SBS News: Deaths in custody database reinvigorates calls for justice system overhaul

SBS News: Deaths in custody database reinvigorates calls for justice system overhaul. “Researchers behind a national database of Australian deaths in custody over the past three decades say they hope it shines a light on the lives lost and the need for reform. Nearly 800 coroners’ reports can now be searched in the one place, including the 437 Aboriginal deaths in custody since 1991.”

Bloomberg: Australia’s Second-Largest City Re-Enters 6-Week Virus Lockdown

Bloomberg: Australia’s Second-Largest City Re-Enters 6-Week Virus Lockdown. “Australia’s second-largest city will be locked down for six weeks as a coronavirus outbreak risks triggering a second wave of infections in the nation. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said from midnight Wednesday people across metropolitan Melbourne must stay home except for work, essential services, medical treatment or school — returning to restrictions that were lifted weeks ago across the country.”

Coronavirus: Why has Melbourne’s outbreak worsened? (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why has Melbourne’s outbreak worsened?. “For months Australia has felt optimistic about containing Covid-19, but a resurgence of the virus in Melbourne has put those efforts at a critical stage. About 300,000 people were ordered back into lockdown this week amid a military-assisted operation to ‘ring fence’ 10 postcodes at the centre of the outbreak.”

ArtsHub (Australia): $5.5 Million for National Film and Sound Archive

ArtsHub: $5.5 Million for National Film and Sound Archive. This is Australia. “Perenially starved, fighting a tsunami of content, forced to choose between acquisition and accessibility, the NFSA is always starved for cash. Today Minister Fletcher made a funding announcement as part of a flurry of activity at the cultural end of his portfolio. The NFSA will receive $5.5 million over the next four years. Sounds like junk money but it is claimed to be enough to ‘achieve the digitisation of all audio and video magnetic tape by 2025’.”

J-Wire: Australia’s oldest operating synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary

J-Wire: Australia’s oldest operating synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary. “Hobart Hebrew Congregation has run services in the heritage-listed synagogue in central Hobart since its consecration on July 4, 1845, and was set to mark the milestone with an array of projects and a program of public celebrations. The coronavirus forced the celebration to be cancelled, but the projects have been successfully completed. The highlight of the anniversary year has been making the congregation’s meeting minutes from 1841 to 1958 easily accessible online.”

Canberra Times: National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove

Canberra Times: National Library of Australia launches new and improved Trove. “Canberrans will now have access to a new and improved treasure trove of information as the National Library launched its new program on Friday. More than 3000 Australians contributed to a new and improved Trove system, which was unveiled after four years of work.”

Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak. “Australia is sending 1,000 army personnel to Victoria amid a surge in virus cases in the south-eastern state. This comes after Victoria has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases in recent days, with 33 infections reported overnight.”

Government of Western Australia: New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live

Government of Western Australia: New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live. “Collections WA’ is live. This new digital platform will share regional and community Western Australia’s extensive collection of cultural, creative and natural material with a world-wide audience. Developed as part of the McGowan Government’s $1 million election commitment to promote regional museums and collections, ‘Collections WA’ is a shared resource that can be used by every community collecting institution across Western Australia. It will share the stories of our unique environment, history, culture, and identity.”

Stoney Roads: Aussie DJs start new dance directory for women and GNC

Stoney Roads: Aussie DJs start new dance directory for women and GNC. 99% sure that GNC in this case is “Gender Non-Conforming.” “About 12 months or so ago, a Google sheet began circulating that conveniently listed a stack of female and GNC producers and DJs from around Australia and New Zealand. It included handy things like artist name, state, links to socials and sometimes an email address to help event bookers and what not reach out. Seems like things got to a certain size that meant turning the once humble doc into a fully functioning directory dubbed the ‘WIP Project’ that not only features artists but also sound engineers, agents, bookers and general industry heads!”

Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more (ABC News Australia)

ABC News Australia: Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more. “Galleries started reopening last week (albeit with reduced numbers and scheduled attendance) with others to follow this month — but it’s going to be a while until we get back into theatres, and even longer until we can contemplate sweaty, shouty live music gigs. In the meantime, there is plenty of theatre, comedy, dance, writer’s talks and all that jazz to be found online.”

The Conversation: Google and Facebook pay way less tax in New Zealand than in Australia – and we’re paying the price (New Zealand Herald)

New Zealand Herald: The Conversation: Google and Facebook pay way less tax in New Zealand than in Australia – and we’re paying the price. “While the internet has created new opportunities for media and audiences alike, those opportunities have come at a price. Traditional media organisations now compete with giant digital platforms, not only for the attention of readers, but also for the advertising revenue that was once their lifeblood. Adding insult to injury, the digital platforms compete for audiences’ attention partly by distributing the news content that was first created and published by those now-struggling media organisations. This not only damages the media and public discourse, it is harmful to taxpayers.”

ABC News Australia: Free child care to end in July after Minister says it did its job during coronavirus

ABC News Australia: Free child care to end in July after Minister says it did its job during coronavirus. “The Federal Government will ditch its free childcare scheme next month, moving to reintroduce childcare subsidies for parents while ending the JobKeeper payment for workers in the sector. The scheme was introduced in April with the aim of keeping providers afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more (ABC News Australia)

ABC News Australia: Australian arts online guide: The best live streams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre, exhibitions and more. “This guide focuses on Australian content, with occasional international gems thrown in too. There will be a genuine world-premiere, live streaming arts, streams from the archive, on-demand dates, bite-sized bits of content from Australian artists, galleries and theatre companies, and recommendations for the best ‘virtual’ exhibitions.”

National Indigenous Times: Remote school Nawarddeken Academy supports young student’s app development

National Indigenous Times: Remote school Nawarddeken Academy supports young student’s app development. “Carefully weaving culture and technology, 14-year-old Natasha Yibarbuk has created three interactive, bilingual apps teaching Nawarddeken culture. Yibarbuk is a senior student at the Nawarddeken Academy, a unique bicultural school in the remote community of Kabulwarnamyo. The community sits within the Warddeken Indigenous Protected Area in Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.”

ChannelNews Australia: ‘Publisher’ Google Ordered To Pay $40K In Defamation Case

ChannelNews Australia: ‘Publisher’ Google Ordered To Pay $40K In Defamation Case. “In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that Google is a publisher and has been consequently ordered to pay $40,000 in damages to Melbourne lawyer George Defteros , who had sued the Internet company for defamation. Google had argued that the automation of its search engines meant it was not a publisher and not liable, but Justice Melinda Richards ruled against that.”