Fight over mega mining machinery

Fight over mega mining machinery

A NOT-for-profit organisation is threatening legal action over the impending removal of iconic mining equipment based in Leigh Creek. The William Light Foundation, via its lawyers at Clemens Haskin Legal, has sought assurances from SA Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis that the “cultural and economic impact on Leigh Creek’s future will be properly assessed prior to removal of the machinery”. The 9W Drag line and Terex dump truck were sold for scrap at an auction late last year and will soon be removed from the Leigh Creek coal field. This has enraged…

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Gupapuyngu tribe close Garma Festival with 'Sugarman' dreamtime story

Gupapuyngu tribe close Garma Festival with  'Sugarman'  dreamtime story

Posted August 08, 2017 08:02:59 Photo: Eddie William Gumbula performs at the Garma Festival closing ceremony in north-east Arnhem Land. (ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough) Related Story: Turnbull defers Government decision on Indigenous recognition Related Story: What young people at Garma say about the big issues On a dusty centre stage, a lone figure moves elegantly through the Bungul (dancing) ground. He is a spirit searching for sugarbag — bush honey — and forming the landscape as he goes. This is the Sugarman dreaming story of the Gupapuyngu tribe, one of…

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Young Jewish musicians pay homage to POW composer

Young Jewish musicians pay homage to POW composer

Updated August 07, 2017 17:41:47 Photo: Composer Daniel Biederman and cellist Nils Hobiger with the POW camp-inspired instrument. (ABC RN: Siobhan Hegarty) Related Story: Sharing food a recipe for friendship between refugees, Jewish women A prisoner-of-war camp isn’t the ideal place to start an orchestra. But that’s exactly where Jewish musician Dr Solomon Bard put together his “peculiar band” in the early 1940s. Born in Siberia, Bard worked as an Australian Army medic during WWII until he was captured by Japanese soldiers and sent to Hong Kong. Audio: Listen to…

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Older women becoming hidden face of homelessness

Older women becoming hidden face of homelessness

Posted August 07, 2017 21:33:02 Couch surfing among older women has almost doubled over the past four years and there has been a similar rise in the number of older women sleeping in cars, a report by Homelessness Australia has found. As a result of women bringing up children and being in and out of the workforce, an unexcepted crisis can leave them homeless, CEO Jenny Smith said. “The loss of a relationship, not sufficient superannuation to fall back on as an individual and not owning your home getting towards…

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Government's latest plebiscite attempt expected to be blocked by Senate

Government's latest plebiscite attempt expected to be blocked by Senate

Posted August 08, 2017 04:57:47 The Senate is expected to reject the Federal Government’s second attempt at holding a same-sex marriage plebiscite, clearing the way for a postal vote by the end of the year. After a two-hour partyroom debate, Liberal MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of maintaining the party’s policy, defeating a push by some backbenchers for a free vote in Parliament. Only seven Liberals voted in favour of change: Warren Entsch and Trevor Evans (Qld); Tim Wilson and Jason Wood (Vic); John Alexander and Trent Zimmerman (NSW); and…

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