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On the first of this month, prime minister Scott Morrison announced the government would be funding a $498 million redevelopment of the Australian War Memorial (AWM), which would include new exhibits acknowledging recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands. AWM director Dr Brendan Nelson has been spruiking the proposed upgrade since April. The
The New South Wales government has announced that a saving grace period will be introduced for parking bays which issue physical tickets. The new rules are scheduled to apply from 31 January 2019, and enable motorists parked in a paid bays for an hour or more to apply to have their fines waived if they
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When we sold most of our belongings to travel in a caravan, we had no idea how our journey would unfold. Granted, we were (still are!) caravan novices but regardless of our inexperience we knew that taking time to travel with our kids and slow down for a while was of the upmost importance.
We took a big leap into the unknown and spent all our savings but I can safely say that its the best decision weve ever made. Were three months in and revelling in the opportunity that tiny-home-nomadic-living has given us. Of course there are days that are challenging and emotionally charged with tantrums a plenty and countless frustrated sighsbut they would exist regardless of where we live.
I think what has been most surprising about our journey so far is the way we travel. You see, a few hours in the car is enough for us so we plan our trips accordingly, slowly hopping up and down the coast and occasionally inland. We prefer to stay in each location for a good week so we can settle in, slow down and truly experience it.
When we started planning our road trip I had no idea how family-orientated holiday parks had become. Granted, my only memories of them were from my childhood; I spent every summer in a cabin by the bay with my family but apart from a single pinball machine and a tennis court there wasnt much for us to do.
Nowadays they are havens of fun; theres playgrounds and water parks, jumping pillows and pools colourful, fun-filled activities for kids who love being outdoors. A...
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern
monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
Imagine that macroeconomic policy is geared towards keeping real GDP growth on trend. Assume this rate of growth is 3 per cent per annum. If labour productivity is growing at 2 per cent per annum and the labour force is growing at 1.5 per cent per annum and the average working week is constant in hours, then this policy regime will result in:
The answer is a rising unemployment rate.
The facts were:
Of-course, the trend rate of real GDP growth doesnt relate to the labour market in any direct way. The late Arthur Okun is famous (among other things) for estimating the relationship that links the percentage deviation in real GDP growth from potential to the percentage change in the unemployment rate the so-called Okuns Law.
The algebra underlying this law can be manipulated to estimate the evolution of the unemployment rate based on real output forecasts.
From Okun, we can relate the major output and labour-force aggregates to form expectations about changes in the aggregate unemployment rate based on output growth rates. A series of accounting identities underpins Okuns Law and helps us, in part, to understand why unemployment rates have risen.
Take the following output accounting statement:
(1) Y = LP*(1-UR)LH
where Y is real GDP, LP is labour productivity in persons (that is, real output per unit of labour), H is the average number of hours worked per period, UR is the aggregate unemployment....
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Earlier this year, the Police Association of NSW demanded 2,500 extra officers which it claimed was necessary to avoid an epidemic of violence. The Association says its members are at a breaking point, warning that a failure to dramatically increase police numbers will result in a police failure to
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Fair dinkum. Plenty of countries in the Middle East where you can go Peak-Ramadan to your heart's content. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/cumberland-council-juggle-budget-cuts-to-benefit-ramadan-celebrations-over-australia-day/news-story/ad3be63b89294b165724c5224b87966f
Ticking time bomb giant stockpile of nuclear waste endangers USA
The San Onofre nuclear plant, located just 108 feet from a popular beach, was shut down in 2015 after a leak was discovered. Now, the Southern California Edison energy company is burying the nuclear waste at the failed site a move which has been approved by federal regulator
Charles Langley, the executive director of Public Watchdogs, told RT that the situation at San Onofre is of grave concern because spent nuclear fuel and water dont mix.
Langley claimed that research carried out by experts which highlighted the extreme risks of storing the waste at the facility was suppressed by the very government agency responsible for protecting public health and safety.
There are actually fault lines that run underneath the facility. Weve documented this in geological reports that were suppressed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Its in a Tsunami zone and its also extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
So far, 29 of 73 canisters of waste are below the surface of the ground. Langley warns, however, that the canisters are unequipped to store the toxic nuclear waste. The warranty for the containment system is only for 10 years and the canisters themselves are only guaranteed to last 25 years, he said.
Nina Babiarz, a board member at Public Watchdogs, told RT that there should have been a requirement for an underground monitoring system before one can even went in the ground.
Babiarz believes the San Onofre plant is a ticking time bomb.
Its still very prevalent to me that this not only could happen, but it has happened at Three Mile Island, of course it has happened at Chernobyl, its happened at Fukushima and lest we forget, it could happen at San Onofre, she said.
Edison refused to answer any of RTs questions. On its website, however, the company says they are being proactive in seeking out...
Only baby bones used in nuke tests https://www.news24.com/xArchive/Archive/Only-baby-bones-used-in-nuke-tests-20010607 2001-06-07 Sydney, Australia Bone samples from dead babies were shipped to the United States and Britain to be tested for radioactive fallout as part of an Australian government programme, officials said on Thursday.
The governments Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) said from 1957 to 1978 Australia operated a programme to measure levels of strontium 90 radioactive fallout in humans by testing corpses. Nuclear weapons tests were conducted in Australia and there was concern about radioactive fallout building up in the atmosphere.
In the early years of the study, known as Project Sunshine, hundreds of human bone samples from corpses of babies, children and adults aged up to 40 years were reduced to ash and sent to the United States and Britain for tests on radioactivity levels. Facilities were later constructed for the tests to be carried out in Australia.
ARPANSA chief executive officer Dr. John Loy said on Thursday that it was unlikely scientists sought consent to do the tests from relatives of the deceased.
Loy said the studies were part of an overall programme to measure the impact on Australians of atmospheric nuclear testing throughout the world.
In the 1950s and 60s there were hundreds of nuclear explosions throughout the world and this led to contamination, Loy told The Associated Press. There were measurements of activity in water, air, food and bone tissue, he said.
Loy said human bone absorbs strontium 90 from the atmosphere. So it was important to get a handle on what sort of exposure was resulting from these tests, he added.
Project Sunshine was not kept secret by the government and reports on the study were published in scientific journals, Loy said.
Interest in the project was renewed this month by media reports that the bodies of stillborn babies from Britain and Australia were also used in the research.
The reports quoted documents from a meeting of the projects scientists in 1955, during which project leader Dr Willard Libby said the supply of stillborn babies had been cut off.
If anyone knows how to do a good job of body snatching, they will really be serving their country, said Libby, a Nobel Prize laureate, according to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
Music lovers bracing against the annual onslaught of the Singing Dogs "Jingle Bells" may find their savage beasts soothed somewhat by Eddy Chens performance of Pachelbels Canon, above.
Never mind that the instrument on which he plays four different tracks is a rubber chicken or more accurately, as per Amazon, a Screaming Yellow Rubber Chicken Non Toxic Bite-resistant Squeaky Toy.
It retains its relaxing musicality. Chen, one half of Australian duo TwoSetViolin, plays that bird like the disciplined, classically-trained pro he is.
Classical chicken covers became a surprise hit for Chen and his partner, Brett Yang, veterans of the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, whose virtually sold out world tour was the first of its kind to be entirely financed by Kickstarter donations.
The duo describes its mission as upholding the integrity of classical music while making it relevant to the modern generation through fun, humour and simplicity, noting, in a joint interview with Violinist.com:
There are people out there who are ready to love classical music, and we have to actively find them. It is the way classical music has been presented so far that makes it so austere. We were lucky that we learned the instrument for 20 years; if we were not musicians, it would be very hard to get into.
Everyone has the potential to like it, but sometimes musicians alienate and scare potential listeners with our pride.
Back when classical music was new, it was not 'classical'; it was just music.
Today our (classical music audience) is very small, but there are many great musicians...
The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.
His new nest was undisturbed for a while.
The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.
Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.
The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider
Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.
Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.
They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.
Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.
He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.
Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...
This years music festival season began with an avoidable tragedy, as two young Australians died after taking drugs at Sydneys Defqon.1 festival in September. The saturation policing and drug detection dogs at the event failed to save their lives. A pill testing service could have. Despite it being illegal, over half a million primarily young Australians
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It has been reported that a 46-year old man was stabbed in the abdomen and neck during an altercation which ensued when he allegedly confronted a 54-year old man who was attempting to sexually assault a 7-year old girl in a toilet block underneath a dance studio on Railway Road in Kogarah just before 8pm last
The post Man Stabbed While Allegedly Saving 7-Year Old Girl from Sexual Assault appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
Indo Mie gets into the Salted Egg flavour craze, turning a cheap packet of instant noodles into an expensive packet of instant noodles. Marketing wins again! Salted egg flavoured chips, croissants filled with salted egg sauce and ice creams made with the rich sauce have been taking off in Singapore for some time and the rich, duck yolk flavour is a favourite in Malaysia, Indonesia and China
In case you missed it, the RocKwiz team are hitting the road for a national tour. Hosts Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis will be joined by the RocKwiz Orchestra as they travel around Australian cities and regional areas. The team will be tackling venues in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Bendigo, Fremantle and The Gold Coast. For more information, check out the video below.
Newcastle, Civic Theatre
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre
Thirroul, Anitas Theatre
Canberra, Canberra Theatre
Sydney, The Enmore Theatre
NOV 22 Adelaide,
Melbourne, Palais Theatre
Geelong, Costa Hall
Bendigo, Ulumbarra Theatre
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A stylised lizard is the face of this years Black Gully Festival an annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy music, art, the environment and our community. Designed by local artist Simon Mellor, this years logo makes a creative mark while representing many elements of what the Black Gully Festival is all about. Black [...] full article
[ Tuesday, 20 Nov; 5:30 pm; ] Based on the book "Drawdown The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" This event aims to educate and inspire individuals and businesses in practical ways we can reverse climate change locally. The night will consist of guest speakers and a Q & A section + light refreshments On Tuesday 20 November 2018 at [...] full article
Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."
1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.
2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.
3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.
4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).
5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.
6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.
7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.
8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...
[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article
The uptake of solar power across Australia continues to be one of the shining lights for sustainability, particularly against the backdrop of drought, deepening climate change and losses to biodiversity. The financial benefits of going solar are as significant for most people as these environmental reasons. St Vincent de Pauls recent annual electricity report (see Sydney Morning [...] full article
A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.
The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.
The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.
At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.
The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.
Tickets are available here.
By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Senior Constable Sean Daniel Murphy, a 57-year-old officer with 30 years in the NSW Police Force and two awards for bravery to his name, has pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend after calling federal Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Youngs office and making threats towards
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This is what it would take to fund the transition to a new world. All of Australia could be converted to renewable energy for 7.7% of the money in the super funds in this country which is how we know 100% renewable energy is 100% doable. Thats one of the messages in the Accelerate film, the [...] full article
A few hours ago, I was in NSW Parliament to launch a new report on deforestation in NSW. Weve exposed the top 20 deforestation hotspots in NSW. Shockingly, 17 of the 20 hotspots are home to koala habitat that is now at risk of land clearing under NSWs new deforestation laws. With fewer than 21,000 koalas [...] full article
Ex-Labor MP's sentence had to be 'stern' Margaret Scheikowski, Australian Associated Press November 15, 2018 1:53pm Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald's sentence for misconduct in public office was "stern" but not unreasonable nor plainly unjust, five Court of Criminal Appeal judges have been told. "This was a Minister of the...
The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...
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Generalis recent announcement about its improved coal exclusion policy puts an end to insuring new coal plants and mines while turning away new coal clients with more than 30% of their energy production or revenues coming from coal.
Generali follows Allianz, AXA and Zurich which all have announced restrictions on insuring coal. Now, Europes four biggest primary insurers have limited coverage for the coal industry, supporting the phase-out of the main driver of dangerous climate change and the cause of hundreds of thousands of premature deaths globally each year, including more than 22,900 in the EU. 
Greenpeace, Unfriend Coal and Re:Common have called on the remaining coal insurers around the world to also restrict and exclude coal investments and insurance.
Greenpeace Italy climate campaigner, Luca Iacoboni, noted that this new coal exclusion policy sends an an important signal today that coal is becoming uninsurable and the answer to this is an urgent energy transition to 100% renewable energy. This is not just a matter of securing the survival of our planet, but of the insurance industry as well. Moodys Investor Service has also warned that climate change has a net negative credit impact on the the re/insurance industry. Re/insurers like AIG, Chubb, Mapfre, Hannover Re-Talanx, Vienna Insurance Group and Uniqa, who are all still actively insuring coal must move away from this dirty fuel or face public scrutiny and economic losses.
Re:Common campaigner, Alessandro Runci, said that while Generalis new policy is another strong signal to the coal industry, Generali fails to mention when existing coal clients, like those in Central and Eastern Europe, will be dropped. In order to become real climate leaders and to address the air pollution problem exacerbated by their clients, they need to quit coal with no exceptions. That includes no life extension of plants in the form of retrofits beyond 2030 and no to retrofits that would even temporarily increase capacity of existing plants.
Lucie Pinson of the Unfriend Coal campaign observed that Generalis move shows that coal is increasingly becoming uninsurable. The majority of global insurance companies with the expertise to lead in assessing and underwriting new power plants have now committed to end or limit insurance for new coal projects. Recent climate disasters should remind industry laggards of the urgent need for action.
According to the European Environmental Agency, member countries incurred economic losses caused by weather and climate-related extremes up to approximately...
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