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  1. White Cloud: Tim Finn at Arts Centre Melbourne

    By Tim Finn and Ken Duncum with film by Sue Healey

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    "Savage something that we need to remember
    From the wreck of history
    Family images of fading splendour
    Where they lead I’m following...”
    - Tim Finn, White Cloud

    Tim Finn
    , legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter, member of Crowded House and founding member of SplitEnz, will perform White Cloud - a musing meditative performance about family, identity and home - this January atArts Centre Melbourne.

    White Cloud alchemises observation and contemplation, photographs and journals, narrative and music to deliver apotent celebration of family, ancestry ...
  2. Introducing - Maureen Andrews: Arts Party Candidate For The Senate in Victoria

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ID:	29325 Maureen Andrews is one of three Arts Party Candidates standing in Victoria. The Arts Party is a new party dedicated to restoring Arts" as a cultural, social and educative backbone of our society.

    The Arts Party was founded to encourage the creative, cultural and educated life of every Australian.

    For more information on the Arts Party click the logo -

    Maureen is one of seventeen Arts Party candidates standing nationally.

    For a complete list of all Arts Party candidates click "Our Candidates"

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  3. The Arts Party

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ID:	29281 At a time when the "Arts" as a cultural, social and educative backbone of our society is under its greatest attack ever from a Federal Government that appears to have littler real interest in fostering this mainstay of any civilised country - a new political force has risen.

    At the Toorak Times we believe in providing a platform for individuals and minor parties that in turn promote the well being of this country and its citizens. We certainly support the ideals and policies of this new emerging party.

    he Arts Party was founded to encourage the creative, cultural and educated life of every Australian.

    The Federal Election is around the corner and we want to get A MILLION
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  4. BALLOONease: Part 2 The Wonderfully Colourful World of Balloons ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING & ARRANGING BUNCHES

    Compiled and written by Sean J.O'Kelly

    Part Two:

    Contrary to the unfortunately popular and the obviously misinformed opinion of far too many self opinionated armchair greenies the latex used to make the hundreds of millions ‘toy/party latex balloons’ used around the world every year really does grow on trees and really is a 100% naturally biodegradable product that should never be confused with plastic.

    Proven to be no more harmful than a pile of composting garden waste a latex balloon will completely 'break down' in a few months.In fact
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  5. Of course Australia was invaded – massacres happened here less than 90 years ago

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ID:	28068 Much has been made in the last few days of the University of New South Wales’ “diversity toolkit” offering teachers guidelines on Indigenous terminology.

    The most controversial directive was a line about using the term “invasion” to describe Captain Cook’s arrival here:
    Australia was not settled peacefully, it was invaded, occupied and colonised. Describing the arrival of the Europeans as a “settlement” attempts to view Australian history from the shores of England rather than the shores of Australia.

    This story made
    the front page of the Daily Telegraph. Radio personality Kyle Sandilands quickly condemned it as an attempt to “rewrite history”.

    But detailed historical research ...
  6. Drag over coals

    Last month I found myself on a fast train from Edinburgh to London. Too tired to read, I spent the whole journey gazing out the window. Recollecting that journey, one memory stands out: the number of wind farms, none of them that far from residential areas. I mentioned this to the couple seated by me, and they said that people are used to them. They realise the necessity. I have no idea if that is true, but their comment had me thinking how absurdly precious Australia can be.

    Also, we passed a solar farm, tucked beside the railway tracks. Obviously someone decided those panels would generate enough power, despite cloud.
  7. The FBI drops its case against Apple that only made everyone’s security worse

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ID:	28057 The FBI has succeeded in hacking into an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without Apple’s help. As a consequence, the FBI has dropped its legal case that was trying to force Apple to do what has been done by an unknown “third party”.

    Given the emotional investment by the FBI in this case and the apparent ease of giving it up, it is confusing many as to the motivation of bringing the case up in the first place. The most obvious possibility is that this case was all about the broader issue of encryption of software and the FBI’s case against software companies implementing technology that makes US law enforcement’s jobs more difficult in getting access to information. The ...
  8. Grattan on Friday: Turnbull’s idea of Commonwealth withdrawing from funding state schools is fraught

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ID:	28051 Malcolm Turnbull is the venture capitalist of politics who, with his bid to force the states to raise a slice of income tax, has invested heavily in a risky enterprise.

    As one who exhorts entrepreneurs not to fear failure the Prime Minister doesn’t seem deterred by the danger, despite the prospect of facing his shareholders as early as July 2.

    His approach as he began talks with the premiers appeared to be that he’d either stare the states down, so they start negotiations on new arrangements, or he’d do them down, squeezing their resources if they won’t co-operate.

    At Thursday’s dinner at the Lodge, with lamb and fish on the menu, premiers and chief ministers found a Prime
  9. How much?! Seeing private specialists often costs more than you bargained for

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ID:	28024 Patients often rely on their GP to make the choice of specialist for them through the referral process with little or no discussion of prices

    Around half of Australians have private health insurance. Most of us know that if we need to see a private specialist, we may face some out-of-pocket fees between what the doctor charges and the rebate we receive from Medicare and, if we’re having a procedure or operation, our private health fund.

    But why is it so difficult to find out exactly how much it’s going to cost to have that suspicious mole removed or to be admitted to hospital for that colonoscopy or hip replacement?

    Outside of public hospitals, most clinical health services ...
  10. How far can you go to lawfully protect yourself in a home invasion?

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ID:	28002 Over the weekend, New South Wales police charged a man with murder after an alleged burglar died following an incident in the man’s home in the early hours of Saturday. Conversely, in a separate case, committal proceedings are continuing against two men charged with murder allegedly committed during a home invasion in Western Sydney in 2014.

    How far can homeowners lawfully go to protect themselves in a home invasion in Australia? Where is the line drawn between self-help and vigilantism?

    What is home invasion?

    “Home invasion” is a popular rather than legal term. It emerged in the 1990s to describe multiple offenders, carrying weapons, who unlawfully enter a home, intending ...
  11. How unions are changing in a bid for relevance – and survival

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ID:	27991 It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. As Australian unions face increasingly urgent challenges to their legitimacy and influence, it comes as no surprise they are busy rethinking how best to represent their members and reverse the decline in membership they have experienced over the last 30 years.

    Last year, unions and their activities faced intense scrutiny from the trade union royal commission (TURC). Damning in its assessment of widespread and deep-seated union misconduct, the TURC made extensive recommendations for legislative reform of union governance arrangements.

    Similarly, a Productivity Commission report last year recommended a raft of changes to workplace
  12. Hidden housemates: big fleas, and their little flea

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ID:	27962 Itchy? Maybe not, but your cat or dog might be. If you live in any of the major coastal cities in Australia, you are no stranger to a scratching dog or cat. You can blame fleas, or more specifically their bites and saliva, to which your pet is hypersensitive.

    Did T. rex have fleas?

    Fleas are marvellous creatures! They are ectoparasites (parasites that live outside their hosts' bodies), exploiting their hosts both by using them for nutrition and to stay well protected from the harsh outside environment beyond their host’s fur.

    Big fleas even have little “fleas” of their own as well, but more on that a little later. I borrowed the headline from a book by Robert Hegner, who ...
  13. Eye in the Sky movie gives a real insight into the future of warfare

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ID:	27938 Eye in the Sky is a tight British thriller starring Helen Mirren, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and the late and already missed Alan Rickman. That should be enough to know to get you down to the cinema to see this recently released movie.

    The movie is a surprisingly cerebral look at the future of war. The enemy are Islamic terrorists hiding in plain sight in East Africa. The “eye in the sky” of the title is a Predator drone loitering at 25,000ft ready to rain death down onto the population below with its aptly named Hellfire missiles.

    The director Gavid Hood (Tsotsi, Wolverine) doesn’t take sides. Other than the obligatory pot shots at some gung ho Yanks and ineffectual Brits.
    The ...
  14. Time perspective, Easter chocolate, and music playlists

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ID:	27908 The long Easter weekend is upon us, and with it many children are anticipating a diabetes of chocolate, while their parents are anticipating an emergency room of home improvements and the possibilities for recuperation afforded by a return to the workplace next week.

    To the Christian faith of course Easter is a time for renewal, for hatching plans to make tomorrow better. New research published today by Amanda Krause and me shows that people’s propensity to renew and plan for tomorrow also affects how they organise their music libraries.

    Psychologists have long been interested in the notion of time perspective. Future time perspective is an awareness that thoughts and behaviours in ...
  15. What parents and teachers should know about non-verbal learning disability

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ID:	27948 When my daughter was in Year 10 at a private girls’ school, I got the call that every parent dreads – a summons to the deputy’s office. My polite 15-year-old girl had no behavioural problems, but she couldn’t keep up with class or homework tasks, and was considered “lazy” by some.

    So the message was clear. The school could no longer meet my daughter’s learning needs and she had to leave.

    Life at her new school was much harder, both in the classroom and socially. One day my daughter told a teacher that she’d shoot herself if she had a gun.
    There was something wrong, yet for years, no one could put a name to my daughter’s condition.

    As a parent, there is nothing worse ...
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