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This 14-liner may be over-compressed. You probably need to know that I spent my childhood in Innisfail in North Queensland, in an area that was settled in the 1870s after ‘punitive expeditions’ ‘dispersed’ the Mamu people who had lived there for tens of thousands of years.
November Verse 10: Mentioning the war
You said, ‘There’s no one on the planet
whose childhood was not touched by war
and if tomorrow we should ban it
we’d still need centuries or more
to rid our minds of its infection:
domestic violence, grief, abjection,
powerlessness, hate and dread.
Our silence gels it all,’ you said.
‘Not so,’ I thought. ‘For generations
my farming forebears bore no arms.
My early life knew no alarms,
the War had been in distant nations.’
Yet no one spoke, no one could face
the way we came to own that place.
For the past year, I’ve been organizing a very special project over on hackaday.io. It’s the Travelling Hacker Box, a box full of random electronics junk, sibling to the The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk, and a project that has already traveled more than 25,000 miles. Earlier this month, I said the Hackerbox is going international, I asked for contributors to receive the project in faraway lands, and now it’s time for the final report. This is where the Travelling Hackerbox will be going over the next year.
More than 200 people responded to the call for hackerbox recipients, and after weeding out a few people who can’t follow instructions, I have a pretty good idea of where the box is headed. The planned trip consists of stops in:
Since the inception of the Travelling Hackerbox, I’ve been keeping track of the distance the box has traveled by referencing the closest airport to the recipient and plugging those destinations into a great circle mapper. The first box, before it was stolen by a jerk in Georgia, traveled about 14,100 miles, great circle distance. The second iteration of the box, before it was disemboweled following the Hackaday SuperConference, traveled 28,200 miles, or about 45,000 km.
It sounds like a bargain to import a motorcycle from overseas where they may be cheaper, but there are also pitfalls for riders.
Bruce Hartwig, consultant to Queensland Imports, which is one of about 14 federally registered workshops for complying imported used vehicles, says the easiest and cheapest motorcycles to import and comply are in standard trim. “Highly modified choppers are difficult to import and can be very expensive,” he says.
Even bikes in standard trim may require modification by a company such as Queensland Imports. Most of those compliance changes involve lights (size, colour and distance from the rear of the bike), but may also involve the exhaust, handelbars and number plate holder. He says most are an easy fix, but choppers with a low seat and high bars can be expensive to remedy.
If you are after an historic bike, the news is a little better as bikes made before 1989 are easier to comply and those made before 1975 when there were no Australian Design Rules only need a roadworthy certificate.
Note that the rules on importing vehicles are changing from 2018. You will be able to import vehicles that are not already imported by official distributors, have comparable standards to Australia, are no more than 12 months old and have no more than 500km on the odometer. You will also be able to import only one vehicle every two years.
Bruce says costs to comply a bike start at about $2500, which includes fitting new tyres and brake pads, metric speedo, amber indicators and reflectors.
He says most people buy bikes from the US and it costs about $1000 to ship from LA. “You can get cheaper quotes, but check whether it includes quarantine and other fees,” he warns. You will also need to pay GST on the landed cost of the bike.
He says that these costs make it unviable to import cheap bikes. He says the general rule of thumb is that if it’s $5000 cheaper than you can get it in Australia, it’s viable if the current exchange rate is good. It becomes unviable when the Australian dollar is below 80c.
“More expensive bikes are better value, but it depends on their accessories, mileage and the rarity of the bike. Some people want...
Loving live music isn’t just about attending music festivals and seeing an international artist’s massive arena show.
Even the biggest of big-name headliners started in the trenches, on the sticky carpets and bandrooms of your local bars and pubs – which is exactly where you should be if you want to discover your new favourite band or venue.
Here are our picks for this week’s best local gigs from Aussie talent – from Perth to the East Coast – and all for the price of a good meal.
Where: Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
When: 8pm – 11pm, Friday Nov 25
Why: Having teamed up with Graham Ashton who has worked with the likes of The Living End and Powderfinger on their latest single ‘Sweet’, alt-punk rockers Birdhouse are heading to Yah Yah’s to launch it into the world. Should be a ripper night.
Tickets & Info: more info here.
Where: The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne VIC
When: 8pm – 11.30pm, Wednesday Nov 23
Why: After disappearing from the live stage for the better part of seven months, Arbes are back armed with a new EP and an extra member to enrich that live sound. Get down and celebrate the end of spring and the birth of another summer with Jimmy Chang Hot Tuna and Cyanide Thornton in support.
Tickets & Info: $8, more info here.
Where: Crowbar, Brisbane QLD
When: 8pm-11pm, Thursday Nov 24
Why: From picking up supports with the likes of DZ Deathrays and Dallas to spending their time with Tom Larkin of Shihad putting together their latest offering, The Iron Eye have been honing their sound as well as their live show. Their upcoming show at Crowbar will be one you won’t so...
Australians are being fed a lie by self-serving politicians who say the country can have a coal industry and the reef too, the former head of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says.
Graeme Kelleher was head of the reef-protection authority for 16 years and he’s disgusted by Australia’s approval of Adani’s new mega-coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
He hopes UNESCO, which will be briefed on Australia’s reef management efforts next month, will reject Canberra’s claim that it’s doing enough to protect the World Heritage-listed ecosystem.
“They are not. They are doing the opposite,” Mr Kelleher told AAP on Monday.
“To threaten the reef, for the sake of short-term profits, is to me absolutely despicable.”
Mr Kelleher, who’s supporting a new Greenpeace petition demanding a ban on new coal mines, says Australians must not swallow the political lie that the reef and the coal industry can co-exist.
“We’ve lost 50 per cent of the coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef in the last 30 years and the main cause of that is the burning of fossil fuels,” he said.
“I sincerely hope UNESCO rejects the claim that the government is doing enough.”
Earlier this year, the Australian and Queensland governments released the first annual report on the implementation of a 35-year plan to safeguard the reef.
Australia is relying on its Reef 2050 Plan to convince the UNESCO to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its list of World Heritage sites in danger, and has to provide an official status update to the UN body next month.
But many scientists have savaged the plan, saying it’s designed to address water quality problems and studiously avoids addressing climate change threats to the reef.
Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg met with UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova earlier this month, and provided a verbal update on “Australia’s significant progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan”.
A spokesman for the minister said Australia was on track...
A group of Brisbane engineering and IT students plans to make the world’s first integrated camera-helmet called Iris including outside and inside microphones so you can narrate as you ride.
It’s called Iris and the crowd-funding Kickstarter program launches today with a goal of $150,000.
The idea is the brainchild of fourth-year QUT mechanical engineering student Jack Swan, 23.
“I kept seeing riders, especially my father, attaching GoPros and similar devices to their helmets,” he says.
“Not only did it not look functional, but on further research I found it is reasonable unsafe if it has a rigid mount. There is a theory that the camera on Michael Schumacher’s helmet aggravated his head injury.”
So he and student colleagues set about developing their Iris in-helmet camera and microphone system without major helmet shell extrusions.
The sleek design features forward and backward-facing 1080p cameras recording in 30fps, plus inside and outside microphones. The electronics adds about 300g (depending on the final battery design) to the 1.85kg helmet.
Jack says that in a crash, the cameras are pushed up and away from your head, unlike externally-attached devices which can twist the rider’s neck and pull their head.
It also avoids the issue of whether attaching a camera to a helmet is legal.
The microphones will not only pick up outside noises, but also the rider’s narration and observations on their ride. Great for YouTube posts!
They expect the Iris full...
Bush fire-fighting helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft continue
to be spotted and noted flying around CQ Airport with fires flaring
up around Rockhampton and Bundaberg over the last week. And
with predicted extreme conditions around the Gladstone area this
week, on Monday 21 November, a trio of
helicopters were spotted parked at Gladstone Airport,
On Monday 21 November, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (CHC Helicopters) Sikorsky S-76A
VH-HRP was spotted passing through Gladstone Airport while ferrying
North from RAAF Base Amberley to Mackay Airport and then
@missyhigginsmusic performing at @bcec_brisbane on Friday night! 📷: @memoriesandmud
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Plastic bag ban another step closer but issue needs to be wrapped up
The peak state body for conservation groups, the Queensland Conservation Council, has welcomed the announcement by Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls MP that the LNP will back a phasing out single-use plastic bags across Queensland.
The LNP’s commitment today indicates the party acknowledges the threat that the bags present to wildlife, and will support working with other states on banning single-use plastic bags during the next term of government. This effectively matches the commitment already made by Queensland Labor and Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles.
“We are very pleased to see both major parties supporting a future ban on plastic bags but what we need is for swift action to make it happen,” said Queensland Conservation Council head Dr Tim Seelig.
“Plastic bags create a huge litter and pollution problem on land, in rivers and in our oceans. They often don’t break down, and instead are swallowed by wildlife or enter the food chain.
“To see a bipartisan approach to removing these single-use plastic bags across Queensland is a fantastic outcome for nature. We congratulate both the Government and the Opposition for their commitments to address this problem.
“However, we need to be reassured that Queensland won’t wait for other states, such as NSW and Victoria, to agree to similar commitments. Queensland should take a lead on this issue, move to ban single-use plastic bags in the state as soon as possible, and then encourage other states to follow.
“Minister Miles has the perfect opportunity to do just that ahead of next week’s National Meeting of Environment Ministers, and we urge him to seize that chance.
“Today’s announcement makes a plastic bag ban another step closer, but the issue needs to be wrapped up.
“In the meantime, we welcome the LNP’s matching commitment on plastic bags today, but we need action more urgently. We trust that the bipartisan policy approach on this will remain if action occurs earlier than the next state election, and regardless of who wins it.”
Queensland Conservation Council is a member of the Boomerang Alliance which has championed the banning of single use plastic bags and the adoption of container deposit schemes in Queensland.
For further information or comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183
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The annual gross state product (GSP) data the ABS published on Friday revealed Queensland’s lacklustre economic growth of 2% in 2015-16 (compared with 2.8% nationally) was heavily influenced by the transition at the end of the mining boom. The data revealed the mining sector technically made the largest contribution of any sector to the 2% growth rate, with a 0.6 percentage point contribution associated largely with new LNG exports (see chart below). However, industries badly affected by the decline in mining construction and exploration activity, particularly construction, manufacturing and professional, scientific and technical services, all subtracted from GSP in 2015-16.
Other key points to note regarding the 2015-16 GSP data are:
On the 2015-16 GSP data, also see Pete Faulkner’s post:
Pete notes Queensland Treasury may have a better understanding of Queensland’s exports than the ABS, and that the ABS may be under-estimating our GSP growth. I would suggest Queensland Treasury should publish an explanation for the discrepancy between its GSP estimates and the ABS’s.
Brian Morris explains why politicised religion is at odds with the public mood on contemporary social policy.
There are national implications for the persistent influence that permeates our legislatures, a religious presence that now offends three-quarters of the community. It’s a political malaise we inherited along with colonisation, largely ignored by media but recently described as a “theocracy inside our democracy“.
Rather than representing public opinion on contemporary social policy, our federal and state MPs increasingly reflect an escalation of this ecumenical elitism. It’s not dissimilar to “establishment elitism” that created such public angst – a boil-over that prompted Brexit and the calamity of Donald Trump seizing the presidency.
Why is it that our politicians fail to respond to the mood of the populous? Federal parliament failed to act on popular support for same-sex marriage, an abrupt repudiation of a conscience vote coupled with malicious determination to run a costly and divisive plebiscite. Until rogue senators finally echoed public dissent.
Again, in the early hours of November 17, South Australian MPs showed equal contempt for overwhelming public support on Voluntary Euthanasia (VE). The Bill was dishonestly defeated – for the 15th time. VE is a secular initiative that consistently registers 75 per cent approval from the voting public.
So why is this continual parliamentary rejection of VE so “dishonest”, and what is the common denominator that puts these MPs so staggeringly out of step with public opinion?
One clue is the ‘category‘ of social policy that is constantly defeated. It’s abortion (still illegal in Queensland), it’s contraception (remember RU486), it’s same sex marriage, it’s religious instruction in schools and prayers in parliament, and it’s Voluntary Euthanasia. All are issues opposed by our devoutly Christian politicians.
Inescapably, the Bible is a determining factor here. Now a figurehead for the VE cause, Andrew Denton describes this blatant unwanted intrusion as a “subterranean Catholic force“.
And blatant it is. An IPSOS poll earlier this year showed that 78 per cent of Australians wante...
During the afternoon and evening on Friday 18
November, LifeFlight (ex Careflight Queensland) LearJet 45
bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted making two visits to
Rockhampton Airport operating what appeared to be med-evac
“…….A long history of talk but with little “legal” support
South Australia’s proposal to encourage the world to export its high-level nuclear waste to Australia is in stark contrast to the previous positions of both the Federal and South Australian Governments. Moreover, significant reform to State laws and to existing Federal practice would be required to facilitate the proposal, none of which has been formulated.
In 1998, the responsible Federal Minister condemned a recommendation by nuclear waste management consortium Pangea Resources for a repository for international high-level nuclear waste in the Western Australian outback. He reiterated Australia’s long-standing bipartisan opposition to such a development:
…no high level radioactive waste facility is planned for Australia and the government has absolutely no intention of accepting the radioactive waste of other countries. The policy is clear and absolute and will not be changed. We will not be accepting radioactive waste from other countries.1
After only cursory consideration of the repository idea in 1998, Western Australia actually went the other way, passing a law to make it illegal to establish a nuclear waste storage facility in the State, or to use any part of the State to store or dispose of nuclear waste, or to even transport nuclear waste in the State.2
Other Australian states – New South Wales;3 Queensland;4 Victoria;5 and South Australia6 – have enacted similar legislation either completely prohibiting a nuclear waste facility in their jurisdiction or making it necessary to seek certain approvals to build one. These legislative constraints would first need to be addressed before any facility were to be capable of being built in any of those States.
At a Federal level, a nuclear waste facility is not prohibited, however the statute responsible for creating the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (“ARPANSA”) also places a blanket ban the construction of nuclear fuel fabrication plants, power plants, enrichment plants and reprocessing facilities.
ARPANSA can permit imports of radioactive waste
Despite the above State prohibitions on the building of nuclear waste facilities and on the transportation of nuclear waste, no absolute prohibition applies t...
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