Law and order breaking down in Philippines: UN investigator

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A top United Nations’ human rights investigator has warned that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs would only unleash more problems including rampant killings, vigilante crimes and an overall breakdown in law and order.
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“The war on drugs does not work,” Agnes Callamard, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, told a human rights conference in Manila.

“Badly thought-out, ill-conceived drug policies not only fail to address substantively drug dependency, drug-related criminality and the drug trade, they add more problems, as has been well documented around the world,” she said.

The comments came after US President Donald Trump provoked an avalanche of criticism for inviting Mr Duterte, a foul-mouthed firebrand former provincial mayor, to the White House, and praised his efforts to rid the country of drugs.

Two US legislators on Friday introduced legislation in the US Senate seeking to restrict the exportation of arms by the US to the Philippines, as the death toll under the crackdown almost reaches 8000, including children as young as five.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, chairman of the US foreign relations sub-committee, said the war on drugs is “deeply alarming”.

“This is not the right way to conduct an anti-drug campaign, and our legislation reflects our sincere desire to work with the Philippines to support human rights, expose narcotics networks emanating from mainland China and other countries, and use a public health approach to responsibly counter the danger drugs pose to our society,” he said.

Mr Duterte’s officials scoffed at the bill which would require the US State Department to report on the human rights situation in the Philippines before it could be passed.

“We have plenty of arms,” said the President’s chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo.

In his latest comments, Mr Duterte declared it will take him three years to stabilise the Philippines which has one of Asia’s highest rates of drug use.

He promised to step-up the drugs war and efforts to curb criminality and corruption.

Ms Callamard’s comments angered Mr Duterte, whose spokesman Ernesto Abella said she had failed to notify the government of her visit to Manila in a “clear signal” she was not interested in an objective view.

But Ms Callamard said she had informed Manila of her trip in advance and was participating in an academic human rights forum in her private capacity.

She praised Filipinos who have spoken out against the killings.

“I have followed the testimonies of the relatives of victims, I have seen the brave work of civil society actors, lawyers, human rights defenders, academics, senators,” she said.

Mr Duterte was elected promising to wipe out illegal drugs within months, declaring among other outlandish statements that fish in Manila Bay would grow fat from the bodies of drug users and pushers.

A complaint has been filed in the International Criminal Court at The Hague citing Mr Duterte and 11 of his officials for crimes against humanity.

The court has yet to decide if it would accept the case.

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Australia crushes New Zealand 30-12 in final Anzac Test

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Australia crushes New Zealand 30-12 in final Anzac Test Josh Dugan of Australia celebrates scoring a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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Referee Matt Cecchin gestures during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kanagroos supporters cheer during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Valentine Holmes of Australia fails to ground the ball properly during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Man of the match Matt Gillett of Australia is pictured with his daughter during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Team mates celebrate the try of Jake Trbojevic of Australia during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan, Tyson Frizell and Johnathan Thurston of the Kangaroos celebrate Tyson Frizell scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

An area of chairs is set aside as a tribute to domestic violence against women during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka before kick-off in the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Adam Blair of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Adam Blair of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Team mates celebrate the try of Jake Trbojevic of Australia during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga congratulates man of the match Matt Gillett after the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Kiwis perform the Haka before kick-off in the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Kangaroos celebrate with the trophy after victory during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jake Trbojevic of Australia scores a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Australians celebrate winning the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

James Maloney watches on from the sideline during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of Australia is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Martin Taupau of the Kiwis looks dejected after a Kangaroos try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis looks dejected after a Kangaroos try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Boyd Cordner of Australia is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of Australia celebrates a try that was later disallowed during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jesse Bromwich of the Kiwis runs out to the field before the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sam Thaiday of Australia in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dean Whare of the Kiwis makes a line break during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Dean Whare of the Kiwis makes a line break during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Johnathan Thurston of Australia passes during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis watches on during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kodi Nikorima of the Kiwis watches on during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Josh Dugan of the Kangaroos receives attention for an injury during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Andrew Fifita of the Kangaroos is tackled by Simon Mannering of the Kiwis during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis is tackled during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Simon Mannering of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Jordan Rapana of the Kiwis looks dejected after havign a try disallowed during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Kieran Foran of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kieran Foran of the Kiwis in action during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Tyson Frizell of the Kangaroos celebrates scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Tyson Frizell of the Kangaroos celebrates scoring a try as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Kiwis looks dejected during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Kiwis walks out before the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Trent Merrin of Australia runs the ball during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Johnathan Thurston and Will Chambers of the Kangaroos celebrate Will Chambers scoring a try during the ANZAC Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at GIO Stadium on May 5, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

TweetFacebookAustralia have sounded a pre-World Cup warning to rival nations with a comprehensive 30-12 defeat over New Zealand in the final Anzac Test on Friday night.

However the win — on a night skipper Cameron Smith celebrated his 50th Test — was soured by a possible fractured cheekbone to Josh Dugan that could rule him out of State of Origin.

The St George Illawarra star came from the GIO Stadium field midway through the second half after clashing heads with Kiwis prop and clubmate Russell Packer and failed to return.

His injury was the only low point on a dominant night for the world No.1 nation, which raced to a 30-0 lead before taking their foot off the pedal and allowing the Kiwis two consolation tries.

Almost one year after breaking a three-game losing streak against the Kiwis in Newcastle, a crowd of 18,535 watched the home side make it five straight wins against the world No.2.

Johnathan Thurston showed no lingering effects of a calf issue by setting up two tries, while second-rowers Boyd Cordner and Matt Gillett also turned in strong defensive efforts.

Blake Ferguson continued his Four Nations form with a game-high 214 metres.

Up 24-0 at the break, the Kangaroos appeared on their way to a record victory when Jake Trbojevic took a no-look pass from Cooper Cronk soon after resumption.

But the Dugan exit coincided with a mini fightback from the visitors, who scored the final two tries through Simon Mannering and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

On a night they fielded arguably their strongest side in recent memory following the anticipated return of Kieran Foran, the Kiwis disappointed.

They have now won just one of their past eight Tests.

Dugan opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when he soared to take Thurston’s cross-field kick, and Ferguson doubled the advantage with a 90-metre intercept soon after.

The visitors twice had opportunities to steal momentum, but Tuivasa-Sheck was held up over the line and Shaun Johnson’s bat-on was ruled forward in the same set.

The failures opened the floodgates in defence, with Will Chambers scooting through untouched following Sam Thaiday’s 30-metre break, and Tyson Frizell completing the four-try halftime lead.

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Photos from across Australia: April 30 to May 6, 2017

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The week in pictures: May 6, 2017 NEWCASTLE: A foggy start to May failed to deter surfers. Picture: Dave Anderson
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BENDIGO: Sisters Isabelle Smith and Hannah Smith competed in the Trans-Tasman Oceania Inline Hockey Championships in NZ. Their under-14 junior women team won gold against NZ.

BATHURST: Bathurst RC Model Sports club members Michael Cluderay, Peter Kazanis and club secretary Mitchell Finn with their radio controlled models. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BENDIGO: NDIS Rollout for Loddon celebration. Jordana Sayle with her mother Annette Sayle. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Band Tusk, which will be appearing at Groovin The Moo. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Premier Daniel Andrews visits Kaliana School. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BALLARAT: The Lost Ones Basement Bar, owner Tara Poole. Photo: Kate Healy

BENDIGO: Bendigo Health will host a day to celebrate being healthy and active at any age. Judy Foster, Leah Callipari and Mabel Nicholls. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BENDIGO: Premier Daniel Andrews visits Kaliana School. Picture: DARREN HOWE

BALLARAT: The newly redeveloped Marty Busch Reserve in Sebasotpol. Photo: Luke Parker

BENDIGO: Melbourne’s Jessica Viscarde and Ryan Ward enjoy autumn in Bendigo. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

BALLARAT: Japanese Day at St Columbas Primary School. Photo: Kate Healy

BENDIGO: Jeanine Kolasa, whose Glitch exhibition opened on Thursday. Picture: DARREN HOWE

TAREE: Matthew Cloak with Jemma before they take off on the annual Mutts on the Manning fundraising walk for animal welfare. Photo: Janine Watson

BENDIGO: Jida Gulpilil. Ambulance Victoria will launch its first comprehensive plan to engage and partner with the community. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

BENDIGO: American TV show House Hunters is filming in Bendigo. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

NARROMINE: Celebrating 40 years of Garden Club are Sisters Janet Coote, Bona Martin, Beryl Smith, Mary Mowell and Trish Fisher. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO: White Hill Primary School students make shadow sculptures as part of a learning workshop with student-teachers. Picture: DARREN HOWE

NYNGAN: Matilda Bright won best dressed tiny tot at the Anzac Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

NEWCASTLE: A huge crowd at the Supercars community day.

FORBES: Parkes Shire Council staff member Ben Coultas observing drivers for compliance with seatbelt and mobile phone legislation.

BLAYNEY: Raymond Hawkins is bringing a 55 voice gospel choir, led by Tony Backhouse and featuring singers from New Zealand and Australia, to Millthorpe. Photo: Mark Logan.

ORANGE: English backpacker Daniel Baxter is one of the men who will be running the Freak Out at the Orange Show. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

NEWCASTLE: TK Maxx opens in Kotara. Picture: Marina Neil

MAITLAND: Greta teen Jimmy Jones with his mum, Natalie, beside the accident scene on the New England Highway. Picture: Simone De Peak

LITHGOW: Kasey Mill, Joshua Grant and Ursula Saunders with Shaggy, their prize ram and one of their ewes. Picture: KIRSTY HORTON

BOOROWA: Felicity Corcoran with some of the gear purchased by the Boorowa Hospital Auxiliary last year. The Auxiliary hopes to continue purchasing new equipment this year.

PORT STEPHENS: More than 350 dozen oysters were stolen from Richard Farley’s business on the Karuah River on Saturday in the latest targeted attack on farmers. Picture: Marina Neil.

PORT MACQUARIE: University students Fran Dorczak, Alexis Nicholson and Kerryn McCauley are concerned over proposed fee hikes Photo: Ivan Sajko

OBERON: Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox and secretary Neville Stapleton are looking to recruit new members.

NEWCASTLE: Knights duo Nathan Ross and Pauli Pauli will make their representative debut against Country on Sunday.

NEWCASTLE: Dr Virginia Turner, with one-year-old daughter, Mabel as the John Hunter Hospital opens its PICU. Picture: Simone De Peak.

LAKE MACQUARIE: Kelvin and Marion Gillespie’s home is one of an untold number in the Hunter damaged by expanding road mix. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

KEMPSEY: Quaden Bayles who has dwarfism with his mother Yarraka Photo: Lachlan Leeming.

GRETA: Greta six-year-old Harry Preece has booked his place in the Australian junior team for a tour of America in July. Picture: Harry Preece Golf_Facebook

DUBBO: Murray Mandel said he wanted to reach out to as many people as possible about Lifeline. Photo: ORLANDER RUMING

DUBBO: Tracy Hanna with the cheque for $10,000 she was given by the organisers of the Titan Macquarie Mud Run. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

CESSNOCK: Paul, Lorraine and Craig Thompson at the ceremony on Tuesday. Picture: Sage Swinton

TAREE: Emergency services help the woman as she remains trapped in the overturned RTV. Photo: NSW Police

PORT STEPHENS: Olympic shooter Michael Diamond leaves court after he was banned from holding a gun licence for 10 years.

MANDURAH: Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott answers question from Mandurah Catholic College Students and gave his opinion on’Gonski 2.0′ education funding plan. Photo: Marta Pascual Juanola.

CESSNOCK: A kangaroo joins the race in the last.

BATHURST: Bathurst Tenpin Bowling’s Dwayne Price, Dan Simms, Pikachu and Zing’s Cassandra Healey are hosting events to help fundraise for the Starlight Foundation. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

NYNGAN: The under 25s most fashionable finalists at the Nyngan Anzac Day Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

NYNGAN: Jade Kirk, Alli Jenkins, Katie Elrick and Emily Morel at the Anzac Races. Photo: GRACE RYAN

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Death cap mushrooms found in Launceston

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World’s deadliest mushrooms found near child’s playground TweetFacebookAmanita phalloides were found under an oak tree near the children’s playground at City Park in Launceston.
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The deadly mushrooms havebeen sprouting in Victoria and Canberra lately, prompting health warnings, and have also been found in other parts of Australia.

UTAS mycologist Dr Genevieve Gates

UTAS mycologistDrGenevieveGates identified the death cap mushrooms growing at City Park from photographs, and warned people not to pick or eat any wild mushrooms.

“We have a lot of species we don’t know the names of anddon’t know if they’re poisonous or not.We strongly recommend that people collect their fungi in the supermarket. People shouldn’t even handle ‘death caps’.”

DEADLY: Amanita phalloides, commonly known as the death cap mushroom, has been discovered at City Park. Picture: Paul Scambler

City of Launceston general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the council had advised parks staff to be on the lookout for this species and to catalogue, report and eradicate them.

“We remind people that they shouldn’t eat anything they are unsure about from parks and reserves, especially mushrooms,” he said.

“This species is commonly found growing near established oak trees, and people with oak trees on their properties may wish to check them.”

A document from the Australian National Botanical Gardens said if people ate the mushrooms, they needed to go to hospital immediately.

“The poisons in one cap are enough to kill a healthy adult and less will be enough to kill a small child.”

The document described young caps as close to hemispherical in shape that flatten as they expand.

“When fully open they are gently curved and smooth. The colour is usually yellowish-green, but may sometimes be olive to light brown.”

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The symbiotic story of coffee and real estate in Melbourne

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Not all of Melbourne is out of reachThe banh mi indexProperty prices soar in once-affordable Melbourne suburbs
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On a previously sleepy corner of Koornang Road in Carnegie, locals are getting used to something new: queuing for their coffee. Then again, until Left Field cafe opened a year ago, they didn’t have a neighbourhood cafe at all. Head chef and co-owner Ryan Lording says wait times now vary from 10 minutes during the week to 1.5 hours on weekends. “It’s ridiculous. I’ve been cooking for 10 years and I haven’t seen anything like it.”

Left Field embodies a new wave of Melbourne cafes. Offering the quality food, serious coffee and smart design you’d expect from established cafe scenes in Fitzroy, St Kilda and Armadale, these savvy businesses are popping up in far-flung locations. Are they harbingers of booming real estate markets or do they influence real estate prices themselves?

In the US, authors of Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate, Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries call it the Starbucks Effect: property prices increase at a higher rate the closer you are to an outlet. While they believe the cafes are pushing prices higher, plenty of other property experts say it’s simply gentrification at work.

Here in Melbourne, Dave Sharry, 46, is behind many successful bars and cafes with business partner Richie Ludbrook, including Riverland, Pilgrim and the Wye River General Store and Cafe. Their latest, Bang Bang at the Rifle Club, in Elsternwick, opened in February. Next to a park and built on VicTrack-owned land to a Six Degrees design, it’s been a huge hit with locals. “We spent a lot of time there just trying to get a sense of the type of people that were there,” says Sharry, who took a similar punt opening Wall Two 80 cafe 20 years ago. He perceived then that younger people being priced out of St Kilda were moving to the conservative, eastern European suburb of Balaclava in droves. He was right.

Today in Elsternwick he sees an interesting mix of established businesses and senses that newer apartments and other residential developments are beginning to change the area. “That was encouraging,” he says, “and reaffirmed that it was a good place to do something.”

Local Elsternwick Biggin & Scott agent Bill Stavrakis says businesses like Bang Bang “absolutely” drive house prices up. “I think there is a very real improvement in the perception of the area when you get quality operators like that.” Stavrakis estimates it’s worth about the same as an agent who can negotiate well – about 10 per cent.

In West Footscray, former cleaning business operator Leigh McCrabb opened his off-the-beaten-track cafe Brother Nancy after moving from neighbouring Footscray five years ago. “It was a pretty risky move ??? just because I am in the middle of nowhere, but we hit the ground running and 2?? years in, we’re still growing. It’s great.”

McCrabb says the great food by chef Jordi Boyer and social media bring new faces into the cafe every Saturday. “And a lot of them are young partners with [their] parents looking for property in the area,” he says. “And they all come in with real estate brochures.” McCrabb has developed a close relationship with agents in the surrounding area and says many of their customers are shared. Now he’s looking to open a second cafe in the coffee deserts of Sunshine or Braybrook. “It’s another big risk but if you have a formula – numbers don’t lie.”

Similarly, Rosanna locals Vanessa and Paul Parrella opened their pioneering cafe Miss Marie in 2011. In November last year they opened a second business, The A Team Kitchen, in nearby Watsonia, based squarely on their observations of the local real estate market. “The generation or the demographic that understand the cafe culture are having to move further from Melbourne,” Vanessa says.

Dr Andrew Wilson, Domain Group chief economist, says pioneering coffee shops like these mark the tide of property affordability. “I think [cafes] are a very interesting indicator, other than price signals, for the gentrification of a suburb and where demand is rising. As prices grow you get a different demographic ??? that’s more inclined to discretionary spending. And a key indicator with discretionary spending is eating out.”

It’s the end of another busy day rattling the pans at Left Field in Carnegie, and 31-year-old Ryan Lording, who lives in nearby Mulgrave, is pleased he doesn’t have that far to drive home. He and his partners own three other cafes: Prahran’s Tall Timber, Richmond’s Touchwood, and Armadale’s Coin Laundry. The long commute home was always a tiring way to finish.

Plans are underway, he says, to open two more cafes in the next 12 months. “It’s just a matter of finding the right suburb and the right location.” And where might that be? “I’ll keep that card close to my chest, just for now.” 11 Little Wellington Street, Collingwood

11 Little Wellington Street, Collingwood Photo: Nelson Alexander

$2 million-$2.2 million 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car space

This three-level, three-bedroom converted warehouse in a suburb renowned for its cafe culture is perfect for professional couples, families with older children or empty-nesters, says Nelson Alexander’s Rick Daniel. “It’s right in the heart of Collingwood, one block away from Smith Street, which is by far becoming one of the most sought-after lifestyle strips in the inner north, with plenty of hatted-restaurants and great cafes.” The former tool factory was converted by an owner-builder four years ago, designed by architect Robert Busselmann and with an award-winning kitchen and bathroom by Patricia La Torre Interiors. Enter via the impressive, high-ceilinged gallery space (zoned mixed use, it could be turned into an office) then head upstairs to the master bedroom, en suite and living room. On the top-level, bi-fold doors connect the open-plan kitchen and living area to a north-facing terrace with rooftop views. “With custom lighting throughout it’s an extremely impressive property in the evening, too,” says Daniel. Other features include garage, hydronic heating, air conditioning and a mix of polished eucalypt and concrete floors. Collingwood terraces are typically 100-150 square metres, says Daniel, whereas this property boasts almost 350. “So, you’ve got a whole lot of floor area, which is unique for the area.”

Auction: 11am, 13 MayInspect: May 10, 6pm-6.30pm; May 13, 10.30am-11amAgent:Nelson Alexander, Rick Daniel 0409 737 985

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Only four suburbs left in Sydney with median house price under $500k

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Government aiming to fix housing deposit problemBuyers to save more than $500 a month to overcome ‘deposit hurdle’Developers try to lure first-home buyers ahead of Budget
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There are now only four Sydney suburbs where the median house price is below $500,000, new data shows. And they’re all more than 45 kilometres west of the CBD.

Five years ago, there were more than 150 suburbs out of 467 in Sydney that could make this claim. This included areas like Auburn, South Granville, Westmead and Campbelltown.

Now, the only areas with median house prices under half a million dollars are the City of Blacktown’s Willmot, Tregear, Lethbridge Park and Blackett.

This statistic is daunting for entry-level buyers and left them few options, said Joshua Manzanera, 27, who moved to the Central Coast where he rents with boarders to save for a first home.

Working as an IT consultant in Sydney CBD on a “decent” wage, he has managed to save just under $10,000 in about 12 months but has had to make a lot of sacrifices.

And when he thinks about being able to buy soon, simply, “it’s not going to happen”.

“This generation is struggling and crying out for help ??? and I’m one of them,” Mr Manzanera said.

But he doesn’t want access to his superannuation or even negative gearing cuts. Instead, he just thinks the government should be providing more incentives for first-home buyers to save.

Without any assistance, his options and the options of other first-home buyers are limited to the shrinking pool of low-priced suburbs.

And even for those willing to buy in these areas, a 10 per cent deposit and costs requires “at least $75,000”, First Home Buyers Australia co-founder Daniel Cohen said.

Despite this, the advice given to young people continues to be “go west, it’s affordable out there,” he said.

And prices are unlikely to remain this low in these areas for long, Raine & Horne St Marys sales agent Peter Diamantidis said.

“We are finding more owner occupiers [and] first-home buyers now moving into these areas compared to 12 months ago which is now getting close on exceeding $500,000,” he said.

He recently broke a suburb record in Sydney’s cheapest suburb, Willmot, with a $592,000 sale at the end of 2016. The same home last sold for $385,000 in 2014.

A five-bedroom house at 9 Wallis Place in Willmot sold for $592,000 in November 2016 – a suburb record that was smashed again three months later. Photo: Raine & Horne St Marys

Willmot’s record was broken again in February when a near-new five-bedroom house sold for $700,000.

In 2012, Right Property Group buyers’ agent Victor Kumar was buying properties in the area for investors in the $180,000 to $300,000 range with little competition.

At the time, many people saw the area as a “no go zone … it had very bad stigma”, Mr Kumar said.

But since prices have increased, it’s unattractive even to Sydney’s investor class; who are looking for better rental yields and lower prices in other states.

“[$500,000] would get you almost two houses in certain parts of Brisbane … several apartments in South Australia or a house very close to the city.”

Now, most of the buyers are owner occupiers due to the comparatively affordable price point next to a Sydney-wide $1.15 million median.

They’re increasingly making the compromise to live in far-flung poorly connected western Sydney suburbs, typically known for a historically high proportion of housing commission, Starr Partners chief executive Doug Driscoll said.

The alternative to this is moving to the Central Coast and South Coast.

“Considering the average commute in Sydney is currently 90 minutes, people will be prepared to spend a bit more time in the car or on the train,” Mr Driscoll said.

Some Sydney residents would choose to rent or take on a bigger mortgage, both of which can be “financially and emotionally stressful”, University of Sydney senior lecturer Dallas Rogers said.

“This area is western Sydney is the last [affordable] enclave and it won’t be there for very long. People are disheartened and they don’t know how they’ll get into the market.”

Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said it was a “seismic change” that would put pressure on the rental market.

“It’s little wonder first-home buyers are deader than the dodo.”

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‘An abuse which needs to be stopped’: Judge slams developers’ powers

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Property developers are running roughshod over owners corporations to benefit their own interests and for their own financial gain, a government law review has been told.

In some cases, developers have signed expensive contracts to extend decades and have strong armed themselves onto committees for life, one submission claims.

Supreme Court Justice Greg Garde ??? also president of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal ??? went as far as calling the appointment of related body corporate managers under long-term contracts at excessive fees “an abuse which needs to be stopped”.

It is understood many residents feel they are getting a raw deal, with developers handing contracts to mates rather than signing those that best serve their interests.

Justice Garde’s submission was one of dozens addressing the obligations of developers in the Consumer Property Law Review of the Owners Corporation Act.

Those who wrote to the inquiry were concerned developers exerted a disproportionate power in early stages of owners corporations, given off-the-plan developments could often comprise solely the developer, or just a few other owners, when first established.

Deakin University researcher Nicole Johnston, who wrote a PhD on the topic, said off-the-plan buyers needed to be warned of the dangers.

“Developers have an inordinate amount of control of the owners corporation in its early life,” Dr Johnston said. “Buyers are often unaware of this and have little say in the decisions that the developer makes on behalf of the owners corporation. They are buying blind.”

Among the challenges Dr Johnston’s research identified were developers’ inappropriate use of service agreements and proxy votes, problems rectifying building defects and underestimated budgets and levies. The latter included “low-balling” buyers on fees to secure a sale.

“This is a common practice across Australia whereby developers keep the initial budget low in order to market a scheme as a ‘low fee’ development,” Dr Johnston’s submission read. “The shortfall catches up with the owners corporation and owners are forced to pay higher than expected fees, sometimes for years.”

Presently, the act requires developers to act honestly and in good faith in the interests of the owners corporation for five years from the date of the registration. The majority of relevant submissions, including Justice Garde’s, suggested that period be should extended.

Many also suggested developers should not be appointed as managers for the first 10 years and should not be able to vote on matters relating to building defects, as in NSW.

“Developers who have been around for a while know how to play the system, and use the legal system,” read one submission by the Southbank Residents Association.

“Developers can use mechanisms to entrench their power and control … One of our member OCs’ has spent $650,000 on legal bills fighting a 55 year contract worth $20 million ??? [Another member] OC had the developer appoint himself as the OC chairperson of the OC committee for life.”

Zac Gillam, senior policy officer of Consumer Action Law Centre, said owners corporations should be there to serve residents.

“And obviously there is a danger if they are dominated by developers that decisions will be made and fees will be imposed upon people who are going to struggle to pay them,” he said.

The Consumer Action Law Centre is advocating for hardship programs for vulnerable owners, allowing payment plans for fees. Mr Gillam said though he was not aware of any specific cases, “hardballing” buyers with low fees would be deceptive and misleading conduct.

NSW legislation also only allows developers with more than two-thirds of voting power to appoint a non-related manager until the first annual general meeting, which several submissions expressed support for.

But a submission by the Property Council said the existence of competing interests between owners and developers did not justify these further restrictions.

“If a developer retains ownership of units in a owners corporation following the owners corporation’s first AGM, that developer should hold voting rights proportionate to its unit share,” the submission reads.

“The developer has a wealth of knowledge about the construction and structure of the building that is invaluable to the proper management of a owners corporation. We believe that the value of this knowledge should not be overlooked.”

Public consultation for the issues paper closed last month and will now be reviewed by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

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Roxane Gay chooses principles over sales

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Roxane Gay caused a stir when she pulled her latest book, How to Be Heard, from Simon & Schuster, saying she could not in good conscience share a publisher with white nationalist provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. “I can afford to take this stand. Not everyone can. Remember that,” she tweeted.
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Gay can afford it because she has a steady job teaching creative writing at Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts in Indiana, in the United States, and is constantly in demand as a speaker. A short story collection, Difficult Women, came out earlier this year. A memoir, Hunger, is due in August.

The American novelist, critic and social media superstar rose to mainstream prominence in 2014 with her breakthrough collection of essays, Bad Feminist, which offered a fresh and provocative take on issues of gender and race, refracted through the lens of pop culture. Her debut novel, An Untamed State, was released the same summer, leading Time magazine to declare: “Let this be the year of Roxane Gay.”

Writers can be wary of revealing their current projects, but when I posed the question Gay, in an email, told me she was working on six books at once: “I’m writing a [young adult] novel entitled The Year I Learned Everything, an adult novel, Nice Man, a couple of non-fiction book projects, an anthology about rape culture entitled Not that Bad, and a secret project I cannot tell you about.”

Her range is extraordinary, her energy apparently limitless. Somehow, she also finds time to feed and maintain relationships with her legions of Twitter followers – 131,000 posts and counting – and play competitive Scrabble every day. Tricky balance

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival this month, Gay is scheduled to make three appearances: in conversation with writer Durga Chew-Bose; discussing humour in fiction with Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout; and on a panel of “Black Nerds” including Cleverman creator Ryan Griffen, author Nayuka Gorrie, actor Miranda Tapsell and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead.

Finding the right balance between being a writer and a public intellectual is proving tricky, she says: “There is much more of a demand for non-fiction than fiction, which is quite a shame. But that demand has not changed the kind of stories I want to write. I will always consider myself a fiction writer first.”

Most of the stories in Difficult Women were written as a postgraduate student at Michigan Technological University, across Lake Superior from Canada, where “winter is more a state of being than a season”.

The title story details some of the ways women are (unfairly) labelled loose, crazy, frigid and difficult. Throughout the book, sex and violence are intertwined. A woman calling herself “a knife” performs a Caesarean section with her bare hands. An appalling shared experience of abuse forms an inseparable bond between sisters. A grieving mother seeks out physical pain to dull the emotional agony of losing a child; she asks her husband to hit her, and when he refuses, finds a man who will.

Gay was a straight-A student, a child of driven, overachieving Haitian immigrant parents. When she was 12, she went for a bike ride into the woods with a boy she thought she loved, and found a gang of his friends waiting in a cabin. What happened next was “as bad as you might expect”, she writes in “What We Hunger For”, an essay in Bad Feminist.

“I will never get that body back, and I hate that, because it was a good body. But they took it; they ruined it,” she continues. Unable to tell her family or friends about the horrific experience, she ate and ate, for comfort, to escape the male gaze and as a form of self-protection. “When I ate, I got to make my body into what I wanted it to be, which is a fortress.” Weighty issue

Gay is a fan of shows like The Biggest Loser, in which contestants compete to shed the kilos. She has written about her experiences in fat camp, and about what women writing about weight loss get wrong. Her 2014novel, An Untamed State, describes a woman being gang-raped while on holiday in Haiti, but devoting a whole book to her obesity, born in trauma, proved harder than she expected.

“Hunger was so difficult to write because it is the most personal thing I’ve ever written. I was forced to confront myself about this body I live in and make myself vulnerable in ways I did not anticipate,” she says. “I hope the book will simply expand the cultural conversation about weight, and women’s bodies, and trauma.”

A year ago, Gay was approached by influential African-American critic and cultural theorist Ta-Nehisi Coates and offered the “thrilling opportunity” to write a comic book for Marvel. World of Wakanda is a prequel to the new Black Panther series: the love story of Aneka and Ayo, two of the Black Panther’s all-female bodyguards, the Dora Milaje.

The comic came out in the United States on November 9, the day after Donald Trump was elected president on a nakedly white nationalist platform. Although the timing could be considered auspicious for a book about black lesbians fighting for justice, Gay wasn’t in the mood to sign copies at her local bookshop, but she honoured the commitment and was moved to be greeted by a supportive crowd at Von’s in West Lafayette.

Gay has written that she feels out of place in the small, conservative, predominantly white city but stays there to fulfil a promise she made to her students. “I do feel a sense of responsibility, as a black woman, to remain in the academy because visibility matters and there are so few black professors not only at Purdue, where I teach, but nearly everywhere,” she says.

How to Be Heard will find a home – Gay says she’s had several offers. Yiannopoulos was dropped by Simon & Schuster for making comments condoning paedophilia, but it seems his memoir will be picked up, too, by conservative imprint Regnery Publishing.

“I received a range of feedback from enthusiastic support to people who felt I was limiting free speech. I was not,” Gay says.

At a time when crude racist and sexist provocation can make someone like Yiannopoulos a rock star, Gay feels a responsibility to join battle. “I write about fairly challenging issues so it’s rarely pleasant though I love writing, regardless of the genre I am working in,” she says.

Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, comics or novels, she is one of the essential dissenting voices of the Trump era.

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It’s bonds to the rescue as the needle points up for interest rates

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With interest rates heading higher and the global economy resuming a growth trajectory, it’s clear the investment landscape is changing and your investment portfolio may also have to adapt to the new reality.
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Younger investors may never have made decisions in the environment we are heading into, as it’s the first time in more than a decade that the needle has pointed up for interest rates.

And that raises the question, in a rising interest rate environment, whether there is any reason to buy bonds.

The answer is yes, and the reason is that bonds should always have a role in a diversified portfolio.

In general, bonds provide income, protect capital and provide diversification.

However, what may be adjusted is the type of bond exposure held. There are many types of bonds, including treasury bonds, investment grade corporate bonds, high-yield bonds and mortgage-backed bonds, just to name some of the common ones.

Finding out what bond suits your risk appetite requires some advice and homework, and it’s worth taking your time to make sure you get products that meet your portfolio needs.

But perhaps not as well known is that investors can also tilt bond exposures towards sectors that benefit from a rising interest rate environment. For example, the financial sector – banks, insurers, brokers – typically becomes more profitable as interest rates rise, so their bond issues often perform relatively well against this backdrop.

It is also worth noting that a rising interest environment is not necessarily bad for investment returns.

The chart above shows Australian investment returns during past US Federal Reserve tightening cycles. Over these cycles, Australian corporate bonds have delivered an average return of 7.8 per cent.

But bonds are just one of the investments in a portfolio that may need adjusting as we head into a new world.

It is the returning strength of the global economy as it pivots to growth that is pushing interest rates higher.

And it is the US that’s leading the charge with strong domestic demand and rising employment. While there is still some uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump’s fiscal policies, the US economy is forecast to grow modestly above trend over the next two years.

And against a backdrop of solid growth and rising price pressures, the Federal Reserve has started to normalise interest rates.

It’s a different scenario in Australia, where there is still a lower-for-longer outlook on interest rates, being driven by constrained consumer spending and stubbornly high unemployment.

And this discrepancy between the Fed and the RBA on interest rates creates some interesting opportunities for Australian investors.

Rising US rates will send investment flows into the US and away from Australia if it stays on hold. That will place downward pressure on the Aussie dollar and strengthen the US dollar.

And so, if you agree with the scenario, it may make sense to increase exposure to US dollar investments.

Also, if growth and interest rates are higher in the US, then US dollar investments might offer a higher return than those in Australia for a comparable level of risk.

The key takeaway is it’s time to open your investment portfolio, and make sure its content suits the prevailing economic environment.

Danica Hampton is head of investment specialists at Citi Wealth

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Litbits May 6 2017

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ACU Poetry Prize
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Entries for the 2017 Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry are open until July 3, with a $10,000 first prize for poetry with the theme “Joy”. See: acu.edu419论坛/poetry-prize.

What’s on

May 6: Moving Beyond 1915 Remembrance – free public launch by Professor Joan Beaumont of 286-page printed book and e-book compiled by Peace Works! at National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace. Book launch at 2pm; displays and events 10 am to 4 pm; complimentary refreshments all day.

May 6: Come for afternoon tea with Jenevieve Chang, author of The Good Girl of Chinatown: From suburban Sydney to Shanghai Show Girl at 2pm at Asia Bookroom, Lawry Place, Macquarie. RSVP to 62515191. Entry by gold coin donation to the Australian Childhood Foundation. See:AsiaBookroom南京夜网.

May 7: Join Roanna Gonsalves in conversation about her debut book of short stories The Permanent Resident with Feminartsy’s Zoya Patel at Muse Canberra. Tickets: $10 (includes a drink) or $30 (includes a drink and a copy of the book). musecanberra南京夜网419论坛.

May 8: At 6.30pm, Manning Clark Lecture Theatre 2, ANU, in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Co-founder and creative director of the Mama Mia Women’s Network, Mia Freedman, will be in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs on Freedman’s new book: Work, Strife, Balance. Free event. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 6pm.

May 8: At Smith’s Alternative Bookstore at 7pm, Owen Bullock will launch Eggshell Sky, a book of haiku by Hazel Hall in collaboration with Angela Hillier, Narelle Jones and Painting with Parkinson’s. Host: Josh Inman. All welcome.

May 10: The next Poetry at the House reading is at University House at 7.30 pm. It will feature Louise Nicholas (from Adelaide), Paul Cliff (from Canberra) and Victoria McGrath (from Yass). Admission: $10 waged, $5 unwaged. RSVP: [email protected]论坛.

May 11: Still touching hearts: an evening with May Gibbs for the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. Includes a presentation of original artwork to the Centre by Jane Brummitt, co-author of May Gibbs More than a Fairy Tale. 5.30-7pm at ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close Deakin. $15 ($12 for CBCA members). RSVP by May 9: [email protected]南京夜网.

May 11: In The Unknown Judith Wright Professor Tom Griffiths and Dr Georgina Arnott reflect on the writer’s status as a historian, exploring what can be learnt from her life’s work. National Library of Australia Theatre, Lower Ground 1, 5.30pm, admission free. Bookings: nla.gov419论坛.

May 11: Animal Rights Writing is a free panel event with authors Irma Gold, Karen Viggers and Sam Vincent at Tuggeranong Arts Centre at 6pm. tuggeranongarts南京夜网.

May 13: Plotting Your Novel with Ian McHugh is a writing workshop from 10am to 4pm in the E-Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre. Cost: $145 members, $210 non-members (includes 12-month membership). Concession rates available. Bookings: bit.ly/ianmchugh.

May 17: John Blay will launch Paula Keogh’s memoir The Green Bell, a portrait of the last year of the poet Michael Dransfield, at Muse Canberra at 5.30 for 6pm. Free admission. RSVP to [email protected]南京夜网.

May 20: The Little Red Writing Workshop with Mark Tredinnick, a crash course in style, is on from 10am to 4pm in E-Block Seminar Room, Gorman Arts Centre. Cost: $145 members, $210 non-members (includes 12-month membership). Concession rates available. http://bit.ly/marktredinnick.

May 29: At 6pm at the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU in an ANU/ Canberra Times meet the author event, Robert Dessaix will be in conversation with Professor Nicholas Brown on Dessaix’s new book, The Pleasures of Leisure. Free event. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 5.30pm. .

May 30: At 6.30pm in the Copland Lecture Theatre, ANU in an ANU/Canberra Times meet the author event, Chloe Shorten will be in conversation with Anna-Maria Arabia on Shorten’s new book, Take Heart: A Story for Modern Stepfamilies. Free event. Bookings at anu.edu419论坛/events or 6125 4144. Book signings at 6pm.

* Contributions to Litbits are welcome. Please email [email protected]南京夜网419论坛 by COB on the Monday prior to publication. Publication is not guaranteed.

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