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A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.
All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.
Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines
There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.
Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.
It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.
I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.
Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.
He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....
Over the course of the year, politicians in Sydney and Melbourne have resorted to criminalising homelessness as a way of dealing with the increasing amount of rough sleepers turning up on city streets. Last month, the Berejiklian government passed a bill that broadened police powers to enable them to remove people from crown lands within
What started as a much needed proposal to get noisy, poisonous trucks off the residential streets of the inner West has now morphed into a crazy plan to lock the West into a car dependent future. Titled a tunnel, it actually consists of a 12-lane toll way, short tunnel, 3 giant bridges across the Maribyrnong River, then an 18-lane double-decker road leading to spaghetti interchanges and flyovers.
One of the best things about baking is that anyone can do it. With some basic techniques and imagination, its possible to produce edible creations that enter the realm of food art. Raymond Tan, aka Ray Ray, is a self-taught baker who uses the activity as his creative outlet. About two years ago, he explains, I set myself a challenge to bring a dessert every time I was invited to a party, hence my first cake left my tiny apartment kitchen and the rest was history.
Since the life-changing soiree, Tan has produced many eye-catching treats. His forte is a twist on cake pops; these desserts are typically shaped as small balls affixed to the top of paper candy sticks, but Tan uses wider wooden popsicle sticks that allow him to make more complex pops. With an increased surface design, he layers colors and textures to sculpt cute animal characters, marble surface patterns, and assemble pretty floral designs resembling bountiful bouquets. Like all incredible food art, Tans cake pops seem almost too good to eatbut with flavors like white lotus and chestnut, who could resist?
(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is
A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.
Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.
Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.
A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis
Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.
Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.
Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...
MEDIA RELEASE: 21 September 2017
Lower house passes Vic Renewable Energy Target: "Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action"
Friends of the Earth have welcomed the passage of the Renewable Energy Jobs & Investment Bill 2017 in the Victorian Parliament, saying the result brings Victoria a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and action on climate change.
"Passage of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target brings our state a step closer to jobs, cheaper power, and climate action," said Pat Simons, Friends of the Earth's renewable energy spokesperson.
"This outcome is a big win for the community, the labour movement, business, and everyone hungry for action on climate change."
24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.
Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.
This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.
24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.
The post 24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (14-20 Sept) appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.
The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:
The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.
Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off. Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.
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Richard is joined by Simon Maidment from the NGVA about their new work Gareth Sansom: Transformer, Perth centred Fringe performers Mark Storen and Georgia King in the work The One; and finally Flying Fruit Fly Circus artistic director Jodie Farrugia chats about Junk showing at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
By Caitlin McInnis
The marriage equality survey is now under way, and lots of Australians are showing their support for equal love. If you want to stay inspired on a daily basis, there are many things you can do, including following us on Facebook and Twitter, where well be making the YES case every day. But first, you should make sure that you are fully briefed on voting, so below youll find five things that you, your family and friends absolutely must know. Happy voting!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that all forms will be sent out by September 25. If you do not receive yours in the mail by Monday, you need to get in touch with them ASAP.
So youve lost your form or marked the wrong box. It happens. Dont beat yourself up. Luckily, its an easy fix. Just make sure you contact the ABS by 6pm October 18 and request another form. Details of how to do this havent been finalised by the ABS just yet but they have said not to contact them until September 25 if you do need a replacement. Make sure you follow the YES Campaign for updates.
It is great that people are exercising their democratic rights and getting excited about it by taking photos of their forms or even putting things like glitter in the envelopes. HOWEVER, make sure any photos you post of your form do not include your personalised barcode on the bottom right of the form. This is really important as it may be used by someone else to commit fraud. As for glitter, refrain from that too as due to processing machinery or possible contamination, [it] may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.
Snail mail is not what it used to be it can take up to 4 days to reach its destination these days. Because of this, the ABS says it is best you get your form in the mail by Friday October 27. Forms must be received by the ABS by November 7, so make sure you err on the side of caution and leave enough time for it to get to them by this date....
Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out 
Are there people you feel inseparable from?
Melbourne band HEMM are a bit like this, theyve been making music together for a while now, and their desire to explore the new is what glues them together.
Ahead of their Space Between Us EP launch Taylah caught up with Juice from the band.
Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.
Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.
Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.
Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.
Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.
Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.
The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you....
Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.
In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.
Escape Artist Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown Orbit E
Escape Artist Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor Heat
Escape Artist Zenith
Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.
Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.
They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.
Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.
They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.
There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.
When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.
Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.
The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.
Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.
As for the official inquiry into....
The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.
Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.
Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival
The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.
The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.
PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.
The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.
Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.
The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it
The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.
The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.
The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...
Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.
Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the
same sex marriage postal
plebiscite vote survey is
causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to
This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)
Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)
And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?
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