Daily Archives: October 6, 2010

Live Music in Victorian Pubs No Longer Grounds for Expensive “High Risk” Liquor Licence Conditions

Victorian music venues will no longer be forced to hire crowd controllers just because they play live music, after a new agreement is signed in Melbourne today.

The licencee of the former Tote Hotel in Collingwood, Bruce Milne,  partly blamed the high cost of having to hire crowd controllers for the closure of the hotel last January.

Until an accord was signed between the Goverment and music industry bodies last March, Responsible Alcohol Victoria could force venues where live music was performed to hire crowd controllers. The March accord put that power on hold, and now that power is to be removed entirely. The March accord was signed after thousands of people rallied in Mebourne in February in support of live music.

Jon Perring, from Fair Go 4 Live Music, told 4ZZZ News the whole point of the discussion between music industry groups and the Victorian Government had been to separate the performance of live music from the way venues were run.

Quincy McLean, of SLAM (Save Live Australia's Music), said in a statement "The threat to the viability of our small venues has been stopped and our culture can be safeguarded".

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After more than three decades, The Queensland Government will finally return thousands of hectares of national park to Indigenous owners on Cape York

In 1977, the Bjelke-Petersen government declared land outside Coen as national park, despite attempts by the Wik Mungkan people to buy it.
Premier Anna Bligh will announce today more than 75,000 hectares of the park, known as Archer Bend, will be revoked and returned to the Wik Mungkan people.
Queensland Sustainability Minister Kate Jones says “This was a shameful period in Queensland Indigenous history – a cynical declaration of a national park to deliberately deny Aboriginal people,”
The return of the land will allow the traditional owners to manage cultural and natural values, and establish businesses.

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A small win for the wildlife- some of the Gold Coasts owls and a sugar gliders have had their tree homes saved from developers

In an evaluation of a proposed Upper Coomera project, council environmental officers ruled that five hollow-bearing trees on the site could not be cut down, as they are believed to house owls and squirrel gliders.

The ruling effectively removes six lots worth a total of $1.2 million from the multimillion-dollar residential project, which developer Norm Rix says will virtually make his development financially unviable.
However council environmental officers originally wanted 12 lots of land removed from the development to protect the trees, but were talked down to six by Mr Rix.

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Pro-choice supporters from all over the country will gather this Saturday in national day of protest in the lead-up to the Cairns abortion trial

The Cairns couple will face trial on October 12 on charges brought under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws. The woman will face charges for intent to procure a miscarriage, carrying a penalty of up to seven years in prison whilst her partner faces charges for assisting her, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

This is the first time a woman has been charged under Queensland’s anti-abortion laws and rallies held in Australias capital cities on Saturday will demand the dropping of the abortion charges and the repeal of the anti-abortion laws. Pro-Choice Action Collective activist, Kathy Newnam says “What is at stake in this case is a basic principle – a woman has the right to control her own body”.
The Brisbane rally will take place October 9 at 1pm in the CBD’s Queens Park.

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