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Thursday, 23 November

12:59

Helen says Think before you vote #qldvotes Westender West End 4101

Local Labor identity Helen Abrahams has some advice for anyone who intends to vote for the environment on Saturday. Labors election pledge to build large scale, publicly owned renewable energy will put Queensland ahead of the rest of the country, embracing our competitive advantage of world beating sunshine. While the community overwhelmingly believes electricity is []

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12:14

Vegepods at City Farm Nursery Northey Street City Farm

We are  excited to welcome the addition of Vegepods to the City Farm Nursery! Vegepods make growing food as easy as it can be. They come equipped with a water-storing reservoir at the base and an adjustable shade (and possum) cover. The additional stands and trolleys make it easier to access and maintain your veggies. []

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11:39

Permanent Rainbow Roundabout Unveiled In Canberra QNEWS

Canberra has paid tribute to the citys strong yes vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey with the installation of a rainbow roundabout. The permanent artwork is on a roundabout in the inner north Canberra suburb of Braddon. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, the first openly gay state or territory leader, said last weekends Spring ...

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10:52

Teacher Loses His Job After Telling His Boss Hes Gay QNEWS

South Coast Baptist College has defended its decision to dismiss a relief teacher because he revealed he was in a same-sex relationship. OutinPerth revealed that Craig Campbell had lost his position at the school in Rockingham, Western Australia. Campbell had to deal with suspicion about his sexuality after colleagues and students questioned a photo on ...

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10:28

WATCH: Goggleboxs Wayne And Tom React To The Yes Vote QNEWS

The families of Gogglebox Australia share their thoughts on last weeks marriage equality result in tonights episode of the Channel Ten reality show. Gay couple Wayne and Tom are brought to tears watching The Projects coverage of the announcement that 61% of Australians had voted in favour of the reform. Im proud to be Australian ...

The post WATCH: Goggleboxs Wayne And Tom React To The Yes Vote appeared first on QNEWS.

09:18

Infeasible for Qld Greens to pay for extravagant promises by only taxing property developers & big corporations "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Brisbane Times is reporting Queensland Greens, swelled by the newly enrolled, plan on doing a Northcote, and it appears that the Palaszczuk Governments star performer, Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, remains at risk of losing her seat of South Brisbane to Greens candidate Amy MacMahon. Ms MacMahon has observed:

There is a clear sense that people have had enough of the big parties.

For many people this does appear to be the case, but that does not mean the Greens are a sensible alternative. From time-to-time, I have disagreed with particular policies advanced by the major parties, but the major parties are generally wrong within normal parameters, borrowing a phrase from P.J. ORourke. The Queensland Greens have no idea what those normal parameters are.

The Queensland Greens are putting forward a policy platform that, in the extremely unlikely event it would ever be enacted, would increase State government spending by at least $8-9 billion (or 13-14%) and result in either (a) a blow out in the budget deficit and total State debt of over $100 billion or (b) massive increases in taxes and charges on ordinary Queenslanders, and not just on the property developers and big corporations the Greens would like to target (see my 12 November post). And note my previous post was written before the Greens announced a child care plan that would cost at least an additional $1 billion annually. In its media release on its utopian child care plan, the Greens again identified property developers and big corporations as candidates for higher taxes:

Our ambitious plan would cost $5.4 billion over five years. We would make property developers and big corporations pay for 200,000 Queensland kids to get access to free, universal high-quality childcare and kindergarten.

I should note the Greens child care plan amounts to $5,400 per child annually, which seems like an under-estimate of what it would cost to offer free child care to each child, even it were only 3 days per week for 3 and 4 year olds, and 1 day per week for 2 year olds, as the policy states. Assuming annual out-of-pocket child care costs of around $15,000 for child care five days per week (see this Courier-Mail article...

08:16

Civil Celebrants Dont Want Right To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples QNEWS

The peak body representing civil marriage celebrants has said a majority of its members dont want new rights to discriminate, as politicians debate amending legislation to allow civil celebrants to refuse same-sex weddings. The Coalition of Celebrant Associations said that celebrants should abide by anti-discrimination laws and that the group does not approve of exemptions. ...

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Wednesday, 22 November

19:09

Bulimba's wildlife surviving in suburbia Wild BNE

Small-leaved lilly pilly, INSET: Australasian figbird (male), Bulimba.

A sunny afternoon spent in Bulimba last Thursday afternoon offered up some great encounters with a variety of reptiles, birds and insects.

Parking near the main shopping and dining precinct along Oxford Street, I explored the shady edges of the adjacent Memorial Park first, finding a gravid dark bar-sided skink (Concinnia martini) outside her hideaway in a fig tree hollow.

Little friarbird (Philemon citreogularis), Bulimba.
Elsewhere in the park, a straw-necked ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) performed free sportsfield maintenance for the community, using its long bill to reach at grubs eating the grass roots.

I then walked down Godwin Street en route to another park, noting a beautiful small-leaved lilly pilly (Syzigium luehmannii) fruiting beside the footpath.

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17:57

Renewables, coal and culture war "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In the final week of the Queensland election campaign, Ive been busy trying to do what I can to influence the result. Ive put out a couple of opinion pieces about the choice between coal and renewable energy. This one, in The Guardian, focuses on the central role of the culture war in motivating rightwing opposition to renewable energy. In The Conversation, I look at the economics and business aspects and debunk the idea that ultrasupercritical technology makes coal-fired power a high efficiency, low emissions technology

Also, in New Matilda, Im collaborating with Morgan Brigg and Kristen Lyons of the Global Change Institute to produce a five-part series on Adani and the resistance to the project by the Wangan and Jagalingou people.

15:34

Anti Adani coal plan protest in Brisbane, as Queenland election nears "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Anti-Adani protesters defy council, police in last-ditch action before election, SMH, Toby Crockford , 21 Nov 17 More than 200 anti-Adani activists have defied council and police by gathering in the heart of Brisbane for a last-ditch protest just days before the Queensland election.

Organisers hinted there could be mass arrests on Tuesday evening after Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Police Service refused to issue permits for the action, but despite a strong police presence, no arrests were made.

Cr Sri also asked protesters to take pictures from the rally and post them onto social media in order to generate discussion about the Adani proposal in the days before voters head to the polls.

No one wants the coal, the business models all wrong, he sang.

And if the trucks start to roll, you better bet were locking on.

There are thousands of us, our supporters number millions, were gonna mobilise, a whole army of civilians.

And if you dont like it you might as well resign, cos theres no way well ever let you build that mine, theres no way well ever let you build that mine.http://www.smh.com.au/queensland/anti-adani-protesters-defy-council-police-in-last-ditch-action-before-election-20171121-p4yx57.html


14:37

Some questions for Jackie Trad MP #qldvotes Westender West End 4101

As part of the Westenders election coverage, we have sent each candidate a list of questions regarding their policies, philosophy and voting intentions. Here is the response of Jackie Trad MP, sitting member and candidate for the ALP. What do you think makes you personally qualified to represent the residents of the South Brisbane electorate? []

The post Some questions for Jackie Trad MP #qldvotes appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.

13:46

Why Scientists Are Calling For A Total Ban On Glitter QNEWS

Some scientists have called for a total ban on glitter, calling it an environmental hazard. Most glitter is made from a type of plastic called PET, and the tiny fragments pose a threat to ocean life because the pieces look appetising and can subsequently end up inside humans after consuming seafood. I was quite concerned ...

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12:49

Simon Quinn, LNP Candidate #qldvotes Westender West End 4101

As we have not yet received a candidate profile from Simon Quinn, LNP Candidate, we publish below the material published on the LNP Queensland website. LOCAL FAMILY My family and I live in South Brisbane we love the local community and Ive lived on the southside of Brisbane for most of my life. Im []

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11:37

Queensland Couple Will Finally Be Able To Make Their Marriage Official QNEWS

Gemma Mann and her partner Debbie Gilson have been waiting five years for the day they could legally wed. The couple (pictured) live in Rockhampton and celebrated their wedding there in 2012. It was the vote that we didnt have to have. The politicians shouldve just done their job, Gemma said. But weve had it ...

The post Queensland Couple Will Finally Be Able To Make Their Marriage Official appeared first on QNEWS.

11:26

This Brisbane Couple Just Got A $20k Wedding Surprise QNEWS

A Brisbane couple are the lucky winners of a wedding package worth a huge $20,000, thanks to Brisbane jewellery business Xennox Diamonds. Sinead and Natalie (pictured) have been together for 15 years and are mums to 7-year-old twins. Last week they beat more than 200 couples to win the competition, which asked them to explain ...

The post This Brisbane Couple Just Got A $20k Wedding Surprise appeared first on QNEWS.

10:52

LGBTI Representation Vital On Turnbulls Religious Freedom Review QNEWS

Marriage equality advocates have called for LGBTI representation on the review of religious freedom in Australia announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. On Wednesday, Turnbull likely cleared the way for same-sex marriage legislation to be passed by Christmas with the separate review into whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom. The ...

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10:11

China will finance Adani mine, insiders say, but it will cost Australian jobs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Adani Group is close to securing finance for its controversial coal mine and railway project in outback Queensland, with an announcement expected in coming weeks that Chinese state-owned enterprises, banks, and export credit agencies are backing the venture.

Australian taxpayers may be let off the hook under the deal, which could mean Adani no longer requires an Australian Government-subsidised loan of up to $1 billion for the railway it needs to transport the coal to port.

But Chinas money will come at the cost of local jobs.

Chinese enterprises and export credit agencies invariably require that materials for key infrastructure are sourced from China, effectively shifting work out of Australia and undermining Adanis claims its project will create many thousands of additional jobs for Queensland.

Galilees devastating impact

Just days ago, a director of Adani Mining, an Australian subsidiary of the Adani Groups flagship company Adani Enterprises, told industry figures Adani had secured Chinese funding for the Carmichael mine in North Queensland and the Carmichael rail project.

He said Adani would not need the loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to fund the 388-kilometre railway, and claimed a formal announcement of financial close was imminent, the ABC has been told.

Details are sketchy, however the ABC revealed earlier this month that a Chinese state-owned enterprise, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), was in negotiations with Adani for contracts to build key mining plant and equipment in return for Chinas financial backing of the Carmichael mine.

CMEC is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, but is 78 per cent owned by the giant Chinese state-owned enterprise China National Machinery Industry Corporation Ltd, or Sinomach.

VIDEO 3:18

Who is the man behind the Adani Group?

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09:49

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Roasts Bob Katters Take On Same-Sex Marriage QNEWS

US talk show host Stephen Colbert has weighed in on North Queensland MP Bob Katters strange response to the same-sex marriage postal survey result. In a segment on The Late Show, Colbert congratulated Australia for the 61 per cent majority result. Colbert then played the viral clip of Katter, who offered up his take on ...

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09:18

Greg Hunt approves Adanis Carmichael coal mine, again: experts respond "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Greg Hunt approves Adanis Carmichael coal mine, again: experts respond

 

Image 20151015 30702 1cojvoy.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The Carmichael coal mine (not pictured) is set to be Australias largest.
Publishing/CSIRO, Adanis Carmichael coal mine yesterday received the green light from federal environment minister Greg Hunt for the second time.The mine, originally approved in July 2014, had its approval set aside following a failure to consider two endangered reptiles the ornamental snake and the yakka skink.In a media release Hunt said that the approval comes with 36 of the strictest environmental conditions imposed in Australia. Final approval is pending Adanis submission of a groundwater strategy to the federal environment department.

The approval also includes a rail link from the mine to the Queensland coast as a precautionary measure to provide investment certainty.

Below, our experts respond.


Samantha Hepburn, Professor, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

Federal Minister Greg Hunt has reapproved the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin, following the decision of the Federal Court in August to set it aside.

The...

07:24

In which the pond rents or leases a little Dame Slap for a little while and rues the cost ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


It seemed like another sign of the lizard Oz's sharp swerve to the hard left, what with Dame Slap lining up alongside the Bolter to deliver Malware's Liberals a round of hard slaps to the chops ...

What's left for comrade Bill to do, whither the pond as it subsides into complete irrelevance?

Of course these Libs have missed the point - let us not discuss the NBN yet again - but now the pond must be little missy echo to stern Dame Slap?

Naturally there's a little more than meets the eye, and a wondrous example of Dame Slap hypocrisy, but for that the pond needs the whole dose of Dame Slap fury ...



Truly wondrous to read, this talk of illiberal forms of nanny-statism, apparently the behaviour of paternalistic, far-left greenies ...


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07:19

The Queensland Government Is The Real Driver In Adanis Dirty Land Grab "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A key issue in the upcoming Queensland election issue is the Adani coal mine, a massive project slated for development in the Carmichael basin north west of Brisbane. To ensure it happens, the Queensland Government is threatening to compulsory acquire land from the local Traditional Owners. In the second in a five part series, Kristen Lyons explains.

When Adani purchased the coal tenement for its proposed Carmichael mine in 2010, then Premier Anna Bligh declared the proposed mine and related infrastructure project could generate more than 11,000 jobs and lucrative economic returns for Queenslanders.

The rhetoric about the Adani Carmichael mine, coming in turn from the Newman, and later Palaszczuk Governments, however, has always been about more than simply more jobs and more growth.

The Galilee Basin has been lauded as Queenslands last coal frontier. The region has been described as the most prospective area outside that currently being mined and on this basis has seen successive Queensland Governments establish policy settings and financial breaks, as well as expedite approval processes and champion pro-mining rhetoric, to drive a state-led enclosure of Aboriginal and pastoral lands to open up the Galilee Basin for coal mining.

And for Adani, this constitutes a land grab of Wangan and Jagalingou Country. While Wangan and Jagalingou people are pulled in multiple directions by competing interests, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) have asserted sustained opposition to Adanis proposed mine.

Despite their resistance, and a tireless campaign built around a defense of the right to say no, the Queensland Government has failed to even acknowledge W&Js opposition to the mine, a position simply incongruent with their coal extraction agenda for the region.

Instead, the Queensland Government has walked over Indigenous rights in its efforts to secure W&J country, and to open up the Galilee Basin for the final frontier in a long history of often violent extractivism.

Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)Former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. (IMAGE: David Jackmanson, Flickr)

Our research exposes some of the direct and covert manoeuvres of the Queensland Government in sidelining the rights of Traditional Owners to make way for Adanis mines. And given the current elevation of the A...

Tuesday, 21 November

20:24

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Randall, who retired just last year from his position as referee in the Small Claims Tribunal after years on the bench, continues to maintain his innocence.

He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court last week to 18 charges including maintaining a relationship with a child, indecent treatment and sexual assault.

His lawyers cross-examined the victim in the witness box about the allegations, accusing him of fabricating lies about being abused hundreds of times so he could later sue Randall.

However, the jury dismissed this and returned guilty verdicts.

Randall was on Tuesday sentenced to nine years jail, and will be eligible for parole after serving half of that time.

Judge Catherine Muir described Randalls behaviour as shocking and reprehensible.

Extract ABC Australia article on this matter

 

Queensland magistrate William Randall will get a very hard time in jail and will have to be in protective custody. Even in protective custody, he wont be safe. Every time he steps out of his cell, hell be a target.

4.5 to 9 years is a very long time to spend in jail under those circumstances.

William Randall is fortunate not to live in California, where hed be jailed for life, Indonesia, where hed be chemically castrated or worse, or ISIS areas of Syria, where hed be thrown off a building.

The Courier Mail

Retired Brisbane magistrate William John Randall found guilty of child-sex charges

William John Randall, 69, was in Brisbane District Court this afternoon, where Judge Catherine Muir told him his abuse of the child was cunning and calculating and an outrageous breach of trust.

Judge Muir se...

19:30

Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donors "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Undermining democracy in Qld: Broken promises and political favours for donorsThe Queensland Premier went back on her promise to hold an inquiry into political favours for donation was this, like the Adani veto, something to do with her partner, Shaun Drabsch? read now...

15:52

Smog of the Sea Film Screening and Discussion on November the 26th at 10am Northey Street City Farm

Our organization is teaming up with the Jack Johnson 2017 Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. Visit us at the show! We will be at Jack Johnsons concert in Brisbane on the 3rd of December, 5pm at []

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