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THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE AMERICANA MOVEMENT

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https://youtu.be/w7278_fcLoI Friends of popular music! The wait is over. After the great comeback success of their 2018 album Psychedelic Country Soul and subsequent lengthy tours there is finally, as promised, the NEW Long Ryders single.   "Down To The Well" was cut in Richmond, Virginia near guitarist Stephen McCarthy's bohemian love pad with a few overdubs added down the phone line later on. Not even...

Toxicity swirls around January 26, but we can change the nation with a Voice to parliament

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 Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP We are at the day of the nation’s annual ritual of celebrating the arrivals, while not formally recognising the ancient peoples who were dispossessed. Each year the tensions spill over, rendering Australia Day/Invasion Day/Survival Day a protest as much as a celebration. But there is a quiet process underway, aimed at achieving substantive recognition of the First Nations that has so far...

‘I can’t save money for potential emergencies’: COVID lockdowns drove older Australians into energy poverty

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‘i can’t save money for potential emergencies’: covid lockdowns drove older australians into energy poverty
 Image: Shuttlestock Many of us who endured lockdowns in Australia are familiar with the surge in energy bills at home. But for older Australians who depend on the Age Pension for income, lockdowns drove many deeper into “energy poverty”. Some faced up to 50% higher bills than in 2019, as a result of COVID. Energy poverty involves low-income households restricting their energy consumption...

Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

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why the covid-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading
 Image: Shutterstock/Lakeview Images With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community. These include a variant called B.1.1.7 that has spread very quickly within the UK, with other new variants now observed in South Africa and Brazil. Changes in the genetic code of viruses...

Listen To Older Voices: Reg Forrest – Part 2

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listen to older voices: reg forrest – part 1
Welcome to part 2 of a 3-part Life & Times program featuring Reg Forrest. In Part 1 we learned that Reg was born in Bairnsdale Victoria in 1929 and bought up in the shadow of the Great Depression. Times for the family were very hard and as a result Reg developed strong values in regard to discipline, respect for others...

An Indigenous ‘Voice’ must be enshrined in our Constitution. Here’s why

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an indigenous ‘voice’ must be enshrined in our constitution. here’s why
 Picture: AAP/Dan Peled This year has already seen significant progress in the government’s commitment to establish a body – a “Voice” – that would allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have a say when the government and parliament make decisions and laws that affect them. In pursuing that Voice, it has released the Interim Report to the Australian Government on...

Four Indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together

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four indigenous composers and a piano from colonial times — making passionate, layered, honest music together
 Nardi Simpson plays the square piano, similar to one that arrived on the First Fleet. Jamie Kidston, Author provided (No reuse) Despite having different cultural backgrounds and experiences — Indigenous composers with an Indigenous mentor, and a pianist descended from Anglo-colonial history — it is nevertheless possible to create a project that can serve as a focus for unification and strength. In...

4 of our greatest achievements in vaccine science (that led to COVID vaccines)

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from www.shutterstock.com 4 of our greatest achievements in vaccine science (that led to covid vaccines)
 Image: Shuttlestock All eyes are on COVID-19 vaccines, with Australia’s first expected to be approved for use shortly. But their development in record time, without compromising on safety, wouldn’t have been possible without the development of other vaccines before them. These existing vaccines are some of the greatest achievements of medical science, preventing the spread of infectious disease, saving millions of lives around the world each...

I’ve heard COVID is leading to medicine shortages. What can I do if my medicine is out of stock?

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i’ve heard covid is leading to medicine shortages. what can i do if my medicine is out of stock?
 Picture: Shuttlestock You’ve just come from your monthly GP appointment with a new script for your ongoing medical condition. But your local pharmacy is out of stock of your usual medicine. Your condition is serious, and without it, your health is likely to suffer. What can you do? While medicine shortages happen from time to time, researchers and the media report COVID-19 is causing more shortages than...

To publish or not to publish? The media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism

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to publish or not to publish? the media’s free-speech dilemmas in a world of division, violence and extremism
 Picture: AAP/AP/ John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx Terrorism, political extremism, Donald Trump, social media and the phenomenon of “cancel culture” are confronting journalists with a range of agonising free-speech dilemmas to which there are no easy answers. Do they allow a president of the United States to use their platforms to falsely and provocatively claim the election he has just lost was stolen...