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  • Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme view music therapy?

    Understanding the NDIS: how does the scheme view music therapy?

    It is challenging to work out how the new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) works. As an an allied health professional who is also the Head of Music Therapy, I attempt to anticipate and influence policy changes, conduct research that challenges and tests new directions and teach how music therapy practice needs to evolve in response.

    Music therapy is different from music entertainment. It is a research-based practice and profession where music is used to actively support...
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  • Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test

    Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test

    In making a preliminary decision on the sale of S. Kidman & Co to a Chinese consortium, the Treasurer Scott Morrison has shed some light on what the government defines as being in the “national interest”.

    He describes the Chinese bid as being
    contrary to Australia’s national interest, because:
    the form in which the Kidman portfolio has been offered as a single aggregated asset, has rendered it difficult for Australian bidders to be able to make a competitive bid.”
    Th...
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  • The blue bottles are coming, but what exactly are these creatures?

    The blue bottles are coming, but what exactly are these creatures?

    Blue bottles have been washing up on Sydney beaches by the bucketload recently. With their annual arrival, many questions and myths about these creatures seem to be drifting around as well.

    What exactly are blue bottles? Are you really supposed to pee on their stings? How do you keep a day at the beach from turning into a real pain? Let’s take a closer look at these mysterious sea dwellers.

    What are blue bottles?

    Blue bottles are siphonophores, a weird...
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  • ‘Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

    ‘Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

    Just try not to get annoyed.

    Almost half the population of the planet now has access to the internet, with about one in three of those people regularly active on social media.

    But this increased opportunity to socialise and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behaviour.

    The problem of cyberbullying has received considerable research attention. However, other online antisocial behaviours with similarly harmful outcomes...
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  • When bad ideas refuse to die: the denial of human individuality

    When bad ideas refuse to die: the denial of human individuality

    It is generally thought that science helps good ideas triumph over bad. The weight of evidence eventually pushes false claims aside.

    But some ideas march onward despite the evidence against them. The discredited link between vaccines and autism continues to cause mischief and climate change sceptics continue to resurrect dead science.

    Why, then, are some bad ideas so hard to kill?

    A striking example of such a “zombie theory” comes from personality psychology....
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album #106 - The Nylons: One Size Fits All

    Cream of The Crate: Album #106 - The Nylons: One Size Fits All

    "With seven gold & platinum recordings, this four member vocal group is a true international success story." (singers.com)

    "it is the original quartet of Claude Morrison, Arnold Robinson, Paul Cooper, and Mark Connors that created their most beloved recordings. One Size Fits All" (allmusic.com)




    Album Cover

    This is album number one hundred and six in the series of retro-reviews of both vinyl and Cd albums in my collection. The series ...
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 184 - The Doobie Brothers: The Best of The Doobie Brothers

    "We were the epitome of the hard-working. hard livin' rock & roll band."(Pat Simmons - Doobie Brothers)
    "
    The Doobie Brothers are a mainstream rock band with a few crucial limitations and a knack of making good records despite their flaws."
    (Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, May 1973)
    "
    If you want the hits and only the hits, then this is the Doobie Brothers album for you."
    (This review)



    This is album review number One Hundred and Eighty Four in the series of retro-reviews...
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  • The poster is political: how artists are challenging climate change

    The poster is political: how artists are challenging climate change

    We all have a poster we remember. Mine was taped to a bookshop window in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran. A stark black and white image of a boy as young as I was then, about 13, stared out at me. He was naked from the chest up. He looked at me with sad eyes. The skin on the lower part of his face and neck had flowed into his chest. The scarring was horrific. The poster had two words on it. Above the boy, “Vietnam”, and below, “Napalm”.

    Modern posters were invented at the end of...
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  • Lost Bloke's Home

    Lost Bloke's Home

    Lost Bloke’s Home
    Still a Place For Ageing White Men


    Melbourne’s Inner City is the domain of IT Professionals, upwardly mobile sorts of all persuasions, and that ubiquitous Lifestyle Loitering Lot. Laurie Davis isn't one of them. He was born and grew up in a Carlton light years from its present Lifestyle Hotspot. His formative years were a time long before Sushi Bars replaced Milk Bars. Holdens ruled the roads and John Nicholls was biffing blokes behind play at Carlton h...
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  • Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    Cream of The Crate: Album # 198 - John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band

    "The reality of Plastic Ono Band is that it contains eleven of Lennon’s most accessible and gorgeous melodies and riffs." (Gerry Mullholand - BBC review 2010)
    "An album that will be as much analysed as Sgt. Pepper over the years." (Billboard - 1971)
    "
    It remains one of the most audacious, iconoclastic albums in all of rock and roll." (Guitar World 2016)
    "
    The album certainly shows that he had yet to work through many unresolved matters, and that he still had much anger...
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  • Sunday essay: worth a thousand words – how photos shape attitudes to refugees

    Over the last two decades we have seen the unprecedented politicisation of immigration. Many Australians remember the wave of immigration after World War II when our rapidly developing industrialised economy addressed its labour shortage. Yet, like many Western countries, since the end of the Cold War we have worked to prevent refugees from seeking asylum by making our borders impenetrable.

    Today, we distinguish between migrants, who arrive via our Migration Program (currently up...
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  • The Ultimate Moving Checklist: Your Guide to a Streamlined Relocation
    by Mick Pacholli



    Moving house doesn’t need to be stressful.


    You can do several things to make sure the process goes smoothly, and one of the most important is having a checklist for each step of the way. Luckily, we’ve devised a checklist that you can follow, covering every aspect of moving.


    Let’s get straight into it. Preparation


    Focusing on meticulous preparation is crucial to ensuring a smooth transition during your move. This will...
    23 March 2024, 09:01 PM
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    by Mick Pacholli


    Mobile apps have become everyone’s part of life. Due to this, companies develop their own app to provide their products and services. It has become necessary for the growth of the business. If you own a business, you require an app to take your business to the next level. You can hire an
    Android development Sydney company.


    Today you can find an app for every purpose, whether it is booking a cab, shopping, transferring money, watching videos, etc. It is very easy to use,
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  • How much can I get for my broken car in Melbourne?
    by Mick Pacholli


    Are you wondering how much I can get for broken cars?


    Do you have a broken car taking up space in your garage? Are you ready to upgrade to a new vehicle and get rid of your old and unwanted one?

    Worry not! Because selling a broken car is not something that the average consumer often does. In fact, many may not even have any experience about the same. Moreover, there are no such things as published prices for junk cars based on make, model, year, or...
    10 December 2021, 12:15 PM
  • 3 Investments That Might Help You in Your Old Age
    by Mick Pacholli



    One of the most constant concerns that adults have is maintaining financial stability. Whether it’s for their households, or themselves, having enough money is a regular source of stress for many people. Fortunately, there are ways to build your finances over time. One group which has to deal with such concerns is elderly citizens.

    As an elderly citizen, having money is extremely important. As you age, you need a nest egg to survive. Today we’ll focus...
    6 October 2021, 12:27 AM
  • Article: Camper Guide: Tips for Doing Laundry in an RV
    by Mick Pacholli
    You can view the page at http://www.tooraktimes.com.au/content.php/7211-Camper-Guide-Tips-for-Doing
    31 August 2021, 04:19 PM
  • Re: Should our troops be re engaged in Iraq?
    by Isobel Blackthorn
    Iraqi Civil War



    As Iraq breaks down into civil war our Prime Minister is making noises that we may have to take part in an 'allied' resolve to interfere again.

    What do you think?
    I think we should never have taken part first time round. Either the US and its allies are profoundly stupid in that they could not envisage the mayhem they would cause given the initial conditions, or profoundly clever, since last I heard of the $2 Trillion the US spent in Iraq, 90...
    21 August 2021, 09:58 PM
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