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The marriage survey result showed that Australia is better than our politicians give us credit for, writes Ben Eltham.
The crowd gathered at the rally outside Melbournes State Library was predominantly young, but not completely. There were many families and clearly many straight people wanting to show their support. Inevitably, there was a babadook.
On the train in to the city this morning, I stood next to a middle-aged mother and her two daughters wearing rainbow ribbons. It was clear that this was a moment of great emotional importance to them as a family.
The mood was nervous but expectant. On Swanston Street, I watched two young lesbians embrace excitedly, arm in arm, as they ran into the throng. I ran into respected arts journalist Richard Watts. Watts has a long commitment to queer campaigning. I didnt expect to be this nervous, he told me. The shame is that even if we win, it wont mean anything legally, unlike in Ireland.
Marriage is a very old custom, but in many ways a modern construction. As many have pointed out, the current law dates back only to 2004, when a cynical John Howard amended the Marriage Act to mandate heterosexuality, and to outlaw same sex marriages overseas. It was an act of political opportunism that has set the tone for the way both major parties have treated the issue ever since.
At the Melbourne rally, a glitchy link made David Kalischs comments largely unintelligible. When the decision came through there was an initial pause, then a tremendous rush of emotion as people cheered and clapped.ABS Chief Statistician David Kalisch announces the results of the marriage equality postal plebiscite in Canberra on November 15.
There were tears, too: lots of them, particularly from some of the older people present, some who perhaps remembered a different Australia, one where open displays of same-sex affection were greeted with violence rather than celebration.
And, of course, there were selfies. So love wins, deadpanned one young man to his boyfriend, as they took a selfie together. It was a remark that seemed to sum up the bittersweet nature of the moment.
The marriage equality campaign has been the best and....
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We acknowledge that we are occupying land rightfully belonging to the Wurundjeri-willam of the Woiwurrung language and belief group. we pay respects to Elders past and present and would like to express gratitude for the knowledge that has been shared with us. this land is stolen. sovereignty never ceded.
We continue to benefit from colonisation and genocide which are ongoing to this day. we also acknowledge the combined effects of colonisation, racism, patriarchy and the western binary gender system.
We take our lead from the struggles and resistance of Koorie people and invite everyone to join us to work towards undermining colonisation through learning, listening and contributing to the resistance.
Racism is not really a thing, at least not in the sense that its an actual thing. It is a problem though. Douglas Ross explains.
You terrorist. You little monkey.
Surely if Sam Dastyari were six foot five and had spent the past six months in an aggressive workout routine, arming himself to the bone for a new role in what could be a potential new Wolverine series, those dickheads last week might have refrained from using the word little.
Common sense would have prevailed in that case.
But he hasnt been working out as much as Hugh Jackman. Hes a mild mannered and average heighted politician. The blokes dressed up in their everyday-Australian Toll uniform took advantage of that and implied a threat of physical violence in their bigoted catcalls.
There is no excuse for the actions of the men who accosted Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne pub. Their attitudes are depressing and if they lose their jobs over the incident I doubt few would rush to their defence. We all can feel that sick feeling Sam must have felt in the bottom of his stomach the first moment he realised an antagonistic voice was directed at him.
It is an awful feeling that nobody should have the displeasure of ever experiencing.
However, there is a reason for that misdirected, ignorant, angry, inexcusable and just face-palm inducing confrontational behaviour. In fact, there are several lives worth of reasons that culminated in an alcohol-fuelled series of racist taunts by a group of men to an Iranian-born Australian.
To state a philosophical argument that is going to make many groan and rustle up a host of perfectly valid arguments against me: racism isnt, by reasoning, real. It cant be. It doesnt exist. Dont quote that on its own; youre not allowed. To continue my point: it is not to say that the realities that stem from the irreality of prejudice arent real. The results of a bigoted mind are as real as each new day but the place from which they stem is a misnomer. It cannot be real.
Racism is a cover for something else, or usually a host of something elses. It has to be. An overdue electricity bill. A hungry family. A job lost because you were late to work once. An addiction to gambling. An over-reliance on alcohol. A mother who left when...
Image Courtesy of Marlon Williams New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018. The tour is set to coincide with Williams just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February. The album was recorded with 
Image Courtesy of Grizzly Bear Weve known that US nu-folk quartet Grizzly Bear would be returning to our shores next year for the last couple of months after their name started appearing on the lineups of Golden Plains and the Melbourne Zoo Twilights. And now we can confirm that the band have added Sydney, Brisbane 
The recent Federal Police raid on the Sydney and Melbourne offices of the Australian Workers Union (AWU), is regarded by opponents of the Turnbull government, to be a politically driven assault on the union and activist group GetUp, which also experienced a raid on its offices.
The raid took place to find evidence that the union donated to GetUp in the past. The idea is that if a donation by an affiliate of the Labor Party is found, it is evidence that there is a connection between GetUp and the Labor Party, which must be disclosed under law. If established, this means that GetUp has unlawfully failed sign up with and inform the Registered Organisation Commission.
Critics point out that this is stretching too far and would apply to any organisation that is dependent on public donations.
It is no secret that GetUp has been a thorn in the governments side, through its connection with community campaigns that run counter to its policies. Many of these campaigns have been successful.
From the governments side, there is a clear incentive to silence the group and there is an increasing tendency to use policing methods, as a means of clamping down on alternative opinion and hold back community action that is not approved of.
That the raids were set up as as media stunt. Reporters were there before the police and it was immediately clear that there was a connection with the office of the Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash. A senior media advisor resigned after admitting he had contacted the media.
The union has subsequently applied to the Federal Court for the release of all correspondence, between the Registered Organisation Commission and the ministers office , suggesting that there is an improper relationship with the body set up at the start of this year.
AWU National Secretary Daniel Walton said there are deep Liberal Party connections. And we know the ROC was established by the Turnbull Government specifically as an attack dog on unions and Labor politicians who had served in unions, He suggests.
Adding to the case of political collusion is the seconding to the Registered Organisation Commission, by the Fair Work Ombudsmans office, a former staffer of Liberal Party Senator Nick Minchin.
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Image Courtesy of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit The kings of contemporary Americana music, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, have already been announced as one of the most highly anticipated acts on next years Bluesfest lineup and now theyve announced sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne while theyre in the country. Jason Isbell and 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced the result of the national marriage equality postal vote survey.
Australian Statistician David Kalisch made the announcement in Canberra this morning at 10am AESDT.
Yes responses were 61.6 per cent of clear responses (7,817,247 votes).
No responses were 38.4 per cent of clear responses (4,873,987 votes).
Just 0.2 per cent were unclear (36,686 votes).
Every state and territory recorded a majority Yes result.
All were over 60 per cent, except NSW with the lowest result 57.8 per cent.
The highest was the ACT with 74 per cent.
Some 64.9 per cent of Victorians voted and 60.7 per cent of Queenslanders voted Yes.
A majority Yes outcome was recorded in 133 of the countrys 150 commonwealth electorates. A majority No outcome was recorded in only 17 electorates.
Some 59.7 per cent of respondents in the seat of Page was 57.9 per cent. Participation was 71.3 per cent.
Participation in the survey was over 70 per cent in almost all but four commonwealth electorates. Of those, it was over 60 per cent in three and over 50 per cent in the remaining one.
There was a response rate of 79.5 per cent or more than 12.7 million people.
More than 70 per cent of each age group voted.
Sydney City Limits is set to touch down next February, with the brains behind Splendour and Falls delivering a lineup that boasts some of the worlds most sought-after live acts.
The Libertines are set to round off their first ever tour of Australia with both Pete and Carl (yep, we cant believe it took that long either) with headline shows in Melbourne and Brisbane. Sampling visionaries and damn Aussie icons, The Avalanches and Seattles emo-indie luminaries Car Seat Headrest will also extend their Aussie stay for headline shows.
Newbies, The Head and the Heart and Sigrid will also bring their chops to Aussie audiences.
Check out all the dates and ticket details below:
PRE-SALES: 9am Fri 17 Nov 8am local time Mon 20 Nov (local time)
GENERAL SALES: 9am Mon 20 Nov (local time)
Wed 28 Feb Forum, Melbourne
Thu 01 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane
Wed 07 Mar Tivoli, Brisbane
Car Seat Headrest:
Sun 25 Feb Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Wed 28 Feb Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
Thu 01 Mar Triffid, Brisbane
Fri 23 Feb The Triffid, Brisbane
Wed 28 Feb Corner Hotel, Melbourne
The Head and the Heart:
Thu 01 Mar Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Australian researchers are working on a revolutionary vaccine to help people in their fight against breast and gastric cancer.
The vaccine, developed by Melbourne-based biopharmaceutical company Imugene, is designed to treat patients with higher-than-normal levels of the HER2 protein which can cause cancer to become more aggressive.
Imugenes chief scientific officer Ursula Wiedermann said the vaccine helps stimulate a patients immune system to fight the cancer and could in future be used in combination with chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.
Repeated doses of the vaccine would continue to be given to patients to help keep cancer at bay.
Its like tetanus, you need a booster vaccine to keep the memory of the immune system activated, Prof Wiedermann told News Corp.
The HER-vaxx is currently being trialled among gastric cancer patients in Asia.
The HER2 protein, also known as human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, helps cells grow and divide.
But when too much of the protein is produced in the body it can cause cancer to grow faster and spread.
About one in five people have HER2-positive breast cancer.
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Dr. David Kennedy discusses what you're not being told about the use of fluoride in water and as a preventive dental measure. Find out what's being talked about and more importantly, what's not being talked about when it comes to fluoride and your health!
Generally, women in the Victorian era were unable to make decisions for themselves or move freely in public places. The Lady is doomed to a life of imprisonment if she stays within the tower, and likewise doomed to death if she leaves. Because her free will has been taken from her, the Ladys only activity is to weave. The origin and nature of the curse on her are mysterious, but its effects are not.
IF you are one of my vegan friends, turn away, dont read this.. this morning, our two wethers met their fate and will be in our freezer next week.
I originally bought them 14 months ago with two young ewes, which have now both lambed, thanks to Matt my neighbor who kindly allowed me to have them serviced by his ram. Its a cooperative thing, all his Wilties are now on our orchard, gorging on luscious grass now going ballistic. Weve had copious rain, and yesterday, today, and tomorrow, its hotter here than in Brisbane. and the grass loves it! Normal Tasmanian weather will resume tomorrow afternoon!
As I have mentioned here before, our farms land capability, as it is officially known, is class 4 which is perfect for pastures, and therefore grazing animals. We are also lucky that our pastures have actually been improved by previous owners, and its great animal fattening land. We are not exactly making the most of it yet, because fully one third of our property is yet to have more animals eating our grass.. most likely, Matts cows will be put to the test soon!
Image Courtesy of Andrew Swift Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year. The album follows on from Andrew Swifts eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has 
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The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) has submitted a response to the Victorian Government's Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries Draft Planning Provisions. View the submission here.
The Victorian Government's current proposals will do serious damage to the regenerative and small-scale livestock farmers of Victoria. See AFSA's media release regarding the proposed changes here.
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It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist. But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments. It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.
Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.
No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments. Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.
While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat. As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.
For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted. Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate. Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.
Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion. The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.
None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved. The remaining states would keep the ship steady.
Having already hit us with some awesome tours in Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters and Princes famous band the New Power Generation, Bluesfest is bringing us an awesome new selection of tours when the festival rolls around again next year.
First up is the astonishing voice of Youssou NDour, whose fascinating career has seen him campaign for Nelson Mandela and even run for President of Senegal on the way to becoming possibly the biggest star Africa has ever produced.
Next up, Gomez are back in the country for the first time in 6 years, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album Bring It On, heading to Perth as well as their East Coast run.
One of the most talented figures of the modern blues rock scene, Walter Trout brings his 50 years of experience to the Bluesfest stage, as well as his new project Were All In This Together a 2017 record packed with collaborations with some of the biggest names in the genre.
Having spent her early years busking the streets of New Orleans, Alynda Segarra now brings her band Hurray For The Riff Raff and their incredibly unique brand of folk/blues to our shores one not to be missed for anyone who wont be able to catch their set at Bluesfest this year.
Finally, the legendary Canned Heat round out the touring roster with one of their last ever tours, having had a long and influential career that saw them headline the iconic Woodstock 69 alongside the likes of Hendrix thisll be an ultimate bucket list gig for plenty of blues rock devotees.
All tickets go on presale this Wednesday, with general sale the following day check out the full list of dates, along with Youssou NDours classic 7 Seconds, below.
Pre-sales start Wednesday November 15 at 10am AEDT
General sale starts Friday November 17 at 10am AEDT
Sydney Opera House -Wednesday 28 March 2018
Hamer Hall, Melbourne Saturday March 31 2018
Youssou Ndour will play Bluesfest Byron Bay on Friday 30 March 2018
Enmore Theatre, Sydney Sat...
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