Category: Australian Pride

Stuart Macintyre Was Australia’s Foremost Left-Wing Historian

Australian historian Stuart Macintyre passed away on Monday. A veteran of the New Left and the Communist Party of Australia, as a historian, writer, and political activist, Macintyre exemplified the spirit of solidarity at the heart of the workers’ movement.

Source: Stuart Macintyre Was Australia’s Foremost Left-Wing Historian

In First for major Industrial State, South Australia generates more Electricity from Solar on Sunday than it Can Use

I noted elsewhere that “Adelaide was originally populated by the aboriginal Kaurna people, who called it Tarndanyangga. It is now about as populous as San Diego. It was settled by free British immigrants, unlike the rest of Australia, which was a penal colony. In the nineteenth century, “Afghans” were brought in as camel drivers. It has the oldest continuously functioning mosque in Australia, constructed in 1889, and the state is known for its dedication to religious freedom.”

Source: In First for major Industrial State, South Australia generates more Electricity from Solar on Sunday than it Can Use

Jenny Hocking’s heroic palace coup is a victory for truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Our National Archives hold a great many secrets. What the courageous Professor Hocking and her supporters have done is to turn that mighty key to the vaults that house and secrete so much of our past, including our shameful treatment of our Indigenous brothers and sisters, just for starters. Her win in the High Court stands other seekers of truth, justice and history in good stead. Since her brave intervention, we all have a better chance of accessing these archives.

Source: Jenny Hocking’s heroic palace coup is a victory for truth – » The Australian Independent Media Network

UNSW professor Martin Green bests Elon Musk to win $820k Global Energy Prize – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Professor Martin Green standing in front of a solar-panelled roof holding a solar panel

Australia’s most uncelebrated Academic ignored by our LNP government and the  IPA who preferred to bribe universities to create space for Dr Bjorn Lomborg a globally ignored academic. Tony abbott’s view of progress was to cut funding to the likes of Professor Green (ODT)

“His fundamental and applied research has transformed the global energy sector and will continue to produce major economic and social benefits, both in Australia and worldwide.”

UNSW Dean of Engineering Professor Mark Hoffman said: “The global impact of the work of Martin and his research team has been profound. They have created the highest efficiency solar cells using techniques that have made them accessible to the world through commercialisation. And all of this has been achieved in Australia.

“We are proud of Martin’s inspirational leadership and pioneering research which is helping address the challenge of climate change.”

Professor Green said receiving the award was “a great honour”.

“The efficiency of solar modules is an area whose progress has been faster than many experts expected, and this is good news,” he said.

“We need to maintain the pace of research in Australia, not only to keep our international lead, but also to benefit society by providing a cheap, low carbon source of electricity.”

via UNSW professor Martin Green bests Elon Musk to win $820k Global Energy Prize – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian Values? What Can I Say? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Values:  Remember when it used to be Simpson and his donkey now it’s Matthew Guy is a donkey

So, in Victoria, Matthew “The Family” Guy has announced that Victorian schools will be instructed to teach “Australian values” under a Liberal Government, as well as getting rid of all this trendy nonsense of teaching about sustainability, Asia and aboriginal history. Of course, Safe Schools goes because an Australian environment needs to be dangerous and there’s also going to be a greater concentration on “literacy, numeracy and writing.” Writing, of course, being a totally separate thing from literacy.

via Australian Values? What Can I Say? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fact check: Does Australia run the most generous refugee program per capita in the world? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

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via Fact check: Does Australia run the most generous refugee program per capita in the world? – Fact Check – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wall of wheelie bins used in attempt to lead rogue croc back to water in Queensland – We treat strays better than asylum seekers

Far north Queensland residents try to lead a stray 3.8-metre crocodile back to the water’s edge by utilising a wall of wheelie bins.

Source: Wall of wheelie bins used in attempt to lead rogue croc back to water in Queensland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Q&A: Most Aussies ‘would give right arm’ for Nauru facilities, says ex-government advisor

Jim Molan rejected claims by Amnesty International that conditions on Nauru are the worst in the world, despite admitting he has never been there.

Source: Q&A: Most Aussies ‘would give right arm’ for Nauru facilities, says ex-government advisor

Budgie 9 Payback: Malaysian Men Gatecrash Palm Beach Surf Club With 4-Hour Alcohol-Free Cultural Performance

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A group of Malaysian men in their twenties gate-crashed an event at the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club last night, performing an extended cultural show in front of stunned onlookers.

The show – which included traditional dancing, music and an interactive presentation about 16th century Malay instrumental styles ­– was said to be payback for the ‘Budgie 9’ incident at the Malaysian Grand Prix last week.

Revellers at the venue described the alcohol-free performance as ‘disrespectful’. Palm Beach SLSC regular Simon McRay said it was the worst Friday night of his life. “Four hours without being able to get a beer. It just shows a lack of respect for Australian culture”.The Malaysian men were released from the Club with a warning.