LATE FINAL EXTRA. Electrity Bill Shorten has gone mad.
“The opposition will move amendments consistent with our pre-election commitments to terminate the carbon tax on the basis of moving to an effective emissions trading scheme,” Mr Shorten said.“However, if our amendments are not successful we will oppose the government’s repeal legislation, in line with our long-held principle position to act on climate change.”
Tony Abbott argues his election win gives him a clear mandate to abolish Labor’s carbon tax and associated climate change agencies and replace them with his Direct Action plan. But Mr Shorten said Labor is not a “rubber stamp” for Mr Abbott.
“We won’t be bullied, and I won’t be bullied by Tony Abbott merely because he doesn’t accept the science of climate change,” Mr Shorten said.
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Born in 1926 in the aptly named North Carolina town of Hamlet, John Coltrane initially set out as an alto sax player in thrall to the sounds of the mercurial Charlie Parker, the legendary bebopper who changed the course of modern music. That was before Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and a litany of African-American tenor giants prompted a move to the bigger horn, on which “Trane”, as he was known as early as the mid-1940s, soon became the instrument’s most iconic player, indeed its celestial sage. Partly as a result, Coltrane remains, with Miles Davis, the artist any jazz neophyte is most likely to first seek out. He is at once a part of several traditions, a number of which he helped congeal, That placement in time has naturally led musical devotees of the period to Coltrane’s doorstep. If, for instance, one is drawn to the rock music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, and if one subsequently develops a hankering to hear what jazz was all about when those greats were still in their primes, the natural move is to Coltrane’s Sixties output
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