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This two-bedroom cottage has renovation potential

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first_img40 View St, Paddington.THIS quaint two-bedroom cottage in one of Brisbane’s most charming suburbs offers plenty of scope for transformation.Agent Nick Penklis said the house at 40 View St, Paddington, was on the market for the first time since 1997, providing potential buyers with a blue chip investment in a high-demand area, and potential income while exploring design options.Feeling inspired to give your own home a bit of TLC? Here’s some style steals…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Interior design trends 201800:51 Related videos 00:51Interior design trends 201800:581 Bed 2 ways!01:28Style Hacks: Kitchen Bench01:11Teeny tiny plants02:38Neon dreams! Artist’s home tour01:46Style Hacks: Dining Table“This presentable cottage sits on a much sought-after elevated 574sq m pristine allotment, with a 15.2m frontage widening the scope for better design and accessibility,” Mr Penklis said.“It’s an investment for the future or a project for today.”40 View St, Paddington.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Entry to the house is through a front veranda with a lattice door. Once inside, timber floors, VJ walls and warm tones of yellow in the lounge area contribute to the residence’s homely vibe.To the rear of the single-level design is the open-plan kitchen and dining space, floored with stone and painted in a mix of pastel yellows and baby blues. From this space, double doors open to a rear covered deck and large yard, complete with a traditional clothesline and bordered by trees to one side.40 View St, Paddington.Along with its expanse of established lawn, another bonus of the back yard is its wide-reaching city outlook.Back inside, the house’s sole bathroom is an old-fashioned space with a claw foot bath, while the two bedrooms also turn on the charm.One of the bedrooms is painted purple and further complemented by VJ walls and timber floors, while the other bedroom also has timber floors and is decorated in a more neutral tone, with the added benefit of ample cupboard space.In addition to the potential this property affords, Mr Penklis said a lot of investment was being poured into the precinct, with large scale renovations currently in progress.“This one-off opportunity will come and go and won’t be repeated, so don’t sit on the fence waiting for another,” he said.“You are not going to look back by securing this prized slice of real estate in high demand View St.” HMlast_img read more

Gay Liberal Senator opposes same-sex marriage

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first_imgFascinating reading – Same-sex Marriage debate last week in Australian SenateSenator SMITH (Western Australia) (11:27):  I rise to add my views to the debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2012 and its desire to extend the definition of ‘marriage’ to include couples in same-sex relationships. My views are my own and have been formed after years of discussion, observation and careful consideration. I accept that to some the idea of an openly gay man rejecting a proposition to extend the definition of ‘marriage’ to same-sex relationships seems unusual or counterintuitive. In response, I say that it speaks to the often overlooked fact that opinion on the issue of extending the definition of ‘marriage’ is heavily divided even among gay and lesbian Australians. I do not doubt that there are many gay and lesbian Australians and their families and friends that support the legislation, but there are also others who do not….The debate on same-sex marriage has been a complex and controversial one. .. It has been controversial also because many have confused the religious institution of marriage with marriage as a civil institution. It is marriage as a civil institution that should demand the primary concentration and deliberations of parliamentarians. I believe any future deliberation by the parliament on matters regarding the legal treatment of same-sex couples should make as its focus the task of creating a starker distinction between marriage as a civil institution and its role for some as a religious institution.My primary opposition to this proposal is born from my strong regard and faith in the cautionary, conservative and traditional approach to these matters. As I have said previously, I distrust sentiments and actions that seek to dismiss, modify or reject as relics our institutions and customs—institutions and customs that have evolved to serve our community well. I believe that cautious and considered change is critical if we are to bring about stability and continuity for our community.I reject the suggestion of marriage equality. Marriage equality has been a slogan; it has been a campaign. The claim to equality ignores the widely accepted fact that marriage is an institution that has a long and well-accepted definition—a definition that is heavily laden with cultural meaning and values crafted by custom and by law over the years. It is an institution that has a common and well-understood meaning in Australia. I dispute the commentary in this place and others suggesting that the majority of Australians are ready to extend the meaning of marriage to same-sex relationships. I also dispute the view that the inability to utilise the Marriage Act restricts in any fundamental manner the quality of life experiences of gay and lesbian Australians.The case for equality for gay and lesbian Australians was a battle too-long fought. It must be acknowledged that on the substantive matters of equality in Australia, gay and lesbian Australians can live at law without discrimination….Let me share with you the view of at least one other gay Australian who has challenged the current marriage equality movement. This comment was recorded in April this year in OUTinPerth, a community newspaper based in Perth, my home town. It said: The other thing that’s irritating I suppose about it is that it has become this orthodoxy within the community. Dissenting voices are not allowed, it’s just assumed that if you’re gay you’re for it, as it’s clearly a human right – which it’s not. The article goes on to what I regard as the most important, but all too often forgotten, critical element in the debate when it says: The right is to have our relationship recognised equally by the State; the right is not to marriage.….By not agreeing to same-sex marriage, I am not choosing to endorse discrimination against my fellow gay and lesbians Australians or to be disrespectful to their domestic relationships, or to lessen the value of their commitments, companionship, love and unions. Instead, for me, it is an honest acknowledgement, of the special and unique characteristics of the union described as ‘marriage’.http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fhansards%2F2e9571fe-03fd-411b-9e11-6c9629474f79%2F0066;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2F2e9571fe-03fd-411b-9e11-6c9629474f79%2F0000%22last_img read more

200 migrants feared dead after their boats sink off the Coast…

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first_imgBodies of Migrants taken from the sea Up to 200 people are feared dead after two boats packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the coast of Libya.Reports say over 200 were rescued by the Libyan coast guard.A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boats had set off, said there were around 400 people on board on one of the boats.The first boat is said to have signaled for help on Thursday.The other boat with 400 migrants on board capsized later on.Many appeared to have been trapped in the hold when it capsized.By late in the evening, the Libyan coast guard rescued around 201, of which 147 were taken to a detention facility for migrants in Sabratha, west of Tripoli.The migrants on board were from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh.Many of the migrants make the risky journeys in overcrowded boatsAnother local official and a journalist based in Zuwara confirmed the sinking but also had no information on casualties.The migrants on boardwere from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Syria, Morocco and Bangladesh, the security official said.Zuwara, Libya’s most western town located near the Tunisian border, is a major launchpad for smugglers shipping migrants to Italy.Cross-border smuggler networks exploit the country’s lawlessness and chaos to bring Syrians into Libya via Egypt or nationals of sub-Saharan countries via Niger, Sudan and Chad.More than 2,300 people have died so far this year in attempts to reach Europe by sea, compared with 3,279 in the past 12 months, according to the International Organisation for Migration.It comes as thousands of migrants and refugees a day are travelling between Greece to Hungary as they seek a better life in the European Union.last_img read more