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Federal Film Society

Federal Film Society


On Saturday 14 November we’ll be showing Maya the Bee for the kids and The Salt of the Earth for the adults.

Maya the Bee is a delightful animated film about a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adven- ture and finds the world too interesting to stay inside a hive! With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out for an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, making friends with Flip the eccentric grasshopper, Kurt the dung beetle and Sting, a young hornet. The kids will love this beautifully crafted film.


Latest News from Lucy Haslam on Medicinal Cannabis

Latest News from Lucy Haslam on Medicinal Cannabis


17 Oct 2015 — Good news. The federal government has this morning announced their support for legalising medicinal cannabis!!

It comes after the incredible support of 245,000 of you on this petition. It's breaking in Sydney Morning Herald and on ABC today, and I'm busy doing interviews around work – but I wanted to let you know straight away.

Their plan is incredible progress, but I do have some concerns that it may fall short with the Government favouring the involvement of The TGA.

I have expressed my fears to The Health Minister this morning and she has given me assurances that Medicinal Cannabis will not be tied up in regulation and will be made available to appropriate patients in a timely fashion.

Rest assured that I will be monitoring progress every step of the way and won’t accept anything less than safe, affordable botanical cannabis medication being made available to patients in need as soon as practically possible. 

Medical Marijuana Win in Australia

Medical Marijuana Win in Australia



The Federal Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Health Minister Sussan Ley said she had been moved by stories of people who got some relief from medicinal cannabis sourced illegally on the black market and that with a terminal condition, the most important thing is quality of life and relief of pain.

Cannabis is essentially a wonder drug with anecdotal evidence that it may assist with treat- ing, prevention or even cure of some cancers and has been used for millennia by humans to treat a wide range of illnesses and their symp- toms, particularly for anyone suffering seizures. Cannabis is grown with varying levels of THC (which is the psychoactive element of the plant ie -the bit that gets you intoxicated) and can be used safely consumed in its raw or juiced state as a health supplement.



Deep Southern Skies - November

Deep Southern Skies - November

Welcome to a monthly description of our beautiful northern NSW night sky.


Venus and Mars close.

Jupiter and the Moon are close.

Jupiter, Mars and Venus in the dawn sky.

Mars, Venus and the Moon together.

Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) appears in the dawn sky.

The Northern Taurid meteor show peaks mid-month with its slow, colourful fireballs.






A Rosè is (not always) a Rosè is (not always) a Rosè.

Jared Dixon's 2015 Jilly FIFO Barossa Valley Rosè is orange-red in colour, extraordinary really, with a red fading-to-bronzed orange: something like the robes of Buddhist monks. It has a tart orange Mirella-jube perfume with ripe, juicy mandarin at its edge. The oddity comes from its combination of Marsanne (a white grape) with Grenache and Mataro (reds). So it’s the Marsanne that gives it its tart-jube saltiness. Its cloudiness comes from its limited-interference ideology of making. This relatively new-style winemaking (a revival of an ancient practice?) of minimal interference, producing often a cloudiness in the wine, means that the production of difference on the palate is, for the drinker, the equivalent of learning a new language.



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