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Usually when I wake up feeling cold it just means I have kicked
off too many blankets while sleeping. This morning it was
still very cold in the family room and when I opened the drapes
this is what I saw.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has vowed to remove anti-transgender stickers which have been plastered throughout the city. Dozens of the pink stickers with the words Women dont have penises have been placed on Anthony Gormleys famous cast iron sculptures. The group behind the stunt, Liverpool ReSisters, is unhappy about the right of transgender people ...
The post Liverpool Plastered With Women Dont Have Penises Stickers appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Health experts in New South Wales have warned of an outbreak of a multi-drug-resistant strain of Shigella among gay men around the state. Shigella is a bacteria that causes a bowel infection which can result in vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, fever and nausea. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said infection takes place when tiny particles of ...
The post Gay Men Urged To Take Care After Antibiotic Resistant Shigella Outbreak appeared first on QNews Magazine.
01 Scrap The Paris Mandate
Utilising Behavioural Economics not mandates to achieve Paris Targets.
It is proposed that the National Energy Guarantee would ensure 18% of energy emissions be sourced from renewable sources and that techniques learned from behavioural economics be used to ensure voluntary compliance to bridge the gap to 28%.
This is a significantly superior model to that currently proposed of leaving emissions reduction quotas to the discretion of future Energy or Environment ministers, a model which puts electricity consumers at risk and causes great investment uncertainty. Households and businesses who have a commitment to renewable energy would be able contribute additional funds to ensure Australia matches or exceeds its commitment under the Paris Accord, thereby offsetting their carbon emissions and even leaving a negative carbon footprint. This is more economically efficient and also matches liberal values of individual choice and personal responsibility.
A model based on the most cutting edge behavioural economics research will facilitate compliance.
02 Provide Certainty For Gas & Coal Investment
Ensuring investment certainty through codifying regulatory compensation.
A key factor in increased prices is the barrier to investment due to regulatory uncertainty. As a result, investments in certain types of power generation is not made, and prices of existing generators are significantly inflated due to a perceived shorter lifespan. Codifying a system of regulatory compensation will guarantee companies significant payouts for losses if the regulatory environment is changed. This will provide certainty and will drive down costs in a manner that remains true to free market principles.
03 Abolish All Green Subsidies
Treat all sources of energy generation equally by 2020.
Levelling the playing field by bringing forward the elimination of market-distorting subsidies and green energy programs to 2020 will save considerable taxpayer funds which may be invested elsewhere, while simultaneously stabilising investment opportunities driving down costs to consumers. While the federal government plans to abolish the Renewable Energy Target and phase out subsidies by 2020, states and territories including Queensland maintain their own Renewable Energy Targets.
These do not just hurt consumers within those jurisdictions, but hurt consumers in other states and territories who share the collective National Energy Market grid and have no say in the matter. Where these policies are proven to negatively impact electricity p...
A Kuku Midigi man of the eastern Cape York Rainforest, Arones first art training was of a traditional nature, learnt from his grandfather and other elders. The First Nations peoples of the Cape York rainforest lived in the most densely populated area of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Their numbers were decimated in ...
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A cast of talented Queensland performers will don countless sequins for the Ipswich Musical Theatre Companys upcoming production of Baz Luhrmann musical Strictly Ballroom. From September 14, audiences will be able to experience the magic of the 1992 romantic drama film on the stage, following the story of Scott Hastings, a maverick ballroom dancer who teams ...
The post Baz Luhrmanns Dance Classic Strictly Ballroom Coming To Ipswich Stage appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland are seeking formerly incarcerated transgender, gender diverse and non-binary people willing to discuss their time in Queensland prisons. The researchers say the project is aiming to identify transgender- and gender diverse-specific needs that are not currently being met and ways to improve access to quality health services and ...
The post Participants Wanted For Research Into Trans Experiences In Queensland Prisons appeared first on QNews Magazine.
With the federal election guide now complete, I decided to check in on which seats have been attracting the most comments. Comment sections are now open for all 159 federal contests, and some of these pages have been quite active.
These are the seats with the most comments. Theres some obvious marginal seats but also a few surprises....
PoliticsNow: Malcolm Turnbull has declared the leadership of the Liberal Party vacant in this mornings partyroom meeting.
Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has marched in his hometown of Montreals pride parade alongside Canadian Prime Minister and Justin Trudeau. Foodie Antoni took to social media to share photos of himself and fellow Internet heartthrob Trudeau waving rainbow flags in the streets during the parade on Sunday. Thank you Montreal for opening your streets ...
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How the Cull of grazing animals to meet turnbulls Paris treaty will work.
In Australia, stocking rates depend upon the access to water, the original settlers drove their herds from water source to water source, and the expansion of grazing enterprises always depended upon innovation and infrastructure making water supplies more plentiful and reliable, even in desperate times.
Only under our New Class has Australia turned its back on abundant and cheap water supplies, and began the long march returning to the dry and dusty rewilding of the interior, just like our back has been turned on cheap and reliable electricity as we walk away from industry.
Central planning control of the rivers of the Murray Darling Basin now sits in Canberra, and Turnbull has borrowed billions to buy central planning control of the water of the Snowy River for Canberra as well. Plus the treaties to save the Great Barrier Reef, which open the way for central planning control of the waters that flow from Queensland farmland to interact with the Reef.
The State will not send squads to shoot the sheep and cattle, when the time comes, they will simply squeeze the supply of water off, and market forces will respond with a slow and remorseless destocking.
Control the water supply and you control the number of stock that can be depastured.
Australias livestock drinking and fodder growing water is now centrally controlled by a New Class that has the political will to use this control as a tool to enforce their transnational treaties.
The rainfall deficiency created droughts can be managed, but the lefts treaty and paperwork created droughts will be inescapeable and eternal.
More than $20,000 has been raised through a crowdfunding campaign to support a 12-year-old transgender girl threatened with violence by parents at her small school in Oklahoma. A group of adults took to a private Facebook group for parents at Achille Independent School District to unleash vicious threats and hateful comments at 12-year-old Maddie complaining ...
The post Wave Of Support For Transgender 12-Year-Old Threatened With Violence At School appeared first on QNews Magazine.
The vast majority of LGBTIQ Australians are not comfortable coming out to their work colleagues. The Out at Work: from Prejudice to Pride report released last week suggests 25 per cent of employees were out to some people and almost 40 per cent were out to most people at work. The joint Royal Melbourne Institute ...
The post Coming Out A Work In Progress For LGBTIQ Employees appeared first on QNews Magazine.
As with any marginalised people, the dominating conversation on queer identity and rights is often the challenges faced from systemic oppression. While we must continue to identify and fight discrimination, there seems a generation of queer people without knowledge of the struggles of those whose existence has made our many liberties possible. These arent histories ...
The post REVIEW: Give Yourself A Queer History Lesson With Podcast Queer As Fact appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Sometimes I really need to escape, just for a night to get away from the everyday and enjoy the finer things in life, but it can be a tricky finding somewhere not too far from home while feeling like youve had a relaxing escape. Ten years ago, a night away at the casino might ...
The post REVIEW: Enjoy The A-List Treatment At The Star Gold Coast appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Local councillors have launched a rainbow road to celebrate diversity and inclusion in St Kilda, close to the site of Victorias Pride Centre. Port Phillip Council Mayor Bernadene Voss said the rainbow landmark ran for 35 metres along Jackson Street to the Fitzroy Street intersection and was a fitting curtain-raiser to the Pride Centre around ...
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For those who havent already noticed, I wanted to let you know that the guide to the next federal election is now finished and up on the website in total.
The guide includes profiles of all 151 House of Representatives races, and all eight Senate contests.
You can use these links to see a full list of lower house links:
Or you can use this map to navigate to any seat of interest. Click on the seat and a pop-up box will appear, including a link to the guide.
And here are links to the eight Senate contests:
Please let me know if there are any errors by commenting on the relevant post or by filling out the contact form on the front page of the guide. I will make some small changes as the election gets closer, and will occasionally do updates of candidate lists.
Meanwhile I am now posting one seat per day for the Victorian state election.
A major grant received by the Telethon Kids Institute will be used to fund research into the social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). The $716,000 grant for the Institute was announced in the latest ...
The post Major Grant To Fund Research Into Indigenous LGBTIQ Mental Health appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Progressives need to mobilise to combat the rise of the far-right in Australia, writes Ben Eltham. The time for complacency is over.
Australia is a nation-state founded on white nationalism. The white supremacist roots of Australia are undeniable. In 1901, Australias brand new parliament passed the notorious Immigration Restriction Act in its first sitting, inaugurating the legal basis for the White Australia policy.
The White Australia policy was formally abolished in 1973, and the Whitlam government went further by enshrining racial equality in law with the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The Fraser government also notably freed up migration settings, showing genuine leadership in settling south-east Asisan migrants in the late 1970s. For many, this was the beginning of a more pluralistic and liberal nation, embracing a multi-hued democracy of genuine tolerance and diversity.
Both major parties have since celebrated their role in the creation of a modern multicultural Australia. At least, so the story goes.
But the progressive view of Australian politics cant paper over the fact that racism remains a potent force in our democracy. Despite genuine progress and reform in the 1970s and 80s under Whitlam, Fraser and Hawke, a residual strain of white nativist politics has always lingered, never quite extinguished.
Looking at Australian politics this past few weeks, the question needs to be asked: how far have we come?
Not very, if last weeks first speech by Katter Australia Senator, Fraser Anning is anything to go by. Annings speech made worldwide news because of his calculated use of the phrase final solution to describe his plan for a plebiscite on Australian immigration policy.
Both Labor and Liberal rushed to condemn Anning, and his views received widespread approbation in the media. But few have bothered to listen through to Annings speech, or read it in full. Thats a shame, because a close reading provides us with many clues to the development of right-wing thinking in this country.
In many ways Annings inaugural speech is quite a traditional address.....
by Gil Hanrahan
The concerted campaign by the ABC against Senator Fraser Anning and federal MP Bob Katter over Muslim immigration has left the public broadcaster with egg all over its collective face.
According to an ABC poll held on August 15, in an attempt by the left wing of the ABC to further subvert Katter and Anning, 75 per cent of 38,400 respondents said Anning should not apologise for his speech.
Significantly the poll was taken in the south east corner of Queensland, taking in Brisbane.
All the usual detractors from the Liberal, Labor and Greens have been left floundering in the wake of Annings dialogue which the majority of Australians were waiting for a politician to air.
Another similar poll, according to KAP staffers, shows 98 per cent support for Annings speech.
Cairns Liberal politician Warren Entsch, known locally as the father of the gay marriage debacle, was critical of Katter exposing the flaws in the Liberal immigration policy.
Entsch described Katte...
From Senator Fraser Anning today: ABC News and ABC Brisbane did recent polls with 65,000 and 38,400 people voting respectively. The overwhelming majority of people (60% and 75%) agreed that I have nothing to apologise for in my recent speech which called for an immigration plebiscite. I think the Canberra...
I have previously posted on the high cost of free parking, the problem identified by UCLA economics professor Donald Shoup that arises when councils do not properly price access to on-street parking (see Another example of the high cost of free parking in Toowong). Now the Brisbane City Council (BCC) is proposing to cover the parts of West End and Highgate Hill in the vicinity of the City Cat ferry terminal with a residential parking permit zone, which will allow local residents to park on local streets almost for free and restrict the parking options of non-local residents, as reported by the Brisbane Times yesterday:
This is really bad policy. The most efficient (and arguably equitable) solution is for the car parks to be allocated to those people with the highest willingness to pay, which will include many commuters catching the City Cat. This also means the council can raise more revenue, if it properly meters on-street parking in the area. If it finds that, at the metered charge it sets, demand is high relative to the supply of car parks, it should raise the charge. In this way, the community will get a good idea of the true willingness to pay for car parking in the area, and BCC or private investors might well realise it would be optimal to build a multi-storey car park for the City Cat terminal, for example. I should add that having commuters drive to West End to catch the City Cat is preferable to those same commuters instead driving to the CBD or University of Queensland, both big attractors of traffic and major locations of congestion.
Local residents should not be exempt from on-street parking charges, as they typically are under residential parking permit schemes. Contrary to what appears to be popular belief, property boundaries dont extend on to local streets. But, by granting a residential parking permit at a very low annual fee of $10 per vehicle (see the BCC website), BCC confers a valuable additional property right to local property owners. Given the inner city precincts that residential parking permit schemes cover, local residents are typically reasonably well off and dont need an extra benefit handed to them by the council. (Incidentally, this is why I dont think residential parking permit schemes are equitable.) If local residents are conferred such a valuable benefit by council, they should pay for it, through a much higher residential parking permit fee,...
The construction industry is very important to the Queensland economy, and it employs nearly 10 percent of all workers (see Queensland Treasurys Employment by Industry brief). One part of the broader industry, residential construction, has grown strongly in recent years, owing in part to the huge amount of apartment construction activity in Brisbane. But activity in residential construction has always been expected to fall back as projects were completed, and indeed it has been doing so. Private dwelling construction in Queensland in December quarter 2017 was 5.8% lower than in December quarter 2016. In contrast, non-residential construction activity is recovering nicely from its post-mining-investment-boom slump, with private non-residential construction increasing 11.6% over the same period. Growth in non-residential construction has therefore offset the adverse impact of the recent slowdown in dwelling construction on the state economy.
But what does the future hold? To gain some insight, we can examine building approvals data, the latest batch of which (updated with February data) were released last Wednesday by the ABS. Broadly speaking, as discussed below, the outlook is positive, based on recent approvals data and expected public sector capital works (e.g. Cross River Rail) and resources sector developments, possibly including the Adani mega mine (see this recent AFR article), although many observers remain doubtful it will ever proceed.
Non-residential building approvals have been at higher levels over the last couple of years after recovering from the trough in 2014-15 (chart below). This gives us reason to be confident about non-residential construction activity, although Queensland has not experienced the massive surge in non-residential approvals seen in NSW and Victoria.
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Robotstart via YouTube
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.
Only try this at home on April 1.
You might remember the Flowbee hair cutting vacuum device from commercials back in the late 1980s. Weve come up with a new concept to disrupt the hair styling market once again, this time through collaborative robots. With Snips by Sawyer barbershops will never be the same.
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Since April 1 wa...
On Wednesday 4 April, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of
the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra was spotted resting quietly on the
Rockhampton Airport apron.
Brisbanes Fortitude Valley is now home to a brand new outdoor live music venue, The Valley Drive In. The venue has taken the place of the beloved Brightside carpark, which has housed gigs from the likes of Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays and WAAX, as well acted as a home for festivals like BIGSOUND and The Blurst Of Times.
As reported by The Music, Brissy-based music fans will already be much acquainted with the space, with venue booker Cael Johnston saying that the demand for gigs in the asphalt area became so large he had no choice but to expand.
Weve found that so many artists and promoters are looking to put on a show that simply cannot be experienced inside a traditional live space and we feel that this venue will give punters an evening that they will never forget, Johnston says.
The Valley Drive In is officially a fully licenced venue and is set to be fixed with its own permanent staging and production get ready to suss plenty of gigs and festivals there throughout 2018.
Sydneys Middle Kids are getting geared up to release their debut album, Lost Friends, at the start of May, and now theyve just teased us even more with the release of their newest single, On My Knees.
Middle Kids have had a pretty stellar couple of years, releasing the gorgeous Edge Of Town in 2016 ahead of the release of their eponymous EP. Now, as their debut album creeps ever-closer, Middle Kids have already released tracks like Mistake, but theyve now upped the ante again with On My Knees.
Getting its debut airing on triple j on Wednesday morning, On My Knees has been kept in the vault for quite some time now, with the band having played the tune during their Austin City Limits performance in the US last year.
In a time where a lot of division is growing, we want to be part of the conversation that unites people around certain ideals that are universal, like hope and love, frontwoman Hannah Joy said to triple j of the new album.
Thats so much a thread throughout this album: Even though things are tough, its worth believing in something good and in the idea that we can heal. And in some ways, I wanted the music to be beautiful and a respite from whats going on.
The new, heartfelt number is another moment of brilliance for Middle Kids, so if you start drafting up your Hottest 100 votes now, you might help the group finally crack the full 100 this year.
Middle Kids Lost Friends is slated for release of May 4th. While we wait for this instant classic to drop, check out their new single below.
Wednesday, May 9th
Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Thursday, May 10th
Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Friday, May 11th
Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
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Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
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