|IndyWatch SEQ News Feed Archiver|
IndyWatch SEQ News Feed was generated at Brisbane QLD IndyWatch.
While competitive sport isnt of interest to me sometimes the politics surrounding the events is interesting. And strong statements are made. Recently American football players have been kneeling during the nation anthem. Adam Goodes in Australia performed a war dance during a game a few years ago.
On Tuesday October 16 a human rights summit in Melbourne will be held in the name of a man whos involvement in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics Black Power Salute protest.
His name is Peter Norman, the tribute below written by musician and family friend Les Thomas.
How many of my friends know the full story behind this statue?
I imagine many would know its a tribute to the famous Black Power Salute at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, easily one of the most iconic moments in sports history.
Tommie Smith stands at first place on the podium, and John Carlos stands on third. Who was on second? A lot fewer know the answer to that in the United States, but a growing number of people are now aware of the name of Australian silver medallist Peter Norman thanks to Matt Normans excellent documentary Salute that came out ten years ago, as well as more recent efforts to have Normans human rights, anti-racist and sporting contribution recognised in a statue of his own in his home town of Melbourne.
The reason why hes absent from the statue in San Jose, California, as I understand is that he wanted the spot kept clear so that others who wanted to stand in solidarity could do so. Thats how his self-described brother from another mother tells it beautifully in this speech that I encourage everyone to watch for a full sense of what happened
More than a dozen LGBT survivors of harmful gay conversion therapy have shared their experiences in a new report that claims the dangerous practice remains a real problem in Australias religious communities. Gay conversion therapy describes the discredited practice of trying to change sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual means. The Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice: Responding to ...
The post New Report Exposes The Extent Of Harm Done By Gay Conversion Therapy In Australia appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Federal Labor has announced it wants planned changes to Australian discrimination laws to go further to prevent religious schools from sacking teachers and staff on the basis of their sexuality, as well as students. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the federal government would move to scrap a rarely-used federal exemption allowing religious ...
The post Labor Calls For Anti-Discrimination Protections For Gay Teachers At Religious Schools appeared first on QNews Magazine.
Via NY Post: An Aussie mom took a beating from a monster hailstorm during a desperate attempt to shield her infant daughter and she said shed do it again in a heartbeat. Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving home with her 4-month-old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother during the supercell thunderstorm that battered Queenslands South Burnett 
A powerful coalition of survivor rights groups have joined forces to demand the Prime Minister change legislation to allow the stripping of government pensions from disgraced former officials, amid revelations former Governor-General Peter Hollingworth continues to collect a taxpayer-funded benefit worth well over half a million dollars a year.
Dr Hollingworth resigned from the Governor-Generals office in 2003 after it emerged he failed to take action against known paedophiles within the Anglican Church during his time as the Archbishop of Brisbane in the early 1990s. He was also adversely named in the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, after being found to have mislead an earlier inquiry about paedophile priest, John Elliot.
Dr Hollingworth served less than two years as the head of state, but a decade-and-a-half on continues to be paid a substantial annual benefit. In 2016 alone, he was the beneficiary of $640,000, documents released through Freedom of Information reveal. $357,732 is paid as a salary, the remainder he receives to run a staff office, plus travel entitlements.
Under the current laws, a former Governor-General could be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and still receive his or her pension.
The call also comes as the Morrison Government prepares to deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse later this month, a key recommendation from the recent Royal Commission.Scott Morrison is sworn in as the 30th Australian Prime Minister.
In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison published today, Bravehearts, the Blue Knot Foundation, Care Leavers Australasia Network, End Rape On Campus Australia*, Beyond Abuse and the Queensland Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Reform Council demand that he reform legislation so that a pension can be stripped if information comes to light which suggests it is not in the public interest.
We, the undersigned, ask the Prime Minister to immediately commit to introducing legislation to amend the Governor-General Act 1974 to include a Code of Conduct, and link ongoing payments to a Good Character/Good Conduct test plus a provision to cease payment of public money to a former Governor-General where that payment is deemed to no longer be in the p...
A woman is seriously injured after trying to protect her husband from a six-foot kangaroo in Australia. Linda Smith, 64, suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs, cuts and other internal injuries after the male kangaroo attacked her husband Jim on Saturday evening. The couple have been feeding kangaroos and wallabies from their home in Millmerran, about 125 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, to help them survive the region's drought. Mrs Smith grabbed a broom to fight the six-foot kangaroo off her husband - who suffered cuts and bruises - but the animal knocked the broom out of her hand and turned on her. She said: "Jim was on the ground and the kangaroo just kept at him.
Are you confused about Antifa? Maybe you are always thinking about how to it explain it to those who have no clue? Or youre trying to perfect your response to people who just dont get it and keep asking stupid questions?
Read the explanation below, it will help you out. Written by a friend.
I see an awful lot of talk against the whole idea of Antifa as a group, to which I chuckle to myself and quietly reply You deluded Muppets.
Kids, Antifa is not a group.
Its an ideology a practical, ethical political theory.
It literally stands for anti-fascism. It means that you oppose fascism in all its forms, by ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
That opposition takes many forms including, and leading up to, violence, like punching Nazis.
It can also take other forms emailing a conference centre or hotel and telling them that white supremacists are going to use their venue as a meeting place, identifying marchers at a white supremacist rally and emailing their employers to get them fired, turning up at a rally and staging a non-violent counter-demonstration, tearing down their posters, cleaning up their graffiti, DDOSing their websites, asking shops not to display their books or materials, etc.
If you have some modicum of social power, there are other things you can do defending working-class communities from evictions and police violence, setting up shelters when government cuts force official ones to close . . . as well as helping people, this also restricts fascists ability to draw on community frustrations for recruiting.
You know it is summer in Queensland when -----
First the gentle and non-threatening evidence! You draw the drapes and turn on the lights and there is an immediate pattering of insects on the window all sounding as if they are splattering their tiny bodies to approach your light. Modern buildings are all fully screened but the screen door into my family room must not be perfectly fitting any more. I have been finding quite large beetles caught between the screen and the inner glass door. I have simply opened the outer screen and brushed the beetle out on to the path. First the magpie found these additions to its breakfast but then blue-faced honeyeaters, 'leatherheads' and 'peewees' came along and some of them even stood outside the door and scolded me when they did not find a beetle to eat.
Temperatures have been variable with the BOM ( bureau of meteorology) predicting storms nearly every day, But it did not happen until last Thursday, There was an article up on their web site explaining why summer storms were so hard to predict too early. There was plenty of time for the warnings but no-one predicted how bad this one would be. This photo was taken out my back door - I cracked it open a few inches and closed it again ASAP. That hail was bouncing off the ground. I now see that lots of palm leaves were shredded - especially the leaves which are normally fan shaped.
Brisbane Open House Day 2018
Today, I wanted to stand near the point where the proclamation of the colony of Queensland was made. I felt that the folks at St Johns Cathedral were throwing their doors open, and inviting us to see the Deanery (a.k.a. Adelaide House) where the proclamation was made
I wanted to stand on the balcony of that hilltop mansion
I wanted to look towards the river, and get a sense of the land below the balcony, sloping down to the riverside.
I wanted to sense people, crowds, boats.
I wanted to get a sense of where I have come from and where we, who live in this place called Queensland, have come from.
I know that the view to the river is obstructed by towers of reflective glass.
I know that the slope has been cut away for Ann Street and Queen Street.
And even though they promoted the Deanery, they didnt promise it would be open.
But I was surprised by what I found there barbed wire, a balcony in a state of collapse, locks.
Australians will get to vote to choose our entry in the next Eurovision Song Contest at a special event held on the Gold Coast in February, SBS has announced. SBS and production partner Blink TV will host the national contest Eurovision Australia Decides to select the artist and the song well be sending to ...
The post Gold Coast To Host Eurovision 2019 Selection Event In Australian Shake-Up appeared first on QNews Magazine.
(adj) Willing to do something new or challenging. (Oxford Dictionary)
(v) To expel some one from a property, especially with the support of the law. (Oxford Dictionary)
(adj) A willingness to expel some one from a property. (pocitsoq)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are coming to Australia.
Their visit brings to life a word that is commonly used in our language, because it is on hundreds of street signs around the country. The word is Sussex
The name Sussex appears on the country of at least 25 different First Nations of the Australian Continent. The names which the above map reveals when you hover are largely drawn from the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia. They represent the Country where the name Sussex has been used as a place name. (Comments, corrections and assertions about the words I have chosen for this map are welcome)
If you zoom in to...
Gold Coast police again. They are deep-dyed thugs. No part of this is appropriate police behaviour
A former federal security and police officer is suing Queensland Police for $750,000 claiming he was put in a deadly chokehold in a wrongful arrest.
Paul Gibbons alleges officers were excessively violent, abused him and threatened him on his honeymoon at a hotel in the Gold Coast.
He claimed he was confronted by police because they were allegedly annoyed at him taking 10 seconds to open the locked door to the hotel lobby.
One reportedly told him they could shoot him and receive a medal according to papers lodged to Brisbane District Court show, the ABC reports.
Mr Gibbons, who previously served in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), has taken the State of Queensland to court.
He is claiming damages for assault, battery, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.
Footage from a security camera inside the hotel lobby shows the moment he is wrestled to the ground after police surrounded him when he started filming them on his phone, Mr Gibbons alleges.
The ABC reports Mr Gibbons claims the officers threatened to arrest him for obstructing police, who were at the hotel for another matter.
The former ASIO agent, who also served in the Australian Federal Police, says when he questioned why they required entry, a police officer pointed to his gun saying the weapon was his authority.
The court heard the officer allegedly said: 'When we tell you to do something, you don't ask questions. You f***ing do it. 'Hell, we can put a bullet in your f***in' head and get a medal.'
One of the officers said the recording on Mr Gibbons phone would be 'easily remedied' flashing a torch directly into the camera.
The CCTV footage shows Mr Gibbons handcuffed on the floor while an officer scrolls through the device.
Mr Gibbons said he felt as though his throat would be crushed by one of the officers when they squeezed him during the incident in 2016.
The same officer is alleged to have later said: 'I'm going to kill you c***. When we get you out to the truck, I'm going to smash your f***ing face in c***.'
Part of the claim also includes $50,000 for potentially missing out on selling the footage from his phone to the media after it was deleted.
The state government, who is representing police in the case, has not replied to the lawsuit. A spokesman for the Queensland Police Service said the force could not comment while the matter was being dealt with in court.
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.
[ Rethink Robotics ]
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
Friday, May 18th
Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday, May 25th...
The Commonwealth Games is about to start on the Gold Coast and it will be the first time the Commonwealth Games have been held in Queensland since 1982.
Queensland at that time was under the rule of the corrupt Bjelke-Petersen LNP Government. Civil liberties were trampled; indigenous Australians outcast in their own land. Queensland was seen by many around the world as not too dissimilar to Apartheid South Africa, or the deep south of America. Opposition to the government and their reactionary legislation was growing not just onthe domestic front, but abroad, twelve months out from the Games, a boycott was being rumoured by African, Caribbean and Asian countries, due to a South African rugby tour of New Zealand. With the Moscow 1980 Olympics Games had been affected by boycotts, the threat for Brisbane was real.
A crisis meeting in May 1982 in London, resolved that there would be no boycott. With this threat petering out, the LNP government set about tackling domestic opposition.
A Commonwealth Games security bill was introduced in the 12 months lead up to the Games. It allowed police to detain people for 48 hours without charge, a ban on any protest during the games, increased fines, gave the police power of entry without a warrant. All this come on top of an increase of $10 million in the police budget. In a nutshell, basic civil liberties in Queensland were suspended during the Commonwealth Games.
Yet opposition was strong. Indigenous Australians, trade unions, progressive minded people were prepared to defy this draconian legislation. Across the Tasman many Maoris expressed their support for those opposing these laws. Ai number of African governments whose nations were participating in the Games spoke out about their concerns, looking at pulling out of the games.
Back in Australia ticket sales were down, .as opposition to the reactionary regime grew stronger. However, the Games went ahead. Demonstrations without permits were held in Brisbane. The police brutally sought to stop them. While the British royal family watched the launch of their games, protestors stood strong against the brutality confronting them.
The eyes of the world watched the behaviour condemned the racism and brutality showed by the police.
The Bjelke-Petersen government and was subsequently condemned to the dust bin of history.
Indigenous Australians in Queensland have made some progress; civil liberties have improved, with the overt corruption fading away.
Another Commonwealth Games is being conducted in Queensland. How will history judge these ones?
CANBERRA, AAP Barnaby Joyce says it would have been remarkable if he hadnt joined a backbench push to see coal part of any national energy guarantee.
Malcolm Turnbull is staring down the latest pro-coal campaign from some coalition MPs as the self-described Monash Forum promises to keep up the fight.
The informal group of backbenchers released a letter on Tuesday calling for taxpayers to fund a new $4 billion coal-fired power station.
The former deputy prime minister, Mr Joyce confirmed he is a member of the forum, arguing he wanted to make absolutely certain that Mr Turnbulls national energy guarantee delivers coal-fired power stations.
I was aware of it and I signed it; it would have been remarkable if I hadnt, he told The Australian on Wednesday.
HELE (high-efficiency, low-emissions) coal-fired power plants are not the Dickensian dark satanic mills of many a year ago.
The prime minister on Tuesday played down the groups push, saying his policy put a premium on immediately usable power which could be delivered by coal, gas, pumped hydro or other technologies.
I can only say to you that our national energy guarantee has been endorsed by the whole coalition party room, he told reporters in Brisbane.
Its got strong support from industry and state jurisdictions its vitally important that it be adopted, because what we need is a technology-agnostic energy policy that encourages investment.
Subsidies for renewable energy are due to end in 2020, but backbench Senator Eric Abetz wants taxpayers to subsidise new coal plants instead.
Were talking about investing taxpayers dollars of about $4 billion so government is involved in this space, Senator Abetz told 2GB.
The market is distorted because of policy positions, especially by state Labor governments.
I am a free marketeer, everybody knows that but every now and again you need to have a look at what is the potential for the government to assist in a space where the market has failed....
|IndyWatch SEQ News Feed Archiver|
IndyWatch SEQ News Feed was generated at Brisbane QLD IndyWatch.
Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog