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Bill Shorten promises $4 billion for child care, benefitting 887,000 families

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten visited Salamanca Markets in Hobart on Saturday. Darren England/AAP In a big hit announcement before the start of pre-polling, Bill Shorten on Sunday will pledge a A$4 billion boost for child care, making it cheaper for every family earning up to $174,000. From July 2020, 887,000 families would benefit from the ALP plan, with some being...

RIGHT NOW opening l Chloë Violette in the Parlour

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Right Now Opening L Chloë Violette In The Parlour
Hello, In the final moments before opening a new production, an electricity flies through the theatre and enlivens us all with anticipation. That’s the feeling in the Red Stitch building today. I saw a preview performance of Catherine Anne-Toupin’s RIGHT NOW earlier this week, and the surreal magic of this extraordinary, surprising play gets under your skin in an entirely unique way…we...

Looking forward – to 2018

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Looking Forward – To 2018
A very Merry Christmas, And a happy new year,  Let's hope it's a good one, Without any fear. 2017 is over and for many people, it may not have come too soon.   Rather than looking backward, we at the Toorak Times and our Arts magazine TAGG would like to look forward, to 2018 and what we would like to see and what concerns...

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change

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Ecosystems Across Australia Are Collapsing Under Climate Change
Widespread mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpenteria. JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY/AAP To the chagrin of the tourist industry, the Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse. Our research, recently published in Nature Climate Change, describes a series of sudden and catastrophic ecosystem shifts that...

Tall ship tales: oral accounts illuminate past encounters and objects, but we need to get our story straight

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tall ship tales: oral accounts illuminate past encounters and objects, but we need to get our story straight
Two Dharawal men opposing Cook’s arrival at Kurnell.  Wikimedia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised this article contains images and names of deceased people. In the early Sydney colony, newcomers commonly quizzed Indigenous locals about their memories of Captain Cook and the Endeavour. They believed the arrival of a shipload of British men who stayed for a week was an incredibly memorable event;...

AFTERBURNER LIVE GIGS

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AFTERBURNERI've shown you the fantastic cartooning work of John Taylor, now is the chance to see his new band – AFTERBURNER – with members including Jerry Speiser (ex Men At Work: “Who Can It Be Now”, “Downunder”), John Taylor (ex Little Heroes: “One Perfect Day”, "Young Hearts”),  Martin Walker (ex Crucial Kick) and Graham Dixon (ex X…).AFTERBURNER currently play good covers;...

Grattan on Friday: The rift between Brandis and Dutton deepens as the behemoth of Home Affairs rises

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grattan on friday: the rift between brandis and dutton deepens as the behemoth of home affairs rises
The exit of George Brandis would be one less frustration for Peter Dutton. Mick Tsikas/AAP Immigration minister Peter Dutton got a towelling from the Senate this week when he couldn’t reach a deal with the crossbench on his legislation to toughen requirements for people seeking Australian citizenship. The bill was to impose a harder – many would say a ridiculously...

The zen of portraiture: Tony Costa wins the 2019 Archibald Prize

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Archibald Prize 2019 winner, Tony Costa, ‘Lindy Lee’, oil on canvas, 182.5 x 152 cm, © the artist. Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins Sitter: Lindy Lee - artist Tony Costa’s portrait of fellow artist Lindy Lee has won the 2019 Archibald Prize. His subject, Lindy Lee is both one of Australia’s most distinguished artists and a former trustee of the Art Gallery of...

Yes, car seats protect children. But you need the right restraint, fitted properly

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yes, car seats protect children. but you need the right restraint, fitted properly
 Laws introduced in 2009 and 2010 stipulate specific car restraints for children of different ages Road transport accidents remain a leading cause of death, with between one and two in every 100,000 Australian children dying on our roads each year. There is no doubt using a restraint protects against harm during a crash. In Australia we have seen steady declines in...

A SEASON OF ONE ACT PLAYS and more @ ON THE HOUSE

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  A new event has just been listed with us. If you like good theatre, don't go past A Season of One Act Plays ... and if you are a GOLD member, you have the opportunity to book up to 2 shows at a time for the next 24 hours... Thank you for all your support Please tell your friends so we can grow our...