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Thursday, 16 August


Female earnings playing catch-up "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Female earnings up

Justin Smirk of Westpac recently furnished us with a great deep-dive podcast into employment trends in the excellent Business Insider Devils & Details podcast. 

Justin went into some depth to explain the recent shifts in the labour force by gender, with the economy failing to create great outcomes for many male employees, for a range of reasons. 

AWOTE growth for males improved just a little bit to +2.4 per cent over the year to May 2018, which was the best result in 3 years, the ABS reported yesterday. 

The result for total earnings growth for full time male was a little better too, at +2.6 per cent.

But still this was nowhere near as good a result as AWOTE growth for females, which picked up further to +3.4 per cent, which was the best result in two years. 

While females are....


Whats Next for RCEP? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Progress on the agreement continues to be slow despite the growing urgency to complete it.


ASX Head Says New DLT System Could Save Billions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Securities Exchange is looking to blockchain technology as a potential replacement for its clearing and settlement services.


New Zealand Bans Sale Of Homes To Foreigners "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A group calling itself the government of New Zealand has banned sales of homes to foreign nationals in an attempt to curb rising prices (archived). Under the measure, which exempts buyers of Australian and Singaporean nationality, foreigners would be restricted to purchasing apartments in large scale block developments.

In recent years New Zealand has seen substantial real estate demand from wealthy buyers from China and the US looking for a retreat from instability in larger Anglophone areas. With home ownership among adult New Zealanders floating around ~25 percent, this measure has the potential to deliver some serious pain to their rental market.


Australian State Government Bans TV News Channel from Train Stations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.

The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.

Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."

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Clerical child abuse survivor speaks "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 14 August 2018 United States TV video says about itself:

Secret archives detailed priests child sex abuse and cover-ups, Pa. attorney general says

A scathing new grand jury report in Pennsylvania describes decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. At least 1,000 children were molested by more than 300 clergy, the panel found, which also claims a conspiracy of silence extended all the way to the Vatican. Judy Woodruff sits down with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Fr. Thomas Reese of Religion News Service.

THESE ARE THE VICTIMS OF THE PREDATOR PRIESTS A Pennsylvania grand jury has identified more than 300 alleged predator priests in six dioceses whose crimes for decades were locked away in secret church archives. Here are just some of the stories. [HuffPost]

Translated from Marlou van den Broek in the Netherlands today:

They abuse children, they abuse their power

Thousands of United States American children in Pennsylvania abused by 300 priests. All Chilean bishops offering their resignations because of abuse scandals. And the archbishop of Adelaide...


Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? from Wolf Street Banks are curtailing cash services. But why? By Don Quijones, Spain, UK, & Mexico, editor at WOLF STREET. In Australia, banks are reducing ATMs by...

The post Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Why is the corporate media actively covering up radical Islamic terrorism and pretending it doesnt exist? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


As the sham of political correctness spirals out of control, the corrupt mainstream media is now deliberately covering up radical Islamic terrorism. Over the last several weeks, multiple terror attacks have been carried out across Western nations yet reports on these tragic incidents have been few and far between. Nations affected by recent but unreported acts of terrorism include Canada, Australia and Sweden and in the United States, the growing threat from Antifa, a radical left-wing organization, is also widely ignored.

Writing for The Organic Prepper, Daisy Luther reports that multiple acts of terror are happening around the world, but that concerns about political correctness seem to be keeping the legacy media from actively reporting on the truth. [M]ainstream media outlets in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. are reluctant to report the stories without a pro-immigration bias, quietly glossing over the common thread in the attacks. Extremists with ties to Northern Africa seem to be waging a war, but you wont hear this from the media or the respective governments, she contends.

In some instances, the mainstream media is simply referring to these incidents as gang violence.

Wave of terrorism strikes the Western world

On July 23, 2018, two people were killed and another 13 were injured in a Toronto restaurant shooting. CBS Newsreported that that officials had not ruled out terrorism as a motive, but that there was no indication it was a terrorist attack at the time. However, as Luther reports, it turns out that ISIS readily took credit for the attack, which was carried out by a man named Faisal Hussain. Hussains parents were Canadian citizens originally from Pakistan, though he himself was born in Canada. Hussain reportedly took his own life during a shootout with police.

A statement from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale d...


Six Australian Army Blackhawk Helicopters Pass Through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Late on Tuesday 14 August, six Australian Army Sikorsky S-70A-9 Blackhawk helicopters were spotted passing through Rockhampton and Mackay Airports while heading North to Townsville.

The Blackhawks flew up from the South with five of the six landing at Rockhampton Airport for fuel, while it is believed they all landed at Mackay Airport for additional fuel, before they all eventually continued to Townsville after the sun had gone down.

Three Blackhawks believed to be A25-211, A25-203 and A25-104 arrived first into Rocky then Mackay under the radio callsign "Phalanx", while the other three arrived singularly with A25-111 as "Kopis 75" and A25-101 as "Copis 74" popping into both Rocky and Mackay while A25-109 as "Kopis 76" headed straight for Mackay.



If They are Dealing With Child Trafficking- How Is It Advocate Jenny Moore is Dead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Like so many others- another advocate trying to investigate this child trafficking mess is dead.

Jenny Moore was an ex policewoman who was found dead in her hotel room. She had been investigating child trafficking.

Her YouTube station was under the name Task Force and her are a couple of her videos:

People are talking about these tens of thousands of indictments that are SUPPOSED to happen- but all that is really occurring is that they are picking off survivors and survivors advocates one by one.

Trump, Q anon ( who is either a person or a group fighting child trafficking but in my opinion is nothing more than a psych ops campaign)- these are reported to be mankinds savior however- if this was true, why are we, (and I say we because I am a survivor AND an advocate), being attacked and murdered to such a large degree?

The leaders on this front that are being publicly promoted are all pretty much new- and established long time vocal survivors are being ignored.

Put simply- they are doing what they have historically ALWAYS done and are doing their best to contain and dismiss this child trafficking mess in order to make it fade away into oblivion.

And they are murdering people to do it. All the while people are cheering for things that are leading them- and ESP their children- right into the abyss.

I believe mankind is better than this. Hopefully I am not wrong.


Hillsong founder the child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Frank Houstons pedophile activities. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifers.

Note of 27 October 2017

Pastor Brian Houston, the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church is to face pedophile protection charges some time in the future from the Australian Police and Authorities.

Ive edited the article below reflecting current up to date information.

This article has had over 30,000 views.


This article and its updates

This article outlines the history of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and his secret sexual abuse of hundreds of little boys, male pre-teens and male teens over five or more decades possibly for 70 years if you include his grandchildren and rent boys (underage male prostitutes).

This site is the most authoritative and comprehensive site on Hillsong corruption, Houston corruption and Hillsong pedophilia.

This article was first p...


Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Full moon August 2018 astrology and spiritual meaning. The full moon this August falls on the 26th in the sign of Pisces 3.

The post Full Moon August 2018 Meaning Bewitched appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Victoria drives unemployment rate to the lowest since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Unemployment rate at 5 year lows

As expected there was a bit of payback on total employment in July after an epic boost in June (and as the sample was rotated this month, with Westpac once again nailing their call...those guys are on fire at the moment). 

The composition was solid enough, though, with full time employment up by +19,300 in July, seasonally adjusted. 

The unemployment rate tumbled again - now down to 5.32 per cent - to sit the the lowest level in the 5 years since 2012. 

It'll be interesting to see how long they can keep pushing the 'record' mortgage stress storyline if this trend persists. 

The trend number of unemployed persons has been declining steadily since 2014 (note that the resident population of Australia has grown much larger over that time, too). 

Over the past year it's all been about Victoria, with the state making significant inroads into its unemployment challenges on the back of an enormous construction boom. 

The cusp of full employment beckons for Melbourne, helped along by demand from strong population growth, which is good to see. 



Alem's House ~ Ethiopian - Camperdown "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Camperdown gets an Ethiopian Cafe. The lure of vegetarian dishes and injera pull us down Parramatta Rd to give it a burl. Alem's House is a bright space along busy old Parramatta Rd. Inside is a big multi coloured mural that fills up most of the main wall, like a bright 70s kids cartoon dream sequence. The setting inside is a handful of tables and chairs and seating along the big


1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) A doctoral graduate from Harvard presents a dissertation on Papua and colonialism
3) Papuans hold simulations rallies in Java and Bali protesting 'illegal' New York Agreement
4) Papuan dormitory in Surabaya attacked and vandalised, 49 arrested by police


1) Papuan students in Surabaya questioned after protest
1:37 pm today 


Australian Governments national facial recognition regime needs to be overhauled "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Governments proposed new facial recognition surveillance scheme is dangerously broad and creates serious risks of undermining the rights of ordinary people going about their daily lives, the Human Rights Law Centre will tell the Parliamentary intelligence and security committee tomorrow morning in Canberra.

New laws proposed by the Department of Home Affairs would create a massive database of photos of millions of ordinary Australians, including children, from passports, state and territory drivers licences and more. A wide range of government agencies, and even local councils and private companies would be allowed access for identity matching purposes.

Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre said the scheme was badly flawed and needed an overhaul.

This database will contain photos of the vast majority of Australians. Our Government is proposing letting not only police, but government departments, local councils, transport authorities and even private companies access the database. The safeguards around the scheme are woefully inadequate to protect against the risks of abuse, said Mr de Kretser.

The proposed threshold for access to the database is far too low. As currently drafted, the laws would allow government agencies to use the database to prevent or detect low level offences, even parking infringements.

The use of facial recognition technology must be targeted to serious criminal offences. There must be safeguards to protect people participating in protest activities. There must be better transparency around the reliability of the technology. The proposed legislation must be amended to insert safeguards into the laws themselves, rather than leaving the rules to be worked out later by the Home Affairs Department and its Minister.

Frankly, these proposed laws are a poor reflection on the state our democracy. They highlight the need for Parliament to step up and reject proposals like this. They highlight the need for stronger human rights protections for Australians in law through a Charter of Human Rights, said Mr de Kretser.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission is available here.

For interviews please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

Photo: Mirko Tobias Schfer


State refuses to reveal forced merger papers "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

DESPITE a defeat in court last week, local communities will continue to pressure the Berejiklian Government to release secret cabinet documents used to claim cost savings from a forced merger of councils.

The post State refuses to reveal forced merger papers appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Alleged serial sex offender behind bars after cold case breakthrough "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man who allegedly raped and sexually assaulted women and girls in Sydneys north west  over nearly 30 years is behind bars after being refused [more]

The post Alleged serial sex offender behind bars after cold case breakthrough appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Criminal racketeering charges laid against the CFMMEU and its ACT secretary "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wonder how long these will stick? Criminal cartel charges laid against CFMMEU and its ACT branch secretary 16 August 2018 Criminal charges have been laid against the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) and its ACT Divisional Branch Secretary, Jason OMara, in relation to alleged cartel conduct. The...


Thank you Richard Hawkins MG and Ian Reid MG for your gallantry in Vietnam. Lest We Forget. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Congratulations men on your gallantry and thank you for your service. on 15th December, 1970, Private Hawkins was the machine gunner of an ambush patrol in the vicinity of the Courtenay Rubber Estate, Phuoc Tuy Province. At 2100 hours the machine-gun group heard the movement of a group of approximately...


Local residents unload on telco trio "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australias telecommunications giants are spending billions on technology and advertising but cant run a simple help desk, say local residents who attended a West Ryde Forum last week.

The post Local residents unload on telco trio appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Sanjeev Sabhlok: Fraser Annings ill-articulated concerns are a fight for Australias soul "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking order of Indias governance system. But I had become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance system. It was time to get out.

To me Australia represented both a well-governed country and a country that had largely adopted the concepts of liberty and rule of law: concepts that underpin the idea of Western civilization, also known as liberalism.

I was fortunate to find a role as a public servant from the vantage point of which I found that Australias governance system is for the most part driven by good rational thinking and sensible economic analysis.

But I am also keenly aware of Australias rapid drift to the left. The foundations of liberty that attracted me to Australia are being rapidly eroded not so much by any blacks but by white leftists.

My concerns are similar in some way to those of Fraser Anning, but the confusions in his speech made the media lose the bigger picture the defence of Western civilisation that he was talking about. A careful review of Annings speech suggests that he was basically defending the foundational ethic of Australia as a Western liberal democracy.

He did not even remotely suggest that anyone be exterminated. All he suggested with regard to immigration was a plebiscite. If the media cant understand the difference between the two, then something has gone seriously wrong with basic English education in this country.

You can hear the echo of many of his ideas in the views of more sophisticated commentators like Paul Kelly who in his 11 August article in The Australian (Australia ignores its successful integration policies at its peril) raised many of the same issues that Anning pointed out, such as Central to this task is the unresolved story of Muslim integration.

This is now a major issue staring us in the face. I was alarmed when I recently discovered that a 23- year old woman visitor to Australia was forbidden by the Police from walking down the Haldon street in Lekemba suburb in Sydney because Muslims might be offended.

It is high time for all Australians to unite to defend its core foundations of liberty and democracy. That includes insisting that all faiths should be able to happily live here so long as no one threatens violence. The Police must defend peoples liberty to walk down a street. Anning is right to raise a real and very fundamental problem the impending loss of Australias soul.

I consider myself more Western (as a firm promoter of critical thinking and liberty) than most Australians. In fact, not many people are aware that the core ideas of liberty, tolerance and good economic policy first arose 2500 years ago i...


The Romantics return to Hunters Hill "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ramon Ward-Thompson will be one of five outstanding local artists whose works will be on sale at the Hunters Hill Romantics Exhibition at the Hunters Hill Town Hall from Friday, September 7 until September 9

The post The Romantics return to Hunters Hill appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Position Vacant MARKET COORDINATOR "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

  Northey Street City Farm  Permaculture in the Heart of Brisbane, Australia MARKET COORDINATOR POSITION DESCRIPTION Position:                      Market Coordinator Award:                         Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement permanent part time Hours:                         15 hours per week (The applicant will be required to work some Sundays) Pay rate:                      NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, []

The post Position Vacant MARKET COORDINATOR appeared first on Northey Street City Farm.


Inclusive Rainbow Formal To Return On The Sunshine Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold another inclusive Rainbow Formal to bring together LGBTIQ students and their friends in November. All Queensland Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to come together for a night of music, entertainment, prizes and the all-important opportunity to socialise with each other. The Pride Network ...

The post Inclusive Rainbow Formal To Return On The Sunshine Coast appeared first on QNews Magazine.


What Is Remote Viewing? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What Is Remote Viewing And How Does It Work? Remote viewing or telesthesia. The term remote viewing was popularised by Stanford Research Insitute who conducted experiments and studies. And was later used by governments for over 20 years for the army Continued

The post What Is Remote Viewing? appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.


Research pushes Egyptian mummification back 1500 years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The ancient Egyptians were chemically embalming corpses some 1500 years earlier than previously thought, stunning new research has revealed. Using a range of investigatory techniques including chemical analysis, shotgun metagenomics, textile analysis and radiocarbon dating, a team led by Egyptologist Jana Jones from Macquarie University in Australia made the finding by examining "mummy S. 293" - the oldest preserved body held in the collection of the Turin museum in Italy. Textile dating revealed that the mummy - acquired by the museum in 1901 from a dealer - had been interred around 3600 CE. The date places the event some 1000 years before the invention of writing and around 2500 years before the peak of Egyptian mummification practice, at the height of the pharaonic era. Mummy S.93 was originally buried lying on his left side, curled in a foetal position, possibly clothed in a full-body shroud, and lain beneath a thin covering of earth. It was originally thought that the body's preservation had occurred through "natural mummification", in which the desiccating effects of sand and wind had prevented complete decomposition. Detailed analysis of chemical residues present on the corpse itself, its funerary coverings, or the grave goods assumed to have been part of the original burial assemblage had never been conducted.


OPINION: We Condemn Senator Fraser Anning But Celebrate Lady Cilento "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In Queensland Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for, among other things, a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as garbage. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful. But Annings opinions are the same as those of a woman ...

The post OPINION: We Condemn Senator Fraser Anning But Celebrate Lady Cilento appeared first on QNews Magazine.


Australias Dirty Secret: Indigenous Youth Incarceration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim International human rights group Amnesty International is putting its global might behind a campaign to change one of Australias dirtiest secrets: that the vast majority of young people behind bars are Indigenous. The organisation points out that the detention of children, especially those under the age of 14, embeds

The post Australias Dirty Secret: Indigenous Youth Incarceration appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Australian labour market weakens in July 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest Labour Force, Australia, July 2018 today which show that the Australian labour market weakened in July 2018 and one is lead to think that the June 2018 improvement was an outlier after several months of poor results earlier in the year. It looks like the labour market has settled back into that weak pattern. Overall employment growth was negative but this was all down to the teenage segment, where there were substantial losses of part-time work. Unemployment fell marginally but only because the participation rate fell by 0.1 points, which meant that the labour force contracted by more than employment. Overall, my assessment is that the Australian labour market remains in an uncertain state, but is on the weak side, and, is still a considerable distance from full employment. There is room for some serious policy expansion at present.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for July 2018 are:

  • Employment decreased 3,900 (0.0 per cent) full-time employment increased 19,300 and part-time employment decreased 23,200.
  • Unemployment decreased 5,700 to 706,100 but only because participation fell.
  • The official unemployment rate decreased by less than 0.1 points to 5.3 per cent.
  • The participation rate decreased by 0.1 points to 65.5 per cent, which is still below its previous peak (December 2010) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 4 million hours (0.2 per cent).
  • The monthly estimates for July 2018 show that underemployment fell by 20.5 thousand and was estimated to be 8.4 per cent of the labour force. The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) was rose to 13.62 per cent. There were 1,117.2 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,806.9 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth negative in July 2018

Employment growth was negative in July and returned to the several months of mediocrity that preceded June.

Employment decreased 3,900 (0.0 per cent) full-time employment increased 19,300 and part-time employment decreased 23,200.

The following graph shows the month by month growth in full-time (blue columns), part-time (grey columns) and total employment (green line) for the 24 months to July 2018 using seasonally adjusted data.

It gives you a good impression of just how flat employment growth had been leading into 2017.

Overall: todays result signals a weaker labour market and is more consistent with the performance of the earlie...


Senator Anning: undermining the Constitution and our history "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Patrick Emerton

The most fundamental principle of the Australian Constitution is that the people are the bedrock of the political community. The preamble records that it was the people who agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth. It is the people who choose the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Because government ministers must sit in the Parliament, they are ultimately accountable to the people. And it is the people who have the final say on any changes to the Constitutions text.

This pre-eminence of the people is not some vague aspiration. It is there in the text of our Constitution, and it sets a standard that all participants in public life can be expect to be held to.


It is...


The nihilism of inner-Sydney architecture "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

People are protective of their space and often suspicious of outsiders. People are cramped together in auspicious looking high-rises, disturbingly typical and askew. Outside of my inner-west bubble, I often talk to friends who have lived in Ashfield for years, a suburb that completely transformed and reshaped within a matter of months.


In which the savvy Savva is blessed by Lobbecke ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

It would be totally wrong for the pond to avoid the savvy Savva on a Thursday

She always offers a totally unique* experience (*thanks to the ABC)

There she is at the top of the digital page, and blessed with the cult status of a Lobbecke illustration and with her direct line to Malware's bunker, the howls of pain and suffering are frequently uniquely exquisite

Did the savvy Savva just call the onion-munching mad monk a gorilla?

By golly the pond hadn't realised just how gloomy it was in the Malware bunker what with the onion muncher unhinged and off the reservation and never no mind that we all know, in these politically correct times, that it's right to keep the injuns on the reservation ...

Good faith negotiations with Barners? So there's someone still willing to consider the loon wh...


Questions for Cairns locals who have been around since before the Kuranda Skyrail was built... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I understand there was opposition to it for many years beforehand.

  • Was it significant percentage of the population, or a small but vocal group?
  • Did this group affect the development in any way (positive or negative)?
  • Did levels of opposition change much after it was opened?

Any other comments about the entire situation? There is a proposal planned near my city at the moment, and parallels are drawn to Kuranda all the time, so I"m interested to know what the locals think.

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3rd Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates, which was strategically supported by ARENA and Austrade in 2017. Participants from governments, electricity utilities, energy developers, project owners, EPCs, integrators, manufacturers, and consulting agencies will gather at the event to discuss a wide range of topics on Australia solar PV and energy storage market, including policies & regulations, grid connection, innovative business models, financing process and large consumers' assessment.


Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Japan Solar Energy Storage Congress 2018 is one of the global "Solar + Energy Storage" series events presented by Leader Associates. Since 2015, we have held annual solar energy storage congress events around the world, and have moved into emerging markets such as the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Kenya, Brazil; and mature markets like China, Australia, and so on.


IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE Video Stefan Molyneux Almost immediately after returning from a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, and after getting my final all-clear cancer checkup, the YouTube strikes against Freedomain Radio the...

The post IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.


Greens candidate Tom Raue and his plans for sex with dead people "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is how this bloke thinks. Just resting in peace, ladies by Tom Raue March 6, 2013 I am an organ donor because when I die, I wont be using my body anymore. Doctors might as well cut into my flesh and pull out the useful bits. I would be...


Northern Districts Local Business Awards: Tickets selling like hot cakes! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

TWT Territory is abuzz with tickets selling fast for this years Local Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Wednesday August 29 at the Epping Club.

The post Northern Districts Local Business Awards: Tickets selling like hot cakes! appeared first on The Weekly Times.


How to Become a Barrister in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim For many aspiring and admitted lawyers, the idea of wearing the wig and gown which signifies barristers at the bar when entering a higher courtroom can be enticing. Many NSW lawyers enter the Bar after practising as a solicitor for a number of years, whilst others take the examination

The post How to Become a Barrister in NSW appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Councils receive unfettered funding to target local priorities "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Local MP for Richmond Justine Elliot joined the announcement of quarterly grants worth more than $2.2 million for local Councils in the seat of Richmond under the federal governments Financial Assistance Grant Programme this afternoon.

This funding will assist Councils in delivering local projects, but I am extremely disappointed with the Liberal National governments previous decision to freeze the indexation of these Financial Assistance Grants, said Ms Elliott.

In 2013, the Liberal National government imposed a three year freeze on indexation of Financial Assistance Grants. This indexation freeze, which was imposed on local governments by the Liberal Nationals government, saw $925 million cut from their budgets. Around two-thirds of these cuts, or $680 million, was borne by regional communities, who can least afford it.

The fact is National Party choices hurt and their decision to cut this funding made it very difficult for our local Councils.

Original story

It is interesting to note that the government is keeping a tight control over who gets to announce the various funding releases across NSW. Todays announcement of $38 million this financial year to support local communities as part of the 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program in the seat of Page, that stretches from Iluka to Lismore, was given to the Nationals federal member for Page Kevin Hogan while funding in the seat of Richmond that covers Byron through to Tweed was announced by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams rather than its federal member Labors Justine Elliott.

The 2018/19 Financial Assistance Grant Program has provided local councils with some extra money so that local councils [can] target local priorities, said Mr Hogan.

The councils are free to spend this untied funding based on their own local priorities including the infrastructure and services their communitys need.

There is also additional funding that is being provided under the Roads to Recovery, Black Spot and Bridges Renewal programs.

Clarence Valley Council will receive a quarterly payment of almost $1.4 million and almost $11 million for the year, Lismore City Council will receive $775,500 ($6.3 million for the year), Kyogle Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4.3 million for the year), Richmond Valley Council will receive $636,000 ($5 million for the year), Ballina Council will receive more than $550,000 ($4....


Colorado Baker Heading Back To Court For Turning Away Transgender Woman "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is heading back to court after denying a cake to a transgender woman. Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, made headlines in June after the US Supreme Court partially ruled in his favour in the case involving ...

The post Colorado Baker Heading Back To Court For Turning Away Transgender Woman appeared first on QNews Magazine.


City of Ryde Prayer Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Steve Frost, director of Horizons Family Law Centre  was guest speaker at last Fridays annual City of Ryde (previously Mayoral) Prayer Breakfast in Ryde Civic Hall. [more]

The post City of Ryde Prayer Breakfast appeared first on The Weekly Times.


Chinas Plan to Tank Its Stock Market "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The phrase the fix is in refers to government-backed manipulation.

When I say the fix is in for FXI, thats not meant to be mysterious.

FXI is the ticker symbol for a US exchange-traded fund (ETF) composed of the largest Chinese stocks.

When you combine the two into a government plan to tank its national stock market at least to a point youre as close to a sure thing as stock market indices allow these days.

Thats exactly what appears to be going on in China right now

A currency devaluation will likely lead to a stock market collapse, but its a trade-off China is willing to accept because a cheaper currency will stimulate exports and support jobs.

Chinas motives in market manipulation are about social stability more than profit and loss. Of course, the Chinese have nothing against making money; theyre good at it.

But China is controlled by a Communist Party dictatorship that is most concerned about its self-perpetuation.

On a day-to-day basis, that involves avoidance of inflation, unemployment and market panics (versus slow and steady declines).

Investors with vague or no recollection of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest and massacre in Beijing have been taught to recall the event as a pro-democracy student rally complete with a 33-foot-tall papier-mch statue called the Goddess of Democracy that was destroyed as the military cleared the square.

Thats a highly selective and misleading portrait of the overall protest.

Its true that student demonstrators placed demands for more freedom of the press and freedom of speech in their petitions. Yet the origins of the protest were economic. Rapid economic growth in the 1980s had resulted in large gains for some but had marginalised and disgruntled many others.

Inflation was a real tax on those with limited resources and an easily avoided inconvenience for the rich. It was these economic grievances inequality and inflation that gave rise to the protests. The pro-democracy aspects were tacked on in the later stages as the crowds grew.

Initially the Communist Party leadership was divided between moderates, like Zhao Ziyang, who favoured some dialogue with the protesters, and hardliners, like de facto leader Deng Xiaoping, who favoured a forced breakup of the protest and the arrest of its leaders.

In the end, the hardliners got the upper hand and the result was a violent military attack on the demonstration.

Communist Party leadership itself was thrown into chaos in the aftermath of Tiananmen with Zhao Ziyang being purged and Jiang Zemin being installed as the new hardline party leader.



For Many People, Coming Out In Their Workplace Isnt A One-Off Event "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Raymond Trau, RMIT University For many LGBTIQ+ workers coming out is a never-ending process. A recent study in the UK shows coming out at work is still a problem. Our research, to be launched in Sydney on August 27, supports this finding and further unpacks the reasons for these continuing difficulties. As LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, ...

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FixedIt: He did not befriend her, he sexually abused her "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Alleged feminist website Mamamia republished an AAP report about a man who sexually abused a homeless 11 year old girl under a headline claiming he befriendedher. The word befriended was in quote marks but there is no quote attributed in the article. It appears theyre quoting themselves.

Its staggering that anyone would have to point out that sexually abusing an 11 year old girl has nothing to do with friendship. He groomed her, took advantage of an extremely vulnerable child in a dangerous situation and committed sexual violence against her. This is why he was jailed. Befriending a vulnerable child is not a criminal act. Grooming and sexually abusing an 11 year old girl is both repellent and criminal.

This constant diminishing of mens sexual violence against women and children by the media is vile and incomprehensible.

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JBs World: WW2 Commemorations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ANZAC DAY commemorations have concentrated largely this year on the centenary of World War 1 but equally important is World War 2 which in reality was closer to home than the European sphere of WW1. We report this week on WW2 commemorations at North Ryde and Epping.

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Free Science vs Art Festival this weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Colefax uses drones to research shark behaviour and develop drone-based shark detection. Photo supplied.

If you thought art and science didnt mix then now is your chance to change your perceptions. Southern Cross University is running the third Art vs Science Festival in Lismore this Saturday August 18 from 10am to celebrate National Science Week.

From the microscopic world of flowers and what makes frogs croak to how pictures make our brains smarter there is no end of curiosity to be indulged and fun to be had.

The day will also feature music, art and an exploration of how food transforms in our mouths by food historian Associate Professor Adele Wessell.

You might even pick up some hints on how to manipulate the taste buds. After all, its what we think were going to eat that matters most, said Professor Wessell.


If you have ever feared sharks on our great oceans the you might be interested in the drone-based shark detection systems being developed by PhD student Andrew Colefax. He is planning to explain away some of those old myths about sharks and talk about how people and sharks can be netter managed.

There is plenty more on offer from coding to hands on interactive and experimental events across six different Lismore venues. 

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The open and shut case of regulatory capture of the OAIC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I recently published an article detailing repeated attempts by successive governments to de-anonymise the census- an effort that finally bore fruit in 2016 giving rise to the #CensusFail campaign.

These efforts are set against recurring grassroots campaigns which, until the last, were successful in preventing the census from being changed from a collection of anonymous statistics to being used for purposes beyond those authorised by the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (McLennan, B, Independent Australia).

My last article revealed that plans are well advanced to link together our personal information provided with the last census, to create what has been described as a cradle-to -grave movie of our lives for the benefit of industry and researchers (Colmar Brunton, 2014).

Never before has there been a more pressing need for a strong voice acting on our behalf on matters relating to our privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is charged that responsibility yet few people are aware of what the Liberal Government was doing to the OAIC at a time when significant plans were afoot involving the re-use our administrative data.

Just months after the Abbott Government came to power, it presided over what has been described as one of the most significant privacy breaches in Australias history: the publication of personal information about refugees seeking asylum...


Another threat to Mt Wellington/ kunanyi "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The long campaign against the plan by Mount Wellington Cableway Company (MWCC) to build a cable car up the face of Mt Wellington/ kunanyi in Hobart has entered another serious stage.

After being refused land by Carlton and United Breweries, the developer now wants to clear a 2.5 km road through a public reserve. According to local group Residents Opposed to the Cable Car (ROCC), the area is home to a number of threatened species and the proposed road would also obliterate the hugely popular Tip Top Track. They are calling for people to oppose this new proposal.

The following comes from ROCC:

Take action!

On Monday 20th August, Hobart City Council Aldermen will discuss whether to allow MWCC to survey their land to facilitate the proposed project. Please take a few minutes to contact them and let them know you oppose this public land grab for a private developer, and that they should support the motion to deny MWCC the use of public land to facilitate the project.

This is a crucial vote in the fight to protect kunanyi / Mt Wellington from the inappropriate plans by Mr Bold and his shareholders. We voted in the Aldermen to stand up for our community. They need to say no to this destructive project that will destroy the natural values of our mountain.

Please write, call, or arrange to meet the Aldermen and urge them to vote for the motion on August 20. Their contact details are here.

Or if you are time poor you can use our online tool.

For background on the cable car proposal, please check here.


Morobe Leaders Unite On Wafi-Golpu Project "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Several Morobean MPs including Governor Ginson Saonu have taken a united stand in calling for more Morobean presence in the Wafi-Golpu Mine Project.

This is first time ever for Morobe leaders to come together to show their concerns on the technical advisory and spinoff benefits from negotiations, construction phase, and the development of the Wafi-Golpu Project located between Bulolo district and Huon Gulf district.

The MPs Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Bulolo MP Sam Basil, Huon-Gulf MP Ross Seymour, Tewae-Siassi MP Dr Kobby Bomareo, Nawaeb MP Kennedy Wenge and Lae MP John Rosso.

The emerging Morobe position aims to address lessons from the Bougainville Copper Limited and the crisis it ignited, the Ok Tedi Mining environmental issues that fueled the exit of BHP Billiton, landowner issues affecting the PNG LNG Project and the Hidden Valley Mining Project including other mines that will all be captured in a memorandum of agreement.

They have called for disclosure of pertinent information and engagem...


The Sheriff Stopped By About the Dogs Again "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I was given 10 days- and today was day 10.

My lawyer has tried to contact both the mayor and the city attorney- however he has been unsuccessful thus far.

This doesnt surprise me considering our mayor Jan Gaul would not let me talk about it at the city council meeting.

The complaint is anonymous and is a lie- which tells me the city of Earling is working on behalf of a pedophile protecting Satanist. Earlings claim to fame is that it was the last place in the US that had a Catholic sanctioned exorcism- but it seems our mayor is more than willing to help a devil lover- so

From what I have figured out- the city manager was the one breaking into my house and trying to set me up by giving me my neighbors water bill check. Seems some will do business with anyone for money. Including pedophile protecting Satanists.

They- as in the mayor, the city manager, and the city attorney- wants to keep all of this quiet, which is why I got the email from Jan Gaul under the official title as mayor

With all the threats- including death threats- I have recieved- and the fact someone has tried to poison my dogs twice while living in Earling- I realize the intention is to get rid of my dogs so that Mesner and his CIA group can come hurt me and claim I committed suicide- as they have done with so many others. Since this immediately followed my interview on Lift the Veil- they are obviously desperate to shut me up

What I fail to understand is why I could have faced legal jeapordy for having a photocopy of my neighbors water bill check when it was the city manager- who photocopied the check and gave it to me in the first place- faced NO consequences whatsoever.

But as you can see by the letter- the mayor, city manager, and the city attorney ALSO wants to hide this as well.

But one thing is for certain- Im going to fight this tooth and nail. Just as I have had to do for years now.


Australia adopts presumption of guilt denying any presumption of innocence rejecting all principles of a free society "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia is really rejecting all the basic tenets of civilization and is moving ever closer and closer to simply an authoritarian government. Australia is rejecting the foundation of a FREE SOCIETY by rejecting the presumption of innocence and assuming you are just guilty while shifting the burden to you to prove you are innocent. Australia has rejected the fundamental principle of a FREE SOCIETYand is now crossing into the zone of an authoritarian regime that is unfit for consideration of capital investment. This is a BLUNT statement, but it is one that indeed is shocking to have to even write.

Australia is making it that anyone convicted of any crime whatsoever that they can call a criminalwill have the burden to explain how they got all the money in their life. In reality, Australia has restored the very greed of the state that led to the abuse of the rule of law that even led to the both the English Civil War and the American Revolution. The English system was stark. If you were ch...


MSMs Fake War, Part 4: The Medias Sins of Omission "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

(L) Nelson Rockefeller at the Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, (C) Larry Silverstein, and (R) Judge George OToole

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

So far our series has contained: Part 1, a reminder that the media still has not caught up with Oswald being a patsy (but whats 55 years among friends?), and a video of Udo Ulfkottes...


Role of health minister in selection of Tweed Hospital site questioned "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Questions over the role that health minister Brad Hazzard played in ruling out the current Tweed Hospital site for redevelopment have been raised by Tweed Shire councillor Chris Cherry. Questions have also been raised in the NSW parliament this week by Greens health spokesperson Dawn Walker MP.

As a councillor, I was involved in the community group feeding back to Health Infrastructure during the extended time for consideration of alternative sites, said councillor Cherry.

The community had identified Kings Forest, Chinderah and the current Tweed Hospital site for further investigation.

After we had given the three preferred community sites as alternatives to examine, Health Infrastructure said the Minister had ruled the current Tweed Heads hospital site out. Brad Hazzard had said no. They did a basic comparison but didnt look at the site properly as an option.

The fertile red soil of Cudgen. Photo supplied.

MP Dawn Walker has said in parliament that the government are ignoring their own development strategies. 

The governments own North Coast Regional Plan identifies the growth precinct for the regions health services at the current Tweed Hospital site, yet they continue to ignore their own strategy and build the new hospital on the precious red soils of Cudgen Plateau, she said.

In March 2017, less than three months before the announcement of the new hospital, there was no mention of the new development in the regions Local Health District board meeting. The minutes note that they were awaiting formal confirmation of fully funding the redevelopment of the existing Tweed Heads Hospital. Its clear that something has gone astray.

Councillor Cherry believes that the siting of the new Tweed Hospital has become a political football rather than a process looking for the best solution for the region and the community it serves....


FixedIt: Sexual assault is not being a pest its being a criminal "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Sunraysia Daily reported that a man was jailed for more than two years for sexually assaulting a woman who offered to shelter him when he was homeless. According to the report, the man had previous convictions for sexually abusing children.

The headline labelled him a sex pest. Pests are annoying or irksome. Cane toads, rabbits and that guy who interrupts every time you speak are pests. A man who commits sexual assault is a criminal and his crime is not sex it is assault. His actions were criminal, dangerous, serious and have long term effects on his victims. Labelling him a pest diminishes his crimes and devalues the suffering of his victims.

Also, it might be true that he is an alcoholic but alcoholism does not cause sexual assault. It is an addiction that requires medical and/or psychological intervention, but its not criminal and its not relevant to a conviction for sexual violence.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Katter Party Senator Fraser Anning Calls Gender Diversity Garbage "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Katters Australia Party Senator Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for invoking the Holocaust in a racist maiden speech delivered in parliament. The Queensland senator told the upper house on Tuesday night that Australia should ban the immigration of Muslims to Australia and return to a European-only immigration system as a final solution, invoking the ...

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Ocean Shores school celebrates 25 years with time capsule "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ocean Shores Public School held its 25th anniversary last Friday and opened a 1988 Billinudgel School time capsule. Photo Jeff Encapsulated Dawson

Ocean Shores Public celebrated a quarter of a century last Friday, which included the unearthing of a 1988 time capsule.

School principal Martin Gill told The Echo, In 1993, the 100-year-old Billinudgel Public School was relocated to the new school at Ocean Shores. 

On Friday, current and former students, staff and families of Billinudgel and Ocean Shores public schools came together to celebrate Ocean Shores Public Schools 25th anniversary.

Former principal

Students were enthralled by stories of Billinudgel School shared by its former principal Spencer Jones, who held the position from 1958 until his retirement in 1985. 

Another highlight of the afternoon was the opening of the time capsule, which was sealed in 1988 with instructions to be opened in 2018.

Simon Kane, Billinudgel Public School captain in 1988, was on hand to open the capsule. Its contents are currently on display in the Ocean Shores Public School Library for the next month between 8.45am and 9.15am Monday to Wednesday, or by appointment.

At the end of term, the capsule will be re-sealed for another twenty-five years, along with a new time capsule to be opened at the 50th anniversary of Ocean Shores Public School in 2043.

So what was inside the capsule? Principal Gill replied, Womens Weekly and newspapers from the day (showing that not much has really changed), currency ($2 note) and lots of students work and photographs.

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Politics in the Pub explores artificial intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Andrew Charlton

Politics in the Pub is back, and this month the topic is the largely unknown future of human work in an age of robotics, AI and automation

Former senior economic adviser to former prime minister Kevin Rudd, Andrew Charlton, is the guest speaker at the Court House Hotel in Mullumbimby on Wednesday August 22, from 6.308.30pm. 

Dr Charlton asks, What will the future of human work look like?

As machines become more sophisticated, their capability to do human tasks is increasing and human work will change.

What tasks (if any) will be left for humans? What will be the impacts if the social benefits delivered through jobs are no longer there? 

If people are outside the workforce for a lengthy period of time, how will they earn a living, get healthcare and social benefits?

How are ethical decisions made in programming robots to replace humans and, what skills will humans need to succeed in a future increasingly dominated by machines?


Dr Charlton will speak about the adaptation challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses, societies and governments as he addresses these questions. 

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Splendours $35k cash splash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Splendour in the Grass GM Elise Huntley hands the $10,000 cheque to the Pocket Public School staff and students. Photo supplied

Six local community groups and organisations will share  $35,000 in grants from Splendour in the Grass. As part of their yearly community grants program, festival organisers donate $1 from every event ticket sold.

Organiser say the groups and amounts are: Byron Bay Public School ($2,000), the Pocket Public School ($10,000), Human Nature Adventure Therapy ($3,000), Social Futures ($5,000), Mullumbimby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mens Group ($10,000) and Ocean Shores Primary School ($5,000).

Organisers said they received a great response from local organisations, with over 55 applications lodged.

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500 up for Carts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Nathan Johnston

PAUL Carter is known among footballers across Gippsland for engaging in some friendly banter out in the middle.
When he cops a spray from a player, his signature reply is; Why dont you take up umpiring you cant play footy for sh**!
I have a few little sayings. The players who know me know that Ill give a bit back. We have a beer afterwards and its all good.
Carter has been doing it for 500 games now.
His milestone match was at Stony Creek on Saturday when the Lions hosted Toora.
He took up the whistle as a boundary umpire on Alistair Hillis advice.
Hed played a couple of years of junior footy for Leongatha and his teammates back then would recall his uncanny knack to kick freakish goals. A mad Magpie fan, he had tricks like Daicos.
After a couple of years running the boundary, he took up field umpiring, before resuming his playing career with Fish Creek and MDU in the reserves.
Hes the first to admit he wasnt a superstar and was happy to return to umpiring in the late 90s.
He umpired alongside Leongathas Matt Stevic who chalked up his 300th AFL game at the weekend.
Hes an amazing athlete. He was very fast and a good bouncer. When I was 18, I enjoyed beer.
I would have had to run for four years to get to that level which was not my cup of tea.
Carters one of the best in the business locally though.
Hes umpired 11 senior grand finals nine Alberton, one Gippsland and one West Gippsland.
He recalls the Fish Creek v Wonthaggi grand finals in Alberton and Sale v Maffra grand final as brutal contests that were hard to control but rewarding just the same.
Carter has no plans to retire. His son Max is a gun little footballer but has already said he wants to take up umpiring one day too.
Id love to hang in there and umpire with Max running the boundary.

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Government to Give Itself Greater Power to Seize the Assets of Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A Senate committee has just given the Turnbull government the green light to nationalise a scheme that allows government to seize citizens assets unless their legitimate origins can be explained, even if the owner of the wealth hasnt been charged with let alone convicted of an offence. On 6 August, the Senate Legal and Constitutional

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Why Are ATMs Disappearing at an Alarming Rate after a Wave of Branch Closures? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its all part of a broad trend aimed at curtailing cash services.

In Australia, banks are reducing ATMs by about 8% a year. In the UK, ATMs or cashpoint machines, as theyre termed locally are disappearing at a rate of around 300 per month, leaving consumers in rural areas struggling to access cash, according to a new report by the consumers association, Which? The rate of closures has increased sixfold in the period from November 2017 to April this year from a steady pace of 50 per month since 2015.

Banks in Spain have closed around 40% of their branches over the past ten years, on the back of unprecedented industry consolidation and cost cutting. In Barcelona, there are now less than half the number of branches there were in 2008. But its in small towns and villages where the impact is being felt most keenly. According to new research, by 2016 as many as 4,114 municipalities the equivalent of 50.7% of all urban settlements had no bank branches at all.

Banks in Spain are are also shutting down many of their ATMs. In 2017, the biggest lenders withdrew over 1,100 cash machines around 3% of the national total. This is all happening at a time when banks in Spain are making it more and more difficult to access cash from the branches that remain open. Spains third largest lender, CaixaBank, last year launched a pilot project in Madrid aimed at limiting cash services in their branches to less than three hours a day, from 8:15 am to 11 am.

Its all part of a broad trend. Bank branches are increasingly becoming so-called customer advisory points, where the primary role of branch staff is to sell customers a myriad financial products, many of them costly and/or risky, while curtailing the cash services they offer customers

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The NEG is a con that will deliver neither lower prices or cleaner energy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

A lot of people are talking about the National energy Guarantee (NEG). As Malcolm Turnbull and his government pursue it, the opposition grows.

On the one hand, there are those on who share Tony Abbotts view of the world, and see even a minimal relaxation of the pro coal policy as a sellout. As we saw, this brought some dissention into the Liberal Party room.

Then there is the much bigger number who regard the NEG as a betrayal of the governments responsibility to act appropriately on the threat of global warming and turn to alternative clean energy.

As the debate This debate unfolded, an unprecedented heat wave in the northern hemisphere was actually killing people and a large part of Australia was suffering from drought again. Findings from the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO,  and other scientific bodies, makes it clear that more frequent and severe droughts, bushfires and floods are the consequence of rising global temperatures in australia are linked to a warming climate. Over the longer term, the southern half of our continent is drying up.

You would think that everyone would get the hint. But not so. Some have an amazing ability to not see what they dont want to see.

If truth is told, the NEG was hatched up as an intended publicity stunt, to win the government some much needed credibility.

Australia wants much more done to lower carbon emissions and a decisive shift to renewable energy. The idea is to make a show of working towards cleaner electricity. Never mind that the proposed target of a 26 percent reduction is not enough to even meet the governments existing Paris commitment, that it is based on continuing to boost rely on coal generation and investment on renewables is slashed. Few are being fooled by the pretence that the NEG is a genuine emissions reductions policy.

The other claim is that implementation of the NEC will lead to lower electricity prices. No, it wont, because the claim is made on the back of pretending that high prices are caused by supply problems.

Australias high energy prices are the result of the National Electricity Market, which is designed not only to privatise generation and distribution but al...


Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.



Loud boom reported by hundreds in Canberra, Australia remains a mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

"Did anyone hear that loud bang?" It's the post that inevitably sparks sarcasm and ridicule on social media, but on Sunday night, it was instead curiosity that dominated the conversation in Canberra community Facebook groups. Hundreds of people reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, described as "a huge echoing boom", somewhere around Holt about 9.03pm. Many said it shook their houses, while others described seeing an orange flash at the same time and shared images from their CCTV cameras. While there is no shortage of reports, there are so far no answers on what caused the mysterious bang.


Meet 'supersharer' Patricia Morgan in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other. We're thrilled to introduce you to our next supersharer Patricia Morgan, postdoctoral research fellow at the Schools of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


Outrage: As if 'straight from Nazi handbook', Aussi MP vows 'final solution' to Muslim immigration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An Australian MP has raised ire of fellow lawmakers after he called in his maiden speech to seek a "final solution" to Muslim immigration. The notorious term dates back to Nazi policy of the Holocaust. Senator Fraser Anning of the right-wing Katter's Australian Party (KAP) found himself in hot water over his inflammatory anti-Muslim maiden speech he delivered in the parliament. Claiming that Muslim Australians are unable to integrate, he said adherents of Islam "do not work and live on welfare," and bring the threat of terrorism. Fanning fears of Muslim immigrants "stealing jobs" and "sympathizing with Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS]," Anning offered: "The final solution to the immigration problem is, of course, a popular vote. We don't need a plebiscite to cut immigration numbers; we just need a government that is willing to institute a sustainable population policy."


Pennsylvania, USA priests marked children they abused with crucifixes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 15 August 2018 video says about itself:

Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse of children by Pennsylvania priests | DW English

A grand jury in the US state of Pennsylvania has published its report on the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. According to the report, the Catholic Church systematically covered up the rape and molestation of over 1,000 children over seventy years.

For more on this topic, go here: US grand jury: Predator priests in Pennsylvania had church protection.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Pennsylvania priests recognized abused children by their cross-chain necklaces

Yesterday it became known that in the United States state of Pennsylvania, at least a thousand children were abused by hundreds of priests. This happened for decades, because the [Roman Catholic] church covered up sophisticatedly. Priests were protected by the top levels in the Catholic church.

This is evidenced by research into criminal behavior in Pennsylvania state. The report of the investigation committee contains terrible examples of structural abuse. ...


Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons: Report "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Radioactive Sheep Israel(MEMO)  A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince []


Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...


'Vela incident': Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test 39 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years ago was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a 'double flash' near the Marion and Prince Edward Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Ever since, there has been speculation that it was actually a nuclear weapon test carried out by Israel. According to the memoirs of then-US President Jimmy Carter, this was also the assumption of American generals who briefed him on the incident. The official position of the Israeli state is to neither confirm nor deny having a homegrown military nuclear program. Now a new paper, published in the Science & Global Security journal, says radioactive isotope iodine-131 had been discovered in the thyroids of Australian sheep in the month following the so-called 'Vela incident.'


Work with us or die! Facebook threatens Australian press saying: 'Work with us or end up in a hospice' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Campbell Brown, Facebook's head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help FACEBOOK has been accused of threatening media firms into working with them by saying their businesses would end up "in a hospice" if they didn't. Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care" about publishers. According to The Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you revitalise journalism ... in a few years the reverse looks like I'll be holding your hands with your dying business like in a hospice." Five sources present at the meeting confirmed the comments.



PERTH Pair charged after WA police cars rammed "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Pair charged after WA police cars rammed .

August 15, 2018 at 11:18AM .

A 28-year-old Halls Head man will front Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday after being charged with 11 offences including assaulting police, .


PERTH Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Two men charged over Mandurah pursuit .

August 15, 2018 at 08:26AM .

The Halls Head resident is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today. A 27-year-old man from Coodanup has been summonsed on the .



The plague is spreading! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Who will be the next prime minister of Australia? Fraser Anning or Bob Katter? Anning made an open call to Australian racists, and as we Americans can tell you, thats politically potent.

Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katters Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims and others in his maiden Senate speech on Tuesday.

Political opponents denounced his speech as disgraceful. Mr Anning said he did not need to apologise.

Final solution was a term infamously used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

In his speech, Mr Anning said the final solution to the immigration problem is a popular vote.

On Wednesday, lawmakers across the political divide moved to pass parliamentary motions censuring Mr Anning for his racist hate speech, noting in particular his use of the phrase final solution, and his false, misleading and hurtful statements about Muslim Australians and other immigrant groups.

The Australians, Im sure, are torn between indignation and amusement that these two flaming nutters and their party have even a remote chance of taking over the government, but we were laughing at Trump ten years ago, too.

The disease is spreading. I know the racism has been there all along, but the plague in this case is that so many awful people now feel emboldened to preach it openly.


Aidan Wondracz // Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Final stones laid at Aboriginal portion of cemetery | Moree Champion: Between 1940 and 1968, deceased Aboriginal people in the Moree community were buried without adequate markings. Many identities were lost in the passage of time and numerous floods.

In 1983 on my return to Moree I visited this Aboriginal section in the cemetery and was appalled at its neglected state, with graves being washed away in an area that resembled a paddock, Aunty Noeline said.


Report: Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law.

The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince Edward Islands, located in the Indian Ocean off the southern tip of Africa. At the time, a double flash of light was recorded by an American satellite named Vela 6911, a sign thought to indicate that a nuclear test had taken place. Theories have speculated since that the flash could have been caused by natural phenomena, for example by a meteor shower, but the journals new study claims to have proof that this was not the case.

The new research, led by Christopher Wright of the Australian Defence Force Academy and Lars Erik de Geer, a former member of the Swedish Defence Research Agency, claims that a few weeks after the mysterious flash, traces of radioactive Iodine (I-131) had been discovered in several dead sheep in Australia. Samples from the sheeps thyroid glands were then sent for tests in the United States, but the tests results were never made public, Ynet reports.

It is thought that due to stormy weather at the time the double flash was recorded, the fallout from the alleged nuclear test was scattered throughout parts of Australia. The study believes the sheep in question may have eaten some grass in the affected area, causing them to become radioactive. If the journals theory is correct, this marks the most concrete evidence to date that Israel conducted illegal nuclear testing during the height of the Cold War. That this was done in cooperation with South Africa, at that time ruled by an Apartheid regime, will likely raise further eyebrows.

Israel has long sought to conceal its alleged nuclear capabilities, neither confirming nor denying its possession of nuclear weapons. However, it is widely believed that Israel possesses nuclear WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognised by the international Non-Proliferation Treaty. The other three are India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israels forays into the nuclear arena came under the spotlight in July when an expos by the Wall Street Journal(WSJ)...


Thanks Buzzfeed for this list of Senator Fraser Anning's huggers/kissers/etc "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Here's a list of the politicians who shook hands / hugged / kissed Fraser Anning after his speech calling for an end to Muslim immigration. Minister Mathias Cormann Minister Bridget McKenzie Minister Nigel Scullion Minister Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells Minister Matt Canavan Assistant minister James McGrath Assistant minister Anne Ruston Steve Martin...


Reference to the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program found in a 2018 issue of the US 'Congressional Record.' "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


In a blog post dated 28 June 2018, titled 'New US congressional hearings on UFOs?' I brought together several pieces of information which suggested that at least one US Congressional Committee (and maybe more than one) was looking at conducting hearings on the topic of UFOs, stimulated by the news about the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program/Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program (AAWSAP/AATIP.)

In that blog post, I suggested three possibilities for which committees might be involved:

1. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

2. The House of Representatives Science, Space and technology Committee.

3. The Senate Armed Services Committee.

New research

Recently a group of collaborating researchers, composed of Roger Glassel from Sweden; Curt Collins from the USA; Paul Dean from Melbourne, Australia, and myself from Adelaide, South Australia, have been following up on this subject area. The group has found a very interesting item, in the US 'Congressional Record.' 

The 'Congressional Record' is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, published by the United States Government Publishing Office.

Volume 164, Number 56, dated Monday, April 9, 2018 of the 'Congressional Record'  page H3062 included the following text:

'4381. A letter from the Chief, Congressional Relations Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, transmitting a list of all products produced under the Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program contract for the Defense Intelligence Agency to publish; to the Committee on Armed Services.'



Surprising Discoveries About Real-Life Star Wars Midchlorians Previously Not Found in Nature "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By The Daily Galaxy

Just as cars need fossil fuels to power their engines, the living cells that make up our bodies use food as a fuel source. To harness the energy in food every cell in our bodies contains microscopic biological machines, known as mitochondria, which convert food molecules into energy.

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological factories in cells that make energy, providing a new means to target the machines within factories for drug treatments.

The research, published today in Nature, was led by Professor Nenad Ban from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, in collaboration with researchers from UWAs School of Molecular Sciences and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research: Associate Professor Aleksandra Filipovska, Head of Mitochondrial Medicine and Biology, Associate Professor Oliver Rackham, Head of Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery and their Ph.D. student Richard Lee.

Professor Filipovska said mitochondria were microscopic, energy-producing factories found in all eukaryotic cells, or cells containing a nucleus enclosed within membranes, representing all forms of life that are visible without a microscope.

Mitochondria contain a set of genes that are used to make key protein building blocks that enable mitochondria to produce energy, she said. These proteins are essential for energy production however little is known about how they are made. The recent discovery of the atomic structure of the machine that makes these proteins (the mitochondrial ribosome) has revealed how they are made.

Surprisingly, this machine blocks itself from making the proteins until it is precisely located where these proteins are required within mitochondria. This is highly unusual and previously not found in nature.

Professor Filipovska said as well as providing a new means to target this molecular machine for drug treatments, the discovery also demonstrated the power of cutting-edge technology to reveal how living systems had evolved to function under different energy requirements.

Defects in mitochondrial function underlie many common diseases such as neurodegenerative, metabolic and heart diseases, cancer, diabetes and ageing, she said. Therefore molecular discoveries provide the much-needed knowledge that enables us to make the leap to disease treatments and drug discoveries.

The next step was to delve deeper into the role of the mitochondrial...


Tim Minchin and Ben Quilty "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In the (probably) fifteen years Ive been going to Art After Dark at the Art Gallery of NSW, Ive never seen a crowd like this before. My colleague Jo (who is a big fan of Tim Minchin) and I agreed we needed to leave work a little early today to make sure we could grab a seat. And just as


THE CAMBODIA OF THEN AND NOW "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lifting the lid on the wonders of Cambodian improvisation

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VALUE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There are two types of economists: Macro-economists and micro-economists...

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You can talk about suicide. Half the population think that they cant.

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WEST WELCOME WAGON UPDATE "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Support a volunteer run organisation, providing material aid to those in desperate need of it.

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Now in its fifth year, the West Projections Festival will again fill the inner-west with light and colour.



(ITS) TIME FOR THE WEST "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Transport investment isnt keeping up with our pace of growth, It's Time for the West.

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A little insight into RAAF Williams Air Base Museum History

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YOUTH JUNCTION MAKING CUTS! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Successful completion of the 24-week CAS Barbering pre-accredited program

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Creating a continuous journey from Werribee to the city with over 14 km of new and upgraded paths.



Music Classes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Free music classes for the whole family in Pascoe Vale this Saturday.

Kindergarten multi instrumental music class 10-12 (this is a drop off session).

Primary multi instrumental class 12-2 (this is a drop off session).

Melbourne Inner North Vocal Group 2-3.

Primary multi instrumental piano and guitar group 3-4.

Dance 4-5.



Netball "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hello Newlands News Parents and Guardians,

Are you looking for a Team sport for your daughter or son that will get them off the couch and more active? Have you considered Netball? It is one of Australia's most popular team sports and has a great introductory program called NET, SET, GO. Across 3 levels it offers age appropriate skills coaching, dance, fitness and modified games and matches to boys and girls 5 years to 11yrs.

Fees are very reasonable and we provide qualified coaches, all equipment and indoor courts.

*Bookings are essential, via phone 0409 434 524, or email:

Why not take up our special offer of one free session?

You can come with your child for one FREE - "Come and Try" session on either a Wednesday or a Friday afternoon now. Just contact Coburg Kangaroos located at the Coburg (indoor) Basketball Stadium for session times.


Recommendation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi everyone, if there's anyone looking for some sparky work to be done efficiently, promptly and affordably, I can highly recommend Aref, one of the Newlands Primary dads AND a qualified electrician. 

I got in touch with him this morning about a broken heating thermostat and less than three hours later he was here fixing it, which took barely 15 minutes. I'm now very happy to not be facing another chilly night in!

You can reach Aref on 0423 278 327.

Cheers, Jo.


Friends of Edgars Creek "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Hi FoEC'ers and Friends,

Well if anyone knows where our winter rain is could you please give it back! We'll just have to hope for spring storms to keep some moisture in under the mulch!

We have only two plantings left for the year already...where did that season go?

We are undertaking an extension and consolidation of the Livingstone Street crossing area on Sunday with works up the escarpment as well - mountain goats welcome on the day. The usual scenario applies - 1-3PM with early birds welcome - contact me to confirm a start time if you need (or want) to be around a bit earlier (Rob and Stephen always are!!!).

The forecast is not fantastic, will be a cool day with a chance of some showers around - though let's just wait and see on that as most forecasts for showers in the past few months amounts to essentially not much precipitation at all - we'll have to wait and see.


Buena Onda Yoga "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


Yoga is so beneficial for people suffering from insomnia, depression, anxiety, and it helps in calming the worrying mind. From a physical side it increases our flexibility and creates a strong and healthy body internally and externally.

Even if you are a total newbie or a serious yogini, you will most likely leave our class feeling nourished and lighter. 

Our studio is located on 1/182-184 Sussex Street, Pascoe Vale. We have an intimate space and a warm welcoming atmosphere where all the students know each other.

The special introductory offer allows you to affordable give yoga a try if you havent experienced it before. (4 classes for $40).

All sizes and ages are welcome here.



Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Pops into CQ Airports - Plus LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" Back at Mackay Airport Twice More! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at various CQ Airports.  It has regularly been flying between Cairns and Vanrook Station on recent days after flying North from Bankstown during the latter part of July.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

On Monday, VH-KXM was noted arriving into Emerald Airport from Cairns before it soon departed to Vanrook Station.  Then on Tuesday, VH-KXM flew into Gayndah Airport from Vanrook Station.  After spending the day on the ground, it departed to Rockhampton Airport before later departing Rocky for the Sunshine Coast.

Meanwhile, after completing a couple of training flights to Proserpine Airport on Friday 10 August, the LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ, completing what appeared to be a pair of medical evacuation flights out of Mackay Airport on both Monday 13 August and Tuesday 14 August.  On both flights, VH-VVI arrived into Mackay Airport from Townsville and departed to Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  


MIT computer model from the 70s predicts end of civilisation by 2040 with major change in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

An apocalyptic computer model, processed by one of the world's largest computers in 1973, has predicted the end of civilization by 2040. The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australia's largest computer. It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability. However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040. This shows that the world cannot sustain the current level of population and industrial growth for more than two decades. Australian broadcaster ABC has republished its original report from the 1970s, since there is just two years until a major change is expected according to the computer model.


LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 Bizjet VH-VVI Does Training at Proserpine before a Midnight Med-evac Flight to Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

On Friday 10 August, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI was noted completing a pair of training flights around the Whitsundays, flying South on both occasions from to Townsville and eventually landing at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport both times for a short period of time.

File photo

After the second trip to Prosie and after it had returned to Townsville, VH-VVI then had a busy afternoon and evening operating a pair of medical evacuation flights first to Mount Isa and then to Mackay Airport where it then departed back to Townsville once again but now in the wee small hours of Saturday 11 August.  At this time, VH-VVI was again using its familiar radio callsign of "Ambulance 451".


Michael Danby Announces Retirement From Federal Parliament After 20 Years "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

After 20 years as the Member for Melbourne Ports, it is time for the next chapter in my life. It has been a privilege to serve the Melbourne Ports community for such a length of time. The Australians Foreign Editor, Greg Sheridan has wrote an article published on the 5th July about my retirement from []

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$11 Million: Identitii Launches Australias Second ASX Blockchain IPO "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Identitii Limited, a blockchain-based digital identity management innovator, has launched an $11 million IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). The Australian company aims to sell 14.6 million shares at the rate of 75 cents per unit. The proceeds will be used for the additional development and marketing of Identitiis anti-money laundering solution, Serra. The Continued

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A twitter storm of lies "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This is my short Wednesday offering, which will be quite short considering the last two days have been (necessary) epics. My three-part series created somewhat of a social media storm, which means people are interested in the topic and I think that is healthy. Democracy is strengthened if people educate themselves and contest propositions that are abroad in the debate. But, as I noted yesterday, social media storms have a way of getting out of control and out of the realm of being complementary to a more considered educative process and interaction. What the recent Twitter storm has demonstrated is that key people are just willing to make spurious accusations (aka lies) without having taken the time to consider the depth of the literature that is available on any topic. That is not helpful to democracy. It undermines it. Anyway, in this short blog post, I consider some of the responses to my three-part series. As a footnote, I have now retitled the three-part series MMT is just plain good economics rather than using the quotation from the British Shadow Chancellors advisor who said that MMT is just plain bad old economics. Framing. I took the points of several commentators on this blog seriously in this regard. Thanks.

Twitter was twittering away at a fast rate over the last few days on this topic.

And some of the claims being made by those defending the Shadow Chancellors advisors remarks, which I quoted faithfully were astounding and dishonest.

Here is a selection with my annotations.

First up is academic economist Jo Michell, who seems to want to make accusations about my work but not base them on what I actually write.

Here he is with one of his smart-guy summaries of my blog where he accuses me of criticising British Labour by claiming that public capital investment is neoliberal'.

Here is his tweet (August 13, 2018):

What I actually said was that the Labour Partys Fiscal Rule is framed within neoliberal concepts and language. That is entirely different matter.

My points about the Golden Rule co...


Steve Keen, "Oz economy no more diverse than Uganda's" - Boom Bust interview "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Interview begins around 9.40 minutes into the show.Gung-ho interviewer, Bart Chilton, apparently hoping to recommend investing in Australian stocks, found out that Australia's economy is about as diverse as Uganda's and Ethiopia's, that it consists of holes and houses, and that Australian governments have stupidly marketised energy, making costs too high for Australian manufactures. "Energy and telecommunications are both being disastrously mishandled." Banks and mines dominate the Australian stock exchange, which reminds Keen of when they dominated the Japanese stock exchange - just before the 1990 bubble burst, with no important banks situated in Japan anymore. Our stock market is trivial compared to our bond market. Dr Keen also mentions the , which is worth a look.

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Witness Statement by Satanic Ritual Abuse Survivor, Fiona Barnett "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

ITNJ Witness Statement

My name is Fiona Barnett. I was born Fiona Rae Holowczak, on 28 October 1969, in Sydney, Australia. I am a victim of CIA child trafficking, Luciferian ritual abuse, and Project MK-ULTRA.

Child trafficking is run as a single integrated world operation. This operation is coordinated by the CIA in collaboration with British and Australian intelligence services. Retired NYPD Detective James Rothstein was appointed to the first US taskforce to investigate this child trafficking operation which, he found, went all the way up to the Whitehouse. Detective Rothstein found that the CIA were behind a blackmail operation in which child prostitutes were used to honeytrap and compromise politicians, military brass, top businessmen, and key government officials. Rothstein, who arrested the key Watergate perpetrator, said Watergate solely concerned this human compromise racket, and specifically was an attempt to obtain a list of compromised pedophile VIPs and their proclivities that was held at the Democratic National Headquarters. I spoke with Rothstein who said he knew of an identical VIP pedophile ring that existed here in Australia, and that an Australian intelligence officer named Peter Osborne knew the details of this.
The Australian wing of this child trafficking operation is coordinated by ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). During the 1970s and 80s, Labour Party politician, Kim Beazley Sr. headed ASIOs child trafficking operation. Under Kim Beazleys administration, I was prostituted, at age 6 years, to a pedophile orgy at Parliament House in Canberra, where I was r...


Bangarla Aboriginal Corporation to go to Supreme Court to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Barngarla People seeking Supreme Court injunction to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste facility, 2018 Jean, Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, August 14, 2018  

A VOTE by Kimba residents on whether they want a radioactive waste dump in the district is in jeopardy after an indigenous group sought an injunction to stop it.

The Barngarla People on Tuesday applied for an urgent Supreme Court injunction to halt the Kimba vote.

The Hawker district will also vote.

Two sites near Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, have been short-listed as possible locations for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility. A third short-listed site is near the Flinders Ranges community of Hawker.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation will argue that native title-holders who live outside Kimba District Council boundaries should be entitled to vote.

The Barngarla have more than 200 members, most of whom live outside the councils boundaries.

The group will argue that the ballot breaches the Racial Discrimination Act and that Kimba Council does not have the power to conduct the vote.

The corporation is seeking a...


Meaningless Titles and Liveable Cities: Melbourne loses to Vienna "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has gone about its annual business of releasing its Worlds Most Liveable City index, the sort of flotsam that matters less to urban planners than hedge-fund managers. The previous seven time winner had been Melbourne, whose supposed ascendancy had been threatened, at points, by Vancouver and Vienna. Now, the Austrian

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Facebook parents at their worst , threatening 12yo transgender with castration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Facebook screenshots reveal parents at absolute worst, threatening 12-year-old transgender with castration By Dan Tracer A school district has been temporarily shut down after parents posted horrific messages about a transgender student who used the girls bathroom. The messages were posted to a Facebook group for parents of students in Achille, Oklahoma, and called for 12-year-old transgender ...

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Necrophilia is harmless: Greens candidate calls for legal sex with corpses in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Tom Raue, who was pre-selected by the Greens for the seat of Summer Hill last week, also wrote an article for a student newspaper in 2012 campaigning to change the law to allow bestiality. But he now claims he also was just joking when he wrote an article

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Shortlist for the 2018 VU Short Story Prize "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

While wed like to thank all 863 entrants who worked hard to submit this year, the four judges for the 2018 competition writer Sarah Schmidt, writer and editor Michelle Cahill, writer and VU academic Tom Clark, and writer and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills have now decided on a shortlist of thirteen outstanding stories.


The devil is in the detail of government bill to enable access to communications data "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


The Australian government has released a draft of its long awaited bill to provide law enforcement and security agencies with new powers to respond to the challenges posed by encryption. Read More


Karen Wyld: Put away your ball, this is not a game "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Fraser Anning's "Final Solution" speech, demonstrates that the close minded and ignorant have more to learn from the world, than the world has to learn from them.


The Doorway To Resilience "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ditch striving for positivity and happiness. The positive thinking/happiness craze of more recent decades has morphed into something much better...


Radioactive sheep boost claims of secret Israeli nuke test "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" Russia Today with Supporting Material: Radioactive isotopes discovered by scientists in Australian sheep have added gravity to longstanding claims that a mysterious flash above the Indian Ocean 39 years was actually an illegal Israeli nuclear weapon test. On September 22, 1979, US satellite Vela 6911 detected a double flash near the Marion and Prince []


OBSERVING V-P DAY "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Today Wednesday August 15 is Victory in the Pacific Day commemorating the end of World War 2 on August 15 1945 73 [more]

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Senator Rex Patrick: Additional Comments on Senate Report re selection process for siting nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Recommendation 1 The Minister must quantify how broad community support will be determined and do so before vote.

Recommendation 2 As a minimum, broad community support must mean a 65% vote in favour in the AEC vote, AND agreement from all adjoining neighbours AND the agreement from aboriginal communities.

Recommendation 3 The ANSTO Act should be changed to permit the storage of intermediate-level waste until such time as an appropriate facility site has been identified and a facility built and commissioned

Senator Rex Patrick Senator for South AustraliaSelection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

p. 67 Additional Comments by Senator Rex Patrick Kimba and Hawker, when you finally surrender, it must be of your own free will!

The Work of the Committee

1.1 I thank the committee for the work it has done in relation to this very important inquiry. I also thank the secretariat for their behind the scenes efforts.

1.2 I support the general findings in this report and the recommendations that flow from them, but I feel they do not address several substantive issues with enough force.

1.3 Out of responsibility to the communities of Hawker and Kimba, I address those issues now.

A Facility is needed

1.4 Centre Alliance accepts that Australia...


MIT Computer Model Predicts Dramatic Drop In Quality Of Life Around 2020 And The End Of Civilization Around 2040 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Is humanity approaching a major turning point?  A computer model that was originally developed in 1973 by a group of scientists at MIT is warning that things are about to dramatically change.  If the computer predictions are accurate, our standard of living will start to decline dramatically around the year 2020, and we will witness the end of civilization around the year 2040.  Of course this is not the first time ominous predictions such as this have been made about our future.  For years, experts have been warning that we are heading for severe shortages of water, food and oil as our limited natural resources begin to run out.  For years, experts have been warning that our economic model is not sustainable and that we are heading for a historic collapse.  For years, experts have been warning about the alarming increase in seismic activity all over the planet and about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  Society is crumbling all around us, and the elements for a perfect storm are definitely coming together.

So maybe this computer model is on to something.

The name of the computer program is World One, and it was originally created by Jay Forrester

The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australias largest computer.

It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability.

However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040.

The fact that the Club of Rome was behind Jay Forresters work is a major red flag, because...


Melbourne and Adelaide have been Australia's most vulnerable major cities to killer heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australian cities have been hit hard by severe heatwaves, according to recent research. What can be done to prepare vulnerable groups for the killer temperatures?


Pick My Project! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Vote now - Pick My Project

Vote here! 3CR is in the running to receive nearly $100,000 to help us retrofit our station for greater accessibility. That means better hand rails, doors, taps, ramps and more to provide better access for everyone. But we need your support! Do you live within 5 kilometres of the station at 21 Smith Street Fitzroy? If you do, youre eligible to vote for us. Our project is part of the Victorian State Governments Pick My Project scheme, and you can jump online and vote for 3CRs Community Radio Accessibility Project now. Its only with your vote, that we can receive this important funding to make our station more accessible. Vote now and tell your friends!


Greens Dissenting Report on selection process for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The definition of broad community support has been inconsistent throughout the entire process

decision-making power of the Minister is wholly arbitrary. It is nonsensical to say that we must accept an arbitrary decision-making process as a means to avoid arbitrary decision-making processes.

The Adnyamathanha people have a demonstrable interest in the process of site selection.

it is condescending and inaccurate to suggest that community concerns around the impact of a radioactive waste dump on agriculture and tourism perceptions of safety and attractiveness are unfounded.

It is imperative that all stakeholders within transport corridors should be consulted.

Dissenting Report from the Australian Greens  Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

1.1 The Australian Greens believe the site selection process is fundamentally flawed. There has been a consistently stated commitment by the Minister to respect the views of the communities relevant to the process by not proceeding without broad community support, ensuring that the absence of such shall serve as an effective veto. However, the Minister has refused to explain what he would consider to be sufficiently broad, ensuring that any number can be considered sufficient, or insufficient, and ultimately disenfranchising affected communities in the name of ministerial discretion.



Senate Report on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Facility in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The report is at

It is 77 pages. I confess to have only skimmed through it at this stage.  It appears to be a careful attempt to bless the process, while not having a real opinion about it, one way or the other.  To be fair, it does contain a few questions, does not appear to be a full go ahead recommendation.

Coalition Senators Senator Jane Hume Senator Dean Smith put in Additional Comments. Short and not very interesting.

Greens, Senator Hanson-Young put in a longer Dissenting Report report, strongly criticising the process.

Senator Rex Patrick put in Additional Comments, also criticising the process


Chapter 2 Community sentiment

  1. 22. Recommendation 1 2.67 If a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility were to be sited in an agricultural region, the committee recommends that the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science work with local stakeholders, so that part of the remaining 60 hectare buffer zone can be used to grow and test agricultural produce, in order to reassure the community and agricultural markets that the produce from the surrounding region does not contain excessive amounts of radiation and is safe for consumption.
  2. 23 Chapter 3 Indigenous support
  3. 31 Recommendation 2 3.40 The committee recommends that the Minister intensify and expedite efforts to fully engage with the Indigenous stakeholders near Kimba and Hawker so that comprehensive heritage assessments for all nominated sites can be completed
  4. 33 Chapter 4 Financial compensation and incentives to communities

p.36. 4.22 The committee notes that it is unfortunate for a former politician, particularly one with significant exposure to the nuclear waste issues, to place the government in the invidious position of p. 37 deciding whether he should receive financial compensation for hosting a NRWMF on his property, thereby further politicising an already contentious process.

Recommendation 3 4.25 The committee recommends that the government undertake an independent valuation of the land to be acquired to ensure that the financial compensation is consistent with the original proposal to compensate the landholder at four times the land val...


Nuclear waste being shipped to Australia by company with a terrible safety record "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Responsibility overboard: the shocking record of the company shipping nuclear waste to Australia

By Natalie Wasley -, 14 August 2018In the very early hours of Sunday July 29, the federal government carried out a highly secretive transport of spent nuclear fuel. Helicopters and hundreds of police accompanied trucks from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technologys reactor at Lucas Heights to Port Kembla in Wollongong.

The spent fuel was loaded onto the BBC Austria, owned by Briese Schiffahrt, a shipping line condemned across the world for dangerous and illegal practices. The cargo is heading for the La Hague facility in France to be reprocessed, with a contractual agreement for waste generated from this process to be sent back to Australia.

Any transportation of nuclear materials carries risks, but Briese has a particularly terrible safety record, including leaking oilfrom vessels,...


The Weekly Times TWT 15th August 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 15th August 2018 edition of TWT.

The post The Weekly Times TWT 15th August 2018 appeared first on The Weekly Times.


First reliable estimates of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima disaster "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews" GOLDSCHMIDT CONFERENCE

Scientists have for the first time been able to estimate the amount of radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by the disaster at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. This work, which will have significant health and environmental implications, is presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Boston*.

The flooding of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) after the disastrous earthquake on March 11 2011 caused the release of significant amounts of radioactive material, including cesium (Cs) isotopes 134Cs (half-life, 2 years) and 137Cs (half-life, 30 years). Initially scientists thought that all Cs was released in soluble form. Now however, they have realized that a part of the released Cs was in the form of glassy microparticles, formed at the time of the reactor meltdown; these particles were thrown over a wide area, but until now there has been no reliable estimate of how much radioactive cesium-rich microparticles was deposited in the surrounding area, and how this material was distributed.

Now a group of international scientists, led by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya (Associate Professor of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan) has been able to give the first accurate estimates of the amount of the radioactive microparticles in the environment. This work describes the significance of the microparticles to current radiation levels, and provides fundamenta...


Nuclear waste transport port; Port Lincoln? there will be no discussion says Dept of Industry Innovation and Science "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Port Lincoln a possible port for waste transport

The Department of Innovation, Industry and Science says there will be no discussion on whether ports, including in Port Lincoln, will have nuclear waste material move through them until a storage site has been chosen.

AECOM Australia prepared site characterisation technical reports for the department for each of the proposed sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

For the site reports for Lyndhurst and Napandee, near Kimba, it discusses the potential for waste to be shipped from Port Kembla, New South Wales, to key ports including Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

It also details the potential for a new commodities port in the upper Spencer Gulf to be used to transport waste to either Lyndhurst or Napandee.

The report details Port Lincolns potential to utilise rail to transport the waste from the port, but would be subject to third party restrictions due to the railway being privately owned.



Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

K-A Garlick at Nuclear Free WA, 15 Aug 18 The Walkatjurra Walkabout have survived the first 10 days of the protest walk in freezing overnight temperatures and long hot walking days. Walking strong a group of 55 people gathered at Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley, Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in their 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine.

The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up on. and their ancestors grew up.   The group was joined by Youno Downs Station, who shared stories of the history of uranium exploration and company intimidation over the years they have lived on the pastoralist station.  Water is what the company is after, they (Cameco) need up to 10 millions of litres of water and they want us to give it to them! . to be continued!


Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...


Rally in Canadian town against siting as nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Hornepayne residents rally against nuclear waste storage  Tuesdays rally includes march, guest speakers, Aug 14, 2018 


Kate Lilleys Tilt "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Kate Lilley, Tilt (Vagabond Press 2018) This must be one of the most publicised books of poetry ever to appear in Australia. Kate Lilley and her sister Rozanna Lilley made headlines in June by talking to the press about how, when Continue reading


Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Infigen Energy to install 25MW/52MWh Tesla Powerpack battery storage system at its Lake Bonney wind farm in South Australia. The post Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Gupta confirms plans for 1GW of dispatchable renewables at ground-breaking ceremony at new Cultana solar project, a day after Coalition agree to NEG policy that models zero new investment in large-scale renewables and storage over next decade. The post Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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August 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Science and Technology: Minesto to fly Wales kite Minesto, a Swedish company, is poised to start subsea testing of its 500-kW tidal kite off the coast of Wales after completing initial commissioning sea trials. The company said the DG500 will undergo flying full subsea trajectories off Holyhead as part of the next phase []

via August 14 Energy News geoharvey


Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Smart Energy Council counts eight lies told by the federal energy minister in his Sunday ABC TV interview and fact-checks them all. The post Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Turnbull says he would welcome new coal generator, and prepares to fight Labor on emissions. The post To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Hormesis Advocates Dodge Scientific Rigor With Special Pleadings; Ties To Tobacco Industry-Koch Brothers Exposed By CHP Emeritus US EPA Comment Deadline August 16th 11.59 PM Eastern Time Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Comment extended to Auguest 16th, 1159 pm ET, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 Robert Applebaum is a Certified Health Physicist, CHP, Emeritus. Below is Applebaums response to an attempt to increase radiation exposure limits, through the US NRC. Currently, the same players, Calabrese et al., appear to be trying to get

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What About Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

QUESTION: It is clear our government seems to be going crazy. I know you use to live here in Sydney. We met many times when you did conferences here. I also know you once said you would like to retire in Australia. Has that changed?


ANSWER: Well, my dreams of retirement have not been working out. It seems the world is conspiring against me to go quietly into retirement. Yes, I love Australia. I have traveled all over and even went to Kakadu for two weeks and lived off the land fishing for Barramundi. I still keep a painting I love of the gum trees by a local artist. Here is me in the desert in Palm Valley. That was spectacular with herds of wild horses running free.

As always, there is a difference between the government and the people. There are socialists who support the government and others who are upset about stalking their children, creating their  Black Economy Taskforce to imposing the burden to collect Australian taxes upon companies mailing things to Australia. These are simply not NORMAL in a free society. No country can order others to collect their taxes and if someone is following your children, they are in plain clothes and readers have expressed concerns about how do you distinguish a pervert from a government agent?

No m...


Bundesbank Demands Explanation for Requests for Cash "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The German central bank, the Bundesbank, has significantly expanded its ability to control and access cash transactions in the hunt for taxes. They have required statements and assurances from cash-demanding commercial banks for the purpose of the intended business requiring cash. The Bundesbank has declined to comment on the new policy. The Federal Association of German Banks has also refused to explain. What is clear is that we are witnessing a growing trend to reduce cash and like Australia, just adopt the position that cash is for criminals.


Anning calls for urgent referendum on immigration "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

United Nations sycophants of ALP, Greens and LNP decry Senator Annings remarkable maiden speech which is reproduced in full at the bottom of the page

The dominant left wing of national broadcaster, the ABC is frothing at both ends over Senator Fraser Annings maiden speech.

Cairns News has perused the speech and discovered it is not nearly as volatile as Pauline Hansons in the maiden speech stakes.

Brainless shock jock Senator Derryn Hinch, naturally a Victorian and ALP atheist Penny Wong  have joined the choirmaster ABC along with the Jew, Josh Frydenberg, unremarkably spluttering the views of the Liberal Left.

KAP Senator Fraser Anning takes on the UN sycophants of the ALP and LNP

It is a terrible blight on the jaundiced, national Marxist education system, that a supposed government Minister is unable to rely on normal comprehension to understand the meaning of Senator Annings quite acceptable speech.

Readers can decide for themselves but the new senator leaves us in no doubt a national referendum on immigration should happen quite soon.

Below is a statement from Senator Anning:

Senator Anning has dismissed criticism of his use of the words final solution in regards to immigration as an effort by the left to shut down debate.

Claims that the words meant anything other than the ultimate solution to any political question is always a popular vote are simply ridiculous.

Anyone who actually reads them in context will realise this...


Man Gets Booted From Gay Nightclub For Wearing High Heels "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A man has been booted out of a London gay club for wearing high heels. Pavel Vacek, 33, said he had never experienced any issues getting into clubs before, so he was taken aback when a bouncer at XXL London turned him away for wearing high-heeled boots. Vacek suggested to Pink News the club was ...

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Bill Shorten lecturing on "Good Australians" and presumably "Bad Australians" "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

What makes a good Australian? Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) August 15, 2018


ADF's report into the beheading and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet - Lest We Forget "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Lest We Forget our heroes. Aussie commando sergeant Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice - and below, 2 years later in the hands of the Japanese. ADF report on the execution and burial of Sergeant Leonard Siffleet by Michael Smith on Scribd


Supreme Court Dismisses Gordon Woods Malicious Prosecution Claim "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Gordon Wood has failed in his bid to sue for malicious prosecution after he was acquitted of murdering his girlfriend Caroline Byrne. A prosecution without merit Mr Wood was found guilty in 2008 of throwing Ms Byrne off a cliff at The Gap in Sydney on 7 June 1995,

The post Supreme Court Dismisses Gordon Woods Malicious Prosecution Claim appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


Shit happens when good men do nothing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Australia has been deceived as this great patriotic song tells how we have been sold out by our parliament. Our manufacturing is gone, we are but a consumer to the world we once contributed.


Why the governments $444 million grant wont save the Reef "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wed 15 August 2018

As the leading charity and independent voice for the Great Barrier Reef for over 50 years we wanted to address the controversy surrounding the recent government funding to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Our leaders too often underestimate the sheer love we Australians have for the Reef; and the standards to which we Australians from Cairns to Kalgoorlie will hold them in looking after it.

It is no wonder that the Australian Government is under pressure for giving $444 million to a foundation instead of one of its own government agencies. It is no wonder they are being attacked for improper process and for ducking the Reefs biggest threat.

The outsourcing of nearly half a billion dollars of taxpayer funds to a foundation to protect the Great Barrier Reef is unusual by any measure. AMCS believes that there needs to be independent scrutiny and full transparency over how the funding is spent.

But while the media spotlight remains fixed on who got the money and how, the question that really matters is going unexamined: will this money address what the Reef really needs? The answer is no.

Funding to tackle poor water quality and coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish plagues is welcome, but it will be wasted unless tough action is taken to mitigate climate change which is the single biggest threat to our Great Barrier Reef. Without getting to the root of the problem and taking strong climate change action the Turnbull Government is gambling with half a billion dollars of public money.

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, our Great Barrier Reef suffered two unprecedented and severe marine heat waves, resulting in the death of about half of all its shallow water corals. If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate then severe bleaching events are likely to hit the planets reefs annually by the middle of this century. That would spell the end of the Great Barrier Reef as we know it. The Reef is a core part of who we are as a nation. We can not let this happen.

Australia needs to move beyond thermal coal, stop Adani, stop supporting other new big mines and switch rapidly to renewable energy if our Reef is to have a future. Other developed countries are already well progressed down this path yet Australia, the custodian of this global natural wonder, has an emissions reduction target so weak that if every other country made a commensurate level of effort all the worlds reefs would die.

Our politicians should be in no doubt; the controversy around the Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding shows how much Australians care about our Reef. Yet as a....


Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 

The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a....


Armee De L'air Francaise Casa CN-235M 065 F-RAIC "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

CTM1163 F-RAIC 065 CN35 Noumea-Cairns-Darwin

F-RAIC 065 CN35 at Cairns.


Couple Attacked By Neighbours In Vicious Homophobic Assault "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A couple has been left battered, bloodied and bruised after being set upon by their neighbours in a vicious homophobic attack. Italian Mauro Padovani, 46, and his Italian-American husband Tom Freeman, 59, were assaulted outside their home in Ghent, Belgium. Padovani told that he is still shocked by the severity of the assault, which ...

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The final solution "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

There is no amount of legalese at ones disposal that could possibly obscure the coded messages that so often come rising to the surface in the Australian Parliament.


MSMs Fake War, Part 3: Corralled Journos and Hunting Packs at Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

by Dee McLachlan

This Part 3 of this Fake Media War series was inspired by comments from yesterdays article, and refers back to the reporting of the Port Arthur massacre. Ill assume that the reader has some familiarity with the case, but if not please see my short video below.

If we have fake news today, it must be because the media has been rehearsing for decades. Today, if journalists did what they did at Port Arthur, we would recognize it immediately as blatant fakery, but in those days 1996 Australians were innocent.

This article will mainly quote from sources that reflect on the reporting of the massacre, plus a personal reflection from ABCs Judy Tierney. As I rummaged through these sources I thought How could dozens of journalists have been herded through a tour of the crime...


Blue Knob victims family question police response "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Nimbin man Damien Roadley. His body was discovered in dense bushland near Blue Knob by family and friends, who have criticised the polices role in the search.

The family of Nimbin man Damien Roadley, who died after a cliff fall at night in remote bushland at Blue Knob, have questioned the police handling of the search.

Mr Roadley likely fell to his death fleeing a bushfire in the inhospitable terrain on August 1. His body was not recovered for 10 days.

Kim Roadley told Echonetdaily that while he didnt doubt the integrity and good intentions of local police, it was clear they were ill equipped for a search in extremely rough terrain.

He questioned why the search was called off after only two days, adding it was not until media reported to the familys concerns that police once again swung into action.

Mr Roadley acknowledged that his brother most likely died within hours of the fall but described the 10-day period between his disappearance and eventual recovery as heartbreaking.

He said his brothers body would have remained undiscovered were it not for the efforts of family and friends, co-ordinated by a privately-hired professional rock-climber.

Searchers thanked

In a statement, the Roadley family said they would like to thank the community both in Nimbin and further afield for your tireless support, be it through simple wishes and prayers, through donations of resources and money, and most significantly through direct involvement in the search, whether on foot, by coordinating others, or providing meals.

Your skills, dedication, and ability to work as a cohesive team are the only reasons Damien was able to be located, and there are no words to describe how grateful we are to each and every one of you.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of local volunteer organisations, including the SES and VRA. We understand the difficulty that this terrain and task presented, and appreciate your involvement.

Finally, we thank the search team who actually found Damien, all of whom are volunteers from the community and beyond. Our thoughts are with you all, the statement read.

Disregard for human life



ALBUM REVIEW: Jen Mize & Mark Sholtez  Twilight On The Trail "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

In this day and age, country music is a different and multifaceted beast to what it was 80 years ago. Back then, in simpler times, the music reflected tales both true and imagined about day-to-day life, heroes and adventures. The likes of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers ruled the wireless and Continue reading


Turnbulls Lucky Windfall "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

You wont need to worry too much about Turkey for the time being.

US stocks closed up in overnight trade.

The markets judgement is clear: The bull market continues.

We can draw a similar conclusion for Australia. Despite the headlines, the S&P/ASX 200 still looks strong.

We can thank thermal coal for a good part of that.

Commodities across the board are taking a hit right now.

But shareholders in Whitehaven Coal Ltd [ASX:WHC] probably cant believe their luck. Thermal coal is at its highest Australian dollar price since July 2008.

Demand from Asia for power generation is driving this even as European use declines. And nobody wants to invest in coal anymore many banks wont even consider financing projects.

The Australian reported in April that the Treasury was anticipating a thermal coal price of US$85 in its estimates of company tax receipts.

Currently its just over US$120. If it continues to stay high, its going to pour more money into government coffers.

That could conceivably give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull more ammunition to prop up his position through infrastructure spending in key electorates.

Thats one reason I dont buy into a real estate collapse scenario.

Here in Melbourne, a Brighton shop just sold for $3.2 million above its reserve.

But that look likes chump change compared to the $100 million a Chinese developer has paid for an apple orchard in Melbournes Wantirna South.

One wonders how the coal-producing regions of Australia are shaping up in terms of property. There must be plenty of money around.

In any case, the current bull market in coal also reveals that theres always opportunity in the share market, even when the overall index doesnt do much or the outlook doesnt appear particularly bullish.

I happen to think the current drawdown in commodities like oil and copper represents a buying opportunity. And Im not alone.

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that specialist resource investment firm Terra Capital is looking to raise $300$400 million to help fund its spending plans.

Its not as if the massive Asian market is going anywhere. That places Australia in good stead in the coming years.

A new chapter

The world and markets present opportunities all the time.

Thats one reason Im going to hand over the full Daily Reckoning Australia editorship to my good friend and colleague Shae Russell.

In turn, Ill....


Belongil landowners sue independent coastal panel "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Belongil Beach, Rock Wall. Photo Mary Gardener

Hans Lovejoy

The NSW Coastal Panel, an independent body of experts who advise the NSW government on coastal matters, is being taken to court by Belongil landowners after it rejected recent plans for rock walls.

The hearing has been set for September 17 at the Byron Local Court, and will follow a site inspection at the street entrance to Old Jetty Park, opposite 35 Childe Street, Byron Bay.

Its the latest in a long running series of court actions by the beachfront landowners, who are seeking to protect their properties from erosion with rock structures.

Yet placing rocks or hard structures on beaches is a contentious issue owing to their eroding beaches over time.

The Echo understands that their rock wall DAs do not guarantee that the world-renowned surfing beach would not erode over time.   

The NSW Coastal Panel comprises Emeritus Professor Bruce Thom AM (chairperson), Dr Kate Brooks, Jane Lofthouse, Angus Gordon, Annelise Tuor, associate professor William Glamore and associate professor Ron Cox.

The Echo has previously reported that almost all of the Belongil landowners who submitted their DAs do not live at the properties and are some of Australias wealthiest individuals.

If you wish to make an oral submission to the court on September 17, you can notify the NSW Transitional Coastal Panel (no later than August 31) via email at or by phone on (02) 4927 3184.

The post...



Red-backed Kingfisher, possible Black Falcons at Maryborough - Hervey Bay Rd reported by Elliot Leach on 15-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

RBKF seen on powerlines two days in a row now near -25.3306, 152.7977. Just a bit further down the road towards Maryborough, where the big powerlines cross the road, I saw two falcons mating on the line above the freeway. Wrong giss for Brown Falcon; when the male flew off and the female followed they looked massive. Colouration and everything looked good but I couldnt stop to confirm.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The AIHW has released  a new report in collaboration with The Healing Foundation.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

 provides estimated numbers and demographic characteristics of the Stolen Generations and descendants using a series of ABS surveys.


It also presents a range of health and socioeconomic outcomes for the Stolen Generations and descendants, and differences with Indigenous and non-Indigenous comparison groups, to examine the effects of removal from families.


The findings in the report will be useful to assess the needs of the Stolen Generations and their families. 


'The data shows poorer health and social outcomes among this group of Indigenous Australians compared to those who were not removed from their families,' said AIHW spokesperson Dr Fadwa Al-Yaman.

'For example, Indigenous people who were removed from their families are more than 3 times as likely to have been incarcerated in the last 5 years, and 1.8 times as likely to rely on government payments as their main source of income and 1.7 times as likely to experience violence compared to those who were not removed.'   They are also more likely to have experienced discrimination, be unemployed or not own a home, and less likely to report good general health.   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes


Media release: New report shows long-term disadvantage for Australia's Stolen Generations



NEWS: The Bottle Rockets Announce New LP Bit Logic "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Its been three years since The Bottle Rockets released their last album but now theyre back with Bit Logic which is set for release on October 12th via Bloodshot Records. Heres the title track and first taste of the new album. ALBUM BIO: Formed nearly 30 years ago, the Bottle Rockets helped forge a now-popular Continue reading



Bernadette Robinson @ Randwick City Council Twilight Concerts "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Accolades for Bernadette Robinson come thick and fast and deservedly so as she is a unique talent. Her acclaimed performances in multiple sell-out seasons of the one-woman musical plays Songs For Nobodies and Pennsylvania Avenue have confirmed her standing as one of Australias leading singer/actresses. Australian audiences have discovered Bernadettes uncanny ability to inhabit the voices of famous singers such as Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and many others.

Barry Humphries describes her as a major talent and a spellbinder, audiences acclaim her with standing ovations and the press describes her performances as Beyond virtuosity to the sublime (The Australian). Be captivated by this stunning performer when she brings a specially tailored programme from her extraordinary repertoire to Randwick Town Hall. You will need to book early!

Doors open at 6pm. The In-flight Bar & Diner will open at 6pm so you can enjoy a drink and delicious snacks.

What: Bernadette Robinson in Concert

When:  Fri. 14 September 2018 7:00 pm 8:00 pm AEST

Where: Randwick Town Hall Avoca Street Randwick, NSW 2031

To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here

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Join the Human Rights Law Centre team "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Human Rights Law Centre believes in a future where human rights are universally understood, upheld and protected. We secure law and policy change that eliminates inequality, abuse and injustice and builds a society grounded in decency, compassion and respect. We are currently recruiting for two people to join our diverse team who have a strong, shared commitment to creating a better, fairer Australia. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Lawyer, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Rights

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and collaborative lawyer to work as part of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights team. Our vision is that Australias laws and policies uphold and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples fundamental rights to equality, dignity and self-determination. Advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is one of our nine key focus areas and is essential to our mission.

This is a 12 month full-time, fixed term position based in Melbourne. (We will consider Sydney also.)

Download a recruitment pack here.

Lawyer, Democratic Freedoms

This position will play a vital role in contributing to all aspects of our democratic rights and freedom work. This work is both responsive and agenda-setting, working closely with Australian civil society to identify and address systemic issues. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team.  

This is a full-time, ongoing position based in Sydney.

Download a recruitment pack here.


Victoria Police keen to promote new series of The Bachelor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Don't forget to indicate when you're on the way home tonight to watch #Bachie. #DriveSafely #TheBachelorAu @TheBachelorAU Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 15, 2018


Sydney Symphony Orchestra Presents Sinfonia Flamenca "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Were bringing the Flamenco experience to the Sydney Opera House in a new partnership with guitarist and composer Juan Carmona and his troupe of fellow artists: guitars, double bass, flute, percussion, singer and dancer. The Juan Carmona Septet will begin the concert with a mesmerising display of original Flamenco in the traditional style. After interval the orchestra will join them on stage for Juan Carmonas Flamenco Symphony vivid and intense.

Ive known and worked with Juan Carmona for many years, says David Robertson, and as an amateur guitarist myself, my admiration for him knows no bounds! This is a musician whose pedigree is that of royalty in the Flamenco tradition and there is simply nothing on the guitar that he cannot play with incredible ease and virtuosity.

If you love the passion and energy of Flamenco and want to experience a stimulating blend of cultural traditions do not miss Sinfonia Flamenca!

What: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia Flamenca

Where: Sydney Opera House

When: Thu 6th Sep, 6:30 pm, Fri 7th-Sat 8th Sep, 8:00 pm

To Find Out More & Book Online Click Here.

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Coroner finds Island Quarry death was drowning "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Island Quarry, now surrounded by a fence that was not in place when Brendan Vickery died. File photo

Hans Lovejoy

The mother of Brendan Vickery, who drowned at a Byron Bay waterhole in 2014, has told The Echo that the lack of a thorough autopsy has made closure hard and raised concern that fencing was not installed sooner.

On February 23, 2014, 20-year-old Brendan was on holidays from Melbourne with friends and entered Island Quarry (IQ), located at 380 Ewingsdale Road, opposite the Cavanbah Centre.

His friends claim that he failed to emerge after jumping into the waterhole, which is a former quarry.

Brendans body was recovered a day later by police divers in 3.3 metres of water, according to the coroners report.

The once-popular waterhole drew mainly young crowds of backpackers and visitors and was widely advertised on websites, yet after a series of spinal injuries, IQ management implemented signage and fencing in an attempt to stop the activity.

Assistant state coroner Teresa OSullivan handed down her findings on April 11, 2018, and concluded she was satisfied that a lot has changed since Brendans death.

OSullivan wrote, The downturn in attendance and associated injury, the improved fencing and signage, and the commitment of the caretaker to prevent trespassing give me confidence that the Island Quarry site has been made significantly safer.

Brendans mother Tracie Medew told The Echo she believed the inquest to be a fair and open process.

Yet it was long process that took four years, she said.

There was cost cutting by government, as they didnt allow a full autopsy.

Additionally, communications from the government departments were inadequate.

Ms Medew said, While it was determined that drowning was the outcome, he could have died from something else. A doctor from Tweed Heads raised this possibility.

Here in Victoria, all autopsies go through a CT scan to identify internal injuries, yet this didnt happen with Brendon as it wasnt NSW policy at the time. Now it is.


MS Medew said it took 13 years for IQ to secure state government funding for fencing.

That is way too long, and had it been in place earlier it could hav...


Anti-vax film screening stirs passions "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Paul Bibby

The screening of a controversial anti-vaccination documentary at Mullumbimbys Civic Hall brought a string of angry complaints from vaccination advocates who said it should not have been shown at a Council-owned venue.

And one Byron councillor is set to formally move that the rules be changed so that such films cannot be shown at Council-managed halls in future.

But the group that organised the screening, the Australian Vaccination-risks Network Inc (AVN), defended its right to air its views, describing those who sought to cancel the event as bigots.

Around 100 people attended the Civic Hall on August 9 for the screening of Sacrificial Virgins, followed by a Q&A session with opponents of Australias vaccination regime.

The film questions the effectiveness the Human Papilloma Vaccine as a preventive treatment for cervical cancer, and asserts that it causes adverse reactions that are blighting and even ending the lives of girls and young women across the world.

When news of the films screening at the Civic Hall spread, Byron Council was slammed on social media and received a string of complaints.

One vaccination advocate stated on a public Facebook page that the councils role in the screening had been unconscionable.

This film has been condemned by the federal health minister and all health experts, the man said.

That the showing is happening while they [the north coast] have a diphtheria patient in a local hospital is a disgrace.

When councillor Paul Spooner became aware of the screening, he sought to have permission for the use of the Civic Hall revoked.

Cr Spooner, of the Labor Party, argued that Council should not support the Australian Vaccination-risk Network in any way because it was the subject of a public health warning issued by the Health Care Complaints Commission in...


Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...


Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projec...


Evelyn Duprai & The Modern Classics: Sydney Fringe @ Foundry 616 "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

For one night only, jazz/blues vocalist Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics will be putting a new twist on well-known jazz hits in a special Fringe Festival program on Friday 21 September. Iconic tunes from the Great American Songbook are given a playful make-over as The Modern Classics journey through Reggae, Ska, Afrobeat, Funk and Pop to bring new life to old favorites.

The Sydney songstress says that she is thrilled to be presenting this show at the Foundry. Every time I step into the Foundry, I am transported to some of the great jazz clubs in New York. The intimacy, setting and ambiance of the club is exactly what people would expect of an international jazz venue and its all of these elements that enhance the listening experience for the audience.

Recognised for her authenticity and passion, Evelyn Duprai is one of Sydneys celebrated ladies of song. Drawing on her African ancestry, Evelyns intrinsic rhythm and expert phrasing compliments her warm vocal timbre that has made her an in-demand session singer. She has toured with some of musics biggest names including James Morrison, Paul Mac and Silverchair, appearing as a guest backing vocalist on Australian Idol and The Voice and performing at dozens of major festivals and prestigious venues around Australia.

Exuding a joyous energy whenever she sings, whether its jazz, funk soul or blues, youll be transported by this exceptional vocalist. Evelyn Duprai (vocals), Charlie Meadows (guitar), Stuart Henderson (drums) and special guests Nick Hoorweg (bass)

What: Evelyn Duprai and The Modern Classics @ Sydney Fringe

When: Friday 21 September (Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8:30pm)

Where: Foundry 616, 616 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

To Find Out More & Book Online  Click Here

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New report highlights ripple effects of the Stolen Generations "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Stolen Generations and their descendants have been telling us for many years about the extent of trauma caused by the forced removal of children from families. Today we publish statistical evidence of that lived experience and the pain our people have had to endure over a lifetime.


Does wild nature create activists? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The primary purpose of this website is to celebrate the mountains of south eastern Australia and Tasmania. This includes getting out and enjoying them walking, skiing, riding, climbing, paddling, or simply just taking it easy. I have a deep belief that getting people out into wild nature makes them more likely to feel engaged in protecting wild ecosystems.

There has been some interesting conversations of late about whether this assumption is actually correct.

With the Trump administration walking away from climate action and seeking to open up large sections of protected areas to mining and fossil fuel development, there has been solid and sustained opposition to these plans from the outdoor industry. Trumps extremist approach has mobilised people and individuals, possibly in an unprecedented way.

There has recently been a number of interesting pieces addressing the question of whether the outdoor community and industry are doing enough. The Colorado based  High Country News recently published an essay by Ethan Linck, Your Stoke Wont Save Us, which questioned whether outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry were effective advocates for conservation.

In response, Louis Geltman wrote a counter piece titled Actually I think stoke will save us, which was also published in High Country News. The sub heading of the story sums up his perspective nicely: Passion for place matters, and outdoor recreationists are taking action every day.

He says:

Meaningful conservation is driven by action not sentiment; not vaguely defined environmental concern Its organizing to deliver political pressure and make change that make the difference, and by that measure, outdoor recreationists and the outdoor industry are delivering. And stoke genuine enthusiasm derived from visceral experience is the fuel thats driving action.



Chairman Mal says electricity industry want less revenue "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Does anyone believe the electricity generation industry wants lower profits and less revenue? Listen carefully to what this lying ego-in-a-suit says.


Atlanta rapper 6LACK announces headline tour of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

6LACK is bringing his global From East Atlanta, With Love tour to Australia this October hitting up all major cities with breakout hip-hop duo THEY. and Shady Records signee, BOOGIE.

Presented by Frontier Touring and Illusive Presents, the tour will kick off in Perth, before dates in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland.

6LACK, a two-time Grammy-nominated artist, has been embedded in a purple patch since the release of his breakout hit Prblms and debut record FREE 6LACK.

Since then, hes released huge single Switch, whose music video has accumulated almost 5 million views to date, as well as slow jam Cutting Ties, featured alongside Ty Dolla $ign on Khalids smash hit OTW, and played festivals such as Coachella, The Governors Ball, and most recently ya Festival in Norway.

Set to release sophomore album, East Atlanta Love Letter soon, 6LACKs Australian tour comes at the perfect time for longtime fans and those who slept on FREE 6LACK.

Watch 6LACKs video for Switch below:



Many graduates will repay less per year, and maybe less in total, under the new HELP thresholds "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Government had a rare higher education Senate victory this week, passing various amendments to the HELP loan scheme.

These include a series of changes to HELP repayment thresholds. Most of the political attention went to the initial repayment threshold, below which no repayment is required. It will drop from the current $52,000 to just under $46,000 in 2019-20. At that point, debtors will have to repay 1 per cent of their entire income.

In principle, I support this step in the direction of better aligning HELP with other government income support thresholds. This 2016 Grattan report supported a lower initial threshold.

Unfortunately, another key recommendation of that report, of consistent percentage increases between each threshold at which the repayment rate increases, was not strictly followed.

For most of the higher thresholds, each is 6 per cent higher than the one before it. But there is a 15 per cent gap between the first and second thresholds.

Combined with starting the repayment percentage at just 1 per cent,  this radically changes the nature of the threshold reform. It is not now something that we can assume will significantly alter HELP doubtful debt.

One intention of the original Grattan proposal was to move debtors more quickly through the repayment rates.  This was partly to recover more HELP debt before female full-time labour force participation drops from their late 20s, as shown in chart 1 below.

Chart 1: Female bachelor degree graduate labour force status, 2016



Cairns real estate agents want foreign ownership of family homes "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

from Jim OToole

Real estate agent and principal of the Cairns RE/MAX franchise Tony Williamson is heading to South Korea to flog off yet more Cairns property to Asian buyers.

Diverters of social cohesion such as Williamson have helped force up the price of homes keeping young Australians, not Asians out of the market.

Cairns real estate agent Tony Williamson wants to sell our homes to Asians which will keep young Australians out of the home owners market

We do not want greedy real estate agents like Williamson and his entourage of fellow agents hawking our homes to foreign buyers.

About 30 other Remax agents will attend the global networks Asia Pacific convention in Seoul.

Mr Williamson is quoted as saying he wants to turn the global spotlight onto the Cairns property market

Mr Williamson and the entire Remax franchise would do well to hark the recent immigration speech of Senator Fraser Anning.

We do not want any more foreign ownership of any Australian property, Mr Williamson.



Was this car deliberately set alight? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A readers photo of a car he says was deliberately set alight in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night (August 13). Photo supplied

A car fire in the Mullumbimby industrial estate on Monday night appeared to have been deliberately lit, according to an Echo reader who took this photo and who requested not to be named.

The car, believed to be a Mazda sedan, exploded into a ball of flame in Towers Drive, in front of Ray Towers Carpets, at about 8.30pm, the reader said.

It was a petrol explosion: someone put a paper in the tank and lit it, like a big molotov cocktail.

I was driving past when I heard something explode, I drove a little further and I saw the car in a ball of flames, the reader added, saying he was one of the few people apart from police and firies who noticed the explosion.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire & Rescue said, a crew from Mullumbimby attended the scene at 8.40pm and found the car already well alight.

The crew extinguished the car and finished up just before 9.40pm.

Police were in attendance and the car was totally destroyed by fire.

Police are treating the incident as suspicious, the spokesperson said.

Tweed Byron chief inspector Luke Arthurs confirmed police are investigating the matter further and are treating it as suspicious.

They have yet to establish the exact cause of the fire.


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Govt ignores Airbnb levy as part of letting reforms "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Airbnb owners are set to benefit at the expense of council-approved holiday-let providers if the governments short-term letting bill is passed this week. File image

Hans Lovejoy

A NSW government minister has embraced digital disruption at the expense of those who have sought council approval for holiday letting.

The Fair Trading Amendment (Short-term rental accommodation) Bill 2018 is expected to pass NSW parliament this week, yet critics such as Byron Shire Council say it is unworkable and vague. And those operators who have DA approvals for operating say it will decimate their industry and leave Council with less revenue.

In an August 2 letter to a Byron Shire resident and obtained by The Echo, NSW Nationals MP Niall Blair admitted that his government were not in control of the holiday-letting sector, saying, The internet knows no boundaries, and if locals decide they want to place their homes for rent on platforms like Airbnb, rather than put it out for long-term rental, thats entirely their business.

Yet Blair says regional councils like Byron Shire will have the power to limit the number of days for which properties can be let out.

And importantly these changes are not set in stone. The government has committed to reviewing the new valuations after 12 months, he said.

With the growing evidence that the sense of community is eroded in areas of high holiday letting desirability, European and US cities are now beginning to heavily restrict such activity and are also regulating it via a levy through Airbnb bookings, for example. 

Airbnb levies are collected by local councils, and contribute to maintaining and improving infrastructure.

The Echo asked Niall Blairs office whether such a levy was considered for this bill, and why it was not included in the draft Bill.

After receiving a reply from a spokesperson for the NSW government that did not answer the question, The Echo asked local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin the same question on whether an Airbnb levy....


Byron locals step up to support drought relief "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Two of the six trucks of hay sent to struggling drought-stricken farmers from members of the Mullumbimby CoOp. Photo Jeff Dawson

Aslan Shand

Byron Shire locals are coming out in force to do what they can to help farmers and farming communities.

There is a range of initiatives happening across the Shire, not least the six trucks with bales of feed that the Mullumbimby Co-Op sent out to struggling  farmers on Monday.

The Co-Op began the venture back in mid-July with Buy a Bale, said manager Tony Maclerio. 

It has been awesome to see other businesses and the Mullum Chamber supporting the cause.

So far, about 800 bales have gone out and the loads have been sent to Blandford, Wellington, Rouchel, Aberdeen, Timor, Cassilis, Currabubula, Stroud, Gloucester, Barraba and Bathurst. And we are still going! 

Donations have also been taken in store. Big shout out to the truck drivers, local farmers donating their paddocks and the farm contractors who are cutting and baling. And of course to Buy a Bale!

Dress like a farmer

Bingara Central School in the New England region of NSW has connected with Mullumbimby through Kimberlee Thompson, a community support worker who rang an old Mullumbimby friend who has been farming out west for around 20 years.

Kimberlee said, My friend was worried about another friend in the Bingara area she was really concerned about her and she asked me to call.

Kimberlee is now getting ready to head out to Bingara at the end of the month to lend a hand.

She says, There are so many issues; every day they are having to make decisions about which stock to keep, caring for sick animals, sourcing feed, supporting children and more.

One aspect many peopl...


Authoritarian Revocations: Australia, Terrorism and Citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contrary to any popular perceptions of Australias legal system, a dislike of rights reigns with pious conviction on both sides of the political aisle.  Rights are the stuff of nonsense and nuisance, revocable for those deemed undesirable. The Australian constitution, a heavily dull document, remains silent on many important liberties; the common law is relied upon to fill in gaps (think of that conjuration known as the implied constitutional right to freedom of communication on political subjects). Parliament, mystically wise, is meant to be the grand guardian.

In terms of citizenship, Australias parliament has been rather cavalier on the idea of citizenship, exploiting the absence of any specific reference to the term in the arid document that grants it legislative powers.  In 2015, national security considerations became the basis for legislation stripping individuals of citizenship in certain instances where terrorism was an issue.  While citizenship can be lost in certain instances common to other countries, the arbitrary revocation of citizenship via executive fiat is possible under the Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth).

The relevant minister, goes the wording of s. 35A, may determine in writing that a person ceases to be an Australian citizen in various instances involving convictions for certain offences, including terrorism.  But convictions might not be necessary; the minister might deem it against the public interest for the person to remain an Australian citizen. This is all made ever vaguer on the issue of what constitutes recruitment and the status of foreign fighters.  We remain at the mercy of security considerations.

Parliament did stop short of rendering citizens stateless, making the provisions apply to dual nationals.  But it yielded two outcomes: that the relevant minister would be effectively governed by the consideration that the Australian citizen might have citizenship of another country, however tenuous that link would be, and that any powers to deprive that person of Australian citizenship could be exercised to limited review.

This curiously venal formulation was always problematic; for one, such laws are not, specifically, with respect to aliens or with respect to immigration, terminology that is to be found in the constitution.

Khaled Sharrouf became the debutant to lose his Australian citizenship under the amendments, his reputation marked by a spectacularly gruesome display of images sporting his son holding a severed head..........


Driver of rolled B-double was on ice: police "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A truck driver has been charged, and police are awaiting the results of a roadside drug test, after a B-double crashed on the Summerland Way overnight.

Emergency services were called to Carrs Creek, north of Grafton, after the northbound heavy vehicle rolled onto its side and slid about 100m into a fence, about 8pm (Tuesday 14 August 2018).

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Concord, escaped without injury but the truck and its load of paper was extensively damaged.

The driver returned a negative roadside breath test; however, a roadside drug test returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

Police from Coffs/Clarence Police District searched the truck cabin and seized an ice pipe; during a further search officers seized 11 clear, re-sealable bags containing a crystal substance alleged to be ice.

The man was arrested and taken to Grafton Police Station where he was charged with dangerous driving, supplying a prohibited drug, and possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Grafton Local Court on Monday 3 September 2018.

Any further charges depend on the drug test results.

Traffic has returned to normal on the Summerland Way.


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Cathies Column: Ryde Public School Sesquicentenary Celebrations today "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Ryde Public School celebrates its 150th birthday today with an Open Day and Art Show from 1pm in the school and grounds.

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Radioactive Sheep, an Anomalous Flash, and a Nuclear Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Brett Tingley

With as many nuclear weapons as there are out there in the world, its amazing there havent been more mishaps, accidents, or rogue detonations. While there have been a few close calls like the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash in my home state of North Carolina, so far weve been lucky not to have any major incidents. That we know of, that is.

Although its kind of hard to hide a mushroom cloud. Unless its underground or underwater

While a nuclear weapon detonation would be pretty difficult to conceal, unexplained clouds of radiation circling the globe over the last year or two might suggest that someone is testing weapons on the sly. While in this most recent case theres little to go on other than anomalous radiation detection, a still unexplained incident from 1979 came complete with an unidentified double flash of bright light. The American-operated Vela Hotel satellite detected two anomalous bright flashes of light near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica. It was determined at the time that the flashes likely came from a secret nuclear detonation yet the perpetrator remained unknown.

Now, new research conducted by scientists at the Otago University at Wellington add to the suspicion that the Vela incident was indeed a nuclear detonation. The researchers examined previously unpublished studies of sheep thyroid glands conducted by U.S. military researchers in Australia following the incident and discovered abnormally high levels of iodine-131, a byproduct of nuclear weapons. According to their publication, these findings support the theory t...

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The rich roadside life of Newstead "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I thought it time to revisit the little family of Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles) living on a roadside in Newstead to see how the four chicks are getting on. On the way in from our place at Strangways, I was very pleased to see a familiar Nankeen Kestrel by the road. Id met this bird the previous day and it seemed a very co-operative subject for photography.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Nankeen Kestrel watching for prey in late afternoon light.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

A possible treat seen?

The Kestrel would switch from diving from a perch for food to walking through the grass looking for food.

Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides)

Hunting on foot.

When I got to the site of the Lapwings and chicks, I parked over the road with a good view of both parents, but I could only see one foraging near one parent.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Masked Lapwing chick #1

One parent looked to have some chicks under the wing. A bit of a feather rustle and the parent stood up to reveal the other three who quickly spread out to forage.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

Lapwing chicks 2,3 &4.

I was then a bit perturbed that the parents decided it was time that they all crossed to the side of the road where I was parked. They walked around the car and on to the grassy roadside. Fortunately none decided to stay under the car so I could eventually leave. I was struck by how at ease they were with my car. I th...


Advice Please! "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


I'm running a coding class at the Newlands Neighbourhood House as a volunteer and I'm looking for advice on how to provide internet for ten laptops, currently the wifi system slows to a crawl when all ten are operating. I'm really stuck and haven't been able to fix the problem.

I think I need help answering the following question.....

What is the best way of boosting the wifi so that all of the laptops can operate on a web based platform?

Please contact Andy on 0421 447 928.


Federal integrity commission needed: Labor "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Justine Elliot MP for Richmond, Mark Dreyfus QC MP and Craig Elliot, NSW Labor candidate for Tweed. Photo supplied

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus QC stopped by the region last week to spruik Labors plans to establish a National Integrity Commission (NIC).

While NSW has its own independent integrity commission ICAC the federal government does not.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot said, In recent years there has been a loss of faith in the ability of politicians and the public service to properly represent and serve the public interest.

All Australians deserve to have confidence in the integrity of their government, their parliament, the public service and our public institutions.

While there is not substantial evidence of widespread corruption at a federal level, that is not a reason to do nothing.

A bipartisan Senate inquiry has shown that Australias current federal anti-corruption framework is uncoordinated, inconsistent and confusing. While many agencies have some partial responsibilities in this area, their work is haphazard and overlapping.

Its clear we need to strengthen and simplify our anti-corruption framework to weed out serious and systemic corruption, promote integrity, and restore the trust of the Australian people in their representatives and institutions.

Local residents can show their support for the National Integrity Commission by signing Labors petition at:

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1) Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

2) PNG helping Indonesia in crash investigation


1) Vanuatu seeks Forum support for West Papua, but kept off outcomes list



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300 Pennsylvania, USA, priests abused at least 1,000 children "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

This 14 August 2018 CBS News video from the USA says about itself:

Live: Dioceses of Pennsylvania | Grand Jury Report on Catholic Church Priest Abuse Released

Pennsylvania officials have released a landmark grand jury report that identifies more than 300 predator priests who molested children in six dioceses. It also accuses church leaders of taking steps to cover up the abuse. The report emerged from one of the nations most exhaustive investigations of clergy sexual abuse. The report echoes the findings of many earlier investigations of the church around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials concealment of it.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Report: 300 priests in Pennsylvania have abused over a thousand children

Authorities in Pennsylvania have published a court investigation revealing that 300 priests in six dioceses have abused more than a thousand children. Its about victims who have been proven to be abused by clergymen. Probably there are many more cases.

The report, over the period since the mid-1950s, also shows t...


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McKnights stand out at the family club "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

STONY Creek, like many others in the country, proudly boasts that it is a family club.
Its is fortunate to have had so many families that have done so much to keep it ticking along in good times and bad.
One family though, stands out, and it was fitting that on Saturday the grandstand was named to honour the contribution of the
McKnight clan.
Club president Mark Le Page led the ceremony held between the reserves and seniors football matches and the B and A Grade netball games.
He said the McKnight family has provided the club with 80 years of continuous service.
Unofficially theyve played a combined 1500 games of netball and football for the club, but I think it would be probably closer to 2000.
Add the in-laws, Cindy Winkler and Brad Hutchinson, and were up around 2500.
Six members of the family are life members of the club soon therell be a seventh when Ryan McKnights name is added after he played his 300th game earlier this season.
There are two league life members, two league best and fairest award winners, eight club best and fairests the list goes on.
Theyve all served on the committee and done an enormous amount of work behind the scenes.
The McKnight name is synonymous with this club and its only fitting that they should have this honour, Mark said.

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Police urge awareness at Kendall Street train crossing "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Detective inspector Matt Kehoe at Kendall Street level crossing. Photo supplied

Motorists, cyclists and those on foot are being reminded of Rail Safety Week (August 1319) and to look out for trains at the Kendall Street level crossing.

While the NSW Labor government took the local trains off the tracks over a decade ago and no government since has restored the service there is a privately run train service between the North Beach Station in the Byron Arts & Industry Estate and Byrons CBD.

$448 fine

Detective inspector Matt Kehoe said, The fine for running a stop sign at a level crossing is $448 and three demerit points.

Given the history of use with no train on our track for 13 years, locals became complacent on the Kendall Street level crossing on the way into Belongil from Ewingsdale Road. Im here to say that time is well and truly over now. Please be warned that if you do not stop and look out for the train you will be fined.

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Some Gippsland Good News "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Despite the tardiness shown by the National Party and our elected members to renewable energy the good news is the region of Gippsland is progressing rapidly with the adoption of solar energy. By exactly how much we are progressing is not known and may not be for some time. There are at least 2 solar farms on the drawing board at Wonthaggi and Maffra, with the former scheduled to come on line next year. As well there are solar bulk buy schemes operating across Gippsland shires the organisation and application of which will extend well into next year.

But it is the behind the meter installations which are making the biggest difference at the moment. The East Gippsland shire has been progressively installing solar panels on their libraries and other buildings. It is unfortunate that due to a Heritage ruling the main library in Bairnsdale is not part of that plan. Hopefully this will be resolved in the near future.

Publicity in the social media by leading Gippsland panel installers Gippsland Solar indicates that the behind the metre installation of solar PV is booming. They have just announced that 1.3 megawatts will be installed on 8 Hospitals and health centres across Gippsland. As well they recently installed 100 kilowatts on Dwyers Toyota in west Bairnsdale. It is behind the meter installations of this sort that are the big unknown and there can be little doubt that as business energy bills climb solar will become increasingly attractive. Solar production is a good match with daytime business.

Unfortunately wind has lagged well behind solar. The Star of the South offshore wind project is currently waiting for various approvals but on its own could offset the loss of one of the valley generators. The project plans at least in part to make use of the valley infrastructure. It seems that the wind projects in parts of western Victoria are being constrained by the carrying capacity of the mains power lines. Those in the valley are underutilised and this remains one of its advantages yet to be exploited. Why for instance couldnt the Hazlewood Pondage be turned into a floating solar farm along the lines advocated by engineer Chris Barfoot?

The solar revolution is happening now, and will happen quickly, regardless of op...


Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...


Facebook Exec Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were partly confirmed after F...


In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets To Cooperate Or End Up Dying In Hospice "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth's efforts to "revitalize journalism" will leave media outlets dying "like in a hospice." "We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook."  Judd Legum, ThinkProgress. Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read "Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg," the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated. "Mark doesn't care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes," Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


Cooperate Or Die: In Private Meeting, Top Facebook Exec Threatened News Outlets "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

By Jake Johnson and cross-posted from Common Dreams


During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerbergthe social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets............


With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...


Platypus rescue and release "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

George was seen at a riverside holiday park struggling to climb the bank of the river, and those watching knew he was in trouble so they immediately called WIRES. 

WIRES volunteer, Tracy says the first priority was to get him warm and dry, as saturation of the thick pelt can be very detrimental to a platypuss health. He was very thin, lethargic and with almost no body fat and he was infested with ticks.

The development stage of his spurs indicated he was a young male. He was offered fluids and luckily he took to this quite well after some initial reluctance. He was kept warm and monitored overnight and although he was more alert and had definitely improved a little by the morning Tracy says he was clearly still in very poor health. She knew his survival was uncertain, and that the best chance for him would be to be in a specialist facility, so she contacted Taronga Zoo wildlife hospital and was able to take him there for long-term care, rehabilitation and ultimate release.

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The beautiful image of 'George' was taken after his release by Kaleb Amos


In Private Meeting, Facebook Exec Warns News Outlets to Cooperate or Die "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoths efforts to revitalize journalism will leave media outlets dying like in a hospice.

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg, the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

Mark doesnt care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes, Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We will help you revitalize journalism in a few years the reverse looks like Ill be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is vehemently denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Browns warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that dont get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isnt trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebooks entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives fears were part...


Renewing your membership "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A message from our membership secretary Kathie Herbert Memberships are due at the end of the financial year.   You can renew via the website It is vital, more than ever, that we continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in need and to advocate for fair and humane treatment of people seeking asylum regardless


Incoming (again) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The snow looks great for the next few days. Lower avalanche risk (remember to check the Mountain Sports Collective website before heading out) and a good freshen up is expected, so the weekend should be awesome.

The Mountainwatch 7 day forecast is for 54 cm at Perisher, 46cm at Hotham and 45 cm at Mt Stirling. Yes, forecasts at 7 days are very unreliable and the expected snowfall tends to trail off as you get closer to the actual day. But it does look healthy. Stay safe and enjoy.


Nuclear fallout detected in Australian sheep in 1979 has been attributed to a covert nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A RADIOACTIVE dust cloud swept over Western and South Australia. It wasnt the British. Nor the US or French. A new study says it was probably a covert test by Israel. IN 1979, a strange double flash was observed by a satellite as coming from between South Africa and Antarctica. It was a telltale cue. That kind of flash was usually a nuclear explosion. Almost 39 years later, there appears to be fresh evidence thats exactly what it was.



The Cable Car (2) "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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The sounds of the Silent Majority ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The Silent Majority. I have always found these silent sounds quite elusive; from the deafening sounds of foreign policy to the environmental chants, the social policy swing and now the planning polka


Reefgate or reefport? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Reefgate should be Malcolm Turnbulls Watergate, but probably wont be


Get glyphosate off our globe "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A California jury has awarded school groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million for his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The jury found, on all the scientific evidence uncovered during the month-long trial that his exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused Mr Johnsons cancer. The Johnson judgement raises thorny questions for Australians too, says Gene Ethics Director, Bob Phelps Anthony Amis: Friends of the Earth reaction to Glysophate court case Friends of the Earth Australia today welcomed a decision in the Supreme Court of California to award school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson US$289million in damages after Johnson took legal action against pesticide company Monsanto. Johnson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. His lawyers argued that Johnsons regular use of Glyphosate, which he used up to 30 times a year in his work, caused the disease. Monsanto is facing 5,000 similar lawsuits across the United States. The jury in the Johnson case deliberated for 3 days before deciding the verdict


Woodchip fan-girl gets real "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

As a special guest of dishonour, the Hag attended the Private Forestry Tasmania forum last week at the main bar at the Hobart Showgrounds. With the vibe of half Gothic hipster mock-but-real 1980s hostelry, half abandoned low-rent truck-stop, 40 or so grizzled, hard-bitten and wary foresters gathered to discuss one thing: How the fuck to make cash out of trees these days


Gingivitis Boiling the Gum in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

I have started to notice on my property here at Bentley in northern Tasmania a large number of dead trees having the sap running out of the trunks like blood from a wound and then turning the bark ginger in colour


Women call for review to sex discrimination laws "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Women Speak Tasmania is calling for uniform changes to federal and state anti-discrimination laws


Federal Newspoll Records Page "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Introduction (June 2018)

This weekend, the Coalition government under PM Malcolm Turnbull trailed on two-party preferred vote for a 34th consecutive Newspoll, an all-time outright record.

As there has been so much interest in federal Newspoll records this year I thought I would start a Newspoll records page, a resource page which I will update and expand as time permits.  Some of the material has previously been published on the Newspoll Wikipedia page, which I fixed up after finding it contained a large number of errors caused by confusion between satisfaction scores and Better Prime Minister.

Suggestions for new categories are welcome, as are corrections.

This may seem like a very nerdy cricket-statsy kind of page full of numbers without much connection to what they mean.  If there is a conclusion I wish to be drawn from all this it is that drawing predictive conclusions from record feats in Newspoll is difficult.  The records are awash with cases of impressive results polled by leaders who turned out to be flops, and poor results polled by leaders who were unexpected winners.  As I commence this page (June 2018) it's especially important to note that changes in Newspoll methods have made long runs of similar results more likely, and dramatic poll-to-poll swings less so.  (This made PM Turnbull's choice of consecutive 2PP losses as a metric to justify removing PM Abbott especially unwise.)  As a result there are three currently ongoing record streaks, probably the most important of which favours Labor while two others favour the Coalition.  


The first Newspoll was released in November 1985.  In the early days Newspoll's regular federal series polled just primary votes for the parties and the satisfaction ratings of the leaders individually.  Better Prime Minister (often called "preferred prime minister" was polled in the leadup to the 1987 and 1990 elections, and then continuously from July 1991 (except possibly for three polls in July-August 1994, for which data are not on the old Newspoll site.)

Two-party preferred (2PP) estimates were published during campaigns from 1993 onwards, and then continuously from Nov-Dec 2002 onwards.  For other Newspolls it is possible to construct 2PP estimates using the primaries and the preference flows from previous elections, but because of rounding issues these are not necessarily exactly the sa...


Cub Sports Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield got married over the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Over a year on from their engagement, Cub Sport bandmates Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield have tied the knot, officially getting married in a small ceremony in Brisbane over the weekend.

Back in July of 2017, Cub Sports Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield announced to the world that they were engaged, before also calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

While speaking out frequently in support of same-sex marriage, Tim and Sam also shared their story with triple j last year, explaining just how they fell in love with each other.

We fell in love over the course of eight years, explained Sam. Since the end of high school, we just became the best of friends.

First year out of school, we worked and then we travelled together. All the while weve been in a band together.

Tim explained that it was spending a month apart that made him realise just how strongly he felt for Sam. It was the longest that we had been apart, he explained. I guess it was really the catalyst for me recognising that there was a reason I was so miserable when I wasnt around Sam.

Now, the pair have tied knot over the weekend, surrounded by family and friends in a small ceremony in Brisbane.

Tim and Sam also managed to raise a whopping $1,800 for LGBTIQ youth organisation Minus18 after accepting donations in lieu of gifts at their ceremony.

To help celebrate their new vows, Tim, Sam, and the rest of Cub Sport are set to hit the road next month when they support Vance Joy on his Nation Of Two Aussie tour. Check out the full range of tour dates below, and check out a bunch of wedding snaps as well.

Vance Joy Nation Of Two Tour

With special guests Cub Sport, Didirri...


Media Release: Refining the definition of wilderness "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"


A new book published by Bob Brown Foundation is a timely reminder that Tasmania is a world leader in wilderness philosophy if not action, Environmentalist Bob Brown said on the eve of the books launch.

A group of Tasmanian researchers has recommended that Australian and international governments and conservation agencies adopt a new definition of wilderness.



Geelong Star & Basslink ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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NATION: Turnbulls leadership a sham. Seeks to evade GBRF scandal, climate change with NEG "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Our efforts to deal with climate change have been betrayed by a lack of leadership, a political cowardice, the like of which I have never seen Malcolm Turnbull 2010 Crikey Worm: Turnbull under siege Guardian: Great Barrier Reef Foundation not aware of due diligence for $444m grant Foundations managing director appears to contradict Frydenbergs assurance that extensive due diligence took place Sign a Petition HERE


EXCLUSIVE: The case of the missing Beach judgment: NAB vs Lawrence "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

The National Australia Bank fights dirty. So does its lawyers


Future of the East Coast "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

1.10pm sharp to 2pm Tuesday 21 August 2018: Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie Street


Swift parrot the loser with Tassals east coast gill disease dam ... "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

A proposed dam that would suppy fresh water to treat gill disease in Tassals controversial Okehamption Bay fish farm will destroy critical habitat for the swift parrot, acknowledged by the proponent and experts as a significant impact under federal law Vica Bayley: Spotlight on Hodgman Government over swift parrot habitat loss ... includes where you can watch a LIVESTREAM ...


Michael Ferguson referred for Code of Conduct investigation "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

Labor will formally request Premier Hodgman stage a Ministerial Code of Conduct investigation into Health Minister Michael Ferguson over his role in the Cricket Australia scandal Crikey: Health Minister implicated in Cricket Australia sacking has pro-life history Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson has been fighting against abortion in the Apple Isle for years.



EP 253: Horror My Friend & Ultrafeedy "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"

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Photo: Ashleigh Apples (HMF) Trace McLean (UF)

Horror My Friend

Recorded by Branko Cosic & mixed by Reuben Aptroot
Recorded at the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse, Brisbane, 10th January 2018

Adelaide guitar heroes Horror My Friend summon the spirit of alternative rock and shoe gaze, whilst breaking new ground and embedding themselves firmly in the present. Consisting of Josh Battersby, Tom Gordon & Sam Kolesnik, the trio put out 2014s A Million Hands EP before signing to Poison City Records and releasing their debut album Stay In / Do Nothing in 2016.

During this time, Horror My Friend have supported likes of Die! Die! Die! (NZ), Pity Sex (USA), Violent Soho, The Cribs (UK) and Swervedriver (USA), as well as performing at Groovin The Moo, Yours & Owls...

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