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Distressing, degrading and high-risk woman forced to give birth alone in prison cell "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Western Australias Independent Inspector of Custodial Services today released a damning report into the circumstances surrounding a young Aboriginal woman who gave birth alone in a prison cell. 

The woman was known to be heavily pregnant to prison guards and pleaded for help for over an hour. Guards observed her giving birth through the hatch door to her cell, however they did not open the door until several minutes after the birth. 

The Inspector described what happened as distressing, degrading and high risk.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that this was a shocking indictment on Western Australias prison system. 

The pain, fear and suffering that this young woman must have experienced is simply unimaginable. That such a catastrophic failure of care can occur is this day and age speaks volumes about the fundamental inhumanity of prisons. The Western Australian government should be doing everything it can to ensure women and certainly pregnant women are not behind bars, said Ms Musk.

The Inspector found that: 

  • Cascading and intersecting failures put the woman and her child at high risk, both before and after the birth. 

  • Prison staff downplayed the seriousness of the events when reporting to head office. 

  • The Western Australian Government has never undertaken proper planning or investment for female prisoners. 

Ms Musk said that pregnant women and women with young children should be allowed to serve their sentence in the community. 

Prison is an inherently unsafe place. Women and their children should have every opportunity to be together in safety.  Beyond drastically reducing the number of women being forced into prison, the Western Australian Government should also introduce a leave system that allows pregnant women and women with caring responsibilities to serve their sentences in the community, said Ms Musk.

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data showing that womens imprisonment rates increased at double the rate of mens across Australia. The Western Australian Government locks up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a rate like no other in the nation.

Most women behind bars are survivors of violence, many are mothers. They are being separated from their families and communities and countless lives are being torn apart. We need a new approach to justice one that prioritises supporting people over propping up dead-end prisons, said Ms Musk.

The Inspectors report can be found...


Fossil Award to Australia for not ruling out Kyoto carbon credits for Paris target use "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It just wouldn't be a United Nations Climate Change conference COP in recent years without Australia at the Fossil of the Day Awards. And this year does not disappoint. The failure to rule out use of Kyoto carbon credits to meet it's low Paris Agreement 2030 targets while demanding robust accounting and transparency is just too galling. Even best buddy New Zealand reckons, Crikey, using Kyoto


"Behavioural Agreement Form" for comedians at University comedy night. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This comes to us from a US comedian Konstantin Kisin @KonstantinKisin I just received an invitation to perform *comedy* at a university... The title of this "contract" nearly made me puke. @UnleashedComedy That'd be the end of most of my material!


Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sex abuse - suppression order in place in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" is not hosted or published in Australia. I am currently not in Australia. Mainstream media in Australia are subject to a suppression order on reporting this story. When the Vatican's 3rd most senior cleric is convicted of child sex abuse it's a huge global story. Media outlets overseas are...


Yet another Frydenberg ministerial blunder disclosed which is still reverberating "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Guardian, 11 December 2018:

The Australian government has permitted the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper, fraudster and extortionist, despite concerns the birds could be sold at a huge profit.

An investigation by Guardian Australia has revealed that the Berlin-based Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots received permission to export 232 birds between 2015 and November 2018 more than 80% of all the live native birds legally exported from Australia in the same period.

The exports include threatened species such as Carnabys and Baudins black cockatoos, worth tens of thousands of dollars each.

The head of the ACTP, Martin Guth,...


Centrelink's 'robodebt' headed to the Australian Federal Court? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

9 News, 10 December 2018:

Centrelinks robo-debt recovery scheme was intended to seek out and destroy debts, but instead its thrown more than 200,000 Australians into financial turmoil.

Now, Victorias former head prosecutor, QC Gavin Silbert, is lending his voice and fighting back against the controversial system which aims to claw back up to $4.5 billion in welfare overpayments.

I think its illegal and I think its scandalous. In any other situation, youd call it theft. I think theyre bullying very vulnerable people, Mr Silbert told A Current Affair. 

If debts are owed to the public purse they should be paid, they should be pursued. These are not such debts, he said.



Tracking Australia's Environment Minister Melissa Price at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

So what is Australia's Environment Minister Melissa Price getting up to at COP24? Attending the Umbrella Group meetings, photo opps with Pacific Islander women whose nations will be innundated by sea level rise due to Australia's intransigence on coal and climate policy, meeting Indigenous Rangers... Melissa Price is the Liberal MP for Durack and a former corporate lawyer for mining companies.


GOING TO HELL! Found guilty of hideous crimes this week but media banned from revealing truth about high-profile Australian criminal with mass following "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ANALYSIS: One of Australia's highest profile individuals with a worldwide reputation and a mass following has this week been found guilty of committing awful, heinous crimes. While several overseas media publications are now reporting the news, the nation's local media is forbidden from revealing even the barest of details in what is one of the biggest outcomes in Australian criminal legal history. True Crime News Weekly's Melbourne correspondent, Gary Johnston, reports on this travesty of open justice in the digital age. [READ MORE]


Orwell An Insider? Part 2: Food Control at Animal Farm "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Orwell feeding his goatOrwell feeding his goat, named Muriel

by Mary W Maxwell

Beasts of England, beasts of Ireland
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken to my joyful tidings
the golden future time.

Soon or late the day is coming,
Tyrant Man shall be oerthrown,
And the fruitful fields of England
Shall be trod by beasts alone.

Part 1 of this series (November 29, 2018) presented the takeover of the farms population by Napoleon the pig. A most significant part of his power was the band of 10 growling dogs whom he had secretly trained from infancy.

Now we move to a further assault on the animals, one that incites me to call Orwell an insider. Here is the issue is not control by the dogs (though that is always in the background) but control by food.

Yesterday, mainstream media in US gave us the briefest of glances at the starvation of tens of millions of Yeminis. (The newsreader described this as resulting from four years of civil war.) It was a far-away shot but still you could see that peoples arms were as thin as wire.

Henry Kissinger many years ago said the way to control the population is by food.  Of course that is correct. I feel sure we are all in for this treatment.  And after a short period of starvation no one has the energy or the confidence to fight the overlords.

Hint: the time to do it is before the food shortage, hint, hint.

So now for the text. Clover and Boxer are cart-horses, Mollie is a mare, Muriel is a goat, Benjamin is a boar. Not all animals are equal.

Chapter 7 of George Orwells Animal Farm (1945) unabridged, but some underlining by Gum...


Report highlights the need for better protection of protest rights in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The need to better protect protest rights in Australia has been highlighted in a major new report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Launched today at NSW Parliament House, Say it loud: Protecting Protest in Australia, criticises recent attempts by governments to undermine protest rights and outlines ten principles to better protect our rights.

From winning the right to vote for women to saving the Franklin River, the power of protest has been vital in achieving positive change in Australia. Yet governments around Australia are increasingly trying to undermine our rights to gather together and speak out about the issues we care about. This has to stop, said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Against the backdrop of the remarkable student strikes across the country for action on climate change and rising community activism on issues from the Adani mine to changing the date of Australia Day, protest rights will be increasingly significant.

Our rights to protest and free speech will be under even great pressure as exploitation of our planet increases in the coming decade. This report shows governments how we should be protecting protest in a healthy democracy, said former Senator Bob Brown.

The report criticises governments in NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia for introducing or trying to introduce harsh and unnecessary anti-protest laws with severe penalties, excessive police powers and broad, vague offences. The laws prioritise vested business and government interests over peoples democratic rights.

While the Tasmanian laws were struck down by the High Court last year, the Hodgman Government has promised to try and resurrect them. NSW anti-protest laws, with penalties of up to 7 years jail for interfering with a mine, including coal seam gas sites, remain in force.

Protest rights are absolutely essential to a healthy democracy. When governments chip away at our protest rights, they erode our democracy. This report provides a blueprint for a democracy where protest rights are protected and promoted, said Mr de Kretser.

The report will be launched at NSW Parliament House at 12.30pm. Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Former Senator, Dr Bob Brown who has dedicated his career to protecting the environment and who, together with Jessica Hoyt, successfully challenged the Tasmania anti-protest laws.

  • Broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, a life-long LGBTI rights advocate who attended countless demonstrations, was arrested many times and participated in the first Mardi Gras........


$9.1 million emergency funding to build new Cunnamulla sewerage plant "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CHRISTMAS HAS come early for drought-stricken Paroo shire, with the state government delivering $9.1 million in emergency funding to build a new sewage treatment plant...

The post $9.1 million emergency funding to build new Cunnamulla sewerage plant appeared first on Warrego Watchman.


SUMMERTIME ARTS Sydney Festival and Destination Sydney Reimagined "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SYDNEY IN SUMMERTIME is the theme of Arts Thursday on 13th December 2018.

Destination Sydney has become a tourism catchcry, but the phrase was popularised two years ago, with a ground-breaking exhibition of that name, presented at three of Sydneys finest public galleries, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Mosman Art Gallery and the S. H. Ervin Gallery.

Wendy Sharpe and Jane Watters

Destination Sydney Reimagined introduces 9 new artists and over 130 new works that have been inspired by Sydneys physical setting, its energy and creative vibe. The exhibition can be seen across the three galleries until 17th March 2019.

Join Maisy Stapleton to learn more about the exhibition and how Sydney stimulates its artists. We will be speaking to SH Ervin Gallery Director Jane Watters and artist Wendy Sharpe. In a later program we will hear from Ken Done whose works are on display at Manly Art Gallery and Museum.



Wolf Richter: Severe Collapse of Home Prices Might Trigger a Financial-Institution Crisis in Australia: OECD Frets about the Banks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia looks to be on the verge of a nasty unwind of its housing bubble. A plunge would damage not only its banks but also retirement funds, since banks play an outsized role in the Australian stock market.


IO lending lowest in over a decade "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IO lending plummets

The flow of new interest-only (IO) loans was only 16 per cent of new residential term loans in the September 2018 quarter. 

While IO mortgages are still an option for some borrowers, the terms are often less attractive, and with the lending slowdown there is also now a smaller denominator, so flows are now very considerably softer than they were. 

With many borrowers also having voluntarily switched to paying down mortgage debt, IO loans were down to 27 per cent of residential loans by value by the end of September quarter, and will be closer to just  today in December.

The chart here only goes back to March 2008, but the stock has never been so low in percentage terms. 

Many of the outstanding IO loans were written under tighter serviceability assessments, while those on IO loans for a longer period probably have a reasonable amount of equity. 

Credit growth to investors is now non-existent.

High LVR lending is the lowest on record, at just 6 per cent of approvals with an LVR of 90 per cent or great...


LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

File photo

Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


Aboriginal tent embassy removed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

aboriginal tent embassy green left

The Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy at Sandon Point Bulli. PHOTO: Green Left.

Work has started on the removal of structures from the Sandon Point Tent Embassy site at McCauleys Beach today.

Council has been asked to remove the structures from the site with the exception of the one known as The Pod by the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement.

The removal of structures relates to environmental and cultural rehabilitation of the site.  For safety reasons, the occupant has been asked to leave site while these works take place.

While the work is underway, there will be representatives from the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage present.

This work follows the placing of non-permanent fencing around sections of the site earlier this month at the request of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Place Joint Management Agreement partner organisations to protect the area, and continues the work started in April to make changes at the site.

The agreement partners include the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and four local Aboriginal community organisations.

The Sandon Point site is a dedicated Aboriginal Place and one of very few in our State. Council continues to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Sandon Point McCauleys Beach Aboriginal Place and the...


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Moreland Gender Equality Commitment consultation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Over the last 12 months, Moreland City Council has conducted community engagement to develop a Gender Equality Commitment; including community forums, events, focus groups and a community working group. The draft Commitment has been developed based on a review of current legislation and policy and is aligned under our Human Rights Policy. It is an update of Council's existing Statement of Commitment to Women and connected to the Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-2020 (PDF 1Mb) and ...


HOUSE SITTER NEEDED "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


We are away 19th Dec - 2nd Jan and need someone to look after our lovely DOG and CAT - they come with a FREE HOUSE for you to stay in !!!
Please call Annie on 0458 353 794 if you know of anyone who might be interested! House is in Regent area ...



Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Untitled-2The Melbourne Inner North Performing Arts Academy are happy to announce their new home studio at 13 Bishop st, Coburg North opposite Coburg North Primary School.

Private singing and instrumental lessons available and places are limited
School pickups can be arranged

We are also accepting enrolments for our wonderful summer holiday program

We are celebrating the start of summer with a 50%  discount when bringing a friend


Ex-Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch to appeal ICAC blackmail conviction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch will serve a two-year Intensive Corrections Order (ICO) after a blackmail conviction in October related to an exchange with councils [more]

The post Ex-Ryde Mayor Ivan Petch to appeal ICAC blackmail conviction appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An extraordinary discovery which can be made simple and universal.  Best yet it separates those with a current problem.  No effort need be spent on false leads.   

With that the patient can start anti tumor protocols and also track the bodies response until it all goes away.  with CBD coming into its own this may well be as simple as having a course of CBD oil..

In fact this makes it possible to imagine it been part of an annual checkup and possibly the whole industry literally going away.  Nothing has ever promised this.

Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body

Australian scientists are being hailed for possibly developing a quick and easy test that can detect any kind of cancer in a matter of minutes.

Cancer is an extremely complicated and variable disease and different types of cancer have different signatures. Up until now, the scientists have had trouble finding a simple signature that was distinct from healthy cells and common to all cancers but the team was finally able to identify a unique biomarker that was common...


British data confirms strong FDI continues despite Brexit chaos "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wednesday and a shorter blog post so that I have a little more time to do other things. I dont know what topic attracts the most hate E-mails that I receive on an almost daily basis: my position on the Eurozone, my position on the EU generally, my position on Brexit, my position of surrender monkey social democrats (parties and people), or my work on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). I guess I could count and build up a frequency distribution but I just prefer to delete them these days the first few words give the game away. Save your time. This week, I have had a torrent of such E-mails telling me more or less see, you claimed Brexit would be good, but it is a disaster. Last time I checked Brexit hasnt happened yet. All that we are witnessing is a conservative government of considerable incompetence in disarray after being bullied by the neoliberal, corporatists in Brussels into a ridiculous agreement that changed hardly anything. But there were some interesting data releases in the last few weeks that bear on the Brexit question. I have been looking into them.

A little Brexit reflection

The sense of Brexit chaos in the UK has been amplified by ridiculous new reports from HM Treasury, the Bank of England, and some attention-seeking private research groups who choose to lie and present incredulous analyses as fact.

Which government in their right mind would do nothing while the economy was shrinking 7 per cent? That is what HM Treasury modelled.

Which central bank would put up interest rates by 5 or so percent during a deep recession when they know exchange rate depreciation introduces temporary inflation spikes (if that)? That is what HM Treasury were claiming would happen.

Embarrassing the whole lot of it.

And where are the media reports telling the British people about the boom (yes, you read that correctly there latest data shows a boom) in Foreign direct investment in the UK.


Fakes the lot of them.

On December 4, 2018, the British Office of National Statistics released its updated bulletin Foreign direct investment involving UK companies: 2017.

Now if the world was about to stop because the majority of British people voted to leave the corrupt and innefficient EU then Foreign direct investment should certainly be recording the insecurity associated with that decision.

We distinguish between:

Outward FDI direct investments made by UK-based companies abroad, while inwa...


1) Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesia rejects West Papua demands as troops hunt separatists
3) Government to shift focus from infrastructure to education in Papua
4) Jakarta-Papua Tensions Flare
5) Sincha Dimara: My mother, a West Papuan survivor of many hardships, spurred along by her faith

6) West Papua refugees share their stories at Lithgow forum

1) Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member
Disheartening Truth of Papuan Children`s Dream to be OPM member



No planet but this one "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Voyager 2 spacecraft has just passed through the heliopause and into interstellar space, forty years after it was launched.

On the one hand thats a stunning technological achievement and a reminder of the wonderful universe we live in. On the other, its a reminder that humans will never go out to explore this universe, or even leave Earth in significant numbers.

Although Voyager 2 has passed the heliopause it is still within the gravitational field of the sun. It would take another 30,000 years to fly beyond the Oort cloud which marks the boundary.

These facts could have been computed when Voyager was launched though at the time its mission was limited to five years. But if they had been pointed out as an argument for the impossibility of interstellar travel, the response would surely have been that the problem would be solved by technological progress. Forty years before Voyager was launched, flying across the Atlantic ocean was a major feat. Forty years or so before that, the first heavier-than-air flight was undertaken by the Wright brothers.

Extrapolating one could reasonably expect that forty years more progress would produce massive advances in space travel including human space travel. In fact, though no one knew it at the time, the heroic age had already passed. No one has travelled to the moon since Voyager 2 was launched and, quite possibly, no one ever will. The promise of the space shuttle has been abandoned in favour of the 1950s technology of the Atlas rocket. Meanwhile physicists have closed off just about every possible loophole that might allow us to evade Einsteins conclusion that the speed of light is an absolute limit.

The other achievement of the Voyagers and their successors has been a comprehensive exploration of the planets and moons of the solar system. They have revealed many marvels, but nowhere remotely habitable compared to, say, Antarctica or the Atacama desert.

The biggest lesson of our decades of space exploration is that Earth is the only planet we have.


The U.S. industrial terrorists? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There's been a lot of noise with regards to the communications side of the information technology world basically started by the administration of the United States focusing on consumer electronics coming out of China, in particular by Huawei.

The administration of the U.S. told people* of this planet not to use Huawei's routers.

What's all the racket really about?

Let's put aside the fact that Huawei refuses to patch their routers to communicate via the so called secure protocol https, instead of http, as mandated a few years back.

Colonialists are all about control, whether it be on a local or global scale, it's all about control, where this policy is adhered to by the administration of the colony labelled as the "land of the free".

In 2013, the Fairfax publication wrote an article on Huawei of the title 'it's the biggest company that no one has ever heard of'.

In 2015, uSens Inc also wrote on Huawei being 'The Biggest Smartphone Company You Never Heard Of'.

The electronics and telecommunications company was founded in Shenzhen in 1987, where it started out with a total of 20 employees in Australia in 2004.

Today it has customers in over 170 countries, where its technology serves more than a third of the population of the planet

Huawei has knocked off Apple from its perch in terms of smartphone sales.

On the 'global stage' Huawei is a threat to the dominance by U.S corporations, like Apple and Google, based products.


NEW MUSIC: Rich Webb Stoner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This track caught our ear with its noir verses and power pop on codeine chorus. Its lush and swooning in the way it glides and soars at different times. Rich Webb hails from Melbourne and Stoner comes from his album Le Rayon Vert which you can check out on Spotify and purchase via his website. Continue reading


John Howard: Politics Of Discrimination Hampering Religious Freedom Debate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Former Prime Minister John Howard has said that hes frustrated with the maddening debate around religious freedoms in Australia. Howard told The Australian on Wednesday that the politics of discrimination had become so potent it was difficult to have a rational discussion about freedom of religion. Nobody wants to expel gay kids and to my ...

The post John Howard: Politics Of Discrimination Hampering Religious Freedom Debate appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, theIndonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 areknown about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

The morning Star Flag

Human rights day was used to speak out against human rights abuses, and to hand over a petition, urging the Indonesians top accept fact finding missions by the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Signing the West Papua petition

The Australian government has been giving support to the occupation and training its forces, which which carried out systematic murder has carried out systematic murder, torture and detentions. It is time for this  to stop this assistance and support the West Papuans to decide their own future.

Video by Free West Papua TV

Video by  thejuicemedia

The post...


See Top Secret Bunker Where 7,000 Americans Will Go in Event of Nuclear ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Climate Change Disaster! In as little as 60 years life above ground may not be possible, where will the wealthy & government officials survive?!


Melanoma Is a Disease of Office Workers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this interview with the late Dr. Robert Heaney, Creighton University professor of medicine and renowned researcher in the field of bone biology and vitamin D,1 he admits that an embarrassing secret in the field of nutrition is the lack of knowledge of what is really normal.

When the approach to measuring vitamin intake is determining the amount needed to avoid triggering a disease or establishing the highest amount before you experience toxicity, then you dont achieve what is optimal to support biological function.

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone your body produces with the help of cholesterol when you're exposed to the sun. This critical nutrient interacts with a number of different systems in your body and is vital to cell DNA expression. One of the best ways to optimize your blood level is to get sensible sun exposure, taking great care to never get burned.

Although deficiency is very common, not only in the U.S. but also around the world, many believe they are not at risk simply because they eat foods fortified with vitamin D. With advancing technology and research it has become clear vitamin D deficiency is rampant and significantly impacts the development of several health conditions and chronic diseases.

In fact, research estimates2 85 percent of children in industrial cities, and well over half of adults and the elderly, suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Lack of sun exposure has likely been driven by the fear of developing skin cancer. However, office workers actually develop melanoma at greater rates than those who spend more time outdoors.3

Office Work May Increase Risk of Malignant Melanoma

For decades, the message from the medical community has been to avoid direct sun exposure and apply sunscreen when spending any amount of time outdoors. Australia's long public campaign4 to curb skin cancer rates has resulted in 31 percent of Australian adults being deficient in vitamin D, which in turn is linked with a number of deadly conditions, including cancer.

The application of SPF 30 can reduce the production of vitamin D by 97 percent. However, while it's important to reduce your potential for sunburn, it's been known since the 1970s that office workers have a higher risk of malignant melanoma than those who work outdoors.

Interestingly, melanoma appears on body parts that d...


Save your drink containers for CAFNEC! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Donate your drink containers and HELP CAFNEC! 

On the 1st of November the Containers for Change QLD scheme began. This means most beverage containers now have a 10c value that can be redeemed by taking your containers to a depot. 

CAFNEC is excited to announce we have signed up as a registered charity that you can donate to via the scheme and it is so easy! 

Simply collect your eligible containers, take them to a depot and enter CAFNECs scheme ID C10006963, the refund will be sent to us automatically. 

Your beverage containers like beer bottles and cans are now worth money so you can either put them in the recycling bin and give that money to the local council when they collect your rubbish or you could save them up and drop them at a depot and make a donation to CAFNEC!

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Travelling a darling river "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We came from Melbourne up over the Great Dividing Range to be atop the Barrier Range. Then onward to a river camp in the corner country of northwest New South Wales. The idea was to travel once more to the desert, starting at Broken Hill, then camp, explore, immerse ourselves and stay awhile, not just hop from roadside postcard photoshoot to national pretty park, not to blithely pass through.


Study: Indonesias ambitious peat restoration initiative severely underfunded "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

JAKARTA High costs and a lack of funding stand in the way of Indonesia achieving its target for the restoration of degraded peatland across the country, a new study says. The government in 2016 embarked on a program to restore 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of degraded peat forest by 2020. The cost for this undertaking, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, will likely exceed $4.6 billion. To date, however, the Indonesian government has budgeted just $200 million for the initiative, according to the study, and the results are telling: only 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of peatland, or 10 percent of the total, had been rewetted by the end of 2017. That funding includes 34 million Norwegian krone ($4.4 million) from the Norwegian government and $134.6 million from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. For its part, the Indonesian government initially allocated the equivalent of $60.5 million from its 2017 spending budget. The $200 million figure cited in the study, though, used the lowest cost projections available and did not account for the subsequent slashing of Indonesias contribution by half, as part of wider cost-cutting measures by the Ministry of Finance. A peat bog being drained in Kalimantan. The lack of oxygen due to wet conditions in peat bogs prevents the peat from breaking down. When peat bogs dry out they start to decompose and large quantities of stored carbon are released to the atmosphere. Photo credit: Rhett

Extremely heavy rain floods Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Nora" dumped extremely heavy rain on parts of Queensland over the past 24 - 48 hours, causing major floods and emergency evacuations. Many locations exceeded or even doubled their March average rainfall. Exceptional rainfall totals...... Read more

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


Paris: Yellow Vest protest continues despite government scrapping fuel p... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is what people power can do if the people have the guts to stand up & say "ENOUGH, NO MORE". What a pitty the majority of Australians don't have what it takes!!! They are so gutless they are prepared to let THE END OF THE WORLD happen without even trying!!! Pathetic!!!


Tanks, Talbot "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We will be at Talbot Farmers market on Sunday selling the rest of our garlic come and get yours or help sell ours and enjoy the historic surrounds of Talbot plus two busy pre-xmas markets Thanks to the Gs Gayle, Garry, Gillian and Gen for assisting at Clunes last Sunday. Continue reading Tanks, Talbot


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00021 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 4.85 AUD


Fossil Awards: to Germany over progress on emission targets, and Switzerland over climate finance "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two Fossil Awards today. The first placed Fossil Award to Germany for failing to make substantial progress on it's 2020 targets, failure to progress phaseout of coal as promised. The second Fossil Award to Switzerland over being on of the loudest and most consistent blockers on climate finance during these negotiations and the provision of new and additional funding. Switzerland Does


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1738: Economic Structure Change | Military Tribunals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. World's largest cleaning service ISS is now laying off 100,000 employees, they number of employees has been declining for years. Trump reports very productive talks with China, big new coming soon. The central bank is trying to control the narrative, you can see via the MSM. The entire economic structure is about to change, prepared and ready for the transition.

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Broward commissioner on elections will do an audit. Nadler pushes the campaign violation, it was not a violation. Obama was fined for a violation in 2013, Trump's occurred before he was running. Trump tweets out that Comey knew the dossier was paid for by the D's.Jim Jordan grills Google. Yellow vests reject Macrons concessions. Q drops more bread, the wall will be build using military funding. The raid on the CF whistleblower was needed, name leaked to unseal docs. Can civilians be on military tribunals, history says yes. The DS is panicking, they cannot impeach the President because the senate will try the impeachment, the target was the Senate.


Insect wipes out Qlds worst coral-cactus infestation at Eulo "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A TINY insect has wiped out a coral cactus infestation at a property north of Eulo, which has been described as possibly the worst such...

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UNDER 18 Chillinit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Under 18s this one is for you!

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNDER 18 SHOW, 18+ may attend if they are a parent or guardian of a minor.

There will be zero tolerance policy to drugs & Alcohol.

Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!






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Legendary Kangaroo Who Just Passed Away Is Getting So Much Internet Love "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The world is currently mourning the passing of Roger the kangaroo, a resident of The Kangaroo Sanctuary and a beloved public figure for many years. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 12, which is a good, long life for a kangaroo. 

Pictures of Roger and his incredible physique he was 6 feet, 7 inches tall and extremely muscular have been impressing and delighting the internet for years, and this strong, handsome kangaroo is going to be missed by so many people. 

Credit: The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Chris Brolga Barns, the founder of The Kangaroo Sanctuary, announced the news of Rogers passing in a sweet tribute, and ever since then, everyone who loved Roger has been posting their own tributes to him on social media. 

The tributes ranged from sweet

to nostalgic  



CHILLINIT 18+ "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Chillinit is, without question, the most exciting new hip-hop artist in Australia and one of the most revered new rappers in the Southern Hemisphere. A product of a vibrant, multicultural Australia: Chillinit is a brash, cricket-loving, Lebanese kid from South West Sydney, who has built a devoted following from scratch thanks to his must-follow Instagram page, millions of YouTube views on his fiery viral videos and his independently released debut album Women, Weed & Wordplay, which has racked up a staggering five million streams and counting.

Now, to celebrate the album release, Chillinit announces The Ashes National Tour, his first ever headline national run, supported by his opening batting partner the enigmatic Wombat. Kicking off in March with the 18+ First Innings, followed by an Underage Second Innings during the Easter School Holidays, culminating on the most sacred of dates, April 20th, 4/20!







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Hiker Spots Something Crazy On Forest Floor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A woman in Australia was taking a hike on Mount Majura recently when she spotted something that some people could find very alarming.

But Erin-Claire Barrow writes and illustrates fairy tales about brave female protagonists facing their fears and so when she saw a huge, almost mythical spider on the ground, she was curious rather than terrified.

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Barrow even got closer so that she could take some photos.

"My friend was saying, 'Be careful, what if it jumps!?'" Barrow told The Dodo. "I got really close to take the picture ... I thought it was kind of cute with its little face!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Closer inspection revealed the large wolf spider was a mother and dozens of tiny baby spiders were catching a piggyback ride on her back. 

Barrow reflected that even though she was willing to get close to the mother spider, she wouldn't trade places with her: "I wouldn't like for those babies to be crawling on me!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Some people who have seen Barrow's photos didn't think the little family was quite as cute as she did.

"I've seen so many awful comments on Facebook about killing spiders in response to the pic," Barrow said. "I love the comments about her being cute and maternal she's not hurting anyone!"


Economic Structure Change, Ready And Prepared (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Economic Structure Change, Ready And Prepared Video X22 Report Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. Worlds largest...

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The Hobo Guide to Foreign Currency "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like prizing a half-full goonie from the embrace of a comatose friend, getting a hobo to part with their money can prove to be a difficult task. If its not gonna go towards the elongation of an overseas adventure, then chances are, we dont wanna spend up.

So, with a certain level of arrogance that all writers must embody when writing a list of travel tips, Ive compiled a few small nuggets of advice that may help save the average hobo a few pesos.

This is neither a definitive doctrine nor an essential creed, but rather a compilation of information that might come in handy for anyone (everyone) looking to be savvy with their cash on their travels.

Should I get currency exchanged before or after I arrive at a destination?

To be honest, often it doesnt make a big difference what country you take your money out in. But it does make a huge difference what agency you use. Or rather, the location of that agency.

Places in the centre of a town or city, where there is plenty of competition, are always a safe bet. Supply and demand. Thats basic economics that even an arts graduate can understand.

Similarly, youre likely to get ripped off if youre gonna swap currency over in the middle of nowhere. So its best to be prepared with at least a little bit of cash before you reach your new destination.

Never change over money at an airport, unless its your last resort. The rates are astronomical. The devious hustlers at Travelex and their ilk will prey on the unprepared and those uninitiated in the ways of the Global Hobo.

I recently fell asleep in Barcelona El Prat Airport after a bender and missed my flight to Liverpool. Ten hours and 350 later, I arrived in London with about 12 in cash and the rest of my money tied up in euros. Stanstead Airport tried to give me 62 for 100. You dont need to check to know that rate is daylight robbery.

Moral of the story: I fucking hate airports. But also, do not swap your money there.

Is my bank gonna be, like, super chill about everything?

When I set out on my first overseas adventure, all dewy-eyed and ready to face the world head on, ANZ froze my cards. The cards were not authorised for overseas transactions, and th...


Santa to visit Grove "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.

Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:

Area 1

5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)

5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)

5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)

6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)

6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)

Area 2

5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)

5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)

5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)

6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)

6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)

Area 3

5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)

5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)

5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)

6pm Sea Views Manor

6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve

Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.

Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.

Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.


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Sea sparkle spread "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.

Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.

Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.

Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.

During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.

When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.

Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.

Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.

The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.

The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.

There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.

A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.


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Mardi Gras Sissy Ball, Australias Biggest Vogue Contest, Is Returning In 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias biggest vogue competition, Sissy Ball, is returning to the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to celebrate Asia-Pacifics LGBTQIA+ community. Inspired by New Yorks iconic vogue ballroom scene, the event brings people together for a night of dance, music, and expressive freedom and celebrates ballrooms endurance in queer culture. Sissy Ball made its ...

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Its not often you see multiple band and DJ headliners supported by our best local talent, all under one roof. Well thats exactly whats heading our way this New Years Eve at the Byron Bay Brewery.

Across two stages during the day and into the night, featuring a huge lineup of touring and local acts, live visual arts, pop up bars, festival food offerings and loads more, this is shaping up to be the biggest NYE event around.

Bringing in the New Year on the Band Room stage is Melbourne multi-instrumentalist and World renowned guitarist Harts. Bec Sandridge will also be performing alongside Tropical Zombie, The Violent Monks, New Steam and Honey Hayze.

The Garden Stage will be hosting touring DJs from all over, including Danish techno producer KLSCH, Melbournes Benson and Sydney duo Human Movement. Locals include Taya, Robina, Tai Daniels, Chef De Party + loads more.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite and theyre selling fast. Make sure you dont miss out on bringing in the New Year at Byron Bay Brewery!

NYE | Byron Bay Brewery | Dec 31 | 12 pm 2 am


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Why These Queensland Brothers Started An LGBTIQ Pride Activewear Brand "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Were two brothers: Matt and Mitch; one queer, one ally. Growing up in Queensland and both of us being big sport fans, we have a soft spot for all games but rugby is our greatest love. We were raised playing it and have watched the sport turn in to a shining example of how a ...

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Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What does your numerology chart 2019 mean for you? Find your numerology personal year number 2019? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

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Whooping cough outbreak at Cunnamulla "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SEVERAL CASES of whooping cough reported at Cunnamulla in the past week have prompted calls for people to be alert to the symptoms to help...

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Western Australian Museum Defends Its Acquisition Of Historical Glory Hole "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Western Australian Museum has defended its acquisition of a toilet door featuring one of the states historical glory holes, saying it is the museums responsibility to represent the entire community. The artifact is a wooden toilet door with a hole cut through it from a train station toilet block south-east of Perth, that was ...

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FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS OF 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2018 was another strong year for the local alt-country, folk, blues and Americana scene here in Australia. Weve put together a list of our favourite local releases, plus one New Zealand album that made the list this year. We highly recommend all of these records check them out on streaming services, buy a CD Continue reading


Seeing the International Space Station through a lens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.

A CHANCE occurrence took place recently for locals Jacqui and Jason Hayward, who just couldnt miss the opportunity to look to the skies and snap a long exposure photo of the International Space Station when it passed through the skies over Shepparton while a spacecraft was attempting to dock to it.

Travelling at 27,000km/h and orbiting roughly 400km from Earth, the International Space Station is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date.

It is possible that Jacqui and Jason captured the moment that NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos joined Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), Serena Aun-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos aboard the International Space Station.


A fond farewell to Sue Nalder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.

WITH La Trobe Universitys outgoing head of campus, Sue Nalder bidding her role farewell this week, The Adviser sat down with her for one last chat about some of her favourite things in life, her time at La Trobe and what her plans for the future are.

What is your favourite food?

A really good barbeque with friends and family, but I am particularly fond of the many wonderful different salads.

What is your favourite football team?

Ill have to say the mighty TigersRichmond.

What is your favourite book?

Over the past few years I havent read too many books, mainly articles for the university, but I do love autobiographies.

Is there a particular person that has been your biggest inspiration in life?

I would have to say my mum. She is 92 years of age. I have always been inspired by her strong work ethic and how she makes the most of each day. She always supports and encourages her family and friends.

If you could holiday anywhere, where would you go?

Our favourite spot the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It has beautiful beaches and surf. I would love to go to Poland and explore one day though.

What has been your favourite moment at La Trobe?

It would be the turning of the sod of the new building at Fryers Street and its opening. It was symbolic of so many opportunities for our community in gaining a higher education. Its been a real community business where everyone has worked together to make it all happen.

What has been your biggest achievement?

With La Trobe it would be building up the school of business accounting department at the Shepparton campus. Personally, it would Ian and I having our five children and seeing them hap...


Sheed retains seat "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.

RESULTS were announced last week for the Victorian State Election for the seat of Shepparton, with Suzanna Sheed retaining the seat as Independent Member for Shepparton District for another term.

Following the announcement of her re-election, Ms Sheed said, Im excited to announce I have been re-elected as the Independent Member for Shepparton District and have been given the privilege of being your representative in the Victorian Parliament for another four years.

A big thank you to the community for entrusting me to continue to advocate and deliver the outcomes we seek for our wonderful communities.

Id like to thank the Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian and VEC staff for their ongoing efforts over the past few weeks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank my family, friends and volunteers for the great effort and support they have shown over my last term of parliament and the campaign period.

Running a campaign is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous amount of commitment and hard work. Id like to congratulate Cheryl Hammer, Peter Schwarz, Bill Heath, Murray Willaton and Nickee Freeman for putting up their hands and taking on the task.

While we may represent differing political views, I applaud all candidates who care deeply about their community and seek to make a positive contribution.

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, I congratulate Suzanna on being returned as the Member for Shepparton. I look forward to her delivering everything she has told us an independent could d...


Community Christmas display towers towards the stars "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A BRILLIANT array of new Christmas displays has been expertly executed for all to enjoy in the Shepparton Tower Arcade. The gorgeous decorations, compiled by the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, utilises stunning window displays from local artists and community groups.

The Tower Arcade window displays are proudly submitted by Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Goulburn Valley Quilters, Eastern Goulburn Country Womens Association and the Goulburn Valley Rail Club.

Also featured in the window displays is a unique textile design by local resident Ella Egan, titled Partridge in a Pear Tree. The delightful window display is an absolute eye-opener, made from Japanese maple wired and bent into shape, silk fibres, a felt trunk, homemade silk paper, hand-embroidered partridge and pears shaped out of fabric.

In addition to the window display, Wendy Crow from the chamber has utilised the glass roof by crafting star stencils that allow the skylight to pass through, to unique effect. There is also a stunning, enormous tree display on the western end of the arcade and bouquets and other displays utilised throughout.

The entire arcade showcases the spectacular efforts of many within the community and is absolutely worth visiting.


$5B for Future Drought Fund "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Coalition Government recently introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery, which will grow to be worth $5B.

The fund will help give out farmers tools to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses through drought and will deliver infrastructure projects, promote the adoption of new technology and help improve environmental and natural resource management on farms.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund was a forward-looking policy which will pay off for decades to come.

Were guaranteeing long-term revenue to build drought resilience, Minister Littleproud said.

Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Mathias Cormann said the fund would start with $3.9B, growing to $5B over the next decade.

From July 1, 2020, $100M will be directed annually to fund a wide range of drought resilience projects, while the balance is reinvested the fund.

A predictable funding stream for drought resilience will enable Australias $60B agricultural industries to fulfil their potential.

The government will develop and publish the Drought Resilience Funding Plan to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to funding drought resilience projects.

The plan will be informed through public consultation and reviewed at least every four years to ensure it captures emerging priorities, Minister Cormann said.

More information on drought support is available at


Pre-Christmas appeal launched for drivers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

VICTORIANS are being urged to keep each other safe on the roads this festive season with the Andrews Labor Government and road safety authorities launching a pre-Christmas appeal to drivers, knocking on doors.

The devastating death knock that police make when a person is killed on Victorian roads is at the heart of a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign and road safety plea.

While the 195 lives lost so far this year is a record low for the start of December, it is no comfort for the families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.

With almost one person killed every day between the start of December and Christmas last year, drivers are being urged to slow down, plan their trips and make safe choices when hitting the road these holidays.

The campaign was developed to remind people about the tragic outcomes of risk-taking behaviour on the roads and urges people to think about the ripple effect of the choices made.

Last year, 23 people died on Victorian roads from the start of December to Christmas Day, and six people lost their lives between Christmas and the New Year.

The police and the TAC will have a strong presence across the state these holidays, with extra police shifts and community information campaigns to curb the number of people being killed on country roads.

TAC lead director road safety, Samantha Cockfield said, The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads with people taking longer trips, and attending social events, so our message is to avoid fatigued driving, drink and drug-driving, distractions, and slow down.


Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


MUSIC FOR HOSPICE will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Cricketers Arms Hotel, Mooroopna with guest artist Marke Kelly.


THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONGUPNA TALLYGAROOPNA LANDCARE PROJECT at the former Tallygaroopna Railway Station Site will be held on Saturday, December 15. Commencing at 10am with a look around the park and morning tea before the opening. Note, the Seymour Heritage Train will also be coming through around this time. For more, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


NEW YEARS EVE DANCE NIGHT will be held on Monday, December 31 at the Sir Ian McLennan Centre, Mooroopna. The dinner dance will run from 6pm to 1pm. A two course cold buffet and dessert will be held at 6:30pm. The cost including tea/coffee is $26. Entry after 7:30pm is $10. Tickets must be pre-booked and paid for by Sunday, December 15 with through Trish on 5412 6744. The music will be by guest artists, The Kendells, Joyce Yates, Merri Winter and invited guests.


SHEPPARTON PRESBYTERIAN PARISH will have Christmas Day services on December 25 in Shepparton (168 Hayes Street) from 9:30am and in Kyabram (Church Street) from 9:30am.


MONDAY EVENING AUSSIE CROQUET will be held at the Shepparton Croquet Club, 37 Winston Street, Shepparton commencing from Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Cost per person for each day of play is $6 for members, $10 for non-members and school children free. All equipment is provided. Wear flat soled shoes. For enquiries, phone Gwen on 5821 546.


ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA would like to introduce the developing Rotary Satellite Club of Mooroopna which, when fully formed will be the Rotary Club of Kialla. The club meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm at McGuire College, Wilmot Road, Shepparton (no dinning). You are welcome to visit and get to know the members.



ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.


SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm...


Prepare and plan ahead with GMCU "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is a great time of year for spending time with family and friends. It is also the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been and to begin planning for the year ahead, something GMCU Shepparton are experts in assisting with.

If you are planning to buy your first or next home in 2019, starting now is a great way to ensure you are well prepared and ready to buy when you find the ideal property.

When looking at possible purchases, make sure you have researched the area you are buying in. How are the surrounding suburbs expected to grow in value? Are there any proposed developments that may impact the area? Look at the comparable properties in the area to work out how much youre prepared to pay.

Another important first step is to think about how much you might need to save for your deposit, or to understand how much equity is available in your current home. Talking to your financial institution early is a good way to make sure you are on the right track. They can also help you understand the different finance options available and the best ways to boost your savings.

GMCU Shepparton branch manager, Dallas Moore said, At GMCU, we recognise that buying a home is much more than the process of getting a home loan. Supporting our members throughout the whole buying experience is an important part of what we do, right from the earliest stages of planning for purchase.

Our team are always only a phone call away if you have any questions at any step along the way.

GMCU has ten branches located throughout the region, each with experienced lenders who can help homebuyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. Visit the website at or contact the Shepparton GMCU branch on 5821 903...


Join the 2019 headspace advisory committee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

APPLICATIONS for the January intake for the headspace Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are now open.

The YAC Members do so much for not only the local centre, but also for our local youth and wider community audience. Youth members get to work on a number of different projects while learning to develop confidence, public speaking skills and to be a voice for youth mental health.

The YAC will have six volunteer positions, with each position offering a different skill set. The volunteer roles are perfect for young people who are looking to work in the helping people profession, events, and or, young people just wanting to be involved in helping other young people. People between the ages of 16-25 can now apply.

Applications are open until January 7, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit


Joe Branigans award winning paper on the correct use of CBA and economic impact analysis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow Queensland economist Joe Branigan of SMART Infrastructure Facility for his award-winning paper on assessing the value of regional public infrastructure (see photo below). In his paper, published in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Joe and his co-author Fariba Ramezani nicely explain the distinction between a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and an economic impact analysis (EIA).


For instance, Joes paper has an excellent summary of the importance of CBA:

Importantly, CBA provides a solid, comparable framework for estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives by comparing the potential changes in societys wealth due to the project with that of the relevant alternatives (which may include doing nothing, deferring or otherwise varying the project, or proceeding with an alternative project).

For this reason, economists tend to see CBA as having primacy over EIA, but alas economists are not usually the ultimate decision makers, and EIA is typically given a large weight by decision makers who may have regional economic development objectives in m...


Using Coffee Cherries - Flour, Tea, Jam/Jelly "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Coffee Flour is

"An agricultural innovation with the potential to do some really great things for the world. And we dont just mean the food world.

Each year the billions of coffee beans that eventually make their way into the Americanos, lattes, and no-foam, extra-hot, triple-shot cappuccinos of the world are harvested by milling and extracting them from the coffee plant. The surrounding fruit, is discarded. It often gets dumped into rivers or left to rot in heaps. So we invented something better to do with it. Something thats better for everyone."

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Its beginning to look a lot like Woodford! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While the silly season is in full swing, the folkier of us are looking beyond the tinsel and jolly man in a red suit, and are planning the trek to this years Woodford Folk Festival. If you havent yet made your New Years plans, its not too late to get in on the folk action and []


Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" forecast to reform in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the...... Read more

Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Fairgrounds Festival At Berry Showgrounds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oh how the sun did shine for Fairgrounds Festival. An absolute plethora of A-class acts converged on the quiet, boutique town of Berry for great music and community vibes a couple hours South of Sydney. Check out all good stuff below!


Fairgrounds Festival @ Berry Showgrounds | 01.12.18 | Photos by Sophie Hill



Ringtail joey rescued near land-clearing site "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Carmel, the tiny ringtail joey rescued by WIRES from a land-clearing site at Goonengerry. Photo WIRES

A tiny ringtail possum joey has been rescued in the vicinity of a newly cleared patch of land on Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry.

WIRES Northern Rivers spokesperson Renata Phelps, who is looking after the young orphan, said, ringtail possums usually have two joeys. We can only speculate as to the fate of mum and sibling and the multitude of other native animals that would have been injured or killed whilst the machinery did its job of clearing this highly sensitive area of land.

Renata said Caramel and another little orphaned ringtail possum, Snickers, will grow up together and be released back to the wild once old enough to make it on their own.

Thank you to the kind member of public for stopping and saving the life of this little orphan. Our hearts go out to all the others that are not found each and every time land is cleared, she said.

Sadly weve cleared nearly half of Australias native forests and vegetation in the last 200 years, leading to the direct loss of millions of native animals and plants every year.

When chain saws and bull dozers move into areas of bush, the destruction of trees and other plants is very obvious. Harm to our wildlife, however, is largely invisible. Very few native animals are found after land clearing. Those that do manage to survive, even if they are uninjured from falling trees and machinery, are faced with a struggle to find food and shelter. They are more vulnerable to predators and disease, which means that they can suffer days or months of pain and distress after their homes are lost, Renata said.

An all-volunteer organisation, WIRES relies heavily on the generosity of caring people for support. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Now is also a great time to join WIRES and start learning to be a wildlife rescuer.

Call the 24-hour hotline on 6628 1898 for all rescue, advice or membership calls in the Northern Rivers or go to WIRES website to find out how you can help.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Marlon Williams  Make Way For Love "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here comes the break-up album. Its a tried and true fallback for a million songwriters out there but only a small percentage really nail the heartache, despair, fallout and renewal that comes from a fractured relationship. Marlon Williams has taken an approach that doesnt shy away from the bruises and open wounds, instead he presents Continue reading


Public meeting hears of festival sites expansion plans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Signs outside Mondays IPC hearing into North Byron Parklands plans. Photo supplied

The long-running fight over the future of the North Byron Parklands festival hub is coming down to the crunch.

On Monday, public submissions were heard at the Ocean Shores Community Centre, concluding the application process.

From here, the matter rests entirely in the hands of the Independent Planning Commission (IPC), which is expected to hand down its final decision early in the new year.

Should the Commission decide in favour of the festival hubs owners, it will result in a significant and permanent expansion of festival activity on the site, dashing the hopes of those who had hoped to limit the size and scale of the operation.

This is the stage where we either gain control as a community or lose it, Byron Shire councillor Cate Coorey said.

We have to maintain a role for Council and the community. Its really crucial that if there are to be festivals on that site, that theres rigorous oversight and monitoring.

The central elements of the application are to increase the maximum number of patrons at Falls and Splendour in the Grass to 35,000 and 50,000 respectively, and to allow each to run for five days.

There would also be three medium event days per year, each with up to 25,000 patrons, five small (5,000-patron) one-day community events and two minor (1,500-patron) community events. This would increase the total number of event days from eight to 20.

The applicants are also proposing to build a conference centre on the site, which would operate all year round.

Health & safety risk

In a significant win for the owners, the Department of Planning has recommended that the proposal be approved, subject to a few minor conditions.

Byron Council, on the other hand, is firmly in the other camp.



Santa delights at Capeview Mitre10 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WHILE some of the younger visitors to Santa Claus at Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha found the experience a little terrifying, most children were delighted to see him.

HitFM Gippslands Santa On Tour program was in Leongatha on Saturday and will continue on to various locations across the region to celebrate Christmas.

Visitors came to have their photo taken with Santa and do Christmas shopping while they were there.


Seasons greetings: from left, Santas elf Tiana Revill, Aidan and Kynan Staley and Santa Claus who visited Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha for HitFM Gippslands Santa tour across Gippsland on Saturday.


Christmas cheer in Korumburra "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Korumburra community is set to celebrate the Christmas season during the towns annual celebration Christmas In Korumburra on its main street on Saturday, December 15.

An initiative of members of the Korumburra Business Association (KBA) and supported by the Koringal Womens Service, Lions and Rotary clubs of Korumburra, the event caters for families and is free.

KBA president Noelene Cosson said the focus was for children to wander through Commercial Street and enjoy free activities including lolly jar guessing games, a CFA display and music.

Its not really a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus so children are welcome to have a free photo taken with him during the day, Ms Cosson said.

We are very pleased to be organising this free event and are very grateful for all the assistance from the community groups.

Not to be missed will be the South Gippsland Concert Band and the school choirs from Korumburra and St Josephs primary schools.

The event from 9am to midday is expected to draw a number of visitors to the towns centre on Commercial Street and unite the community to celebrate the Christmas spirit.


Tree cheer: Korumburra Business Association secretary Shirley Arestia and president Noelene Cosson welcome the community to the upcoming Christmas In Korumburra celebration.


Former MG chief Gary Helou to pay $200,000 penalty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE Federal Court has ordered former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou to pay $200,000 in penalties for being knowingly concerned in Murray Goulburns false or misleading claims about the farmgate milk price it expected to pay dairy farmers during the 2015-16 milk season.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh said, The penalty imposed against Mr Helou reflects his seniority at Murray Goulburn and involvement in misleading representations about the farmgate milk price.

Murray Goulburn admitted to making false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law when it represented to farmers in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales on February 29, 2016, and subsequently until April 27, 2016, that it could maintain its opening milk price of $5.60/kg of milk solids.

South Gippslanders reacted to the penalty on The Stars Facebook page, with Darren McInnes writing, Disgraceful for a man who ruined the Devondale brand and Darren Eastwood saying, Petty cash for him.

Mr Helou has admitted he was involved in the misleading representations made by Murray Goulburn. This included not informing farmers of risks known to Murray Goulburn and making unfounded assumptions that Murray Goulburn could achieve its milk powder sachet sales targets.

Murray Goulburns misrepresentations meant farmers were not informed of the likelihood the final milk price would fall below the opening price. This was important information for farmers as it would have influenced the business decisions each farmer made, Mr Keogh said.

Farmers were denied the opportunity to plan for the impact of the reduced milk price on their businesses between February and April 2016, including implementing measures to reduce their exposure to a decrease in the milk price or shopping their milk around to other dairy processors.

The ACCC did not seek a penalty against Murray Goulburn because as it was a co-operative, any penalty imposed against it could end up being paid by the very farmers that were misled.

We were conscious not to seek penalty orders that would adversely affect farmers for the wrongs committed by Murray Goulburn, so we focused on obtaining appropriate orders against the individuals involved in the conduct, Mr Keogh added.

As part of the resolution of the proceedings, Mr Helou has undertaken to the court that he will not be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

In August 2018, the ACCC resolved its proceedings against Murray Goulburns former chief financial officer, Bradley Hingle, after he consented to an order that he pay a contribution to the ACCCs costs and gave an undertaking to the court that he wouldnt be involved in the dairy i...


Leongatha turns on Christmas spirit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Trudy Murphy


OH, what a night!

Saturday nights Carols in the Drome in Leongatha was a carols to remember with amazing performances from local bands, Leongatha Childrens Centre, local schools, Lisa Pellin Dancers, Combined Church Choir, South Gippsland Brass Band and drummers, Ashley Geary, Jackson Patterson, Adrian Darakai, Kiarna Smith, Britt Lewis, Kerryn Lockhart, Jen Holm and Jessica Stein, who delighted the crowd with her warm and friendly compering of the night.

The morning began with the decision to go ahead with the hope reports of wet weather were wrong. That paid off with a little help from above!

The attendance was fantastic with more than 1000 people and the new location near the LDNA netball courts was a hit with everyone. The close proximity of amenities and the roads made moving around the site easy.

New carols committee member Claire Williams passion for the community and enthusiasm lifted the quality of the childrens activities with go-karts, jumping castles and mini golf, all free for children to enjoy.

The carols stall with glow gear, popcorn, ice cones and fairy floss was busy all night, with all profits going towards next years carols.

This event wouldnt be possible without the wonderful support and help from community members and businesses.

The committee wishes to thank volunteers who helped on the night, Leongatha Mens Shed, SES, stage manager Matt Saario and Neil Warren.

Sponsors were South Gippsland Shire Council, Chairo Christian School, Ezyas Car Wash, St Peters Church, The Star newspaper, Aldi, Michaels IGA, Woolworths, Freeza, Leongatha Business Association, Country Cart, Ryans Trucks, SAFE Scaffolding, Leongatha Lions and Lyric Theatre.

Thanks to 1000-plus people who joined us for our community carols. It was a wonderful atmosphere and its really special seeing everyone having a great time enjoying the talents and expertise of our local people, the committees Trudy Murphy said.


Young talent: Tegan Denbrok (front) and Meg Richards of South Gippsland Brass Band performed admirably at Carols in the Drome at Leongatha on Saturday. They are with Doug Appleton, Brian Foster, Masina Ahokava and Ralph Christensen. Photo: Trudy Murphy.



Concert impresses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

STUDENTS at St Josephs Primary School, Wonthaggi, wowed their friends and family with their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 6.

The Christmas concert was based on John Burlands Christmas Star.

Christmas Star is a collection of songs and narration that retells the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The concert was performed by the whole school with each student given the opportunity to play a role.

They performed a matinee to warm up, which was followed by a night performance on the same evening.

The students have worked hard to prepare for the concert since the start of term four.


Very sweet: Grade 1/2 students Mia, Isla, Ava and Izzy were dressed as angels for St Josephs Primary Schools Christmas concert in Wonthaggi.


Santa spreads joy to the world "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IF ever there was a more important job than spreading joy to children the world over, Santa Claus is yet to have discovered it.

Mr Claus hails from the Nordic, snowy regions of the North Pole. Each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, he delivers toys, with the help of his faithful team of reindeer and elves, to millions of children the world over, filling empty stockings hung in homes.

It is by no measure a mean feat to reward the worlds children with festive season gifts; and to that end, he concedes the busy delivery schedule requires a team effort from all involved.

It might sound obvious, but steering reindeer can be a little tricky at times, especially in snowy conditions. Thats why I love visiting Australian children during their summer Christmas without snow, I get to deliver far more goodies for the Aussie boys and girls, Mr Claus said.

Times have changed a little and I admit that our sleigh could do with a few upgrades to its navigational and compass equipment to aid flying around the world at top speed. Sometimes Dancer gets a little antsy in cool conditions.

But I have to say my wife Mrs Claus makes everything possible. Without her reindeer care, toy preparation and not to mention cookie production with my trusty team of elves, none of this would be possible. Its truly a team effort.

We would all like to extend our warmest wishes of appreciation to all our reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. To all our elves that make toys at our North Pole factory and care for our reindeer, we thank you too.

Mr Claus always gives his time to all, and The Star notes that of all the people he waved to during our interview, each and every person reciprocated the joy.

Is there anything about Santa Claus you didnt know? Perhaps its his red pyjamas worn to bed and when he gets up in the morning, he awakens to Jingle Bells.

He also credits his energy levels to a daily hot chocolate with a sprinkling of elf dust.

All in all, he reiterates that Mrs Claus always keeps him on his toes, though his knees have received a good work out throughout the years.

It must be all the well behaved children contributing to that.



Will Byron Council lower parking fines? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Should Byron Shire Councillors vote to lower parking fines from $110 to $80?

Its on the table for the December 13 meeting, after staff say in the upcoming agenda that, Councils across NSW have, for the first time, been provided flexibility to lower the most common parking fines from March 1, 2019.

As for the financial implication on Council, staff say, In the 2017/2018 financial year Council issued 4,944 infringements for offences that are now included within those where fines are proposed to be reduced.

On 2017/2018 figures a $32 reduction in fine amounts would see Councils general revenue reduced by approximately $158,200 annually.

Staff say that should councillors vote to reduce fines, the projected revenue loss will need to be absorbed or recovered by alternative means.

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Mojo Burning has dropped its stunning 2019 lineup "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Having sold-out their 2018 event, and featured huge headliners such as Wolfmother, Nick Oliveri, and Bob Log III in the past, Mojo Burning has continued their goal to promote and solidify the national blues, rock, and psych scene, dropping its 2019 lineup today.

Back for its sixth and largest year, Brisbanes Mojo Burning has set itself apart as one of the finest celebrations of blues, rock, and psych music in Australia. Now, the festival has unveiled a lineup that is set to appeal to music fans of all walks of life.

With 30 bands, spreading across three stages, and held over 12 hours, Mojo Burning is a huge experience, delivering an audio/visual overload featuring some of the biggest local and international acts, delivered in the comfort of Brisbanes Hamilton Hotel.

Kicking off the 2019 edition of Mojo Burning is none other than Greeces 1000mods, who will be bringing their massive stoner-rock sound to their eager Aussie audience next year. With three albums under their belt, and citing the likes of Kyuss and Black Sabbath as influences, you can be sure theyll fit right in on the Mojo Burning lineup.

Check out 1000mods Electric Carve:


Wollongongs Tumbleweed also join the bill, promising a set full of the iconic fuzzed-out classics that theyre known for. Meanwhile Melbournes The Vasco Era will ripping into some of their iconic tracks, showing the crowd why theyve been considered one of the best live bands in Australia.

But it doesnt stop there though, with the likes of Lachy Doley, Hobo Magic, Whoopie Cat, Claude Hay , Rick Dangerous & The Silkie Bantams, and South Australias Filthy Lucre also set to blow crowds away.

Tickets go on sale soon, but registration is now open for first announce tickets. If you do indeed decide to register, youll be in the running win a Mojo Burning Lifetime VIP Golden Ticket, VIP Upgrades, and General Admission Tickets.

It all goes down on Saturday, April 6th at Brisbanes Hamilton Hotel. Check out the full lineup below, and be sure to register now for tickets to avoid disappointment!

Check out Tumbleweeds Hang Around:



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Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The buttons have been pressed on the Victorian upper house election.  In the end, none of the results were all that close, and all regions have been declared.  If anyone can find a legal basis for challenging the results, they will now have to do so in court.  On that, it would be nice if professional preference harvesting could be deemed to be a bribery offence under Section 151 (3) (d) but I  suspect that it doesn't work like that, and that that section is aimed at bribery connected with how-to-vote cards.  I can only assume what has happened is all legal, but history should record it as another upper house election that was trashed by Group Ticket voting. 

The total seats won are as follows:

Labor 18, Liberal 10, National 1, Greens 1, Derryn Hinch Justice Party 3, Liberal Democrats 2, Transport Matters 1, Sustainable Australia 1, Shooters Fishers + Farmers 1, Animal Justice Party 1, Fiona Patten's Reason Party 1.

Labor should have a cushy time of it, being able to pass anything supported by all the DHJP MPs (assuming that they stay together as a party!) and having various routes for other legislation: left-wing through AJP, FPRP, Greens and maybe others; while also less green paths if needed on environmental matters through the Liberal Democrats and Shooters.  This is to be expected given the magnitude of their Lower House triumph, and it would be foolish to object to a party that won the Upper House so decisively having close to a working majority upstairs.  Nearly all Labor's Upper House wins came on raw quota, with just a couple where they needed a little hand up after polling most of what they needed to win.

Where the results of this election, as expected, go pearshape is in the results for the minor parties.  This election has doubled the representation for parties other than Labor, the Coalition and Greens from five seats to ten.  For the first time in Victoria we have seen parties able to preference-harvest their way to victory even from below 1% of the vote, "beating" parties with as much as fourteen and a half times their primary vote off the back of luck and backroom preference deals.

Below the line voting increased from 6.08% to 8.87%, but it had only minor impacts on the outcomes.  Compared to if all votes had been cast above the line for the same parties, there were only three changes.  The Liberals won in Northern Metro in a situation where the ABC calculator modelled them as losing by 1021 votes, a margin that even a trivial rate of below the line voting would have overturned.  In Eastern Victoria, a preference spiral involving the Aussie Battler Party (1.22%) fell over and the somewhat deserving Shooter...


Victorian Upper House 2018: Button Press Day "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


I've decided to bring the Victorian upper house count to the top with a new thread for the day on which all the buttons are pressed, and also for any possible recount news.  My coverage of the count was here.  The schedule is for buttons to be pressed for each division from 2:10 pm at ten minute intervals, in alphabetical order by region name.  However, buttons are being pressed faster than scheduled.  Declarations are scheduled for 6:00 but it is possible that some division will be close enough (either at the end or at a key exclusion point) for a recount to be requested, or that some other issue requiring a recount might be identified.  In 2006 there were two recounts, one because of a 6,000 vote transcription error.

Provisional results will be posted as soon as they are available. I am now reviewing the preference distributions.  There may be some delays in posting analysis (if the distributions are up by then!) as I will be out between 3:45-4:45 but will be online for some of that time.

For all the analysis on the above thread and elsewhere there are some seats that are going to the button in significant doubt.  There are others where what is going to happen appears to be clear but it is possible that all the modelling thrown at these counts might still be wrong and something unexpected will happen.  I should note that at this stage we only have party totals, and do not know if there might be an unusually significant below-the-line vote for any otherwise irrelevant candidate (though there is no reason to think that there is.)

The ABC Calculator gives a model of the count based on the assumption that all votes are above the line.  However there has been an increase in below-the-line voting to 8.87% and this will mean that the calculator model will not always work.  I think the calculator will have the right winners in between four and six of the eight regions (probably five).

Once the results are in I intend to - sometime in the next few days - write a separate article highlighting the undemocratic nature of the result and the farcical extent to which this Upper House election has been corrupted by Group Ticket Voting [EDIT: This is done now - Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election].  The previous Victorian parliament deserves strong condemnation for letting down Australian democracy by failing to remove Group Ticket Voting following the 2013 Senate election debacle.  However this thread is mainly just for the mechanics of what has occurred (feel free to whinge about the results in comments though!)

A big thankyou to David Jeisman whose help...


Climate policies on the rise globally, but ambition level still lacking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The latest assessment of country emissions and climate policies aggregated globally shows that there is still a substantial gap to meet, according to Climate Analytics, who have been analysing and tracking country climate policies and global emissions for the last decade on their Climate Action Tracker website. If all governments achieve their largely insufficient climate targets, the world


Elliot defends supporting encryption law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

In the face of overwhelming opposition to the new backdoor encryption-access law, local federal Labor MP Justine Elliot has defended her rushed vote for the bill on the grounds of national security and keeping Australians safe.

Remarkably Mrs Elliot reasoned that the law needed to be rushed owing to Labor being wedged by the cross-bench and the coalition.

Instead of taking more time to deliberate, she said she wanted to ensure that our agencies have appropriate powers over the holiday period.

Law Council concerns

Whether that rhetoric stacks up is yet to emerge; major concerns have been raised by the tech industry and the Law Council, who say there will be unintended consequences for not properly scrutinising the bill and there is a possibility of intelligence agency and law-enforcement overreach.

Under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be able to access encrypted private information without a warrant, as well as have the power detain individuals in certain circumstances.

Phone apps like WhatsApp and Telegram would no longer be secure.

After the bill passed on Thursday in federal parliament, a torrent of tweets from industry professionals roundly criticised the Bill, claiming among other things this will lead to Australias IT and software engineering sectors moving offshore.

Of all the Five Eyes counties, Australia has the most onerous and strict cyber laws and perhaps the weakest provisions for the protection of free speech and privacy. 

Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. These countries are parties to a treaty for joint co-operation in signals intelligence.

This alliance became public knowledge after revelations fr...


WATCH: Gia Gunn Talks Returning To RuPauls Drag Race As A Proud Trans Woman "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RuPauls Drag Race star Gia Gunn has opened up about her transition in the first scene of All Stars 4. The first 14 minutes of the new seasons first episode has been released online, showing us all of the returning All Stars making their workroom entrances. Gia Gunn, who came out as transgender last year, ...

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John Mayer announces 2019 Australian tour "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

John Mayer has announced that he will be returning to Australia in 2019. The American singer-songwriter will be embarking on a headline run in support of his latest album The Search For Everything.

An Evening With John Mayer will kick off in New Zealand in March, and will then make its way to Brisbanes Entertainment Centre, Melbournes Rod Laver Arena and Sydneys Qudos Bank Arena.

This will be John Mayers first trip down under since 2014.

Watch: John Mayer New Light


John Mayer 2019 Australian Tour

Pre-sale begins 11am Friday, 14th December

Tickets on sale to general public 11am Monday, 17th December

Monday, 25th March
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Live Nation

Wednesday, 27th March
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Tickets: Live Nation

Friday, 29th March
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tickets: Live Nation


Tweed Council wins award for river erosion control "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Before: the state of the Oxley River bank after ex-tropical cyclone Debbie last year. Photo TSC

Tweed Shire Council has won a 2018 Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment award for its innovative Oxley River bank erosion stabilisation project.

The project, at Eungella, was recognised under category the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-Ground Works.

The project, which was completed this time last year, involved working together with three private landowners bordering Oxley River to reconstruct the eroding riverbank.

Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie left extensive damage and severe bank erosion at two sites, with banks left about seven metres high and prone to further slumping and erosion.

What was unique about the project?

After: The reshaping of the river bank and installation of the recycled logs will prevent further erosion. Photo TSC

After levelling off the banks, some 250 recycled hardwood logs some with root balls still attached to stabilise them were installed four metres into the river bed to provide bank protection and capture further sediments.

The logs were sourced through vegetation management contractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina.

Tweeds community and...


Leafhoppers and leaping Mantis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The leaves of our Box trees are sporting quite a few Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymphs at present. A nymph is an immature insect which, unlike larvae, look somewhat like their adult forms. The undeveloped wings are the sign of a nymph stage.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph

Spiny-legged Leafhopper nymph on Grey Box leaf

Leafhoppers are bugs, which means they feed by tubes that they use to suck nutrients from their food source. In the case of Leafhoppers, these are leaves. On the same Grey Box sucker on which I found the nymph was this adult Spiny-legged Leafhopper. The name fits well, as they have spiny legs, live on leaves and hop! I think this one is a Brunotartessus species.

Spiny-legged Leafhopper (Brunotartessus sp?)

Spiny-legged Leafhopper adult

What really surprised me was a miniscule bit of white fluff with 2 long antennae crawling along the leaf stems of a Long-leafed Box, a bit further into our bush. Through the lens, I still couldnt see it properly, but guessed in might have been something like a Lacewing larva, which often camouflage themselves by sticking debris on their backs. When I downloaded the image onto my computer, I saw that it was another leafhopper nymph, but at the most 2mm long. I wonder if this is how they look just after hatching. Or is something else going on?

Leafhopper nymph

Leafhopper nymph

Elsewhere, on a Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) a few dark Praying Mantis nymphs were on the hunt. This one, about 15mm long, looked about to take a step into space.

Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis nymph




Renew Fest returns for 2019, first lineup drops "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Renew Fest 2018 created a space to drop into the depths of our challenging times. Photo Jeff Dawson

With Renew Fest making its return to the Mullumbimby Showgrounds from May 10 till 12 next year, the first lineup has been announced.

Organisers say it is Australias festival of ecological, economic and social renewal, and the focus for 2019 will be around themes of grief, praise, eldership and belonging.

Festival patron is internationally acclaimed Canadian grief-walker and author of Come of Age: The case for elderhood in a time of trouble, Stephen Jenkinson.

QLD-based choreographer Meredith Elton will also be bringing an embodied multi-arts movement journey based around bloodlines and belonging, similar to an amazing work she just completed for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, in collaboration with local elders.

Director Ella Rose Goninan says she is proud of the way the festival has come to hold the heart of the sustainability mission.

Applications for presenters and stalls can be made online at

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Build unity to get rid of the Coalition "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Dont get me wrong. Im all for Labor winning the federal election next year. The alternative of an ongoing Coalition government would be a disaster in many ways. More so, when it is hell bent on transforming the Australian political landscape into an ugly expression of entrenched inequality, exploitation and repression, which is far worse than anything experienced before.

In the course of backing Labor as the next government, sober heads dont have to buy into the hype that Labor would bring in any fundamental change in direction. It wont. The leadership has never claimed that it will. Deep down, they accept the general premise of the Coalition. This is that the fundamental force for the creation of wealth and building society is the big investor.

The departure point is that Labor stands, for a more equal distribution of wealth and a kinder, more benevolent form of government.  This is important, and if we are to go by the polls, most of Australia is agreeing.

Pulling back from the plunge into extreme neoliberalism and new depths of inhumanity would be a welcome change. At least, it would provide some breathing space for the millions of Australians, whose living standards and rights are heading south.

Besides, there is at present none else with the potential to form an alternative government next year. So Labor it must be.

The Greens are important. In many ways they are the conscience of society, and the greater the support for them the better. The Greens exert a healthy pressure on Labor. They are an important expression of the growing disillusionment with the traditional two-party system,  because it is not delivering what a large part of Australia wants. Other than this, there are a number of micro parties and individuals. They are also part of dissatisfied Australia.  

If we want to ensure Australia progresses towards a better future, it is necessary to do much more to break down tribalism and build unity around a common purpose. Broadly speaking, this is an economic policy that puts people first and building greater democracy as the alternative means of governing society.

To be honest, it must be admitted that Labor tends to be contradictory in a range of policy areas. It causes some internal schism. This might be evidenced in the coming federal party conference on 16-18 December. A stoush is shaping up over refugee policy, free trade, the level of Newstart,and the Adani coal mine.  This cannot just be put down to factional rivalries. Ultimately and most importantly, this is a division between the leadership and the ranks. It all boils down to the leadership wanting minimal change and others wanting more.  

This can make Bill Shorten and his team look like a bunch of fence sitters. Whi...


Bays day out "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Joshua Rawiri entertains the crowd at Day in the Bay. Photo Jeff Kept At Bay Since 1986 Dawson

The first ever Day in The Bay festival was a huge success on Saturday, said organisers, with plenty of local talent entertaining audiences throughout the afternoon and evening.

This was about local people putting on an event for locals and raising money for a local charity, said organisers.

We wanted to hook into that festival vibe while making it affordable and accessible for everyone. We hope to do it again next year and make it an annual event for everyone.

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`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thoughts For The Week.
In 1981, frustrated at the propaganda produced hourly the mainstream media academics, I recognised the need for a magazine that could speak out on behalf of Australian firearm owners. With Malcolm Bone as editor, my father William (Bill) Owen thought up the name Lock, Stock, and Barrel, we registered it and our battles against the Oligarchy commenced.
(Definition, Oligarchy a form of government in which all power is vested in a dominant class or clique.)
The magazine produced articles such as the Benevolent Bureaucrat and produced stickers, stressing, Registration Precedes Confiscation. We were criticized even by our own contemporaries, other Australian shooting magazines. They never recognised that we could say, what they were thinking, but were prevented from publishing. The majority of firearm owners were oblivious to what was happening to our society and even 40 years later they still believe that they live in a free country.

`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe
If the idea of a dual party dictatorship was announced in advance, it would never happen! The people would resist, find leaders, rise up and stop it. But, of course, the loss of personal freedom never happens in one moment of time, but gradually, inch by inch, never moving fast enough to cause too much opposition, taking a backward step now and then, in order to take two forward steps later.
How do we recognise it? And what do we do about it? There is a hundred and on...


Spirit of Christmas shop opens in Ocean Shores "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Spirit of Christmas shop will again be open in Ocean Shores for the third year running. Image supplied

A shop that accepts donations of new presents and gives them away for Christmas will be operating at the Ocean Shores shopping centre from December 17.

Organiser Dennis Stevenson said, Any new items are very appreciated: toys, furniture, things for bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, lounge, study, playroom, garage, beach, camping, clothes and accessories for all the family, sports, electrics, plants, crafts, travel, vouchers for free professional services, and Christmas hampers.

In fact, anything brand new!

Its the third year in a row the shop has opened in Ocean Shores, and during the year Dennis also ran the Bruns Store in Banner Park at Brunswick Heads, which operated on the same principle.

Visit for more info or visit the Ocean Shores store, located near the Post Office at the Shopping Centre.

Its open from 9am till 6pm, Monday December 17 till Monday December 24.

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Whats new at the Pig House? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

From left, manager Ricardo Frutos, GM Blake Northfield and film producers Peter Flannery and Tom Byrnes. Photo Jeff Dawson

A group of local filmmakers have taken on management of the iconic Pig House Cinema, and are relaunching the much-loved venue this Friday with an exclusive director Q&A with Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan and screenings of The Dressmaker and Muriels Wedding.

Co-owner Blake Northfield says they are committed to showcasing the best of local talent whether it be film, music, comedy basically we want to do anything and everything to rejuvenate this awesome space.

Fellow co-owner Peter Flannery told The Echo, We are hoping to keep the cinema somewhere where locals and tourist alike can enjoy films. We work as a part of Bronte Pictures, a film-production company currently based in Bangalow.

We all went to school in Byron, Lennox and Lismore and created a film-production company with the goal to create films here in the northern rivers.

We have completed two local features and are now looking to shoot a potential TV series.

We saw an opportunity to purchase the Pig House and jumped at the chance, knowing with the eventual opening of the larger cinemas in the mall, this local icon might be lost forever.

We have very fond memories of this venue growing up here as children and its surreal to now be at the helm of one of Byron Bays most iconic venues.

Over the years people have stopped going to the cinemas as they have become quite expensive, especially for families.

We are changing that. We want everybody to be able to afford to go to the cinema.

As part of the launch on Friday December 14, there is the exclusive director Q&A with Jocelyn Moorhouse and PJ Hogan and a screening of The Dressmaker and Muriels Wedding.

The Pig House Cinema is located at 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron.

The post...


Egypt wins Fossil Award for being dead set on no-ambition strategy in Talanoa "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Well today's Fossil Award came from the leftfield. But on some days the least expected step up to be the worst, who does the most to be the least, and who tries their hardest to make sure we don't get fair justice and a binding climate deal. Egypt, the land of the pyramids, this day is yours for Fossil of the Day, for being dead set against ambition in Talanoa. Here be the award commendation


Daily Mail: Australians will automatically have their organs donated after they die under a new proposal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

According to a new policy currently being considered by MPs in Australia, unless youve filled out an official opt-out document, your organs will be automatically donated after you die. The changes are supposed to help curb the illegal organ trade. Under the new law, Australians who go overseas to receive an illegal transplant will be criminally prosecuted upon []

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Boxing is back at Leongathas Memorial Hall "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Corner Inlet Boxing Club officials Scott Bindloss and Brad Anderson provide local girl Grace Paterson with plenty of encouragement after her first fight in the ring, a creditable performance over three rounds against visiting fighter Marissa Williamson. m735018

ITS been as much as 80 years since boxing was scheduled as sport and entertainment for the community in Leongathas historic Memorial Hall.
But if ever a building was designed as a House of Stoush then this is it.
Once the local Corner Inlet Boxing Club erected their full-sized ring on the dance floor inside the hall, the proportions of the building came completely into line behind it and in front. The seats on the floor, stretching back underneath the upstairs balcony provided ideal ringside vantage points and the seats upstairs, the perfect overview of the action.
And there was plenty of the latter including some fine performance by local boxers.
According to one of the officials of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club which hosted the event in conjunction with Boxing Victoria, Kristian Gray, the event was a runaway success, attracting hundreds of visitors to the town and will almost certainly be the forerunner to two or three such events annually.
Weve been very happy with it so far, he said halfway through the program.

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Gippslands First Big Battery for Mallacoota "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Republished From Environment Connect Summer 2018-19 (East Gippsland Shire Council)*

Mallacoota will be among the first towns in Australia to have a grid-connected energy storage system in its local network, after eastern Victorian electricity distributor AusNet Services announced plans to install a large-scale battery near the town in 2019.

The Mallacoota Area Grid Storage (MAGS) is an innovative $2.5 million project that will greatly improve power reliability in Mallacoota.  A power storage facility is planned to be installed at the East Gippsland Water treatment plant on Genoa-Mallacoota Rd, just outside the Mallacoota township.

MAGS is expected to reduce the number of local outage events by around 90 per cent. This includes both planned and unplanned outages (faults).

The heart of MAGS is a lithium ion battery array with a total storage capacity of 1MWh and will be combined with a diesel generator of similar capacity connected to the AusNet Services** electricity grid. This could power 1,000 average homes for approximately two hours. The battery will be charged from the grid, and will then feed power back into the town during local outages.

A community meeting on Wednesday 21 November was well attended and many technical questions were asked and answered.  An important outcome will be that household solar panels will now remain connected and feed into the local network when the town is islanded and will help keep the battery running for longer.

*contact the East Gippsland Shire Sustainability Officer here.  From the information provided this means Mallacoota will be able to operate as a micro-grid. It is further anticipated that as residential batteries from new state governments battery plans are put in place that it will be able to function independently from the grid for a considerable period of time, mostly from renewable sources. The state governments plan is for batteries to be installed at residences with already operating rooftop solar, of which Mallacoota has a substantial number.

**further information here.


Moving electorate office sends wrong message to regional Qld: Katter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The decision by Member for Cook Cynthia Lui to move her electorate from Mareeba to Cairns is the latest slap in the face from Labor to rural, regional and remote Queenslanders, State KAP Leader Robbie Katter has said.

 Mr Katter said while there were great challenges faced by MPs who represent large electorates, he was astounded that the Member for Cook had backed down from a pre-election promise and opted to move her office to Cairns.

 Cairns is not in the Cook electorate.

 The Traeger MP said Ms Luis relocation decision flew in the face of fighting against service centralisation and giving smaller communities a genuine voice in the Queensland Parliament.

 He said he was not surprised by reports that Mareeba locals were up in arms about the move.

 In the interest of taking a stand against centralisation, I would like to call on the Member for Cook to reverse this decision, Mr Katter said.

 Regional Members of Parliament like myself and Ms Lui need to send a clear message to smaller communities that they matter and that their voices will be heard, he said.

 Relocating from Mareeba is one thing, but moving to Cairns whi...


Member for Cook rattles ALP members by shifting office "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, has ended speculation she plans to relocate her Mareeba electorate office to Cairns.

In a media release Ms Lui confirmed she will shift the office to Cairns but had not taken the decision lightly.

ALP sources reveal a condition of endorsement for Cynthia Lui, the Member for Cook, was to keep open an electorate office in Cairns. Labor members are incensed she has broken this promise and her future in the Labor Party looked bleak, a source said.

This year, I have been out talking and listening to the people of Cook and one issue that was raised time and time again was having an office space that is readily accessible to everyone, Ms Lui said.

I acknowledge the view that Cairns is not in the Cook electorate, it is however, the most central location for the large number of constituents who live in the Cook electorate.

Historically the Cook electorate office has been in Cairns. The move to Mareeba was a decision made during the Campbell Newman Government.

I will still continue to work hard for the people of Mareeba by visiting regularly and holding mobile offices.

Speculation has been mounting for several weeks among Mareeba Labor Party members that Ms Lui had asked the Speaker of Parliament, Curtis Pitt to relocate the Post Office Arcade office to Cairns.

A spokesman for the Speaker said it was up to each Member to decide the location of their electorate office and it would be inappropriate to comment any further.

Mareeba ALP member Anne-Marie Keating said she was very di...


1) TNI Uses No Major Explosives in Papua Evacuation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Minister denies military uses bombs to chase armed criminal group
3) Four still missing after Nduga massacre: Minister 

4) Separatists in Indonesia's Papua reject surrender, demand referendum

5) Indonesia rejects rebels' demand on Papua independence talks



Aussie property prices deflate -1.9pc over the year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Home prices fall in Q3

The ABS released its residential property price indexes this morning.

The indexes showed capital city prices down by -1.9 per cent over the year to September 2018.

Dragging back the data series all the way back to their inception in 2003 you can see that - with Melbourne prices down by -2.6 per cent in Q3 2018 - surprise package Hobart is set to take the mantle of strongest performer over the full history of the data series.

That may seem an unlikely outcome, but there is more interstate and international capital around these days - especially from China - and Hobart has been relatively affordable until recently. 

Asian tourism is firing in Tassie, and the lower dollar has helped to turn around the exporting economy. 

Indexed housing market price changes in Brisbane and Adelaide continue to track each other remarkably closely in recording modest price growth, and there was also solid growth in Canberra over the year to September (+3.7 per cent). 

A significant decline over the year was again recorded in deflationary Darwin at -4.5 per cent.

Looking at the chart from 2003 to 2018 by capital city the most striking observation is just how similar price growth has been, despite the divergence of the resources capitals through the mining boom years (I've posted a few charts here - you can click on them to expand). 

Looking at the long run figures the case for a raging property bubble isn't an especially strong one, with the weighted average capital city price index slightly more than doubling....


Australia: Muslim teen buys knives, plots jihad massacre, screams you will be slaughtered at the hands of Allah "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justice Bellew also said it was clear the teenager had held and extremist and radical ideology which advocated violence from as young as 12. Who taught this young man Islam? Has his local mosque been investigated? Note that he was arrested in a Muslim prayer hall. Would it be Islamophobic to investigate that place? Are []


Are Prime Minister Morrison & Co determined to reduce Australia to a hot, barren desert from sea to sea? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8C to 1.2C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate. (high confidence) (Figure SPM.1) {1.2}  [United Nations (2018) Global Warming of 1.5C. Summary for Policymakers

The global situation.....

United Nations, Sustainable Development, 8 October 2018:

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change....


Do you know whose hands have harvested your medical information? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Medical Republic, 7 December 2018:

An investigation by The Medical Republic has revealed state, territory and federal police forces have sent around 2,600 requests a year for this sensitive health data to the Department of Human Services over the past two years. The department can legally disclose private health records to the police without a court order.

The department would not reveal how many of these requests were granted, but said the number of disclosures per year had remained stable over the past decade.

Once linked, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data, can paint a very detailed picture about a persons medical history.

PBS data includes every rebatable medication purchased at a chemist. MBS records show which Medicare item numbers were billed for during each consultation, and what...


Market Talk- December 11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Following Wall Streets whippy session and especially their strong afternoon rally, many expected Asia to open firm. However, that was not what we saw and probably supports the view that capital is US bound. Australia did open higher but was almost back to unchanged by late morning trading. Core Asian indices are all suffering this year with only the SENSEX and Jakarta even showing any signs of performance. That however, could be explained by this years currency depreciation, as the INR is off over 13% against the USD YTD. The Nikkei did well to hang-on to unchanged levels, but closed down -0.35%. The Yen meanwhile lost another 0.25% and is back in danger of revisiting the 114 handle again. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng indices managed a small positive, but only after both saw whippy trading conditions.

Europe took heart from Wall Streets rally and even managed to build on that in late trading. However, the US sell-off started following Europes close and so we must await Wednesdays trading for that interpretation. Closing up around +1.4% on average, it is reflecting earlier US strength. French OATs lost a couple of BPs earlier on the domestic unrest, which was probably the only reason why Macron offered a hike in the minimum wage. BREXIT is never out of the equation and today we hear that Theresa May is touring Europe in the hope of gaining some support, but judging by Sterlings performance she is not finding much! Cable is flirting with a 1.24 handle, levels not seen since early 2017. Back at home there was continued speculation of an imminent leadership challenge, but thats always been on the cards recently. Theres a lot of talk that the Old Lady has been a gentle bid under the Pound, but thats speculation the market hears. Trends remains lower for both Euro and GBP and could only accelerate in 2019.

Early strength was returned after uncertainty and further talk of European liquidations. The fear of a House shutdown also weighed on stocks, but then a tweet from President Trump of possible positive move on trade tariffs eventually helped restore confidence. The volatility is here for a while yet even as we enter the full final trading week of the year. Stepping back the trend remains capital pos...


$29K??? Insensitive and wrong. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 10 December 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was phoned yesterday by centrelink, the young lady on the phone said, "I am averaging out your income across the year."

I have always earned very little, and have definitely been entitled to my centrelink payments as often i earn under $450 a fortnight.

I would go through phases where i would earn more than this, for example in university holidays I would work more to be able to afford to live in Melbourne as i have relocated from the country to study. In these instances I would earn $1000-$15000 a fortnight however this only happened a couple of times, and i reported all of this online in the fortnightly reporting process.

After she "entered some numbers into the system" she calmly tells me I owe $29K?????
She then told me her shift was about to finish, and unfortunately had to end the phone call.



This Week in Melbourne: What's On #624 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Read Online This Week: 11 - 17 December 2018 Newsletter | #624 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 11th December 2018 to Monday 17th December 2018 Christmas Festival 2018 Santas Magical Kingdom Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Carols By Candelight Creedence 50th Anniversary Show School Of Rock | The Musical Christmas Party with the Marty Rose Band Nepal Festival The Make It Collective | Christmas market In The Loop Market | Coburg Christmas Gift Shopping Weekend Wrap Outdoor Cinema Guide New Years Eve Parties Enjoy #Melbourne Christmas Festival 2018 The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style. Federation Square will be transformed into Christmas Square a magical forest offering festive fun for the whole family. Gingerbread Village at Federation Square. Santas House Christmas Projections Melbournes Christmas Festival The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Daily in December @ Federation Square The perfect pit stop on a family day out with everything the little ones love - were talking yard games, a ball pit, sweet treats, ice cream and loads more plus Santa Claus on weekends. The Playground Pop-Up At Fed Square Santas Magical Kingdom 23 November - 23 December 2018 | Caulfield Racecourse The magic of Christmas will come alive at Santas Magical Kingdom with an interactive walk-through adventure land. Santas Magical Kingdom 2018 | Ticketmaster Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Saturday 15 December 2018 - 10am - 12pm | Aspire Childcare Families invited to our Christmas celebration featuring free Santa photos free face painting sausage sizzle and lots more! Plus go in the draw to win a special Christmas hamper. Aspire Pakenham Christmas Celebration Carols By Candelight Head out with family and friends for a wonderful night of carol singing. Bayside Carols in the Park 2018 - Tuesday Carols by Candlelight - South Morang - Friday Greater Dandenong Carols in Harmony Square 2018 - Friday Manningham Carols by Candlelight - Friday Carols in the Cathedral 2018 - Fri and Sat Banyules Carols By Candlelight 2018 - Saturday Carols at Como Park - Sunday Christmas Carols by Candelight @ Montsalvat - Sunday Whitehorse Carols 2018 - Sunday Carols by Candlelight | Vision Australia - Myer Music Bowl --> Carols By Candelight...


Thailand extends detention of Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Former national team player, who claimed asylum in Australia in 2014, says he would be imprisoned and tortured if he is extradited to Gulf state


Local grants success "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWENTY-ONE applicants have been awarded money under South Gippsland Shire Councils first round of the 2018/19 Community Grants Program, sharing $130,950. Recipients were officially announced at a Council event last []

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Funding received for Court Street, Foster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

COUNCIL has successfully sought $540,000 for the reconstruction of Court Street, Foster between Station Road and Nelson Street. The money, from Regional Roads Victoria, will be used for:the reconstruction of []

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Broadbent rejects refugee bill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MEMBER for McMillan Russell Broadbent has rejected a parliamentary bill that would see refugees in offshore detention brought to the Australian mainland for medical treatment. Mr Broadbent has crossed the []

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Progress at Agnes Falls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

PROGRESS is at last being made in the construction of a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls. The proposed $520,000 project allocated funding by South Gippsland Shire Council in []

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MACKAY Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Busker fined for his ill-fated charter to St Bees Island

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The events of July 4-5 drew the attention of Mackay police, who breath tested Kay hours later, Mackay Magistrates Court was told on Monday.

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AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 7 December, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Melbourne (Avalon) and Griffith.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After some time on the ground, VH-NEQ departed to Melbourne (Essendon) again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" noted arriving into Roma Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Wednesday 5 December.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


PERTH Christ Church Grammar School psychologist slapped, threw water on child with autism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Christ Church Grammar School psychologist slapped, threw water on child with autism .

December 11, 2018 at 03:03PM .

Dr Agni Angelkovska, 50, is on trial in Perth Magistrates Court, accused of slapping the 12-year-old boy in the face with his own hand and throwing a .



to December 12 Climate and Nuclear News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

William Perry,  formerly of the Pentagon, and former U.S. Secretary for Defense, is renowned for his work aimed at limiting nuclear weapons, and warning the world of the great threat of nuclear war.

But now, even Perry is recognising that, in some ways, climate change is an even greater existential threat to the world. He points out that nuclear catastrophe can happen quickly, but that its possible to prevent it. But climate change is happening slowly, inexorably, and could be irreversible.

Hes convinced me, and I had always thought that nuclear disaster was the most important danger.

With that new realisation in mind, Im seeing the events in Poland this week the COP24 UN Conference on Climate Change, with a more acute interest.  This international meeting comes right after the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


CLIMATE CHANGE. Australias ambassador for environment, Patrick Suckling, ridiculed as he joins USA pro coal panel in Poland.



TROY KINNE LIVE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Following recent sell out shows in London & across Australia TROY KINNE is coming to BYRON BAY and the BYRON BAY SERVICES CLUB!!

A comedic force to be reckoned with, Logie nominated and renowned on the stand-up comedy circuit, Troy has gained national and international attention as the star of his own sketch comedy show KINNE (7Mate) and his popular online viral videos.

Dont miss this opportunity to see TROY KINNE live.
Comic Genius The Daily Telegraph

18+ show, Friday 14 December 2018,8:30pm at the Byron Bay Services Club

Tickets online at

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QVB and George St "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I ventured in to the city today in search on a good spot to paint some tramline construction - amazingly, after all this time there is no hole in the ground in this bit of George St anymore, just a few workers in the fenced off area around this tramstop riding a scissor lift up and down, doing some installation


Ukrainian Village Distributes Dividends From Crypto Investment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite the market slump, the head of village council in Ukraine has managed to earn profit from a cryptocurrency investment he made on behalf of the residents of the Elizavetovka, Dnipropetrovsk region. Earlier this year, Maxim Golosnoy bought a small amount of cryptocurrency using his own savings and has recently distributed dividends to the villagers.

Also read: Australian Company Issues Loans Backed by Cryptocurrencies

Everyone in Elizavetovka to Receive 100 Hryvnias



US labour market moderated in November and considerable slack remains "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Last weeks (December 7, 2018) release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of their latest labour market data Employment Situation Summary November 2018 showed that total non-farm payroll employment rose by 155,000 and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 3.7 per cent. Participation was steady. While the US labour market is reaching unemployment rates not seen since the late 1960s, the participation rate is still well below the pre-GFC levels and a substantial jobs deficit remains. Other indicators suggest there is still considerable slack in the labour market, especially outside the labour force (marginal workers) and among the underemployed. Taken together, the US labour market moderated in November but remains some distance from full employment.

Overview for November 2018

  • Payroll employment rose by 155,000.
  • Total labour force survey employment rose by 233 thousand in net terms.
  • The seasonally adjusted labour force rose by 133 thousand.
  • Official unemployment fell by 100 thousand to 5,975 thousand.
  • The official unemployment rate was slightly lower at 3.67 per cent (down from 3.74 per cent).
  • The participation rate was steady at 62.9 per cent but remains well below the peak in December 2006 (66.4 per cent). Adjusting for age effects, the rise in those who have given up looking for work for one reason or another since December 2006 is around 3,804 thousand workers. The corresponding unemployment rate would be 5.8 per cent, far higher than the current official rate.
  • The broad labour underutilisation measure (U6) rose by 0.2 points to 7.6 per cent.

For those who are confused about the difference between the payroll (establishment) data and the household survey data you should read this blog US labour market is in a deplorable state where I explain the differences in detail.

Payroll employment trends

The BLS noted that:

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 209,000 over the prior 12 months. In November, job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing.

The first graph shows the monthly change in payroll employment (in thousands, expressed as a 3-month moving average to take out the monthly noise).

The monthly changes were stronger in 2014 and 2015, and then dipped in the first-half of 2016. By the end of 2016, job creation was stronger but then it tailed off again, somew...


Seventy Years of Aspiration: Rights Charters and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It was a gathering of activists masquerading as deep thinkers. Ostensibly, it was to celebrate seven decades of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one devised in the aftermath of a traumatised world and easier to do so for that fact. But this gathering on Lonsdale Street, Melbourne which featured irritatingly optimistic speakers showed the lamentable

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Milo Yiannopoulos (Penthouse Florida) ~versus~ Damien Costas (Penthouse Australia) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oh dear. The last week has been a Bad one for the former billionaires sockpuppet Milo Hanrahan (AKA Milo Yiannopoulos / Milo Andreas Wagner). After the collapse and implosion of his tour Down Under with fellow right-wing blabbermouth Ann Coulter, Continue reading


1) Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Police, TNI on Manhunt for Armed Group in Papua

3) DPRP and MRP urged Komnas HAM to investigate Ndugas case
4) OPINION Papua: Dialogue has different meanings
5) TNI gives Papua Liberation Army ultimatum to surrender
6) Consistency in basic rights

7) Year ender - New era for W Papua in rail transportation


1) Armed Papuan rebels who killed workers should be crushed: Politician 
Reporter: antara ...


Cyclone Owen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Yo my guys, Ive been up here a while and this is my first cyclone season, what should I do if one hits? Should I worry about Owen? Any advice is welcome

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Panda Bear: A Burger Did This To Me "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • Panda Bear :: Interview with Robbie Armfield on Mornings

What does Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear have in common with the cuddly Chinese native with which he shares his name? A rigidly restricted diet, anxiety about the future of the species and a flair for experimental pop music.

Lennox, a founding member of US indie pop royalty Animal Collective who now resides in Portugal, sat down with Robbie Armfield (Robbies Modern Life, Mornings) to discuss all things Portuguese gentrification, Thats Life magazine, and Panda Bears upcoming album, ahead of gracing the Opera House stage with his ethereal live show.

Our first taster of the incoming record Buoys (out February 8th on Domino) is the beautifully stark Dolphin which marks a very noticeable shift in his vocal and production techniques.

Listen back up top to their sprawling dialogue, which offers rare glimpses into the motivation behind this shift in approach, Lennoxs nil-by-mouth pre-show regimen, his preference for burger-related tabloid content, and the hard-hitting reality of #lisbondadlife.

WHAT: Panda Bear
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: Wednesday 12 December
HOW MUCH: $59 + BF, more info here

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Australia passes controversial anti-encryption laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
The Australian government is one step closer to cracking encryption. Photo: TechNews The Australian government has passed anti-encryption legislation compelling companies to grant authorities access to encrypted information, in a move analysts say will have vast implications for digital privacy. The new law, which passed the Senate 44-12 this week,


Was not in country "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Period debt occurred: 
December 2013
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Centerlink slapped me with a 3k fine/debt for a period I was overseas.

I arrived back in November 2013 from UK and claimed 2 new start payments only.
I have proof of this from bank statements which i opened with NAB on the 5th of November.

Centerlink gave me one month to provide them with payslips which I could not provide up until now.
I am now facing debt collection from Milton Graham.

This has created alot of stress, loss of wages, and has put my job and living arrangements at risk because I work as a casual (trying to gain fulltime t...


Australian Insurer Announces Blockchain Trial For Beef Export Supply Chain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian truck and transport insurance company National Transport Insurance (NTI) has revealed that it is partnering with BeefLedger, an Australian blockchain platform on a pilot program that will deploy blockchain technology for end-to-end tracking of Australian beef exports. Aimed at improving food safety, export security and animal welfare in Australia, the program will use a

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Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong Sir Francis Rock Spider speaks from Hades "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong


I wrote this article in 2015 after the Australian Royal Commission into institutional child sex abuse.

I was thinking if it was possible Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia in 1977, a lifelong self-confessed secret child rapist, could possibly be in Heaven.

Thinking about what Jesus said would happen to those who harm little children, I decided Frank Houston is in Hades.

Rock spider is a Western Australian slang name for pedophiles. If you want to know why, then google Rock spider pedophile Urban Dictionary. The meaning is very dark.

Pedophiles are the lowest of the low in society, in jail and in Hades.


Blog article 2015



List of Banks Owned By The Rothschild Family "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws Baron M.A. Rothschild ROTHSCHILD OWNED BANKS: Afghanistan: Bank of Afghanistan Albania: Bank of Albania Algeria: Bank of Algeria Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia Austria: []


The Weekly Times TWT 12th December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Weekly Times - TWT - is a campaigning, crusading, truth-seeking, death defying, Aussie battler-aligned, one-eyed-Tiger-led news organisation dedicated to Sydney's north west. This flip book - or digital edition/replica - is the 12th December 2018 edition of TWT. #TWT121218

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How physical activity in Australian schools can help prevent depression in young people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. Its the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide.

At least onequarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, students who have experienced a mental disorder are on average two years behind in academic achievement compared to those without a mental disorder.

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How much of eating disorders is in our DNA and can we predict and prevent them? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness in young women.
In recent years, researchers have made advances in detecting the genetic links, raising hopes for treatment and prevention.

Professor Tracey Wade is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor at Flinders University and associate investigator of the Australian Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI).
Elise Thompson spent six years living with anorexia.

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Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Librarian's Christmas Tree
A Merry Christmas and a happy 2019 to all our readers

Check out :
* Christmas in Australia

* 12 Days of Christmas in ER

* The most amazing Christmas links page from Aussie Educator.
Everything about Christmas you could possibly want : history, carols, games, quizzes, recipes and even card and gift making!!

Christmas trivia

* 12 people sustained burns in 2007 when trying on a new sweater with a cigarette in their mouth.* 5 People suffered 3rd degree burns in 2007 when trying to flame torch their Christmas pudding.

* Over 200 people are admitted to hospital each year after not removing all the pins from new shirts.

* In 2008, two people died eating Christmas decorations they thought were chocolates.

* Forget leaving beer and biscuits out for Santa this year, reindeer like to eat bananas.

* Statistics show you are more likely to be killed by a flying champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The ABS doesn't record official reindeer numbers, but we can repor...


Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Youre warmly invited to the 2018 Bangalow Christmas Eve carnival!

A truly magical experience for all ages, complete with rides, street food, performers and so much more!

The main street of Bangalow village transforms into a bustle of lights, buskers, food vendors and a tapestry of locals who all gather to celebrate the festive spirit.

Volunteers from the Bangalow Chamber of Commerce and the community work to create this family-friendly event each year, which is full of community spirit with families, neighbours and visitors strolling up and down the main street enjoying the incredible atmosphere.

Youll also find many of the local shops open perfect for picking up that unique and last minute Christmas gift!

The Bangalow Christmas Eve Carnival is on Christmas Eve 5pm to 9pm. Bring your friends!


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Do you want to write for Mountain Journal? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another year has flashed by.  Hard to believe its almost the end of 2018! Between life, work, family and mountain obsessions, Ive been finding it hard to keep on top of all the mountain-related things that are happening around the country.

Im VIC based, and so Mountain Journal tends to be VIC-centric. There is so much going on in Tasmania, especially with the threats to world heritage areas as a result of the development of commercial tourism. And there are so many events across the Alps that I just cant cover them all. Coverage of the NSW Alps tends to be patchy (and big thanks to people from north of the border who are sending news items through).

So, this is an invitation for you to send content. If youre organising something or aware of good events that are happening, please send them through.

The interviews and profiles are always popular and I would welcome additional offerings (check here for some recent profiles).

Stories covering environmental politics (for instance the recent Save Kosci walk) are wildly popular, so please send in items, as are stories on positive sustainability initiatives being taken by businesses in the alpine areas.

Check the About section for further details on contributing.

Thanks. Hoping you have a great summer.


Berejiklians Answer to Falling Crime: Intensify Policing and Fill Prisons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite the NSW governments tough-on-crime stance, increasing investment in police numbers and the expansion in capacity of state correctional facilities, as well as a perception within the community that the streets are getting less safe, crimes not on the rise in NSW. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) figures released last week reveal that

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PERTH Worker fined for Karratha crane collapse which seriously injured colleague "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Worker fined for Karratha crane collapse which seriously injured colleague .

December 11, 2018 at 01:00PM .

Robert Anthony Hoekzema pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person in Perth Magistrates Court on .




Send a message to the politicians. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Get someone to take a photo of you with your mobile phone holding the Single Act of Compassion sign Email your photo to: Hon P Dutton Hon S Morrison PM With the message; Thanks to Mr Dutton for reminding us that it only takes a single act of compassion to undo the government's work on stopping the boats. Here is my single Act of Compassion to undo the cruelty. I want justice with compassion for people seeking asylum.


Twin tons set Town up for huge total "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Koonwarra-RSL bowler Ben Perry works up a head of steam against established Town batsmen Sahan Perera and, facing, Amila Ratnaike, but made little impression. M645018

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A SUBLIME innings by Leongatha Town batsman Sahan Perera of 170, during which he played every shot in the book, to all parts of Scorpion Park in Leongatha last Saturday, has anchored a huge first innings total of 5/461 against Koonwarra-Leongatha RSL.
A feature of the innings was a partnership for the second wicket of 255 with former association cricketer of the year Amila Ratnaike.
The pair were together when first Perera and then Ratnaike raised their bats to acknowledge their centuries.
Ratnaike had been measured in his approach as he negotiated the 80s and 90s, but he lifted his head after reaching three figures to strike several punishing sixes before ultimately holing out in the outfield to a nicely judged catch by Josh Hastings off bowler Josh Moore.

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Australias ambassador for environment, Patrick Suckling ridiculed as he joins USA pro coal panel in Poland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The only non-American was Patrick Suckling, the ambassador for the environment in Australias coal-enthusiast government.
Protesters disrupt US panels fossil fuels pitch at climate talks, Official event praising coal, oil and gas met with laughter and chants of shame on you  Guardian,  Jonathan Watts in Katowice, Tue 11 Dec 2018

  Trump administration presentation extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland has been met with guffaws of laughter and chants of Shame on you.Mondays protest came during a panel discussion by the official US dele...


INTERVIEW: Kevin Welch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For Kevin Welch, it seems like a lifetime ago that he rolled into Nashville in the late 70s, one of the countless budding songwriters seeking fame and/or fortune. In the cut-throat country music capital its usually the best that survive and it wasnt long before Welch became recognised for his songwriting and gained respect from Continue reading


Is Polygamy a Crime in Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are many nations where it is perfectly legal to marry more than one spouse, normally more than one wife. These countries include Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, The Gambia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Libya, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi

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Staples and Vaughan, Saga 8 & 9 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, Saga Volume 8 & Volume 9 (Image 2017, 2018) Its common for people who create books for children as well as adults to give fair warning on the first page of a book for adults Continue reading


USA and Saudi Arabia the worst at curbing climate change (Australias pretty bad, too) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Other nations at the bottom of the list included Iran, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Russia, Turkey and Japan.

US, Saudi Arabia back-of-the-pack on curbing climate change,  Researchers have identified the United States and Saudi Arabia as the climate change laggards. United States and Saudi Arabia rank last when it comes to curbing climate change a...


Two new Australian hospital statistics reports: elective surgery and emergency department care [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released 2 new reports:

1. Elective surgery waiting times 2017-18: Australian hospital statistics Elective surgery waiting times 201718: Australian hospital statistics focuses on information about public hospital elective surgery waiting lists between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It presents information on overall activity, what elective surgery was provided and how long people waited for elective surgery.

2. Emergency department care 2017-18: Australian hospital statisticsEmergency department care 201718: Australian hospital statistics presents information on care provided in public hospital emergency departments between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. It includes information on overall activity, nationally agreed performance indicators on waiting times for care, time spent in the ED, and other waiting times statistics. It also includes comparative information for the previous 4 reporting periods.

Media release: Waiting times for emergency department and elective surgery on the rise.


Mark Jacobson evaluates nuclear power as a solution to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

 Evaluation of Nuclear Power as a Proposed Solution to Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Energy Security In 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything. Textbook in Preparation Mark Z. Jacobson December 10, 2018 Contact:; Twitter @mzjacobson
 Summary In evaluating solutions to global warming, air pollution, and energy security, two important questions arise are (1) shoul...


The Obesity Epidemic in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Senate Select Committee into the Obesity Epidemic in Australia was established on 16 May 2018. The committee is composed of 7 Senators and was tasked with inquiring into and reporting on the following terms of reference:

  • The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children in Australia and changes in these rates over time;
  • The causes of the rise in overweight and obesity in Australia;
  • The short and long-term harm to health associated with obesity, particularly in children in Australia;
  • The short and long-term economic burden of obesity, particularly related to obesity in children in Australia;
  • The effectiveness of existing policies and programs introduced by Australian governments to improve diets and prevent childhood obesity;
  • Evidence-based measures and interventions to prevent and reverse childhood obesity, including experiences from overseas jurisdictions;
  • The role of the food industry in contributing to poor diets and childhood obesity in Australia; and
  • any other related matters.

This report is comprised of 10 chapters:

  • Chapter 1 provides some background information around the prevalence of obesity, and defines some key terms;
  • Chapter 2 discusses the importance of language and the high degree of stigma attached to the term 'obesity';
  • Chapter 3 examines strategic policy directions which could help tackling obesity;
  • Chapter 4 discusses the issue of food labelling;
  • Chapter 5 focuses on the critical role of reformulation to improve the availability of healthier products;
  • Chapter 6 examines the benefits of introducing a tax on sugary drinks;
  • Chapter 7 focuses on the issues associated with the marketing and advertising of discretionary foods;
  • Chapter 8 discusses the importance of education campaigns;
  • Chapter 9 looks at the benefits of health care interventions; and
  • Chapter 10 discusses promising multi-strategy prevention programs

The Obesity epidemic in Australia (Final Report)


Flying blind 2: Australian researchers and digital health "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has a wealth of health data resources, many of which are originally collected for other purposes such as administration or compliance. With appropriate access to these data and through data linkage, health researchers can generate new insights, uncover new trends and deepen our understanding of health and disease. In FB2, the aim is to understand how well these national data assets are used for research and where barriers may exist to more effective use.

This is the second of 3 reports by the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre on digital health in Australia.

Flying blind Vol. 2: Australian researchers and digital health

Flying blind Vol. 1: Australian consumers and digital health


Moshtix are giving you the chance to win the ultimate New Years experience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Moshtix have just announced that theyre teaming up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to give you the chance to win an unforgettable New Years experience.

Moshtix have launched a raffle in partnership with Taronga Zoo Sydney, with the aim to raise money to support the Taronga Foundation.

One lucky winner will be awarded the Major Prize, which includes Diamond NYE Passes and a Roar & Snore package to Taronga Zoo Sydney, as well as a double pass to any Moshtix-ticketed festival of 2019.

If you dont win, dont sweat it. Because the fifteen runner-up prizes that are up for grabs are enough to make a grown man cry. Youll be able to score Moshtix Vouchers, Tarongas Wild Ropes packages, Zoo Entry passes, American Express Twilight at Taronga tickets and a bunch more.

twilightTwilight at Taronga

The best part is, youre helping out a good cause. Whilst youre raffling away, Moshtix co-owner and managing director Vanessa Bond will be on a 10-day trek around India as part of the Taronga CEO Challenge. Participants of this challenge are set a fundraising goal with 100% of proceeds going directly to the Taronga Foundation.

The funds raised will help the Taronga Foundation support conservation projects for threatened and endangered species in both Australia and around the world. Bond has shared a statement about the adventure:

My personal motivation for doing the challenge is to help raise awareness to the importance of the work carried out by Taronga Conservation Society Australia in areas of conservation, sustainability, education and research. This has always been a huge passion of mine and one that I have passed down to my daughters as well. By doing a trip like this I want to inspire my girls to know that they can make a difference.

To enter the raffle, follow this link. Entry is just $5, but that $5 could help save a species.

Watch: Our Top 6 Twilight at Taronga Tunes

Twilight at Taronga kicks off in February next year. Lineup and ticket information below.



Are you covered for an ambulance ride? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Many riders may not realise that if they are involved in a crash, they may not be covered for what could be a very long and expensive ambulance ride.


The good news for permanent Queensland and Tasmanian residents is that they are covered. Even if they travel interstate and crash. That includes all emergency pre-hospital ambulance treatment and transport Australia-wide.

If you crash outside the state and receive an invoice for ambulance treatment and transport, just send it to the Queensland or Tasmanian ambulance service with proof of residency for payment.

Interestingly, Queensland wont pay up if a Tasmanian makes a clam in that state!

Costly ambulance rideAmbulance ride

However, if you are not a resident of those states, the cheapest ambulance callout fee is $382 in NSW. Half the price is subsidised by the government for NSW residents.

Then it rises massively. NT is $790, ACT $959, Western Australia $967, South Australia $976 and Victoria a popular destination for interstate riders is a massive $1204.

Thats just for starters.

Depending on the length of the ambulance ride and the services required, it can cost thousands.

And you will still be liable for the cost even if someone else calls an ambulance for you and you refuse service.


Many riders erroneously believe they are covered by Medicare.

Others believe their private medical insurance will cover the ambulance ride, but that may not always be the case.

Have a look at the fine print in your insurance now before you head off interstate these Christmas holidays.

If not, you can pay a fairly small membership fee (usually under $100 for a family) to the ambulance service in your state. But that still wont cover you interstate.Ambulance ride

You can also upgrade your insurance to include ambulance cover, or you can opt for a specialist ambulance cover.

But again, make sure it covers you Australia-wide....


France: government report finds new nuclear power plants uneconomical "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Building new nuclear plants in France uneconomical -environment agency De Clercq, DECEMBER 11, 2018 

State environment agency contradicts Macron on new nuclear

* New nuclear reactors would be structurally loss-making

* Renewables could account for 85 pct of power mix by 2050.

Building new nuclear reactors in France would not be economical, state environment agency ADEME said in a study on Monday, contradicting the governments long-term energy strategy as well as state-owned utility EDFs investment plans.

In a speech last month, President Emmanuel Macron said nuclear energy would remain a promising technology for producing low-cost, low-carbon energy and that EDFs EPR reactor model should be part of future energy options.

Macron has also asked EDF to draw up a plan for building new reactors with a view to making a decision about nuclear in 2021

Two EPR reactors under construction in France and Finland are years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget.

The development of an EPR-based nuclear industry would not be competitive, ADEME said, adding that new nuclear plants would be structurally loss...


Australia quietly sabotages UN climate change message, in Poland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates, Guardian, Ben Doherty in Katowice, Poland @bendohertycorro, Mon 10 Dec 2018 

Country accused of tacitly supporting oil allies rejection of the latest science As four of the worlds largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from welcoming a key scientific report on global warming, Australias silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait.

The end of the first...


Increase in women imprisonment more than double the rate of men new stats reveal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New data shows that state and territory governments are imprisoning women at an alarmingly and rapidly increasing rate more than double the rate of men.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data last week that shows governments across Australia are now forcing more than 3,600 women into prisons. This marks an increase of 10 per cent from the previous year - more than double the rate of mens, which increased by four per cent.

Ruth Barson, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the human and social toll of state and territory governments funneling thousands of women into prisons is devastating.

Most women behind bars are mothers and survivors of violence. They are being separated from their families and communities. We need a new approach to justice one that prioritises supporting people, rather than dumping them into the quicksand of the prison system, said Ms Barson.

This is the seventh consecutive year in which the number of people in prison has risen. NSW and Victoria have had the highest overall growth, while the Northern Territory Government continues to have the highest imprisonment rate in the country.

The data shows that around 43,000 individuals in Australia will be held behind bars. Ms Barson said the data paints a picture of governments mindlessly hurtling towards a mass-imprisonment crisis.

Our justice system is failing it is rife with unfairness and inequality. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people falling on tough times are hit hardest by politicians peddling punitive, lock-em-up laws, said Ms Barson.

Governments should be working towards reducing the number of people forced into prisons. There are straight forward reforms like raising the age of criminal responsibility at which children can be sent to prison, ending mandatory sentencing, and decriminalising minor offences like public drunkenness that governments could implement today that would make a huge difference, said Ms Barson.

The data also shows that one in every three people are in prison on remand being held without conviction while their charges are processed. This is an increase of seven per cent over a 12 month period. In Victoria, the number of people on remand increased by an astonishing 22 percent meaning there were almost an additional 500 people who had their liberty removed without being convicted.

Ms Barson said that fixing over the top bail laws is a key transformation needed to make our justice system fair and equitable.

Thousands of people in prison in Australia are there not because theyve been convicted, but....


If not me then who? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fast Buck$, Coorabell

Recently a Sydney pollie named Ted Mack died. Widely respected, he was the independent mayor for North Sydney and then an independent state member.

In a book he wrote on local government he outlined, among other things, the ways bureaucrats manipulate elected councillors. The relationship between our mayor and former GM Ken Gainger is a classic case.

Readers should entertain themselves by checking out a February copy of the Byron News in which Simon lavishly praises and thanks Ken for the guidance hed given him after hed become mayor! Talk about nave.

Simon will likely go to his grave without ever realising; but he did say at the Council meeting last week that one must be capable of changing ones mind.

Id like to hear from anyone who knows how I might obtain a copy of said book. My plan is to quote sections of it to Simon; hes definitely the kind of person who will take notice of an uncomfortable idea only if it comes from a credible source which unfortunately excludes me. Im just another one of those conspiracy theorists, apparently.

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Scotlands record electricity production in November, from wind energy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WIND output in Scotland has broken through the 100% threshold for the first
time with 109% of total electricity demand being met from renewables, according to new data. Figures from Weather Energy, part of a wider European project, show electricity generated by wind in November was enough to power nearly 6 million homes a new record for Scotland.

In another milestone, wind production outstripped total electricity demand on 20 out of 30 days....


Health risks due to high salt content in water, in a drought town "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Health expert warns residents are at risk from high sodium in water in drought-stricken NSW town of Walgett, ABC News, By Rachel Carbonell, National Regional Reporting Team, Jessie Davies and Danielle Bonica, 10 Dec 18,  Walgett has always been a river town, perched near the junction of the Barwon and the Namoi rivers.But with the drought biting hard, the water from those rivers isnt making it to this northern New South Wales town.

With nothing to pump from the local weir, Walgett is the latest town forced to go underground for water, a move that health experts say could have potentially serious health implications.

Many locals are worried the emergency supply of bore water is damaging their health.

Dharriwaa Elder, Thomas Morgan, said the water was no good for drinking.

Too much salt in it, he said. The kids, my grandkids, theyre starting to spit it out, they dont like it.

The foulest smell

Elder Rick Townsend lives near the water treatment plant.

I get the smell of it eve...


A wave of change is coming to our planets water resources "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to climate change, Earths freshwater supplies will never be the same again, Science News for Students, BETH GEIGER, ...


Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE Finally Calls into CQ at Mackay and Proserpine Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 7 December, Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 VH-XJE finally made its first visit into a Central Queensland Airport, arriving into Mackay Airport as JST886 from Brisbane.  It later returned to the capital as JST887.  VH-XJE then operated the JST830/833 evening service into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport also from and back to Brisbane.

VH-XJE was registered to the airline and entered service in April 2018 when I photographed it above in Sydney in its first week of service.

VH-XJE has had an interesting history, previously operating in Australia also with Jetstar Airways but as VH-JQW.

The A320 initially rolled off the production line in 2005 and was due to be delivered to Jetstar Asia.  It wasnt taken up however, and ended up operating at in Turkey with Atlas International (Atlas Jet) as TC-OGO before then being sub-leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2007.  After a short time operating in Saudi Arabia, the A320 was then delivered to Jetstar Airways, being delivered and later entering service in Australia in December 2007.

VH-JQW in hybrid Saudi Arabian Airlines colours  (File photo)

It was re-painted into Jetstar titles and colours at RAAF Base Richmond in early 2008 and was eventually withdrawn from service in Australia in June 2010.

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Gallery: Wu-Tang Clan at the Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Arguably the worlds biggest hip-hop group (literally and figuratively), Wu-Tang Clan blazed the Concert Hall stage from Saturday to Tuesday to celebrate 25 years of their seminal and still wildly influential album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Check out the snaps here then catch Inspectah Deck and Cappadonnas chat with Tommy Codling on Arvos here,

Photos by Kurt Davies, Sydney Opera House 8/11/18


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From Trainwreck to LA Babe in Three Hours "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The twist? No car and no housing expenses.

One day before stepping out onto the City of Angels glittery soil, we had no accommodation lined up and zero leads. But through the magic of Couchsurfing, a guy from Israel contacted us and said we could stay with him and his two mates in West Hollywood. Overwhelmed with relief, we gladly accepted this kind offer.

As soon as we were breathing LA air, we messaged Adi to inform him that we were on our way to his house. He was happy that we had arrived safely and only had one follow-up question for us to answer: Do you guys wanna go to a pool party?

Our tired but 21-year-old hearts skipped a beat. We couldnt wait to get sucked into whatever scene LA had to offer. We were here.

After putting down our bags in Adis humble Hollywood home, we grabbed our bikinis and headed out to some exotic location with an exclusive guest list. Prior to this, the only guest lists wed ever been on were the ones you stressfully sign yourself up to on the same night of the party in order to save yourself 15 precious dollars in the Stockholm club jungle.

We jumped into a messy van with a few guys we had known for approximately 15 minutes, and we were off. The car ride was spent getting to know each other, and Sofie and I were shocked to hear stories about their mandatory two-year military duty, how they had all turned into officers to serve their country and now, almost as young as us, had decided to leave their home to live a little.

Feeling as privileged as ever for having lived a life only for ourselves, we indulged in deep conversations and absorbed new knowledge from both ends. The van was heavy with information and contrasts of way of life when we arrived at the entrance of a sparkly hotel.

We jump out of the van only to face a crew of high heeled, beach-wave-haired, blonde babes I had only seen before with a TV screen separating our worlds. Once inside, I gave myself one of those up-and-down looks in the floor-to-ceiling mirror. I was wearing my favourite beige cotton t-shirt, denim shorts and my not-so-summery Dr. Martin boots, coupled with a ve...


The US Feds hidden rate hike (and its effect on us) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Each week for our paid subscribers of Strategic Intelligence Australia, Jim publishes five significant news stories that help inform our strategic global analysis.

This week in The Daily Reckoning Australia, I thought Id share the latest five links.

They are quite long, so Ill deliver them in two parts.

But they are insightful.

They show you that some people are sheep and others are wolves.

The trouble is, it can be hard to know which is which.

Is the United States a sheep or a wolf?

It certainly looks like a wolf at first.

But Im not so sure youll think that after reading on

Is the most powerful financial institution in the world saving us from financial ruin?

Or dragging us into another financial crisis?

Im not sure those in charge know themselves.

Are cryptocurrencies a scam by nature, have they been abused by scammers, or was it all just a bubble?

Are contactless payment cards, mobile phones and a cashless society a convenience? Something that empowers consumers to buy coffee even faster and easier? Or are consumers turning themselves into the coffee itself?

The product being sold to advertising companies and the surveillance state You have to take a stand on these seemingly obscure issues if you want the best possible chance of protecting your wealth. Not to mention being in control of your everyday life.

On the one hand, Bitcoin offered you an anti-government payment mechanism that can circumvent even capital controls.

On the other hand, many Bitcoin service providers turned out to be worse than the government

Are you willing to insert a computer chip into your hand to make contactless payments? If not, why not? And doesnt your phone already put you in pretty much the same position?

Should you stay in the stock market when its dependent on central bank funny money?

Below, Jim helps you with the upcoming choices youll have to make.

The sheep and wolf choice I gave you is, of course, a false dichotomy.

You dont have to choose one.

You can do what makes us human change your position, find the middle ground and remain flexible.

For example, the contactless payment and smartphone revolution makes a great deal of sense, up to a point.

And you can choose for yourself what that point is.

Below, Jim takes you through the battles that are playing out in the real world so you can sort the sheep from the wolves and decide how you want to react....


Sheep Who Joined Wild Kangaroo Family Was So Fluffy He Could Barely Walk "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When this stray sheep lay down for a nap earlier this month, it was almost for the last time.

No one knows exactly how long the rogue sheep was wandering the forests of Australia without human care, but it was long enough for him to grow a coat of wool so massive that he could barely move.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

The sheep had also befriended a group of wild kangaroos in the woods, who apparently accepted him as one of their own but when he lay down and got stuck on his side due to his huge hair, his buddies couldnt help him. Luckily, a concerned citizen saw the sheep struggling to stand, and called Edgars Mission farm sanctuary for help.

This was urgent, and we needed to act fast, Pam Ahern, founder of Edgars Mission, told The Dodo. He was stuck on his side and couldnt right himself if we hadnt come along when we did, he would have most certainly died not long thereafter.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

When rescuers arrived, they couldnt believe their eyes. The homeless sheeps fleece was enormous and it was causing him a lot of stress.

When overgrown fleece becomes wet, it becomes a breeding ground for flies, which can be life-threatening to the animal as they can lay eggs that cause infection. His fleece was heavily soiled with urine as well, again posing another health risk to him, Ahern added.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

Rescuers helped the wayward sheep back to his feet and over to their sanctuary, where the team began to work thr...


Gross Habit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When I first got my hands on what the Germans call a handy, it blew my mind that I could make (lo-resolution black and white) videos with a phone, now a phone can get high quality panoramic pictures and the world is about to end, so enjoy that.


Arts Wednesday 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At 10:40 am, we hear Part 3 of the repeat series on Beauty and this week, art philosopher Damian Freeman talks about Art and Beauty.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Peter Raissis, Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of NSW and the gallerys curator who worked with the team from The Hermitage to install Master of Modern Art from The Hermitage. We discuss the history of the gallery and focus on 2 Russian artists: Wassily Kandinski and Kazimir Malevich.

Music is mainly Russian.

Do join me!

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How Did You Do That?: My Experience Of Becoming A Mum Through IVF "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The first time I told an acquaintance, My wife and I are expecting our first baby in December, their response was, How? Luckily, I love talking about how babies are made, especially ours. The path we walked (due to my endometriosis) was initiated by in-vitro fertilisation or IVF. Although many people think of this ...

The post How Did You Do That?: My Experience Of Becoming A Mum Through IVF appeared first on QNews Magazine.


In the grip of Melbourne: revisiting Monkey Grip "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Texts new edition of Helen Garners 1977 novel Monkey Grip is an opportunity to revisit the books influence on Melbourne. In addition to being widely considered a classic of Australian fiction, Monkey Grip is frequently referred to as an iconic Melbourne novel. Certainly, it is a novel absolutely grounded in and shaped by place. For Nora, the narrator and protagonist, it is the locus of the social encounter and emotional intensity on which the books narrative depends.


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Debt amount: 
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Wednesday, 24 October 2018
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December 2018
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Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I am very distressed and angry that this has happened

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

I feel like I have been robbed


Explainer: What Our Current Anti-Discrimination Laws Mean For LGBTIQ Students And Teachers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recently, RJ Miles shared with us the discrimination she experienced as a gay teacher in a religious school. Now Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel from Maurice Blackburns PRIDE Network examine the legal aspects of such discrimination. The good news is such discrimination is not tolerated under Queensland law. On the surface, Australian anti-discrimination laws ...

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Indonesia Using Religious Exorcisms To Try And Cure LGBTIQ People "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

LGBTIQ people in Indonesia are undergoing religious exorcisms as a form of gay conversion therapy in a bid to cure their demonic homosexuality. The Islamic exorcisms, known as ruqyah, are being used in parts of Indonesia to cure various physical and mental illnesses. The rituals are televised by an Indonesian TV program of the same ...

The post Indonesia Using Religious Exorcisms To Try And Cure LGBTIQ People appeared first on QNews Magazine.


NSW Police Want the Unappealable Right to Shut Down Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The NSW Police Force (NSWPF) is intensifying its already full throttle assault on music festivals. Not only does it want to saturate events with officers and turn away punters even though they are not in possession of illegal drugs, but it now wants the power to terminate festivals no questions asked. Despite the NSW Land and Environment

The post NSW Police Want the Unappealable Right to Shut Down Music Festivals appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Goonengerry land-clearing not a council issue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some of the cleared land at 205 Repentance Creek Road, Goonengerry. Photo Angus Underwood

Byron Shire Council says it has no powers to intervene to prevent land-clearing of endangered subtropical lowland rainforest at a Repentance Creek Road property despite the fact that it appears some of land being cleared is on Councils own road verge.

A council spokesperson said the recent clearing was being undertaken under the auspice of a Timber Plantation Plan approved by DPI. The plan applies to the whole property.

But Angus Underwood of Federal Landcare told Echonetdaily it was clear these trees are not destined for forestry.

While the landowner may be permitted to cut down plantation timbers, he said the rainforest in question had been pushed into a pile and the owner has applied to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for a burn permit.

Echonetdaily understands both Byron Shire Council and the RFS have referred the matter to the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), which oversees timber plantation permits.

Mr Underwood said the forest, which appears to have been clear-felled, was typical of regrowth in the area and that lowland subtropical rainforest is a listed endangered community under NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and Critically Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The area is mapped as high conservation value land by Council, provides habitat for a range of threatened species and is located within a regional wildlife corridor, he said.

A spokesperson said Byron Shire Council was aware of the clearing on land at 205 Repentance Creek Road and staff have been in contact with the land owner and the DPI.

Enforcement of clearing under the approved plan sits outside Councils enforcement powers.

Council staff have asked that the DPI do a compliance inspection as soon as possible due to the level of public enquiry being made, the spokesperson said.

But Mr Underwood said given the proximity of the clearing to the road, Council should undertake its own investigation.

The post...


Experts launch public call for NSW abortion reform "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Doctors, lawyers, healthcare groups and domestic violence services joined community organisations today to deliver an open letter calling for the NSW Parliament to recognise the right to safe and legal abortion access in the state.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australian College of Nursing, Public Health Association of Australia and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia are just some of the organisations that have signed on to the call for reform to the NSW abortion laws.

The signatories to the letter call the current NSW abortion laws archaic, cruel and degrading, and point to the distress, delay and financial burden they create, particularly for women in rural and remote areas.

The criminalisation of abortion leads to negative health outcomes for women and significantly reduces their autonomy over their reproductive health said Terry Slevin, CEO of Public Health Association of Australia.

We need to decriminalise abortion so that health professionals can provide patients with the best care possible, without fear of criminal prosecution. It's ridiculous that laws from 1900 are restricting the ability of doctors and nurses to provide care in 2018," she added.

These laws restrict doctors from providing a full range of reproductive health services and make it difficult for women to access the care they need. Modern healthcare best practice makes women feel safe and in control of their bodies. In contrast, these laws are harmful, outdated and put real constraints around womens reproductive choices, said Dr Deborah Bateson at Family Planning NSW

The action comes just a day after the South Australian parliament introduced legislation to decriminalise abortion.

Its ridiculous that in this day and age a woman in NSW is denied the legal right to make decisions about what is best for her health, her body and her family, said Renee Carr, Executive Director of Fair Agenda. This week South Australia has initiated the second reform of its abortion laws. Yet access to this healthcare in NSW is still limited by laws written in 1900.

NSW is the only state where abortion laws are stuck in an era when women were considered incapable of making decisions about their own bodies. Abortion is the only medical procedure that is criminalised. added Wendy McCarthy, Womens Electoral Lobby Decriminalisation Roundtable Chair.

NSW stands shamefully alone in failing to reform its abortion laws for over 100 years. Every day, women in NSW are treated as second class citizens when it comes to accessing healthcare because of the criminalisation of abortion, said Adrianne Walters, senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre.

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Gippsland preps for 2019 footy season "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GIPPSLAND Football Netball League released its 2019 fixture last week.
Round one will kick off on April 6.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi will both host home games in round one against Maffra and Warragul respectively.
The first local derby will be battled out at Wonthaggis home ground in round three on April 19.
They will meet again in a Sunday match at Leongatha on July 14 in round 12.
The finals series will begin with the qualifying final on August 31 and will culminate in the highly anticipated grand final clash on September 21.
The venues will be announced as the season progresses.


Tough conditions for parkrunners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

WITH the mercury already exceeding 20 degrees by the 8am start time, it was shorts and singlet tops all round at Koonwarra parkrun.
Sultry conditions saw 53 participants form a steamy train of colour along the Great Southern Rail Trail for the 59th event and regular local Leo Argento summed it up nicely; The going was tough, but the tough kept going.
Nick Argento was first to finish in a time of 20.56 minutes with Sarah Lewis the first female across the line along with her super Parkdog Raven in 22.32.
Congratulations to Keiron Bryant, Jane Frith, Ben Cleary, Dylan Baido and Sue Best who relished the sticky conditions to record new personal bests.
First time Koonwarra parkrunner Jamie McColl reported that Heartbreak Hill was tough at the end but otherwise the course was very good, and he should know.
Hailing from Linwood parkrun near Glasgow, Scotland, Jamie is a vet who is eight months in to his two years travelling around Australia. He recently spent time in Perth and has completed a number of parkruns in the west.
Further back in the field a good spirited walk/run leapfrog battle developed when Kelly and Steve Fuery slowly overtook Pamela Derrick and Charmaine Clifford.
Their positions switched back and forth a few times along with a jovial exchange of banter before Pamela and Charmaine surged ahead and the Fuerys were happy to concede.
Light hearted competition aside, Koonwarra reinforced its reputation as the friendliest parkrun when Bob Robinsons car was found to have a flat tyre post-event and Steve Fuery, Mark Burns and Charmaine Clifford all kindly offered to change it for him.
Being the friendliest parkrun does have one drawback.
The dreaded Koonwarra jaw cramp struck again, this time afflicting Philomena Smith who talked too much and suggested that Helen Patterson may have been a contributing factor.
While Philomena will make a full recovery, unfortunately the innocent barcode that was accidentally binned by another runner along with a bag of dog poo will not.
No naming and shaming; the Parkdogs are loved at Koonwarra, but the parkrun directors must thank barcode number 25 for its service and apologise that they did not love it enough to go rummaging through the bags of dog poo in the bin to save it.
Thanks go to this weeks fabulous volunteers Amy White, Neil and Judy Langstaff, Joy Morrison, Cindy Smith, Heather Smith, Lisa Riley and Kelly Fuery.


US clean coal side-event with Australian ambassador disrupted at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Ambassador for the Environment, Patrick Suckling, appeared on a panel for a US government side-event pushing clean coal technologies as climate solutions. The session on Monday 10 December was called: "U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism - Promoting innovative approaches". One must ask was Ambassador Suckling's presence sanctioned at Ministerial level? His


Summer fun at the velodrome "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IT was a great summer Friday night for racing and the riders had a fun night of competition.
Zoe Reiter had her first night of racing and Tom Fitzgerald had a night where his casual job enabled him to have a race.
In the first event of the night the one lap time trial Tom Fitzgerald clocked one of his best times ever 32.80 sec.
Zoe at her first try rode a 40.65 sec.
Renee Hardacre clocked a new personal best at 45.00sec, just ahead of Tom Geary at 46.30sc.
Kate Geary had a time of 50.50 sec, just quicker then Emiley Hadicke 51.00sec.
The juniors raced a three lap scratch race as the next event.
In a spirited sprint finish, Tom Geary was first over the line followed by Renee and a determined Emily in third place.
The senior race over six laps saw Tom edge out Zoe for the win.
The riders had to front for a one lap handicap.
In the junior race, Emiley (45m) made full use of the mark and did not allow any riders to get around even though they ridged the handicap.
Renee (10m) was second whilst Kate (20) had to settle for third.
In the re-handicap, the riders gave the handicapper a hard time as Tom Geary, lifted from Scratch to 15m, bolted around the field to score an easy win with Emiley (35) holding on for second and Kate (20) again taking third.
The seniors had Tom Fitzgerald on scratch chasing 50m to Zoe.
He rode hard early and bridged the gap to cruise through for the win.
However, the handicapper lifted Zoe to 100m in the re-handicap and that saw her take the win.
The juniors were split into two teams for an Olympic sprint over one lap.
The team of Tom Geary and Emiley Hadicke won (45.26sec) by the narrowest margin over Renee and Kate (45.33sec).
By this time of the night, club coach Tony Smith had arrived with the motor bike.
This allowed Tom Fitzgerald and Zoe Reiter to do a 10 lap motor paced scratch race and Tom secured the win in a close finish.
The juniors all had the chance to grab a ride behind the motor bike and improve their pedalling efforts.
To finish the night riders were given a slow race on the grass.
This helps develop their balance abilities on the bike.
Tom Geary needs plenty of practice as he fell to the grass almost at the start.
After trying hard all night, Kate Geary was the slowest and hence had a win.
The club needs to see all the seniors who have come to training get organized for a Friday race night and boost the numbers. The Wednesday night training sessions all seem to have more riders than the Friday race night.
Next Friday is the last race night before the Christmas break; however there will be two more nights of Wednesday training.


Town hits crushing 255 run partnership "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

FINE centuries to Sahan Perera and Amila Ratnaike have put Leongatha Town in a commanding position against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL after day one.
The pair added 255 runs for the second wicket with opener Perera powering his way to 170 runs which included 22 fours.
His partner Ratnaike has now reached almost peak form and scored 118 runs which included 11 fours and four 6s.
Ratnaike was first to fall but Madura Madusanka took over where he left off, making 64 runs. With James Lloyd retiring hurt on 26 and Lahira Jayakody making 33, Town would go on to make 5/461 from 75 overs at a run rate of 6.15 per over.
To say Koony will have its work cut out would be a gross understatement.
Despite the carnage Tom Elliott still managed to pick up 3/89.
Top side Imperials could have the edge over foster in their clash.
Imps made 166 but importantly has Foster 4/18.
For Imperials Luke Rogers was the top hitter with 36, opener Gary Sauvarin made 24 while Kristian Gray was elevated to opener and made 19.
Harvey Griggs was the standout bowler for the Tigers claiming 5/36, taking wickets right through the order.
Imperials bowled Fosters Graeme Watkins out for a duck and is in the box seat for a win.
The match between bottom sides Miners and Poowong Loch sees Miners very much in the box seat.
After bowling Poowong Loch out for 157, the Miners are already 1/53 and looking good.
For Poowong Loch opener Jacob Bardwell scored 59 with eight 4s. Colin Knox chipped in with 36. But not enough in the middle and at the tail saw the team pull up short.
Yashas Alwis took 5/50 including opener Magnusson form a duck and Alan Jenkins for just eight.
Miners Dinesh Magana Arachchige started well with 26 before being dismissed but opener Cameron Thomas remains 13 not out so have a good archor for a win this Saturday. MDU has the bye.

Town terrific: Sahan Perera concentrates hard on this delivery. His focus was rewarded with a brilliant 170 runs.


Fishing adventure for South Gippsland Specialist School "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

DURING term four, the Port Welshpool Working Group has been volunteering its time to support students from the South Gippsland Specialist School during a Duke of Education Fishing Program.
This is the second successful year the program has been running from the Old Ferry Terminal and the feedback from students and staff involved have been extremely positive.
The Duke of Education program supports the school in developing students experiences in four different areas; physical recreation, service volunteering, hobbies and skills, and exploration.
The Fishing Program has been designed to develop skills and technique when fishing as well as safety and regulations related to fishing in the local area.
During the program volunteers, from the Port Welshpool Working Group talk with students each week.
Discussions involved a variety of safety aspect including; jetty safety, rock safety and keeping the waterways clean and healthy.
Students also learn about the laws and regulations involved in fishing including licencing and fish bag and size limits. Students walk along the coastal areas picking up old fishing line and other waste left by irresponsible members of the public and discuss the implications of this litter to the surrounding wildlife and the recreational fishing industry.
The program includes a visit from the Port Welshpool Coast Guard.
This year Geoff Noad and Peter Carrolan from the Port Welshpool Flotilla spoke with students about the role they play in the local area, their current response systems and students had a tour of the boat used in sea rescues.
Students have not only been able to learn the skills involved in the rigging up of lines for different types of fish, but they also get the opportunity to speak with local commercial and recreational fisher people which assists students in gaining insights into possible career paths.
All fish caught throughout the fishing program which are regulation size, are kept until the last week of the program.
This year, the anglers Noah and Anthony caught some flatheads, William caught a silver trevally, Zack caught a small snapper and Barry, a staff member caught a squid.
Noah was super keen to catch a squid, so became very good at changing his tackle between a fish hook and the squid jig.
On the last day of the program, the Port Welshpool Working Group volunteers cooked up a hearty feast of fish, calamari and chips for all to enjoy.
Staff and students from the South Gippsland Specialist School would like to say a huge thank you to the Coast Guard volunteers Geoff and Peter for their time, knowledge and insights.
Their dedication and enthusiasm into their service is admirable and inspiring.
The school also thanks the volunteers from the Port Welshpool Working Group who make this program possible, Alma Mattingly, Vern Suckling and Ell...


Boxing a winner for Leongatha "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MORE than 400 people packed the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 9 to watch a full bout of matches lasting more than three hours.
Hosted by the Corner Inlet Boxing Club the event proved a winner with boxers from throughout Australia converging on the hall to watch some 20 fights and exhibition matches.
Lachlan Lewis enjoyed his fight, the Corner Inlet member having a solid win over Queenslands Austin Crossland.
The other Lewises, Jaxon and Regan, also won their fights.
There were 16 mens fights and four female bouts, local boxer Grace Patterson enjoying her contest in front of the crowds.
Treasurer of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club, Kristian Gray, said it was the first of its kind in Leongatha that he can remember.
It was a huge success, Boxing Victoria I believe was pretty impressed so hopefully we can put it on again and maybe make it an annual event, Mr Gray said.
Bass Coast Boxing in Wonthaggi was also represented in a few bouts as well although both Mark Quin and Josh Hughes were knocked out in their bouts.
The club netted about $2,000 in proceeds from the day.

21st fight: Lachie Lewis, left, from Toora and a member of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club was happy with his win in his 21st fight over, right, Austin Crossland of All Star Boxing in Brisbane.


Lyric tackles childhood anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GO Away Mr Worrythoughts was a book written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston from her experience as a mother of a child with anxiety.
A play was then created from the book, and tells of the boy Bayden being crippled by worries, spoken to him by the frightening puppet head Mr Worrythoughts.
This scary creature magnifies Baydens mistakes and suggests the many possible horrible things that might happen.
Bayden, with the help of his father, learns to say, Go away Mr Worrythoughts, your thoughts are not welcome here!
With the help of his friends Tara and dog Rocky, Bayden uses his imagination to give himself courage and hope. He creates a Worrybox into which he can post his worries so he can read them out later to himself or to someone else.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre will present the show at local primary schools this December.
Bayden is played by Max Duff, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz. Next year he will be in Year 12 studying singing and drama at Newhaven College.
Mr Worrythoughts is played by Chenneth Weeraratne from Foster who has performed with FAMDA in The Web and The Day they Shot John Lennon. He has also performed in school plays in the USA and Sri Lanka. He is at present studying law.
Tara/The Teacher is performed by Kaitlyn Gale who has performed in Leongatha Lyric Theatres the Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She has been dancing for 13 years at Care2dance Leongatha. Kaitlyn plays cornet in South Gippsland Brass Band. Next year she will be studying Year 12 at Chairo Christian College.
Martin, the father, is played by Ben Gibbins, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz, and he was a lead performer in Mary Mckillop Colleges High School Musical.
Ben studied acting in Melbourne at NIDA. He is looking forward to performing with Leongatha Lyric Theatre next year in Young Frankenstein, the Musical while studying Year 12.
Director Sue Lindsay has written and directed plays for primary and secondary schools, as well as community theatre.
She directed Our Countrys Good for Leongatha Lyric Theatre, The Web and the Day They Shot John Lennon for FAMDA and The Cocky of Bungaree for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. She is rehearsing Song of the Seals, a family show, for performance on January 4,5,6,10 and 11 at the State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi.
Assistant director Laurie Martin has performed in Our Countrys Good, California Suite and Annie with Leongatha Lyric Theatre.
This play will be touring local primary schools on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13; and Monday, December 17.
The schools that have booked the production are Koonwarra Village School, Korumburra Primary, Tarwin Lower Pr...


Unwanted signs help SES "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

STATE Emergency Service (SES) units in the electorate of Gippsland South are the beneficiaries of the end of the state election campaign, receiving used election signs from Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
He has donated the signs to the Leongatha unit of the SES after the end of campaign activities.
The large election corflute signs will be used by the units to help with emergency roof and window repairs, among other things.
Mr OBrien said it was a win-win situation.
Ive used these signs for both the by-election and now the 2018 election so no longer will have any use for them, but its important to recycle where we can, he said.
The SES unit was very happy to take these and is pleased they will now have a stock of material to assist with emergency repairs in the event of storm and other damage to local houses.
Our local SES volunteers do a great job and all local units are always looking for new volunteers.
I encourage anyone with some spare time to make contact with their local SES unit and sign up to help out.

Here you go: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien hands over corflute campaign signs to Neil Warren of the Leongatha SES unit to help with emergency roof and window repairs.


Lennies story rides again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

AGE is no barrier to the energy and vitality of Beryl Ferrier who launched her book Encore Lennie the story behind the statue at Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday.
Launched to a full house of close and distant relatives of the famous Lennie Gwyther, Beryl Ferrier said she was overwhelmed and pleased to be part of such an occasion.
Mrs Ferrier travelled from her home on the Gold Coast in Queensland for the launch which saw more than 100 people attend.
Mrs Ferrier nee Gwyther is the sister of Lennie Gwyther who was nine when he rode 1000km on horseback to Sydney to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as a reward for caring for his familys farm at Koonwarra after his father was injured.
The book is a tribute to Ms Ferriers niece, Julie Campbell of Mardan, who encouraged her to meet the then mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Bob Newton, to discuss Mr Newtons proposal for a statue.
He drove the campaign to erect the statue, with a committee of dedicated volunteers.
A billboard with greater detail on Lennies adventure is being planned to be erected at the statue site and a blueprint of the billboard was on display at the launch.
I could not have done this without Julie Campbell, who if she was charged for all the hundreds of phone calls she made to organise this, it would have been thousands, Mrs Ferrier said.
Its fantastic how much support I have received throughout the whole process of this book and also to be able to launch it today.

New book: Lennie Gwythers sister and author Beryl Ferrier was at the Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday to launch her new book about the effort to build a statue in Leongatha, honouring her brother. She is in front of a diagram for a proposed information board at the statue in Anderson Street, Leongatha.


White Christmas At Underground Operas Carols In The Reservoir "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Its yours this holiday season at the Spring Hill Reservoir, Brisbanes underground Opera House. Venture underground and forget all the cares of the world up above as world-class opera singers and musical theatre performers serenade you with both classic and contemporary carols in the acoustically sensational reservoir. And the mystical, ...

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New centre eight years in the making "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE new Integrated Primary Care Centre (IPCC) has now been officially opened at the Leongatha Hospital.
The initial application for funding was made to the Commonwealth Government back in 2011.
This new centre is now home to Leongatha Healthcares second premises with its other building in Koonwarra Road remaining as a clinic but the Jeffery Street site now closed.
Whilst one half of the new IPCC houses Leongatha Healthcare, the other half will eventually be home to a range of allied health and community services; already a podiatrist is soon to use one of the consulting rooms plus more private services will follow.
Some of the spaces can be used for educational presentations with projectors and screens in place.
Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann said at the opening on Monday, December 3, the opportunity will be there to expand the capacity of clinical training to undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical and allied health students.
This facility is of an exceptional standard and was completed on time and on budget.
The builder was Becon Constructions Australia P/L.
The idea is to create a one-stop shop for the communitys primary care needs.
Having doctors from Leongatha Healthcare right at the hospital doorstep will help for a more seamless task of having a doctor readily available in an emergency. The on-call doctor will be consulting at the IPCC centre and can quickly get to the hospital from there.
On the same day as the official opening, a pop-up art show was set up with guest artist Laura Welsh and other NDIS participants displaying artworks.
The quality works were well received and viewed whilst Marty Thomass talk about the Art Development Project in Cambodia was also part of the opening event.

New building open: celebrating the opening of the new IPCC are, from left, Dr Leslie Chisholm (Leongatha Healthcare), Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann and Dr Graham Toohill (Leongatha Healthcare).


Library decision sparks concern "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MEMBERS of Save Our Mobile Library (SOML) pleaded their case to the board of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) at its ordinary board meeting, Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra, last Friday.
About nine members from SOML attended, with Veronica Dowman and Peter Granger putting their main grievances to the board for consideration.
They contested WGRLCs decision to scrap mobile bus library services in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires due to alleged under-performance.
SOML was formerly allotted five minutes of speaking time.
Ms Dowman contested the boards calculations to determine whether a mobile library service underperformed or not.
When calculated on a per population basis, the South Coast Mobile library performs as well, if not better than the Baw Baw service, she said.
Mr Granger said South Coast patrons have been misled and mistreated, with more people using the service than WGRLC said.
Mr Granger said when population was taken into consideration, he said the benchmark Baw Baw Shire, used by WGRLC as a standard for fit for purpose operation, averaged 2.91 percent with respect to loans/hour, per 9007 head of population, compared to the combined Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires of 4.34 percent with respect to loans/hour, per 6597 head of population.
SOML member Anne Caulfield said the board should have queried the figures.
West Gippsland Libraries CEO Leanne Williams was pleased the board accepted the recommendations to provide a suite of enhanced services to small towns in the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.
The technology now exists to provide services that are more convenient for people by offering them in ways that they expect in 2018, she said.
For example, agency-style libraries and click and collect points available for as many as 30 hours a week will ensure people can get the books, movies and other materials they want from our catalogue of 140,000 items in a far more convenient manner than a mobile, which only visits for an hour or two every week or fortnight.
We are now continuing to consult with potential community partners and organisations who share our constructive commitment to providing people with better access to library services.
We would like to thank those active users of the mobile service who responded to our survey to provide their preferred service options as well as any other feedback.


Arguments Over Games Escalate to Physical Violence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

24-year old Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League star Dylan Walker is facing Manly Local Court today charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault against his fiance of the same age, Alexandra Ivkovic, last Thursday evening. Emergency services were called to the couples Dee Why home after Walker allegedly yanked the mother of

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Stress levels spark health trial "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IN Bass Coast, one in six adults experience significant psychosocial distress, resulting in the shire being selected to participate in a suicide prevention trial.
The shire was one of 29 Australian communities selected due to the communitys commitment to working collectively to reduce suicide rates.
Community organisation Survivors of Suicide has been influential in this area.
According to Gippsland Primary Health Network, Bass Coast had more people presenting to the emergency department for intentional self injury than the Victorian state average in the last five years. Men are at higher risk of death from these injuries.
South Gippsland is the only local government area in Gippsland where the statistics are closer to the state average.
Life circumstances such as family breakdown, unemployment, issues with alcohol and substance abuse, and experiencing bereavement are attributed to the causes of vulnerability in Bass Coast.
The health trial is a new approach based on a systems response. Health networks build a safety net for the community by coordinating existing support services and building the communitys skills to better support people facing a suicide crisis.
We want to build peoples skills to recognise and respond to suicidality: to identify the warning signs of when someone is in crisis and to support them to seek help, Gippsland Primary Health Network CEO Amanda Proposch said.
It is a place based approach, which means people and places are inter-related, and we acknowledge the places where people live and spend their time affects their health and wellbeing.
That means the program focuses on schools, business, workplaces, doctors, community campaigns, the media and emergency departments.
The program in Bass Coast will be about working with the local community to develop its own suicide prevention responses.
It will be focused on community strengthening and improved individual resilience and wellbeing.
The focus is also on building mental health literacy; how people understand and talk about mental health, and improving help seeking.
Gippsland Primary Health Network is working with Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, local schools, the Department of Education, Latrobe Regional Hospital and Lifeline Gippsland to implement the program.
Survivors of Suicide support counsellor Tanya Worden said the trial was a well needed collaboration.
Ms Worden said Survivors of Suicide is working on establishing a 24 hour centre in Bass Coast.
At the moment, there are no venues available and the project would require significant funding, so it has been put on hold for now, she said.
We are aiming to provide a 24 hour service where people could drop in and we would be the first point of call. We would have round the clock vol...


Crash shock "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A CAR ran over a pathway and into a fence along the Inverloch foreshore last Thursday evening.
Inverloch Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen a collision on Surf Parade at approximately 8pm.
A black Holden Commodore lost control and collided with bollards and a fence.
It is believed the driver and a passenger fled the scene shortly after removing the registration plates.
Anyone with information about the vehicle during the afternoon and evening is asked to contact Senior Constable Brad Heber at

Danger zone: a driver and passenger fled this Holden Commodore after crashing at Inverloch last Thursday evening.


Labors Bass win confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ITS official: Jordan Crugnale is now the new member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for the District of Bass after a declaration by the Victorian Electoral Commission.
On Thursday, District of Bass electorate manager David Wall declared the seat for Ms Crugnale by official writ of the Governor General of Victoria Linda Dessau AC to applause from eight people who attended the announcement.
According to Mr Wall, it was not until Wednesday nights counting that Ms Crugnale achieved an absolute majority from preference flow from the third-last candidate in contention for the seat, David Arnault from the Australian Greens.
In a very tight election, Ms Crugnale received 2370 votes more than the closest contender and former member for Bass Brian Paynter, but Mr Wall said although more votes were expected to come in, they would not alter the result.
Brian Paynter was ahead all the way through until the preferences of David Arnault were counted, which indicates most of his voters selected Labors Jordan Crugnale as their second preference, he said.
Ms Crugnale said she felt energised and thrilled with the result and have a seat at the table of a Labor government in Victoria.
Its very historic moment and Im very proud to be a part of it. Meeting all the other candidates, it was great to see we all shared mutual respect for one another. I wish Brian Paynter and the other candidates all the best in their future, she said.
Its been a year-long campaign and Im really grateful for the support of my sons Luciano, Augustus and my partner Mark and everyone else who worked tirelessly on the campaign.
I am humbled to be elected by the people to parliament and be a part of making a change for the better health and wellbeing of the community of Bass.

Official writ: Victorian Electoral Commission District of Bass electorate manager David Wall declared Jordan Crugnale as the new member for Bass in the Victorian Parliament.


Bombs away "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Essendon Football Club will train in Ocean Grove tomorrow morning (Wednesday 12 December).

The Bombers have chosen Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads for a preseason training camp and will run through their paces at Ray Menzies Memorial Oval, Shell Rd, tomorrow morning.

The Dons will hit the turf at 8am, but the best time to see them train will be from 9am to 10am. 

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Medical link to crash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

POLICE believe a medical condition is likely to have caused a crash at Koonwarra last Thursday.
A Leongatha man, 77, crashed into a barrier on the side of the South Gippsland Highway before travelling 600m and colliding with a roadworks truck, near the intersection with Hogans Road.
The man was driven to Leongatha Hospital and later airlifted to the Alfred Hospital with serious injuries.
He was travelling in a four wheel drive. The roadworks truck was damaged.
Police believe the man experienced a medical episode and is expected to recover from the crash. No charges are expected to be laid.
Police said speed was not a factor and that some roadworks crews were referred to welfare support agencies after the collision that occurred at about 8am.

Crash scene: police believe a Leongatha man crashed at Koonwarra last Thursday due to a medical condition.


Supermarket stalled "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


KORUMBURRA will miss out on a new Michaels IGA supermarket on the site of the former council offices for now, after a deal between Michaels IGA and South Gippsland Shire Council collapsed.

Michaels IGA has been negotiating with council to buy the site on the corner of King and Commercial streets from council, and was advanced with plans. The Korumburra library, Rotary art gallery and Korumburra and District Historical Society were all to relocate from the site to make way for the new supermarket.

The project could have been valued at more than $18 million and would have created between 40 and 60 supermarket jobs alone, and a further 20 to 30 jobs during construction.

The company has spent $2.4 million on the project so far.

But the project is no more, after Michaels IGA believed councils initial requirement that the company pay bank guarantees of $600,000 and a 10 percent deposit to buy the site was excessive.

Michaels IGAs bank advised that normal commercial terms were approximately five percent of the agreed sale price approximately $100,000 in this case.

Michaels IGA originally offered council $200,000 and a 10 percent deposit to be held in a trust account, with council able to seize this money if Michaels IGA did not proceed with the supermarket.

The company then offered $300,000 to be held in trust and a 10 percent deposit still above the norm, Michaels IGA general/operations manager Len Morabito said.

He said council rejected that offer and then wanted $400,000 in bank guarantees and a six percent deposit.

The deal is off. There are no further plans, Mr Morabito said.

Council CEO Tim Tamlin said the sale could still proceed in the future.

Council wanted the bank guarantees to ensure Michaels IGA did not back out of the deal or not proceed within a reasonable timeframe, but Mr Morabito said the company was serious about the new supermarket.

Why would we spend another $1.5-plus million on land if we were not serious about building?  The reality is that with the old car yard and residential properties we already own, there is no need to buy any more land to landbank, he said.

No one else would be able to develop on the site as it stands now so the councils reasoning/argument about land banking is very inaccurate and flawed.

Owner of Michaels Supa IGA stores in Leongatha and Korumburra, Michael Lorenz, told The Star he just wanted to get on with the development.

I have a proven track record. Look what Ive done with the Leongatha store, I saved the Korumburra store, I built the highway liquor store in Leongatha, Mr Lorenz said..........


Union leaders Setka and Reardon to sue Boral for malicious misrepresentation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Victorian Construction Forestry Mining Maritime and Energy Union (CFMMEU) leaders John Setka and Shaun Reardon, are suing major concrete maker Boral.

This is the company behind the charges that the two faced, and which were used in the federal governments vendetta to get at the union and its officials.  Government representatives made no secret of this, and claimed that charges showed that the accused were not fit to hold office in a union.

Forgotten was the little fact that the circumstances of the charges were suspect and the two had not appeared before a court and been found guilty yet. The intention was always trial by media and the hope that ther outcome before the court would be assured.

But in May, prosecutors dropped the case, because they could not present the evidence needed to secure a guilty verdict.

For Setka and Reardon, this was an immense relief.  It also proved how flimsy the case was all along. In the light of this setback, the federal government has been unusually quiet for a change.

A bonus from the defendants and the unions point of view, is that documents have come to light, which show that false statements were made. The accused also have good reason to want their names cleared.

 They were charged with blackmail over a heated exchange with representative of the company at a caf in April 2013. There was a dispute over health and safety with developer Grocon, and Boral had been asked not to supply concrete to the site in question. The threat bit is, that the company representatives held that they were threatened with industrial action if they didnt comply.

To most people this is a normal part of industrial relations negotiation. Both sides suggest something will happen, if the other does not go along with what is being put forward. Even this could not be substantiated. a key company document states in black and white, that the accused did not threaten.or otherwise make any unwarranted demand with menaces. This contradicts public statements made.

Setka and Reardon said in their statement, in initiating and maintaining criminal proceedings, the company representatives acted maliciously.

This case and a number of others of a similar nature have far reaching implications. They mark a turn towards less reliance on industrial law and more on the use of criminal law to impose government anti-union agenda and outlaw normal union activity.

Also revealed, is how far the federal government is prepared to go to manufacture trumped up charges against those it sees as its political enemies.

Successfully suing Boral will make it a bit harder to do this in the future.

The post......


The Movement to Suppress and Impoverish Critics of Israel is Racist "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Marc Lamont Hill, Tim Anderson, Steven Salaita, Rabab Abdulhadi, Hatem Bazian, Ahlam Muhtasib, Norman Finkelstein and other academics have all been targets of the movement to silence their criticisms of Israel and their defense of Palestinians. This includes threats and legal actions to try to deny them employment, in violation of their free speech rights, one of the most hallowed and ancient principles of academia. Salaita and Finkelstein were, in fact, denied employment, to the great detriment of their entire career. Hill and Anderson are currently defending themselves from this threat.

It is central to our understanding of these threats that the accusers are invariably Zionist or pro-Zionist individuals and institutions. Their backers include the Israeli government, which co-ordinates the movement through its Ministry of Strategic Affairs, the Israel lobbies in the US, UK, France, Australia and other countries, and the major Jewish Zionist billionaire funders, such as Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Bernard Marcus and others. They emphatically do not include non-Zionist or anti-Zionist Jews, but almost always include non-Jewish Zionists.

This is already enough to conclude that there is a fundamental difference between Jews and Zionists and that many are one without being the other, including some ultra-orthodox Jews, like the Neturei Karta. The relevance of this is that the accusations against the critics of Israel are always that they are racist anti-Jews; i.e., anti-Semitic. The evidence consists of testimony from Jewish students and Jewish organizations that the criticisms make them feel unsafe or that they find them offensive.

But is any of the testimony from non-Zionist Jews? Or is it only from Zionists? Why dont non-Zionist Jews feel offended? If none of them feel offended and only Zionists (both Jewish and non-Jewish), how can the charge of anti-Semitism be supported? This is highly relevant to the defense of such cases. If someone is offended at skin piercings or tattoos or dark skin or light skin or atheism or other types of appearance and speech, is that a reason to banish them from the campus (or elsewhere)? It is part of a free society and respect for rights that anyone so offended will simply have to live with such feelings or go elsewhere.

In a tolerant society, it is permitted to voice both Zionist and anti-Zionist views. In fact, it is permitted to voice racist views, although it is not required to provide funding or resources for such views unless they are de jure available to all members of a society, (e.g. a speakers platform in a public park or a meeting room in a public library).

Is Zionism or anti-Zionism racist? Anti-Zionism is not, because its plainly not anti-Semitism. But Zionism advocates a Jewish state and supports the ethnic cleansing of another people, the Palestinians, in order...

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What Is More Important To You, Your Present Lifestyle, or Your Life? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frankly I can't think of any image or words that will convince the world of people that Climate Change is now an immediate threat to our lives on this planet. Only a minority of people give a damn, the majority either do not believe, or they assume someone else will save them, or they consider their present lifestyle more important than life itself! None of this makes any sense to me. The latest chart on Global Warming should be enough to shake everyone to the soles of their feet! By my estimation we may only have 30 years before the point of no return.

We can not as far as I can see turn the clock back, that in itself is bad enough. City dwellers may not realise how bad Climate Change is effecting us already, but those of us who live in the countryside are feeling & seeing these effects. If we do not take positive immediate action right now in 2019, then our chance of beating the deadline is most unlikely. Understand this, THIS IS AN END OF THE WORLD EVENT!  this is not fantasy, this is not bullshit. 

How many people are now thinking "if this threat was an actual fact, our government would tell us & would be taking measures to save this planet"?  Understand this: The Australian government & probably many other world governments are not focused on the future, their concern is today & how much money they can make personally. Your welfare, your well being, your lives do NOT matter to them. These politicians don't even care about their own families, their children, their grandchildren, their great grandchildren, their survival is of no concern to them, so why do you think they give a damn about you?



ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow  Break, Rattle & Roll "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Album number three for Melbourne-based songwriter Matt Joe Gow and this one finds him hitting his stride with his most compelling and realised set of songs to date. Gow co-produced the album and it certainly sounds world class with space for the songs to breathe and backed up with some wonderful and stylistically varied playing Continue reading


What can we do to prevent local koala extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At risk of extinction: At least a dozen sick, injured and dead koalas were taken to the Friends of the Koalas care centre during a single week in July. Photo FOK

A community forum taking place in Lismore tomorrow (December 12) will discuss the extinction risk facing koalas on the North Coast and what can be done to ensure the marsupials long-term survival in NSW.

WWF-Australia this year reported that koalas were on track to extinction in NSW as early as 2050 without a significant reduction in tree clearing, mitigation of climate change and major expansion of protected areas.

Queensland University Researchers have estimated there were just 36,000 koalas left in NSW in 2012, and that the population was on track to decline 26 per cent over six koala generations (mid-1990s and mid-2030s).

State govt to blame

Some 99 per cent of koala habitat is on private land in NSW, so it can now be bulldozed under new laws the Berejiklian government introduced last year (the ironically titled Biodviersty Conservation Act).

Bulldozing of bushland tripled in one part of the state in the first 12 months of the new laws, destroying 5,000 hectares of koala habitat.

Yet even as native forest logging on the North Coast is destroying prime koala habitat, the Berejiklian government is hastening their demise further, with proposals to open up new forests to loggers.

Speakers at tonights meeting will include Widjabul Elder Uncle Herb Roberts, NSW Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski, Dr Martin Taylor from WWF-Australia, Friends of the Koala president Dr Ros Irwin and North East Forest Alliance president Dailan Pugh.

Save our Koalas Community Forum

When; 6pm-8pm, Wednesday, December 12

Where; Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore


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Saying He Or She Could Become Illegal Under Australias New Transgender Law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Using the pronouns he or she in Australia could result in a prison sentence, under a radical transgender law being proposed by politicians.  Australians could be prosecuted under Tasmanias liberal transgender rights reform, which makes [...]

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American migratory birds and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 2016 video from North America says about itself:

Where do Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers go when they migrate? A collaboration between multiple universities is seeking to answer this question. Using light level geolocators, researchers are mapping the migration of these tiny songbirds. The goal is to share their findings to protect and manage habitat for these birds on their migratory route, wintering grounds, and breeding sites for full lifecycle conservation.

From Cornell University in the USA:

How will the winds of climate change affect migratory birds?

New study finds both positive and negative impacts possible

December 10, 2018

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years. They also extracted wind data from 28 different climate change projections in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Their findings were published today in the journal Global Change Biology.

We combined these data to estimate how wind assistance is expected to change during this century under global climate change, explains lead author Frank La Sorte, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist. This matters for migratory birds because they use more energy flying into headwinds. But they get a nice boost from tailwinds so they can conserve energy during flight.

La Sorte and co-authors project that winds from the south are expected to become stronger by the end of the century during both spring and fall migration periods. Winds from the west may be stronger during spring migration and slightly...


They Are Doing Everything They Can To Shut Me Up About My Family Being Involved With Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This situation with my dogs is but one example.
When I bought this house in Earling, it was in order to get away from the targeting in Seattle.
This bogus protection order taken out on me in the Kent, WA court had about 15 videos listed on it but NONE had to do with the petitioners but only and SOLEY dealt with Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.  
Both he and his cult group has sent me constant threatening emails.
It also said I threatened Algona, WA police but this was a complete lie as NO charges were leveled at me for doing such a thing.
Later- another filing in Pacific, WA transpired accusing me of violating the protection order- with a different judge- all the while Mesner was sending me emails telling me they were going to have me murdered in jail.
The Satanic Temple has a consistent history of using the courts in order to attack those they believe are vulnerable or who have money.  The latest was Netflix.
I decided the best decision was to move back home to Iowa and away from Algona WA.
While trying to sell my house- they broke in and disconnected wires, knocking out 1/4 of my houses electricity- which I had to pay a 1000 dollars to an electrician to come in and fix.
All the while I was getting emails telling me to say goodbye to my house .
When I moved to Earling, IA- the town council had to approve of my dogs- as they are pits- which they did.
After arriving here- I was still getting emails from Mesner- informing me that he had already enlisted someone to help him attack me in the small town. 
I was experiencing break ins repeatedly- someone tried to poison my dogs twice- and all of this was precipitated by emails from Doug- who was telling me it was going to happen before it occured.
However- the city clerk in town here had befriended me before I even left Seattle and had keys to my house.  So she is the logical suspect to the break Ins as police couldnt figure out who was doing it.
She blamed the break Ins on my neighbor- telling me my neighbor was being investigated for manufacturing meth in her basement- and even gave me a photocopy of my neighbors check my neighbor had written to the city for her water bill.
At the time I thought it was weird but now I realize she (and Doug) were hoping I would publish it on my blog- which would have been a crime.  
In fact the IA Shelby County Sheriff had me in for an hour and a half recorded interview discussing everything that was happening, as they realize what is happening is nefarious. 
I made a complaint to the city council eight months after arriving- making a complaint about the city clerk- and directly after- a day and a half later- a deputy came to my house telling me I had 10 days to get rid of my dogs.
This went to court where they tried to charge me with a crime for havin...


Austudy While Doing Nursing Placement "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 2 November 2018
Period debt occurred: 
December 2015 to February 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I have a 9 month old son, and Centrelink called me while I was putting him in the car.
He was crying and I was trying to do two things at once, I thought it was a scam and I told them to send me a letter if it was real and hung up on the person.

I then received a letter in the mail saying I owed a significant sum of money.
It was from 3 years prior when i was doing my nursing placement (which was working for free to get experience for 6 months).

At that time I had no other income, howev...


Cold Case: What Happened To Brisbane Man Gary Venamore? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A 2018 review of suspicious deaths in Sydney found that 27 of the 88 were probable gay hate crimes. QNews Magazine looks back at the unsolved 1968 murder of a Brisbane gay man. Despite a $250,000 reward for information, that crime remains unsolved. At the age of 35, Gary Venamore still lived at home with ...

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Pro-climate demonstrations in Poland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

Thousands Protest at U.N. Climate Summit in Coal-Heavy Poland, Facing Riot Police & Intimidation

This week Democracy Now! is broadcasting from the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked language welcoming Octobers landmark IPCC climate report that warned of the catastrophic effects of a global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which global crises could unfold at a rapid pace. The four countries rejected using the word welcome, insisting that members instead note the findings of the widely cited U.N. report. We begin our coverage with voices of some of the thousands of climate activists from around the world who marched in Katowice on Saturday, calling for world leaders to do more to keep rising greenhouse gas emissions in check. We also speak with a member of the European Parliament who confronted undercover Polish officials who were monitoring the protest.

This 10 December 2018 video says about itself:

Shame On You! Protesters Interrupt Trump Admin Promoting Coal & Fossil Fuels at U.N. Climate Talks

Just minutes before we began our Monday broadcast, Democracy Now! spoke to protesters at the U.N. climate summit in Katowice, Poland, as they interrupted a Trump administration event promoting coal and other fossil fuels....


My book launch at Connor Court Christmas party, Wednesday 19 December at Boundary St, West End "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next covers Queenslands state finances over the last thirty years, during which time Queensland went from being the exemplar of sound public finance in Australia to a cautionary tale of the dangers of fiscal extravagance. In the book I discuss what went wrong, how much we really should worry about the $80+ billion of debt we are tracking toward, and what the state government should do to correct the course. While already available for purchase, the book will be officially launched next week on Wednesday evening 19 December during the Connor Court Christmas party at the Connor Court book room, upstairs at 146 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, across the street from the well-known Avid Reader bookstore. You can book to attend via this link:

Connor Court Christmas Party and launch of Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next

Come and celebrate Connor Court Publishings Christmas Party as well as the launch of Gene Tunnys new book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.

The evening will include, wine and cheese, great speeches, a book launch, the big book raffle, as well as the opportunity to purchase last minute gifts from the book room.



SBS News- Indonesian troops 'kill Papua civilians' after deadly separatist attack "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SBS News

Indonesian troops 'kill Papua civilians' after deadly separatist attack

Four civilians have been killed by Indonesian troops hunting separatist rebels in the restive province of Papua, a local resident says.


Man charged with intimidating 10-year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been charged following investigations into an alleged child approach incident in Lismore last month.

About 3.20pm on Wednesday November 7, a 10-year-old girl got off the school bus at the corner of Hunter and Orion Streets and started walking to her destination.

Its alleged a man driving a white station wagon approached the girl and spoke to her, before trying to entice her into his vehicle.

The matter was reported to police and an investigation was commenced by Lismore Detectives.

About 4pm yesterday (Monday December 10), a 50-year-old man was arrested in South Lismore.

He was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with stalk/intimidate intend fear/physical harm (personal).

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday December 11).


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Report: Ambulance call outs increased during mine fire "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New findings from the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS) show an overall increase in ambulance attendances during the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire period. Using data supplied by Ambulance Victoria for Morwell and surrounding towns, the analysis showed a 15% increased likelihood of ambulance attendances for all conditions during the mine fire period when compared to other []


RBA on lending rates "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

At any rate...

Another very handy speech from the Reserve Bank this week, this time from Assistant Governor Kent. 

As trader Kit Lowe noted on Twitter below, there has been some tremendous hyperbole about the rising cost of borrowing in Australia. 

It's obviously the case that interest rates in the US have increased, although with the yield curve recently inverting the Federal Reserve may be getting closer to a neutral setting now.

As for Australia's funding costs and housing lending rates? 

The Reserve Bank summarised this neatly in one chart. 

Kent noted that:

'Changes in monetary policy settings elsewhere need not, and do not, mechanically feed through to the funding costs of Australian banks, and hence their borrowers are insulated from such changes'.



The Old Sage and the Fire Within "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the forest of Qian, a sprinkle of snow announced the early winter. Ambling through his domain and picking herbs the old sage encountered three young men from the nearby []


Old Mullum hospital to be demolished next month "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Shire Council is set to take possession of the Mullumbimby Hospital site today (December 11), with demolition to commence in January 2019. Photo Aslan Shand

The purchase of the four-hectare Mullumbimby Hospital site from NSW Health will be finalised today (Tuesday December 11), after the NSW Government offered the property to Byron Shire Council for $1 in May 2017.

The demolition of the old hospital buildings is set to start in early January next year.

Given its history of asbestos contamination, the Council says its priority is now remediating the site, which includes the removal of asbestos and any other contaminated materials.

Contractors will take control of the site in early January and the remediation is scheduled to start on January 7.

Phil Holloway, Councils infrastructure services director, said the contractors were experienced in the demolition and remediation of contaminated sites like the Mullumbimby Hospital and at all times the health and safety of the community will be the main focus.

The contractors will be using recognised best practice processes to remove the asbestos, with operations to be undertaken and contained in a special negative-pressure tent, he said.

Tweed Coast Demolitions and Excavations is managing the job with Aztech Services, the company used to remediate homes affected by the Mr Fluffy insulation in Canberra, to handle the asbestos removal.

There will be security measures in place and the site will be fully fenced for the duration of the remediation process which is expected to take approximately six months, Mr Holloway said.

Council staff and the demolition contractor Tweed Coast Demolitions are door-knocking residents and businesses in the vicinity of the hospital site, providing them with information about the project and leaving information in peoples letterboxes.

I know its a busy time of year but the purchase settlement is being finalised this week and when we have possession of the site we want to work as quickly as possible to remove the contamination, Mr Holloway said.

A community drop-in session will be held at the Left Bank Rd entrance to the hospital next Monday, December 17, from 4pm to 7pm....


Pro-climate should also be pro-peace "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 10 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

We Cant Separate Climate Justice from Opposing Militarism

At the conclusion of the Sanders Institute Gathering, RoseAnn De Moro, John Cusack and Bob Pollin discuss the key policy ideas coming out of the sessions, with host Paul Jay.

This 10 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

LIVE: Sunrise Movement youth climate activists descend on Capitol demanding a #GreenNewDeal.

Hundreds of Sunrise Movement youth climate activists occupy Rep. Nancy Pelosis office demanding a #GreenNewDeal.


Have you seen Darryl? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Have you seen Darryl Gamero? He was last seen in Nimbin on December 3. Photo supplied

Police are seeking the communitys help to find Darryl Gamero who has been reported as missing.

The 30-year-old from Gladstone, Queensland, was last seen in Nimbin on the December 3.

Darryl has blonde collar length hair, no tattoos, but scars on his right arm.

He does not have a mobile phone and is known to use payphones.

If you see Darryl please contact Lismore police on 6626 0599 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 Police reference is E6982755

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Market Talk- December 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More disappointment today for Asian stocks following the release of yet another weak economic data point. This morning markets responded to the poor trade data for November release as a 5.4% release was way below the double digits expected. Australia ASX had the first opportunity to respond and although held openings levels for a while, was soon to feel the pressure when other markets started trading. The AOs eventually closed on the lows of the day (-2.26%) with the A$ also falling back against a healthy USD. Japans Nikkei and the SENSEX were two other markets that lost over 2%, but also with their currencies trailing against the Dollar. Indias CB Governor Urjit Patel resigns stating personal reasons, but reports that tensions have been growing between the CB and the government have long been in the news. INR is off around 1.6% in late US trading. Interesting that even this evening in US hours the flight to safety is not there for the Yen as we see it trading with a 113 handle. Both the Hang Seng and Shanghai played around 1% lower for most of the day, but we did see the CNY back with a 6.91 range, a loss on the day of just over 0.5%.

European markets were already lower without the total mess happening in the UK Parliament. Sterlings meltdown happened just after Theresa May pulled the BREXIT vote that was due to take place Tuesday, rumour is fearing a huge loss! The GBP 1.6% decline did help FTSE initially, then they realised if things are that serious people will liquidate assets regardless if they are cheap. When things get desperate and you need money, you sell what you can and not what you should! On this FTSE closed down nearly 1% and the outlook remains uncertain. Lots of talk of a second referendum. Central Europe was dodgier still with CAC, DAX, IBEX, BEL and FTSE MIB all off 1.75%. This puts their YTD returns at -10.75%, -17.75%, -13.75%, 17.25% and -15.75% respectively. There is still a lot of market talk that Europeans are selling US exposure to bring and enhance returns back in Europe. Keep in mind they have probably made on both on the asset and the currency; Euro is down 5.25% and GBP 7% against the USD. Talk that they may merge Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank again and the assumptions are...


Iggy Pop + more announce Bluesfest sideshows "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bluesfest Touring have just announced that a bunch of legendary musicians will be playing sideshows this April in support of their Bluesfest appearance.

The godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, will be gracing Sydneys Opera House and Melbournes Festival Hall. Pop is widely lauded as one of the most incredible live performers of all time and these sideshows are destined to be a rousing experience.

Watch: Iggy Pop Lust For Life


R&B crooner Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be bringing his soulful stylings to Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Grammy Award winning act Fantastic Negrito will be bringing his poignant narratives to stages in Sydney and Melbourne. Whilst South Carolina Blues legends The Marcus King Band will make their Australian debut in Sydney and Melbourne.

Watch: Fantastic Negrito Plastic Hamburgers


Check out the full tour dates and ticket information below.

Bluefest 2019

Pre-sale for all shows:
12pm Wednesday 12 December 2018

On-sale for all shows:
12pm Friday 14 December 2018



Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sunday, 21 April 2019

Sydney Opera House, 



Gentrifiying suburbs - actual examples (video interview) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gentrifying suburb examples

One trend that homebuyers and property investors look towards is landlocked blue chip areas where new dwelling supply is chronically limited.

An alternative approach is to look for properties with a high land value content in areas that are less than perfect today, but have the potential to gentrify significantly over the decade or two ahead.

Gabba upgrade

Here's one such example in Brisbane: Woolloongabba. 

The 'Gabba' will undergo some dramatic changes over the decade ahead, including a new Gabba precinct, new apartment developments, the $600 million South City Square regeneration, a cricket ground upgrade, the exciting Cross River Rail project linking into the City, and much more.

Here's the Gabba transport precinct today (OK, I took this photo a couple of weeks ago). 

It's not much to look at in 2018, admittedly, partly due to the ongoing demolition in preparation for the Cross River Rail. 

And now, here are the future Cross River Rail visuals...



1) West Papua National Liberation Army: Its an attack, not execution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Papuan pastor fights for self-determination
3) Papuans arrested for marking Human Rights Day

4) Papua killings revive debate on decades-old conflict


1) West Papua National Liberation Army: Its an attack, not execution
Published 10 hours ago on 10 December 2018 
By pr9c6tr3_juben

West Papua Liberation Army led by Egianus Kogoya IST



One test To Diagnose Them All: Researchers Exploit Cancers Unique DNA Signature "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.


Abu Sina, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, The University of Queensland, and Matt Trau, The University of Queensland

Researchers have developed a test that could be used to diagnose all cancers. It is based on a unique DNA signature that appears to be common across cancer types.

The test has yet to be conducted on humans, and clinical trials are needed before we know for sure if it can be used in the clinic.

Each cancer type, whether it be breast or bowel cancer, has different genetic and other features. A test that detects one cancer may not work on another. Researchers have long been looking for a commonality among cancers to develop a diagnostic tool that could apply across all types.

Our research, published in the journal Nature Communications, has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. The structure is the same in DNA from samples of breast, prostate and bowel cancers, as well as lymphoma. We used this discovery to develop a test that can identify the cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.

How our test works

Current detection of cancer requires a tissue biopsy a surgical procedure to collect tissue from the patients tumour. Res...


In a hole in the ground there lived a "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

These opening words of Tolkiens The Hobbit could equally apply to the little Spotted Pardalote that arose apparently out of nowhere from the grass in front of us while we were trying to photograph a White-winged Triller for a previous post on this blog.   In fact the pardalote emerged from the insignificant hole in []


Humans making Antarctic birds sick "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 2013 video says about itself:

Animals in the Antarctic Ice

The wildlife of Antarctica are extremophiles, having to adapt to the dryness, low temperatures, and high exposure common in Antartica. The extreme weather of the interior contrasts to the relatively mild conditions on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Subantarctic islands, which have warmer temperatures and more liquid water. Much of the ocean around the mainland is covered by sea ice. The oceans themselves are a more stable environment for life, both in the water column and on the seabed.

From the University of Barcelona in Spain:

The fauna in the Antarctica is threatened by pathogens humans spread in polar latitudes

When the human species infects other living beings

December 10, 2018

Summary: The fauna in the Antarctica could be in danger due the pathogens humans spread in places and research stations in the southern ocean.

The new study, which detected bacteria from humans in the genus Salmonella and Campylobacter in Antarctic and Subantarctic marine birds, reveals the fragility of polar ecosystems and warns about the risk of massive deaths and extinctions of local fauna populations due pathogens.

Reverse zoonosis: when the human species infects other living beings

Explorers, whalers, scientists -and lately, tourists-, are examples of human collectives that moved to the furthest regions of the planet. Some studies have claimed for years that there had been cases of reverse zoonosis, that is, infections humans give to other living beings. Despite some previous signs, scientific studies on zoonotic agents in...


Housing finance posts biggest bounce in 2 years, but... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Housing finance bounce, but...

A bounce for housing finance seemed to be on the cards, as all those painfully slow mortgage applications finally grind through the arduous process. 

And so it proved, with owner-occupier approvals excluding refinancing up by nearly 5 per cent in October 2018.

I didn't think last month's plunge was too much to get excited about, and the same view applies to this month's bounce.

Yes, a seasonally adjusted $30 billion of housing finance in aggregate is apparently much more solid than $29.3 billion a month earlier. 

But smoothing the results on a trend basis simply puts the ABS figures back in line with the credit impulse, and implies modest further declines in housing prices in Sydney and Melbourne into 2019. 

Investment housing loans posted a small bounce, but it was still the weakest quarter for investment lending since 2013. 

At the state level home loan transactions in Western Australia now look set to rise, as New South Wales and Victoria ease. 



The 'bounce' in investor loans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On the rebound

OK, so there was a tiny increase in investor loans in October.

But was the weakest 3-month period for half a decade for investment lending.

This now puts investment housing loans as a share of ADI loans at just 33.36 per cent of the total.

This measure now sits well below the average for the past dozen years (33.9 per cent).

And that's despite a surge of immigration over that period into the major capital cities, greatly increasing the demand for rentals. 

And with Chinese investors shot out of the market by surcharge taxes the result will almost certainly be be an epic drop in apartment construction, given that significant apartment projects don't get built without investors.

AiG's latest reading for apartment construction collapsed to 31, whereby a reading of under 50 denotes contraction.

Mmm...oh dear!


Two Fossils Awards: Developed Countries for lack of Loss and Damage climate finance, and Austria for facilitating coal subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Some unusual suspects today. While everyone was looking at SBSTA discussion on to 'note' or 'welcome' the IPCC special report on 1.5C, these bad boys snuck in and whisked away the Fossil of the Day awards. The first Award went to the developed countries of the Executive Committee (Excomm) of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) on Loss and Damage. Five years old and still not a penny of


What is Frances Yellow Vest rebellion? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

 It is often not easy to know what is happening on the other side of the the world, especially when volumes of misinformation are involved. The present unrest in France is a good example.

Big media has concentrated on creating a picture of trouble makers attacking the police, putting up roadblocks and attacking the police. There are those who suggest that on the one hand that the political right is behind it. Others that it is Antifa causing trouble.

All of this evades what is going on. Frustration and danger have been growing in French society for some time. Emmanuel Macron won an election, not because the electorate was excited by the policies he offered, but because they were so thoroughly disgusted with the usual brand of politicians. He won by default, because fewer hated him than they did the others. Only the National Front (Now called National Rally) on one side and the Jean Luc Melenchon led Unbowed France on the other, gained  genuine bases of support.

Discontent is not unique to France. Its the situation across Europe and further afield. Even in countries as far away as Australia.

Once in office, Macron went about the business of carrying on the same old neoliberal type cuts and restrictions on the population. A few months ago, attempts to cut working conditions and government benefits and welfare met with rebellion in the streets. The introduction of compulsory military service at 16 and cuts to education opportunities angered the young. This is see nas a government for the rich and it is not going down well at all.

The difference in France is that Macron began with a considerable organised movement prepared to defy him, and there is along French history of getting rid of rulers they find beyond the pale. Uprisings and revolutions are a tradition.

Seething discontent was already on the boil, waiting for a spark that would light it. This came in the shape of two truckies and a woman who started a online petition, teamed together and the...


What is in a word? Lots when it comes to welcoming the IPCC special report on 1.5C to #COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During negotiations on Saturday at the UN climate change conference fossil fuel major countries blocked welcoming the IPCC Special report on 1.5C target for informing the negotiations. Blocking countries were Saudi Arabia, USA, Kuwait, and Russia. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5C was initiated by the Conference of the Parties as part of the Paris


Just three months out from a state election and the NSW Berejiklian Government decides to introduce a new punative public housing policy guaranteed to upset a good many voters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 2016 est. 37,715 people in New South Wales were recorded as homeless on Census Night.

The following year the NSW Berejiklian Coalition Government had a public housing stock total of 110,221 dwellings and an est. 60,000 people on the Dept. of Housing 2017 waiting list.

Below is the state governments answer to the effects of decreasing public housing stock and federal Coalition Government cuts to public housing funding allocations to the states - introduce a new initiative under the 'Opportunity Pathways' program which will cut the housing waiting list by increasing eligibility restrictions, privatise service delivery to certain categories of public housing applicants and tenants in order to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families are discouraged from seeking housing assistance.

The Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2018, p.2:

Public housing applicants will have to get a job if they want a taxpayer-funded home under a tough new test to be introduced in NSW.


Fluoride Free Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Facebook 2018

Is a Federal inquiry needed? Contact your POLITICIANS.
"Deadly lead is found in public drinking fountains just weeks after warning over poison in household taps - and the worst culprit is next to a children's playground.
- Lead is corrupting water supplies in public drinking fountains in Australia.
- Many of the drinking fountains have been confirmed to contain traces of lead. 
- 4.5 per cent lead content is allowed in Australian plumbing fittings currently.
- In the US it is just 0.25 per cent and a 'guidance statement' has now been issued. 
- The government has told Australians to run taps for 30 seconds to flush out lead." 
Research this,
Plumbosolvency, the dissolution of metallic Lead, which results in the contamination of drinking water and consequent damage to human health, is recognized as a major problem wherever Lead pipes, solder or brass fittings are present in the supply route. Plumbosolvency is exacerbated by Fluoridation of drinking water. The use of Phosphate in an attempt to reduce the dissolution rate leads to increased costs, waste of a scarce natural resource and environmental degradation. Immediate cessation of neurotoxic Fluoridation to reduce plumbosolvency makes more economic sense. Provision of communal water supplies from point of collection reverse osmosis filters can bring an immediate end to Lead exposure while sources of Lead contamination are gradually removed from the supply network, creating thousands of person years employment in a depressed economy.


UN votes in favor of resolution to end Israeli occupation of Palestine "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The UN General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution calling to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, current President of the UN General Assembly Maria Espinosa said in a statement.

The Comprehensive, Just and Lasting Peace in the Middle East resolution sponsored by Ireland urges to end the occupation of Palestinian territories by the state of Israel and reaffirms its support for the two-state solution.

The United States and Israel voted against the resolution in addition to Australia, Liberia, Marshall Islands, and Nauru.

Since 1967, Israel has been occupying Palestinian territories and refusing to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic state.

Through a recorded vote of 156 in favor to 6 against (Australia, Israel, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, United States), with 12 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a draft resolution titled Comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East (document A/73/L.49).

Such a peace, unfortunately, is not currently in sight, said Irelands representative while introducing the text. Stressing the importance of reversing the current negative developments on the ground, she added that a settlement of the conflict must meet Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, as well as resolve all final status issues.

The General Assembly decided to reiterate its call for the achievement of just and lasting peace in the Middle East while also failing to adopt a text condemning Hamas resistance group in Gaza.

Speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, the representative of Kuwait called on all States to reject the US-drafted text condemning the Palestinian resistance as it distracts from the deep seated causes of the conflict.




Christmas Meeting, this Wednesday Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our final meeting for this year is this Wednesday, the 12th of December.

The meeting will be at the usual time and place: 7:00pm, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

Were lucky enough to have council in attendance, talking about the Citys Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050, and how we can have input into it.

Unless some urgent issue comes out of the woodwork, this will be our last meeting until February.


Australia: National Transport Insurance Partners on Blockchain for Food Safety Trial "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias National Transport Insurance (NTI) has announced it will trial a blockchain system to enhance the safety and provenance of beef exports abroad


Geelong Bucket List for Families "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

52 fun things for Families to Do in and around Geelong

woman and three children playing water

  1. Visit the Geelong Gallery . TIP: Dont miss the Gallery Shop for a unique gift.
  2. Take in the view at Eastern Beach
  3. Stimulate your sense at Geelong Botanical Gardens
  4. How much wildlife can you spot at Serendip Sanctuary TIP: Say hello to the friendly  (but somewhat intimidating) emu strolling the carpark and picnic area.
  5. Cuddle a Koala at Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary $$
  6. Portarlington Bayside Miniture Railway  $
  7. Adventure Park (When open) $
  8. Fairy Park $$
  9. Rollerway Skate Rink $
  10. ...


Not quite a deluge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What a welcome drop 13mm of rain yesterday afternoon was blessed relief after the heatwave.

As the last showers drifted east I took a quick circuit of the plains. Galahs feeding on thistles and stubble clearly enjoyed the cool change.

Buloke landscape, Moolort Plains, 9th December 2018


1) Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesia: Papuan Militants Kill 17
Police Should Investigate Worksite Killings; Military Should Show Restraint
3) More deaths as Indonesia hunts Papuan Liberation Army
4) UN official defends West Papuan rights free speech, peaceful assembly

The Strategist
1) Massacre a sign of increased trouble in Papua

10 Dec 2018|...


Michael and Dean at Redbar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jamming at Redbar the other night


Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330" at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Making a unexpected visit to Rockhampton Airport during the afternoon on Thursday 6 December was Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) (Cobham SAR Services Pty Ltd) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-XNE "Rescue 330".


Lonely Christmas looming for many "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new Australian Red Cross survey reveals around one in three Australians recall feeling isolated or lonely last festive season. Of those of who recalled feeling isolated, close to half said it was because friends and family were far away, and four out of ten felt out of place with those nearby. As Australia turns []

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NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola  It Does A Number On My Brain "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mike Viola was a member of Ryan Adams band for a while (and has worked with a number of other artists) and you can certainly hear a shared kinship for strummed and sparkly guitars, classic riffs and strong and heady vocal melodies. This one sways along with a melancholic power pop sound, really nice song. Continue reading


Shelves for Sabrina "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Looking cool with plants and instruments and records - all that's left to do is attach the desk after I trim a corner a tiny bit

With Lyle and Sabrina

Sabrina on the new bedframe stage



Byron Surf Flix "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Byron Surf Flix gets on board with Positive Change for Marine Life to support our local surfers at the Byron Theatre on Tuesday 18th December at 7:30pm.

Byron Surf Flix takes off with the screening of surf film classic Morning of the Earth. The film will be introduced by Rusty Miller who is one of the surfers who appears in the film.

The night promises a chilled atmosphere with the Byron Theatre Bar open before the film and during intermission.

Tix are only $15! Get them online at or from our Box Office: Mon Fri 10am 1:30pm.

Morning of the Earth portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards as they travel in search of the perfect wave across Australias north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.

Check out these clips from Morning of the Earth:

Surf Flix co-organiser Daniel Wilson Barrios, a surfer of over 20 years, says that Surf Flix will be somewhere we can bring together the surfing culture and to celebrate what we love to do. Daniel also mentions that Surf F...


Highway matters "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vicroads has set up a community consultation on its plans to clear vegetation from the Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Muckleford South.

Readers may remember that FOBIF objected to some of these removals, arguing that the safety objective could be better achieved by rumble strips and reduced speed limits on the winding stretch of road. Vicroads response to that was to say, effectively, that reduced speeds would make no difference, something we found hard to understand. The Vicroads 2016-7 Annual report noted that The most common crash types were run-offroad on high-speed country roads and intersection crashes in metropolitan Melbourne. On the face of it, efforts to reduce speeds, along with traffic calming measures, might be a good response to this brutal fact. Vicroads response, however, seems to give up on the speed matter, and hope to soften the impact of any accidents.

Vicroads last consulted the community in 2016 and since then they have been developing strategies to mitigate risk to fauna and flora as part of our obligations under federal legislation. We understand that this involves assessing the impact of tree removal on Swift Parrot populations.

The consultation is a drop in session on Tuesday January 8, from 5 pm to 8 pm [drop in any time you can], at the Newstead Recreation centre, 21 Panmure Street.

Were offering this info tentatively, since Vicroads email on the matter sets the date at Tuesday 8 January December 2018

You can verify all this by emailing an RSVP to

A justification of the project can be found here.

You can find FOBIFs posts on the matter by putting Pyrenees Highway into the search box at the top of this page.

We believe works are due to start not long after the consultation.



Kick up the dust! Churn up the creek! You have the right! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In 2012 a British think tank estimated that for every pound made by advertising executives, they destroy an equivalent of 7 in the form of stress, overconsumption, pollution and debt; conversely, each pound paid to a trash collector creates an equivalent of 12 in terms of health and sustainability.

So says Rutger Bregman in his book, Utopia for realists [2017]. We cant verify this, but we find it strangely plausible. Who hasnt winced at some commercial being yelled from the radio? The amount of mental damage inflicted by some of these ads must be enormous.

Heres an example, in the form of a question:

Should drivers be forced to drive on roads? Or should they have the right to drive wherever they like?

Tyre marks on moss beds, Mount Alexander: irresponsible, dangerous and damaging behaviour is actively encouraged by car manufacturers and retailers.

These seem like pretty weird questions: of course you should drive on a road. People dont drive into the Botanical Gardens, up to the edge of the lake. They know there are limits.

But the bush is different. Opponents of the recent VEAC recommendations on the Wombat and Wellsford forests complained that if these places were national parks, they would have to drive on roads, an infringement of their traditional rights. Apparently they dont realise that the law on this matter is the same on all public land.

Some drivers of SUVs, and riders of motor bikes, believe that these machines have the right to go anywhere. Earlier this year, believe it or not, Coliban Water had to appeal to motorists not to drive into the Malmsbury reservoir!  Cars have been driven across moss beds on Mount Alexander, and when Parks Victoria blocked a very small section of road near Langs Lookout, the rock barriers were furiously graffitied  by drivers who didnt want to walk an extra 100 metres

Where does this weird mindset come from? If you want to know,  just watch a few sporting events on television, and be amazed at the comm...


A small glimpse into a hotter future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Coliban Water has been promising to close down some of its inefficient water races for years. These include the Poverty Gully race, which has been leaking repeatedlya problem not helped when a DELWP fuel reduction burn destroyed the plastic lining water authorities had installed to try to improve the channels efficiency. They certainly reduced that particular fuel.

FOBIF supports the closure of the channel, believing the water is best allowed to boost the ailing Coliban River. At the same time, the closure will have some unfortunate side effects. Channel leakages over the years have created the odd interesting minor wetlands, which dry up when the channel isnt running, but manage to revive when the water comes.

So, what happens when the water stops for good? It seems that the authority may have at last acted to close the channel, and Naomi Raftery has the following response:

A few years ago I wrote a piece for Connecting Countys Nature News. It chronicled the excitement of moving into a new rental in Chewton, which backed onto an ephemeral creek line, fed, as it were, by a leak in the Poverty Gully water race. My enthusiasm was for the frog and birdlife that abounded following a leak and my newfound interest in identifying different species attracted to the water.

Coliban Water are in the process of decommissioning the water race, which will be finalised in January 2019.  The result is a deafening silence. The frog chorus is gone, the White-faced Herons are not anywhere and the weed march is on.

While FOBIF applaud the sensible decision to decommission the race, it is a good case in point for illustrating what will happen in the event of a warming climate and reiterates the importance of setting up solid, long view management of our natural places and in order that they become resilient refugia for  humans and plants and animals.

Right: although an artificial situation, the case is a very good example of what lies ahead for vulnerable corners of our region, like wetlands and water courses, as a warmer and drier climate settles on the country.


Experts warn India must keep agriculture out of RCEP trade deal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

10 December 2018: Food and agriculture specialist Devinder Sharma warns in The Tribune last week that the Indian Government must keep agriculture out of RCEP trade deal.

The RCEP trade deal currently being negotiated between 16 countries including India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN south East Asian countries, covers half of the worlds population. It has faced significant resistance from public health groups, unions, other public advocacy groups, and even domestic industry in India, where the government last week announced a study to analyse the impacts of the RCEP.

Sharma warns that the RCEP deal will lead to a flood of cheaper food imports to India, and is particularly risky at a time when Indian agriculture is in crisis.

While large companies from wealthier countries can  profit from such agreements, studies show that they turn a majority of developing countries into net food importers, destroying in the process millions of farm livelihoods, writes Sharma. He asserts that the RCEP stands to have huge impacts on Indias dairy farming, food sovereignty, farming interests and levels of unemployment.

Tell the Australian trade Minister your concersn about the RCEP here.


Open Academy Summer Short Courses "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here at the Conservatorium of Musics OPEN ACADEMY you can fulfil your long-time passion for learning. We have so many short courses to choose from, you will definitely find something to suit you.

There are Jazz based classes like; Jazz guitar with Sam Rollings, Jazz Piano Basics with Michael Bartolomei and Jazz Harmony with Roy Issac. We also have a number of auditioned Jazz ensembles which are taken by Ron Philpott, Hannah James and Andrew Dickeson. If you arent up to auditioning try our Impro Basics classes with Dave Pudney. Perhaps its Blues your interested in? Then Blues Guitar with Roy Issac is for you!

Open Academys brand-new class is Soul Ensemble which will be taken by Darren Heinrich. This will be an exciting addition to our stable of short courses!

Llew Kiek tutors the World Music Ensemble. Theres a great repertoire of pieces to get through exploring cultures from all corners of the globe.

Conservatorium Open Academy has a variety of singing classes to suit all tastes from classical to pop and a number of theory-based classes where you can learn to read and write music, compose music, or hone your songwriting skills. Become a musical detective while you discover the ins and outs of a musical score in The Enquiring Listener class or develop your ear training skills in our Ear Training classes.

What: Open Academy Short Courses

Where: Conservatorium Open Academy

When: From 11th Feburary

For More Informations Click Here

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The classic Canberra Airport sighting of 1965 - UFO or Venus? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barry Greenwood

I am continuing my examination of the scanned copies of material, arising from Boston, USA, researcher Barry Greenwood's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

Classic 1965 case

One Australian case from 1965, which features time and time again in the UFO literature, happened on 15 July 1965, where a number of staff at the Canberra Airport reported watching an unidentified light in the sky during broad daylight.

In a series of blog posts dated 29 September 2011; 11 December 2011; 9 January 2013; and 15 December 2013, I reported on the information on this sighting gathered from a number of sources; both from Australian government files and newspapers.

Sydney Morning Herald article

Within Barry's CUFOS material I located items which I had not seen before. Firstly, there was a Sydney Morning Herald article dated 18 July 1965 and titled "I talk with the men who saw "that thing," by reporter Graham Gambie. I will quote from this article:

"Everyone I spoke to here said they were certain that flying saucers don't exist, but they would sleep a little more easily at night if someone could prove what "the thing" was."

"The officer-in-charge of Civil Aviation in Canberra, Mr A B Lindeman, said: 'I wish Mt Stromlo would tell us it was a planet. I don't like something in the back of my mind I can't understand.'"

"Dr D B E Westerlund of Mt Stromlo's observatory said that if the light was coming from the north-east it would almost certainly be the planet Venus."

"Mr Lindsay said: 'I've been in the job for two and a half years and I've never seen anything like it before...It wasn't Venus as has been suggested. I'm sure of that from the position..."



Christmas in Australia is about "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Let's start of this little skit with a tune from Australia's favourite children's show host Humphrey B. Bear, with a slight change of the words which go like this:

What a funny ol' colony is Australia,
It gets in all manner of strife
It leads a very colonial life
and Human Rights isn't its favourite fare.

and now a word from our sponsors oops sorry administration:

You see, Christmas in Australia is not about a child being born somewhere in Israel, to an apparent virgin mother with no man officially claiming to seed her (out of wedlock - a huge no-no for the place and time), but rather a non material deity.

Christmas in Australia is not about family unity or values and respecting each other.

Your success, worth or value is judged by what sort or present you put under the Christmas tree.

In this country the administration tells you that you must be a 'better' consumer.

You must purchase more junk the corporations produce and import into this country to satisfy the balance sheet, run by ex bankers in charge of the country like Malcolm Turnbull, who was replaced by the now head of this 'business' called Australia, Mr. Scott Morrison.

You will notice how much emphasis the news media will put on how much people spent during Christmas.

The problem with the people in government wanting the tax slaves to be 'better' consumers is that the people in government are implementing austerity on the serf population.

This is done via a number of methods which take away the tool (cash) needed for people to sustain themselves, and hence less disposable income (whatever that is the tax department defines as) to spend on cheap Chinese junk, or espionage electronics supplied by Huawei or ZTE et al.

This Christmas, think about the last twelve months, how the people in government have locked down Australia's general population with law that restricts the people's movements, communications and so called rights, putting aside any official pretexts.

Say goodbye to those 'privileges' you had in 2018, because most of you chose to...


Where is the radical queer imagination? On Going Postal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Collective outrage was growing in August 2017, when Australias mandatory detention regime killed another asylum seeker, Hamed Shamshiripour, on Manus Island. As argued by Maddee Clark at Deakins Gender and Sexuality Studies seminar series, the Australian parliament sought to distract the public from the asylum seeker issue, and so a two-month long postal survey emerged on marriage equality.


New board game lets you bee the change you want to see "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Forage board game. Photo supplied

One of the worker-bees at Flow Hive has launched a new educational bee game called Forage on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

Byron Bay local Yari McGauley, a beekeeper of 10 years, launched the game last week after being inspired by an opportunity to upcycle some of the waste materials from the Flow Hive production line.

Forage board game creator, Yari McGauley. Photo supplied

A board game enthusiast, McGauley said he had his eureka moment when watching the Flow Hive laser-cut wooden pieces come off the conveyor belt.

Hmm all those neat little hexagonal laser offcuts would be great for a game, McGauley said.

If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, the local entrepreneur hopes to take the game to the world, with early interest from Walmart, Barnes & Noble, and Kmart in the USA.

Forage is a 2-4 player game which involves guiding your beehive through the seasons by collecting nectar, pollen and bees as you deal with pests, bears and the opposition.

Yari said his aim was to make a fun game that highlights how important bees are to our world, with a third of food crops needing bees for pollination. Bees are in trouble world-wide with US beekeepers...


Meet Susie Hale, the new VMTC president "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Victorian Mountain Tramping Club is a legendary presence in the Australian outdoor community. It recently celebrated its 70th anniversary. Many clubs are aging, and in a refreshing move, the VMTC appointed 29-year old Susie Hale as its new president.

Earlier this year, Susie completed a 153-day solo trip on the 4,280km Pacific Crest Trail which she completed in 153 days. Other major accomplishments on her impressive walking CV include leading a VMTC group who completed the Australian Alpine Walking Track in 42 days.

There is a profile on Suzie and what inspires her, which is available here.


The Curious Case of the White Mans Dick "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

My capsule hotel had bigger beds and cheaper rates than anything else in the area, but it didnt have walls around its showers. So as I stood in the steam of the sento the communal bath shared by guests realising what the next week would have in store, I started to believe that all the woke white girls were right.

On my left was a row of naked Japanese men, their skin left pale by the suits that never leave their bodies, scrubbing themselves clean within exposed shower blocks. On my right were more bare bodies, sitting over tiny wooden stools with their legs opened to the wall, lathering their skin and pouring buckets of steaming water onto their heads to rinse it all away.

I had entered the room with my soap bottles covering my crotch, recoiling from the water that splattered off the wet, hairy bodies around me. But soon enough, I let my toiletries slide to my sides.

Maybe it was because no one was looking anywhere but at the walls before them, or because the steam in the air created a cloud that just slightly skewed our vision, or because these were total strangers whose knowledge of my body, and mine of theirs, meant nothing at the end of the day but I had no problem being naked here.

Bodies are bodies, pubes are pubes, dicks are dicks. As that thought came into my head, it struck me as one of the most liberating things a man can think at any point in his life. Night after night, I went back to shower in the basement of my capsule hotel, and my clothes would come off a little more comfortably.

And then, one day, a white man walked in.

I had just pulled my face away from the water when I saw him, a body with paler skin and more hair than the average Id come to know.

In my mind, he had walked in with a bravado that only a man with a presumption of having the biggest dick in the room would carry. I imagined the conversations he would have when he went home, when someone would bring up the topic of dating an Asian man and the presumption of his small dick arose, and the stories he might tell where the punchline would be, Its true!

Ive had to get my dick out for doctors a couple times in my life, and never had an issue doing it. The idea of being naked more publicly, though, has always terrified me, because Ive always been wary of the Asian dick myth.

I know that Im a grower, not a shower, with experience enough to also know its not a pr...


French Riots prove that Permaculture is the only viable future "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We like to blame politicians for the lack of action on climate change. But how prepared are people to really pay the price of change? We like to imagine that all politicians need to do is cleverly tax carbon and magically renewable energies will arise to take their place. The situation in France shows the fault in this thinking. Renewables cannot possibly replace fossil fuel - not on the scale needed to avert environmental disaster. Someone must pay the price - and it is the poor who get hurt most.

In France an attempt to raise diesel and fuel prices has resulted in mass riots, led in large part by people from rural communities who were most affected by the rises and had fewer alternatives. We have the same sort of phenomenon in Australia - wealthier Australians get solar panels (with subsidies) leaving renters and poorer people picking up the tab for the electricity distribution system.

The truth is our system is soaked in oil. Any attempt to reduce the flow will be catastrophic, financially, socially and in even more fundamental ways i.e. famine. Our food production system is particularly dependent on oil - you cannot run tractors, combine harvesters and trucks (especially refrigerated ones) on batteries - even if you could, you need massive generation capacity to charge these - which is not going to happen, and certainly not in time. Thus if we attempt to tax fuel in a way that has impact people will start to go hungry - the ones on the margins first, then increasingly more.

So what do we need to do? We need to fundamentally, radically and actively decouple our societies from the fossil fuel system. Modern industrialism will not survive the transition, so relying on high-tech solutions is a mistake - these technologies will not be able to be produced or maintained on the necessary scale given the changes required to avert ecological disaster.

How do we decouple from the fossil-fuel system? With massive sacrifices from everyone. Lets not kid ourselves - these changes will have more impact, and require more effort, than both world wars. Also, if we do not actively take charge, change will be forced on us by circumstance, and that will be even less pleasant. Thus WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER - and all must be prepared to make great sacrifices.

What is to be done? We need to divide up all the large farms in Australia's non-arid regions (which is about 2%-3% of the land mass - and shrinking with housing expansion and clim...


MACKAY A man has held up a supermarket with a fork "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Can NSW Police Demand Phone and Computer Passwords? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes It has been reported that police in the United States compelled a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using its facial recognition technology, triggering debate about the legality of forcing people to unlock devices using their password or biometric capabilities. The United States case During a search of the

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Byron Bay bypass gets large cash lobbed at it by govt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nationals candidate for Ballina Ben Franklin (L) and Byron Greens Mayor Simon Richardson pore over the plans for the contentious Byron Bay bypass, now fully funded. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Bay bypass is the latest project to benefit from seemingly never-ending funding announcements by the National Party, who are lavishing the electorate with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars in the lead-up to the March election.

The long running and contentious bypass development, which was enthusiastically embraced by Greens mayor Simon Richardson on Monday, will see native wetland habitat destroyed south of Butler Street for the road. It will then turn left, over the disused railway, and emerge at the corner of Browning and Jonson Streets where Mitre 10 and Byron Music is located.

Detail of the bypass and bus stop plans. Image supplied

The commercial expansion of the entire area, while diminishing its ecological and heritage values, is all but guaranteed.

Additionally, a new bus terminal interchange is pegged alongside the bypass, replacing the existing terminal on Jonson Street.

The NSW government have committed $9.5m, which Council say is the final amount needed to complete the project.

The bypass is also tied to the contentious West Byron project, whereby developers agreed with the Liberal-National government to a voluntary agreement for bypass funding as part of their development application.

Throughout the project, there has been strong opposition from neighbours most impacted, who say the route has shown to be more expensive, dangerous and destructive of the environment, the community and heritage.

Their suggestion for t...

Burning Down The House: Fighting Climate Action From The Centre Will Leave Us In Ashes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As the globe and the political climate aimed at saving it heats up, we need a different politics to tackle an entrenched problem, writes Jeff Sparrow.

Sensible centrism will doom us all.

Take Emmanuel Macron, once hailed everywhere as the savior of liberalism.

Macron, explained Politico in April this year, has stepped audaciously into the vacuum created by Trumps abdication of Americas historic role as keeper of the liberal democratic flame.

Nor was this an anomalous view in the English-speaking world.

MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid expressed the perspective of many American Democrats, when she quipped that Macron should be running Washington.

In Britain, he generated the same kind of excitement among the same kind of people, with Labourite opponents of Jeremy Corbyn enthusing over the new Tony Blair, even as a new Macron-inspired centrist party called Renew came into being.

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured in 2018. (IMAGE: Mike Bloomberg, Flickr)

One doubts that the Boy Wonder will feature much in Renews further history (if indeed it has one), given that recent opinion polls, conducted in the wake of the heroic Yellow Vest rebellion revealed him to be the most unpopular leader in recent times. With riots, blockades and protests spreading across the country, the demand for Macrons resignation provided a central slogan uniting an often fractious movement.

But his failure represents something more than the misfire of an overhyped media personality. I...


Freeman & Beers Amazing Australian Women "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pamela Freeman and Sophie Beer,  Amazing Australian Women: Twelve Women Who Shaped History (Lothian 2018) When I ran into the lovely Pamela Freeman in an Annandale cafe the other day, just down the road from where I used to live, she Continue reading


Strike One: Its Time To Heat Things Up A Little On Climate Change Action "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Weve done a lot of talking about action on climate change. But governments still arent listening. A general strikle is a pretty simple way to make them take notice, writes Jonathan Sri.

Lets start with some hard truths. With a few notable exceptions, the Australian movement for action on climate change has struggled to achieve big tangible wins in recent years. Weve had a few isolated victories, but even if Labor wins the next federal election and the Liberal Partys position reverts closer to where it was under John Howard, the likely policy shifts arent going to come close to whats needed unless theres a strong push from civil society.

Here in Queensland, a Labor state government (where Labors left faction already controls more votes than the right faction) is still allowing the Adani coal mine to proceed, potentially opening the door to further new coal mines in the Galilee basin. If these mines go ahead, the burning of the coal they produce will lead to the flooding of coastal cities around the world, the desertification of thousands of hectares of farmland and forest, and more intense bushfires and cyclones.

In defiance of public opinion and basic common sense, the Queensland Labor government is prioritising the financial interests of the mining industry ahead of the safety and security of literally billions of people around the globe. The various forms of pressure that environmentalists have been applying to Labor (both through internal and external channels) dont appear to have had much impact.

So for those of us who dont want our grandchildren growing up in some kind of dystopian combination of Water World and Mad Max: Fury Road, what effective courses of action are left available to us?

Here in Queensland, anti-coal campaigners have used a variety of tactics to apply pressure on the political establishment, from peaceful public rallies to locking on to mining equipment. But even a rally of several thousand people isnt enough to counteract the undemocratic influence that mining lobbyists are exerting over senior Labor ministers.

While non-disruptive rallies and marches can help energise and inspire campaigners and draw attention to an issue, they do not directly challenge the underlying logic of capitalism, and are too easy for politicians to ignore. Even the protests against the Iraq War, which saw around six hundred thousand Australians take to the streets, didnt change John Howards mind (if the following Monday, all those people had refused to show up for work, it might have been another matter).

Lock-ons and other arrestable actions do directly hurt the profits of the target companies, but when only a very small proportion of the community are willing to risk arrest, such tactics cant easily be scaled up to have a big enough impact on....


Bundjalung artists to gather in Byron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bundjalung artists Oral Roberts (L) and Gilbert Laurie in front of the mural they painted in Peace Park in Nimbin last year. Photo supplied

The inaugural Bundjalung Gathering art and culture exhibition will take place at Marvell Hall, Byron Bay, this coming week.

The regions finest Aboriginal artists and craftspeople are exhibiting paintings, sculpture and craft. There will be daily weaving workshops from Sunday till Tuesday.

The event is based around the concept of the tribes of Bundjalung gathering along the coast as in the ancient traditions.

Arts Northern Rivers Aboriginal arts development worker, Mark Cora, describes the exhibition as an opportunity for artists to come together as the Bundjalung nation.

The tribal groups of Bundjalung are often separated in modern times and rarely meet on common ground as once was the tradition in Aboriginal history. The meeting of artists and the welcoming to country is a very important cultural aspect of Aboriginal culture, he said.

Basket woven by Deb Cole. Photo Jugun Dandi weavers.

Michelle Michels, from local organisation AWARE Community has organised the exhibition with support from Byron Shire Council and Arts Northern Rivers.

The official opening is this Saturday evening from 5 pm 8pm with a Welcome to Country from Arakwal woman Delta Kay followed by the Bunyarra dancers and didgeridoo player Rory Close.

There will be talks by the artists and a presentation on the Bundjalung history, while sound master Craigus McVegas will be providing music throughout the evening.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) will be attending...


$1 Million Reward In Scott Johnson Gay Hate Murder Case "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW Police are offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the death of American mathmatician Scott Johnson, 30 years after he died as a result of a gay hate attack. On December 10, 1988, the body of the 27-year-old Sydney-based man was found at the base ...

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The Equality Campaign Relaunches As New Organisation To Fight For LGBTIQ Rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new organisation to fight for LGBTIQ law reform in Australia has been launched, with marriage equality lobby group Equality Campaign rebranding as Equality Australia. Prominent marriage equality campaigner Anna Brown will leave her current role at the Human Rights Law Centre to serve as the organisations CEO. Speaking on the 12 month anniversary of ...

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More Music Festival Overdoses, But Still No Pill Testing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another music festival, another death from a drug overdose and the festival season is just beginning. 19-year Callum Brosnan from Baulkham Hills is dead and three other young adults are in critical conditions after suspected drug overdoses at the Knockout Games of Destiny dance festival at Sydney Showground on Saturday night. Callum was found

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Queensland Government Campaign Targets Domestic Violence In LGBTIQ Community "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new state government campaign is helping raise awareness of domestic and family violence within the LGBTIQ community and deliver advice and information on where to go for support. Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said domestic and family violence doesnt discriminate; it can happen to anyone. Research shows that ...

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ALBUM REVIEW: Phosphorescent  Cest La Vie "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been five years since Matthew Houck released his last Phosphorescent album and by all reports hes gone through a bunch of stuff in that time  falling in love, starting a family, leaving New York for Nashville, building a studio from the ground up and nearly dying from meningitis. As a result, Cest La Vie Continue reading


Yellow Vests reject globalism, climate change and Macron "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Alex Bruce

Between Donald Trump, Matteo Salvini and the Gilets Jaunes revolts, no one except for the most severely brainwashed can deny that Globalism is on the ropes.

The degree to which a country is zombified by Globalism can be gauged by whether its people believe that Climate Change is the most pressing issue they face and if they believe that populism is a bad word.

Frances yellow jacket revolt message is clear:
Get rid of the Illuminati and get out of the United Nations, a fitting message for the quislings in Australian politics to recognise.

The last time French President Emmanuel Macron was seen publicly, before he went into hiding nearly a week ago on Tuesday, he addressed the Yellow Vests protests of the previous weekend and he used the exact same Globalist talking points as did US Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as if theyd been handed the same script. Both reaffirmed the direness and exigency of Climate Change and how it is causing social injustice and how their Climate Change policies must be implemented immediately, to finally bring about long-sought social justice and racial equality.

No statement...


Filipino and Australian communities observe Human Rights Day in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Members of the Filipino and Australian communities gathered in Melbournes west on sunday 9 December, to observe Human Rights Day and celebrate the heroic grassroots efforts of many, to turn around the ongoing attacks by government, mining companies and other corporations, which are making life more difficult and sometimes.

The event was held at the Seddon Scout Hall in Footscray.  

Guest speaker, former member of parliament for Northcote and First Nations leader, Lydia Thorpe, spoke about the worsening position of her people in Australia, under ever more reactionary government and the failure to progress on a proper reconciliation of past wrongs through a negotiated. Although some progress has been made in Victoria, there is still a battle to ensure that all First Nations are involved and the final result matches their aspirations.

Lydia also stressed the importance of all Australians being in involved, and all parts of Australian society having their concerns addressed in the treaty process and its outcome.

One thing was made clear, the First Nations of this country have not been defeated. They have survived, are here today and will keep on fighting until their rights has been won and future secured.

The Second gust speaker, Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary, who has been in the Philippines for 27 years and has recently been expelled, under orders of President Duterte, for her human rights work.

She has been involved in advocating for the poor and is an elected member of the National Council of Kataparan (an alliance of human rights organisations)

Earlier this year, Sister Pat had taken part in a fact-finding mission to Mindanao, where many cases of serious human rights violations were witnessed. She spoke of the plight of farmers losing their land to mining companies and plantation owners, and the taking away of their right to grow food where they had always done so, about the increasing use of military action, incarceration and murder as means of imposing the political will of the Duterte administration. There is an increasing use of trumped up charges to convict and jail individuals seen as political opponents of serious charges, like attempted murder, kidnapping and terrorism. The Philippines is heading towards a new period of martial law.

Weeks before her detention, she had given public support for for striking Coca Cola workers fighting terrible wages and conditions.

Although the situations are very different in each country, there are nevertheless some worrying similarities. In both, the political elite has moved in the direction of degrading human rights, linked to policies designed to enrich the richest few at the...


ANZ Declares Support For Intersex Community In Landmark Move "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ANZ has became the first major publicly listed company in Australia and New Zealand to endorse the Darlington Statement, an agenda of priorities created by a group of intersex community advocates last year. The company said it agrees to the priorities set out in the Darlington Statement and made the decision to endorse it following ...

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Photos March for International Humans Rights Day Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

March for International Humans  Rights Day Sydney (9 December 2018)
Hosted by FIRE Fighting In Resistance Equally
Representatives  and supporters from various campaigns joined with  Aboriginal  Peoples in the "Defence of Human Rights March in Sydney for International human Rights Day".
Human rights abuses against Aboriginal peoples are at a crisis point. More children are being forcibly removed than at any time in Australias history. The torture of black youth in the Don Dale detention centre in Darwin is happening across the country and examples of extreme police brutality and killings of Aboriginal people in custody are being exposed every week. These abuses are rooted in a continuing invasion and denial of First Nations sovereignty.

At the rally  Aboriginal leaders were joined by representatives from other campaigns and marginalised peoples standing up against brutal human rights abuses by the Australian government and by various colonialist governments from around the world.  It is the same government torturing refugees in offshore detention, persecuting Muslims, destroying the environment and denying social equity and trying to criminalise trade union activism in the building industry and beyond.
Individual speakers' topics include:
People affected by fracking, West Papua, Brazil, Yemen., Palestine
Refugee advocates, ...


NEW MUSIC: Frog Dont Tell Me Where Youre Going "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Frog are a band out of Queens, NYC and they mix up a cool blend of wonky, askew Americana. Firmly operating on the cosmic side of the tracks, without sacrificing song-craft and hooks, the duo released their new LP Whatever We Probably Already Had It a couple of weeks ago. You can hear bits of The Continue reading


PNG resource extraction law at stake "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The truth is that our country is at a crisis point. If we do not correct some very serious faults and failures in how we approach the extraction of resources such as minerals, gas and oil we will not only continue to fail to deliver progress to our people, we will put the very survival of our country at peril.

Editorial | The Sunday Bulletin | 2 December 2018

THIS week Papua New Guineas expanding resources industry will be showcased at a three-day PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference.

Widely regarded as the nations premier international conference, will be held from 3 to 5 December 2018 at Sydneys Hilton Hotel in Australia.

We understand that speakers will include the PNG Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, along with a number of government ministers who will provide delegates with insights into the...


Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.


Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 3 to 9 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker A woman has launched a private criminal prosecution after police refused to bring charges against her former partner for allegedly dowsing her with petrol and threatening to set

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Greens MP calls for tourist infrastructure fund "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith. Photo Tree Faerie.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has announced a plan for a Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, a plan that she says she will be taking to the state election in March.

Ms Smith said such a fund would help alleviate the massive backlog of infrastructure needs and upkeep for roads and parks in high tourism areas in NSW such as Byron Shire.

Without revealing the detail, which she said she would roll out closer to the election, Ms Smith said the formula would be based on the ratio of tourism numbers compared to ratepayers within a Local Government Area.

Local councils would receive a percentage of GST collected within their footprint. This obviously will benefit communities where there are a huge number of tourist visitors annually compared to ratepayers, she said.

The Byron Shire has 33,000 residents and just over 13,500 residential ratepayers but supports more than two million tourist visits each year.

We know the benefits tourism brings for businesses but we know that Byron Shire Council is left to pick up the tab to pay for the huge impact on roads and public spaces.

Its ridiculous that ratepayers are expected to pay for local roads and parks where tourism numbers are so disproportionate, while the state government reaps the tax dollars, including massive amounts of Land Tax, Stamp Duty and GST.

Eliminating pork barrelling

Instead of having to be like beggars at the mercy of the government of the day and pork barrelling, this model provides a sustainable, annual fund that the community can bank on.

Its time the regions got their fair share from the state government so that we can have safer roads, increased public transport and new public amenities, Ms Smith said.

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Media release- Military sweep in Nduga Regency-local villagers flee "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Media release- 10 December 2018
Military sweep in Nduga Regency-local villagers flee

In response to the latest shooting in the Yall District, Nduga Regency, in West Papua, the Indonesian security forces are undertaking a military operation to find those deemed responsible

Local media in West Papua have reported that residents  from Mbua, Yall and Yigi have fled to the forest to avoid the sweep by a joint police and army force. Up to 1500 people have been displaced.

According to Pastor Benny Gia, (in a report in Jubi 9 December) during a p...


Morrisons Bluff "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back in September 2014 a young man died in a Brisbane hospital after he had contracted a leg infection on Manus Island where he had been held in detention by Australian immigration authorities. Brisbane Coroner Mr Terry Ryan found his death followed a series of clinical errors and delays, including a lack of antibiotics on

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Surf Skier Noah Havard on Crossing the Line Tue 11 December "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Noah Havard at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Noah Havard is a local teenager who volunteers at the North Bondi Surf Living Saving Club where he rescues swimmers in trouble at Sydneys iconic beach, and coaches 9-10 yr old nippers.

He is now one of our most competitive surf skiers winning 5 gold medals at the recent Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth.

At 3pm he joins GT and Rupert on Crossing the Line to talk about his love of the surf and his future hopes as an Olympic kayaker.


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Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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Save Kosci walk finishes at Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than 600 people joined sections of the 36 day walk from Sydney to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko which aimed to raise awareness about the negative impacts of feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park. The walk finished on December 9. The five people who did the whole walk from Sydney were joined on the final day by 178 people, walking from Jindabyne, Thredbo or with the main group from Charlotte Pass.

The walk was organised to highlight the fact that there had been an escalation of environmental damage by wild horses over the past 5 years in the park. Instead of acting to reduce wild horse numbers, the NSW Parliament passed legislation that gives wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park more protection than native animals.

For background on the threats, check the Save Kosci website.

As reported in The Guardian, there was widespread support from the community for the walkers. The Save Kosci convener, Linda Groom, said the group was able to win over most people they spoke to.

Once they understand the facts, they are quite willing to face the difficult issue of culling horses if we are to control the population, she said.



Anglo-Saxon Eyes are Fixed on Countering China "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In spite in a number of signals that the Trump administration has made over the months to indicate that it is prepared to try to take China down alone, the better part of American policymakers have been hard at work behind the scenes, trying to put together a slapdash coalition against Beijing. Its rather curious that certain American media sources are not even trying to conceal this fact from the general public.

Thats where the largest Anglo-Saxon intelligence coalition in existence, comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States comes into play. The anti-Chinese efforts of this coalition known as the Five Eyes (FVEY) has recently been joined by Germany, Japan and France that want to oppose Chinese investments into various regions of the world.

American politicians would typically describe activities of this coalition as consultations with like-minded partners, aimed, for the time being, at countering the rapid rise of Beijing and its two major infrastructure initiatives: the One Belt One Road (OBOR) and Made in China 2025. However, Beijing is not the only one to suffer from the activities of FVEY, as this body has reportedly developed a number of anti-Russian operations as well.

This trend seems particularly disturbing, especially if one is to get acquainted with the statement issued after the recent Five Eyes meeting on the Gold Coast of Australia, learning that FVEY would use global partnerships to accelerate the sharing of information to secure its goals.

The Five Eyes played a pivotal role in the adoption of a number of anti-Chinese legislative initiatives, including the one known as FIRRMA, which gives Washington new powers to block certain types of foreign investments. The text of that legislation mandates Donald Trump to conduct a more robust international outreach effort to convince allies to adopt similar protections.

Lately, London in order to secure its favorable relations with Washington has become a primary actor in th...


Australian workers losing out under neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The current conflict in France, while multidimensional, is a reflection that the neoliberal austerity system is not working for ordinary people. All sorts of cross currents feed in to this discontent, some of which (for example, distaste for foreigners/migrants) are clearly not to be encouraged. Most of the claims of the Gilets Jaunes are about the alienation, exclusion and poverty that they feel living in the neoliberal, corporatist EU world. A lot of so-called progressives are out there claiming this is a right-wing ruse advancing climate denial and anti-migrant sentiment. But I consider that to be a typical elite response to any EU discontent to avoid discussion of exit and the paint the critics as being stupid and/or racist. A replay of the Brexit accusations from the Remainers. But the writing is on the wall for the Eurozone countries. People will only tolerate being put down and oppressed for so long. And all is not well elsewhere. Even when a nation has its own currency and has the capacity to avoid the sort of stagnation that many European nations are now wallowing in, the universality of the neoliberal austerity bias is making life hard for not only the low-income cohorts, but, increasingly for the lower tiers of the middle class (defined in income terms). Australian workers are feeling that pinch in the land of plenty.


Last weeks Australian National Accounts data showed that in the September-quarter, the Australian economy slowed considerably with an annualised growth rate recorded of just 1.2 per cent (0.3 per cent for the quarter).

If that growth rate sustains, then unemployment will start to rise rather sharply not to mention the already sky-high underemployment.

I provided a detailed analysis of the main aggregates in this blog post Australian national accounts economy is slowing and looking shaky (December 5, 2018).

Growth is only continuing as a result of households running down their saving to maintain a slowing rate of expenditure on consumption and several large public infrastructure projects being built by state (not federal) governments.

Corporate investment in productive infrastructure is in decline.

In this blog post, I want to extract some more insights and tie together several data sets that came out last week to show just how poorly the Australian economy is performing at present.

And, in doing so I am documenting trends and situations that are common in many advanced nations and demonstrate how dangerous the neoliberal era has become.

Things are not as bad in Australia as they are in France. But the trends are common. Neoliberalism is a global phenomenon.



Two dead, one injured in crash on M1 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two men have died and a woman has been injured in a crash on the Pacific Highway (M1) overnight (Sunday December 9).

About 7.45pm, a vehicle was travelling south on the highway, Glenugie, when it left the road, crashed through a fence, and rolled.

Two men in the car died at the scene. A female passenger was trapped in the vehicle.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has now flown the 39-year-old woman to Gold Coast University Hospital in serious condition with head injuries.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police Area Command remain on the scene conducting inquiries.

A contra flow is in place so traffic is able to travel through the area in both directions, however delays are expected.

Motorists are urged exercise caution, with emergency services and traffic crews on site.

Due to the nature of the incident, there is no forecast as to when all lanes will reopen.

For the latest traffic information, visit

Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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Dec 2018 General Meeting Open Mic! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As per Castlemaine Field Nat tradition, the December 2018 general meeting is a chance for any member (or visitor) to make a short presentation.  People are encouraged to talk for up to 5 minutes about a topic related in some way to natural history.  It might be photos from a holiday to an exotic location, video footage of birds in your backyard, an analysis of recent weather patterns or reciting a poem about a forest.  It is only limited by your imagination.  There will be a projector, PC laptop and screen available for use.

The evening commences from 7.30pm on Friday 14th December in the Fellowship Room within the behind the Uniting Church on Lyttleton St (next door to the Art Gallery).  Members and visitors of all ages are welcome, and entry is free.

If youd like, bring along a plate of food to share with everyone afterwards.


Jobs market defying gravity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Different here

'Uncharted territory' says the RBA, a phenomenon not seen anywhere in the world: a decent fall in house prices, solid growth in the economy, and falling unemployment. 

Well, let's see, but employment growth still appears to be defying gravity for now.

Roy Morgan reported employment up by +408,000 over the year to November 2018. 

Lots of part-time jobs in that total, though, and the latest new auto sales figures were a total bloodbath, with the New South Wales figures getting roundly hammered. 

The final ABS update on the labour force for 2018 is due out next week, and will command a huge level of attention. 


Heres How To Survive Your Office Christmas Party Without Getting Fired "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its Christmas party season, and with it comes serious risks for workers who have too much to drink and misbehave around colleagues. Every year, dozens of Australian workers face serious disciplinary action and sometimes even dismissal for inappropriate behaviour during work Christmas functions. Some recent cases include engineering project coordinator Damien McDaid, who was fired ...

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Drugs, gems, ammo seized in raid on Eureka home "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been refused bail following a police raid on a Eureka home last week that uncovered a cache of diamonds.

About 9.50am on Wednesday December 5, police raided the home where they allegedly seized cannabis, .22 calibre ammunition, lysergic acid (LSD) tabs, methylamphetamine, 43 assorted diamonds, eight opals, two gold watches, a mans gold chain and three gift cards valued at $50 each.

A 45-year-old Eureka man was charged with possessing a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition, supplying a prohibited drug and dealing with proceeds of crime

He was refused bail to appear before Byron Bay Local Court December 20.

AK47: man arrested

In a separate incident, on Saturday December 8, police stopped a car on John Robb Way, Cudgen at about 12.05am.

The driver, a 23-year-old male from Mudgeeraba, was arrested for outstanding warrants from 2014 for offences including possessing an AK47 rifle, possessing ammunition, possessing breaking implements (being a sledge hammer and bolt cutters) and possessing body armour, which is alleged to have been found in Kogarah.

Police searched the man and allegedly found a Hublot watch valued at $53,345.00 and $3150.00 cash. In addition to the warrants he was charged with goods in custody suspected of being stolen and dealing with proceeds of crime.

The man was refused bail to appear Tweed Heads Local Court today (December 10).


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Preventing abuses in detention Optional Protocol, Convention against Torture "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steven Caruana writes on the prevention of abuses in detention through the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. Today, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. The infamous Don Dale Youth Detention Centre has in recent times come back into the public spotlight with the anniversary of the Royal Commissions findings and an unfortunate []


1) TNI denies explosive use during rescue after Papua shootings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) 15 confirmed dead in Nduga incident; locals complaint is a root, says the Church Leader


1) TNI denies explosive use during rescue after Papua shootings

News Desk The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Sun, December 9, 2018 | 07:25 pm

Ready for action: Indonesian Military personnel prepare to board a helicopter in....


Getting a Judge, Part 8: Sherman Skolnicks Contempt of Court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Dissident books by Skolnick: Ahead of the Parade, and The Overthrow of the Republic

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

It makes me so sad that our institutions have gone bad. Being a reasonable person I like to think that when I hit an interpersonal problem I can show the way out by reasoning.

In regard to what we have been covering at Gumshoe about Family Law, one can easily identify two areas in which ones normal human reactions have to be restrained.

One is the threat of being held in contempt of court if you to explain reasonably whats going on.

The other is dealing with police who have now been trained to see citizens as the enemy. So if you stand up to them they can find a way to charge you with unruly behavior, resisting arrest, or whatever. Having committed no crime you now commit the crime of reasoning. All very frightening!

Sherman Skolnick

The late Sherman Skolnick...


Independent Artist of the Week: The Native Cats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo by Lou Conboy    

The dreamy Apple Isles capital is home to The Native Cats and their very own post-punk pub rock will get ya with its crisp ferocity.

Chloe Alison Escott and Julian Teakle have been building their repertoire and reputation as The Native Cats down in Hobarts (and generally all over south east Aus) music scene for the better part of the past decade. The last few years, culminating around their 10th year as TNC, have happened to coincide with seismic shifts in their personal lives, which has naturally flowed into their music together and all the better for us.

In Feb, the band released the LP John Sharp Toro, which is, according to Escott, The operative statement. The others [albums] are inoperative, (10 points to you if that statement sounds familiar). JST is direct, concise and razor-sharp across all aspects, addressing loneliness and isolation against dynamic beats and bass lines that results in a powerful delivery.

Bookending the year, The Cats have continued the conversation from JST with more material via EP Spiro Scratch, and its just as significant a listen. Get your ears around opener Preservation Law, a pointed and abrupt track Escott absolutely and cathartically lets loose on.

Spiro Scratch EP by The Native Cats
Tune into Up For It every Monday morning to meet your new independent artist of the week!

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The Race to the Abyss Fuel of Choice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pendulum swings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Forensic analysis

Back in my auditing days in London, as a trainee I had to do my tour of duty in the forensic accounting department. 

It's one of things that sounds a little bit exciting, and the people were great, but being involved in a fraud investigation I never found to be much fun.

Naturally, everyone is on edge - even people that have no reason to be - and the accounting concept of materiality doesn't apply in the same way.

Anything could prove to be material, so every transaction must be investigated on a painstaking, line-by-line basis.

Notably the process becomes almost as important as the result, and invariably the investigations drag on for months as ever further documentation and explanations are sought. 

Pendulum swings tighter

I've spoken before about the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, rarely stationary in an a neutral position, and instead typically swinging towards too loose or too tight. 

The AFR has reported more than once this week on the forensic analysis of mortgage applications, including borrowers with substantial 30 per cent deposits being refused a loan for having Netflix account membership, or for using Uber Eats. 

I've also come across high income earners with low debt turned being down for a loan because they'd previously signed up for a credit card to earn loyalty points. 

Here's how respected industry experts are reporting what they're seeing, and that one key word keeps coming up: forensic (...


Report on Darebin Climate Emergency Conference "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The last two days - 11-12 September - I attended the Darebin climate emergency conference in northern Melbourne suburb of Northcote. I was one of 350 people that registered and attended. Some good speeches and presentations, interesting panel discussions and useful one-on-one conversations. This was Darebin Council hosting and facilitating this conference as part of it's climate emergency


London Assembly passes climate emergency motion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The London Assembly has passed a motion by a vote of 12 votes for, 0 against, for declaring a climate emergency. The motion by UK Greens Councillor Caroline Russell urges that the Mayor should "declare a Climate Emergency, supported by specific emergency plans with the actions needed to make London carbon neutral by 2030". This follows on from the City of Bristol declaring a climate emergency


US President Donald Trump aka "Individual-1" named in relation to presidential election campaign violations & contact with Russian President's office "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On 29 November 2018 attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to financial institutions, lying to the US Congress and facilitating illegal campaign contributions totalling US$255,000 in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

His plea agreement can be found here.

US President Donald J. Trump is identified in the US Government's Sentencing Memorandums, the first of which recommenfs that Cohen be gaoled for up to three and a half years.


THE GOVERNMENTS SENTENCING MEMORANDUM, filed 7 December 2018, excerpts:

1. Background


Australia 2018: Is long-term rental destroying the wellbeing of low income households? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Across the nation, people who rent are living on insecure tenancies. Almost 9 in 10 Australians who rent (88%) are on leases of a year or less, and are not certain of where they will be living in a years time. This impacts a persons ability to feel part of the local community and establish roots.


This is a Des Moines Register Article Regarding Earling IA Attorney Who Tried to Charge Me With a Crime Concerning My Dogs 8 Months AFTER Approving Them "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Readers Watchdog: City managers side work raises questions

So according to the Des Moines Register article- this guy loves money and will do anything he can to obtain as much as he is able.

This is the thing- those who are attacking me simply pay others to attack me.

So like everything else- one only has to follow the money to find the truth.

Im not saying for certain this is the case- but it certainly warrants investigation.

With concerns to everyone who is attacking me and trying to set me up.

And trying to charge me with a crime for simply having certain dogs 8 months after approving them is an obvious set up as well as not allowing me to register them- which will also be called a crime probably.

And out of three dogs- one of them is a black lab.

Just saying.


Lost souls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The reason I have been up in Sydney was to go to a Wiggles concert along with my granddaughter. The place was packed to the rafters and for the under-sevens it was a sensation. But for me, it was how they ended the afternoon that truly astonished me. First they brought on Santa Claus which I thought was amazing enough. And then, wildly beyond any expectation I might have had, notwithstanding this being December, they then sang Silent Night, but in German. Still I thought, that was amazing since they could not have been more Christian in their presentation. And then they continued in English, and there is no more Christian Christmas carol than Silent Night. It was a perfect way to end for me, although I doubt there were many there who noticed or thought this was particularly remarkable, but it was.

Now tonight, more than a day later, I was reading this typical piece of dreck, title: Americas New Religions, in which the point being made by Andrew Sullivan was that one cannot live without some kind of faith in the transcendent, which I did agree with, but there towards the end was this:

Now look at our politics. We have the cult of Trump on the right, a demigod who, among his worshippers, can do no wrong. And we have the cult of social justice on the left, a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical. They are filling the void that Christianity once owned, without any of the wisdom and culture and restraint that Christianity once provided.

This equivalence was obviously false. Only on the left is politics a religion substitute. These are lost souls. I will say no more than the obvious, that atheism is not a feature of the right and whatever may be the reason for our support for PDT, we do not think of him as a demigod who can do no wrong. But what is revealed is the tragic spiritual loss in the empty lives of so many on the left. There is much more that could be said, but will only add this from another website:

Liberty wasnt born out of the United States Congress but from the heart of God. It is an inalienable right a God-given right a right which belongs to all men everywhere and in every age. The government doesnt grant inalienable rights. Its task is to protect them. No person, no group, no government, is authorized by our Creator God to infringe upon what is the absolute inherent privileges of being made in the image of God or might interfere with ones duty to God. When we try to separate liberty from the spiritual, when we base it in human definitions and objectives alone, freedom is corrupted, counterfeited, and dies.

I cannot link to these posts because of the primitive machinery I am on, but finding both online today does give me some hope for the future, not to mention the Wiggles who did the sam...


PERTH Magistrates court listings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Magistrates court listings .

December 09, 2018 at 10:08PM .

Perth Magistrates Court, Perth, Western Australia. In addition, if a family member is intimidated, bullied, dominated, or they fearful for their safety, that is .



Peter Baldwin on identity politics "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is the third paper in a very important series on identity politics by Peter Baldwin who is the convenor of the Blackheath Philosophy Forum in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

This article supports Count 3 of my indictment of identity politics set out in JAccuse Identity Politics in which I claim that the worst victims of this ideology are the very people it claims to champion. There is a huge amount to be said about this, but in this article I focus on two cases: the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, and the role of identity politics in reshaping policy toward indigenous people in Australia over the past several decades. In both these cases, but especially the latter, the embrace of identity politics has not just failed to improve the lot of the severely disadvantaged people concerned, but actually made things far worse.


Hillsong founder Frank Houston boy sex abuse victim SA1 testimony boy sex abuse at Assembly of God youth camp in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


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Boy victim SA1 details the sexual abuse of him at age 11 by the pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church:

The abuse by Frank occurred during one week I was at the Klemzig AOG camp. It would have been in the summer of 1973 or 1974.

I was about 11. I hadnt reached puberty yet

I remember Frank being around the shower block quite a lot, seemed to bump into him there.

One time I was going in and he was coming out and as I went in I saw another boy a few years older standing there with an erection. My mate, David Haig also noticed it because I remember talking about it after, as boys would.

The first time Frank touched me was in a shower. I was showering and he pushed aside the flimsy curtain and stepped in and fondled me.

The second time was in the dorm. My bed was close to the back end on the bottom. He came to the bunk, sat down and masturbated me and had me touch him over his clothes.


On 18 November 2012 boy victim SA1 comments on this my blog site:

On 18 November 2012 a boy victim that nobody had previously heard of wrote the following comment on this my blog site:

Sadly, there were more than six kids, Frank was a regular at youth and family camps in the early/mid 70s at Cudlee Creek, SA ( the church camp) That is where I had my expe...


Ep 260 Nova Scotia and Air Jordans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ep 260 Instagram

Photos: Justin Edwards

Nova Scotia

Recorded & mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at Sonic Masala Fest, Brisbane, 18th August 2018

Nova Scotia are a Brisbane band that I thought Id only ever hear about.  Every time they came up it was always with a reverence and a hint of dismay as I was informed they dont really play anymore. Well that all changed with a reformation of sorts at 2018s Sonic Masala Fest.

Nova Scotia have been absent from the Brisbane scene for about 6 and a half years after their release in 2011 aptly titled Nova Scotia. Their rock and punk sensibilities are delivered with intensity intertwined with positive sounding riffs that make you feel stoked to be in the presence of music.

With lead vocalist Scott moving to Melbourne this was a chance for diehard fans to get a long lost glimpse of one of their favourites and the crowd was heaving for their set. They were a force to be reckoned with on this reformed show, while they said it was the la...


Queensland's Rainforest is Burning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
The unprecedented burning of pristine rainforest around Eungella in the central Queensland hinterland is a stark warning of climate change-related environmental challenges that lie ahead. Rainforest has been reduced to ash in and around Eungella National Park, though the full extent of the damage is not yet known.

Rainforest burned - Pic by Craig Illingworth
Unlike eucalypt forest, rainforest is extremely susceptible to fire and the habitat will struggle to regenerate. This may be the first time in Australia that a substantial area of rainforest has evidently been impacted severely by wildfire. Alarm bells should be ringing loudly.



Common cicada goes by many names "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Look out for Masked Devils! Noisy devils, they are. Never heard of them?

How about Yellow Mondays? Green Grocers? Blue Princes? Chocolate Soldiers?
Cyclophila australasiae, every last variously coloured and patterned one of them.  Tricky things, common names. Wet Sundays? No, not cicadas, just the tail end of TC Owen clockwising through Townsville.


The 1969 Devon Park - photographs - additional information "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Devon Park photographs

Since the late 1960's I have been aware of a series of four UFO photographs (three of which I have images of) said to have been taken in Adelaide in 1969. I also recall seeing a completed UFO report form, compiled by the photographer; in  the collection of the now defunct Australian Flying Saucer Research Society, although a search of my computer files failed to find a copy of this form.

Imagine my surprise upon going through copies of documents scanned by US researcher Barry Greenwood, to find a copy of the original report form, from Barry's recent visit to the archives of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago.

On the form, the photographer David Bryant,  gave his age as "21;" his occupation as "butcher;" and his then address as "5 Alan Avenue, Campbelltown" in Adelaide, South Australia. However, he stated that the place of the sighting was "Devon Park, Western part of Adelaide." Weather conditions at the time were given as "misty cloud." The date of the sighting is given as "Early June 1969" and time as "6 to 7am."

The object was first seen at an angular elevation of 35 degrees. It's light attracted his attention;  as well as its movement. The object appeared as a "solid object - glowing as a series of light bulbs." It was in view for three minutes. Asked for an "opinion on propulsion,"  he wrote, "No idea but lights revolving very fast." To "Details of structure and shape" he wrote "A mass of spinning lights."



They Are Doing Everything They Can To Shut Me Up About My Family Being Involved With Child Trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This situation with my dogs is but one example.

When I bought this house in Earling, it was in order to get away from the targeting in Seattle.

This bogus protection order taken out on me in the Kent, WA court had about 15 videos listed on it but NONE had to do with the petitioners but only and SOLEY dealt with Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves.

Both he and his cult group has sent me constant threatening emails.

It also said I threatened Algona, WA police but this was a complete lie as NO charges were leveled at me for doing such a thing.

Later- another filing in Pacific, WA transpired accusing me of violating the protection order- with a different judge- all the while Mesner was sending me emails telling me they were going to have me murdered in jail.

The Satanic Temple has a consistent history of using the courts in order to attack those they believe are vulnerable or who have money. The latest was Netflix.

I decided the best decision was to move back home to Iowa and away from Algona WA.

While trying to sell my house- they broke in and disconnected wires, knocking out 1/4 of my houses electricity- which I had to pay a 1000 dollars to an electrician to come in and fix.

All the while I was getting emails telling me to say goodbye to my house .

When I moved to Earling, IA- the town council had to approve of my dogs- as they are pits- which they did.

After arriving here- I was still getting emails from Mesner- informing me that he had already enlisted someone to help him attack me in the small town.

I was experiencing break ins repeatedly- someone tried to poison my dogs twice- and all of this was precipitated by emails from Doug- who was telling me it was going to happen before it occured.

However- the city clerk in town here had befriended me before I even left Seattle and had keys to my house. So she is the logical suspect to the break Ins as police couldnt figure out who was doing it.

She blamed the break Ins on my neighbor- telling me my neighbor was being investigated for manufacturing meth in her basement- and even gave me a photocopy of my neighbors check my neighbor had written to the city for her water bill.

At the time I thought it was weird but now I realize she (and Doug) were hoping I would publish it on my blog- which would have been a crime.

In fact the IA Shelby County Sheriff had me in for an hour and a half recorded interview discussing everything that was happening, as they realize what is happening is nefarious.

I made a complaint to the city council eight months after arriving- making a complaint about the c...


Tough New Laws Against Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A range of tough new laws to combat child sexual abuse in NSW came into effect on 1 December, which complete one of the most comprehensive overhauls of the states criminal laws in history. The recently enacted laws follow a number other child sex reforms which commenced in late

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SOCIAL WORK: Sally Smart "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Photo by Jeff Wassmann

Which member of your family influenced you the most?

S.S. The Artists in my family. 

Do you have a favourite family story? 

S.S. Love at first sight. 

What do you hope for?  

S.S. The World

How do you make important decisions? 

S.S. Sleep on it. 

Do you think things happen for a reason? 

S.S. Yes

What beliefs do you have that you think will never change?

S.S. I believe in art and love. 

Do you believe in the supernatural?

S.S. Yes, Ive seen a ghost! 

Have you ever come close to dying? 

S.S. Drowning. 

What do you like the best about your body? 

S.S. That I am healthy. 

Have you ever been lost? 

S.S. In Venice. 

How do you control your anger?

S.S. Swim. 

Is there anything you find irresistible?


What is stopping you?

S.S. Nothing. 

What would you like to do more of?

S.S. Sail and sing, sing and sail. 

What was your favourite book as a child?

S.S. Pippi Longstocking. 



The Necks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


by Steve Proposch

The Necks celebrate what it is to be a musician, living in the moment of the music, where a single note rings out in space and sparks an idea. Not even the band knows where it might lead, but the possibilities are virtually endless. 

The Necks know all the possibilities. Individually they are veteran musos with accomplished careers stretching back to the early 80s. Together they somehow find their way from silence and nothingness through spare bass notes, piano chords and feedback, to nifty riffs, to driving grooves, to crashing crescendos, to some kind of answer. 

Lloyd Swanton plays bass for The Necks and is a three-time winner of Best Bassist in the Australian Jazz and Blues Awards. Along with Chris Abrahams (piano), and Tony Buck (drums), he has been lauded in the world press for his work in this band as everything from a genius to some kind of musical shaman-stroke-prophet. The Necks performances have been described as Ecstacy in slow motion magically euphoric (Weser Kurier, Bremen, Germany), and a kind of religious experience (The Australian). We spoke to Swanton in the lead up to their performance at the Castlemaine State Festival in March 2013.

Your music feeds on itself, building from the first note with ideas tried out in the moment Do you ever play a song the same way twice?

Lloyd Swanton: No, never. Even if we wanted to, we couldnt.

Is that ever a problem? Do you sometimes have audiences requesting an old fave the play something we know mate moment?

LS: Well, people often come up to the merch desk after the show and ask which one did they play tonight? No, no-one ever asks for old faves. People just seem to know. For example, our first album Sex sold well and continues to sell well, 24 years later, such that wed expect to see some of those buyers rocking up to our shows, but although we get good crowds at our shows, its nothing like what youd expect considering how many copies Sex has sold, so clearly people just know that theyre not going to get the Sex experience at the live show (Ill tactfully avoid the many obvious jokes I could make there). And Im fine with that. We always have a good turnout to play to, and I think its great to know weve got a whole other stay-at-home audience.

Did you perhaps start out thinking you might form a straight up rock or pop band?

LS: (Snort.) We formed the band with the specific intention of exploring this modus operandi we had in mind. Incredible t...


Port Arthur shooting witness dies before eventually exposing the Port Arthur psyop "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The despicable and persistent hounding of Wendy Scurr by government enforcers terrified this hero and most other credible eye witness who publicly exposed the cover-up which made intellectually challenged Martin Bryant the patsy for the shooting at Port Arthur 28th April 1996.

The following article published in Gumshoe News by Malcolm Hughes  is a befitting tribute to a great Australian taking on  Goliaths lies and relentless persecution of Wendy. Living in total fear this witness could not achieve her goal of bringing John Howard and his cartel to justice.

A courageous Australian passes vale Wendy Scurr

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mals article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word heroine, the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days but Wendy was ahead of her time, havi...


Make your seafood feast sustainable this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias peak marine NGO is calling on all ocean loving Australians who also love their seafood to shop sustainably this festive season. AMCS Sustainable Seafood Program Manager, Adrian Meder said, The festive season is a great time to enjoy quality, fresh seafood from around Australia. But none of us want our ocean wildlife and their []

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Lawyer X or Informer 3838, defence barrister Nicola Gobbo? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(Image: Source supplied)

Crooked cops and lawyers are rife in the colony called Australia, where the judiciary supports their actions.

With the matter of 'Lawyer X' (or Informer 3838), in the public spotlight now, it seems that the bent barrister's actions were documented by the Fairfax publication in 2010, under the subtle headline;
Lawyer 'demanded $20m' in the following article:

The High Court of Australia lifted suppression orders to reveal the barrister, 'who cannot be identified' represented Mockbel and other underworld figures while informing against her clients between 2005-2009.

See also article from 8 Dec 2018 by of the headline:
Victoria Police's legal fight to keep Lawyer X gangland informer secret cost $4.52 million at:$4.5m/10596904


Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Students lead thousands in nationwide protests against Adani coal mine | SBS News: Protesters marched the streets in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change.


A teenager has died of suspected overdose at a Sydney dance festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A teenager has passed away, while three others are in critical condition, following suspected drug overdoses at a Sydney dance festival on Saturday.

As the ABC reports, a 19-year-old man had been attending the Knockout Games of Destiny festival at Sydneys Olympic Park on Saturday when he fell ill.

After being rushed to Concord Hospital upon suspicion of a drug overdose, he tragically passed away at around 4:30am on Sunday morning. Two other women aged 19 and 25 were also taken to Westmead Hospital for suspected overdoses, and remain in a critical condition at the current time.

An additional 13 people were hospitalised following the event, with 130 reportedly seeking medical assistance during the festival itself.

According to a press release by the NSW Police, the festival was attended by more than 180,000 people, with officers conducting more than 200 searches, issuing 69 banning notices, and discovering 62 people in possession of drugs.

A further five people were also charged with drug supply offences including an 18-year-old woman, who will appear in court at a later date.

As the SBS reports, police explained to reporters that festival attendees are continuing to ignore the warning signs of dangerous drugs.

There is no acceptable use for drugs the message is clear, explained South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell. We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the wellbeing and safety of attendees our number one priority.

Look, it is terrible. We have another family grieving. In addition to that family grieving, we have another three families whose young ones are in hospital, two of which have only just come out of induced coma. Another one is still in an induced coma.

The reaches of this scourge go much further than those that take it (drugs), continued Assistant Commissioner Thurtell. These families are grieving, and panicking, as well at the same time now, and there was 13 other young people taken to hospital in total last night. So, its obvious they are just not safe.

Despite these incidents,...



All the highlights from Australias inaugural Good Things festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Review: Good Things festival at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, December 7th 2018

Earlier this year, Australia was blessed with the news of a brand new festival. Dubbed Good Things, it was set to bring some of the finest acts in punk, rock, metal, and emo to fans in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

Now, after months of waiting, the inaugural edition of Good Things kicked off in Melbourne on Friday, truly living up to its name.

Check out The Offsprings Self Esteem:


Despite the sweltering 39 degree weather, eager music fans found their way to Melbournes Flemington Racecourse on Friday morning, not wanting to miss a single minute of the days action. As these fans found their way to some of the heavily-utilised shade tents to stake out a good spot, local rockers Stuck Out took to the stage.

Instantly bouncing around with pure energy, delivering feisty, pop-punk gems, Stuck Out undoubtedly set the scene for what was to come for the rest of the day. Playing to a reasonable-sized crowd, it was clear that the festival was playing host a number of people who wanted to get in early to witness the brilliance of the local openers.

Over on stage 4, Ecca Vandal was kicking off the smaller stages in a huge way. Mixing in a wide variety of genres to her far-too short set, Ecca Vandal treated fans to some hard grooves, melodic vocal lines, and infectiously catchy singalongs.

As the crowd began to jump up and down despite the intense heat, Ecca Vandal was relentless, hardly letting up for a single second as she switched between subdued vocals and an powerful roar, making her one of the must-see acts of the morning lineup.

Check out Ecca Vandals Future Heroine:


Over on the main stage, Melbournes Void Of Vision played a suitably crushing set to their hometown crowd, with thei...


Australia isolated on climate change: Oxfam "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is poised to fall even further behind in the global race to tackle climate change amid a groundswell of support for urgent action, Oxfam Australia warned today as leaders from across the globe gathered in Poland for the United Nations annual climate change conference. Oxfam Australia Climate Change Adviser Simon Bradshaw, who is in []

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$101m Measles Mumps Rubella vax payout for infant brain damage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(July, 2018 SARASOTA, FL) Attorneys at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. negotiated a $101 million dollar settlement for an infant who suffered a severe reaction to the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

O.R.* was a one-year-old healthy baby girl who was already walking and climbing.  On February 13, 2013, she received vaccinations for Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis A, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Prevnar (pneumonia), and Varicella (chickenpox).  That evening, the mother noticed baby O.R. was irritable and feverish. After a call to the pediatrician, the doctor advised Mom to give her Tylenol and Benadryl. The fever continued for several days and on the evening before the babys scheduled pediatrician visit, O.R. began having severe seizures. She was rushed to the emergency room.  Baby O.R. went into cardiac and respiratory arrest and doctors placed her on a ventilator.



Japan says no to immigrants; Muslims not allowed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Alex Bruce

The birth rates of most developed nations is at or below replacement levels, which is the argument for accepting large numbers of immigrants, because more people are always needed for the economy as if the economy was something the people should serve, rather than the other way around, says Canadian YouTuber, Black Pigeon Speaks.

The financial system needs bodies to create debt-based money through fractional reserve banking and it will do anything and buy any government to see that the machine is not slowed down.

Media and academia take their cues from UN reports and promote the idea that demographic and cultural replacement and the eradication of ancient nation-states is the only answer to keeping economies strong.

However, Japan is one developed country that refuses to follow the West and replace its population and culture via the importation of millions of people from the developing world.

The Japanese people remain rich and are among the longest-lived people on Earth. Japan is safe, clean, comfortable and modern.

Contrary to what were often told, Black Pigeon cites studies that show that there is no relationship between per capita GDP and a growing population. Declining populations (if not replaced) could ease the housing crisis seizing the capitals of developed countries and thereby improve the quality of life.

Endless growth is not possible on the confined space of the Japanese islands any more than it is on our finite planet and and Japan does not seem willing to gamble the future of their nation on an ideology of multiculturalism and mass immigration for the comfort of one or two generations retirement pensions.

Running Time: 10 min


Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Woman "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A serving Victorian policeman has been found not guilty of four assault charges after he smashed his way into a womans home together with seven other officers 22 years ago, punched her up to seven times in the face and broke her nose. The incident Now 49-year old leading

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Tingha Cemetery Burials and the AUS-KOORI Mailing List "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Back in November 2003 I added the following entry to correspondence referring to Tingha burials on the AUS-KOORI mailing list

"Tingha Cemetery Burials by Paul Mackett
Burials at the Tingha Cemetery, New South Wales are listed at the following site
Some or all of the following are recorded for each burial Section, Row, Lot, Surname, Christian Name, Age,  Burial Number, Date of Death. The date range is approximately
1886 to 1999.

There are 1537 burials recorded as follows

Section , My interpretation , Graves
Ang/SA , Anglican/Salvation Army , 340
Old Ang, Old Anglican , 155
Cath , Catholic , 108
Old Cath , Old Catholic , 70
Uniting , Uniting  , 47
New Gen , New General , 227
O Abor , Old Aboriginal , 171
N Abor ,  New Aboriginal , 90
Unsect ,  , 328
No Section ,  , 1

The document can be downloaded from the above site as a Word document."

As this URL no longer exists you can access the document here .


Smiths feature in local T20 blockbuster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sydney Cricket Club players, supporters and TWTs resident cricket boffin Chris Karas its fair to say are excited about todays Double Header at [more]

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Dinner is served "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The following sequence was captured last week, with my favourite raptors on the plains.

The female Nankeen Kestrel, pictured here with a spider, was making repeated visits to the nest in the late afternoon. The chicks are still quite small and fluffy (you may be able to just make out one in two of the images), but will develop rapidly over the next few weeks.

Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 5th December 2018


The Madness of Our Mental Health System "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Imagine telling a story, mostly fictional but with a sprinkling of facts, so plausible and compelling as to be taken as true and internalised by whole societies  societies proud of their preeminent science and enlightenment. Imagine telling a mostly fictional story that is adopted and championed even by professionals, academics and major societal institutions, including governments; a story in which millions of citizens are deemed to suffer from psychological conditions termed in the story as mental illnesses, which must, at the cost of billions of dollars, be medically diagnosed and remediated by doctors, mental illness professionals, and drugs of questionable safety and even more questionable efficacy.

Well, as it turns out, this happens to describe the origin and reality of our present mental health system, beginning with a largely pseudo-scientific narrative followed by and necessitating a chain of responses and expenditures. This narrative and its resultant system have become the predominant and accepted response of Western societies to the distress and difficulties of common human experience; both narrative and system have been owned by medicine and health institutions as the preferred approach to mental health, and have been afforded the status and legitimacy of evidence-based science, purporting to benefit human psychological health and well-being.

This article explains why we should be deeply disturbed by this largely fictional narrative and its resultant system; why we should be suspicious of who actually benefits from the whole enterprise; why it is a largely unnecessary burdensome cost to our economy, and, most importantly, why we can no longer countenance the unconscionable toll it takes on the psychological health and well-being of ordinary citizens.

The pandemic we didnt need to have

The number of people in our community now being diagnosed with and medicated for a mental illness or disorder poses a major challenge for our already overburdened mental health services and the funding required to sustain them. Depression and anxiety (the predominant and highest prevalence diagnoses) have apparently reached record levels. We are told by the mass media and our major mental health institutions that these are one of the major health challenges of our generation. The question is: what is so badly amiss with Western society that should occasion such an historically unprecedented decline in peoples psychological well-being? One must begin to wonder why humanity has suddenly taken such a turn for the worse. Clearly, the psychiatric/medical remedy applied to this problem is a failed enterprise, with the reported prevalence of mental illness being unremitting in its escalation, with Australia, Britain and the US reporting between 1825% of their populations now afflicted with a mental disorder..........


A Vote Climate Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As part of a vote climate strategy I have often called for climate Independents to oppose those Liberal and National MP climate change deniers that occupy safe seats in our Federal parliament. Those climate Independents should necessarily be from the centre or conservative side of politics and preferably be high profile and media friendly the more well-known the better. A hit list of these deniers in the current Federal parliament should be easy to compile starting with ex PM Mr Abbott and including a few Victorians such as Kevin Andrews.

Now prominent Liberal Party member Oliver Yates has called for the Liberal party to split and for independent Liberals those that accept the overwhelming evidence of climate science and the need for the Adani coal mine to be stopped to oppose sitting members. Writing an opinion piece in the Guardian Yates noted: We must provide alternatives for Liberals to vote for at the next federal election, and I hope to see independent Liberals provide electors in safe Liberal seats with that choice. We need to return to the day where politicians know that their job is not to retain their job but rather to represent their electorate, who, if they are lucky, reward them with their job.

There are a growing number of environmental and progressive political organisations that have joined the vote climate movement. These include Environment Victoria and the Friends of the Earths Act on Climate collective in the Victorian election and Get Up and Stop Adani in the recent Wentworth by-election. By-elections allow groups to concentrate their efforts in seats that they would otherwise discount or ignore in a general election.  And yet both these elections illustrate that there is a strong demand for rational climate policies in these conservative seats.

Since actual climate deniers number only about 5% of the population and around 70% accept human caused climate change then it follows that there is a substantial body of voters on the conservative side of politics waiting for a suitable candidate. Now the Vote Climate campaign has been joined by the Australian Conservation Foundation these groups should co-ordinate their campaigns so that climate independents in safe seats are not only not forgotten but encouraged and assisted wherever possible. Included in this should be the issue of some sort of Conservatives for Climate How to Vote Senate tickets in all states ...


The Often Overlooked "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the valley the three snakes to watch out for (according to popular wisdom) are the Red-bellied Black, the Eastern Brown and the Tiger Snake. All three are classed as dangerously venomous and depending on the local environment one of the three will dominate. All are snakes of the Elapid family. That is having hollow []


Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Massacre of workers rekindle forgotten insurgency in Indonesias Papua

Published 13 hours ago

The recent massacre of civilian workers by separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua province has cast a spotlight on one of the world's longest-running insurgencies, with no end to the bloody conflict in sight.
The killings are a marked escalation from decades of mostly sporadic skirmishes between poorly armed and disorganized guerrillas and a powerful Indonesian military accused of human rights abuses against civilians.
Rebels demanded that the government hold negotiations on their territory's self-determination and warned of more attacks following a raid on a construction site that left at least 16 dead and three others missing.
An insurgency has simmered in mineral-rich Papua since the early 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the region that was a former Dutch colony. It was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was seen as a sham by many. More recent grievances fanned by marginalization of the ethnic Melanesian population and widespread rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings.


Pun from my son "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Oscar asked to bottle the stout

As he was tipping the fermenter forward to get the last of it, I asked him to be wary of slime at the bottom and he replied with a pun: "I'll see those in gradients"!


USA gets the Fossil Award for arguing against inclusion of mention of human rights "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Eleanor Roosevelt would be turning in her grave at the current US Administration antics at COP24. Yes, the USA picks up today's Fossil award for their arguments on excluding mention of human rights in the Paris rulebook, when they are specifically mentioned in the preamble of the Paris Agreement. Concerns were raised earlier about whether human rights were being included in Paris Agreement


YEMEN: The Consequence of Western Global Imperialism and Criminality is Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jeremy Salt 
Palestine Chronicle

After the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, many are asking But what about Yemen? Yes, indeed, what about Yemen, but what about Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Somalia?   What about Egypt in 1956, what about Iran in 1953 and what about Palestine from 1917 to the present day?

There is a string of what abouts? going all the way back to the French occupation of Algeria in 1830.  The western presence in North Africa and the Middle East is an unbroken record of criminality, invasion, occupation, massacre, assassination and overthrow stretching back over two hundred years.

The west is always killing someone somewhere, or helping someone else to kill them. Nothing has ever stopped it.  Not 9/11 and certainly not the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. Even now Britain is ramping up its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, consolidating its position as a partner in the slaughter of Yemenis.

This is the template for what we now see around us.  In the Middle East, the west has been a curse. But what is the west?

No more than a useful cover, basically for three countries, Britain, France, and the US.  Their outriders, Australia, Canada, other European states, in it for the money, or bullied and intimidated into joining the coalition of the willing or whatever propaganda phase is cooked up to conceal the massacre of millions, are no more than useful bit players masquerading as independent countries.

From 1798 when French warships arrived off the coast of Egypt until 1956 when Britain and France were humiliated at S...


If you hate carbon, you hate yourself and the rest of humanity "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Your body is made up of 18 per cent carbon

(Natural News) We were all taught how photosynthesis works in high school or at least you should have been taught how it works. Photosynthesis is arguably the single most important metabolic process on the planet, and it is from this process that nearly all complex life is sustained.

Photosynthesis is a process by which plants produce metabolic energy. Using this energy combined with elemental materials pulled from air and soil, they build tree trunks, food crops, leaves, pollen, seeds, stems and everything youve come to associate with living plants. Even alga use photosynthesis to grow and divide, which is why microalgae such as spirulina require sunlight to flourish.

Photosynthesis is the foundation of most food webs on the planet. Any rational scientist would agree that if photosynthesis were halted, nearly all recognizable life on planet Earth would be exterminated. This is inarguable.

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(div-gpt-ad-1403197269028-0); }); Photosynthesis has three inputs:

1) Sunlight  a source of light energy

2) Carbon dioxide  an essential source of carbon, used by plants to build almost everything that plants need

3) Water  used by plants to maintain structure, circulate metabolic nutrients, etc.

Why do these three inputs matter so much? Because environmentalists have declared WAR on two out of those three: Sunlight and carbon dioxide.




Loss of nearly every wild oyster in the Richmond River estuary more than two years ago became a catalyst for action "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Echo NetDaily, 5 December 2018:

Recently Rous County Council voted unanimously to prepare a proposal for a $150 million bid to the States Snowy Hyrdo Legacy Fund to ensure long term water security, natural flood mitigation and improved river health for the Northern Rivers region.

Rous County Council Chair, Cr Keith Williams, said the idea for the Northern Rivers Watershed Initiative was born with the realisation that flood risk and river health are interrelated. Slowing water flow in strategically selected streams by revegetating and fencing off stream banks, can reduce downstream flood peaks, improve water quality and provide habitat, said Cr Williams after the vote. Similarly, by better understanding ground water flows and recharge zones, we can target efforts to revegetate and increase soil moisture retention and improve infiltration rates in important ground water source areas.

By having a wholistic view of water within the combined Northern Rivers catchments the Initiative can deliver multiple benefits from the same dollar of investment.



Moon Phases 2019 Astrology And Spiritual Planner "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

New And Full Moon Phases 2019 Astrology and spiritual meanings designed for use as a personal metaphysical planner/calendar.

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1) Papua Rebel Attack Raises Questions about Indonesias Infrastructure Push "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Komnas HAM Former Chief: Jokowi Has No Thoughtful Plan for Papua

1) Papua Rebel Attack Raises Questions about Indonesias Infrastructure Push
Ahmad Syamsudin and Victor Mambor 
Jakarta and Jayapura, Indonesia 

Indonesian soldiers and police officers carry the bodies of victims of a massacre by suspected separatist rebels in Papua province, Dec. 7, 2018. AFP


Spending shifts to online "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Retail steady

Retail turnover increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent to $27 billion in October 2018.

The household saving ratio has declined, as should happen with lower interest rates, and this in turn has been reflected in modest annual growth in retail turnover of 3.6 per cent. 

Department stores hurting

At this stage of the housing market cycle we should expect some migratory shifts towards south-east Queensland, and to some extent this was reflected in the monthly retail turnover figures for New South Wales (-0.4 per cent) and Queensland (+1.1 per cent).

Adverse weather did negatively impact the results for some New South Wales industries in October, with the annual growth in retail turnover now being championed by Victoria and Tasmania. 

Online spend

Not a remarkable set of numbers, overall, then.

The most interesting point was that online retail turnover contributed some 5.9 per cent of retail turnover this month, representing a rapid ascendancy from only 4.7 per cent a year earlier. 



Dubosarsky & Chapmans Leaf Stone Beetle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ursula Dubosarsky & Gaye Chapman, Leaf Stone Beetle (Dirt Lane Press 2018) Just under a year ago I became a grandfather. My granddaughter isnt up to Sendak or Roald Dahl yet, of course. Shes barely up to Eric Hills Wheres Spot, Ted Priors Grug Continue reading


Project Complete: Nauru Teddy + Toy Project 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nauru teddy and toy project icon

Our Teddy + Toy Drive in support of children on Nauru came to a satisfying close in September, as the final teddies and toys were handed over to Befriend A Child in Detention for distribution to some very worthy children.

In August, the first batch of teddies arrived on Nauru with Jeni, our contact and the instigator of this project, and were placed in the hands of HOST International, an organisation working directly with the asylum seeker children incarcerated there.



A holiday to remember on Bundaberg's Coral Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A female flatback turtle, covering her nest chamber with sand on Mon Repos Beach.

I kicked off the start of this summer with a short break up at Bargara, where I had a fantastic time! Ill get to all the interesting animals and plants I saw in a minute, but first, let me just say how much I liked the actual region. Bundaberg struck me as a city with the perfect mix of old and new; lovely heritage buildings and structures and a laid-back attitude are complemented by the modern conveniences of good roads, internet access and seven-days-a-week shopping. And while I can see new suburbs popping up here and there, the region isnt suffering the same intense overcrowding that Brisbane is at present. I loved it! 

And now back to the wildlife! Here are some of the creatures and places that will be living in my heart for much longer than my holiday lasted. 

Sea turtles
If theres one animal that Bundaberg's Coral Coast is particularly famous for, its the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Researchers estimate that approximately half of the South Pacific Oceans loggerheads nest on the stretch of coastline centred on stunning Mon Repos Beach, and late spring and early summer is when the females can be seen coming ashore. 



The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here are the answers with discussion for yesterdays quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

The answer is True.

The current proposals for a Green New Deal will have significant implications for resource usage in the nations that pursue that policy framework.

In the US, there are estimates that these initiatives might absorb up to 14 per cent of the labour force.

At a time when unemployment is historically low, a shift of this magnitude will clearly require a squeeze being put on other sectors.

But this will be a real resource squeeze mediated through taxation and regulation.

The normal presentation of the crowding out hypothesis, which is a central plank in the mainstream economics attack on government fiscal intervention is more accurately called financial crowding out.

At the heart of this conception is the theory of loanable funds, which is a aggregate construction of the way financial markets are meant to work in mainstream macroeconomic thinking. The original conception was designed to explain how aggregate demand could never fall short of aggregate supply because interest rate adjustments would always bring investment and saving into equality.

In Mankiw, which is representative, we are taken back in time, to the theories that were prevalent before being destroyed by the intellectual advances provided in Keynes General Theory. Mankiw assumes that it is reasonable to represent the financial system as the market for loanable funds where all savers go to this market to deposit their savings, and all borrowers go to this market to get their loans. In this market, there is one interest rate, which is both the return to saving and the cost of borrowing.

This is back in the pre-Keynesian world of the loanable funds doctrine (first developed by Wicksell).

This doctrine was a central part of the so-called classical model where perfectly flexible prices delivered self-adjusting, market-clearing aggregate....


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UFO photographs from a B-52 aircraft over Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barry Greenwood

Boston researcher Barry Greenwood recently returned from a two week visit to the archives of the J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, in the USA. Barry kindly forwarded copies of scans of documents relating to Australia, to both myself and also to Melbourne researcher Paul Dean. Paul and I are spending time looking through all of these documents to determine if there is previously unknown material in them. I wish to thank Barry for his untiring efforts in the preservation of these invaluable historical records.

B-52 aircraft case

Looking through the contents of one file folder I noticed an uncited Newsletter article, titled "Photographs taken of an unusual object over Australia." Handwritten above the typed text, were the words "Australia," "NL'" and "Spring 1965." I have never come across this sighting. A search via the Internet and also a search of the NICAP 1965 chronologies failed to find anything about this sighting.  So if any blog readers can add further details I would be most appreciative. The text of the article reads as follows:

"A very good friend in Sedalia informed me last November (1968) that his uncle had taken photographs of an unusual object during the spring of 1965. The observer was flying in a converted B-52 aircraft on an international aerial mapping project. The aircraft was flying over Australia. The aircraft was flying at a slow rate of speed and the bomb-bay doors and the side doors were open.

There were cameras mounted in the bomb-bay section to photograph the terrain below. The observer saw the object approach the B-52 from slightly behind. It appeared less than a mile away and started pacing the aircraft. It did so for about 2 minutes.

During this time the observer snapped 3 photographs with a small camera he had to hand. At least one other crew member saw the object also. The object disappeared at a high rate of speed.

My friend, mentioned above, saw the photographs about 4 years ago, just after they were taken.

On 4 inch by....


2018: Looking back, looking forward "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Replica of Neanderthal Skull in St. Michaels Cave, Gibraltar, CC 2012, Bjorn.

Im planning to do a round-up of my favourite books of the past year later in the week, but before I do I thought I might just pull together a list of a few things of my own over the past twelve months.

The most significant, obviously, was the publication of The Buried Ark in June. The second part of my Change Trilogy, it picks up immediately after the events at the end of the first book in the series, The Silent Invasio...


Indigenous astronomy to revitalise the Australian curriculum "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Krystal De Napoli is a Gomeroi woman and astrophysics student at Monash University.


Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Former Adelaide Archbishop Phillip Wilson has walked free after a judge upheld his appeal against conviction for concealing a serious indictable offence being sexual assaults committed by fellow priest and convicted child sex offender, James Fletcher. The former Archbishop did not appear in court, but watched he judgement

The post Priest Successfully Appeals Conviction for Covering-Up Child Sexual Abuse appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


MACKAY Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Argument escalates to guilty plea for serious assault

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A DISPUTE between a landlord and his tenant escalated into shoving and eventually a charge of serious assault. Peter James Cameron was forced to

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MACKAY Text message to remind people to appear in court "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Text message to remind people to appear in court

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The pilot program started in the Mackay Magistrates Court in June 2016 and was evaluated by the University of Queensland. The results of the pilot,

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MACKAY PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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PCYC bus driver granted work licence after drink driving

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Kylie Renae James-Kippen fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The 30-year-old woman from Beaconsfield pleaded guilty to driving a

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MACKAY Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Vehicle intercept leads to drug arrests, Mackay

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MACKAY Court date text reminders for Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Court date text reminders for Queensland

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Rescuers Show Up To Help Injured Kangaroo And Realize He's HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Someone extraordinarily muscular just showed up outside a professional athlete's home in Australia. 

Credit: FFAR

A huge kangaroo was observed from the home of Brent Harvey, who used to play in the North Melbourne Football Club, also known as The Kangaroos. And this actual kangaroo needed some real help.

Credit: FFAR

"A large open wound could be seen on his arm," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote. "Brents partner, Shayne, was concerned about her other Roo and called her family friend, Krysti (an experienced wildlife rescuer) for help."

Credit: FFAR

Zabinskas came to the scene after Krysti contacted him for help tranquilizing the enormous fellow no one would be able to get close to him otherwise. 

"There was no other way to safely capture such a big animal in such an open location," Zabinskas wrote. 

Tranquilizing the big guy who has come to be called Hugh Hefner after the testosterone-driven Playboy magnate proved to be quite a process.



A Woodsrunner's Diary: Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Woodsrunner's Diary: Gun Cleaning. A personal Point Of View.: This post has been prompted by several posts on forums concerning the problems people are having with gun cleaning. Principally the cleaning...


Evidence of the impact of climate change on our countrys distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Evidence about the impact of climate change on our countrys distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge. This is not new news, this information is already widely available if you care to look for it. What is astonishing is that this growing body of information about the impacts of climate change on the land where we live doesnt seem to compel more people to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Here are some recent examples of how climate change enhanced fire seasons are impacting on mountain environments:

In Tasmania, research has confirmed the trend towards more extreme fire seasons. It suggests that we reached a tipping point sometime around the year 2000 and that, since then, there has been an increase in the number of lightning-caused fires and an increase in the average size of the fires, resulting in a marked increase in the area burnt.

As temperatures rise and the worlds climate rapidly changes, many plants and animals may not be able to relocate fast enough on their own, and habitats and species could be lost. In Australia warmer temperatures are expected to increase the length and severity of bushfire seasons, which will also cause changes in the distribution of many mountain species.

For instance, increased fire frequency may lead to the loss of alpine ash forests, unless there is human intervention aimed at keeping the species viable in the wild.

Now, a new article from Professor Ary Hoffmann, Nicholas Bell and Dr James Camac, at the University of Melbourne, looking at how we monitor the impacts of climate change on Australias terrestrial ecosystems has additional concerning news.

In the case of mountain environments, here are the take home messages from their work:

Changes in vegetation:

Climate change is likely to have a substantial impact on our unique alpine landscapes. Here, a change in the climate is predicted to increase the shrubification the increased cover, abundance or biomass of shrubs. This would come at the expense of our iconic alpine herbfields and grasslands.

Additionally, an increase in shrubs, coupled with warmer, drier condition...


How the RBA will effect the Aussie dollar "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Im not sure where hes going, but this week, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Guy Debelle promised you hed go fast, go hard and not die wondering.

Thats not the sort of comment you want to hear from your local central banker.

But what does it even mean?

Debelle wants to print money, rescue the Australian government from going broke, and cut interest rates to zero.

Only if its needed, of course.

Which begs the obvious question.

What sort of financial crisis could Australia be facing that requires its central bankers to go fast, go hard and not die wondering?

I think I have the answer for you.

Ive just issued an alert to my UK readers about Australias coming economic crisis.

Itll be similar to Ireland and Cyprus crash in 2008.

But first, the good news.

Unlike many countries that had a crisis in 2008, Australia still has its own currency.

That means the exchange rate can absorb a huge amount of any crash.

This was denied to the likes of Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. They were stuck in the euro. And the euro didnt go down much to help those countries recover.

Not only that, Europes central bank has a huge amount of rules about what it is allowed to do.

It cant favour some countries because this would come at the expense of others.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has no such restrictions.

It could go fast, go hard and not die wondering all day long. A bit like Zimbabwes central bank.

Put these two considerations together and you realise the opportunity.

The Aussie dollar is in for a crash if Australia gets into trouble.

So, all you need to do is get your money out of Aussie dollar-denominated assets.

Gold, foreign currencies and foreign stocks are a great example.

Its surprisingly easy to protect yourself from a local crisis.

But protect yourself from what exactly?

Australia is heaven.

Theres no doubt about it. My family visited a dozen countries looking for a home before deciding Australia is the place to be.

According to Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report for 2018, Australians are the wealthiest people in the world.

And not by a small margin.

The median Australian is more than five times as wealthy as the median German. And more than twice as wealthy as the median Briton. (Those are my former hom...

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Are Gilets Jaunes the new guillotine? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Between my French origins and the opinions expressed within this little blog, I have taken more than a passing interest in the events happening in France, especially when its fuelled by passionate and restless wwoofers who come from there too! As you will or should know, I believe the real economy runs on energy, not money, and surplus energy in particular as a result, I have been following Tim Morgans Surplus Energy Economics blog for a while, which I would encourage you all to follow too. This is Tims latest gem, which proves that when you do the math.  the truth comes out!


This weekend, the authorities plan to field 89,000 police officers across France in response to anticipated further mass protests by the gilets jaunes. In the capital, the Eiffel Tower will be closed and armoured cars deployed, whilst restaurateurs and shopkeepers are being urged to close their businesses at one of the most important times of their trading year.

Though the government has climbed down on the original cause clbre  the rises in fuel taxes planned for next year there seems to be no reduction in the worst protests experienced in the country since the 1960s. Reports suggest that as many as 70% of French citizens support the protestors, and that the movement may be spreading to Belgium and the Netherlands.

For the outside observer, the most striking features of the protests in France have been the anger clearly on display, and the rapid broadening of the campaign from fuel prices to a wider range of issues including wages, the cost of living and taxation.

The disturbances in France should be seen in a larger context. In France itself, Emmanuel Macron was elected president only after voters had repudiated all established political parties. Italians have entrusted their government to an insurgent coalition which is on a clear collision-course with the European Union over budgetary matters. The British have voted to leave the EU, and Americans have elected to the White House a man dismissed by experts as a joke candidate throughout his campaign.

Obviously, something very important is going on why?

Does economics explain popular anger?

There are, essentially, two different ways in which the events in France and beyond can be interpreted, and how you look at them depends a great deal on how you see the economic situation.

If you subscribe to the conventional and consensus interpretation, economic issu...


Whatever it takes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The GFC: 10 years on

Corker of a speech from the Reserve Bank's Debelle yesterday where he revisited the global financial crisis, how it appeared to play out in real time, and what lessons can be learned about liquidity and response measures.

Australia pulled through the global financial crisis in far better nick than most other advanced economies, explained Debelle, thanks to a combination of factors and policy responses.

This considered speech inevitably attracted a lot of airtime because it made reference to QE (quantitative easing) as an available policy tool. 

However, this is one of those times to read what the relatively sanguine speech actually said rather than how it gets interpreted across various media channels!

Whatever it takes (5 measures)

I often get asked what would happen if the economy and housing markets really turn to mush, which is a reasonable enough question to ask for those with a long-term horizon.

If you're interested this is a very useful speech to pick through, as many of the answers are touched upon, with the overriding message being that liquidity is vital.

It's important to note at the outset that the Reserve Bank still believes that the next move in the policy rate is up, whatever proves to be reported about this speech in the media. 



The Security Derangement Complex: Technology Companies and Australias Anti-Encryption Law "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be surrendered to the authorities.

It is worth remembering the feeble justification then, as now.  As Li Shouwei, deputy head of the Chinese parliaments criminal law division explained to the press at the time, This rule accords with the actual work need of fighting terrorism and is basically the same as what other major countries in the world do.  Birds of a feather, indeed.

An Weixing, head of the Public Security Ministrys Counter-Terrorism division, furnishes us with the striking example of a generic state official who sees malefactors coming out of the woodwork of the nation. Terrorism, he sombrely stated, reflecting on Islamic separatists from East Turkestan, is the public enemy of mankind, and the Chinese government will oppose all forms of terrorism.  Given that such elastic definitions are in the eye of the paranoid beholder, the scope for indefinite spread is ever present.

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, must be consulting the same oracles as those earning their keep in the PRC.  The first rule of modern governance: frighten the public in order to protect them.  Look behind deceptive facades to find the devil lurking in his trench coat.  Morrisons rationale is childishly simple: the security derangement complex must, at all times, win over.  The world is a dark place, a jungle rife with, as Morrison insists upon with an advertisers amorality, paedophile rings, terrorist cells, and naysayers.

One of his solutions?  The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, otherwise known by its more accurate title of the Anti-Encryption Bill. This poorly conceived and insufferably vague Bill, soon to escape its chrysalis to become law, shows the government playbook in action: tamper with societys sanity; draft a ponderous bit of text; and treat, importantly, the voter as a creature mushrooming in self-loathing insecurity in the dark.

The Bill, in dreary but dangerous terms, establishes voluntary and mandatory industry assistanc...


US record expansion continues "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jobs growth continues

US nonfarm payrolls notched a 98th consecutive month of gains at a hopefully more sustainable +155,000 in November, with modest downward revisions to preceding months (-12,000) slowing the 3-month average nofarm payrolls gain a little to ~170,000.

The result missed market expectations, but perhaps steadier employment growth shouldn't be unexpected after a record 8 years and 2 months of unbroken gains. 

The unemployment rate held at 3.7 per cent for a third month.

In fact, the unemployment rate fell from 3.74 per cent to just 3.67 per cent this month, for fans of additional decimal places.

There was growing evidence that this is pulling less advantaged Americans into employment, which is why continued expansion remains so important. 

The unemployment rate for those with only a high school diploma falling to levels last seen at the beginning of this century at just 3 per cent, following on from consistently improved results for those without high school qualifications. 

Food for thought while Australia pursues its 'financial stability' alternative route! 



Devils & Details live in Sydney (listen) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Live event podcast


The full Business Insider Australia Devils and Details Live show is out, with all of the panels compressed into two easy recordings. 

To listen to Part 1, Property and Portfolios, see here or click on the image below

The housing market panel kicks in at 20 minutes, but all of it is well worth listening to.

I have a bit of a yarn from 31 minutes in, and then again at 39:40.

Here I discuss the concept of the credit cycle as a pendulum, as well as how I'm helping my clients to reposition themselves for the significant proposed changes for property investors ahead. 

This section includes news and views from Joanne Masters, Cameron Kusher, Stephen Koukoulas, Con Michalakis, and more. 

What a terrific panel of guests to be on!


To listen to Part 2, The Reserve Bank's Challenge, and indicators, see here or click on the image below.

There's some classic trademark James Whelan commentary on what things are currently things...and conversely, of course what things are not things. 


Epic Bitcoin plunge "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Annus horribilis

At the beginning of the year the top 20 cryptocurrencies - yes, there are very many of these things - had a staggering market cap of well over US$ trillion. 

Today that figure shrunk to just $90 billion, an epic drop of well over 80 per cent. 

It's been an especially tumultuous year for Bitcoin Cash (-96 per cent), Litecoin (-88 pr cent), Ethereum (-87 per cent), as well as some others I've never heard of. 

Relatively speaking Bitcoin itself has outperformed, down by 77 per cent so far this year.  

From its heady peak Bitcoin is down 83 per cent at the time of writing, notching fresh 2018 lows today. 

Last year Bitcoin recorded price gains over well over 1300 per cent. 


1) Papua: How Jokowi is trying and failing to win hearts and minds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Police yet to find link between armed group and OPM in Papua
3) Rebels Demand Indonesia Negotiate on Papua Independence

1) Papua: How Jokowi is trying and failing to win hearts and minds 
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Immigration arguments the wrong way around "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A SURVEY on immigration published this week seems to fly in the face of all other indications showing that more Australians are objecting to high immigration.

This weeks survey reports that 52 per cent of respondents think Australias immigration intake is about right or too low. That seems to run counter to other polls and broader political concern that immigration is too high, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying that he had heard loud and clear that Australians in our biggest cities are concerned about population.

They are saying: enough, enough, enough. The roads are clogged. The buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments.

The survey result is puzzling until you read that it was done by the Scanlon Foundation which, according to its website, aspires to see Australia advance as a welcoming, prosperous and cohesive nation particularly related to the transition of migrants into Australian Society.

So it is a pro-immigration organisation, unlike the pollsters used by media companies and some other organisations polls, which are independent.

The Lowy Institute, founded in 2003 and renowned for its independence, does an annual survey on Australians opinions on many issues.

In June this year it found: There has been a sharp spike in anti-immigration sentiment. For the first time in Lowy Institute polling, a majority (54%, a 14-point rise from 2017) of Australians say the total number of migrants coming to Australia each year is too high.

Newspoll reflected the same shift in opinion.

Other polls have majorities of up to 74 per cent wanting a cut to immigration, but these are not polls used by media organisations, and a lot depends on how questions are asked.

I prefer the pollsters used by media companies because over the years they have been tested by polling on voting intentions which invariably are replicated by the actual vote within a couple of percentage points.

There clearly has been a shift in public attitude towards saying that Australias migrant intake is too high.

That should not be a surprise. Indeed it should be obvious. The Howard Government (source of so many of our woes) ramped up immigration from a bracket of around 70,000 to 100,000 to a bracket of 150,000 to 200,000. So respondents who thought that 70,000 to 100,000 was about right would obviously move into the too many group when immigration is ramped up to the 150,000 to 200,000 bracket.

There is bound to be a change of opinion as rising immigration catches up with us and overtakes our capacity to build the infrastructure for the extra population and starts to adversely affect the environment.



The Deathly Insect Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Insect abundance is plummeting with wild abandon, worldwide! Species evolve and go extinct as part of natures normal course over thousands and millions of years, but the current rate of devastation is off the charts and downright scary.

Moreover, there is no quick and easy explanation for this sudden emergence of massive loss around the globe. Yet, something is dreadfully horribly wrong. Beyond doubt, it is not normal for 50%-to-90% of a species to drop dead, but that is happening right now from Germany to Australia to Puerto Ricos tropical rainforest.

Scientists are rattled. The world is largely unaware of the implications because it is all so new. It goes without saying that the risk of loss of insects spells loss of ecosystems necessary for very important stuff, like food production.

Farmland birds that depend upon a diet of insects in Europe have disappeared by >50% in just three decades.  French farmland partridge flocks have crashed by 80%. Nightingale abundance is down by almost 80%. Turtledoves are down nearly 80%.

In Denmark (1) owls, (2) Eurasian hobbies, and (3) Bee-eaters, which subsist on large insects like beetles and dragonflies, have abruptly disappeared. Poof, gone!

Krefeld Entomological Society (est. 1905) in Germany trapped insect samples in 63 nature preserves in Europe representing nearly 17,000 sampling days (equivalent to 46.5 years). Krefeld consistently found massive declines in every kind of habitat they sampled. Up to 80% wipeouts.

As for one example, Krefeld data for hoverflies, a pollinator often mistaken for a bee, registered 17,291 hoverflies from 143 species trapped in a reserve in 1989. Twenty-five years later at the same location, 2,737 individuals from 104 species or down 84%.1

A shortage of insect pollinators in the Maoxian Valley in China has forced farmers to hire human workers at $19 per worker/per day to replace bees. Each worker pollinates 5-to-10 apple trees by hand per day.

Jack Hasenpusch of Australian Insect Farms, which collects swarms of insects, says:

Ive been wondering for the last few years why some of the insects have been dropping off This year has really taken the cake with the lack of insects, its left me dumbfounded, I cant figure out whats going on....


How India Is Navigating Global Trade Agreement Trends "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What recent agreements like the CPTPP and USMCA mean for India.


Tweet of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

in the Liberal Party, the problem is intellectual honesty, intellectual capacity, courage and integrity. Liberal Party politicians are not even game to attempt ideological coherence in their public pronouncements. They prefer simplistic slogans, message manipulation, outright lies, and varying levels of verbal bullying  [Academic and blogger Ingrid Matthews writing in oecomuse, 27 November 2018]

I note, and accept, advice that there is nothing in the bill that would abrogate parliamentary privilege. However, the main issue with covert access in relation to privilege is that there would be no opportunity for a parliamentarian who considers that material is protected by privilege to raise such a claim.  [ Speaker of the Australian Senate, Senator Scott Ryan, quoted in The Guardian, 29 November 2018]


A Slovakian Homebodys Opinion on Migration: US and UK Owe Reparations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, (R) Bombing Iraq again

by Ivan Heko

I am Slovakian. The predecessor nation-state was Czcheoslovakia, now two republics, the Czech Republick and Slovakia.  This article is about the UN Migration Pact which our Foreign Minister is hoping to wish upon us.

First I have to explain the position of Slovakia in relation to the UN Migration Pact.  Today I was listening, in my car radio, to our Foreign Minister Mr. Lajk.  He signed under the Pact, and he threatens to abdicate if Slovakia is against the Pact and Slovakia IS against the Pact.

The public radio-station is financed by the citizens. The shows topics were Mr. Laj...


Pat Barkers Silence of the Girls "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls (Hamish Hamilton 2018) Pat Barker is one of the great war novelists. Mostly she has written about the wars of the 20th century, most notably in her Regeneration trilogy. The Silence of the Girls goes Continue reading


Me-ism and The Left : A response to Joshua Dabelstein "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

[This post is in response to Me-Ism Is Undoing The Left, Joshua Dabelstein, New Matilda, December 4, 2018 (A feelpinion has no place in a contest of ideas, writes Joshua Dabelstein).] In responding to Joshua Dabelsteins article its a bit Continue reading


Are human rights being included in Paris Agreement rulebook at COP24? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Civil society organisations fought hard at the United Nations Climate Change conference COP21 in Paris in 2015 for human rights obligations to be included as part of the Paris Agreement text. This was an important recognition of social justice in addressing climate change. However, it appears there has been little mention or discussion of inclusion of human rights obligations in negotiations


Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Gates LearJet 35A and Beech B200 King Air Firescan Aircraft Head Home from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday 3 December, the two remaining Air Affairs Australia / Gojet operated Firescan aircraft were noted departing back to their 'home' at HMAS Albatross at Nowra in New South Wales after spending the last few days operating sorties from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" arrives at Rockhampton Airport  (File photo)

Gates LearJet 35A VH-LPJ "Firescan 124" looked to depart early on Monday and was bound for Nowra before diverting to Tamworth.  It later returned to Central Queensland overflying parts back up towards Hervey Bay before it then returned to Tamworth.

Beech B200 King Air VH-LAB "Firescan 125" also departed Hervey Bay and completed a sortie around Central Queensland before it eventually headed to Nowra.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday 4 December, a different Air Affairs Australia / Gojet Firescan aircraft in the form of Gates LearJet 35A VH-LRX as "Firescan 122" was noted flying up from Nowra to the Sunshine Coast.  It then completed a sortie from and back to the Sunny Coast, flying over fire-zone in parts of the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

Photo taken by Russell Prothero 


The Weekend Quiz December 8-9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. An application of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) tells us that the current proposals for a Green New Deal in the US and elsewhere will lead to crowding out of other investment.

2. A rising government deficit will always allow the private domestic sector to increase its saving in nominal terms.

3. A lack of a close correspondence between the growth of bank reserves and the growth in the stock of money is evidence that credit creation is being tightly constrained.



Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 Bizjet VH-DAA Pops into Gladstone and Hamilton Island Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 7 December, Vanguard Aviation Cessna 525 CitationJet1 bizjet VH-DAA was noted visiting Gladstone Airport.  It arrived from its Archerfield base.

File photo

After a short time on the ground, VH-DAA continued to Hamilton Island Airport where it appears to be spending at least the night.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ also on Friday 7 December, calling into Mackay Airport twice and Rockhampton Airport during another busy day of flying which started and finished at Cairns.

Finally, slightly smaller corporate turboprop aircraft noted visiting CQ Airport in the last couple of days included SOCATA TBM 700 N700BK which called into both Emerald and Moura Airports on Friday 7 December while flying from Alice Springs to its Archerfield base.  N700BK has been noted flying out to and back from Alice Springs quite a bit over the last couple of week.

While on Thursday 6 December, Cloncurry-based Pilatus PC-12/47E VH-MDH visited Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Devoncourt via Hughenden.  It then returned over the same route before later heading to Archerfield.

Photo taken by Lloyd Fox 


Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign Bizjet VH-ZEK Arrives at Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Wednesday 5 December, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted arriving into Hamilton Island Airport from Bankstown.

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At the time of writing, the sleek Citation appears to be staying on Hamo for at least the night.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday 5 December, the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra bizjet VH-PSU was back in CQ, visiting Rockhampton Airport during a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  It was due to also call into Mackay Airport but diverted for reasons unknown.


1) Papua mass killing: What happened "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Year Ender - Development in Papua remains priority despite security challenges by Fardah
3) Yigi River bridge construction to resume next week: Military chief
4) OPM Claims Responsibility of Shooting, Dares Jokowi to Catch Them

1) Papua mass killing: What happened

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Facing the Adani mine with a bang not a whimper "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The proposal for Indian mining company Adanis Carmichael mega-coal mine in Central Queensland were approved in July 2014. Few Australians before then could have pointed to the Galilee Basin on a map, but before long the Carmichael mine had become a divisive talking point.

For those on the side of industry, the mine was a bonanza of wealth and jobs figures like $300 billion and 10,000 jobs were thrown around at one point (only to be later revealed as wildly optimistic) as well as the potential for a whole new frontier of remote country opened up to the mining industry. Other mining companies with exploration leases in the region queued up behind the Indian company.

For those concerned about the impacts of climate change, the mine was a carbon bomb several billion tonnes of coal to be burned in a world that had agreed at Paris Climate Summit we had to phase out fossil fuels to stop catastrophic climate change.

Opposition to the mine quickly galvanised into real action. Environmental activists moved to Central Queensland in an attempt to build a movement for climate action in the very place that would supposedly reap the economic benefits. The Wangan and Jagalingou people, traditional owners of the land on which the mine would stand, had signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement. A group of them though said the process was a sham. They appealed in court; and began a tour of the worlds biggest banks, telling them not to finance a mine that did not have the blessing of indigenous people.

Other court cases began (enough for Liberal MP George Christensen to label them lawfare). The Mackay Conservation Group famously won its case in the Federal Court on the basis that the government approval has not sufficiently taken into account the habitat destruction of the yakka skink and ornamental snake. Unfortunately all they won was the need for the government to reassess, and when it comes to weighing up the comparative values of skink habitat vs billion dollar mines, governments are not known to be reptile fanciers.

A protest camp with the intention of blockading work on the mine was set up in 2015 and by 2017 people were being arrested halting work on mining infrastructure.

The shock victory of Anastacia Palaszczuks Labor party in the 2015 Queensland election owed more than a little to their promise to stop the dumping of dredge spoil on the Caley Valley Wetlands for Adanis port, and to not offer any government support to the mine. In doing so, the Labor campaign was effectively piggybacking on the hard work of activists who had revealed the damage the mine and its infrastructure would do.

That work they have never repaid with any proactive move to stop the mine. The Palaszczuk government had the power to veto Adanis application for a $1 billion loan from the federal Northern Aust...


A small piece of good news for the global climate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The market price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is plummeting, having dropped by 10 per cent just today, and 50 per cent over the past month. The bubble that reached maximum expansion a year ago is gradually deflating.

The good news is that a lower Bitcoin price makes the energy-wasting process of Bitcoin mining unprofitable for many, so lots of miners are turning off their servers.  Most estimates of the marginal cost of mining are around $4500 per coin, but the market price has just fallen to $3500.

That situation wont last long. Every couple of weeks (more precisely, every 2016 blocks) Bitcoin adjusts the difficulty of the pointless algorithm used to mine coins, so as to ensure a steady flow of around one every 10 minutes. As mining effort has declined, the difficulty is reduced, which means less electricity wasted per Bitcoin.[1]

The rapidity with which Bitcoin prices are falling give some hope that the entire disastrous episode will soon be over. If the current rate of decline (50 per cent per month) is maintained, Bitcoins will be worth less than dollar coins in a years time, and their impact on electricity demand will be negligible. Thats equivalent to taking a small country like New Zealand off-grid.

In this context, it doesnt matter whether Bitcoin miners are using renewable energy or coal. The opportunity cost of the electricity they use is the coal-fired electricity that would otherwise be displaced by renewables.


fn1. As shown here, mining difficulty leveled out in September and started declining in November. Since electricity consumption depends on both mining difficulty and the speed of the machines being used, which is increasing over time, the energy wasted on Bitcoin probably started declining modestly as soon as mining difficulty leveled out.


Human Right Day Special Broadcast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Human Rights Day 2018, Monday 10 December

Join 3CR's Human Rights Day broadcast on Monday 10 December. 
7am - 2pm and across the day with  Monday Breakfast, Women on the Line, Mujeres Latinoamericanas, The Black Block, Doin Time, Beyond Zero Emmissions Community and special guests.



Opportunity cost and fish "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This story about the four-hour abalone fishing season in WA is reminiscent of a number of similar cases discussed in my soon-to-be-published book, Economics in Two Lessons (extract over the fold). However, it turns out to be something of a special case: a recreational fishery where economising on effort isnt really relevant, and where the activity is culturally significant, mainly for people of Asian background. In these circumstances, a short season, with open access, makes good sense.


Extract from Economics in Two Lessons

Fisheries provide another example of the importance of opportunity costs, and what prices and markets can tell us about them.

The proverbial advice theres plenty more fish in the sea reflected what seemed, until modern times, to be an inexhaustible abundance. The vastness of the oceans, the proverbial difficulty of catching fish and the reproductive capacity of most fish species made it seem that, no matter how many fish might be caught in one season, there would be just as many to catch in the next.

The industrialization of fishing in the late 19th century changed all that. Steam powered vessels could travel further, and were independent of wind and currents. The development of factory ships allowed catches to be processed on board, so that voyages could be longer. These were followed in the 20th century by new trawling techniques, longline fishing, electronic navigation, radar and sonar systems. Catch rates soared and then, predictably, crashed.

With the slow reproduction rates typical of mammals, and the misfortune of being valuable sources of lighting oil, whales were among the first species to be hunted to the edge of extinction. The right whale (supposedly so-called because it was the right whale to catch) was almost extinct by the 1930s, with the result that hunting right whales was banned worldwide in 1937. Even so, nearly 70 years later both the North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales are critically endangered, with populations still in the hundreds.

Fish species soon followed. The decline of the Atlantic northwest cod fishery was typical. Catches rose steadily over the first half of the 20th century, reaching a peak in the 1960s. Then came a sharp decline, as stocks crashed. This decline did not, at least initially, produce a decline in fishing effort. Rather, efforts were intensified in an attempt to maintain declining incomes.

By 1992, catches had fallen almost to zero, and it was estimated that only 1 per cent of the original stock remained. The Canadian government imposed a moratori...


TEMPLE TATTOO Opening PARTY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Come and celebrate the opening of our new Tattoo studio Temple Tattoo. Located next to main beach in the heart of Byron Bay this family friendly event will have a day of Live Music, Aboriginal Opening ceremony, Live Tattooing, dread locking, and much more. Come and meet the our artists and hang out next to the ocean at Temple Tattoo.

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Ziggy Alberts | The Rhythm Hut (AA) SOLD OUT "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wednesday,  9 January 2019 In celebration of the new album Laps Around The Sun, Ziggy Alberts is embarking on his Laps Around The Sun World Tour. Kicking off his first shows... Read on


Shire economics department salvages some Christmas cheer "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IT WOULDNT be Christmas without the chamber of commerces annual shop-local draw. Thats how it was looking until Paroo shire councils economic development department stepped...

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Hawks follow up tight semi win to beat Lions in squash grand final "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE SQUASH finals were the closest fought in years as the Hawks replayed their minor semifinal against the Lions to carry the grand final 5-3....

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Countrys most-watchable rugby team for two games a year "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE MOST exciting rugby union team in Australia after the All Blacks conferred its annual honours on Saturday night. The Dingoes ended up playing just...

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WORLD FIRST George H W Bush Executed by Military Tribunal (?) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush passes through Magnolia (ABC News)

by Dee McLachlan [Information from G5]

We heard the reports that Senator John McCain was executed by Military Tribunal.

On 9 October, 2018, G5 wrote, McCain was questioned by the Military. He lived up to his codename of Songbird. But had nothing to offer beyond what was already known. He was subsequently executed  (The Espionage Act, Military Tribunal) by lethal injection. Well hidden by the issue of age and illness. [and chemotherapy]

G5 has called me an hour ago, informing me that George H W Bush was also executed by Military Tribunal. His CIA code-name was Timber Wolf (derived from mongrel dog), and also called Poppy (for saving the poppy fields in Afghanistan)I asked about his source. He indicated that it was direct from the original. He is g...


Is there anywhere I can get Mettwurst in or around Cairns? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hi all, I'm new to the subreddit and have been in Cairns for almost a year now. But as the title suggests, I haven't found any mettwurst and it is absolutley life or death crucial that I find some ASAP, as I want to eat it because I love it. If anybody has any info on a certain butcher that sells it or anything like that, please lemme know :) Thankyou

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Sarah Hanson Young, Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Fair Dinkum Power "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to Tim Andrews for the tip on this. This is not a joke - it's fair dinkum. Literally. I give you the Australian Senate Select Committee enquiring into Fair Dinkum Power - chaired by Sarah Hanson Young. We have lost the plot. Fair Dinkum Power On 28 November 2018...


Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Action Alert: Human Rights Day Refugee Rally to call for end to offshore crisis Refugee supporters will rally on Human Rights Day, 6.30pm December 10 in the Bourke St Mall, calling to end offshore processing and bring the refugees here. The rally will also call on MPs to back the Phelps refugee bill when federal(...)


As Australian as meat pies and backyard cricket "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IT WAS the biggest crowd the shire hall had seen since the towns 150 ball. The chairs covered about half an acre of polished hardwood...

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Mental Health Support Group receives $60,000 boost "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Jennifer Leslie (Charitable Foundation, Director), Barbara Swain (Head of Volunteers at Mental Health Support Group) and David Shanley (Charitable Foundation, Director). Photo supplied.

When you are confronted by the death someone you love as a result of mental health issues it is devastating and this was certainly the case for Barbra Swain and her husband when they lost their son in 1995.

It was a few years later that they looked around and decided to do something and they donated $6,000 to the Richmond Clinic in Lismore for therapeutic things for patients.

The staff asked us if we could help with providing care packs and clothing for people that the police had brought in. We did this for a few years but it became far too much work by a few years later, said Barbara.

It was then that she found herself at a Rotary function where she was able to ask for help with the work she was doing.

About 12 people signed up and we formed the Mental Health Support Group (MHSG). We help look after people in the community who are down on their luck because of mental health issues. The organisation has grown and grown and in 2011 we became a registered charity.

The group now assists people throughout the Northern Rivers Health District that covers health services from Tweed Heads to Grafton.

While the hospitals and NGOs help people start recovery and with their daily living at Mental Health Support Group we provide the comfort like a sofa, the pots and pans everything, as they start on their road to recovery, said Barbara.

$60,000 for a new van

Collecting donations and delivering goods will now be made much simpler with a $60,000 grant to buy a volunteer van from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Previously we had to rely on volunteers using their own cars and trailer to collect and deliver things o...


The Infamous Gaspar No "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • GASPAR NO :: Interview with Jack and Andr

FBis Filmlordes Jack and Andr had the pleasure (and pain?) of interviewing Gaspar No, one of cinemas most debated provocateurs.

No is the infamous filmmaker behind DMT lovechild Enter The Void (2009); 3D sex-odyssey Love (2015); and recent film Climax (2018), a quasi-horror-dance film based on a real-life bad trip where a bunch of dancers spent a crazy night dancing to their death.

His use of music is celebrated, having made Freak by LFO into a famous movie track. No has directed music videos for many killer bands, and photographed one of the most banned album covers in US history for Sky Ferreiras Night Time, My Time (2013).

Like most people who have had a chance to sit down with No, the Filmlordes were nervous, excited, and energised to be able to speak to such a polarising figure, one who rarely conducts interviews, and whose penchant for macho violence has made him a notorious household name.

If anyone knows anything about Gaspar No its that his works are truly cooked art films, ball busting with beats and testosterone. Climax is no different. In the interview the Filmlordes talk cinema, male genitalia, some of the controversy surrounding his filmmaking, and more!

Hear it all up top!


Hear Movies Movies Movies on Mornings, every Monday at 10:10am, or in podcast form here.

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Kooriculum: Beyond Terra Nullius "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Aboriginal Stories of Country welcome all visitors, ask people to listen and learn from them, to respect their country and in particular respect their sacred sites


List of Sacred Heart highlights defies reduction "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

SACRED HEART principal Polly Crawford had intended to speak about five highlights of the year at the Catholic primary schools year-six graduation and awards. But,...

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Wu-Tang talk 25 years of Enter, Martin Shkreli and album plans "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  • Wu-Tang Clan :: Interview with Tommy Codling on Arvos

As they prepared for their 4 night sold-out run of Opera House shows, Wu-Tang Clans Cappadonna and Inspectah Deck dropped in for a chat with/to fulfil the lifelong dream of Tommy Codling on Arvos.

In Australia to bring to an end the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Enter The Wu-Tang (released Nov 9 1993), the duo talked about what its been like to witness their legacy play out in front of them, with New York proclaiming November 9 Wu-Tang Day, and so many of the current generation of rappers citing the album as a foundational influence all these years on:

You see A$AP Rocky breaking it down how it was so inspiring for us to come out and create the mould for them to carry that torch and to dive into the music with the blueprint already set.

They also opened up about intra-Wu-Tang competition, the truth about Martin Shkreli and the $2mil Wu-Tang CD only he and the Feds have heard, ODB v YDB, and plans for a new record. Twenty-five years on and still aint nothing to fuck with.


WHAT: Enter The Wu-Tang 25th Anniversary
WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: 8, 9, 10, 11 December
HOW MUCH: Sold Out! (Some tickets may be available on the day of the shows)


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Eagles, Killer Whales the ones to watch "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE TAMBO Eagles are leading the table with 19 points after eight rounds of the district cricket league, but the tally doesnt quite tell the...

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A Conversation with Jim Rickards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

We have something a little different for you today.

Yesterday, a long-time colleague of ours in the States, a geologist called Byron King, had a phone call with Jim Rickards.

Bryon was kind enough to send through his notes on the conversation.

I thought it was a fascinating read, and reflective, too, so I thought wed share it.


My wife and I have a farm in Vermont, said Jim. Its been way colder than normal, with much more snow so early in the year.

We were speaking on the telephone.

Global warming, we joked. Jim laughed.

Vermont is cold and, per Jims observation, getting colder.

I mentioned to Jim that my mining acquaintances in Yukon and Northwest Territories tell me that glaciers are actually expanding in some parts of Canada.

That is, annual snowfall in some areas is not melting over the summer.

By definition, its too cold to melt, even in summer, and thats how you build up ice.

Jim and I both agree that, to use a common phrase, the climate is changing.

But we also share a certain scepticism that climate is changing in the way and manner that quite a few globally-oriented forces are depicting.

Doubtless, theres more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Thats a fact of analytic chemistry. Then again, the world is a collection of microclimates.

Some places are warmer, some colder, some wetter, some dryer.

Whatever the issues are in any particular niche, and whatever is the fundamental cause, the world wont solve its problems just because power-seeking politicians want to tax everyone.

Stated another way, the climate issue has been hijacked by certain nefarious forces of big government and globalism.

The climate has become a tool by which governments are working to suck immense sums of money out of the pockets of working people across the globe.

At its root, its a means to raise revenue in a last-ditch effort to service unpayable levels of debt.

Government bondholders simply will not be denied, or so they think.

This line of discussion led to Jims observations on the recent riots in France, where so-called Yellow Jackets marched, fought with police, burnt cars and much more, all to protest tax hikes on fuel.

Jim pointed out that the protesters appear to be working-class people conducting street-level pushback against a global form of taxation.

That is, France is imposing a tax on carbon, and the Yellow Jackets are rebellin...


Lawn bowlers never forget their late greats "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

THE RAH-RAH crowd reckon rugby unions the game played in heaven. But its more likely to be lawn bowls. Thats the sport to which so many...

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My best friends wedding "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By the time I was thirty, Id been married twice, once to a woman, once to a man, both times for love and both times because of borders. Despite thinking I would never get married, to date I have flipped the saying and been always the bride and never the bridesmaid. In the last year, Ive been invited to no less than seven weddings by feminist friends on the radical left and my Facebook newsfeed has been clogged with many more. None of these have been visa weddings.


NSW : OCEAN BEACH "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Well always be fond of NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park because it was the very first place we stayed after we handed in the keys to our house and hit the road. Located on the south end of the Central Coast, it sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Its also a really easy (as in, you couldnt get it any easier) drive from Sydney, hence its a po...


Water mining 12 hours a day seven days a week "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker joins Tweed Water Alliance rally at Tweed Council chambers to support the community against water mining. Photo supplied.

Labor, Liberal and National Party-aligned Tweed councillors have once again come under fire by local community groups for missing a prime opportunity to reign in the water mining industry at a key Council meeting last night.

Community groups stepped up their push against the environmentally damaging industry, staging a protest outside Tweed chambers yesterday.

NSW Greens MLC Dawn Walker said: The NSW LNP government has been approving these water mining operations but are now questioning their own actions by recently calling for an investigation into the impacts of water mining on ground water after pressure was put on them by the Alstonville and Uki communities and the Greens.

The prime target of community ire was around the bore water extraction plant trading under the name of Mt Warning Spring Water.

Community outrage spilled over in the chamber at the decision to stage development consent of the 2016 development application which would extend the trucking allowance so that Mt Warning Spring Water could operate unlimited truck sizes, 7am -7pm, 7 days a week including on Christmas day even before their onsite water bottling plant had been set-up.

Cr Chris Cherry declared the lax conditions of the 2016 DA as beyond belief.

Council had an opportunity to bolster compliance mechanisms to ensure more robust overseeing and monitoring of water extraction amounts and truck loads through restrictions put forward by Greens Mayor Katie Milne such as requiring operators to use log books. These motions, however were rejected by Labor and conservative councillors.

Mayor Katie Milne said:The community has raised concerns on numerous occasions about lack of evidence of the su...


Thank Folk Its Friday 7th December "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was Releases This Week The Bleeding Bridge Handsome Young Strangers iTunes Timber and Steel Recommends Go To This Gig Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls w/ The Hard Aches, Emily Barker Friday 7th December The Metro, Sydney, NSW Saturday 8th []


Railways bankroller shines both sides of the stumps "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RAILWAYS lead sponsor Chris Thomas proved he was better than a mere sugar daddy in their seventh-round dance with Commercials in the district cricket league....

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Dying With Dignity Versus The Metastases Of Our Religious Heritage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why do we let religion rule our lives, but in particular our deaths? Geoff Russell takes a look at the power of Churches to prevent people from making the most intimate of choices.

The fingers that once skipped around the frets and strings of her guitar made hard work of rolling the little plastic wheel. But as it finally moved into place, the process began: drip, drip, drip. Clear sodium pentobarbital moved into the plastic intravenous line. In a vet surgery the fluid would be green and most likely just injected. Straight into the heart or perhaps the peritoneal cavity.

But we arent at a vets.

A single finger moved over an iPad, hunting down letters. The iPad spoke what she typed: I cant feel anything.

A voice somewhere close to my shoulder replied: In about 30 seconds you will start to feel tired.

The illness had long since robbed her eyes of animation and silenced her voice. But earlier that morning the iPad had revealed an intact sense of humour: Please drive carefully, I dont want to die in a crash.

And then, pretty much on schedule, the barely visible spark in her eyes began its final fade.

The breathing that had been laboured for months began to slow, just a little. The lifting chest lifted a little less on each breath. And then there was one large breath, a slight heave, and then silence.

We have many euphemisms for dying. We say someone has gone when we mean dead. Its a little softer and implies the possibility of return. But there is none. Dead is dead. But there are many worse things than dying, especially if the dying has been well organised.

Peggy, about to roll the wheel during her assisted death in Switzerland earlier this year. (IMAGE: Supplied)

The death of David Goodall in Switzerland...


Cherry picker falls 14m near Kyogle "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A cherry picker toppled approximately 14 meters to the ground yesterday in the Kyogle area.

The cherry picker was in an elevated position on the roof of a rural building when it reportedly moved and toppled some fourteen meters to the road below.

A 24 year old male was in the cherry picker as it descended to the ground. He reportedly suffered suspected spinal and pelvic injuries.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called in around 1.45pm and the patient was been flown to Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane. He is reported to be in a stable condition.

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Avoca Main Street "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As Seen on TV

Karen Cooper recently took this photo of Avoca's main street. It was selected by Channel Ten, who displayed it during their weather segment.


Talbot Central Victoria Landscape "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Maryborough's Local Phone Book Cover

This Central Victoria Landscape by Chris Crossley, has been chosen for the cover of the new local phone book. The photo was taken just outside of Talbot near Mount Greenock


Woolies carpark works continue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Woolworths at Mullumbimby was forced to close temporarily a few weeks ago owing to a safety issue in the carpark

With a section of the Mullum Woolies carpark closed recently owing to concerns of safety issues, there are still no indication of when it will reopen.

When asked by The Echo, a Woolworths spokesperson replied, The northern aspect of the Mullumbimby Woolworths carpark remains temporarily closed while we work with specialist engineers and consultants to rectify the structural issues affecting this section.

The safety of our team and customers is of utmost importance.and we sincerely thank our customers for their patience during this time.

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Diary of Death: 7 14 December "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.

Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM





  Meredith Music Festival: The Breeders (US), Billy Bragg (UK), The Presets, Yaeji (US), Sampa The Great, Panda Bear (US), Lil Louis (US), Laura Jean, Pond, DJ Jnett, Mambali, Montero, Nadia Rose (UK), The Aints, The Pharcyde (US), Mildlif, Mental As Anything, Roza Terenzi, The Native Cats, Mim Suleiman (TAN), Tourist Kid, Time For Dreams, Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, DJ Lady Erica, Scott & Charlenes Wedding, The Seven Ups Meredith, Victoria Til Sunday
Alison Wonderland Enmore Theatre
Polish Club, Heaps Good Friends, Wing Defence Lansdowne
Loser, Particles, Legal Aliens Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar
Moonlover, Tesse, Julia Why? Botany View Hotel Album launch FREE
Nikita Ra, Jai Pyne, K2 Foundry 616
Jack Shit Miss Peaches 9.30 til midnight FREE
Torched Songs A Concert Out Of The Ashes by Louis Tillett Marrickville Bowling Club Benefit after house fire. CANCELLED
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Hard Aches, Emily Barker Metro
Timberwolf Waywards
Broke House Yullis Brews





Removing asylum seekers from offshore detention supported by Law Council of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A private members bill by Kerryn Phelps MP, and a separate attempt to amend a migration bill before the Senate, aim to ensure urgent medical treatment is provided to children and adult asylum seekers who are in grave need.

While noting the Law Council of Australia has strong and longstanding concerns about offshore detention arrangements in general, Law Council of Australia supports efforts by parliamentarians to address the alarming mental and physical health of children and adult asylum seekers held in offshore detention.

With respect to children, one child on Nauru is one too many. Australia is internationally committed to the principle of acting in the best of the child as a primary consideration, Law Council of Australia President, Morry Bailes said.

Removing all remaining asylum seeker children on Nauru to Australia for medical and psychiatric treatment is not just medically necessary, but necessary if Australia is to abide by our international obligations.

Australia also has obligations to ensure the health and safety of adult asylum seekers in regional processing centres. This includes appropriate access to key health services and acting to address the risks of suicide and self-harm by detained asylum seekers.

The abundant evidence regarding the health and wellbeing of many adult asylum seekers is grim. It is essential that Australia acts with respect to adult asylum seekers, Mr Bailes said.

The Law Council supports ensuring that asylum seeker families are kept together under temporary transfer arrangements, given Australias family reunification obligations.

For children and families, this measure will minimise the risk of further dislocation and trauma, Mr Bailes said.

Transfers being proposed are temporary, so key questions remain about the longer-term situation of these asylum seekers.

The Law Council would urge the Australian Government to develop a long term, durable response to irregular migration and solutions for all refugees and asylum seekers who are currently in offshore detention conditions.

This new response should accord with Australias international obligations, Mr Bailes said.

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Tibet fundraiser gives locals food for thought "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Bibby

Standing amidst the hustle and bustle of down town Dharamsala is a small cluster of buildings with a big purpose.

The compound is home to the headquarters of the Tibetan Childrens Village, an organisation that provides schooling to over 16,726 Tibetan child refugees across the globe.

It is a world way from the spacious streets of Mullumbimby, but last Saturday the distance became just a little shorter when 75 locals enjoyed a taste of Tibetan culture to raise funds for the exiled children.

From Left: Musician Michael Askill, WeMove co-founder Alona Rosenberg, singer Tenzin Nyidon, WeMove co-funder Meggie Daneilson and performer Tenzin Choegyal

Hosted by the WeMove dance studio, the event raised $1,770 for the childrens village.

It also raised awareness of the plight of those who have been forced to flee Tibet, through the screening of the award-winning documentary The Last Dalai Lama, which explores the life of the exiled Tibetan leader and his attempts free his country from Chinese rule.

The story behind the event is one of real community connection, WeMoves co-founder Alona Rosenberg said.

When we heard about the idea it was a big yes.

The studio was approached about the event by local woman Samaya Askill, whose husband Michael performs regularly alongside acclaimed Tibetan singer Tenzin Choegyal.

Mr Choegyal is a former student of the Tibetan Childrens Village and has been a strong advocate for the school, helping to raise funds and awareness through musical performances across the globe.

It was from this string of connections that the fundraiser was born.

It featured a taste of traditional Tibetan curry, a performance by Mr Choegyal and Michael Askill, followed by the screening of the film.

Michael and Tenzin have performed all around the world and have just come back from performing in Carnegie Hall in New York, so it was great for them to feel the support of our little community, Ms Rosenberg said.

We have a strong multicultural focus and interest at WeMove so it was great to be involved in supporting the Childrens Village.

It was a really heart filling even...


Planting the markers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thanks to Kerry at Innovative Tags (she provided all the printed thermal labels free of charge) we have a heap of new galvanised plant markers for our fruit trees  and other permanent crops to make finding your way around the garden much easier. You can discover exactly what that brilliant tasting peach or apple is, Continue reading Planting the markers


Local walkers protest feral horses at the top of Mt Kosciuszko "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

When no-native animals run wild the repercussions for both the physical environment and the native animals can be devastating.

Wild brumbies at Mt Kosciuszko National Park. Photo Judith Deland via ABC.

Highlighting the problems faced in Mt Kosciuszko National Park as the brumbies run wild Steve and Barbara Millard, with four other members of the Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club, will walk from the Cobberas Wilderness in Eastern Victoria to the summit of Mt Kosciuszko.

Scientists have fenced off this experimental plot to show how the damage caused by feral horses can be reversed. This photo was taken by Steve last year at Cowombat Flat. This stream is the source of the Murray River. Photo supplied.

They are protesting against the NSW Governments recent legislation to pro...


Kwame covered Kendrick Lamars Alright for Like A Version "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kwame made his debut Like A Version performance this morning. Suffice to say, he blew it out of the water. The 20-year-old Western Sydney rap prodigy recently took out the highly coveted J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year.

Kwame cut his teeth on a stunning, jazz backed cover of Kendrick Lamars To Pimp A Butterfly anthem Alright. Its one 2018s most accomplished Like A Version performances. Check it out below.

Watch: Kwame covers Kendrick Lamar Alright


He also performed a stunning rendition of his track WOW off his Endless Conversations EP.

Watch: Kwame WOW


Last week, he dropped a stunning new track Clouds. It premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. Hell be heading around the country next year to celebrate, check out the tour dates and ticket information below.


Saturday, 9th February
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Friday, 15th February
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Friday, 22nd February
Rocket Bar, Adelaide

Saturday, 23rd February
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

Friday, 1st March
Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth

Friday, 8th March
Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle


Senate calls for a full assessment of the Lake Malbena development "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The eco tourism development planned for Lake Malbena will introduce helicopter tourism to the central plateau of Tasmania. Approvals have been waved through by the federal government, despite three official expert bodies lashing the proposal or calling for it to be rejected.

The decision threatens to open the floodgate to a host of other private tourism operations proposed for the World Heritage-listed area.

In a new development, the senate has called on federal Environment Minister Melissa Price to conduct a full assessment of the Lake Malbena development, including public consultation.

According to a report in the Tasmanian Times,

Greens Senator Nick McKim successfully passed a motion that pointed out the major problems with the development and approvals process.

This development represents the privatisation of some of the most precious areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Senator McKim said.

The people of Tasmania are clear they dont support this development.

Nor do they support the selling out of our magnificent wilderness.

It is now incumbent on the Minister to call this project in.


Meeting with Peter Khalil "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Following the success of the School Strike for Climate, a group of high school and primary school student are meeting with our local MP Peter Khalil to discuss their concerns around climate change. 

The meeting will be held at Khalil's office at 3, Munro St Coburg, next Tuesday the 11th of December from 5.30pm-6pm. Any school-aged children are welcome to join for the meeting, and a crafternoon session on ...


Professor Stuart Rees Honoured With Inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

He normally goes about his work very quietly, very humbly. And as the founder of the Sydney Peace Prize, hes normally in the background promoting other peoples work. But last week Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees couldnt help but be at the centre of attention after he was awarded the inaugural Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize, at a ceremony at state parliament in Victoria.

The award was in recognition of his Professor Rees persistent and courageous advocacy for the human rights of all Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel, the refugee camps and the Palestinian diaspora generally.

Professor Rees delivered the first Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize lecture as part of the ceremony, and his award was presented by former Foreign Minister and NSW State Premier the Hon Bob Carr on November 29, to coincide with the United Nations Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Nasser Mashni, chair of Australians for Palestine (AfP) and a Board Member of the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN), said the choice of Professor Rees would help to highlight strong global support for a just outcome for Palestinians, felt by millions around the world.

For all his inspirational work on Palestine nothing reveals more about Stuart Rees humanity than his belief in a simple anecdote about a Palestinian refugee who wanted to discuss with Israeli students his right to return, only to be told you want to kick us out. No, the Palestinian replied, I simply want to live with you, Mr Mashni said.

Mr Mashni said Professor Rees numerous books, anthologies of poetry, and his willingness to write and speak publicly on social justice issues, have seen him described as one of the most humane voices in Australia today.

Those issues have driven his indomitable quest to find out what it really means to be human and to alert us all to our common humanity, said Mr Mashni.

Professor Rees said he felt very honoured to be recognised from amongst the many long-committed voices for Palestine in Australia.

This award comes at a time when Jerusalem is facing great challenges from influential global powers to its UN-protected international status, UN Security Council resolutions, international law and majority consensus. We cannot allow antagonistic voices to weaken the hopes of so many for a peaceful and sustainable solution, he said.

Jerusalems spiritual, cultural and legal character are under serious threat and only a concerted effort of advocacy and activism by people everywhere, can Palestinians possibly hope to see an end to their displacement, eviction and expulsion.

The Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize will now be awarded annually by Australians for Palestine and the Australia-Palestine Advocac...


New Tweed Hospital: Labor for Kings Forest Nationals for Cudgen "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NSW Labor leader Michael Daley with Tweed candidate Craig Elliot. Photo Facebook.

NSW Labor Leader Michael Daleys commitment to building the new Tweed Valley Hospital at the Kings Forest development rather than the current government selected site at Cudgen, near Kingscliff, that is on State Significant Farmland has drawn the ire of sitting member for Tweed Geoff Provost.

Labor Leader Michael Daley has admitted he will delay the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital by years and blow the budget by at least $100 million, significantly delaying vital health services to the community, said Mr Provost.

However, Labor has condemned both the site selection process used saying that the National Party had chosen the Cudgen farmland site as a Trojan horse to throw away height limits in Kingscliff and to open the door for over-development on prime agricultural land.

Labor said the announcement has come after they received tens of thousands of signatures opposing over-development in Kingscliff and the National Party plans to build the Tweed Hospital on prime agricultural land.

Whether it be high rise in Kingscliff or a nine-storey hospital on Cudgen farmland Geoff Provest and the Nationals are failing to protect the Tweed from inappropriate developments, Labors candidate for Tweed Craig Elliot said.

Developing current hospital site?

A key issue for many locals has been the removal of the hospital from the current Tweed site. In July The Greens called for the hospital to be re-developed on the current site.

This is in part due to the koala corridor and low lying areas of the Kings Forest site that will require significant filling to bring it abov...

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Facebook denies UK allegations after Six4Three document dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Social media giant maintains it has 'never sold people's data'

In context: The Six4Three files are a compilation of Facebook internal emails and memos that were recently released by the UK parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The documents outline various discussion within the company regarding monetizing user data particularly surrounding the 3.0 platform changes in 2015. Facebook denies all allegations made by the committee.
Facebook has seen almost no end to public scrutiny since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It comes as no surprise that revelations and criticisms leveled at the social media titan in recent weeks have spun the company into turmoil and had the denial machine working overtime.

On Wednesday, a British parliamentary committee made public numerous damaging internal emails and documents showing that the company allowed special access to users data to partner companies like Lyft and Netflix while denying access to competitors such as Vine.

Facebook have clearly entered into whitelisting agreements with certain companies, which meant that after the platform changes in 2014/15 they maintained full access to friends data [sic], stated Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee Chairman Damian Collins in his summary of the document dump known as the Six4Three files. He adds, It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted or not.

"The documents were selectively leaked to publish some, but not all, of the internal discussions at Facebook at the time of our platform changes. But the facts are clear: weve never sold peoples data."

Facebook quickly responded to the Six4Three files with a rebuttal saying they were cherry-picked and taken out of context.

We changed our platform policies in 2014/15 to prevent apps from...


Saving the ocean one sticker at a time "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michal and Daniela Berti have put up three stickers so far, with more to come. Photo supplied.

The old adage put your money where your mouth is is ringing true for a Byron man who is doing his part to save the oceans.

Michal Berti and his 11-year-old daughter Daniela saw a problem and worked out how to fix it in the form of an information sticker they place on public showers around Byron beaches.

Michal says that it was frustrating to keep watching people using beach showers as their own bathroom. Wed keep telling them no to do it and explaining why, he said. Having a sign would leave them no excuse for using these kinds of products so, we designed the sticker.

The message on the signs is simple: if you use detergent a personal health products at public showers, the water goes directly back onto the ocean and has a detrimental effect on marine life. I think most of the people that Ive seen and told not to do it, they really werent aware of the water going straight to the ocean.

Born in Venezuela, Michal moved to Spain in 2001 then came on holidays to Byron here in 2015 and never left. He works doing graphic design and digital print and is just setting up his little business called Sticky Ideas.

Berti says that a friend helped him get in touched with council and National Parks to get the thumbs up on posting the stickers. They were really keen for me to do it, he said. They thought it was a great idea. There are three stickers on trial at Main Beach for council showers, and five approved on Arakwal National Park Beaches at The Pass, Captain Cook, Wategos, Tallows and Broken Head.

The market value of a work like this could go between $300 to $1000 but Berti fell so strongly about the issue that he financed the work himself. We designed, printed and Installed the stickers ourselves so the cost was only the stock and three or fours hours of work.

I did because I love this place these beaches are my daughter and my favourite playgrounds. I try teach my daughter an...


Does your environment impact your health? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies came together yesterday to discuss how to create healthy communities. Photo supplied.

It is now being recognised that the way we design our environment is having a huge impact on human health and wellbeing.

Since 1985, the proportion of Australian children who are overweight has doubled and the prevalence of obesity trebled. In NSW child overweight and obesity has been relatively stable at 21 per cent over the last ten years yet this is still cause for concern said Jillian Adams, Northern NSW Local Health Districts (NNSWLHD) health promotion manager.

For the first time in the modern era, our children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, she said.

The rise in childhood and adult obesity is causing unprecedented levels of heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease and increased risk of stroke, respiratory disease and cancer.

Tackling obesity as a community

Recognising both the importance of our environment and the role of community on the impact of peoples choices around health eating and activities NNSWLHD held the first ever Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Summit held in Ballina yesterday.

There are many social and environmental factors causing these increasing rates of overweight, including our sedentary lifestyles- our car-based, screen-based, fast-food world, said Ms Adams.

We need to change the direction were headed, but the Health sector cant do this alone, so we are calling for a whole of community approach.

More than 80 people from across government and non-government agencies, councils, education, health services, sport and fitness, community services and farmers markets attended the summit in Ballina.

The Summit was the first stage of the Northern Rivers Healthy Communities Project, to support collaborative programs across community sectors, making it easier for all of us to make healthy choices, said Ms Adams.

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The consequences to Sydney of Liberal re-election "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The consequences to Sydney of Liberal re-electionBringing back the Liberal Government will have adverse effects to Sydney's infrastructure and cultural landmarks. read now...


Grace appeals for help to save Great Australian Bight from oil deep sea oil drilling "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The following was sent to The Pen by contributor Ugly, and it is about 16 year old Grace Gardiners appeal to support the effort to stop deep sea oil drilling near Apollo Bay in Victoria. Grace is involved with Greenpeace, which has taken on protection of the  Great Australian Bight as one of its important environment protection projects. This is what she has to say.

 My name is Grace, Im 16 years old and last week I organised a flotilla a floating protest against deep sea oil drilling in my home of Apollo Bay, Victoria.

Thats me in the middle there, with my friends Eleni on the left and Hannah on the right

Apollo Bay is a small, beautiful town on the Great Ocean Road, located just by the sea. Ive lived here my whole life. When I was much younger, I was kayaking with a mate in the local harbour when a pod of three dolphins swam up beside us and jumped around for a while, so close I could reach out and touch them. It was the most exhilarating and beautiful experience from the ocean.

For us, the ocean is more than just a beautiful view. Its the lifeblood of our community, with tourism and fishing supporting so many families here in Apollo Bay.

But big oil companies are planning to drill for oil off our coast, risking our pristine environment and our way of life.

One thing I love about my community is that we come together to do incredible things like standing up to those greedy oil companies.

One little community can do big things! It got me thinking about what we could achieve if everyone in Australia said no to deep sea oil drilling.

But we need as many people on board as possible.

As a young person, I care deeply about climate change. My generation will have to deal with the consequences of the decisions being made by big fossil fuel companies trashing the environment. I may not be able to vote yet, but I know that Governments have a responsibility to do the right thing by the people they represent.

If enough people no matter their age are talking about protecting the Bight from oil drilling, our politicians will have to listen.

Apollo Bay has a population of just 1500 but on the day of our flotilla, 350 people were out there on the water and on land to protect the oceans we love from oil drilling despite the wind and rai...


Peak attention seeker in city full of attention seekers riding on Tony Abbott's coat tails "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why do we have an SBS? The quotes from Jane Caro in this story are the greatest load of gobbledygook you'll read in a very long time. Media commentator Jane Caro was considering running against Tony Abbott in Warringah, but she's now leaning more towards supporting another candidate. Prominent media...


Police okay Santa novelty helmet covers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

If you want to get into the Christmas spirit with a novelty Santa helmet cover, most police will not play Scrooge and fine you for a non-compliant helmet.

However, there are points of safety to consider which could lead to fine, if not observed.

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Novelty helmet covers

Queensland and South Australia police say novelty helmet covers are legal:

Novelty helmet covers are not illegal, as long as the rider is wearing a motorcycle helmet that complies with Australian standards and is securely fastened. Riders will need to ensure that the novelty cover does not obscure their vision.

However, its worth noting that it could still be illegal if you are involved in a crash while wearing one.

ACT Police they would take action against the user of the helmet cover if it contributed to an incident or collision (for example, if the cover impeded the vision of a rider).

It is concerning to police that the manufacturers openly identify significant risks to the user of the product on their own website, they say.

VicPol at first simply replied: It is not illegal to put a hat over the helmet.

Several days later they updated their comment saying it is not possible to provide a blanket yes or no answer to your query, as it must be assessed on an individual basis.

They suggest the foll...


The Billi Christmas affair enjoy a laid back afternoon of fun in the sun "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Codie McCarthy and Newy Newbold the painters and designers of the mural that is part of the new vibrant open space where the Billi Christmas Affair will be happening this Saturday. Photo Jeff Parroting Dawson.

Its a full afternoon of family fun, dance, singing and the perfect chance to pick up some Festive Season gifts at the Billinudgel Christmas Affair this Saturday, December 8, from 1 till 5pm. There will be live music, kids entertainment, a jumping castle and more to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Were looking forward to a true Billinudgel experience for locals and visitors, said the event organisers.

The Billinudgel Christmas Affair is a chance for people to come and get involved with Billinudgel and enjoy the laidback Christmas vibe.

Moving forward as a community

Following the devastation of Cyclone Debbie last year the Billinudgel community has realised the importance of banding together to not only help each other recover but to look at how they move forward as a community. Many of the businesses were hit hard during the enormous flood event losing stock, having machinery damaged and being left with major cleanups.

The recovery has been a challenge but were getting there, said committee members.

The community has come together really well. There has been a lot of conversation and discussion about how to improve things and we are looking at various flood-mitigation options.

The festival is an opportunity for people to come and find out about the town and its more than sixty businesses and how they have recovered post flood. At the festival businesses will be showcasing what they do along with demonstrations including getting hands-on woodworking with longtime local Stan Ceglinski. 

Dynamic and innovative businesses

There are plenty of dynamic and innovative businesses that operate out of Billinudgel and it has become a thriving business and service hub for north Byron Shire.

Billinudgel has one of the most authentic local Australian pubs and general stores that can make you feel...


1) ABC radio Interview with Benny Wenda "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) Indonesia halts search for Papua dead after clash with separatists
3) Indonesia steps up search for Papua massacre victims as 16 bodies found
4) West Papua is in turmoil
5) OPM Admits Deadly Attack, Demand Independence
6) Police Chief Says Economic Factors Trigger Papua Shooting
7) Vast palm oil project in Papua must be investigated by government, watchdogs say

1) ABC radio Interview with Benny Wenda 
Investigations continue into Papua Province killings
By Catherine Graue on Pacific Beat
Indonesia's President has ordered the police and milit...


Schwarzenegger wishes he could travel back in time to stop fossil fuels being used "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like "The Terminator" so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. So no steel. No heating from coal. No electric lights. No railways. The dark age. And the UN lapped it up.


Bank penalties disguised as charitable donations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Michael West describes the failure of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to deal with bad behaviour of the banks, when it provided them with a way out from prosecution, by allowing them to make charitable donations, which could them be claimed back as tax deductions.

Here is a troubling fact that has largely escaped scrutiny during the banking royal commission: for the past 10 years, rather than being penalised for breaches, it appears the banks have been receiving tax deductions for their crimes and misdemeanours. Instead of paying fines, they have been making donations to charities a no fault solution to dealing with financial offences. And in more than 70 per cent of cases, there is no record of where this money has gone.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commissions (ASIC) decade of deals with the banks began in March 2009 when its then chairman, Tony DAloisio, struck an enforceable undertaking (EU) agreement with ANZ Banking Group.

ANZ had been a key player in the spectacular collapse of the financier Opes Prime, which went into receivership in March 2008 with an estimated $1 billion of debt. Instead of dragging the bank into court at great cost, DAloisio did a no blame deal with ANZ bosses, who agreed to complete a program to remedy deficiencies in operational procedures.

During the past 10 years, the corporate regulator has ramped up these no fault arrangements with the banks. Rather than prosecute them, ASIC agrees not to sue, and the banks agree to an enforceable undertaking in which they recognise ASICs concerns about their behaviour and make a community benefit payment.

Community benefit payments are often mistaken for penalties or fines. In reality, they are charitable payments. It appears that, for 10 years, the banks have enjoyed associated tax deductions for what should be punishments.

It also appears the banks play a role in determining who receives their community benefit payments.

An investigation of the EUs by and The Saturday Paper has found that of the $88.1 million in community benefits payments made by the banks over the past 10 years as part of EU agreements, $68.5 million has gone to unspecified parties.

Another $16.6 million has been paid to a company named Financial Literacy Australia Limited, $2 million to the Smith Family, and $500,000 to The Ethics Centre.

Since DAloisios ANZ deal, the regulator has struck a further 27 EUs with the banks. All the major banks ANZ, Westpac, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank have agreed to EUs. As have Macquarie Bank and a slew of foreign banks, including J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS.

Community ben...


Arab group wins (again) #FossiloftheDay at COP24 for being not okay with IPCC 1.5C report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Well the Arab Group is off to a great start this Conference of the Parties (COP) in Poland with a second fossil award. This time it was for Kuwait wanting to delete specific references to findings in the IPCC 1.5C Special Report in negotiations in the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM) for Loss and Damage. Saudi Arabia and the Arab Group scored a Fossil award yesterday for trying to kill



PERTH Man in Perth court over Busselton murder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man in Perth court over Busselton murder .

December 06, 2018 at 04:00PM .

Benjamin John Elliott faced Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday and was remanded in custody to appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on .


PERTH Man charged over Perth murder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Man charged over Perth murder .

December 06, 2018 at 08:41AM .

Mr Riley was found dead in his home on October 30, with the man charged over his death to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. .



Scanlon Foundation Survey finds that in contemporary Australia racist values are held by a small minority "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Guardian, 4 December 2018:

Australia has not lost faith in immigration. The political narrative has darkened but not the fundamental view of ourselves as an immigrant nation. Most of us remain convinced that we are in so many ways better off for newcomers of all races and creeds who have come in large numbers to our shores.

That is the verdict of the Scanlon Foundations 2018 Mapping Social Cohesion Report published on Tuesday. The mission of the foundation is to measure how this migrant nation hangs together. Over the last decade 48,000 of us have been polled to fathom the panics that sweep this country and the steady underlying views Australians have of immigration.

Immigration is a growing concern, says the author of the report Professor Andrew Markus of Mo...


School kids occupy Australian parliament foyer demanding 100% renewables, #stopAdani "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Students involved in the National School Strike for Climate Actionjoined First Nations leaders from Seedmob, youth leaders from AYCC and climate experts to hold a peaceful occupation of approximately 100 people in the foyer of Federal Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 5 December. This follows a climate strike involving over 15,000 students and supporters on Friday 30 November in all


Holistic Pastoral "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Holistic Pastoral - Ethical, Regenerative Farmed Meat Deliveries for Christmas!

It's late in the afternoon and the sun is starting to set in the west over the hills, the light it is throwing on the Blue Range is soft and golden.  Our old red tractor is bumping across the paddock, towards our sheep and chooks. 



Rally "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Come and show our politicians that its not just the kids who are demanding change and leadership in the face of a climate emergency. If they want to show us they are serious about protecting our kids future they must put an end to the era of coal, including blocking the proposed Adani mega mine and all new coal mines. 

This Saturday, 10.30-12.30 at the State Library.

Facebook event:...


Cookbook "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Locally made Christmas idea!

Summer cookbook by the author of the Hungry Girls Cookbooks.

Thirteen mostly vegetarian recipes.

First in a series for each season.


For Sale "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi there, 

We have had a clean out and want to get rid of a few things. Theyre cheap!

Pick up in Coburg North. 



Tony Abbott and the White Mans Burden "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After his latest 6 month trip around remote communities, the Prime Ministers Special Envoy on Indigenous affairs has handed down his recommendations.


FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) BAe J32s VH-NTL & VH-OTQ at Bundaberg Airport Plus Alliance Airlines and QantasLink Charters Take Firefighters Home Following Bushfire Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A couple of nice first-time visitors to Central Queensland on Thursday 6 December with a pair of FlyPelican (Pelican Airlines) British Aerospace BAe Jetstream 3206 (Jetstream 32) turboprop aircraft VH-NTL and VH-OTQ both photographed on the ground at Bundaberg Airport operating closed charter flights to transport visiting interstate firefighters home to Northern New South Wales.  The firefighters have been in Central Queensland assisting local firefighters during the recent bushfire crisis.



Welcome Storms and Rain Late Tuesday - Bushfire Crisis Seemingly Over - Water-Bombing Aircraft and Helicopters Head Home! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Welcome rain and storms passed through most of Queensland late on Tuesday 4 December and as a result, it would appear that the immediate bushfire crisis that was affecting parts of Central Queensland seems to have come to an end.  As a result, over the course of Wednesday 5 December, most of the visiting firefighting aircraft and helicopters, along with the many local and visiting firefighters, have begun to return to their home bases.

Alliance Airlines Fokker F-70 VH-NKQ was spotted visiting Mackay Airport.  It arrived from Brisbane as UTY561 and departed back there a short time later as UTY562.



Anyone studying History at JCU? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thinking about majoring in History at JCU but not too impressed with the course overview. Anyone currently studying there that wouldn't mind answering a few questions?

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start - [Talks] Added 2018-12-30 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Next Meeting Details Below Note: for December 2018 only we won't be having a meeting. Enjoy your Christmas break! Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room


Pearl Park Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Mark this date in your calendar Saturday January 19th 2019 at Pearl Park, Foster.  Definitely not to be missed.

The post Pearl Park Music Festival appeared first on Foster Community Online.


West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

West Papua independence leader urges calm after killings
Helen Davidson   Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.17 AEDT Last modified on Thu 6 Dec 2018 16.48 AEDT  

Sixteen bodies retrieved as leader Benny Wenda calls for diplomacy and transparency on what happened in Nduga

The exiled leader of the West Papuan independence movement has called for calm after independence fighters attacked and killed up to 31 people in a remote West Papuan district on Sunday.
On Thursday the Indonesian military said it had retrieved 16 of the bodies from the district of Nduga, which would be sent to the main town of Timika. None were identified.


Foster Swimming Pool season 2018-19 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Saturday 15 December 2018 Monday 11 March 2019 The Foster Outdoor Swimming Pool will be open if the forecast maximum temperature for Leongatha on the Bureau of Meteorology website at []

The post Foster Swimming Pool season 2018-19 appeared first on Foster Community Online.


Guest Post: Carbon emissions will reach 37 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Pep Canadell, CSIRO; Corinne Le Qur, University of East Anglia; Glen Peters, Center for International Climate and Environment Research - Oslo; Robbie Andrew, Center for International Climate and Environment Research - Oslo, and Rob Jackson, Stanford University Carbon dioxide (CO) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking


William Cooper Indigenous Scholarships Launched "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On the 80th anniversary of William Coopers historic protest about Nazi Germanys treatment of Jews, Monash University in partnership with John and Pauline Gandel has launched the William Cooper Indigenous Scholarship Program.   Indigenous elder, Yorta Yorta man and human rights activist William Cooper famously led a protest and attempted to hand a petition to ... Read more...


Greek austerity a denial of basic human rights, penalty should be imprisonment "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have just finished reading a report published by the Transnational Institute (TNI), which is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world. The Report (published November 19, 2018) Democracy Not For Sale is harrowing, to say the least. We learn that in an advanced European nation with a glorious tradition and history an increasing number of people are being denial access to basic nutrition solely as a result of economic policy changes that have been imposed on it by outside agencies (European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF). The Report shows how the food supply has been negatively impacted by the austerity programs; how food prices have been forced up at the same time as incomes have been forced down, and how collective and cooperative arrangements have been destroyed by privatisation and deregulation impositions. The Report concludes that the Greek State and the Eurozone Member States violated the Greek peoples right to food as a result of the austerity measures required by three Memorandums of Understanding (2010, 2012 and 2015). In other words, the austerity packages imposed on Greece contravened international human rights law. Not one person has gone to prison as a result of this deliberate and calculated violation of human rights.

You can have various levels of commitment to this:

1. Full Report 90 minutes reading time.

2. Executive Summary 5 minutes reading time.

I recommend the full report because it is a very comprehensive statement of what has gone wrong with the Eurozone from a grassroots perspective.

It does not present the usual critique that I make regularly at the macroeconomic and monetary level.

It deals with our conception of human rights and basic human dignity.

It forces one to ask questions such as:

How many officials in the Troika, who are comfortably ensconced in their well-appointed offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, and Washington, who regularly drink fine wines and eat sumptuously at official gatherings, conferences, talk fests, who jet around the world and Europe as if there was no tomorrow, have gone hungry as a result of the policies they forced on Greece?

It is a real question.

My answer: not one of them.

I have been to European Commission functions. I have seen the massive food and wine e...


Cheap Power: A Whole Lot Of Energy For A Whole Lot Of Nothing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite the obvious disappointment of the Morrison Government, the nation can build an energy network reliant on renewables, while lowering prices. Martin Zavan explains.

Never letting the truth get in the way of a good yarn is an understandable approach when the Prime Minister is talking about his exploits on the footy field back in the day. But when hes being asked to lead a fossil fuel dependent nation through the transition to renewables, its not only dishonest, but dangerous.

Politicians demand proof, but many seem to have little to no desire to follow through and obtain the answers they claim to seek. It occurs too often to keep track of, but something happened in Question Time yesterday that made me take special note.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten essentially asked the PM why he couldnt get behind what he called the most widely endorsed energy policy of recent years, the National Energy Guarantee. Not to mention it was the Libs own policy just a few months back.

Theres never been a national energy policy that has had more universal support than the National Energy Guarantee. And why wont the Prime Minister implement a National Energy Guarantee with his own energy targets? Shorten mischievously asked.

Morrison responded with his typical bluster, but lets pause for a moment to examine what he actually said, rather than the confected outrage that characterised his reply.

Labor have not demonstrated that their 45 percent emissions reduction target will not push up prices.

Labor have not, and they cannot, demonstrate that their reckless 45 percent economy-wrecking as the Business Council has said emissions reduction target of 45 percent will not increase power prices because of course it will increase power prices.

The comments may have fired up the frontbench but they were less eagerly embraced by those with even a passing appreciation for the facts.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

During the heated days of the NEG debate we at Greenpeace also wondered what effect this political compromise would have on power prices. We sought to find out, and commissioned the same people who the federal government turns to on such matt...


Brisbane's growth 3 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Changing face of Brisbane

Here's why you won't recognise Brisbane five years from now (watch the 3-minute video below).

Shared via Property Update and JLL.

A great city that's going places.

It will be exciting to see the Cross River Rail snaking its way through the gentrified Gabba precinct.

And those wharves are going to be a terrific boost for New Farm and Teneriffe too.


William Cooper set the pace for social justice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Economists have GDPs. Workers have KPIs. Athletes have PBs. But what about social justice activists? Could there be a Social Justice Measure (SJM) for how much a person cares about justice?   If such a calculation was possible, I wonder if the unit of measurement might be the kilometre, and the measure might be something ... Read more...


Oscar for our Christopher Gordon "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ryde Councillor Christopher Gordon has won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for the Best Original Music Score for the Australian movie Ladies in Black.

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When the boys sat around the kitchen table dreaming up what would become the original Pacific Ale, their inspiration came from what they envisioned to be the perfect occasion

Imagine a hot summers day in Byron Bay and youve just come out of the ocean. The sands scorching as you walk off the beach, across the pandanus lined park where everyones lazing in the shade and into the pub. The salts still drying on your back and all you feel like is something thatll quench your thirst

That beer is from the local independent brewery.the original Pacific Ale,
with its big fruity hops, cloudy haze and a refreshing finish

Stone & Woods flagship beer is what would now be considered a summer ale and with it being the Northern Rivers brewerys 10th anniversary, theyre celebrating being the
original, and theyre finally doing it theyre putting it in cans!

From when we first released the original Pacific Ale, our customers and our drinkers have begged us to put it in a can. Up until now, our focus has been on making enough of the stuff, so were pumped to be able to release a commemorative 10 years of Summer Pacific Ale can now! said head brewer, Caolan Vaughn.

The limited release commemorative can will disappear before most people can get their hands around it, but they plan on releasing it permanently in January 2019.

Visit for more detail and stockists.

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LNG exports going parabolic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gas exports soar

LNG exports tore to a new record high of more than $4 billion in October 2018, up from $2.1 billion only a year earlier. 

It was also a strong month for coal, meaning record high exports for Australia.

And Aussie tourism is still firing, helping to push the trade services balance back into surplus for the first time in years.

Imports were higher in October, almost entirely due to high fuel prices, but of course the oil price has crashed since October so this trend will be reversed in the coming months. 

The exporting states are enjoying the fruits of the coal and LNG boom. 


A Courageous Australian Passes Wendy Scurr "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today Australians have lost a brave, patriotic lady, Mrs Wendy Scurr. We repost Mals article from The Great Australians: Wendy Scurr in 2016.

by Malcolm R Hughes (4 December, 2016)

This great Australian, Wendy Scurr, became an unplanned heroine during and after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.  For those who have not previously seen the purposely lost word heroine, the meaning is female hero.

Wendy is happily married to Graeme Scurr and they reside on the mainland of Australia. Why the mainland? Because they were driven out of their home state of Tasmania. Why driven out ? For doing the right thing. You know how it goes these days but Wendy was ahead of her time, having stuck up for the truth about Port Arthur 20 years ago.

The Port Arthur Massacre was a Federal and Tasmanian government-planned event whereby several people...


Saudia Arabia and the Arab Group, and Brazil win Fossil Awards at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

and on the second Fossil of the day ceremony of the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland.... No surprise here to find our old blocking friend Saudi Arabia reappearing, and on behalf of the Arab group, no less, for trying to kill ambition and prevent more transparency. And a late runner has entered the competition. Oh Brazil, how could you? It seems the


Bad news on the global climate "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Carbon dioxide emissions rose strongly last year after several years of a near plateau. It appears that the main factor was increased use of oil, mainly as motor fuel. Ill try to do a more detailed analysis later, but the central element of the required response is obvious. Just like coal-fired power stations, petrol-driven motor cars need to be phased out, as quickly as possible. Australia, as an oil importer with no domestic car production is in a position to pursue this target aggressively. We should, as others have done, commit to a date, say 2030, after which all new cars sold would be zero emission.


Adani update "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A week ago, I was speaking at a Royal Society of NSW Forum on the topic Getting climate policy back on track when the news came through that Adani had announced a start to the Carmichael mine before Christmas, funded from the companys own reserves.  With Christmas now less than three weeks away, where do things stand?

Its evident that, as with previous construction starts, this one wont be on a large scale. Adani has just posted its first job opening for a year, on the portal it set up with great fanfare in mid-2017. Its for a Senior Mine Planning Engineer a newly changed and developed role reporting to the Head Mine Operations.  Given that Adani has announced a proposal thats radically different from the one they were running last year, you might have expected that a Senior Mine Planning Engineer would have been on the job for some time, heading a substantial team. Still, its likely that some kind of activity will take place, even if its only symbolic.

The big question is how Labor will respond, since its highly likely to be in office by the time any serious mining activity starts. So far the signs have been mixed. Queensland Premier Palaszczuk has said, correctly, that this is effectively a new proposal, and will need new approvals. On the other hand, Penny Wong has suggested that, once contracts are signed, the dreaded spectre of sovereign risk will mean that the government cannot intervene.  This is a bogus argument in the specific case of Adani, but the whole idea needs to be challenged. Governments routinely break their promises to voters, and corporations regularly renege on their commitments to governments, but, in the era of neoliberalism, promises made by governments to corporation have come to be held sacred.


SACOSS welcomes SA Parliament Committee support for unemployed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Thursday, 6 December 2018

The South Australian Council of Social Service has welcomed the release of the interim report of the Parliament Select Committee on Poverty in South Australia. The Committee made six recommendations to alleviate poverty in South Australia, with the first being a call on the Federal Government to make a meaningful increase to the rate of the Newstart Allowance (and other base allowances) as a matter of urgency.


APRadio Podcast 06-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian Patriot Radio

Harry opens with a song- We are dumb .. portraying the conga line of pollies who had dual citizenship a little gem. Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program, discussion covers the bushfire bullshit allowing the ratbag greens to continue restricting very serious hazard reduction to reduce out of control fuel in government lands and more CLICK HERE


Healing my spirit by helping others "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Corey Aden Tutt, an Indigenous man from NSW, shares his personal journey to healing through caring for animals.


NBN roll-out leaves business with no phone for over six weeks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

NBN nightmare: Elsa Torresi works on reception at Little Lane Dental, and cant believe theyve been without a phone for six weeks with no end in sight. Photo Aslan Shand.

A dental practice in Mullumbimby has now been without a phone for over six weeks following the roll out of the NBN which has failed to facilitate their connection to the NBN network. 

It has been six weeks of confusion, conflicting information and technical gobbledygook for dentist Steve McGaughran at Little Lane Dental in Mullumbimby as hes been shunted from pillar to post between NBN and his telephone provider provider iinet and he still doesnt have a phone for his business.

I just want a quick resolution. I need a phone to run my business and its been six weeks now without one, said Steve in frustration.

On October 15 Little Lane Dentals phone cut off while NBN were working on the node several meters from their building. When Steve asked the workers what have you done to our phone? they said they hadnt touched it, however, when Telstra came to fix the line four days later they told Steve that the NBN staff had damaged the line into the building. 

Two day phone

They had a phone line for almost two working days before it once again went dead at 9.45am on Tuesday October 23. They were told by their provider iinet that their number had been ported (transferred)  so they could be connected to the NBN network. 

The thing was that our appointment to be connected to the NBN network wasnt until November 1, said Steve.

We asked if they could at least put a message on the line to let customers know that our number was being ported but they said they couldnt because the number no longer existed.

I thought well, we can manage a week and a half without a phone for the greater good.



Snarky snake not so terribly tearful "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Never seen a snake cry? Small Keelback (Freshwater Snake) appears to offer a tear upon seeing me today.

But the dewdrop was deceptive. Snake mostly interested in tearing into me for stalking it.

'Get away and chase some birds,' it hissed on parting. Snarky, some snakes!


MACKAY Bucasia labourer struck police officer on the backside "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Bucasia man Jye William Russell fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer. The 20-year-old

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MACKAY Young father accused of Paget shooting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY December 06, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Young father accused of Paget shooting

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Jayden Nicholas Finney, 19, appeared briefly in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday over videolink from prison. Finney faces 15 charges,

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MACKAY Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

MACKAY December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

Escape accused pleads guilty to 17 charges, but 14 dropped

December 05, 2018 at 06:03PM ,

However, 14 charges which were levelled against Levi James Brown were struck out in Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including arson,

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Informant 3838, GILLARD and Bernard MURPHY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Gillard proxy MTDA wasted no time in jumping on the Victoria Police Informant 3838 issue: Thank you for that comment - you've prompted me to write a fairly rare response to you. Gillard and Murphy weren't Wilson's defense (sic) lawyer. Gillard and Murphy were lawyers for the AWU. They...


So You Are in Prison Or Are a Minor and Someone Experiments on You. So What? Sue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Vacaville prison, California, well-known for experimentation, (R) Montreal-based psychiatrist Dr. Ewan Cameron. (photo from conspiracy queen)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

I recently made a video about suing the CIA and the hospitals and universities involved in MK-Ultra. A few minutes ago I decided to see how many hits it has had on Youtube, so I googled Lawsuits for MK-Ultra.

To my surprise, up came a 1982 article from the Washington Post. Author: Jack Anderson.  He was a pre-Gumshoe Gumshoe. Or so it was believed.  Let me quote from his article.

CIA confessions were extracted in writing by Atlanta attor...


Extradition to NSW for man charged over Lynette Dawsons alleged murder "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lynette Joy Dawson. Police file photo.

Homicide Squad detectives have extradited a man to NSW and laid a charge over the disappearance of Northern Beaches wife and mother, Lynette Joy Dawson.

Lyn Dawson, a 33-year-old mother-of-two, went missing on or around Saturday 9 January 1982.

She was officially reported missing on 18 February 1982, and despite investigations at the time and over the years, she has never been located.

In 2015, detectives from the Homicide Squads Unsolved Homicide Unit established Strike Force Scriven to re-investigate the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

Following extensive investigations, Strike Force Scriven detectives requested the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) review their brief of evidence in April 2018.

Earlier this week, the ODPP provided advice to police, and following further inquiries, detectives applied for an arrest warrant before travelling to Queensland.

A 70-year-old Coolum man was arrested by detectives from the Queensland Police Services Homicide Squad in the presence of Strive Force Scriven investigators at a home at Biggera Waters, Queensland, yesterday (Wednesday 5 December 2018).

The man appeared at Southport Magistrates Court on a NSW arrest warrant, where NSW Police detectives applied for and were granted his extradition to NSW.

Strike Force Scriven investigators escorted the man on a flight to Sydney today (Thursday 6 December 2018), before taking him to Surry Hills Police Station.

The man has been charged with murder and refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.

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Pineapple Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Buy your fresh organic pineapples from the Organic Farmers Market when theyre in season. Hummingbird Cake Ingredients Cake 450g of (chunky) blended pineapple 5 cup plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup brown sugar (firmly packed) 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup mashed (over ripe) []

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Cassava Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Cassava (Manihot esculenta), also known as manioc, yucca, tapioca or mandioca is originally from Brazil, and is widely consumed in South America, Africa and Asia. It is a staple food in many countries in these regions. Like potato, Cassava can be boiled, baked, fried, or even made into flour. Cassava shouldnt be consumed raw, and []

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Nick Cunningham to play Falls Byron by popular vote. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has won the Foster A Band competition and will be playing at Falls Byron. Photo supplied.

Local Byron singer songwriter Nick Cunningham has scored the spot on the Falls Byron line-up for this year after thousands of votes were cast for the Foster A Band competition.

Nick is a folk singer/songwriter based in Byron Bay who has released two EPs Letters (2015) and In Between (2017). 

Im really pumped to have the opportunity to play at Falls Festival! said Nick.

He was up against plenty of quality competition with Aine Tyrrell, Banksia, Garage Sale and Gratis Minds in the running.

We had an incredible range of northern rivers talent in our Foster A Band comp for Falls Byron and the best response yet from voters since we launched the initiative in 2016, said Falls Byron Director Brandon Saul.

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Carson Nearly Sweeps Cavanbah Bridge Awards "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

South Golden Beachs Graham Carson won all but one title in the recent Bridge competition at the Cavanbah centre. Photo supplied.

It was a golden time for South Golden Beachs Graham Carson who all but swept the 2018 awards at the Byron Bay Bridge Club.

He teamed up with John Paynter to win the Autumn Pairs; qualified with Ian Pick, Lorraine and Mark Miller for the regional finals of the Grand National Open Teams tournament; then won the Spring Pairs with Clive Klugman.

Adding to his honours, Graham teamed up with Chris Morgan, Patricia Ellis and Kadri Nelmes to win the Clubs annual teams day.

The two-week Club Championship, won by Fay Bogg and Brian Sundstrom, was the only major event to elude Graham.

Success at the bridge table is always welcomed admits Graham but the best parts of the game are that it keeps the brain cells stimulated and that you meet so many like-minded people who are more than happy to share their knowledge.

The Club plans to offer an 8-week beginner course from 9:30-11:30 on Fridays starting 8 February 2019. The cost is $80 per person. Please contact Clive at or call 0414616132.

The Club meets on Fridays. Guests are welcome not later than 12:15.

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Media release- Increasing tension in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

6 December 2018

Media release- Increasing tension in West Papua

In response to the latest shooting in the Yall District, Nduga Regency, in West Papua, the Indonesian security forces are preparing to undertake a military operation to find those deemed responsible.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, there have been many conflicting reports in relation to the incident including the number of those killed which varies between 19 and 31 dead. 

Although media reports have indicated that those killed were civilian construction workers it has also been reported that up to 400 Army Engineers are being used in the construction of the 4,300-kilometer Trans-Papua road in areas of difficult terrain.

The Commander of the XVII Cenderawasih Kodam Maj. Gen. Joshua Sembiring said the armed forces and the police would dispatch troops both on land and water, assisted by helicopters to evacuate the victims. Up to 170 troops are reported t...


Man charged over Madeley St robbery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An 18-year-old Ocean Grove man has been charged with armed robbery after he held up a local milk bar.

The man has been remanded to appear in Geelong Magistrates Court today.

The man held up a milk bar in Madeley St last week, forcing the temporary closure of the shop.

The man held up the store using an imitation pistol and stole cigarettes.

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CARAVNA SUN x LA BRASS BANDA (GER) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Local legendsCaravna Sunare stoked to kick off 2019 with imported German Beerhall Kings LaBrassBandato bring you The Horn Haus Party 2019.

On stage for over 3 hours colliding Sun Kissed Indie Surf with Bavarian Horn punk, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch both acts at the peak of their powers across Australia in March 2019.

Having only previously been to these shores once before,LaBrassBandais a wild mix of modern Bavarian folk music, ska, punk, techno, reggae and, of course, brass.

Fast, energetic, and fiercely regional, The seven band members represent what Bavarian dancehall music mingling and partying with different cultures from all over the globe can sound and look like.

They gained nationwide popularity when participating at the Eurovision Song Contest preliminaries in 2013 and their breakthough album Europasmashed into the top 3 in the German charts.

Since then LaBrassBandahave gone on to dominate the festival circuit in Deutschlandor Germany?every single year, selling out Munichs 12,000 seat Olympiahalleand touring the globe from USA, Zimbabwe and of course Europe from the UK to Siberia.

Caravna Sunhave enjoyed a massive 2018 playing to thousands of people across the globe and off the back of the game changing singles Beauty & The Painand Come Backfrom the Silver Linings EP.

Reflecting on how this tour concept came together, Singer/ Guitarist Luke Carrasays,

We met Fabien from LabrassBanda backstage over a couple steins of lager at a small Austrian festival in 2015, since then we have become great friends, they have taken us under their wing and we have played over 30 Beer Tents & major open air festivals together.

This tour is a chance for us to return the favour and we are super pumped to travel Australia, teach them to surf & explore our beautiful home land. 

Talking about the interplay that has developed over the years, Luke mentions that the integration between the 2 acts will be a key part of the stage show for this tour. 

 Whilst touring in Germany together, LaBrassBandawould jump on stage & join us to close the night. So the idea was born that we should create a concept show for this Australian tour which will be relentless celebration of the best aspects of both bands However were still unsure how they will go bringing their lederhosen into Australia

 Tickets are onsale from


International Mountain Day 2018 #MountainsMatter "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

December 11 is International Mountain Day.

The United Nations says:

Almost one billion people live in mountain areas, and over half the human population depends on mountains for water, food and clean energy. Yet mountains are under threat from climate change, land degradation, over exploitation and natural disasters, with potentially far-reaching and devastating consequences, both for mountain communities and the rest of the world. Mountains are early indicators of climate change.

The theme for 2018 is #MountainsMatter.

The UN Food and Agriculture organisation lists many reasons why mountains matter: for food, water, biodiversity, tourism, for indigenous people, and so on. These are all true. However, mountains are much more than just playing a crucial role in providing key ecosystem goods and services. Theyre places of beauty, adventure, solitude, spiritual renewable. And so much more.

In the lead up to December 11, I would welcome you sharing your story of why #MountainsMatter to you. You could:

  • post a comment below
  • write a story for Mountain Journal (and email it to me, with some mages):
  • you could share photos/ stories on the Mountain Journal facebook page.

[IMAGE: The Acropolis and Mt Geryon, central TAS]


Video: students and other activists in the parliament building demanding talk over global warming "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Students, First Nations people, Pacific Islanders and young people are gathered in Parliament House Canberra to demand climate justice.

Video from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition


LIVE: Students, First Nations people, Pacific Islanders and young people are gathered in Parliament House Canberra to demand climate justice! #fight4future #stopadani #auspol

Posted by Australian Youth Climate Coalition on Tuesday, December 4, 2018



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Love in a Time of Colombia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During Brazils World Cup, the Colombian football team won the adoration of la copa with their little goal boogie that featured every game they played. They scored? They danced.

The two actions are inextricably linked. In Colombia, you dance? You score.

Colombia is where South American culture meets the Caribbean coastline, and generally, the country boasts more sex appeal than it does cocaine. The fact that everyone can salsa and speak Spanish just adds to either your inferiority complex, or the feeling youve just arrived in your wildest dream.

Either way, these Latinos can dance. If youre going to turn your bailando into a rumba of a different kind, you need this fool proof way to looking less like a fool on a Colombian dance floor:

1. Try to copy
Youre in a market and you dont know what to taste test? Have an, Ill have what shes having. Ditto for the dirty dance floors of Colombia. While Im not really an advocate for comparing yourself to other people, you wont really be having what shes having unless you move the way shes moving. Leave your inhibitions in that last glass of aguardiente and focus your but on your butt.

2. Be Shakira, your hips dont lie
Nothing suggests square like square dancing on a Colombian dance floor. As such, think anything round: circles, figure 8s, another round of drinks Channel these thoughts to your waistline.

3. Change speed every so often to keep your partner engaged
By this, once again, were talking about the hips. Always about the hips. It also will distract from the fact you have no idea what youre doing with your feet.

4. If in doubt, decorate it.
By this, jazz hands are an option, not as dorky or out of place as youd imagine. A twirl is also always good. Maintaining an intense eye contact at this point in time will allow your decorations to shimmer in the peripheral vision of your partner. Its cheaper than buying them another drink.

5. Ask nicely, Quieres hacer sexo conmigo? (Wanna have sex with me?)
This is the blunt, last resort, drunken falling over your own feet option. If you have to make it this far down the list, youd better hope your local lover says no, because your hobo coordination will not be up to the standards required by Colombias second favourite type of rumba.......


PHOEBE BRIDGES (USA) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"



Handsome ToursFBi RadioTriple Rand Jet Black Cat Musicare excited to announce the debut Australian tour of Los Angeles-based singer-songwriterPhoebe Bridgers.

These eagerly-awaited dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane culminate a whirlwind 18-months for the rising star, in which Bridgers appeared on the cover of The FADER, was named #1 Best New Artist of 2017in the same publication and won the AIM Award for International Breakthrough Of The Year.

Bridgers 2017 debut album Stranger In The Alps (Dead Oceans / Inertia) received rapturous reviews worldwide, leading to tours across North America and Europe with artists including The NationalBon Iverand Conor Oberst. In October 2018, Bridgers teamed up with her illustrious indie-rock contemporaries Julien Baker and Lucy Dacusas the group boygenius, releasing a self-titled EP on Matador Records which would be extensively profiled in publications from Pitchfork to The New Yorker.

Bridgers grew up in the rose-colored city of Pasadena, attending the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study music. From an early age, she found encouragement from a close-knit artistic community of friends and family to follow her dreams, and at school she forged relationships that would teach her as much about her craft as her classes.

Inspired by the subdued emotional style of legendary songwriters like Elliot Smith, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, Bridgers began gigging around L.A, playing as often as she could, making mistakes and learning while on her feet. Los Angeles is interwoven into my music inherently, she says. I dont necessarily try to reference it, but because Im pulling from experience it just appears.

Soon enough, Bridgers powerful, lilting voice and haunting, introspective songs had inspired artists like Ryan Adams to produce her 2015 single, Julien Baker to bring her on tour in 2016, as well as John Doe and Conor Oberst to sing with her on her debut album.

Perhaps nobody captures it better than The A.V Club, who raved Stranger In The Alps alchemizes sorrow into redemptive beauty. Its never about wallowing, but about slowly moving through it. That difference, played out over some incredible, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting, makes it one of the best albums of the year.

Dont miss the phenomenal Phoebe Bridgers in Australia for the first ever time this summer!

 Handsome Tours presents


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A Day in The Bay festival kicks off this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Creating a special Day in The Bay a group of locals have come together to create a grassroots day of fun for all the ages. This Saturday December 8 from 11.30am till 10pm at the Cavanbah Centre in Byron you can enjoy  a great variety of local businesses from food trucks to boutique beverage stalls, boutique clothing pop-ups, live music, childrens entertainment.

A Day in The Bay festival gives local businesses the chance to showcase their craft to the wider community along with being an eco-friendly, sustainable event.

A day that showcases grassroots music, creative culture and everything we love about this beautiful region. Created by locals built for everyone, said festival organisers.

There will be two stages that will feature great local entertainment including Fat Picnic, Indigenoise, Mt Warning and Jai Piccone as well as performances by Spaghetti Circus and the fun of kids activities including giant slides and junking castles and more.

Organisers are estimating that the event will have a great impact on the local economy as all the participating businesses are 100 per cent local.

We have estimated that this event will employ approximately 200 local workers on the day and leading up to the event. Things like increased availability of jobs, boosts in tourism and increases in community participation will have a significant contribution to a positive quality of life for residents of the Byron shire.

Donating to charity

The $5 entry fee for adults kids are free is being donated to local non-for-profit charities.

Our charity of choice for the event will be the Ingrained Foundation. This charity

supports grassroots environmental and social charities in the local areas where we work and live. Essentially, they partner with aligned charities to create progress in our community and respond to urgent situations of need, said the organisers.

We consider ourselves as hardworking, active members of the com...


Bougainvilles tinderbox threatens to reignite "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Bougainville Revolutionary Army fighters look down on the Panguna mine in 1996

An independence referendum and unresolved issues over the rich Panguna copper mine threaten to tilt Papua New Guineas tumultuous autonomous island back to civil war

Alan Boyd | Asia Times | December 4, 2018

Foreign mining companies are jostling for exploration rights on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville ahead of a crucial independence vote next year that some fear could revive tensions that sparked a civil war that killed 20,000 in the 1980s.

The island will need mining royalties to maintain a viable economy if the referendum backs independence, but unresolved issues over the Panguna copper mine are still a sensitive point with traditional landowners. Villagers shut the pit down in 1989, triggering the previous lethal conflict.

The referendum is the culmination of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, which formally ended the decade-long bloody civil war. It will take place as the US and Australia aim to work closely with Papua...


Qld economy continues to disappoint "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Queenslands economic under-performance, which Ive been commenting on regularly (e.g. see Deloittes weird definition of strong employment growth), is a major part of the reason why Australias GDP growth for September quarter came in lower than expected yesterday. The ABS has estimated national economic growth in September quarter at 0.3% and through-the-year growth at 2.8%, in seasonally adjusted terms. Queenslands State Final Demand (SFD) fell by 0.4% in September quarter compared with growth of 0.3% across all states and territories (see the ABS summary). NSWs SFD increased at the strong rate of 1.1% while Victoria registered only 0.2% growth (see chart below).


My colleague Nick Behrens at his QEAS blog nicely summarised the disappointing September quarter National Accounts data for Queensland as follows:

Latest ABS data confirms Queensland...


At both ends of the day "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Birds generally look their best during the bookends of the day.

This male Rainbow Bee-eater is perched above its nesting tunnel in the Sandon State Forest, stitching and preening as it contemplates the day ahead.

The White-browed Woodswallows are part of a small company that has set up camp along Mia Mia Road this pair paused briefly during a burst of pre-dusk insect hawking.

Rainbow Bee-eater, Sandon State Forest, 3rd December 2018

Low rates for (much) longer? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

GDP surge revised away

The Aussie economy grew by a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per cent in the September 2018 quarter, well below median market expectations of a 0.6 per cent print. 

Farm GDP has been absolutely smoked in the face of this year's drought, contracting by more than 8 per cent year-on-year, which contributed to the soggy result (soggy probably not being the appropriate description given the weather-related challenges in 2018, granted).

The weak quarterly growth for the economy in turn means that the Reserve Bank will revise down its previously optimistic 3 per cent GDP growth forecast to 3 per cent forthwith. 

The smoother trend figures now show GDP growth at 3 per cent year-on-year, taking Australia's remarkable economic expansion well into its 28th consecutive year. 

Still, the softer result led to a bit of a clamour for an interest rate cut in 2019.

Holding pattern

By rights a rate cut should be on the cards for an inflation-targeting central bank, with a crunch in oil prices and relentless pressure on retailers putting plenty of downward pressure on an already benign rate of core inflation. 

And when a sharp drop in dwelling construction begins to bite it might even play out in time - but the h...


Video Game Blog "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi my name is Banjo, I have made a blog and please check it out.

It's about video games.


1) Editorial Papua, land of violence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Note. A selection of  articles on the shootings in West Papua which has gone a bit viral in the main stream media. A lot about this incident is unclear including the number of killed which various between 19 and 31.
Although most articles state that those killed were construction workers it  it has been reported that up to 400 Army Engineers have been used in the construction of the road particularly in areas of difficult terrain.

With the security forces  preparing to undertake a military operation to find those responsible,   AWPA is  concerned that local villagers in the area could suffer from attacks by the security forces during any military operations that takes place. In the past the military have burned homes and destroyed food gardens causing the local people to flee in fear to the bush. In July 2018 a military operation took place in the same area causing large numbers of local people to flee the area. 

1) Editorial Papua, land of violence
2) Cammi interviewed on  shootings in West Papua.
3) Komnas HAM demands transparency on Papua massacre
4) Mily, police joint team to evacuate rebel attack victims
5) TNI Deploy More Personnel to Ev...


Labor plans to abolish negative gearing will crash house market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Non-recourse lending needed urgently to curb banks

Plummeting house prices has KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter slamming the banks saying its time we stepped in line with other countries and introduced non-recourse lending to prevent further torture to homeowners while the banks take a free ride, using their power to drive over the top of us and crush us at their whim.

Labor will crash the housing market when it removes negative gearing  for mums and dads

 Currently, Australia has recourse lending, while America (and most other countries) have non-recourse lending, which means the bank can only get the house back; they cant get the debt back.

 The borrower pays off $100k on their $500k house, hes behind on his repayments, the bank sells it up for $300k, they get a tax write off of $100k, they have an insurance loan guarantee that pays off the other $100k. Meanwhile, the poor old once proud homeowner now has no house, has lost $100k and is $200k in debt hes a debt slave for the rest of his life, Mr Katter said.

 Undoubtedly wed be one of thre...


Broad-billed and Terek Sandpipers, Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone. at Noosa River mouth reported by Ian Starling on 05-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

One Broad-billed and 2 Terek Sandpipers, 2 Ruddy Turnstone and 1 Sanderling seen along with a single Red Knot and Greater Sand Plover.


Australia no longer trusts what passes for democracy here "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Museum of Australian Democracy and the Institute for Governance and Policy analysis at the University of Canberra have just released their findings from joint research. It tells us what everybody knows already, that Australia does not trust politicians and the existing political institutions.

Central to the research, is a national survey called Trust and Democracy in Australia. Its importance is that it provides evidence that there has been a major shift in opinion. A high 86 percent of respondents in 2007 said that they were satisfied with Australias Democracy, and this dropped to 72 percent by 2010 and now stands at a low 43 percent. If the trend continues, it is projected that trust in politicians and political institutions will fall below 10 percent by 2025.

A strength of this survey is that it examines the shift over a decade, and eliminates short term distortions. Because it does this, it provides a fairly accurate pointer, towards where Australia is going. This is mitigated to an extent, by the fact that it relies on a fairly small sample of 1021 respondents. A much bigger sample would likely shift the figures, a little, but not enough to shift the numbers by much, or deny the revealed trend.

It is about an alienation form what is currently being called democracy in Australia.

Contrasting the falling trust in politicians and political institutions is the level of support for democratic reform, boiling down to cutting the connection between big donators and the political process and raising the power of citizens to make decisions.

Also revealed in the survey, is the existence of considerable fear of political instability, which would lower the economic wellbeing of the respondent. Because of this fear, the report suggests, the disillusionment has not led widespread engagement in bringing about change, but to the rise of cynicism and disengagement.

Despite this, the report says: Most Australians are clear that they do not like the character of contemporary politics on display in the federal government and democratic renewal is required to address the democratic pressures that are threatening to undermine our democratic values.

In response to the findings, the Museum of Democracy, says it is launching an initiative to rebuild trust. It is called Democracy 2025.

The response is flawed, because it starts and ends with the assumption that democratic values are tied up with what is, and that the voters must be drawn back into the fold. The implication is that the fault does not really lie with politicians behaving badly and a political system that is not working as its supposed to. This leads to a second assumption. The problem is mostly about the mistaken perceptions  of Australian citizens.......