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Thursday, 21 September

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

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17:42

Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

September 21, 2017 at 05:30AM ,

Cameron Christopher Dowd, 28, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, on charges of assaulting or obstructing police and unlawful

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15:41

MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

08:29

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines... "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

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Wednesday, 20 September

19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

15:47

MACKAY Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY September 20, 2017 at 01:11PM ,

Man punches kid in face as neighbourhood dispute escalates

September 20, 2017 at 01:11PM ,

Nevertheless, Hasler fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to common assault over the attack in Toowoomba. Defence

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15:30

Vacancies falter "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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09:39

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "GroovUs Feed Anews"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

The post PUNKEST XMAS BASH appeared first on The Zoo.

07:36

Crew Takeover Manifest "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!

Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.

International and local acts TBA!

read on

The post Crew Takeover Manifest appeared first on earthcore.

06:16

Bigger is better small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:

While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.

The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.

While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:

Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.

Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).

Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:

  • Consumer preferences, with consumers preferring to shop at bigger stores with more variety and lower prices (as the bigger stores benefit from economies of scale);
  • Information and communications technology improvements which have made it easier for successful businesses to extend their business models into new regions;
  • Government regulations, particularly in workplace relations, which impose costs that massively eat into the margins of small businesses and can more readily be absorbed by larger businesses; and
  • Deregulation (e.g. of retail trading hours), which has gradually been eliminating many of the small corner stores that were once prevalent in Australia.

Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.

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Tuesday, 19 September

22:58

Exercise Wallaby 2017 - Moving Scenes at Rockhampton Airport as RSAF KC-135R '752' Takes Deceased Singapore Armed Force's Soldier Home Central Queensland Plane Spotting

There were moving scenes at Rockhampton Airport on Tuesday 19 September as a 'Guard of Honour' was formed by members of the Singapore Armed Forces to honour one of their fallen comrades before the visiting Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker '752' transported his body home to Singapore.


As reported below on the CQ Plane Spotting Blog, the KC-135R Stratotanker '752' touched down at Rockhampton Airport late on Monday 18 September as 'SAF8750' / "Singa 8750" direct from Singapore.




22:51

More Great Photos of the United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy 87-0030 Departing Rockhampton Airport Monday Central Queensland Plane Spotting

As we posted below, on Monday 18 September, the visiting United States Air Force (USAF) Lockheed C-5M Super Galaxy (L-500) 87-0030 was loaded with one of two United States Navy SEAL's Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) Mk 1 Stealth Boats - truck and trailer included - along with some pallets and containers - before it departed to Hickam Air Force Base (Hickam Field) in Hawaii as "Reach 468".





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21:56

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "GroovUs Feed Apodcasts"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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16:19

Yandina Wetlands surveys "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Hello all active Sunshine Coast Birders,

Many of you are aware of the Yandina Creek Wetlands and the efforts of Greg Roberts, who discovered the sites value for rare and uncommon bird species, and others to encourage the protection of this area.

Some of you would also be aware that all of these efforts paid off when Unity Waters purchased the property. With that purchase and their on-going management Yandina Creek Wetlands now should enjoy a promising future. You can read about the wetlands and Unity Water here; https://www.unitywater.com/about-us/projects-in-your-area/major-projects/yandina-creek-wetland

In exciting news for local birders Unity Water and Birdlife Australia SE Queensland have entered into an agreement that involves monitoring the wetlands periodically; specifically undertaking bird surveys. Sunshine Coast birders have an opportunity to contribute to these surveys and thus contribute to the knowledge base essential for successful management. At this stage it is not possible to visit the site unless connected with these formal surveys.

To participate in the surveys each birder must participate in a workshop such that survey methodology, species identification and recording, site safety etc, can be clearly understood. Each birder must be responsible to protect themselves from harm specifically sun, biting insects and the terrain so hats, sun-screen, long sleeves and closed shoes or boots are essential.

The dates for these workshops are, at this stage, the 11thand 25th November. The workshops would run from approximately midday until 5pm. This time frame would allow both a workshop covering the above topics within a Unity Waters building before a visit to the Wetlands to undertake a bird survey. More specific details regarding the surveys will be available prior. There are plans to run a number of surveys throughout the year. Dates, times and participants for each subsequent survey will also be advised later.

Please let me know of your interest as soon as possible,
Cheers now and good birding,

Ken
friarbird43@bigpond.com

10:44

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
read on

The post Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! appeared first on earthcore.

05:32

Unmissable upcoming Lowy Institute Choosing Openness paper launch with Andrew Leigh "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Australian Shadow Assistant Treasurer Dr Andrew Leigh will be speaking at the Brisbane launch of his Lowy Institute paper Choosing Openness on the evening of Wednesday 4 October, at the Queensland College of Art in South Brisbane. This looks absolutely unmissable for anyone interested in economics and politics. Here is the summary from the website:

In-conversation with Andrew Leigh and Sam Roggeveen, Senior Fellow of the Lowy Institute, followed by a Q&A.

In the early part of the twentieth century, the world turned inwards as fear shut down flows of people and goods across national borders. A century later, can we make a better choice?

Please join us for the launch of Choosing Openness, a new Lowy Institute Paper by the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP and published by Penguin Random House Australia.

Across the developed world, global engagement has become a major political fault line. Some say that trade, investment, and immigration are threats rather than opportunities. Global uncertainty, rising inequality, and populism present real challenges to globalists. Choosing Openness argues that Australias past prosperity has flowed from engaging with the world. An open Australia requires stronger advocacy and smarter policies.

Such a discussion is especially needed in Queensland at the moment, given the recent adoption of the Buy Queensland procurement policy, one of the most illogical and misguided pieces of policy implemented in recent times in this State. Recall this is the policy that massively favours local firms in procurement processes, risks a blowout in government expenses, and has upset the New Zealand Government, causing a trade policy headache for the federal government. I strongly suspect Buy Queensland is inconsistent with the views that will be advanced by Dr Leigh in his Choosing Openness paper. I hope that the policy is discussed in either the conversation or Q&A component of the evening.

My previous posts on the new Buy Queensland procurement policy include:

Comments to Radio NZ on Buy Qld policy

Protectionist Buy Qld policy unlikely to survive in current form

Interview on Buy Qld with Dave Pellowe

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