blood-thick bleat of them. A flying fox goes overhead and just like that the smell of the place changes and night has settled in the air.
The novel continues in alternate chapters. On an unnamed British island, the protagonist has a small sheep farm, and someone or something is killing her sheep. In Australia, some years earlier, she is a lone woman shearer, with a dark secret in her past. On the island, she has to deal with a series of men who refuse to take her story of a sheepkiller seriously. In Australia, the telling moves back in time through a series of unfortunate incidents, mostly involving physical and sexual abuse by men.
Its a good read, but I have to tell you that if, like me, you prefer a book that sets up a mystery to arrive at a solution to that mystery, you will want, like me, to throw this one across the room when you reach the final pages.
Around August 1995, when Bruce Wilson and Julia Gillard came unstuck Slater and Gordon gradually ceased acting for the AWU. Over the next year or so the firm progressively sent its AWU client files to the AWU's Sydney offices. Here's an original record showing each file, colour coded to show...
Still taken from film High Fidelity, 2000
Ready to get your fingers dusty? Music nerd Christmas is almost here!
Where technology has navigated most of us towards online streaming, the annual Record Store Day manages to steer us back to the significance of the tangible, as record stores sugar things up worldwide with stacks of deals, giveaways and events. Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day will be held this Saturday, 21st April, with local dealers curating their own magic for the day, as well as selling a bundle from the exhaustive RSD exclusive list. Check out the parties happening at the following local stores this Record Store Day. Happy hunting!
A journey down the Leisure Coast will land you a tops afternoon in Thirroul, as Franks Wild Years are going all out with live sets from The Jim Mitchells, Spike Vincent, Stefan Blair (Good Morning), Tropical Strength and Luke Spook. A store name nodding the great Tom Waits, youll probably find some of the artists exclusive releases amongst the crates, too.
Grab yourself a drink and head down to the basement of Mojo Records for a suite of new and used vinyl. The guys are offering 10% off new releases and 20% off secondhand as well as Audio-Technica turntables. Sift through with a drink in hand as happy hour will be running from 12-6pm, capped off by a live performance from Melbournes Wild Meadows at 6:30pm as part of their album launch tour.
Sydney FC lifted the A-Leagues Premiership Plate last Friday night as the first club to achieve the title back to back. The final fixture of [more]
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At 7.15 am on October 29 1977, Annette Louise Morgan set off down inner city Sydneys Glebe Point Road to meet a friend at the notorious St Pauls College at Sydney University. Less than two hours later, her body was found dumped on a pile of rubble in a gully by the college oval. The 18-year-old Royal
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A 12-month delay to Sydneys troubled light rail project to the eastern suburbs is unacceptable and the contractor needs to accelerate, the NSW Transport Minister says.
Light rail consortium ALTRAC has reportedly told the state government trams wont be operating until March 2020.
Unfortunately, in this case, we have one sub-contractor who is playing the game and we are not interested in their games, we are interested in their work and they need to get on with it, Andrew Constance told ABC radio on Thursday.
We want to see it (the project) delivered in 2019 as per the project deed. It is vital that ALTRAC accelerate and get on with their program. We have businesses and residents being hurt by their actions and inactions, he later told 2GB.
Last week, Premier Gladys Berejiklian insisted it was her intention to have the light rail running some time in 2019, despite a messy contractual dispute and looming court battle.
A Spanish subcontractor responsible for building the project claims Transport for NSW engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the contract for the 12-kilometre network from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick.
In its statement of claim filed last Friday in the NSW Supreme Court, the company Acciona Infrastructure Australia is seeking more than $1....
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On first listen to Ross Coopers third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, youd be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Coopers
Sydneys iconic pub and live music venue the Bald Faced Stag has been offloaded by notable Sydney publican Marcus Levy for $7.98 million, according to Commercial Real Estate.
This comes after the venue was accused of ripping off artists earlier this year, with it being reported that bands who played there were owed as much as 40k. It has not yet been announced who bought the venue.
We have been made aware that various shows that were held at the Stag over the last ten months including The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Peep Tempel have been left chasing the pre-sale ticket money they are owed for their sell-out shows at The Stag by Ulladulla Property Services.
The owners, Marvan Hotels wrote in a statement: Its of concern that Ulladulla Property Services did not meet its obligations to suppliers and particularly bands who are the lifeblood of the venue.
The iconic Sydney venue has held the likes of international metal acts like Cattle Decapitation, and Salvia this year, with performances by Sabbat and Pain.
Updates are still to come.
At a Council of Australian Governments health council meeting last Friday, all state and territory health ministers signed onto a national scheme to streamline patient access to medicinal cannabis products. Federal health minister Greg Hunt said prescribing cannabis medicine will be left up to medical professionals. But once that decision is made, a medicinal cannabis script will
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Around the world, people are getting sicker, and more and more are dying from entirely preventable causes. We have the answers to why, we just dont have the will to stop it. In the first of a two part series, Dr Lissa Johnson looks at the greatest cause of global illness and death.
The Lancet recently published an article identifying the single most important action that health professionals can take to promote health for all. The articles recommendations draw on the findings of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which has pinpointed the most pervasive cause of ill-health worldwide.
However, scarcely a mainstream health professional in the Western world has heeded the advice of The Lancet or the WHA, which is curious. The Lancet is described by its publisher as the worlds leading independent medical journal. The papers author, David McCoy, is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University London, ranked as one of the top universities in the UK. The WHA is widely regarded as the highest health policy-setting body in the world.
When three leading medical institutions come together to deliver an important message to health professionals, regarding the most powerful antidote to the leading global cause of ill-health, why wouldnt we prick up our ears? What kinds of illnesses and remedies are The Lancet and the WHA talking about? And what has it got to do with Wikileaks and Julian Assange?
Three womens stories hold some clues. The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund writes, 32-year-old Fatime Hayel wakes up at 6 am every day and sends her husband to fetch water using their three 20-litre jerry cans. After that, I send my kids to garbage dumps and restaurants to search for food and bring it to us for breakfast, she says.
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...
Australian human rights lawyer and member of the legal team defending Wikileaks since 2010, talks about the hacker from Queensland who chose to fight against surveillance capitalism. Interview.
Yorgos Boskos (YB): How did you get involved in the first place with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange?
Jennifer Robinson (JR): Julian first reached out to myself and a colleague of mine, the Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, in around September 2010. This was just before WikiLeaks was about to publish the Iraq war logs. Julian was in London, preparing that release, which came several months later, at the end of November. He was working with the Guardian and a group of other international newspapers.
It was around the time when there was concern about what might happen in Sweden, where there was an open investigation into sexual allegations that had previously being dropped. It now seemed that Julian might have to answer those allegations. So, Julian required assistance and advice. It was also the time, of course, that Chelsea Manning was arrested, and a US criminal investigation in grand jury had been announced.
YB: What was your first impression on meeting Julian Assange?
JR: Here was a man with a small group of volunteers and a backpack. And in his interactions with me what he was really doing was making his very brave decisions about what to publish. There were a lot of public threats being made against him at that particular time. He was incredibly security-conscious - conscious of the fact that they were pursuing him, trying to find ways to prosecute and investigate him. So apart from his remarkable work, the other factor was the strength of the state response that was building against him. He was perceived to be the most powerful man in the world, in that period. And why? Because he had access to that information.
YB: During your TEDx speech in Sydney in 2013, you stated that courage is contagious. Do you...
I have been continuing my examination of the electronic files of former US researcher Dr. Michael Swords, who kindly provided me with a copy of these extensive files. There are numerous Australian cases amongst this material, which I have slowly been going through.
This post examines an apparent abduction experience, one of the reported earliest for this country. For a comprehensive catalogue of Australian abduction accounts, take a look here.
The source for this particular early Australian abduction account comes from Sydney researcher Bill Chalker, who included it in a piece he wrote for Australian "Penthouse" magazine of November 1989, page 37.
The event took place near Hughenden in Queensland, see the Google map below.
Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets
AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018
More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.
Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.
Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes
The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.
Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.
He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.
Firefighters Warn NSW Is Not Out Of The Woods On Third Day Of Bushfires, Pedestrian. 16 Apr 18 More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSWs southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.
The blaze, which is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Casula, was fanned further by strong winds on Sunday.
More than 500 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force attempted to contain the blaze over the weekend with help from volunteers and 11 water-bombing helicopters.
The fire tore trough Holsworthy military range, and while approaching suburban areas, has been staved off. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.
The fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to advice around 2am Monday.
While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.
Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.
John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018 Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.
The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uos-atj041218.php UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.
It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.
Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.
A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.
The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.
The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.
The inaugural A...
Wednesday afternoons: 4pm 5.30pm Sunday afternoons: 3pm 4.30pm Come along to help with weekly weeding, planting and general community garden upkeep. All helpers of all ages are very welcome, and greatly appreciated! Contact: Kate Wright Note: In the case of inclement weather, the volunteer sessions will be cancelled. full article
Over the weekend, the best from the West came together for Parramatta Live & Local. Punters were spoilt for choice with the likes of Pist Idiots, Big White, Slim Set, Nasho, Hightails, Orion and more playing across the Parramatta CBDs liveliest venues, for a day of sun and sound in Sydneys West. Heres what went down out the back of Parramatta institution Beatdisc Records.
Guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer and songwriter. There is nothing that 23-year old wunderkind Jacob Collier cant do on stage. The multi-instrumentalist from England is hailed by many as one of the most prodigious and innovative musicians and thinkers of his generation.
Jacob, who is mostly self-taught, has been creating music for all of his 23 years. In 2012, he began to share some of these creations with the world via YouTube. These self-produced multi-tracked audio-visual creations, born from his family home in London, began to attract ears from all over the world, racking up tens of millions of views. One day in 2013, Quincy Jones ears heard Jacobs sounds, and he signed Jacob to his management label to help bring some of his ideas to life.
In 2016, Jacob released his debut album, In My Room, which was entirely self-recorded, arranged, performed and produced in London. From winning two Grammy awards for his debut album, to playing 150 shows in 26 countries on his One-Man-Show World Tour, to collaborations with Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, Pharrell, Tori Kelly, Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest, Samsung and Apple, to speaking at the TED Conference 2017, to harmonising hundreds of fans #IHarmU melodies to crowdfund his musical adventures, to teaching masterclasses and confounding music theorists around the globe with chords and rhythms that shouldnt exist, to improvising circlesongs with musicians on the streets of the world, to simply walking through the rain Jacobs life is full of different colours. He learns new things every day.
Get your tickets and be part of a special musical experience when Jacob Collier performs live on stage at the Metro Theatre in Sydney.
What: Jacob Collier
This prestigious award offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue they are passionate about. It is for anyone who, after examining alternatives within Australia, would now like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar field to inspire new ideas and innovation.
No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained is demonstrated.
CEO of the Churchill Trust, Adam Davey says that at the heart of the Fellowship is the passion and drive that Fellows possess, all determined to make a difference for Australia and it is these Churchillian characteristics that the Trust looks for in their applicants at interview.
What is great about the Churchill Fellowship is that it allows the applicant to create the project they wish to investigate, so they can address what is important and beneficial for their specific community, and this often aligns with issues of local, regional or national importance, said Mr Davey.
Fellows return from this life-changing experience enthusiastic and unwavering in the belief that they will make an impact, and while progress can take time, the Fellowship is well-known to propel our Fellows towards achievements that are truly inspiring.
Mr Davey said he encourages Australians from diverse backgrounds to apply for this unique award.
Our Fellows are from all walks of life, some are experienced veterans in their field while others are ambitious people forging a new direction, all striving to achieve change, he said.
Irrespective of industry, area and experience, we encourage Au...
Event Cinemas presents an advanced screening of the new film Breath with a Q&A session featuring director, actor, and producer Simon Baker.
The film originally premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival and the 2017 Zurich Film Festival.
Based on Tim Whartons award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.
Cancer in adolescents and young adults in Australia is the second national report to present key data specific to cancer in adolescents and young adults. While cancer in young Australians is rare, it has a substantial social and economic impact on individuals, families and the community. Surveillance of this population is also important as adolescent and young adult cancer survivors are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer.
1. In 2010-2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in adolescents and young adults.2. In 2011-2015, 499 adolescents and young adults died from cancer.
3. In 2010-2014, 5-year relative survival from all cancers combined for adolescents and young adults was 89%.
4. Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors had a 1.9 times increased risk of developing a second cancer
On Sunday 15 April, protectors of the critical role of science in our lives gathered in eight cities across Australia, to call on the government to support evidence-based decision making, and to support the bringing back of a ministry of science.
It was the second annual March for Science, and this years rally featured speeches by a range of experts.
Vivien Thomson is a farmer and a firefighter, and one of the only women to win the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. She says science underpins all her work, not only on the farm but also fighting fires.
Ive never seen fires be so hard and so fast and harder to put out the climate surrounding our firefighting capacity is really affecting our ability to put those fires out, she said.
Its like the natural phenomenon are on steroids.
Science based evidence tells us that human activity is resulting in a greenhouse effect that is causing global warming. Vested interests and those who are misled by them, are waging a ceaseless campaign against science to discredit the overwhelming evidence, and this has encouraged a rise in disrespect for science.
Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing the increasing intensity of heatwaves, floods and droughts. These effects are being felt in Australia.
As Australia experiences one of its hottest Aprils on record, demonstrators called on the government to give greater support to scientific research to tackle climate warming.
The jury is in, its indisputable human impact on the current warming climate and also the jury is in on how quickly we need to act, said Spencer, Sydney University Ambassador for mathematics and science.
The denigration of science holds back urgent action on the threat of global warming. This is bad enough on its own and underlines the importance of defending it. But it doesnt stop here. Science and its growth are essential to civilisation. Our standard of living, health and many other important aspects of our lives depend on it.
Science has from time to time been used for purposes that have resulted in negative consequences. But its positive contribution has been overwhelming and changed the way we look at ourselves and the world we live in. Our understanding of how nature works, capacity to find solutions to problems is enhanced with it. The application of scientific method, that is relying on observation, testing, drawing up an understanding of what is going on, observing and testing again, on an ever-going cycle, provides the means to new discoveries.
The war against science denies all this and threatens to plunge us into an age of ignorance. Science needs to be defended, and an important part of this is th...
Our new home is sitting out the front of our (current) house, patiently waiting for adventures.
We did it! And I know it was the plan all along but after months (and months!) of research we decided on a make and model and found the right one at the right price. Then we took the leap and spend a big chunk of our savings on it.
It feels really good. And right so right!
I promised that I would share this journey in its entirety but I admit that the past few months have been fairly uneventful. Its been a slow process; literally sifting through the many caravans on the market to find a size and layout that works for us.
Thankfully there arent many caravans fit for six people so we didnt have to search too far. But when it came to the layout, we were adamant that we didnt want the main bed at the front of the van (next to the door) and interestingly, this layout is one of the more popular ones.
We wanted our bed to be at the far end of the van so we felt like we had our own space, albeit small. Practically speaking we also knew it would be a blessing for Marigolds day naps. And for my sanity.
Eventually we discovered the Jayco Stirling and on Saturday evening our new home arrived. Its a 2009 model and all 24ft of it is fantastic (yes, its huge). Its not going to win any pinterest awards but it has everything we want for comfortable, practical living on the road.
Originally it had 3 bunk beds but the previous owners took two out. Were going to transform it into a double bunk so theres enough room for Che to sit up in bed (and for him to feel like hes got his own space; essential for a tween). Thankfully the mattresses are quite long so Poet and Percy will top-and-tail on the bottom bunk. As for Marigold, shell be tucked into bed with Daniel and I for the year-long journey.
It comes with a full bathroom including a washing machine and the kitchen has a stovetop, oven and decent-sized fridge and freezer. These were all non-negotiables for me; I wanted a big fridge so I didnt have to go to the supermarket every day and an oven will make baking and cooking so much easier and cost effective (store bought banana bread is expensive!).
The plan for now? Buy a Land Cruiser, sell our cars, pack up the house and hopefully be on the road by mid-late June. Its all sorts of overwhelming but on the flipside its thoroughly enjoyable. The possibilities!
Melbourne quartet Pony Face have released their new single Justine, taken from their 2017 LP Deja Vu. The album drew strong reviews and found them digging deeper into their mix of brooding rock, alt-country and gothic psychedelia. Justine finds its groove and holds it with a steady tension over four minutes. Its all about restraint,
Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 19 April looks at the Australian Design Centre in conversation with CEO Lisa Cahill and presents part two of a day out at the Biennale of Sydney
WHATS ON TODAYS PROGRAM:
Lisa Cahill is the CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre.
The ADC formerly Object has a lively program of exhibitions, and events and is presenting Sydney Craft Week over 10 days in October.
Join me in conversation with Lisa to learn what is happening at the ADC and what motivates this energetic advocate of design and craft.
Then the twenty first Biennale of Sydney has many weeks more to run.
Let me take you back to the opening days, when I visited Cockatoo Island and Artspace and spoke with some of the artists and curators.
FIND OUT MORE:
The Australian Design Centre https://australiandesigncentre.com/
The Biennale of Sydney https://www.biennaleofsydney.art/ and at
The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 19 April 2018.
And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.
Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with artists, leaders in the arts, behind-the-scenes views of arts events and regular coverage of Sydneys cu...
RESHAPING ROCK N ROLL REPUTATION From his home in Nashville, TN, Deer Tick head honcho John McCauley rasps down the line and fills in Chris Familton on the evolution of their live shows and why theyve released two new albums. Living on the cusp of bar-band rock n roll and ragged alt-country, with a carefree punk spirit, Deer
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!
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim The Greens have highlight the fact that drug prohibition has proven to be a dismal failure and are pushing to legalise marijuana across Australia. It is the first party with seats in parliament to call for the legalisation of recreational cannabis use across the nation. Greens leader Richard Di Natale
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.
I am travelling most of today with heavy commitments at the
other end so only a short blog today with some great music to calm
the soul. Yesterday, a group of high-profile, so-called
progressives in Australia placed a paid-for advertisement in the
leading daily newspapers as part of a new campaign for the
government to increase taxes to get back into surplus so that (as
their narrative goes) it can afford to maintain services for the
needy. Yes, it was not the Right voices in our debate articulating
this. The campaign is being led by a group that is often referred
to as left-leaning and calls itself the most influential
progressive think tank in Australia. Modesty doesnt exist it seems.
But these sorts of descriptors are when the English language loses
all meaning. The advertisement and subsequent follow-up interviews
in the media yesterday by signatories and supporters of the Letter
articulate a pure neoliberal line of deception about fiscal
positions, the role of taxes and the virtuousness of fiscal
surpluses. From my assessment, this headline-grabbing display of
stupidity will set back the progressive debate in Australia even
further. A total disgrace.
I dont want to write much on this. I personally know many of the signatories to the Open Letter that was included as a full-paid advertisement in the major Australian newspapers yesterday (April 17, 2018).
Some of the signatories are leading members of the Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE) in Australia.
Others are from the Political Economy program at Sydney University.
Others are from leading social policy agencies.
Some have previously held high political office under Labor governments.
Others are from a think tank, which the press calls left-leaning, and, which it bestows upon itself the (inflated) title of being Australias most influential progressive think tank and claims its work it to inform public debate and bring greater accountability to the democratic process.
Those sort of descriptors are when the English language loses all meaning.
I heard interviews on the radio from some of the signatories yesterday who would claim to be leading progressive voices in the economics debate here.
They basically laid out a neoliberal narrative as pure as you would find dressed up as a concern for equity and fairness.
Here is the original Full-page advertisement with all the signatories.
The text of the Open Letter read:
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 ...
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The half time act in Eurovision can often be quite boring. Riverdance from Ireland set the standard, prompting a global phenomenon. When Norway came to host Eurovision in 2010, they were already behind the curve with flashmobs, but they did an awesome job uniting Europe. I wanted to be there with them. As part of these moments, Im sharing in
By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin
The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.
The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.
Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.
Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.
However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.
Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.
Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...
Isle of Dogs is a layered, complex attempt to reflect on the world that we live in, while still retaining the charm that makes Wes Anderson so iconic. If it doesnt move you, it will at least your pique your curiosity.
Wes Anderson films arent what youd call political. Theyre quirky, whimsical fares filled with oddball families that have daddy issues. Treatises on world affairs they are not. So Isle of Dogs is a bold step, because even though its another off-beat comedy filled to the brim with typically Anderson tropes, its also his most overtly political movie yet.
The story opens on a dystopic, futuristic Japan, in the fictional Megasaki City. A nearby Trash Island has become a detention centre for the citys canine population, cast out by the authoritarian Mayor Kobayashi. When Kobayashi commits his nephew Ataris guard dog Spots to the island, Ataris is faced with no choice but to mount a daring rescue. On the island Atari meets five sick, but staunchly democratic, dogs. They vote to help the boy, with a lone voice of dissent coming from Chief; a stray who doesnt believe in masters. As they journey through the derelict wasteland Chief has to challenge his innate, mongrel nature and overcome his prejudices to save his friends and bring justice to Megasaki City.
Its a film that operates as something of a fable, allowing Anderson to discuss broader issues about society with his usual stylistic flare. He plays with ideas of free will, discrimination and the displacement of people using the language barriers between dogs and humans as a metaphor for real life cultural clashes across the globe. Its a nice change from the more personal, character driven stories of Moonrise...
Fires as of April 16-17th. To give an idea of the map scale: Barden Ridge to Menai is approximately 3 km.
By Noel Wauchope: Australias bushfires threatening nuclear reactor: Changing the name of a suburb helps the government keep this quiet. Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires: https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/sydney-bushfires-raged-towards-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor,11401 16 April 2018
The New South Wales Government will be trialling high-tech cameras which they say are capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far as kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for a crackdown on mobile phone use after two police officers were injured when a van
In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.
EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.
EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.
Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.
Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions 264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.
This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.
Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.
The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.
The Wallarah 2 case
[ Thursday, 3 May; 6:30 pm; ] It is by sheer luck that our usual monthly forum is on at exactly the same time as this important broadcast by 350.org founder and world-renowned climate defender Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben will be in Australia as a part of 350 Australias Fossil Free campaign to talk to people about what we need to do to [...] full article
I did things that were much worse than drinking or drug use. We were destructive.
While in Australia for Rise Againsts seven-date headline tour in February, frontman Tim McIlrath sat down with Tone Deaf in Sydney to chat about the light and dark of music, the Chicago bands latest LP Wolves, Trump and his wayward teenage years.
Rise Against were in Australia in support of their eighth LP Wolves. Stream the record below:
I was away on a writing trip in 2015 and I met some new peopleand they were like, So, are you in love with anyone? I was like, No, Ive got really great friends, Im really happily single. And I got home that night and I was like, am I in love with someone?
Cub Sport had rather a big year last year. Beyond kicking career goals (that saw queues of fans outside the sold-out Metro from midday on the day this interview occurred), personal issues came to a head all at once and considering the members had known each other as far back as pre-school, these changes were a long time coming.
Perhaps a year prior Sam had realised hed been gay for around 14 years or so. Tim too realised he had been suppressing the person he truly was. Both had been raised in very religious families so they were trepidatious about admitting this much to themselves, let alone anyone else.
But on Canadas National Day, something momentous also shifted for Tim. A month or two before, whilst soldiering away alone writing songs in L.A. and London, hed come to u...
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...
Tina Harrods City of Longing is Eastside Radios Album of the Week.
Songwriter and vocalist, Tina Harrod, releases a breathtaking new album CITY OF LONGING, with an incredible launch concert recently at The Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly, on Wednesday 11 April.
City of Longing was co-written and produced by brilliant composer/pianist STU HUNTER who has worked with Passenger, silverchair, Portishead, Alex Lloyd, Delta Goodrem, Russell Crowe, Katie Noonan and many others.
Tinas fifth album takes her songwriting and mind-blowing vocal skills to another plane. City of Longing is an emotionally charged, soul-wrenching set with real musical depth, performed by creative and adventurous musicians.
My goal is to achieve cohesion, marrying different styles and ideas together to create their own sound. I dont want to make a new soul record or a new funky jazz album; I want to create something that is unknown to me. Stu (Hunter) recorded and mixed the whole album. He went above and beyond with this project meticulously researching and boldly experimenting with sounds which is time consuming and it is really thanks to him that that I have an album I am really proud of.
Photograph by Suz...
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