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Wolverine film delivers 1700 jobs - if the Aussies get their tax credit right we should be worried

Wolverine film delivers 1700 jobs - if the Aussies get their tax credit right we should be worried | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it

HUGH JACKMAN'S latest Wolverine film has created 1700 Australian jobs and benefited 850 companies.


The film, starring Jackman as Logan/Wolverine and shot on location across NSW and in Japan, is expected to be released next July and follows an improvement in Australian film and TV drama's fortunes, with the value of production rising 25 per cent in Australia last year.
The Arts Minister, Simon Crean, said The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, and filmed not only in Sydney's Fox Studios but in NSW spots such as Oberon, Picton, Homebush and Parramatta, would generate more than $80 million in investment in Australia.


But there was industry consternation in April when the federal government announced the $12.8 million one-off investment in the film - the equivalent of a 30 per cent location offset, the tax rebate on the Australian spend of large-budget productions that do not satisfy the Australian content test for the producer offset.

The location offset rate such films normally receive is only 16.5 per cent. The $12.8 million was necessary to secure the film and job opportunities, Mr Crean said, most of which were full-time, although the figure included 600 movie extras.

 


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"Preventing the Next Easter Island" --Scientists Pioneer a Technique to Predict Ecosystem Collapse

"Preventing the Next Easter Island" --Scientists Pioneer a Technique to Predict Ecosystem Collapse | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it
A team at the University of Southampton are pioneering a technique to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse, which may also have potential for foretelling crises in agriculture, fisheries or even social systems preventing another "Easter Island" collapse from occuring. The scientists applied a mathematical model to a real world situation, the environmental collapse of a lake in China, to help prove a theory which suggests an ecosystem 'flickers', or fluctuates dramatically between healthy and unhealthy states, shortly before its eventual collapse.

 

"We wanted to prove that this 'flickering' occurs just ahead of a dramatic change in a system – be it a social, ecological or climatic one – and that this method could potentially be used to predict future critical changes in other impacted systems in the world around us," said John Dearing, head of geography at Southampton.

 

Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU), who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. Tools, such as that being pioneered at Southampton, may prevent this dire prediction from becoming a reality. If past is prolgue, 70,000 years ago the human population was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa, apparently because of drought, according to a 2010 analysis by researchers at Stanford University. The estimated the number of early humans may have shrunk as low as 2,000 before numbers began to expand again in the early Stone Age.

 

Tiny bands of early humans, forced apart by harsh environmental conditions, coming back from the brink to reunite and populate the world. Truly an epic drama, written in our DNA." Wells is director of the Genographic Project, launched in 2005 to study anthropology using genetics. The report was published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

 

Fenner says homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. United Nations official figures from last year estimate the human population is seven billion, and is predicted to pass seven billion next year.


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Australia's New Prime Minister Vows to Bolster Coal Industry As Environmental Groups Denounce Coal Exports

Australia's New Prime Minister Vows to Bolster Coal Industry As Environmental Groups Denounce Coal Exports | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it
Coal mining has powered the Australian economy for decades. In recent years, thanks to the seemingly insatiable energy appetite of China and other Asian countries, Australia’s coal industry has been ...

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The prime minister of Australia is proposing a national carbon tax, because of the countries huge coal productions. This article is about the topic of economics.

 

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Generation Y turning away from religion - Australia

LESS than half Australia's young people believe in a god and many believe there is little truth in religion, a new study has found.

The three-year national study, a joint project between Monash University, the Australian Catholic University and the Christian Research Association, found many young people followed a secular path.


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Can the Australian Fiber NBN be radically redesigned? | Fiberevolution

Can the Australian Fiber NBN be radically redesigned? | Fiberevolution | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it

To say that everything surrounding the Australian NBN is a political can of worms would be an understatement. The general elections in a few weeks, with Labor trailing in the polls, may spell if not the doom at least a radical trimming of NBN’s ambitions. In this context, I stumbled upon this interesting presentation by Simon Hackett entitled Building a Fiber NBN on a Copper Budget. I don’t know who Simon Hackett is, and if he is politically motivated (it seems like everybody is, looking from the outside), and more importantly perhaps, I haven’t done the financial analysis that would allow to assess whether his opening statement is correct.

 

What’s more interesting to me in this context is that he suggests some interesting ways in which a wholesaler can lower his own investment costs. In a nutshell, he offers three paths (not competing, complementary):

 

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Shyness and sensitivity - working it out on stage or off | Highly Sensitive and Creative

Shyness and sensitivity - working it out on stage or off | Highly Sensitive and Creative | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it

Many seemingly self-assured performers and actors have experienced shyness. Many people find performing changes their level of self confidence.

 

Rebel Wilson “thought she was destined for a black-and-white existence as an actuary, computing equations in a cubicle.

“The young Australian was painfully shy, so much so that she recalls her social anxiety as bordering on being a serious disorder. Then one day, her mother, tired of her daughter’s isolated behavior, dragged her to an acting class..."


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Australia's New Prime Minister Vows to Bolster Coal Industry As Environmental Groups Denounce Coal Exports

Australia's New Prime Minister Vows to Bolster Coal Industry As Environmental Groups Denounce Coal Exports | Australia and Oceania | Scoop.it
Coal mining has powered the Australian economy for decades. In recent years, thanks to the seemingly insatiable energy appetite of China and other Asian countries, Australia’s coal industry has been ...

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Emil Bodnar's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:49 PM

Economic

James and Drew's curator insight, October 3, 2013 12:52 PM

The prime minister of Australia is proposing a national carbon tax, because of the countries huge coal productions. This article is about the topic of economics.

 

Emil Bodnar's comment, October 3, 2013 1:06 PM
This article represents the economic category and the Australian industry