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Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane 
We live in times like Sodom and Gomorrah, so this Yes postal vote to gay marriage is no surprise.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.
Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.
Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).
No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).
Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).
Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.
All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.
The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.
Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.
A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.
Some 59.7 per cent of respondents in the seat of Page was 57.9 per cent. Participation was 71.3 per cent.
Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.
There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.
More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.
Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.
The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.
Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.
Check out all the dates and ticket details below:
PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)
GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)
Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne
Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane
Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane
Car Seat Headrest:
Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane
Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane
Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne
The Head and the Heart:
Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Late on Monday 13 November, Royal Australian
Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-212 was noted
completing airwork at Rockhampton Airport. It flew North to
Rocky from RAAF Base Amberley, completed a missed approach, then
returned back South to Amberley. A41-212 was noted flying as
14 November 2017
A former Brisbane financial planner has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling millions of dollars in savings from elderly retirees.
Brad Thomas Sherwin, 62, has been sentenced in the District Court in Brisbane, after pleading guilty in September to fraud charges linked to a $60 million investment collapse.
The businessman faced 24 charges relating to the misuse of almost $10 million from 39 clients.
He received an additional 12 months in prison for breaching his duties as a director.
He will be eligible for parole after four years, on November 14, 2021.
Sherwin was the principal of Sherwin Financial Planners and director of associated companies, including property lending business Wickham Securities.
He gave advice and helped clients set up self-managed super funds before the businesses collapsed in late 2012 and 2013.
On 26 occasions, Sherwin made transactions using his clients investment money, without the...
For the first time the peoples choice and the judges choice of best in show have been the same at the Laverda Concours in Brisbane.
Winner is Garth Allison with his 1980 Honda CX500 who said it was a labour of love.
Like the judges and visitors, We also thought it was the best in show and featured it on our Facebook page on Sunday. Check out this gallery of detailed photos....
In memory of Australias first Rock Chick, Carol Lloyd, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) are giving female singer-songwriters the chance to win a $15,000 prize, which will assist in funding for recording an album and allow the winner to connect with some of Queenslands most respected artists. Regarded by singer-songwriter Katie Noonan as Australias mother figure 
The post Inaugural music award now open in memory of late Carol Lloyd appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.
Another invisible perpetrator of sexual violence, this one from the Courier Mail. A man has been charged with sexual assault of a woman in Toowoomba. Police say there may be other victims. Once again the man accused of the crime does not exist.
Erasing mens violence from headlines is not a small matter. Jackson Katz TED talk on male violence and how we talk about it is well worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch, but this quote is central to the invisible perpetrators issue:
It starts with a very basic English sentence: John beat Mary. Thats a good English sentence. John is the subject, beat is the verb, Mary is the object, good sentence. Now were going to move to the second sentence, which says the same thing in the passive voice. Mary was beaten by John. And now a whole lot has happened in one sentence. Weve gone from John beat Mary to Mary was beaten by John. Weve shifted our focus in one sentence from John to Mary, and you can see John is very close to the end of the sentence, well, close to dropping off the map of our psychic plain. The third sentence, John is dropped, and we have, Mary was beaten, and now its all about Mary. Were not even thinking about John, its totally focused on Mary. Over the past generation, the term weve used synonymous with beaten is battered,...
The Suburban Series a music community-oriented event that has been on everyones lips since its first installment in August
But if you want something REALLY tasty on your tongue get ready for the announcement of your next five SAUCY, MOUTH-WATERING, MOREISH bands! Boasting a hugely successful introduction to the Brisbane music scene with a mega lineup and crowd turn-out to match, The Suburban Series promises that Volume 2 will prove just as rowdy.
With 2017 rumbling to a close, the 23rd of December insists on making it into your top priorities for end of year celebrations. What better finale to this years local music froth-fests than five power-house bands under the one roof for an easy $10? AND what better way then with your extended family (the Brisbane music community!) celebrating a few hours at The Zoo with some Eggnog*?!
The Suburban Series is continuing to grow, and with it is the Brisbane independent music scene. Dont miss your chance to be a part of it. Saturday 23rd December, The Zoo, 8pm.
Acting prime minister Julie Bishop says a drop in the polls for the government is not surprising, but insists theres light at the end of the tunnel in the citizenship saga.
With the coalition slipping further in the Newspoll behind Labor 45-55 per cent Malcolm Turnbulls lead as preferred prime minister over Labors Bill Shorten dropped five points to 36 per cent.
The gap between the two leaders has narrowed to just two percentage points compared to eight points two weeks ago and 17 points at the end of August.
It is the closest Mr Shorten has ever been to regaining the lead he enjoyed over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister.
The poll, published on Monday, also shows voters prefer Julie Bishop over Mr Turnbull 40-27 per cent as Liberal leader.
But coalition supporters still prefer Mr Turnbull.
The polls are not surprising, Ms Bishop told reporters on the Queensland state election campaign trail.
Ms Bishop said a motion had been negotiated with Labor to force all senators to reveal family history and citizenship details by December 1.
A similar motion will go to the lower house on November 27.
As well, the government is fighting by-elections in the seats of New England and Bennelong, triggered by citizenship doubts over former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce and Liberal MP John Alexander.
What we have now is a plan to resolve this issue, then we can continue to govern for the Australian people, Ms Bishop said.
Turnbull supporter Christopher Pyne noted an election was not due until July 2019.
Polls come and go and people should remain unfazed by them, he told ABC radio.
Cabinet colleague Mathias Cormann, who agreed the m...
Pauline Hansons leadership style has certainly contributed to the departure of a growing list of departures of One Nations members of parliament. A party moulded around her personal image and wish, is bound to rankle with those feeling they are being denied a legitimate voice.
But on its own, this too easy an explanation for the depth of the troubles that are enveloping One Nation. There is something more fundamentally wrong that cannot be explained away by focusing on the personalities.
Those of us who have insisted that at the most basic, the problem is the divide between what One Nation claims to be and what it does, is being proved right by the unfolding of events.
The latest incident is the defection of the new Senator Fraser Anning on his first day in office. He had just come in to replace Malcolm Roberts, who had lost his seat over the dual citizenship fiasco. But on his first day, Anning walked away from One Nation and became an independent.
Anning says he had been a long time personal friend of Hansons, but this came undone at a single meeting last week, which he suggests, went to hell in a handbasket. He says he was expelled from the party. Hanson denies it and insists Anning abandoned the party. Whichever claim is the truth, there was an argument was over who has the right to hire the members staff. Anning had included several who had worked for Roberts, but did not have the approval of Hanson or her chief advisor James Ashby, and he was smacked down for the impertinence.
Hansons dynastic style is not limited to this particular incident. There is a history of it and it has been becoming increasingly pronounced since the last federal election, as the duo consolidate their top down control, over all decision making and how the partys finances are spent.
This ties back to the assertion of the divide between the discrepancy between what the party claims to represent and what it does.
One Nation was born out of a reaction of perceived betrayal of the interests of ordinary people by traditional politicians. The revolt was most marked in National Party stronghold in Queensland and New South Wales, which had gone backwards economically and residents resented the decline of services, lack of employment opportunities and left behind the rest of Australia. These areas are among the poorest in the nation. People who live in them believed that the new party would make a difference. Many of the original One Nation activists had played important roles in battles against privatisation of government services and other aspects of ne...
Yesterday, on Steve Austins 612 ABC Brisbane Mornings radio show, I had another enjoyable chat with Steve and some of his listeners regarding a range of state election issues. These included John Quiggins critique of the LNPs fiscal principles, the Greens election promises, and infrastructure spending, among others. We began the discussion by returning to an issue raised in a previous interview, the controversial development of the new public service tower of power, 1 William St. You can listen to the interview from 1:37:49 at:
I was grateful that one listener asked me for one example of a government program I would cut to save money. The first one that came to my mind was Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), which is an unnecessary agency, given we have a national tourism body, Tourism Australia. Also, both TEQ and Tourism Australia are less relevant in the age of social media, as our attractions, such as the Reef, rainforests, and beaches, are constantly advertised all around the world via Facebook and Instagram. I would note that, in its 2015 Industry Assistance Review, the Queensland Competition Authority also questioned the effectiveness of Tourism and Events Queensland, which receives over $100 million in funding annually. My previous posts referring to the Queensland Governments tourism promotion efforts via TEQ include:
I mentioned on air yesterday that I have no doubt the Queensland Treasury has a hit list of ineffective programs that it will propose cutting to a new incoming government. I am pretty sure TEQ would be on that list.
It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist. But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments. It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.
Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.
No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments. Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.
While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat. As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.
For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted. Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate. Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion. The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.
None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved. The remaining states would keep the ship steady.
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