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Saturday, 16 September

22:49

Gay plebiscite could be derailed with bogus votes cairnsnews.org

from The Age

A last-minute surge has seen a record number of Australians enrolled to vote ahead of the upcoming postal survey on same-sex marriage.

The Australian Electoral Commission on Friday released figures it described as extraordinary that show 90,000 new voters mostly the young had joined the roll since the survey was announced on August 8.

The development delighted same-sex marriage advocates but alarmed nervous Coalition MPs, who believe the enlarged youth vote will come back to bite them at the next election.

A further 675,000 people had updated their electoral details, and 165,000 transactions were yet to be processed as of Thursday night, the AEC said.

In total, almost 1 million Australians had either enrolled for the first time or updated their details.

Once all transactions are processed, the number of new voters should easily exceed 100,000.

Electoral Commissioner Tim Rogers said he expected the total proportion of Australians on the roll, which was 95.3 per cent on July 31, to reach a record high once processing was completed.

The maintenance of the roll is a significant achievement given the trend throughout recent electoral cycles for enrolment rates to dip mid-cycle, he said.

The result is notable because it has only been 14 months since the last general election.

By comparison, 132,000 new voters enrolled in the lead-up to the July 2016 poll.

Of the 800,000 people who were not on the roll on June 30, almost two thirds were aged under 40.

PLEBISCITE RESULT VULNERABLE TO COUNTERFEIT VOTES 

Results of the Same Sex Marriage plebiscite may be entirely unreliable due to the counterfeiting of postal votes, says Australian electoral reform group, Vote Australia Inc.

Vote Australia says risk to the result of the plebiscite stems from legislation that hasnt been fixed.

Its a fact that any person in any electorate can vote multiple times and those votes can influence voting results.  The existing legislation makes enrolling to vote with multiple identities far too easy, says Vote Australia president, Lex Stewart.

The concerns about the plebiscite are part of a campaign by Vote Australia to involve all Australians, political parties and community groups in demanding urgent reforms to electoral laws before public mistrust in election results deepens further.

The new campaign website, freeandfair.org.au, identifies four specific weaknesses with Australian electoral procedures that could taint outcomes of the plebiscite:
Counterfeit votes
Faulty voter rolls
Faulty procedures
Protected Bureaucracy
This plebiscite is an opportunity for our nations leaders to focus on fixing the problems with our electoral system so that voting outcomes are free and fair for all Australians....

17:41

TSVs Most Famous Son Townsville: Why not call it Cityvillage?

Why did nobody tell me Julian Assange is from Townsville? Fuck Robert Towns, I think there should be a petition to call TSV St.Julians

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17:39

MACKAY Stalker released from prison on parole after hounding ex Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 16, 2017 at 03:26PM ,

Stalker released from prison on parole after hounding ex

September 16, 2017 at 03:26PM ,

Mitchell faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday after spending 144 days behind bars, pleading guilty to crimes which occurred in the midst of a

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13:08

Saying goodbye to coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

If we continue to have warm summers like we had in 16 and this year, the next one could wipe out the remaining coral. Now, I dont want to sound doomsday, but thats where were at right now. Its still a wonderful place to visit. But if we continue on this trajectory it wont be, very soon within our lifetime. I think that this is the wake-up call that we need. If losing the Great Barrier Reef isnt serious stuff, what is?

Farewelling coral reefs The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton, 16 Sept 17  We hear much about trying to contain temperature rises to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Why is that the magic number?

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg The 2-degree guardrail came out of the 2009 Copenhagen meeting. When you looked at how ecosystems were responding, you got into an unmanageable area at 2 degrees above the pre-industrial period, which was where the CO2 concentration had been stable for a long time. The trajectory were on today could raise temperatures by as much as 5 or 6 degrees on history.

One of the problems with 2 degrees is that generally people have the idea that its a guardrail. You go up to the edge of 2 degrees and look over it and see where you dont want to go and its all very safe here. But its more like a slippery slope. Things get progressively worse until they become unmanageable. At the latest Conference of the Parties, the UNFCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ] gover...

03:30

MACKAY Mackay man charged with attempted murder Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 01:45PM ,

Mackay man charged with attempted murder

September 15, 2017 at 01:45PM ,

Mr Sprott faced Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Wednesday for a brief mention, represented by solicitor Antoinette Morton,

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03:29

MACKAY Bucasia man faces police assault charges Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 03:15AM ,

Bucasia man faces police assault charges

September 15, 2017 at 03:15AM ,

Boyd Elliot Tass, 41, did not face Mackay Magistrates Court for his scheduled mention yesterday, though barrister Phillip Moore appeared his behalf.

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03:29

MACKAY Mackay dad threatens to hurt his kids in horror DV Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

Mackay dad threatens to hurt his kids in horror DV

September 15, 2017 at 08:52AM ,

The man, who we have not named to protect the identify of his victims, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday via videolink. His charges left the

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03:29

MACKAY Ex-cop accused of holding up pub with knife Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 10:00AM ,

Ex-cop accused of holding up pub with knife

September 15, 2017 at 10:00AM ,

Michael Gordon Gilmont, 58, did not appear in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday (due to a video technical issue) but was represented by solicitor

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03:29

MACKAY Company facing charge over speedway grandstand collapse Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 08:41AM ,

Company facing charge over speedway grandstand collapse

September 15, 2017 at 08:41AM ,

Robnjosh Pty Ltd were listed to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with failing to comply with its health and safety duty on May 21

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/company-facing-charge-over-speedway-grandstand-col/3224258/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFG_n7GWjfY7mw_a3dVNxqzhO9tQQ

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03:29

MACKAY Company due in court over speedway grandstand collapse Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 08:41AM ,

Company due in court over speedway grandstand collapse

September 15, 2017 at 08:41AM ,

were transported to Mackay Base Hospital after suffering fractures. Court lists show the company is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court this

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Friday, 15 September

19:42

Gay Greens and GetUp to call the gay marriage shots cairnsnews.org

from Larry Pickering, the last surviving iconic commentator, journalist and cartoonist 

Its got me stuffed. Australians hardly ever pass changes in the law by ballot. They have on only 8 of 44 occasions, and although this survey is not a referendum, or even a plebiscite, the survey if successful, will lead to fully gazetted legislation. So why are 70 per cent of citizens going to vote yes? But is it really 70 per cent? Or is it really about the question the pollster asked?

More likely it is the question, a highly biased question designed to evoke only a YES answer: Do you agree with marriage equality?

That question will almost always get a yes, and the GGGGLL will ride a wave of confidence all the way to where they want it to finish and where they want it to finish they dare not tell you.

I read the question on the survey paper and it asks if you want the Marriage Act changed to accommodate gay marriage. That is not what will happen if a yes vote gets up. 

In fact the Marriage Act will be abolished completely and a new gender neutral Act will be drafted by the Gay Greens in the Senate, an Act that will please only the wind chime and bong manufacturers in the inner suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne, Byron Bay a...

15:40

Egret flaps, Ibises stand out, Neon Bee shines tyto tony


Oops, toes too long, twigs too tiny, Intermediate Egret fights for balance in the Town Common today.

But casting shadow of its head on inside of wing is a nice touch.

Sharing fast-dropping small pool with the egrets, Australian White Ibis stands shadowed in shallows.


09:04

MACKAY News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017 Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

News Headlines for Mackay & the Whitsundays, 15th September 2017

September 15, 2017 at 05:07AM ,

The accused is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning. Almost double the number of offenders in Mackay are breaching domestic

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09:04

MACKAY $100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 05:07PM ,

$100k haul of stolen cars, property and weapons uncovered in raid

September 14, 2017 at 05:07PM ,

Police will allege the break-and-enters had occurred for a number of months. The man is due to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/100k-haul-of-stolen-cars-property-and-weapons-unco/3224109/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjg1ZTRkOWE5ZWUwN2Q0NWQ6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNG0laE_WtgfbftlcZv2BQze8VvrRA

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09:03

MACKAY Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 14, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

Ice addict blamed domestic violence on sex games

September 14, 2017 at 07:11AM ,

But he had a different story when facing Mackay Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to contravening a domestic violence order earlier this year.

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09:03

MACKAY Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation Search Results for mackay CrimeView

MACKAY September 15, 2017 at 06:06AM ,

Ice addict, burglar released from prison on probation

September 15, 2017 at 06:06AM ,

Benjamin James Ostwald was placed on probation in Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday, despite committing some crimes while already on

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