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Victorian Government attempts to ‘hide’ risks with major secondary school merger, says MP


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The Victorian Government is taking an opposition MP to court over what has been called an “extraordinary attempt” to stop undisclosed information about Victoria’s biggest educational project going public.

Key points:

  • Victorian Liberal MP Wendy Lovell has lodged multiple FOI requests for information about a new educational project
  • Her requests have been denied and she is accusing the State Government of hiding information
  • The controversial education project has split the regional community of Shepparton

Liberal MP Wendy Lovell has filed multiple FOI requests since September for access to an eight-page risk management report into a major project which will merge four public high schools in Shepparton.

The project has been dubbed “revolutionary” for country education, and will soon become the largest school in Victoria, housing 3,000 students.

Ms Lovell told the ABC the Victorian Government was going to “incredible lengths” to hide information, which she said would alter the lives of hundreds of families.

“Every family that has a child in the state education system at a secondary level will be impacted by this plan,” Ms Lovell said.

“These families have the right to be fully informed.”

Community concern

The Department of Education rejected Ms Lovell’s requests to access information about potential risks surrounding the Shepparton Education Plan and the Greater Shepparton Secondary College.



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Liberal MP Wendy Lovell says information is being kept from families. (Supplied: Wendy Lovell)

The decision was overruled by Public Access Deputy Commissioner Joanne Kummrow, who last month ordered the government to release the pages.

The project has split the regional community in half, with some adamant it will revive education and others arguing the change will unsettle students, encourage bullying, and limit educational options.

From next week, secondary students will be scattered across three separate locations as contractors demolish and start a rebuild at the Shepparton High School site.

In her written ruling, Commissioner Kummrow said she did not believe releasing the information would go against public interest.

“I acknowledge there is concern within the local community in relation to the Shepparton Education Plan,” she said.

“There is a degree of sensitivity in relation to issues discussed in the documents.”

The Victorian Government has now taken the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Ms Lovell called the move an attempt to hide information from the people of Shepparton and said the government was wasting thousands of dollars in public money to overturn the ruling.

“This is an extraordinary step to hide whatever is in that document from the families in Shepparton,” Ms Lovell said.

“I have no idea what’s in this document that is so detrimental, but I think now we see the desperate attempt to hide this information, we should all be concerned about what is in this document.”

‘Unable to comment’ says department

A spokesperson for the Department would not comment when questioned why thousands of dollars in public money was being spent trying to overrule the decision.

“The Department fully complies with FOI legislation and has released a number of other documents related to this project,” they said in a statement.

“As the matter is before VCAT, we are unable to comment further.”

In a written response to Ms Lovell detailing its decision, the Department of Education said disclosing the information would “provide an opportunity” to publicise and exploit risks.

“[It] would cause confusion in the community if disclosed given their current status as superseded documents under review,” the letter read.

“The documents are important internal tools that enable the Department to manage risk in an ongoing and evolving process.”

More transparency needed

There are now calls for the Department of Education to assess its transparency and communication around the project as hundreds of students gear up for the first day of school next week.



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The community is divided over the new school project. (ABC Shepparton: Michael Hudson)

Some parents have told the ABC that communication between the Department and the public had been inconsistent and that they felt the merger had been thrust upon them.

One mother, Mandy Simpson, said there had been minimal consultation in the lead up to the project being announced.

She said some parents were also dealing with issues around timetables, uniforms, and transport.

“We still have no clear bus route and timetable,” Ms Simpson said.

“I have spoken to the bus coordinator, the bus company, and the school and they have all given me different bus routes, bus stops, and timetables.

“It feels like they are presenting this fairy floss idea and ignore any issues raised by our community.”

Independent Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed told the ABC that as with all major projects there “would be hiccups”.

While she would not comment on the VCAT process, she said she was disappointed Ms Lovell was taking a negative attitude one week from the term beginning.

“It’ll be inevitable to have things that will need to be sorted out as we move forward,” she said.

“Look at the NDIS and other major programs [but] the people we’re speaking to are really excited.

“It’s an opportunity and I think it’s really a very exciting time to see young people have this opportunity when there have been years of decline in education.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


AMP slammed for milking fees from customer compensation


Australia

Former AMP customers and consumer rights groups have been outraged by the troubled wealth manager’s latest tactic to delay returning money it stole in the fees-for-no-service scandal.

Key points:

  • AMP wrote to former clients informing them their refunded fees had been placed in new AMP superannuation accounts
  • Super Consumers Australia says the AMP Eligible Rollover Fund has underperformed comparable funds
  • The fund does not charge entry and exit fees but does have administration and investment fees

The banking royal commission found charging fees for no service was “taking money for nothing” and AMP is now putting that money into new accounts and charging new fees.

AMP has been forced to refund hundreds of millions of dollars in fees and charges it took from clients following scandalous revelations at the royal commission.

Late last year, AMP started to contact former clients to alert them AMP owed them the money it took in fees while providing no service.

However, instead of asking customers where they would like the money sent, AMP opened a new super account in their name.

“As your account with us is closed and we can’t pay super benefits directly to you, we’ve paid this amount into a new AMP Eligible Rollover Fund [ERF] account that was opened in your name,” it told them.

AMP move slammed as ‘simply unbelievable’

The strategy of opening new accounts has shocked regulatory and corporate governance academic Andy Schmulow, who lectures at the University of Wollongong and is currently an adviser to the World Bank on market conduct rules.

“It is simply unbelievable that after the horror show of the royal commission, AMP has learned nothing, it hasn’t changed, won’t change and demonstrates that the company no longer has the right to exist,” Dr Schmulow said.



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AMP wrote to former clients informing them a new account had been opened without their prior knowledge. (ABC News)

An independent advocacy centre for superannuation customers criticised AMP’s move as a shameless grab for new accounts that could be sapped of fees.

“This is absurd — people left the fund because it was ripping them off, they’re now being forced to re-join to get their money back,” Xavier O’Halloran from Super Consumers Australia said.

“To make matters worse, they are being thrown into an AMP fund which has massively underperformed comparable funds over the longer term.”

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The AMP ERF has performed poorly, returning just 2.6 per cent over the past decade, significantly underperforming other ERFs in the market, which have a median return of 4.6 per cent according to APRA data.

Clients who have had money taken from them by AMP have now had the money they are owed put in the second worst-performing fund in the category.

“The fund’s rate of return of 1.1 per cent over the last year was below inflation and had that money gone directly into a balanced MySuper account, they would have earned 6.89 per cent,” Mr O’Halloran said.

Refunded money to be charged fees

AMP’s letter states there are “no exit or entry fees” but says nothing about the fees charged while the account is open, which are quite steep.

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Fees start at 2.36 per cent for “administration” and there is another 0.69 per cent investment fee.

These are far heftier than the fees charged by some of Australia’s top-performing investment funds, which return in excess of 20 per cent,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“For people with low balances, this looks like a naked attempt by AMP to claw back its ill-gotten gains.”

AMP’s letter states in bold type that no action is required: “You don’t need to do anything — the payment has already been made.”

However, those payments were made to new accounts customers did not know anything about.

Former client furious money back with AMP

Two months after the first letters were issued, AMP sent welcome packs to clients, including information about the ongoing fees and a form to fill in to move the money and close the new account.

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One former client of AMP told the ABC they were furious AMP had set them up with an account without their consent and lumped them with the hassle of now applying to get their money out of the account and closing it.

“This is bullshit,” the former client said.

Mr O’Halloran said: “People would have been much better off being reunited with the money AMP stole from them by having it put into their existing super accounts.”

Dr Schmulow highlighted that AMP’s financial success rested on it opening new accounts and keeping funds within the institution.

“If there was anybody at AMP that said opening new accounts with the stolen money is a clever strategy of keeping funds under management, they should have been sacked. This is so bad,” he said.

“They obviously have these former clients’ details — addresses, emails, phones. It’s clear they put no effort into actually trying to give people their money back.”

While regulator ASIC has published detailed instructions on how it expects firms to review files and assess whether compensation or remediation is warranted, it does not have the power to tell companies how to do it, just that it should be in a “timely manner”.

In March last year, ASIC commissioner Danielle Press criticised banks, including AMP, for delays in reimbursing customers.

AMP responded to the ABC’s questions about why it didn’t first contact former clients before setting up new accounts on their behalf by saying the practice was legal.

It declined to say how many new accounts had been set up, or why information about moving the money into another super account wasn’t included in earlier correspondence.

“Remediating customers as quickly as possible is our priority — for members without a current AMP super account, payments were made through an eligible rollover fund (ERF), which was the fastest way to return money to clients and meets the legal requirement for the money to remain within superannuation,” an AMP spokesman said.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Hole big enough to swallow a car opens up on suburban Sunshine Coast road


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A road has partially collapsed on the Sunshine Coast in what the local council believe could have been caused by recent heavy rain.

Key points:

  • A large hole several metres wide opened up on a Sunshine Coast road after heavy rain
  • It follows flash flooding on the Gold Coast where a caravan park at Helensvale went underwater
  • One guest told the ABC the park had not warned her or her family about the rising waters

Police were called to Tingira Crescent at Sunrise Beach around 11:00pm on Saturday night to a large hole in the road and contacted the Noosa Shire Council to assess the damage.

“It’s taken out half the road, so my estimate would be roughly 10-15 metres wide and 3 to 4 metres deep,” Noosa Shire Council spokesman Ken Furdek said.

“What we have been able to ascertain is that it’s been quite a big slip that has been caused by either the heavy rain overnight and Friday night or by a burst water main.”

A specialist contractor was expected to be onsite during the week to start stabilising the site.

“A full repair of the road is likely to take some time,” he said.

“Our priority is to get that land stabilised near the unit block and once that’s done then our council crews will be on-site to repair the road.

“We encourage people to stay away from the area.”

Local resident Tracey Stevens was at a cafe down the road when she saw it.

“A car would disappear in there for sure,” she said.

“If you didn’t know it was there it would be hard to see, people are very lucky they didn’t get hurt.”

Deluge at Gold Coast caravan park

On the Gold Coast, a massive clean-up was underway at a caravan park after what locals describe as “life-threatening” flash flooding ripped through the area, forcing 400 guests to flee to higher ground.

Saturday’s deluge smashed through the Helensvale Big 4 Caravan Park during high tide on a nearby creek.



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Parts of the Gold Coast received a month’s worth of rain on Friday night. (Supplied: @rnrwanderers)

The fast-rising floodwaters consumed caravans and cars and were so strong they carried away a minibus.

Tow trucks were called in to remove damaged vans.

Guest Jenny Cowman was camping with her grandchildren and said they were traumatised.

“About 4:00am my son-in-law came screaming in ‘Jenny, Jenny! Wake up quick! We have to go!'” she said.

“I thought I was having a dream.

“My daughter’s child was screaming and she saw there was water all through the camper.

“She said later to me she was not worried … but they could have drowned, they were only on little, thin air mattresses at the time, they could have rolled over. It only takes a few minutes in water.

“The kids were so scared.”



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One resident told the ABC her family was not warned by the park about the rising floodwaters. (Supplied: @rnrwanderers)

Ms Cowman, who lives in Chinchilla, said it was their first family holiday with their camper trailers.

“My mum who was with us is 85 years old and she nearly had a heart attack being so scared,” she said.

“We tried to stay as calm as possible but it just kept rising.



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Jenny Cowman was staying at the Big 4 Holiday Park at Helensvale when it flooded. (ABC News: Curtis Rodda)

“Apparently they have 24-hour security here and CCTV surveillance, but nothing, no-one came to warn us.”

The family lost two cars and two camper trailers and fear their damage bill will be around $100,000.

Only the cars were insured.



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Movie World’s car park also flooded on Saturday. (Instagram: mickeylou15)

The park staff refused to let media in to talk to other residents or look at the damage.

No-one was injured during the flooding event and the park remains closed.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


University drops multi-million-dollar claim against whistleblower after backlash


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A West Australian university is withdrawing a multi-million-dollar financial damages claim filed against a whistleblower academic who spoke on the ABC’s Four Corners last year.

Key points:

  • Associate Professor Gerd Schroder-Turk is being counter-sued by Murdoch University after they threatened to remove him from the university senate
  • The academic had voiced concerns on the ABC about the welfare of international students
  • Murdoch University wrote to staff to say it would continue pursuing legal action against the academic, but the financial component of its counterclaim would be dropped

Associate Professor Gerd Schroder-Turk was one of three Murdoch University academics who appeared on the program raising concerns about the welfare of international students.

He took legal action in the Federal Court seeking an injunction to stop the university from removing him from his position on the university’s senate after the broadcast.

In response, Murdoch University counter-sued Dr Schroder-Turk for costs and damages.

Murdoch claimed that since Dr Schroder-Turk’s comments the university’s reputation had been damaged and it had suffered financial losses in the order of millions of dollars due to a drop in international student numbers.

The move drew international condemnation with more than 30,000 people signing a petition calling for the university to drop the counterclaim against him.

Dr Schroder-Turk said he was “greatly relieved” by the news in a statement from his lawyers.

“The counter-claim by the university has caused me and my young family a great deal of unnecessary stress,” he said.

“I have always acted in the best interest of the university, its students and its staff, and have done so in very difficult circumstances.

“However, my concerns about the welfare of students remain.”

His lawyer, Josh Bornstein from Maurice Blackburn, said the financial claim was an “unprecedented” attack on a whistleblower.

“The university clearly intended to try and frighten my client and any other staff member wanting to speak up about maladministration,” he said.

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‘Patently absurd’ to sue, union says

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) welcomed the university’s decision to drop the financial claim, with general secretary Matthew McGowan saying it was “patently absurd to think that a university would sue a staff member for millions of dollars in damages”.



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Protesters showed support for Dr Schroder-Turk at a rally in October last year. (ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Last month, Murdoch University Professor Robert Cribb resigned in protest from his position as the institution’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar, telling the ABC he believed the legal action set a dangerous precedent and was “an attempt to intimidate other people from potentially revealing other poor practices”.

Dozens of other high-profile academics from institutions around the world have signed open letters raising concerns about the implications of the case for academic freedom of expression.

Murdoch University told staff this morning it had advised lawyers for Dr Schroder-Turk it was withdrawing the financial component of its counterclaim “in the spirit of moving towards a resolution”.

“We understand the financial component of the counterclaim as part of the university’s defence has become a focus of commentary regarding this case,” the statement said.

Lawsuit is ‘not about academic freedom’, university says

Murdoch University also used the statement to defend its decision to take action against Dr Schroder-Turk and denied the claim was a freedom of speech matter.

“The central issue is whether Associate Professor Schroder-Turk’s actions have breached his duties as a member of senate,” the statement said.

“Associate Professor Schroder-Turk’s legal action and the university’s subsequent defence is not and has never been about academic freedom. It is simply about senate governance.”

Mr McGowan from the NTEU disagreed and called for the university’s entire counterclaim to be dropped.

“This is about academic freedom — the right of a staff member to speak openly about issues and concerns about their institution without fear or favour — and if Murdoch management cannot understand this then they shouldn’t be running a university,” he said.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Melbourne crime figure Nabil Maghnie shot dead in Epping


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Detectives are investigating the fatal shooting overnight of Melbourne crime figure Nabil Maghnie on a street in Melbourne’s north.

Key points:

  • Mr Maghnie died at the scene after witnesses heard four gunshots
  • His son and another man are understood to have also been injured during the shooting
  • Mr Maghnie was the target of a previous shooting

A crowd of mourners gathered at the intersection of Childs and Dalton roads at Epping after the shooting about 8:30pm.

Mr Maghnie was seen lying dead on the edge of the road next to his Mercedes utility.

Police, paramedics and SES crews swarmed the area, with the section of road closed off until early this morning.

Police said the man, aged 44 from Bundoora, died at the scene from a gunshot wound.



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Mr Maghnie was killed and two other men were injured in the shooting. (ABC News)

Two other men were also shot, and the ABC understands one of them was Mr Maghnie’s son AJ.

The 27-year-old from Plumpton was pictured returning to the scene last night in a hospital gown with a bandaged elbow and a blood stain near his knee.

Another 44-year-old man was also taken to hospital in a non-life-threatening condition.

Police believe Mr Maghnie knew his killer

A resident said panicked after hearing four shots as Mr Maghnie was gunned down.

“I thought, what the hell is going on?” he said.

“They scare the neighbours, they scare the people.”

He said he did not sleep last night after what he witnessed.

“There was a guy lying down and ambulance was sort of giving CPR,” he said.

The Homicide Squad, with the assistance of the Armed Crime Squad, is investigating.

“But investigators believe the parties involved were known to each other,” police said in a statement.



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One resident told the ABC he was unable to sleep after witnessing the aftermath of the shooting. (ABC News)

Mr Maghnie was a suspect in the 2011 shooting of high-profile bikie Toby Mitchell near the Bandidos gang clubhouse at Brunswick in Melbourne’s inner north.

Also known as Nabil Moughnieh, Mr Maghnie was the target of a previous shooting.

He was hit at least twice, including in the head, and drove himself to the Northern Hospital in September 2016.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘Lowest of the low’: 86 scams related to bushfire relief reported to ACCC


Australia

Australians have raised millions for victims, both human and animal, of the bushfires that have devastated much of the country’s south-eastern states but there are now warnings that scammers are targeting those who are giving all they can to charity.

Key points:

  • Victoria’s Emergency Services Minister calls for people to donate only through official channels
  • The ACCC has received 86 reports of scams related to the bushfire tragedy since September 2019
  • Scammers are impersonating charities and people affected by the bushfires

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) told the ABC they had received 86 reports of bushfire-related scams since September of 2019, including 20 calls to the scams hotline on Tuesday.

The rise in reported scams comes as authorities have begun to ask people to donate cash rather than goods, as a surplus has built up and is causing distribution issues.

The scams reported include:

  • People impersonating relatives of victims and requesting money via text messages or phone calls
  • Calls or websites impersonating charities and crowdfunding pages impersonating charities
  • People doorknocking, saying they or loved ones have been impacted by the bushfires

The ACCC also called on people to protect themselves when making donations by verifying the legitimacy of fundraisers, particularly by checking their terms and conditions to make sure they are an established charity and to ensure that charities are registered by searching the Australia Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.



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Some people such as this woman in Conjola have lost their homes, scammers have seen that as an opportunity. (ABC News)

The news came as Victoria’s Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville let loose on those who were taking advantage of kind-hearted Australians.

Speaking at a press conference, Ms Neville took aim at those committing fraud to get ahead as some of the worst society has to offer.

“We’ve heard that there are some fake charities out there and all I can say is this is the lowest of the low in terms of behaviour,” Ms Neville said.

“We want to make sure they can’t get away with these sort of scams.”

How to protect yourself from scams:

  • Do not donate via fundraising pages that do not verify the legitimacy of the fundraiser
  • Be careful about crowdfunding requests as these may be fake and also come from scammers
  • Check the terms and conditions of funding platforms and ensure you are dealing with official organisations
  • Check a charity is registered by searching the Australia Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity Register

Ms Neville then elaborated on the type of scams she has been made aware of, including cases of doorknocking and impersonating victims.

“People are being rung by people that are either impersonating bushfire victims or pretending to act on behalf of bushfire victims.

“Because people want to do so much, they are contributing towards what are scams and fakes, including some doorknocking scams.”

Ms Neville recommended that the safest way to donate in her state is to go through the official Victorian bushfire appeal.

“This is money that will go directly back to families, 100 per cent of it back to families,” she added.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘They don’t pay real money out’: Geoffrey would lose $160 in 10 minutes from his phone


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It took only a few weeks before Geoffrey Pelham became hooked playing games on the Big Fish Casino app where he would spend $800 in a matter of minutes.

Every day, the 58-year-old would spend at least an hour playing virtual slot machine games on his mobile phone.

“They give you free chips when you first sign up to suck you in,” the Perth-based fly-in-fly-out miner told the ABC.

Once the chips ran out, he had to start paying.

“I used to pay $160 for 80 million chips and then lose it all in 10 minutes,” he said.

All up he said he spent thousands on the game and won nothing in return.

“They don’t pay real money out. All you do is win virtual chips,” he said.



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The app-based games simulate casino games such as blackjack, roulette and slot machines. (ABC News)

Market growing as gambling declines

Games like Big Fish Casino are not traditional gambling — they’re part of an unregulated grey area known as “social casinos”.

The app-based products simulate casino games such as blackjack, roulette and slot machines but players can never cash out their virtual chips for money.

While social casinos are relatively new, it has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

Australian are the world’s biggest gambling losers per capita, losing more than $1,200 every year.

According to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Australian spent a total of $25 billion on gambling in 2017-2018.

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Dr Christopher Hunt from the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment Clinic said social casino games appeared to be increasing rapidly in Australia, while participation in traditional forms of gambling was declining rapidly.

“Some of these games are being played by people in their spare time, like on the bus or on their way to work,” he said.

“A lot of companies that have previously focused on traditional forms of gambling are moving into more internet-based and social media types of gambling.”

In 2017, Australian gaming giant Aristocrat bought the Seattle-based Big Fish Games digital arm for $1.3 billion.



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Geoffrey Pelham says he would sink $800 in a matter of minutes buying chips. (ABC News)

Legal grey zone

Online casino games are illegal in Australia but social casinos fall into a grey area.

They are classified as entertainment so are not subject to any gambling regulations.

Independent Federal MP Andrew Wilkie wants that changed, and said he would push the Federal Government to act this year.

“This is gambling and anyone who tries to tell you it’s not is wrong,” Mr Wilkie said.

“In my opinion, these should be regulated in Australia in exactly the same way as mainstream online casino games and that’s to ban them.”

Aristocrat refused to comment, instead referring the ABC to the International Social Games Association (ISGA).

ISGA chief executive Luc Delaney argued social casino games were “purely for entertainment”.

Mr Delaney said despite heavy scrutiny in recent times, no new regulation of social casino-themed games had been adopted — either under gambling or consumer protection laws.

“That’s because casino-themed social games offer no opportunity to win money, or anything of value.

“Video games, including social games, fall under a range of consumer protection regulations as do all forms of digital entertainment, which we believe is appropriate.”

Geoff still plays the slot machine games using free chips Big Fish Casino occasionally gives him.

But he says he never pays to play any more.

“I’m glad I saw the light a couple of years ago.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


#Mallacoota: How one man tweeted his town’s tragic story to the world


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Mallacoota is better known for its tranquillity, with the seaside town perched on an estuary on Victoria’s remote far-eastern coast surrounded by UNESCO-listed wilderness.

Key points:

  • Mallacoota resident Brendan has tweeted about conditions in the town amid the bushfires
  • As fires knocked out power and telecommunications, his tweets kept the world informed
  • His efforts have garnered global media attention

But in recent days, images projected to the world from inside Mallacoota have reflected anything but, with skies at times turned blood red from the fires ravaging the state.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state of disaster across most of the eastern half of the state, as the bushfire crisis threatens to worsen.

Two people have died in the region while 17 remain missing, as 50 fires continue to burn.



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Mallacoota sits halfway between Melbourne and Sydney on Victoria’s far-eastern coast. (ABC News: Alan Weedon)

In Mallacoota, about 3,000 tourists and 1,000 locals remain stuck after roads were cut off as a fire tore through on New Year’s Eve.

Follow our live blog for updates on bushfires and the evacuations.

About 800 of the town’s most vulnerable people are expected to evacuate from the region aboard Navy vessel HMAS Choules this morning.

Already, scores of livestock and homes have reportedly been lost across the region, but the full extent of the damage is yet to be assessed.



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Ecologically significant bushland surrounding Mallacoota has been charred as a result of the fires. (Twitter: @brendanh_au)

During the New Year’s Eve inferno, flames knocked out some power, mobile and internet services, prompting grave concerns among residents, as well as family and friends outside of Mallacoota wishing to know the fate of those who remained.

But one resident — who asked to be called simply Brendan — kept the small Victorian town connected with the world via Twitter, live-tweeting local conditions.

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@Brendanh_au tweet: Was just on air with BBC TV and then BBC 5 Live. Surprised and grateful at how much global interest there is in these Australia fires and #Mallacoota in particular. Have had interest from Canada, China, USA, Germany and others. Thank you for getting the story out.

In recent days, Brendan’s tweets have been shared by observers around the world, and he has garnered attention from international media, including the BBC.

“[It’s] quite incredible. I never predicted quite a lot of global interest in this,” Brendan told the ABC.

“It turns out that anyone who’s been to Mallacoota or knows anyone who’s been to Mallacoota has a Mallacoota story.

“Such a large number of people have such a special story about Mallacoota, and it’s just resonated across the world.”

‘The best I could do was tell them what I was seeing’



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These were the skies that greeted Brendan and fellow residents at sunrise on New Year’s Eve. (Twitter: @Brendanh_au)

A cursory scroll through Brendan’s tweets from the evening reveals an hour-by-hour summary of the blaze from eyewitness located in the centre of town.

They include photos of the ominous skies, descriptions of the thick smoke blanketing the horizon and of the burning embers and leaves falling around him, and rolling updates on the condition of the town’s critical infrastructure.

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@brendanh_au: Mallacoota, usually a town of about 1k people, has two CFA vehicles for most of the year. Over the xmas holiday our pop swells to 10k. Our firies recognised this and the risk early and sent many additional vehicles. We believe at least 15 trucks protecting infra and campers

He told the ABC he decided to live-tweet when he noticed that some Twitter users from overseas said they had lost contact with people staying at his camper park.

This, coupled with the town’s Optus transmission tower going down during power outages, left him no choice, he said.

“There were people out there who wanted to know what was happening… the best I could do was tell them what I was seeing,” he said.

His tweets garnered sizeable attention quickly, as information coming out of Mallacoota during the blaze was sparse.

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@Brendanh_au tweet: Last pictures of the fire across from Karbeethong #Mallacoota for the night. Still very slow moving but wind change expected later.

Brendan said that at one point people began tweeting their addresses at him to figure out if their family and properties were OK.

“They felt some connection. They felt some level of comfort that they were understanding what was happening here in the absence of any other information,” Brendan said.



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Brendan’s sister pictured in her home wearing protective clothing amid the Mallacoota bushfires. (Twitter: @Brendanh_au)

‘I was taking breaks 140 characters at a time’
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Brendan described his experience over the past four days as “pretty incredible”, with Twitter becoming a refuge for him between fighting fires.

“I never in any way put tweeting in front of fighting the fire, protecting lives or property,” he said.

“I was taking breaks 140 characters at a time.”

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@brendanh_au tweet: Still fighting bushfires in #mallacoota – situation critical near raheen and radley. Just caught a break in the wind. We’re controlling as best we can to save sister’s place. Tea trees are exploding infernos.

Prior to the blaze, Brendan, along with a “multi-decade Country Fire Authority veteran” neighbour, anticipated that the dense bush surrounding Mallacoota would bring about a fire that would be “the real deal”.

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Mallacoota is surrounded by the dense coastal wilderness of the Croajingolong National Park, a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve home to ancient forests and warm temperate rainforests.

Almost 1,000 native plant species and 315 animal species have been recorded within the park, according to UNESCO.



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The Mallacoota inlet leads to the Jinoor/Genoa River, which travels to Mount Kosciuszko. (Supplied: Peter Whiter)

It’s this uniqueness that Brendan said had led to his “pretty straightforward” decision to stay despite an evacuation order being placed for most of East Gippsland on Sunday.

“We’re all attached to Mallacoota in a fairly strong way: My parents have lived here for over 10 years, my sister for five-and-a-bit with her kids,” he said.

“We love this part of the world and we were expecting something like this to happen — we understand how remote and isolated we can be.”

Presently, Brendan and his family are continuing to monitor local conditions but have not yet made a final decision on whether to leave the town.

This means that for now, residents and non-residents alike will have Brendan as one extra pair of eyes over Mallacoota as emergency services descend on the fire-stricken town.

“We love this place: We made major moves in our lives to live in Mallacoota and we want to see it recover again,” he said.

“That’s what’s keeping us going.”

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘The water kept rising’: Jakarta residents inundated by flooding that killed 30


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Nidya Desianti and her husband had just finished paying off their mortgage and were excited to start the new year living in their new home in Jakarta.

Key points:

  • At least 30 people have been killed and more than 35,000 to be evacuated, some of them on inflatable rafts
  • Water levels rose to 2 metres high in some parts of South-East Asia’s biggest city
  • President Joko Widodo said the safety of citizens was a priority

Then, the floods hit.

Heavy rains inundated South-East Asia’s biggest capital city on Wednesday, displacing more than 35,000 people and leaving at least 30 dead, according the to the country’s disaster mitigation agency.

Indonesian media reported some of the dead were electrocuted, while others drowned, were killed in landslides or died of hypothermia.

Just after lunch on New Year’s Day, Ms Desianti received a text alert from the Ministry of Communication and Information, telling her to evacuate.



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A small boy swims in the water flooding the streets. (Reuters: Willy Kurniawan)

“We were running outside, but it was too late since cars couldn’t pass on the road anymore,” she told the ABC.



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Nidya Desianti with her husband and child on a recent outing. On Wednesday, their home was one of tens of thousands flooded in Jakarta. (Supplied: Nidya Desianti)

“I started to panic when the electricity was suddenly cut off and I felt the water kept rising.”



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Ms Desianti had just moved into her new home when the floods hit. (Supplied: Nidya Desianti)

“But I could go nowhere, since outside of our home, the water was already around 2 metres [high].”

She said the water in the ground floor of her new house was at knee-height.

Ms Desianti, who is a relative of ABC journalist Erwin Renaldi, was then told a rescue team was on its way to evacuate her family with about 10 other people in a small inflatable boat, but the wait took around two hours.

“It wasn’t a big boat, just a small rubber one — my baby was sleeping when we hopped on the boat,” she said.

“She started crying when she was woken up — her feet got wet when water started entering the boat.”

Ms Desianti is now staying with her in-laws and although the water has begun to recede, she has no plan to come back home anytime soon, as she’s “afraid the flood is coming again”.

She doesn’t regret buying a home in the area, in Condet in Jakarta’s east, but knows the area suffered from a large flood a decade ago.

“Now we just need to have a better plan to anticipate if they are come again,” she said.



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Aerial photos posted by the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management show the extent of the flooding. (Twitter: BNPB Indonesia)

Budi Setyowati, a psychologist living in the West Java city of Bogor, about 55 kilometres from Jakarta, said it was the first time her house had been hit by flash flooding.

Bogor is famously known as “the city of rain”, but Ms Setyowati told the ABC that normally she never takes precautions if rains come.



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Bogor psychologist Budi Setyowati said she had never seen flash flooding before her home was hit. (Supplied: Budi Setyowati)

Ms Setyowati said the water came into her house very quickly and she had no time to move her belongings.

“It was just terrible, I have never experienced this,” she said.

But the situation outside her home was even worse, she said, with surrounding houses severely flooded.



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Household objects were floating and electricity was cut off in homes in Bogor. (Supplied: Budi Setyowati)

“At the moment I can’t go anywhere, the streets are still flooded, and cars and motorbikes are underwater,” she said.

“The water inside my home has receded, but it left mud behind. There’s no water, no electricity, so I can’t clean.”

Benny, who like many Indonesians only goes by one name, works for Jakarta-based charity organisation Dompet Dhuafa.

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He told the ABC their primary focus was on rescuing older people, pregnant women, sick people and those with disabilities.

“They were stranded at home and their special needs are not being fulfilled,” Benny said.

“Some of them are paralysed, they couldn’t move, so we need to carry them on our rescue vessels.”

He said the group had also rescued some animals.

“So far we already helped cats, dogs, and even birds, many of them trapped on the roof or on [electricity] poles.”

“We even found a dog who was swimming in the flood and we took him in.”

He said a challenge of rescuing people from flooded homes was that many lived in suburban areas with narrow streets, making it difficult for large rescue boats to navigate.



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An Indonesian soldier holds a cat through floodwaters on the outskirts of Jakarta. (AP: Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo said on Twitter that the areas most severely affected by the floods were Krukut, Ciliwung, Cakung and Sunter, and that authorities were using pumps, sandbags and water tankers in responding to the emergency.

“In facing floods in many areas of our country, the priority is the safety of citizens,” he said.

“I ordered all relevant agencies to work together to save the people, and to give peace to the people.”

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Adelaide nightclub slammed over response to sexual harassment allegations


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An Adelaide nightclub has copped significant backlash on social media over its response to allegations a woman was ejected from the venue after she was sexually harassed by a male patron.

Key points:

  • A Facebook post by the venue has attracted more than 1,500 comments
  • It has come under fire over an earlier post including six screenshots of a private conversation
  • That conversation was with a woman who said she was sexually harassed at the venue

A nightclub on Adelaide’s notorious Hindley Street strip posted to Facebook last night, saying it had been “made aware of the incident reported to us”.

“We appreciate the serious nature of the situation at hand … and are investigating the incident with all due diligence and without prejudice,” the post stated.

The post attracted more than 1,500 comments.

But the nightclub has come under fire in relation to an earlier post, now deleted, which included six screenshots of a private conversation — over Facebook’s private messaging service — the venue purportedly had with the woman who was complaining of sexual harassment.

The images included claims the woman was removed by security after elbowing a man who had attempted to put his hand up her skirt, while no action was taken against the perpetrator.

The screenshots also suggested that the woman’s group of friends was misled in relation to the amount of the club’s entry fee, and did not realise how much they had paid until they saw their bank statements the next morning.

The venue — which the ABC has chosen not to name for legal reasons — purportedly included the screenshots of the alleged conversation in a bid to deny accusations the venue told the alleged victim “she probably deserved it”.

Instead, the screenshots of the messages suggest the venue told the woman “there is (sic) choices” and she could have gone to security, who would have intervened, instead of “hitting a patron”.

“If they see you hit someone they cannot help but throw you out. It’s the law,” one message from the venue reads.

The images show the woman responding: “I was sexually harassed I was protecting myself. I tried to wave the security guard over and they ignored me”.

The venue then appears to have said: “Sorry for your experience”.

According to the screenshots, the alleged victim then asked for a refund for the entry fee.

Instead, she was offered free entry to get into the nightclub this weekend.

SA Police said it was not aware of the alleged assault, and the ABC has contacted the venue for comment.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


East Gippsland bushfire victim identified by family as Buchan ‘hero’ Mick Roberts


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The first victim of Victoria’s East Gippsland bushfires has been identified by his family as 67-year-old Buchan resident Mick Roberts.

Key points:

  • Police have not yet formally identified the body
  • Premier Daniel Andrews previously said four Victorians were unaccounted for
  • Many homes have been lost in Buchan since fires hit the area on Monday morning

The body was found by one of Mr Roberts’s relatives in his bedroom inside his Buchan home after bushfires hit the town this week, but is yet to be formally identified by police.

Toby Parsons told the ABC his great-uncle ‘Mick’ was a “hero” in the community and “someone you could look up to”.

“He was much more than just my uncle,” he said.

“He was the best uncle you could ask for.

“I always had respect for him and no matter how rough or hard he looked on the outside he was so lovely on the inside and would always make you feel good.”



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Ms Carter said her brother’s body was found in the bedroom of his home at Buchan. (Supplied: Toby Parsons)

‘Dry humour’ and wit remembered by sister

Mr Roberts’s sister, Jenner Carter, told the ABC her brother was the youngest of five and had lived in Buchan for 17 years.

“Everybody knew him, and he knew everyone,” she said.

Ms Carter described her brother as a “witty” man with “dry humour”.

She said her brother’s body was found in his bedroom by a family member after he had been missing for some time.

“He loved his farm. He would never have left his home no matter what,” she said.

Ms Carter said the cool change that swept through Buchan “lifted the rafters off the house”.

She said it was not yet clear how exactly her brother died.

Some communities remain ‘totally isolated’

Mayor of the East Gippsland Shire Council John White said Buchan was a resilient community.

“I didn’t know him [Mr Roberts], but he would certainly have been well known in Buchan and by others too, so that’s just really, really sad,” he told ABC Statewide Drive.

“Buchan has been enduring these bushfire attacks for the last three years, and finally they have succumbed.

“Under the conditions we had on Monday evening, they were more than anyone could control.”

Mr White said the difficult terrain in East Gippsland would make it hard to get supplies into the isolated communities.

“We still have communities that are totally isolated that we haven’t heard from,” he said.

“We’re in a situation where we have a fire that is still out-of-control, but we’re also trying to get in to do recovery. Coordinating all that is an enormous task.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Tuesday that four people were unaccounted for after bushfires hit the state’s east and north.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘Looks like a warzone’: How and where New Year’s Eve bushfire destruction happened


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Out-of-control bushfires created a New Year’s nightmare for many Australians.

Rather than celebrating the new year, many in Victoria’s east and on the NSW South Coast spent their time evacuated from their homes or ended up protecting them as walls of flame bore down.

Here’s where — and how, according to eye-witness accounts — the destruction happened.

Mallacoota, Victoria

The idyllic beachside village lies on the coast close to the NSW border and for most parts of the year has a population of little over 1,000 people, which swells during holiday periods. It is also one of the most isolated towns in the state, which is why the fire that wreaked havoc there was so dangerous.

What happened:

Mallacoota is where most of the dreadful New Year’s Eve news kicked off as the town woke to blackened skies.

It was still dark at 9:30am and later in the day the sky changed to a terrifying red as holidaymakers who could not make it out before it was too late to leave huddled on the beach or on the town’s jetty.

When the wind changed later in the day and the conditions were safer, a cheer went up from those on that pier.


Video: Thousands of residents on standby at Mallacoota beach as fire front approaches town

(ABC News)

Business-owner Mark Peters described the devastating scenes in Mallacoota where several homes and structures were lost.

He sheltered by the water as fires approached the township on Tuesday and has since returned to town to find his property reduced to rubble.



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The scenes on Mallacoota pier as the fire bore down on the township. (Instagram: @travelling_aus_family)

“It’s been totally flattened … it looks like a warzone,” Mr Peters told RN Breakfast.

“All the houses around me are gone. There’s probably 15 houses in the street, probably 6 of them survived.



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A photo posted to Twitter on December 31, 2019 about 5:00pm shows destroyed buildings in Mallacoota after a fire tore through. (Twitter: Luke McCrone)

He owned bed and breakfast accommodation in Mallacoota but says he wasn’t insured.

“We had mudbrick holiday units. The mudbrick survived, everything else was gutted.”


Video: Footage has revealed the extent of destruction in Mallacoota

(ABC News)

Samantha Corbett was on holiday in Mallacoota with her family and joined the thousands of people who sought shelter at the boat ramp as the bushfire hit the town.

“We have watched houses burn today. It’s been gut wrenching,” Ms Corbett said.

Mallacoota resident Don Ashby told ABC Gippsland that fire sirens went off shortly before 8:30am as the bushfire reached the edge of the town.

“It’s like the darkest, darkest night,” he said.



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Where the fires were in Victoria. (ABC)

Sarsfield, Victoria

The isolated rural town in East Gippsland, on the Great Alpine Road, has a recorded population of little over 600 residents.

What happened:

Bushfires ripped through the township on Monday night and Tuesday morning, leaving twisted metal and gutted buildings behind.

The local school was completely destroyed by the fire.


Video: Numerous structures burnt in Clifton Creek and Sarsfield

(ABC News)

A local police sergeant, Graham Shenton, told a harrowing story of survival and he knew he was extremely lucky after opting to defend his property — a decision he later described as “stupid”.

“The sky dropped down, it was like fire falling out of the sky and it lit up everything between me and the river, and everything burned,” Sergeant Shelton told the ABC.

“Everything you think you know about fire, when it comes, it just makes its own mind up.”

Myles Nichols flew back from Brisbane to survey the scene and said he had lost three properties.

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Nineteen structures were destroyed in the small town.

In nearby Clifton Creek, Khat Hammond fought back tears as she told of losing her house, the only thing left — a melted down motorbike.

“You just don’t realise how much your house, such a large thing, can compact down to nothing but a chimney. Everything just goes. I had no concept of how everything could go.

“There was one motorbike left behind and it had just melted into the floor.”

Corryong and Cudgewa, Victoria

The towns, which are 10 minutes apart, were both left decimated by a firefront on New Year’s Eve. The total combined population sits at around 1,500 with Corryong the much bigger of the two towns near the NSW border.

What happened:

Fire crews struggled to get in and out of the isolated towns, adding to the drama of a massive blaze coming through.

In the early afternoon numerous properties were lost on the outskirts of the town, including some believed to be in the smaller town of Cudegwa.

Fire chiefs however could not determine the numbers that were lost.


Video: Vision of flames approaching Corryong in Victoria

(ABC News)

The area is still one where details of what happened are the most scarce, but was described in a second-hand account as a disaster zone.

Shalee Gherbaz said she had spoken to her brother in Corryong, who described the town as “an absolute mess”.

“Fires are everywhere but the town was standing strong,” Ms Gherbaz said.



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So many of the NSW fires were in this area. (ABC)

Batemans Bay, NSW

Located on the New South Wales South Coast, the area is especially busy at Christmas time when many Sydneysiders head south to take vacations, whether they be at holiday homes or camping. The area is usually home to over 16,000 people but it swells over holiday periods.

Batemans Bay is also a haven for wildlife.

What happened:

Batemans Bay came under siege as a ring of fire surrounded the area in the early afternoon.

Residents and holiday-makers took refuge on local beaches and flames could be seen rising high on the opposite point in truly terrifying scenes.



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This was one of many fiery scenes near Batemans Bay. (Supplied)

Making matters worse, there was radio silence as communications in the area dropped out, leaving many fearing the worst. Even mobile phone coverage went down and, to an extent, panic set in.



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Evacuees on a beach at Batemans Bay amid bushfires across the NSW South Coast. (Twitter: Alastairprior)

“There’s no internet, we cannot access the RFS website and I know everyone is doing their absolute best but we have no information,” Karen Freer, who was on holiday from Canberra, said on Tuesday.

“We don’t know where the fire is … we just don’t know the current situation.”

When the dust settled on New Year’s Day the scene was one of catastrophic damage with hundreds of properties destroyed and at least one person unaccounted for.

Federal MP Fiona Phillips said the scale of destruction in the Batemans Bay area has been enormous.



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A Batemans Bay home which was ravaged by fire on New Year’s Eve. (ABC News)

“It’s just been absolute devastation,” Ms Phillips said.

“The building loss we believe around the Batemans Bay area and Mogo is in the hundreds. It’s very, very significant.”

Conjola Park, NSW

The small, idyllic inlet lies just 18 kilometres to the north of regional centre Ulladulla and is popular with campers, fishermen and surfers due to the great conditions for all three pursuits.

What happened:


Video: Fire crews from Station 509 Wyoming share footage of moments before their truck was overrun by a fire front south of Nowra

(ABC News)

Fire ripped through the area late on New Year’s Eve and, in the town, it left a trail of destruction. Eighty-nine properties were lost in the small area and harrowing tales have emerged.



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The remains of a home at Conjola Park after a bushfire swept through on New Year’s Eve. January 1, 2020. (ABC News: Selby Stewart)

Lake Conjola resident Karen Lissa told the ABC she thought she would die.

“You just go through all these emotions,” she said.

“You think ‘I’m gonna die’.

“We’re lucky. Just really grateful that we’re alive and we’ve got our house.

“I’ve never seen this. So many homes lost, this is devastating.”


Video: Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp says at least 50 structures have been lost in Victoria's bushfires

(ABC News)

A man also lost his life in the area. His body found in a burnt-out car near Lake Conjola, just off the Princes Highway.

Cobargo, NSW

The town of Cobargo is a historic village of nearly 800 people near Bega, in the south of New South Wales.

What happened:

In short, scenes of horror and devastation rocked the tiny community on New Years Eve when fire tore through the town early on Tuesday morning.

A woman found her husband Robert Salway and her son Patrick Salway dead after they had tried in vain to protect the family home.

The main street was destroyed and, at the end of the day, Patrick Salway’s wife Renee posted a touching tribute on social media.



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The remains of main strip on the Princes Highway in Cobargo, NSW. Residents said huge swathes of the town have been completely razed by bushfires. December 31, 2019. (Supplied)

“I love you now, I love you still, I always have and always will,” she wrote.

“I will see you again Patrick, my best friend.

“Hope you are up there ‘fixing things in the stars tonight’. Love forever, Harley & me.

“(Thank you everyone for your concern. We are broken).”

Mogo, NSW

The picturesque town, inland of Batemans Bay, is arguably most famous for its zoo, which used to house some white lion cubs.

What happened:

The battle to save the zoo was won as staff fought the flames themselves, while the zoo’s director Chad Staples took smaller animals home to his house to keep them safe.

As the fire raged they put the large animals in the safest parts of the zoo and were able to not only save the property but also make sure not a single animal lost its life.



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All the animals are safe at Mogo Zoo after what was described by zoo staff as ‘Armageddon’ only a few hours ago. (Chad Staples)

Mr Staples described the conditions as “apocalyptic” but felt he and staff were able to defend the zoo because they enacted their fire defence plan.

“It felt like Armageddon a few hours ago,” Mr Staples told the ABC.

Others were not so lucky.

The zoo survived but the town itself was stripped bare as much of the main street was razed to the ground, unable to avoid the ferocious flames.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Thailand has a big plastic problem and 12-year-old Lilly is helping to fix it


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It’s a sweaty Saturday morning in Bangkok, and while most 12-year-olds are winding down for the year, Ralyn Satidtanasan — or Lilly as she’s called — is getting ready to scoop plastic out of a canal.

“There’s so much single-use plastic in this canal alone, imagine how much there is in the ocean,” she tells the ABC on a boat in a canal in north-west Bangkok.

“It’s extremely shocking because if you think about it, this is just not even 1 per cent of what we’re seeing in the oceans today.”

Lilly is a regular at weekly Bangkok events organised by Trash Hero — a volunteer group that picks up rubbish at dozens of locations around the world.



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The Trash Heroes hold weekly events in Bangkok and pick up rubbish in 12 different countries. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

But it is Lilly’s work fronting up to retailers and the government, asking them to rethink their policies on single-use plastic, that has seen her dubbed the Greta Thunberg of Asia.

From January 1 single-use plastic bags will be banned in major stores in Bangkok.

Lilly has been meeting directly with retail executives and government officials to drive the policy.

“I’ve been working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and 43 major companies that are trying to reduce and ban single-use plastic bags in their stores by next year,” she says.

“We’re trying to push it even more for every company and every shop in Thailand to not use any single-use plastics at all.”

There was plenty of resistance in Australia when a ban on single-use plastic bags was introduced by major supermarkets in 2018.

Lilly’s journey hasn’t been an easy one either.

‘They tell me that I can’t do it’



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Lilly says some people have found it hard to take her seriously. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

A beach visit as an eight-year-old opened Lilly’s eyes to plastic pollution, and with the support of her two environmentally aware parents, she began meeting with anyone who would talk to her.

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She readily admits it is hard to be taken seriously by some people.

“Yes, there are really big struggles and people who don’t really trust me or believe me.

“Or they try not to talk to me as much and there is some resistance as well.”

She has told many people the same thing: it’s time to act.

“We really need to act now because of how big this issue is really becoming,” she says.

“I can’t walk on the street right now without finding a piece of single-use plastic, and honestly that isn’t something positive.

“They always tell me that I can’t do it, or this is such a big problem that I shouldn’t be worrying about it and that I shouldn’t be the one telling these big companies and the government to stop.”

Lilly says she looks up to Greta Thunberg.

“She’s a huge idol for kids around the world. She does help us with trying to feel more confident in doing these things, because if you really think about it, she teaches us that we are not too small to make a big change.

“She really teaches us that we can make a difference, no matter how small we are.”

Bag ban could cut plastic problem in half



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Plastic pollution is a big problem in Thailand. Here, people are shovelling it out of a canal. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

Thailand has a population of 70 million and environmental scientists say plastic pollution is a big problem.

Plastic is making its way from Bangkok’s canals to the ocean, and ending up in sea life and other animals.

Stefanos Fotiou from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific says most of the plastic in Thailand is not being recycled.



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Stefanos Fotiou says the majority of Thailand’s plastic is not being recycled. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

In December, when the ABC caught up with him at his office, he was taking a brief break from chairing a meeting of ASEAN nations to discuss natural resources issues.

At the meeting, plastic waste was the number one concern.

“A representative of Thailand told us that the latest figure is that there are 2 million tonnes of plastic waste every year, that’s municipal plastic waste,” he explained.

“And out of this 2 million tonnes, 1.2 million tonnes is plastic bags.

“And of that 2 million tonnes, only a quarter is properly re-used and recycled and the rest is ending up in the sea.”

He said the plastic bag ban would make a big difference if it was properly enforced and implemented.

“If we know that 60 per cent of the plastic waste is plastic bags, if it’s properly imposed … then the ban could solve 60 per cent of the problem. This is a big step.

“It’s necessary I would say but not sufficient. We need to see the entire cycle of plastic production and how many single-use plastics could be substituted by other material.

“I think no country has a choice, all of the countries should take very drastic measures.”

‘We are eating it’



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One of the biggest concerns about plastic pollution is the impact it has on human health. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

One of the biggest concerns — but one that Dr Fotiou says few people are aware of — is the impact of plastic on human health.

“At one point we were thinking it’s only bad for diversity and the natural environment, but now all of this plastic goes back to the people — it goes to the food stream, and we are eating it,” he said.

“All species that are in the sea are affected by the plastic bag. Fishes, whales, we have seen how many plastic bags they are eating.

“This plastic starts to disintegrate, and it becomes what we call microplastic, very tiny parts of plastics that we cannot really see. But they are eaten by the fish and it goes into the bloodstream, it goes into the protein.

“We are eating it when we eat the fish and microplastics have now been identified in the human bloodstream.

“So we are eating microplastics every day when we eat food.”



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Thailand produces an estimated 2 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

For him, young people like Lilly are an important way to get the world to listen about environmental problems.

“She’s a big advocate to the youth, which are the ones who can change the behaviour.

“She’s demonstrating how you walk the talk of sustainability.

“And because she has become quite a public figure, she has the ability to talk to policymakers, she has the ability to talk to influential people and make them look at things from another perspective.

“I think that Lilly and all the youth that are involved in the environment and climate movement are bringing a fresh breath to the environmental movement because some feel a little different when a 12-year-old highlights a problem.”



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Lilly and her parents at a Trash Heroes gathering in Bangkok. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

Consumers divided
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Nowhere is single-use plastic more prevalent than in Thailand’s 7-Eleven stores.

There are 10,000 branches across Thailand, and plastic has become the ultimate convenience in the form of spoons, straws and small bags to put items in.

Even fruit like bananas are sold individually in clear plastic.

One man in his 50s who was shopping at a 7-Eleven store told the ABC the bag ban would be inconvenient.

“It is difficult to have a cloth bag (with us) unless we plan before we buy things,” he said.

“If we buy a lot of things it will be difficult.

It’s better if customers can choose.”

But another customer the ABC spoke to was supportive of the plastic bag ban.

“I think it is OK because reducing plastic use is also reducing world pollution.”

Bag manufacturer seizes opportunity

Pasin Lathouras from the Naraya Group, a well-known Thai bag manufacturer, sensed an opportunity and has partnered with 7-Eleven to sell reusable cotton bags in the convenience stores.



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Pasin Lathouras has partnered with 7-Eleven to sell reusable bags. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

“I think the opportunity is there, it’s a very big change so we’ll see how it rolls out through the year,” he said.

He admitted it was a big undertaking for his brand to supply enough reusable bags to be sold when the ban comes in.

“All of our products are still handmade, so we’ll have to see how we go with the sales and huge demand next year.”

But he said he thought it would take some time for consumers to adjust to the new rules.

“It depends on the approach of different shopping malls and convenience stores. If they charge for some plastic bags then people are going to have a reaction.

“[They’d] maybe give a second thought to reducing their purchasing of the goods or reducing the quantities so they don’t have to carry too much or pay for a second bag to carry their shopping.”

“It’s going to be a big change next year, for the whole country.”



Photo:

This is just some of the 2 million tonnes of plastic waste Thailand produces each year. (ABC News: Amy Bainbridge)

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


‘When will this nightmare end?’: Inside Mallacoota’s bushfire ‘apocalypse’


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Residents and holidaymakers in Mallacoota in Victoria’s far east have described the sky turning from pitch black to blazing red as fire raced towards the seaside town.

Key points:

  • An estimated 5,000 people sheltered at Mallacoota boat ramp as the fire hit the town
  • Residents said it was “pitch black” before the sky turned red
  • The State Control Centre said large swathes of East Gippsland remain in the grips of a “broad scale” bushfire emergency

Thousands of people fled to the waterside this morning as fire raced towards the popular holiday destination.

Residents also reported hearing gas cylinders explode in the Mallacoota town centre.

Facebook user Jann Gilbert posted a series of photos of what she described as the “apocalypse”, writing: “When will this nightmare end?”

“Unless you’re here, you can’t even imagine what it’s actually like,” she says in one of the videos.

“It’s hard to breathe, even with a mask on.”



Photo:

The fire reached the outskirts of Mallacoota about 8:30am. (Supplied)

“This is really scary now, it’s just red, everywhere.

“The wind is intermittently howling, which brings more embers.”



Photo:

This family got into a boat to get away from the blaze. (Twitter: Bradley Deacon)

Resident Mark Tregellas said about 5,000 people gathered at the Mallacoota boat ramp as the bushfire hit the town.

“It was pitch black until about five minutes ago, now the sky is red, it’s starting to get embers coming out of the sky, the wind is coming directly at us from the west,” he told ABC Gippsland this morning.

“Some people actually got into their boats and went across the other side of the lake to try and wait out the fire.”


Video: Some Mallacoota residents took to the water as the bushfire reached the town. (Facebook: Cubin')

(ABC News)

In a video uploaded to social media, a man wearing a cloth over his face and ski-goggles broadcasted from a boat, pointing at Mallacoota behind him.

“It’s f***ing chaos,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”



Photo:

The fire that reached Mallacoota started at Wingan River on Sunday. (Supplied: Mike Lane)

Mr Tregellas told the ABC he had received an unconfirmed report that the fire had hit his home.

He had loaded up photos and personal documents into his camper trailer before moving to the boat ramp.



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Witnesses described the sky turning from black to bright red. (Twitter: @Brendanh_au)

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Francesca Winterson, who broadcasts from Mallacoota’s local community radio station, said she doubted her home would be left standing as it was in the path of the blaze.

“My house won’t survive. I’ve just accepted that,” she said.

Sirens the signal to head to the water

The fire threatening Mallacoota started at Wingan River on Sunday and spread rapidly towards the coast.

Firefighters cut down trees in the area yesterday to mitigate risk and fire trucks surrounded people camping near the water, spraying down the area to keep it cool.


Video: People sought refuge at the foreshore as the fire neared the town.

(ABC News)

Mallacoota resident Don Ashby told ABC Gippsland that fire sirens went off shortly before 8:30am as the bushfire reached the edge of the town.

“The agreement was when all the trucks turn the sirens on that was when the fire hit and everybody had to go and get down to the waterline,” he said.

He said he could not see anything as the sky turned black and ash fell as the roar of the bushfire came closer.

“It’s like the darkest, darkest night,” he said.



Photo:

Sirens were the signal for people to assemble at the wharf. (Instagram: @travelling_aus_family)

Earlier, resident Mariska Ascher told ABC Gippsland about 7:15am that she was staying in her home and the fire seemed “extremely close”.

“It’s really horrible, it’s the worst it’s been. It’s really close,” she said.



Photo:

“Day has turned into night in Mallacoota”, resident Brendan wrote on Twitter shortly after 7am. (Twitter: @Brendanh_au)

“It’s absolutely frightening. Black leaves are hitting our deck.”

Resident Mick Dunne told the ABC many were preparing to lose their homes.

“We plan but there’s no easy exit from the town. Those who left did so nervously, and those who stayed do so nervously,” he said.



Photo:

While the fire bypassed the town centre, homes on Mallacoota’s fringe were burnt. (Twitter: @brendanh_au)

Later, authorities said the fire had bypassed the town following a wind change, news that was met by cheers from the town’s jetty.

But CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said houses had burnt down on the outskirts of town.



Photo:

Witnesses described the sky turning red and hot embers falling from the sky. (Twitter: @brendanh_au)

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news


Dreamville – 1993 Lyrics


Play this song

[Intro: Buddy]
Ayy
These motherfuckers, man, yo
(Elite, Elite, Elite)
Check it
Yo, check it out, ayy

[Interlude: Buddy]
Since 1993 I’ve been smoking weed, ask about me
Niggas know not to, oh, wait, niggas know not to, oh, fuck, ayy

[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up

[Verse 1: Smino]
Uh, I’m drunk at a party, ain’t put down my cup
The fuck is my water? I pick this shit up
Then drank all the water and threw this shit up
It’s ash in my cup, I’m mad as a muh’, huh
I push pack like USPS, you is a bitch

[Interlude: Buddy]
Ayy, yo, yo, shut the fuck, ayy
Don’t even rap, nigga, you
Ayy, hold on
Hold the fuck up, nigga

[Verse 2: Cozz]
Tell me why you wanna come get high tonight
I only got one reason, I’m top dog tonight
I let the broads borrow my room and I got caught tonight
Drunken partying, slobbering, ‘nother sloppy night
Always fight with my mama, but look, on my leave night
I’ll call her, when I’m a baller, I promise that I’ma score you
Until then, I’ma ignore you, it’s nothing personal (Sorry)
I’m just tryna fuck a couple girls and go
Can’t do that while I’m on the phone
I’m not a mother’s boy, I’m a motherfucker

[Interlude: Buddy]
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, hold on, hold on, nigga
Can I smoke? Can I smoke? Can I smoke, nigga?
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)

[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up

[Verse 3: Doctur Dot]
Yeah
Sittin’ sideways, side steppin’ side bitches
Side eyes, light skin, need stitches, mind your business
You’re slurring, my baby, you’re surfing, no turfing
My girl drippin’, dirty whispers in my ear
I don’t mumble
ABC your way up out the convo
Lookin’ for sluts, oh?
Oh, I know a couple

[Interlude: Buddy]
Bro, bro, bro, bro
Ayy, bro, bro, bro, bro
Ayy, nigga, come on, like
Nigga, stop rapping, start passing
(Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Like can I? My nigga

[Chorus: Smino]
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up (Bro, bro)
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up and pour me a drink up, let’s get fucked up
Roll up

[Verse 4: JID]
Look, okay the weed so strong it got me stressed
The stress so strong it got me weak
I’m so on, it threw me off (Yeah)
I’m throwed off, yes indeed
I threw up after my threesome
On my threads, had to leave the crime scene like criminals do
She wanna come to my crib and give me a genital smooch
Typical, typical, get the piccolo, skididdle, skedaddle
I sling peen like a lasso
That mean king save the queen from the castle
I grab the saddle
Prisoner to prescription, it’s changed, jackal, Jack Daniels
Shawty tryna tell me

[Interlude: Buddy]
Motherfucker, ayy, didn’t I say? Nigga, ayy
We can’t rap, nigga, we smoking weed
Stop rappin’, nigga, this is not a rap session
We gettin’ high

[Verse 5: J. Cole]
If I smoke a blunt right now
I’ma be on 285 with my pants pulled down
Around my ankles
Still no stranger to the blunt smoke, gun smoke
You niggas don’t want smoke
No guts like that Swisher we just smoked
We cutthroat, niggas…

[Outro: Buddy]
Hold, hold on, hold on
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
Hold on, wait, wait, wait, wait, ayy, wait
Shh, shh, shh
Wait, wait, wait, okay
Watson, Watson, stop
‘Cause this nigga J. Cole, he done grew some dreads
He think he smoke now
Pass the blunt, nigga, stop rappin’
That’s the end of the song, nigga
This the end of the session, we goin’ home
I just called my Lyft
I just wanna call the, I mean hit the blunt, I mean
Let me try one more time


Aminé – REEL IT IN Lyrics


[Intro]
Right now!

[Chorus]
Reel it in
I got the bag, tell a friend
She got some ass, bring it in
Bitch I’m the news, CNN (yeah)
Reel it in
I got the bag, tell a friend
She got some ass, bring it in
Bitch I’m the news, CNN (yeah) (hey!)

[Verse 1]
Trippin’
Rollie got the tick tock missin’
Bitch pimpin’ (ayy)
Broke niggas got me livin’ (wow)
You Jordan or Pippen (true)
I’m Kobe I’m never gon’ dish it
Or miss it
I’m business as fuck and I ain’t got the time to just kick it

[Pre-Chorus]
I don’t trust nobody ’cause I can’t be fake
Frontin’ ain’t an option ’cause my soul can’t change
And I’m tired of being humble, bitch I feel no way
It’s that young nigga shit, I might pull up to your bitch like

[Chorus]
Reel it in (woo)
I got the bag, tell a friend
She got some ass, bring it in (ayy)
Bitch I’m the news, CNN (yeah)
Reel it in
I got the bag, tell a friend
She got some ass, bring it in
Bitch I’m the news, CNN

[Verse 2]
Jesus Christ! (Hallelujah!)
I buy that shit before I even know the price (hey!)
This 13k up on my finger, bitch you right (true)
Them diamonds dancin’, yeah that boy be lookin’ nice (ayy)
I guess that’s what you call that motherfucking ice
I got a thotiana, put her in designer
She Italiana, she a sorta kinda
She Björk cute
So she really fine, just sorta weird, and she got some cake
Gimme OPB for my ODB
These APC, do your ABC’s
I’m a young dread-head with anxiety
And I love it when a bitch nigga tryin’ me

[Pre-Chorus]
I don’t trust nobody ’cause I can’t be fake
Frontin’ ain’t an option ’cause my soul can’t change
And I’m tired of being humble, bitch I feel no way
It’s that young nigga shit, I might pull up to your bitch like

[Chorus]
Reel it in (ayy)
I got the bag, tell a friend (whoo)
She got some ass, bring it in (ooh)
Bitch I’m the news, CNN (yeah)
Reel it in
I got the bag, tell a friend (true)
She got some ass, bring it in
Bitch I’m the news, CNN (yeah)


Nasty C – SMA Lyrics


[Hook: Nasty C & Rowlene]
How did I?
End up falling for you
I find myself calling for you
Into the dark I followed you but
I should’ve knew this ain’t the type of shit I’d go through
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away

[Bridge: Nasty C & Rowlene]
I feel you, I feel you
I feel you, I feel you ABC
You take me up and down and I follow you like ABC
You act like you ain’t it but you were never here with me
I wish it could be
Wish it could be like ABC

[Verse 1: Nasty C]
She ask me
Junior do you like it when I cry? (Huh)
Do you consider my feelings when you lie (Huh)
You put me second to some bitch on the side (What)
You just gon’ let a ride or die die inside (Damn)
You forget I was with you before the racks came
Before these skanks came
Before the plaques came
Before you started getting money and your raps changed
I was with you when you was still thinking about changing your rap name, nigga!
Say something now
Are you choking?
Baby I’m sorry
Are you joking?
So much for convincing me to be open
I don’t know why I bother with you
When you’ve clearly chosen, this music over me
It owns all your emotions
And you really have to give it your undivided devotions
But somehow my heart feels safer when you hold it
Like you not the one who broke it

[Hook: Rowlene]
End up falling for you
I find myself calling for you
Into the dark I followed you but
I should’ve knew this ain’t the type of shit I’d go through
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away

[Verse 2: Nasty C]
Yeah
Look I’m in Jo’burg working
And you know I need money
Instead of telling me you hurting
Focus more on your studies
I’m not ignoring you trust me
I’m always busy with something
You call too late or too early
I couldn’t talk I was grumpy
You couldn’t talk you was grumpy?
We supposed to be-
Junior you told a hoe you don’t love me
She posted about it you dummy
All I ever did was love you
I don’t deserve to be punished
I cut off all my friends for you
What more do you want from me
You cheated too
That was too long ago
One of my dudes
We made it long ago
That makes it cool?
I said I’m sorry though
What the fuck y’all doing all along (huh)
‘Guess I’ve always been a dummy
Bitch I dare you to lie to me to say you told him you love me
And you know what
I should’ve known you were hiding something
You laughed at everything he said
That nigga wasn’t even funny
You made me feel so insecure and weak as fuck
But I’m not sending you away
So you going to have to run for me
‘Cause I still love you

[Hook: Rowlene]
End up falling for you
I find myself calling for you
Into the dark I followed you but
I should’ve knew this ain’t the type of shit I’d go through
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away
Send me away

[Bridge: Nasty C & Rowlene]
I feel you, I feel you
I feel you, I feel you ABC
You take me up and down and I follow you like ABC
You act like you ain’t it but you were never here with me
I wish it could be
Wish it could be like ABC


Melanie Martinez – Alphabet Boy lyrics


[Verse 1]
Always aiming paper airplanes at me when you’re around
You build me up like building blocks just so you can bring me down
You can crush my candy cane but you’ll never catch me cry
If you dangle that diploma and I dead you, don’t be surprised

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC’s, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you’re smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC’s, alphabet boy

[Chorus]
I’m not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on a fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You’re the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Verse 2]
Apples aren’t always appropriate apologies
Butterscotch and bubblegum drops are bittersweet to me
You call me a child while you keep counting all your coins
But you’re not my daddy and I’m not your dolly
And your dictionary’s destroyed

[Pre-Chorus]
I know my ABC’s, yet you keep teaching me
I say fuck your degree, alphabet boy
You think you’re smarter than me with all your bad poetry
Fuck all your ABC’s, alphabet boy

[Chorus]
I’m not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on a fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You’re the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Bridge]
Alphabet boy
Oh, alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy
My alphabet boy
Ooh ooh, ooh ooh

[Chorus]
I’m not a little kid now
Watch me get big now
Spell my name on a fridge now
With all your alphabet toys
You won the spelling bee now
But are you smarter than me now?
You’re the prince of the playground
Little alphabet boy

[Outro]
Alphabet boy
Oh, yeah
Alphabet boy
Alphabet boy, oh yeah
Alphabet boy


NF – No Name


[Verse]
Look, people ask me what the future is
All I know is I’ll be doin’ this
All I know is things are moving quick
That’s convenient for me ’cause that’s how I live
Now they see me out here movin’ up
You don’t like me, that makes two of us
Time change, yeah, I can’t adjust
Yo, it’s who you are not who you was, oh my
Yeah, just went to Europe, they said the single is working
I think I’m learning, I am way more than what people might think when they look on the surface
What is my purpose? Yeah
That is a question that I have been asking myself and it hurts
‘Cause it’s prolly something I should already know but I don’t know it yet, I’m tryna grow as a person, woo!
I’m sick of people tellin’ people I’m here ’cause of marketing dollars, oh
You think that everything is gonna blow just ’cause you market it harder? No
I got my hands in everything, now they out here tryna get to me
Stop tryna lecture me
You don’t compare to my level of thinking, so why do you think you compare to my energy, huh?
Small circle, but the number’s growin’
Fame called me, I’m like, "How you doin’?"
Hung up on him, I ain’t ready for it
I’ll get back to that when I make album four
Less talking, I’ve been workin’ more
Better me is what I’m workin’ towards
Y’all judgin’, but we not in court, no, we not in court, oh Lord!
Last couple years, let’s recap
I make a livin’ off of writin’ out my regrets
I’m doin’ me, I don’t care where the scene’s at
Try to give me feedback, I don’t really need that
I used to walk on stage in a V-neck
I used to wear a lil’ tie with a black vest
I came a long way, why you lookin’ upset?
I’m tryna paint a picture, get the vision, you ain’t hear it yet, woo!
Look, hold up, hold up, wait a minute, please
Flow’s switchin’, I got ADD
Brain scatters when you play the beat
It don’t matter what you say to me
I’ll be doin’ this at 83
I’ve been doin’ this since ABC’s
In the major leagues doin’ major things, don’t play with me, woo!
I’m livin’ life in the fast lane
Wake up every morning thinkin’ I’ma have a bad day
Drive my own car, I don’t like the valet
Parked, then I go into my mind with an AK
Shoot every thought in my head then it rotates
Losin’ it all, but I think that I’m okay
Who is involved? I don’t know, but I’m insane
Poof! And I’m gone, wanna call me a no name, what!?
I’m prolly not what you thought
I’m prolly not what you thought
I used to judge everybody that wasn’t like me ’til I learned it was wrong
Girl told me I should get it together and get out the dark
I’m tryna give her my heart
That’s when I sit in my car, writin’ for hours until I can barely talk
I mean, where do I start?
Feels like I’m fallin’ apart
Act like my image is hard
I always put up my guard
Even when talkin’ to God
Sit in my room and I plot
Everything that I’m not
Comes out in the music I jot
I give it all that I got
I give it all that I got!
I’m tryna think out the box, no!
Yeah, I got people standing outside a bus screaming my name
I don’t come out and take pictures, they tell me I changed
I don’t smile in VIPs, you get mad like, "You know what I paid?"
Guess I don’t know what to say
Guess I don’t know what to say
I leave it all on the stage
I leave it all on the stage


Duran Duran – Too Much Information (Album Version)


[Chorus]
Destroyed by MTV
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen
To sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Verse 1]
Hey TV child look into my eyes
Here by intervention I want your attention
Promotion boy in a suit and tie
He wants you to use it
You’re too shot to loose it
It’s pumping down the cable
Like never seen before
A cola (condom) manufacturer is sponsoring the war
Here comes the news with love from me to you

[Chorus]
Destroyed by ABC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen
To sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Verse 2]
Turn on the tube
Hits you with the groove
Advertizing music
We want you to choose it
These teeth are white trainers ultra bright
This band is perfect just don’t scratch the surface
We covered all the angles
The survey people said
Just put us on the cover we’ll be smiling anyway
This video was made with love to you

[Chorus]
Destroyed by BBC
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen to
Sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Chorus]
Destroyed by MTV
I hate to bite the hand that
Feeds me so much information
The pressure’s on the screen to
Sell you things that you don’t need
It’s too much information for me

[Chorus]
Dialate your mind [x3]
Got to give it to me
Got to listen to me
Got to give in to me
Now I’m on the
I try……


Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much (Lyric Video)


Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite
Go for more and I don’t give a shit
I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this

I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

A year ago I was in a hotel room in Pheonix
Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But I told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
I know you think my dreams came true
Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But I know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through


SAM HUNT – Drinkin’ Too Much lyrics


Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite
Go for more and I don’t give a shit
I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this

I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

A year ago I was in a hotel room in Pheonix
Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But I told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
I know you think my dreams came true
Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But I know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through


Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much lyrics


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Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite
Go for more and I don’t give a shit
I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this

I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

A year ago I was in a hotel room in Pheonix
Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But I told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
I know you think my dreams came true
Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But I know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through


Sam Hunt – Drinkin’ Too Much (New Song)


[Intro]
Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite
Go for more and I don’t give a shit
I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this

[Verse 1]
I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me

[Chorus]
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

[Verse 2]
A year ago I was in a hotel room in Pheonix
Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But i told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
I know you think my dreams came true
Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of

[Chorus]
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

[Verse 2]
I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

[Outro]
Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But i know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through


George Michael – Round Here (Patience Album)


My daddy got here on the gravy train
I guess my mama had a real bad start to the game
They went walking and she took his name
Round here

There was dancing in the afternoons those days
Waiting tables, chasing girls with the money he made
It was 1957, and love felt the same, love felt the same

Frightened little girl, she makes a break
Into the arms of, something better
Round here

I hear my mama call in Kingsbury Park
Just me and David and a football that glowed in the dark
Waiting patiently to make my mark
Round here

And I remember my first day at school
And I remember trouble, and thinking I was so cool
I remember it all, like yesterday

Don’t you

Every time I try to leave this place
Something inside says, "You can do better"
Round here

So come with me, let me show you where I’ve lived
I want to put my hands in this earth again
Music fell like rain to the streets
The Specials and The Jam, to The Beat
Even though I think I’ve seen everything there is to see of this world
I gotta be thankful that this crowded space
Is the place of my birth

When all that I wanted, was to be someone.

Two little Hitlers in an old church hall
Some cheesy covers and those neighbors that banged on the walls
Andy says it’s time to show them all
Round here

Please sir, we two have other plans
Please sir you would not understand,
What’s going on
Is magical, can’t you see
That some of us do more than dream

Every time I try to leave this place
Something inside says, "Keep on keeping, on and on…."
Around here

So come with me, let me show you where I’ve lived
I want to put my hands in this earth again
Music fell like rain to the streets
The Specials and The Jam, ABC
Even though I think I’ve seen everything there is to see of this world
I gotta be thankful that this crowded space
Is the place of my birth

My birth,
In this town,
Yes I guess I got to be someone

To be somebody
In the Beautiful city

This place I call home
These streets of London
It’s everything I know (everything and everybody)
On the streets of London
I want to thank you

My daddy got here on the gravy train.


Daya – Talk lyrics

October 20, 2016

Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
I’m not the plain and simple, I’m in another lane
I’m rocking Shirley Temple, the cherry on the cake
Just a throwback kid from the nineties
I start my ABC’s with the YZ
I paint with different colors and never in the lines
There isn’t any other, I am the prototype
Tick-tock, waste time with your rumors
But, I’m so ice cold, good humor

[Pre-Chorus]
They say, “I’m outta my mind standin’ on the outside”
But, it’s cooler, it’s fresher
I like it here… (Hey!)
[Chorus]
They’re all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somthin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about

[Verse 2]
I don’t believe in Yeezus, I like ’em Kanye West
I’m rockin’ dirty sneakers with my designer dress
Order a Grade-A steak with no pomfret
I wake you up, Starbucks, sleep on me

[Pre-Chorus]
They say, “I’m outta my mind standin’ on the outside”
But, it’s cooler, it’s fresher
I like it here… (Hey!)

[Chorus]
They’re all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about

[Bridge]
No, you don’t know what
What you talkin’ ’bout
No, you don’t know me
So just shut your mouth

No, you don’t know what
What your talkin’ ’bout
No, you don’t know me
So just shut your…

[Chorus]
They’re all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about


Daya – Talk

October 10, 2016

Lyrics

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[Verse 1]
I’m not the plain and simple, I’m in another lane
I’m rocking Shirley Temple, the cherry on the cake
Just a throwback kid from the nineties
I start my ABC’s with the YZ
I paint with different colors and never in the lines
There isn’t any other, I am the prototype
Tick-tock, waste time with your rumors
But, I’m so ice cold, good humor

[Pre-Chorus]
They say, “I’m outta my mind standin’ on the outside”
But, it’s cooler, it’s fresher
I like it here… (Hey!)
[Chorus]
They all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somthin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about

[Verse 2]
I don’t believe in Yeezus, I like ’em Kanye West
I’m rockin’ dirty sneakers with my designer dress
Order a Grade-A steak with no pomfret
I wake you up, Starbucks, sleep on me

[Pre-Chorus]
They say, “I’m outta my mind standin’ on the outside”
But, it’s cooler, it’s fresher
I like it here… (Hey!)

[Chorus]
They all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about

[Bridge]
No, you don’t know what
What you talkin’ ’bout
No, you don’t know me
So just shut your mouth

No, you don’t know what
What your talkin’ ’bout
No, you don’t know me
So just shut your…

[Chorus]
They all gonna say what they wanna say anyway
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about
I don’t really care if they wanna stare, look at me
Might as well give ’em something
Might as well give ’em something to talk about

[Post-Chorus]
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about
Give ’em somethin’, a little somethin’ (ah)
A little somethin’ to talk about




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