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Sue Travers
Works at www.traverselife.com.au Career development, effective workplace communication, bullying & the benefits of mindfulness at work and home. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Other interests: Climate, environment & sustainability & permaculture.
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Anyone with information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
They sound like a particularly scummy pair if the alleged crimes have been reported accurately. 
If this was happening in the city would it get more attention? (Don't answer that)

#scams   #arson  
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keeping farm animals away from water!

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Excerpt: "I would say what is being done by the Australian government goes further than making it difficult to create art. They are in fact doing what they can to shut down dissent. Dictatorships regularly employ this tactic in order to entrench their power. People find it easy to see art as a luxury, but artists are the people who ring the alarm bells, hold a mirror up to society, create alternatives, and engender resilience, bonding, and cooperation. Healthy societies have a healthy artistic community. If you are seeing less and less new art, local art, community art, then understand you are in a country that is self-destructing. If artists are being silenced, then you are in a country that has turned into a despotic regime."

My addition - artists include all creatives - cartoonists, comedians, dancers, writers and poets as well as graffiti artists. They're all important for a healthy, vibrant, fully functioning, inclusive society. 

via +Andrew Pam 
h/t +Katherine Phelps 
#art   #artist   #playwright  
 
"I would say what is being done by the Australian government goes further than making it difficult to create art. They are in fact doing what they can to shut down dissent. Dictatorships regularly employ this tactic in order to entrench their power. People find it easy to see art as a luxury, but artists are the people who ring the alarm bells, hold a mirror up to society, create alternatives, and engender resilience, bonding, and cooperation. Healthy societies have a healthy artistic community. If you are seeing less and less new art, local art, community art, then understand you are in a country that is self-destructing. If artists are being silenced, then you are in a country that has turned into a despotic regime."
Traditionally arts have always had a difficult time in gathering money for the creation of new works and the support of our artists. Main sources are governments, rich philanthropists, audiences, and extra jobs. With governments and benefactors it always feels like begging.
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lolz. Worth following on Twitter.

h/t +Dan Demonic 
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Revenge, more like setting the record straight...
Hell hath no fury like that of a wind turbine scorned. The wind turbine on Rottnest Island has taken to Twitter for its revenge on Prime Minister Tony Abbott
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Here's a handy printable for those who suffer with mild depression. As with anything related to mental health, contact your trusted health care professional to discuss your specific needs, particularly if the depression is severe and chronic.

Sometimes when we're struggling in a haze, simple things can be overlooked and make a world of difference. 

#depression   #livingwiththeblackdog  
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Don't miss it, +Sue Travers. "In the UK it will be broadcast as a special programme on BBC One at 10.30pm this Sunday 28th June.

In the US, the special will air on BBC AMERICA, the home of the BBC's biggest natural history landmarks on American television. It will be screened this Sunday at 5:30pm ET, followed by an extended version at 8:00pm ET.

In Australia it will air on ABC at 8pm AEST on Tuesday 30th June, and in over 50 countries across four continents including BBC Earth’s branded channels in the Nordics; Poland; Turkey, Hungary and Romania."
When the US President discussed our Earth with an icon of the natural world
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it was too short! 
Interesting though - love to hear some comments.

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Maybe it'll help, who knows. Petition in the link. (via GetUp! email) 

A joint Four Corners and Fairfax Media investigation today revealed that in this country, there's politics for the highest bidder. The investigation has revealed a series of contacts between known and suspected criminals and senior politicians, with serious outcomes. 

In one of the most serious of bombshells, in the mid 2000s suspected Mafia boss and hitman, Tony Madafferi, funded lobbying and donations to politicians in a bid to secure a visa for his brother - drug trafficker and ruthless Mafia criminal, Frank Madafferi. Madafferi and his associates met with several Liberal MPs, who in turn lobbied sucessive Immigration Ministers. In 2005, the then Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, granted Frank a visa - in spite of suggestions from police that he might carry out acts of violence.1 (Just 18 months after the visa was granted to Frank Madafferi, he was implicated in the world's biggest drug importation scandal, and eventually charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder.)2 

But this is not a just story about the Mafia, or about Frank and his visa. It's a story about influence in politics, and the ugly mix of money and politics. 

In the coming days, one of two things will happen: either there won't be much of a fuss and the politicians will go on with business as usual. Or enough people stand up and say 'I am sick of this – and any politician who turns a blind eye has lost my respect, my trust and my vote'. 

Our political leaders are paying attention right now and their response all depends on what happens next. We need to call for politicians to clean up their act, and get money out of our politics. 

As confidential police reports detail, there are "loopholes" that allow this to happen, allowing political parties and candidates to receive benefits that don't require disclosure.3 

The problem is clear: today, a person or company can give unlimited amounts of money to a politician or their party. It's a dangerous mix: politicians want to raise huge sums of money so they can spend it on their campaigns to win elections or try to stay in power. For some politicians, receiving donations might not change their actions at all - or it might mean they shake a few hands, take a few meetings they otherwise wouldn't have. But for others, it means they spend their time trying to change government policy to favour their donors. 

What is needed is a completely new set of rules that govern the relationship between politicians and money. The solution is simple, but its going to be hard work making change possible. 

Here's what Australia needs to clean up its politics:
A cap on the amount of money that a person or a organisation can give to a politician or political organisation: so that a person cannot try to buy special treatment in politics,
The immediate public disclosure of donations, so that the media and the public know who is giving money to who. As the old saying goes - sunlight is the best disinfectant
Establishing a Federal Independent Commission Against Corruption: so that there's a watchdog with the authority and the teeth to find out when people have broken the law and make sure they face the consequences.
Winning these changes will be hard work. There are very powerful vested interests who want to see the system stay exactly as it is now; many of them who are likely to be in the halls of Parliament right now. But it's up to us to give them no choice. 

For this campaign to stand a chance, tens of thousands of GetUp members across this country will need to stand together and push for a new politics. Are you with us? Click here to sign the petition. 

These revelations are a result of a joint Fairfax and ABC investigation - and tonight, Four Corners aired their story on corruption in Australian politics. 

If we do nothing this will all blow over – another scandal forgotten as 24/7 news cycles moves on to the next sensation. We've done the policy work to know what the solutions are, but they'll only become reality if we can break this issue out in a moment like this, and urge the public to step back and acknowledge our democracy is being corrupted by anyone with a large enough cheque book. 

Right now the vested interests of the current game are mobilising behind the scenes to ensure nothing changes. They'll find a scapegoat, try and change the topic or shoot the messenger. Tonight we have to hold them to account. 

This story has has today uncovered, but imagine how many more have gone altogether unreported, and will go unreported, until something changes. 

Josh, Kelsey, Paul and the GetUp team 

PS - Reporting the Madafferi case, investigative journalists McKenzie, Baker and Bachelard asked: "How many genuine refugees without criminal convictions never get help from a politician, let alone the support of several MPs?" 

Let's build a movement of people who can make sure these MPs dodgy dealings are exposed, and more importantly that the system changes so that this sort of behaviour never happen again. www.getup.org.au/clean-up-politics 


References 
[1] Glad-handing and influence: mafia taking fast track to the powerful, Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015 
[2] 'How the Mafia penetrated Australian Politics', Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015 
[3] 'How the Mafia penetrated Australian Politics', Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2015
+GetUp! Australia  #auspol   #corruption   #getmoneyoutofpolitics   #politicaldonations  
A scandal is erupting. A scandal so significant that it could be the beginning of the end for the cosy relationship between politicians and their financial backers - if we act now.
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We need a law, donations to political parties should be illegal.  It's nothing more than bribery.  Those with the most money get their voices heard over all others.
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There are some good, practical tips to help different personality types to communicate more effectively whether at home, office, or school setting.

#mbti   #personality   #communication   #communicationskills   #communicationstyles  
In some work situations you might find that your type preferences place you in the minority. While you are a valuable member of the team, and often offer up perspectives that would otherwise go unc...
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10 tips specifically for teenagers with Aspergers syndrome or on the autism spectrum. They're worth reading for anyone living with, working with or who has friends on these spectrums. (ie ALL of us!)

The more we know and understand, the better it is for everyone - not just the student who feels supported, but our adult colleagues.

#autism   #aspergers   #livingwithdifference   #teenagers  
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Thanks, I was discussing this very topic with my 5yo last night. 

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Do I need to mention that this is satire? Yes? No?

Possibly yes, as the gubment seems to think some of these problems relate to wind farms, cos wind is bad, coal is good ... go figure ...


#windfarms   #sustainableenergy  
On Day 7 the Australian Wind Farm Commission heard how locals who live in the Waubra and Lexton areas in Victoria's west report strange activity when they travel past the Waubra Wind Farm. Drivers complain that their mobile p...
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Ooooh aaaaah, that's impressive +Gregory Bagshaw - I hadn't realised they were so dangerous. 

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“Depression is when your personality leaves town and then you’re replaced with a block of cement.”

Seven years ago Ruby [Wax] decided she didn’t want to go through this again. While institutionalised, she’d get calls from people telling her to perk up. “Oh, I didn’t think of that.”
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Her book Sane New World is the story of her journey and is worth reading. I think it could be relevant for anyone living depression, and their friends and relatives.

#depression   #rubywax  
 
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Great comments, thanks +Megan Owen ! Spot on. As with so many things, education  is one of the keys. 

I've got a couple of links which might help some people. 

The first almost seems a bit obvious, but it could be useful when you're stuck in that fog of blahness (depending on the specific situation). Sometimes when we're depressed we can forget the simple steps to looking after ourselves. Having a printable checklist can help.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6A2F5ky9SELU0Zfd05YMEpyNUk/view?pli=1
#education   #depression   #depressed  

The next is specifically for teenagers on the aspergers spectrum or with mild autism. I also see it as very relevant for adults who live, work with, or who have colleagues with aspergers and who would like to get a glimpse into their life.

http://autisticnotweird.com/growing-up-autistic-advice-for-teenagers-with-asperger-syndrome-or-mild-autism/
#teenagers   #aspergers   #autism  

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For Aussies who like honey and who want to support Aussie beekeepers! Please take a few moments and complete the survey - we want CLEAR country of origin labelling on honey (and many more products) Vested interests will undermine local beekeepers and erode our excellent industry unless we take a stand. Importers don't want anything to change (what a surprise!) and certainly don't want us to know country of origin and other info about "honey" produced elsewhere. 
Please complete the survey - OUR beekeepers need us! Friday 3 July is the deadline.
#honey   #bees   #honeybees   #beekeepers  
A Beechworth Honey Director & 4th Generation Beekeeper, Jodie Goldsworthy message from Jodie Goldsworthy, Director & 4th Generation Beekeeper, Beechworth Honey: Please complete the Australian Government's Country of Origin Food Labelling Survey. HURRY - LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ...
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I'm working into retirement and discovering new, and re-discovering old interests. I'm enjoying point and press photography and writing for my blogs on diverse issues including workplace bullying, communication skills, environmental sustainability, Career Development, retirement lifestyle planning, and mindfulness meditation.

MBTI preferences are INTJ

Tedious, but it seems necessary: If you come to one of my posts on climate and refer to scientists as 'hucksters' and their work as witchcraft I will block you. If you profess to be a climate skeptic I will refer you to reputable scientific work or links. If you then come back within an hour pretending to have read and understood the articles and try to dispute their findings with me, I will block you. If you consider that refuting reputable science with links to self serving blog articles, and cherry picked morsels of data, that's fine, but I'm not interested - keep your opinion on your own thread - I don't willingly, or knowingly spread misinformation.
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In my early 20's I was inspired by a talk by Sir Edmund Hilary and eventually trekked in Nepal. I suffered from hypothermia and was frustrated that I couldn't make it to the Base Camp of Mt Everest. Completed two Great Victorian Bike rides and one WA Margaret River bike ride. Each around 500km over a week or so. Was in Berlin in 2009 for the very moving reenactment of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Career development & transition, education. ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) practitioner.
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