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1804 - Charles Crump was Hanged in Sydney for the theft of
9 pieces of chintzes and printed calicoes from William Tough in
1809 - Poor old Billy Bligh boarded a boat after agreeing to go straight to England,not pop into any part of the colony for a cuppa or pass Go and collect $200.
1835 - Charles Norford was Hanged at Sydney for the attempted murder of Patrick Lynch. Norford was shaving Lynch when he suddenly cut his throat.
There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Greens parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications.
The ostensible reason for the attack on Molan was his sharing of two videos originating from a Neo Nazi far right group in the United Kingdom.
Bandt, who later withdrew his remarks, called Molan a coward and said that Molan should be prosecuted for his service in the Iraq war. In the Senate di Natale accused Molan of overseeing a humanitarian catastrophe nearly 15 years ago during the assault on Fallujah, Iraq.
Di Natale said that there was a question that needs to be answered, and the only way with answer that is through an enquiry.
Liberal politicians, from the Prime Minister downward, came to Molans defence, claiming that he was a great Australian soldier who stood up for freedom.
Lost among all the expostulations and threats of legal action were two key issues behind the remarks of both Bandt and Di Natale: were there war crimes committed in Iraq by Australian forces; and whether or not there should be an enquiry (as has happened in Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom) into the precise circumstances surrounding Australias involvement in that disastrous war.
Instead we have seen sustained attempts two divert from legitimate questions surrounding this issue. It has been variously suggested that Molan is not racist; that it is somehow scurrilous to question the conduct of Australias servicemen; and that Bandt and Di Natale had a view that anyone who goes to war is a war criminal. That simply does not address the real issues.
To answer the first of those questions one needs to go no further then the assaults on Fallujah, the first of which occurred in April 2004 and the second, codenamed Operation Phantom Fury, in October 2004.
Before the second attack began, citizens were instructed to leave, but that did not extend to men aged 15-45 who were prohibited from leaving. Once the bombing began, all exits from the city were sealed off. According to the Washington Post, electricity and water were also cut off. The Red Cross and....
A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018
We need to talk about Jewish racism.
I know what youre thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people whove suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves?
But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us.
This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if youre a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia.
The 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. Therell be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, Ive been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming of sorts. But Ive become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.
The intensity of this years IAW activities will be heightened by the 70th anniversaries this year of the Palestinian Nakba and the creation of the State of Israel. Once again, Jewish students will find themselves feeling distinctly uncomfortable as Zionism, and the Jewish State, are portrayed as racist endeavours.
But is it fair to brand you young Jews who support Israel of being promoters and defenders of racism?
Well, to be blunt, yes it is. But that simple answer doesnt quite capture why that is or how its happened.
I dont for one minute think young Jews who support Israel should be bunched together with members of the British National Party or White Supremacists. Thats lazy thinking. It makes no attempt to understand the origins of Zionism or the current place of Israel in individual or communal Jewish life.
Nonetheless, Jewish racism is a thing. I know it from my own experience, from my own past ways of thinking, from how I was as a student in Manchester in the mid 1980s. This Jewish strand of racism is an inevitable consequence of the success Zionism has had in shaping Jewish identity over the last 70 years. And if we dont face the racism that Zionism has created nothing will change when it comes to Israel/Palestine for another generation.
The truth is, all people are vulnerable to ways of thinking that leave others less deserving than themselves. That doesnt make all of us Adolf Hitler, it just makes us human. But that doesnt make it okay either. If any group should understand that...
JOE Hockey is trying to flog a Hunters Hill mansion to Chinese buyers in an ironic twist for the federal treasurer who crusaded against foreigners entering our housing market.
The Australian ambassador to the US once even referred a neighbour to the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Mr Hockey and his investment banker wife Melissa Babbage have listed the $8 million Te Roma federation house on the Chinese website myfun, which showcases prestige Australian listings in Mandarin.
The 40 million offering provides contact details in China to take buyer queries on the historic 1905 home before a March 1 deadline.
Questions put to Mr Hockeys office at the Washington embassy went unanswered yesterday. The former treasurer, like other prestige Sydney sellers, may find it hard to score a great price as the market has cooled, with local buyers facing reduced competition from foreigners.
The slowdown across most markets was largely caused by tightened regulatory measures and higher taxes on foreigners established during his reign as federal treasurer.
Dear Sir, Hunters Hill Council is absolutely right to be concerned by the Liberal State Governments law that deprives local government of any significant decision-making power for development applications (TWT page 7 January 31, [more]
Aboriginal boxing legend Anthony Mundine was recently reported as suggesting gay people should be put to death. Comedian Steven Oliver weighs in.
So, here I am writing an article which, again, finds me defending my sexuality. Im not sure how many times (this year alone) I have had to say or write something in response to a statement that is one of belief and not fact (and by belief I dont solely mean religion).
If being black and gay has taught me anything from the constantly repeated negative experiences underpinned by racism and homophobia, its that there are a lot of beliefs out there that are misguided, wrong or just fucked.
Some are from people who come to a conclusion after filling in the blanks they didnt have answers to. Some are from people who just believe anything theyre told and dont question the validity because its easier to just believe than understand. Some are from people who say they dont judge me but theyre instructed by an all-powerful being to say things that judge me and that, in the end, the all-powerful being will judge me (where Im sure my non-judgemental friend, will be saying I tried telling your gay black arse).
Some (this would be the fucked, well, more fucked kind) are simply made up because people have an agenda that usually comes from fear and/or a need to control.
Speaking of agenda, I suppose it only fair I outline mine. Basically, it comes from a need for the queer community to stop being treated like shit. Its a need to stop those constantly repeated negative experiences. Its a need to pay respect to all who stood proudly even when judgement turned to hate, and that hate turned to violence. To let them know the strength I recognised when they refused to turn hateful, as the ones they loved turned them away. That what is right, is the act of treating others right.
Anyway, Im guessing youre guessing that Im talking about Anthony Mundine. After all, I write this article not long after his death penalty comments. But in truth, it starts with a guy called Mick (though Ill get to Anthony, eventually). See, Mick is a nice guy. Met him a few years back through an organisation we both worked for. Wed chit chat and joke whenever he rang my office and always had a laugh.
Mick had property in Townsville that he said I could use whenever I was home, and though I never took him up on it, it was a gesture...
$195 the cheapest seats for Hillary Clinton in Australia Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Australia in May. AAP 12:43PM February 19, 2018 Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump. Mrs...
Yesterday I was commissioned by the Sydney Morning Herald to write an opinion piece on the PMs bonk ban in it I argue the new requirement reflects modern workplace standards and the communitys expectations. Dont forget you can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to 
Doctors have been warned against rushing to prescribe medical cannabis despite Australians acceptance of its use. To date, the evidence on the effectiveness of medical cannabis remains limited, write Jennifer Martin and Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo in an editorial for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they say the usual regulatory processes designed to protect patients from potential serious harms caused by medicinal cannabinoids must be adhered to.
The pace and scale of the introduction of medicinal cannabis are unprecedented and have raised challenges for health professionals, not so much because of its known addictive and psychoactive properties, but because its introduction has not followed the usual research-based safety and effectiveness processes, they wrote.
They argue there is a need for stronger and more streamlined guidelines in administering and supplying medical cannabis
.In Australia, medicinal cannabis is legal but patient access is still very difficult.
The Therapeutic Goods Administrations (TGA) Special Access Scheme (SAS) provides patient access to cannabis on compassionate grounds without the usual quality and safety data requirements.
This means approval is granted on a case-by-case basis provided the correct documentation is given by the prescribing doctor, says Dr John Lawson, a paediatric neurologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
The prescribing medical practitioner has several responsibilities, including providing informed consent and a treatment plan and monitoring, and complying with reporting requirements including reporting any adverse event to the TGA, Dr Lawson said.
In the case of a child with epilepsy, this means that general practitioners or paediatricians can only successfully apply via the SAS scheme with supporting documentation from a paediatric neurologist.
He says there needs to be a balance between compassion and careful assessment for patients for whom cannabis products might be beneficial.
Already there is a body of evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis for those suffering from chemotherapy-induced nausea, epilepsy, MS and Parkinsons disease.
A recent trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, led by Australian neurologist Professor Ingrid Scheffer, found cannabidiol one of at least 113 compounds found in the cannabis plant significantly reduced the severity and frequency of seizures in children with a rare, yet devastating form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.
Last year, the Medical Cannabis Council called for more robust research to be done to ensure patients greater acc...
Renewable energy: powering Australia in more ways than one http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5229330/renewable-energy-is-powering-jobs-in-the-regions/?cs=97 James Wright 18 Feb 18 A jobs boom is sweeping across regional Australia and theres one industry to thank the renewable energy sector. From places like Gordon in southern Tasmania to Pindari in north-east NSW, new solar installations, windfarms, battery arrays, solar towers and pumped hydro facilities are springing life into regional towns. How are they doing this? By injecting desperately needed investment and job opportunities into remote locations.
In Far North Queensland, the Kidston solar array and pumped-hydro project will create 588 jobs this year. At the other end of the country in Port Augusta, Sundrop Farms first-of-its-kind solar tower for Australia creates another 200 jobs. Meanwhile over the border, Stawell in western Victoria is preparing for an influx of 1300 jobs from Nectar Farms combined windfarm, battery storage and 10-hectare hothouse facility.
This is great news! But despite the steady stream of new developments in regional areas, were actually being short-changed. Policy uncertainty due to ongoing internal squabbles in the Federal Government is strangling the growth of this sector and costing regional Australia the true jobs boom it deserves.
Australia has the richest renewable energy resour...
With the release of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry draft, we're encouraging all members to speak up and have their say on Australias continued use of battery cages. The opportunity to ban or phase out battery cages is now, and may not return for another decade.
These draft Standards will have a lasting impact on the future of the poultry industry. We believe all poultry producers voices should be heard in the debate on battery cages, just as many would remember from the free-range labelling debate in 2015 to 2016.
Put the pressure on Agriculture ministers and your local members, especially in states where the proposal has yet not seen governmental opposition such as Queensland and NSW. Victoria and WA are already on board with the development of better welfare standards than those proposed.
Write to your local member of parliament and tell them what you think about the draft Standards. Some key points to include are:
Include further reasons
in your submission as summarised by RSPCA at...
1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his
non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in
1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.
1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.
1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.
1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!
1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.
1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.
1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.
1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.
1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.
1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.
1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".
1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.
1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...
Producing, engineering, singing, writing and heading up her own label: Milan Ring does it all. Now, the eclectic R&B fruits of her labour are coming into their own.
As a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with constructing idiosyncratic sounds, Milan Ring has really found her groove first with 2017s largely instrumental beat tape Venus Fly Trap and now, with Unbounded, the Sydneysiders first single of 2018.
Playing by her own rules, Milan heads up new collective MXMAY a newly formed creative house producing music, fashion, art, poetry, design and film. Having independently released her own music through the label, shes had a stellar start to the year. From an appearance at Melbournes Sugar Mountain festival, through to supporting Kardajala Kirridarra and Tokimonsta, Milan Ring is making serious moves for 2018.
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A new unit of the NSW Police Force has been created which is ostensibly aimed at combating lone-wolf terrorism by closely monitoring fixated persons. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has told the media that the unit will focus on the intersection between radicalisation, mental illness and lone-wolf attacks. However,
The post NSW Police to Target Potential Lone-Wolf Terrorists appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy.
Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.
A few general observations
Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?
I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.
There are nine tabs along the top of the home page, 'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'
'Home' of course is the home page.
'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.'
'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.
'Team members' fi...
Have you ever heard of a condition called Orthorexia? We hadn't until recently, so we chatted to Dr Rosemary Stanton about what it is (a compulsion to only eat "clean" food) and how it's developed since the 1990s.
Victor Persinette is man who spends a lot of time underground at the Spring Street Grocer's cheese room. He popped in to speak about how to best mature cheese, how blue cheese is formed, and some of the history of various cheese varieties.
To finish today's show we spoke to the man behind Duckboard Place's Lee Ho Fook, Victor Liong. Originally from Sydney we chatted about how Melbourne is perhaps more open to progressive intepretations of Chinese cuisine, and also how he cooks his simple (but delicious) egglant dish.
1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping
learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in
Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.
1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.
1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.
1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.
1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.
1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.
1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.
1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.
1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.
1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.
1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania. In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.
1874 - I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.
1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.
1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...
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