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Master of Arts (Editing and Publishing) - University of Southern Queensland. 3-year bachelor degree such as Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Creative Arts, or other approved award at USQ or another accredited tertiary institution, with a minimum GPA of 5.0 or Completed USQ’s Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or 4 years part-time) industry/professional work experience. Students intending to undertake research or project work should note that selection of any research topic is subject to the availability of an appropriate supervisor and students must accept faculty guidance in their selection. English Language Requirements Domestic and international students from a non-English speaking background are required to satisfy English Language requirements. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

It's the revenue stupid: Ideas for a brighter budget | The Australia Institute. Malcolm Fraser: a man who never vacated the political debate. The Conversation Malcolm Fraser – as opposition leader, prime minister and in retirement – was always a polarising figure, a characteristic coming through in some of the assessment of his legacy. Fraser’s steely determination in blocking supply in 1975, with all that followed including Gough Whitlam’s equally determined reaction, produced one of the most bitterly divisive periods in federal political history.

In his later years, Fraser became a strident critic of Liberal policy (he was never one to put discretion ahead of frankness), quit the party and alienated some former political friends. Fraser was a complex political figure in office and then he went through a major later-life transformation, making his story even harder to get your head around. His argument that it was the Liberals who had changed rather than him didn’t really hold – they had, but he had changed more. Malcolm Fraser as prime minister. National Archives The Fraser government’s record was mixed. Welcome to QLD: perfect one day, censored the next. IT’S not that long ago that you could be arrested in Queensland for holding a public meeting with two other people. Thankfully, the Bjelke-Petersen era is long gone, but a recent proposal by Campbell Newman’s Government has brought back memories of its darkest days. It’s called the Industrial Relations (Transparency and Accountability of Industrial Organisations) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2013 but it really should be known as the Newman Government Anti-Democracy Bill.

For what it seeks to do is stifle public debate or comment about government policies and activities by muzzling organisations like unions from speaking out on behalf of the community. Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie introduced the Bill into Parliament recently with no prior public consultation. The Bill has been criticised not just by the union movement, but by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland as well. Help put this TV ad to air Why is the Newman Government doing this? But that’s just the start. An apology to the Prime Minister of Australia - First Person. Gillard lashes out at 'misogynist' Abbott - World. Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of being sexist and a misogynist, in a blistering counter-attack after he called for Speaker Peter Slipper to be sacked "immediately". Mr Abbott wanted the Speaker removed, saying he was "no longer a fit and proper person to uphold the dignity of the federal parliament".

He told Australia's parliament yesterday that Mr Slipper was disqualified from the role "by the undenied, uncontradicted facts" that had emerged during a sexual harassment claim brought by the Speaker's ex-staffer James Ashby. They included "truly gross references to female genitalia" and one showed a "clear bias" because it abused Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella, Mr Abbott told parliament.

Peter Slipper resigned as Speaker late last night, leaving Labor's Anna Burke to become the country's third Speaker in three years and only the second woman to hold the position. She said his hypocrisy and double-standards should not be tolerated. Paul Keating lashes ‘tawdry’ deal to freeze super. Paul Keating said the decision flew in the face of ending the “age of ­entitlement.” Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Phillip Coorey Chief political correspondent Former prime minister and compulsory superannuation architect Paul Keating said the superannuation freeze negotiated by Clive Palmer and the ­government would sabotage ­Australia’s universal savings scheme. His criticisms were echoed by Reserve Bank of Australia board ­member Heather Ridout, who described the seven-year freeze of the guarantee at 9.5 per cent as retrograde.

Ms Ridout, who is also the chairman of Australian Super and a former chief executive of the Australian Industry Group, told The Australian Financial Review she supported the demise of the mining tax which, she said, was a poorly designed regulatory impost. Ms Ridout, who was also a member of the Henry tax review panel, said she agreed with the government’s pre-election promise to freeze the guarantee for two years.

Long-term pain for short-term gain. Se connecter à Facebook | Facebook. Government’s deregulatory extremism puts public at risk | Emerging Technology. We are surrounded by regulation. Every moment of our waking and sleeping lives is populated with a vast regulatory network. There are thousands of regulations relating to our homes, our clothes, our foods, the way we drive, the places we work, the wages we receive, the super we contribute to, the environment we live in and depend on for life. Many of these regulations have saved lives and protected property and biodiversity.

But regulation in the extreme free market orthodoxy of both the ALP and the Coalition is now by definition bad. Regulations interfere with markets and we shouldn’t intervene in markets, even to protect ourselves, because the market through its perfect pricing and behaviour signals will do all of that for us, and more. Both the ALP and the Coalition are gripped with deregulatory hysteria and it is getting worse. It is well established, even in mainstream economics, that most industries don’t pay the full cost of what they do or produce.

And it gets worse. Brisbane Ap climate, averages and extreme weather records. Generational war: a monster of our own making. The Conversation The political debate over generational equity, which has been rekindled in the past week, now dominates discussions over wealth, government spending and fiscal sustainability. But a closer look at some recent findings suggests counter-intuitive results: policies to avert fiscal crisis and generational inequality may instead be generating these very outcomes. No drop-off in worker numbers It is important to put the current debate in perspective. To date, there is little evidence that policy and politics are organised around a generational “war”. The generational solidarities built in the family appear much stronger than the financial divides identified by economists. The problem is also not quite what it appears on the surface.

The most recent Intergenerational Report, released by Treasury in 2010, shows that the dependency ratio – that is, the number of people of workforce age as a proportion of the entire population – will be much the same in 2030 as in 1970. The Alternative To Live Exports That Won't Hurt Farmers. Pakistan, 2012. It’s difficult to imagine a more unlikely setting for thousands of Australian sheep. Forsaken by Australian authorities and abandoned to a monstrous fate, they are stabbed, clubbed and buried alive by a crew of amateur butchers. Egypt, 2013. Australian cattle have their eyes stabbed, leg tendons slashed, and are butchered while still alive. The Gulf of Aden, 2013. These are but a few glimpses into a total of 43 investigations that have been conducted into the live export trade since 2003, all of which have revealed egregious violations of international animal welfare standards, and countless breaches of what is clearly an impotent and untenable Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).

Last month, ABC’s Lateline aired the findings of the latest investigation, which exposed yet more horrors in Gaza, Jordan and Kuwait. I must confess, I’m at a loss when it comes to live export. We need only look across the ditch to see an example of this model in action. ABC, SBS, Community TV - We salute you! - The Arts Party. ABC, SBS and all community TV stations provide essential services to Australians across the country and actively fulfill the core principles of this party. They educate & entertain usThey showcase Australian creativityThey are all about supporting communities Killing Community TV stations and implementing cuts to the ABC and SBS will reduce TV viewing choices for all of us. It will seriously diminish our ability to communicate with and be entertained by other Australians. These cuts do so little to improve the bottom-line of the budget, and yet so much to further impoverish the cultural diversity within the Australian entertainment industry.

We need MORE support for community Television. . - Sign up to support Community TV. Save the Cairns CBD Spectacled Flying Fox Colony | Chuffed | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising. The Cairns CBD Spectacled Flying Fox camp has been a piece of wildness in the CBD and a tourist attraction for decades. On one hand Council has promoted the flying foxes to Chinese tourists, but on the other hand Council has recently brutally trimmed their heritage listed roost trees in an attempt, so far totally unsuccessful, to disperse them to an alternative site. This tree trimming was in accordance with the inappropriately named “Code of Practice for Ecologically sustainable management of flying fox roosts” (which is neither sustainable or ecological) issued in November 2013 by the Queensland government to permit local governments to cause harm to flying foxes and their camps without breaching the Queensland Nature Conservation Act, administered by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

The most serious restriction was that no trimming should take place while dependent young were left in the trees when their mothers were out foraging elsewhere. Residents fear coal mining imminent in Brisbane Valley - Business. By Courtney Wilson Updated Brisbane Valley locals fear coal mining is imminent on rich farming land following recent amendments to mining laws. The State Government in September introduced controversial new legislation to reduce red tape and stop most Queenslanders going to the land court to object to proposed mining projects.

The bill was crafted to stop green groups and others launching "vexatious" objections just to delay projects, but landholders said it had stripped communities of their rights to complain. Residents on Brisbane's outskirts feel powerless and have set up the Mount Beppo action group to keep tab on development. The group said coal mining was now imminent in valuable agricultural areas of the Brisbane Valley and they had few avenues to object. A Chinese-owned mining company has been drilling to look for coal in the Wivenhoe Dam catchment area and the action group fear a viable deposit will be found close to prime farm land. The light of human rights is fading in Australia - The Drum. Posted Never has an Australian government talked so much about freedom while doing so much to undermine it. When it comes to national security and refugees we are increasingly pathetic, writes Ben Saul. The Abbott Government is waging a relentless war on our most precious human rights.

Never has an Australian government talked so much about freedom while doing so much to undermine it. The Government's stocks are rising as it takes advantage of public anxiety about terrorism to ram through new laws. The Government speaks in inflammatory terms of a "death cult" that "hates our freedoms". Listening to our politicians and some media, you would think that we are under siege, like French Algeria or Indochina in the 1950s, or Iraq at the height of the insurgency, plagued by daily suicide bombings. Terrorism here is not an existential threat. The Government says it is not targeting Muslims and that this is about crime, not Islam. The new laws also go too far. More powers are not the answer. There's a snake in my backyard, what should I do? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase. If you see a snake in your garden or house, do not try to catch or kill the snake.

Walk away from it slowly and keep an eye on it from a safe distance (several metres away). Keep your pets safely away from it and the snake will usually move on in its own time. Snakes don’t want to be near humans any more than humans generally want to be near snakes. If the snake has decided to stay around, and you really want it removed, you should ring your nearest National Parks and Wildlife office for advice.

They will tell you how to contact a licensed snake handler to have it removed. If the snake is inside the house, close the door of the room it is in and place a towel under the door before calling Parks and Wildlife. The most likely time for people to encounter snakes in their garden is spring when the males are out looking for females to mate with. Survey - Respect Research. An awkward time to mention migration. While all media attention is focused on Scott Morrison's hard-line approach to asylum seekers, an economically more important part of the immigration portfolio is getting scant attention.

A week ago the independent body set up to work out what skills Australia has, what it should import and how to develop home-grown skills, was quietly disbanded and its functions rolled into the Department of Industry. Was it just a case of reducing the number of government agencies, or was the intention to stop the independent Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency disturbing a delicate balance in the Australian economy? The government says the former, but one has to wonder. The independent AWPA was only formed two years ago, replacing Skills Australia, and was given an expanded brief by the Gillard government to find out, through both top-down macro studies and bottom-up interviews with businesses, where our skills deficits lay.

So what balance could that possibly disturb? They were different times. The Arts Party - The public political charade of behaving as if... Recycling machines. Why throw something away when you can be rewarded for recycling it instead? The City is trialing 4 reverse vending machines in the local area so there is an option to recycle when you are out and about.

A reverse vending machine works the opposite way to a vending machine – you put in an empty drink container and you get to choose a reward for your recycling efforts. What can go into the machines? The machines love empty drink cans and plastic bottles. Careful not to put in glass or containers full of liquid, and do not crush your containers beforehand – our machines won’t cope. Did you know? The City has tried using recycling bins in public areas, but levels of contamination made it impossible to recycle the materials collected. The beauty of these machines is that they accept only items that can be recycled and reject anything else. The machine also identifies the type of recyclable container by barcode, so if your plastic bottle is rejected, check that the label is intact. Locations Links. Access to Justice: Some things are not negotiable | Chuffed | Non-profit charity and social enterprise fundraising.

CSIRO cuts to hit alternative fuel research. Life just gets harder for marginalised Australians. Nesting Boxes | Wildlife Hollows. Banks and land grabs. Write to the Chairperson of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee | Defend Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness.