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This was the biggest court story in Australia yesterday

No, not the Pell verdict, the High Court decision over just 1.26 square km.

It changes everything:

The High Court has ruled native title holders from the remote Northern Territory town of Timber Creek will receive $2.5 million in compensation for loss of their rights, including spiritual connection to the land.

Yeah, that’d be the important bit.

Read this first and then read this. and this if you’re really interested.

You should be.

But Bill Shorten said this wasn’t the case

Australia’s lowest-paid workers are more likely to be found living in the richest 20 per cent of households than they are in the poorest 20 per cent, prompting arguments that minimum wage increases being pushed by Labor and unions are a blunt tool and that a better way to lift people’s living standards is through reforming tax and transfers.

The fresh data compiled by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research from The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey show that 13.8 per cent of the lowest-paid workers, as measured by the bottom 20 per cent of employees in terms of hourly pay, are living in the richest 20 per cent of households while 13.6 per cent are living in the poorest 20 per cent.

Shocking right? Read the whole thing.

China’s pension problem

You think Australia’s got it bad.

Nowhere close to the Chinese pension problem.

SHY could be cross-examined on sexual history in defamation trial

If she is cross-examined, the lawyers should be ashamed of themselves.

She isn’t the victim of an assault, but this will make her the victim of rumour and innuendo.

It’s just wrong. Especially that she is being defended here.

The web is 30, once it was a child

When the web was a child, it spake as a child, understood as a child and programmed as a child.

And it was awful.

Quincy Jones (b 1933)

Q is second only to Louis Armstrong (IMHO) as the most influential musician of the 20th century.

Here’s why.

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra at the Sands (1966)

The greatest of Jones’s collaborations with Sinatra and the apotheosis of the latter’s Vegas years. Jones conducts and arranges the Count Basie Orchestra; Sinatra offers definitive readings of his signature songs and the mind boggles at what the pair got up to afterwards. “Seven double Jack Daniel’s in an hour … [Sinatra] invented partying,” Jones recently recalled.

If you haven’t heard the album, you must. Sinatra at the Sands is a masterpiece.

I’ve got you under my skin is a standout (the Sands version is superb; this isn’t bad either, with the magnificent Count Basie Orchestra).