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Tuesday, 14 November

11:04

Inaugural music award now open in memory of late Carol Lloyd "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

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 []

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10:20

The Suburban Series VOL 2 The Zoo

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.

Adhering to the series mission to showcase talent from not only Brisbane but surrounding cities and states, BREIZERS will be making their way up from that place down the road called Sydney to perform alongside some of BIGSOUNDs favourites WHALEHOUSE and Mary Handsomee, as well as the legends from Twinfolds and Gold Coast rockers Hot Reno
 

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.

 

The post The Suburban Series VOL 2 appeared first on The Zoo.

Monday, 13 November

16:46

Some whataboutery from Tim Nicholls "IndyWatch Feed Seq"

Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about

A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para

Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.

Some broader responses:

* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making

* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process

* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.

A few more points:

1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....

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