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August 10, 2018

New South Wales, Australia government says entire state in winter 2018 drought

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Friday, August 10, 2018

On Wednesday, the New South Wales, Australia Department of Primary Industries (DPI) reported fifteen percent of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) was in “intense drought”, and the rest of the state “in drought” or “drought-affected”. Farmers were reportedly running out of food for cattle and had to make difficult decisions about the collection times for their crops; food for cattle became harder to get, and more expensive.

The report from DPI indicated “up to 48% of the state as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense Drought”. The areas of intense drought included “parts of Western, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, South East, Hunter, Greater Sydney and Northern Tablelands LLS regions”, according to the report. The drought indicator was based on agronomic data, remote sensing, and field reports, including soil moisture and pasture conditions.

The report from DPI named “the southern alpine zone, the greater Hilltops (Young) region and parts of the south and north coast” as areas with better conditions.

Furthermore, according to ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Frank McRae, said many farmers in NSW had barely any food for their cattle. He said, “There’s pretty much virtually nothing in NSW and supplies are rapidly drying up in southern Victoria [state bordering NSW on the south] […] You have to go back to 1981–1982 to see a drought this widespread and so severe.”

The BBC reported Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying some farmers bought hay for animal feed for as much as AUP 10,000 per truckload.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair remarked many people were hoping for rain to come and farmers were needed to make difficult decisions about the best viable time for crops collection. He said, “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities […] Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

According to ABC, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Jane Golding said these conditions were unlike previously observed climatic conditions in NSW with rain in June, July and August. He said, “This year we haven’t really seen either of those and last year as well we didn’t really see too much of the either of those rain-bearing systems making their way into NSW […] It is unusually dry and also unusually warm which exacerbates the problems, so the warm temperatures dry out the soils even more.”

According to BBC, Queensland, north of NSW, was also experiencing dry conditions, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria. The report from DPI mentioned last autumn’s failed growing season.

About the forecast conditions and risks, the report from DPI said dry and warm conditions were “likely” to continue in the next three months, with an El Niño 50% likely in NSW in spring, which would mean depressed rainfall. The Australian forecasting services have an El Niño Watch on the region according to the report.



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August 9, 2018

Australia, NSW Government says entire state in drought

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wednesday, nearly a quarter of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) was classified as being in “intense drought”, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) reported. The rest of the state was reportedly “in drought” or “drought-affected”. Farmers were running out of food for cattle and had to make difficult decisions about the collection times for their crops. Food for cattle became harder to get, and more expensive.

The report from DPI indicated “up to 48% of the state as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense Drought”. The areas of intense drought included “parts of Western, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, South East, Hunter, Greater Sydney and Northern Tablelands LLS regions”, according to the report. The drought indicator was based on the data about agronomic data, satellite imagery, as well as farmers’ surveys which include reports of soil moisture and pasture conditions.

The report from DPI named “the southern alpine zone, the greater Hilltops (Young) region and parts of the south and north coast” as areas which experienced better conditions.

Furthermore, according to ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the Chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Frank McRae, said many farmers in NSW had barely any food for their cattle. He said, “There’s pretty much virtually nothing in NSW and supplies are rapidly drying up in southern Victoria. You have to go back to 1981-1982 to see a drought this widespread and so severe.”

The BBC reported Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying that some farmers had spent “up to A$10,000 per truckload of hay” to feed their animals.

According to ABC, NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair remarked that many people were hoping for rain to come and farmers were needed to make difficult decisions about the best viable time for crops collection. He said, “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities. Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

According to ABC, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Jane Golding said these conditions unlike previously observed climatic conditions in NSW with rain in June, July and August. He said, “This year we haven’t really seen either of those [rain in June, July and August – WN] and last year as well we didn’t really see too much of the either of those rain-bearing systems making their way into NSW. It is unusually dry and also unusually warm which exacerbates the problems, so the warm temperatures dry out the soils even more.”

According to BBC, Queensland was also experiencing dry conditions, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria. The report from DPI included a mention of last autumn’s dry conditions, which may have contributed to the current drought. July 30, NSW government had provided AUD 0.5M for emergency drought relief, with the total provided support exceeding AUD 1M.

About the forecast conditions and risks, the report from DPI said dry and warm conditions were “highly likely” to continue in the next three months, with a 50% chance of El Nino developing in NSW in spring, which would increase rainfall. The Australian forecasting services have the region on an El Niño Watch, according to the report.



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New South Wales, Australia government says entire state in drought

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

On Wednesday, the New South Wales, Australia Department of Primary Industries (DPI) reported fifteen percent of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) was in “intense drought”, and the rest of the state “in drought” or “drought-affected”. Farmers were reportedly running out of food for cattle and had to make difficult decisions about the collection times for their crops; food for cattle became harder to get, and more expensive.

The report from DPI indicated “up to 48% of the state as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense Drought”. The areas of intense drought included “parts of Western, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, South East, Hunter, Greater Sydney and Northern Tablelands LLS regions”, according to the report. The drought indicator was based on agronomic data, remote sensing, and field reports, including soil moisture and pasture conditions.

The report from DPI named “the southern alpine zone, the greater Hilltops (Young) region and parts of the south and north coast” as areas with better conditions.

Furthermore, according to ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Frank McRae, said many farmers in NSW had barely any food for their cattle. He said, “There’s pretty much virtually nothing in NSW and supplies are rapidly drying up in southern Victoria [state bordering NSW on the south] […] You have to go back to 1981–1982 to see a drought this widespread and so severe.”

The BBC reported Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying some farmers bought hay for animal feed for as much as AUP 10,000 per truckload.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair remarked many people were hoping for rain to come and farmers were needed to make difficult decisions about the best viable time for crops collection. He said, “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities […] Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

According to ABC, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Jane Golding said these conditions were unlike previously observed climatic conditions in NSW with rain in June, July and August. He said, “This year we haven’t really seen either of those and last year as well we didn’t really see too much of the either of those rain-bearing systems making their way into NSW […] It is unusually dry and also unusually warm which exacerbates the problems, so the warm temperatures dry out the soils even more.”

According to BBC, Queensland, north of NSW, was also experiencing dry conditions, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria. The report from DPI mentioned last autumn’s failed growing season.

About the forecast conditions and risks, the report from DPI said dry and warm conditions were “likely” to continue in the next three months, with an El Niño 50% likely in NSW in spring, which would mean depressed rainfall. The Australian forecasting services have an El Niño Watch on the region according to the report.



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June 3, 2016

Glencore announces Tahmoor mine in New South Wales to close

Glencore announces Tahmoor mine in New South Wales to close

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Swiss mining company Glencore announced yesterday the closure of its coal mine in Tahmoor, New South Wales, Australia. The mine is to be closed by early 2019, pointing to the downturn of coal prices in global markets.

Glencore stated, “The decision has been made as a result of continued low prices in global coal markets, which has meant the economic return from reserves still available at Tahmoor are not sufficient to warrant the investment required to mine them”.

The closure will result in a loss of 350 jobs according to the company, who said they are consulting with the employees.

The mine not the only operation impacted by the fall of global coal and commodity prices. The Australian arm of mining magnate Peabody Energy has reported losses of almost A$3 billion in 2015. According to latest financial reports for Peabody subsidiary Peabody Australia Holdco lodged via Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the company earned a net loss of A$2.7 billion — after a loss of A$1.2 billion in 2014. Accountants at Peabody Australia have warned the mine might not be able to continue operating, with the market persistently weak since December.

Despite low coal and commodity prices, both the major political parties have been supportive of coal mines. While appearing on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night, Coalition MP Steve Ciobo confirmed party support of coal mines. In response to an audience member question, concerning what policies the panellists had planned to combat job and economic loses in Queensland after the mining boom, Ciobo stated the Coalition government supports Adani’s new Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin — as an example of “transitioning” the state’s economy.

Labor MP Terri Butler said although she doesn’t personally support Adani’s Carmichael project, the state Labor government “didn’t have much discretion” surrounding its approval. Meanwhile, Greens party leader Richard Di Natale criticised responses from the panellists claiming the “great tragedy” is both major parties support of coal mines such as Carmichael.

“If you care about tourism you don’t open up a whopping great big coal mine and fuel catastrophic global warming“, said Di Natale.

Di Natale accused both major parties of being deceitful in “slashing” both the target of and agency funding for renewable energy, leaving no plan to realize the investment potential of the renewable sector.



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Glencore announces Newcastle mine closure amid coal price downturn

Glencore announces Newcastle mine closure amid coal price downturn

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Swiss mining company Glencore has announced the closure of its Tahmoor coal mine. The New South Wales mine is to be close by early 2019, pointing to the increasing downturn of coal prices in global markets.

Glencore stated, “The decision has been made as a result of continued low prices in global coal markets, which has meant the economic return from reserves still available at Tahmoor are not sufficient to warrant the investment required to mine them.”

The closure will result in a loss of 320 jobs, the company has said consultation with the employees has began in an effort to maximise new employment opportunities for the workers.

The mine not the only operation impacted by the fall of global coal and commodity prices. The Australian arm of mining magnate Peabody Energy has reported losses of almost $3 billion in 2015. According to latest financial reports for Peabody subsidiary Peabody Australia Holdco lodged via Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the company earned a net loss of $2.7 billion – up from a $1.2 billion loss in 2014. Peabody Australia accountants have warned over the uncertainty over the mines ability to continue to operate, the group warning that “weak market conditions” have continued since December.

Despite low coal and commodity prices, both the major parties have been supportive of coal mines. While appearing on the ABC’s Q and A program on Monday night, Coalition MP Steve Ciobio confirmed party support of coal mines. In response to an audience member question, concerning what policies the panellists had planned to combat job and economic loses in Queensland in the wake of the mining boom, Ciobio stated the Coalition government supports Adani’s new Carmichael mine in the Galilee basin – as an example of “transitioning” the state’s economy.

Labor MP Terri Bulter said although she doesn’t personally support Adani’s Carmichael project, the state Labor government didn’t “have much discretion” surrounding its approval. While Greens party leader Richard Di Natale criticised responses from the panellists claiming the “real tragedy” is both major parties support of coal mines such as Carmichael.

“If you care about tourism you don’t open up a whopping great big coal mine and fuel catastrophic global warming,” said Di Natale.

Di Natale accused both major parties of being deceitful in “slashing” both the renewable energy target and renewable energy agency funding, leaving no strategies to further develop renewable sector investments.



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Glencore announced yesterday Tahmoor mine to close amid coal price downturn

Glencore announced yesterday Tahmoor mine to close amid coal price downturn

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Swiss mining company Glencore has announced the closure of its Tahmoor coal mine. The New South Wales mine is to be close by early 2019, pointing to the increasing downturn of coal prices in global markets.

Glencore stated, “The decision has been made as a result of continued low prices in global coal markets, which has meant the economic return from reserves still available at Tahmoor are not sufficient to warrant the investment required to mine them.”

The closure will result in a loss of 320 jobs, the company has said consultation with the employees has began in an effort to maximise new employment opportunities for the workers.

The mine not the only operation impacted by the fall of global coal and commodity prices. The Australian arm of mining magnate Peabody Energy has reported losses of almost $3 billion in 2015. According to latest financial reports for Peabody subsidiary Peabody Australia Holdco lodged via Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the company earned a net loss of $2.7 billion – up from a $1.2 billion loss in 2014. Peabody Australia accountants have warned over the uncertainty over the mines ability to continue to operate, the group warning that “weak market conditions” have continued since December.

Despite low coal and commodity prices, both the major parties have been supportive of coal mines. While appearing on the ABC’s Q and A program on Monday night, Coalition MP Steve Ciobio confirmed party support of coal mines. In response to an audience member question, concerning what policies the panellists had planned to combat job and economic loses in Queensland in the wake of the mining boom, Ciobio stated the Coalition government supports Adani’s new Carmichael mine in the Galilee basin – as an example of “transitioning” the state’s economy.

Labor MP Terri Bulter said although she doesn’t personally support Adani’s Carmichael project, the state Labor government didn’t “have much discretion” surrounding its approval. While Greens party leader Richard Di Natale criticised responses from the panellists claiming the “real tragedy” is both major parties support of coal mines such as Carmichael.

“If you care about tourism you don’t open up a whopping great big coal mine and fuel catastrophic global warming,” said Di Natale.

Di Natale accused both major parties of being deceitful in “slashing” both the renewable energy target and renewable energy agency funding, leaving no strategies to further develop renewable sector investments.



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May 16, 2016

Australian scientists reveal photographs from world\’s first scanning helium microscope

Australian scientists reveal photographs from world’s first scanning helium microscope

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Scientists from the University of Newcastle Australia, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) have released the first microscopic photographs from the Scanning Helium Microscope prototype (SHeM) that was revealed on Sunday. The photographs, which depict intricate details of chitin (a structural molecule in invertebrates) on a butterfly’s wing and a close up look at a spider’s fang, are the first of their kind from the SHeM prototype, that is more than 20 years in the making. The SHeM prototype is able to take detailed images of organic and polymer electronics, where a traditional electron microscope would likely damage the samples. The prototype shines helium in a similar way to that of a pinhole camera, and has the potential to reveal the chemical content of surfaces that are being photographed.

According to ABC News, Associate Professor Paul Dastoor from the University of Newcastle said “The Scanning Helium Microscope means the samples will be analysed in their true state for the first time ever,”

The Helium atoms used in the SHeM prototype are the second most abundant element in the universe, and the most stable, which ensures that no chemical reactions will take place with other surfaces. The beam from a helium atom is less than 0.1 electron volts, which makes it low energy compared to the 100,000 volt beam used in an electron microscope. The SHeM at its present form can only image with a resolution of up to a micron, but future plans have been developed for the prototype to be redesign to make it a smaller size better suited to a laboratory bench top, and advance the resolution so it reaches the nanometer range.

The microscope is said to have the potential to be used in a variety of research applications such as modern surface science, which can aid in the development of stealth defence technology and new explosives, the ability to view human samples in an un-altered state for medicinal purposes, and could potentially benefit sustainability research and new technology.



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May 13, 2016

New South Wales Premier Mike Baird leaves parliament during lockout law debate

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New South Wales (NSW), Australia Premier Mike Baird reportedly left the state parliament on Thursday before the end of a debate over his government’s controversial ‘lockout laws’, which require Sydney pubs and clubs to close their doors to new patrons after 1:30am and forbid the sale of take away alcohol after 10pm. The debate was called after a petition organised by lobby group Keep Sydney Open attained over 12,000 signatures in opposition to the laws. Baird has come under fire for his refusal to negotiate the matter with anti-lockout campaigners.

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In 2012 and 2014 two young men, Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, were killed as a result of single punch incidents in Sydney‘s Kings Cross. The ‘lockout laws’ were introduced by the NSW state government in January 2014 in response to mounting public pressure that the government take action to combat alcohol-fuelled violence in the area.

A study conducted by the research and development group City of Sydney found that since the implementation of the lockout laws, Kings Cross and the Sydney Central Business District experienced significant drops in foot traffic on weekend nights.

This has lead to claims the laws have destroyed Sydney’s business and nightlife. At the forefront of this debate is the Keep Sydney Open Alliance who have been advocating strongly against the laws since their implementations.

In allegiance with NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, Keep Sydney Open have gathered more than 12,000 signatures in opposition to the lockout laws, which has allowed them to bring the matter to parliament for debate. The debate took place on Thursday, and was considered generally successful by the Keep Sydney Open Alliance. They presented the argument that the laws were a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to a broader cultural issue, and said “a vibrant nightlife and safe streets are not mutually exclusive.”

However, NSW Liberal Party leader and State Premier Mike Baird — who has been a central target of the anti-lockout law campaign — reportedly left parliament before the debate’s conclusion. Members of the public in attendance, including concerned business owners, expressed outrage on social media.

The debate preluded an independent review into the effectiveness of the laws, set to be released this August.



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May 5, 2016

Australian student mistakenly receives $4.6 million from Westpac bank

Australian student mistakenly receives $4.6 million from Westpac bank

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Sydney, Australia chemical engineering student has been arrested whilst attempting to board a flight to Malaysia on Wednesday, after allegedly receiving $4.6 million from Australian bank Westpac in the form of an unlimited overdraft.

Instead of informing the bank of the error, Christine Jiaxin Lee, aged 21, went on to spend $3.3 million on luxury items, including as expensive handbags, and has been charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Lee was granted bail on Thursday by magistrate Lisa Stapleton, who agreed that the police would have difficulty proving that the spending was illegal due to the fact that if the money was given to Lee and it wasn’t stolen, she wouldn’t have broken the law. Instead, she’d simply owe the bank the money she spent.

In the process of opening a statement account in August 2012, Westpac accidentally provided Lee with an unlimited overdraft. According to Sergeant Turner, both the bank and the police had made an effort to contact Lee after the investigation began in 2012, but she didn’t return any emails or calls.

In regards to the conditions of the student’s bail, Lee is to report to Ryde police station twice a day, live with her partner in Rhodes and also surrender the emergency passport she applied for just weeks after the warrant for her arrest was issued.

Prosecutor Marc Turner attempted to oppose Lee’s bail based on her application for an emergency passport, yet Fiona McCarron, Lee’s Legal Aid lawyer, said the application was due to Lee losing her passport and flying home to visit her family, who were allegedly unaware of the arrest.

Lee is due back in court in June.



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Australian student arrested over A$4.6 million overdraft from Westpac bank

Australian student arrested over A$4.6 million overdraft from Westpac bank

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Sydney, Australia chemical engineering student has been arrested whilst attempting to board a flight to Malaysia on Wednesday, after allegedly receiving A$4.6 million from Australian bank Westpac in the form of an unlimited overdraft.

Instead of informing the bank of the error, Christine Jiaxin Lee, aged 21, went on to spend A$3.3 million on luxury items, including as expensive handbags, and has been charged with knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime and dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception.

Lee was granted bail on Thursday by magistrate Lisa Stapleton, who agreed the police would have difficulty proving the spending was illegal because if the money was given to Lee and it wasn’t stolen, she wouldn’t have broken the law. Instead, she’d simply owe the bank the money she spent.

In the process of opening a statement account in August 2012, Westpac accidentally provided Lee with an unlimited overdraft. According to Sergeant Turner, both the bank and the police had made an effort to contact Lee after the investigation began in 2012, but she didn’t return any emails or calls.

In regards to the conditions of the student’s bail, Lee is to report to Ryde police station twice a day, live with her partner in Rhodes and also surrender the emergency passport she applied for just weeks after the warrant for her arrest was issued.

Prosecutor Marc Turner attempted to oppose Lee’s bail based on her application for an emergency passport, yet Fiona McCarron, Lee’s Legal Aid lawyer, said the application was due to Lee losing her passport and flying home to visit her family, who were allegedly unaware of the arrest.

Lee is due back in court in June.



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