The WA campaign coordinator wrote on the matter of NDIS rollout funds at the NDIS campaign website today:
Senator Fifield is right, the time for motherhood statements from the government must come to an end. The Every Australian Counts Campaign expects the government to legislate the statutory body known as the NDIA in 2012. The NDIA is trusted with the job of running the NDIS and is a significant milestone along the road to establishing the scheme. Further with the launch scheduled to start in 2013/2014, next year should see the locations for launch sites announced and work started on building the infrastructure of a new disability system. These things will cost money and if the government wants to fix our disability system then surely the time is coming when they must start announcing significant new funds to run the scheme.
He concludes that ‘neither side of politics has outlined their strategy to fund the NDIS. The truth is that the fight to see the NDIS a reality is far from over…’
…a time when the English-speaking world took its popular music very seriously. A somber British television reporter put it in perspective when Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the Beatles: “The event is so momentous that historians may mark it as a landmark in the decline of the British Empire.”
I started acquiring books as soon as I started earning my own money. I was 12, I guess. Had a couple of paper routes. I cannot exaggerate how poor my family was in my childhood, and there were days when it was a toss-up between food and books.
Despite all the times I have moved, I never shed books except once, after I left New Jersey more or less for good. I still mourn the books I chucked. And over the years, I have slowly pulled other copies of these back into my life. But there are some I’ve never recovered.
Naturally, I buy more than I can read, so there is always at least a 100-book margin between what I own and what I’ve read. What’s cool is that I’ve caught up a couple of times. But then I’ll buy too much and the race starts again. I only throw away books that are too damaged to read, and I try to prolong their lives with tape. I have some Frankensteins around here you just wouldn’t imagine.
Junot Diaz, in an excerpt from an upcoming book. More at
Sarah had all the difficulties and distractions common to women artists, as well as profound struggles with grief and illness. But despite that she stayed very true to the art she wanted to make. Her art and films are bursting with heart, with her over-active imagination, her steely eye, her playfulness, great sense of the absurd and anxiety-fuelled whimsy.
Few artists have made work that has affected me like Sarah Watt’s. I am already grieving the films she might have made next. It was just luck that allowed me to meet her in person.
After hearing that Sarah had died, I re-visited our conversation in The Divided Heart. For all who fear their domestic, suburban lives are not the stuff of art, let Sarah Watt be your inspiration.
I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways to keep readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell students to make their characters want something right away — even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.
One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck between her lower left molars, and who couldn’t get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger.
…Andrew Bolt has slammed the moderation of comments on his blog as a “dangerous state of affairs in a democracy”. Over the weekend Bolt, who was named The Power Index’s most powerful Megaphone earlier this year, announced to his blog readers that “for legal self-protection, I am not able to moderate my blog any longer. All comments must go through our moderating team”.
Bolt used to moderate the blog himself, with assistance from his wife Sally Morrell and other News Limited staffers.
Bolt apologised to readers for delays in the publication of comments under the new system.
"[B]ecause this blog has become the target of lawfare, our moderators are understandably very, very careful when going through the comments. This means delays and a touchiness about publishing anything remotely dangerous…"
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“Free shipping, free movies, free books, for $80 a year. What, exactly, is Amazon up to? There has to be some master plan, because Amazon is spending itself silly to pull this off. Because the offer is limited to owners of Kindles — it doesn’t work if you use the Kindle service on an iPad, for instance — it is intended to sell more Kindles.”—
David Pogue, NYT tech columnist, on the lending arrangements for Prime subscribers at Amazon. (Link via Melville House.)
“Literature and art continually linked aspects of my parents’ lives; my father mentions my mother’s drawings in his last collection of poems, Birthday Letters. In his poem “Your Paris” he directly refers to my mother drawing the Paris roofs, a traffic bollard, a bottle, and him, too. In 1958, by which time my parents had moved to the US to work, a letter from ARTnews asked my mother for a poem on art; as a result she wrote eight poems inspired by the works of three of her favourite artists: Klee, Rousseau and De Chirico. On 22 March 1958, in another letter to her mother, she wrote: “I’ve discovered my deepest source of inspiration, which is art: the art of the primitives like Henri Rousseau, Gauguin, Paul Klee and De Chirico.”—
On Wednesday 9 November at 12pm at ZINC at Federation Square in Melbourne, disability support organisation Independence Australia is hosting the next of its Leaders’ Lunch events.
Hosted by the Chairman of Independence Australia Brian Meltzer, this lunchtime event will involve a panel discussion moderated by ABC Radio’s Jon Faine where a number of issues critical to the future development of the NDIS will be examined.
The panellists for the lunch are:
John Della Bosca – Director of the Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Kevin Andrews MP – the Federal Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services
Milly Parker – Member of the National Disability and Carers Council
Alan Woodroffe – Senior Manager of Policy, Services and Review at the Traffic Accident Corporation and;