Celebrated Aboriginal musician, songwriter and artist Mr Roach has passed away, at the age of 66.

We meet on the land of the First Nations people and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

Warning. Names and photos of Mr Roach, as a deceased person, may appear in this thread or links.

Archie Roach and his sister were taken from their family when Archie was two years old and so they were members of the stolen generation.

Mr Roach went on to become a legendary musical artist with great acclaim in Australia and abroad.

This is really a time of seeing an era ending, knowing the people who have died are such that we will not see the like again. The times that made them have passed and a new age with new people responding to challenges, injustice and opportunity will emerge.

People like Mr Roach will always be the star who lights the way for all of us, while remind us of our past.

We hope The Indigenous Voice in Parliament is a permanent legacy for those lije Mr Roach and his Sister, who suffered as The Stolen Generation and to aid reconciliation for the sorrowful descendants of the regime who caused such harm.

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2022/07/30/legendary-songman-uncle-archie-roach-passes-away

https://www.commonground.org.au/learn/death-and-sorry-business

101 thoughts on “Celebrated Aboriginal musician, songwriter and artist Mr Roach has passed away, at the age of 66.

  1. Vale Archie Roach, and also Jack Charles.

    And in other news

  2. A dam has burst on Cubbie Station spilling at least 30,000 megalitres of water and inundating hundreds of bales of newly harvested cotton.

    My heart bleeds, trooly it does. Maybe that will teach them not to erect dams on flood plains, but I think all it will do is make the owners build stronger dam walls.

  3. I’ve closed comments on Her Majesty and reposted what I can of vote1julia’s comment

    Wow, Russian Kherson front about to collapse!

    s=20&t=IzPbHZFESuo5SPvU8PqEGQhttps://twitter.com/mishazelinsky/status/1569301966601461761?s=20&t=IzPbHZFESuo5SPvU8PqEGQ

    Nothing definite but joining the dots between sources posted above.

    Slava Ukraini!

    • Puffy,

      Click on “Edit” on any comment.

      The screen that comes up has lots of entries on the panel on the left.

      Click on “Posts”

      Click on the post that you want to manage.

      Bottom right you will see “Discussion”

      Untick “Allow comments.”

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  4. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In an exclusive interview with Nick McKenzie and other SMH journos, NSW Independent Casino Commission chief Phillip Crawford has attacked the Star’s acting chief Geoff Hogg and questioned the ability of its senior staff. Kapow!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/casino-watchdog-savages-star-for-throwing-moral-compass-out-the-window-20220913-p5bhru.html
    The SMH editorial says that Star casino must pay a price for its lawless arrogance. Bang!
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/star-casino-must-pay-a-price-for-its-lawless-arrogance-20220913-p5bhsq.html
    Now Sydney has two casinos run by companies unfit to hold a gaming licence, declares Charles Livingstone. Ouch!
    https://theconversation.com/now-sydney-has-two-casinos-run-by-companies-unfit-to-hold-a-gaming-licence-190540
    The Liberal Party’s attack on the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, over an alleged conflict of interest in his share ownership was an unimpressive flop. It did not establish a case that Dreyfus had failed to meet the technical standard of disclosure of interests set by the prime minister – a standard far higher than that set, writes Jack Waterford who says that Labor must pro-actively manage potential conflicts of interest.
    https://johnmenadue.com/labor-must-pro-actively-manage-potential-conflicts-of-interest/
    David Crowe tells us that Labor caucus members will be the first to see the bill to establish a national integrity commission after Anthony Albanese shut down calls from independent MPs for an early draft that might hasten debate on the reform.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/prime-minister-says-there-is-no-delay-to-his-election-pitch-to-crack-down-on-corruption-20220913-p5bht2.html
    Cavan Hogue writes about the Defence Strategic Review and the received wisdom about the China threat and US support and says we cannot assume that other countries will do anything but put their own interests before those of others and we must do the same.
    https://johnmenadue.com/defence-strategic-review-and-received-wisdom/
    A very good article here from Ross Gittins on the unemployed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/how-we-turned-helping-the-disadvantaged-find-jobs-into-the-hunger-games-20220913-p5bhkp.html
    Kate McClymont reports on yesterday’s proceedings at the Melissa Caddick inquiry.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/police-spent-14-minutes-searching-melissa-caddick-s-three-storey-home-after-her-disappearance-court-hears-20220913-p5bhsg.html
    An inquiry into former prime minister Scott Morrison’s secret self-appointments to several ministries is taking submissions. In a statement released yesterday, former High Court judge Virginia Bell, who is leading the inquiry, called for public input.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/australian-politics/2022/09/13/scott-morrison-ministries-probe/
    Mary Ward reports that patients also faced record waiting times when arriving at NSW hospitals by ambulance.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/one-in-10-walk-out-of-emergency-before-finishing-treatment-20220912-p5bhfp.html
    Meanwhile, Josh Gordon and Melissa Cunningham report that soaring inflation could slash Victoria’s health budget by more than 13 per cent in real terms this financial year, leaving doctors warning of worse outcomes for patients at a time of continued record-breaking demand.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/new-threat-to-health-funding-amid-record-breaking-demand-20220912-p5bhby.html
    Gareth Parker writes about the backlash against the proclamation of a public holiday on 22 September.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/public-holiday-outrage-republic-debate-muted-strange-things-happen-when-a-queen-dies-20220913-p5bhua.html
    According to The Australian, senior officials at Australia’s High Commission in London are deeply concerned and unhappy about Ben Roberts-Smith’s invitation to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, with sources close to the arrangements saying they did not expect the Victoria Cross recipient to accept the invitation.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/high-commission-unhappy-over-ben-robertssmith-funeral-attendance/news-story/f1f9f0cf0c96a5bd0a6515b47191bfb9
    Australia has no need for a head of state, royal or not, posits Geoffrey Robertson.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-has-no-need-for-a-head-of-state-royal-or-not-20220912-p5bhhf.html
    Paul Bongiorno says that the Queen’s death will help to resolve our identity crisis.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/09/13/paul-bongiorno-queens-death-our-identity-crisis/
    Josh Butler writes that the federal opposition has raised concerns about Labor’s “commitment to regional Australia”, with former Nationals ministers Barnaby Joyce and Bridget McKenzie unhappy at reports the Labor government may cut funding for major Coalition infrastructure proposals.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/14/nationals-question-labors-commitment-to-the-bush-as-infrastructure-programs-face-axe
    Australia’s housing crisis has become even worse as soaring rents and near-record low vacancy rates combine with higher interest rates to squeeze millions of people who don’t own property, explains Matthew Elmas.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2022/09/14/housing-crisis-rents/?breaking_live_scroll=1
    The AIMN tells us how Australia can generate a $52 billion windfall from science.
    https://theaimn.com/how-australia-can-generate-a-52-billion-windfall-from-science/
    Surpluses recorded by some of Australia’s biggest universities have complicated their cases for aid, writes Binoy Kampmark.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/beggars-in-surplus-australias-university-gangsters,16758
    After a report showed US inflation decelerated only to 8.3 per cent in August, instead of the 8.1 per cent economists expected, stocks are tumbling, and disappointment is smacking markets worldwide, following Wall Street’s sudden realisation that inflation isn’t slowing as much as hoped. Australian shares are set to fall by nearly 2% at start of trading today. (Update: 2.4%).
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/asx-set-to-dive-as-inflation-shock-sends-wall-street-tumbling-20220914-p5bhv1.html
    All eyes were on Balmoral – but events in Ukraine may be just as historic for Britain, explains Rafael Behr.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/13/balmoral-ukraine-historic-king-charles
    Sweden’s coalition of right-wing parties looks set to secure a narrow victory in a general election that promises to rewrite the political map in the Nordic region’s biggest country.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/sweden-headed-for-new-political-era-as-right-wing-nears-win-20220913-p5bhr3.html
    Farrah Tomzin reports that women in every US state would be prohibited from having an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy under a proposed national ban designed to galvanise Republicans ahead of the midterm elections. The effete Lindsay Graham’s legislation would include exceptions for cases involving rape, incest or risks to the life and health of the mother, but it has no chance of getting through the Congress before the mid-term elections.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/your-body-our-choice-republican-senator-introduces-national-abortion-ban-bill-20220914-p5bhv0.html
    “Guess what, women can vote! Is that why even hard-line anti-abortion Republicans are backtracking?”, writes Arwa Mahdawi.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/13/women-vote-anti-abortion-republicans-backtracking-roe-v-wade
    A spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence said Russian troops were surrendering en masse as “they understand the hopelessness of their situation”. A Ukrainian presidential adviser said there were so many POWs that the country was running out of space to accommodate them.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/reports-of-many-russian-pows-after-ukrainian-push-20220913-p5bhnw.html

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  5. Exactly!

  6. Puffy

    Uncle jack was born in 1943, he was 79 when he died.

    We are so sad at his loss, he was a King of his people. His and Archie Roach’s death is a bigger loss to the Australia even more than Queen Lizzy’s.

    They have both left a big hole.

    Vale.

    • 2gravel, I’m also so sad that he has passed and agree that Uncle Jack and Uncle Archie have left a very big hole.

      Last night SBS repeated Uncle Jack’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are, a reminder of what was reality for so many Indigenous people. I believe many non-indigenous Australians will understand that we have lost two very important and significant people.

      I hope the influence and spiritual presence of these two men continue to spread.
      HelenZilva

  7. LOL Gold ! Headline
    Gina Rinehart accuses government of being out of touch with pensioners over tax threshold
    Gina is on a roll

    Gina Rinehart accuses politicians of being ‘removed from the lives’ of pensioners
    .
    Meanwhile the ‘in touch” Gina….

    Billionaire Gina Rinehart Says Superyacht Mooring Is ‘Sadly Lacking’

    ‘Gina Rinehart calls for more places to moor her yacht by Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games’

    • Gina approves of NFF wants aged pensioners to harvest their crops. It’s backbreaking physical work that is totally unsuitable for anyone who spent their working life in a sedentary occupation or who has spent hours husbanding the pension by watching TV or on Twitter

  8. HelenZilva

    Thank you. We have had visitors the past couple of days so we haven’t watched tv or anything. I’m sorry we missed the SBS replay.

    • HelenZilva, unfortunately after I was ill about 12 years ago, I have become computer dyslectic, and although I write all my log in stuff in a book, but somehow I can never access any of the replay stuff. It’s a bummer but that’s life. 🙂

  9. “Farrah Tomzin reports that women in every US state would be prohibited from having an abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy under a proposed national ban designed to galvanise Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.”

    How long will it be before Republicans in the US deny women a vote and an education? If Trump gets his wish and becomes President again (instead of going to jail) it won’t be too long.

    Republican males must be absolutely terrified of women.

  10. Totally missing the point – disabled people, whether they are on the NDIS or not, are kept in hospital because THERE IS NO SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR THEM. They are lucky they don’t get the alternative – being shoved into an aged care facility and left to rot.

    NDIA to boost staff and streamline processes to get people out of hospital faster

    The NDIA is implementing a new operational plan. It is to address issues with NDIS participants who are medically fit to be discharged from hospital after treatment but can’t leave because of a lack of suitable accomodation.

    Bill Shorten says the operational plan includes:

    Increasing the number of dedicated Hospital Discharge staff supporting each state and territory, including additional Hospital Liaison Officers (HLOs) and NDIS hospital discharge planners.
    Increasing the delegation of those staff and streamlining processes to facilitate quicker decision-making.
    A commitment from the NDIA to contact every NDIS participant (or their authorised representative or nominee) within four days of being notified of their admission.
    A commitment from the NDIA that an NDIS discharge plan will be approved within 30 days.
    Enhanced data collection and reporting to measure progress against these commitments and identify reasons for any delay

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2022/sep/14/australia-news-politics-national-cabinet-anthony-albanese-dominic-perrotet-daniel-andrews-covid-isolation-queen-mourning

    What is needed is not faster discharges, what is needed is more purpose-built disabled accommodation.

  11. Chris Hayes –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Stephen Colbert – (best of highlights re trump)

  12. I don’t think the pen had anything to do with his (or her) bad mood. Maybe the day started badly because his valet failed to squeeze exactly one inch of toothpaste on the royal toothbrush.

  13. King Chucky 3rd needs to learn some manners. His mother would never have been seen to act that way. Her public persona was always unruffled, in control, calm.

    Can you remember as a younger sovereign when she was on a horse alone, in front of the troops, Trooping The Colour???, and there was a loud bang?

    In a possible assassination attempt, she kept her cool, did not panic, and kept her horse calm.

    Charles has big shoes to fill.

  14. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    In another excellent contribution, Chris Wallace explains why Albanese’s decision to suspend parliament to mourn the Queen was a clever strategy.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/albanese-s-decision-to-suspend-parliament-to-mourn-the-queen-was-a-clever-strategy-20220913-p5bhre.html
    This is interesting. Josh Butler writes that the governor general, David Hurley, kept Scott Morrison waiting longer to be officially appointed to the secret portfolios he requested in 2021 compared with earlier in the pandemic, documents obtained under freedom of information laws show. Did Hurley have some concerns?
    https://www.theguardian.com/global/2022/sep/15/governor-general-delayed-giving-scott-morrison-additional-portfolios-in-2021-foi-documents-show
    The way Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe and his board prepared Australians for swings in interest rates and their impact on the economy are key elements of an independent review that will also canvass how the institution deals with future pandemics and shocks to global supply chains, writes Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/rba-faces-questions-over-how-it-explained-its-policy-trade-offs-20220914-p5bhyu.html
    Calls for governor Phil Lowe to resign are ill-informed, and the RBA’s policy of raising rates is the only way to fight inflation, says the editorial in the SMH.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/rba-has-to-raise-rates-to-fight-inflation-20220914-p5bi2s.html
    Alexandra Smith tells us that the NSW premier is running out of time to deliver stamp duty reform in this term of government. How property is taxed now looks set to be an election battleground in March, she says.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/perrottet-s-stamp-duty-reform-dream-may-be-gazumped-20220914-p5bhyt.html
    The SMH reports that the Nationals fear Labor will slash regional funding after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese accused their party of being obsessed with pork-barrelling and looking after their mates. Nationals leader David Littleproud accused the government of hiding behind a cheap political line instead of being constructive as it targeted funding for roads, rail and dams in the hunt for budget savings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/joyce-rejects-albanese-s-pork-barrelling-accusation-20220914-p5bhzh.html
    Clay Lucas expands on the proposition that a dramatic rethink of aged care is needed as operators stare down $9.3b black hole.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/dramatic-rethink-of-aged-care-needed-as-operators-stare-down-9-3b-black-hole-20220902-p5bf19.html
    Businesses are calling for a radical overhaul of Victoria’s housing and payroll tax regimes as part of a push for far-reaching tax reform to reinvigorate the state’s economy. Josh Gordon reports that, in its state election pitch, the influential business lobby group also called on the government to abolish payroll taxes completely for businesses operating in regional Victoria to encourage big companies to invest outside Melbourne.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/victorian-businesses-call-for-radical-stamp-duty-overhaul-20220914-p5bhzj.html
    David Crowe reports on yesterday’s NPC lunch where Tesla chair Robyn Denholm said that Australia should revive its auto industry by making batteries and electric vehicles to meet soaring global demand and help speed up the transition from petrol and diesel cars. She was right on point, putting Crowes question back into its box.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-could-revive-its-car-industry-with-ev-says-tesla-chair-20220914-p5bi0z.html
    Meanwhile, Patrick Hatch tells us that Australian motorists’ growing appetite for big, fuel-guzzling utes and SUVs is all-but wiping out the climate change benefits of a tripling in EV sales, prompting calls for stricter efficiency standards in a country viewed globally as a laggard.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/wake-up-call-suv-sales-cancel-carbon-savings-from-electric-cars-20220914-p5bi18.html
    The strategic and economic importance of ridding our electricity system of fossil fuels is suddenly plain to see, writes Bruce Mountain who points out that for the billions UK is spending on power bill subsidies, we could decarbonise our entire grid.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/for-the-billions-uk-is-spending-on-power-bill-subsidies-we-could-decarbonise-our-entire-grid-20220912-p5bhe6.html
    Anote Tong and Thomas Esang Remengesau write that Australia must immediately stop digging up, exporting and burning fossil fuels and become a global climate leader to help save its Pacific neighbours from catastrophe. They say teal climate action will cement Australia’s reconnection with the Pacific.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/real-climate-action-will-cement-australia-s-reconnection-with-pacific-20220914-p5bhyi.html
    Jack Waterford reckons that before another republic referendum we need to clarify the role of the monarch in Australia.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7901786/the-head-of-state-headache/?cs=14258
    Media coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s death began well, but quickly descended into farce, complains Dennis Muller.
    https://theconversation.com/media-coverage-of-queen-elizabeths-death-began-well-but-quickly-descended-into-farce-190645
    Just now we all need a rest from royalty. But what’s gone unnoticed in media is how intimately connected the monarchy is to the Church of England, explains Paul Collins.
    https://johnmenadue.com/one-established-church-is-enough/
    Yes, Australian house prices are dropping, says Greg Jericho, but from staggering heights!
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2022/sep/15/yes-australian-house-prices-are-dropping-but-from-staggering-heights
    More from David Solomon on the Strategic Defence Review. He wonders if we can rely on the US.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-defence-strategic-review-can-we-rely-on-the-us/
    Dana Daniel reports that a major private hospital provider is warning operations will be cancelled amid a standoff with insurers over who should pay for common surgical items such as staples, sponges and glues. More than 400 “general consumables” were removed from the prostheses list from July 1 under changes outlined by former health minister Greg Hunt in May last year.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/it-s-a-disaster-private-hospitals-warn-surgeries-at-risk-amid-funding-stoush-20220824-p5bcac.html
    The Conversation tells us what happened when we gave unemployed Australians early access to their super.
    https://theconversation.com/what-happened-when-we-gave-unemployed-australians-early-access-to-their-super-weve-just-found-out-188440
    Readers of the Bell inquiry into Star Entertainment, and the earlier reports into Crown Resorts, should ask one question: why has no one been charged?
    https://www.afr.com/chanticleer/star-s-money-laundering-mystery-20220914-p5bi1k
    Another report into the mismanagement of a casino. Stern words and resolutions from all the right people. But little optimism that improvements can be made. There might be another way to manage these gaudy palaces of misery, writes Mark Sawyer.
    https://michaelwest.com.au/casino-royal-stuff-at-star-casino/
    And Macquarie analysts expect Star Entertainment to retain its Sydney harbourside flagship casino licence subject to remediation and penalties of up to $100 million, as governance experts say more executives need to be shown the door to secure this outcome.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/games-and-wagering/star-expected-to-retain-licence-asic-urged-to-act-20220914-p5bhx7
    Osman Faruqi declares that the ’90s are over and he says that the republican movement needs a rebrand – and new faces.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-90s-are-over-the-republican-movement-needs-a-rebrand-and-new-faces-20220914-p5bhxp.html
    NIMBY campaigns have helped drive up house prices and rents, a leading economist has argued, as younger Australians are shut out of the market by opposition to high-density developments. Rachel Clun takes us through the Grattan Institute’s findings.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nimbys-make-housing-unaffordable-grattan-institute-20220914-p5bi0y.html
    Kate McClymont reports on yesterday’s hearing of the Melissa Caddick inquiry. It came out that a police sergeant was not convinced by the sincerity of Caddick’s husband’s crying.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/i-am-very-confident-they-weren-t-real-tears-officer-questions-anthony-koletti-s-reaction-to-missing-wife-20220914-p5bi2r.html
    Australia needs to radically rethink how our schools are organised, how the teacher workforce is developed and supported, and how the learning challenges students face are confronted quickly and effectively, argues the Grattan Institute’s Jordana Hunter.
    https://www.smh.com.au/education/enough-talk-it-s-time-to-revamp-the-way-our-schools-work-20220914-p5bi11.html
    Sydney private school Cranbrook will undertake a detailed internal review following reports of anti-Semitic bullying and concerns raised from parents and alumni. Yet another!
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/a-moral-duty-cranbrook-undertakes-review-after-anti-semitic-reports-20220914-p5bi4b.html
    Israeli attacks on Palestinians have received widespread condemnation while also inspiring unity and solidarity, writes Dr Ibrahim Natil.
    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/israeli-military-attacks-are-an-affront-to-human-rights,16763
    Donald Trump’s lawyers are causing “irreparable harm” to the government and public by delaying the investigation into his hoarding of highly classified documents at his Florida mansion, the US Department of Justice has said.
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/14/trump-documents-justice-department-irreparable-harm

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  15. “The SMH reports that the Nationals fear Labor will slash regional funding after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese accused their party of being obsessed with pork-barrelling and looking after their mates. Nationals leader David Littleproud accused the government of hiding behind a cheap political line instead of being constructive as it targeted funding for roads, rail and dams in the hunt for budget savings.”

    What regional funding? You can’t slash non-existent funding.

    Anyone who lives in a Nats electorate will tell you the only times funding trickles in are if that electorate becomes marginal. Otherwise it never happens, despite the same promises being repeated election after election.

    No government wants to fund Nats electorates. Labor in government sees them as safe Coalition seats and never bothers, the Libs in government see them as safe seats and never bother either.

    An example – during the 2016 election the Nats promised to upgrade lighting on a local sports oval, it didn’t happen so they promised it again in 2019. Eventually the NSW government did it two years ago. If they had not stepped in we’d still be waiting.

    Another example – some of the more brain-dead locals, urged on by Nats property developers, have for years wanted a bridge across the Hastings River to what is known locally as “the North Shore” – a desolate area that has been sand-mined and which has lured developers for decades. Problem is the area can only be accessed by ferry from Port Macquarie or by taking a long drive to Crescent Head and taking the Point Plomer Road, which is in a woeful state and recommended only for four wheel drive vehicles. Fortunately the Wran government slapped a protection order on the area so greedy developers have been unable to turn it into wall to wall jerry-built houses and canal developments. The Nats used to make this bridge a regular election promise -“You will get your bridge” said one hopeful Nat leader at least 20 years ago. It has never happened.

    I don’t know where this alleged pork-barrelling happened but it sure wasn’t here.

    • There are 2 roads from North Shore to Crescent Head

      1. Point Plomer track which is controlled by National Parks and gravel from Limeburners Creek to North Shore – currently being maintained – as opposed to allowing road to deteriorate to keep people out because can drive along beach with appropriate permits

      2. Maria River Rd maintained by Hastings and Kempsey shires, will be sealed 2024, about 25 km of poorly maintained gravel that has car run into trees accident every 3 months
      This is the detour when Pacific Highway is closed

    • Funding for this road would be complicated by the fact that road straddles 2 Nats electorates and shires grade road before school holidays

    • I used to know people who lived on the Maria River Road – even in good weather it was crap. I don’t know how people on this road ever managed to get to work. My friend used to stay in Port when the weather was bad.

      As for the area being flood-prone I know all about that. My ex wanted to live over there, a brain-fart that was quickly vetoed by me.

  16. Good afternoon.
    My son told me he is taking my grand=daughter to see the funeral of QW2. Though I imagine not much will be seen unless there are big screens everywhere. He is more for an Aussie republic than not, but this is an historic occasion and Grand-Dragonette is British as well as Aussie. I said with the millions out there he should put a leash on her belt. He said she is 8, not 3. I said ‘so what?’ Grandmothers are allowed to worry!

    Why does spellcheck insist that my AN hotel be corrected to A hotel?

  17. I have always supported Israel as a state but this is confronting my beliefs.

    Israel was not set up to be an oppressor of others, as I understand but, Israel as a refuge for the survivors of the WW2 genocides.

    Whomever is running the show in Israel needs to be held to account in an international criminal court for the death of this journalist and all the other deaths.

    Defence is one thing, murder is another.

    https://independentaustralia.net/life/life-display/israeli-military-attacks-are-an-affront-to-human-rights,16763

    (I am not an expert on these topics, but something has to be done maybe by the USA and the United Nations, to solve this issue. Everybody will need to lose something so everyone can gain peace.)

  18. 2gravel, if you’re around, I’ve just seen that NITV, 34 is screening the Uncle Jack Charles program at 7.30 Brisbane time tonight – it’s an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” I hope you have an opportunity to watch it.
    Regards, Helen

  19. This is quite an unbelievable rise in Australia’s international standing as reflected in this video. At around the 4.38 minute interval we get a mention alongside far larger and more powerful nations as a proposed guarantor of Ukraine’s security, post this terrible war being raged against this brave but much, much smaller nation. Brava Ukraine.

  20. This so-called influencer Rebecca Judd, looks like she could do with a shave and after that, have her mouth washed out with soap! LOL

  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    According to Rachel Clun and Shane Wright, the nation’s runaway jobs market is showing early signs of reaching a critical tipping point, strengthening the case for the Reserve Bank to slow down its aggressive increases in interest rates in the run-up to Christmas.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unemployment-rate-rises-for-first-time-in-10-months-20220915-p5bi6z.html
    The prime minister has deftly followed royal conventions after the Queen’s death, but it will require great political agility to deliver an Australian republic and – before that – an Indigenous Voice to parliament, writes David Crowe. Yet another test?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-bridge-too-far-why-our-republican-pm-is-getting-tetchy-20220914-p5bi40.html
    Anthony Albanese’s says discussing the future of the monarchy before the Queen is buried would do more harm than good. But that doesn’t mean others have to feel similarly constrained, writes Phil Coorey.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/protocol-shouldn-t-stop-getting-ball-rolling-on-the-republic-20220915-p5bi72
    Sarah Martin thinks that Anthony Albanese’s deference to the throne might be the best way to ensure constitutional change.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/15/anthony-albaneses-deference-to-the-throne-might-be-the-best-way-to-ensure-constitutional-change
    At the start of the year, RBA governor Philip Lowe was confident about interest rate settings and the economy. Now he faces a reckoning on the reality, says Shane Wright.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/lowe-s-february-promises-to-face-october-reality-as-rates-rise-20220915-p5bicg.html
    Nick Bonyhady tells us that former Telstra boss David Thodey will lead a review of MyGov, the federal services online platform that crashed in the early days of the pandemic, sending thousands into Centrelink queues. Former human rights commissioner Edward Santow, who is joining Thodey on the audit, said he had seen the consequences of subpar government software in his previous work as a community lawyer.
    https://www.smh.com.au/technology/clunky-unreliable-mygov-to-be-reviewed-by-former-telstra-boss-20220915-p5bide.html
    And Dan Jervis-Bardy writes that the culture of the National Disability Insurance Agency and its ability to manage the scheme’s massive growth will be put under the microscope as part of a new probe. Federal Parliament’s NDIS committee has launched a wide-ranging inquiry into the agency, which has faced upheaval since Labor swept to power at the federal election in May.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7900373/its-important-we-restore-trust-ndia-culture-under-spotlight-in-new-inquiry/?cs=27845
    As the region around Australia continues to destabilise, Defence is gearing up to reveal how it will fill the gap between its ageing Collins submarines and a new nuclear-powered fleet slated to not be fully operational until the 2040s. Harley Dennett reports that, on the first anniversary of the AUKUS technology sharing pact, Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles will say Defence is on track to reveal in March next year an optimal pathway for developing its nuclear-powered fleet.
    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7904851/locally-built-nuclear-submarines-needed-to-secure-australian-trade-and-jobs-marles/?cs=14329
    Ben Packham writes that Australia has ruled out pursuing a “bespoke’’ design for its future nuclear submarines under the AUKUS pact, with Defence Minister Richard Marles declaring the boats will be the same as those operated by either the US or UK.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/defence/nuclear-subs-design-to-match-us-or-uk/news-story/f2c5d68e345d1c4c3b0570f44be59814
    One year on, AUKUS is reaching the awkward age, writes Matthew Knott who refers to a report on the first anniversary of AUKUS, where analysts from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute argue Australia now faces “the most dangerous strategic outlook since the end of the Cold War”, making “the advanced technologies AUKUS aims to foster even more relevant”.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/one-year-on-aukus-reaches-the-awkward-age-20220915-p5bia4.html
    On the Defence Strategic Review, John Menadue argues that we are becoming a proxy or is it a patsy for the US in a possible conflict with China.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-defence-strategic-review-we-are-ceding-our-sovereignty-to-the-us/
    Mike Foley writes that a $7 billion test looms for the federal government as key independent senator David Pocock and environment groups demand the October budget transfer funds earmarked for regional dams into conservation projects.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/desperately-urgent-pocock-calls-to-divert-joyce-s-dam-funding-to-conservation-20220913-p5bhmr.html
    Meanwhile, new research has confirmed there is a large demographic of “silent environmentalists” in Australia, and more needs to be done to harness them in efforts to protect the environment. A study by researchers from the University of Queensland surveyed 2100 people across Australia, trying to get a more accurate picture of people’s thoughts on the environment.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/queensland/tealpolitik-activists-urged-to-reach-out-to-silent-environmentalists-20220915-p5bibm.html
    Ten weeks to the state election and the latest public opinion polls have provided a reading of Victoria’s political temperature. Though their margins vary, these polls are in unison in finding that the Andrews government is on track to be re-elected in November, writes Paul Stranglo.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/public-expects-an-andrews-victory-despite-disenchantment-20220914-p5bi46.html
    The Australian’s Jess Malcolm reports that hundreds of residential aged-care homes could collapse after new reforms aimed at improving residents’ care punched a half- billion-dollar hole in the sector’s budget, the industry’s peak body has warned. Aged and Community Care Providers Association chief executive Paul Sadler said one third of homes in Australia faced closure, leaving thousands of residents “homeless”, because the government’s new funding model would fail to cover the cost of additional requirements for residential homes.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/nation/reforms-put-agedcare-homes-at-risk-of-ruin/news-story/df5443f516c9bb728abb9b08b06f00d5
    Victoria’s health system is not coping with demand, and it’s time for some straight talking from the government, says the editorial in The Age.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/we-need-clarity-on-health-funding-20220915-p5bi8l.html
    The Independent Education Union has called on Victorian Catholic educators to refuse to perform any work outside of their legal requirements from the beginning of term four as negotiations over a new workplace deal stall.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/no-more-freebies-as-catholic-educators-plan-work-to-rule-action-20220915-p5biak.html
    Michelle Arrow and Frank Bongiorno reckon the real ‘history war’ is the attack on our archives and libraries. They are really dirty on Abbott and Morrison and their ministers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-real-history-war-is-the-attack-on-our-archives-and-libraries-20220907-p5bg1z.html
    Michelle Grattan says that the passage of the proposed referendum on a Voice to Parliament could be a necessary, albeit not a sufficient, condition for Australia to become a republic in the next few years.
    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-defeat-of-the-voice-would-be-a-body-blow-for-achieving-a-republic-190747
    Elizabeth I’s death created the United Kingdom. Elizabeth II’s death may herald its end, posits Jane Caro.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/elizabeth-i-s-death-created-the-united-kingdom-elizabeth-ii-s-death-may-herald-its-end-20220915-p5bia6.html
    Albanese and Dutton could cooperate to remove King Charles as our head of state in favour of a republic. Instead, early indications signal we will continue bowing to the monarchy for many more years, writes Stephen Saunders.
    https://independentaustralia.net/australia/australia-display/australia-the-royal-doormat-time-to-give-the-palace-the-boot-,16766
    The passing of the beloved monarch will herald the inevitable descent of this once-powerful nation from global empire to no more than a fractured island, predicts Alex Lo.
    https://johnmenadue.com/death-of-elizabeth-marks-return-to-little-england/
    The public broadcaster faces criticism from the public, as well as some of its staunchest allies and former employees, for its blanket coverage of the death of the Queen. The ABC, along with many media organisations, has devoted a large section of its broadcast and online news to the royal family, writes George Hyde.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2022/09/15/queen-media-saturation-coverage/
    James Robertson reports that Scott Morrison has joined the board of an organisation described as aligning with the “intolerant far right”.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/politics/2022/09/14/scott-morrison-far-right/
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW Roads Minister Natalie Ward is considering a switch to the lower house at the March election in a bid to boost the number of senior Liberal women in the Legislative Assembly. Senior Liberals want Ward, an upper house MP, to nominate for the ultra-safe seat of Davidson, which is being vacated by the Speaker Jonathan O’Dea. Davidson is on a margin of 24 per cent.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/senior-libs-push-rising-star-natalie-ward-for-lower-house-seat-20220915-p5biev.html
    The accelerating decline in home ownership among young people shows the great Australian dream of owning a home is becoming a nightmare, one of the nation’s leading economists has warned. Brendan Coates, the economic policy program director at the Grattan Institute, said in order to address the housing crisis, high-density housing should be encouraged in cities, negative gearing should be abolished and the capital gains tax discount reduced. IMHO these changes could only EVER happen under a Liberal government and a dead Murdoch.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/15/high-density-development-and-better-rent-assistance-key-to-addressing-housing-crisis-economist-says
    Mary Ward reports that the national medicines regulator will consider restricting the sale of paracetamol after an independent expert report raised concern about overdoses in teenagers. In a statement, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said it would begin a consultation process regarding recommendations in the report, which included purchase limits of one or two packs per person and restricting sale without a prescription to over 18s.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/sale-of-paracetamol-under-scrutiny-amid-concern-about-overdoses-in-teens-20220915-p5bi9e.html
    AGL Energy is embroiled in fresh crisis after shareholders staged a revolt against the appointment of its next chair, Paula Dwyer, and the veteran company director abandoned the role. Ms Dwyer was in the running to take over from Peter Botten as chair but the selection on Tuesday of the seasoned director immediately reopened a rift with its largest shareholder, Mike Cannon-Brookes, who has been agitating for a climate-savvy hire who could transform AGL into a green energy player.
    https://amp.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/a-revolt-by-agl-investors-has-forced-paula-dwyer-to-withdraw-her-nomination-for-chair/news-story/a5cd2863449f537ec8c4ab5b49cfa338
    Nearly 30% of Australia’s emissions come from industry. Tougher rules for big polluters is a no-brainer, says Rebeca Pearse.
    https://theconversation.com/nearly-30-of-australias-emissions-come-from-industry-tougher-rules-for-big-polluters-is-a-no-brainer-190264
    Over the past couple of years, the idea that humanly-created climate change is real and worrying has become increasingly accepted in Australia. Few scientists now argue the opposite point of view, the commentariat has largely followed suit even News Corp’s opposition is no longer a matter of policy and polls suggest that scepticism and denialism are in retreat in the popular mind, writes Chas Keys.
    https://johnmenadue.com/climate-change-weather-elements-and-natural-disasters-what-links/
    Failed Liberal candidate Warren Mundine has resigned from the SBS board two years into a five-year term during which he was admonished by the multicultural broadcaster for social media comments “not in line with the values of SBS”. SBS confirmed Mundine had resigned early, citing his other business and personal commitments.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/sep/15/warren-mundine-quits-sbs-board-stating-his-other-roles-meant-he-did-not-have-the-time
    Ukraine has won a major victory and Putin is in shock, says the SMH’s editorial.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/ukraine-has-won-a-major-victory-and-putin-is-in-shock-20220915-p5bif2.html
    Alexey Kovolev writes that new Russian protest movement is coalescing, but it’s neither pro-democracy nor anti-war. Instead, it’s the most extreme of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s supporters, who have grown increasingly furious at the unfolding military disaster for Russia in the six-month-long war in Ukraine.
    https://www.afr.com/world/europe/putin-has-a-new-opposition-and-it-s-furious-at-defeat-in-ukraine-20220913-p5bhm5
    Vladimir Putin has told Xi Jinping that he understands China’s “questions and concerns” about the war in Ukraine, in a rare nod to tensions between the two states caused by the Russian invasion.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/15/putin-thanks-xi-china-balanced-stance-on-ukraine-invasion-russia
    United in a sense of victimhood, Russia has an ally in far-right Serbian groups. The west underestimates them at its peril, warns Michael Colborne.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/15/putin-balkans-war-ukraine-russia-serbian
    With a grim winter looming, Europe is focusing more on getting through it rather than trying to address some crucial long-term energy issues resulting from its stoush with Russia, explains Stephen Bartholomeusz.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/europe-unveils-imperfect-plan-to-survive-its-winter-energy-crisis-20220915-p5bi6g.html
    Joe Biden’s popularity improved substantially from his lowest point a few months ago, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist, according to new polling. Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36 per cent in July to 45 per cent, driven in large part by a rebound in support from Democrats just two months before the November midterm elections.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/biden-approval-rises-sharply-as-democrats-fear-trump-return-20220915-p5bigw.html

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  22. I wonder what this important story was about – human rights abuses maybe?

    And yet Their ABC found the money to fly 27 reporters to Britain to cover the funeral and associated ceremonies.

    • Why stay there? I understand that renting is not an owner’s but a ‘buyer’s market’ these days, and there are lots of vacant properties out there looking for an occupier like you to snuggle down in them for a while! Don’t contract a long lease though. If you’re a good tenant, ie home-maker and tidy gardener, the owner will negotiate good terms to keep you there. For once you can call the shots or move on more easily than before. Or have I got it wrong?

    • Patricia – I’m lucky enough to have Community Housing, rents are tied to my pension. My kids are not so lucky – they all have greedy landlords who put the rent up because they can’ despite them all being long-term tenants who keep their properties neat and tidy.

  23. I follow the Ukraine war every day. I donated a minuscule $25 to a couple of Ukraine charities, in the belief that many drops of rain fill a dam, and I share where I can.

    If Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy does not make as The Times Person of the Year then I don’t know who can.

    Those Ukranians are smart and tough.

    And any country who wants in with the reconstruction of Ukraine after they kick Putin’s army out and Russia out of Crimea had better be in now, I reckon.

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