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Monday, January 23, 2017

Why was Demitrious Gargasoulas out on bail?

It's almost too bizarre to be true.  But an out-of-hours bail justice, with no legal experience, was responsible for allowing killer Demitrious Gargasoulas out on bail.

Yes, you heard right.  He/she was a volunteer - someone who works for free yet had the power to send this maniac back on the street.

And yesterday we watched, sick to the stomach, as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews - the man responsible for this outrage - lay flowers at the site of the massacre.

Daniel Andrews

And then the premier made an announcement that was so lame, it was laughable.  He said that an after-hours magistrates court will handle bail matter from now on, and volunteer justices will no longer be used.


What does it say about a state premier who allows inexperienced volunteers, with no legal experience, to do such an important job in the first place?

It wouldn't have anything to do with saving money, would it?

Today's ABC photos

River Lett water colour

By Wendy Hawkes ·  · From Pic of the Week

The River Lett received its name when in 1813 surveyor George William Evans wrote "Riverlett" clumsily on his map while doing an initial survey of the area. It was copied as River Lett from then on.
With many small waterholes and rapids it is a beautiful spot on hot summer days.      Hartley NSW 2790

By Jason Schmidt ·  · From Pic of the Week

Great season for growing lambs. Bulart VIC 3314  

Rivergums, Marble Bar Road, Nullagine, Pilbara WA, photo Hugh Brown

  'I wanna dance the tango with chance.'
By pruno_mars ·  · From Pic of the Week

'I wanna dance the tango with chance. I wanna ride on the wire. Cause nothing gets done with dust in your gun. And no one respects a liar. So goodbye for a while I'm off to explore every boundary and every door.' ???? (Going North by Missy Higgins)

A barefoot homeless man
By _hego ·  · From Pic of the Week

A barefoot homesless man walks towards an early morning soup kitchen put on by a local church on Redfern street . He's Wrapped in a blanket that has become his jumper for now , that I can only imagine also doubles as his blanket/ mattress when he wants to sleep. part of my growing body of work anonymously documenting Sydney's inner city "rough sleepers".

Girl on a horse, Wendy Hawkes

Byron Bay sunset, photo Dave Hall

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

The joy of birds in your garden By Anne
This is a Western Spinebill tasting nectar from a Grevillia plant in our garden. Providing bird attracting plants in your garden provides a food source for the birds and gives pleasure to everyone who can observe the interaction of the birds with nature.

Sun Rays By Dee Hartin ·  ·
Just after sunrise and the fog was still hanging around enough to produce these beautiful rays through the trees at Casino.

Rainbow Lorikeet By Mitch Forrester 

A pair of Powerful Owls reaffirming their bond by preening one another. These are Australia's largest owl (Ninox strenua) 
By faunagraphic_ 

A bloody big Huntsman” by Wildman_photo

Photographer Annette Hobbs writes ...I saw this King Protea today on the Mornington Peninsula

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Car rampage in Melbourne

Yesterday, the man who deliberately drove his car at high speed into a crowd of people in the centre of Melbourne, intending to kill as many people as possible, was out on bail.

Yes, that's right, someone from the parole board let this maniac Dimitrious Gargasoulas back on the streets and now four people including a young child are dead and 31 have been hospitalised.

Chief Commissioner Ashton said although police opposed bail, some bright spark let him out.

Gargasoulas has a history of extensive family violence and is also a drug addict.  The 26 year old was charged last weekend after several violent assaults, but his violence and police record didn't trigger enough alarm in the person responsible for giving him bail, and we need to know why not.

Yesterday morning he stabbed his brother in the neck and face before he went on his murderous rampage across town in a stolen car.  He took a woman known to him hostage but she managed to escape.

Police called off the chase when it became clear he was out of his mind but finally rammed his car before shooting him in the arm.

Days before, he wrote on his Facebook page "I'LL TAKE YOU ALL OUT... YOU NEED AN ARMY TO TAKE ME."

Reports say Dimitrious Gargasoulas was given bail by a "bail justice." So who is this person?  They are responsible for keeping the general public safe.  So what happened?

Today's ABC Open photos

By Marilyn vanderbyl 

Climbing Red Springs Hill in the Stirling Range of WA, photo Genevieve Milnes 

Photographer Lynn Webb writes…

It was evident from the radar that there was to be some serious weather events around the Goldfields today. So why not head out to a favourite location?
There were flies, it was hot and it was a hard slog to the top, followed by a couple of hours to wait for the cell to arrive – if it would at all.
But it did, but nothing really gelled, just one of those brain fade days for putting things together. 
A hurriedly setup to put a camera out in the tempest, toiling away on its own intervalometer; a ten second exposure every two seconds, and I eventually snagged this one. A worthwhile day after all. 

Sunrise from the top of Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart, photo Andrew Leggett

Python Pool, WA by coglapofoz 

Wet Koala, photo by Russell Latter who writes…The photo was taken at 3pm on Wednesday 14th September 2016 on Old Carey Gully Road in Stirling. I found this wild koala sitting in the road.

He was surrounded by flood waters and so i guided him over a bridge he then went over to the fence post and climbed to the top where the photo was taken.

He then climbed down the other side and walked across a shallow flooded area to a nearby gum tree. He climbed to the top and settled down on a branch for a much earned rest. I went back to check on him today and he was in a nearby tree and snoozing and looking much dryer. So a good story with a happy ending.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Simone Vinton's photograph of the Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk in Cairns won the Museum of Tropical Queensland's 'My Favourite Place in Queensland' photography competition in January 2016.

Craig Burns’ image of Hamersley Gorge in WA is the overall winner of Australia’s Top GeoShot photo competition

The things you find in a burnt-out tree stump By Greg · Tenterden WA

Bret Charman’s photo of a dingo won the threatened species section of the Australian Georgraphic Nature Photographer of the Year

Queen of Sheba, photo Ross Ramm who says… the very elusive orchid that everyone wants to find can be found early in season in late July, early August in Albany, WA

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Today's ABC Open photos

Karijini National Park, WA 
Author: Donna

Barn owl at Badger Creek, Victoria, 
photo honeycut

Male Pink Robin, photo Nikki Long who writes...

I absolutely love Pink Robins and I have been trying to get a nice sharp shot for so long. They are busy little birds and flit from tree to tree. But today, finally, after kneeling in mud and just waiting patiently, this gorgeous little boy joined me on ground level. To say I am happy is an understatement!! 

Lily by Rene Martens who writes……
 My wife Janet has had to visit some family and I have been left to look after the garden (both veggies and flowers) and she has actually missed the first Lily bloom. There are quite a few extra buds so I am hoping that 1) I don't kill any (lol) and 2) that she gets back home in time. 

Bush track, By Greg Lewicki 

Photographer Jody Burges writes 
……pretty bird on my balcony this afternoon and asks, is it a dove?